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Following up on its highly–successful 21st global edition and its inaugural event in the “Media Capital of the World” earlier this year, MUSEXPO’s Creative Summit is set to return to Burbank, CA for 2020 from March 22nd – 25th. The MUSEXPO Creative Summit again joins a week–long series of events that includes the Global Synch Summit and A&R Summit, as well as the Worldwide Radio Summit, coinciding as part of California Entertainment Week, and taking place March 22nd – 27th.

The event will once again bring together thought–leaders from around the world, and representing a diverse group of platforms and companies with a touch–point and vested interest in music including record labels, music publishers, A&R, live events, digital/tech, streaming, distribution, synch licensing, radio, management, music supervision, songwriting/production, brands/advertising, and more! Dozens of executives from around the world have already been confirmed to speak on various panels at the event.

MUSEXPO 2020 will maintain its deep focus on A&R and music supervision as it welcomes the return of its annual Global Synch & Brands Summit panels and round–table event as well as the A&R Summit. These two events will allow delegates to interact face–to–face with leading executives from the respective arenas.

Lisa Worden
As part of California Entertainment Week, MUSEXPO has also revealed it will present its coveted “International Music Person of the Year” award to one of the most influential and respected minds in the radio, digital media and music community, Lisa Worden, Alternative Rock Brand Manager for iHeartMedia, and Program Director of ALT 98.7 (Los Angeles). The event will bring together MUSEXPO attendees, as well as Lisa’s colleagues and friends from across the industry, to recognize her significant achievements during a special VIP Awards Gala Luncheon on Tuesday, March 24th.

Additionally, Reeperbahn Festival Germany will be bringing almost two dozen German companies to Burbank, CA as part of its International program for direct engagement with U.S. and global companies attending MUSEXPO 2020. The German delegation joins additional delegations from Australia, Holland, Norway, India, the U.K., Sweden and more, who will join the diverse group of delegates at next year’s event.

Katy Perry Showcasing at MUSEXPO 2008
Also, MUSEXPO is currently accepting artist showcase submissions, which are currently open HERE. Over the year’s MUSEXPO has helped with the signing or being a key launching pad to the global stage for artists such as Katy Perry, The Temper Trap, Sheppard, Jessie J, Frank Turner, Robyn, Avalanche City, Gavin James, Ida Maria, LMFAO, Gin Wigmore, Lime Cordiale, Thomas Azier, Missy Higgins, Jack Savoretti and many others before their international success.

Early Bird Registration is now open for those wishing to attend MUSEXPO’s Creative Summit HERE.

Information on event partnership/sponsorship opportunities, direct flights to Burbank Airport and conference discount hotel room bookings within the Burbank, CA area is available at www.musexpo.net.


Downtown Music Publishing has finalized a global publishing agreement to represent the entire catalog of the legendary jazz trumpeter and composer, Miles Davis. The long–term agreement, signed with the Miles Davis Estate, encompasses Miles’ entire songbook counting over 250 compositions, including songs from iconic albums such as Jack Johnson, Bitches Brew, In a Silent Way and Kind of Blue, which remains the best–selling jazz record of all time. The announcement follows the recent London premiere of Miles Davis: Birth of Cool, the critically–acclaimed documentary chronicling his life, directed by Stanley Nelson.

“Miles Davis made an indelible mark on both popular music and culture. Through his exploration and expansion of the language of jazz, Miles pushed the boundaries of genre and influenced generations of artists across the musical spectrum. It’s a legitimate privilege to be entrusted with the care of extraordinary works like ‘So What’ and ‘Blue in Green’ that have shaped the modern musical and cultural landscapes in such a profound way,” said Justin Kalifowitz, CEO of Downtown Music Holdings and Downtown Music Publishing.

“We’re excited to embark on this new chapter in paying homage to the legacy of Miles Davis with Downtown Music Publishing. We are confident this move will continue to introduce the musical genius of Miles on a global scale, where his artistry can be noted by many generations to come,” said Cheryl Davis, Erin Davis and Vince Wilburn, Jr. from the Miles Davis Estate.

In addition to catalog marketing, licensing, and royalty collection, Downtown will collaborate with the Miles Davis Estate on a range of events and other special projects that highlight not only Miles’ compositions and musicianship, but his contributions more broadly as a cultural and style icon whose influence extended to visual art, fashion, film, and design.

Using everything from tape–loops and splice edits, to large format orchestration to electric instruments, Miles altered how jazz musicians approached tone, texture and improvisation, and drew a line straight to other genres, creating bonds with rock, soul, and ultimately hip–hop, that still remain. Miles helped to launch the careers of Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Ron Carter, Marcus Miller, Jimmy Cobb, Lenny White and many more. His influence has reached a broad range of musicians across all genres with artists including Lady Gaga, Nas, John Legend, Dr. Dre, Sonic Youth, the Grateful Dead, Mike Watt and Lucinda Williams citing Davis as a key influence on their own creative pursuits.


A&R Worldwide hosted another of its renowned networking events last week at the W Hotel in Hollywood, California. The intimate affair brought together a diverse group of executives from across various aspects of the music and entertainment industries for an evening of great food, wine, networking and music conversation!

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

A SOIREE AT THE W HOTEL IN HOLLYWOOD: Dozens of executives from a cross section of the music, media and technology industries joined A&R Worldwide for an evening of networking.
DISCUSSING THE EVOLUTION OF MUSIC LAW & ORDER: Pictured (l–r) are Jay Cooper (Shareholder & Founder, LA Entertainment Practice, Greenberg Traurig LLC) and Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide / MUSEXPO). SHARING A MUSICAL MOMENT together are (l–r) Lloyd Bandonillo (Chief Creative Officer, Crftwrx), Jon Chen (Sr. Creative Director, BMG) and Rich Thomas (Founder, Indie Esports League).
IT’S AN EVENING OF SMILES (l–r) with Judi Pulver (Director, Music Advertising, Variety), music attorney Charley Londoño (Law Office of J. Charley Londoño) and Ritch Esra (Publisher, The Music Registry). FIVE IS ENOUGH? Having a conversation about the evolution of investment in all things music were friends including Curtis J Serna, CEO & President, MDIIO (2nd left); Blake Barrett, Head of Global Partnerships, LiveMe (2nd from far right) and Sara Qazi, Director, Global Sports & Entertainment Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley (far right).
FEELING THE HOLLYWOOD VIBES (l–r) are Justin Bumper Reeve (Founder, Hidden Track Music), singer/songwriter Chloé Caroline and Lindsay Fellows (EVP, Music & Creative, Immersive Artistry). SHARING THEIR PASSION FOR ARTIST DEVELOPMENT were (l–r) Keatly Haldeman (CEO, Riptide Music Group) and Victor Murgatroyd (Sr. VP A&R, Eleven Seven Label Group).
INDULGING IN AN IN DEPTH CONVERSATION ON PUBLISHING & MANAGEMENT were (l–r) Andy McQueen (CEO & Chairman, Notting Hill Music) and Red Light Management’s Peter Leak. THREE’S COMPANY & FOUR’S A CROWD: Pictured (l–r) are James Leach (VP, Writer & Publisher Relations, SESAC), attorney Josh Binder (Partner, Rothenberg, Mohr & Binder, LLP) and Barry Daffurn (Co–Founder, Cinq Music).
DISCUSSING MUSIC CREATIVITY IN POP CULTURE were (l–r) Rich Thomas (Founder, Indie Sports League), A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla, hit songwriter Justin Gray (Avril Lavigne, Amy Winehouse, Luis Fonsi, James Bay, Mariah Carey), Delmar Powell (VP, A&R, Downtown Music Publishing), Franny Graham (Sr. Director A&R, APG) and Cinq Music’s Barry Daffurn.
BEING FASHION COLOUR COORDINATED (l–r) were LiveMe’s Blake Barrett, Rich Goldman (President & Founder, Riptide Music Group) and Sir Harry Cowell (CEO, Mission Limited). IT’S A TRIO OF INSPIRING CONVERSATION (l–r) with Georgette Bivins (Music Supervisor & Head of Business Affairs, Panay Films / Blk–Ops), music attorney Charley Londoño and Kaylee Kiecker (Executive VP, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce).


Warner Music Japan has announced the launch of a new urban label called +809 to focus on discovering and nurturing talent from Japan’s fast–growing urban music scene and promoting its artists via Warner Music’s global network. The label launched with the release of the track “Ding Dong (feat A.G.O.)” from emerging Japanese R&B singer, FLEUR. Japanese urban music has its roots in the 1980s but has grown in popularity in recent years as artists shifted from copying the U.S. scene and largely performing in English, to focusing on issues close to the hearts of local fans and more often rapping in Japanese. FLEUR’s debut EP Fleur was released digitally in June and immediately went to No.3 on the local iTunes R&B chart and saw him selected as “New Artist of the Week.” His collaborators include young producers such as MONBEE of hip–hop collective BCDMG and he created his first single on +809 with A.G.O., a producer from the Tokyo and LA–based hip–hop crew CIRRRCLE.

After eight years leading the U.K.’s most influential top 40 radio station, BBC Radio 1, respected broadcast executive Ben Cooper has revealed he will part ways with his Controller role at the end of the year. Alongside his duties as Radio 1’s Controller, Cooper also oversaw editorial content, leadership and overall operations of urban–centric digital station 1Xtra and Asian Network. Having initially got his start in BBC Local Radio, Cooper went on to become a producer at Radio 1 and took on his Controller role in 2011 after a stint as Deputy Controller. His time at Radio 1 saw him leading a number of significant changes to the station’s schedule and supporting the growth of its digital audience to reach over 15 million YouTube views and 10 million followers on social media. Cooper’s next steps have not been revealed.

Primary Wave Music Publishing announced last week that they’ve finalized a new deal to acquire the music publishing and other rights of the legendary producer, arranger and songwriter, Bob Ezrin. Among the list of Ezrin–produced albums are Alice Cooper’s Welcome To My Nightmare, KISSDestroyer, Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Andrea Bocelli’s , all No.1 albums, as well as many other chart toppers. Ezrin’s music publishing encompasses all songs he has written/co–written such as KISS’ “Detroit Rock City,” “Beth,” and “Shout It Out Loud,” Pink Floyd’s “The Trial” and “Learning to Fly,” as well as the Jane’s Addiction song “Superhero” which is best known as the theme song for HBO’s Entourage. Having served as a music and entertainment producer, personality and entrepreneur, Ezrin has worked on recordings, TV, film, and live events for a range of artists such as Deep Purple, Lou Reed, U2, Jay–Z, Peter Gabriel, 2Cellos, The Tenors, Aerosmith, Hollywood Vampires, Deftones, Rod Stewart, Nine Inch Nails, Pete Seeger and others. Ezrin’s almost five–decade career has led to honors such as inductions into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame as well as being named a Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and being inducted into Canada’s Walk Of Fame among many others.

Spotify is opening up a new opportunity for artists to access one of its key recommendation offerings, allowing their teams to sponsor the DSP’s full screen “Brand New Music for You” recommendations on Spotify’s mobile app. The new feature, which is currently in a test phase, will see Free and Premium users notified of new releases from artists included in the sponsored recommendations. The offering, currently open to select artists and labels, carries a cost–to–click fee structure and will target users based on their listening history and artists they follow.

Additionally, Spotify revealed today that its third–quarter showed an operating profit with its user numbers reaching 113 million paid subscribers and 248 million total active users monthly. In June, the streamer counted 108 million premium and 232 million monthly active users total. Spotify’s third–quarter user figures surpassed Wall Street’s expectations, driven by strong postings from both the Family and Student plan tiers, with premium subscriber numbers showing an increase of 31% over the same time last year. Total monthly active users also increased by 30% with Spotify crediting developing regions for the sector’s growth. Posting an operating profit of $59.9 million for the quarter, Spotify had showed an operating loss of €6 million in the same time period last year. Net income also saw a boost of €43 million to $267.4 million, and quarterly revenue increased 28%, reaching $1.92 billion with operating expenses increasing 11%. Spotify’s 2019 year–end expectations sit at 255 million to 270 million monthly active users and 120 million to 125 million premium subscribers. The company also revealed transition plans for a new CFO as Spotify prepares for the exit of Barry McCarthy from the post on January 15th of next year. Taking up the role upon McCarthy’s departure will be Paul Vogel, currently serving as Spotify’s VP Financial Planning and Analysis, Treasury and Investor Relations.

In other Spotify news, the streamer has revealed a new promotion to see Spotify Premium individual subscribers eligible to win a free Google Home Mini, an offering that had been available only to those on the Premium Family tier. To access the offer, Premium Individual and Family users have to sign into their Spotify accounts on the platform’s website and link their Google account which authorizes Google to access subscribers’ Spotify data and activity as well as implement actions in the DSP on their behalf. Users are then directed to the Google Store where they can pick out their colored Google Home Mini after which a Spotify–generated code is applied automatically to their check–out. Users are still required to enter an approved payment method. Spotify hasn’t revealed how many devices will be distributed with the offering ending on November 15th and promotional codes expiring on December 31st.

Pandora has revealed a significant boost in usage of its Artist Marketing Platform (AMP) across the past year as the AMP platform reaches its five–year milestone. The free, self–serve AMP offering provides marketing tools to artists for the submission of music or podcasts directly to Pandora; direct communication with fans; growing the reach of their music; and curating exclusive content. AMP also offers artists with data points such as streams, station adds and monthly listeners with more robust analytics available via Pandora’s Next Big Sound.

Last week, Pandora also rolled–out a new initiative to deliver full song credits to users across all tiers of service on the web at Pandora.com and via its new desktop apps for Mac and Windows with mobile capability forthcoming. The first few credits are now visible on a song’s details page, with a full list of credits available by clicking “See All Song Credits.” Pandora joins competitors such as Spotify and YouTube who have added different levels of credits to songs on their platform though Pandora’s offering goes much deeper to recognize composers, performers and producers on millions of tracks within its library.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has named Adrian Nunez VP, Creative A&R which will see him tasked with discovering and signing songwriters as well as spearheading and advising across creative projects. Based in New York City, Nunez reports to Danny Strick, Head of U.S. Creative for the publisher. Nunez comes to Sony/ATV from his most recent role as VP of A&R for Ultra Music’s Ultra Records, Ultra International Music Publishing and Payday Records. At Ultra, his signings included acts such as Wheezy, Zaytoven, Maaly Raw, Cassius Jay and other hip–hop and R&B producers. Prior, he served as Ultra Music’s Director of Business and Legal Affairs, and as Manager of Business and Legal Affairs Administration.

Award–winning podcast producer Renay Richardson and Sony Music Entertainment have teamed up to launch a new multi–genre podcasting JV focused on the development and distribution of original programming. Richardson is a producer who has previously worked for leading podcast platforms such as Acast, Audible and Panoply as well as a successful independent podcast creator whose credits include About Race with Reni Eddo–Lodge and The Receipts on 1Xtra from BBC Radio 1Xtra. The London–based venture under the banner of Broccoli Content will develop a slate of original scripted and unscripted podcasts under Richardson’s oversight and drive an expansion of opportunities for unique storytellers globally to connect with listeners. The agreement marks Sony Music’s first podcasting production JV outside the U.S. Additionally, the Broccoli team will work closely with 4th Floor Creative, Sony Music U.K.’s creative division, to explore podcasting opportunities originating in the U.K. market, supporting Sony Music artists and podcasting talent. Richardson founded Broccoli Content in 2018 in response to the lack of opportunities both in front of, and behind, the mic for minority talent.

Emerging Brazilian rock group Ego Kill Talent have signed a global recordings partnership with BMG for the release of their forthcoming new studio album. Recently performing for their second time at the Rock In Rio music festival, the band is currently at work on the final details of their second full–length, and first with BMG, recorded at the Foo Fighters’ famed 606 Studios. Their signing marks the first international recordings deal with a Brazilian artist, signed out of the recently founded BMG Brazil, to be distributed and marketed on a global scale within BMG. The group’s upcoming new album is the follow–up to their 2017 self–titled debut which was a Top 50 Viral Spotify release in the U.K., France, Portugal and Brazil, receiving playlisting placement in the U.S., Canada, France, Mexico, U.K., Portugal and Spain, and generating more than 20 million plays on streaming platforms. The band is set to support Metallica on their Brazilian tour in April and will be making their U.S. debut on several key festivals in May. Additionally, they will be supporting System of a Down in Europe on select dates in 2020.

AI–driven music video app, Triller, revealed last week that it has secured $28 million in a Series B funding round led by Proxima Media. According to a press release from Triller, the funding is part of a plan for “overtaking” its competitor, TikTok. Having rolled–out four years ago, Triller allows users to create and share short music videos from its own music library and states that it’s seen organic growth of 500% year–upon–year, counting 13 million active monthly users and 60 million total downloads. Despite trailing TikTok’s 1 billion downloads, 100 million of which are in the U.S., the app has been making moves to fuel its growth, including the acquisition of music and video editing platform, MashTraxx, which it has since integrated into its own offering. The new funds will seek to further growth through product enhancement and global expansion.

It’s been revealed that veteran executive Steve Clark is set to part ways with his role as EVP, Global Operations for Warner Chappell Music at the end of this year. Based in London, Clark first came to the publisher in 1998 as Head of Copyright. He climbed the ranks to the post of Sr. VP, Global Administration in 2013 and assumed his most recent role in 2017. At Warner Chappell, Clark led the publisher’s international business operations across over 40 territories and recently also maintained oversight of Warner Chappell’s new royalty software. Clark’s next steps have not yet been revealed.

The 2020 Ivor Novello Awards will be presented in association with Apple Music as the result of a new partnership finalized between the streamer and the Ivors Academy. The collaboration will also see the launch of a New Rising Star Award to be introduced by the DSP at next year’s event. Additionally, PRS For Music will continue its participation in the The Ivors, sponsoring the Most Performed Work and recently renamed Icon Awards (previously known as the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award).

In other Apple Music news, the platform rolled–out last week New Music Daily with Zane Lowe, a new weekly show airing on Apple Music’s 24/7 global livestream, Beats 1. Hosted by Apple Music’s Global Creative Director, Zane Lowe, the show launches as an ongoing companion to Apple Music’s marquee global new music playlist, New Music Daily. The debut episode on Friday featured guest appearances from Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Chris Martin. The show broadcasts on Apple Music every Friday, highlighting new music as well as featuring interviews by Lowe with leading artists. The show will also be available on–demand to Apple Music subscribers.

Live Nation has finalized an exclusive, multi–year booking deal for Nashville’s The Basement East music venue. Under the new agreement, Live Nation Nashville has added The Basement East’s Richard Sloven to its team as a Talent Buyer/Promoter. The Basement East, known as “The Beast,” is the sister venue to The Basement’s original venue, 8th Avenue. The venue doors opened in 2015 with upcoming concerts including Hiss Golden Messenger, Noah Gundersen and others.

Amazon revealed figures last week showing a growth in sales of 24% to $70 billion over $56.6 billion the same time last year. Additionally, operating cash for the company saw an increase of 33% to $35.3 billion with free cash flow increasing to $23.5 billion from $15.4 billion. At the same time, operating income decreased to $3.2 billion over $3.7 billion in the same period last year and net income also fell from $2.9 billion to $2.1 billion year–upon–year. Amazon’s Founder & CEO, Jeff Bezos, said, “We are ramping up to make our 25th holiday season the best ever for Prime customers – with millions of products available for free one–day delivery. Customers love the transition of Prime from two days to one day – they’ve already ordered billions of items with free one–day delivery this year. It’s a big investment, and it’s the right long–term decision for customers.”

Fender has rolled out a new app via Apple Music that offers users the ability to play along with millions of tracks. The Fender Songs app is currently available to iPhone and iPod users in the U.S. for a monthly fee of $4.99 ($41.99/year). The new app marks an evolution to Fender’s Play digital learning platform and gives musicians the ability to play along with songs as well as review chord structures, sing along to the lyrics and record their performances through a variety of modes. Fender has also finalized deals with a number of publishers including Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Kobalt and BMG for artists whose chords are used within the app to be compensated.

Reservoir has signed neo–soul pop artist Rachel Chinouriri to a worldwide publishing deal to see the artist joining a round of signings/re–signings that also includes synth–pop artist Shura, Scottish songwriter David Sneddon, singer/songwriter Lucy Rose, and Mike Halls of alternative rock group Clean Cut Kid, all of which were led by U.K. Head of Creative, Charlie Pinder. Chinouriri has released music to increasing critical acclaim over the last two years having first garnered support from BBC Introducing at only 17–years–old. After self–releasing tracks recorded on her laptop, Chinouriri dropped her debut EP, Mama’s Boy, earlier this year. Her recent collaboration, “Animals” with Atlantic Records grime producer Preditah, has generated widespread streaming and radio support since its release last month. Additionally, Sneddon recently re–upped his deal with the company as he currently enjoys success as one of the collaborators on singer/songwriter Lewis Capaldi’s U.K. No.1 album, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent. The BPI Platinum–certified album features “Lost On You,” co–written and co–produced by Sneddon. Sneddon also recently joined with alt–pop singer Mika, co–writing six tracks on his new album. Rose also renewed her agreement with Reservoir following the release of her critically acclaimed fourth studio–album No Words Left. Lucy is also a frequent collaborator of Grammy–nominated rapper Logic, co–writing and featuring on his albums YSIV, The Incredible True Story and Everybody.

Sandbox VR, a virtual reality start–up based in Hong Kong, has closed a funding round of $11 million led by David Sacks (Craft Ventures) and Andreessen Horowitz Cultural Leadership Fund alongside Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Will Smith and Orlando Bloom. The latest funding round sees the company’s reported total reaching $83 million for the year, after a Series A round earlier in 2019. The list of funders in the most recent round also counts Micahel Ovitz (Co–Founder, CAA), Japanese soccer player Honda Keisuke, Kevin Durant and his manager Rich Kleiman, and the Keisuke/Smith–launched Dreamers Fund. Sandbox employs motion capture technology to generate immersive VR experiences and with the new funding has started its growth throughout the U.S. including a new office in Los Angeles as well as planned operations in New York, Austin, San Diego and Chicago, to be part of an anticipated 16 locations by the end of next year.

A new partnership has been finalized between TikTok and Youth Music for the latter’s inaugural Youth Music Awards. The new collaboration was marked with the roll–out of last week’s #MusicShapedMe hashtag challenge spotlighting the winner of the Original Track Award, sponsored by TikTok, with VCR’s track “Circles.” The challenge seeks to drive TikTok users to post clips on how music has shaped them with the accompanying hashtag. TikTok and Youth Music also recently launched a TikTok channel highlighting the songs selected for the Original Track Award shortlist.

Additionally, TikTok served as the platform for the announcement of nominees for the 2019 American Music Awards (AMAs) last week. The AMAs became the first award show to make a nominee reveal on the platform with TikTok creators Joshua Cureton, Nick Tangorra and Brittany Tomlinson announcing the nominees for favorite music video, collaboration of the year and favorite social artist. Click HERE for the full list of nominees.

In other TikTok news, the social video platform continues to be scrutinized with a call by Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Tom Cotton for U.S. intelligence officials to investigate potential security risks posed by the app, owned by Chinese tech firm ByteDance. A letter from the Senators to acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, shared concern over whether the app could be used to gather intelligence and for foreign influence campaigns by the Chinese Communist Party as well as commenting on recent reports from media that TikTok removes materials “deemed politically sensitive to the Chinese Communist Party.” TikTok responded with a statement refuting the claims saying that user data stored by the app is located outside of China and not subject to the country’s laws. It also commented that its tech team is “focused on adhering to robust cybersecurity policies, and data privacy and security practices,” and stated that the app has never been asked by the Chinese government to remove content based on political issues, nor would they do so even if requested.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Copyright Alternative In Small–Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act by a 410–6 vote last week. The CASE Act now makes its way to the Senate floor to be voted on and if passed there, made law. Should it be successful, the CASE Act would result in a copyright claims board as part of the U.S. Copyright Office that would rule on small claims infringement cases with damages limited to $15,000 per claim and $30,000 total. It would provide indie creators a more efficient method of protecting their rights, bypassing the need of engaging an attorney to battle the infringement in federal court.

International artist management firm, Various Artists has announced the launch of a new music publishing division as Various Songs. The new operation is a joint venture with Kobalt Music and will be led by George Shepherd, who brings more than a decade of experience working with both independent and major music publishers, while managing a roster of songwriters and producers. Kobalt will provide global administration for Various Songs as well as oversight of synch and exploitation. Founded in 2008 by David Bianchi, Nick Ember and Matt Luxon, Various Artists Management’s roster counts the likes of La Roux, The Libertines, Supergrass, Tom Grennan, YONAKA, Barns Courtney, Ashnikko, Spiritualized, Sad Night Dynamite, Daniel Briskin, Reverend & The Makers, Zuzu and The Hunna, as well as others. The company also has a specialist songwriter/producer/remixer division, which currently looks after Cenzo Townsend, Olly Burden, Joe Rubel, Glen Roberts, Frank Colucci, Ben Jackson Cook, Quarry, Jamie Reynolds, Danny Connors, Rebel Kleff and others. Among the signings already confirmed to Various Songs are Jon McClure and Ed Cosens (Reverend & The Makers/Arctic Monkeys), alongside several new, emerging writer/producers such as Earl Saga (Loyle Carner, Litany, Lauren Sanderson).

The IFPI and WIN (Worldwide Independent Network) have announced a new collaboration to provide a centralized gateway for record companies to share data regarding their catalogs with music licensing companies. Under the banner of the Repertoire Data Exchange (RDx), the platform seeks to provide for a time–efficient and accurate payment alternative for public performance and broadcast revenues to recording rightsholders and music licensing firms. The RDx is set to launch in 2020, operated by PPL.

Snap Inc., the parent company behind the popular social media app Snapchat, revealed growth to its daily active user count, reaching 7 million people, for Q3 of this year. Snap now counts 210 million daily active users, an increase over the 203 million reported at the end of the quarter prior and over the 186 million users reported for Q3 of last year. At the same time, the firm generated $446 million in revenue, an increase of 50% year–upon–year and saw a loss of $.16 per share. Snap also shared that its Discover offering has seen a 40% increase in total daily spent watching content over last year with more than 100 channels on Discover reaching 10 million viewers each month. Snap CEO, Evan Spiegel, also commented in a statement that the platform is driving growth in user engagement via new features such as games integrated within the messaging app.

A recent study of German music consumption behavior has revealed an increased desire among the country’s population to spend more money on music they’re passionate about. The “Music Use in Germany” study was conducted by the University of Hamburg and commissioned by German organizations BVMI and GEMA. The study revealed that in the past year, those surveyed are now more likely to purchase a physical album (4% increase) or a digital download (12% increase) with paid use of streaming platforms also increasing by 26%. Additionally, spending on live music also increased by 9% since the last study. Following the global trend, smart speaker ownership is also increasing in the territory with the study showing a 4% boost as well as 14% of respondents confirming they own a device and 83% revealing they use it primarily for music listening.

Anthem Entertainment has named industry veteran Allison Hamamura as General Manager of the company’s West Coast music and publishing operations, while also assuming oversight of the company’s recorded music label, Anthem Records. Reporting directly to CEO Helen Murphy, Hamamura will be based in Los Angeles, commuting between the Anthem offices in New York, Nashville, London and Toronto. Hamamura joins Anthem from Aloha Music Group where she served as CCO for the past seven years. Prior, she spent over a decade as VP of A&R for Hollywood Records and was involved with artists such as Ludacris, T–Pain and Jesse McCartney. She was also General Manager at Mercury Records where she worked with acts including Hanson, Brian McKnight, Morrissey, Chuck D and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

Andy Heath, longtime Beggars Group board member and Chairman of UK Music, was presented with his CBE by Prince William last week, recognizing his work across the music publishing industry. With over four decades of industry experience, Heath has been on the Beggars Group board since 1989 and currently serves as Chairman for the company’s publishing arm, Beggars Music. Also, since 1989, Heath has been a member of the Council of the Music Publishers Association, serving as its President from 1993 to 1997 and has been on the boards of PRS and the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society. Heath was appointed Chairman of British Music Rights in 2008, which he Co–Founded in 1997, and in that same year when the organization joined UK Music, he became Chairman of that entity. Heath’s newest honor from the British Empire joins his recognition in 2009 when he received an MBE.

UK Music has named a new Chair for its Equality And Diversity Taskforce in Ammo Talwar who takes over from Keith Harris who had served in the role for the past three years. In 1996, Talwar set–up Punch which served as a specialist record shop that evolved into a hub for artists and creatives in the Birmingham area. Since then, it has transitioned into a music agency that operates internationally via partnerships with both private and public sector investors. UK Music also revealed that Rachel Bolland will assume the role of Head of Diversity from Felicity Oliver. Bolland maintains her role as Director of Operations with Oliver continuing as Head of Parliamentary Affairs and Events.

AMRA has tapped Robin Davies for the newly–created position of Head of International & General Manager. Davies will be based in London, managing relationships with collection societies, collective management organizations and CISAC. Additionally, he will work alongside AMRA’s executive team on strategy and business development. Davies’ resume includes time with PwC where he advised Fortune 500 companies, private equity clients, and startups across technology, media, telecommunications, and banking industries. While at PwC, he also oversaw the original AMRA work in designing the separation from Kobalt. Before joining AMRA, Davies served as VP, Head of Business Operations for Kobalt Music Group.

A new partnership has been finalized between ticketing platform, Dice, and podcast firm Acast to see Dice’s mobile app providing all ticketing for a new series of live events. Acast’s entry into the live space comes in the form of live shows curated from its U.K. podcast network with dates set for later this year to continue into 2020. The move continues Dice’s growth into more diverse forms of entertainment having added comedy and film to its portfolio this year.

Angry Mob Music Group has signed an exclusive co–publishing agreement with Los Angeles–based singer/songwriter Love–sadKiD (pronouns they/them). The deal encompasses all new works from the poetic rapper (real name Ben McGibboney). Last week saw the release of a new single, “Roller Rink,” the first track in a series of new monthly singles Love–SadKiD has planned. Since 2016, Love–SadKiD have built an impressive discography with a steady stream of singles, two self–released albums in 2017 (Love, Sadkid and Blue Compilation), and two collaborative EPs with Dahm. In 2018, they opened the first leg of singer/songwriter Hobo Johnson’s nationwide tour. 2019 brought the release of the single “Look at the Time” and a move to Los Angeles to pursue their career in music. Love–sadKiD counts a YouTube following of more than 26.2 thousand followers with over 50 million streams in less than two years. They are represented by Jeff Bowers at Waxmgmt and Tom Windish at The Paradigm Agency.

Marathon Music Group has announced that in–house imprint MOVES Recordings has finalized a wide–ranging agreement with Afro Nation, the world’s first mainstream festival with Afrobeats at its core. Launched as a festival in Portugal in 2019, Afro Nation has generated global traction, and this exclusive collaboration will see MOVES Recordings and Afro Nation curating a series of new music encompassing everything from dedicated playlists to themed EPs. Afro Nation Vol No.1, set for release in November, will mark the first of this ongoing series with each volume set to be released between festivals, featuring both artists who have performed at Afro Nation, and acts scheduled to appear in the future. In a groundbreaking move, the majority of the new Afro Nation music series has been A&R’d using WhatsApp, with demos, agreements and contracts exchanged via the free messaging app. This method has allowed MOVES to compile tracks that have been produced in Holland with vocals from artists in Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana, among other collaborations. The next installment of the series, Afro Nation Vol No.2, will be recorded at a writing camp in Ghana during the forthcoming Afro Nation Festival and is currently scheduled for release in February of next year.

Leading U.K. financial tech firm, Centtrip, which offers intelligent treasury management services for the music and wider entertainment industries, has announced the launch of a new office in Amsterdam to oversee its growing footprint across mainland Europe. Centtrip is the fastest growing fintech provider in the music industry with more than 500 music industry clients, and since launching in 2016, the company’s range of financial products and services has been used extensively for international tour management, festival financing royalty runs and a number of other activities. Centtrip also offers an award–winning prepaid multi–currency Mastercard program, and an online treasury management platform with real–time reporting and reconciliation. The company facilitated its first major world tour in 2017 with Robbie Williams, alongside international artist management firm ie:music, and is now used by more than 150 Grammy and BRIT Award–winning artists.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Aton Ben–Horin, Oliver Mitchell, Mike Daly, Scott Burnell, Pieter Viljoen, Raphi Lima, Shridhar Subramaniam, Mary Rahmani, Gary Chen, Charlie Lycett, Arina Logacheva, Benjamin Budde and Nadja Paul.


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. Halloween is in a few days from now, which means spooky and scary things are around the corner. Click HERE to indulge in screams and more during this jackass Halloween season!


Thirty years ago in October 1989, one of the most influential industrial and alternative albums of all time was released – Pretty Hate Machine by Nine Inch Nails. The album quickly went triple Platinum, becoming one of the very first independent albums to do so. “Head Like A Hole,” the album’s most famous and enduring single, which has been covered many times over the years and most recently by Miley Cyrus in the Netflix series Black Mirror, now has its most unique cover version yet. Magnus Mia, the international electro–pop duo from Hong Kong and Rome, who count Nine Inch Nails as one of their biggest influences, deliver a hauntingly beautiful and addictive re–imagination of the song. Jason Magnus and Mia Schettino give “Head Like A Hole” a current feel, but keep it mysterious with an elegant reincarnation that would make Trent Reznor proud. Listen to “Head Like A Hole” by Magnus Mia HERE, taken from their forthcoming EP due in early 2020 and contact info@anrworldwide.com, as Magnus Mia is available for label signing, licensing, publishing, synch and brand opportunities.


Lous is a 23–year–old that grew up between Rwanda and Congo before heading to Belgium alongside her parents to fulfill her dream of becoming an artist. As she focused on her music, she faced painful experiences which forced her to build strength and determination. Impressed by her music after the very first listen, Spanish musician, singer and producer El Guincho teamed up with Lous to produce her album and help shape the incredible songs that she had written. The first taste of their collaboration comes in the form of the single “Dilemme,” which exhibits raw emotions in a beautiful soul, strong and sensitive, both in her lyrics and vocals. Taken from the debut album, Gore (Sony Music), “Dilemme” been embraced by both Italian and Belgian radio, reaching No.48 Shazam, No.6 Spotify Most Viral and No.64 Shazam and No.3 Spotify Most Viral, respectively, and continues to evolve. The visual for the single, directed by Wendy Morgan, aims to be a partial biography of Lous’ life. The video is extremely stimulating as it blends art and fashion and can be seen HERE. For additional information and any inquiries for Lous & The Yakuza, please contact Thomas Morenne at thomas.morenne@sonymusic.com and Elodie Bensoussan at elodie.bensoussan@sonymusic.com.


“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, October 27th, 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:

BRANDON JACKS AND THE ARTIFACTS – “Modern Day Distractions” (Sureshaker, Australia)
HONEYMOAN – “Low Blow” (Unsigned, South Africa)
LARKINS – “Not Enough Love” (Good Soldier Songs, UK)
THE SWOONS – “Conspiracy Of Silence” (Unsigned, N. America)
THE FAIM – “Humans” (BMG, Australia)
KING NUN – “Bug” (Dirty Hit, UK)
MOONLIGHT BREAKFAST – “Summer” (Kiez Beats, Romania)
WIDE EYED BOY – “Calling (I Hear You)” (Polygonia Music, UK)
LOLA MARSH – “Echoes” (Anova Music, Israel)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Badger” (Unsigned, Sweden)
CALLUM BEATTIE – “Nothing Hurts Like You” (3Beat/Universal, UK)
PIQUED JACKS – “Eternal Ride Of A Heartful Mind” (Unsigned, Italy)
SPYRES – “Otherside” (Unsigned, Scotland)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Trade It In” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
STATE LIGHTS – “Open Your Arms” (Unsigned, Ireland)
AMBER RUN – “Neon Circus” (Easy Life, UK)
VINCI – “Lions” (Unsigned, Ireland)
JAMES DEACON – “Not Givin’ Up” (Bad Future, South Africa)
DEMOB HAPPY – “Autoportrait” (SO Recordings, UK)
IVY FLINDT – “Seal My Lips” (Unsigned, Germany)
GASPAR SANZ – “Meanderthal” (Helium Records, Australia)
TALISCO – “Moments” (Roy Music, France)
YONAKA – “Rockstar” (Atlantic, UK)
LIME CORDIALE – “Robbery” (Chugg Music, Australia)
POST–PARTY – “Love You Everyday” (Unsigned, Ireland)
TEN TONNES – “Counting Down” (Warner Music, UK)
MAGNUS MIA – “Head Like A Hole” (Unsigned, Hong Kong)
PATRICK MARTIN – “Both Of You” (B–Unique, UK)
SEA GIRLS – “Violet” (Unsigned, UK)
ABHI THE NOMAD – “Me No Evil” (Unsigned, N. America)
LUNA BAY – “Call The Night” (Unsigned, UK)
BLOSSOM CALDARONE – “Perfect Too” (Unsigned, UK)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Lime Cordiale, Patrick Martin, Prima Donna, Gaspar Sanz and Pleasure Heads)