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One Liners: Lana Del Rey, Warner Music, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, more

By | Published on Wednesday 15 March 2023

Lana Del Rey


Concord Music Publishing has signed Australian band Coterie to a worldwide publishing deal. “There is a deep connection and understanding that flows through their songs”, says Jaime Gough, MD at Concord Music Publishing ANZ. “This is evident in their live performances, where the guys manage to extend this connection to their audience, leaving those lucky enough to attend with wide smiles and souls filled”.



Warner Music’s CFO Eric Levin has announced that he will retire from the company later this year. “I love working with you, and being part of this extraordinary company that’s all about teamwork, passion and ingenuity”, he wrote in a memo to staff. “But, after a transformative decade at WMG, culminating in an IPO and then a CEO transition, I’m ready to pass the baton to a new CFO”.

Indie label digital rights agency Merlin has announced seven promotions. Ryan McWhinnie becomes VP Business & Legal Affairs, Shrina Patel rises to Senior Director Of Business & Legal Affairs, Chris Tarbet moves up to Senior Director Of Commercial Partnerships, Chaida Kapfunde shifts to Senior Director Of Business & Technology Solutions, Pavan Vasdev hops over to Director Of Strategy & Growth, Quentin Martins leapfrogs to Senior Manager Of Commercial Partnerships, and Grace Styles high jumps to Senior Financial Assistant.

Universal Music Publishing has promoted Jonas Wikström to Managing Director of its Nordic operations. “Jonas has been a vital part of our company over the last 20 years and is best positioned to lead our Nordics’ operations to new heights”, says UMPG COO Marc Cimino. “Jody Gerson [CEO] and I are excited to watch him flourish as a leader of our teams there”.

Warner Chappell has hired Arica Ng as President of its Asia Pacific operations. She joins from Meta, where she was Head Of Music Business Development, Asia Pacific. “As a passionate music enthusiast and advocate for diversity, I am excited to steward our talented and dedicated team to amplify the voices of the region’s songwriters, providing them with a platform to showcase their incredible talents”, she says.

US collecting society BMI has promoted John Coletta to SVP & Managing Director International, moving up from VP of International Legal & Business Affairs. “John is truly well positioned to take on this role”, says CEO Mike O’Neill. “As our lead international lawyer, he has been integral to multiple strategic initiatives for the company and has established strong and trusted relationships with our sister societies around the world”.



Lana Del Rey has released new single ‘The Grants’. Her new album ‘Did You Know That There’s A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd’ is out next week.

Yusuf/Cat Stevens has announced that he will release new album ‘King Of A Land’ on 16 Jun. Out now is new single ‘Take The World Apart’.

Avenged Sevenfold have released new single ‘Nobody’. The track is taken from new album ‘Life Is But A Dream’, which is out on 2 Jun.

Everything But The Girl have released new single ‘Run A Red Light’. “I met a lot of characters during my years in clubland”, says the duo’s Ben Watt. “I wrote this song about the guy at the end of the night, who dreams his big moment is just around the corner. All the bravado and good intentions masking the vulnerability”.

A Winged Victory For The Sullen have released new single ‘All Our Friends Are Vampires’. They describe the track as a “melancholic instrumental Haiku for the entertainment industry”. They are set to play The Barbican in London on 13-14 May.

Alberta Cross has released new single ‘Morning Drum’, ahead of new album ‘Sinking Ships’, which is out on 31 Mar. “‘Morning Drum’ came out of a long dark grey winter when I lived in Berlin”, says frontman Petter Ericson Stakee. “Six months with a huge grey lid on top of you. It’s tough not to be affected by it”.

The Toilet Bowl Cleaners (aka prolific songwriter Matt Farley) have released a book collecting lyrical highlights from their catalogue of over 200 toilet-themed songs. “The Toilet Bowl Cleaners can’t claim to have invented the poop song”, states the book’s introduction. “Poop songs have been around for as long as people have been pooping. But it’s safe to say that they have gone further with the concept than was previously considered possible”. Buy ‘The Selected Works Of The Toilet Bowl Cleaners’ here.



Popcaan has announced shows in Dublin, Glasgow and Bristol in May. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.

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