Overnight news from around the world: Monday, September 5

Overnight news from around the world: Monday, September 5

Paul Pacifico appointed CEO of AIM

The Association of Independent Music (AIM), which represents over 800 UK independent music companies, has appointed a new CEO following the recent announcement that Alison Wenham is to take up a new, full-time role as CEO of Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) after 17 years at the organisation. Paul Pacifico has been appointed the new CEO of AIM and joins from his previous role as CEO of The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), a position he has held since January 2015.  He was also President of the International Artist Organisation (‘IAO’). Read Pacifico's first interview in this week's issue of Music Week.

Former NWA manager Jerry Heller dies, aged 75

NWA's original manager Jerry Heller died from a heart attack on Friday, September 2 at a hospital in California. Heller's career saw him work with the likes of Creedence Clearwater Revival and Marvin Gaye as an agent in the '60s and '70s, and with Pink Floyd, Elton John, and Kraftwerk as a promoter. Heller sued Straight Outta Compton's makers in 2015 for the way he was portrayed in the film (Billboard).

Believe Digital signs deal with Digital Rights Management New Zealand

Believe Digital, has signed a strategic partnership with New Zealand’s leading music distribution company and video MCN (Multi-Channel Network), Digital Rights Management New Zealand (DRM). Through the partnership, DRM and their clients will benefit from Believe’s distribution technology, analytics and extensive global network of 36 offices and 350 international digital music industry experts to develop the reach and visibility of New Zealand artists and labels internationally.

New issue of Music Week out now

The September issue of Music Week is out now, with Radio X’s Mike Walsh and Chris Baughen take on the Big Interview, while Music Week goes inside HMV’s High Street reinvention. And The Shires go all-out to become the first UK country act to break America. Subscribe here

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