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One Liners: Joe Hammill, Warner Music, Sam Smith, more

By | Published on Wednesday 30 January 2019

Sentric Music

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Sentric Music and Strictly Confidential have renewed their global songwriting agreement with Joe Hammill. Hammill signed his initial deal with the two companies in 2011. “Working with people like Joe is what makes being a publisher such a joyous job”, reckons Sentric’s Simon Pursehouse. “He’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet”, agrees Strictly Confidential’s Thomas De Mot. We’re not in this to make friends, guys.

• Warner Music has signed a new agreement with Turkish music company Doğan Group, which owns independent label Doğan Music Company and online video platform NetD. DMC will distribute Warner releases physically and digitally in Turkey, while NetD will host Warner music videos. The deal will “enable better representation of Warner artists” in Turkey, reckons DMC CEO Samsun Demir, which I assume is the point.

• Universal Music has announced a load of exec rejiggling in is classical and jazz division. Holly Adams becomes Head Of Soundtrack And Score, Global Classics And Jazz And Globe UK, which is a bit of a mouthful. Rachel Tregenza joins from Decca as Head Of International Communications And Artist Strategy, Global Classics And Jazz. Also a mouthful. And Anja Boenicke joins from Deutsche Grammophon as Head of Artist And Brand Partnerships, Global Classics & Jazz. Yep, another mouthful. “New appointments”, says their boss, Dickon Stainer. He said more, but those job titles used up all the word count.

• Sam Smith and Normani have released the video for their single ‘Dancing With A Stranger’.

• Jax Jones and Years & Years have released the video for their single ‘Play‘.

• Bryan Adams has released the video for his new single ‘Shine A Light’, which, like all songs these days, was co-written by Ed Sheeran. And whoever Ed Sheeran ripped off this time. Only joking!

• Health have released new track ‘Feel Nothing’ as part of the Adult Swim singles series. The track will appear on the band’s upcoming new album ‘Vol 4: Slaves Of Fear’.

• Heather Woods Broderick has announced that she will release new album, ‘Invitation’, on 19 Apr. Right now, here’s new single ‘Where I Lay’, of which she says: “‘Where I Lay’ is really a poem about the impermanence of all things. So many of our questions will remain unanswered but if we slow down and appreciate things as they are it can provide a simplicity and an ease that inspires wonder amidst the chaos”.

• Sacred Paws are back with new single ‘Brush Your Hair’. Which reminds me, I must brush my hair.

• Ian Sweet has released the video for her single ‘Holographic Jesus’ ahead of UK tour dates next month.

• Norma has released the video for the title track of her debut album, ‘Female Jungle’, to mark her addition this year’s SXSW line-up.

• Ozzy Osbourne has postponed his European tour in its entirety. Due to begin this week, the dates have been pulled at the last minute as the singer has come down with flu and bronchitis. Doctors are concerned it could develop into pneumonia if he performs at all. Osbourne says he is “completely devastated”, but the shows have been rescheduled to September, with Judas Priest still on board as support act.

• Fat White Family will tour the UK in May, winding up at The Forum in London on 15 May.

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