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CMU’s One Liners: The Orchard, ASCAP, MusicTank, more

By | Published on Thursday 14 July 2016

The Orchard

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Digital distribution firm The Orchard has announced the appointment of a new EVP & General Counsel to lead all things legal and business affairs out of New York. New guy Tucker McCrady previously worked at Warner, and more recently for a law firm that helped negotiate SoundCloud’s licences. So, you know, he knows hard work.

• Warner Music has announced Andy Ma as Chief Commercial Officer for Greater China. But don’t worry, he’ll continue being the mini-major’s SVP Commercial & Business Development for Greater China and South East Asia too.

• US collecting society ASCAP has revamped its publicly accessible songs database ACE, which is now super mobile friendly. Ace.

• Music industry think tank MusicTank has also revamped its website to offer more resources to music business types. The University Of Westminster owned organisation has also formally launched a new consultancy service.

• New PM Theresa May told us she wanted more justice in her first speech as the boss yesterday, and here it is! Justice have shared their first new song in five years and it’s called ‘Safe And Sound’. Though just to clarify, there is no justice, and no one is safe or sound.

• Alongside being a Prophet Of Rage, Rage Against The Machine bassist Tim Commerford also has his other outfit Wakrat, who also rage a bit. And they’ve just put out a lyric video for their track ‘Generation Fucked’. The group’s debut album will come out on 8 Nov to coincide with the US presidential election. After which we could all be fucked.

• King Creosote will put out a new album called ‘Astronaut Meets Appleman’ on 2 Sep on Domino. Get in the mood with this seven minutes of fine hymnal drone pop complete with harps – it’s called ‘You Just Want’.

• The MMF and FAC’s Artist And Manager Awards will be back on 24 Nov at The Troxy venue in London. So stop reading this and put that in your diaries. Go on, in your diary. Now. Done it? OK, now you can read about Cher calling Boris Johnson a “fucking idiot”.

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