ADA WORLDWIDE ANNOUNCES CAT KREIDICH AS PRESIDENT
Warner Music Group (WMG) announced today that highly regarded music executive Cat Kreidich has been promoted to President of ADA Worldwide, WMG’s independent label and artist services arm. Kreidich, who joined ADA as EVP at the end of last year, will be based at the company’s New York headquarters, reporting directly to Max Lousada, CEO, Warner Recorded Music. She succeeds Eliah Seton who, after over a decade with WMG, has parted ways to become President of SoundCloud.
Warner’s many touch points serving the independent music community will fall under Kreidich’s remit, including ADA, the Asylum label and Level. Kreidich came to ADA from Sony Music and its division, The Orchard, where she served for nearly a decade in top commercial, strategic, and operating leadership roles.
Max Lousada said, “At Warner, we’re strengthening how we serve original artists and entrepreneurs at every stage of career development. As part of that mission, ADA is a beacon of expertise and support for independent artists and independent labels around the world. In the short time since Cat’s return to ADA, she’s already inspired everyone with her passion and creativity, her deep devotion to the indie community, and her wide–ranging global expertise. She’s the ideal choice to lead ADA into the future.”
Lousada continued, “I’d also like to say a massive thanks to Eliah for his commitment to the evolution of ADA into the world leader that it is today. Throughout his time at WMG, he’s helped guide the company through many transformational moments. He’s done an amazing job and he leaves with our deepest gratitude and support.”
Kreidich noted, “Championing the indie community is in my blood; it’s what has guided my career over the last two decades, and I’m honored to shape the future of this space with a powerhouse like ADA. Building on the great foundation and world–class teams that Eliah has put in place, I’m focused on leaning into our insights to find new and disruptive ways to magnify the visions of music–makers and creators across the globe. I want to thank Max for this great opportunity.”
Seton said, “Cat’s an absolute superstar. I’m so happy to welcome her into this critical role for WMG’s future, and I’ll be cheering her on as she takes the company to even greater heights. It’s a bittersweet moment as I leave my Warner family, full of gratitude and pride in all that we’ve accomplished together, but I look forward to what’s ahead and sharing my next chapter with everyone very soon. I want to thank Len, Steve, and Max for the extraordinary opportunities they have afforded me.”
Prior to joining ADA, Kreidich served as Sr. VP, Commerce for Sony Music Entertainment’s global catalog. During that time, she also helped restructure the Legacy business for a rapidly growing streaming environment, bringing a data sensibility that delivered successful campaigns for Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys, Travis Scott, Bruce Springsteen and others.
Beginning in 2011, Kreidich spent nearly eight years at The Orchard as Sr. VP of Account Management, Advertising, and Data Analysis, leading a global team she reorganized and strategically positioned during the company’s expansion. She also founded The Orchard’s Commercial Insights team and was a key stakeholder in the creation and use of innovative data insight tools.
Kreidich previously served in a variety of other roles in the industry, including time at Ultra Records, Caroline Distribution, Virgin Records and Motown Records.
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP & REPUBLIC RECORDS PARTNER WITH
WASSIM “SAL” SLAIBY TO LAUNCH UNIVERSAL ARABIC MUSIC
Universal Music Group (UMG) announced last week the launch of Universal Arabic Music (UAM), a newly created label dedicated to discovering, introducing and championing the artists, sounds and rich musical culture of the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region to audiences worldwide. Republic Records and its parent company, UMG, founded the new label in partnership with respected music executive Wassim “SAL” Slaiby. SAL is the Founder & CEO of SALXCO and XO RECORDS, and will serve as Founder & CEO of UAM.
As the first dedicated global label of its kind, UAM will focus on elevating Arabic music and artists to the forefront of popular music culture and spotlight the next wave of emerging artists and talent from the region, while creating new opportunities to introduce Arabic music and culture to new partners, platforms and brands worldwide.
Wassim “SAL” Slaiby, Sir Lucian Grainge & Monte Lipman
UMG’s Chairman & CEO, Sir Lucian Grainge, said, “In today’s global music marketplace, we’ve demonstrated time and again that worldwide hits come from anywhere. There is so much talent in this part of the world that with SAL’s incredible experience and intimate knowledge of the MENA region, alongside his track record for helping to break global artists, he will bring a unique vision, strategy and power to Universal Arabic Music.”
Republic Records Founder & CEO, Monte Lipman, added, “SAL’s clear vision and blueprint for Universal Arabic Music will become a catalyst for Arabic music in the marketplace. His ability to identify, curate and deliver talent globally remains a force of nature. The cultural importance of music from the MENA region crossing boundaries and reaching all corners of the world is long overdue.”
Wassim “SAL” Slaiby said, “It’s been my dream to highlight the talent and culture of Arabic music on a global level with partners that I trust and admire.”
The global audience for Arabic music is rapidly growing, in part due to its rising popularity across social media channels, and among the large Arabic diasporas around the world, and also due to its appeal to music fans of all backgrounds.
UAM marked its launch during National Arab American Heritage Month with the signing of globally recognized artist, 17–year–old Jordanian singer/songwriter, Issam Alnajjar. Issam has already topped Spotify’s Viral Global and U.S. Charts and Shazam’s Top 200 Global Chart at No.1 with his debut single “Hadal Ahbek,” which gained momentum after the singer posted the track on TikTok where it generated over 3 billion views. To date, the performance video has garnered more than 60 million views. SAL also discovered and developed 19–year–old Palestinian–Chilean singer/songwriter Elyanna, who first gained traction after posting covers on SoundCloud. Last year, the now California–based artist released her self–titled debut EP and breakout hit “Ana Lahale” featuring Massari, which has amassed millions of streams to date.
UAM is building a team of experts who speak Arabic and have a deep understanding of Arabic music and culture. This team will be dedicated to Arabic music and will work alongside UMG’s labels in the U.S., U.K., Brazil, France, Germany, Australia, Mexico, as well as UMG’s existing operations in the MENA region, to discover, sign and promote global artists of Middle Eastern and North African descent.
MATT GUDINSKI ASSUMES CEO ROLE FOR MUSHROOM GROUP
Mushroom Group announced last week that Matt Gudinski will take up the position of CEO for the Mushroom Group, effective immediately. Matt steps into the role following the sudden passing of his father, Michael Gudinski, on March 2nd of this year.
Matt most recently served as Executive Director, Mushroom Group since 2013. In the eight years following, Matt and Michael worked side by side to lead Australia’s leading independent entertainment group, overseeing more than 250 employees and two dozen companies.
Launched in 1972, the Mushroom Group encompasses touring and events, record labels and artist services, publishing, merchandising, booking agencies, film and TV production, talent management, venues, creative services and a brand agency. In 2013, Matt spearheaded a public relaunch of the Group where he was named as Michael’s successor.
Matt Gudinski said, “This isn’t a role that I expected to assume yet, but I am determined to honour the great legacy my father left. Mushroom Group is in its strongest position ever and as we fast approach our 50th year I know that our incredibly talented Mushroom family will help me deliver the vision Dad and I had for the next 50 years of our business.”
Despite literally being born into the business, Matt officially joined Mushroom Group in 2003 at 17–years–old. In that time, he has been involved with all aspects of the Group, helping grow its label and touring operations while overseeing changes in music publishing and artist management, as well as other aspects of the business, driving Mushroom’s evolution, diversification and vision to be a global leader.
OUTLANDER AND CTM ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC ALLIANCE
& ACQUIRE PUBLISHING ASSETS OF TEN MUSIC
Outlander Fund and CTM BV unveiled last week a new strategic alliance for acquiring music publishing and master rights. CTM OUTLANDER MUSIC LP seeks to invest one billion USD over the next 5 years. They will also look to capitalize on Outlander’s intellectual property expertise and knowledge to gather the rights necessary for holographic performances and the issuance of non–fungible tokens (NFTs), namely, rights to use songs and likenesses for these purposes.
The new partnership has also closed on its first catalog with the acquisition of TEN Music Group’s publishing assets. Launched by widely respected executive, Ola Håkansson, the TEN portfolio includes over 1,000 songs, counting global hits by Rihanna, Shakira, Panic! At the Disco and Zara Larsson’s worldwide hit, “Lush Life,” which has been streamed over 950 million times on Spotify alone.
Ola Håkansson, Founder of TEN Music Group, said, “We are convinced that the new partnership between Outlander and CTM, together with André and CTM’s longstanding experience and reputation in music publishing, will provide a great new home for TEN’s publishing catalogue.”
Les Ware, a managing Principal of Outlander, said, “We have carefully studied the music IP market for some time now. We have been managing intellectual property for the past 30 years and believe that the time has come to bring our expertise to bear on the music industry. Technology is changing the music market very rapidly and we have the deep expertise necessary to navigate and profit from these changes. The TEN acquisition fits our strategic goals and serves as a robust foundation for our fund’s music acquisitions. In cooperation with André we trust that this is the first of many, many purchases.”
André de Raaff, CEO of CTM Entertainment, stated, “We are thrilled about our relationship with Outlander and its principals’ proven investment savvy, and look forward to many profitable acquisitions with Outlander. We thank Ola Håkansson for his trust and we look forward to managing the TEN portfolio.”
GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…
Blaise Fernandes, President, The Indian Recorded Music Industry (IRMI) recently shared with A&R Worldwide an overview of the market economics of its recorded music industry, offering an in–depth analysis of the No.1 English language speaking territory on the planet, which by the end of the decade is poised to be the world’s third largest global economy, as well as estimated Top 7 most influential music markets. India, which has one of the world’s largest middle–class populations (currently 386 million) currently boasts over two billion digital transactions per month and will have over 973 million smartphone users by 2025. The recent IRMI case study delivers a thorough overview of one of the world’s most important music markets, which A&R Worldwide has been intricately focused on since 2006 – advising and guiding some of the most influential and entrepreneurial executives and companies within India and those looking to break out of the market in the music, media and technology platforms. Click HERE to review free market economics in the Indian Recorded Music Industry.
A new management and media firm has been launched under the banner of Rebel by veteran artist manager, Adam Leber, in partnership with Live Nation. With the new company, Leber maintains his longtime worldwide management representation of Miley Cyrus, Lil Nas X and Labrinth, as well as others. Based Los Angeles, Leber was most recently a Partner at Maverick, a firm he co–founded in 2014. Before that, he was a Co–Founder of ReignDeerEntertainment in 2005 and co–managed Britney Spears, Travis Scott, Aerosmith, will.i.am, Avril Lavigne, Fifth Harmony and others. Alongside his work in the music space, Leber counts oversight of a multimillion–dollar fund focused around consumer goods and technology, with a portfolio that encompasses more than 50 companies. He was an early investor in Uber, Everlane, Airbnb, Acorns, Stance and Hyperloop. He also took on the role of Music Supervisor for 2019’s HBO original series, Euphoria, earning a 2020 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music Supervision. Leber serves on the board of Happy Hippie Foundation, Cyrus’ nonprofit, and helped coordinate the March for Our Lives protests against gun violence across 2018.
Sony Music Publishing India announced it has signed a worldwide agreement with Kannada’s leading music label, Anand Audio. With this new partnership, Sony Music Publishing, which recently announced the launch of its India office, will provide publishing, administration and synchronization services to Anand Audio’s catalog of songs. Sony Music Publishing will also work to deliver new, global opportunities to Anand Audio’s community of songwriters. Based in Bangalore, Anand Audio was founded in 1999, and in the last two decades has become one of the largest record labels representing Kannada music. The company counts more than 5,000 tracks, over 700 original Kannada film soundtracks of Kannada Films, and over 1,000 devotional songs. Anand Audio is also home to one of the biggest Kannada music YouTube channels in India, counting over 7 million subscribers and growing.
Ben Gordon, A&R, 12Tone Music Group, the company founded by Doug Morris (previously Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment), tells A&R Worldwide that he recently signed the American–born and artist of East Indian origin, Raveena. Raveena is a singer–songwriter who is currently recording her debut album which is heavily influenced both in theme and sound by her Indian heritage.
Apple Music users can now access DJ mixes and live sets from French livestream DJ platform, Cercle. Cercle has promoted live performances from well–known DJs in remote or historical locations. Subscribers to Apple Music worldwide can now access the new audio collection on a dedicated page, which also includes a number of playlists curated by Cercle. Among the sets and mixes available are those from the likes of Fatboy Slim, Deborah de Luca, Artbat, Adriatique, Zhu, Nina Kraviz, Amelie Lens, Polo & Pan, Giorgia Angiuli, Anna, Worakls Orchestra, Fakear, Ellen Allien and Monika Kruse. The Cercle page will be refreshed with more sets on a continuing basis, including archival content and upcoming sessions.
Apple Music TV has made its way to the U.K. and Canada having initially rolled–out in the U.S. late last year. The U.K. becomes the third market to welcome the Apple service which, similar to Apple Music radio, features daily curated programming. Apple Music TV is available for free on the Apple Music app and Apple TV app in the markets where it’s launched. The U.K. launch features videos from British acts such as Dua Lipa, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Little Mix and Stormzy, as well as international artists. The station will also deliver exclusive new music videos and premieres, curated music video blocks, live shows and events, in addition to chart countdowns and guests. Apple Music TV will also offer up original music content, such as interviews and concert films.
In other Apple Music news, the streamer has revealed singer–songwriter Zoe Wees as the newest addition to its Up Next program. Wees is the first Up Next artist from Germany to be spotlighted within the global showcase. Growing up, music was the rising pop singer’s safe haven from a world that often made her feel rejected due to her epilepsy. A teacher in her hometown of Hamburg, Germany, Nils Bodenstedt, recognized her talent and helped cultivate an environment where Wees could become comfortable with her voice. They’re work together soon led to the studio session where she created her breakout single, “Control.” Since then, Wees has been featured across Apple Music playlists like In My Room, Tearjerkers, Everyday Hits, Today’s Hits, Feeling Blue, and was highlighted in Apple Music’s International Women’s Day programming with her own curated Visionary Women picks of melodic, female anthems. Additional Up Next campaign moments include a Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance on April 15th, and a sit–down interview with Apple Music host Rebecca Judd.
BrandMark, the experiential branding and marketing agency recently spun–off from Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP), has finalized an agreement with Artist Group International (AGI) to see the two companies collaborating across strategic partnerships, endorsements, tour sponsorships and media opportunities for AGI’s client roster. AGI’s stable of acts currently counts Billy Joel, Metallica, Rod Stewart, Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Hall & Oates, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, The Strokes, Five Finger Death Punch, Smashing Pumpkins and Why Don’t We, as well as others. The recently launched BrandMark is led by Maureen Valker–Barlow who serves as President of the new operations. Valker–Barlow came to DWP in 2019 after a number of years working in the branding partnership arena at agencies, labels and promoters. In addition to leading BrandMark, she will stay closely involved with core events at DWP in her EVP role.
AWAL has tapped Eve Fairley–Chickwe as a Sr. A&R, it has been revealed by Music Week. The executive joins AWAL from Kobalt Publishing, where she was part of the A&R team since 2013. Among Fairley–Chickwe’s signings are Jack Garratt, Koffee, Mahalia, Chronixx, SerpentWithFeet and Jade Bird. Alongside Kobalt’s team in LA, she also supported the signing of Frank Ocean collaborator, Vegyn. In her new role at AWAL, Fairley–Chickwe will work with new signings Tamera, Hak Baker, InfamousIzak, and Little Simz.
Spotify has unveiled new features for its Promo Cards, allowing artists to generate personalized assets to use across social media and additional platforms. Having rolled–out last fall, Promo Cards feature graphics which are shareable with fans to promote an artist, their songs, an album or when they’ve received popular playlists features. The upgrade from Spotify now adds Milestone Promo Cards for reaching follower count thresholds on the platform. Additionally, 30 additional playlists have joined the Promo Cards offering alongside the 30 Spotify playlists that were included under the Promo Card launch, as well as Promo Cards available to an artist when their track hits the top 50 in the Top Global Weekly Songs Chart. The cards include the track artwork and chart position. A special badge is also available to indicate a brand new release of tracks, albums or podcast episodes in the past seven days. Additionally, Spotify has added French to the existing languages (English, Portuguese, Spanish and German) available with the offering.
Universal Music Canada (UMC) has announced multi–Platinum, award–winning artist and producer Kardinal Offishall as Sr. VP, A&R, a promotion that further solidifies his role curating current and future talent. Signing a JV deal with British producer Harmony Samuels (Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Maroon 5, Ella Mai), and a yet to–be–announced label imprint (launching later this spring) is just the latest in a series of UMC projects guided by Offishall. Reporting to UMC Chairman & CEO, Jeffrey Remedios, Offishall will continue to discover, sign, and develop artists, forge new creative partnerships, and provide strategic direction to drive the international success and cultural prominence of UMC’s artist roster. He works closely with the company’s newly created Urban Marketing team, led by industry veteran Craig “Big C” Mannix, while continuing his roles as chair of UMC’s B.L.A.C.K. Label Coalition (BLC) and Canada’s representative on Universal Music Group’s Task Force for Meaningful Change.
Dice has added another venue to its portfolio, finalizing an agreement to become the exclusive ticketing partner for Bush Hall. After a full restoration, the London space opened as a 425–capacity gig venue in 2001. Since that time, it has become one of London’s favorite venues, well–known for its original period features such as crystal chandeliers and ornate cornices. In its two decades of history, Bush Hall has welcomed breakthrough performances from acts such as Amy Winehouse and Adele, as well as global artists like Alicia Keys, R.E.M. and The Killers. The venue recently benefited from the latest round of the DCMS Culture Recovery Fund.
As a result of research that revealed negative historical connotations, Young Turks has rebranded to Young. The Beggars imprint, with a roster that includes FKA Twigs, Jamie xx, John Talabot, Kamasi Washington, Sampha and The xx, is also home to management and publishing operations. In a statement, Founder Caius Pawson explained, “From today, Young Turks will become Young. The name change follows a long period of reflection and I wanted to explain the origins of the Young Turks name and the reasons for the change. We originally named Young Turks after the Rod Stewart song of the same name. When I first heard the song, it took a week of 2005–era internet searches to find out what it was and even longer to understand its meaning. The name intrigued me, evoking the solidarity of youth. In 2005, it seemed to perfectly sum up what we were: teenagers, wanting and waiting to do something, anything. However, we were unaware of the deeper history of the term and, specifically, that the Young Turks were a group who carried out the Armenian Genocide from 1915 onwards. Through ongoing conversations and messages that have developed our own knowledge around the subject, it’s become apparent that the name is a source of hurt and confusion for people. We loved the name for what it meant to us, but in retrospect should have listened more carefully to other voices and acted more quickly. We have always tried to affect positive change and knowing what we do now, it’s only right that we change our name.” Additionally, Young is set to make a donation to London’s Armenian Institute.
Goldenvoice UK Founder, Laura Davidson, is launching a brand–new consultancy under the banner of Amigas. Amigas provides live services such as artist development, live consultancy and bespoke and curated events. The consultancy is composed of industry–leading women professionals including promoters, producers and curators, seeking to rebuild the live arena. With over two decades of live industry experience, Davidson got her start as a promoter in Brighton, going on to launch Goldenvoice UK for AEG Presents. Artists she’s worked with include Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, FKA Twigs, Wolf Alice, Disclosure and others. Davidson also co–founded, launched and booked London’s All Points East eventually being named Head of Artist Bookings for AEG, before parting ways to go freelance.
Entertainment One (eOne) has tapped Dushiyan Piruthivirajah as Head of Music Supervision & Synch U.K., expanding the company’s music supervision reach into the U.K. market and driving synch strategy for eOne outside N. America. Based in London, Piruthivirajah will lead music supervision efforts for the U.K. and European territories for eOne’s record label and publisher, reporting to Sean Mulligan, eOne’s VP Creative, Music, based in LA. Piruthivirajah will work across eOne’s TV and film productions as well as third–party producers, focusing on finding synch opportunities for eOne’s music acts across TV, film, advertising and gaming, while representing eOne’s catalog which includes Last Gang Records, Death Row Records and Dualtone, and working on bespoke collaborative projects with ad agencies and music supervisors. Having started his synch career in 2012 at the BBC’s in–house music department, Piruthivirajah’s oversaw music placements and clearances across all BBC Entertainment productions. He joined the BBC’s Project Management Office in early 2015, contributing to key planning and strategy work for the launch of BBC Studios. In late 2015 he returned to synch, joining Audio Network as a Music Consultant, where he spent five years overseeing creative music placements and licensing.
Merlin has announced a new licensing agreement with JOOX, a leading music streaming platform in Asia. JOOX becomes a new strategic partner that gives Merlin members access to new audiences across Asia, including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand, as well as South Africa. The agreement licenses Merlin content through JOOX’s ad–supported and premium tiers, as well as its karaoke feature and library. The deal will also offer Merlin members’ access to marketing and promotional activities on the JOOX service. Last year, Merlin deepened its strategic partnership with TME (Tencent Music Entertainment) when it expanded its relationship to include TME’s social community, WeSing, in addition to existing participation in DSPs QQ Music, KuGuo and Kuwo. Merlin also reported a banner year in which 81 new members joined from countries globally, including first–time members from Burkina Faso, Ghana, Peru, Singapore, Slovakia and the United Arab Emirates, while also nearly doubling its global team.
T–Series and The Indian Performing Right Society Limited (IPRS) announced last week that Super Cassettes Industries Limited, known as T–Series, has become a member of IPRS. T–Series, led by Chairman & Managing Director Bhushan Kumar, brings to IPRS a significant music library of over 200,000 titles, including 50,000+ music videos, comprising more than 15,000 hours of music encompassing musical compositions and lyrics forming part of songs/music videos spread across over fifteen Indian languages. This development is a watershed moment in the Indian music industry and will provide a game changing boost to the IPRS, the registered Indian Copyright Society representing music composers, lyricists and owner publishers of music. IPRS will now represent the T–Series music publishing catalog of lyrics and musical compositions and license a wide variety of platforms and businesses which exploit music in India, enhancing the music publishing ecosystem in India and improving the ease of doing business for numerous music licensees including broadcasters, digital services, telcos and various other small businesses intending to license music.
TikTok and the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) and Composers Authors and Publishers Association (CAPASSO) have finalized a multi–year licensing agreement, ensuring that the songwriters, composers and music publishers under the organization’s umbrellas will receive royalty payments when their music is used across the platform. Via CAPASSO’s current partnerships, the agreement encompasses 58 territories on the African continent, including repertoire from 21 individual collective management organizations. The agreement will be administered by CAPASSO on behalf of thousands of their members as well as affiliate members. Music created by African songwriters/performers has already risen to popularity on TikTok, producing trends like #Amapiano, which resulted in more than 290 million views. “Jerusalema,” a South–African song by DJ/producer, Master KG, and featuring vocals from Nomcebo, became a global sensation on the platform in 2020 as a result of a choreographed dance routine by Fenómenos do Semba. The #Jerusalema challenge videos have generated over one billion views and have led to global attention and chart success in Europe and the U.S.
On May 20th – 22nd, Talentcoach, together with Länsmusiken and Live at Heart in Örebro, will present a brand new showcase festival in the South East of Sweden, Live at Heart Southeast. They have also unveiled that the first five acts confirmed to join the festival are Tribe Friday, Tony’s Tears, Kassandra, Julia Alfrida and T & The Rex. The indie rock band Tribe Friday recently participated in the P3 Guldgala and were nominated in the category “Group of the Year.” They have performed across the U.S. and Europe and will make their way to the U.K. this Fall. Julia Alfrida is a songwriter and artist who recently participated in Melodifestivalen with her song “Rich,” and has previously been praised for her single, “HER,” which led her to a guest appearance on Swedish national television as well as PRIDE festivals to talk about the song’s LGBTQIA+ message. Kassandra debuted this year with her album, Fantasma Tragica, and her single, “No Longer Lovers,” has already garnered nearly three million streams on Spotify. Tony’s Tears have only released two singles but have already been picked up by P3 and several music blogs with their aesthetic and music attracting the Swedish fashion house, Whyred, who have entered in to a collaboration with the duo. T & The Rex is a Swedish indie pop act from Oskarshamn, local to the festival, who has also been confirmed for The Great Escape festival in May and will release her debut album the weekend of the festival.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame is presenting a virtual event “A Conversation with 2021 Oscar Nominated Songwriters for Best Original Song"” tomorrow at 4pm PT. The special program features the Oscar nominees for Best Original Song in conversation about how they got here, their writing process, the challenges and differences of writing for a film versus a song for a recording artist, and more. The event is co–hosted and moderated by legendary songwriters and SHOF inductees Nile Rodgers, Songwriters Hall Of Fame Chairman, and Paul Williams, a Best Original Song Academy Award Winner. The nominees participating include Dernst “D’Mile” Emile II & Tiara Thomas who wrote the song “Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah; Daniel Pemberton, writer of “Hear My Voice” from The Trial of the Chicago 7; Savan Kotechaa & Fat Max Gsus, writers of “Husavik” from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga; Diane Warren & Laura Pausini writers of “IO SÌ (SEEN)” from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se); and Leslie Odom, Jr. & Sam Ashworth, writers of “Speak Now” from One Night in Miami. The virtual event is open to the public by registering via Eventbrite, and will be available to watch for a limited time on the Songwriters Hall of Fame website.
Social audio app, Clubhouse, is rolling out a new offering allowing users the opportunity to send money to their favorite creators on the platform. A blog post from the company revealed the new monetization feature, under the banner of Clubhouse Payments, commenting it was “the first of many features that allow creators to get paid directly on Clubhouse.” The new feature will allow users to send payments within the Clubhouse app by visiting creator profiles to those creators who have enabled the feature. According to the Clubhouse post, creators will receive 100% of all money sent to them with the sender incurring a small card processing fee that goes to Stripe, Clubhouse’s payment processing partner. The feature became available to a test group last week and is set to make its way to other users in the future.
Australia’s UNIFIED Music Group has formed a partnership with Bolster and Creative Victoria to unveil Main Stage, a forum seeking to encourage “constructive conversation” between agencies, brands and the music business as a whole. The new program hopes to support artists affected by the pandemic who are looking to connect with brands as a revenue driver while the live sector recovers. The broadcast will feature presentations, panel discussions and a live Q&A focusing around the relationship between brands, artists and audiences. The complete program is set to be revealed this week for the free virtual event taking place April 29th. The streaming event will be hosted by Rob Hicks and Lachlan Bradford of the Funny Business Podcast, who recently joined the management roster at UNIFIED.
The Music Publishers Association (MPA) is seeking to fill a new role as Head of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion. Reporting directly to Paul Clements, CEO of MPA, the senior executive position will encompass the development and execution of strategies to further diversity, equality and inclusion across the MPA Group of companies, and as leadership for the MPA’s music publisher members. Under the MPA banner are subsidiaries MCPS and PMLL. The MPA Board recently made a commitment to renew its efforts around equality, diversity and inclusion across the organization and its members. The new executive role will spearhead this strategic change. The MPA has also made a commitment to improve the ratio of gender–balanced, Black, Asian and ethnic minorities represented throughout its board, committees and companies.
Soundstripe has promoted Jack Whitis from Director of Engineering to VP of Engineering. In the new role, Whitis maintains oversight of the team of software engineers and user interface designers that develop Soundstripe’s digital products. He will be based in Soundstripe’s Nashville office. Whitis began his career in software development almost a decade ago as one of the first graduates of Nashville Software School (NSS). Following NSS, he worked under Chris McIntyre, Founder and Product Designer at Southern Made, a digital solutions lab that specializes in innovative marketing activations and developing web platforms. He later took the role of Sr. Software Engineer at free–to–play gaming startup, Chalkline Sports, where he developed a white–labeled gaming platform used by TwinSpires and other notable sportsbooks to acquire new customers. Whitis joined Soundstripe in 2019, holding multiple roles at the company, working his way up from Sr. Software Engineer to Director of Engineering and now to his newest role.
Absolute has been chosen as the label services partner for new label, Intention Records, founded by U.K. publicist Simon Jones and G–A–Y Owner, Jeremy Joseph. Intention launches with three stars from Ru Paul’s Drag Race U.K. on its roster including series one winner The Vivienne, Tia Kofi and Veronica Green. Jones has worked as one of the U.K.’s leading publicists for over 20 years, with clients across music and entertainment including Little Mix, One Direction, Pussycat Dolls and Ant & Dec. DJ and promoter Jeremy Joseph has built the G–A–Y club night into a world–famous brand since acquiring its predecessor Bang! in the early 90s.
Megatrax has enjoyed a successful 2021 entertainment industry awards season by having placed several of its tracks within Oscar and Golden Globe Award–nominated movies and TV shows. Four prominent films currently nominated for upcoming Academy Awards feature tracks from Megatrax including The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix); Pieces of a Woman (Netflix); Soul (Disney); and Mulan (Disney). In addition, Megatrax had also recently placed its tracks within films and/or TV shows, or trailers promoting 2021 Golden Globe nominated works including The Trial of the Chicago 7; The Flight Attendant (Warner Bros.); Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (Lionsgate); and The Mandalorian (Disney).
Iconic rapper and driving force behind the success of the Ruff Ryders label, DMX, passed away on Friday at the age of 50. Born Earl Simmons in Yonkers, DMX suffered a heart attack that was a result of a drug overdose. He had been on life support for nearly a week leading up to his death. DMX entered the mainstream in 1998 after the passing of The Notorious B.I.G. in 1997. At the time, Nas and Jay–Z were thought to be contenders for Biggie’s throne, before the passionate newcomer DMX jumped at the chance to go up against the best in the city. His mainstream success began with the release of his debut full–length in 1998, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, though before that, X had already began to make a name, battling Jay–Z for the first time in the mid–’90s. He went on to sign with Ruff Ryders/Def Jam and continued to build his reputation through a number of high profile features, especially LL Cool J,’s “4, 3, 2, 1” (Remix), Mase’s “24 Hrs. to Live,” and The LOX’s “Money, Power, Respect.” This was followed by the release of It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot which featured singles such as “Get At Me Dog” and “Stop Being Greedy,” as well as “Ruff Ryders Anthem,” produced by a young Swizz Beatz. The album raced to No.1 on the Billboard 200, and was followed by his second album, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, later the same year. Aside from his music career, X made his way into the acting world, initially starring alongside Nas in the hip–hop classic film Belly, and later joining the casts of Romeo Must Die (2000), Exit Wounds (2001) and Cradle 2 the Grave (2003). Seven months after the release of his debut album, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood became DMX’s second No.1 credit (of his five No.1s across his career) on the Billboard 200 chart in December 1998 making him the second rap artist, after Tupac Shakur, to count two albums released in the same year reaching the No.1 placement. Despite his success, DMX battled his demons throughout life including a troubled youth and drug addiction.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Karl Kongkham, Ben Gordon, Neeraj Bhargava, James Diener, Mike Easterlin, Lyor Cohen, Neil Jacobson, Daniel Glass, Joey Arbagey, Max Lousada, Livia Tortella, Harvey Goldsmith, Hiba Irshad, Tom Whalley, Katie Welle and Worldwide Radio Summit 2022.
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. The past twelve months have been challenging as most of humanity can attest due to the pandemic. However, many people have also been dealing with jackass moments! Click HERE for a smorgasbord of slips, flops, ouches, bounces and overall embarrassing moments from around the world.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– MY LIFE AS ALI THOMAS
Thailand–based trio My Life As Ali Thomas took shape in 2014 when frontwoman Pie joined guitarist Rack and drummer Taw to develop the band’s free–spirited musical style. Not adhering to one set genre, My Life As Ali Thomas blend ambient Brit rock influences with indie–pop inspirations and Pie’s distinctive folk sensibilities; her soft, yet highly emotive vocal presence and poetic aptitude shining at the heart of every track. Releasing their debut album Paper via Warner Music Thailand in 2016, the three–piece now boast millions of streams with placements on key editorial Spotify playlists, alongside regular appearances at the major Asian music festivals. The band made history in 2019 when they became the first Thai act to play at the renowned SXSW Festival in Austin, TX – a testament to the burgeoning international appeal of My Life as Ali Thomas, which glistens with each solid release from the band. Following on from January’s well–received single “Rinn,” the collective continues to captivate their fans as they showcase their differentiating and experimental take on creating music with the release of “My Red Golden Sun.” With regards to the track, the band explains: “‘My Red Golden Sun’ will be the most familiar sounding song for My Life As Ali Thomas fans. It’s our take on campfire folk–rock, talking about old love and moving on. Love, and finding love, is like chasing the sun. We chase it simply because it’s what we do, and though the sun hurts us sometimes, could be disappointing or even bad to us, we must not stop chasing. ‘My Red Golden Sun’ celebrates old dreams that didn’t come true, and reminds us to dream anew.” Listen to “My Red Golden Sun” HERE and contact Karl Kongkham at Karl.Kongkham@warnermusic.com as My Life As Ali Thomas is available for synch, touring, collaboration and co–writing opportunities.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – BLACK SATELLITE
Black Satellite is a rock duo from New York City composed of Larissa Vale and Kyle Hawken. The band is a culmination of a deep–rooted partnership contributing to their unified writing style. Shortly after launching their first single “Valkyrie” from their full–length album Endless, Black Satellite was requested as support for Starset at NYC’s Gramercy Theatre on the strength of their debut. Billboard described the Endless album as “the end point one might arrive at after listening to all of Muse’s catalog and deciding they just weren’t epic enough.” The duo was named one of Alternative Press’ “12 Bands You Need To Know” in a print issue of the magazine. Black Satellite recently finished writing and recording their sophomore album, Aftermath, which was mixed by veteran producer Ben Grosse (Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Filter) The new single “Void,” is the first taste of the forthcoming brand–new album. Black Satellite is scheduled to tour with Fozzy this fall, with additional tours and festival dates to be announced. Experience the visual for “Void” HERE and contact Raymond McGlamery at email@example.com, as Black Satellite is available for sync, booking and label opportunities.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 4/11/2021
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, April 11th, 2021: 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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LOTTERY WINNERS feat. FRANK TURNER – “Start Again” (Modern Sky, UK)
CADMIUM – “Juvenile Mind” (Unsigned, N. America)
FINN ASKEW – “Peach” (Unsigned, UK)
DANNY BALDURSSON – “Tears” (Unsigned, Faroe Islands)
SUNHILL – “Sunday” (Black Valley Records, Sweden)
COACH PARTY – “Everybody Hates Me” (Chess Club, UK)
BALTHAZAR – “On A Roll” (Munich Records, Belgium)
THE HARA – “Black Soul Ceremony” (Unsigned, UK)
GOOD LEKKER – “Hard To Be Alone” (Good Intent, Australia)
JEREMY LOOPS – “By The Way” (Universal, South Africa)
MY LIFE AS ALI THOMAS – “My Red Golden Sun’” (Warner Music, Thailand)
DED RABBIT – “Gotta Get Outta This Place” (Unsigned, Scotland)
SLIDE – “Floating” (Slip N Slide Mix) (Unsigned, Sweden)
YOSHI FLOWER – “Boys Don’t Cry” (Interscope, N. America)
ALLDAY – “After All This Time” (Teamtrick, Australia)
BLACK HONEY – “Believer” (Fox Five Records, UK)
EUT – “What Gives You The Kicks” (Unsigned, Denmark)
PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION – “The Back Seat’” (Unsigned, UK)
VIVII – “One Day” (Dumont Dumont, Sweden)
THE VICES – “Looking For Faces” (Mattan Records, Holland)
KILO TANGO – “Movies” (Unsigned, N. America)
THE RUBENS – “Masterpiece” (Ivy League Records/Ditto/Humming, Australia)
THE CLOCKWORKS – “Enough Is Never Enough’” (Creation 23, UK)
7 DAYS IN ALASKA – “Hurts ike Bullets” (Sony Music, Norway)
THE TERRY’S – “Our Paradise” (Unsigned, Australia)
TIM SCHOU – “Comeback” (Iceberg Recods, Denmark)
STEREOTIDE – “All Together” (Unsigned, Germany)
LINN KOCH–EMMERY – “Hologram Love” (Welfare Sounds, Sweden)
IAMJJ – “Your Parents House’” (Mermaid Records, Denmark)
CATHOLIC GUILT – “Life In Three Part Harmony” (Wiretrap Records, Australia)
SAM JOHNSON – “Shoulder To Cry On” (Universal, UK)
THE PALE WHITE – “Glue” (Unsigned, UK)
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