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Bits & Pieces: Morris Move to Sony Music Top Spot Confirmed, Warner Music Gets Bids, Thumbplay Unloaded & More…

Morris takes his talents to Sony

The big news this morning from within the big four music groups (soon to be three?), is the confirmation that outgoing Universal Music Group CEO Doug Morris will indeed take over the reigns as new chief executive at Sony Music on July 1st, as Rolf Schmidt-Holz departs at the end of this month. Sony Corp. chairman Howard Stringer will fill the role in the meantime. Morris held the role of CEO at UMG since 1995, before announcing a successor in Lucian Grainge at the beginning of last year. On the other side of the coin, RCA/Jive label chief Barry Weiss will also leave the building this week, as he takes a top spot in Grainge’s East Coast Universal label operation… Bloomberg reported this week that Warner Music Group, which recently put itself on the block with help from Goldman Sachs, has received ten offers so far including bids on its publishing division Warner/Chappell Music by Sony/ATV Music and KKR-backed BMG Rights Management, while Russian billionaire Len Blavatnik is seeking to acquire most of the company. UMG did not submit an offer, reportedly due to anti-trust concerns – though they may be interested in acquiring parts of the recorded music business… In what could be seen as a preemptive move as Spotify appears to be gearing up for a U.S. launch (including reportedly making hires), Rhapsody is offering a 60 day free trial for its streaming service… Ringtone company Thumbplay, who transitioned into the music subscription arena earlier than most current players, has been bought by Clear Channel. It appears that the new owners of the service intend to transition the service into online radio, utilizing the Thumbplay technology and talent and integrating it into Clear Channel’s current free iheartradio service… Elsewhere, Live Nation California prexy Rick Mueller is reportedly leaving and heading to rival AEGMTV and Sony/ATV’s Extreme Music are launching Hype Production Music as the result of a new licensing partnership that will focus on emerging and independent artists… And despite continued turmoil in the digital music landscape, investors are once again starting to dump big cash in the chaotic space.

Exit Through the Gift Shop: A&R Moves at Jive & Interscope…

the Beats goes on

Executive shuffling continues as the year-end countdown proceeds, with the Hollywood Reporter revealing that longtime A&R executive Jeff Fenster is departing his SVP post at Jive Records, where he was most recently tasked with overseeing the Idol signings. He is presumed to be heading to a new senior-level creative position within Warner Music… Also, a recent bit of activity within Universal Music Group that was overlooked in all the scuttlebutt, is A&R hitter Luke Wood‘s exit from his EVP post at Interscope Records to assume a new position within Jimmy Iovine‘s Beats sector. Stocking stuffers anyone? Most expect more quiet moves within UMG to continue ahead of Lucian Grainge‘s official crowning as CEO in January… Stay tuned.

A Hitmaking Reality…

Judges Panel? (L-R) Tim Devine, Jeff Blue, Heather Peggs

Hitmakers, the new television series being developed by the Bravo network in partnership with songwriting team The Writing Camp, who are responsible for penning hit songs such as Beyonce‘s “Halo” and Rihanna‘s “SOS,” made recent casting stops in Los Angeles and Atlanta with an overwhelming turnout of aspiring songwriters hoping to make the cut.  The show will feature elimination competitions judged by a panel of industry experts, and each week the winning song will be performed by a special guest artist. A partnership with RCA/Jive will give one ultimate winner a development deal with the label, while on the publishing side the winner will receive a deal with Sony/ATV via TWC’s current JV with the publisher.  Evan Bogart, one of the founders of The Writing Camp, shared with us ”I’m really excited and fortunate to be able to expand on the The Writing Camp’s philosophy of writer/producer development and mentorship through Hitmakers…” Upcoming casting stops are scheduled in New York City and Nashville with more big turnouts expected.  No word on who the panel of industry judges will include, but our nominations include Tim DevineJeff Blue and Heather Peggs. Leave your picks in the comments…

Fresh Ink: Me Talk Pretty, Christian TV & more…

Christian TV Signs to Universal/Motown

NYC rockers Me Talk Pretty have signed with newly minted Eight O Five Records/Universal. Jesse Beer Dietz with The MGMT Co. is handling management duties for the four piece ,who will see a release of their debut full-length We Are Strangers this spring; the album was produced by Noah Shain (Atreyu, As Tall As Lions, Nico Vega).  The band has been hitting the road hard, with stints on last year’s Warped Tour and SXSW performances under their belt, we hear The Agency Group has nabbed the band for booking… Get more info and listen to a couple songs from the new album at www.metalkpretty.com… It looks like Universal/Motown has picked up Christian TV, beating out others who were vying for the electro-dance act whose new video for the barely-legal jam “When She Turns 18″ was pricking ears and turning heads… Jumping to another branch on the Uni tree, Universal/Republic has signed the San Diego-based Dynamite Walls… In slightly more dry ink, Jive is gearing up to take a big-rock swing with Miami’s Atom Smash, and local label Dangerbird Records has added Minus the Bear to their impressive indie roster.