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CMU’s One Liners: TI, Pearl Jam, BPI, more

By and | Published on Tuesday 23 February 2016

Roc Nation

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• TI has allied with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, via a distribution deal around his upcoming album ‘Dime Trap’. As part of the deal, TI will also become one of Tidal’s celebrity shareholders. But every deal has a downside, I suppose.

• Pearl Jam have signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing. The major will represent the band’s entire catalogue and frontman Eddie Vedder’s solo work. Guess how the band’s manager Kelly Curtis is feeling about the deal. Go on, guess. I’m going to put ‘THRILLED’ on a t-shirt and make these people buy one.

• Record industry trade group BPI has a new Head Of Content Protection, with Tom Cooper joining the organisation in April. He takes over the anti-online-piracy role from John Hodge, who is departing to join PhoneplayPlus. Cooper joins from anti-piracy agency NetResult.

• The video wing of the UK record industry’s collecting society PPL – which is VPL, in case you wondered – has announced Geoff Kempin as its new Chairman following the retirement of former PPL CEO Fran Nevrkla from the role. Co-founder and Executive Director of Eagle Rock, Kempin has been a VPL director since the organisation’s inception in 1983.

• Sentric Music has a new board member and Creative Director in the form of music publishing veteran Peter McCamley. Based in London, he will sign up songwriters to Sentric’s rights management services, while also seeking talent interested in signing more conventional publishing deals with the company.

• Tour production firms Cato Music and Production Park are joining forces, with the former set to become part of the latter’s group of companies. The deal will also see the two organisations’ respective education initiatives – the Cato Academy and Backstage Academy – ally to create a “centre of excellence for training the next generation of touring and production professionals”.

• Live Nation has acquired one of those “controlling interests” in a South African firm that stages lots of big concerts. It’s called Big Concerts. That’s how big. The Chairman and CEO of the firm – Attie van Wyk and Justin van Wyk respectively – will continue to lead the business day to day.

• Following Nick Grimshaw’s departure this weekend, Olly Murs has announced that he’s also jumping the sinking ship that is ‘The X-Factor’, with the handy get out that he simply must “concentrate 100% on making my next album and getting back to performing”.

• When I was at university, a friend ran out of clean clothes and bought a load of branded clothing from the university shop to avoid having to go to the laundrette. Not sure why I’m reminded of that watching the video for ‘Work’ by Rihanna.

• Saul Williams has released the video for ‘The Noise That Came From Here’, filmed in Fergusson.

• Highasakite’s recently approved new single ‘Someone Who’ll Get It’ now has a video. It’s quite dark, have a watch.

• Inga Copeland will release a new album, ‘Live In Paris’, on 29 Feb. That’s quite soon.

• All Saints will play their first headline show in more than ten years at Koko in Camden on 4 Apr. New single ‘One Strike’ is out this week, and their new album ‘Red Flag’ is out on 8 Apr.

• Hey all you “the music industry just isn’t creating headliners anymore” moaners, you forgot about Beiber. Because yes, the Biebster is headlining V Festival this year. Ha! Though I’m mainly mentioning this here because it’s been months – I mean, many months – since we last linked to this. Which is an embarrassing oversight for which we can only apologise.

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