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By | Published on Wednesday 19 January 2022

'Weird Al' Yankovic & Daniel Radcliff


Universal Music’s Polydor has signed Crawlers to a new record deal. “It’s been incredibly exciting watching them grow over the past year”, says co-President Tom March. “From selling out tours to their first releases connecting to audiences in a big way, and this is just the beginning for them”.



Sound Diplomacy, the consultancy focused on the music, night-time and wider creative sectors, has announced the appointment of Rob Hain – a former client and existing advisor to the company – as Global CEO. Founder and current CEO Shain Shapiro will move to the position of Chair. Hain “knows what makes us tick”, says Shaprio, while the executive rejig “allows me to spend more time with the recently established non-profit think tank, The Center For Music Ecosystems”.

Sentric Music has hired songwriter and producer Simon Perry as President and Head of A&R for North America. “I am very excited to be welcoming Simon to the team as he is the perfect candidate to start building on the foundations of our US operations which represents an important step in the next stage of our international growth”, says CEO Chris Meehan.

Priscilla Kotey has been promoted to the new role of SVP at Warner Music Ireland. “I’m so pleased to be asked to step up and lead the Warner Music team in Dublin”, she says. “Ireland is an exciting and dynamic market where many of our international artists are excited to perform”.

Lanre Gaba has been promoted to Co-President of Black Music at Warner’s Atlantic Records in the US. “Atlantic was built on black music and a continued legacy of artist development”, she says. “We have the most exceptional artists on our roster, whose music moves the culture”.

Utopia Music has hired Rosa Martinez as Director for Spain. “Her strong background, reputation, and work ethic will surely help us unlock the true value of music in the region”, says COO Roberto Neri. “Plus, her vast experience and knowledge of the British music industry will help us bridge the gap between both territories and open new doors to the global dominance of Spanish music”.



Daniel Radcliff is set to play ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic in a new biopic, titled ‘Weird: The ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Story’ and written by Yankovic himself. “When my last movie ‘UHF’ came out in 1989, I made a solemn vow to my fans that I would release a major motion picture every 33 years, like clockwork”, says Yankovic. “I’m very happy to say we’re on schedule. And I am absolutely THRILLED that Daniel Radcliffe will be portraying me in the film. I have no doubt whatsoever that this is the role future generations will remember him for”.



Ibibio Sound Machine are back with new single ‘All That You Want’. Their Hot Chip-produced new album, ‘Electricity’, is out on 25 Mar. UK tour dates start at the end of March and run into April, finishing at the Electric Ballroom in London on 14 Apr.

Will Joseph Cook is back with new single ‘4am’. “Conceptually ‘4am’ is this really overly poetic voicemail for someone you love”, he says. “A rush of emotions you want to share but there’s no one up to hear them”. Cook also have UK tour dates scheduled for March.

Boris have released ‘Beyond Good And Evil’, the latest single from their new album ‘W’, which is out this Friday. The song is about the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. “There is a vast magnitude in a huge mushroom cloud and in decaying ruins”, says vocalist Wata, who is from Hiroshima. “We feel both the sadness and beauty of these things at the same time; that is who we are”.

Quinquis has released new single ‘Setu’, and announced that she will release her debut album, ‘Seim’, on 20 May.

King Hannah will release their debut album, ‘I’m Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me’, on 25 Feb. New single ‘Big Big Baby’ is out now. The duo will also be playing UK dates in April.

Piglet has released new single ‘Oan’. It’s “about trying to work out where yourself and the people around you sit on various spectrums”, he says. The release comes ahead of dates supporting Porridge Radio next week.

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