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CMU’s One Liners: Universal Music, Isle Of Wight Festival, Garth Brooks, more

By and | Published on Thursday 20 October 2016

Isle Of Wight Festival

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Universal Music has announced the official opening of a new studio complex in Sydney to be called Forbes Street Studios, because no one ever built an Abbey on a road in Australia. Apparently it’s “state of the art”. Though I don’t know which art, or what state that art is actually in. But we do know Universal Music Asia Pacific boss George Ash is “excited”.

• Hey artists, will you stop doing these fucking stupid exclusivity deals with the streaming services? It’s totally counter-productive for the wider streaming sector. And yes Troyal Garth Brooks, I am looking at you. Fucking Amazon exclusive. You know Amazon is evil, right?

• Former digital music exec and recent Really Useful Group CEO Barney Wragg has launched a new band name registry that uses that new-fangled blockchain thingimy to do stuff. It’s called

• MIDEM has announced a new advisory board of ten high-ranking music business types to advise on the evolution of the music industry conference that has seen attendance slip somewhat in recent years. Fewer male-dominated panels might be one idea for the nine men on the advisory board to consider.

• Lady Gaga has released another new song from her ‘Joanne’ album, which is out this week. Here’s ‘A-Yo’.

• Rejjie Snow has released a new track, ‘Pink Beetle’.

• The Isle Of Wight Festival has announced its 2017 dates – 8-11 Jun. So I guess that’s all happening then. The future of the festival had been called into question recently over a need to cut costs. It’s not yet clear whether that was achieved or if ticket prices have had to be raised. We’ll find out when they go on sale on 7 Nov.

• Max and Iggor Cavalera will bring their ‘Return To Roots’ show to London’s Forum on 30 Nov, performing Sepultura’s ‘Roots’ album to mark the 20th anniversary of its release. Both are now ex members of the metal band, of course. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Max’s departure in December 1996.

• Loyle Carner will play a show at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 17 Feb. Here’s a tour diary video for you to enjoy.

• Tycho has announced that he will play a UK show at Electric Brixton on 28 Feb next year. His new album, ‘Epoch’, will receive its physical release on 20 Jan.

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