Here’s the music industry news you need to know this morning.

Ticketmaster’s new Verified Fan program, requires concert-goers to register in advance to purchase tickets for Ed Sheeran‘s Divide World Tour. The program slows transactions down and allows the company to scrub its list of bot and scalper purchases. – via Billboard

Splendour In The Grass Reveals Massive 2017 Lineup With QOTSA, The XX And More – via Tone Deaf

Carrie Underwood Signs Worldwide Deal With Universal Music Group – via UMG

The Top 10 Victorian Councils for music are: City of Ballarat, City of Darebin, City of Greater Geelong, Maribyrnong City Council, City of Melbourne, Moreland City Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire, City of Port Phillip, City of Stonnington and City of Yarra – via Herald Sun

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has appointed Ian Holder as Vice President, Creative, based in New York – via Broadway World

Hacked Coachella, Stagecoach Account Holders Offered Free ID Protection By Promoter Goldenvoice – via Hypebot

Magnus Ribbeklint has been named Vice President, Marketing, Warner Music Nordics – via MBW

Napster saw its revenues rise by just 3% in 2016, but it managed to cut its net loss for the year by more than half. – via Musically

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Appeal in Capitol Records Vs Vimeo Copyright Dispute – via Billboard

Hans Zimmer will score Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II – via news and star

Facebook rolls out Snapchat-like Stories & in-app camera for Apple’s iPhone – via Apple Insider

Accountancy firm for the creative industries LimeGreen has launched LGM Records, an independent label “with transparency at the top of its agenda” – via RotD

31% of EU citizens believe that Internet piracy is acceptable when legal options aren’t immediately available. – via TorrentFreak

Yes Lad have signed a deal with Absolute Label Services – via RotD