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INT’L SONGWRITING SUMMIT COMES TO LONDON

The International Songwriting Summit, which takes place alongside MUSEXPO Europe on Monday, June 29 in London, England, has already confirmed a stellar lineup of participants who will partake in this day-long global creative song forum.

The event, which is being organized in cooperation with AMV-Talpa Germany’s Jens-Markus Wegener and Tom Nevermann, Phrased Differently’s Hiten Bharadia, A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla and MUSEXPO Europe’s Ajax Scott, will bring together some top creative minds to focus on the creative and commercial aspects of songwriting in an ever-changing global music industry. In addition, the team of round-tables will also embark on a creative songwriting mission. The event will take place in partnership with MUSEXPO Europe 2009.

Already confirmed to participate are Jason Flom, President, Lava Records; Steve Schnur, Worldwide Head of Music & Marketing, EA Games; Jochen Schuster, A&R, Universal (Germany); Jimmy Steal, VP Programming, Hot 97 New York & Power 106 Los Angeles; Ken Ogihara, A&R, Sony Music Europe; Pia Sjoberg, Chrysalis, Scandinavia; Steve Knill, President, The Radiate Group; Jörn Braun, Head of Music, RTL (Germany); Manfred Zahringer, President, Iceberg Music Publishing (Denmark), Magnus Osterwall, Managing Director, Good Songs Publishing (Denmark); Tom Scherer, MD, BMG Germany; Tracey Fox, Good Groove, UK; writer Sasha Skarbek; Reynold D’Silva, Managing Director, Silva Screen and partner S1 Songs; Annette Barrett, A&R, Reverb; Myles Keller, Int’l, PRS for Music; writer Alan Glass; FM Production’s Peter Ries; Marc Mozart, MD, Mozart & Friends; artist Jessie (formerly known as Jessie J); writer Jukka Immonen; writer Wayne Hector; Bjoern Teske, A&R, Sony Music (Germany); Seven Webster, MD, A7 Music; Deville Schober, Managing Director, Brainstorm (France & Germany); Tanya Crouch, VP, Roy Orbison Songs and many others will participate in this precursor to the official kickoff of MUSEXPO Europe.

The Int’l Songwriting Summit will finalize all participants from this event in the coming days. Songwriters, publishers, A&R, synch, managers, producers and creative-minded lawyers wishing to be considered to participate should email info@anrworldwide.com (no later than Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009). Formal registration details will be sent upon your acceptance.



SWEDEN’S LAZEE SECURES GLOBAL DEALS

Hotly tipped Stockholm, Sweden-based artist Lazee has just secured multi-territory details in recent weeks including recently signing with Tom Bohne, Managing Director, Universal, Germany for the G/S/A territories. The talented Swede has also managed to secure deals with Ministry of Sound in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, as well as with Avex in Japan, France’s Scorpio label, South Africa’s Just Music and Sony Music in Scandinavia. Lazee’s manager Kabiru Bello tells A&R Worldwide he is also in the midst of discussing a N. American deal with a US major after their recent visit to Los Angeles.

Lazee is one of a number of Swedes that have been garnering global interest and is hot on the heels of acts such as Mike Snow aka Bloodshy, who secured a deal with Josh Deutsch’s Downtown label in the US earlier this year and recent MUSEXPO LA performer Adam Tensta, who is negotiating his deal with Interscope.

Lazee’s anthem “Hold On” is also translating well into the UK market with strong support from the likes of Mista Jam (BBC Radio 1 and 1xtra), Pioneer (KISS FM), Master Stepz (Choice-FM), Steve Sutherland (Galaxy FM), Trevor Nelson (BBC Radio 1) and many others. The video for the song, which was shot on location in Japan, has received over a million YouTube hits in Sweden alone.

“Hold On” will be Lazee’s first single from the upcoming album and is scheduled to be released in the UK (first country to be releasing the single), Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Japan; he will embark on a promotional tour in mid-July to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Lazee who has also won a Swedish Grammis (US equivalent to the Grammy), is poised for global success with his latest effort. For more information contact Kabiru Bello at bello@fantabolous.se.



ARTIST UPDATES AT SUPERVISION MANAGEMENT

Los Angeles-based act Music Go Music (www.myspace.com/musicgomusic), managed by Paul Everett and James Sandom at SuperVision, signed both recording and publishing deals in the past few weeks. The band has signed with Paul Adam at Mercury Records ex-North America and Japan. In North America the band is signed to Secretly Canadian. The band’s publishing has also been signed ex-North America to Frank Tope at Universal Music Publishing. Music Go Music will release a 12” vinyl-only of “Warm in the Shadows” over the summer and are working toward the release of their debut album (which is complete) later in 2009.

The Cribs (www.myspace.com/thecribs) have re-signed with Wichita Recordings for the world ex-North America after a brief stint on Warner Bros. outside the UK. The band’s fourth album, and first with new guitarist Johnny Marr (ex-Smiths), is set for a September release worldwide through Wichita/Co-Op and Warner Bros. in North America only. The band is currently mixing the album with Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Public Image Limited, Nick Cave).

Former A&R Worldwide premiered act Howling Bells (www.howlingbells.net) is currently on the road in USA with the Coldplay and have signed a North American recording deal with Nettwerk. The label is gearing up for a late summer release of the band's acclaimed second album, Radio Wars. Aside from US dates with Coldplay, Howling Bells will play European Festivals this summer including Hultsfred (Sweden), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Reading and Leeds (UK), as well as a show in London’s Hyde Park with The Killers.



THE GREAT ESCAPE 2009 IN REVIEW

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The 4th annual Great Escape conference event and music festival concluded on Saturday, May 16 in Brighton, England after three days of artist performances and a variety of conference topics. The event, which showcased over 400 acts from the UK and overseas, saw Brighton truly rocking, as thousands of music fans and industry professionals descended on the south coast to witness both fresh and established talent performing at over 34 venues spread across the city.

Some of the highlights included local bands The Pipettes, The Maccabees and British Sea Power playing triumphant home town sets, while Aussie acts The Temper Trap and Yves Klein Blue were well received, as well as Phase Five New Zealand’s showcase acts including the ultra-talented Bang Bang Eche. In addition, Kissy Sell Out’s rock n rave at Red Stripe’s Concorde 2, Miccachu And The Shapes’ frenetic art pop, Fan Death’s synth-stirrings, The New Wine’s psychedelic wig-outs at Gaymers’ Hector’s House venue, The Vivian Girls’ heads-down rock ‘n’ roll, Hockey’s indie-cool and Noah & The Whale’s folkish charm proved pleasing, too. Big hitters waded in with Evan Dando’s solo set at Topman CTRL’s Digital, Gang of Four’s incendiary guitar salvos on the MOJO stage, The Charlatans’ crowd-pleasing, hit-packed show as part of the Road to V activity and Kasabian, who delivered stadium-sized bombast in the relatively intimate surrounds of the Brighton Dome hosted by NME. Music fans were also treated to a series of off the cuff Relentless Street Gigs and several surprise guests, climaxing with a road-block appearance from Babyshambles.



GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…

Rapper Jay-Z is said to be very close to finalizing a deal with Epic Records in which his Roc Nation label will partner with Sony. Jay-Z recently parted company with Def Jam and his deal with Sony Music is almost complete. Ironically, it was Epic UK President Nick Raphael who co-signed Jay-Z to his first major label deal back in the mid-90s. Jay-Z already has multiple links to Sony and his first release with the label will be forthcoming studio full-length The Blueprint 3.

Imagem Music Managing Director Tim Smith tells A&R Worldwide they have inked well-known producer and songwriter Guy Sigsworth to a publishing deal. Sigsworth is known for his work with Madonna, Björk, Annie Lennox, Robyn, Britney Spears, Seal and many others. Look for Imagem Music to also announce a publishing deal with an A&R Worldwide-featured act from Australia in the coming days.

British singer Imogen Heap has just finished recording her brand-new studio album. Heap’s new album will be released via Epic in the UK according to her manager Mark Wood, who also tells A&R Worldwide that most of the album was recorded at Heap’s home studio just outside of London and sounds spectacular.

Strictly Confidential has announced the signing of Simon Duffy’s Tri-Tone Music, whose discoveries have included The Coral and Simian, as well as developing Twisted Nerve, Invicta, Hi-Fi and Deltasonic. Strictly’s Brussel headquarters has also completed deals with frYars (aka Ben Garrett), for whom Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan provided backing vocals on the single “Visitors,” 19 year-old Austrian Soap & Skin and the Belgian chart-topping band Ghinzu. Also, the French office of Strictly Confidential has announced deals with Elodie Frege and Zahra Hindi.

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Katherine Liner (www.myspace.com/katherineliner) has signed a co-publishing deal with Primary Wave Music Publishing. The deal was brokered by Liner’s attorney Ben McLane.

London, England-based act DND has inked a sub-publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music Holland. The deal covers the world excluding UK/Eire, G/S/A, Brazil, US and Canada.

Didiom has announced the signing of a deal with finetunes-solutions and A-Train. The free mobile service from Didiom allows users to stream songs, playlists and podcasts from their home computer to their phone over the air, and also to buy new music from its MP3 Store. Users can also bid on more than 1.5 million songs. Ran Assaf, CEO Didiom says, “A-Train and finetunes-solutions share our entrepreneurial spirit and passion for indie music, which now accounts for almost 40 percent of digital music sales in the US.” Finetunes-solutions is a German aggregator whose artists include Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Chet Baker and Bill Evans. Meanwhile, A-Train Entertainment’s 10,000 tracks include songs from artists such as Bebel Gilberto, Al Stewart, Richard Thompson and others.

Dada Entertainment announced it has moved to its new offices, which are located at 11 West 42nd Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10036. Phone number is 646.217.0458.



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