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By | Published on Wednesday 14 December 2022

Keith Urban


Litmus Music – yet another equity fund buying up music rights – has acquired the recording rights of Keith Urban. “I have the deepest respect for Keith, his incredible talent and his passion for making great music”, says Litmus co-founder Dan McCarroll. “He’s a musically insatiable musician, record maker, performer and songwriter”.

Downtown Music Services has signed up Colbie CaillatFrancis KarelLily MeolaLoren GrayRebecca Black and Yung Bae to it artist services offerings, including distribution, publishing administration, creative marketing and finance. Says Global VP A&R Bryan Mooney: “Each artist has carved out their own space and taken a unique approach to independently building a devoted fanbase. Our team is excited to help these artists continue to execute their vision on their own terms”.

Lickd has signed a new deal with Warner Chappell, bringing the latter’s songs catalogue to the former’s music licensing platform for online creators. “As we continue to commit to make it easier for YouTubers and other online creators to license commercial music for use in their videos, we also are dedicated to ensuring that Lickd holds the widest, most versatile and popular selection of tracks available”, says Lickd CEO Paul Sampson. “Signing the latest deal with Warner Chappell Music gives creators more access to great artists but also gives those artists greater exposure to fans. We’re very excited about the opportunities this partnership presents for all parties”.



Sony Music Publishing UK has promoted Naomi Asher to VP Songwriter Services & Neighbouring Rights. “I’m so excited to take on this role”, she says. “I love being part of the SMP team and I am grateful to have their support. It is an honour to work with such amazing catalogue songwriters and clients, and I look forward to partnering with them to maximise the full potential of their legendary songs”.

Universal Music’s Capitol Music Group in the US has promoted Jessica EasonZoe GillespieKate HaffendenChris KershawByron Miller and Alex Williams to various Vice President positions. “Each of these individuals exemplifies the culture we’re building at CMG”, says President Arjun Pulijal. “One of innovative and strategic thinking combined with hard work, a passion for music and a belief in our artists that is inspiring and unwavering”.

Fruits Music – the “music and tech company specialising in music playlist promotion via creative marketing with a variety of proprietary, in-house tech products”, if you want the official description – has appointed Arno Van Berkel as Managing Director. He joins from Warner Chappell Benelux. “Passion is the driving force behind everything I do and I am hugely excited about the energy and ambition that the team at Fruits Music have”, he says.



Morrissey has announced that he will record new album, ‘Without Music The World Dies’, in the new year. Just a reminder, he’s still not released his other recently announced new album, ‘Bonfire Of The Teenagers’, nor is it clear if and when that one will actually be available.

Dutch Uncles have released new single ‘Poppin’, which vocalist Duncan Wallis describes as “a minimal take on the age-old anxieties, dread and fear we all experience at certain times”. The band’s sixth album, ‘True Entertainment’, is out on 10 Mar.



Rancid have announced that they will play two UK shows next summer, hitting Brixton Academy in London on 20 Jun and Victoria Warehouse in Manchester on 21 Jun. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

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