CHRIS GOBALAKRISHNA & JONATHAN SERBIN NAMED
CO-PRESIDENTS OF WARNER MUSIC ASIA
Chris Gobalakrishna and Jonathan Serbin have been named as the new Co-Presidents of Warner Music Asia. They will both be based in Hong Kong and report to Simon Robson, President, International, Recorded Music, Warner Music Group.
The two executives have already been playing a crucial role in the company’s regional operations since Robson, who was President of Warner Music Asia between 2015 and 2020, returned to London to take up his current role.
Jonathan Serbin & Chris Gobalakrishna
Gobalakrishna and Serbin will accelerate this strategy over the coming years, in a region where the recorded music industry grew by 9.5 per cent in 2020 to $5.1 billion (USD), and by 29.9% excluding the more established market in Japan (IFPI), highlighting that huge opportunity for growth remains in the region.
Chris Gobalakrishna stated, “I’m honored to be working with Jonathan to lead our Asian operations. Asia is such a dynamic region, with dramatic growth prospects, which is also driving the latest tech developments in music streaming and the wider ecosystem. We need to continue to innovate to ensure that Warner Music is the first choice for artists with global aspirations. We’re constantly looking to better monetize the huge consumption of music in all its forms across the region to the benefit our artists.”
Jonathan Serbin added, “Chris and I are determined to give a launch pad to all the amazing artists emerging from all corners of Asia, so they can take their rightful place on the global stage. From hip-hop to dance, rock to pop, Asian artists are redefining genres and connecting with audiences like never before. The wider world is waking up to the huge level of talent in this region and the next few years will see Asian artists becoming increasingly influential and successful on the world stage. We want Warner Music to be leading this revolution.”
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP SIGNS
LEGENDARY SINGER & SONGWRITER LIONEL RICHIE
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed Grammy Award-winning recording artist and songwriter Lionel Richie to an exclusive, global publishing agreement. The deal includes songs written throughout Richie’s solo career including super hits “Hello,” “Lady,” “Dancing on the Ceiling,” “All Night Long,” and numerous others.
With more than 125 million albums sold worldwide, six Grammy Awards, an Oscar and a Golden Globe, Richie (signed with Capitol Records) is an international icon whose discography is a defining part of pop music. He is one of the only songwriters in history to have No.1 records for eleven consecutive years, as well as one of only two songwriters to solely write eight No.1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition to Richie’s extensive catalog of mega-hits like “Penny Lover,” Truly,” “Say You, Say Me” and “Ballerina Girl,” he co-wrote “We Are the World,” one of the most important and timeless pop songs in history.
Richie added, “Having partnered with Universal Music as recording artist for almost my entire career, joining the UMPG family as a songwriter feels like coming home. With their outstanding global team, I know my songs are in the best hands and I’m excited for what we can accomplish together.”
Lionel Richie has a discography of albums and singles that are second to none. His music is part of the fabric of pop music. With more than 125 million albums sold worldwide, an Oscar®, a Golden Globe®, six Grammy Awards®*, the distinction of MusicCares “Person of the Year” in 2016, and Kennedy Center Honoree in 2017. In March 2018, Richie put his handprints and footprints in cement at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, one of the oldest awards in Hollywood. He recently received the Ivor Novello PRS for “Music Special International Award.” Read more HERE.
FADER LABEL LAUNCHES NEW MANAGEMENT DIVISION
The FADER Label, which is a New York City-based indie record label founded by longtime US-based music industry executives Jon Cohen and Rob Stone have launched a new management division called FADER Management. Cohen and Stone are also the founders of Fader Magazine and also were behind the alternative music marketing eco-system known as Cornerstone.
The company’s current roster includes the New York City-based artist Del Water Gap (a solo project of songwriter and producer S. Holden Jaffe); Portland, OR local Mcamp and Southern California-based songwriter, singer and producer James Ivy, with additional artists to be added to the company’s new management lineup.
Jon Cohen, co-Founder, FADER stated, “FADER Management is a natural evolution of the artist development we offer through all of the services Cornerstone and FADER provide.”
In addition to the launch of the management company, FADER Label has also announced a number of new changes to its team including the appointment of Matt Colwell to Director of A&R, Yasmine Panah to the role of Sr. Marketing Manager, Josh Hymowitz is elevated to Project Manager, while Salvatore Maicki is named Creative Content Manager.
FADER Label says it will continue to add new signings to its roster and will continue to develop acts already signed to its label, which includes James Ivy, Super Duper, Kristiane Jaebanzz, Zachary Knowles, Chloe George amongst others. For a full list of the company’s artist roster, click HERE.
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!
A PAIR OF MUSIC APPLES: Being music fans and entrepreneurs for the past few decades, not even a continental divide can’t stop these two from sharing great conversations, a good meal and championing new artists, no matter the geographical boundaries. Pictured (L-R) are longtime friends Karl Anderson, Head Of Music, Africa, Apple Music (originally Founder of one of South Africa’s leading independent labels - Just Music) and Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide / MUSEXPO).
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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. There are good drivers, some that are bad, and occasionally those whose driving skills are quite ugly. Click HERE for a few hair raising, spine tingling and breathtaking moments from drivers who go above and beyond on all four wheels!
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– DOLORES FOREVER
“Kilimanjaro” is the brilliant debut single by Dolores Forever. The alt-pop anthem showcases the duo’s ability to harmonize, layered with a mix of 80s-inspired music with a contemporary twist. The combination creates an unforgettable first offering with the newcomers offering an alluring taste of what’s coming. According to members and close friends Hannah Wilson and Julia Fabrin, “Kilimanjaro” mines the depths of their most iconic and raw heartbreaks. Dolores Forever wanted to write a song about the ones who did them wrong and make it epic. They are currently working on their first EP with King Ed (Baby Queen), Rich Cooper (Rina Sawayama) and Swedish heavyweights Vargas & Lagola. Discover Dolores Forever’s “Kilimanjaro” HERE and contact Richard Perry at email@example.com for all available global opportunities with the band.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – LEEPA
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PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 11/7/2021
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, November 7th, 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 KECKS – “Tonight Might Be Different” (Blaggers Records, Germany) THE SHERLOCKS – “City Lights” (Infectious, UK) SLIDE – “Keep Shining” (Unsigned, Sweden) THE LATHUMS – “I’ll Get By” (Modern Sky, UK) ILLUMEN – “Drifting Apart” (Unsigned, Sweden) LEONIDEN – “Paranoid” (Euphorie/UMG, Germany) TYLER PAGE – ’Kill All The Heroes” (Bad Future, South Africa) BELLWETHER – “Shortsighted” (Unsigned, Australia) ADÉLAIDE – “Silent Hope” (Unsigned, Germany) CLUB BEIRUT – “Bury Your Friends” (Unsigned, Scotland) DANNY BALDURSSON – “Nervous” (Unsigned, Faroe Islands) INHALER – “It Won’t Always Be Like This” (Polydor, UK) MADYX – “Into Ashes” (Unsigned, N. America) PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION – “Twenty Two” (Unsigned, UK) KEHLI – “Not OK” (Unsigned, UK) TIM SCHOU – “Hero/Loser” (Iceberg Records, Denmark) SHAMBOLICS – “Sharp As A Razor” (Unsigned, UK) MUKS – “Girlfriend” (Unsigned, India) THE VIOLENT HEARTS – “Everything & Nothing” (Unsigned, UK) BOY DESTROY – “Favourite” (Budfox, Sweden) WAITING FOR SMITH – “Life She Don’t Lie” (417 Records, UK) VISTAS – “Brand New” (Unsigned, UK) GEORGE DIAZ – “High Rise” (DeAngelis, UK) THE ROYSTON CLUB – “The Backburner” (Modern Sky, UK) BAKER GRACE – “Midnight Thoughts” (Unsigned, N. America) DED RABBIT – “All Fired Up” (Unsigned, Scotland) BALU BRIGADA – “Favorite Clothes” (Unsigned, New Zealand) THE ROLY MO – “I Miss The Dancing” (7 West Music, Scotland) SAHARA BECK – “Crave Me” (Unsigned, Australia) VILE ASSEMBLY – “Division Of Labour” (Unsigned, UK) AZURE RYDER – “Some Kind Of Love” (Island, UK) FINN ASKEW – “Paranoia” (Polydor, UK) IAMJJ – “Hurt” (Mermaid, Denmark) (Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Eiza Murphy, IAMJJ, Kehli, The Royston Club and Baker Grace)