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By and | Published on Tuesday 4 August 2020

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Warner Music has announced an alliance with Romanian indie label Global Records. It will represent the major’s global catalogue in Romania and the two companies will collaborate on developing and promoting Romanian artists both domestically and globally. Warner’s Alfonso Perez-Soto is “delighted”. Global Records founder Stefan Lucian is “THRILLED”.

The good old Hipgnosis Songs Fund has acquired Barry Manilow‘s recording royalty rights, excluding SoundExchange income. Which means the monies that the star earns from all the many, many, many, many, many records he appears on. Manilow “is one of those rare artists that unites everyone” reckons Hipgnosis boss Merck Mercuriadis.

Sony/ATV‘s Nashville division has extended its worldwide publishing agreement with country artist, songwriter and producer Jon Pardi, who is – Sony/ATV Nashville’s CEO Rusty Gaston would like you to know – a “honky-tonk genius”. Actually, counters the publisher’s VP Creative Tom Luteran, “Jon is the ultimate unicorn as an artist”. Yeah, whatever you say Tom. Pardi is “excited” to keep his Sony/ATV partnership going.

Concord Music Publishing has signed a deal with one of The National. Wow, think of all those Taylor Swift royalties that will be coming in! No, not that member of The National. It’s frontman Matt Berninger. But hey, think of all those The National royalties that will be coming in! No, the deal covers Berninger’s solo works and projects outside the band. Still, his debut solo album is out in October, so it’s still exciting I guess. The publisher just needs to make sure that the label releasing that LP, ‘Serpentine Prison’, doesn’t screw things up. Who’s that? Oh, Concord Records. Lovely.

Warner Music has signed a deal with South African artist Master KG via its partnership with Johannesburg-based Africori and indie label Open Mic Productions. Warner’s ADA will handle distribution of his latest album ‘Jerusalema’ in Sub-Saharan Africa, while the major’s Elektra France label will release the music elsewhere in the world.



Warner Music has hired Dr Maurice Stinnett to be the major’s New York-based Head Of Global Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. Working with the firm’s UK-based Head Of Inclusion & Diversity, Nina Bhagwat, he will “spearhead WMG’s equity initiatives, implementing tailored strategies and programmes designed to cultivate a diverse and inclusive company culture”.



LA-based First Artists Management, which specialises in composer management, has announced it is opening a London office. It will be headed up by Hamish Duff, who joins from Involved Productions. According to Variety, he brings his current roster of clients with him, including Solomon Grey, Clark, Alex Baranowski, Will Gregory, Blanck Mass, Hannah Peel, Nico Casal and The Grandbrothers.



Remi Wolf has released new single, ‘Monte Carlo’.

Greentea Peng has released new single, ‘Hu Man’. It is, she says, “an exploration of self and our attachment to identity, especially in this modern age”.

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