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One Liners: Tion Wayne, Motown UK, James Blake, more

By | Published on Monday 14 September 2020

Tion Wayne


Warner’s Atlantic Records UK has signed rapper Tion Wayne. “Tion is one of the most exciting new voices in the UK today”, says the label’s co-President Briony Turner. “Tion and his team have done fantastic work in getting him to this stage and I look forward to working with them as we aim for the top”.



Universal Music has launched a new UK division of Motown Records, which will operate as part of its recently revamped EMI division. Rob Pascoe will be the label’s Managing Director and Afryea Henry-Fontaine its Marketing Director. “We’re looking forward to bringing the music of this culture-defining label and its artists to the widest possible audiences as well as building an energising and inspiring new roster at the label”, says EMI Records President Rebecca Allen.

AI-powered music video creation app Rotor Videos has hired Alex Branson and Pj Dulay to head up partnership development and business development respectively. “Bringing in respected music industry executives in Alex and Pj means we can continue to serve, and connect with, more talent and industry partners – enhancing their creative endeavours and promotional efforts with Rotor’s accessible, quality, video creation solutions”, says CEO Diarmuid Moloney.

The Ivors Academy last week appointed songwriters and composers Jin Jin, Tom Gray and Daniel Kidane to its board. “As an academy we are committed to representing and championing all music creators”, says Chair Crispin Hunt. “I’m THRILLED to have such wonderful new colleagues on the board to help us do that”.

Warner Chappell UK has promoted Shani Gonzales to the position of Managing Director. She will also be Head Of International A&R for the company’s global business. “Shani’s such a talented leader who has catapulted so many songwriters to the very top with her tenacious drive to see them succeed”, says CEO Guy Moot.



James Blake has officially released his cover of Frank Ocean’s ‘Godspeed’, which has been top of the pops on TikTok recently. “This song has always been special to me, but I wasn’t expecting the response it’s gotten”, says Blake. “Love to everyone who willed the full recording into existence”.

Mr Eazi and Major Lazer have released new track ‘Oh My Gawd’, featuring Nicki Minaj and K4mo.

The Wannadies have released their first new single for eighteen years, ‘Can’t Kill The Musikk’. The new track will be available as a seven-inch single with vinyl copies of their re-issued 2002 (and most recent) album ‘Before & After’.



With full award ceremonies still off the cards, US collecting society ASCAP has announced that it will unveil the winners of its respective Christian, Country and London Music Awards this year on social media in October and November. “These virtual award events give us a much-needed reason to smile, laugh and celebrate together during this difficult time”, says ASCAP President Paul Williams. “Our members are the heart and soul of ASCAP, and we look forward to honouring the outstanding contributions of our Christian, Country and London-based songwriters this fall”.

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