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WARNER MUSIC AUSTRALASIA NAMES DAN ROSEN PRESIDENT &
NIKO NORDSTRÖM BACK TO WARNER MUSIC NORDICS & FINLAND




Widely–respected music industry executive Dan Rosen has been named President of Warner Music Australasia, effective February 1st of next year. Rosen will join Warner after serving almost a decade as CEO of ARIA and PPCA. Rosen’s 2021 start date will enable a smooth transition at Warner Music Australasia, ARIA and PPCA. Reporting to Stu Bergen, CEO, International and Global Commercial Services, Warner Recorded Music, Rosen will succeed Niko Nordström who is returning to his native Finland to become Managing Director of Warner Music Finland and EVP, Warner Music Nordics.

Dan Rosen
Rosen’s industry career began as a founder of the band Second Dan, which won leading Australian radio station triple j’s Unearthed Competition in 2003. Rosen still writes and performs music but chose to pause his full–time career as an artist to study international law and business at New York University on a Fulbright Scholarship, followed by a stint at U.S. digital start–up, ROO Media. He returned to Australia in 2010 to take up his post at ARIA. At that time, the local recording industry was in rapid decline and many policy-makers were hostile to updating intellectual property laws to cover the digital environment. Rosen campaigned to change perceptions, receiving a major victory in 2015 when the Australian government legislated to block access to copyright infringing websites. Rosen has championed the arts and creative sector through his work on numerous boards, including Creative Partnerships Australia and his recent appointment to the Australian Government’s Creative Industries Taskforce to help the sector rebuild through COVID.

Nordström returns to Finland after spending nearly four years in Sydney as President of Warner Music Australasia. In his new role, he will be based in Helsinki and report to Mark Fry, the newly–appointed President of Warner Music Nordics.

Niko Nordström
Nordström began his previous term as Managing Director of Warner Music Finland in 2007, when Warner acquired Helsinski Music Company (HMC), which Nordström had founded. He also previously served as VP, Warner Music Nordics, from 2014. During his first decade with Warner in Finland, Nordström was credited with helping double the company’s market share, while signing and developing a new breakthrough generation of Finnish artists. In 2018, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award at the Emma Gaala, the Finnish equivalent of the Grammy Awards. Warner Music Finland was named Record Company of the Year at the Music Industry Awards Gala for eight consecutive years under his leadership.

In other Warner Music news, Warner Music Asia has formed a new partnership with SOSV, a venture capital and investment management firm, to support tech innovation across the music arena. The companies will work together to identify opportunities and jointly invest in start–ups nurtured in SOSV’s two accelerators, Chinaccelerator and MOX (Mobile-Only Accelerator). Among the over 200 early–stage start–ups that SOSV has invested in are included 15 in the music industry such as Guitar Hero, GarageBand and Harmonix.

In India, Warner Music is growing its footprint further into the market having finalized a distribution deal with Bollywood music company, Tips Music. Among Tips’ many successes are included the Race trilogy of films as well as a large ownership share of local film soundtracks from the 90s and 2000s. The new deal comes after Warner Music India set–up operations in March and a distribution deal was finalized with Ziiki Media, a specialist in Punjabi music, in May. Warner Music India will distribute the Tips catalog locally, while ADA will take over international distribution responsibilities.


CHUGG MUSIC REVEALS NEW ASIAN OPERATIONS


Following the success of artists Sheppard, Lime Cordiale and Mia Rodriguez in the Asian region, Chugg Music has announced that they have opened Chugg Music Asia, to be helmed by Michael “Mick” De Lanty. De Lanty, an Australian expat and well–known music industry executive, is now based in Bangkok. His resume includes a diverse range of industry experience across A&R, artist management, marketing, sales, publishing, promotions and brand development, including a 15–year–stint with Sony Music Australia. He has also spent time at a number of independent labels in Asia and Australia, as well as in the U.K.

Chugg Music’s Founder, Michael Chugg, comments, “Having been involved in many projects since the late 80s I am excited to actually be planting the Chugg Music flag in the region. Andrew (Stone) and I are thrilled to announce that my long–time friend and colleague, Michael De Lanty, is running the operations from his Bangkok base. After 5 months testing the water’s we have no doubt that this will be a great step forward for both Australian and Asian music.”

“I am delighted to be working with Chuggi, Andrew and their team, in launching Chugg Music Asia and very excited for the opportunity to help develop the careers in Asia of the formidable roster of artists that they have assembled, including Sheppard, Lime Cordiale, Mia Rodriguez, Casey Barnes, to name but a few. It is an exciting period for music in Asia and no better time to introduce these incredible artists to Asian music lovers,” said Michael De Lanty.

The first project released by the Chugg Music Asia office is Sheppard’s “Somebody Like You,” performed by Sheppard and Taiwanese singer Sammy in Mandarin and English. The track was released worldwide on September 18th and is already attracting strong support from MTV Asia and Channel V Asia, as well as from radio in China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore. The label is also seeing online media support in Taiwan and greater China with multiple stories appearing to date. Sheppard’s entry into the Asian markets will also see the band recording tracks with artists from Korea, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand.

Additionally, Chugg Music Asia are working to bring Lime Cordiale into the Asian market, already generating strong support from China’s NetEase freemium streaming service, and other Asian media.


SONY MUSIC U.K. ANNOUNCES TAPONESWA MAVUNGA
AS DIRECTOR OF AFRICA



Sony Music U.K. has named Taponeswa Mavunga as Director of Africa for the company. In the newly created role, Mavunga will report directly to Jason Iley, Chairman & CEO of Sony Music U.K. & Ireland. Mavunga will be tasked with building traction for U.K.–signed artists across Africa, in addition to supporting artists in Africa to develop relationships, identify opportunities and increase visibility within the U.K. She will work closely with EVP of U.K. International, Mark Collen, as well as Sony Music U.K.’s labels and Sony Music Africa on artist strategy and will support the discovery of local talent and opportunities in the region for the U.K.

Taponeswa Mavunga
Mavunga came to Sony Music in 2015, serving as Head of Publicity for Columbia U.K. where she led campaigns for artists such as Childish Gambino, Koffee, Wizkid, Davido and Rosalia. Mavunga was previously based in Johannesburg where she spent time at Viacom Africa as Head of Talent and Music, working across MTV Base, BET Africa and Nickelodeon. She also worked on the 2015 edition of the MAMAs (MTV Africa Music Awards). Prior, she was with Atlantic Records for over 15 years, working with acts such as Ed Sheeran, Jay–Z, Rudimental and Sean Paul.

Taponeswa Mavunga said, “At this moment, when the global cultural landscape is changing so rapidly, I’m excited to play my part in the black cultural renaissance. My passion for Africa and African music is unwavering and I look forward to impactful collaboration and partnerships. I’m grateful to Jason for the vision, that led to the creation of this role. I also thank Ferdy and all of Columbia for five extraordinary years and I’m delighted to continue my work with them and the wider Sony family in this next chapter.”

Jason Iley said, “Tapi is a passionate, forward thinking executive who has a clear vision for the future. She has incredible relationships with artists and there is no one more suited to represent Sony Music UK in Africa’s accelerating market. Tapi’s first–hand experience of working in African music and entertainment and her enthusiasm to connect artists locally and globally is unmatched.”


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Republic Records’ Founder & President Avery Lipman, and President, West Coast Creative, Wendy Goldstein, announced last week the appointment of Sammie Taylor as EVP of A&R. Based in Los Angeles, Taylor’s new role will see him taking on oversight of A&R for artists on the Republic roster in addition to scouting, signing and developing new talent. Taylor joins Republic from Kobalt where he had served as EVP, Creative since 2016. At Kobalt, he signed artists such as Roddy Ricch and Gunna and played a part in the signings of many others, including Raphael Saadiq and Jay Rock. Additionally, at Kobalt, Taylor tapped several A–list producers and songwriters for the company’s roster including Yung Exclusive (Drake, Travis Scott), BlaqNmilD (Drake), Jay White (Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion), Teddy Walton (Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar), Jahaan Sweet (Drake, Russ, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie) and Al Shux (Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars”). He also served as the liaison between Pharrell Williams and Kendrick Lamar for the track “Alright,” which the former co–wrote/co–produced. Taylor’s career began in the A&R department at Elektra Records in 2002. He has also held roles at Atlantic Records, Warner Chappell, Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing.

Phrased Differently and Budde Music have entered into a partnership forming an exclusive JV music publishing business. Having acquired Cloud 9’s stake in Phrased Differently, Budde Music will merge its existing London operation into the new venture, creating an independent force in the U.K. market with a global set–up. This A&R–centric collaboration confirms Budde Music’s multi–million pound commitment to both existing and future copyrights from Phrased Differently and its continued efforts towards signing and fostering world–class songwriters. The strategic joint venture will accelerate both companies’ continued expansion and increase Phrased Differently’s ability to invest in new talent. Phrased Differently’s integration into Budde Music’s global network, which counts operations in Germany, France and the U.S., will drive future growth via expansion of its music publishing roster and amplify its creative services to the existing client base of established artists, songwriters and producers. The success and level of placements already secured by Phrased Differently in a short time is notable considering that over 90% of the roster consists of writers signed with zero track record, all developed by the company’s dedicated A&R team, led by Dan Edu.

Warner Music Group (WMG) announced last week the election of Ceci Kurzman to the company’s Board of Directors, including the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. The first Board appointment since WMG’s IPO in June, Kurzman is Founder and President of Nexus Management Group, Inc., a former talent management and current investment company. In a career spanning two decades in the music and entertainment arena, Kurzman is a business leader, experienced board director, and private investor. In line with public company best practices, it’s been determined that the only management member of the board should be WMG’s CEO Steve Cooper. It was also decided that the board would remain at 11 members. As a result, Max Lousada, WMG’s Global CEO of Recorded Music, will exit his board position. Kurzman currently serves on the Board of Directors, Audit Committee, and Compensation Committee of Revlon, Inc., as well as on the Board of Directors of various organizations, including Man Group plc, and Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. An accomplished investor and entrepreneur, Kurzman also achieved numerous business and marketing successes as an executive at Arista Records and Sony Music’s Epic Records, before founding Nexus and managing an impressive roster of acts. Today, she continues to combine her strategic business leadership, with her ability to anticipate trends and drive revenue growth from an investment portfolio of companies, in partnership with established private equity partners.

Warner Chappell Music (WCM) has tapped veteran industry executive Richard Manners to return to the publisher to oversee the strategic expansion and support of its catalog. Having served as WCM U.K.’s Managing Director from 1999 – 2016, Manners will report to Shani Gonzales, recently appointed MD of WCM U.K. and head of international A&R, in his new role. During his previous tenure at WCM, Manners oversaw a number of the publisher’s iconic catalogs such as those from George Michael, Morrissey and Roger Waters. He also signed and developed songwriters including Ben Howard, Elbow, Michael Kiwanuka, Muse, Paolo Nutini, Rag’n’Bone Man, Royal Blood and Stormzy. Manners began his career in the 80s as an A&R executive with Blue Mountain Music. He went on to become Managing Director of Island Music in 1990 and subsequently, took on the same role of the merged Island and Polygram company a few years later.

In Warner Chappell Music signing news, the publisher has finalized a global publishing agreement with singer–songwriter Jxdn (Jaden Hossler). Jxdn has released three songs to–date via Travis Barker’s DTA Records, including “Angels & Demons” and “So What!” The tracks have collectively generated over 100 million streams and have made their way onto Billboard’s Hot Rock and Alternative Songs charts, as well as the Top 40. Having initially garnered attention on TikTok with more than 8 million followers, Jxdn went on to release “Comatose” in January and has since found his way onto more than 40 charts globally.

Warner Chappell Music has also finalized a worldwide publishing agreement with British rapper, songwriter and actor, Ashley Walters, who also performs under the stage name Asher D. The agreement encompasses future works as well as his back catalog, which includes the No.1 hit “21 Seconds” by So Solid Crew. “21 Seconds” became the first garage song to make it to No.1 in the U.K., moving over 100,000 copies in its first week. Walters has since released a number of independent albums and mixtapes and has experienced success as an actor, well–known for his role playing the lead character in the Channel 4 and Netflix drama, Top Boy. As Asher D, he has released three solo albums with Why Me?, Street Sibling and In Memory Of The Street Fighter. He continued his acting at the same time and in 2004, was recognized as the Best Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards for his part in the film Bullet Boy. Season three of Top Boy was rebooted and backed by Drake and Netflix, having aired in 2019. In 2017, Walters garnered the British Urban Film Festival honorary award for 25 years of outstanding contributions to film and television.

It has been reported that Global Chairman of Ticketmaster, Jared Smith, is parting ways with his role at the end of the year. Having been with the Live Nation–owned ticketing leader since 2003, Smith previously served as Chief Operating Officer before becoming President and eventually assuming his current role in August, when Ticketmaster also revealed promotions for Mark Yovich from President of International to Global President, and Amy Howe from President of North America to Global COO as it looked to realign its North American and international business operations into a single entity.

TuneCore revealed key promotions to its executive management team last week, elevating Andreea Gleeson to Chief Revenue Officer, and Matt Barrington to Chief Operating Officer. Both report directly to Denis Ladegaillerie, CEO of Believe, TuneCore’s parent company. Gleeson came to TuneCore in 2015 as Head of Marketing, having held the post of Chief Marketing Officer up to her most recent promotion. Barrington joined TuneCore a decade ago and, most recently, was the company’s Chief Financial Officer.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville has signed award–winning country songwriter Marv Green to a worldwide publishing agreement. Green is an in–demand songwriter who has penned numerous No.1 country hits such as “True” and “It Just Comes Natural” by George Strait, “Wasted” by Carrie Underwood, “Who I Am With You” by Chris Young, and “Amazed” by Lonestar. Currently, Green has a Top 10 single on the charts with Tim McGraw’s “I Called Mama.” Across his career, Green has collaborated with the likes of George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Billy Currington, Kenny Chesney, Brooks and Dunn, Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack, Faith Hill, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Rodney Atkins and others. The Southern California native began his music career in 1993 when he moved to Nashville, quickly making a name for himself and signing his first publishing deal within six months of arriving.

Out of Sony/ATV’s U.K. office, the publisher has renewed its worldwide publishing agreement with hitmaker Plested. Plested, real name Phil Plested, is a U.K.–based singer–songwriter whose work includes the No.1 Pop and Radio Airplay single “Before You Go” by Lewis Capaldi, No.5 U.K. single “Touch” by Little Mix, “Remind Me To Forget” by Kygo ft. Miguel, and “Lose Somebody” by Kygo and OneRepublic. He has also co–written songs for James Arthur, Calum Scott, Zayn Malik, Emeli Sandé, Bastille, Naughty Boy and Why Don’t We. Alongside his success as a songwriter, Plested is also a solo artist and signed with Atlantic Records in 2018. Soon after, he released an eight–song project entitled First & Foremost, and this year released several new singles including the track “Beautiful & Brutal.”

Round Hill Music has signed singer–songwriter and recording artist Rob Thomas to a worldwide publishing deal. In a career spanning over two decades, Thomas has put together a list of accolades and awards that includes multiple Grammy Awards and 13 BMI Awards, as well as many other recognitions. He has also been honored by the Songwriter Hall of Fame and was inducted into the South Carolina Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame. Thomas began his career twenty–five years ago as frontman and primary composer for multi–Platinum group Matchbox Twenty, a position he still holds today. Among his successes with the band, Matchbox Twenty’s 12–times Platinum debut, Yourself or Someone Like You, garnered the RIAA’s Diamond Award for sales in excess of ten million units. Thomas’ career has also seen him pursue a widely–successful solo career as well as collaborations such as his work with legendary guitarist Santana for 1999’s “Smooth,” which not only earned three Grammy Awards, but also held the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks and spent 58 total weeks on the chart and maintaining honors as the second most successful song of all time by Billboard. Thomas has also co–written with legends Mick Jagger and Willie Nelson. Total record sales for Thomas’ output exceed 80 million worldwide. He continues to tour the world as a solo artist and will return to stages next summer with Matchbox Twenty for the Matchbox Twenty 2021 tour, a 54–date arena and amphitheater tour across N. America with supporting act The Wallflowers.

Creators on Twitch now have access to a catalog of licensed music to use in their streams via the Soundtrack By Twitch (Beta) tool. Among the more than 30 indie label and distribution partners that have licensed content are SoundCloud, Distrokid, CD Baby, Empire, UnitedMasters and Nuclear Blast, as well as artists such as Mxmtoon, Above & Beyond and Porter Robinson, counting over a million tracks made available to users. The majors have not licensed the platform as of yet. As it comes online over the next few weeks, Soundtrack will allow creators to tap into regularly updated curated playlists as well as the option to choose a station with a rotating collection of tracks across specific genres. Playlists and stations on the platform will be looked after by the music curation team at Twitch in addition to select streamers and industry partners. The new launch comes as Twitch’s answer to criticism over not paying royalties to rights owners.

Amazon Music announced today a partnership with Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group to exclusively remaster thousands of songs and albums to ultra high–def. Among the artists set to make their way to the format are included the Eagles, Elton John, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Linkin Park, Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Lady Gaga, Lil Tecca, Selena Gomez, Post Malone, Tom Petty and Jon Pardi. Additionally, select albums and tracks will be remixed in 3D audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and Sony 360RA. All titles under the Ultra HD music partnership will be presented in 24 bit and 96 kHz or 192 kHz and listeners will be able to stream the 3D mixes when listening via Amazon Music HD on Amazon’s Echo Studio smart speaker. A number of works have already been remastered and will be available for streaming in Ultra HD soon such as Man On The Moon: The End of Day by Kid Cudi, Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged In New York, Diana & Marvin from Diana Ross, Joanne by Lady Gaga, Yours Truly by Ariana Grande, The Play Don’t Care Who Makes It from 2 Chainz, J Cole’s KOD, Lucille from B.B. King, Bob Marley And The WailersNatty Dread, and Don’t Think Twice from Waylon Jennings.

Three Six Zero have been appointed by MK as his global management team. The DJ and record producer will be managed by Three Six Zero Partner, Milo Mitchum and Three Six Zero CEO, Mark Gillespie. Los Angeles–based, MK is well–known for his productions in house music including classic track “Burning,” the legendary remix of Nightcrawlers’ “Push The Feeling On” and the two times Platinum–selling track “17.” His current single “2am” is released on Columbia Records and currently sits at No.1 on the U.S. Dance Airplay Chart. MK has produced hit remixes for artists such as Lana Del Rey, Armand Van Helden, Travis Scott and Ed Sheeran, and, as one of the most in–demand producers in the world, has collaborated with legends such as Quincy Jones and David Foster.

A new partnership has been finalized between Songtrust and Highvibes, an African music distribution and rights management platform. The agreement sees Songtrust supporting Highvibes’ publishing administration service and allows the company to provide a multi–layered alternative for African music rights holders covering royalty collection on the master side, as well as the publishing moving forward as well. Founded in 2019, Highvibes has offices across Ghana and Nigeria and has distributed over a million tracks from more than 100,000 artists representing 32 countries. The company keeps 10% of royalties generated from those using its platform.

Sony Music Masterworks and independent touring entrepreneurs Stephen Lindsay and Brett Sirota, leaders in booking Broadway productions, family attractions, one–person shows, symphonies and more, announced today the launch of RoadCo Entertainment, LLC, a new booking agency specializing in live family entertainment experiences. Under the agreement, RoadCo will work to develop and produce a range of live events based on popular brands and pre–existing intellectual properties, as well as all new immersive, interactive attractions for viewers of all ages. RoadCo Entertainment will also collaborate with Masterworks and the broader Sony family of companies to identify opportunities to develop live experiences based on Sony properties. Lindsay and Sirota, Co–Founders and Partners of The Road Company, will work alongside Mark Cavell, President of Sony Music Masterworks, and Scott Farthing, Sr. VP of Masterworks Broadway in overseeing the venture. A slate of initial future offerings from RoadCo will be announced in the coming weeks. The formation of the RoadCo venture builds on a long running successful relationship between Masterworks and Lindsay and Sirota, which includes serving as part of the co–producing team of the 2017 Tony Award–winning show, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical.

ICE and Triller have entered a multi–territory licensing agreement for musical works represented under ICE Core. Covering Triller from its launch, the deal will support the short form video platform by licensing it into 160+ territories for rights represented by ICE’s society and publisher rights holders including PRS for Music, GEMA, STIM, IMRO, Concord, Downtown and peermusic. The deal also counts a partnership on developing data reporting to support accurate and efficient distribution of royalties to rights owners.

BMG Production Music (BMGPM) has announced a number of changes as it continues to build its international business. These include several internal promotions to its senior global management team, launching an internal creative agency in the U.K. and, following a significant reorganization of the company’s U.S. team and human resource, strengthening of its specialist trailer division and expansion of its East Coast sales division. Within the BMGPM team based out of its London headquarters, Scott Doran, Caspar Kedros and Sam Delves are promoted to senior global creative roles in licensing, content and marketing, respectively. Effective immediately, all three roles report to EVP & Global Managing Director, John Clifford. With Doran’s new role to lead U.S. sales and a significant structural reorganization, Amberly Crouse–Knox (reporting to Doran) and Ali Pistoresi (reporting to Kedros) assume open roles at BMGPM in Los Angeles as senior creative directors working on licensing and production, respectively. Additionally, the reorganization sees BMGPM expand its East Coast sales team based in New York to enhance its services to its global media clients such as ITV, Netflix and others.

UTA recently revealed 35 promotions across more than 20 divisions in multiple offices for the agency, including elevations to agent, executive and associate levels. Out of Los Angeles, Pranav Mandavia has become an agent in digital talent; A.J. Leone, an agent in emerging platforms; Zuzanna Ciolekis an executive in fine arts; Olivia Fanaro an agent in media rights; Eni Akintade an agent in motion picture literary; and Aïcha Forbes–Diaby an associate in music business affairs. Also in the LA office Angelica Ayala–Torres has been named an executive in music innovation; Jordan Gorelick an agent in talent; Riley Folsom an agent in talent/music crossover; Liam McNamara an associate in television business affairs; Faith Brown, Connor Morgan, Talia Myers and Alejandra Reyes have become agents in television literary; and Kendall Schreiberg an executive in UTA marketing. For the New York UTA team, Mallory Guzzi becomes designer in brand studio and Tina Dunca an agent in music brand partnerships. UTA also named 18 new coordinators across multiple divisions including, in Los Angeles, Qihan “Silas” Wang (Asia business development crossover); Alex Swilley (brand studio); Kyle Boulia (corporate communications); Nicole Vincent (digital talent); Alex Don (esports); and Taylor Weil (human resources). Additional LA–based promotions to coordinator include Isaiah Jones (live events); Jev Valles (motion picture literary); Brian Mercer (speakers); Ross Wiggins (talent); Echo Matthews and Spencer Reiss (television literary); and Jeumana Jaber and Courtney Poey for UTA ventures. New York promotions to coordinator include Candice Lyseight in human resources; Noah Friedlander in music; and Dan Milaschewski in publishing. In Florida, Jessica Diehr becomes a coordinator in speakers.

Jesse Collins has been announced as the executive producer for next year’s Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show, making the long–time live event producer the first Black executive producer ever for the event. The Emmy–nominated Collins will work alongside director Hamish Hamilton for the halftime show, set to take place in Tampa, Florida on February 7th. Founder & CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, Collins garnered an Emmy nomination last year for Best Variety Special (Live) as part of the production team behind the 61st Grammy Awards. Additional credits include the CBS special John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero, the BET Awards, the BET Hip–Hop Awards and the Soul Train Awards.

Construction is set to begin this month on the new, 130,000 square foot Innovation Center complex, it was announced by ASM Global and Port San Antonio. Expected to finish in 2022, the space will be located on the site of the former Kelly Field Air Force Base and will feature a 2,500 capacity, multi–purpose technology arena as well as a full–scale food hall and LAN gaming center. Alongside the capability to host everything from esports events to concerts to corporate functions, the complex will also house the new San Antonio Museum of Science & Technology (SAMSAT). All profits generated by the Innovation Center will be reinvested into tech–focused education, either within the facility or its surrounding area, including K–12 STEM/STEAM and professional development programs.

Nuclear Blast has named Nathan Barley Phillips as Sr. A&R for the metal label. Most recently, Phillips led TuneCore U.K. at Believe where he oversaw all operations for the company as well as its relationships with artists, managers and industry partners. Prior, Phillips launched Basick Records in 2005 and spent four years on the AIM (Association of Independent Music) Board of Directors. Earlier this year, Believe and Nuclear Blast revealed Blood Blast Distribution as “the first worldwide digital distribution offer dedicated to extreme music.”

In Spain, Live Nation has revealed that a 19–concert series in Madrid has generated over €150,000 euros for the Live Nation Crew Nation global fund set–up to support touring staff feeling the effects of the ongoing pandemic. Among the Spanish acts featured at the socially–distanced, reduced capacity events were El Kanka, Xoel López, Muchachito, and violinist Ara Malikian. Hosted at the Madrid club La Riviera, the events welcomed just over 7,000 fans across the concerts.

As the COVID–19 crisis continues, the U.S. music industry is facing a realization that 90% of independent music venues across the country are at risk of closing permanently. In an effort to help support venues in need, The FADER has partnered with This T–Shirt, a relief platform founded by Dylan Hattem and Cassandra Aaron of DS Projects, for the Save Our Stages capsule collection, starting with New York City. Paying homage to the classic tour t–shirt, The FADER and This T–Shirt will build on the National Independent Venue Association’s (NIVA) #SaveOurStages campaign, spotlighting independent venues across New York and their impact within the community. Starting September 30th, the New York iteration of the SAVE OUR STAGES collection will be available for purchase with all proceeds from t–shirt sales going directly to the venues listed on each shirt and to NIVA’s Emergency Relief Fund. NIVA’s Emergency Relief Fund was created to support America’s most vulnerable venues and is intended to provide short–term relief for independent music venue owners and promoters affected by the COVID–19 shutdown. For more information, click HERE.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Craig Averill, Jennifer Insogna, Miles Beard, Howard Hertz, Jason Alexander, Rob Stevenson, Austin Daboh, Korda Marshall, Shiv Pandya, Ron Fair, Michael Goldstone, Amanda Samii, Imran Majid, Caroline Ellis, Xavier Ramos and Avery Lipman.


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. Animals can be cute, cuddly, protective, unpredictable and sometimes just darn right funny! Click HERE to view a smorgasbord of animal behaviors that will surely add some smiles to your daily grind.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– SAM AND SOUNDS



Indie pop culture’s newest and most exciting hidden gem is 19 year–old Sam and Sounds. After launching his music career during the depths of a worldwide pandemic due to COVID–19, his first three singles “Do It All Again,” “Addicted To You” and “Cloud 9” have soared to over 200,000 streams within three months of his debut, drawing nearly 35,000 listeners. His music journey began last year as he was busking on the streets of Tunbridge and Crawley, outside of London. While being stuck at home during the lockdown, this gave him little option other than to release music out into the digital world. Earning musical comparisons to the likes of Rex Orange County, Alfie Templeman and Swim Deep, Sam and Sounds will unveil his debut album this month. Listen to the single “Addicted To You” HERE and contact Mimi Brock Stark at Mimi@landerpr.com and Will Thorpe at will@landerpr.com or all inquiries and opportunities on behalf of Sam and Sounds.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – ASAF AVIDAN

Asaf Avidan began his music career with his Folk/Rock band back in 2006, where he released several albums under the name Asaf Avidan & the Mojos. Their debut album, The Reckoning, reached No.1 in Israel and was certified Gold with over 20,000 units sold. Five years later, Asaf decided to pursue a solo career. In 2012, German DJ Wankelmut, along with Asaf and producer Ori Winokur, remixed the Asaf Avidan & the Mojos song “One Day/Reckoning Song” which became a huge commercial success in Europe. The remix reached No.1 in Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy and Germany while also charting in Poland, France, Denmark, Sweden, Latvia and Luxembourg. Not only was the song a hit, but the Daniel Franke and Sander Houtkruijer–directed video clip starring Voin de Voin, Stephanie Ballantine and Blagoy Blagoev has been nothing short of massive, earning over 50 million YouTube views. In the last eight years, Asaf has released an EP and four solo studio albums, including last month’s Anagnorisis (Telmavar). His new single “900 Days” is a blameful angry song according to Asaf. He explains in detail (the song) “uses self–empowerment through a mechanism of blame, regret and the anger towards one another.” Experience the powerful number with the lyric video HERE and contact Ulysses Hüppauff at ulysses@odyssey-music.net for all inquiries.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 10/4/2020



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, October 4th, 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)
AMY LILLEY – “Formidable” (Unsigned, South Africa)
TWO YEAR VACATION – “Getaway” (Cloud Hills, Sweden)
SEA GIRLS – “All I Want To Hear You Say” (Polydor, UK)
GIRL IN RED – “Rue” (AWAL, Norway)
STEREOTIDE – “Hope” (Unsigned, Germany)
HOCKEY DAD – “Germaphobe” (Farmer & The Owl / BMG, Australia)
IAMJJ – “Different Kind Of Blues” (Unsigned, Denmark)
DOWN FOR TOMORROW – “Trouble Prone” (Good Intent, Australia)
FOREST BLAKK – “Foolish” (Atlantic Records, Canada)
CATHOLIC GUILT – “A Boutique Affair” (Wiretap Records, Australia)
HI FRISCO FT. CHARLOTTE SPIRAL – “Headspin” (SO Recordings, UK)
GIANT ROOKS – “Heat Up” (AR Entertainment, Germany)
BLACK SATELLITE – “Void” (484 Records, N. America)
SLIDE – “Hello Spirit” (If Music Could Talk, Sweden)
GINA BROOKLYN – “No More Hiding” (Unsigned, N. America)
VISTAS – “Stranger” (Retrospect Records, Scotland)
SAM AND SOUNDS – “Addicted To You” (Unsigned, UK)
LEONIDEN – “L.O.V.E.” (Euphorie, Germany)
SCHOOL OF X – “Forget Me On The Moon” (Tambourhinoceros, Denmark)
BLACK HONEY – “Beaches” (Fox Five Records, UK)
SYCCO – “Dribble” (Future Classic/Wilder Records, Australia)
DARLING BOY – “Air–Conditioned Gypsy” (From Darling Boy Music, UK)
RED ROBYN – “Got Me (Feat. The World of Birds)” (Red Robyn Music, South Africa)
DEVON – “Trust Issues” (Universal, UK)
POLAR STATES – “2020” (Killing Moon, UK)
ADÉLAIDE – “Silent Hope” (Unsigned, Germany)
SAAHIL BHARGAVA – “Plug In Baby” (Unsigned, India)
BLANKS – “Favorite Nightmare” (Unsigned, Holland)
DRY CLEAN ONLY – “Lonely Love” (Unsigned, N. America)
RICH BEESTON – “Fools Like Us” (Unsigned, Australia)

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