Oct 3, 2023 3 min read

One Liners: Lindgren, Raye, Gazelle Twin + more

Raye and Lindgren publishing deals; Beatport and Warner appointments; new releases from The Gaslight Anthem, Elliphant, and Gazelle Twin; Rick Astley album launch show

One Liners: Lindgren, Raye, Gazelle Twin + more


Raye has renewed her publishing deal with Warner Chappell. “I’m over the moon to get the opportunity to continue working with Raye", says Amber Davis, Head of A&R at Warner Chappell UK. "She’s an unparalleled global songwriter and performer and I genuinely believe we’re still only at the beginning of her story and she’s going to continue to go from strength to strength”.
Sony Music Publishing has renewed its agreement with LA-based German producer and songwriter Lindgren. The new deal has been made in partnership with Ryan Tedder, offering Lindgren "creative opportunities alongside Tedder on new projects". Commenting on that element of the deal, Lindgren says: "Ryan is the first songwriter of whom I was a fan. The fact that a kid from Germany can read a dude’s name on a CD liner in his attic home studio while meticulously recreating the drums from 'Apologise' and just thirteen short years later meet the dude on Zoom, and write and produce so many songs together, ultimately resulting in a publishing relationship… it’s mind-blowing to me".


UK record industry collecting society PPL has confirmed that it paid out £12.7 million to more than 25,500 performers and labels last week in its Q3 distribution, which is mainly international income. Where PPL members grant the society global rights, it allows its counterpart societies around the world to license UK recordings for broadcast and public performance, with monies generated flowing though those other societies back to PPL and on to its members. Says PPL's Director Of International Laurence Oxenbury: "Cross-border collaboration remains a priority for the PPL as we continue to work on maximising the reward for those who create the music which keeps our world turning".


The Beatport Group has promoted Charles Morgan to the role of Chief Marketing Officer, meaning he will "oversee marketing strategy and execution across Beatport’s diverse group of companies". Says Beatport boss Robb McDaniels: “Since his arrival at Beatport, Charles has been instrumental in the transformation of our brand and creative teams, playing a pivotal role in repositioning the company’s leading products".
Warner Music has promoted Ramona Forsström to the role of Managing Director at its Finnish business, taking over from Niko Nordström, who is stepping down after sixteen years with the major. Says Mark Fry, President of Warner Music Nordics: "I'm so pleased that Ramona has accepted this promotion. She is a huge talent whose counsel I value and who delivers time and again for our artists and our business. I'd like to thank the amazing Niko for his incredible support over the years and wish him all the best for his next ventures".


The Gaslight Anthem have released new single ‘Autumn’. “I wrote that song on a really beautiful fall day, looking out the window and thinking, ‘How many days like this do we get to see?’” he says. “So much of life is just trying to get by, but every now and then you have those moments where you can really feel grateful for the small things”. The band's new album ‘History Books’ is out on 27 Oct.
Elliphant is back with new single ‘Therapy’, the first track from her new album ‘Troll’, which will be out next year. “‘Therapy’ is a statement track”, she says. “It splashed out of me like diarrhoea on a wet night, during the last hour in the studio. I think it’s a manifestation of my journey towards better mental health. Lol”.
Gazelle Twin has released new single ‘Fear Keeps Us Alive’. “I have often connected this lifelong feeling to the sense of a ghostly male presence that lurks in my dreams”, she says of the inspiration for the song. “Women are - and always have been - constantly haunted by the potential of being harmed”. Her new album ‘Black Dog’ is out on 27 Oct.


Rick Astley has announced that he will play a launch show for new album ‘Are We There Yet?’ at London’s Electric Ballroom on 16 Oct. The album itself is out on 13 Oct. Tickets for the show go on general sale this Friday.
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