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By | Published on Thursday 18 October 2018

Q Awards 2018

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• DMC is reviving Stress Records and the Back To Mine compilation series via a new partnership with Material Music. “It fills us with so much pride to see the return of two of the most loved brands in dance music history”, says DMC’s Daniel Prince.

• Indie label digital rights agency Merlin has appointed Emma Robinson as Member Services Manager and Leeza Panayiotou as Manager of Legal & Business Affairs at its London HQ. Poppy Waring, meanwhile, has been promoted from General Assistant to become Member Services Assistant. In its New York office, Bela Zecker will join as Member Services & Operations Manager for the Americas later this month.

• US collecting society SESAC has promoted Kelli Turner to the dual roles of President and COO. CEO John Josephson said in a statement that the promotion was “well-deserved recognition of the role that she’s been playing at the company for the past few years”.

• The Arts Council Of Wales and BBC Wales are calling for Welsh acts to apply for their Launchpad fund, which offers grants of up to £2000. “Mae derbyn y grant wedi rhoi anogaeth aruthrol i mi”, says one of the fund’s previous recipients, Beth Celyn.

• Apparently Olly Murs’ recent single ‘Moves’ is in the new Johnny English film, so in a piece of shrewd cross promotion, Rowan Atkinson features in the video. Snoop Dogg doesn’t appear for his guest spot, so that’s an opportunity totally wasted.

• Chloe Howl has released the video for new single ‘Work’.

• Yann Tiersen has released ‘Tempelhof’, the first single from new album ‘All’, out on 15 Feb. He’s also set to play two nights at the Royal Festival Hall in February.

• Julia Holter has released ‘Words I Heard’, taken from her new album ‘Aviary’, which is out next week. She’ll be touring in the UK in December, finishing up at Hackney Arts Centre on 12 Dec.

• Billie Eilish has released new single ‘When The Party’s Over’.

• Soak has released the video for new single ‘Everybody Loves You’.

• Gazelle Twin has released the video for new single ‘Glory’. Of the video, in which she appears without her usual red face paint, she says: “I wrote ‘Glory’, thinking a lot about the plundered and violent heritage of Britain’s religious institutions, and how our wrung-out national traditions [and] celebrations still attempt to glorify it. The accompanying film, beautifully conceptualised and directed by Tash Tung, is kind of the ‘straight story’ of Gazelle Twin; no hidden faces. No Red Imp. No mad FX. History in mourning. History repeating”.

• Rapper Griz-O has released new single ‘Ninja’, coming ahead of his new ‘Out Of Bounds’ mixtape that’s out next week. “The theme ‘ninja’ initially came from the sounds used in the instrumental, there’s like a Chinese harp or something I can hear in there”, he says. “Also my last project being called ‘The Dojo’ … the track just made sense. I decided to make it the intro to ‘Out Of Bounds’ so it kinda acts as glue between the two projects”.

• The Q Awards happened and people won awards. People like Noel Gallagher, who got two – Best Solo Artist and Outstanding Contribution. Idles and Goat Girl jointly won Best Breakthrough Artist, due to a misundertanding of the word ‘best’. “There was so little between Goat Girl and Idles that it would’ve been churlish to separate them”, insists Q editor Ted Kessler.

• Check out our weekly Spotify playlist of new music featured in the CMU Daily – updated every Friday.

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