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By | Published on Wednesday 23 June 2021



Producer Barry Blue has sold his production royalties linked to the catalogue of 1970s funk band Heatwave – including 1976 hit ‘Boogie Nights’ – to One Media IP. “I am extremely proud of my work with Heatwave and look forward to working with One Media IP to ensure that the legacy and integrity of the catalogue is preserved and future-proofed in the best way possible”, says Blue. “It’s hard to believe I am now looking back at a 50-plus year career, and with this new partnership I hope to ensure that my music will be heard for generations to come”.

Warner Music’s artist and label services division WEA has signed a European and UK retail and licensing agreement with eleven year old illustrator Joe Whale, aka The Doodle Boy. “We’re delighted to start working with Joe and to help build on his brand”, says Sophie Bishop, WEA’s Director Of Retail Merchandise A&R. “He’s an incredible artist and we can’t wait to start delivering inspirational fashion designs to the market. We’re always looking for new and interesting ways to partner our artists with other creatives and I’m sure this partnership with Joe will result in some really amazing products”.

Warner Chappell has signed theatre composer and actor John Falsetto to a publishing deal. He’ll star as Mr Snow in ‘Carousel’ at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this summer – by the way – and is composing and arranging music for another upcoming show, ‘Meet My Ancestors’.



Warner Music’s WEA has promoted the CEO of its EMP merchandise company – Germany-based Ernst Trapp – to President Of Global E-Commerce & Retail for all of the major’s artist and label services division. “It’s been a pleasure to be a part of the WMG family for the past four years through EMP, and I’m happy to now have the opportunity to work even closer with the team as we put our focus into our e-commerce efforts”, says Trapp.

Hi-res music streaming service Qobuz has opened a UK office and appointed Ritch Sibthorpe as its London-based Managing Director for Northern Europe and Australasia. “I’m very excited about joining the Qobuz family”, says Sibthorpe. “It’s the ultimate choice for music aficionados seeking an alternative to the mainstream”.

Independent label AntiFragile Music has announced that it is opening a UK office, to be headed up by Wally van Middendorp. “When I first met Wally he was this tall, eccentric Dutchman working as a young executive at [PIAS]”, says CEO Tom Sarig. “20 something years later he’s just as tall, even quirkier and has built an impeccable reputation as an expert in our industry. I’m elated to have him join the team”.



Lorde has announced that the physical release of her new album, ‘Solar Power’, will be a plastic-free disc-less format. “I decided early on in the process of making this album that I also wanted to create an environmentally kind, forward-thinking alternative to the CD”, she says in a statement shared by Music Declares Emergency. Basically, it’ll be a box of artwork. The music – including two exclusive bonus tracks – will come as a hi-res download.

Damon Albarn has shared the title track of his upcoming new solo album, ‘The Nearer The Mountain, More Pure The Stream Flows’. “I have been on my own dark journey while making this record and it led me to believe that a pure source might still exist”, he says.

Tyler, The Creator has released another new single, ‘WUSYUNAME’. His new album, ‘Call Me If You Get Lost’, will be out on Friday.

Low have released new single ‘Days Like These’. Their new album, ‘Hey What’, will be released on 10 Sep and they will tour the UK in April next year.



Mogwai have announced that they will play Alexandra Palace in London on 25 Feb 2022. Tickets go on general sale this Friday.

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