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CMU’s One Liners: Sony/ATV, Maverick, 7digital, more

By | Published on Friday 8 April 2016


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Sony/ATV has promoted Jorge Mejia to the position of President Of Latin America & US Latin. “Latin music is everywhere nowadays”, says Mejia. “It truly has become part of the soundtrack to a whole new generation. What a fantastic responsibility and privilege to be a part of this soundtrack”.

• Capitol Music Group’s Greg Thompson is leaving the Universal division to take up a new role as President of management firm Maverick Music. The Maverick company was originally set up as a label by Madonna in 1992, of course, closing in 2007. You may remember it was then revived in its current form by her manager Guy Oseary as a joint venture with Live Nation in 2014. “I’m excited”, says Thompson.

• 7digital has completed its acquisition of French white-label streaming service provider Snowite, announced in January. The company will now be rebranded under its new parent’s name, and its purchase is expected to boost 7digital’s annual turnover by £1.2 million per year.

• Former Strapping Young Lad frontman and occasional puppeteer Devin Townsend is publishing his autobiography, ‘Only Half There’, in August. More info here.

• Ghost Culture is releasing new double A-side single ‘Safe/Multiply’ next week. Here’s ‘Safe’. And you can catch him supporting Andrew Weatherall at Village Underground in Shoreditch on Saturday.

• Becoming Real has released a new mini-album, ‘Low Pearl’. From it, this is ‘Deep Breath Style’.

• September Girls’ new album ‘Age Of Indignation’ is out today. Here’s the video for ‘Love No One’. They’re on tour in the UK this month too.

• Hurray For The Riff Raff will be touring the UK in June and July. Here’s all the info and that.

• Quincy Jones is to receive the Lifetime Achievement prize at this year’s Jazz FM Awards in London. The ceremony will take place at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in London on 26 Apr. “To be so young and receive an award like this – it’s astounding”, said Jones. “I’m only 83, man!”

• If you thought One Direction conspiracy theories would die with the band, you were wrong. They’ve only got more amazing.

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