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By | Published on Wednesday 27 February 2019

R Kelly

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Following reports that several female fans of R Kelly had offered to pay his bail, the Chicago Tribune has confirmed that it was a 47 year old woman listed as “a friend” on court documents who paid the $100,000 that saw him freed from custody – pending trial – earlier this week.

• Charlie Phillips has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer at the World Independent Network, from Director Of Legal And Business Affairs. Phillips will lead the globally focused indie label trade body, which does not plan to recruit a new CEO, following the departure of Alison Wenham in December.

• BMG Production Music has promoted UK executives Alex Marchant, Ciaran McNeaney and Sam Delves to new international roles. Co-founders of Deep East Music, which BMGPM acquired last year, Alex Marchant and Ciaran McNeaney will become Director Of Global Marketing and Director Of Global Production respectively. Delves, meanwhile, is now Global Marketing Manager. “Alex and Ciaran”, says the company’s SVP Global Sales, Marketing & Repertoire John Clifford. “Sam”, he adds.

• J Cole has released the video for new single ‘Middle Child’.

• White Denim have released new single ‘Reversed Mirror’. Their new album, ‘Side Effects’, is out on 29 Mar.

• Bad Religion have announced that they will release new album, ‘Age Of Unreason’, on 3 May. From it, this is ‘Chaos From Within’.

• Ex Hex have released new single ‘Rainbow Shiner’. The track is taken from their upcoming album, ‘It’s Real’, which is out on 22 Mar.

• Hockeysmith has released a video for ‘Dare You’ from her recent EP ‘Tears At My Age’.

• A whole 120 more acts have been added to the line-up of this year’s magnificent Great Escape festival, including Anna Calvi, Little Simz, Wovoka Gentle, Arlo Parks, Confidence Man, Oh Land, Upsahl, Kiran Leonard, Leila Moss and Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs. See all of the latest additions here.

• The Body have announced various UK shows in July, kicking off with an appearance at The Dome in London on 12 Jul, which will be a collaborative set with Full Of Hell.

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