SONY/ATV OPENS NEW OFFICE & STUDIOS IN ATLANTA –
NAMES MIKE JACKSON TO LEAD OPERATIONS
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has announced the launch of a new office and studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Located in Buckhead, the Sony/ATV Atlanta office and studios will occupy the former RedZone Entertainment (RZE) production complex, which has served as a creative hub and cultural touchstone in Atlanta for more than 25 years. Its studios have been the foundation for music written and produced for artists such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Future, Usher, The–Dream, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, among others.
Sony/ATV Chairman & CEO, Jon Platt, stated, “Atlanta has been a major part of my journey for 25 years, and the community there has fostered some of my strongest friendships and relationships in the business. I am so proud that we are officially expanding Sony/ATV’s presence into Atlanta and it is important that we give back to the city’s vibrant creative community. With this new office, we will offer the Atlanta music community special songwriter workshops and all of our best–in–class services.”
The company’s new office will be led by A&R veteran Mike Jackson, who will be taking on the role of Vice President, Creative. The Atlanta office will be the company’s fifth location within the U.S. as Sony/ATV continues to expand its A&R efforts and its focus to better serve songwriters by increasing access to its resources and expertise.
“It’s an honor to be a part of cultivating the careers of new and established songwriters, producers and artists in Atlanta with this new Sony/ATV initiative. Atlanta has given us so much great culture and music over the years – it is a tremendous pleasure to help give something great and resourceful back to the Atlanta music community,” stated Jackson.
Jackson has already signed hit songwriters to deals with Sony/ATV including Bighead (Gucci Mane, Chief Keef, Lil Pump, Lil Tracy, Lil Peep, SmokePurpp) and Atlanta–based production team, Priority Beats, whose work includes that with Lil Baby on his current album, and upcoming releases for Stunna 4 Vegas, Lil Tecca, Polo G, Jacquees, Bryson Tiller and City Girls.
Additionally, as a part of Sony/ATV’s songwriter and A&R services, the company will provide opportunities for Atlanta’s youth to learn the music publishing business through masterclasses and songwriter training workshops.
In Sony/ATV’s U.K. offices, promotions have been announced for Sarah Pickering, aka Pixie, to Vice President, Creative, and Chris Jones to Vice President, Licensing, with the duo named as Co–Heads of its synchronization team. Both executives report directly to Sony/ATV U.K. Co–Managing Directors, David Ventura and Tim Major.
Pixie & Chris Jones
Pixie’s new role will see her responsible for implementing creative strategies for Sony/ATV U.K.’s synch division across all media while maintaining and developing relationships with clients and songwriters and working with them to create new synch opportunities. In his new role, Jones will lead Sony/ATV U.K.’s licensing strategy and set the agenda for pricing and negotiation for its synch business. Pixie and Chris will be supported by Nick Oakes, who will be taking on the newly created role of Director, U.K. Synch.
A&R WORLDWIDE PRESENTS MUBUTV’S RITCH ESRA IN CONVERSATION WITH RESPECTED A&R EXECUTIVE JEFF VAUGHN
A&R Worldwide continues its partnership with MUBUTV to deliver inspiring conversations with some of the industry’s leading minds from the comfort of their own home. Conducted by respected industry executive Ritch Esra (Publisher of The Music Business Registry) the interviews were filmed on site at A&R Worldwide’s annual MUSEXPO global music industry event.
This week’s video sees Esra engaging in an insightful A&R conversation with now President of Capitol Records, Jeff Vaughn. At the time of the interview, Vaughn served as Vice President of A&R at Los Angeles–based Artist Partner Group (APG), a fully integrated and supported arm of Warner Music Group’s Atlantic Records, and Artist Publishing Group, having joined the company at its founding in 2013. During his tenure with APG, Vaughn signed and/or worked closely with a range of artists that have collectively amassed dozens of RIAA Platinum and Gold certifications, including breakout streaming phenom Youngboy Never Broke Again. Other credits include the signing and development of global R&B superstar and three–time Grammy nominee Kehlani, as well as A&R’ing veteran hip–hop star Kevin Gates. Vaughn also worked with Warner Records to land emerging hip–hop talent, NLE Choppa, whose signing pursuit was one of the most competitive of 2019.
Vaughn was also responsible for signing and developing multi–Platinum rap artist Lil Skies, rap–punk rocker Rico Nasty, and buzzing Travis Scott affiliate, Don Toliver. He played a key role in the signing of multi–Platinum artist Young Thug and is credited with co–A&Ring the soundtrack to the eighth installment in the successful Fast and Furious film franchise, The Fate Of The Furious: The Album.
Click HERE to watch the full insightful discussion. For more information on MUBUTV, visit www.mubutv.com.
ATLANTIC RECORDS U.K. ADDS RICH CASTILLO TO A&R TEAM
Atlantic Records in the U.K. has named Rich Castillo to the role of A&R Director. Effective later this month, Castillo’s appointment will see him reporting to the label’s Co–Presidents, Briony Turner and Ed Howard.
Howard revealed that Castillo’s appointment is the most recent in a round of senior hirings he and Turner are making. Howard commented, “Combined with our already outstanding team, this puts us in a great position to continue to discover future stars and deliver world–class service to our artists.”
Turner added, “Rich has great ears and a brilliant track record for finding and creating massive pop hits. We’re looking forward to all the amazing music and incredible artists that we know he’ll be bringing into the fold.”
Most recently, Castillo held the role of Sr. Director of A&R for Sony/ATV Music Publishing where he supported the reshaping of the A&R team and signed songwriters such as Neave Applebaum, Pa Salieu, TMS and Wayne Hector. His career began with management firm Shalit Global. He transitioned to UMTV and All Around the World in 2012, taking on an A&R role before heading to Universal Music Canada in 2014 and servint as A&R Director for two years.
2016 saw him return to the U.K., assuming duties as Sr. A&R Manager at Polydor Records where his signings included Stefflon Don, Big Heath, Blanco and Mic Lowry, in addition to A&R’ing the latest full–length from Wretch 32. Castillo is the second senior hire for Howard and Turner since they assumed their Co–President roles at the end of 2019, with Liz Goodwin named GM last month.
A&R WORLDWIDE RETROSPECTIVE
Each week, A&R Worldwide’s newsletter will see us digging back through some of our archives to revisit memorable and defining moments in A&R Worldwide’s 20+ year history. Over the past two decades, A&R Worldwide has helped the global music industry with discovering and signing world–conquering artists; many of whom have gone on to multi–Platinum international success, assisted executives and artists with broad business and creative opportunities, and curated priceless networking events all over the world with its executive relationships; work that continues to this day!
Enjoying lunch at The Sanderson Hotel in London, England back in 2001 are (l–r) Zane Lowe (Beats 1/Apple Music), Sat Bisla and Dave Holmes (manager of Coldplay).
A&R Worldwide President & Founder, Sat Bisla first introduced the U.S. radio and music industry to the talents of then Xfm, London radio personality Zane Lowe back in 1997 when Sat featured him as “Best DJ In The World” in VIRTUALLYALTERNATIVE (an influential U.S. music and radio industry trade publication for alternative music). In 2004, whilst at BBC Radio 1, Zane secured his first–ever weekly U.S. radio broadcast on Sat’s import radio show, Passport Approved, which ran on the late Indie 103.1FM Los Angeles (recognized as “Best Radio Station” in America by Rolling Stone at the time). For several years, Zane used this segment to introduce his favorite songs of the week to the influential Los Angeles music industry market.
Sat met Dave Holmes, who was then Los Angeles–based GM of Nettwerk Records, in 1996 and the two became close friends after an introduction from their mutual friend Buzz Fitzgerald. Sat worked as an A&R consultant to Dave for a number of years and worked with him on helping to get Coldplay’s first import single, “Yellow,” onto key U.S. radio stations when the band’s American major label originally passed on them. The positive U.S. radio reaction saw the band eventually signed to Capitol Records. Dave was also instrumental in helping Sat coordinate their first networking dinners, which the two started together back in 1999. These A&R Worldwide dinners eventually evolved into what became MUSEXPO in 2005 – the annual global music industry conference and showcase event that continues to this day.
GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…
Mattel has finalized an exclusive, multi–year global music licensing deal with Warner Music Group’s Arts Music division. The deal sees Warner becoming the distributor of Mattel’s current catalog of over 1,000 tracks from brands such as Barbie, Thomas & Friends, Hot Wheels, American Girl and Fisher–Price. Arts Music and Mattel are also set to debut hundreds of unreleased songs from its catalog for the first time. Additionally, the companies will collaborate for the development and distribution of new music, including the forthcoming Thomas & Friends’ birthday full–length, rolling out to digital streaming platforms on May 8th.
BMG is opening up its myBMG app to artists across the music industry to allow them to pitch for songs from BMG songwriters via written briefs, or even videos. The app–based version of BMG’s long–time “Watchlist” service for songwriters means artists will be able to reach out directly to the BMG clients worldwide who use the myBMG app. It marks BMG as the only major international publisher with an online “who–is–looking” tool, fully integrated within its own signature app. As the only major international music company with music publishing and recordings under one roof and off the same technology platform, BMG’s initial focus with its new Watchlist will be towards its own recording artists. The Watchlist is also open to artists from other companies and current listings include pitches from labels such as Arista Records, Atlantic Records, Capitol Records, Columbia Records, RCA Records, Republic Records, Universal Music Australia, Warner Music U.K., Sony Music Germany, SM Entertainment and Avex Music Japan.
Tidal has revealed it will be rolling out a new free membership offering allowing users to create accounts with an email address for ad–free video content on the platform at no cost. Under the banner of Tidal Access, the new tier will feature four channels of videos encompassing performances, documentaries, conversations and a spotlight channel curated by Tidal’s editors. Content will rotate on a regular basis with the option of on demand viewing for certain videos. Music streaming is not included in the new offering. Tidal is currently available worldwide in 55 countries with the new Tidal Access feature only accessible in the U.S.
Apple revealed figures last week showing growth to quarterly revenue for Q2 of 1% year–upon–year, reaching $58.3 billion. For the fiscal Q2 period ending March 28th, international sales represented 62% of revenue. Apple’s services division, which counts Apple Music, reached an all–time high of $13.3 billion. Apple CFO, Luca Maestri, confirmed on the earnings call that Apple Music experienced record revenue for the quarter with subscribers increasing by “strong double digits.” The news comes as Apple Music, just last month, rolled out to an additional 52 countries.
Warner Music has brought on Chris Gobalakrishna as Sr. VP, Finance and Operations for its Asia operations. Based in Hong Kong, Gobalakrishna reports to Warner Music Asia’s President, Simon Robson. Prior roles for Gobalakrishna include nearly two decades in executive roles with BMG and Sony Music. He was named CFO for Digital, Enterprises, Research, Marketing, Events & Social Media with Univision Communications in 2012 before transitioning to senior finance positions with Workstride, Beachbody and Tone It Up. He most recently served as CFO for WorldVentures.
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has brought its global synch and custom music worldwide networks under one banner as UMPG Music Solutions. According to an official press release, UMPG Music Solutions offers “a single point of access in each local market to the company’s worldwide network of songwriters, composers, producers and synch resources – including its synch division, production music division and bespoke composition offerings – as well as those of select partners.” UMPG’s local synch offices and Universal Publishing Production Music will look after client inquiries. The new division also provides an access point to creatives from partner firms globally such as Elias Music, Green United Music, Decca Publishing, AMP.Amsterdam, DJDTP, Sup3rsonic and others.
A 5.7% stake in Live Nation has been acquired by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund which accounts for 12,337,569 shares valued at just under $500 million. The acquisition makes the country’s wealth fund the third biggest shareholder in the live entertainment leader.
Spotify revealed a 31% increase, year–upon–year, to premium subscribers for Q1 of 2020, reaching 130 million users. The new total also marks an increase of the last quarter of 2019 when subscribers reached 124 million. Total monthly active users (MAUs) also jumped by 31% year–upon–year to 286 million for 2020’s first quarter with gross margin reported as 25.5%. Spotify revealed in a letter to shareholders that results for all major metrics met or surpassed expectations except ad–supported revenues which were less than anticipated at €148 million. The streamer is holding its 2020 targeted figures for total MAUs (328 – 348 million) and premium subscribers (143 – 153 million) while decreasing forecasted revenue from €8.08 – €8.48 billion to €7.65 – €8.05 billion to account for changes to foreign exchange rates and advertising expectations resulting from the current global pandemic.
Bandcamp is set to waive its revenue share once again for purchases made on the first Friday of May, June and July. Any money from music purchased on these dates will go solely to artists and labels. Bandcamp has implemented the same initiative a number of times previously, most recently on March 20th at the onset of the COVID–19 pandemic forcing shut downs, with the most recent 24–hour span generating $4.3 million in sales across music and merch, around 15 times more than a typical day of sales on the platform. Artists can set up Bandcamp accounts at no cost with the company taking 15% of digital music sales and 10% of merchandise.
Reservoir has signed writer–producer Keith “Ten4” Sorrells to a worldwide publishing deal, via its JV with producer Oak Felder. The deal covers global rights to Sorrell’s entire catalog of works including No.1 comeback single “I Love Me” performed by Demi Lovato, and new single “Actions” by John Legend. The latest addition to Felder’s protégé production group, The Orphanage, which also counts Reservoir writers Trevor Brown and Zaire Koalo, Sorrells recently co–wrote and/or co–produced a trio of lead singles for major label artists. In addition to his work with Lovato and Legend, Sorrells also co–wrote Anne–Marie’s single, “Birthday,” which racked up more than 31 million streams on Spotify and was a Top 10 hit in five countries. A skilled songwriter, producer, and multi–instrumentalist, Sorrells has been in the studio with Kehlani, Kiana Ledé, PRETTYMUCH, Alina Baraz, JoJo and others.
A&R Worldwide has learned that Charlie Dilks has taken on a new role as Director, Business Development, U.K. for FUGA. Prior to joining FUGA, Dilks had spent several months as Managing Director, DashGo Inc. U.K., and had previously served as Sr. VP, Music at Songtradr - a role he held for over two years. Prior to joining Songtradr, Dilks was the Managing Partner at Milamber Ventures, based in London, England, as well as holding various positions within a number of different music–related companies since the early 2000’s.
SoundCloud is rolling–out a weekly live series via Twitch as SoundCloud on Twitch. The offering will provide resources to support creators as they grow their careers. SoundCloud on Twitch launches with a portfolio of originally produced live content that seeks to offer new alternatives for the creative community to connect with artists, producers and industry. The series commences on Wednesday with Studio Sessions with Soulection, a weekly, 90–minute music show helmed by Joe Kay, Founder of Soulection, where he and special guests will look at emerging beats, vocalists and remixes. Cloud Bar will premiere on Thursday, bringing together creators, industry execs and influencers to discuss various topics, with this week’s line–up counting Zach Iser and Caroline Yim, Music Agents at CAA; artist managers Byron Wilson, Matthew Burnett and Jordan Evans; Dae Bogan (The Mechanical Licensing Collective); Georgette Cline (Editorial Director, XXL); hip–hop entrepreneur Roger Gengo; recording artist, activist, and entrepreneur, Vic Mensa; and Kathryn Frazier (Founder & CEO, Biz 3 Publicity). Two new shows will make their way to the offering next week with Fresh Pressed and Fast Track.
iHeartMedia announced last week that Dua Lipa and 102.7 KIIS–FM on–air personality, JoJo Wright, will host the 2020 iHeartRadio Prom, an on–air celebration for high school students across the U.S., who are now forced to miss this milestone due to the COVID–19 pandemic. The four–hour event will broadcast across stations nationally on May 8th at 8pm local time, and will feature custom celebrity DJ mixes from Marshmello, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Martin Garrix, Loud Luxury and will.i.am. The celebration will also include special messages for the “Class of 2020” from the likes of John Legend, AJ Mitchell, Noah Cyrus, PowFu, Sabrina Carpenter, Sofia Carson, Trevor Daniel and others, as well as a special performance from Lewis Capaldi. Additionally, listeners and fans will have the opportunity to submit photos in their prom best on iHeartMedia’s social platforms using #iHeartProm and #iHeartDuaLipa for a chance to win a virtual prom meet and greet with Dua Lipa following the show.
Polydor Records’ Lucy Dann and Stephen Hallowes have been promoted to Marketing Directors, it was announced last week by the label’s Co–Presidents, Tom March and Ben Mortimer. The two executives have been making their way through the ranks at Polydor across the past decade. Hallowes joined the label as Digital Marketing Manager in 2009, and Dann in 2012 as Marketing Manager, eventually receiving promotions to Head of Digital and Head of Marketing, respectively. Previous projects they have collaborated on include campaigns for Ellie Goulding, Take That and Gary Barlow that Dann and Hallowes developed during their working relationship. Since 2017, the duo has led the marketing team as joint Heads of Marketing.
SiriusXM is rolling out a new collection of limited–edition stations which will focus on a number of iconic artists, featuring their music and exclusive content. The new initiative will fall under SiriusXM’s Stream Free program, which allows anyone access at no cost to its full content portfolio via the SiriusXM app, now extended through May 31st. Among the personally curated channels are included The David Bowie Channel, Hotel California (focusing on the Eagles), The Fleetwood Mac Channel, Ace in the Hole Radio (focused on George Strait), Guns N’ Roses Radio, Led Zeppelin Radio, Mandatory Metallica, The Prince Channel, and Rolling Stones Radio.
Merlin announced last week the promotion of Charlie Lexton to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer. Lexton assumes oversight of a London–based team that includes Ryan McWhinnie (who is promoted to Sr. Director, Business & Legal Affairs) and Marta de la Hoz (Head of Data Analytics), as well as new hires Shrina Patel (Director, Business & Legal Affairs), and Katie Eckett (Manager, Business & Legal Affairs), as well as providing management and support across Merlin’s broader global team. He will continue to lead Merlin’s licensing efforts with existing and new digital partners, with his expanded remit also encompassing management of Merlin’s growing Data Analytics operations. Following stints in both the major (UMG and EMI) and independent (Dorado Records and City Rockers) sectors, Lexton joined Merlin as Head of Business Affairs in 2008, taking on the additional role of General Counsel two years later. He was elevated to Chief Commercial Officer & General Counsel in 2018. He has played a key role in establishing Merlin’s reputation and success, securing innovative licensing partnerships with digital partners such as Alibaba, Boomplay, Deezer, Facebook/Instagram, JioSaavn, NetEase, Pandora, SoundCloud, Spotify, Tencent, TikTok and YouTube Music.
Twitter’s Q1 reporting for 2020 showed increases to monetizable daily active users (mDAU), ad revenue, and overall revenue. mDAU for the first quarter of the year reached 166 million, up from the year prior of 134 million and increased over Q4 of 2019 which reached 152 million. Ad revenue grew by $3 million year–upon–year to reach $682 million, and overall revenue was at $808 million, a 3% increase over the same time last year. Due to the pandemic, Twitter did note a 27% decrease in ad revenue between March 11th – 31st. Twitter posted a Q1 loss of $8.3 million for 2020, with 2019’s figures having shown a profit of $190.8 million. Earnings per share were reported at $.11, surpassing Wall Street’s expectations of $.10 per share. The figures followed Twitter’s decision on March 23rd to withdraw its forecasted earnings due to the coronavirus situation. As a result of the recent hit to ad revenue, Twitter commented that it is cutting costs and focusing efforts on building out its ad products.
In other social media financial reporting, Facebook revealed last week it experienced its slowest quarterly growth as a public company, driven by the global trend of cuts to digital advertising. With prices and demand for ad space decreasing over the last three weeks of March, Facebook stated that the first few weeks of April have stabilized. The company also revealed that ad revenue for the period has been flat compared to the year prior. Q1 earnings reached $4.9 billion or $1.71 per share which more than doubles its figure from the year prior of $2.43 billion ($.85/share). Revenue also increased year–upon–year by 18% to $17.74 billion. Before the effects of the coronavirus situation, Facebook had already been experiencing decreases to its global advertising sector, with 2019’s fourth quarter marking the company’s slowest revenue growth to–date. In March, Facebook reported an average of 2.6 billion users each month which was an increase of 10% year–upon–year with its daily user base also increasing for the month by 11% to around 1.73 billion. The month of March also saw 2.99 billion people making use of at least one Facebook app including Instagram, Messenger or WhatsApp, alongside its flagship platform.
Facebook has also revealed it is looking to roll–out a new suite of features to allow users further tools to connect amidst the coronavirus situation. Among the new features will be an offering allowing for artists and creators to charge for live streams as well as add fundraising buttons to live videos. Additionally, Facebook will reboot its Live With platform which sees users able to add an additional guest speaker which expands on the opportunities for interviews via the social media platform.
Lucas Keller, Founder & President of Milk & Honey Management has revealed the appointment of Dean Gillard as EVP of Heldeep Records, the Milk & Honey–led and client Oliver Heldens–owned, electronic house record label based in Milk & Honey’s new U.K. offices in Kings Cross, London. Gillard comes to Heldeep from Universal Music Group where he served as VP, International Marketing and A&R for Universal Music’s Global Dance Network PM:AM Recordings and worked on global releases for Tiesto, Avicii, Jonas Blue, Meduza, Jax Jones, Martin Solveig and Axwell Ingrosso, as well as others. His recently formed Nocturn Music Group will also join Milk & Honey to evolve Heldeep Records from a startup into a mainstay electronic label brand, working closely with Alex Harrow and Dave Frank who serve as Co–Heads of electronic music for Milk & Honey Management.
The Recording Academy has named Valeisha Butterfield Jones as its first Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. Reporting to Academy Chair and Interim President & CEO, Harvey Mason Jr., Butterfield Jones’ new role is effective May 11th. She will join the executive leadership team tasked with advancing the Recording Academy’s mission and ensuring that diversity and inclusion are core to business values and standards demonstrated throughout the organization. Her appointment follows recommendations set forth by the Recording Academy Diversity & Inclusion Task Force in December 2019 to bring on an executive level team member responsible for enterprise–wide diversity and inclusion efforts by May 1st. As Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Butterfield Jones will design, build and implement programs and industry standards focused on inclusion, belonging and representation for underrepresented communities and creators. Butterfield Jones is an award–winning and globally–recognized business leader who has worked across the intersections of technology, politics and entertainment. Previously, she served as Global Head of Inclusion for Google, Inc. Prior to joining Google, Butterfield Jones served as the National Youth Vote Director for the Obama for America campaign, Deputy Director of Public Affairs for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Obama Administration, Executive Director at Rush Communications (Def Jam Enterprises, Baby Phat, Phat Farm, Hip–Hop Summit Action Network) and as the National Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Alzheimer’s Association. Her career, spanning two decades, began at HBO Sports. As a philanthropist, Butterfield Jones Co–Founded the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) in 2007. She also serves on the National Board of Directors of ColorComm, MC Lyte’s Hip Hop Sisters Network and iVote.
In the wake of the coronavirus situation, the iconic Amoeba Music store on Sunset Boulevard has shut its doors ahead of the planned date this fall. The building had been purchased in 2015 by developer GPI, who had decided to move forward with construction on a new complex. Amoeba has new space secured on Hollywood Boulevard where it will now focus its full efforts with a scheduled opening this fall.
Record Store Day has become an important fixture in the music retail calendar for U.K. record stores, labels and music fans alike. With this year’s event postponed as a result of the continued COVID–19 pandemic, the organizers behind the successful U.K. #loverecordstores campaign have announced that June 20th will be Love Record Stores Day (#LRSD). #LRSD will mark a day of online shopping for vinyl exclusives at favorite record stores with a range of strictly limited–edition releases being made available to music fans. The initiative seeks to give participating stores the significant spike in sales they normally receive on Record Store Day, while helping music fans satisfy their appetite for great music during this difficult period. Alongside new and exciting releases #LRSD will be supported with online, “in store” performances by a number of artists and exclusive DJs sets being broadcast throughout the day. A number of record labels are already confirmed to participate in #LRSD with a list of participating record stores and exclusive releases for #LRSD set to be published on the new #loverecordstores blog, which can be found at www.loverecordstores.com.
Last week, ASCAP reported record–breaking financial results for the fifth year in a row, with total 2019 revenue topping $1.274 billion in 2019, an increase of $47 million over 2018. Royalty distributions to ASCAP members also reached an all–time high in 2019, increasing by $75 million and surpassing the $1 billion mark for a third year at $1.184 billion in royalties paid out to ASCAP members. Domestic revenue collected by ASCAP in 2019 came in at $945 million, increasing by $39 million over the prior year, driven in part by an increase in audio streaming which increased 16%. Domestic distributions from ASCAP–licensed and administered performances in the U.S. totaled $869 million, up $55 million over the year prior. Foreign revenue also rose to $329 million and foreign distributions to $315 million, up by nearly $20 million over 2018.
Codiscos has named a new President for the company in Andrés Ovalle Muñoz. Previous roles for Muñoz include those with DuPont and PPG Industries. The executive takes the leadership role for Codiscos, founded in 1950, which stands as one of the oldest and largest record labels and publishers in the South American region. Muñoz steps into the role following the recent announcement that Codiscos’ former head, Adriana Restrepo, had been tapped as President for Sony Music Andes.
GL Music Publishing has announced the signing of Barbara Moleko, one of the biggest artists and songwriters in Denmark. CEO, Lasse Lindorff comments, “GL Music Entertainment have been working toward this publishing agreement with Barbara Moleko for a long time, and we could not be more excited to see this come together for both parties. Barbara has already proven her capacity as an artist and songwriter in Denmark with several radio hits and TV show performances. Her unique voice and songwriting style has impressed both her co–writers, producers she has worked with as well as GL Music. We look forward to working on developing her career as a songwriter on the highest international level.”
Bucks Music Group has finalized a sub–publishing deal with Velvetica Music in France, that sees both companies representing each other in their respective territories. The move comes as Brigitte Bertholier has decided to part ways with the publisher having been with the company since the 1960s with founder David Platz. Bertholier ran two of Bucks’ companies in France, as Managing Director of David Platz Music SARL and NFC SARL. Founded in 2011 by Thomas Jamois, the roster of artist catalogs Velvetica administers includes Caravan Palace, Lomepal and JB Dunckel (from French band Air). The company also administers the publishing repertoires of film production companies such as Pathé and Gaumont, as well as the catalog of Europe’s leading telco, Orange.
Technology–driven global music rights administrator, Muserk, has partnered with JASRAC (the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers), Japan’s largest musical copyright administration society for the collection of JASRAC’s U.S.–based mechanical rights from YouTube. JASRAC is not only the biggest copyright administration society in Japan, it’s one of the biggest societies outside of the U.S. Muserk’s proprietary software, MMatch® and MPAC® (Muserk Primary Automated Cortex) was originally designed specifically to find usage of their customers’ data among very large datasets while automating the entire royalty chain. The technology also allows Muserk to guarantee that their customers will be paid within 30 days following the close of any given collection period.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Christian Tattersfield, Emma Banks, Devraj Sanyal, Nick Gatfield, Steve Schnur, Ron Fair, Xavier Ramos, Jacquline Saturn, Kevin Weatherly, Rachel Levy, Sanken Sandqvist, Paul Adam and Daniel Glass.
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. People around the world are eagerly looking for the pandemic to be over and life to return to some sense of normalcy. Let’s hope that life doesn’t return to jackass moments like this…click HERE for a friendly reminder!
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– JEKYLL
Jekyll are four seaside rocking kids from Blackpool who still consist of Joel Foster (vocals/guitar), Lewis Armistead (bass), Liam Singleton (drums) and Mike Spence (guitar). The quartet released their sophomore EP, The Whispering Gallery, in March featuring the singles “I Do What I Can” and “The Escapist.” Both songs find Jekyll in standard hyper–melodic mode, marrying splashy, crashing choral musings with maximized alt–rock guitars and a shoegaze–tinged sonic undercurrent. The band signed with Fierce Panda at The Great Escape two years ago, in time for the lively, driving debut self–titled EP. Songs from that release, and The Whispering Gallery, have been supported by BBC Radio’s Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq and Radio X DJ, John Kennedy, as well as media and live backing from BBC Introducing, This Feeling, Gigslutz, The Zine, Backseat Mafia and Kick Out The Jams. Jekyll have a couple of gigs secured in Blackpool for October and performed a Facebook Live with Modern Age Music Presents Front Room Live earlier today. Discover Jekyll’s undeniable energy and talents through their single “The Escapist” HERE and contact Chris Wilson at email@example.com and Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and all inquiries regarding Jekyll.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – WAITING FOR SMITH
Harry Lloyd broke his back in the French Alps during avalanche training, spending a year in bed, where he learned how to play the guitar and formed the band Waiting For Smith (WFS). The name originated from the first drummer, Smith, who consistently failed to show up. As WFS wrote, recorded and released music, he received support from BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6 Music, TalkRadio, VibeFM, JackFM and BBC London, Oxford, Kent and Berkshire. and was featured on Communion Presentswith Max Tappuni on Radio X, FluxFM Germany and Asia Pop 40. Additional WFS spins were tallied at U.S. Alternative stations such as KROQ Los Angeles, KNDD Seattle, KNRK Portland, KKDO Sacramento, KBZT San Diego, WLKK Buffalo and WZRH New Orleans. In September of 2019, his music was selected for the playlist at Caffé Nero, a chain of over 700 coffee shops around the world. WFS has unleashed a brand–new single, titled “Long Life,” and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The uplifting track has touched the hearts of listeners and has become an instant favorite. The song was selected for the BT Channel video playlist in April, which reached millions of homes. The video is featured on the California Music Channel and has quickly earned thousands of views on YouTube. Waiting For Smith will perform and be featured on the Sacred Harmony show on TBNTV this month (potential reach 2 billion), perform on Facebook’s Scenes Media on May 10th and Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch on May 24th. Watch the encouraging and cheerful visual to “Long Life” HERE and contact email@example.com as Waiting For Smith is currently available for booking, publishing, synch and collaboration opportunities.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 5/3/2020
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, May 3rd, 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.
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LARKINS – “Hit And Run” (Good Soldier Songs, UK)
ALMOST MONDAY – “Broken People” (DMG, N. America)
THE LULU RAES – “Can’t Run No More” (Verge/Sony, Australia)
LILY MOORE – “Better Than Me” (Virgin EMI, UK)
BONGLOARD – “I Want It Now” (Unsigned, Holland)
PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION – “Home Is Where The Heart Is” (ModernSky, UK)
JAMES GILLESPIE – “Mad World” (AWAL, UK)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Talk So Loud” (Unsigned, Sweden)
JAMES DEACON – “Reason” (Ditto Music, South Africa)
SEA GIRLS – “Ready For More” (Unsigned, UK)
KYTES – “Go Out” (Frisbee Records,Germany)
LUNA BAY – “All In (Feat. Vera Kebbe)” (Unsigned, UK)
NAVVY – “Mad At You” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
BRANDON JACK & THE ARTIFACTS – “Modern Day Distractions” (Sureshaker, Australia)
LAUREN WALLER – “Night Stalker” (Unsigned, N. America)
MEGAPHONE – “Don’t Be Late” (Unsigned, Czech Republic)
MAGNUS MIA – “Heartburn” (Unsigned, Hong Kong)
THE PALE WHITE – “Swim For Your Life” (Unsigned, UK)
MIA RODRIGUEZ – “Emotion” (City Pop Records, Australia)
APRE – “Your Heart’s Like A Jungle” (Polydor Records, UK)
DEVON – “I Don’t Want 2 B Ur Friend” (Universal, UK)
TATUM – “Fever” (Bad Future, South Africa)
THE BONGO CLUB – “No Expectations” (The Bank, Sweden)
BLANKS – “Bittersweet” (Unsigned, Holland)
SPINNING COIN – “Get High” (Domino Records, UK)
TEMPLES – “You’re Either On Something” (ATO Records, UK)
THE VICES – “Sly Smiled Berlin Child” (Unsigned, Holland)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Long Life” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
SEAFRET – “Magnetic” (Columbia Records, UK)
BENEE – “Supalonely (feat. Gus Dapperton)” (Universal, New Zealand)
RED RUM CLUB – “Kids Addicted” (ModernSky, UK)
ADITI – “Somebody” (Unsigned, India)
KING NUN – “Bugs” (Dirty Hit, UK)
FLAWES – “When We Were Young” (Red Bull Records, UK)
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