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CMU’s One Liners: Universal, Warner, Busted, more

By and | Published on Tuesday 6 October 2015

Universal Music

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Universal Music has confirmed plans to move its London HQ to Kings Cross where it will take over one of those plush new buildings next to the station. The new base will house Universal’s music publishing business and sister company See Tickets as well as all the labels. The mega-major’s new base will be a stone’s throw from the newish PRS headquarters. So let’s hope they don’t bring too many stones.

• Warner Music in the US yesterday announced that Larry Mattera, previously Head Of Global Digital Accounts at its WEA division, is to take the new role of Exec VP Commerce, Digital Marketing & Strategy at its Warner Bros label. “Spearhead”, said Warner Bros boss Cameron Strang. Who bought Larry a spearhead as a welcome gift. Possibly.

• Charlie ‘no fucking way, not ever again’ Simpson is apparently considering joining a Busted reunion, or so says The Sun. Despite him steering clear of the McBusted enterprise, apparently Simpson reconnected with former bandmates Matt Willis and James Bourne as they enjoyed their renewed fame. The reunion will occur this year, says the tab.

Dave Haslam is selling his entire vinyl collection, if you fancy buying it off him.

• The first batch of acts on the line-up for Stewart Lee’s ATP festival next April have been announced. Among them are Sleaford Mods, Boredoms, Shonen Knife, Trash Kit, Bardo Pond and The Raincoats. More info on the festival here.

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