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One Liners: Justin Bieber, Slipknot, Simple Minds, more

By | Published on Wednesday 20 July 2022

Justin Bieber


BMG has acquired Simple Minds’ song rights catalogue, plus the band’s remuneration and royalty rights in relation to their entire recorded music output. This follows the news that BMG will release the band’s new album, ‘Direction Of The Heart’, on 21 Oct. “We are very pleased to have struck this deal”, says frontman Jim Kerr. “It feels like the right time for us and our families. We look forward to working with everyone at BMG”.



Artist manager Matt Roswell has joined YMU. “I’m excited to be at YMU and to be working with … the amazing team here”, he says. “Having been independent for so long it’s nice to have others to bounce ideas off and to continue my learning in what is an ever changing industry”.

Management firm This Is Music has promoted Lisa Marxen to the role of Managing Director. “The opportunity to lead This Is Music is a great privilege”, she says. “Since joining the companies’ leadership team in 2016, working closely alongside [previous MD] Oli Isaacs and our co-director Luke Williams, we’ve been able to strengthen the company and our team despite the challenges of COVID and the rapidly changing digital music ecosystem”.



The Teenage Cancer Trust will host the fundraising Ladies Who Rock lunch at Karma Sanctum Soho today. The event will include a silent auction, which you can also take part in online. See what’s on offer here. Money raised will go to funding the specialist nursing for young people with cancer provided by the Trust.



Slipknot are back with new music. New single ‘The Dying Song (Time To Sing)’ is the first single from new album ‘The End, So Far’, which is out on 30 Sep. “New Music, new art, and new beginnings”, says percussionist Shawn Crahan. “Get ready for the end”.

Jessie Ware has released new single ‘Free Yourself’. The song, she says, “is the beginning of a new era for me. I’m so excited for people to have this song for the end of their summer; to dance, to feel no inhibitions, and to feel joyful because that’s how I’ve been feeling recently being able to tour again and being able to sing again. Enjoy yourself, free yourself!”

Clutch have announced that they will release their thirteenth studio album, ‘Sunrise On Slaughter Beach’, on 16 Sep. Here’s recent single ‘We Strive For Excellence’. The band will also be touring the UK in November and December, finishing up with a show at The Roundhouse in London on 17 Dec.

There’s another new Daphni single. It’s called ‘Clavicle’ and is taken from new album ‘Cherry’, which is out on 7 Oct.

Featuring Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton, ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, Retox guitarist Mike Crain and The Locust bassist Justin Pearson, Dead Cross have announced that they will release their second album, ‘II’, on 28 Oct. From it, this is ‘Reign Of Error’.

Unloved have released new single ‘Turn Of The Screw’, featuring Raven Violet. “’Turn Of The Screw’ was a song I wrote the lyrics to over lockdown”, says the group’s David Holmes. “It’s an ode to mental health – making changes in your life for the better – cutting toxicity out of your life and focusing on the important things – family, friends and music”.

Titus Andronicus will release their seventh album, ‘The Will To Live’, on 30 Sep. First single ‘(I’m) Screwed’ is out now. “In ‘(I’m) Screwed’, we are introduced to the narrator of ‘The Will To Live’ at the moment he realises the walls are closing in”, says frontman Patrick Stickles. “Be it real or imagined, he feels the pressure building on all sides, a feeling to which many of us can relate, I imagine. His faith and fortitude are tested like never before, and the narrative of the album will reveal whether that pressure crushes him or produces a diamond”.

Lucrecia Dalt has released new single ‘Atemporal’, from her upcoming new album ‘¡Ay!’

Boyfriend has enlisted Pussy Riot for new single ‘Dance With The Devil’. “This song is an invitation to the Devil’s party, where indulgence isn’t a sin and temptation isn’t a threat”, says Boyfriend. “It’s also an inversion of the patriarchal depictions of Satan… if God is a woman, so is the Devil, and she’s way more fun to hang with”.

Tool’s Justin Chancellor and Sweet Noise vocalist Peter Mohamed have revived their MTVoid project after nearly a decade, with new song ‘Scanner Void’. “Peter and I really push each other”, says Chancellor. “My playing is a reaction to what he creates. He’ll hit me with a beat, and I’ll spend days recording to it – almost in stream-of-consciousness. I’ll respond to him, and I’m always excited at what he pulls out from my response. It’s all cause and effect. There is a means to this end though; we’re both trying to write a song we would like to listen to. There’s a genuine momentum to it”.



Justin Bieber is set to resume his world tour, after medical issues brought it to a halt last month. He’ll kick things off again at Summer Festival in Lucca, Italy on 31 Jul. UK shows are scheduled to begin in February 2023.

Following her triumphant Glastonbury set last month, Megan Thee Stallion has announced a one-off show at Brixton Academy on 24 Aug. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.



The Featured Artists Coalition and Music Managers Forum’s Artist & Manager Awards will be back again later this year, taking place at the Bloomsbury Big Top in London on 17 Nov. Entries are open now – fill out this form here.

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