Other notable announcements and developments today…
• LA-based artist management firm Deckstar has merged with the London-based James Grant Group, which currently reps music clients via its James Grant Music and Hall Or Nothing divisions, as well as providing legal, finance and marketing services to sport and entertainment types on both sides of the Atlantic.
• Well, that didn’t last long. Drake has already beaten Ed Sheeran’s new first day streaming records on Spotify. His ‘More Life’ album scored 61.3 million plays on its first day (Ed got just 56.7 million), while his catalogue as a whole got 76.4 million plays on the same day (beating Ed’s pitiful 68.7 million). On Apple Music, meanwhile, ‘More Life’ got 89.9 million first day plays, which you may have noticed is more than on Spotify.
• Ed Sheeran is releasing his comedy Irish rap ‘Galway Girl’ as his next single. I mean, what does it matter now that every track on his new album has already charted? He can just put out any old nonsense. And, indeed, he is. Here’s the lyric video.
• James Blake has released a video for ‘My Willing Heart’, taken from his ‘The Colour In Anything’ album. It’s got Natalie Portman in it.
• Having recently signed to Play It Again Sam, Public Service Broadcasting seemingly reckon now is a good time to announce a new album. I guess it is. They’ll release ‘Every Valley’ on 7 Jul.
• London Grammar are claiming that they’re playing a few shows next month. They say the dates will be at Oran Mor in Glasgow on 3 Apr, Birmingham’s Town Hall on 4 Apr, and then the Hackney Round Chapel in London on 6 Apr. Tickets will be sold this Friday to people who have pre-registered via their website.
• Johnny Flynn will play The Roundhouse in London on 17 Oct. His new album, ‘Sillion’, is out this Friday.[from http://ift.tt/2lvivLP]