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One Liners: Cat Burns & Sam Smith, George Ezra, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, more

By | Published on Monday 6 June 2022

Cat Burns


Universal Music Greater China has promoted Carol Ding to Senior Vice President & Head Of Digital And Commercial. “I am excited to lead UMG’s future digital and commercial development across the region, and to join the senior management team in Greater China”, she says. “This is an exciting time for UMGC, as we look to develop new digital and commercial opportunities to support our expanded roster of artists and labels, and further expand our position as the global leader in music-based entertainment”.

Universal’s Republic Records in the US has promoted Taylor Vaughn to VP Media. “Our entire department gets excited about all of the new music we’re working on”, she says. Imagine! “I’m grateful to be part of a team that really lives and breathes entertainment culture and enjoys it. You can’t find this much enthusiasm and passion anywhere else”. Well, that sets us a challenge, doesn’t it? Just need to buy a new passion monitor first.

Warner Music Nashville has announced that General Manager Ben Kline and EVP Of A&R Cris Lacy are to become co-Presidents of the division. Current CEO John Esposito will remain in his role to the end of the year before becoming Chairman Emeritus in 2023. “Under Espo’s brilliant guidance over the past thirteen years, our Nashville team has built superstar careers, attracted original new voices, innovated in the digital world, and championed the creative community”, says Max Lousada, CEO of Warner Recorded Music. “I’ve no doubt Cris and Ben will grow and evolve our artist-first philosophy with ingenuity, skill and style”.



Cat Burns has released a new version of her song ‘Go’, featuring Sam Smith. “I came across Cat’s music earlier this year and I was immediately moved and refreshed by her honesty, incredible technique and delivery as a vocalist”, says Smith. “I am so thankful to be a very small part of this special song and moment. Cat is a gift to us all”.

George Ezra has released new single ‘I Went Hunting’. His new album, ‘Gold Rush Kid’, is out on Friday.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs have announced that they will release new album ‘Cool It Down’ on 30 Sep. Out now is new single ‘Spitting Off The Edge Of The World’, featuring Perfume Genius. “I see the younger generations staring down this threat, and they’re standing on the edge of a precipice, confronting what’s coming with anger and defiance”, says Karen O of the song’s climate change theme. “It’s galvanising, and there’s hope there”.

Jaguar Jonze has released the video for ‘Swallow’ from her newly released debut album ‘Bunny Mode’.

Kučka has released new single ‘Messed Up’. The song, she says, “is about situations that we can get into that we know are bad for us, but it’s also the reason that we are drawn to them. I actually wrote this song a few years back but could never get the production to work. A few months ago I sat down with it again and decided to start the production from scratch and everything just clicked within a couple of hours”.

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