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One Liners: Peermusic, Warner Chappell, Dice, Katy Perry, more

By | Published on Thursday 22 June 2023



Peermusic has acquired the entire songs catalogue of the late bluegrass musician Earl Scruggs and the majority of the songs catalogue of his son Gary Scruggs. It was already involved in managing the Scruggs catalogue, however, via the new deal, “Peermusic acquires the US rights it was previously administering for Earl Scruggs as well as some of the songs that were previously controlled by the Scruggs estate”.



Warner Chappell Music in the US has announced the promotions of Wallace Joseph to SVP A&R and Jon Chen to VP A&R. They will continue to report into President Ryan Press, who says: “A&R is all about following your instincts and being deeply ingrained in the culture, areas where both Wallace and Jon excel. They go above and beyond for our team and our songwriters, and they’re masters at connecting talent with other music creators – not just here in the US, but all around the world. I’m very proud to see them both continue to grow with us as leaders. Here’s to many more number ones to come!”

Ticketing company Dice has announced the appointment of former major label exec and Pharrell Williams manager Caron Veazey to its board of directors. She currently runs management agency and creative consultancy Something In Common. As a director of Dice she will, it says, “support the company’s goal of reshaping the live music industry”.

Booking agency Wasserman Music in the US has announced the appointment of Jason Roth as its VP Of Communications. He has previously had communication roles at SiriusXM, Pandora, Apple and Capitol Records. Says Wasserman CMO Lori Beth Feldman: “Jason’s breadth of communications experience with music-related brands, technology and artists will be invaluable for the strategic development and messaging of Wasserman Music’s growth on a global scale”.



Katy Perry will release new black vinyl editions of her albums ‘One Of The Boys’, ‘Teenage Dream’ and ‘PRISM’ in October. Meanwhile, all three LPs also feature in an “exquisitely presented, individually numbered, limited edition boxset with coloured vinyl and keepsakes designed with previously unseen images from the albums’ photo shoots”, which is on pre-sale via her website. Well, I say that, it seems to have sold out already.

Róisín Murphy posted new track ‘Fader’ earlier this week, which is, and I quote, “the third puzzle piece to be taken from her highly anticipated upcoming album ‘Hit Parade’”. That’s out on Ninja Tune on 8 Sep.

Young Fathers yesterday unveiled a new three track live video filmed in partnership with Amnesty International to raise awareness for Refugee Week. It features performances of ‘I Saw’, ‘Geronimo’ and ‘Rice’. You can watch the latter on YouTube. Or sign up for a second online screening of the full three track video on Bandcamp here.

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