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THE 4TH EDITION OF THE GLOBAL ROCK SUMMIT
RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES IN 2022




A&R Worldwide and MUSEXPO Founder & President, Sat Bisla, has announced the much-anticipated return of its 4th edition of the Global Rock Summit (GRS), which will bring together key facets of the U.S. and international rock communities including record labels, music publishers, agents, festival promoters, brands, media, digital, distribution, management, radio, music supervisors, showcase talent and more. Global Rock Summit, taking place March 24th – 25th 2022, in Burbank, CA will coincide with A&R Worldwide’s MUSEXPO, which is held from March 20 – 23.

Matt Pinfield
The Global Rock Summit will include the presentation of its first ever “International Rock Icon of The Year” award and the inaugural “Global Rock Awards” during a special VIP Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 24th at the official Global Rock Summit Opening Night Wine & Cocktails Networking Reception. The event will pay special tribute and host an honorarium awards event for legendary DJ, multimedia personality and A&R executive Matt Pinfield, as its first-ever “International Rock Icon of The Year.” Pinfield’s work has transcended across radio, TV, satellite/digital media, print and various other pop cultural platforms. He’s also interviewed over 1000 artists including some of the most prominent names in alternative, rock and other music genres, from the likes of Nirvana, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, U2, Coldplay, Jay-Z, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters to name but just a few.

The event will feature a cross section of expert panelists spanning a rich segment of the global rock industry. The event will discuss the future of the genre and look at solutions to further bolster and expand business opportunities with some of the most respected minds from the rock music industry's leading labels, publishers, live events, booking agencies, radio platforms, media platforms (print/digital/online) and merchandising companies as well as others with a touch point to “all things rock.”

Prior GRS events attracted many of the rock industry’s most influential and inspiring executives from around the world. Additional information and registration details are available at www.globalrocksummit.com.


BMG SIGNS EXAMPLE TO AN EXCLUSIVE
GLOBAL RECORDING DEAL



Multi-Platinum British artist, singer, songwriter and producer Elliot John Gleave, better known by his stage name Example, has signed an exclusive global recording deal with BMG.

Example
The signing comes with the announcement that Example will release his new single “Every Single Time” via BMG on Friday, September 3rd. The song features acclaimed Australian producer What So Not and vocalist Lucy Lucy and ushers in a new chapter for the Example project, providing the first taste of his forthcoming eighth studio album.

The signing was supported by Heath Johns, BMG Managing Director Australia & New Zealand, who states, “Example is a global hitmaker, an incredible artist who has had international radio hits and delivered iconic sets on some of the biggest stages. The whole team at BMG is incredibly excited to take this new Example music to the world!”.

Example’s career spans over a decade and boasts three Top 10 albums and ten Top 10 singles in the U.K. His second studio album Won’t Go Quietly (2010) peaked at No.4 on the U.K. Albums Chart and No.1 on the U.K. Dance Chart. Follow-up album Playing In The Shadows (2010) is certified Platinum, charted at No.1 on the UK Album, Dance and Independent Chart and featured two No.1 singles, “Changed The Way You Kiss Me” and “Stay Awake.” In 2012 he featured on Calvin Harris’ global hit “We’ll Be Coming Back,” which was certified 3x Platinum in Australia. Example has been nominated for BRIT and NME Awards, played arena tours, and headlined major festivals in over 60 countries. He is now based in Brisbane, Australia, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Example joins a BMG label roster of Australian and New Zealand talent including Chet Faker, Angus & Julia Stone (ANZ), Hockey Dad, Dope Lemon, Julia Stone, Ladyhawke, Peking Duk (world ex. ANZ), Tim Minchin, Dune Rats, Winston Surfshirt, Nyxen and CHAII.


SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING U.K. INKS MIMI WEBB



Sony Music Publishing U.K. recently unveiled the signing of breakout singer/songwriter Mimi Webb to an exclusive worldwide agreement, covering both catalogue and futures. Originally hailing from the U.K. town of Canterbury, Mimi Webb has quickly become a pop sensation, amassing over 200 million streams and hundreds of millions of views with her hits “Before I Go,” “Good Without,” and “Dumb Love,” receiving international acclaim and praise.

Mimi Webb
Recently, Webb made her way onto the U.S. charts with 6 million monthly listeners on Spotify, and sold-out every date in the U.K. and Dublin on her first-ever tour. She was also included on BBC Radio 1’s 2021 Brit List, named one of Apple Music’s latest “Up Next UK “artists, and featured as the musical guest on The Ellen Show.

At the top of 2020, Webb’s career skyrocketed with the release of her debut single “Before I Go,” which garnered 17 million Spotify streams and dominated TikTok with 85.7million views, 13.7M likes, 304.2K comments, and 132K shares.

She maintained this momentum with “I’ll Break My Heart Again” and “Reasons,” unveiling a darker, edgy sound. Webb’s 2021 breakout song “Good Without” continued her winning momentum – in under a month, the track eclipsed over 20 million streams and reached the official U.K. Top 10 Singles Charts as it climbed the charts across Europe. Additionally, the single was recently certified Gold in the U.K. and simultaneously occupied spots in the Top 20 on the UK Singles Chart with her popular follow-up track “Dumb Love.”


WARNER MUSIC CANADA NAMES KRISTEN BURKE
AS NEW LABEL PRESIDENT



Last week, Kristen Burke was appointed as the new President of Warner Music Canada. She officially takes the reigns of her new position on October 18th and will be based in the company’s Toronto office, reporting to Simon Robson, President, International, Recorded Music at Warner Music Group.

Kristen Burke
Kristen succeeds Steve Kane, who has served as President, Warner Music Canada since 2004. During his time in charge of the company, Kane has signed and developed a huge range of exciting artists including Billy Talent, Brett Kissel, Charmaine, Just John and Scott Helman.

Under his leadership, Warner Music Canada was named “Label of the Year” three years running at the Canadian Country Music Awards. More recently, Kane was instrumental in the launch of 4N Records, a JV label fronted by the artist Ikky Singh which focuses on the exciting and fast-growing genre of Punjabi music. He was inducted into the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame in 2015.

Burke began her career at Universal Music Canada in 2000, joining the company as an assistant in National Sales. She rose through the ranks to become VP of Marketing in 2014 and was further promoted to Sr. VP of Marketing in 2016. She was named Executive VP and General Manager of Universal Music Canada in January 2018.

Burke is on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Country Music Association and The Remix Project, which offers programs and services for young people from marginalized and underserved communities who are trying to enter the creative industries or further their formal education.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



GERMANY’S LATEST SIGNING: BMG Germany and Guesstimate Publishing have announced a joint worldwide signing collaboration with singer and topline writer Katharina Emendörfer. Katharina began her career in the band called Zazoo who were signed to Polydor Records in the U.K. and released the single, “Spinnin’ Round” Katharina then went on to launch her own solo project called Harina, where she worked alongside producers such as Ingo Politz, Bryan Wilson and Pete Hammerton. Since then, she’s racked-up millions of streams on Spotify and collaborated on projects with a variety of labels including Soave, frtyfve, WeareDiamond and Warner Music. Patrick Liegl, A&R Manager Guesstimate helped broker the signing with Katharina and will work with the BMG team in creative collaborations for the artist and songwriter. Guesstimate Publishing also recently producer Ralph Wegner who is well-known for his close work with David Guetta.

THINGS ARE BLOSSOMING AT PRIMARY WAVE: Primary Wave Music has acquired a majority stake in the Gin Blossoms’ music-publishing rights and artist-master royalties. Primary Wave assembled a string of deals with the estate of Doug Hopkins, the principal songwriter on many of the band’s early hits, and the estate of former producer John Hampton, plus current members Robin Wilson, Bill Leen, Jesse Valenzuela and Scotty Johnson and former drummer Phil Rhodes. The multimillion-dollar deal includes Gin Blossoms hits such as “Hey Jealousy,” “Found Out About You,” “Til I Hear It From You” and “Follow You Down.” Primary Wave will also work with the parties to market their name and likeness rights, and provide access to its vast array of artist services.

INDIA GOES “MUSERK”: MUSERK, the technology-driven global music rights administrator for music and video, has partnered with The Indian Performing Right Society Limited (IPRS), the country’s leading and fastest growing copyright society in the world. This partnership follows a major deal Muserk recently announced with JASRAC, (Japanese Society For Rights Of Authors, Composers & Publishers), Japan’s largest musical copyright administration society for Muserk to collect JASRAC’s U.S.-based mechanical rights for all digital platforms in the US. The multiyear deal sees IPRS benefitting from Muserk’s “The MLC services” for online, as well as offline mechanicals in the United States. Moreover, Muserk will collect for IPRS’ mechanical and Performing rights from Apple Music in Russia. A&R Worldwide has learned that other deals being negotiated by MUSERK will be unveiled soon.

MOVIN’ ON UP: Respected music marketing executive Carolyn Williams has been appointed to the newly created role of Executive VP, RCA Records. The elevated position will see Williams working with RCA’s executive team to oversee the company’s artist and label brand management and marketing operations. As part of this new transition, Williams will also oversee RCA’s marketing, brand partnerships, touring, and events departments. In addition, Williams will also co-lead RCA’s newly created creative and content development team. Williams will continue to spearhead RCA’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives whereas she’ll drive larger activities at the label and within the broader music industry. Williams has been RCA Records marketing lead for artists such as Jazmine Sullivan, H.E.R., Chris Brown, SZA, Alicia Keys, D’Angelo, BROCKHAMPTON and Childish Gambino.

GETTING EVEN CLASSIER: Leading Dutch-based classical music streaming service Primephonic has been acquired by Apple Music. Apple aims to launch a dedicated app for classical music sometime next year, whereas Primephonic’s user interface will be updated with additional features to give users an even more “classier” experience. Commencing September 7, 2021, Primephonic will be taken offline and will no longer be available to new subscribers. Apple aims to provide subscribers with a more robust version of Primephonic inclusive of enhanced browsing features, search capabilities and additional analytics and metadata, which is currently not available on other digital streaming services. Apple Music is also providing Primephonic users with six months of complimentary access to its service, which includes its catalogue of Lossless and high-resolution audio, as well as hundreds of full-length classical albums with its Spatial Audio.

NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON: Social live media platform Moment House recently announced it has closed a $12 million Series A funding by Forerunner Ventures. Other notable investors involved in the round of funding include: UTA Ventures, IDEO, Halsey, Whitney Cummings, Kaytranada and manager William Robillard-Cole, Dumb Money Capital (Devon Townsend, Founder of Cameo, Cody Ko), Noel Miller, actor/singer Tom Felton, Parcast Founder & Spotify executive Max Cutler, former YouTube executive Shishir Mehrotra, Clubhouse executive Aarthi Ramamurthy, Adobe executive Scott Belsky, Discord executive Anjney Midha, Defy Ventures, Work Life Ventures and media entrepreneur Richard Rosenblatt. Moment House brings together artists with their core fans for international, social ticketed events — called “Moments”. Since launching out of the Jimmy Iovine / Dr. Dre Academy for Innovation at USC in 2019, they’ve hosted elevated live-streamed experiences with St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Kygo, Brockhampton, Marina, KSI, Yola, and many more, as well as digitally hosted both nights of Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala earlier this year.

WHAT THE FUGA’S GOIN’ ON: FUGA, a leading global full service B2B distributor, continues its international expansion by unveiling a label and distribution partnership with German hip-hop label and distribution business ONE Sights Music. FUGA has also appointed Curt Keplin as Business Development & Marketing Manager, Germany/Switzerland/Austria. The new partnership with ONE Sights Music will see FUGA provide marketing services and digital supply chain technology for distributing to all DSPs, including FUGA’s trends & analytics dashboard. ONE Sights Music was launched in 2020 by Ramin Bozorgzadeh, the former initiator and Label Head of Universal Music’s German Rap/Hip-Hop imprints Chapter ONE and Raptags. ONE Sights divisions include their record label ONE Sights Music, ONE Sights Distribution and ONE Sights Publishing. The past 12 months have seen FUGA ramp up its activities in the region, with signings including Superstar Media, CloudKid and COLORSxSTUDIOS. The company is also growing its network across the globe, with its marketing team operating across 17 countries.

TAPPING INTO A NEW RESERVOIR: Reservoir Media, Inc. has struck a deal with country supergroup Alabama for the group’s interest in its recorded music rights catalog. The prolific group is among the world’s best-selling bands of all time and is the most awarded band in the history of Country music, with over 200 honors from the entertainment industry’s top organizations. Alabama also set and holds a streak of 21 straight No.1’s - a record they have held for over 30 years. Cousins Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry, and Jeff Cook formed Alabama in Fort Payne, Alabama in 1969, originally performing under the name Wildcountry. After changing its name in 1977, the band released their first two singles, which helped earn them a record deal with RCA Nashville. During the 1980s, Alabama landed seven multi-Platinum albums and over 27 No.1 hits. To date, the group have sold over 75 million albums and count 11 No.1 Billboard Country albums and 33 No.1 Billboard Country singles to their name. Alabama’s prodigious music contributions have been recognized with inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame, and honors including three GRAMMY Awards, RIAA’s Country Group of the Century, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among countless others.

GETTING A NEW CREATIVE BOLT: Los Angeles, CA-based executive Cee Barrett III has been tapped as Director Creative at Kobalt. In his new role, Barrett will oversee the discovery and signing of new songwriters to add to the publisher’s current stable of creative talent, as well as having responsibility and oversight of new creative opportunities for the current Kobalt international creative roster. Prior to joining Kobalt, Barrett worked at the U.S. performance rights organization BMI, where he worked in the company’s Hip-Hop/R&B department where he signed talent, managed relationships with songwriters, publishers, managers and attorneys, as well as helping with strategizing various company events. During his tenure at BMI, Barrett helped with the signings of Megan Thee Stallion, SZA, Bryson Tiller and others. He brings over 10 years of experience to his new role at Kobalt.

EAST COAST A&R BUZZ?: Enigmatic and cheeky alt-rock/pop trio The Living Strange who hail from Brooklyn, New York are turning a few A&R heads across both the label and publishing spectrum with their new demo recordings. The three-piece have cemented an East Coast label, agent and publisher showcase at the Knitting Factory in New York City on Wednesday, September 8, which is expected to draw some notable music enthusiasts. The band is represented by music attorney Brett Kaminsky at Felcher & Freifeld and are managed by music and radio industry veteran Gary Poole. Get a taste of the band’s fuzzy sounds HERE. For additional details and to attend the showcase contact us at info@anrworldwide.com.

NOT TODAY, BUT TOMORROW: Tomorrowland, a leading global festival brand and electronic music company and Universal Music Germany, a division of Universal Music Group (UMG), have secured an exclusive global partnership that will see future Tomorrowland releases and artists, from their newly established label, distributed worldwide through a unique label network within UMG. The label will partner with Virgin Records Germany, with global distribution through Virgin Music Label & Artist Services. One of the world’s biggest music festivals, Tomorrowland has been held annually in Boom, Belgium since 2005. Over two weekends, more than 400,000 people from 200 countries visit the festival, which sells out in minutes each year. Tomorrowland has grown into a global music and lifestyle brand, with its new festival Tomorrowland Winter in the French Alps, its own fashion label TML by Tomorrowland and the radio station One World Radio. The partnership will be led in Berlin by Alexander Neipp, Daniel Schmidt and Magnus Textor (Virgin Records) and Tina Adams (Virgin Music Label & Artist Services). The first release under the new label is from Never Sleeps, a new project from Afrojack ft. Chico Rose.

A FUTURE REBORN CLASSIC: Playground Music, one of the leading indie music companies across the Nordic region has picked up the global rights to the forthcoming debut-single from German artist and producer David Bay, known for his many remixes and disco-parties. The first non-remix release will be a cover of the Joy Division classic “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” which was officially approved by the remaining band members of Joy Division and their publisher Universal Music Publishing. The single will be released worldwide on September 3rd with release commitments confirmed in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Spain, Australia and a number of additional territories. Bay is currently available for additional licensing and sync opportunities globally. Contact Playground Music’s Patrik Larson at patrik@playgroundmusic.com for additional details.

RE-TUNING AT TUNECORE: Andrea Gleeson has been promoted to CEO of one of the world’s largest distribution companies, TuneCore. The original CEO, Scott Ackerman recently stepped down last April and Gleeson and her co-leader Matt Barrington stepped into the role together. Now with Gleeson taking over the helm at CEO, Barrington retains his position of COO. Believe, the Paris-based parent company of TuneCore has been in operation since Gleeson joined the team as Head of Marketing in 2015. Last year, TuneCore was responsible for paying out royalties and overall income to artists to a “tune” of $145 million USD.

GETTING A RENEWED PULSE: Atlanta, GA-based producer OG Parker has renewed his exclusive publishing agreement with PULSE Music Group. Parker has worked with numerous rap superstars and currently has three charting songs to his name. His recent highlights include co-producing Yung Bleu’s “Baddest” feat. Chris Brown and 2 Chainz off the album Moon Boy, co-producing Megan Thee Stallion’s “Thot Shit” and co-producing Wale’s “Angles” feat. Chris Brown. In the span of only a few years, Parker has amassed an impressive catalog of credits, including: PartyNextDoor’s “Loyal,” Summer Walker’s “Just Might,” Mulatto’s “Latto,” Eric Bellinger and Chris Brown’s “Type A Way,” Migos’ “Walk It Like I Talk It” and many others. Parker has also collaborated with Young Thug, NBA Youngboy, Quavo, Gucci Mane, YFN Lucci and others. Ashley Calhoun, Sr. VP/Head of Creative, PULSE Music Group and Scott Cutler and Josh Abraham, co-CEO’s, PULSE Music Group helped with renewing the new deal with OG Parker.

REVENUING IT UP AT UMG: Universal Music Group (UMG) announced last week that it anticipates that its revenues will increase by more than 10% in 2021. The forecast was revealed during an online Capital Markets Day, hosted by UMG’s parent company Vivendi for analysts and investors ahead of the UMG IPO in Amsterdam on Tuesday, September 21, 2022. The IPO will include the distribution of 60% of UMG by Vivendi to shareholders. UMG is currently valued around €33 billion (Euros) since the sale of 7.1% of the company to Pershing Square Holdings recently. UMG executives said on the call that revenues had increased by 11% the first half of this year with EBITDA is set to increase by more than 20% in 2021. Half of net profits will be paid out as dividends. Executives on the call included Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman & CEO, UMG; Jody Gerson, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group, John Janick, Chairman & CEO, Interscope Records, Frank Briegmann, CEO & Chairman, Deutsche Grammophon and Michael Nash, Executive VP, Digital Strategy, UMG.

HER NEW WAY OF SYNCING: Allegra Caldwell who was the former Sr. Creative Sync Director at BMG, Australasia has unveiled the launch of her new company GOODFIND, which will focus on music licensing, supervision and composition for various visual platforms and media. Allegra’s new company will be based in New South Wales, Australia and will focus on building opportunities for local creatives across sync touchpoints including film, TV, advertising and gaming. During her time at BMG Caldwell worked on projects with Netflix, HBO, Amazon and others whilst representing catalogues from Nirvana, Fatboy Slim, Julia Stone, AC/DC and many others. Allegra has also announced that GOODFIND will also donate a portion of its annual net profits to a charitable cause, with Australia’s Support Act being the beneficiary this year.

FEELING LIKE A VIP: Mark Weiss, CEO & Founder, 237 Global, announced recently that AG Ventures, run by Shawn Mendes and his manager, Andrew Gertler are leading a funding round and becoming advisory board members to 237 Global. The VIP ticketing company connects artists, athletes, creators and other A-List celebrities directly with their fans virtually and in person, using their comprehensive queue of white label artist apps, which provide artists a way to supply their fans with a place to experience unique tour moments. 237 Global creates a connection between artists and fans by offering livestreams, early access to tickets to events and exclusive perks. With AG Ventures new funding, 237 Global is now able to increase its internal tech, marketing and product teams and bolster their top-of-the-line platforms. Working with the likes of Shawn Mendes, Weezer, 24kGoldn, Tate McRae, 311, Iann Dior and New Kids On The Block; 237 Global aims to bring on even more artists.

GETTING WHAT SHE WANTS: ICM Partners/Primary Talent International has signed acclaimed DJ Hannah Wants to an international deal (excluding N. America). From playing small venues to headlining Leeds Festival in 2019, Wants has sold-out her fifth consecutive What Hannah Wants Tour in U.K. and Ireland. Simon Clarkson, Head of Electronic Music at ICM Parners will work with DJ Hannah Wants for her upcoming live bookings outside of N. America. Throughout her career, DJ Hannah Wants has received the “Best Breakthrough DJ” and “Star of The Year” at the Bass Music Awards; hosted a residency for BBC Radio1 and winning the Best DJ Award at DJ Magazine’s Best of British. DJ Hannah Wants continues to be represented by her manager Sophie Bloggs at YMU Group.

IT’S SNUT ENOUGH: Scottish indie rock band The Snuts has secured an international publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music. Releasing their debut album, WL, earlier this year, it topped the charts in the U.K. and in their home nation of Scotland with over 33k albums sold to date. After signing a recording contract in November 2018 with Warner Music’s Parlophone Records, The Snuts became the first Scottish band since The View in 2007 to have a No.1 U.K. debut album. George Baker, A&R Manager, Warner Chappell Music helped with assisting with the new publishing deal.

A “PERRY” GOOD DEAL: Sony Music Publishing recently confirmed the extension of its worldwide agreement with Tyler Perry and his production enterprise Tyler Perry Studios (TPS). Under the agreement, Sony Music Publishing’s Visual + Media Rights division – newly rebranded from Broadcast & Media Rights – will continue to administer all of Tyler Perry Studios’ commissioned music for over 60 productions, including 1,500 series episodes, 26 films, 20 plays; and will cover future productions. The deal renews the company’s long-standing, 10-year relationship with Perry, alongside his music supervisor Joel C High. Recently, Tyler Perry announced he is taking his iconic Madea character, a franchise grossing over $1 billion at the box office, to Netflix with a twelfth film, A Madea Homecoming, slated for release in 2022. Next year, Perry and Netflix also plan to release A Jazzman’s Blues, his longtime passion project that he first wrote in 1995. Written, directed and produced by Perry, the film is set from 1937–1987 and follows an unsolved murder investigation, revealing a story of forbidden love, deceit and a long-held secret.

Pictured (L-R) are: Maciej Werk (SoundEdit Poland), Giles Martin and David Stark (Founder, SongLink Int’l).
ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Cancer Research U.K.’s Sound & Vision 2021 has been confirmed to take place at Abbey Road Studios in London on September 9. The fund-raising event will celebrate the history of Abbey Road Studios in its 90th anniversary year, and how the music recorded there, including most of The Beatles’ studio material, has revolutionized the music industry and impacted the lives of millions worldwide. Scottish pop rock band Texas will be headlining the after-dinner show in Studio One, while producer Giles Martin will be saying a few words during the evening. Martin's father, the late Sir George Martin, was co-Founder of the event along with radio presenter Bob Harris. The sold-out event is sponsored by Miroma Group and Marshall Amplification and also includes an auction of original music-related artworks and photographic images, concluding with a DJ set in Studio Two. The last event raised over £450,000, and additional information for the event is available at Cancer Research UK. More details on the silent auction can be found HERE.


A&R WORLDWIDE — “EXPOSED”



Each week, A&R Worldwide’s newsletter goes back in time with memorable and defining moments in our 20+ year history. However, we’d also like to share your key and prolific images that have yet to be “exposed.” Click HERE to submit your photo to our team for potential exposure!

ALL SMILES WITH NEW MUSIC: Sharing a bonding moment in New York City (L-R) are Jason Flom, Founder & CEO, Lava Records and Sat Bisla (Founder & President, A&R Worldwide). Jason was instrumental in signing Katy Perry, Jessie J, Lorde and many other amazing artists in the U.S., and coordinated efforts with A&R Worldwide with some of their key early exposure.



IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Chris Taylor, Adina Friedman, Phil Guerini, Greg Wells, Leslie Fram, Max Lousada, David Dollimore, Magnus Textor, Paul Samuels, Daniel Schmidt, Jacqueline ‘JPL’ Pelham-Leigh, Gabz Landman, Dave Jordan, Dani Markman, and Adam Tudhope.


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. Everyone loves a good challenge once in a while, right? Maybe not! Click HERE for a collection of challenges that didn’t quite go as well as they were mis-planned.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– SAHARA BECK



Sahara Beck is best known as having one of the most powerful voices in Queensland, Australia. As a songwriter, she’s had multiple placings in the International Songwriting Competition, as well as the Nashville-based Unsigned Only Competition, and in 2019 she placed in the Top 3 in the illustrious Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition. She has won numerous Queensland Music Awards as well as the Carol Lloyd Award—affording Sahara the opportunity to record an album with Konstantin Kersting (Mallrat, Tones and I, The Jungle Giants). Her 2019 EP Queen Of Hearts was crafted by ARIA-nominated producer Tony Buchen (Courtney Barnett, Mansionair, Montaigne). She returns with her new single “Crave Me,” a slow-burning firecracker, with Sahara’s soulful and powerful voice soaring for the skies. She wrote the song with Tony Buchen in Los Angeles which tells the tales of heartbreak and self-reflection. Her music has been featured in a major Queensland Tourism campaign; A Haagen-Dazs TV advert starring Bradley Cooper, in NBC’s Girlfriend’s Guide To Divorce and other placements. Listen to “Crave Me” HERE. Contact Rachael Dixon at rachael@secretsounds.com as Sahara Beck is available for label signing, sync, booking and publishing opportunities.


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

Last August indie four-piece outfit BLOXX released their debut album, Lie Out Loud, to critical acclaim. One year later, they return with their Pop Culture Radio EP (Chess Club Records), featuring the singles “Everything I’ve Ever Learned” and the title track. The last few years the quartet have built a reputation as one of the UK’s leading indie-pop bands who don’t shy away from personal issues—whether that’s LGBTQ+ representation in the scene, relationship breakdowns or mental health. The latest single, “Pop Culture Radio,” screams of summer vibes and contains a youthful tone that will help alleviate any stress the listener may be dealing with. Experience the visual for “Pop Culture Radio” HERE and contact Simon Bobbett at simon@sb-management.com for all available opportunities with BLOXX.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 8/29/2021



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, August 29th, 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:

NOTHING BUT THIEVES – “Miracle, Baby” (RCA, UK)
REST FOR THE WICKED – “Bones” (EMI, Australia)
YEP MAY YEP – “Beautiful Girl” (Unsigned, Thailand)
SLIDE – “Hello Spirit” (Unsigned, Sweden)
PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION – “Tired of Loving You’” (Unsigned, UK)
THERE’S A TUESDAY – “Fomo” (Native Tongue, New Zealand)
OSCAR LANG – “21st Century Hobby” (Dirty Hit, UK)
TYLER PAGE – “Kill All The Heroes” (Bad Future, South Africa)
THE LATHAMS – “How Beautiful Life Can Be” (Universal Music, UK)
IAMJJ – “Different Kind Of Blues” Feat. BAKER GRACE (Mermaid Records, Denmark)
FINN ASKEW – “Paranoia” (Polydor, UK)
SAHARA BECK – “Crave Me” (Unsigned, Australia)
DUDE SAFARI – “Big Worse” (Unsigned, UK)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Hopelessness of Love” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
THE PALE WHITE – “That Dress” (Unsigned, UK)
HOLYOAK – “Sit Tight” (Unsigned, Germany)
INHALER – “It Won’t Always Be Like This” (Polydor/UMG, Ireland)
STEREOTIDE – “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (Unsigned, Germany)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Drugs X Boys X Drugs” (Unsigned, Sweden)
LEONIDEN – “Dice” (Euphorie/UMG, Germany)
MUKS – “Falling’” (Unsigned, India)
WET LEG – “Chaise Lounge” (Domino, UK)
TIM SCHOU – “Mad Love” Feat. SOWFY (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
VISTAS – “Dayglow” (Unsigned, UK)
APRICOT INK – “Make Believe” (Sureshaker, Australia)
CASSIA – “Slow” (BMG, UK)
ADÉLAIDE – “Paintings In The Sky” (Unsigned, France)
ALLDAY – “Stolen Cars” (Teamtrick, Australia)
EMMI KING – “Time Flies” (Unsigned, Germany)
DANNY BALDURSSON – “Tears” (Unsigned, Faroe Islands)
VILE ASSEMBLY – “Division Of Labour” (Unsigned, UK)
NEON DREAMS – “Life Without Fantasies” (WMG, Canada)
SAIPHE – “Blanket” (Unsigned, Austria)

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