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Iley
2/21/18
On the eve of the BRIT Awards, Sony Music U.K. chief and BRITS Chairman Jason Iley fielded a volley of questions from MBW’s Tim Ingham in a lively, informative conversation centered on the transformation of the BRITs, which has made what Ingham describes as “a decisive move away from becoming a paler, staler affair.”
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Dan McCarroll
2/21/18
Look who’s back in the bigs. Industry veteran Dan McCarroll, most recently President of A&R at Warner Bros. Records, has been tapped as Global Head of Originals and Artist Relations for Amazon Music. He’ll be charged with working in coordination with artists, managers and labels to create ways to optimize frontline and catalog releases via original programming as well as heading the original-programming team.
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Bebe Rexha plaque presentation
2/21/18
More than a dozen execs from the Bunny recently hopped en masse to an L.A. studio where Bebe Rexha was working on a new recording to surprise her with an RIAA platinum plaque for her smash single “Meant to Be” f/Florida Georgia Line. As the giddy WBR staffers swarmed around the breakout artist, Co-Chairman/COO Tom Corson blew the whistle he keeps in his pocket for just such occasions and, paraphrasing Vince Lombardi, ordered, “Pull yourselves together, people! When you get in the presence of greatness, act like you’ve been there before.” Later, as the crowd dispersed, Corson asked Rexha to autograph the back of his hand...
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2/21/18
Atlantic U.K. A&R duo Alec Boateng and Briony Turner have been promoted to Co-Heads of A&R at the Warner Music label after having a hand in the success of chart-topping acts including Jess Glynne, and BRIT nominees Clean Bandit and Stormzy.
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Vince
2/21/18
Capitol Music Group SVP Vince Szydlowski has been appointed Executive Vice President of Commercial Sales for Universal Music Enterprises.
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2/21/18
Nigerian pop star Davido is making waves across the pond. The artist, who received a couple plaques after blowing out O2 Academy Brixton, is celebrating the updated certification of his records "If" and "Fall," which went Diamond and Platinum in South Africa. Columbia U.K. President Ferdy Unger-Hamilton was particularly excited to hand out spiked Zobo. L'chaim!
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Melissa Points to her students at GITS Live 2018
2/21/18
The Recording Academy is honoring Melissa Salguero of P.S. 48 Joseph R. Drake Elementary School with the 2018 Music Educator Award.
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brits
2/20/18
The U.K. music business is gearing up for the BRIT Awards on Wednesday, as Sony U.K. boss Jason Iley looks forward to resting after a second year organizing the show as Chairman during a successful 12 months for the British music industry.
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MUSE IG
2/20/18
Niall Horan dominates T40, while BlocBoy JB makes some noise at Rhythm and at Modern Rock, Muse crushes the competition...
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white-rose
2/20/18
I.B. Bad on past wrongs, current turmoil and the radical changes on the horizon for the biz.
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