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CMU’s One Liners: Jay-Z, British Summer Time, Syco, more

By and | Published on Thursday 28 January 2016


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Fragrance firm Parlux is suing Jay-Z for $18 million for failing to promote their ‘Gold Jay Z’ range in the manner he had agreed to, or so they allege, according to TMZ.

• Pleased that this year’s programme includes both Take That and Kendrick Lamar, the Queen has decided to allow AEG Live to present its British Summer Time bash on her second back lawn until 2019, a two year extension of the live firm’s original five year deal to stage gigs in London’s Hyde Park. Which is managed by the Royal Parks, see?

• Syco has hired former Executive Producer of ‘The Voice’ Tim Van Rongen to be a Senior Vice President of the firm. “I am really THRILLED that a television executive of Tim’s calibre has chosen to join Syco Entertainment”, said its Global Head Of Television Nigel Hall.

• So, the bloody blockchain. Got your head around that yet? Well, Pledge Music’s Benji Rogers and the marvellous Imogen Heap will be talking through it all at an event for BPI members at the trade group’s London offices next Monday at 4.30pm. Admission is free. There are a limited number of spaces for non-members also. Email to reserve a place.

• Lafawndah has just put out a new track, ‘Town Crier’, which you can listen to here.

Here’s new Starchild & The New Romantic track ‘Slammin Mannequin’, taken from the ‘Crucial’ EP, out through Ghostly International on 18 Mar.

• Tim Hecker has announced his first 4AD album, titled ‘Love Streams’, will be out on 8 Apr. Catch him live in the UK at St John At Hackney on 5 May.

• Susanna will release new album ‘Triangle’ on 22 Apr. Here’s the first single, ‘Burning Sea’.

• Former Race Horses guy Meilyr Jones releases his debut album, ‘2013’, on 18 Mar. From it, this is ‘Featured Artist’.

• “The music industry isn’t creating any new headliners” people like to moan. But what about Foals and Disclosure? I mean, they are both headlining this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals, and that makes them headliners, see? I hope it works. Because it’s more ammunition against the “where are the new headliners?” brigade.

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