WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC FINALIZES SUB–PUBLISHING DEAL
WITH ROUND HILL MUSIC
Warner Chappell Music (WCM) has finalized an exclusive sub–publishing agreement with Round Hill Music, covering the world ex–U.S., Canada, the British Isles, and the Nordics. The agreement sees Warner Chappell administering Round Hill copyrights while supporting creative opportunities for Round Hill songs and songwriters globally.
“In less than a decade, Round Hill has built an extraordinary collection of evergreen copyrights and iconic catalogs, while at the same time signing some of today’s most exciting and gifted songwriters,” said Warner Chappell Music Co–Chair & CEO Guy Moot and Co–Chair & COO Carianne Marshall. “The global potential is enormous, and all of us at Warner Chappell around the world are thrilled to partner with Josh, Richard, Neil and the entire Round Hill team to find new avenues and audiences for this amazing body of work.”
Among the hit songs included in the Round Hill catalog are “Happy Together,” “All of Me,” “She Loves You,” “Video Killed The Radio Star,” “Calendar Girl,” “Living In America,” “Cool Kids,” “Best Day Of My Life,” “Fever,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “The Kids Are Alright,” “Total Eclipse Of The Heart,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Bye, Bye, Bye,” “When a Man Loves a Woman,” “Cherry Pie,” “Land of A Thousand Dances,” “I Feel Good,” “Marry You,” “What A Wonderful World,” and many others.
Current Round Hill artists and songwriters include Valerie Broussard, Brittany Howard, Des Rocs, Topaz Jones, Morgan Taylor Reid, Tim Myers, Cobi, Thutmose, Mama Haze, Gramatik, Shawn Hook, TT the Artist, Palm Springsteen, Marc Broussard, REZZ, Nick Waterhouse, Confidence Man, Bones UK, Katie Pruitt, Mr. Gabriel, Ryan Shaw, Langhorn Slim and bands such as American Authors, Yonaka, Bronze Radio Returns, SHEL, Sleater–Kinney, Lettuce, Florida Georgia Line, Too Many Zooz, Royal Teeth, VHS Collection and Umphrey’s McGee. The publisher’s Nashville roster counts songwriters Ashley Gorley, Dallas Davidson, Jimmy Robbins, Wade Kirby, Eric Arjes, and Danny Myrick. Via a partnership with Big Loud, Round Hill Nashville also represents writers like Craig Wiseman, Rodney Clawson, Sarah Buxton and Matt Dragstrem.
The newest songwriter to join the Round Hill roster is former Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor who signed a worldwide publishing agreement with the company last week. With Duran Duran, Taylor sold more than 100 million albums and was a founding member of Duran offshoot, The Power Station. As a co–writer, producer and guitarist, he’s worked with acts including Rod Stewart, Thunder, The Almighty and Robert Palmer, as well as maintaining a successful solo career. Taylor is set to release a new solo full–length via BMG next year.
SONY/ATV TO REPRESENT CATALOG OF SCOTT WEILAND –
NAMES NEW HEAD OF LATIN AMERICA & U.S. LATIN OPERATIONS
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a worldwide deal to represent the late Scott Weiland’s song catalog with Stone Temple Pilots. Weiland co–founded the influential alternative rock band, and was the co–writer and frontman for their first six albums. The band’s debut, RIAA–certified, eight–times platinum full–length, Core, included the Grammy–nominated No.1 “Plush” as well as hits “Sex Type Thing,” “Creep” and “Wicked Garden.” The group’s second album, Purple, debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart in the U.S., was certified six–times platinum and featured the Modern Rock chart–toppers “Vasoline” and “Interstate Love Song.”
Weiland also led the group on Tiny Music...Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop, which included the No.1 songs “Big Bang Baby,” “Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart” and “Lady Picture Show,” No.4, Shangri–La Dee Da, and Stone Temple Pilots, their last album on which he was featured.
Additionally, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Chairman & CEO Jon Platt announced last week that Jorge Mejia has been promoted to President & CEO, Latin America and U.S. Latin. Reporting to Platt, Mejia takes on oversight of the company’s operations across the U.S. Latin market and the Latin American region, including its offices in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Miami, where he is based.
Platt said, “Jorge is a giant of Latin music and has been at the forefront of its phenomenal growth across the world. He is also one of the most forward–thinking executives that I have ever worked with. Jorge possesses a rare combination of outstanding musical knowledge and business acumen. This is a well–earned promotion and I know that under Jorge’s leadership our Latin division is in exceptional hands.”
Mejia joined Sony/ATV as an intern in 1997 and was promoted to President, Latin America and U.S. Latin in 2016. Under his leadership, Sony/ATV has established itself as the No.1 Latin music publisher with a roster that includes “Despacito” songwriters Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Erika Ender. Besides the “Despacito” songwriters, the company’s Latin roster also includes Nicky Jam, Maluma, Wisin, Yandel, Ricardo Arjona, Tainy, Darell, Andres Castro, Descemer Bueno, Residente, Farruko and others.
Sony/ATV’s Latin operation has received a number of industry recognitions including becoming the first Latin publisher to achieve the rare distinction of a music publishing Triple Crown by winning Latin Publisher of the Year from the three leading U.S. performing rights organizations, ASCAP, BMI and SESAC, in the same year. Since then, Sony/ATV has garnered additional Triple Crowns in 2017 and 2019. It has also been recognized as Billboard Latin Publishing Corporation of the Year on multiple occasions, including this past year.
Mejia is a Trustee of the Recording Academy, serves on the Board of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame, is on the Board of Advisors at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and has been a constant feature on Billboard’s annual Latin Power Players list. He is also an acclaimed composer, classical pianist and recording artist, having received a Latin Grammy nomination last year for “Prelude in F Major for Piano & Orchestra.”
DOWNTOWN MOVES NEW YORK CITY HEADQUARTERS
WHILE GROWING ITS CREATIVE & BUSINESS FOOTPRINT
Downtown Music Holdings (Downtown) is relocating and expanding to new headquarters located at 155 Avenue of the Americas in New York City, it was recently announced by global commercial real estate advisory firm, Newmark Knight Frank (NKF). The privately–held Downtown counts within its portfolio Downtown Music Publishing, Songtrust, AVL Digital Group and Downtown Music Studios. The firm has leased 26,399 square feet encompassing the top two floors of the building, expanding upon their current footprint of 10,000 square feet by more than two times.
“Our business has strong roots here in New York as the global music industry’s cultural and economic center. With our new headquarters just a few blocks from where we first started in Soho, Downtown can continue advancing our mission to create a more equitable and innovative music ecosystem around the world, while supporting the growth of our diverse music industry here at home,” said Justin Kalifowitz, CEO of Downtown Music Holdings.
As one of the leading headquarters for the global music industry, the sector in NYC is responsible for roughly $21 billion annually in economic output and nearly 60,000 jobs, according to the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME).
In signing news, Downtown Music Publishing’s Australian team has finalized new deals with Taka Perry and Charlotte Gemmill (aka Eliott).
Sydney–based Perry is a half–Japanese, half–American songwriter/producer who counts collaborations with the likes of Thomston, Ruel, KLP, Cyrus, Dean Lewis, Lanks, Mallrat, Woodes, SACHI, J Hart and Max Frost among others. He has also finalized a deal with TMRW Music imprint Risqué for an upcoming solo project with his debut single, “Introspect,” released in July. Earlier this month, he released the follow–up “Kuruna,” featuring Japanese rapper JP The Wavy. As part of Downtown’s Songwriters Across Borders initiative, VP of International Creative, Taeko Saito recently facilitated the session between Perry and JP The Wavy, which led to a subsequent writing trip to Tokyo, where Perry worked with other Japanese artists such as Elle Teresa, Yoshi and Duke of Harajuku. Perry also recently collaborated with Nashville–based writer, producer, and Downtown rostermate, Tony Esterly.
Earlier this year, Eliott wrapped up an Australian East Coast headline tour and shows supporting Matt Corby as well as Dean Lewis. She recently released her new single “Find A Way,” co–produced by fellow Aussie’s Jack Grace and Dylan Nash. Signed to Island Records globally, her previous single “Shaking My Hips” received national success with full rotation on triple j. Additionally, Eliott recently featured on Kite String Tangle’s “Killing Time” and Lucian Blomkamp’s “Doing This For You,” and co–wrote Montaigne’s new single, “Ready.” She released her debut EP Bold Enough in 2018 on Island Records.
GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…
Island Records has brought on Paul Adam as a consultant to the label’s A&R team following his departure from Spotify as the streamer’s Head of Songwriter Relations for Europe. Adam joins the growing list of top–level departures from Spotify which include Global Head of Publishing, Adam Parness, in May. A veteran label executive prior to heading to the streaming arena, Adam previously held roles with Global, Mercury, Vertigo and Polydor as well as serving as a judge on reality TV show, PopStars, which spawned British pop group Hear’Say.
Big Machine Label Group continues to make moves as it has tapped Clay Hunnicutt as GM for the Big Machine Records imprint. A veteran executive, Hunnicutt is widely–recognized on Nashville’s Music Row, having served as President & Partner of indie label Big Loud, in addition to an over two–decade–tenure in radio with Clear Channel and iHeartMedia. Hunnicutt assumes the new role with Big Machine from Jim Weatherson who will stay on–board throughout the transition and then maintain a consultant role. Big Machine’s executive shifts come following its recent acquisition by Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings.
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has announced a new partnership with Hillsong for an administration and writer development agreement in Europe. The deal, which also encompasses the U.K., covers Hillsong’s Hillsong Music Publishing and Shout! Music Publishing operations, which serve as the collective home for a catalog of music across commercial and Christian genres. UMPG will work alongside Hillsong for the admin of the catalog throughout Europe, while collaborating on the development of writers and new joint signings. Among the groups published by Hillsong Music Publishing are Hillsong Worship, Hillsong Young & Free, Hillsong United and Hillsong Kids. Hillsong Worship garnered a 2018 Grammy win for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song (“What a Beautiful Name” by Ben Fielding & Brooke Ligertwood) while Hillsong United’s “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” (Joel Houston, Matt Crocker and Salomon Ligthelm) is certified double–Platinum in the U.S. Shout! Music Publishing’s signings include those outside of the Hillsong ecosystem, encompassing a diverse range of genres, with a roster that counts composers, writers and catalogues such as Ben Fielding, Brooke Ligertwood, Reuben Morgan, Benjamin Hastings, Alex Pappas, Aodhan King, Hannah Hobbs, Melody Wagner, Ryan Taubert and most recent signing, Josh Grimmett (co–writer of Meduza’s “Piece Of Your Heart”).
Modern Sky Entertainment’s U.K. Head, Dave Pichilingi, has added oversight of the company’s U.S. operations to his remit as he takes on the new title of CEO U.K. & N. America. Pichilingi will split time between Modern Sky’s Liverpool and London–based U.K. offices, and the company’s U.S. headquarters in LA. Modern Sky Entertainment is a multi–faceted entertainment company, operating across records, publishing, live and video, and is the largest independent record label in China, as well as being the promoter of the largest and most successful music festivals in the territory with Strawberry Festivals and MDSK. In 2016, Modern Sky finalized a long–term, strategic equity partner deal with Sound City, the company founded by Pichilingi. Modern Sky’s Founder, LiHui Shen, and Pichilingi subsequently launched Modern Sky U.K. as part of the global deal and partnership. In the U.S., Pichilingi is tasked with creating opportunities for Modern Sky’s Chinese repertoire (signed globally by the company) for synch and publishing. He will also look to work with American brands to capitalize on Modern Sky’s Strawberry and MDSK festival brands, as well as the company’s video streaming and content platform MNOW, which has more than 42 million subscribers and a built–in ticketing platform.
The Walt Disney Co. announced today the first global launch dates and price points for its forthcoming streaming offering, Disney+. Among the territories the service is set to enter initially are Canada and the Netherlands, both which will launch November 12th alongside the U.S., as well as Australia and New Zealand. In Canada, Disney+ will be available for a monthly subscription of CAD $8.99 or CAD $89.99 annually while the Dutch pricing is set for 6.99 euros monthly/69.99 euros per year. Based on current exchange rates, Canadians will pay a slightly lower $6.77 per month fee, compared to users in the U.S. at $6.99 per month, the Netherlands’ rates will be a bit higher than the U.S. at $7.75 per month. A week after its initial roll–out, Disney+ will make its way to Australia and New Zealand, November 19th, for a monthly fee of AUD$8.99/AUD $89.99 per year, and NZD $9.99 per month/$99.99 per year, respectively. Based on current exchange rates, those monthly price points are the equivalent of $6.09 per month and $6.42 per month USD, respectively. Additional international territories are set to welcome the service with Disney+ expected to reach most major global markets within the first two years. For U.S. users only, Disney will also offer a Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu bundle for $12.99 per month. By 2024, Disney is anticipating 60 million to 90 million global subscribers, with a significant library of content including Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar, National Geographic and 21st Century Fox. There is also large investment going towards Disney+ original content including new live–action series’ around its Star Wars and Marvel franchises as well as a new High School Musical series, and a live–action reboot of Lady & the Tramp.
YouTube has revealed an update to its copyright policy that will see rights holders blocked from manually monetizing “creator videos with very short or unintentional uses of music.” YouTube announced the new policy via a blog post to be implemented in mid–September, commenting that the changes won’t apply to copyright claims filed through Content ID, the platform that takes care of 98% of all claims filed on the video platform. The move address years of friction between music rights holders, major labels included, and creators on YouTube who feel the music industry has overstepped on copyright claims towards short clips of music being played in videos. While YouTube hasn’t formally defined what “very short or unintentional uses” are, YouTube’s Director of Creator Product Management, David Rosenstein, commented to The Verge that the new policy will apply to music that is played for “single digit” seconds. YouTube believes the update will result in rights holders making less infringement claims for videos using only short song excerpts but did admit that the move is likely to lead to more blocked videos.
A&R Worldwide developing artist Magnus Mia has signed a deal with NetEase, a leading China–based distribution and online services company that is centered on content, community, communications and commerce. Magnus Mia have released two singles to date including “Jubilee” and “Fool’s Mirage,” which have been garnering traction worldwide and they are currently in the studio completing their debut EP.
CAA has announced the promotion of Katie Anderson to the agency’s music leadership team, a role which will see her focusing on strategy, operations, culture and growth across the firm’s music division. Anderson will work closely alongside CAA’s Rob Light, Darryl Eaton, Mitch Rose and Rick Roskin in Los Angeles, and Nashville’s Marc Dennis, Brian Manning and Darin Murphy. Anderson came to CAA in 2006 as an assistant to Light in the music department. She most recently worked as an executive across strategy and operations, advising on deals for clients such as Stevie Wonder, Carrie Underwood and Jonathan Van Ness.
A new streaming offering has hit the market under the banner of SingleServ with a unique philanthropic twist that sees $.012 donated to a charity chosen by artists every time someone streams a song on the platform. SingleServ is co–founded by music producer Kyle Woods, consultant Jojo Yang, and A&R exec Clayton Blaha. In addition to marking the first streaming service to provide exclusive content for the promotion and support of charitable endeavors, SingleServ is also currently free to use. The first campaign on the platform comes via The Flavr Blue, led by artist/activist Hollis Wong–Wear. Each time the band’s song “Little Things” is streamed, it benefits non–profit Cage–Free Cannabis. For its initial launch, the three co–founders secured a seed funding round with an ad–based revenue model set to be implemented which will also seek to finalize brand partnerships for the funding of donations.
Collaborations between music companies and cannabis brands continue with UTA joining forces with Leune, a cannabis lifestyle brand, for UTA’s U Should Hear This music showcase series. The first showcase under the partnership came last week from UTA client iyla at Los Angeles’ Sonos Penthouse. The invite–only U Should Hear This events see emerging talent performing in intimate venues converted for music performances.
Verizon is unloading social media platform Tumblr to Automattic, the owner of blogging firm WordPress. Tumblr maintains a dedicated base of users though it has fallen behind competitors such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter. Tumblr came to Verizon via its purchase of Yahoo in 2017 with Yahoo having acquired Tumblr in 2013 for $1.1 billion. Terms of Tumblr’s sale from Verizon to WordPress haven’t been disclosed though according to reports, it was significantly less than what Yahoo paid.
Music industry veteran Maria Ramírez, who has long led the marketing efforts for Sony Music Colombia across a number of roles, has set–up her own marketing and artist service firm under the banner of Queen Street Talent. The new company will be based in Bogota with one of the first artist clients as Sony–signed Colombian star, Andrés Cepeda. Ramírez will maintain a consultant role with Sony Music Colombia alongside her new venture. With a career spanning 25 years, Ramírez joined Sony in 2004 as Director of International Product. In 2007, she took the lead of Sony’s booking and management arm, Day One, and in 2010 transitioned to helm the regional marketing for the Andean region (Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela). She went on to launch Sony Colombia’s Artist Export division in 2018, spearheading the overseas releases of acts such as Cepeda, Monsieur Periné and Vicente García.
A new partnership has been finalized between mobile commerce firm Bango and Spotify to bring the streaming platform to operators worldwide via bundle plans for mobile and fixed subscriptions. The partnership brings customers the option of adding a Spotify subscription bundled with their mobile plan, or as an add–on. In addition to tapping into additional users, the partnership with Bango will also deliver Spotify with data for consumer targeting of new offers. The new deal builds on the recent bundling deal Spotify secured with AT&T as well as past bundle offers with Hulu and Showtime.
Following reports last week that Spotify was potentially exploring pricing increases in territories including Scandinavia, the streamer has revealed an upgrade to its Premium Family plan offering subscribers more options, including parental controls for explicit content, while maintaining its pricing. The new features rolled out today in Ireland, with all other countries where the plan is available expected to see the updates this fall. Addressing what it says has been a frequently requested feature, Spotify’s updated to the parental controls see parents offered the option to filter explicit content on sub–accounts via the a password–protected setting through their plan’s master account. Another feature to the Family subscription plan is the Family Mix, regularly updated playlist personalized for the whole family. Priced at $14.99/month, the Spotify Premium Family subscription plan provides up to six individual accounts for family members living together.
The podcast arena continues to receive heavy focus from broadcasters, DSPs and more as the space continues its evolution and becomes a key platform for content creators to share their work and generate revenue. Among the recent moves in the podcast world are included the announcement that Spotify’s podcast analytics dashboard, Spotify for Podcasters, has been moved out of beta and is now available to all users. Among the data available to users are analytics such as listening time, listener numbers and episode streams.
Additionally, a day following Spotify for Podcasters’ full roll–out, Pandora revealed its own Pandora for Podcasters offering that allows creators to submit their shows to be included on the streamer platform directly via a self–service, online dashboard. To make their way into the Pandora catalog, content creators submit the RSS feed URL of their show to Pandora along with a few additional details about the podcast, and await approval to be made available to Pandora’s listeners. Pandora made its way into the podcast arena late last year with the launch of its Podcast Genome Project which, similar to the way its Music Genome counterpart works for songs, serves up podcast recommendations based on a hundreds of attributes.
SoundExchange recently revealed plans to collaborate with SourceAudio to offer a new solution for the fast–growing podcast industry to secure music with fully–integrated, global licenses. The collaboration would provide Podcastmusic.com access to SoundExchange’s membership of music creators and offer licensing for label and publisher–owned music. In providing music creators a platform to tap into the rapidly growing podcast market, Podcastmusic.com is simplifying how podcasters license music for their programming. The collaboration with SoundExchange will also enhance Podcastmusic.com’s current database of 700,000 production and music bed tracks by providing a global license for all rights needed to use feature music in a podcast, including master use, performance, synchronization and mechanical rights. The service is set to launch in 2020 with participation in the service by publishers, labels, and other rights owners on a voluntary basis.
A new partnership has been finalized between London–based Superstruct Entertainment and German promoter International Concert Service (ICS), whose event portfolio includes events such as heavy metal festival Wacken Open Air. Welcoming more than 70,000 fans, Wacken Open Air brings around 200 international bands to perform across nine stages. Additional events produced by ICS include Hamburg Metal Dayz, the Wacken Winter Nights and the Werner Race. ICS Founders Holger Hübner and Thomas Jensen, along with the remaining current leadership team, will maintain their roles in the day–to–day operation of the business following the transaction’s completion.
Another leader in the podcast space, iHeartMedia, has announced a new partnership with Group Nine Media for an exclusive set of portfolio–wide, co–produced podcasts to join the iHeartPodcast Network. Among the projects set to fall under the partnership are one podcast from each of Group Nine’s four brands: NowThis, The Dodo, Seeker and Thrillist, as well as one from JASH, part of the media firm’s LA–based Studios team. The collaboration launches with two new original podcasts from NowThis and Thrillist set to be released this fall. All podcasts will be overseen by Mickey Meyer, President of Network, and Brett Kushner, VP of New Initiatives at Group Nine, and executive produced by Mangesh Hattikudur, Head of Development at the iHeartPodcast Network. Group Nine’s brand NowThis will introduce the Who is? podcast, which will dig into the backstories of America’s most powerful people, while Thrillist will premiere the Re–Rank (WT) podcast, which will re–examine some of Thrillists most iconic lists.
In other iHeartMedia news, the firm has revealed its first quarterly earnings report since leaving Chapter 11 which saw total revenue increase, driven by its podcast operations which continue to grow quickly. In the three–month period ending June 30th, iHeart generated $913 million, up 2.4% over the same time last year. iHeart noted in its report that, for its part, digital revenue jumped almost 33% by $22.5 million, led by the success of iHeart’s podcasting initiatives and its acquisition of Stuff Media in 2018 alongside other sectors such as on–demand offerings. iHeart’s broadcast radio division remains the primary driver of revenue for the company, bringing in $561 million for the quarter, a slight decrease of 1.4% over last year. Other figures include a decrease to broadcast spot revenue ($7.8 million) and Audio and Media Services ($2.9 million) as well as an increase of $8.9 million to Total Traffic & Weather. With digital revenue reaching $91 million, iHeart revealed that podcast listeners through the iHeartRadio app increased by 300%, counting 130 million registered users, with a 277% hike to unique monthly podcast users.
Jason Heller has been named as Sr. VP of Business & Legal Affairs for Warner Records. Heller reports to the label’s EVP/Head of Business & Legal Affairs, Julian Petty, while based in New York. Heller joins Warner Records having served as VP of Business & Legal Affairs at RCA Records. With RCA, he worked with acts including Childish Gambino, Khalid, SZA, Miley Cyrus, G–Eazy and Britney Spears. Before coming to RCA in 2007, Heller served as an associate with Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP.
U.K.–based Sentric Music has rolled out its Songwriter Accelerator Program as a vehicle to support up–and–coming music creators. Commencing August 28th, the initiative will see five artists benefitting from a round of masterclasses and guidance sessions alongside ongoing mentorship support. The program will see Sentric facilitating writing opportunities for artists chosen as well as a chance for acts to receive funding for the recording, mastering and delivery of their music. Set to welcome a new round of artists each quarter, the programs will be genre–specific and catered to each group of artists. Among the first five artists to take part in the initiative are Roman Lewis, Kris Platt (Blue Americans), Charlotte Carpenter, Jennifer Keller (Astræea) and Jake Houslby. The first guest songwriter will be Joe Hammill (Cattle & Cane). All of the songwriters selected are currently signed to Sentric’s 28–day service deal.
Round Here Records has been launched by Florida Georgia Line’s (FGL) Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley with flagship artist, Canaan Smith. Smith had signed last year to the FGL duo’s publishing division, Tree Vibez Music, which was set–up in 2015. Smith had been signed previously to Mercury Records Nashville and had success with his 2015 single, “Love You Like That,” which made it to No.1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Round Here Records has finalized a partnership with Kobalt’s AWAL label services division for marketing and distribution of releases, along with other services. Marking Smith’s debut with Round Here is single “Beer Drinkin’ Weather,” released last week.
Hayden Bower, a media investor and former board member with SESAC, has rolled out AllTrack, a PRO solution which seeks to support and simplify the global performance royalty management process for independent creators. The digital platform opened to artists, writers and publishers last week for the tracking of public performances for their songs in more than 120 countries. AllTrack is free to join, allowing for the registering of songs, reporting of performances and collecting of royalties. Payments are based on equitable per–play royalty rates for all creators, who are not required to sign up as a publisher to receive their combined writer–publisher shares. At the same time, creators maintain 100% ownership in their work. Among the team put in place by Bower are included veteran executives from SESAC, Rumblefish, Tunecore, Songs, Bicycle and Bug Music.
DEAG Deutsche Entertainment has finalized the acquisition of a majority stake in Berlin–based artist management, booking and event firm MEWES Entertainment Group. MEWES has spent over two decades as a leader in the Schlager and Volksmusik genres, representing the likes of German artist HEINO as well as looking after bookings for acts such as Robbie Williams, Revolverheld, Mark Forster, Max Giesinger, Sasha, Alvaro Soler, Namika, Milow and others. Among more recent successes for DEAG’s concert promotion activities in Europe include attendance of over 230,000 fans attending its Nature One, Belladrum and Sion sous les étoiles open–air events in Germany, Scotland and Switzerland, respectively, as well as six stadium shows for Ed Sheeran.
Cinq Music will see an injection of $40 million in Series C funding from parent company GoDigital Media Group. The tech–driven record label, distributer and rights management firm garnered attention last year when it secured a partnership with Janet Jackson for the release of “Made For Now,” her single with Daddy Yankee. The funding will go towards the acquisition of music rights (master and publishing) and the company’s expansion globally.
In other Cinq Music news, the company has finalized a worldwide distribution deal with Jimmy Humilde, Founder & CEO of Rancho Humilde, a leading Urban Regional Mexican label. Among Rancho Humilde’s roster are acts such as Legado 7, Fuerza Regida, El De La Guitarra, Herencia De Patrones and Arsenal Efectivo, among others. The deal’s terms were not disclosed. Humilde is well known for his non–traditional approach to marketing strategies, with a heavy focus on social media, largely avoiding radio and TV. Humilde is set to bring his Smoke Me Out Fest to California’s Forum venue on August 24th. The Smoke Me Out Tour has been a large contributing factor to the growth of Rancho Humilde with last year’s tour seeing a significant boost in attendance with stops in Los Angeles, Denver, Austin and other cities.
Longtime Bauer Media executive Andy Roberts is parting ways with the company after 26 years where he had been serving as the Program Director for the Kiss group. During his tenure, Roberts played a key role in the launch of Kiss–branded extensions such as Kisstory (which recently took the top spot for digital–only networks for Q2), Kiss Fresh, and online radio stations Kiss Dnce, Kiss Ibiza and KISS Garage. Roberts next steps are yet to be revealed.
Having served as the Coalition of Independent Record Stores’ (CIMS) Executive Director since 2009, Michael Bunnell will be parting ways with the organization at the end of the year. Bunnell’s role will be filled by longtime CIMS General Manager, Andrea Paschal, commencing January 2020. Having set–up CIMS in 1995, Bunnell created the organization as a liaison between indie record stores and record labels. Additionally, he led ThinkIndie Distribution, owned by CIMS, and was on the board for the CIMS Co–Founded Record Store Day. Bunnell revealed that he will be focusing his time and efforts towards The Record Exchange, which he and his wife Jil Sevy opened in 1977.
Leading indie publisher Faber Music has joined IMPEL, the international collective licensing agency representing digital publishing rights which is 100% owned and controlled by its members which include independent publishers such as Bucks Music Group, Beggars Music, Reservoir Music, Kassner Music CTM, ABKCO and Truelove Music. Founded in 1965 as a sister company to the book publisher Faber And Faber, Faber Music’s catalog counts works by Vaughan Williams, Arnold, and Holst and Britten, as well as internationally recognized house composers George Benjamin, Thomas Adés, Oliver Knussen, Jonathan Harvey and Anders Hillborg. Faber Music also publishes Carl Davis’ significant catalog of works, including his scores for great films of the silent era; the lyric interest in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats; and provides agency and publishing services to some of the U.K.’s leading film and TV composers. Apart from Davis, Faber also represents composers such as Danny Elfman, Howard Goodall, Jonny Greenwood, John Harle, Keaton Henson, Sir Paul McCartney and Anna Meredith. Faber recently launched its Faber Alt brand, which represents “alternative crossover writers and artists” with a roster that includes Boy Azooga, Mesadorm, Penelope Isles, Phoria, Jon Boden, BC Camplight and Swiss DJ, producer and composer Pablo Nouvelle.
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BLOW is magical; the energy between the four band members, all longtime friends, pours through their pop and electronic elements and creates a fine balance that has defined the Parisian’s music over three EPs (I, Fall In The Deep, Vertigo Introduction). Their song “You Killed Me On The Moon” caught the attention of French automobile manufacturer Citroën, who chose the song as the soundtrack to their TV campaign for December 2017 – December 2018. That placement had a direct impact on the streaming numbers in France, Italy, Turkey, Portugal and Poland. BLOW released their debut album Vertigo in June last year, creating music with timeless lyrics. As each member of the band has a rock background, guitars are heavily present and blend perfectly with their catchy riffs, melodic inventiveness and high intensity live show. Sample the brilliance of BLOW with their single “Dancing Waters” HERE and hear why BLOW has been touted one of the most promising French electronic pop bands. Contact Thomas Pfaff of Allo Floride Artist Services at email@example.com for all inquiries.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – CALLUM BEATTIE
In 2017, Callum Beattie released his debut single, “We Are Stars.” The Scottish singer–songwriter has collected over 3.5 million Spotify streams on the song to date, followed by his second single “Man Behind The Sun,” which earned airplay at BBC Radio 2. As his career was seeing highs, his personal life began to see some lows, including ending his decade–long relationship with his girlfriend and making the decision to relocate to Berlin. As he transitioned to Berlin to refocus on his songwriting, he collaborated with songwriters Michael Ochs and David Juergens, and the result is the glorious upbeat track called “Connection.” That track was the first taste of his new music since since his well–received pair of EPs, 2017’s We Are Stars and last year’s Miracle, as well as his performances at Glastonbury, BST Hyde Park, T In The Park and The Great Escape. He performed alongside The Kooks and Blossoms during their European tour and is working on his forthcoming debut album due this Autumn, in addition to a U.K. tour. His latest effort, “Without You,” speaks on the results of a break–up which showcases Callum’s writing abilities as the introspective tune touches on his insecurities. When filming the Jonjo Lowe–directed video, Callum was aiming to find the perfect blend of emotion and humor. Watch the clip for “Without You” by Callum Beattie HERE and contact manager Rob Swerdlow at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and all inquiries.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 8/18/2019
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, August 18th, 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; KVNV–FM Reno NV; PUK–FM Johannesburg, South Africa; KVNV “NV89” Reno, NV; KSKI–FM, Sun Valley/Twin Falls, ID; WITH “90.1FM” Ithaca, New York; UCFM 87.8FM Australian Capital Territory, Australia, WRUR 88.5FM Rochester New York; WCRU–FM Hamilton, NY and on The Independent FM (iHeartRadio) in the United States and many others. Also, on the worldwide web and twice–weekly segment on Flux FM Germany (Berlin, Brandenburg and Stuttgart) and Allgauhit–FM Bavaria Germany, as well as streaming on one of the world’s fastest growing streaming platforms, JioSaavn.
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VINCI – “Lions” (Unsigned, Ireland)
TEN TONNES – “Better Than Me” (Warner Music, UK)
KIDDO X GASHI – “Coming Down” (BLNK Music, Sweden)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Trade It In” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Sixteen Minutes” (Unsigned, Sweden)
MADS LANGER – “Me Without You” (Sony, Denmark)
LARKINS – “Sugar Sweet” (Good Soldier Songs, UK)
DOTAN – “Numb” (7 Layers, Holland)
BITTER’S KISS – “Just Like Heaven” (Unsigned, N. America)
BROKEN HANDS – “Wrong Track” (Atlantic, UK)
SAN MEI – “Something Good” (Unsigned, Australia)
SPEAKER FIRST – “If It Ain’t You” (Vulcan, Indonesia)
VIDEOCLUB – “En Nuit” (Unsigned, France)
BLITZ UNION – “Revolution” (Unsigned, Czech Republic)
FEELDS – “Glass Arms” (Unsigned, Australia)
TREE LINED STREETS – “No Friend Of Mine” (Unsigned, Ireland)
VERONICA FUSARO – “Lie To Me” (Unsigned, Switzerland)
LUNA BAY – “Call The Night” (Unsigned, UK)
JACK GRAY – “Fools” (Warner Music, Australia)
EMMI KING – “Million Dollar Movie” (Unsigned, Germany)
THE WHITE LAKES – “Wolves” (Ditto Music, UK)
NOSOYO – “Highness” (Embassy of Music, Germany)
THE FAULTS – “Alexander” (Unsigned, Australia)
WHENYOUNG – “The Others” (Virgin/EMI, Ireland)
ADAM FRENCH – “Slow Dancing” (Virgin/EMI, UK)
LOST IN STEREO – “Adrenaline” (Unsigned, Scotland)
SHLOMI ASH – “To The River” (Unsigned, Israel)
SOPHIE & THE GIANTS – “The Light” (Unsigned, UK)
TIM SCHOU – “Beat Around The Bush” (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
BLACK HONEY – “I Don’t Ever Wanna Love” (Fox Five Records, UK)
MAGNUS MIA – “Fool’s Mirage” (Unsigned, Hong Kong)
NO HOT ASHES – “W.Y.N.A.” (Modern Sky, UK)
THE DUNTS – “Bad Decisions” (Unsigned, Scotland)
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 Ten Tonnes, Broken Hands, Feelds, Tree Lined Streets and Dolly & The Dinosaur)