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One Liners: Pete Tong, Apple Music, Ed Sheeran, more

By | Published on Friday 28 June 2019

Mark Gillespie & Pete Tong


Pete Tong has been named President of Three Six Zero Recordings. “Pete has been a supporter of Three Six Zero since our first record was played on the radio”, says the music group’s CEO Mark Gillespie. Because Tong is a radio presenter and presumably it was him who played the record. It’s not that he just wasn’t all that bothered until they got airplay.



Apple Music now has 60 million subscribers – including those on free trials – which, it has to be said, is a pretty poor show for a company that has its music software pre-loaded on hundreds of millions of mobile devices. I hope everyone at Apple is ashamed of themselves.



Rolling Stone‘s much hyped new music charts seemed to launch briefly yesterday, but the webpage comes up as a 404 now. So there you go. No charts. Probably for the best.



Ed Sheeran has released another track off his collaborations album called ‘Beautiful People’. Who’s he working with this time? It’s Khalid. “I knew he would be perfect for this track”, says Sheeran of why he wanted to work with the singer. Cool story.

Sony’s RCA label is releasing a new eleven disc Elvis compilation called ‘Live 1969’, featuring eleven full shows from his Las Vegas residency that year. Obviously Sony is keen for fans to be able to hear these shows, two of which have never been previously released. It’s surely only incidental that making the unreleased material publicly available is required to ensure that those recordings remain in copyright in Europe. There will also be a condensed vinyl release.

Babymetal have released new single ‘Pa Pa Ya’, featuring Thai rapper F Hero.

Mika has released the video for his latest single ‘Ice Cream’. It features him driving an ice cream van and hanging out at the beach. It’s not particularly abstract.

James Bay has released the video for his latest single ‘Bad’. “I was handed a video treatment”, he says of the pop promo, giving a behind the scenes look into the world of an international pop star.

Novelist has released new single ‘Rhythm & Gash’, coinciding with the release of his new album ‘Reload King’ today.

Meg Myers has released an animated video for her cover of Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’, hand coloured by over 2000 primary school children. It’s not child labour, it’s for charity. They did classes and everything. No, look, it’s fine. Completely above board. Don’t write in.



Enter Shikari’s Rou Reynolds will play a solo show at Omeara in London on 18 Jul in aid of the Mental Health Foundation.

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