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One Liners: Madonna, BRIT Awards, Babymetal, more

By and | Published on Monday 23 January 2023



Warner Chappell in the Philippines has announced a new worldwide publishing agreement with ABS-CBN Music, which – we are told – has one of the largest music catalogues in the country. Says the Warner music publisher’s MD for ASEAN, Jacqueline Chong: “ABS-CBN Music has been our key partner in the Philippines for many years. I am very excited for this new deal and can’t wait to evolve our partnership to a new level”.



Babymetal have released new single ‘Metal Kingdom’. Their new album ‘The Other One’ is out on 24 Mar.

Fraser T Smith – in his Future Utopia guise – will release new EP ‘We Were We Still Are’ on 9 Jun, and has released the title track, which features Kae Tempest. “I’ve wanted to work with Kae Tempest for years”, says Smith. “Kae’s lyrical dexterity and flow knocked me sideways on this track and the subsequent interlude. It sets up the EP in a hugely confident, uplifting way”.

Jethro Tull have announced that they will release their 23rd album ‘RökFlöte’ (that’s “smoke flute” in Swedish) on 21 Apr. New single ‘Ginnungagap’ (no idea) is out now.

Say Lou Lou are back with new single ‘Waiting For A Boy’. Of the track, the duo say: “’Waiting For A Boy’ flowed out of a very natural and genuine place in us both, and the process reminded us of the early days of us writing songs for Say Lou Lou – a sense of ease, excitement and urgency”.

Jesus Piece have announced that they will release their second album ‘…So Unknown’ on 14 Apr and have also released new single ‘Gates Of Horn’. “A big goal on ‘…So Unknown’, outside of songwriting and technical goals, was to capture the same energy on record that we have live”, says drummer Luis Aponte. “For people to get that sense of urgency and danger”.

Eloise has announced that she will release her debut album ‘Drunk On A Flight’ on 14 Apr. Here’s the title track. “The biggest moments of my life have revolved around flying somewhere”, she says. “Flying away from something or flying to the thing that changed my life. The morning that me and my first boyfriend split up, I got in a taxi to Heathrow and that was the beginning of my first ever tour”.

Sløtface have released new single ‘Nose’. “[The song] is a conversation between me and a loved one where I’m trying to use imagery to describe what anxiety feels like to someone who doesn’t experience it, how even the smallest things can trigger it and send me into a thought spiral that feels impossible to stop”, says the band’s Haley Shea. “The choruses are then the replies of someone I love reminding me to breathe, a tactic which usually helps me calm my thoughts, when done in the right way, by my partner, family and loved ones”. New EP ‘Awake/Asleep’ is out on 24 Feb.



Madonna has added three extra London dates to her 40th anniversary tour. She will play The O2 on 15, 17 and 18 Oct, in addition to the previously announced show on 14 Oct. At the time of writing, tickets are still available for 18 Oct.



Cat Burns is the latest artist confirmed to be performing at this year’s BRIT Awards on 11 Feb. She is up for two awards on the night – Song Of The Year and Best Pop/R&B Act – having also been nominated for the Rising Star prize, which ultimately went to Flo.

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