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CMU’s One Liners: Lucian Grainge, Metropolis Studios, Frank Ocean, more

By and | Published on Wednesday 30 November 2016

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Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Universal Music boss Uncle Luci Grainge was knighted by Prince William yesterday for all his many services to, well, I don’t know, something. I mean, there’s usually a reason when one of the Windsors gets out a knighting sword, isn’t there? And it’s not always just about slashing open Ed Sheeran’s face.

• Metropolis Studios has appointed Gavin Newman as Event & Content Director. Newman joins from The Hospital. Metropolis CEO Ian Brenchley says everyone there is “absolutely enraptured” by the new hire, which is a new one on us.

• Yasiin Bey, fka Mos Def, will release his final album, ‘Dec 99th’, on 9 Dec as a Tidal exclusive. Yeah, that’s still a thing. From it, this is ‘Local Time’.

• Tom Odell is releasing an EP on 9 Dec called ‘Spending All My Christmas With You’, which is a title that is grammatically all over the place. Still, it’s nearly Christmas, so we’ll let him off. Here’s the video for the less grating (at least in title) ‘Silhouette’.

• If you want to see Frank Ocean headline a festival in London next year, you’d better get a ticket to Lovebox, because he’s promised not to play any others in the city. Not even the Frank Ocean Festival I was planning.

• London’s Convergence festival has just announced the first portion of its 2017 programme. It takes place from 21-25 Mar, with lots of live music, discussions, visual arts and more. Check it all out here.

• Believe it or not – and I choose “not”, but what do I know? – the UK Festival Awards took place in, well, the UK earlier this week. Winners? Oh yeah, there were winners. Look, winners.

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