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ANALYZING THE ACMS
A few firsts among the ACM Awards noms. (2/26a)
LIVE NATION EYES
SUMMER RESTART
Rapino's ready for festivals to return. (2/26a)
DODGING BULLETS AND DIVINE PURPOSE
Kamasi Washington answers our questions. (2/26a)
iHEARTMEDIA RESTRUCTURES BUSINESS UNITS
Radio giant makes a shift. (2/26a)
FREEDOM NOW AND OTHER JAMS, PT. 1
Social justice through the lens of jazz (2/23a)
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
A jazz chronicle of fighting the power.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
ACQUITTED
In a phenomenal display of cowardice.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
Blighty Beat
U.K. CHARTS: AT 25, MOGWAI HITS #1
2/26/21

After their first nine albums reached the Top 40, Mogwai scores their first #1 with their 10th studio record As The Love Continues (Rock Action). At singles, Lil Tjay & 6LACK dial into the Top 3.

Mogwai finishes the week 2,900 chart sales ahead of Conflict Of Interest (Warner) from British rapper Ghetts, who tooled around central London in a tank this week to draw attention to his third album.

As The Love Continues was this week’s best-seller on vinyl and the top seller in UK independent record shops. Mogwai’s #1 comes 25 years after the release of their first single.

The deluxe edition of Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia (Warner) was the most-streamed album of the week, pushing it up to #3. Another expanded collection, Ariana Grande’s Positions (Island) rebounded 28 places to #5.

At singles,Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” (Polydor) has now parked at #1 for seven weeks, holding off Lil Tjay & 6LACK’s “Calling My Phone” (Columbia/Interscope) at #2 and Nathan Evans f/220 Kid and Billen Ted’s “Wellerman” (Polydor) remix at #3.

“Drivers License” now holds the longest run at #1 since Tones & I’s “Dance Monkey” spent 11 weeks atop the chart between October and December 2019.

Tiesto scores his third Top 5 single with “The Business” (Atlantic) at #4 and Riton & Nightcrawlers f/Mufasa & Hypeman’s “Friday” (Ministry of Sound) is up three to #7.

The Weeknd’s “Save Your Tears” (XO/Republic) is up two places to #11, one slot ahead of “Latest Trends” by EMI’s A1 & J1. The week’s highest new entry is Ella Henderson & Tom Grennan’s “Let’s Go Home Together” (Major Toms/Asylum) at #28.

STREAMERS TUTOR THE GOV'T
2/24/21

Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon got technical in discussing streaming’s sale vs. rental debate and alternative remuneration models at the U.K. Government’s ongoing inquiry into the economics of streaming.

Tuesday’s session heard from Spotify’s Head of Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer, Horacio Gutierrez, Apple Music’s Global Senior Director of Music Publishing, Elena Segal, and Amazon Music’s Director of International, Paul Firth.

Whether a stream is a sale or a rental has been a hotly contested issue in previous sessions and yesterday’s interviewees were posed the question. According to music:ally, Gutierrez said “renting has certain economic and legal connotations that I think are not 100% applicable to our scenario.” Segal said she sees streaming as a license: “We have a right, we have licenses that entitle us to sub-license to consumers and that’s always been true with music.”

Firth said that streaming is neither. “Streaming is something different, and trying to qualify it as something from the old world… it’s a classic square peg, round hole moment.”

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U.K. MAPS ROAD OUT OF LOCKDOWN
2/22/21

The U.K. Government has announced plans to emerge out of lockdown over the course of five months, with venues set to open beginning in mid-May. Nightclubs could return 6/21.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed a four-stage plan that will be guided by “data rather than dates” and, should all go to plan, pubs and indoor venues with up to 1,000 attendees or half capacity, whichever is lower, are set to open beginning 5/17. Outdoor performances will have a limit of 4,000 people, or 50% capacity, whichever is fewer. Seated outdoor performances will be restricted to 10,000 people or 25% of capacity.

Subject to tests and conditions being met, all legal limits on capacity will be removed beginning 6/21, nightclubs will reopen and large events can take place. Reviews will be taking place along the process, including pilot events to test the effects of larger crowds and/or reduced social distancing, which will start in April.

Music Venue Trust CEO Mark Davyd welcomed the news but pushed for sector-specific financial support “to mitigate the damage being done to businesses and people's lives, careers and families” in the live music industry. “In light of today's announcements, the budget next week must clearly lay out exactly how the government is going to provide that sector-specific support.”

UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin outlined the need for Government-backed insurance in particular. “The prospect of there being no legal impediments to live music events means issues like insurance are now even more pressing,” he said. “They now present one of the final barriers to getting events going this summer."

U.K. MIDWEEKS: MOGWAI IN THE LEAD
2/22/21

Mogwai are leading a tight race for this week’s Official Albums #1 at the midweek stage, with just 1,300 sales currently separating the Top 3. Over on singles, Ella Henderson and Tom Grennan look set to claim this week’s highest new entry.

Mogwai’s As The Love Continues (Rock Action) is currently #1 on albums, while Foo Fighters sit close behind with previous chart-topper, Medicine at Midnight (Columbia). British rapper Ghetts is new at #3 with Conflict of Interest (Warner Records).

Ariana Grande’s Positions (Island) looks set to return to the Top 5 following the release of its deluxe edition, which is currently at #5 and the most-streamed record of the week so far.

Whitesnake compilation The Blues Album (Rhino) sits at #9 today, and Yorkshire band The Reytons are at #10 with EP, May Seriously Harm You and Others Around You (Scruff of the Neck).

On the U.K.’s Official Singles midweeks, Henderson and Grennan start at #17 with “Let’s Go Home Together” (Major Toms/Asylum); it’s  the most downloaded track of the week so far.

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YMU WELCOMES REAKTOR MUSIC
2/22/21

Sony Music Publishing is providing global administration services for the new joint-venture pubco between YMU Music and producer/songwriter Mark Ralph, Reaktor Music.

Ralph will use his West London studio complex, Club Ralph, as a base for songwriters; YMU Music will work closely with Ralph, providing expertise and resources to support and fund signings. Producer/songwriter Dennis White is the first signing to Reaktor Music.

Ralph has collaborated on five U.K. #1 singles and is currently working with James Arthur plus co-writing and producing Years & Years, whose third studio album is due later this year. Among the artists he has worked with are Jess Glynne, Jax JonesUsher, Tom Walker, Clean Bandit and Rudimental.

“I’ve worked with Mark for many years and have always been impressed with his passion for championing other producers and songwriters,” YMU Music Managing Director Iain Watt said. “There is no reason why Reaktor Music can’t become a hit factory, which will result in a consistent stream of success for the writers and producers we represent.”

Ralph has been a long-time management client of Watt and Phil Morais.

IVORS BOARDS BALANCE GENDERS
2/22/21

For the first time in its history, songwriter and composer org The Ivors Academy has equal gender representation on both its Academy and Trust Boards. Newly elected members include Emmy-nominated composer and BBC Radio 3 presenter Hannah Peel.

Composer Kevin Sargent has been elected to the Academy Board, while Charlotte Harris, Music and Entertainment Partner at Harris and Trotter LLP Chartered Accountants, has joined the Trust Board. The new appointments replace composers Mark Ayres and Marc Sylvan, whose terms have come to an end.

Emily Saunders, Board Director and Chair of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group, said this is the first step of many that the org is committed to taking “to make sure we are fully diverse and inclusive across everything do.”

 “Diverse life experiences, identities and backgrounds bring diverse thinking and new ways of seeing the world, that creates a stronger Academy for all music creators,” she said.

In July, the Ivors Academy published a 12-point action plan that includes reaching a minimum 50% gender balance on its Boards, improving the protected characteristics data it collects, providing equality and diversity training to staff and Board members, and providing more support and guidance to improve accessibility when entering awards.

U.K. CHARTS: SLOWTHAI SECURES #1
2/19/21

Tyron (Method) by British rapper Slowthai hits #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart while Olivia Rodrigo holds onto the top spot at singles despite fierce competition from Lil Tjay and 6LACK.

Tyron was a clear winner on albums this week, selling more than double the amount shifted by its closest competitor, last week’s #1, Foo Fighter’s Medicine at Midnight (Columbia).

The second album from Manchester band Pale WavesWho Am I? (Dirty Hit), is new at #3, followed by Dua Lipa’s Moonlight Edition of Future Nostalgia (Warner Records) at #4.

The Pretty Reckless’ Death by Rock and Roll (Century Media) enters at #6, while the David Bowie live album Look at the Moon (Parlophone) is new at #16.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart, Rodrigo’s “drivers license” (Polydor) remains #1 for a sixth consecutive week.

The track sits just 1,700 sales ahead of “Calling My Phone” (Columbia) by Lil Tjay and 6LACK, which settles for second place today despite claiming the most-streamed release of the week with 7.2m plays.

“Friday” (Ministry of Sound) by Riton & Nightcrawlers f/Mufasa & Hypeman climbs six places to #10, while Taylor Swift’s “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” (EMI) is new at #12.

ATB’s “Your Love (9pm)” (EMI) with Topic and A7S lifts two places to #21, West London rapper Central Cee’s “Commitment Issues” (ADA) lands at #23, and Lipa’s “We’re Good” (Warner Records) is new at #25.

 

U.K. INDUSTRY ORG GOES LIVE
2/18/21

The U.K. live music industry has joined together for the first time to launch its own industry body, LIVE, after a year of devastation due to COVID-19 and now a raft of new challenges posed by Brexit.

The federation will be the voice of the U.K.’s live music ecosystem, including artists, managers, venues, festivals, promoters, agents, production and ticketing. Membership is made up of the 13 principal industry associations across the sector, representing 3,150 companies, more than 4,000 artists and 2,000 backstage workers.

“It’s long overdue that the U.K.’s live music industry has a properly representative body, and LIVE will be that unified voice as the industry comes out of lockdown and beyond,” said Greg Parmley, CEO of LIVE.

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