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CMU’s One Liners: Secondary ticketing review, Robert Plant, Elektra, more

By and | Published on Thursday 26 May 2016

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Other notable announcements and developments today…

• The government’s report on secondary ticketing is out – as is a summary of its consumer survey – so go read for yourself, and look out for a summary in tomorrow’s CMU Daily.

• Robert Plant has cancelled his appearance at Guy Garvey’s Meltdown festival in London next month, as it now clashes with Led Zeppelin’s plagiarism trial over accusations that they stole parts of ‘Stairway To Heaven’ from another act.

• Warner Music is launching its Elektra brand in France, and has nabbed Julien Creuzard from Universal’s French division to run it. But what will Elektra France set out to achieve? “To attract and produce exceptional musical talent”, that’s what. Controversial.

• Lonny Olinick is now SVP Strategic Business Development at Kobalt, so do please all update your rolodexes. He will report into Kobalt boss Willard Ahdritz and is tasked with ensuring the firm “continues to drive transformational change within the music industry”. My very favourite kind of change.

• Management firm Three Six Zero has promoted Tiffany Yo to the role of VP Digital Innovation. She was previously Head Of Digital at the firm and will now, finally, have a job title that allows her to innovate. Good.

• Pond frontman Nicholas Allbrook has released a video for new single ‘A Fool There Was’. His new solo album ‘Pure Gardiya’ is out tomorrow.

• Noah Kin has put out a new video for ‘The Void’. He’s playing The Jazz Café tomorrow night too.

• McFly have postponed their June tour dates to September, after drummer Harry Judd sustained acute disc herniation at C6/7 level. I don’t really know what that means, but it sounds bad. “I’ve honestly tried everything to make it work, but I’d never want to do a tour where I wouldn’t be able to give you guys the 110% performance you deserve every night”. Pedants might want to point out here that it is impossible to give 110% ever, acute disc herniation at C6/7 level or not.

• Labrinth will play a one-off show to warm up for the festival season at the Oval Space in London 1 Jun.

• Caro Emerald has announced a sizeable UK tour for March and April next year. Take a look at the dates here.

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