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UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP NAMES MIKE BIGGANE
EVP OF MUSIC STRATEGIES & TACTICS




Universal Music Group (UMG) has announced that Mike Biggane is joining the company, effective September 13th, as Executive Vice President of Music Strategies and Tactics. The newly–created role will see Biggane working across UMG’s labels and territories as an accelerator for artists’ careers and to maximize the opportunities for new music releases. Biggane most recently served as Spotify’s Global Head of Curation and, at UMG, will work closely with the company’s data analytics, marketing, creative and insights teams to move forward the success of the company’s global artist releases. Based out of UMG’s Santa Monica headquarters, Biggane will report to Chairman and CEO, Sir Lucian Grainge.

In making the announcement, Grainge said, “Mike brings the skills and vision that will help accelerate our artists’ careers. I’m so pleased to welcome him to UMG, where he is joining a future–focused team that is providing artists around the world with new opportunities for enduring global success.”

Mike Biggane
“I’m so excited to work with the incredible amount of talent that resides within Universal Music,” Biggane said. “I’ve been watching as a fan from afar as many of my favorite artists and songs have come from the UMG family and become international success stories. I can’t wait to do my part and contribute to the world–class legacy that has made UMG the most desired destination for artists, while continuing to set the tone as the biggest music company in the world.”

Having joined Spotify in 2014, Biggane tenure with the streamer saw him develop and help build playlists New Music Fridays and Today’s Top Hits into two of service’s largest playlist offerings, while leading a team responsible for creating the curation strategy for the company’s owned–and–operated global playlist ecosystem.

Prior to Spotify, Biggane was Director of Operations at HitPredictor, a predictive song research and music testing company, where he spent eight years evaluating audience reaction at radio formats while identifying potential hits. With HitPredictor, Biggane developed techniques and strategies that leverage data to predict a song’s future performance.


MILAN RECORDS ACQUIRED BY SONY MUSIC MASTERWORKS



Sony Music Masterworks has announced the acquisition of Milan Records, a global leader in film and television scores and soundtracks. Milan was founded more than four decades ago by Emmanuel Chamboredon, and since then has released the soundtracks to critically acclaimed classics such as Diva, Ghost, Backdraft and Benny & Joon, as well as recent hits including The Revenant, Deadpool, Chef, Under The Skin, Birdman, Midsommar and Hereditary. Under the deal, Sony Music Masterworks also acquires Milan’s sister label Jade, which encompasses over 500 liturgical and classical albums from around the world. The agreement will see JC Chamboredon, Sr. Vice President, Milan Records and son of Emmanuel Chamboredon, maintaining oversight of Milan Records while reporting to Mark Cavell, Sony Music Masterworks U.S. Label Head and COO International.

Pictured (l–r) are Emmanuel Chamboredon, Mark Cavell & JC Chamboredon

This agreement builds on Sony Music Masterworks’ footprint in the film, television and gaming soundtrack business, while bringing Milan Records a stronger and more unified global distribution, marketing and promotion platform. In addition to its film and television soundtrack catalog, Milan Records is also home to a number of independent artist releases, and works with some of today’s most prominent filmmakers such as Nicolas Winding Refn, Gaspar Noé, Alejandro González Iñárritu and award–winning composer and artist Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Mark Cavell states, “The acquisition of Milan Records, under the leadership of JC, underscores our commitment to soundtracks, further developing important relationships on the West Coast with both film studios and composers. I am delighted to welcome Milan Records to Sony Music Masterworks and look forward to bringing its projects, artists and unique identity to a global audience.”

Emmanuel Chamboredon stated, “My dream was to ensure that Milan Records and Jade, both of which I started 41 years ago, would continue once I hung up my gloves. Today that dream has come true. Sony Music Masterworks is the ideal home for Milan and Jade, under the experienced leadership of my son JC and the label’s incredible team. I am very grateful to Mark Cavell, who showed lots of energy and imagination in carving out the right place for Milan and Jade at Sony Music Masterworks.”

Sony Music Masterworks will begin working with Milan Records immediately on upcoming releases including soundtracks to films including The Farewell, The Lighthouse, La Belle Époque and Atlantics, as well as the hit HBO series Succession.


MUSEXPO CREATIVE SUMMIT 2020 UNVEILS AGENDA FOR THE EVOLVING GLOBAL MUSIC BUSINESS DURING CALIFORNIA ENTERTAINMENT WEEK



As it prepares to deliver its 22nd global edition, MUSEXPO Creative Summit has unveiled the full agenda for its 2020 event, set to take place from March 22nd – 25th in Burbank, California. MUSEXPO Creative Summit will join a week–long series of events, that will also include the Global Synch Summit (with over 30 music supervisors from film, TV, gaming, on–demand, movie trailers and brands participating), A&R Summit, and Worldwide Radio Summit, coinciding as part of California Entertainment Week from March 22nd – 27th.

The 2020 program will welcome a number of exclusive and unique sessions and perspectives including a special focus on the world of PRO’s, neighboring rights and SoundExchange, while maintaining its central focus on the most important aspect of the global industry, the music itself, through a number of insightful A&R–centric sessions and keynotes, as well as the A&R Worldwide Creative Summit which will allow delegates valuable networking time with A&R executives from across the global landscape. The event will also focus on the digital, streaming, publishing, live, management, marketing, licensing, distribution, radio and multimedia aspects as a part of local and global pop culture.

MUSEXPO is renowned from bringing together some of the world’s top executives, speakers and partipants.
Enjoying a MUSEXPO experience (l–r) are: Sat Bisla (Founder & President, A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO); Monte Lipman (Co–Founder & CEO, Republic Records); Sir Lucian Grainge (Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group) and Avery Lipman (Co–Founder & Chief Executive, Republic Records).

Additionally, MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2020 will continue to deliver a significant synch focus across next year’s programming which will include the return of the highly–successful Global Synch Summit. Additional synch sessions will see the event welcoming executives from all facets of the global synch world including film, TV, trailers, VOD, video games, esports, brands, advertising and more. Among the unique sessions billed for the event is “HOLLYWOOD MADE IN BURBANK” which will welcome leading executives from the home of leading film/TV studios, where Hollywood magic is actually made, Burbank itself! Additionally, the event will see the successful synch team from Hit The Ground Running joining the program as part of a dedicated session to dig into their creative vision.

To view the full agenda for MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2020, click HERE.

Early Bird Discount registration for MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2020 is open now. To register, click HERE, and for more information, visit www.musexpo.net.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Longtime Warner Bros. Records (now Warner Records) executive Lori Feldman is taking on a new role with Paradigm Talent Agency as the firm’s new Chief Marketing Officer. The new appointment sees Feldman joining the agency’s senior management team while taking on oversight of Paradigm’s marketing and branding teams across all business units. With over 25 years of experience across strategic marketing, Feldman began her career at Virgin Records before heading to Warner in 1995, most recently serving as Warner Records’ EVP of Strategic Marketing since 2012. At Warner, she oversaw video marketing and set–up the label’s first ever synch division, repping the company’s roster for film, TV, ad agency and gaming clients, in addition to executive producing select soundtracks for film and television, before her most recent EVP role.

BMG has announced two new appointments to its LA–based Frontline Recorded Music team with Rob Gross as VP, Marketing, Recorded Music, and Vaneza Pitynski as Director, Digital Marketing, Recorded Music. Both join a growing recording team at BMG in LA, with a roster that includes Avril Lavigne, LP, Godsmack, Big KRIT, Lil Dicky and Zac Brown Band. Gross’ new role will see him responsible for overseeing projects from BMG’s roster of rock and alternative artists that includes A Perfect Circle, Alice In Chains, Dhani Harrison, Glorious Sons, Hollywood Undead, JJ Wilde, and LP, alongside new releases from Godsmack and 311. He joins BMG from Interscope Records where he looked after the marketing efforts of the label’s rock and alternative releases. Prior he held posts at Dine Alone Records, Universal Music Group and Ingrooves–Fontana. Gross reports directly to Thomas Scherer, EVP, Repertoire & Marketing, Los Angeles. Pitynski joins BMG’s growing digital team and is responsible for spearheading all digital strategy and marketing efforts for the LA Frontline Recorded team. With past experience ranging across e–commerce, digital strategy and branding, she previously held roles at Interscope Records and 19 Entertainment where she was responsible for working with both established and emerging artists. Pitynski reports to Dan Gill, GM/Sr. VP, Sales, Recorded Music.

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has finalized a worldwide administration deal with singer/songwriter, Maren Morris. Morris has generated global success across both the country and pop arenas with her debut album, HERO (2016), entering the Billboard Top Country Albums chart at No.1 and No.5 on the Billboard Top 200, earning Platinum certification. Her debut single “My Church” is RIAA–certified double Platinum and garnered Morris a Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance. The album also generated Platinum hits “80s Mercedes” and “I Could Use A Love Song,
as well as Gold–certified “Rich.” Her collaboration with fellow UMPG songwriters, Zedd and Grey, “The Middle,” was multi–Grammy nominated and reached No.5 on the Billboard Hot 100, spending six weeks at No.1 at Top 40 Radio and five weeks at No.1 at Hot AC radio. Morris’ recent sophomore full–length, GIRL, broke the record for the largest–ever debut streaming week for a country album by a woman, with 23.96 million streams. The album debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, while the Gold–certified title track, which recently reached No.1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay and Mediabase/Country Aircheck charts, achieved the highest debut on the Billboard Country Streaming Songs Chart by a female artist and the highest weekly streams by a female country artist ever. Morris has garnered honors at the CMA Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards and more. As a songwriter, Morris has written for the likes of Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson and others.

Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), the global indie distribution arm of Warner Music Group (WMG), has named John Franck as EVP, Commercial & Marketing. In the newly–created role, the widely–respected executive will assume oversight of ADA’s global commercial relationships, digital marketing, and digital sales/strategy. He will report to WMG’s President of Independent Music & Creator Services, Eliah Seton. Most recently, Franck served as Chief Marketing Officer for 300 Entertainment where he worked with artists across all genres, including Highly Suspect, Cheat Codes, Fetty Wap, Migos, Coheed and Cambria, and others. Previously, Franck was Sr. VP of Marketing & Content Creation at Entertainment One for more than a decade before heading to independent label, Razor & Tie as Head of Marketing and Label Acquisitions. Prior to that, he held roles at Sony Music and Elektra.

Warner Chappell Music UK (WCM) has announced Amber Davis as Head of A&R for the publisher. During her five–year tenure at WCM, Davis has added songwriters to the roster such as Dave, J Hus, Raye, Skepta and Stormzy. Starting October 1st, Davis will assume her new role, reporting to MD of WCM UK, Mike Smith. Davis came to WCM UK in 2014 as Creative Director. Successes for the publisher since Davis joined include Skepta garnering the Mercury Prize, Stormzy topping charts and picking up BRIT Awards, and Dave generating No.1 singles and albums. Additionally, Raye has garnered more than 1.2 billion streams, recently co–writing the song “Bigger,” appearing on Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift. Among the songwriters on WCM’s roster that Davis also works with are B Young, Celeste, DJ Spinall, Dyo, Katy B, Odunsi (The Engine), Ssega, Steel Banglez, Swifta Beater and Tom Zanetti. She started her career as an A&R Assistant with EMI Music Publishing, eventually rising to VP, A&R, Producer Management with signings such as Girls Aloud, James Arthur, Katy B, Tinie Tempah and Two Inch Punch, as well as a publishing deal for DJ Paleface’s track “Do You Mind?,” featured as a sample on Drake’s “One Dance” last year.

In other Warner Chappell Music (WCM) news, the company has promoted Daniel Mora to Managing Director, Warner Chappell Music Colombia. Reporting to Gustavo Menendez, President, Warner Chappell Music, Latin America, Mora takes on the leadership role at WCM Colombia with a roster that includes Latin Grammy–winner Juan Pablo Vega, Santiago Cruz, Piso 21 and Lalo Ebratt from the popular urban collective, Trapical Minds. Mora came to WCM in 2013 as an A&R/Synch consultant before taking the role of Director, A&R/Synch soon after the launch of WCM’s Colombian offices. Prior, Mora toured across Latin America as a member of the popular tropipop band, Bonka, and later started his own audiovisual company in Bogotá, producing films and commercials for brands such as Chevrolet, Adidas, Hush Puppies and Falabella.

Apple Music has launched a new global playlist under the banner of ALT CTRL, featuring the best new music released across the alternative genre, hand–picked by Apple Music’s curators. ALT CTRL, formerly The A–List: Alternative, will see its signature playlist art spotlighting a different artist each week, timed to new releases from marquee acts. ALT CTRL rolled out last week with inaugural cover stars HAIM, who just released their single “Summer Girl.” Additional artists featured on ALT CTRL include Death Cab For Cutie, Billie Eilish, White Reaper, Clairo and others.

In other Apple news, the firm recently revealed financial details for its fiscal third quarter that saw the tech firm’s revenue reaching $53.8 billion, up 1% year–upon–year, wth the service division, including music, having a record quarter and accounting for 21% of total revenue. Net profit for Apple decreased by 13% to $10 billion and while sales of iPhones also fell, wearables made up for the loss. International sales made up 59% of revenue for the quarter.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing is revolutionizing the way it reports and pays royalties to its songwriters via a round of major upgrades. Across the next year, the music publisher will roll out new initiatives to streamline how quickly songwriter earnings are processed, allowing songwriters to get paid faster than ever before. Sony/ATV is introducing real–time intercompany processing for all foreign earnings from every territory in which the company operates to see foreign earnings reported and paid in the same period in which they are collected. Additionally, Sony/ATV will provide a new Cash Out service, offering its songwriters the ability to request some or all of their current royalty balance to be paid immediately, instead of having to wait until the next distribution. Upon making withdrawals, they will receive the remainder of their balance during the next regular distribution. The new offerings will start to be made available over the next year to all Sony/ATV songwriters who are signed up to the company’s SCORE royalty portal and app.

Amazon has officially rolled out its free music streaming service via Alexa to customers in the U.K. As of last Thursday, U.K. customers not maintaining a Prime or Amazon Music Unlimited subscription were able to access ad–supported listening of a number of top playlists and stations for free through Alexa–enabled devices. Users on the free tier can also listen to stations based around songs, artists, eras and genres.

Last Saturday, the final concert promoted by FKP Scorpio Konzertproduktionen GmbH as part of Ed Sheeran’s record–breaking Divide tour took place, with the first of the two open air concerts on the trade fair grounds in Hanover last Friday bringing in 75,000 fans. The 246th show in his almost two–and–a–half year world tour saw Sheeran break the total gross record, which was previously held by U2 and their 360 tour. To–date, revenue for the Divide tour had reached $736.7 million, $1.3 million more than the previous high of $735.4 million achieved by U2. Sheeran’s May 24th show in Décines–Charpieu, France also broke a record previously held by U2, with 7,315,970 fans having attended his tour to that point, surpassing U2’s record of 7.3 million people. A total of 28 concerts from the Divide tour were staged in seven European countries by FKP Scorpio, including the largest concerts ever played to date by Ed Sheeran in his impressive career in June at the Hockenheimring, each welcoming 100,000 fans. Sheeran’s show at the Trabrennbahn in Hamburg in July was attended by over 80,000 fans. Additionally, his double–shows, organized by FKP Scorpio in Prague, with 145,000 fans, and in Helsinki with 108,000 fans, marked the largest concerts ever staged in the Czech Republic and Finland. In total, 1,458,805 tickets were sold for FKP Scorpio–organized Sheeran concerts, with the entire Divide tour seeing attendance from over 8.5 million fans. When the tour wraps later this month, Sheeran will have played 255 concerts in 170 venues in 45 countries.

A new A&R–centric partnership is in the works between ICM Partners and Joel Madden, a founding member of Good Charlotte, with Madden working alongside the agency to uncover and develop emerging talent and music–related brands. The partnership sees MDDN.co, the management firm created by Joel and his brother/bandmate Benji Madden, acting as a talent filter for ICM’s music division. Joel also assumes an internal role at ICM for clients he brings onboard, in addition to working with ICM’s existing roster. ICM agent Mike Hayes represents Madden and Good Charlotte.

Spotify has announced that its subscriber number reached 108 million for the end of Q2, growth of 31% year–upon–year. At the same time, the streamer revealed its finalized global license renewals with two major label partners and is currently in conversation with “the other two,” though it didn’t specify who the fourth music company might be alongside the three majors. Spotify singled out Germany and Japan, two markets composed of a significant physical sales market, as territories with gains for the streamer. It also revealed that monthly active users reached 232 million, an increase of 29% year–upon–year. On the financial side, revenue increased by 31% to €1.667 billion with Spotify’s Premium tier generating €1.502 billion (up 31%) and ad–supported generating €165 million (up 34%, largely driven by the U.S.). Operating loss came in at €3 million.

In other Spotify news, the streamer and AT&T are joining forces to see customers on the AT&T Unlimited & More premium plans able to access a Spotify subscription as one of seven media options, at no additional cost. Select AT&T customers also have the option to sign–up for a free six–month trial of Spotify Premium. Previous bundle partnerships for Spotify include those with Hulu and Showtime.

The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) has announced Michael Fallon as VP of Arena Operations for Inglewood, CA’s Forum venue. Having been with MSG for five years, Fallon most recently held the role of Director of Finance for MSG Live and Venue Operations for the Forum. He becomes the third GM to step into the role since Shelli Azoff passed the role onto Nick Spampanato in 2017. Spampanato departed in 2018 and was succeeded by Rick Merrill who left MSG last month. Fallon’s new position sees him looking after the Forum’s operations with the venue ranked as the third highest grossing arena worldwide by Billboard Boxscore’s 2019 mid–year report. Fallon’s resume prior to MSG includes stops at Microsoft Licensing, Microsoft Corp and AEG.

Big Deal Music Group CEO, Kenny MacPherson, announced last week that the company has promoted Joe Maggini to the role of Sr. VP, Head of Global Synch, and Danielle Levy to the role of VP, Synch – Film + TV. The two previously served as VP and Director, Synch, respectively. Maggini came to Big Deal in 2017 from his prior role as head of Format Music Solutions. Before that, he was Director of Creative at Universal Music Publishing and Director of Writer–Publisher Relations for BMI, having started his career in the A&R department at BMG Music Publishing. With over a decade of music licensing experience, Levy joined Big Deal Music in 2016 following a stint as a Creative Manager at Zync Music. Alongside Jess Martin, who focuses on licensing for advertising partners, Big Deal’s synch team has secured placements in a number of high–profile television and film projects, and with major brands worldwide. Recent placement for Big Deal writers include those in TV/film projects such as The Walking Dead, Insecure, Fosse/Verdon, Big Little Lies, Euphoria, Better Things, Orange Is The New Black, Us, Smallfoot, Pitch Perfect 3, Missing Link and When They See Us, as well as with brands Apple, Coke, Volkswagen, Samsung, T–Mobile, Toyota, Target and others.

Australian–born, LA–based songwriter Evie Irie has signed with Downtown Music Publishing on the heels of the release of her EP, 5 Weeks In LA. The EP’s lead single, “Bitter,” has garnered over one million streams across all platforms to–date. “Bitter,” which was accompanied by a video alongside the release, was co–written by Casey Smith and co–produced by Zach Skelton of Downtown client Patriot Games Publishing, alongside songwriter and producer Andy Seltzer. Irie is managed by industry veteran, Troy Carter.

Emerging rap collective, 99 Neighbors, are set to release the upcoming debut via a new partnership deal between Warner Records and longtime Chance The Rapper manager, Pat Corcoran. 99 Neighbors, composed of vocalists Sam Paulino and HANKNATIVE as well as producer, Somba, kicked–off the partnership last week with the release of their debut single “Fake Pods.”

SESAC has welcomed The CarsRic Ocasek to the performing rights organization. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee counts sole songwriting credit for most of the band’s catalog, with a select few songs co–written alongside Greg Hawkes. The band’s seven studio full–length albums included 13 Top 40 singles (four Top 10s) on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as five Top 10s on the Billboard 200. The Cars’ self–titled debut was released in 1978 and was certified six–times Platinum, including hits “Just What I Needed,” “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “Good Times Roll,” “Bye Bye Love,” “You’re All I Got Tonight” and “Moving in Stereo.” The band’s success continued into the 80s with “Shake It Up,” “Magic,” “You Might Think” and their most–successful single “Drive,” sung by the late Benjamin Orr. As a solo act, Ocasek has released four albums, and has producer credits on albums from Weezer, Nada Surf, Guided By Voices and others.

Michael Sticka has been promoted to the role of President for the Grammy Museum under a contract through 2022. Alongside Sticka’s elevation, the museum is also unveiling a number of new initiatives and updates including the expansion of exhibits and educational programs focused on Latin music as well as the hiring of a Latin music curator. With the Latin Recording Academy putting in over $500,000 across three years for the Latin–focused projects, the Recording Academy is also adding $5 million to be used towards renovations and technology updates. The museum itself has committed almost another $5 million towards state–of–the–art curatorial and interactive guest experiences as well as renovation projects across each of the facility’s four floors. Sticka came to the Recording Academy in 2014 and led the 2017 integration of the museum and the Grammy Foundation. He previously served as Executive Director and was responsible for the launch of the Community Engagement Department. Moving forward, he will be tasked with taking the lead on the continued growth and strategy for the museum while looking after its curatorial, development, marketing, grants and awards, public and education programs, and other operations.

Widely popular U.K. reality show, Love Island, has been generating record–breaking results on Shazam with five 24–hour U.K. records surpassed in the last few weeks. July 24th saw another record broken by Joel Corry with his track “Sorry” which generated 41,000 Shazams in one day following its use on the show and making it the most Shazamed track in one day in the U.K. The track’s success also translated to the U.K.’s Official Charts Company, making its way into the Top 20 last week. Love Island’s season five has generated over one million Shazam’s for tracks featured in the show.

Capitol Records has signed acclaimed vocalist Matteo Bocelli. He is currently working on his first solo album, scheduled for worldwide release in 2020, having made his live debut in 2016 at the Teatro del Silenzio in Tuscany where he performed arias from Verdi’s operas alongside the legendary artists Leo Nucci and Sumi Jo. His first U.S. performance was with David Foster and Friends at 2017’s Horatio Alger Awards in Washington, DC. He joined his father, Andrea Bocelli, for the duet “Fall on Me” from the elder Bocelli’s 2018 album, , which topped both the Billboard 200 and the U.K. Official Albums chart. With over 50 million views, the official video for “Fall on Me” is Andrea Bocelli’s most–viewed video to date, and was also featured on Disney’s Christmas blockbuster The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Matteo has performed in iconic venues globally such as the Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden and London’s O2 Arena. Along with his father, he has also toured Italy, South Africa, Russia, Canada, Mexico and Germany, and has performed on such television shows as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Good Morning America, Dancing With The Stars, the Sanremo Festival 2019 and others.

Mixcloud has unveiled a new Premium tier for its streaming offering as well as restrictions to its free listening in an effort to cover the increase to royalty fees. Mixcloud counts direct licensing deals with Universal Music Group, Warner Music and Merlin, and implements audio fingerprinting technology to find underlying tracks in the platform’s shows, paying fees to the appropriate content owners. While access to the Mixcloud catalog, including over 15 million shows, will remain available to free listeners, the updates will see limitations such as the ability to only seek forward, a limit of three listens to the same show in a two–week period, and no access to shows including more than four tracks from the same artist or three tracks from the same album. The new Premium tier bypasses these restrictions for $7.99/month. A Select tier offers the ability to subscribe to a specific creator for a monthly fee set by the creator, starting at $2.99.

Former BET Chairman & CEO, Debra L. Lee, has been tapped by AT&T to join their Board of Directors. Lee spent more than three decades with BET Networks, starting in 1986 as the company’s first in–house counsel, and rising to her Chairman & CEO role in 2006 which she maintained until retiring last year. During her tenure, BET rolled–out leading series’ such as Being Mary Jane, The New Edition Story and Black Girls Rock!, as well as the BET Awards and BET Honors. Lee also founded Leading Women Defined and is on the boards for Marriott and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. President Barack Obama also named her to the White House Management Advisory Board in 2011.

A new partnership has been finalized between Beatport and Loopmasters, a record label and online retailer offering sound packs and plugins. Under the arrangement, Beatport has sold its Beatport Sounds operation to Loopmasters with Beatport also making a strategic investment in the latter. The next year will see Beatport integrating the Loopmaster suite of products into its website delivering its DJ customers music productions tools for purchase, initially featuring Loopcloud, Loopmaster’ cloud–based sample subscription offering. Additionally, the partnership will add further product offerings via Plugin Boutique, a sister company of Loopmaster.

FUGA has acquired full ownership of innovative Nashville–based rights management and creative workflow platform, Songspace. Songspace’s software centralizes essential publishing assets such as metadata, audio files, agreements and writer contacts, and also identifies gaps in data such as accreditation and lyrics. The platform incorporates all of the necessary admin functions for accurate royalty collection such as works registration, analytics and tracking. Songspace will maintain operation as a standalone platform with its full leadership remaining. FUGA is gearing up to make a sizable investment into the company over the next two years to expand its offerings and build upon the team’s existing expertise. The deal brings together Songspace’s 250 high quality publishers and record labels including Kobalt, Reservoir Media, Downtown Music Publishing, Big Deal Music and Sentric with FUGA’s 500+ clients such as Epitaph Records, Ultra, Domino, Curb, Mom + Pop and mtheory. The acquisition also grows FUGA’s footprint in North America via Songspace’s headquarters in Nashville, alongside their existing office in New York.

Indie music publisher, Angry Mob Music Group, has tapped Paula Savastano, a nearly three–decade veteran of the music business, as Sr. Director of Copyright & Royalties. In this role, she will oversee audits, royalty collection and processing, licensing, copyright issues, and all other copyright and royalty duties for the company. As a classically trained musician, Savastano’s career began in Opera Management, before she transitioned to the popular music arena. Her resume includes work in the administrative management, intellectual property, and royalty departments for BMI, Spirit Music Group, RykoMusic, Cherry Lane Music, Musical Heritage Society and Turn Up the Music. She founded SSA Music in 2009 to provide licensing, copyright, financial, auditing, and royalty consulting services to a diverse range of clients from independent musicians to major music publishers and record companies and, in 2012, SSA expanded to a full–service publishing firm. In 2018, Savastano transitioned back to her roots as a freelance service provider, working with clients such as PEN Music Group, Reach Music Group, McJames Music and Angry Mob.


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



Tim Schou is a modern pop artist with the uplifting playfulness of Ed Sheeran, the sincerity of Lukas Graham, and the vigorous drive of Shawn Mendes. His music is honest and organic, and pulling inspiration from his nomad life as a traveler, he combines modern beats, various styles, catchy melodies and authentic lyrics. Throughout his career, Tim has worked with a number of successful songwriters and producers; he co–wrote the song “Kiss You Goodbye,” performed by Anton Haagman (Universal Sweden), which reached Platinum status, as well as co–wrote and featured on “Magic” by Tim3Bomb, that recently went Gold in Russia. Tim is the featured artist and co–writer on Felix Jaehn’s “Millionaire” and supplied vocals to Felix’s hit single “Feel Good.” Tim has toured and supported a number of established artists such as LP, Timeflies, Simple Plan and Morcheeba, and spent his New Years on stage at Brandenburger Tor in Berlin in front of 750,000 people. In February he released the single “Acapella,” which got significant airplay, including VH1, and just turned 1.1 million streams. This kickstarted a new round of his Never–ending Vagabond Tour with over 50 private living room concerts, with a planned show in the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen. Tim continues to impress as he releases his latest single, “Beat Around The Bush” (Iceberg Records), which is already playing on VH1 Nordic. With the new track, Tim is done beating around the bush and indulges the festive playfulness of the summer. Fredrik Sonefors laid the foundation, which was finished by the Swedish producer Kim W (Zara Larsson, Erik Hassle), and Canadian songwriter Martin Gallop (Robin Schulz) helped wrapping up the composition. Listen to the single HERE and contact Manfred Zähringer at manfred@icebergmusicgroup.com for all inquiries.


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

Manchester quartet Larkins is a surging indie Rock ’n’ Roll outfit. Their new single “Sugar Sweet” (Good Soldier Records) made its premiere on Beats 1 courtesy of Zane Lowe. The track is the follow–up to their “TV Dream” single, which quickly earned over a million streams, and was a proven radio hit and featured on the playlists of BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing and Radio X, as well as support from Zane Lowe on Beats 1. Since the release of “Sugar Sweet” last month, the song has gained great support on Radio 1 from Jack Saunders, Huw Stephens and Adele Roberts, who are all big fans of the band. The tune is on the X-Posure playlist at Radio X and receiving support at Absolute Radio. Larkins is also garnering support from BBC Introducing, who are featuring them high up on the bill on the BBC Introducing stage at both the Reading and Leeds festivals. “Sugar Sweet” has earned strong press support from the likes of The Independent, Dork Magazine, Indie Shuffle, Boys By Girls Magazine, Balance Magazine, Total Guitar and more. The band has also been nominated for the ‘One To Watch’ award at the AIM Awards 2019. Following their U.S. debut at SXSW in March, the band returned stateside last month to perform at School Night at Bardot in Hollywood, making their Los Angeles debut. The band is currently recording their debut album with producers Dan Nigro (Lewis Capaldi, A–Trak, Sky Ferreira) and Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Fun, Kid Cudi). Watch the video for “Sugar Sweet” HERE and contact Mitch Page at mitch.page@scruffoftheneck.com for all inquiries.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 8/4/2019



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, August 4th, 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:

LARKINS – “Sugar Sweet” (Good Soldier Songs, UK)
MADS LANGER – “Me Without You” (Sony, Denmark)
WHENYOUNG – “The Others” (Virgin/EMI, Ireland)
KIDDO X GASHI – “Coming Down” (BLNK Music, Sweden)
TEN TONNES – “Better Than Me” (Warner Music, UK)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Trade It In” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Sixteen Minutes” (Unsigned, Sweden)
BITTER’S KISS – “Just Like Heaven” (Unsigned, N. America)
DOTAN – “Numb” (7 Layers, Holland)
YONAKA – “Rockstar” (Atlantic Records, UK)
TIM SCHOU – “Beat Around The Bush” (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
THE FAULTS – “Alexander” (Unsigned, Australia)
VIDEOCLUB – “En Nuit” (Unsigned, France)
STATE LIGHTS – “Open Your Arms” (Unsigned, Ireland)
VINCI – “Lions” (Unsigned, Ireland)
TREE LINED STREETS – “No Friend Of Mine” (Unsigned, Ireland)
THE WHITE LAKES – “Wolves” (Ditto Music, UK)
FERGUS JAMES – “Back To Life” (Unsigned, Australia)
EMMI KING – “Million Dollar Movie” (Unsigned, Germany)
SLIDE – “Floating” (Unsigned, Sweden)
SHLOMI ASH – “To The River” (Unsigned, Israel)
THE LUKA STATE – “Girl” (Unsigned, UK)
JACK GRAY – “Fools” (Warner Music, Australia)
LOST IN STEREO – “Adrenaline” (Unsigned, Scotland)
MAGNUS MIA – “Fool’s Mirage” (Unsigned, Hong Kong)
SEA GIRLS – “Damage Done” (Unsigned, UK)
NOSOYO – “Highness” (Embassy of Music, Germany)
THE DUNTS – “Bad Decisions” (Unsigned, Scotland)
BLACK HONEY – “I Don’t Ever Wanna Love” (Fox Five Records, UK)
BLITZ UNION – “Deleted” (Unsigned, Czech Republic)
DOLLY & THE DINOSAUR – “Unofficial” (Unsigned, UK)
LUKE ZEPHYR – “Take Me Instead” (Unsigned, N. America)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Dotan, San Mei, Larkins, Tim Schou and Fergus James)