ATLANTIC RECORDS U.K. NAMES AUSTIN DABOH EVP
Warner Music U.K. (WMUK) recently announced that Austin Daboh has joined Atlantic Records U.K. as Executive Vice President. The widely–respected creative executive is the latest senior management hire by WMUK CEO Tony Harlow, who joined Warner’s U.K. business in February, and Atlantic Co–Presidents Ed Howard and Briony Turner. Daboh most recently served as Head of Editorial at Apple Music U.K., where, alongside overseeing Apple’s playlist ecosystem, he developed the ground–breaking Agenda brand that built out playlist experiences with live concerts and marketing initiatives to create an immersive experience for users.
At Atlantic U.K., Daboh will be tasked with signing and developing domestic artists, as well as working closely with Atlantic’s U.S. team to nurture and break the label’s Black music roster in the U.K. He will have a dual reporting line into Howard and Turner for Atlantic, while reporting more broadly to Harlow. Daboh also joins the WMUK leadership team and will play a key role in the strategic direction of the company both culturally and creatively.
Harlow said, “I’m happy to welcome an exec of Austin’s calibre to the Warner Music U.K. family. He’s already played a pivotal role in shaping the U.K. music landscape through his work in radio and with the DSPs, and he has the instincts and connections not just to attract outstanding artists, but to be a cultural pioneer. I know that with Briony, Ed, Austin and the rest of the incredible team driving things forward, Atlantic U.K. will not only remain at the leading edge of the U.K. music scene but will continue to expand its global impact.”
Turner and Howard added, “We’re very much at the start of an exciting new era at Atlantic U.K.; Liz Goodwin has just joined as GM; Rich Castillo has come on board as A&R Director, and we couldn’t be happier to now have Austin join us on the journey. His ability to intelligently read and navigate the marketplace, combined with his gift for fostering meaningful relationships with talent, managers, and tastemakers make him perfectly placed to keep Atlantic, and our artists, at the forefront of both the music industry and wider culture.”
Daboh noted, “Atlantic is one of the most culturally important labels out there, with some of the world’s most authentic and unique artists. I’m excited to be joining the company as it begins the next chapter in its legendary history and look forward to working closely with Ed and Briony. I’ve had the good fortune to work at three amazing companies – the BBC, Spotify, and Apple Music – and my experiences there have prepared me well to step into the major label world, which has always been my dream.”
Daboh’s industry career began in 2006 as Music Programmer at BBC Music 1Xtra before he became the CEO of the PR, promotion and talent agency, The Hub Entertainment. He returned to BBC Music 1Xtra in 2014 as Music Manager, overseeing the musical direction of the station. In 2016, he transitioned to Spotify as Senior Editor, Shows and Editorial, before being promoted to Head of Music Culture & Editorial, Spotify U.K. He then headed to Apple Music, stepping into the role of Head of Editorial for U.K. & Ireland.
PULSE MUSIC GROUP PROMOTES ASHLEY CALHOUN
TO SR. VP/HEAD OF CREATIVE
Scott Cutler and Josh Abraham, Co–CEOs of PULSE Music Group, announced last week the promotion of Ashley Calhoun to Senior Vice President/Head of Creative for the company. Calhoun previously served as Vice President for PULSE. In her new role, she will be responsible for leading PULSE’s A&R team and overseeing the company’s creative strategy for one of the most successful publishing rosters in the industry, including Starrah, OZ, Ty Dolla $ign, YBN Cordae, YBN Nahmir, Kehlani, OG Parker, Tyler Johnson, Trevor Daniel, Chad Hugo, James Blake, Yebba, Bonnie McKee, El–P and others.
A leading A&R executive, Calhoun’s signings include OZ, who recently topped six different songwriter and producer charts simultaneously, including Hot 100 Songwriters and Hot 100 Producers. Her roster of songwriters has already contributed to several of this year’s biggest charting songs, including the Billboard Hot 100 No.1 single from Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé, “Savage Remix” (via Starrah); Drake “Toosie Slide” (No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 via OZ); Travis Scott “Highest In the Room” (No.1 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 via OZ); Drake & Future “Life Is Good” (No.2 Hot 100 debut via OZ); PARTYNEXTDOOR ft. Drake “Loyal” (via OG Parker); Trevor Daniel ”Falling;“ YBN Cordae ft. Anderson .Paak “RNP;” and more. Calhoun’s most recent signing, Kehlani, just garnered her biggest Billboard chart debut, entering at No.1 on the Top R&B Albums chart with It Was Good Until It Wasn’t.
Scott Cutler, Ashley Calhoun & Josh Abraham
“Ashley has consistently proven that she is a remarkable A&R executive adept at curating globally impactful music,” said Cutler and Abraham. “She has the ear for talent, an authentic connection to our songwriters, and the right instincts and industry relationships. PULSE was built by songwriters for the modern songwriter culture and, with Ashley at the helm of our creative team, we know that PULSE will continue to be a world class incubator for culturally relevant songs. We are thrilled to recognize all of Ashley’s achievements at PULSE with this well–deserved promotion.”
“PULSE provides a sanctuary for clients at all stages of their careers, from young songwriters to the biggest names in music. Our young, driven and diverse A&R team is attracting the most cutting–edge, globally revered creators–I think the music community sees how determined we are to create career–defining moments for our writers and how successful PULSE has been at landing those big opportunities. I’m thankful to Scott and Josh for this promotion and look forward to more big things ahead as we continue building the best A&R team in the business,” said Calhoun.
“I have enjoyed an amazing seven years at PULSE and I’m so proud of the world–class roster and team that we built. I wish Ashley all the best for her new role–no one could be better to take the reins of the A&R team, and I will be cheering on the company for its continued success,” said Maria Egan, who will be leaving the company for an opportunity that will be announced imminently.
Cutler and Abraham added, “Maria has made incredible contributions to PULSE during her time as President/Head of Creative–she has helped us to build an A&R team that is second to none and she leaves behind a legacy of hits, accolades, and empowered creative executives that has helped to shape the PULSE story. We wish Maria all success in her new endeavor.”
Calhoun joined PULSE in 2015 as Sr. Director of A&R (and signed Starrah during her first week with the company). She was promoted to Vice President in 2017. Prior to joining PULSE, Calhoun served as Creative Director at Rondor Music Publishing.
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 a “Swede” time in Stockholm, Sweden during the Denniz Pop Awards are (l–r) Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide), George Ergatoudis (Head of Music, U.K. & Ireland, Apple) and Kabiru Bello (Director of A&R, Warner Music & Head of Asylum, Sweden).
A&R Worldwide Founder & President, Sat Bisla, has had a strong personal and professional relationship with many of the world’s leading music and media executives including Apple Music U.K.’s George Ergatoudis (Head of Music, U.K. & Ireland) whom Sat first met back in 1991, when he as was a music industry journalist whilst Ergatoudis was a Senior Producer at London, England’s influential dance station Kiss FM. Ergatoudis went on to senior positions as Head of Music at BBC Radio 1, followed by a key global role at Spotify before taking on his more recent position at Apple Music. Ergatoudis states, “I’ve known Sat since the early 90s when he tracked me down at Kiss FM for my first ever media interview. His relentless hunger for finding new music and breaking artists has driven him and now he’s the most networked guy in the modern music industry with friends and acquaintances in every corner of the world and across the full spectrum of the music related industries. He’s charming, self–effacing, hard–working, generous and a genuine force of nature. And most of all, a great friend.”
Sat first met Kabiru Bello back in 2007 at MUSEXPO in Los Angeles when he was a young manager from Stockholm, Sweden. Bello quickly built a strong relationship with the entire A&R Worldwide team, who collectively helped Bello secure key opportunities, build new global relationships for his management company and has supported signings for some of his developing Swedish acts. Bello has evolved from being a manager, producer and entrepreneur to one of Sweden’s most talented young A&R executives. He currently holds a key position at Warner Music Sweden and still maintains a strong personal and professional relationship with the A&R Worldwide team.
GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…
It was revealed last week that long–time Virgin EMI President, Ted Cockle, is leaving his role, having led the company since 2013. It also marks the end of a 15–year–tenure with the Universal Music system. Launched in 2013 via the merger of Mercury Records U.K. and Virgin Records, Virgin EMI is home to British artists such as Lewis Capaldi, Bastille and Emeli Sandé and works the U.K. market for N. American acts including Justin Bieber, Migos, Shawn Mendes and Taylor Swift. Cockle’s career began in sales at Sony Music in the ’90s before he headed to the marketing department of Epic Records U.K. He headed to Universal in 2005, joining the Island Records U.K. team which he helmed alongside Darcus Beese, now Island U.S.’s President.
On the heels of Austin Daboh’s Atlantic Records U.K. appointment, Apple Music has quickly filled his role as Head of Editorial for the U.K. and Ireland territories. Stepping into the role is Ryan Newman who joined the streamer in 2018 as a Music Manager and was named Head of Artist Relations in 2019. Newman reports to Head of Music for Apple Music U.K., George Ergatoudis, and is tasked with overseeing the playlist portfolio for the region as well as various marketing projects. Before joining the Apple Music team, Newman had risen through the ranks at BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra across an 11–year–stint, becoming a Music Editor.
In an SEC filing made by Warner Music Group (WMG) last week, it was confirmed that Tencent has made the acquisition of 4 million Class A common stock shares in the major. At the same time, Tencent subsidiary Huang River Investment Limited also acquired 4 million Class A shares to see Tencent Holdings controlling a total of 8 million shares, 10.4% of the total outstanding Class A shares and 1.6% of WMG.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing South Africa recently named Munyaradzi Chanetsa (Munya) as A&R Manager, Africa. Munyaradzi’s role will see him responsible for finding new talent across the continent, promoting songwriters’ copyright and careers, and connecting them to larger opportunities worldwide. He will also work closely with colleagues to pitch new and existing repertoire into the marketplace. Munyaradzi is a leading music executive in South Africa and throughout the continent, counting over ten years of experience across the A&R and licensing arenas. Munyaradzi comes to Sony/ATV from CAPASSO (Composers, Authors, Publishers Association of SA) where he served as Head of Licensing. Prior, Munyaradzi served as Head of Operations at Content Connect Africa while also taking on the role of Managing Director of Content Connect Ghana and Content Connect International. His early career saw him holding the role of Head of Marketing & Promotions for Putumayo World Music in South Africa, which is based in New York.
The BBC has a new Director General with the appointment of Tim Davie who takes over the role from Tony Hall who revealed in January he was parting ways with the public broadcaster after nearly seven years. The announcement was made by David Clementi, Chairman of the BBC following a search that included both internal and external applicants. One of the BBC’s longest tenured executives, Davie had most recently been at the helm of the BBC Studios. He first joined the broadcaster in 2005 as Director of Marketing, Communications and Audiences. He also served as Acting Director General from November 2012 to April 2013 before Hall assumed the position permanently.
In the wake of the death of George Floyd that has led to global attention around social injustice targeting the BIPOC community, a number of industry leaders have shown their support for the need for change. Warner Music Group, alongside the Blavatnik Family Foundation, as well as Sony Music Group and Apple have launched $100 million funds to be directed towards social justice and anti–racism initiatives, with YouTube also setting up a fund for the same amount dedicated to supporting Black creators and artists. Universal Music’s Sr. VP of A&R, Steven Victor, also announced he’s pledged $1 million towards launching his Victor Victor Foundation to “continue the fight to effect systematic change, to support economic empowerment for our next generation and to aid in the needs of our community.” Victor also donated $25,000 to the Fund for Public Schools which supports students affected by the COVID–19 situation with basic needs, housing and education tools and programs. Republic Records announced that they will no longer use the word “urban” across its genre representation which, for a long time, has acted as a generalized term for the largely black artist–dominated hip–hop and R&B genres. Los Angeles–based indie label, 10K Projects, also announced its 10K Together charitable division that has committed $500,000 across the next five years with an initial focus towards fighting against racist policies and racial injustice, creating career opportunities for Black youth and supporting Black–owned businesses.
U.K. indie label, One Little Indian, has changed its name to One Little Independent as a result of what Managing Director and Founder, Derek Birkett, calls a “monumental learning curve,” over recent weeks and calls for the music industry to address racism. The label was founded in 1985 and became home to Bjork as well as artists such as Crass, Kathryn Williams, Skunk Anansie and others. Paul McCartney has also released music via the label. In a statement, Birkett revealed that the name originally came about as a result of his interest in America’s indigenous people. Birkett commented, “I was naíve enough at the time of founding my label to think that the name and logo was reflective of my respect and appreciation of the culture. I’m aware that my white privilege has sheltered me and fostered my ignorance on these issues. I realize now that the label name and logo instead perpetuated a harmful stereotyping and exploitation of indigenous people’s culture. That is the exact opposite of what was intended. However, I know that it is not the intentions but the impact that is important.” The label also made donations to organizations such as Honouring Indigenous People’s Charitable Corporation and The Association On American Indian Affairs.
The Recording Academy revealed a collection of key updates to the process for Grammy Awards and nominations last week which will take effect immediately and be effective for the upcoming 63rd annual awards event. Among the changes were included updates to the titles of categories that sees Best Urban Contemporary Album becoming Best Progressive R&B Album; Best Rap/Sung Performance becoming Best Melodic Rap Performance; and the recategorization of Latin “Urban” Recordings that sees Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album joining Latin Pop Albums under the new banner of Latin Pop or Urban Album as well as the former category being changed to Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album. Additionally, the requirements for Best New Artist were amended, removing the restriction that potential nominees must have released no more than 30 tracks ahead of the current eligibility year with decisions from the screen committees now based on when artists achieved a breakthrough or rose to prominence. The Academy also clamped down on allegations of conflicts of interest by amending the rule that previously saw committee members asked to leave the room in the event of a conflict of interest to now not allow those individuals who may have a conflict of interest to not be part of the committee for the year. Committee members will now also have to take one year off after three years of service as opposed to the former five–year limit. The Best Musical Theater Album category now has a limit of four “principal vocalists” who are eligible to receive awards. The rule regarding failed proposals also saw an amendment with the addition of the exception that: “Proposals viewed in a different light due to changes in industry or technology may be considered in consecutive years.” Lastly, for the first time ever, the official Grammy Awards Rulebook is available to the public online having previously only been made available to voting members. Click HERE to view the rulebook.
Universal Music Greater China recently announced that veteran communications executive Nan Jin has been named as Head of Communications, Universal Music Greater China, effective immediately. Jin is a highly–skilled communications executive, with a wealth of experience across marketing, branding and media relations within China’s media industry. As a member of the senior management team in Greater China, she will oversee communications within Greater China, across both recorded music and music publishing. Based in Beijing, Jin reports to Sunny Chang, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Greater China, and Will Tanous, UMG’s EVP & Head of Global Communications. Jin comes to UMG from 20th Century Fox Film, where she served as Marketing Director, China, and looked after all communications, marketing, branding, media partnerships and social media initiatives for the company’s theatrical release schedule and channels. Prior, she served as General Manager, Marketing & Programming at Wanda Film and held roles at Nanfang Media Group and Caixin Media.
A new publishing joint venture has been finalized between Warner Chappell Music Nashville and Jody Williams, the veteran executive who had served as VP of Creative for BMI. Williams parted ways with the PRO at the end of last year following a 14–year–tenure. No stranger to the publishing sector, Williams’ new venture with Warner Chappell marks a return with his resume including time leading MCA Music Publishing Nashville as well as his own Jody Williams Music. Included on the roster for the new venture are Ashley McBryde, Nathan Chapman, Jeremy Spillman and Greg Bates with the firm also representing Pat McLaughlin in a writer management/publishing role. Under the new venture, Williams will develop writers and writer/artists, secure covers, source legacy catalogs and take on representation of specific Warner Chappell catalogs for pitching. Also part of the JWS team as Creative Director is Nina Jenkins, former Curb/Word Music Publishing staffer.
Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP) launched a new series last week, Offstage with DWP, which featured Metallica’s headlining set from Columbus Ohio’s MAPRFRE Stadium in 2017. According to a statement, additional content is set to be released in the coming weeks including performances, interviews, brand new acoustic sets, and more from the likes of the Foo Fighters, Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach), Brent Smith (Shinedown), Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God), Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger (Halestorm) and Fletcher Dragge (Pennywise). The content streams live via DWP’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitch accounts.
Atlas Music Publishing has entered into a worldwide exclusive administration and marketing deal with publishing company, Memory Lane Music Group. Memory Lane is home to a legacy catalog with works from Elvis Presley, Nina Simone, Barbara Streisand and Bing Crosby, as well as music from current acts such as Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, Drake, Rick Ross and others. The company also represents a significant catalog of dance hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Memory Lane was founded by Larry Spier, Sr., the first of three generations to run the company, who was a co–writer on the 1924 hit song, “Memory Lane.” He went on to partner with Sam Coslow and Andy Britt to create Spier and Coslow Music, which was sold to Paramount Pictures in the early ’30s. This saw Spier taking up a general manager role with Chappell Music and become largely involved in Broadway classics such as Oklahoma, Bloomer Girl, State Fair and South Pacific. He eventually began focusing on his own publishing company, Larry Spier Music Publishers Inc., and soon after began working alongside his son, Larry Jr. In the early 2000’s, the company was handed off to Larry Jr.’s son, Mark, who formed Scion Three Music and Scion Four Music to provide support for its contemporary roster that included writers and producers with contributions on music by Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child, Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna, Joss Stone, P!nk, Craig David, Tech N9ne, Raekwon and others. In 2015, Memory Lane took on administration of September Music, the publishing company of Stanley Mills, bringing on household party favorite “The Chicken Dance” and a number of other hits from the ’60s.
EMPIRE is making moves into the merch sector through the acquisition of a majority stake in Top Drawer Merch/Electric Family. A leader in the indie sector as a label, distributor and publisher, EMPIRE looks to boost their in–house merch operations with the acquisition of the merch/ecommerce firm that has worked with the likes of Coachella, Stagecoach, Bud Light, J Balvin, Khalid and others. Under the deal, Top Drawer will maintain its own operations while acting as the merch and ecommerce division for EMPIRE whose roster includes acts such as Young Dolph and Robin Thicke.
ViacomCBS has announced the promotion of Bruce Gillmer to the post of President of Music, Music Talent, Programming & Events. Gillmer will report to ViacomCBS’ President & CEO, Bob Bakish, while overseeing all music–driven initiatives for the company. Most recently, Gillmer was Head of Global Music and EVP, Music & Talent, Programming & Events with Viacom International Media Networks where he and his team created and produced music series, specials and initiatives such as MTV Fresh Out Live!; the local versions of Yo! MTV Raps; MTV’s The Ride; and MTV Push. Gillmer’s new role will also see him forming and chairing a cross–company initiative under the banner of the ViacomCBS Music Council, which will have all company brands represented, and coordinate ViacomCBS’ music programming, talent and events strategy. Gillmer will also take on oversight of strategy and development for music content across ViacomCBS’ portfolio of streaming offerings and maintain his oversight of music talent, development and programming of music content and tentpole events for ViacomCBS’ Entertainment & Youth brands. Gillmer’s resume also includes time as Sr. VP of Music and Talent Relations for VH1 in the U.S., having started his career in the MTV Music and Talent division in 1987.
Leading Korean music firm Big Hit Entertainment has revealed a new global partnership with Kiswe Mobile, a U.S. livestream company. The deal will see Big Hit tapping into its Weverse global fan community, collaborating with Kiswe to provide what it calls a “one–stop service in the music industry,” delivering a better online concert offering to music fans globally. Kiswe’s multi–viewing technology sees livestream users able to customize their entertainment and live sports viewing experience. The firm also counts a cloud–based, multi–channel convergence technology. Marking the first project the two will work together on is a multi–view livestream which will be unveiled June 14th at BTS’ Bang Bang Con The Live event.
As the list of events pushed back to 2021 due to the global pandemic continues to grow, most recently adding Chicago’s Lollapalooza, Denmark’s Roskilde Festival, the 20th edition of Australia’s Splendour in the Grass, Coachella and Stagecoach, (the latter three which had originally been postponed to October), as well as others, innovation continues in the live event sector as many seek unique ways to present the live experience while maintaining health and safety guidelines. One Night Records recently revealed its preparing the launch of what it’s calling the first–ever socially distanced immersive event with Lockdown Town. Set to take place from October 2nd through December 31st at an undisclosed London Bridge location, the event will maintain limited, pre–booked attendance with staggered arrival times and require face masks at all times. There will also be food and drink offerings available each evening put together by David Wright which will be pre–ordered or purchased through a “drive–thru” mechanic with no bar area planned for the space. According to One Night Records, the event will welcome its guests to a “unique time machine” that will dive into “rock’n’roll, blues, ragtime, jazz and everything in between.”
In other innovative live event news, Los Angeles–based virtual concert startup, Wave, has raised a Series B funding round totaling $30 million, led by Maveron with participation from Griffin Gaming Partners as well as Scooter Braun, Alex Rodriguez, Rick Farman (Co–Founder, Superfly) and Kevin Lin (Co–Founder, Twitch). The investment will see Wave expanding its offering to not just include concerts, but the wider entertainment experience space, such as gaming and social. The round also counted participation from NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Avex, Superfly Ventures, Convivialite Ventures and Raised in Space. Having already raised $40 million to–date, Wave’s existing investors include RRE Ventures and Upfront Ventures. Launched by a group of veteran music and tech executives, Wave works with labels, management firms and independent artists to put together virtual concerts which feature digital avatars of musicians. Recently, the firm unveiled a round of virtual shows under the banner of One Wave, featuring John Legend and Tinashe.
A&R Worldwide has learned that Ilana Goldstoff has taken on a new role at Deutsche Grammophon in Berlin, Germany and joined their A&R team as Synch & Licensing Manager for Central Europe. Most recently Ilana was the Synch & Licensing Manager at the Amsterdam, Holland–based music licensing and ad agency Sizzer, and prior to that held a position as Event Marketer at Vice Media Benelux.
#loverecordstores has announced further details of its 24–hour event, including the world’s biggest in–store, which takes place on June 20th and will see the day–long event featuring more than 130 record stores. The event will include dozens of new and reissued vinyl releases being made available to music fans. The event will also welcome the world’s biggest online in–store event with 24–hours of live performances, DJ sets, interviews, readings and more from a wide range of artists and influential music industry figures which has been curated by a number of global indie labels such as Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar, Dead Oceans, ATO Records, Heavenly Recordings, Transgressive, Mute, Play It Again Sam, Speedy Wunderground, Partisan Records, Memphis Industries, Chrysalis and others. The full list of releases and record stores participating, as well as the virtual in–store schedule, is now available to view at www.loverecordstores.com.
Verifi Media (Verifi), a music–tech innovator of dynamic metadata management services, has launched a landmark blockchain–based music metadata tracking and management service to be made available to FUGA’s clients. Verifi’s SaaS tools are customizable and driven by a decentralized, interoperable blockchain–based platform designed to help creators, rights owners and third–party services solve problems with ownership and rights information, increase data quality and transparency and synchronize stakeholders. Initially, FUGA clients that opt–in to use Verifi’s service will have access to products, assets and associated metadata registered on a blockchain that keeps a historical record of changes to proprietary data, as well as public–facing information published on Verifi’s searchable public data registry at http://public.verifi.media. Verifi currently has a second phase of the platform in development which will foster another level of connectivity and the sharing of dynamic metadata across the supply chain. The system will match works and recordings data, normalize and cleanse incomplete and incorrect data and use proprietary data scoring and AI to aid the process of forming multiparty data consensus.
E2 Music Publishing has signed an exclusive administration and collection deal with Sentric Music Group. Founded in 2018, E2 Music is the publishing off–shoot of jazz record label, Edition Records. With E2 Music Publishing, Edition Records’ Founder and musician Dave Stapleton has the ambition to develop Edition into a 21st century, global music company intent on supporting a progressive and creative artist roster able to develop, impact and thrive in the digital age. The E2 Music roster is currently home to British producer and multi–instrumentalist Chris Hyson; British guitarist and composer Rob Luft; Stapleton’s own solo work, as well as that with Slowly Rolling Camera alongside co–writers Deri Roberts and Elliot Bennett; Snowpoet co–songwriting team composed of Chris Hyson and Lauren Kinsella; Norwegian composer Eyolf Dale; Finnish drummer and composer Olavi Louhivuori; Berlin–based Swedish bassist and producer Petter Eldh; Scottish pianist Fergus McCreadie; ex–cinematic orchestra guitarist Stuart McCallum; and Norwegian composer Daniel Herskedal.
Swedish artist Jubël has recently signed an exclusive management agreement with Sqream Entertainment Inc. for North America it has been revealed by the firm’s CEO, Johan Söderholm. Signed to Warner Music Sweden/Warner Records U.S., Jubël has already garnered success internationally, including their hit song “Dancing in the Moonlight,” which just passed 100 million streams on Spotify, and their latest single “Someone,” which has already entered the top 100 on the European radio chart and on the Spotify top–list. Sqream was founded in 2012 and has since then has counted clients such as Swedish superstar Darin and Eagle–Eye Cherry, with offices in both Sweden and Los Angeles.
CISAC has announced two new executive appointments to its organization with Yvonne Chaka Chaka, a leading South African singer/songwriter and actress, elected Vice President, and respected Mexican composer Arturo Márquez elected Vice President of CISAC’s General Assembly. The two complete the group of four VP’s for CISAC alongside Chinese director, writer and producer Jia Zhang–ke, and Spanish international neo–expressionist visual artist Miquel Barceló.
Berlin–based publisher Meisel Music has finalized an exclusive deal with songwriter/producer, Oli(ver) Nova(covic). For more than 15 years, Nova has been one of the most successful creatives in German music, now a leading figure in the “Schlager” and German Pop genres. In recent years, Nova has been involved with seven No.1 albums and has received numerous awards. Among his credits include work with artists such as Semino Rossi, Michelle, Nino de Angelo, Andrea Berg, Fantasy, Maite Kelly, Vanessa Mai, Vincent Groß, Amigos, Ella Endlich, Dorfrocker, Oliver Haidt and German Pop Idol winner Thomas Godoj. After founding NCA Publishing with his partner, Constantin Schley, and Meisel Music last year in order to discover and develop new talent, and build an international presence, Nova has now decided to place his own writing activities exclusively in the hands of the Meisel team. One of the first successful signings to NCA was the critically acclaimed KEANO (signed to Epic). While Nova continues to focus on the development of songs and concepts, as well as the production of established artists, the Meisel team looks after the entire administration of his works and the international marketing and networking via its own sub–publisher network.
Online music royalty marketplace, Royalty Exchange, has announced Anthony Martini is joining the company as a Partner. Martini will leverage his experience, relationships, and expertise to introduce Royalty Exchange’s unique toolkit of artist financing options to music creators and rights holders across the industry. Martini brings more than 15 years of experience from various sectors of the music business. His career began working with metal acts like Lamb Of God, Behemoth and Terror before he transitioned to Crush Management, whose roster includes acts such as Sia, Fall Out Boy and Train. Martini went on to launch his own management firm, The CMSN, where he discovered then–unknown rapper Tyga and guided his career to global success. Other stops include those with Jingle Punks as a Partner, and founding of the independent record label Commission. Martini’s appointment comes as Royalty Exchange has revealed it has reached $75 million in transactions. The company commented, “The size of transactions on our marketplace won’t generate headlines. That’s because it didn’t get to $75 million in transactions through a handful of blockbuster deals with superstar artists. It got there through over 875 separate transactions with working creators. The average transaction price is about $70,000. While that’s $10,000 higher than last year’s average, it’s still far less than the big transactions that dominate the press.”
Music Venue Trust (MVT) announced last week the #SaveOurScottishVenues virtual festival. Set to take place on Friday, June 19th, the event will feature three “stages,” and will stream via livefrom.events. The festival will feature recorded performances by Scottish musicians who have come together to support Scotland’s grassroots music venues who are facing closure due to COVID–19. The first artists to be announced include KT Tunstall, The Xcerts, Hunter & the Bear, Wet Wet Wet, Be Charlotte, Fatherson, Luke La Volpe, Hue & Cry, Honeyblood and Anchor Lane. Festival host, Vic Galloway, will also be talking to musicians and venue reps to highlight the synergy between these venues and the artists whose careers they help develop. For more information on the #saveourvenues and #saveourscottishvenues campaign, visit www.saveourvenues.co.uk.
Strictly Confidential has announced a number of new agreements that will see two leading Ugandan record labels launching new publishing divisions as well as critically–acclaimed artist, Ghostpoet, joining their roster. Founded by Burundi–born Derek Debru and the Greek–Armenian ethnomusicologist, Arlen Dilsizian, the Ugandan label Nyege Nyege Tapes and its sister imprint, Hakuna Kulala, specializes in progressive electronic music from East Africa and has been home to a wide range of artists. Ghostpoet, aka Obaro Ejimiwe, has garnered two Mercury Prize nominations and released his fifth album, I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep, to widespread acclaim earlier this year. He has agreed to a long–term, global publishing deal with Strictly Confidential.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Ben Cooper, Mike Caren, Farhad Zand, Pieter van Rijn, Felix Howard, Anita Chinkes–Ratner, Doug Cohn, Jenn Tolman, Shane Tobin, Ben Adelson, Chantal Epp, Samantha Sklar, Chris Woltman and Ellen Healy.
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. Everyone loves a sense of adventure for the most part. This week, we share some breathtaking clips of sheer marvelousness. Click HERE to see it, to believe it moments.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– ANNALISE AZADIAN
Living in New York City, 22–year–old Annalise Azadian possesses a perspective on culture, art and creativity, with a panoramic perspective of a young woman with dreams and hardships. Musically, she encapsulates a unique genre–blending sound with a soulful touch of pop, a wink of jazz and a hint of urban street sound. Originally inspired to start writing at a young age after the passing of her grandmother, Annalise was only 14–years–old and winning accolades at the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem, and has since performed at hundreds of venues and music festivals, including support shows with Lucas Graham, Cardi B and Bebe Rexha. Last May, she sold–out her first headlining show at The Bowery Electric in New York City and looks forward to returning to the stage. The singer–songwriter recently released her new single, “Wine N Dine” as part of her new solo project, Six Weeks of 7–an EP that will culminate in a 17–minute biographical short film, highlighting the unique storytelling of her seven–track release. Inspired by the likes of Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Hayley Williams, the DIY musician has been called a “fabulous songwriter” by Elton John during his Rocket Hour show on Beats 1. Discover Annalise Azadian’s new single “Wine N Dine” HERE and all inquiries can be directed to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – BAKER GRACE
Talented singer–songwriter Baker Grace released her sophomore EP, Yourz Truly, featuring her new single, “Bottle Of Wine.” A perfect soundtrack to this summer, the song has a reggae influence and is about the delicacy of an ego. The visual for the song, directed by Gianennio Salucci (Zella Day, XYLO), portrays Baker Grace in a number of rooms throughout her apartment, as she searches for connection. Finally, a hand reaches through the fluorescent–lit computer screen and a connection is made. The 19–year–old says of the video “it was recorded prior to the quarantine, but serves as a representation of what can happen when we feel disconnected to the people we love and to ourselves. I wanted to showcase the vices we can turn to in order to fulfill the void and how they end up bringing us further into our delusions and further away from ourselves. In the end, I realize all I really needed was to remember and be reminded that I am loved.” Experience the video for “Bottle Of Wine” HERE and for all inquiries, please contact email@example.com.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 6/14/2020
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, June 14th, 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:
TWO YEAR VACATION – “Never Been To Paris” (Cloud Hills, Sweden)
LARKINS – “Are We Having Any Fun Yet?” (Good Soldier Songs, UK)
CARAVAN PALACE – “Moonshine” (Le Café de la Danse/Wagram/MVKA, France)
DEVON – “Belong 2 U” (Universal, UK)
MIA RODRIGUEZ – “Psycho” (City Pop Records, Australia)
DOWN FOR TOMORROW – “Emily” (Good Intent, Australia)
THE HARA – “I Don’t Think We Can Be Friends” (Unsigned, UK)
STEREOTIDE – “Someday” (Unsigned, Germany)
INHALER – “How To Move On” (Universal Music, Ireland)
JAMES DEACON – “Reason” (Bad Future, South Africa)
BLOSSOMS – “If You Think This Is Real Life” (Virgin/EMI, UK)
ADÉLAIDE – “Paintings In The Sky” (Unsigned, Germany)
YARD ACT – “The Trapper’s Pelts” (Memphis Industries, UK)
ÄTNA – “Made By Desire&rdquo (Humming Records, Germany)
THE VITRIOTS – “Rabbit Hole” (Sureshaker Records, Australia)
SOPHIE & THE GIANTS – “Runaway” (Unsigned, UK)
SEA GIRLS – “Soldier On” (Polydor, UK)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Long Life” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Talk So Loud” (Unsigned, Sweden)
GINA BROOKLYN – “Who Are You Fighting For?” (Unsigned, N. America)
JEKYLL – “The Escapist” (Fierce Panda, UK)
THE LULU RAES – “Can’t Run No More” (Verge/Sony, Australia)
ALFIE TEMPLEMAN – “Happiness In Liquid Form” (Chess Club, UK)
BONGLOARD – “I Want It Now” (Unsigned, Holland)
HAUSKEY – “Slow” (Neon Records, Australia)
MELLAH – “Family Fun” (Columbia Records, UK)
LILY MOORE – “Better Than Me” (Virgin EMI, UK)
THE RUBENS – “Heavy Weather” (Ivy League Records, Australia)
SPECTOR – “When Did We Get So Normal?” (Moth Noise Entertainment, UK)
LAUREN WALLER – “Best Coast” (Ginge Binge LLC, N. America)
THE PALE WHITE – “Swim For Your Life” (Unsigned, UK)
FLAWES – “Ghost Town” (Red Bull Records, UK)
SEAFRET – “Magnetic” (Columbia Records, UK)
(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Caravan Palace, The HARA, Yard Act, Slide and Callum Beattie)