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GLOBAL MUSIC INDUSTRY TO UNITE AT MUSEXPO 2011



The dates for the seventh annual MUSEXPO Los Angeles have officially been announced. The highly respected “United Nations of Music & Media” is set to take place May 1-4, 2011. In addition, the event will coincide with A&R Worldwide’s Global Consumer Brands & Synch Summit taking place on May 4 (more details at www.musexpo.net).

After six successful years in West Hollywood, California, the event will be relocating 15 miles away to the brand-new and decadent W Hotel, set in the heart and soul of Hollywood, a place certain to provide the unrivaled music industry experience that has been expected throughout the years from A&R Worldwide’s MUSEXPO. Hollywood is home to numerous global entertainment gatherings such as the Grammy Awards, Oscars and many other high-profile and important entertainment industry events.

MUSEXPO will once again host some of the most influential executives from around the globe, as well as showcase the crème de la crème of emerging U.S. and international talent during the evening showcases at SIR Los Angeles. The historic venue is conveniently located within minutes walking distance from the host hotel in Hollywood on the famed Sunset Blvd. SIR Studios is a place legendary artists such as Jane’s Addiction, Snoop Dogg, Katy Perry, KISS, Motley Crue, Green Day, No Doubt, Maroon 5 and many others call home. In addition, it is Los Angeles’ key showcase experience--where hundreds of legends have been born and signed to many labels and publishers.

The foundation and concept of MUSEXPO was originally inspired by the first-ever A&R Worldwide networking dinner back in the spring of 2001 at a restaurant in Los Angeles, California. The dinner’s concept was to bring together forward-thinking executives from the music, media and technology arenas from the U.S. and around the world. Our mandate has always been to inspire those with a true passion for music to create and explore new ways to work together for the common good of our industry.

“Every year, our entire team sets a new standard to ensure we continue to make each MUSEXPO better than the last. The feedback from this year’s event was our best ever and many new relationships, inspiration, innovation and actual business deals were solidified for so many who attended. We will raise the bar even higher in 2011 in Hollywood, located in the city of Los Angeles” states Sat Bisla (Founder, A&R Worldwide, MUSEXPO), who hosted the original A&R Worldwide networking dinner back in the spring of 2001 with Dave Holmes (worldwide manager of Coldplay, Interpol, Scissor Sisters).

Seymour Stein
“We are determined to make 2011 our best MUSEXPO ever by bringing back the highly-successful A&R Worldwide Global Synch & Consumer Brands Summit, which will provide roundtable face-to-face meetings with some of the most influential music supervisors, gaming companies, ad agencies and brands from around the world. In addition, we will be presenting the International Music Person of the Year Award to the legendary Seymour Stein, Vice President of Warner Bros. Records and a co-founder of Sire Records. During his career, he has signed such pioneering artists as The Ramones, Talking Heads, The Pretenders, Madonna, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, Ice-T and Echo & the Bunnymen. This event will be one that everyone attending will not want to miss as Seymour is the consummate music fan and his passion for music and people has never waned--he has retained his humility even with such great global success in the music business and is a true inspiration for anyone who is a genuine artist or music fan. His positive musical legacy will be around for many decades to come and we are honored to recognize his great work to date with his friends and colleagues from across the world at next year’s MUSEXPO in Hollywood.”

During the past six years, some of the world's most influential music, media and technology executives have participated at MUSEXPO, including: Larry King (CNN); Harvey Goldsmith, Founder Harvey Goldsmith Presents; Tom Anderson, Co-Founder, MySpace; Chad Hurley, Co-Founder, YouTube; Will.i.Am (Black Eyed Peas); 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; Ged Doherty, Chairman/CEO, Sony Music Entertainment UK & Ireland; Craig Kallman, Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records; Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music & Marketing, EA Games; Michael Rapino, Chairman/CEO LiveNation; Marty Bandier, Chairman/CEO, SonyATV (Worldwide), President, Warner Bros. (UK); Kevin Wall, Founder/CEO, Control Room & Live Earth; Colin Barlow, President, Geffen (UK); Randy Jackson, Musician/Producer & judge on American Idol; Chris Barton, VP Development, Google; Michael Chugg, President/Founder, Chugg Entertainment, Australasia; Troy Carter, Founder, Atom Factory Inc. (worldwide manager Lady GaGa); Dave Holmes (Founder, 3D Management); Dave Navarro (ex-Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Jane’s Addiction); Terry McBride, Founder/CEO, Nettwerk; Alex Patsavas (Founder Chop Shop Music Supervision - Grey’s Anatomy, Twilight New Moon); Steve Strange, Partner X-Ray Touring (Eminem, Ting Tings); Kevin Lawrie, President, Sony Music Ent., Europe; Perez Hilton, Founder, PerezHilton.com, among hundreds of others.

Artists who have showcased at MUSEXPO since its inception back in 2005 that have gone on to international success include: Katy Perry, Laura Izibor, The Temper Trap, LMFAO, Dead Letter Circus, A Fine Frenzy, Ida Maria, Teddybears, Soshy, FrankMuzik, Erik Hassle and many others.

To get insight into the MUSEXPO experience click HERE (to view video).

To register to attend MUSEXPO 2011 and to officially submit for artist showcasing consideration (via Sonicbids), please log on to www.musexpo.net.


EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

A&R Worldwide readers who wish to take advantage of the early-bird registration for MUSEXPO 2011 and register for the Global Consumer Brands & Synch summit can sign-up by clicking HERE.

Starwood Hotel group is offering MUSEXPO attendees staying at the conference W Hotel in Hollywood a special discounted rate (special room rates are available on a first-come basis). Please click HERE to reserve your room at the W Hotel).


AMERICAN IDOL” PARTNERS WITH UNIVERSAL



19 Entertainment Founder Simon Fuller and creator of TV talent show “American Idol” has signed a long-term agreement with Universal Music Group (UMG). The new deal sees Universal Music Group replacing Sony, which had been the show’s recorded music partner for the past nine years.

The deal will see UMG labels Interscope, Geffen and A&M market, promote and distribute the albums from the show’s finalists across the globe via a range of new retail and media platforms.

Fuller says he wanted to put more power and weight behind the show, which has been on the air for almost a decade. He stated, “We have been quietly delivering hits for nine seasons and Lucian Grainge and Jimmy Iovine’s ambition, commitment, and determination to push the boundaries and go even further with “Idol” was very compelling.”

Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge added, “Pairing the renowned expertise of Simon and Jimmy Iovine (Chairman & CEO, Interscope Geffen A&M) in developing and marketing musical talent creates a truly winning combination that will allow “Idol”'s artists to realize their fullest potential.”

Since its debut in 2001, “America Idol” has been responsible for selling more music than any other TV show in history, with over 100 million albums in North America alone as well as over 160 million songs on iTunes.


SKINDRED SIGN WITH BMG RIGHTS MGMT



BMG Rights Management UK has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Welsh ragga-metal act Skindred. The deal follows on the heels of the band’s nominations for “Best Live Act” at both of this year’s Kerrang and Metal Hammer Golden God Awards and will include all songs written by all four band members to date, including their individual work as writers with frontman Benji Webbe.

Skindred’s manager Seven Webster from 7PM Management tells A&R Worldwide, “Pioneering a new sound globally is never an easy task but Skindred defy the mold in the way they have continued to build their unique fusion of ragga, punk, metal and dance on a truly global scale. Being described as one of the ‘best live acts in Britain’ and the growing swell of support for Skindred has seen the band’s last two tours sell out in the UK and across most of mainland Europe.”

The band has played a busy summer season festival run that has seen them play main stage sets at around 30 of the biggest festivals in Europe, including Hurricane, Nova Rock, Southside, Gurten, Serengeti and last weekend’s Sonisphere at Knebworth where the band rocked a 50,000 strong crowd (read more HERE).

“The key to the rapid climb in the band’s development is definitely being driven by the band’s exceptionally strong live show and their capacity to truly captivate an audience and get them up off their feet and moving,” adds Seven Webster.


Webster adds, “With frontman Benji Webbe the band had a truly global star who oozes charisma. Benji’s abilities have also seen the singer grace the stage as a guest with Korn at Download, co-write songs on the last Bullet For My Valentine album and also produce new act Revoker, which signed a worldwide deal with Monte Connor at Roadrunner Records last week.”

Skindred has just parted company with their last label and are now about to embark on a number of strategic deals that will help propel the band to the next level in 2011. The first of these deals will be announced in the next seven days but the act is looking at strategic marketing partnerships with key brands as well as talking to conventional labels. To date Skindred has sold in excess of 400,000 albums. For more information, log on to www.skindred.net, or contact Seven Webster at seven@7pmmanagement.com.


NIC HARCOURT MUSIC SELECTIONS



Global music tastemaker, radio veteran and music supervisor Nic Harcourt joins A&R Worldwide with an exclusive monthly editorial on some of the artists he is excited about from around the world. Harcourt was instrumental in helping launch the careers of such artists as Coldplay, Corinne Bailey Rae, Doves, Norah Jones and many others during his tenure as the Music Director and host of “Morning Becomes Eclectic” on KCRW Santa Monica and continues sharing his passion for music discovery with our international readership via this month’s editorial.

Harcourt currently writes for Los Angeles Magazine (a part of the Los Angeles Times) and hosts a Sunday evening radio show on KCRW Santa Monica while also still supervising some TV and film projects.

Hello. Seahorse hail from Mexico City and from the recent New York City Latin Alternative Music Conference sampler I came across Bestia, a great example of the genre remixed by Julietta Venegas. If you’re not hip to Latin Alternative check it out here www.box.net/shared/fzq8kf5fja

Los Angeles-based The Like made a splash with their debut in 2005. It’s been a worthwhile wait for the new album, Release Me, and its title cut. The addition of keyboards opens the band’s sound up to a whole new set of possibilities and the title cut is a killer nugget of retro pop!

Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl are members of The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger and their first single, “Jardin du Luxembourg,” is a shout out to those sixties Gainsbourgesque duos, produced by Mark Ronson, as was the Like’s new album, hmm...!

Also clocking in from Los Angeles are Fitz and the Tantrums, who just released their debut album, Pickin Up The Pieces, on local indie label Dangerbird. “Breakin’ The Chains of Love” is reminiscent of the Four Seasons and both neo and retro soul at its best.

From Thailand via London and New York comes “Bread & Butter” from Hugo Chakra. Sounding like Marc Bolan fronting an accessible blues combo, it’s worth checking out at www.hugoofficial.com, as is his cover of Jay Z’s track “99 Problems.” You can see Hugo Chakra this Wednesday, August 11th at his showcase at The Viper Room.


VIRTUALLYINTERNATIONAL MUSIC

ARTIST: Hungry Kids of Hungary
SONG:Wristwatch
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia
LABEL: unsigned
AVAILABLE FOR: signing, licensing, publishing, booking
WEB: www.myspace.com/hungrykidsofhungary
CONTACT: Angela Kohler ange@mucho-bravado.com

Hungry Kids of Hungary is an Australian four-piece indie pop outfit from Brisbane, Queensland. The band consists of Dean McGrath (lead vocals, guitar), Kane Mazlin (lead vocals, keys), Ben Dalton (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Ryan Strathie (drums, backing vocals). Their influences vary from modern day luminaries such as The Shins, Dr. Dog and Spoon to classic vocal groups such as The Beatles, The Zombies and The Beach Boys. Their profile rose rapidly and a showcase at the 2008 Big Sound conference in Brisbane introduced them to their manager Ben Preece of Mucho-Bravado. In December 2008 the band was announced as the Queensland winners of Triple J Unearthed, entitling them to play the Gold Coast Big Day Out. They also went into the studio to begin recording their next EP with Brisbane producer Matt Redlich. In September 2009 the quartet entered Electric Avenue studio in Sydney with producer Tony Buchan to record new material. The four-piece has continued to tour throughout Australia, the US, UK and Japan, playing various festivals, industry conferences and gigs, earning fans around the world. Their music has been heard in the States on such stations as KCRW Santa Monica, KROQ Los Angeles, KNRK Portland and KPNT St. Louis. They’ve also enjoyed success in the TV and advertising world, having music placed in such shows as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Deep End,” “Ugly Betty,” “Royal Pains” and “Cougar Town.”

ARTIST: Slutterhouse
SONG:Inside The Station
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Lebanon
LABEL: unsigned
AVAILABLE FOR: signing, licensing, booking, publishing
WEB: www.slutterhouse.com
CONTACT: Polly de Blank polly@ringsideproduction.com

Slutterhouse has been described as an outlandish crossover between underground electronica, mainstream club music and rock n’ roll. Most importantly, though, Slutterhouse’s sound is the result of an alliance/tension between two very different personalities: Rabih Mick Salloum and Nabil Saliba. Originally from Beirut and currently based in Paris, the duo released their debut album, Made in Dance, in the Middle East last fall; it was described by Time Out Magazine as “one of the finest electro-pop albums this critic has heard since Gary Numan first donned eye-shadow.” Their debut record received both critical and public acclaim, while the band was featured in prestigious magazines such as ELLE and The Daily Star and even made the cover of the February 2010 issue of Lifestyle Magazine. The duo delivers intense dance floor songs, merging Rabih’s catchy pop/rock voice and melodies with Nabil’s space-themed retro electro world. Their sound has drawn comparisons to Depeche Mode, Cut Copy, Empire of the Sun, Crystal Castles, MGMT and Aphex Twin. After touring clubs in the Middle East, the duo shared the stage with the likes of Dan Black, We Have Band and Super Furry Animals at the Dubai Sound City festival last November. Slutterhouse is now setting their eyes on the States with their first official single, “Inside the Station.” The tune has already been used in the TV show “Shreducation” from Disney, which is broadcast on MTV2 and Nickelodeon. The international buzz is starting to gain momentum with gigs in London, the Liverpool Sound City festival and features in numerous blogs and press outlets such as Indie Music Universe, I Am Entertainment and NRG Theory Management.

ARTIST: One Night Only
SONG: “Say You Don’t’ Want It
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK
LABEL: Vertigo/Mercury (UK)
AVAILABLE FOR: licensing
WEB: www.onenightonlyonline.com
CONTACT: Jamie Oborne jamie@allonred.org

One Night Only (ONO) formed in the summer of 2003 in Helmsley in North Yorkshire. Since their inception, they have released one album called, Started a Fire, which scored Gold sales status in the UK and offered three charted singles, including “You and Me,” “Just for Tonight” and “It’s About Time.” In March of this year, the guys announced via their newsletter and MySpace that the recording of the second album was finished and they announced the departure of drummer Sam Ford. George Craig’s brother, James Craig, formerly of Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, was announced as the new drummer. ONO is returning to the sales racks with their self-titled sophomore release, scheduled for August 23rd. The debut single, “Say You Don’t Want It” debuted on Greg James Radio 1 show at the end of June. The video to the track was recently released and it features Emma Watson, the actress best known for her role in the Harry Potter movies. The single is officially released in the UK next week and the sophomore album, One Night Only, comes out this fall. The band are signed to Universal worldwide (though a US release has not been confirmed) and have just inked a deal with EMI Music Publishing for the new album (debut album was with Chrysalis). CAA represents the band for booking though an official N. American booking agent has not yet been appointed. Incidentally, the band’s lead singer George Craig has been the global face of the Burberry brand for the past two years.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Universal head Lucian Grainge has relocated to Southern California and will run the world’s largest music company out of the Santa Monica-based offices. Initially, it was understood that Mr. Grainge would be based on the East Coast after relocating from London, England to the US last month.

Gary Overton, CEO, Sony Music Nashville has been give the additional responsibilities and title as Chairman – officially becoming Chairman/CEO of Sony Music Nashville. Overton will be based in Nashville, TN and will report to Rolf-Schmidt-Holtz, CEO Sony Entertainment. Overton replaced longtime Sony Music Nashville Chairman Joe Galante.

Universal Music Group and India’s Reliance Communications have announced a new distribution deal that will see Universal capitalize on its mobile phone music drive to increase its digital revenue sales in India. The agreement will give Universal access to over 110 million mobile customers who are signed up with Reliance’s network in the world’s fastest growing mobile phone market. Reliance is anticipating that its ability to distribute over 300,000 tracks from over 3,500 of Universal’s international artists will give it an advantage over competitors as India prepares for the roll out of its high-speed third-generation networks.

Multi-Platinum alternative rock act Weezer has signed a new record deal with the legendary independent Southern California punk/rock label Epitaph Records.

US label interest continues to build for unsigned New Zealand act The Naked & Famous, who were featured in the A&R Worldwide newsletter several months ago after a tip from our good friends at NZ On Air (they’ve been garnering strong support on the syndicated Passport Approved radio show for months also). A number of major label executives from the US flew out to Auckland last week to meet with the band. The talented group (who are unsigned, not published and have no booking agent) is likely to secure a multi-faceted deal in the coming weeks. The band has just been in New York City for additional meetings. The Naked & Famous also recently secured representation with veteran New Zealand manager Paul McKessar.

Ravi Coltrane, the composer, saxophonist and bandleader (and the son of John Coltrane) has signed with Blue Note Records, a division of EMI, which has been home to the likes of Norah Jones.

RedOne has announced that he will be launching his own label 2101 Records. The acclaimed producer and writer has become one of the music industry’s hottest properties thanks to his work with Lady GaGa, Enrique Iglesias and others.

Talented young Polydor A&R executive Nick Shymansky, who was responsible for signing La Roux, is currently putting the finishing touches on the ultra-talented Liam Bailey (managed by Sarah Stennett’s Crown Management). Bailey is poised to be one of the UK’s biggest new music stars for 2011 (and from what A&R Worldwide has heard so far that is certainly going to be the case).

UK attorney Chris Phillips has joined the London, England-based firm Bolt Burdon Solicitors and will be heading up a New Media & Entertainment team that will specialize in corporate music matters.

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) recently announced the signing of an exclusive, worldwide publishing agreement with Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish fame. In 2008, Rucker launched a notable solo career in country music. His UMPG publishing agreement encompasses all of his writing for Learn to Live plus his future solo work, including his forthcoming solo album, Charleston, SC 1966 due out on October 12.

Peermusic UK has acquired the rights to represent the John Carter music catalogue as well as its sister record label Sunny Records. The catalogue includes the First Class hit single “Beach Baby,” which was a No.1 single in the US. Publishing rights to the catalogue will be represented by Peer offices across the globe.

Songwriter, musician and producer Ben Cullum has joined the Air MTM team. The UK-based Cullum is published worldwide by Chrysalis Music. He has previously played bass for Dave Stewart on TFI, briefly joined Jamiroquai on bass and composed music for various Nintendo video games. Ben is currently working with Cathy Dennis, Ed Sheeran, Esmee Denters, Emma Hewitt and Tiesto. Ben has also created the main theme music for the new Sky 1 HD Talent show “Must Be the Music,” which starts on August 15.

UK Music has announced that it has selected 10 senior industry executives who will benefit from its new leadership program. The UK Music body, which is overseen by former artist Feargal Sharkey (CEO, UK Music), has received a £40,000 ($63,000) grant from the Cultural Leadership Program to create the UK Music Leadership Development Network to help develop executives in a wide range of fields within the music business.

Nettwerk’s Peter Leak has just signed The Pierces to management. The band has signed with Polydor UK President Ferdy Unger-Hamilton and their debut album has been produced by Guy Berryman (Coldplay). The Pierces will release an EP in October and their debut full-length in March 2011. In addition, Leak has signed actress Bridgit Mendler, who stars in Disney’s “Good Luck Charlie.” Mendler is not only an actress but also is a talented singer and writes her own songs too.

Martin Morales has left his position with Disney Europe and will be announcing an exciting new opportunity he is involved with in the next few months. Morales’ role at Disney saw him overseeing marketing initiatives for the global brand in markets such as the UK, Europe, Africa and Middle East.

Neil Davidge, record producer, songwriter, film score composer and musician, is best known as the long-term co-writer, producer and key sonic facilitator with Massive Attack. During that time he has also established a career as a film score composer, including scores for movies such as Push, Bullet Boy, Trouble the Water and most recently additional music for epic Hollywood blockbuster Clash of the Titans. With a new album due for release in 2011 Neil is now seeking co-writers and guest vocalists with character and individuality to collaborate on his debut album. Neil states, “The type of singer/songwriter I am looking for on this project needs to have the unique qualities of Nina Simone/Liz Fraser/Bonnie Prince Billy/PJ Harvey/Joanna Newsom/KD Lang/Kate Bush/Nick Drake.” He continued, “I am really excited about my debut album, just as much as when I started with Massive Attack on the Mezzanine album. We’re already talking to some really talented artists but I am also looking forward to finding and working with new talent.” For more information contact JABA Music Management at barry@jabamusic.co.uk or james@jabamusic.co.uk.


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