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One Liners: Jake Shears & Self Esteem, Corinne Bailey Rae, Death Cab For Cutie, more

By | Published on Wednesday 16 August 2023


BMG has acquired the writer’s share of song royalties from Michael Münzing of 90s dance duo Snap, it having previously acquired the outfit’s recordings catalogue. “Snap are a cultural touchstone for the 90s which continues to resonate today, not just in streaming but also in sync”, says BMG EVP Repertoire & Marketing Maximilian Kolb. “We are pleased to have agreed terms with Michael Münzing which will allow us to further secure the value of these great works”.



Venue operator Oak View Group has appointed Ade Patton as CFO. He joins from HBO Max. “I’m pleased that Ade will be joining OVG as our new Chief Financial Officer”, says CEO Tim Leiweke. “Ade is a seasoned financial executive who has helped lead world-class companies, and I look forward to having him on our team to help guide OVG’s continued strategic and sustainable growth at scale”.

Jacob Fain has been promoted to Head Of A&R at Warner Music’s Elektra Entertainment division in the US. “Elektra is building a cutting-edge, forward-thinking record company focused on music that moves culture and developing best in class talent”, he says. “I’m so proud of the work we have done to serve our artists in an evolving landscape, and to be part of such an incredible team”.



Jake Shears and Rebecca Lucy Taylor (aka Self Esteem) have joined the cast of the current West End production of ‘Cabaret’. They will take on the roles of Emcee and Sally Bowles at London’s Playhouse Theatre from 25 Sep to 20 Jan. “I’ve never made a secret of my love of theatre and I couldn’t be more excited about getting to make my stage debut as one of the greatest leads of all time”, says Taylor. “I’ve joked for years that there is no need for a Self Esteem musical because Sally’s story covers most of the points. I am artistically and emotionally raring to take on this challenge”.



Corinne Bailey Rae has released new single ‘Peach Velvet Sky’. The track is taken from her new album ‘Black Rainbows’, which is out on 29 Sep.

Death Cab For Cutie are back with new single ‘An Arrow In The Wall’. The song, says frontman Ben Gibbard, “is about the warning signs all around us in the 21st Century that society-at-large is in decay. The arrow lodged in the wall might have missed this time, but it would be naive to assume the next one won’t also”.

Ash have released new single ‘Usual Places’, taken from new album ‘Race The Night’, which is out on 15 Sep. “Originally written as a tribute to long forgotten bars and faces as I was leaving New York, ‘Usual Places’ took on extra significance as the first thing we worked on together post-lockdown”, says frontman Tim Wheeler.

Cherry Glazerr have released new single ‘Ready For You’, of which frontwoman Clementine Creepy says: “‘Ready For You’ is about being so ashamed of yourself that you can’t look people in the eye, and it’s also about pushing people away because of being scared of hurting them with your own bullshit. This song helps me move through it and confront those feelings of inadequacy, I hope it does that for other people too”. New album ‘I Don’t Want You Anymore’ is out on 29 Sep.

Svalbard have released new single ‘How To Swim Down’. Says frontwoman Serena Cherry: “This song is about the exquisite pain and sorrowful beauty of unrequited love. I think it’s the saddest, most heart-breaking song we’ve ever written. Lyrically, the starting point of the verse is about concealment of adoration, before the chorus gives way to realising and accepting a fate of loving someone quietly from afar”.

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