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One Liners: Chainsmokers, Songtrust, Spotify, more

By | Published on Tuesday 20 August 2019

The Chainsmokers


The Hipgnosis Songs Fund has acquired the publishing catalogue of The Chainsmokers. “The Chainsmokers are the highest paid duo in the world not only because they know how to spin records better than anyone else but because they have created amongst the very biggest hits in the world for the dance and pop community over the last seven years”, enthuses Hipgnosis founder Merck Mercuriadis.



Former Sony/ATV Director of A&R Richard Aurigema has been hired as VP Copyright at Downtown’s song rights management platform Songtrust, leading its copyright and publishing operations teams. “I’m very excited”, says a giddy Aurigema.

Having launched the UK branch of Chinese entertainment company Modern Sky in 2006, Sound City founder Dave Pichilingi is now set to head up its LA-based US operation too. “We’re seeing a big increase in the demand for Chinese repertoire and want to generate new opportunities for our artists”, he says.



Spotify has upgraded its Family plan. Among the new features, parents (or whichever of your housemates set up the account) will now be able to stop their kids (or their housemates) listening to music marked ‘explicit’, and each account on the plan will have access to a family playlist, featuring music everyone likes. “We’re creating more ways for families to bond over music together”, claims Chief Premium Business Officer Alex Norstrom.



New film ‘Uncut Gems’ will have a soundtrack composed by Oneohtrix Point Never. The movie will star Adam Sandler and The Weeknd.

Korn will debut a new song in video game ‘AdventureQuest’ today, as part of what they’re billing a “video game battle concert”.


Enter Shikari have released the video for new single ‘Stop The Clocks’. The band are set to play four sets at this weekend’s Reading and Leeds festivals.

Mayer Hawthorne has released the video for new single ‘The Game’. “In order to successfully shoot this video, I spent the last few years developing an immunity to iocane powder”, says Hawthorne, referencing the video’s ‘The Princess Bride’ influence. “Huge shout out to Pele and co for taking my preposterous idea and making it come to life. Rest in peace, William Goldman”.

Bat For Lashes has released new single ‘Jasmine’. Her new album, ‘Lost Girls’, is out on 6 Sep.

Girl Band have released new single ‘Going Norway’. “I decided not to use any pronouns within ‘Going Norway’ and the whole [upcoming new] album”, says vocalist Dara Kiely. “That came about when I came across this quote from the Buddha which was ‘nothing is to be clung to as I, me or mine’ – and I removed all that in a way to kind of find an abstract world to live in”.

Vex Red have released the video for recent single ‘Tarantula’. The band’s new EP, ‘Give Me The Dark’, is out on 4 Oct. They’ll headline the Camden Assembly on 13 Sep.

Check out our weekly Spotify playlist of new music featured in the CMU Daily – updated every Friday.

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