One Liners: Music NDA inquiry, Black Music Coalition, Everything Everything, + more
Deadline for parliament’s music NDA inquiry evidence, Spotify partners with Orange; Black Music Coalition launches memberships; Everything Everything, Yaosobi, Nouvelle Vague, O. and Vlure releases; tour news from In Flames and Arch Enemy, and Bellowhead
Today is the final day to submit evidence to the UK Parliament Women & Equalities Committee’s inquiry into the use of NDAs in the music industry to silence victims of abuse and discrimination. Providing details of your own experience will not breach any NDA you may have signed. Find out more here.
Spotify has partnered with Orange to provide access to the streaming service to the mobile provider’s customers in Democratic Republic Of Congo, Madagascar, Mali and Guinea without additional data costs. “We are excited to partner with Orange Middle East & Africa to offer … our vast music library of over 100 million songs without worrying about data”, says Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy, Managing Director for Spotify in Sub-Saharan Africa. “We are aware that data costs continue to be a hindrance for people who would like to stream music, that’s why we are actively working at Spotify SSA on partnerships like this one”.
The Black Music Coalition has launched a new membership scheme, open to all black music industry execs in the UK. “Our membership launch presents a vital next stage for the BMC”, says the organisation’s executive committee. “Membership will create a connected community of music industry employees and professionals. As an organisation we are excited to roll out our activations for next year which, in keeping with all we do, will be geared towards the needs of all our members”. Find out more and sign up here.
Everything Everything have released new single ‘The Mad Stone’. Their new album ‘Mountainhead’ is out on 1 Mar. “This song sets out the grand narrative of the album, wherein a society is forever building an immense mountain, at the cost of living in the resulting giant hole”, says frontman Jonathan Higgs of the new song.
Yaosobi have released new single ‘Biri-Biri’. The track has been put out to mark the one year anniversary of the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet video games.
Nouvelle Vague will return with new album ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go?’ on 16 Feb. Out now is their new cover of Yahoo’s ‘Only You’. There are also tour dates set for February and March, including two nights at London’s Union Chapel.
O. have released their latest single ‘ATM’. Say the duo: “’ATM’ is us getting angry and frustrated about some of the injustices and crazy bewildering things in the world. It's a tune to celebrate fury, going on a journey releasing your anger then coming to a place of peace. We love seeing people getting their anger out to it live”. Their debut EP ‘Slice’ is out on Friday.
Vlure have released new single ‘Heaven Sent’. They say of the track: ”’Heaven Sent’ is a love song, through the eyes of hedonistic adolescence. Living for the moment, without fear of consequence. Disregarding the obvious downfalls of relationships or love and romanticising each small good part”. The band will headline the 100 Club in London on 4 Dec.
GIGS & TOURS
In Flames and Arch Enemy have announced co-headline UK tour dates in October next year. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.
Following last year's reunion tour, Bellowhead have announced 2024 shows to mark their 20th anniversary. “The reunion tour in 2022 meant such a lot to all of us after such a difficult time, and seemed to bring so much joy to our fans, that we thought we'd probably best do it again”, say the band. The shows will take place in November 2024. Tickets go on general sale this Friday.
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