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One Liners: Sony/ATV, HMUK, Adam Lambert, more

By | Published on Thursday 16 May 2019


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• David Ventura and Tim Major have been announced as the new joint heads of Sony/ATV UK. “I am delighted”, says overall CEO Jon Platt. “I am grateful”, says Ventura. “I’m very excited”, says Major. Unusually, nobody was THRILLED.

• Digital rights agency Merlin has appointed former Spotify Japan exec Akira Nomoto as its new GM for the Japanese market. “For artists and labels, streaming services have made it easier to connect with audiences from all over the world”, says Nomoto. “Japan is not immune to these trends, and there is now a huge opportunity for Japanese independent labels to expand their business globally as the market shifts from ownership to access”.

• Sarah Woods has been appointed Director Of Communications And Business Services at Help Musicians UK. She joins from the Royal Albert Hall. “Sarah will be a huge asset to the charity as we approach our centenary year in 2021”, says CEO James Ainscough. “Help Musicians is a charity”, says Woods, getting some really clear comms underway from the off.

• Adam Lambert has released new single, ‘New Eyes’, taken from his fourth album ‘Velvet’, which will be out later this year.

• Charli XCX has released a new single featuring Lizzo, called ‘Blame It On Your Love’.

• Jarvis Cocker has released new track ‘Must I Evolve?’ in his Jarv Is guise. “This single will only be available to buy at live shows. Jarv Is… primarily a live experience”, says a statement. “Why? Life is primarily a live experience”. Not inside the Matrix it’s not.

• Foals have released the video for new single ‘In Degrees’.

• Shakespears Sister have released the video for their comeback single ‘All The Queen’s Horses’.

• Gaika has released new mixtape ‘Heaters 4 The 2 Seaters’. He’ll be in the UK for live shows later this month.

• J-pop group Momoiro Clover Z have released new single ‘More We Do’, written by Japanese indie band Chai. Their new album is out tomorrow.

• Four years since their debut, Crushed Beaks have announced that they will release their second album, ‘The Other Room’, on 9 Aug. Right now, here’s first single ‘Honesty Box’.

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