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One Liners: Featured Artist Coalition, Katy Perry, Run The Jewels, more

By | Published on Wednesday 13 May 2020

Featured Artist Coalition


Sony/ATV has signed DJ KiD to a worldwide co-publishing agreement. “I’m beyond excited to jump head first into this partnership with Sony/ATV”, he says. “I look forward to learning the business behind production and expanding my global reach”.

Universal Music Publishing has signed the TikTok-popular duo Surfaces to a worldwide co-publishing deal. “We are excited to work closely and creatively with Colin [Padalecki] and Forrest [Frank] on what will be a long and successful career for Surfaces”, says the company’s co-head of A&R David Gray. “Their positive outlook, both personally and musically, is a much-needed breath of fresh air for pop music”.



The UK’s Featured Artist Coalition has announced that it is receiving new support from Johnny Marr and Paloma Faith. It has also announced fifteen new artist ambassadors: Skunk Anansie’s Skin, Nova Twins, B Traits, Mr Fingers, Sophia Saze, Esa, Anastasia Kristensen, Pengshui, Anna Meredith, Stiff Little Fingers’ Jake Burns, Primal Scream’s Simone Marie Butler, The Anchoress, Tawiah, Afrodeutsche and Children Of Zeus. “I’m delighted to welcome these incredible artists to the FAC family”, says GM David Martin. “Right now, perhaps more than ever, people are recognising the value of music”.

Universal Music Publishing has appointed Joe Fang as its first ever Managing Director for China. “Since I’ve taken the job, I’ve seen so much excitement in the eyes of local musicians and songwriters after they really understood what a true music publisher can do for them”, says Fang. “China needs UMPG, just as UMPG needs China”.

Universal Music has appointed Enzo Valdez as Managing Director of its Philippines division. “My life and career so far has always been built around music and helping artists, so I am delighted to being able to continue doing this on a larger scale”, says Valdez. He joins from his own Sindikato Group.



As announced by Amazon’s Alexa, Katy Perry will release her new album, ‘KP5’, on 14 Aug.

Run The Jewels have announced that they will release their new album ‘RTJ4’ on 5 Jun.

Nicole Atkins has released new single ‘Mind Eraser’, co-written with My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel. Her new album, ‘Italian Ice’, is out on 29 May.

Biig Piig has released new single ‘Switch’. The song, she says, is “about the tension, helplessness and pressure that the world is under right now. The beat and lyrics to me represents the fast pace of how the world is falling apart, and the anxious undertone of it all”.

Katie Von Schleicher has released new single ‘Brutality’. Her new album, ‘Consummation’, is out on 22 May.

Mr Ben And The Bens have released new track ‘On The Beach’. New album ‘Life Drawing’ is out on 7 Oct.

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