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MUSEXPO CREATIVE SUMMIT 2020 PROGRAM TO FEATURE FOCUSES ON GLOBAL RIGHTS OWNERSHIP & REPRESENTATION ALONGSIDE EXECUTIVES FROM THE RADIO/DIGITAL/STREAMING ARENA


With just week’s remaining until its return to Burbank, California’s scenic Castaway venue, MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2020 continues to reveal key forums and executives joining the programming for its 22nd edition. Taking place from March 22nd – 25th, MUSEXPO 2020 returns as part of California Entertainment Week 2020 alongside the Global Synch & Brands Summit, A&R Summit and Worldwide Radio Summit.

Justin Shukat Mandar Thakur Michelle Lewis Sami Valkonen Teri Nelson Carpenter Thomas Scherer

Among the thought–leaders set to dive into the publisher, master, neighbouring and performance rights sectors are Justin Shukat – Founding Partner & President, Primary Wave Music Publishing; Mandar Thakur – COO, Times Music (India); Michelle Lewis – Executive Director, Songwriters Of North America (SONA); Sami Valkonen – Chief International Business Officer, PRS for Music; Teri Nelson Carpenter – President & CEO, Reel Muzik Werks, LLC; and Thomas Scherer – EVP Repertoire & Marketing Los Angeles, Global Writer Services & China, BMG, in a conversation led by Music Week’s U.S. Editor, Emmanuel Legrand.

Chris Williams Jason Peterson Kristin Graziani Markus Kühn Michael Steele Paramdeep Singh

In addition, the event will focus on digital, streaming and evolving new music platforms with Chris Williams – Chief Product Officer, iHeartRadio; Jason Peterson – Chairman, GoDigital Media Group; Kristin Graziani – VP, Artist & Label Relations, Stem; Markus Kühn – Managing Partner, FluxFM, Germany; Michael Steele – Sr. Director of Global Playlist Programming & Development, Warner Music Group; Paramdeep Singh – Co–Founder & Executive Vice Chairman, JioSaavn and moderator, Ralph Simon (Founder & CEO, Mobilium Global).

For more information on MUSEXPO 2020, including registration, the complete event agenda, a full speaker listing, hotel discounts and more, visit www.musexpo.net or contact Tyler Polzin at tyler@anrworldwide.com.


RESERVOIR & POPARABIA FORM PARTNERSHIP WITH SPEK TO LEAD INT’L AND EMERGING MARKET STRATEGY


Reservoir has unveiled a new partnership with PopArabia, the leading music publisher and music rights consultancy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The venture sees PopArabia Founder, Spek, returning to his post as President of the company, while leading Reservoir’s international and emerging markets strategy, including the signing and development of local talent and export of Arabic and international music around the world, through this new joint venture and role.

Spek & Michael Garin
Launched in 2011 by Spek, PopArabia formed as a portfolio investment with support from twofour54, Abu Dhabi’s media free zone, which counts CNN and Sky News Arabia among hundreds of other companies in its portfolio. The company currently represents an estimated 60% of the market share of global music publishing repertoire and an array of recorded music in the region. As part of this new JV, PopArabia will assume the role of sub–publisher for all of Reservoir’s copyrights in the area, including collecting and distributing royalties and licensing music for synch. Recent successes for PopArabia include the clearing and licensing of a sample for Coldplay’s “Church,” the second track off the group’s new studio album, Everyday Life. Additionally, PopArabia licensed music for significant advertisement campaigns for Pepsi, KFC, and mobile operator Etisalat in the MENA region, and for Etihad Airlines worldwide, in 2019.

“It is great to see international companies like Reservoir investing in a homegrown startup, which is testament to the prosperous entrepreneurship scene in Abu Dhabi. We are delighted to welcome Reservoir into the fold and are excited about the opportunities the company will bring to the UAE,” said Michael Garin, CEO of twofour54. “Working in parallel, we will be able to build upon the unique strengths of each to the benefit of our creative community and content creators. These ventures are vital to providing Arab talent with a platform to share their content with the world while protecting their intellectual property. Reservoir investing in PopArabia is a testament to the incredible strides the industry has taken since the inception of twofour54, which instilled a culture of collaboration that is driven by the objective to build a sustainable media industry.”

“The UAE and the Middle East are becoming increasingly important global markets and we’re eager to expand our operations to include a renewed focus in these territories,” said Reservoir President & COO Rell Lafargue. “There are over 420 million Arabic speakers in the world, but less than 3% of content available online is in Arabic. We intend to grow that number through the signing, development, and export of local talent, while using PopArabia and Abu Dhabi as gateways to other emerging markets including India, Asia, and Africa. Our partnership will work both ways, as we will bring additional exposure of Western music to those emerging markets, also.”

“I’m thrilled about this next phase in the PopArabia story, and very bullish about the opportunities internationally for Reservoir. It has been a pivotal five years working closely with Golnar, Rell, and the entire team through an incredible period of growth. I could not have found a better partner to help expand PopArabia and am excited to drive Reservoir’s next steps into new markets,” added Spek, who initially joined Reservoir in 2015 as its Sr. VP of Creative and A&R, based out of New York. Among his credits are included signings and work with talent such as J.I.D, DVBBS, and Stone Temple PilotsJeff Gutt.


UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP REVEALS KEY APPOINTMENTS TO FURTHER ITS EXPANSION IN INDIA & SOUTH ASIA


Universal Music India (UMI) has announced a strategic expansion of its leadership team within India and South Asia, to further strengthen its position as the leading music company for non–film music within the region and to accelerate its growth across the original artist, non–film music and hip–hop genres in India and South Asia. The past three years has seen UMI leading the evolution of the domestic Indian music market with a series of strategic label launches, combined with increased A&R focus in original Indian non–film music and talent.

Vinit Thakkar
In January 2018, UMI launched VYRL Originals, India’s first dedicated non–film label, which has released over 40 singles, from a roster of 25 artists including Mithoon, Asees Kaur, Arjun Kanungo, Lisa Mishra, Tanishk Bagchi, Sukriti & Prakriti Kakkar, Akull Tandon and Vishal Mishra. In November 2019, VYRL Originals single “Intezaar” from Mithoon featuring Arijit Singh and Asees Kaur made history as the first non–film release to top India’s national AirCheck T20 radio airplay charts for three consecutive weeks. Since launching VYRL Originals, UMI has continued to grow the brand, working with broadcast partners Red FM to launch Ricky Singh Ka VYRL Countdown, India’s first character based non–film countdown show across 40 cities in India. Additionally, UMI launched the VYRL Top 20 Playlist across all digital partner platforms, curated and based on listening patterns and audience preferences from across India.

This was followed last year by the launch of Mass Appeal India, in cooperation with U.S. rapper Nas, as a home for Indian hip–hop with the genre’s popularity continuing to grow across the subcontinent.

Devraj Sanyal, MD & CEO Universal Music India and South Asia, said, “We are truly in a sea change moment for music in India, with an audience that is consuming more music, video and content than ever before. Because of this we have worked hard alongside our partners over the past two years, to build and launch new sub–labels that put artistic creativity and collaboration at the heart of every release, and where artist’s voices and talent can be seen and heard, starting with VYRL Originals and Mass Appeal India and with further exciting initiatives to follow in the coming months.”

As it continues to build these developing labels and other initiatives, UMI has announced a series of strategic appointments including the promotion of Vinit Thakkar to COO, India and South Asia from his previous role as Sr. VP. Thakkar’s new role will see him working closely with Devraj Sanyal, while driving India’s overall content strategy, strategic initiatives and operational efficiency. Having joined UMI in 2012, Thakkar has held several senior positions within the company and was instrumental in the launch of VYRL Originals, alongside acclaimed Bollywood director Mohit Suri. Prior to joining UMG, Thakkar held positions at Sony Music, Citibank and Titan. Based in Mumbai, he will continue to report to Sanyal.

Additionally, Gaurav Chaturvedi has been named VP, Domestic Labels, Universal Music Group India, responsible for leading label activity, strategy and releases for all domestic UMI labels. Chaturvedi’s focus will be on the expansion and development of VYRL Originals alongside several other key label initiatives to be announced in the coming months. Chaturvedi will be based in Mumbai and will report to Thakkar. He comes to UMI from Star India Pvt Ltd where he held the position of Assistant VP, Marketing and was responsible for leading marketing strategy and activation for their Star Sports network across all major sports verticals. Prior to Star India, he held senior marketing positions at Sony Music Entertainment India and Zee Entertainment.

In the brand partnerships and artist campaign sector, Pranav Thakker has been appointed as General Manager, New Business Development at Universal Music Group Brands (UMGB) for India and South Asia. An experienced branding executive within the region, Pranav previously worked at TVF (The Viral Fever), Big FM and DNA (Zee Media Ltd) and will report to Preeti Nayyar, VP, New Business Development, India & South Asia. UMI recent success in this sector include launching The Sterling Reserve Music Project, in partnership with Allied Blenders & Distillers, as well as award–winning campaigns with Aloft Hotels, OK Cupid, HDFC Life Insurance and Levis.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Bob Iger has unexpectedly announced he is parting ways with his role as the Walt Disney Company’s CEO, a role he has served in since 2005, having spent over four decades with the company. Iger has taken on the role of Executive Chairman and will remain with the company until his contract is up at the end of 2021. Taking over CEO duties is Bob Chapek who had served as Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. Over the course of his time with Disney, Iger led the acquisitions of Marvel Studios, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and most recently, 21st Century Fox. Iger also oversaw the launch of the successful Disney+ on–demand video platform.

Widely–respected singer–songwriter and musician Neil Finn has signed an exclusive global publishing agreement with BMG. The deal encompasses Finn’s entire catalogue featuring his iconic works with Crowded House. Additionally, the deal includes his songwriting output with Split Enz as well as solo releases and future works. Later this year, Finn will reunite the Crowded House live band for a headlining performance at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2020, before heading out on their first European tour in over a decade. Finn first rose to prominence with New Zealand rockers Split Enz, a group co–founded by his brother Tim Finn. The group released seven studio albums and achieved commercial success before disbanding in 1985. Finn went on to found Crowded House as the group’s main songwriter and frontman, selling more than 10 million albums worldwide. Crowded House’s self–titled debut album, released in 1986, was certified 6x Platinum in Australia, 5x Platinum in New Zealand, and Platinum in the U.S. and Canada. Their follow–up’s Temple of Low Men, Woodface, and Together Alone all reached multi–Platinum certification in various territories globally. In 2007, the group reunited to release Time On Earth, followed by their sixth and latest studio album Intriguer in 2010. Finn’s solo career includes four studio albums Try Whistling This, One Nil, Dizzy Heights and Out of Silence. His latest duo album Lightsleeper, recorded with son Liam, was released in 2018. In recent years, Finn has been a featured touring member of Fleetwood Mac. The recipient of numerous awards throughout his lauded career, Finn was honored with an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to the music of New Zealand, and in 1993, with Crowded House, was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2016.

After nearly three decades helming Los Angeles’ iconic KROQ alternative station, industry veteran Kevin Weatherly is parting ways with his role as Sr. VP of Programming for Entercom. Weatherly has been one of the most influential radio programmers in the world and helped lead the way for the commercial success of Alternative Radio in the U.S., as well as launching and breaking many acts that went on to have global success. Weatherly originally joined KROQ as its Program Director in 1992 after a stint with San Diego’s Top 40 station KKLQ (Q106). In addition to his duties with KROQ, he also programmed KAMP (97.1 Amp Radio) from the time it hit the airwaves in 2009 until 2017. When Entercom acquired CBS Radio in 2018, Weatherly stepped back into his role with KAMP in addition to taking on PD responsibility for KCBS (93.1 JACK–FM) and KROQ. As Weatherly departs, Entercom’s Sr. VP of Programming and PD for New York’s WNYL, Mike Kaplan, takes on the role of Brand Manager and assumes oversight of KROQ. At the same time, Ralph Stewart is appointed Brand Manager for KCBS and Chris Ebbott and Yesi Ortiz (Brand Managers, KRTH), take on programming duties on an interim basis for KAMP while the search commences for a replacement. Though no formal confirmations have been revealed, it’s been reported that Weatherly is on his way to a new role with Spotify.

UCP, a division of NBCUniversal Content Studios, has finalized a multiyear first–look deal with iHeartMedia to have a first right at adapting iHeartRadio Original podcasts for TV. Under the agreement, the studio’s new podcast platform, UCP Audio, will also have the option to develop and co–produce original podcast series with the iHeartPodcast Network. iHeartRadio joins UCP’s roster of first–look deals, which count those with Gary Dauberman, John Carpenter, Emmy Rossum (Angelyne), and Steve Piet and Erik Crary, among others. UCP also has overall deals with Sera Gamble (The Magicians), Nick Antosca (The Act, Brand New Cherry Flavor), Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot, Homecoming) and Patrick Macmanus (Dr. Death). iHeartMedia’s iHeartPodcast Network is home to over 750 original podcasts encompassing business, sports, spirituality, technology, entertainment, family, comedy and true crime, making iHeartRadio the largest publisher of podcast content globally.

Kobalt recently announced the signing of Tones And I to an international neighbouring rights deal. The deal offers Tones And I a full range of global administration and royalty maximization services. Tones And I made chart history last year when she became the first artist to spend 24 weeks at No.1 on the ARIA singles chart with her global hit, “Dance Monkey.” Since its release in May 2019, the single has reached No.1 in 30 countries, spending a record breaking 11 weeks at No.1 in the U.K. The song has also generated more than 2 billion streams and held the No.1 spot for the most streamed song globally for 4 months (and counting), achieved 8x Platinum status in Australia, has become the most Shazamed song of all time, and is now officially the longest ever running No.1 song on the Spotify global charts. The video of Tones And I’s performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, has topped 50 million views on YouTube. The artist ended the year with 8 ARIA Award nominations, and took home 4, including Breakthrough Artist. Following the success of “Dance Monkey,” Tones And I’s new single “Never Seen The Rain” is already charting globally. Most recently, Tones And I, released her debut EP, The Kids Are Coming, which includes both “Dance Monkey” and “Never Seen The Rain,” and is currently continuing her sold–out world tour.

Vevo has entered the Australian and New Zealand marketplaces with the launch of a new Sydney–based sales office. Additionally, Steve Sos has been tapped as Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand, to oversee Vevo’s operations in the region. Sos had previously been with Shazam as Managing Director, Asia Pacific. The music video service will be building out its presence in Australia/New Zealand over the next year as it expands its team and cultivates partners within the commercial and distribution arenas. Additional staff appointments include Tim O’Connor as Head of Sales, and Thomas Bannon as Sales Manager.

The IFPI has revealed Taylor Swift as the world’s best–selling recording artist for 2019 marking the second time she has received the recognition having held the same title for 2014. Swift released Lover in August of last year with the full-length debuting at No.1 in over 10 countries and generating three million album-equivalent sales worldwide at the end of its first week after release. The album’s first single “Me!,” started out at No.1 on the global Spotify charts. Rounding out the IFPI’s top recording artist ranking, in order, for 2019 are Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, Billie Eilish, Queen, Ariana Grande, BTS, Drake, Lady Gaga, and The Beatles. Swift is the seventh act to receive the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award, which takes into account the global success of acts across digital and physical music formats in a chart that is weighted based on the various consumption methods.

It was announced last week by PULSE Music Group’s Co–CEOs, Scott Cutler and Josh Abraham; President and Head of Creative, Maria Egan; and VP of A&R, Ashley Calhoun that the company has signed R&B/Pop artist and songwriter Kehlani to an exclusive global publishing agreement. The deal covers Kehlani’s entire catalog as well as future works. From her first release in 2014 at age 19, to No.1 chart positions, a worldwide headlining tour, numerous Gold and Platinum certifications, and over 1 billion combined music streams, Kehlani has become one of the R&B genres most recognized artists. Her solo debut commercial mixtape, You Should Be Here, garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album. She also features on a number of Platinum certified tracks including Cardi B’s “Ring;” KYLE’s “Playwithme;” and Charlie Puth’s “Done For Me.” Additional features for Kehlani include those on tracks for Post Malone, Eminem, Khalid, Calvin Harris and G–Eazy, among others.

Chrysalis, one of the U.K.’s most widely–respected indie labels, is set to relaunch as a frontline label to see the release of new music under its banner for the first time in over 20 years. Based in London, Chrysalis’ first signing comes as a cooperation with Partisan Records for the global release of a new full–length from BRIT Award–winning artist Laura Marling. Founded in 1968 by Chris Wright and Terry Ellis, Chrysalis made a name for itself breaking some of the 70s and 80s best–selling acts such as Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, Blondie, Pat Benatar, Huey Lewis and the News, Ultravox, Spandau Ballet, Sinead O’Connor, The Specials and many more. EMI acquired the label in 1991 and maintained its operation as a standalone imprint before it became part of EMI Records. Now Chrysalis CEO, Jeremy Lascelles, is no stranger to the label having helmed the company from 1994 – 2011 after its sale to BMG. Chrysalis eventually ended up at Warner under its deal for Parlophone Records and then, in 2016, was acquired by Blue Raincoat Music, the independent music company formed by Lascelles and Robin Millar.

Universal Music Publishing Nashville has finalized an exclusive global publishing agreement with songwriter/artist Caitlyn Smith. Among Smith’s credits are included the 4x Platinum Top 40 No.1 “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” (Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend), as well as co–writing “Glasgow” for the film Wild Rose, and additional songs for the likes of Garth Brooks, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and others. Smith is currently preparing the release of her new full–length, Supernova, later this month through Monument.

The record music business in the U.S. experienced its fourth consecutive year of double–digit growth for 2019, increasing 13% to $11.1 billion from 2018’s $9.8 billion. Unsurprisingly, the largest contributor to the overall growth was the continued increases to the streaming sector which generated revenue of $8.8 billion, up 19.9% over the year prior and making up 79.5% of the overall revenue total. Breaking down the streaming numbers, $6.8 billion was generated by paid subscriptions (up 25% year–upon–year), while limited–tier offerings brought in $829 million. On–demand platform subscribership reached 60.4 million in 2019 which marked a 29% increase year–upon–year. Ad–supported streaming services also saw an increase in revenue of 20% to $908 million over 2018. Digital download sales fell 18% to $856 million year–upon–year, the first time the sector fell below the $1 billion mark since 2006 and accounting now for only 8% of the total revenue. At the same time, revenue from physical sales remained relatively stable at only a 0.6% decrease to $1.15 billion year–upon–year. CD sales continue their decline, dropping 12% to $615 million while vinyl remains a vibrant format jumping 19% to $504 million year–upon–year. The vinyl market’s postings are the highest revenues generated in 32 years and the 14th consecutive year of growth to the format. Of the overall revenue total, digital generated 87.2%; physical 10.3%; and synch royalties 2.5%.

Songtrust has named Rob Wetstone to the newly created role of Head of Client Relations as it builds out its leadership team. Having previously been with RED Distribution/The Orchard as VP of Digital Strategy & Operations, Wetstone takes on oversight of Songtrust’s client relations team, encompassing marketing, client acquisition, business development and client services while also working to streamline Songtrust’s operations for bringing on new clients. Additionally, Songtrust has revealed promotions for Sean McGraw to Global Head of Rights Management Operations, and Dewayne Ector to Global Head of Partner Relations and Income Tracking.

Atlas Music and Quincy Jones Productions have signed writer/artist, JULiA LEWiS, marking the two companies’ first signing together since the announcement of their joint venture last September. Benjamin Falik, aka JULiA LEWiS, approaches music as a jazz saxophone student, a flamenco guitar enthusiast, and hip–hop and pop music lover. Having produced for local Rap and R&B artists in the Bay Area, DJ’d, and released his own singles, Falik was invited to a writing camp in LA with Babyface in 2018. By 2019, Falik produced “West Coast” for G–Eazy feat. Blueface & YG, and has since worked with Wiz Khalifa, Ne–Yo, Scott Storch, Phonte, Cautious Clay and E–40.

In figures revealed last week by the Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI), Germany’s music industry continued its trend towards streaming growth in 2019. BVMI reported that revenue from the sale of CDs, vinyl, DVDs and downloads, as well as significant totals from DSPs, reached €1.623 billion in 2019, an increase of 8.2% over the year prior. While a few factors drove the sales growth for the country, audio streaming led the boost as it saw sales increase 27% to €895 million, which encompasses 55.1% of total revenues. In 2018, the sector had accounted for 46.4%. Collectively, digital formats as a whole generated €1.046 billion, including €100 million from downloads which now only marks 6.2% of total revenues in the country, continuing its annual decline. Physical sales were at €577 million with vinyl reaching €79 million, an increase of 13.3% over last year (2018’s numbers for the sector had decreased 5.2% from the year prior). CD sales declined 10.5% to €472 million and now only make up 29% of the market from last year’s 36.4% market share. Of total revenue, 64.4% came from digital formats, an increase of 20.8%, with 35.6% driven by physical, a decrease of 8.9% over last year.

Veteran promoter and founder of C3 Presents, Charlie Jones, has unveiled his new Four Leaf Productions firm that will look to curate live experiences around bringing people together for a purpose. With a 25–year background in the industry, Jones, and colleagues Charles Attal and Charlie Walker, saw C3 Presents producing Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, a number of Presidential Inaugurations and the NFL Draft, as well as many other events. Based in Austin, Four Leaf Productions counts additional members of its senior leadership team in Partners Shelley Phillips, Karly Tuckness and Courtney Fisher.

Canadian PRO, SOCAN (The Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada) have unveiled another record–breaking year for 2019 in its preliminary year–end reporting. They estimate collections reaching CA$405.5 million which marks an 8% boost over 2018’s total. While digital collections overall saw growth of 38%, SOCAN has revealed that on average, its members earn only CA$67 from domestic digital royalties, an increase from 2018 where the number was CA$54. The $30 million overall jump is driven by $23 million in digital collections as well as the $7 million generated via reproduction rights collections, a result of SOCAN’s acquisition in 2018 of Society for Reproduction Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers in Canada (SODRAC). The final numbers for SOCAN’s 2019 year will be revealed after its Board of Directors’ meeting next month.

BMI has announced the return of veteran Music Row executive Clay Bradley to the company as VP of Creative in Nashville. Bradley will be tasked with leading the Creative team in BMI’s Nashville office, reporting directly to Sr. VP of Creative, Alex Flores. Bradley will begin his new role on March 17th. Most recently, he served as the Founder and CEO of Eclipse Music Group where he was responsible for managing and negotiating all aspects of the Eclipse Music roster and helped develop songwriters Katie Pruitt and Early James, as well as Big Machine artist Payton Smith. Prior, Bradley spent seven years as Assistant VP of BMI’s then Writer/Publisher department during which time, he was responsible for signing Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney and Casey Beathard to the PRO, among others, and also helped develop some of BMI’s most well–known events such as the Key West Songwriter’s Festival and the BMI Parking Lot party featuring Jake Owen which evolved into BMI’s “Rooftop on the Row” series. Other previous roles include time as VP of A&R for both Sony BMG Nashville and MCA Records, as well as Creative Director for Acuff Rose Music Publishing. Bradley’s career began in 1991 as an Associate Director at BMI.

Sentric Music Group has signed Coco to an exclusive songwriting agreement. The grime MC, producer and songwriter has a long–term relationship with the indie publisher having previously been on its flexible, 28–day deal. Following a performance at Stormzy’s Merky Fest in Ibiza, and being the face of Sheffield United FC’s Premier League kit launch in July last year, Coco is now promoting his latest EP, Regional Murker, which was released in September. He has garnered attention from the likes of Complex, DJ Mag, Red Bull, Noisey and i–D, as well as being played by Annie Mac, DJ Target, Charlie Sloth and others. A string of singles and EPs over the last three years has seen Coco work with the likes of AJ Tracey, Nadia Rose, Scrufizzer, Conducta, Protoje, Shola Ama, and fellow Steel City labelmate and mentor Toddla T. In addition to Merky Fest, Coco has performed on stages at Glastonbury, Outlook, Ibiza Rocks, Wireless, Bestival, Notting Hill, Manchester Carnival, The Great Escape, Kendal Calling and The Royal Albert Hall.

Reach Music Publishing has signed a deal to see IMPEL representing the digital rights for some of the most well–known copyrights in its catalog. Reach Music Publishing, including its affiliate Reach Global, is an independent music publisher that controls its own worldwide copyright administration and royalty collections via a network of direct society affiliations and sub–publishers. Founded and owned by Michael Closter, Reach is entering its 27th year of business and focuses on all aspects of music publishing, including traditional rights administration and co–publishing deals with full creative services. Reach represents and administers popular songwriters and artist catalogs such as Common, Danzig, Ice–T, The Knack, Lisa Loeb, John Mayer, Nate Dogg and Romanthony, among others.

In other Reach Music Publishing news, the company has finalized a multi–dimensional deal with producer/songwriter/artist Nick Furlong including a new JV to sign new writers, as well as an extension of the company’s existing exclusive, worldwide agreement to co–publish his entire song catalog. Through the deal Reach, will continue to co–publish and exclusively administer Furlong’s catalog of more than 200 songs recorded by artists such as All Time Low, Avicii, Blink–182, 5 Seconds of Summer, Good Charlotte, Logan Henderson, Papa Roach, Steve Aoki and Walk the Moon among others, as well as future works. The first signing to Reach’s JV with Furlong’s AttaBoy Music is producer/songwriter, Tony Livadas. The co–publishing deal with Livadas will include new works, in addition to a catalog of 30 songs including releases by Logan Henderson, Papa Roach, and Brass Knuckles feat. John Ryan, as well as the current single “Hanging With Ghosts,” by Young Pinch (feat. Good Charlotte & Goodie Grace), co–written with Furlong and The Madden Brothers.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Ron Perry, Seymour Stein, Greg Hammer, Angie Pagano, Alec Boateng, Leslie Fram, Nick Huggett, Kara Wintergrass, George Ergatoudis, Lonny Olinick, Christian Wahlberg, Jake Ottman, Kristina Grossmann and Evan Bogart.


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. There are bad drivers, and then there just absolutely insane drivers. Click HERE for some frightening driving in India that’s sure to make you count many lucky blessings!


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



Stereotide was founded in Nuremberg, Germany at the end of 2010 featuring members Stephan (lead vocals/guitar), Chris (guitar/backing vocals), Gabriel (bass/backing vocals) and Raphael (drums). Their debut single “Someday” stayed in the Top 100 of the official German Airplay Charts for three months, and even made it into the Top 10 in the Mainstream Airplay Charts. The quartet has earned over 7k airplay spins at the biggest German radio stations, including Radio NRW, Bayern 3, NDR 2, SWR 3, Rockantenne, SR1 Europawelle, Radio Salü, Radio 7 and SAW Rockland Radio, as well as Belgian radio BRF and Welle 1 Austria. The quartet supported both Daughtry and Skillet on their respective German tours, played other headlining festivals and supported the likes of 80s singer Nena and Percival from The Voice (Germany), amongst others. After a brief hiatus from releasing music, Stereotide returns with a brand new single titled “Find Someone.” According to the band, the song offers a positive message and is about a protagonist recognizing that he has all that he needs in life and becomes grateful. Listen to “Find Someone” HERE and contact info@anrworldwide.com, as Stereotide is available for label, synch, publishing, booking, distribution and brand opportunities.


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

The brilliant Munich–based indie–pop quartet, KYTES, released their sophomore album, good luck, on Friday. The album was shaped by a variety of influences, ranging from 80s–inspired pop to indie and disco. The new album is the next step on their journey to the unknown, according to the band. The recent and more mature sound has drawn influences from The Police and INXS, but also contains a touch of Parcels and Jungle as well as similarities to today’s indie songs by Two Door Cinema Club and Phoenix. KYTES loves all of the aforementioned bands and feels that their influences have helped construct the musical cocktail that is good luck. KYTES recently sold–out their European tour, earned a No.1 chart position on Hype Machine and have gained over 20 million streams. Enjoy the visual for the indie pop single “Runaway” HERE and contact Elias Oldofredi at elias@goodlifemusic.at for all inquiries.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 3/1/2020



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, March 1st, 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:

SOPHIE & THE GIANTS – “Runaway” (Unsigned, UK)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Talk So Loud” (Unsigned, Sweden)
BLANKS – “Bittersweet” (Unsigned, Holland)
LARKINS – “Hit And Run” (Good Soldier Songs, UK)
JAMES GILLESPIE – “Mad World” (AWAL, UK)
LUNA BAY – “All In (Feat. Vera Kebbe)” (Unsigned, UK)
ÄTNA – “Made By Desire” (Humming Records, Germany)
BONGLOARD – “I Want It Now” (Unsigned, Holland)
MOUNTAIN BIRD – “5Years” (Nettwerk, Sweden)
THE PALE WHITE – “Swim For Your Life” (Unsigned, UK)
STEREOTIDE – “Find Someone” (Unsigned, Germany)
LONGFELLOW – “Gabrielle” (Unsigned, UK)
MIA RODRIGUEZ – “Emotion” (City Pop Records, Australia)
SPACEY JANE – “Good For You” (Unsigned, Australia)
LILY MOORE – “Better Than Me” (Virgin EMI, UK)
MEGAPHONE – “Don’t Be Late” (Unsigned, Czech Republic)
DEVON – “I Don’t Want 2 B Ur Friend” (Universal, UK)
BENEE – “Monsta” (Universal, New Zealand)
BIRDS OF TOKYO – “Two Of Us” (EMI/UMG, Australia)
SEA GIRLS – “Violet” (Unsigned, UK)
THE VICES – “Sly Smiled Berlin Child” (Unsigned, Holland)
MILLIE TURNER – “January” (Soda Rock Music, UK)
THE BONGO CLUB – “No Expectations” (The Bank, Sweden)
FOREST BLAKK – “Put Your Hands Up” (Warner Music, Canada)
MARSICANS – “Can I Stay Here Forever (pt.2)” (Killing Moon, UK)
KODALINE – “Wherever You Are” (B–Unique/Sony RCA, Ireland)
KAKKMADDAFADDA – “Baby” (Bergen Mafia Records/Bubbles Records, Norway)
MAGNUS MIA – “Heartburn” (Unsigned, Hong Kong)
THE RUBENS – “Live In Life” (Ivy League Records, Australia)
ADITI – “Somebody” (Unsigned, India)
HOCKEY DAD – “I Missed Out” (Farmer & The Owl/Inertia Music, Australia)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Trade It In” (Four One Seven Records, UK)

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