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By | Published on Friday 1 February 2019

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Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Details of the UK music industry’s annual trade mission to China have been announced. It will be in early April. Assuming there is still a UK to being missioning trade by then. The government’s Department For International Trade has teamed up with music industry organisations BPI, AIM and MPA to organise the trip to Beijing for music companies seeking out business opportunities there. It will run from 31 Mar to 6 Apr. Wanna go? Here’s a form.

• Jennifer Hudson has removed two songs written for her by R Kelly – ‘It’s Your World’ and ‘Where You At’ – from digital music platforms. It follows Lady Gaga’s decision to likewise remove her Kelly collaboration. Which in turn followed the recent TV documentary putting the spotlight back on abuse allegations against Kelly.

• Nicki Minaj has released the video for ‘Hard White’ from her 2018 album ‘Queen’.

• Portishead’s Beth Gibbons will release a new album featuring her 2014 performance of Henryk Górecki’s ‘Symphony No 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs)’ with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. The album will be released on 29 Mar. Here’s a trailer.

• Yann Tiersen has released new track ‘Pell’. His new album ‘All’ is out on 15 Feb.

• Billie Eilish has announced that she will release her debut album, ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’, on 29 Mar. Here’s new single ‘Bury A Friend’.

• The definitely brilliant Yves Tumor has released the video for ‘Noid’ from his ‘Safe In The Hands Of Love’ album.

• Stella Donnelly has released new single ‘Lunch’. Her debut album, ‘Beware Of The Dogs’, is out on 8 Mar.

• Lucy Dacus has released the first in a series of songs she’ll be putting out throughout the year, a cover of Edith Piaf’s ‘La Vie En Rose’. “I want someone to listen to this while running at top speed to the doorstep of the person they adore, ready to profess their deep, undying love”, she says. Consider that your challenge for today.

• Balthazar have released the video for ‘Wrong Vibration’ from their new album ‘Fever’.

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