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ERIC WONG NAMED PRESIDENT & CMO FOR WARNER RECORDED MUSIC



Warner Music Group (WMG) announced last week that industry veteran Eric Wong is joining the company as President & CMO, Warner Recorded Music, effective August 17th. Wong, who is currently Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Island Records, will remain based in New York and will report to Max Lousada, WMG’s Global CEO of Recorded Music.

Eric Wong
In this first of its kind post at Warner, Wong will take the lead on worldwide marketing, spearheading a one–company mission to expand careers for global artists and bring local artists to the global stage. A key member of Warner Recorded Music’s senior leadership team, he will work closely with the company’s labels worldwide to create and drive comprehensive marketing strategies, as well as oversee Warner’s international A&R function.

“If you want to propel the global conversation around artists, you need to be able to cut through the noise with the intensity, fluidity, and creativity needed to produce superstars,” said Lousada. “I’ve known Eric since he was with Atlantic over a decade ago. He’s a bold, inventive marketer with a true fan’s sensibility, and he’s been behind a string of disruptive campaigns that have launched global careers. He’ll have a worldwide remit to drive our one–company philosophy as we grow our artist development capabilities and expand our ability to make great talent impossible to ignore.”

“Max and his team have a visionary view of how artist development should work in the streaming age,” said Wong. “The Warner global roster, from local talent to international superstars, is incredible, and I’m excited to work with everyone in the U.S., U.K., and around the world to create the most inventive, impactful campaigns to break and sustain artists’ careers. I want to thank Max for this fantastic new opportunity, and I’m looking forward to working closely with Jessica Keeley–Carter and the global team.”

WMG currently operates in more than 70 countries globally and has continued to expand its footprint in 2020. So far this year, the company has opened its first offices in Turkey, Vietnam and India, and announced its investment in Africori, the largest music distributor in sub–Saharan Africa.

Wong reunites with Warner Music following nearly ten years at Universal Music Group. He served initially as EVP of Marketing for Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJ), executing strategies for Kanye West, Rihanna, Avicii, Fall Out Boy, The Killers, Bon Jovi, and others. He then added oversight of the label group’s marketing, digital, creative, artist development, video promotion and video production departments. Wong was named EVP/General Manager of Island Records in 2014, and in 2018, was promoted to Island’s COO, heading operations, strategy, and marketing for the label’s entire roster, including Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Elton John and Jessie Reyez.

Wong first joined IDJ in 1999 after graduating from New York University. In 2006, Wong was named to the dual posts of Chief Marketing Officer at Bad Boy Entertainment and Sr. VP, Marketing at Atlantic Records, working closely with Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jay–Z, Janelle Monaé and others. Before returning to IDJ in 2011, he founded Wong Management in 2009, with a roster that included Mariah Carey.


SONY CORPORATION MAKES STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN EPIC GAMES

Sony Corporation and Epic Games announced last week that Sony has agreed to make a strategic investment of $250 million to acquire a minority interest in Epic via a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony. The investment builds on an already close relationship between the two companies and allows Sony and Epic to expand their collaboration across Sony’s portfolio of entertainment assets and technology, and Epic’s social entertainment platform and digital ecosystem. The closing of the investment is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

“Epic’s powerful technology in areas such as graphics places them at the forefront of game engine development with Unreal Engine and other innovations. There’s no better example of this than the revolutionary entertainment experience, Fortnite. Through our investment, we will explore opportunities for further collaboration with Epic to delight and bring value to consumers and the industry at large, not only in games, but also across the rapidly evolving digital entertainment landscape,” said Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman, President & CEO, Sony Corporation.

“Sony and Epic have both built businesses at the intersection of creativity and technology, and we share a vision of real–time 3D social experiences leading to a convergence of gaming, film, and music. Together we strive to build an even more open and accessible digital ecosystem for all consumers and content creators alike,” said Tim Sweeney, Founder & CEO of Epic.

Founded in 1991, Epic Games is a leading interactive entertainment company and provider of 3D engine technology. Among the titles that Epic operates is Fortnite, the world’s largest game with more than 350 million accounts and 2.5 billion friend connections. Epic also develops Unreal Engine, which powers a number of the world’s leading games and is being adopted across industries such as film and television, architecture, automotive, and manufacturing for visualization and simulation.


GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED BETWEEN UMG & DESI MELODIES

Universal Music India (UMI) has finalized an exclusive multi–year, global distribution deal with leading Indian music company Desi Melodies. Founded by Jaani (Lyricist, Singer) and Arvindr Khaira (Director, Filmmaker), Desi Melodies has quickly become one of the most respected companies in the Indian entertainment industry. In particular, Desi Melodies has led the contemporary wave of global Punjabi music success in recent years.

Arvindr Khaira & Jaani
Effective immediately, UMI will exclusively distribute all audio recordings from Desi Melodies’ label catalog, including past releases, future non–film releases and all other projects, where rights are retained by the label worldwide. UMI will work closely with Desi Melodies to provide multifaceted, global support and distribution for their audio catalog and future releases with support from UMG partner labels worldwide.

Announcing the partnership, Devraj Sanyal, MD & CEO Universal Music India and South Asia said, “Music in India is evolving rapidly and now is an exciting time to see how artists, labels, innovators and entrepreneurs can adapt to this changing landscape. At Universal Music India, we strongly believe in creating music that can transcend regional popularity and local languages, to reach the widest possible audience worldwide. UMI continues to be committed to transforming the non–film music market, with the aim of giving Indian music and artists a global platform to find success. We share these beliefs with our new partners at Desi Melodies, who in recent years have revitalized Punjabi music, and have helped introduce it to new audiences around the world. We are excited to welcome Desi Melodies to the Universal Music Group family and look forward to many successes together in the future.”

Jaani, Managing Director, Desi Melodies said, “Desi Melodies has the legacy of great music, great songs and producing great artists. With the same spirit, we have collaborated with Universal Music to bring in some illustrious Punjabi hits to national and global audiences. Punjabi Music and its culture have intense vibrancy that is reflected in the artists and music coming out of the region today and is fast becoming a massive cultural choice for most younger consumers, even to Bollywood. We are quite optimistic that this collaboration will create a new benchmark in the Indian music industry.”

Together with popular composer and singer, B Praak, Desi Melodies has released multiple domestic hit singles. Additionally, the trio have created multiple hit records and projects for other labels and film soundtracks. Desi Melodies is renowned for its visual storytelling aesthetic, and for working with the biggest names in Bollywood acting talent to bring its projects to life, resulting in some of the most popular Indian music videos in recent years. The label has generated over 5.54 million subscribers on YouTube, with 1.6 billion plays on their own official channel.

The first release from Desi Melodies/Universal Music India will arrive later this month.


A&R WORLDWIDE RETROSPECTIVE



Each week, A&R Worldwide’s newsletter will see us digging back through some of our archives to revisit memorable and defining moments in A&R Worldwide’s 20+ year history. 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 companies, executives and artists with broad business and creative opportunities, and curated priceless networking events all over the world with its broad relationships; work that continues to this day!

Receiving an official proclamation from the Mayor and City of Los Angeles is legendary promoter Michael Chugg, Founder & CEO, Chugg Entertainment (center) with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (far left) and Mr. Chugg’s longtime friend, Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide (far right).

Michael Chugg is one of the world’s most legendary promoters, music entrepreneurs and visionary businessmen who has had an exceptional and inspiring career. Having promoted concerts and festivals with artists such as AC/DC, Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Santana, Radiohead, Florence + The Machine, Sir Elton John and countless others; he’s also contributed to numerous charitable endeavors and causes, as well as received numerous awards from Pollstar, Rolling Stone and the Member of The Order of Australia, to name a few, as well as managing and breaking new bands from Australia to the global stage. He’s also published an acclaimed and best–selling autobiography titled, Hey You in the Black T–shirt.

Sat Bisla first met Michael Chugg in 1994 at Popkomm in Cologne, Germany when he was visiting with the legendary aboriginal artist Yothu Yindi. Sat says, “I was introduced to Michael by a mutual German friend [the late Jana Wolff] and to be honest, Michael completely ignored me and blew me off, however, I knew he was a feisty Australian and we were destined to eventually become great friends, and we have!” Sat and Michael reconnected at MUSEXPO in Los Angeles in 2008 where the idea of launching a 30,000+ fan music festival in Perth, Western Australia called One Movement For Music and Australasia’s first–ever MUSEXPO Asia Pacific was conceived, and eventually launched in 2009 – the event helped break many Australian acts onto the global stage.

In recent years, Sat and his team at A&R Worldwide have helped Michael and his staff at Chugg Music garner key interest from international and U.S. labels and publishers for some of their artists. Among those acts is the multi–Platinum selling Sheppard, who broke out of KNRK 94/7 Alternative Portland OR as a direct result of Sat’s globally–syndicated Passport Approved radio program, which led to label and publishing offers from around the world. In addition, A&R Worldwide provided Chugg Music’s artist Lime Cordiale their first–ever international support and exposure outside of Australia, along with the duo’s first–ever West Coast U.S. radio tour back in 2014. Also, current Chugg Music act, Avalanche City, were signed to their U.K. label deal with Warner Music after their showcase at MUSEXPO 2011 in Los Angeles. More recently, A&R Worldwide has worked with Michael and his partner Andrew Stone in garnering international A&R interest for their hot new artist Mia Rodriguez, whereas a global major label deal is imminent.

Sat and Michael have also traveled the world together as friends and for music–related work, visiting countries such as Israel, Finland, Scotland, England, Germany, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, India, China, Hong Kong, Japan and more long forgotten places; usually accompanied by great music, a wonderful meal, mutual friends and some great Pinot Noir!


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Imagine Entertainment Chairman Brian Grazer and Warner Music Group (WMG) have announced a multi–year strategic partnership to co–produce and co–finance a slate of music–centered projects across multiple mediums, including film, TV, documentary, and other short–form content. The partnership brings together Imagine’s 30–years of success in producing premium entertainment with WMG’s global artists, songwriters, and catalog. Imagine and WMG first collaborated on Genius: Aretha, the Aretha Franklin biopic series set to premiere on National Geographic Channel this fall. The new partnership gives Imagine access to a significant library of music and history across all of WMG’s record labels and its publishing arm. Imagine has a history of creating timeless and culturally impactful films, TV series and documentaries in the world of music, including the Academy Award–winning film 8 Mile, the Grammy–winning documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years, and the Emmy–winning TV drama Empire. The company also produced the film Get On Up about James Brown, the TV series Wu–Tang: An American Saga and a number of documentaries, including Jay Z’s Made in America, Katy Perry: Part of Me, Pavarotti, and Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band. Imagine is currently in production on a film version of the musical tick, tick…Boom!, with Lin–Manuel Miranda directing and is developing a biopic on Gucci Mane, and documentaries on Louis Armstrong, Carlos Santana and Tekashi 6ix9nine.

Corey Calder has joined Artist Partner Group (APG) as Sr. VP, Marketing & Brands with the company also making three strategic promotions to its leadership team with Edgar Machuca upped to VP, A&R, Artist Publishing/Artist Partner Group & Warner Music Group (WMG); Olly Sheppard upped to VP, Film & Television Synchronization, Artist Publishing & Artist Partner Group; and Devon Libran upped to VP, Video & Content Production, APG. Calder, Sheppard, and Libran will report to Elyse Rogers, EVP, APG, while Machuca continues reporting to APG’s CEO, Mike Caren. Most recently, Calder served as Head of Content & Digital Strategy at sports marketing and talent management firm Wasserman. Prior, he held a variety of marketing, digital, and strategy roles with the L.A. Clippers, Warner Records, Apple and Beats Music. Machuca’s career began as an intern at Atlantic Records and he was quickly promoted to a dual A&R role for the label and APG. He’s since connected top artists spawning hits including, Halsey for “Without Me,” G–Eazy and Cardi B for “No Limit,” and Cardi B, J. Balvin & Bad Bunny for the Grammy–nominated hit “I Like It,” which he also co–wrote. Originally from the U.K., Sheppard joined WMG in 2012, handling TV & film synch for Warner Music U.K. before heading to APG. Libran joined APG in 2019 as Sr. Director of Video Content & Production. An actor and producer, his career began as Co–Owner of JustPressRec.

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed an exclusive, global publishing agreement with country musician and songwriter, Luke Combs. A multi–Platinum, CMA, ACM, CMT and Billboard Music Award–winning artist, Combs has seen significant success in breaking country music records. Since releasing his debut single, “Hurricane,” in 2016, he has become the only artist to ever hold 16 spots simultaneously on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and the only artist to have eight consecutive No.1 singles on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Combs also holds the record for having the largest streaming week ever for a country album with 74 million streams of his new album What You See Is What You Get. His triple Platinum debut album, This One’s For You, was the most streamed country album of 2019 and tied the record for longest stint atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, spending 50 non–consecutive weeks in the No.1 spot.

BMG and ITV Studios recently unveiled a wide–ranging global collaboration. The multifaceted agreement, which makes BMG the new music partner of choice across all areas of ITV Studios’ business, encompasses records, publishing, production music and synch. The partnership consists of a global music publishing and administration agreement for future commissioned music, the launch of a JV production music label and the development of a customized online platform. Additionally, the deal marks a starting point for ITV Studios to collaborate with BMG and its artist and composer clients on new creative synergies. For BMG, it offers opportunities for the marketing of frontline artists, as well as potential joint program and film development concepts. BMG’s fast–growing production music business, along with ITV Studios will also launch a new co–owned production music label. Additionally, BMG Production Music will provide ITV Studios with preferential global access to its entire production music repertoire line–up. ITV Studios will benefit from BMG’s first–in–class royalty portal, myBMG, with BMG creating a customized online platform offering an intuitive, cutting–edge music delivery system to act as a one–stop–shop for ITV Studios’ creative teams.

In other BMG news, the company has teamed with Bertelsmann U.K. content businesses, Fremantle, Penguin Random House U.K. and DK, to offer podcasts as a new service for its artists. The launch of the new podcast business under the banner of Storyglass is the first major output of the recently established Bertelsmann Content Alliance U.K. which will create new formats and unique marketing opportunities for creative professionals. Bertelsmann invests over 5 billion euros a year in creative content worldwide. Storyglass will operate as a standalone Bertelsmann company and focus on developing and producing podcasts of all genres. BMG, Fremantle and Penguin Random House have already had joint success in the podcasting space, with This Is Spoke, an award–winning youth culture series which brings together some of the U.K.’s most courageous influencers across the music, literature, media, digital and cultural industries. The U.K. Alliance follows similar initiatives that have launched across the Bertelsmann Group in Germany. A German Bertelsmann Content Alliance which exists between Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, RTL Radio Deutschland, the TV production company UFA, Verlagsgruppe Random House, Gruner + Jahr, and the music company BMG, was launched in February 2019.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a global publishing administration agreement with the multi–Platinum, award–winning songwriter and producer Freddy Wexler. A veteran songwriter, Wexler is known for creating hits such as “Be Kind” by Marshmello and Halsey, and the single “Stuck with U” by Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, which was No.1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and broke debut streaming records for a duet song on Spotify. Recently, Wexler has co–written singles such as the No.1 song “Like it’s Christmas” by the Jonas Brothers, and “Wolves” by Kanye West, which was featured on the artists chart–topping full–length, The Life of Pablo. He has also collaborated with the likes of Demi Lovato, Post Malone, Lil Wayne, P!nk, Pusha T, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Wyclef Jean and Celine Dion, among others. Additionally, Wexler releases music as an artist under the pseudonym Jackson Penn. The first single he released, “Streetlights on Mars,” reached No.12 on Spotify’s Global Viral chart and appeared in several television shows.

Sony/ATV has also finalized an exclusive multi–year worldwide publishing deal with longtime J Balvin collaborator, Sky Rompiendo. Rompiendo had most recently been signed to Warner Chappell. As Balvin’s executive producer, Rompiendo produced the artist’s recent Colores full–length which reached No.2 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart and debuted at No.15 on the Billboard 200. Among the five–time Latin Grammy–winning producer’s current work is that with Rosalía, Manuel Turizo and Nicky Jam, as well as others. Most recently, he co–produced Rosalía and Travis Scott’s “TKN,” which went to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart last month.

A third deal for Sony/ATV was also finalized last week as a global co–publishing agreement with rapper, songwriter and artist, Bobby Sessions. Sessions co–wrote the chart–topping U.S. hit “Savage Remix” by Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé with additional credits on singles such as “The Hate U Give,” “Level Up,” “Black Neighborhood” ft. Killer Mike, and Megan Thee Stallion’s new track, “Girls In The Hood.” In 2017, Sessions released his sophomore effort, Grateful, which resulted in him garnering his first major label deal with Def Jam the following year. Since that time, he has made use of his platform to advocate for civil and criminal justice reform in the U.S. with the release of RVLTN, his first major label release. Meanwhile, the publisher also signed Swedish songwriter/producer Linus “Lotus IV” Wiklund to a global publishing deal. Wiklund’s credits include tracks for David Guetta and Rita Ora with his biggest single to–date, “Stay” by Zedd and Alessia Cara spending seven weeks in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Believe–owned digital music distribution platform, TuneCore, continues its international expansion with the launch of TuneCore in India. Tunecore.in allows India–based artists to collect revenue from streaming services and digital download stores in their local currency. Additionally, Tunecore.in will feature local content that caters to the Indian independent artist community including guides written by local music industry veterans Achille Forler and Mae Thomas. TuneCore India artists can now distribute their music to the platform’s network of digital stores globally, including Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, YouTube Music, Amazon Music and Deezer, as well as local India store, JioSaavn, with Gaana, Hungama and Wynk coming soon. Indian customers will also have access to TuneCore’s portfolio of artist services, including YouTube Sound Recording Revenue collection service, Facebook/Instagram Music and TuneCore Fan Reviews. Looking after the new operations is music industry veteran, Heena Kriplani, who takes on the role of TuneCore Country Manager for India.

Tencent Music Entertainment (TME) Group has finalized a strategic partnership with leading Japanese animated movie studio and distribution firm, CoMix Wave Films Inc (CWF). The new partnership will see the OSTs from 17 animated movies making their way to TME’s music platforms including QQ Music, Kugou Music, Kuwo Music and WeSing. Tencent recently acquired a 10% stake in Universal Music Group and finalized a partnership between the company and its Tencent Music Entertainment. It was also reported that Tencent invested $200 million in Warner Music Group. Recent years has seen Tencent securing strategic cooperation deals with the likes of Sony Music Being, Inc, Believe Digital, Stem Music, Roba Music Publishing, Hillsong and Twin Music. TME’s partnership with CWF will look to increase the growth of the music IP industry.

Management firm, ATC, has announced the launch of a “one–stop–shop” as part of its brand partnership division for artists and managers. In addition to coordinating brand deals for its own clients, the company provides the same services to acts not on its roster. Recent major brand campaigns for non–ATC acts include connecting RCA’s Nao and the Kaleidoscope Orchestra for the launch of the Oppo Find X2 collection of smartphones as well as working with Adidas and Iris London, the brand’s agency, to highlight sports making their comeback with a voiceover from Princess Nokia. ATC represented Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes was also paired with BrewDog for a campaign which has led to additional work between ATC and BrewDog including remote performances from Anna Calvi, Carl Barat and Shakey Graves, all of which are not part of the ATC stable.

Spotify’s U.K. operations have become the latest industry company to discontinue use of the term “urban” to define Black music genres on its platform. According to a spokesperson for the streamer, U.K. playlists will apply specific genres to define playlists formally listed as urban. The change is currently in effect only in the U.K. though discussions have commenced on Spotify’s plans globally. Under the transition for Spotify U.K., Safiya Lambie–Knight, who had formerly served as Lead, Artist & Label Marketing, Urban U.K., becomes U.K. Artist & Label Partnerships Lead for Hip–Hop, Rap, Grime, Drill, R&B, Afrobeat, Reggae & Dancehall.

In other Spotify news, the DSP has formed a team focused on the development of original audio content for the growing number of Latino podcast listeners in the U.S. Led by Head of Studio for Spotify in Latin America, Javier Piñol, the division will collaborate with Latinx creators for the production of English and Spanish–language content. As revealed by an Edison Research report released last month, 25% of U.S. Latinos 18–years and older have listened to a podcast in the last month with the Latino demographic accounting for 18% of the U.S. population (over 60 million people). Spotify has already made investment into podcast offerings for Latin America with Fausto and Se Regalan Dudas in Mexico and Café da Manhã in Brazil, with J Balvin also having released his six–episode original podcast, Made in Medellín, earlier this year.

Having rolled–out its new collection of songwriter pages and “Written By” playlists in February, Spotify has revealed hundreds of additional pages and playlists added to the offering. The feature remains in beta though users are able to access the songwriter pages by right–clicking on a track and selecting “Song Credits.” Those songwriters with pages will be clickable to dive deeper into a songwriter’s credits and career. As Spotify has continued to work to support songwriters on the platform, having added song credits in 2018, the DSP’s Head of Songwriter and Publishing Relations, Jules Parker, shares that they’ve experienced a 60% rise in labels and distributors crediting songwriters on new releases. Spotify has also been setting–up songwriting camps, allowing invited songwriters to make use of its studios at no cost, and has rolled–out Publishing Analytics. Despite looking to spotlight songwriters on its platform, Spotify, alongside Google, Pandora and Amazon, are currently pushing back with an appeal against a 2018 Copyright Royalty Board decision to boost royalty rates for songwriters, publishers and PROs from 10.5% to 15.1% through the end of 2022.

Apple Music has rolled–out a new initiative to spotlight emerging African music under the banner of Africa Rising. The debut cover star for the new platform has been revealed as Nigerian–born artist, Omah Lay. Africa Rising’s featured acts will be curated by Apple Music’s African editorial team for the bi–monthly project with acts being promoted on the platform on the content and globally. A companion playlist will include music from the selected cover star as well as a collection of additional emerging talent.

Deezer has revealed a new exclusive partnership with leading Mexican TV firm, TV Azteca, as it seeks to enter the country’s streaming market. TV Azteca, which is one of the world’s biggest producers of Spanish language content and operates four of Mexico’s TV networks, will work alongside additional companies under the corporate banner of Grupo Salinas to promote Deezer via their platforms. The $40 million multi–year investment will be used by Deezer to target growth for the platform in Mexico. While Deezer hasn’t revealed financial details, the valuation of the company at $1.4 billion would imply a 2.85% minority stake for Grupo Salinas in Deezer. Under the deal, the company takes control of popular TV show Mugo Live, rebranding it to Deezer Live, with a focus on featuring new and emerging local talent, including regular live performances from Mexican artists. The show will maintain its weekly broadcast schedule via the national channel Azteca Uno, where it garners two million viewers each episode. Deezer also acquired the social app Mugo. Mexico’s music fans will be introduced to Deezer via creative campaigns on TV Azteca and will have the option to register on the platform directly through Totalplay. An additional partnership between Deezer and Grupo Elektra will provide Mexican audio consumers digital music alongside their purchases across the country’s extensive storefront network.

Since opening the doors of their Studios at Fischer Campus in 2016, Texas–based firm’s Lucky Hound Music, 484 Artist Management and Studios at Fischer have been building their artist roster and brands with the state–of–the–art creative destination that is home to a record label, management company and audio/visual recording and production facility. Lucky Hound Music and 484 Artist Management’s open genre record label and separate management company both believe in building artists from the ground up, making use of all facets of the campus for recording, image and video production, publishing, licensing, marketing and distribution. Artists on the company’s rosters benefit from unlimited access to the Studios at Fischer Campus, which counts the world–class analog master studio and digital studio of Firefly Sound, as well as Dragonfly Media Studios, a complete film and photography studio with a live sound stage, 4K streaming capabilities and a fully capable green room, makeup and wardrobe areas. Lucky Hound artists include Nobody’s Girl, The Tiarra Girls, Reuel, Michael Fracasso, Autumn Walker, Matt Bell, Next of Kin and Saint Malibu. The 484 Artist Management roster also counts Saint Malibu and Reuel as well as acts Black Satellite and Dry Clean Only. For more information regarding Lucky Hound Music, 484 Artist Management and Studios at Fischer contact Raymond McGlamery at raymond@484management.com, or visit, www.studiosatfischer.com.

Made In America, the annual festival from Jay–Z, has become the latest event to officially cancel its 2020 edition as a result of the ongoing coronavirus situation. 2020’s event was scheduled to take place at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway September 5th and 6th. Jay–Z’s Roc Nation said in a statement that the festival will return for 2021.

It was also announced that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has cancelled its live induction ceremony for this year to be replaced by a special TV event to recognize the inductees. The 35th edition of the annual induction ceremony had been set for May 2nd but was rescheduled to November 7th as a result of COVID–19’s spread. As the pandemic continues, the program will air on the same date via HBO and as a stream on HBO Max. The 2020 class includes Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G. and T–Rex, as well as Jon Landau and Irving Azoff who received the Ahmet Ertegun Award honors. When it returns to Cleveland in the fall of 2021 for its 36th edition, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will have gone two and a half years since its last live edition.

Primary Wave Music Publishing continues their acquisitions, having recently announced that they have acquired the music publishing catalog and master royalty stream of the multi–Platinum rock band Godsmack. The deal encompasses the Grammy–nominated groups publishing and master income stream for their compositions and masters across their entire career to date. Titles include their debut self–titled album, When Legends Rise, Awake and 1000hp, as well as their Billboard No.1 albums The Oracle, IV and Faceless, which features the Grammy–nominated single “I Stand Alone.” Lead singer and songwriter Sully Erna, who formed Godsmack in 1995, wrote the single, which went to No.1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart upon release. It went on to sell more than a half million copies leading to Platinum certification for Faceless. Also included in the deal are EPs and compilations including The Other Side and Good Times, Bad Times.

Riptide Music Group has announced the acquisition of boutique music placement and synch licensing company, Hidden Track Music. As part of the deal, Hidden Track Founder, Justin Bumper Reeve, will lead TV, film, video game and advertising creative synch for Riptide. Operating since 2011, Hidden Track Music represents labels, publishers, songwriters and artists, servicing to film, television, film trailers, advertising, sports and video games. Hidden Track’s roster counts Big Boi, Courtney Barnett, Major Lazer, Oasis, Porter Robinson, RL Grime, Tom Morello, Tove Lo and others. Notable alumni include Alt–J, CHVRCHES, Fitz And The Tantrums, Flume and Gotye. The firm’s label clients include Big Brother Recordings, Kitsuné Musique, Mom + Pop Records, Mushroom Group, Neon Gold and OWSLA as well as others. To date, Hidden Track Music has licensed more than 5,000 synch uses, generating in excess of $25 million in synch licensing income.

SiriusXM has confirmed plans to acquire the Stitcher podcast platform from E.W. Scripps Co. for $265 million to give SiriusXM a stronger position in the podcast space. Alongside the Stitcher app, the company’s portfolio also includes advertising division Midroll Media and the Earwolf podcast network which counts shows such as Scott Aukerman’s Comedy Bang! Bang! and Office Ladies. Launched in 2008, Stitcher spent a short time owned by Deezer before being acquired by Scripps in 2016. Currently counting over 100,000 titles, Stitcher’s premium tier, which removes ads and includes exclusive and early–access content, costs $5/month or $35/year. Sirius’ acquisition of Stitcher continues its push to gain ground in the podcast arena as it also purchased Simplecast, a podcast hosting and distribution firm, last month, and has owned Pandora since 2019. SiriusXM states that with the Stitcher acquisition, its complete porftolio of digital audio properties (music, sports, talk, podcasts) will reach more than 150 million U.S. listeners.

Cooking Vinyl Publishing has welcomed The WaterboysMike Scott to the company via an exclusive administration agreement. The deal is finalized as The Waterboys prepare to release their 14th studio full–length, Good Luck Seeker, next month via Cooking Vinyl Records. Scott is the founding member, songwriter, guitarist and lead singer of The Waterboys, who garnered success in the 80s and early 90s with albums including This Is The Sea and Fisherman’s Blues. Ellie Goulding had a No.3 hit with her cover of “How Long Will I Love You?,” written by Scott, in 2012, with other works by the artist also covered by the likes of Rod Stewart, Tom Jones and Sandie Shaw.

YouTube has unveiled a new round of features under the banner of Analytics For Artists to provide artists with improved data for their audience, global reach and performance on the platform as well as for user–generated content and collaborative content. Analytics For Artists is available in YouTube Studio and will be accessible by all official artist channels. Alongside the desktop version of the platform, the new features will also be available via the YouTube Studio Mobile app for real–time updates.

InterTalent, the talent management firm founded and led by respected industry executive Jonathan Shalit OBE, is making its way into the recorded music space with the launch of InterTalent Music. The boutique label commences operations this week with the release of “Real Love” from The Kingdom Choir, whose performance at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle led to a Sony Music U.K. deal, a Coca–Cola advertisement placement and a No.1 gospel hit. The track is released to support domestic abuse charity, Refuge. The group joined the InterTalent management roster in 2018. InterTalent, formerly known as Roar Group, has guided the careers of acts including Charlotte Church, Jamelia and Katherine Jenkins. Despite his leading management firm being the core of his business, Shalit has previously made entry into the recorded music arena with Church and R&B act Big Brovaz originally signed to his company prior to being licensed to Sony. InterTalent Music will be distributed via Absolute.

The Recording Academy, and the nation’s largest online racial justice organization, Color of Change, have revealed a partnership to promote positive social change within the music industry. Alongside the partnership, the Recording Academy has made a $1 million donation to Color of Change. The organizations will work together to identify key opportunities to spearhead change in the music industry and will be dedicated to building power for Black music creators and professionals. The initiative encompasses several strategies, including the creation of a Black music advisory group, a membership campaign focusing on the Black music community to drive new voting members to the Academy, an industry wide diversity and inclusion summit, and partnership in advocacy and legislative efforts. Additionally, Color of Change will provide advisory support on the development and implementation of the Academy’s previously announced industry Inclusion Rider and Toolkit, which will be introduced later this year.

Additionally, The Recording Academy announced last week that it extended membership invitations to over 2,300 established music professionals from wide–ranging backgrounds, genres and disciplines. The invitation is a reflection of their important contributions to music and potential to influence progressive changes within the music industry. The 2020 class of invitees is 48% female, 21% African American/African descent, 8% Hispanic, and 3% Asian American and Pacific Islander. The representation of this class also spans ages, genre and region. The Recording Academy’s current membership is 26% female and 25% from traditionally underrepresented communities. In December 2019, the Recording Academy pledged to implement 17 of 18 reforms set forth by the Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, including increasing outreach to diverse communities and doubling the number of women voters by 2025. Specifically, this means 2,500 new women voters by the year 2025. At the same time last week, it was revealed that in light of the ongoing pandemic, the Recording Academy is offering to waive its standard annual dues of $100 for new and renewing members experiencing hardship.

In the fifth installment of its COVID–19: Tracking the Impact on the Entertainment Landscape series, Nielsen Music/MRC Data’s survey revealed a resurgence of audio/video streaming consumption as well as consumer desire for the return of live events in the U.S. With a drop in early–June, driven by the national protests around the Black Lives Matter movement, audio and video streaming has returned to normal with Country music continuing its upward trajectory at a 13% weekly gain in audio streams since the pandemic began. The Country genre sits as the only one to post gains in the period with catalog music also supporting the overall streaming figures. In video streaming, as businesses begin to reopen and people make their way outdoors, new subscriptions to platforms such as Netflix and Hulu decreased though the sector overall still added more users at 72% of those surveyed, compared to audio streaming at 45%. The survey also revealed that fans are becoming increasingly more open to a return of live events as they continue to adjust to regulations around social distancing and wearing masks. Live streams continue to see growth since the pandemic began with 22% of those surveyed having watched a virtual concert or live stream across the past two weeks with 37% revealing they would likely view one in the upcoming two weeks. Additionally, retail music stores are experiencing growth as they are allowed to welcome customers to their stores. Since the pandemic began, physical album sales have continued to rise with weekly numbers for total physical sales from all forms of retailers increasing almost 32% to 980,200 from 742,900 at the beginning of the crisis. The survey is based on data collected June 10th – 14th from a representative sample of 1,050 U.S. consumers 13–years and older.

Having announced last week that it was looking to bring in an additional £200 million with the issuing of new C shares, Hipgnosis Songs revealed last week that its share sale surpassed expectations and reached gross proceeds of £236.4 million, following its reveal of the company’s most recent financial reports. Fueled by revenue from streaming, Hipgnosis reported that its catalog revenue increased to £64.7 million for the 12–month period concluding on March 31st. With a portfolio that now counts 54 catalogs, totaling 13,291 songs, Hipgnosis has been independently valued at £757 million, a net increase of 11.4%, since acquisition. Among the tracks included are hits performed by the likes of Amy Winehouse, Eurythmics, Justin Timberlake, Journey, Cher, Al Green, Adele and Bon Jovi.

MelodyVR continues to use its 360–degree VR technology to deliver immersive live entertainment experiences to fans globally. The company and Live Nation U.K. have revealed a new offering as Live From O2 Academy Brixton which is set to produce live performances for viewers globally from the well–known London venue. Each artist’s performance will be custom and unique with fans able to choose different viewing positions from multiple locations within the venue and onstage with the artists. Performances will be accessible via the MelodyVR app on smartphones or Oculus VR devices in the U.K., U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Greece and Belgium. The new series follows Wireless Festival’s virtual edition, Wireless Connect, which delivered three–days of new and exclusive performances from London and Los Angeles from 70 artists. The collaboration between Festival Republic and MelodyVR, welcomed 132,000 fans from more than 34 countries.

As the live entertainment industry continues to navigate the ongoing COVID–19 pandemic, the team behind Newcastle’s This Is Tomorrow Festival has revealed plans for a new, socially distanced, outdoor venue. Set to open next month and operate for the remainder of the summer, the Virgin Money Unity Arena will provide an opportunity for fans to experience live music while maintaining social distancing regulations. A concept thought–up by promoter SSD Concerts, the arena will implement a drive–in system, allowing people from the same household to enter the venue, park and watch the event from their own personal viewing platform. All viewing areas will be positioned a minimum of two meters apart with pre–order food and drink options available. A one–way system will be enforced for safe and full use of restroom facilities. SSD Concerts is collaborating with production company, Engine No. 4, for the venue which is set to host live music and DJ sets, family entertainment and comedy. The venue’s launch on August 14th and 15th will be marked with headline sets from DJ Craig Charles and Two Door Cinema Club, respectively, with additional shows confirmed with Supergrass, Tom Grennan, The Libertines and Maxïmo Park, as well as comedians Jason Manford and Bill Bailey.

As it looks to make its way into the music arena, Virgin Money has revealed a new Emerging Stars initiative. The first three acts selected for the new program are Aaron Taylor, Mosa Wild and Dylan, with five additional acts to be announced over the next 12 months. The program seeks to identify, support and promote up–and–coming U.K. acts with selected artists benefitting from a £10,000 fund for the recording and releasing of music as well as for touring and live development. The initiative was meant to launch with a live showcase but will now take place as a digital event supported by official ambassador, TV presenter and radio DJ, Laura Whitmore. Among the industry panel that selected the artists is Toby Leighton–Pope (Co–CEO, AEG Presents), Nicholas Douglas (MD, Notion magazine), and Lousie Hodges (Head of Consumer Communications, Virgin Money). Other benefits for selected acts include available financial guidance from Virgin Money and industry mentoring from music executives as well as future performance opportunities at Virgin Money’s U.K. retail stores and The O2 and SSE Hydro, Virgin Money’s partnership venues.

Los Angeles’ Staples Center has become the first NBA, NHL and WNBA arena to receive the Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s (GBAC) Star facility accreditation. The GBAC Star facility accreditation recognizes that the venue has developed and executed strict protocols for cleaning, disinfecting and the prevention of infectious disease spread in the arena. In order to be given the accreditation, Staples Center had to show compliance with the GBAC Star program’s 20 core elements which encompass standard operating procedures, risk assessment strategies, PPE, emergency preparedness and response measures. The sanitization processes set by Staples Center will be maintained during live events with or without guests and will include office spaces.

Gresham Rights Management (PTY) Ltd (GRM), the newest music company in the expanding Gresham Music Group portfolio, has joined forces with SESAC, The Harry Fox Agency, SUISA Digital Licensing and Mint Digital Services to launch a new music rights service in Africa that will assist both African and International songwriters and publishers in direct licensing and collections for copyrights in one of the fastest growing music markets in the world, it was announced today. As part of the venture, GRM will serve as the exclusive representative for both SESAC and The Harry Fox Agency in sub–Saharan Africa with a joint licensing operation with SUISA Digital Licensing, including data administration by Mint Digital Services. The new company will provide creators faster distributions, lower admin costs and give African songwriters and publishers access to a broader spectrum of music users across the continent and globally. These new benefits combined with synergies among Gresham Music Group’s other entities, will allow the company’s new partners to reach more listeners in retail, gyms, hotels and restaurants daily.

Ingrooves has promoted Gabriella Ianni to the position of VP, Commercial Strategy for the company. In this new role, she will oversee the teams that interface directly with digital service providers like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, TIDAL and others. Based in Ingrooves’ New York City offices, Ianni most recently served as Account Director, overseeing the company’s relationships with Spotify, SiriusXM, TIDAL and iHeart Digital, having joined Ingrooves in 2015. Prior, she was Head of Promotion at Megaforce Records. She also held programming positions at Music Choice and Entercom Boston with her industry career beginning as an on–air personality for KMBY–FM in Monterey, CA.

Carbon Fiber Music, the record label co–founded by multi–Platinum international artist Farruko, together with his partner and manager, Franklin Martinez, announced today that they have signed a global distribution deal with Ingrooves. Carbon Fiber Music was founded in 2014, and today is considered one of the leaders in the Latin Urban music market with a roster that includes acts such as Akim, Ankhal, Josephlee, Lary Over, Menor Menor and Milly. They also represent successful music producers No Me De Cotorra and Sharo Towers. The label has built a catalog of 200 songs with a full release schedule through 2020. The first release for the label under the new deal was “Anda Deja” by the Puerto Rican artist, Lary Over, in March. Subsequently, they released the song, “Perreo Intenso” by Ankhal together with Farruko, Kevvo and Guaynaa, as well as the hit, “Paredes de Hielo” by Akim. The latter was positioned in the Top 10 of YouTube trends in Latin America and achieved No.1 radio position in countries such as Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ecuador and Peru, among others.

Soundstripe has tapped 20–year music industry veteran Jay Harren as VP of Music. Based in Nashville, Harren will be tasked with directing the vision and daily operations of Soundstripe’s Music Division, developing and implementing strategy, managing label operations and maximizing revenue from the company’s growing and diverse catalog via streaming, publishing, and synch opportunities. Prior to Soundstripe, Harren held top positions in the radio, major label and ticketing sectors of the music industry. His career began in 2000 at Atlanta’s 99X WNNX where he was Music Director as well as founder and host of the new–music discovery program, “Sunday School.” In May of 2006, he left to become A&R Manager at Columbia Records in New York, where he signed Manchester Orchestra and country artist Cassadee Pope, who performed with the band Hey Monday at the time. In June 2012, Harren became VP of A&R and Artist Development at Descendant Records, a boutique–style label Sony Music Entertainment tasked him to launch and run. The label, which was home to The Lone Bellow and Colony House among others, integrated Sony’s independent distribution and label–services arm, RED Music (now The Orchard), exclusively for all its artists. In 2018, Harren transitioned to StubHub to become Head of Music Partnerships where he led a team focused on music partners in N. America. Alongside his new role with Soundstripe, Harren is an adjunct professor at Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Music Business.

Sony Music Australia has revealed a new JV label alongside veteran executive Andrew Jackson under the banner of Avoca Drive. Counting A&R executives in Los Angeles and Sydney, Avoca Drive will look to discover talent and support them internationally. With over two decades of industry background, Jackson has held senior roles with V2 Records, Petrol Records and Ministry of Sound Australia. He also co–founded etcetc Music and is the Founder and Director of Milton Archer, an LA–based management firm. Jackson also spearheaded the successful Australian campaigns for PNAU, Two Door Cinema Club and Disclosure, prior to heading to the U.S. in 2012 to work with Matoma, BAYNK and FRND. The news of the label’s launch comes alongside that of its first signing with duo Galdive whose debut full–length is scheduled for release next year. Galdive will release a collection of singles throughout the coming months with their first, “Nescience,” coming on July 17th.

In other Sony Music news, the company has announced respected non–profit leader, Towalame Austin, will be taking on the role of EVP, Philanthropy and Social Impact. Based in Los Angeles, Austin reports jointly to Jon Platt, Chairman & CEO, Sony/ATV and Kevin Kelleher, COO of Sony Music Entertainment. The new role will see Austin working closely with Sony Music Group’s corporate communications and human resources teams to further its humanitarian efforts via sustained strategic partnerships. Her work will seek to build philanthropic programs and activities across the company’s network globally, while advising its businesses, artists and songwriters on charitable initiatives. Sony recently unveiled a $100 million fund to support social justice and anti-racist initiatives, while also joining Sony Corporation’s $100 million fund for supporting those affected by COVID–19. Additionally, Sony Music Group has implemented a recurring “Giving Tuesday” initiative, which matched donations from employee to a number of civic and charitable organizations. Austin brings to Sony more than two decades of experience in the non–profit arena, focusing on charitable endeavors. Most recently, she served as Executive of Philanthropy for Roc Nation where, among her projects, she launched Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) charity venture. Austin also launched the DJ Khaled–founded We The Best Foundation, as well as supported the philanthropic efforts of artists including Big Sean, Mariah Carey, Todd Gurley and Justise Winslow.

Australian broadcast company, Foxtel, has revealed a new collection of music channels to its offering including MTV Hits, Club MTV, MTV Classic and CMT to take the place of outgoing Foxtel–owned channels MAX, [V] and CMC after 25 years on–air. The music channels will be programmed locally from Sydney under a new partnership between Foxtel and ViacomCBS. Among the team behind the new channels are Monique Bour as Programming Manager who returns to MTV Australia after spending time in Amsterdam as Sr. Project Manager for Viacom. Taking the lead of CMT is Saniel Marriner as Programming Assistant who has been with the Foxtel team for nearly six years. Julia Natoli maintains her Senior Programmer role. MTV Australia will be led by Helen McMurdo who is tasked with overseeing local music and events, as well as strategic partnerships and tent–pole productions including MTV Unplugged.

UnitedMasters has revealed a new subscription platform, Select, as it furthers its reach into the indie music space. Focused on iPhone and Android device users, Select’s app will offer emerging talent a collection of tools to retain 100% of their royalties with options for a 90/10 royalty split or a $5/month subscription that comes with no hidden fees. Select users will be able to deliver their music to primary DSPs directly from their iPhone or Android device with the ability to track fan analytics and tap into promotional tools. Additionally, artists using Select will also have opportunities to see their music featured across a number of ESPN titles including First Take, Sportscenter and The Jump. To mark the launch, UnitedMasters is hosting a two–day conference on July 16th and 17th.

Lucas Keller, Founder and President of Milk & Honey recently announced the hiring of Edo Van Duijn as Manager and Head of Milk & Honey’s new Amsterdam offices. In the new role, he will work with, and sign, DJs, producers and songwriters, and brings with him management clients Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Bruno Martini, Cat Dealers and others. Milk & Honey initially entered the Netherlands in managing Amsterdam/Rotterdam–based client Oliver Heldens. Dutch–born Edo van Duijn is an experienced entertainment entrepreneur and talent manager with a successful 20–year career in the U.K., Europe and South America. His work includes launching the careers of Latin American artists Dj Marky, Bruno Martini, Alok, and co–producing festival properties such as Skolbeats, Nokia Trends, Electric Zoo Sao Paulo and more recently, Tomorrowland Brasil. Over the past decade, Van Duijn extensively toured headline acts in Brazil and South America including Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, Afrojack, Steve Angello, Axwell and others, and worked closely with leading consumer brands such as Skol, Fusion Energy, Samsung, Red Bull and Nike on artist–driven activations and content deals. In 2017, he returned to his native Holland and joined ID&T as COO and two years later, launched Headliner Entertainment with ID&T. Edo will continue his role as Head of Headliner, where the focus is on virtual events and touring.

Following continued month–over–month growth of Beatport LINK, LINK PRO and LINK PRO+, the company has revealed that Beatport LINK subscribers now have the exclusive ability to stream the entirety of a track on the Beatport Store, while subscribers of LINK PRO and LINK PRO+ can now get the service for 25% less per month. Released last year, Beatport LINK counts integrations with premiere DJ performance hardware and software from Pioneer DJ rekordbox, Algoriddim djay and djay PRO, Hercules DJUCED and Virtual DJ, as well as Denon Engine OS coming soon, among others by the end of 2020. Previously, all Beatport customers were limited to 2-minute clips of tracks for playback when browsing the Store catalog.

It was recently announced that two independent music publishers, Meisel and Edition Plus, have joined their Schlager activities under the newly founded LUCILE–MEISEL Musikverlag GmbH. The merger creates the largest publishing house for Schlager in Europe, based in Berlin and builds on a decades–long relationship with the two companies having worked together as partners for many years. LUCILE–MEISEL GmbH is located in the traditional publishing house in Berlin’s Wittelsbacherstraße. The offices of Edition Plus and Meisel are maintained and all contact persons remain unchanged. Meisel’s GM, Jens–Markus Wegener, has also informed A&R Worldwide that his Hip–Hop signing, AK Ausserkontrolle, recently reached the No.1 position on the German charts with his song “In meinem Benz,” with his newest Hip–Hop signing, VEYSEL, also preparing a highly–anticipated new single release.

Bucks Music Group has finalized an administration agreement with Gene for the band’s catalog. Composed of Martin Rossiter, Steve Mason, Matt James and Kevin Miles, Gene rose to prominence in the mid–90s. Their body of work includes four studio albums with Olympian (1995), Drawn To The Deep End (1997), Revelations (1999) and Libertine (2002), as well as ten Top 40 U.K. hit. The entire catalog is due to be reissued via Demon Records this month as an eight LP Deluxe Edition, presented with original artwork and liner–notes from the band and Keith Cameron, the journalist who founded the Costermonger label alongside Roy Wilkinson to release the band.

Indie music publisher Strictly Confidential has announced a number of renewal deals with key artists/writers as Balthazar, Soap&Skin and Nada Surf all extending their long–term music publishing deals, and Sohnarr, the new project from former Balthazar violin player Patricia Vanneste, also joining the Strictly Confidential roster. The company’s synch department has scored numerous recent successes for the artists including securing Balthazar the title song of the successful TV series La Trêve, while Soap&Skin’s music was used in the Netflix series Dark and a European commercial for Ford Mondeo. Additionally, Nada Surf’s cover of the Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind” was recently synched to the new Mugler campaign.

Independent label and publisher The Other Songs is expanding its publishing roster with the addition of Bristol–based dance duo, Cousn, via its publishing JV with Kobalt. The exclusive deal will cover publishing administration, creative services and synch for Cousn’s catalogue and future works. The duo have spent the last six years honing their craft in the studio and amassing a wide array of original productions and unique edits, including last year’s breakout track “Brain Ticker,” and their most recent release “Ritual,” which is currently featured on 19 Spotify playlists.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Paradigm, Mike Tunnicliffe, Cassandra Gracey, Robert Grace, Troy Carter, Pelle Lidell, Andrew Kronfeld, Ina Rasinger, Savan Kotecha, Rak Sanghvi, Paul Spraggon, Solomon Parker, Justin Shukat and Tom Callahan.


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. We rely on journalists and news reporters to provide facts and on–point pronunciations, right! Click HERE for a myriad of fails and misspoken words from news reporters from both sides of the Atlantic.


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



Multi–instrumentalist Nuala (pronounced ‘Noo Are La’) began writing songs at just 10–years–old, before going on to play in a cover band at 13. After performing at various venues around Leicester, Nuala moved to London becoming a full–time busker, playing a number of gigs around the city and booking festivals. With a multitude of influences ranging from Bob Marley and Nirvana to Lily Allen and Eminem, it’s no surprise that she creates an eclectic, authentic collection of songs. Nuala has earned support from Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Leicester and performed the lead vocal for a remix of Nile Rogers’ “Le Freak,” beating 3000 other entrants in the process. Nuala recently released her new single, “Split Down The Middle,” taken from her forthcoming EP Me&Me. The new track is the first taste of her new music as she has crafted a bunch of songs for herself, she is also focused on writing for other artists enlisting help from the likes of Romeo (The Magic Numbers), Will Rees (The Mystery Jets), Max Clilverd (Tom Odell), Tom Fuller (Florence + The Machine, Adele) and more. Listen to “Split Down The Middle” HERE and contact Marco Ferraro at marco@manajamma.com, as Nuala is available for label, publishing, branding and synch opportunities.


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

Slacker pop specialist Lauran Hibberd shares her latest offering with the playful single, “Old Nudes.” The hotly tipped Isle of Wight native’s satirical approach and anthemic tendencies shine through with the new song, which has been considered her most infectious track to date. Her popularity continues to rise, with considerable support across the BBC Radio 1 airwaves and a number of press outlets, including The Line of Best Fit, Billboard, Clash and more, helping her secure U.K./EU support tours with Hippo Campus and The Regrettes in recent months. The new track is based on a true story and oozes with sarcasm and naivety. “Old Nudes” is produced by Boe Weaver (Rhys Lewis, Wolf People, Whyte Horses) and mastered by Vlado Meller (Weezer, Oasis, Rage Against The Machine). The music video is satire–fueled and playful, making it pure genius. Watch the clip for “Old Nudes” HERE and contact Matt Rowsell at matt@allthatmattersmanagement.com, as Lauran Hibberd is currently available for label, branding and synch opportunities.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 7/12/2020



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, July 12th, 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:

LUNA BAY – “Misunderstood” (Unsigned, UK)
THE HARA – “Circus” (Sign Of The Times, UK)
SLIDE – “Hello Spirit” (If Music Could Talk, Sweden)
MELLAH – “Family Fun” (Columbia Records, UK)
MATTHEW MOLE – “Keep It Together” (Universal Music, South Africa)
JAMES DEACON – “Rain On Me” (Bad Future, South Africa)
DEVON – “Belong 2 U” (Universal, UK)
TWO YEAR VACATION – “When I’m Back Alone” (If Music Could Talk, Sweden)
LARKINS – “Are We Having Any Fun Yet?” (Good Soldier, UK)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Lines of Love” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
MARTHAGUNN – “It’s Over” (Communion, UK)
THE KECKS – “Modern Girls” (Unsigned, Germany)
CARAVAN PALACE – “Moonshine” (Le Café de la Danse/Wagram/MVKA, France)
TYNE–JAMES ORGAN – “Hold Me Back” (Dew Process/Universal, Australia)
ÄTNA – “Made By Desire” (Humming Records, Germany)
BLOSSOMS – “If You Think This Is Real Life” (Virgin/EMI, UK)
LOVE FAME TRAGEDY – “5150” (Good Soldier, UK)
SUPER MARINE – “Long Walk Home” (Unsigned, UK)
STEREOTIDE – “Someday” (Unsigned, Germany)
JEKYLL – “The Escapist” (Fierce Panda, UK)
DOWN FOR TOMORROW – “Emily” (Good Intent, Australia)
ADÉLAIDE – “Paintings In The Sky” (Unsigned, Germany)
ALFIE TEMPLEMAN – “Happiness In Liquid Form” (Chess Club, UK)
MIA RODRIGUEZ – “Psycho” (City Pop Records, Australia)
SEA GIRLS – “Do You Really Want To Know” (Polydor, UK)
NOËP – “Young Boy” (Propeller, Estonia)
SORRY – “Perfect” (Domino, UK)
YARD ACT – “The Trapper’s Pelts” (Memphis Industries, UK)
BEN DEY & THE CONCRETE LIONS – “Matter Of Time” (Unsigned, South Africa)
LAUREN WALLER – “Best Coast” (Ginge Binge LLC, N. America)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Talk So Loud” (Unsigned, Sweden)
AJ HANS – “On My Own” (Unsigned, UK)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Tyne–James Organ, Luna Bay, Nuala, Brandon Jack & The Artifacts and Gina Brooklyn)