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By | Published on Tuesday 16 March 2021

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Azi Eftekhari – formerly of Universal Music and YouTube, and now running her own company Remedy Inc – has been elected Chair of the UK’s Entertainment Retailer’s Association. “I’m delighted to be taking on this challenge and very much looking forward to working with the ERA team”, she says. “The past twelve months have shown the entertainment industry at its best, despite the challenges of the pandemic. The prospects for the coming months are far from clear but you can expect me to work closely with ERA’s board and members to continue to build on the positives, and drive forward our joint aims”.

Steve Backman has joined newish booking agency Runway Artists – moving over from Primary Talent after nineteen years. “It’s a chance for me to put my knowledge to something new, fresh and exciting that we have control of. We are the masters of our own destiny and that is really freeing”, he says.

Carly Heath has been named Night Time Economy Adviser to Bristol City Council. “This position is a unique opportunity to amplify the voice of our night-time economy and connect with businesses, city officials, developers, and the wider public”, she says. “Promoting a vibrant nightlife is important for tourism, but also for the social fabric of the city as a space to congregate and share ideas”.



As part of Women’s History Month, the Independent Label Market is hosting a free virtual workshop today, titled Independent Music x Independent Women. Speaking will be consultant Kelly Ridgway, Q&A’s Theresa Adebiyi, and ILM co-founder Katie Riding. It starts at 4pm and is open to all. Register here.



Roddy Ricch has released ‘Heartless (Live From LA)’, aka his medley Grammy performance of ‘Heartless’ and ‘The Box’.

Last year’s assumed Eurovision winner Daði Freyr has released his new song ‘Ten Years’, with which he will attempt to actually win this May.

Teenage Fanclub have released new single ‘The Sun Won’t Shine On Me’. “This is something of a rarity for Teenage Fanclub”, says the band’s Norman Blake. “A song in waltz time!” The band have also announced rescheduled tour dates in September this year and April 2022.

Dessa has released new single ‘Life On Land’. The track is the third in a series of monthly single drops, coming out on the fifteenth day of each month this year.

Naomi Banks has released new single ‘Moving On’. Her new EP, ‘Meeting Again’, will be out on 7 May.

Peach PRC has released the video for recent single ‘Josh’. “The music video was inspired by growing up watching the same five infomercials, morning news channels and old movies on my little pink box TV when I was a kid and couldn’t sleep on a school night”, she says. “The idea was to have ‘Josh’ feel just as harassed the more he tries to call”.

Phobophobes have released new single ‘I Mean It All’. The track will feature on their new album, ‘Modern Medicine, which is out on 25 Jun.



Fatboy Slim has announced a tour of UK arenas in November this year. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

Tom Odell has announced UK tour dates in February and March 2022. Tickets go on sale on 26 Mar. His new album, ‘Monsters’, is out on 25 Jun.

Glass Animals have announced UK tour dates in November, finishing with a rescheduled Alexandra Palace show in London on 19 Nov.

Rag N Bone Man has announced UK tour dates for October and November. Tickets go on general sale on 26 Mar.

Korn have announced a livestreamed performance on 24 Apr, filmed at Stranger Things: The Drive-Into Experience in LA. Tickets and info here.

SK Shlomo has announced a free livestreamed “rave from home” to mark the switch to British Summer Time and raise money for CALM. Acts on the bill include Rob Da Bank, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Slipmatt, Altern8 and more. Tickets are free – book and find out more here.

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

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