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By | Published on Thursday 7 January 2021

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Perfect Havoc has added singer-songwriter Cally Rhodes to its artist management roster. “We aim to support her in her pursuit to become both a huge dance artist and a top songwriter in her own right”, says the company’s Adam Griffin. “We know Cally has the talent and drive to achieve these goals and look forward to working with her”.



Rob McGee has joined booking agency FMLY. “Rob has unfaltering dedication to his artists, a rare commodity as an agent and will complement our existing team”, says FMLY Director Amber Brzeski. “Working closely alongside founder Darren [James-Thomas] on the live side of the agency, we look forward to seeing what 2021 brings, and we are very excited to see our FMLY grow”.

Warner Music Eastern Europe has appointed Bartosz Szwoch as its new Chief Financial Officer. He joins the company from Polish music industry body ZPAV, where he held the same position. “He’s a strategically and commercially focused CFO with extensive operational expertise and a deep understanding of the music industry”, say Kinga Siennicka, Managing Director of Warner Music Poland, and Vladimir Kočandrle, Managing Director of Warner Music Czech Republic.

Amelia-Eve Warden has announced that she is now co-manager of Lucy Spraggan, alongside Grizzly Management founder Andrew Viitalahde-Pountain. “I am THRILLED to be a part of the management team looking after Lucy Spraggan”, she says. “I am committed to bringing fresh new branding, comms, PR and marketing to the development planning, and alongside Andrew’s wealthy remit as a manager and live agent, together we are a great tag team of music experts to kickstart 2021”.

Sony/ATV in the US has promoted Brad Levin to SVP Finance. “Brad is an integral part of our team, and this promotion recognises his many contributions”, says CFO Tom Kelly. “I look forward to working more closely with him as he takes on this newly expanded role”.



Chinese web giant Alibaba will close down its music service Xiami Music next month. Although initially enjoying some success in the Chinese digital music market after its launch in 2008, Xiami is now dwarfed by its main rivals, ie the streaming platforms of Tencent and NetEase. So much so, in 2019 Alibaba itself invested in NetEase Cloud Music.



UK trade media Music Week has confirmed that it is revamping its output, with the title’s flagship weekly magazine ceasing publication. It will be replaced by a monthly print magazine and increased online content. As part of the revamp Editor Mark Sutherland and Senior Staff Writer James Hanley are also departing.

Four local radio stations in the UK will start broadcasting a new syndicated chart show later this month called The UK Hot 40, based on airplay data provided by Radio Monitor. Many commercial stations in the UK used to share a weekly chart show, but that practice ended after major players Global and Bauer decided to broadcast their own proprietary chart programmes across their respective pop networks. At launch, The UK Hot 40 will be aired by Radio Essex, YorkMix Radio, MKFM in Milton Keynes and Energy FM on the Isle Of Man.



The Weeknd has released the video for ‘Save Your Tears’.

Slowthai has released new single ‘Mazza’, featuring A$AP Rocky.

Alice Glass has released new single ‘Suffer And Swallow’. Glass is set to release her debut solo album this year.

The Horrors’ Faris Badwan has released a new two track single with Spiritualized’s John Coxon, featuring new songs ‘Boiling Point’ and Promise Land’. “The new songs we ended up working on were largely spontaneous and cut together from early takes with minimal overdubbing”, says Badwan. “There are hooks and repetitive sections but fewer traditional structures”.

A Winged Victory For The Sullen have released new single ‘So That The City Can Begin To Exist’. Their new album, ‘Invisible Cities’, is set for release on 26 Feb.

Daniel Knox has released new single ‘Look At Me’. The song, he says, “is a story exploring liminal space in life and in dreams”. His new album, ‘Won’t You Take Me With You’, is out on 15 Jan.



The shortlist for this year’s Choice Music Prize – the Irish version of the Mercury (which, of course, also includes Irish artists in its remit) – has been announced. On it are 2019 albums by Bitch Falcon, Denise Chaila, Fontaines DC, JyellowL, Roisin Murphy, Nealo, Pillow Queens, Alibhe Reddy, Niamh Regan and Silverbacks. The winner, who will receive 10,000 euros, will be announced on 4 Mar.

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