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One Liners: Weezer, Fred, Barbarossa, more

By | Published on Thursday 21 January 2021



Kobalt has signed producer Fred to a global neighbouring rights deal. “Fred and I are very excited to build the next phase of his career in partnership with Kobalt”, says his manager Alex Gibson.

Metal Blade Records has signed ‘deathgaze’ band Kardashev. “We couldn’t be more excited and grateful to be working with Metal Blade”, say the band. “They’re the industry leader and life-long dream partnership for us, as we’ve always looked up to their artists for innovation, direction, and image. Now, we get to be who we looked up to when we were young”.

Proper Music Distribution has expanded its deal with music video label Wienerworld. The former will now handle sales and distribution of the latter’s audio catalogue, in addition to its DVD and BluRay releases. “This is a fantastic logistical, sales and distribution deal enabling our entire catalogue to benefit from the knowledge and ethos of Proper’s outstanding music-dedicated team”, says Wienerworld CEO Anthony Broza.



Universal Music has appointed Maxim Vlasov to the position of Managing Director, Universal Music Russia. He was previously Executive Director of the major label’s Russian division, before leaving in 2019 to become COO of football team FC Spartak Moscow. “I am delighted to welcome Maxim back to the UMG family”, says Universal Music Central Europe CEO Frank Briegmann.



Weezer have released new single ‘All My Favourite Songs‘. Their surprise new album, ‘OK Human’, is out on 29 Jan

Barbarossa has released new single ‘Awakeners Awaken Us’. “The song is basically about a relationship that I went through when I was just starting out as an adult”, he says. “At the time it was all-consuming and I couldn’t see how I could recover when it ended. With perspective on it now though I can see how it helped me to know when I found the right person and how the experience taught me so much about when things don’t go to plan and that it just means to let go of outcome and trust that things will work out as they are meant to”.

Goat Girl have released new single ‘Badibaba’. “It touches on how the Earth’s existence is controlled by exploitative systems, and the feeling of existential helplessness this induces”, says guitarist Clottie Cream.

Art d’Ecco has announced that his new album, ‘In Standard Definition’, will be released on 23 Apr. Here’s new single, ‘TV God’. The song is about “what captivates us with celebrity”, he says. “When the world is crumbling around us we look to entertainers and load up on celebrity super powers to rock our world and give us hope. It’s all very sad, and all too unavoidable in today’s day and age. I’m guilty of it, and so are you”.

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