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CMU’s One Liners: Taylor Swift, Spotify, Kings Of Leon, more

By and | Published on Thursday 15 September 2016

Taylor Swift

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Taylor Swift recently re-signed with music publisher Sony/ATV, says Sony/ATV, which is “proud to say Taylor’s new deal reflects her record-breaking achievements and recognition as one of the world’s greatest songwriters”. Does that mean they bought her a cake?

• Kris Chen is the new SVP of Warner label Nonesuch Records in New York, jumping over from XL Recordings where he was head of US operations for over a decade. “Simultaneous” says his new boss, Nonesuch Co-President David Bither.

• James Murtagh-Hopkins, most recently comms guy at trade body UK Music, is joining Universal Music as its Senior Director, Communications. I’ve no idea what that involves, but hey, he’s the PR, I’m the journalist, I’m sure he can tell me over lunch. Steak please.

• “40 is the new 30. Million” says Spotify boss Daniel Ek in a tweet. Which presumably means the streaming firm now has 40 million paying users. To celebrate Chief Revenue Officer Jeff Levick and long-time Spotify exec Jonathan Forster have both left the building.

• SoundCloud Go has launched in Australia and New Zealand, priced at AUS$11.99 or NZ$12.99, depending on where you subscribe.

• Kings Of Leon have released the video for new single ‘Waste A Moment’.

• Wow, Beck has released a new video.

• Does anyone else remember the interview on ‘Going Live’ (or maybe ‘Live & Kicking’) where Macho Man Randy Savage explained inappropriately how he came up with this name? I can’t find it on YouTube or anything. I can find Justice’s new single ‘Randy’, but that’s not much help.

• Years & Years have made a new track and put it on the soundtrack of ‘Bridget Jones’ Baby’. Here’s a minute of it, because apparently you can’t handle more than that.

• Sophie Lowe has released the video for new single ‘Mean’, a collaboration with Twinkids.

• SaraSara has released the video for ‘Euphoria’, and you can watch it here.

• Giggs will be playing The Forum in Kentish Town on 11 Nov. Tickets on sale tomorrow.

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