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CMU’s One Liners: Boy George, Beggars Group, Entertainment One, more

By and | Published on Monday 10 October 2016

Boy George

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Boy George will now be repped by CAA for bookings rather than UTA. Apparently he’s set to appear on the US reboot of ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ with Arnold Schwarzenegger replacing Donald Trump. At least Arnie got his political ambitions out of the way before starting his reality TV career.

• Beggars Group made loadsamoney last year, thanks in no small part to Adele. Operating profits for the group were up 229.2% to £16.68 million, on revenues of £72.94 million, according to a Companies House filing. Adele’s buggering off to Sony now of course, so where will the next loadsamoney come from? Perhaps they could sign Harry Enfield. Which is a very archaic reference, is it not?

• Entertainment One has announced it will close down its physical distribution operation, only providing digital distribution services moving forward. Warner’s ADA will handle dishing out the discs for the firm’s own labels.

• PPL and PRS For Music will open an office in Leicester next year, they have told Music Week, as part of the two collecting societies’ previously reported move to offer joint licences for public performance licensees.

• Remember BitTorrent Now, the streaming service launched earlier this year by the company behind the BitTorrent technology? No, me neither. But don’t bother. They’ve just shut it down as well as firing newish co-CEOs Robert Delamar and Jeremy Johnson. Or so says Variety.

• Coldcut are back with a new Roots Manuva collaboration, ‘Only Heaven’. The release also sees the revival of their pre-Ninja Tune label Ahead Of The Time. Listen to the new track here.

• Bayonne has released the video for new single ‘Living Room’. “‘Living Room’ sounds different than anything else I’ve released”, says the musician. “It’s much more sporadic and wild. I wanted the video to be different as well and I love the way the animation makes it feel so playful, bizarre, and cartoonish”.

• So Glastonbury Festival 2017 sold out this weekend. Super fast. Super super super fast. That’s damn fast, people. Damn super fast. So fast it was faster than fast. Did you get a ticket? Well did you? They sold out fast, you know. Though, if you missed out, here’s the up side: I hear they’re planning on booking some non-British bands to play, so our new government will probably ban the whole thing anyway.

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