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By | Published on Thursday 16 June 2022

Rina Sawayama


Warner Chappell has signed Puerto Rican rapper Villano Antillano. “Queer people need to feel like they can be their true, authentic selves and I want to use my music as a channel to help inspire and uplift”, says Antillano. “I’m very excited to be joining Warner Chappell Music, and with the support [of] the team, I know I can continue speaking my truth”.

Palm Artists is joining with larger artist management company Three Six Zero, with founder Greg Burnells bringing across his roster of artists, including Gorgon City, Piri & Tommy, Biscits and Surya Sen. “I’m delighted Greg and the Palm Artists team will be joining the Three Six Zero ecosystem”, says Three Six Zero CEO Mark Gillespie. “Greg has proven to be a dynamic and innovative manager and he will play a significant part as we continue to expand our management business globally”.



Venue operator ASM Global has promoted Martin McInulty to General Manager of the First Direct Arena in Leeds. “I have always felt privileged to work at the First Direct Arena and I am genuinely THRILLED to be taking on the new role as General Manager”, he says. “We have a great team in Leeds who are dedicated to enhancing the arena’s reputation as a must-play venue”.

Downtown Music Services has expanded its operations in Latin America, promoting Estefanía Parra to Manager, A&R & Partnerships LatAm; Daniela Gutiérrez to Lead Marketing in Mexico; Martin Liviciche to Business Development covering Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay; and Juan Nuñez to Marketing Manager, LatAm. It’s also hired Ariel Conde and Vianey Ramirez as part of its Client Services team.

Julia Betley has joined Warner Records in the US as SVP Creative Sync Licensing, shifting over from Sony Music. “Julia has a deep understanding of how a magic combination of music and image can propel storytelling in dramatic and meaningful ways”, says EVP Brand Partnerships & Sync Claudia Butzky. “She has a proven track record of success across multiple platforms and genres, and she’ll be a fantastic asset to our team as we find original and inventive opportunities for our artists. We’re excited to welcome her into the Warner Records family”.

Jeremy Abbott has been appointed as the new Managing Editor of NME Networks – overseeing titles including NME, NME Asia, NME Australia, and MusicTech. “I’m absolutely THRILLED to be joining NME Networks as Managing Editor”, he says: “To be able to lead numerous world class titles into the future is an honour and I can’t wait to get started”.

Bauer Media Audio UK has appointed Tony Moorey to the new position of Content Director Of Digital Platforms. “Tony is going to transform the way you listen to and look at our content on your smart speaker, phone or laptop”, says Chief Content And Music Officer Ben Cooper. “And by using his impeccable radio knowledge and his passion for digital innovation will focus on winning new audiences in new ways for our fantastic portfolio of UK stations”.



Music industry conference FastForward will return in London on 6 Sep 2022. “After such a strange few years, I’m excited to be getting fantastic people back in the same room for another FastForward event”, says founder Chris Carey. “While the debut event – back in 2016 – was initially aimed at under 35s there is absolutely no restriction on who can attend. Anyone who wants to positively shake up the future of the music industry should attend!” More info here.



Rina Sawayama has released the video for her latest single ‘This Hell’. It’s directed by Ali Kurr, who also worked on her ‘XS’ and ‘Bad Friend’ videos. “It was amazing to get back together with director Ali Kurr for the video for ‘This Hell’”, she says. “We always like to tell engaging stories through film together so this one was about love and community in the face of hatred and dissent”.

Dry Cleaning have announced that they will release their second album, ‘Stumpwork’, on 21 Oct. From it, this is first single ‘Don’t Press Me’.

Black Midi have released new single ‘Eat Men Eat’, from their upcoming new album ‘Hellfire’, which is out on 15 Jul.

LSDXOXO and Eartheater have teamed up for new track ‘Demons’. LSDXOXO explains: “’Demons’ is an ode to dark, all-consuming love. The exchange that takes place between two passionate lovers can be quite vampiric. Is that so bad, if it’s what both parties desire?”



Carl Cox is set to headline Wembley Arena on 17 Sep. It is “probably going to be the best thing I’m going to do in my whole life”, he says. His new album, ‘Electric Generations’, will also be out on 16 Sep.

Zeal & Ardor have announced a new run of UK shows in November, winding up at Electric Brixton on 13 Nov. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

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