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U.K. MIDWEEKS: FOOS GOOD AS GOLD
9/18/17
Foo Fighters are heading toward their fourth #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Concrete and Gold (Columbia) sitting at the top on 43k combined sales at the midway stage. Concrete and Gold is selling more than the Top 10 combined and could hit one spot higher than the #2 peak its predecessor, Sonic Highways, reached in 2014 on 89k sales. Gary Numan and Prophets of Rage are among new entrants in the Top 5, with Numan looking set to score his first Top 10 album since ’82 with Savage (Songs From A Broken World) (BMG). Supergroup Prophets of Rage are currently at #4 with their self-titled debut (Caroline). Over on the singles list, Sam Smith is eyeing a second week at #1. … Read more  
U.K. CHARTS: SMITH SCORES 6TH #1
9/15/17
Sam Smith has scored his sixth U.K. Official Singles #1 as “Too Good at Goodbyes” (Capitol) hits the top on 62k combined sales. That’s made up of 4.4m streams and 33k downloads. The track is also #1 in Australia (a first) and New Zealand. Only six British men have had more songs hit the top spot in Blighty and “Too Good at Goodbyes"—the first new music from Smith's upcoming second set—is the sixth song to debut at #1 this year. Prior to the release of his first album, Smith's career gathered heat with a #1 single in 2014 with "Money On My Mind," and Naughty Boy's "La La La" before that.  ... Read more  
SAMPHA CROWNED MERCURY WINNER
9/15/17
Young Turks soul act Sampha walked away with the 2017 Hyundai Mercury Music Prize in London Thursday night for debut album, Process, which has shot to #2 on the U.K. iTunes chart today. It’s the second win for Caius Pawson’s Beggars' label in seven years after The xx took the prize in 2010 for their self-titled debut. The judging panel choose Process for “its unique creativity, rich musicality, depth and vulnerability…When you discover this record you’ll want to live with it, share it and celebrate it.” On collecting his trophy and cheque for £25k, Sampha thanked his label, judges and family before performing “(Nobody Knows Me) Like the Piano” for the second time to a standing ovation. Other well-received performances on the night included nominees Stormzy (#Merky), bookies’ favourite Kate Tempest (Fiction) and Loyle Carner(Virgin EMI).
UMG U.K. ADDS TO GLOBE TEAM
9/12/17
Universal Music U.K. is beefing up its team that creates bespoke visual content for artists and labels with the hiring of Stefan Demetriou as Managing Director of its creative and commercial partnerships division, Globe Productions. The exec joins from Warner Music U.K., where he helped launch its own creative studio, The Firepit.  Demetriou is a multiple Grammy nominee for a range of feature documentaries, including his acclaimed work with Coldplay and Ed Sheeran's Jumpers For Goalposts for NBC and Sky. Prior to Warner, he worked at EMI and has overseen visual output for MuseGorillaz, BlurRobbie WilliamsColdplayKylie MinogueTinie Tempah andIron Maiden. He starts his new job in October, reporting to Globe President Marc Robinson.  Universal Music U.K. chairman David Joseph said: “The synergy between the worlds of music and visual has never been more relevant, with story-telling visual A&R now an essential part of any successful creative campaign. Our investment in this area will give artists and managers something way ahead of any current offering.” Robinson added: “As we build on our current slate with different platforms and broadcasters, alongside the ground-breaking work being done in the branded content space, we are excited to welcome Stefan to the team so we can continue to pioneer and lead the pack in this field as part of UMG’s global audiovisual strategy.”  
U.K. MIDWEEKS: SMITH SENSES 6TH #1
9/11/17
Sam Smith is naturally heading toward #1 in his home country as “Too Good at Goodbyes” (Capitol) sails to the top of Spotify’s U.K. Top 50, the iTunes chart and the Official Singles midweek tally. Smith is currently outselling Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” (Warner Bros.) by 2:1. Should it hold onto its midweek peak, Smith’s first single in two years will be his sixth #1 in Blighty. (His hits have included tracks on his debut album, a James Bond theme tune, a Red Nose Day charity track and as a featured artist with Naughty Boy.) Over on albums, The National are eyeing their first ever #1. ... Read more
U.K. CHARTS: THE SCRIPT SCORE FOURTH #1
9/8/17
Taylor Swift is #1 for a second week in Blighty with “Look What You Made Me Do” (Virgin EMI) as follow-up “…Ready For It?” ends the week at #7. Over on the Official Albums list, midweek champs The Script have scored their fourth #1 with Freedom Child (Columbia). The album outsold its closest competitor, Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Atlantic), by 2:1. LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream (Columbia) is a career-best at #3, while OMD earn their highest placing since ’91 at #4 with The Punishment of Luxury (100%). Further down, Scottish rockers Mogwai are #6 with Every Country’s Sun (Rock Action), followed by Jake Bugg with Hearts That Strain (Virgin EMI) at #7. Swift is this week’s highest new entry on the Official Singles Chart at #7, with the Top 5 remaining fairly static. “New Rules” (Warner Bros.) by Dua Lipa is #2, “What About Us” (RCA) by P!nk is at #3 and “Friends” (Virgin EMI) by Justin Bieber f/BloodPop is #4. J Balvin and Willy Williams have hit a new peak with “Mi Gente” (Polydor) rising four places to #5 while Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry” (Polydor) enters the Top 10 at #9. This week’s highest climber is “Havana” (Syco) by Camilla Cabello and Young Thug, rising 13 places to #11.
U.K. MIDWEEKS: A DOUBLE DOSE
OF TAYLOR SWIFT?
9/4/17
Taylor Swift is on course for a second week at #1 in Blighty with her first Official Singles Chart topper, “Look What You Made Me Do” (Virgin EMI). Follow-up “Ready For It” is currently #25—and #1 on iTunes and #30 on Spotify’s U.K. Top 50—after just one day on sale. Can it catch up by week’s end? On the Official Albums list, Sony band The Script is leading the way. ... Read more  
U.K. CHARTS: LOOK WHAT TAYLOR DID
9/1/17
Taylor Swift has scored her first #1 single in the U.K. with "Look What You Made Me Do" (Virgin EMI) notching up a combined sales tally of just over 65k (30k downloads and 5.3m streams). Over on albums, Queens of the Stone Age also score their first #1 with Villains (Matador) shifting 32k. "LWYMMD" is Swift’s eighth Top 5 single in Blighty and improves her previous chart peak of #2. It’s the best-selling week for a single since “Despacito’s” stanza seven weeks ago. ... Read more
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COLOR SONY MUSIC U.K. P!NK
8/31/17
A listening party for P!nk’s upcoming release Beautiful Trauma transforms the dark, surly mood of the Sony Music U.K. staff into something resembling a nice pastel. Flanking P!nk (l-r): SMUK Media Assistant Bryony White; SMUK Artist Relations Executive Harriet Yeates; RCA National Radio Plugger Nick Goree; RCA Marketing Manager Will Stevens; RCA MD Neil Hughes; Senior Marketing Manager Simon Forbes; International Marketing Specialist Lily Donnellon, Head of Digital Marketing Kara Mukerjee; Senior Marketing Director Leah Chalmers; SVP, International Marketing, Sony Music Jen Mallory; Senior Digital Marketing Manager Angie Harris; Senior Publicist Sarah Hall; Digital Intern Natalia Karavasili; Radio Promotions Assistant Alex Dobson; SMUK VP, Finance Chris Crellin; Promo Intern Molly McIntyre; Head of RCA Regional Promotions Lynn Swindlehurst; Produce Manager Charlotte Kantor; Digital Channel Manager Ariel Cohen; Legal & BA Manager Lily Girdlestone; Marketing Manager Sabrina Kristiansen; and Urban Promotions Manager Parris O'Loughlin-Hoste  
U.K. CHARTS: BIEBER POPS IN AT #2
8/25/17
Justin Bieber is this week’s highest new entry on the U.K’s Official Singles chart at #2 with BloodPop collaboration “Friends” (Def Jam/Polydor/Republic), thanks in part to high streaming stats. Dua Lipa is #1 for a second consecutive week with “New Rules” (Warner Bros.). The track is a high performer on iTunes and Spotify, sitting at #1 on the latter’s U.K. Top 50 today and #3 on the iTunes chart. Little Mix’s reworking of CNCO's Latin hit “Reggaeton Lento” (Syco) ended its first week on the chart at #5. …Read more        
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