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One Liners: Snoop Dogg, Arctic Monkeys, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, more

By | Published on Thursday 25 August 2022

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DEALS

Concord Music Publishing has signed country singer-songwriter Justin Wilson. “When I saw the amazing team that Concord had put together, I knew that was the right family for me”, he says. “I’m looking forward to this new journey of hit songs we will all create together!”

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APPOINTMENTS

Universal Music Publishing in the US has named David Gray as Head Of UMPG Global Creative Group. He will also continue in his role as Head Of US A&R. “As UMPG continues to lead the industry with our best-in-class A&R strategy, our newly formed Global Creative Group will further maximise the worldwide success of our songwriters”, he says.

Hipgnosis Song Management has appointed Ben Katovsky as President and Chief Operating Officer. He joins from BMG and will take up his new role on 1 Oct. “As someone who has always loved being at the forefront of innovation in our industry, I am incredibly excited about working with the Hipgnosis team to drive this ambition and to ensure that our phenomenal and growing catalogue enjoys the legacy it so richly deserves”, he says.

Warner Records in the US has promoted Sean Stevens to VP A&R and Head Of Research & Analytics. “Sean’s incredible taste and creative instincts, matched with his ability to mine meaningful insights from a mountain of data, makes him a truly well-rounded A&R exec”, says CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck. “He’s helped bring bold, original talent into the Warner fold and he cares deeply about the artist development process once an artist walks through our doors”.

Secretly Publishing has promoted Eddie Sikazwe to Senior Director Of A&R. “Music publishing represents the essence of why I love music”, he says. “It’s about connecting great artists, songwriters and producers to create art. I’m excited to continue building with a team that has a track record of championing and supporting artists, songwriters and musicians throughout its history”.

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MEDIA

Parents of young children! You know all those annoying nursery rhyme channels on YouTube with the crap animation? Well, good news! Now Snoop Dogg has launched one of this own. Check out Doggyland here.

The line-up for this year’s Radio 1 Live Lounge Month has been announced, with the likes of Harry Styles, Wet Leg, Self Esteem, Rina Sawayama, The 1975 and Willow all getting involved. It kicks off with Yungblud on 5 Sep.

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RELEASES

Arctic Monkeys have announced that they will release their new album, ‘The Car’, on 21 Oct.

Raye has released new single ‘Black Mascara’. “This song is about another story that has contributed to my ‘blues’”, she says. “I used the juxtaposition of an upbeat dance track to tell this awful story of being misled by someone I really loved and trusted. While it was a dark low moment, it was also cathartic for me”.

FaltyDL will release new album ‘A Nurse To My Patience’ on 11 Nov, and has already released new single ‘Four Horses’, featuring Julianna Barwick. “I fell back in love with songwriting on ‘Four Horses’ and feel absolutely blessed to have Julianna Barwick echo my sentiments”, he says. “I have been a fan of hers for years and this was truly a dream”.

Mike Patton and Dave Lombardo’s Dead Cross have released new single ‘Heart Reformer’. Says guitarist Michael Crain: “‘Heart Reformer’ was as much fun to write as it is to listen to. It’s a classic Dead Cross song. It’s a pit stirrer and a fist pumper!” Their new album – ‘II’ – is out on 28 Oct.

Ezra Collective have announced details of their new album ‘Where I’m Meant To Be’, featuring vocals from artists including Kojey Radical, Emeli Sandé and Nao. Here’s new single ‘Life Goes On’, featuring Sampa The Great.

Nicolas Bougaïeff will release new album ‘Begin Within’ on 11 Nov. “There’s a few major themes with this album and honesty is one of them”, he says. “I went through years of physical and emotional masochism as a kind of immersive shock therapy to jolt me into understanding something. I lost myself to a degree and ‘Begin Within’ was the beginning of a process of mental reconciliation and internal unity manifested in my art”. Here’s the first track from it ‘Naked Eye’.

Attawalpa will release his debut album ‘Presence’ on 7 Oct. Here’s new single ‘Look Away’. In addition to that, he’s also writing the scores to Lena Dunham’s upcoming films, ‘Sharp Stick’ and ‘Catherine, Called Birdy’.

Madonna’s daughter Lourdes has shared her first single under the name Lolahol, titled ‘Lock&Key’.

You might have forgotten that Elon Musk released a pretty ropey house track back in 2020, bearing the fucking dreadful title ‘Don’t Doubt Your Vibe’. It’s alright though, it’s back in a Chinese advert for Tesla cars.

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GIGS & TOURS

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott have announced UK tour dates in November and December, with support from Billy Bragg. The run will finish up at The O2 in London on 17 Dec. Tickets go on sale on 1 Sep.

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



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