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2/21/18

Warner Music U.K. acts won six of the 11 trophies handed out during Wednesday’s BRIT Awards, outpacing its Big Three rivals.


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2/21/18

Stormzy and Dua Lipa were the multiple award winners Wednesday at the BRIT Awards. Stormzy took home British Album of the Year and British Male Solo Artist while Lipa, who had five noms, received red trophies for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.


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Jubelirer Airhead
2/21/18

The industry’s top athletes battle each other for the gold—and take some embarrassing spills—in Airhead’s salute to the Winter Olympics. Stick this in your halfpipe and smoke it.


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Iley
2/21/18

On the eve of the BRIT Awards, Sony Music U.K. chief and BRITS Chairman Jason Iley fielded a volley of questions from MBW’s Tim Ingham in a lively, informative conversation centered on the transformation of the BRITs, which has made what Ingham describes as “a decisive move away from becoming a paler, staler affair.”


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Dan McCarroll
2/21/18

Look who’s back in the bigs. Industry veteran Dan McCarroll, most recently President of A&R at Warner Bros. Records, has been tapped as Global Head of Originals and Artist Relations for Amazon Music. He’ll be charged with working in coordination with artists, managers and labels to create ways to optimize frontline and catalog releases via original programming as well as heading the original-programming team.


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Bebe Rexha plaque presentation
2/21/18

More than a dozen execs from the Bunny recently hopped en masse to an L.A. studio where Bebe Rexha was working on a new recording to surprise her with an RIAA platinum plaque for her smash single “Meant to Be” f/Florida Georgia Line. As the giddy WBR staffers swarmed around the breakout artist, Co-Chairman/COO Tom Corson blew the whistle he keeps in his pocket for just such occasions and, paraphrasing Vince Lombardi, ordered, “Pull yourselves together, people! When you get in the presence of greatness, act like you’ve been there before.” Later, as the crowd dispersed, Corson asked Rexha to autograph the back of his hand...


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Vince
2/21/18

Capitol Music Group SVP Vince Szydlowski has been appointed Executive Vice President of Commercial Sales for Universal Music Enterprises.


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2/21/18

Nigerian pop star Davido is making waves across the pond. The artist, who received a couple plaques after blowing out O2 Academy Brixton, is celebrating the updated certification of his records "If" and "Fall," which went Diamond and Platinum in South Africa. Columbia U.K. President Ferdy Unger-Hamilton was particularly excited to hand out spiked Zobo. L'chaim!


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Melissa Points to her students at GITS Live 2018
2/21/18

The Recording Academy is honoring Melissa Salguero of P.S. 48 Joseph R. Drake Elementary School with the 2018 Music Educator Award.


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2/21/18

Atlantic U.K. A&R duo Alec Boateng and Briony Turner have been promoted to Co-Heads of A&R at the Warner Music label after having a hand in the success of chart-topping acts including Jess Glynne, and BRIT nominees Clean Bandit and Stormzy.


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Ben Cook's dynamic duo. (2/21a)
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY
Investment in the biz and the coming speed bumps.
A NEW STREAMING PLAYER?
Who's getting into the game?
MY DOCTOR SAID NO MORE PIZZA
But she's not here.
OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
At least try to be less obvious about it.
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