Jan 22, 2024 3 min read

⏩ One Liners: Kygo x Ava Max, Shaun Ryder, AVA London + More

Jeremih sells rights; ClicknClear deal; Primary Wave and Kakao appointments; One Media iP vinyl label; MMF’s Accelerator Programme; AVA London; Youth Music and YGN; Shaun Ryder biopic halted; Eagles and Alkaline Trio shows; new music from Kygo x Ava Max, (G)I-DLE, Laura Jane Grace and Rotting Christ

⏩ One Liners: Kygo x Ava Max, Shaun Ryder, AVA London + More


HarbourView Equity Partners has acquired a selection of song and recording rights from Jeremih. "Jeremih's hit songs - including ‘Oui’, ‘All The Time’ and ‘Don't Tell Em’ - experienced far reaching success, transcending global audiences and cultures, and paved the way for a new generation of R&B artists”, says CEO Sherrese Clarke Soares.
Sports event music licensing company ClicknClear has signed a deal with Warner Chappell to access its catalogue. At the same time, it has expanded the sports it works with via two new agreements with the International Gymnastics Federation and International Skating Union. "To be able to simultaneously announce partnerships with one of the world's most successful music publishers and two prestigious global choreographed performance sports is a strong validation of our technology platform, the quality and dedication of our team, and the momentum behind our business”, says CEO Chantal Epp


Primary Wave Music has hired Agnes Kacicki as Head Of Corporate Development. She joins from the investment banking division at RBC Capital Markets. “Agnes has been a close adviser to Primary Wave for many years in her senior role at RBC, she will make a very significant impact on our ability to increase our acquisition capabilities, and service our partners”, says CEO Larry Mestel
South Korea’s Kakao Entertainment has promoted Kisu Kweon and Joseph Chang to become co-CEOs of the company. “We feel a great responsibility as we take on leadership during these pivotal times”, they said in a joint statement. “Our priority is to contribute to and meet the expectations of society going forward. At the same time, we are dedicated to proving Kakao Entertainment’s full potential in the global market”. Kakao was involved in a high profile bidding war with HYBE last year for control of SM Entertainment, which subsequently resulted in allegations of misconduct being made against the Kakao company. 


One Media iP has launched a new vinyl reissues label called The Carolean. "The hunger for physical product - vinyl in particular - among music fans is something we’ve been tracking for several years and we believe it’s a niche now worth exploring”, says the company in a statement. “One Media is still, at its core, a digital record company and distributor: we were the first to acquire and exploit digital rights in 2005 – long before the major record companies and hedge funds - and 95% of our revenue comes from streaming. But, like most other music fans, we have a soft spot for 33s and 45s, and now there’s a genuine business case to ‘get physical’!”


Applications have opened for the Music Managers Forum’s sixth annual Accelerator Programme For Music Managers, supported by YouTube Music. Participants receive grants of up to £12,000, music industry training, and a two night retreat focussed on leadership skills and commercial planning. The deadline for applications is 26 Feb. Find out more here


Electronic music conference AVA London is set to return in venues around the capital from 29 Feb to 2 Mar. Speakers include Charli XCX, Brian Eno, Laurent Garnier and more. Find out more here
Youth Music NextGen and Young Guns Network will host an event titled ‘Big Impact, Small Budget: Marketing For Artists’ on 30 Jan at the London HQ of AWAL. Find out more here


A Shaun Ryder biopic based on the Happy Mondays frontman’s autobiography ‘Twisting My Melon’ is in jeopardy after one of its backers pulled funding due to a creative dispute with director Matt Greenhalgh. “We got the money, half-English, half-American and Matt fell out with the Americans”, Ryder tells Classic Pop. “They didn’t want to make the film that Matt wanted to make … So the American money went and it all [got messed] up really. Matt’s still working on getting it made, so that’s where he is now”.


The Eagles have announced a three night residency at Manchester’s Co-op Live arena on 31 May, 1 Jun and 4 Jun as part of their farewell tour. Support will come from Steely Dan
Alkaline Trio have announced UK tour dates in July, including a performance at the Kentish Town Forum in London on 26 Jul. The band’s new album ‘Blood, Hair, And Eyeballs’ is out this week. 


Kygo has released new single ‘Whatever’ featuring Ava Max. 
K-pop group (G)I-DLE have released new single ‘Wife’. Their new album ‘[2]’ is out on Friday. 
Laura Jane Grace has released new single ‘Birds Talk Too’. New album ‘Hole In My Head’ is out on 16 Feb. 
Rotting Christ have announced that they will mark their 35th anniversary this year with the release of their fourteenth studio album ‘Pro Xristoy’ on 24 May.
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