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I.B. BAD ON A VIBRANT BUT BIFURCATED MARKETPLACE
What's growth got to do with it? (1/19a)
BRUCE GIVES OBAMA
A SEND-OFF SHOW
How fitting is that? (1/19a)
BBC RADIO 1 HOSTSĀ FUTURE STARS
...including DIY up-and-comer Jorja Smith. (1/19a)
THE PRESIDENT-ELECT ON STREAMING
Political performance battle A companion piece to the SNL cold open. (1/19a)
GRAMMY BATTLES
Trophies, performers, rules and more.
Q1'S FIRST BIG SURPRISE
The return of a star.
STREAMING SPIKES
Explosive growth and the changes it's bringing to the biz.
CHANGES AT THE TOP
Is another major about to have a new head?
Pub Crawling
COUNTRY GOES WESTERN
1/12/17

After his sold-out show at L.A.'s Belasco,RCA Nashville/Zone 4's Kane Brown asks our own Todd Hensley why he's guided their group to the theater's basement. "Down here's where I make mah pruno," replied Hensley. "Grab yourself a solo cup!" Later, our President of Digital Ventures curled up next to an old cable spool and enjoyed a lovely nap. Seen discreetly calling an Uber are (l-r) WME's Braeden Rountree, Brown, UMPG Nashville head Kent Earls and Hensley.

GLASSNOTE'S ED POSTON MOVES TO IMAGEM
1/9/17

Glassnote U.K. A&R Ed Poston has left the house of Daniel Glass to join indie publisher Imagem Music in Blighty as Senior A&R.

Poston spent three years at Glassnote where he worked on Aurora, James Hersey and Tor Miller, as well as acting as Head of Publishing UK/EU for Glassnote’s pubco Insieme

Prior to that the young exec spent three years as Exec Writer/Publisher Relations for BMI’s London office.

Poston reports to Kim Frankiewicz, Imagem Music U.K. MD, who called him a “first rate A&R executive” with “an insatiable appetite for all things music.”

She continued: “[Ed] is really leading the charge of the next generation of great A&Rs. We have worked together previously on projects, so I am thrilled he is joining the team.”

Poston added: “I have admired Imagem, their ethos and culture for some time and have enjoyed a great relationship with Kim and her team, which I am very happy to now be joining. 

“Imagem is a shining example of a modern publishing company that values strong relationships with their artists and writers and has an impeccable reputation for delivering.”

ELDERTON TAKES PEAK POST AT PRS
1/9/17

Peermusic man Nigel Elderton has been appointed Chairman of British PRO PRS for Music, succeeding Guy Fletcher OBE. He will be helping lead the organisation “during what is undoubtedly one of the most challenging and pivotal times for the U.K. music industry.”

Elderton has spent over 40 years in the music industry, beginning at Chappell Music in ’75, before a 12-year stint at EMI Music Publishing. He was named U.K. MD of peermusic in ’92, when he was first elected to the PRS Board, and subsequently appointed European president. 

Elderton also holds Directorships at IMPEL and the Music Publishers Association (MPA), is a former Director of UK Music and a Founding Trustee of the PRS for Music Foundation.

Said Elderton of his new role: “I am extremely proud and honoured to be given the opportunity to serve as Chairman and I look forward to working closely with Robert Ashcroft and my two deputy chairmen during what is undoubtedly one of the most challenging and pivotal times for the U.K. music industry, both at home and internationally.”

Elderton has a host of honours under his belt including the Gold Badge of Distinction from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), a Fellowship of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA), and the MPA's Gold Badge award.