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By and | Published on Wednesday 10 May 2017

Calvin Harris

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Universal Publishing Production Music in the US has promoted Michael Sammis to the role of President, taking over from Gary Gross. He’s “THRILLED” about the new gig.

• The all-new SFX – which is called LiveStyle now remember – has hired former Universal Music exec Chris Monaco to be Chief Revenue Office, Brand Partnerships & Sponsorships.

• The team behind music blog tracker Hype Machine are asking users to consider making monthly donations to help cover running costs, because “online advertising only works well at immense scale and venture capital prioritises returns over sustainability”. Info here.

• Having sold Kerrang! to Mixmag, Bauer Media is launching a new rock magazine to sit alongside its Planet Rock radio station. The first issue is out on Friday.

• Some of the people who used to work for TeamRock Radio are crowd-sourcing in a bid to raise £130,000 to launch a new rock radio station called Primordial Radio. It will combine “the intimacy and personality of radio with the freedom, control, and choice of digital streaming”, says the team behind it. Info here.

• MusicTank has announced details of a panel event called ‘The Economics Of Streaming: Full Stream Ahead?’ in London on 15 Jun, with a keynote from academic Peter Tschmuck based around his upcoming book ‘The Economics Of Music’ which questions the sustainability of the streaming business.

• Alt-J have released the video for ‘In Cold Blood’ from new album ‘Relaxer’. It features opening and closing monologues from Iggy Pop.

• Die Antwoord have released ‘Love Drug’, the first single off what they are saying is their last album.

• Calvin Harris will release a new album on 30 Jun, titled ‘Funk Bounces Vol 1’. Among the many guest vocalists on the record are Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, John Legend, Schoolboy Q and Harris’s former nemesis Katy Perry.

• Shabazz Palaces have already announced that they’ll release one album, ‘Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star’, on 14 Jul. Turns out a second, ‘Quazarz Vs The Jealous Machines’, will also be released the same day. From that, this is ’30 Clip Extension’.

• Perfume Genius has released the video for ‘Die 4 You’, from new album ‘No Shape’.

• Ahead of new album ‘Iteration’, out on 16 Jun, Com Truise has released new single, ‘Isostasy’.

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