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One Liners: Spotify, Little Mix, Madonna, more

By | Published on Thursday 30 July 2020



Kobalt has signed a global publishing deal with the estate of late jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, who was – says the music firm’s Merril Wasserman – “a jazz powerhouse with a sound that inspired and influenced many other musicians. It is an honour to represent his catalogue and carry out his legacy with his great estate”.

Concord Music Publishing and Creative Titans have announced a new co-publishing deal with songwriter Nia-V. “I am ready to shake up the industry, the Nia way”, she says.

UK publisher Karma Songs has announced a new partnership with German company Budde Music, with the latter providing global creative and administration services to the former. “Karma and Budde Music share the same vision – this is the beginning of our ambition to further the global reach of our company in all areas of entertainment”, says Karma’s Jordan Jay.



Warner Chappell has promoted Kate Alderton to VP Operations & Finance. “I’m really touched that [co-Chairs] Guy [Moot] and Carianne [Marshall] have put their faith in me and offered up this amazing opportunity to help guide our UK business during this era of unprecedented change”, she says. “It’s a real honour to help support our incredible community of songwriters in this way”.



Spotify just put out its latest stats. It says it now has 299 million users, with 138 million paying for premium accounts. The dip in listening it saw at the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown has nearly corrected itself, with in-car listening now just 10% lower than pre-pandemic levels. And 21% of users are now using the platform to listen to podcasts. Oh, also, it’s still making a big old loss.

Little Mix will play the second Comparethemarket Meerkat Music livestream, following Take That’s back in May. “We can’t wait to get the nation together digitally to perform some of our favourite songs for one big party in their homes and gardens”, says the band’s Jesy Nelson. Taking place at 8pm on 21 Aug, it will raise money for Nordoff Robbins.



Madonna has had a post flagged as false information and removed by Instagram, after she shared a COVID-19 conspiracy theory video on her profile. The same video also saw Donald Trump Jr temporarily barred from Twitter earlier this week – something Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin then demanded Mark Zuckerberg explain.



Disclosure have released new single ‘Douha (Mali Mali)’, featuring Fatoumata Diawara. She previously appeared on the duo’s 2018 track ‘Ultimatum’.

Everything Everything have released new single ‘Violent Sun’. The song, says frontman Jonathan Higgs, “is about the feeling that something terrible is approaching fast, and you want to hold on to this moment forever”. Their new album, ‘Re-animator’, is out on 21 Sep.

Marilyn Manson has released new single ‘We Are Chaos’.

Flo Milli has released the video for ‘Weak’, from her debut album ‘Ho, Why Is You Here?’

Phoebe Bridgers has released the video for ‘I Know The End’, from her latest album ‘Punisher’.

Anna Meredith has released the video for ‘Killjoy’ from her ‘Fibs’ album. “I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do a dance routine video and always had in the back of my mind that ‘Killjoy’ would be the perfect track for it”, she says. “I knew it’d be a huge ask as – in case it’s not obvious – NONE of us are remotely trained or even – booze pending – willing dancers, but we worked with brilliant choreographer David Ogle and he made something so much more cool and ambitious than I expected, which meant we had to practise together every moment we could”.

Flohio has released new track ‘Glamourised’.

Foxes has released new single ‘Woman’. “There’s a lot of injustices in the world right now and I hope this single can be interpreted by any woman, in any situation, facing injustice, facing any situation that they know is wrong, and helps them to stand up and say no to what isn’t right”, she says.

Pussy Riot have released new single ‘Riot’, featuring IXXF. “Yeah sex is great, but have you ever fucked the system?” is quite an opening line.

Gila has put out new track ‘Death Slump’.

MC Yallah has released new single ‘Money Makes Money’. “I like my lyrics to represent what I see in the world around me. In Uganda, what I see most is a unique entrepreneurial spirit that leads people to hustle in many different ways to make their money. As an artist I really connected with the song and hope that others do the same, spreading the positive message as far as possible”. A crowdfunding campaign sharing the title of the track aims to riase £30,000 to support Ugandan businesses and entrepreneurs.

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