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One Liners: Jason Aldean, Becky Hill, KRS-One, more

By | Published on Friday 25 February 2022

Jason Aldean


Spirit Music Group has acquired a big old stake in the recording royalties – including from those always fun neighbouring rights – of country musician Jason Aldean. “It’s cool that a company like Spirit, that’s been around so long, has taken on my music catalogue”, says Aldean. “It’s something really important to me, so I’m glad it’ll be looked after”.

Sony Music Publishing Scandinavia has announced a partnership with Lateral Management’s publishing arm Vertical Rights. “Our passion has always been to make great music with good people”, says Vertical Rights MD Christian Wåhlberg. “I am convinced that working together with Sony Music Publishing’s team will inject new energy into the vibrant network of artists, songwriters and producers that make up the Lateral and Vertical family”.

Reservoir has acquired a stake in the catalogue of late hip hop producer and songwriter Larry Smith. “My family and I are excited to partner with Faith [Newman, Reservoir EVP A&R] and the Reservoir team”, says Smith’s son, Lawrence Smith Jr. “We know that our dad’s catalogue will be safe and receive great promotion with them. Faith’s knowledge of hip hop and her commitment to both cultivating the future of the genre and preserving its foundations make this feel like a full-circle moment”.

Bucks Music Group has signed songwriter, producer and mixer James Dring to a global songwriting agreement. “I’m really excited to join the Bucks family of artists and songwriters”, he says. “I have huge admiration and respect for their integrity as an independent publisher”.



Marketing agency Deviate Digital has promoted Stef Pascual to General Manager. She joined the company in 2021 as Business Strategy Director. “I am so excited to promote Stef to General Manager at Deviate”, says CEO Sammy Andrews. “Her knowledge and expertise is unmatched and we align perfectly on our vision for how to deliver our clients world class services, grow the company and support and nurture our ever growing team”.

Troy Carter’s Venice Music has hired Beth Cherry as Head Of Streaming UK, Isobel Kelly as Head Of Alt/Pop Streaming US, and Jamal Jimoh as Head Of Hip Hop/R&B Streaming US. “This team of leaders in streaming has spearheaded some of the most interesting and effective global campaigns in recent times”, says Carter. “We are very excited for Beth, Isobel and Jamal to bring their experience, know-how and passion to the Venice community”.



Applications for the third edition of the European Music Managers Association’s mentoring scheme are now open. The mentorship programme will allow ten participants to grow their professional careers through skill-sharing, networking and capacity-building in one-on-one and group settings, as well as community-building opportunities. More info here.



Tori Amos has announced a graphic novel to mark the 30th anniversary of her debut album, ‘Little Earthquakes’. The book will see 24 authors, including Margaret Atwood and Neil Gaiman, write stories based on tracks from the album, with artwork created by Bilquis Evely, David Mack and more. Find out more here.



Becky Hill and Galantis have released new single ‘Run’. “I’m so excited to release ‘Run’ with Galantis”, says Hill. “I wrote it with my best friend MNEK, who I’ve been writing with for ten years, and the magic I felt when we first wrote my single ‘Losing’ back in 2012, I still feel to this day when writing with him. I feel like every single I release has the potential to better the last one and this is no different, especially with Galantis featuring on the record too”.

KRS-One has released new album ‘I M A M C R U 1 2’, produced by his son DJ Sun-One.

Logic1000 has released new single ‘Can’t Stop Thinking About’. “This is a dance track that is a little bit clubby, a little bit joyous and of course a little bit fun”, she says. “It’s giving hands in the air energy, so get em up! I’m looking forward to finally being able to play my tracks out in the club! It’s been too long”.

Lucrecia Dalt has composed the score for Sam Walker’s new film ‘The Seed’. The soundtrack album will be out on 10 Mar. From it, this is ‘Venutian Offspring’.

EarthGang have released new single ‘Amen’, from their second album ‘Ghetto Gods’, which is out today. The duo will be in the UK for tour dates in November and December.

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