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By | Published on Thursday 23 May 2019

Nils Frahm

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Manners McDade has renewed its worldwide publishing deal with composer Nils Frahm. “We’re extremely pleased to have signed another long-term worldwide publishing deal with Nils Frahm”, says the company’s Caroline Manners. “Such loyalty is rare in this business and it reflects the mutual respect and admiration that exists between us”.

• Jay-Z’s Roc Nation record label has fired several members of its executive team, including SVP Promotion Azim Rashid, SVP A&R Orlando McGhee, EVP Marketing Gita Williams and Senior Director of Publicity Fairley McCaskill. The company has not commented on the decision.

• Sofar Sounds has raised $25 million of new funding to further expand its business which, of course, organises secret intimate live music performances in unusual places. The company plans to improve opportunities for artists to monetise their performances and to secure more sponsored shows.

• ILMC’s IQ website has spoken to a number of festivals, identifying economic uncertainty, homogenisation and difficulty booking talent as factors behind the slower than expected ticket sales at this year’s UK festivals.

• Hopes that the HMV Hong Kong business (long separate from HMV UK) could be saved have been dashed after two potential buyers walked away from negotiations. Wong Sun-Keung of accounting firm Vision AS, which is overseeing the company’s liquidation, told the South China Morning Post that the buyers pulled out after it became apparent that they would not be able to continue using the HMV name after the sale.

• Bilbao music conference BIME Pro has announced its first speakers for 2019, including Beyonce’s father and former manager Mathew Knowles, founder of The Orchard Scott Cohen and music supervisor Joe Rudge. More information here.

• Diplo has released the video for Octavian collaboration ‘New Shapes’.

• Mustard has announced that he will release new album, ‘Perfect Ten’, on 28 Jun.

• FKA Twigs has released a solo piano performance of her latest single, ‘Cellophane’, filmed at The Wallace Collection in London.

• Oh Land has released the video for the title track of her latest album ‘Family Tree’, directed by Helena Christensen.

• Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes have released the video for new single ‘Kitty Sucker’.

• Yumi Zouma have released new single ‘Bruise’. “We started writing the instrumental after our great friend Sam told us he was leaving the band and moving to Serbia. We were all distraught until Josh said, ‘Cheer me up guys – let’s write a song for Nelly Furtado’. Nelly never replied but we came up with a smash”.

• The Golden Filter have announced that they will release new album, ‘Autonomy’, on 5 Jul. Here’s the title track. They’re also set to support Pantha Du Prince at London’s Jazz Café on 13 Jun.

• The Raincoats have announced three UK shows to mark the 40th anniversary of their debut album. They will play EartH in London on 10 Nov, Komedia in Brighton on 13 Nov, and The White Hotel in Salford on 15 Nov.

• Brian Eno is set to receive the Stephen Hawking Medal at this year’s Starmus Festival in recognition his contribution to “science communication”. Not sure exactly what he’s done, but Elon Musk is getting one too, so I assume he called someone a paedophile.

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