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4 Music Week 30.11.12 NEWS NEWS IN BRIEF

CAPITOL: Universal has appointed Steve Barnett as Chairman and CEO of its Capitol Music Group, which now includes The Beatles catalogue. BREAKOUT: The Music Week-backed monthly night returns to Camden’s Proud Galleries on Thursday December 11, with Dot Rotten and Rascals set to headline. ID will be required for entry. More info: IMAGEM: The publisher has signed Suffolk-born One Direction writer Fiona Bevan. She has collaborated with the likes of Ed Sheeran (Atlantic) and fellow Imagem artists Ryan Keen and Nick Mulvey (Fiction Records). ISLE OF WIGHT: John Giddings’ festival has secured The Stone Roses as 2013 headliners - a UK festival exclusive. Bon Jovi will also headline the event, which will take place between June 14–16. WE7: Tesco has rebranded digital music platform We7 following its purchase of the service in June. The supermarket has folded the platform into its non-subscription digital film and TV service Blinkbox. CHRIS STAMP: The early co-manager of The Who and Track Records founder passed away last Saturday (November 24) aged 70. UNION SQUARE: Union Square Music Publishing has signed a deal to represent the catalogue of Swing Out Sister’s Corinne Drewery and Andy Connell. The deal includes the full back catalogue of nine studio albums. PSY: Gangnam Style, the novelty dance song by Korean artist Psy, has become the most-watched YouTube video of all time as it continues to clock up views that now amount to over 324 million. ABSOLUTE: Absolute Radio is the first UK commercial radio station to announce an Xbox app, bringing its seven channels to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. DIDO: Sony have confirmed that a new Dido album will be released on RCA in Q1 next year, to be titled Girl Who Got Away. EMI: Gabrielle Aplin’s PR is handled internally by Debra Geddes at EMI, contrary to a recent Music Week listing. Meanwhile, RE: the ‘Turn On The Talent’ piece in the November 11 edition of Music Week, Michael Kiwanuka has been playlisted five times to date by Radio 1.

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an exclusive media event at The Savoy in London on January 10. The event will

be hosted by Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw (above). Highlights from the nominations launch will be broadcast on the official Brits YouTube channel immedietely after the show. Meanwhile, UMTV will once

Brit of all right: February’s show will benefit from a dedicated digital group


he Brit Awards will return to London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday, February 20,

2013 with the ceremony’s famous trophy being given a makeover by Damien Hirst (above). For the first time, a full-time

Brits Digital Committee has been appointed to ensure the digital campaign is as strong as possible, chaired by Universal Music UK digital director Paul Smernicki. The committee aims to ‘allow

the audience at home to enjoy a truly interactive experience’. Last year saw over a million tweets on the day of the Awards, with 58% of those occurring during the ceremony. Organisers say that fans will

Getting down to business

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey and ROAR Group chairman Professor Jonathan Shalit hosted a dinner at the House of Commons last week to discuss requirements for the development of middle and senior executives within the music industry. The dinner was prompted by

Helen Gammons, programme director of the MBA for the Music Industry at Henley Business School. Major label CEOs praised

the MBA, and recognised a need for a programme that brings all

sectors of the music industry together. Warner Bros Records vice-chairman Jeremy Marsh, together with Sony Music CEO Nick Gatfield, recommended that Henley created a short intensive programme for some senior level execs, a suggestion welcomed by Gammons. Attendees were: Ed Vaizey,

(MP & Culture Minister); Professor Jonathan Shalit (ROAR); Professor John Board (Henley); Helen Gammons (Henley); Jo Dipple (CEO, UK Music), Andy Heath (chairman, UK Music); Geoff Taylor (CEO, BPI); Nick Gatfield, (Sony Music UK); Andria Vidler (CEO, EMI

Music UK & Ireland); Clive Dickens (COO, Absolute Radio); Paul Bennett (Henley); Adam Barker (director of legal and business affairs, Universal Music UK); Nigel Elderton (managing director & European president, Peermusic) and Jeremy Marsh (Warner Bros Records UK).

be able to see more exclusive content than ever before from every aspect of the Awards across the official website and Brits


• Paul Smernicki (Universal & Committee Chairman)

• Dan Duncombe (EMI) • Jack Melhuish (Warners) • Juston Cross (Sony) • Scott Wright (XL) • Tony Barnes (Virgin) • Stuart Bell and Richard Dawes (DawBell)

• Maggie Crowe (BPI) • Giuseppe DeCristofano (BPI)

social network sites. Damien Hirst becomes the


third British creative to put his stamp on the Brits trophy. The ‘blank canvas’ was given its inaugural makeover by designer Vivienne Westwood in 2011, whilst last year’s trophy was designed by legendary pop artist Sir Peter Blake. Artists now represent the

largest percentage of the Brits Voting Academy since their addition in 2011, adding a peer-to- peer aspect for the artists winning Awards. The full Voting Academy is made up of a cross-section of invited members from every level of the UK music industry. The Brit Awards 2013

nominations will be launched at

again release the official Brit Awards album in 2013. Haydn Williams, general

manager of UMTV said: “This year has been an incredible year of music from all genres, and our album will reflect this diversity and quality.” A full list of 2013 Brit

Awards categories will be announced in the coming weeks. The 2012 Brits drew the

event’s highest-ever TV viewing figures since 2005, peaking at 7.8 million on ITV. The two biggest winners on

the night, Adele and Ed Sheeran, both saw their albums return to the Top Three, while albums from winners Emeli Sandé, Lana Del Rey and Coldplay all returned to the Top 10. Blur’s Best Of re-entered the charts at No.22, more than a decade after its original release in 2000.

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