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By | Published on Tuesday 30 June 2020

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Universal Music has announced a “global strategic partnership” with Italian independent label Sugar, which is probably best known for signing Andrea Bocelli. “Having one truly unique, worldwide distribution solution for the entire breadth of Sugar’s recordings is a very important step, as we look to grow our reach and visibility into new territories”, says CEO Filippo Sugar. “Having worked with Universal on various projects for over 20 years, I felt this was the right time to turn the page and write a new chapter”.

Production music company Epidemic Sound has partnered with AI music tagging service Musiio, saying that integrating the latter’s technology will better enable users to find the perfect track from within its library. “We’re super excited to partner with Musiio and are looking forward to hearing feedback from our customers on how this new feature helps with their creative process”, says Epidemic Sound CTO Per-Anders Legeryd.



Talent agency UTA has announced a $1 million commitment to social justice causes. “The past few weeks have shown that we must address the pace in which we’ve approached our diversity and inclusion efforts”, says CEO Jeremy Zimmer. “It’s our responsibility to move forward with immediacy to ensure change happens, as a company and as individuals”.



US-based venue owner MSG Entertainment has hired Ted King as President, Creative Content And Studio Productions and Scott Packman as General Counsel. King says his new job is “tremendous” and “exciting”. Packman is also “excited”.



Kid Cudi and Kanye West have shared a trailer for a new animated TV series spin-off of their Kids See Ghosts project. The rappers released an album under the name in 2018.



Kanye West has indicated that a new single – titled ‘Wash Us In The Blood’ – is imminent, and that it’ll be the first from a new album called ‘God’s Country’.

Usher has released new single ‘I Cry’ in response to, well, 2020. “This song was inspired by wanting to teach my sons that it is OK for a man to feel emotions deeply and to cry”, he says. “While I was shut in during the pandemic and watching the death of George Floyd … I became very depressed thinking about all sons who have lost their fathers to police brutality, social injustice and violence; the daughters and mothers too. So I returned to this song and realised it was intended for this time, so I finished it and here it is”.

Haim have released the video for ‘Don’t Wanna’, from their new album ‘Women In Music Pt 3’, which is out now.

You probably know this already, because it’s been very popular indeed, but Blackpink released new single ‘How You Like That’ on Friday.

K-Trap has released new single ‘Shivers’.

Daniel Avery has released new album ‘Love + Light’, which was created during lockdown. “This record has been a real positive force of energy in my life, to the point where it almost formed itself in front of me”, he says. “In that same spirit, I wanted to share it with you now, as soon as it was finished”. From it, this is ‘Infinite Future’.

Soko has released new single ‘Oh To Be A Rainbow’. “This is my gay anthem”, she says. “Let it be known! It’s about turning all of my very straight girlfriends not so straight anymore. And about not wanting to be saved through a relationship but really wanting someone equal”.

Solo Jane has released new single ‘Why Me?’, featuring Hartz Hozé. “The inspiration for ‘Why Me?’ came after a long week of constant let downs by close friends followed by the all too familiar excuses that come with them”, she says. “Combined with that feeling of dread you feel when every move you make seems to be the wrong one. I guess I had finally reached my peak of frustration and anger”.

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