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INTERSCOPE NAMES NICOLE WYSKOARKO EVP/CO–HEAD OF A&R



Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA) has announced the promotion of Nicole Wyskoarko to Executive VP/Co–Head of A&R, alongside Sam Riback, who has held the Head of A&R post since 2016.

Nicole Wyskoarko
Having joined IGA in 2018 as Executive VP of Urban Operations, Wyskoarko has led the label’s urban A&R department through significant success with acts such as Juice WRLD, DaBaby, Lil Mosey, Ella Mai, Mustard, Summer Walker and 6lack. In her new role, she will maintain oversight of the label’s urban A&R division while continuing to report to John Janick, Chairman/CEO of IGA.

Additionally, she will collaborate with Riback, who looks after pop and rock A&R, to transform IGA’s various A&R teams into a cohesive team.

“Nicole has proven to be a leader within Interscope, a mentor to her team, a savvy dealmaker and an important voice within our industry,” Janick said. “This promotion reflects her success and amazing track record with our diverse roster of artists. I am excited to have Nicole and Sam as co–heads of A&R as we continue to forge IGA’s amazing cultural legacy.”

Wyskoarko’s career began when she garnered a key internship with Universal Music Group’s (UMG) business and legal affairs department during her time at Brooklyn Law School. Following her graduation, the internship transitioned into a full–time position and she remained with UMG for 11 years, rising to Sr. VP of Business & Legal Affairs for the company’s East Coast labels (Island, Def Jam and Republic). Prior to coming to IGA, Wyskoarko worked at the law firm of Carroll, Guido & Groffman, LLP as a Partner, playing a role in longstanding relationships with clients including Meek Mill, Mustard, Playboi Carti, H.E.R. and Lil Mosey.

Wyskoarko commented, “Working in this role at Interscope has been a lifelong dream. I am fortunate to have the support of executives like John and Joie Manda who have always backed my vision and supported our journey to create opportunities for our partners, our artists and our A&R team so that they can be successful at the very highest level. I’m looking forward to furthering our progress and working closely with Sam to create the best A&R team anywhere in the world.”


RESERVOIR SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH BEN HARPER
& EXTENDS DEAL WITH HITMAKER MR. FRANKS



Reservoir has announced the signing of three–time Grammy–winning singer–songwriter Ben Harper to worldwide publishing deal. The deal encompasses global rights to Harper’s entire catalog of works, including the new instrumental album Winter Is For Lovers, which was recently released.

Ben Harper
Harper has written and recorded a prolific collection of works both alone and with his longtime band, The Innocent Criminals, including fourteen studio albums, five live albums, and three concert films, plus a project with Dhani Harrison and Joseph Arthur called Fistful of Mercy. Of those, five have been certified Gold by the RIAA, including Live From Mars, Fight for Your Mind, Burn to Shine, Diamonds on the Inside and Welcome to the Cruel World, with many of his albums garnering Gold and Platinum certifications around the world.

“Ben Harper’s music is essential,” comments Reservoir EVP, Global Creative Director, Donna Caseine. “His music continues to tell rich stories and move the soul. From ‘The Three of Us’ to ‘Paris’ on his latest release Winter Is For Lovers, Ben’s musicianship and excellence is unparalleled. We are so grateful he put his songs in our care and look forward to all the new music ahead.”

Pictured l–r are Rell Lafargue (Reservoir President and COO), Donna Caseine (Reservoir EVP–Global Creative Director), Mr. Franks, Nadine Alsmadi (Mr Franks’ fianceé), Golnar Khosrowshahi (Reservoir Founder and CEO)
Additionally, Reservoir has finalized a new deal with Grammy–nominated writer–producer Steven Franks, pka Mr. Franks. The company has represented Mr. Franks since 2016 and will continue to publish his catalog and future works, including his recent collaborations with Ariana Grande (“Positions”), Justin Bieber (“Holy” featuring Chance The Rapper), and BLACKPINK with Selena Gomez (“Ice Cream”).

A frequent collaborator for Ariana Grande, Mr. Franks most recently teamed up with the artist on her new album, Positions, co–writing and/or co–producing nine tracks on the album including lead single and title track “Positions.” Their previous collaborations include the Grammy–nominated and Platinum track “Boyfriend” with Social House, four songs off of her 2016 Grammy–nominated, Platinum–selling album Dangerous Woman, and her 2015 holiday EP, Christmas & Chill.

In addition, Mr. Franks collaborated on the highly anticipated debut album from the world’s biggest girl group, BLACKPINK, The Album, including co–writing and co–producing the first single, “Ice Cream” with Selena Gomez, as well as “Bet You Wanna” featuring Cardi B. Other credits for Mr. Franks include work with Machine Gun Kelly, Monsta X, Chris Brown, Meghan Trainor and CNCO, among others.


SONY/ATV NAMES JOHN PIRES EVP, GLOBAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT – FINALIZES DEALS WITH HITMAKERS


Sony/ATV Music Publishing has announced the promotion of John Pires to EVP, Global Business Development. Based in the company’s LA offices, Pires reports directly to Sony/ATV Chairman & CEO, Jon Platt.

John Pires
In his new role, Pires will assume oversight of emerging and current business development across various departments, including new opportunities in production music and neighboring rights. Charged with helping to expand Sony/ATV’s global presence, he will also organize and streamline the company’s worldwide initiatives related to investments, acquisitions and signings. Pires joined Sony/ATV in 2007 as VP, Business Development when the company acquired Famous Music, and in 2010 he rose to Sr. VP, Business Development. In 2011, he was a member of the executive team that acquired EMI Music Publishing and was involved in all areas of the $2.3 billion transaction. Pires started his music industry career in 1991 in the A&R department at Imago Records, a start–up venture between BMG and the former Co–Founder of Chrysalis Records. He later transitioned to music publishing in 1993 as U.S. Creative Advisor to BMG’s German affiliate office. Following his time at BMG, he took to on roles at MCA Music Publishing and Viacom’s Famous Music.

Nomcebo Zikode
In Sony/ATV signing news, the publisher has finalized an exclusive publishing deal with Nomcebo Nkwanyana, professionally known as Nomcebo Zikode. A featured artist and co–writer of the global hit “Jersalema,” Nomcebo’s new deal encompasses her catalog, including her latest offering “Xola Moya Wam,” as well as future works. The South Africa–born singer–songwriter rose to prominence in 2018 when she was featured on South African producer DJ Ganyani’s song “Emazulwini.” Recently, her dance house hit single “Jerusalema” propelled her to international acclaim. The global anthem has garnered over 200 million views on YouTube and triggered a viral dance craze with the #JerusalemaDanceChallenge. With several chart–topping remixes also released, the track was recently recognized as the most Shazamed song worldwide, and the song has reached Gold and Platinum status in Italy, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain and Belgium.

Johnny Goldstein
Sony/ATV has also signed multi–Platinum music producer and songwriter Johnny Goldstein to a worldwide co–publishing deal. The company has partnered with Artist Publishing Group (APG) to provide creative services to Goldstein. Goldstein is well known for collaborating with some of today’s top talent, notably alongside will.i.am to produce the Black Eyed Peas’ eighth studio album TRANSLATION, where he produced twelve of the album’s fifteen tracks alongside artists including Shakira, Tyga, Ozuna, Nicky Jam, Becky G, Maluma, French Montana, El Alfa, Piso 21 and J Rey Soul. TRANSLATION has earned global recognition, reaching No.3 on the Billboard Latin Albums chart and earning over 500 million streams. Recently, the album’s single “MAMACITA,” featuring Ozuna, went to No.1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, reached No.1 on Latin Airplay, and garnered over 500 million total streams. Goldstein has been working on several new projects with prominent artists and has also expanded his talent into television advertising. His original compositions are currently featured in global commercial campaigns for Samsung, LG, Honda, Citroën, American Express, Heinz and 7 Up.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Alibaba Group has announced a partnership with Universal Music Group’s (UMG) Bravado merchandising and brand management division to help bring iconic artists’ merchandise and exclusive collaborations to Chinese consumers. The Bravado store launched last week on Tmall Global, the largest cross–border business–to–consumer marketplace in China, and will showcase merchandise from the likes of Tupac, Guns N’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley and Taylor Swift, who will be the store’s first featured artist. Other artist collections and collaborations will be added each month. The store launch will mark the first time that merchandise from Taylor Swift’s most recent album, folklore, will be available in China. In addition, Swift will debut her newest collection exclusively on Tmall Global during Alibaba’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival, giving Chinese shoppers access to it for two full weeks before anyone else in the world. The collections will also be offered via Alibaba Group’s Hey Box. In addition to offering a full range of premium merchandise and exclusive and bespoke designer collaborations, the store will showcase a different featured artist each month, offering a specially curated range of products inspired and influenced by each featured act. Universal Music China together with Bravado will work closely within Tmall Global and Alibaba’s ecosystem to help expand fan reach and interactivity through its technology and entertainment channels.

Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TME) and Merlin have extended their multi–year licensing and cooperation agreement having initially finalized a strategic cooperation deal in 2018. Under the renewed agreement, TME and Merlin will further their partnership while finding ways to further the creation of music value as well as elevate the music experience for TME’s users. Additionally, Merlin will now license to WeSing, TME’s social online karaoke platform in China, while continuing to license for QQ Music, KuGuo and Kuwo music streaming platforms.

Globally respected hit songwriter, Diane Warren, has revealed she is preparing to release her debut album as a solo artist in 2021. In a career spanning over three decades, the Grammy–winning Warren is well–known for crafting hits for the likes of Cher, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion and Aerosmith, among many others. Titled, The Cave Sessions Vol. 1, Warren’s new set will feature acts such as John Legend, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Jason Derulo, Ty Dolla $ign, Jhené Aiko and LP with the first single, “Times Like This,” featuring Darius Rucker set for release on November 10th.

Following reports that Kobalt was looking into a full or partial sale of the company, it’s been announced that Hipgnosis Songs has acquired a portfolio of 42 catalogs from Kobalt Music Copyrights for $322.9 million. The investment was funded using the net proceeds from Hipgnosis’ equity fundraising in September, in addition to its existing leverage facility. Kobalt will maintain its role administering the catalog. Altogether, the acquisition encompasses over 33,000 songs written by more than 1,500 songwriters from a range of genres. Hipgnosis revealed that the acquisition will increase diversification for the firm while delivering a stable and predictable income stream, which saw growth of 6% to $18 million in 2019. With this most recent purchase, the Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited portfolio now counts 117 catalogs and 57,000 songs, with an aggregate acquisition value of £1.18 billion.

Top Dawg Entertainment’s Kendrick Lamar has signed an exclusive, worldwide administration agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). A 13–time Grammy–winning rapper, songwriter and producer, Lamar is one of the most respected creators and lyricists in music history. Over the course of his career, Lamar has released multiple No.1 albums including Billboard 200 toppers Damn, To Pimp a Butterfly, Untitled Unmastered, and award–winning soundtrack Black Panther: The Album. Among his top 10–charting records are No.1 “Humble” (certified 3x Platinum), “DNA,” “All the Stars” with SZA, “Pray for Me” with The Weeknd, and others. Lamar’s major label debut, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, reached No.2 on the Billboard 200 and was named by Rolling Stone as one of “The 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time.” To Pimp a Butterfly in 2015 became his first No.1 on the Billboard 200. His 2017 release, Damn, topped the chart as well and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music, making Lamar the first non–classical and non–jazz artist to receive the honor. In 2018, Lamar wrote and produced 14 soundtrack songs for Marvel superhero film Black Panther. His critically acclaimed work won the Academy and Grammy Awards for Best Original Score. Lamar’s work has garnered him two American Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, a Brit Award, 11 MTV Video Music Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and an Academy Award nomination among a number of other recognitions.

In other UMPG news, the publisher has finalized an exclusive worldwide deal with six–time Grammy–winning producer and songwriter, Dave Cobb. Cobb is also currently leading the Elektra imprint, Low Country Sound, and is the producer–in–residence for RCA Studio A. Cobb’s credits include work on albums for Brandi Carlile, The Highwomen, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, John Prine, Anderson East and Rival Sons, as well as serving as a musical consultant and producer on 2018’s A Star Is Born, for which he produced Lady Gaga’s “Always Remember Us This Way.” Cobb is represented by manager Andrew Brightman of Brightman Music.

Downtown Music Holdings (Downtown) recently announced a number of appointments and key hires as the company continues to strengthen its commercial, legal, and financial organizations amidst unprecedented growth. Tracy Maddux, who has served as CEO of CD Baby and AVL Digital, which Downtown acquired in March 2019, will transition to Chief Commercial Officer for Downtown. Amber Charania has joined the Legal and Business Affairs team as Legal Counsel, along with Dean Luck, Downtown’s new International Controller. Additionally, Joel Andrew has been appointed to the role of CD Baby President.

In Q3 reporting, Spotify has revealed year–upon–year growth of 27% to its premium subscriber tier bringing the total of paid users to 144 million. The increase was driven by all regions, with new launches including in Russia, the most successful new market launch to date, supporting the growth. Spotify also noted strong performance from the global launch of the Duo subscription offer as well as surpassed expectations for its Google Nest mini promotion for the quarter in the U.K. and Canada. Total monthly average users (MAUs) increased by 29% year–upon–year, reaching 320 million, with strong performance in India and Russia. Global consumption hours have increased beyond pre–COVID levels for the quarter with all regions having fully recovered and trends returning to normal such as growth to in–car listening hours which have surpassed the pre–COVID threshold. According to Spotify, use of connected devices inside the home, which experienced a jump during lockdown, remain above pre–COVID levels. Total revenue for Q3 reached €1.975 billion, an increase of 14% year–upon–year or 19% on a constant currency basis. Spotify reported an operating loss of €224 million. Premium revenue hit €1.79 billion, growth of 15% year–upon–year or 20% in constant currency terms, with ad–supported revenue bouncing back with an increase of 9% year–upon–year, 15% in constant currency terms. Under the premium tier, average revenue per user (ARPU) dropped by 10% to €4.19 for the quarter. Product mix resulted in the majority of the ARPU decline, with geographic mix the next biggest factor. Surpassing forecasted expectations was ad–supported revenue which reached €185 million. Spotify’s Q3 podcast figures revealed 1.9 million podcasts on the platform with 22% of total MAUs having engaged with podcast content. Alongside the results, Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek noted that the platform has paid out €1 billion to rights holders in each of the first three quarters of 2020.

Apple also revealed strong numbers and surpassed expectations last week for its fiscal fourth quarter which ended on September 26th. Q4 revenue for the company reached $64.7 billion, a new record, with international sales represented 59% of the total for the quarter. The Services division also posted an all–time revenue record of $14.5 billion with Apple Music reaching a record high total. Tim Cook announced in the earnings call that Apple would also roll–out its Apple One subscription Bundle, which became available on Friday, and joins together six services which count Apple Music, Apple TV+ and Apple News+.

A new licensing agreement has been announced between TikTok and Sony Music Entertainment (SME). The deal brings the TikTok creator community access to sound clips from Sony Music’s acts. Additionally, TikTok and Sony Music will collaborate to support further personalization and creativity for users on the platform, while spearheading new opportunities for fan engagement with SME’s roster and music. A partnership between TikTok and Sony Music will also see the promotion of artists on the platform.

Budde Music has built upon its roster in the U.S. with the signings of writer–artist Nemo Achida, and producer King Michael Coy. Nemo Achida is a multi–talented songwriter and artist who has been in the studio with emerging hip–hop talent such as Jack Harlow and DJ Drama. His co–write, “What’s Popping,” was No.1 in the U.S. and has been certified 3x Platinum. He is also a writer on Jack Harlow’s latest single “Tyler Herro” and has contributed to six songs on his last album Sweet Action. Nemo was previously signed as an artist and has released songs with SZA and BJ The Chicago Kid. King Michael Coy is a music producer based out of LA by way of Minneapolis and Chicago. The multi–instrumentalist has experienced success in the hip–hop world as well, having co–written songs by Anderson .Paak and H.E.R. He is currently working with Dr. Dre on a special project.

Pablo Alborán has renewed his agreements with Warner Music Spain and Warner Chappell Music Spain as he prepares the release of his new album Vértigo, on November 6th. During his decade–long music career, Alborán has achieved over 42 Platinum album certifications; generated more than three billion YouTube views and two billion audio streams; attracted in excess of 21 million online followers, and has also sold out hundreds of shows in Europe and Latin America. He has also received countless recognition and awards including Grammy, Latin Grammy and World Music Awards nominations. On September 24th, Alborán unveiled “Si Hubieras Querido,” the first single from his forthcoming album, which generated more than 10 million streams worldwide within two weeks of its release. He has held the title of “Top’Selling Artist in Spain” in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018.

Primary Wave Music Publishing has announced a partnership with the award–winning singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist, Olivia Newton–John. The new partnership between Primary Wave and Newton–John includes the catalog of masters and publishing assets owned by the singer including hits such as “Physical,” “I Honestly Love You,” “A Little More Love,” “Please Mr. Please,” and “Have You Never Been Mellow,” as well as some of her biggest hits from Grease and Xanadu, including the Oscar–nominated “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and the No.1 hit “Magic.” With a career spanning over five decades with more than 100 million albums sold, Olivia’s successes include four Grammys, numerous Country Music, American Music, Billboard and People’s Choice Awards, an Emmy Award, ten No.1s, and more than 15 top 10 singles. In 2015, Newton–John’s No.1, “You Have to Believe,” a duet with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi, made the pair the first mother/daughter duo to top the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. In this new partnership with Primary Wave, Olivia and Primary Wave’s executive team will work closely together to help ensure her brand expands to even wider audiences. The icon will now have access to Primary Wave’s entire marketing, branding, Broadway, Film/TV, and digital strategy teams, as well as their licensing and synch departments.

Agent Jon Ollier has revealed he is parting ways with his role at CAA to set–up his own company. Ollier will take with him longtime client Ed Sheeran, as well as Anne–Marie and Calum Scott. Having joined CAA in 2015, Ollier spent the five years prior to that with Free Trade Agency. CAA currently looks after Sheeran worldwide, ex–North America and Canada, where he is represented by Marty Diamond and Ash Lewis of Paradigm.

Mumford & SonsBen Lovett’s Venue Group firm has seen a significant step forward in plans to bring a new amphitheater to Huntsville, Alabama with the securing of key funding from the city council. Managed by Huntsville Venue Group (HVG), the state–of–the–art, 8,000–person venue is expected to open in 2022. HVG is a partnership between Lovett and industry veterans Ryan Murphy, Mike Luba, Don Sullivan, Jeff Kicklighter and Al Santos. The new venue marks Lovett’s first move into the U.S. market, already counting London’s Omeara and Lafayette venues among his portfolio. In addition to live music, the new amphitheatre will welcome educational events and farmer’s markets, as well as an opportunity for local businesses and government organizations to host large–scale events. HVG is also looking to develop a “food village” next to the venue which will operate year–round.

After guiding the career of global superstar act Pearl Jam for three decades, Kelly Curtis is handing off manager duties to Mark Smith, a longtime member of the management team for the band. Curtis, who looked after Pearl Jam for their entire career to–date, had very little management experience when he began working with the group in 1990. Pearl Jam achieved initial success with the release of their debut full–length, Ten, in 1991 and since then, has seen all 11 of their studio albums debuting in the top 5 of the Billboard 200, five of which were No.1s.

In other management shifts, Billboard reported last week that The Strokes have parted ways with their team of Jack Rovner, Ryan Gentles and Richard Priest. The widely successful rock outfit have transitioned to Red Light Management where they will be represented by Coran Capshaw, the firm’s Founder, and his team.

AEG’s AXS ticketing platform has finalized a long–term agreement with Jam Productions, one of the biggest indie concert promoters in N. America. Commencing later this year, Jam will start to deliver AXS’ mobile–first solution to Chicago’s Riviera Theatre, The Vic and Park West. The agreement encompasses the range of services AXS offers such as premium reserved ticketing functionality and 3D seat maps. Additionally, Jam will be able to tap into dynamic pricing technology, membership capabilities, real–time reporting, and marketing tools to personalize the experience of fans from discovery to purchase. Jam had used the Ticketfly previously.

Hip–hop artist Kid Cudi has teamed up with screenwriter Ian Edelman and startup veteran Jonathan Gray to unveil a new mobile–based app under the banner of Encore. Encore seeks to support the monetization of artists’ connections with fans by allowing for live music experiences via smart phones, fan interaction, community centered content and merchandise to offer fans new opportunities to reward their favorite acts. Encore closed a $2 million seed round earlier in the year, led by global investment firm Battery Ventures with general partner, Roger Lee, also joining the board of directors.

YMU has announced that Mary Bekhait will be taking on the role of Group CEO for the firm, effective January 1st of next year. Bekhait currently serves as U.K. CEO and will take over for Neil Rodford, current Group CEO, who is parting ways with YMU after two decades. Rodford will take on the role of Chairman for YMU Ventures, a newly launched subsidiary. According to a statement from YMU Group, Bekhait will take the lead on the discovery of new talent and position creativity at the core of the business. Additionally, the company will look to invest in growth areas including digital, e–commerce and direct–to–consumer. Rodford’s primary focus will be towards investing alongside clients in the creation of intellectual property while continuing to introduce, and support, mergers and acquisitions.

A&R Worldwide has learned that respected entertainment attorney, Paul Menes, has joined the firm of Perleberg McClaren as Head of Entertainment and Digital Media. Menes had most recently been with ADLI Law Group as Head of the firm’s Entertainment and Media practice.

In its annual Global Collections Report, CISAC recently revealed they anticipate a decrease in worldwide royalty collections this year for creators across music, audiovisual works, visual arts, drama and literature that could reach 35% or €3.5 billion in lost income. The report detailed the effects creators have felt as a result of the pandemic while analyzing the repercussions to their income into next year as well as the actions implemented by CISAC members. 2019 saw a boost in collections of nearly €8.96 billion which was supported by a strong live/background sector. With COVID–19 lockdown measures in place and a loss to ad revenue, 2020 is expected to see a 20–35% drop. While digital only accounts for 22.5% of global collections, the sector has seen strong growth due to increased streaming and collections are expected to increase by 15% for 2020 with 2019 collections reaching €2 billion. Live and background collections are looking at an expected 60–80% drop, while those from broadcast, radio and cable are also likely to drop by 10–20% due to cuts in ad spending.

MIDiA Research, in partnership with Audible Magic, has published a report revealing that user–generated content (UGC) is a growing source of revenue for the music industry. YouTube, which is used by 45% of the adult population in the U.K., will benefit from the increasing ad revenue along with the rights holders on growing social media platforms such as TikTok, SoundCloud and Twitch. Despite the “value gap” in returns for rights holders from YouTube, it remains the predominant platform above Spotify and other streaming services due to the significant UGC and user interaction. MIDiA predicts that music–related UGC revenue generated from advertising will increase from 2019’s $3.594 billion evaluation to $4.05 billion in 2020. Potential rights holder income represents $2.2 billion of that total. The forecast of potential revenue is set to increase to $5.907 billion by 2022 with $3.2 billion belonging to music rights holders. Chinese platforms represent 50% of the substantial growth between 2019 and 2022 with ByteDance’s Doyin in China, known as TikTok globally, acting as the main drivers. Additionally, ad revenue from social media platforms reached $119 billion in 2019 with in–app purchases and virtual merchandise also revealing themselves as new monetization opportunities.

Ticketing and discovery service Dice has made its way to the Indian market, having revealed the platform’s launch in the territory last week. In making its entry into India, Dice will sit as the only service in India to provide personalized global event recommendations via Dice Discovery. Dice’s launch came with a number of exclusive livestreams from local and international artists in India. Among the current event offerings for the region are included Pabllo Vittar 111 Halloween Club Night (October 31st), Kylie: Infinite Disco (November 7th), The Raghav Meattle Show (November 8th), Nuka presents: Shed My Skin (December 3rd) and RetroFuture 2.0 (December 12th), with further events set to be announced.

Sentric Music Group and Beatport have finalized a deal that will see the independent publisher collect royalties directly from the world’s leading electronic music download store, making payments faster and more accurate. Thousands of electronic music producers, at all stages of their careers, have historically been missing out on vital publishing income from downloads, streams, broadcast and live plays because of the challenges inherent in registering copyrights. The partnership between Beatport and Sentric Electronic gives music creators the opportunity to participate in a simple, fair and flexible deal to return their publishing royalties faster than ever before. Artists and producers who have had their tracks streamed or downloaded on Beatport will be able to access income and have their publishing royalties paid directly thanks to an easy to operate online account. Beginning immediately, Beatports’ artist, producer and label partners will have access to Sentric’s rights management solutions and creative services. Artists and labels already signed to the partnership include Patrice Bäumel, Victor Ruiz, Metodi Hristov, Joyce Muniz, Sincopat, Urbana and Culprit.

A new electronic music agency has made its way to Berlin, Germany under the banner of Frills. The agency counts a team of specialists from the artist development arena to provide a diverse range of services, including bookings, marketing and brand creation as well as business affairs, consulting, record label management and event production. With 25 years of experience in the electronic music arena, Co–Founder Aga Heller previously headed the bookings team for Solomun’s Diynamic artist roster before taking on the management of global event series, Hyte. Heller’s new venture sees him teaming up with music industry entrepreneur David Lewis, Co–Founder of David Lewis Productions, Alda and Armada Music. The booking division will be helmed by Catherine Stoy, a 15–year industry veteran whose resume includes stops with Richie Hawtin’s former M–nus bookings roster at Clonk Artist Booking, and more recently with Temporary Secretary as a booking agent looking after Dixon, Ame and others.

The Production Services Association (PSA) Welfare and Benevolent Fund, operated by Stagehand, has received a £54,000 donation from the BPI/BRIT Awards. Stagehand’s COVID–19 Crew Relief fund aims to support event professionals impacted by the effects on the industry as a result of the pandemic. This donation is in addition to the £1.62 million BPI–organized contribution from the recorded music sector earlier this year to assist charities and organizations working to support artists, managers and venues and brings the total distributed to £1.67 million. BPI/BRIT’s donation brings Stagehand closer to their £250,000 goal for the fund.

Soundstripe is expanding its royalty–free catalog of high–quality music and sound effects by adding stock video, with over 70,000 video clips already available and more being added regularly. The move establishes a “one stop stock” for creators who need to license media for their projects. As with music and sound effects, Soundstripe makes it easy for video creators to find professionally shot B–roll or other video clips to fill out their projects, offering curated playlists as well as robust search and filter options, favorites, a My Playlists page, and the ability to seamlessly play music while previewing and playing video to test out the combination of both. When a video clip is selected, Soundstripe members only need to click a button to secure a universal license, which will not expire even if they let their membership lapse. All videos are available in the most popular high–quality formats, including SD, HD, 2K and 4K, with many also available in 5K, 6K and 8K. A variety of Soundstripe subscription plans featuring unlimited stock video licenses are now available, including a video–only option at about $42/month and bundles that add unlimited music and sound effects, with a full “one stop stock” plan costing about $54/month. Team accounts are also available for an additional fee.

Amuse has built upon its data–driven royalty advance offering, Fast Forward, which allows eligible self–releasing artists to advance future royalties to themselves. The expansion sees Amuse fully integrating Fast Forward into the Amuse Pro Royalty Split service, allowing artist collaborators, including producers, managers and other creators, to advance themselves future earnings. Fast Forward implements machine learning and Amuse’s access to streaming data from its users to automatically calculate future royalties. Eligible users can then browse and withdraw their advance for a small fee, based on the offer structure. Offers are updated on a daily basis as new streaming data is available and will now range from $50 up to $300,000.

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) recently made several announcements in the proceedings of its online AGM, including a brand new, free, Associate Membership tier, and five new directors elected to its board. The new tier will be open to every client of AIM’s independent Distributor Members, providing the next generation of independent music entrepreneurs with access to key foundational music business knowledge and resources. This includes AIM’s “Start–Up Guide to Music Business” and “Distribution Revolution” industry guides, educational webinars on key business skills, “tip sheets” and free access to selected AIM conferences. Trialed at the end of this year and fully launched in early 2021, the new tier is expected to see AIM’s total membership grow from the current 1000+ labels and associated businesses to more than 100,000. It is intended to ensure that nearly anyone building a career or business in music can access crucial resources for free. In a year which saw record voting numbers from the AIM Membership and a record number of nominees standing for the board, five new AIM Board Members were appointed as part of the formal business of the AGM. The all–female list of newly elected Board Members includes Clare Mckinney (Domino Recording Company); Maya Kalev (Stones Throw Records); Nicole Mckenzie (MIC Records); Rachael Patterson (!K7 Music); and Suzanne Lachapelle (Cooking Vinyl).

Led by Grammy–winning composer, orchestrator, conductor and musician Jeff Elmassian, music and sound design company Endless Noise has named Dave Chapman to the post of Creative Director and Partner. Chapman is a longtime music and audio producer, engineer and mixer who co–founded (along with Samuel Creager) Ugly Duck Studios in Boston in 2013. Chapman and Creager, both of whom relocated to LA in 2019, remain actively involved with Ugly Duck, which is currently being managed day–to–day by Dan Babai. Ugly Duck’s clients have included the likes of Walt Disney Studios, LucasArts, NPR, the New York Times, the BBC, Comcast, MTV, AT&T, Buick, the History Channel and others.

Montreux Jazz Festival has recently announced its latest international expansion with the Montreux Jazz Festival China, due to take place in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, from October 5th – 8th, 2021. The new festival will host an eclectic program exploring “When West Meets East,” combining Chinese and Asian music, and jazz, which has been enjoying renewed success in the country in recent years. This latest partnership continues Montreux Jazz Festival’s long–term efforts to connect with other continents and mix different musical cultures. 2021 will hopefully see a total of four editions of the world famous festival including the original in Montreux as well as those in Rio, Tokyo and now Hangzhou.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Mary Rahmani, Ellen Healy, Mike Caren, Joe Belliotti, Rich Flier, Tuff Morgan, Jeff Sosnow, Lisa Worden, Monte Lipman, Chris Williams, Mandar Thakur, Frank Takeshita, Gary Mandel, Folkert Koopmans and Mamie Coleman.


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. In the world of viral moments, one never knows when the unexpected will happen. Click HERE for a smorgasbord of unexpecting viral moments that certainly were captured at someone else’s expense!


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



As a songwriter and artist, Rich Beeston’s music has hit the U.S. Spotify Viral Top 50, been streamed over 3 million times, and heard globally via KROQ and KCRW (Los Angeles), BBC Radio 2 and Absolute Radio (UK), Bayern 3 and Radio EINS (Europe), triple J and KIIS 1065 (Australia) and a number of others. With the support of A&R Worldwide’s synch relationships his music has also been featured in EA SportsFIFA, Queer Eye, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Gossip Girl, The Bachelorette, Jersey Shore, The Real World, Australia Open, Winners and Losers (Europe), and countless others. Rich is now launching his solo career as a singer/songwriter with the single “Coincidences,” a track that Steph Hughs of triple J says is “A total heartstring puller... with really gorgeous glacially clear production.” Listen to “Coincidences” by Rich Beeston HERE and contact info@anrworldwide.com as Rich is available for synch, brand and label opportunities.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – G FLIP

G Flip is the musical project of Australian drummer, singer, instrumentalist and self–taught writer and producer Georgia Flipo. Her debut self–produced track “About You” received global attention earning immediate rotation from triple j and international media from Pitchfork, Pigeons & Planes, Gorilla vs. Bear, and Line of Best Fit. The next two years following the debut single, she sold out all five of her Australian headline tours, was nominated for 3x ARIA awards, earned multiple Gold–accredited singles, and has played across the world at festivals such as Neon Lights, Lollapalooza, Splendour In The Grass, Laneway Festival, SXSW and more. Her debut album About Us (Future Classic) released last year debuted at No.1 on the Vinyl ARIA charts and No.6 digitally, was a triple j feature album of the week and earned praise from Rolling Stone, NME and more–earning over 80 million streams so far. G Flip has returned with a new single, “You & I,” an anthemic pop moment but also a sentimental ode to a past relationship. Of the song she says “All my songs are about gay relationships but we’ve never portrayed that ever.” The song is about empowering queer love stories and that’s what we want people to take away. Experience the visual for “You & I” HERE and contact Dan Zilber at dan@futureclassic.com and Katie Hupp at katie@futureclassic.com, as G Flip is available for synch, brand and selective co–writing or feature opportunities.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 11/1/2020



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, November 1st, 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; Indie Xfm Los Angeles and on The Independent FM (iHeartRadio) in the United States, as well as many others internationally.

Listen to this two hour show by clicking HERE:

GIANT ROOKS – “Watershed” (AR Entertainment, Germany)
TWO YEAR VACATION – “Django” (Cloud Hills, Sweden)
THE PALE WHITE – “Take Your Time” (Unsigned, UK)
ASAF AVIDAN – “900 Days” (Telmavar Records & Polydor/Universal, Germany)
LOVEBREAKERS – “Horizons” (Little Rocket / Sabbath City, UK)
THE RUBENS – “Time Of My Life” (Ivy League Records, Australia)
IAMJJ – “Different Kind Of Blues” (Unsigned, Denmark)
SAM AND SOUNDS – “Addicted To You” (Unsigned, UK)
MATTHEW MOLE – “Keep It Together” (Universal Music, South Africa)
HOCKEY DAD – “Germaphobe” (Farmer & The Owl / BMG, Australia)
ALFIE TEMPLEMAN – “Things I Thought Were Mine” (AWAL, UK)
GOLD MEMBER – “Chilli & Cocoa” (Sureshaker, Australia)
SYCCO – “Dribble” (Future Classic / Wilder, Australia)
TREE LINED STREETS – “No Friend Of Mine” (Unsigned, Ireland)
GINA BROOKLYN – “No More Hiding” (Unsigned, N. America)
LARKINS – “TV Dream” (Good Soldier, UK)
SMITH & THELL – “Year of The Young” (Playground, Sweden)
APRE – “Without Your Love” (Propeller Recordings, UK)
OSCAR LANG – “Drinking Wine” (Dirty Hit, UK)
TUYS – “Saturday Night” (Unsigned, Luxembourg)
VISTAS – “Stranger” (Retrospect Records, Scotland)
ADÉLAIDE – “Silent Hope” (Unsigned, Germany)
CATHOLIC GUILT – “A Boutique Affair” (Wiretap Records, Australia)
LEONIDEN – “L.O.V.E.” (Euphorie, Germany)
HELENA DELAND – “Truth Nugget” (Luminelle Recordings / Chivi Chivi, Canada)
LE JUNK – “Level 3” (Unsigned, UK)
AMY LILLEY – “Formidable” (Unsigned, South Africa)
PIXEY – “Just Move” (Chess Club/ATO, UK)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Lines of Love” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
DARLING BOY – “Air–Conditioned Gypsy” (From Darling Boy Music, UK)
RICH BEESTON – “Coincidences” (Unsigned, Australia)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Maddox Jones, Giant Rooks, Smith & Thell, Oscar Lang and Le Junk )