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One Liners: Ed Sheeran & Elton John, Abba, Ariana Grande & Kid Cudi, more

By and | Published on Friday 3 December 2021

Ed Sheeran and Elton John


Warner Music is close to buying 300 Entertainment in a deal worth around $400 million, according to Billboard. If the deal goes through, it will see 300 CEO Kevin Liles return to a senior role at Warner. He previously worked at the major in the 2000s alongside his 300 co-founder, Lyor Cohen.

Believe has taken a stake in Philippines-based record label Viva Music And Artists Group. “It is with great pleasure and honour that I welcome Believe’s entry into Viva”, says the company’s CEO Vic Del Rosario. “Opportunities are boundless, as the partnership seeks to take Viva Music And Artists Group Inc into the next level, with the sole aim of marrying Believe’s vast international know-how on the digital front and that of Viva’s 50 years of dominance of the Filipino entertainment scene”.

Kobalt has signed Ryan Hope and Jacob Lusk of Gabriels to a publishing deal, covering their current and future catalogue. “It took less than 30 seconds of hearing ‘Love And Hate In A Different Time’ for me to fall in love with Gabriels and seeing them live completely reaffirmed that”, says Kobalt Head Of Creative UK Alison Donald. “This is a unique band that writes classic, timeless songs and, in Jacob, has an iconic voice of his generation”.



Booking agency Midnight Mango has added four new agents to its team: Nigel Morton, Addison Paterson, Sam Bryant and Hanna Bright. All come through the company’s Agent Freelancer Platform, which helped music professionals retrain during the pandemic. “The pandemic knocked our industry sideways”, says MD Matt Bartlett. “We tried lots of different ways to survive as a company and, in the process, we discovered we were good at teaching people. We developed an effective approach to teaching booking agents, whilst at the same time learning from the wide range of experience our team has to offer. I’m delighted to welcome four more agents to Midnight Mango and I look forward to their development within the company”.



Ed Sheeran and Elton John have finally revealed their new Christmas song. It’s called ‘Merry Christmas’.

Oh what? Christmas songs, is it? Well, Abba have put forth their contribution to the form, ‘Little Things’.

Meanwhile, Nathan Evans has released a cover of ‘Driving Home For Christmas’.

If you fancy something punkier (and aimed at kids), Andy And The Odd Socks have released the first ever official Children In Need Christmas single, a cover of ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’.

Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi have teamed up for new single ‘Just Look Up’, taken from new Netflix film ‘Don’t Look Up’, in which they both star. The film will be in cinemas on 10 Dec, and hit Netflix on Christmas Eve.

Becky G has teamed up with Netflix to release a cover of ‘Bella Ciao’. The nineteenth century Italian song appears in Netflix series ‘Money Heist’ (aka ‘La Casa De Papel’). “‘Bella Ciao’ is an iconic song and marks an important moment in the series”, she says. “So being asked to reimagine it and be a part of the ‘Casa De Papel’ world is truly an honour”.

Roddy Ricch has has announced that he will release his new album ‘Live Life Fast’, on 17 Dec. Here’s recent(ish) single ‘Late At Night’

Having announced it in binary code earlier this week, Grimes is back again with new single ‘Player Of Games’.

Kim Petras has released new single ‘Coconuts’, taken from her upcoming debut album, which is due out next year.

With their first album for seventeen years, ‘The Tipping Point’, out in February, Tears for Fears have released new single ‘No Small Thing’.

Kim Gordon has released new single ‘Grass Jeans’. All proceeds will go to Fund Texas Choice. She explains: “I often get asked ‘Can music change things for people in a political landscape?’ Hell yes it can. But it takes a listener, an audience, to make it anything. So please join me in helping to protect and keep accessible a woman’s right to choose her fate by purchasing this song and supporting Fund Texas Choice and their collective efforts to secure abortion access for all. Thank you. It means so much”.



Kojey Radical has announced that he will play Manchester’s Albert Hall on 6 Apr and Brixton Academy on 7 Apr. Tickets go on sale on 10 Dec.

Amnesia Scanner and Freeka Tet have teamed up for three livestreams over the course of this weekend. Catch them on YouTube here – part onepart twopart three.

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

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