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By | Published on Thursday 23 August 2018

Downtown Music Publishing

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Downtown Music Publishing has announced not one, not two, not three… oh wait, it is three… three new deals. They are all telly and movie related. The company has acquired a catalogue of reality TV tunes from Bunim/Murray Productions (that’s deal one), they’ve bought some music rights from CourtTV (that’s two), and they will now administrate the music rights of film production house Indian Paintbrush (there’s number three). The deals include music from ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’, CourtTV’s ‘Forensic Files’ and Wes Anderson movies ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ and ‘Isle Of Dogs’, aka your perfect Friday night in.

• Universal’s Capitol Music Group and start-up backer Gener8tor have launched a new thing to support new ideas in music tech, called gBETA Musictech. Eight companies will be provided with mentoring and support as part of a seven week programme. “We’re THRILLED to begin working with the start-ups helping us cross the chasm into these new ecosystems and are ready to support them with both our networks”, says Gener8tor co-founder Joe Kirgues.

• Live music firm DHP Family has hired Richie Deeney to be Head Of Brand Partnerships for its venues, concerts and festivals. He joins from marketing company Upfront Media, having previously worked at various labels. “Coming from a record label background and [being] a music fan first and foremost, understanding how the cultural brand marriage works is key in producing events which are exciting and fresh”, he says.

• Method Man has released the video for new track ‘Grand Prix’. His new album, ‘The Meth Lab II: The Lithium’, is set for release later this year.

• Liz has released new single’, ‘Pandemonium’. It’s “full of juxtapositions”, she says. “There are a ton of early 2000s references in the lyrics, but there’s something about the production that doesn’t remind me of anything I’ve referenced in the past. It’s bubblegum and light-hearted, yet it feels deeply anthemic and celebratory of that sense of innocence and youth we are all somewhat secretly nostalgic for”.

• Art Brut have released the video for new single ‘Wham! Bam! Pow! Let’s Rock Out!’

• Pale Waves have released the video for new single ‘Eighteen’.

• Boytronic have announced that they will release a new album, titled ‘The Robot Treatment’, next year. The line-up features original vocalist Holger Wobker and former Scarlet Soho frontman James Knights. More info here.

• Amnesia Scanner have released new track ‘AS Too Wrong’.

• Check out our weekly Spotify playlist of new music featured in the CMU Daily – updated every Friday.

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