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One Liners: Holly Humberstone, Desire Marea, Jeff Buckley, more

By and | Published on Tuesday 2 March 2021

Holly Humberstone


Universal Music Publishing has signed singer-songwriter Holly Humberstone to a global deal. “I’m really excited to join the UMPG family”, she says. “They’ve been so supportive since the beginning of my journey and I couldn’t ask for a better team”.

Mute has signed Desire Marea to a new record deal. “I am enormously excited to be working with Desire and to be part of their remarkable career”, says label founder Daniel Miller. Marea adds: “This is probably the highlight of my career thus far, to be supported by such an amazing label and such an exceptional team. I am very excited about the future”.



Universal Music in the US has promoted Ethiopia Habtemariam to the role of CEO at its Motown label. Moving forward the label will also “have greater creative and commercial independence to advance its groundbreaking mission of artistic, social and entrepreneurial empowerment”.

Music distributor FUGA has announced the appointment of Liz Northeast and Alison Lamb at its London office. Northeast joins from The Orchard and becomes Client Relations Director EMEA. Lamb joins from Prolifica Management and becomes Digital Accounts/Marketing Strategy Manager.

The International Confederation Of Music Publishers has expanded its board to eighteen members – which means two new directors have been appointed: Matthew Capper, Managing Director of Warner Chappell Australia, and Antal Boronkay, Artistic Director at Editio Musica Budapest.

Universal’s Island Records UK has announced Nicola Spokes as its new Managing Director. She was previously with Universal’s labels services division, what was until very recently known as Caroline International.



Danny Jones from McFly and Binky Felstead off of ‘Made In Chelsea’ are both investors in new talent management firm Matchstick Group, which is led by Max Parker. The company will represent musicians, actors, models, influencers and other creators, with Martine McCutcheon and Max George among its launch roster. Parker says that his company will promote diversity and accessibility in the entertainment industry, and prioritise the mental wellbeing of its clients and team. The company will donate 2% of all profits to mental health charity Joe’s Buddy Line.



The long in production Jeff Buckley biopic ‘Everybody Here Wants You’ is set to begin filming later this year, Variety reports. It will star Reeve Carney and be directed by Orian Williams. “This will be the only official dramatisation of Jeff’s story which I can promise his fans will be true to him and to his legacy”, says the musician’s mother Mary Guibert. “Thankfully, my determination to assemble all the right participants, no matter how long it took, is about to culminate in the best way possible”.



Justin Bieber has announced that he will release new album ‘Justice’ on 19 Mar. “In creating this album my goal is to make music that will provide comfort, to make songs that people can relate to and connect to, so they feel less alone”, he says. “Suffering, injustice and pain can leave people feeling helpless. Music is a great way of reminding each other that we aren’t alone”. New single, ‘Hold On’, will be out this Friday.

J Balvin has released new single ‘Ma G’, the first track from his next album.

James will release new album ‘All The Colours Of You’ on 4 Jun. “With all the shit that went down in 2020 this was a miraculous conception and another big jump forward for us on the back of the last three albums”, says vocalist Tim Booth. “I hope it reflects the colours of these crazy times”. Listen to the title track here.

Martin Gore has released an Anna remix of his track ‘Howler’. “It was such a beautiful surprise to have received an invitation to remix Martin Gore, such a huge icon from our generation, probably one of the most important figures of electronic music since its inception and a constant source of inspiration in my personal journey also”, says Anna.

Pale Waves have released the video for ‘You Don’t Own Me’, from their new album ‘Who Am I?’

Lady Leshurr has released the video for ‘Brenda’, from her 2020 EP ‘Astronaut’.



Hans Zimmer has added an extra London date to his 2022 UK tour. He will play The O2 in London on 22 Mar. Previously announced (and postponed by a year) were another O2 show on 23 and one at the AO Arena in Manchester on 24 Mar. That’s 2022, remember. Tickets for all dates are on sale now.

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