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One Liners: Dave Grohl, Muse, Ed Sheeran, more

By | Published on Tuesday 21 September 2021

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Warner Music India has signed its first artist, singer-songwriter Rika. “We are delighted to be able to bring the music of this extraordinary and unique artist from India to the world”, says MD Jay Mehta. “Rika is a strong, young female vocalist and we’re confident that she’ll captivate both Indian and international audiences”.



First Artists Management – the LA-based agency representing composers and music supervisors – last week launched its own record label, First Artists Recordings. Its first release is FAM client Joe Wilson’s soundtrack to the second series of BBC TV show ‘Back To Life’. The label is “the next important step in providing valuable additional services to our clients”, says Hamish Duff, who heads up FAM’s European operations from London. “We’re THRILLED to see the fantastic reaction to the second series of ‘Back To Life’ and proud that the soundtrack – scored, supervised and produced by Joe – melds stunningly with the vision of the show’s creator Daisy Haggard”.



Disclosure are releasing another batch of new tracks this week, with the first of five – ‘Observer Effect’ – out now. That track is actually one of two exclusives they’re contributing to their new ‘DJ Kicks’ mix, which will be out on 15 Oct.

Steve Aoki and Armin Van Buuren have collaborated on a new single, titled ‘Music Means Love Forever’. “After remixing each other’s tracks, Steve and I thought it’d be a great idea to join forces in the studio”, says Van Buuren. Aoki adds: “It’s a song celebrating dance music and all of the emotions that come with experiencing it”.

Headie One has released new single ‘Beggars Can’t Be Choosers’. The track is taken from his new mixtape ‘Too Loyal… For My Own Good’, which is out on 1 Oct.

Tori Amos has announced her first album for four years, ‘Ocean To Ocean’, which is set for release on 29 Oct. “This is a record about your losses, and how you cope with them”, she says. “Thankfully when you’ve lived long enough, you can recognise you’re not feeling like the mom you want to be, the wife you want to be, the artist you want to be. I realised that to shift this, you have to write from the place where you are. I was in my own private hell, so I told myself, then that’s where you write from – you’ve done it before”.

Good news if you like Efterklang – which, of course, you do. They’ve got a new single out, called ‘Hold Me Close When You Can’. The band’s new album, ‘Windflowers’, is out on 8 Oct.

Noah Gundersen will release his new album, ‘A Pillar Of Salt’, on 8 Oct. Would you like to hear a song from it? Sure you would. Here’s ‘Sleepless In Seattle’.



Dave Grohl is coming to London to do a spoken word show. When? Monday, mate. That’s like [counts fingers] really soon. He’ll be reading from his upcoming book ‘The Storyteller – Tales Of Life And Music’ at the Savoy Theatre on 27 Sep. Tickets for the show are now sold out, despite being eye-wateringly expensive. The book itself will be out on 5 Oct.

Muse are today launching a new VR show that you can attend (as a 3D avatar) for free in the Stageverse app. The performance is based on the band’s 2019 ‘Simulation Theory’ show. “‘Simulation Theory’ has always been about creating experiences that redefine the human role in programming and technology”, says Muse frontman Matt Bellamy. “We can’t wait for our fans to be able to truly immerse themselves in our ‘Simulation Theory’ world and take full advantage of everything that the Stageverse experience will offer”. Find out more here.

Ed Sheeran is going on tour. Next year. April, May, June and July for the UK and Ireland. Which suggests there are more dates than there actually are. He’s pretty much doing a show a week. Although he’ll be doing three nights in a row at Wembley Stadium on 29-30 Jun and 1 Jul. Tickets go on sale on Saturday.

Kings Of Leon have added four dates to their summer 2022 UK tour, including a performance at the O2 Arena in London on 1 Jul. Tickets on sale this Friday.

James Blake has announced four UK tour dates in April next year. He’ll be taking in Glasgow, Manchester, Sheffield and London. All the classics. His new album ‘Friends That Break Your Heart’ – unless he delays it again – is out on 8 Oct.

The Streets will be touring the UK in January next year, kicking off at the Birmingham Academy on 21 Jan. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

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