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By and | Published on Friday 10 March 2017

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Other notable announcements and developments today…

• PRS has launched a new online tool for artists to submit setlists from live performances, which also works on smartphones and tablets. Amazingly, this did not exist before. “This gives us the ability to collect and distribute more revenue to the right members”, says the collecting society’s Karen Buse.

• Nick Jonas has dumped booking agency CAA right in the bin and gone off to WME, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

• The Association of Independent Music has made Gee Davy its new Legal & Business Affairs Manager, joining from Cooking Vinyl where she held the same title. “I’m excited by this opportunity to join the dedicated AIM team, who have always been a great resource for me”, says Davy.

• 7digital is acquiring one of its remaining rivals in the white label digital music platform space, 24-7. It is buying the firm off German consumer electronics giant Media-Saturn, which took a controlling stake in 24-7 back in 2009.

• Formerly housed in London’s O2 Dome, the British Music Experience has re-opened at the Cunard Building in Liverpool. “Undoubtedly, BME will be hugely popular as music is a major cultural driving force [in Liverpool]”, says the city’s mayor Joe Anderson.

• Ed Sheeran ended up breaking the record for first week streams on Spotify in just over four days, following the release of new album ‘÷’. Previously broken by The Weeknd last November with 223 million streams in a week, Ed got there by Tuesday morning. As of last night, he was at 273 million, with a bit of the first week still to go. “It’s fair to say that Ed Sheeran nearly broke Spotify this week”, said a spokesperson for the streaming service. “Nearly broke?” So claims that Ed would “break the internet” with this new album proved untrue then. Better luck next time.

• Lorde’s released another new song, ‘Liability’. You can’t really dance to this one, but it does include lines about dancing in it. She’s also announced that new album ‘Melodrama’ will be out on 16 Jun.

• Nicki Minaj has released three new tracks all in one go. ‘Regret In Your Tears’, ‘No Frauds’, featuring non-frauds Drake and Lil Wayne, and ‘Changed It’, with just Lil Wayne.

Here’s that new Steps single.

Here’s that Stargate single.

• Linkin Park have released a video for new single ‘Heavy’.

• Soulwax have released a new track from their upcoming ‘From Deewee’ album. This is ‘Missing Wires’.

• Anne-Marie has released the video for latest single ‘Ciao Adios’.

• Avante Black have finally got around to releasing the video for their 2016 single ‘Drug Money’.

• Full Of Hell have released a new track, ‘Deluminate’, from their upcoming album, ‘Tumpeting Ecstasy’, which is out on 5 May.

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