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SONY MUSIC AND PRINCE ESTATE ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP



Prince
An exclusive distribution agreement has been finalized between Sony Music Entertainment and the Prince Estate encompassing 35 albums from the iconic late musician’s catalogue. Prince’s catalogue and recordings have been tied–up in court hearings since his 2016 passing. Universal’s deal to manage his NPG recordings, including 25 albums, last year was rescinded by a judge after it was revealed that Warner Bros. owned distribution rights until 2021 on songs recorded before 1996.

Starting immediately, Legacy Recordings will assume worldwide distribution rights to Prince’s catalogue of music released between 1995 and 2010. Among this body of work is included 19 albums such as The Gold Experience, Emancipation, 3121, Musicology and Planet Earth Further, as well as titles from 2014– 2015.

Commencing in 2021, distribution rights to 12 additional Prince non–soundtrack catalogue albums from 1978–1996 will revert to Sony/Legacy for distribution in the U.S. This collection will include albums such as Prince (1979), Dirty Mind (1980), 1999 (1982), Around The World In A Day (1985), Sign ‘O’ The Times (1987), Lovesexy (1988) and Diamonds And Pearls (1991). Also included under the agreement are rights to additional, previously released material recorded post–1995, including singles, b–sides, remixes, non–album tracks, live recordings and music videos.

SME Commercial Music Group’s President, Richard Story, commented, "A true artist and visionary, Prince changed the world with his music, bringing love, joy and inspiration to millions. Sony Music is honored to play a part in keeping Prince's music alive and making it available for generations of lifelong listeners and future fans."

In additional news from the Prince Estate, a recent agreement with streaming platform Tidal has been finalized for an exclusivity period for a 2019 release of previously unheard material.


STELLAR SONGS SCANDINAVIA LAUNCHES IN NORWAY



Pictured (l–r) are Sony/ATV’s Johnny Tennander, MER’s Gunnar Greve, Danny D (Co–Founder, Stellar Songs), Tim Blacksmith (Co–Founder, Stellar Songs), Gilbert Lunde (Head of Live & Partner, MER), and Yonas Aregai (Label Manager & Partner, MER).
Norwegian independent music company MER has finalized a worldwide publishing joint venture with Stellar Songs and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Scandinavia under the banner, Stellar Songs Scandinavia. The agreement encompasses administration rights of MER’s extensive publishing catalogue, as well as a the Stellar Songs joint venture setup. The JV enables the three entities to combine their creative forces in order to develop songwriter talents from both Scandinavia and other emerging markets globally.

Stellar Songs Scandinavia marks a natural next step in a longstanding and continuous working relationship between the three partners. MER’s modern studio complex in Oslo, Norway will serve as the creative hub and focal point of the partnership, with Stellar Songs Scandinavia seeking to connect worldwide songwriter and artist talents.

Managing Director of MER, Gunnar Greve, stated, “Myself and the whole team at MER couldn’t be more thrilled about this partnership. Both Sony/ATV and Stellar Songs have been long–term partners of ours, and we’re excited to embark on the next chapter together. Between the people involved, and the amazing talent and current creative momentum in the Nordics, I’m certain that we have all the right ingredients in place to create incredible music for the world to enjoy.”

Tor–Erik Hermansen, Co–Founder of Stellar Songs and one half of production duo Stargate, said, “We’re thrilled to welcome Gunnar and his creative team at MER to Stellar Songs. With an exceptional ear for talent and unstoppable drive, he will fit right in and continue to build his Scandinavian dominance. He also has the right haircut.”

Johnny Tennander, Managing Director Scandinavia and Sr. VP, European A&R for Sony/ATV, added, “I’m very excited about this. Tim and Danny and Stargate have been a key part of the Sony/ATV family for a long time now and we’ve worked closely for years. We got to know Gunnar and the fantastic MER team when we started working with Alan Walker and Mood Melodies together and we quickly realized we share the same ideas and visions. To write this creative chapter together with all of them feels very inspiring.”


A&R WORLDWIDE RETURNS TO XPONORTH



Last week, A&R Worldwide made its way to London, England for a short stint, as well as back to the creative and inspiring city of Inverness, Scotland for XpoNorth 2018. The event once again proved to be a valuable platform for local and international industry, as well as artists to connect and share ideas and insight in creative and commercial realms.

A&R Worldwide’s President and Founder, Sat Bisla, also joined the programming as he led inspiring keynote interviews with two of the international music industry’s most talented young executives, including Mom+Pop Music’s Co–Founder, Thaddeus Rudd, and Warner Music Group’s Global VP of A&R, Aton Ben–Horin. Additionally, the event once again delivered some amazingly talented acts from across Scotland and Europe.

A&R Worldwide would like to thank Alex Smith and his entire team at XpoNorth, as well as Highlands and Islands Enterprise, for their hospitality and for continuing to deliver such an amazing and inspiring event!

Below is a pictorial overview of A&R Worldwide’s time on the banks of Loch Ness and in London!

CREATIVE MINDS IN LONDON: Longtime friends Cassandra Gracey, President, 4th Floor Creative Group, Sony Music UK (pictured left), and Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide, shared some inspiring and creative dialogue in London last week. INDULGING IN SOME GREAT A&R DIALOGUE AND SCOTTISH FOOD were (l–r): Thaddeus Rudd (Co–Founder, Mom+ Pop Music), Sat Bisla, Aton Ben–Horin (Global VP, A&R, Warner Music Group), Preston Rodie (A&R, Sire/Warner Bros. Records) and Tyler Polzin (Sr. Director, A&R Worldwide).

CHILLIN’ WITH SCOTTISH BUZZ ACT THE RAH’S: A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla enjoyed a musical conversation with talented Scottish act The Rah’s and their manager Adrian Thompson (pictured third from left). DISCUSSING CREATIVE JOURNEYS AT XPONORTH were a number of executives from various disciplines including short film/documentaries, book publishing, and entrepreneurialism as well as the music business, which featured Tyler Polzin, Sr. Director, A&R Worldwide (pictured third left).

SHARING THEIR THOUGHTS ON MUSIC, MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY were (l–r) Sire/Warner Bros Records’ Preston Rodie, Mom+Pop Music Co–Founder Thaddeus Rudd, BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway and XpoNorth’s Alex Smith. HAVING A CHAT ABOUT MUSIC SUPERVISION and enjoying the sights and sounds of XpoNorth were musical friends Alice Catron–Schneider, Sr. VP, Music Creative, NBCUniversal Television (pictured left) with A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla.

IL EST MAGNIFIQUE: Reconnecting on discussions about the evolving global music business were Paul Rene–Albertini, Chairman & Co–Founder, Marathon Artists, and Sat Bisla. A&R WORLDWIDE CELEBRATES THE TALENTS OF AN ICONIC PRODUCER: A&R Worldwide Founder Sat Bisla enjoys a discussion with one of his favorite music producer/mixers – John Leckie (Muse, Radiohead, XTC, Pink Floyd, The Stone Roses and more).

ROCKIN’ OUT IN THE HIGHLANDS: One of Scotland’s most promising young rock bands, Anchor Lane, delivered some infectious and robust sonic noise at this year’s XpoNorth. DELIVERING SOME HOT & SWEATY INDIE, PUNK ROCK were Glasgow’s very own The Dunts – one of the highly–touted new bands from Scotland in recent years.

GETTING A SPLASH OF MUSICAL TONIC IN WOLVERHAMPTON: Pictured (l–r): A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla indulges in some musical conversation with Manchester, England’s Sam (far left) and Amory (center) – both from the band Tonica, during their visit to the West Midlands in England.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Former Vevo exec, Tom Connaughton, has been announced as Spotify's new U.K. Managing Director. Connaughton had joined the streaming service only three months ago as Head of Artist and Label Marketing, U.K. The new role will see Connaughton leading Spotify's U.K. operations with oversight of content strategy, artists partnerships, shows and editorial, and artist marketing. The announcement comes following the recent reveal that Spotify's Head of Music Culture, International Shows & Editorial/Content, George Ergatoudis was heading to Apple Music, expected to take on the role of Head of U.K. for the Spotify competitor.

In other Spotify news, the streaming company has also tapped Dawn Ostroff as its new Chief Content Officer. Ostroff will be based in New York, leading all aspects oAlicia Keysf Spotify’s content partnerships across music, audio and video. She comes to the company having recently served as President of Entertainment for Condé Nast. Previous roles for Ostroff include Entertainment President for the The CW Network and, President of the UPN Network, where she developed America’s Next Top Model.

AI–powered music video platform, Triller, has announced a licensing deal with Universal Music Group (UMG) to provide Triller’s 28 million users with access to UMG’s full catalog of songs. The new agreement sees users able to create music videos with songs from UMG artists such as Drake (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic) and Rihanna (Westbury Road Entertainment/UMG), two of the platform’s most popular artists. The announcement comes as Triller recently secured a $5 million Series A round, led by Carnegie Technologies. With over 28 million downloads and zero marketing and ad spend to–date, Triller is used organically by celebrities such as Kevin Hart, Vanessa Hudgens and Taylor Hill to generate AI–powered, professional–looking music videos. The platform is currently available on iOS and Android and recently became ranked the No.12 app in the U.S. App Store and No.4 in the French App Store, both under the video category.

The catalogues of Bob Marley and Leonard Cohen have joined the neighbouring rights division of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. The two artists join a roster that counts The Weeknd and Pharrell Williams, and also recently added artists Jamie Scott, Big Shaq, Kojo Funds, Elderbrook and producer Bob Ezrin.

Viacom has revealed it will shutter Viva, the network’s German TV music channel, after 25 years. As of January 2019, Comedy Central, which currently airs 12 hours a day in the territory, will take over 24 hour programming for the channel. Viva has been a long–time starting point for German entertainers such as Stefan Raab, Heike Makatsch, Oliver Pocher, Sarah Kuttner, Minh–Khai, Tobias Schlegel and others, broadcasting not just in the German market, but in Austria and Switzerland as well. At the same time, Viacom has announced a new MTV Unplugged offering featuring German acts including Samy Deluxe, Udo Lindenberg and others.

Ken “Duro” Ifill has been tapped by Republic Records as Sr. VP, A&R. The new role will see Duro identifying, signing, developing and delivering new talent across the hip–hop, rap, urban and R&B spaces. Duro’s work as an engineer has garnered him six Grammy awards for his work on Jay–Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind,” Erykah Badu’s Baduizm, Will Smith’s Big Willie Style, Jay–Z’s Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life, Ashanti’s Ashanti and Usher’s “U Don’t Have To Call.” Additionally, he Co–Founded Desert Storm Records in 1997, which he has operated since its launch.

WEA, Warner Music Group's (WMG) global artist and label services division, has tapped Scott Cherkin for the newly–created role of Sr. VP, Global Consumer Acquisition and Retention. Based in New York, Cherkin will report to WEA President, Tony Harlow, and will be tasked with spearheading an effective global direct-to-consumer strategy. With over two decades of digital media experience, most recently as Head of Product and Business Development with Complex Networks, he will work with WEA's teams to strengthen and expand CRM efforts, including organizing audiences into effective channels, as well as support WEA’s global efforts across social media, influencer marketing, digital marketing, and the management of content flow to fans. He will align closely with EVP of WEA Europe, Emmy Lovell, who was recently promoted to help lead the company’s consumer-forward approach and strengthen global expertise. Prior to Complex, Cherkin was Sr. VP, Product & Business Development at the Travel Ad Network (aka Travora Media) as well as holding positions at companies including Dotomi, theglobe.com, S&H Greenpoints and Aol Greenhouse's Book Reporter.

German indie publisher Meisel Music has announced the signing of Berlin-based multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter, Yusuf Sahilli. Being of Turkish and Arabic descent, Yusuf grew up in Berlin and has lived all over the world, working for Piranha Records and promoting artists across genres ranging from Nubian Classic to Hip Hop. His debut album ATOMS & THE VOID is scheduled for release in September and will be supported by a German tour.

Viacom has announced the promotion of Jacqueline Parkes to an expanded role that adds oversight of digital content and social media for MTV, VH1 and Logo. Currently CMO for the network group, Parkes now adds the new responsibilities as EVP, Digital Studios which will see her maintaining leadership of the marketing and creative teams, in addition to overseeing digital content and social media management across the three Viacom brands. She will work alongside the recently-launched Viacom Digital Studios to generate new and original digital content and franchises. Parkes' resume includes over 21 years with Major League Baseball as the first female CMO in professional sports history. Having joined Viacom in 2016, Parkes took over marketing for MTV and, over the last two years, has seen the network's prime ratings increasing by 25% with social streams having tripled and overall digital streams reaching more than 500 million views per month.

Scottish festival Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival has been acquired by Kilimanjaro Live. For the last eight years, Kilimanjaro, a DEAG subsidiary, has booked the festival which has welcomed artists including Ed Sheeran, Bastille and Catfish and the Bottlemen. Belladrum 2018 will take place August 2nd - 4th on the Belladrum Estate and will feature performances from Paloma Faith, Primal Scream, Amy Macdonald, You Me At Six and The Charlatans.

Canada-based Core Music Agency is growing its footprint with the launch of a Los Angeles office and a games and virtual reality division. Core Music, which currently represents over 40 composers, will see its LA-based operations led by Kevin Estwick. Estwick, who had previously managed Core client Steve London, brings with him his client Arturo Solar (Beautiful Faces, Velvet Karma). Looking after the new games/VR operations will be Vancouver-based Trish Klein, a former The Be Good Tanyas member, who's music industry background includes experience across the label, management, supervision and marketing arenas.

Yovanna Martinez has been promoted to Managing Director of peermusic de Perú, S.A.C. from her previous role as General Manager. Based in Lima, Martinez will continue to report to Rafa Aguilar, peermusic Latin American's President. Since 2013, Martinez has been the President of Cámara Peruana de Editoras de Música – The Peruvian MPA (CAPEM). In April, she was elected as the international Publishers´ representative on the Board of Asociación Peruana de Autores y Compositores (APDAYC), the Peruvian society. Since joining peermusic Peru in 2003, the company has expanded its territory of administration to include Ecuador and Dominican Republic.

A new label has rolled–out under Sony Music UK with the launch of Since ’93, led by Co–Presidents Glyn Aikins and Riki Bleau. Reporting to David Dollimore, RCA Records/Ministry Of Sound President, Aikins and Bleau will be tasked with developing emerging talent to the international stage. Aikins resume includes time in A&R at Relentless Records, Virgin and Virgin EMI and signings such as So Solid Crew, Lethal Bizzle, Roll Deep, Naughty Boy and Emeli Sandé. Bleau’s career began at Channel U and he currently manages Naughty Boy and publishes Emeli Sandé and Sam Smith via Avant Garde Music. The first signings to the new label include London rappers Loski and Fredo as well as Manchester’s Aitch.

Downtown Music Publishing has announced four new hires and two promotions to their Nashville office. In the last year, Downtown Nashville has garnered 11 singles on the country radio charts, including three No.1’s, and celebrated a major signing with John Prine, the acquisition of catalogs from Major Bob Music, and the launch of Songwriters Without Borders, a new initiative to connect Downtown's global writers across continents and genres. Among the new hires are included Matt Turner as Sr. Director A&R, Nashville, making his way to Downtown after 5 years with Big Loud Publishing and 6 ½ years with ole Nashville, securing No.1 singles by Blake Shelton, Justin Moore, Kenny Chesney, and others. On the promotions side, Natalie Osborne has been promoted from Creative Manager to Director of A&R, Nashville. Additionally, Katie Roth has been promoted and joins the A&R team as Creative Coordinator. Other Downtown Nashville hires include Garrett Stephenson as Office Coordinator, Caylan Hays as Sync Licensing Assistant, and Kyle Coker as Copyright Assistant.

Bandsintown has unveiled two new partnerships with Japan’s Lawson Ticket and Ticket Pia, and France’s NRJ to bring the concert discovery platform to the territories. The partnerships will allow fans to discover more artists, on a domestic and international level, more easily via a fully localized edition of the Bandsintown Concerts app.

Live Nation has made the acquisition of a majority stake in leading promoter Red Mountain Entertainment which oversees concerts, festivals and venues across the Southeast U.S. market. Under the acquisition, Red Mountain will maintain oversight of all operations including its concert promotions business which books shows across venues such as The Wharf Amphitheater, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, Brandon Amphitheater and Iron City. The firm also looks after production on festivals such as Sloss Music & Arts Festival (co–owned alongside AC Entertainment and VMI), and counts exclusive booking partnerships with Beale Street Music Festival and Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival, as well as producing a number of other events. Alongside it’s amphitheater operations, Red Mountain has also built a venue consulting business.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) approved Walt Disney’s partial merger with 21st Century Fox on the condition that Disney would be required to off–load Fox’s regional sports networks which, along with ESPN, could generate a sports broadcasting monopoly. Disney did agree to the DOJ’s stipulation however, Comcast could still counter the offer. Despite the DOJ’s approval, and a potential counter–offer from Comcast, the merger still hinges on a number of regulatory conditions, including those from other countries.

ICM Partners has added chart–topping English outfit You Me At Six to their roster for N. American representation. The group’s music interests will be represented by a group of ICM agents overseen by Mike Hayes. Having formed in 2004, the group has garnered four U.K. gold records, four U.K. top 10 albums including a No.1 with Cavalier Youth, and 15 consecutive A–list singles on BBC Radio 1. Their newest singles “Fast Forward” and “3AM” come from their forthcoming studio album VI, scheduled for release in October on the band’s own Underdog Records via a partnership with AWAL. On the live front, the band have moved tens of thousands of tickets over the past year and are currently performing across the U.K. and European festival circuit with a headline tour upcoming to support their new album release.

A long–term licensing agreement has been finalized between PRS For Music and Auddly. The deal will give PRS For Music members the ability to capture their song and composition data (including agreement of shares) and register their works with PRS at the point of creation as well as free access to a new tool powered by Auddly. Co–Founded by ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus, Auddly provides for earlier registration of more accurate data and improves the speed and accuracy of royalty distributions to PRS members. PRS hopes the platform will increase creative collaboration between creators as it streamlines the process of finalizing share splits while easing the admin for music publishers.

MelodyVR, which launched early last month in the U.K. and U.S., last week extended its reach to France, Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece, Austria and Belgium. The announcement comes as the Oculus Go headset becomes available to buy on U.K. highstreets, marking the first time the headset will be available to purchase through offline retailers in Europe. As the only licensed VR music platform, MelodyVR counts partnerships across the industry, including major and independent labels and publishers, and has generated the world’s largest library of immersive and interactive virtual reality music experiences.

AXS, the AEG–owned ticketing provider, is rolling–out a new resale platform in the U.K. seeking to stop ticket scalping. Under the banner of AXS Marketplace, the new offering will offer fans the ability to resell tickets at face value at no more than 10%. The Marketplace also features controls for artists and promoters to manage restrictions on the resale of tickets to their shows. The identity–based Flash Seats platform eliminates paper tickets and assigns seats directly to fans attending with a dynamically changing barcode system to stop copying or illegal sharing of tickets. Among the first AEG venues to partner with AXS Marketplace, expected to launch later this year, are The O2 and The SSE Arena, Wembley.

Instagram is rolling out Music In Instagram Stories, a new feature allowing users to incorporate a soundtrack into their photo or video via Instagram Stories. The feature allows for searching specific songs as well as browsing by mood, genre or popular tracks. It also offers the ability to move through the track to choose the exact section of a song that users want to place in their story. When friends view the story, the song plays automatically and includes a tappable sticker with the song and artist listed. Music In Stories will launch in select countries with a global rollout in the works.

Following an excess of sexual assaults at its 2018 edition, Sweden’s Bråvalla Festival has been officially cancelled by its organizers, FKP Scorpio. FKP’s Head of PR, Kajsa Apelqvist commented to Sweden’s Norrköpings Tidningar that, while sexual assault remains an issue for festivals that FKP will continue to address with its other events, it is not the only reason for canceling Bråvalla. Apelqvist also shared that the festival will not be relocated as FKP works on developing additional events, including its Where’s The Music? festival.

Online vinyl/CD storefront, Discogs, has revealed a milestone as the company now counts more than 10 million releases. Currently in the midst of its 18th year, Discogs to–date has more than 4.9 million users and around 42 million releases available for sale which generated $200 million in sales worldwide in 2017.

Merlin has released its 10th Anniversary Impact Report, a free, downloadable publication that includes case studies and contributions from independent labels and distributors globally, as well as a foreword from Alice Enders (Enders Analysis), new data findings and trends from Merlin’s 2018 membership survey, and testimonies from leading digital music services about Merlin’s role in protecting the value of independent music. The report seeks to better explain how Merlin’s unique structure and licensing model has allowed independent labels to grow and compete in the digital music market, as well as provide a greater understanding of how music streaming has altered the commercial aspect of recorded music, and tapped into the true value of independent repertoire in an expanding global marketplace. Access the full report HERE.

Barry Gibb
Barry Gibb, the last surviving member of the iconic brother trio the Bee Gee’s, has been knighted, becoming Sir Barry Gibb. The 71–year–old’s honor was presented last week at Buckingham Palace by Prince Charles.

Brendon Urie, Panic! at the Disco frontman, has formed a new non–profit organization called Highest Hopes Foundation. Highest Hopes seeks to support “communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.” As part of the launch, Panic! at the Disco will be donating $1 from each ticket sale across its Pray For the Wicked Tour to the organization.

DEAG has exercised a “buy–back” option for the acquisition of 49% of DEAG Classics AG from Sony Music Germany under a deal that allows DEAG Classics to also sell its shares in Raymond Gubbay, a U.K. classical promoter, to Sony Music International. The deal marks DEAG’s move to reduce minority interests as it seeks to increase the earnings per share attributable to DEAG shareholders. Additionally, the transactions proceeds will help boost DEAG’s position in the U.K. as one of its two focus markets.

The Kinks
It’s been revealed by Ray Davies, frontman for the iconic rock outfit The Kinks, that the group will be reforming after 20–years. Having broke up in the 90s following tension between its members, the group behind the hit “You Really Got Me” are starting work on a new studio album composed of songs Davies wrote during the band’s hiatus.

Keychange has added another round of festivals to its pledge joining the already committed 85 festivals included in the initiative. Among those joining the group are included: Africa Oyé (U.K.); AmericanaFest U.K.; Be Fresh Festival (Spain); Big Scary Monsters Big Day Out (U.K.); English Folk Expo (U.K.); Festival 20/21 (Belgium); Field Maneuvers (U.K.); Head For The Hills (U.K.); Indie Sweden Music Festival (Sweden); Jazzfest Berlin (Germany); LungA Art Festival (Iceland); MaMA Festival (France); Monkey Week (Spain); Music Cities Convention (Global); Music Cities Forum (Global); Music Cities Hackathon (Global); Music Tourism Convention (Global); No Ar Coquetel Molotov (Brazil); Oxjam Camden (U.K.); The Phillips Backyard Weekender (Canada); Rifflandia Festival (Canada); Rio Loco (France); Rock The Shores (Canada); Sound Development (Global). Keychange is led by PRS Foundation and seeks to empower women to transform the future of the music industry and encourage festivals to achieve or maintain a 50:50 gender balance by 2022.

CD Baby has grown its footprint to London, appointing Rich Orchard as Director of Market Development, EU to oversee the European operations. Orchard brings with him over 15 years of experience in the music and tech sectors having previously served as Absolute Label Services’ Head of Digital, as well as a stint with Activision. The indie distributor has also tapped Steve Cusack as Artist Relations and Promotions Representative, joining the company’s recently launched creator services division.

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, the first investment company to be listed on the London Stock Exchange offering pure play exposure to songs and associated musical intellectual property rights, has raised gross proceeds of £200 million, pursuant to the Initial Placing of its ordinary shares. The company is the biggest Fund IPO so far this year and will acquire songs and their associated copyrights, allowing investors to benefit from music royalties and related income from those songs. The company was founded by Merck Mercuriadis, the manager of Nile Rodgers and former manager of recording artists and songwriters such as Elton John, Guns N’ Roses, Morrissey, Iron Maiden and Beyoncé. Rodgers sits on the company’s advisory board as well as number of other leading members of the artist and music industry. Songs targeted by Hipgnosis include hits from over 50 artists covering each of the past five decades including more than 10 No.1s in the U.K. and U.S.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Josh Rabinowitz, Ron Cerrito, Josh Binder, Lisa Worden, Milana Rabkin, Mark Beaven, Rochelle Holguin, Sue Drew, Tom Windish, Woody Mu, Owen Sloane and Seymour Stein.


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 a glimpse of what it’s like to have a “wee bit” too much drink, as they say in the U.K. Click HERE to watch some forgetful drunken moments from around the world.


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



After receiving millions of streams online, reaching the Spotify Viral Top 30 in the US, and selling out shows across Europe, Australia’s All Mankind are set to take another big step forward with their new track “Help Me To My Feet.” The four–piece have received radio support from major radio stations across the world including triple j, KIIS and 2DayFM in their home country, as well as support from BBC Radio 2 (UK), KROQ and KCRW Los Angeles and many more. Their music has been featured in the multi–million selling FIFA video game by EA Sports, and synch placements in over 20 highly–rated Television shows in the U.S., Australia and Europe including Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (main theme), Queer Eye (2018), Ladies Man (Movie), Gossip Girl, The Hills, The Bachelorette, Winners and Losers (Australia), Australian Open, The Inbetweeners (UK), Jersey Shore and The Real World. All Mankind have earned over two million streams on YouTube, over a million streams on Spotify and hundreds of thousands of streams on Soundcloud. Their debut album, Simple Desire, was A&R’d with the help of A&R Worldwide and produced by Mike Crossey (The Arctic Monkeys, The 1975, Jake Bugg, The Kooks, Walk The Moon and more) Listen to their brand–new single “Help Me To My Feet” HERE and contact info@anrworldwide.com, as All Mankind is available for synch, brand, label, publishing and booking opportunities.


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

Four years ago, Heather Baron–Gracie and Ciara Doran along with Ben Bateman and Ryan Marsden formed Creek. Shortly after the band began, both Bateman and Marsden left the band and Hugo Silvani and Charlie Wood joined the group as they transitioned the name to Pale Waves. In 2017, they signed with Dirty Hit and released the single “There’s A Honey,” which charted on the Scottish Singles Chart and both the UK Vinyl Singles and UK Singles Sales Charts as part of the “Television Romance” double A–side release. Pale Waves supported The 1975 at their sold out Madison Square Garden show and finished the year with their first North American headlining tour, performing 21 shows in four weeks. In February, they released their All the Things I Never Said EP featuring the singles “New Year’s Eve,” “My Obsession,” “The Tide” and “Heavenly.” In April, they announced they signed with Interscope, a joint venture with Dirty Hit, for their U.S. releases. The first taste of their forthcoming debut album is “Kiss,” and you can view the visual for it HERE.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 7/1/2018



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, July 1st, 2018: The weekly import show. Heard on over 70 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: MMM Modern Digital Australia in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide; 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; WCNR Charlottesville, VA; KIWR “The River” Council Bluffs, IA; 2XM Ireland (national radio); WAPS–FM “The Summit.FM” Akron–Canton, OH; WKTL–FM Youngstown, 105.5FM XFM Nairobi, Kenya; KVNV–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, Triple M Digital Network (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:

ALL MANKIND – “Help Me To My Feet” (Unsigned, Australia)
THE RAH’S – “Survival” (Unsigned, Scotland)
MACKESON – “Bye Bye Baby” (Bad Habit, N. America)
SEA GIRLS – “Too Much Fun” (Unsigned, UK)
GURR – “Hot Summer” (Unsigned, Germany)
BLOSSOMS – “There’s A Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls)” (Virgin EMI, UK)
SPEAKER FIRST – “If It Ain’t You” (Unsigned, Indonesia)
BLOW – “Green Unicorn” (Sony, France)
TELEMAN – “Cactus” (MoshiMoshi, UK)
LINN KOCH–EMMERY – “Wires” (Welfare Sounds & Records, Sweden)
STATE LIGHTS – “Peace Will Come” (Unsigned, Ireland)
***GLOBAL DJ EXCHANGE W/ DJ VIC GALLOWAY “BBC RADIO SCOTLAND” – BAD MANNEQUINS – “Double Denim” ***
UNS – “Internetgold” (Unsigned, Germany)
POLAROID SUMMER – “Tides” (Unsigned, N. America)
MARCV5 – SDS (Introducer Records, Belgium)
PEACE – “You Don’t Walk Away From Love” (Unsigned, UK)
THE SLOW READERS CLUB – “Lunatic” (Modern Sky, UK)
LIME CORDIALE – “Can I Be Your Lover” (Chugg Music, Australia)
BRAND NEW FRIEND – “Seatbelts For Aeroplanes” (Xtra Mile Recordings, UK)
MOUYÉ – “If You Were A Song” (Mouyé Music, Germany)
TEN TONNES – “Lay It On Me” (Warner Music, UK)
TELLA VIV – “No, No, No, No” (Bolero Recordings, Sweden)
BAXTER DURY – “Listen” (Moshi Moshi, UK)
VANDER + THE PEOPLE – “Inflict Me” (Unsigned, Australia)
THE VITRIOTS – “Long Way Down” (Sureshaker, Australia)
LAUREN WALLER – “Can’t See” (Unsigned, N. America)
TORS – “We Say No” (Unsigned, UK)
SHAYNA LEIGH – “Defiant” (Unsigned, N. America)
SATELLITE STORIES – “Coupons” (XYZ/Playground/Universal Music, Finland)
GIANT PARTY – “White Ink” (Label Fandango, UK)
EMME LENTINO – “Oxygen” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
LOUIS BERRY – “Stumbling” (Household Records, UK)
BLACK HONEY – “Bad Friends” (Fox Five Records, UK)

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