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Downtown enters JV with Cowboys & Pirates to develop Hip-Hop and R&B talent

Downtown Music Publishing has entered into a joint venture with independent publisher Cowboys & Pirates. The collaboration is focused on developing new songwriters and producers within the hip-hop and R&B songwriting community. In addition, the JV announced its first two signings: producer, songwriter, and instrumentalist John Key and songwriter James “SuperChilly” Carver. Cowboys & Pirates...

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Paradigm Talent Agency names Marty Diamond Head of Global Music

Paradigm Talent Agency has named Marty Diamond Head of Global Music. Diamond will lead the agency’s representation of many of music’s most creatively and commercially successful artists worldwide. Diamond’s personal client roster includes Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Janelle Monáe, Sigur Rós, Sara Bareilles, Liam Gallagher, Sia, Lorde, Alessia Cara, Bastille, Snow Patrol, Jess Glynne and Vance...

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Former Island/Def Jam exec Joe Borrino named Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer at Spirit Music Group

Spirit Music Group has appointed Joe Borrino (pictured) as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer. Borrino will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Spirit Music Group’s financial and operational activities worldwide and will be based out of the company’s New York headquarters. During an 18-year tenure at Universal Music Group, Borrino held various roles including...

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Warner/Chappell Music promotes Ryan Press to President, A&R, US

Warner/Chappell Music has promoted Ryan Press (pictured) to President, A&R, US. Based at the company’s Los Angeles headquarters, he reports jointly to Warner/Chappell Co-Chairman & CEO Guy Moot and Co-Chairman & COO Carianne Marshall. His remit excludes Nashville. Press, who joined the publisher in 2009, has worked closely with an array of acclaimed songwriters and...

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2 ROAD DEATHS

The community of Cambridge in St. James is still in the throes of grief as it mourns the untimely passing of 23-year-old Travoy James, who died from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle collision, while another man was injured during the incident on the Rose Hall main road in the parish on Saturday, April...

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Blood stain

Barrington Flemming/Craig Oates – Staff Reporter The spiraling cases of murder in Western Jamaica continue to prove a major challenge for crime-fighters with blood continuing to stain the region. Violence-producers claimed the lives of three men, with the dead being identified as 35-year-old fisherman, Burnette Marston, otherwise called ‘Blood Stain’ of McQuarrie, Hopewell, Hanover; 38-year-old...

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