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BMG NAMES SYLVAIN GAZAIGNES GM FOR FRENCH OFFICE



BMG has announced the promotion of Sylvain Gazaignes to General Manager for its French operation with a mandate to build upon its recordings business.

Sylvain Gazaignes
Having joined BMG France in 2011, Gazaignes first served as A&R Manager. While at BMG, he has signed the likes of Nekfeu/1995 and hip–hop duo Bigflo & Oli, and has been responsible for the development of artists and songwriters across all genres. In his new role, he will lead a newly–structured team of more than 30, based in Paris, while reporting to Dominique Casimir, EVP Continental Europe Repertoire & Marketing.

Said Casimir, “France has been a core BMG territory for nearly 10 years. In that time, we have built a strong position in the music publishing business. The job now is to match that strength in recordings. I am delighted that Sylvain has stepped up to this position. With his broad experience, he is a great addition to our European team.”

Gazaignes said, “It is my goal to further expand our activities in the local market as well as promoting our French signings to an international audience using the BMG network. I am proud that we’ve already signed a couple of exciting new artists which we expect to announce soon.”

Gazaignes succeeds Stéphane Berlow, who parted ways with the company earlier this year.


KATIE VINTEN FORMS BLACK DIAMOND ARTIST MANAGEMENT

Last week, music industry veteran Katie Vinten has announced the formation of Los Angeles–based Black Diamond Artist Management whose roster at launch will include Grammy–nominated songwriter Justin Tranter (Justin Bieber, Imagine Dragons, Bebe Rexha, Selena Gomez, Jonas Brothers), Zach Skelton (Jonas Brothers, Lil Nas X), Boy Matthews (Gallant, Hayden James) and Caroline Pennell. The firm is currently focusing on only writers and producers, however, will be seeking recording artist clients as well.

Katie Vinten
“I’ve always loved black diamonds,” said Vinten. “One of the first times I went skiing, I decided to forego the intermediate trail and try the black diamond after some quiet teasing nudging from my biggest fan, my now–husband, Aaron Vinten. I went flying off my skis, but I got back up. I’ll never forget the experience. I made it. I try to recapture that feeling as much as possible in my life. I realized you can do so much more than you think you can, you just have to try. As a manager, record executive and publisher, I’m serving clients by showing them their greatest potential.”

In starting the new firm, Vinten becomes one of the only woman in the industry to simultaneously operate as a manager, as well as a record label and publishing company partner. Alongside Black Diamond, at the end of last year, Vinten and Tranter officially launched FACET Records and FACET Publishing. Operating as a JV via Warner Records, FACET Records serves as home to emerging talent including Diana Gordon, Shawn Wasabi and others. FACET Publishing maintains a partnership with Warner Chappell and looks after writers including Kennedi Lykken (Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa, Chainsmokers, Jonas Brothers), Jason Gil (Katy Perry), Wes Period (FACET/Interscope Records), Shea Diamond (FACET/Asylum), Brandon Colbein (ZAYN, Hayley Kiyoko), and The Roommates (Aaron Carpenter).

Vinten also holds two major consultancies with Warner Records where she acts as Rita Ora’s stateside A&R, and with Warner Chappell, looking after Julia Michaels, Kygo, K. Flay, and Christina Aguilera among others.

After several temp gigs, Vinten took on the role of creative assistant at EMI and soon executive assistant to publisher Jon Platt at EMI. Within a few months’ time, she personally brought in Mozella as a songwriter and signed her with Platt. In 2012, she joined Platt at Warner Chappell as Director of A&R for Pop. By 2016, she worked her way up to Sr. VP and Co–Head of A&R following major personal signings such as Tranter, Julia Michaels, Hailee Steinfeld, Kygo, Christina Aguilera, Bishop Briggs, Captain Cuts, K. Flay and more.


A&R’S, PUBLISHERS & MORE JOIN A&R WORLDWIDE FOR AN EVENING OF MUSIC & MORE IN WEST HOLLYWOOD


A&R Worldwide hosted another one of its globally recognized networking dinners last week at the legendary Sunset Marquis Cavatina restaurant in West Hollywood, California. The intimate affair brought together a number of executives from across the A&R, publishing, management, film/TV and creative industries for an evening of great food, wine and networking, as well as some high–profile celebrity sightings.

Below is a pictorial overview of A&R Worldwide’s most recent soiree.

RAISED ON EARTH, OR RAISED IN SPACE? Discussing the evolution of music and technology were (l–r) Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide / MUSEXPO), Shara Senderoff (President, Raised In Space) and Zach Katz (CEO, Raised In Space). EXPLORING THE DIGITAL & PUBLISHING ECO–SYSTEM were (l–r) Marc Wilson (Sr. Director A&R, Pop/Rock, Warner Chappell Music) and Sunny He (Head of Marketing & Content, US & UK, LiveMe).
TOASTING SOME CHEER TO CREATIVITY & SONGWRITERS were (l–r) Donna Caseine (Executive Vice President, Creative A&R, Reservoir), Grace Adeyemo (A&R Director, Concord Music Group), Anna Carpenter (Creative Consultant, Concord Music Group) and Sat Bisla. INDULGING IN SOME CREATIVE DISCUSSIONS were (l–r) A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla, Barry Daffurn (Co–Founder, Cinq Music) and Jon Pikus (Associate Editor, HITS Magazine).
DISCUSSING THE EVOLUTION OF A&R (l–r) are: Monte Malone (Sr. VP, A&R Worldwide), Jared Lane (A&R Director, Downtown Music Publishing Group), Kenny “Tick” Salcido (Sr. VP A&R, Red Bull Records), Delmar Powell (VP A&R, Downtown Music Publishing Group) and Tyler Polzin (Sr. Director, A&R Worldwide).
SIX IS ENOUGH: Discussing all aspects of the global music business (l–r) are: Rob Graham (CEO & Executive Producer, EON Media Group / Asia Pop 40), John Lloyd, Sat Bisla, Red Bull Records’ Kenny “Tick” Salcido, Thomas Golubic (Owner/Music Supervisor, SuperMusicVision) – Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Bob Lefsetz (Founder & Publisher, The Lefsetz Letter).
IT’S ALL SMILES WITH MYLES: Enjoying a robust conversation (l–r) are Myles Keller (Sr. VP Membership, PRS For Music, N. America), Keatly Haldeman (CEO, Riptide Music Group) and Harry Lloyd (Lead Singer/Songwriter, Waiting For Smith).


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



ASM Global has officially launched with the merger of AEG Facilities and SMG having been completed last week. Under ASM’s banner is included the operation of arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, performing arts centres, theatres and other venues, counting over 300 facilities on five continents. The new standalone firm counts headquarters in LA as well as key operations and offices in Philadelphia, London, Manchester, Brisbane and Sao Paulo. The new operation will be helmed by Bob Newman, former AEG Facilities President, who takes on the role of President & CEO of ASM. Former SMG President & CEO, Wes Westley, turns his focus on strategic growth for the firm and the integration process.

In other ASM Global news, the firm has already made moves to expand its footprint in the Australian market via a 25% shareholding strategic investment into Sydney–based VenuesLive. Under the deal, ASM’s Chairman & CEO for the Asia Pacific region, Harvey Lister, will join the board of the stadium operator though day–to–day operations will be maintained by VenueLive’s current directors and majority stakeholders, Daryl Kerry and Steve Heytman. As a leading provider of management and hospitality services for venues and events, VenuesLive currently looks after three of Australia’s most well–known stadiums – the ANZ Stadium, the Bankwest Stadium, and the Optus Stadium.

As revealed by Music Week, veteran A&R executive Thomas Haimovici has joined the Virgin EMI team, parting ways with his role at BMG. Haimovici’s career started out with Virgin Records in 1995 as a member of in the international division, returning now 24 years later to the company in an A&R capacity while reporting to Co–Presidents of A&R, Benjamin and Daniel Parmar. Haimovici had most recently been with BMG with his tenure seeing him sign Jack Savoretti, as well as supporting the signings of Blondie, Simple Minds, The Charlatans and The Pretenders to the company. Haimovici’s resume also includes time with Northwestside Records, East West Records, Mercury Records and Warner Bros, with signings including Paolo Nutini and Lianne La Havas. He also maintains a management firm, Au Contraire Music, where he looks after La Havas, Oscar Jerome, Otzeki, Ted Jasper and Beni Giles.

Spotify has opened up the option for users to add podcast episodes to their playlists, either composed completely of podcasts or a blend of music and podcasts. At this time, the functionality is available only to mobile users though it will make its way to the desktop version of the DSP as well.

Taking DIY to the next level, Michigan funk band Vulfpeck have generated significant success since forming in 2011 and in that time have remained without a manager or the support of a top record label. The band’s latest success saw them selling–out their recent Madison Square Garden performance in only two and a half months. The band has grown its fan base through unique methods, taking full advantage of the access to fans through social media, streaming platforms and more. Notably, they took to Spotify with a 2014 album release, Sleepify (since removed by the streamer), that was composed of multiple tracks of only silence. The album’s goal was to garner publicity for maximum royalties and the stunt saw the band making $20,000, used to fund a free tour for fans. Additionally, the band’s MSG show marketing didn’t cost them anything in advertising with the band posting the on–sale date to its Instagram account, counting 265,000 followers.

Warner Chappell Music has extended their publishing agreement with Grammy–winning songwriter Liz Rose and her Liz Rose Music publishing company. Rose’s credits count co–writes on numerous hits such as “You Belong With Me” (Taylor Swift), “Girl Crush” (Little Big Town), and “Crazy Girl” (Eli Young Band). Having launched Liz Rose Music in 2010 with her son Scott Ponce, the current roster includes Joe Fox, Phil Barton, Emily Shackelton, Seth Ennis, Cameron Bedell, Alyssa Micaela, Nick Boyd, Cassidy Daniels, and Caitlin Rose, with writer catalogs from Corey Crowder, Jesse Walker, Jeff Middleton, Chuck Wicks and Stephony Smith.

Concord has added indie rock/metal/emo/hardcore punk music company, Victory Records and Another Victory Publishing to its portfolio, acquiring the firms from their Founder & CEO, Tony Brummel. Included under the acquisition are around 4,500 masters and 3,500 compositions. Launched in 1989 by Brummel in his native Chicago, he set up the company with less than $1,000 with the company having remained self–funded since it opened its doors. The master recording catalog includes A Day To Remember, Hawthorne Heights, Thursday and Silverstein, with the deal also encompassing Victory’s legacy portfolio of artists such as Taking Back Sunday, Atreyu, Bayside, Counterparts and Between The Buried And Me. According to Concord, Victory acts have moved more than 15 million albums over the last three decades.

Live Nation’s global footprint continues to grow with the promoter’s Finnish operations finalizing the acquisition of Hög Agency & Promotion. The agency, whose roster counts Finnish acts Olavi Uusivirta, Adi L Hasla, Mouhous and Vilma Alina, was launched in 2016 by Mikko Varjamo. Varjamo will assume an agent role with Live Nation Finland under the acquisition with his team joining the Live Nation team as well. At the same time, Live Nation Finland has signed two emerging local acts in Kube and SONNY.

Q&A has added two leading tech executives to its team in Charlie Kim, appointed Sr. Software Engineer, and Maria Gironas as Director of Video Platform Strategy. Most Recently, Gironas was a strategic partner manager on YouTube’s artist development team. Partnerships included those with artists such as Lauv, Julia Michaels, Tenille Arts, Neffex, Moss Kena and others to create unique content strategies on the platform. In her role with Q&A, her focus will be towards generating artist narratives via platforms such as YouTube and TikTok. Her decade of experience across artist development includes work on national publicity or social media campaigns for the likes of Fender, Emo Night Brooklyn, Taking Back Sunday, Bear Hands, Noah Gundersen and Pierce The Veil. Kim comes to Q&A from Hulu where he had served as a lead developer, leading a software engineering division that built and rolled–out data analysis platforms.

Seeking to stand apart from its competitors in the streaming arena, Pandora has revealed an updated mobile app, including a deeper personalization of its “For You” tab as well as further control of its internet radio stations. Having rolled–out last week to limited iOS and Android users, the features are set to be opened up to all subscription tiers in the coming weeks. The new “For You” tab offers listeners a constantly updating music feed as well as recommended podcasts based on an individual user’s listening history and the day of the week/time of day. The custom–recommendation sets, billed as “modules” by Pandora, will be composed of 35 modules such as Artists on the Rise and additional playlists focused on moods and decades. These recommendations are all driven by Pandora’s Music Genome Project. The “Pandora Modes” feature gives further control over the filtering of stations on the platform as well as layering over stations to highlight specific tracks within the station. The Pandora navigation bar has also been relocated to the bottom of the screen.

Reservoir has signed multi–Platinum rapper Young M.A to a worldwide publishing deal. The deal encompasses global rights to her entire catalog, including her triple–Platinum single “OOOUUU” and recently released debut full–length, Herstory In The Making. Young M.A garnered initial attention with her 2016 viral single “OOOUUU,” which went on to be certified triple–Platinum, and was a Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, generating more than half a billion streams. 50 Cent featured on an official remix of the track, while unofficial remixes were released by the likes of Nicki Minaj, French Montana, A$AP Ferg, Jadakiss, Remy Ma, Meek Mill, Beanie Sigel, The Game and others. “OOOUUU” also caught the attention of Eminem, who included a sample of the song on “The Ringer,” the lead track off his No.1 Billboard album Kamikaze. Since releasing “OOOUUU” she’s produced a steady stream of singles such as “PettyWap,” “BIG,” “Car Confessions,” and “Stubborn Ass,” each amassing double–digit millions of streams prior to being included on the release of Herstory In The Making. Meanwhile, her unofficial remix of Blueface’s “Thotiana” once again saw her going viral, garnering more than 30 million YouTube views in a matter of weeks. With over a billion streams to date, M.A has become a global brand. She has appeared in several ad campaigns for product roll–outs from Google Pixel 2, Adidas, MetroPCS, FashionNova and Beats By Dre. She’s also toured with 21 Savage, opened for Beyoncé, and sold out shows on her own worldwide tour. In 2018, Forbes named her to their 30 Under 30 list for 2018 and she’s received a proclamation from New York City.

Veteran A&R executive and music publisher Nanci Walker has taken on a new role as Head of Music Publishing, Film & TV at We Are Hear. Walker will be based out of the company’s Studio City, CA offices. Prior to joining We Are Hear, Walker held A&R positions at Columbia Records, Universal Music Publishing Group, Island Def Jam Records, peermusic and BMG.

SoundCloud’s Go+ subscription offering has made its way to Austria, bringing the total number of countries with access to the tier to 15 including the U.S., U.K., Ireland, France, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Austria. SoundCloud Go+ includes full access to more than 200 million tracks, ad–free and offline and allows SoundCloud Premier monetization creators to generate revenue for their works shared to the platform. SoundCloud Premiere rolled–out an open beta distribution feature in February offering artists the option to deliver their music to a number of variety of competitor streaming platforms. Austrian ad reseller, Targetspot, will lead audio, in–stream native and video advertising for SoundCloud’s ad–supported offering.

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has tapped Maria Kyriacou as President of VIMN U.K., Northern and Eastern Europe. The new role sees Kyriacou reporting to VIMN’s President & CEO, David Lynn, and assuming the lead of all of the media firm’s networks and related business across 33 European countries including Channel 5 in Britain. Most recently, Kyriacou has been President of International for ITV Studios, which she joined in 2010. Prior, she was with the Walt Disney Company in the role of Sr. VP, Digital Media Distribution, EMEA. Following her departure, ITV revealed that David McGraynor (current COO) would take on a larger role across the company’s commercial operations with Sharjeel Suleman assuming the role of CFO. Additionally, John de Mol will part ways with ITV, having joined the organization in 2015 when they acquired his own Talpa Media for $436 million.

Deezer has finalized a new partnership with Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) to deliver exclusive content from across the official line–up for the festival. The new ADE channel on Deezer offers more than 70 curated playlists featuring personal track selections from ADE performing artists such as Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Ti&eeacute;sto, Floating Points, Modeselektor and Joris Voorn. Additionally, Deezer will occupy an entire building at the center of Amsterdam for the full event with hosted events including an exclusive music party, and a one–off barbershop experience.

Brett Yormark has joined Roc Nation as the new Co–CEO for Roc Nation Unified, as well as President of Business Operations & Strategy. As a newly–branded, full–service agency under the Roc Nation banner, Roc Nation Unified will work with artists, athletes, events, venues, leagues, teams and brands. The firm looks to formally join and grow Roc Nation’s current infrastructure, delivering its clients a comprehensive suite of services such as marketing, branding, sponsorship, philanthropic and communications strategies. Additionally, Brett’s brother, Michael Yormark assumes a Co–CEO role for Roc Nation Unified. Brett brings with him almost 15–years of experience with Roc Nation having served as CEO of BSE Global with the relationship spawning the rebrand of the Brooklyn Nets NBA team as well as the opening of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and most recently, the re–launch of Webster Hall.

Tidal has revealed two promotions to its executive team with the elevations of Tony Gervino to EVP/Editor–In–Chief, and Elliott Wilson to Chief Content Officer. Having served as Editor–In–Chief at Billboard from 2014–2016, Gervino now takes the helm on editorial strategy for Tidal across global playlist curation and the platform’s digital magazine, READ. As a veteran writer and editor, his work has made its way to the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Businessweek and Slam (where he also served as EIC), Gervino came to Tidal in 2017 as VP, Culture and Content. A former Editor–In–Chief with XXL, Wilson assumes oversight of the creation of new and existing original content. Since joining Tidal in 2017 as Editorial Director, Culture & Content, Hip–Hop, he has served as host for a number of Tidal’s original content series while curating some of the platform’s most popular playlists. Both executives report to Richard Sanders, Tidal’s CEO.

Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons has revealed he will be opening the doors on his second London live music venue, scheduled for February of next year. The venue, Lafayette @ Goods Way, is set to host live music as well as club nights and “bespoke one–off events.” Lovett’s first live music venue, Omeara @ Flat Irons Square, launched in 2016 as a 320–capacity room. Lafayette will be larger than Omeara with both venues booked by Communion. Lovett is a Communion Music Co–Founder.

WME’s Jennifer Rudolph Walsh is transitioning from her role as Head of the agency’s Worldwide Literary Speakers and Conference division to a new role with a focus on live events, it was announced by Mark Shapiro, President of Endeavor Group Holdings, WME’s parent company. Walsh has been with the WME team for almost 20 years following their acquisition of her company, The Writers Shop. Prior projects for Walsh include leading Oprah Winfrey’s “The Life You Want” arena tour and Arianna Huffington’s “Thrive” conference tour. She will advise the agency’s events operations including Together Live, an event she launched in 2016.

The European leadership team for Nuclear Blast has welcomed two new members with Jens Prueter taking over the A&R operations for Europe and Antje Lange assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer. The new appointments follow Believe’s acquisition of a majority stake in the 31–year–old rock/metal label, a year ago. Prueter’s focus will be on the development of long–term strategies for Nuclear Blast’s roster while leading an A&R team looking to develop the next crop of global heavy music acts. Lange will helm the company’s international physical and digital service infrastructure encompassing it’s market–leading direct–to–fan merchandising operations.

Post Malone is set to become the latest artist to take the VR stage during his upcoming Raleigh, NC show which will hit the Oculus Venues platform nationwide, supported by immersive content firm Supersphere. Billie Eilish took part in a similar live VR show experience in August.

Beau Benton has been promoted to Sr. VP, Media for Republic Records. The new position will see the five–year veteran of the label maintaining his role in leading campaigns for acts on the roster such as Florence + The Machine, James Blake, Kid Cudi, Post Malone and The Weeknd, including emerging talent Chelsea Cutler, Evie Irie, Jeremy Zucker, Lil Tecca and Yung Gravy. Additionally, Benton is set to work across campaigns for film soundtracks from A Million Little Pieces and Charlie’s Angels. Benton came to Republic in 2014 as VP of Media following a decade–long–stint with PR firm 42West. He transitioned to Republic’s Santa Monica offices from New York in 2018 to oversee West Coast media operations.

Leading law firm Loeb & Loeb has welcomed respected entertainment, media and sports attorney, Derek Crownover, to their Music Row office with the Nashville–based attorney bringing along five of his key team members with him. Formerly the Chair of Dickinson Wright’s Entertainment Law Practice Group, Crownover comes to Loeb & Loeb with senior counsels Cam Caldwell, Robert Kouchoukos and Noah McPike, as well as associates Nate Drake and Colleen Kelley. Crownover’s team brings with them a client list that counts Jason Aldean, Luke Combs, Kane Brown, Craig Wiseman and his Big Loud entities, Sam Hunt, the estate of Otis Redding, Jr., Hillary Lindsey, Ashley Gorley, Dallas Davidson and the T.J. Martell Foundation. The team has also represented publishing companies, indie record labels, producers and other executives across deal negotiations, strategic investments, licensing, recording agreements, catalog sales and more.

Beatsource has rolled–out its open–format DJ platform as a public beta as it seeks to support a sector the DJ arena that has historically been overlooked by online marketplaces. Launching as a JV between Beatsource and DJcity, the catalog of current and classic hits on the platform crosses genres such as hip–hop, R&B, Latin, dance, pop and reggae/dancehall. Among the first of three products set for launch moving forward are included a new playlist–focused online download store. Additionally, Beatsource is set to roll–out its own Link service offering subscribers the ability to access the Beatsource storefront from leading DJ software and hardware platforms, and Beatsource Promo, an exclusive subscription offering for professional DJs.

Google has revealed a number of new features for users to control privacy settings as the tech sector continues to face increased attention on the level of data they’re collecting from users. Moving forward, YouTube users will have the ability to set their search and viewing histories to auto–delete after a specific amount of time. Additionally, Google Maps is set to incorporate an incognito mode that won’t track movements while it’s engaged. The feature will be rolled–out to Android this month with no timeline given for iOS devices. Other updates include the ability to delete voice histories from Assistant, as well as an option to check that their passwords are still secure using a password manager.

Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced the promotion of Spring Aspers as President of Music for Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group. In her new role, Aspers will take on oversight of all music–related operations for the music picture group’s labels across creative, licensing/publishing, production and promotion. Aspers’ promotions makes her the only female helming the music division for a major film studio. Having served as Head of Music since 2017, Aspers played a key role in bringing on Swae Lee, Post Malone, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and others to create original music for the 2018 Academy Award–winning animated film Spider–Man: Into the Spider–Verse. Other credits including tapping Eminem for the original song for 2018’s Venom as well as working closely with Baby Driver director Edgar Wright on the film’s soundtrack, and composer Thomas Newman for Passengers’ Academy Award–nominated score. Current projects include Charlie’s Angels and the upcoming Bad Boys for Life soundtrack release with Epic Records. Having joined Sony Pictures in 2009, Aspers’ career began at an independent supervision house before heading to Def Jam to launch the label’s soundtracks division.

Raiding the Rock Vault is set to join the lineup of leading entertainment at the Rio All–Suite Hotel and Casino Las Vegas starting January 11th, of next year in the live music club 172. Raiding the Rock Vault has been voted Best of Las Vegas 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 by readers of the Las Vegas Review–Journal and has consistently been a top–ranked Las Vegas show on TripAdvisor. The show tells the story of classic rock from the 1960s to the 1980s, with music performed by members of some of the greatest rock bands in history. The production brings the history of rock’n’roll to life, featuring classic anthems by some of the genres most iconic acts such as The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Free, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Boston, Kansas, Aerosmith, Van Halen, AC/DC, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Heart, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and others. Currently, Raiding the Rock Vault performs at Vinyl inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.raidingtherockvault.com.

Spanish rights society SGAE has seen the departure of hundreds of musical artists from the organization as it continues to battle with investigations and controversy over its collection and management of royalties. Alongside music artists, a number of directors and other film industry professionals have verbalized they are likely to part ways with SGAE which could lead to a significant loss to the repertoire managed by the rights society. Earlier in the year, SGAE was expelled from CISAC over the mismanagement allegations.

The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA) has named Paul Shaver as President for the SoundExchange company. Shaver takes on the role as he parts ways with Nielsen Entertainment Canada as VP. He will remain based out of Toronto. While at Nielsen, Shaver supported the launch of Music Connect, the data/insight measurement platform available to Canadian publishers and the wider music industry. During his tenure, he increased the number of monitored radio stations two fold. Before joining Nielsen, Shaver served in executive roles with Virgin Music Canada, EMI Music Canada, Universal Music Canada, and Open Road Records and RGK Entertainment.

A&R Worldwide is sad to report the passing of a dear friend, colleague and a highly–respected longtime music industry writer and editor Jeff Silberman. Jeff passed away yesterday following complications from congestive heart failure, which led to him being in a coma, from which he never recovered. Jeff was most recently the West Coast news editor for All Access Music Group for the past 12 years. Jeff’s extensive and illustrious career saw him make great contributions to Billboard Airplay Monitor, Hitmakers, Music Connection, Daily Variety, BAM, L.A. Weekly as well as The Network Magazine Group. A&R Worldwide’s staff including Joe Arnold, Monte Malone and Sat Bisla all worked closely with Jeff during their collective time at The Network Magazine Group (Network 40, The Album Network, VIRTUALLYALTERNATIVE) and fondly remember Jeff’s incredible journalistic and editorial talent, patience, mentorship, humor and humility. A&R Worldwide sends its sincerest condolences to Jeff’s family including his wife Barbara, son Will, Joel Denver and the entire All Access Music Group team, as well as Jeff’s many friends and colleagues. Jeff will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: David Wolter, Johnny Minardi, Neil Warnock, Devraj Sanyal, Blake Barrett, Joey Arbagey, Mike Caren, Tracy McKnight, Grant Dexter, Tom Gates, Samantha Sklar, Tim Ingham, Sunil Perkash and Dave Jordan.


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. As Halloween is just around the corner, we thought we’d share some previous jackass pranks and fails to get you warmed–up for the scary season. Click HERE to prepare for the horrors of Halloween fails and oddities to get you geared–up for the special scary day on October 31st.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– BRANDON JACK & THE ARTIFACTS



Brandon Jack is the frontman of the Australian rock outfit, The Vitriots. His new side project, Brandon Jack & The Artifacts, is a lo–fi garage band that packs a hefty punch. The first taste of the new material can be found in the uptempo single “Modern Day Distractions,” where Brandon channels Damon Albarn (Blur) and Pavement, with a twist of Fat Boy Slim. The project is all self–produced, written, mixed and recorded by Brandon Jack as he is currently working on a number of new songs. Discover the infectious single “Modern Day Distractions” by Brandon Jack & The Artifacts HERE and contact Neal Hunt at nealsureshaker@gmail.com for additional details and all inquiries.


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

Combining an unconventional mix of dream pop, cosmic disco, 80s and neo–soul, Moonlight Breakfast lets you dance the night away with their style of music. The French trio comprised of members Christie, Bazooka and Adita, have been together for nearly a decade, spending the last eight years performing in Europe and building their ever–growing fan base. Their very first performance was opening up for Jamiroquai in front of 35,000 people; they’ve also supported the likes of Hurts, Macy Gray and Daddy G of Massive Attack. Their first–ever global radio exposure for the single “Summer” was on the influential pre–discovery globally syndicated music program Passport Approved. Their music has tallied over five million views on YouTube and over five million streams on Spotify. Moonlight Breakfast has had their music featured on a number of commercials for the likes of Ford (Europe), Kia (Europe), Toyota (U.S.) as well as fashion brands such as GAP (China) and Elle Magazine (France). Their previous single “Summer” was used in the worldwide Infiniti television campaign this year. The band just unveiled their new video for “Dance Moves,” which is funny, sarcastic, exciting and random at the same time. The visual experience could very well be a trailer to a new binge–worthy series or a 70s–themed Instagrammable party. Watch the video for “Dance Moves” HERE and contact Lucian Crisovan at lucian@echoism–records.com for additional information and all inquiries.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 10/6/2019



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, October 6th, 2019: The weekly import show. Heard on more than 60 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; PUK–FM Johannesburg, South Africa; 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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TRIBE FRIDAY – “Badger” (Unsigned, Sweden)
VINCI – “Lions” (Unsigned, Ireland)
LOLA MARSH – “Echoes” (Anova Music, Israel)
TEN TONNES – “Counting Down” (Warner Music, UK)
HONEYMOAN – “Low Blow” (Unsigned, South Africa)
AMBER RUN – “Neon Circus” (Easy Life, UK)
TALISCO – “Moments” (Roy Music, France)
LARKINS – “Sugar Sweet” (Good Soldier Songs, UK)
YONAKA – “Rockstar” (Atlantic, UK)
JAMES DEACON – “Not Givin’ Up” (Bad Future, South Africa)
STICKY FINGERS – “Teenage Vertigo” (Sureshaker, Australia)
DOTAN – “Numb” (7 Layers, Holland)
ABHI THE NOMAD – “Me No Evil” (Unsigned, N. America)
PRIMA DONNA – “Sing To Death” (Wicked Cool Records, N. America)
MOONLIGHT BREAKFAST – “Summer” (Kiez Beats, Romania)
GO GO BERLIN – “Love Me” (Heartbeat Music, Denmark)
ROE – “Girls” (Fictive Kin, N. Ireland)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Monkey’s In My Head” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
THE MYSTERINES – “Take Control” (Unsigned, UK)
MADS LANGER – “Me Without You” (Sony, Denmark)
POST–PARTY – “Love You Everyday” (Unsigned, Ireland)
MAGNUS MIA – “Head Like A Hole” (Unsigned, Hong Kong)
SPEAKER FIRST – “If It Ain’t You” (Vulcan, Indonesia)
SOPHIE & THE GIANTS – “Waste My Air” (Unsigned, UK)
TIM SCHOU – “Beat Around The Bush” (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
SPYRES – “Otherside” (Unsigned, Scotland)
SAM JOHNSON – “Trip On Gold” (Universal Music, UK)
IVY FLINDT – “Seal My Lips” (Unsigned, Germany)
LUNA BAY – “Call The Night” (Unsigned, UK)
LAUREN HIBBERD – “Frankie’s Girlfriend” (Unsigned, UK)
CALLUM BEATTIE – “Nothing Hurts Like You” (3Beat/Universal, UK)
LOST IN STEREO – “Adrenaline” (Unsigned, Scotland)
BLOSSOM CALDARONE – “Perfect Too” (Unsigned, UK)
RED RUM CLUB – “TV Said So” (ModernSky, UK)

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