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By and | Published on Wednesday 3 February 2021



Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is stepping down as Amazon CEO. He has an exciting new gig as, well, Executive Chair of Amazon. He’ll focus on new products and innovations in the new role, leaving his successor as CEO – Andy Jassy – to do all the other boring CEO type stuff. The executive rejig at the top of the US web giant is set to happen in September.

Concord has promoted seven of its executives. Seven! It’s a promotion bonanza! Anyway, this is supposed to be short – a one liner even. But still, here’s all the info: Sophia Dilley is now SVP Film & TV Development & Production, Steven Greenhalgh is VP Acquisitions & Artistic Development (Europe), Dan Hoffman is EVP Business & Legal Affairs, Stephanie Hopson is VP Project Management, Steven Lankenau is SVP Boosey & Hawkes, Amy Rose Marsh is VP Acquisitions & Artistic Development (North America), and Abbie Van Nostrand is SVP Client Relations & Community Engagement. Concord has actually promoted 50 of its staff, but I think we’ll probably stop there.

Downtown Music Publishing has hired Sarah McCann to fill the newly created role of Senior Vice President Of International Creative. “I am THRILLED to be joining the incredibly diverse global team at Downtown Music Publishing and look forward to being a part of the next chapter in its remarkable legacy”, she says.

Warner Music has promoted Karen Schoenrock to CFO of Global Recorded Music Catalogue and catalogue division Rhino Entertainment in the US. “Warner Music Group has been my home for almost two decades – nearly the entirety of my professional career”, she says. “I’m excited to start this new journey with the entire Global Catalogue and Rhino team, and look forward to working closely with the beloved and storied catalogues that we’re fortunate enough to care for”.

Bill Evans has been promoted to EVP Urban Promotion at Universal Music’s Capitol Music Group in the US. “Since Bill joined the company two years ago, he and I have formed an incredible partnership built on a collaborative approach and shared strategic vision for our artists’ releases”, says President Of Promotion Greg Marella. In other news, Capitol Music Group is still using the term ‘urban’.

Sony Music’s Columbia Records France has announced Karim Ech-Choayby as its new Head of A&R. “I have always admired how Columbia put the artist first in everything they do”, he says. “French music is more vibrant and varied than ever before and is a constantly changing landscape. So I’m excited to be taking up the challenge of discovering the next best artists and music scenes that appeal both to music lovers in France and around the world”.

Universal Music Group has promoted Will Tanous to Chief Administrative Officer. “Will Tanous is one of the most strategic, multi-talented executives in the music business today – he’s my proverbial ‘Swiss Army’ knife”, says CEO Lucian Grainge. Presumably his promotion is based on the ability not to lose the tweezers and toothpick.



Spotify has finally launched in the sixth biggest recorded music market in the world that is South Korea. Why? Well, why the fuck not? Answer me that people, why the fuck not!



Billie Eilish has released a new trailer for upcoming documentary ‘The World’s A Little Blurry’. The film will be available on Apple TV+ from 26 Feb.

A$AP Rocky has released new track ‘G-Unit Rice’ on Instagram.

Nitin Sawhney has announced that he will release new album ‘Immigrants’ on 19 Mar. The record is a sequel to his 1999 album ‘Beyond Skin’. It’s “an album of unique collaborations, with an aim to redefine our perception of identity and the universal language of music”, he says. Here’s new single ‘Differences’, featuring Abi Sampa and Rushil.

Iceage have released new single ‘The Holding Hand’ – their first for Mexican Summer. “The song lives in a slurred world, movements are elastically stretched out and strength is found in weakness while you find it hard to tell the difference between fume and matter”, says vocalist Elias Bender Rønnenfelt. “Gently the swaying intensifies, feel it escalate. Reach out for the holding hand, it seems almost within scope now”.

Cannibal Corpse have released new single ‘Inhumane Harvest’. Their new album, ‘Violence Unimagined’, is set for release through Metal Blade on 16 Apr.

Kip Berman – formerly of The Pains Of Being Pure Of Heart – has announced new solo project The Natvral. He will release his first album under the name, titled ‘Tether’, on 2 Apr. From it, this is ‘Why Don’t You Come Out Anymore?’



Arlo Parks has announced new UK tour dates in November, which you will either think sensible or optimistic. If you want to get tickets and be sure of experiencing her live show though, you should order a new edition of her album featuring a bonus live performance from her website – all profits from which will go to the Music Venue Trust and grant you access to a ticket pre-sale. Parks is also yet to postpone shows scheduled for May through to August.

The Get Up Kids have announced that they will play their 1999 album ‘Something To Write Home About’ in full on a Valentine’s Day livestream. Tickets here.

Check out our weekly Spotify playlist of new music featured in the CMU Daily – updated every Friday.

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