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U.K. CHARTS: SAM CLAIMS THIRD #1
2/3/23

Sam Smith has their third #1 on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Gloria (Capitol). Over on singles, Miley Cyrus remains on top.

Gloria follows Smith’s former chart-toppers, debut In The Lonely Hour in 2014 and 2017’s The Thrill Of It All. 

Elsewhere, Eminem’s Curtain Call—The Hits (Interscope) returns to the Top 5 for the first time since 2006, at #5. The latest instalment in the Bob Dylan Bootleg series, Fragments—Time Out Of Mind Sessions (Sony Music CG), is #9. It’s his 42nd Top 10 LP. 

Ava Max debuts at #11 with Diamonds & Dancefloors (Atlantic). Finally, Lil Yachty achieves a career-best with Let’s Start Here (Quality Control) charting at #32.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart, Cyrus’ “Flowers” (RCA) holds onto #1 for a third week. The track outsold her closest competition, RAYE f/070 Shake’s “Escapism.” (Human Re Sources), by more than 2:1. “Flowers” shifted over 106k sales this week, including 12m streams, making it again the most-streamed song in the U.K.

Following an explosion on TikTok, Miguel’s 2010 single, “Sure Thing” (JIVE), rises to a new peak at #6. It’s his highest chart position in the U.K. to date.

This week’s highest new entry is “Voices” (Atlantic) from KSI and Oliver Tree, at #11. Tiësto and Tate McRae’s slow-burning dance-hit, “10:35” (Atlantic), shifts up one to #13. 

The Kid LAROI’s “Love Again” (Columbia) is another new entry, at #19, while Mimi Webb rises one to #20 with “Red Flags” (Epic). 

CAPALDI COMPLETES BRITS BILL
2/1/23

Lewis Capaldi is the final act to join the BRIT Awards performer bill, joining Harry StylesCat Burns, Lizzo and Sam Smith in the lineup.

Capaldi is up for one award this year: Song of the Year for U.K. #1 hit, “Pointless” (EMI). 

Others set to perform on the night include Kim Petras with Smith, StormzyWet Leg and David Guetta with Becky Hill and Ella Henderson

Comedian Mo Gilligan will host for a second year, while Clara AmfoMaya Jama and Ronan Kemp will present the pre-red carpet show. 

The BRITs take place on 2/11 at London’s O2 Arena. It will be exclusively broadcast on ITV1 and ITVX in the U.K., from 8.30pm GMT, while YouTube will be offering the official livestream globally. 

EMI TAPS LUCY DANN 
1/31/23

Lucy Dann, left, is EMI Records’ new MD, reporting to Jo Charrington and Rebecca Allen.

UMG U.K.’s EMI Records has a new Managing Director: Lucy Dann. She moves over from Polydor, where she spent the last 10 years.

In her new role, which will have her oversee campaigns across the label's roster, Dann reports to EMI co-Presidents Rebecca Allen and Jo Charrington. 

The appointment follows the launch of EMI North, which will be led by Clive Cawley, who was previously MD of EMI. 

At Polydor, where she was most recently co-marketing director, Dann worked Billie Eilish, Maroon 5, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, The 1975 and The Who among others.

Allen and Charrington called Dann “an exceptional music executive who we have both admired and wanted to work with for a very long time.”

“Respected across the wider business by managers, artists and colleagues, Lucy will bring fresh determination, leadership and ambition to our label and its artists, helping to further drive EMI’s successes around the world.”

Prior to joining Polydor, Dann worked at SYCO Music with One Direction and Little Mix. 

BRAVADO UPS REDFEARN
1/31/23

UMG has promoted Rachel Redfearn, to SVP of A&R and Brand Management at Bravado. The role is London-based.

Redfearn, who was most recently VP of A&R and Brand Management and is credited with signing deals with the Spice GirlsElton John and Skepta at the merch company, is tasked with expanding her remit globally, scouring the world for new repertoire.

She will continue to lead a team of A&R executives and focus on developing greater synergy among UMG’s labels, divisions and central business units, to help amplify creative and commercial opportunities for Bravado’s artists. 

“Rachel is a hugely respected and experienced A&R executive across the entire music industry,” said Matt Young, Bravado’s global president based in New York, to whom Redfearn reports. “She is not just incredible with our artists, she’s a formidable leader and colleague. I look forward to working with Rachel as we accelerate Bravado’s mission to elevate our artists’ brands around the world.”

In addition, A&R executive Ben Coe has been elevated to Senior Brand Manager, supporting Redfearn across all aspects of project delivery and artist support.

Redfearn began her career at independent, U.K.-based merchandiser Razamataz, which she co-led. From there, she joined The Merchandise Company (TMC). Based out of Los Angeles, Redfearn set up TMC’s European division, managing an office out of London, with distribution in Dortmund. 

She joined Bravado in 2009 as A&R Manager and promoted to Head of A&R in 2011. She was elevated to VP, A&R and Brand Management in 2019, with an expanded team and brand-focused mission.

IE:MUSIC'S TIM CLARK RETIRES
1/31/23

ie:music founder Tim Clark is retiring, leaving the company in the hands of long-serving directors Michael Loney, Nina Parnaby and Stephen O’Reilly.

Clark established ie:music in 1992 alongside David Enthovenwho died in 2016. They went on to have huge success with Robbie Williams, who said the duo “have been such an incredible influence on my life, both professionally and personally.” 

 “I don’t know where I would be without the support and guidance of them both — they came into my life at the time I really needed them,” Williams said. “Thank you, Tim, for the best ride.”

Clark will become honorary chairman of ie:music and continue as a consultant to the company for another two years, taking him well into his 80th year. He will also retain his interests in ie:entertainment, the TV and film production company, and Australian management company ie:east.

'My partnership with David was never less than a joy and how lucky we were to represent Robbie Williams throughout his magnificent solo career,” Clark said. “I’d like to thank Robbie, all of the other talented artists and wonderful ie:music staff members I’ve been so privileged to work with over the years. It is a bitter-sweet moment after so long, but I am delighted to remain involved with ie:entertainment, so brilliantly run by Lucy Pullin.”

Loney thanked Clark for his years of leadership, mentorship and service, saying “myself, my fellow directors and the fantastic ie team will carry their ethos forward by working tirelessly for the artists, continuing to put their needs and talents first.”

RADIO 1'S BIG WEEKEND RETURNS 
1/31/23

Radio 1’s Big Weekend will host sets from The 1975Lewis Capaldi and RAYE. The event takes place in Dundee, Scotland, at the end of May.

From 5/26-28, the festival is expected to welcome 80k fans to Camperdown Park in the Scottish city. Others on the bill include Niall HoranArlo Parks and Anne-Marie, with more acts set to be announced soon.

It’s the second year the event has returned in-person since the pandemic. Coventry hosted it last year, with Harry StylesEd SheeranCentral Cee and Joy Crookes amongst those in the lineup. 

 

U.K. MIDWEEKS: SAM EYES THIRD #1
1/30/23

Sam Smith is heading toward #1 on the U.K.’s Official Album Chart with Gloria (Capitol). Over on singles, Miley Cyrus looks set to remain on top.

With Gloria, Smith should have their third U.K. #1 album on Friday. 

Bob Dylan’s Fragments—Time Out Of Mind Sessions (Sony Music CG) is also new today, at #2. Ava Max is the third new entry in the midweek Top 5 with Diamonds & Dancefloors (Atlantic) starting at #5. 

Outside the Top 10, Chaos & Colour (Silver Lining Music) from prog-rock band Uriah Heap is aiming for a #19 debut.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles midweeks, Cyrus’s “Flowers” (RCA) is outselling its closest competition by more than 2:1. 

RAYE f/070 Shake’s “Escapism.” (Human Re Sources) remains at #2. This week’s highest new entry would be “Voices” (Atlantic) from KSI and Oliver Tree, starting at #6.

Following its entry in the Top 10 for the first time on Friday nearly 13 years after its original release, Miguel’s 2010 single, “Sure Thing” (JIVE), is looking to rise to a new peak of #8. 

Tiësto and Tate McRae’s slow-burning dance-hit, “10:35” (Atlantic), is predicted to shift up one to #13, as is Cian Ducrot’s “I’ll Be Waiting” (Polydor) at #17, and Mimi Webb’s “Red Flags” (Epic) at #20.

CAWLEY DRIVES EMI NORTH
1/30/23

EMI Records has ventured outside of London to launch a new label, EMI North. Based in Leeds, it will be led by Clive Cawley.

The label will focus on working with musical talent in the north of England. UMG says that it’s the first major label to open a physical space outside of London. 

Cawley moves over from his current role as MD of EMI to president of EMI North. He’ll continue to work across EMI artist campaigns and reports into EMI co-Presidents Jo Charrington and Rebecca Allen

“Discovering and nurturing new talent from right across the U.K. is the lifeblood of what we do and there’s nobody better than Clive to be at the helm of this exciting new chapter for our historic label,” Charrington and Allen said in a joint statement.

U.K. CHARTS: REYTONS REIGN
1/27/23

Indie group The Reytons have hit the top of the U.K. Official Albums Chart for the first time with their self-released second set What’s Rock & Roll. Over on singles, Miley Cyrus claims her longest-running #1.

Måneskin’s RUSH! (Columbia) is their first U.K. Top 5 at #5, while Wrong Side of Paradise (Earache) by Black Star Riders is also new, at #6.

Dublin group The Murder Capital have a career best with Gigi’s Recovery (Human Season) landing at #16. 

On the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart, Cyrus’ “Flowers” (RCA) remains at #1 for a second week. The track has out-performed itself week-on-week, shifting 121k over the last seven days. That includes 13m streams, making it the most-streamed track for a second week running.

Rema’s breakout hit, “Calm Down” (Mavin), is on the rise, up two places to #6. “Martin’s Sofa” (Relentless) by Headie One is this week’s highest new entry at #9.

Miguel has his first U.K. Top 10 with “Sure Thing” (Jive) jumping one to #10. The track, first released in 2010, has gained a new wind thanks to TikTok

“10:35” (Atlantic/Ministry of Sound) by Tiësto and Tate McRae is up two to #14, while Libianca’s “People” (5K Records/Sony) rises nine to #18. 

PPL PAYS OUT £245M
1/26/23

U.K. PRO PPL paid out nearly £245m (about $300m) in 2022, up from £228.7m in 2021. The money went to 165k performers and recording rightsholders—the highest number ever.

Last year’s distribution, collected for the use of recorded music in the U.K. and internationally, marked a 7.1% increase year-on-year. It’s the second highest total paid out by PPL after £260.2m was distributed in 2020, thanks to record collections of £271.8m before the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019. 

The 165k figure is up 12.2% from 147k in 2021, a rise that PPL says represents technological and operational investments, as well as a growing membership.

PPL Chief Executive Officer Peter Leathem said the results are testament to “both the expert team we have at PPL but also to the efforts of the sector as a whole.”