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By | Published on Monday 16 December 2019



Kobalt has signed Australian singer-songwriter Dean Lewis to a new worldwide publishing deal. “Kobalt has been such a massive supporter of mine since the very start”, says Lewis. “From the early syncs on ‘Waves’, the team has been so instrumental in helping get my music out to the world”.



TikTok owner ByteDance has hired Tracy Gardner as Head Of Label Licensing. She comes over from Warner Music Group, following fellow ex-Warner exec Ole Obermann, who was confirmed as the Chinese company’s Global Head Of Music last week.



LadBaby has taken the early lead in the race for Christmas number one, according the Official Charts Company, trailed by Stormzy, Wham and Ellie Goulding. “LadBaby’s latest sausage song is a genuine banger”, says the OCC’s Martin Talbot. BANGER!



The latest edition of the BBC’s ‘The Next Episode’ podcast features a mix from Four Tet in which he has included “100 voices from young people across the UK” reacting to last week’s General Election result.

Dua Lipa has released the title track from her upcoming album ‘Future Nostalgia’. “I wrote this one with Jeff Bhasker and Coffee one afternoon in LA”, she says. “It’s all playful and fun and not taking ourselves too seriously but we loved it so much we wanted to share it with you”.

Grimes has released new track ‘4ÆM’, which will feature on the soundtrack of new video game ‘Cyperpunk 2077’, as well as her upcoming new album ‘Miss Anthropocene’.

Best Coast have released a cover of The Beach Boys’ ‘Little Saint Nick’. “Being from California and being heavily influenced by The Beach Boys, we had to cover this one”, says band leader Bethany Cosentino. “It’s also always fun for me to cover a song with a wall of harmonies and background vocals because it’s my favourite part about recording vocals”.

Coheed & Cambria have released a festive single in the form of ‘Toys’, from their latest album ‘The Unheavenly Creatures’.

Gabrielle Aplin has released new single ‘Magic’. She says: “‘Magic’ is about appreciating that one person in your life who makes the mundane everyday life stuff magical. It’s about how no one else has to see that magic. And it’s about giving the finger to that constant pressure to be defining our relationships online”.

Tommy Cash has released new single ‘Sdubid’.

Perfume have released new single ‘Saisai’, which is taken from the soundtrack of new film ‘Shijinso No Satsujin’.



Taylor Swift is going to headline the last night of Glastonbury next year. The booking is not playing that well with her core fanbase. She’ll also play British Summer Time in Hyde Park two weeks later.

Harry Styles has announced that he will play a launch show for his new album, ‘Fine Lines’, at a secret London location on Thursday. You need to pre-order said album from his website by 3pm tomorrow to be in with a chance of buying tickets.

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