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CMU’s One Liners: Kim Dotcom, Loulou Gasté, Ferdy Unger-Hamilton, more

By and | Published on Wednesday 10 February 2016

Kim Dotcom

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom’s appeal against his extradition to the US, where he faces charges of money laundering, racketeering and copyright infringement, won’t kick off until 29 Aug. The US government had been pushing for the appeal to be fast-tracked, hoping that Dotcom will lose and it can get him into an American courtroom ASAP.

• BMG has acquired the publishing catalogues of French songwriter Loulou Gasté from his widow, singer and actress Line Renaud. “All my trust goes to BMG France and BMG Global so that the work of my husband will never be forgotten”, says Renaud. No pressure.

• Polydor Records President Ferdy Unger-Hamilton is leaving the Universal label, with Hits Daily Double reckoning he’s set to launch a new joint venture label with Sony Music. And who wouldn’t want to launch a new joint venture label with Sony Music? Can I have a new joint venture label with Sony Music? I’d call it THRILLED Records.

• Universal Music Australia has launched one of those creative agencies that delivers “entertainment-led marketing partnerships and talent-led solutions”. It’s a joint venture with PR company One Green Bean, that is majority owned by Havas, which has a shareholder in common with Universal owner Vivendi: Vincent Bollore. Universal France has a joint venture with another Havas firm, and Universal UK’s Global often works with Havas agency Cake.

• Kali Uchis and Slow Hollow’s Austin Feinstein feature in this new Tyler, The Creator video. Because they feature on the song too. It’s obvious really.

• Shonen Knife have put out a track from their upcoming 35th anniversary album ‘Adventure’, which is out on 1 Apr. Here’s ‘Jump In To A New World’. And remind yourself of their UK tour dates here.

• Nisennenmondai will release a new album, ‘#N/A’, on 1 Apr. It’s produced by Adrian Sherwood, whose influence is strong enough that the title actually stands for ‘Nisennenmondai/Adrian Sherwood’. Here’s a track called ‘#3’.

• Petite Noir has announced that he will release a new single, ‘Just Breathe’, on 26 Mar. He’ll also play The Laundry in London on 3 Mar. Here’s a video of him performing another song, ‘MDR’.

• Laura Mvula will play Islington Assembly Hall on 22 Mar. Here’s recent single ‘Overcome’, featuring that Nile Rodgers.

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