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Bits & Pieces: BMG Reveals UK Structure, UMPG Inks More Hollywood Heavyweights & Will Sony Music Have a New CEO Next Month?

BMG unfolds plan for UK Pubco

The new structure of the BMG Rights Management operation in the UK, now known as BMG Chrysalis UK, has been tipped with the placing of Alexi Cory-Smith in a role overseeing creative, marketing and business affairs, along with COO John Dobinson taking over operations. Cory-Smith was named SVP of legal and corporate development at BMG back in January, leaving her previous position at the firm Lee & Thompson, where her clients included finalists from multiple seasons of the X Factor. The new arrangement also sees the exit of longtime head of creative in the UK, Alison Donald, a highly respected A&R veteran, who those in the know share had been hotly courted by rival publishers and labels throughout her tenure. Music Week‘s report mentions that no indication has been made as to how group CEO Jeremy Lascelles will fit into the new company structure, though insiders share that Lascelles will likely be leaving the pubco as well. A&R executives Ben Bodie and Alan Pell will remain in key creative positions. Observers are wondering if the moves by BMG indicate a larger overall shift away from the new artist business, and how it fits into the KKR-backed venture’s plans moving forward. Questions also remain about how the structure of the U.S. operation will shake out. Stay tuned… In more rights management news, Songtrust, a new division of Downtown Music, has announced a new partnership with MySpace Music, which will see the company offering its music publishing management services to the large number of unsigned and DIY artists among the social network… Universal Music Publishing Group has bolstered its standing in the film & TV music publishing arena by announcing new deals with HBO, DreamWorks and James Newton Howard. The deal sees UMPG getting administration rights to current and future projects for the three heavyweight Hollywood companies…  And time is running out on Sony Music CEO Rolf Schmidt Holtz‘s contract, which ends March 31st, and there’s still no word yet of a replacement. Doug Morris is widely believed to be the one Sony Corp. brass wants to takeover, but his current contract with Universal Music Group owner Vivendi runs until January of next year, with an early release rumored to be unlikely before the summer.

Friend Request Accepted: David Andreone to Head MySpace Records

Photo Taken Off Facebook; Sorry David

David Andreone has been appointed the new head of MySpace Records, reporting to MySpace Music‘s Courtney Holt (President) and Sam Wick (SVP Music). Andreone was formerly an A&R executive at Columbia Records and Warner Chappell Publishing - where his signings included DisturbedMichelle Branch and Hoobastank…  Those keeping score will remember the exit of nearly the entire MSR staff earlier this year, leaving many to wonder what the future would hold for the label. Stay tuned for more clues…

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The Best Things in Life Aren't Free?

Not to be left out of the growing media preoccupation with new music services from industry giants like Google and Apple, not to mention the handful of new players who have emerged ahead of the curve like mspot, MOG, Spotify and Rdio, MySpace Music is back in the mix with renewed reports this week of a looming subscription service. The company is said to be in talks with labels about moving away from their current free streaming model to a paid service… Simultaneously MySpace parent News Corp. was quick to deny rumors that the company is in talks to sell the once supreme social network that has been facing a tough transition and revolving door of executives over the last year… An article in the WSJ today examines the increasingly tough road for the live music business – and for those keeping score, Rihanna‘s “Last Girl on Earth” tour appears to be the latest summer outing to announce cancellations…  Elsewhere, Wilco is planning to start their own label and will be leaving Warner Music after a 15-year relationship, having released albums on both Reprise and then Nonesuch… And CAA + “The Decision” x Kanye West = LeBron to The Heat

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Hulu launching in UK with new 19 Entertainment series

Continuing with their recent string of announcements, MySpace Music revealed a new deal with digital-media distro service TuneCore to allow independent (unsigned) artists to have their music included in the MySpace Music on-demand streaming service for a flat fee (Epicenter)… EMI is taking legal action against video site Vimeo, claiming that while the site may feature original video content created by users, many songs under their control are used in such videos throughout the site without a license (ars)… Can a scientific formula detect radio payola? A researcher at University at Buffalo says yes (Science Daily)… More from the Terra Firma-EMI saga, as it appears that Citigroup made a bid for the music company just prior to the investment firm’s recent legal action against the bank (FW)… And Hulu prepares to cross the Atlantic.  The popular online TV and movie streaming site prepares to launch in the UK early next year, but with just one show, a new 19 Entertainment reality series, If I Can Dream (MediaMemo)…