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ARTIST PUBLISHING GROUP TO EXPAND ITS FOCUS
WITHIN ROCK & ALTERNATIVE MUSIC & SIGNS WZRD BLD

In a growing sign that more US and international music companies are investing in Rock and Alternative music signings, Los Angeles-based Artist Publishing Group (APG) has officially signed WZRD BLD for publishing and tells A&R Worldwide of its intention to grow Alternative and Rock to its genres of focus.

WZRD BLD (Drew Fulk) is a Los Angeles-based based producer, writer and musician originally from North Carolina who is highly versatile and works across multiple genres. His reputation as a writer, producer, and executive producer spans several genres and continues to grow. WZRD BLD has had five No.1 songs at mainstream Rock radio as well as multiple cuts on Lil Peep’s “Come Over When You’re Sober Pt. 2.”

Mike Caren
Mike Caren, Founder & CEO, APG tells A&R Worldwide, “WZRD BLD is an incredible forward-thinking talent, and we are honored to be on board his team.” Andre Herd, A&R, APG stated, “I’m thrilled to welcome WZRD BLD into the APG family. He is a very accomplished producer in the rock world as well as is one of the most versatile producers I know, having worked with artists ranging from Lil Peep to Lil Wayne. His hunger and determination to make cultural and impactful records is unparalleled and we couldn’t be more excited to help him execute and build towards all his goals.”

WZRD BLD has been working with artists such as 347aidan, Kim Dracula, Bankrol Hayden, carolesdaughter, Half Alive, POORSTACY, Jack Kays, nothing nowhere, Siiickbrain, Highly Suspect, WHOKILLEDXIX, Teddy Swims, whiterosemoxie, and more. Drew Fulk also founded his first rock focused publishing company, In The Cut, in 2019 and has already seen multiple No.1’s as a publisher.

With the elevated interest in Rock and Alternative music genres from labels, publishers and other pop cultural platforms from across world, A&R Worldwide recently announced the return of its fourth international edition of the Global Rock Summit in 2022.


WARNER MUSIC AUSTRALIA UNVEILS NEW A&R TEAM


Warner Music Australia (WMA) has announced the unveiling of its new A&R executive team. The new A&R staff will be guided by the British-born executive (formerly A&R at Sony Music Entertainment Australia) Paul Harris, Sr. VP of A&R, who has worked with the likes of Tones and I, Tash Sultana, Amy Shark, and Gang of Youths.

Dan Rosen
The announcement comes on the heels of changes Dan Rosen, President, Warner Music Australasia made a few months across the A&R, marketing, promotions, and commercial departments throughout the company’s structure, with objectives to grow and evolve the major label and its culture. Rosen has said that the company’s newly constructed team is crucial to the business as it looks to add a new crop of dynamic Australian and New Zealand artists. Rosen comments, “I’m committed to breaking more artists from Australia and New Zealand on the global stage. To do that, we’ve assembled an amazing team to support our talent and help develop their careers. Their diverse backgrounds and interests reflect the different types of artists we’re looking to sign, and they’ll have their ears to the ground to help us find the freshest and most creative new talent.”

Joining the new Warner Music Australasia A&R team are Jackson Christie, A&R Manager, Warner Music Australia; Larissa Ryan is named A&R Manager, Warner Music Australia; Christopher Kevin Au becomes A&R Manager, Warner Music Australia; Rose Sejean is promoted to A&R Production Manager, Warner Music Australia; Mohamed Komba has been tapped as an A&R consultant to the label, and Stevi Hill is upped to A&R Manager, Warner Music in New Zealand;

Since Rosen joined the label as its new President, the company has signed BOY SODA, Budjerah, daine, GRAACE, Camouflage Rose, Kinder, Jessica Mauboy, Rory Noble and numerous other acts.


WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC RENEWS DEAL WITH SMASHING PUMPKINS
SONGWRITER & FRONTMAN WILLIAM PATRICK CORGAN





Warner Chappell Music (WCM) has renewed its exclusive worldwide administration deal with multi-talented musician, songwriter and singer, William Patrick Corgan. The agreement covers Corgan’s full catalog of music and future material – including his work as the Smashing Pumpkin’s frontman and primary songwriter – which encompasses the Grammy-winning “Bullet with Butterfly Wings” and “The End Is the Beginning Is the End,” along with “Today,” “1979,” “Zero,” “Stand Inside Your Love,” and many others.

William P. Corgan
Guy Moot, Co-Chair & CEO, Warner Chappell Music and Carianne Marshall, Co-Chair & COO, Warner Chappell Music said, “William has always gone against the grain to create his distinctive and unique sound. His music is wildly captivating and consistently pushes the boundaries of what’s possible. He’s a true creative genius, and we’re so excited to continue to partner with him and support his incredible work.”

William Patrick Corgan added, “I'm pleased and honored to be among the greats who make up the great tradition and legacy of Warner Chappell. To even stand in the shadow of the great Harry Warren, who one could argue helped build this rich company from its inception, is all I needed to know.”

William Patrick Corgan grew up in Chicago and started playing guitar in high school with a few local bands. He was introduced to music from The Cure and Bauhaus, which ignited his passion for alternative rock at a young age. Early in his career, he briefly played with The Marked and Deep Blue Dream before forming the Smashing Pumpkins with guitarist James Iha in 1988. The band quickly started gaining momentum after welcoming bassist D’arcy Wretzky and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. For more information, click HERE.


SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT FRANCE
NAMES MARIE-ANN ROBERT AS MANAGING DIRECTOR





Marie-Anne Robert has been appointed as the new Managing Director, Sony Music Entertainment France (SMEF), whereas she will officially take on the role effective October 4, 2021. Robert will report to Daniel Lieberberg, President, Continental Europe & Africa, Sony Music Entertainment. France is currently the fifth largest music market in the world.

In her new role, Robert will oversee all operations, signings and acquisitions to help elevate SMEF’s digital transformation and develop new artist opportunities within the affiliated Sony companies.

(Pictured (L-R) are Rob Stringer, Chairman, Sony Music Group; Marie-Anne Robert, MD, Sony Music Entertainment France and Daniel Lieberberg, President, Continental Europe & Africa, Sony Music Entertainment)
Daniel Lieberberg stated, “Marie-Anne’s unique expertise combines a digital and data-driven approach with creativity and strong artist relationships, all of which is a perfect fit with Sony Music’s culture. Her international experience, working both in indies and majors across multiple genres, will also be key to accelerating our growth in the world’s fifth largest market.” He added, “She’s a fantastic addition to our senior leadership team in Europe and we look forward to her joining our Sony Music.”

Robert spent a decade at Believe, with a couple of those years as General Manager, Marketing & Artist Services. Whilst at Believe she accelerated the company’s artist services offerings across numerous markets and helped the firm with its various marketing functions and partnership with key music retailers. In addition, she was VP International, TuneCore (the company’s DIY digital distributor), which was a role she oversaw from 2015 – 2018. From 2013 – 2015, she was Head of Video, Believe Digital Studios for France, Middle East and North Africa and served as Marketing Director, Believe Digital from 2009 – 2013.

She’s also held positions at www.lehiphop.com (the biggest French-speaking hip-hop website), EMI and Barclay Records, Virgin Music France and an internship at Interscope Records in Los Angeles.


WARNER RECORDS NAMES STEVE “STEVE-O” CARLESS
TO NEWLY CREATED POST OF PRESIDENT A&R





Warner Records has named Steve “Steve-O” Carless to the newly created post of President, A&R. Carless will join the company on December 1st, reporting to Aaron Bay-Schuck, Co-Chairman & CEO, Warner Records. He will work closely with Warner Records’ entire A&R team, as well as Julian Petty, Executive VP/Head of Business & Legal Affairs, and Chris Atlas, Executive VP, Urban Music & Marketing.

As a highly influential and accomplished executive in the music industry, Carless was most recently founder of his own SC Company, driving projects for artists such as Beyoncé and Polo G. Over his career, he has held senior A&R and creative posts at Def Jam Recordings, Atlantic Records, Republic Records, and served as President of Uptown Records, working with chart-topping artists Nipsey Hussle, Big Sean, YG, Jeezy, 2 Chainz, Dave East, Pusha T, and many more.

Steve “Steve-O” Carless
Prior to joining Warner Records, Carless was Executive VP of A&R at Universal Music Group’s Republic Records. He has worn multiple hats during his climb up the ranks of the music business. He began his music career in 2003 as an office assistant at Star Trak Entertainment, home of the Neptunes. The following year, he joined Def Jam Recordings, working as Director, Lifestyle & Radio Promotions. In 2012, he moved to Atlantic Records, where he oversaw multiple Platinum-certified projects for YG and Jeezy, while also serving as President of Jeezy’s Atlanta-based CTE World Recordings. He returned to Def Jam in 2015 as Sr. Director, A&R & Special Projects before being named Sr. VP A&R, Artist Relations & Development.

In 2014, he co-founded the Marathon Agency, and began to manage the career of the late artist and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle. Forming a partnership with Atlantic Records, they released Nipsey’s acclaimed debut album, the Grammy-nominated Victory Lap, followed by two posthumous Grammy wins in 2020. In 2019, he worked with Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment to help A&R her No. 1 album, The Lion King: The Gift and acclaimed Black Is King visual album.

Carless co-manages rising hip-hop superstar Polo G and is also part of the management team for the Nipsey Hussle Estate. Carless has headed several entrepreneurial ventures, including the lifestyle branding company, Best of Both Offices, which he co-founded in 2005.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



R.I.P. STEVE STRANGE: Legendary booking agent Steve Strange, Co-Founder, X-Ray Touring passed away last week following a short illness. Steve was one of the most respected, larger than life, and capable executives in the live music business who has represented some of the world’s most talented artists including Coldplay, Eminem, Queens Of The Stone Age, Jimmy Eat World, Eagles Of Death Metal, Snow Patrol and many others. Strange began his career in Belfast, N. Ireland as a drummer in the band No Hot Ashes and held positions at various live agencies before joining Helter Skelter in 1997, and then co-Founding X-Ray Touring in 2005, with friends and fellow agents Ian Huffam, Scott Thomas, Jeff Craft and Martin Horne. There has been an outpouring of sadness and grief across the world from friends, artists and the music community following the news of the passing of Strange. Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide was a good friend of Strange. The two regularly spoke about new music and lived in the same community in the northern part of Los Angeles County and would get together for personal social events. Bisla commented, “I am absolutely devastated to hear of Steve’s passing. We had communicated recently and talked about getting together for dinner, so it’s a complete shock to hear that he’s no longer with us. His infectious laugh, good sense of humor and passion for music will be sorely missed. Steve was a great friend and supporter to A&R Worldwide and MUSEXPO. He was one of a kind and will be missed by so many around the world. My sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and everyone at X-Ray Touring.”

A FIRST OF ITS KIND WITH TWITCH: Warner Music Group (WMG) and Twitch today announced a first-of-its-kind partnership that will see the companies launch various recording artist channels and create a standalone music space featuring premium music-centric programming. The innovative deal marks Twitch’s first partnership with a major record company, bringing users new ways to interact with music-related content on the service, and granting artists a more direct connection with fans. The partnership with Warner Music Group’s recorded music business will see the launch of WMG artist channels, including Warner Records superstars Bella Poarch and Saweetie and Atlantic Records’ viral breakout singer/producer Sueco, featuring a steady stream of exclusive content and behind-the-scenes material. The move empowers Warner Music’s talent to tap into Twitch’s creator-driven model, opening up additional income opportunities, as well as access to Twitch’s fan engagement tools to get to know their audiences better. Twitch has also created a new process that participating music rights holders, including WMG, can opt into to report certain uses of their music, to address when creators inadvertently or incidentally use music in their stream.

A LANDMARK MERGER: Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and ICM Partners are joining forces in a landmark agency merger that will deliver broader and more inclusive representation for their clients. If the deal is formally approved, it would bring together two of the leading global agencies in both sports and entertainment, and would leave an agency collective of just three major players including CAA, WME and UTA. Financial terms of the deal were not made available; however, this is poised to be the largest talent agency transaction since WME acquired IMG in 2014, and since Endeavor merged with William Morris Agency in 2009, which led to the formation of WME.

CHANGING NAMES: eOne Music announced today that is has changed its name to MNRK Music Group (MNRK), effective immediately. The MNRK name (pronounced Monarch like the butterfly) celebrates the company’s legacy as it transitions into a global leader in independent music following Hasbro’s sale of its eOne music division in June 2021. MNRK Music Group will now operate as a standalone consolidated music company focused on recordings, publishing, and artist management. Chris Taylor will continue to head MNRK Music Group as its President & CEO. Taylor has led the group since 2016 and has expanded the company’s burgeoning artist and music publishing arms. The music company is regularly ranked as one of the top five independent music companies by sales or radio chart activity. Additionally, MNRK Music Group will continue to work closely with eOne’s television and film divisions, with several projects to be released in 2021, including soundtracks to the My Little Pony film and the eOne/Netflix film The Starling, and music from British preschool animated television series Peppa Pig. The company will also continue to provide music supervision on numerous forthcoming film and TV projects.

ADDING SOME ASH: Bucks Music Group has signed prolific songwriter and producer Ash Howes to an exclusive worldwide songwriting agreement, alongside an administration agreement for his back catalogue. Howes has produced, mixed or written career-defining hits for a range of big-name artists including Ellie Goulding, One Direction, Dido, Little Mix, Kylie Minogue, Natalie Imbruglia, 5ive, Atomic Kitten, Jack Savoretti, Sheppard, and Celine Dion. Howes was music director for X Factor for 10 years and has worked on international campaigns for globally recognized brands including Virgin, Samsung and Nat West. The signing was supported by Sarah Liversedge, Director A&R, Bucks Music Group. Howes is currently managed by Jill Hollywood of Echobeach Management.

FROM INDIE TO MAJOR: Well-known Australia musician, songwriter, composer and actor Ben Lee has transitioned from the indie sector and signed a major label deal with Warner Music Australia (WMA). The deal includes Lee’s back catalogue, which consists of 19 albums as well as his forthcoming full-length, I’M FUN, scheduled for release on June 17, 2022. Lee released his new single titled, “Born For This Bullshit,” last Friday, which is accompanied by a creative, partially animated music video. The deal with Lee was spearheaded by Dan Rosen, President, Warner Music Australasia.

GROWING & GROWING IN INDIA: QYOU Media Inc. has announced that company’s Hindi language youth-oriented channel, The Q India, which is currently available in over 122 million TV households and to over 676 million users via OTT, mobile and app-based platforms in India, will be introducing a new second broadcast channel at the start of 2022. Full details of the new channel haven’t been revealed, but the company says it will focus on the young Indian demographic, which is also the target audience for its flagship channel The Q. The overall content and programming will similarly tap into the massively popular world of social video and featured content from social media stars and digital creators. Throughout 2021, Hindi language channel The Q has grown rapidly to become the fastest growing youth-oriented channel in India.

A UNIVERSAL PROMOTION: Respected London-based music executive Natasha Baldwin has been promoted to Executive VP, Classics & Screen, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). In her new position, Baldwin will spearhead UMPG’s global classical and screen composer business, which includes Decca Publishing, and will report directly to Jody Gerson, Chairman & CEO, UMPG and Marc Cimino, Chief Operating Officer, UMPG. Baldwin replaces Jim Kendrick who served at the company for a decade. Baldwin will oversee the company’s broad list of composers including David Lynch, Danny Elfman, James Newton-Howard, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alexandre Desplat, and many others. Baldwin will continue working with Max Richter, whom she signed when she was Executive VP, Decca Publishing, Global Classics & Jazz, and who has become one of the world’s most popular composers with over three billion streams worldwide. Prior to joining UMPG, Baldwin served as Group President, Creative & Marketing for Imagem Music Group.

SHOWING THEIR NERVE: Nerve, a mobile banking app that brings together user experience and financial technologies recently launched its first neobank, which is created specifically for musicians. Nerve says it aims to help artists build broader communities and sustainable careers and will provide musicians no account fees and no overdraft fees with its multitude of offerings. In addition, the app will provide data aggregation - allowing users to fully integrate their streaming and social data. Nerve says it will give free instant payments to anyone with an account on their app, as well as providing private networking features to help professional musicians connect and collaborate with others. Nerve was founded by Austin, TX-based fintech veteran John Waupsh.

MORE TO SYNC ABOUT: Last week, Jenny Swiatowy has been promoted to Senior VP, Creative Sync Licensing & Brand Partnerships for Capitol Music Group (CMG), and will report to Michelle Jubelirer, President & Chief Operating Office, CMG. In her new position, Swiatowy will lead CMG’s in-house creative sync, sports marketing, and brand partnerships team. She will expand with the team role within the company to generate and maximize revenue streams, while adding points of artist discovery, across CMG’s portfolio of labels including Capitol, Blue Note, Astralwerks, Capitol Christian Music Group, Harvest and Virgin Music Label & Artist Service. Swiatowy and her team also provide these comprehensive services for Motown Records. Swiatowy will lead a diverse and growing team of 10—seven of whom are rising female executives and will be based at the company’s Hollywood headquarters within the iconic Capitol Tower.

GAINING MANAGING DIRECTOR STRIPES: Warner Music Group (WMG) has announced the promotion of Sarah Ismail to Managing Director, Warner Music Philippines. She will take up her new role on October 1st. As a core member of Warner Music’s regional executive team, Sarah will oversee its operations throughout the Philippines. Based in Manila, she will report to Simon Robson, President, International Recorded Music, Warner Music Group. Sarah joined WMG in 2019 and was promoted swiftly to become Regional Marketing Director for Greater China & South-East Asia. In this role, Sarah has been responsible for leading Warner Music’s Regional Marketing Team and was in-charge of mentoring its affiliates, collaborating closely with them to localize and adapt global and regional strategies. Sarah brings over a decade of experience within the music industry to her new role.

PROVIDING MORE SHELTER: Shelter Music Group has expanded internationally with a new partnership with talent firm AYITA to further build the company’s artist management division. The deal adds AYITA’s 31-client roster to Shelter’s existing management clients – bringing the roster to 103 acts overseen by 41 employees with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, and London. The company is led by the executive team of Carl Stubner, Brian Harris Frank, and Dino Paredes. AYITA partners, Brett Fischer, David Gray, Harvey Tadman, and Stevie Dreher will now join Shelter’s management team and effectively launch BMG’s entrance into artist management in the UK, with AYITA becoming a division of Shelter Music Group. Some of the acts on the collective management roster include Fleetwood Mac, ZZ Top, the Buddy Holly estate, Godsmack, Seether, Crowded House, A Perfect Circle, Mothica, FISHER, 220 Kid, DJ Chris Lake, NERO, songwriter Autumn Rowe, among many others.

FEELING QUITE DEF INDEED: Dara Michelle has been promoted to her new role as Executive VP & Head Of Marketing, Def Jam Recordings. The announcement was made last week by Jeff Harleston, Interim Chairman & CEO, Def Jam Recordings. Michelle brings broad experience within global marketing to the label and returns to the company where her career began almost a decade and a half ago. She worked on Justin Bieber’s eighth No.1 album, JUSTICE, for RMBG/Def Jam Recordings, which landed multiple chart-topping hits. In addition, she’s worked on projects for Roc Nation, including for the relaunch of Tidal as well as for artists like Rihanna, Jay-Z and numerous other acts on the roster.

EXPANDING ITS FOOTPRINT: Leading ticketing platform CTS EVENTIM has formally entered into the North American ticketing business, and has begun selling tickets through its new US website eventim.com. Klaus-Peter Schulenberg, CEO, CTS EVENTIM, has been clear about the company’s intentions to grow its footprint in N. America, which is the most valuable ticketing, events and entertainment experiences market in the world. Last year, CTS EVENTIM launched a JV with US promoter EMC Presents, which sold over 300,000 tickets for the Genesis tour in N. America, which takes place in Chicago in mid-November. CTS EVENTIM launched EVENTIM LIVE ASIA earlier this summer, and A&R Worldwide understands the company will be launching into additional international markets in the coming year.

ADDING TO ITS STREAM TEAM: Middle East and North Africa-based streaming service Anghami has unveiled the hiring of Mary Ghobrial, as its new Chief Operating & Strategy Officer. Ghobrial brings over two decades of expertise in building brands and products across entertainment and online shopping platforms. Previously, she worked at Amazon as Director Marketplace Expansion and was also the former CCO of SOUQ.com. Anghami recently unveiled that it will be launching a multi-faceted entertainment venue called Anghami Lab (AL) in various cities across the globe. The first venue opens in Dubai, UAE next year followed by Jeddah, Cairo, Riyadh, Beirut, London, Los Angeles and New York. AL venues will include a stage, lounge and studio where creatives can experiment by collaborating on music infused with Arabic and global influences that can be performed at the venues. In addition, AL will combine digital and offline entertainment together for a “full experience.”

LOOKING QUITE DAPPER: Dapper Labs, INC., the Vancouver, Canada-based firm behind the digital collectables platform NBA Top Shot and the consumer-facing Flow blockchain has raised $250 million (USD) in new funding. The company is led by global investment manager Coatue and with new funding from existing investors a16z (formerly Google Ventures) and Version One Ventures, as well as new investment from GIC and BOND. Warner Music Group also invested $11 million (USD) into Dapper Labs back in 2019. Dapper Labs states that its new capital infusion will be utilized to enhance and support its efforts across music-based products online and being developed on Flow’s blockchain, entertainment properties, as well as major brand driven sports IP.

KEEPING TRACK OF THINGS: Trqk, a music-tech innovator and pioneer in music royalty intelligence, has unveiled a set of exclusive music placement tracking features and significantly expanded monitoring of international on-air detections for TrqkIQ Indie Edition™. A set of three new placement tracking features provides insights on top production companies, publishers, and writers. Composers can view their top production companies list with the most detections from the previous year, in order to gain a unique view into who is buying their music. Also, Trqk added a top writers feature, allowing music publishers and libraries to view lists and analyze data on who their highest earning writers are for each quarter. TrqkIQ’s expansion of BMAT international on-air detections increases monitoring to more than 355 channels across 21 countries on six continents. The expanded access using BMAT’s Vericast audio fingerprinting and music identification service will give TrqkIQ users a global picture of their performances, valuable insights and reporting, royalty and on-air works analysis, and more.

EXCHANGING HER CAREER STRIPES: SoundExchange, has announced the appointment of Vanessa French to Vice President, Communications & Content Strategy. She joins the leadership suite of the newly expanded corporate affairs division based in New York City, and will report to Esther-Mireya Tejeda, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer. French will oversee SoundExchange’s communications team, encompassing public relations, social media and digital communications, corporate communications, executive communications, content strategy, and paid media.

SPARKIN’ UP THEIR ROSTER: Sony Music Publishing and RareSpark Media Group have announced the signing of country hitmaker and artist Emma-Lee to a worldwide publishing agreement. Originally hailing from Toronto, ON Canada, Emma-Lee is recognized for crafting popular country hits including “Home To Me” by Ross Ellis; “She Drives Me Crazy” and “Anthem” by Brett Kissel; “What a Song Should Do” and “Wreck This Town” by Tim Hicks; The “Country Thunder” by Washboard Union; “Good Love” by Shawn Hook; “Memphis T-Shirt” by Melanie Dyer; and many more. Most recently, Emma-Lee co-wrote “What Are You Gonna Tell Her” and “Bridges” by Mickey Guyton, as well as several other songs on Guyton’s new album Remember Her Name.

A BIG SAMPLE OF NEW FUNDING: Tracklib, the Stockholm, Sweden-based subscription service for musicians, producers and artists who want to sample music, recently secured $12.2 million (USD) in its latest round of funding. The platform provides artists and music producers with pre-cleared, original music for sampling. The latest round of investment includes several new shareholders including former NBA player, music producer and actor Baron Davis, as well as additional funding from current backer Sony Innovation Fund. Par Almqvist, CEO, Tracklib says the company plans on using the new funding to grow and reinforce its community via new collaborations with key producers and artists, and to expand its available catalogue and features on the platform. The company has announced partnerships with the estate of Isaac Hayes, producer Frank Dukes, and Bob James.

ADDING SOME HARSH TO ITS JINSING: British DJ, songwriter and producer Jodie Harsh has signed an exclusive global music publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group UK (UMPG UK) and Jinsing, which is the publishing imprint created by songwriter and artist Jin Jin. Jodie Harsh is the first drag artist to be playlisted on BBC Radio 1 in the UK, where she’s also filled in for Annie Mac and participated in the radio outlet’s renowned Essential Mix. Earlier this year, Harsh signed a deal with Warner Records UK and released two singles, which collectively have earned close to seven million streams so far. Harsh’s latest single titled, “No Sleep” racked-up support across various audio and digital platforms throughout the UK. The recent signing was spearhead by Pete Simmons, Director A&R, UMPG UK.

MOVIN’ ON UP: Live Nation has announced the promotion of Jennifer Smith to Head of Urban Tour Marketing & Strategy. She will oversee the company’s Urban Tour Marketing team, and support all of its marketing efforts across its collection of R&B and Hip-Hop tours, and key festivals within the Concerts Division. In her new role, Smith will be working with some of the most popular names and rising stars within R&B, Hip-Hop and Rap that Live Nation promotes, including Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Travis Scott, Drake, The Weeknd, Lauryn Hill, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Alicia Keys, H.E.R., A$AP Rocky, Lil Baby, Young Thug, Jack Harlow, and many others. Most recently, Smith launched and supported all worldwide marketing efforts for The Fugees reunion tour, celebrating the 25th anniversary of their album The Score.

GETTING A TWITCH IN THEIR SONGS: The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and livestreaming platform Twitch, which is owned by Amazon, have announced an agreement to work together to build productive partnerships between the streaming company and music publishers. As part of the agreement, Twitch will provide new opportunities to music publishers, and give them a deal to “opt-in,” which allows for new collaborations to introduce unique aspects to both the songwriters exposure and gaming experience. The NMPA says the partnership will create an even more dynamic and expansive environment for people to discover, watch and interact with songwriters. The new deal will pave the way for the economics of new gaming platforms to increase the visibility and revenue for songwriters. Twitch has also developed a new process where music rights holders can opt into to report use of their songs, to highlight when creators have inadvertently or incidentally used the music in their streams.

MORE CREDITS DUE: International Music Publishers International Forum (IMPF) has backed the Credits Due campaign and pledges to actively promote the initiative among its global membership of some 100 independent music publishers. Credits Due is a campaign led by ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus, The Ivors Academy of Music Creators and The Music Rights Awareness Foundation. It aims to bring the music industry together to ensure that complete and accurate song metadata is attached to all recordings at the point of creation. The IMPF membership includes major independent publishers such as Beggars Music, Bucks Music Group, CTM Publishing, Downtown Music, Mushroom Music Publishing, Reservoir Media, Sentric Music Group and many more.

STAYING CLOSE TO HOME: Coleske, which is one of the leading independent labels in Africa that was recently acquired by Warner Music South Africa. However, the administration of Coleske Music Publishing will remain with David Gresham Music Publishing, which is one of the country’s leading music and publishing companies. David Gresham, Founder & President of DGMP tells A&R Worldwide, “We’re so happy for Coleske Music and their recent announcement with Warner Music South Africa. however, we’re very excited to continue our long-term relationship and friendship with Coleske Music.”


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!

IN THE PRESENCE OF A MUSICAL GENIUS: A blast from the past with the A&R Worldwide label and publisher showcase at On The Rox in Hollywood that featured The Ting Tings and LMFAO (pre-signing) with legendary music producer Rick Rubin and Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide.



IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Jay Mehta, Victoria Kaeser, Rich Goldman, Chris Meehan, Julie Pilat, Kim Frankiewicz, James Dewar, Linda Lundberg, Alex Gilbert, Tom Hoppa, Paul Adam, Nick Groff, Luke, Kelly Sayer, Peter Bittenbender, Cris Lacy and David Renzer.


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. As some travel restrictions become less restrictive due to the pandemic, it’ll be time for more ‘out of control’ passengers on certain flights. Click HERE for a collection of unpredictable, unsavory and unfriendly moments in the friendly skies!


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– THE LIVING STRANGE



Brooklyn, New York—the city that gave us a number of successful bands and musicians such as Lou Reed, MGMT, They Might Be Giants, The National, and Matt and Kim is about to give us another musical treat with The Living Strange. A trio comprised of members Elijah Sokolow (lead vocals, guitar), Benya Shafrir (drums) and Nico Sleator (synth), The Living Strange delivers a blend of fuzzy anthemic guitar riffs, whirly and swirly synths and drums that make you move and groove every part of your body. The Living Strange also add very personal lyrics that feature a healthy dose of reality and an even healthier dose of humor. The indie three-piece creates an indie/modern rock music that speaks from the perspective of three 22-year-olds who rage against the dying of a world that they are just getting to know. Discover their talents and sample their brand-new, infectious and pop cultural friendly single “Radio” HERE and contact Gary Poole at badmgr@gmail.com as The Living Strange is available for worldwide label, booking and synch opportunities.


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

Born with a powerful and dynamic vocal is 19-year-old Tyler Page. The Cape Town talent has been compared to the likes of Billie Eilish, Lorde and Lana Del Rey and was discovered on social media and signed to alt-pop label Bad Future (James Deacon, Tatum) in mid-2020. Her debut single “Don’t Believe the Aliens” was selected by Fortnite for their Underground Car radio station and included on a number of playlists including Spotify’s Radar Africa and New Music Friday South Africa, Apple Music’s New Music Daily, Future Hits, New In Pop, Alt Pop and Deezer’s New South Africa, as well as her first global radio support (ex-South Africa) on the internationally syndicated Passport Approved. Her sophomore single “Kill All The Heroes” reached No.2 on South Africa radio station 5FM’s Indie Chart and has earned global airplay support. The visual for “Kill All The Heroes” was shot, directed and produced by creative visionary Tristan Coetzee and can be seen HERE. Contact Paul Gala at paul@badfuture.net and Peter Galanakis at peter@badfuture.net as Tyler Page is available for sync and songwriting collaboration opportunities.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 9/26/2021



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, September 26th, 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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REST FOR THE WICKED – “Bones” (EMI, Australia)
DEMOB HAPPY – “Sympathy Boy” (SO Recordings, UK)
VISTAS – “Brand New” (Unsigned, UK)
ADELAIDE – “Silent Hope” (Unsigned, Germany)
NOTHING BUT THIEVES – “Miracle, Baby” (RCA, UK)
THE ROYSTON CLUB – “The Backburner” (Modern Sky, UK)
DANNY BALDURSSON – “Nervous” (Unsigned, Faroe Islands)
PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION – “Twenty Two” (Unsigned, UK)
GEORGE DIAZ – “High Rise” (DeAngelis, UK)
YEP MAY YEP – “Beautiful Girl” (Unsigned, Thailand)
SAHARA BECK – “Crave Me” (Unsigned, Australia)
OSCAR LANG – “Yeah!” (Dirty Hit, UK)
MUKS – “Girlfriend” (Unsigned, India)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Loosie” (Unsigned, Sweden)
TIM SCHOU – “Hero/Loser” (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
SEA GIRLS – “This Is The End” (Polydor, UK)
LEONIDEN – “Dice” (Euphorie/UMG, Germany)
AZURE RYDER – “Some Kind Of Love” (Island, UK)
JAMES DEACON – “For You” (Bad Future, South Africa)
THE MOVING STILLS – “Waste My Time” (Sureshaker, Australia)
DONKEY KID – “Deep Blue” (Donkey Dub Records, Germany)
VILE ASSEMBLY – “Division Of Labour” (Unsigned, UK)
CASSIA – “Slow” (BMG, UK)
TEE DEE DEES – “War” (Alaska Music, Israel)
SLIDE – “Hello Spirit” (Unsigned, Sweden)
FINN ASKEW – “Paranoia” (Polydor, UK)
THE SHERLOCKS – “Falling” (Infectious, UK)
ALLDAY – “Stolen Cars” (Teamtrick, Australia)
LEEPA – “I’m Sorry, Are You” (Columbia, Germany)
INHALER – “Totally” (Polydor, UK)
MADYX – “Into Ashes” (Unsigned, N. America)
DED RABBIT – “All Fired Up” (Unsigned, Scotland)
BAKER GRACE – “I Feel For You” (Unsigned, N. America)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including The Lathums, Bellwether, Waiting For Smith, Ellur and M.Byrd)