TIMBALAND TEAMS UP WITH BORED APE YACHT CLUB
TO FORM APE-IN PRODUCTIONS FOCUSED ON THE METAVERSE
Grammy Award-winning producer Timbaland has announced his latest venture and partnership, Ape-In Productions (AIP) — an entertainment company and virtual community that will launch and promote Bored Apes as successful music artists in the metaverse. The Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) phenomena has generated over $1 billion (USD) in trading to date. Universal Music Group recently announced the creation and signing of a Bored Ape group by the name of Kingship (story below In Other News).
AIP was co-Founded by Timbaland and several prominent members of the Bored Ape Yacht Club community as a new platform for entertainment for the metaverse era, with the goal of discovering and amplifying music artists while unlocking nascent creative content through premium NFTs. Specifically, Timbaland is joined by partner Gary Marella, Clement Kwan, and Andrew Rosener and Jonathan Tenenbaum (JT) of MediaOptions, the number one domain broker in the world, who bring with them decades of experience in digital assets, including domain names, cryptocurrency, and NFTs. Timbaland, his company Beatclub, and other creators will be developing music for the AIP’s first set of releases and have already brought several incredibly talented artists into the fold.
The Bored Ape Yacht Club is a vibrant community with 5,700+ distinct “ape-holders” including Tom Brady, Steph Curry, Snoop Dogg, Lil Baby, Jermaine Dupri and another 11,000+ holders of related Bored Ape NFTs, mutants and dogs. AIP says it will inject the excitement of music fandom into the Bored Ape Yacht Club world and enhance the Bored Ape Yacht Club experience for NFT collectors.
AIP’s first artist signing is TheZoo, a hip-hop group of Bored Apes in the Bored Ape Yacht Club universe. TheZoo’s members are Lincoln Aperaham, Safari Ferrari, Oro Blanco, MoMoney, Wurdz Smith and Congo. They will release their debut single “ApeSh!t” — produced by Timbaland himself — in conjunction with the initial AIP label NFT on November 17th. Bored Ape Yacht Club members and others will be able to mint this “ApeSh!t” NFT on www.ApeIn.com.
WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC INKS CO-PUBLISHING DEAL
WITH CARDI B & EXTENDS CONTRACT WITH CARTER LANG
Warner Chappell Music has entered into a worldwide co-publishing agreement with Grammy Award-winning, multi-Platinum global superstar Cardi B. The deal covers future works as well as recent releases, including her current smash collaboration with Warner Chappell songwriter and fellow Atlantic recording artist Lizzo, “Rumors,” which became Cardi’s seventh No. 1 single on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Cardi was the first woman to have five simultaneous Top 10 hits on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart in a single week as well as the first female rapper with five No.1’s on the Billboard Hot 100.
On signing with Warner Chappell, Cardi B stated, “I’ve always admired how Guy [Moot], Carianne [Marshall], Ryan Press, and the Warner Chappell team support their songwriters and artists and I look forward to a thriving and successful partnership with them.”
Read more on Cardi B’s signing HERE.
A highly sought-after producer, some of Lang’s most iconic hits include Post Malone and Swae Lee’s RIAA 11x Diamond-certified and Grammy-nominated global smash “Sunflower,” and Doja Cat and SZA’s hit “Kiss Me More,” which has spent a record-breaking 28 weeks in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Read more about Carter Lang’s extensive career and accomplishments HERE.
GMM GRAMMY LAUNCHES THAILAND’S FIRST
NEW LOCALIZED STREAMING APP
Tuned Global, a leading B2B music streaming and technology specialist, has partnered with Thailand’s largest media and entertainment conglomerate, GMM Grammy, to launch the first ever music streaming service dedicated to Thai artists and consumers, called Plern.
Powered by Tuned Global’s turnkey music streaming technology, Plern aims to meet Thailand’s growing market demand for music streaming as only 20% of the country’s 45–50 million smartphone users listen to music through streaming apps.
Plern utilizes a Thai-based music catalogue and is currently working with record labels RS, Serng Music, Top Line Music, Sure Entertainment, Siang Siam, and Solution One, with man more to come, including Believe distributed artists and labels, such as Hai Thong Kham Records, Sing Music and Guitar Records.
The app provides a free, ad-supported option as well as a subscription tier, with the premium version offering lossless audio which will come in early 2022, exclusive multimedia content from local artists and early-bird purchase or discounts for upcoming concert and music festival tickets. Built-in features also include listening recommendations and auto-generated playlists powered by Musiio’s artificial intelligence technology. Collaborative user playlists, live radio and podcasts will be added soon.
Plern expects to attract five million monthly active users within the first year. You can check out the app HERE.
WARNER MUSIC TAIWAN UNVEILS NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR
AND ANNOUNCES NEW APPOINTMENTS
Warner Music Group recently announced the promotion of Jasmine Hsiao to the position of Managing Director, Warner Music Taiwan. Her appointment is effective immediately, and she will report to Chris Gobalakrishna and Jonathan Serbin, Co-Presidents of Warner Music Asia. Based in Taipei, Hsiao will lead the company’s operations in the local market, as well as being a core member of Warner Music’s regional executive team.
Warner Music Taiwan has been an important voice in the worldwide Mandopop industry for over a generation. It has played an important role in the careers of some of the biggest stars in the industry, including Jam Hsiao, JJ Lin, Jolin Tsai, Li Rong Hao, Stephanie Sun, Tiger Huang and Will Pan.
Warner Music says it is committed to growth and expansion in Taiwan, which has a vibrant local music market, as well as acting as a hub for the creation of Mandarin songs that are enjoyed by the Chinese diaspora worldwide.
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!
OH LILY, STOP BEING SILLY: Award-winning British artist Lily Allen is known the world-over. During the early days of her career garnering support outside of the UK was quite difficult for Allen. However, A&R Worldwide helped Lily Allen get her first-ever radio, streaming and sync deal outside of the UK, which led to her eventual signing in the US. Pictured (L-R) at the Passport Approved radio program on the late and legendary “Indie 103.1FM” Los Angeles are former A&R Worldwide staffer Brandon Fuller, Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide), Lily Allen, Alicen Catron Schneider (Sr. VP, Head of Creative Music Services, NBCUniversal Media), Steve Schnur (Worldwide Executive of Music & Marketing, EA Games) and DJ Wayne Jobson.
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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. We all have a bad day once in a while; however, sometimes one can have the best day ever! Click HERE for a smorgasbord of ups and downs with good days and really bad.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– KEHLI
Hailing from Dublin, 20-year-old Kehli is a vocalist and performer with a soulful, passionate and unique interpretation of contemporary pop music. Since the age of five, she has studied music and professional dance, including contemporary, hip-hop, ballet and competed at the world championship level. At the age of 14, she tried out for The Voice UK and The X Factor, and rehearsal footage of her made its way to Instagram, where she earned over 22k views in the first 48 hours. It was this experience that led to an introduction to producer/songwriter MSRD, who’s worked closely with Kehli to help her hone her sound. Kehli also worked closely with Cameron Gower-Poole (Anne-Marie) on her forthcoming debut. The first offering from her forthcoming EP is “Not OK.” The track is already earning early support on radio worldwide and has been added to numerous playlists on Spotify. Listen to “Not OK” HERE and contact Henrik Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org for all inquiries relating to signing, publishing, sync and more.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – RED RUM CLUB
HERE and contact George Wilson at email@example.com for all available opportunities with Red Rum Club.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 11/14/2021
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, November 14th, 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) ALBA AUGUST – “Honey” (Universal Music, Sweden) BELLWETHER – “Shortsighted” (Unsigned, Australia) THE SHERLOCKS – “City Lights” (Infectious, UK) EIZA MURPHY – “Movies” (Unsigned, Ireland) THE LATHUMS – “I’ll Get By” (Modern Sky, UK) ILLUMEN – “Drifting Apart” (Unsigned, Sweden) LEONIDEN – “Paranoid” (Euphorie/UMG, Germany) ADÉLAIDE – “Silent Hope” (Unsigned, Germany) DEMOB HAPPY – “Sympathy Boy” (SO Recordings, UK) DANNY BALDURSSON – “Nervous” (Unsigned, Faroe Islands) SUNHILL – “Golden Days” (BlackValley Records, Sweden) MUKS – “Girlfriend” (Unsigned, India) CLUB BEIRUT – “Bury Your Friends” (Unsigned, Scotland) SINGLE BY SUNDAY – “Cold” (Unsigned, UK) INHALER – “It Won’t Always Be Like This” (Polydor, UK) TEN TONNES – “Go” (Unsigned, UK) SAHARA BECK – “Crave Me” (Unsigned, Australia) THE ROYSTON CLUB – “The Backburner” (Modern Sky, UK) BAKER GRACE – “Midnight Thoughts” (Unsigned, N. America) SHAMBOLICS – “Sharp As A Razor” (Unsigned, UK) DONKEYBOY – “Kentucky” (Soundbay Music/WMG, Norway) VISTAS – “Brand New” (Unsigned, UK) WAITING FOR SMITH – “Life She Don’t Lie” (417 Records, UK) THE VIOLENT HEARTS – “Everything & Nothing” (Unsigned, UK) IAMJJ – “Hurt” (Unsigned, Denmark) GEORGE DIAZ – “High Rise” (DeAngelis, UK) THE ROLY MO – “I Miss The Dancing” (7 West Music, Scotland) TYLER PAGE – “Kill All The Heroes” (Bad Future, South Africa) PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION – “Twenty Two” (Unsigned, UK) SAIPHE – “Emotionally Unavailable” (Unsigned, Austria) DED RABBIT – “All Fired Up” (Unsigned, Scotland) KEHLI – “Not OK” (Unsigned, UK) (Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Illumen, Single By Sunday, The Sherlocks, Sahara Beck and Evening Is Youth)