WORLDWIDE RADIO SUMMIT 2013 ANNOUNCED
A&R Worldwide and AllAccess.com have announced that the dates for the third annual Worldwide Radio Summit. The highly anticipated “United Nations of Radio” is set to take place May 2 4, 2013 in Hollywood, CA at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
The event brings together some of the most important influencers, decision-makers and tastemakers from the world of radio within the US and globally.
The Worldwide Radio Summit 2013 will begin with an essential networking kick-off party at The Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood on Thursday, May 2nd for registered attendees of the event.
After two highly successful years, Worldwide Radio Summit 2013 will be relocating to the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has been home to unprecedented global entertainment events such as THE GRAMMY AWARDS, OSCARS and many other high-profile gatherings where legends are made.
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
Over the past two years, the Worldwide Radio Summit has generated significant outcomes for many of the hundreds of U.S. and international attendees that participated and who have a vested interest in the world's most powerful medium to break new artists, sell music and engage with billions of listeners globally.
Worldwide Radio Summit 2013 will highlight some of the most important issues and opportunities impacting radio today and tomorrow, as well as focus on the future of this crucial broadcast medium that is the world's largest communicator of music and sound. Among the topics being addressed are new ways to reach consumers, radio's influence across multiple platforms, new business models, social media, new technology, streaming advances, radio device development and creative programming.
The Worldwide Radio Summit will host some of the most influential executives from around the globe, as well as showcase the cr่me de la cr่me of emerging U.S. and international talent during the evening showcases at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood.
The Worldwide Radio Summit has attracted 100's of broadcasters and music executives including: CBS, Citadel, Clear Channel, Cox, Cumulus, iHeart Radio, Emmis, Entercom, Last.FM, MTV Radio, ESPN Radio, Premiere Radio Networks, Dial Global Radio Networks, NPR, Pandora, Slacker, XM Sirius, Sony (Columbia, RCA, Epic), UMG (Interscope, IDJMG, Mercury, Motown Universal/Republic), WMG (Atlantic, Warner Bros., Reprise), Absolute Radio International, Flux FM (Germany) Astral Radio Canada, Virgin Radio Middle East, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Radio 1, Triple J Radio (Australia), P4 (Norway), P3 (Sweden), 5FM (South Africa), Hit FM (China), Eon Radio (Asia), Tokyo FM (Japan), Triton Media, Yahoo!, SoundCloud, Shazam, Arbitron, PBS and hundreds of others.
The 2013 event will focus on bringing together an even greater collection of radio and music minds that will make the Worldwide Radio Summit, once again, the must-attend global radio event for anyone who has an interest in the world's most powerful medium to break artists, sell music, build audience and generate revenue.
The architects behind the Worldwide Radio Summit include the influential, independent, international talent discovery, development and consulting firm, A&R Worldwide, which produces the annual MUSEXPO and consults numerous music industry events around the globe; and the world's largest online radio/music industry information and news resource, AllAccess.com.
After strong encouragement from international radio broadcasters and the music community over the past few years, the idea of a Worldwide Radio Summit came into fruition in 2011-- to unite broadcasters from the U.S. and other nations in an inclusive manner to showcase new creative and business models that will help this essential communicator of music, talk, news and sports evolve and thrive for years to come.
In addition, Worldwide Radio Summit will help radio networks connect with peers and help radio discover and expose some of the best new talent from across the globe to its vast audiences.
As radio evolves from terrestrial to online, satellite, digital and mobile, the Worldwide Radio Summit will continue to offer the insight that will keep attendees on the pulse of the future of this essential broadcast medium and provide the chance to interact with those driving the future ideology and content of radio.
Sat Bisla, President/Founder A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO, states, “As members and advocates of the global radio and music community we will once again provide a key forum to bring together radio and those vested in radio in a way to ensure this medium maintains its importance as the primary communicator for sound to billions around the world. I am very pleased [again] to be working with Joel Denver and his great team at AllAccess.COM, who possess a similar passion and vision for radio as A&R Worldwide does: to help deliver an event that will bring broadcasters and music enthusiasts together for the betterment of radio, the listener and the music community.”
Joel Denver, AllAccess.COM President & Publisher, notes, “I am looking forward to working with SAT BISLA and his terrific team at A&R Worldwide in presenting the Worldwide Radio Summit 2013. We'll once again feature exciting speakers who will share their knowledge of radio, digital technologies and successful, innovative methods of ways of driving new revenue streams so that radio executives around the world can tap into these rapidly evolving new frontiers of interaction and communication with their audiences. This will not be the same old stuff you've seen elsewhere. This will be another example of must-see, must-hear, must-attend content.”
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SABAN CAPITAL GROUP LAUNCHES NEW MUSIC PUBLISHING VENTURE WITH DAVID RENZER
As hinted in the A&R Worldwide newsletter over a month ago, it’s now official, veteran music publishing executive David Renzer has joined forces with Saban (SCG) as President of Music Ventures. The company will be investing substantial equity in the acquisition and exploitation of music publishing rights, taking advantage of the consolidation in the industry by offering songwriters, artists and important catalogues a forward thinking boutique emphasizing film, television and synchronization opportunities. Saban is already in advanced discussions on a number of potential music rights acquisitions.
Saban has over 40 years of activity in the acquisition and growth of music and media copyrights. Included in the activities of the new music publishing venture will be music publishing rights created as part of Saban Brands television production activities including children’s television programming (“Power Rangers” and others).
Renzer was formerly Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group where over the past 15 years, he was responsible for overseeing the company’s more than 50 offices around the globe and had involvement in over 100 music publishing acquisitions including; Polygram, Rondor, Zomba, and one of the industry’s largest acquisitions, BMG Music Publishing. Signings to Universal under Renzer’s leadership included such names as Paul Simon, 50 Cent, Danny Elfman, the catalogues of Jimi Hendrix, Bee Gees, Mariah Carey, Eminem, Justin Bieber, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), as well as deals with Warner Bros Pictures/Warner Bros Television, Dreamworks, HBO and many others.
Renzer began his career at Zomba Music Publishing, where he rose to Sr. VP & GM. During his decade-long career there, Renzer helped Zomba achieve ASCAP’s R&B Publisher of the Year and Pop Publisher of the Year awards. While at MCA, the company was ASCAP Country Music Publisher of the Year.
Renzer’s civic and industry commitments have included sitting on the Boards of ASCAP, NMPA, the International Music Publishers Association, and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. He has also served as the Chairman of the Music and Entertainment Division of the City of Hope, and founded Songs of Hope, raising over $1,750,000 for the City of Hope Hospital.
ISLAND RECORDS/ISLAND DEF JAM EXPANDS, ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH PHOTO FINISH RECORDS
Island Def Jam Music Group has entered into a worldwide joint-venture partnership with Matt Galle’s Photo Finish Records. The announcement was made late last week by Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Island Def Jam Motown and Universal Republic, and Mr. Galle.
In addition, Mr. Galle will provide exclusive senior-level A&R services to Island Records, helping the company to further expand its reach into the marketplace as well as the opportunities it offers up-and-coming artists.
“Matt Galle is a perfect fit for the new Island Records,” stated Mr. Weiss. “Cutting-edge and entrepreneurial, Matt will cast a big net in our search for the next wave of talented young artists across the world.”
“I have wanted to work with Barry Weiss for years and am excited to finally be given the chance,” stated Mr. Galle. “I admire everything he has accomplished throughout his career and am looking forward to learning from his guidance. Island Records has such a great history and has put out some of my favorite releases. I can’t wait to get started and look forward to working with Steve Bartels (President & COO, Island Def Jam) and the team on some great new records and artists.”
Mr. Galle launched Photo Finish Records in 2006, with a diverse roster that includes punk bands, indie-rockers, electronica acts, pop groups and hip-hop artists. The label’s artists include Denver-based pop-dance band 3OH!3, whose chart-topping Top 40 single “Don’t Trust Me,” helped the band’s Gold debut album, Want, go on to sell more than six million singles combined. Other recent artists on the roster include The Downtown Fiction with over 500K singles sold; Anthony Green, whose album debuted at No. 27 on the Billboard 200; and New Medicine seeing a Top 15 active rock single. The label’s 15 releases to date have sold almost one million albums and 10 million singles cumulatively.
INTERSCOPE FOUNDER RETURNS WITH TRAUMA 2
Radar Pictures, LLC recently announced the launch of Trauma 2 Records. The label is founded in partnership with former Interscope Records CEO and Founder Ted Field, Rob Kahane (Founder, Trauma Records) and former UMG executive Thomas E. VanDell. Field is the CEO of the new label, Kahane takes on the role as President and VanDell will be the COO of Trauma 2. The label is a part of the new 360 model with Radar Pictures that is integrating the platforms of music, film and television.
This cross-platform approach will allow the company to sign music artists and break them through its television and film capabilities. Once they are signed to Trauma 2, artists may expect not just placement of their music in Radar’s films and television shows but also the development of specific TV and film properties appropriate to their image and designed to make them multi-media stars. This may include reality TV shows, small music related films built around them, and, when appropriate and when their acting ability permits, roles in larger films or television series RADAR may be producing.
Ted Field states, “The team that Radar has put together is capable of crossing artists into more than one entertainment vertical. Few companies are currently thinking this way and Radar has a close knit, nimble staff that communicates about opportunities between divisions in real time on an ongoing basis. I’m particularly excited about this integrated multi-platform approach.”
Trauma 2 Records has completed a deal with former MCA Records President Jay Boberg for distribution through INgrooves Fontana that includes up-streaming to Universal Republic.
U.S. music industry veteran Mike Jacobs takes on the role of Sr. VP of Trauma 2 Records and tells A&R Worldwide that to date the label has signed three acts, which range from a singer/songwriter, rock band and pop act. A&R Worldwide is unable to disclose the names of the three signings at this time. Former Sony/Red executive Dawn Hood (a highly respected radio promotion executive who also worked at Big Life and Virgin Records) and former Fearless Records executive David Jacobs also join the Trauma 2 promotion team. Paul Orescan, formerly Head of Marketing at MCA Records, will for now assist as an outside marketing consultant to the company.
GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…
Guy Moot has been named President, UK and European Creative for both Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing. Moot will remain based in London, England and will report to Marty Bandier, Chairman & CEO. Moot will oversee the UK operations and the creative aspects for the European territory. Moot will also be responsible for the UK office, with local A&R and synchronization. The finance and business affairs teams will also directly report to Moot.
Harinder Rana A&R executive at Lava/Universal Records who helped bring Jessie J to label President Jason Flom tells A&R Worldwide that his and Flom’s latest UK signing Katy Tiz will release her new single, “Famous,” soon. Rana is also looking for new “exceptional” unsigned talent. For more information on Tiz, go to www.youtubecom/katytizmusic.
Reservoir has announced a new partnership with Blackground and its associated publishing catalog, Black Fountain Music. The multi-layered deal will add a hit-driven group of 500+ songs to Reservoir’s catalog for worldwide publishing representation. Reservoir will also support the Blackground label with marketing and licensing of its master recordings and video assets.
Google has agreed to punish sites that are proven to infringe copyright by lowering their rankings in its search results. Although Google stops short at agreeing to delist piracy sites completely, it has committed to altering its algorithm to reflect the amount of copyright removal notices it receives.
Highly-respected Australasian promoter Michael Chugg (Coldplay, AC/DC, Florence + The Machine, Elton John, Gotye) and Founder of Chugg Entertainment is teaming-up with A&R Worldwide to present the hotly-tipped new Australian buzz band Sheppard for an industry showcase on Friday, August 24th at the Viper Room in Hollywood, CA. The band is garnering strong interest from media, online and agents around Australia and beyond. A&R Worldwide and Michael Chugg will host an industry mixer with complimentary drinks one hour prior to the showcase for Los Angeles-based label A&R, publishers, music supervisors and radio broadcasters. Industry executives (accredited A&R, publishers, music supervisors, radio and media only) wishing to attend should RSVP no later than Friday August 17th to email@example.com.
Shazam has reached another milestone as the app has now helped identify over 5 billion songs, television shows and advertisements since 2002.
Jay Wane Jenkins, best known to his fans as rapper Young Jeezy, has confirmed that he has been named the new Sr. VP of A&R for Atlantic Records. Last December, Jenkins released his fourth studio album through Def Jam.
Jonny South tells A&R Worldwide that songwriter Amy Wadge has recently signed with Quest Management and will be managed by him. Amy’s most recent work includes co-writing Ed Sheeran’s Songs I Wrote With Amy EP and the song “Goldrush” which featured on Ed’s debut album which has now sold over a million copies worldwide. Amy is currently working with RCA artist Josh Kumra and Warner’s Lewis Watson.
P!nk has been in the news lately as she was just named the new face of CoverGirl. She also announced that she has a duet with Eminem on her upcoming September 18th album, The Truth About Love, and she'll be performing a new song from the album at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
American Idol replaced the exiting Jennifer Lopez with Mariah Carey and there have been rumors of who will fill Steven Tyler's chair. The latest includes former Idol contestant Adam Lambert, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas and the latest name to be mentioned is none other than Sean "Diddy" Combs. Combs had previously worked with Mariah Carey on her 1997 hit song, “Honey.” In other Idol news, the 2012 winner, Phillip Phillips’ debut single, “Home,” was used by NBC during the Olympics and has seen a 472% sales increase which shot from No. 47 to No. 1 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart with 228,000 downloads. The single is also No.1 on iTunes.
Moir Entertainment tells A&R Worldwide that they have added Justin Niebank to their management roster. His extensive mixing credits include working with The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Martina McBride and Kenny Chesney (whose Justin-mixed album, Welcome To The Fishbowl, is nearing 400,000 sales this week). Moir Entertainment is also representing songwriter Lindsey Ray whose songs have been covered by Demi Lovato, Jessica Sutta, Melanie Amaro and Deanna Carter among others.
James Cheney has left Songs Publishing and tells A&R Worldwide that he will be announcing his new endeavor soon.
HFA, a leading provider of rights management, licensing and royalty services for the music industry in the US, has promoted Lisa J. Robinson to Director, Collections and Income Tracking. Previously Manager, Income Tracking, Robinson will continue to report to Maurice Russell, Sr. VP of Licensing, Collections and Business Affairs at HFA.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Tom Windish, Jim Guernoit, Mike Caren, Casandra Gracey, Alexandra Patsavas, Sam Riback, Bjorn Teske, Felix Howard, Don Parker, Ted Chung, Steve Schnur, Bruce Flohr, Paul Adam and Daniel Werner.
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 why cats are smarter than dogs. Click HERE to watch the pussycat outwit and outsmart the dog!
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK" – VERSIVES
Versives is Alan Matthews and Kevin J. Power, a two-piece electronic pop outfit from Cork, Ireland that have drawn musical comparisons to New Order and the Pet Shop Boys. After carefully crafting their sound over a series of EPs with producer Ciarแn O’ Shea (ex-Cyclefly), Versives’ first single “Kicking Up a Brand New Storm” was picked up by BBC Radio in the UK and led to a deal with Leeds-based independent label TAKEA!MF!RE, who are digitally releasing the band’s music in Britain. In Ireland, Versives were featured on TV3’s The Apprentice (“Backstage Pass” Best Unsigned Bands Compilation CD) and have appeared on the playlists of RTE 2FM, Today FM, Phantom FM in addition to stations in Cork (96FM, Red FM), Limerick (Live 95), Waterford (WLR, Beat FM) and Galway, featured on as well as touring nationwide with an intense, sharp live show. Their latest single, “Two Enemies,” takes the big beats down a notch or two from their first single, with a fragile, Mark Linkous-style vocal easing the electronics along before gently peaking with some sumptuous keys. Versives’ single, “Two Enemies” can be sampled HERE. The band is currently available for signing, licensing, booking, publishing and synch opportunities, as well as remixes for hire. For more information contact Versives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – THE HEAVY
The Heavy have been around since 2007 and have already accomplished what many bands could dream of. Firstly, their song "How You Like Me Now" was used in a KIA Sorento commercial during the 2010 Super Bowl and secondly, they performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, and he asked for an encore--a first for any band, ever. Not bad for the quintet from Noid, England, who released their first single, "That Kind of Man," which led to a deal with Ninja Tune. They've received praise in both Spin and Rolling Stone for their style of heavy guitar rock mixed with neo-soul with funky horns and samples. Their international hit "How You Like Me Now" was also used in a variety of Television shows such as Entourage and Community and major motion pictures namely The Fighter, Horrible Bosses, The Change-Up, Limitless and the trailer for Ted. The tune was taken from their sophomore album The House That Dirt Built which was produced by Jim Abbiss (Adele, Editors, The Temper Trap). Their latest album, The Glorious Dead (Counter/Ninja Tune) scheduled for release next week, builds off the momentum that was created with "How You Like me Now" with the centerpiece track, "What Makes A Good Man?." The vintage tune is a gritty soul-searching opus with epic strings and back up vocals from church-trained singers that gives a nod to Ray Charles' "I Got A Woman." The video for "What Makes A Good Man?" displays a man's journey and his judgements––both good and bad, with the ultimate decision to do the right thing.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 8/11/2012
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Saturday, August 11th 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:
TOMMY ILL “New Car Money” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
THESE REIGNING DAYS “Changes” (Unsigned, UK)
THE SHALLOWS “Fairly True” (Unsigned, UK)
THE BLUE VAN “Would You Change Your Life?” (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
SCARLETTE FEVER “Praying For Change (Just Another Day)” (Starfisch Records, UK)
FRIENDS OF EMMET “13th Floor” (Unsigned, Ireland)
THE EASY HEARTS “One More Time” (Famous Music, New Zealand)
SCHMIDT “In The Photo Booth” (Warner, Germany)
THE PENELOPES “Summer Life” (Pour le Monde, France)
ZULU WINTER “We Should Be Swimming” (PIAS, UK)
FRACTURES “Ride” (Unsigned, UK)
MUMIY TROLL “Not Tomorrow” (The Village, Russia)
MR. LITTLE JEANS “Runaway” (Unsigned, Norway)
TENEK “What Do You Want?” (Toffeetones, UK)
TABLEFOX “Hold On” (Arcadien, New Zealand)
KIDFORCE “Brunettes (Do It Better)” (Slice Me Nice, Russia)
SAN CISCO “Rocket Ship” (Unsigned, Australia)
NOVA DELAI “Should I” (Sony, Sweden)
CAPTAIN STU “The Day” (Unsigned, South Africa)
THE CHEVIN “Drive” (SO Recordings, UK)
VILLAGE “Stranger Thoughts” (King Fisher Bluez, Canada)
THOMAS AZIER “Red Eyes” (BMG, Germany)
A SILENT FILM “Danny, Dakota & The Wishing Well” (Creative Media Investments, UK)
TAILOR “Step Back” (Just Music, South Africa)
U.T.R.B “Pressure” (Unsigned, UK)
VERSIVES "Two Enemies" (Unsigned, Ireland)
SIMIAN GHOST “Wolf Girl” (Playground, Sweden)
GRAEME WATKINS PROJECT “Bloodshot Eyes” (2 Feet Music, South Africa)
CARO EMERALD “Back It Up” (Grandmono, Netherlands)
(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Kindness, Snakadaktal, The Parlotones, Nova Delai and Florence + The Machine).