Nov 3, 2023 3 min read

One Liners: The Beatles, Pendulum, Mount Kimbie + more

Warner Chappell renews Rick Boardman deal; PRS and Blue Raincoat appointments; new music from The Beatles, Take That, Grimes x Sevdaliza, Pendulum, Love Minus Zero, Mount Kimble, Torres, and USA Nails; Green Day UK shows

One Liners: The Beatles, Pendulum, Mount Kimbie + more

DEALS

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Warner Chappell has renewed its deal with songwriter Rick Boardman, who has penned hits for the likes of The Jonas Brothers, Marshmello, Louis Tomlinson and Khalid. “Since streaming became the dominant way to consume music, music has become more global, and subsequently I’ve taken a much more global approach to my writing”, he says. “Working with the Warner Chappell team I hope to continue to collaborate with the world’s biggest artists and enjoy more global hits”.

APPOINTMENTS

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UK collecting society PRS For Music has appointed Janeace Thompson to the newly created role of Director Of Talent, Culture And Experience. “Learning and development, recruitment, and attraction are the enablers of diversity and inclusion”, she says. “The design of this role is genius because I'm across all those three areas and, with the broad view I have, I can merge it all together”.
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Blue Raincoat Music has appointed Dan Walton as Project Manager (Catalogue), James Batsford as Project Manager, Ben Asplin as Copyright Manager (Commercial Music Operations), and Tian Anderson as Artist Management Assistant. “As Blue Raincoat Music continues to enjoy growth across all of its divisions, finding the right people to help oversee our strategy and steer our projects is mission critical”, says COO Alison Wenham. “In Dan, James, Ben and Tian we have added four hugely talented and passionate members to our team”.

RELEASES

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The Beatles have released their last EVER EVER EVER song ‘Now And Then’, featuring contributions from all four members of the band. Created from a demo recorded by John Lennon, prior attempts to complete it in the 1990s were abandoned due to sound quality. It has now been revived using AI technology.
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Take That have released the title track of their upcoming new album ‘This Life’. The album itself is out on 24 Nov.
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Grimes and Sevdaliza have teamed up for new single ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’. “Admiration and adoration turn into weapons when women challenge expectations”, says Sevdaliza on the inspiration for the track. “True liberation is breaking free from inner and outer expectations, a journey worth embracing despite the bruises”.
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Pendulum have released new single ‘Mercy Killing’, featuring rapper Scarlxrd. “We generally get bored very easily and suffer from artistic ADHD”, says the band’s Rob Swire. “So when the opportunity came through to work with an artist as different as Scarlxrd, we jumped at the chance”. The band's new EP ‘Anima’ is also out today.
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Love Minus Zero - aka Hudson Mohawke and Tiga - have released new single ‘Silence Of Love’, featuring Jesse Boykins III. Their first album ‘L’Ecstasy’ is out on 1 Dec.
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Mount Kimbie are back with new track ‘Dumb Guitar’. They’ve also announced UK tour dates in May, kicking off with a show at the Roundhouse in London on 3 May.
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Torres has released new single ‘I Got The Fear’. “Most days I really believe humanity will find a way”, she says of the inspiration for the song. “But there’s a nagging anxiety that maybe that won’t happen. One has to wonder if it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy that a species that believes it’s doomed will doom itself”. Her new album ‘What An Enormous Room’ is out on 26 Jan.
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The very much excellent USA Nails have released new single ‘Feel Worse’ and announced that they will release their latest album - also called ‘Feel Worse’ - on 22 Mar 2024. The new song looks at teenage bullying, with frontman Steve Hodgson reflecting: “As youngsters, we jostle for social positioning and at times it’s at the expense of other people’s well-being. I used to say my teenage years were character building but, on reflection, I’d probably say they were character destroying, and those who made me feel so small through physical and emotional attacks probably don’t remember”.

GIGS & TOURS

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Green Day have announced two UK shows next summer. They will play Manchester’s Old Trafford Stadium on 21 Jun and Wembley Stadium in London on 29 Jun. Tickets are available now. The band’s new album ‘Saviors’ is out on 19 Jan. From it, this is new single ‘Look Ma, No Brains!’
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