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By and | Published on Tuesday 9 January 2018

Houses Of Parliament

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Digital Minister Matt Hancock was among those to be promoted when UK Prime Minister Theresa Mayhem decided to shuffle her ministerial deck yesterday. He’s moving up to the top job at the Department Of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, a department he first joined in 2016. And he’s “THRILLED” about it.

• Kobalt has made Lonny Olinick the CEO of its recordings division. He’ll oversee AWAL and Kobalt Music Recordings. Previously the company’s Chief Strategy Officer, Olinick confirmed his new job in a statement that is in no way, shape or form in any way even slightly over the top: “This is the dawn of a new era and we will be at the digital forefront, just as we were with publishing”.

• The all-new Virgin Radio has an all-new Head Of Music in the form of Christian Smith, who will join the News UK-owned station in March having spent the last four years at Global’s Capital FM. “Let’s get this party started”, says he, seemingly under the impression he’s been hired to organise some sort of party.

• Justin Timberlake is doing the big Super Bowl half time show, we know that, but the artist set to kick the whole thing off this year by singing the US national anthem is Pink. The singing will happen on 4 Feb. As will whatever else it is that goes on at the Super Bowl.

• David Byrne has announced that he will release new solo album ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful’ on 9 Mar. From it, this is ‘Everybody’s Coming To My House’.

• Noted elitists Franz Ferdinand have released the video for new single, ‘Feel The Love Go’, exclusively on Apple Music.

• Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis is launching a new club night, called Milk, at Peckham’s Rye Wax venue. The first one will take place on 18 Jan, with tickets limited to 100. Live performances at each night will be recorded and released on vinyl.

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

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