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One Liners: Pendulum, Ben Lythe, Maya Diab, more

By and | Published on Monday 15 May 2023



Pendulum have signed a new worldwide record deal with Mushroom Group and Universal Music’s label services division Virgin Music – the first joint venture signing between the two businesses. “We are pleased to be joining forces with Mushroom [and] Virgin and reuniting with [Mushroom boss] Korda Marshall, a visionary who played a pivotal role in our journey back in 2006”, says Pendulum’s Rob Swire.

BDi Music has signed multi-instrumentalist, music director, composer, producer and songwriter Ben Lythe to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal. “Ben is a multi-talented individual with a heart of gold”, says BDi Music A&R James Paterson. “His ability to turn his hand to multiple facets of music creation is truly rare and awe-inspiring. The songwriters and artists Ben has worked with to shape their sound in the industry will testify to what a talent he is”.

Warner Music Middle East has signed Lebanese singer and TV presenter Maya Diab to a record deal, with a new EP set to be released later this year. “Maya is an exceptional artist – she has an amazing voice and a powerful stage performance”, says the major’s President Of Emerging Markets Alfonso Perez-Soto. “I can’t wait for everyone to be able to hear her new EP later this year and for the impact our partnership will bring to her music style and reach”.



Garrett Levin, the boss of the US-based Digital Media Association or DiMA – the trade body for streaming services – has announced he is standing down. In a post on LinkedIn he wrote: “This summer, my family and I will be relocating to Geneva, Switzerland because of my wife’s job. In conjunction with that relocation, I will be concluding my tenure as President and CEO of The Digital Media Association. I will continue leading DiMA through my departure as the DiMA board conducts a search for a replacement”.

Various Artists Management last week announced that Kirsty McDonagh has joined the company as a Senior Manager, a role that will see her working day to day with Tom Grennan, Melanie C, Caseyette, Kingdoms, Rndmbeats and Liv Dawson. She previously worked at Insanity Group. “I’m really happy that Kirsty is joining us at Various Artists”, says the management firm’s UK MD John Dawkins. “She is an amazing manager who will bring energy and passion to our team and will add real value to our roster of artists”.

Warner’s Elektra Entertainment in the US last week announced three promotions, with Chris Brown becoming EVP of the division and Co-Head Of Roadrunner Records; Katie Robinson moving up to a Head Of Marketing role, overseeing campaigns for the entire Elektra Entertainment roster; and Johnny Minardi getting three job titles – Head Of Fueled By Ramen, Co-Head of Roadrunner Records and SVP of A&R for the division. “It’s been a privilege to watch Chris, Katie, and Johnny grow into their own as leaders – Elektra wouldn’t be what it is today without them”, says Elektra Entertainment President Gregg Nadel.

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