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By | Published on Monday 9 January 2023

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Round Hill Music has acquired the producer royalties and related rights of music producer Steve Lillywhite for an undisclosed sum. Lillywhite has produced artists including U2, The Rolling Stones, Morrissey and Talking Heads.

Bucks Music Group has signed Molly Payton to a publishing deal covering the UK, Ireland and Europe, with Mushroom Music Publishing repping her songs elsewhere in the world. “I’m so excited to be working with two companies as passionate and supportive as Mushroom and Bucks”, says Payton. “Although I’m based in the UK now, New Zealand and Australia will always be home to me, and it’s awesome knowing that I have support no matter where I am moving forward”.



UK record label trade body BPI has announced that its Director Of Public Affairs, Sophie Jones, has been promoted to Chief Strategy Officer. She will also act as interim CEO as it finalises a replacement for Geoff Taylor, who recently left the organisation. “I’m delighted to take up this new, expanded role of Chief Strategy Officer, especially in such a pivotal year for the BPI as we celebrate our 50th anniversary and continue to promote and grow British music in the years ahead”, she says. “And I will also be honoured to lead the BPI working alongside our senior executive team until a new Chief Executive is in place”.

Sony Music’s artist services business The Orchard in the US has promoted Mary Ashley Johnson to EVP Sales & Artist/Label Management for North America, and hired Katie Studley as VP Nashville. She joins from Jack White’s Third Man Records. “We are proud to appoint these two well-deserving women to key executive roles in the company”, says COO Colleen Theis. “Mary Ashley’s leadership, business savvy and proven expertise has led The Orchard to unprecedented heights in 2022. We’re excited to welcome Katie to The Orchard family. As an instrumental partner on the client side, she comes to us with a deep understanding of our business strategy”.



The NEC Birmingham has joined the Association Of Independent Festivals and the Association Of Festival Organisers, following the venue’s diversification into festivals last year – hosting the 2022 edition of Wireless Festival – using it 387 acres of outdoor space and and 59 acres of woodland. “We work closely with many trade bodies across the live music and events industry, contributing to policies, key initiatives and lobbying activity. It is important that we listen to the wants and needs of more event genres as we diversify our offer”, says Richard Mann, New Business Director for the NEC.



Miley Cyrus has announced that she will release her eighth studio album, ‘Endless Summer Vaction’, on 10 Mar. It’s first single, ‘Flowers’, is out on 13 Jan.

Skrillex has released two new tracks, teaming up with Fred Again and Flowdan for ‘Rumble’ and then PinkPantheress and Trippie Redd for ‘Way Back’.

Steve Aoki has released new single ‘New York’, a collaboration with Regard and Mazie.

Sleep Token have kicked off the new year by releasing two new songs, ‘Chokehold’ and ‘The Summoning’. The band are also set to play UK dates later this month, including a show at Brixton Academy in London on 22 Jan.

Mac DeMarco has announced that he will release new instrumental album ‘Five Easy Hot Dogs’ on 20 Jan. Recorded as he travelled around the US, each track is named after the city where it was made. “The plan was to start driving north, and not go home to Los Angeles until I was done with a record”, he says. “Kind of like being on tour, except there weren’t any shows, and I’d just be burning money”.

The Lemon Twigs have released new single ‘Corner Of My Eye’, their first for their new label Captured Tracks. “We recorded this track winter of 2021 in our old rehearsal studio in Midtown, NYC”, say the duo. “Apart from the vibraphone, the instrumental track was recorded live with Andres Valbuena on drums and Daryl Johns on upright bass. We laid down the vocals late that night once the traffic outside had died down. We’ve had the song for a while now, so we’re excited to share it with fans who may have heard it live over the years!”

Katatonia have released new single ‘Birds’. The track is taken from new album ‘Sky Void Of Stars’, which is out on 20 Jan.

Frankie Rose has announced that she will release new album ‘Love As Projection’ on 10 Mar. “This album is about having to focus our collective energies on the small things around that we can control to find joy”, she says. “A distraction from the the larger systemic problems that feel so overwhelming and are so very out of our collective hands… for now”. From it, this is ‘Anything’.

Debby Friday is back with new single ‘So Hard To Tell’. Newly signed to Sub Pop, she is set to release her debut album, ‘Good Luck’, on 24 Mar. She’s also announced that she will play Corsica Studios in London on 3 May.

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