RESERVOIR ACQUIRES LEGENDARY INDEPENDENT
HIP–HOP AND ELECTRONIC LABEL TOMMY BOY MUSIC
Tommy Boy Music, the renowned American independent Hip–Hop and Electronic record label and multimedia brand founded in 1981 by Tom Silverman has been acquired by Reservoir. The deal comprises 6,000+ masters including Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise,” House of Pain’s “Jump Around,” Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force’s “Planet Rock,” and many other notable songs.
Tommy Boy Music helped to launch the careers of Hip–Hop icons such as Queen Latifah, Coolio, De La Soul, Naughty By Nature, Afrika Bambaataa, Digital Underground, House of Pain, Force MDs, among many others. The label played a part with introducing EDM to mainstream audiences through releases by LFO, Coldcut and 808 State, while helping to establish the Latin Freestyle and Latin Hip–Hop genres with releases by TKA, K7 and Information Society.
Tommy Boy Music also includes the catalogs of Amherst Records, Harlem Music and Halwill Music, which hold masters and publishing rights for a diverse collection of ’70s Soul, Disco, and Jazz artists including The Stylistics, Van McCoy and Glenn Medeiros.
Tommy Boy Music joins Chrysalis Records, augmenting Reservoir’s recorded music division. Reservoir will continue to market the catalog under the Tommy Boy label out of Reservoir’s New York City headquarters with A&R and Creative led by Faith Newman, Executive VP, Reservoir and international marketing and distribution driven by Reservoir’s Chrysalis Records team in London.
Reservoir has also entered into an agreement with Roth CH Acquisition II Co. (Nasdaq: ROCC), a special purpose acquisition company, taking the first step toward becoming a publicly traded company listed on the Nasdaq.
NETFLIX COMMITS TO EXCLUSIVE BMG DEAL
Netflix has struck a new long–term exclusive agreement with BMG for the management and administration of Netflix’s music publishing rights worldwide outside the US. The deal means BMG will be the worldwide exclusive music partner for Netflix–created hit movies and TV shows such as The Queen’s Gambit, The Crown, Extraction, Stranger Things and Emily In Paris.
The agreement with BMG was secured after a competitive pitch against the world’s largest music companies, which is no surprise considering that Netflix has increased its subscriber numbers by two–thirds to over 204 million globally since it struck its first deal with BMG in 2017.
According to BMG, the competitive pitch focused on processes and technology, with BMG highlighting its ability to marshal a global rights and royalties team working together to ensure efficient registration, fast–track international royalty payments, identify new approaches to income tracking, and deliver access to BMG’s technology platform with APIs for data & insights sharing. Hartwig Masuch, CEO, BMG said, “When the most technologically savvy entertainment company in the world chooses your platform to manage its precious music rights, that’s an endorsement. We are delighted to extend our successful collaboration with Netflix.”
The agreement between BMG and Netflix includes score, transition cues, themes, and feature songs for all content owned by Netflix for its Netflix Originals, such as TV series, feature films, documentary features, and other original content.
NEW ZEALAND PRODUCER & SONGWRITER JOEL LITTLE
SELLS CATALOGUE TO HIPGNOSIS
Hipgnosis Song Fund has announced the acquisition of the publishing catalogue of award–winning New Zealand songwriter and producer Joel Little. The agreement will see Hipgnosis acquire the rights to 178 songs from the back catalogue from Little. Little’s catalogue generated $4.32 million (USD) in 2019, and racked–up $2.98 million (USD) in 2018, and overall his catalogue has garnered over 15 billion streams on global digital services.
The talented creative, who was previously in the alternative rock band Goodnight Nurse, got his major break for his production and co–writing work on Lorde’s 2013 debut award–winning album, Pure Heroine. Lorde and Little won “Song of the Year” at the 2014 Grammy Award’s for the single “Royals,” the breakthrough debut track from the duo.
Little has written hits for numerous artists including the likes of Khalid, Taylor Swift, Amy Shark, Ellie Goulding, Jonas Brothers, Imagine Dragons and many others. Little continues to be managed by his longtime manager Ashley Page, Founder Page 1 Management who retains offices and staff in New York, Nashville, London and Auckland.
Merck Mercuriadis, Founder, Hipgnosis Song Fund stated “Joel is one of the most important songwriters in the world today. His songs are amongst the most–streamed songs of the last 10 years amassing more than 15 billion streams globally. It’s wonderful to welcome Joel and Ashley to the Hipgnosis Family.”
Hipgnosis has also reported a 66% increase in revenue ($138.4 million USD) for the past 12 months up until March 31, 2021. This number includes revenue from its catalogue acquisitions that were made during past year, as well as a right to income of $22.7 million.
SONGTRADR ACQUIRES MASSIVEMUSIC
Songtradr, a leading global B2B music licensing marketplace, has acquired MassiveMusic, a well–established global creative music agency that helps the world’s most renowned brands become more strategic and effective with the emotional power of music and sound.
MassiveMusic has over 80 employees with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, London, New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo. The company creates and curates strategic sonic branding solutions and music management for global brands such as Nike, Heineken, Apple, UEFA and others. This year, MassiveMusic launched the world’s first data–driven sonic branding tool: MassiveBASS, a platform that combines art and science and predicts success in recall, distinctiveness and connection to brand personality.
Paul Wiltshire, CEO of Songtradr stated. “The complexities of the B2B music industry have made it challenging to fully adopt and leverage technology, limiting it from experiencing the same growth as the consumer music industry. Bringing our companies and competencies together creates the scale and trust to enable a true transformation of the B2B music industry and unlock significant growth potential.”
The acquisition of MassiveMusic comes at a pivotal time where a rise in technologies and channels of content means the number of places where a brand’s sound is experienced is dramatically increasing.
With the explosion of content creation across multiple media formats, the size of the music industry is expected to reach $131bn by 2030. Marketers have to cut through and create maximum impact, driving an urgency to optimize the power of music.
ROUND HILL MUSIC SIGNS ROCK BAND LIT
TO A WORLDWIDE RECORD AND PUBLISHING AGREEMENT
Round Hill Music has announced the signing of the publishing catalog of US rock quartet Lit. The band are considered one of the pre–eminent acts to have come out of the post–grunge era of the late 90’s and helped define an entire generation of SoCal (Southern California) culture with their uncompromising pop melodies, punk rock work ethic, and hard–charging hits like “My Own Worst Enemy,” “Miserable,” “Zip-Lock,” and “Lipstick & Bruises.”
The Billboard Music Award–winning “My Own Worst Enemy” not only went double–Platinum in the US, but has been covered by Post Malone, Dustin Lynch, Chase Rice, Michelle Branch, Charlie Puth, Jimmy Fallon’s Gentlemen’s Choir, and dozens more. The band has released six worldwide studio albums, including their RIAA Certified Platinum A Place in the Sun.
Pictured (L–R): Dave Rose (Deep South Entertainment), Joe Calitri (Round Hill), Jeremy Popoff (Lit), Jae Sims (Round Hill), Ajay Popoff (Lit), Lucy Bartozzi (Round Hill), Kevin Baldes (Lit), Michael Volk (Round Hill). Photo: Imani Givertz
Josh Gruss, CEO, Round Hill Music stated, “We’re super proud to work with Lit. They are based in Nashville, TN and have often stopped by our complex to record, write or just hang. They are like family! We’re excited to acquire their catalog and steward that gem going forward, and we’re also excited to work with them on their new record.”
Lit vocalist Ajay Popoff commented, “We’re excited to be working with Round Hill both as a band and as songwriters. This is the fit we’ve been waiting years for. The new Lit music is a refreshing throwback, as well as a big step into the future of the modern rock genre.”
GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…
INCREASING ITS JUUICE: Warner Music China (“WM China”) is expanding JUUICE, its mainland–born hip–hop imprint, across the Greater China region. This strategic move will see WM China extend its focus on and commitment to the hip–hop scene within the territory and will serve to elevate the music of its artists. JUUICE is currently home to some of the most recognizable names in Chinese hip–hop including Ty and Deng Dian Guo. Further to JUUICE’s expansion, the first flagship artist to join it will be Bohan Phoenix, an influential Chinese hip–hop megastar and rap pioneer. After studying at New York University, Bohan moved back to Chengdu, where he played an integral part in the development of the local music scene and collaborated with some of the most prominent artists in the genre, including Higher Brothers and Vava.
CHANGING LANE: As hinted in the A&R Worldwide newsletter several weeks ago, Los Angeles–based A&R executive Jared Lane has been officially hired as Director, Publishing Creative at Red Bull Records in Los Angeles. Lane was hired by Greg Hammer, Managing Director, Red Bull Records with the recommendation of Kenny “Tick” Salcido, Sr. VP / Head of A&R, Red Bull Records to whom Lane will report. Prior to joining Red Bull Records, Lane held A&R positions most recently at Downtown Music Group and prior to that at Artist Publishing Group (APG).
A TRIO OF SIGNINGS: Sentric Music Publishing has announced that its concierge electronic music publishing service, Black Rock, has added three more high–profile electronic music producers to its roster, under exclusive song writing agreements. ANNA, Felix Da Housecat and Archie Hamilton have all joined the publishing company, which follows the signings of Mark Knight, Rodriquez Jr and Roni Size. Having released tracks on some of the most revered labels in the Techno scene, including KOMPAKT, Drumcode and Afterlife, ANNA ranked at No.15 in DJ Mag’s alternative chart in 2020. Felix Da Housecat is a two–time Grammy Award nominee and owner of the Founders Of Filth record label. Archie Hamilton has risen through the underground to become one of the most respected artists in Minimal House and Techno.
COMO ESTAS: Warner Chappell Music (WCM) has signed a three–year worldwide deal with legendary Mexican music figure Marco Antonio Solís. The deal covers future works as well as a majority of Solís’ catalog including his most popular hits like “Si No Te Hubieras Ido,” “Más Que Tu Amigo,” “O Me Voy O Te Vas,” and “A Donde Vamos a Parar.” Throughout his over 40–year career, Solís has captivated the world with his romantic pop ballads, recording over 300 songs and releasing more than 30 albums. He currently holds the record for most No. 1s – 12 – on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and, as a songwriter, has the most No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart.
LET’S MAKE A DEAL: Former A&R Worldwide supported artist Jack Savortetti has secured a long–term publishing deal with AMLOR Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing UK. The talented singer/songwriter who was supported very early–on in his career by A&R Worldwide (2007) and showcased at MUSEXPO Los Angeles in 2008 has continued to evolve and develop over the past decade–plus into a successful international act. Savoretti secured his debut No.1 album in the UK two years ago. Blair McDonald, MD AMLOR Music Publishing stated, “Over the past 15 years, Jack has proven himself as an outstanding songwriter and much–loved artist. We have long been fans of his and are thrilled to welcome him to the AMLOR family, with the support of Universal Music Publishing. Jack is a key signing for us, and we look forward to working with him and his team to uncover new opportunities and build on his career as a songwriter and artist.”
SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING DOUBLE: Texas native Jon Nite has renewed his worldwide deal with Sony Music Publishing Nashville. The Grammy nominated, CMA and ACM award–winning hitmaker began his longstanding relationship with the company in 2009. Jon is one of today’s most in–demand songwriters, crafting top country music hits like “Lady” by Brett Young; “Break Up in the End” by Cole Swindell; “Strip it Down” by Luke Bryan, “Living” by Dierks Bentley; “We Were Us” by Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert; “Boy” by Lee Brice and many more. Also, Sony Music Publishing UK has signed Del Amitri to a worldwide publishing deal. The agreement covers the band’s entire catalogue, including their hits “Roll To Me,” “Nothing Ever Happens,” “Always The Last To Know,” as well as future works. Recently, Del Amitri announced their first full UK tour since 2018, and just released their album Fatal Mistakes.
CHANGES DOWN UNDER: Laneway Festival, one of Australasia and SE Asia’s most popular live events has unveiled a new partnership with leading events and ticketing companies TEG. The agreement sees TEG secure an undisclosed equity stake in the festival. However, Laneway Founders Jerome Borazio and Danny Rogers (who has also managed The Temper Trap, Gotye) will retain a majority ownership stake in the company and will continue to run operations as co–Managing Directors with TEG. Laneway Festival originally launched in a small alley in Melbourne, Australia back in 2005 and has evolved into a multi–city and genre event, attracting tens of thousands of fans across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
A UNIVERSAL DEAL: New York City–based Pershing Square Tontine Holdings (PSTH) confirmed last week that its in talks to acquire 10% of Universal Music Group (UMG) for around $4 billion USD. PSTH is led by billionaire Bill Ackman, CEO, PSTH whose NYSE-listed company is focused on acquisitions. The deal would value UMG close to €35 billion (or just currently over $42 billion USD). Bill Ackman stated, “Universal Music Group is one of the greatest businesses in the world, led by Sir Lucian Grainge, it has one of the most outstanding management teams that I have ever encountered.” Vivendi will complete its previously announced listing of UMG on Euronext Amsterdam later this year, and PSTH plans to distribute 10% of its acquired UMG shares to its shareholders.
JOINING THE MOTOWN FAMILY: Motown Records has announced that music executive and change agent Jamila Thomas has joined the label’s marketing leadership as VP, Artist Marketing. Thomas will oversee marketing strategies and campaigns across Motown’s roster of artists and partners. In addition, she will serve as a thought leader for the label and lead marketing initiatives for Motown’s newly relaunched historic spoken word imprint, Black Forum. Thomas will continue her work as co–Founder of the global initiative #TheShowMustBePaused. Most recently, Thomas served as Senior Director of Marketing at Atlantic Records, where she worked on campaigns for developing and established artists including Ugly God, Pardison Fontaine, PNB Rock, DRAM and Don Q among others. Prior to Atlantic, Thomas was Head of Marketing at Asylum Records.
TAKING A RIDE WITH SCOOTER: Burgeoning breakout Australian hip–hop artist The Kid LAROI recently secured an artist management deal with Los Angeles, CA–based SB Projects, founded by Scooter Braun – the veteran manager and influential music industry powerhouse whose firm represents the likes of Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Quavo, The Knocks and others. The teenager became the youngest Australian solo artist to top the ARIA Albums Chart with his mixtape F*ck Love (Savage), which went to No.3 on the US Billboard Charts and recently broke Australian radio’s airplay chart record by having a 14th week at No.1 for his single, “Without You.” According to Variety, Allison Kaye, President SB Projects and Jen McDaniels, General Manager, SB Projects will share management duties for The Kid LAROI. SB Projects had also co–managed with Chugg Music for the US, multi–Platinum Australian band Sheppard who garnered their first major break Stateside (which led to global label and publisher interest) with the support of A&R Worldwide.
THE BUCK STOPS HERE: Bucks Music Group recently inked songwriter, producer and artist duo Gold Spectacles to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal. Gold Spectacles are Amie Pendarves and Robb Whiteman (multi–instrumentalists specializing in writing track, top line, arrangement and production, across a wide range of genres). Pendarves and Whiteman cut their teeth in Scandinavia, writing with established artists like Iselin (vocals on Alan Walker’s “Faded”), Maybon (Epic Oslo/Sony), Audur (Sony), Hanne Mjøen (Spinnin’ Records), Alida, Henrik Høven (daWorks) and Estonia’s NOËP. Gold Spectacles music has featured on a number Spotify’s most influential playlists – amassing over 5 million streams on the platform including New Music Friday, Chill Vibes, Indie Pop, New Pop Revolution and All New Indie. In 2021, Gold Spectacles are aligning themselves with the emerging UK pop scene, including cuts with inaugural Rising Star at the 2020 Ivor Novellos – Mysie and SOFY, who was runner up in the recent BBC Introducing R1 Live Lounge competition.
READY TO BELIEVE: The Paris, France–based digital music company and distribution Believe has launched its IPO and will commence trading on the Euronext Paris exchange on June 10. The company as of last Friday had already raised €300 million for when it goes public this week, which equates to 15% sell–off and puts the overall company valuation at €2 billion. Previously, the company had suggested it would raise up to €500m from the IPO to enhance its overall growth strategy. However, the company does still have access to a €170m credit facility, and based upon the revenue raised last week, has a bright future to “believe” in!
WHAT A JOY!: South African band The Joy have signed a worldwide publishing deal with Transgressive Publishing and Warner Chappell Music. The quintet are fast becoming an international phenomenon. Their latest single, “Isencane Lengane,” was recorded and produced by UK producer Two Inch Punch (Jessie Ware, Rag’n’Bone Man, Rex Orange County, Sam Smith, Years & Years). Two Inch Punch has also signed the band to his label imprint Love You Up, which is on Universal Music Group’s Decca Records, and is also working with them in partnership with his management team September (who manage Adele).
BIG IN JAPAN AND LOS ANGELES: Kimi Kato, former Managing Director, Universal Music Japan and Board Member, Avex International tells A&R Worldwide that he is currently spearheading and developing his new company Project Asteri, Inc. Project Asteri is a boutique artist management and record label based in Los Angeles, which also has a team in Tokyo that works across the company’s various priorities including consulting a number of key digital and streaming entities. Kato is also currently developing an exciting young band from Scotland whose talent and music will be unveiled in the A&R Worldwide newsletter in the coming weeks.
JOINING A CURVE WITH DISNEY: Steve Greenberg, Founder, S–Curve Records has relaunched his label with a new international partnership with Disney Music Group (DMG) in a deal secured with Ken Bunt, President, Disney Music Group. The veteran producer, manager and A&R executive unveiled that multi–Platinum US singer Andy Grammar is the first signing as part of the new label relaunch; however, more signings are imminent. BMG will retain S-Curve’s previous catalogue which were acquired back in 2015. DMG and S–Curve Records have been working together for a number of years, whereas DMG’s Promotion team has helped promote a number of Greenberg’s artists. The deal comes on the heels of DMG moving its offices from the iconic Walt Disney Studios headquarters from S. Buena Vista Street to its new high–rise headquarters located just off Olive Avenue in Burbank, CA.
FEELING MORE DEF: Longtime Def Jam veteran Nicki Farag was recently promoted to the position of Executive Vice President & General Manager at the label. Farag who has been at the company for over 18 years will oversee Def Jam’s day–to–day operations and will work alongside artists and her team to develop strategies and execute plans on behalf of the label’s roster. Farag will continue to be based in Santa Monica, CA and will report to Jeffrey Harleston, interim Chairman & CEO, Def Jam.
MORE POWER FOR BAUER: European–based Bauer Media Audio recently announced that it had completed its acquisition of Communicorp Group in the Republic of Ireland, giving it access to 57 million weekly listeners across eight countries. Communicorp is the largest commercial radio group in Ireland and reaches a weekly audience of over 1.75 million listeners for its coverage of music, entertainment, news and sport. As part of the acquisition Bauer owns Ireland’s two national commercial radio stations, Today FM and Newstalk, as well as Spin 1038 and 98FM in Dublin, Spin Southwest in Limerick, radio sport station Off The Ball, listening platform GoLoud and digital audio exchange audioXL.
A FOUNTAIN OF TALENT: Australasian–based independent music publisher Native Tongue Music Publishing has announced a worldwide copyright agreement with award–winning New Zealand songwriter Reb Fountain. The signing follows the release of Fountain’s new single, “Heart,” which was released just over a week ago, and follows on the heels of her critically acclaimed debut album, which was released last year. Fountain has already been awarded the coveted 2021 Taite Music Prize, shortlisted for the Silver Scroll Award, as well as being nominated for five New Zealand Music Awards.
DOUBLING UP PRODUCTION: Warner Chappell Production Music (WCPM) has opened the doors to two innovative new recording facilities – SkyLight Studios in Los Angeles and Sandtrack Sound in Nashville. WCPM partnered with David Kotch of Criterion Acoustics to redesign SkyLight Studios, a former mastering lab located in the heart of Hollywood. SkyLight will provide custom music services as well as recording and mixing support for the WCPM library. Its staff of seven includes five–time Grammy Award winner Ryan Freeland, who joined as House Engineer in December of 2020, along with WCPM’s VP of Production, Scott Reinwand, a long–term consultant who came onboard full–time in July of 2020 to help oversee West Coast production. Reinwand and Freeland will report to Pat Weaver, Head of Production, WCPM.
THE BEATLES IN INDIA: A brand new major documentary and companion album are set to be released this autumn, exploring The Beatles’ lasting legacy from their culturally ground–breaking time spent in India. Inspired by Ajoy Bose’s book, Across The Universe – The Beatles In India, British Indian music entrepreneur Reynold D’Silva, Founder & Chairman, Silva Screen Group has produced Bose’s directorial debut. Bose and cultural researcher, co–Director, Pete Compton, have created an audio–visual presentation that delves deep into the most crucial period of their evolution from the world’s most famous pop stars into multi–faceted pioneering musical artists. Reynold D’Silva tells A&R Worldwide, “Coinciding with the full release of the film will be a companion album on Silva Screen Records, The Beatles and India: Songs Inspired by the Film, which will feature interpretations of Beatles songs that they were inspired to write from their time in India from contemporary Indian artists.”
JOINING THE IMPEL TEAM: Amusica Songs Management, which is a division of Aroma Music, one if Israel’s leading independent music groups has joined IMPEL – the international collective licensing agency representing digital publishing rights. Amusica was founded in 2015, as the song management division of Aroma and consists of Amusica Song Management, acquisition company Tzon Barzel and Aroma Neighbouring Rights. Amusica’s catalogue of online rights spans a roster that includes, amongst others, Avi Ochayon (Israel’s top–earning writer), Doli And Penn (Israel’s leading writer/producer duo); Tamar Yahalomy and Yonatan Kalimi; Ron Biton and Matan Dror. Amusica’s catalogue has amassed billions of streams worldwide. IMPEL is 100% owned and controlled by its members, which includes independent publishers such as Bucks Music Group, Beggars Music, Reservoir Music, Kassner Music, CTM, ABKCO, Truelove Music, Mute Song, Faber Music and Reach Music.
STAYING ON TRQK: Trqk, a music tech innovator and creator of the TrqkIQ Music Royalty Intelligence platform, has partnered with BMAT, a leader in audio fingerprinting and recognition services, to empower the music creator economy with new ways to efficiently manage royalties, unlock paths to increased revenue streams, and engage fans. BMAT’s Vericast audio fingerprinting and music identification service will help fuel the new TrqkIQ platform with accurate monitoring, and on–air detections of tracks broadcasted on more than 200 TV and radio stations. The integration will give TrqkIQ users a complete picture of global performances, valuable insights and reporting, royalty and on–air works analysis, and dynamic visualizations that make it easier to indentify the gap when payments haven’t been received.
GOING HEAVY ON TRACKERZ: Bucks Music Group has re–signed production and writing duo, The HeavyTrackerz. Hailing from Walthamstow, East London, The HeavyTrackerz have become one of the most in demand producer names in the UK. The duo has written and/or produced for a wide range of popular names in grime and rap including Stormzy, Skepta, Ghetts, Kojey Radical, Shaybo, Wiley, Lady Lesshur, Lady ice, Big Tobz, Giggs and Dizzee Rascal to name a few. Besides releasing their own successful studio creations, they have also remixed songs from Iggy Azalea (“Beg For It”), Craig David and Big Narstie (“When The Baseline Drops”), Vic Mensa (“Down On My Luck”) and Seinabo Sey (“Younger”).
GOING FURTHER DOWNTOWN: Downtown Music Holdings (Downtown) has said it is centralizing its global new markets strategy as part of the company’s ongoing work to realign its operations. The company has established a new department that will be responsible for unlocking growth opportunities for Downtown in both new and existing global territories. The announcement follows the news of Downtown’s strategic shift to focus exclusively on services and the realignment of its portfolio of distribution, rights management and promotional divisions. Downtown has appointed David Alexander, MD, Sheer Music Africa to serve as Sr. VP of the newly created global team, rand will report to Andrew Sparkler, EVP, Global Business Development, Downtown. Heli Del Moral, who previously led CD Baby’s international business, will serve as Vice President. For now, Alexander will continue to manage the Sheer Music Africa business in addition to his new role. A search for a successor is currently underway.
LEGALLY SPEAKING: Primary Wave Music has announced the addition of Amy Ortner, as General Counsel and a member of the Senior Executive Team. Amy will be based out of the company’s Los Angeles office and will be responsible for structuring, negotiating and drafting agreements for the company’s acquisitions of iconic music catalogs. She’ll handle contract negotiations and other legal matters for Primary Wave Music’s publishing division, as well as its artist management, Film & TV, marketing, and branding divisions. Amy spent two decades in private law practice, most recently with Loeb & Loeb LLP where she was an integral part of their music and entertainment group for 20 years, where she handled a number of Primary Wave Music’s acquisitions including the Piano Guys, Chynna Phillips, Carnie Wilson, among others.
GETTING OUT OF THE DOGG POUND: Def Jam has announced that it has teamed–up with legendary and iconic hip–hop artist, influencer, multi–media personality and renowned businessman Snoop Dogg (real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.) to become an executive and strategic consultant to the company. In his new role, Snoop will work strategically across the labels executive team and artist roster with a specific focus on A&R and creative development. Snoop will continue to be based in Los Angeles and report to Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group and Jeffrey Harleston, interim Chairman & CEO, Def Jam. Over the course of his career, Snoop Dogg has released 19 studio albums and sold over 30 million albums globally.
MORE THAN A COUNTRY MILE DEAL: Sony Music Publishing Nashville and Jimmie Allen’s Bettie James Music Publishing have announced their partnership to sign rising songwriter Tate Howell to a worldwide agreement. Howell is the first songwriter to sign with Allen’s newly launched publishing company. Howell gained prominence as a songwriter and musician through his work as one of Allen’s closest collaborators, as both a co–writer and bass player. Most recently, Howell worked with Allen on his critically acclaimed, star–studded EP Bettie James, including co–writing the powerful hit “Why Things Happen,” featuring Hall of Famer Charley Pride and award–winning hitmaker Darius Rucker. Rolling Stone hailed the track as the “highlight” of the EP in its “10 Best Country Collaborations of 2020” feature.
A CLIP ABOVE: Warner Music Group (WMG) and music technology company Songclip have signed a strategic global multi–year partnership which will see Songclip use WMG’s catalogue on its API, enabling music integrations across video, dating and gaming apps. Songclip’s AP, when integrated with other apps, allows users to search for and share music clips in everything from their social media feeds to their online dating profiles while simultaneously providing data analytics on how consumers interact with music to the social platforms, mobile apps and virtual marketplaces that use its service. The deal reflects WMG’s strategy of expanding the use of its extensive music catalogue beyond traditional digital streaming platforms. The integration of its catalogue into Songclip’s API is expected to boost the discovery, distribution and consumption of millions of individual WMG tracks.
GETTING ELEVATED AT ARISTA: New York City–based Arista Records has announced the elevation of veteran US record label promotion executive Nick Petropolis as the company’s new Sr. VP/Head of Promotion. Nick will continue to be based in the Big Apple and report directly to David Massey, President & CEO, Arista Records. Nick will spearhead Arista’s promotional strategy for its roster across all formats, as well as overseeing the entire label promotion staff across the US. In his new role, Nick will continue to work with digital and streaming platforms to help develop and break Arista’s roster of talent locally, regionally and nationally across all radio mediums.
A SAINTLY SIGNING: Warner Chappell Music UK has confirmed the signing of Shaznay Lewis the BRIT and Ivor Novello Award winning songwriter and member of the legendary multi–Platinum British band All Saints. Emily Foreman, Creative Manager/A&R, Warner Chappell Music who recently re–joined the company brought Lewis to the major publisher. Foreman reports to Amber Davis, Head of A&R, Warner Chappell Music. All Saints self–titled debut album sold 5x Platinum in the UK and was co–written primarily by Lewis, as was the No.1 UK follow up full–length, Saints And Sinners.
ELEVATING THEIR HOLIDAY: Atlantic Records has announced the elevation of its executive Kevin Holiday to the position of Executive Vice President, Black Music Promotion. Until recently Holiday was Sr. Vice President, Urban Promotion at the label. Holiday’s new role takes effect imminently, and he will report to Mike Kyser, President, Black Music, Atlantic Records. Holiday replaces Juliette Jones who resigned from her position recently.
JUST ASK ALEXANDRIA: York, North Yorkshire–based British rock band Asking Alexandria have signed with the international independent rock record label Better Noise Music. The deal commences this month, with the band already in the recording studio creating new music for their forthcoming release set to be unveiled later on this year. Since 2008, the quintet has had two certified Gold singles, which include “Final Episode (Let’s Change The Channel)” and “Not The American Average,” accumulating over one billion streams and views. The five–piece have had three consecutive Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 in the US. Better Noise Music is the rock and alternative rock record label founded in 2006 by its CEO, Allen Kovac.
A LEAGUE ABOVE: Riot Games has revealed that League of Legends (one of the most popular interactive gaming experiences) has teamed–up with BMG as their official music partner of the League Championship Series (LCS) for North America. Over the 2021 Summer Split and throughout the following year, the LCS will feature BMG artists and songs from their catalogue of artists in multiple sections during the league’s live broadcast. There will also be special performances and other content that will be included for LCS fans. The LCS has also provided a playlist for fans to check out some of the artists that they’ll be hearing during the season. LCS draws millions of fans to its platform from around the world.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Craig Logan, Dipesh Parmar, Lisa Worden, Jason Ellis, Neale Easterby, Jens Thele, Sharon Dastur, Bob Lefsetz, Jacqueline Saturn, Harvey Goldsmith, Evan Lamberg, Bob Roback, Sammye Scott, Andy Gould, Shridhar Subramaniam, James Foley and Ashley Calhoun.
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. Live music and events seem to be making a comeback in most countries around the world. However, after a year in lockdown due to the pandemic performers can be a bit rusty, so we recommend dusting off those performance cobwebs completely! Click HERE to see what can happen when performers are a bit fatigued or haven’t practiced enough before their big shows.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– WAITING FOR SMITH
Waiting For Smith is British singer/songwriter Harry Lloyd. Formerly a ski instructor in the French Alps, Harry broke his back in two places during avalanche training. Wondering whether he’d survive in the helicopter on the way to the hospital, he had an epiphany that if he was OK, he should dedicate his life to music. Waiting for Smith is amassing international support and has landed radio play on nearly 200 stations around the world, including by Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1, Dermot O’Leary and Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2, Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music, Maz Tappuni on Radio X, Flux FM in Germany, Radio Doble Neuve in Lima, Peru and KROQ and KISS FM in the US, and on Radio One in India. In addition, he has racked–up dozens of sync placements around the world and is building measurable traction in the UK, US, South America, India, Greece, Holland, Germany and other markets. Discover the talented Waiting For Smith by listening to “Hopelessness Of Love” HERE and contact email@example.com, as Waiting For Smith is currently available for booking, publishing, label, sync and co–writing opportunities.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – VIVII
Swedish dream–pop trio ViVii recently unleashed their sophomore album Mondays. The new album is the follow–up to their heavily praised 2019 self–titled debut, a record that went onto be streamed more than 16 million times, with the single “Savant” streamed nearly 5 million times on Spotify alone, and earned the trio numerous accolades ever since. Singers and multi–instrumentalists Emil and Caroline Jonsson, along with multi–instrumentalist and studio whiz Anders Eckeborn bring a healthy combination of guitar, singing and stellar harmonies with their music. ViVii toured throughout Europe and the U.S. for their first album and have received amazing radio support in Germany, UK, Japan, Belgium, Mexico and the U.S. for the new album. The band wrote the single “Miles To Go” for Kaskade featuring Ella Vos, released in early March, which charted on the Billboard Dance Charts and has over 5 million Spotify streams to date. Mondays has received rave reviews from the likes of The Line of Best Fit, Under The Radar, Earmilk and more. Witness the talents of ViVii with their acoustic video for “One Day” HERE and contact Hampus Kivimäe at firstname.lastname@example.org, as the trio are available for sync, signing, licensing and European agent opportunities.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 6/6/2021
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, June 6th, 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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FRIEDBERG – “Yeah” (Marathon Artists, UK)
NEON DREAMS – “Life Without Fantasies” (WMG, Canada)
DED RABBIT – “All Fired Up” (Unsigned, Scotland)
DANNY BALDURSSON – “Tears” (Unsigned, Faroe Islands)
TEENAGE JOANS – “Ice Cream” (27 Music, Australia)
THE PALE WHITE – “That Dress” (Unsigned, UK)
HOLYOAK – “Sit Tight” (Unsigned, Germany)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Drugs X Boys X Drugs” (Unsigned, Sweden)
LUNA BAY – “Blue” (Unsigned, UK)
ADELAIDE – “Paintings In The Sky” (Unsigned, France)
MELLAH – “Easy Breezy” (Columbia Records, UK)
BOY DESTROY – “Favourite” (Budfox, Sweden)
LISSY TAYLOR – “Quiet Rage” (Unsigned, UK)
LOTTERY WINNERS feat. FRANK TURNER – “Start Again” (Modern Sky, UK)
PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION – “The Back Seat’” (Unsigned, UK)
TIM SCHOU – “Mad Love” Feat. Sowfy (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
TEN TONNES – “Everything You Got” (Unsigned, UK)
THE VICES – “In And Out’” (Mattan Records, Holland)
CASSIA – “Right There” (BMG, UK)
THE VELVET HANDS – “Star” (Unsigned, UK)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Hopelessness of Love” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
THE AWKWARD – “Dance The Night Away” (Unsigned, Holland)
THE TERRYS – “Our Paradise” (Unsigned, Australia)
NELSON ELLE – “Smile” (Playground Music, Sweden)
BALTHAZAR – “On A Roll” (Munich Records, Belgium)
BLOXX – “Everything I’ve Ever Learned” (Chess Club, UK)
MY LIFE AS ALI THOMAS – “My Red Golden Sun’” (Warner Music, Thailand)
SEPRONA – “Phone Me Back” (The Animal Farm, UK)
FRYARS – “Orange Juice” (Fiction, UK)
COACH PARTY – “Everybody Hates Me” (Chess Club, UK)
JEREMY LOOPS – “By The Way” (Universal, South Africa)
SUNHILL – “Spot In The Shade” (Black Valley Records, Sweden)
(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Eiza Murphy, The Awkward, Cassia, Nelson Elle and Waiting For Smith)