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Denis Handlin
Leading Australian music industry veteran Denis Handlin, Chairman/CEO, Sony Music Australia and recently announced Chairman of ARIA, has added the responsibilities to oversee additional activities throughout Asia for Sony Music. Handlin has taken on the role as President of Sony Music South East Asia and Korea.

In his new position, Handlin will manage the day-to-day operations of the Asian Regional Office located in Hong Kong with responsibility for Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Korea. He will continue to watch over Sony’s Australian and New Zealand operations.

Handlin, who is based in Sydney, Australia, will report to Richard Sanders, President, Sony Music International.

Sanders stated, “Denis has been a part of the Sony Music family for 40 years, including 26 years as head of the Australian company, and he was recently awarded an Order of Australia Medal from the Australian federal government for his services to both the music industry and charitable causes. His long track record of success and his rich experience in Australasia make him the ideal fit for this enhanced regional function.”


The seventh annual MUSEXPO Los Angeles, the highly respected “United Nations of Music & Media,” will take place May 1-4, 2011 at its new location at the W Hotel in Hollywood. 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).

The event, which has helped bring the music world together in a very focused, productive and meaningful manner thanks to its friendly and boutique setting, has helped its attendees broker many new business and creative opportunities, develop invaluable new relationships via its unparalleled networking platforms and provide insight and access into the evolution of the global music business, which is essential in today’s rapidly changing musical eco-system and provide great outcomes for emerging showcase talent from around the world.

After six successful years in West Hollywood, California, the event has moved to Hollywood in the City of Los Angeles at the 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 has been home to numerous global entertainment gatherings such as the Grammy Awards, Oscars and many other high-profile and important entertainment industry events.

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,” notes A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO founder Sat Bisla. “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.”

Steve Schnur Marty Diamond Michael Chugg Colin Lester Alexandra Patsavas

Scott Francis Steve Knill Alicen Schneider Rachel Levy

Already confirmed to participate at MUSEXPO LA 2011 are Steve Schnur - Worldwide Head of Music & Marketing, EA Games; Marty Diamond – Head Talent Booker, Paradigm Talent Agency (Coldplay, Black Eyed-Peas, Jason Mraz); Jay Faires – President of Music, Lionsgate Pictures; Jason Carter – Editor, BBC Radio 1, Live Music, BBC 1Xtra, Live Music  &  BBC Introducing (UK); Michael Chugg – Founder, Chugg Entertainment Australasia (AC/DC, Pearl Jam, Elton John); Tim Riley – VP, Music Affairs, Activision/Blizzard; Colin Lester – Chief Executive Officer, Twenty First Artists; Scott Francis – President, Warner-Chappell Music & Chairman/CEO, Warner-Chappell (US); Alexandra Patsavas - Founder/Music Supervisor, Chop Shop Music (Twilight New Moon, “Grey's Anatomy,” “Chuck,” “Rescue Me”); PJ Bloom – Founding Partner, Neophonic (music supervisor “GLEE”); Gary Calamar – Founder, Go Music Supervision (“House,” “True Blood”) – Steve Knill – President Music & Entertainment, The Radiate Group;  Carter Armstrong – Vice President of Music, Warner Bros. Pictures; Alicen Schneider – Vice President Music Services, NBC Universal Television; Alex Hackford - A&R, SCEA/Sony Playstation; Rachel Levy – VP Music, Universal Pictures – Cybele Pettus – Sr. Music Supervisor, EA Games, David Chitty – Director Sunset Events Australia (Southbound, Blues N Roots, Laneway, One Movement) and many others to be announced in the coming weeks.

MUSEXPO will once again host some of the most inspiring 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. Showcase submissions are now being accepted for MUSEXPO 2011 – to submit click HERE.

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; Tim Westegren, CEO, Pandora; 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; Troy Carter, Founder, Atom Factory Inc. (worldwide manager Lady GaGa); Dave Holmes, Founder, 3D Management (worldwide manager Coldplay); Dave Navarro (ex-Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Jane’s Addiction); Terry McBride, Founder/CEO, Nettwerk; 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.

To register to attend MUSEXPO 2011, please log on to www.musexpo.net.


David Renzer, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), has announced the renewal of a long-term, exclusive, worldwide publishing administration agreement with acclaimed hit songwriter, producer and superstar Jon Bon Jovi. The company will continue to publish Jon Bon Jovi’s extensive catalog and future works for the world.

“We are honored to continue our relationship with Jon Bon Jovi, one of the most distinctive and celebrated songwriters and artists of our time. Jon and the band continue to raise the bar with their artistry and continuing global popularity,” said David Renzer.

With a legendary discography that spans a quarter-century, Bon Jovi has written and performed songs that have come to define rock & roll. These include the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Blaze of Glory,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Bad Medicine” and “I’ll Be There for You,” as well as Top 10 singles “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “Bed of Roses,” “Living in Sin,” “Lay Your Hands on Me,” “Born to Be My Baby” and “Always.” Beginning with “Livin’ on a Prayer” in 1986, eighteen of Bon Jovi’s singles have landed in the Top 10 on the UK Singles chart. His band has sold more than 130 million albums worldwide, their studio albums and compilation albums having reached sales in excess 33X Platinum in the US alone.

Jon Bon Jovi received a GRAMMY® in 2007 for Best Country Vocal Collaboration for “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” a duet with Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles. Earlier in his career, he earned an Oscar® nomination and a Golden Globe for “Blaze of Glory,” a No.1 hit from his first solo album and from the film Young Guns II. In June 2009, Bon Jovi received the distinction of being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

On the heels of this renewal, Bon Jovi continues their worldwide tour to promote their eleventh studio album, The Circle. The band also plans to release their second greatest hits compilation on November 9. The highly anticipated album promises a few previously unreleased songs, as well as tracks not featured on Cross Road, their first greatest hits album released in 1994.


New Zealand has been making some strong impact exporting its creative talent across the globe in recent years, in large part thanks to the spotlighting of its homegrown talent via a myriad of media platforms inspired by the broadcast content presented by NZ On Air locally and globally, which has been picked up by music enthusiasts across the planet.

The talented kiwis will bring their homegrown talent to US shores for a special showcase evening on Tuesday October 19 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City featuring the exceptional talents of Lawrence Arabia (6.00PM showcase time), Street Chant (6:35PM showcase time), Ruby Frost (7:10PM showcase time), Kids of 88 (7:45PM showcase time), Zowie (8:20PM showcase time) and Electric Wire Hustle (8:55PM showcase time). To see a snapshot of the music videos of the showcasing New Zealand artists please click HERE.

Free entry with CMJ badge, or RSVP via giantstep.net/newzealand.


European music publishing company Strictly Confidential Music Publishing has signed the UK four-piece Editors to an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement. Their biggest signing to date, this deal helps position Strictly Confidential as a leading music publisher, asserting itself as one of the biggest independent publishers in Europe.

Developing a UK foothold in 2007, Brussels-based Strictly Confidential Music Publishing has since signed a string of rising UK artists including White Belt Yellow Tag, Airship, Rose Elinor Dougall and The Real Tuesday Weld. According to the company, it says it has established itself as a fertile platform from which to establish and develop international careers, counting international artists such as Soulwax, Junior Jack, Hindi Zahra, Felix Da Housecat and Bebel Gilberto amongst its ranks.

Editors are currently writing their fourth studio album, which is scheduled for release in winter 2011. Known for their explosive live performances, the band has come a long way since forming in Birmingham in 2002 – with two of their three studio albums gaining Platinum status in the UK, with combined sales of two million.


ARTIST: Luke Fenlon
SONG: That Girl
LABEL: Unsigned
signing, licensing, booking
CONTACT: Laurence (laurence@ivso.co.uk)

Liverpool has always been known as the city that gave us The Beatles in the 1960s. Soon the city may be known for another talent, Luke Fenlon. This young and very gifted individual has already began to make an impression on the industry as he has headlined the Liverpool Soundcity Festival along with the Wombats in 2008, played the Red Bull stage last year at the Camden Crawl and performed on the rooftop of the London West Hollywood Hotel on Sunset Blvd. during MUSEXPO 2010. Fenlon also won the Yamaha Songwriter Competition with legendary Harvey Goldsmith and Coldplay’s Chris Martin as judges. Fenlon is currently writing and recording material in the studio and continuing to build a strong fanbase in his native England as well as in key international markets.

ARTIST: Jump Jump Dance Dance
SONG: Modern Eyes
LABEL: Ministry of Sound/Etc Etc (Australia & NZ)
synch opportunities, label for US and ROW (ex-Australia/NZ)
CONTACT: Leslie Lewis (leslie@leslielewisconsulting.com)

It’s unusual for an up-and-coming band to have a pedigree as impressive as that of Australia/Los Angeles electro rock conspirators Jump Jump Dance Dance. The duo of Chris Carter and Simon Lewicki has amassed a wealth of experience, Carter as an in-demand DJ and vocalist and Simon as the mastermind behind the celebrated club acts Groove Terminator, Tonite Only and Chili Hifly, before uniting to create Jump Jump Dance Dance. Now the pair who bonded over a shared love of synthesizers, Australian culture and sweaty dance-floors is one of the hottest emerging acts in the world: their debut single, “Show Me the Night,” was a Hype Machine Top 10 track, added to Australian national Alt outlet Triple J and featured on the UK’s Record of the Day. The band also garnered strong int’l interest after their spring showcase at MUSEXPO, which amongst other things landed them a videogame synch. For their second offering, the highly anticipated “Modern Eyes” has been released and is already starting to cause a buzz on the inter web. The duo’s goal is to meld the disparate genres of rock and dance, which carried over to the recording of their debut album: they recruited heavyweight rock producer/mixers Dave Sardy (Wolfmother, Oasis, The Ting Tings) and Mark Needham (The Killers, Bloc Party) along with Australian dance industry veteran Sameer Sengupta (a.k.a. Poxy Music a.k.a. Pocket 808, provider of legendary mixes for Alter Ego and Green Velvet) to lend his formidable experience to some final mixes.

ARTIST: Suddyn
SONG: Brighter Star
LABEL: unsigned
signing, licensing, publishing, booking
CONTACT: Linda O’Connor linda@suddyn.com

With undeniable praise from artists like Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who referred to this band as “Epic,” and NME which makes reference to the band as “Think Killers meet Foos…worthy of the hype,” Suddyn has most certainly earned some well- deserved respect. Brothers Alan and Jarrett Steil from Montauk, NY and Irish-born drummer Brendan Connolly were put in touch with Grammy Award-winning producer David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Sublime and The Strokes) after a gig at a popular Surf Lodge last summer. Kahne invited the trio to his private studio in Manhattan to record a three-song demo, which included “Brighter Star.” Suddyn first struck gold in Ireland with the single “Drowning Souls,” a Top-10 hit for two weeks on the Irish charts, and seemingly overnight, the band was one of Ireland’s best-selling unsigned acts. But breaking through in America is a much more difficult task, according to Jarrett Steil, the lead guitarist. “Fifteen years ago, if we said we worked with David Kahne, we’d be getting phone calls,” he said. “Now we’re still beating on the door, but at least we get somebody to open the door.” Suddyn recently released their latest EP, Before the City, and continue to perform to support the new music with upcoming scheduled stops in Washington, DC, New Jersey and New York.


The ninth annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days will take place this October. The event, which takes place this entire month, is designed to unite people around their common humanity and love of music. During World Music Days, musicians either make a brief statement from the stage or in their program to support the theme of “Harmony for Humanity.” Since its inception in 2002, over 5000 concerts in 103 countries have participated. To participate in this worthy and inspiring cause, you can register your performances at www.danielpearlmusicdays.org.

Hotly tipped UK band Rubylux has signed a major worldwide publishing deal and label deal for within Germany. Full details of the Bob James-managed band Rubylux, whose debut album is produced by James Sanger (U2, Dido, Keane, Manic Street Preachers), will be announced shortly. The deal was secured with help from A&R Worldwide. Rubylux is currently in Australia and showcasing for numerous labels and booking agents this Thursday, October 7 at Amplifier in Perth, Australia.

Warner Music Group has appointed Tony Harlow, former CEO V2 (UK), as its Managing Director for Warner Music Australasia. Harlow takes up the position later this month and will report to Lachie Rutherford, CEO Warner Music Asia Pacific. The role will include responsibility for Warner Music Australia and its divisions, including artist services company Peppermint Blue. Warner Music New Zealand general manager Phil Howling will also report to Harlow.

James (Jim) A. King has joined Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) as Senior Vice President of Business Technology, it was announced recently by Del Bryant, President and CEO, BMI. Reporting directly to Bryant, King is based in the Nashville office. At BMI he will be responsible for technology, operations and product development, including Landmark Digital Services group. King joins BMI from United Business Media, PR Newswire, where he was Senior Vice President, Audience Platforms, and Global Chief Information Officer. 

Dennis van Leeuwen has signed a worldwide long-term and exclusive publishing agreement with BMG. Van Leeuwen started his career as a band member of the very successful local Dutch rock act KANE, who started their chart and sales successes in 1999 with their debut-single “Where Do I Go Now” and debut-album As Long As You Want This, which spent over one and a half years in the local Dutch Album Sales Top 100. Dennis co-wrote the debut single as well as a number of other tracks, such as “Hold On” and “Hands,” on the successful debut album and other releases of KANE through the years.

Journalist and DJ Joe Muggs has been appointed as the UK representative for digital distributor Finetunes. As part of the client and label care team, Muggs will be responsible for signing new labels to the Finetunes roster, as well as advising label clients on digital strategy and planning.

New York City-based melodic hardcore/metal group DR Acula (www.myspace.com/dapartygrind) has signed to Victory Records, which will release the band’s next album in 2011. The deal was signed with help from Los Angeles-based attorney Ben McLane.  

UK act Redtrack, who were signed to Label Fandango (Fierce Panda) earlier this year, have recently signed a publishing deal with Peer Music.

Pledge Music, a leading international direct-to-fan platform specializing in raising funds for musicians to record and tour, has announced a new initiative with MySpace, which will help one of the world’s largest music communities further engage with independent artists and their fans. To coincide with the re-designed MySpace Artist Profiles and the launch of the platform’s new UK Artist Support innovation, Pledge Music has designed a custom built app that embeds directly into the profiles of both artists and fans. The Pledge Music App will provide independent artists the opportunity to work with their fans to raise funding for new projects in the form of “pledges” and to create and manage pledge campaigns from within their MySpace profiles.

Ed Poston
Ed Poston has been named Executive, Writer/Publisher Relations, Europe, for Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) in the organization’s London office. The announcement was made by Brandon Bakshi, BMI Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Europe & Asia. Poston joins the U.S. performance right organization from the Kobalt Music Group, where he was most recently Assistant Copyright Manager & Live Performance Coordinator in the company's London office.

In his new role, Poston will be responsible for procuring the performing rights in the UK and Europe for writers and publishers that choose to license their work through BMI in the United States. He will also be involved in myriad BMI showcases and industry events. In his previous position at Kobalt Music Group, Poston worked closely with the North American performance right organizations to administer the independent music publisher's catalogue, and he also coordinated Kobalt’s live performance operation. In addition to his background in music publishing, Poston's previous positions include Founder and Director of TheLiveList, an artist-scouting service that was operated in association with Swiss watch brand Raymond Weil.

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