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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
Warner Music has been growing and strengthening its presence in Asia in recent years, acquiring the catalogues of Gold Typhoon (2014) and ISS (2016); opening for business in Vietnam (2020); launching new labels, such as Japan’s +809 (2019) and Whet Records (2021); introducing ADA, its independent artist and label services arm (2020); and dramatically expanding its domestic rosters in key markets such as Japan and Korea.

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.
Jody Gerson, Chairman and CEO of UMPG, said, “I am thrilled that Lionel Richie has chosen UMPG to take care of his song catalogue. I have known Lionel personally for years and have always wanted to be his publisher. I am so happy the day has finally come. We will be the best publisher Lionel has ever had. My teams around the world couldn’t be more excited to work with his illustrious catalogue of hits spanning many, many decades.”

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).




GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…


ATLANTIC RECORDS BENELUX: Warner Music has announced the launch of Atlantic Records in Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), which will focus on the discovery and promotion of burgeoning domestic hip-hop artists from across the region. Sander Stijnen, Head of A&R, and Iia Verdooren, Head of Domestic Marketing will be responsible for leadership at Atlantic Records Benelux, whilst continuing their current roles, and report to Martin Jessurun, President, Warner Music Benelux. Atlantic Records Benelux has a number of new releases forthcoming from the likes of Dutch artist DJ DYLVN, Defano Holwijn (new single released last Friday), FAHIONOVA feat BKO and others. Atlantic Records also launched operations in the Russian Federation earlier this year, with our understanding that additional offices will open in new territories next year.

SHE’S GOING HELIOCENTRIC: A&R Worldwide has learned that respected booking agent Phyllis Belezos (formerly with ITB) has launched her own independent international music talent booking and consultancy agency called Heliocentric Entertainment. The London, England-based company currently has an artist roster that includes the likes of Bernhoft, Holloway Road, July 7, Lydmor, Sam Palladio, Vincent Darby, the legendary band WAR amongst others. The critically acclaimed Norwegian talent Bernhoft on Heliocentric’s burgeoning roster recently released the infectious, retro-funk/soul inspired single called, “Making Of Call Out Kids,” which is making waves internationally.

GETTING MORE RELIANT IN EUROPE: Vancouver, Canada-based Reliant Music has announced the expansion of its international team with the hiring of Mischa Daniels to the role of Vice President, A&R at Reliant Music Europe. Daniels the former Creative Music Director, Armada Music, and his hiring expands Reliant’s presence in Europe, with A&R Worldwide facilitating some key strategic partnerships for the company over the past several years, on behalf of John Dexter, Founder & President, Reliant Music, including a deal with legendary DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold. Daniels has had success with the signing and/or A&R’ing of acts such as Loud Luxury, Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Fedde Le Grand, Nervo and others. Earlier this year, Reliant Music had hired Amsterdam-based executive Angelique Pattikawa-Thenu to the role of Vice President, A&R, Reliant Music Europe, who is now running her own consulting business.

SIGNING AN ABOVE WATER DEAL: Last week, Primary Wave Music announced an acquisition in the stake of the music publishing catalog of singer, songwriter, and musician Mike Scott of the Waterboys. Terms of the comprehensive deal include a share in all publishing rights and income streams, as well as master rights and income streams owned by Scott. Included in the deal are a number of Scott’s biggest hits for the band including “Fisherman’s Blues” and “This Is the Sea,” as well as their most well-known song, “Whole of the Moon.” Considered a classic of the band’s repertoire, “Whole of the Moon” was the band’s most commercially successful single. In 1991 the song was a huge hit, receiving an Ivor Novello Award for “Best Song Musically and Lyrically.” The song has been covered by many artists including Fiona Apple, The Killers and Prince who performed the song live in some of his last shows. Primary Wave Music will also maintain an ongoing partnership with Scott to manage all assets owned by the musician. In addition, Primary Wave will work with Scott to secure marketing opportunities regarding his name and likeness. Furthermore, Scott will now have access to Primary Wave’s entire marketing team and publishing infrastructure which includes branding, digital, licensing and synch opportunities.

GOING “APESH*T” WITH UMG: Four-time Grammy Award winner Anderson .Paak an acclaimed musician, songwriter, producer, director and crossing a wide spectrum of creative content development, has launched a new record label called APESHIT INC., in collaboration with Universal Music Group (UMG). .Paak’s vision is to create a label that will showcase all genres of artists and push musicians that play instruments to the forefront. The label will look to raise the bar on music with its selection of artists, no gimmicks, no button-pushing, just raw talent. “I was going to shows and realized that less and less I was seeing actual performers,” said .Paak. “Where is the next generation that can play instruments?? I know they’re out there – don’t sell your instruments, this label wants to hear you!” Referring to the label’s name, .Paak replied, “APE stands for Anderson .Paak Empire. And, well, we on some other shit out here in this music business jungle, so APESHIT!” APESHIT INC. will be based in Los Angeles and will announce details of the label’s debut signings and releases shortly. UMG will provide global support for APESHIT INC. artists and releases through its extensive network of divisions worldwide.

THE BEATLES AND INDIA: A brand new major documentary and companion album are set to be released this autumn, exploring The Beatles’ lasting legacy from their culturally ground-breaking time spent in India. The Beatles And India will chronicle the enduring love affair between The Beatles and India that started more than half a century ago. The documentary includes archival footage, recordings and photographs, eye-witness accounts and expert comments along with location shoots across India, bring alive the fascinating journey of George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr from their high-octane celebrity lives in the West to a remote Himalayan ashram in search of spiritual bliss. Inspired by Ajoy Bose’s book, Across The Universe - The Beatles In India, British Indian music entrepreneur Reynold D’Silva (Founder & Chairman, Silva Screen Music Group) is the producer of Bose’s directorial debut. The album features the Beatles’ songs written during their stay in Rishikesh, India including “Mother Nature’s Son,” “Revolution,” “Sexy Sadie,” “Dear Prudence,” “Child of Nature” among others. The first single from The Beatles and India is available now, and features Indian singer -songwriter Nikhil D’Souza performing John Lennon’s love letter to the country – “India, India.”

A UTOPIAN MOMENT: The Swiss-based music tech company Utopia Music, which monitors global music consumption in real-time, allowing for rare access and reporting depth has hired seasoned music industry executive Rachel Kelly as its new Vice President, Australia. Kelly who has worked for companies including BMG Rights Management, Warner Chappell, Downtown and Alberts, will be based in Sydney and oversee the set-up and rollout of the company’s activities throughout Australia, New Zealand and Australasia. Kelly will report to Roberto Neri, COO, Utopia who has overseen a raft of new hirings at the fintech company this year including the recent appointment of Paris, France-based Yvan Boudillet who joined the company as Head of Policy.

SIGNING CAESAR WITHOUT THE SALAD: Warner Chappell Music has entered into a worldwide administration agreement with Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Daniel Caesar. The deal encompasses Caesar’s entire back catalog and future works, including his breakthrough collaborations “Best Part” feat. H.E.R. and “Get You” feat. Kali Uchis. Each of those records has accumulated more than 600 million global streams, garnering worldwide notoriety for Caesar, with “Best Part” earning him a Grammy Award for “Best R&B Performance.” Most recently, Caesar collaborated with Justin Bieber on the massive hit single “Peaches,” which shot to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Global 200 charts. Since its release in March 2021, the song has reached No.1 on both the Top 40 and Rhythmic Radio charts, as well as amassed over 809 million streams on Spotify alone.

GETTING CREATIVE WITH PROMOTIONS: Creative Artists Agency (CAA) recently unveiled a raft of promotions within its US and UK-based music touring division. The firm has also added well-known music agents Adam Voith, Rachel Pestik, Mike Mori, Matt Galle, Carly James and Mike Marquis to its team. The music agents bring their well-known roster of acts including Janet Jackson, Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, Shawn Mendes, My Chemical Romance and many others to CAA. The company has also promoted London, England-based Jamie Shaughnessy; Nashville, TN-based Ariel Happe, Kaitlyn Bruce, Kara Enos; New York City-based Brian Greenwood and Los Angeles, CA-based Alex Douma, Brad Pophal, Zack Borson and Omar Garcia to their new roles as agent/executive.

A STATE OF DIGITAL NIRVANA: Create Music Group (CMG) the US-based music and media company which specializes in digitally driven distribution, rights management, and music publishing has acquired Mumbai, India-based Nirvana Digital, which is one of the biggest YouTube enterprise partners in India. The deal is part of a broader plan for CMG to invest an additional $50 million (USD) into the India and broader Asia region over the course of the next few years. Nirvana Digital claims that it services over 20 billion minutes of video each month and has a subscription base of over 200 million users. Nirvana Digital currently provides monetization, rights management services to artists, distribution, labels, TV, film and other content owners. As part of the acquisition, Nirvana Digital co-founders Manu Kaushish (pictured left) and Pinakin Thakkar (pictured right) have been respectively named President, Create Music Group India and Chief Operating Officer, Create Music Group India. Both companies collectively now exceed over 25 billion streams per month, making them one of the world’s largest media companies by viewership according to a statement released by the two firms.

A REVERBERATION: BandLab the Singapore-based company that operates a social music making platform used by over 40 million users has acquired US-based ReverbNation. The deal was formalized by ReverbNation’s parent company eMinor Inc., and BandLab. ReverbNation which provides independent artists and creatives online marketing tools, career guidance, as well as digital distribution and was launched independently back in 2016. The transaction according to ReverbNation will provide an uninterrupted and seamless integration of its services to its userbase. Meanwhile, BandLab claims the purchase of ReverbNation will help it accelerate its artist services platform to users, including its artist-to-fan subscriptions and its distribution platform.

A VARIOUS ADDITION TO ITS ROSTER: Various Artists Management has announced that John Dawkins has been appointed to the position of its Managing Director, UK. The appointment is effective immediately, and will see Dawkins based in London and will work closely with David Bianchi, Group CEO, Various Artists Management. As a partner at the company for five years, Bianchi has helped oversee the careers of Charli XCX, The Enemy, Shed Seven and others. Dawkins manages Tom Grennan, whose latest full-length, Evering Road went to No.1 in the UK album chart earlier this year, and has achieved Gold-sales status. Grennan, who has registered over 1.1 billion streams, was the only male artist in the UK other than Drake to have three Top 10 singles in the UK in 2021, and has sold over 50,000 tickets to his live shows in the UK alone. Dawkins began his career as a tour manager and moved to Los Angeles in 2003, and has worked with artists and tours including Bloc Party, Boy Kill Boy, Alexisonfire, The NME Tour, The Warped Tour, Rise Against, Amen, The Bled, Converge and more.

GETTING IN THE GROOVE: Ingrooves Music Group has announced that they have signed Commonfolk Records, the label founded and led by singer-songwriter Ziggy Alberts, to a global distribution deal. Alberts, who is known the world over as a truly independent artist who has amassed a powerful fan base on his own terms, will continue to oversee the label along with Anneka Alberts, Co-Founder & General Manager of Commonfolk Records. The first single under the new deal is Alberts’ track, “I Believe,” which was released this past Friday across all streaming services.

UPWARD DEFECTIONS: Defected Records has announced the promotion of two of its executives which includes Scarlett Pares Landells being upped to Head of Communications & Promotion, and Amanda Hamilton being elevated to her new role as Events/Production & Glitterbox Creative Manager. Landells (pictured left) joined Defected in 2016 and now oversees the company’s Promotions & PR Department as well as its international club promotions, press and radio strategies across all of the label group’s imprints. In addition, she spearheads all media awareness for the company’s global brands. Hamilton, who joined Defected three years ago, runs a large team of global performers and ambassadors, as well as managing relationships with talent and overseeing the daily logistics of the company’s events business. She’s successfully executed the planning and operations for two sold-out Defected Croatia festivals, the sold-out Defected London 2019 festival. In addition, she’s overseen Ibiza seasons for Defected & Glitterbox, and hundreds of international touring dates for its repertoire of artists.

THINGS GET BACK TO LIVE: The world’s leading concert promoter Live Nation Entertainment recently published its Q3 results for the past three months ending on September 30, 2021. The company reported $2.69 billion (USD) in quarterly income across all of its divisions including ticketing, concerts, sponsorship and advertising. Live Nation’s ticketing business saw revenues amounting to $374.2 million in Q3 of this year compared to minus $19.8 million in income from the prior year’s quarter (2020), which was primarily due to refunds for concert ticket buyers due to live events being cancelled because of the pandemic. In addition, Live Nation’s sponsorship and advertising divisions generated over $174.4 million in Q3 of this year, which was an increase of 72.5% ($126.5 million) compared to Q3 of 2020. Michael Rapino, Chairman & CEO, Live Nation stated in his communication to investors last week that “live music roared back over the past quarter.” Last year, Live Nation generated $184 million dollars in Q3 compared to the $2.69 billion in revenue generated this quarter; however, that still falls short of the $3.77 billion Live Nation earned in Q3 of 2019. Overall, the outlook looks extremely promising for Live Nation and the overall events business for Q4 and the year ahead.

BRING ON REEF: Kassner Music has announced the signing of the Platinum-selling British rock act Reef to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal that includes the band’s new album, Shoot Me Your Ace, the title track of which was released last week. The band have released five studio albums, including three that reached the UK Top 10, and racked up nine Top 40 singles. Their debut LP, Replenish, contained the UK No.11 hit song “Naked,” which went on to achieve Gold status in the UK. In 1996, Reef released their most successful single to date, “Place Your Hands.” The song reached No.6 in the UK chart and laid the groundwork for their 1997 sophomore album, Glow, produced by George Drakoulias (The Black Crowes) – the full-length reached No.1 on the UK charts. Reef have announced that their “Shoot Me Your Ace” UK tour will take place in April 2022 to promote the release of their new album.

NO HYPE, JUST HYBE: HYBE and Universal Music Group (UMG) have officially kicked off their joint venture by announcing the first-ever HYBE x Geffen Global Girl Group Audition. Under their jointly created alliance, these two industry leaders aim to launch a global, diverse, and multi-talented girl pop group made up of artists around the world who are deeply passionate about music and aspire to be the next global superstar. The deal marks the first time a US record label and a K-pop entertainment company have united to combine their expertise in artist discovery and development, and music production to assemble, develop, and introduce a group from ground zero. HYBE and UMG will collectively emphasize artist development through components such as music and performance training as well as life skills training, including mental wellness and music business and financial literacy, to lead a rewarding and sustaining career. Aspiring artists must be female (she/her/them), between the ages of 15 - 19 (16 - 19 for EU residents), and exhibit talent in singing, rapping, dancing and/or producing. Audition submissions should be at least a one-minute video or music file showcasing their performance, alongside a clear upper body and full body frontal photo. Potential candidates can submit audition videos online now through November 28 at 11:59 PM PT via the official audition website. Read more HERE.

PROMOTIONS GALORE: UTA (United Talent Agency) recently announced that it had made 50 promotions within 20 divisions across multiple offices, which include three in its music department. The newly appointed promotions include employees within various positions of the company with a wide range of experiences, backgrounds, ethnicities and genders. UTA has promoted James Osgood, Alaina Latona and Niko Kazoleas to the position of music agents, along with Jamie Waldman, Shaq Millington and Brennan Duffy being elevated to coordinator roles. The company says the that 90% of those promoted to agent and 80% of those elevated to coordinator positions started their careers at UTA’s Agent Training Program, with 80% of those who were promoted to executive status began their careers in an assistant role at the firm.

GOING WITH THE VOLY: Voly, an integrated financial management software and payment platform for the music industry, has announced the appointment of Mary Viscomi as its new Head of Music. This new role is effective immediately and will see Viscomi based in London whereas she’ll report to Ian Flanagan, CEO, Voly. In her new role Viscomi will oversee all aspects of the company’s music industry activities and will be focused on recruiting a full support team to help drive its ambitious plans for growth. The appointment follows the recent announcement of former YMU Founder & CEO Neil Rodford joining Voly as a Board Director with a remit to oversee the company’s wider entertainment strategy.

OPENING UP IN CHINA: Universal Music Publishing (UMP) China, a division of Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), announced the opening of its new office in Shanghai last week. The move significantly expands UMPG’s operations in China, which it first entered two years ago, and reinforces its commitment to developing Chinese music industry and artists. An opening event held at UMP China’s new offices at 800 Show Creative Park of Shanghai’s Jing’an District was attended by distinguished guests, including Gao Yunfei, Deputy Director of Publicity Department of Shanghai Municipal CPC Committee & Director of Shanghai Film Bureau, Mo LiangJin, Jing’an CPC Committee member and Publicity Department Director and business partners from the worlds of music, technology, gaming, culture and creative. At the event, UMPG launched the Chinese version of UMPG Window, its international royalty portal for songwriters – representing UMPG’s first local-language version in Asia. The event featured live performances on the main stage at 800 Show by Shanghai-based UMP China songwriters, including Chinese classical instrumental group Zide Club; R&B singer-songwriter Yingge Yang; Jazz pianist Daniel Niu and China’s most popular chamber singing group, Shanghai Rainbow Chamber Singers amongst many others.



IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Mattias Tell, Andrea Amico, Mark Chipello, Mark Beaven, Scooter Braun, David Massey, 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. 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 rich@oystermanagement.co.uk for all available global opportunities with the band.


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

On previous singles “I’m Sorry, Are You?” and “Switch Places,” released in the middle of the pandemic, thousands of fans made LEEPA’s songs the soundtrack to their TikToks and raised their voice against sexism alongside her. After having her first viral hit, she went straight to performing at Climate Live Germany and Fridays for Future, sharing a stage with superstars Milky Chance. As if this wasn’t enough already, her single “I’m Sorry, Are You?” conquered the hearts of international blogs such as Earmilk, VICE and Wonderland, and those of the German radio landscape. LEEPA won 2nd place at Germany’s Radio New Music Awards 2021 for “Newcomer Of The Year.” The Berlin-based 22-year-old singer/songwriter has earned over three million streams and 10 million video views on the heels of her new single “How To Live.” The track showcases her pop-punk influence shine through, with distorted power chords, loud drums, and rumbling live bass. Watch the raw and honest video for “How To Live” HERE and contact Viktoria Renner at viktoria@ozmoze.de for all inquiries on behalf of LEEPA.


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)