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One Liners: BTS, Savan Kotecha, Live Nation, more

By | Published on Friday 20 December 2019



BTS are now ambassadors for the Formula E electric motor racing championship. They will use their position to “shine a light on important social issues and raise awareness of climate change”.

The Hipgnosis Songs Fund has slipped in one more catalogue acquisition before the Christmas break. This time it’s songwriter Savan Kotecha, who has written songs – often alongside Max Martin – for the likes of Ariana Grande, One Direction, Usher, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears and Katy Perry. “Savan is a special songwriter with a Midas touch”, says Hipgnosis founder Merck Mercuriadis.



The UK’s Competition & Markets Authority has fully approved Live Nation‘s acquisition of Irish live music company MCD Productions via its LN-Gaiety venture. The deal was provisionally approved last month.



Yeasayer have announced that they are splitting after fifteen years together. An upcoming Australian tour has been cancelled as a result.



Lana Del Rey has announced plans to release a “freestyle poetry” album. Just like you always wanted. The spoken word collection will be out on 4 Jan.

Vince Staples has released new track ‘Hell Bound’. He’s also expanded his Vince Staples Show website.

Ozzy Osbourne has released a semi-autobiographical video for his song ‘Under The Graveyard’. It features Val’s son Jack Kilmer as a young Ozzy. “To be quite honest, it’s hard for me to watch because it takes me back to some of the darkest times in my life”, says Osbourne.

James Blake has released the bird-tastic video for ‘I’ll Come Too’, from his ‘Assume Form’ album.

Speaking of James Blake, he’s been covering Aqua’s ‘Barbie Girl’ on tour lately. So there you go.

Machine Gun Kelly has released new track ‘Why Are You Here?’. It will form, he says, part of a “pop-punk” album to be released next year. So that’s something to look forward to.

King Princess has delivered a last minute Christmas song in the form of ‘Very Extra Festive Christmas 1’, featuring Mariah Carey.

Stealing Sheep have released the video for ‘True Colours’, taken from their ‘Big Wows’ album.

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