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WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC AND TIM & DANNY MUSIC
INK GLOBAL PUBLISHING DEAL WITH SAM SMITH





Tim & Danny Music and Warner Chappell Music have signed an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with iconic singer and songwriter Sam Smith through a new joint venture, covering all future works. The multi-Platinum, 4x-Grammy, Brit, Golden Globe and Oscar award-winning global pop star is known for a long list of chart-topping, influential hits such as “Stay With Me,” “I’m Not The Only One,” “Lay Me Down,” “Too Good at Goodbyes,” “Dancing With A Stranger (With Normani),” and more.
This also signifies the first signing to come from Tim & Danny Music and Warner Chappell Music’s new long-term publishing partnership. The two companies have joined forces to identify and nurture top songwriting talent with a focus on the UK and international markets.
Tim Blacksmith, Co-Founder, Tim & Danny Music stated, “Sam is an exceptional artist and one of the most impactful songwriters in music today. This next chapter with them is a significant one and continues the successful partnership we’ve had with Sam for the past eight years. We’re equally as proud and excited to be on this journey with Guy and the brilliant team at Warner Chappell and look forward to all the amazing work we’ll do together.”

Guy Moot, Co-Chair & CEO, Warner Chappell Music said, “Sam is truly one of the world’s greatest talents, as both a captivating performer and inspiring songwriter, and it’s wonderful to be working with them again. I’m also quite thrilled about our new business relationship with Tim and Danny, two of my oldest friends in the music industry and incredible entrepreneurs. They have an outstanding track record, including supporting Sam since the beginning, and I know this is the start of a long and successful partnership.”

Sam Smith added, “I’m so excited to carry on my musical journey with Tim and Danny who have supported me since the beginning of my career, and also really happy to team up with Guy, Carianne [Marshall] and the Warner Chappell family. Looking forward to this next chapter of my career.”

British singer and songwriter Sam Smith gained prominence in the UK after their collaborations with Disclosure on the single, “Latch” in 2012 and Naughty Boy’s UK No. 1 single “La La La” in 2013. Smith’s international career skyrocketed from there with the release of their Capitol Records debut studio album, In the Lonely Hour, in 2014, which included the RIAA Diamond-certified worldwide smash and UK chart-topper, “Stay With Me.” The RIAA 5x multi-Platinum album went on to earn Smith their first Grammy Awards for “Song of the Year” and “Record of the Year,” both for “Stay With Me (Darkchild version),” in addition to “Best Pop Vocal Album” and “Best New Artist.” Smith’s music has amassed over 30 billion streams and sold over 30 million adjusted albums worldwide.


A&R WORLDWIDE HELPS SECURE NEW GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP
WITH HOLLAND’S CTM AND UK COMPANY





A brand-new publishing partnership between renowned and influential Dutch music, publishing, management, TV and multimedia firm CTM Entertainment, and Adam Clough and Hannah Joseph who run 365 Artists, and represent some of the most prominent and successful producer/writers in the UK has been finalized. The new joint-venture publishing company will be called Loco Parentis Publishing. Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide was instrumental in helping bring the two parties together for this unique opportunity.
CTM is run by André de Raaff, who was previously the CEO of Imagem Music Group, which was acquired by Concord Bicycle Music in 2017 for over $500 million (USD). Earlier this year, de Raaff and Dallas, TX-based Outlander Fund and CTM announced that they would be looking to invest over one billion dollars in copyrights over the course of the next five years.
André de Raaff, CEO, CTM stated, “We are very excited to be in business with Adam Clough and Hannah Joseph. They are top managers who have proven track record and history to have the right ears for discovering new talent, which was the basis of their previous very successful music publishing company. We’re confident that we will reach worldwide success with many writers signed to our new JV publishing company – the first signing will be announced shortly. We are grateful to Sat Bisla for helping bring us together,”
365 Artists represents notable producers and/or writers including Steve Fitzmaurice (Sam Smith, Rag’n’Bone Man, Depeche Mode, Forest Blakk), Dave Sneddon (Lewis Capaldi, Lana Del Rey, Tom Gregory, Hurts), Danton Supple (Coldplay, Starsailor, Ian Brown), mixer Jeremy Wheatley (Sigrid, Pet Shop Boys, Jason Mraz, Leona Lewis, Westlife) and many others.


SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING PARTNERS WITH INDIA’S
WHITE HILL MUSIC & SIGNS NEW NASHVILLE CREATIVE


Sony Music Publishing has formalized its partnership with one of the leading music and film production studios in India, White Hill Music Pvt Ltd., to provide global publishing services for White Hill Music, including administration, synchronization, and catalogue promotion. Sony Music Publishing will also deliver opportunities for international collaboration across its global network.
White Hill Studios is an award-winning, Vancouver-based movie production and distribution house and music label specializing in Punjabi and Hindi content. White Hill is dedicated to producing high-quality films, music videos, web series, and short films, as well as distribution of films to both domestic and international audiences.
Meanwhile, Sony Music Publishing Nashville and KP Entertainment have announced their partnership to sign rising songwriter and producer Lee Starr to a worldwide publishing agreement. Based in Nashville, Lee Starr is a songwriter and producer specializing in country and pop music, known for penning songs with emerging artists such as Elvie Shane, Ashland Craft, Conner Smith and Drew Green.
Recently, Starr co-wrote Elvie Shane’s debut single entitled “My Boy,” which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart dated October 23, earning 29.5 million audience impressions. In the same week, “My Boy” reached a new high at the No. 4 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs with 6.6 million US streams.


MUSEXPO & GLOBAL ROCK SUMMIT RETURN TO LOS ANGELES
AS PART OF CALIFORNIA ENTERTAINMENT WEEK 2022





MUSEXPO (www.musexpo.net) has announced that its Creative Summit will return to Burbank, CA from March 20 – 23, 2022. The MUSEXPO Creative Summit joins a week–long series of events that includes the Global Synch Summit and International Songwriting Summit, and Global Rock Summit, all coinciding as part of California Entertainment Week, and taking place March 20 – 25th, 2022. Formal details of confirmed speakers, event partners and the overall program are continuing to build for next year’s highly anticipated event.
From March 20th – 23rd, MUSEXPO’s Creative Summit will return to the inspiring Castaway venue in the breathtaking hills of Burbank for an ultimate networking, creative and business experience. Burbank, CA is home to some of the world’s most recognized music and media companies including film/TV studios, record labels, publishing companies, radio stations, music supervisors, synch companies and more.
Confirmed MUSEXPO 2022 sponsors and partners for next year’s event include: Capitol Music Group, Caroline, City of Burbank, IGA (Interscope/Geffen/A&M), Def Jam Recordings, Atlantic Records, Republic Records, Elektra, Warner Records, Times Music India, Concord, Visit Burbank, Silva Screen Music Group, SO Recordings, Supreme Songs, Lionsheart Publicity, Reeperbahn Festival, Westside Music Sweden, BUMA Music in Motion, Cinq Music Group, Primary Wave Music, MDIIO, XPONorth Scotland, PRS For Music, SESAC, Songtradr, 300, Riptide Music Group, 5 Alarm Music, PMA (Production Music Association), Midem, All About Music India, OLEH! Records (Israel), Offstream Music Group, Norwegian Music Publisher’s Association, Trevanna Tracks, Songtrust, ClicknClear, The Music Registry and others.
Lisa Worden Matt Pinfield Andrea C. Martin Aton Ben-Horin Brandon Young
Molly Neuman Kabiru Bello Chantal Epp Paul Wiltshire
Some of the speakers already confirmed for next year’s MUSEXPO and Global Rock Summit events include: Lisa Worden - Vice President, Rock & Alternative, iHeartMedia, & Program Director of ALT 98.7 Los Angeles; Matt Pinfield – On-Air Personality (KLOS Los Angeles, Sirius/XM); Andrea C. Martin – Chief Executive, PRS For Music; Aton Ben-Horin - Global Vice President, A&R - Warner Music Group; Josh Rabinowitz – Music Consultant & Brand Strategist; Mandar Thakur – COO, Times Music (India); Brandon Young – Sr. Director, Music Affairs, Activision; Rich Thomas – Founder, Indie Esports League; Molly Neuman – President, Songtrust; Kabiru Bello - Head of Asylum Records / A&R Director Warner Music, Sweden; Jake Livingston - Head of Creative, Primary Wave Music; Mike Daley - Executive Director, A&R and Music Publishing, Disney Music Group; Chantal Epp – Founder & CEO, ClicknClear; Paul Wiltshire – CEO, Songtradr; Sean Mulligan - VP Creative, Music Supervision, MNRK Music Group; Ritch Esra – Publisher, The Music Registry, and Mark Sutherland – Music & Media Journalist, UK.
For sponsorship, partnership and additional details contact Sat Bisla at sat@anrworldwide.com.
Registration is now open for MUSEXPO’s Creative Summit at www.musexpo.net, and for the Global Rock Summit at www.globalrocksummit.com.


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!

THE ART & SCIENCE OF A&R: Having decades of experience between them, there’s never any shortage of inspiring music and business conversation about the evolving world of pop culture, media, technology and beyond. Sharing a wonderful meal and some great A&R company are longtime friends (L-R): David Massey, President & CEO, Arista Records; Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide and Daniel Glass, Founder & CEO, Glassnote Entertainment Group.



GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…


LAUNCHING A NEW LABEL WITH LONDON: Dre London, manager of Post Malone has launched a new record label in partnership with music and technology platform Vydia. The new music company is called London Music Group, and one of its first releases is from the artist Mario with the song “Get Back” featuring Chris Brown, which came out last Friday. Under the new collaboration, Vydia will provide London and his team with the tools and infrastructure to power the label including a full suite of services which entail international distribution, analytics, rights management, audio and video supply chain, intricate revenue tracking, and additional resources. London and Roy LaManna, CEO & Co-Founder, Vydia have worked together in the past with the launch of the 2015 Post Malone single “White Iverson,” which was certified by RIAA as 8X Platinum in the US earlier this year.

JOINING BLOODLINES: Leading Australian music company Mushroom Group has announced that it has promoted Dean McLachlan as the new Managing Director for its label imprint Bloodlines. Bloodlines was co-Founded in 2017 by the late Michael Gudinski and Warren Costello in 2017, and has a roster of artists that includes Yothu Yindi, Jimmy Barnes, Hunters & Collectors, Archie Roach amongst others. McLachlan joined Mushroom in 1997 as its Promotions Manager and has since held various roles at the company including at Mushroom Music Publishing, Mushroom Pictures and Liberation Music. McLachlan was named General Manager of Bloodlines in 2017. McLachlan will continue to serve as an A&R consultant to Mushroom Publishing in addition to his current responsibilities at Bloodlines.

MORE KORN ON THE COB: The $1 billion (USD) backed US-based Tempo Music has acquired a majority stake in the master rights and compositions of Korn, the legendary chart-topping alternative/rock/metal band who had significant success worldwide in the late 90s and early 2000s. The deal includes Tempo’s majority stake ownership in Korn’s two iconic albums, See You On The Other Side and Untitled, and also has rights to the perpetual license and income streams from Korn’s MTV Unplugged album, which features some of the band’s best known songs. Tempo music is funded by Providence Equity Partners and was launched back in 2019. Providence Equity Partners is a private equity firm that focuses investments within software, media, education, communications and service industries. Warner Music Group is also a partner on specific investments with the equity firm. Korn begins its extensive US tour on February 4, 2022 in Los Angeles.

A SUPERTRAMP DEAL: The Board of Round Hill Music Royalty Fund Limited today announced that the company has entered into a long-term agreement to administer 100% of the neighboring rights income, generated from the master recordings, of three long-standing members of the highly successful British rock group, Supertramp. The deal includes 39 original recordings including the well-known songs “The Logical Song,” “Take The Long Way Home,” “Breakfast In America,” “Goodbye Stranger” and “Give A Little Bit.” The 100% neighboring rights of songs from the catalog are based on income of the catalog of longtime band members Douglas Thomson, Bob Siebenberg and John Helliwell. Supertramp was an English rock band from London, formed in 1969 by Roger Hodgson and Rick Davies. Supertramp’s peak was in 1979, following the release of their album, Breakfast in America, which yielded multiple international Top 10 singles. In 2007 Supertramp’s album sales exceeded 60 million units, with the group becoming increasingly popular across North America, Europe, South Africa, Australia and particularly in Canada, where it had No.1 singles with “The Logical Song” and “Dreamer.” Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed; however, on completion of the investment of proceeds from the C Share fundraise of $86.5 million (USD), together with the remaining undrawn balance of its existing revolving credit facility, the company says it will make further financial disclosures.

WHAT THE FUGA’S GOIN’ ON: FUGA a full-service B2B music distributor owned by Downtown Music Holdings, today announced a global delivery platform services deal with Beggars Group, the independent label group home to 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade Records, XL Recordings and Young. The partnership will see extensive technical integration between Beggars’ newly developed, innovative technology platform and FUGA’s proprietary digital supply chain technology, to service all of Beggars’ global DSP partners with the group’s entire catalogue and new releases across all five labels. Supported by FUGA’s global engineering and London-based management teams, these two organizations have already completed the migration of Beggars’ considerable catalogue. FUGA’s London-based team has doubled in size over the last twelve months, with the business actively expanding its presence in the region.

GETTING SMARTER ON TV: Qobuz, the streaming and download platform, has launched its first ever smart TV app on Samsung Smart TVs. The partnership will give the owners of Samsung Smart TVs in the 18 markets where Qobuz currently operates instant access to the internationally acclaimed music streaming platform. In addition, the Galaxy Store will be featuring the Qobuz app as an Editor’s Choice within the smart TV App Store, putting it front-and-center this month. The Qobuz app for the Samsung Smart TV platform, Tizen OS, will now reach over 190 million households in 197 countries around the world. Samsung TV owners can download Qobuz from the app store to get a one-month free trial in all music genres, human-crafted playlists, exclusive content including Qobuz bios and album reviews, liner notes, digital booklets, and more.

SIGNING A LEGEND: Sony Music Publishing has signed a global agreement with the estate of legendary singer-songwriter Gregg Allman to administer its catalog of songs. The deal covers many of Allman’s compositions from his time as a member of the Allman Brothers Band, as well as songs written throughout his enduring solo career. Gregg Allman is widely regarded as one of the most iconic rock and roll songwriters, celebrated for his unique sound which blended elements from blues, jazz, rock and country. Some of Allman’s most notable hits include “Whipping Post,” “Melissa,” and “Midnight Rider” by the Allman Brothers Band, and his critically acclaimed solo albums such as 1973’s Laid Back, 1987’s I’m No Angel, and his Grammy nominated 2011 album Low Country Blues, produced by T-Bone Burnett.

ADDING TO ITS FRENCH CONNECTION: The management team at Warner Chappell Music France has unveiled the appointment of Nathalie Monnet as Legal Director and Lucie Sort as Finance and Administration Director. The move follows the promotion of Matthieu Tessier to the role of Managing Director of Warner Chappell Music France earlier this year. Sort joins the publisher from Warner Music France, where she had served as Controlling Director since 2014, as the record company embraced and transformed its business models towards digital. She succeeds the hugely respected Dalila Revenu, who will be retiring after being with the company for almost 40 years. Monnet moved to Warner Chappell Music from Universal Music Publishing France, where she had worked in the Business Affairs team since 2008. Her first job was in the International Department at collecting society SACEM, and she later worked in the Business Affairs team at Warner Chappell Music France between 2006 and 2008, before moving to Universal.

A NEW MUSIC PUBLISHING PHASE: Leading independent Australasian music publisher Native Tongue has announced the signing of Mark Landon (pka M-Phazes) to a new publishing deal for the territories of Australia and New Zealand. The Australian born and Los Angeles-based producer and songwriter has worked with some major international acts over the course of his decade long career. He’s collaborated with Demi Lovato, Eminem, Madonna, Kehlani, Zara Larsson and Noah Cyrus. In addition, his studio work has earned him numerous ARIA, Billboard and APRA awards, as well as a Grammy award. In addition, M-Mphazes as also been nominated for “Producer Of The Year” for the 2021 ARIA awards.

STAYING ON BOARD WITH CONCORD: Concord Theatricals has announced that it has extended its long-term partnership with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Really Useful Group for exclusive representation of the legendary composer’s professional and amateur stage licensing rights in North America. Concord launched The Musical Company, a joint venture with The Really Useful Group, in 2016. With the formation of Concord Theatricals in 2018, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection was joined by the catalogs of R&H Theatricals, Samuel French and Tams-Witmark. Prior to 2016, the ALW Collection was licensed by R&H Theatricals. For more information about The Andrew Lloyd Webber collection, click HERE.

GETTING SOME NEW A&R ENERGY: Red Bull Records has announced the signing of the emerging indie hip-hop artist Peter $un to its roster, and unveiled a special deluxe edition of his breakout album, Scumbaby. Released in partnership with David Dann, Founder, Mind of a Genius, the digital deluxe comes on the first anniversary of its initial release and features three new tracks, including a remix of “Wylin’” by rapper Katori Walker and the bouncing, R&B-driven single “ No Bad Days.” The signing was initiated by KennyTickSalcido, Sr. VP/Head of A&R, Red Bull Records with the support of Greg Hammer, Managing Director, Red Bull Records. The release of the Scumbaby deluxe album follows a return to the road for Peter $un, joining rapper Al-Doms on a series of East Coast tour dates.

BYRD LANDS AT LIVE NATION: Veteran agent and global tour promoter Jay Byrd has been tapped by Live Nation to join its ever-expanding concerts division team. As part of his new role, Byrd will oversee touring activities for artists including A$AP Rocky, Lil Baby and Logic, as well as helping with building new relationships with artists, and booking tours across North America and global markets. Byrd began his career at William Morris Agency (WME) back in 2006 and rose through the ranks to becoming a booking agent and then moved up to handle the WME’s entire adult contemporary roster for the West Coast, and Western Canada. In 2015, Byrd left WME to join Creative Artists Agency (CAA), where he worked with artists including Jason Derulo, Lukas Graham, Lil Wayne, Corinne Bailey Rae, Common, Queen Latifah, and Jon Batiste.

TIMBERING FOR AN NFT: Four-time Grammy winning music producer Timbaland and NFT inventor, Kevin McCoy have collaborated to create a unique collection of NFT’s from Timbaland’s forthcoming EP, Opera Noir. Timbaland, who has worked with hit artists Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Beyoncé and many others is pioneering the music industry again with a collection of NFT’s named NFT Producer Mix Series. NFT format inventor Kevin McCoy along with Timbaland have partnered with Monegraph and their Readymade NFT eCommerce Platform to create Music NFT’s of stems, hooks, beats and artwork for the upcoming Opera Noir EP release in 2022. NFT Producer Mix Series will consist of 5 to 8 music NFT’s of different musical elements with 50 to 90 unique digital collectables per song. The initial Opera Noir Music NFT’s featured are from tracks, “Aphrodite” and “BMW” which are scheduled to be auctioned on November 2nd with a launch party planned in New York City at the NYC.NFT Conference. For more information on the release date of Opera Noir and the NFT collection, click HERE.

NEW SONGS IN THE RESERVOIR: Reservoir Media, Inc. today announced the acquisition of hit songs by the No.1 Country songwriter Stephony Smith. The deal includes the No.1 and multi-Platinum single “It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Smith first began her career writing commercial jingles for a major advertising agency, in Memphis, Tennessee. By 1989, Smith moved to Nashville and signed her first publishing deal with Polygram, now Universal. She has since written songs for many award-winning artists including Shania Twain, Barbara Streisand, Kenny Chesney, Montgomery Gentry, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, and Wynonna Judd, and collaborated with The Chicks to pen “Sin Wagon” that sold 11 million albums and is among the songs Reservoir acquired. She received incredible critical and commercial acclaim for writing 100% of previously mentioned multi-Platinum single “It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, which held the No.1 spot on the Country chart for six straight weeks and was the most played Country song of 1997. Smith has written four additional No.1 singles, including “How Was I To Know” by Reba McEntire, “Perfect Love” by Trisha Yearwood, “Yes” by Chad Brock, and “Back When” by Tim McGraw. Smith also co-wrote “Johnny and June” by Heidi Newfield, formerly of Trick Pony, which stormed the Billboard charts in 2008 and was nominated for The Academy of Country Music’s “Song of the Year.”

A WONDERLICK SIGNING: Australia’s Wonderlick Recording Company has announced the signing of rising local artist and songwriter Jess Day. The deal is a part of a joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment and Wonderlick Entertainment and comes on the heels of Days’ new single release titled, “Naked,” from her forthcoming EP, which recently captured national airplay on the influential Triple J radio network. Both Wonderlick and Sony Music will continue to work with Day on her overall catalogue and artist development. Last year, Day won the “Best Solo Artist” and “Best Song” nominations at the South Australian Music Awards.

DAYTRIPPIN’ WITH A PARTY OF THREE: Daytripper Music Publishing (Daytripper), the new creative-centric division of CSS Rights Management (CCS), has announced its first US signings for exclusive, worldwide co-publishing deals with three critically-acclaimed up-and-coming songwriters Olivia Wendel, Laureli, and Daniel Blake. New York-based singer/songwriter Olivia Wendel’s debut album Windthrow was released in 2021 and has drawn comparisons to the likes of Kacey Musgraves and Phoebe Bridgers. The 19-year-old rising star and prolific songwriter Laureli has crafted over 400 songs since the beginning of 2020. Her signature pacific pop sound has made her a standout amongst a sea of incredibly talented young artists. Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Daniel Blake’s eclectic melodies and sincere lyrics have caught the attention of major music supervisors and sparked a fast-growing fan base. His songs have been featured in Disney+ series Big Shot, Pretty Little Liars, Blacklist and more.

GOING AWAL: AWAL has announced a worldwide deal with acclaimed Irish singer/songwriter CMAT. Under the recordings deal for her forthcoming album, CMAT will benefit from AWAL’s global marketing, creative, synch and A&R teams. Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson, the Dublin artist better known as CMAT, spent her formative years studying the work of Dolly Parton, Charli XCX, Loretta Lynn and Cate Le Bon alongside copious research into RuPaul’s Drag Race, music TV of the 70s and 80s, the life and works of Anna Nicole Smith, Dublin’s drag scene and celebrity socialites London/Los Angeles between 1999 and 2009, all resulting in CMAT: an alternative pop star for an alternate universe. Key supporters of her work to date include Dork, The Guardian, Popjustice, The Irish Times, Wonderland, Clash and The Sunday Times, alongside editorial playlist support from Spotify, including a number of NMF UK nods, and 2021 tips from a range of influential publications.

PROVIDING UNIVERSAL SUPPORT: Universal Music Group (UMG) has become the first corporate Sponsor of WIPO for Creators, an initiative that aims to ensure that creators around the world are recognized and fairly rewarded for their work by increasing knowledge and awareness of their intellectual property (IP) rights. Launched by WIPO and the Sweden-based Music Rights Awareness Foundation, WIPO for Creators is a public-private partnership supporting IP rights for creators across the arts, including music, literature, audiovisual creation, and the dramatic and visual arts. UMG will help fund selected WIPO for Creators deliverables in development, in particular the Creators Platform, an online rights awareness platform to support creators across the arts through high-quality interactive “microlearning” videos, featuring high-profile creators and regularly updated information. The texts and videos will be designed to quickly provide answers to creators’ questions as they arise in real-time, often during the creative process, throughout their career.

DAS GUT: BMG, its live partner company Undercover, and Volker Hirsch, founder of the iconic German Taubertal-Festival will be forming a strategic alliance. BMG has signed an agreement to acquire a majority stake in KARO Konzert-Agentur Rothenburg GmbH, organizer of Taubertal-Festival, one of the most renowned mid-size boutique rock and pop festivals in Europe. The alliance forms the next step in BMG’s strategic expansion into the live music and entertainment business. It means that in addition to touring, booking and concerts, BMG’s holistic offering to the live music market now includes festivals. Working closely together, KARO, Undercover and BMG will leverage their shared experience, knowledge and partner networks and create compelling, tailor-made music marketing and sponsorship solutions for the festival. One of the long-term goals is to further strengthen the brand behind Taubertal-Festival internationally. Founded in 1996, its picturesque location in Tauber Valley, the festival’s family character combined with a high-profile lineup have created a unique experience, making it one of the favorite festivals across the artists and festival community. Volker Hirsch will retain full creative freedom and continue to head the festival.

HITTING THE RIGHT SPOT: After publishing its financial results for Q3, global streaming platform Spotify has increased its Premium Subscription total to 172 million users, which is around 7 million more subscribers than Q2. The growth in Spotify’s Premium subscriber base for Q3 equated to $2.52 billion (USD) in revenue, which is up 6% from the $2.38 billion from the previous quarter. Spotify also posted increased growth from its ad-supported userbase as quarterly revenue rose to $374 million, 17% more than Q2’s total of $319 million. As Spotify has looked to expand its services into new global markets, Q3 results show promising regional performance growth performance from markets like South Korea, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. In a note addressed to its shareholders regarding double-digit growth in all regions, Spotify emphasized continued robust marketing activity in India, whilst they had above expected growth in the Philippines and Indonesia”. As Spotify garners advertising traction in new international markets with their investment in Podcasts and the Spotify Audience Network, the acquisition of Megaphone earlier this year, Q4 for the company looks to be even more promising.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Mattias Tell, Andrea Amico, Mark Chipello, Mark Beaven, Scooter Braun, Jbeau Lewis, Maureen Kenny, Chris Barton, Paresh Ghelani, Michael Rapino, Tak Furichi, Jamie Hole, Anita Chinkes-Ratner, Madonna Wade-Reed and Tom Poleman.


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. Live TV can be interesting, fun and sometimes just quite cringe worthy! Click HERE for an interesting collage of live TV moments that were maybe better off being on non-TV platforms.


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




Demob Happy originated as a four-piece in 2008 as they began their garage rock renaissance. Their debut album, 2015’s Dream Soda (SO Recordings), was released to critical acclaim. Now a trio, they delivered their sophomore effort, Holy Doom in 2018. The album was filled with infectious hooks, energy and featured grunge-sounding guitars. Now in 2021, Demob Happy return with new music and a new direction with “Sympathy Boy,” which has garnered global radio support on Passport Approved. The synth-layered single showcases another side to the band’s musicality, as they pave the way into a genre-blurring territory. The song was produced by frontman Matthew Marcantonio and mixed by Dom Craik of Nothing But Thieves. “Sympathy Boy” contains a simple message according to Marcantonio: “Try to be empathic and sympathetic with people and try and connect back to nature.” The UK outfit wrapped up their UK tour in September and opened the main stage at Reading and Leeds Festivals, as well as a triumphant performance at London’s SCALA. Listen to “Sympathy Boy” HERE and contact Adam Greenup at adam@silvascreen.co.uk for all inquiries.


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

Alex Rzyan is a 22-year-old singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles. When she’s behind the piano, she creates a dark and dreamy sound reminiscent of an 80s-influenced soundtrack. Add some futuristic drum machines and her moody vocals and you’ll teleport yourself into an episode of Twin Peaks. Citing Depeche Mode and Blondie among her musical influences, Rzyan collects her aesthetic inspiration from the Sex Pistols and Keith Richards. She released her debut single “Lost Interest” in March, with Mr Hudson as the executive producer, and hasn’t slowed down since. She was selected for The ASCAP Foundation 2021 Harold Adamson Songwriters Workshop and has been writing alongside the likes of main collaborator Tony Esterly (Sia, Andra Day, BTS), Bram Inscore (Troye Sivan, Beck), Greg Wells (John Legend, Adele) and Anthony Kilhoffer (Kanye West, Kid Cudi). Her sophomore single “Out Of Time” will attract fans of Lorde, Lily Allen and Tove Lo, as it showcases her silky vocals and songwriting skills. Discover Alex Rzyan’s “Out Of Time” video HERE, and contact Marnie Dunstan at marniedunstan@gmail.com for additional information and all inquiries.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 10/31/2021


“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, October 31st, 2021: The weekly import show. Heard on more than 50 radio stations on six continents weekly including: Flux FM Berlin, Germany; NINETYSIX Radio (Indonesia); JioSaavn (India); 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 LIVING STRANGE – “Radio” (Unsigned, N. America)
THE KECKS – “Tonight Might Be Different” (Blaggers Records, Germany)
ILLUMEN – “Drifting Apart” (Unsigned, Sweden)
SLIDE – “Keep Shining” (Unsigned, Sweden)
JEREMY LOOPS – “Postcards” (Universal Music, South Africa)
SUNHILL – “Golden Days” (Black Valley Records, Sweden)
ADÉLAIDE – “Silent Hope” (Unsigned, Germany)
THE SHERLOCKS – “Falling” (Infectious, UK)
BAKER GRACE – “I Feel For You” (Unsigned, N. America)
LEONIDEN – “Paranoid” (Euphorie/UMG, Germany)
GEORGE DIAZ – “High Rise” (DeAngelis, UK)
BELLWETHER – “Shortsighted” (Unsigned, Australia)
MUKS – “Girlfriend” (Unsigned, India)
PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION – “Twenty Two” (Unsigned, UK)
TIM SCHOU – “Hero/Loser” (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
BERNHOFT – “Call Out Kids” (Polaris Hub, Norway)
DANNY BALDURSSON – “Nervous” (Unsigned, Faroe Islands)
CLUB BEIRUT – “Bury My Friends” (Unsigned, Scotland)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Life She Don’t Lie” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
SHAMBOLICS – “Sharp As A Razor” (Unsigned, UK)
IAMJJ – “Hurt” (Mermaid, Denmark)
COYLE GIRELLI – “Fun” (Unsigned, U.K.)
VISTAS – “Brand New” (Unsigned, UK)
TYLER PAGE – “Kill All The Heroes” (Bad Future, South Africa)
THE VIOLENT HEARTS – “Everything & Nothing” (Unsigned, UK)
ALEX RZYAN – “Out of Time” (Unsigned, N. America)
HIGH TROPICS – “Is It Worth It Anymore?” (Unsigned, Australia)
THE ROLY MO – “I Miss The Dancing” (7 West Music, Scotland)
SAHARA BECK – “Crave Me” (Unsigned, Australia)
THE ROYSTON CLUB – “The Backburner” (Modern Sky, UK)
MADYX – “Into Ashes” (Unsigned, N. America)
VILE ASSEMBLY – “Division Of Labour” (Unsigned, UK)
AZURE RYDER – “Some Kind Of Love” (Island, UK)

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