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One Liners: Midem, Primavera, Universal, more

By and | Published on Tuesday 31 March 2020



Set to take place in June, music industry conference Midem has announced that it is cancelling this year’s edition, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “In the rapidly-evolving context and with the various government guidelines on travel, public gatherings and home confinement, coupled with companies’ concerns for their staff, holding Midem in June is simply not possible”, said the event’s Director Alexandre Deniot. Parts of the conference programme will now be streamed online instead.

Festival and music conference Primavera Sound in Barcelona has announced that it is postponing its 20th anniversary edition to the end of August. Explaining the decision to postpone rather than cancel, organisers said: “We feel obliged and responsible to contribute insofar as we can to the survival of the live music scene, whose role will be key to the return to normality after this absolutely unprecedented situation that has never been faced before by the cultural sector and all its agents”. Primavera was among the members of Yourope who last week put out a statement saying that they are expecting to go ahead with their events.



Universal Music has announced a number of initiatives to support its employees, artists, songwriters, distributed labels and other partners during the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes interest-free royalty advances and fee waivers and speedier payment of invoices. It’s also making financial contributions to COVID-19 funding schemes such as those run by MusiCares in the US and Help Musicians in the UK.

French collecting society SACEM is the latest to announce COVID-19 support measures for its members. An announcement on Friday included a six million euro rescue fund that will issue cash grants to those most in need, plus the provision of exceptional royalty advances and the expansion of an existing support programme for publishers.



Music publisher Sentric has hired Loren McShane as Head Of Legal And Business Affairs and Joe Watson as Data Scientist. “These are two key hires that really benefit our company at all levels, both in terms of our business development and the way we boost our clients’ business through cutting edge research and data analysis”, says CEO Chris Meehan.



Bright Light Bright Light has released new single ‘This Was My House’. “The song is about how the safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community have been fractured of late with a palpable uprising of anti-LGBTQ+ and xenophobic rhetoric, which is scarily even more real now as these public spaces are closed for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 pandemic”, he says. His new album, ‘Fun City’, is out on 18 Sep.

Yves Tumor has released new single ‘Romanticist/Dream Palette’. New album ‘Heaven To A Tortured Mind’ is out this Friday.

Bishop Nehru has released new single ‘Emperor’. His new album, ‘Nehruvia: My Disregarded Thoughts’, is out on 8 May.

Everything Is Recorded have released new track ’11:55am / This World’. New album, ‘Friday Forever’, is out this, well, Friday.

Mick Jenkins has released two new tracks, ‘Snakes’, featuring Kojey Radical, and ‘Frontstreet Freestyle’.

Martin Grech has released new album ‘Hush Mortal Coil’ on his Patreon page. The record will also be available on streaming services in two weeks.

Haiku Hands have released new single ‘Let It Burn (World’s Gone Mad)’.

Bloodywood have released new single ‘Yaad’. The title is Hindi for ‘remember’ or ‘in memory’, and the song is “about the power of accepting the loss of a loved one and moving on”, explains guitarist Karan Katiyar. “I lost my dog ten years ago and I still feel the loss to this day”.

Tennin has released new single ‘Guys In Tears’ through Kitsune.

Minais B has released new single ‘Weaver’. His new album, ‘Quiet Bloom’, is out on 24 Apr.

Check out our weekly Spotify playlist of new music featured in the CMU Daily – updated every Friday.

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