For The Record (April 2): Warner/Chappell, Deezer, LiveStyle, Royal Albert Hall

For The Record (April 2): Warner/Chappell, Deezer, LiveStyle, Royal Albert Hall

Music Week’s round-up of essential music biz stories you might have missed…

Moot/Marshall head up Warner/Chappell

Former Sony/ATV senior exec Guy Moot has started in his new Warner/Chappell leadership role today (April 2).

He has become co-chair and CEO alongside Carianne Marshall, who has been co-chair & COO since January. Marshall and Moot report to Warner Music Group CEO, Steve Cooper.

Prior to joining Warner/Chappell in June, Carianne Marshall was principal partner, head of creative services, and head of creative licensing at Songs Publishing. Moot was previously president of worldwide creative and UK managing director at Sony/ATV.

All My Friends united

Taylor Stevens has joined LiveStyle promoter AMF as director of business development in the West Coast. In this position, Stevens is tasked with the management and expansion of the AMF and LiveStyle brands and will report to Gary Richards, president of LiveStyle, North America

Prior to joining All My Friends, Stevens had been running his own promotion and production company, CLCTV. Several CLCTV events will roll into the LiveStyle portfolio of properties.

Richards said: “Taylor has an undeniable passion for the scene and creating exciting events. We look forward to him working on behalf of our brands and events, and for us to expand upon the events he is bringing to the LiveStyle family.”

Korea move

Deezer has launched a new K-Pop channel. It will provide a single global home for the genre, including exclusive playlists from artists like Ikon, Stray Kids and Day6.  

Deezer’s new channel will also feature editorial playlists focused on K-Pop and its sub-genres. This includes K-Pop Classics, K-Pop Indie Chill and Top K-Pop. Fans looking for the very latest in the genre can head to K-Pop New Releases, while additional Japanese content will be available in Japanese K-Pop. 

Smart speakers

The Royal Albert Hall has completed its biggest improvement to sound in its auditorium since the installation of the iconic acoustic ‘mushrooms’ in 1969.

The project took 693 days to complete and cost over £2 million using 15,291m of cabling and 465 individual speakers for the world’s largest loudspeaker install in a single room. None of the 327 shows that took place during the installation period were stopped or affected, thanks to an overnight engineering work schedule carried out by installation company SFL.

Craig Hassall, chief executive of the Royal Albert Hall, said: “This investment is about more than just updating the sound-system, it’s about future-proofing the building as we approach our 150th anniversary in 2021, so that it is fit for another 150 years.” 

Back To Blackpool

Ms. Lauryn Hill has been announced as a headliner for Livewire Festival. The festival will start on August 22 and end on August 25. Hill will be performing on August 24th.

The festival will be returning to Blackpool’s Tower Headland Arena after being cancelled in 2018 due to the ill health of key personnel.

By Carol Wright

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