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By and | Published on Thursday 2 March 2023


Universal Music Publishing Europe has appointed Shirin Foroutan to the role of SVP and General Manager. She joins from US collecting society BMI. “We are delighted to have Shirin join the UMPG family as she takes on this role that is vital to the success of our company”, says UPMG COO Marc Cimino. “From the moment we met Shirin, we knew she would fit right into our unique culture. We have no doubt she will bring enormous value and energy in our efforts to make sure that our songwriters are treated with the best care in the world”.

Venice Music – the music company co-founded by Troy Carter and Suzy Ryoo – has appointed Fadia Kader as EVP and General Manager. She will lead teams doing A&R, marketing, sync, streaming and Web3 stuff. “Fadia has built a reputation as a trusted leader and trailblazer within the artist community”, says Carter. “She’s a unique bridge between music culture and technology and will be a valuable leader within Venice”.

Booking agency Wasserman Music has promoted nine members of its team in the US. Eli GelernterLogan HandelsmanLindsay McDowellYitzi Peetluk, Jess Bumsted, Mary Kate Carragher and Kaela Ismael all become agents. Meanwhile, Sara Pullman becomes EVP Operations and Chappel McCollister is now SVP Business Development. “We could not be prouder of each of these employees and look forward to their continued success and contributions here at Wasserman”, says EVP Lee Anderson.



Metallica have released new single ‘If Darkness Had A Son’. Their new album ‘72 Seasons’ is out on 14 Apr.

Portugal. The Man has released new single ‘Dummy’. Says he: “Worried about the impending nuclear war? ‘Dummy’ is an ode to The Cure. For all those hopeless doomers out there waxing poetic on the end times while dancing to ‘Boys Don’t Cry’. All my troubles seem so far away”. His new album ‘Chris Black Changed My Life’ is out on 23 Jun.

6lack has announced that he will release new album ‘Since I Have A Lover’ on 24 Mar – and has also released the title track. Of the song, he says: “It’s a note to self, that I’m no longer who I was or where I was, and that there’s a bigger purpose starting to reveal itself in the things I create. We are simply pushing love, because it’s needed. The verses are short and serve as a moment of acknowledgment for how I feel, and the chorus is less of a lyric and more of a feeling. It’s an exhale, it’s relief, it’s trust, it’s happiness, it’s surreal”.

Arlo Parks has released new single ‘Impurities’. “It’s about being around people who make you feel like your inner ugliness and failures and mistakes don’t matter, who lift you up and make you laugh, who make you feel good and clean”, she says. Her new album ‘My Soft Machine’ is out on 26 May.

Ashnikko has announced that she will release her debut album ‘Weedkiller’ on 2 Jun. She will also be playing UK shows in November and December, kicking off with a performance at Alexandra Palace on 30 Nov.

Boygenius – aka Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker – have released new single ‘Not Strong Enough’. The track is taken from their new album ‘The Record’, which is out on 31 Mar.

Fontaines DC have released a cover of Nick Drake’s ‘Cello Song’, the first track to be taken from a new compilation of songs by the late musician – titled ‘The Endless Coloured Ways’ – which is set for release on 7 Jul and also features Emeli Sandé, Guy Garvey, Self Esteem, Feist, Aurora, John Grant and more.

Cradle Of Filth have announced that they will release their first live album for 20 years ‘Trouble And Their Double Lives’ on 28 Apr. The release will also feature two new studio tracks, the first of which, ‘She Is A Fire’, is out now.

Writer Neil Gaiman and the FourPlay String Quartet have released new track ‘In Transit’, taken from their first album together ‘Signs Of Life’, which is out on 28 Apr.

San Cisco have released new single ‘Lost Without You’.

Liturgy have released new single ‘Before I Knew The Truth’. New album ‘93696’ is out on 24 Mar.

Penelope Trappes has released new single ‘A Seagull Learns To Sleep Alone’. Her new album ‘Heavenly Spheres’ is set for release on 14 Apr and she will headline Iklectik in London this Saturday.

The brilliant Mandy, Indiana have announced that they will release their debut album ‘I Have Seen A Way’ on 19 May. “We wanted to alter textures, create clashes, and craft those moments when what you’re expecting to happen never comes”, says guitarist Scott Fair. Out now is new single ‘Pinking Shears’.



Sophie Ellis Bextor has announced that she will play a launch show for her new album ‘Hana’ at Lafayette in London on 30 Jun. The album itself is out on 2 Jun and she’s just put out the video for recent single ‘Breaking The Circle’.

Indie label Phantom Limb will mark its fifth anniversary with three gigs in London, starting this week with a WaqWaq Kingdom show at Cafe Oto on Friday. Richard Skelton will then headline St John On Bethnal Green on 31 Mar and then Iggor Cavalera will top the bill at Iklectik the following night. Tickets are on sale now.

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