Deezer has hired Maria Garrido as its Chief Marketing Officer. “I am honoured to join Deezer”, she says. “It’s an exciting time to become a part of this tech and entertainment gem, as it steers a course towards transformational growth. I’m very much looking forward to building on its innovative and bold spirit, leading the marketing function as it continues to shape the brand’s future and contribute to its accelerated expansion”.
BandLab Technologies has hired Dani Deahl as Head Of Communications & Creator Insights. “I couldn’t be more honoured to join the talented team at BandLab Technologies”, she says. “It’s such an exciting time for BandLab and the music industry at large - artists are rewriting rules and defining culture on a global scale. My goal has always been to help give a platform to creators, and I can’t wait to jump right in to champion BandLab’s mission to empower music creation around the world”.
UTA has announced 67 promotions across the talent agency, including ten in its music department. “Over the past year, UTA has accelerated our momentum with new acquisitions, investments in our client capabilities and key hires”, says UTA President David Kramer. “This growth could not be possible without the hard work, ambition and collaborative nature of the colleagues we promoted today. Providing opportunities for advancement is core to our culture and we are proud to share in this group’s success and excited to see what their next chapters at UTA will bring”.
Live giant AEG has hired Georgie Donnelly as its first Head Of Comedy. She joins from Moment House, where she was Head Of Comedy & Podcasts, and prior to that she was Head Of Comedy at Kilimanjaro Live. “I am absolutely delighted to join the team at AEG Presents who are synonymous with live music and entertainment”, she says. “I am so excited to be expanding the live comedy aspect of the business and look forward to bringing some of the biggest stars and events in global comedy to the UK”.
Live firm TEG Europe has hired Alex Simmonds as Head Of UK Touring & Special Projects. He joins from SJM Concerts. “I’m THRILLED to be joining TEG Europe, Toby and I have been friends for a while and I’m looking forward to working with him and the whole team at TEG”, he says. That’s TEG Europe’s recently appointed MD Toby Leighton-Pope he’s talking about there, by the way.
Universal Music Canada has promoted Craig Mannix to VP Black Music. He was previously Senior Director Of Urban Marketing. “Craig is a true pioneer”, says UMC CEO Jeffrey Remedios. “On top of his decades of marketing experience, he is a smart, sharp and sought-after A&R advisor. With this new role, he is well placed to continue to lead in shaping the future of black music culture in Canada”.
The UK Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee has announced a hearing next week to consider developments since it published its report on the economics of music streaming last year, that report resulting in a number of initiatives coordinated by the Intellectual Property Office. MPs will question representatives from three music industry organisations - Ivors Academy Chair Tom Gray, Musicians’ Union General Secretary Naomi Pohl and BPI CEO Geoff Taylor - plus economist Will Page, Brunel University Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Hayleigh Bosher and CMU MD Chris Cooke. It takes place on 15 Nov at 10am - info here.
Slowthai has released new track ‘I Know Nothing’. The song, he says, “is a fight back against those people who are so quick to put the blame on the younger generation. In a world full of misinformation and judgment, it only reveals the true intentions of how miserable people’s lives must be as they are so quick to jump on the bandwagon and applaud or point out people’s failures or vulnerabilities”.
Nell and The Flaming Lips have released the video for ‘Into My Arms’, taken from their 2021 album of Nick Cave covers, titled ‘Where The Viaduct Looms’, which is finally out physically on 16 Dec. Says Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne: “It’s always great to meet excited, young creative people. With Nell we could see she is on a journey and thought it would be fun to join her for a while and see if we could get things going. [Covering Nick Cave] was a great way to connect with her and help harness her cool attitude to making music”.
Jockstrap have released the video for ‘Greatest Hits’, taken from their debut album ‘I Love You Jennifer B’, which is out now.
Sega Bodega has released new single ‘Kepko’. You can catch him live at Koko in London on 22 Nov.
Dream Wife have released new single ‘Leech’. “‘It’s an anthem for empathy”, say the band. “For solidarity. Musically tense and withheld, erupting to angry cathartic crescendos. The push and pull of the song lyrically and musically expands and contracts, stating and calling out the double standards of power. Nobody really wins in a patriarchal society”. The band have also announced that they will play Peckham Audio in London on 25 Nov.
Moonchild Sanelly has released two new tracks: ‘Kokokokoko’ and ‘Mama’s Love’.
Jen Cloher has released new single ‘Mana Takatâpui’. Their new album, ‘I Am The River, The River Is Me’, is out on 3 Mar.
Albertine Sarges has released new single ‘Hold On’. She supports Stella Donnelly at Electric Brixton tonight.
M(h)aol have released a new version of their song ‘Asking For It’. “I wrote it initially in 2016 then revisited it in 2020”, says the band’s Róisín Nic Ghearailt. “I was shocked by how much internalised victim blaming there was in the lyrics. I re-wrote it, then we recorded it and it was released to raise money for Women’s Aid in 2021. The album version is a lot angrier than the 2021 one and almost satirical insofar as it’s highlighting how ludicrous the notion of anyone ‘asking for it’ is”. Their debut album ‘Attachment Styles’ is set for release on 3 Feb.
Yaosobi have released new single ‘The Blessing’, taken from their new EP ‘E-Side 2’, which is out next week.
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