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One Liners: Skrillex, Rod Stewart, The 1975, more

By | Published on Tuesday 14 February 2023



Budde Music and Karma Songs have signed Jez Ashurst – who has worked with the likes of Little Mix, Tom Walker and Tom Grennan – to a new publishing deal. The producer and songwriter is already allied to the Karma Artists management company. “We are delighted to extend our relationship working with Jez to include publishing through Karma Songs”, says the firm’s Jordan Jay. “He is a rare breed of songwriter with such consistency and an incredible breadth of songwriting talent”.



The World Independent Network – the global organisation for independent music companies – has promoted General Manager Noemí Planas to CEO and announced Partisan Records COO Zena White as its new Chair. Also newly appointed to the organisation’s board are AIM’s Gee Davy, NEWS’s Geert De Blaere and Sub Pop’s Tony Kiewel. “It is a privilege to have such an extraordinary group of professionals from all corners of the world on our board of directors”, says Planas.

BMG has promoted US-based Nitsa Kalispera to the role of EVP Global Supply Chain, meaning she will be “the most senior executive managing BMG’s supply chain teams around the world”. She will report into BMG CTO Sebastian Hentzschel, who says: “I have worked with Nitsa in various capacities over the past years and witnessed how she and her amazing team have built up our digital and physical distribution capabilities from scratch. BMG couldn’t wish for a better leader to run this strategically important area”.



Skrillex will release his second album ‘Quest For Fire’ this Friday. The follow-up to 2014’s ‘Recess’ was announced with a short DJ set on YouTube previewing its tracks.

IAMDDB has released new single ‘Where Did The Love Go?’ The track is the first to be released from upcoming new album ‘Vol 6’ which, she says “is a full spectrum of emotions and feelings I had to feel and heal through. It’s me finally giving DDB a voice without a filter. I have always been a multidimensional creative, so I hope this project offends everyone who is living in denial and inspires everyone who stands firm in their truth to shine brighter, unapologetically”.

Avey Tare has released new single ‘Invisible Darlings’. His new album ‘7s’ is out this Friday.

James Holden has released new single ‘Common Land’, taken from his upcoming new album ‘Imagine This Is A High Dimensional Space of All Possibilities’, which is out on 31 Mar. “The title comes from the British Library bird recordings I wrote the track around, but obviously references the idea that all land is everyone’s and we are all born with the right to roam or rave on it”, he says of the track.

A previously unheard track by Ali Farka Touré featuring Ouomuo Sangaré, called ‘Cherie’, has been released. Originally recorded in 1995, the track will appear on posthumous album ‘Voyageur’, which is out on 10 Mar. “Ali Farka Touré was not only an important artist, but he was also a humanitarian”, says Sangaré. “He provided me with a lot of support when I started out in music, like a protective big brother, and he was proud of my achievements on African development”.

The Lemon Twigs have announced that they will release new album ‘Everything Harmony’ on 5 May and have also put out new single ‘Any Time Of Day’. “The song’s about the cyclical nature of life”, they say. “Everything goes on and on. Out with the old, in with the new!”

dEUS have released the title track of their new album ‘How To Replace It’, which is out this Friday.

The Hold Steady have released new single ‘Sixers’ ahead of the release of their new album ‘The Price Of Progress’ on 31 Mar. “‘Sixers’ was written in the first days of the pandemic”, says frontman Craig Finn. “It’s basically a song about knowing your neighbours. Two young professionals meet up in their building late on a Friday night and spend the weekend partying together. They try to find a love connection, but it’s not quite there. It’s hard to make friends when your job is so demanding”.

Jesus Piece have released new single ‘Tunnel Vision’ from their new album ‘…So Unknown’, which is out on 14 Apr.

Capital X have released new EP ‘ABCD’.



Rod Stewart has announced UK shows this summer, kicking off at Home Park Stadium in Plymouth on 24 Jun and finishing at Edinburgh Castle on 6 Jul. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.

The 1975 have announced a show in London’s Finsbury Park on 2 Jul, which will see them supported by Cigarettes After Sex, Bleachers, The Japanese House, emo legends American Football and others still to be announced. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.

S Club 7 will reunite for UK tour dates in October to mark their 25th anniversary, finishing with a performance at the O2 Arena in London on 28 Oct. “After eight years it feels amazing to announce that we’re reuniting and performing together again”, say the septet. “We’re so excited to bring the S Club party back to our fans across the country to celebrate 25 years of S Club 7. We can’t even believe it’s been so long! Music and friendship have always been at the core of everything that we’ve ever done. We hope everyone can join us for one big party!” Tickets go on general sale on Friday.

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