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One Liners: Drake, Justin Bieber, Charli XCX & The 1975, more

By and | Published on Friday 5 March 2021



Sony Music Publishing has signed Dayglow – real name Sloan Struble – to a worldwide deal. “I’m so stoked to be working with the Sony Music Publishing family”, he says. “As an artist making all of my music on my own, it’s awesome to have the full team backing me up. Working with good people is vital for me, and everyone in SMP is so kind, creative and understanding of me and my work”. His debut album, ‘Harmony House’, will be out on 21 May.



Elsa Vivero has been promoted to General Manager and EVP, Global Commercial Services at Warner Music’s artist and label services division WEA in the US. “Elsa is a fantastic collaborator with our many global partners and a passionate advocate for our labels and artists”, says WEA President Maria Weaver. “She – alongside her brilliant team – will be key to continuing to find new and inventive ways to boost our presence globally and grow our artists’ fanbases with big, bold campaigns”.



Drake has released new EP, ‘Scary Songs 2’, featuring three new tracks: ‘What’s Next’, ‘Wants And Needs’ featuring Lil Baby, and ‘Lemon Pepper Freestyle’ featuring Rick Ross. Still no sign of that new album though.

Justin Bieber has released his new single ‘Hold On’.

Charli XCX, The 1975 and No Rome have released a new single together called ‘Spinning’. “I think Rome and The 1975 guys are so talented, it’s honestly so cool to have this song with them”, says Charli XCX. “I feel like we all speak the same musical language in some way, and that language is stunning, exquisite, tasteful and chic”.

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak have teamed up for new project Silk Sonic. Here’s the first single, ‘Leave The Door Open’.

Chance The Rapper has released new track ‘The Heart & The Tongue’.

Kings Of Leon have jumped on and turbo-boosted the NFT bandwagon with their new album ‘When You See Yourself’, out today. Because you can buy NFT versions of it, see. NFTs are non-fungible tokens, an attempt to introduce scarcity and collectibility into digital content. Blockchain and smart contracts help with the scarcity, and mean artists can even earn from any resale of the assets. What fun! Makes me almost nostalgic for that year when bands sold albums on USB sticks.

Stormzy and Kwesi Arthur have put out a remix of Yaw Tog’s ‘Saw’.

Lil Baby has released new track ‘Real As It Gets’, featuring EST Gee.

Tyler, The Creator has released new track ‘Tell Me How’, which originally appeared in a Coca-Cola advert last month.

Ray BLK has released new single ‘Games’, featuring Giggs.

Una Healy has released new single ‘Swear It All Again’. The song, she says, “is all about the mistakes you make when you let your heart win over your mind. It’s about those relationships you keep going back to when you know they’re wrong. I’ve certainly been there – sometimes you need to be disappointed and have your heart broken a few times before you accept it’s time to move on”.

Pussy Riot have released new single ‘Sexist’, featuring Hofmannita.

A Certain Ratio have announced that they will release new EP ‘ACR:EPA’ on 7 May. From it, this is ‘Wonderland’.

Vampire Weekend co-founder Rostam has released new single ‘4Runner’. His new album, ‘Changephobia’, is out on 4 Jun.

Ezra Furman and Du Blonde have released the video for their recent single ‘I’m Glad We Broke Up’. New Du Blonde album ‘Homecoming’ – from which this track is lifted – is out on 2 Apr.

Liza Owen has released new single ‘Josie’.

Jodie Harsh has released the video for recent single ‘My House’. “I wanted to get the whole British drag queen community together in one video as it’s never really been done before”, she says of the video. “We were all stuck at home at the peak of the second wave, so I got a lip sync sent over from everyone!”

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