Mar 20, 2024 3 min read

⏩ One Liners: Tony Bennett, Radio 1 Big Weekend, Erland Cooper + more

Tony Bennett, Global Music Junction deals; PPL Giving; Tim Burgess to win Northern Music Award; Radio 1 Big Weekend headliners; Allie X tour dates; new music from Erland Cooper, Desire, Bodega, Efterklang, Keeley Forsyth, Angélica Garcia, One Step Closer, Claire Rousay, Parsnip

⏩ One Liners: Tony Bennett, Radio 1 Big Weekend, Erland Cooper + more


Iconoclast has acquired a collection of Tony Bennett rights from his estate, including name and likeness, artist royalties, and some recordings, publishing and video rights. Sony Music still owns the majority of his recordings catalogue. “Besides his extraordinary talent that radiated for over 60 years, Tony’s legacy is one of character, integrity, kindness and courage”, says Iconoclast founder Olivier Chastan. “We are truly honoured to be the custodians of this incredible and historical legend”. 
Warner Music has made a strategic investment in Indian music company Global Music Junction, expanding upon a distribution agreement the two companies entered into in 2021. "This is a significant milestone in the expansion of our presence across India”, says Warner’s President Of Emerging Markets, Alfonso Perez Soto. “Working with the amazing team at GMJ last year not only strengthened our partnership, but enabled us to better support artists from the central regions of India, bringing them the best artistic support that any company can provide, and helping them connect with fans across the country and around the world”.


UK record industry collecting society PPL has announced the launch of PPL Giving, a new initiative to provide £1 million in grants to music organisations annually. The first 26 recipients are B:Music, Baby People, The Benedetti Foundation, The BRIT School, The British Association For Performing Arts Medicine, Curve Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Drake Music Scotland, East London Arts & Music, Generator, Heart N Soul, Inside Track, Jazz Re:freshed, Lady Of The House, Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation, MMF Accelerator Fund, Moving On Music, Music Local, Music Minds Matter, NQ Legacy, South Asian Arts UK, Tomorrow’s Warriors, United Development, World Heart Beat Music Academy, Youth Music, and the Young Urban Arts Foundation.


Tim Burgess is to receive the Northern Music Award at Nordoff And Robbins’ inaugural Northern Music Awards next month. “It’s incredible to be recognised with the inaugural Northern Music Award”, he says. “Music is important on so many levels and I’m a firm believer in the unique way that it can connect people”. The ceremony will take place at Manchester’s Albert Hall on 23 Apr. 


Coldplay, Raye and Chase & Status will headline this year’s Radio 1 Big Weekend. The event will take place at Stockwood Park in Luton on 24-26 May. Find out more here
Allie X has announced live shows in the UK and Ireland in May, including a performance at Koko in London on 28 May. Tickets are on sale now. 


Erland Cooper has announced that he will release new album ‘Carve The Runes Then Be Content With Silence’ on 20 Sep. Three years ago, he buried the sole recording of the LP on Orkney. You’ll be able to find out if that was a good idea or not when it is given its world premiere at the Barbican in London on 8 Jun. 
Desire has shared new single ‘Darkside’. Her third album ‘Games People Play’ will be out later this year. 
Bodega have released new single ‘Cultural Consumer III’. Their new album ‘Our Brand Could Be Yr Life’ is out on 12 Apr. 
Efterklang have released new single ‘Getting Reminders’ featuring Beirut’s Zach Condon. The release coincides with the premiere of new documentary ‘Efterklang: The Makedonium Band’ at the CPH:DOX Film Festival. The band will also be playing the Barbican in London on 5 Oct. 
Pallbearer have released new single ‘Where The Light Fades’. Their new album ‘Mind Burns Alive’ is out on 17 May. 
Keeley Forsyth has released new single ‘Turning’ featuring Colin Stetson. Her third album ‘The Hollow’ is out on 10 May. 
Angélica Garcia has announced that she will release her latest album ‘Gemelo’ on 7 Jun. Out now is new single ‘Color De Dolor’
One Step Closer have released new single ‘Giant’s Despair’. Their new album ‘All You Embrace’ is out on 17 May. 
Claire Rousay will release new album ‘Sentiment’ on 17 Apr. Out now is new single ‘It Could Be Anything’
Parsnip have released new single ‘Turn To Love’. Their new album ‘Behold’ is out on 26 Apr. 
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