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By and | Published on Wednesday 10 July 2019



AEG has created a new European Festivals division, appointing Jim King as its CEO. King was previously the company’s EVP Live Music. “We wanted to give him the freedom to accelerate AEG’s activity in the festival space hence the creation of this division and his leadership role at the head of it”, says AEG Europe President Alex Hill matter-of-factly.

The PRS Foundation has announced it is promoting Joe Frankland to become its new CEO. He takes over from the music charity’s previous high-profile boss Vanessa Reed, who has departed to lead American charitable organisation New Music USA.

Music publisher Sony/ATV in the US has nudged Sam Reas up to Director Of A&R. She joined the company in a Creative Assistant role in 2015. “I couldn’t be happier”, says Reas.



The Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance has announced a partnership with the Association Of Independent Music that will see the creation of a new scholarship allowing one person to study on the music college’s Cert HE Music Business And Entrepreneurship course free of charge. Info here.



Ariana Grande has released the video for ‘In My Head’, taken from her ‘Thank U, Next’ album.

Villagers have released new single ‘Summer’s Song’. Says Conor O’Brien: “‘Summer’s Song’ is the closest I’ll ever get to writing a pure pop song. I just had to roll with it and I’m glad I did; it was really just an excuse to make the horns sound like sunbeams. Boy it’s fun to play live”.

Octavian has released the video for ‘No Weakness’, from his ‘Endorphins’ mixtape.

Lower Dens have released new single ‘I Drive’. The song is taken from new album ‘The Competition’, which is set for release on 6 Sep.

Swimming Tapes have released the video for ‘Keep Her Closer’, from their debut album, ‘Morningside’.

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