WIRELESS GOES GLOBAL WITH FESTIVAL FIRST VIRTUAL REALITY BROADCAST

WIRELESS GOES GLOBAL WITH FESTIVAL FIRST VIRTUAL REALITY BROADCAST

WIRELESS GOES GLOBAL WITH FESTIVAL FIRST VIRTUAL REALITY BROADCAST

Wireless Festival, the leading event for urban music and hip hop is set to go global as music fans all over the planet get the chance to watch the performances live in state-of-the-art virtual reality. For the very first time, via the new MelodyVR mobile app, users will be able to instantly join the Wireless Festival live in VR on their smartphones.
 
This brand-new development will make MelodyVR’s existing catalogue of shows including the live Wireless broadcast more accessible and available than ever before, dramatically increasing the potential audience for this ground-breaking viewing experience.

MelodyVR has built the world’s largest library of immersive, interactive virtual reality music experiences and will live stream from the festival across the globe, when the festival takes place July 5th to 7th. The pioneering partnership follows the Liam Payne live-streamed show that MelodyVR staged and broadcast in December 2018.
 
By coming together with Wireless – which this year features some of the biggest and most exciting artists around including Cardi B, Travis Scott, A$AP Rocky, Stefflon Don and Migos – MelodyVR will give an infinite number of fans the best view in the house.
 
Having sold out in record time, Wireless can now offer music lovers an alternative way to experience the incredible live performances at the same time as the audience in London’s Finsbury Park itself. With MelodyVR’s unique ‘Jump Spot’ technology the audience are fully in control, able to move themselves from the photo pit, to the side of stage, to the crowd, at the touch of a button.
 
Around the festival, the coverage continues in full 360°; capturing the vibes and atmosphere that make Wireless the most contemporary music festival in the UK. In a world first, the backstage area will allow fans to virtually step into a specially created VR space, where they can ‘hang out’ with some of the biggest names at the festival, in VR.
 
Anthony Matchett, CEO and Founder MelodyVR said “Imagine a situation where even if you didn’t get a ticket for the show itself there was another way in? That’s what this partnership means and it’s transformative. It is not about replacing the magic of experiencing live music or the festival vibe in person, but to offer an exciting alternative – and the team at Wireless and Festival Republic have the vision to work with us to deliver just that. Wireless has always been forward thinking and for their audience the connection between technology and music is a perfectly natural one. It’s a pleasure to be working together and using this sold-out event as a launch platform for our new mobile app experience, opening up the exciting potential of VR to a bigger audience than ever before.


Melvin Benn, MD of Festival Republic said “Wireless Festival has cemented itself as the leader in the festival market, selling out in less than 24 hours the past two years. This festival first collaboration with MelodyVR is taking Wireless to a global audience, giving all fans the chance to be there whilst bringing together ground-breaking technology with a tech savvy music loving audience”
 
The MelodyVR App is available on Oculus Go, Samsung Gear and coming soon to Android & iOs, transporting music fans all over the world to sold-out shows, far-flung festivals and exclusive VIP sessions to experience the music they love in new ways. The existing catalogue of exclusive VR experiences includes artists such as Post Malone, Wiz Kahlifa, Sigrid, The Chainsmokers, Kiss and Bebe Rexha. In addition to a selection of free and promotional content, customers are then able to purchase the shows or tracks they wish to own in VR.

HEADIE ONE  ANNOUNCES TOUR

HEADIE ONE ANNOUNCES TOUR

HEADIE ONE ANNOUNCES TOUR

Britain’s fastest rising rapper Headie One has today announced his largest UK tour to date. 

Headie will perform 12 dates across the UK and Ireland showcasing his signature flow to fans for his first run of live dates since his 2018 sold out tour. 

Following the launch of his podcast Know Better, Headie returned to his solo work with a bang in May with latest track All Day. 

With more new music to be released very soon and some very exciting features, Headie’s profile is set to go stratospheric before the end of the year..  

He is nominated for Best New International Act at the 2019 BET AWARDS which take place in June.

Tour Dates  

OCTOBER

13 – Y Plas – Cardiff 

15 – The Academy – Dublin 

16 – SWG3 – Glasgow

18 – Academy 2 – Manchester 

19 – Newcastle Uni – Newcastle 

21 – Leadmill – Sheffield

22 – O2 Institute – Birmingham 

24 – O2 Academy – Oxford

26 – Concorde 2 – Brighton 

28 – SWX – Bristol 

NOVEMBER 

10 – O2 Academy – Brixton 

Headie also plays live at Wireless, Reading & Leeds and Glastonbury 

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For more info:

Jack Delaney 

The Outside Organisation

jack.delaney@outside-org.co.uk

Joy Division : Unknown Pleasures : re-imagined

Joy Division : Unknown Pleasures : re-imagined

Joy Division : Unknown Pleasures : re-imagined

WATCH ‘I REMEMBER NOTHING’ HERE

2019 is the 40th anniversary of the release of the acclaimed Joy Division album ‘Unknown Pleasures’. An album that was the sound of the future when it was released in 1979, and an album that sounds as relevant, urgent and ‘from the future’ here and now.

One of the most seminal albums to be recorded, Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ has influenced countless creative minds over the years, and continues to be an instructive legacy that sees no end – a seemingly endless vision of Joy Division as truth and myth, as well as the continuing legacy being created by the band they morphed into: New Order.

Working together with the band, their visual coordinator Warren Jackson has commissioned 10 new films, one for each track on the album, which will present a filmic re-imagining of the music in 2019. 

Collaborating with established artists and directors as well as up-and-coming filmmakers, the clips are created by those for whom Joy Division – and the album ‘Unknown Pleasures’ – has provided sense and form and framing – a fractured influence on their own insights, art and process. 

The series of videos – soundtracked by the original Joy Division recordings – will be released over the course of 2019 beginning in June.

The first video is I Remember Nothing – Directors (Helgi and Hörður) – Watch HERE 

DIRECTORS 

Sean Evans (USA) 
Filmmaker, creative director and concert designer, Sean Evans (aka deadskinboy) previously directed the Grammy-nominated film ‘Roger Waters: The Wall’ (2014) – a cinematic document of one of the most ambitious touring stage designs whose visuals and graphics were threaded with intimate and personal narratives, re-tuning and re-inventing the concert documentary genre. Evans has worked collaboratively with Roger Waters for over 10 years and has also worked with Thom Yorke and Tom Morello.

Feargal Ward and Adrian Duncan (Berlin) 
Dividing his time between Ireland and Germany, Ward’s award-winning work has been screened, exhibited and broadcast worldwide. He collaborates with other filmmakers and artists on projects of shared interests. Selected works: ‘The Soil Became Scandinavian’ (2018 – EVA Art Biennial); ‘The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid’ (2017 – Munich DokFest, Moscow Film Festival, Documenta Madrid); ‘The Great Wall’ (2015, DoP – CPH:DOX Copenhagen, MOMA New York); ‘Yximalloo’ (2014 – FID Marseille Prix Premier prize, Montreal Festival de Nouveau Cinema, Olhar de Cinema Brazil). Adrian Duncan is an Irish writer and artist in Berlin. His acclaimed debut novel ‘Love Notes from a German Building Site’ will be released in the UK in October 2019.

Amos Poe (NYC) 
Writer, producer and described by the New York Times as a “pioneering filmmaker”, Poe is regularly referred to as the father of modern American independent cinema. A prominent exponent of the No Wave cinema movement (1975-1985, which also included Jim Jarmusch, Abel Ferrara and Richard Kern) that grew out of the music and art scene of New York’s East Village. No Wave was driven by a DIY ethic, combining B-movie and Avant Garde genres to create new and vibrant American art films. Selected works: ‘The Blank Generation’ (1975 with Ivan Krall – the first punk film, featuring Patti Smith, Richard Hell, Iggy Pop and Talking Heads); ‘The Foreigner’ (1978 – featuring Debbie Harry); ‘Empire II’ (2012). His film ‘A Walk In The Park’ opened the Rome Film Festival in 2012. Amos Poe is currently painting robots.

Makato Nagahisa (Tokyo) 
Film director and screenwriter, Nagahisa has made films and music videos (including Chai’s ‘N.E.O.’ and Clitoric Ris’s ‘Room Not Exposed To The Sun’) while working as a creative director at Dentsu in Japan. He wrote and directed the film ‘And So We Put Goldfish In The Bowl’ (2016), and was the first Japanese director to win the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. His first feature film – ‘We Are Little Zombies’ (2019) received Special Mention at the Berlin Film Festival, as well as winning Sundance Film Festival’s World Dramatic Special Jury Award in January, 2019. His influences include Japanese actor and director Juzo Itami, Canadian jazz orchestrator Gil Evans and French polymath Boris Vian. 

Todd Hido (USA)
Originally from Kent, Ohio, and now based in San Francisco Bay Area, Todd Hido is a contemporary artist and photographer renowned for his work framing suburban America. Drawing from childhood memories as a creative well, Hido wanders endlessly, taking lengthy road trips in search of imagery that connects with his own recollections. His influences include Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen Shore, Nan Goldin and Andreas Gursky. Hido has also created campaign photography for Bottega Veneta, working with Lauren Hutton and Joan Smalls. Hido’s photographs are held in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Smithsonian, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has been the recipient of the Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Visual Arts Award and the Barclay Simpson Award. His work has been detailed in over 20 monographs and books, including ‘Nymph Daughters’ (Super Labo, 2010) and Bright Black World (Nazraeli Press, 2018).

Vincent Moon (Paris)
Vincent Moon (Mathieu Saura) is an independent French filmmaker and sound explorer. He has been making films for the previous ten years travelling around the world around with a camera and backpack on a quest for documenting sound – from stadium to rock to rare shamanic rituals, folklore and religion. He works alone or with people he finds along the unmapped way. His project ‘Hibridos’ (with Priscilla Telmon) was a 3 year exploration of Brazil – a ‘trans-cinema’ searching for sacred and new cults around the country. This has resulted in more than 100 short films, a feature length film, 75 digital albums, immersive video installations and live cinema performances. In 2019 he will begin the project ‘Hibiki’, an exploration of rituals and spirituality in Japan with Atiqa Kawakami. Vincent Moon has previously worked with Arcade Fire, R.E.M. and The National.

Lynne Ramsay (UK) 
Scottish film director, writer, producer and cinematographer, Ramsay is known for the feature films ‘Morvern Callar’ (2002) – starring Samantha Morton who would go on to be similarly acclaimed for her performance as Debbie Curtis in the 2007 Ian Curtis bio-pic ‘Control’ – ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ (2011) starring Tilda Swinton, and ‘You Were Never Really Here’ (2017) starring Joaquin Phoenix – a film which received a 7-minute stand ovation in Cannes following its premiere. Ramsay’s films are considered low on dialogue and explicit story exposition, instead using images, music, and sound to create their worlds. In 1996, she won the Cannes Prix de Jury for her graduation film, and in 2013 she was selected as a member of main jury at the Cannes Film Festival. The Harvard Film Archive describes her work as “uncompromising, fascinated by the tremendous power of cinema to appeal directly to the senses and awaken new depths in our audio-visual imagination. Immersive and at times almost overwhelming.” She has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Edinburgh for her contribution to British film.

James Dimmock (UK/USA) 
Still and motion photographer Dimmock is a lover of the film and music industries as well as a comic fanatic. He brings his interests and energy to bear on visuals that are equally dynamic and personal, creating hyper-real and super-heroic imagery. Beginning his career shooting for legendary British style magazines The Face and iD, Dimmock has gone on to work with many of film, music and sport’s best talent – including Tom Cruise, U2, Daniel Craig, Radiohead, Jason Statham, Metallica and Mike Tyson – as well as shooting film and TV campaigns for Star Trek and American Gods. James Dimmock is always searching for further tattoo inspiration.

Helgi and Hörður (Iceland) 
Creative duo Hörður Sveinsson and Helgi Jóhannsson combine their skills as editor and image-maker into regularly epic visualisations realised as commercial work and music video. They have worked with the Academy Award-winning singer Marketa Irglova, as well as with Sigur Ros and Yoko Ono. Their clip for ‘I Remember Nothing’ features Iceland’s leading actor Baltasar Breki Samper, who is also currently to be seen in the acclaimed TV drama ‘Chernobyl’. Helgi and Hörður say they are the salt and pepper for your soup, and that they are not afraid of flying.

KIM PETRAS ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF “CLARITY” – OUT 27 JUNE

KIM PETRAS ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF “CLARITY” – OUT 27 JUNE

KIM PETRAS ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF “CLARITY”  OUT 27 JUNE

The new project contains all the singles from her second era, including ‘Broken’, ‘Got My Number’, ‘Blow It All’, ‘Sweet Spot’, ‘Do Me’ and more.

NEW SINGLE ‘PERSONAL HELL’ OUT NOW

Kim Petras has announced the release of “Clarity” – her newest music collection – out on 27 June, featuring all the singles from her second era. Alongside this announcement comes ‘Personal Hell’ (listen), the latest taster from the project, a stomping synth-pop bop with a nod to Soft Cell’s ‘Tainted Love’ and Britney’s “Blackout”.

The “Clarity” collection encapsulates 12 original songs including the critically-lauded singles which have amassed over 11.5 million streams and dominated Spotify’s New Music Friday and Apple’s Best of The Week global playlists for seven consecutive weeks: ‘Blow It All’ (listen), ‘Sweet Spot’ (listen), ‘Got My Number’ (listen), ‘Do Me’ (listen), ‘All I Do Is Cry’ (listen) and ‘Clarity’ (listen). This body of work also includes ‘Broken’ (listen), which unveiled a more grounded, personal sound for Kim. Full tracklist below.

Kim, who is a self-directing independent artist and songwriter, has taken a radical approach of dropping a new single every week, keeping her fans engaged as they collectively assemble the different facets of what would be “Clarity”.

The rising pop star is currently embarking on her first ever headline tour across North America, which sold out during pre-sales. The fever-pitch demand has also seen Kim upgrade to bigger venues and sell-out her “Broken Tour”across the United States and Europe. While in the UK, Kim will play London’s Heaven (27 August – SOLD OUT), as well as Leeds Festival (23 August), Manchester Pride (24 August), and Reading Festival (25 August). For all live updates, visit kimpetras.com. 

Kim kicked off this year with a bang, headlining Sydney Mardi Gras and sold out her first headline shows in New York City, Los Angeles, Sydney, and Melbourne. While in Australia, Kim was also invited by Rita Ora to open on her Phoenix World Tour.

Since her debut with the #1 Spotify Global Viral 50 bop ‘I Don’t Want It At All’, Kim has earned true cult status amongst pop music purists, racking up over 150 million global streams. She broke into US Top 40 Radio with her infectious hit ‘Heart to Break’, and opened for Troye Sivan’The Bloom Tour in North America. She earned critical acclaimed for her Halloween mixtape “TURN OFF THE LIGHT VOL. 1” and has also collaborated with Charli XCXSOPHIE and Cheat Codes.

CLARITY – TRACKLIST

  1. Clarity
  2. Icy
  3. Got My Number
  4. Sweet Spot
  5. Personal Hell
  6. Broken
  7. All I Do is Cry
  8. Do Me
  9. Meet The Parents
  10. Another One
  11. Blow It All
  12. Shinin

BROKEN TOUR: EUROPEAN DATES
Friday 23 August – Leeds Festival, Leeds, UK
Saturday 24 August – Manchester Pride, Manchester, UK
Sunday 25 August – Reading Festival, Reading, UK
Tuesday 27 August – Heaven, London, UK [SOLD OUT]
Friday 30 August – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
Sunday 1 September – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tuesday 3 September – Bi Nuu, Berlin, Germany
Wednesday 4 September – Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, Cologne, Germany

Follow Kim Petras:
Instagram: @kimpetras
Twitter: @kimpetras
Facebook: /kimpetras

Press contact – The Outside Organisation:
David Lim – david.lim@outside-org.co.uk
(+44) 7825439012

Bang Bang Romeo release official video for ‘What’s Up’  & Announce UK Headline Tour

Bang Bang Romeo release official video for ‘What’s Up’ & Announce UK Headline Tour

Bang Bang Romeo release official video for ‘What’s Up’ 
& Announce UK Headline Tour 

Yorkshire’s hotly tipped trio Bang Bang Romeo release official video for their new single ‘What’s Up’. The track is a cover of the 90’s anthem penned by iconic fellow LGBTQ songwriter Linda Perry and made famous by her band 4 Non Blondes. Perry has also penned hits for Gwen Stefani, Adele and P!nk, – the latter whom Bang Bang Romeo will join on her sold-out stadium tour which starts June 16th.

Comments Bang Bang Romeo front woman Stars:
In 2019, I live in a world where if I travel to certain countries as an openly gay woman, I face jail time, I face dehumanisation and possibly death.  Add on top of that, there are middle class, middle aged white men in suits telling me that if I accidentally fall pregnant, even if it was via rape, I am legally bound to still give birth? What I’m trying to say is… ITS TWO THOUSAND AND NINETEEN! Linda Perry wrote this anthem back in 1992 because she genuinely asked the world and it’s times, “What’s Going On?!” We’ve re-released it with her blessing, because 25 years later, I’m here, still asking the same fucking questions.  To my LBGTQ family and my strong female sisters, this ones for you.”

Watch ‘What’s Up’ official video:https://youtu.be/1_H4GPo7gZ0

Speaking about Bang Bang Romeo’s version of the single Linda Perry comments “I don’t know, maybe I’m a sucker for a dark chord or a big dramatic voice. Or maybe it’s as simple as someone taking a classic and turning it into their own thing. Maybe I just like things that go BANG! BANG!”

The video filmed both in London and the US features drag queens, Morgan McMichaels from Ru Paul’s Drag Race and the inimitable Bible Girl lip-synching for their life for PRIDE’s next LGBT anthem. Bible Girl states: “Being on set and a part of the team for the video treatment of Bang Bang Romeo’s “What’s Up” was a BLAST. Working on a treatment for this song, which is a refreshing take on a universal classic, with such a talented crew will forever remain unforgettable!”

Bang Bang Romeo are expected release their debut album ‘A Heartbreaker’s Guide To The Galaxy‘ later this year via Eleven Seven Label Group. They tour stadiums across the UK and Europe supporting Brits winner P!nk in June through August and have just announced a headline run for October.

Upcoming Tour-dates as follows:
Friday 14 June: Isle Of Wight Festival – The Big Top, IOW, UK
Sunday 16 June: P!nk Support – Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, HOLLAND
Tuesday 18 June: P!nk Support – RDS Arena,  Dublin, IRELAND
Thursday 20 June:  P!nk Support – Principality Stadium, Cardiff, UK
Saturday 22 June:  P!nk Support – Hampden Park, Glasgow, UK
Sunday 23 June:  P!nk Support – Hampden Park, Glasgow, UK
Tuesday 25 June:  P!nk Support – Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, UK
Thursday 27 June: P!nk Support – Rock Werchter Festival, BELGIUM
Friday 28 June: Sting Support – Montreux Jazz Festival, SWITZERLAND
Saturday 29 June:  P!nk Support – Wembley Stadium, London, UK
Sunday 30 June:   P!nk Support – Wembley Stadium, London, UK
Wednesday 3 July:  P!nk Support – La Défense Arena, Paris, FRANCE
Friday 5 July: P!nk Support – Rhein Energie stadium, Cologne, GERMANY
Monday 8 July: P!nk Support – Volksparkstadion, Hamburg, GERMANY
Wednesday 10 July: P!nk Support – Mercedes Benz Arena, Stuttgart, GERMANY
Friday 12 July: P!nk Support – HDI Arena, Hannover, GERMANY
Sunday 14 July: P!nk Support – Olympiastadion, Berlin, GERMANY
Friday 16 August: Twisted Village Festival, Winchester UK
Saturday 24 August: Camper Calling Festival, Alcester, UK
Saturday 28 September: Tickhill T Fest, Doncaster, UK
Thursday 3 October: Think Tank – Newcastle *just added*
Friday 4 October: Stereo – Glasgow*just added*
Saturday 5 October: Sneaky Pete’s – Edinburgh *just added*
Thursday 10 October: Belgrave Music Hall – Leeds *just added*
Friday 11 October: Deaf Institute – Manchester *just added*
Saturday 12 October: EBGBS – Liverpool *just added*
Wednesday 16 October: Clwb Ifor Back – Cardiff *just added*
Thursday 17 October: The Louisiana – Bristol *just added*
Friday 18 October: Joiners Arms – Southampton *just added*
Saturday 19 October: Castle & Falcon – Birmingham *just added*
Wednesday 23 October: Waterfront Studio – Norwich *just added*
Thursday 24 October: Omeara – London,  *just added*
Friday 25 October: Green Door Store – Brighton  *just added*
Saturday 26 October: The Foundry – Sheffield *just added*

Watch ‘What’s Up’ official video:
https://youtu.be/1_H4GPo7gZ0
Watch ‘Cemetery’ lyric video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUYVzaKJTVE&feature=youtu.be
‘Bag Of Bones’ video: 
https://youtu.be/zLKCg6avsyI
Watch ‘Shame On You’ video: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SAAgrOXf-E

For more on Bang Bang Romeo:
Website: https://www.bangbangromeo.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbromeo/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BangBangRomeo
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bangbangromeo/

SARAH VALENTINE – Publicist
The Outside Organisation | mobile: 07825439010
Charles House, 5-11 Regent Street, St James’ London, SW1Y 4LR

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Sam Hollander

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Sam Hollander

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Sam Hollander

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Sam Hollander, an American songwriter and producerwhose songs have achieved 10 Number 1, 47 Top 5 and 74 Top 10 Chart positions globally.

Sam Hollander has co-written multi-platinum certified hit songs for Fitz and the Tantrums, One Direction, Katy Perry, Blink-182, Weezer, Train, Metro Station, Boys Like Girls, Daughtry and Olly Murs. However, at the heart of his catalogue are 14 songs that Sam has written with his long-standing collaborators in Panic! At The Disco, including 9 songs on their US Number 1 and double platinum certified album ‘Pray for the Wicked’. These are led by the multi-platinum certified single ‘High Hopes’ which is now the all-time longest-running Number 1 song on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart having just completed its 32nd week at Number 1. The song has sold almost 5 million copies, has been streamed more than 1 billion times across all platforms and has made it to the Top 10 in more than 30 countries around the world.

Sam Hollander has co-written songs such as ‘Say Amen (Saturday Night)’, ‘Look Ma’ and ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ by Panic! At The Disco, ‘HandClap’ by Fitz & The Tantrums, ‘Rock Me’ by One Direction, ‘Cupid’s Chokehold’ by Gym Class Heroes, ‘Marry Me’ by Train, ‘Shake Me’ by Metro Station and many others which are all multi-platinum.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Sam Hollander’s interest including ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) income in his catalogue which comprises of 499 songs.

Sam Hollander was advised by Jonathan Ain at Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C. and Lisa Socransky Austin at Law Office of Lisa Socransky Austin.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“Sam Hollander has a hot hand. His numerous collaborations with Panic! At The Disco have been ruling the airwaves for almost 5 years now and setting new standards of success. From Panic! to One Direction and Fitz and The Tantrums he always helps to deliver the crossover hit that every band wants and needs. Nile and I are delighted to welcome Sam to the Hipgnosis family!”

Sam Hollander said:

“When I began the process of selling my catalogue to Hipgnosis, it felt like I was joining the 1927 Yankees. The legends Merck, Nile (my old friend / hero) and their incredible team have a forward thinking game plan that is both bold and exciting. It’s such an honor to know that my songbook will play on, alongside some very esteemed company in the hands of these champs.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 SingerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Michael Knox

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Michael Knox

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Michael Knox

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Michael Knox, an American music producer best known for discovering and producing for the American country music singer Jason Aldean.

In April, the three times ‘Entertainer of the Year’ winner, Jason Aldean was named by the Academy of Country Music (ACM) as its ‘Artist of the Decade’, signifying his stature as the most important artist in the genre over the last 10 years.

Michael Knox has produced eight albums for Jason Aldean, four of which consecutively reached Number 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Together with Jason Aldean, Michael Knox has sold over 35 million singles in addition to 18 million albums, and has 22 Number 1 hits on either the Billboard ‘Hot Country Songs’ or ‘Country Airplay’ charts, including “Girl Like You” which is the Number 1 Airplay song of 2019 to date on the ‘Country Aircheck’ Top Airplay Songs.

The albums include the eponymous debut ‘Jason Aldean’ (2005), ‘Relentless’ (2007), ‘Wide Open’ (2009), ‘My Kinda Party’ (2010), ‘Night Train’ (2012), ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’ (2014), ‘They Don’t Know’ (2016) and most recently ‘Rearview Town’ (2018).

Jason Aldean has been nominated for more than 115 music awards by the Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, American Music Awards, iHeart Radio, the Academy Of Country Music, the Country Music Association, American Country Awards and Country Music Television, and has won 28 times.

Michael Knox is currently the Senior-Vice President of peermusic Nashville. Prior to this Knox was an executive at Warner Chappell Music. In 2011, Knox won ‘Album of the Year’ from the Country Music Association for his production on ‘My Kinda Party’ by Jason Aldean. In 2012, he won two Academy of Country Music awards for Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’. He won the Academy of Country Music award for Vocal Event in 2013 for producing ‘The Only Way I Know’, with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Eric Church. In 2018 Michael Knox launched the syndicated radio show Knox Country 360 as well as a joint venture with BMG on Music Knox Records.

Michael Knox is the son of Buddy Knox which makes him Rock N’ Roll and Rockabilly royalty, with his father having composed seminal classics such as ‘Party Doll’ and ‘Hula Love’ and having been the first artist in the rock era to write and sing his own Number 1 hit song.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Michael Knox’s producer royalties for the catalogue which will include all of Jason Aldean’s recordings for the duration of his agreement with the Broken Bow Records label including his brand new album due for release later this year.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“Jason Aldean, as recognized by the Academy of Country Music, is undoubtedly country music’s most important artist of the last 15 years. Behind him stands Michael Knox who is arguably the best ‘record man’ in Nashville with the responsibility of identifying great songs and producing great recordings. Theirs is a relationship that has not been seen since the days of George Jones and Billy Sherrill, and it’s an honor to welcome Michael into the Hipgnosis family. We are very excited to work with Michael, Jason, Jason’s management team, the peermusic team and Broken Bow. This is just the beginning of our endeavors in Nashville where we have the greatest respect for the creative community and its incomparable tradition of great songs!”

Michael Knox said:

“I am excited to be a part of the Hipgnosis movement. Merck has shown a lot of excitement and appreciation for my 20 years of hard work. It’s difficult letting go of something I love so much but finding someone as passionate about music as I am, made this transition a lot easier.”

Jason Aldean said:

“Michael is like a brother to me. He always believed in me as an artist when nobody else did and you can’t put a price tag on that. He has taught me a lot in this business and I wouldn’t have had the career I have had without him.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 SingerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
MONGOLIAN HUNNU ROCK BAND  THE HU RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR  SHOOG SHOOG

MONGOLIAN HUNNU ROCK BAND THE HU RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR SHOOG SHOOG

MONGOLIAN HUNNU ROCK BAND THE HU
RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR SHOOG SHOOG

WATCH/SHARE VIDEO:  “SHOOG SHOOG”

Mongolian rock group The Hu – who became an online sensation when they released music videos for “Wolf Totem” and “Yuve Yuve Yu”, racking up a combined 28 million views to date – announce the release of their debut album, The Gereg.

Pre-order is live and today they release a lyric video for “Shoog Shoog”. You can pre-order and pre save the album HERE!

“When we do this, we try to spiritually express this beautiful thing about Mongolian music. We think we will talk to everyone’s soul though our music.” – Temka, band member

The four-piece band combines traditional Mongolian instruments with modern American hard rock to create their own genre of music they call “hunnu rock,” which derives from “HU,” the Mongolian root word for human beings. Hunnu Rock is a combination of Mongolian traditional music and western rock music. The genre is very dynamic it can be metal, but it can also be classic rock. The most unique thing about their style is the Mongolian throat singing, which is an amazing sound that humans make which creates the upper and lower harmony together.

The HU will be making their European live debut from this June, for a run of summer festivals and tour dates. They play Sama’Rock Festival andEurockeennes De Belfort Festival (France), Download Festival (UK), Tons of Rock Festival (Norway) and GraspopFestival (Belgium), plus UK performances in BrightonManchester, Bristol, Glasgow and London(amongst others. First time shows in London, Manchester, Warsaw and Amsterdam are already sold out!

You can watch the band’s EPK HERE

The Gereg Track Listing:

  1. The Gereg
  2. Wolf Totem
  3. The Great Chinggis Khaan
  4. The Legend of Mother Swan
  5. Shoog Shoog
  6. The Same
  7. Yuve Yuve Yu
  8. Shireg Shireg
  9. The Song Of Women
BON IVER PREMIERES TWO NEW TRACKS ON THE FINAL NIGHT  OF ALL POINTS EAST FESTIVAL

BON IVER PREMIERES TWO NEW TRACKS ON THE FINAL NIGHT OF ALL POINTS EAST FESTIVAL

BON IVER PREMIERES TWO NEW TRACKS ON THE FINAL NIGHT 
OF ALL POINTS EAST FESTIVAL

Photo by Joe Eley

All Points East 2019 closed two weekends of music with a stellar Sunday headline performance from Bon Iver. Wearing headphones over a bandana and a Discwoman t-shirt, frontman Justin Vernon took the audience on a musical journey through his eclectic catalogue from experimental electronic sounds to soothing folky pop. Vernon told the audience to ‘make sure you spread love everywhere you can’. Performing old favourites such as ‘Skinny Love’ and ‘Woods’ Victoria Park also got treated to an exclusive world video premiere of two brand new tracks following the performance from Bon Iver’s upcoming, anticipated new record.  The previously unseen visuals featured illustrations from long-time collaborator Eric Carson and vocals by Moses Sumney, a mysterious working website link http://icommai.comflashed up on screen to finish the set.
 
On the East Stage just before the headline act, John Grant performed a career spanning theatrical set wearing metallic blue face paint he announced ‘It’s amazing thank you very much we love you! Enjoy the rest of your evening’ before finishing with ‘Queen Of Denmark’ from his debut album of the same name.
 
Mac DeMarco performed an hour-long headline set over on the North Stage and got the crowd singing along to ‘My Old Man’ followed by ‘Ode To Viceroy’. In typical fashion the Canadian artist kept up with his cheeky comedic persona smirking and doing gymnastics throughout his set.
 
Opening the East Stage for the day acoustic singer-songwriter Charlie Cunninghamplayed songs from forthcoming album Permanent Way. Sharing his excitement about being on the bill he stated to the crowd
‘Thanks! It’s definitely intimidating knowing the artists that are going to be on this stage after us.’
 
The hottest weekend of the year so far Snail Mail aptly opened their set over on the North Stage with ‘Heat Wave’ from their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Lush’ with Lindsey Jordan stating “So exciting to be back in London thanks to the festival and Justin for having us”.
 
KOKOKO! got the crowd moving over on East Stage bringing their recycled DIY instruments from Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Wearing matching yellow boiler suits the African collective bought their experimental, eclectic dance beats to Victoria Park to a great reception from the crowd who jumped up and down throughout.
 
Over on the North Stage Australian singer-songwriter RY X performed with a string quartet, whilst The Tallest Man On Earth took to the East stage solo stating “Hello All Points East I haven’t played a festival in about five years! This is like driving a really really really big car”
 
Performing dressed in a twin pink animal print set and pearls Ezra Furman brought his life-affirming outsider pop to a huge crowd at the North Stage. Opening with the raucous Restless Year, the energy didn’t let up as the band charged into one of his best-loved songs Haunted Head, followed by tracks from his recent album Transangelic Exodus including the poignant ‘Driving Down To LA’. Furman proceeded to lead his loyal fans into a buoyant sing-along to Ordinary Life’, from his landmark 2016 album Perpetual Motion People.
 
Over the two weekends All Points East also hosted headline sets from The Chemical Brothers, The Strokes, Christine & The QueensBring Me The Horizon & Mumfords & Sons.  Victoria Park also hosted free family friendly entertainment during the week with their ‘In The Neighbourbood’ series, which included yoga, outdoor cinema, and children’s entertainment. 

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RICHARD GRIFFITHS AND HARRY MAGEE RECEIVE  MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2019

RICHARD GRIFFITHS AND HARRY MAGEE RECEIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2019

RICHARD GRIFFITHS AND HARRY MAGEE RECEIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2019

Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee are to be jointly awarded the 2019 Music Industry Trusts Award. Co-founders of music management company Modest!, Richard and Harry have between them spearheaded the careers of many successful artists across a four-decade timespan.

A quick glance of their current crop of artists reads like a Who’s Who of chart sensations from Niall Horan to Little Mix, Olly Murs to 5 Seconds of Summer. Modest! also represent classical music royalty in Katherine Jenkins, revered singer/songwriter Alison Moyet and just the small matter of the world’s most famous girl band, the Spice Girls.

With Modest! formed in 2003, perhaps its most successful year came in 2010 when Richard, Harry and the team started work with One Direction. Put together on the X Factor, and relatively unknown at the time, they came third, but went on to reach unprecedented international heights, selling over 75 million albums, playing worldwide sell-out stadium tours and breaking industry records in the process.

Niall Horan says: “With Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee, I struggle to know where to even start…. What incredible men these two are. I’ve been working with Richard and Harry for nearly ten years now and if it wasn’t for them I don’t know if we all would have had half of the success we did.

On a personal note, I know they’ve worked their arses off for me and I can put it all down to the kind of relationship I share with them. They are basically like my uncles. We’ve been all over the world together, laughed together mostly, cried together at times but most importantly had many great nights on the wine together ahahah .I’d do anything for these men and I can comfortably say that they would do the same for me.

These boys are music industry veterans and it’s only right they get this honour and even more right that they are the first managers to do so.

Best in the business

Love you boys xx”  

Olly Murs says: “Richard & Harry you are more than just managers to me, but let’s be honest – for the last 10 years we’ve talked more about football than music. Anyone that knows you guys knows how hard you both work, and I can’t think of two more deserving people for this award. Now I’ll stop blowing smoke up your arse and get back to work!”

Alison Moyet says: “Unquestionably loyal to each of their artists and standing our every corner, Modest! are so much more than your sponge management. It is not running high days with hot acts that flags a manager as outstanding, it is the ability to find the heart beat when there is no discernible sign of commercial life and to platform it successfully. Modest! have given me the space and respect to be the creative I needed to be. I’m so grateful for that.”

Over the years Modest! have been involved in many charity events directly raising over £4m in the process. These include The Horan & Rose Event which has raised over £1.5m, Cheryl’s Trust raising £1m, The JLS Foundation raising £500k and One Direction raising over £1m in a single campaign. Indirectly, with their artists taking a significant part in other charity campaigns including Comic Relief, Sport Relief, Teenage Cancer Trust and Children in Need, this figure reaches several more millions of pounds.

Harry says: ‘It is indeed a great honour for Richard and I to be given the MITS Award and to have the opportunity to highlight two exceptional charities in The BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins. We proudly look forward to November 4th for some fun and fund raising!’

Richard says: “It is such an honour to be receiving this amazing award together with my great friend and partner Harry Magee. To help raise money for these two wonderful charities is an honor and a privilege.”

David Munns OBE, chairman of the MITS Award committee, says: “Richard and Harry have been at the forefront of the British music industry for over forty years. Individually and as the founders of Modest! they have continually set the benchmark in management and have led countless artists to huge success. Honouring two artist managers is a first for the MITS and we’re proud for them both to join the illustrious recipients list. We look forward to a fantastic awards night on 4th November.”

The award will be presented on 4th November at a ceremony held in aid of the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins. Harry and Richard follow last year’s MITS honouree, Emma Banks, and join the ranks of previous recipients including Rob Stringer, Sir Lucian Grainge, Ahmet Ertegun, Michael Eavis CBE, and Roger Daltry CBE.

Celebrating its 28th year, the Music Industry Trusts Award is recognised as one of the true benchmarks of achievement in the U.K. music business, and continues to benefit hugely deserving causes year after year. The MITS Award supports two important charities, the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins, and is sponsored by PPL, SJM Concerts and Spotify.

About Richard Griffiths:

In a remarkable career which has ranged across live music, music publishing, record labels and artist management, Griffiths has worked with talent in every genre and stars at every level, including AC/DC, Ultravox, Jane’s Addiction, Oasis, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Westlife, Enrique Iglesias and Linkin Park.

In 1974, he founded Headline Artists, becoming the first international agent for AC/DC. Three years later, Griffiths was A&R for Island Records, signing the Buggles, whose “Video Killed The Radio Star” was the first No. 1 in the storied label’s history.

During the 1980s, Griffiths managed Ultravox, ran Virgin Music Publishing and signed Tears for Fears, Culture Club and Pet Shop Boys, and founded the U.S. division of Virgin Music. In the ’90s, as president of Epic Records in New York, he launched the Epic Soundtrax label for film music (“Dances With Wolves” was its first release) and signed Oasis for the U.S as well as Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine and Korn.

Returning to the U.K., he held senior executive posts at BMG Entertainment in the U.K. and Europe, and in 1999, oversaw the signing of Westlife to RCA Records with Simon Cowell. One year later, he brokered the deal with Cowell which created Syco Music and Television.

Leaving BMG in 2001, Griffiths set up the U.K. arm of American management powerhouse The Firm, where he and Harry Magee worked with Enrique Iglesias and Linkin Park, among others.

About Harry Magee:

In a career spanning music retail and music publishing as well as independent and major labels, Magee has worked with and for a succession of British and American stars, among them, Berlin, Lisa Stansfield, Whitney Houston, Yazz, Sting, Sheryl Crow, Westlife, Eurythmics and Foo Fighters.

After retail experience in Manchester, he moved to London and formed the Anglo Swedish indie Wire Records, with offices in Stockholm, London and Hamburg, and an artist roster including All That Jazz, Thirteen Moons and The Leather Nun. In 1986 The Old Grey Whistle Test travelled to Sweden to film a feature on the label

Magee’s major-label tenure began upon joining BMG in 1989 as Arista Records’ head of marketing. He navigated the breakthrough of Lisa Stansfield and her first two multi-platinum albums, and the U.K. achievements of Arista’s U.S. stars, including Whitney Houston.

There were further accomplishments when Magee became managing director of Big Life Records (Yazz, The Orb, Naughty By Nature), working with the late, legendary talent manager, Jazz Summers. Then, as general manager of A&M Records, Magee helped to steer the success of Sting, Bryan Adams, Sheryl Crow and Soundgarden.

Returning to BMG in 1998, Magee was appointed managing director of RCA Records. He established a vital association with Simon Cowell and acts Westlife and Five, while directing the label’s accomplishments with Natalie Imbruglia, Foo Fighters, and Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart as they reformed Eurythmics. In 2001, Magee joined Richard Griffiths to establish the U.K. division of American talent management titan, The Firm, before the pair formed Modest! in 2003.

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MUMFORD & SONS BRING GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD  TO ALL POINTS EAST FOR THEIR ONLY UK FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE THIS YEAR

MUMFORD & SONS BRING GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD TO ALL POINTS EAST FOR THEIR ONLY UK FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE THIS YEAR

MUMFORD & SONS BRING GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD 
TO ALL POINTS EAST FOR THEIR ONLY UK FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE THIS YEAR

Following a career-spanning performance from rock royalty Bring Me The Horizon on Friday, All Points East 2019 continues its second weekend with Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen Of The Road curated day of exceptional music, on a sunny Saturday.

“It’s good to be home” exclaimed Marcus Mumford, after one of the UK’s biggest bands took to the stage for their only festival performance at All Points East. Having assembled a “f****** great day” of music, with the likes of Dizzee RascalLeon BridgesThe VaccinesThe StavesMarika HackmanGretta Ray and many more, Mumford & Sons stepped into the spotlight to play a well deserved homecoming set.

The London quartet brought in the crowd pleasers early on with a dizzying version of their best loved hits ‘Little Lion Man’, with the audience joyously singing the chorus. The Staves joined them on stage for a rousing version of ‘Beloved’, from their latest and most critically acclaimed album to date Delta. More old favourites followed, including ‘Lover Of The Light’ from 2012’s breakthrough Babel, before returning to Delta and a moving rendition of ‘Woman’.

The two encores featured artists from the day, with Gretta Ray helping out on vocals for ‘Forever’, a massive version of their biggest hit ‘I Will Wait’, before they brought the house down with absolutely everyone joining in for a fitting cover of The Beatles’ ‘I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends’.

Before Mumfords’ career defining set and only metres away from a key catalyst in the ascension of grime on Roman Road, Dizzee Rascal brought it home to Victoria Park tonight. Starting with a throwback of songs including ‘I Luv U’, ‘Fix Up, Look Sharp’ and ‘Jus’ a Rascal’ from his first album Boy in da Corner, he followed up with a song from his most recent album ‘Raskit’ called ‘Space’. “There’s something missing today in Victoria park, sumin ain’t right, I need some bass.” Dizzee then launched into the hit ‘Bassline Junkie’, before ending the perfect set, all the hands in the air, with ‘Holiday’ and ‘Bonkerz’ from Tongue n Cheek.

Warming up for Dizzee were indie heroes The Vaccines, who strolled on stage to the mighty Queen, echoing Freddie’s flamboyant style with a gold and glittering drum set. The East Stage also hosted the rising star of country-charred rock with a killer set of pipes Jade Bird, whose self-titled acclaimed debut came out earlier this year. Expressing gratitude for her meteoric rise and wearing a powder blue suit, Jade admitted “this is the biggest stage we’ll play this summer, so thank you for watching” and continued the trend for covers today with her take on The Bangles’ ‘Walk Like An Egyptian’. Indie pop quartet Mosa Wild opened the festival with a flurry of catchy guitar tunes, winning over the crowd with a duo of covers; Waterboys’ ‘Whole Of The Moon’ segueing into The Who’s iconic ‘Baba O’Reilly’.

Meanwhile Leon Bridges got the party started and drew a packed out crowd to the North Stage. He strutted out in double denim (his initials embroidered on the jacket) and a white net top, seizing a gold glittered mic and matching mic stand. People were dancing and throwing their hands up in the air, sending the audience screaming when he sauntered to a far corner of the stage. His dancing got the crowd going – “Can I do some moves? We’re gonna do it the Texas way” , followed aptly by a raucous version of his 2018 single ‘If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)’.

Continuing her transformation from folk to laid back rock, Marika Hackman played a set filled with tracks from her Britpop influenced 2017 album I’m Not Your Man, before launching into her new single ‘I’m Not Where You Are’. Exquisite vocal trio The Staves followed, their unearthly harmonies floating across a sun-drenched Victoria Park as they brought yet more covers to the weekend, with heavenly versions of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘I’m On Fire’ and the second version of The Waterboys ‘Whole Of The Moon’ today. They graced us with new song ‘Next To You Next Time’, before announcing that they’re working on a new record.

Other highlights included Rosie Lowe who, exuding South London cool, has collaborated with everyone from Floating Points to Jamie Lidell and Kwabs for her latest offering, YU. Playing a typically slick set, her recent single ‘Pharaoh’ went down a treat to a packed crowd on the Jagerhaus stage.

Today sees the enigmatic Bon Iver headline, closing out the second edition of All Points East in style, with an all star supporting cast that includes Mac DeMarcoJohn GrantSnail Mail, Ezra Furman, Julien Baker and more. 
Note To Editors:All Points East returns for a stellar second year to Tower Hamlets’ Victoria Park, following a sold-out 2018 debut that established a new and essential music event in central London. Today, All Points East continues to expand with three stages, featuring an array of cutting-edge acts at the forefront of their scenes.

East London’s beautiful Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets also hosted a hugely popular 4-day community focused midweek event last year. In The Neighbourhood is set to return across the half term week for 2020. Featuring free access to the All Points East site, In The Neighbourhood will host a vibrant programme of activities and entertainment, in collaboration with the local community, businesses, organisations and suppliers. 
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BRING ME THE HORIZON OPEN THE SECOND WEEKEND OF  ALL POINTS EAST 2019 WITH A SCINTILLATING SHOW

BRING ME THE HORIZON OPEN THE SECOND WEEKEND OF ALL POINTS EAST 2019 WITH A SCINTILLATING SHOW

BRING ME THE HORIZON OPEN THE SECOND WEEKEND OF 
ALL POINTS EAST 2019 WITH A SCINTILLATING SHOW

Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon. Photo by Joseph Eley

Following an unforgettable opening weekend of music, crowned by headliners The Chemical BrothersThe Strokes and Christine and The Queens, All Points East 2019 kicked off its second weekend with a career-spanning performance from rocky royalty Bring Me The Horizon.

Bring Me The Horizon (BMTH) have had quite the 2019. The band’s sixth studio release Amo smashed the charts to give them their first ever #1 UK album, with Kerrang! praising their “innate ability to stay one step ahead” and branding BMTH the UK’s biggest heavy band. Now, the Sheffield five-piece have just smashed their first ever festival headline show – an extensive, career-spanning two-hour offering in what will be an iconic moment for All Points East.

BMTH took to Twitter to decide their setlist, and several fan favourites appeared throughout the set. From Amo’s ‘Mantra’ to 2015’s ‘Happy Song’ to 2008’s ‘Diamonds Aren’t Forever’, it was a set that truly encapsulated every moment and sonic style from their career. Armed with pyro, smoke machines, costume changes, backing dancers, an even a guest performance from Cradle of Filth frontman Dani Filth, it was a show to truly savour – and showcased why the band are now headline material.

“It’s been a funny journey”, said Oli Sykes. “For a while we had absolutely no ambition, we just wanted to make music for our mates to mosh too and have a good time.But now we have people coming up to us telling us how our music has helped them, and that’s the most incredible feeling I tell you. I want to people to listen to our music and relate, we’re always gonna’ tell you the truth, and we’re always going to do our thing no matter how humiliating.”

Before BMTH on the East Stage were the dynamic duo Run The Jewels. The affable El-P and Killer Mike strutted out to Queen’s ‘We Are The Champions’ before leaping into their 2016 track ‘Talk To Me’. Much have has been made of the duo’s natural on-stage chemistry and charisma, and it’s easy to see why – the Americans’ slick interchanging bars were delivered in a faultless manner, especially on the self-titled track ‘Run The Jewels’. “It’s a beautiful day and there are a lot of amazing musicians here today”, declared El-P, “we are here to do everything within our talents to make this event a blockbuster!”

Other highlights from the East Stage included a potent performance from band of the moment, IDLES. It was a politically and socially charged showing – from their defying statement “we are feminists” before leading into ‘Samaritans’ to their passionate speech on immigration, declaring it as being “one of the best things about our country”.

Former Crystal Castles musician Alice Glass offered an electronic-tinted set, blending her distinctive shrill vocals with a plethora of glitchy lo-fi synths, with UK rapper Scarlxrd setting the stage alight with an intense trap-metal performance – capped off by hit ‘Heart Attack’.

On the North Stage, Architects’ headline set was a blistering showing of metalcore – matched by an excitable crowd hanging on to every note. ‘Holy Hell’, off their same-titled 2018 LP was the one of the show’s highlights. While She Sleeps capped off their set with a special guest appearance from BMTH’s frontman Oli Sykes.

Sleeping With Sirens got the mosh pits forming over at the North Stage, armed with several tracks off their anticipated forthcoming LP, whilst British breakthrough rock band Yonaka similarly whipped up a storm just as the sunshine emerged. The band’s album Don’t You Wait Tomorrow has been one of the year’s standout releases, and they maintained their swagger and aura on stage.

Today sees Mumford & Sons headline, with the second edition of All Points East closing out in style with through Bon Iver, with a supporting cast that includes Mac DeMarcoJohn GrantSnail Mail and more. 
Note To Editors:All Points East returns for a stellar second year to Tower Hamlets’ Victoria Park, following a sold-out 2018 debut that established a new and essential music event in central London. Today, All Points East continues to expand with three stages, featuring an array of cutting-edge acts at the forefront of their scenes.

East London’s beautiful Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets also hosted a hugely popular 4-day community focused midweek event last year. Kicking off on the second Bank Holiday Monday, In The Neighbourhood is set to return across the half term week for 2019. Featuring free access to the All Points East site, In The Neighbourhood will host a vibrant programme of activities and entertainment, in collaboration with the local community, businesses, organisations and suppliers. From free Outdoor Cinema, Live Music and Entertainment, Street Food to Pop Up Bars, Theatre, Arts, Sports & Wellbeing, Children’s Activities and much more.
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TAYLOR GREY DROPS NEW VIDEO “INTENTIONALLY”

TAYLOR GREY DROPS NEW VIDEO “INTENTIONALLY”

TAYLOR GREY DROPS NEW VIDEO “INTENTIONALLY”

Fresh from supporting The Vamps on selected dates on their 2019 ‘Four Corners’ UK Tour, Taylor Grey has released a self-penned, brand new single, Intentionally(listen here) via Kobalt Music Group and she releases the video TODAY. 

New video here: https://youtu.be/54fiTYmiRQU

Reminiscent of Zara Larsson and Nina Nesbitt, the iridescent pop single,Intentionally, was produced by Nico Stadi (Justin Bieber, Lindsey Stirling) and mixed/mastered by Grammy-nominated producer Imad Royal (The Chainsmokers, Panic! At The Disco). Having already worked with some of pop’s finest; award-winning producer Josh Abraham (Justin Bieber, P!nk),  Dave Kuncio (Selena Gomez, Alicia Keys) Oliver “Oligee” Goldstein (Foster the People, Christina Aguilera), and others, Intentionally is not the first production between Taylor and Nico.  Nico along with Josh Abraham were the producers behind Taylor’s award-winning debut album Space Case (2018 IMA Pop Album of the Year).

On Intentionally Taylor nonchalantly sings “Baby I can’t ignore all the romantic sh*t you do…Ok, it’s cool I f*ck with you,” demonstrating sass and a modern-day twist on the classic love song, her powerhouse vocals sublimely intertwine with the subtle pop beats of the track. Taylor sheds some insight on the new single, sharing how she’s been waiting for the right time to release; “I’ve had this song in my back pocket for over a  year and a half, always playing it live at shows, just waiting for the right moment to officially release it. Now, on the Four Corners Tour with The Vamps, couldn’t be a better time to do so.”

The new single Intentionally is available across download and streaming services.
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 A gifted songwriter and energetic performer, Taylor Grey burst onto the music scene in 2016, the same year she started her undergraduate degree at Stanford University. Driven by introspection and emotive delivery, the 21-year-old Northern California native has been building a name for herself as a prolific recording artist by navigating today’s contemporary pop landscape with authenticity and vulnerability that is impossible not to cheer on. Taylor’s latest project, her self titled EP GREY (produced by Oliver “Oligee” Goldstein [Foster the People, Christina Aguilera,] and executive producer, Josh Abraham [Justin Bieber, P!nk]), has been featured on some of Spotify’s major playlists such as Pop Sauce and supported by the likes of iHeart, YSBNow, Just Jared, and more. Taylor’s music is a melting pot of provocative, emotional, and playful that reflects in her writing and performance. Taylor continues to tour with her grueling academic schedule and is elated to reunite with The Vamps on their 2019 Four Corners UK Tour after sharing the stage with them in her hometown of San Francisco and Los Angeles during their USA 2018 Tour. 


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Heathers the Musical: Original West End Cast Recording is OUT NOW

Heathers the Musical: Original West End Cast Recording is OUT NOW

Heathers the Musical: Original West End Cast Recording is OUT NOW

GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS releases Heathers the Musical: Original West End Cast Recording on CD online and in stores on Today, May 31st. The album is currently available for digital download and streaming. The CD package includes a 44-page booklet with full lyrics, UK production photos, a synopsis, and notes from the original film director as well as songwriters Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy. To stream or download the album, please visit ghostlightrecords.lnk.to/heathers-west-end

Based on last year’s UK production starring Carrie Hope Fletcher and Jamie Muscato, this album continues an exciting journey which took Heathers from the 1988 cult classic film, to a landmark New York stage production in 2014. That led to its premiere cast album, which became a viral hit and went on to become the best-selling non-Broadway American cast recording of the decade. The award-winning writing team Laurence O’Keefe (Legally Blonde, Bat Boy) and Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, “Desperate Housewives”) joined forces with producer Michael Croiter (Heathers: The Musical (World Premiere Cast Recording), Matilda, Groundhog Day), along with the original London cast, at Livingston Studios and Abbey Road Studios, to recreate the incredible on-stage performance, which you can now relive at home.

The album includes three previously unreleased new songs written for the show, including the album’s first single, “I Say No,” “Never Shut Up Again,” and “You’re Welcome,” which replaces “Blue” on the World Premiere Cast Recording.

Writers Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy said, “We’ve made significant revisions to Heathers since the first album came out in 2014. This is the first time the definitive version of the show has been recorded and getting to make a permanent record of this production is the icing on the cake. ‘I Say No’ is an emancipation anthem in which Veronica cuts ties with her homicidal boyfriend. Andrew Lloyd Webber, one of our lead producers, suggested we give her an eleven o’clock number to establish her moral clarity by firmly articulating the idea that that violence is never a solution to the injustices of high school.”

“On the original cast recording, Heather Duke was the only Heather that didn’t have a full-length song, so when we were asked to re-work the show for London, adding this song was the top of our to-do list. ‘Never Shut Up Again’ dramatizes this huge emotional moment for the character, as a girl with justifiable resentments and grievances finally achieves power, only to become even more cruel and brutal than her predecessor.”

“The song ‘You’re Welcome’ shows Veronica’s point of view and gives her a chance to triumph over her tormentors in a way that ‘Blue’ did not. The decision to change the song was made because ‘Blue’ sent a message that wasn’t intended — that Veronica, cornered by two drunk, entitled, fairly violent football players, still wasn’t in any real danger, which sent a signal to the audience that this isn’t an important moment. Although American productions of Heathers have been performing ‘You’re Welcome’ for some time now, this is the first time it’s been recorded.”

Carrie Hope Fletcher (Veronica) is joined by Original London Cast members Jodie Steele (Chandler), T’Shan Williams (Duke) and Sophie Isaacs (McNamara), alongside Jamie Muscato as rebellious transfer student Jason Dean (JD), Christopher Chung (Kurt Kelly), Dominic Andersen (Ram Sweeney), Jenny O’Leary (Martha Dunnstock), Rebecca Lock (Ms. Flemming), Jon Boydon (Kurt’s Dad/Veronica’s Day/Principal Gowan), Alex James-Hatton (Officer Milner), Charlotte Jaconelli (Stoner Chick), Lauren Drew (New Wave Girl), Olivia Moore (Young Republicanette), Nathan Amzi (Ram’s Day/Big Bud Dean/Coach Ripper), Brandon Lee Sears (Preppy Stud), Merryl Ansah (Drama Club Drama Queen), and John Lumsden (Hipster Dork), who are all featured on the album.

Carrie Hope Fletcher, who plays the part of Veronica Sawyer, made famous by Winona Ryder, says: “Being part of an original cast recording is exciting in itself. When it’s for a show you’ve been a fan of for years and have grown to love even more since being a part of it, it feels incredibly special. I hope the message of kindness that Heathers ultimately sends is spread even further with this recording!”

Kurt Deutsch, founder of Ghostlight Records, said “I am thrilled to be working with the Heathers UK family and being reunited with Larry and Kevin again after recording Legally Blonde and Reefer Madness. Heathers is great fun and we’re happy to be able to preserve the West End Cast Recording.”

“HEATHERS” TRACK LIST

1) Beautiful
2) Candy Store
3) Fight for Me
4) Freeze Your Brain
5) Big Fun
6) Dead Girl Walking
7) The Me Inside of Me
8) You’re Welcome
9) Never Shut Up Again
10) Our Love Is God
11) My Dead Gay Son
12) Seventeen
13) Shine a Light
14) Lifeboat
15) Shine a Light (Reprise)
16) I Say No
17) Kindergarten Boyfriend
18) Yo Girl
19) Meant to Be Yours
20) Dead Girl Walking (Reprise) 21) I Am Damaged
22) Seventeen (Reprise)

GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS has become the leading independent force in Original Broadway Cast Recordings – building a library of over 200 records over the past 19 years, featuring some of the most successful Broadway musicals and solo albums by Broadway’s brightest stars. Founded by Grammy Award winner Kurt Deutsch, Ghostlight has won Grammy Awards for The Band’s Visit, The Book of Mormon, In the Heights and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Ghostlight has also released solo albums from Patti LuPone, Kelli O’Hara, Sutton Foster, Billy Porter, and more. The label continues to support the new generation of musical theater composers and has developed extensive relationships with Jason Robert Brown, Michael John LaChiusa, and David Yazbek, as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pasek & Paul, Tom Kitt, Joe Iconis, and Shaina Taub. Ghostlight Records is part of the Arts Music division at Warner Music Group. ghostlightrecords.com

Kelly Clarkson, Jamiroquai, Bullet For My Valentine and Plan B now live, in stunning Virtual Reality on MelodyVR

Kelly Clarkson, Jamiroquai, Bullet For My Valentine and Plan B now live, in stunning Virtual Reality on MelodyVR

Kelly Clarkson, Jamiroquai, Bullet For My Valentine and Plan B now live, in stunning Virtual Reality on MelodyVR 

MelodyVR are proud to announce four new artists added to the virtual reality music platform, with outstanding performances by Kelly Clarkson, Jamiroquai, Bullet For My Valentine and Plan B. 

 
At her recent hometown show in Dallas, global music icon Kelly Clarkson played to a sell out crowd. Performing her hits Since U Been Gone, Because Of You and Stronger, MelodyVR was there to capture this special moment, allowing fans to enjoy the show from 9 different aspects including on stage.
 
Kelly Clarkson said: “You can watch my entire ‘Meaning of Life’ show in virtual reality, this is crazy! I’m so stoked about this, you can see my entire concert like you’re on the stage – it’s weird, but awesome. Even if you’ve seen the concert in person, it’s a completely different way to see a show. I know a lot of people are like ‘why aren’t you touring here?’ so this is a way you can see my show until I can get to you.”

Lead singer Jay Kay said: “The O2 has always been a special gig for me, and the last two were no exception. I’m pleased to be able to share this show with you in an exciting and immersive way, thanks to the team at MelodyVR.”
 
Also in the capital, Bullet For My Valentine and Plan B both teamed up with MelodyVR.

Bullet For My Valentine, one of the biggest metal acts of music history coming live from Alexandra Palace.  Watching the show back in VR, lead singer Matt Tuck was suitably impressed “The fans can see it from our perspective… Pretty trippy! It’s such an immersive experience and such a clever use of technology. Our show’s bangin!”

Across the river at O2 Brixton Academy, singer-songwriter and rapper, Plan B, added the chance for his fans to all be on stage with him after hooking up with MelodyVR.

The only licensed VR music platform, MelodyVR has partnerships across the industry, and has teamed up with a huge array of international artists to build the world’s largest library of immersive and interactive virtual reality music experiences.

The MelodyVR app is available on Oculus Go and GearVR devices, transporting music fans all over the world to sold-out shows, far-flung festivals and exclusive VIP sessions, to experience the music they love in new ways.

Bullet For My Valentine, one of the biggest metal acts of music history coming live from Alexandra Palace.  Watching the show back in VR, lead singer Matt Tuck was suitably impressed “The fans can see it from our perspective… Pretty trippy! It’s such an immersive experience and such a clever use of technology. Our show’s bangin!”

On the other side of the Atlantic, MelodyVR partnered with multi-platinum selling English Funk group Jamiroquai, for a visual extravaganza at the O2 Arena in London.


Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquires the music catalogue of Al Jackson Jr.

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquires the music catalogue of Al Jackson Jr.

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquires the music catalogue of Al Jackson Jr.

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired the music catalogue of Al Jackson Jr., an American drummer, producer, and songwriter.

Al Jackson Jr. is one of the most influential and revered songwriters, producers and musicians of the classic soul era of the 1960s and 1970s. As a founding member of Booker T & The M.G’s, Al Jackson Jr. shaped the sound of Stax Records and their iconic artists who were a who’s who of Southern soul, Memphis soul and Pop Radio.

Al Jackson Jr. co-wrote and played on some of Al Green’s most successful songs, including the US Top 5 Pop hits: ‘I’m Still In Love With You’, ‘You Ought To Be With Me’, ‘Look What You Done For Me’, and ‘Call Me’ as well as Al Green’s signature song ‘Let’s Stay Together’. ‘Let’s Stay Together’, which reached Number 1 in the US, is ranked 60th by Rolling Stone in their ‘500 Greatest Songs of All Time’ and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. The catalogue also includes Booker T & The M.G’s Top 10 tracks ‘Time is Tight’ and ‘Green Onions’. ‘Green Onions’ is regarded as one of the most popular instrumental rock and soul songs of all time and was introduced into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. It has featured in numerous movies and TV shows, including Quadrophenia, The Sandlot and The Sopranos.

In addition to co-writing some of the greatest songs of all time, the catalogue includes Al Jackson Jr.’s artist royalties on some of the most significant recordings of the era which he co-produced or featured on as a drummer. These include Otis Redding’s global Number 1 ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’, which won two Grammy Awards, as well as Bill Withers’ timeless album ‘Just as I am’ which includes the legendary US Top 5 single ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ and the soul classic ‘Grandma’s Hands’.

With Booker T & The M.G’s, Al Jackson Jr. was introduced into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2012. He was separately introduced individually into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of the copyright interest in Al Jackson Jr.’s catalogue, which includes his writer’s, producer’s and artist’s share of income, comprising of 185 compositions and 199 recordings.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said:

“The word evergreen is used far too frequently to truly express the incredible power of Al Jackson Jr.’s work as a co-creator of some of the finest music of all time. Whether as songwriter, producer, musician, or artist his incredible influence on songs and recordings as important as Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’, Booker T & The M.G’s ‘Green Onions’, Bill Withers’ ’Ain’t No Sunshine’ and Otis Redding’s ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay’ to name but a few is as much a foundation of American music as any. This is not just pop music, or black music, or American music. This music is part of the foundation on which the entire world spins. We are proud to be the custodians of Al Jackson Jr.’s incredible work and to celebrate him in a way that is worthy of his almost singular achievements.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) Limited Merck Mercuriadis   Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer James Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance) Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales)   Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
The Outside Organisation Alan Edwards / Nick Caley Tel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
KIM PETRAS RELEASES RACY NEW SINGLE ‘DO ME’ AHEAD OF “BROKEN TOUR”

KIM PETRAS RELEASES RACY NEW SINGLE ‘DO ME’ AHEAD OF “BROKEN TOUR”

KIM PETRAS RELEASES RACY NEW SINGLE ‘DO ME’ AHEAD OF “BROKEN TOUR”

Kim Petras has released her newest single ‘Do Me’ (listen). The bedroom banger hears Kim unapologetically take control of her sexuality, pairing 80s power synths and her signature lung-busting choruses with a slick, urban flow. ‘Do Me’ is the sixth offering from Kim’s new era, which has seen her release a new single every week.

Kim upsized her headline show to London’s Heaven (27 August) after swiftly selling out tickets during pre-sale. This will be Kim’s biggest UK gig to date, having already opened for Troye Sivan and Rita Ora in concert internationally. The fever-pitch demand has also seen Kim upgrade to bigger venues and sell-out her Broken Tour across the United States and Europe. While in the UK, Kim will also be playing Leeds Festival (23 August), Manchester Pride (24 August), and Reading Festival (25 August). For tickets, visit kimpetras.com.  

Speaking ahead of her first headline tour, which starts in two weeks, Kim told Interview Magazine: “It has been a long journey to getting to my first tour, and selling it out immediately was really sick. It’s the first time I really get to do what I want. I get to actually dress up my stage, make it what I want to make it. It’s really cool. I’m doing a bunch of intros and interludes, building a legit show. I want it to be perfect.”

The Broken Tour will feature all of Kim’s best loved singles – including ‘Heart to Break’, ‘I Don’t Want It At All’, ‘1,2,3 Dayz Up’ (feat. SOPHIE) – as well as the new singles from her forthcoming debut album.

‘Broken’ (listen), the first single from this era, unveiled a more grounded, personal sound for Kim. It has racked up over 4 million combined streams to date, making more than 30 of Spotify’s global New Music Friday playlists and 45 of Apple Music’s Best of The Week playlists. 

“‘Broken’ does sound and feel like a significant departure from everything in her catalogue thus far. A bit darker and more grounded, but still cathartic in its execution” – The FADER

With her classic powerhouse vocals and electro pop backing, it’s showing off her vulnerable side while simultaneously giving a big ‘fuck you’ to past lovers as she fires piercing lyrics over the nocturnal backing. A pop queen in the making” – Wonderland

Other singles from this critically-lauded new era include: the party anthem ‘Got My Number’ (listen), the hedonistic ‘Blow It All’ (listen), Kylie-inspired disco pop banger ‘Sweet Spot’ (listen) and the emotional ‘All I Do Is Cry’ (listen).

Kim kicked off this year with a bang, headlining Sydney Mardi Gras and sold out her first headline shows in New York City, Los Angeles, Sydney, and Melbourne. While in Australia, Kim was also invited by Rita Ora to open on her Phoenix World Tour.

Since her debut with the #1 Spotify Global Viral 50 bop ‘I Don’t Want It At All’, Kim has earned true cult status amongst pop music purists, racking up over 125 million global streams. She broke into US Top 40 Radio with her infectious hit ‘Heart to Break’, and opened for Troye Sivan’s The Bloom Tour in North America.

BROKEN TOUR: EUROPEAN DATES

Friday 23 August – Leeds Festival, Leeds, UK

Saturday 24 August – Manchester Pride, Manchester, UK

Sunday 25 August – Reading Festival, Reading, UK

Tuesday 27 August – Heaven, London, UK [UPGRADED VENUE]

Friday 30 August – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France [UPGRADED VENUE]

Sunday 1 September – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands [UPGRADED VENUE]

Tuesday 3 September – Bi Nuu, Berlin, Germany [UPGRADED VENUE]

Wednesday 4 September – Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, Cologne, Germany [UPGRADED VENUE]

 “Kim Petras is every inch the total pop princess” – NME

“Defiantly hedonistic pop music” – The Guardian

“A true, unapologetic poptimist” – Noisey

“If there’s one pop starlet to watch, it’s definitely Kim Petras” – i-D

“Future pop icon” – Music Week

Follow Kim Petras:

Instagram: @kimpetras

Twitter: @kimpetras

Facebook: /kimpetras

Press contact – The Outside Organisation:

David Lim – david.lim@outside-org.co.uk

(+44) 7825439012

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS TO PUBLISH DEBBIE HARRY’S MEMOIR, FACE IT

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS TO PUBLISH DEBBIE HARRY’S MEMOIR, FACE IT

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS TO PUBLISH DEBBIE HARRY’S MEMOIR, FACE IT

HarperCollins Publishers has announced today plans to publish FACE IT, a memoir from Blondie front woman and cultural icon, Debbie Harry. HarperNonFiction will publish alongside Dey Street Books, HarperCollins in the US, on the 1st October. 

FACE IT is an arresting mix of visceral storytelling and stunning visuals that reflects the complexity of its subject. In her distinctive voice, Debbie Harry recreates the downtown scene of 1970s New York City, where she, with Blondie, played alongside everyone from The Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop and David Bowie. With all the grit, grime and glory recounted in intimate detail, FACE IT takes readers from the New York underground to global superstardom and the creation of some of the most beloved pop songs of all-time.

FACE IT offers a full and robust portrait of a cultural trailblazer who has spent decades pushing creative boundaries in a variety of media. From her collaborations with artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Marina Abramovic, and H.R. Giger, to her extensive acting career in over thirty films, Debbie Harry has constantly sought to elevate and deliver counter-culture to the masses.  In conjunction with her artistic work, Debbie has also been a tireless activist on behalf of environmental causes and the LGBTQ community, giving voice to some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Debbie Harry is undeniably an icon as well as an iconoclast, and in FACE IT, she shares the breadth of her fascinating life and career, with never-before seen personal images, brilliantly curated fan-art, and memories from the highs and lows of her life as a pioneering feminist, and muse to generations of fans and artists.
Dey Street Books VP, Editorial Director Carrie Thornton negotiated the deal with 10th Street Entertainment. Ed Faulkner and Zoe Berville will oversee the UK publication. FACE IT is written in collaboration with critically acclaimed journalist and author, Sylvie Simmons, based on a series of recent exclusive personal interviews, and also includes original essays by Debbie Harry.

Debbie Harry says: “I didn’t want to, but I did. There are many more stories for me to tell; some funny, some scary, some warm, some chill to the bone and if FACE IT appeals to people then I will get to telling more of the anecdotal bits of the story of Blondie-like the time I met Rita Hayworth and Penny Singleton backstage at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. This book is biographical and covers a lot of years. I know there will be questions asked because in putting this together, I realized I have led a very full life and couldn’t possibly cover everything in just one volume. I’m prepared for the best and the worst comments, much like when I have released an album or done a big show. I don’t have a thick skin, but I do have a pretty good sense of humor.”

Ed Faulkner says: “It is the most immense privilege to be publishing Debbie Harry’s extraordinary memoir at HarperNonFiction. Hers is the voice of a generation, with resonance as powerful now as it was forty years ago, and FACE IT is the honest, powerful story of a true icon.”

Carrie Thornton says: “It has been one of the greatest thrills of my career to edit Debbie Harry, an artist who is so multi-dimensional, fascinating and supremely talented. FACE ITis the rare memoir that gets at the qualities of its subject in the most visceral and honest way, while being compelling, exciting and gorgeous at the same time.”

For media information:
The Outside Organisation
020 7436 3633
chris.goodman@outside-org.co.uk
suzie.fellows@outside-org.co.uk

Publisher:
Isabel Prodger                                 
Publicity Director
HarperNonFiction
 0208 307 4436
Isabel.prodger@harpercollins.co.uk

Lucy Dickins Joins WME

Lucy Dickins Joins WME

Lucy Dickins Joins WME

Leading entertainment agency WME today announced that award winning music agent Lucy Dickins is joining the agency as Head of WME’s UK Music division.  Dickins joins from ITB (International Talent Booking), and will formally start with WME in June.  Dickins is a key hire for WME’s music team in the UK, where it has been operating since 2007. 

One of the music industry’s most respected and successful agents in the UK, Dickins’ clients include Adele, Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling, James Blake and Mabel, whom WME will now represent globally. Dickins also works with Hot Chip, Bryan Ferry, Rex Orange County, Jamie T, Jack Peñate, among others, all of whom are expected to join her at WME.

ITB agents James Simmons and Chris Payne are also joining Dickins at WME.

“Lucy is a star player, and the perfect addition to our team,” said WME’s Head of Music Marc Geiger.  “There’s no one else who possesses Lucy’s combination of pedigree, taste, and respect in our industry.  After being in business with her family for so many years, we feel fortunate that she decided to join WME, and we look forward to bringing her perspective to our clients and colleagues.”

“Growing up in this business, I’ve been lucky to learn from the best, but now is the time for me to take the next step in my career. The opportunity to join WME was hugely exciting, and I’m confident that this relationship can grow into something special,” said Dickins. 

Dickins is part of a music business dynasty that stretches back to her grandfather Percy Dickins, founder of the NME. Her father Barry formed ITB in 1978 with a client list made up of some of the biggest artists of all time including Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Her uncle Rob Dickins was head of Warner Brothers and her brother currently manages a hugely successful roster including Adele.  Dickins began her career working for a small independent record label before joining ITB as an assistant.  Establishing a reputation for developing artists and emerging talent from grass roots, she is renowned for the close rapport she forms with her artists.

Dickins’ hire culminates a period of growth for WME’s UK office. This year the agency booked more shows at the O2 than any agency, in addition to leading European festival bookings.

As part of the Endeavor network, WME’s music division has connectivity across 170 countries worldwide, and is a part of a group of companies that include IMG, UFC, and Frieze.

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquires music catalogue from Ari Levine

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquires music catalogue from Ari Levine

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquires music catalogue from Ari Levine

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Ari Levine, a multi-Grammy nominated songwriter and producer, best known for his work as a member of the three-piece writing and producing group The Smeezingtons (whose members also include Bruno Mars and Philip Lawrence).

Ari Levine has achieved 99 Number 1, 256 Top 5 and 361 Top 10 Chart positions globally with numerous artists including Bruno Mars, Ce Lo Green, Diplo and Mark Ronson.

Ari has written multiple Top 10 hits, including ‘F**k You’ by Cee Lo Green, ‘Just The Way You Are’, ‘Grenade’, ‘When I Was You Man’ and ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ by Bruno Mars, ‘Billionaire’ by Travie McCoy, ‘Nothin’ On You’ by B.o.B. and ‘One Day’ by Matisyahu.

For Ari and The Smeezingtons, critical acclaim has come hand-in-hand with commercial success.  Whilst Ari has won numerous ASCAP Awards, The Smeezingtons have also been nominated twice for the ‘Producer of the Year’ Grammy Award, and ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’, by Bruno Mars, was nominated for both ‘Record of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’ at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

The Company has acquired 100% of Ari Levine’s copyright ownership in his catalogue, which comprises 76 songs in total, including 100% of his writer share of performance income collected and distributed by the Performance Rights Organization GMR (Global Music Rights).

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said:

“Ari is one of the most important writers and producers of the new pop era. Having co-written and produced the entirety of the seminal first two Bruno Mars albums, which include 4 Number 1 singles in ‘Just The Way You Are’, ‘Grenade’, ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ and ‘When I Was Your Man’, as well as the Number 1 single ‘F**k You’ for Cee Lo Green, Ari’s work has resulted in some of the most highly regarded and enduring songs of the last 10 years. He has everyone’s respect and I’m delighted to welcome him to the Hipgnosis family.”

Ari Levine said:

“I couldn’t be happier with a better home for my catalogue. Merck and Hipgnosis are the right executive and company team to look after my musical legacy. I’m proud to have my catalogue in their hands and I’m confident in their ability to grow its value and influence in the upcoming decades.”

Josh Levine said:

“After searching high and low for the right partner, it’s refreshing to find a company like Hipgnosis that not only says what they are going to do but actually follows through with it. I’m excited to have Merck looking over Ari’s catalogue and I’m sure he will care for it like I have over these past 10 years.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) Limited Merck Mercuriadis   Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer James Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance) Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales)   Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
The Outside Organisation Alan Edwards / Nick Caley Tel: +44 (0)7711 081 843