SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT & SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING
TO JOIN OPERATIONS UNDER SONY MUSIC GROUP
As of August 1st, Sony Music Entertainment and Sony/ATV Music Publishing will combine under the new banner of Sony Music Group. The move marks a significant restructuring for the music operations of Tokyo–based Sony Corp. and puts the management structure for the multinational more in–line with its fellow majors, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group.
Leading Sony Music Group will be current Sony Music CEO, Rob Stringer, who will take on the role of Chairman for the new unit. Sony/ATV’s Chairman & CEO, Jon Platt, will report to Stringer while maintaining his oversight of the music publishing operations. Stringer will also continue his duties as CEO for Sony Music Entertainment, leading the recorded music division of the new group.
An internal memo from Sony, obtained by Billboard, stated, “The purpose of this new Group is to further strengthen and solidify Sony’s position as a leader in the music industry and create new value for the company. This unification will help us foster a higher level of collaboration between our recorded music and music publishing businesses, while respecting and maintaining the independence and unique culture of each organization.”
Under the restructuring, Sony Music Entertainment Japan will continue to be a standalone entity, reporting to Sony Corp. President & CEO, Kenichrio Yoshida, who said to the Sony Music Group staff, “I have the utmost respect and trust in Rob and Jon who are outstanding leaders with enormous industry expertise and have the strong support of their employees, artists and songwriters. Working together, and with your help, I am confident they will lead Sony Music Group to a new level of success, remaining the world’s most artist– and songwriter–friendly music company, and further strengthening and securing our legacy for the future.”
SABAN MUSIC GROUP LAUNCHED BY MEDIA MOGUL HAIM SABAN
Leading entertainment figure, Haim Saban, has committed to investing $500 million into a new LA–based label and music company under the banner of Saban Music Group (SMG). The new operation is helmed by former Universal Music Latin GM/EVP, Gustavo Lopez as CEO, whose own Talento Uno Music entertainment firm was acquired by Saban in May.
SMG will operate as a global entertainment company focusing on international A&R, artist development and strategically supporting a 360 model for their artists. SMG’s goal is to sign, work with, guide and provide resources to international artists while giving them an outlet to deliver their music globally. As part of its overall growth strategy, SMG will dedicate resources towards the acquisition of recording, publishing and management entities. The company has already finalized deals with Colombian reggaetón star Reykon, Puerto Rican YouTuber Daniel El Travieso, Israeli duo Static & Ben El, and French artist Marie Monti, with negotiations in motion with three music companies on the acquisition side. With a focus on the Latin market initially, SMG intends to diversify with a strategy to remain a boutique label set–up with significant resources available to its artists.
Saban comments, “Music has always been one of my life’s greatest passions–shaping, influencing and motivating me on a daily basis. It is with great excitement that I re–enter the music business–not only as a businessman but as someone who is passionate about the art, dedicated to the development of worldwide artists and wants to provide world–class entertainment. I look forward to building this company with Gus and working with artists around the world to fully seize their international appeal.”
Saban is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Group LLC and says that SCG, and the newly–launched SMG, will operate independently of one another. In a career spanning over four decades, Saban’s entertainment industry background has seen him launching a chain of record labels in 1983, developing large scale publishing firms, forming an international television company that later merged with Fox Family Worldwide, and leading a group of investors to acquire Univision Communications, Inc. He is perhaps best known for launching the successful 1993 children’s TV show, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
POSITION MUSIC NAMES JON SIDEL TO KEY A&R ROLE
Position Music has added Jon Sidel to the company as A&R Director, it was announced last week by President and CEO, Tyler Bacon. In the new role, Sidel will help build upon the roster for the independent publishing and record label. Sidel will maintain his independent work running his own management company, Sidel Services, where he continues to specialize in “solutions for artists.”
Since joining Position, Sidel has signed Guards, Night Beats (on Heavenly Records through PIAS UK), Mystic Braves, and most recently Modern Chemistry. Sidel is an experienced music publisher, digital rights and artist manager and podcaster. Prior to his music career, Sidel was a notorious 80’s nightclub impresario and restaurateur, often working with burgeoning bands and songwriters eager for club gigs. He began his work in A&R in 1992.
Over his 25+ year career, Sidel has spent time at Outpost/Geffen, Interscope, Warner Brothers, Atlantic, BMG, V2 and PIAS, with his signings including The Strokes, Weezer, The White Stripes, The National, Alkaline Trio, The Avett Brothers and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
Tyler Bacon comments, “Jon Sidel brings an incredible pedigree and a wealth of experience to Position Music that is really remarkable. Jon is a true music lover that has incredible taste, a deep passion for rock and roll and a track record of success that is undeniable.”
VP, Head of A&R Mark Chipello states “They just don’t build A&R’s like Jon Sidel anymore. Jon has an incredible history in this business, but more than anything he’s a true advocate for artists and he understands how to build relationships and careers that endure the constantly shifting sands of the industry. We are thrilled to have him on our team.”
GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…
Roc Nation has named Shari Bryant and Omar Grant as Co–Presidents for the company’s record label where they look to build upon the imprint’s roster of talent, as well as develop strategies for its current acts. In joining the Jay–Z founded company, Bryant returns to working with the artist/entrepreneur having started her career as an intern with Jay–Z’s Roc–A–Fella Records prior to heading to the imprint’s parent label, Def Jam. She also spent time with Atlantic and Warner Bros. and had most recently been serving as General Manager and Partner for Alamo Records. Grant has been with the Roc Nation team for almost 10 years, climbing to Head of A&R and working with acts such as Rihanna, Big Sean, Shakira and Belly, as well as recent signees DJ Mustard and Rainy. His career began at Columbia Records and included stints as the road manager for Destiny’s Child as well as senior A&R positions with EMI Music Publishing and Epic Records.
With 2020’s 62nd Grammy ceremony marking Ken Ehrlich’s 40th edition as executive producer, it will also be his final telecast with the awards, it was revealed last week by The Recording Academy. Taking over for Ehrlich is Ben Winston, executive producer for the Late Late Show With James Corden, who has signed on as the 63rd Grammy’s executive producer. News of Ehrlich’s departure came only one day after the 61st Grammy Awards received four Emmy nominations including for Outstanding Variety Special (Live), the second consecutive time the awards were nominated in the category. Winston is not a stranger to the Grammy arena, having been credited as consulting producer in 2017 and 2018 for the show, with James Corden hosting during those years. A nine–time Emmy nominee (six with the Grammy’s or Grammy–branded content), Ehrlich first started producing the Grammy’s in 1980 and, in a career spanning five decades, has worked across the Emmy’s, the MTV Movie Awards and the Latin Grammy’s, as well as on music specials for a plethora of leading artists. Ehrlich’s departure will follow that of Recording Academy President & CEO, Neil Portnow, and leaves only Jack Sussman (EVP, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment) as one of the longstanding principal members of the team leading the Grammy telecast.
Primary Wave Music Publishing has finalized a new deal with Dave Navarro to see the company acquiring a stake in the Grammy–nominated singer’s music publishing catalog, master revenue streams, and writer’s share royalties. Encompassed under the agreement are some of Navarro’s biggest hits as a songwriter including Jane’s Addiction’s No.1 hit “Been Caught Stealing,” and their top 10 classic “Jane Says,” as well as the Red Hot Chili Peppers hit, “Aeroplane.” Navarro is a member of Jane’s Addiction, and a former member of Red Hot Chili Peppers. He joined Jane’s Addiction in 1986 as the lead guitarist and over the five years that followed, they released three albums. In 1991 the band parted ways, playing their last show at Perry Farrell’s Lollapalooza Festival. Two years later, Navarro joined Red Hot Chili Peppers and released one album with the band, One Hot Minute. He continued to tour with both the Chili Peppers and Jane’s Addiction until 1998 and released a solo album in the summer of 2001, touring in support of his debut for a year. He reunited with Jane’s Addiction in the 2000’s and performed sold–out shows with the band worldwide. As an actor, Navarro has appeared in television shows such as Sons of Anarchy, The Talking Dead and Law & Order: SVU.
Following Jim King’s recent appointment to lead the newly–launched AEG Presents European Festivals division as CEO, he has announced his first senior hire as Laura Davidson who takes on the role of Head of Artist Bookings. Davidson had previously been working out of the London office for AEG/Goldenvoice and will take on oversight of Victoria Park’s All Points East while working closely with King across AEG’s existing festivals and initiatives in the area moving forward.
Spotify’s Head of Global Markets, Cecilia Qvist, has revealed that Spotify India has surpassed the 2 million user mark, having hit 1 million users within its first week of launch back in February. The numbers were revealed by Qvist at the fourth annual Rise tech start–up conference in Hong Kong which took place July 8th – 11th. Qvist also highlighted the recently announced Spotify Lite offering, which is currently available to users in 36 markets throughout Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. Additionally, she spoke about Spotify’s product localization efforts, its recent share swap with China’s Tencent Music, and how Spotify collects data to inform its playlist programming around the world.
In other Spotify news, the streamer has given Disney its own hub on the platform to feature music from across its films, TV shows and theme parks. As of Wednesday, the new Disney Hub became available to users in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, featuring playlists from across its diverse portfolio of visual content with playlists set to be created around actions such as singing in the shower, road trips and bedtime. Spotify’s reveal of the new hub included stats on Disney’s popularity on the platform to–date, commenting that over 2 billion minutes of Disney music has already been streamed this year alone.
AWAL has tapped Bianca Bhagat to join the company as Sr. VP Synch & Brand Partnerships. Based in AWAL’s LA offices, Bhagat will oversee the global synch and brand partnerships division for the company. Bhagat had been leading the film/TV team, and West Coast office, for Glassnote where she worked across global marketing campaigns for acts such as Childish Gambino, Mumford & Sons and Phoenix.
With the podcast arena continuing its rapid growth, it’s been reported that Apple is looking to fund exclusive, original podcast offerings for its platform. As reported by Bloomberg, who cited anonymous sources close to the initiative, Apple has started to reach out to media firms to start discussions on potential rights acquisitions of podcasts. The Apple Podcasts listening app rolled out to iPhone and iPad in 2012 but until recently was largely overlooked. Spotify for its part has already revealed plans to invest up to $500 million into podcast offerings counting a multi–year partnership with Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground production company for the production of podcast content as well as recent acquisitions of Gimlet Media, Parcast and Anchor. Since acquiring Pandora, SiriusXM has also launched the streaming company’s first ever content team to lead original podcast content and other projects. Edison Research’s 2019 Infinite Dial survey recently revealed that over 50% of Americans 12 and older have listened to a podcast, the first time it’s crossed the benchmark.
In other Apple news, the Apple Music streaming platform has rebranded one of its most popular playlists, changing the banner of The A-List: Hip-Hop to Rap Life. The brand will also join the Beats 1 offering via a new weekly show and daily segments. Rap Life is led by Global Editorial Head of Hip–Hop and R&B, Ebro Darden, and will focus on the N. American hip–hop scene while also incorporating a global cross–section of the genre. Darden will also take on hosting duties for a Rap Life segment during his daily show on Beats 1.
On the heels of the recent global success of the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic on the iconic rock band Queen, the video for the band’s track of the same name has crossed the 1 billion view threshold on YouTube. The feat marks the first pre–1990s video to hit the one billion view milestone on the platform with the 1975 video for “Bohemian Rhapsody” having been the first ever music promo. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was also revealed as the most streamed song of the 20th century and the most Googled song of 2018 with the band counting nearly 33 million monthly listeners on Spotify and over 10 million YouTube channel subscribers. Additionally, 2019 saw the track reaching the Top 40 in the U.S. for the third time, making it one of the few songs to make the Top 40 in three different decades. In recognition of the 1 billion mark, a new remastered HD edition of the video has gone up on the band’s YouTube channel today featuring the option for fans to access the song’s lyrics in multiple languages such as English, Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese, Polish, German, Indonesian Bahasa, Korean, Czech, Russian and Turkish while watching.
Warner Chappell Music (WCM) has added accomplished music and media executive Hank Forsyth to their team as EVP, Strategy and Business Development. The new role will see Forsyth tasked will developing and executing strategic initiatives to drive results for the publisher’s roster of songwriters and its catalog. Based in New York, Forsyth reports WCM Co–Chair & CEO Guy Moot, and Co–Chair & COO, Carianne Marshall. Forsyth most recently served as COO & CFO for Blackbird Production Partners, where he will maintain an advisory role. Prior to Blackbird, he was Sr. VP/GM of Blue Note Records, playing a key role in revitalizing the iconic label in partnership with its President, Don Was. He previously spent nearly ten years with EMI Group and EMI Music Publishing, where he served as Sr. VP, Strategy & Analysis, among other roles. Forsyth’s career began as an equity analyst at Salomon Brothers and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in New York and London.
In other Warner Chappell news, the company has finalized a worldwide publishing agreement with emerging Puerto Rican artist Jefnier Osorio Moreno, aka Lunay. Lunay’s signing came at a time when the artists had no major hits and was driven by the potential seen by WCM’s A&R team and producers Chris Jeday and Gaby Music. Lunay reached No.28 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart dated May 25th, 2019 and has had one Billboard Hot 100 entry with “Soltera,” featuring Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny, hitting No.73. Additionally, he counts two Hot Latin Songs entries with “Soltera” reaching No.3 and “Luz Apaga,” with Ozuna, Rauw Alejandro and Lyanno, reaching No.26 late last year. “Soltera” and “Luz Apaga” also reached No.1 and No. respectively on the Latin Airplay chart.
Def Jam is joining forces with PUMA to unveil a collection recognizing the label’s 35th anniversary, rolling out with a custom Clyde Court sneaker. The Def Jam x PUMA Clyde Court collaboration marks the start of a year–long partnership, featuring the Def Jam logo on the heel and 1984 embroidered on the heel loop, the year in which the label was founded by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin. Additional styles will follow across the rest of this year and into 2020. The collaboration pre–launched yesterday at ComplexCon in Chicago in limited quantities with a wider distribution set for stores and online starting August 28th.
Also revealed at last week’s ComplexCon was a new partnership between UnitedMasters and leading video game title, NBA 2K, for the music curation on the 2K20 edition. The 50–song soundtrack will welcome music from acts such as Drake, Meek Mill, Billie Eilish, Post Malone and the late Nipsey Hussle, chosen by the 2K game publisher and validated by UnitedMasters. The two companies also revealed a global contest, taking place between August 1st and September 15th and allowing artists to pitch their music for the title, as they seek to uncover 10 new tracks to be added to the mix.
As it continues to face financial battles, 7digital will see the departures of its Director & CEO John Aalbers, and CFO Julia Hubbard as a “cost–cutting initiative” expected to save nearly £1 million ($1.25 million) annually. Aalbers had been with the London–based firm for just over three months, with Hubbard having joined around the same time. Stepping into the role left vacant by Aalbers is current COO Paul Langworthy who takes on the duties of Director & CEO. Aalbers will remain on board, supporting the transition of Langworthy over the next three months. Taking on Hubbard’s role as CFO is current eMusic CFO, Michael Juskiewicz. Juskiewicz assumes CFO duties immediately, with assistance from Hubbard through mid–September. Hubbard will also assume the role of Director for 7digital until a UK–based finance director is found. Alongside his departure announcement, Aalbers revealed that he and Langworthy have been formulating a strategy to refinance the company via a combination of asset sales and fundraising, as well as finalizing a new, strategic majority investor. With the final fundraising phase in motion, he expects to raise an additional £4.5 million ($5.6 million) in the coming weeks, allowing the company to avoid going into administration.
Making the Band, the popular artist discovery television series led by Sean “Diddy” Combs, is set to return to MTV in 2020. The show originally debuted in 2000 on ABC, launched by Lou Pearlman (manager for Backstreet Boys and ’N Sync), and saw the formation of the boy band, O–Town. In 2002, Diddy rebooted the show for MTV with the discovery of the band Da Band, with the show also acting as the career launching pad for Day26, Donnie Klang and Danity Kane. Today marks the start of the global casting call via social media platforms such as Instagram, YouTube and Twitter, allowing contestants 18–years or older to upload video submissions with the hashtag #MTBCasting.
Also joining the MTV stable of music programming is two new original specials from DJ Khaled. Set to air globally starting July 31st, the Viacom network will deliver DJ Khaled: The Ride, part of its existing artist series, and DJ Khaled: King of Collabs via its global channels in almost 180 countries. The new shows are produced by Creature Films for MTV with executive producers Bruce Gillmer (Global Head of Music and Talent, Viacom & Co-Brand Head, MTV International) and Jennifer Demme Harris.
A new app has rolled out that seeks to streamline the process of finding co–writing partners, under the banner of We Should Write Sometime. The app implements geolocation to source potential songwriting partners in the area from a network that counts Jonthan Singleton (Tim McGraw), Tim Fagan (Jason Mraz), and Matt Squire (Ariana Grande). The app operates similar to dating services such as Tinder and Bumble, allowing users to swipe left or right through profiles that list details such as songwriting focuses and instruments played as well as music links. In the event both songwriters swipe right, they can connect further to collaborate. The app entered app stores in May of 2017 with its beta version, currently set to operate for another year, having rolled out in 2018. Led by Co–Founder’s Kevin McCarty and Richard Casper, the app is looking to deliver premium, in–app services at a cost this fall though the app will remain free to download. We Should Write Sometime is currently available in the U.S., Canada, Australia and London.
After missing its anticipated target of 5 million new subscribers in the most recent quarter, Netflix saw its value on Wall Street dropping by $17 billion last week after showing growth of only 2.7 million subscribers. The 10% drop on Thursday was also attributed to the news that, for the first time since launching, the video service lost U.S. subscribers which means the gain came solely from international markets.
Having closed its doors in 2009, the SoCal venue previously known as the East County Performing Arts Center is set to open its doors once again under the banner of The Magnolia. The announcement was made by the city of El Cajon and Live Nation, with the promoter set to operate, manage and book the newly renovated 1,210–capacity venue. Among the set of 17 shows announced are included the Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly hologram show, Patti Labelle, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, PJ Masks live, Art Garfunkel and comedian Kathleen Madigan.
London–based Coda Agency has finalized a five–year partnership deal to merge with Paradigm Agency, with Paradigm having initially acquired a stake in Coda in 2014. Maintaining leadership under Coda partners Alex Hardee, Tom Schroeder, James Whitting and Dave Hallybone, the agency will operate under the Paradigm banner moving forward. Before merging, the two agencies had shared over 500 clients.
A new export report, Born Global: Australian Music Exports, which was conducted across three years by the University of Newcastle and Monash University, in partnership with Sounds Australia, APRA AMCOS and the Australia Council for the Arts, has revealed that the Australian music community generates nearly A$200 million ($137 million) from international markets annually. Recent figures presented by APRA AMCOS show overseas royalties to Australia acts have doubled over the past five years, reaching A$43.7 million ($30 million) in 2018. Additionally, the number of Aussie acts gigging internationally has also grown with performances reported to APRA AMCOS increasing from 2012’s 2,845 to 7,095 in 2017. The growth is largely driven by a concentrated group of acts with 10% of artists accounting for 97% of total export income.
According to British music licensing organization, PPL, Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” is the most–played song on British radio for the 21st century. Released in 2006, the hit made it to No.6 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart and remained in the top 75 for 94 weeks. It was also 2006’s 14th best–selling single in the U.K. and was the last song performed on BBC mainstay music series, Top of the Pops, in July of the same year. “Chasing Cars” remained on the British charts for over three years, beating out the likes of “I Gotta Feeling” (Black Eyed Peas) and “Happy” (Pharrell Williams). The recognition was presented to Gary Lightbody, the band’s singer, at PPL’s 85th celebration last week.
A new partnership has been finalized between China’s Xiami Music and MQA to see master–quality hi–res audio streaming delivered to one of the fastest–growing music markets globally. Xiami Music, which is owned by Alibaba, will now offer its users MQA playback capability, initially via a free trial, with access to its premium SVIP tier subscribers to follow through its Android and iOS apps. Xiami joins services such as streaming platforms Tidal and Nugs.net, as well as hi–res download stores Onkyo Music, e–Onkyo and Hi Res Audio, who offer MQA audio playback. MQA also has partnerships in place with hardware providers including Sony, LG, Astell & Kern, Pioneer, Technics, Onkyo, Bluesound and Meridian. According to the company, China’s sales of MQA–enabled devices are the fourth highest globally.
Cooking Vinyl Publishing UK have finalized an agreement with U.S. independent publisher, The Royalty Network, who will provide sub-publishing services in the U.S. for their music catalogue and active roster. The deal was brokered by Cooking Vinyl Publishing Managing Director Ryan Farley, and President/CEO of The Royalty Network Frank Liwall. Headquartered in New York with a creative office and studio complex in LA, The Royalty Network was founded in 1994 and provides administration, copyright protection and creative services across North America.
It was reported last week that Google has banned paid advertisements from secondary ticketing platform Viagogo on its search engine platform. The move, which will be effective on a global scale, will block Viagogo from placement in the top results on Google when fans search live event tickets. Google proceeded to remove Viagogo ads last week and moving forward will not take money from the platform, though the ban will not affect regular search results for the reseller.
Fan loyalty and social commerce firm, Sweet, has tapped veteran A&R exec Michael Rosenblatt to serve as EVP of Partnerships. The Sweet platform sees users generating digital tokens via actions such as streaming a specific song, going to concerts, watching music videos and retweeting posts on social media. Tokens can then be used to access rewards including various merch items, concert tickets and meet–and–greet opportunities. Sweet’s mobile app is set to roll–out next month. Rosenblatt’s career includes A&R roles at Sire Records and then MCA during which time he is credited with artists signings including Madonna, The B–52’s, the New Radicals and Semisonic.
United Talent Agency (UTA) has made a large investment into leading sports agency Klutch Sports Group. Under the new partnership, Klutch will maintain operations under its name while led by Rich Paul, Klutch’s Founder & CEO. Paul also assumes the role of Head of Sports for UTA, tasked with growing the agency’s sports business. Founded in 2012, Klutch counts athlete clients such as Anthony Davis, Draymond Green, LeBron James, Ben Simmons and John Wall.
Warner Music Denmark has partnered with Absolute Label Services for the release of a new album from Danish hitmakers, Alphabeat, in the U.K. Currently untitled, the full–length will be the first from Alphabeat in six years and is set for release later this year, preceded by two singles including “Shadows,” which has already become a No.1 radio hit in Denmark. Alphabeat generated international attention in the late 2000s with their debut single, “Fascination,” in 2006, and have sold over 1 million albums and singles across their career. The international version of their debut album, This Is Alphabeat, went Top 10 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart in 2008 and was certified Gold in the U.K. In addition to the success of “Fascination,” they have reached the Top 30 in the U.K. charts with singles “10,000 Nights” (No.16), “Boyfriend” (No.15), “The Spell” (No.20) and “Hole In My Heart” (No.29).
Bucks Music Group has added veteran executive Robyn Kennedy to their award–winning synch team. Kennedy’s career began at Kobalt before a stint at Music Sales and then Reservoir Media. She joins Bucks as Sr. Creative Synch & Licensing Manager, replacing Angus Fulton who has parted ways with the company. Kennedy is active with the Music Publishers Association and its YMPA initiative, which helps the organization connect and engage more with its younger members. Bucks has also added Honor Doro on an internship level to support the synch team. They join Creative Sync & Licensing executive Fahima Jan and Creative & Bespoke Synch executive Adam Soffe, reporting to Head of Creative Synch and Licensing, Jonathan Tester.
GPS Management has added record producer/engineer/mixer Phil Ek to its roster. Ek is known for his work with artists such as Modest Mouse, Grouplove, Band of Horses, Bear’s Den, Fleet Foxes, The Shins, Built to Spill, J. Roddy Walston & The Business and The Walkmen, among others. His career began in live sound in Seattle and led him to begin recording and producing demos for local acts in the ’90s. His mainstream breakthrough came when he produced Built To Spill’s second album, There’s Nothing Wrong with Love. He went on to become a first call producer and mixer in the Pacific Northwest, with credits on a number of the most successful albums from the iconic Sub Pop label. As a mixer, his credits include work with Father John Misty, Manchester Orchestra and Boy & Bear, as well as others. Ek recently produced and engineered Bear’s Den’s So That You Might Hear, produced and engineered Wilderado’s Favors, and produced, engineered and mixed several songs on Vance Joy’s Nation of Two.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Oliver El–Khatib, Will Page, Mamie Coleman, Katy Gavillet, Mark Beaven, Christian Tattersfield, Maureen Kenny, Charlie Lycett, Ryan Press, Arnold Peter, Lisa Worden, Sunil D’Sa and Ken Ogihara.
JACKASS OF THE WEEK
Have you ever sent a text message you regretted, clicked on the wrong link, posted an inappropriate message or image on social media, 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. Yes, we’ve all had a jackass moment at one time or another in our life. Summer is in full swing, which means fun, vacations, family visits and some jackass ass moments. Click HERE to indulge in some summertime fails!
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– SAN MEI
The daughter of Chinese–Malaysian and New Zealand–born parents, Emily Hamilton found herself moving to Australia at an early age. As she was faced with the obstacles of a new home, Emily used art as her therapy to drive through and continue. During this process, tragedy occurred as she lost her mother. Needing an outlet more than ever, Emily began focusing even more on her music. Equipped with simply a MIDI keyboard and a Macbook, San Mei was born. Her DIY project quickly achieved endorsements from Triple J and drew positive reviews from both NME and Nylon. Just two years ago, she released her debut EP Necessary, featuring the singles “Rewind” and “Until You Feel Good,” which garnered support on numerous radio outlets and global new music playlists. After meeting the accomplished producer and songwriter Oscar Dawson (Alex Lahey, British India, Ali Barter), the two made an immediate connection and started working together. Their first collaboration resulted in the single “Wonder,” which climbed to No.1 on Hype Machine, along with being added into full rotation at Triple J, where she became the Unearthed featured artist of the week. San Mei’s second collaboration with Dawson titled “Heaven,” became the soundtrack to San Mei’s major festival debut appearance at the iconic Falls Festival, as well as her announcement on 2019’s SXSW lineup–where she performed nine shows in six days. Her performances gained San Mei a new loyal stateside following, with many soon to be announced partnerships. San Mei continues to impress with her brand–new synth–laced, heart pumping single “Something Good” via etcetc. Listen to “Something Good” HERE and contact Zac Gould of Smack Face Music at firstname.lastname@example.org, as San Mei is available for label, publishing, synch and touring opportunities.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – DOTAN
Dutch singer–songwriter Dotan released his debut album in 2014, which he wrote, produced and recorded in his living room. The 7 Layers album resulted as a multi–platinum success and led to countless festival performances such as Pinkpop, Sziget, SXSW and Pukkelpop. Despite the success, Dotan hid behind his music, and chose not to appear in the artwork and videos. Instead, he used the newly found attention to help showcase upcoming singer–songwriters through his 7Layers brand, rather than focusing on new music for himself. Without releasing any material for an extended period of time, Dotan returns with the powerful single, “Numb,” the first taste from his sophomore album. The new track is his boldest sound to date and can be described as evolved, eclectic and vulnerable sound, with influences from electronic and pop music, while retaining the emotion of a true singer–songwriter talent. “Numb” quickly earned Top 10 airplay at Dutch radio, is a Top 20 single in the Netherlands, earned over two million streams and is in the Top 20 at Shazam in just six weeks of its launch. Dotan has also sold out his return show at Paradiso and announced his European and North American tour. Watch the music video for “Numb” HERE and contact Matt Johnson of Red Light Management at email@example.com, as Dotan is available for publishing and masters opportunities.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 7/22/2019
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, July 22nd, 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; Radio 1, Mumbai, India; 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; 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 (iHeartRadio) 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, JioSaavn.
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THE WHITE LAKES – “Wolves” (Ditto Music, UK)
NOSOYO – “Highness” (Embassy of Music, Germany)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Trade It In” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
YONAKA – “Rockstar” (Atlantic Records, UK)
MADS LANGER – “Me Without You” (Sony, Denmark)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Sixteen Minutes” (Unsigned, Sweden)
BITTER’S KISS – “Just Like Heaven” (Unsigned, N. America)
THE FAULTS – “Alexander” (Unsigned, Australia)
TEN TONNES – “Better Than Me” (Warner Music, UK)
VIDEOCLUB – “En Nuit” (Unsigned, France)
WHENYOUNG – “Future” (Virgin/EMI, Ireland)
THE DUNTS – “Bad Decisions” (Unsigned, Scotland)
FEMME SCHMIDT – “Golden” (Unsigned, Germany)
TREE LINED STREETS – “No Friend Of Mine” (Unsigned, Ireland)
SAN MEI – “Something Good” (Etcetc, Australia)
DOLLY & THE DINOSAUR – “Unofficial” (Unsigned, UK)
CALLUM BEATTIE – “Without You” (3Beat Records, Scotland)
LOST IN STEREO – “Adrenaline” (Unsigned, Scotland)
EMMI KING – “Million Dollar Movie” (Unsigned, Germany)
SLIDE – “Floating” (Unsigned, Sweden)
SOPHIE & THE GIANTS – “The Light” (Unsigned, UK)
SHLOMI ASH – “To The River” (Unsigned, Israel)
THE LUKA STATE – “Girl” (Unsigned, UK)
GO GO BERLIN – “Love Me” (Heartbeat Music, Denmark)
LIME CORDIALE – “Inappropriate Behaviour” (Chugg Music, Australia)
SEA GIRLS – “Damage Done” (Unsigned, UK)
MAGNUS MIA – “Jubilee” (Unsigned, Hong Kong)
AARON TAOS – “Dazed & Amused” (Unsigned, N. America)
SAD FUNERAL – “Gone” (Unsigned, UK)
RED RUM CLUB – “TV Said So” (Modern Sky, UK)
BLITZ UNION – “Revolution” (Unsigned, Czech Republic)
PORTLAND – “Expectations” ([PIAS], Belgium)
SPEAKER FIRST – “If It Ain't You” (Unsigned, Indonesia)
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