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One Liners: Mustard, Madonna, FKA Twigs, more

By and | Published on Thursday 25 April 2019

[L-R] Jennifer Drake, Mustard, Jon Platt

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Mustard, in the Sony/ATV office, with a pen. Yeah, Mustard’s signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV. “Mustard is an amazing songwriter and producer”, says CEO Jon Platt. “I already have friends in the building”, boasts Mustard.

• IMPEL, the grouping of indie publishers that does digital licensing gubbins, has appointed music lawyer Sarah Williams as its CEO. Previously an off-shoot of the Music Publishers Association and collecting society MCPS, IMPEL is now an independent entity that works with French society SACEM on licensing its members rights.

• Global Radio’s grand plan to become a big fat music company – which included launching units doing management, publishing and touring, as well as setting up shop Stateside – is seemingly at an end. Only the festivals side of that venture still existed in the form of Global’s significant stake in Broadwick Live. But, according to IQ, Broadwick’s management is now planning to buy Global out of the company. Meanwhile, the newly acquisitive Superstruct is acquiring some of the Global/Broadwick events.

• Madonna has released new single, ‘Medellín’, the first track from her new album, ‘Madame X’, which is out on 14 Jun.

• PKA FKA Twigs has released her first single in, like, a really long time. Here’s ‘Cellophane’. “Throughout my life I’ve practiced my way to being the best I could be, it didn’t work this time”, she says of recording her new music. “I had to tear down every process I’d ever relied on. Go deeper. Rebuild. Start again”.

• Mumford & Sons have released a short behind the scenes video with a performance of their song ‘Forever’. So that’s nice.

• Diplo has unveiled his new country music alter ego Thomas Wesley. Here’s the first single from the project, ‘So Long’. Play it to a country music fan today, they are sure to love it and recognise it instantly as pure, authentic country music. You probably won’t even get punched that much.

• Two Door Cinema Club have announced that they will release their new album, ‘False Alarm’, on 14 Jun. This is not a false alarm, it’s really happening. Look, they’ve even released a new single, ‘Satellite’.

• The Drums have released the video for ‘Body Chemistry’ from new album ‘Brutalism’.

• Kelly Moran has released ‘Night Music’, the first track from her new EP ‘Origin’, which will be released on 17 May. “These recordings show first hand my musical discoveries in real-time for when I was having my major creative breakthrough”, she says.

• Sacred Paws have released new single ‘How Far’. They’ve also announced UK tour dates in June.

• Petrol Girls have released the video for new single, ‘Big Mouth’. “Thematically, ‘Big Mouth’ follows on from our previous single, ‘The Sound'”, says Petrol Girls’ vocalist Ren Aldridge. “But it focuses in on voice as a physical sound that comes directly from our bodies, and also more generally as self-expression. There’s a lot of politics around who is heard and what that means, and many marginalised groups are only tolerated when they’re quiet. When they refuse this containment and control, they’re met with attempts to silence them”.

• Guitar Wolf are back with new single ‘Love & Jett’. And not a moment too soon.

• King Princess has announced that she will play Dublin Academy on 24 Jun and Heaven in London on 26 Jun.

• Entries for this year’s Mercury Prize are now open. You have until 6pm on 15 May to submit albums for consideration. Email with the subject line ‘token jazz act’ for more info.

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