LARRY MATTERA NAMED GENERAL MANAGER OF CAPITOL RECORDS
& EVP OF CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP
Regarded music executive Larry Mattera has been appointed General Manager of Capitol Records, and Executive Vice President of Capitol Music Group (CMG), it was announced last week by CMG Chairman & CEO Jeff Vaughn, to whom Mattera will report. In his newly created GM position, Mattera will lead the day–to–day operations of CMG’s flagship label. In his broader EVP role, he will help strategize and navigate CMG’s future course as a key member of Vaughn’s executive management team. Mattera is based in Hollywood out of CMG’s Capitol Tower.
According to Vaughn, “Larry is a forward thinking and highly experienced music executive who’s been at the forefront of innovative approaches to marketing music his entire career. He’s established an exceptional track record of building strong teams and brings his passion for artists and music to his work every day. I’m thrilled that Larry has joined our Capitol family and I welcome him to the Tower.”
Mattera said, “I want to thank Jeff for this incredible opportunity to join a label that has long been home to some of the greatest and most culturally relevant artists in the history of the music business. I know that my experience and progressive approach to developing and breaking artists in a streaming–centric marketplace perfectly complements Jeff’s vision for Capitol Records. I’m also looking forward to playing an integral role as a member of Jeff and Michelle Jubelirer’s CMG executive management team and working closely with such an impressive group of passionate music professionals.”
Prior to CMG, Mattera most recently served as GM and EVP of Commerce & Marketing at Warner Records. Upon rising to that post in 2016, Mattera added oversight of all areas of marketing to his portfolio, including product management, strategic and brand marketing, research and analytics and touring and artist development. He was responsible for overseeing label operations and all artist and new release campaigns, including successful projects from Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha, Lil Pump, Jason Derulo, Lukas Graham, Gorillaz, Gary Clark Jr, Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Michael Bublé and Josh Groban.
Mattera joined Warner Records in 2015 as EVP, Commerce & Digital Marketing, taking on oversight of the label’s commercial activities across all traditional and digital platforms, with responsibility for digital marketing initiatives and strategy. Mattera had previously served as Sr. VP of Global Digital Accounts at WEA, Warner Music Group’s global artist and label service arm, for eight years, having joined that company in 2007.
Other past roles for Mattera include two years at Amp’d Mobile as Sr. VP of Music Strategy as well as six years at Island Def Jam, beginning in 1999, where he created the company’s New Media Department and was at the forefront in establishing the first digital marketing and commerce efforts at the record company level. His career began in 1994 at Epic Records before heading to Polygram Group Distribution in 1996 for three years.
In Capitol Records U.K. news, it was announced last week by the label’s Co–Presidents, Jo Charrington and Nick Raphael that they have promoted Tom Paul to the role of General Manager for the label. Paul most recently served as Marketing Director and counts more than 12 years of experience working across some of Capitol’s biggest global campaigns, since first supporting the label’s launch in 2011, such as Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer and Liam Payne. He has also played an integral part in the introduction of Capitol’s growing roster of emerging acts including Mae Muller and recent signing Zoe Wees.
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP FORMS MERCURY STUDIOS
Universal Music Group (UMG) has announced the formation of Mercury Studios, a new multi–faceted content studio established to develop, produce, and invest in innovative, music–based storytelling. Alongside content development and production, Mercury Studios will count global film and television producer, Eagle Rock Entertainment (ERE) and build upon ERE’s award–winning library that includes nearly 2,000 hours of programming and over 800 titles of original documentaries. Mercury Studios will produce content with music continuing to serve as the foundation for projects across performance/live, factual/reality, scripted, artist and filmmaker partnerships and remastering and audio originals via film and television content, podcasts and short form content. Additionally, Mercury will leverage ERE’s global sales division alongside home video and digital media distribution.
Mercury Studios will be helmed by highly respected media executive, Alice Webb, who was appointed CEO of Eagle Rock by Universal Music U.K., Chairman & CEO, David Joseph in 2019, following a successful 15–year career at the BBC. Joseph will position Mercury as a key contributor to UMG’s global, multifaceted audio–visual strategy, reporting to UMG’s Chairman & CEO, Sir Lucian Grainge.
David Joseph says, “Mercury Studios will bring together the very best in the business under the exceptional leadership of Alice, who has already proved herself as a dynamic creative innovator, not least during her time at the BBC. Mercury will be about bold ideas, exciting new talent but above all compelling visual storytelling, all of which will be demonstrated with the exciting projects we will be announcing over the coming weeks. Music is a world full of the most extraordinary stories, with so many yet to be told.”
Alice Webb, CEO of Mercury Studios, says, “Music is a passion – it touches every part of our lives, which is why Mercury Studios is such an exciting proposition. We are unique – bringing together expertise from across music, film and television in factual, scripted, premium audio, performance and so much more. We can offer creators a vibrant space to realise the projects they are truly passionate about, tapping into the wealth of expertise we have access to. We are also keen to welcome new blood: talented, ambitious people who want to make distinctive, relevant content with music at its heart.”
Mercury Studios will continue ERE’s work of filming live performances, most recently in the form of live–streamed concerts for artists Sam Smith, Glass Animals and The Streets, the last of which won the UKMVA’s Best Music Film Award for 2020. ERE’s library of programming also includes the Grammy–nominated documentary Miles Davis: The Birth of Cool, and current Grammy nominee, That Little Ol’ Band from Texas, the story of ZZ Top, which will be housed in Mercury Studios. Additional performances and concert footage in the ERE catalog includes historical footage from acts such as The Rolling Stones, Ella Fitzgerald, Queen and Dr Dre.
Mercury Studios will have offices in London and Los Angeles.
WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC CHINA NAMES JUNE GAO GM
Warner Chappell Music China has announced the promotion of June Gao to General Manager for the company. In her new position, she will continue to be based in Beijing and report to Monica Lee, President, Warner Chappell Music Asia Pacific. Gao will take on oversight for all of Warner Chappell Music’s business in China, building up a team that will help the company’s local and international songwriters capitalize on the significant opportunities opening up in the country as its digital music market continues to grow.
Her promotion comes at a time when the publisher is accelerating the growth of its domestic roster in Greater China, signing top Cantopop and Mandopop writers, as well as talent from the fast–emerging hip–hop scene. Warner Chappell is also seeing increased use of its international writers’ music in the country, particularly on popular TV music shows. The company has moved to accelerate this growth through the launch of a second office in Shanghai, a key hub for the country’s advertising, brand and entertainment businesses.
June Gao says, “We’re in a new golden age of songwriting in China. The explosion of different music scenes over the last few years has been amazing, and now we’re also seeing the market truly appreciate and encourage the value of music. We’re keen to act as strategic partners who can share our knowledge and experience to the benefit of both our writers and our clients to deliver creative and commercial alchemy.”
Monica Lee adds, “June is a terrific exec who combines an instinctive empathy with our songwriters and a deep understanding of the marketplace. She’s helped grow our presence in mainland China, particularly with our broadcast clients, and ensured that Chappell is seen as the most innovative player in the market. I know that she’ll seize the opportunities this fast–expanding market offers our writers in the years ahead.”
Gao came to Warner Chappell Music China in 2013, after working at Beijing–based Jamewish Brand Consulting. She initially served as a Licensing Executive, before being promoted to the role of General Manager, Licensing & Synch in 2019. In her time at Warner Chappell, Gao has successfully developed the publisher’s relationships with local advertising agencies and the fast–growing movie sector. She has also worked with the leading producers of popular TV music and variety shows, such as I Am A Singer and The Voice of China.
UNIVERSAL MUSIC U.K. LAUNCHES 0207 DEF JAM LABEL
Universal Music U.K. recently revealed the launch of 0207 Def Jam, a new frontline label and the U.K. home of the iconic Def Jam Recordings label, tapping a respected collective of executives to lead including the appointment of highly respected Ghanaian London–born twin brother executive duo, Alec and Alex Boateng as Co–Presidents.
0207 Def Jam, which takes the first part of its name and inspiration from a telephone code in London as a nod to the music, culture and art in the U.K., is partnering with the legendary Def Jam label which has been a driving force in hip hop culture around the world for over 35 years.
Alex & Alec Boateng
Alongside his brother, Alex takes the helm after a decade at Universal Music U.K., most recently as President of Island Records’ first Urban Division. After taking the role in 2018, he oversaw U.K. campaigns for Drake, Tiwa Savage, Buju Banton, Nav, Giggs, Unknown T, Ray BLK, M Huncho, Tekno and Miraa May while spearheading campaigns for George The Poet’s debut book release, British film The Intent 2, and U.K.–based clothing brand/label, Lizzy. Alex is also a member of Universal Music’s Task Force for Meaningful Change. He joined Universal Music in 2010 in a digital role at Island Records before heading to the marketing and A&R departments, a period which included campaign launches for Tinchy Stryder, Drake, The Weeknd and Nicki Minaj, as well as A&R for artists such as JP Cooper, Sean Paul, Jessie J, Dizzee Rascal, Donae’o and Big Shaq. He started his music career balancing a marketing degree with DJing, multiple shifts at radio and running his own marketing and promotions company with his then BBC 1Xtra colleague, G Money, before taking on consulting roles with Atlantic Records, Polydor and AATW.
Alec joins 0207 Def Jam after seven years at Warner Music, most recently as Co–Head of A&R at Atlantic, where his award–winning work included commercial and cultural success with acts such as Jess Glynne, Stormzy and Burna Boy, as well as the likes of WSTRN, Rita Ora, Kojo Funds, Stalk Ashley, Preditah and others. A veteran broadcaster, he also spent over a decade at BBC 1Xtra where he hosted the breakfast show for several years and a series of other specialist shows with a focus on breaking new British music. Alec’s career saw him start out DJing before leading the award–winning U.K. mixtape team Split Mics, eventually leaving university after he was headhunted for an A&R opportunity. Initially, he worked with Ministry of Sound, and then began operating his own co–owned music company alongside the late industry lawyer Richard Antwi.
Alex’s former Island colleague, Amy Tettey, also joins the team as Managing Director after 11 years with the label, most recently as Finance Director. Alongside Tettey, Jacqueline Eyewe and Char Grant join as Marketing Director and A&R Director, respectively.
Alec and Alex report to Universal Music U.K. Chairman & CEO David Joseph who comments, “Bringing the Boateng brothers together at 0207 Def Jam is an important moment in British culture. Alec and Alex have always done things their own way with success always quick to follow. They have already assembled an exceptionally talented top team with a clear vision for this exciting new chapter in the history of one of the world’s most famous labels.”
Alec Boateng says, “Music, art and artists really, really matter. I’m super excited to play a leadership role in this brilliant new space we’re creating for amazing music and talent to live and evolve. A space which will support both our teams and our artists to be the best version of themselves.”
Alex Boateng adds, “Especially in these times, this is a real privilege. I’m proud our collective journey now includes partnering a legendary label with a style that only London and the UK can provide. Looking forward to watching and guiding where the music and art takes the journey next.”
Revealed last week, 0207 Def Jam has also announced its first signing as influential British Grime pioneer, Stormzy, reuniting the artist with Alec Boateng who worked with the artist at Atlantic.
GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) announced today the acquisition of Bob Dylan’s entire catalog of songs. This landmark agreement encompasses over 600 copyrights spanning six decades, from 1962’s cultural milestone “Blowin’ In The Wind” to this year’s epic “Murder Most Foul.” Dylan’s songs have been recorded more than 6,000 times by a range of artists representing dozens of countries, cultures and music genres. In addition to “Blowin’ In The Wind,” some of his best known works include “The Times They Are a–Changin’,” “Like A Rolling Stone,” “Lay Lady Lay,” “Forever Young,” “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” “Tangled Up In Blue,” “Gotta Serve Somebody,” “Make You Feel My Love,” and the Academy Award–winning “Things Have Changed.” In the decades since Dylan first burst into the public’s consciousness via New York City’s Greenwich Village folk music scene in the early 60s, he has sold over 125 million records worldwide. He continues to tour the globe each year, performing nearly 100 concerts annually. He was also awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016, the first songwriter to receive such a distinction, cited by the Swedish Academy “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
Marc Wilson, Sr. Director of A&R at Warner Chappell Music, announced that his last day with the company was this past Friday. Wilson had spent the past 13 years working at the major publisher and thanked all of his songwriters, creatives and team for his memorable times at the company. In addition, he gave a special mention to Greg Sowders, Sr. VP of A&R, Warner Chappell Music, who initially hired him and has since been a close friend and mentor. Wilson will unveil his new path in music in 2021.
Sony Music Entertainment has finalized the acquisition of LA–based artist distribution and services company, Human Re Sources, from Q&A. Under the deal, Human Re Sources falls under the banner of The Orchard. Helmed by J Erving, Human Re Sources will continue the signing and development of artists directly. Erving will also take on the role of EVP, Creative Development for Sony Music Entertainment, reporting to Rob Stringer, the company’s Chairman, and working alongside the major’s recorded music teams. Irving will support artists and labels on projects, tapping into his significant experience across artist development and A&R. In maintaining his leadership of Human Re Sources, he takes on EVP duties for The Orchard, reporting to CEO, Brad Navin. Human Re Sources brings to The Orchard artists 2Tone, Grip and Grammy–nominated Ant Clemons.
As it continues its restructuring, Disney has revealed that it will shutter its Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country operations in Q1 of next year. The decision will result in 36 lay–offs to full and part time staffers. The move is part of Disney’s initiatives to restructure its division and priorities including the Branded Television team’s mandate to boost content production across Disney+ and Disney Channels. The decision will not impact Radio Disney in Latin America which operates independently.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has named Naomi Asher as VP, Neighbouring Rights, U.K. & International. Based in Sony/ATV’s London office, Asher reports directly to President and Co–Managing Director David Ventura, and Co–Managing Director Tim Major. In this role, she will be tasked with managing the company’s Neighbouring Rights division and driving its continued growth. She also will maintain relationships with societies and clients across the U.K. and internationally and create strategic initiatives to ensure performers receive fair pay. Prior to joining Sony/ATV, Asher was Director & President of Wixen Music U.K. Ltd., where she worked to expand its Neighbouring Rights division. During her time at Wixen, she co–founded the Independent Alliance for Artist Rights (IAFAR), a trade body for the Neighbouring Rights business, and has been a leading advocate for standardization and increased transparency in this market throughout the industry. Originally from Los Angeles, Asher started her U.K. music industry career in the musical theatre business working for various theatres.
Greg Dorfman has been promoted to EVP, Promotion for Elektra Music Group (EMG). Dorfman, who has been with the Warner Music Group (WMG) family for more than 25 years, will now oversee the day–to–day operations of EMG’s promotion department, encompassing the Elektra, Fueled By Ramen and Roadrunner labels. Based in New York, Dorfman reports to EMG Co–President, Mike Easterlin. Having first joined Elektra in 1994, Dorfman most recently served as EMG’s Sr. VP of Alternative Promotion. Among his many accomplishments, he led the company to back–to–back No.1 market shares at Modern Rock radio in 2019 and 2020, and currently has the format’s No.1 song with All Time Low’s “Monster,” which has topped the chart for 12 weeks. Dorfman has also played a key role in breaking acts such as twenty one pilots, Panic! At The Disco, Paramore and Young The Giant. Dorfman career began doing Northwest Regional promotion for Warner Records before heading to sister label Elektra, and later to New York to lead Elektra’s Alternative Radio department. When Elektra Records merged into Atlantic Records in 2004, Dorfman assumed posts at the company’s Lava and Fueled By Ramen/Roadrunner labels. In 2018, with the launch of the new Elektra Music Group as a stand–alone company within WMG, Dorfman became part of the new label group’s founding team.
As a result of BMG’s acquisition of the Cheyenne Records catalog, No Angels, the most successful girl band in German chart history, have made their way back to streaming services. The Cheyenne Records catalog, which includes many of Germany’s most iconic songs of the 2000s, encompasses over 600 master recordings from bands and solo artists who emerged from the international television talent show Popstars between 2000 and 2010. Alongside No Angels, Cheyenne Records’ roster represents multi–Platinum certified acts such as Bro’Sis, Overground, Nu Pagadi, Preluders, Monrose, Queensberry, Room 2012, Some & Any and La Vive. A collection of No.1 hits, which had been absent from DSPs for five years, returned to the platforms November 27th. The release was accompanied by an integrated digital campaign with platform CheyennesWelt.de as the base that allows fans to dive into the world of Cheyenne Records and to connect with the label’s music and artists. Along with the audio recordings, BMG will also publish high–quality versions of the original official music videos.
As her hit song “Dreams” was re–entering the Billboard charts, the iconic singer and songwriter Stevie Nicks and Primary Wave Music were finalizing their partnership that will see Stevie join their roster of legendary songwriters. Named one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of all Time by Rolling Stone, Stevie Nicks is the only woman to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, the first time in 1998 as a member of Fleetwood Mac and then again in 2019 as a solo artist. Across her career, she has garnered eight Grammy nominations and two American Music Award nominations as a solo artist, as well as another five Grammy nominations and a win for Album of the Year as a member of Fleetwood Mac. Primary Wave’s partnership with Nicks will see the publisher acquire a majority stake in her publishing copyrights, as well as representing her in brand alliance and brand marketing opportunities, partnering with Kobalt on administration for the catalog. The deal includes many of her timeless hits as frontwoman for Fleetwood Mac including the Platinum hit “Landslide,” the Grammy nominated “Edge of Seventeen” and “Stand Back,” as well as “Dreams,” which recently saw a resurgence thanks to a viral TikTok video posted this October. Additional terms of the deal include a strategic publishing alliance with the singer that will allow her to sign new songwriters to a joint venture. Stevie will also 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.
In other Primary Wave Music news, the publisher has joined with the American Red Cross for a new “giving back” partnership that provides the Red Cross access to Primary Wave Music’s extensive library of music catalogs, artists and other content without licensing fees. The relationship launched last week with a Red Cross PSA and an accompanying social music video that both highlight and promote their disaster relief efforts. The PSA, created by Red Cross creative agency of record BBDO NY, features a custom–recorded rendition (produced by Jon Levine) of Burt Bacharach’s classic hit “What The World Needs Now,” which Primary Wave contributed pro–bono for this holiday campaign. An accompanying compilation music video sees artists Smokey Robinson, Leona Lewis, Tori Kelly and Sam Fischer all singing together and separately on the track which accompanies the PSA on social media and will be available for purchase with proceeds going toward American Red Cross. You can watch the PSA HERE and the full music video HERE.
Having recently finalized a new partnership agreement, Phrased Differently and Budde Music have officially launched their JV with the signing of songwriter Lei Jennings. Based between London and Manchester, Jennings is a songwriter, vocal producer and topliner who has most recently been working with producers and writers such as Maegan Cottone, Jin Jin, Kamille, Fred Gibson, Vodka, Digital Farm Animals and Rymez. Jennings, who is managed by Jacqueline Pelham–Leigh (JPL), has also worked on tracks for artists Headie One (“F U Pay Me”), Ivorian Doll (“Rumours,” “Body Bag”), S1mba (“Rover Remix”), Ray Blk, Fleur East and Lost Girl.
Respected booking agent Natasha Bent is parting ways with Paradigm after four years with the agency. Bent’s work includes that with acts Idles, Chvrches, First Aid Kit and Amy Macdonald. It has been revealed that she is setting up to launch a new indie management and agency firm with her brother, Mark Bent (Mother Artist Management). Prior to joining Paradigm, Natasha was at The Agency Group, now UTA, starting in 2006. The agency world has seen significant movement in the wake of the COVID–19 pandemic with former CAA agent Jon Ollier having recently announced the launch of his own One Fiinix Live agency as well as two collectives of former Paradigm staffers launching the Arrival Artists and TBA agencies.
SoundCloud has announced its new CEO in company President, Michael Weissman. Weissman will assume the new role officially at the top of the year from outgoing CEO Kerry Trainor who will maintain his role on SoundCloud’s board of directors. Weissman initially came to SoundCloud as COO and, in 2019, was promoted to his current role as President. He has been a driving force for key strategic initiatives such as SoundCloud’s music licensing efforts, its U.S. ad sales partnership with Pandora, and the acquisition and integration of Repost Network.
Deezer recently announced its top streaming acts for 2020. For the third consecutive year, J Balvin sits as the most streamed act internationally, followed by The Weeknd, Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga, Anitta, Eminem, Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande, respectively. Taking the No.1 spot for the most streamed track internationally was Australia’s Tones And I with “Dance Monkey.” Following her in the top five were The Weeknd with “Blinding Lights,” SAINT JHN with “Roses (Imanbek Remix),” Dua Lipa with “Don’t Start Now,” and Karol G and Nicki Minaj with “Tusa.” The Weeknd also had the most streamed album for the year with After Hours, with Billie Eilish, Tones And I, Pop Smoke and Roddy Ricch joining him on that list’s top five.
Spotify also revealed year–end streaming data last week including its Wrapped initiative for 2020 giving artists and listeners insights into the year. Spotify Wrapped’s 2020 global list saw Bad Bunny topping the chart for most streamed artist, followed by Drake, J Balvin, Juice WRLD and The Weeknd, respectively. The list of most streamed females counted Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa and Halsey. The most streamed songs globally were led by The Weeknd with “Blinding Lights.” Following the artist on the list was Tones And I with “Dance Monkey,” Roddy Ricch with “The Box,” SAINT JHN with “Roses (Imanbek Remix),” and Dua Lipa with “Don’t Start Now.” The top streaming albums list counted full lengths from Bad Bunny (YHLQMDLG), The Weeknd (After Hours), Post Malone (Hollywood’s Bleeding), Harry Styles (Fine Line), and Dua Lipa (Future Nostalgia). Spotify also highlighted its most popular podcasts around the world with a top five list that included The Joe Rogan Experience, TED Talks Daily, The Daily, The Michelle Obama Podcast and Call Her Daddy.
Apple Music also revealed year–end global charts highlighting the top streamed songs, albums, lyrics and Shazam’s for 2020. Making up the global top 10 from the songs list are “The Box” – Roddy Ricch; “Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd; “Dance Monkey” – Tones And I; “ROCKSTAR (feat. Roddy Ricch)” – DaBaby; “Life Is good (feat. Drake)” – Future; “Don’t Start Now” – Dua Lipa; “Circles” – Post Malone; “everything i wanted” – Billie Eilish; “Woah” – Lil Baby; and “Ballin’” – Mustard & Roddy Ricch. The albums list top 10 included Roddy Ricch; Lil Baby; Pop Smoke; Lil Uzi Vert; Summer Walker; Post Malone; YoungBoy Never Broke Again; Billie Eilish; DaBaby; and Bad Bunny. The list of most–read lyrics globally was topped by “WAP (feat. Megan Thee Stallion)” – Cardi B; and included works from Tones And I; YOASOBI; Roddy Ricch; and Official HIGE DANdism. The top 5 Shazamed tracks for the year included “Dance Monkey” – Tones And I; “Roses (Imanbek Remix)” – SAINt JHN; “Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd; “Breaking Me” – Topic & A7S; and “Ride It” – Regard.
A new strategic partnership has been finalized between Sony Music Masterworks and Wise Music Group for the discovery and signing of top artist and composer talent. The two companies will work collectively to sign new writers across the broad–based classical genre to both recording and publishing agreements that provide for each to engage their respective strengths for talent development. Marking the debut signings to the new partnership are Icelandic instrumental duo Hugar and Eydis Evensen, a Reykjavik–based post–classical composer. Wise Music Group represents close to 100 of the most successful living composers and songwriters working across classical music, opera, ballet, pop, film, television and advertising including Hans Abrahamsen, Olafur Arnalds, Ludovico Einaudi, Philip Glass and Joby Talbot.
Downtown Music Publishing today announced that it has acquired the rights to music from the catalog of legendary songwriter and record producer William “Mickey” Stevenson. The former head of Motown A&R was not only responsible for signing talent like Martha Reeves, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Four Tops, as well as recruiting the label’s famed studio band after joining in 1959, but also for writing classic songs for Eddie Holland, Gaye, Kim Weston, The Supremes, The Temptations and others. Included under the acquisition is the enduring hit “Dancing In The Street,” co–written with Stevenson’s frequent collaborators Gaye and Ivy Jo Hunter. Additionally, songs by Andre Williams, Carolyn Crawford, The Contours, Cornell Blakely, Debbie Dean, Don McKenzie, The Equadors, Gino Parks, Hattie Littles, Herman Griffin, Jimmy Ruffin, Lee & The Leopards, Mable John, The Marvelettes, Mary Wells, Mike & The Modifiers, The Miracles, The Morrocco Muzik Makers, The Mysterions, Sammy Ward, Shorty Long, The Spinners, Tommy Good and the Velvelettes, among others, were included in the acquisition.
Blue Raincoat Music Publishing has re–signed widely recognized songwriter Mike Chapman to a global deal. In 2016, Chapman marked the first signing to Blue Raincoat Music bringing worldwide hits to the publisher’s catalog such as “The Best” by Tina Turner and “Love Is A Battlefield” by Pat Benatar. Additional hits penned by Chapman across his career include Suzi Quatro’s “Can The Can,” “Tiger Feet” by Mud, The Sweet’s “Block Buster!,” as well as production credits on four albums with Blondie, including Parallel Lines.
88rising, a music and media company that focuses on pan–Asian culture, in collaboration with SiriusXM, is launching a multi–genre internet radio channel in the U.S. that will be composed of all–Asian talent. 88rising Radio will broadcast 24/7, commercial free, and feature acts from a range of Asian countries such as BTS, Blackpink, Iñigo Pascual and DJ Peggy Gou. The channel has been in development for over a year in response to the rising popularity of Asian music globally and marks a significant success for 88rising, the Los Angeles–based label helmed by Founder & CEO Sean Miyashiro, whose artists will generate increased exposure for their music and larger royalties for radio play. Pandora, owned by SiriusXM, will also release an interrelated 88rising Radio Station on their own platform early next year. Programming for the channel features a variety of shows, including a weekly global countdown show, The Greatest 8, hosted by Miyashiro. Once the pandemic ends, SiriusXM plans to build a platform for touring artists to visit, engage with fans, conduct interviews, and perform live on the air. Miyashiro states that the 88rising channel will provide a program full of pop music in English and Asian languages. Additionally, the channel will introduce audiences to more obscure sub–genres such as 2000s Korean R&B and Japanese city pop, and even feature a comedy interview series hosted by Joel Kim Booster.
AEG Presents has finalized a long–term agreement with Yoo Capital and Deutsche Finance International (DFI), the investors and developers behind the £1.3 billion reinvigoration of Olympia London to operate a 4,400–person, purpose–built live music venue that’s part of the project. Also confirmed to join the new development, scheduled for completion in 2024, are global hotel group Hyatt and luxury lifestyle and hotel brand, Citizen. AEG’s Global Partnerships team will lead naming rights and partnership opportunities for the complete Olympia London campus, including the new music venue, while presenting the assets to market and brokering all deals, on behalf of the developers. Advanced conversations are currently being had between Yoo Capital and DFI for potential parties to occupy a four–screen arthouse cinema, 1,500–seat theatre, restaurants, shops, cafés, hotels and 550,000 square feet of office and co–working space. The Heatherwick Studio and SPPARC–designed project will also see updates to its existing exhibition halls as well as the creation of 2.5 acres of new public space.
In other news from the U.K. live arena, Live Nation has been confirmed as the preferred bidder on a new 15,000–capacity arena project in Cardiff. The company will work alongside Oak View Group (OVG) and developers Robertson to deliver the venue at a cost of around £150 million to build. Live Nation and OVG are both making £10 million investments into the project. The planned new venue is expected to benefit the local economy by generating an estimated over £100 million each year.
Leading U.K. live firm, Senbla, announced today a further expansion to its growing family of businesses, with a specific focus on the growing experiential events arena. Veteran promoter, John Empson, best known for Eden Sessions, Wilderness and Citadel Festivals as well as last years’ Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival, will join the business to accelerate growth for this side of the business, as well as supporting Senbla CEO, Ollie Rosenblatt, in maximizing potential across all verticals. The appointment will also see Senbla promote and produce the 2021 season of the Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival to be held in London next year. The festival brings together immersive theatre, live music and fashion inspired by the hit TV show, along with a cinema screening, a museum, poetry and appearances from cast members.
As it celebrates its 21–year–anniversary, Relentless Records has announced that moving forward it will provide a fully paid, annual scholarship to a new student looking to enter the music business. The Sony Music label will partner with West London independent music venue, Notting Hill Arts Club, which during the day becomes a classroom for the Notting Hill Academy of Music, a music business school providing vocational courses to young people. The nine–month course, a Level 4 in Creative Music Business, starts in February. For more information regarding the scholarship application, click HERE.
Rough Trade has revealed a new livestream series it will host under the banner of Live From Rough Trade. The series, which will be available exclusively via ticketing platform Dice, is set to feature artists Shame, Arlo Parks and Goat Girl for events broadcast in high–def from Rough Trade East, London. Alongside U.K. fans, the series will make its way to viewers in Europe. the U.S. and Australia through time–zone friendly re–broadcasts. The Live From Rough Trade events will be filmed with multiple cameras and broadcast via a Rough Trade player.
Concord Music Publishing has unveiled the Concord Art Prize, set to launch in London in 2021. The prize is open to all U.K. artists, from every demographic and discipline, regardless of the stage of their career with a prize of £10,000. Concord has selected ten of the most widely–recognized pieces of music from their catalog including works from Mark Ronson, Stravinsky, Krept & Konan, Pink Floyd and others to act as inspiration for visual artists to create their own works. The Art Prize is being curated by Ali Hillman whose consultancy Friday Trampoline is an international creative collective specialising in spring boarding early career artists into public consciousness. Alongside this, judges will include representatives from Concord Music Publishing, the Royal College of Art, Central St Martins, Hiscox, Julie Lomax (former head of the Arts Council) and The Observer, as well as Grammy–winning Concord writer Mark Ronson. For the inaugural Art Prize, Mat Collishaw, a key figure in the important generation of British artists who emerged from Goldsmiths’ College in the late 1980s, will also be a judge.
Matador has finalized catalog deals for acts that have been an integral part in the label’s history spanning the past three decades. Operating under the Beggars Group banner of labels, Matador has secured the rights to full catalogs from Interpol, Pavement and Spoon. Previously, the label only maintained rights for Pavement ex–Europe, where Domino releases the group’s catalog of works. Full–length albums from Interpol and Spoon were shared between Matador and a collective of indies and majors in other territories. Over the past two years, Matador has been operating the Matador Revisionist History series, a press, marketing and retail initiative focused on spotlighting key releases from its 31–year history. Among the special anniversary reissues are Pavement’s Wowee Zoee, Liz Phair’s Exile In Guyville, Yo La Tengo’s Electr–o–pura, Guided By Voices’ Alien Lanes and others. In addition to streaming, the resurgence in vinyl has been a main component of the reissues endeavor from Matador.
Native Tongue has signed Sophie Curtis (aka ASTON) to a new worldwide deal. Curtis comes to Native Tongue with an impressive catalog of works. As a songwriter, she has written for the likes of Cosmo’s Midnight, Jordie Ireland and Rikki Lee. Born and raised on NSW’s Central Coast, Curtis has also secured a number of synch placements to date, including “Next Level” in Fast & Furious: Hobbs and Shaw, “Original” in NBA 2k20, Netflix’s Insatiable and Lucifer, ESPN USA, BMW China and more. Last week Curtis released “Girl Is A Gun,” the debut single for her artist project ASTON.
Entertainment One (eOne) has signed a global publishing deal with artist, songwriter, producer and DJ, Lauren Faith. Faith has collaborated with artists such as Kaytranada, Kamaal Williams and Craig David, along with emerging talent like Naomi Banks, Sophie Faith and Lou Phelps, as well as others. Under this new deal, eOne will secure collection on all publishing revenue for Faith’s complete catalog and future works. Faith’s newly–released single, “Feels,” marks the first in a series of planned releases through eOne which aim to further showcase her skills as a producer and musician, as well as a singer and songwriter.
#loverecordstores has unveiled its 100 Top Independent Albums for 2020. The #loverecordstores “Independent Albums of the Year” list is 2020’s favorite releases from independent labels voted for by a cross section of notable independent record stores including Drift, Resident, Rough Trade, Normans, Piccadilly, Bear Tree, Assai, Banquet, Stranger Than Paradise, Bleep and Monorail among others. This year’s Independent Album of the Year has been announced as Sixteen Oceans by Four Tet, which was released via Text Records just before the U.K.’s first national lockdown in March. To check out the full list, click HERE.
SILO: MUSIC recently announced the promotion of Jessica Thomas to A&R. In her new role, Thomas is tasked with overall A&R duties for the company, working with SILO’s management and publishing rosters. Thomas joined SILO: Music in 2019, rising through the ranks quickly while helping build the company’s budding publishing division. Heading A&R across their management and publishing clients, she creatively serves their roster of established and burgeoning songwriters/producers. Having cultivated a passion for artist discovery at a young age, Thomas is a former classically trained vocalist, and attended a hybrid business/music program at California State University, Northridge. Solidifying her love for A&R through a student–run record label, she led an A&R search of over 300 unsigned and unmanaged LA–based artists, resulting in the discovery of, at the time, unknown act Scarypoolparty, who went on to score second on American Idol the following year, eventually signing to Hollywood Records. Her industry career began writing for Live Nation’s Ones to Watch in 2018, supporting acts early on such as Ashe, Yungblud, Conan Gray, 88rising, Tate McRae and others. She has continued her work with Ones to Watch while taking on contributing writer roles for music, fashion and arts publication, Ladygunn, and local blog/live performance platform We Found New Music.
10K Projects has promoted Theo Battaglia to the newly created role of EVP/Head of Creative at the company. In the position, Battaglia will oversee all creative services at the company, and will maintain his role leading the artist marketing team, including liaising with the label’s distributor Caroline on digital and commercial marketing. The label’s Head of Publicity, Hannah Haines also reports to Battaglia. Battaglia joined 10K Projects in 2019 as Head of Marketing. He played a major role in the marketing of Trippie Redd’s No.1 charting album, A Love Letter To You 4. He also worked to establish iann dior, whose hit single “Gone Girl,” has been certified Gold and who is in the midst of a chart topping run with the 24kGoldn track “Mood,” on which he is featured. Battaglia has also been a key member of the team surrounding the pop duo Surfaces, who’s single “Sunday Best” has been streamed over half a billion times, as well as other newcomers like Peach Tree Rascals and Salem Ilese. Battaglia came to 10K Projects from Apple where he worked on the series marketing team as part of the launch of Apple TV+. He also served in program marketing strategy at HBO, having started his career at Warner Bros. Pictures.
The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles has not been able to open since the beginning of the quarantine but they have revealed the newest exhibit which will be available when reopening is possible. Motown: The Sound of Young America, presented by City National Bank, tracks the history of the renowned record label and how the sound of Motown continually influences some of the biggest acts in pop music. Last year the Grammy organization showed respect for Motown via a two–hour special, Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and Smokey Robinson. This month, Motown Records has the opportunity to take over the museum’s virtual program series, Spotlight Saturdays, where up–and–coming artists perform live and are interviewed. Additionally, the museum announced the remaining December schedule of its COLLECTION:live series, composed of interviews and/or performances from various artists. Two guests on the show, Bettye LaVette and Tom Kitt, were recently nominated for Grammy Awards.
MBMB Publishing has become the latest independent publisher to join IMPEL. MBMB Publishing is a fully independent and boutique publishing arm of respected U.K. dance label Cr2 Records, representing a variety of electronic music’s most popular acts including Pierce Fulton, NERVO, Oliver Heldens, MYNC, Nile Rodgers, Norman Doray, Hannah Wants and Pirra. The publisher also recently added Aitor Ronda and Matt Sassari to its roster. MBMB Publishing provides cutting edge solutions for royalty tracking as well as commercial and synch exploitation worldwide, benefitting from an extensive network of affiliations with international collection societies and sub–publishers in Japan, France, Germany and other territories.
Tommy La Verdi, American top liner, lyricist and songwriter, has signed a co–publishing deal with CTM Publishing and Steam Music. Based between Norway and Los Angeles, La Verdi has a history of hit singles across Europe and Asia, and numerous top 10 hits with K–pop acts DBSK, CSJH, Super Junior and Boa. Since moving to Norway, he has dominated the Scandinavian music scene with five No.1 singles in Norway as well as Top Tens in Denmark, Finland and Sweden, all with a range of artists and musical genres. Newer projects include multi–Platinum Norwegian DJ Tungevaag, Swedish DJ John De Sohn and Scandinavian boy band, Marcus and Martinus.
Soundstripe has signed a deal with video creation platform Waymark that grants it access to Soundstripe’s Enterprise API. Once integrated, in addition to providing the ability to make premium videos in minutes, Waymark customers will also have unlimited access and licenses to Soundstripe’s full catalog of high–quality music for use in their projects. Waymark is the latest in a growing number of companies planning to integrate Soundstripe’s Enterprise API to access quality music for their products. Additionally, the API will also enable intuitive search capabilities built around Waymark’s custom UI and product needs, programmatic Content ID protection to prevent copyright claims, and total control over the music customers use, including the ability to edit and trim every track to suit any use. Waymark offers video solutions for businesses of all sizes and videos produced on Waymark have run on major TV networks as part of million–dollar ad campaigns. Waymark products have garnered awards from Google, Adweek, Digital Dealer and others.
Trqk, a Music Royalty Intelligence platform dedicated to helping creators and publishers work more efficiently while growing their income with strategic royalty insights, has announced the launch of their first product in public beta, TrqkIQ. The roll–out is the culmination of a year of development with several partners. Powered by deep data science and business intelligence, TrqkIQ is a visualization, detection, and insight platform for performance royalties that brings key analytics to life, allowing rights–holders to instantaneously see how their royalties are performing and flowing. TrqkIQ utilizes sophisticated music information retrieval (MIR) technology to help creators collect unpaid royalties by detecting performances that might have been missed during the complex and fragile royalty claim and payment process. Using the cross–industry TrqkIQ Insights Index database, the platform also quickly points out trends and opportunities to maximize licensing income and guide deal–making. The public beta launch will commence in mid–December with TrqkIQ – Indie Edition, tailored to the needs of independent songwriters and producers, with trial requests open now at www.trqk.io. A Publisher Edition focused on music publishers and rights–holders for larger catalogs is coming soon. TrqkIQ will have multiple licensing tiers, which are based upon total royalties received per quarter, ranging from occasional composers all the way to large publishers.
London–based indie record label, management and publishing company The Other Songs, has announced that it will be the first label to offer a new revenue share initiative, on all its releases, to support songwriters. An ex–gratia royalty pot, which forms the “TOS Writer Royalty” will be funded by a 3% contribution solely from the label’s share of streaming income. The writer royalty will apply to songwriters who do not already have a share in the master royalty pool as an artist or a producer. Should there be more than one songwriter on a track, each songwriter will be paid an equal share of the 3% royalty. This will come into effect from stream one, without the songwriter/s standing behind any costs. Compositions only receive around 13% of streaming revenues, compared to the 57% master recordings receive. After further publishing commissions, songwriters are left with between 6.5% and 10%, often divided further between multiple writers. The “TOS Writer Royalty” is an alternative solution to recent high–profile campaigns spotlighting this issue, such as Broken Record and the more general #FixStreaming.
Southern Word and BMG are rolling out a youth fellowship aimed at engaging Nashville area college and high school youth in the music industry and critical conversations about music culture. Five Music Industry & Culture Fellows will train in both nonprofit and music administration over the course of 24 weeks, implementing their learning by developing and tracking their own music projects and by supporting Southern Word’s community programs and events. The M.I.C. Fellowship evolves out of a program Southern Word has been developing over the past two years, training youth on the fundamentals of non–profit administration. Since 2008, Southern Word has supported the growth of leading young writers and music producers through its in–school and out–of–school programs. In addition to building skills as artists, this fellowship program provides youth the tools to create, manage, market, and track the projects they produce in a way that develops transferable skills for any career path.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: MUSEXPO, Kyle Hopkins, Lee Trink, Sharon Dastur, Sam Riback, Michael Goldstone, Daniel Glass, Maureen Kenny, Paul Spraggon, Carianne Marshall, Thomas Scherer, Jonathan Dickins, Sigi Schuller and Mio Vukovic.
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. Winter is upon us, so it’s time for snowballs, skiing, sledging, cold winter nights and slippery jackass moments! Click HERE for a collage of winter–filled, ice–fused and snow–tipped flips, slips, flops and fails.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– LOU ELLA
Lou Ella grew up alone, making imaginary worlds in her head, adults told her to be quiet – so she kept her colors and stories inside. Three years ago, she broke her silence to pursue her music career and now uses her songs to convey her bright blue tinted violet soul. Born in Paris, of European and North African descent, Lou uses her distinctive force to make a difference. Her latest single, “Disco Doll,” originally started in Los Angeles but due to the pandemic, her producer had to leave, so they ended up flying to the french countryside to finish the song there. The song is a pop–driven and electro/R&B–influenced track. “Disco Doll” is the story of someone who refuses to accept that they may be lost in life and instead, decides to be free. At times, self–reflective, the song juggles between depth and light–heartedness. Lou Ella is set to do a livestream in the coming weeks, as well as release a three–song EP at the beginning of next year. Listen to “Disco Doll” HERE and contact Tristan Weisgal at email@example.com for signing, publishing, sync and live inquiries.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – PATRICK HUMANN & MATHILDE
Swiss–born DJ/producer Patrik Humann began his career nearly three decades ago and has since traveled the world, performing in various clubs and festivals around the globe. Last year, his collaboration with Hanna Finsen titled “A Cage of Thoughts” was released and was a massive success in the club scene, as well as the follow–up “Sijan,” which was a blockbuster in its own right with huge support by Armin Van Buuren, Above & Beyond and Paul Van Dyk. As he eagerly awaits the release of his new album, co–produced by trance and progressive house hit producer Steve Brian in early 2021, he gives the fans a taste of his new material with “The Fool.” The track is a collaboration with emerging danish artist, Mathilde, a 19–year–old singer and 2x champion as a commercial dancer, which acts as her debut single. “The Fool” is about claiming back control and realizing that it is time to move on – a song that illustrates the bittersweet feeling of being taken advantage of, repeatedly. Watch the music video for “The Fool” HERE and contact Jakob Deichmann at firstname.lastname@example.org for all inquiries.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 12/6/2020
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, December 6th, 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.
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MELLAH – “Hitchin” (Columbia Records, UK)
SYCCO – “Dribble” (Future Classic / Wilder, Australia)
SEA GIRLS – “Accident Waiting To Happen” (Polydor, UK)
GIANT ROOKS – “All We Are” (AR Entertainment, Germany)
MIA RODRIGUEZ – “Beautiful & Bittersweet” (City Pop, Australia)
THE PALE WHITE – “Take Your Time” (Unsigned, UK)
NILUFER YANYA – “Crash” (ATO Records, UK)
DOWN FOR TOMORROW – “Survive” (Good Intent, Australia)
CRUCCHI GANG – “La La La io non ti amo non mi ami Aha Aha Aha” (Universal, Germany)
TWO YEAR VACATION – “Django” (Cloud Hills, Sweden)
COACH PARTY – “Can’t Talk, Won’t” (Unsigned, Isle of Wight)
BOY DESTROY – “Warpaint” (Bud Fox, Sweden)
MIDDLE KIDS – “R U 4 Me?” (EMI, Australia)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Lines of Love” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
DOTAN – “There Will Be A Way” (7 Layers, Holland)
SAM JOHNSON – “Nineteen” (Universal Music, UK)
CRYSTAL TIDES – “Courtney Love” (Unsigned, UK)
GOLD MEMBER – “Chilli & Cocoa” (Sureshaker, Australia)
LAURAN HIBBERD – “Boy Bye” (Unsigned, Isle of Wight)
MATTHEW MOLE – “Keep It Together” (Universal Music, South Africa)
G FLIP – “You & I” (Future Classic, Australia)
THE VITRIOTS – “Down On My Level” (Sureshaker, Australia)
RED MOON – “Dreamer” (Decca, UK)
SAM AND SOUNDS – “Addicted To You” (Unsigned, UK)
CATHOLIC GUILT – “A Boutique Affair” (Wiretap Records, Australia)
ASAF AVIDAN – “900 Days” (Telmavar Records & Polydor/Universal, Germany)
TOM LUMLEY & THE BRAVE LIAISON – “Better Than This” (Fort Records, UK)
IAMJJ – “Different Kind Of Blues” (Unsigned, Denmark)
THE MOVING STILLS – “Bad” (Sureshaker, Australia)
ANE BRUN – “Crumbs” (Balloon Ranger Recordings, Sweden)
SAAHIL BHARGAVA – “Plug In Baby” (Unsigned, India)
RICH BEESTON – “Coincidences” (Unsigned, Australia)
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