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By | Published on Wednesday 24 April 2019

Sheryl Crow

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• The Hipgnosis Songs Fund has acquired the publishing catalogue of Starrah, aka songwriter Brittany Hazzard. Among her co-writing credits are Camila Cabello’s ‘Havana’, Maroon 5’s ‘Girls Like You’, Rihanna’s ‘Needed Me’ and Drake’s ‘Fake Love’. “Starrah is at the forefront of today’s song writing revolution”, says Hipgnosis founder Merck Mercuriadis.

• Michael Franti has signed a new global publishing deal with Position Music. CEO Tyler Bacon says the company is “excited and honoured”.

• Warner Music has opened a new office in Peru to be headed up by Angela Sarmiento Vera, previously Director Of Marketing for Warner Music Colombia. “The music market in Peru is surging as more people sign-up to digital services”, says Warner Music Latin America President Iñigo Zabala. “This has opened up huge opportunities for our existing artists, who are travelling there in increasing numbers. Angela has the experience and skills to help them build deeper relationships with local influencers and fans alike”.

• The Bingley Music Live festival has announced that it will not take place this year, after making a £300,000 loss in 2018. Festival owner Bradford Council says it plans to use the time off to make plans for a 2020 edition.

• Sheryl Crow has released the first track from her duets album, due for release later this year. The new version of her song ‘Redemption Day’ uses vocals recorded by Johnny Cash shortly before his death in 2003. “He asked a lot of questions about different lines and what I meant [before recording his version]”, says Crow. “He didn’t want to put his voice to the song without being able to believe it heart and soul”.

• Flying Lotus has released two tracks from his upcoming ‘Flamagra’ album, ‘Spontaneous’, featuring Little Dragon and ‘Takashi’.

• Mr Hudson has announced his first album for a decade. ‘When The Machine Stops’ will be released on 21 Jun. “Initially, I began this new project out of curiosity”, says the songwriter and producer. “In September I noticed a lot of people celebrating ten years since ‘808s [& Heartbreak’, the Kanye West album on which he featured] and it made me want to revisit that ‘sad robot’ sound but it turned into a challenge of wanting to break new ground and get out of my comfort zone. I do think I do my best work when I’m a little afraid”. Here’s first single, ‘Antidote’.

• Fabio & Grooverider have announced a new compilation to mark the 30th anniversary of their Rage club night. The first half will be released on vinyl on 31 May, with the remainder, along with full CD and digital releases, following on 21 Jun.

• Ride have announced that they will release new album, ‘This Is Not A Safe Place’, on 16 Aug. From it, this is first single ‘Future Love’.

• Darkthrone have released new track ‘The Hardship Of The Scots’. Their new album, ‘Old Star’, is out on 31 May.

• G Flip has released new track ‘I Am Not Afraid’. “Everyone has roadblocks in life, tough situations that are hard to get through and the only way to overcome them are to say, ‘I am not afraid'”, she says.

• Paws have released new single ‘Joanna’. The band’s new album, ‘Your Church On My Bonfire’, is out this week.

• Babymetal have announced that they will play Brixton Academy in London on 2 Jul. They’ve also announced that they will release new single, ‘Elevator Girl’, next month.

• James Morrison has announced new UK tour dates in October and November this year, including a show at London’s Royal Festival Hall on 29 Oct.

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