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CMU’s One Liners: ASCAP, Rock Band, The Libertines and two more

By | Published on Tuesday 25 August 2015

The Libertines

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• US collecting society ASCAP has a brand new SVP Strategy & Business Development in the form of Mark Sperling, formerly of investment bank Allen & Company. He’ll develop business strategy and strategies for business development, I’m sure. “Wealth” said ASCAP boss Elizabeth Matthews. Referring to Sperling’s knowledge, not his banking buddies.

• The Libertines have opened a shop! You know, just in case the new album bombs. Always good to have a back up plan I say. Sited next to the Dublin Castle venue in Camden, where the band will stage a number of events next week, the pop-up store will sell rare memorabilia and coffee in aid of the Rock N Roll Rescue charity, which is actually hosting the thing.

• Arctic Monkeys track ‘Arabella’ will feature on the soundtrack to ‘Rock Band 4’ it has been revealed, because, as I’m sure you all remember, the pretend-to-play gaming phenomenon is coming back this Autumn with new versions of both ‘Rock Band’ and ‘Guitar Hero’. Songs from Soundgarden, Cake, The Black Keys and, even, Mark Ronson, will also appear on the former.

• Megadeath’s Dave Mustaine has said it would be nice to be asked to rejoin the band from which he was famously fired in 1983, Metallica, though he’d still turn them down, down, down. Which I think makes the chances of him being asked even less likely. Though, in a Twitter Q&A with fans, he did call Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich a “friend”.

• Members of One Direction have been busy telling fans what ‘hiatus’ means and that while they will – as The Sun reported – be going on a break next year, they’ll be back. Though 1D fans ought to be told that you only really know a pop group is going to carry on performing forever once they’ve announced their “final ever world tour”.