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One Liners: Cardi B, Franz Ferdinand, Blossoms, more

By | Published on Wednesday 26 January 2022

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As expected, Cardi B was awarded additional damages yesterday in relation to the defamation action she successfully pursued against YouTuber Latasha Kebe. A jury had already awarded the rapper $1 million in general damages as well as $250,000 in medical expenses. After further deliberations they added $1.5 million in punitive damages, plus $1.3 million legal costs. Though it seems unlikely Kebe has $4 million lying around to pay damages on that scale.



BadBadNotGood have signed a new deal with Third Side Music, extending their existing partnership with the publisher. “Alexander, Chester and Leland are true contemporaries, yet articulate a cross-generational sense of virtuosity and energy only known to them”, says Brontë Jane, Third Side Music’s VP Creative. “I feel strongly that this next chapter for BadBadNotGood will be the most impactful”.



Andy West has been named Executive Vice President and General Manager of Warner Music Canada. He joins from Apple Music. “Andy is a hugely respected exec who has worked with labels and managers to help put Canadian artists on the map”, says Warner Music Canada President Kristen Burke. “He combines an enthusiasm for all genres of music with a business brain that enables him to put the right artists in the right places to connect with fans”.

Rosa Asciolla has joined Utopia Music as VP Global Artist And Creator Community. She moves over from Spotify. “I’m THRILLED to be joining Utopia at such an exciting time”, she says. “With the globalisation of music and data, it’s important to continue the journey of empowering creators by providing a one-stop-shop that will enable their growth”.



Bryan Adams has released new single ‘Never Gonna Rain’. His new album, ‘So Happy It Hurts’, is out on 11 Mar. He’ll also be touring the arenas of the UK in May and July this year.

Franz Ferdinand have released new single ‘Curious’. “I had this idea for the lyric”, says frontman Alex Kapranos. “Kind of the reverse of one of those life flashing before your mind as you die in a film scenes, where the entire course of a relationship flashes before you the instant you fall in love with someone”.

Blossoms will release new album ‘Ribbon Around The Bomb’ on 29 Apr. Listen to the title track here.

Skunk Anansie have released new single, ‘Piggy’. The band are also touring the UK in March and April, and will play the Grace Jones-curated Meltdown Festival in June.

Jameszoo has announced that he will release new album ‘Blind’ on 11 Mar. From it, this is new single ‘Bugatti (Étude)’.



Sigrid has announced UK tour dates in December this year, including a show at Wembley Arena in London on 12 Nov. Tickets will go on sale on Friday.

Poppy Ackroyd will play Café Oto in London on 20 Sep, she has announced. To give you an idea of what to expect, she’s also shared a live session video for her composition ‘Suspended’.



The BRIT Awards has announced that it is the first ever awards ceremony to launch its own collection of NFTs. Because someone always has to be the first to be a dickhead. They will at least only cost £10 and help to fund Nordoff Robbins and the BRIT School, which will be a lot of use when we’re all under water. “We wanted to find a new way for fans to commemorate their favourite artists winning a BRIT award”, says co-Chair of the BRITs Digital Committee Luke Ferrar, apparently seriously.

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