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CMU’s One Liners: The Orchard’s Bling Pig deal, INgrooves’ SideOneDummy deal, Russell Brand’s Xfm deal, and some non-deals too

By and | Published on Thursday 12 March 2015

The Orchard

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• The Orchard confirmed a deal with American blues and roots label Blind Pig Records earlier this week which sees the company acquire the record company’s catalogue and work with the Blind Pig team on five album releases in the coming year. “Timeless”, said Blind Pig founder Edward Chmelewski.

• Distributor INgrooves has announced it has expanded its partnership with Hollywood-based SideOneDummy Records, so that it will now provide worldwide distribution, plus publishing and marketing services. “Feels”, says SideOneDummy founder Bill Armstrong.

• Mark Williamson has been promoted to the role of VP International Strategy & Artist Development at Universal’s Global Classics division. He will also continue as President of the Deutsche Grammophon label in the short term, until a successor is recruited. “Calibre”, says Global Classics boss Dickon Stainer.

• Russell Brand is coming back to Xfm, having done a deal to syndicate his podcast to the station. It’ll run on Sunday evening, 9-10pm, from this weekend. “Great”, says Xfm Managing Editor, Chris Baughen.

• Kendrick Lamar has revealed the artwork and title of his new album. The title is ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’, the artwork looks like this.

• Having stopped tweeting in January, JME returned to Twitter yesterday to announce that his new album, ‘Integrity>’, will be out on 4 May. He then got to work posting two months worth of tweets in the space of a few hours.

• Sufjan Stevens has shared a second track from his new album, ‘Carrie & Lowell’. You can listen to ‘Should Have Known Better’ here.

• Norwegian producer Stockhaus has just released the first track from his new album, ‘Labour Of Love’, which is out on 27 Apr. The track, titled ‘Miss Big Cheese’, is here.

• Having played a thirteenth anniversary show in Tokyo this week, visual kei crew The GazettE have announced their eighth album, ‘Dogma’. It’ll receive its European release through JPU Records in August.

• With his Fuck Buttons partner Benjamin Power back on his Blanck Mass project, Andrew Hung has also announced a solo release, an EP called ‘Rave Cave’. Written on a Nintendo Game Boy, you can hear a track from it, ‘The Plane’, here.

• Another track from Mikal Cronin’s new album is here. It is ‘Gold’.

• The list of exclusive releases for this year’s Record Store Day has been published. There are just under 600 items on it. Daft.

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