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By and | Published on Thursday 3 December 2020



Warner Chappell has promoted June Gao to the new role of General Manager at its Chinese business. She will, and I quote, “build up a team that will help the company’s local and international songwriters take advantage of the huge opportunities that are opening up in the country as its digital music market continues its surge in growth”.



The Association Of Independent Music has announced some details about the 2021 edition of its AIM Connected conference, which will take place online on 11 Mar. The programme will include a series of short talks delivering ‘strong opinions’, with opinionated speakers already confirmed including Merlin CEO Jeremy Sirota; UK Music CEO Jamie Njoku-Goodwin; Jazz re:freshed Executive Director and AIM board member Yvette Griffith; Unheard Voice founder Marsha Ramroop; and Chantal Epp, founder of Click N Clear. More info here.

The team behind Edinburgh music conference Wide Days are presenting a two-day online event for those at the start of their music careers, taking place tomorrow and Saturday (4-5 Dec). Part of the existing Off The Record education programme, speakers include musicians Prentice Robertson, Ross Leighton, Iona Fyfe, Rosie Bans and Zoe Graham, photographers Isha shah and Jannica Honey, plus Elizabeth Sills from the PRS Foundation, Rose Manson from Clyde Built Radio and Shauni Caballero from The Go 2 Agency. More info here.



Yungblud has released new single ‘Acting Like That’, featuring Machine Gun Kelly. His new album, ‘Weird!’, is out tomorrow.

Black Eyed Peas have released the video for ‘Girl Like Me’, featuring Shakira, from their latest album, ‘Translation’.

Sleaford Mods have released a tribute to former adviser to Prime Minister ‘Boris’ Johnson, called ‘Shortcummings’. “I wrote the lyrics to ‘Shortcummings’ in late 2019 after becoming annoyed by Dominic Cummings’ increased unelected presence”, says the band’s Jason Williamson. “The arrogance of the privileged generally leads to short, short short, short, short cummings in a momentary centre stage at the cost of untold human misery and exploitation of public money”.

Dreamer Boy has released new single ‘Don’t Be A Fool’.

With one month to go until we Get Brexit Done (whatever that means), Asian Dub Foundation have released the video for their Stewart Lee-sampling track ‘Coming Over Here’. “Irrespective of the rights and wrongs of Brexit itself, every time a deadline looms the police report upsurges of violence against those perceived by some as unwelcome here”, says Lee. “ADF seem to have made something that was merely funny into something improbably powerful and it is a great honour to have been involved in it”.

Valentina has released new single ‘Nature’. “This was written as a kind of love song to a close friend who was going through a bad break up and struggling with her mental health in a way that was really hard to watch”, she says. “I got home one night after staying with her all day and wrote it. I think I wanted to say, even if everyone else lets you down I won’t”.

T Evann has released new single ‘Undercover Women’. His new EP, ‘Headblush’, is out on 8 Dec.

Samm Henshaw has released new single ‘All Good’.

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