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One Liners: Merlin, Charlotte de Witte, Sony/ATV, more

By | Published on Wednesday 3 July 2019



Indie label digital rights agency Merlin has extended its partnership with data and analytics platform Otto. The company will continue to power the organisation’s member dashboard, pumping it full of sales and streaming stats from all the DSPs. The companies have worked together since 2013.



Charlotte de Witte has announced that she is launching a record label, KNTXT, the same name as her radio show and club night. “A label has always felt like the logical and natural next step for KNTXT, both as a place to shine the light on the music that I love and as a home for my own productions”, she says. “In time, I hope the label will become a respected breeding ground and safe haven for unique talent, both new and established, as well as the main output for my own material”. The first release is expected September.



Sony/ATV in the UK has promoted Andrew Spence to Head Of Legal & Business Affairs. “Andrew is an exceptional lawyer”, says his boss Tim Major, which is probably how he got the job.

With Spence promoted at Sony/ATV, there have been a load of other promotions to get him a top team of people to manage. Penny Duncanson becomes Director Of Contract Administration, Andy Dowie becomes Senior Business Affairs Manager, Safra Deen Farook becomes Business Affairs Manager, and Jack Robson joins the company as another Business Affairs Manager. “I’m delighted to take up this new role and to lead such a fantastic team”, says Spence. Isn’t that nice?

Concord has made Fred Gillham the UK MD of its recorded music division. He was previously at Universal, where he worked closely with Concord thanks to the two companies’ distribution deal. “I couldn’t be more excited”, he says. Ah go on, just try.



The Association Of Independent Festivals’ Festival Congress will return to Sheffield for its second consecutive year in November. On 6-7 Nov, to be exact. The event will take place at The Abbeydale Picturehouse and Picturehouse Social. More info here.



Brooke Candy has released new single ‘XXXTC’, featuring Charli XCX and Maliibu Miitch. Her debut album, ‘Sexorcim’, is set for release later this year.

Snow Patrol have released new song ‘Time Won’t Go Slowly’. It marks the band’s 25th anniversary together. Well, mainly it’s just their new single, but the anniversary is also upon us, so might as well double it up.

Bat For Lashes has released the video for her new single, ‘Kids In The Dark’.

Bonobo has released new single ‘Linked’.

WSTRN have released new single ‘Maggie & Stargdawg’.

Kokoko have released new single ‘Kitoko’. “We recorded ‘Kitoko'”, they confirm.

Ling Tosite Sigure have released a new double A-side single featuring the songs ‘Neighbormind’ and ‘Laser Beamer’.



Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino will play a solo show at the Moth Club in London on 20 Nov. Her album, ‘Adult Baby’, is out on 13 Sep.

Balthazar have announced that they will play London’s Electric Ballroom on 26 Nov. Tickets went on sale this morning, no need to hang about.

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