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By and | Published on Wednesday 9 September 2015

Universal Music Publishing

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Universal Music Publishing has signed one of those exclusive worldwide music publishing agreements with Jeff Bhaskar, the Grammy-winning producer-songwriter who co-produced ‘Uptown Funk’, amongst other things. “It’s a thrill”, said Universal Music Publishing CEO Jody Gerson, playing with the cliché a little there.

• Turn First Artists is reportedly negotiating a joint venture with Warner Music owner Access Industries which would seemingly involve collaborations between the management firm’s artists and various businesses in which Access has interests, not just the mini major. Which is interesting because, as Billboard notes, Turn First has previously had an alliance with Universal.

• Sony/ATV has promoted Michèle Hamelink from its Amsterdam office to the music publisher’s pan-European A&R team which is led by Guy Moot, and who is “excited” by this new development.

• Universal’s US-based Capitol Music Group yesterday announced Gary Gorman as SVP Alternative Promotion, overseeing, well, alternative promotion for all of the division’s labels. “Wholeheartedly”, said his new boss Greg Thompson.

• Seemingly digging collaborations with funky tech start-ups of late, NME has announced a tie-up with a company called Amondo which allows users “to create visually rich, interactive stories from videos, photos and social posts and share them via the new Imprint format”. No, I don’t know what that means either, but presumably NME does.

• Hinds have announced that they will release their debut album, titled ‘Leave Me Alone’, on 8 Jan through Lucky Number. From it, this is ‘Garden’.

• Tame Impala have announced that they will play the Manchester Arena on 11 Feb, followed by Alexandra Palace in London on 12 Feb. Tickets for both will go on sale on Friday.

• The Ja Ja Ja Nordic showcase night is launching a new event in Hamburg tonight, in addition to its London and Berlin residencies, with performances from Hey Elbow, Axel Flóvent and Lisa Alma.

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