BMG JOINS FORCES WITH OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE FOR NEW LABEL
BMG has agreed to a strategic partnership with French Ligue 1 football club Olympique de Marseille (OM), including the launch of OM Records, a new label for hip–hop, rap and R&B.
Olympique de Marseille has the highest brand recognition of any sports team in France and has been one of the nation’s favorite clubs for over 25 years. It remains the only French team to have won the Champions League and has undergone a further renaissance since its acquisition in 2016 by U.S. businessman Frank McCourt.
OM Records will become the only major record company label to be headquartered in Marseille, France’s second–biggest city, and an epicenter for French hip–hop and rap since the 90s. Among others, BMG publishing clients IAM and Fonky Family have started their careers in Marseille, leading the way for the next generation of artists such as Psy 4 de la Rime, Soprano, Alonzo, and then Jul, Naps, YL, SCH and Soso Maness. The new partnership sees BMG becoming the exclusive music partner for all of OM’s music projects and musical activities. It also includes a licensing agreement for BMG’s production music library which OM will use for all its internal and external content.
Jacques–Henri Eyraud, President Olympique de Marseille said, “Olympique de Marseille is above all a football club, but its impact goes far beyond the fields, especially among young people in Marseille. L’OM is a powerful lever to unleash the great artistic potential of this population. Marseille has been a cradle of French rap and hip–hop since the IAM collective and the links between OM and local artists have been strong for years. The launch of OM Records strengthens this link and symbolizes the club’s desire to promote the unique energy that emanates from Marseille and its people all over the world.”
BMG has appointed Emilie Hauck, A&R and Project Manager OM Records, to manage the new label imprint and all other music activities with the club. Hauck is based in Marseille and reports to Sylvain Gazaignes, BMG’s General Manager, France.
OM and BMG launched their collaboration at the beginning of the pandemic, when OM gathered a collective of artists and MCs from Marseille under the name OM La Compo to create the charity single “cOMbat quotidien,” supported and released by BMG. All proceeds from the song are donated to Marseille’s hospitals and the most in–need in the region via the OM Foundation.
SM ENTERTAINMENT & MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT
LAUNCH COLLABORATION WITH SUPERM
SM Entertainment (SME) and successful K–pop outfit SuperM announced last week a collaboration with Marvel Entertainment, one of the world’s leading character–based entertainment companies, with a library of over 8,000 characters. The project was announced at a global press conference ahead of Friday’s release of SuperM’s debut full–length album, Super One, and features a SuperM x Marvel limited edition apparel collection available exclusively for preorder on SuperM’s Official Store. The new initiative acts as a launch point between SME and Marvel for future SuperM x Marvel co–branded content, products and live fan experiences spanning the SME portfolio.
Soo–Man Lee, Founder of SM Entertainment, says of the collaboration, “It’s exciting to be collaborating with an innovative company such as Marvel. We look forward to additional future projects with Marvel.”
Paul Gitter, Sr. VP, Marvel Licensing, adds, “Marvel has proven itself as a highly influential lifestyle brand with fans who are inspired by the world’s most empowered characters and stories. Working with SM Entertainment authentically expands the Marvel Universe of products into K–Pop culture in a cool, original way, since the SuperM members are Marvel fans themselves.”
Drawn from some of the most popular K–Pop acts in the world, SuperM’s members include Taemin from SHINee, EXO’s Baekhyun and Kai, NCT 127’s Taeyong and Mark, and Ten and Lucas of Chinese band WayV. SuperM released its first EP, The 1st Mini Album ‘SuperM,’ on October 4th via SM Entertainment, in partnership with Capitol Music Group and Caroline. The EP reached No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making SuperM the first Asian artist to achieve the feat with their debut.
CONCORD FINALIZES GLOBAL DEAL WITH JAKE GOSLING
Concord Music Publishing has announced a new exclusive publishing deal with Grammy–nominated English songwriter and producer Jake Gosling. The new worldwide deal encompasses Gosling’s future works.
Across his career, Gosling has worked with Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, James Bay, Shania Twain, Shawn Mendes, Birdy, One Direction and Major Lazer. At the same time, Gosling runs his own production company, Sticky Studios, in Surrey, U.K., and is currently working with artists such as Sam Fischer, Ben Platt, PUBLIC, Anna Clendening, Bugzy Malone, Emeli Sande and George Alice.
Pictured (l–r) Cyrus Alamouti (A–List Management), John Woolf (A–List Management), Jake Gosling, Kim Frankiewicz (Concord), Harri Davies (Concord), Sean Cassidy (SGD Law)
“I am super excited to be teaming up with Concord – they really understood my vision. Having known the team in Anna, Harri and Kim, I am so pleased to be working alongside them and looking forward to what the future holds,” says Jake Gosling.
“I am thrilled to be working with Jake. His discography is a who’s who of the best artists in the music industry,” says Kim Frankiewicz, EVP of Worldwide A&R. “Along with the great team at A–List Management, we are looking forward to collaborating and helping Jake build upon his incredible body of work.”
Gosling co–wrote and produced on Sheeran’s debut album, +, in 2011, co–writing hit singles such as “Lego House.” Gosling continued working with Sheeran, producing and writing on tracks from the triple–Platinum album X. He served as the lead producer on the album which was later nominated for Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammys. The following year, his production on Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” earned Gosling a Grammy nomination for Record of The Year.
Aside from his work with Sheeran, Gosling also worked with One Direction on their first two studio albums; Paloma Faith on her U.K. double Platinum album, Fall To Grace; Christina Perri on her U.K. and US Top 10 album Head or Heart; Shawn Mendes on his triple–Platinum No.1 album, Illuminate; and Shania Twain’s Now, which was her first studio album in 15 years.
GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…
Universal Music Vietnam (UMV) is bringing the Def Jam brand to the region with the launch of Def Jam Vietnam as a domestic label focused on the support of hip–hop and rap acts within the country. Similar to many countries around the world, Vietnam’s local rap scene has increased in popularity over the past few years. The new Vietnam–based Def Jam operations become the latest in the imprint’s growth across the region which now counts six countries under the Def Jam South East Asia banner with Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia. Def Jam Vietnam counts three artist signings at launch including Obito, SeaChains and Right.
In other Def Jam news, the company has added to its media and artist relations team with three new appointments. Among the appointments are industry veteran Lauren Ceradini as Sr. VP, Media & Artist Relations; a promotion for Renata Muniz to VP; and Joanne Hunter being named Sr. Director.
Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) has promoted Allison Jones to EVP of A&R for the company. In her new role, Jones will maintain leadership over the A&R activities across the music company for an artist roster that includes Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts, Midland and Carly Pearce. Having most recently served as Sr. VP of A&R, Jones came to BMLG over ten years ago having previously held A&R roles at Universal Nashville as VP, A&R, as well as with Dreamworks Nashville, Giant Records and BNA Records/RCA.
RECORDS, the record label led by industry veteran Barry Weiss, is setting up new operations in Nashville. Leading the new offices for RECORDS will be Ash Bowers who assumes the role of President and makes his debut as a label executive. Bowers, who had been signed as a country artist to Stoney Creek Records, an imprint of Broken Bow, co–founded Wide Open Music, the Nashville–based management firm. As a songwriter and producer, Bowers has had his work performed by acts such as Matt Stell, Jimmie Allen, Keith Urban, Montgomery Gentry and Dustin Lynch. Also joining the Nashville RECORDS team are experienced radio promotion executives Jamice Jennings and Andy Elliott who become Co–Heads of Promotion; and veteran country radio promotion executive Keith Gale who takes on a consultant role to the company.
Songwriters behind hits from the likes of Beyoncé, David Guetta, Dua Lipa and Lewis Capaldi have worked with Holocaust survivor and educator Ben Lesser for an inspirational new global music campaign based on real–life stories and experiences from some of the world’s most extraordinary people. The first product of the online education and charity platform, The Global Classroom, a collaboration with the United Nations World Health Organization in partnership with BMG, comes as the Choose Love EP, now available on all major streaming platforms. The campaign was launched by Ben Lesser in a special edition of The Global Classroom webcast last week to an audience of an estimated 1.8 million school children worldwide. It is the first in a series of releases expected to come from a collaboration between The Global Classroom and BMG SoundLabs. Proceeds from the special projects will go to benefit global humanitarian efforts. Future SoundLabs will include collaborations between songwriters and the International Olympics Committee (IOC) to create a song for the Refugee Olympics Team and a separate project with COVID–19 survivors, relatives of victims of COVID–19 and healthcare workers. The Global Classroom is a virtual series of lectures, in collaboration with the WHO and UNICEF, translated into over 40 languages. Following previous global workshops and sessions with BMG songwriters and producers in Berlin, Paris, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles and Nashville, several uniquely themed SoundLabs are planned throughout 2021, with the songs to be released and featured in conjunction with high profile global platforms and special projects. Over the course of five days at a BMG Soundlab in Los Angeles, Lesser met with a group of 14 songwriters, producers and artists from the U.S. and Europe including Toby Gad, Lindy Robbins, Edd Holloway, Georgia Ku and Emily Vaughn, among others. Drawing on Lesser’s deeply affecting stories and experiences during the Holocaust and his life, the songwriters and producers went on to write four songs that conveyed his message into their music. Lesser joined the sessions, gave feedback and even participated in one song with a recorded Jewish prayer. The initiative was originally launched by BMG at an event in Berlin, Germany in 2018, in partnership with Lesser, as Music Against Anti–Semitism and Hate, a campaign committed to combating anti–Semitism and hate speech in schools.
Spotify has rolled–out its Your Daily Drive offering to users in the U.K. and Ireland. The curated playlist combines short–form news podcasts from sources such as The Times, FT, TalkSport, The Economist, Evening Standard, The Smart 7 and others, along with personalized music. Your Daily Drive first launched in 2019 in the U.S.
In other Spotify news, the streamer has finalized a multi–year, first–look film and TV agreement with Chernin Entertainment as it looks to expand upon its podcast content offering. The deal will see the companies bringing on an executive to oversee development, working closely with Jenno Topping, President of Chernin Entertainment, and her team. Both Spotify and Chernin Entertainment will support the new venture financially while sharing ownership in content created from the partnership. The new project sees Spotify’s Chief Content & Advertising Business Officer, Dawn Ostroff, reconnecting with Peter Chernin with the two having worked together while at Fox earlier in their careers.
ADA Latin, the recently launched Latin division of Warner Music Group’s ADA Worldwide, has announced a round of key hires across its global leadership team. Among the appointments are Cesar Lores as Director, ADA Iberia, based in Madrid; Hamurabi Castro as Director, ADA Mexico, based in Mexico City; João Alquéres to ADA Brazil, based in Rio de Janeiro; and Mariangela Rubbini, Director, ADA Andean Region, based in Bogotá. ADA Latin also added to its Miami team with Diego Abaroa joining as VP of Commerce & Marketing and Michelle Garcia as Manager, Operations & Support. They all report to Juan Paz, who leads the Miami–headquartered ADA Latin, with Latin U.S., Latin America, Spain and Portugal under his remit.
Reservoir has announced a deal with Nashville–based synch–focused original music company Sorted Noise to acquire their catalog of masters and publishing copyrights, and in addition, Sorted Noise will run synch–focused songwriting bootcamps featuring Reservoir songwriters and camps dedicated to creating new covers of classic Reservoir catalog copyrights. Founded in 2008, Sorted Noise is known for their synch bootcamps in Nashville with an over 70% success rate for placing music written by their community of creatives. For over a decade, music created in Sorted Noise camps has been heard in TV shows such as Breaking Bad, Mad Men, This Is Us, Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy, Glee, American Horror Story, and in ads for brands such as Chase, IKEA, DKNY, HBO, and Nutella, among others. Sorted Noise’s success led them to a collaboration with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Keith Shocklee of Public Enemy on a collection of songs which landed a synch in the promo for HBO’s comedy special Pete Holmes: Dirty Clean, while they also represented the iconic Sun Records catalog. A number of Reservoir songwriters having already participated in Sorted Noise–led camps, with more scheduled to join upcoming camps. Though based in Nashville, Sorted Noise and Reservoir plan to expand camps to London and Copenhagen, among other locations, in the coming year.
Capitol Music Group (CMG) has promoted Nick Osborne to Sr. VP Digital Strategy & Business Development for the company, it was announced by the company’s COO, Michelle Jubelirer, to whom Osborne reports. In his new role, Osborne leads a dedicated team that provides services across the digital landscape for CMG and its artists across the company’s portfolio of labels. He also oversees all of the company’s digital agreements and continues to co–lead Capitol’s Innovation Center, which he co–founded in 2018. Since joining CMG in 2016, Osborne has conceived and developed many endeavors within the digital realm. His efforts led to CMG becoming the first U.S. major label group to bring all digital advertising in–house. Osborne also architected a proprietary marketing tech platform now utilized throughout Universal Music Group (UMG), which allows for dynamic and easy–to–build online experiences and powers over 300 artist websites globally. He leads CMG’s YouTube Audience strategy, working on key strategic partnerships with a number of multi–channel networks and creators. Osborne has also spearheaded strategies for CMG artists with key strategic digital partners to provide effective opportunities for artists and best practices for them to engage with their fans online. He co–leads CMG’s podcast strategy which has invested in strategic podcasts, and is producing new and original music–focused content with key digital partners. Prior to joining CMG in 2016 as Director of Digital Strategy & Product, Osborne led Digital Strategy for UMG Canada, having joined that company as a web developer creating bespoke artist sites and online campaigns. He also co–founded Physical Presents, a UMG Canada dance music imprint (now independent), which most notably signed Juno Award–winner Felix Cartal.
Sony Music U.K. has announced the promotion of Dorothy Hui to the role of Sr. VP, Digital & Audience Development for the company’s creative and strategy division, 4th Floor Creative. Hui will maintain oversight of the company’s digital and audience development team while adding responsibilities to engage cross–functional opportunities across gaming/esports and voice technology. She continues reporting to 4th Floor Creative’s President, Cassandra Gracey. Hui came to Sony Music in 2015 from Roc Nation where she served as VP of Digital. At Sony, she’s helped realize growth for audience reach across digital platforms including TikTok, Instagram and Facebook with a focus toward driving artists’ owned audiences. Hui has also played an integral role in initiatives such as Digital Uncovered, the 4th Floor Creative Spark Innovation Program and others.
As it continues to bring together the structure of its Asia Pacific operations, Live Nation revealed a restructuring of its team in the region last week, including the promotion of Roger Field to the new role of President, Asia Pacific from his most recent position as CEO of Live Nation Australia & New Zealand. The Melbourne–based executive has been with Live Nation for ten years having originally joined the promoter to launch Live Nation Australia alongside Luke Hede. Field’s new role will see him taking on oversight of complete operations for Live Nation’s business in the Asia Pacific region while reporting to Alan Ridgeway, the company’s Regional Chairman. Michael Coppel, who joined Live Nation when his firm was acquired in 2012, will maintain his role as Chairman for the Australian business. Named Managing Director of Live Nation New Zealand is Mark Kneebone while Stuart Clumpas parts ways with his role as Chairman for Live Nation New Zealand, maintaining a consultant role and his position as a shareholder in Auckland’s Spark Arena. Live Nation’s Japan operations see Kei Ikuta taking on the role of President, reporting to Field, as John Boyle steps down from the role to head back to Los Angeles where he will continue his work with the promoter. Additionally, current President for Asia & Middle East, Paul Antonio, assumes the role of COO for Live Nation EMEA, reporting to President John Reid.
International music agent Pete Nash has joined the team at ICM Partners bringing along with him a client roster that counts acts Kings Of Leon, Pet Shop Boys, Regina Spektor, Steve Winwood, The Struts and Travis. Based in NYC, Nash previously spent nearly nine years at WME and prior to that, led his own independent agency based in NYC. At WME, alongside his own roster of artists, Nash worked with Alanis Morissette, D’Angelo, Duran Duran, Eric Church, Tegan And Sara, Vince Staples and others. Nash’s resume also includes a 17–year–stint as Director for Helter Skelter, the London–based agency, where we represented the likes of Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Wynton Marsalis, Blondie, The Fall and Suede.
In the UTA office, Samantha Kirby Yoh has been named as Co–Head of the agency’s music division where, alongside David Zedeck, she will take on oversight of the worldwide music operations for the firm. Most recently, Kirby Yoh headed up East Coast Music for WME, overseeing the New York music division and a client roster that included Bjork, Rosalia, LCD Soundsystem, Florence + The Machine, FKA Twigs, Grimes, Alicia Keys, St Vincent, Massive Attack, MIA and Chemical Brothers. Kirby Yoh is also a founding member of She Is The Music and sits on the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s advisory board. She is also a Co–Founder of Noise For Now.
Another collective of leading agents has joined together to form a new type of agency under the banner of Mint Talent Group. The firm was launched by former Paradigm agents Patrick McAuliff and Phil Egenthal alongside former WME agent, C.J. Strock. The nine agents on the team include Madison House’s Mary Allen and Cassie Siegel; Paradigm’s Michael Morris and Ryan Owens; Peter Wiederlight who was previously at WME; and Logan Handelsman who had most recently been at CAA. Mint has also brought on two associates who will take on roles similar to that of assistants. The agency has created a 47–point marketing roll–out for its clients focusing on building fanbases market–by–market. Agents will be located in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Nashville with the roster including Allman Brothers Band, Taj Mahal, Blackberry Smoke, Stephen Marley, Brian McKnight, Steel Pulse, CloZee, Trevor Hall, Erasure, George Porter Jr., Mavis Staples, Rising Appalachia and Stick Figure. In addition to providing a boutique approach to the representation and development of its artists, Mint will also seek to provide mentorship and guidance to new team members to help them grow successfully through the agency ecosystem from assistant to agent.
With TikTok facing a ban on its app in the U.S. that would have taken affect Sunday, an emergency court hearing that was held has resulted in a partial injunction that allows the app to continue business for now. The injunction was ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols who said that he understood TikTok’s position on the level of damage that would be done to their business, even if the app was shutdown for only a month or two. At the same time, TikTok has filed for a preliminary injunction as it continues to navigate a potential agreement with Oracle and Walmart that would allow it to continue operations in the U.S.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with emerging country singer, songwriter, and artist Filmore. Counting over 146 million streams to–date, Filmore has toured with the likes of Lauren Alaina, Sam Hunt, Russell Dickerson, Carrie Underwood and Dan + Shay. Filmore’s debut full–length, State I’m In, was released last week.
Hipgnosis is gearing up to confirm further songwriting catalog acquisition as it looks to raise an additional £250 million, having notified the London Stock Exchange that it intends to place new ordinary shares priced at 116 pence each. Additionally, there will be an offer made via the PrimaryBid platform of new ordinary shares to provide retail investors a chance to join in the equity fundraising alongside institutional investors.
Milk & Honey has signed fast rising global artist Tom Gregory to a worldwide management deal which will see Gregory managed by Founder/President Lucas Keller and Alex Harrow, manager and head of the firm’s New York operations. The signing is part of Milk & Honey’s growing initiative for expansion in Europe, with the company recently opening offices in London and Amsterdam, as well as its first serious move outside of the electronic music and songwriter/producer arenas. Gregory and Milk & Honey met via the group’s relationship with Matt James and Frank Sanders from electronic client M22, with James and Sanders part of Tom’s team alongside Milk & Honey. Gregory’s new album, Heaven in a World So Cold, came out on September 18th and hit every Spotify New Music Friday in the world, while his current single is top 5 at both German and French radio, with growing support from U.K. radio. Gregory’s hits such as “Fingertips,” “Run To You,” “Losing Sleep,” “Honest” and “Small Steps,” have collectively garnered more than 93.6 million Spotify streams and over 9 million on Apple Music. His singles have charted in Germany, France, Austria and Poland. In addition, he has over 33,372,713 collective views on YouTube.
The Berklee Popular Music Institute (BPMI), an immersive education program that traditionally brings a group of students and Berklee performers to major N. American music festivals, has partnered with Primary Wave for an innovative and creative summer project. Throughout their remote semester, BPMI students used Zoom and various technologies to produce, record, and create videos of hits from Primary Wave’s artist catalog. The project represents the first major partnership between a college music business program and a major publishing company and kicks off with a new recording and video for the Grammy–nominated song “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” from the acclaimed band WAR, which celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. Students collaborated with the group’s original co–songwriter and keyboard player to re–imagine the song with updated lyrics and a rap, exploring social justice issues. The videos and recordings for the class are entirely produced by BPMI students, often over Zoom and iPhone technology. The class will continue to release additional recordings and videos from Primary Wave songwriters including Paul Rogers, Bob Marley, Donny Hathaway and others, timed with various milestone anniversaries for their hit songs.
ONErpm recently signed the indie–rock band Smallpools. The band finalized the deal with Joseph Aldulaimi, A&R at ONErpm , ahead of the recent release of their new single “cycle” and their upcoming full–length, scheduled for release in early 2021. “cycle” is the second offering from the band’s upcoming sophomore LP. Smallpools garnered attention with the release of their track “Dreaming” (now RIAA Certified Gold) which went to the top of the Hypemachine chart, quickly earning the band support from alternative radio stations across the U.S., multiple late night television appearances and opening slots on national tours for Twenty One Pilots, Walk the Moon, Grouplove and Two Door Cinema Club. Smallpools then released their debut album LOVETAP! and spent the majority of the next two years selling out venues nationwide. Smallpools’ “Dreaming” was the first song to ever be featured on SnapChat and was used to unveil SnapChat stories. The band also co–wrote The Chainsmokers song “Break Up Every Night’ from the No.1 Billboard charting album Memories…Do Not Open, and wrote and performed the theme song from the Netflix original show The IIiza Shlesinger Sketch Show.
Prescription Vineyards, a passion project between Rob and Bonnie Lloyd and Clarksburg winegrower James Reamer, has announced its partnership with the 12th Annual San Jose Int’l Short Film Festival – Home Edition. Like many film festivals in 2020, the event is going virtual with screenings of 100–plus short films, filmmaker interviews, and exclusive musical performances by international recording artists. The festival runs October 22nd through 25th and offers a limited VIP Festival Wine Experience with Prescription Vineyards. The Lloyd’s are also passionate music fans, so their team has worked with their friends at A&R Worldwide to bring international recording artists to the festival. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the evening screenings will open with countdown discovery showcase performances by Switzerland’s Veronica Fusaro, Australia’s Hamish Anderson, and Ohioan Gina Brooklyn. For more information and discount access passes, contact email@example.com.
A two–year project to modernize the global ISWC system has been completed and officially launched last week by CISAC, the International Confederation of Authors Societies. The new system, upgraded by CISAC for the first time in 15 years, improves the accuracy, speed and efficiency of societies’ work in tracking creators’ works and paying royalties. It will support societies and music publishers in managing the trillions of data transactions generated by the growth of music streaming. Following a “switchover” in July, over 100 authors’ societies have already transitioned to the new system. The development of the system, commissioned by CISAC to Spanish Point Technologies in January 2018, is supported by companies and organizations across the collective management, publishing and digital services community. The new ISWC system will also be rolled–out for use by the publishing community and digital music platforms. The new ISWC system will improve the information flow between societies, publishers and platforms, helping keep pace with the rapid growth of music streaming. CISAC societies collections for digital music rose 27% in 2019 to €2.1 billion in 2019 and have almost tripled in the last five years, though still accounting for only 22% of all music collections. Over the past 15 years, more than 50 million ISWC codes have been allocated to music works.
Following 2 years of collaboration, with digital use gaining an increasingly central and strategic role, IMPEL has chosen to renew its partnership with Sacem. IMPEL continues to add new members to the growing list of independent publishers it works with including Bucks Music Group, Beggars Music, Reservoir Music, and more recently, Reach Music Publishing. Thanks to the quality of Sacem’s services and powerful tools like its URights management platform, IMPEL gets transparent access to data via Sacem’s tools and can carry out any number of analyses on its repertoires as it tracks performance and ensures fair remuneration.
House Anxiety, the record label already known for introducing the world to the likes of Courtney Barnett and King Krule, has announced a new JV partnership deal with Believe Music. The tastemaker label has unveiled a new roster that includes rap collective, the Bad Boy Chiller Crew (BBCC), who have already generated over 200 million streams online, secured a Spotify Viral Chart No.1 with hit debut single “450,” and recently starred in their own fly–on–the–wall documentary for VICE. BBCC’s debut mixtape Full Wack No Breaks was released via House Anxiety on Friday. Also on House Anxiety roster is Ghanaian–born, Australian–based artist Genesis Owusu (in partnership with Aussie label Ourness), whose hit single “Don’t Need You” recently became the No.1 most played track on Australia’s triple j radio station. BBCC and Genesis are joined by Californian bedroom–pop artist carpetgarden, and London–based choir, Woom. House Anxiety was founded by Jaimie Hodgson who also serves as Director of A&R. Launched in 2008, House Anxiety partnered with Marathon Artists in 2012 and saw significant success. Hodgson parted with his role as Director of A&R at Marathon Music Group in March this year to form a new artist management company called Found, representing artists including Deema, former Klaxons frontman James Righton, and Scottish indie band, Honeyblood, as well as continuing to build his House Anxiety label.
The Helsinki–based production duo PihkaSound have entered into a music publishing deal with Berlin–based Steam Music. Additionally, the duo’s project Pihka Is My Name’s tracks are going to be represented under the agreement. The primary goal is to land synch placements in international film, games and TV productions and generate more listeners and viewers to PihkaSound art. PihkaSound consists of producers Lasse Turunen and Henna Helasvuo. Pihka Is My Name is their electronic music group, fronted by an animated character named Pihka. The debut single “Binaries” and its video directed by Jussi Turunen came out in March. A debut album is set for release in early 2021.
MRC, the parent company of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter, and Penske Media Corp. (PMC) revealed last week a new deal to set–up two JVs in publishing and content, with both companies assuming significant ownership. The deal became effective last week with a transition period commencing through the end of the year. The first JV sees the launch of PMRC, covering trade and consumer brands in entertainment and music such as PMC’s interests in Variety, Rolling Stone and Music Business Worldwide, as well as MRC’s The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and Vibe. Day–to–day operations for PMRC will be overseen by PMC. The second JV comes in the form of a new content partnership that will “activate the power of the production infrastructure and expertise of MRC across PMRC intellectual property,” according to the companies. Among MRC’s titles are shows like Ozark, The Great and The Outsider; live events such as the Golden Globe Awards, the Billboard Music Awards and the American Music Awards; and films Knives Out, Ted and Baby Driver. The long–form content alliance will be managed by MRC, operating from its offices. There are no leadership changes at either firm as a result of the ventures, and both companies will maintain independent operations.
DMG Clearances, Inc. has tapped 30–plus–year entertainment business paralegal Sharon Edelson as a Consultant. In the role, Edelson will assist with all clearances, including synch and master across all media (film, TV, internet, etc.), as well as review and comment on licenses. She will also act as a paralegal when necessary. Edelson will report to Deborah Mannis–Gardner, Owner/President of DMG Clearances. Among the company’s recent accomplishments include clearing samples for works from acts such as Pop Smoke, Lady Gaga, Eminem and Tyler the Creator, as well as handling all music clearances for Disney+’s film of Broadway musical Hamilton, Netflix’s hit series #BlackAF, the upcoming third season of BET’s Tales series, Netflix film All Day and a Night, podcasts “Broken Record” and “The Actual Stretch and Bobbito Show,” and Google’s ad campaigns for the Google Nest, Pixel 4 smartphone, and Pixelbook Go laptop. Edelson’s career in the entertainment business began in 1989 when she was hired as an Executive Assistant at EMI Music Publishing. From there, she built her career as a paralegal through positions at major entertainment companies including Capitol Records, Priority Records, CEMA and EMI Special Markets, Gramercy Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Disney Studios, Universal Music Publishing, Pulse Music Group and A. Smith & Co. productions. Edelson also spent time at well–known entertainment law firms such as the Steve Winogradsky Law Offices and Greenberg Traurig LLP, where she was one of two entertainment paralegals handling high–profile clients like Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones, James Horner, Josh Groban, Rod Temperton, Incubus, Brandon Boyd, Sheryl Crow, Richard and Robert Sherman, Devo, the estates of both Etta James and Dimitri Tiomkin, and others. Since 2015, Edelson has run her own entertainment consulting company for music, film, and TV. Clients have included Netflix, Snap, Universal Music Publishing, Chicago Music Library, CS Plus, PhD Productions, and a number of independent documentary filmmakers, musicians and artists.
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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. This year has been an interesting year for workers all over the world, with many folks staying at home due to Covid–19. That’s probably a good thing considering many people could have a terrible day at work, like HERE!
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– ADÉLAIDE
Adélaide are a three–piece band based in Berlin, dealing in feel–good melodies and infectious hooks. The band originally began as the indie–pop project of French singer–songwriter, and multi–instrumentalist Tanguy D. He created Adélaide after moving to Berlin in 2019 and released four singles in his worldly style. Following chance meetings with bass player Malte and drummer Charlie, the three formed Adélaide’s current constellation. Each member of the trio offers different influences, ranging from jazz background to electronic music; together they have a distinctive take on the Indie genre, with dreamy synthesizers, intense melodies and tight beats, working in perfect harmony. They are building on the groundwork started by Tanguy and are putting together a body of work to take the band into its next chapter. The trio’s latest single “Silent Hope,” is the follow–up to singles “Paintings In The Sky” and “Trippin’,” as the latter earned airplay on Specialty shows and Alternative radio in a number of U.S. markets, including Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, Buffalo, Sacramento and more. The band is also preparing to release their upcoming EP titled Horizons. Listen to “Silent Hope” by Adélaide HERE and contact Tanguy de la Panouse at firstname.lastname@example.org, as the band is available for label and future booking opportunities.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – AMY LILLEY
Cape Town, South Africa’s Amy Lilley is not only a brilliant singer–songwriter, but she’s also an incredible chef, a queer activist and a venue owner. She recently released her very first EP titled She (Platoon), featuring her debut single “Formidable.” Since June, the song accumulated over 500,000 streams and has helped bring her name to the masses. The five–track EP showcases Amy’s versatility and passionate approach to creating breathtaking soundscapes, along with her confident and powerful, yet tender, lyricism. The EP encapsulates the journey back to her strongest sense of self. “Formidable” saw her juxtapose hope and hardship in the face of depression, self–sabotage and prejudice. Drawing influence from acts such as Angel Olsen and DRAMA, and also being a fan of the likes of Sophie Ellis–Bextor and Kylie Minogue growing up, Amy Lilley describes her music as a ‘melting pot.’ Experience the lyric video for “Formidable” from Amy Lilley HERE. For all inquiries contact Danilo Queiros at email@example.com.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 9/27/2020
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, September 27th, 2020: The weekly import show. Heard on more than 50 radio stations on six continents weekly including: Flux FM Berlin, Germany; JioSaavn (worldwide); Radio Doble Nueve, Lima, Peru; WZRH–FM New Orleans, LA; 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); 96.2 ZFM The Netherlands; WAPS–FM “The Summit.FM” Akron–Canton, OH; WKTL–FM Youngstown, OH; 105.5FM XFM Nairobi, Kenya; PUK–FM Johannesburg, South Africa; Rock 96.5FM Zambia; 897 FM Bratislava, Slovakia; WITH “90.1FM” Ithaca, NY; UCFM 87.8FM Australian Capital Territory, Australia; WRUR 88.5FM Rochester, NY; WCRU–FM Hamilton, NY; KZND Anchorage, AK; KQCJ Quad Cities, IL; Allgauhit–FM Bavaria Germany and on The Independent FM (iHeartRadio) in the United States, as well as many others internationally.
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LARKINS – “TV Dream” (Good Soldier, UK)
HOCKEY DAD – “Germaphobe” (Farmer & The Owl / BMG, Australia)
IAMJJ – “Different Kind Of Blues” (Unsigned, Denmark)
SEA GIRLS – “All I Want To Hear You Say” (Polydor, UK)
ADÉLAIDE – “Silent Hope” (Unsigned, Germany)
STEREOTIDE – “Hope” (Unsigned, Germany)
DOWN FOR TOMORROW – “Trouble Prone” (Good Intent, Australia)
AMY LILLEY – “Formidable” (Unsigned, South Africa)
SAM AND SOUNDS – “Addicted To You” (Unsigned, UK)
TWO YEAR VACATION – “Getaway” (If Music Could Talk, Sweden)
CATHOLIC GUILT – “A Boutique Affair” (Wiretap Records, Australia)
GIANT ROOKS – “Heat Up” (AR Entertainment, Germany)
RED ROBYN – “Got Me (Feat. The World of Birds)” (Red Robyn Music, South Africa)
THE LOTTERY WINNERS – “Headlock” (Modern Sky, UK)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Lines Of Love” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
BLACK SATELLITE – “Void” (484 Records, N. America)
VISTAS – “Stranger” (Retrospect Records, Scotland)
LEONIDEN – “L.O.V.E.” (Euphorie, Germany)
THE HARA – “Tokyo Hit” (Sign Of The Times, UK)
SCHOOL OF X – “Forget Me On The Moon” (Tambourhinoceros, Denmark)
BLACK HONEY – “Beaches” (Fox Five Records, UK)
SYCCO – “Dribble” (Future Classic/Wilder Records, Australia)
POLAR STATES – “2020” (Killing Moon, UK)
SLIDE – “Floating” (If Music Could Talk, Sweden)
DEVON – “Trust Issues” (Universal, UK)
MARTHAGUNN – “Caught Up & Confused” (Communion, UK)
GOLD MEMBER – “Loose Change” (Sureshaker, Australia)
GINA BROOKLYN – “No More Hiding” (Unsigned, N. America)
SAAHIL BHARGAVA – “Plug In Baby” (Unsigned, India)
DRY CLEAN ONLY – “Lonely Love” (Unsigned, N. America)
LAUREN WALLER – “Best Coast” (Ginge Binge LLC, N. America)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Talk So Loud” (Unsigned, Sweden)
(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Larkins, Hockey Dad, Sam And Sounds, Vistas and Forest Blakk)