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By | Published on Wednesday 13 October 2021

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Universal Music Africa has announced a new partnership with Youssou N’Dour and his company Youssou N’Dour & TBI Publishing. As part of the deal, N’Dour will release a new album through Universal on 12 Nov. “From Africa to the world… let’s go Universal”, says the musician.



Universal Music Japan has appointed Mitsuru Koyama to the role of Corporate Executive, Legal & Business Affairs. “Mitsuru Koyama is a lawyer with an extensive legal and intellectual property background in the digital and tech industry, which will be valuable for both our artists and the company, as we continue to grow and execute our long-term objectives”, says Universal Music Japan CEO Naoshi Fujikura.

Sony Music Publishing has promoted UK-based Moses Martiny to SVP Global Digital Commercial Strategy. “I am honoured to have this opportunity to further advance our global digital strategy alongside our incredible team and to help grow income for SMP songwriters in this evolving market”, says Martiny. “I look forward to working with existing and new digital partners to enable innovation and create new financial opportunities for songwriters”.

Festival-focused ticketing firm Festicket has named Benjamin Leaver as its new CEO, with co-founder Zack Sabban becoming President. “I am immensely proud of how much we have achieved since we started Festicket a decade ago”, says Sabban. “During the next phase of our development, I want to drive our global growth and take our services to thousands more event creators around the world. I am delighted that Benjamin has agreed to lead the business as it seeks to empower event creators everywhere to grow profitably and sustainably as they deliver incredible experiences to people all over the world”.



Self Esteem has premiered the video for her latest single ‘Moody’, in which she stars alongside comedian Alistair Green. “I’ve always wanted to make a version of Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’, but a more realistic representation of a relationship”, she says. “Music video tropes are so fun and easy to execute and I’ve spent a lifetime trying to avoid them, but I wondered what happens if I just indulge in them”.

Shamir has released new single ‘Gay Agenda’, which, he says, “is a song about radical acceptance internally and externally. We are only leasing our lives, so we gotta make it our own”.

Cate Le Bon will release new album, ‘Pompeii’, on 4 Feb 2022, she has announced. “‘Pompeii’ was written and recorded in a quagmire of unease”, she says. “Solo. In a time warp. In a house I had a life in fifteen years ago. I grappled with existence, resignation and faith. I felt culpable for the mess but it smacked hard of the collective guilt imposed by religion and original sin”. Here’s first single ‘Running Away’.

If you thought Hayden Thorpe wasn’t going to release another single before putting out his new album, ‘Moondust For My Diamond’, this Friday, well, you look pretty silly right now. Here’s ‘Golden Ratio’.

Dean Blunt has shared a new video, titled ‘Urban Hymns’, featuring two tracks – ‘Mugu’ from his latest album ‘Black Metal 2’, and standalone single ‘Stoozy’, featuring A$AP Rocky.

Band Of Horses will release new album ‘Things Are Great’ on 21 Jan 2022 – their first since 2016’s ‘Why Are You OK’. First single, ‘Crutch’, is out now.

Qrion proudly presents the third single from her upcoming album ‘I Hope It Lasts Forever’. This is ‘Proud’.

Kills Birds have released another single from their new album ‘Married’, which is due out on 12 Nov. This is ‘Cough Up Cherries’. “There are a lot of themes to ‘Cherries’, as it was written during the height of the pandemic in 2020”, says vocalist Nina Ljeti. “The song touches on feelings of loneliness, paranoia and hopelessness that we all experienced. In addition, ‘Cherries’ also addresses the identity crisis we all face in the digital age”.

Deep Throat Choir have released new track ‘Uvas’. Their new album, ‘In Order To Know You’, is out on 3 Dec and they will play Bella Union’s Winter Wonderland at Union Chapel in London on 11 Dec.

Lotic is back with new single ‘Always You’. The track is taken from her new album, ‘Water’, which will be released on 29 Oct. “This is the record I always wanted to write”, she says. “This feels like my arrival as an artist”.

Never ones to beat around the bush, Joe & The Shitboys have put out new single ‘Save The Planet You Dumb Shit’. They’ve also announced that they will release new album, ‘The Reson For Hardcore Vibes (Again)’, on 16 Nov.

Cumgirl8 have released new single ‘Bugs’. The band explain: “‘Bugs’ evokes a rapid-paced life with a heavy nostalgia for still, melancholy moments; a hyperactivity-induced stumble into what you are left with when you come out of an episode of madness that never really stops. It’s a moment of reflection. What happened? How did I let it get to this point that I’m letting all these thoughts take over?”

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