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By | Published on Wednesday 16 January 2019

Æ Mak

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Independent publisher BDI Music has signed Æ Mak – aka Aoife McCann – and her songwriter/producer partner Daniel McIntyre – aka Lullahush. “Aoife and Daniel are both incredibly creative artists and writers, and they are thriving in this collaboration”, says BDI founder Sarah Liversedge.

• Dan Cohen has been promoted to SVP Marketing at Warner’s Nonesuch Records in the US, adding a whole S to his job title a year after joining the company. He replaces Peter Clancy, who retired at the end of 2018, after 35 years with the label.

• Vevo has promoted JP Evangelista up to Senior Vice President of Content, Programming And Marketing. “I’ve worked with JP for some time now”, says CEO Alan Price. It’s good that someone’s keeping count.

• The Killers have released new protest song ‘Land Of The Free’, which comes with a Spike Lee-directed video opposing US President Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the US/Mexico border.

• The Drums will release a new album, titled ‘Brutalism’, on 5 Apr. Here’s the first track from it, ‘Body Chemistry’.

• Chaka Khan will release her first new album for twelve years, ‘Hello Happiness’, on 15 Feb. Here’s the title track.

• Maroon 5 have finally confirmed that they are going to play the Super Bowl half time show this year. Doing so means they are ignoring the many calls for them to boycott the gig in solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, over his treatment by the NFL after ‘taking a knee’ during the US national anthem in protest against racial inequality and police brutality. They will be joined by Travis Scott, who is reported to have spoken with Kaepernick before agreeing to perform.

• Nicole Atkins will be touring the UK in April, finishing up at The Lexington in London on 20 Apr. Here’s her cover of Guns N Roses’ ‘November Rain’ with Mark Lanegan.

• The annual run of BRITs Week live shows is set to return again next month, in the run up to the big awards ceremony. Among those confirmed to play gigs around London from 11-22 Feb are Jess Glynne, The 1975, Anne-Marie, Bring Me The Horizon, Mabel, Idles, You Me At Six, AJ Tracey and Enter Shikari. The big prize draw to get free tickets is running now on the BRITs Week website, while you can just go ahead and pay for them from 9am on Friday.

• Speaking of the BRITs and performers, the first performers to perform at this year’s actual BRITs ceremony have been announced. They are the performers Little Mix, George Ezra and Jorja Smith.

• Alicia Keys is going to host the Grammy Awards. So that’s at least one woman guaranteed to get on stage.

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