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By | Published on Tuesday 26 October 2021



Exceleration Music has acquired Chicago indie label Bloodshot Records. “Bloodshot is a vitally important part of American music history, a genre-defining label founded on passion and vision, dedicated to bringing a unique set of artists from its musical orbit to the world”, says Exceleration’s Dave Hansen. “It represents exactly the kind of company that fits Exceleration’s founding ethos, which is to preserve and enhance the legacies of extraordinary independent companies and artists”.



Warner Records in the US has named Karen Kwak as EVP/Head Of A&R, joining from her own company KK Consulting, which she launched in 2016 after twelve years at Universal Music. “This is my first post at a WMG company, and I’m incredibly excited to become part of such a dynamic and forward-thinking label”, she says.

Universal Music-owned music distributor Ingrooves has expanded into Italy, naming Luca Stante as Country Manager. He joins from Believe, where he spent fifteen years. “It was easy to decide to come to Ingrooves, the most advanced digital distributor in the world”, he says. “With the backing of Universal Music Group and the independence to quickly react to changing market conditions, I believe Ingrooves has the competitive advantages to ensure our partners achieve the best growth available in the market”.

Live giant AEG has appointed Lara Fox as Vice President of AEG Global Partnerships, overseeing sponsorship for AEG at large and the AEG Presents touring and festivals business worldwide. She replaces Caroline Burruss. “Live music is back and going to be bigger than ever”, says Fox. “I am THRILLED to have joined such a prestigious team under extremely smart executive leadership. AEG has the best music festivals, sports teams and facilities in the world. This is a dream job for me”.

Concord in the US has promoted Andrew Woloz to VP Streaming. He was previously Senior Director of Streaming. “For the last several years, I’ve had the pleasure of growing with Concord and the incredible range of artists we are fortunate to work with on a daily basis”, he says. “We have been early in identifying new verticals of consumption growth and have been building a streaming department positioned to achieve at the highest level for our artists”.



Jonny Greenwood has released two songs – ‘West’ and ’25 Years’ – from his soundtrack to new film ‘The Power Of The Dog’, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as rancher Phil Burbank. “The main thought I kept returning to was that this film is set in the modern era”, says Greenwood. “It’s too easy to assume any cowboy story takes place in the nineteenth century. There is so much culture in Phil’s character. He’s well read and it isn’t hard to imagine his taste in music being – alongside his proficiency on the banjo – very sophisticated”.

Little Simz has released the video for ‘I Love You, I Hate You’ from her excellent ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ album.

Aminé has returned with new single ‘Charmander’ – his first new music since last year.

Ladyhawke has released ‘Time Flies’, the title track from her new album, which is out on 19 Nov. “I wrote this song in one of my first sessions back in LA with producer Tommy English”, she says. “I had lived in LA for a number of years, and when I flew back into LA for the first time since moving home to New Zealand I had this intense feeling of nostalgia – the song is an ode to being back in Los Angeles”.

Tove Styrke is back with new single ‘Start Walking’. “It’s an upbeat song with sad lyrics, which is my favourite combination”, she says. “It’s about a person who knows a relationship is over, and how it sucks to actually be the one to leave but you know there is no other way”.

Moonchild Sanelly has released new single ‘Covivi’.

Red Fang have released the video for ‘Rabbits In Hives’ from their latest album ‘Arrows’.



Adele will play two shows as part of next year’s British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park, on 1-2 Jul. They will be her first UK live shows since 2017.

Trivium have postponed their November tour of the UK and Europe due to “the uncertainty of cross border travel and restrictions”. They now plan to arrive in the UK in January, kicking off at the Glasgow Academy on 12 Jan.

Band Of Horses will be in the UK for tour dates in March, including a show at the Roundhouse in London on 10 Mar. The band’s new album, ‘Things Are Great’, is out on 21 Jan.

Willow Smith has announced that she will play a one-off show at the Electric Ballroom in Camden on 9 Dec. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

Steve Mason is heading out on a lowkey tour of village halls, playing places like Hutton Rudby, St Boswell’s and Threlkeld. There’s also one in Liverpool. The shows will take place in December and tickets are on sale now.

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