09 DECEMBER 2019 (TORONTO, ON) - World-renowned composer Max Richter is expanding his relationship with Universal Music Group via a unique new agreement with two of its historic record labels. It will see future albums released through the London-based Decca Records Group (where he is already signed to Decca Publishing) under the imprint ‘Studio Richter’ and provides for a continuation of his seven-year partnership with Deutsche Grammophon. Through such pioneering DG albums as SLEEP, The Blue Notebooks, Vivaldi Recomposed, Infra and Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works, Max Richter has also surpassed a major milestone: 1 billion streams and 1 million album sales. This highlights his enduring appeal as one of today’s most in-demand and most-streamed artists, as both performer and composer.

Rebecca Allen, President of Decca Records Group, says: “The Decca Label Group are incredibly excited and proud to be partnering up with Max and his Studio Richter team, helping to strategise, amplify and visualise his future music projects globally. Like Max, we have always strived to break down genre boundaries, and with this exciting new partnership, we feel empowered and ambitious to bring new audiences into the ongoing Richter journey.”

Dr Clemens Trautmann, President Deutsche Grammophon, comments: “Max Richter remains the pioneer of new, artistically credible repertoire at Deutsche Grammophon that draws inspiration from the classical and avant-garde music tradition as well as from electronica, minimal and ambient music. We are privileged to continue our successful partnership well into the future with a series of recordings, audiovisual projects and catalogue curation, building on more than one million albums sold. As a collaborative effort within Universal Music Group on both Max’s recording and publishing activities, DG will ensure his work continues to excite and move an increasing global audience.”

Richter’s most recent release is the soundtrack album for sci‑fi blockbuster Ad Astra, directed by James Gray and starring Brad Pitt. As well as strings, electronics and vocals, Richter’s score incorporates material derived from data sent back by the NASA Voyager probes. And, released two weeks earlier, the 33-track edition Voyager: Essential Max Richter juxtaposes music from his iconic solo projects with his favorite film scores and includes two previously unheard SLEEP tracks.

SLEEP has also inspired the making of a fascinating and immersive 90-minute documentary. The world premiere of Max Richter’s Sleep, which tells the story of this landmark work by focusing on an epic eight-hour performance given in central Los Angeles, took place on 21 November at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Directed by Natalie Johns, the film explores Richter’s work and artistic process, following him in the lead-up to the LA event. Further festival invitations and screenings as well as the worldwide video distribution through Eagle Rock will convey the fascinating story of SLEEP to an ever-growing audience.

Max Richter’s live performances next year include major concerts at the Barbican in London (17/18 February) and Paris Philharmonie (8 May).


03 December 2019 (Toronto, ON) - Today chart-topping rapper NF releases the “Paid My Dues” song and video through Capitol Records / Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.  NF will embark on the second leg of The Search Tour in Spring 2020, beginning with SOLD OUT European dates and then returning to North America for an additional 28 shows. The North American run kicks off April 9 in Little Rock, AR and runs through major North American markets in Chicago, New York, Boston, Los Angeles and more - wrapping May 18 in San Diego, CA. See below for full itinerary.

In August, NF topped the Billboard charts with The Search, with another #1 album. Released on NF Real Music/Caroline, The Search sold 130,000 equivalent album units, and now boasts more than 723 million global streams to date.

The Search marks the rapper’s second consecutive album to land at number one on the Billboard Top 200, following 2017’s multi-platinum certified Perception. NF surprised the industry with Perception’s success, and he proved his place atop the music industry with The Search - selling more than double his previous chart-topping album.

Operating from outside of the system and against all odds, NF quietly and unassumingly ascended to the forefront of modern hip-hop on his own terms. Forbes noted “NF’s success speaks to what can be done these days outside of the traditional system.”

APR 09: North Little Rock, AR -- Verizon Arena
APR 10: Tulsa, OK -- Brady Theater
APR 11: Saint Louis, MO -- Chaifetz Arena
APR 13: Indianapolis, IN -- Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
APR 14: Indianapolis, IN -- Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
APR 16: Milwaukee, WI -- Eagles Ballroom
APR 17: Chicago, IL -- Aragon Ballroom
APR 18: Buffalo, NY -- RiverWorks
APR 20: New York, NY -- Hammerstein Ballroom – SOLD OUT
APR 21: Boston, MA -- Agganis Arena
APR 22: Montreal, QC – MTELUS - SOLD OUT
APR 24: Toronto, ON – REBEL - SOLD OUT
APR 26: Baltimore, MD -- MECU Pavilion
APR 28: Greensboro, NC -- Greensboro Special Events Center
APR 29: Greenville, SC -- Bon Secours Wellness Arena
MAY 01: Tampa, FL -- Yuengling Center
MAY 02: Jacksonville, FL -- Daily's Place
MAY 03: Atlanta, GA -- Coca-Cola Roxy
MAY 05: Huntsville, AL -- Von Braun Center Arena
MAY 07: Cincinnati, OH  -- PNC Pavilion
MAY 08: Cleveland, OH  -- Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
MAY 10: Park City, KS -- Hartman Arena
MAY 11: Omaha, NE -- Baxter Arena
MAY 12: Kansas City, MO -- Starlight Amphitheatre
MAY 15: Las Vegas, NV -- The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas - The Chelsea
MAY 16: San Francisco, CA -- Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
MAY 17: Los Angeles, CA -- Greek Theatre
MAY 18: San Diego, CA -- Petco Park

MAR 01: Cologne, DE – Cologne Palladium -- SOLD OUT
MAR 02: Berlin, DE – Huxley’s - SOLD OUT
MAR 03: Hamburg, DE – Docks -- SOLD OUT
MAR 05: Frankfurt, DE – Batschkapp -- SOLD OUT
MAR 06: Munich, DE – Tonhalle -- SOLD OUT
MAR 08: Brussels, BE – AB Main Hall -- SOLD OUT
MAR 09: Paris, FR – Elysée Montmarte - SOLD OUT
MAR 10: Amsterdam, NE – Melkweg -- SOLD OUT
MAR 12: Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz -- SOLD OUT
MAR 13: Bristol, UK – O2 Academy -- SOLD OUT
MAR 14: Leeds, UK – O2 Academy - SOLD OUT
MAR 16: Glasgow, UK – SWG3 - SOLD OUT
MAR 18: Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute -- SOLD OUT
MAR 19: London, UK – Roundhouse -- SOLD OUT

His knack for personal lyricism over melodramatic production makes his latest album, The Search, an impactful listening experience and validation for the aforementioned comparison.” – HipHopDX

“NF’s technical skills are so dazzling that listeners might need multiple listens to register that emotion” – Billboard
“He pays careful attention to his lyricism and the production is well-crafted throughout, making his fourth album an impressive one.” – Hot New Hip Hop

“NF, a rapper who’s here to unpack his guilt and regret in rapid-fire lyrical outbursts.” – Stereogum

Photo credit: Jon Taylor Sweet

Anyone can be homeless
Anyone can make a difference

02 December 2019 (Toronto, ON) – Today, Duff McKagan has released a new video for the track "Cold Outside” via UMe/Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company. The video addresses the growing homeless crisis facing the U.S. and is being released on “Giving Tuesday”.  The release coincides with a Propeller campaign that benefits Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission.

The video was designed to help raise awareness and support during the holiday season for the Mission and their work to provide emergency care and long-term recovery services to the hurting and homeless people in the greater Seattle area.

"Cold Outside" was featured on Duff McKagan’s new solo album Tenderness (UMe) released earlier this year. The album was produced by and features recent Grammy winner Shooter Jennings.

“In my early days I was in similar situations” recalls Duff McKagan, “so I know what it’s like to not have anyone to turn to and sometimes need a helping hand to get back on my feet. I know many know others in need” Duff continues, “and I am hoping that, if we come together, we can help make a real difference.”

Duff McKagan has given much of his own time to this campaign and has donated memorabilia as part of the Propeller campaign with all proceeds going to Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission.

Through the Propeller platform, fans will be able to earn points as they “take action” by volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission, donating to the Mission, sharing the campaign info on social media to help spread the word, and buying donated memorabilia. Items include a signed Litho, a signed Tenderness Deluxe LP, as well as a Tenderness U.S. Tour t-shirt, wristbands and more.

All donations made on Tuesday, December 3rd will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $60,000) by an anonymous donor.

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02 DECEMBER 2019 (TORONTO, ON) - Today, Katy Perry shared her first music video for the holidays – “Cozy Little Christmas”. The song is now available at all DSPs after being released last year as an Amazon Original. “Cozy Little Christmas” claimed the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart in December 2018.

On “Cozy Little Christmas”, Katy sings about her favorite time of year, reflecting on a holiday season spent with family in Denmark. She co-wrote and co-produced the track with Greg Wells, who produced “Waking Up In Vegas,” and Ferras Alqaisi, who co-wrote several songs on  WITNESS.

People said, “Bust out the mistletoe and pour a cup of eggnog – now that Katy Perry has released a Christmas ditty, the holiday season  has officially begun.” MTV noted, “this festive little tune will be a crowd-pleaser all around.” Idolator observed, “the perky bop is as irreverent and fun as you would expect…It also boasts the kind of sing-along chorus that gets stuck in  your head from the first listen.”

Over the past six months, Katy has released a trio of new songs – “Harleys in Hawaii”,  “Small Talk”, and the Gold-certified hit “Never Really Over”. Billboard declared, “the Katy Perry Renaissance…is here, undeniably and spectacularly…Perry is making her most exciting music in years, and within the span of a few months, she has completely shifted expectations for her next project among pop junkies.”

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