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CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING’S NEW A&R TEAM
TAKES OFF IN NASHVILLE





Concord Music Publishing has announced new hires to its A&R team in Nashville, bringing in more creative professionals to support its growing publishing roster. With these new additions, Concord’s publishing A&R team in Nashville now totals seven executives.
Joining the team are Melissa Spillman, who comes on board as VP, A&R, Concord Music Publishing and brings over 17 years of experience within country, pop and rock. She’s worked with numerous notable artists including Lady A, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Keith Urban, Eric Church as well as Grammy award winning producer Jay Joyce. Spillman will lead the team in supporting the roster and developing new talent, reporting directly to Brad Kennard, Senior VP, A&R at Concord Music Publishing.
Matt Turner joins the team as Senior Director, A&R, Concord Music Publishing. Turner began his career in publishing at independent publisher, Big Loud Shirt, now known as Big Loud. During his time at Big Loud, he was involved in the early songwriting careers of Morgan Wallen and Chris Lane. Later, Turner joined the Downtown Music Publishing team, representing the expansive roster of writers there including country music hit makers Andy Albert, Andrew DeRoberts and Joey Hyde, all of whom are now with Concord.
Other hires include Courtney Allen, Director A&R, joins Concord Music Publishing from BMG, where she served as Creative Director, working with their roster of songwriters and developing new talent. Prior to her time at BMG, she was the Creative Director of publishing at Starstruck Entertainment, where she worked with developing artists on the management roster. Ashley Nite signs on to the Concord Music Publishing team as Manager, A&R. In addition, Garrett Stephenson joins the global publishing A&R team from Downtown Music Publishing, where he also served as Coordinator.
The team now totals seven with the new hires joining team members Brad Kennard, Senior VP A&R and Jen Hubbard, Director, A&R. These new hires are part of Concord Music Publishing’s intentioned effort to continue their success and growth in Nashville after a landmark year. Since 2020, the company has seen great success in Nashville with the launch of Hang Your Hat Music, formed with two-time “ACM Songwriter of the Year” Hillary Lindsey, along with significant writer and catalog agreements with Lindsey as well as Lori McKenna.


WARNER MUSIC GROUP APPOINTS NEW MD IN POLAND
& PROMOTES SR. EXECUTIVE TO GM IN FINLAND




Adrian Ciepichał has been appointed as Managing Director of Warner Music Poland. He joins the company from e-Muzyka, the largest digital music aggregator in Poland, and will report to Alfonso Perez-Soto, President, Emerging Markets, Recorded Music, Warner Music Group. In his new role, Ciepichał succeeds Kinga Siennicka, who left the company earlier this year.
Adrian Ciepichał
Warner Music Poland is a major player in the local music market, its position boosted after the acquisition of the country’s most iconic label, Polskie Nagrania, in 2015. Key artists on its domestic roster including Baranovski, Dawid Kwiatkowski, Mela Koteluk, Natalia Szroeder, Smolasty and Sylwia Grzeszczak. Warner Music Poland also works with the leading Romanian artists Minelli and Roxen, who have attracted fans across Europe and beyond, through its collaboration with Global Records, its local licensee in Bucharest.

The Polish recorded music market is still going through a digital transition, with IFPI reporting that subscription streaming revenues increased by almost 63 percent in 2020.
Warner Music Finland has also announced the promotion of longstanding, widely respected and multi award-winning executive, Ramona Forsström, to General Manager. She will continue to report into Niko Nordström, Managing Director, Warner Music Finland & EVP, Warner Music Nordic. Forsström, who joined Warner Music Finland in 2008, will continue to champion and lead on successful local and international artists’ marketing campaigns as well as taking on a wider leadership role within the company.
During her time at Warner Music Finland, she has been instrumental in the success of local artists including Antti Tuisku, Arttu Wiskari, BEHM, Ellinoora, Kaija Koo, SANNI, and has helped break international stars such as Ava Max, Bruno Mars, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran and Michael Bublé in the region.


KOBALT NAMES JEANNETTE PEREZ PRESIDENT & COO



Kobalt has announced the promotion of Jeannette Perez as its new President & Chief Operating Officer, whereas, in her new role she will work alongside Laurent Hubert, CEO, Kobalt to run the day-today operations for the company. Until recently, Perez was the Chief Experience Officer for the firm where she primarily oversaw Kobalt’s sync and brand partnerships, marketing and business development.
In addition to her prior role, Perez will now oversee creative A&R, publishing operations, and the company’s continued efforts around diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Furthermore, Perez will continue to oversee the company’s sync efforts across film, TV, trailers, gaming, as well as brand partnerships, marketing and business development, as well as Kobalt’s writer and publisher relationships and its international offices.

Kobalt’s leadership stated that Perez has transformed its client operations through an enhanced writer and publisher relations service. Perez has continued to elevate and drive Kobalt’s global sync business and works closely with regional offices to further the company’s worldwide growth, including the recent hiring Stephane Berlow as Managing Director, Kobalt in Paris.
Prior to joining Kobalt, Perez spent 12 years at Sony Music Entertainment for 12 where she served as their Vice President of Music For Brands & Advertising.


BMG PROMOTES MAXIMILIAN KOLB TO EXECUTIVE VP
REPERTOIRE & MARKETING, CONTINENTAL EUROPE






BMG has promoted Maximilian Kolb to Executive VP Repertoire & Marketing, Continental Europe with immediate effect. Kolb, previously Managing Director GSA, will continue to manage BMG’s integrated music publishing and recordings business in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Additionally, he will now take on responsibility for BMG’s Continental European operation across 13 territories with offices in Berlin, Hilversum (Holland), Paris (France), Madrid (Spain), Milan (Italy), and Stockholm (Sweden). He continues to report to Dominique Casimir, the company’s repertoire lead for the world outside the US and UK.
BMG’s recordings roster in Continental Europe includes multi-Platinum certified artists like Lenny Kravitz, Nils Frahm, Solomun, No Angels and Max Giesinger, Marianne Faithfull Paolo Conte, Ornella Vanoni, Francesco Gabbani, Takida, Alice Wonder, Belako, Nena Daconte, and many others. Music publishing clients include songwriters Alice Merton, Robin Schulz, Scorpions, Afrojack, Nicky Romero, BigFlo & Oli, Jeanne Added, Jim Ouma and more.

Kolb joined BMG as A&R Manager from Sony ATV (now Sony Music Publishing) in 2012. In 2017, he was promoted to Director A&R Recorded Music GSA, overseeing both the recordings business as well as digital sales. In 2019, Kolb was appointed Managing Director GSA.
Under his leadership, BMG has consistently outpaced the German market and grown its recordings and publishing business substantially since 2019, thanks to success with recording artists including Kontra K, Max Giesinger, and KitschKrieg, as well as publishing clients including Peter Maffay, AnnenMayKantereit, and RAF Camora.
In October 2020, BMG expanded into live music in Germany with a plan to offer artists a new alternative to the established live promotions industry.


COLDPLAY RENEWS DEAL WITH WARNER MUSIC GROUP

One of the world’s biggest acts, Coldplay, has renewed its agreement and signed a long-term deal with Parlophone Records in the UK and Atlantic Records in the US. The quartet originally signed with Parlophone over 20 years ago and has been with Atlantic Records since 2014. The band have been managed by long-term manager Dave Holmes who has been at the helm for almost two decades.

Pictured (L-R) are Will Champion, Chris Martin, Max Lousada (Chairman & CEO, WMG), Guy Berryman and Jonny Buckland.
Coldplay stated, “We’re super happy to sign with Max [Lousada], Tony [Harlow], Mark [Mitchell], Nick [Burgess], Julie [Greenwald] and everyone at Parlophone, Atlantic and Warner Music, and their worldwide teams. It’s a privilege to work with such passionate, dedicated people and we’re really grateful to have that be our band’s home.”

Max Lousada, Chairman & CEO, Warner Music Group added, “Coldplay became the biggest band on the planet by constantly challenging themselves and reinventing their sound. They’ve always been great champions of their fellow artists, and their new collaboration with BTS is just the latest example of their boundary-crossing influence and inspiration. We’re honored that Chris [Martin], Guy [Berryman], Will [Champion], and Jonny [Buckland] have chosen to renew their partnership with Warner as they continue to make music of amazing creativity and originality, while delighting their millions of fans across the globe.”
Coldplay broke in the US with their debut single, “Yellow,” which was initially supported by the band’s longtime manager Dave Holmes and A&R Worldwide Founder Sat Bisla (an A&R consultant to Holmes at the time) when the band were not signed in the US – their early alternative radio airplay efforts led to the band eventually getting signed to Capitol Records in the US (who had initially passed on the band).
Coldplay’s ninth studio album Music Of The Spheres is released worldwide this coming Friday, October 15.


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!

ACTING LOCAL & THINKING GLOBAL: Sharing their passion and vision for the world of music for the past few decades at a previous MUSEXPO in Los Angeles were (L-R): Avery Lipman (Co-Founder & COO, Republic Records), Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide) and Monte Lipman, Co-Founder & CEO, Republic Records.




GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…


ADDING NEW A&R STRIPES: Saban Music Group has announced the appointment of Corey Berkowitz to become its new Head of Pop & Urban A&R. Berkowitz will be tasked to tap into his A&R and songwriting experience to spearhead the company’s extensive artist roster. Berkowitz hails from Detroit, MI whereas he started out his music industry career booking shows at Michigan State University for artists like Big Sean, Mike Posner and Wiz Khalifa. In recent times he was VP A&R, Rock Mafia – the established songwriting team and production collective based in Los Angeles. Whilst at Rock Mafia, Berkowitz assisted with the development of electronic and alternative artists Elohim and also helped with the signing of Yoshi Flower and arranging a joint venture between Interscope Records with Rock Mafia. As a songwriter, Berkowitz is currently signed to Concord Music, and co-written numerous songs including “Ways Of Love” by Bahari and “Holding Hands” with Quin XCII feat. Elohim.

A CLASSIC PARTNERSHIP: Primary Wave Music today announced a partnership with the Estate of the iconic singer and actor Bing Crosby. In this partnership with the estate, Primary Wave has acquired a stake in the assets owned by HLC Properties Ltd., the company owned by the Crosby Estate. This includes the Bing Crosby Archives featuring thousands of recordings by Bing and other artists, many have which have never been released. Terms of the deal also include artist royalties from master recordings featuring Bing’s performances, writer royalties from songs written by Bing, his rights in the film White Christmas, as well as other film, radio, and television productions. In addition, Primary Wave has acquired a stake in his name, likeness, and rights of publicity. The Estate will now have access to Primary Wave’s entire marketing team, digital team, publicity department, branding team, and publishing infrastructure which includes licensing and synch opportunities. More information on the deal is available HERE.

GEARING UP FOR THE SUMMER: Global chart-topping band 5 Seconds Of Summer (5SOS) recently signed a new global recording deal with BMG – their first new label home since the release of their debut album. After their recent live performance at Global Citizen Live in Los Angeles, their first live concert appearance in two years, the group is now preparing their upcoming new fifth full-length studio album and world tour. Formed in 2011, 5 Seconds of Summer is a multi-Platinum pop/rock quartet hailing from Australia. The band have sold over 2.5 million concert tickets, been recognized as the only band in Billboard 200 history to see its first three studio albums debut at No.1, and amassed over 8 billion streams, including recently joining Spotify’s exclusive Billions Club with their hit single “Youngblood.” The group has garnered numerous awards including 10 European Music Awards, five ARIA Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, an American Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, two iHeartRadio Music Awards, and three APRA Awards. This year marks their 10th anniversary together.

SPICING THINGS UP IN INDIA: Universal Music India (UMI) has unveiled the launch of a new record label in partnership with music composer Jatinder Shah under the guise of VYRL Punjabi. The first release will enter the market this week and features singer Afsana Khan and the song “Jodaa,” which is accompanied by a music video that includes actress Mouni Roy and Aly Goni from Big Boss – watch the teaser video HERE. The label will also release music from iconic Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan, Sunidhi Chauha, Diljit Dosanjh and many others. VYRL was originally launched in 2018 by UMI as an entity to challenge the dominance of Bollywood music in India. However, the pandemic saw film production come to a drastic decline, whereas non-Bollywood music has thrived. UMI has also launched additional local dialect driven labels including VYRL Bhojpuri and VYRL Haryanvi to help enhance its dominance with domestic driven A&R. Ironically, Indian artists from outside of India have seen global chart-topping success over the past few decades including the likes of Jay Sean, White Town (founded by Jyoti Mishra), Babylon Zoo (featuring Jasbinder Singh), Cornershop (featuring frontman Tjinder Singh), Panjabi MC (real name Rajveer Dhami), Apache Indian, Nitin Sawhney CBE, Black Star Liner (fronted by Choque Hosein) and many others.

TRADING PLACES: Warner Music has tapped Andre Torres who was most recently Head of Catalog, Artist & Label Partnerships, North America, Spotify to the new role as its Sr. Vice President, Catalog Development & Marketing, Recorded Music Global Catalog Division. Based in Los Angeles, CA, Torres will be tasked with leading Warner Recorded Music’s catalog content development and marketing teams. He’ll work closely with artists and frontline labels and will strategize new catalog opportunities within A&R, content development, consumption, and marketing, within both digital and physical catalog campaigns. Torres will report to Kevin Gore, President, Global Catalog, Recorded Music, Warner Music. Before joining Spotify over a year ago, Torres was VP, Urban Catalog, Universal Music Enterprises where he spearheaded strategy and implementation of A&R, sales, branding, and marketing activities or the company’s urban music. He’s also the former Executive Editor for the lyric website Genius, and was the Founder, Editor & Publisher of Wax Poetics, a quarterly music publication which he developed into a multi-faceted brand platform.

MOVING UP INTO THE TOWER: Highly regarded music veteran Mike Sherwood has been appointed Executive VP, Global Commercial Marketing & Strategy, Capitol Music Group (CMG), it was announced recently by Larry Mattera, Executive VP, CMG & General Manager Capitol Records to whom Sherwood reports. In his new position, Sherwood will draw upon his extensive background to lead CMG’s commercial and Direct-To-Consumer (D2C) marketing strategies, while working to maximize the company’s income through these revenue streams. He will directly interface with all of CMG’s digital and physical partners on frontline releases and work closely with Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) to amplify performance of CMG’s music catalogue. Sherwood is based in Hollywood within the iconic Capitol Tower.

Cheers from (L-R) with Mike Caren (Founder & CEO, APG), Cate Downey, Olly Sheppard (A&R, APG), Marc Wilson and Brett Copell (VP Business Affairs, APG).
CHEERS TO THIS: Marc Wilson, President & Founder, United Songs Entertainment tells A&R Worldwide that his songwriter Cate Downey has signed her first global publishing deal with APG (Artist Publishing Group). Wilson and Downey started working together earlier this year, when Wilson parted ways with Warner Chappell Music to set up his own independent multi-faceted music company. Downey hails from Colorado, and at age 18, studied songwriting at The Lillehammer Institute of Music Production & Industries in Norway under the direction of Grammy-winning production duo Stargate. Wilson says, “Cate and I started working together earlier this year. I instantly fell in love with her voice, insane melodies and incredible lyrics. After a couple trips from Denver to LA for sessions, it was clear that other creative executives and songwriters were hearing it as well. I can’t thank Mike Caren, Olly Sheppard and APG for believing in Cate, and I’m truly excited to have them part of the team.”

WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT: Last week, BMG announced an extensive deal with the iconic singer and songwriter Tina Turner. BMG says it will maintain and develop her musical treasure-trove and safeguard Turner’s inspirational legacy. The deal allows BMG to be a partner in all of Turner’s music interests. This includes Turner’s artist’s share of her recordings, her music publishing writer’s share, neighboring rights and name, image, and likeness. Turner’s solo works comprise ten studio albums, two live albums, two soundtracks, and five compilations, which collectively have sold over 100 million records. Warner Music continues to be her record label. Turner emerged as a solo artist in the early 1980’s with global hit albums such as Private Dancer, Break Every Rule and Foreign Affair and hit singles including “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “Private Dancer,” “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome),” “Typical Male,” “I Don’t Wanna Fight,” “Goldeneye” and others. Among her many accomplishments, Turner has received 12 Grammy Awards, has been inducted twice into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame, was the first Black artist and the first female artist to feature on the cover of Rolling Stone, and was awarded the Légion d’honneur by the French Government. BMG says it will announce further transactions in the coming weeks.

GETTING INTO HER GROOVE: Ingrooves Music Group, the Los-Angeles headquartered technology, marketing and music distribution has hired Sarah Hildering van Lith in the newly created role as its Director of Dance & Electronic. Hildering van Lith will be based at the company’s offices in Amsterdam, in The Netherlands and will oversee and accelerate the company’s growth in dance and electronic music, whilst also increasing its presence in the Benelux countries. Hildering van Lith also is the co-Chair & Author of the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) and its “Code of Conduct” against gender discrimination and sexual harassment.

SOUNDS QUITE OPULENT INDEED!: Opulous, the blockchain platform that provides copyright-backed music NFTs and peer-to-peer DeFi loans to change how artists access the funding they need has announced that it has teamed up with Lil Pump and DJ/producer Kshmr to allow fans to invest in their work through crypto platform Republic. Opulous was founded by Ditto Music, a distribution and record label services company, as a decentralized finance solution for artists and the music industry, and provides access to funding based on future royalty earnings, it is providing a launchpad for music NFTs. Republic has a range of asset classes including crypto, start-ups, video games, and real estate. To date, its helped with over $500 million in investments from over a million global community members. Republic has been expanding its music offering, allowing fans the opportunity to financially support their selected artist’s new single or album. Music fans can invest from $100 into artists on the platform and be able to share in royalties from streaming services in the form of crypto tokens, which can be sold for cash or exchanged for exclusive tickets, events, merch, NFT drops, and other offerings.

NEW FESTIVAL LAUNCHES IN BERLIN: Leading European live events promoter FKP Scorpio has announced that it has partnered with Loft Concerts and DreamHaus, in bringing international artists to Tempelhof Airport for a festival called “Tempelhof Of Sounds,” which will take place June 10 – 12, 2022 in Berlin. Muse and The Strokes have already been confirmed as headliners, and an additional 27 acts have already been formalized for the event including: Alt-J, London Grammar, Interpol, Freya Ridings, Courtney Barnett, Idles, Royal Blood, Two Door Cinema Club, Mac DeMarco, Wolf Alice, Big Thief, Fontaines D. C., The Gardener & The Tree, The Pale White amongst others. With the new festival, the organizers are pursuing the vision of presenting influential and innovative names in rock and pop music in an unforgettable atmosphere in the German capital of Berlin.

SINGING A NEW TUNE: Sony Music Publishing (SMP) has announced the promotion of Michael Abitbol to Sr. Vice President, Head of U.S. Digital. In his new role, Abitbol will manage and oversees all aspects of Sony Music Publishing’s U.S. digital business, as well as the newly expanded U.S. digital team. His responsibilities include engaging with digital services, negotiating and drafting digital agreements, implementing digital strategy, and liaising with SMP’s digital teams across the globe. Abitbol has negotiated key agreements on behalf of Sony Music Publishing’s songwriters and catalogs, helping to achieve higher rates and better long-term financial stability. Recently, he was instrumental in securing deals with Peloton, Soul Cycle and other fitness-related apps, as well as renewing deals with Facebook, TikTok and YouTube. He is based in the company’s New York office and reports to Antony Bebawi, President, Global Digital, Sony Music Publishing.

LEADING THE CHARGE IN N. AMERICA: PRS For Music has announced the appointment of Fabienne Leys to lead its North American member and industry relations, whereas she’ll be based out of New York City. Leys will be the key point of contact for PRS writer members and representatives that are both residents and working in North America and will provide support to key developments in the territory and oversee management for PRS’ artist client roster. Leys brings extensive knowledge and experience to the PRO with management and A&R having worked at companies such as Roc Nation, Atom Factory, Def Jam Records and Steel Wool Entertainment. In addition, she’s provided marketing and development input to songwriters and artists including No ID, Big Data, JR Rotem, Jennifer Decilveo, Da Internz, James Fauntelroy II and many others.

THE BUCK STOPS HERE: Bucks Music Group has signed legendary house DJ Lenny Fontana to an exclusive worldwide songwriting agreement. Fontana began DJing professionally in the mid-1980s, playing at famous New York City clubs such as Studio 54. He was the first US DJ to play at Pacha Ibiza and in Dubai in 1991. Fontana’s first successful production was Butch Quick’s “Higher” (released on Strictly Rhythm) in 1992, and in 1999, he had his first crossover hit with “What You Need,” under the name Powerhouse feat. Duane Harden. Fontana founded Karmic Power Records in 2013. Fontana has a weekly syndicated radio show called The Karmic Power Records Radio Show, which is broadcast around the world on 35 radio stations including Kiss FM in Australia, Radio Italia Network, and Ibiza Live Radio. In 2020, Fontana created True House Stories – a weekly podcast in which he delves into the musical careers of his guests.

GETTING ON BOARD WITH RHINO: Warner Music UK (WMUK) has unveiled the appointment of Myn Jazeel as Sr. Vice President Rhino UK. Jazeel will spearhead and oversee the marketing for the company’s iconic artists including Prince, David Bowie, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd and others. He’ll also be a part of WMUK’s senior leadership team, whereas he’ll help shape the direction of the overall business in the UK for the company. Jazeel joined Amazon Music UK in 2015 as its Sr. Label & Industry Relations Manager and oversaw the European streaming strategy for its catalogue as well as working closely with labels to drive cross category international partnership campaigns for acts such as Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Sir Elton John, Nile Rodgers, Sam Smith, Stormzy and many others. Jazeel’s appointment is effective on November 29, 2021. He’ll report directly to Tony Harlow, CEO, Warner Music UK. Also, Jeremy Marsh, interim Head of Rhino UK will stay with the company to help transition Jazeel into his new role and will continue to serve as a special advisor to the global catalog team and report to Kevin Gore, President, Global Catalog, Arts Music.

INSURANCE WITH A TWIST: British rock band Marillion recently announced that they’d crowdfunded the tour insurance for their upcoming multi-date “The Light at The End Of The Tunnel” tour, as they were unable to get insured due the uncertainty of the pandemic. The band and its tour manager, Lucy Jordache have asked fans to pledge money that’s held in escrow, and if the tour is Covid free, it’ll be returned to contributors at the end of the tour. However, if the tour is cancelled, the funds will be used to cover the bands expenses. Marillion is offering each donor a unique gift in return depending on the size of their contribution. Other artists affected by the hardship of the pandemic are also seeking creative ways to insure their tours, whilst incentivizing fans who contribute to their cause

GETTING ON TRACK: Trqk™, a music-tech innovator and pioneer in TrqkIQ™ music royalty intelligence, has officially launched its TrkIQ Publisher Edition™, giving music publishers, production music libraries, and other catalog owners with new ways to harness performance royalty data to interpret and analyze performance royalties, increase efficiencies, and unlock paths to more income. TrqkIQ Publisher Edition can ingest historical data sets and support the uploading and processing of statements up to 100 MB or larger. Through gap-analysis features, rights holders and content owners can find missing income and discover public performances not reflected on PRO statements. Using an automated process, Trqk compares real-time tracking data from historical on-air performances versus the royalties actually collected. The audit identifies discrepancies to help make claims for performances that have been overlooked or not properly paid from PROs. TrqkIQ Publisher Edition currently supports historical BMAT data exports and will support other detection data sets over time.

WHAT THEY REALLY, REALLY WANT: Universal Music Group (UMG) has announced an exclusive worldwide merchandising agreement with multi-Platinum and internationally renowned group the Spice Girls in partnership with UMG’s Bravado division. The multi-year deal will allow Bravado representing the iconic group across all merchandising, direct-to-consumer products and campaigns, brand and retail licensing, distribution and touring ahead of The Spice Girls 25th anniversary of their debut album Spice. This is the first time in 20 years that the group has allowed a company to access its licensing rights across all platforms – the deal will also see new products and collections manufactured for retail and digital commerce. A special anniversary edition album titled, SPICE 25, will be released on October 29, 2021, and will include new mixes and previously unreleased songs from the pop group.

GETTING MORE DEF: Def Jam Recordings has announced the promotion of Charlene Thomas to the role of Vice President of Marketing at the label. Thomas has been with the company for a number of years and has overseen marketing efforts behind DMX’s album EXODUS, releases from Fabolous and Jadakiss, Fredo Bang as well as the Coming 2 America OST. In her current role Thomas has been overseeing the marketing strategy behind release for artists like Kanye West, Jeezy, LL Cool J, 2 Chainz, Hit-Boy, and Big Sean. Thomas has also held previous marketing or A&R positions at Loud Records, Roc-a-Fella Records and Slip-N-Slide working with a diverse group of artists.


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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. Many people have high expectations, but don’t realize the reality of particular situations. Click HERE for a selection of unbelievable reality compared to failed expectations!


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




Growing up in pre-millennial India meant music was MUKS’ (pronounced ‘Mooks’) only escape from the matrix of monoculture. Moving to London as a student, MUKS immersed himself in UK club culture, and became a drum and bass DJ. MUKS is also a filmmaker and produced the Oscar-nominated global hit film, The White Tiger on Netflix. His debut single “Falling” earned global airplay, including spins at Radio Doble Nueve (Lima, Peru), Indie XM (Los Angeles, CA), UCFM (Canberra, Australia), Radio 1 (Mumbai, India), FluxFM (Berlin, Germany), 2XM (Dublin, Ireland) and more. His music video was also added into rotation at MTV/VH1 India. Muks’ new single “Girlfriend,” which is inspired by Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue,” is about yesterday, today and tomorrow all coming together. Discover the cool trip-hop, electronic, alternative inspired single “Girlfriend” by MUKS HERE and contact info@anrworldwide.com for additional details and all inquiries for signing, licensing, publishing and sync opportunities.


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

Euphoric pop merchants Club Beirut are a four-piece band, full of melodic hooks and beats, based in Scotland. Inspired by the musical nuances of Bastille and The 1975, the genesis of the band was 8,000 miles away when front man Craig was serving with the Royal Air Force in the Falklands. He spent his downtime putting together music in a small rehearsal room there. Once Craig returned from his duty, Fraser (lead guitarist) jumped on the bandwagon, and they recorded their first single “Something New.” After the release of their first single, Jordan was brought in on drums, then shortly after followed James on synth and bass. Their new single and video titled “Bury My Friends” is about supporting those with mental health issues. The quartet want to make it clear to any listener that there is always help when needed to anyone suffering mental health issues or suicidal thoughts. Experience the powerful message from the Scottish quartet by watching their video for “Bury My Friends” HERE and contact Kimi Kato at kimi@projectasteri.com as Club Beirut are available for label, publishing, booking and sync opportunities.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 10/10/2021


“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, October 10th, 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:

THE LATHUMS – “I’ll Get By” (Modern Sky, UK)
DANNY BALDRUSSON – “Nervous” (Unsigned, Faroe Islands)
DEMOB HAPPY – “Sympathy Boy” (SO Recordings, UK)
ADELAIDE – “Silent Hope” (Unsigned, Germany)
BLOSSOMS – “Care For” (EMI, UK)
BELLWETHER – “Shortsighted” (Unsigned, Australia)
SLIDE – “Keep Shining” (Unsigned, Sweden)
CLUB BEIRUT – “Bury My Friends” (Unsigned, Scotland)
DED RABBIT – “All Fired Up” (Unsigned, Scotland)
GEORGE DIAZ – “High Rise” (DeAngelis, UK)
SAHARA BECK – “Crave Me” (Unsigned, Australia)
OSCAR LANG – “Yeah” (Dirty Hit, UK)
MUKS – “Girlfriend” (Unsigned, India)
PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION – “Twenty Two” (Unsigned, UK)
COYLE GIRELLI – “Fun” (Unsigned, U.K.)
NOTHING BUT THIEVES – “Miracle, Baby” (RCA, UK)
MADYX – “Into Ashes” (Unsigned, N. America)
REST FOR THE WICKED – “Bones” (EMI, Australia)
LEONIDEN – “Dice” (Euphorie/UMG, Germany)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Lost In Your Light” (417 Records, UK)
THE VIOLENT HEARTS – “Everything & Nothing” (Unsigned, UK)
AZURE RYDER – “Some Kind Of Love” (Island, UK)
THE ROYSTON CLUB – “The Backburner” (Modern Sky, UK)
ELLUR – “Moments” (Dance To The Radio, UK)
VILE ASSEMBLY – “Division Of Labour” (Unsigned, UK)
ALEX RZYAN – “Out of Time” (Unsigned, N. America)
THE SHERLOCKS – “Falling” (Infectious, UK)
THE ROLY MO – “I Miss The Dancing” (7 West Music, Scotland)
LEEPA – “I’m Sorry, Are You?” (Columbia, Germany)
VISTAS – “Brand New” (Unsigned, UK)
BAKER GRACE – “I Feel For You” (Unsigned, N. America)
INHALER – “Totally” (Polydor, UK)
TIM SCHOU – “Hero/Loser” (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
THE MOVING STILLS – “Waste My Time” (Sureshaker, Australia)

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