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By | Published on Wednesday 22 January 2020

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Warner Records in the US has hired Darren Baber as SVP Media & Strategic Development. “For most of my life and professional career, I’ve been a fan of Warner Records, its rich history, and iconic roster of artists”, says Baber. “I’m THRILLED to become part of the label’s exciting new chapter”.

Warner Chappell in the UK has named Ayla Owen its new VP Sync & Creative Services for Europe. She joins from advertising agency BBH, where she was Head Of Music. “I’m very excited to be joining a company that’s determined to reinvent the role of music publisher”, she says. She means Warner Chappell, by the way.

Sony Music France President Stéphane Le Tavernier has resigned after ten years in the role. He departs with immediate effect. While a replacement is sought, leadership of Sony Music’s French business will be overseen by President of Continental Europe and Africa Daniel Lieberberg.

Talent and bookings agency CAA has unveiled a new board and management structure to oversee the company’s “next-generation strategy”. The board members, including music agent Emma Banks, all have existing leadership roles within the company. “This new group will build upon our tremendous momentum and accelerate the agency’s growth”, shouts president Richard Lovett.

The Worldwide Independent Network has added five new directors to its board. They are: Francesca Trainini (PMI), Garry West (Compass Records), Jörg Heidemann (VUT), Lisa Levy (Robbins Entertainment) and Zena White (Partisan Records). “I am excited”, says WIN COO Charlie Phillips. “I’m very excited”, says Levy. “I am excited”, says White. “I am proud”, says Heidemann. “I am ready”, says Trainini. And “I look forward to continuing to participate”, says West.



Music industry conference Fast Forward will return to Sydney, Australia from 30 Apr to 1 May. Tickets go on sale next month.



Four Tet has announced that he will release new album ‘Sixteen Oceans’ in March.

Mitski has released new track ‘Cop Car’, taken from the soundtrack of Floria Sigismondi film ‘The Turning’. Both the film and the full soundtrack album are out this week.

Hilary Woods has announced that she will release a new album, titled ‘Birthmarks’, in March. The first single, ‘Tongues Of Wild Boar’, is out now. “For me, ‘Tongues of Wild Boar’ is fierce, pliable and incessant”, she says of the new track. “Navigating emotionally charged states of discomfort and becoming, it is a song deeply lodged in the body that yearns to surface for air and escape its own shadow”.

Bullion has released new single ‘Hula’. The track is taken from a new EP, ‘We Had A Good Time’, which is out on 28 Feb.

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