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CMU’s One Liners: ASCAP, Iggy Azalea, Modest Mouse and some BRITs stuff. Oh, and way more than all that.

By and | Published on Tuesday 16 December 2014

John LoFrumento

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento (pictured) last week announced his retirement after seventeen years in the role and 33 at the American collecting society. “I am able to retire with tremendous confidence in ASCAP’s future”, he said in a statement. He will officially step down on 1 Jan.

• Iggy Azalea has recorded a song with Britney Spears, which will be released in the new year. That’s what Iggy Azalea says, anyway. “We have a song that’s going to be her first single coming out next year”, she told US radio station Kiss 108.

• P to the itbull, or Pitbull, has gaffer-taped a slightly shaky ‘rap’ onto the start of Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’-derived track ‘Blank Space’, which apparently classifies as a remix these days. Sigh. Listen here.

• Diplo has confirmed that he will, via his and DJ peers Jillionaire and Walshy Fire’s Major Lazer co op, release two LPs in 2015, the first in February and the next in September. The arrival of the new year will also signal the release of more collaborative tracks from his and Skrillex’s Jack U project.

• Modest Mouse have used people’s tendency to blab about everything on social media to announce their sixth album. Titled ‘Strangers To Ourselves’, the record will be out in March. The first single, ‘Lampshades On Fire’, is out today. The information was sent to fans last week with a seven-inch test pressing of the single, assuming correctly that they would tweet about it. Look.

• US R&B star Jhené Aiko has released a new video for her track ‘Wading’, taken from her third album, ‘Souled Out’. You can watch it here.

• Panda Bear has released a very nice looking animated video for ‘Boys Latin’, taken from the Animal Collective man’s new solo album ‘Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper’, which is due out in January. Here it is.

• Fat White Family have released the video for their new single, ‘I Am Mark E Smith’, which is good because the single’s just come out. Like yesterday. Anyway, the video it watchable by clicking this link.

• Canadian throat singer Tanya Tagaq, winner of this year’s Polaris Music Prize, will on 26 Jan release her LP ‘Animism’ over here in Britain, and there that is. And this? This is lead track ‘Caribou’.

• Noise-pop five-piece September Girls, from Ireland, have this week released a moody video for their slick new single ‘Black Oil’, itself a track on the band’s latest LP ‘Veneer’. Let the clip sink in by viewing it now.

• The ‘Tiny Tim’ of pop town, singing side-fringe Tom Odell, is going to take a trip into the nation’s woodlands next year, thanks in no small part to the Forestry Commission’s ‘Forest Live’ banner. Odell will go down to the Bedgebury Pinetum near Tunbridge Wells first (19 Jun), winding up finally at Cannock Chase Forest in Staffordshire on 12 Jul. Listings here.

• Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith will perform at next year’s BRIT Awards, it has been announced. You could probably have guessed that, but it’s nice to know for sure, isn’t it? The ceremony takes place on 25 Feb.

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