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One Liners: Sony/ATV, Warner Music, Mariah Carey, more

By | Published on Friday 10 July 2020



Sony/ATV has signed the songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Linus Wiklund to a global publishing deal. He is known for his work with Avicii, Zedd, David Guetta, Rita Ora and more. “We are THRILLED to welcome Linus to Sony/ATV”, say the company’s Johnny Tennander and Amanda Hill.

Sony/ATV has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Sky Rompiendo, best known for his work with J Balvin. “Sky is one of the foremost producers and songwriters working in music today”, reckons Jorge Mejia, CEO of Sony/ATV Latin America and US Latin. “We are honoured to have him join our family and are so looking forward to being part of what’s next!”



Warner Music has named Eric Wong as the new Chief Marketing Officer of its recorded music division. He is currently Chief Operating Officer of Universal’s Island Records, and will officially make the move to his new role on 17 Aug. “[Wong is] a bold, inventive marketer with a true fan’s sensibility, and he’s been behind a string of disruptive campaigns that have launched global careers”, says CEO of Warner’s recordings business Max Lousada.



Applications for the 2021 edition of Gilles Peterson’s artist development scheme Future Bubblers open today and will close on 14 Aug. Next year’s focus city will again be Wolverhampton, so that the project can complete planned work there that was disrupted by COVID-19. More info here.



Mariah Carey has announced that she has finished writing her autobiography. “Writing this memoir was incredibly hard, humbling and healing”, she says in a tweet. “My sincere hope is that you are moved to a new understanding, not only about me, but also about the resilience of the human spirit”.

FKA Twigs has released new short film ‘We Are Womxn’. It follows her appearance at the Afropunk Festival in Atlanta in 2019.



Katy Perry has released new single ‘Smile’, the title track of her new album out on 14 Aug. “I wrote this song when I was coming through one of the darkest periods of my life”, she says. “When I listen to it now, it’s a great reminder that I made it through. It’s three minutes of energising hopefulness”.

Lana Del Rey has announced that she will release her poetry book, ‘Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass’, on 29 Sep. Before that, on 28 Jul, she will digitally release the audiobook version, on which she reads her poems with musical accompaniment from Jack Antonoff.

Raye has released new single ‘Natalie Don’t’. “I knew immediately when I wrote this song that it had to be a single”, she says. “The track is about that feeling of panic you have when you know you’re losing someone. The song is beautifully hopeless because you know Natalie will do what she wants regardless”.

Charlie Puth has released new single ‘Girlfriend’. “I can’t cook and I’m an absolute nerd”, says Puth. Good to know.

Sophie has released a live set featuring all new material on YouTube.

D-Block Europe have released new single ‘Plain Jane’.

Doves have announced that they will release their first album for more than a decade, ‘The Universal Want’, on 11 Sep. They’ve also put out another new single ‘Prisoners’.

Erland Cooper has released new single ‘A Nightingale Sings Outside Our Window’, featuring Paul Weller and Galya Bisengalieva.

Jessy Lanza has released new single ‘Anyone Around’ and announced that she will release new album ‘All The Time’ through Hyperdub on 24 Jul.



Wiley has announced a drive-in concert tour, kicking off at the University Of Bolton Stadium on 2 Aug and including two nights at London’s Colesdale Farm. The final date will be at The National Bowl in Milton Keynes on 10 Aug.

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