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One Liners: Tencent, Youth Music, James Vincent McMorrow, more

By | Published on Wednesday 4 November 2020



Chinese web giant Tencent has announced a new deal with music publisher Peermusic via its Tencent Music business. Among other things, the deal covers Tencent’s own streaming platforms QQ Music, Kugou Music, Kuwo Music and WeSing. “Peermusic’s long and impressive track record of success as the largest independent music publisher in the world, whose catalogues include some of the music industry’s greatest songwriters, makes them an ideal partner for us”, says Tencent.



Music charity Youth Music has announced that 31 music businesses in the UK have been granted up to £30,000 each to improve access to sustainable creative careers for people aged 18-25. The grants come from the charity’s Incubator Fund. Recipients include jazz group Ezra Collective, the No Signal radio station, the Liverpool Sound City festival, and record label Young Thugs.



James Vincent McMorrow has released new single ‘Gone’. “No song or lyric I’ve ever written has come as close to this one at capturing how I feel about life, how I hear it, my fear of it, my obsession with it, my belligerent belief that I can control it, my quiet acknowledgment in the middle of the night that I will never control a single thing”, he says. “And there’s nothing wrong with any of it. There’s absolute beauty in embracing the chaos and the decay. I know I was exhausted pretending everything was all right”.

The Anchoress has announced that she will release new album ‘The Art Of Losing’ on 5 Mar 2021. From it, this is new single ‘Show Your Face’. She is also set to play London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on 10 Jul next year.

Andy And The Odd Socks have released a cover of Sham 69’s ‘The Kids Are United’ for this year’s Anti-Bullying Week. Proceeds will go to the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

Takykardia have released new single ‘Ode To Angst’. “I’m done with not talking about ‘private stuff’, because with ‘private stuff’ comes shame, and with shame comes loneliness”, says frontwoman Luna Matz of the inspiration for the song. “I missed out on so much of my youth because of anxiety”.



Nominations for this year’s Scottish Alternative Music Awards have been announced, with artists including Taahliah, Callum Easter and Dead Pony all up for prizes. A virtual ceremony will take place on Twitch on 18 Nov, with performances from Walt Disco and recent Scottish Album Of The Year Award winner Nova. Full details here.

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