The revolving door between major labels and streaming services continues to spin – and it IS a revolving door: UMG’s recent hiring of Spotify’s Mike Biggane as its EVP of music strategies and tactics shows the flow isn’t one-way.
Amazon Music announced yesterday that Adam Block is its new global head of music catalogue. It’s a new position, which will see Block focusing on catalogue music on Amazon’s streaming service. Before this, he spent 26 years at Sony Music, most recently as president, legacy recordings.
Meanwhile, Universal Music is also having some changes in Sweden, where its current MD of Universal Music Sweden and president of Universal Music Nordic Region Per Sundin is stepping down, because he’s joining Pop House Group as CEO. Pop House Group? That would be the company co-founded by Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus to oversee live events and installations based on Abba. However, Sundin isn’t cutting his ties with UMG entirely: he’ll now be non-executive chairman of Universal Music Nordic Region.
The label group has already moved to fill the gaps: Bjorn Rogstad, Kimmo Valtanen and Joakim Johansson in Norway, Finland and Sweden respectively have been promoted to managing director for those countries, forming a regional executive team with UMG’s existing MD in Denmark Casper Bengtson.