GLOBAL ROCK SUMMIT UNVEILS NEW SPEAKERS
& CONFIRMS TALENT SHOWCASE OPPORTUNTIES
The fourth edition of the Global Rock Summit (www.globalrocksummit.com) returns to Burbank, CA from March 24 – 25, 2022. The Global Rock Summit joins a week–long series of events that includes MUSEXPO Creative Summit, Global Sync Summit, and International Songwriting Summit, all coinciding as part of California Entertainment Week, and taking place March 20 – 25th, 2022.
Global Rock Summit will bring together key facets of the US and international rock communities including record labels, music publishers, agents, festival promoters, brands, media, digital, distribution, management, radio, music supervisors, showcase talent and more. The event will host key seminars, keynotes, panels and presentations throughout the day, followed by artist showcases in the evening, which will be held at SIR Studios in Hollywood.
The Global Rock Summit will include the presentation of its first ever “International Rock Icon of The Year” award and the inaugural “Global Rock Awards” during a special VIP Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 24th at the official Global Rock Summit Opening Night Wine & Cocktails Networking Reception. The event will pay special tribute and host an honorarium awards event for legendary DJ, multimedia personality and A&R executive Matt Pinfield, as its first-ever “International Rock Icon of The Year.” Pinfield’s work has transcended across radio, TV, satellite/digital media, print and various other pop cultural platforms. He’s also interviewed over 1000 artists including some of the most prominent names in alternative, rock and other music genres, from the likes of Nirvana, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, U2, Coldplay, Jay-Z, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters to name but just a few.
The event has already confirmed an early round of speakers which include Andy Farrow – Managing Director, Northern Music Co. (UK); Bex Majors – Booking Agent, Sound Talent Group; Chris Foitle – Head of A&R, Epitaph Records; Frank Helmink – Director, Buma ROCKS! (Holland); Gary Spivack – Executive Sr. VP / Talent & Curation, Danny Wimmer Presents; Jobst Neerman – Managing Director, RBK Fusion (Germany); Matt Pinfield – Host “New & Approved” KLOS, Los Angeles / Westwood One & Benztown Radio Networks Syndicated Host; Kenny “Tick” Salcido – Sr. VP/Head of A&R, Red Bull Records; Michael Faley – President, Metal Blade Records; Rob McDermott – Artist Manager, Perry Farrell’s Kind Heaven; Salman U. Syed – Founder, Infinite Dreams / Bangalore Open Air Festival (India) and many others to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
In addition, the event will also showcase some of the most promising new rock talent from around the world – previous editions of Global Rock Summit have seen numerous acts secure recording and publishing deals, brand opportunities and securing booking and festival opportunities worldwide.
Registration is now open for Global Rock Summit at www.globalrocksummit.com.
NATASCHA AUGUSTIN NAMED VICE PRESIDENT
WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC GERMANY
Warner Chappell Music (WCM) recently announced that Natascha Augustin has been promoted to Vice President of WCM Germany. She will continue to report into Lars Karlsson, Managing Director, Warner Chappell Music Scandinavia and Germany. She will be based between Munich and Berlin, where she has opened up WCM’s new office and will run its new creative hub.
Augustin, who previously held the role of Sr. Creative Director, has been a key player in the rise of Germany’s rap and hip-hop scene and has made WCM Germany the favored publisher for artists and songwriters. Her work has been major factor in WCM Germany holding the number one domestic publisher spot for the last three years running.
Guy Moot, Co-Chair and CEO, Warner Chappell Music said, “Natascha is a fantastic executive and a key player in our global team. She has incredible ears and has put her faith in a number of Germany’s biggest stars before anyone else – winning their loyalty through hard work and dedication. We’re all behind her as she takes on this more prominent role within the company, and I know she’ll continue to deliver amazing results.”
Augustin has signed and developed a number of Germany’s top rap stars including Capital Bra (the most streamed artist in Germany of all time), 187 Strassenbande, Apache 207, Bausa, Bozza, Farid Bang, Jamule, Juju, Kalim, Luciano, Makko, Nimo, Reezy, and Summer Cem, t.low. Also, producers such as Miksu & Macloud, Juhdee & Yung Mesh, Ghana & Geenaro, and genre defining pop and dance writers M22, Tom Gregory and Felix Jaehn.
BMG SIGNS MÖTLEY CRÜE TO GLOBAL DEAL
Last week, BMG announced that it had acquired the entire recorded catalog of iconic rock band Mötley Crüe. The deal is BMG’s largest single catalog acquisition since the company was founded in 2008. The agreement includes the iconic band’s entire recorded output spanning their 40-year career totaling nine studio albums from their 1981 debut Too Fast For Love through the latest release in 2008 Saints of Los Angeles, as well as several Platinum-selling live albums and compilation sets.
In a statement from the group, Mötley Crüe said, “It feels amazing to be collaborating with our new partners at BMG. Their extensive track record of success in Rock made them the perfect home to continue preserving and growing our musical legacy, ensuring we always stay at The Top.”
Allen Kovac, manager Mötley Crüe, said, “After working side by side with BMG for well over a decade, the relationship we have developed and success we’ve accomplished over the years made this a very easy transition to entrust with this treasured Rock catalog. Working with BMG in any capacity, whether that’s publishing or records, has always been a great experience.”
In June 2022, Mötley Crüe will kick off their previously postponed (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) 30+ date headlining US stadium tour, marking the group’s return to the stage for their first major concert run since 2015. Working closely with the band and its management, BMG’s global catalog team will embark on its plan to re-promote the band’s work beginning in 2022.
Formed in January 1981 and hailing from the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, CA, the quartet of Vince Neil (lead vocals), Mick Mars (guitars), Nikki Sixx (bass), and Tommy Lee (drums) has commandeered the rock pantheon for four decades.
Together, Mötley Crüe have sold over 100 million albums worldwide with seven Platinum and multi-Platinum albums, nine Top 10 albums, 22 Top 40 Mainstream Rock hits, six Top 20 Pop singles, three Grammy nominations, a New York Times best-seller, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Read the full story HERE.
MATT MORRIS PROMOTED TO SR. VP A&R
AT INTERSCOPE GEFFEN A&M
Last week, Interscope Geffen A&M has announced the promotion of Matt Morris to the position of Senior Vice President of A&R at the label. Morris will continue to sign and develop artists for the company as well as oversee the company’s A&R Research department.
“Matt has been a vital part of the Interscope family for a decade now and has helped to build our A&R Research department into one of the best in the industry,” said Riback. “Beyond that, Matt has become a truly well-rounded A&R executive, as adept at identifying new artists as he is signing them and guiding them through the recording process. He is very deserving of this expanded role at the company.”
Morris, who grew up in West Virginia, started in music as a blogger when he was in college, joined Interscope’s A&R department as an intern in 2011. He went on to serve as a digital marketing manager for several years before returning to A&R in 2015.
“I’ve grown so much as a person and executive over the past decade at Interscope,” Morris said. “I’m really grateful for John Janick and Sam’s guidance over the years and their continued support. We share a common vision of identifying generational artists who go against the grain and shape culture. My goal has always been to help artists at the highest level, and to get to do that at the most forward-thinking record label in the world is an honor. I couldn’t be more excited for this next step.”
A&R WORLDWIDE — “EXPOSED”
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JACKASS OF THE WEEK
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A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– SINGLE BY SUNDAY
Formed in 2015, Single By Sunday is a four-piece outfit that combine their raucous guitars and energetic live show with a millennial brashness, while retaining some of the original mid-80s pop/punk attitudes. Sighting the likes of blink-182, The 1975 and My Chemical Romance as influences, their style of melodic pop rock allows them to embrace their passion for including other musical styles and genres, including synth pop, dance and even 80s disco. Their career has experienced many highs so far, including performing at the Vans Warped Tour, supporting Steven Adler of Guns ’n’ Roses at Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, awarded “Best Emerging International Artist” during Indie Week in Toronto and crowned winners of the Capital FM’s “Ones To Watch” competition. If that wasn’t enough, they headlined ‘First Night’ in Boston, MA, their single “Say That You Love Me” is featured in the Amazon movie The Never List and they’ve been championed by Kevin Jonas Sr. (The Jonas Brothers). Josh, Jonny, Jack and Simon have released their latest single, “Cold.” The song was written shortly after the passing of Josh’s grandmother, whom he was very close to. The story follows one of many great memories recalled to Josh by his grandmother of encounters between her and his grandfather. Listen to “Cold” HERE and contact Kendell Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org, for all inquiries regarding signing, licensing, sync, and booking for Single By Sunday.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – KRISTOFER GRECZULA
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PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 12/05/2021
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, December 5th, 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.
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SEA GIRLS – “Again Again” (Polydor, UK)
TWO YEAR VACATION – “Wake Up Call” (Cloud Hills, Sweden)
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)
PHOEBE GREEN – “So Grown Up” (Chess Club Records, UK)
ADÉLAIDE – “Silent Hope” (Unsigned, Germany)
THE SHERLOCKS – “City Lights” (Infectious, UK)
IAMJJ – “Hurt” (Mermaid, Denmark)
TOM A. SMITH – “Wolves” (Unsigned, UK)
LAUREN WALLER – “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (Unsigned, N. America)
THE VIOLENT HEARTS – “Everything & Nothing” (Unsigned, UK)
KEHLI – “Not OK” (Unsigned, UK)
THE VICES – “The Neighbour Is A Bitch” (Mattan Records, Holland)
LIME CORDIALE & IDRIS ELBA – “Apple Crumble” (London Cowboys, US)
BAKER GRACE – “Midnight Thoughts” (Unsigned, N. America)
SUNHILL – “Golden Days” (BlackValley Records, Sweden)
COYLE GIRELLI – “Fun” (Unsigned, UK)
HIGH TROPICS – “Is It Worth It Anymore?” (Unsigned, Australia)
VISTAS – “Brand New” (Unsigned, UK)
ILLUMEN – “Drifting Apart” (Unsigned, Sweden)
THE ROYSTON CLUB – “Mrs Narcissistic” (Modern Sky, UK)
MUKS – “Girlfriend” (Unsigned, India)
SAHARA BECK – “Kryptonite” (Unsigned, Australia)
THE ROLY MO – “I Miss The Dancing” (7 West Music, Scotland)
VARGAS & LAGOLA – “Ain’t Leaving Now” (Universal Music, Sweden)
DEMOB HAPPY – “Sympathy Boy” (SO Recordings, UK)
SAIPHE – “Emotionally Unavailable” (Unsigned, Germany)
PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION – “Twenty Two” (Unsigned, UK)
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