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One Liners: Sly Stone, Graham Coxon, The Chainsmokers, more

By | Published on Tuesday 5 November 2019

Sly Stone


The Michael Jackson estate’s Mijac Music company has taken a majority stake in the publishing catalogue of Sly Stone. As well as Stone, MIJAC also represents songs by Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, plus everything Jackson himself ever wrote. This is the actual quote Stone supplied as the new deal was announced: “Thank you Mijac (falettinme be mice elf agin)”.

Universal label Geffen has signed Canadian singer-songwriter Ren after one of her tracks was featured on SoundCloud’s Artists To Watch playlist. So that worked out well. Her first single for the label (her third overall) will be out next week.

YouTuber KSI has signed a recordings and publishing deal with BMG to release his debut album. “I love that BMG stand for fairness and transparency”, says KSI. “This is an exciting new innovative partnership”, insists BMG’s Thomas Scherer.



The Mute company’s music publisher, Mute Song, has joined IMPEL, the coalition of independent publishers that represents its members Anglo-American song rights for digital licensing. “We are very excited to be working with IMPEL”, says Mute Song MD David McGinnis. “This is great news for IMPEL”, adds IMPEL CEO Sarah Williams. It’s nice that everyone’s so happy.



Graham Coxon will release his soundtrack for the second series of Netflix and Channel 4 collaboration ‘The End Of The Fucking World’ on Friday. The show itself is available on Netflix and All4 now (Channel 4 is also airing two episodes a night, if you still watch TV the old fashioned way). From the album, this is ‘She Knows’.

FKA Twigs has released new track ‘Sad Day’, taken from her new album ‘Madgalene’, which is out this Friday.

Ash have announced that they will release a 25th anniversary compilation, ‘Teenage Wildlife: 25 Years Of Ash’, on 14 Feb. They’ll also be touring the UK to mark the occasion in March, including a show at London’s Roundhouse on 27 Mar.

The Raconteurs have released the video for ‘Somedays (I Don’t Feel like Trying)’ from their latest album, ‘Help Us Stranger’.

The final album by former Victoria Falls drummer Patrick Doyle’s Basic Plumbing project, following his death last year, titled ‘Keeping Up Appearances’, is set for release on 24 Jan. From it, this is ‘As You Disappear’. Profits will be donated to CALM and LA’s LGBT Center.

You famously believed Creeper when they said they’d split up last year because you’re very gullible – it’s all anyone’s been talking about. Anyway, they played a show in London on Friday and now they’ve released a new single, called ‘Born Cold’.

Sega Bodega has released new single ‘U Suck’. The track is the first to be taken from his upcoming debut album.

The Bigo & Twigetti label has released new compilation ‘Scale’. The record features new compositions by seventeen composers, each influenced by their own interpretation of the concept of scale. Listen here.



The Chainsmokers have announced that they will play Brixton Academy in London on 18 Oct next year. Tickets will go on sale on this Friday. You will then double book yourself at some point next July. You will realise you’ve done this on 14 Oct 2020.



It’ll be the 40th BRIT Awards in February, which means… well, it means fuck all really, but the folks behind it are using it as an excuse to try to make the whole thing BETTER. This means fewer awards – although the artist-specific ones will still be gendered, despite those reports – and more performances. Some awards will be renamed – notably, the Critics’ Choice will become the Rising Star Award. “We will be putting creativity, British culture and exceptional performances at the heart of the show to make BRITs night a world class celebration”, claims Universal UK CEO and 2020 BRITs Committee Chair David Joseph.

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

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