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One Liners: Sam Smith, Future, Smashing Pumpkins, more

By and | Published on Wednesday 21 September 2022

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Future has sold his songs catalogue to Influence Media Partners in an eight figure deal covering 612 works, including collaborations with many artists, such as Drake, Juice Wrld and more. “Future is a cultural icon”, says Influence Media’s Rene McLean. “He continues to be a blueprint for impact and success in the music industry and has reinvented music in ways that no one has ever expected”.

Live Nation has taken a majority stake in German live company Goodlive, which runs festivals such as Melt, Splash and Superbloom, as well as operating a bookings and services divisions. “We are so pleased to have Live Nation as our future partner”, says Goodlive MD Mirko Roßner. “Through their international network they are an ideal fit for Goodlive. We have already worked together successfully in the past at festivals such as Lollapalooza Berlin and are delighted to now be able to expand this cooperation on all levels”. It’s not clear what this means for Goodlive’s recent deal with Dice to handle ticketing for the firm’s festivals, which was announced last week.



Secondary ticketing firm StubHub International – the part of the StubHub empire sold off by Viagogo – has appointed Dan Mucha as its new CEO. He joins from Photobox, where he held the same position. “StubHub International is more relevant than ever as we see the world returning to live event experiences”, he says. “I’m excited to join a customer-obsessed business with massive growth potential and a team that is passionate about our purpose: to connect people to inspiring live event experiences”.

Universal Music Publishing Group has promoted Pete Simmons to UK Head Of A&R. “Since joining UMPG in 2014, I’ve had the opportunity to sign and work with all of my favourite artists, songwriters and managers … alongside the incredible team I’ve had the pleasure of working with”, he says. “I’m very humbled to be given a shot at this and very excited to see where we take it in the future”.

Universal Music’s Capitol Music Group in the US has hired Gordan Dillard as VP A&R And Artist Development. He’ll continue to manage Doja Cat on the side though, so don’t be worrying about that. “I’m excited to join Capitol Music Group to help drive the discovery and development of artists that will lead the future of music”, he says. “I really look forward to seeing the impact this opportunity will have on the culture and the generations to come”.

Booking agency UTA has hired Anna Gregorek to be Senior Director Of Music Brand Partnerships in the UK. “As we continue to expand our international footprint, Anna will be an incredible asset to our team and we’re THRILLED to welcome her to UTA”, says Co-Heads of Global Brand Partnerships Alisann Blood and Toni Wallace. “She’s well respected within the industry and has extensive experience in pairing artists with European and global brands”.

Warner Music UK has promoted Charlotte Saxe to SVP Legal & Business Affairs, replacing James Radice as he steps down from the role at the beginning of next month. “I’m excited to step-up and take on this new role and challenge”, she says. “It’s a fascinating time for legal and business affairs teams across our industry as the deal making landscape evolves”.

Xavier Ramos has returned to Universal Music’s Interscope Records in the US as its new VP Pop & Rock Marketing. He has been at gaming and youth culture media platform FaZe Clan for the last four years, and before that had roles at Warner Bros as well as Interscope. “It’s an amazing feeling to return to the label where I started my career”, he says. “I look forward to working with the amazing artists on the Interscope roster”.



The Music Venue Trust has announced that Frank Turner – a long time supporter of the organisation – will be a keynote speaker at its upcoming Venues Day event in London, providing a welcoming address. It all happens at Hackney Church on 18 Oct.



The Smashing Pumpkins have released new single ‘Beguiled’. It’s the first track taken from new album ‘ATUM’, a 33 track, three act rock opera, which is apparently a sequel to 1995’s ‘Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness’ and 2000’s ‘Machina/Machine Of God’. So that’s fun.

Good news! White Lung have announced their first album since 2016. Bad news! They’ve also announced that they’re splitting up now. Extra good news to soften the blow of that bad news! They’ve put out two songs from the album: ‘Date Night’ and ‘Tomorrow’. The album, titled ‘Premonitions’, is out on 2 Dec.



Sam Smith has announced two shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 21 and 22 Oct. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.

Ho99o9 have announced UK tour dates in November, including a show at The Scala in London on 7 Nov.



Stormzy will be awarded the Diversity Champion award at this year’s AIM Independent Music Awards, while Rina Sawayama will be crowned Innovator. The ceremony takes place on 28 Sep. Tickets for the ceremony and after party are available now.

Becky Hill is to be named Artist Of The Year at this year’s Artist & Manager Awards. “We’re delighted to recognise Becky Hill with our award for Artist Of The Year”, says FAC CEO David Martin. “Since her singing talents first gained public attention almost ten years ago on ‘The Voice’, Becky has developed into a hugely respected songwriter, artist and performer. Her chart and streaming successes speak for themselves, and we’re very happy she’ll be joining us to celebrate what’s been an outstanding year of achievements”.

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