Apr 17, 2024 3 min read

⏩ One Liners: TikTok, Kate Nash, Virgin Music Group + more

TikTok, Cloud 9 Music, beatBread deals; Virgin Music Group promotion; Nothing Forced launches; Elrow to receive Beatport Award; Kerry King London show; new music from Kate Nash, Yannis Philippakis and Tony Allen, Cigarettes After Sex, Machinedrum, Martha Skye Murphy

⏩ One Liners: TikTok, Kate Nash, Virgin Music Group + more
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TikTok has partnered with AEG’s ticketing company AXS to sell tickets within its app. The social media firm already has an alliance with Live Nation’s Ticketmaster. “TikTok’s partnership with AXS allows us to connect millions of users with legendary artists, venues and festivals, and allows artists to promote their live dates and reach their audience in a whole new way”, says Michael Kümmerle, TikTok’s Global Music Partnership Development Lead. “We are very excited to start this journey with AXS and look forward to supporting the further growth of ticketing on TikTok in the future”.
The Armada Music owned BEAT Music Fund has acquired Cloud 9 Music. The Armada and Cloud 9 music publishing operations - including both company’s current roster, catalogue and team - will be merged under the banner Armada Music Publishing. “This strategic move underscores Armada’s mission to position itself as the best partner in the in-demand global electronic dance industry, projected to reach $20.9 billion by 2033”, says Armada.
Music funding platform beatBread has announced a new partnership with Kobalt to offer publishing administration services to its clients. This will be managed by Kobalt in the US and the Kobalt-owned AMRA in the rest of the world. “beatBread’s funding platform is open, and we are committed to providing access, choice and empowerment for all creators, regardless of their chosen publisher or performing rights organisation”, says beatBread CEO Peter Sinclair.


Virgin Music Group has promoted Cindy James to General Manager of its North American operations. “I have worked with Cindy for the past five years and am incredibly proud to elevate her to the well-deserved position of General Manager for Virgin Music Group North America”, says Jacqueline Saturn, President of the Universal Music services division. “Cindy has been instrumental in providing leadership and insights across the ever-evolving landscape of our business”.


New music-focussed creative content and design agency Nothing Forced has been launched by brothers Jeremy and Lawrence Abbott. “Nothing Forced was formed with the idea we could offer more than what was out there right now, and ultimately anything that feels contrived is going to fall flat, that’s where we come in and it’s the sentiment behind our name”, says Jeremy Abbott. “Both of our careers have taken place in electronic music and media, with this agency we’ve married our skill sets in content and design to give artists, brands and events a unique way to present themselves that comes from within the scene rather than outside. It helps that we’re brothers too”.


Spanish promoter Elrow and its owners The Arnau Family are set to receive the IMS Legends Award 2024 at this year’s Beatport Awards. The ceremony will take place at House Of WOW in Ibiza on 24 Apr, as part of the International Music Summit. “The Arnau family and the Elrow brand are true disruptors of global nightlife, not just Ibiza”, says IMS’s Ben Turner. “A family legacy that has been promoting underground music and nightlife in Spain for generations, they are one of the true great success stories of our industry and consumer culture. IMS is delighted to honour them for their dedication, innovation and colourful approach to the dancefloor!”


Former Slayer guitarist Kerry King has announced a solo show in London on 18 Jun. Tickets are on sale now.


Kate Nash has released new single ‘Space Odyssey 2001’. Her new album ‘9 Sad Symphonies’ is out on 21 Jun, and she’s also set to play Koko in London on 28 Nov.
Foals’ Yannis Philippakis has announced a collaborative EP with late Afrobeats drummer Tony Allen, under the name Yannis & The Yaw. ‘Lagos Paris London’ will be released on 31 Aug. Following Allen’s death in 2020, Philippakis says that there was “an imperative to finish it in a way that I had never felt with another record. There was a deep duty to do it, to finish it as well as possible, and to pay respect to him by getting it out there”.
Cigarettes After Sex have released new single ‘Dark Vacay’. New album ‘X’s’ is out on 12 Jul.
Machinedrum has released new single ‘Rise’ featuring Rozet. The track is taken from new album ‘3FOR82’, which is out on 24 May. 
Martha Skye Murphy has released new single ‘Need’.
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