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One Liners: Avicii, Official Charts Company, Tegan & Sara, more

By | Published on Thursday 29 September 2022



Pophouse Entertainment has acquired a 75% stake in the recording and song catalogues of Avicii. “Tim was not only one of the world’s best DJs, he was an extremely productive genius who always went his own way, mixing genres, challenging conventions and creating music history”, says Pophouse CEO Per Sundin. “I followed his whole journey, and it is with honour and pride that I and the entire Pophouse company, together with the Bergling family, will nurture and introduce his music to new generations of listeners in all parts of the world”.



The UK’s Official Charts Company has appointed Sony Music’s Director Of Commercial Analytics Charlotte de Burgh-Holder as its new Chair, taking over from Amazon Music’s Paul Firth. “We’re incredibly privileged in the UK to have access to the gold standard of charts that’s evolved with the market over the years”, she says. “I’m looking forward to working with Official Charts as they continue to grow”.

Music distributor FUGA has promoted COO Christiaan Kröner to President following Pieter van Rijn’s move to President of parent company Downtown Music. Darren Owen takes over as COO. “It is an honour to be following in Pieter van Rijn’s footsteps as President of FUGA, a company I am privileged to have been a part of for the last ten years”, says Kröner. “Under Pieter’s leadership, FUGA’s proprietary technology and service offerings have become a true industry game-changer”.

Former CEO of Universal’s Capitol Music Group Jeff Vaughn has joined Sony Music’s Columbia Records, where he will oversee new imprint Signal Records. The new label will sign artists who want to “amplify their voice without diluting their message”, says Vaughn. Sure. Why not?



Independent concert promoter 432 Presents has become co-owner of The Voodoo Rooms venue in Edinburgh, alongside two of its existing directors, Ewan McNaught and Lachlan Rooney. “We are THRILLED to join Ewan, Lachlan and the hardworking team at The Voodoo Rooms and look forward to exploring ways in which we can use our expertise to contribute to the cultural fabric of the city of Edinburgh in this most cherished of institutions”, says 432 Presents’ Brian Reynolds.



Tegan & Sara have released new single ‘I Can’t Grow Up’, from their new album ‘Crybaby’, which is out on 21 Oct. The song, says Sara, “was musically inspired by Chicago band Dehd and their album ‘Flower Of Devotion’. The song started on bass, an instrument I’d never written with until ‘Crybaby’, and I was channeling a little bit of Emily Kempf from Dehd, and Peter Hook from New Order. My partner had traveled back to the US, after a year of being stuck in Canada during the pandemic, and I was enjoying late nights alone writing music and singing full tilt in the basement”.

Hugh Cornwell has released new single ‘Coming Out Of The Wilderness’. His tenth solo album, ‘Moments Of Madness’, is out on 21 Oct. “It’s like I’ve got a stew pot of sounds where I’ve put in a bit of Joe Meek, a bit of Lou Reed, a flavour of The Doors, a bit of this, a bit of that and I mix it all up and it tastes good”, he says of the LP. “I’m like a cook when I make records in that I don’t follow any recipe”.

SYML has released new single ‘Lost Myself’, featuring Guy Garvey. “I’ve been a fan of Guy and Elbow since their album ‘Cast Of Thousands’ got stuck in my car’s CD player when I was in college”, he says. “It would always come on glaringly loud whenever I started my car. I got to tell him this story when we were shooting the video for ‘Lost Myself’ and had a good laugh. Singing with Guy feels like having a good conversation over a pint. Familiar and warm”.

Mike Patton-fronted hardcore supergroup Dead Cross have released new single ‘Christian Missile Crisis’. The song, says guitarist Justin Pearson, “takes an obvious jab at organised religion, NRA-holes who clearly compensate for their lack of masculinity by fixating on gun ownership and gun ‘rights’, and the fact that a large enough amount of Americans have the inability to negotiate peace and prefer oppressing others”. The band’s new album, ‘II’, is out on 14 Oct.

Loshh has released new single ‘K’, featuring Obongjayar. His new EP, ‘Akole’, is out on 21 Oct.

Snapped Ankles are back with a cover of Blurt’s ‘The Fish Needs A Bike’. It’s a whole lot of fun.

Karin Park has released new single ‘Traces Of Me’, taken from her new album, ‘Private Collection’, which is out on 7 Oct. As well as the newly written ‘Traces Of Me’, the album features new versions of songs from across her seven albums. “This record is very much a journey in solitude that I’ve been longing to make”, she says. “These are my favourite songs from 20 years of writing, re-recorded as I hear them now. Many of these versions are how I play them live, alone with my synths, mellotron and organ”.

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