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By | Published on Monday 10 January 2022


Exceleration Music has announced a partnership with US indie SideOneDummy Records, which will see it invest in the label’s back catalogue and take over all financial and operational activities. “I have had the pleasure of working, in various capacities, with SideOneDummy since not long after they launched”, says Exceleration partner Amy Dietz. “To now have the opportunity to work with the SideOneDummy team on the next phase of the label’s journey is a privilege”.

Dice has partnered with the Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival in the US to provide ticketing for both. “Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals have an unmatched legacy as two of the most celebrated music events in US history and it’s an honour for Dice to be named their partner”, says the ticketing firm’s President Russ Tannen. “At Dice we love working with the most ambitious operators in the world, whether that’s rising independent venues through to legendary festivals that continue to push the boundaries”.

Satan’s Fall have signed to SPV’s Steamhammer label to release their third studio album later this year. “We are more than excited to start working with such a legendary record company as Steamhammer”, say the band. “They understand what real heavy metal is all about, and it goes without saying that Satan’s Fall fits in perfectly. Steamhammer has released so many great records from our favourite artists – it’s a great honour to be part of this legacy”.



AEG Europe has announced that co-CEO of AEG Presents UK, Toby Leighton-Pope, has left the company to “pursue other interests”. His now former counterpart Steve Homer remains in his role.

Bengi Ünsal has been named the new Director of the Institute Of Contemporary Arts in London, and is set to take up the role in March. She is currently Head Of Contemporary Music at the Southbank Centre. “I am incredibly proud to be joining one of the most iconic and progressive organisations for contemporary arts in the world, one that is such an inspiration to me and so many others”, she says.

Warner Music has promoted Linda Walker to SVP Commercial, UK & Europe, following the departure last year of Derek Allen. “I’m excited to step up into this new role”, she says. “The music industry is moving faster than ever and we have to be nimble to thrive. But at the same time, it still all comes down to putting out great music and convincing others it’s as special as you know it is”.

Sony Music’s The Orchard has announced three new appointments in Africa. Mpumi Phillips joins as Director Of Distribution in its South Africa office, Ikechukwu Onuorah becomes Director for Nigeria, and Beth Achitsa is now Artist & Label Relations Manager in Kenya. “The Orchard’s expansion into this musically rich continent will connect artists to fans all over the globe”, says the company’s VP Africa, Ben Oldfield. “Growing our presence with local leadership in these three key markets cements our long-term commitment to artists and labels in Africa, and ensures we have trusted leaders on the ground who truly appreciate, value and understand these varying cultures”.



Central Cee has released new single ‘Retail Therapy’. His new mixtape, ‘23’, is out on 25 Feb.

Alt-J have released new single ‘Hard Drive Gold’. Their new album, ‘The Dream’, is out on 11 Feb.

James Morrison has released new single ‘Don’t Mess With Love’. The track appears on his new album of re-recorded greatest hits, which is out on 11 Feb.

Young T & Bugsey have released new single ‘Blessings’, featuring Chronixx. The duo’s new mixtape, ‘Truth Be Told’, is out on 21 Jan.

Sasami has released new single ‘Say It’. Her new album, ‘Squeeze’, is out on 25 Feb.

Ahead of the release of their debut album later this month, Yard Act have released new track ‘Rich’.

FEMM have released new single ‘Mental Health’, taken from new album ‘Tokyo Girls Anthem’.

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