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CMU’s One Liners: Martin Fry, Nigel Adams, Spotify, more

By and | Published on Tuesday 25 October 2016


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• ABC’s Martin Fry has signed a deal with Sony/ATV covering publishing and neighbouring rights for the band’s catalogue. “I’ve been writing songs for 30 years now”, says Fry.

• Nigel Adams MP yesterday tweeted that he’s “very pleased” that the government’s Culture Secretary Karen Bradley is “convening an industry meeting to try to deliver a solution on industrial touts”. So that’s a thing. Adams, of course, wants to outlaw touting bots via the Digital Economy Bill.

• Have you see the Spotify bus yet? I have. It’s a bus painted all Spotify stylee. Yep, the streaming service has ramped up its above-the-line marketing efforts in the UK. Doing things like painting buses. How very, erm, un-modern.

• Vevo has a new Chief People Officer all set to office round those people in a way that only a chief can. Colleen McCreary previously worked at social games firm Zynga and, says her new employer, she knows a thing or two about “successfully managing organisations’ growth from the start-up phase through to IPO”. Make of that what you will.

• Drake has announced that he will release a “playlist project” called ‘More Life’ on Apple Music in December, featuring himself and other OVO artists.

• Joanna Newsom’s released a new song called ‘Make Hay’, an outtake from her fourth album ‘Divers’.

• Run The Jewels have released the first track from their third album, ‘RTJ3’. Have a listen to ‘Talk To Me’ here.

• Soft Hair have released another new track, ‘Relaxed Lizard’. Their debut album is out this week.

• Deftones have announced three UK shows next May, kicking off at Alexandra Palace in London on 5 May. Here’s a little mini-documentary filmed by Fact at the band’s Wembley Arena show earlier this year.

• Jorja Smith will be playing three UK shows in December, including one at Omeara in London on 7 Dec. She will release a new EP, titled ‘Project 11’, in November.

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