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By and | Published on Wednesday 31 January 2018

The Great Escape 2018

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Electronic producer Clark has signed a new publishing deal with Decca. “I am very excited to start this new partnership with Decca Publishing”, he says. “Working together, we have agreed to take a fresh outlook on how we approach music publishing, what we can do to make the right kind of noise and stand out”.

• Django Django – or Double Django, as you insist on calling them for some reason – have released a video for ‘Surface To Air’, from their really very good new album ‘Marble Skies’.

• Andrew WK has, I have it on very good authority, released another new track ‘Ever Again’. If he hasn’t, I don’t know what this video I just watched was.

• You’re probably wondering if The Go! Team have released a video for ‘Mayday’. Well, yes, they have.

• The Damned have released a video for new single ‘Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow’.

• Let’s Eat Grandma have released a new single, ‘Hot Pink’, which is produced by Sophie. The duo will play Lightbox in London on 8 Mar.

• Another hundred artists – yes, a hundred, I counted them – have been added to the line-up for this year’s Great Escape showcase festival. A number of new partnerships have been confirmed too, including with Gilles Peterson’s talent development programme Future Bubblers and the Download Festival, which will host a stage this year. Alongside all that, CMU Insights will also be presenting three full-day conferences for industry delegates once again. Info on the TGE line-up so far hereInfo on the CMU Insights conferences here.

• Paul Simon has announced that he’ll play the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park on 15 Jul. It’s being billed as ‘The Farewell Show’, so it could be his last ever performance. It’s also the last night of the festival, so maybe he’s just saying goodbye to the event.

• Gaz ‘Gareth’ Coombes has announced that he’ll be touring the UK in May. Good on you Gaz, I don’t care what they say.

• Already-mentioned-up-there-somewhere Sophie will play Heaven in London on 13 Mar. Tickets are on sale now.

• Glassjaw have announced that they will play Brixton Academy on 18 Aug. Tickets go on sale on 2 Feb.

• Justin Timberlake is performing at the BRITs. So are Ed Sheeran, Rag N Bone Man, Jorja Smith, Stormzy, Dua Lipa, Sam Smith, Foo Fighters and Rita Ora. BRITs boss Jason Iley has “no doubt that Justin’s performance will be one to remember”. Of course, following the controversy surrounding the Grammys, it may actually be remembered as the point in the show that people realised that the balance of male to female performers is pretty heavily off centre.

• I thought we’d decided who the sound of 2018 was going to be, but MTV has just announced that the winner of its annual Brand New prize is Mabel. “This year is going to be incredible”, she insists.

• Check out our weekly Spotify playlist of new music featured in the CMU Daily – updated every Friday.

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