Sony Music UK & Ireland’s COO Nicola Tuer has announced that she is leaving the company at the end of this week for family reasons. “I’ve been incredibly proud to have been part of Sony for nearly 30 years”, she says. “Throughout this time I’ve had the privilege of working alongside so many talented people and artists and I will miss the challenges and excitement of playing my part at such a brilliant company”.
Music monitoring company Audoo has appointed Melanie Johnson as its new Chief Commercial Officer. "My mission is always to empower the music community with transparency, data, innovation and kindness”, she says. “Through my role at Audoo, building on the excellent existing work, we strive to innovate and transform the way music royalties are identified and collected, ultimately serving recognition of music creators”.
Blonde Redhead have released two new singles, ‘Sit Down For Dinner Parts 1 & 2’. The band’s new album ‘Sit Down For Dinner’ is set for release on Friday.
The Joy Formidable have released new fifteen minute song ‘Share My Heat’. “It’s a song about true connection and love”, says frontwoman Ritzy Bryan. “Deep, selfless love between humans is a beautiful part of our existence, but I’m also singing about our inherent love of nature, the living world and our kinship to everything: plants, animals, mountains and water. Can we repair our relationship with the earth and bring more reciprocity, compassion and companionship to a world that already gives us so much”.
Folly Group have announced that they will release their debut album ‘Down There’ on 12 Jan 2024. Out now is new single ‘Big Ground’. “The basic concept of this song is life filling you with so much anxiety and dread that you would rather you didn’t exist at all - you’d rather be swallowed by the ground”, says frontman Louis Milburn of the song. “In a way it’s sort of celebrating this fact, because once you know this deep down inside you can start to let go of these anxieties because after a while you face so many that they start to matter less”.
O. have released ‘Slice’, the first single from their debut EP of the same name, which is set for release on 24 Nov. “We wrote ‘Slice’ as soon as we got back from our gig and week in Recife, Brazil”, says drummer Tash Keary. “One of the things we loved about carnival was the amount of energy and buzz that goes into the music, and ‘Slice’ is us taking that approach with our own songs”. The duo have also announced UK tour dates in February and March next year.
Gag Salon have released new single ‘Fishyman Pt 1 (Flip Flop)’. Speaking about the song, frontman Joseph Mumford says: “A very popular boy I went to school with suddenly stopped coming in one day. Weeks went by with nobody hearing from him until one fateful day, a girl came shrieking into assembly, screaming that she’d heard his voice coming from the toilet bowl - he was singing. This song is kind of my own interpretation of what might have happened to him”.
GIGS & TOURS
Soulwax have announced UK shows in London and Manchester in February next year. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.
Next year's BRIT Awards will take place on 2 Mar, it has been announced, taking place again on a Saturday, following this year’s shift to the weekend from its usual school night slot. "The move to a Saturday night for the first time proved to be a huge success, so I'm delighted we'll be back in a primetime slot again in March”, says Warner Music’s Damian Christian, who again acts as Chair of the BRIT Committee. “A Saturday night show helped us lock in our most engaged audience ever and we'll be looking to build on that base as we connect with even more fans in 2024”.