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By | Published on Wednesday 2 November 2022

Yusuf/Cat Stevens


Yusuf/Cat Stevens has signed to talent agency WME ahead of world tour dates next year. He is also set to release a new album.

Primary Wave has acquired the song rights of Huey Lewis And The News. The deal is worth around $20 million, according to Variety. “We’re honoured to welcome the music of Huey Lewis And The News to Primary Wave”, says John Luneau, the company’s Senior Counsel. “Our entire team is looking forward to working with them to generate new and exciting opportunities for their iconic catalogue”.

The Veronicas have signed to Big Noise. “The Veronicas have been at the forefront of unapologetic female pop-punk their entire career, and we’re excited to represent their music and vision into 2023”, says Jon Cohen, President of Big Noise Music Group.



Paul Pacifico has been announced as CEO of The Saudi Music Commission where he will oversee the development of the music sector in Saudi Arabia. He announced back in August that he would be standing down as boss of the UK Association Of Independent Music at the end of this year. He will take up his new role in January. “It is truly remarkable to see the level of support and the pace of change within Saudi Arabia as it builds a strong music sector for all to participate in”, says Pacifico. “The opportunity to help in that journey is a huge privilege. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Music Commission to build a vibrant, inclusive and effective music sector as a key part of the ongoing cultural transformation in the Kingdom, led by the Ministry Of Culture”.



Sault have released five (FIVE!) new albums for free on their website, which they describe as “an offering to God”. You have until the end of the week to grab them. I’ll leave you to work out the password.

Holly Herndon has released a cover of Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’, voiced by her “digital twin” AI software Holly+.

Helena Hauff has released her first new track of 2022, ‘Touching Plastic’. Her new EP, ‘Living With Ladybirds’, will be out through Fabric Originals on 11 Nov.

Ahead of their new album ‘Where I’m Meant To Be’ this Friday, Ezra Collective have released new single ‘No Confusion’, featuring Kojey Radical.

Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes have released new single ‘Parasite’. They’ve also announced a three night residency at The Underworld in London from 6-8 Dec.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs have announced that they will release new album ‘Land Of Sleeper’ on 17 Feb, and have also put out new single ‘Mr Medicine’.

Deadletter have released new single ‘Madge’s Declaration’. The band’s debut EP ‘Heat’ is out on 18 Nov.

Miss Grit has announced that she will release her debut album, ‘Follow The Cyborg’, on 11 Feb. Here’s the title track.

Piglet has released new single ‘To You Tonight’, taken from new EP ‘Seven Songs’, which is out on 2 Dec. You can catch him live at Bermondsey Social Club on 10 Nov.

Softcult have released new single ‘Drain’. Their new EP ‘See You In The Dark’ is out on 24 Mar.

Doodseskader have released new single ‘It’s Not An Addiction If You Don’t Feel Like Quitting’. Their debut album, ’Year One’, is out on 18 Nov.



Tenacious D will play The O2 in London on 16 Jun next year – their first UK show since 2019. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

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