GLENN MENDLINGER NAMED VP REPUBLIC RECORDS
& PRESIDENT IMPERIAL
Republic Records has announced the promotion of Glenn Mendlinger to his new role as Executive VP of Republic Records and President of IMPERIAL, which is a label that was originally launched in 1947 by Lew Chudd. Mendlinger is also a part of the executive team at Republic and works closely with Wendy Goldstein and Jim Roppo, co-Presidents at the major label, as well as Monte and Avery Lipman, co-Founders of Republic.
Prior to joining Republic Records and Imperial Records, Mendlinger spent 21 years at Astralwerks, and since 2006 had served as General Manager of the label. Throughout his time at Astralwerks, Mendlinger oversaw releases for Fatboy Slim and The Chemical Brothers, as well as campaigns with David Guetta, Daft Punk and Swedish House Mafia.
In 2014, Mendlinger signed Halsey and has also helped sign and/or worked with artists including Phoenix, Hot Chip, Kraftwerk, Sia, Porter Robinson, AIR, deadmau5, Pet Shop Boys, Empire Of The Sun, B-52’s, as well as the label DFA and others.
Before joining Astralwerks, Mendlinger worked at Virgin Records and East West. In his new position, he will be based and work out of Republic Records’ global headquarters in New York City.
S10 PUBLISHING AND AVEX USA
SIGN RISING JAMAICAN ARTIST & SONGWRITER
S10 Publishing, Brandon Silverstein’s music publishing division, in partnership with Avex USA, announced recently that they have signed Shenseea to a worldwide publishing agreement. The culturally engaged and exciting new artist and songwriter, Shenseea has over 600 million video views, 12 million social media followers and has become a worldwide sensation over the past year for using influences from her native Jamaica to create songs that connect across many genres.
The multi-talented artists joins the quickly expanding S10 Publishing roster, which already boasts a Billboard Hot 100 No.1 with Justin Bieber’s “Peaches” (co-written by S10 Publishing’s Harv) and over 10 billion streams for the songs it publishes, including hits by Justin Bieber, The Kid Laroi, Bad Bunny, Selena Gomez, DJ Snake, Bella Poarch, Anitta, Normani, Skrillex, 24kGoldn, John Legend, Drake, Rihanna, Future, Lil Baby, Juice WRLD, Travis Scott and many more.
(Pictured L-R are Lucas Thomashow, Brandon Silverstein, Shenseea, Donny “Dizzy” Flores, Naoki Osada. Photo Credit: Dillon Campbell)
S10 is a full-service management, music publishing, record label and investment company founded by entertainment executive Brandon Silverstein with offices and studios in Los Angeles and New York and with partnerships with other leading entertainment executives and their companies, including JAY-Z and Ryan Tedder.
S10 is headquartered in its West Hollywood studio facility, Avex House. Silverstein is also known for managing the careers of global pop superstars Normani and Anitta.
Avex USA launched in Los Angeles less than a year ago. Its operations encompass Avex USA Publishing, the music start up investment program Future of Music Investment Fund, and the next-generation record label SELENE.
TIM GLOVER NAMED EXECUTIVE VP A&R
AT INTERSCOPE RECORDS
Interscope Geffen A&M has announced the promotion of Tim Glover to the position of Executive Vice President of A&R at Interscope Records. In his new role, Glover will continue to work with a roster of the label’s world class artists and emerging talent.
Glover joined Interscope in 2014 and since then has worked with Dreamville, including such artists as J. Cole, JID and Ari Lennox. Additionally, he works with the label’s partners LVRN, whose artists include Summer Walker and 6lack. In addition to handling the A&R duties for the acclaimed artist Tierra Whack, Glover works with a roster of more than 20 artists at the label.
“Nicole and John Janick’s ongoing support have empowered me to continue to do my best work on behalf of all of the artists and label partners on my roster,” said Glover. “I’m grateful for this expanded opportunity and look forward to continuing my work with these world-class artists and executives.”
Originally from Philadelphia, Glover began his career in the music business as a college rep for Universal Music Group while he attended Howard University in Washington, DC. From there he had a stint as a field marketing rep at Universal Music Group Distribution, eventually landing a lifestyle marketing gig at Def Jam Recordings. There he created innovative marketing campaigns for artists such as Pusha T, 2 Chainz and Big Sean. But being closer to the creative process was always the goal for Glover, which was realized in 2014 when he landed his first A&R gig at Interscope.
WARNER MUSIC ASIA FORMS STRATEGIC ALLIANCE
WITH LEADING THAILAND INDIE LABEL & UNVEILS SIGNING
Warner Music Asia has that it has formed a strategic alliance with Thailand’s premier independent record company What The Duck by signing Valentina Ploy, one of its most accomplished singer-songwriters. The deal was initiated with the support of Warner Music Asia and Samkwan “Moy” Tonsompong, Managing Director, What The Duck.
Valentina is a singer-songwriter of mixed Italian and Thai parentage who was born and raised in Italy. She first captured the public’s attention when she became a runner-up in Miss Universe Thailand 2018 and grew her fame when she released multiple singles with What the Duck starting from 2019 onwards. She has amassed nearly 40 million streams on Spotify and has charted in Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Jonathan Serbin, Co-President of Warner Music Asia, said, “We are delighted to announce the signing of Valentina to Warner Music Asia. An extremely talented musician, she represents the new generation of singer-songwriters in Asia. We look forward to bringing her sound to music lovers across the globe. And it’s a great way to launch our partnership with What the Duck, a real pioneer in the Thai music scene.”
Valentina added, “I am so happy to be working with Warner Music. Very excited and grateful to become part of the family as I feel that they support my vision of developing my artist career beyond limits. It’s always been a dream of mine to bring my music to the world and Warner Music is perfectly suited to help me reach the widest audience possible. With Warner Music and What the Duck, I’ll have an amazing set of partners that will help me achieve my vision and goal.”
Valentina will be putting out her hotly anticipated single “Bla Bli Blu” as her first official release with Warner Music. It will be available on all major DSPs from 28 April 2022.
UNIVISION NETWORKS SIGNS GLOBAL ADMIN DEAL WITH
UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), has announced that Univision Network has been signed to an exclusive, global publishing administration agreement to represent the network’s music catalog. As the largest provider of Spanish-language content in the US, Univision’s music catalog is part of its programming which includes award-winning telenovelas and other drama series, sports, reality and variety shows, news programming, and imported Spanish-language feature films.
Owned by TelevisaUnivision, the network’s most popular primetime series include “Si Nos Dejan,” “La Desalmada,” and “La Piloto” and reality competition shows “Nuestra Belleza Latina,” “Tu Cara me Suena,” and “Mira Quién Baila.” Additionally, Univision is home to major award-winning shows including “Premio Lo Nuestro,” “Premios Juventud,” “Latin GRAMMY®,” and “Despierta América.”
Alexandra Lioutikoff, President of Latin America and US Latin, UMPG said, “Univision is home to a vast catalog of the most iconic themes and songs across the U.S. and Latin America. We are honored and excited to collaborate with Univision on a new level, and we look forward to building on their legacy.”
The new agreement with Univision further enhances UMPG’s position as a key publisher for the world’s leading film, TV and production companies, studios, content platforms and networks. UMPG is currently home to some of the most iconic and universally recognized themes from broadcast, stage and screen.
Univision writers and publishers have been recognized with numerous prominent industry honors including more than 20 ASCAP Awards in the Television category, two ASCAP Screen Music Awards, six Emmys, five Telly Awards and Promax honor.
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!
AWARDING THEIR INNOVATION: Recognizing their uncanny ability to develop an audio and technology platform that connects with all touch-points within pop culture years before the birth of Spotify, TikTok, Instagram, Deezer, YouTube, Facebook and others are pictured (L-R) Markus Kuehn (Founder & Managing Partner, FluxFM, Germany) and Mona Rübsamen (co-Founder & Managing Partner, FluxFM, Germany). The duo received their formal acknowledgement for their audio, digital and radio innovation at the 2014 International Music Industry Awards at MUSEXPO in Los Angeles.
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Gavin Sheppard, Nick Gatfield, Mary Ramos, Alex Gilbert, Mary Rahmani, Nils Ruzicka, Kushboo Ponwar, Dave Jordan, Kaz Chu, Ryan Press, Fred Casimir, Andre De Raaf, Hiten Bharadia, Nick Findlay and David O’Connor.
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’ve all heard the phrase that “you’ve got to see it to believe it,” right? Click HERE to watch a collection of some shocking and unprecedented moments caught on camera.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– TRIBE FRIDAY
Swedish trio Tribe Friday offer the most-sweet bubble gum emo music that exists today. These guitar-slinging indie kids have released a series of EPs in the last two years, gained international tastemaker respect and were invited to compete as Swedish qualifiers for Eurovision. Noah Deutschmann (guitar, lead vocals), Isak Gunnarsson (guitar, vocals) and Robin Hanberger Perez (bass, vocals) have been working overtime to deliver their upcoming debut album due June 3rd and bring their songs to their fans on stage. Tribe Friday have garnered past support on audio platforms and playlists including Spotify, Deezer, Flux FM (Germany), Radio 1 (India), KROQ Los Angeles, KNDD Seattle, Radio Doble Nueve (Peru) and many others. The song “forward is the way out” is a Gen-Z doomer rallying cry that showcases both their musical talents as well as their songwriting capabilities. Listen to the track HERE, and contact Matthew Reich at firstname.lastname@example.org for all inquiries regarding Tribe Friday.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK"– LOLA YOUNG
HERE and contact Eloise Gale at Eloise.Gale@umusic.com
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 4/24/2022
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, April 24th, 2022: 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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REST FOR THE WICKED –“Devils Delight” (EMI/UMG, Australia) THE SHERLOCKS –“On The Run” (Unsigned, U.K.) BEAUX –“Guard Down” (Dirty Hit, U.K.) SEA GIRLS –“Lonely” (Polydor, U.K.) BAKER GRACE –“Shake The Earth” (Unsigned, N. America) DANNY BALDURSSON –“Nothing Matters” (Unsigned, Faroe Islands) MODERNLOVE –“Follow You” (Unsigned, Ireland) TELENOVA –“Bones” (BMG, Australia) COACH PARTY –“Weird Me Out” (Chess Club, U.K.) SCHWARZ –“The Others” (Styleheads, Germany) THE CITY REVIVAL –“Who’s On Display” (Unsigned, Israel) MICHAEL ALDAG –“Teenage Drama” (3 Beat, U.K.) SAHARA BECK –“Stillness” (Unsigned, Australia) THE LIVING STRANGE –“Radio” (Unsigned, N. America) REBECCA EPICSON –“Gone By” (Unsigned, Germany) ADELAIDE –“Obsession” (Unsigned, Germany) SINGLE BY SUNDAY –“Hey Boy!” (Unsigned, Scotland) ALBA AUGUST –“Honey” (Universal Music, Sweden) THE ROYSTON CLUB –“The Backburner” (Modern Sky, U.K.) OSCAR ANTON FT. FIL BO RIVA –“Grapejuice” (Filature, France) TRIBE FRIDAY –“Forward Is The Way Out” (Unsigned, Sweden) CLUB BEIRUT –“Physical” (Unsigned, Scotland) BLOSSOMS –“Ribbon Around The Bomb” (Virgin EMI, U.K.) INHALER –“My Honest Face” (Polydor/UMG, Ireland) SAIPHE –“Kiss Me” (Unsigned, Austria) GOOD LEKKER –“Belligerence” (Good Intent, Australia) ALEX LAHEY –“Spike The Punch” (Liberation, Australia) TWO YEAR VACATION –“Chasing The Morning” (Clouds Hill, Sweden) DOLORES FOREVER –“Party In My Mind” (Sweat Music, Sweden) LAUREN WALLER –“Nothing But Life” (Unsigned, N. America) THE VICES –“Strange Again” (Mattan Records, Holland) PIP MILLETT –“Hard Life” (Dream Life Records/Sony, U.K.) BELLWETHER –“Charade” (Good Intent, Australia)