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By | Published on Friday 7 July 2023


HarbourView, one of those equity funds buying up music rights, has done some big old deals with Nelly and Wiz Khalifa. TMZ reports that the former was worth $50 million and got HarbourView a 50% stake in Nelly’s entire catalogue, though the official statement implied the deal relates specially to the musician’s recordings. The Wiz Khalifa deal covers “select recorded music and publishing assets”.



DIY distributor CD Baby has appointed Faryal Khan-Thompson as SVP Marketing And Community Engagement. She previously worked for rival Tunecore. Says CD Baby President Scott Williams: “We are THRILLED to welcome Faryal to the team during this exciting time of transformation and evolution for our company and are confident that her leadership and vision will play a pivotal role in CD Baby’s continued success”.



Want to listen to Taylor’s version of ‘Speak Now’? Well, feel free to do that right now. Yes, Taylor Swift‘s ongoing project in which she re-records her old albums continues. This time its 2010’s ‘Speak Now’ getting the rework treatment. And just in time to coincide with all the new revelations about the 2019 sale of the label that released the originals, Big Machine, to that pesky Scooter Braun; a sale with outraged Swift and motivated the re-records project.

Skrillex has teamed up with Boys Noize on new single ‘Fine Day Anthem’ – so don’t go saying I didn’t tell you.

The Pigeon Detectives have released new album ‘TV Show’, their first in six years. And there’s a video for the title track too.

Alison Goldfrapp has posted a Yotto remix of ‘So Hard So Hot’, a track on her recent album ‘The Love Invention’.

Lo Barnes has released new single ‘Don’t Wait’.



ERA – the UK’s Digital Entertainment And Retail Association – has announced that it will stage a Summer Party on 6 Sep at London’s Eastcheap Records where, among other things, it will – and I quote – “launch a brand-new series of Retail Champion Awards, set to honour the outstanding achievements and contributions of individuals who have been inspirational and given exceptional support to ERA and its members”. For information about how to nominate such champions click here.

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