REBECCA ALLEN APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF EMI RECORDS
Universal Music Group (UMG) has revealed new steps forward for one of the most recognized British record labels of all time as Virgin EMI has been renamed EMI Records. The label will be led by Rebecca Allen as President, EMI Records, following a widely successful two–decade career with UMG. Allen assumes oversight of the entire team and roster at EMI, the label home of artists such as Elton John, Paul McCartney, Mark Knopfler, Florence + The Machine and Bastille, international repertoire from Justin Bieber, Lewis Capaldi, The Killers, Metallica, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Taylor Swift, as well as the the iconic Queen catalog, and emerging talent from across the musical landscape. The Virgin Records imprint will continue under the new EMI Records banner.
The announcement marked the rebirth of one of the defining labels in popular music history, eight years since its parent company’s purchase in 2012 by UMG.
Rebecca Allen at MUSEXPO Europe 2016 in London
Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman & CEO of UMG, says, “Growing up in London, EMI was the most iconic brand in British music. When we acquired the company, we committed to new investment, innovation, creativity and, of course, leadership. Not only have we delivered on that promise, but we continue to position EMI for the future. The appointment of Becky Allen is a testament to our long–term commitment, and our adamance that the EMI name will mean as much to a new generation of artists and fans as it did for mine. Becky is such a strong leader – creatively and commercially – and has the values, dedication and acumen to keep EMI as the unquestioned home for some of the U.K.’s greatest talent.”
Reporting to Universal Music U.K. Chairman & CEO David Joseph, Allen takes the helm at EMI Records having most recently spent the past three years as President of Decca.
Joseph says, “Rebecca’s track record at Decca speaks for itself but her string of successes don’t tell the full story: quite simply she is an inspirational leader and no–one has a greater understanding of what it takes to bring artists and music to new audiences. She is an extraordinarily dynamic and creative executive with the vision and ambition to restore EMI Records to its position as a powerhouse of culture and music discovery.”
Allen says, “Being asked to reimagine one of the U.K.’s most important record labels is an incredible opportunity, as is the chance to work with some of the world’s biggest and most innovative artists. Working with artists, and finding and developing the talent of the future, is what drives me and I can’t wait to get started with building on what the brilliant Virgin EMI team have already achieved.”
After studying at the Trinity College of Music in London, Allen started her career at the BBC before joining Universal Music’s UCJ division in 1999. She became General Manager of Decca Records U.K. in 2012 before her promotion to President in 2017.
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP MAKES ITS WAY TO THE MIDDLE EAST
& NORTH AFRICA
Universal Music Group (UMG) has announced a significant expansion of its operations within the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), via the launch of new divisions in Morocco and Israel. The expansion further reinforces UMG’s global commitment to signing and developing domestic and regional talent, while strengthening local music ecosystems and infrastructure. The move makes UMG the first major music company to establish standalone offices in Morocco and Israel, adding to its existing network of UMG operations in over 60 countries worldwide.
Announcing the strategic expansion and new divisions, Adam Granite, EVP, Market Development at UMG said, “As part of our global commitment to discover and support music talent around the world, we are excited to launch our new standalone UMG operations within the Middle East and North Africa, in order to accelerate our ability to support local artistry and talent in Israel, Morocco and surrounding countries. Our intention is to provide real support, infrastructure and people on the ground in each country, helping the entire regional music ecosystem grow, and giving local artists the best opportunity to reach new audiences around the world. These offices will help UMG become a vital part of the regional music ecosystem and to help bring these new sounds and artist talent to music fans around the world.”
Patrick Boulos, Serena Safieddine & Adam Granite
Universal Music Morocco further increases UMG’s ability to discover and develop talent from across North Africa, helping to introduce the music culture from the region to a wider global audience. Universal Music Morocco will focus on A&R, creative and commercial partnership while operating from Casablanca, under the leadership of local business development executive Serena Safieddine, who will work alongside UMG’s existing regional headquarters in Dubai, and will report into Patrick Boulos, CEO, Universal Music MENA. The team will work closely with UMG operations worldwide, and will develop key projects alongside Universal Music France, where labels have previously achieved success with French–language artists from the region finding popularity among the local diaspora, before crossing over into mainstream chart success.
Based in Tel Aviv, Universal Music Israel will operate under the leadership of veteran media business executive Yoram Mokady, who has been appointed as MD, Universal Music Israel, reporting directly to Adam Granite. Universal Music Israel will focus on the signing and developing of domestic artist talent, alongside exploring creative opportunities for commercial partnerships, new technology and innovation for artists, labels and partners within Israel.
Mokady comes to UMG from HOT Telecommunications, Israel’s leading cable–provider where he served as VP, Content, and was responsible for management of all content activities including original productions, VOD, purchased series, purchased linear channels and HOT’s unique own linear channels. Prior, he served as VP, Strategy and Regulation between 2008 – 2010. He is a qualified lawyer and has previously served as both Chairman of Israel’s Council for Cable TV and Satellite Broadcasting and as Executive Director for the Israeli Broadcasting Regulatory Administration.
SONY/ATV ANNOUNCES DINRAJ SHETTY AS DIRECTOR
OF INDIA OPERATIONS
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has named Dinraj Shetty as Director, Sony/ATV India. Shetty becomes the first leader for the company’s newly established office in India, located in Mumbai. He will report to London–based President, International for Sony/ATV, Guy Henderson.
In his new role, Shetty will be responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s India office, including promoting Sony/ATV’s catalog, negotiating international agreements, signing and developing songwriters and fostering relationships with industry partners such as Sony Music Entertainment India and IPRS. Alongside his new role, he will also continue to serve as Director, Licensing at Sony Music, where he has worked for over 20 years.
Henderson stated, “Dinraj is a dynamic executive with a detailed understanding of media content across multiple platforms, genres and languages. His knowledge and business acumen will ensure that Sony/ATV Music Publishing India will be a success, and I am proud to welcome him to the team.”
Shetty said, “I am delighted with this new role of leading Sony/ATV India, where I will be looking at creating many opportunities to harness its creative fraternity of labels, musicians and songwriters. I look forward to giving them a platform to showcase their talent through the Sony/ATV global network to the world.”
Shetty is a well–respected executive within the music and entertainment industries in India, with strong relationships across labels, broadcasters, and digital streaming providers. At Sony Music, Shetty has held a number of roles including Head of Sales and Retail Promotions, Head of Operations, and Digital Sales & Business Development. Prior to entering the music industry, Shetty worked for several leading consumer goods organizations such as Godrej, Pernetti Van Melle & Marico.
A&R WORLDWIDE RETROSPECTIVE
Each week, A&R Worldwide’s newsletter digs back through some of our archives to revisit memorable and defining moments in A&R Worldwide’s 20+ year history. 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. In addition, the company has 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 one of the many great meals the two have shared together over the past 25 years are Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide) with global hitmaker Evan Bogart (President & Founder, Boardwalk Entertainment Group). The duo connected with many of the U.K.’s leading executives at Gaucho in London during their last trip together in England.
Several years prior to launching A&R Network, which was the predecessor to A&R Worldwide, company Founder Sat Bisla spent many years as an A&R consultant and advisor to numerous labels and publishers around the world. In 1995, Bisla was an A&R consultant to the Chairman and senior executives at Interscope Records where he met a young and aspiring A&R scout and manager named Evan Bogart. The two became good friends and worked together on a number of passion–driven projects managed by Bogart. Bogart went on to discover Eminem and brought him to the attention of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, before taking on an A&R role at the former Warner Bros. Records, managing acts and became a booking agent at the APA Agency in Beverly Hills.
Eventually, Bogart fully realized his uncanny ability as both a businessman and creative, and has since gone on to become a hugely successful songwriter/producer, TV producer, publisher and A&R executive. This is no surprise, as Evan is the son of Casablanca Records Founder, Neil Bogart, and former music manager, Joyce Trabulus – so music and business are in his DNA! Bogart is a Grammy Award–winning songwriter who has penned songs and hits for artist such as Beyoncé, Adam Lambert, Brandy, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Enrique Iglesias, Jason Derülo, Jennifer Lopez, Lizzo, Leona Lewis, Rihanna, Pussycat Dolls, Sean Kingston, Wallpaper, ZZ Ward and many others. Stay tuned for some exciting news from Evan in the near future!
GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…
Downtown Music Holdings (Downtown) has announced the launch of Downtown Neighbouring Rights℠, a new standalone business unit dedicated specifically to performance royalties. The move to create this new division follows significant expansion of and client interest in Downtown’s neighbouring rights capabilities offered as a service within its music publishing division and to label clients via FUGA, which the company acquired in January. FUGA’s neighbouring rights capabilities will be integrated into this new business unit throughout the remainder of the year. Among the artists already signed on to have Downtown manage their global neighbouring rights administration are Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses, Justin Bieber, Kimbra, Koffee, Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe, OneRepublic, Ryan Tedder, Tori Amos, Young T & Bugsey, and others. Bringing more than 15 years of experience, neighbouring rights veteran Dean Francis has been named General Manager and will lead operations for the new business unit, based in London. Since joining in 2018, Francis has led neighbouring rights collections for Downtown’s music publishing division. Prior to Downtown, he spent more than a decade with the U.K.–based neighbouring rights collection society PPL.
Warner Chappell Music has finalized a global co–publishing agreement with the estate of Pop Smoke, the rapper who was murdered in Los Angeles earlier this year. Pop Smoke (real name Bashar Jackson) generated Gold certification with his 2019 single, “Welcome To The Party,” with “Dior,” released in 2020, reaching Platinum certification and generating two billion streams globally. Meet The Woo 2, Pop Smoke’s mixtape, debuted at No.7 on Billboard’s album chart and this year has seen four of his tracks making their way to the Top 100. The deal encompasses all of the artist’s works, including his debut full–length which is scheduled for a posthumous release in the coming months via Victor Victor Worldwide.
In other Warner Chappell news, the publisher has opened up a new Shanghai office which marks the company’s second headquarters across China's mainland. Warner Chappell Music Asia’s President, Monica Lee, commented, “Shanghai has an incredible music scene and many songwriters move here from across China to pursue their careers. The city is also home to many of China’s advertising, brand and entertainment businesses, so it’s the logical place to open our new office that’ll complement our existing presence in Beijing.” According to the publisher, a large portion of China’s fans maintain subscriptions to DSPs such as KuGou, KuWo, NetEase Cloud Music and QQ Music, many of which generate significant revenue via karaoke and livestreaming platforms that primarily use publishing rights.
On the recorded music side, Warner Records has signed Brazilian artist Anitta to the label as she prepares her debut U.S. full–length for later this year. Anitta most recently released the album Kisses in 2019 and currently counts 16,896,527 monthly listeners on Spotify. With five albums released to–date, she has become the most–streamed artist in Brazil and has garnered six MTV EMA Awards and five nominations at the Latin Grammys. Anitta had also been set to perform at this year’s Coachella.
Warner Bros. and Spotify have finalized a new multi–year, multi–project deal that will see the DC universe making its way to the podcast arena via a collection of scripted audio shows based around the brands superheroes and super villians. The agreement places Spotify as the exclusive streaming home for the content. At the same time, the deal between the DSP and Warner Bros. will tap into the latter’s additional characters and franchises for other podcast content. Warner Bros. will manage development and production of projects while collaborating with Spotify. Helming the creative aspect of the projects will be Peter Girardi, EVP of digital studio Blue Ribbon Content and of alternative programming at Warner Bros. Animation, with Robert Steele, Sr. VP of Business Strategy and Operations for Warner Bros. Digital Networks, looking after the business aspect of the partnership.
Having recently parted ways with her role as President and Head of Creative at Pulse Music Group, veteran executive, Maria Egan, has been named as the first Chief Music Officer for Splice. A platform directed at digital music creators, Splice currently counts over four million musician users. Egan’s new role will see her taking on oversight of the Splice’s interaction with the creative community and larger music industry. Egan takes the lead for the new structure within Splice’s music and industry relations division, which includes Jen Mozenter, recently promoted to VP of A&R. Mozenter and team worked to solidify relationships for Splice with more than 700 artists to help distribute their sounds via the Splice Sounds library.
Becoming one of the first signings to the recently rebranded EMI Records, Jack Savoretti (a former A&R Worldwide supported artist from back in 2007) has joined the label’s roster after a successful stint with BMG where he garnered his first–ever No.1 album in 2019 with Singing To Strangers. Savoretti’s transition comes following EMI’s hire of Thomas Haimovici who had signed the artist while he was an A&R at BMG.
It was announced last week that indie music companies Secretly and Ghostly International have finalized a new strategic partnership. Under the new deal, both the Ghostly International record label and Ghostly Songs publisher are now Secretly affiliates, with Ghostly Songs administered via Secretly Publishing. Ghostly International Founder Sam Valenti IV also becomes a Managing Partner of Secretly, as Secretly Group owners Ben Swanson, Chris Swanson, Darius Van Arman and Phil Waldorf become Partners in Ghostly International’s music operations.
Primary Wave Music has added Grammy–nominated R&B artist Keyshia Cole to their roster, joining a management stable that includes Melissa Etheridge, Fantasia, Cypress Hill, Eric Benét and others. Additionally, Keyshia has also entered into a new recording deal with BMG. Cole has already begun writing and will reunite with A&R executive and producer Ron Fair, who signed her to her first recording contract ever, for her next album. The two worked together on four album cycles during Fair’s tenure as President of A&M Records and Chairman of Geffen Records, under Jimmy Iovine. Their partnership led to three multi–Platinum albums and numerous No.1 singles. Cole’s major label debut was released in 2004 when she was just 21. She co–wrote several hits, collaborating with Kanye West on her first chart hit, “I Changed My Mind.” That debut full–length went Platinum and generated back–to–back hits with “I Should Have Cheated” and “Love.” Her double Platinum sophomore effort was released in 2007 and topped the Billboard charts with the No.1 single “Heaven Sent.” The album, and its two biggest singles, were nominated for four Grammy Awards. A year later she released her third album which debuted in the top five on Billboard’s Top 200 and produced multiple Top 10 singles on the R&B chart. Her fourth studio album, released in 2010, also debuted in the top ten on the Billboard charts.
Simplecast, a podcasting platform for publishing, managing and measuring content, has been acquired by SiriusXM. The deal marks the most recent move for SiriusXM following its acquisitions of Pandora and a stake in SoundCloud. Simplecast, helmed by Founder & CEO Brad Smith, has worked with companies and content brands such as Netflix, Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard and Anna Faris’ Unqualified.
UTA has announced promotions for two of its agents to Partners with the elevations of Chelsea McKinnies and Emerson Davis. Having started her agency career in 2008, McKinnies joined UTA in 2015 and looks after a roster of film and TV clients that include Constance Wu, Tracee Ellis Ross, Amandla Stenberg, Cynthia Erivo, Anna Faris, Aidy Bryant and Martin Lawrence. As part of UTA’s Motion Picture Literary Group, Davis counts a roster of leading creators and filmmakers.
Live Nation in the U.K. has unveiled its solution to provide fans with a live music experience this summer as it prepares a series of drive–in concerts under the banner of Utilita Live From The Drive–In. Taking place across 12 venues, the outdoor shows will offer concert goers the opportunity to experience live shows via private, personal viewing zones next to their vehicles with capacity set at around 300 cars each show. The collection of music concerts, theater performances, comedy shows and family events will follow official COVID–19 safety regulations. Among the performances confirmed to take place as part of the series are those from Ash, Beverley Knight, Bjorn Again, Brainiac Live, Gary Numan, Brand New Heavies, Camp Bestival Live, Cream Classical Ibiza, Dizzee Rascal, Embrace, Jack Savoretti, Kaiser Chiefs, Lightning Seeds, Nathan Dawe, Reggae Roast Vs Gentleman’s Dub Club, Russell Watson, Sheku and Isata Kanneh–Mason, Sigala, Skindred, The Snuts, The Streets, The Zutons and Tony Hadley.
Live Nation will also bring its “Live from the Drive–In” series to the U.S. from July 10th – 12th with nine shows taking place across Nashville, Tennessee; Maryland Heights, Missouri; and Noblesville, Indiana. The shows will be headlined by country artist Brad Paisley with Darius Rucker and Jon Pardi joining in Nashville at Nissan Stadium, and Nelly on the bill in Maryland Heights. Similar to the U.K. format, attendees will drive–in with four people maximum allowed per car. Each designated parking zone will allow for fans to enjoy the show from their own chairs and they are being encouraged to bring their own food and drinks.
AWAL and British rapper/songwriter/actor, Little Simz (Simbi Ajikawo), have extended their partnership which encompasses global marketing/promotion, digital/physical distribution, campaign coordination, A&R support, synch licensing and brand partnerships as the artist gets set to release her upcoming full–length next year. Little Simz garnered success with the release of her last album, Grey Area, on her own Age 101 label, via AWAL, and has been nominated for Mercury, AIM and BET Awards. She also received the Best British Album at this year’s NME Awards, and Best Vocal Performance at the Q Awards in 2019. Little Simz recently released her Drop 6 EP which is set to feature across the second season of Top Boy (Netflix), in which she also stars.
A new global deal has been finalized between Lickd and Universal Music Group (UMG) to bring Lickd’s YouTube influencer user roster access to selected works from UMG’s recordings and publishing catalogs. Lickd, which provides pre–cleared music to video creators, has revealed growth of 100% to its creator sign–ups month–upon–month with licenses increasing by 89% across the past quarter from a catalog of over 25,000 tracks.
In other UMG news, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) has announced an agreement with SOFA Entertainment to assume global digital rights for the library of content from The Ed Sullivan Show encompassing its 23–year stint on CBS that concluded in 1971. The deal will see entire performances and guest segments from the show making their way to global streaming platforms globally for the first time ever. The segments will include iconic TV performances, many of which will receive high–res updates, which will roll–out initially via the show’s official YouTube channel. Among the many performances on The Ed Sullivan Show were early, or first–ever, TV appearances from acts such as Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, The Band, Harry Belafonte, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Jackson 5, The Mamas and the Papas, The Supremes and The Rolling Stones, as well as Motown artists such as The Four Tops, The Supremes and The Temptations.
MelodyVR welcomed widely–successful hip–hop group Cypress Hill to its platform on Friday, marking their first live performance since early–March’s stay at home order was placed in effect, just as the group was set to take off on a world tour. Cypress Hill’s show, which took place from MelodyVR’s Los Angeles studio space, was made available for worldwide viewing through the MelodyVR app on smartphones and VR headsets delivering a 360 degree viewing experience for fans. MelodyVR’s Live From LA series has also welcomed the likes of John Legend, The Score, Katelyn Tarver, DaniLeigh and Zella Day, bringing fans the opportunity for an immersive live experience while adhering to appropriate safety protocol for all performers and crew members.
In other MelodyVR news, the company has revealed the first images of a London–based 360 degree studio located in the Victorian theatre at Alexandra Palace. The unveiling comes as MelodyVR has partnered with Wireless Festival for a three–day virtual event, Wireless Connect, which will take place July 3rd – 5th. The free–to–watch festival will feature never–before–seen performances and other exclusive visual content delivered to fans globally. MelodyVR is also working with Spiritland Productions for the delivery of broadcast audio mixes across both stereo and immersive formats.
Global Goal: Unite For Our Future – The Concert is preparing to broadcast globally via TV and livestream platforms this coming Saturday with confirmed acts including Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Usher, Jennifer Hudson and Christine And The Queens. The event is coordinated by Global Citizen and the European Commission as part of its battle with COVID–19 and will spotlight the more significant impact the pandemic has had on less fortunate communities, such as people of color, those living in extreme poverty and other groups facing discrimination. Dwayne Johnson will host the concert which will include performances from Chloe x Halle, J Balvin, Quavo, Shakira and Yemi Alade, as well as appearances from Antoni Porowski, Billy Porter, Charlize Theron, Chris Rock, David Beckham, Derrick Johnson, Diane Kruger, Forest Whitaker, Hugh Jackman, Ken Jeong, Kerry Washington, Nikolaj Coster–Waldau, Olivia Colman, Opal Tometi, Salma Hayek Pinault and others. The concert will make its way to broadcasters worldwide including ARD, Canal+ Group and RTVE in Europe; Bell Media, CBC, Citytv and Global TV in Canada; and NBC and iHeartMedia in the U.S. Viewing will also be available via streaming platforms such as Apple, Brut, Roku, Insight TV, Tidal, Twitch, Twitter, Yahoo! and YouTube. The event follows the recent Global Citizen’s One World: Together At Home livestream, which generated six million viewers on BBC One.
ASCAP has announced the launch of a new paid internship program for students enrolled in historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the U.S. This summer, the PRO will offer five HBCU students the opportunity to join ASCAP’s team with Howard University (Washington, DC), Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA), Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA) and Bennett College (Greensboro, NC) initial partners in the program. From July and August, interns will work remotely, alongside ASCAP professionals in their field of interest. ASCAP plans to continue and build upon the initiative moving forward, offering paid internships to HBCU students each summer. Students selected for the ASCAP HBCU internship program will have the opportunity to work across Marketing & Communications/Events; Membership (Film & TV, R&S/Urban, Country, Pop/Rock, Symphonic/Concert and Latin); Data Strategy; International Affairs; Finance; Licensing; and Global Technology Solutions. Additionally, interns will have access to ASCAP employee perks, such as Wellness Events, Employee Jam Sessions, and Online Learning tools. Applications are currently available through each of the participating college and university career services offices.
Multi–Platinum songwriter Jonathan Singleton has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Spirit Music Nashville. Under the deal, Spirit has also acquired a portion of Singleton’s song catalog. The announcement comes as Singleton dominates the top of the country charts with the No.1 single with “I Hope You’re Happy Now” (Carly Pearce and Lee Brice); the No.5 single “In Between” (Scotty McCreery), which was also co–written and produced by Spirit Music Nashville CEO, Frank Rogers; and the No.16 single “Die From A Broken Heart” (Maddie and Tae). Other No.1’s written by Singleton include “Beer Never Broke My Heart” by Luke Combs, “A Guy Walks Into A Bar” by Tyler Farr, “Yours If You Want It” by Rascal Flatts, “Why Don’t We Just Dance” by Josh Turner, “Let It Rain” by David Nail and the Grammy–nominated hit, “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools,” by Tim McGraw. Additional credits include hits for Gary Allan, Billy Currington, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Chris Young, Little Big Town, Ronnie Dunn and others.
Hi–res streaming and download platform, Qobuz, has rolled–out its new family plan which follows the recent news of its financial and industrial partnership with Québecor, the Canadian telecom giant. Qobuz Family allows for up to six members per account for $24.99/month, delivering lossless (CD quality) and hi–res music to all users.
MOBO Trust and Help Musicians have revealed that they will build upon their partnership MOBO Help Musicians Fund in an effort to help support more artists, as they further their investment to £100,000. Now in its fourth year, the fund seeks to support artists’ creative output, business skills, health and well–being. The fund’s growth this year from £60,000 to £100,000 allows for further investment into Black artists. Additionally, ThinkMusic is set to organize one–on–one sessions which will present business advice from industry professionals to artists, personalized around their individual needs. Professionals from the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine will also be offering sessions pertaining to artist’s health, covering physical and mental health needs, with a specialist referral available as needed.
Venue Coalition has named veteran executive Todd Hunt as Sr. VP, Client Services & Partnership for the firm. Hunt’s new role will see him focusing across national booking and business development as well as maintaining servicing for new, and current Venue Coalition clients. Hunt is an active member of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) and is serving currently as past chair of the Board of Regents for Venue Management School. He has also spent time on the IAVM’s Board of Directors and chaired a number of committees and councils for the group in addition to having served as the Executive Director of BancorpSouth Arena and Conference Center since 2007.
MusiCares, the charitable division of the Recording Academy, has announced the promotion of Laura Segura to Executive Director, a new role which will see Segura taking on oversight of the entire organization. Segura assumes control of the $17 million MusiCares annual budget as well as leadership of a team working across development, fundraising and delivery of health and financial aid programs. Prior, Segura served as Sr. VP of Membership & Industry Relations for the Recording Academy where she oversaw the organization’s restructuring and is credited with increasing outreach and industry relations initiatives.
IFPI has opened its first regional office in Sub–Saharan Africa (S–SA). Based in Nairobi, the office will be led by the newly appointed Regional Director, Angela Ndambuki, who will work across the region’s 46 countries to promote recorded music, advocate for the rights of record producers and expand the commercial uses of recorded music. Ndambuki takes on the role having most recently served as CEO at the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI); East African State’s nationwide trade lobby and member of the International Chambers of Commerce (ICC). Ndambuki also played a key role in the launch of, and served as CEO, of the Performers’ Rights Society of Kenya (PRISK), a collective management organization licensed by the Kenya Copyright Board to represent performers in copyright and related rights works. In addition, Ndambuki is an expert at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy and serves as the Vice–Chairperson of the Kenya Association of Music Producers. According to IFPI’s recently released Global Music Report, in 2019, recorded music industry revenues for Africa and the Middle East increased by 15.9 %, reaching $101 million.
As the AIM Independent Music Awards approaches its 10th edition, the event has revealed that its winners will be announced during a digital ceremony on August 12th. Alongside the awards presentations, 2020’s ceremony will feature a number of live performances including the already confirmed, Arlo Parks. Nominated for the One To Watch Award, Parks has garnered a significant following for her self–professed “confessional bedroom pop.” AIM has also opened the public vote for its Best Live Act Award which includes 54 leading indie artists. Votes can be cast HERE until June 29th with the winner announced at this year’s virtual ceremony. Attendees of the event will be able to purchase exclusive VIP add–ons in the coming weeks. AIM has also revealed this year’s charity partner as Roundhouse. Each year Roundhouse gives thousands of young people from diverse backgrounds the chance to develop their skills and confidence through creative programs so that they can choose positive futures for themselves. For the full list of categories and nominees, click HERE.
Music Venue Trust (MVT), which represents hundreds of grassroots music venues, has issued an urgent warning to the U.K. government that an immediate cash injection of £50 million is needed to prevent mass closures in July, August and September. The effects of closure resulting from the COVID–19 pandemic has led to MVT identifying a sector–specific rescue package as being necessary for the survival of a large number of its member venues. Additionally, they are proposing a one–off cut in VAT on ticket sales for the next three years for venues and promoters. The live music industry in the U.K., which generates £5.2 billion for the U.K. economy and a further £2.7 billion in export revenues, is facing a substantial loss of infrastructure, with 90% of venues and festivals currently facing permanent closure. Music Venue Trust also launched its #saveourvenues campaign in April, which has so far successfully raised more than £2 million to help support grassroots music venues during the crisis.
President Records, part of the Kassner Music group of companies, has added Welsh rock’n’roll musician Dave Edmunds to its roster, having purchased the master rights to the four albums which he released at his peak between 1977 and 1981. As a producer and artist, Edmunds has had a widely successful career, collaborating with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Keith Richards, the Stray Cats and Bruce Springsteen, as well as many of his own musical heroes including Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, Chet Atkins, Les Paul and The Everly Brothers. The albums acquired by President were originally released on the Swan Song label, which was launched by Led Zeppelin in 1974 and run via Atlantic Records. All produced by Edmunds, the albums feature contributions from Nick Lowe, Terry Williams and Billy Bremner, who were Edmunds’ then–bandmates in the cult rock group, Rockpile. Edmunds toured the world with Rockpile and notably performed in the U.S. with Led Zeppelin and Bad Company, bringing the band from pub rock and new wave to international pop recognition. President Records, who had previously acquired the North American rights to Edmunds’ 1970 chart topper “I Hear You Knocking” (U.K. No.1, Billboard Hot 100 No.4), will promote their newly–owned Edmunds masters, with worldwide reissues, digital campaigns and synch marketing planned.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: André de Raaff, Jo Charrington, Gary Mandel, Arjan Timmermans, Wendy Goldstein, Aton Ben–Horin, Adam Holt, Michael Chugg, Denis Handlin, Alexandra Patsavas, Mike Knobloch, Jon Chen, Luke McGrellis, Pete Giberga and Mary Rahmani.
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. Being a journalist or TV news personality is not always as easy as it seems – they have to expect the unexpected at times. Click HERE for a collage of unexpected news hiccups, bloopers, fails and more!
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– THE HARA
With over 300 shows in the U.K. in the last two years under their belts, The HARA were quick to impress Sol Parker at Paradigm and Dougie Bruce at Universal Publishing, where the latter immediately signed them. This year, their diaries were filled with live dates including a 22–date headline tour and over a dozen festivals in the U.K., including Download, Reading/Leeds, Transmt, Great Escape and more but unfortunately, the pandemic put a halt to those plans. Not wanting to stop their momentum, The HARA brought their energy online and began creating videos for the tracks off their current EP. The first release is “Circus,” where the band was inspired to write comparing the state of the world right now, including the devastating Australian fires, and how everything seems to be a circus. Their current inspiration of Yungblud, Panic! at the Disco, You Me At Six and Royal Blood led them to work with Max from YMAS, who has a co–write on the current EP, and Yungblud’s producer Matt Schwartz. Their single “Friends” has secured two very high–profile game synchs to be released later this year. Listen to “Circus” HERE and contact Sol Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org for all inquiries on The HARA.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – HUNDREDS
Siblings Eva and Philipp Milner, known to their fans as Hundreds, have unleashed their fourth album, The Current. The new material finds them testing new approaches and embracing fresh techniques and including even more instruments. The album delivers a number of brilliant songs, including “Calling,” which is about finding perspective in a toxic situation. According to Eva, The Current is “the most ‘pop album’ we’ve ever made,” but its emotional tides are very strong, and sometimes tranquil. The duo has played sold out tours across Europe, supporting ALT–J during their German tour, as well as a number of shows in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, including various summer festivals. Discover Hundreds and see their vibrant video for “Calling” HERE and contact Peter Putz at peter@karakter–worldwide.com, as the band is available for brand and synch opportunities.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 6/21/2020
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, June 21st, 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:
THE HARA – “Circus” (Sign Of The Times, UK)
TWO YEAR VACATION – “Never Been To Paris” (Cloud Hills, Sweden)
LARKINS – “Are We Having Any Fun Yet?” (Good Soldier, UK)
CARAVAN PALACE – “Moonshine” (Le Café de la Danse/Wagram/MVKA, France)
CALLUM BEATTIE – “Mouth Of A Tiger” (3Beat/Universal, UK)
SLIDE – “Hello Spirit” (If Music Could Talk, Sweden)
DOWN FOR TOMORROW – “Emily” (Good Intent, Australia)
STEREOTIDE – “Someday” (Unsigned, Germany)
DEVON – “Belong 2 U” (Universal, UK)
MIA RODRIGUEZ – “Psycho” (City Pop Records, Australia)
SEA GIRLS – “Soldier On” (Polydor, UK)
EMILE – “Pale Imitation” (Unfug Recordings, Germany)
YARD ACT – “The Trapper’s Pelts” (Memphis Industries, UK)
THOMAS AZIER – “Wicked Game” (Unsigned, Holland)
THE VELVET HANDS – “Fallout” (JAM X, UK)
BLOW – “Dancing Waters” (Sony, France)
BLOSSOMS – “If You Think This Is Real Life” (EMI, UK)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Talk So Loud” (Unsigned, Sweden)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Lines of Love” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
JEKYLL – “The Escapist” (Fierce Panda, UK)
GINA BROOKLYN – “Who Are You Fighting For?” (Unsigned, N. America)
THE LULU RAES – “Can’t Run No More” (Verge/Sony, Australia)
ALFIE TEMPLEMAN – “Happiness In Liquid Form” (Chess Club, UK)
ADÉLAIDE – “Paintings In The Sky” (Unsigned, Germany)
MELLAH – “Family Fun” (Columbia Records, UK)
HAUSKEY – “Slow” (Neon Records, Australia)
THE BETHS – “Dying To Believe” (Carpark Records, New Zealand)
THE RUBENS – “Heavy Weather” (Ivy League Records, Australia)
LILY MOORE – “Better Than Me” (EMI, UK)
SPECTOR – “When Did We Get So Normal?” (Moth Noise Entertainment, UK)
LAUREN WALLER – “Best Coast” (Ginge Binge LLC, N. America)
BONGLOARD – “I Want It Now” (Unsigned, Holland)
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