Crowded House frontman Neil Finn has signed a new publishing deal with BMG, covering his entire catalogue the world over. “I am excited to sign my publishing with BMG, as the people I’ve met there are genuine music enthusiasts and have an affection for my songs which I know is real”, says Finn.
Universal’s Republic Records has formed a strategic alliance with Korean music firm JYP Entertainment for the global release of music by K-pop girl group Twice. “We are so excited to make a strategic alliance with number one label Republic Records”, says JYP CEO Jimmy Jeong. “[Through] our strategic alliance for Twice, we strongly hope to present the next level of K-pop to fans all around the world”.
DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES
Video games company Sega has invested in India-based music discovery app Flutin. “Sega has often taken a broad view of entertainment, within and outside the gaming space, and looked for meaningful partners and investment opportunities”, says the firm’s Investment Director Toshihisa Kiyomiya. “In markets like India and in areas like streaming music and music-based mobile apps, we see a great potential for growth and innovation, which is why we’re excited to support Flutin as it continues to create value for musicians and music lovers worldwide”.
Artist management company YMU Group has appointed Sarita Borge to the position of Senior Manager. “Sarita is a highly respected music industry professional who brings experience and creativity to our team”, says UK MD Iain Watt.
Warner Records in the US has promoted Norva Denton to SVP A&R. “Norva is the perfect fit for our revitalised A&R department, as he brings youthful energy, solid relationships, and a strong marketing background in addition to his A&R expertise”, says CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck. “He has the respect of the creative community and artists alike”.
Jhene Aiko has announced that she will release her new album, ‘Chilombo’, on 6 Mar. Aiko recently released the LP’s first single ‘P*$$y Fairy (OTW)’.
Ezra Furman has released the video for ‘Every Feeling’, from the ‘Sex Education’ soundtrack. Furman is also set to play UK shows in May.
Real Estate have released the title track of their new album, ‘The Main Thing’, which itself is out this Friday. “‘The Main Thing’ is my attempt at writing an inspirational anthem for anyone who’s ever been in an existential crisis”, says frontman Martin Courtney. “Specifically, me”.
Carcass have announced that they will release an as-yet-untitled new album later this year, with first single ‘Under The Scalpel Blade’ out now.
Babii has released new single ‘Beast’. The track is taken from new EP, ‘iii’, which is out on 27 Mar. “‘Beast’ is about being far away in proximity from someone but still feeling emotionally close to them, and realising the opposite could be much worse, being in close proximity to someone but emotionally feeling distant from them”, she says.
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