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By | Published on Wednesday 2 February 2022

The Shires


Reservoir has signed songwriter-producer Oak Felder to a worldwide publishing deal, expanding on its 2017 agreement with his production trio The Orphanage. “I am so glad to continue this journey in a new way with an amazing team of dedicated, hardworking, creative, and impressive people”, says Felder. “Reservoir has already been a fantastic partner for helping to grow my publishing company and I’m looking forward to putting even more awards on the walls with them”.



Help Musicians has appointed Bill Freeman to the newly created position of Director Of Musicians’ Services. He joins from the Community Transport Association, where he was Chief Executive. “Over the pandemic I’ve watched some of my favourite artists show amazing tenacity and resourcefulness just to get by and it made me think about the precarious nature of their work and careers and what can be done to help”, he says. “I’m delighted to now have this opportunity to turn these thoughts into action through this important new role with Help Musicians, focussing on ensuring more music creators don’t just get by, but can also get on in their chosen career”.

Artist management company YMU has appointed Brad Pophal to the position of Head Of Web3 And NFT for US Music. Very 2022. “I first heard about Bitcoin back in 2012”, boasts Pophal, “and in 2017 made my first investment. Since then, I have become an avid crypto investor and passionate NFT collector and have become fascinated by the possibilities Web3 can offer artists. YMU have always been industry leaders and are true pioneers in the Web3 and NFT space. I couldn’t be happier to be joining the team to help build upon this momentum”.



The Shires have released new single ‘I See Stars’. Their new album, ‘Ten Year Plan’, is out on 11 Mar.

Animal Collective have released one more single, ‘We Go Back’, ahead of their new album, ‘Time Skiffs’, which is out on Friday.

Wet Leg have released the video for their song ‘Oh No’. The duo play a sold out Independent Venue Week show at the 100 Club in London tonight.

Junglepussy has announced that she will release her new EP, ‘JP5000’, this Friday. From it, this is ‘Critiqua’.

Calexico will release new album ‘El Mirador’ on 8 Apr. The title track is out now. “’El Mirador’ is dedicated to family, friends and community”, says the band’s Joey Burns. “The pandemic highlighted all the ways we need each other, and music happens to be my way of building bridges and encouraging inclusiveness and positivity. That comes along with sadness and melancholy, but music sparks change and movement”. They will play the Kentish Town Forum in London on 14 May.



Radiohead side-project The Smile have announced UK shows in May and June. They will play two nights at The Roundhouse in London on 29-30 May, followed by Usher Hall in Edinburgh on 1 Jun and Manchester’s Albert Hall on 2 Jun. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.

Busted and McBusted’s James Bourne has announced tour dates in support of his upcoming new solo album ‘Sugar Beach’. He’ll kick things off at King Tut’s in Glasgow on 19 Apr. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

Indigo De Souza has announced her first UK tour, kicking off at Elsewhere in Margate on 12 May, before hitting The Great Escape festival, plus dates in Manchester, Bristol and London. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

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