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One Liners: Björk, Fred Again, Loyle Carner, more

By | Published on Thursday 15 September 2022



Round Hill has acquired the recording rights of late record producer Bruce Fairbairn, who died in 1999. “This sale of royalties cements Bruce’s legacy as a famed rock and roll producer in the 80s and 90s”, says his widow Julie Fairbairn. “It’s a tribute to the longevity of classic rock, including iconic albums from Aerosmith, Van Halen, Kiss and The Cranberries, among others”.



Scott Cohen has announced that he is stepping down as Warner Music’s Chief Innovation Officer, after three and a half years in the role. A memo from Warner’s recorded music CEO Max Lousada said that Cohen has “always enjoyed building things from scratch and so he is off to pursue new adventures that we’ll hear about soon”. Cohen himself said on social media that he’d be announcing details of his next venture on 1 Nov. No word yet on any possible replacement at Warner, or maybe the major will now just give up on innovation.

Sony Music has hired Niki Roberton as SVP Creative for RCA Records in the US. She joins form IAMSOUND, which she founded in 2007.

Pulse Music Group in the US has promoted Steven Gringer to VP A&R. He was previously Senior Creative Director. “Our team’s passion for artistry and music continues to inspire me every day”, he says. “Our diverse roster is a reflection of the company’s mission to create a sanctuary for musicians, created by musicians”.

Universal Music Publishing has hired Jennifer Knoepfle as Co-Head Of US A&R. She joins from Sony Music Publishing. “I am excited and grateful to be reunited with Jody Gerson at UMPG, who played an integral role in my development and has served as a mentor since bringing me to Sony in 2009”, she says. “We are both aligned in our belief in identifying and helping to shape tomorrow’s great talents”.

Warner Music Group has hired Niels Walboomers as President Of Records & Publishing for Benelux. He will oversee both Warner Music Benelux and Warner Chappell Music Benelux, while their respective teams will remain independent of each other. Also joining from Sony Music Publishing, he will take up the role on 1 Nov , replacing Arno Van Berkel. “I’m so excited to be taking up this amazing opportunity”, says Wallboomers. “The Benelux is a region that has always punched above its weight in the music industry, a real home for talent as well as a significant global market”.



Björk has released another track from her upcoming album ‘Fossora’ called ‘Ovule’. She says: “’Ovule’ for me is my definition of love. It is a meditation about us as lovers walking around this world and I imagine two spheres or satellites following us around – one above us that represents ideal love, one below us representing the shadows of love – and we ourselves walk around in the third sphere of real love, where the everyday Monday morning meet-in-the-kitchen-love lives in”.

Fred Again… has announced that he will release new album ‘Actual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022)’ on 28 Oct. Here’s new single ‘Danielle (Smile On My Face)’.

Loyle Carner has released new single ‘Nobody Knows (Ladas Road)’. His new album, ‘Hugo’, is out on 21 Oct.

After a four year hiatus, Kelela is back with new single ‘Washed Away’. “I love a banger, but for the first point of contact out of my hiatus, it felt more honest to lead with an ambient heart-check”, she says.

Rina Sawayama has released new single ‘Hurricanes’. Her new album, ‘Hold The Girl’, is out tomorrow.

Angel Olsen has released a new version of her song ‘Big Time’, which sees her joined by country singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson. “It’s crazy to write a song and then watch someone else you really admire sing your words, kinda turns the whole thing on its head”, she says. “I loved the song already but hearing Sturgill’s take on ‘Big Time’ made me smile ear to ear, he made it come alive on a different level”.

Cate Le Bon has released new single ‘Typical Love’, an outtake from her most recent album ‘Pompeii’. “‘Typical Love’ was a product of a rare jam session with dearest genius friend Stella Mozgawa”, she says. “The outline, written on bass along to one of Stella’s infectious grooves, was taken into the ‘Pompeii’ sessions where I disassembled and reassembled it many times but it always felt like a second cousin to the other tracks so was put aside for a rainy day”. Le Bon is also set to play the Roundhouse in London on 13 Nov.

Skullcrusher has released new single ‘It’s Like A Secret’. “I had been trying to put into words a very familiar sensation that seemed completely intangible and inexpressible”, she says. “It’s sort of a burrowing into myself, which I associate most with being very immersed in a creative project and simultaneously quite disconnected from other people. The song ended up being about this feeling and more specifically about the process and limitations of trying to communicate it”. Her new album, ‘Quiet The Room’, is out on 14 Oct.

Mytbe has released new single ‘Good Enough’. “This song is so damn close to my heart”, she says. “If I’m honest, I’m quite anxious about sharing such a personal one, but if its taught me anything it’s that I am good enough and nothing fucking matters anyway”.



Tove Styrke has announced UK and Ireland tour dates in February next year, finishing with a show at Lafayette in London on 9 Feb. Tickets are on sale now.

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