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By | Published on Wednesday 11 January 2023

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Cindy Mabe has been announced as the new CEO of Universal Music Nashville, following the announcement earlier this week that current CEO Mike Dungan is to retire this spring. She will take up the post on 1 Apr. “Country music has been my life’s passion”, she says. “It’s my childhood and my future. It’s the heartbeat that speaks truth to all walks of life in the best and worst of times. It’s truly a gift to get to honour, protect and build the next era of country music history with UMGN”.

AEG Europe has appointed Sam Booth as Director Of Sustainability. “I am absolutely THRILLED to be joining the AEG Europe team”, he says. “As leaders in their field, they understand the importance of taking a proactive role in introducing a sustainability strategy that sits at the heart of the business to drive the industry towards a more sustainable future, which is why I can’t wait to get stuck in and be a part of it”.

BMG has hired Stefan Lehmkuhl and Parker Tilghman (aka Pansy) to oversee the programming at Berlin’s Theater Des Westens, which the music firm has booked out for two years in order to present a series of shows and concerts. “The appointment of Stefan and Pansy shows the extent of our ambition. Stefan is known for his creative booking and for producing events with visual flair and artistic integrity”, says BMG Chief Content Officer Dominique Casimir. “With his help we will take the Theater Des Westens to an entirely new level and make it a premiere entertainment destination in Berlin”.



M83 will release new album ‘Fantasy’ on 17 Mar. Here’s first single ‘Oceans Niagara’. “Listening to that song, I imagine people running, driving fast, or riding spaceships together”, he says. “It’s this sense of going forward, like a magic potion that you take to discover new worlds. Beyond adventure!”

Young Fathers have released new single ‘Rice’. Their new album, ‘Heavy Heavy’, is out on 23 Feb.

Ezra Collective have released a reinterpretation of Fela Kuti’s ‘Lady’. The track will be released on seven-inch this Friday to mark the 50th anniversary of Kuti’s ‘Shakara’ album. “From our very first gig we’ve been playing tribute to his music – to now be able to celebrate his legacy on a vinyl is a dream come true”, says band leader Femi Koleoso. “The original remains unbeatable, but I hope this remix makes you dance as well”.

Billy Nomates has released new single ‘Vertigo’, ahead of the release of her second album, ‘Cacti’, this Friday.

Kid Koala has released new single ‘Once Upon A Time In The Northeast’. His new album, ‘Creatures From The Late Afternoon’ (and accompanying board game) is out on 14 Apr.

M(h)aol have released new single ‘Therapy’ and announced that they have signed a new deal with Rough Trade Publishing. Their debut album, ‘Attachment Styles’, is out on 3 Feb.

Holy Popes have released new single ‘Jerry’, taken from their eponymous debut album, which is out on 27 Jan.



Foo Fighters have announced that they will play the Boston Calling and Sonic Temple festivals in May, followed by Bonnaroo in June. These are the first performances announced since the band confirmed on New Year’s Eve that they will continue after the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins.

The 1975 and Sugababes have been added to the line-up for BRITs Week next month, playing Gorilla in Manchester on 1 Feb and The Garage in London on 8 Feb respectively. The prize draw to win tickets is open now, and a limited number will go on general sale on Friday. Proceeds from the shows go to the charity War Child.

Morrissey will headline the Hammersmith Apollo in London on 19 Mar. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

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