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One Liners: Jason Derulo, Pusha T, Mabel, more

By | Published on Thursday 30 June 2022

Jason Derulo


Downtown Music has named Scott Williams President of its CD Baby and Soundrop businesses. He was previously Chief Technology Officer. “Leading the skilled and dedicated technology teams at CD Baby and Soundrop for the last decade has been a great honour”, he says. “We’ve been laser focused on serving the more than one million artists that rely on us to get their music out into the universe to be discovered and to generate income. I am so fortunate to be able to grow at the company I love so much to continue my mission of helping the independent artist community”.

Better Noise Music has promoted Paul Cormack to General Manager. He was previously Managing Director for Canada. “In this expanded role I look forward to working closely with the global Better Noise team to achieve success for all of the artists and projects on the roster”, he says. “This is a busy year with the global release of ‘The Retaliators’ feature film in September, new releases coming from Five Finger Death Punch, The Hu, Dirty Heads, Nothing More and Bad Wolves, not to mention Eva Under Fire and Classless Act, Better Noise’s two developing acts poised to break globally. What a fantastic time to begin in this new role”.



Jason Derulo has enlisted Kodak Black on new single ‘Slidin’. It arrives with a whole metaverse experience around it that you may or may not be interested in. “Throughout my career, I’ve always tried to find new and creative ways to interact with my fans and technology has always been at the centre of that philosophy”, says Derulo. “I have been watching and investing in the web3 space for a while now and seeing the impact it’s had on fostering communities had my mind racing. That’s why I’m incredibly excited for this Decentraland experience to be able to hang out with my fans in real time and experience the music video in a new way. Shout out TerraZero for architecting the space. I’m excited for you all to experience it”.

With her second album ‘About Last Night’ out on 15 Jul, Mabel has released new single ‘Let Love Go’.

Dermot Kennedy has revealed that he will release his new album, ‘Sonder’, on 2 Sep. “The meaning behind [the word] ‘sonder’ [ie the realisation that everyone around you has a life as complex as yours] has resonated with me so much for years”, he says. “I exist in an industry where we’re encouraged to constantly only think about ourselves and I find that exhausting and uninspiring. I want to learn about you. Let us share all of our triumphs, all of our troubles. Let this music belong to all of us, to find our own stories and our own solace within it”. From the album, this is new single ‘Dreamer’.

Yungblud has released new single ‘Don’t Feel Like Feeling Sad Today’. “I wrote this song on a morning when I didn’t even want to get out of bed”, he says. “I sat and looked at the ceiling, head full of so much shit, reading what the internet was saying about me that day, and I just didn’t feel like feeling sad”. His new album, ‘Yungblud’, is set for release on 2 Sep.

Gryffin has released new single ‘Reckless’, featuring MØ.

Danger Mouse and The Shins’ James Mercer have revived their Broken Bells project to release their first album together since 2014. ‘Into The Blue’ is set for release later this year, and its first single is ‘We’re Not In Orbit Yet’.

Anna Of the North is back with new single ‘Dandelion’. It is, she says, “a song about lost love. The kind of love that can’t stay for obvious reasons… [but] still there is hope that one day it’ll work out”.

Kuedo has released ‘Infinite Window’, the title track of his new album, which is out on 29 Jul. “I thought of an infinity inside us, like falling into ourselves, or falling into each other, somehow. Perhaps the intensity of years passing, alone or in long-term relationships, like how you change and change one another”, he says. “It’s the idea I keep returning to of making something that externally is theatrical or escapist, like a sci-fi illustration, but on the inside is smaller and interpersonal. I think that big-outside, intimate-inside is something a lot of music I love does, perhaps pop production especially”.

Featuring members of Katatonia and Paradise Lost vocalist Nick Holmes, death metal supergroup Bloodbath have announced new album, ‘Survival Of The Sickest’, which is set for release on 9 Sep. “If there was a declaration of goods attached to this album, it would say Florida death metal exported from Sweden”, say the band. Here’s new single ‘Zombie Inferno’.

Sudan Archives is back with new track ‘NBPQ (Topless)’, taken from her upcoming new album ‘Natural Brown Prom Queen’. The song, she says, is “about my insecurities that I have being a brown skin black female in the world and how to navigate through that while facing American beauty standards. It’s a song of redemption and freedom”.

Dub War have put out new single ‘Get Back Up’, featuring Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin. “I’ve always wanted to empower and lift those who are going through a tough time, and in days like this, who isn’t”, says frontman Benji Webb. “This is what ‘Get Back Up’ was created for. I called Mike Bordin about him playing on this particular Dub War track. Mike has been a Dub War fan from way back. He eventually called me back and, with passion, said ‘I’m in’”.

Effy has released her debut EP ‘Not What It Seems’, featuring two brand new tracks. “This is my debut EP so I have tried to encapsulate all of my sounds in one short project”, she says. “Techno, breakbeat, bass and some more softer melodic stuff. This project was mostly inspired by the feelings I had when clubs opened after the pandemic and finding my confidence as a DJ and artist”.



Pusha T has announced UK and Ireland tour dates in December, hitting Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Dublin. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.

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