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CMU’s One Liners: Universal, Bruno Mars, SoundCloud Go, more

By and | Published on Tuesday 10 May 2016

Universal Music

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Universal Music is expanding its digital strategy team with the hire of Jonathan Dworkin, most recently marketing chief at now defunct streaming service MixRadio. He will report to Michael Nash in his new role, another former Warner Music digital exec.

• Bruno Mars has parted company from his long-time manager Brandon Creed, according to the Billboards. It’s thought the singer is considering setting up a new music company, and combining his personal management with whoever leads that operation.

• SoundCloud’s subscription service is now available in France. SoundCloud Aller, I assume.

• Lip-syncing video app – via which people record themselves reacting to short snippets of top pop tunes – is in the process of raising another $100 million in finance to fuel further roll out, according to TechCrunch. Lip-sync that, why don’t you?

• So how BIG is the Big Music Project? £4 million bigger than yesterday, that’s how big. The slightly random music careers initiative is getting more cash from the Big Lottery Fund to fund even more slightly random music careers initiatives. Big news.

• Grimes has released the video for ‘California’ from her brilliant ‘Art Angels’ album.

• Here’s is today’s ‘new Tegan & Sara video’ mention.

• Coachella’s new old-timer festival Desert Trip has added a second weekend on 14-16 Oct. More info here.

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