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MUSEXPO 2020 WELCOMES GAMING & ESPORTS INNOVATORS
TO ITS INSIGHTFUL FORUM



With its 22nd global edition less than two months away, the innovative and diverse program for MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2020 (March 22nd – 25th) continues to attract industry leaders from all facets of the worldwide music and media ecosystem. The 2020 MUSEXPO edition is set to deliver an insightful look into the world of interactive gaming and esports with leading minds from the sector joining this unique forum.

The esports and gaming communities are growing at an incredibly fast pace globally, as more and more people enter the interactive gaming world as competitors, active gamers and spectators. This influential entertainment arena has spawned a new group of highly engaged fans, encompassing a significant cross–section of youth demographics, who are influenced not just by the games themselves, but by the culture around the esports environment including live and broadcast events, as well as an emerging breed of celebrity talent made up of some of the more popular and successful gamers globally.

MUSEXPO Creative Summit’s Interactive Gaming forum will delve into the opportunities for music within this fast–growing sector, not just around licensing in games, but a wider opportunity for tapping into a new group of pop culture influencers to promote music and artists to their dedicated fan bases within the broader gaming ecosystem.

Alex Hackford Brandon Young Kyle Hopkins Matt Colon Rich Thomas Xavier Ramos

Moderated by veteran industry journalist and editor of Music Week in the U.K., Mark Sutherland, this session will welcome Alex Hackford – Head of Creative Music Affairs, Sony Interactive Entertainment/PlayStation; Brandon Young – Sr. Director, Music Affairs, Activision Blizzard; Kyle Hopkins – Head of Music Supervision, Microsoft Studios (Xbox); Matt Colon – US Managing Director of Music, YM&U Group; Rich Thomas – Founder, Indie Esports League; and Xavier Ramos – VP, Creative Development, FaZe Clan.

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 and more, visit www.musexpo.net or contact Tyler Polzin at tyler@anrworldwide.com.


SO RECORDINGS SIGNS PLACEBO – ADAM GREENUP NAMED
MANAGING DIRECTOR FOR SILVA SCREEN LABEL GROUP



Leading U.K. indie label, So Recordings, has announced the signing of Placebo for the band’s next studio full–length, and at the same time has revealed the promotion of Adam Greenup to Managing Director for the Silva Screen Label Group.

Placebo
In a career spanning 25 years, Placebo have become one of the alternative genre’s most widely recognized rock bands, generating almost 13 million album sales worldwide.

Reynold D’Silva, CEO of Silva Screen Music Group said this of the new label signing, “The band and their management could have signed with at least ten other labels and indeed they were pursued aggressively by all of them. To say we are over the moon is an understatement. Having heard the new tracks, this eighth album sees the band at their creative peak and cement their standing as a seminal band in the rock world.”

Regarding the promotion of Greenup, D’Silva adds, “In the ten years Adam has been with the company, he has made a substantial contribution and, in many instances, has been a catalyst for positive change within Silva Screen. His new appointment recognizes the role he has played and will see him work alongside myself to oversee all aspects of the group’s labels, including So Recordings and his existing legal and business affairs functions.”

Greenup comments, “Reynold is an unsung legend of the independent music scene and I feel very lucky we met when we did, as he offered me not just a job, but amazing guidance, encouragement and huge opportunity across the last ten years. Since then we have achieved great things of which I am personally very proud. To work here as MD with full support of our long–standing team is something I am looking forward to. Signing Placebo is a fitting anniversary present and promises to be a hugely exciting journey that we are more than ready for. We’ve been close to Alex, Dave and Angus at Riverman for a long time, who are an incredible management team.”

So Recordings, part of the newly formed Silva Screen Label Group, has quickly grown to be one of the most respected and biggest independent rock labels in the U.K. To date, the label has achieved four Top Ten records and several top 40 albums with a roster that includes Enter Shikari, Deaf Havana, Band of Skulls, The Lafontaines, Dinosaur Pile–Up, Demob Happy and Turbowolf.

Established in 1986, Silva Screen is a global leader in film music (Batman Begins, Iron Man, Gravity) and is perhaps best known for its long partnership with the BBC across releases such as Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Luther, as well as being the global partner for the BBC’s Earth soundtracks, including the David Attenborough narrated series Planet Earth, Blue Planet and Human Planet. At the end of last year, Silva Screen released the widely successful Children in Need Got It Covered album as well as the top ten Christmas album by Chris Kamara alongside more traditional soundtrack releases with His Dark Materials, Good Omens and Dracula.


A&R WORLDWIDE NETWORKING DINNER BRINGS TOGETHER VARIOUS EXECUTIVES FROM MUSIC & BEYOND IN BEVERLY HILLS


A&R Worldwide recently hosted another of its globally recognized networking dinners in association with the Crescent Hotel in Beverly Hills. The intimate affair brought together a diverse group of executives from across the music and entertainment space for a night of great food, drink and networking.

Below is a pictorial overview of the recent soiree.

CELEBRATING A GOOD MUSIC CONVERSATION (l–r) were Marian Wolf (Vice President, Head of Global Writer Services, BMG) and Sienna Jackson (CEO & Founder, Zoran Creative Strategy). DISCUSSING THE EVOLUTION OF ALL THINGS MUSIC were (l–r) Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide / MUSEXPO), Ari Schottenstein (Partner & Co–Founder, Zukin Partners, LLC), Chris Cameron (Partner, Go Hard), Roahn “First Born” Hylton (songwriter and producer) and music attorney Charley Londoño.
TWO’S COMPANY AT THE CRESCENT HOTEL: Pictured (l–r) are Ants Smith (songwriter, composer) and Ronnie Benarie (Founder, RB Management). ENJOY NETWORKING AMONGST NEW & OLD FRIENDS: Pictured (l–r) are Mio Vukovic (Sr. VP A&R/Head of Creative, Disney Music Group), Delmar Powell (Vice President, A&R, Creative, Downtown Music Publishing), Samantha Sklar (A&R, Warner Chappell Music), Felix Howard (A&R, producer, songwriter, Method Management) and A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla.
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION: Pictured (l–r) were Matt Marshall (Sr. Vice President A&R, Concord Music Group), James Cheney (VP Creative, A&R, Reservoir Media), Benton James (Head of Urban Music, Red Bull Songs), Sat Bisla, Samantha Kolton (A&R Executive, Red Bull Songs) and Kenny “Tick” Salcido (Sr. VP/Head of A&R, Red Bull Records). GEARING UP FOR A MUSICAL TACKLE: Pictured (l–r) were Mike Banks (former Manager of New Zealand’s national rugby team – All Blacks), Zukin Partners, LLC’s Ari Schottenstein and Go Hard’s Chris Cameron.
DISCUSSING THE BURGEONING INDIAN MUSIC MARKET were (l–r) Ananya Birla (Platinum–selling artist in India), Felix Howard, music attorney Doug Mark, Akshita Shah (manager of Ananya Birla), Sat Bisla and Ronnie Benarie. IT’S A LADIES NIGHT at the Crescent Hotel with (l–r) Adriana Arce (Artist Manager, Maverick Management), Askhita Shah and Ananya Birla.
EXPERIENCING GREAT FOOD, CONVERSATION & COMPANY were dozens of executives from the music, media, financial and technology sectors at The Crescent Hotel in association with A&R Worldwide.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



A&R Worldwide has learned that veteran A&R executive Mark Williams, who previously served as Head of A&R, Columbia Records, as well as holding A&R positions at Virgin, Geffen and Interscope, has joined Concord Music Group in a A&R new role. Williams will be based out of the company’s Los Angeles–based offices.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville has named Rusty Gaston CEO which will see the industry veteran looking after all creative and operations for the company’s Nashville division, including new songwriter signings. Gaston remit is also expected to include oversight of the development strategies for the company’s catalog. Reporting to Sony/ATV’s Chairman & CEO, Jon Platt, Gaston steps into the role following the departure of former President & CEO Troy Tomlinson in June as he assumed the Chairman/CEO position at Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville. Alongside Gaston’s appointment, the Nashville–based THiS Music publishing firm, is also acquired by Sony/ATV. Gaston co–founded THiS Music with Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Tim Nichols and respected songwriter Connie Harrington with the company’s roster counting two–time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year winner Ben Hayslip and Grammy–winning songwriter and artist Emily Weisband, as well as others.

Warner Music Group revealed its fiscal Q1 financial results last week, reporting growth across total revenue (4.4% or 5.5% constant currency); digital revenue (12.6% or 13.5% in constant currency); net income ($122 million over $86 million year–upon–year); and OIBDA ($236 million over $215 million year–upon–year). Increases to revenue from digital recorded music, artist services, and expanded rights, as well as to music publishing digital and synch, helped offset drops in revenue for physical recorded music, licensing and music publishing performance.

Apple’s services operations, which encompasses Apple Music, Apple TV+ and Arcade, reached $12.7 billion in revenue for the final quarter of 2019. The result marks a 17% increase year–upon–year and supported a 9% growth to Apple’s overall revenue for the quarter, reaching $91.8 billion, which Apple revealed was a new all–time record. The tech giant reported earnings per share at $4.99 which surpassed analyst expectations of $4.54/share and $88.41 billion in total revenue. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook commented on the wearable device shortages, stating that Apple is working to increase production on the new Airpods Pro. Apple’s iconic iPhone remains the most significant revenue source for the company with the devices generating close to $56 billion in the first fiscal quarter, an increase over last year’s $52 billion in the same period. Apple has revealed its 2020 year–end target as 600 million total subscribers across its offerings as it anticipates it will reach its 500 million goals by the end of March.

Rough Trade has finalized a new partnership with Apple Music to become a music curator for the DSP. Under the new cooperation, the indie retail chain will offer up artist recommendations through exclusive playlists on the platform, with Rough Trade commenting that the move comes as a way of “breaking down the borders between physical and digital formats.” The Apple Music Rough Trade Edit playlist encompasses a weekly set of new and recent releases. Rough Trade Edit also features a podcast offering, offering listeners the opportunity to dive further into the music with artist interviews.

Kobalt has added Lewis Capaldi to their neighboring rights roster for representation globally. Capaldi had been with PPL for his international collections and joins a growing list of artists who have made the jump from PPL to Kobalt such as Rita Ora, Emeli Sande and Duke Dumont.

Amazon revealed last week that their Prime service now counts over 150 million subscribers globally who receive quicker shipping and other benefits. The new total marks a 50% jump over the last numbers revealed in 2018 and now tops Netflix’s total subscribership of 139 million users worldwide. Amazon also noted that its holiday season financial results beat expectations with Amazon’s shares spiking 10% to $2,055 in after hours trading on Thursday. In total, Amazon’s Q4 profit increased 8% to $3.3 billion with revenue up 21% to $87.4 billion. The e–tailer revealed that for 2019, total profit reached $11.6 billion and revenue, $280 billion.

Enjoying a robust conversation on music, brands and more were numerous executives dining with A&R Worldwide at New York City’s Fig & Olive Restaurant)
A&R Worldwide recently descended upon the Big Apple, New York City, to reconnect with numerous friends and executives from the music, advertising and consumer brand sectors. Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide along with Vice President, Tyler Polzin, hosted an intimate dinner to discuss the worlds of music, brands and consumers with executives who currently have, or have had key roles, working with brands, artists and ad agencies such as Coca–Cola, Anomaly, Grey Advertising, Saatchi & Saatchi, Lorde, New Zealand All Blacks rugby team, Universal Music Group and others.

London’s iconic 100 Club venue, whose stage has welcomed the likes of the The Rolling Stones, Oasis and The Sex Pistols, has been provided with a special status from the Westminster City Council to see the venue benefitting from business rates relief set by the Council. Marking the first live music venue to receive the support, the 78–year–old venue will have now have access to an NNDR Localism Relief. The move is part of a larger initiative to support grassroots venues in the Soho neighborhood as the number of London’s independent music clubs dropped from 144 to 94 between 2007 and 2016.

Additionally, the U.K.’s independent music scene is set to receive another round of funding from Arts Council England (ACE) for an additional £1.5 million. ACE rolled–out its Supporting Grassroots Live Music fund in May of 2019 and to–date has presented 70 awards with investment reaching £1.2 million on projects throughout the U.K.

Following their recent split with longtime managers, Seth England and Kevin “Chief” Zaruk of Big Loud, Florida Georgia Line (FGL) have joined the roster at Full Stop Management. The duo, composed of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley join the Los Angeles–based firm, part of Irving Azoff’s The Azoff Company, which is led by Co–CEOs Jeffrey Azoff and Brandon Creed. FGL become the first country music act in the Full Stop stable which counts artists Lizzo, Harry Styles and Nicki Minaj. FGL had been managed by England and Zaruk since their debut single, “Cruise,” was released in 2012.

peermusic has signed Warner Music recording artist De La Ghetto to a global publishing administration deal, it was announced last week by Kathy Spanberger, President & Chief Operating Officer; Julio Bagué, VP, Latin Division, East Coast & Puerto Rico; and Yvonne Drazan, VP, Latin Division, West Coast. The deal encompasses future work and the entire back catalog for the three–time Grammy nominated singer–songwriter and chart–topping recording artist. In a career spanning over a decade, De La Ghetto has contributed to the success of a now mainstream genre by not only being one of Reggaeton and Latin Trap’s pioneers, but through the successful release of multiple albums, mixtapes and A–list collaborations. In 2004, he founded iconic Puerto Rican duo Arcángel y De La Ghetto and by 2007, would start his solo career. Among his many collaborations are included those with Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, J Balvin, Bad Bunny, Maluma, Wisin and Nicky Jam, as well as others. He’s had 26 works hit Billboard’s Latin Rhythm charts, two of which made it to Top 5. Prior to releasing his third studio album, he collaborated on the global hit “1, 2, 3” ft. Sofia Reyes and Jason Derulo, which received several Platinum and Gold certifications in the U.S. and Latin America. His album Mi Movimiento debuted No.1 on Billboar’s Latin Albums Sales, Top 5 on Top Latin Albums and No.1 on iTunes in the U.S. The album’s lead single “La Formula” ft. Daddy Yankee, Ozuna and Chris Jeday has generated over 236 million views on YouTube, over 100 million streams on Spotify and spent 9 weeks on the Billboard charts. Most recently, De La Ghetto released “Selfie,” and “Feka” ft. Miky Woodz & El Alfa with both tracks set to be featured on his upcoming full–length Los Chulitos.

Record Union has announced a new partnership with Facebook and Instagram to see the digital distributor offering independent artists the ability to deliver their work to the social platforms. The licensing agreement will cover the use of music across Facebook’s platforms such as Instagram Stories and Lip Sync Live. Recording Union will distribute artists royalties for use across the platforms. Record Union is also one of Spotify’s preferred artist distributors.

It was revealed last week that the Sound Relief 2020 benefit concerts that had been in the works have been cancelled. The events, which were being planned to support the relief efforts for Australia’s devastating bushfires, hadn’t yet seen formal dates, venues and lineups announced prior to being cancelled. According to reports, the Sound Relief 2020 concerts were expected to take place March 7th – 9th with Australian industry veterans Michael Gudinski and Michael Chugg collaborating with competitor Live Nation for the events.

This year’s Super Bowl music performances made their way to DSPs in real–time following their broadcasts at last night’s Super Bowl LIV. The NFL’s Super Bowl LIV Live visual album hit services such as Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and others just after they happened. Additionally, the visual content was made available for purchase via Apple Music. Among the performances that took place included the halftime show featuring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, the National Anthem from Demi Lovato and “America the Beautiful” performed by Yolanda Adams. The latter two performances saw proceeds from sales going towards the NFL’s Inspire Change grant initiative which supports organizations working for positive change across education and economic advancement, police and community relations, and criminal justice reform.

The philanthropy division of CAA and Democracy Works are partnering to roll–out the Civic Alliance. The nonpartisan group will bring together a number of businesses to work towards boosting voter turnout as the U.S. heads into the 2020 election. CAA and Democracy Works have both previously spearheaded civic engagement programs and commented that, along with their partners, they helped 2.7 million people register to vote and 4.9 million find their polling centers in 2018. Among the Hollywood members of the Civic Alliance are included AMC Theatres, Anonymous Content, Bad Robot, BET, Comedy Central, CMT, Entertainment Industry Foundation, Paramount Network, Studio71, TV Land, Univision, Verizon Media and VH1 who join partners from beyond the entertainment space such as Target, Twitter, Microsoft and Lyft.

Facebook has revealed Q4 numbers that showed strong performance despite its battles with regulation, privacy and interference in elections. The social platform’s financial results saw earnings posted of $7.35 billion ($2.56/share) which is an increase of 7% year–upon–year. Revenue also saw growth of 25%, reaching $21.1 billion, which was largely driven by advertising. Facebook also revealed growth to its user base, reporting that each month, around 2.89 billion people make use of at least one of its platforms which include Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger. It reports that around 2.26 billion people use a service daily with its main platform counting 2.5 billion users each month which is an increase of 8% year–upon–year. Additionally, Facebook has settled a 2015 lawsuit regarding its facial recognition practices, paying $550 million.

Primary Wave Music has added award winning and multi–Platinum selling R&B group Bell Biv DeVoe (Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe) to their roster. Eric Baker, a partner in Primary Wave’s talent management division and based in the company’s West Coast office, will handle day to day responsibilities for the group. The band comes to Primary Wave as they approach the 30th anniversary of their iconic album, Poison, released on March 20, 1990. The album peaked at No.5 on the Billboard Top 200, debuted at No.1 on the R&B chart and went on to sell more than 4 million copies in the U.S. alone. The album’s title track and debut single rose to the top 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100. To celebrate the anniversary, BBD have a number of tour dates coming up with more to be added throughout the year.

Three Six Zero International and La Industria Inc. have finalized a new partnership to see Three Six making moves to develop Latin talent. The partnership will see both firms’ clients benefitting with Three Six’s roster including the likes of Calvin Harris, Tiësto, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett–Smith, and the Colombia–based La Industria management firm representing acts such as Nicky Jam, Manuel Turizo, ChocQuibtown and others. The collaborative efforts between the two have already resulted in a role for Nicky Jam in the film Bad Boys For Life, as well as the use of his single “Muévelo” with Daddy Yankee in the soundtrack.

Cooking Vinyl Publishing (CVP) has announced a partnership agreement with Sync Music Ltd, a new publishing rights management company spearheaded by award–winning U.K. rapper, Avelino. Sync Music was formed as a collaboration with Avelino’s management team of Gautier Mukuna and Rowland Ashitey (More Music Records). The new partnership will see Sync Music Ltd and CVP working closely together on A&R and creative, with a focus on synch licencing, while CVP will take care of all legal and administration duties. Sync Music Ltd will have the flexibility to sign a range of deals with artists from single–song assignments to traditional exclusive publishing agreements. Avelino marks the first signing to the new company with Cooking Vinyl having started representing Avelino’s master synch rights in 2017, securing placements with the likes of EA Games and a bespoke JUNKIE XL remix on the Tomb Raider: Lara Croft video game. Other brand campaigns have included LYNX, True Religion, Manchester United FC and Netflix.

After a two–year dispute, BMI and the Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) have reached a settlement. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed though BMI comments that the “new license carries a rate that reflects the strength of BMI’s repertoire and its share of radio spins, which is higher than any other performing rights organization.” The dispute was initiated when the RMLC, which represents around 10,000 radio stations for rate negotiations with PROs, sought to implement a market share regime based on radio play on the four U.S. PROs, BMI, ASCAP, SESAC and GMR. According to an assessment from Billboard, the move positioned BMI at a lower market share and rate than ASCAP. According to Billboard, at the time the suit was filed by BMI in January 2017, ASCAP was assigned 50% market share and received a rate of 1.75% of radio revenue with BMI at 40% market share and a rate of 1.4% of radio revenue. Also included under the settlement, RMLC will make a one–time payment for litigation fees to BMI. The agreement also provides clarity and confirmation of platforms encompassed under the license and revenue associated with it such as terrestrial broadcasts and streaming, podcasts and HD radio from stations.

Culture Collective, the management group started in 2019 by former Red Light Management EVP & General Manager, Jonathan Azu, has signed an exclusive global distribution deal with Ingrooves Music Group. Marking the first artist release under the new Culture Collective/Ingrooves partnership will be music from Grammy–nominated R&B singer/songwriter Luke James, whose new album, to feel love/d, was released last week. to feel love/d comes after a two–year hiatus for James from music to focus on his work in acting. His three newly released singles from the album, “go girl” ft. BJ The Chicago Kid and Ro James, “all of your love,” and “blow” have been supported by key playlists such as Spotify’s New Music and Are & Be as well as Amazon’s Global R&B platform. Music has also been picked up by radio stations including WBLS/New York, SiriusXM’s Heart & Soul and others. James recently performed a medley of “go girl” and “all of your love” on BET’s Soul Train Awards which was broadcast live in five countries.

Iain Bluett, one of the co–founders of Atlanta–based Ticket Alternative, has announced he is parting ways with the ticketing firm after almost two decades with the business. Under the deal, Bluett’s business partner and the firm’s other co–founder, Jamie Dwyer, has purchased Bluett’s shares in the company. Dwyer has also tapped a new partner to help lead Ticket Alternative which services thousands of events each year and counts a staff of over 40.

Native Tongue has finalized a deal with the estate of Marc Hunter to represent his extensive catalogue worldwide. The late Marc Hunter is best known for his work with the influential band Dragon, with which he co–wrote iconic songs “April Sun In Cuba,” “Rain,” and the Todd Rundgren produced “Dreams of Ordinary Men.” Dragon were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2008. Native Tongue’s Managing Director Jaime Gough states, “Marc was such a charismatic frontman with a fantastic voice. It’s a real privilege to be granted the right to represent his classic catalogue of songs. We’re looking forward to a successful relationship with Wendy and the family. The passion they display for Marc’s music is amazing and we’re excited to be part of the team.”

As a result of the A&R Worldwide’s support, Israeli singer–songwriter and artist, Shlomi Ash, has finalized an exclusive worldwide agreement with Berlin–based Steam Music. Shlomi Ash comes from Tel Aviv where he’s been developing his music for the past 10 years. His early influences included the likes of The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen and Led Zeppelin, and he picked up his first guitar at the age of 10. After playing with several rock and folk bands around Tel Aviv, Shlomi dedicated his early 20s to traveling the world, stopping in places like the U.S. Midwest and Italy, where he studied local folk and country musicians and was inspired by songwriting legends such as Neil Young and Jeff Buckley. Shlomi’s early demos caught the attention of English producer Chris Potter (The Rolling Stones, Blur, The Verve), and the two relocated to the English countryside last year to record Shlomi’s debut album, scheduled for release later this year.

Music app Djay has finalized new partnerships with SoundCloud and Tidal to allow users to mix live video via Tidal and tap into the SoundCloud catalogue. Additionally, the partnership will deliver custom recommendations to users. Djay’s developer, Algoriddim, and SoundCloud are serving up complimentary access to a number of featured tracks with curated playlists spotlighting emerging talent from various genres. The Tidal integration sees live video and audio mixing available on mobile devices for the first–time ever.

NOW (Nordic Oscar Weekend) is set to take place in LA this coming weekend as the event seeks to bring together the local LA and Scandinavian creative community working in the film and music spaces. As part of the 3–day event, A&R Worldwide’s President & Founder, Sat Bisla, is set to take part in a special keynote interview to discuss the nucleus of the global music business that is A&R – Artists & Repertoire, Artists & Relationships, and Artists & Revenue. The event will also feature a number of other key speakers, networking and workshops, as well as a sit–down dinner, the Greta Nissen & Door Opener Award, and the annual Nordic Oscar Celebration. For more information on the invite–only event and to request attendance, visit www.nowla.org.

In December, widely recognized Indian actor and singer, Sonu Nigam, released his first original international collaboration, “Fire In The Sky,” with Polish actress and singer Natalia Lesz. The collaboration was A&R’d by A&R Worldwide. The song’s music video has already garnered nearly 30,000 likes and 4 million+ views. As the song continues to build, Sonu Nigam and Natalia Lesz are rolling out a once–in–a–lifetime opportunity for the fans to sing the song, along with themselves, via a unique and first of its kind campaign, hosted by Radio One 94.3 FM, India’s only international radio network, and 9122 Records, India’s leading independent record label for international music. The pan–India campaign invites fans and aspiring singers across the country to participate by sending in their version of the song “Fire In The Sky.” The selected winner will then have the opportunity to join Sonu Nigam and Natalia Lesz as they perform the song on Radio One 94.3 FM.

Anthem Entertainment has named John Cantu to their team as Manager, Corporate Marketing. Based in Nashville, Cantu reports to Anthem CEO Helen Murphy while focusing on corporate marketing, sponsorships and branding for Anthem’s global talent. Prior to Anthem, Cantu was the Marketing Director at Riser House Entertainment, where he developed and implemented brand and marketing strategies for their entire roster, including Mitchell Tenpenny.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Billy Mann, Joe Belliotti, John Janick, Kristin Graziani, Janesta Boudreau, Sam Riback, Livia Tortella, Max Lousada, Ben Turner, Sean Mulligan, Clio Massey, Paul Pontius, Mike Daly, Ken Ogihara and Ken Komisar.


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. It’s the start of a New Year and already there’s been a deluge of jackass moments happening. Click HERE for a smorgasbord of interesting fails from around the world!


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



Brisbane’s indie pop five–piece Sheppard created a song dedicated to the victims of the Australian bushfires called “Phoenix.” The single will raise money for those affected by the blaze. According to the band’s George Sheppard, “aside from making our financial donations, we wanted to help in the only way we know how – by channeling our emotions into music.” After seeing the devastation and destruction of the fires, Sheppard immediately entered the studio, and began to create their first release of the year with the intention of donating 100% of the profits from the song. “Phoenix” discusses the resilience of the Australian people and the nation’s ability to rise from the ashes. The profits from the track will be donated to two Australian charities – Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal, a non–profit organization focusing on rural, regional and remote communities, and Wires, Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization. Listen to “Phoenix” by Sheppard HERE as it is available across all streaming platforms. Feel free to contact Andrew Stone at andrew@chuggentertainment.com, for additional information or Sheppard inquiries.


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

French duo AaRON, consisting of members Simon Buret and Olivier Courseir, have been together for over a decade. They’ve earned critical acclaim and recognition in France and are primed to breakthrough globally. In 2009, they received the European Border Breaker Award in Denmark, and in 2016, their single “Blouson noir” was chosen for the worldwide campaign of L’Homme by Yves Saint Laurent Beauty, directed by Grammy–nominated American music video director, commercial director and filmmaker Colin Tilley, who also directed music videos for Kendrick Lamar and Nicki Minaj. AaRON creates music that lifts the veil of intimacy, but never in an intrusive way, and helps transition the darkness into bright shining lights. This Friday, they are set to release their new EP called ODYSSÉE, featuring the single “The Flame.” Watch the video for the electro–disco track HERE and contact Jérémie Charbonnel at jeremie@junzi–arts.com, as AaRON is distributed by Caroline International/Universal, but some markets are still available. JUNZI Arts is managing and booking the band for the world, where you can contact Clotaire Buche at clotaire@junzi–arts.com.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 2/2/2020



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, February 2nd, 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:

DEVON – “I Don’t Want 2 B Ur Friend” (Universal, UK)
BENEE – “Find An Island” (Universal, New Zealand)
LONGFELLOW – “Gabrielle” (Unsigned, UK)
DUNE RATS – “Crazy” (BMG, Australia)
MOBY RICH – “Loser” (TAP, UK)
LUNA BAY – “All In (Featuring Vera Kebbe)” (Unsigned, UK)
DOTAN – “Letting Go” (7 Layers, Holland)
THE BONGO CLUB – “No Expectations” (The Bank, Sweden)
TATUM – “Broken” (Bad Future, South Africa)
TEMPLES – “You’re Either On Something” (ATO Records, UK)
FOREST BLAKK – “Put Your Hands Up” (Warner Music, Canada)
SEA GIRLS – “Violet” (Unsigned, UK)
MAGNUS MIA – “Heartburn” (Unsigned, Hong Kong)
RED RUM CLUB – “Kids Addicted” (ModernSky, UK)
LARKINS – “Hit And Run” (Good Soldier Records, UK)
THE SWOONS – “Conspiracy Of Silence” (Unsigned, N. America)
STEREOTIDE – “Find Someone” (Unsigned, Germany)
THE FAIM – “Words Apart” (BMG, Australia)
SOPHIE & THE GIANTS – “Runaway” (Unsigned, UK)
BRANDON JACKS & THE ARTIFACTS – “Modern Day Distractions” (Sureshaker, Australia)
BLOSSOM CALDARONE – “Bed” (Unsigned, UK)
MEGAPHONE – “Don’t Be Late” (Unsigned, Czech Republic)
SPACEY JANE – “Good For You” (Unsigned, Australia)
KING NUN – “Bug” (Dirty Hit, UK)
COMA – “Spiracles” (City Slang, Germany)
BOY PABLO – “Feeling Lonely” (777 Music, Norway)
THE MOVING STILLS – “Stick Around” (Unsigned, Australia)
BEABADOOBEE – “Space Cadet” (Dirty Hit, UK)
HIGH TROPICS – “Changes” (Unsigned, Australia)
EZRA VINE – “Braver Than Most” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
SHE’S A WOMAN – “The Art Of Pleasing” (Unsigned, Germany)
VINCI – “Lions” (Unsigned, Ireland)
SLØTFACE – “Sink Or Swim” (Propeller Recordings, Norway)

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