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By | Published on Friday 23 July 2021

Billie Eilish


ATC Management has announced a new partnership with Spitfire Audio, the London-based tech company that works with music-makers to create virtual instruments and sound libraries. Under the deal the management company’s roster of songwriters and composers will get access to Spitfire’s studios, software, tools and services, as well as the opportunity to collaborate on new products and initiatives with Spitfire’s team of developers. “Our composers and Spitfire are true innovators in the world of composition and our artists have used their products for a long time”, says ATC’s Toby Donnelly. “This partnership feels like a logical next step in pursuing our shared goal of challenging preconceived notions of who can be a composer and what constitutes a great score”.

Management firm The Core Entertainment and Universal Music Canada have announced a new partnership, which will see former bring the latter artists to consider signing to a record deal. In fact, they’ve already signed one, singer-songwriter Steven Lee Olsen. “This partnership is an opportunity to work with people we admire, to do what we love – supporting a wide-range of artists in lockstep with a formidable management team”, say Universal Music Canada CEO Jeffrey Remedios, before adding: “Steven Lee Olsen is a prolific songwriter with a voice that demands to be heard”.



Alice Beal has been promoted to Managing Director of Sony Music’s Insanity Records. “I can’t wait to continue nurturing and developing our brilliant team, and also the exceptional talent we are lucky enough to work with”, she says. “With new music from Joy Crookes, Dan D’lion and Aida Lae, as well as the continued rise of Tom Grennan, the next phase of our story is set to be an exciting one”.

Kobalt has hired Stéphane Berlow as Managing Director of its French business. He joins from BMG France, where he was CEO. “We are THRILLED to have Stéphane on board”, says Jeannette Perez, Kobalt’s Chief Experience Officer. “This is a big win for Kobalt’s international growth. His entrepreneurial mindset and ability to foster talent, both internally and externally, will undoubtedly enable us to fast track our expansion in this key market”.

Content management, analytics, delivery and distribution platform AudioSalad has hired Tom Deakin to lead the company’s expansion in to the UK and Europe. He was formerly Director of Global Member Relations at Merlin. “Having worked closely with Tom during his successful tenure at Merlin, we saw first hand that he is a true champion of independent music”, says CEO Iain Catling. “Combined with his experience and great knowledge of the digital music marketplace, Tom is the ideal person to lead AudioSalad into this exciting next chapter of our growth abroad”.



Spotify and Giphy have teamed up to link music to artist-based gifs. “When users click the GIF on the verified Giphy artists’ pages, they’ll be taken directly to the featured artist’s Spotify page for a listening session”, explains Spotify. Was that the sort of GIF/music link you were hoping for? Probably not. Whatever, you can read more about it here.



Billie Eilish will perform her new album, ‘Happier Than Ever’, in full in a concert film coming to Disney+ on 3 Sep. Here’s a trailer. The album itself is out next week.

Lil Nas X has released new Kanye West-produced single ‘Industry Baby’.

Camila Cabello has released ‘Don’t Go Yet’, the first single from her upcoming second solo album, ‘Familia’.

Coldplay have released new track ‘Coloratura’. It’s not their BTS collaboration, if that’s what you were hoping for.

James Blake will release new album ‘Friends That Break Your Heart’ on 10 Sep. Here’s new single ‘Say What You Will’. “The song is about finding peace with who you are and where you’re at regardless of how well other people seem to be doing”, he says. “Comparison really is the thief of joy”.

Big Red Machine have released new single ‘Phoenix’, featuring Anaïs Mitchell and Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold.

Zeal & Ardor have released new single ‘Erase’. “We would like to surprise you again with this one”, says frontman Manuel Gagneux. “‘Erase’ aims to confuse you in the most pleasant way possible”. The band have also announced that they will support Meshuggah in the UK in May and June next year.

Tommy Genesis has announced that she will release her new album, ‘Goldilocks X’, on 10 Sep. Here’s first single ‘A Woman Is God’.

Illuminati Hotties has released new single ‘UVVP’, featuring Big Thief’s Buck Meek. “The road toward fulfilment is lonesome and dusty for a rambling ranger like yourself”, she says. “For when you need a deputy’s hand, a sling of something sweet, or just a breather in paradise, there’s ‘UVVP’. I brought along my pal Buck Meek to remind you to say something about how special your beau may be to you, even if you’re too shy to muster up the courage”. Her new album, ‘Let Me Do One More’, is out on 1 Oct.

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