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One Liners: The xx, Glastonbury, Spotify, more

By | Published on Wednesday 25 September 2019

The xx


The xx have extended their publishing deal with Universal. “It’s a huge privilege and compliment that after ten years they continue to trust all of us at Universal Music Publishing with their songs”, says Universal Music Publishing’s Director Of A&R Mark Gale.

Now United – the new pop group brought together by veteran artist manager and ‘Idol’ creator Simon Fuller – have announced a label services deal with Kobalt’s AWAL, covering global distribution, marketing strategy, playlist pitching and more. “With Now United I am exploring a whole new approach to launching a music act and am loving the freedom to experiment”, says Fuller.

Sony/ATV has signed a new publishing deal with producer/songwriter Jonas Blue. “We are over the moon”, says Sony/ATV’s David Ventura. “We couldn’t be happier”, says Jonas Blue’s manager Aaron Ross. “I am THRILLED”, says Jonas Blue.



Glastonbury Festival has received approval to increase its capacity by 7000 to 210,000 in 2020. According to reports, the additional spaces will be reserved for people who travel to the event via public transport.

Creamfields has announced that it is investing £2 million to fund improvements at the site of its UK festival in Daresbury, Cheshire. Next year will mark the festival’s fifteenth anniversary at the venue. It will take place on 27-30 Aug.



Spotify has launched the latest version of its Spotify For Artists smartphone app. Among other things, it allows you to see exactly how many people are listening to your music across the planet at any given time. So that’s fun, if nothing else.

Sticking with Spotify, the streaming firm has launched two new personalised playlists, On Repeat and Repeat Rewind. The first collects all the tracks you’ve played more than twice in the last month, the second all the stuff you previously had on heavy rotation that maybe you forgot about. Because it’s not all about discovery, is it?



Renée Zellweger and Sam Smith have released ‘Get Happy’, taken from the soundtrack of new Judy Garland biopic ‘Judy’. “Nobody could have played Judy as well as Renée, and it is a career highlight for me to be singing with her, and in some small way, with Judy”, says Smith.

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds will release the first part of a two part album, titled ‘Ghosteen’, on 4 Oct. “The songs on the first album are the children”, says Cave. “The songs on the second album are their parents. ‘Ghosteen’ is a migrating spirit”. The album will be previewed on UK at 10pm UK time on 3 Oct. More info here.

Jimmy Eat World will release their tenth studio album, ‘Surviving’, on 18 Oct. They’ve also announced a handful of release week shows in the UK. Here’s new single, ‘All The Way (Stay)’.

David Hasselhoff has released a cover of The Jesus & Mary Chain’s ‘Head On’ featuring The Cars’ Elliot Easton. Because, well, of course he has. The track is taken from new album ‘Open Your Eyes’, which is out on Friday.

Cate Le Bon and Bradford Cox have teamed up for a new EP as part of Mexican Summer’s ‘Myths’ series, out 1 Nov. From it, this is ‘Secretary’.

Wiki has released new Madlib collaboration, ‘Eggs’.

Drillminister has released new track, ‘Choke’, tackling London’s air pollution.

Oh Sees have released the video for ‘Gholü’ from their new album, ‘Face Stabber’.



Blink 182 will play an acoustic set at Pryzm in Kingston-Upon-Thames on 18 Oct.

Sam Fender will be heading out on a tour of the UK in March and April next year, including a performance at Alexandra Palace in London on 27 Mar. Tickets go on general sale on Friday.

Razorlight have announced UK tour dates in December, finishing up at Electric Brixton on 14 Dec. Tickets on sale Friday.

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