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One Liners: Jay-Z, LA Reid, BBC Music Day, more

By and | Published on Friday 12 May 2017


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Having confirmed it was renewing its business partnership with Jay-Z last month, Live Nation has now announced that that includes a new ten year exclusive touring relationship with the rapper. Variety reckons the touring deal is worth $200 million. “Testament”, says Jay-Z. “Pre-eminent”, responds Live Nation boss Michael Rapino.

• Pitbull has signed a new deal with talent agency WME, moving over from CAA. As well as pushing his availability as a sort of rapper, the company will also help to build his burgeoning career as a motivational speaker.

• Black metallers Satyircon have signed a new worldwide record deal with Napalm Records. They will release a still-in-production new album on 22 Sep. “We are proud to announce the signing of one of the most influential extreme metal acts and a pioneer of a whole genre”, says Napalm CEO Thomas Caser.

• Death metal originators Possessed have signed a new global deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band are currently working on a new album for release next year. “This has been a long time coming and this is a very exciting time for us”, says vocalist Jeff Becerra.

• Warner/Chappell has extended its worldwide publishing agreement with German urban artist Marteria. “I look forward to keeping our momentum together going”, says Marteria. “I look forward to continuing our work together”, adds Warner/Chappell’s Lars Karlsson.

• Sony Music exec LA Reid is departing from his job at the top of the major’s Epic Records division in the US, according to Variety. The former Universal exec joined Sony in 2011. It’s not clear what his next move will be, though he has always had other projects beyond his label boss role.

• BBC Music Day will this year take place on 15 Jun, with various music-related events being staged around the country to be broadcast on the telly and the radio. “BBC Music Day is a chance for people across the country to celebrate the power of music”, says BBC radio boss Bob Shennan. Thank the high heavens we’ve finally been given that chance.

• Miley Cyrus, in her new less tongue-based guise, has released a new single, ‘Malibu’.

• Shakira has announced that she will release a new album, ‘El Dorado’, on 26 May. From it, this is first single ‘Me Enamoré’.

• Fetty Wap has released new single ‘Aye’, taken from his upcoming ‘King Zoo’ album.

• Kelly Lee Owens has released the video for ‘Throwing Lines’. Here are reasons you should watch it: 1) It’s a great video. 2) It’s taken from one of this year’s best albums. 3) Why aren’t you watching it already?

Check out all the new music featured in this week’s CMU Dailies on Spotify here.

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