Oct 11, 2023 3 min read

One Liners: Rudy Perez, E-Positive, Killer Mike + more

Rudy Perez, Katherine Priddy and E-Positive deals; Warner hires another ex-YouTube exec; new music from Killer Mike, Lauren Mayberry, Bombay Bicycle Club, Blossoms, Griff, El Perro Del Mar, and Bar Italia; Barry Manilow and Lola Young live shows

One Liners: Rudy Perez, E-Positive, Killer Mike + more

DEALS

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Reservoir has announced it has signed a publishing deal for the future works of songwriter Rudy Perez and also acquired his full back catalogue. “I’m THRILLED to be a part of the Reservoir family”, he says. “I look forward to collaborating on new projects with their entire team as I embark on the next phase of my career”.
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Cooking Vinyl has signed singer-songwriter Katherine Priddy. Manager John Fell says of Priddy's new record deal: "Signing with such a prestigious label like Cooking Vinyl is a real testament to all the hard work that she has put into the project as well as highlighting her potential to grow into an internationally renowned artist. We are both incredibly proud and excited to work with the Cooking Vinyl team on the next stage of Katherine’s career”.
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Warner Music has acquired Indian artist management and live events company E-Positive, which - among other things - manages Darshan Raval, one of the top five most streamed artists in India. The business will remain a standalone company led by its founder, Naushad Khan, who says: “I’ve worked towards developing a legacy for over ten years and carved the journey of each one of my artists. I’m delighted that we’ve found a new home at Warner Music India. The team there will help us grow in the international market and will help our artists connect with more fans from around the world. We’re looking forward to the next chapter of E-Positive".

APPOINTMENTS

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Warner Music has appointed Carletta Higginson as its Chief Digital Officer. She joins from YouTube. “This is a very exciting time to be in music with many new avenues opening up”, she says. “I’ve worked closely with the outstanding team at WMG for many years, and I’m very happy to be joining everyone at WMG to help chart the future together”. Higginson takes over from Oana Ruxandra, who announced earlier this month that she was standing down as the major’s Chief Digital Officer & EVP Business Development.

RELEASES

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Killer Mike has teamed up with Robert Glasper for a new version of his song ‘Motherless’. “Two years ago I was asked to get on ‘Black Superhero’ by Robert Glasper”, says the rapper. “The song was incredible and he'd go on to win a Grammy for the album. My only regret was that we weren't in the same room together when we made it. So when talks of him remixing ‘Motherless’ came up it was a no-brainer, only this time we wanted to be in the studio together”.
Chvrches frontwoman Lauren Mayberry has released new solo single ‘Shame’. “I had the idea for a while of a song that had the tagline of ‘what a shame’, but in a sarcastic way”, she says. “And the word ‘shame’ having a double meaning - the shame you feel and internalise, but what a shame you feel like that and can’t change it”.
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Bombay Bicycle Club have teamed up with Chaka Khan for new single ‘Tekken 2’. "After [frontman] Jack [Steadman] invited me and then sent the song, I loved it, the ethereal part drew me in", says Khan. "The band has such innovative and passionate energy, truly great musicians. Absolute vibes”. The bands new album ‘My Big Day’ is out on 20 Oct.
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Blossoms have released new single ‘To Do List (After The Breakup)’, featuring Findlay.
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Griff has announced that she will release new EP ‘Vert1go Vol 1’ on 20 Oct. Out now is first single ‘Vertigo’.
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El Perro del Mar has signed to City Slang and announced that she will release new album ‘Big Anonymous’ on 16 Feb 2024. Out now is new single ‘In Silence’. “As the feelings of grief and loss wear off, you enter another realm of guilt”, she says of the song. “The guilt of not mourning enough, of going on living though someone’s gone. This song is about the ghost not accepting that it’s dead”.
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Bar Italia have released new single ‘Jelsy’. Their new album ‘The Twits’ is out on 2 Nov, and the band have just announced an exhibition of their own drawings, made during the writing of the LP, at London’s Frieze Gallery on 27 Oct.

GIGS & TOURS

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Barry Manilow has announced that he will play a one-off show at Manchester’s Co-op Live venue on 24 May 2024. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.
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Lola Young has announced a three night residency at Signature Brew Haggerston in London from 14-16 Nov. Tickets go on sale this Friday.
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