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By and | Published on Friday 4 September 2020



Kobalt has signed a worldwide agreement to provide admin, creative and sync services to emPawa Publishing, the music company founded by Nigerian artist and entrepreneur Mr Eazi. “emPawa’s mission of supporting local artists through funding, education and mentoring initiatives is a great fit with the Kobalt philosophy”, says Kobalt’s Miller Williams.



BMG has appointed Levy Isabella to head up its Benelux operations. Imagine being head of Benelux! Benelux is so much fun to say. I hereby pronounce myself head of CMU’s Benelux operations. Isabella will also coordinate BMG’s publishing A&R across Continental Europe. But that’s much less fun to say.

Downtown-owned music distribution firm FUGA has announced three new hires. Craig May moves over from Ditto to become its Global Head Of Streaming & Marketing Services. Manan Vohra, previously with 7digital, becomes Global Head Of Technology And Product. And former AWAL exec Rob Webb has been appointed as the firm’s new Head Of Product.



DJ Khaled has released the video for his track ‘Popstar’, featuring Drake. It stars Justin Bieber, who lip-syncs Drake’s lines. Is it a satirical comment on pop music? Or did they just think having more celebrities would be cool? Or did Khaled realise he’d made a track with the wrong Canadian pop star too late to do anything about the record itself?

SZA has released new Neptunes-produced track ‘Hit Different’, featuring Ty Dolla $ign.

D Double E has released new single ‘Tell Me A Ting’, featuring Kano. His new album, ‘DON’, will be out on 23 Oct.

AG Cook has released new single ‘Xxoplex’. He’s also announced an ‘Appleville’ livestream, which will feature performances by himself, Charli XCX, 100 Gecs, Clairo and more. “‘Appleville’ is a tribute to live computer music in all its forms”, he says. “A pastoral escape in the comfort of your own home, an infinite green field where you can sit back and watch some of your favourite musicians grapple with the limitations of time and space”. That’ll be on 12 Sep. His new album ‘Apple’ will be out the following Friday.

Anohni has released new protest song ‘RNC 2020’. “The sound of this track ‘RNC 2020’ is pretty rough”, says Anohni. “The loop is from a concert I did at a club in New York City in my early 20s. So that’s me screaming in the past… for the present. Can you visualise a different path forward? We all have to focus on this now, with everything we’ve got”.

Machinedrum has released how many new singles? I’ll give you a clue: it’s not one. OK, that guess is just silly. I’ll tell you, it’s two. Two singles. ‘Star’ and ‘Believe In U’. Two!

Evian Christ has released new track ‘Ultra’.

Skyes Beats has released new single ‘Chop It‘, featuring Headie One and Dezzie.

The Bigo & Twigetti label has released a new compilation bringing together all the releases in its ‘Perceptions’ singles series. The collection features various artists “exploring different approaches to creating music for piano”.

Check out our weekly Spotify playlist of new music featured in the CMU Daily – updated every Friday.

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