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One Liners: RedOne, The Wombats, Alice Levine, more

By | Published on Thursday 16 July 2020

Hipgnosis Songs Fund


The good old Hipgnosis Songs Fund has acquired the songs and recordings catalogues of RedOne, who has worked with artists including Lady Gaga, One Direction, Shakira and Nicki Minaj. “We are delighted to welcome RedOne to the Hipgnosis family with these incredible songs that are amongst the most important of the millennium”, says Hipgnosis boss Merck Mercuriadis.

Kobalt’s AWAL has extended its record deal with The Wombats. “I’m really happy to have AWAL back onboard for album five”, says frontman Matthew Murphy. “Their support and passion towards this band over the last three years has been second to none”.



Universal Music’s Geffen Records in the US has appointed Nicole Bilzerian to the newly-created role of Executive Vice President. She has worked in marketing at the company since 2013. “I look forward to expanding marketing operations at Geffen”, she says.



Alice Levine has announced that she is leaving BBC Radio 1 after just shy of a decade. She says she’s “had a dead nice time and hopefully said some things that have made you laugh”. Her next move has not been announced, but she does already co-host globally successful podcast ‘My Dad Wrote A Porno’.



Set to release a new EP later this summer, Troye Sivan has released new single ‘Easy’. The EP, ‘In A Dream’, is due out on 21 Aug. “A story that’s still unfolding, this small collection of songs explores an emotional rollercoaster period in my life when the feelings and thoughts were most shockingly fresh”, he says.

Aluna has released new single ‘Get Paid’, featuring Princess Nokia and Jada Kingdom. The song, she says, “is an aspirational celebration about black women and women of colour getting paid, in opposition of the reality that we are consistently undervalued for our work”. Her debut solo album, ‘Renaissance’, is out through Mad Decent on 21 Aug.

Travis have released new single ‘Valentine’.

They have had a play fight with Tinashie. Well, they’ve released a song called ‘Play Fight’, anyway.

Health and Full Of Hell have come together to release new track ‘Full Of Health’.

This Friday, Illuminati Hotties will release new mixtape ‘Free IH’. From it, this is the brilliant, if short, ‘Will I Get Cancelled If I Write A Song Called, ‘If You Were A Man You’d Be So Cancelled’?’

Wuh Oh has released new single ‘Softstyle’. He describes it as “the track blasting from the speakers of an underground club in a not-too-distant cyberpunk future”.

Izzy Warner has released her debut single ‘Brand New’, a cover of which features in Will Ferrell’s Eurovision movie. “Everyone has been expressing so much love for the song in the movie, so it made sense to put this track out first ahead of my debut EP”, she says.

Kiko Bun has released new single ‘Bad Boy Tenor’.

LA Witch have released new single ‘Gen Z’. The band’s Sade Sanchez explains: “‘Gen-Z’ is inspired by a series of articles mentioning the high rates of suicide amongst the Gen-Z due to the pressures of social media. At the same time I read about several music companies not doing well due to lack of interest in people to learn to play instruments. When I was a kid, music and guitar was my escape. Music was how I fought through my depressions. What will the future do to get through it?’

Amaarae has released new single ‘Leave Me Alone’.

Fizzler has released new track ‘Relationships’.

Govales has released new single ‘Broken System Killer’. Speaking about the track, he says: “Yes I am a black man, but this song is not about race – this song is about class. The war on the 99%”.

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