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One Liners: Richard Ashcroft, Little Mix, Headie One, more

By | Published on Friday 9 October 2020

Richard Ashcroft


Universal Music Publishing has signed Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft to a worldwide publishing deal. “I’m really excited about working with Universal Music Publishing and making this a hugely successful partnership”, says Ashcroft. “Music is power”.

Kobalt has renewed its deal with songwriter, producer and DJ Teddy Walton. “You can’t stand out by trying to fit in and this is why I love Kobalt”, he says. “I have the freedom to do whatever I want creatively and they are supportive. Because my business is taken care of, mentally, I am free, too. I want my music to be a breath of fresh air and show my vision for the future. Kobalt understands that”.

Warner Chappell has signed pop producer Ben Billions to a worldwide publishing deal. “Ben is one of the most talented and distinctive producers out there, with recognisable beats that don’t even need a tag”, says Warner Chappell’s Ryan Press. “A true craftsman, he’s quietly spent the last decade creating breakthrough moments for some of the biggest names in the game. I’m incredibly proud to welcome him to the Warner Chappell family”.

Nettwerk has signed singer-songwriter Tom Speight to a new record deal. “Tom has this incredible ability of walking into a room (well, a virtual room in these strange times) and leaving everyone wanting to see him win” says Director Of A&R Sameer Sadhu. “We’ve watched Tom with admiration over these last years, really fine-tune his artistry, now crafting mind-blowing songs and records. We can’t wait to work alongside Tom in growing his audience far and wide”. Coinciding with the signing announcement, Speight has released a cover of the Stereophonics’ ‘Dakota’.



Little Mix will be screening tour film ‘LM5 – The Tour Film’ on 21-22 Nov. “We enjoyed every second of the LM5 Tour and hope you all love this special filmed performance capturing all the magic of that show”, says the band’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock. Tickets go on sale on 15 Oct. More info here.

Headie One has released his debut album ‘Edna’ today, and released two new videos for ‘Princess Cuts’, featuring Young T & Bugsey, and ‘Parlez-Vous Anglais’, featuring Aitch.

Nick Cave and Nicolas Lens have announced that they will release an opera composed during lockdown, titled ‘LITANIES’, on 4 Dec through Deutsche Gramophon. “Nicholas called me during lockdown and asked if I would write twelve litanies”, says Cave. “I happily agreed. The first thing I did after I put down the phone was search ‘What is a litany?’ I learned that a litany was a series of religious petitions and realised I had been writing litanies all my life”. From the album, here’s ‘Litany Of The Forsaken’.

Yungblud has released new single ‘Cotton Candy’. The song, he says, “is about sexual liberation. This song is so important to me because I see and speak to my fanbase, facing insecurities around sexual interaction and I want to let them know that it is OK to be exactly who they are and have the right to unconditionally love who they want and be loved in return”.

Babymetal have released their (incredible) track ‘BxMxC’ worldwide. It was previously a Japan-only bonus track on their ‘Metal Galaxy’ album.

Lykke Li has released new single ‘BRON’.

Sleepwalkrs has released new track ‘More Than Words’, featuring MNEK.

They have released new single ‘Losing Focus’, featuring Wale.

PG Lost – featuring ex-Ghost and current Cult Of Luna members – have released new single ‘Suffering’. Their new album, ‘Oscillate’, is out on 20 Nov.

Elohim has released the video for new single ‘Good Day Bad Day’. “To be honest, it seems like the good days have been too few and far between lately”, she says. “But deep in my heart, I know a good day is there running beside us in a parallel universe, and I wrote this song to help remind me that nothing is permanent and anything can happen”.

Peel have released new single ‘Citizen X’, which you’ll also be able to hear in the new FIFA 2021 video game. The band’s eponymous debut EP is out on 16 Oct.



Billy Bragg has announced that he will be heading out on tour this time next year. “In these challenging times, we all need something to hang on to”, he says. “Like everyone else, my plans for 2020 have been disrupted by the pandemic, but today I’m announcing an extensive UK and Irish tour for this time next year to give me something tangible to work towards. My hope is that, by then, we’ll be able to get together again and enjoy the uplift that live music brings, to audience and performer alike. Hope to see you next autumn”.

Warmduscher have announced two socially distanced shows at EartH in London on 31 Oct. Details here.

Will Joseph Cook has announced a socially distanced hometown show at the Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall Theatre on 5 Nov. Tickets here.

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