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One Liners: Stormzy, Booba, Halsey, more

By | Published on Wednesday 14 July 2021



Stormzy has signed a worldwide contract with talent agency CAA. The deal also covers the rapper’s #Merky company.

Universal Music Africa has announced a pan-African distribution partnership with French rapper and entrepreneur Booba and his Tallac Records label. The deal will make his albums available across Africa for the first time. It also sees the launch of new label 92i Africa in partnership with Universal Music France, which arrives with initial signings DopeBoy DMG and Didi B.

Sentric Music and Nick Halkes have jointly signed production duo PBH & Jack to a publishing deal. “We are over the moon to sign with Nick and Sentric Music”, say the duo. “We have to say it’s quite an honour that The Prodigy’s manager has come direct to us and, to top that, we are their first ever co-signing! This really has come at the perfect time for us. For the last eighteen months we’ve had our heads fully focussed on making the best music we’ve ever made, and we are about to start rolling out some incredible singles with some very talented vocalists and writers”.

Dance label Cr2 Records has signed a global distribution deal with Believe. “We’re THRILLED to sign this long-term deal with Cr2”, says Believe’s Ben Rimmer. “The old release models of local licensing and multi-partner solutions for a record label’s digital retail make less sense in the modern digital music industry, so it’s perfect timing for Mark [Brown, Cr2 CEO] to consolidate his global audio-video digital and streaming business with Believe”.

AI-powered digital audio company Super Hi-Fi has announced a partnership with 7digital, providing advanced playback and recommendations tools to the B2B music platform. “The streaming music market has become largely undifferentiated across music selection, pricing, features, and access”, says Super Hi-Fi CEO Zack Zalon. “We’re adding fully integrated compatibility with 7digital’s music platform, to create a seamless layer of value for our respective customers. The result allows digital music service providers and music-driven consumer brands to create highly compelling, personalised audio products that were previously unattainable”.

TikTok users in the UK can now get four months of Spotify Premium for free, provided they have not signed up for a premium account on the streaming platform before. Users of the video-sharing app in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and Turkey can also get three or four months Spotify streaming for nowt. “We are THRILLED to offer eligible TikTok users in several markets access to all the music and podcasts they love anytime, anywhere”, says Spotify’s Marc Hazan.



Vice Media CEO Nancy Dubuc has been elected to Warner Music Group‘s board of directors. At the same time, Thomas H Lee has stepped down after seventeen years. “Music now lives in many different forms, across cultures, technologies, and media”, says Dubec. “Warner’s dynamic, global approach to creativity and commerce, along with the powerful value proposition it offers artists and songwriters, make it a truly progressive and exciting company. I’m looking forward to working with everyone on the board to help chart the years ahead”.



Halsey has announced that her new album, ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’, will be accompanied by an hour long film of the same name. Here’s a trailer.

Tycho and Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard have released a new collaborative single, ‘Only Love’. The song “started life as an instrumental, but something was missing”, says Tycho. “I sent a rough demo to Ben and he recorded some vocals over it. The first time I heard the rough vocals the whole song suddenly made sense and the arrangement flowed out of that”.

Tommy Cash and Quebonafide have released a new track together, ‘Benz-Dealer’. It’s the Estonian-Polish rap crossover you didn’t know you needed.

Joan As Police Woman has released new single ‘Take Me To Your Leader’, featuring The Invisible’s Dave Okumu and late Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen. The track is taken from an album they recorded together shortly before Allen’s death, titled ‘The Solution Is Restless’, which is out on 5 Nov. Joan As Police Woman will be playing UK shows in March and April next year.

The Joy Formidable have released the video for new single ‘Chimes’.

Ben Kweller has released the video for ‘Just For Kids’ from his latest album ‘Circuit Boredom’.



St Vincent will play a livestream show on 5 Aug, playing songs from her recent album ‘Daddy’s Home’ and across her catalogue. Tickets are available now.

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