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CMU’s One Liners: Independent Label Week? Yes, Independent Label Week. And some other things that don’t come in weeks.

By and | Published on Tuesday 3 March 2015

Mumford & Sons

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• So, who had James Steven in the sweepstake for “next person to be promoted to the role of Exec VP Comms & Marketing at Warner Music, reporting directly into the major’s CEO Steve Cooper and leading worldwide communications and corporate marketing from the company’s New York office”? Well, congratulations, you’re a winner. Have a quote from the Coop as your prize. “Fantastic”.

• Independent record shops have a day. Independent venues have a week. But what about independent record labels, huh? When do they get a period of time? November, that’s when. All hail the first Independent Label Week, set for 9-15 Nov.

• Mumford & Sons will release a third long-layer called ‘Wilder Mind’ on 4 May. And however hard you wish, that’s still happening. Which is good news if you were wishing for it to happen. Less so if the opposite is true. There’s a single too on 27 Apr. Or so I ‘Believe’. Ha, I just wrote two bad Believe puns in one day. So, that’s my wishes all come true.

• It’s now more than a day since Carly Rae Jepsen premiered her new single. I feel we should have mentioned its existence yesterday. Oh well.

• Major Lazer and DJ Snake have recorded a track and got MØ to sing on it.

Another new single from Courtney Barnett? Yes. It is called ‘Depreston’.

• Maya Jane Coles is releasing an album under her occasionally used Nocturnal Sunshine alias. It’s called ‘Take Me There’, as is the first single. The latter’s out this week, the former on 25 May.

• Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will release a new single, ‘Mondai Girl’, on 18 Mar. Here’s a shortened version of it.

• Meg Myers has released the first single from her new album. ‘Sorry’. I mean it’s called ‘Sorry’. I’m not sorry. Meg Myers seems pretty apologetic though, as she’s also called the album ‘Sorry’. It’s OK, Meg.

• Sophie and AG Cook have remixed Yelle’s ‘Moteur Action’. S’good.

• Rinse FM founder Geeneus has shared his first new single for over six years. Listen to ‘ELE’ here.

• Jenny Hval will release a new album, called ‘Apocalypse, Girl’, on 8 Jun. Jenny Hval is good.

• Rowdy choir Gaggle will release a new EP, called ‘Make Love Not War’, on 18 Mar. It’s Bill Hicks-sampling title track sounds like this.

• Madonna has announced details of her ‘Rebel Heart’ tour, which includes December dates in Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and at London’s The O2 Arena. Imagine all the ‘falling down stairs’ gags we came up with for that. But then this story got relegated to the One Liners, so there isn’t room to share them. Sorry. “Thrilled”, said Live Nation’s Arthur Fogel. Obviously.

• Sam Smith thinks he can go and hide in the woods and not be found. Pah! Bad luck, Smith. We all know you’re going to be in Thetford Forest on 3 Jul. Someone’s even selling tickets.

• Singer-songwriter Josh Weller has formed a band called The Kenneths. They’re going to be playing the Vans Warped Tour in the US, but before that they’re supporting Bleach Blood. Dates include a show at the Hoxton Underbelly on 11 Mar. Grab a free track here.

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