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PRIMARY WAVE CHECKS INTO
THE FOUR SEASONS
Mestel walks like a man. (10/22a)
UMG IPO SET FOR '22
And Q3 figures look good as well. (10/21a)
TOP 20: TAY'S FOLKLORIC RUN CONTINUES
A Swift return to #1. (10/21a)
REVENUE CHART: “LEMONADE” AND OCEAN SPRAY
The Rumours are true. (10/23a)
GRAMMY PREVIEW:
PHOEBE BRIDGERS
Could she be this year's left-field anointed one? (10/23a)
RAINMAKERS 2020
Bring your umbrella.
GRAMMY OUTLIERS
Mulling possible surprises.
HALLOWEEN IN QUARANTINE
Why not wear a mask indoors?
ELECTION 2020
What drugs will help us get there?
Blighty Beat
CASH FLOWS TO VENUES
10/12/20

The U.K. Government has announced the first recipients of its cultural recovery fund, which include venues, theaters and orchestras. The Music Venue Trust has welcomed the news while musicians body ISM says the funds are insufficient to stimulate a “cultural bounce back.”

Among those that have received funding are The Cavern Club in Liverpool, which will get £525,000 to fund the recording and broadcast of live streams from local musicians, and The Brudenell Social Club in Leeds will receive over £220,000 to host a free weekly event and live streams.

Music Venues Trust CEO Mark Dayvd said the funds are “a huge step forward in the efforts to reopen every venue safely. We want to recognise the efforts of the government, particularly the Secretary of State and the Chancellor, to understand what was required by grassroots music venues, develop a solution, and make it happen.”

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ILEY RECEIVES AN MBE
10/10/20

Sony U.K. boss Jason Iley has been awarded an MBE for his services to music and charity in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020. Other music names on the list include Krept & Konan, Joan Armatrading, Dizzee Rascal and PPL Chairman John Smith.

“Receiving this honour for working in an industry I love so much is a total privilege and beyond any expectation I could have had,” Iley said of his new title. “I am immensely grateful to have worked with some of the most talented artists in the world and this is truly a career highlight. I’m proud to work in an industry that has such a profound influence on culture and creativity around the world.”

BPI Chief Exec Geoff Taylor added: “The BPI extends its warmest congratulations to Jason Iley on being awarded an MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to music and charity. Jason is a tireless champion of new British talent drawn from all backgrounds. As former Chair of the BRIT Awards and through his work with The BRIT School, The BRIT Trust and Mind among other charities, he has shown himself to be passionate advocate of music education and mental well-being."

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U.K. CHARTS: QUEEN CROWNED
10/9/20

Queen + Adam Lambert have landed at #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Live Around the World (EMI). Over on singles, 24kGldn’s Mood (Black Butter) claims a third week at the top.

Queen scored the most CD and download sales of the week, scoring a 10th #1 album in the U.K. and their first in nearly 25 years, while Lambert enjoys his first. The band are now level with Eminem, Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart and U2 with 10 #1s apiece.

Blackpink’s The Album (Polydor) climbed up the chart fast this week, ending at #2 after a midweek peak of #6, claiming the best-selling cassette album with 5,700 copies sold in the format.

Oasis charts at #3 with the vinyl reissue of (What’s The Story?) Morning Glory (Big Brother), and Britain’s Got Talent judge turned solo artist Amanda Holden claims the U.K.’s highest-charting debut album of 2020 by a British female with Songs From My Heart (Universal) at #4.

A further four new entries enter this week’s Top 10: Bon Jovi’s 2020 (EMI) is    #5, Melanie C charts at #8 with her self-titled eighth studio album, Roger Waters’ live album Us + Them (Sony Music CG) enters at #9, and Savage Mode II (Sony) from 21 Savage & Metro Boomin arrives at #10.

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SQUEEZE TO REOPEN O2
10/6/20

London’s O2 Arena will reopen for the first time in eight months with Squeeze  playing its first socially distanced gig on 12/5. The venue’s capacity will be reduced to 4,700 from 20,000. 

Tickets for the AEG-promoted event will be sold in groups of twos, threes and fours and the seating configuration will be in line with the U.K. Government’s one meter+ guidelines. 

All ticketing will be via The O2 venue app, which also allows pre-ordering of food, drink and merch to reduce queuing with fast collection lanes. Face coverings will be mandatory and the show will end at 10pm. 

"At the moment, we’re only able to host under a quarter of our capacity in the arena, so this is not a long term solution for us or other venues and we continue to press the government for targeted support and guidance to get the live events industry and its supply chain back on its feet,” O2 GM and VP Steve Sayer said.

U.K. MIDWEEKS: QUEEN REINS
10/5/20

Queen are heading for their first #1 album in the U.K. in almost 25 years with Live Around the World (EMI), featuring Adam Lambert, leading the midweek chart. Over on singles, hip-hop collective D-Block Europe currently have the highest new entry.

Elsewhere on albums, Oasis start the week at #2 with the vinyl reissue of (What’s The Story?) Morning Glory (Big Brother), while Bon Jovi’s  2020 (EMI) is #3 today.

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters could earn a fourth solo Top 10 at #4 with live album Us + Them (Sony Music CG), and CMFT (Roadrunner) from Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor is #5 at the halfway stage.

Blackpink’s The Album (Polydor) is new at #6 and Melanie C’s self-titled Red Girl album starts at #7.

The debut from Britain’s Got Talent head judge Amanda Holden, Songs From My Heart (Universal), is #8, while Roisin Murphy’s Roisin Machine (BMG) starts at #9.

Savage Mode II (Sony) from 21 Savage & Metro Boomin is the most streamed release of the week so far at #10.

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BST HYDE PARK BOOKS PEARL JAM
10/5/20

Pearl Jam has added two dates to the middle of the European tour next year, headlining the BST Hyde Park festival in London on 7/9 and 10.

The performance is their only one in the U.K. Pixies will open the Friday show; Idles, which has the #1 album in the U.K. this week, is on Saturday’s bill.

Peral Jam had been scheduled to headline this year’s festival and people with tickets will be given priority to rebook for the 2021 dates.

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U.K. CHARTS: IDLES DRIVES TO #1
10/2/20

Idles have scored their first #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Ultra Mono (Partisan) on 27,000 sales. Over on singles, 24kGoldn’s “Mood” (Black Butter) claims a second week at the top.

As well as hitting the #1 spot, Ultra Mono has overtaken Liam Gallagher to claim the fastest-selling vinyl album of 2020 so far, after shifting 15,400 copies over the week.

Machine Gun Kelly’s fifth studio album, Tickets To My Downfall (Bad Boy/Interscope), is the second highest new entry at #3 today, followed by DeftonesOhms (Reprise) at #5. Following his Mercury Prize win, Michael Kiwanuka’s Kiwanuka (Polydor) has seen a 4,500% increase in sales, rising to #4 from #78.

Joji’s Nectar (88Rising/12Tone) ends the week at #6, Warner’s expanded edition of Prince’s 1987 album, Sign O’ The Times, sits at #7, and Slade collection Cum On Feel The Hitz–The Best Of (BMG) lands the band their first Top 10 album in nearly 46 years at #8.

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SONY U.K. AMPLIFIES AFRICA
10/2/20

Sony Music U.K. has appointed Taponeswa Mavunga into the newly created position of Director of Africa. Reporting directly to Jason Iley, she's tasked with expanding and strengthening the company’s scope within African music.

In her new role, Mavunga will be responsible for amplifying U.K. signed artists across Africa, as well as supporting artists within Africa to develop relationships, identify opportunities and increase visibility within the U.K.

She will work in close alignment with Mark Collen (EVP of U.K. International), the Sony Music U.K. labels and Sony Music Africa on artist strategy, acting as the U.K. gateway for identifying local talent and opportunities within the region.

“Tapi is a passionate, forward-thinking executive who has a clear vision for the future,” Iley said. “She has incredible relationships with artists and there is no one more suited to represent Sony Music U.K. in Africa’s accelerating market.

"Tapi’s first-hand experience of working in African music and entertainment and her enthusiasm to connect artists locally and globally is unmatched.”

Mavunga joined Sony Music as Head of Publicity for Columbia U.K. in 2015, where she oversaw press strategy across the label’s roster and spearheaded campaigns for artists including Childish Gambino, Koffee, Wizkid, Davido and Rosalia.

She was previously based in Johannesburg as Head of Talent and Music for Viacom Africa. Prior to that, Mavunga was at Atlantic Records for more than 15 years and worked on artist campaigns including Ed Sheeran, Jay Z, Rudimental and Sean Paul.