Feb 8, 2023 2 min read

One Liners: Tobias Jesso Jr, Thomas Bangalter, Kelela, more

One Liners: Tobias Jesso Jr, Thomas Bangalter, Kelela, more


Hipgnosis has acquired the songs catalogue of Tobias Jesso Jr, in a deal covering his solo work and songs for artists including Adele, Harry Styles, Pink, Sia and Florence And The Machine. The deal follows Jesso’s win of the first Grammy for Songwriter Of The Year at the weekend. “Tobias is amongst the most important songwriters in contemporary music today as demonstrated by his winning the 2023 Grammy Award for Songwriter Of The Year, in its inaugural year”, says Hipgnosis CEO Merck Mercuriadis. “I fell in love with his songs right from the get go with ‘Goon’ eight years ago and he never fails to deliver”.
Boosey & Hawkes has signed a new deal with Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter to publish the music from his ballet score ‘Mythologies’. “I consider music composition to be an experimental and empirical attempt to solve a mysterious equation”, he says. “Yet the result remains transcendent, far beyond the limits of experience”.
Sentric Music has signed producer Mason – real name Iason Chronis – to a publishing administration deal. “Sentric are a young and dynamic independent company who completely get where I’m coming from creatively”, he says. “We have been working on new material together to test the water and it’s been a great experience. I’m excited to see what we can do together in the next few years”.
Warner Music India has acquired a majority stake in Indian digital media company Divo. “I’m so delighted that we’re able to bring the Divo brand under the Warner Music India banner”, says Warner Music India MD Jay Mehta. “This move will strengthen our presence in the south of the country, enabling us to have a truly strong pan-India presence. Divo’s extensive portfolio will not only bolster our core music offering in South India, but its entire artist-influencer ecosystem will further enhance our overall entertainment footprint”.


Warner Music Group has hired Ariel Bardin as President Of Technology. “Ariel understands how technology can serve creativity to have real, long-lasting cultural and commercial impact”, says the major’s new CEO Robert Kyncl, who previously worked with Bardin at YouTube. “He has a tremendous appreciation for artistry, deep technical expertise and a proven track record in execution at the highest level. We’re fortunate to welcome him to our team”.


Kelela has released new single ‘Enough For Love’. Her new album ‘Raven’ is out this Friday.
Drahla are back with new single ‘Lip Sync’. Say the band: “’Lip Sync’ is an autobiographical account of self deflection. It explores the idea of syncing to social norms, conversation and expressions to converse without being fully present – taking on a converged guise to fit different interactions”.
Penelope Trappes will release new album ‘Heavenly Spheres’ on 14 Apr. Of making the record, she says: “I immersed myself in solitude and often deafening silence, and co-existed with an enormous amount of history and books. I grew to love this unfamiliar space as I recorded sound outside of my normal way of working, took long and sometimes psychedelic walks, channelled ghosts on tape, and ended up with about 35 pieces of music and sound art. This album is eight of those pieces which I fell in love with”. Out now is new single ‘Entangled’.
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