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UMG-TENCENT DEAL CLOSES; MORE SALES AHEAD?
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CAA HAS NIGHT FEVER FOR GIBB
3/9/20

CAA has signed Sir Barry Gibb for representation in all areas worldwide.

Gibb, the British singer, songwriter and producer best known as the frontman and co-founder of the Bee Gees, has a career spanning more than 60 years, has won nine Grammys and has two Golden Globe nominations. He is one of the only singers in the world who has had a #1 record for five consecutive decades.

Gibb is a knighted member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). As a songwriter, he has written #1 hits for Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross and Olivia Newton-John, among others. Gibb also wrote “Grease,” the title song for the film of the same name in 1978, which quickly became a #1 single. Gibb plans to further his songwriting success by continuing to write songs for major feature films.

As part of the Bee Gees, Gibb and his brothers, Maurice and Robin Gibb, have sold 220m records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time. The band formed in 1960 with Barry and Robin alternating on lead vocals, while harmonizing with Maurice. Upon the release of their album Bee Gee’s 1st in 1967, the group achieved international success.

Gibb and his brothers were commissioned to write and record the songs for the soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever. Upon its release in November 1977, it became the best-selling soundtrack of all time, and was certified 16x Platinum, selling more than 54 million copies worldwide. It remains one of the best-selling albums in history. 

RECORD STORE DAY 2020 RELEASES READY TO HIT THE BINS
3/6/20

Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Grateful Dead and Britney Spears are among the names found on the list of releases slated for Record Store Day, taking place this year on 4/18.

McCartney's McCartney (UMe/MLP/Capitol) is receiving a 50th anniversary release in a limited edition—7,000 copies—half-speed mastered vinyl pressing.

Two Pink-Floyd related releases are part of the dozen-title line-up from Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings: A 12” single of See Emily Play b/w “Vegetable Man” from Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets and the 7” of “Arnold Layne” from 2007, the last time David Gilmour, Mason and Richard Wright performed together.

Among Legacy’s other offerings are  Spears’ Oops!…I Did It Again (Remixes and B-Sides) on baby blue vinyl; the previously unreleased Cheap Trick double LP Out To Get You! Live 1977; Miles Davis’ Double Image: Rare Miles From The Bitches Brew Sessions on red vinyl; a picture disc of TLC’s Waterfalls EP; and Tyler, The Creator’s Cherry Bomb.

Rhino’s Record Store Day collection features Bowie’s double LP I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour ’74), Alice Cooper’s Live From The Apollo Theatre Glasgow Feb 19, 1982 (two-LP; 7,000 copies) and the five-LP Grateful Dead Buffalo 5/9/77 plus  picture discs from The Cure, boxed sets from the John Prine and Notorious B.I.G. and Warren Zevon's Greatest Hits (According To Judd Apatow).

Island Records and UMe are releasing a 40th anniversary of U2’s“11 O’Clock Tick Tock” on limited edition 12” transparent blue vinyl that includes the full-length version of the track, the original  B-side “Touch”and previously unreleased live recordings of “Touch” and “Twilight” from The Marquee in London in September 1980.

Other UMe releases include Brian Eno’s Rams soundtrack, the Steve Wilson Stereo Mix of Roxy Music, and 7” singles from Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band and Cat Stevens.

Capitol’s Beck will be releasing a limited edition double-A side 7” vinyl single of St. Vincent’s remix of “Uneventful Days” and Khruangbin’s remix of “No Distraction.”

The Black Keys will release a limited-edition, 45-RPM version of Let’s Rock (Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch) on two 180-gram vinyl discs that comes in a holographic gatefold jacket. The set is limited to 7,500 pieces worldwide.

Among items that caught our eye are Post Malone’s four 3” singles, Keith Richards’ 45 of “Hate It When You Leave” b/w “Key to the Highway,” Sam Smith’s “I Feel Love” picture disc, The Kinks Kronikles on double LP, k.d. lang’s Drag on vinyl, a 10” of Gary Clark Jr. f/Andra Day’s “Pearl Cadillac,” Mac DeMarco’s Other Here Comes The Cowboy Demos, and the Studio One reggae compilation Studio First: From the Vaults, Vol. 2.

The full list of special releases is here

 

RHINO REWARDS INNOVATOR HUGHES
2/28/20

John Hughes has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Fan Engagement and Innovation,  continuing to spearhead Rhino’ Entertainment’s initiatives to grow new and existing audiences for WMG’s catalog.

A 10-year veteran of Rhino, he developed and implemented Rhino’s first Fan Engagement department, created the Rhino Podcast and produced recent deluxe editions of albums by The Cars and produced two new albums by The Monkees.

He reports to Rhino President Mark Pinkus.

 “Over the past decade, John’s creativity and forward-thinking philosophies have upheld Rhino’s place as one of the most innovative record labels in the business,” says Pinkus.

“I look forward to watching more of his ideas come to life and evolve as we continue to develop deeper and broader relationships with music fans across all the eras and genres of Warner Music’s unparalleled catalog. I hope that someday he’ll autography my script for Home Alone.”