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BMG Music Publishing executive VP Andrew Jenkins has been promoted to president of the company's international operations. Based in London, he reports to chairman/CEO Nick Firth. Laurent Hubert has been promoted from senior VP to executive VP and chief operating officer of BMG Music Publishing Worldwide. He takes on responsibilities for new business development, communications and strategic planning.

Alex Jones-Donelly, head of music and live music at Radio 1, joins EMI Music Publishing as senior VP, A&R, reporting to both MD Guy Moot and Mike Smith, senior VP/director A&R. Alex joined Radio 1 in 1997, became head of music in 2000 and to his current position in June 2004.

Fran Malyan becomes director of operations and A&R administration at EMI Music Publishing. Previously VP A&R administration, she also becomes a company director and reports directly to MD Guy Moot.

BMG Music Publishing MD Paul Curran was re-elected as MPA chairman at the association's AGM, with Nicholas Riddle of Peters Edition re-elected as vice-chairman. Jonathan Channon (EMI Music) and Paul Connolly (Universal) were elected as new members of the popular publisher board. The AGM was followed by a panel session featuring BBC executives Paul Gerhardt, Claire Jarvis and Tom Loosemore.

The former chairman of ITV Network, Leslie Hill, becomes the new chairman of British Music Rights in succession to Sir Alistair Hunter who retires from the role later this month. Hill also spent ten years with EMI and was successively UK MD and MD of EMI Music Europe.

Months of legal argument are expected in the online royalty row between the BPI and MCPS-PRS, which has been referred to the Copyright Tribunal. The two sides will debate the current online licence scheme rate of 8%, ultimately rising to 12% on all digital music services, a hearing not expected until second half of 2006.

Following talks with the British government, Japan has abandoned withholding tax system, through which the government retains 10% of royalty income. The change came into effect on August 1, and coincides with a BPI-driven push in the Japanese market, with a trade mission and British showcases in Tokyo featuring the Magic Numbers and others.

The Windswept Music catalogue will be administered in the UK and Ireland by P & P Songs, the new company formed by Peter McCamley and Paul Flynn, the former management team at Windswept UK. P&P will also be actively looking to acquire new copyrights / catalogues and sign new writers. Completing the team is copyright and licensing manager, Indi Chawla, was also at Windswept. P & P Songs will continue to operate from the former Windswept offices in Hammersmith.

Mercury Records MD Jason Iley has appointed his former Island Records colleague Paul Adam to senior A&R director, heading a team that includes Richard O'Donovan and Mike Sault. He was previously MD of Universal UK, and will be reunited at Mercury with ex-Busted members Matt Willis and James Bourne who are doing solo albums. Scott Maclachlan, former A&R head at Jive Records where he signed Groove Armada, has also joined Mercury as senior A&R manager.

'People I Don't Know Are Trying to Kill Me' by The Ghost Who Walks, aka Daily Telegraph journalist and author Neil McCormick, is a charity download selling for around 60p through Nick Stewart's Endeavour Records, with all profits going the London Bombing Relief Fund. See www.peoplearetryingtokillme.com or full details.

Nominations for the Mercury Awards 2005 include albums by Coldplay, the Magic Numbers, Bloc Party, The Go! Team, Kaiser Chiefs, M.I.A., Maximo Park, Antony & The Johnsons, Hard-Fi, and KT Tunstall. The results will be announced in London on September 6th.

The Rolling Stones are making three tracks from their new album A Bigger Bang (Virgin) available digitally five weeks before its release. Streets Of Love, Rough Justice and Back Of My Hand have gone on sale on all leading online sites ahead of the band's first new studio set since 1997's Bridges To Babylon. The Stones begin their latest world tour at Boston's Fenway Park on August 21.

Popkomm executive producer Gerd Leonhard has announced the 14 finalists for its 2nd annual 'Innovations in Music and Entertainment Awards' which take place in Berlin on September 14, the first day of Popkomm 2005. Finalists include Barcelona's Polyphonic HMI, for its Hit Song Science musical analysis software; German software company Labeltools, for its iPool promotional software; and British company Digimpro, for its 'di' computer file format.

The German music market has shrunk in the first half of 2005, according to figures issued by the country's equivalent of BPI, the BPW. Overall volume is down by 10.2% from the same period in 2004, to 64.7m units. The singles market has fallen dramatically, losing 34.5% of their volume.

Dave Novik has joined Universal Classics in New York as senior A&R VP... Peter Malkin joins Epic as VP A&R... Ben Simone joins Columbia as A&R manager... Brian Postelle joins Virgin in LA as senior VP A&R urban... Gil Dvortesky joins Epic in LA as A&R consultant.

EMI Music Publishing in LA has promoted Dan McCarroll to VP of creative. He was previously senior director of creative EMP, head of A&R for Lars Ulrich's music company at Elektra Records for five years, and a session drummer with Sheryl Crow, Aimee Mann and many other acts. He reports to executive VP Jody Gerson.

Nashville indie Cupit Records has released Kevin Sharp's new album Make A Wish, which includes 10 new songs, a remake of his smash hit Nobody Knows, and 11 bonus backing tracks of the whole album, which was produced by Jerry Cupit. The title track was also released on a Disney compilation as a fund-raiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

New book 'Songwriters Speak' by Debbie Kruger, former PR manager of APRA, features interviews with 45 songwriters from Australia and New Zealand, including Nick Cave, Paul Kelly, Rolf Harris, Deborah Conway, Archie Roach, Daniel Johns, Kasey Chambers and others. A 2CD compilation tie-in has also been released by Festival Mushroom.

RIP: Jenny Nicholson (24), a classical musician who worked for Rhinegold Publishing and was a victim of the London bombings disaster; Britsh R&B singer Long John Baldry (64), following a severe chest infection, in Canada; industry veteran Derek Everett (75), who worked at EMI, CBS, MCA and set up Gull Records with David Howells and Really Useful Records with Andrew Lloyd-Webber; C. Carson Parks (69), brother of Van Dyke Parks, owner of Greenwwod Music (BMI) and writer of Something Stupid among other hits; Art Collins (52), Iggy Pop's long-serving manager and former president of Rolling Stones Records; Eugene Record (64), founder member of the Chi-Lites, after a long battle with cancer; Mississippi bluesman Little Milton Campbell (71); US rock journalist and author Al Aronowitz (77); Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer (78), frontman of the Buena Vista Social Club.

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