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One Liners: Black Lives In Music, The Weeknd, Stormzy, more

By | Published on Wednesday 20 October 2021

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BMG has promoted both Angela Barkan and Cyndi Lynott to Senior Vice President Of Marketing, based in New York and LA respectively. Thomas Scherer, President Of Repertoire & Marketing, LA & New York, says: “With their collective experience and expertise across multiple genres, Angela and Cyndi have directly contributed to the overall growth and success of BMG’s New York and Los Angeles recorded business. These two promotions are well earned, well deserved, and will ensure the most creative and well-executed campaigns for our artists”.



Black Lives In Music has just released the first of four short films on topics related to the organisation’s recent report. Titled ‘Black Women In Music’, the video features Kima Otung and Paulette Long. Watch here.



Duran Duran have released the video for ‘Anniversary’, taken from their fifteenth studio album ‘Future Past’, which is out this week. The band will also be performing via a livestream with Q&A tomorrow.

Willow has released the video for ‘Grow’, from her ‘Lately I Feel Everything’ album, in which Avril Lavigne turns up for her guest spot.

Courtney Barnett has written and performed the theme tune for new animated Apple TV+ series ‘Harriet The Spy’. It’s called ‘Smile Real Nice’. There’s even more from Barnett coming up, with her new album, ‘Things Take Time, Take Time’, out on 12 Nov.

Myrkur has released new song ‘Rivers Blessed’, which she says is “about my journey into motherhood, a path that by no means was easy but it changed my life and how I view the world forever”.

Blawan is set to release new EP ‘Woke Up Right Handed’ on 12 Nov. From it, this is ‘Under Belly’.

Jlin is back with new track ‘Embryo’, the first single from an upcoming EP of the same name. “I was just writing trying to get out of my own head”, she says of the EP. “I wrote all these pieces in between commissions and trying to stay afloat mentally”. The EP is out on 10 Dec.

Featuring the sons of Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and Shawn Crahan – Griffin and Simon are their names – Vended have released new single ‘Burn My Misery’. The band’s debut EP, ‘What Is It/Kill It’, is out on 12 Nov.

All We Are have released new single ‘Eden’. It is, the band say, a “groovy, slinky, sly tune, for those temptress moments. What is to live, if not to eat and drink and breathe and to love”. They are currently on tour around the UK.

Nation Of Language are back with new single ‘The Grey Commute’. They will be in the UK for shows in January.



The Weeknd has announced that he is pushing back his world tour dates, originally scheduled for 2019, once again. New dates are yet to be announced, but they will now start in summer 2022. In a novel change from the norm, the delay is not due to the pandemic, but because the planned arena tour now “requires stadiums”.

Stormzy‘s delayed UK arena tour will now take place in March and April next year. Original tickets for the shows remain valid, and the few that remain are on sale now.

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