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One Liners: Kobalt, WME, 100 Club, more

By and | Published on Tuesday 28 January 2020



Kobalt’s neighbouring rights division – the snappily named Kobalt Neighbouring Rights – has signed a deal with that there Lewis Capaldi. His manager Ryan Walter says that it’s “an absolute honour” to partner with Kobalt on “this incredibly important area of the modern business”. And who are we to say otherwise?



Kobalt founder Willard Ahdritz is standing down as the music firm’s CEO, taking on the role of Chairman instead. Laurent Hubert, who joined Kobalt from BMG in 2016, will become CEO. Ahdritz will remain Chief Investment Officer of the group’s Kobalt Capital investment arm. The Kobalt founder told Music Business Worldwide that the rejig will ensure he isn’t over-stretched, adding, “I know Kobalt and our clients will be better for it”.

Caroline Simionescu-Marin has joined the UK music division of booking and talent agency WME. She was previously XL’s A&R Manager. “I have admired the company for a long time and it’s exciting that as well as music, WME has such a major reach across many other areas in global entertainment too”, she says. “I can’t think of a better place to learn and grow”.



The 100 Club on Oxford Street in London has announced that it will be holding a press conference at 10am tomorrow to give news about its future.



Anna Calvi has announced that she will release a new album called ‘Hunted’, which sees her rework her 2018 album ‘Hunter’ with various collaborators, including Courtney Barnett, Idles’ Joe Talbot, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Julia Holter. Here’s the new version of ‘Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy’ with Barnett.

Kate Tempest has released a new version of her song ‘Holy Elixir’, titled ‘Unholy Elixir’. “After a year of touring, we discovered new things about the song and wanted to make a version that reflected those discoveries”, she says.

XL founder Richard Russell’s Everything Is Recorded project returns with a new album this year, seeing him work with a range of artists on new music. Here’s the first single, ’10:51/The Night’, featuring Berwyn and Maria Somerville.

Clem Snide has announced that he will release his first album for five years, titled ‘Forever Just Beyond’, on 27 Mar. “The last ten years have been a rollercoaster of deep despair and amazing opportunities that somehow present themselves at the last possible second”, he says. “That this record even exists, as far as I’m concerned, is a genuine miracle”. Listen to first single, ‘Roger Ebert’, here.

Eliza Shaddad has released new single ‘Same As You’, from her upcoming EP ‘Sept ~ Dec’. She’s currently supporting Keane on their European tour, and will be returning to the UK for headline dates in March, including a show at The Scala in London on 19 Mar.



More than 100 acts have been added to the bill for this year’s Great Escape festival which takes place in Brighton from 13-16 May alongside the CMU curated industry conference. Among the long list of new additions are Dorian Electra, Arlo Parks, Nayana Iz, Kokoko!, Bessie Turner, Ghostpoet and The Jezabels’ Hayley Mary.



Organisers of the BRIT Awards have announced that Fred Again will be presented with its Producer Of The Year prize next month. Given that, according to the maths experts at the BRITs, his productions were at number one in the UK singles charts for just under 30% of last year, that’s probably a good call. Recent hits he worked on came from the likes of Ed Sheeran, George Ezra, Mist and Fredo, and Stormzy.

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