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One Liners: Spotify, Simon Fuller, 50 Cent, more

By | Published on Thursday 27 January 2022



Spotify has launched a new website offering advice to artists on how to get people to listen to their music, called Made To Be Found. It has also launched a new beta feature on Spotify For Artists showing the source of streams.



Veteran artist manager Simon Fuller has launched new band The Future X. The group’s three singers and four dancers were all discovered on the TikToks. “We have spent a year working in partnership with TikTok to find the best talent on their platform and I am THRILLED with the resulting group”, says Fuller. “The Future X combines everything that is exciting about contemporary young artists: Authenticity, confidence, empowerment and a unique balance between extraordinary dancers and iconic singers”. Here’s a preview.



Spinnin Records has announced a load of new international appointments. Ranya Khoury joins as US Streaming Manager; in China Sivan Liu is International Marketing Specialist/Project Manager and Crystal Du is International Marketing Manager; while in the UK Jack Guppy is a Data Analyst and Tom Smart is Marketing Specialist/Project Manager.

Beggars Group has named Nabil Ayers as its US President. “My thirteen years at [Beggars label] 4AD have prepared me well for a move down the hall”, says Ayers. “And I am proud to work for a company whose roster and staff are growing more exciting and diverse with each passing year”. Meanwhile, Claire Taylor has been promoted to General Manager, also in the US.

US collecting society ASCAP has promoted Elizabeth Rodda to SVP International Affairs, Matt DeFilippis to SVP Licensing and Alex Grout to SVP Membership And Business And Legal Affairs. “Liz, Alex and Matt are three strategic executives who have been important contributors to ASCAP’s success”, says CEO Elizabeth Matthews. “I am THRILLED to recognise them with these promotions, and highlight the expertise, insights and dedication that they bring to our leadership team”.



Tove Lo has released new song ‘How Long’, taken from the soundtrack of HBO show ‘Euphoria’. It’s “about love, betrayal and denial”, she says. “It was one of the few songs that came together for me during quarantine, and I think it’s so beautiful in all its darkness”.

FKA Twigs has released another video for a track on her ‘Caprisongs’ mixtape. This one for ‘Jealousy’.

Grimes has released new single ‘Shinigami Eyes’.

Foxes has released new single ‘Body Suit’. Her new album ‘The Kick’ is out on 11 Feb and she starts a UK tour the same day.

Toro Y Moi will release new album ‘Mahal’ on 29 Apr. Kicking off its promotion, he’s released two new songs: ‘Postman’ and ‘Magazine’.

Noga Erez has released a brass band backed cover of Lil Nas X’s ‘Industry Baby’. “It was incredibly fun and challenging”, she says. “Lil Nas X is an insane vocalist, and I had the best time working on this cover”.



50 Cent has announced that he will play Wembley Arena on 10 Jun. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.

Gaz Coombes has announced solo live dates around the UK in April, kicking off at the Lexington in London on 14 Apr. 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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