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One Liners: Elektra, Riz MC, Muse, more

By | Published on Thursday 4 October 2018

Mike Easterlin and Gregg Nadel, Elektra

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Warner Music has marked the official launch of the all new Elektra Music Group by announcing the remainder of its executive team. This includes Tim Davideit as Head Of Digital Marketing, Glenn Fukushima as Head Of Publicity and Ana Lenuzza Ross as Head Of Film, TV & Video Game Licensing. “Brilliant”, says co-President Mike Easterlin.

• Indie music publisher Bucks Music Group has announced a new deal with BASCA that will see it pay for all of its new signings to join the songwriter trade body. “Publishers are increasingly aware of the importance of having a strong, informed and united creator voice”, says Bucks MD Simon Platz. Too right. Though I suspect Sony/ATV won’t follow suit.

• Stefan Enberg has been named the new CEO of playlisting company X5 Music, which was acquired by Warner Music in 2016. Enberg was the original COO and co-founder of the company. He replaces his other co-founder, Johan Lagerlöf, in the CEO role.

• Actor Riz Ahmed is back to being rapper Riz MC and as ever he’s brilliant on new single ‘Mogambo’. He’s also announced that he’ll play a one-off London show at Village Underground on 17 Oct.

• John Grant has released another new track from his upcoming album. Here’s ‘Is He Strange’.

• Tune-Yards and US Girls have remixed each other. Both tracks will be available on a limited edition seven-inch, for sale at their upcoming US tour dates. Or you can listen to them both here.

• Roisin Murphy has released the video for ‘Jacuzzi Rollercoaster’, featuring Ali Love.

• Soak is back with her first new material in ages, a new single called ‘Everybody Loves You’. She’ll also play a handful of UK and Ireland shows next month.

• Mumdance has announced that he will release a mix of 32 previously unreleased tracks on 20 Nov. Titled ‘Shared Meanings’, it will be available as a free download, and on various non-free physical formats. There’ll also be a launch show at Oval Space in London on 23 Nov.

• Sega Bodega has released new single ‘Kisses 2 My Phone’, the first track from an upcoming new EP, ‘Self*care’, out on 24 Oct.

• Mellah has released a new single, ‘What It Is’. “On a daily basis we’re faced with a torrent of injustice and oppression from all around the world, it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed”, he says. “I started writing the track from a place of trying to stay hopeful within myself, but it progressed into a sort of wider call to arms to keep on fighting for those with less means to fight for themselves”.

• Eliza Shaddad has released the video for new single ‘Just Goes To Show’. With her debut album, ‘Future’, out on 26 Oct, she kicks off a UK tour at Hackney’s Oslo venue on 26 Nov.

• Piney Gir has announced that she will release new album, ‘Dreamcatcher’, on 12 Oct. She’ll also play a London show at the Sebright Arms on 15 Oct. Here’s her new single, also called ‘Dreamcatcher’.

• Muse will play the Royal Albert Hall on 3 Dec, in support of the Prince’s Trust. “For a long time, we’ve admired the work of The Prince’s Trust”, says Matt Bellamy. “When we were starting out as a band the Trust actually gave us a small grant to buy our first PA system, which I still have to this day. It really helped set us up on the right road and we’re delighted to be able to play a show to raise funds for them”.

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

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