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WARNER MUSIC AUSTRALIA CONFIRMS NEW HIRES



Warner Music Australia (WMA) has unveiled the appointments of Christina Erskine as Sr. VP of Marketing & Promotions Australasia, Cathy Oates as Head of Marketing for Australian artists and Rich Wiles as Head of Audience.

Erskine was most recently Director of Engagement at the Sydney Opera House, where she led the internal marketing, communications and strategic events teams. Oates spent her time in the 1990s at Sony Music Entertainment and was also Head of Marketing at EMI Music Australia, and through her company called Original Matters managed artists including Angus & Julia Stone, and Dean Lewis. Wiles’ most recent full-time role was Head of Digital for Marketing and Content at BBC Studios, where he was responsible for the digital content and marketing strategy across multiple channels.

Dan Rosen, President, WMA commented, “Cathy, Chris and Rich bring a diversity of experience and thinking to the company and are all enormously respected figures throughout the music business and the wider entertainment sector.”

With Oates now overseeing WMA’s domestic artists, Dan Ellis is now Head of Marketing for International Artists, and Anne Combe becomes Head of Marketing—Strategic.


CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING SECURES A RAFT OF NEW SIGNINGS



Concord Music Publishing has signed a raft of new artists recently, including the Ghanaian-American artist Amaarae, who was signed by Jeremy Yohai, Sr. Vice President A&R, Concord Music Publishing and Grace Adeyemo, A&R Director, Concord Music Publishing. The signing is a part of a JV with Amaarae’s Los Angeles-based manager.

Amaarae
Amaarae is a genre blending artist has received global recognition by the likes of Pitchfork, The Guardian, The New Yorker, BET, CLASH Magazine and many more, and has been at the forefront of major playlists on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Soundcloud and Audiomack. She’s also slated to perform at the Governor’s Ball Music Festival in New York City, which takes place September 24 – 26, 2021.

Concord Music Publishing has also signed the Dominican-born rapper from the Bronx, NY known as Chucky 73, who had one of his songs featured in the film and soundtrack for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s, In The Heights.

In addition, the publisher has also signed the renowned American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer Julian Casablancas, who is best known for his role as the lead singer and primary songwriter for the band The Strokes.


SONGFINCH SECURES INFLUENTIAL INVESTORS WITH
CRAIG KALLMAN, THE WEEKND AND WASSIM “SAL” SLAIBY



In an oversubscribed seed financing round, Songfinch, the personalized song creation startup has raised $2 million (USD). The platform was co-Founded by John Williamson, Rob Lindquist, Scott Kitun and Josh Kaplan (legal counsel and co-manager Doja Cat).

Songfinch lets its users choose the style and mood of a song, and share “stories and memories,” which one of the company’s curated artists uses to create personalized lyrics and write a custom song. The track is then recorded and delivered in three to seven days for $249. Songfinch has already created more than 20,000 such songs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, when traditional revenue streams stopped, Songfinch has helped independent artists with immediate income.

The Chicago-based startup has confirmed that it has secured new investors with the likes of Craig Kallman, Chairman & CEO, Atlantic Records Group; multi-Platinum award-winning artist The Weeknd (né: Abel Tesfaye) along with his manager Wassim “Sal” Slaiby, Founder & CEO, SALXCO and XO Records. Additional investors in the Songfinch include David Kalt, Founder, Reverb.com and Rob Price, CEO, School of Rock (formerly of Recycled Paper Greetings).

Craig Kallman stated, “Songfinch gave me the opportunity to send an extraordinary musical gift that proved so moving and emotional for all the people I sent it to. The creativity and impact of this service is truly remarkable, and I had no hesitation becoming an investor.”

Slaiby added, “Congratulations to Josh Kaplan and his partners for building an incredible company and business. We’re excited to be a part of it and continue to grow it together.”

For more information on Songfinch, click HERE.


LIVE MUSIC & TALENT REPRESENTATION HEAVYWEIGHTS
HELP VIRTUAL CONCERT STARTUP FLYMACHINE RAISE MILLIONS






Flymachine, a US-based virtual concerts startup that delivers “a first-of-its-kind immersive social experience,” has raised $21 million in new funding.

Andrew Dreskin
The company is founded by Andrew Dreskin, CEO, Flymachine (co-Founder Ticketfly and TicketWeb) and Rick Farman, Chief Experience Officer, Flymachine (co-Founder, Superfly - Outside Lands and Bonnaroo). Grammy-nominee and [namethemachine] founder Matthew Davis joins as co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer. Additionally, well-known artist management firm ATC which represents acts such as Damien Rice, PJ Harvey, The Lumineers, Faithless, John Newman, Nick Cave and Santigold, and has a roster of over 500 artists, is the fourth founding member of Flymachine.

Angel investors include talent manager and promoter Bill Silva (Bill Silva Presents); Coran Capshaw, Founder Red Light Management; renowned booking agent Marty Diamond, Managing Executive, Wasserman Music and Wasserman’s Larry Webman. Additional investors include Mumford & SonsBen Lovett; LionTree Partners; John Battelle, Editor, WIRED magazine and San Francisco-based concert promoter Another Planet Entertainment.

Flymachine is establishing a network of venues to deliver “hybrid IRL-virtual events,” with exclusive agreements signed with multiple venues across the US, which include New York City’s Bowery Ballroom, San Diego, CA’s The Casbah, San Francisco’s Bimbo’s 365 Club, Nashville TN’s Marathon Music Works, Seattle, WA’s The Crocodile and Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, among other venues.

Flymachine has confirmed that its upcoming shows will include Lion Babe, The Black Angels, Aaron Frazer and K.Flay.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



A SIGNING OF THE TIMES: Hotly tipped artist Lady Blackbird has signed an exclusive global recordings agreement with BMG ahead of the release of her debut album Black Acid Soul, set for release on September 3. Her current single ‘It’s Not That Easy’ is available now. Lady Blackbird has gained plaudits from across the US, UK and beyond. Whilst reflecting influences as varied as Billie Holiday, Gladys Knight, Tina Turner and Chaka Khan, the Los Angeles-based Lady Blackbird aka Marley Munroe possesses a style and emotional intensity that is very much her own. The new album is produced by Grammy-nominated Chris Seefried and follows on the heels of her debut single “Blackbird,” which is a stirring interpretation of Nina Simone’s powerful civil rights anthem. Her single “Collage” was remixed by jazz and house heavyweights Bruise, Greg Foat and KDA.

UNIVERSAL MUSIC AFRICA PARTNERS WITH FRANCE’S BOOBA: Universal Music Africa (UMA) has announced a strategic pan-African distribution partnership with French rap superstar, producer, and entrepreneur Booba along with his label Tallac Records. Under the agreement, Booba’s entire 10-album catalogue, as well as future releases, will be available for the first time across continental Africa. In addition, UMA and Universal Music France (UMF), who are distributors for Booba, partner in Tallac Records and his 92i brands, have also launched 92i Africa. The label will focus on signing and developing the best in African rap and hip-hop talent, which includes news Senegalese artist DopeBoy DMG and Ivory Coast act Didi B. Booba’s new album, Ultra, which was released in March 2021, has already racked-up more than 300 million streams internationally.

THREE’S COMPANY TEAMS UP WITH ATLANTIC: Atlantic Records has confirmed a new label partnership with Los Angeles-based management executives Jorge Hernandez, Mike Kosak and Tim Jones and their company Vnclm_ (pronounced “vin cu lum”). The joint venture will see the independent releases from Vnclm_ via the Atlantic structure, which will provide distribution, promotion, marketing, publicity and additional resources from the major label. Vnclm_ will be based in West Hollywood, CA and brings together Hernandez from IAT Artist Management, Kosak from NBD Management and Jones from the Pipe & Hat organization. The first release for Vnclm_ will be from Arden Jones and his new single “Rollercoaster.” The management team discovered Jones on TikTok late last year and signed him to a deal in January.

FEELING A BIT “RASTA” IN SERBIA: Universal Music Serbia and Virgin Music Label & Artist Services have confirmed the signing of a global distribution deal with the well-known Serbian Hip-Hop label, Balkaton. The company was launched in 2015 by the Balkan artist Rasta, which has accumulated over one billion streams to date. Balkaton is the home label base to well-known regional acts such as Link and Alen Sakić, as well as the emerging artists Tyzee, Riga Dri and Sanela. The new collaboration launches with the kick-off of newly signed Balkaton-inked artist Kali, whose first single “Crna Magija” was released earlier this month.

ON THE CUSP OF A GLOBAL LABEL DEAL: Talented German singer/songwriter René Miller has been the focus of intense A&R interest from all major labels in Germany in recent months, and is on the cusp of finalizing a global recording contract. The talented singer/songwriter was discovered by A&R Worldwide Founder Sat Bisla back in 2018 at the annual SongsCon and German Songwriting Awards - the popular songwriter events founded by Nadja Paul and Uli Kuppel in Berlin. Bisla was a decision-making judge at the event, and recommended Miller (at the time unsigned and unpublished) as his choice as the first-place winner and a chance to perform at MUSEXPO 2019 in Los Angeles, where Miller garnered immediate interest from various labels and publishers from the US and around the world. He eventually signed a worldwide publishing deal with Sony Music Publishing Germany after the showcase event. René is currently managed by London, England-based managers Nick Hartman and Rick Wilson of Catherine Songs.

THAT SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHTS: SESAC Digital Licensing and BMG have expanded their partnership with new digital licensing deals for BMG’s Anglo-American repertoire in Southeast Asia and Australia/New Zealand. On behalf of BMG, SESAC Digital Licensing will negotiate license agreements with international online service providers and with the leading local online service providers in the respective markets. The collaboration will be administered by Mint Digital Services (Mint), which is an alliance between the US music rights organization SESAC and Swiss authors’ rights society SUISA. Mint administers license agreements for online services by drawing on a database that includes approximately 20 million documented musical works. The partnership will ensure an efficient and accurate licensing process for online services, enabling BMG to collect and deliver revenues even more effectively and transparently for its publishing clients. The deal in Australia also includes globally successful BMG publishing clients Crowded House, Wolfmother, Alison Wonderland, JET, Peking Duk, What So Not, Ladyhawke, Cut Copy, Tyron Hapi (co-writer and producer of Masked Wolf’s “Astronaut In The Ocean”), and many other multi-Platinum artists from the fastest growing publishing roster in the region.

IT’S ABOUT MUSIC IN INDIA: The 5th annual edition of India’s leading music business conference All About Music has been confirmed to take place online (due the pandemic) from September 27 – 27, 2021. The event brings together key stakeholders from India and around the subcontinent from sectors including labels, publishers, streaming, media, performance rights, technology, brands, management, creative, distribution and more. Tarsame Mittal, Founder, All About Music, tells A&R Worldwide, “Following the virtual edition of All About Music in 2020, we were hoping to return the conference to its much-loved physical setting this year. However, it seems like we’ll be once again going ahead with another year of doing this conference in a digital format. But with each challenge, we see newer opportunities.” For the past several years, Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide / MUSEXPO has been a supporter of All About Music and is currently serving on its advisory board.

STRIKING A TONE AS THE WORLD’S BIGGEST SONGWRITER: Blokur has spotlighted global music consumption last year with its just-released 2020 Songwriters Review (free to download HERE). Using Blokur’s database, songwriters were ranked according to their writing share of each song and its popularity across Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and YouTube. Toni Watson—aka Tones And I—was the top songwriter in the world in 2020 thanks in part to “Dance Monkey,” which she wrote entirely, and its nearly four billion plays on Spotify and YouTube. Finneas O’Connell was the top songwriter on Spotify, while YouTube’s biggest songwriter was rapper Badshah. Blokur helps the world’s music community, including music publishers responsible for over 70% of market share, increase royalty collections.

PUBLISHING FRIEND W/ BENEFITS FOR SONGWRITERS: BMG has formalized a new global benefits program for its songwriter and producer clients. The initiative aligns with the company’s suite of offerings to cover every aspect its clients’ career including discounts, product trials, support, music equipment, in-ear monitoring, instruments, sound libraries, exclusive partnerships with key international players in production software and hardware. Ableton, Adam Audio, Chartmetric, Kiss Your Ears, Splice, Teufel and Vision Ears are already partnered and collaborating with BMG. Enrollment for the new program is currently up and running on the company’s myBMG app.

BOOKING AGENCY EMBRACES A NEW STORMZY: Stormzy has signed a worldwide deal with Creative Artists Agency that extends to his #Merky company, including its publishing imprint, #Merky Books, and his charitable organisation, #Merky Foundation. The chart-topping rapper is managed by Tobe Onwuka. Stormzy will be a headline performer at this year’s Reading Festival and Leeds Festival, which take place next month. The BRIT Award-winning artist was 0207 Def Jam’s first signing last year and is said to be working on the follow-up to his 2019 chart-topping album Heavy Is The Head.

RESERVOIR GETS “BUTTERED-UP” WITH NEW SIGNING: Independent music publishing company Reservoir has signed artist, songwriter, and producer Rufio Hooks (né: Sebastian Garcia) to a worldwide deal. The agreement includes Rufio’s current international co-written hit single, “Butter,” by the hugely successful K-Pop group BTS, plus future works. The critically acclaimed “Butter” debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, where it has remained for the past seven weeks, and has enjoyed the biggest song debut ever on Spotify with over 11 million first-day streams. The video for “Butter” enjoyed a record-breaking 113 million views in 24 hours, and the song is already the best-selling download of 2021 to this point.

CTM MUSIC AND WE ARE ERA LAUNCH LABEL FOR ONLINE TALENT: CTM Music and We Are Era have entered into an exclusive partnership to launch global music releases from online creators and social media talents. Representing more than 1,600 social talents and artists in Europe, with a monthly reach of more than 4 billion video views, We Are Era is the largest European talent agency. Since 2019, the company has been a subsidiary of RTL and the Bertelsmann Group. CTM Music is the largest independent record label in the Benelux (Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg) with a rich catalog (CNR/Arcade) containing more than 50 No.1 hits and music by recent top artists such as Glennis Grace and Jan Smit. CTM is also active as an independent international music publisher, artist/talent manager, and as a TV and film producer.

ARTIST FIRST OFFERS PUBLIC ACCESS TO LIVE RIGHTS: Italian-based record label, music distributor and event management firm Artist First has announced a partnership with ANote Music, one of Europe’s leading marketplaces for investing in music royalties, to list the first public offering of an image rights catalog. ANote’s group of investors will have the opportunity to partake in a share of the image rights of Le Vibrazioni as part of this listing. Image rights can incorporate everything from names, nicknames, image, photograph, likeness, signature, initials, statements, autograph, expressions, endorsements, physical details, voices and other personal characteristics. Le Vibrazoni is the Italian group behind the Platinum-selling pop song “Dedicato A Te” (“Dedicated To You”). Investors will receive a percentage of Le Vibrazioni’s revenue streams for over 180 appearances throughout their upcoming concert tours in Italy beginning later this year, as well as all live performances taking place for the next five years.

SONY IS DEFINITELY, NOT MAYBE, FOR NEW DOCUMENTARY: Sony Music Entertainment (SME) will finance and distribute Oasis Knebworth 1996, a documentary spotlighting Oasis’s legendary Knebworth concerts, which will be released theatrically by Trafalgar Releasing. The film was executive produced by Oasis’ Gallagher brothers Noel and Liam of Oasis and directed by Grammy-winner Jake Scott and produced by Black Dog Films. Tickets for the two record-breaking nights at Knebworth Park in Hertfordshire, England, sold out in less than 24 hours, and broke every UK box office record in the process – attracting over 250,000 fans. The documentary is set for release on September 23, 2021 and is told via the eyes of fans who were there, the band, and concert organizers, and features never-before-seen concert and backstage footage from the event.

GETTING NEW STRIPES AT 360: Nick Dearmun has been elevated to General Manager at Three Six Zero Recordings thanks to his key contributions in the growth of the label since its inception. Dearmun has spearheaded global campaigns for Dom Dolla, and US campaigns for both John Summit and Noizu, and has worked with label President Pete Tong (the longtime BBC Radio 1 DJ) to establish the UK entity of TSZ Recordings within Sony Music UK. Three Six Zero is a global management and entertainment company that specializes in music, film, television and digital content. They company represent Will Smith, Calvin Harris, MK, Willow Smith, BloodPop, Jaden Thompson and many others. Before joining Three Six Zero in 2019, Dearmun worked at Columbia Records UK, where he ran major global marketing campaigns for Calvin Harris, Rag’N’Bone Man amongst others.

SPOTIFY’S SOMEWHAT HEALING - CULTURE NEXT REPORT: For the third year in a row, Spotify has issued its Culture Next report on various cultural impacts and trends. This year’s report emphasizes the response of millennials (aged 25 – 40) and Gen Z’s (aged 6 – 25). The information is based on data collected from 9,000 young respondents and advertising executives, podcasters, and artists. The report finds that three-quarters of millennials and Gen Z’s use audio to reduce stress levels and that audio is healing. However, 65% of both groups say that streaming has significantly shaped how they connect with culture, while less than half (44% of millennials and 48% of Gen Z’s) believe that streaming music and podcasts connect them to a global community. While a little more than a third (36%) of both groups trust podcasts more than contemporary media channels, roughly six in 10 say that podcast hosts “sometimes feel like a friend.” You can access the report HERE.

WHO WANTS TO BE A BILLIONIARE: Pandora’s Billionaires program, which was launched in 2018, aimed to recognize artists whose catalogue of songs surpass one billion streams and now Pandora has added eight new genre-specific stations featuring top songs from Billionaires. Some of the artists populating Pandora’s new Billionaires stations include Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and J Balvin in the pop categories. Country acts include Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line. Populating the hip-hop genre are Drake, DJ Khaled, Cardi B, DaBaby and Migos. Making waves in the alternative realm are Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Billie Eilish, Lana Del Ray and Machine Gun Kelly. Calvin Harris, Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, Dua Lipa, Avicii and Martin Garrix make-up the dance category. Joining the classic rock billionaire streaming rankings were The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Queen, Eagles, and Fleetwood Mac. The hard rock category included the likes of Linkin Park, Metallica, TOOL, Five Finger Death Punch and Foo Fighters, whilst the R&B acts included The Weeknd, Trey Songz, Usher, H.E.R. and Frank Ocean. Listeners can discover the new stations in the Billionaires module on the Pandora app – additional genre stations will be included in the app in the coming months.

NOT A DOUBLE BOOKING AGENT: Concert agent Beckie Sugden has joined ICM Partners/Primary Talent International and will be based in the company’s London offices. Sugden comes to ICM/Primary from X-ray Touring, where she built a roster that includes Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, T-Pain, Ghostemane, Soulection, Russ, Noname, Mick Jenkins, Mac Ayres and Joe Kay, all of whom will follow her to ICM/Primary. Prior to X-ray Touring, Sugden spent time at The Agency Group and at WME; she began her career in live music as founder of her own agency, Mixedtape.

ONCHAIN ANNOUNCES A NEW CHAIN OF ACTIVITIES: Los Angeles-based OnChain Music, launched in 2019 by Ben Kopec, has released its artist and label roster, along with its OnChain Music token. The token is now trading on UniSwap and PancakeSwap with the ticker MUSIC. OnChain Music helps artists, bands, singer/songwriters, DJs and musicians earn royalties on blockchain music platforms. “At our core, we believe in helping musicians generate new streams of revenue and maximizing royalties for our artists, bands, composers, singer/songwriters, DJs, and musicians of all types,” said Kopec. “Our business is designed around a revenue-sharing model.” OnChain Music has also just launched Road Map, which outlines its timeline for upcoming developments, and it has published a White Paper on Blockchain Music Distribution and Digital Asset Management for Musicians (read it HERE). OnChain Music’s artist and label roster can be viewed HERE.

AUSTRALIANS GO TIKTOK OVER YOUTUBE: According to a new report from app tracking company App Annie, Australians are spending more time on TikTok than YouTube. YouTube has a commanding lead with over 16 million total users per month, compared with TikTok’s nearly 2.5 million in an average four weeks for the first half of 2020, however, Bytedance-owned TikTok is generating more engagement. App Annie’s “State Of Mobile 2021” report shows that TikTok’s Australian monthly usage jumped to an average of 16.8 hours (which is up from 7.9 hours in 2019), while YouTube engagement was 16.3 monthly hours, up from 14.9 hours. The dates showing uptick in TikTok usage isn’t just applicable to Australia. TikTok’s average monthly time-spent-per-user grew faster than nearly every other app analyzed, including 70% in the US and 80% in the UK (which surpassed even Facebook). According to the report, TikTok is on track to hit 1.2 billion active users in 2021.

SPOTIFY LOSES MARKET SHARE TO COMPETITORS: A new report by MIDiA Research has revealed that Spotify is losing market share, albeit slowly, to rivals such as YouTube Music, Tencent Music, and Amazon Music. However, Spotify added the most net subscribers of the music-streaming services between the first quarter of 2020 and the same period in 2021. MIDiA Research showed that 2020 brought 100 million new streaming-service subscribers to the music industry, which is up from the 83 million paid accounts in 2019. Q1 of 2021 saw nearly 20 million more new subscribers, which elevated the global total to 487 million. Spotify added 27 million Premium users between the first quarter of 2020 and the initial three months of 2021, allowing it out outperform competing streaming platforms in whole numbers according to the report. Spotify’s overall subscriber market share has dipped by 2% year on year to 32% due to the faster growth of YouTube’s parent company Google (60% growth in 2020), Tencent Music (40%), and Amazon Music (27%).

TURNING UP THE VOLUME AT AUDIO NETWORK: Global music licensing and sound design company Audio Network has unveiled a raft of new hirings for its APAC region, which coincides with its two-decade anniversary. Joining the team team are Troy Barrott, Director Sales (formerly Sr. Distribution Label Manager, Believe Digital). Barrott will report to Andy Williams, Global Commercial Director, Audio Network, where he will deliver new commercial and creative initiatives in the region, including a revised A&R strategy and business expansion into Shanghai. Newly appointed Kaitlyn Pearce, Music Licensing Manager will work alongside licensing executives Mike Bentley and Patrick Thackray, and music researcher Kasey Thompson in Audio Network’s local advertising team. In addition, Emily Norton has been elevated as Head of Film & Television, whilst Stuart Tam is appointed Music Licensing Specialist to focus on the firm’s expansion into China. Meanwhile, Kat Tame has been tapped as Music Researcher & Customer Services Manager.

ADDING NEW STRINGS TO ITS ROSTER: Nashville, TN-based River House Artists, in partnership with Sony Music Publishing, has announced the signing of Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Billy Strings to a worldwide publishing administration deal, covering Strings’ current music catalog and future efforts. Widely regarded as one of today’s top Bluegrass artists/songwriters, Michigan native Billy Strings has received critical acclaim for his 2019 record Home and has been tapped as the “premier guitar flatpicker of this era” by The Wall Street Journal and “one of string music’s most dynamic young stars” by Rolling Stone. River House Artists is led by industry-veteran Lynn Oliver-Cline and whose publishing roster includes Ray Fulcher, Grant Gilbert, Nicolette Hayford, Drew Parker, Jordan Rowe and Driver Williams.

SÓNAR FESTIVAL ROLLS WITH THE DICE: Renowned arts, design, electronic and experimental music festival Sónar, which was founded in Barcelona, Spain back in 1994, has selected mobile ticketing platform Dice as its exclusive partner. The multi-year deal gives Dice the ability to provide tickets for Sónar’s flagship Barcelona Festival, which kicks-off next year’s edition on June 16-18, 2022. Sónar has confirmed over 50 acts for its 2022 edition, which includes the likes of Tiga, Eric Prydz, The Chemical Brothers, The Blaze, and AJ Tracey amongst others. Dice will also provide livestream capabilities for Sónar’s 2022 event – it’s already livestreamed over 6,000 events in 178 countries and been involved with exclusive events with artists like Lewis Capaldi, Nick Cave and Laura Marling.

SOUNDEXCHANGE EXPANDS INTO PRIVATE ROYALTIES: As part of its multi-year technology initiative to streamline systems and increase efficiency across the music industry, SoundExchange has announced that it will begin collecting and distributing domestic and foreign private copy royalties. This action has been performed by the Alliance Of Artists And Recording Companies (AARC). SoundExchange will begin claiming international PC royalties in late 2021 and domestic PC royalties in February 2022. AARC will cease its operations in late 2021 after distributing all available royalties it has collected since 2018. Sound recording copyright owners and artists who have previously received private copy royalties from AARC should contact them at help@aarcroyalties.com no later than this July 31, if their payment or tax information has changed since 2018.

TIKTOK PARTNERS WITH SPOTIFY FOR TRIALS IN EUROPE: Spotify and TikTok have announced a new partnership between the two usually competitive companies. Under the new arrangement, certain TikTok users in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and Turkey are now eligible to receive a free three to four-month Spotify Premium trial. TikTok users in the same markets will be able to activate the offer, provided that they are at least 18 years-old and have not previously subscribed to Spotify Premium. Apple Music had also made a similar four-month free trial available to TikTok users. Currently, 34% of Spotify’s 356 million monthly active users reside in Europe, which is also home to 40% of the streaming service’s 158 million Spotify Premium accounts.

WARNER MUSIC GROUP NAMES NEW BOARD MEMBER: Warner Music Group Corp. (WMG) has announced the election of Nancy Dubuc to its board of directors – she has also been named Chairperson of the Audit Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Concurrently, after more than 17 years, Thomas H. Lee unveiled that he would step down from WMG’s board. Lee led the investor group which purchased the company from Time Warner in 2004, and due to his many contributions to WMG has been named Director Emeritus. Dubuc is currently CEO of independent youth media company VICE Media Group; where she has directed the expansion and cultural transformation of the company’s global businesses since 2018. Dubuc also served as President/CEO of A+E Networks. She has been named to Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women In Business; The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Power 100; and Vanity Fair’s New Establishment list. She also currently serves on the board of directors of Vice Media LLC and Flutter Entertainment PLC.

A RECORD DAY BOOST IN VINYL SALES: Record Store Day which returned to independent record shops this past weekend (July 17), saw hundreds of releases from the second and final 2021 vinyl drop put on sale. Vinyl has enjoyed a sales boom in 2021- with the first drop on June 12, resulting in physical sales increasing by 12.93% week-on-week. There were many in-store performances, street parties, and DJ sets, as well as releases from The Rolling Stones, Bastille, St. Vincent, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Beastie Boys and many others. Over 250 independent record stores took part and enjoyed a return of many of their customers who were unable to shop in person for the past 18 months due to the pandemic.

GETTING A NEW CHAIR FOR AUSTRALIA’S ARIA: Natalie Waller, Head Of ABC Music & Events, has been elected as the Chair of The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for a two-year term. Waller replaces Denis Handlin, former Chairman & CEO, Australia & New Zealand of Sony Music Entertainment, who exited his position at ARIA last month. Waller joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1998 and rose to her current role in 2012 and has been a member of the ARIA Board since February 2019.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Christian Tattersfield, Tarsame Mittal, Jackie Winkler, Josh Ergatoudis, Mike Gitter, Emma Banks, Pete Giberga, Peter Edge, Thomas Golubic, Maximilian Paproth, Wende Crowley, Zach Katz, Julie Pilat, Matt Pinfield, Steve Blatter, Daniel Werner, Paul McDonald and Alistair Norbury.


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"– MUKS



Growing up in pre-millennial India meant music was MUKS’ only escape from the matrix of monoculture. Moving to London as a student proved education is never just academic. The amateur poet immersed himself in UK club culture and became a drum and bass DJ. MUKS began exploring how to use his primary instrument, his voice, to express himself, a ceaseless journey that continues to shape his present-day work. Drawing from the lexicon of trip-hop, trap, and electronica to which he has always had a visceral reaction, MUKS’ new work immerses the listener in a hazy, dream-like world where half-forgotten memories of nostalgia and longing ebb and flow, as he creates snapshots of the deeply subjective realities that lie on either side of failed relationships. Co-produced by Marcus Andersson (Swae Lee, Wiz Khalifa), MUKS’ new single, “Falling,” distills his wide-ranging influences into sultry and pensive late-night R&B jams. His process of creation serves as a reflection of his psyche, holding up a mirror to his vulnerabilities. MUKS is also a filmmaker, recently co-producing the Oscar-nominated global hit film The White Tiger. Listen to “Falling” by MUKS HERE and watch the creative new video HERE. Contact info@anrworldwide.com for additional information and inquiries.


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

Next month, Leoniden will release their album Complex Happenings Reduced To A Simple Design, and to get ready for that release they’ve shared their single “Dice.” Taken from the 21-track album, “Dice” starts with a bass groove that no other German band has dared to do in recent years. Then, the song delivers a chorus full of drive and melody, and the next stop is the second verse, which no one can get out of their head quickly. Leoniden postponed their tour due to the pandemic, but they will reschedule for later this year and “Dice” will ignite the fireworks that they will share with their fans when they party again. Leoniden have a brilliant video for “Dice,” where they spent a day with photo genius Tim Erdmann and took countless pictures, then pieced them together to create a puzzle-like masterpiece. Discover the video for “Dice” HERE, and contact Espen Blödorn-Mentzoni at info@anrworldwide.com for signing, licensing, booking and additional information.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 7/18/2021



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, July 18th, 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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THE PALE WHITE – “That Dress” (Unsigned, UK)
DOTAN – “Mercy” (7 Layer, Holland)
STEREOTIDE – “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (Unsigned, Germany)
VISTAS – “Stuck In Your Head” (Unsigned, UK)
IAMJJ – “A Different Kind Of Blues” feat. BAKER GRACE (Mermaid Records, Denmark)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Drugs X Boys X Drugs” (Unsigned, Sweden)
ADÉLAIDE – “Paintings In The Sky” (Unsigned, France)
FRIEDBERG – “Yeah” (Marathon Artists, UK)
MUKS – “Falling’” (Unsigned, India)
PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION – “Tired of Loving You’” (Unsigned, UK)
TIM SCHOU – “Mad Love” feat. Sowfy (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
DED RABBIT – “All Fired Up” (Unsigned, Scotland)
EMMI KING – “Time Flies” (Unsigned, Germany)
LOTTERY WINNERS feat. FRANK TURNER – “Start Again” (Modern Sky, UK)
TWO YEAR VACATION – “What Goes Around” (Cloud Hills Sweden)
MELLAH – “Easy Breezy” (Colombia, UK)
DANNY BALDURSSON – “Tears” (Unsigned, Faroe Islands)
LUNA BAY – “Blue” (Unsigned, UK)
SLIDE – “Hello Spirit” (Unsigned, Sweden)
THE VELVET HANDS – “Star” (Unsigned, UK)
HOLYOAK – “Sit Tight” (Unsigned, Germany)
ALLDAY – “Stolen Cars” (Teamtrick, Australia)
THE HARA – “The Fool & The Thief” (Unsigned, UK)
GEORGE COSBY – “Day In, Day Out” (Sony Music, UK)
MASI MASI – “Smell Of Dinner” (Unsigned, UK)
EAU ROUGE – “Vienna” (Pop Up Records, Germany)
CHRIS LINTON – “Best Park” (Featherstone Music, UK)
DOWN FOR TOMORROW – “Sentimental” (Good Intent, Australia)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Hopelessness of Love” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
TEENAGE JOANS – “Ice Cream” (27 Music, Australia)
CASSIA – “Right There” (BMG, UK)
CONCHUR WHITE – “Dreamers’” (Unsigned, UK)
BALTHAZAR – “On A Roll” (Munich Records, Belgium)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Mellah, Chris Linton, Down For Tomorrow, Conchur White, and Eau Rouge)