MICHELLE JUBELIRER PROMOTED TO CHAIR & CEO OF
CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP
Michelle Jubelirer has been promoted to Chair & CEO of Capitol Music Group (CMG), a division of Universal Music Group (UMG). The announcement was made today by UMG Chairman & CEO Sir Lucian Grainge, to whom Jubelirer reports. The highly-regarded executive joined the company in 2013 as Executive Vice President, shortly after its acquisition by UMG. She has served as its COO since 2015, and was additionally promoted to President in 2020.
In her elevated position, Jubelirer is responsible for the overall management and creative direction of the company, which encompasses Capitol Records, Blue Note Records, Astralwerks, Harvest Records, Capitol Christian Music Group and Virgin Music Label and Artist Services. Jubelirer is based in Hollywood, within the company’s iconic Capitol Tower. She will continue to pursue and nurture partnerships with artist and executive entrepreneurs to broaden and strengthen CMG’s connections within the creative community. Jubelirer succeeds Jeff Vaughn who is leaving CMG to pursue new opportunities.
Sir Lucian Grainge said of Jubelirer, “Michelle is a highly experienced executive and inspiring leader who has been integral to the success of Capitol Music Group since we relaunched the company nearly ten years ago. She is a fierce advocate for artists, a savvy deal maker and a hands-on builder of partnerships within the industry and creative communities. Iâ€™m confident that Michelle will strengthen CMG’s 80-year legacy and lead the company to new levels of success and influence, and I congratulate her on this well-deserved promotion to Chair & CEO.”
Grainge added, “I would also like to thank Jeff Vaughn for his many contributions to Capitol and wish him nothing but the very best in his new endeavors.”
Jubelirer commented, “I am grateful to Sir Lucian and everyone within UMG who continue to support me and the incredible team of creative and hard-working professionals at CMG. Lucian fosters a company culture in which music and artistry are always the priority, and I will continue to dedicate myself to that ethos by advocating for our artists and helping them to achieve their dreams. I am also committed to further establishing diversity and inclusion as our norm, while nurturing our executive talent and helping them develop into the next generation of industry leaders. This is such an exciting time in music and I’m thrilled and humbled to be leading such a dynamic Capitol Music Group, while at the same time honoring its historic legacy.”
Jubelirer was most recently the President and COO of CMG, having joined the company in January, 2013 as Executive Vice President. She has been directly involved in many of the company’s highest profile and competitive signings and associations, including acclaimed artists Halsey, Beck, Maggie Rogers and Toosii, as well as legendary icons Neil Diamond, Barry Gibb and Paul McCartney.
WISE MUSIC GROUP SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL
WITH SONGWRITER & PRODUCER PAUL BEARD
Wise Music Australia (part of the Wise Music Group) has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with renowned songwriter, producer and musical director Paul Beard (AKA Beardy).
Now based in Sydney after relocating from Los Angeles with his family, Beardy has spent the last 12 months connecting with the local music industry - co-writing, producing and collaborating with Guy Sebastian, Natalie Imbruglia, INXS’s Jon Farriss, Odette, Damien Leith, Sir Jude, Mason Watts, and most recently with Cap Carter on his upcoming EP titled Notes.
Paul is currently wrapping up a collaboration with the acclaimed Richard Tognetti (Artistic Director and lead violinist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra), for a new compositional project slated for a 2022 release, featuring Richard’s wife and ACO principal violinist Satu Vänskä and Midnight Oil’s Jim Moginie.
MOJO MUSIC & MEDIA ACQUIRES THE
COMPLETE PUBLISHING CATALOGUE OF JACKNIFE LEE
Mojo Music & Media, a global independent publishing and legacy marketing company, has acquired the complete publishing catalogue of famed Irish songwriter and producer Garret “Jacknife” Lee. The deal, which totals more than 200 songs, features multiple pop, rock and dance chart hits including Juliet’s “Ride The Pain,” Snow Patrol’s “Just Say Yes,” Bonnie McKee’s “American Girl,” Kodaline’s “The One,” The Killer’s “The Man” and Taylor Swift and Gary Lightbody’s “The Last Time,” a single from Taylor’s Red album which is currently topping the global charts in its re-recorded version.
Lee has worked on breakthrough albums by Crystal Castles, Snow Patrol (including multi-Platinum Final Straw and Eyes Open), Kodaline (including chart single “The One”) and REM’s Accelerate and Collapse Into Now. In 2012, he achieved the rare feat of writing and producing a song on each of the year’s two biggest albums: “The Last Time” for Taylor Swift’s Red album and “Something Great” for One Direction’s Midnight Memories, while also contributing to Robbie Williams No.1 album Take The Crown. In 2016, Lee co-wrote and produced two massive alt-rock radio singles, Twin Atlantic’s “No Sleep” and Two Door Cinema Club’s “Are We Ready (Wreck)”. The last few years have seen Lee continue to break creative ground via chart-topping rock records with The Killers and Catfish And The Bottlemen as well as Beth Ditto, Beaches and Elle King, among others.
Lee picked up two Grammy awards and the “Producer Of The Year” honor at the UK’s MMF Awards in 2006 for his work with U2. He was named “International Producer of the Year” by the Music Producer’s Guild in 2018.
Mojo has been actively adding to its roster of songs and songwriters in recent months, signing global publishing deals for the complete catalogues of Dave Wakeling (The Beat and General Public), Al McKay (Earth Wind & Fire) and bluesman Jonny Lang, among others.
CHRIS DEMPSEY NAMED MANAGING DIRECTOR
FOR THE UK AT YMU
International artist management company YMU recently announced the promotion of Chris Dempsey to the position of UK Managing Director. Based in London Chris, whose appointment is effective immediately, will report jointly to Matt Colon, Global President of the company’s music division and Mary Bekhait, Group CEO of YMU.
Prior to joining YMU Chris was Sr. Marketing Manager at Sony Music Entertainment working at Columbia and Epic Records with the likes of Manic Street Preachers, Foster The People and Meghan Trainor.
Dempsey stated, “These are exciting times for YMU. We are committed to continued investment in our services teams across digital, streaming, commercial/brands and IP to generate more opportunities globally and provide our clients with the best expertise. We have a first class award winning management team, we’re ambitious and committed to being at the vanguard of artist discovery, breaking new talent and innovation for all our clients.”
Founded in 1984, YMU (formerly JGG) is a leading management company for clients in sport, music and entertainment. With offices in LA, London, Washington, New York and Manchester the company says it’s committed to providing emotionally and financially intelligent career advice to elite clients across the world. Artists represented by YMU include James Arthur, Years & Years, MNEK, blink-182, Lloyiso, Hannah Wants, Mark Ralph, Gary Barlow, Clean Bandit, Take That, Steve Aoki, Kurupt FM, and Danny Howard among others.
WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC & GLASSNOTE UNVEIL
NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH CONNECTION MUSIC PUBLISHING
Last week, Warner Chappell Music, announced it had entered into a dynamic publishing partnership with Connection Music Publishing, a newly formed publishing entity – created by Daniel Glass, Founder & CEO, Glassnote. The new company has named Jackie Post, Head Of Publishing.
The pact will bring together Warner Chappell’s global resources with Connection’s independent sensibilities through strategic administration agreements with rising talent and global stars.
Daniel Glass stated, “My long-time friendship and professional relationship with Carianne [Marshall] and Guy [Moot] has now come full circle. We are proud to be working with their stellar team to help our songwriters grow.”
Guy Moot, Co-Chair & CEO, Warner Chappell Music and Carianne Marshall Co-Chair & COO, stated, “Glassnote has created a world-renowned record label with Grammy Award winning artists like Mumford & Sons and Phoenix as part of its repertoire, and that strong legacy of serving as a home to some of the best in the music business is sure to continue with Glass’s latest venture, Connection Music Publishing. With Jackie Post at the helm, we couldn’t be more excited to be in business with this team.”
Connection Music Publishing Head of Publishing, Jackie Post added, “This is an incredibly exciting time in the music publishing world. We are building and investing in the next generation of songwriters and are thrilled to partner with Warner Chappell Music in this endeavor.”
The first songwriter signed to Connection Music under this joint venture is Edie Bens, a 21-year-old songstress from Wales. She grew up on country music and heartbreak and effortlessly weaves rock, folk and pop to tell universal stories of love and loss that occasionally leave you dancing. Her debut release is due out next year.
HOLIDAY GREETINGS FROM A&R WORLDWIDE
From our entire team at A&R Worldwide, we wanted to send to you and yours our best wishes for a wonderful, safe and happy holiday season. We thank all of our friends and colleagues around the world for your support, and for sharing with us the love of music and its positive effect on humanity during these unprecedented times.
We look forward to a New Year of working together as a global music community to create, share and amplify the music and message from all of the artists we work with, be it emotional, spiritual or social. Across history, music has, at many times, been a driving force for bringing people together, generating social awareness and bringing about positive change. Now, more than ever, our world could use a little more of the love, compassion and unification that we all know music can deliver.
As our team takes the next couple of weeks to be with family, friends and loved ones, and to reflect and recharge for a safe, healthy and prosperous 2022 for everyone, we hope that your holiday season is restful as well, and that you’re able to spend it with those close to you.
Best wishes and safe Happy Holidays from the A&R Worldwide Team to everyone around the globe, and remember to be good, honest, kind and respectful to one another and to those around you, especially during these unchartered times.
(*Please note A&R Worldwide offices will be closed for the holidays, and re-open on January 3, 2022, in order to give our team personal time with their families and loved ones).
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!
Pictured (L-R) for her very first-ever performance at the late Largo venue in Los Angeles (back in 1997) are Jonathan L. Rosen (former Editor, VIRTUALLYALTERNATIVE), Dido, Sat Bisla and Pete Rosenblum (formerly with Arista Records).
EARLY BELIEF IN DIDO: One of the most successful British female singer/songwriters alongside Adele, Amy Winehouse and others is the world-renowned Dido, who has sold tens of millions of albums globally during her illustrious career. A&R Worldwide Founder Sat Bisla was a very early supporter of Dido (back in 1995), two years prior to her signing her first-ever major label deal in the US, and worked alongside Mel Medalie (Founder, Champion Records) and Dido’s brother Rollo Armstrong in presenting her music to various US A&R executives – she eventually signed with Clive Davis at Arista Records. Sat also gave Dido her first-ever international radio/audio support back in 1995, on his radio show with her very early recordings.
GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…
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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. The holiday season is upon us, which means gifts under the Christmas tree, or a lump of coal as a stocking stuffer – it just depends on if you’ve been good, or bad! Click HERE for a collection of jackass fails that are sure to get you on Santa’s “naughty list.”
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– TOM A. SMITH
Despite being just 17-years-old, Sunderland-based newcomer Tom A. Smith has already achieved more than most artists do during their careers. He played his first gig at the age of eight, performed at Glastonbury before he was even in middle school, and Tim Burgess handpicked him to play his stage at Kendall Calling, making him the festival’s youngest ever performer. Tom has played live with Sam Fender and Catfish & The Bottlemen, as well as supported The Lathums and The Mysterines, and is now looking to breakthrough with his brilliant debut single “Wolves.” Produced by Larry Hibbitt (Nothing But Thieves, Sea Girls, The Snuts), “Wolves” channels the same warm and euphoric sound as The Cure’s Robert Smith, as Tom perfectly establishes his rich and soaring direction through a bold and contemporary lens. The song has earned support in its first week of release with Jack Saunders at BBC Radio 1, Radio X, BBC 6Music, KCRW, and Richard Kingsmill at Triple J, in addition to countless adds to official playlists on Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music and many others. Listen to “Wolves” by Tom A. Smith HERE and contact managers Mike Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org and Neil Hughes at email@example.com for all available inquiries
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – TYLER PAGE
HERE and contact Paul Gala at firstname.lastname@example.org and Peter Galanakis at email@example.com as Tyler Page is available for sync and collaboration opportunities.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 12/12/2021
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, December 12th, 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)
DOLORES FOREVER – “Party In My Mind” (Sweat Music, Sweden)
BELLWETHER – “Shortsighted” (Unsigned, Australia)
THE LIVING STRANGE – “Radio” (Unsigned, N. America)
JEREMY LOOPS – “Postcards” (Universal Music, South Africa)
DMA’S – “We Are Midnight” (Liberation Music, Australia)
EIZA MURPHY – “Movies” (Unsigned, Ireland)
THE VICES – “The Neighbour Is A Bitch” (Mattan Records, Holland)
THE LATHUMS – “I’ll Get By” (Modern Sky, UK)
DANNY BALDURSSON – “Nervous” (Unsigned, Faroe Islands)
SAHARA BECK – “Kryptonite” (Unsigned, Australia)
THE SHERLOCKS – “City Lights” (Infectious, UK)
MUKS – “Girlfriend” (Unsigned, India)
LEONIDEN – “Paranoid” (Euphorie/UMG, Germany)
CLUB BEIRUT – “Bury Your Friends” (Unsigned, Scotland)
THE VIOLENT HEARTS – “Everything & Nothing” (Unsigned, UK)
SINGLE BY SUNDAY – “Cold” (Unsigned, UK)
LIME CORDIALE & IDRIS ELBA – “Apple Crumble” (London Cowboys, US)
SUNHILL – “Golden Days” (BlackValley Records, Sweden)
ADÉLAIDE – “Silent Hope” (Unsigned, Germany)
TEN TONNES – “Go” (Unsigned, UK)
BAKER GRACE – “Midnight Thoughts” (Unsigned, N. America)
HI FRISCO – “Ever Again” (SO Recordings, UK)
THE ROYSTON CLUB – “Mrs Narcissistic” (Modern Sky, UK)
ILLUMEN – “Drifting Apart” (Unsigned, Sweden)
VISTAS – “Brand New” (Unsigned, UK)
IAMJJ – “Hurt” (Mermaid, Denmark)
ALBA AUGUST – “Honey” (Universal Music, Sweden)
THE ROLY MO – “I Miss The Dancing” (7 West Music, Scotland)
KEHLI – “Not OK” (Unsigned, UK)
PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION – “Twenty Two” (Unsigned, UK)
LAUREN WALLER – “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (Unsigned, N. America)
DEMOB HAPPY – “Sympathy Boy” (SO Recordings, UK)
(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including modernlove, Public Order, The Lottery Winners, Lime Cordiale & Idris Elba and Blossoms)