One Liners: Tom Jones, King Creosote, Music Leaders Network + more
New CEO at Universal Music Greater China; Music Leaders Network expands; new releases from King Creosote, Kojaque, Gazelle Twin and Scaler; Tom Jones and UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell announce tour dates
Timothy Xu has been appointed as Chair and CEO of Universal Music Greater China. "I am THRILLED to welcome Timothy to lead our operations in Greater China”, says overall CEO Lucian Grainge. “He's a real music exec, given his deep experience generating creative and commercial success in the region. I'm confident Timothy will be instrumental as we continue to drive growth in the exciting and vibrant Chinese music market”.
UK-based women’s leadership programme Music Leaders Network has launched its first international outpost with Music Leaders Network Nordic, which will cover all countries in the Nordic region. “Music is an international business and Music Leaders Network needs to reflect this to create opportunities for its current and future members”, say co-founders Remi Harris and Tamara Gal-On. “We want to facilitate all our participants to engage across the industry, regardless of the country in which they are based. It's our goal to see more women in leadership in the music industry".
King Creosote has announced that he will release his first album for seven years, ‘I Des’, on 3 Nov. He’ll also be touring around the release, including a show at EartH in London on 9 Nov. Out now is new single ‘Blue Marbled Elm Trees’.
Kojaque has released new single ‘Woof’, featuring Biig Piig. The track, he says, is about “when you get to that pointless stage of an argument with someone where neither of you are communicating anymore: no one’s looking for a resolution. Karma Kid sent the beat during lockdown and Biig Piig absolutely crushed it. She was one of the very first people I clicked with when I came to London, so I’m delighted we finally got to work together”.
Gazelle Twin will release new album ‘Black Dog’ on 27 Oct. Listen to the title track here. Live dates are set for November, kicking off with a show at Bush Hall in London on 10 Nov.
Scalping have announced that they have changed their name to Scaler and have also released new Daniel Avery-produced single ‘Loam’. “As this band has grown and the opportunity to travel further afield has presented itself, we've become aware of the wider context surrounding our previous name and how offensive it can be to indigenous cultures”, say the band. “We want to apologise for this, it was never our intent to offend. Everything else remains the same”.
GIGS & TOURS
Tom Jones will head out on a five date UK arena tour in December, including a show at the O2 Arena in London on 17 Dec. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.
UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell have announced UK tour dates in April next year, including a show at London’s O2 Arena on 11 Apr. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.
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