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MUSEXPO’S “HOLLYWOOD MADE IN BURBANK” SESSION TO FEATURE LEADERS IN THE CITY THAT MAKES HOLLYWOOD COME ALIVE


Just under two weeks away, MUSEXPO’s Creative Summit is excited to deliver one of its most inspiring and robust programs as it prepares its 22nd edition in Burbank, California. 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.

As part of its 2020 agenda, MUSEXPO is set to shine a spotlight on its host city of Burbank. Hollywood has long been billed as the place where film, TV, music and media magic is created, however, the reality is that much of what you see on the silver screen, hear on the radio, within streaming services, film, TV, movie trailers and beyond is actually inspired, created and delivered to the masses from the heart of Burbank, CA. Home to the likes of the Walt Disney Company, iHeartMedia, Radio Disney, Marvel Comics Studios, peermusic, A&R Worldwide, Fremantle Media, ABC Television, ESPN, Lucasfilm, Warner Bros. Studios, DC Comics, Power 106FM, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, The Burbank Studios, Blizzard Entertainment, Cartoon Network, Insomniac Games, Legendary Films, The CW Television Network, NBCUniversal, Universal Pictures, Universal Studios and many others, Burbank is the hub of creativity for some of the world’s most well–known films, movie trailers, TV shows and video games and beyond. This key session will bring together some of the Burbank music and entertainment industry’s leading figures to bring light to their creativity, passion and vision.

Doug Cohn Jason Markey Morgan Whirledge Phil Guerini Rachel Levy Tom MacDougall

Among the executives set to explore “Hollywood Made In Burbank” are Doug Cohn – Sr. VP Music & Talent, Nickelodeon Group; Jason Markey – President/Head of Film & Television Music, STX Entertainment; Morgan Z Whirledge (aka Chrome Canyon) – Composer, Cartoon Network’s Infinity Train; Phil Guerini – VP, Music Strategy Disney Channels Worldwide & General Manager, Radio Disney Networks; Rachel Levy – Executive VP, Film Music, Universal Pictures; and Tom MacDougall – Executive VP, Music, Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, in a forum led by The Music Registry’s Ritch Esra.

MUSEXPO Founder & President Sat Bisla also addressed recent concerns relating to the coronavirus, “We have been receiving inquiries regarding this year’s MUSEXPO event taking place March 22 – 25, 2020 in Burbank, CA after recent announcements of large–scale major public festivals and events cancelling. MUSEXPO is a small boutique event that is not open to the public. We are definitely moving forward with our event as planned at the recommendation of the local department of health. There is currently no community transmission of coronavirus in Los Angeles County. Any known cases have specified sources.”

Here is the current information as per the Los Angeles Public Health Department website: “At this time, there is no immediate threat to the general public and no special precautions are required. Los Angeles County residents, students, workers, and visitors are encouraged to engage in their regular activities and practice good public health hygiene, as this is the height of flu season across the County.” More information can be found at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/.

In addition, MUSEXPO is taking extra measures for cleanliness, encouraging additional sanitation and washing of hands – keeping things in perspective and making sure everyone adheres to personal space and boundaries as needed, and definitely recommending to anyone who is not feeling well in the slightest bit, to not attend the event this year.

MUSEXPO states that the safety and well–being of all attending, including its staff is of highest importance, and is making sure to follow advice and recommendations from the public health experts and local government officials.

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.


WARNER MUSIC LAUNCHES NEW INDIA OPERATIONS


Warner Music Group (WMG) today revealed the expansion of its presence in India, via the launch of its newest affiliate. Leading the new operations is widely–respected executive, Jay Mehta, who becomes the first Managing Director of the new territory. Mehta’s remit will also cover the other markets in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Based in Mumbai, Mehta will report to Alfonso Perez–Soto, EVP, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.

Jay Mehta
The new offices marks the latest in WMG’s long–term expansion of its global reach having in the last twelve months, opened new offices in Turkey and Peru, and acquired labels such as Monsp in Finland and Forza in Slovakia, as well as announced a partnership with Chocolate City in Nigeria.

Mehta will officially commence his Warner Music role in April, joining from Sony Music India, where he served as Director of Digital Business for several years. Prior to Sony, Mehta was Regional Director for the Reliance Broadcast Network, and also spent time at Reliance Communications and UNINOT, the sixth largest telecom company in the world.

Mehta commented, “Music is a way of life here in India, a valuable pillar of our culture. There’s so much talent hungry for opportunity, and I’m looking forward to signing and serving a wide diversity of local artistry. India’s growing music audience will also benefit from this move, as we not only amplify our new rising stars, but Warner’s global superstars as well.”

“With a dynamic and vibrant music scene, India is a natural place for Warner to grow presence,” said Perez–Soto. “It’s a market that’s increasingly embracing international repertoire, as well as developing its own music scene beyond the traditional dominance of Bollywood. Jay is a brilliant creative and commercial leader and we all look forward to supporting him and his team as he spearheads our efforts in this growing region.”


A&R APPOINTMENTS & CHANGES AT ATLANTIC RECORDS


Atlantic Records has revealed a round of promotions for its A&R team including Brandon Davis and Jeff Levin to Sr. VP of A&R, and Riggs Morales to Sr. VP of A&R and Artist Development. Morales, who is based in New York, reports to Craig Kallman, Atlantic’s Chairman & CEO, while Los Angeles–based Davis and Levin report to President of A&R, Pete Ganbarg.

Davis joined Atlantic in 2011 as an assistant in the A&R division and in 2015, alongside producer Ricky Reed, signed Lizzo. Levin has been with Atlantic since 2010 and has worked with acts such as Melanie Martinez, Oliver Tree and Ben Platt. A member of the Atlantic team since 2014, Morales has been behind campaigns for artists including Wiz Khalifa, Janelle Monáe, and hip–hop musical, Hamilton, on which he counts associate producer credits. His recent signings include Ariana Grande collaborator, Tayla Parx.

Also, as reported by Music Week, it’s expected that Alec Boateng, currently Head of A&R for Atlantic in the U.K., is soon to be parting ways with the company. It’s reported that he may be headed to Universal where Alex Boateng, his brother, heads up the Urban Division for Island.

Boateng played a significant role in the signing of Stormzy and #Merky to Atlantic and helped guide the campaign for his chart–topping sophomore full–length, Heavy Is The Head. Having been named Co–Head of A&R alongside Briony Turner in 2018, Boateng took the lead last year following the unexpected departure of Ben Cook from his role as President and the subsequent transition of Turner to Co–President with Ed Howard.


EPIC RECORDS MAKES KEY CHANGES TO SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM


Epic Records has promoted executives Rick Sackheim, Ezekiel “Zeke” Lewis, and Stephanie Yu, as announced last week by the label’s Chairman and CEO, Sylvia Rhone.

Rick Sackheim
Having most recently served as Executive VP/Head of Promotions, Sackheim assumes the new role of General Manager for the label. The new role sees him taking on oversight of marketing, publicity and video productions, as well as the promotions department.

Rhone commented, “Rick’s reputation as one of the top record promotion execs in the industry is well–earned. The decades that he spent learning every aspect of the game have paid off for Epic, where he has led the promotion team to its most spectacular and historic achievements over the past two years. We are fortunate to have him aboard and we congratulate him on taking over his challenging new role of GM at the label.”

Sackheim stated, “It’s an honor to not only work for and learn from the highly accomplished Sylvia Rhone, but to continue the legacy of Epic Records. Sylvia Rhone’s success is celebrated throughout our business and the power house roster of artists and executives that she has built will lead us into this new decade with the ferocity and determination to make another mark in music history.”

Alongside Sackheim’s promotion, Rhone also elevated two executives to take the helm of the A&R and Business/Legal Affairs departments. Assuming the role of Executive VP/Head of A&R is Ezekiel “Zeke” Lewis which sees him taking the lead on both the A&R and A&R operations departments. Yu rises to Executive VP/Head of Business and Legal Affairs, also assuming oversight of A&R administration and new initiatives in brand marketing and synch licensing.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



As tipped last week, widely–respected veteran radio programmer, Kevin Weatherly, has taken up a new role with Spotify as Head of North American Programming for the DSP. Weatherly had been serving as Sr. VP of Programming for Entercom having spent over 25 years programming the iconic Los Angeles alternative station, KROQ. In addition to Weatherly’s appointment, Spotify also revealed that Rachel Whitney has joined the streamer as its Nashville Head of Editorial, having most recently been with YouTube.

In other Spotify news, the company has rolled out a new global emerging artist initiative under the banner of RADAR. The artist development platform takes over for the previous U.S.–centric initiative, RISE, and its spin–offs globally, as the streamer looks to bring together its domestic and international emerging artist outlets under one banner. While the platform’s branding remains the same worldwide, Spotify’s Head of Global Hits, Ned Monahan, tells Billboard that the initiative will be run locally in their respective markets, catering to the audience and the state of the industry in the region. The first artist featured on RADAR’s U.S. edition is Alaina Castillo, the bilingual Houston–based singer–songwriter whose single, “i don’t think i love you anymore,” produced by RØMANS, has already crossed three million streams on Spotify. As part of the program Castillo will also benefit from organized marketing support from the DSP, encompassing a mini–documentary, a show on the YouTube emerging artist channel COLORS, Spotify Singles recordings, music video support, and promotion on Spotify’s social platforms. She will also receive significant visibility on the newly–created On Our RADAR playlist.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has expanded its exclusive songwriter agreement with singer/songwriter, multi–instrumentalist and producer, Kevin Parker, to encompass worldwide representation of his future works. Parker originally signed with Sony/ATV Australia in 2009, and his formative music project, Tame Impala, is one of today’s most successful rock bands. Parker remains in–demand as a producer, collaborating with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Miguel, A$AP Rocky, The Flaming Lips, Theophilus London and Mick Jagger. He also contributed to chart–topping albums from Kanye West and Travis Scott, and has worked with ZHU and Kali Uchis. More recently, Tame Impala headlined Coachella in 2019 and released their fourth studio album, The Slow Rush, which has already achieved top ten status on Billboard’s 200 Album Chart.

In Sony/ATV’s Nashville office, the publisher has announced Anna Weisband has joined its team as VP, Creative. In the role, Weisband is responsible for contributing to the company’s A&R strategy, creating marketing opportunities for Sony/ATV’s catalog, fostering relationships with songwriters, and helping to discover and sign new songwriter talent. A Belmont University graduate, Weisband’s career began as an intern at THiS Music in 2012. She went on to assume A&R responsibilities for the company including talent discovery, collaboration creation, artist management, and song placement for it’s roster of 14 award–winning songwriters, producers, and artists, including two–time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Ben Hayslip, Hall of Fame songwriter Tim Nichols, and Grammy–winner Emily Weisband. In 2017, Weisband was promoted to VP at THiS Music at the age of 23, following five years at the Warner Chappell JV, helmed by Co–Owner/General Manager, Rusty Gaston, who currently serves as Sony/ATV Nashville’s CEO.

Sony/ATV’s U.K. team has also undergone a round of shifts with a number of promotions announced last week. Among the elevations are included: Peter Smith to Sr. VP, Financial Investment & Analysis; Will Downs to Sr. VP, Finance; and Alison Hook to a new VP role giving her oversight of sampling and copyright infringement matters for the publisher. The three executives report to U.K. Co–MD & President, David Ventura, and Co–MD, Tim Major. On the A&R side, the Sony/ATV U.K. team has named Sarah Lockhart to VP of A&R with her resume including co–founding Rinse FM and A&R work at EMI Music Publishing; Rich Castillo to Sr. Director of A&R from his most recent role at Polydor; and a promotion for Alice Vaughan to Director, Creative A&R. Additionally, Chimene Mantori has been named Sr. A&R Manager with previous roles including those at Island, Atlantic and Imagem; and former Black Butter and SONGS Publishing staffer, Daniel Seal takes on the role of A&R Manager. Felix Canetty–Clarke is also promoted to Director, Creative Analysis and Data, U.K. and International; Sarah Gabrielli to U.K. & Europe A&R Manager; and Lily Beau Conway to Junior A&R. Additionally, having previously been on the Sony/ATV team for 12 years, James Dewar returns to the publisher in an A&R Consultant role.

Amazon Music has named Kirdis Postelle to the new role of Global Head of Artist Marketing for the stream. Postelle had most recently served as Executive VP/General Manager at Hitco Entertainment. Based in Los Angeles, in her new role Postelle reports to Amazon Music’s Director, Ryan Redington. Prior to Hitco, Postelle was with Warner Bros. Records (now Warner Records) as Sr. VP. Her resume also includes stops at Capitol Music Group as Sr. VP of Marketing, and a 17–year–stint with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment label as General Manager. Postelle has worked with acts including Dua Lipa, Andra Day, Lil Pump, Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer. She is also a current member of the MusiCares board of directors.

Tongal has received investment from Endeavor, who have been making use of the content creation platform over the past few months for the development of video content, podcasts and series. Endeavor joined a $13 million financing round, spearheaded by venture capital and Insight Partners. The funding adds to the over $20 million already secured by Tongal since its launch in 2009. The platform brings together brand/content companies with indie creators for commissioned projects with partners including NBCUniversal, National Geographic, The LEGO Group, NASA and others. Additionally, a recent partnership with Simon Cowell and son, Eric, saw the development of the Wishfits children’s franchise. The new funding will go towards expanding Tongal’s technology and infrastructure as well as investment towards web–based workflow tools.

Resso, the new music streaming platform from TikTok’s parent firm, ByteDance, has officially rolled out in India. The launch marks the first market entered by the new DSP following beta runs in India and Indonesia. Despite having full licensing agreements in place with Sony Music, Warner Music and Merlin, as well as publishing companies in India, Resso has not finalized Universal Music Group as a licensing partner. The platform is described as a “social music streaming app,” and will look to compete in the territory with Spotify. Resso offers both free, ad–funded and subscription tiers and allows users to share lyrics, comments and tracks. TikTok currently counts about 200 million users in India.

WME has added nine–time Grammy nominated artist SZA to its roster for representation across all areas. SZA had been with CAA, previously. In 2018, SZA collaborated with her label mate, Kendrick Lamar, for “All The Stars” on the Black Panther soundtrack. The single earned four Grammy nominations and made SZA the most nominated female act for the award show’s 76th edition. The track also garnered Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations in the Best Original Song category. Ctrl, SZA’s debut studio full–length, debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at No.3 and received Platinum certification. The artist has worked with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Sia, Maroon 5, Mark Ronson and Tame Impala, among others.

Mobile–focused video streaming app, Quibi, has announced that it will launch on April 6th with 50 shows including Survive, Most Dangerous Game, Thanks A Million, Chrissy’s Court, Murder House Flip, Last Night’s Late Night, The Replay by ESPN and others. Quibi marks the first entertainment platform designed specifically for your phone and will feature fresh, original content from a number of Hollywood’s most well–known stars and creators. Following its launch, the platform is set to release 175 original shows and 8,500 short content pieces across its first year. Content will come in one of three categories including Movies in Chapters (Larger works told in chapters of 7–10 minutes in length); Unscripted and Docs (episodic category around food, fashion, travel, animals, cars, builds, music, sports, comedy, talk, variety, documentary, etc. All with episodes in 10 minutes or less); and Daily Essentials (curated daily into 5–6 minute quick bites of news, entertainment and inspiration). The Quibi app is available no for pre–order and will carry a subscription fee of $4.99 with ads and $7.99 for ad–free. Quibi has revealed it will offer 90 day free trials for a limited time available through its website ahead of the April 6th launch date.

It was announced last week by Position Music’s CEO/Founder, Tyler Bacon, that Michael Frick, Co–Founder of the music production and synchronization company Mophonics, has been named VP, Brand Partnerships & Creative Synch. An industry veteran with a significant background in advertising agencies, creative teams, and brands on award–winning creative initiatives, Frick is tasked with creating more synch opportunities for the indie label and music publisher, while focusing on music–driven strategies and creative solutions for brands. Frick has led partnerships with a number of major artists, global brands, agencies, networks and studios such as Skylar Gray, Jason Mraz, Ziggy Marley, Foster the People, Amazon, Google, Apple, YouTube, Billboard, Coachella, Target, Sony, MTV and HBO. At Position, Frick will work closely with Emily Weber, VP, Head of Synch, and Position Music’s synch, label services, and marketing teams to elevate the company’s roster through strategically aligning them with major brands. Frick is the former strategic advisor to the global start–up The Rattle Collective. Prior to co–founding Mophonics, he worked at We Are Hear, owned by Linda Perry and Kerry Brown.

Red Light Management has added Australian artist Amy Shark to its roster for global representation. Shark has had significant success in her home territory including No.1 charting works and ARIA and APRA Award wins. Her success began with her single “Adore” which took the No.2 spot on triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown and was certified 5x Platinum. Her debut full–length, Love Monster, topped the ARIA Albums Chart in 2018 and saw her garner a number of ARIA Award wins. Co–management for Shark is handled by Shane Billings and Red Light in Australia and New Zealand.

Concord Music Publishing has finalized an exclusive administration deal with Gun N’Roses bassist, Michael Andrew “Duff” McKagan, to cover his catalog and future solo works. McKagan’s third solo full–length, Tenderness, was released last year. Widely–recognized for his work with Guns N’Roses and Velvet Revolver, Duff has also collaborated with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Alice in Chains, Jane’s Addiction and more recently, Hollywood Vampires. McKagan was also behind the formation of two super groups of his own with Neurotic Outsiders and Loaded.

Former One Direction band member, Zayn, has joined the roster at CAA for worldwide representation across all areas. Having originally generated attention in 2010 as a contestant on Britain’s The X Factor, Zayn was eventually eliminated from the show as a solo act but returned alongside four additional artists from the show as One Direction. Before parting ways with One Direction in 2015, the group garnered 29 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Zayn’s debut solo release, “Pillowtalk,” saw him grabbing his first Billboard Hot 100 No.1, solo or as a group, with the debut full–length that followed, Mind of Mine, also topping the Billboard 200 chart. The award–winning artist’s most recent release, Icarus Falls, has racked up over 5 billion streams in just 11 months.

Reservoir has announced a new partnership with Nashville–based boutique music publisher One Riot, the first and only contemporary publisher dedicated to the Americana and Roots genres. The two companies will collectively sign, develop, and look after the catalogs of songwriters. The first signing under the JV is singer–songwriter duo, The Secret Sisters, which encompasses future titles written by the sibling team, including their new album Saturn Return, produced by multi–Grammy–winner Brandi Carlile. Led by singles “Cabin” and “Hold You Dear,” Saturn Return marks the duo’s fourth full–length and is the follow–up to their 2017 LP You Don’t Own Me Anymore, also co–produced by Carlile, which earned the pair their first Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album. One Riot is headquartered out of Reservoir’s Nashville office and has creative offices in Los Angeles and New York.

A new strategic partnership has been finalized between Live Nation and Core Entertainment, a recently formed manager/development venture launched by artist manager, Kevin “Chief” Zaruk, and business investor, Simon Tikhman. Core Entertainment was formed as a platform to identify selected talent managers and support them via resources and infrastructure that allow them to expand and compete in the market. Live Nation’s investment in the venture sees the live entertainment leader taking on a strategic partner role.

SiriusXM has rolled–out a new pop–up channel to focus on exclusive live concert content from across the past decade. SiriusXM’s Superstar Concert Series took over channel 30 yesterday and will deliver 16 concerts, a new one each day, through March 24th to its subscribers. Concerts set to air include those from Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, U2, Coldplay, Billie Eilish and others.

Having formally entered the K–pop arena only five months ago, artist AleXa has finalized a major U.S. partnership in signing with ICM Partners. The focus for the agency will be to support her crossover into the U.S. as a singer and also across TV, movies, festivals and other sectors. The contract with ICM was signed by ZB Label, a recently launched subsidiary label of Zanbyros, the K–pop music–video production company, which counts AleXa as their first act. The partnership rolled–out with the release of AleXa’s new single “Do or Die,” last week. Once promotions in Korea have finished up, ZB Label has revealed that AleXa and her team will make their way to the U.S. for a media tour.

Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA) has promoted Michelle An to EVP, Head of Visual Creative for the company, it was announced by the IGA’s Vice Chairman, Steve Berman. In her new role, An will maintain leadership of a team that is responsible for collaborating with IGA artists on the visual elements of their work including video, photography, packaging, advertising, as well as live shows, film and TV projects. An’s career began in advertising and she joined IGA in 2006 as part of its brand partnerships department. She soon transitioned to the label’s creative department, climbing the ranks and building a reputation as a cutting–edge creative mind for the label’s diverse group of artists. She was named head of the creative department in 2012. Last year alone, she and her team worked closely with Billie Eilish, Selena Gomez, Tierra Whack, Lana Del Rey, 5 Seconds of Summer and dozens of others on their visual creative output. Altogether, An and her team deliver over 100 music videos a year, garnering an estimated 1 billion monthly views online for the label and its artists. She most recently served as Sr. VP, Head of Creative and is based in the company’s Santa Monica headquarters.

From the Fields has revealed that Mike Walsh will be joining the promoter as Development Director for their U.K. portfolio. As part of the management of XFM (formerly Radio X) since 2005, Walsh played a key role in the station’s growth and establishment as one of the leading brands for emerging new music in the U.K. A Mercury Prize judge for the past three years, Walsh’s more than two decades in the music industry have led to him garnering a reputation for breaking emerging talent, championing some of the world’s biggest artists from their first releases. He has staged concerts for acts such as Florence + The Machine, Noel Gallagher and Mumford & Sons. Based in Manchester, From the Fields was founded by Andy Smith and Ben Robinson, and is behind the award–winning bluedot (Best Medium Festival, UKFA 2019) and Kendal Calling, which celebrates fifteen years this July. From the Fields’ portfolio also includes new music shows Inner City Electronic and Off The Record, as well as Arts Council–supported citywide cultural events Arts By The Sea and Festival of the Sky.

Glassnote has tapped Dexter Batson as U.K. Head of Promotion. Batson comes to Glassnote from Spotify where he spent the last three and half years as Sr. Editor on the Music Culture & Editorial team, responsible for alternative playlisting. At Spotify, Batson looked after all alternative music playlists which included exporting the best British and Irish alternative music globally, as well as bringing the world’s best music to the U.K. Prior to Spotify, Batson spent five years at the BBC including time on the music teams of Radio 1 and 6 Music, as well as production work at Radio 1 and 1Xtra. His career began in independent radio promotions at AJPR where he worked with acts such as Klaxons, La Roux, Flaming Lips, The Wombats and others.

Casete Digital Agriculture, one of Mexico’s most successful indie labels, has finalized an exclusive global distribution deal with Ingrooves Music Group. Released last week under the deal was the single “Mujeres,” from Julieta Venegas, a Mexican–American singer–songwriter who has previously won five Latin Grammys and one Grammy across her career. Julieta also performed at last week’s Spotify Awards in Mexico City. Launched in 2012, Casete Digital Agriculture has generated a reputation as a strong promoter of its artists via traditional platforms, as well as providing opportunities for them within the film and TV arena. Casete counts offices in Mexico City and Bogotá, Columbia.

ASM Global, manager for several sports venues in Louisville, has tapped Taki Pappas for its Louisville operations as Director of Event Booking & Business Development for the KFC Yum Center, the recently finished Lynn Family Stadium, and the Norton Health Sports Athletics & Learning Center, developed by the Louisville Urban League. Pappas’ new role sees him leading event programming and development for all three venues, encompassing sporting events, concerts and other programming. With over two decades of experience in the sports and entertainment industry, Pappas previously served as Sr. Talent Buyer for National Shows 2 in Nashville and spent four years with the Durham Performing Arts Center as Director of Programming. His resume also includes time as the Assistant Director and Talent Buyer at the University of TexasBass Concert Hall and 13 years with Live Nation, including time as VP of Touring.

PPL has added ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus to their client roster for administration of his international neighboring rights collections. Ulvaeus joins about 65,000 performers and recording rightsholders for which PPL now collects internationally. The Swedish singer–songwriter also supported Session, which was previously known as Auddly, and which works to be sure correct credits are associated with music recordings. PPL partnered with Session in 2018.

Marathon Music Group, in association with Tileyard London, has announced the launch of its third tech start–up accelerator program, Marathon Artists LABs, and has revealed the five companies who will be participating. The 2020 program focuses on generating business development opportunities within music for start–ups. This new group of companies focuses on industry challenges across music discovery, specifically applications for talent scouting, A&R processes and solutions to optimize exposure (D2C & D2B). The international collective of companies has been sourced from Singapore, Berlin, Israel and the U.K., and will be based in Tileyard London’s campus in King’s Cross. Among the companies joining the program are Musiio, Know What’s Loved, MySphere, Remixology and Cyanite. Marathon Artists LABs has already collaborated with a range of music start–ups to accelerate business development objectives while building a pipeline of sales prospects across the music sector. The first Marathon Artists Labs program launched in 2016 focused on tools for artist managers. Alumni from the program have garnered Midem LAB awards and successfully raised Series A funding. The second program focused on music related content monetization in today’s digital landscape, with a number of successful funding rounds resulting for those companies participating. Additionally, former program alumni and content producers Mahogany Sessions and Dummy Mag have both launched JV record labels with Marathon Music Group.

James Garside has been named Head of Product for MelodyVR. Garside is based in London and will take on global duties for customer experience for the music VR firm’s portfolio. He reports to Anthony Matchett, CEO & Founder of MelodyVR. Garside comes to MelodyVR from video streaming platform Dazn where he was among the original product team that launched the sports app across its first nine markets. Prior, Garside was Product Manager at Ministry of Sound, where among his projects, he created a DJ video streaming service that broadcasts sets from the Ministry of Sound club.

Dubset Media is set to be acquired by Pexeso (Pex), as the digital rights management platform looks to take advantage of Dubset’s licensed catalog and music rights database to build upon its attribution tools encompassing music and film. The move should allow for rightsholders to monitor the use and performance of their works across any audio or video content on social media and user–generated content platforms. Dubset’s Bob Barbiere assumes the role of Sr. VP Digital Rights for Pex under the acquisition.

IMPF (Independent Music Publishers International Forum), representing independent music publishers internationally, has named Annette Barrett as President–elect of IMPF and Chair of the Board of Directors. As Managing Director of Reservoir UK, Barrett is a prominent and respected figure in music publishing, and across the industry internationally. She will take on the role of President at the upcoming General Assembly being held in Stockholm this month. Barrett comments, “I am delighted to take up the Presidency role and thank Pierre who has done such a great job to get the Forum to this point. I look forward to working with Pierre and the rest of the Board of Directors to further grow the Forum globally, so as to directly meet our members needs in the different continents where we are engaged: Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and North and South America. Consolidating our outreach to like–minded organisations internationally will also be a key tenet of our strategic direction, as we continue to build the IMPF community.”

GL Music Publishing and Ultra Music Publishing have announced the co–signing of Wafande, the biggest dancehall artist and songwriter in Denmark. The two firms said in a statement, “Ultra Music and GL Music Entertainment have been working toward this co–publishing agreement with Wafande for a long time, and we could not be more excited to see this come together for all parties. Wafande has already proven his capacity as an artist and song writer in Denmark. Over the past 18 months Wafande has been in writing sessions and songwriting camps in Denmark, Los Angeles and the Bahamas where his unique voice and song writing style has impressed both his co–writers, the artists he’s worked with as well as ULTRA and GL Music. We look forward to working on developing his career as a songwriter on the highest international level.”

Elliot Grainge, Founder & CEO of LA–based indie record label, 10K Projects, has announced the appointment of Danielle Price to the role of Sr. VP, Business and Legal Affairs. Price’s new role will see her become a key deal maker at the growing label. She comes to 10K after a stint with LaPolt Law, P.C., where she led the firm’s hip–hop music division, servicing artists such as Nicki Minaj, 21 Savage, Megan Thee Stallion, SAINt JHN and Tinashe among others. She was an integral part of the team that freed 21 Savage from ICE custody last year. Price’s career in the music business began as an attorney in the Legal Affairs department of Warner Music Group where she handled matters of content protection and pursued claims of copyright and trademark infringement. She is a member of the Recording Academy and sits on the board of Future Hope, a subset of City of Hope’s Music, Film, and Entertainment Industry group.


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JACKASS OF THE WEEK

Have you ever sent a text message you regretted, clicked on the wrong link, posted an inappropriate message or image on social media, accidentally replied “send all” on an E–mail, or made a total ass of yourself? Yes, we’ve all had a jackass moment at one time or another in our life. Yes, we’ve all had a jackass moment at one time or another in our life. It’s already almost the end of the first quarter of the year and its been full of numerous mishaps, scares and fails. Click HERE for a view of slips, drips, clips and other unexpected surprises!


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



Having earned attention for their signature melodic guitar work, thunderous rhythm section and magnetic live shows is the Newcastle–based trio, The Pale White. Comprised of brothers Adam and Jack Hope, along with longtime friend Tom Booth, the three–piece have earned support from the likes of NME, Radio X, Apple Music, MTV, Passport Approved and BBC Introducing. Opening for The Amazons, Twin Atlantic, The Libertines, Sam Fender and Band of Skulls, the band are developing a passionate word of mouth following as one of the most exciting British bands. Following their successful singles “Unnatural” and “Medicine,” The Pale White return with “Swim For Your Life.” The third track for the band produced by Jolyon Thomas (Royal Blood, Slaves, Jake Bugg) is the most direct and energetic song that the three–piece have released so far. Listen to “Swim For Your Life” HERE and contact Simon McCulloch at simon@wolf–tone.com for all inquiries regarding The Pale White.


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

Following a series of acclaimed introductory EPs, APRE returns with the new single, “Your Heart’s Like A Jungle.” The London–based band have cut their teeth touring with the likes of Sam Fender, Friendly Fires, Inhaler and LANY. A formidable live force of their own, APRE’s first headline tour included a recent sold–out date at London’s Scala, with additional support across the board already from BBC Radio 1, 6Music and Radio X. Fronted by co–vocalists Charlie Brown and Jules Konieczny, the band are as inspired by the socially conscious, observational lyricism of Pet Shop Boys as the alternative indie of Foals, often masking intimate home–truths behind their massive–sounding songs. “Your Heart’s Like A Jungle,” according to the band, is about being lost in a relationship. It describes that frustrating feeling when you are trying your best to love someone, but you fail to understand their emotions and get lost in your feelings for them. Discover APRE and watch the video for “Your Heart’s A Jungle” HERE and contact Chris Bellam at chrisbellam@underplay.co.uk for all inquiries.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 3/8/2020



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, March 8th, 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:

TRIBE FRIDAY – “Talk So Loud” (Unsigned, Sweden)
KYTES – “Go Out” (Frisbee Records,Germany)
LARKINS – “Hit And Run” (Good Soldier Songs, UK)
BLANKS – “Bittersweet” (Unsigned, Holland)
JAMES GILLESPIE – “Mad World” (AWAL, UK)
STEREOTIDE – “Find Someone” (Unsigned, Germany)
LUNA BAY – “All In (Feat. Vera Kebbe)” (Unsigned, UK)
ÄTNA – “Made By Desire” (Humming Records, Germany)
BONGLOARD – “I Want It Now” (Unsigned, Holland)
THE PALE WHITE – “Swim For Your Life” (Unsigned, UK)
MOUNTAIN BIRD – “5Years” (Nettwerk, Sweden)
TEMPLES – “You’re Either On Something” (ATO Records, UK)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Monkeys In My Head” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
THE RUBENS – “Live In Life” (Ivy League Records, Australia)
LILY MOORE – “Better Than Me” (Virgin EMI, UK)
SPACEY JANE – “Good For You” (Unsigned, Australia)
BENEE – “Monsta” (Universal, New Zealand)
DEVON – “I Don’t Want 2 B Ur Friend” (Universal, UK)
LONGFELLOW – “Gabrielle” (Unsigned, UK)
BIRDS OF TOKYO – “Two Of Us” (EMI/UMG, Australia)
COMA – “Spiracles” (City Slang, Germany)
THE VICES – “Sly Smiled Berlin Child” (Unsigned, Holland)
SEA GIRLS – “Violet” (Unsigned, UK)
MILLIE TURNER – “January” (Soda Rock Music, UK)
THE BONGO CLUB – “No Expectations” (The Bank, Sweden)
MAGNUS MIA – “Heartburn” (Unsigned, Hong Kong)
MARSICANS – “Can I Stay Here Forever (pt. 2)” (Killing Moon, UK)
FOREST BLAKK – “Put Your Hands Up” (Warner Music, Canada)
MEGAPHONE – “Don’t Be Late” (Unsigned, Czech Republic)
KODALINE – “Wherever You Are” (B–Unique/Sony RCA, Ireland)
JOHNOSSI – “Longer The Wait, Harder The Fall” (Universal, Sweden)
THE BIG MOON – “Barcelona” (Fiction Records, UK)
KING NUN – “Bug” (Dirty Hit, UK)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Stereotide, Birds of Tokyo, Kodaline, Kytes and Sea Girls)