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By | Published on Tuesday 12 March 2019


Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Korean music company JYP Entertainment has announced a global deal with Sony Music’s The Orchard for digital and physical distribution.

• Independent music publishing company S2 has signed a worldwide administration deal with Universal Music Publishing. “It’s really great”, says founders Savan Kotecha and Sonny Takhar.

• Cage The Elephant have signed a new worldwide publishing administration deal with BMG. “We are happy”, says manager Cliff Burnstein. “We are THRILLED”, adds BMG’s David Hirshland.

• I Am Pop, the platform that helps artists and companies utilise Facebook Messenger as a marketing tool, has raised €2 million of new funding. “We are entering an era of post-social”, says founder Tim Heineke. “Private messaging is the new social network”.

• 7digital has signed a two-year deal with Music Powered Games, which develops online music games that use song lyrics to power gameplay. Specifically, it will provide a streaming service within MPG’s US-only MuzArcade app. Elsewhere, 7digital’s Deputy CEO Pete Downton has confirmed he is stepping down from the business.

• Bauer Media is set to launch what it claims is the UK’s first national country music radio station next month. Country Hits will launch on 5 Apr. “It’s a genre I’ve fallen in love with and it’s thrilling [THRILLING?] that it now has a home in Country Hits Radio”, says The Saturdays’ Una Healy, who will be among the presenting team.

• Q Magazine has done an advertorial deal to produce a load of branded coverage for this year’s All Points East festival. “Our insight and understanding of Q’s audience of music lovers, paired with our editorial and commercial expertise will place readers at the beating heart of All Points East through a creative campaign spanning print, digital, social and experiential”, says Bauer advertising exec Abby Carvosso. So that’s a shame.

• BTS have announced that they will release new album, ‘Map Of The Soul: Persona’, on 12 Apr. Pre-orders start today.

• Labrinth, Sia and Diplo will release their debut album as LSD on 12 Apr.

• Karen O and Danger Mouse have released the title track from their ‘Turn The Light’ album, which is out this Friday.

• Emma Bunton has released another new song from her upcoming new solo album, ‘My Happy Place’. Here’s ‘Too Many Teardrops’.

• Arcade Fire have released new track ‘Baby Mine’, taken from the soundtrack of Disney’s upcoming live action remake of ‘Dumbo’. The song itself is a remake of a track from the 1942 animated original, neither of which really needed updating.

• Caterina Barbieri has announced that she will release new album ‘Ecstatic Computation’ on 3 May. From it, this is ‘Fantas’.

• Pheeyownah is back with new single ‘Gold’. The track is taken from her debut album, ‘Silver’, which is out on 3 May.

• Ishmael Ensemble have announced that they will release their debut album, ‘A State Of Flow’, on 3 May. They will tour the UK the same month. Here’s new single, ‘Lapwing’.

• Dido will tour the UK in November and December this year – her first tour for fifteen years – to promote her first album for five. She’ll kick off in Birmingham on 28 Nov, finishing up at the Hammersmith Apollo on 8 Dec.

• John Mayer has announced shows in London, Dublin and Manchester in October. Tickets on sale this Friday.

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