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One Liners: Killer Tracks, BMG, REM, Rick Astley, more

By and | Published on Friday 13 September 2019


Universal production music unit Killer Tracks has rebranded as, well, Universal Production Music, bringing the US division in line with the mega-major’s other production music units around the world.



BMG has made John Clifford head of its whole production music business. “In many ways BMG Production Music has followed the same growth trajectory as the core BMG business”, says Clifford. Good to know. How’s that then, John? “First of all defining a unique market positioning and then growing swiftly by acquisition”. Coolio. But what now? “Organic growth and service delivery”. Good times.



REM have made a previously unreleased song, ‘Fascinating’, available on Bandcamp. Money raised from the sale of the track will be donated to Mercy Corps to aid relief efforts following the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

Rick Astley has announced a new greatest hits compilation called ‘The Best Of Me’. “What’s that, just ‘Never Gonna Give You Up?’ on a loop?” you’re probably snorting to yourself right now. No, actually. I mean, for starters, there’s also the new Pianoforte version of ‘Never Gonna Give You Up?’ AND EIGHTEEN OTHER SONGS, I’LL HAVE YOU KNOW. Plus a second CD with ten more alternative versions of previous releases. Oh yes, and a brand new single called ‘Every One Of Us’. So much best stuff!

Michael Kiwanuka has released new single ‘You Ain’t The Problem’. Is it taken from a new album? You bet your old socks it is. The album is called ‘Kiwanuka’ and it’s out on 25 Oct.

Camila Cabello has released the video for new single ‘Liar’.

Wretch 32 has released new single ‘Spin Around’, taken from his upcoming album ‘Upon Reflection’.

Alter Bridge have released new track ‘In The Deep’, from upcoming album ‘Walk The Sky’.

Hayden Thorpe has released new track ‘Full Beam’, an outtake from sessions for his ‘Diviner’ album. “‘Full Beam’ was the final track to emerge from the ‘Diviner’ sessions”, he says. “It was designed to be a moment of ecstatic release from the brooding songs that preceded it and as such serves as a calling card for what is to come”.

She Drew The Gun have released the video for ‘Trouble Every Day’, a re-interpreted version of Frank Zappa’s song of the same name.

Efterklang have released new track ‘Uden Ansigt’. “The lyrics are like pictures to me, based on a moment I once had when biking in Copenhagen”, says frontman Casper Clausen.

Blonde Redhead’s Kazu has released the video for ‘Come Behind Me, So Good!’, from her debut solo album ‘Adult Baby’, which is out today.



Craig David has announced two dates, in Glasgow and Newcastle next April, to mark the 20th anniversary of his ‘Born To Do It’ album. “I can’t wait to bring my TS5 shows to Newcastle and Glasgow and given that it’s 20 years since the release of ‘Born To Do It’, there will be some special surprises in there”, he says. “It’s time to party!”

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