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One Liners: Corey Taylor, Billy Duffy, Travis, more

By | Published on Thursday 14 January 2021

Corey Taylor


Round Hill Music has acquired the publishing catalogue of The Cult’s Billy Duffy. “We jumped at the chance to work with Billy Duffy when we heard he was looking for new home for his catalogue”, says Round Hill CEO Josh Gruss. “He has built such an amazingly rich and enduring body of work over the last four decades and is still full of creativity and energy, it’s inspiring”.

Universal Music Publishing has signed songwriter and producer Louis Bell to a global publishing deal. His credits include Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’ and Camila Cabello’s ‘Havana’. “I am THRILLED to welcome Louis Bell to the UMPG family”, says CEO Jody Gerson. “He is not only an immensely talented songwriter and producer for the some of the biggest artists in the world; he is one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I know”.

Downtown Neighbouring Rights has signed a deal to represent the estate of Ella Fitzgerald and will collect performance royalties for the jazz star’s recordings outside of the US. “Without question, Ella Fitzgerald is one of the world’s most beloved vocalists”, says DNR GM Dean Francis. “To represent the performance rights of her impressive recording catalogue is a true honour,”.



The next oral hearing as part of the UK parliament culture select committee’s inquiry into the economics of music streaming will take place next Tuesday, 19 Jan. This time the bosses of UK collecting societies PRS and PPL – and of the UK divisions of all three major record companies – will be answering the questions of MPs. Should be fun.



Recently launched talent agency Arrival Artists has hired Ryan Farlow to join its team of agents. “I’m THRILLED to have Ryan joining us at Arrival”, says co-founder John Bongiorno. “If there is any agent who exemplifies what Arrival stands for, it’s Ryan. He is a true agent who books career artists, thrives in a team setting, is as creative as they come, and whose clients love him”.

Distributor and label services firm Ingrooves has promoted Lloyd Hummel to EVP Global Commercial Strategy. “I’m THRILLED to work with one of the best teams in the business and for the opportunity to expand my role within the organisation”, he says.

Natalia Nastaskin is set to join Primary Wave Music as Partner and Chief Content Officer. She moves over from United Talent Agency. “I’m THRILLED to welcome my friend Natalia Nastaskin to the Primary Wave team”, says the firm’s CEO Larry Mestel. “Natalia is a proven music industry trailblazer, dealmaker and creative force, that will be an amazing new leader within our existing team”.

Increasingly musical fitness firm Peloton has hired Nicole St Jean as Senior Director Of Music Partnerships. She joins from virtual entertainment company Wave. “Nicole has always worked in the intersection of talent, content and tech and she is an incredible producer”, says Peloton’s Head Of Music Gwen Bethel Riley. “I’m THRILLED to have her join us at such a critical time for our brand development and expansion”.



Corey Taylor has released the video for ‘Samantha’s Gone’ from his ‘CMFT’ album. “The video for ‘Samantha’s Gone’ served two purposes”, says Taylor. “Making fun of so-called ‘indie rock’ bands and getting all my friends together to hang out and have a good time”.

Travis has released the video for ‘Nina’s Song’, using deepfake technology to turn it into a duet between Fran Healy and his cat Huey. “It’s actually the first time a deepfake has been made between a human and an animal”, says Healy. “The engineers had to push their technology to new places to achieve this. Very smart folk and a lot of fun to work with”.

G Flip has released new single ‘Queen’, featuring Mxmtoon.

Noga Erez has released new single ‘End Of The Road’. Her second album, ‘Kids’, is set for release through City Slang on 26 Mar.

James Yorkston And The Second Hand Orchestra have released new single ‘There Is No Upside’. Their new album, ‘The Wide, Wide River’, is out on 26 Jan.

Murcof has announced that he will release new album ‘The Alias Sessions’ on 9 Apr through The Leaf Label. “This material is a bit more abstract than my previous works, with plenty of non-tonal sounds that sometimes take centre stage”, he says. From it, this is ‘Underwater Lament’.

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