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By | Published on Monday 25 July 2016


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Kobalt has acquired the publishing catalogue of Nettwerk Music Group, via its investment fund KMC. KMC CEO Johan Ahlstrom is “THRILLED”.

• Marshall Amplification has announced it is launching its own record label, Marshall Records. The company will be run by producer Rob Cass, industry veteran Steve Tannett and Marshall Brand Licensing Director Grace Pantony.

• Musician and former co-CEO of the Featured Artists Coalition, Crispin Hunt has been announced as the new Chair of songwriter organisation BASCA. Oh, he’s also a songwriter, did I mention that? “I am absolutely delighted and honoured”, he says.

• Tiga has released the third and final part of his documentary series, ‘No Fantasy Required’. It gives an insight into his unorthodox studio technique.

• Spacemen 3’s Will Carruthers will be reading from his new book at the next Faber Social at The Social in London. Tickets here.

• 5 Seconds Of Summer have released the video for new single ‘Girls Talk Boys’, taken from the soundtrack of the new ‘Ghostbusters’ movie. “We are so excited for the fans to hear our new direction of music”, says the band’s Ashton Irwin.

• Die Antwoord will release new album ‘Mount Ninji And Da Nice Time Kid’ on 16 Sep. Here’s first single ‘Banana Brain’.

• Cassius will release new album ‘Ibifornia’ on 26 Aug. From it, and featuring Cat Power, this is ‘Feel Like Me’.

• Following on from that video that appeared to take over your phone, J-pop group Lyrical School have released a more conventional promo clip (though with an unconventional amount of fireworks). Watch here.

• M83 is playing Brixton Academy on 11 Nov.

• Blossoms are heading out on a UK tour in September and October, following the release of their debut album on 5 Aug. Among the dates, they’ll play The Forum in London on 29 Sep.

• NZCA Lines are doing a free show at the Assembly Point art gallery in London tomorrow night, which will showcase new live visuals in collaboration with Taxonym and Amala. Further details here.

• Look, I know you think signing online petitions is pointless and they just facilitate people feeling like they’re doing something without actually becoming politically active, but this one is important.

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