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By | Published on Friday 17 March 2023

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The UK’s Featured Artists Coalition has announced 20 new Artist Ambassadors. They are Beabadoobee, Portishead’s Adrian Utley, Steve Mason, Maya Jane Coles, Mr Scruff, Carl Cox, Laura Jones, Constant Follower, Hamish Hawk, Idlewild’s Rod Jones, Andro, She Drew The Gun’s Louisa Roach, Big Joanie, New Pagans, Band Of Skulls’ Russell Marsden, Keedz, Lex Amor, Emmavie, Emily Saunders and Billie Marten. “The 20 artists announced today are testament to the creativity, diversity and talent that the UK has to offer”, says CEO David Martin.

Universal Music has appointed Michelle Teh as SVP of its Global Classics & Jazz division. “I’m delighted to welcome Michelle to our division and am THRILLED to have such an experienced, forward-thinking and revered executive on board, who can further drive the prosperity of our world-renowned and upcoming artists”, says the division’s CEO Dickon Stainer. “Michelle has a brilliant track record of attracting diverse audience sectors to different types of music, and her experience will help us build on our successes so far”.

Warner Music’s 300 Entertainment has promoted Ryan McTaggart to SVP Artist Development & Lifestyle Marketing, Gary ‘Bolo’ Sargeant to VP Urban & Rhythm Promotion, and Michael McArthur to VP A&R. “Ryan, Bolo, and Michael are dynamic team players with innovative ideas, respect for the culture and unwavering support for our artists”, says Co-Presidents Rayna Bass and Selim Bouab. “They’re integral to the continued success and growth of 300 Entertainment. We’d like to congratulate them as they embark on another chapter with the company in these new roles”.



Talent development organisation UD has announced the line-up for its Industry Takeover festival, including conversations with Ray BLK and 0207 Def Jam co-Presidents Alex and Alec Boateng. UD Founder and CEO Pamela McCormick says: “This year’s programme for Industry Takeover is bigger and bolder than ever before, with 20 events across seven days in our brand new state-of-the art Talent House”. It all takes place from 27 Mar to 2 Apr. More info here.



Lewis Capaldi has released new single ‘How I’m Feeling Now’. The track shares its title with the new Netflix documentary about the musician, which is set to arrive on 5 Apr.

The Chemical Brothers have released new single ‘No Reason’. Why? Oh… because. That’s why. It’s their first new music since 2021 and the duo are currently working on the follow-up to their 2019 album ‘No Geography’.

Krept & Konan have released new single ‘Nights Uptown (Krept Freestyle)’. “The freestyle covers different aspects of my life today”, says Krept. “From the upside and progression in my life mixed with the downsides. It was like a mini vent of how I feel today in this precise moment”.

Phoenix have released new single ‘After Midnight’, featuring Clairo. “We’ve loved Claire since day one”, say the band. “What a treat it is to have her sing with us! We hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do”.

Alison Goldfrapp will release her debut solo album ‘The Love Invention’ on 12 May. Out now is new single ‘So Hard So Hot’. “I wanted to do something that had that very clubby, acid-y feeling to it”, she says of the track. “But I wanted lightness to come out of the chorus – there’s tension there, as well as euphoric freedom”.

Feist has released new single ‘Borrow Trouble’. “It began as a contemplative acoustic morality tale and shape shifted itself into the sound of trouble itself”, she says. “It’s a mess that holds its own logic. It’s the convincing cacophony that thoughts can be”.

Odesza have released new single ‘To Be Yours’, featuring Claud. “‘To Be Yours’ was a track that we had originally started back at the end of 2018”, say the duo. “We loved the idea but struggled to find the right fit for the song until Claud sent us back their incredible vocal top line. As soon as we heard what Claud put together, we knew we had something special. The vocal melodies and delivery complement the track in such a perfect way. We couldn’t be happier with how this one came together and are really excited for people to hear it”.

Jon Hopkins has released a new piano version of Anna’s recent ambient track ‘Receiving’. He says: “As a starting point, I made a drone part out of the zither performance, then dropped the tempo and pitch of Anna’s beat elements to form a very deep and slow heartbeat-like pulse. I then wrote the piano part on top of this combination. What came out feels a little like a companion to [his latest album] ‘Sit Around The Fire’”.

Matthew Herbert will release new album ‘The Horse’ on 26 May. The record is a collaboration with The London Contemporary Orchestra, Sons Of Kemet’s Shabaka Hutchings and Theon Cross, Seb Rochford and Kokoroko’s Edward Waliki-Hick. From it, this is ‘The Horse Has A Voice’.

Isabella Lovestory has released new single ‘Latina’. It is, she says, “a song about the empowerment of being Latina, as well as redefining the nuance of this empowerment. Tongue-in-cheek and playful, it’s a song that celebrates being Latina without being cliche and ‘dove commercial’ about it. It’s a commentary on the tokenising of latinidad, reclaiming the uniqueness and poignancy of every experience each Latina has”.

Jesus Piece have released new track ‘Silver Lining’. The band’s new album ‘…So Unknown’ is out on 14 Apr.

Pao Pestana has released new single ‘Nmigo’. “It’s a badass don’t fuck with me song”, she says. “Sometimes we need that energy, especially women. I remember all the incredible women in my life that I admire, and how hard they work on developing their talents and sometimes we are not taken seriously because of many reasons, so I wanted this song to feel like a team of powerful women that are following their call no matter the adversities. We are powerful”.

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