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By | Published on Wednesday 4 July 2018

Other notable announcements and developments today…

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• Music publisher Peermusic has acquired Accorder Music, a UK-based music publishing company focused on music for TV and films. It’s an “extremely important acquisition” reckons Peermusic’s Nigel Elderton. Which is pretty damn important.

• YouTube’s new premium music service? Yeah what’s that? Better keep on selling some ads I reckon. Warner Music, which controls advertising on its YouTube channels, has announced a new partnership with a company called Internet Media Services to flog ads around its YouTube videos in Russia, Poland, Spain, Portugal and most of Latin America.

• The Music Managers Forum in the UK has a new Chair in the form of Paul Craig of Nostromo Management. Craig was previously Vice-Chair, and takes over the top job from Diane Wagg, who confirmed she was standing down at the recent MMF AGM. Kwame Kwaten of Ferocious Talent has been elected as the new Vice-Chair.

• Tom Connaughton, previously off of the Vevos, has been promoted by his current employer Spotify to become MD for the UK. He only joined the company in April. I hope they didn’t print up any business cards with his original job title on them. What a waste that would have been. Won’t anyone think about the trees?

• Another soundtrack from the combined musical minds of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross? Well that would be nice, wouldn’t it? The duo are being linked to a new coming-of-age film from directed by Trey Edwards Shults called ‘Waves’. Though word has it the deal is still being negotiating to have them compose an original score.

• A new book will be published in November to mark Joni Mitchell’s 75th birthday collecting together a load of photos of her taken by photographer Norman Seeff. The book will be published by Insight Editions on 6 Nov.

• Like your documentaries short? Here is an eight minute doc tracking the career of Diplo, with cameos from MIA, MØ, Justin Bieber, Madonna and Snoop Dogg.

• There’s a surprise new track from Justin Timberlake called ‘SoulMate’. “Summer starts now” it says. I’m pretty sure it’s been summer for a few weeks already here in this Northern Hemisphere.

• Young Thug has unleashed a new ‘Twin Peaks’ style video for his song ‘Up’ from his April-released EP ‘Hear No Evil’.

• Krept & Konan will replace J Hus on the bill at the Wireless festival in London this weekend following the latter’s recent arrest on “suspicion of being in possession of a knife or bladed article”. He is due in court on 20 Jul.

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

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