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One Liners: DJ Khaled, M83, Hafdís Huld, more

By | Published on Friday 10 February 2023

DJ Khaled


DJ Khaled has announced a new alliance between him and his We The Best label and Universal Music’s Def Jam division. The rapper and producer originally worked with Universal labels on his releases, but has more recently had a partnership with Sony Music’s Epic Records. Under the new deal he’ll also become a “global creative consultant” for Universal and Def Jam, whatever that means. “We are THRILLED to partner with DJ Khaled … both as a multi-platinum, award-winning artist and as a valued executive”, says Def Jam boss Tunji Balogun.



Talent development organisation UD has announced that Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon will become its Chair at the start off April, taking over from Lord Victor Adebowale, who becomes Honorary President of the charity. Already a UD board member, Imafidon paid tribute to Adebowale’s work for the organisation, adding: “I will seek to build on his achievements as Chair and am excited to be taking on this opportunity at a time when UD’s foundations are strong and its ambitions are fierce”.

BMG in the US has promoted Allegra Willis Knerr to EVP Global Sync Licensing, a role that involves managing the music firm’s sync licensing teams around the world. “Allegra does not only have a profound knowledge in repertoire but is, as well, an excellent and reliable team leader and colleague. I have no doubt that she will continue to thrive and we all look forward to her continuous success”, says BMG Chief Content Officer Dominique Casimir.

Universal Music in the UK has promoted Jennifer Hills and Sarah Desmond to co-MDs of its Globe business which is, brags the major, its “industry-leading brand partnerships and sync division”. Globe President Marc Robinson says: “Jennifer and Sarah have been pivotal to Globe’s extraordinary success creatively and commercially over the last decade. Their ambitious approach has transformed our brands approach and will bring fresh thinking to our ever-evolving sync strategy”.



M83 has put live ‘Chapter 1’ of his upcoming new album ‘Fantasy’, which is due on 17 Mar. That first chapter includes six tracks from the new LP, including the previously released ‘Ocean’s Niagara’.

Hafdís Huld has announced she is releasing an English language version of her 2012 album ‘Vögguvísur’ which is, and I quote, “the most streamed record in Icelandic history”. The new version, ‘Lullabies’, will be released on 5 May with first single ‘Sleep My Darling’ – an old Icelandic folk song about an outlaw on the run with his wife and baby – already streaming.



The BRIT Awards has announced the winners of the Producer Of The Year and Songwriter Of The Year prizes ahead of tomorrow’s ceremony. David Guetta is the very best producer of the last year and Kid Harpoon the best songwriter. No question. That’s official now. Guetta is “honoured” and Kid Harpoon thinks it’s “unbelievable”.

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