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By | Published on Wednesday 8 December 2021



Reggae artist and producer Freddie McGregor – with his catalogue spanning more than 40 albums over six decades – has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Warner Chappell. “With a new album in the works and the live scene coming out of hibernation, it seems like the right time to start writing a new chapter in my career”, he says. “I want to connect with other writers and producers from around the world to keep inspiring me to make music that moves people”.

Live Nation has completed its previously announced deal to acquire a majority stake in Latin American promoter OCESA Entretenimiento. “As we continue to bring shows back around the world, we’re excited to officially welcome OCESA into Live Nation”, says the live giant’s CEO Michael Rapino. “The OCESA team are incredible at what they do and together we look forward to creating even more amazing live experiences across Mexico and Latin America”.



Universal Music Publishing in the US has promoted Lillia Parsa to SVP A&R. “I am honoured to be a part of UMPG”, she says. “This company places so much care into each writer and continues to deliver as a leader in the music industry. It has been such an incredible journey thus far”.

Music PR company Inside Out has appointed Lucy Baker as Head Of Communications for its newly established Australian office. “I couldn’t be more excited to be joining Inside Out as we launch in Australia”, she says. “Creating strategic, multi-tiered campaigns has always been a priority for me and I am so delighted to do this in [the Australian] market for the amazing talent we have coming through, all while working with an international team to create more brilliant opportunities for the artists we represent”. Back in the UK, Publicist Nisa Kelly has joined from Good Machine PR.

Thomas Steinbrueck has joined good old Utopia Music as Chief Of Brand & Design. “We are proud to announce that Thomas Steinbrueck will join the Utopia family starting next January”, says CEO Markku Mäkeläinen. “Thomas’ extensive career in successfully transforming and modernising brands into iconic and highly visible powerhouses is why we are convinced he is the right person for the job”.

Management group YMU has announced the promotion of Chris Dempsey to the position of UK Managing Director. “These are exciting times for YMU”, he says. “We are committed to continued investment in our services teams across digital, streaming, commercial/brands and IP to generate more opportunities globally and provide our clients with the best expertise”.

The Worldwide Independent Network – the global organisation for the independent music community – has appointed Noemí Planas as GM and Denis Simms as Membership & Projects Manager as it celebrates its fifteenth anniversary.

Live music firm DHP Family has announced two promotions, with Anwyn Williams now Head Of Marketing and Matt Newton becoming Marketing Manager. “I’m extremely proud to be taking on this next challenge with DHP, a company that has encouraged and helped me to grow and develop throughout my career in the music industry”, says Williams. Concurring, Newton adds: “DHP Family has always been about nurturing staff and developing people to the best of their abilities. I feel privileged to be another example of this in my new position”.



Are you an artist who speaks Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French, Czech, Dutch, European French, European Spanish, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Polish, Spanish for Latin America, Swedish or Turkish? Well, the Spotify For Artists platform is now available in your language. And if you happen to speak all of them, well, you’ve got an awful lot of choice.



Mitski has released new single ‘Heat Lightning’, taken from her new album ‘Laurel Hell’, which is out on 4 Feb.

Alison Wonderland is back with new single ‘Fuck U Love U’, and has confirmed that she will release a new album next year.

Meyy has released new single ‘Rain’, featuring Jelani Blackman. “It’s about diving into a new love story after a break up, as falling in love is way easier than going through the hurtful process of falling out of love”, she says.

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

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