Tuesday, 16 December 2014


The Chemical Brothers' Ed Simons has confirmed he won't join the duo's other half Tom Rowlands to play any live shows for a while following their headline DJ set at 2015's Bugged Out Weekender, as he wants to instead concentrate on his career as an academic.

UK Music has launched a new Internship Code Of Practice for the music industry, in partnership with action group Intern Aware. The guide informs employers of their responsibilities when hiring interns - including how much they should be paid - and offers young people advice on how to avoid poor quality or unpaid positions.

Lawyer Rebecca Bains has quit her job and is aiming to become a country music singer. She has already produced her debut single. 

Sony Music UK has announced the appointment of a new Director Of Communications. Indy Vidyalankara comes to the major from the BBC.

Ticketmaster's new operation in Poland will be headed up by Iwona ┼╗uber-Fiuczek with Live Nation boss Michael Rapino saying: "This provides another market for Ticketmaster to further build on its global base. Leveraging on its scale and expertise as the industry leader in ticketing, expanding into Poland continues building the company's global share and expands the opportunities for Live Nation's adjacent sponsorship and concert promotion businesses".

The NFL has confirmed that Katy Perry will be the headliner of the 2015 Super Bowl half time show.

Sinead O'Connor has a new manager former Wham! man Simon Napier-Bell of Snap-B Music, and has a deal already in place to release a memoir.

The BPI has announced former Sony Music UK CEO Ged Doherty as the replacement for Tony Wadsworth as its Chairman.

Live-streaming platform Boiler Room has hired FACT/The Wire writer Joe Muggs as its Editor-In-Chie and Boiler Room boss Blaise Bellville said of his company's new direction: "This is about developing a clear voice for Boiler Room. We do so much great shit, but people might not be aware of the thinking behind the programming, or how it fits into a wider context, because we don't have that central editorial voice".

The Cooking Vinyl Group is backing a new music royalties company called the Music Royalty Co which is a joint venture with Ray Bush, who has been Head Of Finance for the CV Group's Essential Music & Marketing business for the last four years, 

Essential Music & Marketing has signed up some new clients;  Full Time Hobby, Peacefrog and Paul Hartnoll, the latter of which will work with the company on his new '8:58' project.

Double bass player Gerald Newson, best known for his time performing with the London Symphony Orchestra, has been re-elected to the performer and main boards of record industry collecting society PPL .

Universal Music UK has announced the promotion of Rebecca Allen to the role of Managing Director at its classical label Decca Records.

Producer managers Erik Eger and Paul Adams, of Erik Eger Entertainment and Bang The Drum respectively, have announced a new alliance which will bring both their management rosters together under one brand, THREEE, which will have offices in LA and New York.

American entertainment firm The Collective, which has Kelly Rowland, Slash and Staind as clients, is closing down its artist management wing, and moving its emphasis entirely over to its digital-content-making, YouTube-channel-operating, multi-channel network business Collective Digital Studio. The move to kill the artist management side of the company follows the firm's decision to shutter its film and TV talent management agency last year, and the news that one of The Collective's highest profile music clients, Linkin Park, had opted to manage themselves.

Audio-sharing platform Mixcloud has confirmed the addition of Fred McIntyre and Richard Cohen to its board of advisors

ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento has announced his retirement after seventeen years in the role and 33 at the American collecting society. "I am able to retire with tremendous confidence in ASCAP's future", he said in a statement. He will officially step down on 1st January.

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