PHEBE HUNNICUTT APPOINTED AS SR. VP INT’L WRM
& PHIL KASO NAMED SR. VP ROCK PROMOTION AT ATLANTIC/ELEKTRA
Phebe Hunnicutt has been appointed to the newly created role of Sr. VP, International, Warner Recorded Music (WRM). Reporting to Simon Robson, President, International, Warner Recorded Music, Hunnicutt will help drive the continued evolution and innovation of Warner Music internationally, to stay ahead of the dynamic changes impacting the recorded music industry. Her appointment comes at a time when Warner Music Group (WMG) is expanding its global footprint, tapping into new opportunities in mature and emerging economies alike. She will work closely with WMG’s business development team, as well as division, label and territory heads across the Warner Recorded Music business.
Kaso has spent much of his career with Warner Music Group, after starting in the industry as National Promotion Coordinator at RCA Records. In 1999, he joined Roadrunner Records, WMG’s flagship metal and rock label, as Northeast Regional Promotion Director and spent the next two decades rising up the ranks. Last year, Kaso was named Vice President of Rock Promotion for Elektra Music Group, which includes Roadrunner, Fueled By Ramen, and other subsidiary labels. He has worked closely with artists such as Slipknot and Korn, while scoring No. 1 rock records from Theory of a Deadman, Stone Sour, Corey Taylor, and most recently, A Day to Remember.
Kaso’s appointment follows the recent retirement of renowned veteran rock promotion executive Lea Pisacane after 34 years at Atlantic.
WENDY GOLDSTEIN & JIM ROPPO NAMED
CO–PRESIDENTS REPUBLIC RECORDS
Last week, Monte Lipman and Avery Lipman, Co–Founders, Republic Records announced the promotion of veteran staffers Wendy Goldstein and Jim Roppo to the roles of Co–Presidents, Republic Records.
During her time at Republic Records, Goldstein has signed artists including Jonas Brothers, John Legend, Kim Petras, Billy Porter and others, as well as playing a key role in the success of multi–Platinum selling acts The Weeknd, Arianna Grande, Enrique Iglesias, Julia Michaels and many more.
Before joining Republic, Rocco served over a decade at Island Def Jam Music Group where he worked with artists including Kanye West, Jay–Z, Justin Bieber and others in a variety of roles at the company.
Monte Lipman, Chairman & CEO Republic Records said, “Wendy and Roppo together are the ultimate dynamic duo. Their leadership spearheading groundbreaking releases and historic campaigns has captured the imagination of our industry while making a tremendous impact on popular culture. I’m thrilled to make this announcement as we embark on the next chapter of Republic Records.”
Avery Lipman Co–Chairman & COO added, “We can always rely on Roppo and Wendy to not only exceed expectations but shatter them entirely. They’ve been integral to our success up to this point and will be even more crucial to the evolution of our company.”
MUSEXPO CREATIVE SUMMIT CONFIRMS MORE
SPEAKERS FOR ITS 2022 PROGRAM
MUSEXPO (www.musexpo.net) Creative Summit, which returns to Burbank, CA from March 20 – 23, 2022 has unveiled additional speakers for next year’s program. 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. Formal details of confirmed speakers, event partners and the overall program are continuing to build for next year’s highly anticipated event.
Some of the speakers already confirmed for next year’s MUSEXPO Creative Summit include: Lisa Worden – Vice President, Rock & Alternative, iHeartMedia, & Program Director of ALT 98.7 Los Angeles; Andrea C. Martin – Chief Executive, PRS For Music; Aton Ben–Horin – Global Vice President, A&R – Warner Music Group; Barry Daffurn – Co–Founder, Cinq Music; Josh Rabinowitz – Music Consultant & Brand Strategist; Mandar Thakur – COO, Times Music (India); Brandon Young – Sr. Director, Music Affairs, Activision; Katy Gavillet – VP, Creative Music, Fox Entertainment; 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; Jobst Neerman – Managing Director, RBK Fusion (Germany); Paul Wiltshire – CEO, Songtradr; Sean Mulligan – VP Creative, Music Supervision, MNRK Music Group; Mark Chipello – Vice President, Head of A&R, Position Music; Viktoria Renner – Managing Director OZMOZE (Germany) / A&R Consultant Polydor (UK);Ritch Esra – Publisher, The Music Registry; Mark Sutherland – Music & Media Journalist, UK.; Emmanuel Legrand – Founder & President, Legrand Network, and Ralph Simon – Founder & CEO, Mobilium Global.
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 Publishers Association, Trevanna Tracks, Songtrust, ClicknClear, The Music Registry and others.
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.
For sponsorship, partnership and additional details contact Sat Bisla at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DELMAR POWELL NAMED VICE PRESIDENT A&R
AT POSITION MUSIC
Tyler Bacon, President & CEO of Position Music, has announced that Delmar Powell has joined the company as VP of A&R. Prior to joining Position Music, Powell served as Vice President A&R at Downtown Music Publishing and prior to that was Director of A&R, Urban at Republic Records in Santa Monica, CA.
Additionally, Powell previously managed multi–Platinum singer–songwriter and producer Prince Chrishan ‘PC’ (Yung Bleu, Ty Dolla $ign, Meek Mill, A Boogie, DaBaby and more) and A&R’d Tinashe’s album Songs For You. Most recently, Powell was a part of “Circus” produced by Brian Bates aka “Killah B” (on Billboard’s Hot 100) on Summer Walker’s new album “Still Over It” debuting No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 a few weeks ago.
Working across both the publishing and recorded sides of the company, Powell will report to Mark Chipello VP, Head of A&R, Position Music, and will play a key role in servicing the existing Position Music roster while also continuing to expand the roster with new writers, producers and artists.
With Powell on board, Position Music now has eight full–time employees on their A&R team and an overall staff of thirty.
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 WELL–DESERVED HONOR: Giving renowned label and A&R executive Darcus Beese OBE (pictured center) an official recognition as MUSEXPO’s UK & European “Executive Of The Year” back in 2016, are Mark Sutherland, then Editor, Music Week, UK and Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide and MUSEXPO during an awards event held at the Millennium Hotel Mayfair in London.
GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Richard Griffiths, Tyler Bacon, Georgette Bivins, Cathy Mathalone, Pete Giberga, Angela Leus, Jenna Andrews, Paramdeep Singh, Thaddeus Rudd, Karl Kongkham, John Doelp, Max Lousada, Ty Stiklorius, Zack Katz, Chris Williams, Dina LaPolt, Mike Caren and Derek Davies.
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. Life is unpredictable, so one never knows what’s coming from around the corner, behind you, infront of you, or even sideways. Click HERE for a smorgasbord of painful and unsuspected surprises!
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– ILLUMEN
Illumen, hailing from Stockholm, Sweden is a trio influenced by a plethora of musicians, such as Tones & I, Imagine Dragons and Coldplay – but are more comparable to that of British singer/songwriter Tom Grennan and a more anthemic version of The Wombats. The name Illumen comes from the idea that the band illuminates the darker sides of themselves, as well as the dark times the world is currently stuck in. Making music to help people strive to make a difference for the better, Illumen will capture the emotions of their listeners. The trio’s new single, “Drifting Apart,” is about fading emotions, about feeling lost and the urge to do something before it’s too late; a state of mind so scary, but familiar to so many. The track delivers a soft bang with a heavy beat and a sonic wake–up call, while the production is cinematic, rich and enhances the emotional feel of the track. The single has been added to a number of playlists on Spotify and is garnering international radio airplay on multiple continents. Listen to “Drifting Apart” HERE and contact Henrik Ahl at email@example.com as Illumen is available for brand, sync, label and publishing opportunities.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – DAIMY LOTUS
HERE, and contact Thomas de Raad at firstname.lastname@example.org, as Daimy Lotus is open for collaborations with other artists, writers and producers.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 11/28/2021
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, November 28th, 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:
SEA GIRLS – “Again Again” (Polydor, UK)
EIZA MURPHY – “Movies” (Unsigned, Ireland)
BELLWETHER – “Shortsighted” (Unsigned, Australia)
THE LIVING STRANGE – “Radio” (Unsigned, N. America)
DANNY BALDURSSON – “Nervous” (Unsigned, Faroe Islands)
THE KECKS – “Tonight Might Be Different” (Blaggers Records, Germany)
HI FRISCO – “Ever Again” (SO Recordings, UK)
THE LATHUMS – “I’ll Get By” (Modern Sky, UK)
SAHARA BECK – “Kryptonite” (Unsigned, Australia)
THE SHERLOCKS – “City Lights” (Infectious, UK)
ADÉLAIDE – “Silent Hope” (Unsigned, Germany)
THE VICES – “The Neighbour Is A Bitch” (Mattan Records, Holland)
COYLE GIRELLI – “Fun” (Unsigned, U.K.)
LEONIDEN – “Paranoid” (Euphorie/UMG, Germany)
SAIPHE – “Emotionally Unavailable” (Unsigned, Austria)
THE VIOLENT HEARTS – “Everything & Nothing” (Unsigned, UK)
SINGLE BY SUNDAY – “Cold” (Unsigned, UK)
LIME CORDIALE & IDRIS ELBA – “Apple Crumble” (London Cowboys, US)
TEN TONNES – “Go” (Unsigned, UK)
BAKER GRACE – “Midnight Thoughts” (Unsigned, N. America)
SUNHILL – “Golden Days” (BlackValley Records, Sweden)
MUKS – “Girlfriend” (Unsigned, India)
VISTAS – “Brand New” (Unsigned, UK)
ILLUMEN – “Drifting Apart” (Unsigned, Sweden)
THE ROYSTON CLUB – “Mrs Narcissistic” (Modern Sky, UK)
IAMJJ – “Hurt” (Mermaid, Denmark)
HIGH TROPICS – “Is It Worth It Anymore?” (Unsigned, Australia)
ALBA AUGUST – “Honey” (Universal Music, Sweden)
THE ROLY MO – “I Miss The Dancing” (7 West Music, Scotland)
VARGAS & LAGOLA – “Ain’t Leaving Now” (Universal Music, Sweden)
PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION – “Twenty Two” (Unsigned, UK)
KEHLI – “Not OK” (Unsigned, UK)
DEMOB HAPPY – “Sympathy Boy” (SO Recordings, UK)
(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Two Year Vacation, Evan Klar, The Vices, Dolores Forever and Leepa)