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One Liners: Fred Ball, Dubset, Foals, more

By | Published on Monday 8 January 2018

L-R: Sonia Diwan (lawyer at Sound Advice), Paul Smith (Senior International Creative Manager, Warner/Chappell Music UK), Fred Ball, Mike Smith (Managing Director, Warner/Chappell Music UK)

Other notable announcements and developments today…

• Songwriter and producer Fred Ball has signed a new publishing deal with Warner/Chappell. His credits include work with Madonna, Rihanna, Zara Larsson and Little Mix. “I’m so excited”, says Ball. “I’m THRILLED”, says W/C MD Mike Smith. Smith previously signed Ball to a deal at EMI Music Publishing in 2002.

• DJ mix licensing platform Dubset has announced a new deal with Tidal. So that’s something. The company already has deals with Spotify and Apple Music. “This is another important step in making the incredible content created by our DJ community available to fans all over the world”, says Dubset CEO Stephen White.

• Foals have announced that bassist Walter Gervers is leaving the band. It’s all friendly though, so that’s fine.

• Justin Timberlake is back then. He released new single ‘Filthy’ last week. His new album, ‘Man Of The Woods’, is out on 2 Feb. That’ll coincide nicely with his Super Bowl half time show performance on 4 Feb.

• Kendrick Lamar and SZA have released ‘All The Stars’, taken from ‘Black Panther: The Album’. Co-produced by Lamar and Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Tiffith, the compilation is a spin-off from upcoming movie, ‘Black Panther’.

• AJ Tracey has released the video for ‘Alakazam’, featuring JME and Denzel Curry.

• Dream Wife have released new single, ‘Hey Heartbreaker’. Their debut album is due out on 26 Jan.

• Steve Mac has been named the BRIT Awards’ Best British Producer 2018. He has worked with artists including Ed Sheeran, Liam Payne, Rita Ora and Pink. “I feel truly humbled to receive this prestigious award”, he says.

• The Gallagher brothers’ Christmas truce is over. “Fuck the truce”, says Liam.

• Check out our weekly Spotify playlist of new music featured in the CMU Daily – updated every Friday.



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