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By and | Published on Tuesday 8 January 2019

Universal Music

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Universal Music has announced a bunch of new appointments in China. Aaron Wang joins from Sony Pictures to become CFO for Greater China, while Tracy Mu – formerly with Dolby Industries – becomes Finance Director for Universal Music China. Yvonne Yuen is promoted within the business to become SVP Marketing for Greater China.

• Universal has also announced some new appointments for the Asia region in general. Elvin Eng is promoted to the role of CFO for UMG South East Asia, while Ang Kwee Tiang joins from record industry trade body IFPI to become SVP Asia Public Policy.

• Spotify is allowing brands to sponsor the Discovery Weekly personalised playlist service on its free level for the first time. Microsoft is the first brand to participate. “Our new Discover Weekly ad experience positions advertisers for success and ensures that our fans are hearing messages that embody the ethos of discovery”, says Spotify’s Danielle Lee, cleverly employing the kind of nonsensical word play advertising people dig.

• Giggs has released a trailer to announce that he will release a new album, titled ‘Big Bad’, on 22 Feb.

• Sleaford Mods have released new track ‘Kebab Spider’. The track, says vocalist Jason Williamson, is about “the accumulation of torment for those that refuse to capitalise solely through mediocre channels and as a result are ejected back onto the concrete. Obscure and under the horror as a giant spider crawls out the crown of their small portion of street meat”.

• Slaves have released the video for ‘Photo Opportunity’ from their third album ‘Acts Of Fear And Love’.

• Lizzo is back with new single ‘Juice’. Hooray for Lizzo.

• Slowthai has released the video for Mura Masa produced track ‘Doorman’.

• Balthazar are back with new single ‘I’m Never Gonna Let You Down Again’. The track is taken from their new album ‘Fever’, out on 25 Jan.

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

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