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One Liners: Bobby Sessions, Songkick, James Blake, more

By and | Published on Thursday 9 July 2020



Sony/ATV has signed rapper and songwriter Bobby Sessions to a global co-publishing deal. Among his credits is a co-writer stamp on Megan Thee Stallion and Beyonce’s ‘Savage Remix’. “Bobby is a gifted young songwriter with a bright future ahead of him. We’re proud to support his career, and I’m confident we will have major success together as a team”, says Sony/ATV CEO Jon Platt.



Beggars Group’s Matador Records has announced “a reorganisation of its staff” in its New York, London and Los Angeles offices “to better offer coordinated global services to its artists”. Rian Fossett is now Creative Director and Malcolm Donaldson is Senior Manager, Label Operations and Social Channels. Noam Klar and Aaron Leitko now lead a new global publicity department, with Klar also promoted to Head Of Publicity. Emily Zaremba joins the publicity department as Publicity Coordinator.

Warner Music’s Songkick has named Alexey Blinov its new VP Technology, taking over from Aaron Randall who has left the company. “My team is working hard to help build a virtual live business that’ll help artists make up some of the income they’re losing in the absence of shows and festivals”, says Blinov. “It’s vital work for the future of the artist community, and the wider music business”.

Warner Music’s Artist Partner Group in the US – which is definitely a real thing, I checked – has hired Corey Calder to be SVP Marketing & Brands. “Corey’s a proven marketing mind and passionate music fan who brings a broad range of experience and strong relationships with key brands across industries”, says EVP Elyse Rogers. The company has also promoted Edgar Machuca, Olly Sheppard and Devon Libran to VP roles.



Spotify has announced it is putting live hundreds more songwriter pages on its platform, and just in time for its launch in Russia next week! Yes, after many false starts in Russia, various sources are now saying Spotify will finally arrive there next week. Meanwhile, all the new songwriter pages, making it easier for users to navigate the Spotify catalogue by songwriter, are official. Look, here’s a blog post all about them.



James Blake has released new track ‘Are You Even Real?’

Gerard Way has released new solo single ‘Here Comes The End’, featuring Judith Hill.

HER has released new single ‘Do To Me’.

Tiga and Hudson Mohawke have released a new track together, titled ‘Love Minus Zero’. “I like the idea of bizarre semi random things getting thrown together”, says Tiga. “That’s already part of how me and HudMo work. I bring things and he brings things, and those things normally not might mix. There’s an odd-couple aspect about us, but that’s the best part of it”.

Throwing Snow has announced a new EP – under the alias Snowing Throw – called ‘The Follow Of Pangloss’. Out on 15 Jul, the producer says: “These tracks an unashamedly built for the summer. Simple, cut-up samples and bounce. As they are a big departure from my previous and forthcoming releases, I’ve embraced their tongue in cheek nature and I’m releasing them as Snowing Throw”. Here’s the title track.

Baby Queen has released new single ‘Buzzkill’. “‘Buzzkill’ is still my favourite song I’ve ever written to date”, she says. “I feel like I spend my life trying to out-write it”.

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