WARNER MUSIC GROUP EXPANDS GLOBAL A&R TEAM
Warner Music Group (WMG) has announced the appointments of Aton Ben-Horin as Director of Worldwide Rhythm & Pop A&R and Latoya Lee as Manager of Worldwide Urban A&R. In these newly created positions, Ben-Horin and Lee will report to Mike Caren, President, Worldwide A&R. The two executives will provide additional A&R resource and creative support across Warner Music’s recorded music labels, including Atlantic, Elektra and Warner Bros. Records, as well as its international affiliates. The pair will assist in the development of new talent and existing signings by helping to identify songs, songwriters and producers and co-operating with WMG’s A&R executives around the world.
In making the appointments, Mike Caren said, “A&R is an increasingly global undertaking, as extraordinary music can come from any part of the world, at any time. By expanding our worldwide A&R team, we grow our ability to respond swiftly to artist development opportunities and reinforce WMG’s company-wide commitment to providing the best home for the most influential and popular talent.”
He added, “Aton’s wide-ranging experience as a producer, artist manager and entrepreneur will make him a superb addition to the industry’s leading network of A&R executives. At the same time, Latoya's energy and instincts will ensure she brings a fresh perspective to our collaborative creative activities.”
Aton Ben-Horin said, “It’s an incredible time for Warner Music Group, and I’m honored to be a part of this legendary organization. I started as a musician and songwriter, so I have a deep understanding of the responsibility that comes with A&R, and I always put the music first.”
Latoya Lee said, “It’s a pleasure to work alongside Mike Caren and the amazing team at Warner Music Group. I am passionate about music, determined to support artists in achieving their goals and I’m ready for the challenges and opportunities ahead.”
Before joining WMG, Ben-Horin served as Owner/CEO of Plush Recording Studios, and held roles within The Agency’s production team, and Plush Management LLC. As a producer, he collaborated with John Legend, Rick Ross and Ciara, among others, and as a DJ has played gigs around the world including Ultra Music Festival.
Lee started her career at her step father’s studio/record label, Top Notch Records. Beginning in 2009, she worked in A&R at BuVision/Def Jam, until relocating to Los Angeles in 2012.
ROAR GROUP APPOINTS NEW HEAD OF MUSIC
Professor Jonathan Shalit, Chairman, ROAR Group, tells A&R Worldwide that he has appointed Archie Lamb as ROAR’s first Head of Music.
Shalit tells us that seven years ago, aged just 17, Archie Lamb formed Takeover Entertainment with his then partner Jack Foster as an independent record label. Takeover Entertainment sold over 2.5 million CDs in three years. To date, Archie has been involved in 20 Top 40 singles.
In a joint venture with Island, Archie signed Tinchy Stryder as Takeover’s first artist with whom they had two No. 1 singles and Tinchy’s debut album sold over 250,000 copies. In tandem Takeover established a massively successful multi million pound clothing range called “Star In the Hood.” Archie then created exciting joint ventures with Jay Z’s Roc Nation, EMI publishing and JD Sports.
Archie will focus on expanding ROAR’s roster of new music acts for who he will be able to offer a much bigger platform of support than most other UK music management companies through ROAR’s lateral entertainment media company.
ROAR Music operates within the ROAR Global Group and has sold over 12 million CDs in the last 10 years with their acts winning 14 MOBO Awards.
ROAR Music currently represents N-Dubz, Tulisa and Alexandra Burke. ROAR Music discovered Charlotte Church with whom they sold over 4 million units in America and have executive produced recordings with Elton John, Sting, Cher and Bon Jovi.
The ROAR Group represents Gold Medal Olympians, TV presenters, actors and the winners of “Britain’s Got Talent.” ROAR is the UK’s largest independent talent and IP management company with clients including stars of "Eastenders" and "Coronation Street," Lorraine Kelly, Mark Wright, Myleene Klass and Kelly Brook.
Archie Lamb stated, “I’m delighted to be joining ROAR at such an exciting time in its growth across all areas of the entertainment business. I am hugely excited by Jonathan’s vision for ROAR as the UK's leading independent talent agency. ROAR's broad portfolio of clients and its widespread influence offers me a real chance to develop a much wider portfolio of professional relationships.”
Jonathan Shalit added, “A core part of ROAR's growth strategy is the recruitment of the best and most exciting young executives. Anyone who knows Archie Lamb and his already impressive CV will know that he definitely falls into that category.”
UMG LAUNCHES MOTOWN GOSPEL
Motown Records takes a giant step into the ever-expanding Gospel music field as the result of a joint venture partnership with EMI Gospel, creating a new label Motown Gospel. The announcement was made by Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO, UMG East Coast Label Group and Bill Hearn, President & CEO, Capitol Christian Music Group.
“UMG’s acquisition of EMI music offered the ideal opportunity to merge the EMI Gospel label with the strength of the newly revitalized Motown Records,” said Mr. Weiss. “The new Motown Gospel label will offer broader Urban AC crossover potential and further opportunities and synergy between Motown Gospel artists and the Motown and Island Def Jam urban roster.”
Motown Gospel was officially launched last week, with a gala press reception and artist showcase at the Arc Theatre in Los Angeles. The evening featured performances by Gospel best sellers Smokie Norful, Tasha Cobbs, Tye Tribbett, and Kierra Sheard. In addition to the artists who performed at the showcase, the Motown Gospel roster includes multiple Stellar Award winning artists VaShawn Mitchell, Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago and Grammy nominee Anita Wilson, among others.
The structure of Motown Gospel will include Ken Pennell and the executive leadership of EMI Gospel, based in Nashville, coupled with new hires, particularly in the A&R areas. As such, the first appointment of Motown Gospel is VP of A&R, songwriter and producer extraordinaire Aaron Lindsey. Mr. Lindsey, one of the most respected talents in gospel music today, has four Grammy awards and multiple Stellar and Dove awards. His songwriting credits include “Again I Say Rejoice,” “My Testimony” and “He Saw the Best in Me” and he has produced such bestselling artists as Israel Houghton, Byron Cage and Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It” from the Platinum-selling album Thirsty.
Platinum seller and multi-Grammy winning CeCe Winans has also announced her intention to be the first new signing to the Motown Gospel label. The Gospel superstar’s first all new recording in more than five years is planned for an early 2014 release.
UMG & ROC NATION FORM PARTNERSHIP
Universal Music Group (UMG) and Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, announced today that they have entered into a multi-year, worldwide partnership under which the Roc Nation music label will operate as a standalone label within the UMG family, effective immediately. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. As part of the agreement, forthcoming albums from Jay-Z, Rihanna and many others will be released through UMG worldwide.
In making the announcement, Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of UMG, said, “In just five years, Roc Nation has established itself as one of the most successful brands in music with a reputation for developing some of today¹s most influential and popular talent. Not only does this agreement provide a dynamic platform for Roc Nation’s exciting emerging artists, it extends our relationship with the extraordinary Rihanna and represents a homecoming for Jay-Z—a brilliant artist and entrepreneur, who has been a creative cornerstone of our company. All of us at UMG are thrilled that Jay and Roc Nation chose UMG as their partners, knowing we will support their artists with a level of resources, expertise and passion that is simply unmatched in the industry.”
Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter added, “We are looking forward to working with Lucian and the incredible team he’s assembled at Universal. We would like to applaud Lucian for collaborating with us to strike a new age deal. This agreement presents a unique opportunity for Roc Nation’s artists—being able to continue to operate as an independent label with the strength, power and reach of the best major. I look forward to a long and prosperous collaboration with UMG. It feels good to be home.”
GLOBAL TALENT TO SHOWCASE AT MUSEXPO
MUSEXPO talent showcases have always focused on quality as opposed to quantity and the event is well-known for being the launching pad to help artists such as Katy Perry, LMFAO, The Temper Trap, Robyn, Churchill, Jessie J, Frank Turner and many other artists get noticed by the international music community, as well as garnerning key commercial outcomes.
There are a plethora of great gems to be discovered at this year’s MUSEXPO available for signing, licensing, booking, synch, management, etc. Here is an overview of some of the showcasing talent at MUSEXPO this year. For more details, log on to www.musexpo.net.
LEO : Austria’s LEO will be making her first official North American live appearance ever in Los Angeles next month. This talented young lady will perform songs from her upcoming debut album, including the fresh new single “Finally.” LEO has been dubbed a European blend of Rihanna meets Beyoncé with her own unique mix of pop sensibilities. The beautiful 20 year-old has already secured national US booking representation with UTA, label and brand interest before even setting foot on the ground in the US. Performing Sunday May 5th at 7:30pm on Stage 1 at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood.
SONNY (www.sonny-music.com): Denmark’s Sonny has been residing in LA for the past three years, utilizing his singing and creative skills on Hollywood’s biggest productions and has gained a great reputation behind the scenes working with major artists including Christina Aguilera, Paula Abdul, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Kylie Minoque and Nicole Scherzinger. Simultaneously he has been hard at work as an Artistic Director producing his own TV show for Danish national TV. In 2012 viewers were able to follow Sonny weekly, as part of the cast and also creative department on the All Star season of the No.1 television show in the US, “Dancing with the Stars.” Sonny was picked for Justin Timberlake's new Myspace relaunch for their New Artists campaign. Performing Sunday, May 5th at 8:00pm on Stage 1 at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood.
DANIEL SOBRINO: (www.danielsobrino.com): Singer/songwriter Daniel Sobrino has possessed a love for music since childhood. His musical influences range from the legendary Elton John to current standouts such as John Legend, Adele, Regina Spektor and Michael Bublé. At the end of 2011, Sobrino performed alongside Justin Bieber and Drake at the “A Time to Love” event with the legendary Stevie Wonder at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. He’s currently in the studio working on his own material that will soon be released.
Performing Sunday, May 5th at 8:30pm on Stage 2 at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood
THE GRISWOLDS: (www.facebook.com/thegriswolds): Triple J Unearthed featured artist, The Griswolds, will bring their indie pop sound from Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles. As one of music’s fastest risers of 2012, they were featured on over 100 blogs across the globe and supported the likes of Django Django, Last Dinosaurs and San Cisco. Their current single “Heart Of A Lion” is attracting radio airplay in over 20 countries worldwide. Performing Sunday, May 5th at 9:00pm on Stage 1 at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood.
DAN GODLIN: (www.dangodlin.com): Houston-born, Boston-raised Dan Godlin released his single "Did She Look" and the upbeat sing-along reached No. 3 on Channel One's iHeart Radio's New!. Dan was also named Channel One’s “Artist of the Month” and nominated for 2012 Artist of the Year. His debut album Loving On Empty also featured the single, “Unsure,” which received airplay on a variety of stations in the U.S. including Sirius/XM. Godlin will be performing songs from his upcoming In Between EP due April 23rd. Performing on Sunday, May 5th at 9:30pm on Stage 2 at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood.
SETHWAY (www.facebook.com/sethway): The Northern Ireland quintet known as Sethway will bring their catchy hooks and melodic riffs to MUSEXPO. Sethway have kept busy performing live sessions on BBC television, BBC radio and even at Belfast’s “Party in The Square,” where they rocked out to an audience of over five thousand fans. Performing on Sunday, May 5th at 10:00pm on Stage 1 at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood.
FLYMORE: (www.flymoreband.com): Flymore formed in 2008 after a group of musicians in a band called Millennium decided that name was too ordinary. After a couple of personnel changes, Flymore’s current lineup formed in 2011, consisting of Igor “Fly” Mukhin on lead guitar, Denis “Check” Rybakov on bass, Max “Frozt” Morozov on vocals, Nikita “Storm” Alekseev on rhythm guitar andSergey “ThorBo” Yashin on drums. Flymore’s latest release, Mind Tricks EP combines elements of dark wave, industrial and nu metal which features the international hits “No One No More” and “F.O.N.M.” Performing on Sunday, May 5th at 10:30pm on Stage 2 at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood.
KIDFORCE (www.kidforce.net): KIDFORCE is the brainchild of Rhett Raha, who started performing in a hard rock band at age 14, began writing and recording by 15 and played his first gig at the same age, where he won a “Battle of the Bands” at B.B. King’s at Universal Citywalk. Fast forward to present day as he has released his official EP called The Doom Box EP, received global airplay, performed 10 shows in Russia at The 2014 Winter Olympic Park and had a variety of his songs used in television shows, such as E! Entertainment’s “Kourtney and Kim Take Miami.” Performing Sunday, May 5th at 11pm on Stage 2 at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood.
JODEE SEIDERS: (www.facebook.com/jodeeseidersmusic.com): "A small town girl with big city dreams” is an enduring artistic cliché that’s been around for centuries. However for singer/songwriter Jodee Seiders, who comes from the rural environs of McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, it’s not so much a cliché as a mission statement. She now resides in an artistic community of fellow singer/songwriters and performs regularly in both Los Angeles and Manhattan. Stylistically, she’s drawn comparisons to such talents as Dido, Sia, Lissie and Norah Jones. The first single off her Uncovered album is her take on Sheryl Crow’s 1995 tune, “Perfect Lie,” a perfect showcase for Jodee’s smoky tones and impassioned vocal abilities. Performing Monday, May 6th at 8:00pm on Stage 1 at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood.
DEATH BY CHOCOLATE: (www.deathbychocolate.ch): Four of the five members have been playing together since 2003, but Death By Chocolate weren’t interested in making recordings until drummer Julien Pinheiro signed on. Shortly thereafter the EP My Portable Love appeared, followed by new 11-track full length From Birthdays to Funerals. Death By Chocolate has already performed at over 200 gigs, ranging from little clubs like the White Trash in Berlin to the massive EXIT Festival in Serbia and even to a Bon Jovi concert in Zurich’s Letzigrund Stadium, where the quintet supported Jon Bon Jovi in front of 40,000 spectators. Performing Monday, May 6th at 8:30pm on Stage 2 at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood.
ALFRED HALL: (www.facebook.com/alfredhallpage): Give a couple of part-time farmhands some guitars and synths, and they’ll make sweet, sweet sophisticated pop? Sometimes things really are that simple. Alfred Hall, consisting of Hans Thomas Kiær and Bjørn Tveit, offers pure star-spangled pop heaven. Their song “So Bright” has been a hit on Norwegian radio and their debut album is on its way. Alfred Hall has been working with the production company that originally developed pre-signing Ting Tings, M2M and Ida Maria. After the duo’s second gig ever, the rave reviews started coming in, and the act quickly became Norway’s “Band to Watch” in 2012. Performing Monday, May 6th at 9:00pm on Stage 1 at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood.
MOTO BOY (www.motoboy.se): Moto Boy makes lush, romantic pop songs. With emotive pop and impressive operatic vocals, the result is hair-raising music that evokes feelings parallel to that of a Jeff Buckley song or a David Lynch movie. Moto Boy recently composed music for the Gothenburg City Theatre’s play “Lubiewo,” which premiered in spring of 2012 and received widespread public praise for his compositions. Currently, Moto Boy is working on his third studio album, which will be released in fall 2013. Performing Monday, May 6th at 9:30pm on Stage 2 at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood.
THE FLUXX: (www.facebook.com/thefluxxofficial): The fresh-faced boys from Oslo, Norway known to their fans as The Fluxx, have known each other since their schooldays and have been performing together from an early age. The Fluxx have garnered early airplay support with their songs "Take You Back" and "She Cries" on a variety of global radio stations. The Tre Sheppard (Zero Hour) produced and Steve Fitzmaurice (Depeche Mode, Olly Murs, U2) mixed single "Kids On The Radio" is their latest refreshing pop tune that proves their talent is a force to be reckoned with. Performing Monday, May 6th at 10:00pm on Stage 1 at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood.
CRYSTAL KID: (www.crystal-kid.com): Siblings Charles and Frank Torrealba spent years holed up in their parents' basement perfecting their infectious, dance-floor friendly sound. Since their early days, Crystal Kid became a staple of the Canadian concert circuit, sharing stages with Three Days Grace, Seether, My Darkest Days and more. The band has been a Top 5 finalist at Calgary's AMP 90.3 FM Rock Star Finale for four years in a row (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). Performing Monday, May 6th at 10:30pm on Stage 2 at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood.
THIS CLUB: (www.thisclubmusic.com): This Club celebrated the release of their eagerly anticipated debut album Highlife with news of a No. 2 chart placing on iTunes in Ireland and No. 8 national chart position. Following the success of their debut single “I Won’t Worry” and follow-up single “Add It Up,” Highlife has become an essential part of pop radio, club and online playlists. Highlife was produced by Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, The Hives, Elvis Costello) and his input had a significant impact on the quartet’s music. It was mixed by Joe Zook (Katy Perry, P!nk, Mika, Timbaland). Performing Monday, May 6th at 11:00pm on Stage 1 at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood.
LIFE DOWN HERE: (www.lifedownhereband.com): Life Down Here is carving out a name for themselves in the LA music scene. Their debut album, The Beginning, was produced by Jay Baumgardner (Evanescence, Papa Roach, Seether) and features the singles “All That You Are” and “Seven Letters,” both of which have received airplay on Alternative radio in multiple countries. Last year, they opened for Paramore as a special request by the band, supported Lostprophets in LA and performed at the LA, Nashville, San Francisco and Nashville Pride events. Performing Tuesday, May 7th at 8:00pm on Stage 1 at S.I.R. Studios.
WE MET TOMORROW: (www.talentcoach.se/we-met-tomorrow): With their unusual three-piece lineup featuring double guitars, bass drum, bass guitar and a crash cymbal, We Met Tomorrow will score high on originality and uniqueness. While they might sound like a band that’s very dark with cynical members, that’s not the case. It’s just the result of three young, quirky, ironic, serious, funny, melancholic, spirited and hungry musicians coming together and creating what they love most in this world: music. Tom Callahan (Shania Twain) and Krish Sharma (The Rolling Stones) fell in love with We Met Tomorrow in the summer of 2012, and as a result, recorded the band a few months later. Performing Tuesday, May 7th at 8:30pm on Stage 2 at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood.
THEE ATTACKS: (http://theeattacks.dk): Thee Attacks are four young kids with an average age of 23 hailing from northern Denmark. In spite of their relatively short career, they have already played gigs in Paris, Berlin, London, Madrid, New York and Austin - and of course every rock club in Denmark worth mentioning. According to Kieron Tyler of MOJO Magazine, “Thee Attacks are a mod-looking four-piece from Aalborg in north Denmark. Soulful vocals complement a '65-era Townshend guitarist, who whacks out Have Love, Will Travel-style riff after riff. So good, they'll easily move beyond the garage and could crossover to become a successor to The Hives. Primitivist über-producer Liam Watson is here and smiling along.” Performing Tuesday, May 7th at 9:00pm on Stage 1 at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood.
JEREMY LOOPS: (www.facebook.com/jeremyloops): Jeremy Loops is a modern day one-man folk band. His live show is simply amazing as he creates his music by making loops of himself playing his guitar, ukulele, and harmonica while incorporating his beat boxing skills. This process often leaves his audience searching for where the sounds are coming from but we assure you that Jeremy gets all the credit. Performing Tuesday, May 7th at 9:30pm on Stage 2 at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood.
CHARLIZE BERG: (http://charlizeberg.com): At the tender age of 15, Charlize Berg released her first album and went to Taiwan at 16 to take part in the world “Supermodel” finals. In 2010, she signed a record deal with one of South Africa's biggest independents, Select Music. Charlize’s reputation continued to grow and she has now played most of the biggest festivals and TV shows in South Africa and was nominated for Best Pop album and Female Artist of the Year at the SAMAs, the South African Music Awards. For the past year, Charlize has been working with LA-based songwriting/production team The Grid, which includes Pam Sheyne (“Genie in a Bottle”) and Aron Friedman, developing the songs for her debut English-language album. Performing Tuesday, May 7th at 10:00pm on Stage 1 at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood.
DIALEKT (www.dialekt.com.au): Australia-born Dialekt started as an MC and freestyler in the Mariana music scene and gained success in the Pacific islands with the single “Summertime.” Dialekt has performed with LA rapper Xzibit in Guam and recently collaborated with Royce Da 5’9", Sen Dog of Cypress Hill, Kid Frost, Young De AKA Demrick and LA producer Fingazz for his new album We Are The Future. No other lyricist from Australia has as much intensity and lyrical agility as this mind-blowing artist and it’s only a matter of time before the global stage will get its chance to bear witness. Performing Tuesday, May 7th at 10:30pm on Stage 2 at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood.
THESE REIGNING DAYS: (www.thesereigningdays.co.uk): These Reigning Days consists of three experienced musicians fronted by ex-Quails lead singer/songwriter, Dan Steer. Their debut single “Changes,” from their forthcoming album due in May, was produced by Yoad Nevo (Goldfrapp, Pet Shop Boys, Sugababes, Bryan Adams), and featured on Q Music TV, which has attracted significant interest from BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6 Music producers and has enjoyed great reviews including in The Mirror. Performing Tuesday, May 7th at 11:00pm on Stage 1 at S.I.R. Studios Hollywood.
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GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…
Tony Berk and Pieter van Bodegraven from Talpa Music in Holland tell A&R Worldwide that they are happy to announce the appointment of Jeroen te Rehorst to the position of A&R Manager as of last week. “Jeroen is a perfect addition to our A&R team, which is active in a wide variety of musical styles,” stated Berk and Bodegraven.
Jeroen is replacing Zack Dekkaki, who is leaving Talpa Music at the end of this month to join the team of producer and songwriter RedOne. Berk and Bodegraven added, “We would like to thank Zack for some great years at Talpa Music and wish him lots of success with this nice next step in his career.”
Former Epic Records Los Angeles-based Staff Producer and Head of A&R Mike Flynn has joined a new A&R team across town. Flynn tells A&R Worldwide that he has joined the A&R team at Capitol Music Group and will be based out of the company’s famous Tower.
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed a deal with groundbreaking hip-hop label Sugar Hill Music to administer their entire catalog in the United States, UMPG Chairman/CEO Zach Horowitz and Sugar Hill founder/CEO Joey Robinson announced today. “My brothers and I are really excited about the opportunity of working with Zach, Evan Lamberg, and the entire UMG family," said Joey Robinson in a statement. "I've known Zach since the MCA Records days, and to now have the opportunity to work close with him with our catalog, as well as with new songwriters and publishers we are signing to our roster, will only help take Sugar Hill Music legacy to the next generation," while UMPG's Horowitz added, “Sugar Hill’s publishing catalog is a testament to the vision of Sylvia Robinson, one of the true pioneers of the music business. As a performer, writer, producer, talent finder, and record company owner she played a critical role in creating some of the most memorable and culturally significant songs of the modern music era. We couldn’t be more excited to be working with her sons to build on her legacy."
Paradigm Talent Agency announced last Friday that it was launching a new label called Big Picnic Records. The label which is funded by private investors will be distributed by Sony’s RED Music. Paradigm’s Head of East Coast music Marty Diamond will provide A&R support to Big Picnic General Manager Patti Hauseman. The label has announced that its first release is by British singer-songwriter WALL, whose debut EP, Shoestring, came out April 2nd. The label plans to release future releases from London’s Foxes and the Los Angeles two-piece Johnnyswim.
Former Universal Music Group Russia President David Junk tells A&R Worldwide that he has taken on a role to help run Gibson Guitars office in Moscow. Junk’s new role will entail Entertainment Relations for Gibson Guitar Corp. in the Russian Federation.
Filip Sundberg, drummer of Swedish band Syket, has signed an exclusive songwriter agreement with BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia for his solo project Tiger Forest Cat.
Tiger Forest Cat’s debut single, “Everybody’s Running,” will be released on April 14th 2013, followed by the album Affairs Of The Heart in fall. The single has recently been premiered on the website/blog PSL, which is hosted by national Swedish television channel SVT. Tiger Forest Cat will play his first show in Stockholm on 13 April 2013 to introduce his new sound. Sundberg will continue to be part of award-winning band Syket , who are also signed to BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia.
Twenty-year-old Cape Town, South Africa-based alternative pop artist Jimmy Nevis is on the verge of a massive international breakthrough.
Nevis who is signed exclusively to David Gresham Records and David Gresham Music Publishing has just concluded deals with Ultra Records for North America and CNR/Mostiko for Benelux and Poland. The first international single “Heartboxing” will be released in the USA next week. Nevis is becoming a household name in South Africa, having released 3 Top 10 singles, being the first South African artist to top the Simfy streaming charts, as well as having the South African iTunes Christmas No.1 single in 2012 with “Heartboxing.” Jimmy Nevis’ debut album, Subliminal, is attracting critical acclaim from major publications, including a full page spread in Rolling Stone magazine. For international licensing and publishing contact Andrew@gresham.co.za.
Taylor Testa has been appointed A&R Manager of Virgin Records, it was announced a few days ago by Ron Fair, the company's Chief Creative Officer and EVP. Testa joins Virgin from Sony/ATV Music Publishing, where she assisted the company's senior creative staff since 2011. In her new position, Testa will scout talent and engage in general A&R duties for the label. She reports directly to Fair and will be based at Virgin's offices in the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, CA.
The brand new spring 2013 A&R Registry is currently available with all the latest updates, news and information regarding the world of A&R. The publication is the most accurate update of A&R executives at both major and independent record labels in the US and in key international markets. To get your latest issue of the spring 2013 A&R Registry, please contact Ritch Esra at email@example.com.
Steve Tramposch has recently taken on the role as Vice President of A&R at Eleven Seven Music and Five Seven Music and will be based out of the company’s New York City offices. Tramposch will be looking for primarily alternative music signings.
FrostByte Media Inc. has announced that in a new partnership deal, it will be servicing its Canadian physical and digital distribution through Universal Music Canada (UMC), one of the country’s largest music companies.
Embattled UK music retail chain HMV, which has been in administration since January, has been sold to restructuring specialist Hilco for a reported $76 million. The move will save 141 of HMV’s UK retail outlets and approximately 2500 jobs. Hilco also owns HMV Canada. Paul McGowan, CEO of Hilco, stated, “We hope to replicate some of the success we have had in the Canadian market with the HMV Canada business which we acquired almost two years ago and which is now trading strongly. The structural differences in the markets and the higher level of competition in the UK will prove additional challenges for the UK business but we believe it has a successful future ahead of it.” HMV UK will be led by Ian Topping, formerly CEO of South African retail group Steinhoff, while McGowan becomes HMV Chairman.
American promoter Goldenvoice, part of AEG Live, has reached a deal with the city of Indio, California, to keep its famed Coachella and Stagecoach Festivals at their current location through the year 2030. As part of the deal, the city's share of each individual ticket more than doubles, from $2.33 to $5.01, while the festival organizers now have the option to stage two additional events on fall weekends. The deal also expands Coachella’s capacity to 99,000 and Stagecoach's to 75,000 commencing in 2014.
Global superstar Gloria Estefan has returned to Sony Music Entertainment, her label home of 30 years, after briefly exiting in 2011. She's signed a new multi-album deal that commences with the release of the English language album The Standards this fall. “Gloria is one-of-a-kind -- in any language, in any genre,” said Afo Verde, Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Entertainment for the Latin Region, Spain and Portugal.
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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 some of last month’s favorite global video fails! Click HERE to watch some of the world’s best jackasses in action!
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK" – JEREMY LOOPS
Equipped with multiple instruments, a loop station, pedals, a capacity to sing and a beat-box, “one-man-band” Jeremy Loops creates textured tracks that transform convention and align the fresh with the familiar. His performances center around crowd participation and collaborations with other skilled musicians, most frequently the lyricist Motheo Moleko, as well as Jamie Faull on the sax, which brings a completely unique and positive sound to new school world folk music. Jeremy has been hugely successful of late, playing on the main stage at Oppikoppi, one of the biggest festivals south of the equator, to a crowd of 22,000 people. A&R Worldwide saw Jeremy Loops in South Africa last year courtesy of Sheer Music’s Damon Forbes and noted that Jeremy Loops has the global potential like Mumford & Sons, Gotye and fellow South African Dave Matthews. Jeremy’s first ever show outside of South Africa will be at MUSEXPO LA this year and flocks of agents, publishers, labels and music supervisors are sure to swarm all over this hidden musical gem. The critics have been quick to take notice too: Mahala online, South Africa’s arbiter of cool, said about Jeremy Loops, “Then, out of nowhere this hipster kid with a feather in his hat came out and blew the (expletive) roof off the place. By far the standout act of the festival, Jeremy Loops brought something fresh to the table. Very cool loops layered over each other, a good grasp of a range of instruments, loads of energy, loads of funk. The crowd went completely nuts.” Experience the talents of Jeremy Loops in his single, “Power” and contact Misha Teasdale firstname.lastname@example.org for worldwide signing, publishing, booking, licensing and synch opportunities. Listen to “Power” by clicking HERE.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – MOTO BOY
Oskar Humlebo, aka Moto Boy, began his love affair with music at the age of eight during a boy’s choir rehearsal in a London cathedral. He spent his teen years exploring jazz and experimental music, with the result that the Malmo-based artist’s influences range from Tchaikovsky and Angelo Badalamenti to Scott Walker and Siouxsie Sioux…but most of all he is inspired by great movies. Moto Boy makes lush, romantic pop songs. With emotive pop and impressive operatic vocals, the result is hair-raising music that evokes feelings parallel to that of a Jeff Buckley song or a David Lynch movie. His latest album Lost in the Call was romantic, melancholic yet quite evocative, filled with strings and a choir. Currently, Moto Boy is working on his third studio album, which will be released in fall 2013. The performance video for “The Heart Is A Rebel” is a perfect example of how incredible Moto Boy is live and is sure to appeal to music supervisors and fans of Sigur Ros, Röyksopp, Peter Bjorn & John and other cool Nordic alt-pop. Moto Boy is available for signing, booking and synch opportunities, and will be performing in Los Angeles early May. For more information contact Gisela Sotomayor at email@example.com.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 4/7/2013
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, April 7th 2013: The two-hour weekly import show. As heard on KCSN-FM “88.5FM” Los Angeles; 99.1FM Radio Doble Nueve, Lima, Peru; KNRK-FM Portland OR, KNDD “The End” Seattle WA, KRML “102.1FM” CA (now with a “Passport Approved Daily” segment on KNRK Portland, KNDD Seattle WA, KCMP “The Current” Minneapolis MN, KRML CA and 99.1FM Radio Doble Nueve); WCNR Charlottesville, VA; KIWR “The River” Council Bluffs, IA; 2XM Ireland (national radio); KRZQ-FM Reno NV; UCFM 87.8FM Australian Capital Territory, Australia; WRUR 88.5FM Rochester New York; 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, Blend-FM Germany, Euro Trash Radio South Africa, as well as, a regular feature on Tokyo, Japan’s Inter FM.
Listen to this two-hour show by clicking HERE:
LITTLE GREEN CARS – “My Love Took Me Down to the River to Silence Me” (Glassnote, Ireland)
***INTERVIEW W/ DELORENTOS***
DELORENTOS – “Bullet In A Gun” (DeloRecords, Ireland)
***INTERVIEW W/ TARA LEE***
TARA LEE – “Soundtrack” (Unsigned, Ireland)
GAVIN JAMES – “Say Hello” (Believe Recordings, Ireland)
***INTERVIEW W/ HEATHERS***
HEATHERS – “Circular Road” (Aunthill Records, Ireland)
VERSIVES – “Two Enemies” (Unsigned, Ireland)
***INTERVIEW W/ VERSIVES***
ROBERT GRACE – “Cardboard Boxes” (Unsigned, Ireland)
***INTERVIEW W/ ROBERT GRACE***
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB – “Next Year” (Kitsune/Glassnote, Ireland)
FRIENDS OF EMMET – “13th Floor” (Unsigned, Ireland)
DIRTY EPICS – “We’re Coming Up” (Unsigned, Ireland)
THESE REIGNING DAYS - "Stand Down" (Unsigned, UK)
CHVRCHES – “Recover” (Glassnote, UK)
JEREMY LOOPS – “Power” (Unsigned, South Africa)
RUEN BROTHERS – "Aces" (Unsigned, UK)
SHEPPARD – “Pebble Road” (Unsigned, Australia)
THE GRISWOLDS – “Heart Of A Lion” (Unsigned, Australia)
JUTTY RANX – “I See You” (Unsigned)
THE BOSS HOSS FEAT. TIJUANA WONDERBRASS – “Don’t Gimme That” (Universal, Germany)
DÚNÉ – “All That I have” (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
MOTO BOY – “Someday” (Songs I Wish I Had Written, Sweden)
THE PUSHER – “Cracks In The Pavement” (EMI Music, Sweden)
BOY – “Little Numbers” (Gronland, Germany)
ALFRED HALL – “Wild At Heart” (Sony, Norway)
INGLOW – “Free Fallin'’” (Unsigned, Norway)
JODEE SIEDERS – “Perfect Lie” (Unsigned)
(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Delilah, Sunset Avenue, IAMX, Amy Hef and Tilbury).