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One Liners: Mariah Carey, Kobalt, Scooter Braun, more

By and | Published on Tuesday 7 November 2017

Mariah Carey

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Mariah Carey is no longer managed by Stella Bulochnikov. “After working together for almost three years, Mariah Carey and Stella Bulochnikov have determined that it is in their mutual best interest to part ways on day-to-day management”, they said in a joint statement. They will continue to work together on a number of business ventures, though.

• Kobalt’s wholly owned investment subsidiary Kobalt Capital has launched a second fund after closing a financing round that has raised $600 million – “$345 million of equity commitments plus debt” – led by UK pension fund RPMI Railpen. Kobalt Capital says it has made over 100 copyright investments since the launch of its original fund six years ago.

• “AI-powered music brain” Muru has added two new execs to its advisory board, former YouTube and Spotify exec Kate Vale and Vistex UK MD Amos Beigun. “We are incredibly excited”, says the company’s founder Nicc Johnson.

• To coincide with the CMA Awards, the songwriter focused ‘And The Writer Is…’ podcast is releasing five new episodes this week. The first songwriter to be interviewed is CMA Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Thomas Rhett. Also in line for a chat are country songwriters Rhett Akins, Nicolle Galyon, Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell.

• Morrissey is well known for cancelling shows, not always for brilliant reasons. At the weekend, he pulled a US show at the last minute because the stage was too cold.

• Liam Payne has released the video for his latest single, ‘Bedroom Floor’.

• Angel Olsen has released another new track from her upcoming rarities compilation ‘Phases’, which is out this week. Here she is performing that song, ‘Sans’, on KCRW.

• Currently on tour in the UK, Ghostpoet has released the video for latest single ‘Woe Is Meee’.

• Rukhsana Merrise & Ghetts have released the video for their new collaboration, ‘Talk About It’. “I’m really excited about bringing out the new visual for ‘Talk About It'”, says Merrise. “I’ve worked with creatives who have translated the aesthetic of the song visually in a very interesting way, and this is the proudest moment I’ve had with a visual to date”.

• Luna Shadows has released a new EP, ‘Youth’. Here’s the title track.

• Jhene Aiko will play a handful of UK tour dates early next year, kicking off with a show at Koko in London on 4 Feb. Tickets on sale this Friday.

• Scooter Braun will receive the Music Business Association’s Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award at the Music Biz 2018 conference on 17 May next year. “Scooter’s charitable efforts are the gold standard in philanthropy, providing substantial aid to victims of the Manchester terrorist attacks and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in this year alone”, says James Donio, President of Music Biz

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

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