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One Liners: Sugababes, Independent Venue Week, Intellectual Property Office, more

By and | Published on Wednesday 30 November 2022



The UK’s Intellectual Property Office has written to Parliament’s culture select committee with a list of the music industry experts that have been involved in the data and transparency working groups that were convened in response to that committee’s inquiry into the economics of music streaming. Information about the members of those working groups was requested at a recent select committee session which discussed the ongoing IPO-facilitated work that is considering solutions to the various issues that have been raised by artists and songwriters about the streaming business. The lists are available on the Parliament website here.



BMG has acquired the royalty interests of Haddaway, including those of his big hit ‘What Is Love’. “The partnership with BMG means a lot to me”, he says. “I am convinced that it is in the best hands with the BMG team in Berlin”.

Kobalt has signed rapidly rising artist Venbee to a worldwide publishing administration agreement, and will also provide global sync and creative services for her catalogue and future songs. “From the moment we all heard ‘Low Down’ we knew Venbee was the real deal”, says Kobalt’s UK Head Of A&R, Kenny McGoff. “The music touches the mind, body and deep in the soul. Her way with words, melody, and of course bangers is a breath of fresh air and really exciting”.



Ethiopia Habtemariam has announced that she is stepping down as CEO of Universal Music’s Motown Records. “It has been the greatest honour to work with some of the most incredible artists, songwriters and partners in the world”, she says. “I have always had a clear vision for the talent that I’ve had the privilege to work with, which has led Motown to global success and returned the label to the forefront of contemporary culture. I am incredibly proud of what we have created during my tenure, and I consider this the perfect finale to my 20 years at UMG spanning publishing and recorded music”.

DIY distributor TuneCore has promoted Melanie Seddon to the role of VP Brand Marketing. “Being a part of the TuneCore team for the past two and a half years has been a tremendously exciting journey that has led to a ton of innovation, expansion and development of our brand worldwide”, she says. “I am honoured to lead an ever-growing team comprised of extremely talented individuals who work tirelessly to amplify our brand, our artists and our message globally every single day”.



UK collecting society PRS For Music has announced the winners of its Back To Live Music Venue Prize. The six venues that will each receive £10,000 are: CWRW in Carmarthen, The Goat’s Toe in Bangor, The Bungalow in Paisley, The County Music Bar in Chesterfield, The Sub Rooms in Stroud, and Doña in Hackney.

Young Fathers and Adwaith have been announced as ambassadors of Independent Venue Week 2023, for Scotland and Wales respectively. “By their very nature, independent music venues have to be resilient. It’s always tough at the grassroots, but never more so than today with utility bills going through the roof and runaway inflation”, says IVW founder Sybil Bell. “Because of this, I think 2023 might be our most important Independent Venue Week yet, and why I’m so grateful for the support of such brilliant Ambassadors as Young Fathers, Adwaith and [fellow ambassador] Philip Selway”.



The Music’s Adam Nutter has announced that he will release his Maps-produced debut solo album, ‘Badlands On Fire’, on 21 Apr. New single ‘Dreamtwister’ is out now.



Sugababes have announced that they will play The O2 Arena on 23 Sep next year. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.

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