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By | Published on Tuesday 29 June 2021



Bucks Music Group has signed pianist and composer Robert Mitchell to a worldwide publishing administration deal. “What an honour to join the incredible Bucks Music Group”, he says. “The catalogue speaks strongly for itself – the heritage of creativity across genres and around the world is rich and epic. I am hugely looking forward to us working together!”

Warner/ADA-allied Icons+Giants has signed 2020 ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ semi-finalist Imen to a record deal. “Our passion for Imen starts with the firepower in her voice and the halo around her humility, and that made it so important for us to try to sign her”, say label founders Billy Mann and Benton James.

Reservoir has gone and got itself the catalogue of rock producer Tom Werman. “It’s gratifying to make this agreement with the Reservoir team who genuinely care about my work, and I’m glad to have found such avid supporters”.

Lusitanian Music Publishing has become the first Portuguese publisher to sign with IMPEL for multi-territorial digital rights licensing. “Entering the third decade of the 21st century, it is absolutely, fundamentally essential to be able to collect digital [royalties] on a multi-territorial level directly from platforms using the best technology currently available with as little delay as possible”, says Lusitanian Director Nuno Saraiva.

Warner’s Atlantic Records has announced a new joint venture with Irish rap label Trust It Entertainment, which will see the major invest in signing and developing talent with the indie. “We’re really happy to be partnering with the team at Atlantic as, with their backing, we’ll have the resources to further find and develop the best talent in Ireland”, says Trust It CEO Solomon Adesiyan. “In addition, it’ll be great to tap into Atlantic’s global network and showcase our artists on an international level”.



Chinese web giant Tencent has increased its involvement in Indian streaming service Gaana by providing $40 million in debt funding. This is Tencent’s third investment into the company, having provided $41 million in debt funding last September and purchasing a $115 million equity stake in 2018.



The Music Venue Trust has announced that its annual Venues Day conference – which was cancelled last year due to the pandemic – will take place as three separate events this October. The main Venues Day will take place at EartH in London on 5 Oct, followed by two online editions – one connecting UK venues on 12 Oct, and then another on International Venues Day on 19 Oct.

AIM will host an online panel debate titled ‘How To Fix Streaming – An Introduction To The Artist Growth Model’ on Thursday, 1 Jul. Speakers will include Deviate Digital’s Sammy Andrews, former Spotify economist Will Page, and intellectual property expert David Safir. Sign up to watch here.



The memoir of late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, ‘Not Dead & Not For Sale’, is being turned into a film, under the name ‘Paper Heart’. Writer Jennifer Erwin tells The Hollywood Reporter: “It’s an honour to have the trust to tell Scott’s story and the ability to portray the lesser known sides of him – the loving and tender man he was, the high school athlete he was, the melancholy soul he was, and the legendary frontman that he will always be”.



Halsey has announced that her next album will be titled ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’, and that it is produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. No release date yet, but she has shared a brief clip of a track.

Unknown T has announced that he will release new mixtape ‘Adolescence’ on 30 Jul. Here’s new single ‘Goodums’.

Fifi Rong has released new single ‘Dream On’.



Pitchfork has announced the launch of a multi-venue festival in London this November. Acts performing include Stereolab, Moses Boyd, Black Midi, Bobby Gillespie & Jenny Beth, Tirzah, Anna Meredith, Mykki Blanco, Girl Band, Nilüfer Yanya and Iceage. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth have announced their first live dates together in November, including shows at the London and Paris Pitchfork festivals. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.

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