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One Liners: U2, TikTok, John Cale, more

By and | Published on Thursday 12 January 2023



TikTok has signed a new licensing deal with the Rotana Music Group, the record label owned by Saudi Arabia’s Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, into which Warner Music invested in 2021. The music firm’s CEO Salem Al Hendi is “very THRILLED with this licensing agreement”, which, he says, “will facilitate Arab music reach into the Middle East and North Africa music industry and young communities”.



AEG Presents UK has hired Lee Laborde – who was previously with Live Nation – to be Senior Vice President of its Promoting Division, reporting into CEO Steve Homer, who says: “Lee is someone I have known for many years and simply put he is one of the best in the business – the roster of artists he works with are testament to that”.

Bauer Media Audio UK has appointed Lucie Cave to the new role of Chief Creative Officer – Podcasts And Commercial Content. She says: “This is a brand new era for podcasting as we move beyond ‘format’ to atomised content across multiple platforms. As an editor, journalist and host myself I am massively excited by the opportunity to develop talent into transmedia brands and find new ways of reaching fans and building audiences”.



The UK’s Music Venue Trust has announced fourteen more recipients of grants via its Pipeline Investment Fund. The venues receiving funding this time are: Cloak And Dagger (Bristol), Coda (Colchester); Faith In Strangers (Margate); Fiddlers Elbow (London); Fighting Cocks (London); Folklore Rooms (Brighton); Hot Box Live (Chelmsford); Meraki (Liverpool); Patriot Home Of Rock (Crumlin); Suburbia (Southampton); The Lughole (Sheffield); The Tin Music & Arts (Coventry); Westgate Hotel (Newport); and Sally Browns (Bradford).



U2 have released a new version of ‘Pride (In The Name Of Love)’, featuring new lyrics, which will appear on their upcoming 40 track album, ‘Songs Of Surrender’.

John Cale has released new single ‘Noise Of You’. “I don’t tend to romanticise the idea of love”, he says. “It represents ‘need’ and that’s not something I’m particularly comfortable with. When it gets ahold of you though – don’t let go – no matter how many times you mess it up!” His new album, ‘Mercy’, is out next week.

Liturgy have released new single ‘Angel Of Sovereignty’. Their new album, ‘93696’, is out on 24 Mar.

Avey Tare – aka Animal Collective’s Dave Portner – has announced that he will release new album ‘7s’ on 17 Feb. Two songs from it are available now: ‘The Musical’ and ‘Hey Bog’.

Tennis have released new single ‘Let’s Make A Mistake Tonight’. Their new album, ‘Pollen’, is out on 10 Feb, and they will play a two night residency at London’s Islington Assembly Hall kicking off on 14 Feb.

Wesley Joseph has released new single ‘Hiatus’. The track, he says, “is the narrative and conclusion of growing pains, a teenager talking to his future self and his future self talking back”. His new album, ‘Glow’, is out on 17 Feb.

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