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By | Published on Wednesday 12 January 2022

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Universal Music Publishing has signed Calacote to a global publishing deal. “Calacote represents a new sound within the Latin urban community”, says President of US Latin and Latin America, Alexandra Lioutikoff. “UMPG is THRILLED to sign a multi-lingual talent like him with truly global potential as both a songwriter and an artist”.



The co-President of Universal Music’s Capitol UK label, Nick Raphael, is leaving the company. It is expected that the other co-President – Jo Charrington – will continue on as sole President.

Over in the US, Arjun Pulijal has been promoted to President of Universal’s Capitol Music Group. He was previously SVP Marketing. “Arjun is renowned throughout our company, the industry and the creative community for prioritising artistry in all aspects of presenting music to the world”, says CEO Michelle Jubelirer. “He is more than artist-friendly; he is artist-first, and his approach has resulted in some of our company’s most acclaimed and commercially successful releases during Pulijal’s nine years here”.

Elsewhere at Universal Music three promotions have been announced in its Global Classics & Jazz division. Liz Chew becomes Senior Director, Global Priorities – Marketing, Rachel Tregenza moves up to Senior Director, Global Priorities – Communications & Artist Strategy, and George Irwin is now Manager – Audience & Analytics. “These changes mark the latest step in our mission to deliver best-in-class service for our incredible artists, and for these genres of music which hold global cultural significance and are of great importance to us at UMG”, says Global Classics & Jazz CEO, Dickon Stainer.



Kanye West has released a video for ‘Heaven And Hell’ from his ‘Donda’ album. It also serves as an advert for a hoodie he’s selling.

The Weeknd has released the video for ‘Gasoline’ from his new album ‘Dawn FM’.

Cate Le Bon is back with new single ‘Remembering Me’, taken from upcoming new album ‘Pompeii’, which is out on 4 Feb.

Ride’s Andy Bell has released new single ‘Something Like Love’. His new solo album, ‘Flicker’, is out on 11 Feb.

Former Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel’s band Vio-lence have released ‘Flesh From Bone’, their first new single in 29 years. New EP ‘Let The World Burn’ is out on 4 Mar.

Tyondai Braxton has released new single ‘Multiplay’.

Members of Hookworms, Yard Act, Cowtown, Drahla and Virginia Wing have teamed up to form new band Holodrum. They will release their eponymous debut album on 25 Feb. Here’s first single ‘Free Advice’.

Susanna has announced a new album inspired by French poet Charles Baudelaire, titled ‘Elevation’. Taking its name from a Baudelaire poem, the first single is ‘Alchemy Of Suffering’.

Los Bitchos have released new single ‘Pista (Fresh Start)’. Their debut album, ‘Let The Festivities Begin’, is out on 4 Feb and they will be kicking off UK tour dates later that month too.

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