Music Industry News and Updates
Iain James Resigns with Phrased Differently
Iain James has made a triumphant return to his original publisher, Phrased Differently, following successful deals with Sony Music Publishing, Kobalt, and BMG. As one of the company’s inaugural signees back in 2006, James expressed his delight at re-signing with Phrased Differently, stating, “I’ve been so proud watching the team’s success from afar and have always considered myself to be ‘Raised by Phrased!”
Karen Vincent Promoted to General Manager of Warner Music Denmark
Karen Vincent has been promoted to General Manager of Warner Music Denmark, expressing her excitement at leading a team that consistently exceeds expectations. She highlighted the achievements of securing a ten-week run at number one in Denmark for hip-hop legend Gobs and assisting superstar Christopher in becoming one of the best-known international artists in China.
UD Announces New Partnerships and Appointments
Talent development organization UD has forged new partnerships with Converse, Sony Music UK’s Social Justice Fund, and the Soho House Foundation, bolstering its mission to champion the next generation of black creative talent. Additionally, Selina Wedderburn has been appointed as General Manager and Cleo Amedume as Community Manager.
Angellica Bell to Cover Hits Radio Breakfast Show
TV presenter Angellica Bell is set to fill in for Fleur East on the Hits Radio breakfast show while East takes maternity leave. East expressed her excitement for the new chapter and her confidence in Bell’s ability to manage the show during her absence.
Legal News in the Music Industry
Judge Rules in Lizzo Lawsuit
A Californian judge has dismissed some of the claims brought against Lizzo by former dancers but has denied a motion to have the entire lawsuit thrown out on free speech grounds. Judge Mark H Epstein addressed the delicate balance between constitutionally-protected activity and the need to address allegations of discrimination or other forms of misconduct in a speech-related environment.
AO Arena in Manchester to Increase Capacity
The AO Arena in Manchester has announced plans to increase its capacity from 21,000 to 23,000 as part of a £50 million redevelopment. Chris Bray, President of venue owner ASM Global Europe, emphasized the expansion of standing floor space, positioning the arena to compete with other venues in the UK.
Paris Hilton’s Second Album
During the Grammy Awards, Paris Hilton revealed that Sia is executive producing her second album, set for release later this year.
Gigs and Festivals
Isle of Wight Festival 2024 Headliners
The Isle of Wight Festival has announced The Prodigy, Pet Shop Boys, and Green Day as the headliners for 2024. The event will take place on 20-23 Jun, and tickets are available for purchase.
Sleep Token Arena Shows in November
Sleep Token has confirmed UK arena shows in November, including a performance at the O2 Arena in London on 29 Nov. General sale for tickets begins on Friday.
Gabrielle’s UK Tour Dates in April 2025
Gabrielle has revealed UK tour dates in April 2025, with a show at the O2 Arena on 18 Apr. Her new album, ‘A Place In Your Heart’, is set for release on 10 May, and tickets will go on general sale this Friday.
Kerry King’s Debut Solo Single
Former Slayer guitarist Kerry King has released his debut solo single, ‘Idle Hands’, from his upcoming album, ‘From Hell I Rise’, slated for release on 17 May.