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By | Published on Wednesday 5 October 2022



Ralph W Peer has been named MD of Peermusic Australia. Not to be confused with Ralph S Peer, his grandfather, who founded Peermusic in 1927, or Ralph Peer II, his father, who is currently Peermusic’s Executive Chair. “I’m confident that Ralph will be a driving force in the continued development of the company’s Australasian operations, working to maintain high standards for the Peermusic song catalogue as well as to sign and develop contemporary repertoire”, says Peermusic Australia’s President Kathy Spanberger.

BMG’s EVP Global Catalogue Recordings Peter Stack – who joined BMG after it acquired his Union Square company back in 2014 – has announced that he is stepping down at the end of the year. “Peter Stack is both a true professional and a real gentleman who has played a central role in the development of BMG’s successful catalogue operation”, says CEO Hartwig Masuch. “His place in BMG’s history is assured. We wish him well”.

Music business PR firm Fourth Pillar has hired Claire Turvey as a Managing Partner. She joins from financial communications firm FTI Consulting, where she was Managing Director, and will boost Fourth Pillar’s mission to, among other things, provide “specialist corporate and financial communications” within the music industry. “Fourth Pillar is in a unique position to be able to assist organisations in navigating this often complex industry, and to craft and tell their stories to those they need to reach, be it investors, customers, employees or partners”, she says of her new role.

NME Networks has promoted Thomas Smith and Sophie Williams to Commissioning Editor (Music) and Associate Commissioning Editor (New Music) respectively. Williams is “incredibly excited”, while Smith is “THRILLED”.

Music PR company Charmfactory has promoted Vicky Ward to Head Of Publicity. “It’s a truly exciting time to be a part of the ever-changing digital music landscape”, she says. “I’m looking forward to drawing on the agency’s extensive expertise and experience to continue building our incredible roster of artists and shining a light on the endless pool of talent in the UK and internationally”.

Universal’s Republic Records in the US has promoted Donna Gryn to EVP Global Marketing Strategy. “Over the past decade, Donna has been crucial to not only breaking artists on an international scale, but also sustaining their success over the years”, says co-President Jim Roppo. “She is the rare marketing executive whose expansive vision is matched by her incredible work ethic and commitment to our collective mission as a team. As such, she’s the perfect leader for our global marketing initiatives, and it’s an honour to announce her much-deserved promotion”.



Fred Again has released new single ‘Kammy (Like I Do)’. His new album, ‘Actual Life 3 (1 Jan – 9 Sep 2022)’, is set for release on 28 Oct.

There’s a World Cup coming up at some point in what must be the near future, and Slade are celebrating by releasing a new video for their 1978 single ‘Give Us A Goal’. “Good luck to England in the soon to be 2022 World Cup”, says frontman Noddy Holder.

Ibeyi have released new single ‘Juice Of Mandarins’. Says the duo’s Lisa-Kaindé: “‘Juice Of Mandarins’ is my favourite love song I’ve ever written. It is about the ecstasy of falling in love. The sensuality of allowing someone to see all of you. It’s about reality becoming supernatural. Love is the most radical life changing, meaningful experience, thus, ‘my love for you ain’t quiet’”.

Ásgeir has released new single ‘Borderland’. “This was the last song to be put on the album and came about pretty spontaneously”, he says. “I was playing around on an old Memory Moog in the studio and made a loop of some synths and a drum machine, then I improvised some melodies on top of that. When I had the basic layout of the song I got my father to write some words for it. He quickly sent me a lyric in Icelandic – ‘á Milli svefns og vöku’ – which means between wakefulness and sleep”. That album he mentioned there, ‘‘Time On My Hands’, is out on 28 Oct.

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard have released new single ‘Iron Lung’, taken from their upcoming album ‘Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms And Lava’ – one of three they have on the way this month. Guitarist Stu Mackenzie says of the new track: “We wrote the lyrics as a group and created the music out of improvisation. Spontaneous creation. The best kind”.

Shirt has released new single ‘Death To Wall Art’. A new album produced by Jack Splash is due out next year.



Lizzo has announced four UK shows in March next year, including a performance at the O2 Arena in London on 15 Mar. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

Shaun Ryder will play his first solo show for eleven years at Manchester’s Factory 251 this Friday, largely performing songs from last year’s ‘Visits From Future Technology’ album. “’I’m really looking forward to playing my first solo show in eleven years”, says Ryder. “It’ll be great to play some songs from my album ‘Visits From Future Technology’ live”. Tickets are available now.

Reb Fountain will play The Water Rats in London on 15 Nov. And I think we can all agree that that’s good news.

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