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By | Published on Monday 18 July 2022

Ellie Goulding


Utopia Music has appointed Tracy Maraj as its Chief People & Culture Officer. “I am excited to join Utopia at such a key stage in its growth journey”, she says. “With such an ambitious mission and vision it’s vital that Utopia continues to cultivate a culture where everyone can grow and excel”.



Ellie Goulding has released new single ‘Easy Lover’, featuring Big Sean. “I wrote ‘Easy Lover’ in LA with Julia Michaels after conversations about the age-old tale of being infatuated by someone cool and beautiful knowing that they will never quite feel the same”, she says. “It’s about going back to the same dangerous person to feel alive when you know they have hurt people again and again before you”.

UB40 have released new single ‘Champion’, which serves as the official song of this year’s Commonwealth Games, and also the first single from the band’s new album ‘UB45’, which is due out next year. It’s also the first release to feature new frontman Matt Doyle, who says: “I have loved UB40’s music for as long as I can remember. The audience has welcomed me with love and open arms and I can’t wait to hear them singing the classics back to me”.

Gwylim Gold has released new single ‘Hover’. “I’m not sure where the songs are coming from when they are being written, they just sort of emerge out of the process”, he says. “When I reflect on this one I feel like it could be about fatherhood, from the perspective of both son and father“. His new album, ‘Blue Garden’, is out on 26 Aug.

Liraz has released new single ‘Doone Doone’, taken from her new album ‘Roya’, which is out on 7 Oct. “How much do you trust your love so you can fall free on his shoulder?” she says, discussing the inspiration for the song. “How much can you really expose your feelings to the one who is supposed to know who you really are? I am different from what you see in me. See me as I see myself. The song talks about the opportunity to see each other for real with no masks”.

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