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One Liners: Coronavirus, Lady Gaga, IFPI, more

By and | Published on Tuesday 3 March 2020

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The UK government’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam has told the country’s live music industry that there is no need to cancel any upcoming events, despite fears over the spread of coronavirus. Some countries have already put bans or limitations on large events in place.

Live Nation has acquired a majority stake in Norwegian promoter Bergen Live. “Today marks the next step in the journey of Bergen Live, which will further develop and strengthen the company’s position in the Norwegian market”, says the firm’s CEO Frank Nes.



Lady Gaga has announced that she will release her sixth album, ‘Chromatica’, on 10 Apr. First single ‘Stupid Love’ is out now.

Haim have announced that they will release their new album, ‘Women In Music Pt III’, on 24 Apr. New single, ‘The Steps’, is out today.

Following the recent release of new album ‘Be Up A Hello’, Squarepusher has announced that he will release a new EP, ‘Lamental’, on 10 Apr. From it, this is ‘MIDI Sans Frontières (Avec Batterie)’. He’s also announced that he’ll play London’s Roundhouse on 15 May.

Former Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato has announced that he will release his first solo album, ‘Child Soldier: Creator Of God’, later this year. First single ‘Fire For Water’ is out now. “This particular song came out really quickly”, he says. “I guess it’s me reclaiming and owning the abrasive part of me. This whole album is, in a way, a very extreme statement of ownership”.

D Block Europe have released the video for ‘Pain Game’, taken from their latest mixtape ‘Street Trauma’.

Ane Brun has released new single ‘Don’t Run And Hide’. She’s also announced live shows in Glasgow, Manchester and London in December.

Rebecca & Fiona have released new single ‘Heart Skips A Beat’. “This is the music we always wanted to release but the major labels would never let us”, say they. “It’s our own universe, the world we’ve always created our music in and for”.



Taylor Swift has been named the IFPI’s Global Recording Artist of 2019. So now you know. “Taylor Swift is the epitome of a truly global star”, says IFPI boss Frances Moore. “She continues to grow as an artist and maintains an incredibly strong connection with her fanbase, whilst continuing to evolve her sound with each album”.

You become IFPI’s Global Recording Artist Of 2019, by the way, by topping the trade group’s annual IFPI Global Artist Chart. The full top ten is made up of mainly Universal-allied artists. But Eddie Sheeran is at number two, flying the flag for both Warner and the UK. Britain is also represented in the top ten by some old guys and some dead guys who, along with Ed, are making Britain great again – woo!

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