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CMU’s One Liners: Kevin Kadish, Nitin Sawhney, Kobalt, Independent Label Market and more

By , and | Published on Friday 17 October 2014


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• A lot of people are criticising Meghan Trainor for being sizeist against “skinny bitches” in her anti-sizeism song ‘All About That Bass’. But I think that’s unfair. After all, she co-wrote the song with Kevin Kadish, so you should give him some shit too. I assume Sony/ATV has just signed him to a global publishing deal purely to give him a stern telling off.

• New York-based publishing firm Reservoir has signed Nitin Sawhney to a new worldwide publishing deal, covering all of his future work. Sawhney is great, so please eat one of the celebratory mini-cakes you keep under your chair right now.

• Kobalt Music Group has appointed Ed Foster as its Brand And Synchronisation Manager. He joins from marketing agency Frukt. “His breadth of experience will help us to engage even more strongly in the sync and brand sector, which continues to be an important area for our clients”, says Kobalt’s SVP Of Global Creative Synchronisation Michelle Stoddart.

• A Christmas edition of the now many-sited Independent Label Market will take place at Spitalfields (Market), London, on 29 Nov. Vinyl and various bits of rare ephemera will be available, as will lots of alcohol, this via a tie-in with the London Brewers’ Market. Find details and a list of the labels involved here.

• Booking agent Matt Bates has been appointed to the board of Primary Talent International, the agency where he’s worked now for nearly a decade. And why the hell not, we say.

• iHeartMedia (that’s the company you used to call Clear Channel) has announced that Gayle Troberman is now its Chief Marketing Officer. “iHeartMedia is the ultimate live creative playground”, said Troberman without laughing. What a pro.

• Cascine has signed Et Aliae with a view to releasing a new EP from the producer next year. She sealed the deal by remixing another Cascine artist, Lemonade (and probably doing some other boring contract stuff too). Listen here.

• Kylie Minogue features on the new album by CMU approved duo Flight Facilities. So that’s nice. The singer performs a short a capella version of previous single ‘Crave You’. You can hear the Kylie version here.

• Hey! (The) Pixies are issuing a big bumper edition of ‘Doolittle’ soon, as it is the LP’s 25th birthday this year. ‘Doolittle 25’ will feature 50 tracks in all; the original tracklisting and additional B-sides, demos and Peel Sessions, plus updated simian cover art by Vaughan Oliver. All coming on 1 Dec. Info on this page.

• NYC worker bees Parquet Courts will pose as Parkay Quarts (as with this year’s ‘Tally All The Things That You Broke’ EP) to release their second LP of 2014, ‘Sunbathing Animal’ follow-on ‘Content Nausea’. It’s due out on 10 Nov, and this is its grandly-titled lead song ‘Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth’.

• Beat-maker and colleague-of-Yeezy Evian Christ is throwing one of his spooky ‘trance parties’ at London’s Corsica Studios on 31 Oct. As well as a B2B set between Christ and MissingNo, it’ll feature Total Freedom, Nguzunguzu (aka 50% of the CMU approved Future Brown) and PC Music programmer Danny L Harle. And probably a smoke machine. Get tickets here.

• Afroman has released a ‘positive remix’ of his big/only hit ‘Because I Got High’. Originally a highly dystopian vision of the hazards of smoking and, in fact, toking, the remade ‘pro-legalisation’ track represents weed as a healthier alternative to booze and cigarettes, a cure for glaucoma and anxiety, and a reason to build schools and fund drug treatment in America. Which is all pretty debatable; literally so, as Americans in various states will vote on legalising ‘the erb’ for medicinal and/or recreational use next month. I was gonna write a one liner on this, and then I got… carried away. Here’s the video:

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