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CMU’s One Liners: 7digital, Universal, Future Of Music Coalition, more

By and | Published on Thursday 7 January 2016


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• 7digital has announced plans to acquire Snowite, a French firm that similarly offers digital music solutions to third parties. Snowite is currently in ‘procédure de sauvegarde’ under French insolvency law – which is similar to when US firms have ‘chapter 11’ bankruptcy protection – and means the French Commercial Court will have to approve the deal.

• Universal Music in the US earlier this week named ex-Sony Music man Ashley Newton as a new President for its Capitol Records division. He’ll also be Exec VP Creative & Special Projects for the Universal Music Group at large. And you gotta love those special projects. UMG boss Lucian Grainge is “looking forward” to it. Me too.

• If you had money on musician Jen Cook and manager Jason Burns joining the board of the US-based artist advocacy group the Future Of Music Coalition, then well done you. You should buy me lunch to celebrate. I’ll have steak and chips, thanks.

• Pop and celebrity PR firm Hackford Jones is winding down its operations, with both Hackford and Jones set to launch their own agencies to do more publicity gubbins. One will be called Simon Jones PR. That’s the one being run by Simon Jones. Which is a bit boring. Jonathan Hackford should launch Not Simon Jones PR.

• Yahoo is shutting down its video platform Yahoo Screen. That’s where the web firm’s content alliance with Live Nation sat. But that partnership’s fan will be pleased to know it will live on within Yahoo Music.

• Emika has successfully crowdfunded the recording of her first symphony, raising €25,470 – surpassing the €20,000 she was seeking. “This is post music industry heaven for the independent creative”, says the musician.

• Savages have released another track from their imminent second album, ‘Adore Life’. Watch the video for ‘Adore’ here.

• Having been tipped by a load of those new year tips polls they have now, Blossoms will release a new EP, ‘At Most A Kiss’, on 19 Feb. Here’s the title track.

• Also out on 19 Feb is the new album from Ra Ra Riot, ‘Need Your Light’. Here’s new single ‘Absolutely’.

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