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By | Published on Tuesday 3 November 2020

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Sony Music has launched a new joint venture with record label WEAREBLK. Label founders Antz Robb, Abdi Abdille and Aidan Glennon will work with Sony execs DJ Semtex and Dipesh Parmar on signing and developing new talent. “Individually Abdi, Antz and Aidan bring a unique skillset to the table”, says DJ Semtex. “Collectively, they have a fresh methodology for discovering artists and rapidly building audiences”.



Live Nation’s Ticketmaster has announced three executive promotions in North America. So that’s nice. Marla Ostroff is now Managing Director of Ticketmaster North America, Trevor Allin is now EVP Business And Commercial Operations North America, and Maura Gibson is EVP Client Solutions And Strategy North America.

Warner Chappell has announced that Caroline Molko is stepping down as head of its French business after eighteen years. She will be replaced in January by Matthieu Tessier, who has served as Head of A&R for the last five years.

Today is, of course, the big election day. That’s right, voting for independent representatives on the BPI Council is now open. The six candidates for the two positions are Donna Vergier (Good Soldier), Fred Jude (Snapper Music), Henry Semmence (Absolute Label Services), Jamie Oborne (Dirty Hit), Stefania Passamonte (Master Chord Records) and Steve Long (Signum Records). Full members of the record label trade body have until 17 Nov to cast their votes.



UK promoter TEG MJR has launched a new Irish division in partnership with booking agency MPI Artists. “This new promotions company makes sense from so many angles”, insists TEG MJR CEO Richard Buck. “The winners will be Irish music fans and artists”.



Frank Turner and Jon Snodgrass have released new single ‘The Fleas’, taken from their upcoming new album ‘Buddies II: Still Buddies’.

Alter Bridge have released new single ‘Last Rites’. Their new EP, ‘Walk The Sky 2.0’, is out on 6 Nov.

Lord Apex has released the video for ‘Life Goes On’, taken from his latest album ‘Supply & Demand’.

Greentea Peng has released new single ‘Revolution’.

King Khan has released the video for ‘Wait Till The Stars Burn’ from his new album ‘The Infinite Ones’.

Lunatraktors have released new single ‘16,000 Miles’. The song is “based on ‘16,000 Miles From Home’, an Irish-Australian emigration ballad, the song tells the story of somebody who goes to seek their fortune in Australia”, say the folk duo. “There’s a strange sense of humour in the narrative – a kind of dark, absurdist nihilism – that really appeals to us”.



Doves will play a Forest Live show at Delamere Forest in Cheshire on 20 Jun 2021. Hopefully. Tickets go on sale on Friday. Details here.

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