CMU’s One Liners: BBC Sound Of 2017, iHeart Radio, Amazon, more
By Andy Malt and Chris Cooke | Published on Friday 6 January 2017
Other notable announcements and developments today…
• Ray BLK is the Sound Of 2017, reckons the BBC. There was me thinking maniacal laughter and nervous despair were going to be the most noticeable sounds of 2017. I’ll gladly take Ray BLK instead.
• iHeart Radio’s all new, all singing and all dancing, well singing, I don’t think it dances, fully on-demand streaming service powered by the Napster massive, formally unveiled last month, is now out of beta in the US. Glory be.
• As Amazon continues to expand its ticketing business, the firm has hired Lawrence Peryer, most recently an exec at Warner Music, to be Director Of Tickets in the US.
• Frankie & The Heartstrings frontman Frankie Francis has joined Amazing Radio to present the station’s weekday afternoon show. “I’m incredibly excited to have the opportunity to do this”, he says. His first show will be 3pm-7pm on 9 Jan.
• The Shins will release new album, ‘Heartworms’, on 10 Mar. From it, this is ‘Name For You’. Would you like to see The Shins live? Well, they will also be playing the Hammersmith Apollo in London on 29 Mar.
• Georgia is back with a new single, ‘Feel It’. The release precedes dates supporting The Flaming Lips in the UK.
• Sohn has released new track, ‘Hard Liqour’. New album ‘Rennen’ is out next week.
• Ten Fé have released new track ‘Twist Your Arm’. Their debut album ‘Hit The Light’ is out on 3 Feb.
• De La Soul will be touring the UK in February and March, finishing with a show at the Roundhouse in London on 10 Mar.