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One Liners: Kanye West, Ne-Yo, White Lies, more

By | Published on Tuesday 28 September 2021

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Round Hill Music has acquired the recordings catalogue of R&B group The O’Jays. The deal brings the company recording royalties from 532 studio recordings. “We are very happy we found Round Hill to look after our lifelong catalogue”, say The O’Jays’ Eddie Levert and Walter Williams. Chair of the Round Hill Music Royalty Fund, Trevor Bowen, adds that he is “delighted” to see the fund’s ‘investment manager’ – ie the Round Hill Music company and its CEO Josh Gruss “competently executing on its pipeline of attractive opportunities”. As are we all, I’m sure.



Rebecca Prochnik has joined talent agency UTA as Director Of Creative Strategy, UK Music. “The times we’re living through have expanded all manner of approaches and perspectives across the board”, she says. “I’m delighted by this unique opportunity to combine energies with the incredible, in-depth universe of UTA to lift the roof and broaden the pathways in what is an immensely transformative time for artists and agents alike”.

Chrysalis Records has hired Allison Schlueter as Head Of Frontline Marketing & Catalogue Development for North America. “We have for a while identified the need to have someone on the ground in the US to lead the marketing of Chrysalis Records’ frontline releases and its catalogue”, says Jeremy Lascelles, CEO of Chrysalis Records, which now operates as part of Reservoir Media. “The recent addition of the Tommy Boy catalogue into our recorded music activities made that need all the more acute”.



Netflix has announced a new three part documentary set to cover 21 years of Kanye West‘s life, which it is calling ‘Jeen-Yuhs’. You’d think if you had 21 years to think of a name, you might come up with something a little better. I don’t know, names are hard. Anyway, here’s a trailer.



Ne-Yo has released his first single of the year ‘What If’. What if this is his only single of the year? I don’t know, let’s not think about it.

White Lies will release their sixth studio album, ‘As I Try Not To Fall Apart’, on 18 Feb 2022. Here’s the title track. “We wrote this song quickly, late one night, and often the songs which come quickest are written from the gut and the heart, not with the head”, say the band. “It’s about accepting vulnerability as a man, and knowing it’s OK to be broken. There’s never been a more pressing time to spread the message that it’s OK to not be OK”. The band will also tour the UK In March.

Arca has released new track ‘Incendio’.

Noah Yorke – son of Thom – has release new track ‘Trying Too Hard (Lullaby)’. It’s the first single he’s released under his own name, having previously worked under the pseudonym Alec Owen.

Sera Eke has released new track ‘Broken Faith’, which was originally recorded for German crime drama ‘Leipzig Homicide’.



Tool have announced UK tour dates in May next year. So that’ll be fun. The dates will include a performance at the O2 Arena on 9 May. “It is with great pleasure I get to announce our return to the road”, says drummer Danny Carey. “These past eighteen months have been trying to say the least but from great trials come great lessons and great rewards. We are genuinely looking forward to sharing them with you”.



Cadence Weapon has won this year’s Polaris Music Prize for best Canadian album with his fifth LP, ‘Parallel World’. Have a watch of his acceptance speech here, if you like.

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