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SCOTT COHEN NAMED CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER, RECORDED MUSIC AT WARNER MUSIC GROUP



Warner Music Group (WMG) has named Scott Cohen to the newly–created role of Chief Innovation Officer, Recorded Music. The widely–respected music entrepreneur is a Co–Founder of the the pioneering distribution company, The Orchard. In his new role, Cohen reports to Max Lousada, WMG’s CEO, Recorded Music, and will work closely with Lousada and other members of Warner’s senior management team to help guide the long–term course of the company across music, technology, and culture.

Lousada said, “Scott spots and champions emerging technology with the same level of passion, creativity and ambition that our A&Rs bring to artist development. A valuable addition to our senior team, he’ll be an amazing brand ambassador and thought–leader, who joins a great lineage of maverick entrepreneurs at the independent major.”
Scott Cohen

Cohen commented, “It’s no longer enough for entertainment companies to merely embrace change, they need to create the future themselves. What attracted me to Warner was the sense that Max and his team are building an environment where truly original, disruptive ideas can flourish. Warner is uniquely positioned to take an agile but principled approach to growing the universe of opportunity for music.”

Cohen is a frequent public speaker and lecturer on new business models for the digital age, and is an outspoken advocate of AR, VR, Blockchain and AI. He is also the Co–Founder of CyborgNest, a company exploring the interface of biological and digital intelligence. Cohen’s music career began in the late ’80s in independent and major label artist management.

Cohen and Richard Gottehrer (Co–Founder of WMG’s Sire Records label), launched The Orchard in 1997 to bring independent artists the ability to sell their music to mainstream audiences. When iTunes rolled out in 2003, The Orchard delivered the largest catalog of independent music to the digital music consumer. A year later, they became the first indie digital distributor to reach one million paid downloads. The Orchard subsequently grew its business to incorporate video, music licensing, marketing and analytics, royalty collections, sports media, and other arenas. Now, two decades after it opened its doors, the company is owned by Sony Music and has operations in 40 territories worldwide.


BMG ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF HONG KONG OPERATIONS



BMG has launched its fifteenth international office with the announcement of new operations in Hong Kong, furthering the company’s growth into Asia. The new office is led by newly–appointed Managing Director, BMG Hong Kong, Kenney Shiu. The announcement comes following BMG Production Music’s entry into Hong Kong and Singapore, led by Andy Wong, at the end of 2018.

Kenney Shiu
Shiu is an experienced music executive who has previously worked at Kobalt Music Group, peermusic, Warner Music and Rock Music Publishing (HK) Ltd. He will report to BMG Chief Operating Officer, Ben Katovsky.

Said Katovsky, “Further building our global presence is a key priority for BMG, and Greater China and Southeast Asia in particular are growing rapidly thanks to streaming. Kenney is an experienced player in the local industry, and we are delighted to have him back with BMG.”

Shiu commented, “Having broadened my experience in the industry, I am even more convinced that BMG offers the best alternative to the established majors. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to introduce BMG’s distinctive philosophy and approach.”

The new office adds to BMG’s existing presence in China, which began with the opening of its Beijing operations in 2014. This has resulted in a number of deals with local content owners, including label and publishing company Giant Jump, and deals with platform owners Alibaba and Momo.

Michael Kachko
In other news for BMG’s U.S. operations, the company has promoted Michael Kachko to Sr. VP, Catalog Recordings. Based in Los Angeles, Kachko is responsible for managing the day–to–day operations, marketing direction, and exploitation of BMG’s global catalog recordings in the U.S. including the works of Iron Maiden, Motörhead, The Kinks, Keith Richards, John Fogerty, Dio, Nick Cave the reggae catalog of Trojan Records, and Hank Williams. Kachko is an industry veteran with more than 20 years in the music business as a catalog specialist. He previously served as VP, Catalog Recordings in the U.S., and will continue to report to Peter Stack, EVP, Global Catalog Recordings, in the new role.

Kachko came to BMG in 2013 and since then has been instrumental in catalog marketing efforts such as The Kinks 10–LP Mono box set, the ongoing CD/LP reissues and boxset campaign of Iron Maiden’s entire recorded catalog, the Grammy–nominated Lovely Creatures – The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds 1984–2014, as well as more recent campaigns including 2018’s Trojan Records 50th anniversary celebration, and the forthcoming 30th anniversary reissue of Keith Richards’ acclaimed debut solo album, Talk Is Cheap. Prior to BMG, Kachko held posts at Warner Music Group’s Rhino Entertainment, having began his career at Universal Music Group.


SONY/ATV SIGNS DOLLY PARTON TO NEW PUBLISHING DEAL



Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a deal to represent the catalog of iconic singer/songwriter, Dolly Parton. The agreement encompasses work from across Parton’s entire career as well as newly–written compositions. It covers North America, and territories not covered by existing sub–publishing arrangements.

Pictured (l–r) are Troy Tomlinson (President/CEO, Sony/ATV Nashville), Bruce Scavuzzo (Sr. VP, Business & Legal Affairs, Sony/ATV), Danny Nozell (CEO, CTK Management), Dolly Parton, Martin Bandier (Chairman & CEO, Sony/ATV) and Brian Monaco (President, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Sony/ATV)
Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO, Martin Bandier, said, “Dolly Parton is a true musical icon and we are unbelievably excited to get the chance to work with her again. Her importance, influence and legacy as a recording artist is recognized the world over, but more than anything she stands out as an exceptional songwriter with a peerless catalog of songs, which we are honored to represent.”

Dolly Parton said, “I am very excited to be working with Sony/ATV. They know my catalog and they know me. Get ready, you're going to be hearing a lot more from me!”

Parton grew up in Tennessee and started writing songs as a child, making her performing debut at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville as a teen. Her first success came as songwriter in the form of two songs she wrote with her uncle Bill Owens, which became Top 10 hits for country singer, Bill Phillips. Her own first hit as a recording artist soon followed, beginning a run of success that has included 25 Billboard country No.1 hits, over 50 Top 10 country songs, and a record 44 Top 10 country albums. Many of her hits were self–composed, including the Billboard Hot 100 chart–topper “9 to 5,” “Joshua,” “Jolene,” “Love Is Like A Butterfly,” “The Bargain Store,” “Two Doors Down,” “Coat Of Many Colors” and “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind.” Her classic song “I Will Always Love You” reached No.1 on two separate occasions for Parton, before being recorded by Whitney Houston for the film The Bodyguard. Houston’s version went on to become the biggest–selling single by a female artist of all time, spending 14 weeks at No.1 in the U.S.

Among Parton’s numerous awards and recognitions as a performer and songwriter are 10 Country Music Association Awards, seven Academy of Country Music Awards, three American Music Awards and eight Grammy Awards, including Best Country Song for “9 to 5,” the title song of the motion picture in which she co–starred. “9 to 5” was also nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe, while a musical based on the film and featuring her songs opened in Los Angeles in 2008 and has since been performed around the world.

She has been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, which also honored her with the Johnny Mercer Award. In February during Grammy Week, she became the first country star to be recognized as MusiCares Person of the Year. She also stepped on stage at this year’s Grammy ceremony to perform music from her new hit album and Netflix series Dumplin’, with Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry covering some of her classic songs. Dumplin’ includes the song “Girl In The Movies,” which was nominated for Best Original Song at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



As it prepares its inaugural charity golf tournament, Worldwide Radio Summit has revealed a special Hole–In–One contest with $1 million dollars up for grabs, which is presented in conjunction with Topline by Futuri Media. The best–ball scramble tourney is set to take place on Wednesday, March 27th at DeBell Golf Club in Burbank, CA, as a lead–in to the ninth annual Worldwide Radio Summit, a part of California Entertainment Week. The golf tournament will bring together radio executives with the music industry community for a day of great networking, as well as golf. This year’s event will see proceeds benefiting Musicians on Call and Ria’s Rising Stars Foundation. For more information on the WWRS 2019 Charity Golf Tournament, including team and individual sign-ups, click HERE. For more information on the Worldwide Radio Summit 2019 conference, click HERE.

Oak View Group (OVG), the firm founded by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff, has announced the launch of its first international office to be based in London as it seeks to expand across the U.K., Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Among the team for OVG International are former MD of AEG Live and President of Really Useful Group, Jessica Koravos, who will take on the Co–Chair role alongside Leiweke in a non–executive capacity. Additionally, Sam Piccione III joins as President, and Mark Donnelly as COO. Also, among the senior management team are Brian Kabatznick as EVP, Business Development & Facilities, Marc–Elie Robert as Sr. VP Commercial, Martha Rolle as Legal Counsel, and Gary Hutchinson as Stadium Consultant. In making the announcement, Leiweke revealed that the firm will seek to delve into arena and stadium development and partnership opportunities with a focus on Europe, Asia and the Middle East as it seeks to build its footprint outside of the U.S. He also commented that OVG is seeking additional venues for its Stadium Alliance which to-date, is exclusive to the U.S. and Canada.

Ben Harvey
Radio veteran Ben Harvey is transitioning from the broadcast world to the label world as he takes on the role of President for Palm Tree Records, a JV between Kygo, his manager Myles Shear, and Sony Music Entertainment. Having spent over two decades working in the radio arena, Harvey had been with SiriusXM since 2012, most recently as PD for Chill and Pop2k. He also served as a long–time afternoon host for the platform’s BPM channel. Harvey’s new role with Palm Tree will see him taking on oversight of the label’s day–to–day operations while reporting to Kygo and Shear from their office based in Sony Music’s New York headquarters. He will be tasked with sourcing and developing talent and projects for the label.

Amy Morgan has transitioned from her role as MD of Beggars Music to take on the task of setting up and leading the publishing company for September Management. Morgan had taken on her new role with Beggars in February of last year and, with the move, will maintain her management clients Glass Animals and Bakar. September Management is the firm founded by Adele’s worldwide manager, Jonathan Dickins.

An exclusive operating and booking agreement has been finalized between AEG Presents and The Masonic Temple Association of Detroit for the Masonic Temple Theatre and Cathedral Theatre in Michigan. The deal expands AEG’s existing work with The Masonic Temple, with the promoter already having brought acts such as Lana Del Rey, Jack White, LCD Soundsystem, Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Bassnectar, The Killers, and others, to venue since 2013. Alongside the operating aspect of the agreement, AEG Presents has also committed $2,000,000 to restoration and renovation efforts over the first two years of the partnership. Almost 100 years old, Detroit’s Masonic Temple is the largest in the world with more than 1,000 rooms including three theaters, a Shrine building, the Chapel, eight lodge rooms, a 17,500 square–foot drill hall, two ballrooms, office space, a cafeteria, dining rooms, a barber shop and 16 bowling lanes.

Multi–platinum, Grammy–winning rock band, Cage The Elephant, have signed a new worldwide publishing administration agreement with BMG. The group is set to release their highly–anticipated fifth studio full–length, Social Cues, next month, followed by a co–headlining tour with Beck this summer. Brothers Matt and Brad Shultz began playing music in high school, along with fellow students Jared Champion and Daniel Tichenor. Shortly after forming the band, they headed to London to begin their career. Their self–titled debut album garnered them international attention, rising through the Billboard Alternative and Rock charts and reaching RIAA Platinum-certification. They have since released three additional studio albums with Thank You, Happy Birthday (2011), the Gold–certified Melophobia, and the Grammy–winning, Tell Me I’m Pretty. At radio, Cage The Elephant holds the record for the most No.1 Alternative songs of any artist this decade. They have had seven Billboard No.1 singles with 11 singles landing in the Billboard Top 10, and a combined 1.5 billion streams globally. Their most recent release was live album, Unpeeled, which saw the band performing stripped down and backed by a string quartet and a choir.

Vanessa Picken has been appointed to the newly–created role of Head of Digital for America, Asia Pacific, Australia & New Zealand for [PIAS]. Picken is the Founder & Managing Director of the respected digital agency, Comes With Fries. Her new role will see her relocating to Los Angeles and reporting to Managing Director for America & Asia Pacific, Colin Daniels, while working alongside [PIAS] Chief Digital Officer, Adrian Pope. In addition to her new role with [PIAS], Picken will maintain ownership and oversight of the Comes With Fries Australian and U.K. operations. Comes With Fries will continue to deliver bespoke label services, working closely with [PIAS], and other clients globally.

In the latest announcement since acquiring Pandora last month, SiriusXM has revealed Pandora Media’s first–ever dedicated original content team. The new division will be headed by Scott Greenstein, Chief Content Officer for SiriusXM, as it seeks to generate original content across music, sports and talk for the Pandora platform. The content will be composed of full–time channels and shows, podcasts, playlists, spoken–word/music collaborations, events and live performances as well as interactive channels. Other members of the content team include Pandora’s Alex White (VP of Content & Programming), Jeff Zuchowski (VP, Label Relations), Bill Crandall (VP, Editorial Content), and Lindsay Bowen (Head of Podcasts & Entertainment Content Partnerships). Alongside his new duties under the initiative, Greenstein will maintain his oversight of all SiriusXM programming.

After three decades, one–half of the widely–popular KROQ morning show, Kevin & Bean, is parting ways with the station as Gene “Bean” Baxter has revealed he will be moving back to his homeland of England. The surprise announcement came on–air last Wednesday. Baxter had notably not worked from the station’s LA studio for some time, having moved to Seattle for 17 years, and then heading to New Orleans in 2016, broadcasting remotely, and traveling back to LA for significant KROQ events. Baxter revealed in making the announcement that he will be seeking a new gig in radio when he lands in the U.K. Bean and his co–host, Kevin Ryder, were inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2015.

Tencent Music Entertainment has seen the transition of senior executive, Andy Ng, to a consultancy role from his recent position as Group VP of Copyright Management. Ng’s role will be picked up by Group VP, Tsai Chun Pan, who had been leading a division bringing online services to smart devices and car companies. Ng’s tenure saw him play a key role in establishing partnerships with labels and other content partners as the company prepared its entry onto the New York Stock Exchange in December. Ng will maintain a role supporting Tencent’s copyright management efforts, alongside Pan, under the company’s long–term mandate to promote copyright.

In less than a week following its launch in India, Spotify revealed early last week that it had racked up over 1 million unique users in the territory across its free and premium offerings. A specific split wasn’t provided on free vs. subscription however, Spotify is offering a 30–day free trial with a monthly subscription cost set at 119 Indian rupees (about $1.68).

In other Spotify news, the streamer has built on its already significant partnership with Samsung to see the platform pre–loaded on the newest Samsung mobile devices out of the box. Among the devices featuring the pre–loaded app are the S10, S10+, S10e, S10 5G, Galaxy Fold and select Galaxy A Series phones. Additionally, new Spotify users in the U.S. with select Galaxy devices will be eligible for a six month free trial of Spotify’s Premium tier. The collaboration also sees a deep integration for Spotify with Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant.

Following the news that Drake had taken 2018 honors as the IFPI’s best–selling recording artist of 2018, the organization has revealed Camila Cabello’s “Havana” as the best–selling single globally for 2018. The track was initially released in 2017 and went to No.1 in 95 countries. June of last year saw the track becoming Spotify’s most–streamed song ever by a female artist, garnering 888 million plays. Collectively, across all DSPs, the track has generated more than 2.6 billion plays, and 19 million sales using permanent download equivalent units combining sales and streams. Drake took runner–up honors for best–selling single with “God’s Plan,” and was followed in order by Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” and “Perfect,” and Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You (feat. Cardi B)”.

UTA has named Shanique Bonelli–Moore Executive Director of Inclusion, a new full–time role that will see her leading the company’s efforts to position themselves as an inclusive industry firm across hiring, retention and promotion. She will also work with clients directly to support effective and representative storytelling. Having joined UTA in 2018, Bonelli–Moore served in the corporate communications division, looking after UTA’s internal communications. She has also been a key member of the internal leadership team, which she will now lead, working on moving forward UTA’s inclusion initiatives. Her background includes time at BuzzFeed, Anheuser–Busch InBev, NBCUniversal and GE.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has announced a round of promotions and appointments to its Business & Legal Affairs Department in New York. Among the promotions are Nicole Giacco to Sr. VP, Business & Legal Affairs and Ryan Raichilson to Director, Business & Legal Affairs. Joining the department as Associate Director is Melissa Yermes, following three–and–a–half years at Sony Music Entertainment in New York where most recently she served in the role of Manager, Business Affairs, Commercial Music Group. All three report to Peter Brodsky, Sony/ATV’s EVP, Business & Legal Affairs. Also joining the Department is Molly O’Neill as a Coordinator, reporting to Sr. VP, Business & Legal Affairs Michael Abitbol and VP, Business & Legal Affairs, Dag Sandsmark.

In other Sony/ATV news, the publisher’s Benelux office has signed a worldwide deal with Dutch rapper Lil’ Kleine, aka Jorik Scholten, in collaboration with music publishing company Hitmen, co–owned by Scholten. The 24–year–old rapper emerged in 2013 with the hit song “Drank & Drugs,” which he recorded with fellow rapper Ronnie Flex. This song was not only a hit in the Netherlands and Belgium, but also reached the charts in Germany as “Stoff und Schnaps.” This success was followed by two multi–platinum albums, his 2016 debut WOP!, and the 2017 follow–up, Alleen. In 2017, Lil’ Kleine garnered the MTV Award for Best Worldwide Act. To date, Scholten’s songs have generated over 700 million Spotify streams, making him the most–streamed Dutch artist of all time. His successes include No.1 hits “Krantenwijk,” “Miljonair” and “Verleden Tijd.” He has also sold out the Netherlands’ biggest venue, Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome, two times, and is preparing the release of a new album.

Live Nation has announced it’s donated over 1 million to Vet Tix (Veteran Tickets Foundation) a non–profit launched in 2008, since finalizing its partnership with the organization. Vet Tix presents free tickets (6 million to–date) to active military and all veterans for concerts, sporting events and other functions. Live Nation has become Vet Tix’s top donor, having presented the group with over $75 million in tickets since 2014. Live Nation–owned Ticketmaster also stepped in last year to create custom ticketing software for the Vet Tix platform to simplify the donation process for artists, venues, theaters and clubs as well as making the process for vets to see ticket availability easier.

Qobuz, the world’s first and only certified Hi–Res streaming service, has made its way to wireless smart home sound system, Sonos, in the U.S. With a Hi–Fi tier subscription to Qobuz, Sonos users will be able to access the 16–bit CD quality potential of their sound systems. Many Sonos users currently listen to their music via MP3 streaming, with Qobuz offering listening at nearly 5 times that resolution, giving the full, CD–quality performance. Qobuz’s $19.99/month Hi–Fi subscription is now available in the Sonos App to stream CD quality on Sonos speakers throughout the home. Last month, Qobuz officially launched in the U.S., which marked its first non–European territory since being founded in Paris in 2007.

Porter Robinson is looking to become the most recent electronic act to curate his own festival with MULTIVERSE Music Festival set for June 15th at Oakland’s Harbor Shoreline Park. The event, co–presented with Goldenvoice (Coachella), has not revealed its lineup as of yet.

Notices have been filed by Spotify, Google, Pandora and Amazon, that they intend to appeal the recent rate determinations by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), which would see an increase in payments from record labels and DSPs to songwriters and publishers by 44% over a four–year period. Covering 2018 – 2022, the new mechanical statutory rates include a headline rate boost from 10.5% of revenue to 15.1%. To–date, the services have only filed a notice for their appeal of a proceeding to be heard by the D.C. Court of Appeals, with the actual appeal yet to be filed, clarifying on what grounds or what aspect of the CRB’s final decision they are appealing.

Ticketmaster has brought on Karen Klein, a longtime travel industry executive, as EVP and General Counsel for the company. Klein will report to Jared Smith, President of Ticketmaster, while overseeing the legal, government affairs, public policy and human resources divisions. With 20 years of experience as an attorney in the tech and travel arenas, Klein most recently served as General Counsel for HotelTonight. Her resume also includes stints as General Counsel for the likes of Kayak and Orbitz.

In other Ticketmaster news, the company has finalized a new deal with Academy Music Group (AMG), the largest owner/operator of live music and club venues in the U.K., to bring mobile ticketing to its venues. The deal follows a collaboration between Ticketmaster and DJ Four Tet to present the first completely digitally–ticketed shows in Britain. Following a successful four–night run at O2 Academy Brixton, Ticketmaster began rolling out its mobile ticketing offering to additional venues in the U.K. AMG’s portfolio of 19 U.K. venues includes O2 Academy Brixton and O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire as well as O2 Academy venues in markets such as Glasgow, Liverpool, Leicester, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle, all of which now accept mobile tickets in addition to paper tickets.

Additionally, Ticketmaster has joined forces with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant to make it possible for fans to browse ticket inventory and purchase tickets directly through Alexa–enabled devices. Simple prompts such as “Alexa, open Ticketmaster” or “Alexa, ask Ticketmaster to find events this weekend,” start the process with consumers then able to search by artist or team name, city, and date range with commands like “find concerts in Seattle” or “find Pittsburgh Steelers tickets.” After finding their tickets, users can finalize order details and purchase tickets directly by linking their Ticketmaster account to Alexa. The offering is currently available to Alexa–enabled devices in the U.S. with compatibility set for additional countries in the near future.

Global distribution, label services, and rights management company ONErpm has tapped Charles Hendricks as Director of Partner Relations. The role will see Hendricks tasked with developing and executing marketing, social media, and playlist strategies for ONErpm’s roster, while managing relations and communications with DSPs. He will be based in ONErpm’s New York City office. Prior to ONErpm, Hendricks was Account Manager at The Orchard where he worked closely with retail partners such as Apple, Google, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal and SoundCloud, across campaigns for artists including William Onyeabor, RJD2, Run the Jewels, Bad Bunny, BTS, John Mayer, and Jorja Smith. Hendricks is also a producer, composer, and DJ who has released his own music via labels such as Warmth Records, Let’s Play House, On the Prowl, and Nervous Records. As a composer, he has created music for clients such as Legitmix, Acer, Adidas, HBO and Nautica.

A pan–European promoter network has been rolled out as Eventim Live, a collective of the live entertainment companies under the CTS Eventim banner. Based in London, Eventim Live encompasses 26 promoters for which CTS is a majority stakeholder, including FKP Scorpio, MLK, Peter Rieger Konzertagentur, Vaddi Concerts, Semmel Concerts, Fullsteam, Alda, Doctor Music, Friendly Fire and ACT Entertainment, bringing the firm’s footprint to territories including Germany, Sweden, Finland, Norway, The Netherlands and Spain. Under the new structure, artists have a “one–stop shop” for live entertainment services, and promoters now have access to a number of services offered by CTS across purchasing, marketing and sponsorship. The firm’s London office will act as a central hub for agents planning European tours, in addition to supporting promoters from the Eventim Live portfolio in their day–to–day and new customer activities while allowing them to retain their entrepreneurial independence.

Mike Daly
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) is set to host its annual “Accessories for Success” Scholarship Luncheon on Sunday, May 5th, 2019 at the Beverly Wilshire. The fundraiser luncheon will honor Mike Daly, producer/songwriter and Executive Director of A&R and Music Publishing at Disney Music Group with the “Excellence in Mentoring Award.” Daly's work with Disney Music Group covers Hollywood Records, Buena Vista Records, Walt Disney Records and Disney Music Publishing. He is celebrating his ninth match anniversary with his Little Brother Jonathan at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. As a BBBSLA Board Member, Daly helps create opportunities for the 1700+ children the organization serves throughout Los Angeles and also serves as a mentor for the Techstars Music Accelerator Program. Daly is also an accomplished producer, songwriter and multi–instrumentalist, having worked with artists such as Jason Mraz, Lana Del Rey, Imagine Dragons and Young the Giant. For more information on the BBBSLA luncheon, visit www.bbbsla.org/events.

The Bowery Presents has added longtime music executive Don Simpson as Chief Operating Officer to its team. The newly–created role will see the more than three–decade–veteran tasked with creating and executing all business strategies, plans and procedures for the live entertainment firm. He will also be responsible for supporting new venue initiatives and development, upgrades and enhancements to current venues as well as for reviewing and building on the internal operations to ensure maximum benefits for the AEG Presents–partnered company. Simpson’s music industry career began when he started MCA Concerts Canada in 1990 as Sr. VP and Chief Financial Officer, before assuming the role of President for the next 15 years. When the firm sold in 2007, Simpson headed to New York and picked up the role of EVP, Productions and Business Development with Madison Square Garden Entertainment for eight years. He transitioned to AEG Presents during its 2017 partnership negotiations with The Bowery Presents and was most recently, COO of The Feldman Agency.

CAA has added buzzing R&B artist/songwriter/producer Bazzi to their roster for what might be marked as the first agreement for interplanetary representation with Bazzi giving his now agent, CAA’s Head of Music Rob Light, the title of his “intergalactic agent.” Bazzi just released his celestial–centric full–length, Cosmic, and is gearing up for sets at Coachella and The Governors Ball Music Festival this year. Bazzi’s single, “Mine,” reached No.1 on Billboard’s Top Pop Songs Airplay Chart and is certified triple–Platinum by the RIAA, counting over 350 million total plays.

Primary Wave has promoted Catie Monck to VP of Communications & Artist Relations. Now in her third year with Primary Wave, Monck will be responsible for the company’s media strategy and press relationships. In her expanded role, Monck will also contribute to a wide range of company and executive initiatives. Monck will remain based in New York, reporting to Adam Lowenberg, Primary Wave’s General Manager and Chief Marketing Officer. She had been serving as a Director of Publicity for Primary Wave where she secured many notable media placements including Melissa Etheridge on CBS Sunday Morning, Steve Cropper on Conan, Cypress Hill on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and an appearance by Smokey Robinson in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Monck’s career began at Epic Records in 1998 and was followed by stints with Shore Fire Media, Miles Copeland’s label Ark 21, O&M Company, Concord Music Group and Wind Up Records. In her 20+ years in the industry, she has worked across all genres of music and entertainment, playing a key role in publicity campaigns for the likes of Phil Ramone, Paula Abdul, Wayne Brady, Randy Jackson, Evanescence, Bayside, Christian Scott, Enrique Iglesias, Blondie, Chick Corea, Bela Fleck, Civil Twilight, Emily Osment, Luscious Jackson, and others.

Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager is set to be honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame with the the Johnny Mercer Award as part of this year’s 50th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards dinner in New York. The award marks the Hall of Fame’s highest honor and is presented only to songwriters and songwriter teams already inducted previously. Bayer Sager’s induction into the Hall of Fame came in 1987 to recognize her lyric writing for works such as “Nobody Does It Better,” “Don’t Cry Out Loud” and “The Best That You Can Do,” the Oscar–winning theme for the movie Arthur. Across her career, Bayer Sager’s credits include collaborations and songs written for the likes of Ray Charles, Celine Dion, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and others.

SMG’s BOK Center and Cox Business Center in Tulsa, OK have a new GM as Casey Sparks has been named to the role, stepping into fill the vacancy left by Jeff Nickler when he departed last year. In the new role, Sparks will lead the 10–year–old arena’s staff of more than 100 full–time and 500 part–time staffers. Sparks’ career began at the Colonial Life Arena at the University of South Carolina, her alma mater, before stints with the AT&T Center, Red Light Management and Florida’s Pensacola Bay Center. Sparks was a member of team for the 2008 launch of the BOK Center, working across 184 events in the venues first 10 months of being open. After pursuing opportunities in Charlottesville and Florida, she returned to the BOK Center in 2014, assuming the position of Assistant General Manager, overseeing all arena business operations across booking, event marketing, business development, event management, customer service, media relations, project management, premium seating and employee development.

ReDigi has requested an extension to file its cert petition to the U.S. Supreme Court as it seeks to present its case for the reselling of digitized copyrighted works. Last December, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that ReDigi’s transfer of digital files between individuals constituted unauthorized reproduction.

Figures from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), as part of their new Yearbook, have revealed that subscriptions now account for 62.1% of total revenue for recorded music, with revenues from music subscription services increasing 38% to £829.1 million in 2018. On the other hand, owned formats (CDs, vinyl, downloads) take only 37.9% of revenues at £505.8 million of the £1.334 billion total recorded music market. Additionally, it was revealed that subscription–video–on–demand revenue grew by 31% to account for more than 55% of total video revenue. The Yearbook also showed that entertainment consumers now spend more than £4.5 billion to “rent” music, video and games as opposed to own it.

Lisa Farris has been named Chief Digital Officer for The Recording Academy to work across the organization’s diverse portfolio of digital experiences. Farris, who reports to President & CEO Neil Portnow, will oversee a digital media division working across content strategy, data analytics, audience growth and product strategy as well as other arenas. Before joining the Recording Academy, Farris was Chief Digital & Brand Officer for MetricVision, and also Co–Founded Get This. Other past roles include those as Chief Marketing Officer for Move Inc., Sr. VP of Strategic Marketing at Universal Music Group’s eLabs, and VP of Strategic Marketing & New Media at MCA Records. Farris steps into the CDO role left vacant by Jason James when he parted ways with the organization in spring of last year.

Spanish rights society, SGAE, has elected a new President in Pilar Jurado, who replaces José Angles Heiva. Jurado marks the sixth new president in seven years as well as the second woman director for the organization. Heiva’s departure is a result of a motion of censure against him by the board of directors to have him removed from his post at the organization which was been plagued with controversy. Last month, Spain’s Ministry of Culture had blocked royalty advance distributions of over €2.5 million as the Spanish Minister of Culture sought to obtain partial government takeover of the society. In late January, a collective of over 50 SGAE members requested the Minister of Culture’s intervention to have Hevia removed from his post. CISAC also engaged in a sanctions procedure against SGAE late last year which could see the the organization removed from the global entity.

Leading Latin music network, Univision, has announced a rebranding to Uforia as it seeks to combine its significant music and audio properties as “The Home of Latin Music.” Univision owns and operates 58 top–rated local radio stations and counts 89 affiliates as well as a digital audio outlet that will now collectively operate as Uforia Audio Network. The new platform will also seek to integrate content and events into its portfolio while maintaining the local branding. Among the live events planned for the new brand are the 2019 Uforia Music Series that will encompass pop, rhythmic and Regional Mexican events in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Chicago and San Jose. Uforia will also see its footprint reaching the network’s TV programming with data and insights collected from the Uforia Audio Network used by Univision’s Entertainment and Music team to support the Premio Lo Nuestro and Premio Juventud award nominations and creative development, respectively.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Ron Perry, Alec Boateng, Miles Beard, Allison Jones, Kyle Hopkins, Michelle Jubelirer, John O’Donnell, Caroline Ellis, Tom Windish, Steve Ferguson, Rob Stevenson, Jenny Ring, Mona Rübsamen and Anuj Gupta.


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. You’ve heard us talk about the rise of the Indian music industry for the past five years, but just like any other market around the world, India still has its own fair share of perilous jackass moments. Click HERE and see some spicy fails from across India!


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



Born and raised outside of Stockholm, 27 year–old Victor Crone started playing guitar and writing songs at the tender age of 15. Three years later, Victor traveled to Los Angeles and Nashville and wrote songs with legendary writers Diane Warren, Desmond Child and Eric Brazilian. After releasing a couple of singles between 2015–2016, the following year he released the singles “California” and “Sunshine and Rain,” and was featured on the Tungevaag & Raabans platinum–selling single “Coming Up,” a song that Victor wrote with Marcus Svedin. This helped propel Victor to earn over 20 million streams across songs that he has participated in. Victor’s recent single, “Storm” is a submission for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2019, representing Estonia in Tel Aviv, in May. The song has already generated radio support in Sweden, Estonia and the U.S. Listen to “Storm” HERE and contact Bosse Lundquist at bosse@themusicbox.se, as Victor is currently available for worldwide publishing opportunities.


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

Black Futures, the London–based sonic space punk outfit have unleashed their new single, “Me.TV.” Taken from their forthcoming debut album due this summer, the new track features a call–to–arms monologue courtesy of Primal Scream’s lead singer Bobby Gillespie. “Me.TV” is the follow–up to their previous critically acclaimed single “Trance,” and has already seen brilliant support from Spotify, as well as radio in the U.K. Earlier this year, they supported Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and have announced they will continue their assault on U.K. venues with a run of shows later this month into April. Black Futures have created a hypnotizing music video that presents the track’s message in a charming, yet chaotic display of unification. The visual displays the band’s army of anonymous hazmats coming together and collaborating in creating a microcosmic social revolution; injecting color into a monochrome world. Click HERE to watch “Me.TV” and contact Julie Weir, Label Head, Music For Nations, Sony Music at julie.weir@sonymusic.com, as Black Futures are available for touring, brand and synch opportunities.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 3/10/2019



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, March 10th, 2019: 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; 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, 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:

GOOD WEATHER FORECAST – “Superhumans” (Starwatch, Germany)
BAND OF SKULLS – “Cool Your Battles” (SO Recordings, UK)
SHEPPARD – “On My Way” (Chugg Music, Australia)
INDOOR PETS – “Being Strange” (Wichita, UK)
TEDDYBEARS – “Give It All Up” (Unsigned, Sweden)
BLACK HONEY – “Crowded City” (Fox Five Records, UK)
STICKY FINGERS – “Loose Ends” (Sureshaker, Australia)
SMITH & THELL – “Forgive Me Friend (Feat. Swedish Jam Factory)” (Playground Music, Sweden)
DEMOB HAPPY – “Less Is More” (SO Recordings, UK)
BAKER GRACE – “Wrong Kind Of People” (Unsigned, N. America)
LIME CORDIALE – “Money” (Chugg Music, Australia)
THE LUKA STATE – “What's My Problem” (Project Records, UK)
SLIDE – “Floating” (If Music Could Talk/AWAL, Sweden)
TONICA – “California” (Unsigned, UK)
DAMIAN LYNN – “Feel The Heat” (MsBest/Phonag Records, Switzerland)
INGER – “Coming Home” (Unsigned, Estonia)
SHE DREW THE GUN – “Something For The Pain” (Skeleton Key, UK)
DRENGE – “Autonomy” (Infectious, UK)
STATE LIGHTS – “Lonely” (Unsigned, Ireland)
STOP MOTION POETRY – “Missile” (Unsigned, N. America)
TROPHY EYES – “Lavender Bay” (Hopeless Records, Australia)
TWO YEAR VACATION – “Better Off Alone” (Clouds Hill, Sweden)
GRANT – “Waterline” (Sony, Sweden)
CIRCA WAVES – “Movies” (Prolifica, UK)
SHLOMI ASH – “Wake Up” (Unsigned, Israel)
KELSY KARTER – “Catch Me If You Can” (Unsigned, Australia)
ADAM FRENCH – “The Only Living Thing” (Virgin EMI, UK)
COYLE GIRELLI – “Where’ My Girl?” (Unsigned, UK)
PICTURES – “Roll Up” (Virgin Records, Germany)
MADYX – “I Melt With You” (Unsigned, N. America)
KING NUN – “Family Portrait” (Dirty Hit, UK)
HOT LIKE SUSHI – “Bitch Repellent” (Unsigned, Switzerland)
SEA GIRLS – “All I Want To Hear You Say” (Unsigned, UK)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Habberdash, Queen Zee, Band of Skulls, Demob Happy and Lime Cordiale)