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GERMANY’S TELAMO MUSIC TO EXPAND ACROSS
INTERNATIONAL POP, ROCK & INDIE MUSIC GENRES




German music company Telamo has announced that it’s expanding into a variety of new music genres with a focus on both German and international repertoire across rock, indie, pop and other formats with its new imprint Energie Musik. The announcement comes after the recent addition of several new key staffers, including Birte Goldbrunner, Sr. Director Marketing & Promotion (who began her career as Product Manager at Universal Music Group in Germany), and former BMG Germany A&R executive Florian Schrödter who joins as Sr. Director Marketing & Promotion and A&R at the new label.

Ken Otremba, Birte Goldbrunner
& Florian Schrödter
Telamo is a German label that was launched in 2012 by its Founder & CEO Ken Otremba. The company has primarily focused on local German Schlager music but is now expanding into new genres both within the local market and globally with Energie Musik. Both Telamo and Energie Musik’s repertoire will continue to be distributed by Warner Music Germany, who have been the distribution partner with the firm since 2015.

Ken Otremba stated, “Telamo is the most successful and best-selling independent hit label for Schlager music in Germany. With the addition of Energie Musik we are taking the next steps to expand our musical spectrum and look forward to signing and developing both established and new aspiring artists from Germany and around the world.”
Telamo and Energie Musik will continue to work closely with Marcus Friedheim, Director Consumer & Commercial Warner Music Germany, along with his team at Warner Music Central Europe within distribution and sales across G/S/A (Germany, Switzerland and Austria) and central Europe.


BRITISH ARTIST & ACTRESS MOLLY RAINFORD
POISED FOR INT’L SUCCESS





The young British artists and actress Molly Rainford, who has been generating strong A&R interest from within the UK and international markets, also has the lead role in the new BBC kids 10-part new TV series called “Nova Jones.” Rainford competed against hundreds of other young singers and established global pop stars to secure the coveted role according to her manager Professor Jonathan Shalit OBE, Chairman, InterTalent who manages many British TV celebrities, as well as musicians including the chart-topping Nathan Evans who garnered international success earlier this year for his sea shanty inspired single titled “Wellerman.”

Molly Rainford
Shalit tells A&R Worldwide, “Such has been the immediate success and love of Nova Jones, that there is already talk of filming a second and third series back to back next Spring. Think Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Olivia Rodrigo and Miley Cyrus. Just like Miley was famous pop singer Hannah Montana, Molly is Nova Jones.”

Rainford was discovered by Shalit in the finals of the popular UK TV show “Britain’s Got Talent” nine years ago, when she was only 11-years-old. Shalit tells A&R Worldwide that Rainford has garnered strong A&R interest from major labels within the UK, US and other multinational territories and are currently in discussions on which pathway to pursue. A final decision will be determined in the coming weeks.
For more information regarding Molly Rainford contact Professor Jonathan Shalit OBE at jonathan@intertalentgroup.com.


MASSIVE MUSIC NAMES JOE BELLIOTTI
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER FOR NORTH AMERICA






MassiveMusic recently announced the appointment of Joe Belliotti, former Head of Global Music at The Coca-Cola Company, as CEO of MassiveMusic North America. With Belliotti’s new hire, the global creative music agency, which works with some of the world’s most renowned brands become more strategic and effective with the emotional power of music and sound, gains a highly skilled music industry and marketing leader.

Joe Belliotti
The hire of Belliotti comes after the recent acquisition of MassiveMusic by Songtradr, one of the largest B2B music licensing platform in the world. The deal, which has had MassiveMusic leading Songtradr’s B2B Music Services division since June 2021, brought together state-of-the-art music licensing technologies with the creation of bespoke music and strategy for brands and agencies.

With more than 20 years of experience helping brands drive business value and shape culture, Belliotti will further strengthen MassiveMusic’s leadership team. The music agency of record also looks to tap into the growing demand of US brands that want to stand out in the current crowded marketplace.
While leading both the New York and the Los Angeles offices, Belliotti will be focusing on maximizing MassiveMusic’s potential in North America. Together with his team, he will support and partner with brands by amplifying brand content and experiences through bespoke music, driving brand strategies through music partnerships, building equity through sonic branding and voice design and providing global music licensing services. MassiveMusic has worked with brands such as Apple, Colgate, Oreo, Dr Pepper, Visible, Nike and Heineken.


A&R WORLDWIDE NETWORKING DINNER BRINGS TOGETHER
EXECUTIVES FROM MUSIC & BEYOND IN LONDON, ENGLAND




The globally renowned A&R Worldwide executive dinners have taken place on six continents since they first launched back in 1998 and have been held in dozens of countries including the US, Canada, India, New Zealand, China, Japan, Australia, France, Germany, South Africa, Portugal, Ireland, UAE, Scotland, Holland, Spain, Singapore, Russian Federation, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Israel, Finland and many other countries. The gatherings brought together thousands of executives, creatives and influencers from music, media, technology and beyond, which has led to great new friendships, as well as unprecedented business opportunities.
Last week, Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide joined a diverse group of executives from across the music and multimedia for an evening of great food, drinks and conversation at the Plum+Spilt Milk restaurant in London, England. Below is a pictorial overview of the recent soiree.

WAITING ON THEIR FISH N’ CHIPS are (L-R) George Ergatoudis (Head of Music, UK & Ireland, Apple), Jeff Smith (Head of Music, BBC Radio 2 & 6 Music), Reynold D’Silva (Founder & CEO, Silva Screen Music Group) and Kim Frankiewicz (Executive VP, Worldwide Creative, Concord Music).

HAVING A GLOBAL A&R CONVERSATION: Pictured (L-R) are Viktoria Renner (A&R Consultant, Polydor/Universal Music Group), Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide) and Julian Palmer (Sr. A&R Director, Columbia Records UK).

A CHEEKY QUARTET: Enjoying a great conversation (L-R) are Professor Jonathan Shalit OBE (Chairman, InterTalent Rights Group), Mike Walsh (Head of Strategic Partnerships, Serenade, UK), Nick Raphael (President, Capitol Records UK) and respected UK music journalist Mark Sutherland.

IT’S ALL SMILES IN LONDON with (L-R): Sukhpal Sahota (Development Producer, Maverick TV), Sol Parker (Booking Agent, Paradigm) and John Lloyd CBE (TV Producer & Radio Host, BBC Radio 4, UK) and Cassandra Gracey (President, 4th Floor Creative/Sony Music, UK).

ENJOYING A CREATIVE DISCUSSION were (L-R): Jay Greenwood (Global Head of A&R / VP Artist Services, Audio Network), artist Paul Mason, singer/songwriter Waiting For Smith and Viktoria Renner.

BARELY LEGAL: Sharing their legal briefs were (L-R) Sat Bisla, Paul Spraggon (Founding Partner, SSB Solicitors), Adam Clough (Managing Director, 365 Artists) and Hannah Joseph (Creative Consultant, 365 Artists).

FEELING QUITE HAPPY INDEED: Pictured (L-R) are Cassandra Gracey, George Ergatoudis, David Dollimore (President, RCA Records, UK) and Richard Macklin (former Global Chair, Dentons).




GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…


EXPANDING ACROSS WEST AFRICA: Direct music licensing company Gresham Rights Management (GRM) and Nigerian based entertainment agency PurpleBlue Entertainment (PBE) have launched “Gresham Rights Management West Africa” to increase its copyright compliance footprint on the continent. GRM was launched in 2019 to assist music copyright owners and creators in unlocking greater value for their songs through innovative and direct licensing methods for broadcast, public performance, mechanical reproductions and neighboring rights. Representing the interests of authors, composers and publishers, and through its collaboration with PBE, GRM has expanded its offerings within Niger, Benin, Nigeria, Ghana and Togo. PBE was founded by former COSON CEO Dr. Chinedu Chukwuji who is based in Lagos, Nigeria, and will oversee rights matters for GRM in West Africa. PBE will also tap into the Gresham Music Group’s global infrastructure for sound recordings and musical works, enhancing its African produced repertoire and participating in the group’s distribution, marketing, promotion and collections activities, ensuring that African creators participate in the global music economy with the best available tools.

A NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE IN FRANCE: A&R Worldwide has teamed up with Midem to organize and present an exclusive keynote interview with Alexandra Patsavas, Head of Music for Original Series, Netflix, which will be conducted by Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide. Alex will delve into a conversation to share her unique vision about the challenging aspects of licensing and clearance in today’s world. Helming soundtracks for the Twilight franchise, “Grey’s Anatomy” and more recently Netflix worldwide mega-hit “Bridgerton,” Alexandra Patsavas will also reflects on her music supervision’s role and its evolution. Midem’s digital edition will take place November 16 – 19, 2021.

HOW SWEDE IT IS: Up and coming Swedish singer-songwriter Amanda Björkegren, better known by her stage name Amanda Alexander, has signed a global publishing agreement with BMG Scandinavia. Her upcoming solo EP is produced by David Mårtensson (Billie Eilish “All The Good Girls Go To Hell” remix), Andreas Pfannenstill (Johnossi, Rebecca & Fiona, Titiyo), and Joakim Buddee (Summer Heart, Myra Granberg).. Most recently, Alexander has penned songs for American and Swedish artists including a feature with Karma Fields, Julia Lov, and Efraim Leo who competed in the 2021 Swedish music competition Melodifestivalen with the smash hit “Best Of Me.” Alexander’s first single is set for release later this year. Her deal was signed with the support of Albert Slendebroek, Managing Director, BMG Scandinavia and Linnéa Berg, Head of A&R Publishing, BMG Scandinavia.

THROWING A CURVE BALL: Curve Royalty Systems, the London-based music technology company, has announced new features within its evolving platform alongside a number of new clients. The company currently has numerous clients including Domino, Mad Decent, Audiosalad, Cooking Vinyl and many others, and recently added Epitaph Records, 300 Entertainment, Dirty Hit, and Altafonte to its client roster. The new features added to its royalty systems include a new state-of-the-art dashboard integrated into the platform allowing for more detailed analysis and data. In addition, labels and publishers will now be able to pull their sales data from FTPs and automatically ingest them into the platform. Furthermore, the company is partnering with a wide range of new payment providers. Curve Royalty Systems was launched in 2019 by former ADA/Warner, Cooking Vinyl and Essential Music executives, Richard Leach, Ray Bush and Tom Allen.

QUITE OUTLANDISH: Holland-based CTM Outlander has announced the purchase of all ownership and administration rights of publishing company one77 Music, headed by industry veteran Jennifer Blakeman, President & CCO. The catalogue consists of more than 2000 songs recorded by artists including: Demi Lovato, Madonna, Martina McBride, Leona Lewis, John Legend, Carrie Underwood and Josh Groban. Prominent writers in the catalogue include Toby Gad (Leona Lewis, Madonna, John Legend and many more), the production team of Mike & Keys (Michael “Money Mike” Cox & John “Keys” Groover) whose catalog includes records with Nipsey Hussle, Kehlani, Chance the Rapper, T.I., Snoop Dogg and others) and Rodrick Doss who is currently having the R&B/Hip-Hop Top 10 hit “Whole Lotta Money” by BIA featuring Nicki Minaj, which has garnered more than 100M streams. Also, CTM Outlander now represents the total interests in its works of one of Sweden’s most successful songwriters, Markus “Mack” Sepehrmanesh, whose many hits include “Lush Life,” which recently surpassed the historic one Billion streams mark on Spotify. Supehrmanesh is one of several prolific songwriters included in the TEN music catalogue - acquired by CTM Outlander earlier this year.

JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED: MedRhythms, a digital therapeutics company building direct stimulation solutions that use clinical-grade sensors, software and music to help restore function lost to neurologic disease or injury, has announced a first-of-its-kind partnership with Universal Music Group (UMG), that provides MedRhythms with access to UMG’s catalog of music for the purpose of providing prescription music to patients. MedRhythms’ platform is based on cutting-edge neuroscience that demonstrates how music can profoundly impact the human brain, target specific neural circuitry to enhance clinical outcomes and boost neuroplasticity. In addition to enabling MedRhythms to deliver prescription music to patients, Universal Music Group for Brands, UMG’s global brands partnership team, will provide MedRhythms with resources and insights related to data analytics, cultural intelligence and marketing. UMG’s partnership with MedRhythms initially began as a collaboration between UMG for Brands and Havas Health.

SIGNING A MEDLEY OF HITS: River House Artists, in partnership with Sony Music Publishing, have signed country hitmaker Neil Medley to a worldwide publishing agreement. Based in Nashville, TN, Medley is an accomplished singer-songwriter known for crafting popular songs including “Tailgate Blues” by Luke Bryan; “Wasn’t That Drunk” by the Josh Abbott Band featuring Carly Pearce; “Damn Good Friends” by Tyler Farr and Jason Aldean; and “Glad to be Here” by Hailey Whitters featuring Brent Cobb. Throughout his career, Medley has written celebrated cuts with prominent acts such as Cody Johnson, Tiera, King Calaway, Kid Rock, Brent Cobb, Whiskey Myers, and many others. Recently, Medley achieved his first career No.1 milestone with Jake Owen’s “Made For You,” which simultaneously topped Billboard’s Country Airplay and Mediabase charts earlier this year. In addition, he earned success with Lindsay Ell’s single “I Don't Love You,” which was the No.1 most added song on Country radio the week of its release and reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Canadian Country airplay chart.

SOUNDS SEAMLESS: Qobuz, the digital platform for streaming and downloading high-resolution music, and audio/video certification and technology company, THX Ltd., recently announced a partnership to make seamless, enjoyable, high resolution (hi-res) listening more accessible to music fans worldwide. The portable THX Onyx™ digital-to-analog amplifier dongle (DAC/Amp) will be bundled with a three-month complimentary subscription of Qobuz, offering plug-and-play 24-bit sound quality from a variety of listening devices. THX Onyx is a portable USB DAC/Amp that provides improved audio over wired headphones.

A SYMPHONIC DEAL: The creative and collaborative distribution startup Tully has announced that it’s partnering with Symphonic Distribution. Tully, which is funded in part by Sony Music Entertainment is a platform that was founded by tech innovator Dhruv Joshi and rap artist Joyner Lucas, and gives users access to distribution, management of assets, publishing and licensing support, as well as access to structured music industry templated contracts. The company has added multiple new service offerings under its “paid for premium services” tiers since last year and will including additional premium benefits in the coming months.

A NEW ALTERED IMAGE: Legendary Scottish alternative indie act Altered Images have signed a global artist services deal with Cooking Vinyl. The band’s new album is scheduled for release in 2022 and is being produced by producer and former Altered Images band member Stephen Lironi. The new full-length will feature songs from Altered Images lead singer Clare Grogan and co-written by Bernard Butler, Bobby Bluebell, as well as the band’s original bass player Johnny McElhone. The new album will be the band’s first release since 1983. Altered Images enjoyed international success with their singles “Happy Birthday” and “I Could Be Happy,” and enjoyed three Top 30 albums on the UK charts.

GOTTA GETTA GIG: London, England-based music company GigRealm has announced the launch of its new online platform that provides an end-to-end solution for organizing gigs. The company says artists will have direct access to venues, independent promoters and one-off event organisers across the UK. The company launched last week and is free to use for artists. It aims to work with existing grassroots music venues, while helping the wider hospitality industry promote live music at its venues. GigRealm say it’ll provide a one-stop solution platform that’ll simplify the staging and promotion of live music by matching artists with the right gigs. The platform provides an automated GigContract™ that is attached to each gig, and an integrated payment system which both help to ensure artists are paid. The platform also provides marketing tools and an extensive toolkit & knowledgebase to help make the staging of live music events as seamless and efficient as possible. GigRealm was founded by cousins Tom Brady and Reuben Narey who have already agreed partnerships and collaborations with several music industry bodies and companies including CD Baby, Kycker, The Ivors Academy, ICMP and BIMM.

WHY CALL WHEN YOU CAN TEXT: Warner Music Group today announced its partnership with Community, the innovative text messaging platform that powers direct relationships and one-on-one conversations at scale, marking Community’s first deal with a major music company. Select Warner Music artists will be given the power to personally text with fans via a 10-digit Community number – keeping them informed of exclusive releases, drops, ticket sales, merch, and more, free of social algorithm interference, spam, and ads. Average open rates through Community are upwards of 95% within the first 3 minutes of receiving a text message with a 59% average click through rate. Warner Music joins a growing list of companies who have joined Community, like PEOPLE Magazine, Williams Sonoma, The Shade Room, Slutty Vegan, and more. For more information on the partnership, visit www.community.com.

VESTING IN SONGS: SongVest, a new music fan investment platform and royalties marketplace, has launched SongShares, the first-ever fractional shares of music royalties from hit songs by major recording artists that fans can own for as little as $20. The platform provides access to exclusive investment opportunities normally available only to industry insiders, private equity, and institutional investors, fans can go to SongVest’s secure online marketplace to bid in non-binding SongShares VIP auctions and view offerings where they can purchase a stake in valuable royalties for less than the price of a concert ticket. Fans who buy SongShares collect royalty income in proportion to the amount they own, and mutually benefit from successes alongside their favorite artists, songwriters, and producers. SongVest’s founder and CEO Sean Peace, is an original founder of the company Royalty Exchange and well-versed in operating a royalties marketplace, and helped innovate the SongShares business model. For more information, log on to www.songvest.com.

DRIIFTING AWAY: Global music streaming service Deezer has announced that it has acquired a minority stake in the producer and promoter of livestreaming music events, Driift. Driift is co-Founded by former A&R executive Ric Salmon and ATC partner Brian Message. The company is owned by a majority share by the co-founders ATC Management, with Beggars Group as a minority stakeholder. The new funding will allow Driift to accelerate its growth as it endeavors to establish a leadership position in next-generation of interactive live music streaming. Deezer will also position its unique technology and expertise to proactively support Driift’s continued growth, including the roll-out of new products and services. This new deal expands Deezer’s exposure to the burgeoning livestream market following its investment in Dreamstage.

SYNCING AHEAD: SyncVault, a music promotion platform, which is founded by its CEO Graham Gabie has launched in the UK. The company provides influencers an opportunity to monetize YouTube Shorts. The platform incentivizes influencers on You Tube Shorts and those utilizing You Tube’s key platform to promote new songs by rewarding them for featuring their new music within their visual content. The tracks are all pre-cleared and influencers are renumerated on an adjustable CPM rate (per thousand views) for promoting the songs within a timeframe during the campaign. SyncVault launched back in January in beta form and currently has over 3,000 verified YouTuber users that reach almost 40 million subscribers.

GOOD SOLDIER MARCHES ON: Highly respected UK independent music company Good Soldier in the UK is on the cusp of yet another international success with the development of its artist Jack Cullen. Cullen is an aspiring singer/songwriter who crafts undeniable alt-pop hits with musical inspiration that’s reminiscent of a modern-day Jack Johnson blended with a Jeremy Loops twist. A&R Worldwide recently heard new music from Cullen courtesy of Good Soldier Founder & CEO Christian Tattersfield who has a knack for signing and developing successful global acts with his meticulous A&R team. Given Good Soldier’s track record over the years with signing acts like Freya Ridings, Gavin James, David Gray, Damien Rice, Biffy Clyro, The Wombats, The 1975 and many others, they certainly have not lost their Midas touch!

HIFI – VIN: HIFI, a financial rights organization within the music industry announced last week that it’d acquired The Music Fund, a company that provides funding solutions for artists based on the streaming performance of their music on digital service providers like Spotify and Apple Music. The Music Fund leverages artificial intelligence to power a smart-pricing algorithm that offers artists up-front cash within 24 hours for a portion of their royalty income for a defined period of time, all while allowing music creators to retain 100% of their copyrights and all earnings from future releases. Investors in The Music Fund include Warner Music Group and Techstars Music, which invited the company into the Techstars Music Accelerator’s class of 2019. The acquisition will power new artist funding options from HIFI, which since its launch last year, has seen thousands of applications for membership and is currently tracking hundreds of millions of dollars in royalty income on behalf of its creator members and their teams. As part of the acquisition, The Music Fund co-Founder & CEO John Funge joins HIFI as Chief Technology Officer and The Music Fund co-Founder & CTO Thomas Jerde has been appointed VP, Data Science at HIFI. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

STARTING OFF WELL: Sony Music Entertainment recently unveiled its Artist Assistance program worldwide for all artists on its repertoire. The company notified all of its eligible artists about the expansion of its Artists Forward program, whereas it will prioritize comprehensive support for music creators in all aspects of their career development. The company will make a significant yearly investment into the program and provide complimentary confidential counseling services from an external provider to assist with stress, anxiety, depression, grief, family and relationship matters and more. In addition, the company is providing an emergency hotline for its artists with support in 70 different languages. The use of the program is confidential and allows artists to interact with licensed therapists at no cost to them. In addition, US-based artists are eligible to access qualifying health care and retirement services via Sony’s affiliations with artist organizations including unions. Sony Music is looking to provide similar support in other countries too.

IN A ROUND ABOUT WAY: The Board of Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Limited has acquired 100% of the master royalty income of 532 original recordings from the iconic American classic R&B group, The O’Jays. The catalog includes classics such as “Love Train,” “Use Ta Be My Girl,” “Cry Together,” “Back Stabbers,” “For The Love of Money,” “Forever Mine,” “Put Your Hands Together,” “Stairway To Heaven” and “I Love Music.” The O’Jays have achieved 10 Gold and 9 Platinum albums throughout their 63-year career.

KEEPIN’ AN EYE ON ONES TO WATCH: Live Nation will be expanding its global artist discovery platform, ONES TO WATCH, this coming Friday in Australia. The platform showcases emerging musicians and helps them accelerate their careers via their vast global network. The Australian launch this week will feature a live showcase in partnership with the Government of South Australia’s Music Development Office and Music SA, and will feature performances by Teenage Joans, EAST AV3, colourblind amongst several others. Previous artists supported by ONES TO WATCH include Youngblud, Dua Lipa, Halsey, BENEE and others. ONES TO WATCH was launched in association with House of Blues Entertainment back in 2013. Live Nation originally launched its first-ever artist discovery and development platform in 2001 when it was known as Clear Channel Entertainment and acquired A&R Network, which was founded by A&R Worldwide Founder Sat Bisla who was global Head of A&R for the world’s first of its kind A&R platform that helped artists such as Keane, Missy Higgins, Bonnie McKee, Sia, Frou Frou (featuring Imogen Heap) and many others garner key US and international outcomes including label, publishing and sync deals. Live Nation was also an early investor in A&R Worldwide’s parent company, when it originally launched in 2003; however, A&R Worldwide became fully independent in 2006.

JETTING INTO A NEW PARTNERSHIP: Digital entertainment and technology firm JetSynthesys (a division of JetLine Group) has announced an exclusive partnership with Warner Music India (WMI). Under the new partnership, both companies will focus on artist and event management, licensing and acquisitions, short-form videos and films, mobile gaming, eSports, and original content creation across various music touch points. Currently, JetSynthesys operates within the US, SE Asia, Middle East, North Africa and within India, and its digital entertainment platform Global Music Junction currently has 2.28 million YouTube subscribers.

READY FOR A VOLY: Manchester, England-based Voly, has announced the soft launch of its ground-breaking, integrated financial management software and payment platform for the music industry, aimed at simplifying and streamlining budgeting, accounting processes and reporting for artists, managers and business managers. Officially launching later this year, Voly is designed to operate as an online, centralized financial hub for all artist income streams and expenditure with a focus on touring. Voly, is currently a market leader in the super yachting sector has been working with a number of leading music industry companies and executives in recent months to develop its platform. Voly was founded by former professional tennis player Ian Flanagan who has appointed Neil Rodford, the Founder and former CEO of leading management company YMU, to its board with a remit to oversee the company’s entertainment strategy. Voly will operate on a monthly subscription model and is already being trialled by several leading UK music companies. The platform is currently working with SJM to enhance the product from a live music promoter's perspective. Voly is currently inviting applicants to participate in a free trial for the remainder of 2021.

A SUPER NEW PARTNERSHIP: Superstruct Entertainment has unveiled a new investment partnership deal with Finnish Metal Events Oy, organizer of Tuska Open Air Music Festival. Tuska is one of largest metal festivals in Scandinavia, and launched 23 years ago. It takes place over the course of three days and is held in Helsinki, Finland attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year. The new pact will see Providence Equity-backed Superstruct become a key shareholder of the Tuska festival. Superstruct’s portfolio includes more than 30 European festivals including Wacken Open Air, Elrow, Parookaville, Sziget, Boardmasters, Sonar, Zwarte Cross and Flow Festival.

A MUSIC UTOPIA: Utopia Music has acquired industry-leading emotional data enrichment company, Musimap. The acquisition, which brings Utopia’s workforce to nearly 150 employees, will strengthen Utopia in building the next-generation infrastructure that will advance creator rights and enable new opportunities for the recordings business. Adding Musimap’s artificial intelligence technology and metadata expertise will help create a new standard for advanced metadata tagging and enrichment – connecting the right song to the right audience at the right time. Tacquisition enhances Utopia’s strong offering for independent and major labels and creators. Musimap, backed by legendary producer Quincy Jones, is known for its robust automated engines that power music discovery, emotional profiling and metadata enrichment. The firm’s APIs utilise proprietary intelligence to generate unique emotional metadata for clients. This can be used to search for similar songs, automatically create playlists based on certain genres, moods, etc., and match playlists with personality profiles. Musimap currently offers three core products — MusiMatch, MusiMotion and MusiMe — with clients including Universal Music Group, Vevo, Warner Music Group, BMG and other high-profile stakeholders in the music space.


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!

THREE’S COMPANY, FOUR’S A CROWD: Sharing a buoyant conversation during a pre-Grammy Awards dinner event in Los Angeles (pre-covid) are longtime friends (L-R) Sarah Stennett (Co-Founder & CEO, First Access Entertainment), Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide) and Steve Schnur (Worldwide Executive & Head of Music, EA Games).




IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Alistair Norbury, Ron Laffitte, Amy Dunning, Madhuri Dixit, Ollie Wards, Markus Kuehn, Kirk Sommer, Rich Castillo, Raphi Lima, David Vodicka, Rachel Levy, Pelle Liddell, Stella Reid, Toby Leighton Pope, Alex Luke and Julie Pilat.

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. We all have regrets one time or another in our life, but it’s a lot more painful when it’s self-inflicted. Click HERE for a smorgasbord of instant “jackass-style” regrets from around the world!


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– DANNY BALDURSSON



Danny Baldursson is an international, award-winning musician from the Faroe Islands who released an album along with his then-band Danny & The Veetos titled Hint of Melancholy, which was the fastest selling album in the Faroe Islands in over 15 years and went on to win a number of award honors. Danny did over 1,000 live performances between 2016 - 2018 and toured in Denmark, Iceland, Greenland and Germany. In 2019, he won the Germany Songwriting Award as a solo artist with his song “Holy.” His previous single “Tears” has been heard on a number of global stations, including FluxFM Germany, 2XM Ireland, Radio Doble Nueve Peru, The Sound Lab UK, KFRR Fresno, KWSS Phoenix, WCNR Charlottesville and featured on Asia Pop 40. Danny returns with new music and his single “Nervous.” The song originated after a meeting with producer Simun Dam. The two had a conversation about the social stigma around mental health, and how important it is to highlight the subject. That conversation led to the inspiration for Danny to write the lyrics. Listen to “Nervous” HERE and contact info@anrworldwide.com as Danny Baldursson is available for signing, licensing publishing, booking and sync opportunities.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – TIM SCHOU
Danish singer-songwriter Tim Schou creates honest and organic music, pulling inspiration from his nomad life as a traveller, combining modern beats, various styles, catchy melodies and authentic lyrics. In 2017, he released his debut “Novocaine,” which earned him the ‘Best Pop Song’ by the Akademia Music Awards and secured him the IAMA awards ‘Best Male Artist’ and ‘Overall Grand Prize.’ His 2019 single “Acapella” earned over 7.2 million streams and went into rotation on VH1 and P4 (Danish National Radio). This jumpstarted a new round of his Never Ending Vagabond Tour with over 100 private living room concerts, and a show in the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen. Tim’s single with Danish singer Sowfy called “Mad Love” earned substantial airplay in Denmark, Germany, Benelux, Switzerland, UK, Ireland, India, Slovakia, Aruba, US and Malta. Tim returns with the title track single from his recent debut album HERO/LOSER, which is an accelerating pop track with gritty guitars and anthemic drums, describing the ups and downs of life as an artist. Experience the brilliance of Tim Schou and watch the video for “Hero/Loser” HERE. For additional information and all inquiries on behalf of Tim Schou, contact Manfred Zähringer at manfred@icebergmusicgroup.com.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 10/3/2021


“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, October 3rd, 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:

DANNY BALDURSSON – “Nervous” (Unsigned, Faroe Islands)
DEMOB HAPPY – “Sympathy Boy” (SO Recordings, UK)
REST FOR THE WICKED – “Bones” (EMI, Australia)
THE LATHUMS – “I’ll Get By” (Modern Sky, UK)
ADELAIDE – “Silent Hope” (Unsigned, Germany)
NOTHING BUT THIEVES – “Miracle, Baby” (RCA, UK)
GEORGE DIAZ – “High Rise” (DeAngelis, UK)
THE VIOLENT HEARTS – “Everything And Nothing” (Unsigned, UK)
BLOSSOMS – “Care For” (EMI, UK)
SAHARA BECK – “Crave Me” (Unsigned, Australia)
DONKEY KID – “Deep Blue” (Donkey Dub Records, Germany)
OSCAR LANG – “Yeah” (Dirty Hit, UK)
MUKS – “Girlfriend” (Unsigned, India)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Loosie” (Unsigned, Sweden)
TIM SCHOU – “Hero/Loser” (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
YEP MAY YEP – “Beautiful Girl” (Unsigned, Thailand)
PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION – “Twenty Two” (Unsigned, UK)
LEONIDEN – “Dice” (Euphorie/UMG, Germany)
AZURE RYDER – “Some Kind Of Love” (Island, UK)
CLUB BEIRUT – “Bury My Friends” (Unsigned, Scotland)
SYCCO – “Past Life” (Future Classic, Australia)
JAMES DEACON – “For You” (Bad Future, South Africa)
THE ROYSTON CLUB – “The Backburner” (Modern Sky, UK)
SLIDE – “Hello Spirit” (Unsigned, Sweden)
VILE ASSEMBLY – “Division Of Labour” (Unsigned, UK)
ALEX RZYAN – “Out of Time” (Unsigned, N. America)
THE ROLY MO – “I Miss The Dancing” (7 West Music, Scotland)
THE SHERLOCKS – “Falling” (Infectious, UK)
LEEPA – “I’m Sorry, Are You” (Columbia, Germany)
VISTAS – “Brand New” (Unsigned, UK)
BAKER GRACE – “I Feel For You” (Unsigned, N. America)
DED RABBIT – “All Fired Up” (Unsigned, Scotland)
FINN ASKEW – “Paranoia” (Polydor, UK)
ALLDAY – “Stolen Cars” (Teamtrick, Australia)

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