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CMU’s One Liners: Eventim, Backstage Academy, Kobalt, more

By and | Published on Friday 21 October 2016


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Former Ticketmaster exec Simon Presswell has stepped down from his role as UK CEO of Eventim, less than a year after taking the job, reports IQ.

• Muse tour manager and Cato Music founder Glen Rowe has been appointed MD of the Backstage Academy, bringing his own ‘roadie school’, the Cato Academy, together with the Backstage educational venture. Cato Music allied with Production Park, home of the Backstage Academy, earlier this year.

• Former BMGer Laurent Hubert has been hired to run Kobalt’s new B2B rights management division. “So, I’m THRILLED”, says CEO Willard Ahdritz.

• Deezer has launched a new dedicated grime channel, to promote new talent in the genre with playlists, podcasts and videos. “It’s time”, says Roman Tagoe, Head If Content And Editorial, Deezer UK & Ireland.

• Janet Jackson’s ‘Nasty’ reportedly got a 250% boost in Spotify streams after Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman”. Although, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that’s probably a normal week-by-week or even day-by-day fluctuation for that song. Stats are stupid.

• Eminem has released a new Donald Trump diss track, called ‘Campaign Speech’.

The video for Little Mix’s new single, ‘Shout Out To My Ex’, is now online.

• Sky Ferreira has been cast in a new film about Norwegian black metal band Mayhem, based on the book ‘Lords Of Chaos’, reports Deadline. The film is being directed by former Bathory drummer turned pop video maker Jonas Åkerlund.

• Radiohead are headlining Poland’s Open’er festival next year. And some other festival too, but I forget which one.

• In a busy week for award giving, Music Week presented its annual Sync Awards last night, an event where I’m sure everyone in the room was perfectly synchronised. Here’s the list of all the winners. Well done all of you, for syncing like the best of them.

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