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Kanye West might've been somewhat absent from his first opera in L.A. -- but he seems ready to make up for that tenfold with a silver bullet solution ... oh, mother of God. We mean that literally!!! Ye's down at Art Basel in Miami right now, ready to premiere his new opera, dubbed "Mary." You might've heard of her -- she was Jesus's virgin mom ... a big deal in Christianity and elsewhere. Looks like Kanye dedicated a whole production to her. It also appears he and others involved in the opera are actually going to be on stage and involved in the goings-on of the story ... completely covered in silver, head to toe. Based on a quote Ye included in his description of the opera, it's a safe bet this is basically gonna portray the Nativity story ... in which Mary miraculously became pregnant and gave birth to Jesus in Bethlehem, welcoming royal visitors from distant lands for the occasion. As for what the silver outfits might mean ... it's anyone's guess. Kanye and co. may be playing angels of some sort, or maybe Christmas stars guiding the way? Time will tell ... You'll recall ... Kanye's 1st opera, Nebuchadnezzar, got mixed reviews when it debuted at the Hollywood Bowl last month. It took forever for the show to actually start, and it ended pretty quickly too. Ye didn't perform either -- he just narrated from behind the curtain. Here's hoping this one goes over a little better. Silver Surfer Ye's gotta count for something, right? (TMZ)

'A True Artist Champion': Warner Music UK Appoints Tony Harlow Chairman & CEO. Tony Harlow has been appointed chairman and CEO of Warner Music UK. He succeeds Max Lousada, who has held the post since 2013 and retained the position when he assumed his global role as CEO of recorded music two years ago. Harlow joined Warner in 2010 as managing director for Australasia and was promoted to president of global artist and label services arm of WEA in March 2017. He's credited with expanding WEA's streaming-focused marketing, as well as overseeing the integration of platform acquisitions Songkick, EMP, and UPROXX. Prior to joining Warner, Harlow worked for EMI and EMI Music Australia before returning to the U.K. in 2002 to take up the post of CEO at Richard Branson's V2 label. Following V2's acquisition by Universal Music Group in 2007, the British exec held a number of roles at the major, including heading the international marketing team. "Tony has a depth and diversity of experience that few can match, said Lousada, who called Harlow a "true artist champion with a total passion for music." "As an entrepreneurial leader, he has a progressive and ambitious vision for where the business needs to go next. He'll be a great mentor to the next generation of creatives and executives, building an environment where original talent is nurtured and challenged," continued the Warner recorded music boss, calling the role of Warner Music UK chairman and CEO "a job that's very close to my heart." He added, "I couldn't be leaving it in better hands." "The U.K. is a vital source for many of the world's most influential artists, cultural trends, and creative innovations. At the same time, it's been leading the way in erasing the barriers of genre and geography for international talent," said Harlow in a statement. He takes up his new post February 2020. His appointment as chairman and CEO of Warner Music UK -- home to Atlantic Records, Parlophone Records, Warner Records, Rhino Records, Warner Classics, and ADA -- comes on the back of a golden run for the London-based label, which has so far claimed the top spot on the British singles chart for 30 weeks this year and recently celebrated Coldplay's eighth consecutive number one album with Everyday Life. Other artists signed to Warner Music U.K. include Anne-Marie, Charli XCX, Foals, Jess Glynne, Kano, Liam Gallagher, Muse, Paul Weller, Royal Blood. Kate Bush and Stereophonics. It also looks after the catalogs for David Bowie, Pink Floyd and The Smiths. (Billboard)

Tones And I on Target for Record-Setting 11th Week at No. 1 in U.K., New Music to Come In 2020. Tones And I is entering unchartered territory in the U.K. The Aussie newcomer's global hit "Dance Monkey" (Parlophone) is on track for an 11th week atop the Official U.K. Singles Chart, which would set a new record for the longest stint at No. 1 by a solo female artist. "Dance Monkey" currently equals the record, held jointly at 10 weeks by Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," from 1992, and Rihanna's "Umbrella," from 2007. "Dance Monkey" is on top of the Official Chart: First Look with a lead of less than 2,000 chart sales over Ellie Goulding's cover of Joni Mitchell's Christmas tune "River" (Polydor). Tones' monster hit has topped the charts in 20 countries, including Australia where it has ruled the national singles tally for a record 19 weeks. According to the team at Lemon Tree Music, the Australian artist management firm that also counts Tash Sultana and Pierce Brothers among its clients, Tones will release new music in 2020. Christmas is warming up on the OCC's First Look chart, which measures weekend sales and streaming activity. Among the holiday-themed records making an impact early in the chart week is Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" (Columbia), which springs to No. 5; Wham's "Last Christmas" (RCA) at No. 7; "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl at No. 9 and John Legend's cover of John Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War is Over)" at No. 10. The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday local time. (Billboard)


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