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One Liners: Coldplay, Corey Taylor, Fred Ball, more

By | Published on Wednesday 16 March 2022



Concord Music Publishing has signed songwriter and producer Fred Ball to a worldwide publishing agreement. “I’m delighted to be part of Concord’s roster”, he says. “It’s a company with a genuine love for music. We instantly clicked and I’m really excited about working with them”.



Warner Music’s Atlantic Records in the US has promoted Aton Ben-Horin to EVP Global A&R. His Plush Music publishing company has also launched a new partnership with the major’s publishing division Warner Chappell. “Aton is one of the most gifted and inspired A&R people in our business”, says Atlantic CEO Craig Kallman. “He can not only hear a hit, he knows how to make a hit – pulling all the elements together that turn a song into a smash”.

Ray Alba and Nathan Sheppard have both been named SVP Marketing at Universal Music’s Capitol Records in the US. Alba joins from Epic Records, while Sheppard comes to the label from YouTube Music. “Ray and Nathan both share the artists-first ethos that lies at the very heart of the new CMG, and they bring a wealth of perspective and experience to their new positions”, says recently appointed Capitol Music Group President Arjun Pulijal.

Utopia Music has hired Jonathan Abon as VP Product, Distribution Services and Jordan Gremli as VP Product, Creator Services. “Utopia’s uniqueness stems from its music and tech DNA and our ability to deliver innovative solutions at scale”, says Nicholas Goubert, Chief Product Officer, “Jonathan and Jordan are highly experienced in their respective fields and their blended experience will enhance our ability to deliver cutting-edge products for our customers, and further position Utopia as the number one growth partner for the entire music industry”.



The UK’s Featured Artists Coalition has announced the nine recipients of grants from its Step Up Fund backed by Amazon Music. Daniel Casimir, Friedberg, Lvra, Joel Culpepper, Elkka, Nineteen97, Cherise, Deyah and Vukovi each receive financial support of up to £8000. “We are happy to support these nine amazingly talented artists, as they step up to the next level of their career”, says FAC CEO David Martin. “The high number and high quality of applications clearly shows that there is a big need for financial support for artists”.



Coldplay have released the video for ‘People Of The Pride’, from their ‘Music Of The Spheres’ album. The band’s big old eco-friendly tour starts this Friday in Costa Rica.

Whipped Cream is back again with new single ‘Cry’.

Wormrot have announced that they will release new album, ‘Hiss’, on 8 Jul. From it, this is new single ‘Behind Closed Doors’.



Corey Taylor has announced that he will play his first UK solo shows this autumn, kicking off at the London Palladium on 17 Oct. Tickets go on general sale this Friday.

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