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MUSEXPO CREATIVE SUMMIT 2020 WELCOMES THOUGHT–LEADERS
TO ITS 22ND EDITION’S OPENING GLOBAL KEYNOTE



With just over two months until it returns to Burbank, California for its 22nd global edition, MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2020 (March 22nd – 25th) continues to reveal key industry leaders and innovators to join a number of insightful forums around the music and media industry’s constantly evolving ecosystem. This year’s Global Keynote 2020: “The Future Of The Music Business,” is no exception as it welcomes some of the world’s leading executives and foremost experts in their respective arenas.

The worldwide music business is evolving on a daily basis into an increasingly exciting and broad pop–culture focused ecosystem. Artists and the music they create have had to adapt to an ever–changing and competitive consumer market with unique innovation across all touchpoints – live, digital, mobile, fashion, media, film/TV, distribution, licensing, publishing, A&R, marketing, radio, esports/gaming, branded entertainment, on–demand, social media, streaming, management and so much more. Featuring some of the most successful and forward–thinking executives in the industry, the Global Keynote will delve into the key aspects of their respective businesses, but also focus on the broader global picture of the constantly evolving international music business as it enters 2020 with a “clear vision.”

Andrea C. Martin Ben Weeden Denis Ladegaillerie Scott Burnell Shridhar Subramaniam

Moderated by widely–respected journalist and Editor of Music Week, Mark Sutherland, this year’s Global Keynote panel will feature Andrea C. Martin – Chief Executive, PRS For Music (making her debut N. American appearance); Benjamin Weeden – COO, Clubs & Theaters, Live Nation; Denis Ladegaillerie – CEO, Believe (Worldwide); Scott Burnell – Global Lead, Business Development & Partner Management, Ford Motor Company; and Shridhar Subramaniam – President, Sony Music India & Middle East.

MUSEXPO 2020 returns as part of California Entertainment Week 2020 alongside the Global Synch & Brands Summit, A&R Summit and Worldwide Radio Summit. For more information on MUSEXPO 2020 including the complete event agenda, a full speaker listing, registration, hotel discounts, showcase submissions and more, visit www.musexpo.net or contact Tyler Polzin at tyler@anrworldwide.com.


UNIVERSAL MUSIC JAPAN ANNOUNCES ICHIRO TAMAKI
AS CORPORATE EXECUTIVE, DIGITAL STRATEGY, DATA ANALYTICS
& PLATFORM PARTNERSHIPS



Universal Music Japan (UMJ), announced last week that Ichiro Tamaki has been appointed as Corporate Executive responsible for Digital Strategy, Data Analytics and Platform Partnerships for the company, effective February 15th.

Ichiro Tamaki
As a core member of Universal Music Japan’s executive team, Tamaki will lead the Data & Analytics and Platform Partnerships teams and will be tasked with overseeing and developing UMJ’s digital and streaming strategy for Japan. He will be based in Tokyo, reporting to Naoshi Fujikara, CEO, Universal Music Japan.

Tamaki comes to UMJ from Spotify, where he has served as General Manager & President, Spotify Japan since 2016. Prior to Spotify, he served as VP at Amazon, driving and growing Amazon’s hardware and Kindle content businesses in Japan.

In making the announcement, Fujikura said, “We are delighted to welcome Mr. Tamaki to our team. His skills, experience and advanced knowledge will bring us game–changing strategy and help drive UMJ towards the next phase of our rapidly evolving music market in Japan. We are committed to delivering the value of music for Japanese music fans and to expanding the universe of opportunities for our artists. We strongly believe that Mr. Tamaki’s leadership will help us ensure and accelerate long–term digital growth, whilst helping our artist talent to reach new audiences around the world.”


SONGKICK NAMES AARON RANDALL & BILL ASHTON MANAGING DIRECTORS


Global live music discovery platform, Songkick, has announced Aaron Randall and Bill Ashton as its new Managing Directors. Based in Songkick’s London headquarters, the duo will report to Emmy Lovell, EVP, WEA Europe. Ashton transitions to the new role from his previous position as Senior Vice President, Artist Services at Warner Music, and Randall adds the new title alongside his existing role as Songkick’s Chief Technology Officer. Songkick’s departing CEO, Mark McIntyre, will support the transition to the new leadership team, and will remain an advisor to Songkick, as well as working on other Warner Music projects from this summer.

Aaron Randall & Bill Ashton
Since coming under Warner Music Group’s ownership in 2017, Songkick has enjoyed a strong performance, with the last year marking record growth in audience, traffic and revenues.

Randall and Ashton said, “This is a hugely exciting time for Songkick. We’ve got ambitious expansion plans and we’re delighted to lead the team as we set about implementing them. Building connections between fans and artists is what really excites us and that ethos is at the heart of Songkick’s business. We want to keep developing our technology and products so we can super serve and further grow our community of passionate, engaged users.”

Lovell added, “Bill was instrumental in helping bring Songkick into Warner Music and aligning its strategy with ours, while Aaron has developed its unbeatable tech that makes it such a user–friendly experience. Together, they’re the perfect choice to take the lead as we seek to further accelerate Songkick’s growth.”

Tony Harlow, President, WEA, commented, “Aaron and Bill will be building on an amazing legacy left by Mark McIntyre, who did an incredible job of building the business and then bringing it into the Warner family. There’s a huge global market for the type of service Songkick offers and we’re in a great place to meet that demand. And we’re proud that it’s a service which offers real value to our artists, enabling them to strengthen and deepen their relationship with fans.”

Randall joined Songkick in 2012 as a software developer and climbed the ranks to become Chief Technology Officer in 2018. He previously worked as a software developer for numerous technology companies including Azzurri Communications, Tangaro and VOSS. Ashton has served in a range of roles at Warner Music since joining the company in 2013. Most recently, he led the international expansion of its Artist Services division and helped oversee the acquisition and integration of both Songkick and leading international online store EMP. Prior to Warner Music, Ashton worked across a number of senior roles in the live music industry for companies such as Live Nation and Ticketmaster. His industry career began as a producer and project manager at the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club.


A&R WORLDWIDE RETURNS TO STOCKHOLM


Kicking off its 2020 international travel schedule, A&R Worldwide commenced on a European tour last week by making its way back to the immensely creative and vibrant music city of Stockholm, Sweden.

With many of the Stockholm–based labels and publishers building impressive studio production facilities, as well as global hitmaker Max Martin now setting up a new studio and creative complex in his native Sweden; it seems that more songwriting and production will return back to the country. It’s clear that there is still something in the water that our Swedish friends are drinking, as the country continues to produce some of the world’s most successful global hits.

While in Stockholm, A&R Worldwide’s President & Founder, Sat Bisla and Vice President, Tyler Polzin, reconnected with a number of their colleagues, while making a few new friends from across the label, publishing, management, songwriting/production, tech and media arenas.

The local market has recently embraced more of its native language artists and their music, but the Swedish creative community continues to export its perfectly crafted songs, as well as talented artists to the world.

Below is a recap of A&R Worldwide’s time in Sweden’s capital city of Stockholm.

CELEBRATING THE SONGWRITER HITS: Pictured (l–r) are Johnny Tennander, Managing Director, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Scandinavia who has enjoyed many global hits with his songwriters hanging out with his pre–hit discovery friend Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide. AN “EKKO” CHAMBER OF GLOBAL SUCCESS: Enjoying almost 40 No.1 global hits, including those with superstars from South Korea and beyond, were (l–r) Robin Jenssen (Co–founder, VP & General Manager, EKKO Music Rights), longtime friend Sat Bisla and Pelle Liddell (President & Co–Founder, EKKO Music Rights).
DISCUSSING MUSIC & BEVERAGE BRANDS were (l–r) Filip Lundquist (Chief Execution Officer, Brands For Fans), Tyler Polzin (Vice President, A&R Worldwide) and Sari Wilholm (Marketing Dictator, Brands For Fans). COUNTING FROM ONE TO “TEN”: Discussing the evolution of A&R and artist development were (l–r) Henrik Larsson (General Manager, Publishing Company TEN) and Sat Bisla.
DATA, ANALYTICS, METRICS & MORE: Having a robust conversation about the evolution of data mining and digital transparency were (l–r): Max Flach (Chief Technology Officer, Utopia Music), Sat Bisla, Greger Hagelin (Chief Relationship Director, Utopia Music) and Sanken Sandqvist (MD, Toy Town Productions) AMONGST SWEDISH MUSIC FAMILY ROYALTY: Enjoying a wonderful chat and Swedish cuisine were (l–r): Peter Andersson (son of ABBA co–Founder Benny Andersson), Nanne Grönvall (wife of Peter Andersson), A&R Worldwide’s Tyler Polzin and Sat Bisla.
IT’S A CREATIVE “COSMOS” IN SWEDEN: Sharing the evolution of Cosmos Music Group (l–r) were Magnus Källskog (Head of A&R, Cosmos Music), Sat Bisla, Peo Nylén (Creative Director, Cosmos Music) and Tyler Polzin. DAVID VS. A MUSICAL GOLIATH: Creating success within a vast goliath music industry is never easy; however, staying true to real artist development and succeeding is “Swede” indeed! Pictured (l–r) are David Mortimer–Hawkins (Sr. A&R Manager, Sony Music Entertainment Sweden) and Sat Bisla.
HANGING OUT IN STOCKHOLM’S MUSICAL “PLAYGROUND”: Discussing the evolving independent Swedish music industry (l–r) were A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla and Tyler Polzin with Patrik Larsson (A&R, Playground Music Scandinavia). DISCUSSING THEIR SWEDISH “CARDIGANS” were (l–r) Filip Wilén (CEO & Founder, Bud Fox, Sweden) and Tyler Polzin (Vice President, A&R Worldwide).


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Universal Music UK has rolled–out its own in–house agency under the banner of The Square. The Square will seek to further the work of the current research and planning divisions, collaborating creatively with Universal Music UK’s teams and others. The Square will also work across Universal Music UK’s complete portfolio counting Abbey Road Studios as well as its partnership operations, Globe. The seven–person staff at The Square will be led by Managing Director Jack Fryer, who had most recently served as Universal Music UK’s Sr. Director of Strategic Planning. Fryer reports to David Hawkes, Managing Director of the Commercial & Creative Services Division. Among the team are included senior strategists Jon Fell and Simon McMahon; audience researcher Alexandra Dodd; and three new staffers in data scientist Lewis Millar; international research and strategist Charlotte Thomson; and junior strategist Arslaan Ahmed. Additionally, creative strategist Helen Kennedy transitions to The Square from her senior marketing position at Virgin EMI.

Elektra Music Group (EMG) has promoted Johnny Minardi to the role of VP of A&R for the company. Among Minardi’s signing credits are acts such as Tones & I, The Band Camino, Grandson, Nothing, Nowhere and Fever 333. Additional work includes that with All Time Low, The Front Bottoms, Against The Current, Lights and Mister Wives, as well as helping to secure Travis Barker’s newly–launched DTA Records for EMG. Minardi is the Founder of indie label Little League Records (LLR) to which he signed bands The Academy Is, Hidden in Plain View, Gatsbys American Dream and August Premier. After almost ten years on the A&R team at Fueled by Ramen (FBR) and Atlantic Records, he transitioned to independent Equal Vision Records before heading back to FBR in 2017. With 2018’s launch of EMG as its own entity, he’s been serving in the role of Sr. Director, A&R, working across Elektra, Fueled By Ramen, Roadrunner and Public Consumption.

Red Light Management is making its way into the gaming space with the launch of a standalone firm under the banner of Hit Command which will create curated experiences, intellectual property and partnership opportunities for artists, brands and content creators looking to enter the burgeoning global gaming ecosystem. Hit Command was founded by William Morris, the firm’s CEO, and Partner Steve Satterthwaite, who also manages dance music acts at Red Light. Morris came to Red Light in March of last year, taking on the role as Head of Gaming. Prior, he served as VP of eSports for Seven20, the dance music artist management firm under Roc Nation. An activation set–up by Hit Command on New Years Eve with its client Twitch Prime at Insomniac’s Countdown festival generated 70,000 concurrent watchers according to Morris.

Artist Partner Group (APG), a division of Warner Music Group’s Atlantic Records, has revealed a round of promotions to its senior leadership team. Included among the promoted executives are Miles Beard, rising to Sr. VP, A&R from his previous role as VP of A&R; Eli Piccarreta to VP, A&R; and Jessica Kelm to VP, Digital Marketing, having previously served as Sr. Director Pop Marketing. Joining APG is Nikisha Bailey as VP, A&R Admin & Operations. Reporting to APG’s CEO, Mike Caren, are Beard, Piccarreta, and Bailey, while Kelm reports to Elyse Rogers, EVP, APG.

Warner Music’s international artist services division, WEA, has a new dual leadership team with the appointments of Morgan Hughes as Head of Creative, and Russell Fogden as Head of Commercial. Both will report to WEA Europe’s EVP, Emmy Lovell, while based in London. Hughes and Fogden’s appointments do not have an impact on the U.S. operations of WEA’s artists services arm. Hughes came to Warner Music in 2011 and has worked on campaigns for acts such as Biffy Clyro, Blur, Ed Sheeran, Liam Gallagher and others. Previously, he spent time at music merchandise companies in London and Sydney. Most recently VP of Retail and Sales for Bravado, Fogden led artist campaigns and coordinated retail partnerships for Peaky Blinders and Disney, as well as rolling–out retail collections for Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande among others.

In other Warner news, Warner Records has added veteran A&R, DJ and producer, Anton Powers, to their team. Powers had spent the past 18 years with 3 Beat as A&R Director. In addition to his work with acts such as Pixie Lott, Powers also collaborated with Philip George in 2015 for the hit, “Alone No More.” On the creative side, he is part Cahill, the U.K. remix and production team.

Warner Chappell and Spotify have come to terms over their ongoing licensing dispute which saw the streamer rolling–out in India without a licensing agreement finalized with Warner Chappell. The new multi–territory agreement encompasses India and pending litigation has been dismissed at the request of both parties. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and a licensing agreement with the recorded side of Warner was not mentioned in statements as those discussions continue.

In other Spotify news, the streamer has unveiled a new set of personalized playlists geared towards our furry friends and companions. Pet Playlists rolls–out following reports that pet owners believe in a connection between their animals and music. The new offering sees algorithmically curated playlists presented to users based on their tastes and their pet’s character attributes, with each playlist featuring around 30 tracks. Additionally, a new podcast under the banner of My Dog’s Favourite Podcast has launched exclusively for canines to keep them company when owners aren’t present.

Primary Wave Music Publishing has finalized an agreement to acquire a majority stake ownership interest in the music publishing catalog, as well as artist royalties, of the soul legend Donny Hathaway. The acquisition counts some of Hathaway’s biggest hits such the Grammy–winning single “Where Is the Love,” “The Ghetto,” “Someday We’ll All Be Free,” as well as the holiday classic “This Christmas,” which was included as one of Rolling Stone’ Top 100 songs and has been covered by the likes of Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child, Train, Pentatonix, Aretha Franklin, Lady Antebellum and others. Primary Wave will partner with the Donny Hathaway estate to not only market his catalog of music, but also opportunities for his name, likeness and brand.

Real Kind Records has been launched by artist Lucy Rose as a new partnership with Communion. In announcing the new label, Rose has also revealed her first signing as U.S. singer/songwriter Samantha Crain who’s new album, A Small Death, is set for release via Real Kind on May 1st. Rose’s fourth album release, No Word Left, reached the top 40 last year.

Global breakthrough artist Billie Eilish has been enlisted to perform the new Bond theme for No Time To Die. The track, set for release via Darkroom/Interscope, was written by Eilish with her collaborator/brother, Finneas O’Connell. Globally renowned composer Hans Zimmer has also been confirmed to compose for the film. No Time To Die will be released in April.

Netherlands–based indie publisher CTM has announced the signing of U.S. songwriter Bradley Thomas (JUG) to a worldwide deal. Included in the signing is the hit track “Nights Like This,” recorded by Kehlani feat. Ty Dolla $ign. The track has to–date garnered over 350 million streams globally. Additionally, CTM has finalized an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with independent label, Mascot Label Group. Mascot’s roster counts acts such as Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Volbeat, P.O.D., Vola, Eric Gales, Kris Barras and others.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has revealed its 2020 class of inductees for its 35th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Presented by Klipsch Audio on May 2nd. This year’s class includes Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails (NIN), The Notorious B.I.G. and T. Rex, with Depeche Mode and NIN the only acts nominated previously. Additionally, longtime industry managers Jon Landau (Bruce Springsteen) and Irving Azoff (the Eagles) will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

Spirit Music Group has finalized a joint venture with Latin hitmaker Rudy Pérez. Spirit’s JV with Pérez will see him identifying writers and artists to sign to Spirit Miami. Based in Miami, the venture builds on Spirit’s presence in one of Latin music’s most important markets. Pérez is one of the most accomplished and respected figures in Latin music having composed over 1,000 songs, with more than 300 of them having been either No.1 or Top 10 hits. Pérez is a Founder of the The Latin Grammys (LARAS) and a Co–Founder of La Musa (the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame). Among his many recognitions, he’s been named Producer of the Decade by Billboard in 2010 and has garnered ASCAP’s Songwriter of The Year award five times. Among the artists Pérez has written or produced tracks for are Beyoncé, Julio Iglesias, Christina Aguilera, Il Divo, Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton, Luis Miguel, Jose Feliciano, Marc Anthony, Jon Secada, Cyndi Lauper, Roberto Carlos, Los Temerarios, Juan Gabriel, Alejandro Fernandez, Marco Antonio Solis, Jose Luis Rodriguez (El Puma) Alexandre Pires, Arturo Sandoval, Chayene, Luis Fonsi, Dima Bilan, Leonid Agutin and Jaci Velasquez, and Juan Luis Guerra, among others.

Leading Brazilian metal act Sepultura have signed to BMG for the release of their forthcoming new full–length, Quadra, in Latin America. Formed in 1984, Sepultura have released fourteen studio albums across their career and have sold more than three million units in the U.S. and almost 20 million worldwide. They’ve garnered multiple Gold and Platinum records worldwide, including in France, Australia, Indonesia, the U.S., Cyprus, and their native Brazil. The signing of Sepultura in their home market is a significant achievement for BMG as it builds its recordings business in Brazil. Quadra is a concept album created in Sweden’s Fascination Street Studios with renowned producer Jens Bogren. The work is scheduled for release on February 7th and will be followed by a world tour starting in March.

In other Brazilian industry news, GR6, one of the largest record labels in the territory, has signed an exclusive global distribution deal with Ingrooves Music Group. With an extensive roster of artists such as Brazilian superstars as MC Livinho, MC Don Juan, GAAB, MC Pedrinho, MC Joao, G15 and others, GR6 has a built a multi–platform infrastructure that encompasses a label, music publisher, artist management, audio/video production and touring division. GR6 was founded in 2005 by its CEO Rodrigo Oliveira who is widely–credited with leveraging YouTube to build GR6’s successful roster. Collectively, the company’s YouTube channels have generated over 40 million subscribers. The new agreement marks an expansion for Ingrooves into Brazil. Brazilian music industry veteran Cris Garcia Falcão has been tapped as Managing Director for Ingrooves Brazil and will serve as the main liaison with GR6.

A new indie booking agency under the banner of Outer/Most has been launched by former Paradigm agent and industry veteran, Todd Walker. Serving as the firm’s Chief Executive, Walker’s roster counts acts such as Nils Frahm, Christian McBride, Anoushka Shankar and Ólafur Arnalds. Also, on the Outer/Most team are included Kelly Deasy (Agent & Partner) and Amy Butterer (Director of Operations) who are both Chicago–based, while Walker remains in Boston. In the late 90s, Walker started his own agency before transitioning to the International Music Network in 2000. Walker headed to The Windish Agency in 2012, becoming a senior agent leading the agency’s Performing Arts division.

AEG Presents has announced the promotions of both Alicia Karlin and Jenny Heifetz Henault to the role of VP, Global Touring and Talent. In her new role, Karlin will maintain her booking duties of the globally recognized Electric Forest Festival. Karlin’s career began as a talent buyer for her college’s Student Government Productions and following her graduation in 2006, saw her head to Boulder, CO where she was tapped to help launch the Rocky Mountain office for AEG Presents. In 2007, she transitioned to Madison House and when the firm was acquired by AEG in 2014, she headed back to the team as VP, Talent and Sr. Event Producer. A ten year AEG veteran, Heifetz Henault most recently held the role of Sr. Director of Global Touring. Her work includes that with EVP Debra Rathwell on tours for acts such as Elton John, The Who, Lorde, John Mellencamp and JoJo Siwa. Heifetz Henault’s industry career began in the artist management arena, working with firms including Spivak Sobol Entertainment, The Firm and Azoff Music. On the touring side, she has experience under Harry Sandler, Rathwell’s respected and beloved late husband.

Apple Music’s first Up Next artist for the new year has been announced as alt–country act Orville Peck. Having released his debut full–length, Pony, last year, Peck has been featured across Apple Music’s Pure Country Radio, Today’s Country, Indie Radio, Untitled, Up Next, Country Wide, Eclectic Rock, and Zane Lowe and Matt Wilkinson’s Beats 1 shows. Peck is set to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! January 29th as part of the Apple Music Up Next initiative.

Raedio, the label JV between Issa Rae (Insecure) and Atlantic Records, has finalized the acquisition of Bonfire Collective, a music supervision firm with credits including Godfather of Harlem, Wu–Tang: An American Saga and The Get Down, in addition to collaborations with brands such as Target, Old Navy, Squarespace and Samsung. Under the acquisition, Stephanie Diaz–Matos, Bonfire’s Founder/Creative Head will join Raedio as Head of Music Supervision for the label and it’s production music library. Raedio and Diaz–Matos’ first collaborative project is the series P–Valley for Starz. Raedio will now act as Issa Rae Productions and ColorCreative’s in–house music supervision team.

According to BMO Capital Markets, Netflix is looking to put $17.3 billion towards original content in 2020, an increase over 2019’s investment of $15.3 billion. BMO also revealed that the on–demand streamer’s investment into content will cross $26 billion by 2028, primarily on originals. This level of spending on content is notably higher than Netflix’s competition such as Disney+ who revealed they’ll be putting $1 billion into original programming for 2020.

Ultraísta, the artist trio composed of vocalist/producer Laura Bettinson (FEMME/lau.ra), multi–instrumentalist/producer Nigel Godrich (Radiohead), and drummer/producer Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M., Atoms for Peace), have revealed the details for their sophomore full–length to be released on March 13th via Partisan Records. Marking the first music from the group in almost eight years, Sister’s lead single “Tin King” was released last week. The band’s debut album earned them a performance on Letterman, as well as support from the New York Times, NPR and Rolling Stone. That album was recently re–released digitally across all platforms as a special deluxe edition, which collects all of the remixes (from Four Tet, Prefuse 73, Matthew Dear, Chvrches, Maribou State and others) that were originally released in 2013. Click HERE to see the video for “Tin King,” self–directed and filmed in London starring Bettinson.

Leading German ticketing firm, CTS Eventim, has finalized a multi–year partnership with O2 to see O2 customers benefiting from exclusive ticket pre–sales, free streaming and an exclusive brand experience at Eventim events. O2 will take advantage of Eventim Brand Connect assets such as social media, newsletters, display ads, banner advertising, and marketing and targeting tools to share its communication from its brand.

FKP Scorpio continues to make moves as it has taken a majority stake in Oslo–based Nordic Live AS. The agency was founded in 2017 by Erica Leypoldt, Kim Nordbæk, Ottar Schanke Eikum and Joël Schwalenstöcker, formerly of Live Nation, Ultimat Artist, Mentometer and TimeOut Agency, respectively. Nordic Live represents over 60 domestic and international acts, and the acquisition brings to FKP domestic rosters from across the Nordic region. On the domestic side, Nordic Live’s roster counts artists such as Alan Walker, Ina Wroldsen and Gabrielle, who collectively delivered more than 1,000 shows in 2019, generating total turnover of 80+ MNOK. Since launching, FKP Scorpio Norway has promoted shows across the country with the likes of Bon Iver, Tame Impala, Biffy Clyro and Brad Paisley. Nordic Live will join with head promoter Stian Pride and his team at FKP Scorpio Norway over the course of 2020.

In other FKP Scorpio news, the agency along with Viva con Agua has achieved another milestone in 2019 following the steady increase of donations collected at festivals and shows in recent years. Over the course of the year, visitors have donated €93,000 at concerts and €108,000 at festivals. To honor this commitment, FKP Scorpio will donate another €50,000 to bring the total to €250,000 which will benefit water–related projects in Ethiopia. 2018 marked the tenth anniversary of the partnership between the non–profit organization and concert promoter with a total contribution of €170,000. The unique fundraising saw traditional direct donation opportunities at concerts and shows, as well as allowing festival goers to discard their returnable cups in the iconic blue bins pulled by volunteers of Viva con Agua. The money collected at various events directly benefits Ethiopia’s “WASH” projects which stands for water, sanitation and hygiene. The concept makes sure that all efforts bring about a sustainable and long–term effect, making sure that the water stays clean and drinkable. With 2019’s donations, a total of 25 new wells will be built, improving the lives of well over 20,000 people. Further information about all projects is available at www.vivaconagua.org.

UTA has added Jason Derulo to their roster with the artist previously having been represented by CAA. A multi–Platinum recording artist and dancer, Derulo also recently made his film debut in Cats. As a recording artist, his debut single “Whatcha Say” went No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Additional multi–Platinum hits followed with “Talk Dirty” (feat. 2 Chainz), “Wiggle” (feat. Snoop Dogg), “Want to Want Me” and “Swalla” (feat. Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign). Collectively, he’s moved over 190 million records worldwide and generated more than 18 billion streams and six billion YouTube views. He released the EP 2Sides (Side 1) late last year through Beluga Heights Records/Warner Records, with Side 2 expected in the coming weeks.

As it rolls–out its first Open/R Music Discovery Month, MelodyVR has revealed emerging acts L Devine, JC Stewart, Ashnikko and Hamzaa as their first round of featured talent. The VR platform launched last week and sees fans able to experience first–hand significant locations from the musical path of the selected artists to–date. The four episodes will also feature exclusive studio performances making use of the MelodyVR’s 360–degree technology.

Create Music Group has named electronic music industry veteran Ethan Baer to the role of Sr. VP, Business Development, Head of Electronic for the company. Baer is the Founder and former CEO of EDM.com, the largest and most influential international media platform for the genre, which he launched in 2013 and grew to more than 2 million monthly visitors. While at the company he established relationships with major brands such as Red Bull, Tidal, 7UP, Insomniac, ID&T, Live Nation, PioneerDJ and SiriusXM. Baer also oversaw the company’s social network growth which reached over 10 million electronic music fans. In his new role, Baer will oversee all aspects of Create’s electronic music clients across multiple verticals including all major DSPs. He will lead new client and catalog acquisition, develop new brand deals and alliances, and act as the company’s main liaison with the electronic music community. Baer will be based at the company’s creative headquarters in Hollywood. Prior, Baer served as the CEO of the Artist Intelligence Agency (formerly The EDM Network). Among his early label signings are included Illenium, TroyBoi, Nitti Gritti, Dr. Fresch, Ghastly, William Black, Prismo and others. He was also the Executive Director at Indie Music Group/Indie Music Publishing and continues to be a Partner in Electric Family/Top Drawer Merch, a premium music–industry streetwear and exclusive artist merchandise organization.

Anthem Entertainment has added Lindsay Hyslop to their label division, Anthem Records as Manager, Marketing. Based in Nashville, Lindsay reports to Anthem Records’ Head of Label, Allison Hamamura, and will oversee all aspects of marketing strategy and execution for the Anthem Records label roster. Bringing with her more than a decade of industry experience, Lindsay has worked across both label and management in Nashville and Toronto. Most recently, Lindsay managed the marketing, brand partnerships and streaming for RGK Entertainment Group. Prior to RGK, Lindsay worked in Digital Marketing for Universal Music Canada.

Valence Media, the parent company behind Billboard–The Hollywood Reporter Media Group, has let go of music publications Spin and Stereogum. Next Management Partners has acquired Spin, while Stereogum’s ownership will return to its leadership who have reached an agreement to buy back the brand. Stereogum’s Founder and Editor–In Chief, Scott Lapatine, continues to oversee the brand while assuming the role of CEO. Billboard–The Hollywood Reporter Media had acquired Spin, Stereogum and Vibe in 2016, with Vibe remaining under the Billboard–The Hollywood Reporter Media banner moving forward.

Longtime Curb Records CEO, Dick Whitehouse, passed away last week. The respected executive had spent 35 years serving as Curb’s CEO across a 55–year tenure with the company. At the time of his passing, Whitehouse was still serving as a board member and trustee. Among the signings Whitehouse played a significant role in are The Judds, Lyle Lovett, Junior Brown, Sawyer Brown and the Desert Rose Band as well as others. He also worked with country singer T.G. Sheppard.


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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. The year is still young and already there’s a deluge of jackass activity emanating from across the world. Click HERE for a plethora of slips, falls, skids and more jackass surprises!


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 and has earned 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, Passport Approved, 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. Waiting For Smith’s music was selected for the September playlist at Caff&ecuate; Nero, a chain of over 700 coffee shops around the world. In October, WFS 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. In 2019, WFS’ music was streamed on Spotify in 71 countries for 4,042 hours – the equivalent of five months of listening; in Belgium, the WFS audience grew by 999%. The new year has produced a new single from Waiting For Smith titled “So Much Love.” The song has been chosen for the British Airways playlist and will feature on all BA flights worldwide from February through March. The track also received a spin on BBC Radio 1 courtesy of Huw Stephens. Listen to the new single HERE and contact info@anrworldwide.com as Waiting For Smith is currently seeking booking, publishing, synch and collaboration opportunities.


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

Los Angeles–based Moby Rich turn melancholy song craft into bold, pop hooks and visuals. The Alt–Pop duo, consisting of members Maxwell Joseph and Connor Pledger, moved to LA five years ago from Indianapolis and Atlanta, respectively. Their 2018 breakout hit “Yoko Ono” combines the euphoria of early MGMT with the laidback beat–making of N.E.R.D, which was featured on their debut, Our First EP. Following an Australian tour with Broods and a set of debut headlining shows in both New York City and Los Angeles last summer, the duo released their follow–up, Our First Second EP, which includes the singles “Oil Spill” and “Sabotage.” Moby Rich return in a big way as they unleashed their latest single “Loser” (Republic Records) accompanied by the Scottie Cameron–directed video, featuring a special cameo from the iconic Jay and Silent Bob. Fittingly, the song is featured in the latest installment of filmmaker Kevin Smith’s classic Jay and Silent Bob series, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. The video premiered on Funny Or Die and can be seen HERE. Contact René Symonds at rene@tapmgmt.com, as Moby Rich are available for synch opportunities.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 1/19/2020



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, January 19th, 2020: 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; WLKK “Alternative Buffalo” NY 107.7FM; WZRH–FM New Orleans; 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:

SEA GIRLS – “Violet” (Unsigned, UK)
DUNE RATS – “Crazy” (BMG Australia)
BENEE – “Find An Island” (Universal, New Zealand)
HIGH TROPICS – “Changes” (Unsigned, Australia)
TATUM – “Broken” (Bad Future, South Africa)
LONGFELLOW – “Brooklyn” (Unsigned, UK)
DOTAN – “Letting Go” (7 Layers, Holland)
CALLUM BEATTIE – “Nothing Hurts Like You” (3Beat/Universal, UK)
THE BONGO CLUB – “No Expectations” (The Bank, Sweden)
FOREST BLAKK – “Put Your Hands Up” (Warner Music, Canada)
TEMPLES – “Either You’re On Something” (ATO Records, UK)
COMA – “Spiracles” (City Slang, Germany)
BLOXX – “Go Out With You” (Unsigned, UK)
TELEGRAPH – “Down The River” (Telegraph Records/Ditto Music, France)
RED RUM CLUB – “Kids Addicted” (ModernSky, UK)
BLOSSOM CALDARONE – “Perfect Too” (Unsigned, UK)
THE FAIM – “Words Apart” (BMG, Australia)
MEGAPHONE – “Don’t Be Late” (Unsigned, Czech Republic)
SOPHIE & THE GIANTS – “Runaway” (Unsigned, UK)
BRANDON JACKS & THE ARTIFACTS – “Modern Day Distractions” (Sureshaker, Australia)
MAGNUS MIA – “Heartburn” (Unsigned, Hong Kong)
SPACEY JANE – “Good For You” (Unsigned, Australia)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Trade It In” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
KING NUN – “Bug” (Dirty Hit, UK)
BOY PABLO – “Feeling Lonely” (777 Music, Norway)
THE MOVING STILLS – “Stick Around” (Unsigned, Australia)
SLØTFACE – “Sink Or Swim” (Propeller Recordings, Norway)
EZRA VINE – “Braver Than Most” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
THYLA – “Two Sense” (Unsigned, UK)
TWO YEAR VACATION – “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” (Cloud Hills, Sweden)
LIONAL – “Hold On, We’re Going Down” (IMOUT Records, UK)
PIQUED JACKS – “Eternal Ride Of A Heartful Mind” (Unsigned, Italy)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Magnus Mia, Callum Beattie, The Vices, Johnossi and The Rubens)