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One Liners: Meltdown, Spotify, TicketCo, more

By and | Published on Tuesday 7 April 2020

Grace Jones

COVID-19 CANCELLATIONS & POSTPONEMENTS

The Grace Jones curated-edition of the Southbank Centre’s Meltdown festival has been postponed by a year to June 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown. The full line-up will remain the same. “I am gravely disappointed, but also delighted to be working with the amazing Southbank Centre team who have been able to successfully move the festival dates, along with all of our incredible line-up”, says Jones. “Stay safe, stay home and see you next year!”

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APPOINTMENTS

Spotify has hired Victoria Campoamor, who previously headed up music publishing relations and such like at YouTube, to be its new Senior Director Of Content & Services. Despite that slightly misleading job title, her new New York-based role at Spotify will likewise involve the tricky business of music licensing and publisher partnerships.

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DIGITAL & D2F

Ticketing and event payments platform TicketCo has announced a new pay-per-view video streaming service that will allow the event industry to stage online performances during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Society is on lockdown, but the internet is open for the event industry and demand is there”, says CEO Kaare Bottolfsen. “TicketCo TV is a great opportunity for many event organisers to get active, engage their audiences and maintain their businesses during COVID-19 by generating new revenue streams”. More info here.

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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

The people behind the Tileyard London complex of recording studios and music industry workspaces last week formally announced details about their plans to open another base in Wakefield. Tileyard North will take over a site currently occupied by derelict mill buildings next to the city’s Hepworth Gallery with the plan to create another “vibrant destination for creative and collaborative partnerships in music, film, TV, design, new media and indeed all facets of the commercial creative sector”.

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RELEASES

The Strokes have released new single ‘Brooklyn Bridge To Chorus’. Their new album, ‘The New Abnormal’, is out this week.

Chvrches have released a new video for ‘Forever’, from their last album ‘Love Is Dead’, with each member of the group performing from their home studio.

Mykki Blanco has released new track ‘Patriarchy Ain’t The End Of Me’.

UltraĆ­sta have released a 25 minute short film ‘Sister’, directed by the trio’s Nigel Godrich. The film features music from their latest album of the same name.

Rina Sawayama has released new single ‘Chosen Family’. You know, the one she released the lyrics and chords for a couple of weeks ago.

Yaeji has released the lyric video for ‘When I Grow Up’, taken from her new mixtape ‘What We Drew’.

Hazel English has released new single ‘Five & Dime’. Her debut album, ‘Wake Up!’, is set for release on 24 Apr.

Grime MC Jaykae has released new single ‘On Top’. He is set to release his long-awaited debut solo album later this year.

Liza Anne has released new single ‘Bad Vacation’. “It feels like a strange time to release music but an even stranger time not to”, she says. “Writing this song was a mental playground for me – turning pain into satire and imaging a hope-filled world with no ceilings – I wanted to bottle up that electricity that happens when you’re free of something taxing”.

Ego Ella May has released new single ‘How Long Til We’re Home’. The song is “about feeling lost about your place in the world, it’s about longing for somewhere that feels like home”, she says. “I wondered where is home anyway? Too African for Britain, too British for Africa”.

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