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By and | Published on Wednesday 4 March 2020



UK record industry collecting society PPL has promoted Mark Douglas to Chief Information Officer and Matt Phipps-Taylor to Chief Data Officer. “Data has long been at the heart of PPL’s operations and we have invested significantly in it over the years”, says CEO Peter Leatham. “In Mark and Matt, PPL has two incredibly able individuals who have driven this agenda within PPL and more widely across the industry”.

The Independent Music Publishing Forum has elected Reservoir UK MD Annette Barrett to the role of President. “Annette was a founder member of the Forum and together we have overseen its growth and programming since its inception”, says current IMPF president Pierre Mossiat. “Having a strong advocate is of huge importance to independent music publishers and having Annette as the incoming President is a tremendous advantage for all of us”. She will officially take up the role later this month.



Amuse – the free digital music distribution service – has launched a premium offer called Amuse Pro. At $7.99 a month, the enhanced service will, the firm says, include “features like royalty splits, team accounts, multiple artist profiles, quicker releases and support”.



Bauer Media and News UK’s Wireless have announced the launch of new joint venture radio advertising company, Octave Audio, focussing on digital audio services. “Octave Audio will combine the expertise of two major forces in audio bringing together the best of broadcast advertising and the advantages of digital targeting”, says Bauer Radio MD Dee Ford. “This is what will make it stand out in the market”.



Rina Sawayama has released new single ‘XS’. It’s “a song that mocks capitalism in a sinking world”, she says. “I wanted to reflect the chaos of this post-truth climate change denying world in the metal guitar stabs that flare up like an underlying zit between the 2000s R&B beat that reminds you of a time when everything was alright”.

Moaning have released new single ‘Make It Stop’. “The song is about questioning negative thoughts but struggling to find a solution”, he says. “There was a period of time where I thought everyone hated me and was out to get me. Now I realise no one actually is putting that much energy into thinking about me at all. Depression can be extremely narcissistic. I encourage people who relate to this song to call someone and ask for help”.

Mr Ben And The Bens have released new single ‘Beast In The House’. They’ve also announced that their debut album, ‘Life Drawing’, will be out on 10 Jul.

Pinty has returned with new single ‘It’s Just Life’, produced by DJ JD Sports (aka King Krule).

All We Are have released new single ‘Bad Advice’. “In this jungle of half-truths, pseudo-science and vagina scented candles, what seems like the best advice isn’t always given with the best intentions”, says the band. “That is bad advice and it’s just not good enough”.



Genesis have announced that they are reforming for tour dates in November and December this year. “It feels great, it feels the right time, we’re looking forward to doing it”, guitarist Mark Rutherford said on Zoe Ball’s Radio 2 show this morning. “A lot of our contemporaries have been playing a lot – we’ve done two shows in the UK in the last 28 years”.

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