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One Liners: Bobby Gillespie & Jehnny Beth, This Feeling, Garbage, more

By and | Published on Thursday 1 April 2021

Jehnny Beth & Bobby Gillespie


Round Hill Music has acquired the back catalogue, neighbouring rights and producer royalties of country songwriter Zach Crowell. “As a songwriter and producer Zach is one of country music’s true contemporary icons”, says Round Hill CEO Josh Gruss. “His originality and creative genius alongside his amazing track record of success speaks for itself and his star will only continue to shine brighter”.

Rock clubnight This Feeling has announced that it is launching a record label, This Feeling Records, in partnership with Warner’s label services division ADA. The label will be run by This Feeling founder Mikey Jonns with Katie Gwyther of Fear PR. “There are a lot of brilliant new bands struggling for exposure, and This Feeling has always been about providing a platform for emerging young talent”, they say. “We’re excited to be able to go a step further with This Feeling Records to offer acts a label with integrity and passion. The last year was disastrous for the music and arts industry and so we’re aiming to be a lifeline for new talent to be able to prosper”.

More from Warner’s ADA business, the US division of which has partnered with artist managers Billy Mann and Benton James to launch new label Icons+Giants. “On behalf of everyone at ADA and Warner Music, we welcome Billy and Benton and the Icons+Giants team to the ADA family”, says Eliah Seton, President of Independent Music & Creator Services at Warner Music. “Billy and Benton are defining what comes next in music – they are on the cutting edge of this business, and we are so proud to be their partner and for ADA to be their home”.



Universal Music’s recently rebranded services division Virgin Music Label & Artist Services has launched in Australia, led by Managing Director Timothy Janes. “We are excited to form a new integral part of UMG’s new global distribution and services division”, he says. “Our team in Australia has a genuine passion for partnering with and servicing the best and most innovative independent artists and labels from around the world. With the new team in place, we are energised for our biggest year yet, and I cannot wait for this new chapter to begin”.



DIY music distribution firm UnitedMasters has raised itself $50 million in new finance, with the latest investment round led by some little know tech outfit called Apple. The Apple alliance, by the way, also includes “a strategic partnership … which will create dramatic new opportunities for UnitedMasters artists”. Woo! We love a good strategic partnership.



PPL, the BRIT Awards and Hipgnosis have donated to round four of the MMF’s ReBuild Fund, which provides emergency support to music management businesses that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 but excluded from government assistance packages. “To date we have supported 77 music management businesses through the fund who were unable to access the government’s [freelancer support] scheme or furlough”, says MMF boss Annabella Coldrick. “With this fourth round of funding, we’ll be able to spread that support even wider”. Find out more and apply here.



Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie and Savages’ Jehnny Beth have recorded a new album together, titled ‘Utopian Ashes’ and set for release on 2 Jul. “In the same way you create characters for a novel, we’ve created characters here”, says Beth. “But you put yourself in it, because you’re trying to understand the human situation. The singing has to be authentic. That’s all that matters”. Here’s first single, ‘Remember We Were Lovers’.

Garbage have announced that they will release new album ‘No Gods No Masters’ on 11 Jun. “This is our seventh record, the significant numerology of which affected the DNA of its content: the seven virtues, the seven sorrows, and the seven deadly sins”, says vocalist Shirley Manson. “It was our way of trying to make sense of how fucking nuts the world is and the astounding chaos we find ourselves in. It’s the record we felt that we had to make at this time”. Here’s new single ‘The Men Who Run The World’.

Chai have released new single ‘Nobody Knows We Are Fun’. Their new album, ‘Wink’, is out on 21 May through Sub Pop.

MDNR has teamed up with Empress Of for new single ‘Love In Reverse’.

LoneLady has released new single ‘(There Is) No Logic’. “It just really encapsulates so many cool electro sounds and even some R&B vocal stylings”, she says. “It was fun sampling ‘do’ and ‘dah’ vocals and running them through the sequencer to get that choppy-collaged effect, definitely a Cabaret Voltaire influence there. The technology gods were happy that day and it all came together in a really fresh and immediate way”.

Avawaves (formerly Ava) have released new single ‘Chrysalis’. “Ultimately this song is about transformation, about stepping into the light after a period of darkness and letting it drive us forward into the next phase of life in general, and of Avawave musically”, they say.

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