Monday, 20 April 2015


Andy Chen, CEO of WiMP/Tidal since June 2013 has left the company, with Peter Tonstad - previously CEO and then Chief Commercial Officer at the streaming service's former parent company Aspiro - taking on the top Tidal job for the time being.

Direct To Fan group ReverbNation has announced the promotion of Simon Perry, previously SVP Creative, to the job of Chief Creative Officer.

Director John Singleton has said that, following his departure from a planned biopic about the life of rapper Tupac Shakur, he now plans to focus instead on his own film about the life of Shakur.

The Southbank Centre's Head Of Classical Music, Gillian Moore, has been promoted to the wider role of Director Of Music.

Olly Murs and Caroline Flack will jointly host the new 'X-Factor' serties in the UK. Murs and Flack had previously co-hosted 'The Xtra Factor' on ITV2

Warner Music has announced the appointment of Eliah Seton to the role of President at its label services company ADA Worldwide. Seton moves over to the services unit from Warner's core label business, where he was SVP International Strategy & Operations.

Noah And The Whale have announced that they are splitting after eight years and four albums together.  In statement issued via Facebook reads: "Noah And The Whale have decided to call it a day. We have had an incredible eight years together and are immensely grateful to everyone who has helped us along the way. There are too many people to mention in this short message but we would like to take this opportunity to give special thanks to all of our amazing fans, who have supported us so magnificently over the years and made everything possible"

Tim Kelly, who previously worked for independent labels includng One Little Indian and Rough Trade in the UK, before stints at Universal and Sony in Australia, is set to become MD of Sydney-based artist and label services outfit Inertia Music. He starts there later this month.

•Matador Records has hired Shira Knishkowy, formerly with Partisan Records, for the role of Director Of Publicity, working out of the indie's New York office. And Matador has promoted Natalie Judge to GM of Matador U.K. and Robby Morris to A&R director, with Rian Fossett and Blue Kirkhope joining as U.S. label coordinator and U.K. label coordinator, respectively. 

Downtown Music Publishing has appointed Taeko Saito to the role of International A&R. Previously, Saito served as an A&R executive at SONGS Music Publishing.

Artist management firm Middle West has expanded its reach to offices in Brooklyn, NY and Durham, NC, welcoming NY-based manager Chase Igliori, NC-based Martin Anderson, and Matt Watts in a continued advisory roll.

The Concord Music Group and Bicycle Music Company have formally merged to create Concord Bicycle Music. Concord Bicycle Music also announced  that it had acquired Vanguard Records and Sugar Hill Records from the Welk Music Group. Kevin Welk will remain as Chief Creative Office of both imprints. Though Sugar Hill will merge with Concord's Rounder Label Group, of which Sugar Hill Records General Manager Cliff O'Sullivan will become Chief Operating Officer, while Vanguard Records will become part of Concord's Fantasy Label Group.

ASCAP has promoted Christine Pepe to VP, Business and Legal Affairs.

Universal Music Group owner Vivendi has confirmed it is bidding for YouTube rival Dailymotion, currently owned by Orange, after Hong Kong-based telecoms group PCCW withdrew its offer for the video site, seemingly in protest at interference by the French government.

Peter Kadin, formerly a senior publicity manager at the Chamber Group, joined Def Jam as director of media and artist relations.

Gustavo Dudamel has extended his contract as musical director of the L.A. Philharmonic through the 2021/22 season. Dudamel will also take on the role of artistic director.

Rdio has hired Iain Morris, formerly with Warner/Chappell, to manage the streaming service's relationships with music publishers and collecting societies with the title VP Global Music Publishing. "

Lucy Jones has stepped down as's Deputy Editor in order to go freelance. She took on the role in 2012, joining from The Daily Telegraph.

UK Music has announced the appointment of a new Director Of Communications, James Murtagh-Hopkins, who has previously held in-house and agency PR roles as well as working in artist management and music film.

Warner/Chappell yesterday confirmed the appointment of Eric Mackay to the role of Head Of Digital for Europe. The new role sees Mackay returning to the rights owner side of the digital sector, following his stint as VP International Business Affairs & Business Development at Vevo.

And UK Music's Dot Levine has joined Vevo as communications manager at the entertainment platform's UK office.

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