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BMG ANNOUNCES RAFT OF ROSTER & STAFF MOVEMENTS



Last week marked a busy week for multinational BMG as the company revealed a number of key updates to its global team, as well as artists signings.

Tab Nkhereanye
BMG’s U.S. frontline creative team in Los Angeles has announced the appointment of multifaceted music executive Tab Nkhereanye to Sr. VP A&R, Frontline Creative, reporting directly to Monti Olson, Head of A&R, U.S. Frontline Publishing. Nkhereanye is one of the music industry’s most respected executives, discovering emerging artists and writers across multiple genres of music. He will be tasked with working across BMG’s frontline publishing roster to sign and develop new songwriters, as well as both established and emerging new artists for BMG’s frontline recorded music division. Prior to BMG, Nkhereanye served as Sr. VP A&R at Def Jam Recordings as well as VP A&R at Sony/ATV Music Publishing and A&R at Bug Music. A successful songwriter, Nkhereanye’s credits include six ASCAP Rhythm & Soul awards and three ASCAP Pop awards. Over the years he’s penned songs for acts such as Justin Bieber, Mary J Blige, Destiny’s Child, Alessia Cara and Madonna.

Across the film/TV division, BMG has appointed David Polemeni to VP, Film & TV Music Publishing, Business, and promoted Maite Bursic to VP, Film & TV Music Publishing, Creative. Based in New York, both will continue to lead BMG’s growth, expansion and business development as a leader in full–service audio and visual content, film, and television publishing activities while reporting to Keith Hauprich, General Counsel & EVP, Business & Legal Affairs, North America. A longtime BMG film music consultant, Polemeni has played a key role in a number of BMG’s film score acquisitions and publishing partnerships in film including deals with Arclight, AMBI, Primeridian Entertainment and Lotus Entertainment, among others. Previously, he served as Sr. VP/GM of Film & TV at S1 Songs and has credits as an executive producer of theatrical films and a film music producer. Bursic came to BMG in 2010 following BMG’s acquisition of Cherry Lane Music Publishing. Prior she served as Director, AV Rights Business Development and Creative, Bursic has been instrumental in deals for original film scores and creative songwriter/artist partnerships with BMG clients including Ubisoft and Netflix score soundtrack releases (Easy, On My Block, Rim Of the World), as well as aiding in the creation and development of AV management tools, and overseeing AV production activity and client services.

Pictured (l–r): Jon Loba – EVP, Recorded Music, BMG Nashville, Jason Aldean & Hartwig Masuch – CEO, BMG
On the artist front, multi–Platinum country music artist Jason Aldean has expanded and extended his partnership with BMG in a new global deal commencing with his forthcoming new full–length to be released November 22nd. His ninth studio album, and the ninth to be released by BMG label Broken Bow Records, is appropriately titled 9. Under his previous deal with Broken Bow, the label held rights in the U.S. and Canada with the new agreement seeing BMG now distributing and marketing Aldean’s releases worldwide. A three–time ACM Entertainer of the Year, Aldean has garnered 23 No.1s and is the only country artist in history to top the all–genre Billboard 200 chart four times, generating 15 billion streams and over 18 million albums sales.


Rufus Wainwright (left) & John Loeffler – EVP, Marketing & Repertoire, New York, BMG
Also, BMG has finalized a new global recordings agreement with singer/songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright to release his upcoming studio album. His ninth album of original material, and first with BMG, the set follows his last full–length release, Out Of The Game (2012). Since his acclaimed self–titled debut, Wainwright’s 20+ year career has seen him develop from one of music’s most promising musical talents to one of its greatest singer/songwriters. Grammy–nominated and Juno Award–winning, Wainwright has released eight studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums and over his career has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys, Robbie Williams, and producer Mark Ronson, among others. Alongside his work in contemporary pop, Wainwright has made a name for himself in the classical world. His much–acclaimed first opera, Prima Donna, premiered at the Manchester International Festival and was subsequently performed in London at Sadler’s Wells, in Toronto at the Luminato Festival and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House. Wainwright has since been commissioned by the Canadian Opera Company to write his second opera, the Dora Award–winning Best New Opera, Hadrian.


SONY MUSIC POLAND & EASTERN EUROPE ANNOUNCES
MACIEJ WOĆ MANAGING DIRECTOR




Sony Music Entertainment has named artist manager and promoter Maciej Woć to the role of Managing Director for the Poland and Eastern Europe operations of the company. Woć assumes the task of building on Sony’s share of the region’s music market. Woć will be responsible for all business operations across Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia and the Western Balkans while reporting to Sony Music’s President of Continental Europe and Africa, Daniel Lieberberg. Based in Warsaw, Woć takes on the role left vacant by Maciek Kutak upon his departure ten months ago.

Maciej Woć
In the IFPI’s Global Market report, Poland’s recorded music sales (including performance rights and synch) saw a 2.9% boost in 2018, reaching $114 million. Despite physical maintaining a large portion of revenue from music at 47%, streaming adoption is growing at a fast pace, marking 24% of label income last year. IFPI puts Poland at No.22 in the ranking of world music markets, just ahead of Russia.

Prior to his new role with Sony, Woć founded Muzk Management and event promotion firm East Eventz, growing them into two of Poland’s leading entertainment companies. One of his Muzk Management clients was Dawid Podsiadło, a Sony–signed act whose full–length, Małomiasteczkowy, was the best–selling album in Poland for 2018. East Eventz co–promoted a sold–out show by Podsiadło at the 60,000–capacity National Stadium in Warsaw earlier in the year. According to Sony, Woć is no longer actively engaged with either company.

Lieberberg commented, “Maciej has a fantastic entrepreneurial spirit with a track record of successfully tackling the challenges of today’s rapidly changing industry. He has the creative energy, A&R capabilities, business drive and understanding of digital economics to drive creative solutions for Sony Music.”

Woć said, “After many years as an independent entrepreneur I feel like I got to know the market from all perspectives.” He added that he would lead the company “to a new future, to honor the uniqueness of Polish culture but to also expand the success of our international artists in the market.”


METHOD MANAGEMENT TAPS FELIX HOWARD FOR NEW A&R ROLE


A&R Worldwide can exclusively reveal that producer, songwriter and publisher Felix Howard, has parted ways with his role as A&R Executive with Budde Music Publishing, U.S., to take on a new role with U.K.–based Method Management who represent Sam Smith amongst others. In his new role, Howard will work alongside Method Management Co–Founders Jack Street and Sam Evitt in a new A&R capacity.

Howard tells A&R Worldwide, “I will work with the Method team on their existing roster, signing new acts to Method’s record company [through Universal] and their publishing company.” Howard will also assist with co–management of new acts and will be based in Los Angeles, setting–up a new office for Method Management whilst commuting back and forth to London.

Howard’s songwriting credits include work with Amy Winehouse, Sia, The Sugababes and many others. In 2007, he joined EMI Publishing as an A&R Manager where he signed Calvin Harris, Lana Del Rey, MNEK, James Vincent McMorrow, Tinchy Strider, Sam Sparro, Hurts, Beverley Knight and Tom Jones, to name few.

In 2008, Howard was made VP, A&R at EMI Music Publishing, and in 2009, was named Head of A&R, EMI U.K. & Europe, Creative, working closely alongside then EMI Music Publishing boss, Guy Moot, who is now Co–Chairman & CEO, Warner Chappell Music.

After leaving EMI Music Publishing (prior to the Sony/ATV Music Publishing merger), Howard went on to consult for Daniel Lieberberg at Universal Records in Germany (Lieberberg is now President, Continental Europe and Africa, Sony Music Entertainment), and was involved with the development of Austrian–based Klangkarussell’s album, and also signed Lewis Capaldi with Lieberberg.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Warner Chappell Music (WCM) has tapped Shani Gonzales for the newly–created role of Head of International, EVP of A&R, U.S. Based out of WCM’s New York office, Gonzales reports to WCM Co–Chair & CEO, Guy Moot. Most recently, Gonzales had held the role of Co–Head of A&R at BMG U.S. and U.K. Her resume also includes stops at Epic Records and Def Jam, as well as previous stint with Warner Chappell’s A&R team between 2004 and 2008. Gonzales will be tasked with developing collaboration between WCM’s international A&R teams, while working alongside WCM’s President of A&R, U.S., Ryan Press as well as his team, to sign new songwriting talent. Gonzales also takes on an A&R role with Atlantic Records. Across her career, Gonzales’ work has seen her sign and develop songwriters and producers such as Travis Scott, Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled, Bibi Bourelly (Rihanna) and Labrinth.

It was revealed last week that Ben Cook has parted ways with his role leading Atlantic Records U.K. as President, a move that shocked the U.K. and wider music industry. The announcement comes following an incident seven years ago that saw Cook dressing up as a member of Run DMC for a party, a move that was viewed by some as offensive, and, which saw the major disciplining Cook last year. Despite that disciplinary action, Cook made the decision to depart his post as a result of continued allegations towards him. In a statement from Cook, he apologized for the mistake, commenting that some of the rumors around the event were not accurate and noting that his decision was, in part, driven by the allegations also being directed towards the company. Cook stated, “I am devastated that this mistake has caused upset and has called into question my commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion, values which I have championed throughout my career. I have learned a great deal from this event and will resolutely continue to champion these values moving forward. It has been an incredible privilege to have worked with the immensely talented artists, managers and team at Atlantic and the wider Warner family. I unreservedly apologize to anyone who has been hurt.” A 12–year veteran of Atlantic, and President since 2014 having previously led Asylum, Cook was an integral part of the success for acts such as Ed Sheeran, Clean Bandit, Rudimental and Anne–Marie. He was also responsible for signing Stormzy under a JV with Merky.

A&R Worldwide has learned that during the recent Sony Music global A&R meetings in Miami, FL, one of the stand–out emerging acts was France–based artist Lous and The Yakuza, signed to Sony Music France. Lous and The Yakuza has already been garnering strong early pan–European support for her single “Dilemme,” with early belief and support from Daniel Lieberberg, President, Continental Europe and Africa, Sony Music Entertainment. A&R Worldwide has learned that multiple labels within the Sony Music U.S. and U.K. families are lining up to be in the lead to release Lous and The Yakuza in their respective markets.

Plans have been revealed by Universal Music Group’s (UMG) parent company, Vivendi, to potentially sell an additional minority stake of the music company. Vivendi has already been speaking to Tencent Holdings about the sale of a 10% stake which is currently in the final stages with legal documentation expected to be completed in the coming weeks. Tencent also maintains the option to acquire an additional 10% stake of UMG which is valued at €30 billion.

Universal Music Group (UMG) has announced that its college lifestyle marketing program is expanding with a rebrand to °1824, a new marketing, content and experiences team powered by university students and young creatives worldwide. While °1824 will continue to build on the company’s track record of placing recent graduates in jobs, the new organization builds upon UMG’s college program, with its team now serving as an extension of the public relations, social media, content and marketing teams at the company’s record labels. UMG has placed 50 team members in full–time positions since it was launched in 2015, with dozens of additional team members being hired at other music companies. The team behind °1824, previously called UMUSIC Experience, encompasses many film students and has developed into a first stop for labels developing their artists’ content, producing over 40 projects a month. This week, the division unveiled its latest music video, “Make You Mine,” co–directed by °1824 team members Brandon Chase and John Jigitz for Island Records recording artist PUBLIC. °1824 will produce over 100 events each year, including speaking engagements, experiential activations, screenings, HBCU homecoming events, and more. The division recently partnered with Big Noise’s FYGU Fest to bring performances from UMG artists to over 10 major colleges in 2019.

Having been a force in the indie world over the past few years, Tyga has returned to the major label arena in finalizing a multi–million dollar with Sony’s Columbia Records. Tyga’s hit single last year, “Taste,” marked a strong return for the artist, as a certified six–times platinum record which entered the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100, peaking at No.8. Earlier in the year, he released his new full–length Legendary under his own Last Kings imprint and EMPIRE. The set counts features from the likes of Lil Wayne, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Gunna.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has revealed the nominees for its 2020 class with a shortlist of 16 acts that includes nine first timers. First time nominees include Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie Brothers, Motörhead, The Notorious B.I.G., Soundgarden, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy and Whitney Houston with returning nominees Depeche Mode, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Nine Inch Nails, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, and Todd Rundgren. Following 2019’s induction ceremony in Brooklyn, the event heads back to its native Cleveland, Ohio on May 2nd, 2020, for its 35th annual induction event.

Spotify’s Global Chart has welcomed its first Aussie act to the No.1 spot with Tones And I garnering honors last week with her global hit, “Dance Monkey.” The track has also reached No.1 in the U.K. and makes her the first Australian to achieve the feat since 2014 when Ariana Grande’s “Problem” featured Iggy Azalea and topped the chart. In addition to being No.1 in the U.K. “Dance Monkey” has also reached No.1 on Spotify in 15 additional markets and the top 3 in 25 markets.

TaP Music has announced the promotion of veteran marketing executive Wendy Ong to President of TaP Management and TaP Records, U.S. Having joined TaP in 2018 as Head of Marketing, Ong’s new role will see her taking on oversight of all U.S.–related management and label operations. Prior to joining TaP, Ong was with Roc Nation as Head of Marketing which saw her working across a number of campaigns for Jay–Z, Mariah Carey, Jaden Smith and Rihanna’s lingerie lines, as well as others. Her career started at BMG in Singapore before she transitioned to the U.S. and spent time with labels such as Arista, RCA, EMI, Capitol and Interscope, as well as New York City’s Metropolitan Opera. Ong will be based in the firm’s LA office.

Sony’s 360 Reality Audio technology is set to roll–out for commercial availability in late fall, it was revealed last week. The format employs object–based spatial audio technology to generate a more immersive listening experience. Under the initial launch, consumers in the U.S., Europe, and other territories will have access to around 1,000 songs on the platform, including over 100 live concert recordings which were completed via a partnership with Live Nation. The new format will be made available through DSPs such as Amazon Music HD, Deezer, nugs.net and Tidal. As it looks to build out the 360 Reality Audio catalog, Sony is working alongside Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, distribution platforms and studios to engage the technology. The listening experience is available when using most headphones through Sony claims the optimum experience comes from selected Sony headphones paired with the Sony | Headphones Connect app. To listen via speakers, a system using Sony*’s “unique decoder” of the format is required along with multiple speakers and signal processing technology.

A new merchandising partnership has been finalized between YouTube and Merchbar, allowing artists to sell merchandise directly from their videos on the platform. Moving forward, those acts with Official Artist Channels will be able to place and sell concert listings and tickets, as well as merch offerings under the description of their music videos, with users directed to Merchbar’s website for purchasing. Merchbar counts a similar partnership with Spotify and currently counts more than 1 million items from 35,000 artists for sale across its platform. YouTube will roll–out the new feature to the U.S. only with integration of the Merchbar platform expected to make its way to other territories in the future.

In other YouTube news, the platform has revealed that Guns ’N Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine” has become the first music video from the 80s to reach their 1 billion view milestone. The No.1 single is included in a top five that counts A–ha – “Take On Me” with 943 million views; Cyndi Lauper – “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” with 786 million; The Police – “Every Breath You Take” with 699 million; and Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean” with 694 million. The iconic rock outfit also count the honors for the first video, and still the only one, from the 90s to reach the 1 billion view club with “November Rain.”

CAA has welcomed back the Spice Girls for representation across all areas worldwide after the iconic girl group spent four months with UTA. Since forming in 1994, the Spice Girls have moved over 85 million records globally marking them as the most successful female British pop group in history. Spice, the group’s debut full–length, is certified 10 times Platinum and remains the best–selling pop set by a female group. On the merchandising front, the Spice Girls generated over $400 million in 1997 alone and have landed a number of multi–million dollar endorsement deals with the likes of Pepsi, Polaroid and Revlon. Their Spiceworld: The Movie also maintains the record for the highest–ever weekend debut on Super Bowl weekend having grossed over $151 million globally. A reunion tour in 2007–2008, following their split in 2000, grossed over $70 million, with their most recent outing, a 13–stadium sold–out tour in the U.K. and Ireland which excluded Victoria Beckham, grossed over $78.2 million.

Hootie & The Blowfish have signed a worldwide publishing administration deal with Big Deal Music Group, under a venture with music industry veteran Rick Krim. The deal encompasses the band’s highly–anticipated new album, Imperfect Circle, their first in almost 15 years, scheduled for release next month by UMG Nashville, as well as their 2005 album Looking For Lucky. Founded in 1989, the group has sold over 25 million records worldwide, generating hit singles including “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You.” After wrapping a summer tour in 2008, the band parted ways to work on solo projects while reuniting annually for charity shows. The band reunited again this summer for a successful U.S. tour, continuing the Group Therapy Tour throughout the U.K. and Ireland this fall.

Google rolled–out a raft of product offerings last week including a new Pixel 4 smartphone, an updated smart speaker and WIFI router, and its own wireless earbuds set to compete with Apple’s Airpods. The new lines lean heavily on Google’s AI offerings including its Google Assistant platform. Google Assistant is currently present on over 1 billion devices, including some made by other manufacturers. The Pixel 4 device will feature faster response from Google Assistant for certain tasks as well as improved facial recognition for device unlocking and a second camera lens. The device will also feature motion–sensing technology for certain tasks to be completed via simple hand–waving gestures.

AWAL has announced the promotion of Nicki Shamel to VP, Digital Sales & Account Management, N. America from her prior role as Sr. Director, Digital Sales & Account Management. Shamel is based in the company’s LA offices and over the past year has taken the lead on the restructuring of AWAL’s digital team, including growing the team by two times and managing the over 200% growth to monthly streams since she came on board in 2017.

A new partnership has been finalized between LAVA, a real–time data software platform, and the L.A. Live area of downtown Los Angeles, encompassing the Staples Center and Microsoft Theater. LAVA’s platform takes real–time enterprise data and converts it into instant business action via LAVA’s Realtime AI. The partnership also signifies LAVA’s formal roll–out. The firm was Co–Founded by Wen Miao and Chairman, CEO & Governor of the Sacramento Kings, Vivek Ranadivé, with the NHL team having served as an early adopter and test laboratory for LAVA’s technology. Having been operating under the radar since 2016, LAVA has put together a portfolio of clients from across sports and entertainment that includes Detroit Lions, AEG Presents, Howard Hughes Corporation, The North Face, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, Paragon Gaming, Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres owner Pegula Sports and Entertainment, Las Vegas Aviators and Summerlin and Dignity Health Sports Park. Through its personalized experience, LAVA is reporting conversion rates reaching 55% for promotions generated via the platform.

Three Six Zero has tapped Lorenzo Braun to serve as President for its new international division. Braun joins the management firm from Sony Music Latin and will be tasked with looking after Three Six’s talent management, content development and marketing services operations. A 20–year Sony Music veteran, with Sony Music Latin Braun served as Sr. VP and GM Frontline with the company and led A&R, marketing strategy, international exploitation, radio promotion and audience development for the label. Additional roles within the Sony system included time in label operations for SME Mexico, urban music with Sony US Latin, and global marketing (Europe)/international exploitation for Columbia, RCA and Epic.

Alliance Entertainment’s AMPED independent distribution arm has finalized an agreement to take on U.S. physical distribution for respected punk rock label, Epitaph, and its Anti– imprint. Having commenced at the beginning of this month, the new deal saw Epitaph/Anti– parting ways with longtime distribution partner ADA/WEA.

Atlantic Records has announced the promotion of Jessica Hiromoto to Sr. Director, Rhythm Promotion for the label from her previous role as West Coast Regional Promotion Manager. Her new role will see her reporting to John McMann, Atlantic’s Sr. VP Pop & Rhythm Promotion. At the same time, Randy “DJ RaiZe” Reyes is promoted to Director, Rhythmic & National Director, Mixshow.

In other Atlantic Records news, the label has set–up a new JV under the banner of Raedio, a new label imprint launched by Insecure star and creator, Issa Rae. The new label rolled–out its first release last week with singer/rapper TeaMarrr’s single, “Kinda Love.” Extending beyond the traditional music label, Raedio looks to reach across all forms of media, connecting its artists roster with film/TV projects, commercials, and podcasts, as well as other mediums. Raedio also lends music supervision services to HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show.

Ticketmaster UK and SIVLive have finalized an exclusive long–term ticketing partnership to see Ticketmaster delivering, for the first–time ever, digital ticketing to SIVLive venues which include the FlyDSA Arena Sheffield, Sheffield City Hall, Scarborough Spa and Whitby Pavilion.

In other U.K. live industry news, AEG Presents has reported revenue growth for the region of 81% year–upon–year, reaching £141 million. Despite this figure, the promoter’s filings with Companies House revealed that the firm went from posting profits of £153,865 in 2017 to showing an operating loss of £1.37 million in 2018. The figures were driven by a lower profit share for certain tours as well as losses from investment into new business. AEG Presents delivered 951 events for 2018, an increase of 20% over last year’s figure, led by club and theater events.

Music supervisor and licensing executive Georgette Bivins will be leaving her role as Director of Licensing and Brand Partnerships, A&R at 411 Music Group in Burbank, CA to take on a new role at an ad agency. Bivins tells A&R Worldwide, “I have accepted a position at Panay Films / Blk–Ops and am heading over there next week to create some ‘MAGIC’!” Blk–Ops is an agency born out of Hollywood that is built for brands and was founded by movie producer Andrew Panay whose films include Wedding Crashers, Serendipity, Hit and Run and others. Blk–Ops is at the forefront of enabling creative talent to work with brands and Bivins’ new role will see her serving as Music Supervisor and Head of Business Affairs.

Hipgnosis Songs has added to its portfolio once again with the acquisition of a music catalog from producer/rapper Timbaland. The catalog counts 108 albums and songs including tracks performed by global hip–hop/R&B acts such as Aaliyah, Jay–Z, 50 Cent, Madonna, 2Pac, Rihanna, OneRepublic and Drake. Across his career, Timbaland has garnered two Grammy wins with production credits including Nelly Furtado’s album Loose as well as three Platinum and multi–Platinum full–lengths for Missy Elliot and all of Justin Timberlake’s albums. As a solo artist, Timbaland saw success with his own full–length, Shock Value, released in 2007 and featuring U.S. No.1s with “Give It To Me” featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake; “Apologize” featuring OneRepublic; and “The Way I Are” featuring Keri Hilson, DOE. and Sebastian. In other Hipgnosis news last week, the company’s Founder, Merck Mercuriadis, has secured an additional £231 million in funding, bringing the total raised to £625 million since 2018’s IPO.

Indie music firm EMPIRE and +1 Records have announced a new global partnership to see EMPIRE distributing works from +1 Records’ artist roster as well as its partner label, Honeymoon, in addition to providing label strategy. At the same time, +1 will expand the presence of the San Francisco–based EMPIRE in its homebase of New York. Marking the first release for the partnership is Coast Modern’s newest single, “Puppy Llama.”

With London’s O2 launching 5G capability last week, the company and MelodyVR have partnered for an exclusive collaboration to bring the MelodyVR platform to users who sign on to O2’s 5th Generation network. Users who sign–up will get 12 months of MelodyVR access in addition to an Oculus Go device. With 5G now availability, the MelodyVR experience can be available without broadband or WIFI access.

In a letter addressed to U.S. Senator, Marco Rubio, last week, the NMPA (National Music Publishers’ Association) called on Congress to dig deeper into potential copyright infringement by video–sharing app TikTok. The NMPA letter follows Rubio’s personal request to U.S. Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, to have the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) investigate the ByteDance–owned platform for use of works for which it may not have licensing agreements secured. Responding to the NMPA’s letter, a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement to Billboard, “TikTok has broad licensing coverage across the music publishing industry covering many thousands of publishers and songwriters and millions of copyrights and has paid royalties since its inception. The platform has spurred the success of artists and songwriters worldwide through its viral meme culture, driving chart hits and building household names. We are proud to engage with and support the music community.”

Popular acapella outfit Straight No Chaser are launching their own imprint via a partnership with Warner Music Group’s (WMG) Arts Music under the banner of SNC Records. The group’s Open Bar EP, focusing on holiday music, will mark the first release under the new entity. The imprint is expected to announce its first signing soon. Having signed with Atlantic in 2008, Straight No Chaser have put out seven studio albums which have generated sales of more than 1.6 million units in the U.S. They’ve also garnered over 1 million ticket sales and more than 100 million views on YouTube to–date.

Grime and rap artist Hache has finalized an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Sian Anderson’s Saint Music. Anderson, a BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ, launched Saint Music (originally Floor Sixx) in 2017 and, in the same year, signed a sponsorship agreement with Bucks Music Group for the company’s publishing division. Hache is now also signed to Saint Music for records via a JV with Parlophone. Last month, Hache released his five–track Gully One EP, including a single of the same name. The single was premiered by Anderson on 1Xtra, and was selected as Record Of The Week by the station. It also generated support from Anderson’s 1Xtra DJ colleagues Twin B and Seani B. Gully One has also received plays from Rellik and Joe Walker at Reprezent Radio, been picked as part of the Best New Song In The World feature by Julie Adenuga on Beats 1 and had support from Ras Kwame at Capital Xtra.

Spain’s Primavera Sound Festival is set to go paperless via a new partnership with Dice, making the latter the official ticketing partner for the event. The partnership marks Dice’s first point–of–entry into the Spanish market and will see it administering tickets for all Primavera Sounds events across Europe, encompassing Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival, Porto’s NOS Primavera Sound, Primavera Tours and the club night Nitsa at Sala Apolo in Barcelona. The transition takes effect next year with Primavera celebrating its 20–year–milestone. 2019 attendance of the festival reached 220,000 people.

Sentric Music Group’s synch team has undergone a significant shift with two key promotions and other movements across the division. The company’s latest staff changes will augment Sentric’s synch team counting 13 creatives across Europe and North America. Rosie Hill has been named Global Head of Synchronization for the company, from her previous role as Head of Synch, Advertising. Hill Joined Sentric in 2017 after running the synch team at Imagem (Concord). Patrick Cloherty is elevated from Sr. Catalogue Manager to Head of U.K. Synch Services, having been at Sentric since 2012, initially as an intern. The company has also hired Ryan Williams–Reid as Synch Executive. Internal movements include Philip Morris transitioning from Sentric’s Rights Management team to the position of Synch Executive, and Laura Duke who steps up to the position of Synch Assistant. Leon Calveley remains a key part of the team as Synchronization Manager.

Anthem Entertainment has tapped industry veteran Chris Price as Sr. Advisor A&R and Production. Price reports to CEO Helen Murphy and will assist her and the Anthem businesses in developing and producing new creative music and audiovisual projects across all of Anthem’s divisions including publishing, recorded music and production music. He will be based in Los Angeles traveling to Anthem’s key creative offices in Toronto, Nashville, London and New York as needed. Price has held many roles in his over two–decade industry career including work as a producer, songwriter, engineer and recording artist. Originally signed to Geffen Records with his brothers under the band name Price, he has since released several highly–acclaimed solo albums, produced comeback albums for 70s cult icons Emitt Rhodes and Linda Perhacs, toured the world opening for The Who and sharing stages with Beck and Ringo Starr, and collaborated on a range of other projects with artists such as Roger Joseph Manning Jr (Jellyfish), Macy Gray, Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) and Jeffrey Gaines.


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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. October is a mystical month, full of magical jackass moments. Click HERE for a crystal ball look into all sorts of interesting fails!


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– WAITING FOR SMITH



Harry Lloyd broke his back in the French Alps during avalanche training, spending a year in bed, where he learned how to play the guitar and formed the band Waiting For Smith. The very first single released was “Monkeys In My Head,” which debuted in Clash Magazine last year and has racked up thousands of streams, with airplay across the U.K., Canada and the United States. The sophomore single “Trade It In” quickly received support from 6Music, TalkRadio, BBC Introducing, VibeFM, JackFM and BBC London, Oxford, Kent and Berkshire, BBC Radio 1/2, featured on Communion Presents with Max Tappuni on Radio X, Asia Pop 40 and a number of tastemaker Alternative stations in the states. Last month, Waiting For Smith’s music was selected for the September playlist at Caffé Nero, a chain of over 700 coffee shops around the world. WFS recently recorded an EP in Nashville with British–born producer, songwriter and artist Lee Horrocks (Cuff, Yohanna, Kate Earl, Brie Larson) and made a U.S. live debut at Madame Siam in Hollywood. WFS has unleashed a new single called “Peace In Greece.” Listen to the new single HERE and contact info@anrworldwide.com as Waiting For Smith is available for booking, publishing, synch and collaboration opportunities.


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

The Swoons are an international alt–pop group originally founded in 2014 by Matt Underwood and Tony Ann, later adding Giacomo Timbrello and Trevor Myall to make the final lineup. In 2016, they released their debut single “Sabre” to critical acclaim with it receiving positive reviews amongst blogs on Hype Machine, earning over 1 million streams across platforms worldwide. Following the success of the single, Tony posted a video mashup of “Roses” / “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers, which was brought to their attention, and led to them later inviting him on tour as their official keyboardist. His relationship with the Grammy Award–winning duo blossomed and led to him co–writing multiple singles with them including “Sick Boy,” “Side Effects” featuring Emily Warren, and their global smash single, “Call You Mine” featuring Bebe Rexha, which collectively have been streamed over a billion times. Following the tour, Matt, Tony and Giacomo moved to Los Angeles to work on their EP Lost, which was released last September. The–then trio worked on a number of collaborations, including their first with Trevor Myall, which was such a seamless creative connection that the trio shortly transitioned into a four–piece. The Swoons are currently in London and have confirmed writing sessions with Jake Gosling and Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran) and Francis Anthony “Eg” White (Adele, Florence + The Machine) and just released their brand new single, “Conspiracy of Silence,” produced and mixed by Michael Brauer (Coldplay, Muse, John Mayer). The band has legal representation in N. America from influential attorney Doug Mark (Billie Eilish, Tool, Guns N Roses). Watch the video for “Conspiracy of Silence” HERE and contact Cathy Mathalone at cathy@conchordmanagement.com for additional information and available opportunities.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 10/20/2019



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, October 20th, 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.

Listen to this two hour show by clicking HERE:

SAINT PHNX – “Sorry” (DDMN, UK)
BRANDON JACKS AND THE ARTIFACTS – “Modern Day Distractions” (Sureshaker, Australia)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Badger” (Unsigned, Sweden)
HONEYMOAN – “Low Blow” (Unsigned, South Africa)
LARKINS – “Not Enough Love” (Good Soldier Songs, UK)
YONAKA – “Rockstar” (Atlantic, UK)
THE SWOONS – “Conspiracy Of Silence” (Unsigned, N. America)
AMBER RUN – “Neon Circus” (Easy Life, UK)
THE FAIM – “Humans” (BMG, Australia)
MOONLIGHT BREAKFAST – “Summer” (Kiez Beats, Romania)
TEN TONNES – “Counting Down” (Warner Music, UK)
LOLA MARSH – “Echoes” (Anova Music, Israel)
CALLUM BEATTIE – “Nothing Hurts Like You” (3Beat/Universal, UK)
STICKY FINGERS – “Teenage Vertigo” (Sureshaker, Australia)
FOREST BLAKK – “Put Your Hands Up” (Atlantic, N. America)
ALEX LAHEY – “Am I Doing It Right?” (Dead Oceans, Australia)
DEMOB HAPPY – “Autoportrait” (SO Recordings, UK)
VINCI – “Lions” (Unsigned, Ireland)
JAMES DEACON – “Not Givin’ Up” (Bad Future, South Africa)
SEA GIRLS – “Violet” (Unsigned, UK)
MAGNUS MIA – “Head Like A Hole” (Unsigned, Hong Kong)
TALISCO – “Moments” (Roy Music, France)
SPEAKER FIRST – “If It Ain’t You” (Vulcan, Indonesia)
LILLY AMONG CLOUDS – “Look At The Earth” (PIAS, Germany)
POST–PARTY – “Love You Everyday” (Unsigned, Ireland)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Trade It In” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
MADS LANGER – “Me Without You” (Sony, Denmark)
LUNA BAY – “Call The Night” (Unsigned, UK)
IVY FLINDT – “Seal My Lips” (Unsigned, Germany)
THE DUNTS – “Bad Decisions” (Unsigned, Scotland)
NOSOYO – “Glitter” (Embassy of Music, Germany)
THE MYSTERINES – “Take Control” (Unsigned, UK)
TIM SCHOU – “Beat Around The Bush” (Iceberg Records, Denmark)

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