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One Liners: Lana Del Rey, Spinefarm, SBTRKT, more

By | Published on Thursday 8 December 2022

Lana Del Rey


Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group has agreed a new deal with the Dean Martin estate to “manage, develop and expand” the late singer and actor’s legacy. The agreement covers Martin‘s name, image and likeness along with various rights in his recordings, film appearances and TV shows. “Dean Martin was America in film, recordings, nightclubs, comedy and TV”, says Azoff. “He was the epitome of coolness. It is both an honour and privilege to welcome this cherished American talent to our Iconic family”.

Under their newly expanded alliance[PIAS] and Universal Music have announced that the latter’s Spinefarm rock label will move over to the former’s roster as of 1 Jan, and will be distributed by its [Integral] services division. “Over the last ten years, we have built Spinefarm up from its regional origin to become one of the premiere global rock destinations for artists”, says General Manager Jonas Nachsin. “Combining forces with the storied and amazing worldwide [PIAS] team – one of the best and most respected indie organisations ever in our industry – promises that future will be very bright”.



Former MMF executive Joseph Lever and his brother Tobias have launched new visual content agency Two Suns Creative, with initial clients including Universal Music and Ministry Of Sound. “We’re delighted to officially launch Two Suns Creative and to offer our services to the industry”, they say. “These days, music is an audio-visual medium, with infinite possibilities to engage audiences with compelling interactive content and artwork. Building on our existing track record, our ambition is to help artists, managers, labels and others conceptualise and produce these essential assets that will help expand their audience”.



Sam Riddle has joined Warner Records in the US as SVP Marketing. He moves over from Roc Nation. “I’m beyond excited to join the team at Warner Records, a label steeped in history and currently brimming with talent”, he says. “There’s nothing more exciting than artist development – a perpetual process that can help a superstar reach record-breaking heights and jump start a new artist’s career. The entire Warner Records team is equally dedicated to this process, making this career transition a no-brainer”.

The UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association has announced 7digital founder Ben Drury, currently CEO of children’s audio platform Yoto, as its new Chair. 7digital was ERA’s first digital member and Drury previously sat on the trade body’s board from 2008 to 2013. “It is a significant coup for ERA to welcome Ben Drury back as Chair. Ben played a pivotal role in the emergence of ERA as the voice of digital entertainment as well as of physical retailers”, says CEO Kim Bayley. “He brings unrivalled knowledge of the business and strategic view of the changing face of entertainment”.

Live and ticketing firm CTS Eventim has appointed Holger Horein as its new Chief Financial Officer. “Holger is a respected finance manager with a wealth of professional experience”, says CEO Klaus-Peter Schulenberg. “His versatility and extensive specialist expertise will make him an asset to our management team, where he will undoubtedly provide fresh impetus for our successful growth strategy”.



Lana Del Rey has announced that she will release new album ‘Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd’ on 10 Mar. Here’s the title track.

SBTRKT has released new single ‘Forward’, featuring Leilah. The track was first previewed as a snippet in the video for Drake and 21 Savage’s ‘Jimmy Cooks’, resulting in a rush of YouTube commenters asking what it was. “I’ve always viewed this song as more of an album track than what I might consider a single, so it’s great to see that it has resonated so widely”, says SBTRKT. The album that the track is taken from is due out next year.

Field Music’s David Brewis has announced that he will release his debut solo album ‘The Soft Struggles’ on 24 Feb. From it, this is ‘Start Over’.

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard will screen new tour film ‘Chunky Shrapnel’ at cinemas around the UK, North America, Australia and Netherlands this month. Details here.

Jonnine – aka HTRK’s Jonnine Standish – has released new solo single ‘I Put A Little Thing In Your Pocket’. Her new album, ‘Maritz’, is out on 16 Feb.

Jesus Piece have released new single ‘An Offering To The Night’, their first under a new record deal with Century Media.



Alvvays have announced UK tour dates in May and June next year, kicking off with a show at the Kentish Town Forum in London on 24 May. They’ve also just released a video for their song ‘Many Mirrors’.

Deaf Havana have announced UK tour dates in March and April next year. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.

The Bigo & Twigetti record label has announced a night of performances from artists on its roster at Crypt On The Green in London on 16 Feb. Artists set to play are Anna De Bruin, Fiona Brice, Jim Perkins, Tony Woollard, Rael Jones, Thea Spiers, Angus MacRae and Dan Hewson. Tickets on sale now.

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