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CMU’s One Liners: PPL, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, more

By | Published on Friday 10 February 2017


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• PPL and the collecting society for the Romanian record industry – CREDIDAM – have signed a reciprocal agreement to pass relevant royalties back and forth. “There was initially some ambiguity over the application of certain rights in Romania, but this has been resolved and we are pleased to be able to move forward in a market that has, in recent times, been cultivating an export market whilst at the same time remaining a prodigious consumer of PPL members’ repertoire”, says PPL’s Director Of International, Laurence Oxenbury.

• Katy Perry has released ‘Chained To The Rhythm’, the first single from her still to be announced fourth album. Sia co-wrote it, Max Martin produced it and it features Bob Marley’s grandson Skip Marley.

• Lady Gaga’s new ‘John Wayne’ video is out now. It was briefly an Apple Music exclusive, but now it’s not.

• Nicki Minaj and Nick Jonas might sound like an unlikely pairing, but here they are on ‘Bom Bidi Bom’ from the ’50 Shades Darker’ soundtrack.

• Grimes has released the video for ‘Venus Fly’, featuring Janelle Monáe. It was briefly a Tidal exclusive, but now it’s not.

• Moddi will play Bush Hall in London on 6 Apr. Here’s his new single, ‘Oh My Father, I Am Joseph’, taken from his ‘Unsongs’ album.

• Girli has announced two shows in April. She’ll play Electrowerkz in London on 11 Apr and Stereo in Glasgow on 14 Apr.

• British engineer Alan Dower Blumlein, the inventor of stereo sound recording, is to receive a posthumous Grammy award at a standalone event to be held later this year. About time, really. He died in 1942. “He’s always been held in the highest esteem by recording engineers and so to now receive this acknowledgement from the wider music industry is simply wonderful”, says Blumlein’s son Simon.

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