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One Liners: Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Glenn Tipton, TikTok, more

By | Published on Wednesday 10 March 2021

Little Mix


Artist management company TaP Music has signed Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock for all of her solo activity in music, TV and film. “I’m so excited to reveal I am now being represented by TaP Music for all of my solo projects”, she says. “This is such an incredibly exciting time for me and my career and I can’t wait to show everyone what I’ve got coming up. I will continue to work on my solo endeavours alongside my Little Mix commitments”.

Reach Music Publishing has acquired a 50% stake in the songwriting catalogue of Judas Priest’s Glenn Tipton. The company will also administer his full catalogue worldwide. “I deliberated for a long time on whether to relinquish 50% of my publishing to another company”, says Tipton. “I believe I now have a team who understand and are geared up to deal with metal and look forward to working together in the future!”



Livestreaming platform Driift has announced Claire Mas as its COO. “Since formally launching Driift in August 2020, Claire has played an absolutely pivotal role in our successes – combining creative zeal, commercial acumen and an innate understanding of the digital landscape”, says CEO Ric Salmon. “She’s an absolute linchpin of our team, and we’re over the moon to appoint her formally as COO as we enter what’s going to be another hugely exciting year filled with incredible shows”.

Sony Music Publishing in the US has promoted Tom Foley to SVP Worldwide Portfolio Management & Analysis. Now that’s a job title! “Tom has been a vital and dedicated member of our team since he began at EMI Music Publishing in 1998”, says CFO Tom Kelly, referencing the music publisher Sony acquired in 2012. “His knowledge and expertise have helped us adapt to the industry’s ever-changing landscape and I’m confident he will create more growth opportunities for our roster in this new role”.

Warner Chappell in the US has named Micki Stern as its SVP Clearance And Sync Licensing. “Micki brings with her a wealth of experience and strong relationships from the music supervision world”, says Rich Robinson, the publisher’s EVP And Global Synchronisation Leader. “In less than two years, she’s already accomplished so much and continues to bring invaluable insights on the market, current trends, and the challenges that our clients face. I’m very excited to see what she does next in her new role”.



TikTok has launched itself a feature called the Music Hub for users in the UK. It will “supercharge music discovery and showcase the top trending music content on the platform”, apparently. It will do this by highlighting “the latest music trends, videos, viral tracks, playlists and artists making waves on TikTok” in a new section of the app.



Pan-European independent music trade group IMPALA has announced Campus, an EU-funded training programme for recorded music professionals and self-releasing artists. Four workshops will take place in the spring and summer of 2021, each one in partnership with a leading music conference across Europe. More info here.



James Vincent McMorrow and Rudimental have released new single ‘Be Somebody’. “It’s been great to work with James McMorrow”, say Rudimental. “He’s got an incredible voice. This track is getting us excited for festival season. Let’s Go!”

AG Cook has released a cover of The Smashing Pumpkins’ ‘Today’, taken from a new collection of remixes and collaborations, titled ‘Dream Logic’, set to be released on SoundCloud this Friday.

Bülow has released new single ‘First Place’. “It’s about somebody who wants your attention but isn’t very genuine”, she says. “Quarantine was a big light to see who was actually in my life for the right reasons and who cares about what was going on. Sonically, it pushed me in the direction I’m headed”.

Lucy Dacus has released new single ‘Thumbs’. “Like most songs I write, I wasn’t expecting it and it made me feel weird, almost sick”, she says. “It tells the story of a day I had with a friend during our freshman year of college, a significant day, but not one that I had thought of for years”.

Ibeyi have released new single ‘Recurring Dream’, written for new film ‘How To Stop A Recurring Dream’.

Gary Numan has released new single ‘I Am Screaming’. His new album, ‘Intruder’, is out on 21 May.

Colleen has released new single ‘Implosion-Explosion’. Her new album, ‘The Tunnell And The Clearing’, will be out through Thrill Jockey on 21 May.



Kano and Jamie XX have been announced as the Saturday night headliners at this year’s All Points East festival in London. Other acts on board include Tom Misch, Slowthai, Little Simz and Arlo Parks.

Charlie Simpson has announced a show to mark the tenth anniversary of his debut solo album, ‘Young Pilgrim’. He’ll play The Forum in London on 5 Nov. “I can’t believe it’s been ten years”, he says. “That album will always have a special place in my heart, as it’s the first time I had ever released music under my own name. It’s so lovely to see ten years on how much that record still resonates with my fans. Listening to it now, really takes me back to a happy time”. Tickets for the show go on sale on Friday.

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