Tuesday, 4 March 2014

The Revolving Door

Nick Gatfield, the CEO of Sony Music UK, has left the company with Sony saying   "It was an amicable decision for Nick to leave the company at this time. We wish him the best in his future endeavours". And
Sony Music has confirmed that, as expected, Nicola Tuer will  take over from Gatfield, becoming Chief Operating Officer, rather than holding the CEO role Gatfield had.She will report directly into Edgar Berger, CEO of Sony Music International

BMG has appointed former Warner man Mark Robinson to the role of SVP and General Counsel for its US business. BMG also said that  Zach Katz had been promoted to the role of Chief Creative Officer within its US division. Katz has been with the music rights firm since 201

Universal Music UK has announced that Matt Allard has been made the company's  first ever Head Of Streaming. Allard joined Universal in 2011 as Digital Account Manager. In New York Maria Ouellette joins as Senior Director of International after four years running a consulting and marketing firm providing services to metal and hard rock acts, and Darren Dalessio joins from rock management firm 5B Artist Management as Director Of A&R. And Universal Music's label services business Caroline International has appointed a new head of its Scandinavian operations, Aslak Klever.

Nicole Scherzinger has ended her stint as a judge on the X-Factor, choosing to sign a new recording deal with RCA. And TOWIE hero Joey Essex has signed a deal with Warner Music, to front a compilation of 'Essex Anthems'.

The boss of the Swedish music publishing sector's collecting society, STIM, has stepped down with immediate effect, it's been announced. Kenth Muldin has been CEO at the society since 2003, having previously been Chief Legal Officer.

Warner Music Japan's Chairman and CEO Kei Ishizaka has announced his retirement.

Beats Music has appointed Dave Allen, formerly of Gang Of Four, and recently vocal on the music industry's digital dilemmas, as an Artist Advocate. His role will be to represent within Beats and to speak for the digital firm to the artist community, especially those musicians concerned about the royalties paid out by streaming platforms.

Pearl Jam's former accountant has been jailed for fourteen months after admitting in a Seattle court late last year that he embezzled $380,000 of the band's money in 2010. The theft came to light after it was uncovered by a private investigator hired by the company to look into "cash flow issues" from the previous year.

Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye have parted ways with their manager, Quest Management's Scott Rodger, on seemingly good terms. Rodger said that the band had reached the end of their most recent album cycle, and the completion of his management agreement with the outfit, and that all parties have therefore decided now is a good time for a change.

Drake's ill-thought-through outburst the Rolling Stone cover, when he was bumped in favour of a shot of Philip Seymour Hoffman who had just died,  has resulted in him parting company with his US PR company, ID-PR. According to Billboard, it was the publicity company which took the decision to drop the rapper from their books, only a year into their partnership.

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