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CMU’s One Liners: Kanye out of CAA, new board in at ASCAP, Trent still inputting at iBeats, and other glorious moments of news

By and | Published on Friday 27 March 2015

Kanye West

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Kanye West has left booking agency CAA for UTA, Billboard has confirmed. “The decision to change agencies is based on Kanye’s continuing desire to diversify and search for new opportunities”, a rep told the magazine.

• US collecting society ASCAP announced its new board of directors yesterday. Check em out.

• Ashley Charles, aka approved rapper Amplify Dot, has been hired as an A&R consultant by Warner label Parlophone, reports Music Week. “Excellent”, said A&R Director Elias Christidis.

• Those of you who have been wondering “but what happened to Beats Chief Creative Officer Trent Reznor after the big Apple buy?” Well, wonder no more, my friend. “Trent Reznor is playing a major role in redesigning the music app, according to two Apple employees familiar with the product”, says the New York Times. So call off the search.

• Leftfield have announced their first album for sixteen years, ‘Alternative Light Source’. It will be released on 8 Jun. This is the first track from it, ‘Universal Everything’.

• Will Young will release a new album, titled ‘85% Proof’, on 25 May. New single ‘Love Revolution’ got its first play on Radio 2 this morning.

• Former Strapping Young Lad frontman Devin Townsend is working on a symphony. “I’m going to record it in Belgium in Surround Sound with a visual counterpart. It’s going to have a lot of instruments that are not typical for orchestral stuff – a combination of everything”, he told Kaaos TV.

• Omar Souleyman will release a new album, ‘Bahdeni Nami’, on 27 Jul, featuring production work from Modeselektor, Four Tet and Gilles Peterson. From it, this is ‘Enssa Al Aatab’.

• Blur will headline Saturday night at the Isle Of Wight festival it’s been announced. And I had seven pounds on Menswe@r getting that gig.

• Communion’s Bushstock festival will return for its fifth year over there in Shepherds Bush on 13 Jun. 40 acts, including Lucy Rose, Honeyblood and Beans On Toast, will perform over six stages. More info here.

• Unknown Mortal Orchestra have announced a UK tour for September, following the release of their new album in May. Tickets here.

• The AIM Independent Music Awards will return to The Brewery in London on 8 Sep, it has been announced. Hosts this year will be Xfm’s John Kennedy and Radio 1’s Alice Levine once again.

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