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By | Published on Thursday 7 February 2019

Sheryl Crow

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Sheryl Crow has signed a new record deal with Big Machine in the US. The musician is set to release what she has said may be her final album – a collection of duets – later this year. “When she announced that she intended to make her last album, I immediately reached out to [Crow’s manager] Scooter Weintraub and got a link to the music”, says Big Machine boss Scott Borchetta.

• Warner/Chappell has signed a new worldwide publishing deal with songwriter and producer Joe Kearns. He’s best known for his work with Ellie Goulding.

• Kobalt’s AWAL division has signed a new deal with Danish label The Bank to represent singer-songwriter Hugo Helmig. The two companies have already worked together on an EP and two singles by Helmig. “The flexibility of starting out with a pure distribution and then being able to change the deal while developing the artist has been perfect for us”, says The Bank’s founder Jakob Soerensen. “We are happy to tighten things up now by releasing one of the best pop debut albums from Denmark in a long time with AWAL”.

• Warner Music Group has named Eliah Seton President of independent music. Which is novel. Actually, his job title is President Of Independent Music & Creator Services. In his new role, he’ll oversee WMG’s independent music distributor ADA Worldwide (of which he was previously president), plus the Asylum Records label and the major’s DIY distribution platform Level.

• Former Lady Gaga manager and Spotify exec Troy Carter has been hired by talent agency UTA, with a particular focus on developing projects for TV, Film and theatre. “His unique vision for the future will touch every area of UTA”, says CEO Jeremy Zimmer.

• Reporter Jim DeRogatis is to publish a book on the allegations of sexual abuse against R Kelly, almost 20 years after he first began investigating the story. ‘Soulless: The Case Against R Kelly’ will be out in June.

• Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has been reunited with a guitar that was stolen from him nearly 30 years ago. It’s a pretty cool story.

• Anna Of The North is back with new single ‘Leaning On Myself’. She’s also announced that she will play Village Underground in London on 19 Mar.

• Girli has released the video for ‘Deal With It’.

• Chai have released the video for new single ‘Choose Go!’

• Gojira have announced that they will play three shows in the UK this summer: Birmingham Academy on 29 Jun, Brixton Academy on 30 Jun, and Manchester Apollo on 1 Jul.

• Pink will be the recipient of this year’ Outstanding Contribution To Music prize at the BRITs. She’s the first non-British artist to receive the award. “Since the beginning of my career the British fans have been some of the most fierce and loyal in the world”, she says. “I am humbled to receive this honour and be in the company of an illustrious group of British icons!”

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