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One Liners: Phoebe Bridgers, Ignition Records, Lil Wayne, more

By | Published on Tuesday 6 October 2020

Phoebe Bridgers


Sony Music’s The Orchard is now the global distributor for Ignition Records, which, among other things, houses Oasis’s Big Brother Recordings and Noel Gallagher’s Sour Mash Records. The first release put out under the deal will be a 25th anniversary vinyl reissue of Oasis’s ‘(What The Story) Morning Glory’.

US producer MK has signed to Three Six Zero for global management. His career will be overseen by Three Six Zero Partner Milo Mitchum and CEO Mark Gillespie.

Entertainment One has announced a global publishing and label deal with singer-songwriter and producer Sam Wills. “I’m so happy to have a team that fully believes in me and understands my creative vision”, says he. “I’ve always been very cautious to make sure I’m working with people who support and encourage me to be authentic, rather than telling me how I need to be and what I need to sound like”.



Universal Music Israel has appointed journalist, radio host and music supervisor Meytal Shevach to the position of A&R Manager. “I am THRILLED to have Meytal join the Universal team”, says UMI MD Yoram Mokady. “Her vast experience working within the local artist and music community will help us to identify and develop the next wave of Israeli talent, as we look towards introducing our artists to new audiences around the world, whilst reaching new fans and achieving success domestically”.



Phoebe Bridgers has launched her own label, Saddest Factory, in partnership with Dead Oceans. “The vision of the label is simple”, she says. “Good songs, regardless of genre”.

Sony Music and Sony/ATV have opened a new office in Berlin, which will serve as the two companies’ European HQ, as well as a base for Sony Music’s German, Austrian, Swiss and international classical music divisions. “Creative power hubs”, says Daniel Lieberberg, Sony Music’s President of Continental Europe & Africa. “Synergy possibilities”, adds Patrick Strauch, MD of Sony/ATV Germany. Let’s just hope the “office working is over, home-working is here to stay post-COVID” prediction doesn’t come true.



UK-based management company Karma Artists has hired Anna Schlafer to head up its new LA office. Schlafer joins from Kobalt, where she has held several roles over more than a decade, most recently Senior Director of Creative. “We are THRILLED to welcome Anna to the Karma team to help expand our reach within the US market and build upon the success our clients are already enjoying”, says company director Jordan Jay.



Lil Wayne has released new single ‘NFL’, featuring Gudda Gudda and Hoodybaby.

Dua Lipa has released the video for ‘Levitating’, featuring DaBaby, from her ‘Future Nostalgia’ album.

With new single ‘UFO’ featuring Aitch on track to be the highest new entry in the UK singles chart this Friday, D Block Europe have announced that they will release their debut album – ‘The Blueprint – Us v Them’ – this Friday too.

Sinead O’Connor has released new single ‘Trouble Of The World’, produced by David Holmes and featuring gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. Of the traditional song, O’Connor says: “For me, the song isn’t about death or dying. More akin, a message of certainty that the human race is on a journey toward making this world paradise and that we will get there”. All proceeds from the release will be donated to Black Lives Matter charities.

King Creosote has released his first new music since 2016, a double A-side single featuring the songs ‘Susie Mullen’ and ‘Walter De La Nightmare’.

Chai have released new single ‘Donuts Mind If I Do’, their first for Sub Pop having announced their signing to the label last week. “Keep going on!” say the band. “When you’re feeling vigorous, when you’re feeling sick. You like what you like! No changing that! Even if what I like is as simple as a donut. It’s this type of song!”

Upsahl has released new single ‘MoneyOnMyMind’. It “has nothing to do with actual money; it’s a mindset”, she says. “You can have all the money in the world and still be completely miserable, but to FEEL money as fuck, that’s a whole other vibe. It’s all about the glow up. After every weak moment, there’s always a bounce back, and this song captures that feeling of getting on some new shit and hustling for the life you want”. Her new EP, ‘Young Life Crisis’, is out on 30 Oct.



Rag N Bone Man is the latest artist to be added to the line-up for the 2021 edition of Forest Live. He has three forest shows lined up for June next year. Details here.

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