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One Liners: AIM, Yungblud, Gary Barlow, more

By | Published on Wednesday 30 September 2020



AIM‘s COVID-19 Crisis Fund has received new donations of £300,000, meaning the trade group has reached 80% of its funding scheme’s original £1 million target. The new donations include a further £50,000 from collecting society PPL, which already put in £100,000. “From the feedback we’ve received so far, it’s clear that this fund has had a huge impact already, and thanks to our supporters, it can continue to be a lifeline as the pandemic continues”, says AIM CEO Paul Pacifico.



Round Hill Music has signed Rob Thomas to a worldwide publishing deal. “I’m so excited to be a part of the Round Hill family”, says Thomas. “From the first time I met everyone there I could feel a passion for music and songwriting that is infectious. I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together”.



Warner Music Australasia has announced that Dan Rosen will become its new President on 1 Feb 2021, replacing Niko Nordström. Rosen has been CEO of Australian record label trade body ARIA for most of the last decade. “This is an exciting and dynamic time for music, with an explosion in opportunities across streaming and social media, especially given the levelling of traditional barriers in genre and geography”, he says, before adding: “I am also very aware that the challenges of the pandemic demands that we remain very focussed on protecting creators’ rights”.

Speaking of Niko Nordström, he’s just been named Executive Vice President of Warner Music Nordics and Managing Director of Warner Music Finland. Two jobs! Where will he find the time? Lucky he gave up that other one. “I’m delighted to be returning to the Nordics after my adventures in Australia”, he says.

Founder of The Warehouse Project Sacha Lord has joined the board of the Night Time Industries Association. “During the last few months, it has become clear that the nightlife sector needs to work together”, he says. “Not only to help the industry pull through these difficult times but to coordinate and shape a way forward so that we can recover, stronger than ever”.



That Yungblud is going to host a new podcast on BBC Sounds, via a partnership with BBC Radio 1. Each episode will see him talk to a fan to find out about their lives. “I am so excited to be able to have one-on-one conversations with young people about what is going on in the world right now, and hear it from their perspective”, says the musician. “I’m so sick and tired of talking about things from my perspective! I can’t wait to hear what they’ve got to say, and what we’ve got to say together”.



Gary Barlow has announced that he will release a new solo album on 27 Nov. It’s called ‘Music Played By Humans’, which makes him sound like an alien trying to fit in with the rest of us. As well as himself, the album features an array of guests, including Michael Bublé, Chilly Gonzales, Beverley Knight and, ugh, James Corden. “It really is music played by people”, says Barlow. Sure, Gary. Sure. Here’s first single, ‘Elita’, featuring Bublé and Sebastián Yatra.

Romy from The xx has released her debut solo single ‘Lifetime’. Written during lockdown, the song dreams about the feeling of being reunited with loved ones and “being totally in the moment and celebrating it”.

Beabadoobee has released new single ‘How Was Your Day?’ Her debut album, ‘Fake It Flowers’, is out on 16 Oct. “‘How Was Your Day?’ is a track that explores all the relationships I neglected when I was away from home”, she says. “I wanted to emphasise the rawness of the lyrics with the song sonically which is why I recorded it on a four-track with all the little mistakes and vocal wobbles included. I wanted the music video to feel nostalgic to me, to include all the people I cared about, it took me back to the time I first started making music”.

Purity Ring have released a cover of Alice Deejay’s 1998 classic ‘Better Off Alone’. “We have wanted to cover this song for years and it felt like it was time”, say the duo. “It’s been an influence on how we write and feel music since the beginning, and so for all the ways that joy and longing move, the truth is out there”.

Anna B Savage has announced that she will release her debut album, ‘A Common Tern’, on 29 Jan 2021. Here’s the title track.



Sam Smith will livestream a performance from Abbey Road Studios on 30 Oct to mark the release of their new album ‘Love Goes’. Tickets will go on sale at 9am on 8 Oct. More info here.

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