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CMU’s One Liners: Universal Music Publishing, Kobalt, Deadmau5, more

By and | Published on Wednesday 16 March 2016

Universal Music

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Alexandra Lioutikoff is the new EVP for Latin Music at Universal Music Publishing. She will lead the major’s regional Latin American and US Latin operations from Miami. Universal Music Publishing chief Jody Gerson is “THRILLED” to have the former ASCAP exec on the staff. Lioutikoff, meanwhile, is “THRILLED” with her new job.

• If your money was on Jesse Willoughby to be promoted to the role of General Manager for Kobalt’s Nashville division, then you make bets on weird shit. Still, Willoughby is “incredibly grateful” for the promotion.

• Tidal shareholder Deadmau5 is, erm, joining Apple’s Beats 1 to front a weekly radio show called Mau5trap Presents. Awkward handshakes all round! Maybe he reckons no one actually listens to Beats 1 so none of Team Tidal will notice. If there’s anyone left in Team Tidal, that is.

• Spotify has headhunted a top legal brain from Microsoft to be its New York-based general counsel. Horacio Gutierrez will take over the streaming service’s legal affairs from next month. I’m thinking there might be some interesting things in his in-tray on day one.

• Music Week this week published its annual 30 Under 30 list, which is always interesting to look at. Though after noting the lack of ethnic diversity on that list, both DJ Semtex and Complex magazine published alternatives. The 90 Under 90 if you like. Music Week Editor Mark Sutherland then responded to the criticism.

• Michelle Obama’s previously reported keynote at this year’s SXSW music conference will also feature discussion with Missy Elliott, Diane Warren, Sophia Bush and Queen Latifah. The Parkwood Entertainment-signed Halle and Chloe Bailey will open the show with a song too.

• The death of Keith Emerson has been officially ruled a suicide, following the publication of the County Of Los Angeles coroner’s report on the incident. As previously reported, Emerson was found dead at his Santa Monica home last Friday.

• Amon Amarth have premiered the video for ‘At Dawn’s First Light’, taken from their latest album ‘Jomsviking’. You can catch the band live at The Underworld in Camden on 22 Mar.

• Wild Belle have made available the video for ‘Throw Down Your Guns’. The song is the first single from their second album, which will be out on 15 Apr.

• The full line-up for a tribute show to Viola Beach has been announced. The Coral, Liam Fray, The Kooks, Blossoms, Eliza And The Bear, Hidden Charms, The Vryll Society, The Strawberries and Psyblings will all perform in memory of the band at Warrington Parr Hall on 2 Apr.

• The line-up for this year’s Somerset House Summer Series shows, which will run from 7-17 Jul, has been announced. Among those performing will be Everything Everything, Courtney Barnett, Benjamin Clementine, and St Germaine. Full details here.

• The Manic Street Preachers are going to play at of those Eden Sessions on 9 Jul. “Without doubt”, says Eden Project Marketing Director Rita Broe.

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