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CMU’s One Liners: Help Musicians UK, Leann Rimes, Warner Music, more

By and | Published on Tuesday 14 June 2016

Leann Rimes

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• You have until 20 Jun to fill out the Help Musicians UK survey launched at The Great Escape last month which is exploring mental health in the music community. Click here to fill it out.

• Leann Rimes has signed one of those worldwide deals with your good mates over at Sony’s RCA UK. Her sixteenth studio album will be out later this year. “Singers”, says RCA President Colin Barlow.

• Warner Music has promoted Aton Ben-Horin to the role of Global Vice President A&R. “I feel challenged, excited and energized by the work we’re doing”, says Ben-Horin. “Acute”, adds his boss, Creative Director Mike Caren.

• [PIAS] is expanding its global operations with a new global team that will include label services, production and supply chain, insight and digital services, and business operation units. The firm’s MD of Artist & Label Services, Adrian Pope, will lead the new team.

• The boss of Warner/Chappell, Jon Platt, has joined the board of US performing rights organisation ASCAP. Because why not? Everyone’s “THRILLED”, that much I do know.

• Rhapsody/Napster has confirmed it is undergoing some restructuring – aka downsizing – “As part of our plan to better position for long-term profitability”. Yeah, good luck with that. Says CEO Mike Davis: “We will handle the process with the deepest respect and gratitude for all affected individuals”.

• So I guess that’s us all linked in to Microsoft now then. Microsoft has bought itself Linked-In for a neat $26.2 billion. The IT giant hopes that the “professional social network can rev up [its] software offerings despite recent struggles by both companies”, says the Wall Street Journal. Yeah, good luck with that.

• Banks & Steelz, aka Interpol’s Paul Banks and Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, have announced that they will release their debut album, ‘Anything But Words’, on 26 Aug. Here’s a song from it, ‘Giant’.

• Rae Sremmurd have released the video for new single ‘Look Alive’.

• Johnny Foreigner have announced that they will release new album ‘Mono No Aware’ on 8 Jul. “I can say, we’re happy with it”, says frontman Alexei Berrow. “So happy. Beyond thunderdome”.

• JME features on this new Double S track ‘Style & Flows’.

• Noel Gallagher and those High Flying Birds will be playing the Brixton Academy 6 Sep. It’ll be the first time Noel has ever played a headline show at the venue. So all that hard work has paid off.

• Amon Amarth will be touring the UK this winter, including a show at The Roundhouse in London on 4 Nov.

• And here’s Kim Wilde performing with Lawnmower Deth.

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