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CMU’s One Liners: Christmas number one, BMG, TFI Friday, more

By and | Published on Tuesday 22 December 2015


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• BMG has expanded its production music business by acquiring Beds & Beats, which provides music beds for the UK radio sector. BMG UK boss Alexi Cory-Smith is “delighted” with the deal, which will also bring Beds & Beats founder Dave Bethell to the music rights firm.

• Molly Neuman, who has been Interim President of the American Association Of Independent Music since Rich Bengloff stood down from the top job there earlier this year, has confirmed she is not staying in the role long-term, and will instead become Head Of Music for Kickstarter. A new A2IM President will be confirmed shortly.

• ‘TFI Friday’ has been let off by Ofcom with a slapped wrist after actor Nicholas Hoult swore on the revived show before the 9pm watershed. Hoult had been told not to swear and was not someone known for doing so in interviews, said Channel 4. Also, Chris Evans apologised immediately and it was only eight minutes before the watershed. All of which means they’ve all been let off.

• The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled last week that Scott Weiland died from an accidental drugs overdose, after finding a mix of cocaine, alcohol and ecstasy in his system. The former Stone Temple Pilots frontman was found dead on his tour bus earlier this month.

• Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ last night nudged ahead of the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir’s ‘A Bridge Over You’ in the modest dash for Christmas number one. I think that means that JB and his fans don’t believe in universal healthcare for all. And he seemed so nice.

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