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By | Published on Friday 15 March 2019

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Other notable announcements and developments today…

• UK collecting society PRS For Music has released a video explaining why article thirteen of the European Copyright Directive is super awesome. Not my words. Or theirs, actually. But it’s what you were all thinking, I’m sure. Final votes on the directive are now imminent, of course.

• Sound Diplomacy has released a new manual for cities looking to make the place better by supporting music. “This manual is our attempt to synergise our work around the world into thirteen simple, actionable steps”, says Sound Diplomacy founder Shain Shapiro. “We hope cities, regions and places use this guide as a catalyst to improve their communities through music, because evidence demonstrates that this is what happens when music is incorporated into policy early and often”.

• Absolute Label Services has got itself added to Spotify’s tightly curated list of recommended distributors. “Absolute Label Services is proud to offer comprehensive label and distribution services to all of our clients and we’re pleased that our commitment to delivering only the highest quality assets and metadata is being recognised by Spotify”, says Absolute’s Head Of Digital Operations Dianne Bonney.

• Africa’s biggest music streaming and download service, Boomplay, has signed a direct licensing deal with Warner Music. “Major deals with internationally recognised partners such as Warner Music continue to push us closer to our aim of building the largest and the most reliable online music distribution platform in Africa”, says Boomplay CEO Joe He.

• Deezer has appointed Laurence Miall-d’Août as its new Chief Commercial Officer. She will be in charge of the company’s B2B offerings. “I have been a Deezer user for the last four years”, she says, although I don’t think that’s what got her the job.

• The Musicians’ Union has teamed up with to launch a mentoring scheme for its female members. “I hope that the mentoring scheme will empower our female members by giving them a meaningful opportunity to learn from female role models who have overcome barriers in the industry, and paved the way for future generations of female musicians”, says MU Equality, Diversity And Inclusion Official John Shortell. More info here.

• LSD – aka Labrinth, Sia and Diplo – have released new single ‘No New Friends’. Their debut album is due out on 12 Apr.

• Carly Rae Jepsen has released the video for ‘Now That I Found You’. It’s got loads of cats in it. Or maybe one cat.

• Sean Paul and J Balvin have released a single together called ‘Contra La Pared’. “It was great working with J Balvin”, says Paul. “Working with Sean Paul was a real blessing”, adds Balvin. Good to hear everyone had such a rad time.

• Grimes has released a new demo track called ‘Pretty Dark’. “I’ll be dumping demos for the next few months cuz the album is too ambitious/taking too long”, she says. The track is not from the album though, it’s from an “AR musical” she’s working on, which also sounds quite ambitious.

• Foals have released the video for ‘Moonlight’ from their new album, ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’.

• Billie Marten has announced that she will release a new album, ‘Feeding Seahorses By Hand’, on 26 Apr. Here’s first single ‘Betsy’. She’ll also be touring the UK in June, winding up at the Islington Assembly Hall on 13 Jun.

• These New Puritans have released new track ‘Where The Trees Are On Fire’. Their new album, ‘Inside The Rose’, is out next week, although if you can’t wait, there are numbers around the world you can call to hear it right now. Albeit down a phone line. Details here. You’ll also be able to see the band perform new songs live when they play the ICA in London on 21 Mar.

• Matmos have released another video for a track from their new ‘Plastic Anniversary’ album. This is ‘Silicone Gel Implant’.

• Lydia Ainsworth has released new track ‘Tell Me I Exist’. It’s taken from her upcoming new album, ‘Phantom Forest’, which is out on 10 May. She’s also announced that she’ll play a one-off UK show at Steelyard in London on 9 Apr.

• Alice In Chains have released episodes one and two of a 90 minute film, ‘Black Antenna’, to be released over ten episodes, based on their ‘Rainer Fog’ album. They’ve also announced three UK shows in May – Glasgow’s Braehead Arena on 23 May, Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on 24 May, and London’s Wembley Arena on 25 May.

• The Killers and The Cure have joined Stormzy has headliners of this year’s Glastonbury. Miley Cyrus, Jon Hopkins, Billie Eilish and Janelle Monáe are also one the bill. See every name announced so far here.

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