Belfast rap trio Kneecap have announced that they have signed to Heavenly Recordings. “We’re absolutely delighted to have signed to Heavenly”, they say. “We met a load of labels over recent months but wanted to work with good people, people who understood what Kneecap is all about, what we stand for, and who share our belief that we can bring our music around the world! Signed to such a historic label, and with a brand new album and movie coming in 2024, we are fucking buzzing!”
Downtown Music Holdings last week announced the appointment of Pieter van Rijn to its board of directors. He is President of the company’s business services division, Downtown Music. “When we first set out to transform Downtown Music, our B2B division, into a fully integrated suite of business service offerings, we were fortunate to have such a strong executive in our organisation who could help us execute on that vision”, says CEO Andrew Bergman. "The addition of Pieter to our board further demonstrates Downtown's commitment and mission to empower creators and the businesses that serve them”.
Dotun Bolaji has joined Primary Talent as an agent. He joins from Runway Artists and brings with him a roster that includes Agajon, B-ahwe, Jay Prince, Jords, Karl Benjamin and Planet Giza. “I’m THRILLED to join the team at Primary Talent, with note to their stellar reputation”, he says. “In this digital age, music of black origin and black artists who make music beyond conventional expectations are reaching unprecedented heights. As fans embrace diverse sounds, I’m dedicated to amplifying these voices, bringing new and creative experiences to broader audiences. The future of live music is bright”.
Take That will release new album ‘This Life’ on 24 Nov. Out now is its first single ‘Windows’. “It’s been a wonderful experience being back in the studio together making this record”, say the band. “It has that feeling of spreading your wings, letting out the old and bringing in the new”. They will also be touring the UK and Ireland from April until June next year.
X Ambassadors have released new single ‘Devastation’, featuring Pamé. “’Devastation’ is a song for those of us who need to do everything in extremes”, says the band’s Sam Nelson. “So when it comes to love, let it be all-consuming. Let it eat us alive. From the Dominican Republic via the Bronx, Pamé is a bonafide superstar in the making. For a song called ‘Devastation’ we needed a devastating voice. She’s got that and then some”.
DJ Shadow has released new single ‘You Played Me’. His new album ‘Action Adventure’ is out on 27 Oct.
070 Shake has released new single ‘Black Dress’.
GIGS & TOURS
Yard Act have announced UK and Ireland tour dates in March next year, including a show at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on 27 Mar. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.
The inaugural edition of the Rolling Stone UK Awards will take place at the Roundhouse in London on 23 Nov. It will see thirteen acts inducted into the Rolling Stone UK Hall Of Fame. “It’s time”, says Rolling Stone UK publisher Darren Styles.