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CMU’s One Liners: Demi Lavato, Shazam, Rdio, Placebo, more

By and | Published on Wednesday 16 December 2015

Demi Lovato

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Universal Music Publishing has signed a global deal to rep Demi Lavato, and has formed a joint venture with the publishing side of Safehouse, the music firm owned by Lovato, her manager Phil McIntyre and that there Nick Jonas (the label side of which also works with Universal).

• Shazam has hired Greg Glenday to be its new New York-based Chief Revenue Officer. Imagine that, a digital music company with revenue! Who’d of thought it possible?

• Rdio will go offline on 22 Dec. At approximately 5pm PST. And just in time for Christmas! Grab your Rdio data here. Then pump it into a new Spotify account here.

• Kobalt Label Services has built an official Apple TV app for Placebo, the first of its kind made for the Apple TV platform. It’s got all of their music videos, some live footage, behind the scenes stuff, and other bits n pieces. It will also be a place for the band to premiere and monetise future content. “We see this”, said the band’s manager Anthony Crook. And now, so can you!

• Latest artists to get themselves a little bit of moola from the Arts Council-backed Momentum Music Fund? Well, Anna Meredith, Big Narstie, Bugzy Malone, Clock Opera, EAGULLS, Fyfe, Get Inuit, Holly Macve, Ibibio Sound Machine, Rozi Plain, Steve Mason and Swifta Beater.

• Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike has sat down to interview US presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. Watch here.

It’s a new Purity Ring video!

• Mexican Morrissey rework band Mexrrissey have announced a new album of Mexican reworks of Morrissey songs. It’s out in March. Here’s the video for first single ‘International Playgirl’. They’ll also play the Electric Ballroom in Camden on 14 Apr.

• The BBC has announced that the next edition of the 6 Music Festival will take place from 12-14 Feb, and only in bloody Bristol! Bristol, people, Bristol! And if all you know about Bristol music is Roni Size, Tricky and Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, well, yeah, that’s pretty much the line-up.

• Hey everybody, BRITs Week is back, taking over London next February with a BRITy mix of BRITastic British BRITty-ness as the Brits prepare for the BRITs. It’s a collaboration between AEG, London First and BRIT-maker the BPI. So, now you know.

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