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By and | Published on Thursday 2 September 2021

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The Association Of Independent Music has partnered with SonicData to help independent labels to monitor when their music is broadcast, utilising the firm’s SonicKey digital watermark technology. “Accurate broadcast use data available through the dashboard will help AIM members to make time-critical content, marketing and touring decisions”, says AIM COO Gee Davy. “All of it without cost to our members. This is real transparency and empowerment for music rightsholders”.



Utopia – a technology company that is developing a platform to help the music industry better manage its rights and royalties – has appointed Roberto Neri – formerly of Downtown Music and the current Chair of the UK’s Music Publishers Association – as its Chief Operating Officer. “Joining a company with such great minds, all dedicated to helping every touch point across the music industry and enhancing value for creators is the perfect role for me”, he says.



YouTube Music now has 50 million paying subscribers, according to sources who have spoken to the Financial Times. Like Amazon, YouTube has seen significant growth of its subscription music service in the last year. Even if that 50 million presumably includes people who actually sign up to YouTube Premium to get rid of the annoying ads on the main platform and never really get round using the bundled in YouTube Music account.

Spotify has announced a partnership with Philips Hue, which will allow you to sync up your smart lightbulbs with your favourite music. Or even music you think’s shit. Whatever, get ready for a living room disco. The function is being rolled out to Hue app users as we speak. Lucky them.



Elton John will release new album ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ on 22 Oct. It will feature collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Dua Lipa, Lil Nas X, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Years & Years, Gorillaz, Eddie Vedder, Rina Sawayama, Stevie Nicks, Young Thug, and more. “The last thing I expected to do during lockdown was make an album”, he says. “But, as the pandemic went on, one‐off projects kept cropping up. All the tracks I worked on were really interesting and diverse, stuff that was completely different to anything I’m known for, stuff that took me out of my comfort zone into completely new territory”.

Damon Albarn has released new solo single ‘Particles’.

Johnny Marr has released new single ‘Spirit Power And Soul’. The track is taken from his upcoming new album, ‘Fever Dreams Parts 1-4’.

Lindsey Buckingham has released new single ‘Scream’. His eponymous new solo album is out on 17 Sep.

Rosalía and Tokischa have teamed up for new track ‘Linda’.

Zeal & Ardor have released new single ‘Bow’, and announced that their eponymous new album will be out on 11 Feb 2022. The band will also be supporting Meshuggah in the UK and Ireland in May and June next year.

Injury Reserve have released new track ‘Superman That’. Their new album, ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’, is out on 15 Sep.

Charmaine has released the video for ‘A Mi Manera’ from her ‘Hood Avant Garde’ EP.

Joe And The Shitboys are back with new single ‘Pull The Trigger’. “You know those people, typically men, typically straight, typically white, that say the most offensive things online and call people snowflakes, but then start crying about free speech whenever their hateful rhetoric is contested?” says Joe. “That’s who ‘Pull The Trigger’ is about”.



Disclosure have announced three London shows at Heaven, Brixton Academy and Alexandra Palace in March next year. They will be their first shows in the city for seven years.

Girl In Red will be playing a secret show in London on Friday. She will be handing out free tickets at Boxpark in Shoreditch at 2pm today, if you fancy going along.

The Divine Comedy will tour the UK and Ireland in April and May next year in support of new best of compilation ‘Charmed Life’, which is out on 4 Feb. “I’ve been luckier than most”, says Neil Hannon. “I get to sing songs to people for a living and they almost always applaud. So when asked what to call this collection I thought of ‘Charmed Life’. I like the song and it rather sums up how I feel about my life”.

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