CHRYSALIS RECORDS REPORTS HUGE GROWTH SINCE BLUE RAINCOAT ACQUISTION

CHRYSALIS RECORDS REPORTS HUGE GROWTH SINCE BLUE RAINCOAT ACQUISTION

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CHRYSALIS RECORDS REPORTS HUGE GROWTH SINCE BLUE RAINCOAT ACQUISTION

Chrysalis Records, acquired just over two years ago from Warner Music by Blue Raincoat Music, today announces major growth since the label came back into independent ownership. Blue Raincoat was formed and is led by Jeremy Lascelles and Robin Millar.

In the latest Q2 figures, Chrysalis reports a turnover topping £3.675m for the year to June 2018. This is in marked contrast to the legendary label’s performance in the nine months pre the June 2016 sale, with a turnover of just £205,000.

Artists on the Chrysalis roster include The Specials, Sinead O’Connor, The Waterboys, Ten Years After, Grant Lee Buffalo, Lucinda Williams, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Steve Harley, Fun Boy Three, Ultravox and the Two Tone label.

Prior to Blue Raincoat buying the label, streaming stood at around 250,000 streams per day. In line with their proposed strategy to ensure Chrysalis was fit for the digital world the streams are currently hitting the 1 million per day mark – a staggering 100% year on year rise across two years. These numbers have outstripped market performance by over 3 to 1, even in a landscape that has seen the massive growth of streaming in recent years.

 

Earlier this month at the AIM Awards the Blue Raincoat artist roster received seven nominations, making it the independent company with the most nominations this year. On the night there were wins for Phoebe Bridgers as International Breakthrough Act and Let’s Eat Grandma as Best Sophomore Album. In addition, Tracey Thorn of Everything But The Girl, who signed a long-term global licensing agreement with Chrysalis Records in 2017, was recognised for her Outstanding Contribution to Music.

 

Jeremy Lascelles, CEO Blue Raincoat Music and Chrysalis Records said,

 

“From day one, we set out to create an integrated music company, combining a high quality catalogue with the contemporary acts we manage or sign to our publishing arm. This model is reflected in the success we are now having across such a diverse array of talent. When we acquired Chrysalis Records, it had had three different owners over the previous five years, so perhaps had been slightly neglected. We knew that it would require a lot of love and attention to get it into shape. It’s therefore very pleasing that the hard work is now really starting to pay off which is a tribute to all the team here at Blue Raincoat.”

BRISTOL BASED OPUS TALENT SOLUTIONS LAUNCH _NOLOGY CAMPAIGN

BRISTOL BASED OPUS TALENT SOLUTIONS LAUNCH _NOLOGY CAMPAIGN

BRISTOL BASED OPUS TALENT SOULUTIONS LAUNCH _NOLOGY CAMPAIGN TO ADDRESS THE UK’S TECH SKILLS GAP CRISIS

Opus Talent Solutions, a leading end-to-end talent consultancy and recruitment firm today announced the launch of the _nology programme – www.nology.io – a campaign that aims to fix the tech skills shortage.

The scheme will do this through training as well as busting the myth that careers in tech are only for STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) specialists, engaging a broader audience and addressing the lack of diversity in tech – with only 15% of tech specialists being female and 1% black.

The problem is at epic proportions and the government last year estimated that the shortfall costs the economy £63bn a year. Deloitte’s Digital Disruption Index says just 12% of executives think school leavers and graduates have the right digital skills.

_nology have initially partnered with the Southwest’s biggest universities as well as Bristol City Council with further expansion planned. The scheme is the brainchild of Opus Talent Solutions CEO Amy Golding, the youngest female CEO of a $100,000,000 turn over company. Opus have their head office in Bristol and others in London, Europe and the US

_nology will have its first candidate intake in October in their quest to create the next generation of tech talent. By taking candidates through a 12-month development scheme it will help companies find the most suitable raw talent and enable career conversions for those from any background. As part of this the three month Tech Conversion scheme – unique to _nology  – teaches the basics and builds on them over the course. Just as a law conversation course is now seen as standard, _nology will do the same for tech.

Across the remaining year, candidates will learn broader tech and business skills, gaining proper experience delivering tech projects before they start work. There is a guaranteed role at the end of it and the programme ensures people are armed with the tech skills that are currently lacking.

Amy Golding said “ We work with over 2000 clients from Uber through to Burberry finding the right people for tech roles but we know there is still a huge tech skills gap and so we want to do something more radical about it.  That’s why we’re launching _nology. To create the next generation of tech specialists we need to go beyond the current talent pool and the stark statistics show this needs to happen now.”

AEG PRESENTS PROMOTES SIMON JONES TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT LIVE MUSIC INTERNATIONAL

AEG PRESENTS PROMOTES SIMON JONES TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT LIVE MUSIC INTERNATIONAL

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AEG PRESENTS PROMOTES SIMON JONES TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT LIVE MUSIC INTERNATIONAL

AEG Presents, the live music division of global entertainment company, AEG, announced today (Thursday 16th August) the appointment of Simon Jones in the newly created position of Senior Vice President Live Music International.

The creation of the role further builds on AEG Presents global presence and follows the opening of their Paris office at the start of 2018. Jones will report directly to the CEOs of AEG Presents London, Steve Homer and Toby Leighton-Pope.

Jones will head up the international promoting operations for AEG Presents UK, expanding the companies’ international touring footprint, working closely with the AEG offices in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. With AEG Presents ever growing network of partners across the world, he will promote a broad range of artists from intimate club gigs through to stadium shows.

Since entering the UK market more than a decade ago, AEG Presents have built a strong presence across concert touring, festivals and venues. In 2017 alone, AEG promoted over 800 live events in the UK. Through festivals such as Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park and the newly created All Points East, AEG has brought a new level of world-class talent and outstanding customer experiences.

Jones currently has a series of major shows taking place this year and into 2019 including Shawn Mendes European tour, the Ed Sheeran South Africa Stadium tour, Asian tours for Khalid and Calum Scott, Rodriguez across Australia and New Zealand and UK tours for Anne-Marie, Jess Glynne, Tom Odell and The Vamps.

Recent successes both in the UK and internationally include Ed Sheeran in Asia and the Middle East (2017/18) and his three sell out stadium shows in Glasgow (2018), Justin Bieber UK tour (2016/2017) Craig David’s arena tour (2017), London Grammar, and Father John Misty UK tours as well as the annual established BRITs Week series of shows.

Jones began his promoting career early. From the age of 20 he was running gigs across his native Kent and whilst he was a student at Greenwich University he answered an advert for interns to work at a brand new arena – The O2 – which was in the process of being built and was part of the small team that launched the venue. Since that time Jones has risen through the ranks as a promoter and senior executive, taking him to his current role.

Simon Jones said “I’ve enjoyed building the international touring arm of our UK office in recent years; it’s a major passion of mine and I’m excited to continue and expand on this even further, with some incredible shows and tours to announce soon.  What we have achieved since AEG Presents launched in the UK has been phenomenal and I’m certain we can keep upping the ante both here and around the world.  The artists that work with us are always at the core of our thinking when planning tours and shows and that is reflected in the calibre of artists and their teams that we work with”

BLUE RAINCOAT ARTISTS BRINGS TWO NEW MANAGERS INTO THE FOLD

BLUE RAINCOAT ARTISTS BRINGS TWO NEW MANAGERS INTO THE FOLD

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BLUE RAINCOAT ARTISTS BRINGS TWO NEW MANAGERS INTO THE FOLD

Blue Raincoat Artists have announced that LA based artist manager Darin Harmon has joined the company. He brings with him renowned artist Phoebe Bridgers whose album Stranger In The Alps was cited in many critics polls on both sides of the Atlantic as one of the albums of 2017. Phoebe has also received three nominations for the AIM Awards 2018.

Harmon will have a dual role within Blue Raincoat Music. As well as artist representation, he will also oversee the Chrysalis Records catalogue in the US on the company’s behalf. Artists on the roster include The Specials, Sinead O’Connor, The Waterboys, Ten Years After, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Steve Harley, Fun Boy Three, Ultravox, Generation X and the Two Tone label.

Harmon began his career in A&R at labels including Capitol Records, Reprise / Warner Bros Records, Grand Royal Records and Nettwerk Records, before moving into artist management at Nettwerk. He left to become co-founder of 3D Management who counted amongst their clients Coldplay, My Chemical Romance, Jenny Lewis, Anthony and The Johnsons and Scissor Sisters. He went on to become a senior manager at Bill Silva Management working with Linkin Park and most recently spent time at CAM/Artist Nation where he managed All American Rejects and Breaking Benjamin.

The deal marks a further expansion by Blue Raincoat Artists into the alternative music world, which began last year with Ed Harris joining the company along with Cigarettes After Sex. With Harris based in New York and Harmon in LA, this further strengthens the company’s standing in the US, giving them a bi-coastal presence.

In further news, Josh Fisher has also joined BRA to further bolster the company’s electronic music management arm. Fisher comes from a club background, having been events manager at legendary Ibiza venue Space. Josh and brings with him the internationally renowned Mexican techno DJ Hector.

Blue Raincoat Music last week received seven nominations in the AIM Awards spread across three of their artists – Let’s Eat Grandma, Cigarettes After Sex and Phoebe Bridgers – making it the independent company with the most nominations this year.

Jeremy Lascelles, CEO Blue Raincoat Music and Chrysalis Records said “Bringing Darin on board demonstrates the ambitions we have at BRA in the world of artist management. Not only does he carry with him a wealth of experience across records and management, he brings us Phoebe Bridgers, one the most genuinely talented and exciting artists to emerge in the last couple of years. The first time I heard her was one of those seminal moments when you knew you were listening to something genuinely extraordinary. Who she is as an artist embodies everything we believe in at BRM.

I am also delighted to welcome Josh to the company, where he will work alongside Jamie Smithson in continuing to grow and develop our exciting roster of DJ’s and electronic music artists”.

Darin Harmon said “I’m always telling artists to align themselves with individuals who have plenty of experience, a good reputation and strong relationships. In partnering with Jeremy, Robin, Ed and their team, I’m taking my own advice. We have big ambitions to combine our strengths and build a home for artists on a global level.”

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AEG PRESENTS LAUNCHES FIRST OFFICE IN FRANCE

AEG PRESENTS LAUNCHES FIRST OFFICE IN FRANCE

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AEG Presents, the live music division of global entertainment company, AEG, announced today (Wednesday 24th January) the opening of their first office in France. The creation of an AEG Presents office in the country builds on their already impressive track record in the UK and marks a key expansion into one of Europe’s most important and vibrant markets for live music. Operating out of Paris, the team will be led by leading promoting executive, Arnaud Meersseman, who will report directly to the CEOs of AEG Presents London, Steve Homer and Toby Leighton-Pope.

 

Meersseman’s career in live music promotion began in 2004 and has seen him work with some of the leading music promoters in France, staging shows for the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Ray, Major Lazer and A$AP Rocky. In 2016 he became Managing Director of the MIALA/Fimalac group. He begins leading AEG Presents France effective immediately with a remit to develop and grow a promotions business centred on the thriving French music scene, while at the same time actively supporting AEG’s international roster of touring artists.

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Since entering the UK market more than a decade ago, AEG Presents have built a strong presence across concert touring, festivals and venues. In 2017 alone, AEG promoted over 800 live events in the UK. Through festivals such as Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park, AEG has brought a new level of world-class talent and outstanding customer experience to this world-renowned central London location. The venue portfolio for AEG Presents includes the iconic Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith (jointly owned with partner, CTS Eventim). Through a multi-million pound refurbishment completed last year, AEG Presents continues to proudly deliver a level of excellence across the live event space in the UK to meet, and often exceed, the needs of today’s music fans.

 

The creation of AEG Presents France follows AEG’s significant investment in the Accors Hotel Arena in Paris, as well as the recent acquisition of the highly regarded Rock En Seine festival (jointly acquired with French media investment group, LNEI).

 

Steve Homer and Toby Leighton-Pope, joint CEO’s AEG Presents said The live music scene in France is incredibly vibrant and one we very much admire and it’s a real privilege to be able to set up our Paris office. In Arnaud we have a highly experienced leader and look forward to achieving great things together.”

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Arnaud Meersseman, General Manager and VP of AEG Presents France said “I’ve worked with Toby and Steve since they became involved in Rock en Seine and I’m very proud and excited to become part of the AEG Presents team with this new venture. I have always considered AEG to be best in class in developing venues and festivals that both meet the needs of today’s consumers and in the development of the Hyde Park festival build something truly befitting of the London Park, I am looking forward to taking this passion for excellence into the French market and I’m confident we can do some excellent work with both international and French artists as the new office gets underway.”

 

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Opus Talent Solutions Group appoints Amy Golding as CEO

Opus Talent Solutions Group appoints Amy Golding as CEO

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Opus Talent Solutions Group appoints Amy Golding as CEO

Opus Talent Solutions Group announced today the appointment and promotion of Amy Golding to CEO. She takes on her new role as the company rebrands and renames, cementing its position as a leading talent consultancy and recruitment firm. Since its formation in 2008, Opus has grown to a $100 million turnover business with 250 staff in seven offices including the UK, Europe, Australia and the US.

 

Golding joined the company as MD in March 2017 and takes over as CEO from Opus founder Darren Ryemill. Ryemill will continue to be actively involved with the Group whilst developing numerous brand new entrepreneurial opportunities and ventures.

 

Prior to Opus, Amy worked for Deloitte and then as Personal Business Advisor to ex Dragon’s Den investor James Caan. Aged 27 in December 2013 she launched Recruitment Entrepreneur, a Venture Capital Fund that invested in the best of the young recruitment firms. Recruitment Entrepreneur thrived and grew swiftly under Amy’s leadership and within three years had 130 staff and a £17 million turnover.

 

Amy Golding said “After running my own business I always thought I would go it alone but when I met Darren that changed. He’s inspirational as is the company he’s created. I’m very much looking forward to leading Opus and the fantastic teams as we kick off a new era.”
Darren Ryemill said “I’ve built Opus over the last nine years and there was only ever one person that I wanted to run the Group for me and that was Amy. She’s an incredible operator and I know she will take the business into even more successful and exciting areas.”

 

 

 

 

The Opus mission is to be a global leader in niche and innovative talent solutions with a focus on tech roles across a range of sectors. Partnering with clients they develop end to end talent and recruitment strategies advising on retention and succession planning. Major clients include Uber, Deloitte, Burberry, Accenture, Bloomberg and Bank of America.

 

The company has placed on the ‘Virgin FastTrack’ for four consecutive years, a list published in the Sunday Times recognising the 100 fastest growing companies in the UK in any sector. Opus have also twice been awarded a top 5 position in The Sunday Times ‘Best 100 Companies to Work For’.

BLUE RAINCOAT ARTISTS BUYS BERLIN BASED DJ BOOKING AGENCY

BLUE RAINCOAT ARTISTS BUYS BERLIN BASED DJ BOOKING AGENCY

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BLUE RAINCOAT ARTISTS BUYS BERLIN BASED DJ BOOKING AGENCY

Blue Raincoat Artists announced today the purchase of leading Berlin based  DJ and electronic music booking and management agency Spar-ks. As part of the deal, founder and CEO of Spar-ks Katrin Schlotfeldt will join the Blue Raincoat team, bringing with her the full Spar-ks roster including Sonja Moonear, Barac, Matthew Dear/Audion, and Martin Buttrich.

 

Blue Raincoat Artists has already established a strong pedigree in managing electronic artists. On their roster are the legendary The Belleville Three (consisting of techno pioneers Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins), as well as Kevin Saunderson as a solo artist and for his timeless Inner City project. Under the stewardship of manager Jamie Smithson, the electronic music division of Blue Raincoat Artists also includes the internationally renowned DJ/recording artist Francesca Lombardo, as well as Infinity Ink, Delano Smith and South London Ordnance.

 

Jeremy Lascelles and Robin Millar, Co-Founders of Blue Raincoat Artists say, “We made a commitment right at the start of Blue Raincoat to represent electronic artists and DJs and we have the perfect person to drive this activity in Jamie Smithson. It was a natural fit for us to branch out into the agency business, and having got to know Katrin during the time when we both worked with Luciano, she was our number one choice. She has great experience in the DJ and electronic music world, and has worked with some of the biggest names in this field and has built an enviable client roster with Spar-ks. We are thrilled now to have a presence in mainland Europe and we welcome her to our company.”

 

Jamie Smithson said: “Myself, Jeremy and Robin have been trying to find a way we can work more closely with Katrin since we first met her. We feel with the industry growing and evolving, there is an opportunity for management that addresses full career development. The addition of Spar-ks with Katrin’s wealth of experience and expertise will help us build on that.”

 

Katrin Schlotfeldt said “I feel very honoured to be working with Jeremy, Robin, Jamie, and the whole team at Blue Raincoat Music. After working with them on Luciano I have always wanted to find a way to continue the relationship and grow with them. The electronic music industry is changing with some new and very exciting opportunities and we are already starting to look at ways we can explore new avenues.”

The London Sporting Club Opens in London’s Mayfair

The London Sporting Club Opens in London’s Mayfair

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The London Sporting Club Opens in London's Mayfair

The London Sporting Club is the country’s first invite only, private members’ club for people who play professional sport and those at the highest level in the business of sport. The creation of sports journalist, broadcaster and author Ian Stafford, The London Sporting Club, which meets at Morton’s, is situated in the heart of Mayfair. The club is wholly unique because it automatically creates a wide-ranging sporting network situated at one venue.

The Club make’s a point of creating introductions when necessary or relevant, facilitating opportunities for both sports people and organisations, brands, sponsors, broadcasters and all other interested parties relevant to the business of sport. It will also provide monthly lunches with well-known sporting names as well as networking events throughout the year, and offer exclusive opportunities with high end brands and products including a 360 degree concierge service.

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INCREDIBLE WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE ANIMAL HERO AWARDS 2016

INCREDIBLE WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE ANIMAL HERO AWARDS 2016

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INCREDIBLE WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE ANIMAL HERO AWARDS 2016

The Animal Hero Awards recognises and celebrates the most inspiring examples of bravery, dedication and resilience in the animal world. This year’s ceremony was hosted by Amanda Holden, at The Grosvenor Hotel on Wednesday 7th September.

The Daily Mirror joined forces with the UK’s leading animal welfare charity, the RSPCA to pick the most inspiring animals along with the individuals and teams who have shown outstanding commitment to improving their lives. Some incredible winners were chosen this year from across 12 different categories, including Rescue Animal of The Year and Vet of The Year.

Guests at the ceremony included Alesha Dixon, Dr Brian May, Lucy Watson, Paul O’Grady, Laura Whitmore and Tom Fletcher.

Find out more about the Animal Hero Awards 2016 here.

CHRYSALIS RECORDS HIRES JOHN DYER AS NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR

CHRYSALIS RECORDS HIRES JOHN DYER AS NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR

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CHRYSALIS RECORDS HIRES JOHN DYER AS NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR

Chrysalis Records has hired John Dyer as Managing Director. Dyer will be charged with the day to day running, creative and strategic direction of the label.

Dyer was most recently Director of Operations at Domino Records. Prior to that he was GM of PIAS Recordings UK and also worked for Mute Records as their Marketing Manager. He began his career working in the sales teams for Rough Trade and London Records.

John Dyer, MD Chrysalis Records said, “It had to be a very special company and challenge for me to make a move and taking on the MD position at Chrysalis fulfills both those criteria. The company is packed with talented people and of course has an amazing history. It will be a privilege to take the label forward and work with the current and future artists.”

Artists on the current Chrysalis Records roster include The Specials, Sinead O’Connor, The Waterboys, Ten Years After, Suzi Quatro, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Steve Harley and Debbie Harry.

RED BULL WELCOME TAKEOVER OF FORMULA ONE BY LIBERTY MEDIA

RED BULL WELCOME TAKEOVER OF FORMULA ONE BY LIBERTY MEDIA

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RED BULL WELCOME TAKEOVER OF FORMULA ONE BY LIBERTY MEDIA

Red Bull Racing has called on Formula One’s new owners Liberty Media to make the sport more broadly accessible following completion of a deal that values the sport at £6bn.

Christian Horner welcomed the deal, and the decision to retain 85-year-old Bernie Ecclestone as chief executive for a transitional period. He hopes this change will give the sport a chance to address major challenges.

Horner said: “I think F1 is guilty of being too complex, the regulations are hugely intricate, so the key factor is it needs to be kept simple,” he said.

“The casual viewer needs to tune in and follow and understand without having to be a specialist in DRS or energy recovery systems. I think we need to go back to basics son some of these regulations.”

“Serial winning in sport is never popular, and fans aren’t going to engage if they know what the outcome of a race is going to be. ”

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SIR IAN BOTHAM TACKLES BIGGEST MALE TABOO

SIR IAN BOTHAM TACKLES BIGGEST MALE TABOO

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SIR IAN BOTHAM TACKLES BIGGEST MALE TABOO

Sir Ian Botham, legendary cricketer and one of the world’s greatest ever sportsmen, has come forward to talk about arguably the most taboo of male subjects – erectile dysfunction.

Encouraging men not to suffer in silence, Sir Ian has spoken out about the measures he’s taken to safeguard his sexual performance now he’s reached 60, as part of his healthy lifestyle and why the new Vigore treatment is the very best way forward.

Vigore is a restorative men’s treatment that has the potential to help more than 5 million men in the UK who suffer from mild to severe erection problems as a consequence of the natural ageing process or other medical conditions. It can also safeguard against a loss of performance in future.

It is safe, painless, non-invasice and drug-free, and uses proven sound wave technology focused on improving blood supply to the penis – the commonest cause of erectile problems.

Vigore is now available at a large number of clinics across the UK.

Read Sir Ian’s exclusive interview with The Sun On Sunday here.

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NEW ORDER LAUNCHES NEW ‘STRAY DOG’ BEER

NEW ORDER LAUNCHES NEW ‘STRAY DOG’ BEER

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NEW ORDER LAUNCHES NEW 'STRAY DOG' BEER

One of Manchester’s most legendary exports, New Order, have joined forces with Moorhouse’s Brewery of Burnley to launch an exciting new beer, set for release later this autumn.
 
The premium 4.2% beer, named Stray Dog (after a track on the band’s recent album Music Complete), is a refreshing and clean tasting golden ale with hints of citrus fruit and lychee, all balanced by a subtle bitterness.  Brewed using American Cascade, Centennial and Willamette hops, with the finest English Maris Otter malt, it was developed by head brewer Dan Casaru at Moorhouse’s new £5m state-of-the-art brewery after a series of tastings earlier this spring. 
New Order commented : “It’s been a pleasure to work with Moorhouse’s of Burnley on our first foray into the brewing business. Even more so that they’re celebrating their 150th anniversary, and have such a rich heritage in the north west” 
 
The beer will be available exclusively in Mitchells & Butlers pubs from August Bank Holiday weekend, ahead of national availability in September.
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BLUE RAINCOAT SONGS ACQUIRES RICKIE LEE JONES PUBLISHING

BLUE RAINCOAT SONGS ACQUIRES RICKIE LEE JONES PUBLISHING

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BLUE RAINCOAT SONGS ACQUIRES RICKIE LEE JONES PUBLISHING

Blue Raincoat Songs, the music publishing team set up by Blue Raincoat Music founders Jeremy Lascelles and Robin Millar, has signed a long term partnership with legendary American singer and songwriter Rickie Lee Jones, giving them a substantial stake in Jones’ catalogues Structurally Sound Publishing, Easy Money Music and Duck Kill Duck Publishing.

The catalogues contain such classic songs as “Chuck E’s In Love”, “On Saturday Afternoons in 1963”, “Weasel And The White Boys Cool” and “Easy Money”.

Rickie Lee Jones is Blue Raincoat Music’s second signing for their publishing arm, the first being the legendary Mike ‘Simply The Best’ Chapman. More announcements are due very shortly.

Blue Raincoat Songs join forces with Kobalt Music Publishing

Blue Raincoat Songs join forces with Kobalt Music Publishing

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Blue Raincoat Songs join forces with Kobalt Music Publishing

Blue Raincoat Songs, the publishing company led by Jeremy Lascelles and Robin Millar, announced today a new partnership with Kobalt Music Publishing. The long-term worldwide administration deal will mean that Kobalt will provide a variety of publishing services to Blue Raincoat including copyright administration and royalty tracking.

Jeremy Lascelles said “Blue Raincoat Songs will be a very creatively driven operation, but we know how important it is to have really efficient registration and collection systems in place. Kobalt’s reputation in this area is second to none and they will provide a global resource and infrastructure that should be a perfect complement to our creative endeavours. Plus it will be nice having them on our team rather than as a competitor!”

Richard Sanders, President Kobalt Music Group said “All of us at Kobalt look forward to adding value to the roster of Blue Raincoat Songs writers by enhancing Jeremy and Robin’s creative expertise with our global rights management platform.”

Jeremy and Robin, with the backing of Chrysalis’s Chris Wright and former Virgin Entertainment Chairman Robert Devereux, aim to bring back the true spirit of independent music to the industry. Between them the partners have an unrivalled pedigree in the music business.

Jeremy Lascelles and Robin Millar announce the launch of Blue Raincoat Songs

Jeremy Lascelles and Robin Millar announce the launch of Blue Raincoat Songs

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Jeremy Lascelles and Robin Millar announce the launch of Blue Raincoat Songs

Blue Raincoat Music, one of the UK’s fastest growing artist management companies, announced today their expansion into music publishing with the formation of Blue Raincoat Songs and their first signing, the song writing legend Mike Chapman.

Founded by some of the most heavyweight figures in the business Jeremy and Robin, with the backing of Chrysalis’s Chris Wright and former Virgin Entertainment Chairman Robert Devereux, aim to bring back the true spirit of independent music to the industry.

Blue Raincoat Songs’ primary focus is to maximise their artists’ opportunities through their own brand of specialist expertise. Between them the founders have an unrivalled pedigree in the music business, which they will be utilising working with their first publishing signing, legendary songwriter/producer Mike Chapman.

Mike was part of the Chinn/Chapman song writing team behind the biggest hits for artists such as Suzi Quatro, Smokie, Mud and the Sweet in the ’70’s – classics such as “Can the Can”, “Devilgate Drive”, “Ballroom Blitz”, “Tiger Feet” and many more. On his own, Mike went on to produce four huge albums for Blondie including the classic ‘Parallel Lines’, whilst as a writer the hits kept coming with songs like ‘Mickey’ for Toni Basil.

The deal with Blue Raincoat Songs covers the territories of the UK, France, Australia, Japan, S.Africa, and includes songs from Mike’s catalogue such as ‘Love Is A Battlefield’ recorded by Pat Benatar and the huge worldwide hit ’The Best’, most famously recorded by Tina Turner.