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2 Music Week 20.03.10


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The Playlist

MGMT Congratulations Columbia A musically ambitious, at times Beatlesesque return by the duo whose penchant for psychedelia-charged pop remains well and truly intact. (album, April 12)

PENDULUM Watercolour Warner Bros Debuted by Zane Lowe on Radio 1 last week, Watercolour sees the group refining their sound to be more digestible for mainstream audiences. (single, May 3)

VARIOUS Moshi Moshi: Singles Club Vol. 2 Moshi Moshi Summer Camp, Signals, Bless Beats, Kindness and Florence + The Machine are among artists featured courtesy of the much-loved indie. (album, May tbc)

ALAN POWNALL Take Me Mercury A firm highlight with radio appeal from the young Londoner’s forthcoming debut, this Eliot James co-write bears the hallmarks of Jack Johnson. (single, tbc) PANTHA DU PRINCE FEAT. PANDA BEAR Stick To My Side (Four Tet remix) Rough Trade Four Tet puts the former Hype Machine chart topper through the studio mincer for its commercial release, with glorious results. (single, out now)

MONARCHY The Phoenix Alive Mercury Monarchy signed to Mercury last month and this slice of commercial, synth-driven electronica will get the ball rolling ahead of summer’s debut album. (single, April 12)

KID SISTER Daydreaming Asylum Kid Sister’s new single leads ahead of debut album Ultraviolet due in May. With plenty of specialist support so far, it’s worth keeping an eye on. (single, April 19)

SIGNALS Silverfish Moshi Moshi Signals dish out the same kind of urgent euphoria as their former band Mae Shi, albeit with slightly more punch. It gets better with every listen. (single, tbc)

HOLE Skinny Little Bitch Polydor A raw, bass-driven slice of raucous, angry rock currently streaming online ahead of recently-announced live dates by the grunge veterans. (single, April tbc)

SURFER BLOOD Swim Kanine Boasting support across Radio 1, XFM and NME Radio, and enjoying a wave of interest in the US, Surfer Blood give a taster of their forthcoming debut album. (single, tbc)

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Band Of Horses have concluded a deal with Columbia Records. Their third studio album Infinite Arms will be released on May 17

BMG Rights Management has signed an exclusive publishing agreement to represent Leona Lewis (see Publishing on p12)

Max Hole promoted to COO as Universal goes for global vi

The Hole world in Universal

Labels By Paul Williams

UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP INTERNATIONAL’S MAX HOLE has been promoted to COO in a move to help bring more closely together the major’s operations globally under new worldwide chief Lucian Grainge.

Hole, the current UMGI executive vice president, will take up his new London-based role on July 1. This is the same day Grainge starts in his new job in New York as Universal’s global CEO, a position he will hold for the first six months in conjunction with its present incumbent Doug Morris.

Hole’s new job reflects an attempt under Grainge to more closely align Universal’s businesses in North America and elsewhere. This policy is also illustrated by the fact that some of Universal’s companies outside North America will continue to report directly to Grainge, including Universal Music UK run by chairman/CEO David Joseph and Universal Music France, Mediterranean, South America and Middle East, all overseen by Pascal Negre.

“It’s a first step in moving to a more global organisation,” says Hole. “Lucian is still the CEO and we’re just moving step by step to a more truly global organisation, whereas in the past it was rather divided between North America on one hand and

Country man: Max Hole has managed a portfolio of countries for a long time and is viewed as the ideal man to succeed Lucian Grainge international, if you like, on the other. This really reflects that we want to have a more truly global view, which is very important in the world we live in now as we make the transition from a physical to a digital world.”

Hole, who joined Universal 12 years ago, says in his new role his portfolio of territories will be larger than it is currently, but in a number of ways not a great deal is going to change, with him and Grainge still working closely together.

“Lucian and I are very close,” he says. “Lucian is someone who has big vision, big ambition and we’ve worked very closely for some time. I’ve been managing a portfolio of a lot of countries for a long time and marketing and digital and commercial affairs. For quite some time I’ve been the guy that facilitates Lucian’s vision but the difference between me and a lot of facilitators and detailed people is I can do detail but I also know how to sign an act, how to make a record and what a hit sounds like, so it’s a natural progression for both of us. We’ve always worked on the basis you need to have music people running the record companies.”

Grainge himself points to Hole’s background of independent artist manager, record producer, A&R head, company managing director and one of Universal’s “most senior, accomplished executives” in his suitability to succeed him as head of UMGI.

“We first met in this business 30 years ago, so I’m delighted and gratified that we’ll continue to work together, focusing on breaking artists, driving our digital music business with innovation and


Who: MGMT When: Thursday, March 18 Where: Heaven, London Why: Despite ongoing rumours of a split, officially MGMT remain well and truly intact, and the duo bring their live show to the UK this week for this London headline slot at Heaven

Debating duo team up on key issues

MUSIC WEEK IS TEAMING UP with the British Music Experience for the first of a planned series of debates on key issues facing the music industry.

The first, Tomorrow Never Knows: Music Consumption and its Impacts, will take place on Thursday, April 29 and will bring together a heavyweight panel of figures from in and around the music business.

Most controversially, the panel will include Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi, who will line up with names including EMI Music Publishing UK president and European creative president Guy Moot, BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor and Featured Artists Coalition CEO Jeremy Silver.

The debate will examine current models and trends and their impacts for artists, the industry and consumers as well as looking at like-

ly future paths. It will take place at the BME’s home of The O2 Bubble in North Greenwich, beginning at 7.30pm.

Chaired by Music Week editor Paul Williams, the evening will also bring together on the panel PRS chief economist Will Page, MMF and IMMF director of copyright and related rights David Stopps, The Next Big Thing founder William Higham, 7 Digital founder Ben Drury, Rough Trade Retail’s Stephen Godfroy and Music Ally CEO Paul Brindley.

BME curator Paul Lilley says, “We’re delighted to be launching this exciting series with Music Week to focus attention on key issues facing the industry. It forms part of our wider Public and Educational Events Programme, which is designed to both complement and further the existing content of the

BME and our charitable remit.

“The BME has quickly become the home of our musical heritage and these sessions will also ensure that it remains topical and on the front line.”

The event will usher in what will become a regular platform for debate about key music industry matters. Among future planned debates will be one focusing on the live music sector and covering issues such as festivals, ticketing, 360 deals and live revenues overtaking those for recorded music.

Tickets for the April 29 event will be made via the BME website and allocated on a ballot system.

For further information and to register your interest in the Music Week and British Music Experience debates please email events@

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