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Start Me Up: Breathe Music

A day out at the Music Week Tech Summit in October 2019 was a landmark moment for Breathe Music. Eighteen months ago, the start-up specialising in music recognition technology comprised just CEO and founder Jeff Francis. Yet his vision for ...

Incoming: Madison Beer talks Life Support

Madison Beer reveals why her debut album, Life Support, marks the start of a new chapter... The album’s been ready for a while, you must be excited that it’s almost here...“It feels like I’ve been waiting a very long time. The album was supposed to come out last March, and the pandemic delayed it quite a bit. We had no idea whether it would go away, so we thought it was appropriate to push it back. We pushed it and pushed it until it got to the point a few months ago where I said, ‘This is not going to dictate when I drop my album and I just want it out already’. I made the executive decision to drop it, there was no reason to hold onto it anymore.”  Your fans and the industry have waited a long time for it, too...  “I’m very, very grateful. My fans have stuck with me through a lot. I’ve felt things like, ‘How could they still be fans of mine when I’ve made them wait for my music for so long?’ I wanted to give them a big album. I’ve definitely been through the ringer. I was signed when I was 12 and dropped by the time I was 16. But I feel at peace now. It’s been a long time, literally 10 years of my life. It’s been crazy.”    I’m really proud of where I am now Madison Beer   The record is 17 songs long and lyrically very candid, what’s the story behind it?“At the time, which feels like forever ago, I was going through a break-up and a really rough time mentally. I realised it was a bit shallow to reduce myself, my existence and my art to a break-up album, I felt like I had a lot more to talk about and I also didn’t want to give my ex that much credit, you know? So I decided I just wanted to talk about real things. There are a lot of songs about my mental health and things I’ve gone through, I was pretty suicidal, actually, and making this album was really the only thing that kept me going. I wanted to get that point across as well as I could. I’m really proud of it, I’m really proud of where I am now. It’s definitely a period piece in my life that I already feel so far removed from, so it’s going to feel really good to get it out there and feel like I can close a chapter.”  You co-produced many of the tracks, do you have a favourite?  “A song called Effortlessly holds a close place to my heart. It comes from when I was self-harming and was in a really bad place. It gives my depiction of how that felt and what it was like, it’s an honest articulation of my struggles and what I was going through. I hope more people can start talking about these things.” If you have been affected by any of the issues raised here, you can call Samaritans for free on 116 123.  PHOTO: Louisa Meng

Charts analysis: Olivia Rodrigo makes it seven weeks at No.1

A week free of any suitably heavyweight challengers means Olivia Rodrigo strolls comfortably to a seventh consecutive week at No.1. Drivers License has now enjoyed the longest uninterrupted run at the top of the charts since Dance Monkey's 11-week spell at the end of 2019.  A further 46,404 chart sales (44,533 from streams) mean the American teenager's cumulative sales to date top half a million for the first time. Unable to match their opening week totals, Lil Tjay and 6lack still add a further 37,654 sales to remain at No.2 for a second week with Calling My Phone. Just below Nathan Evans enjoys a fifth consecutive week in the Top 3 with Wellerman. No longer just an internet meme, the sea shanty has instead turned into a genuine pop smash, a further 36,970 sales taking its cumulative total to 175,370.  The Top 5 is completed by The Business by Tiesto rising to another new peak of No.4 (31,652 sales) and Kid Laroi's Without You steady at No.5 (29,398 sales). Friday by Riton/Nightcrawlers/Mufasa & Hypeman continues to make strides, rising to No.7 (25,899 sales). It further hammers home the extraordinary versatility of the core groove, originally created by Mark Kinchen as a remix of the Nightcrawlers' original track Push The Feeling On in 1994 and most recently used last year as the basis of AJ Tracey's Dinner Guest.  Changes in artist credits during a single's run are rare and only happen in exceptional circumstances, but in an acknowledgement that it is the remix which is driving the popularity of Goosebumps the Top 10 smash is as of this week credited to Travis Scott and HVME together. The single holds firm at No.9 (24,126 sales) and now officially Scott's fourth Top 10 single, his first since Highest In The Room in October 2019. No new arrivals in the Top 10 leaves Save Your Tears by The Weeknd (No.11, 22,231 sales) and Latest Trends by A1 & J1 (No.12, 20,276 sales) knocking hopefully on the door. Meanwhile the second revived 90s classic of the moment also continues to make chart progress as Your Love (9PM) climbs six places for ATB, Topic and A7S at No.15 (18,500 sales). The Chicago drill of Cardi B's Up continues to mesmerise and it too rises into the Top 20 for the first time at No.17 (17,636 sales) with Central Cee's Commitment Issues in close pursuit at No.18 (16,136 sales) In a quiet week for new hits, the biggest debut of the week is the No.28 entry point for Let's Go Home Together from Ella Henderson and Tom Grennan, opening with 10,910 sales. It is the ninth chart hit Henderson but most notably the biggest chart hit as credited lead artist for the former X Factor star since Yours peaked at No.16 in December 2014. Meanwhile Grennan's solo release Little Bit Of Love continues its own steady rise with a climb to No.32 (9,640 sales). Both tracks will appear on his forthcoming Evening Road album.  Two weeks after his last, Digga D has a ninth chart single with the arrival of Toxic at No.36 (9,007 sales). It is the final teaser release from his new mixtape Made in The Pyrex which was released today (26th). Four new tracks (plus one previously released remix) were added to the digital version of Ariana Grande's Positions album this week. The presence of existing hits inhibits most from charting but Test Drive achieved enough streams to merit No.38 (8,655) and give the star the 40th hit of her eight-year chart career. Effectively a one hit wonder after he vanished from sight following the success of his 2017 single Let You Down (a No.6 hit here), American rapper NF makes a long overdue chart return with Clouds (No.56, 6,380 sales), a single on which comparisons with a young Eminem are more appropriate than ever before.  Confusion surrounded the appearance in midweek sales flashes of Time, a track attributed to recently reformed pop trio JLS and which appears with corresponding artwork on their official Apple Music and Spotify channels. Except the audio is actually that of drill track Look, as performed by Switch x J9 and which first appeared on YouTube under its correct name at the start of February. With no explanation forthcoming as to whether this is a genuine uploading error or part of a deliberate stunt, the track is left to chart as credited, landing at No.57 (6,288 sales). Tom Zanetti has his first chart hit since 2017 as Didn't Know debuts at No.61 (5,980 sales), HEAT (No.65, 5,752 sales) is the second chart single from Paul Woolford (handing a debut to Grammy-nominated American singer Amber Mark), Lifestyle arrives at No.70 (5,293 sales) for Jason Derulo featuring Adam Levine and Rag'N'Bone Man's first hit in two years All You Ever Wanted finally breaks surface at No.75 (5,054 sales).  Singles sales are down 0.69% to 21,765,403. Paid-for sales slide 3.36% to 444,536. Subscribers can access all the latest charts here.

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