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CMU’s One Liners: Spotify, Caroline, Ole, ASCAP, more

By and | Published on Wednesday 20 January 2016


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Spotify has bought audio product firm Cord Project and music discovery tool what-not thingy maker Soundwave. This is because Spotify is “laser focused on delivering innovation”, says the firm’s Shiva Rajaraman. Should have acquired a company that makes lasers then.

• The US-side of Universal’s label services business Caroline has promoted Matt Sawin to Senior VP for Marketing & Commercial Development. He’s been with Caroline from back when it was boring old EMI Label Services, and says he’s “honoured” to take on his new role. His bosses are “THRILLED” obviously, though Caroline herself? Silent as always.

• Hey, just imagine if it turned out that Canadian music rights firm Ole had promoted Jennifer Essiembre to Senior Manager Of Creative overseeing creative operations of the company’s pop/urban division, while also working closely with business development and label services. Well, no imagination is required.

• News now from, and I quote, “the American Society Of Composers, Authors And Publishers, the world leader in performing rights and advocacy for music creators”, which is basically a CMU one-liner in itself. Anyway, ASCAP has promoted both Nicole George-Middleton and Shawn LeMone to the role of SVP Membership. Can’t tell you any more, that first sentence has sent me over the one liner word limit.

• Elsewhere in PRO news, another US society, SESAC, has appointed Alexander Wolf as President of International. He joins from Solar, the vehicle that represents the Sony/EMI song catalogues in the digital licensing space in Europe. His new role will also include exploiting, outside the US, the mechanical rights repped by the Harry Fox Agency, which merged with SESAC last year.

• SoundCloud has confirmed that it’s appointed 7digital’s now ex-SVP Music, Raoul Chatterjee, as its new Director Of Content Partnerships. He began partnering content on Monday. Here’s some SoundCloud content you’re all welcome to ‘partner’ right now.

• The video for ‘Kill V Maim’, which – for my money – is the best track on Grimes’ latest album, is out now. You should watch it because it’s the best track on Grimes’ latest album and the video is good.

• Aurora has released a new track, ‘Conqueror’. It’s taken from her debut album, ‘All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend’, which is out on 11 Mar.

• Matthew E White has announced a new single, ‘Cool Out’. It features Natalie Prass on vocals. He’s on tour in the UK this month, finishing up at The Roundhouse in London on 30 Jan.

• Get Inuit have popped out a new single, ‘My Oh My’. Have a listen.

• Tinie Tempah has announced a show at Brixton Academy on 16 Apr. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

• Glassjaw have announced that they’ll play the Old Blue Last in Shoreditch on 30 Jan. Good luck trying to get into that.

• Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told a parliamentary committee that he is pleased boyband SMAP have decided not to split up. So, er, that’s… good? I guess.

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