Pitbull has extended his global publishing deal with BMG. “It’s truly an honour to continue our relationship with BMG”, he says. “We are longtime partners who believe in each other. We look forward to continuing the relationship and appreciate the support over the last ten years”.
Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA has teamed up with Ballentine’s Whisky and beer maker Flying Goose to create a limited-edition sriracha sauce. For some reason. “I’m bringing Ballantine’s and Flying Goose together to break the mould of what incredible flavour should taste like, to bring something truly original, surprising and unexpected to the world”, says the producer. “This condiment is a one-of-a-kind fusion, and I can’t wait for everyone to try it on different recipes at home”.
Tate McRae has signed up to be an ambassador for Spotify’s Equal programme, which aims to boost female creators. "The more we support each other and the more we talk about it and speak up I feel like that always encourages me as a young artist”, she says in a statement. "So I feel like hopefully I can start to do that even more and more and inspire other people as well”.
Beggars Group’s Director Of Live Licensing Ruth Barlow has been announced as the new Chair of the Association Of Independent Music, taking over from Nadia Khan. “As AIM’s new Chair, I want to make all members feel valued and heard and help strive for consensus, increasing engagement among all members of our community”, she says. “Above all I want to support AIM’s efforts to attract new members, particularly from regional and under-represented groups, and to help arm a new generation of independents with a shared sense of community and knowledge”.
The US Country Music Association has announced a number of appointments and promotions. Ryan Nelson joins as Senior Director, Event Operations; LeighAnn Rodd joins as Director, Insights; and Victoria Rutledge joins the CMA Foundation as Director, Major Gifts. Meanwhile, Justin Randall has been promoted to Senior Director, Information Technology and Megan Wise moves up to Senior Director, Brand Partnerships.
BBC Radio 1 has announced that Chrissy Cameron, Joel Mitchell, Lauren Layfield and Chris Howard will take over the station's early breakfast show on a monthly rotation. “This slot has been a huge success in showcasing the best new and emerging presenters over the last two years so I can’t wait to see what this next wave of presenting talent do with their shows”, says Head Of Radio 1 Aled Haydn Jones. “I’d also like to specially welcome Lauren and Chris who are brand new to the station”.
EDUCATION & EVENTS
English Teacher have been announced as Artist Ambassadors for next year’s Independent Venue Week, which takes place at the end of January. “We’re delighted to be the ambassadors for next year’s Independent Venue Week”, says the band’s Lily Fontaine. “Over the years that we’ve developed as a band, we’ve always tried to be vocal about our relationship with the local venues, organisations and scenes that have supported us in our careers and practice, and that continues next year with our tour of some of the most vital grassroots music halls in the country”.
have announced that they are reuniting to release their first album for fourteen years. Titled ‘Real Power’, the Rick Rubin
-produced record is out on 22 Mar 2024. “When we began, so much about Gossip was about running away - that was always in the music”, says vocalist Beth Ditto
. “We survived. We came from nothing and we got the fuck out of there. And to be here 20 years later and still making music together is just incredible”. Out now is new single ‘Crazy Again’
For 50 years now, everyone has spent every Christmas wishing that Noddy Holder
shouting “IT’S CHRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISTMAAAAAAAAAAS!” on Slade
’s ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ was more enveloping. I can’t tell you the number of times the sadness that this brings has ruined Christmas lunch for my family. Well, thank the sweet little baby Jeezo, there’s now a Dolby Atmos
mix for the song’s 50th anniversary. And there’s a new video too
. Best Christmas present ever.
’s put out a new song. And why the hell not? It’s called ‘Answer Phone’
. “It’s a song that explores the idea of loneliness and the desire to be looked at, a longing to not be on your own”, he says. “There’s a lot of shame in it, but there’s a degree of self-awareness and humour as well”. His new album ‘Black Friday’ is out on 26 Jan.
Porno For Pyros
have released their first new song in 26 years, ‘Agua’
. “The ocean doesn’t look right, doesn’t feel right, doesn’t surf right”, says frontman Perry Farrell. “You go and swim in it, and you get the creeps. The sunsets are different. We are really, really screwing it up. We have to do something about it. I wanted to bring attention to it through the best megaphone that I know, which is music”.
has released new single ‘Lean’
has announced that she will release her debut album ‘Toothpick’ on 2 Feb 2024. Out now is new single ‘Break It Off’
. "I wrote this one morning after my second and final date with a guy who wasn't looking for the same kind of relationship as me”, she says. “In the past I would have just gone along with it but as I've gotten older I've learned that, to get what I really want, I need to say “No! Goodbye!” to the things I don’t want. So I walked away even though he was a really good kisser”.
have released new single ‘Not My Rival’
. It is, they say, “a song about dismantling the male gaze, fighting against the internalised patriarchal messages that we all unconsciously absorb. It’s about breaking the cycle of female rivalry. We want to encourage lifting each other up instead of tearing each other down”.
has released new single ‘Terres Infinies’
. “A friend suggested that I see the film ‘Stalker’ by Tarkovski”, she says of the inspiration for the song. “The general ambience haunted me for some time. I began to have a recurring dream of a dried-up and deserted landscape that I had to traverse, without looking back, to find fertile lands. Then I realised this wasn’t too far from the actual state of affairs. I needed to cultivate a sense of humour about it. Simply put, turn this vision upside down. I imagined a place where we could drink directly from the clouds and read our futures in the trees, which is where this song came from”. Her new album ‘Celebrate’ is out on 22 Mar.
GIGS & TOURS
have announced that they will screen a virtual reality concert in Meta
’s Horizon Worlds video game next month. “We’re THRILLED
to embrace the dynamic world of VR because it allows us to reach an even wider global audience and share our music in an entirely new, immersive way”, say the band. “This VR concert is not just a show; it’s an extension of the tour we poured our hearts into. We can’t wait for you to see the magic we’ve created”. It all goes live at 1am UK time on 27 Dec. Here’s a trailer
Maverick Sabre has announced an acoustic performance of his debut album ‘Lonely In The Brave’ at Bush Hall in London on 18 Dec. Tickets are on sale now.
Texas have added a show at London’s O2 Arena to the start of their 2024 UK tour. They will play the venue on 5 Sep. “This will be the first time we play The O2”, says frontwoman Sharleen Spiteri. “We’re all incredibly excited and it’s definitely going to be a night to remember”. Tickets go on general sale on 24 Nov.
Promoter DF Concerts is bringing its long-running Summer Sessions concerts to Stirling Castle next summer. “Summer Sessions has gone from strength to strength with the announcement of more cities hosting events in 2024 and Stirling Summer Sessions will be a very welcome addition to Scotland’s event calendar next year”, says DF CEO Geoff Ellis. “Stirling City Park is a very unique event space, sitting in the dramatic shadow of Stirling Castle, and we cannot wait to bring some world-class acts to the city as it celebrates its 900th anniversary”.