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One Liners: SACEM, Virgin Fest, NEC Group, more

By and | Published on Wednesday 17 October 2018


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• French collecting society SACEM has announced another deal to represent the Anglo-American repertoire of an independent music publisher in the digital licensing domain. Music Sales joins Wixen, PEN Music Group and the all-new IMPEL grouping of indie publishers in working with SACEM on digital licensing.

• The Orchard has named Tim Pithouse its Global Head Of Artist & Label Services. He will officially start work in the role on 1 Nov. “I look forward to working with the many skilled executives at The Orchard around the world to build a fantastic new artist-focused division that further expands the company’s global service offerings”, he says in a rather long sentence only made longer by this needless addendum pointing that out.

• Richard Branson has announced a new US festival, called Virgin Fest. “The heart of the Virgin brand has always been music and entertainment”, says Branson. “Now I’m THRILLED to share that we are launching Virgin Fest, an innovative music and technology experience that will be unlike any other festival series”.

• US private equity firm Blackstone Group has acquired UK venue business NEC Group for a reported £800 million. It purchases the company from Lloyds Banking Group, which bought it from Birmingham City Council for £307 million in 2015. “Blackstone’s track record in scaling companies, sector knowledge and unrivalled real estate capabilities make them the ideal new partner for NEC Group to realise the next phase of our ambitious growth strategy”, says NEC CEO Paul Thandi.

• Eventim UK has appointed Daniel Brown as its new CEO. He joins from AEG. “I’m thankful”, says Brown. At the same time, Dale Ballentine has been promoted to COO.

• Thom Yorke has contributed a track to Greenpeace’s ‘Protect The Antarctic’ campaign. ‘Hands Off The Antarctic’ follow’s Eku Fantasy’s ‘January Is the Cruelest Month’.

• Arctic Monkeys have released ‘Warp Speed Chic’, a short film about the making of latest album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’. They’ve also confirmed that the album’s title track will be released as a single on 30 Nov, featuring a new song on the B-side called ‘Anyways’.

• Portugal. The Man have released the video for new single ‘Tidal Wave’.

• That band you like for some reason, The 1975, have released the video for recent single ‘Love It If We Made It’.

• Public Service Broadcasting have released the video for ‘White Star Liner’, from their recent EP of the same name.

• Boy Azooga have released the video for ‘Do The Standing Still’, from their debut album, ‘1,2, Kung Fu!’

• Lafawndah will present her ‘Honey Colony’ mixtape live at London’s Southbank Centre on 6 Dec. On hand to help will be Mica Levi, Tirzah, Bonnie Banane and more. Here’s some more info.

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

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