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MUSEXPO 2020’S GLOBAL MANAGERS & BOOKING AGENTS FORUM WELCOMES INDUSTRY LEADERS FOR INSIGHTFUL CONVERSATIONS
ON DEVELOPING & REPRESENTING TALENT



As its 22nd global edition fast approaches, the MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2020 (March 22nd – 25th) continues to add some of the global industry’s key executives to its diverse and wide–ranging program. Among the forum’s included on the 2020 agenda is a focus on management and live which will see leaders from the two sectors coming together for a conversation around talent development and representation in a rapidly evolving pop cultural landscape.

The role of talent managers and booking agents can often be taken for granted in the larger narrative of a successful global superstar. It takes an undeniable amount of patience, persistence, perseverance, as well as a deep understanding and connection to the global music industry and other touch points, in order to drive a talent to worldwide success.

In many cases, a good booking agent can be the make–or–break element to an artist’s career trajectory as they leverage their relationships and knowledge to make sure the right artist is in front of the right fans at the right time. As a manager, a deep understanding of not only your artist’s local, regional and national markets, but their talent’s ability and value in the global landscape, is imperative.

The will bring together leaders to discuss what it takes to bring their artists to the masses, and how they continue to evolve their model to capitalize on the value they create in a constantly evolving world of music, brands, media and technology.

Bex Majors Jenn Tolman Jobst Neermann Shane Tobin Tarsame Mittal Tom Windish

Moderated by respected industry veteran Ralph Simon (Founder & CEO, Mobilium Global), this session will feature Bex Majors – Music Agent, UTA; Jenn Tolman – Artist Manager, Vector Management (Avril Lavigne); Jobst Neermann – Managing Partner, RBK Fusion GmbH (Germany); Shane Tobin – VP, Partnerships, Sofar Sounds; Tarsame Mittal – Founder, TM Talent Management (India); and Tom Windish – Music Executive Leadership Group, Paradigm Talent Agency.

MUSEXPO 2020 returns to Burbank, CA’s Castaway venue 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.


SONY MUSIC REVEALS NEW STRUCTURE FOR ITS OPERATIONS
IN ASIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST


Sony Music Entertainment (SME) has revealed a new reporting structure to see the company more directly connecting its operations in Asia and the Middle East to the SME leadership team and business strategy. Moving forward, there will be new hubs across Asia and the Middle East, reporting to Sony Music’s New York–based corporate leadership.

Shridhar Subramaniam
Shridhar Subramaniam has been appointed to the newly–created role of President, Strategy and Market Development, Asia and Middle East. He will maintain oversight of Sony Music Entertainment India and the Middle East while adding responsibility for strategy and market development for the Asia region. Based in New York, Subramaniam will partner with each Sony Music company throughout the region to identify and execute strategic acquisitions, joint ventures, investments and partnerships for the company and its artists in the territories. He will also strengthen strategic relationships with other Sony operating companies and engage in all aspects of SME’s digital and partner development for SME Asia and Middle East. Having led Sony Music India for 18 years, Subramaniam’s leadership has seen the company building a strong roster in Hindi Soundtracks, Pop and Regional language music and acquiring catalogues from Magnasound, Crescendo and others. Shridhar is also confirmed to speak for the first time under his new role at MUSEXPO Creative Summit in Burbank, CA on Monday, March 23rd as part of the event’s global keynote panel.

Denis Handlin
Denis Handlin, who has successfully overseen the Asia Pacific region across the last decade, and driven the setup of SME’s Asia businesses operations, will now exclusively focus on leading the future of the Australia and New Zealand companies. Handlin is tasked with the continued expansion of Sony Music’s portfolio of new business verticals in Australia and New Zealand while continuing to develop local artists and break international acts. He will celebrate his 50th year in the Australian company in May.

Also, as part of the new structure, looking after Sony Music’s business in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong will be its Managing Director, Andrew Chan. Chan joined Sony Music in 2017 and has signed high profile artists within the region and built partnerships with key digital and mobile companies. Prior, he led One Stop China, a joint venture between SME, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, where he facilitated the transition of China’s biggest search engine, Baidu, into a licensed music distribution model.

Joseph Chang maintains his role as Managing Director, SME Korea, having joined the company in 2015. Chang has played a key role in many major K–pop music deals and securing new digital partners and business opportunities for our artists. He has also been involved in expanding The Orchard’s business by supporting the signings of the major local K–pop labels.

Ariel Fung assumes the role of Executive Vice President, SME Southeast Asia. Fung joined SME in 1991 and has held various roles throughout SME Asia and Australia including Managing Director, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Taiwan and South Korea. He also opened the SME office in Vietnam and began SME’s Hong Kong imprint, O.U.R. Works.


SONY/ATV FINALIZES GLOBAL PUBLISHING AGREEMENT WITH BEYONCÉ

Beyoncé and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced last week a global agreement covering the iconic musician’s entire song catalog, including hits from the start of her career with Destiny’s Child, through her collection of solo works.

Beyoncé
“I am excited for what’s to come with my continued partnership with Jon Platt in his new leadership role at Sony/ATV,” said Beyoncé. “Jon’s the executive who understands the creative mindset and continues to be both an advocate and protector. It has been an honor working with Jon from the start of my career.”

Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Jon Platt said, “Beyond all of her well–deserved accolades and accomplishments, Beyoncé is simply one of the most driven and impactful talents I know. I’ve had the privilege of making incredible music with her throughout her career and she continues to set the bar for creative expression in all forms. Beyoncé inspires generations with her songs, and I am honored to reunite with her at Sony/ATV.”

One of the most critically acclaimed artists of her generation, Beyoncé has garnered 23 Grammy Awards, 22 Billboard No.1 hits, 26 MTV Video Music Awards and 9 American Music Awards, as well as a Peabody Award, among other honors. Additionally, Beyoncé stands as the most–awarded artist at the BET Awards and Soul Train Music Awards. Widely recognized for her inventive approach to live performance and video, she has also made a significant impact beyond music to include fashion, film, entrepreneurship and the world of philanthropy.

With a catalog of work spanning almost two decades, Beyoncé’s work sees her as one of the best–selling music artists of all time with over 100 million records sold. She has written or co–written major hits across multiple genres that include No.1 songs such as “Crazy In Love” (ft. JAY–Z), “Irreplaceable,” “Independent Women” and “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” as well as Top 10 hits “Baby Boy,” “Formation” and “Survivor,” among others.

Beyoncé has recorded with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Drake, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Missy Elliott, Kendrick Lamar and more. In addition, Beyoncé became the first African/American woman and the second woman ever to take home the ASCAP Pop “Songwriter of the Year” Award for her work with Destiny’s Child.


A&R WORLDWIDE RETURNS TO EUROSONIC


A&R Worldwide recently made its annual pilgrimage to Eurosonic Noorderslag’s 2020 edition. Eurosonic takes place in the Dutch city of Groningen, and remains a key platform for the European music industry, providing a great networking environment for its attendees, as well as an incredible showcase opportunity for European artists, which has led to many success stories on the live front.

The event once again saw A&R Worldwide connecting with its friends and colleagues from Europe and beyond, as well as catching some amazing global talent!

Below is a pictorial overview of A&R Worldwide’s trek to Holland last week.

INDULGING IN THE VIBES OF EUROSONIC IN GRONINGEN, HOLLAND (l–r) were: Cindy C Nunez (Booking Director, Mad Cool Festival, Spain), Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide), Barry Dickins (Co–Founder ITB, UK) and Steve Zapp (Booking Agent, ITB, UK). DISCUSSING REEPERBAHN’S PRESENCE AT MUSEXPO 2020 IN LA were (l–r) Alex Schulz (General Director & Founder, Reeperbahn Festival); Ramona Kappmeyer (Director Communications & Project Lead, Reeperbahn Festival USA) and Tyler Polzin (Vice President, A&R Worldwide).
SHARING THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE EVOLUTION OF RADIO, STREAMING & AUDIO were A&R Worldwide Founder Sat Bisla and Sharid Alles (Program Manager, 3FM Holland). HAVING A CONVERSATION ON ALL THINGS A&R AND MUSIC PUBLISHING were Michéle Hamelink (Senior A&R Europe, Sony/ATV Music Publishing) and A&R Worldwide’s Tyler Polzin.
WHAT IN THE “DICKINS” WERE THEY TALKING ABOUT?: The legendary Dickins family were one of the focus keynote panels at Eurosonic 2020. Pictured (l–r) are Jonathan Dickins (Founder, September Management and manager of Adele), Barry Dickins (Co–Founder, ITB, UK), Lucy Dickins (Head of Music Division, WME) and moderator Greg Parmley, Managing Director, ILMC). CONVERSING ABOUT THE GERMAN & EUROPEAN A&R LANDSCAPE were A&R Worldwide VP Tyler Polzin (left) along with German–based A&R executive and manager Robin Shaw.
IT’S ALL ABOUT A&R AND ARTIST DEVELOPMENT: Sharing their passion for A&R were Tim Tóth (Head of A&R, CTM) and A&R Worldwide’s Tyler Polzin. DISCUSSING THE BURGEONING LIVE BUSINESS were (l–r): Tyler Polzin (VP, A&R Worldwide), Stephen O’Reilly (Director, IE Music) and Tom Burris (Digital Manager, IE Music).


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



It’s been revealed that Willard Ahdritz, Founder of Kobalt, is parting ways with his CEO role at the music company. He will take on the title of Chairman with current President and Chief Revenue Officer, Laurent Hubert, assuming CEO duties. Kobalt’s three sectors encompass music publishing, recordings (AWAL) and neighbouring rights, which altogether represent 25,000 songwriters, 20,000 indie artists and 600 publishers. Global digital music collection society, AMRA, also sits under the Kobalt umbrella having been acquired in 2015. Hubert came to Kobalt in 2016 having served as President of Marketing and Creative for BMG. He was elevated soon after to his current role where he was tasked with looking after the firm’s music publishing and neighboring rights operations worldwide. The leadership transition comes after a round of C–suite shifts at the music company including the hiring of Silicon Valley executive Johan Land as Chief Product Officer, who took over the role from Simon Dennett while he assumed a non–executive board member at AMRA. Additionally, last year, Jeannette Perez was promoted to the newly created post of Chief Experience Officer, and Avid Larizadeh Duggan parted ways with the company less than two years after becoming it’s Chief Operating Officer.

BMG has announced a new multi–faceted global partnership with Dark Horse Records, the imprint led by Dhani Harrison and manager David Zonshine. The agreement initially brings releases from the catalog of George Harrison’s legendary label, Dark Horse Records, and his Indian label imprint, HariSongs, as well as Joe Strummer’s solo catalog, including his works alongside The Mescaleros. Dark Horse Records will also release new recordings via BMG including the current Tom Petty estate charity single “For Real – For Tom.” Currently available on all digital platforms is the first round of releases that includes the George Harrison produced Ravi Shankar Chants of India, Ravi Shankar & Ali Akbar Khan In Concert 1972, Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros’ albums Rock Art and The X–Ray Style, Global A Go–Go, and Streetcore, and the AttitudesAin’t Love Enough: The Best of the Attitudes. Upcoming releases in 2020 include compilations, live albums, and box sets featuring rare and unreleased recordings from the Dark Horse label, many of which will be making their digital debut. Dark Horse Records was founded by George Harrison in 1974 as a place for his solo work and a home for supporting other artists. The HariSongs label was launched in 2018 by the George Harrison Estate to celebrate the Indian classical music George loved and believed would “help as a balance towards a peaceful daily life.”

Merlin has finalized a multi–territory partnership with TikTok, the widely–popular short–form mobile video platform. Effective immediately, the deal sees some of the world’s leading independent music repertoire licensed for use on TikTok, wherever the platform is available globally. Merlin represents hundreds of members from over 60 countries, that includes tens of thousands of independent record labels, distributors and artist management companies with a membership that accounts for more than 15% of the global recorded music market. TikTok, one of the world’s most downloaded apps in 2019, has been used extensively by Merlin members such as Cosmo Sheldrake (AWAL), Dirty Heads (Better Noise), Falco Punch & Scooter (Kontor New Media), Los Palmeras (Leader Entertainment), Major Lazer (mtheory), Official HIGE DANdism (Pony Canyon), Reik & Haze (Cinq Recordings), Sampa The Great (Ninja Tune), Tokyo’s Revenge (Foundation Media) and Valentino Khan (Mad Decent).

Amazon Music has crossed the 55 million user mark globally and also revealed that subscriptions to its Unlimited offering jumped by over 50% last year. In year–upon–year comparison, Amazon Music said that its numbers have increased almost 50% in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Japan with more recent launch territories such as France, Italy, Spain and Mexico growing more than two times. Despite sitting as the fastest growing music streaming platform last year, Amazon Music’s totals still fall short of competitors Apple Music and Spotify, the latter of which was expected to surpass 120 million subscribers by the end of 2019. The 55 million figure doesn’t distinguish which level of Amazon Music service customers are using.

Concord Music Publishing has announced a new creative partnership with Guyanese–American music executive Ron André Elvis Telford and his Creative Titans business. The partnership sees Telford working with Concord’s A&R team, led by EVP Worldwide A&R, Kim Frankiewicz. The first signing to the new venture is Colombian songwriter/producer, Sebastian “Bassto” Zapata. After a year of collaborating with established music creatives across the U.S. and U.K., Bassto has become a sought–after producer and has contributed to several hits in 2019 including Jorja Smith’s “Be Honest” (U.K. Gold Certified single) and Koffee’s “W” (feat. Gunna). Telford and his team have focused on finding and procuring talent from the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America and territories outside of N. America with Creative Titans sitting as a hybrid music company that leads with artist management and music publishing. Last summer, Creative Titans also signed Walshy Fire of Major Lazer to Concord Music Publishing.

Concord has also announced the hiring of Tom Coulson–Smith to the role of Director of A&R. Having previously been on the team at Warner Chappell, the London–based executive’s appointment sees him reuniting with Concord’s EVP of Worldwide A&R, Kim Frankiewicz to whom he reports, having worked with her previously at Imagem prior to the company’s acquisition by Concord. At Warner Chappell, Coulson–Smith’s signings included BRIT Rising Star and BBC Sound of 2020 winner Celeste, in addition to Lianne La Havas, Andy Burrows, Kideko, George Morgan and emerging artist, Winnie Raeder. Coulson–Smith also looked after the publisher’s JV with the 13 Artists publishing roster.

CAA has revealed its new CAA Board, which the agency says has been formed as a “leadership structure that underscores the company’s continued growth and next–generation strategy.” Tasked with the agency’s day–to–day management, the board’s members include Risa Gertner, Michael Levine, Emma Banks, Joe Cohen, Maha Dakhil, Paul Danforth, Michelle Kydd Lee, Joel Lubin, Sonya Rosenfeld, Rick Roskin and Tiffany Ward, all of whom maintain their current leadership positions at CAA.

Primary Wave Music Publishing has revealed another key acquisition as it takes on a majority stake in the music publishing catalog of Noel Hogan, co–songwriter and lead guitarist for Grammy–nominated group, The Cranberries. The deal encompasses some of the group’s biggest hits such as “Linger,” “Salvation,” “Dreams,” and “Ode to My Family,” as well as a number of songs on the band’s final album In The End, which was nominated for Best Rock Album at last night’s Grammy Awards. Hogan formed The Cranberries with his brother Mike and drummer Fergal Lawler in 1989. Aside from a hiatus between 2003 and 2009, the band released eight albums and went on to sell more than 40 million records globally. While on hiatus, Hogan began to focus on his own music working with programmer Matt Vaughan. He formed a solo band, Mono Band, and worked with a number of guest vocalists including Richard Walters, Kate Havenik and others. He released his self–titled debut in 2005. He then went on to form a new band with Walters, Arkitekt, and released two EP’s in 2009. Hogan also began producing bands on the local music scene of Limerick before returning to The Cranberries.

Los Angeles’ KCRW has announced Anne Litt as the new program director of music for the respected NPR station. Litt has been serving as interim music director since the departure of Jason Bentley in August and becomes the fifth person to step into the role behind Bentley, Nic Harcourt, Chris Douridas and Tom Schnabel. KCRW has also brought on Paul Bennum as Chief Content Officer, and Drew Tewksbury as Director of Digital Content. A veteran of the station, Litt joined KCRW in 1996 and currently hosts its weekend afternoon music show in addition to currently acting as interim host of Morning Becomes Eclectic, while Bentley’s permanent replacement continues to be sought out. Notably, Litt is the first music director at KCRW who isn’t the permanent host of Morning Becomes Eclectic. She is also the first female in over four decades to assume music director duties for the station.

Singer/songwriter Khalid and Reebok have announced a new global partnership that will see Khalid making his debut for the brand this spring via its Sport the Unexpected campaign. Khalid commented, “I’m amped to partner with Reebok. I love how they mix old and new and honor the classics with fresh twists. I hope we can inspire a new generation of people to be themselves and take creative chances.”

Global Citizen’s Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream has revealed the seventh host city for the September 26th event as Dubai with the market set to join additional broadcasts from New York, Lagos, Nigeria, Seoul, South Korea and additional cities in Latin America and Europe. Billed as the largest live broadcast cause event ever, the 10–hour, six–continent telecast will urge governments, philanthropists and the private sector to address the world’s extreme poverty, climate change and income inequality by providing the $350 billion needed each year to help support change. The Dubai event’s line–up hasn’t been announced but the first round of performers and supporters across the other editions include Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish, Coldplay, Cyndi Lauper, D’banj, Eddie Vedder, EXO, H.E.R., Janelle Monáe, Lizzo, Metallica, Miley Cyrus, Muse, Ozuna, Ozzy Osbourne, Pharrell Williams, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shawn Mendes, Tiwa Savage, Usher and others.

Downtown Music Holdings (Downtown) subsidiary, AVL Digital Group (AVL), has acquired FUGA, the Netherlands–based B2B music technology and services firm. FUGA will maintain operations as a standalone business within Downtown’s portfolio of distribution and monetization capabilities under AVL. Moving forward, FUGA, its clients and partners, will benefit from expanded resources, infrastructure and global scale to more quickly bring to market added services and unparalleled innovation for music industry rights holders. FUGA’s flexible technology platform provides content management, workflow and distribution services, and currently delivers to over 260 different digital service providers globally. FUGA also provides full–service marketing, promotion, monetization and label services to the independent music sector. At present, more than 500 different businesses, including labels, artist platforms, distributors and other rights holders globally, make use of FUGA’s technology and services to support their operations.

CMT announced last week that moving forward it will be implementing a 50/50 gender balance initiative for video airplay across its CMT and CMT Music channels. The new commitment comes following results from a recent study that revealed the ratio of spins by males to female artists in 2018 was 9.7:1 with spins for women averaging 4% at its highest during the overnight hours and 1.7% at its lowest in the morning, when listening increases.

Radiohead is offering up access to almost 30 years of its creative output encompassing rare tracks, live music, remix EPs, artwork galleries, never–before–seen in–studio photos and links to buy/stream the band’s albums and live performance footage. Under the banner of Radiohead Public Library, access is available by creating your own library card for the free site with all five band members rotating through as librarians over the first week, curating their own personal collection of materials. In addition to being available through the new library, most of the rare music available has also made its way to DSPs.

Warner Records has tapped PR veteran Darren Baber for the role of Sr. VP, Media & Strategic Development. Baber will be based in Los Angeles while reporting to Laura Swanson, EVP, Media & Strategic Development. He transitions to Warner Records after a six–year–stint as Epic Records’ VP, Publicity, working across campaigns for acts such as Fifth Harmony, Meghan Trainor and Camila Cabello. Prior, he spent time with Capitol Music Group and BWR Public Relations, having started his career at Virgin Records.

Warner Chappell Music has named Ayla Owen as VP, Synch & Creative Service for Europe for the company. Owens comes to Warner Chappell after 15 years with BBH where she served as the global ad agency’s Head of Music and launched its dedicated music division, Black Sheep Music. Based in London, Owen reports to Warner Chappell’s EVP and Global Head of Synch, Rich Robinson. She will be tasked with coordinating the publisher’s synch and creative services initiatives across Europe. Prior to BBH, Owen served as a music supervisor for a number of TV production companies with her career having started as a recording studio assistant as well as time as a label manager for independent record companies. Owen’s team includes Andrew Howell, promoted to the new role of UK Head of Synch. Howell has been with Warner Chappell since 2016, following stints with Universal Music Group, Sony/ATV, Roc Nation and Ministry of Sound. Joining Warner Chappell from Warner Music UK’s synch department is Laura Willoughby who takes on the role of Global Sr. Creative Brand Manager, working alongside Sr. VP of Creative Services, Ashley Winton, to build on the publisher’s creative resources and output.

Universal Music Group’s Chairman & CEO, Sir Lucian Grainge, has received his star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Inducted by Shawn Mendes and Lionel Richie, Grainge became one of a small number of British music industry executives to garner the Hollywood Walk honor. Alongside Mendes and Richie, a “who’s who” of artists and colleagues turned up for the ceremony near Capitol Tower including Lewis Capaldi, Justin Bieber, Sam Smith, Gregory Porter, Beck, Tori Kelly, Hailee Steinfeld and Scooter Braun.

The acquisitions continue for Hipgnosis with the firm acquiring a catalog of music from Brian Higgins, an Ivor Award–winning British songwriter/producer and the Founder of label/publishing firm, Xenomania. Higgins credits include production and co–writing on over 35 Top 10 hits with acts such as Kylie Minogue, Sugababes, and Girls Aloud, the latter of which he’s co–written and produced most of their five studio full–length albums. Additionally, Higgins co–wrote the 1998 hit song “Believe” by Cher and has written or produced hits performed by the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Dannii Minogue, The Saturdays, Sophie Ellis–Bextor, Bananarama, Alesha Dixon, Texas, Rachel Stevens, Saint Etienne, Gossip and Florrie. Hipgnosis’ acquisition of Higgins’ catalog encompasses 100% of worldwide copyright, ownership and financial interest, including writers share, of 362 songs.

A new in–house brand consulting division under the banner of Loud has been launched by streaming platform, Mixcloud. Loud will be helmed by founding partners Kazim Rashid and Ben Lawrence. The new operations allow for further diversity to Mixcloud’s revenue streams with the platform having launched its Mixcloud Select subscription tier last year. Among the clients Loud currently works with are Adidas, Dr Martens, Shure, Red Bull and W Hotels. Also added to the leadership team for Loud are Rozi Rexhepi, Cathy Tennant, Holly Gilbertson and Joseph Strinati. Loud will collaborate with the broader Mixcloud team from their headquarters in East London.

Metal Blade Records has named Tracy Vera President and Heather Parsons as General Manager for the indie rock label. Vera is based in Los Angeles and first joined Metal Blade in 1990 as part of the retail marketing team. She climbed the ranks to production, Operation Manager and VP/General Manager having most recently served as CFO/GM for the company. Parsons has been with Metal Blade since 2002 and, during her tenure, looked after office management, inventory management and production duties. Founded in 1982, Metal Blade has been the label home of acts such as Goo Goo Dolls, Slayer and Metallica over the years with a roster that currently counts Amon Amarth, Killswitch Engage, King Diamond, The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse and others.

Music and entertainment law firm, Rothenberg, Mohr & Binder LLP, has announced the promotion of attorney Tiffany R. Almy to Partner. Having been with the firm since it was founded in 2018, Almy represents the likes of Grammy–nominated producer Teddy Geiger, film/TV/video game composer and producer Dan Romer, and artists such as Caroline Polachek, Yoke Lore, Chad Lawson and Dua Saleh. Before joining Rothenberg, Mohr & Binder LLP, Almy spent 14 years serving a number of roles across record labels and boutique music law firms. Having served on the Board of Women In Music, she also actively participates at She Is The Music events in New York and is a supporter of Femme House, the Los Angeles–based educational platform founded by her client LP Giobbi.

The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) has announced its newly elected board of directors. Joining the board are five new directors in Francesca Trainini (PMI), Garry West (Compass Records), Jörg Heidemann (VUT), Lisa Levy (Robbins Entertainment) and Zena White (Partisan Records). The new directors join a 15 person board, with Justin West (Secret City Records) remaining Chair. Jason Peterson of GoDigital Media Group also joins the Board as an observer.

Digital music distribution platform, Play MPE, is making its way to Canada through Universal Music Canada with the label servicing its new release via Play MPE moving forward. Despite being a global partner for Universal Music Group (UMG), Play MPE hadn’t entered Canada to date with UMG’s local operations in the country having used Canadian–owned Yangaroo’s DMDS for servicing. Play MPE had unsuccessfully launched in Canada previously in 2007. The news comes on the heels of Play MPE’s recent launch of a new web–based player.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Sonia Diwan, Brian Schall, Jason Markey, Lauren Iossa, Greg Thompson, Atul Churamani, Kyle Hopkins, Julie Greenwald, David Saint Fleur, Ron Laffitte, Sarah Stennett, Peter Edge, Jonathan Dickins, Raphi Lima, Mark Beaven and George Ash.


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. Live streaming and TV can be great at times, but sometimes quite embarrassing when things don’t go as planned. Click HERE to watch some live TV jackass moments from around the globe!


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– MAGNUS MIA



Magnus Mia, who hail from Hong Kong and Rome, kick off the new year with their powerful new electro pop ballad “Heartburn,” which was inspired in part by the recent Hong Kong protests. Through the perspective of both sides, whether it be a divided young couple or a parent and their child who wants to leave home for a greater purpose, the song takes a very intimate look into the feeling of unrest that often begins at home. “Heartburn” is the duo’s follow–up to their hauntingly beautiful cover of Nine Inch Nails “Head Like a Hole” and debut releases “Jubilee” and “Fool’s Mirage.” Their music has been played on radio stations in over 40 countries globally and is out in China on Netease Cloud Music. Listen to “Heartburn” by Magnus Mia HERE and contact info@anrworldwide.com as Magnus Mia is available for label, publishing, synch and brand opportunities.


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

Four years ago the Swedish five–piece Diskopunk made their debut. The Stockholm–based outfit consists of members Antonio America (vocals), Fabian Sandegård (guitar), William Collins (bass), Joakim Rydén (keyboard) and Henrik Ulvenäs (drums). The disco kings describe their sound as “a decadent ABBA with grandiose chord–driven pop songs beefed up with post punk parts; raging distorted synthesizers, guitar riffs and a hell of a lot of percussion.” Diskopunk has made a permanent dent on the European live scene with their turbo–charged live act, as witnessed during their support of Friska Viljor on their 2019 German tour. Their single “Motherland” (Sony Music Sweden) provides an extra portion of grit that takes no prisoners, is direct and in your face, and is the perfect balance of danceable rock. The track is accompanied by a DIY video, which was shot on an iPhone, and recorded in just one brilliant take. In fact, the people that are in the video weren’t even informed of the filming! Watch the video for “Motherland” HERE and contact David Mortimer–Hawkins at David.Mortimer–Hawkins@sonymusic.com for all Diskopunk inquiries.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 1/26/2020



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, January 26th, 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)
MOBY RICH – “Loser” (TAP, UK)
DUNE RATS – “Crazy” (BMG, Australia)
LONGFELLOW – “Brooklyn” (Unsigned, UK)
TATUM – “Broken” (Bad Future, South Africa)
PATRICK MARTIN – “Wonder Years” (B–Unique, UK)
HIGH TROPICS – “Changes” (Unsigned, Australia)
BENEE – “Find An Island” (Universal, New Zealand)
TEMPLES – “Either You’re On Something” (ATO Records, UK)
CALLUM BEATTIE – “Nothing Hurts Like You” (3Beat/Universal, UK)
THE BONGO CLUB – “No Expectations” (The Bank, Sweden)
MAGNUS MIA – “Heartburn” (Unsigned, Hong Kong)
SOPHIE & THE GIANTS – “Runaway” (Unsigned, UK)
COMA – “Spiracles” (City Slang, Germany)
LARKINS – “Hit And Run” (Good Soldier Records, UK)
LIME CORDIALE – “Robbery” (Chugg Music, Australia)
DOTAN – “Letting Go” (7 Layers, Holland)
BRANDON JACKS & THE ARTIFACTS – “Modern Day Distractions” (Sureshaker, Australia)
HUNDREDS – “Ready Shaking Silent” (Embassy Of Music, Germany)
MEGAPHONE – “Don’t Be Late” (Unsigned, Czech Republic)
THE FAIM – “Words Apart” (BMG, Australia)
FOREST BLAKK – “Put Your Hands Up” (Warner Music, Canada)
BLOXX – “Go Out With You” (Unsigned, UK)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Trade It In” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
THE MOVING STILLS – “Stick Around” (Unsigned, Australia)
SLØTFACE – “Sink Or Swim” (Propeller Recordings, Norway)
SPACEY JANE – “Good For You” (Unsigned, Australia)
BOY PABLO – “Feeling Lonely” (777 Music, Norway)
EZRA VINE – “Braver Than Most” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
YONAKA – “Rockstar” (Atlantic, UK)
LIONAL – “Hold On, We’re Going Down” (IMOUT Records, UK)
MADS LANGER – “Me Without You” (Sony, Denmark)
THE SWOONS – “Conspiracy Of Silence” (Unsigned, N. America)

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