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John Mayer, Turntable, 24-hour Club, AudioSalad, Richie Hawtin, Nozstock Cancels, The Orchard

WME has signed Richie Hawtin, who performs as Plastikman, as a global client in all areas.

Dubbed by The New York Times as “one of the electronic dance world’s intellectual forces,” the British-born, Canadian-raised DJ pioneered the international spread and growth of electronic and techno music. The agency will build out his business across music, technology, fashion, art, education and gaming.

John Mayer Releases New Song “Last Train Home” Featuring Maren Morris

The new song, which comes with a video, is the latest preview of his next album, Sob Rock, which will be released on July 16th by Columbia Records.

Mayer will also be back on the road with the Grateful Dead supergroup Dead & Company. The 31-date tour kicks off on August 16th.

CHICAGO COUNCILLOR CALLS FOR TWO 24-HOUR HOUSE MUSIC CLUBS

Chicago councillor Carlos Ramirez-Rosa has called for two 24-hour clubs that only play house music to be hosted in the city. He made the suggestion on Twitter, saying the clubs would help “tap into the international market for Chicago house music.” This one gets my full support.

Over in the UK…

Nozstock is the latest festival to cancel amid ongoing COVID uncertainty and the insurance gap

Although full-capacity events may be possible starting June 21, there is still concern that COVID restrictions may be extended or reinstated.

The festival industry has frequently requested that the UK government provide state-backed insurance options due to the lack of cancellation insurance on the private market. Ministers, on the other hand, have thus far declined to initiate such a plan, at least until any initial constraints are lifted.

We’ll talk more about this in the Music News Power Hour live on Clubhouse and on MusicIndustryCity.com at 12 p.m. Eastern.

Turntable Goes Live With New Mobile App.

Turntable (tt.fm) also known as the other Turntable has released their platform today for Desktop web, iOS and Android. “Original Turntable fans are eager to get back on the dancefloor and have been asking for a product that serves their needs, including live DJ sets, social networking with music fans, music sharing and an online music community”, says Joseph Perla, CEO of this version of Turntable. 

In Musical Chairs…

NALEDI NYAHUMA SECK JOINS THE ORCHARD AS VICE PRESIDENT OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

Based in Los Angeles, she will report to Colleen Theis, The Orchard’s Chief Operating Officer, and will work closely with Tiffany R. Warren, Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Sony Music Group, who took on the role in October.

In her newly appointed role, Nyahuma Seck will continue the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, and establish talent pipelines and employee development programs.

And finally, in tech news…

DELIVERY AND DISTRIBUTION PLATFORM AUDIOSALAD LAUNCHES NEW VIDEO DELIVERY SERVICE, VIDEOSALAD – it’s good to stick with a healthy brand recognition 

AudioSalad says that the new platform “aims to simplify music video distribution” and delivers short form music video in SD, HD and 4K formats to Apple, Spotify, Amazon, Vevo, TIDAL, Facebook and more. VideoSalad also provides services to assist with video encoding, preparation and style guide compliance.

And that concludes today’s update. For article links, see the show notes, or go to MusicIndustryCity.com and listen to the Music News Power Hour live in Clubhouse or on the website at 12 p.m. Eastern.

We’ll see you tomorrow.

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