Double legal setback for Kim Dotcom
Double legal setback for Kim Dotcom

21 October 2014

MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom has had two setbacks in his long-running legal battle with the American and New Zealand authorities. Prosecutors in the...

Virgin US chief to depart
Virgin US chief to depart

21 October 2014

Ron Fair is stepping down from his top role at the US branch of Virgin Records, according to the New York Post. As...

Jack Daniel's expands its music partnerships programme
Jack Daniel's expands its music partnerships programme

21 October 2014

The previously reported music-based marketing campaign from Jack Daniel's, which included that takeover of The Macbeth venue in Hoxton, is in the process...

Spotify announces family plan
Spotify announces family plan

21 October 2014

Ah families. I liked families. Do you remember families? They were good weren't they? Then the internet came along and screwed everything up,...

Ofcom criticises Radio 1 over sweary Lily Allen festival set
Ofcom criticises Radio 1 over sweary Lily Allen festival set

21 October 2014

Oh, for fuck's sake. Lily 'pimp and his crack whore' Allen has really gone and done it this time, and got BBC Radio...

Music publisher Felix Hines dies
Music publisher Felix Hines dies

21 October 2014

Executives from across the music publishing sector, and beyond, were paying tribute yesterday to Felix Hines of Phoenix Music International, who died on...

Reggae artist and 'Tide Is High' songwriter John Holt dies
Reggae artist and 'Tide Is High' songwriter John Holt dies

21 October 2014

Reggae man John Holt died last Sunday morning, aged 69, in a London hospital, his manager Copeland Forbes has confirmed. Born in Kingston,...

Sleater-Kinney confirm new LP
Sleater-Kinney confirm new LP

21 October 2014

Sleater-Kinney are back in the 'being a band that releases things' game, and will release a thing, specifically an LP titled 'No Cities...

CMU's One Liners: Music Nation, FKA Twigs, Gwen Stefani, Pond and more
CMU's One Liners: Music Nation, FKA Twigs, Gwen Stefani, Pond and more

21 October 2014

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Channel 4 has commissioned another series of 'Music Nation', the Dazed Group's tastemaking/instructive music TV show....

Brian Harvey, David Cameron and the ringbinder of revelations
Brian Harvey, David Cameron and the ringbinder of revelations

21 October 2014

Brian Harvey off of East 17 was down Downing Street way yesterday, holding a giant white ringbinder he apparently said contained "evidence" which...

Mike Read denies pro-UKIP song is
Mike Read denies pro-UKIP song is "racist"

21 October 2014

Now people, this is really important, so please take a moment out of your busy schedule and listen very carefully. Will you all...

Live Nation reshuffles management assets, launches the new Maverick
Live Nation reshuffles management assets, launches the new Maverick

20 October 2014

Following rumours in July that Live Nation was planning a shake up of its artist management assets, likely resulting in a more cohesive...

Google pledges to further demote piracy sites in search listings
Google pledges to further demote piracy sites in search listings

20 October 2014

Google has made another commitment to downgrade piracy sites in its search engine results based on takedown notices issued under America's Digital Millennium...

Organiser dies by suicide after South Korean concert tragedy
Organiser dies by suicide after South Korean concert tragedy

20 October 2014

A man involved in the organisation of an open air pop concert in South Korea that ended in tragedy on Friday, when a...

Thom Yorke solo album release advised by students
Thom Yorke solo album release advised by students

20 October 2014

It turns out that Tom York from The Radio Heads didn't devise the plan to release his new solo album through BitTorrent by...

Bono has a medical reason for not taking off his sunglasses, and therefore you are a bad person
Bono has a medical reason for not taking off his sunglasses, and therefore you are a bad person

20 October 2014

For years and years now you've been going around saying in a loud voice in pubs, "Oh, that Bono. What a cunt he...

Middleton and Shrigley make sweet Words And Music
Middleton and Shrigley make sweet Words And Music

20 October 2014

Mssrs Malcolm Middleton (of songwriting fame) and David Shrigley (of wry and whimsical illustrations-with-captions fame) have conspired to make a collaborative LP titled...

Hardwell tops DJ Poll for second year
Hardwell tops DJ Poll for second year

20 October 2014

It was a busy week for music business conferences last week, which also meant it was a busy week for music industry awards...

Live UK awards presented
Live UK awards presented

20 October 2014

Elsewhere in music conference-dom last week it was the Live UK Summit in London, within which you might have spied the Live UK...

First ever Festival Congress Awards presented
First ever Festival Congress Awards presented

20 October 2014

And third, but by no means least, in fact, we've saved the best for last, it was the first ever Festival Congress Awards...

CMU's One Liners: The Orchard x Naïve, Lily Allen, Pitbull and more
CMU's One Liners: The Orchard x Naïve, Lily Allen, Pitbull and more

20 October 2014

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Digital distribution co The Orchard has signed off on a très bon new deal with premiere...

Ya, ya, ya, South Park releases Lorde parody as free download
Ya, ya, ya, South Park releases Lorde parody as free download

20 October 2014

Right, so there was this thing on a recent episode of South Park where Stan's dad Randy turned out to be Lorde. It's...

Web-blocking begins in Iceland
Web-blocking begins in Iceland

17 October 2014

With web-blocking now a tip top poptastic tactic for combating online piracy, Iceland has joined the web-blockade party by issuing a court injunction...

2NE1 leader CL signs with Scooter Braun
2NE1 leader CL signs with Scooter Braun

17 October 2014

CL - lead singer, rapper and 'baddest female' in K-Pop-sensations-most-likely-to-break-the-States 2NE1 - has signed a solo management deal with Bieber/Grande-enabler Scooter Braun, this...

Imagem announces deal with Avicii manager's publishing firm
Imagem announces deal with Avicii manager's publishing firm

17 October 2014

With EDM fans from across the world grooving big time at the big fat Amsterdam Dance Event this week, independent publisher Imagem Music...

Merlin announces New York office and US GM
Merlin announces New York office and US GM

17 October 2014

Merlin, the global digital rights agency that reps indie labels and distribution firms both great and usually good, has announced the launch next...

MAMA founder returns with new music business
MAMA founder returns with new music business

17 October 2014

The former boss of London-based live firm MAMA is launching a new music business to be called Sixth Plc, which is seeking "key...

Dice founder outlines motivations for new ticketing service
Dice founder outlines motivations for new ticketing service

17 October 2014

The founder of new mobile-based ticketing platform Dice has been discussing his company's mission in the new CMU Digest Report, following the service's...

Twitter partners with SoundCloud for new in-app audio option
Twitter partners with SoundCloud for new in-app audio option

17 October 2014

Twitter has announced changes to how SoundCloud streams play within its iOS and Android apps, which will allow users to play tracks direct...

Warner buys Playlists.net
Warner buys Playlists.net

17 October 2014

Following rumours that a deal was imminent back in July, UK-based playlisting-frenzy-platform Playlists.net has been bought by the artist and label services division...

  • Double legal setback for Kim Dotcom
  • Spotify announces family plan
  • Ofcom criticises Radio 1 over sweary Lily Allen festival set
  • Music publisher Felix Hines dies
  • Reggae artist and ‘Tide Is High’ songwriter John Holt dies
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