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MUSIC WORLD MOURNS PASSING OF BEASTIE BOYS’ ‘MCA,’ ADAM YAUCH



Over the weekend many touching tributes around the world were dedicated to Beastie Boys co–founder Adam “MCA” Yauch, who passed away from cancer at the all too young age of 47. He’d initially been diagnosed with cancer of the salivary gland in 2009 and succumbed despite aggressive treatment. He wasn’t in attendance when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month.

The Beastie Boys rose to international renown with their 1986 debut album, Licensed to Ill, which became the fastest–selling debut in the history of Columbia Records, eventually totaling over nine million in sales. Fueled by the monster smash “(You’ve Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party),” the Beastie Boys broke boundaries and upended the then–conventional wisdom that rap only appealed to black audiences. Initially unrepentant partiers and road warriors whose tours were legendary for their excess, the trio confounded expectations with their second album, Paul’s Boutique, which received wildly uneven reviews at the time but has since come to be considered a classic.

It was shortly after the release of that album that Yauch became an impassioned supporter of a free Tibet and became one of the leading advocates of the movement, co–founding the Milarepa Foundation in 1994 and performing in a series of benefit concerts alongside Radiohead, Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam and R.E.M. They were the biggest music–related benefit shows since Live Aid in 1985.

The music world offered a variety of tributes to Yauch. On Friday night in Newark the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed covers of “So What’cha Want” and “Gratitude” from 1992’s Check Your Head, with lead singer Anthony Kiedis telling the crowd, “We lost a good man today. He left the world a lot of beauty. I hope you carry that flame. Adam was for real." Bandmate Flea told the L.A. Times’ Richard Cromelin, “The cultural impact they had was so massive, not just then but for years and years. It was record after record after record where they were just the coolest thing on earth.” And in Los Angeles during the KROQ Weenie Roast Coldplay frontman Chris Martin offered an elegant, piano–ballad rendition of “Fight for Your Right.”

The only comment thus far from the Beasties Boys is a blog post from Adam “Ad–Rock” Horovitz on the group’s web site. "As you can imagine, s––t is just f––d up right now. But I wanna say thank you to all our friends and family (which are kinda one in the same) for all the love and support. I'm glad to know that all the love that Yauch has put out into the world is coming right back at him. Thank you."


ROBERT SMITH NAMED GM VERVE MUSIC GROUP



Robert Smith
Verve Music Group has appointed industry marketing veteran Robert Smith to the position of General Manager. The announcement was made a few days ago by Grammy Award winning producer and Chairman of Verve, David Foster, to whom he reports. Mr. Smith will be based in Santa Monica.

Mr. Smith will oversee label activities including marketing, digital, social media and promotional initiatives as Verve continues to expand and develop new artists whose appeal reaches an adult–oriented audience. Upcoming releases for the label group, which includes non–classical artists from sister label Decca Records, are a David Foster–produced holiday album from Rod Stewart, a fall release from Diana Krall produced by T Bone Burnett, as well as new albums from Rufus Wainwright, Melody Gardot, Keith Harkin (from Celtic Thunder) and Elton John. Verve also continues its longstanding tradition of being home to the world’s most beloved Jazz artists, old and new, from John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald to Jamie Cullum, Brian Culbertson and Trombone Shorty, while including a broader scope of artists in adult music genres.

“As we continue to expand Verve into the adult contemporary and pop music markets, Robert is the perfect choice to oversee our day–to–day operations,” stated Mr. Foster. “He possesses a real track record of success and his marketing talents are among the most innovative and forward thinking in the industry.”

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with David Foster, one of the industry’s most talented and creative producers, in expanding the Verve label,” commented Mr. Smith. “I’d like to thank Concord and the amazing, legendary artists I had the chance to work with there. We were fortunate to be able to implement creative marketing initiatives to further feature our artists in non–traditional areas of media and retail, ideas which I hope to expand upon at Verve.”

Prior to joining Verve, Mr. Smith served as Senior Vice President of A&R for Concord Music Group. While at Concord, he worked closely with many of the label’s most important artists including Paul Simon, James Taylor, Carole King and The Cars, guiding them through Concord’s and Hear Music’s groundbreaking and history–making marketing initiatives. Before Concord, Mr. Smith was a principal at Nomadic Music, licensing mobile content. In the past he held various marketing positions, including at UMG’s Geffen Records.


RED LIGHT MGMT SETS UP NEW LONDON OFFICE



Managers James Sandom, Cerne Canning and Deb Fenstermacher (all formerly with SuperVision Management) have joined US company Red Light Management. Sandom and Canning will oversee Red Light’s new London office whilst Fenstermacher will become a part of Red Light’s New York–based team.

Collectively the managers combined clients include: Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, the Vaccines, Crystal Castles, the Cribs, White Lies, Here We Go Magic, Zulu Winter, Deap Vally, Crocodiles and Asobi Seksu. In addition, they provide North American consultancy for aritst Elbow, the Duke Spirit and Kate Nash.

Red Light was founded in 1991 by Dave Matthews Band manager Coran Capshaw. The company now has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Charlottesville, Nashville, Denver, Atlanta and London.

Red Light’s capabilities extend beyond traditional artist development, touring, and pre–recorded music sales, to web interaction and commerce, festivals, licensing, and artist driven philanthropy.

Some of Red Light’s artists include Dave Matthews Band, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Phish, Ben Harper, Damian Marley and the hotly–tipped Allen Stone.


DRYDEN ST SIGN EXCLUSIVE LABEL DEAL WITH UNIVERSAL MUSIC NZ



Universal Music New Zealand has announced an exclusive label deal with internationally acclaimed Auckland–based label Dryden Street.

Dryden Street formed in late 2008, hitting the ground running by signing platinum selling and New Zealand Music Award winning artists Kids Of 88. The label has since gone from strength to strength, developing and releasing an enviable roster of artists including Kids Of 88, Junica, The Wild, Loui The ZU, The Peasants and Gemma Copas.

“We’re all thrilled at Dryden Street,” says Dryden Street’s Managing Director Ashley Page. “It’s a first for us to have all our artist distribution under one roof. We are very ambitious, so the opportunities now presented to continue to develop the artists with the support of the world's largest label are simply vast.”

Adam Holt, Managing Director of Universal Music New Zealand stated, “We’re excited to be working with such a vibrant young New Zealand roster at Dryden Street. We’re proud to have Ashley and his team on board at Universal, and we're looking forward to great success with the brilliant new music they are making.”

Dryden Street has new albums forthcoming this year from Kids Of 88, Junica, The Wild, and Loui The ZU.


MUSEXPO 2012 UNITES THE WORLD OF MUSIC



The 8th annual A&R Worldwide–produced global music gathering MUSEXPO 2012 was described by many this year as the best music conference ever. With so many outcomes generated already for many of the attendees and artists who participated, the future looks very bright for the global music, media and technology sectors that are engaging with those who act local but think global.

On behalf of the entire A&R Worldwide team (Monte Malone, Joe Arnold, Tyler Polzin, Dusty Bisla, KC Morse, Josh Woodard, Brendon Goldwasser and Sat Bisla) our sincerest thanks and gratitude to everyone who united to help us put on a quality and meaningful event where great people come together for the common good of all things music. We look forward to raising the bar even higher at MUSEXPO 2013 Los Angeles; but first, we look forward to delivering a stellar MUSEXPO Montreal “Essential Beats” October 10 – 12, 2012 in Quebec, Canada.

Here’s a pictorial overview of last week’s event. (Photography By KC Morse)

MUSEXPO 2012’s OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION attracted some of the world’s top music minds and a global community of music enthusiasts. The event was co–hosted by A&R Worldwide, Lady Gaga’s manager Troy Carter (CEO, Atom Factory Inc.) and Go! North.

NETWORKING AT MUSEXPO: The 8th Annual MUSEXPO Hollywood provided unprecedented networking and business opportunities for the hundreds of music, media and technology companies and creative entrepreneurs that participated.

LOS ANGELES CLAIMS “CHUGGI DAY”: MUSEXPO awarded Michael Chugg its “Int’l Music Person of The Year” Award and a Los Angeles city official named May 2nd 2012 the official “Chuggi Day” in LA and presented him with an official proclamation from the City of Los Angeles. Pictured (l–r) are Eric Garcetti (Council Member, District 13, City of Los Angeles & Mayoral Candidate for City of Los Angeles), Michael Chugg (Founder, Chugg Entertainment) and Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide / MUSEXPO).

AN AWARD BEFTTING A TRUE LEGEND: Michael Chugg (left) receives his well–deserved MUSEXPO 2012 “Int’l Music Person of The Year” award from the global music community from friend and colleague Neil Warnock (Founder & CEO, The Agency Group).

MUSEXPO HOLLYWOOD 2012 GLOBAL KEYNOTE: Pictured (l–r) are: Sat Bisla – President & Founder, A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO; Richard Blackstone – Executive Vice President Creative & Business Development, BMG Chrysalis North America; Ted Chung – Senior Partner, Stampede Management (Snoop Dogg, Far East Movement, The Airplane Boys) & Chairman, Cashmere Agency; Larry King – Legendary CNN host; Neil Warnock – CEO & The Founder, The Agency Group; Tim Schaaff – President, Sony Network Entertainment and George Ergatoudis – Head of Music, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra (UK).

MUSIC COMMUNICATION & MARKETING WITHIN RETAIL & CONSUMER BRANDS AT MUSEXPO: Pictured (l–r) are: Michael Smith – Chief Executive Officer, The Playlist Generation; Joe Belliotti – Director of Global Entertainment Marketing, The Coca–Cola Company; Mel Elias – CEO, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf; Rick Zeiler – Director of Strategic Marketing, Sidney Frank Importing Co.; Chris Jackson – Director of Music, Comcast Ent't Group/NBC Universal (E!, Style, G4 Networks); Xavier Ramos – Head of Marketing, Warner Bros. Records and Tim Riley – VP Music Affairs, Activision.

DISCUSSING THE INT’L LIVE BUSINESS AT MUSEXPO (l-r) were: Larry LeBlanc – Sr. Editor, CelebrityAccess; Tom Windish – President, The Windish Agency; Kevin Lyman – Founder, Vans Warped Tour; Nikki Wheeler – Sr. Music Agent, United Talent Agency; Folkert Koopmans – Founder, FKP Scorpio Konzertproduktionen (Germany); Michael Chugg – Founder, Chugg Entertainment Worldwide and Carel Hoffman – CEO, Hilltop Live Productions (South Africa).

SOME TOP MANAGEMENT MINDS DISCUSS NAVIGATING THE LOCAL AND INT’L SCOPE OF TALENT REPRESNTATION: Pictured (l-r) are Bruce Flohr – Partner, ATO Records / Red Light Management; Jordan Berliant Partner, The Collective Music Group; Andy Gould – Founder, Spectacle Group; Jonathan Shalit – Chairman, ROAR Global (UK); Tim Clark – Founding Partner, ie:music and Jeff Jampol – President, JAM, Inc.

A&R WORLDWIDE FORUM: THE FUTURE OF ARTIST DEVELOPMENT & MUSIC: Some of the world’s top music industry A&R minds connected at MUSEXPO. Standing (l-r) are: Martin Dodd – EVP A&R and Marketing “The Voice” Talpa Music, Manager of Hit-Maker Max Martin and Global A&R Executive; Peter Edge – CEO, RCA Records Group; Jody Gerson – Co–President, Sony/ATV Music Publishing; Martin Kierszenbaum – Chairman of Cherrytree Records, President of A&R, Pop & Rock, Interscope Records & President of International Operations for Interscope Geffen A&M; Ron Fair – President & Founder – Ron Fair Music; Craig Kallman – Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records Group and Sat Bisla – President/Founder, A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO.

“THE DIGITAL SUMMIT – MOBILE & NEW CONVERSION PLATFORMS” were discussed in-depth at MUSEXPO. Standing (l-r) are: Ralph Simon – CEO, The Mobilium International Advisory Group and Chairman Emeritus & Founder of the Mobile Entertainment Forum – Americas (UK); Jay Cooper – Vice Chair, Global Media & Ent. Practice, Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Chris Cameron – Co–Founder & CEO, SnapStarLive (NZ, Australia & USA); Gerrit Meier – General Manager, Distribution & Partnerships, Spotify; Michael Aragon – VP & GM, Global Video & Music Services, Sony Entertainment Network; David L. Jones – Executive Vice President, Marketing, Shazam; Dean Bolte – Managing Director, Omnifone and Ty Roberts – Co–Founder, Sr. VP & CTO, Gracenote.

GLOBAL PUBLISHING FORUM: Sharing ideas on the future of the real-estate of the music business are (l-r) are Billy Mann – Chairman, Manncom Cree8iv (Producer/Writer, P!nk, John Legend, Kelly Rowland and more); Fred Casimir – Sr. VP European Repertoire, & Managing Director Germany, BMG Rights Management (GmbH); Paul Menes – Founder, Menes P.C.; Larry LeBlanc – Sr. Editor, CelebrityAccess; Mandar Thakur – Chief Operating Officer, Times Music (India); Kathy Spanberger – President & COO, Anglo–American Region, Peermusic (US, Canada, UK & Australia) and David Renzer – Entrepreneur (Former Worldwide Chairman & CEO Universal Music Publishing).

GERMANY CALLING – VAT ARE ZOO SINKING AVOUT? Making sense of the world’s third largest music market were (l-r): Andrew Phillips – Group Program Director, ABC Radio Darwin (Australia); Jens Markus–Wegner – Managing Director, AMV–Talpa (Germany); Manfred Gillig – Editor–In–Chief, Musikwoche (Germany); Markus Kuehn – Managing Partner, Flux FM (Germany); Folkert Koopmans – Founder, FKP Scorpio Konzertproduktionen (Germany); Deville Schober – CEO, Brainstorm Music Marketing (Germany), Björn Teske– Managing Director, DEAG Music (Germany) and not pictured (but on the panel) Khalid Schroder – President & Founder, Kool Management (Germany).

MUSEXPO UNITES SOME KEY MUSIC SUPERVISOR MINDS: Bonding (l-r) are: Ritch Esra – Publisher, The Music Registry; Gary Calamar – President, Go Music Services; Kyle Hopkins – Head of Music Supervision, Xbox/Microsoft Media Acquisitions, USA); Nic Harcourt – President SamLuna Media, Inc. & Host Guitar Center Sessions DirecTV & Music Supervisor; Scott McDaniel – Music Director, Fuel TV; Chris Mollere – Founder, Fusion Music Supervision; Joe Cuello – Senior Vice President of Creative Music Integration MTV and P.J. Bloom – Partner, Neophonic.

INSIDE THE “FOX” NETWORKS: MUSEXPO provided a platform for various music-synch related departments at Fox Networks to share their inner-synch vision. Pictured (l–r) are: : Larry LeBlanc – Sr. Editor, CelebrityAccess; Johnny Choi – Jr. Creative Executive, Fox Music, 20th Century Fox Films; John Varvi – Sr. VP On Air Promotions, FX Network; Joanne Terrell – VP, Business & Legal Affairs, Fox Sports Music & Fox Cable Networks; Steve Celi – Music Manager, Fox On–Air Promo; Mamie Coleman – Vice President, Music & Production, Fox On–Air Promo and Rodney Griffis – Executive Director of Music Clearance Department for Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

THE MUSIC & BRANDS DISCUSSION: Key brand and music partners discussed the key opportunities in this constantly evolving world. Pictured (l-r) are: Stephen J. Knill – EVP, Music & Entertainment GMR Marketing; Jason Fielding – Founding Partner, The Sound Campaign (Australasia); JT Griffith – Music Supervisor, Nike; Marisa Baldi – Co–Founder, Zync Music; Janelle Schulenberg – Brand Director, Supercuts / Regis Corporation and Owen Sloane – Chair, Entertainment & Media Group, Gladstone Michel Weisberg Willner & Sloane, ALC.

INSIDE THE MIND OF MOTION PICTURE MUSIC SUPERVISOR: Sharing key insight into the world of music in motion pictures and films (l-r) were: Ritch Esra – Publisher, The Music Registry; Tracy McKnight – Head of Film Music, Lionsgate Pictures; Richard Glasser – Executive in Charge of Music Film/TV, The Weinstein Co.; Jason Markey – Vice President, Soundtrack Music, Relativity Media; Rachel Levy – Vice President, Film Music, Universal Pictures and Lindsay Fellows – Founder & Producer, Theengine360.com.

THE 3RD ANNUAL A&R WORLDWIDE GLOBAL SYNCH & BRANDS SUMMIT gave music supervisors a chance to interact with some of the best established and emerging content for potential use in their upcoming projects. Dozens of synchs have materialized since last year’s MUSEXPO and more opportunities were borne out of last week’s event.

A&R WORLDWIDE’S “INT’L SONGWRITING SUMMIT” STRIKES GOOD NOTES: A&R Worldwide in partnerships with Germany’s AMV-Talpa brought together many A&Rs, publishers, writers and producers for a day-long summit, which has already resulted in cuts being used for upcoming albums for well-known artists, co-writes and a plethora of new creative and business opportunities for those who participated.

CARO EMERALD DEBUTS IN N. AMERICA AT MUSEXPO: Multi–Platinum Dutch sensation Caro Emerald performed her first–ever N. American showcase at MUSEXPO and as a result multiple deals are on the horizon for this talented singers.

WARNER BROS. CO-PRESIDENT LIVIA TORTELLA PRESENTS LP: Hotly–tipped Warner Bros. signing LP was presented to a very appreciative and enthusiastic int’l crowd at MUSEXPO during her exclusive and stunning performance at the event.

BERLIN–BASED THOMAS AZIER CAUSES GOOSE BUMPS at MUSEXPO with his stunning electronic–fused showcase at MUSEXPO. Multiple opportunities have already arisen as a result of his premiere N. American showcase.

MUSEXPO GETS “MUSICALLY SEDUCED” by German-based sensation SCHMIDT who did her debut N. American showcase at MUSEXPO. Guy Chambers (producer for Robbie Williams) has produced her debut album, Femmes Schmidt.

BLONDES HAVE MORE FUN: The ultra–talented Cali secured N. American booking, a major synch brand deal and a lot of label and publisher interest out of her MUSEXPO showcase last week.

THE LUCK OF THE IRISH: Sensational Dublin, Ireland–based singer/songwriter Gavin James stunned MUSEXPO attendees with his captivating performance. James has already garnered several offers and a lot of label interest in the past few weeks.



MUSEXPO also thanks every artist that performed at this year’s event. We will be sharing outcomes as they come into fruition for each act over the course of the next few weeks. You can check out all showcasing acts at www.musexpo.net and for additional photos go to www.snapstarlive.com.


THE GLOBAL MUSIC INDUSTRY AT MUSEXPO

The MUSEXPO 2012 event in Hollywood received phenomenal feedback from so many of our attendees this year. The event provided a strong sense of optimism, opportunity and priceless networking for those who are looking to do business on a global platform and build relationships that will move their creative and commercial ideals forward in a constantly evolving music ecosystem. Rather than describe MUSEXPO LA 2012 in our own words, we’ve decided to leave it in the words of some of those who attended.

The entire MUSEXPO team is appreciative and humbled by your kind words and participation at this year’s event, which many of the speakers and attendees described as the best MUSEXPO ever and also one of the most essential music conferences in the world for those looking to do business globally. We look forward to seeing you at MUSEXPO 2013 in Los Angeles next spring.

Andy Gould (Founder, Spectacle Group) - Thanks again Sat, great work on the MUSEXPO event this year.

Bastian Christ (Partner, Mec-Early Entertainment, Germany) - I just wanted to thank you for this great week! MUSEXPO was just an amazing experience and we are really glad that we were allowed to be part of this! The organization was just perfect! You should all be very proud!

Billy Schafer (Founder, Billy Schafer Music) – A quick note to say thank you for what you and your team did in putting on MUSEXPO. It was fantastically organized and moderated. I was so impressed and appreciative that you personally went to great lengths to foster discussion amongst artist and industry alike; getting people to connect and talk and discover opportunities to help each other. I forged some genuine and exciting new relationships both on the business and creative side.

Björn Teske (Managing Director, DEAG Music, Germany) – The pleasure and honor is mine and I am very happy about the good reactions. It is unbelieveable how much you transfer your verve and spirit to everybody. Your personal involvement in everything, from newsletter and panels to the announcements of the bands on stage is outstanding and makes MUSEXPO unique. You also have a great team with you. Respect to Monte, Joe and Tyler too. For sure I will help wherever I can to make the upcoming MUSEXPO Europe at least almost a matchable event.

Carel Hoffman (Founder, Hilltop Live Events, South Africa) – The trip has been well worth it (probably one of the most fruitful) of all the conferences I do. You will definitely see us again and I will bring some of the rest of my team next time (project permitting). Thanks for the warm/open welcome, and be assured of our support of your endeavours.

Chris Cameron (Co–Founder & CEO, SnapStarLive, Worldwide) – A brief note Sat, to congratulate you and your entire team on MUSEXPO 2012. One word – extraordinary!

Damon Forbes (Managing Director, Sheer Sound, South Africa) – I wanted to say a big thanks for your work with MUSEXPO, as I say a great connector, but also a selfless giver. Nice to know you and have you as a friend!

Daniel Glass (Founder, Glassnote Entertainment Group) – Thank YOU. MUSEXPO was an exhilarating, educational and wonderful music conference!!

David Renzer (Entrepreneur, Former Worldwide Chairman & CEO Universal Music Publishing) – Thanks you. MUSEXPO was good fun and the whole conference seemed very inspired. Well done!

Fred Casimir (Sr. VP European Repertoire, & Managing Director Germany, BMG Rights Management) – Many thanks – it's been a great week at MUSEXPO. Many thanks for your support and your enthusiasm for music!

Joe Cuello (Senior Vice President of Creative Music Integration MTV) – Thank you, MUSEXPO was great! And I wanted to say thanks for sharing your comments at the dinner.

John Melillo (Founder, Melillo Music) – It was a great event and most productive. Thank you so much!

John Rudolph (Principal, Music Analytics) – Everyone, thanks again for a wonderful MUSEXPO event. I look forward to next week.

Jonathan Shalit (Chairman, ROAR Global, UK) – As always Sat a TRIUMPH! Many, many congratulations to you and your team. It’s an honour to know you and be part of your world. You are a pied piper. You bring people together in the most extra ordinary way. Kind regards as ever.

Kathy Spanberger – President & COO, Anglo–American Region, Peermusic, US, Canada, UK & Australia) – It’s always an honor to be a part of your MUSEXPO and to sit with such esteemed panelists.

Khalid Schroeder (President & Founder, Kool Management, Germany) – Thank you so much for your great hospitality and your introduction to so many good people. I really enjoyed my trip to LA and I am very sure everyone else did as well. It was very impressive seeing how much hard work you and your team put into your “baby” and how great it is working now. The way you are setting–up and taking care of your network is a guiding light for me. I hope we all get together soon for the first MUSEXPO Europe in Germany. You will have my support for sure!

Mamie Coleman (Vice President, Music & Production, Fox On–Air Promo) – Thank you for a wonderful day at MUSEXPO! You are one of my favorite family members and I’m so appreciative of your love and support! You are an amazing individual and congrats on another successful event!! You rock!

Maxwell Gosling (Creative Director, Little Ears Music Supervision) – A big thank you to you and your team. I thought that MUSEXPO was really great and was happy to have been a part of it.

Patrick Krutz (Founder, House Band Wines) – It was an honor and a pleasure to attend my 2nd MUSEXPO with you. I saw many familiar faces this time around and the relationships just seem to get stronger as folks open up a bit more the more you get to know each other. We took away some very good contacts and hope to further leverage these relationships as it pertains to partnering for the betterment of both the wine & music communities.

Paul Craig (VP Artist Services, Warner Music, UK) – Awesome event! Congratulations on another great year!

Paul Menes (Founder, Menes Law PC) – As usual, I thought the conference was very well–organized, the panels useful and timely and the music and hangs great. Great job! See you soon.

Rachel Levy (VP Film Music, Universal Pictures) – MUSEXPO was great – and I appreciate you including me!

Rebecca Rienks (Music Supervisor, E! Entertainment/NBC Universal) – Many thanks to you all – I have already found a bunch of great music from MUSEXPO, so I appreciate you including me!

Rick Zeiler (Director of Strategic Marketing, Sidney Frank Importing Co.) – Sat, hat’s off to you and your staff for making MUSEXPO so enjoyable, creative and fun.

Rob Graham (Principal – EON Media, Australasia) – It’s pretty hard to express how much I enjoyed your two conferences in L.A. last week. As someone who used to work in the ad industry, I can really appreciate how much work, long hours, stress and ultimately thoroughly professional organization went into making your two events such a brilliant success. You are a true professional and I was very proud to be part of the Worldwide Radio Summit and MUSXPO. I am also proud to count you as a friend and to feel part of your A&R Worldwide family.

Robert Hicks (Manager, Rachel Sermani, Scotland) – Just a quick note to thank you all and the rest of the team again on behalf of Rachel and I for another wonderful MUSEXPO experience. It really has been incredible being fully involved with the showcasing opportunities this year, from which we’ve gained so many positive leads.

Rochelle Holguin (Music Supervisor, MTV) – Thank you guys so much for putting on an amazing event. I truly appreciate everything you do for the music industry. I was thrilled and honored to be part of MUSEXPO this year. I'm determined to get through all the great music I received (I know there are some gems in there!). And the friendships and relationships I have cultivated over the last few months have been invaluable to me.

Scott McDaniel (Director Music, Fuel TV) – Well done on the panels and overall MUSEXPO event. Glad to hear it went over so great.

Seven Webster (Managing Director, 7PM Management, UK) – I just wanted to say “thank you” for inviting to me to yet again one of the most positive and inspiring music events I have ever attended. To me the music industry is like a slightly dysfunctional family that functions with a common love and passion for a business that we are all privileged enough to work in. To be a part of MUSEXPO 2012 was like attending a Thanksgiving dinner for that extended family where I both managed to catch up with old and good friends while also forging some new too and learned more about the changing shape of our industry through creative discussion while also hearing some great new music and also doing some business too. I left MUSEXPO as positive and inspired and upbeat about our industry and just wanted to say thank you to you your family/ team for the fantastic job you are all doing and making it still great to be a part of the music industry.

Shannon Luttmer (Partner, Independent Arts, Canada) – Wanted to thank you for everything. Your team did a great job organizing all of that! I really took a lot from MUSEXPO and think that everything I learned will really help me moving forward. I think the best part was being able to get the perspective from so many successful people. I loved being able to hear their thoughts. Larry King was probably my favorite! I'll definitely be making an effort to attend again next year. There was so much information packed into those few days, and I'm grateful I was a part of it. Anyway, thanks again.

Tim Schaaff (President, Sony Entertainment Network) – Thanks for including me as a part of MUSEXPO and the keynote panel. It was a lot of fun.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Mark Ballas

BMG Chrysalis US has announced that they have signed a co-publishing agreement with dancer, musician, and songwriter Mark Ballas. The Emmy-nominated Ballaz has wowed over 20 million viewers on ABC’s top-ranked show, “Dancing with the Stars,” for eight consecutive seasons.  He’s a two-time show champion (Season 6 with Kristi Yamaguchi and Season 8 with Shawn Johnson), and was the focus of a media frenzy when he took performance newcomer Bristol Palin all the way to the finals in Season 11.  He garnered a 2011 Creative Arts Emmy nomination for Outstanding Choreography for his creative pieces during Season 12, and is currently topping the scoreboard on this season’s edition with his partner, classical singer Catherine Jenkins.

BMG Chrysalis US announced last week that Daniel Lee has been named Creative Director within the company’s Nashville operation. He will report to Darrell Franklin, Executive Vice President, effective immediately. Lee’s responsibilities will include the full spectrum of creative functions including the signing and development of new talent as well as song plugging.

The Mushroom Group has  announced its new joint venture partnership with the Wunderkind label, which is spearheaded by veteran Australian music industry executive Michael Parisi. Owl Eyes' Crystalised EP will be the first release as part of this joint venture, on May 11th , with psychedelic siblings Stonefield following a week later with their Bad Reality EP. Stonefield performed for the int’l music industry at One Movement for Music MUSEXPO Asia Pacific back in 2010.

Canadian band Makeshift Innocence is currently being courted by a major independent label in Europe for licensing for the pan-European market.

ONErpm, a global digital music distribution company and social commerce platform, has cemented partnerships with INgrooves, Naxos, and IRIS Distribution to power their labels' music stores on Facebook. INgrooves is a leading global distribution company that manages a catalog of one million tracks. Naxos is the world's largest record label specializing in classical music with 35,000 albums, and IRIS is a top tier distribution company serving the independent label community. The combined catalogs will also be available for sale on the ONErpm.com store, where fans can download music in WAV and MP3 formats.

British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has launched a new music download service as part of its wider initiative to increase its online entertainment offering. The new service, which is hosted on the Sainsbury’s Entertainment website, provides customers with access to over 2.3 million downloads – including tracks and albums.

BMG Chrysalis US has announced that Daniel Lee has been named Creative Director within the company’s Nashville operation. He will report to Darrell Franklin, Executive Vice President, effective immediately.

Eagle-I Music has announced the signing George Martin Music. George Martin Music was set up in 1969 as a music publisher and since then, under the guidance of Sir George Martin, has been developing new song-writing talent.



IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Paul Adam, Michel Petre, Max Gousse, Pete Ganbarg, Mike Caren, Sam Schwartz, Tom Sarig, Danny Rogers, Imogen Heap, Michael Tedesco, Steven Levy, Thomas Scherer, Brad Aarons and Julie Horton.


JACKASS OF THE WEEK

Have you ever sent a personal IM to the wrong screen name, accidentally replied “send all” on an E-mail, or made a total ass of yourself? Yes, we’ve all had a jackass moment at one time or another in our life. This week, we show you a jack-ass playing a trick on his classmate. Click HERE to watch the wrong student get kicked for a jackass move from one of his fellow classmates!


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK" – THE CHEVIN



The Chevin (pronounced “The Shev-In”) are four young men from Otley, West Yorkshire, consisting of Coyle Girelli (vocals), Mat Steel (guitar), Jon Langford (bass) and Mal Taylor (drums). Fans of the West Yorkshire tourist board are already sure to know that The Chevin is also the name of the hill that surrounds the band’s hometown…and home is very much where the heart is for The Chevin. Girelli, Steel and Langford started playing music together at school in Otley, while the group’s lineup was ultimately completed when they later enlisted the services of drummer Taylor, another old school friend. Now they are called The Chevin--and they are about to shake the alt-rock world to its floundering foundations. The Champion EP, released on Halloween 2011 through Fierce Panda, is The Chevin’s first-ever release. The featured title track is insanely epic, manically widescreen, heroically uplifting and destined to soundtrack Goal Of The Month montages, “X Factor” breakdowns and all manner of valedictory celebrations for years to come. The Chevin recently performed at the Worldwide Radio Summit and MUSEXPO Los Angeles and were one of the most talked about bands of the week. Their upcoming diary is filled with a support slot with Franz Ferdinand and later this year, they'll be touring with MUSE. One of the standout tracks from the debut Borderland, which is forthcoming on Fierce Panda/SO Recordings is the title track. This is a band that you'll be hearing a lot from in the near future. For additional information on The Chevin, contact Pete Galli at gallimgmt@gmail.com. To listen to the single, “Borderland,” click HERE, or log on to www.the-chevin.com.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – LIFE DOWN HERE

Life Down Here began when 16-year-old guitarist Michelle Blanchard (now 19) dropped out of high school to pursue music and quickly gained notoriety for her playing. Shortly after leaving school Michelle began writing songs about the darker side of her hometown, Las Vegas. Soon after, she met bass player and songwriter Eli Shkurkin at a local rock show and they began to write songs together under the moniker “Lights Don’t Shine Down Here.” The rest of the band joined Life Down Here in 2011. After playing only a few shows in Las Vegas and Los Angeles the group was discovered by super producer Jay Baumgardner (Evanescence, Papa Roach, Drowning Pool). Jay signed them to his label, NRG Artists, with the shortened name 'Life Down Here' and for the past year the quartet has been writing songs with Marcos Curiel (P.O.D) and Jason Evigan (After Midnight Project). The band's sound can be described as modern rock (Paramore) with a metal edge (Metallica). In June 2011, Life Down Here began recording their debut album at NRG Studios with Jay Baumgardner producing and mixing. The new 11-track album The Beginning is now up on iTunes, featuring songs “All That You Are” and “Seven Letters.” The band is currently available for signing, licensing, booking and publishing. For more information, log on to www.lifedownhereband.com.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 5/5/2012



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Saturday, May 5th 2012: The two-hour weekly import show. As heard on KCSN “88.5FM” Los Angeles; KNRK Portland (now with a “Passport Approved Daily” segment on KNRK Portland); KCMP “The Current, Minneapolis; WCNR Charlottesville, VA; “YRockOnXPN” WXPN Philadelphia; WEQX Manchester, VT/Albany, NY and on www.indie1031.com and www.moheak.com in the United States. Also, on the worldwide web and twice weekly segment on Flux FM Germany (Berlin, Brandenburg and Stuttgart), Allgauhit-FM Bavaria Germany, Euro Trash Music South Africa, as well as, a regular feature on Japan’s national radio network Tokyo FM.

Listen to this two-hour show by clicking HERE:

OPOSSOM – “Blue Meanies” (Unsigned/Kiwi Hit Disc 147, New Zealand)
SCHMIDT – “Alain Delon” (Warner Music, Germany)
THESE REIGNING DAYS – “Changes” (Ecco, UK)
THE PLASTICS – “Stereo Kids” (Unsigned, South Africa)
OCEANICS – “Jukebox” (Unsigned, Australia)
YOUNG LYRE – “Make Light” (Unsigned/Kiwi Hit Disc 147, New Zealand)
THE CHEVIN – “Gospel” (SO Recordings, UK)
ZOWIE – “My Calculator” (Sony/Kiwi Hit Disc 147, New Zealand)
FRIENDS OF EMMET – “13th Floor” (Unsigned, Ireland)
THE TEMPER TRAP – “Trembling Hands” (Infectious, UK)
STAN WALKER – “Music Won't Break Your Heart” (Sony, Australia)
THOMAS AZIER – “How To Disappear” (BMG Rights, Germany)
GIN WIGMORE – “If Only” (Island Records, New Zealand)
ALL MANKIND – “Can You Hear Me (Kids On Bridges Remix)” (SO Recordings, UK)
JULIANA DOWN – “Empires” (Sony, United Arab Emirates)
JUNICA – “Stay” (Dryden Street/Kiwi Hit Disc 147, New Zealand)
MUMIY TROLL – “Hey Tovarish” (The Village, Russia)
MAKESHIFT INNOCENCE – “Your Body” (OP3, Canada)
CALI – “Yours Always” (Unsigned, Ireland)
PEPE DELUXE – “A Night And A Day” (Catskills Records, Finland)
SATELLITE STORIES – “Helsinki Art Scene” (Rallye, Finland)
ANIMAL KINGDOM – “Strange Attractor” (Unsigned, UK)
BURNING HEARTS – “Into The Wilderness” (Solina, Finland)
MUSEAUM OF BELLAS ARTES – “Watch The Glow” (Force Majeure, Sweden)
BIG WAVE RIDERS – “Behind These Walls” (Soliti, Finland)
IVA LAMKUM – “Bankrupt Visa” (Base Records/Kiwi Hit Disc 147, New Zealand)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Labrinth, The Fluxx, Friends of Emmet, Keywest and Caro Emerald).