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Christian Tattersfield
Warner Music Group has named Christian Tattersfield, Founder 14th Floor Records, as its new Chairman/CEO of Warner Bros. UK. Tattersfield replaces former Warner Bros. UK Managing Director Korda Marshall, who left his post to relaunch the independent Infectious Records.

Under his new role Tattersfield will assume responsibility for all of Warner Music’s labels in the UK, including Warner Bros. Records, Atlantic and Rhino. He will also oversee the development of emerging local talent, coordinating campaigns for the label’s international artists, devising cross-label strategies to strengthen Warner Music UK’s artist services offer and will help build the company’s digital strategies and activities. Tattersfield will report to Warner Music Europe chairman John Reid in the new role.

Meanwhile, Atlantic Records UK President Max Lousada has been promoted to Chairman of Atlantic UK.

Reid stated, “I’m delighted to announce Christian’s appointment to this pivotal role, and to be placing our UK business under such capable leadership. His unrivalled A&R vision, creative marketing instincts and commitment to his artists has resulted in some of the most extraordinary success stories of recent years, notable both for their critical acclaim as well as their popularity.”

Warner Music Group Vice Chairman Lyor Cohen commented, “Christian is that rare executive who combines incredible creative instincts with real understanding of today’s music business. By consistently and passionately putting artists first, he has established an impressive track record of artist development that makes him an exceptional fit for Warner Music. I am confident Christian’s addition to the team positions us to build on those foundations and grow our business in this important market.”

Tattersfield stated, “A&R has been at the heart of each label I have founded so I am excited to be joining a company whose rich musical heritage is matched only by its continued commitment to artistic excellence. I look forward to working with the talented team at Warner Music UK to cement its position as the first-choice destination for artists looking to build successful and enduring careers.”

Tattersfield started his career in music at London Records in 1990 and has been responsible for signing and/or developing artists like David Gray, Damien Rice, Ray LaMontagne and Biffy Clyro. In 1997 he moved to BMG where he founded the NorthWestSide label, whose signings included Jay-Z, Another Level and N Sync. Tattersfield launched 14th Floor in 2002.


Nic Harcourt
A&R Worldwide is pleased to announce that it has formed a creative partnership with world-renowned music tastemaker and influencer Nic Harcourt. Under this alliance Harcourt will be working closely with A&R Worldwide Founder Sat Bisla on a multitude of creative platforms that will enable Harcourt to utilize his experience in broadcasting and music supervision in assisting global entities on multiple fronts within the US and around the world. In addition to working with A&R Worldwide on the creative front, Harcourt will also be writing a regular monthly editorial on new music that he is passionate about in the A&R Worldwide newsletter, which has a subscription list of more than 10,000 weekly readers around the globe.

Nic Harcourt says, “Sat Bisla has been at the forefront of new music discovery and finding ways to have that music exposed to a wider audience for almost two decades.” Harcourt added, “I'm honored to be joining his team to help further the passion that we both share.”

Sat Bisla adds, “Nic and I have been friends for over 15 years [since he was Music Director at WDST Woodstock] and he has constantly shown sincere passion for all things music. Having Nic working closely with A&R Worldwide’s creative team will be a great asset to the international community with which we work with on a daily basis. I, like so many around the world, have admired Nic’s passion, as well as his ability to inspire the worldwide music and creative markets. A&R Worldwide very much looks forward to breaking new creative boundaries with Nic in the coming months.”

Nic’s tastemaking abilities rose to the forefront during his decade-long tenure as host of “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” a three-hour weekday morning forum that introduced his fanatical fan base to the hippest new sounds from around the globe (including such then-unknown acts as Dido, Coldplay, Norah Jones, David Gray, Keane, Corinne Bailey Rae and Interpol, among many others). In 2009 Nic was named Editor at Large, Music & Culture for LA magazine, the monthly Sunday magazine of the Los Angeles Times.

Together A&R Worldwide and Nic Harcourt will be able share their passion, vision and expertise for emerging music from the four corners of the earth. Through their aptitude for early discovery and their media relationships in the music and film/TV industries, their timely exposure will be able to launch those hidden gems to new heights, exciting an eager worldwide network.


MUSEXPO ASIA PACIFIC will take place October 16-18 at the One Movement for Music (OMFM) event in Perth, Australia. The event will bring together industry leaders, artists and fans alike and will be one of the most important and groundbreaking events to impact the Asia Pacific market in decades for those who are serious about doing business in this part of the world--now and for many years to come. Asia Pacific is one of the most rapidly growing economies and music markets in the world.

One Movement for Music Perth is a pioneering music industry conference and showcasing event which will bring together many thousands of music fans to see some of the world’s top emerging talent. MUSEXPO Asia Pacific will replicate the quality panel discussions and networking focus of MUSEXPO in N. America and Europe by bringing together leaders from the music, media and technology sectors during the daytime at the Parmelia Hilton Hotel in Perth, Australia, which is the closest major music city in Australia to the overall Asia Pacific market.

Diane Warren Dave Holmes Jason Sausto Tom Windish Seymour Stein

Atul Churamani Molly Meldrum Colleen Zulian Mandar Thakur Oum Pradutt

Ed St. John Ian James Jitin Abraham Markus Kuehn Myke Brown

Already confirmed to actively participate at the event are Diane Warren (one of the world’s greatest and most successful songwriters in modern music), who makes her debut speaking engagement in the Asia Pacific region; Dave Holmes Founder 3D Management (worldwide manager of Coldplay, Interpol, Scissor Sisters and more), also making his first-ever public speaking appearance outside of the US; Jason Sausto President Onkyo (China); Colleen Ironside Sr. Vice President Live Nation (Asia); Tom Windish Founder, The Windish Agency (US); Korda Marshall, President, Infectious Records; Oum Pradutt Founder, Phase 1 Events India; Vijay Nair Founder/MD, Only Much Louder Events & Mgmt India; Ruuben van den Heuvel Head of Digital Music Retail Asia Pacific, Nokia; Neil Thompson Deputy Managing Director BEC Tero (Thailand); Barry Dickins Co-Founder/Managing Director ITB (UK); Jeff Craib, Sr. Vice President SL Feldman & Associates (Canada); Seymour Stein Chairman Sire Records Group; John Lenac Yahoo! Music Head of Programming and Artist/Label Relations (US); Atul Churamani Vice President A&R/Publishing & New Media Saregama (India); Michael Chugg Founder Chugg Entertainment; famed Australian music commentator Molly Meldrum; Hans Ebert Chairman & CEO We Enhance Inc. (Hong Kong); Colleen Zulian President & Chairman Asia Sounds Pty Ltd.; Jitin Abraham Founder/Managing Director, 21 Tigers (India); Dann Bowley Founder International Institute of Entertainment; Markus Kuehn Managing Director, MotorFM (Germany); Shaun James General Manager XYZ Music Channels; Scott Murphy CEO D:Net; Robert Horsfall Founder Sound Advice UK; Mandur Thakur Managing Director Soundbuzz (India); Carel Hoffmann Co-Founder, OppiKoppi Productions - President for Life (South Africa); Ed St. John Chairman, ARIA’s (Australia); Ian James (Managing Director, Mushroom Music Publishing); Dean Buchanan, Group Program Director, DMG Radio Australia; Myke Brown, Manager Tata Young (Thailand) and many others.

MUSEXPO, which has featured participants such as Larry King (CNN) – Tom Anderson, Co-Founder, MySpace – Chad Hurley, Co-Founder, YouTube – Jeff Smith, Head of Music, BBC Radio 2, UK – George Ergatoudis, Head of Music, BBC Radio 1 – David Renzer, Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group – Craig Kallman, Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records – Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music, EA – Michael Rapino, Chairman/CEO LiveNation – Marty Bandier, Chairman/CEO, SonyATV (Worldwide) – Colin Barlow, President, Geffen (UK) – Randy Jackson, Musician/Producer & judge on American Idol – Dave Navarro (ex-Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Jane’s Addiction) – Terry McBride, Founder/CEO, Nettwerk – Doug Frank, President Music Operations, Warner Bros. Pictures – Kevin Lawrie, President, SonyBMG Latin America – Jason Magnus, President, Beijing Rock/Pop Festivals (China) – Ron Fair, Chairman, Geffen Records - Will.I.Am (Black-Eyed Peas) – Martin Dodd, EVP A&R Worldwide Sony Music Int’l/President 20/20 Music – David Massey, President, Mercury Records – Steve Jones (member of Sex Pistols), to name just a few, will raise the bar for what is surely going to be one of the best int’l music, media and technology minded conferences in the Asia Pacific region at One Movement for Music in Perth (www.onemovementmusic.com).


An array of established and top emerging international and Australasian talent is set to arrive in Perth, Australia (one of the Southern Hemisphere’s musical hotspots) October 17-18 for the inaugural One Movement for Music and MUSEXPO Asia Pacific. This top tier of known and unearthed global talent will showcase in an open air festival setting at the Esplanade in Perth, surrounded by a cosmopolitan backdrop and a beautiful river (bringing city and nature together with music as the nucleus).

Here’s an overview of some of the international talent that will be showcasing from October 17-18 at the Esplanade and local clubs in Perth, Australia – the full schedule is available at www.onemovementmusic.com.

Some of the confirmed acts already include Australia’s biggest selling independent album artist of 2009, Hilltop Hoods; highly touted British buzz electro act FrankMusik; Japanese sensation Tigarah; American tastemaker and indie music sensation Meiko; Kiwi buzz act Midnight Youth; South Africa’s The Parlotones; Thailand’s musical superstar Tata Young; winner of the 2009 International Songwriting Contest Kate Miller-Heidke; Art Vs. Science; one of Australasia’s top rappers Scribe; Aussie indie influencers Sarah Blasko and Little Red, as well as many others. At least 80 acts will perform over the course of two days at this essential tastemaker and music industry event to be held in the Southern Hemisphere.


Australia is well known for its rock artists, but it has also been consistently punching well above its weight with pop-inspired artists such as Savage Garden; Bee Gees; INXS, Presets, etc. Newcomer Luke Carlson is a name that could be joining that esteemed list.

Hailing from Melbourne, Carlson is an ’80s inspired songwriter whose synth-driven, catchy pop anthems are starting to prick up the ears of tastemakers across the globe (especially in Sweden). With an undeniable knack for melody and pop smarts, Carlson has been holed up in his bedroom crafting songs that demand instant attention. His self-penned tunes are a unique blend of ’80s innovation and present day electro influence. Consider if The Cure and MGMT had a love-child and you could be on the right path.

Carlson is managed by Darren Danielson and Zoran Romic from the respected independent management company The Fur Group (Skybombers, Jason Singh, The Models), with live representation by Australia’s leading booking agent The Harbour Agency (Australia only).

Carlson is poised for big things purely on the back of current demos. Having already performed with New Young Pony Club and The Temper Trap and boasting a sound that defies borders, it is time for Luke Carlson to soon stand on the world’s stage. Carlson is currently unsigned and unpublished for the world. Click HERE to listen to his song “Pretty Little Chemical.”


DJ Mason
Dutch electro DJ Mason and studio partner Coen have signed their forthcoming single, “Corrected,” featuring legendary hip-hop artist Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (Run-DMC) and pop sensation Sam Sparro, to Ministry of Sound--the label to which they were previously signed. This follows Mason’s last single, “Exceeder” featuring Princess Superstar, which went to No.3 in the UK before achieving similar success across the globe. The artist and management team felt it only best to repeat the process and go back to the label with which they had previously achieved that success.

DJ Mason’s 7pm Management stated, “Ministry of Sound has probably the best understanding of delivering dance records into the national chart and with Mason we are confident that they are the right company to deliver the artist with what we think is a very special record featuring three Top 10 artists from three different countries.” Ministry of Sound has licensed the record from Mason’s newly set up label Animal Language; “Corrected” featuring DMC and Sam Sparro is the first single off Mason’s soon to be released album, which also features collaborations with Aqualung, Kurtis Blow and Debbie Clare (Massive Attack). The track has already received support from Pete Tong and XFMs Eddy Temple Morris, who were both given exclusive promos of the tune to play ahead of the deal. For more information contact Seven Webster at seven@7pmmanagement.com.


A&R Worldwide’s intimate networking dinners were started back in 2001 and have since evolved into important global industry events such as MUSEXPO on three continents…but recently went back to basics.

A&R Worldwide’s Sr. Directors of Artist Discovery and Development Joe Arnold and Monte Malone hosted the launch of a new regular executive networking event, which will focus on bringing together some of the younger generation of the music-related industries which are helping to shape the future of music. Along with the younger executives will be a handful of mentors who will join to inspire the new generation of talent developers and supporters.

A&R Worldwide Founder Sat Bisla stated, “It’s important that, in an age of constant technological advancements, face-to-face relationship building is a continued focus of bringing together those who love all things music. I’m happy to support Monte and Joe with their future events, which are crucial to the evolution of the music-related industries and people who will help to shape the future.”

Here’s a pictorial overview of some of the attendees of last week’s networking dinner.

DISCUSSING FUTURE A&R: Pictured (l-r) are Navin Watumull (A&R Manager, Tenman), Raj Jadeja (A&R Manager, Atlantic Records), Charlie Gavins (Three, Six, Zero Group, UK) and Joe Arnold (Sr. Director, A&R Worldwide). WAITING FOR THEIR PURPLE MELONS (l-r) are Jason Ganberg (Purple Melon), Eric Joyce (Purple Melon), Richard Csabai (A&R, American Recordings) and Monte Malone (Sr. Director, A&R Worldwide).

WHOSE GOT THE BEST TAN? Three of these gents have a natural tan, whilst one has a not-so-natural one. Pictured (l-r) are Raj Jadeja (A&R Manager, Atlantic Records), Sat Bisla (President/Founder, A&R Worldwide), Steven Melrose (VP A&R EMI Labels, N. America) and Navin Watumull (A&R Manager, Tenman). FOUR MINDS THINK ALIKE: Pictured (l-r) are Matt Jones (Founder, Crowd Surge, UK), Seb Webber (VP A&R, XL/Beggars, W. Coast US), Sara Kinne (Executive Assistant, A&R Worldwide) and standing up is Joe Halbardier (Attorney, Law Offices of Brian L. Schall).

THE THREE MUSKETEERS (l-r) are Daniel Ben-Efraim (Business Development Manager A&R Worldwide), Alex Bryan (VP of Business Development Grooveshark/EMG) and Jack DeYoung (VP Label Relations, Grooveshark/EMG). WAITING FOR THEIR STEAK N CHIPS (l-r) are Jeff Blue (A&R Consultant, Jive Records), Ben McLane (Attorney, Law Offices of Ben McLane), Katie Welle (A&R Manager, Sony/ATV) and Philip Daniels (Attorney, Law Offices of Philip Daniels).

A TRIO OF FUN (l-r) is Ritch Esra (Publisher, A&R Registry), Robin Koehler (Executive Assistant, Fox TV) and Caitlin Roffman (United Talent Agency). MEN IN BLACK & LADY IN BLUE (l-r) are Michael Howe (A&R and Licensing Manager, Downtown Recordings), Brandon Friesen (President, Arbor Records, Canada), Jen Cornett (A&R Manager & Film/TV Music, Glassnote Records) and Sat Bisla.

ENJOYING THE FINE DINING (l-r) are Tom Hill (Purple Melon) and Casey Morse (Art & Graphic Director, A&R Worldwide).


French-born executive Philippe Ascoli has been named Sr. Director A&R Columbia Records in the UK. Ascoli will assume the role effective September 7, 2009 from Nick Hugget, who held the post for the past two years. Ascoli will report directly to Mike Smith, Managing Director, Columbia Records UK. Most recently Ascoli held simultaneous positions as Managing Director of Virgin France and President of Source. Prior to this he spent three years as Managing Director of Virgin UK, where he was involved in signing Kelis, the Thrills, the Kooks and Jamie T, as well as bringing the Relentless label (Joss Stone, KT Tunstall) to the EMI group.

Jen Cornett has joined Glassnote Records in Los Angeles as West Coast A&R Manager and will oversee the label’s catalogue for film/TV licensing opportunities. Cornett reports to label Founder and President Daniel Glass.

EMI Music Publishing has won the hotly contested battle to ink Manchester, England-based duo Hurts. The deal was secured by EMI’s Felix Howard. The band has already recorded a number of tracks for its upcoming album, which is slated for an early 2010 release.

Renowned motion picture music supervisor Lindsay Fellows (The Chronicles of Narnia, Around the World in 80 Days, etc.) will be joining one of America’s leading independents in a consulting capacity to assist the label with licensing opportunities in the motion picture arena.

Producer John Agnello, who has produced albums with the likes of Sonic Youth, The Hold Steady, Dinosaur Jr. and Jimmy Eat World, has joined Worlds End. Agnello has just completed Jemina Pearl’s (Be Your Own Pet) forthcoming album.

Buzz act Bascom Hill, which is featured on the TV pilot for “Crash Course To Stardom,” is currently in the studio working with producer Matt Wallace (O.A.R., Maroon 5) and mixing with Mark Needham (Killers, Metro Station) while also collaborating with Mitch Allen (Daughtry). Bascom Hill has had 40 film/TV placements in the past two years and will be showcasing at The Mint on Thursday, August 13th at 9.00PM. For more information, log on to www.bascomhillband.com.

NME Radio launched a dedicated iPhone app last week. The app, which is available now from iTunes, allows users to listen to NME Radio via their iPhone, as well as text the studio direct. NME Radio is also the first UK radio station to offer a direct buy (via iTunes) facility of tracks played on air. It streams content using high quality AAC+ audio coding.

Imagem Music Publishing has inked songwriter Paul Staveley O’Duffy. O’Duffy was one of the writers on Amy Winehouses’ multi-Platinum selling Back To Black album.

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) has promoted Russ Blose to Assistant Vice President, Strategic Operations, announced Milt Laughlin, Senior Vice President, Operations & Information Technology. Reporting directly to Laughlin, Blose is based in the Nashville office. Blose formerly was Senior Director, Strategic Solutions, a position he has held since 2005. In his new role Blose will manage the Operations/Analysis & Information group, which is moving from BMI’s New York facility to Nashville. That department’s functions are being merged with the Strategic Solutions Group already managed by Blose. In addition, he will lead the department charged with business continuity and IT disaster recovery and the corporate capital expenditure approval system.

Michelle Bakker’s The Brat Agency has just signed New Zealand rockers Shotgun Alley. The band has been developing a strong following online on various social-networking sites.

Former Dada Entertainment PR executive Jennifer Press is currently available for new opportunities. Press can be reached at jlp777@hotmail.com, or contacted at 917.733.8957.

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