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By and | Published on Friday 15 June 2018

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Other notable announcements and developments today…

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• Concord Music COO Glen Barros and Embassy Of Music MD Konrad Von Löhneysen have been appointed to the main board of global record industry trade group IFPI. Barros has already been there for six years, while Von Löhneysen is a newbie, replacing daWorks’ Jørn Dalchow. IFPI boss Frances Moore is “delighted” that Barros is sticking around, and “also very pleased” about Von Löhneysen joining the gang.

• Kobalt’s AWAL division has hired Warner Bros Records exec Michael Pukownik to be its Senior Vice President, Head Of Artist Marketing, North America. Not the snappiest job title, he should probably just shorten it to ‘US Buzz Wizard’ on his business cards. “Michael epitomises the music executive of the future”, says AWAL’s Ron Cerrito of his new cyborg colleague. Pukownik, by the way, is “THRILLED”.

• Spotify has confirmed that George Ergatoudis has left the company. The former Radio 1 music chief was one of the streaming firm’s higher profile hires. He joined Spotify in 2016 after the company got all serious about playlist control. There is speculation he is now heading to Apple. You know, now it’s got all serious about playlist control.

• Talking of high profile Spotify execs leaving the company, the streaming firm has also confirmed the departure of Mark Williamson, who played a key role when the digital music company first started proactively reaching out to the artist and management community.

• Earlier this week, Ariana Grande said that her collaboration with Nicki Minaj, ‘Bed’, would be released on Thursday. She did not lie.

• Gorillaz have released yet another new song, ‘Fire Flies’.

• Alessia Cara is back with new single ‘Growing Pains’.

• George Ezra has released the video for ‘Shotgun’, from his latest album ‘Staying At Tamara’s’.

• Mura Masa is back with new track ‘Move Me’. “It’s been some time since I released music and I’ve been toying a lot with creating stand-alone moments rather than long-form releases”, he says. “This is the first instance of letting a track be its own story and free in the world, rather than it becoming overthought or forced into a bigger project”.

• Dirty Projectors have released new track, ‘That’s A Lifestyle’. New album ‘Lamp Lit Prose’ is out on 13 Jul.

• Yann Tiersen has put out a new two track release, ‘The Lost Notebook’. It features two songs that didn’t appear on his last album, ‘Eusa’, because the notebook containing his notes for them was lost until recently.

• Protomartyr have released their new Kelley Deal-produced EP, ‘Consolidation’. From it, here’s ‘You Always Win’.

• Dorian Concept will release new album, ‘The Nature Of Imitation’, on 3 Aug. Here’s the first track from it, ‘Promises’.

• Sumac have announced that they will release new album, ‘Love In Shadow’, on 21 Sep. Here’s a trailer.

• Jet have reformed and will play four UK shows next month – including one at The Forum in London on 17 Jul – to mark the fifteen anniversary of their debut album, ‘Get Born’. They’ll be playing that album in full at those shows. They’ve also just released a new live album, ‘Get Born – Live At The Forum’. To be clear, that album was not recorded at the Forum show happening next month.

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



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