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By | Published on Thursday 4 April 2019


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• BMG has promoted Dominique Kulling to EVP Continental Europe Repertoire & Marketing. She will be replaced as Managing Director of BMG GSA by Maximilian Kolb. “Dominique lives and breathes the BMG philosophy”, says CEO Hartwig Masuch, whatever that means. I hope she also breathes some air from time to time.

• The Music Managers Forum’s Fiona McGugan has been promoted to the newly created role of Strategy & Operations Director. Joseph Lever, meanwhile, is now Industry Relations & Events Manager. “We are a really small hands-on team, but we punch above our weight and I am delighted to recognise the hard work of Fiona and Joseph in delivering truly groundbreaking initiatives like Accelerator and our education associate programme”, says CEO Annabella Coldrick.

• The Association Of Independent Festivals has added Rewind Festival’s Katt Lingard, Vision Nine’s Kevin Moore and Nozstock’s Rob Nosworthy to its board. “These are excellent appointments”, says AIF CEO Paul Reed.

• HMV has partnered with Tixserve to provide digital tickets for in-store events. “For Tixserve, it’s great”, reckons Tixserve MD Patrick Kirby. So that’s good.

• Green Day are going to publish a graphic novel in October titled ‘Last Of The American Girls’. It will be, they say, “an inspiring homage and handbook for the rebellious everywoman who refuses to capitulate”. I’m sure all the rebellious everywomen are THRILLED.

• UK TV drama ‘Top Boy’ is set to return to screens later this year thanks to Drake and Netflix. It has now been announced that it will feature a score written by Brian Eno.

• Robyn has released the video for ‘Between The Lines’.

• Marie Davidson has released the Soulwax remix of her track ‘Work It’.

• Big Mac DeMarco has released new single ‘All Of Our Yesterdays’.

• Ezra Collective have released new single ‘What Am I To Do?’, featuring Loyle Carner.

• James Yorkston has released the video for ‘The Irish Wars Of Independence’, from his ‘The Route To The Harmonium’ album.

• Rosie Lowe has released new single ‘Pharoah’. Her second album, ‘Yu’, is out on 10 May.

• The Get Up Kids have released the video for new single ‘The Problem Is Me’. Their new album, ‘Problems’, is out on 10 May.

• Japanese pop-metal hybrid band PassCode will release their new album ‘Clarity’ on physical formats on 3 May. Here’s the video for latest single ‘Taking You Out’.

• Machine Gun Kelly will tour the UK this August, winding up at the Electric Ballroom in London on 31 Aug.

• Will Pixies be playing UK shows in September? Yes.

• The Twilight Sad have announced that they will play The Forum in London on 23 Nov and The Ritz in Manchester on 24 Oct. And here’s the video for their song ‘Shooting Dennis Hopper Shooting’ too.

• Spiral Stairs (aka Pavement’s Scott Kannberg) has announced UK shows in September. “I’m super excited to come back again and play all my new songs and the old family favourites”, he says. “Looking forward to the pies and the bitter”. Look Scott, while it may be a fairly accurate description of us all at the moment, we really don’t like being referred to as ‘the bitter’.

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