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One Liners: RCA, ARIA, visa-free touring debate, more

By | Published on Wednesday 27 January 2021

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RCA Records in the US has announced new leadership for its promotions team, with Sam Selolwane and Keith Rothschild each being named Head Of Promotion. Selolwane will oversee hip hop, R&B and mixshow promotion, while Keith Rothschild will oversee the pop, rhythm and rock. “Sam is an outstanding executive and I’m excited to have her lead this team”, says CEO Peter Edge. “Keith is an influential leader and his ambition for our artists is clear”.

Former TV exec Annabelle Herd has been named the new CEO of the Australian record industry’s trade body the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and the sector’s collecting society Phonographic Performance Company Of Australia (PPCA). She replaces Dan Rosen, who is heading off to become head of Warner Music Australasia. “I am delighted to be taking on this role serving and supporting our amazing Australian music industry at a time when the inspiration, connection and joy that our artists and musicians give us is more important than ever”, she says.

Alibi Music has promoted Tim Hare to the role of VP Business Development. “Tim has truly risen to the occasion, seizing the opportunity to evolve his role at Alibi over the years and, in turn, helping us expand our client base”, says company founder Jonathan Parks. “He’s a connector at heart with a great understanding of the industry, our clients’ needs and how best to fulfil those needs”.



Parliament will next month debate the petition calling on the UK government to return to the negotiating table with the European Union to find a way to ensure British performers can tour Europe visa-free. The petition was launched soon after it became clear visa-free touring had not been included in the post-Brexit UK/EU trade deal. The debate will take place virtually on 8 Feb.



Vito Roccoforte and Gabriel Andruzzi of The Rapture have announced their debut album as Mother Of Mars. “I gave the majority of my time, energy and love to The Rapture for over ten years, only for one of the other members to try and erase me from the story, and eventually attempt to kick me out”, says Andruzzi. “To say the least this was incredibly saddening, and thus, I was not eager to be in a band again. Creating a studio space with Vito, partaking in collaborations and eventually shedding illusions of the music industry led to a space where I was able to create with Jaiko [Suzuki, vocalist] and Vito – making what I believe are a lovely bunch of songs together”. ‘I Hear’ is out on 5 Mar. From it, this is ‘Durga & Demon’.

Esther Rose has announced that she will release new album ‘How Many Times’ on 26 Mar. The title track is out now. Of the song, she says: “It’s not really just about feeling better, it’s about feeling it, whatever it is”.

Half Waif has released new single ‘Orange Blossoms’. “The song came out like an incantation, a desperate plea to be rescued from wrestling with everything”, she says. “But it unfolded into something more resolute as I refocused on the task of taking responsibility for myself and my own life”.

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