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PAUL ROSENBERG NAMED CEO FOR DEF JAM RECORDINGS



Paul Rosenberg
Universal Music Group (UMG) revealed last week that leading manager and record label executive Paul Rosenberg, widely-known for developing and supporting the careers of artists such as Eminem, 50 Cent and D12, among others, has been named Chief Executive Officer of Def Jam Recordings, effective January 1, 2018. As Founder & CEO of the New York-based Goliath Artists Inc. management firm, Rosenberg handles the careers of Eminem, Danny Brown and others. He is also President of Shady Records, a label launched collaboratively between Eminem and Rosenberg that released breakthrough albums from acts including 50 Cent, D12, Obie Trice, Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse and Bad Meets Evil (Eminem’s collaboration with Royce Da 5’9”).

Steve Bartels, who is parting ways with his role as CEO of Def Jam, will maintain his position with the company until the end of the year. Rosenberg will report to Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, and be based in Def Jam’s New York headquarters.

In making the announcement, Grainge said, “Over the past four decades, Def Jam has played a pivotal role in elevating hip hop into what is today the world’s most culturally impactful musical genre. Def Jam’s track record of introducing culturally significant artists is a direct result of the entrepreneurial brilliance that Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin instilled in the label from inception. Paul brings with him not only a remarkable record of success in hip hop, but an entrepreneurial drive and a deep passion for artist development that will build upon Rick and Russell’s enduring legacy.”

Rosenberg said, “I can’t overstate what an honor it is for me to have the opportunity to carry this brand forward. The Def Jam name has meant so much to me for so long, and it’s a dream come true to be able to be a part of the next chapter in the label’s storied legacy. I’m thrilled to be able to meet Lucian’s challenge of carrying the company forward with new goals and great expectations.”

Rosenberg will continue to oversee the career of Interscope Records/Aftermath Entertainment artist Eminem and run Shady Records.


SONY/ATV CONTINUES PUBLISHING RELATIONSHIP WITH NOEL GALLAGHER



Noel Gallagher
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has extended its worldwide deal with songwriter and recording artist Noel Gallagher. The new agreement builds upon a relationship that started over two decades and covers Gallagher’s entire catalog, including Oasis hits such as “Wonderwall,” “Don’t Look Back In Anger” and “Champagne Supernova” as well as his work with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

Sony/ATV U.K. Managing Director and President, Worldwide Creative Guy Moot, said, “I am delighted we have been able to extend our agreement with Noel who to this day remains a key British songwriter and artist 23 years after the initial release of Definitely Maybe. We look forward to continuing to work with him and Marcus and Alec at Ignition Management.”

Gallagher’s impact in shaping British music in the 1990s and beyond is significant, firstly with the band Oasis and then with a widely-successful solo career. In the time since Oasis parted ways, Gallagher has garnered UK No.1 albums with his new group Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ self-titled debut and its follow-up, Chasing Yesterday.

With Oasis he accumulated eight UK No.1 albums and eight No.1 singles as well as recording a number of much-loved “B” sides. He has also received a number of honors with the group, including six BRIT Awards, and was recognized for two successive years as Songwriter Of The Year at the Ivor Novello Awards. At the 2013 Ivors he was also presented with the Outstanding Song Collection award.


RESERVOIR SIGNS MULTI-PLATINUM SONGWRITER/PRODUCER DAVE BASSETT



Dave Bassett signs with the Reservoir team.
Reservoir has added multi-Platinum, Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer Dave Bassett to its roster, bringing compositions from Bassett’s catalog, plus worldwide rights for future works to the publisher. The 3x ASCAP Pop Award-winner has generated hits with a diverse range of artists including Elle King, Gavin DeGraw, Rachel Platten, Fitz and the Tantrums, Dagny, The Struts, Walk Off The Earth, Shinedown, Daughtry, Pop Evil and Halestorm.

Bassett's collaboration with Elle King, "Ex's and Oh’s,” garnered him Grammy nominations for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance, while songs with Platten ("Fight Song") and Shinedown ("Second Chance") have been certified 3x Platinum. Most recently, Bassett co-wrote and produced Vance Joy’s new single, “Lay It On Me,” which was the No.1 most added at Alternative Radio upon its debut.

Bassett’s work has also been featured across TV and film with placements in E!’s The Royals, USA’s Suits, Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars promo and Disney Pixar’s, Cars 3. He co-wrote the song “Set It All Free,” for Universal PicturesSing and composed the only original song for Universal Pictures’ upcoming release of Pitch Perfect 3.

"I have known what an amazing publisher Reservoir's SVP of Creative and A&R Donna Caseine is for years and it is such a great honor to finally work with her, as well as EVP of Synchronization Scott Cresto and the entire Reservoir team," said Bassett. "Reservoir’s boutique structure, plus their enthusiasm and hunger for success made it easy to realize that it was the perfect fit for me. Iım beyond stoked to start this new chapter in my career with them.”


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Some of the world’s top executives recently shared their passion, vision and wisdom exclusively at one of the globe’s most essential international music business events at MUSEXPO in Los Angeles. Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group; Monte Lipman & Avery Lipman - Co-Founders & Chief Executives, Republic Records; Craig Kallman, Chairman & CEO, Atlantic Records; David Massey, President & CEO, Island Records; Paramdeep Singh, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Saavn; Ron Bension, President, House of Blues Entertainment/Live Nation; Chris Woltman, worldwide manager of Twenty One Pilots; Amani Duncan, Sr. VP of Music, MTV; Joe Belliotti - Head of Global Music Marketing, Coca-Cola, Mamie Coleman, Sr. VP of Music & Production, Fox Broadcasting Company; Jason Flom, Founder & CEO, Lava Records & Lava Music Publishing; Alexandra Patsavas, Founder, Chop Shop Music Supervision; Ged Doherty, Movie Producer (Eye In The Sky, Loving, The Happy Prince); Alex da Kid, Founder & CEO, KIDinaKORNER; Savan Kotecha, Songwriter/Producer (The Weeknd, One Direction, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber). Click HERE to see a snapshot of the event and for the special 20th global edition of the event in 2018; log on to www.musexpo.net.

Live Nation has tapped former head of UK Music Jo Dipple as Sr. VP of Public Affairs, a role that will also see Dipple working across Ticketmaster’s operations. Dipple had parted ways with her role at UK Music in June after a five year stint. Prior to UK Music, she was at Trinity Mirror, representing regional and national newspapers as well as editing the “Dear Jo” section of the Daily Mirror.

Singer/songwriter/producer/hitmaker and 8x Grammy Award nominee, Sia, recently announced her first-ever Christmas album. The release will also mark the first under her recently signed worldwide deal with Atlantic Records. The collection of original holiday songs, written by Sia and Greg Kurstin, will be released later this year via Monkey Puzzle/Atlantic Records. In addition to working on the upcoming Christmas album, Sia is currently in the process of directing her first feature film. A&R Worldwide helped get Sia’s single “Breathe Me” secured in the former HBO hit TV show “Six Feet Under,” via music supervisor Gary Calamar, which was a pivotal turning point in her solo career post her departing the band Zero 7.

John Rubey
John Rubey, CEO, Fathom Events (part of one of the largest movie theater chains in the world) will be stepping down from his position at the end of this month. John tells A&R Worldwide, “Over the past three and a half years, I have enjoyed and been lucky to lead a terrific group of employees, while collaborating with a stellar board of directors from whom I have learned a great deal. In the process over the course of my tenure at Fathom, during these challenging digital and rights management times, I am proud to say the company's future looks very bright with revenues and attendance having nearly doubled while we profitably diversified and expanded new and existing content, programming and technology.” John will remain at Fathom for the next several weeks to assist Ray Nutt in his transition to company CEO role from his previous positions as Sr. VP of Regal Entertainment Group and member of the Fathom board of directors.

It was revealed last week that Spotify had crossed the 60 million subscriber threshold. The announcement shows a significant uptick from March’s 50 million subscribers reported and gives Spotify a healthy lead on Apple Music’s current numbers. Spotify also shared earlier this summer that the platform has 140 million active users across their subscription and ad-funded offerings.

In other Spotify news, it has been announced that Jane Huxley, who led the now-closed Australian operations for Pandora, is returning to the streaming world as Spotify Australia and New Zealand’s Managing Director. Huxley assumes the role previously held by Kate Vale who announced her departure in June. Huxley had overseen Pandora’s presence in Australia and New Zealand for five years, growing its user ship to 5 million registered.

Becky Hill
Former The Voice U.K. contestant and singer Becky Hill has announced that she has signed a global album deal with Polydor Records in England. Becky signed with Polydor recently with the support of label co-Presidents Ben Mortimer and Tom March, as well as with Richard O’Donovan, Sr. A&R Manager at the London-based office. Becky’s debut album is slated for release next year; however, she will release new material independently this month prior to future releases coming out on Polydor.

Paradigm Talent Agency has made the acquisition of 23-year-old Monterey International, a music agency birthed from Monterey Peninsula Artist (MPA) following Paradigm’s 2004 acquisition of MPA. With 14 agents based in Carmel, CA and Chicago, Monterey International looks after almost 200 artists such as Buddy Guy, Van Morrison, Los Lobos, Lukas Nelson and Promise Of The Real, Roger Daltrey, Jonny Lang and Joss Stone, Mavis Staples, Antibalas and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band as well as others. As with other recent Paradigm acquisitions of the Windish Agency and AM Only, Monterey International will assume the Paradigm branding.

Charlotte Cardin
Peter Ganbarg, Head of A&R, Atlantic Records has officially announced the signing of Charlotte Cardin to the East Coast-based major label. Charlotte was the focus of intense U.S. major label interest since last year, but signed with the Atlantic Records team in New York City. Pete Ganbarg stated, “So excited to announce our newest signing to Atlantic Records. Welcome Charlotte Cardin. Thrilled to have you here!” Charlotte is a Canadian pop, jazz, electro singer-songwriters hailing from Montreal, Quebec and began her career as a model in her early teens and followed her musical passion simultaneously. Click HERE to see more of Charlotte and hear her stunning voice.

A&R Worldwide has learned that a leading indie publisher is seeking a senior level A&R person to cover the pop and pop/urban genres for their Los Angeles offices. The company looks to bring on someone with a history of good signings and coordinating collaborations. Experienced candidates can email info@anrworldwide.com.

United Talent Agency (UTA) has announced they will be closing the doors on their Toronto offices. The news comes just under two years after UTA’s acquisition of The Agency Group, which included the company's Toronto office, launched by TAG Founder Neil Warnock alongside Jack Ross (COO) and Ralph James (CEO). The Toronto set-up includes nine agents representing leading Canadian bands such as Nickelback, City and Colour, Billy Talent, Rival Sons, 54-40, Barenaked Ladies, Marianas Trench, Sam Roberts Band and Alexisonfire. UTA will transition a number of Canadian acts to their New York, Los Angeles and London offices.

Universal Music Publishing Australia has signed James and Melinda Appleby to a global publishing deal it was announced last week by President of Universal Music Publishing AU/NZ Andrew Jenkins and VP Creative, Arwen Curson. The duo are best known for their contribution to the Rogue Traders as core writers of all four studio albums, which collectively sold more than 1,000,000 physical records, garnering them an ARIA Award (12 x Nominated) and two APRA Awards (6 x Nominated) for Most Performed Dance Work and Dance Work Of the Year (“Way To Go!,” “In Love Again”). Additionally, James has a number of other writing credits, including producing the most recent INXS album (Original Sin). The hit-writing duo are now focusing on new project Sioux City, alongside Colombian/Uruguayan vocal powerhouse and fellow UMP artist/writer Caterina Torres. Sioux City’s debut album is scheduled for release later this year.

Amazon Music has revealed the release of new “activities” through its smart speaker Alexa exclusive to the service’s Prime Music and Amazon Music Unlimited users. The new offering features voice controls for music and more than 500 activities utterances that include activities such as meditation, partying, eating and others based on common requests from users. The new features also allow Alexa users to pair their activities with genres that at this time include pop, country, jazz, classic rock or classical. According to metrics released by Amazon, meditation is the leading activity requested with spa, party, dinner and focus following.

As it continues to expand its footprint in the music arena, JetBlue has revealed an exclusive partnership with the Fillmore Theater in Miami Beach. The focus of the partnership lies on JetBlue’s concourse branded space on the theater’s second floor set to officially open later this month. JetBlue maintains deals with other venues in the U.S. including New York’s Nassau Coliseum and Boston’s TD Garden however, the Fillmore partnership is JetBlue’s first of its kind in Florida. The JetBlue area of the venue will be open to anyone with JetBlue offering promotions, ticket giveaways to customers and fans, and a chance to win good house seats. The Fillmore Miami Beach has been operated by Live Nation since 2007 and welcomes a diverse range of shows including comedy, pop and Latin music.

Indie publisher Sentric Music has finalized an exclusive songwriting deal with acclaimed DJ, producer and composer Toddla T covering his recently released third full-length, as well as previously unpublished work. With lead vocals from Andrea Martin and covering multiple genres, Toddla T’s upcoming LP features the likes of CASisDEAD, Wiley, Stefflon Don, Coco, Silkki Wondah and Addis Pablo (son of dub legend Augustus Pablo). Toddla T (real name Tom Bell) generated initial attention at 20-years-old with the release of Do U Know in 2008 followed by his Ghettoblaster mixtape, which won the title of Mixtape Of The Year from FACT. He was then invited to be resident at Fabric and began producing beats for what would become Roots Manuva’s 2008 album Slime & Reason. In 2009, he released his debut album Skanky Skanky.

Claudia De Wolff has been promoted to the role of VP, Creative Content and Programming for Vevo’s UK and international operations. Based in London, De Wolff joined Vevo’s content production team in January 2013 and played a key role in developing Vevo’s dscvr platform during its evolution. Vevo’s London office is also currently seeking a Head of Music and Talent and a Head of Production, both positions to report to De Wolff.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Leslie Fram, Keith Naftaly, Ron Perry, John Janick, Wendy Goldstein, Kevin Weaver, David Mortimer, Martin Dodd, Mamie Coleman, Adam Clough, Miles Leonard, Reynold D’Silva and Jody Gerson.


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. Summer means music festivals, music festivals inevitably attract a jackass or two…or three or four. Click HERE for some tips on what not to do while you’re out enjoying this festival season!


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



Jol Mulholland is a New Zealand-based producer, engineer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Jol has been in a number of bands, including The Mots and Gasoline Cowboy and worked with the likes of Neil and Liam Finn, James Milne and Anika Moa. He has also earned success releasing music under the moniker Mulholland. His 2014 sophomore album, Stop & Start Again, was a finalist for the Taite Music Prize, which is awarded to the best album from a New Zealand artist. Three years later, he has returned with a new synth-pop single called “Asleep In The Nowhere.” Sample the track HERE, which is the first taste of his upcoming album due this year.


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

Three years ago Jonah released the single “All We Are” and almost instantly, the duo become well known. The track was used by major British telephone company Vodafone for their successful television campaign, which helped the song become one of the biggest hits of 2014. Between 2015 and 2016, they toured Germany with highly acclaimed headliner tours and opening for the likes of Jimmy Eat World front man Jim Adkins and German singer-songwriter Joris. After earning 15 million plays on Spotify and over two million views on YouTube, Jonah has finally unleashed their debut album Wicked Fever. The duo of Angelo Mammone (vocals) and Christian Steenkan (guitar) worked on the album for two years, determined to avoid the pitfalls of a rush-job long-player and the one hit wonder fame that often goes with it. Watch their video for “Wicked Fever” HERE and contact Marc Feldman at feldmann@zentralrat-mitte.de as Jonah is available for synch and brand opportunities worldwide.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 8/6/2017



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, August 6th, 2017: The weekly import show. Heard on over 60 radio stations on six continents weekly including: The World Famous KROQ 106.7FM Los Angeles, Radio Doble Nueve, Lima, Peru; KNRK-FM Portland OR; KNDD “The End” Seattle WA; KCJK-FM “Alternative x1051” Kansas City MO: WLKK “Alternative Buffalo” NY 107.7FM; WZRH-FM New Orleans; KHTB Salt Lake City, UT; KBZT-FM 94.9FM San Diego CA; KKDO “94.7FM” Sacramento CA; KWSS “93.9FM” Phoenix AZ; KRML “102.1FM” Carmel CA, KFRR “New Rock 104.1FM” Fresno CA; KMAX Windsor/Ft. Collins, Colorado; Triple M Rock Digital Network Australia; WCNR Charlottesville, VA; KIWR “The River” Council Bluffs, IA; 2XM Ireland (national radio); WAPS-FM “The Summit.FM” Akron-Canton, OH; WKTL-FM Youngstown, OH; KRZQ-FM Reno NV; PUK-FM Johannesburg, South Africa; East Radio-FM Shanghai, China; KAFA “97.7FM” Colorado Springs, CO; KVNV “NV89” Reno, NV; KSKI-FM, Sun Valley/Twin Falls, ID; 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 The Independent FM (iHeart Radio) in the United States and many others. Also, on the worldwide web and twice weekly segment on Flux FM Germany (Berlin, Brandenburg and Stuttgart) and Allgauhit-FM Bavaria Germany as well as streaming on one of the world’s fastest growing streaming platforms, Saavn.

Listen to this two-hour show by clicking HERE:

LONGFELLOW - “Brooklyn” (Unsigned, UK)
100 FABLES - “Wake Up” (Unsigned, Scotland)
JONAH - “Wicked Fever” (Embassy of Music, Germany)
DEMOB HAPPY - “Dead Dreamers” (SO Recordings, UK)
UNTIL HOME - “My Father” (Unsigned, Australia)
THE XCERTS - “Feels Like Falling In Love” (Raygun Records, Scotland)
MADYX - “Bad Decisions” (Unsigned, N. America)
VITO - “Moonlight Dancing” (End Of the Trail Records, UK)
MATTHEW MOLE - “Holding On” (Just Music, South Africa)
TARA LEE - “Paradise” (Unsigned, Ireland)
TEN TONNES - “Silver Heat” (Warner Music, UK)
***GLOBAL DJ EXCHANGE W/ DJ UELI HAFLIGER “FLUX FM” BERLIN, GERMANY - B O K E H - “I Know You Know” ***
AJR - “Sober Up” Feat. Rivers Cuomo (AJR Productions, N. America)
YONAKA - “Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya” (Asylum, UK)
FAITALA - “Forty-One” (Tiny Records, UK)
WILD YOUTH - “All Or Nothing” (Unsigned, Ireland)
NOTHING BUT THIEVES - “Amsterdam” (RCA, UK)
CHRIS LEAMY - “Hold Ground” (Unsigned, N. America)
AFFAIRS - “Gracious World” (Unsigned, UK)
LAUREN WALLER - “Wonderful Life” (Unsigned, N. America)
HEY GERONIMO - “Mutant” (Unsigned, Australia)
HOT ICE - “Lola” (Atlantic Records, UK)
SHOUT OUT LOUDS - “Oh Oh” (Bud Fox, Sweden)
SHAYNA LEIGH - “Candle” Alt Mix (Unsigned, N. America)
THE LUKA STATE - “Bring This All Together” (Project Records, UK)
BRACELET - “Wild Heart” (Unsigned, Sweden)
FRED PAGE - “Another Last Time” (Unsigned, UK)
CATHOLIC ACTION - “Doing Well” (Modernsky, Scotland)
JULIANA - “Guilty” (Unsigned, Australia)
SPEAKER FIRST - “Break My Soul” (Unsigned, Indonesia)
CARO EMERALD - Never Ever (Grandmono Records, Holland)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Jonah, Matthew Mole, AJR, Chris Leamy and Affairs).