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By | Published on Tuesday 18 May 2021

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In partnership with Music For Nations, live music charity Stagehand has launched a new crowdfunding campaign raising money for live crew left without income during the pandemic. Called #ILoveMetal, it sees prizes donated by artists and companies including Black Sabbath, Nuclear Blast, My Dying Bride, Laney, Epiphone, Earache, Kerrang, Century Media and Download Festival. Find out more here.



Warner Records UK has promoted Joe Kentish to President. He will officially replace Phil Christie next month. “Joe truly is one of the most talented and instinctively brilliant execs out there, and his track record speaks for itself”, says Warner Music UK CEO Tony Harlow. “Not only is he an incredibly talented A&R, but he’s someone with a comprehensive understanding of what great artist development takes”.



The team behind Welsh promoter Climax Live have launched new company Escape Records, which will be home to a new group of record labels, as well as their existing festivals: Inside Out, Colour Clash, Party At The Park and the Escape festival. “Our mantra is trust and love the process”, says Director Mark Hopkins. “This means we’ve had an incredible ride, with many knocks along the way, but we have learnt from them all and improved each time and are now ready to take things to the next level”.



Green Day have released new single ‘Polyanna’.

J Cole has released the video for ‘Amari’ from new album ‘The Off-Season’.

John Grant has released new single ‘Billy’. He says of the track: “‘Billy’ is a song about how many men destroy themselves trying to live up to stereotypes of masculinity, and how this manifests in countless ways”. His new album ‘Boy From Michigan’ is out on 25 Jun.

Ghetts has released the video for ‘Good Hearts’, featuring Aida Lae, from his ‘Conflict Of Interest’ album.

Ashnikko has released the video for ‘Slumber Party’, featuring Princess Nokia.

Au/Ra has released new single ‘Bite Marks’. “[It’s] about letting someone into your life knowing they could hurt you – that fear becoming reality, and feeling stupid for letting it happen”, she says. “It’s about playing the fool, knowingly, and having to grow and live with the bite marks that leaves behind”.

Upsahl has released new single ‘Douchebag’.

Maddox Jones has released new single ‘Can’t Wait For The Summer’. “This release is a fun, optimistic guitar driven pop record perfect for now as we all can’t wait for this summer and for lockdown to finally be over”, he says.

Torgny has released new single ‘Together’, featuring Maria Due. “‘Together’ tells the story of romantic love under pressure”, he says. “That kind of strange, simmering pressure. Relationship goals, ambivalence, transformation, future angst, I guess all of that and more is in there. I’ve worked with Maria since my early releases and she perfectly encapsulates the feeling of the song”. His new EP of the same name is out on 11 Jun.



Coldplay will play a four song livestreamed set on TikTok on 24 May in aid of Red Nose Day. “Red Nose Day do amazing things around the world to keep children safe, healthy, educated and empowered”, says Chris Martin. “We’re really happy to be able to support their work with this performance”.

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