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CMU’s One Liners: Nickelback, Sony Music, SoundCloud, more

By and | Published on Thursday 26 January 2017


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• BMG has signed one of those worldwide recording agreements with those Nickelback tykes. The band are “honoured” to be putting out their next album with the BMGers, while the music firm’s Zach Katz is frankly “THRILLED” about the whole set up.

• Your man Edgar Berger is leaving Sony Music because of an insatiable urge to “pursue new entrepreneurial interests”. And why not? The departure of the major’s CEO of International was confirmed in one of those internal memos.

• As SoundCloud continues to ramp up its advertising business it has announced two sales hires in Australia, recruiting former Pandora ads guy Shaun Alexander as a Commercial Director for the region and former Facebook brands liaison exec Marta Bonzanini who will lead on sales strategy and brand partnerships.

• Sixteen artists will be enjoying more momentum in 2017 thanks to some funding from the Momentum Music Fund. Ha ha! Good times. Another batch of acts getting money from the PRS Foundation/Arts Council England fund was announced earlier this week and includes: Cattle & Cane, Champion, Darq E Freaker, Jalen N’Gonda, Jamie Isaac, Jammz, Jaykae, Jerry Williams, Meadowlark, Mista Silva, Ms Banks, Mt Wolf, Nubiyan Twist, Our Gir, The Comet Is Coming and Wildwood Kin.

• It’s all about playlists these days, we all know that. But ever wondered what tunes David Attenborough would be curating into his Spotify library if he had such a thing? Well, he’s picked five tracks on the covermount that comes with the new edition of Songlines, so now you know.

• Angel Olsen has released the video for ‘Pops’, from her brilliant ‘My Woman’ album.

• Featuring Le Butcherettes’ Teri Gender Bender, the Melvins’ Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover with At The Drive-In’s Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, Crystal Fairy will release their debut album on 24 Feb. Here’s a new track, also called ‘Crystal Fairy’.

• High Contrast has released new track ‘Shotgun Mouthwash’, taken from the ‘Trainspotting 2’ soundtrack.

• Real Estate have announced that they will release their new album, ‘In Mind’, on 17 Mar. Here’s first single ‘Darling’.

• Ed Sheeran is going on a world tour. A world tour! He’s touring the world. There’s even talk of him playing Birmingham. Irish and UK dates are on his home page.

• Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson will perform together at the Barbican in London on 17 May and Norwich’s Theatre Royal on 19 May. Details here.

• Sylvan Esso have announced that they will play London’s Village Underground on 4 May. They’ve also released a video for ‘Kick Jump Twist’.

• Chelsea Wolfe has announced shows in the UK and Ireland in April, including a performance at Heaven in London on 18 Apr.

• Swedish metallers Katatonia have announced UK and Ireland tour dates for May, finishing up at the Academy in Dublin on 14 May.

• Lily Allen: Not a fan of Donald Trump.

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