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One Liners: NZCA Lines, Jxdn, McFly, more

By | Published on Thursday 1 October 2020

NZCA Lines


NZCA Lines has postponed his upcoming live dates to May next year, but also added a new London show at Heaven on 19 May. He’s also written a piece for Clash about the current state of independent music under COVID-19.



Warner Chappell has signed Jxdn to a worldwide publishing deal. The singer-songwriter is signed to Travis Barker’s DTA Records for recordings. “My music really speaks to my personal experiences”, says Jxdn. “As an artist and a songwriter, I want to continue to challenge myself to branch out, while staying true to my rock roots. I know Warner Chappell is going to open up so many opportunities for me to grow and experiment, and I couldn’t be more thankful to be here”.

Sony/ATV has renewed its deal with pop songwriter Phil Plested. “Plested is a brilliant songwriter”, says Sony/ATV CEO Jon Platt. “His music has captured fans across the globe, and this is just the beginning for him. We’re proud to continue this creative partnership and deliver the best opportunities for him and his music”.



Believe-owned DIY distribution firm TuneCore has announced the promotion of Andreea Gleeson to Chief Revenue Officer and Matt Barrington to Chief Operating Officer, creating a partnership that will run the business. “The elevation of Andreea and Matt to oversee the company as co-heads affirms their contributions in strengthening TuneCore’s services and growth in order to best serve artists at all stages of their careers on a worldwide basis”, says Believe CEO Denis Ladegaillerie.

Warner Chappell has announced the return of Richard Manners, after four years away from the company, in order to lead plans to strategically expand and support the publisher’s catalogue. “Getting to work with the Warner Chappell catalogue again is an absolute joy”, says Manners. “WCM has a rich heritage and one of the greatest songbooks in the world”.

Skunk Anansie frontwoman Skin will host a new ten part series on Absolute Radio, playing the songs that have shaped her life. “I’m really excited to be part of the team”, she says. “It’s been a long-term dream of mine to have my own radio show, and this format is exactly the sort of thing I’ve always wanted to do”. The show will air on Sunday nights from 10pm to midnight, starting on 18 Oct.



McFly have released new single ‘Tonight Is The Night’. “In a way ‘Tonight Is The Night’ is the perfect summary of the [upcoming new] album”, says the band’s Harry Judd. “It’s got this classic Tom melody but with Danny production flourishes and great harmonies and hints of [McFly’s 2006 album] ‘Motion In The Ocean'”. The new album, ‘Young Dumb Thrills’, is out on 13 Nov.

Andrea Bocelli has announced that he will release new album ‘Believe’ on 13 Nov. The record will feature a previously unreleased track composed by Ennio Morricone before his death in July. “The concept behind ‘Believe’ is based on three words: faith, hope and charity”, says Bocelli. “These are the three theological virtues of Christianity, yet – quite independently of any religious belief – they are also the three extraordinary keys to giving meaning and completeness to the lives of every one of us”. Here’s a trailer for the album.

Toddla T has released a new track with Jada Kingdom, titled ‘Happy Place’. “It’s quite timely where I’m at in my life right now, with a new chapter in many ways, not just professionally but with family and my mental state, I truly am in a happy place; so the timing is unintentionally correct, natural vibes”, says the producer.

Keeley Forsyth will release a new EP, titled ‘Photograph’, on 20 Nov. “I always work from home”, she says. “This time, the isolation had a new influence on my lyrical ideas. I was contemplating the idea of homesickness within the home; when life is lived on the domestic grid, in rooms and in tasks. I was looking to reframe the day, to give sound to the picture”. Listen to the title track here.

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