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
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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…
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 email@example.com as Danny Baldursson is available for signing, licensing publishing, booking and sync opportunities.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – TIM SCHOU
HERE. For additional information and all inquiries on behalf of Tim Schou, contact Manfred Zähringer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Madyx, Tim Schou, George Diaz, Leoniden and Danny Baldursson)