GERMAN MUSIC EXECUTIVES LAUNCH CIRCULAR WAVE
As exclusively mentioned in the A&R Worldwide newsletter last year, former Sony Music Germany A&R executive Benjamin Voß and his former Sony Music Germany marketing colleague Mathias Blühdorn were developing a brand-new Rock and Metal label, digital marketing and promotional agency for continental Europe.
The new Rock and Metal-based music collective has been officially launched under the guise of Circular Wave. The company will bring rock genres into a more robust and integrated manner with key social media, apps, streaming platforms and other digital assets in a more transformative manner.
Benjamin Voß & Mathias Blühdorn
The two co-founders of Circular Wave tell A&R Worldwide that over the past few years, the genre of Rock has experienced a yet silent, but fundamental evolution. Voß and Blühdorn stated, “Established artists ultimately face the streaming challenge while young, wild artists like Machine Gun Kelly, YUNGBLUD, XXXTENTACION consistently integrate Rock elements in their sound, mix them with other styles and thus revitalize the genre. Circular Wave looks to move the genres of Rock and Metal forward beyond a world of old structures and into a realm of new understanding.”
Circular Wave have also assembled a pan-European team of experienced executives to oversee marketing, social media, digital, campaign management, press and media as part of its expansive portfolio.
The company has also confirmed that Zebralution Digital Media Distribution will represent the label’s distribution digitally worldwide.
WEA PROMOTES ERNST TRAPP TO
PRESIDENT GLOBAL E-COMMERCE & RETAIL
WEA, the Label and Artist Services division of Warner Music Group (WMG), has promoted Ernst Trapp, EMP CEO to the role of President, Global E-Commerce & Retail. Trapp will be based in Lingen, Germany and report directly to Maria Weaver, President, WEA.
Trapp will continue to oversee operations at EMP as CEO, while also leading WEA’s global e-commerce efforts, including direct-to-consumer sales and artist webstores. The move will centralize the company’s worldwide e-commerce strategy under Trapp’s remit with teams around the globe working collectively to deliver memorable campaigns for artists and fans.
Additionally, Scott Cherkin moves into the newly created role of Sr. VP, Audience Strategy overseeing WEA’s Global Audience Engagement & Insights. In this role, he will work across the entire organization to optimize relationships with fans by establishing best practices to track, measure, and learn from audiences in every way that artists, labels, and WEA’s media and commerce teams interact with them.
The news comes on the heels of the recent appointment of Danielle Lee to President of Artist and Fan Experiences, and the promotions of Benjamin Blank to President of Media, leading the company’s newly formed digital advertising and creative content division, and longtime WEA executive Elsa Vivero to General Manager & Executive Vice President, Global Commercial Services.
The established leadership across these five areas round out WEA’s executive team under Weaver.
SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING UNVEILS GLOBAL DEALS
WITH NATHAN EVANS & JANELLE MONÁE
Former Scottish postman turned singer/songwriter and global TikTok sensation Nathan Evans has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Sony Music Publishing UK.
Evans created his own renditions of centuries–old sailor songs known as sea shanties including the No.1 UK hit single “The Wellerman,” which sparked a worldwide trend generating millions of views and streams online, including many fans creating their own variations of the song for a recent global phenomenon dubbed “ShantyTok.”
The deal with Evans was finalized by David Ventura, President & Co-Managing Director, Sony Music Publishing UK and Tim Major, co-Managing Director, Sony Music Publishing UK.
Evans who is managed by London-based Professor Jonathan Shalit OBE, Chairman, InterTalent released his new single “Told You So,” last Friday.
In addition, Sony Music Publishing has also confirmed the signing of Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, actor, and activist Janelle Monáe to an exclusive worldwide administration agreement.
The widely celebrated artist who defies genre has eight Grammy nominations and a globally successful career. Monáe co-founded her own label imprint, Wondaland Arts Society, which recently launched its production arm, Wondaland Pictures.
As an actor Monáe has starred in critically acclaimed films including Moonlight, Hidden Figures, Harriet, The Glorias, the television series Homecoming and most recently starred in the horror-film Antebellum. Monáe will soon begin filming the highly anticipated sequel Knives Out 2.
GLOBAL A&R AND PUBLISHER INTEREST ELEVATED
ON FAROESE ARTIST DANNY BALDURSSON
The remote landscape on the outskirts of Iceland known as Faroe Islands has been nurturing some great local homegrown talent in recent years, including the unsigned and unpublished award-winning singer/songwriter Danny Baldursson.
The distinctive talent was the winner of the prestigious German Songwriting Awards in Berlin in 2019, where he received numerous publishing and label offers (which he politely declined at the time), as well as accolades for his performance and songwriting from Rudy Chung, Music Creative & Production, Netflix and Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide who attended the event as an A&R mentor along with his friend Billy Mann, Co-Founder, icons+giants, and a multi-Platinum award-winning songwriter (P!nk, David Guetta, Celine Dion, John Legend).
Danny’s previous band Danny & The Veetos released their debut album, Hint of Melancholy in 2016 which became the fastest selling album in the Faroe Islands in over 15 years and went on to win a number of local awards and honors. Danny Baldursson’s newly released single “Tears” evokes musical influences ranging from Mumford & Sons, Of Monsters And Men to Kaleo and is garnering global tastemaker radio support.
Danny’s new demos have been garnering strong interest from international label and publishing A&R’s, as well as keen enthusiasm from booking agents and music supervisors.
Last year, A&R Worldwide helped the Faroe Islands artist Reiley land a worldwide deal with Atlantic Records in the US, which was inked by Pete Ganbarg, President A&R, Atlantic Records.
GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…
A&R MOVE INTO WARNER RECORDS: Renowned label executive and entrepreneur Ericka Coulter has joined Warner Records as Senior VP of A&R. Coulter was most recently VP of A&R at Epic Records, where she oversaw acts such as Rick Ross, Giveon, Lonr amongst others. She is also the founder/creator of the live performance platform, TheBasement Series, a highly acclaimed industry showcase for emerging signed and unsigned talent. Coulter will report to Aaron Bay-Schuck, Co-Chairman & CEO, Warner Records who stated, “She’s not only a great A&R executive, with a gift for discovering and nurturing amazing performers, but she’s taken her passion to the next level by creating a fantastic environment where artists can find the people and resources to develop long-term careers. Tom [Corson] and I are very happy to welcome her into the Warner family.”
GOING DUTCH WITH A NEW JV: Leading independent Dutch-based music publisher CTM Publishing BV has unveiled the formation of a publishing joint venture with Platinum credited producer and songwriter Sam Feldt. The new company will be called Heartfeldt Publishing and is one of a number of high-profile deals CTM has completed in the past year, with another significant one to be completed soon, which A&R Worldwide has helped broker. Sam Feldt already has in place Heartfeldt Records, and having his own publishing company, allows the international artist broader opportunities to give other artists the opportunity to take the next step in their career. CTM will provide Heartfeldt Publishing full administrative and creative services on a global basis.
BATTLE FOR ALAMO SOUNDS LANDS WITH SME: Todd Moscowitz, Founder & CEO, Alamo Sounds has agreed to a majority stake acquisition of his company with Sony Music Entertainment (SME). The label previously had a joint venture agreement with Universal Music Group. The estimated nine-figure deal, would see SME control a majority stake in the label which is home to numerous artists including Blackbear, Rod Wave, Lil Durk — the two latter scoring No.1 albums on the Billboard Top 200 this year. Under the new agreement Moscowitz will remain CEO of the company and Alamo Sounds current catalog and artist roster will become a new frontline creative entity within Sony Music Entertainment. Prior to forming Alamo Sounds, Moscowitz served as General Manager of Def Jam, then became President of Asylum Records in 2004, before taking the role as co-President & CEO, Warner Bros. Records (2010 — 2013). In 2013, he co-Founded 300 Entertainment with Lyor Cohen, Roger Gold and Kevin Liles before setting up Cold Heat Records in 2016, which was renamed Alamo Sounds under a deal with Interscope Records.
SOUNDS OF INDIA GO GLOBAL: Sounds of India which represents one of the largest publishing catalogues of songs from India and the subcontinent is collaborating with A&R Worldwide to bring some its most iconic sounds to mainstream contemporary musical genres. Sounds of India is home to a significant catalog of music from the Indian region spanning everything from classic Bollywood and Pakistani tracks, to beats, rhythms, Bhangra and Indian Hip-Hop. Sounds of India is offering its catalog for sampling for artists/songwriters/producers looking to incorporate the sounds of the subcontinent into their current and future works. The Bhangra banger “Akh Lar Gayee,” which is inspired by the chart-topping “Mundian to Bach Ke” by Panjabi MC and recently featured in the Netflix film, The White Tiger, is featured on the new Sounds of India Volume 3. Sounds of India, is a part of Silva Screen Music Group, based out of the UK. Contact Amarpal Gaind Head of Strategy, Sounds of India for more information.
SAILING INTO A NEW PUBLISHING DEAL: Primary Wave Music have acquired AWOLNATION front man Aaron Bruno’s share of his music publishing catalog from his respective band. The deal sees Primary Wave acquire a majority stake in the Award-winning songwriters biggest hits across his career including “The Best,” “Run,” and “Not Your Fault,” as well as the Diamond certified hit single, “Sail.” The single released in 2010 on Red Bull Records from the album, Megalithic Symphony, is AWOLNATION’S most commercially successful song to date, and spent 79 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was written entirely by Aaron, and because of that was recognized by Rolling Stone, who included “Sail” in their Top 50 songs written by a single writer in the past decade. The track has generated over 600 million spins on Spotify alone. The new deal gives Aaron access to Primary Wave’s marketing team and publishing infrastructure, which includes digital strategy, licensing, synch opportunities as well as film, television and theatrical production.
VIRGIN TAPS A NEW GM IN SPAIN: Manuel Martos has been named as the new General Manager, Virgin Music Label & Artist Services Spain. Martos will be based in Madrid and report directly to Victor González, President, Virgin Music Latin America & Iberian Peninsula. Since 2017, Martos had served as Universal Music Spain’s Artistic Director and prior to that, he spent a long professional career in music, having been an artist, composer, artistic producer and executive. In addition, he’s been an advisor, music consultant, artistic coordinator for leading local music festivals and advertising campaigns for brands, whilst achieving highly outstanding work in each of these fields.
SPINNING THE CASABLANCA GOLD: Deborah Mannis-Gardner, Owner & President, DMG Clearances Inc. has been tapped as the music supervisor for the forthcoming feature film and biopic, Spinning Gold, which is based on the life and career of legendary music industry executive Neil Bogart, Founder, Casablanca Records. The film is written and directed by Bogart’s son Timothy Scott Bogart who is the brother of award-winning producer and songwriter Evan Bogart. Spinning Gold will include new versions of classic songs from Neil Bogart’s artist roster performed by a cast including: Jeremy Jordan as Neil Bogart, Wiz Khalifa as George Clinton of Parliament, Jason Derulo as Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers, Tayla Parx as Donna Summer, Ledisi as Gladys Knight, and Sam Harris of X Ambassadors as Paul Stanley of KISS, as well as Jay Pharoah, Michelle Monaghan, Jason Isaacs, Sebastian Maniscalco, Dan Fogler, Chris Redd, and a host of others. Production on Spinning Gold is currently underway in New Jersey, with Capstone planning to introduce the film to market buyers shortly at the Cannes Virtual Market. Spinning Gold will be Mannis-Gardner’s second music supervisor credit, following her work on HBO’s Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine docu-series The Defiant Ones.
CO-PRESIDENTS NAMED AT THE RECORDING ACADEMY: The Recording Academy has named Valeisha Butterfield Jones and Panos A. Panay as Co-Presidents, effective August 16 2021. The announcement was made last week by Harvey Mason, Jr., current President & CEO, whose title will shift to CEO. Butterfield Jones and Panay join the recently elevated Branden Chapman, Chief Operating Officer and Ruby Marchand, Chief Industry Officer as part of a modernized leadership team. Since last year, Co-President, Butterfield Jones has served as the Academy's Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, a position she’ll continued to hold. Panay will serve as Co-President and Chief Revenue Officer and joins the Academy from Berklee College of Music, where he was Sr. VP of Global Strategy and Innovation. Panay was also the Founder of the early 2000’s music e-commerce and booking platform known as Sonicbids.
IT’S A WRAP WITH SNAP: Last week, Universal Music Group (UMG) and Snap Inc. confirmed an expansive multifaceted global agreement that will allow Snapchat’s users to incorporate UMG’s catalog of recorded music and content into creative tools, including Sounds and augmented reality Lenses. Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, UMG’s entire recorded music catalog is available on a global basis in Snapchat’s Sounds tool, including Search and curated Playlists. UMG is additionally developing augmented reality music Lens content featuring the company’s artists that will be regularly available in Snap’s Lens Carousel and Lens Studio, with the opportunity to feature merchandise launches and e-commerce experiences. UMG and Snap partnered on individual new releases from key artists. Justin Bieber (Def Jam) and benny blanco (Interscope) were the first to use Sounds to premiere a song with the release of “Lonely” and Nicki Minaj (Republic) was the first to feature artist merchandise in an AR Lens for her 2018 album Queen. Snap has also worked with UMG to experiment with music and augmented reality experiences. Olivia Rodrigo has leveraged the platform for multiple releases, including “Driver’s License,” which had more than 10 million videos created with more than 325 million views since its release. Rodrigo was the first recording artist to use Snapchat’s new Augmented Reality VFX technology in Lens Studio to provide an immersive experience where the user is covered in graphics from her newly released album, Sour.
NOT “MUKING” AROUND: A&R Worldwide has A&R’d the debut international single from well-known India film producer, musician and entrepreneur Mukul Deora (artist name MUKS). “Falling” is the first from a series of tracks to be release from MUKS’ forthcoming EP, which derives inspiration from multi-genres of music including trap, trip-hop, electronic and indie. Earlier this year Deora’s film adaptation of the celebrated Man Booker prize-winning novel The White Tiger (released on Netflix worldwide) garnered an Oscar-nomination. The film was directed by Ramin Bahrani (Fahrenheit 451 and 99 Homes) and starred debutante Adarsh Gourav and renowned Indian icon Priyanka Chopra Jones. A&R Worldwide also A&R’d the debut English language music EP from Bollywood superstar Madhuri Dixit, whose debut single “Candle” garnered over one billion views on TikTok in the first four weeks of its release in India last year.
A WELL-DESERVED ELEVATION: Mamie Coleman, who was most recently Sr. VP, Creative Music and Production, FOX has been promoted to her new role as Executive Vice President Creative Music at Fox Entertainment. With over 23 years in the television business, Mamie is a key and diverse TV executive at FOX who oversees day-to-day production of and negotiates and executes the music and talent licensing agreements for all of FOX’s primetime show marketing and promotions. She’s successfully courted artists and music executives to provide fresh, hip new music for the network's season-launch elements, including in-theater/online trailers and promotional soundtracks. A&R Worldwide congratulates Mamie on her well-earned promotion and applauds her proactive approach in helping break new emerging global talent at the network.
ROCKIN’ OUT TO A NEW PUBLISHING DEAL: Veteran rock producer and former A&R man Tom Werman has secured a publishing deal for his catalogue with Reservoir. The agreement includes 100% of Werman’s producer rights for his entire works including the No.1 US single by Poison titled “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” The former Epic Records A&R man signed rock acts such as REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent, Molly Hatchet, Cheap Trick and Boston. After transitioning from A&R to being a producer, Werman went on to contribute to 23 Gold and Platinum records for artists and bands such as Blue Oyster Cult, Ted Nugent, Motley Crue, Cheap Trick, Molly Hatchet, Dokken, Blue Oyster Cult, Twisted Sister, Lita Ford, Kix, LA Guns and Poison.
GETTING INTO THE FOLD WITH INTERSCOPE: Interscope Records has finalized a joint venture record label deal with award-winning multihyphenate Kenya Barris and his company Khalabo Ink Society, which is a full-service creative collective that produces television, film and digital properties The partnership brings Barris’ Khalabo Music record label into the Interscope Records fold, which marks, Khalabo Ink Society’s formal expansion into the music realms. With music playing a large part in all of the company’s film and television content, the partnership becomes a natural step for Khalabo Ink Society’s creative evolution within the music business. Steve Berman, Vice Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records stated, “At Interscope we are interested in teaming up with creators who move culture and Kenya has created a body of work that is virtually unparalleled in that regard. We are thrilled that he has chosen to partner with us on the musical expression of his vision through his Khalabo Music label and are excited to collaborate with him and his team to introduce new artists and soundtrack projects to the world.”
THERE’S NO REST FOR THE WICKED AT EMI AUSTRALIA: Mark Holland, General Manager, EMI Australia has announced the company’s signing of the colorful and avant-garde alternative band Rest For The Wicked, which consists of Sydney-based producer Tasker and Melbourne artist Ben Townsend. Last week, the duo released their enigmatic and addictive new single “Bones,” which is accompanied by one of the coolest music videos of 2021. Rest For The Wicked were signed by Adam “Weez” Booth, A&R, EMI Australia and Australian producer/engineer and A&R consultant Scott Horscroft (Silverchair, Birds of Tokyo, Allday, Empire of The Sun). The band is published by independent Australasian music publisher Native Tongue Music and have announced a slew of sold-out of shows in Australia next month.
CHARTING IN INDIA: The Indian Music Industry (IMI), the body which represents the recorded music industry in India, and all major labels in India are a part of, has released its first-ever International “Top 20 Singles Chart India”, based on streaming data. The newly launched chart will be based on aggregated and consolidated streaming data from Amazon, Apple Music and Spotify and compiled by BMAT, which is a company based in Barcelona, Spain which specializes in audio technology and is able to monitor music all around the world. Devraj Sanyal, MD & CEO, Universal Music India & South Asia commented, “Launching an official chart based on actual streaming data is an important step towards bringing the Indian music market in line with the rest of the world.” The weekly Top 20 chart will be overseen and reviewed by IMI Charts Committee which consists of executives from Sony Music Entertainment, Times Music, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group.
INCREASING STRATEGY, GROWTH & E-COMMERCE: Universal Music UK has announced the appointment of former Amazon executive Simon Johnson as its new Managing Director, Strategy, Growth & e-Commerce, Universal Music UK. Johnson will report to David Joseph, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music UK & Ireland and will focus on the company’s overall eCommerce strategy. In addition, Johnson will work closely with Richelle Parham, President, e-Commerce & Business Development to help implement new global strategic initiatives and to create new revenue opportunities for Universal Music labels and its respective artists.
NO LONGER SHY AS PUBLISHING OFFERS COME IN: Well-known French singer, songwriter, actress and model Soshy has taken on new management with Paris-based executive Jessica Ibgui and is currently in talks with numerous global music publishers regarding a new worldwide publishing deal. The talented artist made an impact with the global A&R community back in 2005, when she showcased at the inaugural MUSEXPO in Los Angeles, and immediately garnered multiple global offers as she walked-off stage, and ended-up signing with the highly-respected A&R man and global music executive David Massey (currently President & CEO, Arista) who at the time was Executive Vice President of Sony Music. Soshy has worked with the likes of Mark Ronson, Bloodshy, Walter Turbitt, Sam Waters, Jim Beanz, Cool And Dre and others, and co-wrote “Strike the Match” with Ryan Tedder. After her contract ended with Sony, SoShy signed with Timbaland’s MosleyMusic Group via Interscope/Universal Music Group through Jimmy Iovine. A&R Worldwide understands there are numerous publishers aiming to sign SoShy; however, talks continue.
HANG ON TO YOUR HAT: Hang Your Hat Music, a creative joint venture with Concord Music Publishing founded by two-time ACM “Songwriter of the Year,” Hillary Lindsey, has signed Nashville, TN-based songwriters and artists Ben Chapman and Meg McRee. The worldwide publishing deals, effective immediately, will cover their full catalogs including new albums currently in development. McRee and Chapman are both working on their debut albums, which are scheduled to be released later this year. Chapman is working alongside Jake Gear, GM, Hang Your Hat Music, who serves as lead producer on the album. Hang Your Hat Music was established by Lindsey in November 2020 as a creative joint venture with Concord Music Publishing.
GETTING INTO ANOTHER MOOD: Copenhagen, Denmark-based streaming service Moodagent, which was co-founded in 2019 by Berg Steffensen and Mikael Henderson has expanded its footprint and launched in India — this gives the company four markets within which it now operates (Denmark, Germany and Australia being the others). Moodagent says its platform is different from the many other audio platforms in the over-crowded India streaming market, as its patented core technology utilizes artificial intelligence with in-depth music analysis, which gives users personalized interactive playlists that adjust intuitively mirror their individual moods by allowing them to input key words based on their emotions. The company has announced that Jyoti Handa, Executive VP & Managing Director, Moodagent India will oversee the company offices in Mumbai and New Delhi.
WARNER CHAPPELL INKS SPANISH TALENT: Songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Víctor Martínez has signed a global deal with Warner Chappell Music Spain. Martínez is best known for his collaboration with C Tangana in his recent critically acclaimed hit album El Madrileño. The guitarist and percussionist has also collaborated with some of the biggest names in Spanish music, from Latin pop star Jorge Drexler to Flamenco legend El Niño De Elche. The album El Madrileño was released in February 2021 and shot straight to the top of the charts, with every track on it holding a position on Apple Music’s Top 25 singles chart in Spain.
MOVING ON UP AT ATC: Longstanding British artist manager Sumit Bothra has been promoted to Managing Director, European Management Operations, ATC Management and will continue to be based in London. Bothra has worked at ATC since 2009 and has represented artists such as Fink, Tom King, Katie Melua, PJ Harvey, Nathan Nicholson amongst others. Prior to joining ATC, Bothra had worked at Virgin Records in the US and Sony Music in the UK, as well as managing acts independently including one of his longest managed acts The Boxer Rebellion. In his new role, Bothra will be tasked to oversee ATC’s European-based managers and support staff. ATC currently has offices in London, Copenhagen as well as Los Angeles and recently announced the addition of three new managers who will be based out of their London office — this includes Sean Johnston, Sian Nuttall and Zakir Samad.
THINGS ARE “ABUZZ” AT QOBUZ: Music platform Qobuz has appointed numerous new executives to its team. This includes London, England-based Ritch Sibthorpe Managing Director, Northern Europe & Australasia. Sibthorpe who has an extensive history in the music business will support Qobuz’s international growth ambitions as it aims to consolidate its position for music fans seeking specialist curation and in-depth editorial, combined with one of the world’s largest catalogue of hi-res music available for streaming and download. The move means Qobuz has a presence in London for the first time, from which it will oversee markets including the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Australia and New Zealand. Sibthorpe joins a growing global team at Qobuz who have also appointed Fabian Sautier as Chief Brand Officer and Pierre Largeas as Managing Director of Southern Europe, both of whom will be based at the company’s French headquarters in Paris.
WHEELIN’ AND DEALIN’ IN NASHVILLE: Sony Music Publishing Nashville has signed a global publishing agreement with publisher and artist development company Relative Music Group (RMG). RMG was founded in by the father and son duo Dennis and Jesse Matkosky in 2017 and has quickly gained prominence as a songwriter-focused development company with its first signed act, Michael Hardy, who recently became a Partner at the company. As an Academy of Country Music “Male Artist of the Year” nominee Michael Hardy, aka HARDY, is one of today’s top singer-songwriters in country music. He is known for penning hit songs such as his No. 1 single “One Beer” featuring Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson, Blake Shelton’s “God’s Country,” Morgan Wallen’s “Up Down,” and Cole Swindell’s current Top 5 hit “Single Saturday Night.”
HE’S QUITE TALL AND ANTI-FRAGILE: New York City-based independent label AntiFragile Music founded by US-based A&R veteran Tom Sarig has announced that it has opened its UK office. The London-based operations will be overseen by the 6’4” tall international Dutch music industry executive Wally van Middendorp. Van Middendorp will expand global marketing initiatives, develop artists and further cement the footprint for AntiFragile Music in the UK, and the rest of Europe. He’ll also oversee marketing and brand development of AntiFragile Music releases and artists in the UK and international markets. Van Middendorp has held previous label posts in Europe including being MD of Eleven Seven Music Group Europe; Sr. VP International at Roadrunner Records; GM for International Artist Labels Sony Music Netherlands, and GM at Play It Again Sam in Benelux.
THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME: SoundExchange recently unveiled that it distributed nearly $947 million (USD) in performance royalties to creators during the fiscal year 2020, which is a $39 million increase from 2019, marking a 4% growth year-over-year with an operating administrative rate of 5.3%. SoundExchange has distributed nearly $8 billion in collections to creators since the company’s establishment in 2003.
THE BUCK STOPS HERE: Bucks Music Group has signed pianist and composer Robert Mitchell to a worldwide administration deal. Although his reputation was forged in jazz, Mitchell defied genres and crossed over into a full spectrum of musical and literary expression. In the early 90s, Mitchell began to emerge as a member of the London scene with, Quite Sane and Tomorrow’s Warriors. He went on to become involved with internationally known figures from both sides of the Atlantic, including Steve Coleman, Greg Osby, Courtney Pine and Steve Williamson. Over his nearly 30-year musical journey, Mitchell has released 10 albums of his own projects, participated in over 100 projects as a sideman and has performed in 40 countries.
A FIRST OF ITS KIND: Lusitanian Music Publishing has become the first Portuguese publisher to sign with IMPEL (the indie digital licensing agency) for multi-territorial digital rights licensing. Lusitanian’s domestic catalogue is a sync-focused, one-stop shop taking traditional Portuguese folk sounds into the 21st century pop mainstream in Portugal and abroad. It’s home to both Portuguese and Canadian repertoires owned by Lusitanian, as well as being the local sub-publisher in Portugal for international independent publishers such as Freibank, Budde, Arts & Crafts and many other catalogues. Lusitanian and its record label group (which includes Fading Ways Music, Shame Destroyer, European Phonographic and Lusitanian labels) is also home to the Lusitanian Ghosts artist collective, mixing traditional Portuguese chordophones with 21st century rock n roll.
LICENSING IN A NATIVE TONGUE: Australasian-based Native Tongue Music Publishing has confirmed the hiring of Jess Barlow to its team — she assumes the role of Licensing Manager. Barlow has over 11 years of experience in the music industry, and has worked for major and independent music publishers, as well as record labels across Australia, the UK and Canada. Barlow has worked for EMI Music, Universal Music Publishing, Alberts, Warner Music and most recently Sony Music. Barlow has implemented key strategic initiatives and is highly skilled in licensing administration; she will be based out of the company’s Sydney office in Australia.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Arina Logacheva, Tarsame Mittal, Amanda Krieg Thomas, Michael Howe, Dina LaPolt, Damon Forbes, David Wolter, Steve Strange, Rachel Levy, Benjamin Budde, Ilana Goldstoff, Shane Tobin, Bex Majors, Michéle Hamelink, Tim Tóth, Alex Schulz, Cindy Nunez and Peter Edge.
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. It seems like as life returns to normal in most parts of the world, some people have forgotten about the etiquette of flying, baggage handling, screening and overall airport protocols. Click HERE for a suitcase size collection of not so traveler friendly behavior, in and out of the airport, and above in the friendly skies!
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– ADÉLAIDE
Adélaide are a three-piece unsigned/unpublished band based in Berlin, dealing in feel-good melodies and infectious hooks that have been inspired, musically, to AIR and Daft Punk. The trio originally began as the indie-pop project of French singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Tanguy. After moving to Berlin in 2019, Tanguy created Adélaide, and following a chance meeting with bass player Malte and drummer Charlie, the three formed Adélaide’s current constellation. Together they have a unique take on the indie genre, with vintage synthesizers, intense melodies and tight beats working in perfect harmony. After some time dedicated to songwriting and recording, they release their debut single “Paintings In The Sky.” Inspired by some of the 80’s synth sounds, the song is not only an upbeat track, but also a dreamy invitation to let go. “Paintings In The Sky” has already received extensive support from numerous global tastemaker radio outlets globally. Listen to “Paintings In The Sky” HERE. For signing, licensing, publishing, booking and sync inquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – ALLDAY
Taken from his fourth studio album, Drinking With My Smoking Friends, Melbourne’s Allday has unleashed the new single “Stolen Cars.” The song and album tell the story of two lovers, a kind of disillusioned Bonnie and Clyde, hellbent on fleeing a dead-end town with stars in their eyes, according to Allday, born Tomas Gaynor. Allday is a rising star in the Australian music world, earning over 200 million streams with top ARIA debuts with each of his previously released albums, Starry Night over the Phone (2019), Speeding (2017) and Startup Cult (2014), and 1x Platinum-certified single, 10x Gold-certified singles and 1 Gold EP. Allday is also known for his high-energy live shows and huge cult following, where he draws massive crowds and plays iconic festival sets. Experience the video for “Stolen Cars” HERE and contact Jim McKinnon at email@example.com for all inquiries regarding ALLDAY.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 6/27/2021
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, June 27th, 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:
DED RABBIT – “All Fired Up” (Unsigned, Scotland)
DOTAN – “Mercy” (7 Layer, Holland)
FRIEDBERG – “Yeah” (Marathon Artists, UK)
PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION – “Tired of Loving You’” (Unsigned, UK)
MASI MASI – “Smell Of Dinner” (Unsigned, UK)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Drugs X Boys X Drugs” (Unsigned, Sweden)
ALLDAY – “Stolen Cars” (Teamtrick, Australia)
MUKS – “Falling’” (Unsigned, India)
THE PALE WHITE – “That Dress” (Unsigned, UK)
ADÉLAIDE – “Paintings In The Sky” (Unsigned, France)
LUNA BAY – “Blue” (Unsigned, UK)
TIM SCHOU – “Mad Love” Feat. Sowfy (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
LUKE NOA – “Bleach” (Humming Records, Germany)
STEREOTIDE – “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (Unsigned, Germany)
IAMJJ feat. BAKER GRACE – “A Different Kind Of Blues” (Mermaid Records, Denmark)
LOTTERY WINNERS feat. FRANK TURNER – “Start Again” (Modern Sky, UK)
DANNY BALDURSSON – “Tears” (Unsigned, Faroe Islands)
TEENAGE JOANS – “Ice Cream” (27 Music, Australia)
HOLYOAK – “Sit Tight” (Unsigned, Germany)
THE VELVET HANDS – “Star” (Unsigned, UK)
TWO YEAR VACATION – “What Goes Around” (Cloud Hills Sweden)
THE HARA – “The Fool & The Thief” (Unsigned, UK)
NELSON ELLE – “Smile” (Playground Music, Sweden)
7 DAYS IN ALASKA – “Hurts Like Bullets” (Sony Music, Norway)
TRIPSITTA – “Change” (Unsigned, Australia)
BALTHAZAR – “On A Roll” (Munich Records, Belgium)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Hopelessness of Love” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
THE TERRYS – “Our Paradise” (Unsigned, Australia)
NEON DREAMS – “Life Without Fantasies” (WMG, Canada)
THE VICES – “In And Out’” (Mattan Records, Holland)
CASSIA – “Right There” (BMG, UK)
VIVII – “Smackdown” (Dumont, Dumont, Sweden)
SLIDE – “Hello Spirit” (Unsigned, Sweden)
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