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One Liners: Halsey, Empire, Alice Cooper, more

By | Published on Thursday 15 June 2023



Halsey has signed a new record deal with Sony’s Columbia Records, two months after departing Universal’s Capitol. In April, Halsey’s managers Jason Aron and Anthony Li told Billboard: “After eight great years the decision to leave Capitol is bittersweet, but we are excited about exploring a new partnership and sharing new music with fans”. The record deal follows a new publishing deal with BMG, announced in December last year.

Soundtrack Your Brand – the music streaming service for businesses that play music on their premises – has raised $15 million of new funding, led by Matt Pincus‘s MUSIC company. “It’s hard to believe but, before Soundtrack Your Brand, business owners had no legitimate option to play music on demand for their customers”, says Pincus. “Almost every business has some need for music – and most business owners believe that music creators should be paid for their work. It sounds obvious, but it took a mountain of technological and business innovation to bring on-demand music to enterprise and Soundtrack nailed it”.



Artist services business Empire has hired Alexandra Moore as Chief Business Officer. “Alex is a proven leader with strong business and operational acumen”, says CEO Ghazi Shami. “She has a wealth of relationships in the music, talent and consumer internet industries and beyond, and I am confident she will be a key player to amplify our global presence”.

Armada Music has hired Jason Ellis as Global Senior A&R Director. “Joining the team at Armada and the recently launched BEAT Music Fund feels like the natural next step in my career, given the exciting opportunity to utilise my considerable network and experience built up over many years”, he says. “It’s a very exciting time for both companies on many levels, but fundamentally it’s all about building and nurturing the best music and artists. I can’t wait to get started!”



Alice Cooper will release new album ‘Road’ on 25 Aug. “For ‘Road’, I wanted the band to be involved in the foundation of all the songs”, he says. “I only see these guys when we’re on the road. So, I wanted them to be as tight as they are for the show but on all new material. When you have a band this good, I believe in showing it off, and this is my way of doing so”. Out now is new single ‘I’m Alice’.

Quantic is back with new single ‘Run’, featuring Andreya Triana. “The seedling for ‘Run’ began with a remote collaboration between Andreya Triana and me”, he says. “What started out as a simple sketch slowly became a patient gathering of lyrical ideas and musical fragments. These initial ideas were blended by an incredible array of musical contributors across New York and London. Our patience in seeing the idea through paid off and I think we found a perfect balance between raw emotion and musical expression for the dance”.

Knocked Loose have released two new songs ‘Deep In The Willow’ and ‘Everything Is Quiet Now’ – their first since 2021’s brilliant ‘A Tear In The Fabric Of Life’ EP. “[These songs] are a reminder that we are heavy, intense and extreme”, says frontman Bryan Garris. “Some elements come and go, but those will never change”.

Chai have announced that they will release an eponymous new album on 22 Sep. Out today is new single ‘Para Para’. The band will also be in the UK for live shows in November.

Melanie De Biasio has released two new songs, ‘Now Is Narrow’ and ‘We Never Kneel To Pray’. Both are taken from her new album ‘Il Viaggio’, which is out on 13 Oct.

Grove has released new single ‘Stinking Rich Families’, featuring Bob Vylan. The track is taken from new EP ‘PWR”, which is set for release on 19 Jul. “The ‘cost of living crisis’ is a phrase of pure propaganda”, says Grove on the inspiration for the new track. “Repeated to us to take away blame from the greedy families who’ve syphoned off hundreds of millions of pounds of public money for themselves and their friends”.

Andrew Hung has released new single ‘Find Out’. “This is a song about isolation, which is very different from solitude”, he says. “I’ve never really felt part of any particular tribe, yet I know it exists because belonging is a deeply-ingrained need”. His new album ‘Deliverance’ is out on 11 Aug.



Colin Stetson will perform his soundtrack to the movie ‘Hereditary’ accompanied by the London Contemporary Orchestra at London’s Barbican on 25 Apr 2024. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.

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