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By | Published on Wednesday 28 November 2018

Olly Alexander & Jax Jones

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Universal’s Decca label has promoted Tom Lewis to the role of Vice President of A&R and Artist Strategy. “I am THRILLED that Tom’s role will further expand into the heart of the label”, says label boss Rebecca Allen.

• Robin Firman has been elected and Horace Trubridge re-elected as PPL Performer Directors at the collecting society’s Annual Performer Meeting. They will sit on both the Performer Board and the main PPL Board.

• The question of what’s going on with Tekashi 6ix9ine’s ‘Dummy Boy’ album has been answered. After having its release postponed last week, it was put out yesterday. The album had already leaked, a situation not helped by it being briefly put up for sale on the rapper’s own website last weekend.

• Jax Jones has released a new single with Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander, called ‘Play’. “Working with Jax was really fun”, says Alexander, “we just giggled the whole time and danced around”.

• Robbie Williams is going to release his third album of studio off-cuts, ‘Under The Radar Vol 3’, on 14 Feb. As with the other releases in the series, it will only be available direct through his website. Here’s a video of him announcing it.

• Clean Bandit have released new track, ‘Playboy Style’, featuring Charli XCX and Bhad Bhabie. Their new album, ‘What Is Love?’, is out this week.

• Cardi B has released an anime-inspired video for her track ‘I Like It’.

• Mike Posner has announced that he will release his new album, ‘A Real Good Kid’, on 18 Jan. Here’s new single ‘Stuck In The Middle’.

• Alessia Cara has released the video for new single ‘Not Today’. Her new album, ‘The Pains Of Growing’, is out this week.

• William Shatner’s Christmas album remains a thing you can’t stop from existing. Here’s the video for ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer’. It features Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top.

• Jeff Tweedy’s released a new solo track, ‘I Know What It’s Like’. His new solo album, ‘Warm’, is out later this week.

• Sharon Van Etten has released the video for new track ‘Jupiter 4’. It’s taken from new album, ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’, out on 18 Jan.

• Rina Sawayama has released new single ‘Flicker’.

• Lafawndah has released the video for ‘Bye Bye’ from her ‘Honey Colony Vol 2’ mixtape.

• Lenny Kravitz has announced a one off show in London to mark the 30th anniversary of his debut album, ‘Let Love Rule’. He’ll play the O2 Arena on 11 Jun next year, with support from Corinne Bailey Rae and Brass Against.

• George Ezra has announced his second (making it annual) show at Union Chapel in London in aid of mental health charity Mind on 18 Dec.

• Weezer have announced that they will play a one-off UK show at Brixton Academy in London on 29 Jun. Their new album, ‘The Black Album’, is out on 1 Mar.

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

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