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One Liners: Downtown, Flock Of Dimes, WME, more

By and | Published on Wednesday 24 June 2020

DEALS

Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner has signed her Flock Of Dimes solo project to Sub Pop. Available right at this very moment is new EP ‘Like So Much Desire’.

APPOINTMENTS

Former MD of Warner Chappell UK, Mike Smith, has been named Global President of Downtown Music Publishing. He replaces, well, no one. It’s a newly-created role, see. “I know under Mike’s stewardship our publishing business is in the best of hands”, says CEO Justin Kalifowitz.

The Head Of Music at talent agency group WME, Marc Geiger, is negotiating his exit from the company, according to Billboard. Gieger joined what was then the William Morris Agency in 2003. The reasons for his decision to leave are not known, although things are in flux big time at all the main agency groups at the moment as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown.

UK artist management firm QEDG – which manages a whole load of heritage acts – has announced the appointment of Tim Fraser-Harding – previously President of Global Catalogue at Warner Music – to a Commercial Manager role. Artists repped by the company will “benefit from his world class reputation and tactful, calm and fearless negotiating expertise at the top table”, says QEDG Management Chair Martin Darvill.

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RELEASES

Lafawndah has announced that she will release new album ‘The Fifth Season’ on 8 Sep through Latency. Here’s the first single, ‘You, At The End’.

Nadine Shah has released new single ‘Club Cougar’. Her new album, ‘Kitchen Sink’, is out this Friday, which is exciting.

Continuing the run-up to her second album, Noga Erez has released new single ‘No News On TV’. It’s “a children’s song for adults”, she says, “because it shows a naive, utopian reflection of reality. I just needed to have a song like that. An escape song. But what was an escape song to me a few months back became an absurd, self-criticism provoking song to me. It now sounds to me more like a frantic search to close myself off and separate myself from the real world. This isn’t time for escaping, it’s a time for confronting”.

Jesu – aka Justin Broadrick – has announced new mini-LP ‘Never’. Out on 1 Jul, it’s his first non-collaborative record under the name since 2013. From it, this is ‘Because Of You’.

Check out our weekly Spotify playlist of new music featured in the CMU Daily – updated every Friday.



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