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By | Published on Thursday 3 March 2022



Kobalt has signed songwriter, producer and artist in her own right Lauren Aquilina. She has written for artists including Little Mix, Demi Lovato, Becky Hill, Ava Max, Rina Sawayama and more. “I’m so excited to start the next chapter of my songwriting career with Kobalt”, she says. “As someone who splits my time between London, LA and Stockholm I love how supported I feel by the entire global team, and I really feel like they share my vision for what I’m trying to achieve. Can’t wait to see what the next few years have in store!”



Utopia Music has hired Alexandra Sufit as Director, Public Affairs and Diversity, Inclusion & Equity. “I’m delighted to be joining Utopia, to help it reach its goal of creating a more diverse and inclusive company and drive change within the music industry”, she says. “I’m deeply committed to fostering a culture that everyone can benefit from. With Utopia’s vision of fairness, I believe we can make a true impact across the industry”.



Song rights collecting society PRS For Music has announced a new series of free events around the UK under the banner Members Day, providing education and networking opportunities. The first will take place at Tramshed in Cardiff on 9 Mar, with further events planned in London, Manchester, Belfast and Glasgow. PRS members can sign up for the Cardiff event here.



Universal Music Greater China has announced the launch of Capitol Records China, which will have a focus on signing and developing Chinese talent. The label will be lead by General Manager Tom Tang, who says: “This is an exciting and dynamic time for music in China, with an explosion in possibilities across cultural creativity and digital innovation. Now more than ever, we have an opportunity to build global careers for our homegrown musicians”.



Pixies have released new single ‘Human Crime’. The band are set to play several outdoor shows in the UK this summer – including London’s British Summer Time festival.

Richie Hawtin has teamed up with Chilly Gonzales to rework his 1998 album in his Plastikman guise, ‘Consumed’. The new album, ‘Consumed In Key’, out on 1 Apr, adds piano from Gonzales to the original ambient techno. “To hear ‘Consumed’, to hear the freedom in how it was made, and to hear the confidence within which it stands behind so few elements was almost like a threat I had to respond to”, says Gonzales. From it, this is ‘Contain (In Key)’.

EMF have released new single ‘Sister Sandinista’, taken from new album ‘Go Go Sapiens’ – their first since 1995 – which is out on 1 Apr. The song, say the band, is a “nod to all the women out there who are fighting for what they believe in, sometimes against overwhelming odds, and making the world a better place”.



Will Haven will play a show to mark the 21st anniversary of their ‘Carpe Diem’ album at The Underworld in Camden on 9 Jun, at which they will play the album in full. “We are very excited to finally be able to come back to England, we felt there was no other place to celebrate the anniversary of ‘Carpe Diem’ than where it all started to take off for us on that record”, says guitarist Jeff Irwin. “We have never played the whole record in its entirety, so we are excited to go back and learn the songs again and play them live – I think it will be a special night”.

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