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One Liners: Jack White, BMG, Spotify, more

By | Published on Friday 28 April 2017

Jack White

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Jack White has signed a global publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group to administer his entire catalogue. “We are excited”, says White’s manager Ian Montone. “I am thankful”, adds UMPG boss Jody Gerson.

• BMG has promoted Keith Hauprich to General Counsel & SVP Business & Legal Affairs for North America. “I am delighted”, says BMG US president Zach Katz.

• Spotify’s UK Country Manager Chris Forrester (he managed operations in this country, not the UK country music playlist) has departed the company, just under a year after joining. Spotify told Campaign that the split was “amicable”.

• MelodyVR has appointed Ian Hanson as a non-executive director. Currently Chief Operating Officer of Global, he also previously held the same role at EMI.

• The PRS Foundation has secured 200,000 euros from the European Commission’s Creative Europe fund for a new European talent development programme called Keychange, an expansion of its UK Women Make Music Fund. “Keychange’s focus on giving talented women access to international networks and new markets at critical stages in their career will help them realise their potential as future leaders of an industry that is ready for change”, says the foundation’s Vanessa Reed.

• PJ Harvey is releasing two new songs today, ‘A Dog Called Money’ and ‘I’ll Be Waiting’.

• A new track has been released from Chuck Berry’s upcoming posthumous album, ‘Chuck’, has been released. Here’s ‘Wonderful Woman’.

• The Afghan Whigs have released the video for new single ‘Oriole’.

• Bonobo has released the video for ‘Bambro Koyo Ganda’, featuring Innov Gnawa.

• Little Dragon have released the video for new single, ‘Celebrate’.

• Doldrums has announced that he will return with a new album, ‘Esc’, on 30 Jun. Here’s first single, ‘Runner Up’.

• Analog Africa is releasing a new compilation, ‘Pop Makossa – The Invasive Dance Beat Of Cameroon 1976-1984’ on 16 Jun. From it, here’s Bill Loko’s ‘Nen Lambo’.

• Blondie will be livestreaming a show in Berlin at 8pm tonight. Click here to tune in.

• Ride have announced that they will play Village Underground in London on 12 Jun. They’ve also released a new track, ‘All I Want’.

• You can probably be fairly confident that a genre has peaked when Disney gets in on it. So, allow me to introduce Disneyland Paris’s new EDM festival, Electroland.

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