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CMU’s One Liners: Demi Lovato launches label with Nick Jonas, Dave Stewart signs distribution deal with The Orchard, BMG partners with Kartel on Skint re-issues, and more tales of people getting along

By and | Published on Wednesday 27 May 2015

Demi Lovato

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Demi Lovato and her manager Phil McIntyre (not to be confused with the UK promoter of the same name) have teamed up with that there Nick Jonas to launch a new imprint label with Universal’s Island Records US, which will co-release Lovato’s next album with her current label Hollywood Records. The new joint venture with Island is called Safehouse Records.

• Dave Stewart has signed a worldwide marketing and distribution deal with German music services firm Membran and its new allies at The Orchard, who will now support new artists working with the musician and producer via his Dave Stewart Entertainment company. Remember when Dave Stewart launched a musical bank? No, me neither.

• BMG has announced an alliance with the Kartel Music Group which will see the latter lead on a series of Skint Records re-releases, BMG having acquired the Skint catalogue last year. Kartel will also work with Pledge Music on a bunch of other Skint-related premium products, presumably not aimed at the skint.

• Thom Yorke has written an eighteen day long piece of music to soundtrack a new exhibition of work by Radiohead collaborator Stanley Donwood in Australia.

• Grimes has told fans on Twitter that her new album will be out in October and will be a surprise release so that the stupid media doesn’t get to hear it first.

• Beach House will release their fifth album, ‘Depression Cherry’, on 28 Aug through Bella Union. They’ll also be touring in October, finishing their UK and Ireland run at the Shempire on 30 Oct.

• CMU Approved punk trio Death Crush have released a compilation of their singles to date, which you should listen to.

• GFOTY and Spinee will host another of their Dog Food nights at the Red Gallery in Shoreditch on 13 Jun. Details here.

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