Here’s all the music industry news you need to know today.

Kobalt has appointed Arif Mahmud as Vice President, Business Affairs. – via RotD

United Talent Agency hires CAA agent David Klein – via MBW

Paramore Put Their Hard Times Behind Them, Reunite With Ex-Drummer for Hard Times. The clip surpassed over 1.4M views within 12 hours of posting – via YouTube


Sony Music‘s Carmine Coppola Elevated to EVP, CFO – via Billboard

SeatGeek raises $57m to acquire ticketing software company TopTix. – via TechCrunch

Michael Jackson estate says IRS expert committed perjury about Whitney Houston work. (Billboard)

Lady Gaga has joined forces with Prince William to encourage more people to speak out about mental health – via Mirror


Warner/Chappell Music has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with songwriter and producer Steel Banglez. – via RotD

YouTube settlement helps push GEMA collections up 15% in 2016 – via MBW

Chinese fund CMC Capital Partners (CMC) has partnered with top Hollywood talent management firm Creative Artists Agency (CAA) – via Reuters

50 Cent Executive Produces Original Series ‘The Oath’ That Examines Police Gangs – via Billboard

Spotify and Apple Music will be launching bots for Facebook Messenger users – via TechCrunch

Big Boi announces new album Boomiverse featuring Killer Mike and Adam Levine – via FACT

Kylie Minogue has reportedly been ‘quietly dating’ Prince Andrew – via Daily Mail

Watch Jack White and Elton John in preview for documentary series ‘American Epic’ – via YouTube