Jun 12, 2024 3 min read

⏩ One Liners: Glastonbury, Music.AI, Enter Shikari + more

Music.AI deal; DawBell, Universal, BMG, Frontiers appointments; Peterborough’s Glastonbury big screen; NTIA manifesto; MMF report; Enter Shikari, Ski Mask The Slump God live dates; new released from Ahnoni And the Johnson, Hinds, Johnny Foreigner, Knife Bride

⏩ One Liners: Glastonbury, Music.AI, Enter Shikari + more


AI-powered B2B music platform Music.AI has announced AI multitrack mixing service RoEx as its latest partner. “What excites me so much about RoEx’s inclusion in the Music.AI ecosystem is its ability to take existing audio content and significantly improve its mix quality”, says Matt Henninger, VP Business Development And Sales at Music.AI. “Companies that are currently leveraging AI technologies to separate, replace or augment content can now quickly and efficiently blend together the audio components at scale”.


PR firm DawBell has promoted Kate Etteridge to Managing Director. She joined the company as Head Of Press in 2014. "We are THRILLED Kate has taken this role”, says co-founder Stuart Bell. “She’s been pivotal to our growth and we love working with her. She's immensely talented and incredibly modest. She’s perfect to help lead DawBell on to even bigger and better things”.
Universal Music India has announced two promotions. Sanujeet Bhujabal is now Managing Director, and Viral Jani Chief Revenue Officer, of Universal Music India And South Asia. "It reflects the company's commitment to growth and development of one of Universal Music Group's most important emerging markets”, says Adam Granite, CEO of Universal Music Group AMEA, of the promotions.
BMG has announced a new leadership structure for its frontline recorded music division in the US. Jon Loba is now President of Frontline Recordings for The Americas, covering the US, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. Meanwhile, JoJamie Hahr becomes EVP Recorded Music at BMG Nashville; Dan Gill is EVP Recorded Music on the West Coast; Cyndi Lynott moves up to SVP Marketing; Sean Heydorn becomes SVP Rise Records; Tim Reid is SVP Repertoire & Marketing; Shane Cosme is SVP International Marketing; Jecoure Lamothe becomes VP A&R & Marketing; and Zarah Ortiz is now VP Repertoire & Campaign Management. Room for one more? Bryan Columbus has joined the company as VP Recorded Music.
Frontiers Label Group in Italy has appointed Aldo Lonobile as Head Of A&R for Europe. Also an in-house producer at the label, he first became involved with the company when it signed his band Secret Sphere. “What began as a collaboration swiftly evolved into production and songwriting roles”, he says. “This journey has led me to the A&R position, where I prioritise honouring the artist’s vision. We're embarking on an exciting new chapter with Frontiers”.


If you’re still annoyed that you’re not going to Glastonbury this year, how about the next best thing? That's right, you will be able to watch the whole thing unfold on a big screen in Peterborough city centre. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for locals and visitors to experience the spirit of one of the world's most famous music festivals in an intimate setting and without the mud”, says Pep Cipriano, COO of Peterborough Positive, which is putting up the screen. It’s also a good way to try to forget you’re in Peterborough.
The Night Time Industries Association has urged UK political parties to prioritise the night time economy in the run up to the general election and beyond. Among the proposals put forward in the NTIA’s manifesto is the appointment of a minister for the night time economy and reform of the VAT system. “The night time economy is a critical component of our cultural and economic landscape”, says CEO Michael Kill. “These measures are essential for its recovery, giving it the ability to grow and fuel regeneration. We urge all political parties to consider these important recommendations”.


MMF has published a new edition of its Managing Expectations series of reports. It finds that 90% of artists managers in the UK are self-employed and 60% are earning less than minimum wage from their management work. However, management companies’ investment in skills and training is up 30%, and 17% of those surveyed said they earn over £50,000 a year. 


Enter Shikari have announced a run of UK shows in smaller venues than they’d usually play. “People often travel considerable distances to come to live shows, so we feel it’s important for us to make the effort as well sometimes and play places that your standard tour wouldn’t normally”, says frontman Rou Reynolds. Tickets go on general sale on 19 Jun.
Ski Mask The Slump God has announced UK shows in September, finishing with a show at the Kentish Town Forum in London on 11 Sep. Tickets will be on sale on Friday. 


Anohni And The Johnsons have released new single ‘Breaking’
Hinds have released their first Spanish language single ‘En Forma’. Their new album ‘Viva Hinds’ is out on 6 Sep and they will be touring the UK in February next year. 
Johnny Foreigner have announced that they will release their sixth album ‘How To Be Hopeful’ on 13 Sep. It is preceded today by a new EP ‘The Sky And Sea Were Part Of Me, Or I Was Part Of Them’, which features five songs, including two from the album. 
Knife Bride have released new single ‘Melancholia’.
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