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By | Published on Wednesday 27 July 2022

Sophie Ellis-Bextor


Sony Music Publishing has signed singer-songwriter Em Beihold to a worldwide publishing deal. “I’m so happy to be a part of the Sony Music Publishing family”, she says. “So many of my favourite artists who inspired me to start writing in the first place, like Regina Spektor and Sara Bareilles, are with them so it was a natural decision. Songwriting is the core of my artistry and I’m so grateful to call Sony Music Publishing home”.



Warner Records in the US has promoted Miles Gersh to VP A&R. He was previously Director Of A&R. “Miles has only been in the business for four years, and he’s quickly become one of its newest A&R stars”, says CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck. “He’s already delivered big for our Warner Records family, and I know there’s plenty more to come in the years ahead. I’m excited to announce this well-deserved promotion”.

US recording rights collecting society SoundExchange has promoted Luis Bonilla to Chief Technology Officer. “I’m THRILLED to begin my next chapter with SoundExchange to build upon our best-in-class solutions and find new ways to leverage technology to support creators”, he says. “Ensuring creators get paid is at the heart of what we do, and I’m looking forward to working with the dedicated technology team here to advance this mission”.

NME Networks has named Benedict Ransley as Head Of Marketing. Returning to NME after five years at STX Entertainment, he will take up the new role on 1 Sep. “I’m THRILLED to be joining NME Networks as Head Of Marketing”, he says. “My focus is clear: forge unrivalled connections with global audiences; create meaningful experiences and authentic collaborations with market-leading partners; and push the boundaries of what NME Networks can offer to ensure our brands are daily destinations for millions of people around the world”.



Sophie Ellis-Bextor has released the video for ‘Hypnotized’, her collaboration with Wuh Oh, as well as a remix by Sega Bodega.

Alex G Has released new single ‘Cross The Sea’. New album ‘God Save The Animals’ is out on 23 Sep, and he has confirmed UK tour dates for March next year, finishing up at the Roundhouse in London on 23 Mar.

Drying Cleaning have released ‘Anna Calls From The Arctic’, the second single from new album ‘Don’t Press Me’, which is out on 21 Oct. “The lyrics were partly inspired by phone calls with a friend who was living and working in the Arctic”, say the band. “The song developed from a keyboard, bass and clarinet jam. This then took shape during our pre-recording sessions with John Parish and Joe Jones in Bristol and finalised at Rockfield studios a month later, with some musical inspiration coming from the dramatic scores of John Barry. The song is observational and sensual”.

With new mini-album ‘Was It Ever Real?’ out on 19 Aug, The Soft Pink Truth – aka Matmos’ Drew Daniel – has now announced that new full-length LP ‘Is It Going To Get Any Deeper Than This?’ will follow on 19 Oct. “Years ago a friend was DJing in a club and a woman came into the DJ booth and asked ‘is it going to get any deeper than this?’ and the phrase became a kind of mantra for us”, he says. “What did she really want? This album was created as an attempt to imagine possible musical responses to her question”. One of those answers is contained in new single ‘Wanna Know’, which features Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner.



With the Mercury shortlist out, Popjustice has announced the contenders for its Twenty Quid Music Prize. Harry Styles is the only name that appears on both lists. Artists up against him for the coveted pop single award include Ed Sheeran & Elton John, Charli XCX, Rina Swayama, Jamie XX and Rachel Chinouriri.

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