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One Liners: Sony/ATV, PRS For Music, Katy Perry, more

By | Published on Thursday 14 May 2020

Katy Perry


Music publisher Sony/ATV has named Katie Welle as its Senior Vice President, Creative A&R. She will be based in LA. “I’ve been a huge fan of Katie Welle for a very long time”, says CEO Jon Platt. “Jon Platt is a legendary music publisher and a worldwide industry leader”, adds Welle. Jeez guys, calm down.

Secretly Distribution announced earlier this week that it has hired Kristian Davis-Downs – formerly of AWAL and Beggars Group – as Head Of Digital Content.



UK song rights collecting society PRS For Music has put out its annual figures, confirming that it collected £810.8 million on behalf of its songwriter and publisher members in 2019, an increase of 8.7% compared with 2018. Online monies saw the fastest growth, even though only a portion of streaming income passes through the collecting society, the rest going direct to the publisher. That fact also means that, when it comes to money passing through PRS, royalties from the live sector and other public performances of music still outperform all things digital. Though, of course, that revenue stream will take a big hit this year as a result of COVID-19.



Katy Perry will perform live on Amazon Music’s new ‘Friday Live’ series this Friday. Among other things, she’ll play new single ‘Daisies’, which is also out tomorrow. “‘Daisies’ is an anthemic celebration of the resilience of the human spirit”, says Perry. “I wrote this song as a call to remain true to the course you’ve set for yourself, regardless of what others may think. I’m looking forward to joining Amazon Music this week to perform ‘Daisies’ for the first time ever”.

The 1975 have released new single ‘Guys’. One day they’ll release their new album. Maybe. Who knows?

That Slowthai just can’t stop dropping new tracks this week. Here’s another one, ‘Magic’.

Enter Shikari have released the video for ‘The Great Unknown’, from their latest album ‘Nothing Is True And Everything Is Possible’.

Alison Mosshart has released new solo single ‘It Ain’t Water’.

Nadine Shah has released new single ‘Buckfast’. Her new album, ‘Kitchen Sink’, will now be released on 26 Jun.

Chai have released new single ‘Ready Cheeky Pretty’. “Keep it real – go back to the real you”, say the band. “It’s all about moving forward and living by instinct! To go forward with the voice of your heart! Nothing symbolises this more for us than the carefree nature, strength, and purity of a monkey. We pay homage to this in ‘Ready Cheeky Pretty’, because we feel that animals have the ability to be real more than humans. It’s this type of song! Take a listen!” OK then, whatever you say, we will.

Agar Agar have released two new tracks, ‘Nap’ and ‘Aaaaah’, both created by the duo remotely during lockdown.

Ohmme have released new single ‘Selling Candy’. Their new album, ‘Fantasize Your Ghost’, is out on 5 Jun.



Bo Ningen have, perhaps optimistically, perhaps not, announced UK tour dates for October. Things are set to kick off at Ramsgate Music Hall on 3 Oct. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.

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

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