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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
U.K. CHARTS: THE VAMPS CLAIM #1
10/23/20

The Vamps have hit the top of the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart with Cherry Blossom (EMI) while Internet Money land their first #1 single with “Lemonade” (10K Projects).

Of Cherry Blossom’s total sales, 87% were physical as the album was the week’s best-seller on vinyl.

Elsewhere on albums, Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon (Polydor) by Pop Smoke rebounds to #2 from #4. Irish country singer Daniel O’Donnell’s Daniel (DMG TV) is new at #3, while Katie Melua’s Album No.8 (BMG) enters at #7. Beabadoobee charts at #8 with Fake it Flowers (Dirty Hit).

The Struts claim their first Top 40 entry with third album Strange Days (Polydor) at #11, and a deluxe edition of Tom Petty’s Wildflowers, Wildflowers & All The Rest (Warner Records) ends the week at #19.

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MAC LEADS ASCAP WINNERS
10/21/20

British songwriter and producer Steve Mac (pictured) is the top honoree at ASCAP’s virtual London Music Awards 2020 with five awards. Bastille’s Dan SmithLewis Capaldi and CHVRCHES are also honored.

The ceremony takes place across social media today and Thursday. Along with Smith, Mac is honored three times for the chart-topping “Happier” (by Marshmello f/Bastille) with Song of the Year, Top EDM Song and Top Streaming Song. 

His fourth award also sees CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry, Martin Doherty and Iain Cook recognized for “Here with Me” as a Winning EDM Song. Mac’s final award with is for “Call You Mine” by Chainsmokers f/Bebe Rexha.

Two years after its release, Capaldi’s self-penned global smash “Someone You Loved” claimed both the Winning Hot 100 Song and Winning Streaming Song awards.

The xx’s Romy Madley Croft is also honored with a Winning EDM Song award for penning Silk City and Dua Lipa’s global smash hit “Electricity.” Two other Winning EDM Song awards went to Corey Sanders for “365” (Zedd and Katy Perry) and Samuel Gray for “Takeaway” (Chainsmokers and ILLENIUM f/Lennon Stella).

 

LIVE BIZ IN CRISIS
10/21/20

More than 26,000 permanent jobs will be lost in the U.K. live music industry before the end of the year with revenues set to fall by 81%, according to a research report that urges for extended Government support.

The British Government’s furlough scheme, which saw workers impacted by the coronavirus crisis receive up to 80% of their pay, is ending at the end of this month. As a result, research carried out on behalf of live music industry umbrella group LIVE says that a total of 170,000 jobs will be lost, including self-employed and freelance workers.

“We were one of the first sectors to close and we will be one of the last to reopen,” Phil Bowdery, Chair of the Concert Promoters Association, said. “We are currently caught in a catch-22 where we are unable to operate due to Government restrictions but are excluded from the Extended Job Support Scheme as the furlough comes to an end. If businesses can’t access that support soon then the majority of our specialist, highly trained workforce will be gone.”

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: VAMPS BOUND FOR #1
10/19/20

The Vamps are leading an all-new Top 5 on the U.K.’s Official Albums midweeks with Cherry Blossom (EMI). Over on singles, Headie One could score his first #1 with “Ain’t It Different” (Relentless).

Elsewhere on albums, Irish country singer Daniel O’Donnell currently sits at #2 with Daniel (DMG TV), followed by Katie Melua’s  Album No.8 (BMG) at #3.

The Struts start at #4 with Strange Days (Interscope), followed by the debut from Beabadoobee, Fake it Flowers (Dirty Hit), at #5.

A deluxe edition of Tom Petty’s Wildflowers, Wildflowers & All The Rest (Warner Records), is on course for the Top 10 at #6, and Eagles' Live From the Forum MMXVIII (Rhino) is #7. The National’s Matt Berninger could also earn a Top 10 placing for his debut solo album, Serpentine Prison (Concord), at #10.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles midweeks, “Ain’t It Different” climbs up one to #1 following Headie One’s #1 debut album last week.

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MUSIC VENUES HANDED £41M
10/19/20

More than 250 grassroots music venues in the U.K. have been awarded more than £41m ($53.2m) from the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund. The Music Venue Trust says 89% of Music Venues Alliance members who applied for funding received cash.

According to MVT, 291 grassroots music venues applied to the fund with 251 successful outcomes (89%) and 33 unsuccessful applications (11%). The total amount awarded to MVA members was 12.4% of the overall distribution of £334m across two rounds of funding.

In total, 1,974 organizations received funding and 13.1% of successful applications from all disciplines across the entire fund were made by MVA grassroots music venue members.

“Music Venue Trust warmly welcomes this very effective intervention by The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England into the grassroots music venue sector,” Music Venue Trust CEO Mark Davyd said. “As a result of this fund, the challenges facing the sector have been substantially reduced.

"Music Venue Trust will now shift its focus and will be announcing plans very shortly to tackle the remaining challenges facing sole traders, smaller venues that did not qualify for support, and the venues who were unsuccessful or were under-funded.”

U.K. CHARTS: HEADIE AT THE TOP
10/16/20

Headie One has the first British rap debut album to land at the top spot of the U.K. Official Albums Chart this year, while at singles, 24kGoldn f/Iann Dior’s “Mood” (Black Butter) spends a fourth week at #1.

Headie One’s Edna (Relentless) is the most-streamed album of the week with 25.5m track streams. Headie One also dominates this week’s Official Singles Chart, with three of the record’s songs in the Top 40: “Ain’t It Different” is #2, “Princess Cuts” takes #11 and “Parlez-Vous Anglais” sits at #24.

D-Block Europe’s self-released The Blue Print–Us Vs Them is new at #2. The entry cements a hugely successful 2020 for the London duo, which also includes seven Top 40 singles this year. Completing an all-new Top 3 this week is the John Lennon compilation Gimme Some Truth (Apple Corps).

Elsewhere in this week’s Top 10, Travis are new at #5 with Ten Songs (BMG) and Dire Straits discography collection, The Studio Albums 1978-1991 (UMC), enters at #9.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart, “Mood” finished the week 8,200 ahead of its closest competitor, “Ain’t It Different” by Headie One f/AJ Tracey and Stormzy.

This week’s Top 10 features more new peaks: Tate McRae lands her first Top 5 single as “You Broke Me First” (Ministry of Sound) climbs two places to #5, Miley Cyrus’ “Midnight Sky” (RCA) climbs two to #6, and Pop Smoke’s “What You Know Bout Love” (Polydor) also ascends two to #7.

GOVT. TO STUDY STREAMING
10/15/20

A group of MPs in the U.K. will examine the economic impact streaming is having on artists, record labels and the sustainability of the wider music industry. The first evidence session is expected to be held at the end of November.

The MPs form the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Committee. Their inquiry will look at the business models operated by streaming platforms and why artists can be paid as little as 13% of the income generated.

The committee will also consider whether the government should be taking action to protect the industry from piracy in the wake of steps taken by the EU on copyright and intellectual property rights.

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U.K. MIDWEEKS: A RACE FOR #1
10/12/20

TravisHeadie One and John Lennon are locked in a three-way battle for the U.K.’s Official Albums #1 this week. Over on singles, Headie One looks set to claim a career peak with "Ain’t It Different" (Relentless).

Just 364 chart sales separate the Top 3 at the midweek stage. Travis are currently leading the way with 10 Songs (BMG), followed by Headie One’s debut, Edna (Relentless), and a new Lennon collection, Gimme Some Truth (Apple Corps)—produced by Yoko Ono and son Sean—at #3. The self-released debut from D-Block Europe, The Blue Print–Us vs Them, is new at #5.

The expanded edition rof Tears for Fears’ 1989 #1 The Seeds of Love (Mercury Records) is just outside the Top 5 at #6; Dire Straits discography collection The Studio Albums 1978-1991 (UMC) follows at #7; t a vinyl reissue of Iron Maiden’s self-titled album (Parlophone) is #8, and Suede’s greatest hits Beautiful Ones: The Best of Suede (Demon Records) is #9.

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