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By | Published on Wednesday 15 December 2021



Universal Music’s Republic Records in the US has named Sam Taylor as the new head of its hip hop and R&B A&R team. He joined the label as EVP A&R last year. “Sam understands the culture of hip hop and R&B at a core level”, says Republic co-founder Avery Lipman. “He really has an incredible ear for talent and the rare ability to not just spot the next wave, but actually instigate it”.

Universal Music’s Motown Records in the US has appointed Courtney Lowery to the newly created role of EVP Media Strategy & Lifestyle. “Courtney has not only distinguished himself as an effective media strategist but has become an integral part of culture through his work with some of today’s biggest artists and platforms”, says the label’s CEO Ethiopia Habtemariam. “I’m excited to welcome Courtney to our senior leadership team as we continue to redefine and reshape what Motown Records is today”.

Utopia Music has hired Tony Latham as Vice President of its Investor Services Business Unit. “I am honoured to be joining such an innovative business with the best interests of music creators at its core”, he says. “This truly is a company out to make a real difference and bring about transformational change for our industry – to deliver transparency and fairness to creators of music, and to deliver enhanced value to its custodians. Its vision is bold and ambitious and I’m hugely excited to be a part of delivering it”.



Anne-Marie has released the video for her Ed Sheeran co-written song ‘Beautiful’.

Burial will release new EP ‘Antidawn’ on 6 Jan. According to a press release, it “reduces Burial’s music to just the vapours”.

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have released ‘Les Cerfs’, the second song from their soundtrack to upcoming film ‘La Panthère Des Neiges’.



Yves Tumor has announced UK and Ireland tour dates in March next year. Kicking off at Strange Brew in Bristol on 5 Mar, the tour will also take in Troxy in London on 8 Mar.



The Music Producers Guild will add two new categories to its annual awards ceremony next year – Vocal Producer Of The Year and Rising Star. It will also revive the Unsung Hero award. The ceremony will take place in June 2022, with public submissions opening on 4 Jan.

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