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MORE KEY MUSIC INDUSTRY EXECUTIVES ADDED TO THE
MUSEXPO 2015 SPEAKER LINE-UP



The highly-respected MUSEXPO (www.musexpo.net), one of the world's most essential events for those vested in music, will once again bring together all sectors of the international music business and present one of its most innovative and inspiring programs to attendees in the event’s 11 year history in Los Angeles from April 26 – 29, 2015.

MUSEXPO 2015 will take place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel where registered MUSEXPO delegates are offered discounted room rates by clicking HERE.

Larry King
The event has already confirmed numerous key innovators and influencers from various sectors of the global music business to participate at next year’s event and has also just announced additional speakers for its 2015 program.

To register to attend MUSEXPO, click HERE.

Included among the confirmed speakers for next year’s program are legendary newsman and interviewer of some of the most influential world-leaders, business minds, celebrities, entertainers and musicians, Mr. Larry King, who will moderate the opening MUSEXPO Global Keynote “The Future of the International Music Business” featuring leaders from across the worldwide music, technology, brand and live sectors.

Also confirmed for MUSEXPO 2015, which will deliver one of its best panel programs to date, are:

Alexandra Patsavas Ben Cooper André De Raaf Christian Tattersfield Craig Kallman Craig Logan

Dumi Oburota Ellen Healy Gary Smith George Ergatoudis Jay Cooper Jurek Owsiak

Kathy Spanberger Michael Chugg Nick Raphael Pete Ganbarg Peter Smidt

Ralph Simon Sarah Stennett Scott Burnell Seymour Stein Steve Schnur

Alexandra Patsavas - Founder/Music Supervisor, Chop Shop Music Productions; Ben Cooper - Controller, BBC Radio 1 & BBC Radio 1Xtra; André De Raaf, CEO, CTM Entertainment/Imagem Music Group; Christian Tattersfield – Founder & President, Good Soldier Songs; Craig Kallman – Chairman & CEO, Atlantic Records Group; Craig Logan - CEO, Logan Media Entertainment; Dumi Oburata – Founder, Disturbing London (worldwide manager Jessie J & Tinie Tempah); Ellen Healy - Sr. Marketing Director, Global Consumer Engagement, Pepsi; Gary Smith – COO, Pollstar; George Ergatoudis – Head of Music, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra; Jay Cooper - Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLC (attorney for Katy Perry); Jurek Owsiak - Founder, Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity & Woodstock Festival Poland (the world’s largest rock festival); Kathy Spanberger - President/COO, peermusic Anglo-American Region; Michael Chugg – Founder, Chugg Entertainment; Mio Vukovic – Sr. VP A&R/Head of Creative, Disney Music Group; Nick Raphael – President, Capitol Music Group (UK); Pete Ganbarg – Executive VP/Head of A&R, Atlantic Records Group: Peter Smidt - Founder & Creative Director, Eurosonic Noorderslag; Ralph Simon - CEO & Founder, Mobilium Global; Sarah Stennett – Founder, Turn First Artists (global management for Iggy Azalea, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora); Scott Burnell - Global Lead, Business Development & Partner Management, Ford Motor Company; Seymour Stein - Co-Founder/Chairman, Sire Records & VP, Warner Bros. Records; Steve Schnur - Worldwide Executive & President, EA Music Group; Ted Suh - Head of Music, Partnerships, SoundCloud; Zach Katz - Chief Creative Officer, BMG Chrysalis North America and many others.

For a full list of confirmed speakers and to register for MUSEXPO, Global Synch & Brands Summit and A&R EXPO, click HERE.


UK MAJOR SIGNS ICONIC BRITISH ROCKERS



The Libertines
Virgin EMI has finalized a new worldwide record deal with the influential rock band The Libertines who are credited as one of the pioneers of the garage rock revival scene in the UK. The agreement was finalized last week in Thailand on Ko Si Chang Island.

The Libertines’ signing to Virgin EMI sees the band reuniting with Mike Smith, now President of Music, Virgin EMI. In 2002, Smith was responsible for bringing the band to EMI Music Publishing. It’s reported that Smith’s background with the band played a key role in the band joining Virgin EMI’s roster.

The Libertines, which were formed by Peter Doherty and Carl Barât in 1997 and includes additional members John Hassall and Gary Powell, released two albums, Up The Bracket (2002) and The Libertines (2004) before parting ways in 2004. The band reunited in 2010 to perform at the Reading and Leeds Festivals and joined forces again earlier this year for a sold out performance at Hyde Park British Summer Time. Since then the band have played an additional string of shows including three nights at the London Alexandra Palace as well as headlining a number of European festivals.

According to various sources, the band has written material for a new album which is scheduled to be released next year.


UMG NAMES MIKE TUNNICLIFFE, EXECUTIVE VP,
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & PARTNERSHIPS, U.S.



Mike Tunnicliffe
Universal Music Group (UMG) has named Mike Tunnicliffe, the former Chief Growth & Marketing Officer for GroupM, to the newly created role of Executive Vice President, Business Development & Partnerships, U.S., effective January 1, 2015. Tunnicliffe, who will be based in New York and report to UMG’s Executive Vice President, U.S. Recorded Music, Michele Anthony, will oversee new business activity for UMG related to brand partnerships, strategic marketing alliances and marketing programs for advertisers.

In making the announcement, Anthony said, “As the industry continues to evolve, we’re seeing an increasing number of opportunities to create value for our artists and labels by scaling and leveraging UMG’s incredible roster and forming dynamic partnerships with brands. With an executive of Mike’s caliber leading our efforts in the U.S. combined with Universal Music’s unparalleled talent and iconic labels, we are taking another important step in redefining the role of the music company in our rapidly transforming business.”

Tunnicliffe said, “As content continues to drive the growth of platforms and the development of new consumption models, I can’t think of a better time to join the progressive team at Universal Music which is leading the transformation of the music industry. I look forward to bringing my years of experience working with brands and content companies and creators in developing new revenue streams for UMG and its artists.”

Tunnicliffe joined GroupM, the world’s largest media investment management company, in 2010. At GroupM, he led major business development and revenue growth activities across the company’s agencies, including Mediacom, Mindshare, MEC and Maxus, along with U.S.-based specialist businesses in digital, content, analytics and trading spaces. He was instrumental in winning clients such as NBC Universal, NBCU Digital and Nestlé USA and was responsible for leading the agencies client facing teams to generate three-fold growth in revenues from GroupM’s specialist businesses.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



BMG Germany’s headquarters have been moved to their new location at Charlottenstr. 59, 5th Floor, 10117 Berlin, Germany.

Atlantic Records has announced the appointment of industry veteran Maureen Kenny to the role of SVP of A&R for the label. Kenny comes to Atlantic from her previous role as VP of A&R for Republic Records where she worked with artists like Of Monsters and Men and Weezer. Prior to Republic, Kenny was with Columbia Records for six years.

Jimmy Iovine
Live Nation Entertainment has tapped Interscope co-founder Jimmy Iovine as a new independent director for the company’s board. In addition to co-founding the iconic Interscope label brand, Iovine also co-founded the popular consumer electronic and media brands Beats Electronics and Beats Music along with Dr. Dre.

Indie music publisher, Reach Music Publishing, has finalized worldwide publishing deals with the EDM label Dim Mak Records and Stampede Management, the artist management home for acts like Snoop Dogg, YG, Far East Movement and others. Under the agreements, Reach Music will provide worldwide royalty collections and direct YouTube claims for the companies as well as provide synch licensing/creative support for the publishing rosters of both Dim Mak and Stampede.

It was announced today by Capitol Music Group’s (CMG) Sr. VP and Head of Media Strategy & Relations, Ambrosia Healy, that Jennie Boddy and Erin Cooney have joined the label as Vice Presidents of Publicity. In their new roles, both Boddy and Cooney will report to Healy and will be tasked to design and execute publicity plans for CMG artists and projects spanning the company’s portfolio of labels. Boddy will be based out of CMG’s recently expanded New York offices and Cooney will be based in Hollywood’s Capitol Tower.

Tove Styrke
A&R Worldwide has learned that Swedish buzz-act Tove Styrke has recently joined the roster of veteran booking agent Marty Diamond at Paradigm. Tove Styrke’s reggae-soaked smash, “Borderline,” was featured in the newsletter last month and has also received significant radio support from the internationally syndicated radio show, Passport Approved.

A partnership has been finalized between Rose Green Music (RGM) and INgrooves Music which will see the latter providing worldwide music publishing and rights services for RGM. RGM was founded in 2010 by Chuck Wilson and the catalog includes tracks such as Tove Lo’s “Stay High” Remix featuring Hippie Sabotage, Brodinski’s “I Can’t Help Myself” and Waka Floka Flame’s “Tolerated” as well as additional music from artists like The Roots, When The People Cheer, Girl Talk and over 1,500 tracks from a number of other artists across varying genres.

BMG Chrysalis U.S. has announced the signing of an exclusive co-publishing agreement with emerging singer/songwriter Sophie Hintze. At only 17 years old, Hintze is already widely recognized for her strong vocal ability and prolific, multi-genre songwriting talent. Along with her high school education and her songwriting she also performs at a number of New York’s notable venues and has been cast in leading roles for a number of musical productions. Hintze was brought to the attention of BMG through her attorney Dina LaPolt.

Riptide Music has finalized a deal that will see the company representing the catalogs of Lansdowne, Winston, Bloor and Hoffman House Music Publishers for synchronization. Among the catalogs are collectively included over 1,250 songs by artists like the Dillards, the Tri-Lites, the Splendours, the Excel Five and the Pyramids as well as others.

Buma/Stemra, the Dutch rights organization for authors, has finalized a long-term deal with International Copyright Enterprise (ICE) and Network of Music Partners (NMP). Under the agreement, NMP will process and report online music usage from online music platforms which will be based on matching data with ICE’s database. ICE is a collaborative effort between PRS for Music, STIM (Sweden) and GEMA (Germany) with a vision to simplify national and pan-European licensing and process for music rights.

Last week Warner Bros. Records (WBR) announced the promotion of Emio Zizza to Head of Business & Legal Affairs while still retaining his role as Sr. VP. Zizza joined WBR in 2007 and with the new appointment will transition from New York to the label’s Burbank offices where he will report directly to Cameron Strang, WBR Chairman and CEO.

Bandzoogle and PledgeMusic have announced a partnership that will see Bandzoogle’s artist website platform allowing for easy integration with artists’ PledgeMusic direct-to-fan campaigns on any page of their Bandzoogle-powered websites. With the partnership, artists will now be able to display their exclusive Pledge campaign items and experiences through their Bandzoogle sites on a specialized page or through an existing music and merchandise store page. Among the artists already taking advantage of the integration are metal icons Queensrÿche, Haitian project Lakou Mizik and Brooklyn-based songwriter/performer/dancer Kristin Andreassen.

Converse has rolled out a new ongoing music initiative which sees the company providing ten days of free recording time in London to select local artists along with a series of live concerts. Converse Rubber Tracks London will have the recording residencies happening across London’s borough’s, one at a time, and will see the artists selected retaining all rights to their music upon completion. Converse Rubber Tracks Live will provide a local act, chosen from those selected to record, the opportunity to open for a “world-renowned headliner” as part of a free concert series. The Converse Rubber Tracks project began in 2011 in Brooklyn, New York and has since traveled by way of pop-up studios to cities around the world including Austin, Los Angeles, Montreal, Amsterdam and many others.

Peermusic Germany has announced the departure of its Managing Director, Lars Ingwersen. Ingwersen has been with the indie publisher’s Hamburg-based office for five years and will now make moves to work on new projects across the music market. Peermusic will announce the new management structure for its German operations soon.

It has been reported that California-based, wireless speaker brand, Sonos has raised $130 million in investment which brings the company’s total investment to $455 million. In its first public release of revenue figures earlier this year, Sonos showed doubled income for 2013 reaching $535 million. In addition to users being able to play their own music library’s wirelessly through the system, Sonos also hosts services such as Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, Deezer, Sirius XM, SoundCloud and Google Music.

Sony Music UK has announced a new hiring from the label’s Chairman and CEO Jason Iley with the appointment of Indy Vidyalankara to Director of Communications. Vidyalankara, who will begin her role in January, comes to Sony after 11 years on the communications team for BBC TV and Radio.

Early stage venture capital and advisory firm, Digital Entertainment Ventures (DEV), led by Alan McGlade, has announced the launch of a new accelerator fund to invest in up to 400 startups through programs like DreamIt, TechStars and the recently unveiled Project Music in Nashville. McGlade seeks to capitalize on the opportunities he sees in the digital music space and around the startup culture in Korea.

A unique partnership has been finalized between Twitter and Indian music streaming service Saavn that will see users curating a radio station, @SaavnRadio, based upon their tweets. Saavn’s catalog of 2 million tracks is currently available in 180 countries and targets the Indian population as well as Indian populations based in other countries. The top three markets of its 10 million monthly active users are India, the U.S. and the U.K. respectively.

Psy
Last week the K-pop star, Psy, responsible for the global hit “Gangnam Style” maxed out YouTube’s video views counter as he crossed the 2.15 billion threshold. YouTube has since upgraded their system which will see the next threshold being reached when a video hits the 9.22 billion views mark.

Singer/songwriter Levi Hummon has finalized an exclusive music publishing agreement with legendary hit-maker Desmond Child and Deston Entertainment as part of a collaboration with Kobalt Music Publishing. Levi’s song, “Make It Love,” was featured in Child’s documentary film, TWO: The Story of Roman & Nyro, and the track was on the short list of nominations for the Oscar for “Best Original Song.” Levi recently signed to Big Machine/Valory Records and is currently writing/recording his debut full-length for release in 2015.

Toronto, Canada-based CCS Rights Management has announced the appointment of Jordan Howard as Creative Manager for the company. Howard brings 10 years of experience to CCS including most recently, managing Kingston, Ontario band The Glorious Sons. He’s also held previous positions with MMF Canada, Maple Music and Audio Blood.

The Voice, the hit talent discovery show now in its seventh season, reached 20 million iTunes music downloads last week in partnership with Republic Records. The Emmy Award-winning series is presented by United Artists Media Group (an MGM company), Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Zach Katz, Matt Marshall, Georgette Bivins, Andy Schuon, Dr. Luke, Jerome Spence, Tina Vukovic, Michael Howe, Sam Riback, Fred Goldring, Stu Bergen, Peter Edge and Scooter Braun.


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 how not to prepare for the Christmas season. Click HERE to watch trouble, mishaps and absolute nonsense from Santa Claus and beyond during the holiday season!


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



Celleste is a high-voltage, alternative pop singer with a rock edge and a unique, sultry sound. A true indie entrepreneur with a DIY attitude, the Montreal native divides her time between being a performing artist and running her own record label, Mighty Music. Celleste’s 2010 release Ready to Fly secured a Canadian distribution deal for her label and in 2012 she released her second album, Join the Infestation. Featured on iTunes U.S. as “New and Noteworthy” and iTunes Canada as “Fabulous New Indies,” Join the Infestation’s title track earned radio airplay around the globe on many tastemaker radio stations in Russia, Ireland, Germany, South Africa, Canada and the United States. Often dubbed “the complete package,” Celleste is equally comfortable onscreen as a singer, dancer, actor, and model, or behind the camera, where she shoots and directs her own videos. Celleste was the lead singer/actress for a Canada-wide TV ad campaign for Yoplait Yogurt, was the cover girl for Summum Magazine (Canada’s French equivalent to MAXIM), and had her own jewelry collection at Ice.com, the world’s leading online jewelry store. Not one to take breaks, Celleste has been hard at work writing and recording new material for the New Year. Her latest creation, “Sink Or Swim,” is an uplifting anthem full of percussion and sassy vocals that both fans and radio will devour after just one listen. Listen to “Sink Or Swim” HERE. Celleste is currently available for signing, licensing, publishing and booking. Contact Eric Dick at eric@mightymusic.ca for additional details.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – SEINABO SEY

Seinabo Sey is a Swedish soul singer based in Stockholm, who grew up in Gambia. Her father is legendary West African musician Mawdo Sey and musically, she encompasses R&B, Pop, Reggae, trip-hop, electronica and hints of traditional African music as her style has been described as a melting pot of her cultural upbringing. The 24-year old grew up on a healthy musical diet of Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child, Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu. Seinabo's breakthrough single “Younger” was remixed by Kygo, topped the Norwegian charts and shot to No.1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. Her EP, For Madeline, was released two months ago on Universal Music AB, which features the single “Pistols At Dawn.” The video, directed by Christian Larson (Daft Punk, Beyoncé & Jay Z) and produced by Hampus Gunnarsson, showcases a truly cinematic clip that appears more like a big budget movie trailer. Watch the clip HERE and enjoy the exquisite vocal abilities from Seinabo Sey.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 12/7/2014



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, December 7th, 2014: The weekly import show. As heard on The World Famous KROQ 106.7FM Los Angeles; WBOS-FM “92.9FM” Boston; 99.1FM Radio Doble Nueve, Lima, Peru; KNRK-FM Portland OR, KNDD “The End” Seattle WA, WLKK “Alternative Buffalo” NY 107.7FM, KKDO “94.7FM” Sacramento CA; KWSS “93.9FM” Phoenix AZ, KRML “102.1FM” Carmel CA, KFRR “New Rock 104.1FM” Fresno CA; WLCE-FM, Springfield, IL; (now with a “Passport Approved Daily” segment on KNRK Portland, KNDD Seattle WA, 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; PUK-FM Johannesburg, South Africa; East Radio-FM Shanghai, China; KAFA “97.7FM” Colorado Springs, CO; WITH “90.1FM” Ithaca, New York; UCFM 87.8FM Australian Capital Territory, Australia, WRUR 88.5FM Rochester New York; WCRU-FM Hamilton, NY and on www.indie1031.com and The Independent FM (iHeart Radio) in the United States. Also, on the worldwide web and twice weekly segment on Flux FM Germany (Berlin, Brandenburg and Stuttgart) and Allgauhit-FM Bavaria Germany.

Listen to this two-hour show by clicking HERE:

MARLON ROUDETTE – “America” (Universal, Germany)
COASTS – “A Rush Of Blood” (Tidal Recordings, UK)
EZRA VINE – “Braver Than Most” (Mythologie, New Zealand)
THE FAULTS – “Alexander” (Unsigned, Australia)
TOVE STYRKE – “Borderline” (Sony, Sweden)
VILLAINETTES – “Diamonds” (Unsigned, Australia)
GAVIN JAMES – “Book Of Love” (Good Soldier Songs, UK)
CAPE LION – “Jennie” (Sony, Sweden)
THESE REIGNING DAYS – “Thrones” (Unsigned, UK)
SEINABO SEY – “Pistols At Dawn” (Universal, Sweden)
SOMEKINDAWONDERFUL – “Reverse” (Universal, Germany)
SECRET COMPANY – “Saviour” (SO Records, UK)
ALFRED HALL – “Safe & Sound” (Waterfall, Norway)
LIME CORDIALE – “Sleeping At Your Door” (Chugg Music, Australia)
STICKY FINGERS – “Just For You” (Sureshaker, Australia)
TWIN ATLANTIC – “Hold On” (Red Bull Records, UK)
MICHAEL SCHULTE – “The Maze” (WVG, Germany)
THE BLUE VAN – “Illusion” (Iceberg, Denmark)
MALKY – “History Of Broken Hearts” (Unsigned, Germany)
ELIZA & THE BEAR – “It Gets Cold” (Mi Familia/Capitol, UK)
LITTLE INDIA – “Oola” (Unsigned, South Africa)
BUFFALO SUNN – “I Wanna Be In Love” (Reekus, Ireland)
CLUB KURU – “Seesaw” (Unsigned, UK)
TOM VEK – “Sherman (Animals In The Jungle)” (Moshi Moshi, UK)
JÚNÍUS MEYVANT – “Color Decay” (Record Records, Iceland)
THE KILLING FLOOR – “Corruption Capital” (Unsigned, UK)
PUGGY – “Move On” (Universal, Belgium)
TEDDYBEARS – “Tek It Down” (Warner Music, Sweden)
KAITLIN RIEGEL – “System” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
CUT – “Let’s Go” (Unsigned, UK)
DIGITALISM – “Wolves” (Kitsune, France)
THOMAS AZIER – “Angelene” (BMG, Germany)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Jamie T, Kraftclub, Lakota Silva and Club Kuru).