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One Liners: Janelle Monáe, Liz Phair, Sony/ATV, more

By | Published on Wednesday 9 September 2020

Janelle Monáe


Liz Phair has signed to Chrysalis Records to release her first album for more than a decade next year. “I feel like I have found a home at Chrysalis and that we will do great work together”, she says. “I am humbled and honoured to embark on this next part of my career in the sure and steady hands of some of the best in the business”.

Sony/ATV has signed country music songwriter and producer Jay Brunswick to a worldwide publishing deal. I have always wanted to write for both Sony/ATV and [Sony/ATV Nashville CEO] Rusty Gaston and now I have the chance to write for both under the same umbrella”, he says.

Kobalt’s recordings division AWAL has signed a global deal with Joesef. “I’m fucking buzzing to be able to work with a team who understands what’s important to me, and all while still owning my own rights”, he says.



Warner Music has appointed Kareem Chin as Head Of Investor Relations, now that it’s got lots more investors post-IPO. He joins from iHeartMedia. “I’ve always been a fan of WMG’s amazing artists and songwriters, and I’ve been impressed by the company’s independent spirit, its commitment to artistry and innovation, and its financial discipline”, says Chin.



Janelle Monáe‘s back. Janelle! Monáe! Back! Monáe! Wahey! She’s just put out new track, ‘Turntables’. It’s taken from new documentary ‘All In: The Fight For Democracy’.

Stormzy has released the video for ‘Superheroes’, from his latest album ‘Heavy Is The Head’.

Unknown T has released the video for ‘Aven9ers’ featuring KO and V9, taken from his mixtape ‘Rise Above Hate’.

Former 2 Bears member Raf Rundell has signed to Heavenly Recordings and released new single ‘Monsterpiece’. “I tried hard to be Ian Dury, but realised I couldn’t”, he says. “So, I tried my best in a different way, and here we are”. An album is due next year.

Helena Deland has announced that she will release her debut album, ‘Someone New’, on 16 Oct. From it, this is new single ‘Truth Nugget’. The song, she says, “is about the distance that exists even between the closest people and how friendship involves nurturing the other’s solitude. It also touches upon how I experience my guardedness as being part of how I perform my gender”.

Penfriend (aka Laura Kidd, fka She Makes War) has released new single ‘The Only Way Out Is Through’. “I can’t do much of anything when I’m feeling down, let alone write a song about it, but one day in 2019, when I was trudging my way back, I made an attempt to leave a breadcrumb trail for my future self”, she says. “This song is my attempt to trap the ‘shapeless forces’ that ‘pull at me’, making them solid by assigning words to them, reducing their power and size to something I might feasibly be able to overcome”.

Sen Morimoto has released new single ‘The Things I Thought About You Started To Rhyme’. His eponymous debut album is out on 23 Oct.

Bassy and Shinobi have released the video for their track ‘Riskin’.



The Barbican in London has announced a series of shows starting next month, which will be performed to a limited live audience as well as streaming online. Artists scheduled to perform include Erland Cooper, The Divine Comedy, Emmy The Great, Nubya Garcia and Shabaka Hutchings. Details here.

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