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CMU’s One Liners: Bertelsmannm, Warner Music, Deezer, more

By and | Published on Wednesday 27 January 2016


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• BMG owner Bertelsmann has confirmed that its top man Thomas Rabe will continue to run the company for another five years. End of the world permitting, of course.

• If you’re a fan of job titles like “President”, but think “General Manager” is a boring old job name, well, you’ll be feeling good today for Mike Easterlin, former GM and now President of the Fueled By Ramen and Roadrunner labels in the US. Craig Kallman of parent label Atlantic Records is “THRILLED” about the promotion. As are we all.

• At least some of that €100 million grabbed by the Deezer geezers last week is going to Golan Shaked, who has just been hired as Chief Marketing & Commercial Officer. You’d think they could spend at least 20 of those euros on buying me lunch, wouldn’t you? But hey, well done Golan.

• Legendary producer Tony Visconti will keynote at this year’s South By Southwest, which is a rather timely booking, given the recent death of his most famous collaborator David Bowie. The music wing of South By runs from 15-20 Mar this year.

• Neil Warnock off of the United Talent Agency, Gao Xiaosong from the Alibaba Music Group and music supervising type Mary Ramos will all keynote at this year’s MIDEM conference about “where the industry is headed”. Presumably Team MIDEM hope the answer is “Cannes”. Let’s see I guess.

• Run The Jewels have hired Cyriak to make a video for ‘Meowpurrdy’ from their ‘Meow The Jewels’ remix album. Nightmarish.

• Flying Lotus has soundtracked a short film, ‘Fuckkkyouuu’, which is an Official Selection at this year’s Sundance Festival. You can watch it on YouTube now.

• Ash Koosha will release a new album, ‘I AKA I’, through Ninja Tune on 1 Apr. From it, this is ‘Mudafossil’.

• She doesn’t put out a lot of music that Kenzie May (a song a year is her current average), but what she has let out there is all great. And in that I am including new single ‘Honey’.

• Ghostpoet will headline the first ‘PRS Presents’ show of the year at the collecting society’s Streamtham offices on 11 Feb. More info here.

• The Tad Doyle-fronted Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth will play The Black Heart in Camden on 2 Apr.

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