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One Liners: Charli XCX, Luis Fonsi, Professor Green, more

By | Published on Friday 28 January 2022

Charli XCX


HarbourView Equity Partners has acquired the publishing catalogue of Luis Fonsi. “This remarkable acquisition grounds us firmly in our mission to support creators and maximise value for all and is a fantastic addition to our existing portfolio of iconic intellectual property”, says founder Sherrese Clarke Soares.

Warner Music has partnered with The Sandbox to build a music-themed world on the gaming platform. “As a first-mover, Warner Music has secured the equivalent of beachfront property in the metaverse”, says Oana Ruxandra, Chief Digital Officer at Warner Music. “On the land, we’ll develop persistent, immersive social music experiences that defy real-world limitations and allow our artists and their fans to engage like never before”. Sure.



Azi Eftekhari and Hannah Neaves have been named co-Presidents of Universal Music’s UK catalogue division. “This is a pivotal moment for catalogue”, they say in a joint statement. “Music has never felt more alive, more obtainable, or more discoverable, and we are excited to help shape the ongoing cultural impact of this unrivalled repertoire”.

As a result of taking on her new role at Universal, Azi Eftekhari has decided to step down as Chair of the Entertainment Retailers Association. After spending eight years in music roles at Google and YouTube, she was running her own agency Remedy Inc when she became ERA Chair. The trade body will elect a replacement at its next board meeting. “Azi has been an excellent Chair of ERA, bringing an enhanced creative and digital perspective”, says CEO Kim Bayley. “We are sorry to see her go, and wish her the very best for her exciting new role”.



Sony Pictures has confirmed that it will release Foo Fighters movie ‘Studio 666’ in UK cinemas on 25 Feb. If you were wondering.

Charli XCX has teamed up with Rina Sawayama for new single ‘Beg Of You’.

Professor Green has released new single ‘Dance Like A Tory’. “Happy belated birthday, Boris”, he says.

Betty Boo is back! Her first single since 1993, ‘Get To The Weekend’ is out now.

Radiohead side-project The Smile have released new single ‘The Smoke’. The trio of Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and drummer Tom Skinner will play three livestreamed shows this weekend. More info on that here.

Bloc Party have released new single ‘The Girls Are Fighting’. Their first album since 2016, ‘Alpha Games’, is out on 29 Apr.

With her debut solo album ‘Prey/VI’ out next month, Alice Glass has released new single ‘Love Is Violence’.

Confidence Man have released new single ‘Feels Like A Different Thing’. “Two lyrics, one riff, no fuss”, say the band of it. “It’ll get your blood pumping. It’ll make your ears bleed – in a good way. It’ll steal your car and burn down your house and you’ll still say thanks”. Their new album, ‘Tilt’, is out on 1 Apr and they’ll be touring the UK and Ireland in May and June.

Yunè Punku has released new single ‘Affection’.

Baby Strange have released new single ‘Under The Surface’. “It’s about paranoia, dark thoughts and the need to get over them”, says frontman Johnny Madden. “It’s a powerful song for me, writing it was a total release and when we finished it in the studio I felt a weight was lifted from my shoulders”.

Australian nu metallers Banks Arcade have released new single ‘Smile’.



Kim Gordon has announced UK tour dates in May, kicking off at Koko in London on 23 May. Tickets are on sale now.



The nominations for this year’s NME Awards have been announced. They seem to be trying to compete with the Grammys for the most number of awards, so we won’t list them. You can find them all here though, if you’re interested. The ceremony itself takes place on 2 Mar.

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

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