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One Liners: EU touring, Kanye West, Diplo, more

By | Published on Wednesday 29 September 2021



The UK government has confirmed that ‘splitter vans’ can still be used by British musicians touring Europe. In response to concerns expressed by the Musicians’ Union and Incorporated Society Of Musicians that technicalities in the new EU/UK trade deal would prevent the use of such vehicles, the Department For Transport has stated: “[The EU has] confirmed their view that splitter vans do not fall in the scope of the [trade agreement], and their use is therefore subject to member state law … This was also the case while the UK was a member of the EU, and as the [trade deal] does not apply to splitter vans, their use by UK operators will continue to be governed by member state law”.



CTM Outlander has acquired the catalogue of music publishing company One77 Music and also signed songwriter Markus ‘Mack’ Sepehrmanesh, who had previously worked with TEN Music, which CTM also recently acquired. CTM Outlander CEO André de Raaffone says: “One77 Music is a unique music publishing company with some outstanding writers whose songs have been recorded by the greatest artists in the world. We are very happy with this new music publishing catalogue addition and a further involvement in Mack’s successful career, in order to grow CTM Outlander’s ambition to become one of the leading independent music companies in the world”.

River House Artists and Sony Music Publishing in the US have jointly signed country singer-songwriter Neil Medley to a worldwide publishing deal. “River House Artists is one of the most respected publishing and artist development companies in Nashville”, says Medley. “Their track record, combined with Sony’s horsepower and industry-wide reach, is an ideal situation for any writer. I am so excited to be a part of such a special roster and I’m confident we are going to do some great things together”.



UK record industry collecting society PPL has promoted Lucy Cousins to Head Of Radio & Online and Charlie Rogers to Head Of Television in its licensing team. Chief Licensing Officer Jez Bell says: “I am delighted to announce these thoroughly deserved promotions, which underline PPL’s long-term commitment to finding, developing and retaining talent and knowledge across our team”.

Music rights tracking platform Utopia Music has hired Paul Stuart as Chief Legal Officer. He was formerly Counsel and Head of Business Affairs of Soundtrack Your Brand and Spotify Business.



Kanye West is tinkering with ‘Donda’. Several tracks have been replaced with new versions on streaming services. Changes include the removal of Chris Brown from ‘New Again’, a bit more bass on ‘Junya, and new mixes of a number of other tracks. None of it stops the album being a bloated mess, though.

Diplo has released new track ‘Promises’, featuring Paul Woolford and Kareen Lomax.

Converge have collaborated with Chelsea Wolfe, her writing partner Ben Chisholm and Cave In’s Stephen Brodsky on new album ‘Bloodmoon: I’. “We wanted to do something grander than the typical four-piece Converge music”, says Converge vocalist Jacob Bannon. Wolfe adds: “The project stretched my vocals in new ways. It’s so different than what I normally sing over that I was able to open up and be vulnerable with my vocals”. Here’s first single ‘Blood Moon’.

Deep Throat Choir have put out the title track of their upcoming album ‘In Order To Know You’. That album’s out on 3 Dec. The group’s Luisa Gerstein says the track is “a tender love song about the insufficiency of words sometimes. It also refers to the body of work – we make these songs in order to know each other more fully, and music as a whole is a means of understanding and communing with each other in a deeper way”.

Tanya Tagaq has announced that she will release a new Saul Williams-produced album ‘Tongues’ on 11 Mar 2022. Here’s the title track.

With new EP ‘333 (Them)’ out on 12 Nov, Mellah has released a track from it, ‘Heaven Only Knows’. “The pandemic has felt like a crossroads; for me at least, it’s thrown everything up in the air, creating in equal measure an atmosphere of both anxiety and excitement when considering how it will all fall back down to earth again”, he says. “‘Heaven Only Knows’ is just asking, ‘how do we want it to look when/if it all lands?'”

Reb Fountain has released the title track of her new album ‘Iris’, which is out this Friday. “‘Iris’ is a love letter to my sisters and my many selves, an embrace that holds all the stories we never shared, a rainbow connection, a feminist arsenal, a space to rest, a prism for the heart”, she says.

Martha Skye Murphy has released the second in a trilogy of tracks – ‘Stuck’ – following ‘Found Out’, which was released in June. “‘Stuck’ explores online relationships”, she says. “I wanted to write a song that was triumphant and uplifting despite its subject matter, like an apology after a fallout; a lizard losing its tail to escape its prey, a euthanasia coaster… to create the feeling of spinning endlessly and the euphoria of dizziness as the subconscious mind anticipates nausea”.

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