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CMU’s One Liners: Essential, PPL, Rihanna, Coldplay and some other shizzle

By and | Published on Thursday 27 November 2014

Essential Music & Marketing

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Essential Music & Marketing has signed up some new clients, Full Time Hobby, Peacefrog and that there Paul Hartnoll, the latter of which will work with the company on his new ‘8:58’ project.

• Double bass player Gerald Newson, best known for his time performing with the London Symphony Orchestra, was re-elected to the performer and main boards of record industry collecting society PPL yesterday at the organisation’s Annual Performer Meeting. The longest serving elected performer director must stand down at each APM, though is eligible to stand for re-election, which Newson did.

• Rihanna aka @badgalriri has applied her irritating ‘ph instead of f’ thing (why not go ahead and say fuck already?) to the caption of a clip of an unidentified new track, likely off her TBC eighth (EIGHTH.) solo LP. It sounds like a Drake cast-off.

• Coldplay have released an interactive new video for their new single ‘Ink’. The animated clip has myriad potential storylines – over 300 in fact – that viewers can switch between by making ‘real-time choices’ as they watch. Have a go now via

• Tres bon French DJ Etienne De Crécy has detailed a new ten track LP, the third in his ‘Super Discount’ series, that he’ll release on 19 Jan. It features vocalists Madeline Follin, Kilo Kish, Baxter Dury, Alex Gopher and De La Soul’s Pos & Dave, and a track titled ‘Hashtag My Ass’. Hear Cults lady Follin singing on top single ‘You’ via this link.

• James Blake-oid is to release a new EP-type thing via his label, 1-800-Dinosaur, at some point. “Made using synthesisers and a computer”, it will carry three tracks and one poem, all written by Blake. Hear a short edit of one track, ‘200 Press’, here.

• Conceptual pop artist EMA has released a video to virtual reality-inspired track ‘3Jane’, which she deems the ‘lyrical centrepiece’ to her latest LP ‘The Future’s Void’. EMA and director Y2K describe the clip as a “dream-like narrative scenario that touches on the inevitable union of humanity and technology”. And here it is.

• US girl group Fifth Harmony have unveiled the video for the debut UK single, ‘Sledgehammer’, which is due out on 7 Dec. No, it’s not a Peter Gabriel cover, the song is actually written by Meghan Trainor, of being-all-about-that-bass fame. Further to their British chart domination plans, the group will perform the song on the semi final of ‘X-Factor’. Anyway, here’s that video.

• Rick Ross has gifted to the world the video for ‘If They Knew’, a track from his newly released album, ‘Hood Billionaire’. It features the vocal talents of singer K Michelle. You can hear and see the both of them in the video here.

• Kiesza, whose debut album is out on 1 Dec, will be touring the UK next March. You might like to click here and make a note of the dates. I wouldn’t bother though. Unless you enjoy hearing her songs, which I still find it hard to believe anybody does.

• Gorgon City are going to be playing their songs up and down the UK in February. Tickets will be available. Dates are here. Oh, and here’s the video for their new single, ‘Go All Night’, which features Jennifer Hudson and is out on 14 Dec.

• Wolf Alice will be on tour in March and April next year – dates which may or may not coincide with the release of their still being recorded debut album. The shows will include one at the Shepherds Bush Empire. So there. Tickets on sale this Friday, here.

• The judging panel for this year’s GIT Award – aka the annual search for Liverpool’s best act – has been announced. Amongst the sixteen-strong team are reps from 4AD, Bella Union, Heavenly Recordings, UK Music, Clash Magazine and Xfm. See the full list here.

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