Monday, 20 November 2017


Harold Pendleton, the founder of legendary Marquee club in London and the Reading Festival, had died at the age of 93. Artistes who played the venue include The Who, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Genesis and Guns N’Roses.

Pioneering concert promoter Shmuel Zemach, whose Zemach Productions company promoted some of the first Israeli shows by Elton John, Frank Sinatra, Metallica, Eric Clapton, Leonard Cohen, Simon & Garfunkel, Guns N’ Roses and Aerosmith, has passed away aged 85. The news was announced yesterday by his son and business partner, Yoav, who pays tribute to “my father, my beloved and my best friend” and the “first promoter in Israel”.

The Tragically Hip vocalist and Canada's "unofficial poet laureate" Gord Downie has died, it was announced yesterday. He was 53. Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2015, revealing the diagnosis in May last year. The band set out on a farewell tour shortly afterwards, finishing with a finale show in Downie's hometown of Kingston in Canada. The three hour concert was broadcast nationwide, with so many Canadians planning to watch it people began proclaiming the country to be "closed" during the performance. Following the announcement of Downie's death, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters through tears "we lost one of the very best of us this morning".

Marilyn Manson has paid tribute to his former guitarist Scott Putesky, who died from cancer over the weekend aged 49. He took the name Daisy Berkowitz - combining the names of 'Dukes Of Hazzard' character Daisy Duke and serial killer David 'Son Of Sam' Berkowitz - when he and Manson formed Marilyn Manson And The Spooky Kids in 1989. Putesky was heavily involved in developing the sound and image of the band, whose name was later shortened to just Marilyn Manson (CMU).

Rock n roll pioneer Antoine 'Fats' Domino has died aged 89, it was announced by the Louisiana Medical Examiner's Office yesterday. Born in 1928, Fats began his career as a teenager, performing in New Orleans bars. He signed his first record deal with Imperial Records in 1949. By 1951 his debut single 'The Fat Man' had sold over a million copies, firmly establishing him as one of the biggest names in the then burgeoning rock n roll genre. The American rock and roll artist was best known for his songs Ain't That A Shame and Blueberry Hill. The New Orleans singer sold more than 65 million records, outselling every 1950s rock and roll act except Elvis Presley.

Rob Potts, the veteran Australian country music promoter, agent and artist manager, has died aged 65. Potts,  as CEO of Entertainment Edge,  brought some of the biggest stars in country music, including Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Dixie Chicks and a young Taylor Swift, down under, and founded Australia’s biggest country music festial, CMC Rocks. He lost his life in a motorcycle accident on Friday 27th October.

Al Hurricane, known as the "Godfather of New Mexico music" for developing a distinct sound bridging the state's unique Hispanic traditions with country and rock, had died. His son, Al Hurricane Jr., told The Associated Press that his father died from complications related to a long battle against prostate cancer. Two of his daughters were at his side.

Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, has died at the age of 64. Young had been suffering with dementia for the past three years, an illness that forced his retirement from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band he founded with his brother Angus Young in 1973. "Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young," AC/DC wrote in a statement. "Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed." Angus Young added, "As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done."

Thursday, 26 October 2017


Adam Parness has moved to Spotify from Pandora, where he was Head of Publisher Licensing and Relations. As Spotify’s new Global Head of Publisher Licensing in NYC, Parness will be tasked with leading Spotify’s relationships with the publishing industry and striking deeper partnerships with songwriters.

Veteran booking agent and co-founder of X-ray Touring Jeff Craft has announced his retirement.  With a roster of artistes including Elbow, Pixies and PJ Harvey, Craft began his career in the late 1970s at Cowbell, before moving to Derek Block Artist’s Agency, John Jackson’s Fair Warning, Martin Hopewell’s World Service, before moving onto Helter Skelter.

Two Ticketmaster employees named in Songkick's anti-trust lawsuit against the ticketing firm's owner Live Nation - Stephen Mead and Zeeshan Zaidi - have left the company, The lawsuit claims that Ticketmaster then developed a plan to compete with CrowdSurge (acquired by Songkick in 2015) based on the confidential information it had obtained, including targeting new clients which the start-up was aiming to work with.

MonoKrome Music, the new artist and label services business that launched earlier this year, has announced the appointment of a new non-exec director and the launch of a proprietary digital rights platform called The Hub.John Holborow, who previously had MD roles at the Beggars Group and Sony Music's RCA, joins the board. 

Live Nation has announced that it has acquired Utah-based promoter United Concerts, ending its 50 year run as an independent business. The two companies have co-promoted shows in the state for a number of years.

Capitol Music Group has hired Brian Nolan as the new SVP of seventeenfifty, its in-house division focused on brand partnerships and sync licensing. Nolan previously spent 12 years at Columbia/Sony - most recently as Columbia's VP of International Marketing. 

Universal Music Germany has altered its structure to become more 'dynamic, creative and effective'. That's resulted in a new division and some promotions. However, 16-year UMG veteran Daniel Lieberberg, SVP of Domestic Labels, is leaving the company. 

Steven Victor, SVP of A&R at Universal Music Group, has been named EVP and Head of A&R at Def Jam, reporting into its incoming boss Paul Rosenberg. Victor is a former Chief Operating Officer at Kanye West's record label G.O.O.D Music

London-based Polydor has hired Jodie Cammidge from fellow Universal Music UK label Virgin EMI. Cammidge is named Promotions Director at Polydor.

And Columbia Records in New York has promoted Stephen Russo to EVP and CFO, reporting to Sony Music boss Rob Stringer.

Music industry executive and media and technology entrepreneur, Robb McDaniels, has been named CEO of Beatport. Beatport is owned by LiveStyle (formerly SFX Entertainment).

At Warner Music, Atlantic Records label in the UK will have a new General Manager from January,  with Magnus Ribbeklint joining from Warner Music Sweden. Ribbeklint is taking over as GM of Atlantic UK from Mark Mitchell, who has just been promoted to the job of Co-President at Parlophone. And Helen McLaughlin has just been appointed MD of Warner Music Sweden. She is also due to take on her new role next January. McLaughlin joins Warner from Sony Music Sweden.  The executive who created Warner's in-house streaming playlist brand Topsify is leaving WMG three years after the major acquired his UK-based startup. Kieron Donoghue's was bought by Warner's distribution and services arm WEA in 2014 for an undisclosed fee.

Warner/Chappell Music has promoted Eric Mackay to Executive Vice President, Global Digital Strategy with immediate effect. Based in London, Mackay will continue to report directly to Jon Platt, Chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell.

Holly Lim has left her position as Chief Financial Officer of SoundCloud little over a year after taking up the role. She has been named CFO of live streaming and on-demand audio service TuneIn, which is based in San Francisco.

The Managing Director of BMG in Brazil, John Telfer, has left the company. 

Hip-hop entrepreneur Percy 'Master P' Miller has joined Cinq Music as President of Urban Music. Master P created No Limit Records and found fame as a rap star in the mid-nineties, before building a multi-million dollar empire at his company

Former Sydney Entertainment Centre boss Steve Romer has joined Byron Bay Bluesfest, replacing festival founder and director Peter Noble as chief operating officer (COO).

Romer is a 30-year veteran of the live entertainment and sports industries, most recently serving as CEO as the Venue Management Association (VMA). He becomes COO for both the festival its associated companies, including Bluesfest Touring, with Noble moving into the chairmans role.

DHP has drawn on its existing talent to fill new roles, with Kelly Bennaton becoming Head of Marketing, Sophie Power Head of Creative and Anwyn Williams Marketing Manager.

Festival ticketing start up Festicket has hired Matt Ephgrave as its new COO. Ephgrave has previously worked for Ticketscript, YPlan and Seatwave. "Ambitious planning for 2018 called for someone of Matt's skills and know-how", says CEO Zack Sabba (CMU).