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CMU’s One Liners: ASCAP, Music Venue Trust, The Black Keys, more

By | Published on Tuesday 20 December 2016


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• US collecting society ASCAP and Nielsen have announced a new “strategic data partnership” – the best of all the different types of data partnership. Even better, it will be “multi-pronged” and “long-term”. “Nielsen’s data will bring additional frequency and breadth to ASCAP’s reporting, enabling ASCAP’s members to have a 360° view of the performance landscape for their music, while enabling faster and more accurate reporting and tracking across all platforms”, says ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews.

• The Music Venue Trust has added Ministry Of Sound’s Lohan Presencer and Creative United’s Sarah Thirtle to its board of trustees. “A strong board is essential to push forward on all aspects of our work”, says MVT’s Beverley Whitrick.

• Live Nation France has launched a new artist management company, called #NP, which will be headed up by former UMG France president Pascal Nègre. Shall we start a sweepstake on how long it will be before they drop the #? “I’m delighted to join forces with Live Nation France”, says Nègre, which is lucky.

• The Black Keys have put their most recent albums on Spotify – 2011’s ‘El Camino’ in full and 2014’s ‘Turn Blue’ in part – after a lengthy hold out. “After five years of struggling with this we agreed to put the keys songs on Spotify”, said drummer Patrick Carney on Twitter. “I’d rather people hear our music than not. No advance or money was exchanged. I’m still an advocate for artists to be paid fairly. I’m still apprehensive”.

• Rihanna has released a boxset featuring all eight of her albums on vinyl, just too late for Christmas. It’s the first time several of the records have been available on vinyl. Watch a video to show what vinyl looks like here.

• Clean Bandit and Rag N Bone Man are currently vying for this Friday’s Christmas number one spot – though Little Mix are gaining fast. Inspiral Carpets and The London Hospices Choir, who both started strong over the weekend, have both now slipped down the chart. Is it too late to get Rage Against The Machine to the top again?

• If it’s playlists you like – and why wouldn’t you? – don’t forget that CMU’s Spotify profile has plenty of the bloody things to get you through the festive period. Check us out here.

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