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One Liners: Lil Wayne, Joe Rogan, Lizzo, more

By and | Published on Friday 18 February 2022

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Aerosmith have signed a deal with Universal Music’s merch-tastic Epic Rights for global brand management. “We are THRILLED to have Aerosmith, one of the all-time greatest rock icons, on the Epic Rights roster”, says the company’s SVP Global Licensing Lisa Streff. ”In anticipation of the upcoming 50th anniversary activities, we’re excited to be developing a global licensing programme that will celebrate and illustrate the band’s career at retail”. Exciting times indeed.

Accept have signed a new deal with Napalm Records. “I am really looking forward to working with a renowned, independent and strong label like Napalm Records”, says guitarist and last remaining original member of the band, Wolf Hoffmann. “There are hard-working metallers at work here – that suits us. We are convinced that together we will reach the next level”.

Physical music distribution companies, UK-based Proper Music Group and Netherlands-based Bertus, have agreed a new sales and distribution deal with the aim of simplifying the movement of releases across Europe. The first label to use the new system will be Nettwerk.



Sony Music Publishing has appointed Walter Jones as Head of A&R in the US, joining from Universal Music Publishing, where he had to share the same title. “I’m so excited to join the team in this new chapter at Sony Music Publishing, where I first became a publisher”, he says. “This is the right time, and Sony is the right place. I look forward to working closely with our A&R team to continue serving our songwriter community”.

Universal’s Island Records has appointed Jhared ‘Jae’ Brown as VP A&R in the US. He joins from indie label Rostrum Records, where he held the same title. “I’m extremely excited to be joining the Island family”, he says. “I look forward to working within their A&R and marketing systems, and making my contribution to the future of such a legendary label”.

Music PR agency Listen Up has promoted James Jackson to Managing Director of radio, club and streaming promotions. He joined the agency all the way back in 2010, having previously been Promotions Manager at Defected Records. “After twelve years of helping build our business and the excellent reputation he has developed, this position is nothing but deserved”, says company founder Luke Neville.



According to the New York TimesSpotify‘s deal with Joe Rogan was worth at least $200 million, double what was previously reported. So if you’re already majorly pissed off that the streaming firm has been splashing the cash on n-word using COVID misinformation spreading podcasting jerks while simultaneously telling American songwriters to make fucking do with some digital fucking bread crumbs, you are now mathematically obliged to be twice as pissed off. Or at least, I think that’s how it works.



Lizzo’s new TV show, ‘Watch Out For The Big Grrrls’, which will see her selecting a new crew of dancers for her upcoming world tour, is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on 25 Mar. The first trailer for it has just dropped.

New Olivia Rodrigo performance film ‘Driving Home 2 U (A Sour Film)’ will hit Disney+ on 25 Mar. “This is a unique film experience where for the first-time fans will understand how her album came to be and why it was such a personal journey for Olivia”, says Ayo Davis, President of Disney Branded Television. “This is not a concert film per se, but really, an opportunity to experience first-hand how Olivia Rodrigo became one of the biggest music stars of the day – and a chance to see her perform the songs from [her debut album] ‘Sour’ like never before”.

Megan Thee Stallion has been cast in new musical move ‘Fucking Identical Twins’. The film apparently sees two business rivals realise that they’re long lost identical twins and switch places to get their divorced parents back together. I think that premise is supposed to sound stupid. Based on a stage show, it’s been described as a “subversive” take on ‘The Parent Trap’.



The Green Events & Innovations Conference has announced the first speakers for its 2022 edition. They include Wembley Arena GM John Drury, the Royal Albert Hall’s Lucy Noble, Chiara Badiali of Julie’s Bicycle, and Yourope’s Holger Jan Schmidt. The event will take place on 29 Apr, as part of the International Live Music Conference.

Speaking of ILMC, it has just announced a new partnership with ASM Global to expand its Alia Dann Swift Bursary Scheme, which promotes and encourages the next generation of young executive talent. The scheme will see 30 young executives given a place at this year’s ILMC, which takes place in London from 26-29 Apr.



Kanye West has said that his new album ‘Donda 2’ will only be available on the Stem Player device he launched last year. So, if you want to hear it, it’s going to set you back $200. For everyone else, you are no longer obliged to listen to it and have an opinion. This is Ye’s gift to you.

Years & Years and Regard have teamed up for new single ‘Hallucination’. “I wrote ‘Hallucination’ with Joel Little back in 2019. I was inspired to write it when an ex-lover attempted to re-enter my life”, says Olly Alexander. “I could never find the right home for the song though, so when I heard Regard was into it and down to work on it I was so happy! I love the new sexy trippy life he’s brought to the track”.

That thrash metal single wasn’t a one-off, Dave Grohl is planning to put out a full album as fictional band Dream Widow from Foo Fighters’ ‘Studio 666’ movie. The album should be out alongside the movie next week, despite the fact he hasn’t actually recorded it yet. “It will be the lost album”, Grohl tells Rolling Stone. “It’ll be the album they were making before he fucking killed the entire band. I mean, I work fast, but fuck, this deadline is going to kill me. Yes, I’ll get it out for the movie. By 25 Feb, there will be a Dream Widow record”.

Slipknot have released the video for their sort of recent single ‘The Chapeltown Rag’. The band have a new album on the way this year, so you can probably expect more of this sort of thing quite soon.

Troye Sivan has released new single ‘Trouble’, featuring Jay Som. It’s taken from the soundtrack of new film ‘Three Months’, which also stars Sivan.

RZA and DJ Scratch have released new track ‘Fate Of The World’. Their new album together, ‘Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater’, is out on 4 Mar.

Amon Amarth are back with new single ‘Put Your Back Into The Oar’.

Andy And The Oddsocks have released new single ‘Planet Rock’, featuring Brian May.

Fyfe & Iskra Strings have released new single ‘Deletia’, featuring Mysie. Their new album, ‘Interiority’, it out on 3 Jun.

Yumi Zouma have released new single ‘Where The Light Used To Lay’. Their new album, ‘Present Tense’, is out on 18 Mar.

Snapped Ankles have released new standalone single ‘Barbecue In Brazil’. The band start UK tour dates next week.

Frontperson – aka The New Pornographers’ Kathryn Calder and Woodpigeon’s Mark Andrew Hamilton – will release new album, ‘Parade’, on 29 Apr. Here’s the title track.

Guerilla Toss have released new single ‘Famously Alive’, the title track of their new album, out on Sub Pop on 25 Mar.



Lil Wayne has been announced as the Sunday headliner of this year’s Strawberries & Creem festival in Cambridge. It’ll be his first UK live performance for fourteen years and his only show in Europe this year. The festival takes place from 17-19 Jun, with Ella Mai headlining Friday and Mabel topping the bill on Saturday. Tickets go on general sale on Tuesday.

Ed Sheeran has announced warm up shows for his upcoming stadium tour, with a run of shows at Electric Ballroom and Alexandra Palace Theatre in London and Concorde 2 in Brighton. Tickets are sold out already, obviously, but I thought you’d still like to know.

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