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One Liners: Lorde, Khalid, Pete Tong, more

By | Published on Thursday 22 July 2021



Sony Music Publishing has announced the promotion of Carol NG to President, Asia. “I have been very blessed throughout these years working with my team”, she says. “We fight hard and support each other; we share tears and laughter; we share visions and make it happen”.

Name PR has hired Lee Wakefield to head up its consumer PR department, which works with artists, festivals and other events, alongside the agency’s business-to-business team. “I’m delighted to have joined the team at Name PR”, he says. “With some exciting consumer clients already under our belts, I’m eager to help expand on these good foundations and leave a lasting positive impact on the music industry. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together”.



Lorde has released new single ‘Stoned At The Nail Salon’. “It’s something I keep going on and on about, I know, but it’s just so insane, the contrast between home and [touring]”, she says. “I’ve been trading the tour bus for the grocery store line over and over since I was sixteen – I’ll probably do it forever – and a couple of years ago I realised it was time to write about those two sides to my life”.

Khalid has released new single ‘New Normal’. No idea what it’s about. His third album, ‘Everything Is Changing’, will be out later this year.

Belly has released new single ‘Better Believe’, featuring The Weeknd and Young Thug.

Slowthai joins Idles on a new version of their track ‘Model Village’. It will be released on seven-inch vinyl on 22 Oct.

Luke Hemmings has released new single ‘Motion’. “This song is about having a sense of distrust with the way you perceive your own thoughts and the way the world moves around you”, he says. “It was written about a time when I felt like the voices in my head weren’t my own and my sense of reality felt blurred”.

Buju Banton has released new single ‘Summer Body’.

Coheed And Cambria have released their first new single for almost three years, ‘Shoulders’. “In art, in your career, in relationships, no matter how much you give of yourself or try, you have to accept that not everything in life can be a perfect fit”, says the band’s Claudio Sanchez of the track.

Joy Orbison has announced that he will release his first ever longform record, a mixtape titled ‘Still Slipping Vol 1’, next month. “I’d never really wanted to make an album”, he says. “But the way I’ve been making and listening to music has changed a lot over the last few years and it doesn’t always make sense on a single or EP. I also had this realisation that I wish my records were better suited to soundtracking people’s bus journeys”.

Deerhoof have announced that they will release their eighteenth album, ‘Actually, You Can’, on 22 Oct. “Think of all the beauty, positivity and love that gets deemed ugly, negative and hateful by the self-proclaimed guardians of ‘common sense'”, say the band of the album’s central theme. “We’d hardly be destroying society by dismantling their colonial economics and prisons and gender roles and aesthetics. We’d be creating it!” Here’s new single ‘Department Of Corrections’.

She Drew The Gun is back with new single ‘Class War (How Much)’. “It’s about how much we let corruption go in plain sight and accept a politician’s answer when these people are at the front of a ruthless class war being waged against those of us who live on the wrong side of Capital”, she says.

La Luz have released new single ‘Watching Cartoons’. It’s the second to be taken from their new eponymous album, which will be out on 22 Oct.

Anaiis has released new single ‘Chuu’, featuring Topaz Jones.



Pete Tong has been announced as the winner of this year’s Music Industry Trusts Award, presented by the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins. “It is a huge honour to be given the MITS Award”, he says. “The past year has seen the music industry suffer like never before – especially the live music and clubbing sectors, but we are strong and optimistic for the future. I proudly look forward to accepting the award at the event this November and continue to represent my industry”. Like he says, there’ll be a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 1 Nov.

Having presented a short awards film in place of its 2020 edition, the Artist & Manager Awards – from the Music Managers Forum and Featured Artists Coalition – will be back as a live event on 19 Nov at the Bloomsbury Big Top. “After such a tumultuous period, it feels really good to start planning a return to the Bloomsbury Big Top and a proper awards ceremony”, says MMF’s Annabella Coldrick. “We really hope the entire industry can celebrate with us, and step forward to support the artists and managers who, in so many cases, have been at the brunt of the pandemic”.

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