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BEESE DOCKS AT WARNER U.K.
Former Island chief gets his own label. (6/16a)
1 TRENDING TOPIC: “LEVITATING” TO #1
How'd they do that? (6/15a)
SIGNS OF HITS LIST
We're reading the tea leaves. (6/15a)
REOPENING DELAY CRIPPLES LIVE BIZ
"Variant" is a scary word right now. (6/15a)
MUSIC’S HOTTEST FIRMS: GRUBMAN SHIRE MEISELAS & SACKS
Is there a lawyer in the house? (6/15a)
RHYTHM, BLUES AND THE FUTURE
The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
WHO'S NEXT?
Predicting the next big catalog deal.
JUST THE VAX, MA'AM
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
WORLDWIDE GROOVE
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?
Blighty Beat
U.K. CHARTS: TOM TRIUMPHS
4/30/21

At nearly 81 years old, Sir Tom Jones becomes the oldest male to claim a #1 album on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart, and the oldest artist ever to do so with an album of new material.

Jones’ Surrounded By Time (EMI) overtakes Bob Dylan, who was 79 when Rough And Rowdy Ways (Columbia) debuted at #1 in June. The late Vera Lynn’s greatest hits collection, We’ll Meet Again–The Very Best Of, hit #1 in 2009 when she was 92.

Surrounded By Time is Jones’ fourth #1 album and his first since 1999’s Reload. It is the only new title in the Top 10 this week.

Three reissues debut in the Top 30: The  50th anniversary edition of John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band (Apple Corps.) enters at #11; The Who’s 1966 set The Who Sell Out (Polydor) lands at #15; and Selecter’s 1980 album Too Much Pressure (Chrysalis) is #24 and the week’s best selling album on vinyl.

At Singles, Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” (RCA) logs a fifth consecutive week at #1. Picking up 7.4m streams over the past seven days, the track held off competition from Justin Bieber f/Daniel Caesar & Giveon’s “Peaches” (Def Jam) and “BED” by Joel Corry, Raye & David Guetta (Asylum) who hang on at #2 and #3, respectively.

Tion Wayne & Russ Millions’s “Body” (Atlantic) rises 10 slots to #4 following the release of a mega remix featuring seven additional rappers. Doja Cat f/SZA’sKiss Me More” (Ministry of Sound) climbs three slots to a new peak at #6. “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals is up to #19.