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CAPRA INKS MULTI-ALBUM DEAL WITH HOLLYWOOD RECORDS



Multi-talented Los Angeles-based rock band Capra has secured a multi-album deal with Hollywood Records President Bob Cavallo. The band, which has garnered strong development support and consultation from A&R Worldwide for the past two years, is currently in the studio writing and recording their debut album for Hollywood Records. Capra secured a global publishing deal last year with publisher PMP, which was facilitated through the efforts of A&R Worldwide. In addition, A&R Worldwide was instrumental in the band securing international management with Andre Recke, Founder, Boo Management (Hilary Duff, Nikka Costa), who helped bring the group to Hollywood Records.

Recke tells A&R Worldwide, “Hollywood Records was the perfect home for Capra and I’m looking forward to continuing the success we had in the past together. 2010 will be the Capra year!”

Sat Bisla, Founder, A&R Worldwide commented, “We’re very excited for Capra to be working with Hollywood Records and Andre Recke--they are a fantastic team. We know Capra will garner strong international success with their captivating songs, electrifying live performance and stellar attitude. I’d also like to thank the entire A&R Worldwide staff for supporting and believing in Capra for the past couple of years. We’re stoked to see what the future holds for Capra--we’re very confident it will be bright.”

Capra’s Michael Johnson added, “We are very excited to have signed with Hollywood Records. The five of us have been influenced by the imagination and creativity of Disney companies for most of our lives and we hope to keep that alive through our records, performances and everything in between. We have great respect for Hollywood’s position in this ever-changing industry and we hope to keep pushing the limits of what we are and never stop surprising ourselves and our fans with their support.”

Capra is currently writing and recording in the studio in Los Angeles and working with Hollywood Records A&R executive Matt Harris and the label team. The five-piece is fronted by singer Kelly Blatz (star of the successful new Disney XD TV show “Aaron Stone”). For more information, log on to www.myspace.com/capramusic.


DEAD LETTER CIRCUS SECURE BOOKING & LABEL DEAL



Queensland, Australia band Dead Letter Circus is continuing to generate significant US and global interest and support in the wake of their MUSEXPO LA showcase back in April of this year. The band has just signed a major label deal with Warner Music Australia and New Zealand. The deal was signed with Ed St. John at Warner Music Australia last week and strong interest from other Warner partners has followed in markets outside of Australia.

In addition, Dead Letter Circus has just secured booking in N. America with CAA’s David Klein. The band is also in talks with majors on both sides of the Pacific including talks with senior executives in Los Angeles and New York. In fact, one West Coast-based major has helped get the group in the studio with renowned producer David Bottrill. Dead Letter Circus scheduled to hit the road in Australia and N. America in the coming months. Serious talks with a number of majors continue and deals are said to be imminent. Dead Letter Circus is managed by Jim McKinnon. For more information, log on to www.deadlettercircus.com.


A&R WORLDWIDE TO LAUNCH GLOBAL INDIA INITIATIVE




A&R Worldwide is proud to announce that it will be spearheading a global initiative that will unite the creative mindsets from music, media, technology and Bollywood through a networking and mentorship collective which will be unveiled in the coming weeks. The initiative will see A&R Worldwide bringing together influencers throughout India and the rest of the world who have ties and vested interests with this country’s music, technology, media and film industries to be a part of a creative and commercially-minded platform.

Bob Bisla, COO, A&R Worldwide stated, “With our Founder Sat Bisla and I having strong British-Indian family roots and strong ties to India it was only logical for us to bring together our vast worldwide relationships who work closely with or within India. India is one of the world’s most rapidly developing economic power-houses and with A&R Worldwide’s unique insight and relationships with Indians around the world and within India we feel this new creative and commercial platform will secure some great opportunities within the music and creative space for these collective mindsets. We look forward to rolling out our first communication on this new initiative next month.”

TWO OF 21 INDIAN TIGERS: Enjoying some chai tea in Mumbai are Sat Bisla (President/Founder, A&R Worldwide & MUSEXPO) and Jitin Abraham (Managing Director, 21 Tigers).

IN THE STUDIO IN MUMBAI: Hanging out with one of India’s most export-ready rock acts, Pentagram, are A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla and (far left) Vijay Nair (Founder, Only Much Louder, India).

ON THE CUSP OF THE ARABIAN SEA are Phase 1 Events Founder Oum Pradutt (left) and A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla.

LOOKING LIKE A JALEBI CARTEL (l-r) are Neeraj Jaitly (Managing Partner, Acendo Capital, India), Sat Bisla, Sunaman Sood (Managing Partner, Acendo Capital, India), Rishi Shah (Publisher & CEO, Rave Magazine, India), Vikram Shankar (Partner, A&A India) and Dugra Jasraj (Director, A&A, India).

A SIGN OF THE TIMES: Preparing for some “galab jamun” at the Times Group of India headquarters in Mumbai are (l-r) Monika Patki (Manager, International Sales/Licensing/Digital, Times Music, India) and Adarsh Gupta (CEO, Times Music, India).

STAYING DRY FROM THE MONSOON RAINS in Mumbai are Sat Bisla and Sudhir Shreedharan (Editor-In-Chief, Indian Music Industry).

FEELING LIKE SOME VINDALOO (l-r) are Vijay Nair, Jitin Abraham, Sat Bisla and the Indian “mack-daddy” Atul Churamani (VP A&R, Publishing & New Media, Saregama India Limited).


OBAMA MOBILE & NEW MEDIA VETERANS LAUNCH NEW COMPANY




Mobile communications and new media veterans from President Obama’s campaign have launched a new company - Revolution Messaging, LLC. Revolution Messaging will provide a portfolio of mobile communications, social media and lifestyle marketing services to progressive and non-profit clientele. Revolution Messaging is staffed by veterans of digital outreach, grassroots organizing, new media consulting and fundraising:

The new company is founded by Scott Goodstein. who was External Online Director for Obama for America and developed its social networking platforms. He built the campaign’s lifestyle marketing strategy and developed the “street team” materials used in battleground states. Goodstein also created and implemented Obama Mobile, an advanced communication strategy that included text messaging, downloads, interactive voice response communication, a mobile web site (WAP), and even an iPhone application.

Goodstein is joined by Doug Busk, Keegan Goudiss and James Hupp, who all bring a wealth of experience to the new company.

When asked about the creation of Revolution Messaging, founder Scott Goodstein tells A&R Worldwide, “Thomas Jefferson clearly stated that every generation needs a new revolution. I believe, for us, that a revolution is happening through social media and mobile communications. It’s time for us to better adapt and organize using these evolving technologies”


SHYMANSKY SCORES NO.1 UK ALBUM WTH LA ROUX



The always shy and unassuming Nick Shymansky, A&R Director, Polydor Records has something to smile about thanks to the success of his signing La Roux (real name Elly Jackson), who has recently enjoyed the coveted No.1 spot on the UK album sales charts with her debut album, Bulletproof. La Roux has not only enjoyed success with her album in the UK but is also beginning to make strong inroads internationally, including the US.

A lot has happened since Shymansky sent us the early La Roux demos last year. Shymansky, who originally signed Amy Winehouse and helped A&R her first album, has been working on La Roux for the past year with fellow Polydor A&R comrade Seb Chew (Klaxons). Management of La Roux has been overseen by the never too shy Jazz Summers and rather shy Tony Beard (Big Life Management).

With strong support from key tastemaker platforms and influencers in the US including Jimmy Steal, VP Programming, Emmis (Power 106 Los Angeles and Hot 97 New York), Bruce Warren (GM/Program Director, WXPN Philadelphia), Aaron Axelsen (APD/Music Director, KITS “Live 105” San Francisco) and support from iTunes’ Alex Luke and Yahoo!’s John Lenac and many others (including national US TV appearances), La Roux is poised to become one of the UK’s strongest new musical exports to the US this year. Her fan base seems to have no borders and the music is resonating across all musical tastes and formats. La Roux takes the stage in Southern California this Friday at her sold-out show at The Troubadour in West Hollywood.

For more information, log on to www.myspace.com/larouxuk.


UK’S TWO SPOT GOBI GOES THE D.I.Y. ROUTE IN THE USA



Brighton, UK alternative-soul sextet Two Spot Gobi continues to make major headway in true independent spirit. As the support band for Jason Mraz during his European tour dates they have performed in front of sold-out audiences from Portugal to London, while even rocking the Greek Theatres in San Diego, Los Angeles and Berkeley. Now with worldwide digital distribution rights in place through MusiK1 for their freshman release, Everywhere You Should Have Been (which reached the “What’s Hot” section of the iTunes home page this past April), the band’s exposure is continuing to build.

MusiK1 took the non-traditional route of promoting Two Spot Gobi’s clever music video for “Sunshine Lady” before going to radio. The response has been strong according to band management, gaining main music video features on such sites as AllMusic.com, Billboard.com, SingingFool.com, and even Yahoo! Music. Emerging music video cable channel LATV, which is now in 30+ markets nationwide, added the video in two of their most popular programs. Between both background music video providers, Channel M and Screenplay have added the video into Macy’s, Nordstrom, Steve Madden and over 300+ bars, night clubs, casinos, resorts, cruise ships, hotels, restaurants, retailers and other nightlife establishments nationwide. The video was also added to Sony Bravia’s on-demand music video channel last month, while airline AirAustral added it to their in-flight programming for this coming August.

Two Spot Gobi is currently in Southern California until August 19th, where they will be recording their sophomore record at Jason Mraz’ studio. The band is currently available for signing, licensing, publishing and booking in multiple markets. For more information contact manager Josh East at josh@musik1.net.


A&R EXECUTIVE SHUFFLE



There have been a slew of A&R changes on both sides of the Atlantic in the past couple of months including Scott Graves exiting Epic and Steve Ralbovsky leaving Canvasback. Atlantic A&R reps Shani Gonzalesand Steve Owens exit while Joe Augustine parts company with Hybrid. Eddie Weathers and Eric Spec both exit Island Records in New York City. Over at EMI, Mike Bailey leaves Manhattan while Gabriella Cudjoe has left Music World. Over in the UK, both Valerie Gross and Oliver Warzola part company with Decca, John Leahy exits Domino and Ricardo Fernandez exits Sony to join Geffen. Josh Sarubin joins Virgin and Kevin Carvell joins A&M/Octone as West Coast A&R. Lorne Behrman joins Razor & Tie, Jeff Sledge joins Battery, Lisa Ramsey joins Sony Music in Nashville and Samantha Rosenman is added to the A&R team at Music World.

To order the latest edition of the July/August 2009 A&R Registry, please contact Ritch Esra at 800-377-7411 or 818-995-7458, or email him at info@musicregistry.com.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Hotly tipped New Zealand A&R buzz band Kids of 88 are in close talks with a number of majors and independents across the globe. The duo is currently enjoying success with its hit single, “My House,” which has been atop the New Zealand airplay charts and is currently Gold there. The band is managed by Auckland-based Ashley Page.

Roadrunner Director A&R Mike Gitter has parted ways with the company. He'd been with them since 1997 and had signed the acts Killswitch Engage, Dragonforce, Cradle of Filth, Hatebreed, Black Label Society, Opeth and 3 Inches of Blood, among many others.

David Mortimer-Hawkins has left his position as A&R at Universal Sweden and joined Sony Music Entertainment (AB) as A&R Manager. During his time at Universal Mortimer-Hawkins signed Dead By April, Lisa Miskovsky and Anna Ternheim to name a few. Mortimer-Hawkins tells A&R Worldwide he looks forward to signing some great new acts to the Sony family.

The UK-based Edge Group announced recently that it has appointed Sanjay Wadhwani to help drive a significant expansion of its media investment businesses. Sanjay joins from Ingenious Media, where during nine years he was instrumental in building their corporate finance and venture capital businesses.

MySpace has announced that Rebekah Horne, who was most recently the General Manager of MySpace Europe and Australia, will be the new Managing Director and Sr. Vice President of MySpace’s International Operations. Horne replaces Travis Katz.

The FastTrack Board of Directors has named BMI (United States) President and CEO Del Bryant as its new Chairperson, succeeding outgoing Chair Prof. Dr. Jürgen Becker of the German Collecting Society GEMA. SABAM’s Christophe Depreter, who was officially named as Director General of the Belgian society on July 1st, was named Vice-Chair and succeeds SOCAN’s (Canada) Chief Executive André LeBel in this post. The decision was made during the association’s meeting at the recent CISAC World Copyright Summit in Washington, D.C.

Albert’s Music A&R Director Danny Keenan has left the Australian-based independent after serving the company for a number of years. His signings include Skybombers, who are managed in the US by Gold Mountain co-Founder Ron Stone. The ultra-talented Keenan is currently discussing new opportunities and can be reached at danny@fur.com.au.

Former EMI Music Publishing UK veteran Kenny McGoff is enjoying his new role as A&R across the Sony Music Entertainment Group in the UK. McGoff is not only working on A&R projects with the various labels in the group but is also spearheading the company’s new boutique music publishing operation with support from COO Paul Curran. New signings at the Sony Music Entertainment headquarters for the UK in London include Dansette Junior, The Kanyutree, Ruby Gore and Daisy Dozure.

Bill McGathy has done a joint management venture with Australian rock act Airbourne for the US and Canada only. The band is managed worldwide by Australian-based manager Gregg Donovan.

Anders Hellman has directed a phenomenal animated video for the song “Whizz Kids” by hotly tipped Swedish electro act The Amplifetes. The band is tipped by A&R Worldwide to be a big breakthrough act for 2010 on the global music scene; they are A&R’d by Ken Ogihara.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Jim Guerinot, Christian Tattersfield, George Ash, Ron St. Germain, Alex Jones Donelly, David Vodicka, Reynold D’Silva, Jeff Haddad, Ben Gordon, Hassan Choudhury, Daniel Lieberberg, Anders Johansson, Naoki Shimizu, Ian Rogers and Marc Geiger.