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Royal Blood Splashes at No. 1 In U.K. With ‘Typhoons’

The Brighton pair lead a Top 10 crammed with new releases. Merseyside act The Coral snag a sixth Top 10 LP and highest-chart position in 18 years with Coral Island (Run On), new at No. 2.Mick Fleetwood & Friends’ live tribute Celebrating The Music of Peter Green (BMG) debuts at No. 3, just ahead of…

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Royal Blood Splashes at No. 1 In U.K. With ‘Typhoons’

The Brighton pair lead a Top 10 crammed with new releases. Merseyside act The Coral snag a sixth Top 10 LP and highest-chart position in 18 years with Coral Island (Run On), new at No. 2.Mick Fleetwood & Friends’ live tribute Celebrating The Music of Peter Green (BMG) debuts at No. 3, just ahead of British singer Birdy, whose Young Heart (Atlantic) flies in at No. 4.Gojira, the French metal band, score their first Top 10 album with Fortitude (Roadrunner), new at No. 6, just ahead of Norwegian DIY singer-songwriter Girl in Red’s debut effort If I Could Make It Go Quiet (No. 7 via Marie Ulven), and Pink Floyd’s Live at Knebworth 1990 (No. 8 via Rhino).Completing the Top 10 is DJ Khaled’s digital-only 12th studio set Khaled Khaled. It’s the most-streamed album of the week, according to the OCC, for the Miami producer’s fourth Top 10.There’s a new No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart as Tion Wayne and Russ Millions’ “Body” becomes the first drill track to lead the survey.“Body” lifts 4-1 on scoring 71,000 chart sales, including 10.7 million streams, thanks in part to a remix featuring Bugzy Malone, Fivio Foreign, Darkoo, Buni, ArrDee, and E1 & ZT.”Over 69 years, the Official Singles Chart has seen a multitude of different genres pioneering a new Number 1 sound,” comments Martin Talbot, CEO of the Official Charts Company. “The fantastic achievement this week of Tion Wayne and Russ Millons marks a brand new high point for drill and perhaps the beginning of a new era for the Official Singles Chart.”With the “Body” blow, Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” falls after five weeks at the summit, down 1-2; while Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More” (Ministry of Sound) featuring SZA rises 6-3, a new peak.Finally, Billie Eilish bags this week’s highest new entry with “Your Power” (Interscope). It’s new at No. 5 for the U.S. pop star’s seventh U.K. Top 10.

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David Archuleta Opens Up About His Sexuality in Emotional Message: ‘God Made Me How I Am For a Purpose’

The 30-year-old singer, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, revealed that he came out as gay to his family in 2014, but that he also “had similar feelings for both genders so maybe a spectrum of bisexual.” He also learned that he doesn’t “have too much sexual desires…

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David Archuleta Opens Up About His Sexuality in Emotional Message: ‘God Made Me How I Am For a Purpose’

The 30-year-old singer, who is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, revealed that he came out as gay to his family in 2014, but that he also “had similar feelings for both genders so maybe a spectrum of bisexual.” He also learned that he doesn’t “have too much sexual desires and urges as most people,” which works for him since he’s saving himself for marriage.”I just invite you to please consider making room to be more understanding and compassionate to those who are LGBTQIA+, and those who are a part of that community and trying to find that balance with their faith which also is a huge part of their identity like myself,” the Utah native wrote.He added, “I think we can do better as people of faith and Christians, including Latter-day Saints, to listen more to the wrestle between being LGBTQIA+ and a person of faith… I don’t think it should come down to feeling you have to accept one or the other. For me to find peace the reality has been to accept both are real things I experience and make who I am… You can be part of the LGBTQIA+ community and still believe in God and His gospel plan.”Archuleta, who placed second in the 2007 season of Idol at 16, scored a massive Billboard hit with his single “Crush,” which peaked at No. 2 in the Billboard Hot 100. His latest album, Therapy Sessions, was released 2020. The singer has been open about his Mormon beliefs over the years, and he spent time as a missionary in Chile following his run on Idol.”I’ve tried for almost 20 years to try and change myself until I realized God made me how I am for a purpose. And instead of hating what I have considered wrong I need to see why God loved me for who I am and that it’s not just sexuality. So many other traits of who I am come from how I’ve been created,” he wrote.See Archuleta’s full Instagram post here.

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Aaron Carter Says He ‘Fought Like a Lion’ Against Lamar Odom in Celebrity Boxing Match

The 6-foot-10 Odom, 41, knocked out Carter, who is 10 inches shorter, in the first round of the fight, which was offered as a pay-per-view livestream on FITE.tv.”I got punched in the throat so hard lol that s–t was so much fun!!!!” the singer tweeted. “I actually had a blast so y’all can say what…

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Aaron Carter Says He ‘Fought Like a Lion’ Against Lamar Odom in Celebrity Boxing Match

The 6-foot-10 Odom, 41, knocked out Carter, who is 10 inches shorter, in the first round of the fight, which was offered as a pay-per-view livestream on FITE.tv.”I got punched in the throat so hard lol that s–t was so much fun!!!!” the singer tweeted. “I actually had a blast so y’all can say what you want. But I don’t see you at 6’ fighting a giant.”Ice-T and his wife Coco hosted the event, with former MMA star Chuck Liddell serving as the celebrity referee.This edition of Official Celebrity Boxing was originally scheduled for last year, but was pushed to June 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fight card also featured a match-up between hip-hop producer Cisco Rosado and rapper/producer Peter Gunz.Check out Carter’s post-fight tweets below.

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Primary Wave Sells $375M Stake to Oaktree Capital

Since then, Primary Wave has either acquired or entered into partnerships with the catalogs of Stevie Nicks, the Four Seasons, Bob Marley Whitney Houston, the Culture Club, Olivia Newton-John, Ray Charles, Burt Bacharach, Leo Sayer, K.T. Tunstall, Dan Wilson, Godsmack and Sun Records, which includes recordings by Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and…

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Primary Wave Sells $375M Stake to Oaktree Capital

Since then, Primary Wave has either acquired or entered into partnerships with the catalogs of Stevie Nicks, the Four Seasons, Bob Marley Whitney Houston, the Culture Club, Olivia Newton-John, Ray Charles, Burt Bacharach, Leo Sayer, K.T. Tunstall, Dan Wilson, Godsmack and Sun Records, which includes recordings by Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Roy Orbinson. Most of its investments are in music publishing but the company also buys artists’ recording royalties and some record masters as the deal for Sun Record shows.”The Primary Wave team is honored to have such a respected financial institution and talented team supporting our efforts,” said Primary Wave founder and CEO Larry Mestel in a statement. “[Oaktree Capital co-chairman and chief investment officer] Bruce Karsh and I have had a working relationship for over 15 years and he has the unusual combination of business savvy and creative sensibility towards music. This is an exciting new chapter for the entire company as we continue to grow and evolve our business.”With the Oaktree investment — which was first reported by Bloomberg News — Primary Wave will be able to complete its Primary Wave Music IP Fund 3, which sources say had targeted raising $700 million for music asset acquisitions. Primary Wave filed with the SEC to establish that fund on Feb. 16. The two earlier commingled funds, Primary Wave Music IP Fund 1 and 2, have combined invested $800 million in music assets.”I’ve long admired the business model and success that Larry has built for Primary Wave and saw this Partnership as a unique opportunity to diversify our investment portfolio in a growing and uncorrelated asset class,” Karsh, added in a statement. “As a true music lover myself, I’m dedicated to the company’s growth and future success.”The two companies previously partnered in 2011 when Oaktree Capital backed Primary Wave’s offer to buy Warner Chappell when the entire Warner Music Group was up for sale. (The ended with Len Blavatnik buying the entire company.)The year later, Oaktree backed Primary Wave’s bid when Sony Music Publishing had to sell off a portion of EMI’s publishing catalog. The Rosetta music publishing catalog, as it was called, contained Virgin Music Publishing and Famous Music U.K. songwriters, including song catalogs of Iggy Pop, Culture Club, Kurt Cobain and more. The deal ultimately went to BMG.”It is quite impressive how many legendary music catalogs Primary Wave has acquired over their 15 years in business and we are proud to be aligned with Larry and his team for this next chapter,” said Oaktree Capital managing director and co-head of North America Brian Laibow in a statement.Like many other owners of music publishing and recorded music assets, sources say Primary Wave is considering testing the public market at some point. That means it could do public offering to buy the music assets of its commingled funds. Already in the last year, Round Hill Music has joined Hipgnosis Songs Fund on the public markets, while Reservoir is in the midst of a reverse merger with Roth CH Acquisition II Co. that will make it a publicly-traded company.In other news, Primary Wave has cut a global distribution deal with the Virgin Music Label & Artist Services, an indie distributor under the Capitol Music Group umbrella. As part of that deal, Virgin will distribute the Sun Records catalog and other masters owned by Primary Wave, as well as records from Primary Wave Music’s strategic partner the Gaither Group, which owns the labels Gaither Music, Green Hill and Emerald Wave.

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