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CMU’s One Liners: [PIAS], Warner, Universal, more

By and | Published on Tuesday 29 September 2015


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• [PIAS] yesterday announced it is acquiring the music side of Harmonia Mundi, the classical, jazz and world music specialists. The deal includes the firm’s label, music publishing and distribution divisions, though not its book publishing and retail assets.

• Warner Music yesterday announced two appointments in its label services division ADA Worldwide, with David Orleans being promoted to President Of Sales & Label Management and Kenny Weakly to the role of President Of A&R & Label Services. “Core”, said their boss Eliah Seton. As in “core strengths”. Just in case you wondered.

• Universal Music Publishing announced not one but three promotions in its UK wing yesterday, with Caroline Elleray becoming VP of A&R; Frank Tope becoming Senior Director of A&R; and Mark Gale becoming Director of UK A&R / Director of International A&R, which sounds to me a little like becoming Director Of A&R.

• Elsewhere in the Universal Music Group, Nicola Levy has just become Global Head Of Business Affairs, Digital, a promotion that will see her relocate from London to Santa Monica. Good times.

• US collecting society BMI yesterday announced the appointment of Jodie Thomas to the role of Executive Director, Corporate Communications And Media Relations, reporting into VP Of Corporate Comms Liz Fischer who says “tremendous”.

• BBC London 94.9 is rebranding as BBC Radio London. Fact fans will note that that’s what the station was originally called when it launched 45 years ago, and the rebrand will coincide with the 45th anniversary. Over the years the station has also gone by names like GLR, BBC LDN and BBC London.

• Ninja Tune founders Coldcut and one of their newest signings Seven Davis Jr took over Radio 1’s ‘Essential Mix’ slot at the weekend to mark the label’s 25th anniversary. You could and probably should listen here.

• Run The Jewels have finally released their ‘Meow The Jewels’ remix album. Sadly, it is dreadful.

• Lush are reforming to play their first show in 20 years at the Roundhouse on 6 May next year. “Finally”, says frontwoman Miki Berenyi.

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