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U.K. CHARTS: A WIN FOR GLYNNE
6/15/18
Jess Glynne has claimed her seventh #1 on the U.K. Official Singles Chart with “I’ll Be There”—one of three Top 3 entries from Warner label Atlantic, which also has the Official Albums #1 with The Greatest Showman. Elsewhere on albums, Jorja Smith is the highest new entry with her debut, Lost & Found (FAMM). Glynne is followed by Clean Bandit f/Demi Lovato with "Solo," which takes second place just 898 combined sales behind, and “2002” by Anne-Marie finishes the week at #3. Here’s a look how singles now chart in Blighty: The five #1s Glynne had from 2014 to 2016, both as a solo and featured artist, charted at #1 in their first or second week of release. Her sixth, “These Days,” took 10 weeks to climb to the top earlier this year, and “I’ll Be There” has done so during its sixth week of release. … Read more
REUNION AT PARLOPHONE
6/13/18
Parlophone Co-President Mark Mitchell, left, has made his first hire since taking the helm of the Warner Music imprint, tapping Jack Melhuish as Director of Marketing, Strategy & Partnerships. The duo previously worked together at Atlantic before Melhuish spent over three years at UMG imprint Polydor. Melhuish said, “Our focus will be to blend all traditional and non-traditional channels to our advantage and work creatively and flexibly with both established partners and the wealth of new and exciting avenues that are available to our acts.” … Read more
WELCOME TO GHOST WORLD (A PLUG)
6/12/18
There’s a new radio promotions company in the U.K., as pluggers Gregory Wells and Becky Richardson merge their respective agencies, Plug Life and Paisley London, to create Ghost. Separately, the duo have worked on campaigns for artists including Laura Marling, Childish Gambino and Hozier. Wells began his career at independent promotions company, Peer Group, before heading up the radio department at leading independent label, Domino Records. After three years at Domino overseeing campaigns for Hot Chip, Jon Hopkins and Wild Beasts, Wells set up Plug Life and now represents artists including Four Tet, Laura Marling, Neneh Cherry, Floating Points, Cigarettes After Sex and DJ Koze. Richardson was at Island Records for four years where she worked on campaigns for Hozier, Childish Gambino, PJ Harvey and The Weeknd. Since launching two years ago, Paisley London has overseen national, specialist and community radio campaigns for a roster including Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Dave, AlunaGeorge, Bruno Major and 2016 Sound Of winner Ray BLK. Said Richardson of the new company: "Teaming up with Greg was a no-brainer. Our major and independent label experiences complement each other perfectly and our combined rosters present a pretty formidable line-up. I’m really looking forward to what we can achieve together with Ghost.” Wells added: "From the minute I met Becky I knew I wanted to work with her. Her drive for results and infectious personality have made her one of the best pluggers out there. By combining our rosters and experience, I believe Ghost can grow into one of the U.K.’s leading radio promotion companies." Fun fact: In the U.K., instead of "Hey, buddy," you say, "Hello, what's all this, then?" and present a pudding of some sort.* *Note: Fun facts have not been fact-checked.
A MODEST! AWARD
6/11/18
From left, Modest! Mangement’s Will Bloomfield, Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee will receive the Peter Grant Award. Modest! Management will be honored with the Peter Grant Award at the Artist & Manager Awards in London on 11/14 for their 16 years in business working with One Direction, Little Mix, 5 Seconds of Summer and more. Founders Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee will accept the gong alongside partner Will Bloomfield at the annual ceremony organised by the Music Managers Forum and Featured Artists Coalition. … Read more
U.K. CHARTS: KANYE DEBUTS AT #2
6/8/18
Kanye West has settled for second place on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Ye (Virgin EMI), which means that the Greatest Showman soundtrack (Atlantic) has been #1 for 18 out of the 23 chart weeks this year—in other words, nearly 80% of 2018 to date. Has the top of the albums chart ever been this stagnant? The Greatest Showman sold a combined 38k over the last seven days to deny West the #1 spot. However, Ye was the most played album on streaming services, where it earned 82% of its sales. Ben Howard is the second highest new entry with his third Top 10 album, Noonday Dream (Island), hitting #4. Further down, Roger Daltrey is new at #8 with As Long As I Have You (Polydor) and Swedish rockers Ghost have a career-best at #10 with Prequelle (Spinefarm). … Read more
AWAL INKS YOU ME AT SIX
6/5/18
You Me At Six has inked a global deal with Kobalt’s recorded-music unit, AWAL. Vocalist, Josh Franceschi, is “excited to be joining the Kobalt family. They match our ambition and vision for the band," He added that AWAL had "facilitated the launch of the group's our own imprint on Underdog Records, which was very important to us as a band. We’re looking forward to our future with them.” The band, which formed in Weybridge, Surrey in 2004, has released five albums; the most recent, Night People, dropped in 2017. Paul Hitchman, President of Kobalt Music Recordings noted the band has "a global audience and a clear vision for this release which makes them a great fit with AWAL. Creatively, they are at the top of their game, and we are very ambitious for the campaign both in the U.K. and internationally.” AWAL’s services include global marketing, campaign coordination, sync licensing, digital and physical distribution. Rumors that an in-house dispensary is pending couldn't be confirmed at the time of this writing.
U.K. MIDWEEKS: DREAM LANDS
6/4/18
This week it’s Ben Howard’s turn to challenge The Greatest Showman for this week's #1 album. At midweek, his Noonday Dream (Island) is sitting at #2 behind the Atlantic cast album on the Official Album Chart. Over on singles, Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa have a challenger as well. Back at albums, following Howard is Roger Daltrey with his first solo album in 26 years, As Long as I Have You (Polydor), at #3. This week’s Top 10 could see new entries from the Swedish metal act Ghost, whose Prequelle (Spinefarm) is #6, Kanye West at #7 with ye (Def Jam) and Father John Misty’s God's Favourite Customer (Subpop) at #8. … Read more
U.K. CHARTS: SNOW BLOWS TO #2
6/1/18
The Greatest Showman soundtrack had a scene stealer in its pocket this week in the U.K. After Snow Patrol lead the entire week on the Official Album Chart, the Atlanticcast album pulled out a win to grab #1 for a 17th non-consecutive week. Only 900 combined sales and streams separated Greatest Showman from Snow Patrol’s first studio album in seven years, Wildness (Polydor). Greatest Showman was the week’s best-selling download and most streamed album. The self-titled third album from Island’s Shawn Mendes debuts at #3 followed by Biffy Clyro’s MTV Unplugged: Live at Roundhouse (14th Floor), the week’s best-seller on vinyl. CHVRCHES lands their third straight Top 10 album with Love Is Dead (Virgin) at #7. A$AP Rocky’s Testing (Polo Grounds/RCA) is #11. … Read more
GRIMMY GETS TO SLEEP IN
5/31/18
After six years of hosting the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 1, Nick Grimshaw, also known as "Grimmy," is stepping out of the morning show slot. The second longest running breakfast show host in BBC Radio 1 history, Grimshaw's now moving to the 4-7pm rush hour slot and the promise of a much more agreeable wake-up call. Former rush hour host, Greg James, will be filling in on the morning show, with claims that he's "not doing the show for critics.""I've had jet lag for six years. It has been a ride, but now I feel slightly sick, so we need to get off the ride," said Grimshaw when James joined him in the studio 5/31. Check out more on the announcement, from the horse's mouth, below. “It was always my dream to do the breakfast show and I’m very grateful that I got to live my dream every day for what will be nearly 6 years. But 6 years is a long time and this isn’t a forever job. I had the time of my life"We love you @grimmers ❤️ pic.twitter.com/yNKfywOp4S — BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) May 31, 2018
CAA'S BANKS TO RECEIVE MITS HONOR
5/25/18
Respected British agent Emma Banks, co-Head of CAA in the U.K., will be honored with the annual Music Industry Trusts Award in November for her work across a 25-year career, repping acts such as Katy Perry, Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine, Kylie Minogue, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Lorde. She’s the first female exec to receive the gong across the MITs' 27 years in existence. The award will be given during a ceremony in London on 11/5. …Read more
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