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By | Published on Thursday 24 June 2021

Help Musicians


BBC Group MD Bob Shennan has been elected as the next Chair of music charity Help Musicians, a role he will take up in April 2022. “The last twelve months have shown just how important and essential the work of Help Musicians really is for the wellbeing of the musical creative community”, he says. “I feel honoured to have been asked to chair this vital charity in its next exciting chapter”. Judah ArmaniCliff FluetSilvia Montello and Stephen Swift have also been appointed as trustees.

UK record industry collecting society PPL has appointed Tomi Oyewumi as its Equity, Diversity And Inclusion Partner. “I am delighted and proud to be joining PPL as their EDI Partner, I believe there is nothing more important than the impact you have on others”, he says. “This is the legacy I want to leave behind, a legacy of positive change and equity”.

Warner Records in the US has hired Ericka Coulter as Senior Vice President Of A&R. “I’m a huge fan of Warner’s artist-centric approach and team”, she says. “I’m all about doing everything I can to bring out the best in every artist I work with – from helping them create, to finding every possible avenue of exposure and connection to move their careers forward”.



Bastille are back with new single ‘Distorted Light Beam’. Co-written and co-produced by Ryan Tedder, it’s the first single from their upcoming new album. “For us, ‘Distorted Light Beam’ soundtracks dancing through some twisted, euphoric, futuristic club space”, says the band’s Dan Smith. “It’s a song about limitless possibilities – which isn’t something any of us actually have in real life right now, so it’s been fun to explore that idea while experimenting with new sounds in our music”.

Mick Jenkins has released new single ‘Truffles’. It “attempts to address the idea that blackness, no matter what, can always be weaponised”, explains Jenkins. “From a young man actually committing a crime, to being somewhere we aren’t ‘supposed’ to be, to even being an agent of change in our own and other communities. It’s a statement that can be heard about black people of all walks especially when doing something unconventional in white spaces. As complex as Fred Hampton, or as simple as moving into a nice neighbourhood, we can always be viewed as ‘niggas making trouble'”.

LoneLady has released new single ‘Former Things’, the title track from her new album, which is out tomorrow.

Snapped Ankles have released new single ‘Shifting Basslines Of The Cornucopians’. Huh? “A cornucopian is someone who believes that the problems of the world can be solved by technology and free market trading”, the band explain. “Gambling essentially. Here’s a song about hedge funds, making hedges and town criers, and hopefully it will encourage some much-needed dancing”.



Radwimps have announced a series of livestreamed shows taking place between 16-18 Jul. The shows will occur in an interactive environment, apparently. Tickets are currently available here at earlybird prices, and there’s a trailer there too to tell you more.

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