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One Liners: Rosalía, Kobalt, Ethan Gruska & Justin Vernon, more

By | Published on Thursday 17 March 2022



Round Hill Music has acquired various royalty and remuneration rights linked to the songs and recordings of original Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell. “The Scorpions are a truly legendary band with a catalogue of truly iconic music that helped define the heavy metal genre”, says Round Hill CEO Josh Gruss. “Herman played a pivotal role in their success with writing credits on some of their most enduring songs and is a welcome addition to our roster of world class writers and performers”.



Kobalt has announced that Tom Sansone has stepped down as its Chief Financial Officer. He will stay on as an advisor to CEO Laurent Hubert, though. Meanwhile Catrin Drabble will officially step in to replace him in the CFO role on 15 Apr. “Tom has been an incredible leader for Kobalt over the past six years and has led the business to be in the strongest financial shape it has ever seen”, says Hubert. “Catrin has constantly been a high-performer with a deep understanding of music business economics. She has been the key leader in bridging finance and investment teams, as well as a critical part of our path to profitability”.

Universal Music Publishing has promoted London-based Ross Greening to SVP European Regional Administration And Global Copyright / Society Relations. Greening confirms that he is “THRILLED” about the promotion, before adding that the UMPG team “are advancing our industry-leading administration services to songwriters and rightsholders, and maximising their royalties through our innovative licensing arrangements and technologies”.



Rosalía has released new single, ‘Hentai’. Her new album, ‘Motomami’, is out tomorrow.

Ethan Gruska and Justin Vernon have teamed up for new single ‘So Unimportant’. “The fact that I now have a song with Justin just completely blows my mind”, says Gruska. “He’s been my ‘pie in the sky, I’d do anything to collaborate with’ artist for a really long time and having this song together is one of the most special things that has ever happened to me in my musical life. Life in general!”

Andrew Bird has released new single ‘Atomized’. He’s also announced that he will play the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on 19 Jul.

With debut EP, ‘Bluff’, out on 1 Apr, Yunè Pinku has released new single ‘DC Rot’.

Set to release their new album ‘Present Tense’ this Friday, Yumi Zouma have released the third in a trilogy of videos – this one for new single ‘Astral Projection’.

Real Lies are back with new single ‘Dream On’. The band’s new album, ‘Lad Ash’, is out on 22 Apr.

Nova Twins have released new single ‘Cleopatra’. They’ve also announced UK tour dates in Glasgow, Manchester and London this November.

Check out our weekly Spotify playlist of new music featured in the CMU Daily – updated every Friday.

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