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By | Published on Tuesday 25 January 2022



Universal Music owned label services business Ingrooves has acquired Icelandic label and distributor Alda. For the time being, Alda will continue to operate as a standalone company, and remain led by CEO Sölvi Blönda. “Iceland has always played a substantial role in global music culture”, says Ingrooves CEO Bob Roback. “We are looking forward to working closely with [Alda] as we invest in the local music community and expand opportunities for artists both within Iceland and around the world”.

Wise Music Group has acquired Italian publisher Baby Angel Music. “All the songs in the BAM catalogue have been like children to me”, says Baby Angel founder Max Moroldo. “I’ve seen them grow over time and today I couldn’t be more happy and proud to see them join the global family of Wise Music, with whom we are building something significant and important”.

Reservoir has acquired the recording and publishing catalogues of country singer-songwriter Travis Tritt. “Travis is a pillar of the 90s country movement, and his influence continues to impact the genre and its chart resurgence today”, says Reservoir EVP Creative John Ozier. “The Reservoir team is so happy to be supporting both his publishing and master recordings, and building on our foundation of country catalogue classics with more of the genre’s biggest songs”.



AWAL in the US has promoted Jenn Hovick to the position of VP Artist And Label Development. “We are THRILLED to have Jenn elevated to this position within our North America artist development team”, says SVP Artist Development, North America, Chris Hardy. “Her track record of working with independent labels and artists throughout her career is exemplary and has been achieved by building productive relationships and always doing what’s best for our label and artist partners”.

Crispin Hunt has announced that he is stepping down as Chair of the Ivors Academy. “After five incredible years as Chair of the Ivors Academy, it is high time to let the future lead the future”, he says. He will continue to work with the UK songwriter organisation as a board director.



Warner Music has launched a new label called EH Brasil, focussed specifically on the country’s northeast region. President of Warner Music Brazil, Sérgio Affonso Fernandes, says: “Brazil’s northeast region is the birthplace of unparalleled talent and it deserves special attention from scouts, entrepreneurs and record labels. With that in mind, we’ve created the new EH Brasil label to discover and support artists from these very special genres who have the potential to become stars across the country and beyond”.

The UK Music Publishers Association’s Futures Group has launched a new podcast, called, perhaps unsurprisingly, the MPA Futures Group Podcast. It will provide various insights and information on the music publishing business. Episode one features an interview with Reservoir Reverb Publishing’s Charlie Pinder and singer-songwriter Alfie Jackson on the writer-publisher relationship. Listen here.



Au/Ra has released new single ‘Plz Don’t Waste My Youth’.

Stabbing Westward have released ‘Ghost’, the latest single from their upcoming new album ‘Chasing Ghosts’ – their first LP for 20 years – which is out on 18 Mar.

Zeal & Ardor have released new single ‘Church Burns’. If you’re wondering what that title means, here’s frontman Manuel Gagneux to explain: “There’s a church. Guess what? It burns”.

Ibaraki – featuring Tribium frontman Matt Heafy – have released their first single ‘Tamashii No Houkai’.

Bloodywood have released new single ‘Aaj’.

Team Me have released new single ‘High Street’. Their new album, ‘Something In The Making’, is out on 11 Mar.

Your Planet Is Next will release new album ‘Mr Music’ on 25 Feb. Here’s new single ‘Jack Your Body’.

FEMM have released new album ‘Tokyo Ex Machina’. From it, this is ‘We Got Each Other’.



Boyzlife will be heading out on a UK tour in September and October, following the release of new album, ‘Old School’, in May.

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