Dating app Bumble has partnered with Spotify on a feature that allows people to show their favorite musicians in their profile. Once the two accounts are connected, Bumble will start showing the artists users have streamed the most; others will then be able to tap on their album artwork to jump into Spotify to start listening. (The Verge)
Three artists pull out of ATP Iceland
Múm, Blanck Mass and Fabio Frizzi have all pulled out of the ATP Iceland festival. Frizzi issued a statement on Twitter, which said: “We’ve made every effort to make this show happen, but unfortunately the lack of communication and the failure to honour any of the agreements that we made with Barry Hogan (ATP), made it impossible for us to perform at this year’s ATP Iceland. It is a great shame since as we were very excited about these shows.” Múm said “the terms of the agreement with the festival have not been honoured”, while Blanck Mass simply said it was “just not possible to be able to play” the event, which is due to take place from July 1-3. ATP Iceland has distanced itself from the ATP company, following the cancellation of ATP's Drive Like Jehu-curated event earlier this year. (DIY)
Grammys renew broadcast deal with CBS
The Recording Academy, the organisation behind the Grammy Awards, has renewed its partnership with US TV network CBS for another 10 years. The Grammy Awards have been on CBS since 1973 and this new agreement - signed by Leslie Moonves, chairman of the board, president and CEO of CBS Corporation and Neil Portnow, president/CEO of The Recording Academy - will keep the ceremony on CBS Television Network through 2026. In addition to the awards broadcast, the agreement includes The Recording Academy’s annual two-hour Grammy specials, as well as additional programming opportunities.
CMA opens review into secondary ticketing sites
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has opened a compliance review into the four largest secondary ticketing websites. The CMA is carrying out a review to assess whether the four sites – Viagogo, Ticketmaster-operated Seatwave and Get Me In! and eBay-owned StubHub are providing adequate information to consumers. (Music Week)
Sony/ATV promotes Johnny Tennander to MD of Scandinavian arm
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Johnny Tennander to the role of MD of the Scandinavian company. Tennander will oversee all the operations of Sony/ATV Scandinavia, based out of its Stockholm offices. The promotion comes into effect immediately and he reports into Guy Henderson, Sony/ATV’s executive vice president of international. He succeeds Patrik Sventelius who has left to pursue other opportunities. The new role will run alongside Tennander’s other responsibilities as senior vice president A&R Europe within Sony/ATV’s pan-European A&R team. (Music Week)
Third Side Music partners with The Clyde Otis Music Group
LA and Montreal-based Third Side Music has announced an admin partnership with The Clyde Otis Music Group (TCOMG), a classic soul, R'n'B and hip hop catalogue. ?Clyde Otis was a songwriter, producer and A&R exec. The catalogue includes hits from Nat "King" Cole, Aretha Franklin, BB King, Ray Charles, Brook Benton, Dinah Washington, The Isley Brothers and Wilson Pickett. Modern iterations of these songs have been interereted by artists like Gil Scott Heron / Jamie XX, Drake and Rihanna, Michael Buble and Sharon Jones. TCOMG has been overseen for the last 20 years by Clyde's son, Isidro Otis.
Elton John to headline BBC Radio 2's Live In Hyde Park
Elton John will headline this year's BBC Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park on Sunday, September 11. Other acts will include Madness, Travis and Gregory Porter. (BBC)