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Sony Music Entertainment Continental Europe and Africa recently announced the appointment of Jean–Sebastien (“Seb”) Permal to Director of A&R for the region. Building on his experience of the music industry in both Africa and Europe, Permal will help lead the company’s A&R strategy across the regions, providing creative support to the A&R teams in the respective markets, while helping connect artists to Sony Music teams worldwide. He will report directly to Daniel Lieberberg, President of Continental Europe and Africa, and will officially assume his new role on January 1st, 2021.

Jean–Sebastien Permal
“With his deep roots in African and European music, Seb is well positioned to connect the dots among our A&Rs across the world to help artists succeed on a global scale,” said Lieberberg. “He is one of the most creative and well–connected executives in both regions and a most valuable source of expertise for our artists and creatives.”

Born in Mauritius, Permal moved to Vienna, Austria in 2014, where he pursued his music industry career as both an independent manager and publisher. In 2017, he joined Sony Music Germany’s label, Four Music, before broadening his A&R role for all Sony Music labels across Europe and Africa in 2018. Over the past two years, Permal has worked closely with Sony Music’s labels on a number of artist projects in the region, all while supporting Sony Music Continental Europe and Africa’s A&R executives. Projects include work with German disco and house producer Purple Disco Machine; Italian dance duo Marnik; Italian electronic dance production and DJ duo VINAI; the German music project Vize; the Finnish–American pop act Kiara Nelson; and helping secure a label partnership between Sony Music and French–Congolese hitmaker Julio Masidi.

“Growing up in Mauritius, which is a melting pot of diverse cultures, languages and music, made the different creative and business opportunities that Europe and Africa have to offer very attractive to me,” added Permal. “That’s why I’m delighted to take on this new role at Sony Music, supporting our A&R teams in their drive to empower artists across the two continents. I look forward to helping expand our repertoire with new talent and opportunities whilst continuing to drive our artist–centric culture forward.”

This newly created position follows Sony Music’s official opening of its new European headquarters in Berlin, Germany. The company is actively hiring to support connection points between Continental Europe and Africa for international artists, with jobs spanning from A&R management, to marketing to operational functions. The new 8,000 square meter space includes a new recording studio and state–of–the art music rooms to record and play new tracks.


The Rolling Stones, composed of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, have selected BMG to collect their neighbouring rights. Additionally, BMG has extended their deal with Jagger and Richards to continue representing their music publishing interests. The deal to represent the four members of The Rolling Stones comes just six months after BMG announced the launch of its boutique neighboring rights service.

The Rolling Stones
In addition to BMG extending their long–term deal to represent the music publishing rights of Jagger and Richards, the company also represents much of the recorded catalog of Richards, Ronnie Wood and drummer Charlie Watts.

BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said, “If you are in the business of selling services to artists and songwriters, these are the kinds of clients you dream of attracting. We are immensely grateful to Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie for putting their faith in us.”

Alistair Norbury, BMG President Repertoire & Marketing U.K., said, “At a time when streaming is further highlighting the value of iconic music rights, our objective is to offer the best possible service to artists and songwriters. We are delighted for the opportunity to further demonstrate the value we can add for four of the greatest names in rock with our neighboring rights service.”

Songs directly published by BMG span the albums Dirty Work (1986), Steel Wheels (1989), Voodoo Lounge (1994), Bridges To Babylon (1997) and A Bigger Bang (2005) as well as future compositions. They include classic Stones tracks such as “Mixed Emotions,” “Love Is Strong,” “You Got Me Rocking” and “Doom And Gloom.” BMG will also administer Jagger and Richards’ interests in all of their Rolling Stones hits dating back to 1963 including “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Brown Sugar” and “Angie.”

The new expanded relationship precedes the celebration of The Rolling Stones’ 60th anniversary in 2022.


Last week, peermusic announced a senior management transition as Ralph Peer II transitions to Executive Chair of peermusic, transforming his role within the company that he has led for the past 37 years. He has appointed Mary Megan Peer, former Deputy CEO, to succeed him as CEO of the company, effective January 2021. The announcement marks a generational shift for a company that is privately owned and has been led by the Peer family since its inception over nine decades ago.

Ralph Peer II
As Executive Chair, Ralph Peer will maintain corporate board responsibilities at the company and continue to provide his expertise, which has been a driving force in peermusic’s development into a leading global independent music publisher. He will also continue to serve as a member of several industry boards, including the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP).

“It’s been a very satisfying challenge to have stewarded peermusic’s heritage repertoire made possible through the genius of my father and the savoir faire of my mother while simultaneously keeping our firm active and successfully engaged with contemporary repertoire and global music publishing policy. I feel privileged to engage with global cultures and intellectual property issues on a daily basis. In short, I love my job and relish the intellectual environment it provides. Now is the time for the next generation to step into this leadership role. Nothing could make me prouder or more pleased than to announce Mary Megan’s appointment as CEO. The entire family joins me in wishing Mary Megan and her team continued success in serving our valued artists and composers. As Executive Chair, I look forward to contributing to peermusic’s future for many years to come,” said Ralph Peer II.

Mary Megan Peer
Mary Megan Peer’s elevation to CEO makes her the third generation of Peer family leadership at the company, which was founded by Ralph S. Peer in 1927. With his passing in 1960, his wife Monique Peer took on the role of peermusic’s CEO and continued to guide the company for the next 20 years. Ralph Peer II took over leadership of the company in the early 1980’s.

“I’m honored to be named peermusic’s fourth CEO by my father at such a strong time in the company’s history. His principled leadership is reflected in peermusic’s client–centric ethos and the respect our colleagues have for writers and for each other. Like many in the company and within the industry, I have learned a great deal from him and am thankful to have the opportunity to continue to do so as he starts the next chapter of his career at peermusic. I look forward to continuing to work with the very strong senior management team he has created around the globe,” said Mary Megan Peer.

Under Ralph Peer II’s leadership, peermusic has developed a global network of music publishing companies operating in 32 countries, with well over a half million titles in the company’s catalog. During his tenure, peermusic has seen steady business growth, and over the past five years it enjoyed annual increases of 12% in receipts and 10% in NPS.


On occasion, A&R Worldwide’s newsletter will see us digging back through some of our archives to revisit memorable and defining moments in A&R Worldwide’s 20+ year history. A&R Worldwide has helped the global music industry with discovering and signing world–conquering artists; many of whom have gone on to multi–Platinum international success, assisted companies, executives and artists with extensive business and creative opportunities, and curated priceless networking events all over the world with its broad relationships; work that continues to this day!

SINGIN’ WITH THE TING TINGS ON PASSPORT APPROVED on the late Indie 103.1FM Los Angeles are (l–r) Katie White (The Ting Tings), Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide), Jules De Martino (The Ting Tings) and Stephen Taverner (Founder, East City Management).

Back in 2007, The Ting Tings were an unsigned English indie pop duo from Salford, Greater Manchester in England who received their first–ever U.S. music industry A&R exposure via A&R Worldwide. Their single “That’s Not My Name,” received its first U.S. radio support on Passport Approved, which led to their first two major synch deals.

Coincidentally, Steve Schnur, Worldwide Head of Music & Marketing, EA Games was in the studio co–hosting Passport Approved with the show’s creator and music curator Sat Bisla, where he heard the single “That’s Not My Name,” and decided to license the song for a videogame for Electronic Arts. A few weeks thereafter, Alex Luke, who was at the time Director of Global Music, iTunes/Apple, heard The Ting Tings music on the Passport Approved radio show and immediately called Sat to say how much he loved the band and how they would sound great for an Apple commercial he was helping with at that time. Sat introduced Alex to The Ting Tings then manager, Stephen Taverner, who ended up licensing the track “Shut Up and Let Me Go.” These first–ever synch opportunities in the U.S. resulted in a significant amount of A&R interest for The Ting Tings.

A&R Worldwide then worked with Stephen in driving further A&R interest for The Ting Tings and helping set–up their first U.S. major label A&R showcase at On The Rox (the club above The Roxy) in West Hollywood, CA. The showcase was attended by both Rob Stringer, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment and producer Rick Rubin, with The Ting Tings ultimately signing with Columbia Records in the U.S.

Interestingly, another unsigned band that was performing after The Ting Tings showcase at On The Rox was LMFAO, whom A&R Worldwide helped secure their first–ever music publishing deal for with Briony Turner (at the time A&R executive at Global Publishing in the U.K.; she’s now Co–President, Atlantic Records, U.K.) and landed them their first ever major label offer with then Polydor Records A&R executive Nick Shymansky, though LMFAO ended up signing with Darcus Beese at Island Records in the U.K.


As hinted in the A&R Worldwide newsletter several months ago, A&R executive, Rob Stevenson, has officially joined 300 Entertainment as a Partner in the company. Having previously been serving as EVP at Republic Records, Stevenson will work with 300 Co–Founder & CEO Kevin Liles, and assume oversight of new distribution, publishing and consumer engagement initiatives. The move marks a reunion for Stevenson and Liles who worked together at Island Def Jam in the late 90s and 2000s, a tenure that saw Stevenson guiding the signings of acts such as Sum 41, The Killers and Fall Out Boy, eventually taking the title of EVP of A&R before heading to Virgin America as President of A&R in 2008. At Virgin, he worked across releases from the likes of Katy Perry (Teenage Dream) as well as albums from LCD Soundsystem and the Beastie Boys, before transitioning to Republic in 2011. While serving as EVP of A&R for Republic, Stevenson signed Gotye and led the teams behind artist signings including Post Malone, James Bay and Of Monsters and Men to the label. In 2014, he was promoted to EVP of the whole label, working with artists across all divisions of the label. Additionally, he oversaw the reboot of the Casablanca Records imprint under Republic.

Howard Stern will remain on–air at SiriusXM for another five years following an extension to his long–time deal last week. The agreement, for which financial terms weren’t revealed, also encompasses the broadcaster’s archive for an additional seven years. Stern’s current five–year deal, which is expiring at the end of the year, is estimated to be worth as much as $100 million annually with conversation around the new deal placing that total even higher for the next five years.

KCRW has revealed two new hosts for its flagship Morning Becomes Eclectic music show. As revealed by KCRW’s President Jennifer Ferro, and Director of Music Anne Litt, Novena Carmel and Anthony Valadez will take over hosting duties for the popular program. The duo, who mark Morning Becomes Eclectic’s first–ever host pair as well as the first–ever Latino and Black hosts, take over for Litt who has been the interim on–air personality for the brand following the departure of long–time host Jason Bentley in 2019. Litt will build upon her Program Director duties while continuing to host a new show on–air, yet to be announced. A KCRW staffer since 2008, Valadez is currently on–air with a late–night music show on Monday’s. Carmel is relatively new to the KCRW team (having joined in 2018) and has most recently been serving as an after–midnight DJ. Carmel is also the daughter of Sly Stone, frontman for Sly & the Family Stone. Valadez and Carmel have revealed they are looking to expand upon the Morning Becomes Eclectic brand by welcoming new voices to the show as well as building content beyond the 9AM–12PM on–air slot with a range of digital content activation all while seeking to generate a deeper sense of community.

Sony Music’s merch division, The Thread Shop, has announced an agreement to acquire Probity Europe LTD, a leading U.K.–based independent music merchandising company offering worldwide tour, retail, e–commerce, and licensing services. Under the agreement, Probity will become a new entrepreneurial division of The Thread Shop and continue to be led by Probity Founder, Mark Stredwick. He and the existing London–based Probity team will continue to foster the ongoing relationships with their roster of music artists such as Metallica, Noel Gallagher, Oasis, Paloma Faith, Rage Against The Machine, Robert Plant, Van Morrison and others. Additionally, The Thread Shop and Probity teams will jointly leverage their ability to drive new business opportunities globally. Stredwick will report to Howard Lau, Head of The Thread Shop. Under the agreement, Sony Music’s in–house merchandising business, home to artists including The Beatles, Camila Cabello, Jimi Hendrix, Maluma, Led Zeppelin, Lil Nas X, P!nk and Rosalia continues to build upon its operations globally. In addition to the ongoing organic growth of its business and roster over the last several years, The Thread Shop expanded its operations in 2019 with the acquisition of the music merchandise division of theatrical production and entertainment merchandising company, The Araca Group.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing U.K. has renewed its worldwide publishing deal with regarded, Ivor Novello–nominated songwriter, producer and musician Mark Ralph. Ralph is a well–known British record producer and songwriter who has worked with artists across various genres such as Jess Glynne, Years & Years, Jax Jones, Becky Hill, Usher, Tom Walker, Clean Bandit, Georgia and Rudimental, among others. Ralph has worked on five U.K. No.1 singles, including those with Rudimental (“These Days”), Years & Years (“King”) and Clean Bandit (“Rockabye,” “Rather Be” and “Symphony”), making him one of the U.K.’s most successful producers and songwriters today. Among his many accolades, Ralph was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award in 2016 for PRS Most Performed Work for his work on the single “King” by Years & Years, and in the same year he won Producer of the Year at the U.K. A&R Awards in London. Additionally, “Rockabye” by Clean Bandit was nominated for both Best British Single and British Artist Video of the Year at the 2017 Brit Awards.

Budde Music France has won the 2020 SACEM Grand Prix de l’edition musicale (2020 SACEM Music Publisher of the Year). This award recognizes the development undertaken in recent years for the publisher’s local repertoire, as well as for the Budde Music Group catalog and the catalogs it represents. Budde Music France formed as a result of the acquisition in 1989 of les Editions Claude Pascal by Budde Music. Founded in 1969, Claude Pascal’s catalog contains numerous hits from the French 70s and 80s, including “Mamy Blue,” written and composed by Hubert Giraud, and “Un jour, un enfant,” performed by Frida Boccara, winner of the 1969 Eurovision prize. Budde Music France continues its signings into the new French music scene with the likes of Thylacine, Télépopmusik, MNNQNS, Clarika, YellowStraps, Francoeur, CAESARIA, Irene Dresel, Everydayz and ASTRE. In 2017, Budde Music France expanded when it acquired Metisse Music, extending the scope of its catalog to jazz and world music. With a strong team across all facets of music publishing (A&R, synch, copyright, royalties), Budde Music France now represents legendary catalogs such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Elvis Presley and Dave Brubeck, as well as evergreens such as “Summerwind,” “Forever Young,” “Big in Japan,” “It’s a Heartache,” and “You’re in the Army Now.” Recently, Budde Music have scored international hits such as “What’s Poppin” by Jack Harlow, “Kings & Queens” by Ava Max and “Control” by Zoe Wees.

In other Budde Music news, this November the German indie music publisher and The Other Nashville Society (TONS) organized a week–long virtual writing camp between Nashville and Berlin. Over 40 artists, writers, and producers from both cities took part in the camp, including Jim Jonsin (Beyoncé, Lil Wayne, Eminem), Nick Bailey (Maroon 5, Marshmello, Demi Lovato), Bailey Bryan (300 Entertainment), and Kyle Kelso (Kygo, Galantis, Lane 8) from the “Other Nashville,” as well as Steven Bashir (Felix Jaehn, Younotus, Lena), Kelvin Jones (Four Music / Sony), Robin Grubert (Nico Santos, Keri Hilson, Adel Tawil), and Conor Byrne (RCA / Sony) from the German side. Additionally, 10 major label executives from both sides of the Atlantic briefed the camp each morning on what their artists were currently seeking. This included A&R’s from Epic Records (U.S. and Germany), Warner Records (U.S. and Germany), RCA Records (U.S. and Germany), Capitol Records (U.S.), Polydor Records (Germany), and Island Records (Germany). The early results of the camp have already seen tracks pitched to artists such as Zara Larsson, Katy Perry, SuperM, David Guetta, Calum Scott, Kygo and R3HAB.

Loop Media, Inc., the first media company that gives consumers and businesses fully integrated 360–degree music video and other premium short–form content experiences, recently announced that it has entered into a transaction with Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings, LLC. The transaction resulted in Loop Media acquiring a 20% equity interest in EON Media Group Pte. Ltd., for consideration of cash and Loop Media common stock. As a result of the transaction, Ithaca Holdings has become a shareholder in Loop Media and SB Projects, Braun, Allison Kaye (President of SB Projects & Partner, Ithaca Holdings, LLC), and Jennifer McDaniels (General Manager of Music, SB Projects) all become advisors to Loop Media, providing input on Loop Media’s strategic focus and growth initiatives. Loop’s equity interest in EON Media presents an opportunity for Loop to gain a foothold in Asia as Loop considers the international expansion of its business.

Warner Music Group’s ADA Worldwide continues to expand globally, adding ADA France as it’s latest new launch. Based in Paris, the new offices bring ADA’s capability to France, at scale, and will be helmed by Alassane Konaté as Director. Most recently, Konaté has been leading his own Din Records label for the past 15 years. ADA France joins additional launches for the division this year including ADA Benelux, ADA Latin, ADA Asia and ADA Japan.

A new partnership between Deezer and A1 Telekom Austria Group, a European digital services and communications firm, has resulted in a new co–branded music platform under the banner of A1 Xplore by Deezer. The new service will provide A1’s 8.5 million customers in Austria, Slovenia and Bulgaria access to 56 million songs and podcasts. The new platform features channels, collections and playlists curated by A1 and Deezer editors, as well as additional Deezer features offered to its global user base such as its signature Flow song recommendation algorithm, personal daily mixes, and others.

Regarded entertainment executive Simon Fuller has finalized a new agreement with Verizon to partner across 5G opportunities. Fuller is well–known for guiding the success of the Spice Girls, as well as being the creator of the Pop Idol television talent show brand and guiding the current global pop project, Now United. The partnership will seek to tap into 5G Ultra Wideband capabilities to transform storytelling and entertainment via extended reality (XR), with Fuller’s XIX Entertainment set to work alongside Verizon’s XR Lab, 5G Labs and Verizon’s engineers to “craft and deliver new storytelling formats and experiences.” Marking the debut project will be a short–form immersive VR video that, set to roll–out early next year.

ICM Partners has signed widely–successful K–pop group Super Junior for representation across all territories, except Asia. The group’s debut full–length was released in 2005 and generated international recognition with their 2009 track, “Sorry Sorry.” The group’s career has resulted in 13 Mnet Asian Music Awards, 19 Golden Disc Awards and U.S. Teen Choice Awards for International Artist and Best Fandom, with over 30 albums released in Korea and Japan, counting nine studio albums. Most recently, their full–length Time_Slip, was released as a deluxe edition and includes the single “2YA2YAO!” On the live front, the group has played shows across Asia, Europe and the U.S. to an estimated over 2.2 million fans. When the pandemic caused tour plans to be postponed, the group presented an online concert in May to recognize their 15th anniversary as a band which generated an estimated 123,000 viewers worldwide. The group is preparing the release of their next studio full–length, The Renaissance, which will mark their 10th studio album. “The Melody,” an advanced single from the set was recently released. The ICM agreement is a partnership with KAMP Global.

Reservoir has acquired the prolific catalog of Songwriters Hall of Famer, Bob Crewe. The deal encompasses the late Crewe’s popular Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons singles including “My Eyes Adored You,” “Walk Like A Man,” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” as well as other hits such as “Lady Marmalade,” “Silhouettes,” and more. Crewe’s career began in the early 1950s, when he co–wrote a series of successful songs including “Silhouettes” for The Rays and “Lah Dee Dah” for Billy and Lillie, before releasing a pair of solo albums. In 1962, he teamed up with songwriter Bob Gaudio, and the duo began a successful collaborative relationship with Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, famously co–writing and co–producing numerous chart successes for the group throughout the ’60s and ’70s including a collection of No.1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. “Lady Marmalade” reached No.1 on the chart twice with its original version performed by a girl group led by Patti Labelle in 1974, and again in 2001, when it held the No.1 spot for five weeks as performed by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and P!nk for the film Moulin Rouge. Other hit Crewe co–writes include works for Leslie Gore, Vikki Carr, Ben E. King, Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson, among others. Over the years, Crewe’s catalog has been covered by an array of popular artists, extensively featured in synch uses across film and TV, and has yielded significant contributions to the theater, including Broadway musicals of both Jersey Boys and Moulin Rouge.

Downtown Music Publishing has revealed the acquisition of the music catalog of accomplished songwriter Chris Braide, best–known for his work writing with Sia. The deal covers Braide’s Sia co–writes, as well as songs performed by Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Lana Del Rey, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Robin Schulz, DJ Afrojack and Yuna. Braide was first signed as a solo artist by EurythmicsDave Stewart. Braide began working with Sia around the time of her breakthrough solo album 1000 Forms of Fear, co–writing two of the album’s singles (“Big Girls Cry,” “Eye of the Needle”). Their work together continues to today, including on the soundtrack to Sia’s forthcoming film, Music. Braide has won an Ivor Novello award and been nominated for a Grammy for his work on Sia’s 2016 album, This Is Acting. Most recently, Braide won the Best Original Composition in a TV Trailer or Promo at the 2020 Music and Sound Awards with Hans Zimmer and Sia for the song “Out There.”

Capitol Music Group (CMG) and Genesis have announced the line–up for 2020’s Capitol Cuts. Featured as part of the intimate, experiential video series will be Black Pumas, Masego and Donna Missal for one–take performances, recorded direct to vinyl at the iconic Capitol Studios in Hollywood. Masego launched the series last Tuesday, with Donna Missal unveiling her Capitol Cuts videos on Vevo last Thursday, and Black Pumas set for release this Tuesday. Each artist’s performance will be plated, pressed and available in limited quantities for shipping to fans.

GPS Management has added seven–time Grammy–winning mixer and engineer Michael Brauer to their roster. Brauer is well–known for his work with Coldplay, John Mayer, James Bay, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, New Radicals, Grizzly Bear, Elle King, Jeff Buckley, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Empire of the Sun and Grouplove, among others. His first commercial break came when he mixed and engineered Luther Vandross’ debut double–Platinum selling album Never Too Much (Epic) in 1981, as well as the follow–up Platinum album Forever, for Always, for Love (Epic). In 1985, Brauer began working cross–Atlantic, producing, engineering and mixing British acts like Prefab Sprout, Hugh Harris and the Rolling Stones until 1991 when he returned to New York, working with artists such as Jeff Buckley, Manic Street Preachers, Fishbone, Tony Bennett and David Byrne. He went on to shape the sounds of some of the 1990s and 2000s’ biggest acts, mixing seminal albums for artists including Coldplay’s Parachutes (Parlophone), John Mayer’s Continuum (Columbia), My Morning Jacket’s Evil Urges (ATO), and The Fray’s self–titled album. Brauer is currently based in New York, and more recently mixed records for Elle King, James Bay, Vance Joy, James Morrison, Zac Brown, Ben Abraham and Bon Jovi.

It’s been revealed that Zeon Richards has parted ways with his role as Head of A&R for Ministry Of Sound. Having joined the Sony label in 2018, Richards had previously been at Polydor. During his tenure with Ministry Of Sound, the label experienced success with a number of new acts such as Saint Jhn, Regard, Doja Cat and others. One of the label’s more recent signings, Bklava, is looking toward a successful 2021, with new music also set for release from London Grammar and Dodie, among others. Richards maintains his Director role with his management company, Renowned. His next steps have not yet been revealed.

Last week, Bon Iver revealed that they are dedicating 5% of their annual publishing royalties towards their 2 A Billion charity. Founded in 2016, 2 A Billion’s efforts focus on addressing gender equity and domestic and sexual violence. Having initially focused on the support of non–profit organizations while on tour, the charity has begun to form partnerships with charities focused on female empowerment while the band is off the road as well.

A new global partnership has been finalized between Tileyard Music and Sentric Music Group which sees Sentric assuming administration responsibilities for the Tileyard Music Publishing catalog. The creative A&R team at Tileyard joins together with Sentric’s synch department and administration divisions with the partnership also including a JV for future signings. Tileyard Music is a management, publishing and record company launched in 2012 with a roster that counts writers Steve Manovski and Marli Harwood, as well as artists Joel Corry, Sigala and Ella Eyre. The Tileyard Music team fall under the larger Tileyard group of companies, including Tileyard London, Tileyard North, Tileyard Education and Tileyard Impact with Tileyard London alone housing more than 200 independent music companies. Tileyard Music Publishing’s catalog tops 4,000 songs and includes works from Kygo, The Chainsmokers, Sigala, David Guetta and Kylie Minogue. The company also hosts regular writing camps for global acts such as Ava Max, David Guetta and Sigala. Collectively, their roster has generated more than eight billion streams, one Diamond record, 41 Platinum records, 38 Gold records, and seven Silver records, in addition to five U.K. No.1s and more than 100 Top 40s internationally.

In other Sentric Music Group news, the company has entered a new sub–publishing agreement with Marshall Records to handle all of the label’s publishing interests. The agreement sees Marshall’s publishing roster benefiting from Sentric’s administration infrastructure, team and technology. The deal also gives Sentric’s award–winning synch team access to the Marshall roster for creative opportunities. Artists included in the deal are Norfolk–born classic rockers Bad Touch, as well as The Bottom Line, Inklings, King Creature and Thousand Thoughts. Launched in 2017, Marshall Records is the label division of Marshall Amplification.

As hinted previously in the A&R Worldwide newsletter, we can reveal that veteran industry executive, Jens–Markus Wegener, is parting ways with his role as Sr. Consultant and General Manager for Meisel Music after three years. Wegener officially ends his tenure with the Berlin–based company on December 31st, 2020. At Meisel, Wegener was tasked with implementing a new exploitation strategy to build a modern digital content management system which enabled Meisel to create a worldwide network of active publishing partners. In his additional role as Head of A&R, Wegener was responsible for signing German hip–hop stars AK Ausserkontrolle and Veysel, and managed to establish a co–publishing deal with multi–Platinum award winner Oli Nova. In 2020, their most successful year of cooperation, Meisel and Wegener enjoyed 16 Top 50 singles, a No.1 album and a No.1 single, which recently reached Gold status. Wegener comments, “I enjoyed my time at Meisel Music very much. The team is fantastic and the spirit is great. When Mrs. Meisel decided to concentrate on local Schlagermusic by signing a deal with Schlagerexpert Telamo I felt it was time for me to look for new challenges!”

International artist management firm, YMU, has promoted Alistair White to Head of Streaming and Audience – U.K. Music. Based in London, White reports directly to Iain Watt, Managing Director of the company’s U.K. music division. White, who worked with Iain Watt for a decade including at Machine Management before the company was acquired by YMU in 2018, previously held the role of Streaming Strategy and Partnerships Manager and this promotion acknowledges an expansion of his responsibilities, which will see him develop processes for effectively identifying core and potential audiences so that YMU can make more informed decisions, create more strategic campaigns and deliver a better service to its clients.

Pollstar released its 2020 Year–End Special Issue highlighting that, for the first time in history, the live industry had losses far greater than their gains. It is projected that more than $30 billion was lost in ancillary revenue, sponsorships, ticketing, concessions, merchandise, transportation, restaurants, hotels, production and other economic activity related to live events. This figure accounts for the losses of 147,000 live businesses featured in Pollstar’s directories, as well as industry studies from a number of organizations. The end of the year issue also includes an in–depth analysis of specific live industry sectors like promoting, agencies, venues, ticketing, festivals, innovation, philanthropy and livestreaming. Sir Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour garnered honors for the highest grossing tour this year with Celine Dion, Trans–Siberian Orchestra, U2, Queen + Adam Lambert, Post Malone, the Eagles, Jonas Brothers, Dead & Company and Andrea Bocelli rounding out the top 10. Among the additional features included in the issue is a piece on diversity in the live business written by co–founders of Roadies of Color United, Lance “KC” Jackson and Bill Reeves; a piece on industry advocacy is considered by Bandit LitesMichael Strickland; manager Deb Klein looks at livestreaming in 2020; and Jace Cohen, of Versa and Nederlander Concerts, who compares his experiences promoting events in Wuhan, China with drive–in shows in Anaheim. Also included with the issue is Pollstar’s Top 10 Livestreamers chart which includes a number of events with the top three counting the Grand Ole Opry, Verzuz (Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s DJ battle series), and Norah Jones’ weekly series.

Dutch collecting society, Buma/Stemra, which represents over 30,000 composers, lyricists and music publishers, and APRA AMCOS have finalized an agreement that will see APRA AMCOS represent Buma/Stemra’s repertoire through its Pan Asian Multi–Territory Licensing (PAL) hub. The agreement will streamline the licensing, collection and distribution of royalties for Buma/Stemra’s represented repertoire on digital and online multi–territory services across the wider Asian region, including India. The APRA AMCOS PAL hub was created to offer a full–service multi–territory digital licensing, processing and distribution hub for copyright holders looking to efficiently unlock the traditionally complex and difficult Asian digital environment. Since Universal Music Publishing became the foundation member in 2013, the PAL hub has now grown to count 12 members, following the addition of Buma/Stemra.

Reach Music Publishing has acquired Keith Shocklee’s full publisher and writer shares, including global administration rights. The acquisition encompasses Shocklee’s classic rap catalog as a founding member of production crew The Bomb Squad (alongside members Chuck D, Eric Sadler and Hank Shocklee). It counts 40 songs performed by Public Enemy, Ice Cube, LL Cool J, 3rd Bass, Prophets Of Rage, The Prodigy and others. Reach had previously maintained a long–standing co–publishing deal with Shocklee. The acquisition represents the purchase of the remaining publishing rights, as well as the writer’s share. Most significantly, the catalog sale includes “Fight The Power,” which first appeared in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing. It was then included as part of Public Enemy’s album Fear Of A Black Planet, which is celebrating its 30–year anniversary. The acquisition also includes Shocklee’s contributions to Ice Cube’s debut solo album, AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted.

MIME and Beatroot Publishing, two leading independent music publishing companies that are part of the Made in Memphis Entertainment (MIME) family of businesses, have finalized a new sub–publishing deal with Sentric Music Group. Under the agreement, Sentric will handle international administration for the MIME and Beatroot Publishing writers and catalogs. MIME and Beatroot Publishing will continue to administer their catalogs in N. America. MIME and Beatroot Publishing writers include a number of young talented hip–hop and R&B artists such as Young Lyric, Dee Mula, BIG30 and Lonely Girl; producers YC (Moneybagg Yo and BIG30), Real Red (BIG30 and Big Boogie), and T–Head (Action Pack); and songwriters Mike Angel (Trey Songz) and Fresco Kane (Mariah Carey), among others. They also handle MIME Co–Founder & CEO David Porter’s legendary post–Stax songwriting catalog.

Music video creation app, Rotor Videos, has announced that senior music and media consultant Steve Lewis has expanded his role with the company, now serving as Sr. Advisor to the board. This follows the recent build of its business development operation with the hires of Alex Branson and Pj Dulay. Lewis brings over 40 years of experience running music companies to Rotor. In his role, he will guide the execution of strategies, becoming more deeply involved in company activities, having previously served as a non–executive director since January 2018. Based in London, he will work alongside CEO Diarmuid Moloney and COO Simon Hamilton. Lewis previously spent two decades within the senior management team that built Virgin Music Group as Managing Director of Virgin Management, Music (publishers), and Deputy Managing Director of Virgin Records. He was also CEO of the music division of Chrysalis Group Plc. In 2003, Lewis founded Stage Three Music, the first publishing company funded by professional investors with a business model based on catalog acquisition. Stage Three, which owned catalogs including Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Gerry Rafferty and Mike Oldfield, was sold to KKR/BMG Music Rights in 2010. A Companion of the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts (LIPA), Lewis provides advisory services to a range of companies and organizations in the music industry. He has served on the boards of the BPI, PRS, MCPS, AIM and MPA.

PR firm Shore Fire Media has announced the promotion of Olivia Del Valle to Account Executive. Del Valle was previously a Jr. Account Executive, and operates out of Shore Fire’s Nashville office. Since joining Shore Fire in August of 2018, Del Valle has worked on campaigns for Justin Moore, Infamous Stringdusters, Clay Walker, Steep Canyon Rangers, Paul Cauthen, Waylon Payne, the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Festival, WNYC’s Dolly Parton’s America podcast and others. A Virginia native, she received a degree in Public Relations with a Business Leadership minor from Virginia Tech. Since graduating, Del Valle has stayed active in the Virginia Tech alumni network and currently serves as the group’s Communications chair for the Middle Tennessee region.

Iconic Country music artist Charley Pride passed away on December 12th at the age of 86 as a result of complications from COVID–19. Pride was well–known for classics hits such as “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’” and “Just Between You And Me,” as well as many others. He was widely–regarded as country music’s first Black superstar, and was the first Black artist to co–host the CMA Awards, which he did with Glen Campbell in 1975. Across his widely–successful career, Pride garnered three CMA Awards, having most recently picked up the 2020 CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1971, the CMA’s named him Entertainer of the Year, as well as being named Male Vocalist of the Year twice, in 1971 and 1972, before his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2000. He saw 52 records making their way into the Country Top 10 from 1966 to 1987 with 29 of those hitting No.1. While he at times downplayed the difficulty he faced in the industry due to his race, Pride fought through significant racial prejudice in a predominately white genre of music to find his success.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Rak Sanghvi, Kabiru Bello, Billy Mann, Nadja Kuppel, Sas Metcalfe, Chris Price, Jody Gerson, Christian Tattersfield, Andrew Stone, David Ventura, Martin Dodd, Julie Pilat, Marty Diamond, Ellen Healy, Pete Ganbarg and Ryan Press.


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The British–Canadian trio known as The Swoons, defiantly self–produce their own style of timeless ‘misfit pop’ music, in a bid to make authenticity cool again. With a delicate balance of soul–infused synth–rock and classical–folk elements, these heart–sleeved creatives pen vulnerable anthems that live up to the band’s name. Members Matthew Underwood (London), Tony Ann (Toronto), and Trevor Myall (St. John’s) have made an impact, both apart and together since their stint at Berklee College of Music. Underwood has written and produced multiple projects amassing millions of streams, Myall has received ASCAP’s Jay Gorney Award for social change songwriting, and Ann has both toured and co–written with production duo The Chainsmokers. Their debut single, last year’s “Conspiracy of Silence,” won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the rock category and was a finalist for both the International Songwriting Competition and Unsigned Only contest. The three–piece have been hard at work, collaborating with award–winning writers, including Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes), Eg White (Adele), and Sascha Skarbek (James Blunt, Miley Cyrus) while working on their debut EP, Recovery. The group recently dropped a soft release, co–written with Jake Gosling, titled “If It Keeps You Up At Night.” Listen to the new track HERE and contact Cathy Mathalone at cathy@conchordmanagement.com for all label, publishing, licensing and synch inquiries on The Swoons.


Three years ago, Linn Koch–Emmery made her debut with the single “Come Back.” Since then, the now 27–year–old from Stockholm has released two EPs (Boys, Waves) along with a number of critically–acclaimed singles. Her music has earned radio support and positive press in both her native Sweden and internationally. Last year, she finished her European headline tour with over 60 shows, which included a number of festivals including Roskilde (Denmark), Eurosonic (Netherlands) and Way Out West (Sweden). Due to the pandemic her 2020 tour, which included Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the U.K., had been pushed to next year, along with the release of her debut album. The first offering from the album can now be heard as she released the single and video for “Hologram Love.” The track is a collaboration with producer Niklas Berglöf, and the video, which was shot on 16mm film, is inspired by a 1960s short story by the international best–selling Swedish crime author, Per Wahlöö. Discover the talents of Linn Koch–Emmery by watching the video for “Hologram Love” HERE, and contact Henrik Augustin at henrik@villamgmt.com for all inquiries.


“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, December 13th, 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)
ALLDAY – “After All This Time” (Teamtrick, Australia)
ARCTIC MONKEYS – “Baby I’m Yours” (Domino, UK)
GIANT ROOKS – “All We Are” (AR Entertainment, Germany)
MIA RODRIGUEZ – “Beautiful & Bittersweet” (City Pop, Australia)
SEA GIRLS – “Accident Waiting To Happen” (Polydor, UK)
DOTAN – “No Words” (7 Layers, Holland)
TWO YEAR VACATION – “Django” (Cloud Hills, Sweden)
THE LATHUMS – “I See Your Ghost” (Modern Sky, UK)
SYCCO – “Dribble” (Future Classic / Wilder, Australia)
DOWN FOR TOMORROW – “Survive” (Good Intent, Australia)
MATTHEW MOLE – “Keep It Together” (Universal Music, South Africa)
THE VICES – “In And Out” (Mattan Records, Holland)
SAM JOHNSON – “Nineteen” (Universal Music, UK)
RICH BEESTON – “Coincidences” (Unsigned, Australia)
SLIDE – “Hello Spirit” (If Music Could Talk, Sweden)
CRYSTAL TIDES – “Courtney Love” (Unsigned, UK)
BOY DESTROY – “Warpaint” (Bud Fox, Sweden)
THE PALE WHITE – “Take Your Time” (Unsigned, UK)
LAURAN HIBBERD – “Boy Bye” (Unsigned, Isle of Wight)
GOLD MEMBER – “Chilli & Cocoa” (Sureshaker, Australia)
THE VITRIOTS – “Down On My Level” (Sureshaker, Australia)
ASAF AVIDAN – “900 Days” (Telmavar Records & Polydor/Universal, Germany)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Loosie” (Unsigned, Sweden)
OSCAR LANG – “Drinkin Wine” (Dirty Hit, UK)
COACH PARTY – “Can’t Talk, Won’t” (Unsigned, Isle of Wight)
TOM LUMLEY & THE BRAVE LIAISON – “Better Than This” (Fort Records, UK)
CRUCCHI GANG – “La La La io non ti amo non mi ami Aha Aha Aha” (Universal, Germany)
MIDDLE KIDS – “R U 4 Me?” (EMI, Australia)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Lines of Love” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
SAAHIL BHARGAVA – “Plug In Baby” (Unsigned, India)
ANE BRUN – “Crumbs” (Balloon Ranger Recordings, Sweden)