Other notable announcements and developments today…
• Roc Nation Records has appointed Benny Pough as its new President, reports Billboard. He joins after several years as an exec at Sony’s Epic label.
• Pandora is offering free subscribers temporary access to Premium features, in exchange for watching a fifteen second video ad. A similar deal is already available to Spotify users from some advertisers. “This unrivalled experience will drive listeners to Pandora and drive awareness for Premium, while also creating new opportunities for artists, labels, publishers and advertisers”, reckons Pandora CEO Roger Lynch.
• Major Lazer have released new single ‘Buscando Huellas’, featuring J Balvin and Sean Paul.
• Walter Martin from The Walkmen has released new solo single, ‘I Can Run Now From The Hellhounds, But I Can’t Hide’. His new album, ‘Reminisce Bar & Grill’, will be released on 16 Feb.
• Kitty, Daisy & Lewis have released a Christmas single, ‘Just One Kiss’. “The song’s about how a magic kiss can change your life”, they say. “Kitty wrote it one night sitting in front of the fire playing guitar – perfect for all the lovers out there at Christmas time!”
• Pop Etc have released a new Christmas EP, featuring covers of Paul McCartney’s ‘Wonderful Christmas Time’ and ‘Christmas Time Is Here’ from ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’, as well as an original song.
• Future Islands have announced that they’ll be in the UK to play some shows in June. They’ve also released the video for ‘Beauty Of The Road’.
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