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One Liners: TikTok, Andrew WK, Ariana Grande, more

By | Published on Thursday 15 October 2020



TikTok has signed a new licensing deal with Dutch collecting society Buma/Stemra. “We are very happy that the intense but constructive negotiations with TikTok have brought us this agreement”, says Buma/Stemra CEO Bernard Kobes. “This is good news for our authors and publishers, especially in these days where our members’ income has diminished in other markets”.

Andrew WK has signed a new record deal with Napalm Records. “We at Napalm Records are THRILLED to propel Andrew WK to new heights, having been longtime fans of the work since the beginning”, says a spokesperson for the label.



Universal Music Singapore has appointed Simon Jerome Nasser to the role of Managing Director of the label division itself, as well as Head Of Live for Southeast Asia. He joins from Warner Music.

Sony Music has appointed Tiffany R Warren to the newly created role of Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity And Inclusion Officer. “I am delighted to have Tiffany join our leadership team”, says the major’s top man Rob Stringer. “Her ground-breaking strategic vision, expertise and entrepreneurism will help us further our commitment to equity and long-term change inside our company and throughout the industry”.

Three years on from his sudden departure from Sony Music, Hipgnosis has appointed LA Reid to its advisory board. It has also acquired the publishing catalogue he built as a producer and songwriter, which comprises 162 songs. “The work he and [frequent creative collaborator] Babyface did together defines R&B as we know it today”, says Hipgnosis boss Merck Mercuriadis. “It’s a great pleasure to welcome LA Reid and his incredible set of songs to the Hipgnosis family”.

Music charity Help Musicians has appointed Squeeze’s Chris Difford, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason and opera singer Natalya Romaniw as ambassadors. “As ambassadors they will be able to help us reach even more musicians across the UK in coming years, especially as we celebrate our centenary in 2021”, says CEO James Ainscough. “As the future for live music is still uncertain, Help Musicians has much to do and much to offer – support from those who understand the unique challenges faced by those in this profession is more important than ever before”.



The UK’s Music Managers Forum has put out the final call for applications to its 2021 Accelerator programme, which supports new managers financially and through mentoring in order to take their careers to the next level. The deadline is 19 Oct. Full details here.



Ariana Grande says she’s releasing her new album THIS MONTH. She hasn’t given a date, so it could arrive at any time. Maybe it’s out already! Mystery is fun.

James Blake has dropped new EP ‘Before’. I hope he picks it up. Oh my god, that’s the lamest joke, I hate you. Blake will mark the occasion with a live Boiler Room set tomorrow night. Details here.

Juicy J has released the video for new single ‘Load It Up’. His new album, ‘The Hustle Continues’, is out on 27 Nov.

The Bug has announced that he will release a new album, titled ‘In Blue’, featuring vocals from Dis Fig, through Hyperdub on 20 Nov. Here’s first single, ‘You’.

Clipping have released new single ‘Pain Everyday’. “This song was one of the most challenging to write because it’s the first time we’ve done a track entirely in 7/8, which, it turns out, is kind of a mind fuck”, says the band’s Daveed Diggs. “I love how it came out because it’s in this odd time signature but the flow still feels natural, like rap is supposed to”. Their new album, ‘Visions Of Bodies Being Burned’, is out on 23 Oct through Sub Pop.

The Body have announced that they will release new album, ‘I’ve Seen All I Need To See’, on 29 Jan 2021. “It’s a meditation on distortion”, says the band’s Seth Manchester of the new LP. “We tried pushing the limits of each piece of gear in the studio to hear what its breaking point sounded like and then recorded it – even feeding the console back on itself during one particular live take”. From it, this is new single ‘A Lament’.

Lav has released new single ‘Reds’. It is, she says, “a seductive and melancholy tune I whipped up after reflecting on romance in my adolescence. Dreamy and idealistic, without acknowledging the reality of an eventual expiration on the relationship”.

Tsha has released new single ‘Change’, featuring Gabrielle Aplin. “She has a beautiful voice and is such a great writer”, says Tsha. “We had such a good time working together”.

Cuushe has released new single ‘Magic’, taken from her new album ‘Waken’, which is out on 20 Nov.

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