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BMG FINALIZES NEW WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH HIT SONGWRITER
DIANE WARREN




One of the most prolific and successful contemporary songwriters, Diane Warren, has signed new global publishing and recording deals with BMG. Across her award–winning career, Warren has garnered nine No.1 and 32 Top 10 charting songs on the Billboard Hot 100. Among the most highly–decorated and recognized songwriters in history, Warren is a Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, an 11–time Academy Award nominee whose songs have been featured in more than 100 motion pictures, and a recipient of the Grammy Award, Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award, among other honors.

Diane Warren
Under the new deals, BMG will administer Warren’s entire songwriting publishing catalog (ex–U.S. and Canada) under her Realsongs umbrella, and release her forthcoming album, featuring many of her latest works performed by an array of artists, later this year.

Said Warren, “I’m thrilled with my new deal at BMG. I love the BMG team. They have hit the ground running! There is so much already happening that I know this year is going to be amazing. To say I’ve never felt so much enthusiasm and excitement is an understatement. It’s great to have a team behind me like this. This is just the beginning of a fantastic journey filled with hits!!”

Thomas Scherer, BMG EVP, Repertoire & Marketing, Los Angeles, said, “Diane is one in a million. She is exactly what a global publisher like BMG wants and needs. Her catalog is full of evergreen titles written 100% by herself, a catalog of beautiful and unreleased treasures, to pitch to artists around the world for synch at film, TV, and commercials. Every day she is writing new smash hit songs. The entire publishing team at BMG is proud and honored to be at service for the one and only Diane Warren.”

Among the artists Warren works with are Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Christina Aguilera, Snoop Dogg, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Andra Day, Demi Lovato, Common, Janelle Monae and Missy Elliott. In a career spanning four decades, Warren has also written for iconic artists such as Whitney Houston, Cher, Aerosmith, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey and others.

Alongside her Grammy win, Warren has received 15 nominations, including three for Song of The Year. She is a five–time honoree of ASCAP’s Pop Songwriter of the Year, as well as the recipient of ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the Year and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Internationally, she has been awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello Award, receiving the Special International Award, and was most recently named a laureate of the esteemed Polar Music Prize to be presented in 2021.


A&R WORLDWIDE PRESENTS MUBUTV IN CONVERSATION WITH INFLUENTIAL INDIAN TALENT MANAGER TARSAME MITTAL


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, where many key executives and influencers attend and participate.

Tarsame Mittal
This week’s video sees Esra engaging in an insightful conversation around the Indian music industry with one of that country’s most successful talent managers, Tarsame Mittal. Mittal’s T M Talent Management represents 26 musicians from the Indian music and live entertainment industry including some of the most prominent names such as Ajay–Atul, Amit Trivedi, Arijit Singh, Hariharan, Rekha Bhardwaj, Sajid Wajid, Sunidhi Chauhan, Vishal Bhardwaj, Vishal & Shekhar and Zubeen Garg.

Mittal has also envisioned several successful music business initiatives over the past several years, including Bollywood Music Project (BMP), a two–day, multi–stage and genre music festival that features over 60 artists; Music Plus, an interactive music communication portal serving as an all–inclusive information hub for the music industry and music lovers; and All About Music, an all–inclusive B2B conference for the music industry. In its debut year, All About Music brought together more than 85 speakers and 1000 stakeholders.

Click HERE to watch the full insightful discussion.


DOWNTOWN ACQUIRES GOOD SOLDIER SONGS
& SHEER MUSIC PUBLISHING



Downtown Music Publishing has announced the acquisition of independent London–based music publisher Good Soldier Songs Ltd. The transaction encompasses over 350 works, including The 1975’s publishing catalog and upcoming album, Notes on a Conditional Form, scheduled for release on May 22.

Additionally, the acquisition covers songs from The 1975’s self–titled 2013 debut, their 2016 U.S. and U.K. No.1 album, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It, and 2018’s A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, which also peaked at No.1 in the U.K. Through the deal, Downtown also acquired Good Soldier Songs’ rights to music by Billy Lockett, Colouring, Dr Vades, Fickle Friends, The Him, The Hunna, K.I.D, Nothing But Thieves, Liam Prior, Raheem Bakaré, Tobtok, Biffy Clyro.

Good Soldier was founded in 2003 by former Warner Music U.K. CEO, Christian Tattersfield.

Additionally, Downtown Music Holdings (Downtown) has acquired South Africa–based Sheer Music Publishing (Sheer). Building on a long–standing relationship between Sheer and Downtown’s music publishing division, the acquisition formally expands the company’s geographic footprint to the African continent, while also providing the African music industry greater access to artist and label services available via Downtown.

Founded in 1996, Sheer is the largest independent music publisher in Africa and a longstanding advocate for creators’ rights across Africa, and will continue to function as a standalone business within Downtown’s portfolio of music publishing, distribution, monetization, artist and label services businesses. As part of a broader enterprise, Sheer will further the ability of African creators to receive proper compensation for their work in partnership with other Downtown companies such as CD Baby, Songtrust and FUGA. Additionally, Sheer and Downtown plan to develop new services specifically designed for the needs of African creators.

Sheer will gain new market access for its African clients, positioning the many styles of African music for film, television and advertising placements worldwide, along with a strong global A&R team to facilitate cross–cultural collaborations. Sheer will maintain its current independent royalty platform to service its existing international publishers for sub–publishing in Africa and will adapt global best practices on data matching techniques and income tracking to better serve its clients.


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!

Pictured at A&R Worldwide’s global music event MUSEXPO several years ago at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood are (l–r) legendary TV personality Jimmy Kimmel, Kevin Weatherly (National Head of Programming, N. America, Spotify – formerly Sr. VP Programming, CBS & PD KROQ Los Angeles) and Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO).

Kevin Weatherly, one of the most influential radio executives worldwide was honored at A&R Worldwide’s MUSEXPO 2016 as “International Music Person of the Year,” with a special awards presentation from Jimmy Kimmel of ABC Television’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Ironically, Kimmel spent five years working on the “Kevin & Bean” morning show on KROQ Los Angeles as “Jimmy The Sports Guy,” working for Kevin. Click HERE (2:30 seconds into the video) for a look back at the special moment. Read a rare full interview with Kevin Weatherly HERE.

Sat Bisla originally met Kevin back in 1992 when he had first joined KROQ Los Angeles as its Program Director and Sat was Music Director at KKDJ “The Edge” Fresno, CA. The two had a mutual respect for each other’s music instincts and ability to hear the “hit” potential of new artists and songs before their global success. When Sat moved to Los Angeles in 1995, Kevin would invite Sat to come into his office for music meetings to play his favorite new artists from around the globe. Sat recalls, “Kevin would ask me why I was passionate about a certain artist and I’d give him my personal opinion. Next thing I knew, some of the artists were officially added to the playlist of KROQ; it was pretty remarkable, the impact the station had on breaking new artists from around the world.”

Kevin recently left KROQ to take on a new and influential role as National Head of Programming, N. America, Spotify, where he is sure to continue making his impressive impact on global music and pop culture.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Sony/ATV Music Publishing has named Katie Welle Sr. VP, Creative A&R. In this role, Welle is responsible for contributing to Sony/ATV’s overall A&R strategy, discovering, signing and developing songwriters, and nurturing industry relationships throughout the creative community. She is based in the company’s Los Angeles office. Welle has more than fifteen years of industry experience across both label and publishing A&R. Across her career, she has worked with a number of leading songwriters such as Becky G, Odd Future, Kesha, Leikeli47 and Jeff Bhasker. Prior, Welle held various roles at both RCA and Sony/ATV. Most recently, she held the role of Sr. VP, A&R at RCA Records since 2014. Before her role at RCA, Welle was an A&R Consultant at both Sony/ATV and RCA, and was VP, Creative at Sony/ATV from 2008 – 2014. Welle’s A&R career began at Epic Records in 2005, where she was an A&R Coordinator.

In Sony/ATV signing news, the publisher’s U.K. team has finalized a worldwide publishing deal with singer, songwriter and producer, Labrinth. Labrinth has garnered No.1 singles, numerous awards and nominations, and counts collaborations with artists such as Beyoncé, Kanye West, The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Diplo, Sia, Ed Sheeran and others. His music career began as a songwriter and producer, crafting hits such as “Pass Out” by Tinie Tempah, before he went on to release his debut solo album, Electronic Earth. He also became part of the supergroup LSD, alongside Sia and Diplo, and together they have generated more than 1 billion streams on their debut full–length. On the film and TV side, Labrinth’s music has been featured in Wonder Woman and Lion King as well as HBO’s Euphoria. He recently released his second album Imagination & the Misfit Kid. Sony/ATV’s Nashville office has also finalized a worldwide deal with songwriter Ben Hayslip (Dustin Lynch, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett). Hayslip’s work has garnered him more than 15 No.1 singles as well as numerous award recognitions. Singer, songwriter and rapper, Rod Wave, has also signed a worldwide publishing deal with Sony/ATV. Rod Wave quickly garnered attention with his breakout single “Heart on Ice” and is known for songs including “Popular Loner” and “Cuban Links” ft. Kevin Gates. The young artist’s “Heart on Ice” single has generated a significant social following on platforms such as TikTok, leading to millions of streams and a No.25 spot on the Billboard 100 as well as Platinum certification. He has since released his Ghetto Gospel mixtape and his first studio full–length, Pray 4 Love, which debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums chart and No.2 on the Billboard 200 with 100 million on–demand streams generated in the first week alone.

Spotify has partnered with CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) to roll–out a round of new content as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. Featured across the new Spotify content hub are playlists and podcasts with the likes of Tinie Tempah, The Receipts and others. Tinie Tempah is also among a group of artists that is contributing a story video to the streamers Who We Be flagship U.K./Ireland rap and hip–hop brand. Additionally, Spotify is presenting a new set of music and podcast content under the banner of Daily Wellness. A survey of 2,000 individuals from Spotify revealed that 88% of the group use music to improve mood while 40% also stated that music and podcasts are providing a way to cope with stress related to the ongoing pandemic lockdowns.

In other Spotify news, the DSP has revealed it will bring its data and analytics dashboards under one platform as part of an updated Spotify For Artists offering. Prior, the Spotify For Artists had highlighted what Spotify felt was more relevant to artists while Spotify Analytics sought to meet the needs of labels and distributors. Under the new Spotify For Artists, both sides will have access to the same information via one dashboard.

Spotify has also tapped long time WarnerMedia executive Eve Konstan as General Counsel, filling the role left vacant by Horacio Gutierrez in November when he was elevated to head of Global Affairs & Chief Legal Officer. At WarnerMedia, Konstan most recently served as EVP and General Counsel, having spent two decades with WarnerMedia network, HBO, across a number of roles including General Counsel. Konstan’s role with Spotify will see her working across the legal aspects of content licensing, business development, M&A, intellectual property, litigation and risk management. Based in New York, she reports to Gutierrez.

Primary Wave Music Publishing announced today they have finalized an agreement with the heirs of Ray Charles to see the publishing firm acquiring a majority stake in the pre–1964 music publishing catalog of the 17x Grammy–winning singer, songwriter, composer and pianist. Charles is widely–considered the pioneer of the soul music genre during the 1950s. His multi–award winning 50+ year career left an indelible mark on contemporary music all over the world and is credited to him using a combination of blues, gospel, R&B, rock, country and jazz when he created his groundbreaking hits. Terms of the multi–million deal include a majority of the publishing and writer’s share, as well as all administration rights, for some of the artist’s biggest hits such as “What I’d Say,” “Ain’t That Love,” and “I Got A Woman.” The agreement also includes access to Primary Wave’s publishing infrastructure, which includes digital strategy, licensing and sync opportunities, publicity, branding, and film/TV production. Charles signed his first label deal in 1948 and a year later began releasing music. Between the years 1949 and 1963, he recorded 15 LPs and countless singles which topped the charts in the U.S. and worldwide, selling millions of copies, winning a number of awards, and laying the foundation for his legendary career. Over the next two decades, Charles would continue his award–winning ways, open his own studio, sign artists, tour, perform for world leaders and on TV and film. In 1986, Charles was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. Into the ’90s, he appeared on multiple broadcasts and celebrated 50 years in the recording industry. In 2004, Charles’ final piece of music, Genius Loves Company, was released and went on to sell over 5 million copies, earning eight Grammy nominations and winning five, including Album Of The Year. That same year, the film Ray was released and went on to become on of the highest grossing biopics in history.

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), recently announced Joe Fang as the company’s first–ever Managing Director, China. Based in Beijing, Fang reports to Andrew Jenkins, President, Australia and Asia Pacific Region, UMPG. In his new role, Fang assumes oversight of the development of UMPG China at its new headquarters in Beijing, looking after business strategy and growth of the company’s Chinese language roster. He will oversee the development of UMPG Hong Kong as the region’s leading music publisher. Under Fang, the UMPG China team will work alongside Universal Music Group in China, as well as with local partners, to develop cornerstones for the Chinese music industry. Fang comes to UMPG having most recently served as Head of Production at BASE Media. Prior, Fang served as Chief Business Director of Media, China Fortune Land Development. Fang has also served in director, producer and consulting roles for high–level studios and production companies including Pinewood Studios (U.K.), National Film Capital (CN) and Five Star Media/The Travel Channel (CN). During the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, Fang worked at Beijing Olympic Broadcast as chief post director, creating live contents for stadiums and arenas.

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has also announced an exclusive global publishing deal with country music artist Kenny Chesney. In a career spanning almost three decades, Chesney has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and, earlier this month, garnered his ninth No.1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart with Here and Now. The award–winning artist joins UMPG from Sony/ATV, reuniting him with executive Troy Tomlinson who parted ways with Sony/ATV last year to become Chairman & CEO of UMPG.

In other Universal Music news, Katina Bynum has been named as EVP of East Coast Labels, Urban for Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). Bynum’s new role will see her working with senior management at UMe as well as Republic, Island and Def Jam, to strategize for the urban rosters across the labels. In her role, Bynum reports to Bruce Resnikoff, President & CEO of UMe. She most recently served as Sr. VP of Marketing for Cash Money/Young Money/Republic and will maintain her support of Cash Money in her new role. In over two decades at Cash Money/Young Money/Republic, Bynum worked closely with acts such as Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Nelly, Birdman and Juvenile as well as emerging artists Jacquees, Blueface and Kiana Ledé. Prior to joining Universal in 1996, Bynum was theatre manager of Harlem’s Apollo Theatre, having started her career there in 1993.

BMG has just announced the launch of a boutique neighboring rights service. Among the first clients to sign up for the new service are U.K. DJ and producer Jonas Blue, and founding member and lead singer of the legendary rock band The Who, Roger Daltrey. Total performance rights payments are worth over $2.7 billion a year and have grown by an average of 7% a year across the past five years. BMG has collected its own label share of neighboring rights since it was established in 2008 and will now offer the same service to recording artists. Leading the new service is VP Operations Strategy David Miller, who says that already the company has identified artists who could increase their international income by as much as 50%. Miller’s team will be tasked with ensuring each artist’s repertoire is registered accurately with collective management organizations (CMOs) in around 40 countries worldwide, tracking international income and ensuring faster royalty pay–through.

In other BMG news, veteran executive, Lee Leipsner has been named as the new Head Of Pop Promotion for S–Curve Records/BMG. Based in New York, Leipsner reports to label President & Founder, Steve Greenberg. Leipsner had spent 25 years with Sony Music, most recently serving as EVP of Promotion with Columbia Records, and playing a key role in developing and breaking the likes of Adele, One Direction, Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris, Train, Hozier, and others.

Music agents Dave Kaplan and Randall Uritsky have parted ways with Paradigm to join ICM Partners. With over 20 clients joining him, Kaplan comes to ICM bringing acts such as The Black Keys, Bombay Bicycle Club, Father John Misty and The Kills. Kaplan spent five years in the music division at Paradigm having previously served as VP at The Agency Group for 13 years. In addition to being a promoter and talent buyer, Kaplan also started and ran his own Easy Action Industries booking agency in San Francisco which eventually joined with The Artist Group in 2002. Uritsky takes up his new role in ICM’s concerts division and brings with him artists City Morgue, Dave, Dave East, De La Soul, SOB X RBE and Yeek. Prior to his most recent role with Paradigm, Uritsky served in roles at The Agency Group and UTA.

A&R Worldwide can reveal that Andre Herd has been named Director of A&R for APG/Atlantic. Most recently, Herd had been managing artist JP Saxe and consulting for Arista Records. Before Herd parted ways with JP Saxe, the artist had released “If The World Was Ending,” which has gone on to generate more than 400 million streams, collectively. Herd also spent time as an A&R at Unrestricted/Songs Publishing where he helped place the No.1 record “Stay” by Zedd featuring Alessia Cara. Among his projects at APG/Atlantic, Herd will be A&R’ing the band ARIZONA, an act whom he discovered and signed as an intern 5 years ago, as well as building a roster focusing on the label side.

TikTok has its first–ever CEO as parent company ByteDance has named former Disney executive Kevin Mayer to the role. With Disney, Mayer had served as Chairman of Direct–To–Consumer and International, overseeing the roll–out of Disney+. Mayer’s role with TikTok builds on his duties as COO with ByteDance and will see him reporting to Yiming Zhang, Founder & CEO of ByteDance. Mayer’s COO responsibilities will include oversight of music, gaming, social media platform Helo and emerging business initiatives. TikTok continues to build in popularity having been downloaded over two billion times despite working through issues with music licensing as well as a continuing battle with the U.S. Congress on its legitimacy. With Mayer’s appointment, Alex Zhu, who currently serves as TikTok’s President, transitions to ByteDance as VP of Product & Strategy.

Reservoir has signed Grammy–nominated writer–producer Khris Riddick–Tynes to a worldwide publishing deal. The deal encompasses global rights to compositions in Riddick–Tynes’ catalog of works including Best Rap Song nominee “Gold Roses” by Rick Ross featuring Drake, and Kehlani’s “Grieving” featuring James Blake, as well as future works. A protégé of Songwriters Hall of Famer Babyface, and one–half of Platinum–selling production duo The Rascals, Riddick–Tynes earned two 2020 Grammy nominations for co–writing “Gold Roses,” which vied for Best Rap Song, plus his Jessie Reyez collaboration, “Body Count” Remix featuring Normani and Kehlani. He also contributed to Toni Braxton and Babyface’s Grammy–winning collaborative album, Love, Marriage, & Divorce. Additional credits for Riddick–Tynes include collaborations with Chris Brown, Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Pitbull, Ty Dolla $ign, Wiz Khalifa, Zendaya, Lil Baby, Boyz II Men, and others.

peermusic has announced the signing of an exclusive global publishing deal with Hoost, the London–based producer whose real name is Justin Tailor. Hoost’s credits include co–writing on The Manor’s “Don’t Go” as well as extensive writing and production with Dan Caplen (Atlantic Records) including his co–writing/performing on Rudimental’s No.1 hit, “These Days.”

As it prepares to cease operation of its Google Play Music platform, Google is offering Google Play users the opportunity to migrate directly to YouTube Music. The migration will allow Google Play users to move over their music libraries, personal music preferences and playlists to YouTube Music as Google looks to put its full focus on the YouTube Music service. At this time, users have access to both services with Google Play Music Unlimited users eligible for the YouTube Music Premium or YouTube Premium offerings for the same pricing.

In other YouTube Music news, the platform has welcomed 12 new acts into its Foundry initiative which seeks to spotlight indie artists worldwide. The 2020 group includes Jaykae, Joesef, TESSÆ, Tems, Adam Melchor, Eladio Carrion, Gabriel Garzon–Montano, Natanael Cano, Novelbright, Lost Stories, Lime Cordiale and Rei Ami. Since it rolled–out in 2015, Foundry has supported more than 120 emerging artists from over 13 countries. The platform supports independent artists as they’re emerging via marketing and promotion, in addition to development support and other tools.

As Midem prepares to launch its Digital Edition for 2020, A&R Worldwide has partnered with the long–standing industry event to deliver a virtual alternative to the “Play Us Your Hits” forum that the global firm presents at its annual MUSEXPO event. The session, moderated by A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO’s President & Founder Sat Bisla, will bring together a collection of leading A&R’s to review select tracks from artists around the world and provide their feedback on the music and its global potential. Submissions are currently open, and close on May 24th. A&R’s joining the session include Republic RecordsAmina Diop, Warner Music Sweden’s Kabiru Bello and Sony/ATV France’s Antoine Dathanat. For more information on submitting, click HERE.

MelodyVR has rolled out Live from LA which sees the firm delivering a free series of music performances to fans worldwide, bringing them an immersive in–studio experience from their own homes. Broadcasts take place from a specially designed Los Angeles studio making use of MelodyVR’s camera and production technology and are available via smartphones and VR headsets using the MelodyVR app. The debut broadcast this past Saturday featured John Legend with additional performances taking place this week from The Score and Katelyn Tarver. MelodyVR is following strict health and sanitization protocol for the broadcast performances.

For the first time in 98 years, the Hollywood Bowl has cancelled its summer season for 2020 in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus situation. Prior to this 2020 summer concert season, the iconic Hollywood amphitheater has not stopped shows for more than two weeks. The venue is managed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association who, in addition to the loss of revenue from summer concerts, is already dealing with a budget shortfall of $80 million. The organization has revealed that around 25% of its full–time, non–union staff and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra are furloughed until the end of September. In an effort to support the LA Philharmonic, a $35 million campaign under the banner of “Play Your Part” has been rolled–out by the Association to support continuing operations and initiatives such as the YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) and other educational platforms that support over 150,000 youth, families and teachers annually. Ticket holders for Hollywood Bowl events have the opportunity to donate the value of their tickets to the Philharmonic.

Los Angeles’ KROQ has become the first station to host a Latin show as Anthony Valadez (DJ Valadez) has started hosting Alternalido this week from his home studio. The two–hour program launched with music from acts such as Chicano Batman, Cuco, Ozomatli and Bomba Estéreo, as well as others. Alternalido looks to showcase Latin alternative music in the market that is home to the U.S.’s largest Latino population.

Numbers from Tencent Music Entertainment (TME) for its first quarter revealed increases to revenue and paid users. Revenue reached $891 million, an increase of 10% over the year prior, and online paid users grew by 50.4% to 42.7 million year–upon–year. As TME releases more original content, the company’s online music subscription division saw significant growth of 70%, reaching $170 million. Despite growth to the Average Revenue Per Paying User (ARPPU) of 13% for online music, the social entertainment sector dropped by 12.9% in social entertainment which the company attributed to the pandemic situation. Total social entertainment revenues still saw growth of 3.3% to $603 million. Overall gross profit hit $279 million, a decrease of 2.8%, and gross margin decreased from 35.4% to 31.3% year–upon–year.

A new fund has been launched by Songwriters of North America (SONA) to provide $1,000 emergency grants to songwriters struggling financially as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The application process opened up last Friday with submissions being reviewed on a first–come, first–serve basis. Overseeing the process is an executive committee composed of songwriters and professionals such as Jess Furman, Brendan Okrent, Catharine Wood, Leona Lewis, Autumn Rowe, Leland and JHart. In order to be eligible, applicants need to be professional songwriters/composers; have maintained a PRO membership or affiliation for over two years; be over 18 years of age; and generate at least half of their overall income via songwriting. Selected applicants will be able to allocate the grant money to rent, food, healthcare or additional categories. For more information, visit www.songwriterfund.com.

CTM Publishing has finalized a deal with Jim Messina, American musician, singer and songwriter, to represent his extensive catalog of music. Messina, best known for being half of the duo Loggins & Messina, was also a member of the folk–rock group Buffalo Springfield and a founding member of the country rock band, Poco. Messina’s work spans five decades, three super groups, a solo career and extensive production and engineering credits. With Loggins & Messina, he released eight hit albums, and generated acclaimed songs such as “Your Mama Don’t Dance” and “Danny’s Song,” and sold more than 16 million albums. Today, Messina has a band of well–known musicians, who have played with him at various points in his career. His latest release, In the Groove, includes selected hits from all three of his previous bands, as well as several of his solo works.

PRS for Music revealed record–breaking financials for 2019 that saw royalty revenues increasing by 8.7% to £811 million on a constant currency basis. From the overall royalty revenue, a record £686 million made its way to songwriters, composers and music publishers, growth of nearly 14% over the year prior. The numbers, which are pre–COVID, come as PRS for Music’s CEO, Andrea C. Martin, warns of the need for unity within the U.K. music industry amidst the pandemic. Sitting as the leading revenue driver for the PRO in 2019 were international receipts which reached £279 million in collections, led by world tours from PRS artists such as Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Florence + the Machine and The Rolling Stones. U.K. festivals, concerts and locally played music generated another £222 million, increasing by 16% over the year prior. Additional numbers include a 24% increase to £179 million generated from online platforms across downloads, online video games and DSPs. 2019 numbers also included the initial royalties collected from licensing deals finalized in 2018 with Mixcloud, Facebook and Instagram alongside those revenue from VOD platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Broadcast income reached £131 million, up 2.4% year–upon–year, though linear TV royalties decreased. Overall, PRS processed 18.8 trillion music performances which marked a 68% jump year–upon–year, with additional transaction growth expected moving forward. At the same time, net costs dropped to just below 7%, year–upon–year, reaching £87 million.

See Tickets has unveiled a new contactless access control technology that will implement a standalone scanning point to avoid any direct contact between staff and customers. The new platform will allow event staff to review results from a safe distance and will fully integrate with See Tickets’ back–office systems, tools and reporting functions.

Music Venue Trust (MVT) has revealed that the #saveourvenues campaign which launched three weeks ago has now resulted in 140 grassroots music venues being removed from its “critical” list. #saveourvenues has so far raised more than £1.5 million in donations and was initiated by MVT in response to the continued economic threat to over 500 grassroots music venues across the U.K. As a result of donations from music fans, music industry companies and other organizations, as well as important interventions from public bodies such as The London Mayor’s Office, Creative Wales and Arts Council England, 140 grassroots music venues are now protected from imminent closure. The artist community is also supporting the campaign with donations and live events and a number of virtual festivals which have taken place, or are scheduled, including 150 events such as Independent Music News Lockdown, Vive Le Rockdown, Colston Hall Presents and Liverpool Digital Music Festival.

Anthem Entertainment has extended and built upon their worldwide co–publishing deal with songwriter/producer Jeremy Stover and RED Creative Group. The deal encompasses Stover’s publishing interest in compositions written by the roster of songwriters under his RED Creative Group that includes a number of chart–topping songs such as “How Not To” performed by Dan + Shay; “Somebody Else Will,” “The Ones That Didn’t Make it Back Home,” and “Why We Drink” performed by Justin Moore; “To a T” performed by Ryan Hurd; and “How I’ll Always Be” performed by Tim McGraw. Anthem will also continue to administer RED Creative Group’s current roster of songwriters including Adam Hambrick, Kelly Archer, Travis Denning, Nathan Spicer, L.J, David Fanning and Baker Grissom. Additionally, Anthem Music Publishing and Jeremy Stover will be entering into an exclusive futures agreement to sign new songwriters.

Mummy Dust Music Inc. is the most recent independent publisher to join IMPEL. Mummy Dust Music is the publishing entity of Linus Entertainment, a collective of leading Canadian independent record labels counting multiple JUNO award winners, dozens of Gold and Platinum records, and more than 1,000 releases. Originally launched by Bernie Finkelstein, Founder of True North Records and manager of legendary Canadian folk artist Bruce Cockburn, Mummy Dust’s signings include the likes of Leeroy Stagger, Old Man Luedecke, Jane Bunnett, Del Barber and Catherine MacLellan. In addition to these writers, the company’s legacy roster includes top tier Canadian talent such as Rough Trade (High School Confidential), Stephen Fearing (Coryanna) and Barney Bentall (Do Ya).

Steam Music Publishing has finalized a sub–publishing agreement with Finnish cult label, Stupido Records. Stupido Records is one of the oldest and largest, fully independent record labels and is home to a diverse group of artists including garage rock, hip–hop electronics, lo–fi pop, and post punk. Stupido Records has since become one of the most influential labels to launch in Finland and now also includes a booking agency under its roof.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Farhad Zand, Daniel Werman, Jaime Neely, David Dollimore, Alexandra Patsavas, Stuart Camp, Clide, Kabiru Bello, Kai Robøle, Kim Frankiewicz, Jobst Neermann, Maureen Kenny, Mia Rodriguez and Mike Walsh.


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. The weather is warming up in most parts of the world, which means it’s time for dipping our toes in the water. Click HERE to see some water sport slips, flops, flaps and fails in a socially awkward kind of way!


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



Ten years ago, the pop rock quartet Stereotide formed in Nuremberg, Germany. Musically inspired by the likes of Coldplay, Muse, The Script and OneRepublic, Stephan (lead vocals, guitar), Chris (guitar, backing vocals), Gabriel (bass/backing vocals) and Raphael (drums) have grown to be one of the most successful German bands as of late. Stereotide 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. Their single “Find Someone” garnered international airplay throughout the U.S., U.K., Australia, Germany, South Africa, South America, India and China. Stereotide 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). A new mix of their single “Someday” has been created and is now available globally. The original version of “Someday,” previously released exclusively in Germany, 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. Discover the new Alt Radio Mix of “Someday” HERE and contact info@anrworldwide.com, as Stereotide is available for label, synch, publishing, booking, distribution and brand opportunities.


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

Iowa–born, Paris–based singer–songwriter Coco Bans has been carving out an impressive path with her epic and tender alt–pop since her 2019 debut EP, Fantasy & Parables, garnering early support from MTV, Earmilk and The Line of Best Fit. Rolling Stone named her a live artist to watch and she has since opened sold–out shows for Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) and Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes). The follow–up single “Pray” was showcased in a recent episode of Grey’s Anatomy, in parallel with major editorial playlists and French radio play, including oui FM, Hotmix and Radios Ferarock. Having signed with Warner Chappell Music Publishing in 2019, Coco Bans has already written for artists such as Woodkid, Charli XCX, Lil Wayne and Kiddy Smile. Her debut LP aka Major Heartbreak, co–written with Grammy–winner Hue Strother and K Major (Playboi Carti, Future) is expected early 2021, with the new single “Luxembourg” which is to be released on June 3rd, accompanied by a short film directed by up–and–coming directors NLCTL. Watch the video for “Pray” HERE and contact Marika Dony at marika.zikzak@gmail.com as Coco Bans is currently available for synch and searching to expand the international team (label, tour).


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 5/17/2020



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, May 17th, 2020: The weekly import show. Heard on more than 60 radio stations on six continents weekly including: The World Famous KROQ 106.7FM Los Angeles, Radio Doble Nueve, Lima, Peru; KNRK–FM Portland OR; KNDD “The End” Seattle WA; WLKK “Alternative Buffalo” NY 107.7FM; WZRH–FM New Orleans; KBZT–FM 94.9FM San Diego CA; KKDO “94.7FM” Sacramento CA; KWSS “93.9FM” Phoenix AZ; KRML “102.1FM” Carmel CA, KFRR “New Rock 104.1FM” Fresno CA; Radio 1, Mumbai, India; WCNR Charlottesville, VA; KIWR “The River” Council Bluffs, IA; 2XM Ireland (national radio); WAPS–FM “The Summit.FM” Akron–Canton, OH; WKTL–FM Youngstown, 105.5FM XFM Nairobi, Kenya; PUK–FM Johannesburg, South Africa; KSKI–FM, Sun Valley/Twin Falls, ID; WITH “90.1FM” Ithaca, New York; UCFM 87.8FM Australian Capital Territory, Australia, WRUR 88.5FM Rochester New York; WCRU–FM Hamilton, NY and on The Independent FM (iHeartRadio) in the United States and many others. Also, on the worldwide web and twice–weekly segment on Flux FM Germany (Berlin, Brandenburg and Stuttgart) and Allgauhit–FM Bavaria Germany, as well as streaming on one of the world’s fastest growing streaming platforms, JioSaavn.

Listen to this two hour show by clicking HERE:

DEVON – “Belong 2 U” (Universal, UK)
THE LULU RAES – “Can’t Run No More” (Verge/Sony, Australia)
JEKYLL – “The Escapist” (Fierce Panda, UK)
LARKINS – “Are We Having Any Fun Yet?” (Good Soldier Songs, UK)
GINA BROOKLYN – “Who Are You Fighting For?” (Unsigned, N. America)
SEA GIRLS – “Ready For More” (Unsigned, UK)
JAMES DEACON – “Reason” (Bad Future, South Africa)
BLOSSOMS – “If You Think This Is Real Life” (Virgin/EMI, UK)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Talk So Loud” (Unsigned, Sweden)
LILY MOORE – “Better Than Me” (Virgin EMI, UK)
INHALER – “We Have To Move On” (Universal Music, Ireland)
ADÉLAIDE – “Paintings In The Sky” (Unsigned, Germany)
BONGLOARD – “I Want It Now” (Unsigned, Holland)
MAGNUS MIA – “Heartburn” (Unsigned, Hong Kong)
PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION – “Home Is Where The Heart Is” (Unsigned, UK)
HI FRISCO – “The War” (Unsigned, UK)
MARSICANS – “Juliet” (Killing Moon, UK)
NAVVY – “Mad At You” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
ALLUSINLOVE – “Just Like Hell” (Unsigned, UK)
THE BONGO CLUB – “Talk Of The Town” (The Bank, Sweden)
STEREO HONEY – “Ladders To The Sun” (Unsigned, UK)
THE PALE WHITE – “Swim For Your Life” (Unsigned, UK)
TATUM – “Fever” (Bad Future, South Africa)
TEMPLES – “You’re Either On Something” (ATO Records, UK)
THE ANIMEN – “Modern Nostalgia” (Two Gentleman Records, Switzerland)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Long Life” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
ASYLUMS – “Catalogue Kids” (Cool Thing Records, UK)
THE VICES – “Boy” (Unsigned, Holland)
PET PUMA – “Spaceship” (Red Sun Records, UK)
LAUREN WALLER – “Nightstalker” (Ginge Binge LLC, N. America)
MEGAPHONE – “Don’t Be Late” (Unsigned, Czech Republic)
IVY FLINDT – “Seal My Lips” (Unsigned, Germany)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including The Animen, The Velvet Hands, Stereotide, High Tropics and Gina Brooklyn)