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POSITION MUSIC NAMES J SCAVO
AS GM RECORDED MUSIC & VP MUSIC MARKETING




Tyler Bacon, President & CEO of Burbank, CA–based Position Music has announced that veteran music industry executive J Scavo has joined the company as General Manager, Recorded Music & VP of Marketing.

J Scavo
In his new position, Scavo will spearhead Position Music’s strategy for its Recorded Music division as well as serve as overall Head of Marketing for the company. Scavo’s appointment coincides with the growth and evolution of Position Music from a music publishing company to a full–service music company.

Prior to joining Position Music, J was Founder of Daemon – an artist services, marketing and social media agency, where he worked with both independent and signed artists to craft strategic marketing and social campaigns for releases, tours, videos and other activities.

Scavo was Sr. VP, Digital Marketing & Strategy for Warner Records (from 2009 – 2015) where he worked with artists including The Black Keys, Michael Bublé, Linkin Park, Jason Derulo, Muse, Green Day, Josh Groban, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Neil Young overseeing a large team running their digital marketing, social strategy, merchandising, VIP ticketing, and fan clubs.

Prior to Warner’s, Scavo was VP, Digital Strategy & E–Commerce at Disney Music Group and General Manager of MySpace Records where he helped usher in the digital age of music consumption for prominent acts such as Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers, Pennywise and Selena Gomez.


JOE KENTISH NAMED PRESIDENT WARNER RECORDS UK


Warner Music UK (WMUK) recently announced a leadership transition at Warner Records UK whereas respected executive and A&R aficionado Joe Kentish has been promoted to President, Warner Records UK, effective June 1, 2021. The announcement was made following recent President, Warner Records Phil Christie’s decision to step down from the label.

Joe Kentish
Kentish has been with the label since 2014, during which time he’s discovered and signed the likes of Dua Lipa and Griff, as well as overseeing an expansion of the roster, including the signing of acts such as Mist, Nines and Pa Salieu. He will report to Tony Harlow, CEO, WMUK. Kentish also joins the WMUK leadership team, where he will have a say in the strategic direction of the broader UK company.

In his new position, Kentish will be responsible for overseeing the creative and strategic direction of the label, as well as the development and campaigns for its roster of artists, including domestic UK acts Biffy Clyro, Dua Lipa, Foals, Ghetts, Liam Gallagher, Mist, Muse, Nines and Royal Blood, as well as up and coming acts Griff, JC Stewart and Pa Salieu, and all incoming international acts and releases from Warner Records US. Kentish will continue to work closely with the rest of the Warner Records UK senior management team including Jane Arthy, VP, Radio & Playlisting, Jen Ivory, Sr. VP and Sukhraj Johal, General Manager.

Kentish started his music industry career as one of the founders of UK Garage label Middle Row Records. He then worked as an A&R scout for two years at EMI before moving to Mercury Records (later Virgin/EMI), where he signed and A&R’d the likes of The Vamps, Just Jack (a former A&R Worldwide supported act) and Pixie Lott before joining Warner Records UK as Senior A&R Manager in 2014.


EDGAR “EDD GRAND” MACHUCA NAMED SR. VP A&R
AT CAPITOL RECORDS & VIRGIN MUSIC



Edgar “Edd Grand” Machuca has been named as Sr. VP of A&R for both Capitol Records, the flagship label of Capitol Music Group (CMG) and Virgin Music Label & Artist Services. This is a specially created role for the creative music industry executive, which was announced recently by Jeff Vaughn, Chairman & CEO, CMG and Jacqueline Saturn, President, Virgin, to whom Machuca will jointly report.

Edgar “Edd Grand” Machuca
In his new joint position, Machuca will draw upon his broad experience as an A&R and creative executive to sign and develop artists for both Capitol and Virgin, as well as oversee recording projects for their new, established and partnered artists. Machuca will be based in the CMG’s Hollywood, CA headquarters within the iconic Capitol Tower.

Jeff Vaughn commented, “Edd has an intuitive feel for identifying game–changing artists, songs, and entrepreneurs. His ability to build trust and speak the same language with creatives sets him apart as an A&R executive. In Ed’s unique joint role at Capitol and Virgin, he will be empowered to do what he does best: impact global culture through music.”

Machuca comes to Capitol from his position as Vice President at both Warner Records and independent Warner affiliate Artist Partner Group (APG). He began his career at Atlantic Records in 2015 and held concurrent A&R positions at Atlantic and APG when those two labels were affiliated. Machuca’s notable signings during his tenure in those previous positions included Grammy–winning songwriter Derrick Milano and Puerto Rican rap sensation Myke Towers.

He’s been integral to a stream of hit records including Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J. Balvin’s “I Like It,” G–Easy’s “No Limit,” G–Eazy & Halsey’s “Him & I,” Megan Thee Stallion’s “Hot Girl Summer” and “Savage Remix (feat. Beyoncé),” “Me Too” from Kevin Gates, “Christopher Walking” from Pop Smoke, “Yikes” from Nicki Minaj, “Time Today” from MoneyBagg Yo, “Press” from Cardi B and “1942” from G–Eazy feat. YBN Nahmir and Yo Gotti.


EUROPEAN TOURING GIANT FKP SCORPIO
EXPANDS TEAM IN THE UK



Hamburg, Germany–based touring giant FKP Scorpio, which in recent years has grown into a formidable force across the European live business is expanding its UK operations with a slew of new executive appointments. The company is led by highly respected entrepreneur Folkert Koopmans, Founder & CEO, FKP Scorpio Konzertproduktionen GmbH who has been expanding the company’s footprint across the UK and Europe over the past decade.

Pictured (l–r): Lou Champion, Julie Morgan, Rebecca Nichols, Sam Laurence
Last week, the company has announced the appointment of Julie Morgan as Head of Marketing, UK & European Touring, FKP Scorpio UK. Morgan was most recently Head of Marketing & PR, SJM Concerts and worked on campaigns for artist such as Arctic Monkeys, Adele, Foo Fighters, Take That, The Killers and others, as well a number of UK–based festivals.

Lou Champion is appointed Head of Ticketing. Champion has held positions at Warner Music, Live Nation, Kilimanjaro Live and at the London Olympics 2012.

Rebecca Nichols joins the company as Head of Live Co–Ordination, FKP Scorpio UK after spending ten years working as an agent at CAA, overseeing live touring careers, associated brand partnerships, live streaming productions, as well as booking headline tours and festivals around the world.

In addition, the company has announced a brand–new partnership with Sam Laurence, Founder of the UK music event brand dollop.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



OVER 100 MILLION ALBUMS SOLD & COUNTING: Multi–platinum, award–winning pop legends Duran Duran have signed a recordings agreement with BMG. The signing comes before the release of their highly anticipated 15th studio album, Future Past, which is released on October 22, 2021 via Tape Modern/BMG. The deal also includes the administration of Duran Duran’s post–1997 back catalogue including Medazzaland, Pop Trash, Astronaut, Red Carpet Massacre, and All You Need Is Now. Formed in 1978, Duran Duran have sold over 100 million records internationally, making them one of the world’s best–selling bands. They achieved 14 singles in the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and 21 in the US Billboard Hot 100. Duran Duran have won numerous awards throughout their career which encompasses two Brit Awards including the 2004 award for “Outstanding Contribution to Music,” two Grammy Awards, an MTV Video Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a “Video Visionary Award” from the MTV Europe Music Awards. They’ve also been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

OVER THE MOON: Mary Rahmani, Global Head of Partnerships, Triller has launched a new agency called Moon Projects that specializes in creator curation for short–form and vertical platforms, as well as a new label imprint in collaboration with Republic Records (one of Universal Music Group’s most successful labels worldwide). Rahmani unveiled the announcement on her social media via an exclusive interview with Variety. The new company states, “The team works with brands and artists to create breakthrough, meaningful campaigns that feel authentic and organic while leveraging the platform’s potential for virality and reach.” Rahmani will continue working in her current role at Triller and stated in her interview that she’ll be announcing her first new signing soon.

HOW SWEDE IT IS: Round Hill Music has acquired master recordings from Swedish independent label Telegram Studios. The catalogue of masters features an eclectic mix of recordings, from mainstream pop hits, to rock, reggae, alternative, metal, and hardcore classics. The wide range of artists are represented include the likes of Estelle (“American Boy”), Caesars (“Jerk It Out”), Serj Tankian (System of A Down), Jamelia, Coal Chamber, Sick of it All, Ziggy Marley And The Melody Makers, Soul Coughing, Throwing Muses, The Ark, Stina Nordenstam, The Sounds, Surfer Blood and more.

JOINING A FAMILY DYNASTY: Former Vice President, Music Strategy Disney Channels Worldwide & General Manager, Radio Disney Network, Phil Guerini has been tapped as CEO, Jonas Group Entertainment. Based in Nashville, TN Guerini will oversee the operations and further growth of Jonas Group Entertainment. The firm was founded in 2005 by Kevin Jonas, Sr., who managed his sons – the Grammy–nominated, multi–Platinum selling group Jonas Brothers. The company has evolved from a management firm into a full–fledged music, publishing, marketing and entertainment company with offices in Nashville and Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to Disney, Guerini was a staff writer for the Miami Herald, held radio jobs in Miami and Atlanta, GA as well as working at A&M, Chrysalis, East West Records and MCA.

TURNING A NEW PAGE: Page 1 Management has announced that Danielle Middleton has joined the company as its Senior Director. Middleton will lead Page 1’s US efforts from New York City and report directly to Ashley Page, Founder & CEO, Page 1. The company, which has staff in New York, Nashville, London and Auckland, represents top creators, including Grammy Award–winning writer/producers Joel Little (Taylor Swift, Khalid, Imagine Dragons), Mark Rankin (Adele, Iggy Pop, Florence + The Machine), Grammy–nominated Drew Pearson (Zac Brown Band, Kesha, Phillip Phillips) and worldwide chart–topping artist Jawsh 685, among many others.

MAKING A MOVE: Amal Noor has been appointed as Sr. Director of A&R and manager for the Atlanta, GA–based label Love Renaissance (LVRN). Noor has previously held positions at Atlantic Records Recording Studio in an A&R capacity, as well as working with Christian McCurdy, President, Legion Management, LLC.,where she assisted with clients such as Ant Clemons, Nija Charles and Jack Rochon. In addition, she was an independent manager for Russell!, Fka D–Pryde, DC The Don and Touchdown. Noor was involved with the success of multi–Platinum producer Supah Mario (Megan Thee Stallion, Drake, Young Thug, Lil Uzi) who recently inked a deal with Sony Music Publishing.

MAKING A TREK UP NORTH: A&R Worldwide will be joining the annual Scottish music, media and arts event XPONORTH (which normally takes place in Inverness) for its 2021 online edition, and helping curate a number of key sessions focused on global artist development and sync – the online event takes place June 16 – 17. Joining the global A&R panel will be Kenny “Tick” Salcido, Sr. VP/Head of A&R, Red Bull Records; Marian Wolf, VP Head of BMG China & Global Writer Services; Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO with the session moderated by Monte Malone, Sr. VP A&R Worldwide. In addition, Sat Bisla will moderate a one on one keynote interview with his longtime friend Rudy Chung, Music Creative & Production, Netflix.

MIDDLE EAST ICON SIGNS A NEW DEAL: PopArabia, a leading music publisher in the Middle East and North Africa, in conjunction with Reservoir have signed Lebanese indie music icon and writer/producer Zeid Hamdan to an exclusive deal, acquiring his catalog of master recordings and publishing works. The deal also includes the signing of Hamdan’s latest project, Bedouin Burger, to a recording agreement, with new music set for release in 2021. PopArabia says the signing builds on their increasingly strong international roster and deepens their and Reservoir’s commitment to cultivating diverse artists’ voices in the region and exporting them to the rest of the world.

LET’S MAKE A DEAL: Swedish multi–Platinum songwriter, producer and studio musician Tommy Denander tells A&R Worldwide that he has signed an 8–year deal with Italian label Frontiers Records. The deal incorporates four new albums with his project Radioactive, which turns 30 this year, and will be celebrated with a two–hour documentary movie and a special album release. Tommy has released four albums with Radioactive, and during his almost 40–year career has worked on more than 3000 albums and singles resulting in more than 100 Gold and Platinum awards.

A FRENCH CONNECTION: Warner Chappell Music France, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, has signed a worldwide deal with urban and electronic producer Ikaz Boi, who has composed songs for international acts including Quavo, Hoodrich Pablo Juan and some of the biggest names in French rap (Damso and Niska). In addition to a successful songwriting career, Ikaz Boi who was born Zaki Ghafir, is also a successful artist, with all three of his solo projects have received widespread critical acclaim. Ikaz Boi stated, “I’m excited to work with Matthieu, Joris and the team at Warner Chappell France. I’ve got a number of projects in the pipeline, both working with other artists and my solo work, which I think will land well with my fans and hopefully engage new listeners.”

FROM VICTORY TO SEVEN SEAS: Music licensing veteran, Matt Favazza, tells A&R Worldwide that he has joined the San Francisco, CA–based Seven Seas Music team as their Senior Manager of Creative Services. Favazza will report to Brooke Wentz, Founder & CEO and Maryam Battaglia, Founder & COO. He will also work closely with Andre Comeau, VP/Head of Creative Services. In his new role, Favazza will help bolster the company’s sync placement division by offering one–stop music from Seven Seas Music emerging and established artists from around the world – the company represents over 30,000 songs by 3,600 artists from 155 countries. Previously, Favazza headed Victory Records’ in–house publishing division, and garnered countless placements in Oscar nominated and high–profile films.

SOUNDS MARVELOUS: Marvel Entertainment and SiriusXM have announced the launch of their first original scripted podcast series, Marvel’s Wastelanders: Old Man Star–Lord. The first two episodes will be available starting Tuesday, June 1 on the SiriusXM app, Pandora, Stitcher and all major podcast platforms. The 10–episode series will be released weekly, kicking off season one of Marvel and SiriusXM’s multi–part Marvel’s Wastelanders podcast series, which will feature other Marvel heroes including Old Man Wolverine, Old Man Hawkeye and Grey Widow. In addition, Knocked Up star Seth Rogen is launching his first podcast with SiriusXM’s Stitcher, which is set to debut later this year.

FROM DATING TO STREAMING: The French–based global music streaming service Deezer has announced that it will appoint Jeronimo Folgueira as new CEO of the company effective June 30, 2021. Until recently, Folgueira was CEO and Director of the Board at Spark Networks (a global dating company) based in Berlin, Germany. Flogueira takes over the helm from Hans–Holger Albrecht, who has overseen the company’s evolution since 2015. Hans–Holger will continue to be a member of the board of directors for Deezer.

SPEAKING BLUNTLY: Hartwig Masuch, CEO, BMG has taken to the pages of one of Germany’s leading broadsheet newspapers, Die Welt, to reflect on the wave of artist activism sweeping the music industry – and to lend his support. In an op–ed comment piece published recently, Masuch wrote, “Never before, in my 40 years in the music industry has there been such a concentrated wave of artist disaffection.” The core answer he stated, “is to be found in the music industry itself, which has been woefully slow to modernize in the streaming age.” Masuch argued that digital services need to do more to clamp down on streaming fraud and urged politicians to accept society’s responsibility to musicians. “You cannot claim to love music if you do not also cherish musicians themselves,” he wrote. The full op–ed can be read HERE.

GOING FULL CIRCLE: Warner Music has announced a new 360 partnership with one of East Africa’s most successful artists Diamond Platnumz and his independent record label WCB–Wasafi. The deal will see WCB–Wasafi incorporated into Warner Music South Africa and Ziiki Media, while Warner Music’s global network will help expose Diamond Platnumz and the label’s artists to a worldwide audience. Diamond Platnumz is one of Africa’s most successful artists, having released more than 30 hit songs, and is one of the region’s most recognizable figures, which has led to him becoming a brand ambassador for companies such as Pepsi, Parimatch, Nice One Brand and Coral Paints. He has the number one artist YouTube channel in Sub–Saharan Africa, with more than five million subscribers and has more than 12 million Instagram followers. Diamond Platnumz founded WCB–Wasafi and turned it into one of the top labels in Africa. The label has enjoyed success with artists such as Lava Lava, Mbosso, Rayvanny, Zuchu and Queen Darleen.

SOUNDS “ALL RIGHTS” TO ME: CCS Rights Management (CSS) has announced its new deal with Blue Ant Media on the heels of expanding its global relationship with Spin Master, the multibillion children’s entertainment powerhouse behind PAW Patrol, the wildly popular animated series airing in more than 160 countries, and PAW Patrol: The Movie, which is set for theatrical release worldwide by Paramount Pictures on August 20, 2021. CCS will administer the extensive libraries of music owned by Blue Ant Media subsidiaries Blue Ant International, Blue Ant Studios Canada, and Blue Ant Media Music Inc. CCS will also provide its administration services, royalty collection, synchronization and other services. Also, the company will exploit Blue Ant Media Music’s repertoire to create new licensing opportunities for film, TV, toys, games, consumer products, advertising and other media.

PARTNERING WITH A COLLECTIVE: Fast–growing Israeli audio/visual content provider, Artlist, has joined IMPEL, an international collective of independent music publishers who, together, license their mechanical rights to a wide range of digital service providers. IMPEL will represent the digital rights for Artlist’s music catalogue of high–quality ‘Artlist Originals.’ Artlist is a leading creative technology company with three products that provide video creators with over half a million digital assets. The catalogues are updated daily with fresh content that includes music and sound effects on Artlist.io, stock footage on Artgrid.io and templates, presets, add–ons, transitions and motion graphics on MotionArray.com. Artlist operates on a yearly subscription plan, offering users an unmatched license with unlimited use, while preserving the quality of the media it provides.

BRINGING MUSIC TO THE SCREEN: Rising British recording artist, songwriter and actor ARLO, who signed a major recording deal earlier this year with Sony Music Entertainment’s Arista Records, is developing a scripted television series with Lionsgate Studios and Eleven Films, producers of the critically acclaimed British comedy–drama television series Sex Education for Netflix. Eleven will produce and develop the Arlo fronted drama series, that will follow a young man in East London dealing with the complex relationship between his working–class background and success in the music industry. ARLO will create the show alongside writer and Director Aki Omoshaybi. ARLO is repped by CAA worldwide for TV, Music, Film and was named one of the influential new faces in music in the UK newspaper The Evening Standard.

MORE STEAM FOR ITS TEAM: Hallwood Media, Neil Jacobson’s writer–producer management company, has announced that Chukwudi Obi has joined the company as Manager. Obi will work out of Hallwood’s Los Angeles office and handle hip–hop talent that includes IAmTash (Pop Smoke, Coi Leray, YBN Nahmir), Donn Robb (The Kid LAROI, Juice WRLD), Super Miles (Dave East, Wale, Tory Lanez), as well as identify and sign new talent to the creator management company. Obi’s addition continues Hallwood Media’s rapid writer/producer expansion that includes Jeff Bhasker (Bruno Mars, Harry Styles), Murda Beatz (Drake, Ariana Grande, Migos), David Stewart (BTS, Jonas Brothers), Jim–E Stack (Bon Iver, Diplo), Yung Dza (Cardi B), Beach Noise (Kendrick Lamar, Baby Keem), JR Rotem (Rihanna, Jason Derulo), Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen) among others.

BETTER MUSIC FOR YOUR EARS: Apple Music has unveiled its “industry–leading sound quality” to its subscribers with the addition of spatial audio with support for Dolby Atmos. Spatial Audio provides artists the ability to create immersive audio experiences for fans. Subscribers to Apple Music will have access to listen to more than 75 million songs in lossless audio. The new features will be available for Apple Music subscribers starting next month, whereas Apple Music will automatically play Dolby Atmos tracks on all AirPods and Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip, as well as the built–in speakers for its latest versions of iPhone, iPad and Mac. Subscribers can listen to thousands of songs in spatial audio no additional cost. The announcement means that Apple Music beats Spotify to HD Audio.

SPREADING ITS DISTRIBUTION WINGS: Sony Music Entertainment (SME) has confirmed that it has signed a new direct digital distribution deal with NetEase Cloud Music, as well as a multi–year extension of its existing agreement with Tencent Music Entertainment (TME); both deals represent SME’s distribution agreements for China. Sony’s agreement with NetEase is one of a number of high–profile deals that have shifted away from TME within China’s burgeoning and lucrative music streaming business. TME and Tencent Group have been under scrutiny by the Chinese government via an antitrust probe. TME has beaten competitors to exclusive digital distribution contracts with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group; however, they would then sub–license catalogues out to competitors often at a multiple of the original price.

A UNIVERSAL TRILLER: Triller, the burgeoning global AI–powered short video platform, and Universal Music Group (UMG), have agreed to expanded worldwide licensing agreements that span recorded music and publishing. With the new agreements, Triller’s users gain access to UMG’s full catalog of music from the company’s iconic record labels and recording artists, as well as the songwriters and catalogs represented by Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), for use on Triller. The two parties were previously at odds as Triller stated it didn’t need UMG’s catalogue to run its business, however, that’s now all water under the musical bridge.

NEIGHBORING RIGHTS: Nigerian singer, songwriter, rapper and dancer Burna Boy (real name Damini Ogulu) has signed a global deal with Kobalt Neighboring Rights (KNR). Burna Boy is currently signed to Atlantic Records in the US and Warner Music Group for the rest of the world. The artist who joins the likes of Ed Sheeran, who signed a worldwide neighboring rights deal with KNR last year, has seen international success with his collaborations with Chris Martin (Coldplay), YG, Justin Bieber, Jorja Smith, Stormzy, Sam Smith, Future amongst many others.

A GIANT STEP FORWARD: Grammy Award–Winning songwriter and producer DJ SwanQo (real name James Steed) has signed with The Azoff Company’s subsidiary Giant Music Publishing in partnership with Pardison Fontaine’s St. Lukes Publishing. The deal marks the debut signing for Giant Music Publishing, which was launched by the company’s Shawn Holiday along with Irving Azoff and his son Jeffrey Azoff earlier this year. Giant Music Publishing and Pardison Fontaine’s St Luke Publishing have also entered into a worldwide administration deal with Warner Chappell to administer DJ SwanQo’s copyrights. DJ SwanQo is best known for his work with Cardi B, and has also crafted hits for Pardison Fontaine, Aunty Hammy, Hoocelebrity and others.

BUCKING THE TREND WITH IVORY LANE: Bucks Music Group has signed Ivory Layne to an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal. Layne’s career took flight when demos she had produced in her bedroom and posted online caught the attention of Grammy Award–winning producer Ed Cash. The pair wrote, produced, and released her first EP. Layne went on to write with some of Nashville, TN’s top names including Jimmy Robbins, Shane McAnally and Lori McKenna. The title track from her second EP, Something’s Gonna Happen, was plucked for two global ad campaigns and Layne was signed by Justin Timberlake’s artist development company Villa40 soon after. At the start of 2021, Layne released her EP, Confetti, with production from duo Nick Atkinson and Edd Holloway (Lewis Capaldi, James Bay), Jimmy Robbins and Layne herself. Her single “Lonely Hearts” is currently on the A List of BBC Radio 2 in the UK.

UP AND DOWN: Global music streaming service Spotify stock (SPOT) has shown a significant drop in its per–share stock price since it kicked–off January 2021, when the price was around $311 (USD). The company’s per–share price concluded last week at $228.68, which was an increase of $8.35 (3.79 percent) on the day. The current valuation is still much higher than the per–share price of the company’s stock from the previous year–start (January 2020) when they were priced at $150 each. There has been a consistent drop in the company’s share price for the past several weeks. Could this be due to added competition and broader choices for consumers? Also, will Spotify unveil its version of a hi–fi tier to compete against Apple and Amazon Music both of whom have unveiled their versions at no additional cost to subscribers. Will the stock continue to drop, or pop upwards in the coming months will the unveiling of newer content and new yet–to–be unveiled products?

STACCS OF JOY: Staccs the platform which helps artists and rights owners collect better royalty payments is launching a concert footage streaming service in the Nordics. The premium service will deliver on–demand and high–quality live films that includes numerous classic shows. Performances from Queen, Bob Marley, Oasis, The Rolling Stones, Tupac, Sam Smith, Patti Smith, David Bowie, Nina Simone, Zara Larsson amongst others will be available to fans in Nordic and Baltic countries. Staccs will include a user–friendly model to determine revenue share between the copyright owners, the artists, Staccs. Based on a monthly subscription the service will be accessible for any device and screen size.

EXPANDING ITS HORIZONS: BMG Production Music (BMGPM), the established production music company, servicing the film, broadcast, games and advertising industries has announced its partnership with educational organisation Expand Music. The collaboration sees BMGPM provide work and development opportunities for ‘Expand Access’ participants aged 16 – 19 years–old from underrepresented backgrounds as part of its access–to–industry initiative. This month, two artists albums are released as part of the partnership. BMGPM says the initiative is ongoing with more to come from its continuing commitment to proactively feeding back into the talent ecosystem in positive and progressive ways, opening access to the music industry and continuing to represent ‘Hidden Hitmakers.’

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SHARING IS CARING: IMPEL Collective Management (IMPEL) and the Independent Music Publishers International Forum (IMPF) have agreed a ground–breaking Charter of Co–operation to share experiences and best practices in the digital music marketplace. The goal is to drive streamlining and innovation in digital licensing, as well as increased choice, flexibility and transparency for independent publishers and their songwriters. Combining IMPEL’s expertise in the digital market and IMPF’s lobbying and campaigning skills will enable independent music publishers to compete with their major counterparts in the digital music ecosystem, and amplify the unique space that the independents are claiming within it. IMPEL and IMPF have developed a set of 10 beliefs and principles to afford independent publishers and songwriters their rightful place within the digital music ecosystem, and to be fairly and properly compensated for their contributions to the modern music business.

A MELODY AND A SONG: Global music business to business licensing marketplace Songtradr has announced that it has formed a new partnership with Melodie, which is a subscription–based licensing platform. The agreement sees both companies working together on digital music distribution and neighboring rights administration, as well as providing content creators, broadcast media and enterprise content platforms access to unlimited high–quality stock music. This new announcement is just one of a raft of new deals Songtradr has unveiled in the past few months. A&R Worldwide has also learned that Songtradr will be announcing a very senior hire with international oversight in the near future.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Martin Dodd, Mike Caren, Ron Cerrito, Arielle Blattman, Gregg Donovan, Allison Kaye, Rob Stringer, Julissa “Trophy” Bartholomew, Amos Newman, Ollie Hodge, Aaron Rosenberg, Mary Megan Peer, Mark Strippel, Alex Gilbert, Detlef Schwarte and Linda Perry.


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 lives. Driving can be fun, relaxing and sometimes just darn right unpredictable. Always keep your eyes on the road, seat belt fastened and have complete focus on your driving! Click HERE for a nail–biting collection of drivers who didn’t follow the rules!


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– LUKE NOA



European–born talent Luke Noa has a distinctive voice that seems oddly familiar and is intertwined with a Mark Ronson styled production. The songwriter was born in Baden–Württemberg and grew up in Switzerland, near Zurich. At the young age of 14, he started to play his first gigs in his band, Luke Noa and the Basement Beats. After a number of gigs, festivals and competitions, Luke knew he was meant to be a musician. After he graduated high school, he continued to write and refine songs, and played support shows for the likes of Go Go Berlin and Rikas. For the past two years, Noa has put his heart and soul into his sophomore EP, Bleach a five–song release which was released earlier this month. Discover Luke Noah and his music by listening to “Bleach” HERE and contact Celina Spanier of Neubau Music at mgmt@luke–noa.com for all inquiries.


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

Songwriter, multi–instrumentalist and singer Dotan first made a name for himself seven years ago with the success of his album 7 Layers. The album went on to become one of the biggest–selling albums in the Netherlands, a title he still holds to this day, which led to Dotan being the most streamed Dutch artist of 2014. His success in the Netherlands led to a whirlwind of sold–out tours, festivals and television appearances throughout Benelux and Germany. After a time away from the spotlight, Dotan returned in 2019 with his single “Numb,” which would end up being his biggest international success to date reaching Gold status in numerous countries, and Platinum in Russia. His follow–up single, “There Will Be A Way,” continued his journey with more chart success and he rounded off 2020 with an invitation to play at the Vatican and meet Pope Francis. Seven years after his last album, Dotan is exploring a new era with the brand–new album, Satellites. The current single “Mercy” is a soulful anthem that offers a unique perspective to forgiveness. According to Dotan, it’s a song that celebrates the dark days, but also how we can grow from them. Experience the visual for “Mercy” HERE and get a taste from Dotan’s new album due May 28th. For inquiries, please contact Matt Johnson at matt.johnson@redlightmanagement.com.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 5/23/2021



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, May 23rd, 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.

Listen to this two hour show by clicking HERE:

DANNY BALDURSSON – “Tears” (Unsigned, Faroe Islands)
TEENAGE JOANS – “Ice Cream” (27 Music, Australia)
THE VICES – “In And Out’” (Mattan Records, Holland)
ALLDAY – “After All This Time” (Teamtrick, Australia)
FRIEDBERG – “Yeah” (Marathon Artists, UK)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Drugs X Boys X Drugs” (Unsigned, Sweden)
EIZA MURPHY – “Bat And Ball” (Unsigned, Ireland)
DED RABBIT – “All Fired Up” (Unsigned, Scotland)
THE PALE WHITE – “That Dress” (Unsigned, UK)
BOY DESTROY – “Favourite” (Budfox, Sweden)
LUNA BAY – “Blue” (Unsigned, UK)
THE AWKWARD – “Dance The Night Away” (Unsigned, Holland)
TEN TONNES – “Everything You Got” (Unsigned, UK)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Hopelessness of Love” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
LOTTERY WINNERS feat. FRANK TURNER – “Start Again” (Modern Sky, UK)
SAM JOHNSON – “Trip On Gold” (Universal, UK)
PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION – “The Back Seat’” (Unsigned, UK)
MY LIFE AS ALI THOMAS – “My Red Golden Sun’” (Warner Music, Thailand)
THE VELVET HANDS – “Star” (Unsigned, UK)
SACROPOLIS – “Pepita” (Unsigned, Germany)
CRYSTAL TIDES – “Last Time” (Unsigned, UK)
TIM SCHOU – “Mad Love” Feat. Sowfy (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
THE TERRYS – “Our Paradise” (Unsigned, Australia)
BALTHAZAR – “On A Roll” (Munich Records, Belgium)
YOSHI FLOWER – “Boys Don’t Cry” (Interscope, N. America)
SUNHILL – “Spot In The Shade” (Black Valley Records, Sweden)
SLIDE – “Floating” (Slip N Slide Mix) (Unsigned, Sweden)
COACH PARTY – “Everybody Hates Me” (Chess Club, UK)
THE RUBENS – “Masterpiece” (Ivy League Records/Ditto/Humming, Australia)
THE HARA – “Black Soul Ceremony” (Unsigned, UK)
PAPER IDOL – “Tightrope” (Unsigned, N. America)
7 DAYS IN ALASKA – “Hurts Like Bullets” (Sony Music, Norway)
EAU ROUGE – “I Know That You Know” (Riptide Records, Germany)

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