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By | Published on Thursday 30 August 2018

Sentric Music

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Sentric Music has acquired a stake in electronic music publishing company Black Rock. “Black Rock grew at such a rapid rate that, having worked with Sentric since we launched in 2013, it made complete sense to formally join forces”, says Black Rock CEO Mark Lawrence, who will now also join Sentric’s executive team.

• Elton John has announced Twickets as the official ticket resale platform for his upcoming farewell tour. The platform allows fans to sell unwanted tickets at face value, or less.

• Academy Music Group has announced a new lease agreement with Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse. Under the deal, the venue will be rebranded the O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester, although no one outside O2 board meetings will ever call it that. Oh, and statements from O2 Head Of Sponsorships Gareth Griffiths, who says: “The new O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester is a brilliant addition to our O2 Academy estate and further demonstrates O2 and Academy Music Group’s commitment to live music in Manchester”.

• The Troxy in London has partnered with Dice to become what they reckon is the biggest venue to operate a mobile-only ticketing policy. “As the world’s biggest mobile-only venue, we’re embracing innovative technology that favours fans and artists to bring spectacular performances to our stage”, says the venue’s GM Tom Sutton-Roberts.

• Kanye West has released new track ‘XTCY’.

• Richard Thompson is set to release new album ‘Thirteen Rivers’ on 14 Sep. From it, this is new single ‘My Rock, My Rope’.

• Liars will release new album ‘Titles With The Word Fountain’ on 14 Sep. From it, this is ‘Murdrum’.

• Against Me frontwoman Laura Jane Grace has announced the debut album from her new band, Laura Jane Grace And The Devouring Mothers. Titled ‘Bought To Rot’, it will be released on 9 Nov. From it, this is ‘Apocalypse Now (And Later)’.

• The Struts have released a new version of their single ‘Body Talks’ featuring Kesha. “[The Struts] are one of my favourite current bands keeping the spirit of classic rock n roll alive with their wild energy and sexy style”, she says. “It’s a song made for my favourite activity: boogieing”.

• She Makes War has released the video for new single ‘Devastate Me’. Her new album, ‘Brace For Impact’, is out on 5 Oct.

• St Vincent will play a relatively tiny London show at Cadogan Hall on 4 Sep. Tickets went on sale yesterday, so don’t sit there thinking you’re going to get one now.

• With a performance at the End Of The Road festival on Sunday, and a Brixton Academy show next week, Ezra Furman has released a cover of Vampire Weekend’s ‘Unbelievers’. “In the midst of our recent ambitious and inventive music, I started to get a strong urge to reconnect with my high-tempo voice shredding punk roots”, he says. “Covering this song was a perfect gateway from one to the other”.

• Ahead of UK tour dates at the end of next month, Liza Anne has released a cover of The Cranberries’ ‘Dreams’. “When I was a kid, we would drive around my hometown listening to records”, she says. “It was with my aunt that I first heard ‘Dreams’. There’s a holiness in the way a song is originally experienced that feels sacrilegious to tread upon – but when Dolores passed, I felt like I needed a moment of meditation”.

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

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