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By and | Published on Wednesday 2 September 2020

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Bucks Music has signed an admin deal with live and management firm Talentbanq, which is launching a new label and publishing side to its business. Bucks will administrate the firm’s song catalogue, which will include works by Georgia & The Vintage Youth, a Talentbanq management client who is also releasing her upcoming EP with the company’s new label.

Music rights firm Reservoir has signed writer-producer Twysted Genius to a worldwide publishing deal. The agreement covers the producer’s full catalogue, including his collaborations on Lil Baby’s latest album ‘My Turn’. “His much-celebrated work with Lil Baby cemented him as a sought-after collaborator and it’s only the start of what is to come”, reckons Reservoir’s Faith Newman of the new signing.



Mariah Carey will host a Christmas TV special on Apple TV+ this festive season, titled ‘Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special’. It’ll follow the publication of her memoir, ‘The Meaning Of Mariah Carey’, on 29 Sep.



Universal UK’s Polydor division has promoted Stephanie Duncan-Bosu to Head Of Press, and Ali Tant, Karen Dagg and Jade Bradshaw to Heads Of Marketing. “I’m absolutely THRILLED that Steph is stepping into the Head Of Press role”, says the label’s Director Of Press, Susie Ember. “In the eleven years we have worked together at Polydor, she has risen consistently to the challenges of the job, proving herself the consummate publicist”.



Arab Strap have released their first new song for fifteen years, ‘The Turning Of Our Bones’. The song, says the duo’s Aidan Moffat, “is an incantation, a voodoo spell to raise the dead. Inspired by the Famadihana ritual of the Malagasy people of Madagascar, in which they dance with the corpses of loved ones, it’s all about resurrection and shagging”.

Eels have released new single ‘Who You Say You Are’. “Here’s a way to forget your troubles for two minutes and 55 seconds”, says frontman Mark Everett. “Listen to this song and think about my problems instead. You’re welcome!”

Emmy The Great has released new single ‘A Window/O’Keeffe’. “In many ways, this song is about colour, though it’s also about the friendship between women, something I leaned on as I moved into the next phase of my life”, she says. Her new album, ‘April /月音’, is out through Bella Union on 9 Oct.

Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante will release a new solo album, titled ‘Maya’, consisting of early 90s influenced jungle and breakbeat, on 23 Oct through Aaron Funk’s Timesig label. From it, this is ‘Amethblowl’.

Daniel Avery has released new track ‘Lone Swordsman’, in tribute to Andrew Weatherall, who died earlier this year. “I was in my studio the morning I heard about Andrew Weatherall’s passing”, says Avery. “The track ‘Lone Swordsman’ is what formed that day. Andrew was a hero, a friend and someone who regularly reminded us all how it should be done, not to mention the funniest fucker around”. Proceeds from the release will be donated to Amnesty International.

Yemi Alade has released new single ‘True Love’.

Actress has released new track ‘Walking Flames’, featuring Sampha. His new album, ‘Karma & Desire’, will be out on Ninja Tune on 23 Oct.

Lady Leshurr has released new track ‘Unleshed 4’. It’s her first new track since she released her ‘Quaranqueen’ album in June.

Vaccines keyboard player T Truman has released new solo single ‘Loretta’. “I came up with the riff on a tiny keyboard in a hotel room in five minutes”, he says. “It then took me over three months to come up with lyrics and a chorus that complemented it. ‘Loretta’ should be my entry to Urban Dictionary as a term used for somebody who doesn’t reciprocate”. His debut EP ‘Born To Be Right’ is out on 25 Sep.

Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty has launched new project Ghost Of Vroom with longtime collaborator Andrew ‘Scrap’ Livingston. Their debut EP ‘Ghost Of Vroom 2’ is out this week. From it, this is ‘Rona Pallona’.

Kruder & Dorfmeister have released new track ‘Johnson’. The track is the first taken from upcoming new album ‘1995’.



Lamb Of God have announced two livestreamed shows this month. They will perform their new eponymous album in full on 18 Sep, followed by their 2004 LP ‘Ashes Of The Wake’ on 25 Sep. Info right here. The band have also announced the rescheduling of their 2020 UK tour to December 2021.

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