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CMU Planner – w/c 24 Sep 2012

By | Published on Monday 24 September 2012


A round up of music and music business events happening in the next seven days…

EMI sale completes. After Universal’s bid to buy EMI’s recorded music division received final approval in both Europe and the US on Friday, it is now expected that the change of ownership from Citigroup to Universal will happen this Friday. In an email to staff last week, EMI CEO Roger Faxon said that once that happened, he and CFO Ruth Prior would both step down. Universal will then, of course, have to begin selling the labels and catalogues it agreed to offload in order to gain approval for the deal in Europe – something Sony Music began doing with the EMI Music Publishing catalogues last week.

Nick Grimshaw takes over Radio 1 breakfast. Actually, this has already happened, as by the time you read this Nick Grimshaw will already have presented his first edition of the Radio 1 Breakfast Show. He, of course, replaces Chris Moyles, who left the job after eight years earlier this month.

Music 4.5 – Smart Radio. This interesting event, taking place from 2-6pm on Wednesday in London, will consider which online radio and streaming services have sustainable business models, and what music radio will look like in the future.

Polaris Music Prize winner named. The winner of Canada’s version of the Mercury Prize will be named later today. Up for the award this year are Cadence Weapon, Cold Specks, Drake, Kathleen Edwards, Feist, Fucked Up, Grimes, Handsome Furs, Japandroids and Yamantaka/Sonic Titan.

AIM Social launches. The Association Of Independent Music will hold its first AIM Social networking night at East Village in Shoreditch this Thursday. As well as the socialising, reps from two “contrasting” indie labels will be invited to DJ at the events, with Simon Raymonde and indie duo I Break Horses representing Bella Union and Peter Quicke and Coldcut’s Jon More Ninja Tune at the first edition. The night also falls inside AIM’s Indies Month, which includes various other events leading up to the second Independent Label Awards next month.

Radio 2 Britpop drama. If you fancy a bit of light entertainment, you can tune into BBC Radio 2’s new Britpop-themed drama tomorrow. ‘Eastenders’ actor Shane Richie voices this new radio musical drama titled ‘Shout To The Top’, to be aired on BBC Radio 2 at 10pm. The series, which is billed by the Beeb as “‘Glee’ for an older audience”, has been scripted by one-time The Farm drummer Roy Boulter and Louise Wener of 1990s alt-pop quintet Sleeper. Its storyline centres on an aspiring girl band in the pre-Britpop era, and will feature original tracks plus Eurythmics and Prefab Sprout covers to “illustrate the dialogue”.

Andrew WK speaks at My Little Pony convention. If you can make it to Ohio later this week, you can catch Andrew WK giving the keynote speech at this year’s Canterlot Gardens My Little Pony convention. That’s right, you try to take in those two pieces of information at once – that event exists and Andrew WK is giving the keynote. His talk will take the title, ‘In The Flesh: What Would Pinkie Pie Do?’ Pinkie Pie is a My Little Pony, by the way.

New releases. So, Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5 and Green Day all have albums out this week, which are your big releases, I’d say. And Dappy. Let’s not forget Dappy, eh? As well as that, you can grab new efforts from Tim Burgess, Efterklang, Karen O, Patrick Wolf, Wrongtom and Deemas J, Herbert Gronemeyer, plus Yoko Ono, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore all recording together, and Gilles Peterson‘s new compilation. Also, there are singles and EPs worth checking out from Dum Dum Girls, Olafur Arnalds, NZCA/Lines and King Krule.

Gigs and tours. Graham Coxon and Hot Chip are amongst the artists who will play this year’s Oxjam opening shows at Dalston’s Oxfam store this week. You can also catch Jarvis Cocker improvising a silent film score at Kings Place, the return of the Ja Ja Ja Nordic music night at The Lexington, and promoter Tief‘s first birthday party at Corsica Studios. On tour this week are Skream, Azealia Banks, Dan Deacon, The Enemy, Om, and King Tuff.