May 16, 2024 3 min read

⏩ One Liners: Sun Label Group, Astroworld, Marilyn Manson + more

Marilyn Manson, Kevin Parker, The Script, PMY deals; Sun Label Group, Peermusic, beatBread appointments; Astroworld trial date; Kanye lawsuit settled; Alternative Conservatoire showcase; new music from Beth Gibbons, Elkka

⏩ One Liners: Sun Label Group, Astroworld, Marilyn Manson + more


Marilyn Manson has signed a new record deal with Nuclear Blast, Rolling Stone has confirmed. The musician was dropped by his former label Loma Vista (as well as manager Tony Ciulla and booking agent CAA) in the wake of numerous allegations of sexual assault. 
Sony Music Publishing has acquired the catalogue of Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, covering his work with the band and other artists such as Rihanna, Dua Lipa, Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and The Wiggles. "The idea of passing on ownership of my songs is one that I don't think about very lightly, at all”, he says. “They are the fruit of my blood, sweat and creativity over all the years I’ve been a recording artist and songwriter so far. I don’t think my songs could be in any safer hands than Sony’s, and I’m excited for the future and happy I can keep working with them on whatever the future brings”.
The Script have signed a new record deal with BMG. “We are honoured to have partnered with The Script and look forward to harnessing the excitement that the new album has created amongst our global teams”, says BMG UK’s President of Repertoire & Marketing Alistair Norbury.
PMY Group has announced a partnership to incorporate Audoo’s audio recognition software ito its live events technology. "Incorporating Audoo's innovative technology into our event solutions underscores PMY's role as a forward-thinking entity in the technology sector, committed to ensuring the music industry's sustainability and nurturing the next generation of headline acts”, says PMY’s Oliver Guy-Watkins


Primary Wave has launched Sun Label Group, comprising Sun Records, Gaither Music, Green Hill Music. Paul Sizelove will oversee the group as President, as well as remaining Gaither. “With Paul stepping into the role of President of the Sun Label Group, we are ushering in a new era of innovation and collaboration”, says Dominic Pandiscia, Chief Strategy Officer at Primary Wave. “His extensive network of partnerships and relationships will be invaluable as we continue to expand our reach and influence across the music industry. We couldn’t be more THRILLED for Paul and the immense potential this represents for the Group overall!”
Ralph W Peer has been named Managing Director of Peermusic UK. “I’m honoured for the opportunity to continue contributing to Peermusic’s future and lead our UK operations, whilst working alongside some of the best music publishing executives in the business”, he says. 
beatBread has hired Julian Dunn as Director of Business Affairs. “As we deliver against our mission to empower artists, labels, and publishers, we continue to increase legal governance and complexity”, says CEO Peter Sinclair. “Julian will help us navigate ongoing growth in customer touchpoints, and ensure that we continue to protect the interests of our clients and the organisation”.

The last remaining wrongful death case in relation to the Astroworld tragedy is set to go to trial in September. The lawsuit was filed by the family of nine year old Ezra Blount, the youngest person to die in the crowd crush at the 2021 festival. Jury selection is set to begin on 10 Sep. 
Universal Music has settled a lawsuit over an unauthorised King Crimson sample used in Kanye West’s 2010 track ‘Power’. The rapper was accused of sampling the band’s ’21st Century Schizoid Man’ without licensing in the 2022 lawsuit filed by Declan Colgan Music, owner of the song’s mechanical licence. 


The Alternative Conservatoire - which offers a multi-disciplinary accelerator course for young music creators who defy conventional categorisation - will hold a showcase to mark the end of its inaugural three month programme. The event will take place at Rich Mix in London on 18 May. 


Beth Gibbons has released new single ‘Lost Changes’. The Portishead vocalist’s debut solo album ‘Lives Outgrown’ is out tomorrow. 
Elkka has released new single ‘Right Here’. Her new album ‘Prism Of Pleasure’ is set for release on 7 Jun.
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