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INDUSTRY VETERAN COREY SMYTH LAUNCHES BLACKSMITH RECORDINGS WITH CAPITOL & MOTOWN



A new multi–genre label has been launched by veteran artist manager and entertainment industry entrepreneur, Corey Smyth, as Blacksmith Recordings. Smyth launches the company as a new label deal with Capitol Music Group and Motown Records. The LA–based label represents a diverse range of talent including artist Vince Staples; visual artist, singer and songwriter Kilo Kish; and emerging acts Ted When and Benn Good.

Corey Smyth
“Today, more than ever, artists are evolving their professional identities in multi–faceted ways,” said Smyth, Founder & CEO of Blacksmith Recordings. “My mission through Blacksmith Recordings is to nurture young and new talent from the ground up and enable them to expand their vision of success. We are looking at the big picture– we’re thinking about how a musician evolves across genres, what success looks like in the first year and a decade later… and what happens after the first album and the second and the third. Our goal is to reinforce career longevity and boundless potential in the artists we represent, while growing global brands around them.”

In the film arena, Smyth also recently debuted Gully, a feature film produced by Smyth and directed by Nabil Elder which debuted at the Tribeca film Festival.

With more than 25 years of experience, Smyth has worked across artist management and development, international touring and production, while securing a number of global partnerships on behalf of his roster of clients. Smyth founded the Blacksmith brand in 1991 and, since its launch, has guided the careers of artists such as Mos Def, Talib Kweli, De La Soul, Foxy Brown, Lil’ Jon, Dave Chappelle, Pete Rock and David Banner, among others. Smyth has served as music producer for Chappelle’s Show, as well as producing the comedian’s concert film Dave Chappelle’s Block Party in 2006. Smyth also partnered with Danny Glover as the lead music producer on the 2009 civil rights movement documentary Soundtrack for a Revolution, with the two also having produced a documentary on the United States’ 1970’s black power movement titled The Black Power Mixtape, and later released Concerning Violence.


LIVE NATION PARTNERS WITH AUDIOMACK –
ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF OCESA ENTRETENIMIENTO




A new partnership has been finalized between Live Nation’s Urban division and Audiomack for the launch of a new multi–city concert series initiative under the banner of Hometown Heroes Live. The new live platform, a spin–off of Audiomack’s popular Hometown Heroes playlist, will seek to highlight emerging and established acts worldwide. The playlist is curated by local tastemakers in 19 major markets globally and was spearheaded by Joe Vango, Director of Marketing for Audiomack. The Hometown Heroes Live events, sponsored by herbal wrap company High Hemp, will roll–out August 16th in New York City at the Gramercy Theatre with performances from Lil Tjay, Flipp Dinero, Casanova, Jay Gwuapo and 22Gz. Additional stops include those in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Atlanta, with more dates, artists and venues set to be revealed.

Additionally, the promoter has finalized an agreement for the acquisition of a controlling stake in OCESA Entretenimiento. Owned by Grupo Televisa and Corporacion Interamericana de Entretenimiento (CIE), OCESA is one of Latin America’s leading live event promoters and owns Ticketmaster Mexico. Expected to be finalized at the end of this year, the deal would see Live Nation acquiring 51% of OCESA, encompassing the 40% stake held by Televisa and 11% from CIE. Live Nation would also acquire a 51% majority stake of the convention center and special events operations of CIE. The acquisition builds upon a years–long relationship between Live Nation and OCESA with the two companies partnering across both Ticketmaster and touring/festivals. CIE’s Founder, Soberón Kuri, will assume CEO duties as well as become a board member of the new JV while maintaining his CEO & Chairman of the Board role with CIE. Live Nation’s President & CEO, Michael Rapino, will become the venture’s Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Alongside the recent partnership and acquisition announcements, Live Nation has also revealed that its Q2 revenue saw the promoter having its most profitable second quarter to date, reaching $3.2 billion. The total marks a 10% bump over the same time last year seeing all of Live Nation’s businesses showing growth in the double–digits to operating income and adjusted operating income through the end of June. As of mid–July, Live Nation’s concert division moved over 73 million tickets for shows in 2019, an increase of 6% over last year, with the promoter anticipating almost 100 million fans to join around 38,000 concerts this year. The second quarter saw 27 million fans attending 10,000 shows, increases of 7% and 9% respectively, which resulted in growth to operating income (45%), adjusted operating income (33%) and revenue (11%). Notably, Live Nation shared that some of the growth has come from smaller club and theater events with ticket revenue from shows not from the top 100 acts increasing by 32% in the first half of the year. Ticketmaster showed record growth for Q2 as well with operating income up 31%, adjusted operating income up 20% and revenue reaching $371 million, a 6% increase. Sponsor revenue grew by 8% reaching about $151 million counting new deals with Adobe, Hyundai and Google.

Michael Rapino commented, “Each of our businesses is contributing to this success, starting with concerts as we put on more shows for more fans, then continuing to monetize fans at the concert, sell more tickets to events of all types, and further deliver value to our sponsors from our platform of nearly 100 million fans.”


BMG MAKES KEY EXECUTIVE PROMOTION - REVEALS ARTIST DEALS & SUCCESSFUL RELEASE OF DAVID CROSBY DOCUMENTARY



BMG has promoted Jason Hradil to LA–based Sr. VP, Global Repertoire, where he will be tasked with marketing all inbound and outbound frontline international repertoire to and from the U.S. Hradil reports to Fred Casimir, BMG’s Berlin–based EVP Global Recordings who is responsible worldwide for the marketing of all repertoire outside its originating territory.

Jason Hradil
Hradil came to BMG in 2011 as the then–music–publishing–focused company’s first recorded music employee in the U.S. After a round of successes with campaigns for artists such as A Perfect Circle, Godsmack, Nickelback, 311 and Backstreet Boys, he most recently has been leading Karen O & Danger Mouse’s critically–acclaimed record, Sammy Hagar’s Top 5 Billboard 200 debut and the further global development of LP.

Hradil leads a U.S. team which includes VP Marketing outbound Shane Cosme and VP Marketing inbound Mark Mueller.

Prior to BMG, Hradil spent time at Sony Music and Columbia Records.

On the artist signing front, BMG has finalized a new deal with Platinum–selling artist Natalie Imbruglia for the release of her next album, scheduled for next year. Imbruglia’s career began on Australia’s iconic television series, Neighbours, which is known for having a strong musical heritage and has helped launch the careers of notable Australian talent such as Kylie Minogue, also signed to BMG. In 1997, Imbruglia released her global hit “Torn,” which has sold more than a million copies and hasn’t left the Top 200 radio airplay chart since its release. Her debut full–length, Left of The Middle, has sold seven million copies, with career album sales surpassing 10 million. Imbruglia has garnered multiple awards including MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Music Award, and Brit Awards, as well as being presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award by the Australian Recording Industry (ARIA’s).

(l–r) Alli Main (AP Artist Management), Alistair Norbury (President, Marketing & Repertoire, BMG), Natalie Imbruglia, Polly Bhowmik (AP Artist Management), Gemma Reilly (VP, UK Marketing, BMG)

In other BMG news, the publisher’s Nashville office has signed a new co–publishing deal with BBR Music Group’s Wheelhouse Records artists LOCASH. A powerhouse across both songwriting and recording, Preston Brust and Chris Lucas, known as LOCASH, have generated significant songwriting success to–date, co–writing some of country music’s biggest hits such as Keith Urban’s No.1 single “You Gonna Fly” and Tim McGraw’s Top 10, “Truck Yeah,” as well as their own chart–topping singles “I Know Somebody” and “I Love This Life.” As recording artists, LOCASH signed with BBR Music Group’s Wheelhouse Records imprint in 2018, with the ACM, CMA, and CMT awards nominated duo recently releasing their newest full–length album, Brothers featuring singles “Feels Like A Party” and “One Big Country Song.”

(l–r) Chris Oglesby (VP Creative, BMG Nashville); Kos Weaver (EVP, BMG Nashville); Chris Lucas; Preston Brust; Jake Gear (Sr. Creative Director, BMG Nashville); Ross Schilling (Vector Management)

David Crosby
BMG’s activity in the film world saw a successful theatrical opening last week for the documentary David Crosby: Remember My Name, marked with premieres in LA and New York. Select screenings saw featured appearances by David Crosby and producer Cameron Crowe with the film continuing to make its way to additional theaters across the U.S. through August. In addition to being the sole financier of the movie, BMG is the music publisher and recorded music home of Crosby. David Crosby: Remember My Name sees the artist confronting morality as he recounts his over five decade, and counting, journey. The film was produced by BMG and Vinyl Films, in association with PCH Films. Crowe, Michele Farinola and Greg Mariotti produced with executive producers Kathy Rivkin Daum and Justus Haerder for BMG, as well as James Keach, Jill Mazursky and Norm Waitt. Earlier this year, Sony Pictures Classics acquired the rights to the film in N. America, the Middle East, Scandinavia, India, South Africa, Benelux, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Latin America with rights for Germany and France acquired by European TV arts channel arte. BMG expects to announce deals shortly for other key territories including the U.K.

Remember My Name follows the recent release of BMG’s acclaimed documentary, Echo In The Canyon, currently on national theatrical release in the U.S., which celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid–60s. The success of Echo In The Canyon and David Crosby: Remember My Name is the latest milestone for BMG’s growing films business. BMG formally announced their strategic move into music–related films and TV production in late–2017 with its first feature–length documentary, Bad Reputation, a film on Joan Jett, which made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2018.


SPOTIFY REVEALS STAFF DEPARTURES & KEY PROMOTION



Will Page
Spotify continues to experience shifts to its executive team with the streamer confirming last week that Will Page, the streamer’s chief economist, is set to depart the company later this year. Having joined Spotify in 2012, Page has been an integral part in the firm’s lobbying, outreach and policy initiatives, with his analysis of how DSPs reduce piracy used as a core concept for the Spotify’s submission to the U.S. Royalty Board for the setting of royalty rates. Based in London, Page has written and co–written a number of papers on Spotify’s impact on the streaming market. Page previously served as an economic analyst for the Scottish government and spent six years with PRS for Music as the collection organization’s chief economist. Page’s next moves are yet to be revealed.

Mike Biggane
Additionally, Spotify’s Head of Global Curation Strategy, Mike Biggane, is also reportedly parting ways with the company for a new role at Universal Music Group (UMG). Biggane had joined Spotify in 2014 as Head of Pop Programming, was elevated to Head of Global Groups four years later and stepped into his current role in January. Biggane’s tenure with the streamer has seen him with oversight of some of its most influential playlists such as New Music Friday and Today’s Top Hits. Prior to Spotify, Biggane served as HitPredictor’s Director of Operations.


Sulinna Ong
Following the recent announcement of the departure of Austin Daboh, who had been leading the music culture and editorial teams for the streamer’s U.K. operations, Spotify also announced the promotion of Sulinna Ong to the role of Head of Music, U.K. and Ireland. Ong came to Spotify just over a few months ago from Deezer to take on the role of Head of Artists and Label Services. In her new role with Spotify, she assumes oversight of the music culture and editorial teams.

On the content side, Spotify continues to build out its podcast offering with the acquisition of the music podcast, The 500 With Josh Adam Meyers. Hosted by Meyers, the nine–month–old show will now be marked as a Spotify Studios original. The 500’s mandate is to offer a deeper dive into all 500 albums featured on Rolling Stone’s greatest albums of all time. Each episode sees Meyers and a special guest having an in–depth conversation around the album’s artist and their music with the first episode spotlighting Outkast’s Aquemini, the 500th full–length on the list. Currently, The 500 has made its way to all entries up to Echo and the Bunnymen’s Heaven Up Here (No.463). Marking the first episode as a Spotify Original will be R.E.M.’s Document. The 500 will maintain distribution as a Spotify–produced show across all podcast platforms.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Warner Chappell Music has finalized a global publishing administration agreement with emerging artist Lizzo, encompassing her existing and future work. Lizzo has fast taken over charts worldwide with tracks including “Juice” and “Truth Hurts.” Her debut album released via Atlantic Records, Cuz I Love You, reached No.6 on the Billboard 200 chart in the U.S. and broke into the top of the charts in Australia, Ireland, Scotland, and the U.K. Last month, Rolling Stone named the album one of the 50 Best Albums of 2019 So Far, with several tracks from the album garnering an array of synch placements across commercials, television shows, movies and more. Known for her empowering outlook, social media presence, body–positivity, LGBTQ+ rights advocacy, and show–stopping live sets, Lizzo has performed at Coachella, Glastonbury, Sacramento Pride, Indy Pride, and the BET Awards. She also counts collaborations with the likes of Prince, Missy Elliott and Charli XCX.

Terry Wakefield has been named Sr. VP of A&R for Universal Music Publishing Group’s (UMPG) Nashville operations. Wakefield’s new role will see him tasked with signing and developing new songwriters while supporting UMPG’s current roster. Wakefield will also be heavily involved in building UMPG Nashville’s creative team moving forward. He reports to Troy Tomlinson, UMPG Nashville’s recently appointed Chairman & CEO and a long–time colleague of Wakefield’s from his time at Sony/ATV. Before UMPG, Wakefield served as Sr. VP, Creative at Sony/ATV. Among his signings are included Cole Swindell, Luke Bryan, Tony Lane, Michael Carter and Lainey Wilson, as well as working closely with songwriters Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnston, Jim Beavers and Songwriter Hall Of Fame members Bill Anderson and Bobby Braddock. Wakefield’s publishing career started in 1994 at Little Big Town Music, acquired by Sony/ATV in 1998. Prior to his music publishing roles, he was part of the A&R team at Arista Nashville.

Mariah Carey has returned to CAA for representation across all areas. A five–time Grammy winner, Carey has recorded some of the best–selling records of all time such as 1993’s Music Box (over 28 million units), and 1995’s Daydream (20 million units). Carey had been represented by UTA and Solo Agency, based in the U.K. She maintains management by Roc Nation’s Melissa Ruderman.

Downtown Music Publishing has named Cliff Audretch III as VP of Creative. With 25 years of industry experience and a strong reputation within Nashville’s songwriting community, Audretch will be tasked with scouting, developing and signing new artists, songwriters, and producers, while creating opportunities for Downtown clients and copyrights globally. Audretch joins Downtown’s Nashville–based Creative team alongside Natalie Osborne and Matt Turner, reporting to Sr. VP Creative, Steve Markland. Prior to Downtown, Audretch was a talent manager looking after songwriters and producers at Patriot Management, where he set–up the firm’s Nashville operations. He also ran his own publishing company, Greatshakin’ Music, launched in association with Warner Chappell Music in 2013. Other past posts for Audretch include senior A&R and creative roles at Show Dog/Universal Music, Universal South Records, and Windswept Publishing, having started in the mid–90s at E–Squared Records. Audretch’s various roles have seen him working with and developing talent behind multiple country for artists such as Randy Houser, A Thousand Horses, the Eli Young Band, Rascal Flatts, and Tim McGraw.

Last week, Pandora rolled out its own personalized smart voice assistant, available via the streaming platform’s iOS and Android apps and accessible by saying “Hey, Pandora.” The feature was initially revealed in January to simplify use of the app for listeners while they’re in the middle of various activities. The Voice Mode is available for all levels of subscribers and allows users to make commands for starting playback, adding music to playlists, changing stations, controlling volume, skipping/pausing music and more. The new feature implements Pandora’s Music Genome Project to allow for predictive learning of listeners, as well as Pandora’s in–house team of curators and personalized machine learning search algorithms.

In other Pandora news, the streamer and its new parent company, SiriusXM, have finalized a new artist partnership with Drake marking the largest artist collaboration since SiriusXM acquired Pandora earlier in the year. The partnership will include a dedicated Drake radio station, music curation from the artist and additional collaborations with content expected from the partnership later this year.

LA–based music agency, BEAT HOUSE, has finalized a JV and worldwide co–publishing deal with Pulse Music Group, it was announced last week by Josh Abraham and Scott Cutler, Co–CEOs of Pulse Music Group. BEAT HOUSE was founded by industry executive Tiffany Kumar as a platform to support her passion of working with songwriters and producers. Prior to BEAT HOUSE, Kumar served as Global Head of Songwriter Relations at Spotify, where she launched the successful Secret Genius brand. BEAT HOUSE’s operations encompass music publishing, a record label, A&R, TV and social justice.

Nashville indie label Big Loud has revealed the launch of a new imprint, Songs & Daughters, which will sign only female artists. The label is a partnership with leading songwriter/producer Nicolle Galyon who will lead the label as President. The label launched last week with the introduction of artist Kozak who is signed to Big Loud’s Big Loud Shirt publishing division. Kozak’s debut single was released Friday with additional music forthcoming. Marking the first label of its kind in Nashville, Songs & Daughters isn’t the first all–female label to launch, with Washington, D.C.’s Olivia Records in the 70s having been founded to spotlight female artists and with focused marketing efforts toward the lesbian population. 2018 also saw the launch of Club Queen Records which features an all–female staff and roster, focusing specifically on women of color across the hip–hop, dance and R&B genres.

WME has added DJ/producer Marshmello to the agency for representation. Marshmello counts 45 million monthly listeners on Spotify with over 10 billion streams, making him one of the Top 10 artists on the platform worldwide. On YouTube, his artist channel also sits at fourth on the list of most subscribers with 37 million subscribers globally. Marshmello’s European touring will continue to be overseen by Obi Asika–Iweka at Echo Location Talent Agency and he is managed by Moe Shalizi, CEO & Founder, The Shalizi Group. Recent successes for Marshmello include a record–breaking $60 million two–year residency in Las Vegas as well as seeing 10 million concurrent Fortnite players attending his in–game concert, the first of its kind, on the platform and making video game history.

Following a disappointing 2018, Snapchat revealed last week that Q2 saw the platform adding 13 million users while also increasing revenue by 48% to $388 million. The Snap Inc.–owned app also decreased losses to $.19 per share over the period. The numbers, which surpassed Wall Street expectations, saw Snap’s stock rise over 11% following their release. The company now counts 203 million active users daily having reported 190 million at the close of Q1. The Q2 user growth also marks the largest quarter increase since 2016 and was Snap’s second quarter of growth in a row. The platform has showed an increase in retention rate for people opening the app for the first time of 10% and has seen a 35% year–upon–year growth to its Discover offering as well as 60% jump in daily watch time over the same period.

At the same time, Twitter also announced its Q2 earnings and user numbers have surpassed expectations with financials also surpassing analyst forecasts. The news saw the social platform’s stock increasing by over 5%. Adjusted earnings for the company was reported at $.20 per share, with Wall Street having anticipated $.18 per share. Q2 revenue increased 18% over last year to $841 million with U.S. revenue rising 24% to $455 million and international 12% to $386 million. Additionally, ad revenue saw an increase of 21% to $727 million with total ad engagement reported as increasing 20% year–upon–year. Daily active users for Q2 also saw a jump to 139 million from 134 million in Q1 and 122 million from the same time last year.

Also surpassing analyst expectations for Q2 was Alphabet, Google’s parent company, which saw a 19% increase in revenue over the same time last year to $38.9 billion with profit reported of $14.21 per share. Following the news, Google saw its stock rise over 7% in after–hours trading. The report comes as Google faces accusations that its search engine and other services show bias towards conservative politicians and viewpoints. The Justice Department is also investigating potential anti-competitive monopoly actions from big tech firms and, while the department didn’t specify companies, focus has been on Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook most recently.

Falling short of Wall Street expectations for Q2 profits is Amazon as competition in the e–commerce space continues to build. With analysts anticipating earnings of $5.56 per share, Amazon revealed that Q2 profits reached $2.62 billion, $5.22 per share. Amazon did report an increase to net sales of 20%, reaching $63.4 billion which beat out analysts forecasts of $62.5 billion.

Ticketmaster saw a round of executive shifts last week with the promotion of Kathryn Frederick to Chief Marketing Officer alongside the hiring of David Eisenberg as VP of Partnership Marketing, and Andrew Samson as VP of Brand Marketing. In her new role as CMO, Frederick is tasked with leading Ticketmaster’s performance marketing, brand, partnership, insights, growth and digital marketing teams while reporting to Ticketmaster N. America’s President & COO, Amy Howe. Frederick joined the Live Nation–owned firm in 2015 and had most recently served as Sr. VP of Growth & Insights. Prior, she served as VP of Product Strategy & Marketing for PriceGrabber and as CMO of Distillery No. 209. Eisenberg comes to Ticketmaster bringing past experience at StubHub, YouTube and American Express. Samson previously held roles at Fox Sports and Nike.

In other Ticketmaster news, the company’s operations in the Czech Republic have finalized a new partnership with O2 Arena Prague to become the official ticketing operator for the venue. The 18,000–capacity venue is owned and operated by Bestsport and will commence with Ticketmaster’s services this month to see all future ticket sales moving through firm. The partnership comes as O2 Arena Prague celebrates its 15–year milestone and 10 millionth visitor. Ticketmaster and Bestsport have already been working together on ticket sales for events at the new O2 Universum, the multi–purpose venue next to the O2 Arena, set to open doors in September. O2 Universum will offer additional space for sporting events, concerts, and corporate events with its largest hall capable of hosting 4,500 people and overall capacity across the space’s 21 halls at 10,000.

Leading electronic music festival, Ultra, is set to make its way back to downtown Miami in March of 2020. It was reported by the Miami Herald that the city commissioners voted 3–2 approving an agreement with the event to bring the three-day festival back to the city’s Bayfront Park. The return follows last fall’s vote not to renew a contract following complaints from residents in the downtown area over large crowds and heavy traffic. Ultra’s organizers had brought the festival to Virginia Key this year, though logistical hurdles and noise complaints from the area’s residents saw organizers not pursuing another year at the location.

Sat Bisla (A&R Worldwide), Jade Bird and Daniel Glass (Founder & CEO, Glassnote Entertainment)
Following the biggest–ever round of nominations, the AIM Independent Music Awards have unveiled this year’s shortlist, with IDLES and Jade Bird leading the way with four and three nominations, respectively. At the same time, artists FKA Twigs, Christine and the Queens, Little Simz, Dave, Maribou State, Georgia and Fontaines D.C. all hold two nominations. The first–ever nominees for “One To Watch” have also been revealed, marking a brand new category for 2019. In association with BBC Music Introducing, “One to Watch” champions fast–rising grassroots independent artists with nominees including Arlo Parks, Barney Artist, Georgia, KOKOROKO and Larkins. The recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Music award winner was also announced as Blondie frontwoman, Debbie Harry. Additionally, electro–pop act Georgia is set to perform the AIM Independent Music Awards first–ever live show. Voting is now also open for “Best Live Act,” in association with Songkick, which will be decided by a public vote, and counts previous winners Erasure, Counterfeit and Babymetal.

Apple Music has revealed its first Artist in Residence as DJ Khaled which provides him with complete creative control over their most popular playlist offerings. Khaled’s first act sees him adding his touch to Apple Music’s Office DJ playlist which now counts hits from Khaled himself as well as Lauryn Hill, Drake, Sam Cooke, Snoop Dogg, Jay–Z and Rick Ross.

Sound Talent Group (STG) has tapped veteran agent Randy Salcedo to look after international bookings for the agency’s expanding roster. STG is the indie booking agency that was set–up by former UTA agents Dave Shapiro, Tim Borror and Matt Andersen. Joining Salcedo at STG are his clients The Sounds, INXS and RavenEye as he departs CAA for the new role following 17 years with the firm. Salcedo is based in LA and will work out of STG’s San Diego offices.

As they prepare to release their first new music in almost 3 decades, U.K. band The Psychedelic Furs have finalized a new worldwide deal with Cooking Vinyl. The currently untitled full–length is scheduled for release in early 2020. The band formed in London in 1977, led by Richard and Tim Butler, and haven’t released a studio album since 1991’s World Outside. The Furs garnered several hits in the 1980s post–punk/new wave era, such as “Love My Way,” “Pretty in Pink” and “Heartbreak Beat.” Recent synch success for the group include placements on season 2 of Netflix’s Stranger Things with 1984’s “The Ghost in You,” as well as “Love My Way” in the 2017 Oscar–winning film, Call Me by Your Name, which resulted the the track’s biggest streaming week to–date. After a nine–year hiatus, The Psychedelic Furs rejoined in the early 2000s and since then, have been touring extensively. 2018 saw them partnering with Sony Legacy for a re–release of their entire back catalog on 180–gram vinyl.

In celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of their sophomore full–length, Paul’s Boutique, The Beastie Boys have teamed up with adidas for their own official shoe. The collaboration was revealed by remaining members Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz at the recent Beyond The Streets art show launch in NYC. The custom shoe follows a collaboration between the group and adidas on a special–edition shirt last year around the release of their Beastie Boys Book. The shoe is composed of vegan canvas in an off–white with a light gray cotton jersey liner and matching three stripes. A reference to the Check Your Head years, the Eric Haze–designed Beastie Boys logo is also featured on the tongue and inside.

A new label has been launched under the Roc Nation umbrella as a joint venture between rapper/entrepreneur Meek Mill and the Jay–Z–owned music company. Dream Chasers Records launched last week with Mill taking the lead as President to oversee the new imprint and its team. Mill commented that the label’s goal is to sign hard–working acts with long–term potential. As an artist, Mill’s major label debut came in 2012 and has seen him garner two Platinum albums, two Gold records, and Top 25 chart success with tracks such as “Going Bad” and “All Eyes on You.”

Native Tongue has announced the signing of Gab Strum, aka Japanese Wallpaper. Strum is one of Melbourne’s most exciting young producers and songwriters. As Japanese Wallpaper, Strum has already generated significant success, racking up more than 35 million streams and touring internationally to support a label deal with Nettwerk. Strum has also become a sought–after collaborator for emerging artists, working with the likes of Allday, Mallrat, Bec Sandridge and others. Japanese Wallpaper’s new single “Imaginary Friends,” was released last week via Wonderlick/Sony Music Entertainment (ANZ) and Nettwerk Music Group (ROW).

Colombia native, Henry Cárdenas, Owner & President of Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) has made a significant investment into the touring market in Colombia through the purchase of the capital city’s Arena Bogotá. Valued at more than $30 million, the 24,000–capacity venue is set to open its doors in the second quarter of next year. Having lived in the U.S. since he was a teenager, Cárdenas has created one of the most successful indie Latin promotion companies in the country with CMN booking acts such as Marc Anthony, Maluma and Bad Bunny. He also leads Cardenas Entertainment and Marketing Group and, alongside longtime client and business partner Marc Anthony, launched the Maestro Cares Foundation. At about 60% completion, Arena Bogotá sits on a piece of land over 1 million square feet that will also add restaurants, shopping, hotels and other entertainment. The arena itself will surpass any other similar venues as the most modern space, and only covered arena, in the country. Cárdenas says the venue will look to host 130–140 events annually encompassing concerts, political rallies, corporate shows and family shows.

Merlin has announced the promotion of Jim Mahoney to the newly–created role of VP, Global Operations. Having joined Merlin in 2014 as General Manager U.S., Mahoney has overseen the establishment and growth of the organization’s N. American operation, serving as a primary contact for Merlin’s expanding U.S. membership of indie labels, distributors and artist service companies, and ensuring they benefit fully from the agency’s global licensing partnerships. Mahoney’s promotion sees him taking on a senior management role alongside Charlie Lexton (CCO & General Counsel) and Helen Alexander (CFO), reporting directly to CEO Charles Caldas. Mahoney will continue to work in Merlin’s New York office, alongside Bela Zecker, Merlin’s Member Services & Operations Manager, Americas.

Amadei has rolled out as a new digital platform seeking to connect creatives in the music space while providing access to industry services and distribution across streaming platforms. Amadei allows artists to create tracks from the ground up, source creative partners, and set authorship agreements, as well as providing support for production, publishing and distribution. Subscribers are able to access an interface that can facilitate the distribution of their music independently on iTunes, Spotify or Apple Music, as well as directly via the platform. Additionally, they can search for producers by name, genre or mood, with access to private messaging services, accounting breakdowns for digital sales and a music requests listing. Among the production services offered at launch are included studio mastering, mixing and sound design with PR offerings available to subscribers in the form of consulting packages.

Vevo has tapped Scott Anderson for the role of Sr. VP of Engineering & Product for the video platform. Anderson’s new role will have him assuming oversight of Vevo’s engineering and product divisions in the company’s New York, San Francisco and Portland offices. He comes to Vevo from Conversa Health where he worked alongside the start–up healthcare provider’s CEO on its development and growth. He previously oversaw mobile engineering at Walmart.

A new artist discovery series has been launched, led by artist turned entrepreneur Johnny Zirkel, under the banner of Sounds of The Underground. Set to air across 8 major U.S. markets via CBS in September, the show looks to pair together established and emerging acts in an effort to put a spotlight on talented but overlooked artists. Among the acts set to support new artists through the platform are included Frank Iero, August Burns Red, and the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. In addition to its CBS affiliates, Sounds Of The Underground episodes will also make their way to YouTube following their air–date.

Sound City will make its way to Ipswich on October 4th of this year for a one–day music industry conference and festival, marking the first event of its kind to take place in the town. Sound City Ipswich is a partnership between the firm behind Liverpool Sound City, Out Loud Music and the team at Ipswich’s The Smokehouse music venue, with support from Arts Council England, Ipswich Borough Council and the University of Suffolk. The new Sound City event will bring to Ipswich musical programming, fringe events and street food, with artist shows taking place at venues including The Smokehouse, Manor Ballroom, Corn Exchange and Corn Hill. The Sound City Ipswich music industry conference will showcase the area as a destination for artists, labels, booking agents and other industry while providing opportunities for the local community to meet with industry professionals from across the U.K. BBC Introducing in Suffolk will also host a free to attend stage at the festival.


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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. We’ve all had a bad day once in a while, sometimes it can go from bad, to worse to ugly! Click HERE to see bad day jackass moments – can’t we all just get along!


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



At just 22 years–old, Emmi King has thousands of established fans through the U.S., U.K. and Germany, in addition to a successful debut album under her belt. The Berlin–based chanteuse is far from your average young artist; she’s a multi–instrumentalist, who plays the drums, guitar, bass and piano. When Emmi is in the studio, she sings and plays all the instruments on her own. In times of expressionless talent shows and superficial statements, Emmi breathes new, refreshing and pulsating life into today’s music scene with a bold sound that even the coolest “been there, seen it, done that” listener is captivated by her talent. Emmi was personally invited by multi–platinum producer Kerry Brown and Linda Perry’s We Are Hear Management to open for Los Angeles–based rockers Dorothy (Roc Nation) in Boston and has toured with the world dominating funk rockers Mother’s Finest and surf–rocker Donavan Frankenreiter. Emmi is working on the finishing touches of her upcoming EP as she unleashes her latest gem, “Million Dollar Movie,” with a music video coming soon. The tune was written about finding love that would consumer her, just like one seen in a million–dollar movie. Listen to this epic song that will take you on a journey HERE and contact info@anrworldwide.com, as Emmi King is available for synch, branding, label, publishing and booking opportunities.


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

State Lights formed three years ago in Dublin and have developed into one of Ireland’s best new acts. Singer Shobsy, guitarist Joe Regan, drummer Paul Ridgeway and bassist Noel Perry released their single “Peace Will Come” last year, which gained support from 2fm, and was featured as the Homegrown Hero and Artist of the Week on Today FM. The quartet performed on Ireland’s biggest TV Show, The Late Late Show, and tallied airplay on Radio X (U.K.) and a number of Specialty shows and Alternative stations, including KROQ Los Angeles, KNRK Portland, KNDD Seattle and KBZT San Diego. State Lights have performed at the Electric Picnic Festival along with The Kooks and St Vincent, support slots with The Fratellis and The Academic and next weekend, they’ll perform at the Indiependence Festival, which also features Lewis Capaldi and Bastille. They have their biggest headline gig at the 450 capacity Whelan’s venue in Dublin on Saturday, October 5th. State Lights showcase a sound that is readymade for big arenas, reminiscent of a modern–day Coldplay mixed with the melodic beats of Kygo with “Open Your Arms,” their latest single that represents the sound of a band primed for a big international breakthrough. Watch the inspiring music clip for “Open Your Arms” HERE and contact David Reid at davereidmusic@gmail.com for additional information or inquiries. State Lights are co–managed by Steve Strange, X–Ray Touring, home of Eminem, Coldplay and Snow Patrol.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 7/28/2019



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, July 28th, 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.

Listen to this two hour show by clicking HERE:

WHENYOUNG – “The Others” (Virgin/EMI, Ireland)
TEN TONNES – “Better Than Me” (Warner Music, UK)
KIDDO X GASHI – “Coming Down” (BLNK Music, Sweden)
THE WHITE LAKES – “Wolves” (Ditto Music, UK)
MADS LANGER – “Me Without You” (Sony, Denmark)
BITTER’S KISS – “Just Like Heaven” (Unsigned, N. America)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Sixteen Minutes” (Unsigned, Sweden)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Trade It In” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
YONAKA – “Rockstar” (Atlantic Records, UK)
JACK GRAY – “Fools” (Warner Music, Australia)
VIDEOCLUB – “En Nuit” (Unsigned, France)
THE FAULTS – “Alexander” (Unsigned, Australia)
BLACK HONEY – “I Don’t Ever Wanna Love” (Fox Five Records, UK)
TREE LINED STREETS – “No Friend Of Mine” (Unsigned, Ireland)
SAN MEI – “Something Good” (Etcetc, Australia)
GIANT ROOKS – “100 MG” (Four Artists, Germany)
LOST IN STEREO – “Adrenaline” (Unsigned, Scotland)
SHLOMI ASH – “To The River” (Unsigned, Israel)
SLIDE – “Floating” (Unsigned, Sweden)
SEA GIRLS – “Damage Done” (Unsigned, UK)
EMMI KING – “Million Dollar Movie” (Unsigned, Germany)
THE LUKA STATE – “Girl” (Unsigned, UK)
MAGNUS MIA – “Jubilee” (Unsigned, Hong Kong)
LIME CORDIALE – “Inappropriate Behaviour” (Chugg Music, Australia)
SOPHIE & THE GIANTS – “The Light” (Unsigned, UK)
FEELDS – “Glass Arms” (Unsigned, Australia)
NOSOYO – “Highness” (Embassy of Music, Germany)
THE DUNTS – “Bad Decisions” (Unsigned, Scotland)
FEMME SCHMIDT – “Golden” (Unsigned, Germany)
SPEAKER FIRST – “If It Ain’t You” (Unsigned, Indonesia)
VERONICA FUSARO – “Lie To Me” (Unsigned, Switzerland)
BLITZ UNION – “Revolution” (Unsigned, Czech Republic)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Black Honey, Jack Gray, Sad Funeral, Tara Lee and whenyoung)