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CMU One Liners: BMG, Virgin Records, MPA, more

By and | Published on Tuesday 31 January 2017


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• BMG UK’s Executive VP Alexi Cory-Smith is now President, Repertoire & Marketing. She told Music Week that the new title is “more of an affirmation” of her existing role leading the UK side of BMG alongside EVP/CFO Paul Wilson, rather than her taking on a new job.

• David Wolter has been named EVP of Virgin Records in the US. He joins the Universal label after nine years at Sony Music, but before that he was VP of A&R at the then EMI-owned Virgin label. Universal’s Capitol Music Group, under which Virgin US sits, says the appointment is part of a bid to “rebuild” the “historic label” Stateside.

• The UK’s Music Publishers Association has launched a new student membership, which will sit alongside its publisher and corporate association membership categories.

• Music focused booking agency Coda has announced a partnership with Independent Talent Group, a talent agency operating in the acting and media domain. The deal will give the two agencies access to their respective rosters. The two firms have also launched a new joint fund to invest in live projects in Europe.

• Ed Sheeran’s gone and put out the video for ‘Shape Of You’.

• Alex Lahey has released the video for new single ‘Wes Anderson’, marking her new record deal with Dead Oceans. She’ll be supporting Tegan & Sara on their UK tour next month.

• Moon Duo have released the video for ‘Cold Fear’, from their upcoming new album ‘Architechture Vol 1’.

• The Great Escape added another 100 acts to its 2017 line-up this morning, including another spotlight show in the form of the Slaves Pier Party. Yep, Slaves will be taking over Brighton Pier for a show.

• Sigur Rós will be playing shows in the UK in September – two at Manchester’s Apollo, two at the Hammersmith Apollo, and just one at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow. Not sure why Glasgow should be punished for not having an Apollo. Anyway, here’s a video trailer.

• Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis will host next month’s BRIT Awards. As previously reported, Michael Buble had been due to host, but has put projects on hold after his three year old son was diagnosed with leukaemia. Willis hosted the recent BRITs nominations show on ITV, while O’Leary once compiled a Spotify playlist for CMU.

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