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One Liners: Universal, Billboard, Notion, more

By and | Published on Thursday 12 July 2018

Charlie Walk

Other notable announcements and developments today…

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• Universal Music yesterday announced the launch of a new ‘strategic division’ within French-speaking Africa focused on discovering and supporting local talent. The new division will be headed up by Moussa Soumbounou, who becomes MD, Western Africa.

• Classical music centric PR agency WildKat has hired Naomi Belshaw, who joins the firm after more than a decade with PRS, most recently with the PRS Foundation. The hire comes as WildKat adds composer consultancy and funding advice to its range of services.

• The CEO of US trade mags Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter – John Amato – has resigned. This follows allegations published by The Daily Beast in May that Amato had suppressed articles about his friend Charlie Walk, the label exec accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. Billboard parent company Valence Media is still investigating those claims.

• Notion has named Russell Dean Stone as its new Editor. Stone was previously Online Editor at Beat Magazine.

• The Association Of Independent Festivals has announced more details about its Festival Congress, which this year takes place in Sheffield on 6 and 7 Nov. Initial speakers include Shangri-La Creative Director Kaye Dunnings and founding member of Cabaret Voltaire, Stephen Mallinder. Info here.

• The Incorporated Society Of Musicians has announced details of an event called The Empowered Musician, which will take place on 4 Oct in London. Among other things, CMU’s Chris Cooke will join Music Glue’s Suzi Beese, Media Insight Consulting’s Chris Carey and beatboxer SK Shlomo for a digital-focused session. Info here.

• Childish Gambino has released two new summery tracks, ‘Summertime Magic’ and ‘Feels Like Summer’.

• Jonathan ‘Jonny’ Greenwood has released a new piano composition, ’88 (No 1)’. If you want to listen to it, you’ll need to pull your finger out. Fingers, in fact. Because it’s only available as sheet music. You’ll have to play it yourself using your fingers is what I’m saying.

• Paul Weller will release a new album, ‘True Meanings’, on 14 Sep. Noel Gallagher makes a “sneaky appearance” on it, apparently. I’m sure he would have been welcome to play without any sneaking around if he’d just asked. Here’s a song, ‘Aspects’.

• Interpol have released the video for new single ‘The Rover’. “I like to describe the video for ‘The Rover’ as a prequel”, says the band’s Paul Banks. Whatever gets you through the day, mate.

• Rich The Kid has released new track ‘Lost It’, featuring Quavo and Offset.

• Oneohtrix Point Nevereverevereverevereverever has released new single ‘The Station’. It’ll feature on a new EP he’s got coming out later this month.

• Crossfaith have released new single ‘Catastrophe’. The track is taken from upcoming album ‘Ex_Machina’.

• Gaika has released a new Sophie-produced track, ‘Immigrant Sons (Pesos & Gas)’.

• Estrons have released the video for new single ‘Lilac’.

• Sigma will do a bit of DJing at Electric Brixton on 6 Oct. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.

• Sevendust and All That Remains have announced a co-headline tour in December. These will be Sevendust’s first UK shows for seven years.

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

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