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By and | Published on Friday 17 September 2021

Swedish House Mafia


Ikea has partnered with Swedish House Mafia on a range of furniture designed to be used while making music at home. It’s set to launch in 2022. “We are very excited and happy to announce the collaboration with Swedish House Mafia”, says Ikea Sweden’s Product Design Leader James Futcher. “With their solid expertise in music production, we hope to be able together to democratise creativity and music production so that even more people can be more creative at home”.

Live music firm Coalition Presents has acquired promoter and management company Sucker. “I’ve admired Coalition as a key hub of quality entertainment for a long time now, so it’s a great feeling to be given the opportunity to take the company into a new era and with a new vision”, says Sucker’s Luke Joynes, who takes on a new full time role at Coalition. “People are really starting to notice the growth and presence of Sucker now. I can’t wait to show people what we’ve got planned for Sucker and Coalition Presents”.

Warner Music South Africa has acquired local independent label Coleske. It will continue to run as a standalone business. “As an artist myself, I’ve seen the business from both sides”, says label founder Arnold Coleske. “We’ve built an amazing business here in South Africa, and I know that partnering with Warner Music will take it to the next level. Our artists can benefit from its global firepower, while still enjoying the boutique support of the team they know and trust at Coleske”.

Sony Music Publishing Germany has signed songwriter-producer duo Twocolors, aka Emil Reinke and Pierre-Angelo Papaccio. “Twocolors is a phenomenon”, says Sony A&R Manager Niklas Tholen. “Emil and Pierro have such a broad set of influences, and their approach to songwriting is uniquely powerful”.

German artist Helene Fischer has extended her deal with Universal Music. “To me, a successful partnership consists of mutual trust, professionalism, respect, endurance and the willingness to go that extra mile together”, she says. “That is exactly what I have experienced with Universal for so many years. I cannot wait to continue realising new projects and ideas together in the next exciting chapter of our collaboration”.

Indie label digital rights agency Merlin has extended and enhanced its existing music licensing partnership with South Asian streaming service JioSaavn. “We look forward to collaborating with Merlin on impactful initiatives”, says JioSaavn’s VP Content Partnerships Keshav Bhola. “This is a strategic step to work towards the growth of partners, artists and the music industry in the long term”.



Karoliina Kanerva has been promoted to the position of Head Of International at Warner Music Nordics. “It’s a great privilege to take up this role at such an exciting time”, she says. “The Nordics and Baltic region is at the forefront of breaking the international stars of tomorrow”.

Indie record shop Crash Records, e-commerce platform Music Glue, and online retailers Rarewaves and The Hut have been elected to the board of the Entertainment Retailers Association. “With the digital and physical market leaders of virtually every segment of the music, video and games markets, ERA’s membership is more diverse and arguably more representative than it has ever been in our three decade history”, says ERA CEO Kim Bayley.

Music rights tracking platform Utopia Music has announced the appointment of Åsa Carild as Head Of Platform. “As a songwriter and singer, I’ve seen the music industry problems first-hand that really need to be fixed”, she says. “Utopia is all about helping the business by creating and spearheading technologies that improve trust and efficiency”.



The UK’s Competition & Markets Authority has deemed that Sony Music‘s acquisition of AWAL and Kobalt Neighbouring Rights should now be scrutinised some more via an in-depth phase two investigation, to determine whether or not it raises competition concerns. And why the hell not? Sony, of course, said that the CMA’s initial conclusion last week that there probably were concerns and that a phase two investigation might be required was “perplexing”.



Kanye West has released the video for ’24’ from his ‘Donda’ album.

Bring Me The Horizon have released new single ‘Die4U’, the first track from the next record in their ‘Post Human’ series.

Nick Cave And the Bad Seeds have released a previously unreleased track from their ‘Ghosteen’ sessions, ‘Earthlings’. It will appear on their upcoming ‘B-Sides & Rarities Part II’ compilation, out on 22 Oct.

Now a month away from the release of her second album, Self Esteem has posted new single ‘Moody’. “[It] is a song about reclaiming being a moody cow”, she says. “My whole life I’ve been referred to as mardy – northern for moody – but lately I’ve been realising as a woman in this world, especially as a woman in the music industry, of fucking course I’m moody! It’s such a slog even getting heard, every day shitting yourself about your safety, the societal expectations. I’d love to be sweet and happy go lucky, but I’m afraid I’m too tired to be most of the time”.

With their new album ‘Existence Is Futile’ set to be released on 22 Oct, Ed Sheeran’s faves Cradle Of Filth have released the second single from it, ‘Necromantic Fantasies’.

The Lord – founded by Sunn o))) guitarist Greg Anderson – has collaborated with Alice In Chains vocalist William Duval on new track ‘We Who Walk In Light’. It’s part of a collection of collaborations, proceeds from which will be donated to MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer’s Jail Guitar Doors charity.

Kim Gordon’s Body/Head project have announced a new collaboration with experimental musician Aaron Dilloway. Going by the name Body/Dilloway/Head, they will release a three track album on 19 Nov. From it, this is ‘Goin Down’.

‘Geometry Of You’ is the latest track to be released from Joan As Police WomanTony Allen and Dave Okumu‘s collaborative album ‘The Solution Is Restless’. The album is out on 5 Nov.



Elton John has postponed all 2021 UK and European dates on his ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ farewell tour until 2023, due to a hip injury that requires surgery. “At the end of my summer break I fell awkwardly on a hard surface and have been in considerable pain and discomfort in my hip ever since”, he explains. “I have been advised to have an operation as soon as possible to get me back to full fitness and make sure there are no long-term complications”.



GRM Daily’s Rated Awards took place last night, with Central Cee and Tion Wayne & Russ Millions leading the pack with two wins each. Watch the ceremony here.

The Scottish Album Of The Year Award longlist has been announced. Up for the prize this year are: AiiTee, Andrew Wasylyk, Arab Strap, Bemz, Biffy Clyro, Carla J Easton, Erland Cooper, Fergus McCreadie, Jenny Sturgeon, Joesef, Kübler Ross, Lizzie Reid, Matt Carmichael, Mogwai, Paul Towndrow, Rachel Newton, Stanley Odd, Taahliah, The Ninth Wave and The Snuts.

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