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By and | Published on Thursday 23 June 2022



Warner Music has announced that its CEO Stephen Cooper is standing down, although only once a new chief has been appointed, which could take more than a year. Cooper became Chair of Warner Music in July 2011 following its acquisition by Access Industries. He then took on the CEO role the following month. He’s led the mini-major during the record industry’s streaming-led revival, expanding the business and overseeing its IPO on the Nasdaq stock exchange in 2020.

Big Machine Label Group in the US has promoted Carly Strickland to A&R Director. “I feel so lucky to continue at Big Machine. I’m proud of the projects I’ve gotten to be a part of so far and I’m even more excited about the future and what we are going to accomplish together”, she says.



Gorillaz have released new track ‘Cracker Island’, featuring Thundercat. “It’s nice to be back”, says 2D. “I’m well into our new tune, it brings back weird and scary memories of stuff that hasn’t happened yet”.

Netsky has teamed up with Rita Ora for new single ‘Barricades’. “The song is about the battles people go through being in love”, says the producer. “We combined the simple beauty of pop with the power of breaks/drum and bass. I want to make dance music that has honesty and emotion – I think this song is that”.

Tove Lo has announced that she will release new album ‘Dirt Femme’ on 14 Oct. New single ‘True Romance’ is out now. The album, she says, “is about me and my relationship with my femininity. When I started out as a writer and an artist, I used to view my feminine traits as weaker and would enhance my masculine traits to get ahead in life. I feel a big energy shift in my environment since then and this album reflects the various ways my feminine side has both helped and hurt me”.

As unlikely as it sounds, Yard Act are set to release a new version of their song ‘100% Endurance’ featuring Elton John on 1 Jul. “Elton John saw our stuff and he started telling the press he thought we were good”, says frontman James Smith. “And then we chatted on the phone and after a few calls I said, ‘Elton, do you want to come to the studio and play piano on a tune?’ because, fuck it, it doesn’t matter if he says no. Anyway, he said ‘yes’, so it doesn’t matter that he didn’t say no”.

Jamie T has released new single ‘St George Wharf Tower’. His new album, ‘The Theory of Whatever’, is out on 29 Jul.

Amanda Shires has released new single ‘Take It Like A Man’, the title track from her upcoming solo album.

First Aid Kit are back with their first new music for three years, a single called ‘Angel’. “It feels special to release a song after such a long hiatus”, say the duo. “Today we’re so THRILLED to finally share our new track ‘Angel’ – a hopeful tune for these crazy times about accepting other people even if you don’t always see eye to eye”.

Lucrecia Dalt has announced that she will release new album ‘¡Ay!’ on 14 Oct. New single ‘No Tiempo’ is out now.

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