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By | Published on Friday 23 September 2022

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Leila Oliveira has been promoted to President of Warner Music Brazil. She will take up the role on 28 Oct, replacing Sérgio Affonso, who is leaving to set up his own independent label. “It’s an incredible honour to be asked to succeed Sergio as President of Warner Music Brazil”, she says. “I’ve worked for him for almost a decade and learnt so much about how to support artists and stay nimble in our ever changing industry. I’ve got huge ambitions to further grow our company and make Brazil a source of global talent for Warner Music”.



Harry Styles and Florence Pugh have released ‘With You All The Time’, taken from their new film ‘Don’t Worry Darling’. Styles doesn’t sing, but plays piano on the song.

Stormzy has released new single ‘Mel Made Me Do It’. It’s not been properly announced yet, but a new album is expected from the rapper later this year.

Lil Nas X has released ‘Star Walkin’, the official anthem of this year’s League Of Legends World Championship esports tournament. The rapper also has a new limited edition M&Ms packet out too.

Want another official anthem? OK. Lil Baby has released new single ‘The World Is Yours To Take’, which is the official anthem of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Sam Smith has released new single ‘Unholy’, featuring Kim Petras. “I’ve never had so much fun making a record”, says Smith of the song. “It was so cathartic and freeing to experiment like this and throw out the rule book. It has also been an honour to work with Kim and get to witness her brilliance. This song is about liberating oneself from the clutches of others’ secrets”.

Red Hot Chili Peppers have released new single ‘Eddie’, paying tribute to late Val Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen. “Sometimes we don’t realise how deeply affected and connected we are to artists until the day they die”, says Anthony Kiedis. “Although the song doesn’t speak to Eddie by name, it talks about his early days on the Sunset Strip and the rock n roll tapestry that Van Halen painted on our minds. In the end, our song asks that you not remember Eddie for dying but for living his wildest dream”.

The new Björk tracks are coming in thick and fast now. There’s another one, called ‘Ancestress’, out now. “On my new album ‘Fossora’ I wrote two songs to my mother. This one, ‘Ancestress’, [was] written just after her worldly funeral and is probably an impulse common with musicians: to make your version of the story, later”. ‘Fossora’ is out next week.

Weezer have released the third instalment of their ‘SZNZ’ series of EPs, matching up to the seasons of the year. And as we enter into the autumn, guess which one they’ve put out? Yes, that’s right. Well done you. Here’s the lead track from ‘SZNZ: Autumn’, a little song called ‘What Happens After You’.

Leftfield have released new track ‘Accumulator’. They’ve also announced UK tour dates in December, kicking off at The Steelyard in London on 7 Dec.

Alvvays have released two new tracks, ‘Belinda Says’ and ‘Very Online Guy’. Say the band: “Two new lambs for the cultural volcano! One more sweet slurp of alcopop dedicated to the girls wiping tables called ‘Belinda Says’ and the dial-up electronic dream ‘Very Online Guy’”. Their new album, ‘Blue Rev’, is out on 7 Oct.

We Are Scientists have released new single ‘Operator Error’. “It starts with what sounds like a countdown timer for some kind of destructive alien device, but ends up being a countdown timer for one of the punchiest little pop songs on Earth”, says bassist Chris Cain. “So the usual first-listen reaction is joy mixed with quite a bit of relief”.

Ezra Collective have released new single ‘Ego Killah’. They’ve also announced UK tour dates in February next year, which will finish up at Brixton Academy in London on 24 Feb. Their new album, ‘Where I’m Meant To Be’, is out on 4 Nov.

Isabella Lovestory has released new single ‘Exhibisionitista’.

Dilettante has released the video for recent single ‘Surrogate Lover’.



The rescheduled Mercury Prize will take place on 18 Oct, still at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. The previously planned ceremony was called off, of course, right at the last minute because it was due to start shortly after the announcement of the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

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