AIM Awards - All the winners
The Association of Independent Music celebrated a triumphant year for independent music last night, with Adele, Stormzy, Roisin Murphy and Richard Russell among the big winners at the 2016 AIM Awards. Hosted by Radio X’s John Kennedy and BBC Radio 1/1Xtra presenter MistaJam, the event featured live performances this year from Oscar and Little Simz. XL Recordings’ Richard Russell was the recipient of this year’s Pioneer Award, with long-term friend and collaborator Damon Albarn on-hand to present the award. Grime star Stormzy received the Innovator Award, presented by Radio 1Xtra’s Twin B and Beats 1’s Julie Adenuga, while Roisin Murphy collected the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award. (Music Week)
David Hawkes named managing director, commercial division for Universal Music UK
David Hawkes has been promoted to managing director of Universal Music UK’s Commercial Division. Reporting to Universal Music UK COO David Sharpe, Hawkes starts his new role after 14 years with Island Records, most recently as general manager. Since 2014 he has also been group director of e-commerce and his promotion will see him adding sales, central digital and audience research & planning to his brief. He is stepping up to MD following the departure of Brian Rose who is moving to a new position at Apple.
Fabric to close permanently
Iconic nightclub London Fabric has had its license permanently revoked, after owners were locked in crunch talk with Islington Council for around six hours. The decision was announced just after 1am. Islington Council cited major safety concerns as the key reasons for the closure, following the recent deaths of two young men at the club. (Music Week)
Pandora to launch new music service today?
Pandora's founder and CEO Tim Westergren, will present at the 2016 CITI Global Technology Conference today, where it is expected that he may announce the launch of a new music service, according to various reports. Westergren will speak at 1:25 pm ET/10:25 am PT in New York. A live audio webcast will be available on Pandora's Investor Relations website at http://investor.pandora.com.
Zayn Malik teams up with TV producer for 1D inspired drama
Zayn Malik has teamed up with TV producer Dick Wolf to create a drama about a successful boy band. The show will be called Boys. “It’s exciting to be diving into this project with such passionate and prolific producers,” said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke in a statement. “Zayn certainly brings an authentic point of view to this world where kids are catapulted into fame at a dizzying speed. On top of our excitement around the creative ideas being discussed, we have a lot of respect for the musical and digital ambitions behind the project.” (The Hollywood Reporter)