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CMU One Liners: Live Nation, [PIAS], Sony Music, more

By and | Published on Tuesday 24 January 2017

Live Nation

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• This being a day with ‘day’ in its name, time for another Live Nation acquisition. This time the live giant has taken a controlling stake in Preston-based Cuffe & Taylor which, among other things, promotes Greenwich Music Time and the Lytham Festival. Other Live Nation deals in recent days include the new joint venture with Metropolis Music in the UK and the purchase of CT Touring in the US.

• [PIAS] has acquired Australian label and distributor Inertia Music, which will now rep [PIAS] artists in the Aussie market. The deal doesn’t include other companies in the Inertia Group, and won’t change the day-to-day operations of Inertia Music either.

• Sony Music UK has a new Director Of Compilations in the form of Naz Idelji, who joined the major via its acquisition of the Ministry Of Sound record label where she headed up, yep, you guessed it, compilations.

• If you’ve been telling people that Ed Sheeran’s ‘Castle On The Hill’ doesn’t have a video, then you’re going to look pretty silly, because it does.

• Following all that chat about her playing a Donald Trump inauguration event last week, Chrisette Michele has released a new song, ‘No Political Genius’.

E! News reckons that Kanye West is about to reschedule the European shows he cancelled last year.

• Sigma will play the Royal Albert Hall on 27 May this year, making them the first drum n bass act ever to headline the venue, apparently.

• Mogwai will play a big old homecoming show at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow on 16 Dec. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

• Interpol have announced tour dates to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of their ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ album. UK-wise, they’ll be at Alexandra Palace in London on 1 Sep and the Albert Hall in Manchester on 3 Sep.

• Jorja Smith will be touring the UK in April, which is exciting. Among the dates will be a show at Village Underground in Shoreditch on 3 Apr.

• Maximo Park will tour the UK in May, taking in London’s Royal Festival Hall on the way. Their new album, ‘Risk To Exist’, is out on 21 Apr. Here’s the video for the title track.

• Frank Ocean: Not a fan of Donald Trump.

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