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Asia Pop 40 launched in Asia last week and is the first regional weekly chart countdown radio show produced in Asia specifically for Asian radio, A&R Worldwide can reveal. Asia Pop 40 made its worldwide debut on Friday July 5, from 2:00PM – 5:00PM on MediaCorp Radio’s Class 95 in Singapore and is repeated each Saturday evening at 9pm.

Dom Lau & Max Lim
Each week Asia Pop 40 counts down the most popular downloads on iTunes across Asia, showcasing iTunes charts from multiple markets to produce a pan-regional radio program.

Asia Pop 40’s English version is hosted each week by Asia’s own Dom Lau. Dom is one of the most recognized personalities in Asian media thanks to his work as anchor for E! News Asia. Dom established his music credentials as a VJ for five years on FOX International Channel’s music network, Channel [V]. Dom has reported on-location including various film premieres and live events such as concerts and fashion shows. He broadcast live from the Red Carpet at the Academy Awards in Hollywood and has interviewed over 50 A-list celebrities from film, television, music and fashion.

The Mandarin version of Asia Pop 40 is hosted by Malaysian-born actor, singer-songwriter and radio celebrity Max Lim. Max has built a solid professional career on Australian and Malaysian Chinese radio, presenting various chart shows, hosting numerous events, acting on Malaysian television as well as writing and releasing his own singles. He is well known to Chinese-speaking audiences across Asia from his interviews of dozens of Chinese superstars on radio. Max is one of Asia’s rising media stars.

Tim Hagan Rob Graham
Australian Tim Hagan is Asia Pop 40’saward-winning Music Director and Producer. Tim was previously Music Programmer/Producer for SBS Australia’s highly rated “PopAsia”TV show. Tim is also a “Super Reviewer” for Australia’s Triple J Radio’s Unearthed digital radio station.

Asia Pop 40 is supported by a multi-faceted, multi-lingual website, www.asiapop40.com, featuring the chart, artist interviews, celebrity gossip, social media plug-ins and links to the iTunes store, making it an essential platform for any advertiser wanting to reach a young, affluent Asian audience. Asia Pop 40 is created and syndicated by EON Syndicated Media, a close partner of A&R Worldwide based in Singapore.

EON’s Executive Producer Rob Graham stated, “The Asia Pop 40 chart will become the main reference source for what’s hot in Asian music for the world’s music media. And because AP40 is made in Asia for Asia, this makes the Asia Pop 40 chart truly relevant for Asian audiences by being Asia’s first-ever official regional chart.” Asia Pop 40 has been nominated for various radio industry awards this year in the United Stated prior to launching on-air.

The show is three hours in length and apart from showcasing the latest music it will also feature latest movie reviews, album reviews, artist interviews and massive competitions.


The Swedish artist Titiyo has signed an exclusive songwriter agreement with BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia. Titiyo has been an active artist worldwide for the past 20 years.

After the success with her 2001 single and album Come Along she continued to dominate the Swedish music market, winning four Swedish Grammys and two Rockbjörnar.

COMING ALONG WITH TITYO (l-r) are Olle Rönnbäck (Director of Licensing and Marketing, BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia), Sanken Sandqvist (General Manager, BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia), Niklas ”Pankan” Bergson (Autonom Management), Titiyo, Lotta Eriksson (Creative Manager, BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia), Per Hägglund (Autonom Management) and Suzanne Rapp (Master New Recordings Manager, BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia).

In 2008, Titiyo released the album Hidden where she was involved both as producer and composer. The album’s melancholic electronica sound was awarded with praise by both the fans and the critics. The album included the single “Longing For Lullabies,” a collaboration with Kleerup. Currently, Titiyo is currently in the studio recording a new album.

Titiyo said, “I avoided publishing companies deliberately for many years, but the relation with BMG Chrysalis and Sanken Sandqvist feels good and the timing is right. Together with Autonom Management we’re ready to do this at full speed!”


Deutsche Grammophon has announced that the new album from platinum-selling German EDM act Schiller will be the debut release from the company’s new Panorama label, an additional new home for innovative artists and unique musical and creative projects exploring new spheres of classical music.

Berlin-based Deutsche Grammophon, known the world over by its distinctive and historic “Yellow Label” logo, has been at the vanguard of technological and artist development since its formation in 1898 and today is home to many of the world’s greatest classical artists, including Herbert von Karajan, Anna Netrebko, Gustavo Dudamel, Rolando Villazón and Anne-Sophie Mutter. Panorama will present new acts and projects that complement the Yellow Label's existing classical roster with its own dedicated A&R team led by Executive Producer Christian Badzura who will work alongside Deutsche Grammophon's VP A&R Ute Fesquet.

“Our goal is always to deliver incredible and innovative music right around the world, and Panorama is our additional new Deutsche Grammophon home for creative artists and projects,” said Deutsche Grammophon President Mark Wilkinson.

Schiller’s Christopher von Deylen added, “It is my pleasure to be the first artist to release on Deutsche Grammophon's new Panorama label. ‘Opus’ blends classical melodies with electronica sounds, making it a perfect entrée to the Panorama portfolio.”

“Panorama is Deutsche Grammophon’s new ‘innovation lab,’” added Frank Briegmann, President Central Europe Universal Music and Deutsche Grammophon. “Besides Deutsche Grammophon’s wonderful and established classical music productions, the label will create new sound-worlds, touching the borders and pushing the boundaries of the classical music genre. We will experiment with the unfamiliar - expanding our horizons as we look to bring new audiences to the wide-ranging world of classical music.”

With the Schiller album set for release on August 30, future plans include a new “recomposed” project from Jan Delay producer Matthias Arfmann, a new album from award-winning soprano Mojca Erdmann (who recently recorded with Gold-selling Universal act Die Priester), several soundtracks, and a Christmas album from award-winning film composer Nigel Hess.


Adam Lowenberg
Adam Lowenberg, Chief Marketing Officer of Primary Wave Music, one of the largest independent music publishing, marketing and talent management companies in the US, has taken on an additional role as General Manager of Primary Wave Talent Management. With over 20 years of experience in the music industry and five years at Primary Wave as CMO, Lowenberg has successfully spearheaded the overall marketing initiatives at Primary Wave Music.

In addition to his role as CMO, he will also oversee all aspects of Primary Wave’s management division as General Manager, facilitating seamless communication between management partners and maximizing opportunities for the management roster, which includes artists, writers, and producers such as CeeLo Green, Eric Benet, Trevor Jackson, Goodie Mob, EDM star Audien, songwriter Ali Tamposi, producer Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers) and many more.

“Primary Wave Music has already made their mark in music publishing and I’m excited to help lead our talent management division in the same direction, becoming a force within the music industry,” stated Lowenberg. “As Primary Wave Talent Management continues to grow, it was a natural transition for me to take on this additional role and help ensure positive, steady growth and communication internally as well as within our management roster.”

Lowenberg has been working in the music industry for over 22 years; prior to joining Primary Wave, he was Senior VP of Marketing for Island Def Jam. He also served as Senior VP of Marketing at Virgin Records and VP of Marketing at Arista Records. While holding these positions, Lowenberg was a part of the multi-Platinum success of global artists such as Avril Lavigne, Dido, Sarah McLachlan, Pink, Rihanna, and Bon Jovi.


A&R Worldwide descended upon Stockholm, Sweden last week as it connected with its various relationships in the worlds of A&R, publishing, management, live and other sectors of the industry.

The music business is showing positive signs of recovery in almost all areas within the Swedish territory and many other international markets. That air of tangible confidence has been echoed by many in Stockholm and other markets, where key decisions for Scandinavia are made to determine the overall future of the global music business, both locally and globally.

A&R Worldwide thanks its friends in Sweden for their warm hospitality during our time in Stockholm and in particular Jens Lundberg and the team at Blue Lemon Management for their extensive support during the visit to Sweden.

Here’s a pictorial overview of our visit to Sweden last week.

EXPORTING THE SOUNDS OF SWEDEN: Jesper Thorsson VD & CEO, Export Music Sweden AB (ExMS) gives A&R Worldwide the thumbs up on the direction of where the Swedish music business is heading. IT’S “UNIVERSAL” SWEDISH LOVE for music (l-r) with Johan Linquist (General Manager, Svenska Inspelningar Sin, Universal Music Sweden) and Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide).

SWEDISH DELIGHT IN STOCKHOLM: Longtime music fanatics and friends Sanken Sandqvist (General Manager, BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia) and A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla discuss the positive growth of music in Scandinavia. MUSIC OUT OF THIS COSMOS: Two of Sweden’s most respected independent music minds share the great new sounds of Scandinavia with A&R Worldwide. Pictured (l-r) are Fredrik Ekander (CEO, Cosmos Music Group, Scandinavia) and Hugo Scherman (Head of A&R, Cosmos Music Group).

TWO HEADS IN THE SWEDISH “CLOUDS”?: A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla enjoys some traditional Swedish cuisine and a good musical chat with longtime friend John Cloud (Head of Int’l, Playground Music Scandinavia). IT’S MUSICAL BLISS IN SWEDEN with the ultra-talented Stockholm-based alternative rock band Ruh and their manager Jens Lundberg (pictured in the center next to A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla).

SWEDES ON THE RISE: Emerging Swedish act Ruh (managed by Blue Lemon Management) performed songs from their brand new album to a capacity crowd in their native Stockholm. AT THE X LEVEL STUDIOS IN SWEDEN: A&R Worldwide enjoyed the new sounds and music discussions with a great collection of music enthusiasts at the legendary X Level Studios in Sweden (sister studio to the famous Abbey Road Studios in the UK).


Rollo Armstrong
Producer extraordinaire Rollo Armstrong (Dido, Faithless, U.T.R.B) tells A&R Worldwide that he will be releasing a new single that features poet Kate Tempest via Greco-Roman, which is the label of Joe Goddard / Disclosure. The single is a part of an album with features additional vocals from U.T.R.B, Faris Badwan from The Horrors and Marshall Jefferson. Incidentally, U.T.R.B which was featured in the A&R Worldwide newsletter as an unsigned act back in 2011 has just signed with Virgin Records UK President Ted Cockle and the US release (as mentioned here a few months ago) will come out via Republic/Universal. U.T.R.B and Rollo are managed by Craig Newman (ATC Management).

Swedish act Fou De Toi tells A&R Worldwide that they have signed a multi-single deal with the independent Australian label Possum Records recently. The band which was featured in the A&R Worldwide newsletter earlier this year has been recording its debut album. Fou De Toi has also been garnering interest from labels within the US; they are currently published worldwide by Warner-Chappell Music Scandinavia.

Universal Music Group (UMG) has promoted Carl Park to Sr. VP Finance, East Coast Labels, it was announced today by Joseph Schmidt, Chief Financial Officer, East Coast Labels, to whom he reports. UMG’s East Coast Label Group includes the Island Def Jam Music Group and Republic Records. Among the areas under Park’s purview are label forecasting, planning and analysis, actuals reporting, deal and pricing analysis as well as T&E and AG policy enforcement. Park will continue to be based in the company’s New York office.

Independent worldwide publisher peermusic has expanded its UK roster with the announcement of recent signings including Tom Wilding, Joseph Addison, Arjun Selvarajah and Wally Badarou. Wilding has just finished writing and producing Gabrielle Aplin’s debut album English Rain, which entered the UK’s Official Album Chart at No.2 back in May of this year.

Don Cannon
Def Jam Recordings has announced the appointment of award-winning record producer and DJ Don Cannon to VP A&R, it was announced today by Karen Kwak, Executive VP/Head of A&R, Island Def Jam Music Group. Cannon will oversee current and new artist projects and will actively seek out, discover and sign new talent to the label. Based in Atlanta, Cannon will report directly to Kwak, while working closely with Steve Bartels, President & COO, Island Def Jam Music Group. As one of the world’s most well-known and highly respected celebrity DJs and producers, the Grammy-nominated “DJ Don” Cannon has worked alongside a who’s who of hip-hop’s most innovative artists, from Def Jam artists Pusha T, Jeezy, Nas, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Ludacris and Big Sean to Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, OutKast, T.I, the Game, 50 Cent and more.

Swedish artist Tove Lo who was featured in the A&R Worldwide newsletter earlier this year has been the focus of intense label interest globally. Her single, “Habits,” has been generating strong radio support throughout Scandinavia as well as internationally via the influential syndicated tastemaker international music program Passport Approved.

Following the success of the single “Forget Me Knots,” from their Choice Music-nominated second album Kingdom, the Brian Scally (Milestone Music Management)-represented band Heathers are continuing their international success and have now signed a deal with Warner Music Germany for the whole of Central Europe, which will include releasing the new album in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Poland. This follows the girls’ recent signing to Sony Music Canada back in March and is part of their on-going campaign to release Kingdom worldwide. Brian Scally tells A&R Worldwide there is already strong interest from a number of US-based labels. Heathers’ music has been featured on “90210” in the US, as well as other placements on the very successful US TV show “Mob Wives” on VHI, “The Voice,” “X Factor,” “Waterloo Road” and various other TV shows in the UK. Recently the band were invited to LA to perform at the pre-Oscars party hosted by Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams The first single to be released in Central Europe is “It’s Alright Not To Feel OK (Forget Me Knots)” on July 26.

There’s a slew of interest developing from US-based companies on an unsigned, unpublished and non-booked British singer/songwriter who has been called a cross between Adele and Lily Allen. Stay tuned as we share more information in the near future.

Unsigned Australian rock band Kingswood continues to develop strong international A&R, publisher and agent interest. The band has been supported by the renowned Triple J Radio network’s Richard Kingsmill as well as the influential commercial radio network Austereo programming chief Guy Dobson. Kingswood tell A&R Worldwide that they are making plans to be in the US this fall and are currently working with TKO’s Andrew Goodfriend in the US for various live dates. With the resurgence of guitar bands and a great 2014 on the horizon for “rock,” Kingswood’s timing could not be more perfect to impact a rock-hungry music world.

T3 Media’s Sr. Rights Clearance Manager Georgette Bivins tells A&R Worldwide that she will be leaving the company to join the global brand agency Deutsch, Inc. as its Business Affairs Manager commencing July 12.

British rock band These Reigning Days (www.thesereigningdays.co.uk) have been continuing to build label, publisher and booking agent interest after their recent show at the San Siro Stadium in Italy where they opened up as support for Bon Jovi at the 80,000 seat venue. The band played in front of tens of thousands of fans and has just been offered several other festival dates across Europe as a result. In addition, they will perform on the main stage prime-time on August 3 at the world’s biggest rock festival “Polish Woodstock” in front of half a million punters. The band has also been generating early support on BBC Radio in the UK and other stations across Europe. Click HERE to see These Reigning Days’ short EPK of their recent performance in Italy. For more information, contact manager Sarah Woodward at sarahwoodward1@gmail.com.

Toronto-based publisher Ole has acquired a music publishing catalog comprised of music from Sony Pictures Entertainment’s film and television releases between 1993 and 2012. The catalog includes compositions from a variety of TV shows such as “Wheel of Fortune,” “Breaking Bad,” “Dawson’s Creek,” “The Nanny” and “Rescue Me,” and films including Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, Groundhog Day, Rudy, Jumanji, Legends of the Fall, Moneyball, Mr. Deeds, The Patriot, The Quick and the Dead, Superbad, Step Brothers, Stuart Little and Hotel Transylvania among others. Founded in 2004, and with operations in Toronto, Nashville, New York and Los Angeles, Ole is engaged in intellectual property acquisitions, creative development and worldwide rights management.

Australasian collecting societies APRA and AMCOS have announced an agreement with Universal Music Publishing under which APRA|AMCOS will represent UMP in licensing the latter’s digital rights throughout the Asian region. The agreement, which is non-exclusive, will potentially cover all countries within the region excluding Japan.

The new A&R Registry is currently available. The always insightful publication provides all the latest happenings in the world of A&R including the latest contact information for A&R executives and labels across the globe. The July/August 2013 edition of the publication is currently available and spotlights the many recent A&R executive changes across both sides of the Atlantic. To purchase your current A&R Registry contact, Ritch Esra at ritch@musicregistry.com.

Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc., a global leader in the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of high quality musical instruments, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Kohlberg & Company, a global private equity investment firm, in a transaction valued at approximately $438 million. Steinway products include Bach Stradivarius trumpets, Selmer Paris saxophones, C.G. Conn French horns, Leblanc clarinets, King trombones, Ludwig snare drums and Steinway & Sons pianos. Upon the completion of the transaction, Steinway will become a privately held company.

[PIAS] Music Group and RED Distribution recently announced an exclusive distribution agreement for North America, encompassing both digital and physical distribution rights for [PIAS] America releases. The first release under the agreement was the new album from for unsigned A&R Worldwide supported act Editors. The band’s new album, The Weight Of Your Love, was released last week.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Andrew Goodfriend, Adam Tudhope, Tim McDaniel, Thomas Scherer, Matthew Lazarus-Hall, Oum Pradutt, Jaideep Singh, David Junk, Ian Rogers, Ben Weeden, Mark Beaven, Chris Douridas and Martin Dodd.


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 jackasses who are fans of fireworks. Click HERE to see why fireworks and idiots just don’t seem to “take off” well together!


Robyn, Tove Styrke and Veronica Maggio are successful singers from Sweden - and behind their voices are the musicians and band members who have stepped out on their own to form The Royal Concept. Based in Stockholm, the quartet which was originally known as The Concept Store and simply The Concept features David Larson (vocals/guitar), Filip Bekic (guitar), Magnus Robert (bass) and Frans Povel (drums). The band debuted in 2010 with the single “Damn!” and instantly received comparisons to Phoenix with their electronic indie pop sound. The next year they gained even more fans with the singles “D-D-Dance” and “Gimme Twice” around the same time of the final name change to The Royal Concept. In April of last year the foursome signed with Jason Flom President & Founder Lava Records and released their self-titled debut EP in June. The band also signed with the booking agency Paradigm in the US, X-ray Touring in Europe and Luger in Sweden. They have returned with a brand new track called “On Our Way” which is taking radio and the internet by storm, which you can listen to by clicking HERE. The infectious tune is already the No.21 most viral track of the week on Spotify and continues to build. You can get additional details on the band at http://royalconceptband.com.


Juno award winner from Montreal, Canada, A*STAR sings in both English and French with equal talent. Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and arranger, A*STAR is also an incredible showman who always delivers an energetic and memorable performance. Just two short years ago, A*STAR showcased at MUSEXPO in Los Angeles and within minutes, the audience lit up, saw the potential and experienced the magic; he garnered immediate interest from several labels and publishers. After that performance, the collaboration between A*STAR and DJ Lone Lebone (Coolio, SoShy) began. Writing sessions took place in Miami, Los Angeles and Paris and the result came in the form of his first English album, A*STAR Is My Name. Mixed in Los Angeles by Andros Rodriguez (Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera) and mastered in New York by Chris Gehringer (Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Mraz), the album is expected to be released this fall on Frostbyte/Universal. The first offering from the upcoming album has landed in the form of “Dodging Teardrops.” The track entered as the No.15 most added Pop track in the US in its first week and was selected by Clear Channel for their Digital Artists Integration Program for the entire month of June, earning airplay on 65 of its Pop and Rhythm stations through their digital streams and phone apps. The tune has already been added to over 20 major stations in Germany and will soon be released in Australia, France and the UK. The visual for “Dodging Teardrops” is available which features A*STAR on a piano reminiscent of a young Elton John. Watch the video here and contact Pierre Paradis of Sphere Music at pparadis@spheremusique.com for available licensing, booking and synch opportunities worldwide (ex-Canada).


“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, July 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; KAFA “97.7FM” Colorado Springs, CO; 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 and Euro Trash Radio South Africa.

Listen to this two-hour show by clicking HERE:

THESE REIGNING DAYS – “Too Late” (Unsigned, UK)
RUBYLUX – “The World Goes Quiet” (Unsigned, UK)
JOHN NEWMAN – “Love Me Again” (Island, UK)
RACHEL SERMANNI – “The Fog” (Unsigned, Scotland)
AMERICAN AUTHORS – “Believer” (Island)
THE LEISURE SOCIETY – “Fight For Everyone” (Full Time Hobby, UK)
CHARITY CHILDREN – “Elizabeth” (Monkey Records, Germany)
THE ROYAL CONCEPT – “On Our Way” (import, Sweden)
THE RIVER AND THE ROAD – “Straw, Brick and Wood” (Unsigned, Canada)
FALLING OFF MAPS – “The Redeemer” (Unsigned, UK)
KIDFORCE – “Song 2” (Import)
YALTA CLUB – “Highly Branded” (Atmospheriques, France)
WOODKID – “I Love You” (Green United Music, France)
TESSA ROSE JACKSON – “Lost and Found” (Monocle Recordings, Netherlands) (Songs From)
THE VEILS – “Through The Deep, Dark Wood” (Pitch Beat Records, UK)
FOU DE TOI – “Heartless” (Unsigned, Sweden)
PRIDES – “Out Of The Blue” (Unsigned, UK)
INTERGALACTIC LOVERS – “Delay” (EMI Music, Belgium)
KIDS ON BRIDGES – “This Rock” (Unsigned, UK)
MAKESHIFT INNOCENCE – “All You Need Is Love” (OP3, Canada)
AVICII FEATURING ALOE BLACC– “Wake Me Up” (Universal, Sweden)
RUEN BROTHERS – “Aces” (Unsigned, UK)
CARO EMERALD – “Liquid Lunch” (Grandmono, Netherlands)
VANCE JOY – “Riptide” (Liberation, Australia)
ECHOTAPE – “Far From Heaven” (Slice Me Nice, Russia)
MONKS OF MELLONWAH – “Ghost Stories” (Unsigned, Australia)
ALFRED HALL – “So Bright” (Waterfall, Norway)
FAKE CLUB – “Beauty Queen” (Unsigned, UK)
TOVE LO – “Habits” (Unsigned, Sweden)
2 A.M. ORCHESTRA – “Ain’t Got The Fight” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
JIM KROFT – “Tell Me (Where To Begin)” (Unsigned, Germany)
BEATRICE ELI – “It’s Over” (EMI/Razzia Records, Sweden)

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