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Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), today announced the signing of Dave Bayley of the Grammy Awards-nominated Glass Animals (Polydor/Republic Records) to an exclusive, global publishing agreement.
Dave Bayley
Number 8 on Billboard’s Top 100 songwriters of 2021, Bayley is lead singer, songwriter and producer for the critically acclaimed and globally adored Glass Animals. The band’s highly applauded album, Dreamland (2020) became their highest-charting ever. With more than 1.5 billion global streams, the album reached No.2 in the UK and climbed into the Top 10 in the US. The group’s latest single “I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance)” has earned more than 30 million global streams.

Bayley said, “There’s so much I want to learn and so much music I want to make in so many different areas – from Glass Animals records, to pop songwriting, to experimental sound design, to scoring. When it came time to re-sign my publishing, there were so many wonderful people, ideas and opportunities around that I began to feel a bit lost, but Universal Music Publishing and the incredible team of people there had drawn a long and clear path for me through those ideas... it just felt like a journey I wanted to take. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!”

Jody Gerson, Chairman & CEO of UMPG commented, “I am a Glass Animals fan and I am especially delighted to work closely with UMPG’s global creative teams to amplify Dave Bayley’s talents as a writer and producer, not only for his band but also for other artists who inspire and excite him.”

Recently, Glass Animals was named “Group of the Year” at Variety Hitmakers. They were also nominated for the 2022 Grammy Awards’ Best New Artist and BRIT Awards for Song of the Year (“Heat Waves”) and Best Rock/Alternative Act.

Glass Animals is managed by Amy Morgan of September Management. Read more HERE.


Jackie Winkler has been promoted to Vice President, A&R at Island Records. The announcement was made several days ago by Co-CEOs of Island Records, Imran Majid and Justin Eshak, to whom Winkler will report.
Winkler began her career as an intern at Warner Records while earning her undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona. In 2011, she was hired as an A&R Manager at Warner where she signed Grammy-winning artist Andra Day as her first act, and then went on to sign acts including Nico and Vinz, NONONO, JR JR, and Sabina Ddumba.
Jackie Winkler
In 2014, Winkler joined Island Records as an A&R Director (working with then President & CEO, David Massey) and signed Bishop Briggs, PUBLIC, Johan Lenox, and Lxandra, while overseeing Olivia O’Brien, BANNERS, and discovering Jessie Reyez.

Justin Eshak said, “Jackie has an exceptional ear and natural instinct for finding and fostering talent. Her deep understating across all aspects of A&R is exactly why she will thrive in this new role.”

Imran Majid added, “Jackie is highly respected in the artist and creative community. Her ability to discover artists and put records together is top notch. She is an integral leader in this new chapter of Island Records.”

Winkler began her career as an intern at Warner Records while earning her undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona. She was officially hired as A&R manager in 2011 and signed the Grammy winner Andra Day as her first act.

Most recently, Winkler played a key A&R role in the signing of Lauren Spencer-Smith. She has also worked closely with global superstars Demi Lovato, Sabrina Carpenter, Olivia O’Brien among others. Winkler will continue to be based in Los Angeles with her new role.


BMG recently acquired a 50% stake in the song interests of Bobby Gillespie, Andrew Innes and the late Robert Young of legendary Scottish rock band Primal Scream, together with their neighboring rights. The deal includes the writers’ shares in songs including “Movin’ On Up,’” “Loaded,” “Rocks, “Come Together,” and covers all of their 11 albums from Sonic Flower Groove (1987) through to Chaosmosis (2016).
Primal Scream
The acquisition forms part of a program which has seen BMG acquire rights from artists including Mick Fleetwood, Tina Turner, ZZ Top and Mötley Crüe. Primal Scream are the first UK artists of their generation to strike such a rights deal.

Primal Scream’s latest new studio album was 2016’s Chaosmosis. They are set to return to the live stage on May 28 at the Wide Awake festival in London’s Brockwell Park where they will play Screamadelica in full for the first time in 10 years.
Pacific Avenue
Also, Kiama, Australia-based indie-rock quartet Pacific Avenue have signed an exclusive global recording deal with BMG. The signing coincides with the release of the band’s new single “Give It Up For Yourself,” which was released on Friday. “Give It Up For Yourself” follows their highly successful 2021 single “Easy Love,” which was voted in at No.108 in the 2021 triple j Hottest 200 countdown, and led to the band being a triple j Unearthed featured artist and received strong support from Spotify, Apple Music and Triple M.

The deal was secured with the support of Heath Johns, BMG Managing Director Australia & New Zealand, and Jodie Feld, Director of Recorded A&R and Artist Experience.

BMG will also be hosting a private open-house for its staff, creatives and business partners at its Los Angeles-based headquarters this week, which is poised to be the company’s biggest-grossing operation in the world. The multi-floor office which boasts over 30,000 square feet of space is located at 5670 Wilshire Boulevard and was secured by the company before the pandemic. The office which employs well over 100 staff will host its first open house since the start of the pandemic.

A&R Worldwide will be on hand for the open house per the invitation of BMG’s senior management.


Last week, Universal Music Group (UMG) , announced an expansive, long-term partnership with award-winning, multi-Platinum Canadian global music icon The Weeknd, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed recording artists and songwriters of the last decade. The agreement further builds upon the relationship between Abel Tesfaye (pka The Weeknd), and UMG’s Republic Records, which has been his label home and partner since 2012 and will remain his label partner for future recorded music releases.
The new expanded relationship will see Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) administer all his future works and songwriting catalog in a new long-term deal, upon expiration of his existing commitment. Tesfaye has already proven himself as one of the 21st century’s most prolific and skilled songwriters, breaking numerous chart and sales records throughout his career. The Weeknd holds the record for the longest-charting song in Billboard history, with “Blinding Lights” achieving an unprecedented 90 weeks on the Hot 100 chart.
Bravado, UMG’s brand-management and merchandise company will continue to work closely with The Weeknd and XO to expand and develop global merchandising, branding, ecommerce and retail licensing opportunities around future projects and releases.

In addition, the new agreement also covers future audiovisual projects in collaboration with Republic Records and UMG.

In making the announcement, Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group said, “Over the past decade, we have been honored to work so closely with Abel who has quickly become one of music’s most creative and important artists—a once-in-a-generation talent. With Sal and the XO team as our incredible partners, we’ve developed a deep trust and respect that has enabled us to successfully execute Abel’s brilliant vision. I am delighted that we are now able to expand this special relationship, welcome this world-class songwriter to UMPG, and evolve this creative partnership to new and exciting levels.”

Wassim ‘SAL’ Slaiby, Founder, CEO, SALXCO & XO Records says, “Over a decade together says it all. Our relationship is built on trust, success, and family values. I am proud and excited to be beside Sir Lucian, Monte [Lipman], Avery [Lipman], Jody [Gerson] and the rest of the Universal family building our next decade together.”

Monte Lipman, Chairman & CEO, Republic Records commented, “Abel is the consummate 21st century artist and global superstar who continues to break down creative barriers with his genre-bending repertoire. His success and career-defining accomplishments have made a historic impact around the world. It’s an honor to extend our alliance with Abel, Sal, Lamar, Cash and the XO Family in the evolution of The Weeknd.”

Jody Gerson, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group added, “The Weeknd is a world-class, boundary breaking artist and I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome him and Sal to UMPG. Through this expanded and multi-faceted agreement, UMPG, Republic and Bravado global teams will be empowered to work closely together under one roof, maximizing opportunities and value for The Weeknd’s artistry in unprecedented ways.”

Few artists have so profoundly impacted global culture over the past decade as The Weeknd, with more than 75 million albums sold, and numerous chart records broken. The Weeknd’s most recent album (Dawn FM), released in January 2022 through XO/Republic Records, has continued on the success path of its predecessor, breaking the Billboard Global 200 chart record, with 24 songs charting in its debut week, the most ever by any solo male artist.

This multi-faceted agreement marks the beginning of a new era of expanded global collaboration between The Weeknd, XO and UMG. Read the full story HERE.


Wasserman Music has acquired Paradigm Talent Agency’s UK live music representation business, which expands the agency’s global client roster and European footprint. This new addition reunites the British team with their longtime colleagues in North America (Wasserman Music had acquired Paradigm, ex-UK back in 2021), while growing the company’s global reach and continuing to build and develop its roster of artists.
As part of the deal, UK partners James Whitting, Dave Hallybone, Alex Hardee and Tom Schroeder have joined the Wasserman Music managing executive team. The partners founded Coda Agency in 2002, aligned with Paradigm in 2014 and fully merged in 2019 under the Paradigm name.
The company represents a roster of artists across pop, rock, electronic, hip-hop, and more for touring and brand partnerships. With the UK client roster merging into Wasserman Music, the agency has added international representation outside of North America for artists including Bon Iver, FKA twigs, Lewis Capaldi, Liam Payne, Mark Ronson, My Chemical Romance, PinkPantheress, Rag’n’Bone Man, Rita Ora, Robyn, Sean Paul, Shawn Mendes, Take That and X Ambassadors.


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TWO OF THE WORLD’S TOP AUDIO MINDS: It takes great vision, instincts, skill and curation abilities to get the attention of the music masses, yet alone influence global pop culture! Coming together at last month’s A&R Worldwide organized MUSEXPO global music event in Burbank, CA are longtime friends, collaborators and two of the world’s most influential music and audio programmers – Kevin Weatherly, Head of North American Programming, Spotify, and Lisa Worden, Vice President Rock & Alternative, Program Director ALT 98.7 - LA’s New Alternative, iHeartMedia National Programming Group.


A&R LUCK OF THE IRISH: Sony Music Publishing UK today announced the signing of breakout singer-songwriter Kal Lavelle to a worldwide publishing agreement. The Irish born singer/songwriter has quickly become one of today’s most promising hitmakers thanks to her work as a collaborator with Ed Sheeran. Recently, Lavelle co-wrote Ed Sheeran’s No.1 hit “Shivers,” which achieved chart-topping positions in the UK and around the world. The track also climbed to No.1 on Billboard’s Pop Airplay chart in February. Currently, Kal is working in the studio with artists across a wide range of genres, including KOLIDESCOPES, Izzy Bizu, RHODES, Naughty Boy, Harry Stone, Eddie Serafica, Cian Ducrot, James TW, DJ Zinc, Alex Hosking, and more. The signing was done with the support of Tim Major, Co-Managing Director, Sony Music Publishing UK, and Dominic Drummie, A&R, Sony Music Publishing UK. Renowned UK music attorney Paul Spraggon helped with formalizing the deal for Lavelle.

SIGNING WITH 8 TRACK: Grammy, CMA and ACM-winning hitmakers Shenandoah have inked a worldwide recording agreement with newly-formed 8 Track Entertainment, which will be distributed by Warner Music Group’s ADA (Alternative Distribution Alliance). New music is expected soon from the band that has tallied more than 300 million streams, over 8 million combined album sales, and 13 No. 1 radio singles over the course of more than three decades. Shenandoah is currently on the road celebrating their 35th Anniversary Tour.

INKING A WORLDWIDE PUBLISHING DEAL: Sony Music Publishing Nashville has signed breakthrough singer-songwriter Madeline Edwards to a worldwide publishing agreement. The news coincided with Edwards’ first official dates opening for Chris Stapleton’s All American Road Show Tour. California born, Texas raised singer-songwriter Madeline Edwards has quickly caught the attention of the industry, incorporating jazz, soul, gospel and country influences into her unique sound. She was listed as a “Hot Country Spotify Artist to Watch 2022,” a CMT “Next Women of Country” class of 2022 and was named a Top 20 Breaker artist on NPR. Currently working on her debut album, Edwards made her national radio debut on Sirius XM and released “Port City,” as the follow up to her hit song “The Road,” which has garnered over 6 million streams to date. She has performed on Lady Gaga’s Born This Way tribute record with The Highwomen, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, and made her national television debut at the 2021 CMA Awards, where she sang alongside Mickey Guyton and Brittney Spencer.

RISING UPWARDS AT CAPITOL: Targa Sahyoun and Nick Steinhardt have been named Sr. Vice Presidents of Creative for Capitol Records, the flagship label of Capitol Music Group (CMG). The announcement was made a few days ago by Arjun Pulijal, President, CMG to whom the pair reports. In their new roles, Sahyoun and Steinhardt will co-lead the label’s creative department, with Sahyoun overseeing music video and visual content production, and Steinhardt art direction, for Capitol’s full roster of superstar, established and developing artists. Both executives are based at the company’s headquarters within its iconic Capitol Tower in Hollywood, CA. Sahyoun was most recently Capitol’s Senior Vice President of Video Production, having first joined the label in 2014 as Senior Director of Video Production. Steinhardt segues into his new role after heading his own boutique creative design firm, 23in, and working at SMOG Design, a company owned by respected creative executive Jeri Heiden.

SIGNING WITH MOM + POP: The Canadian twin-sister collective Tegan and Sarah have signed with New York City-based indie label Mom + Pop Music, which is home to artists such as Alice Merton, Fidlar, Flume, Ingrid Michaelson, Jagwar Ma, Madeon, Tash Sultana and many others. The deal was signed by the indie label co-Founder and respected A&R veteran Michael Goldstone who originally signed the two sisters to Sire Records, when he relaunched the label with Seymour Stein (Co-Founder, Sire Records) in 2003. The deal with Mom + Pop accompanies the release of their new single, “Fucking Up What Matters.” The new single is co-produced by John Congleton (Sharon Van Etten, Future Islands, Angel Olsen) and will be included on Tegan And Sara’s upcoming album, which is their tenth full-length release to date. Michael Goldstone’s partner at the label is Thaddeus Rudd, Co-President & Co-Owner, Mom + Pop Music.

HOW SWEDE IT IS WITH NETFLIX AND SPOTIFY: Netflix has announced that the Swedish artist Janice is joining the lead cast in the upcoming drama series The Playlist. The Playlist is a fictional drama series about the Swedish start-up that shook the entire music industry and evolved into becoming one of the world’s leading music services – Spotify (who suffered a brutal week on Wall Street recently). Janice Kamya Kavander, known to her fans simply as Janice, is playing one of the lead roles as the singer Bobbie T. The series will feature three tracks performed by Janice, one of them written and produced by Danish producer/songwriter Robin Hannibal (Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Kimbra, Calvin Harris) and Sarah Aarons (Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, SZA). The music from the series will be released via [PIAS] / If Music Could Talk in conjunction with the premiere this year.

HOMEGROWN PODCASTING AT WMG: Warner Music Group (WMG) has launched an in-house podcasting division. The podcast network will be called Interval Presents, which will produce multi-format, culture-forward audio content at the intersection of music, pop culture, and social impact. Building on WMG’s expanding music catalog and its roster of talent, the network will leverage the power of a major music company to create a platform for artists and cultural movers to unpack trending conversations, amplify underrepresented voices, and explore the impact of music artistry from diverse perspectives. WMG’s Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy & Business Development, Allan Coye, will oversee Interval Presents in the role of General Manager. The podcasts are set to be launched throughout the year and will include talk shows and narrative-driven episodic shows. Among the first to front podcasts for Interval Presents are Lupita Nyong and Jason Derulo. Additionally, Interval Presents will work with production houses Snap Judgement, Awfully Nice and Double Elvis.

A DEAL WITH ARRESTED YOUTH: CCS Rights Management (CCS), a leading global independent music publishing, rights administration, and creative services company, has concluded an exclusive, worldwide neighboring rights deal with critically acclaimed indie alt-rock artist Ian Johnson aka Arrested Youth. CCS will represent Arrested Youth’s entire catalog and liaise with neighboring rights societies around the globe to ensure proper remuneration for public performances on sound recordings. The catalog includes the Eps Sobville (Episode I) and Arrested Youth & the Quarantiners and Fear, as well as studio albums Fear, Fear (The Remixes), and Nonfiction, which was produced by Goldfinger member John Feldmann (blink-182, The Used, Fever 333) and features blink-182’s Mark Hoppus. Arrested Youth has amassed over 1.1 million monthly Spotify listeners and 100+ million streams.

EXPANDING ITS X-RAY VISION: Leading UK live music company X-Ray Touring has unveiled a slate of new promotions. Jo Biddiscombe, who has been with X-Ray Touring since 2005 when it was founded by the late Steve Strange, has been promoted to the position of Director (she became an agent at the firm back in 2017). She will join Martin Horne, Ian Huffam, Josh Javor and Scott Thomas on the management board. Additionally, X-ray has promoted Claire MacLeod to the role of agent and Paul Lomas and Hannah Edds have been promoted to bookers. X-ray’s roster of more than 400 acts includes Coldplay, Eminem, Robbie Williams, Gorillaz, Queens of the Stone Age, Linkin Park, Pixies, Stereophonics, Bombay Bicycle Club, Enter Shikari and Fever 333, while AGI represents Billy Joel, Metallica, Rod Stewart, Neil Young, Linkin Park, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, the Strokes, Cage the Elephant, among others.

RISING AT SPOTIFY: Spotify has announced the promotion of Safiya Lambie-Knight to her new role as Head of Music, UK & Ireland. Lambie-Knight has been at Spotify for over three years, and first joined the company in a genre specialist role, and more recently as Artist & Label Partnerships Lead for the UK & Ireland. During her time at Spotify, she has played a key role in initiatives such as Who We Be Live, the global roll-out of Radar for emerging artists, and the digital edition of Notting Hill Carnival. Based in London, Lambie-Knight will be responsible for Spotify’s local network of editorial playlists and promotions and will report directly to Tom Connaughton, Managing Director, Spotify.

WHAT THE FUGA’S GOIN’ ON?: Downtown-owned FUGA, a full-service B2B distributor, has announced a global distribution and marketing services deal with independent Stockholm-based label and creative studio, YEAR0001, who count acclaimed post-punk band, Viagra Boys and pioneering Swedish rapper, Yung Lean, as part of its roster. The partnership will see FUGA working across all digital distribution, marketing, and label services, including sync licensing and audience engagement, for YEAR0001 releases. FUGA will additionally take on global physical distribution for YEAR0001, a move that ramps up FUGA’s presence within physical distribution following a series of successes, including Strap Original’s signing TRAMPOLENE, who reached No.12 in the UK’s official vinyl album chart through FUGA’s recent partnership with physical music distributor, Proper Music Group. Also, DreamTeam, the London-based marketing company, will continue working with YEAR0001 and FUGA on global marketing strategy for the labels’ artist campaigns.

ON DECK WITH DECCA RECORDS: Decca Records has announced a new partnership with the first professional majority Black and ethnically diverse orchestra in Europe, Chineke! Orchestra. With music to be released on a new label under Decca, Chineke! Records, the ensemble’s first release in September will be a collection of works by English composer, conductor, and political activist, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, who is the founder, artistic and executive director of the Chineke! Foundation, which supports Black and ethnically diverse classical musicians in the UK, has been named the new executive producer of Chineke! Records. The Chineke! Orchestra won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s inaugural Gamechanger Award in 2019 and are set to tour with Decca’s Sheku Kanneh-Mason this summer.

SNAPPING WITH LIVE NATION: Snapchat has announced a new multi-year partnership with Live Nation. This new deal will incorporate immersive augmented reality experiences at select concerts through the Snapchat Camera. Announced as part of the Snap Partner Summit, Snapchat also revealed new stats for the app, including that there are now over 600 million monthly active users and over 330 million daily active users globally. Working with Live Nation, Snapchat will be collaborating with artists to build on their creative canvas and will work with major festivals and events including Austin City Limits, Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK, Lollapalooza, and the Governors Ball in the US. Fans at festivals will be able to utilize the app to try on merch, connect with friends and discover exclusive landmarks on festival grounds.

ADDING ITS DISTRIBUTION ARM: Adding to the trend of music streaming services becoming music distributors, Tencent Music Entertainment, the owner of China’s largest music streaming services, has joined the fold to become one of the newest global music distributors. This follows SoundCloud’s launch of a distribution feature in 2019, and TikTok’s new promotion and music distribution platform, SoundOn which launched just last month. TME’s new service claims to be a “One-Click For All”, and will enable independent musicians registered to the Tencent Musician Platform to distribute their music globally to over 150 platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and more. The Tencent Musician Platform is an indie artist initiative formerly known as ‘ Tencent Musician Program’ that launched in 2017.

LEGALLY SPEAKING: Def Jam Recordings has announced the promotion of Lynn Gonzalez to Executive Vice President, Head of Business Affairs & Business Development, at Def Jam Recordings. In her new role, Gonzalez will continue to manage the business and legal affairs for the company and will oversee Def Jam’s legal team and its negotiations and deal-making on behalf of the label’s roster of artists. Gonzalez joined the company in 2013 as Vice President, Business & Legal affairs, and since 2016 has served as Def Jam’s Senior Vice President, Business & Legal affairs. Based in New York, Gonzales will report to Steve Gawley, Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Universal Music Group, and Tunji Balogun, who was named as Chairman & CEO, Def Jam Recordings in 2021.

ELEVATED AT JAXSTA: Beth Appleton has been named Chief Executive Officer at Jaxsta, the Australia-based music metadata firm. Appleton joined Jaxsta in July 2021 as Chief Marketing Officer after previously serving as GM and Sr. Vice President, Marketing Australasia at Warner Music Australia where she oversaw campaigns for artists such as Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, and others. As Chief Executive Officer, Appleton will be responsible for developing and driving Jaxsta’s ongoing marketing strategy as it returns to a paid subscription service in July with Jaxsta Pro. Jacqui Louez-Schoorl, Founder and former CEO, will continue in the role of Founder, and will be responsible for developing established and new music industry relationships. Beth Appleton’s new role is effective immediately.

ACQUIRING A CREATIVE COMMISSION: Talenthouse has acquired music industry creative hiring platform Creative Commission. Talenthouse produces digital content for companies including Netflix and Snap, and Creative Commission specializes in connecting freelance visual creators with the music industry. Creative Commission was co-founded by Brian Mahoney, Nick Clark and Matt Proud, and is now bringing clients over 800 job opportunities a year. Clients include Warner Music, Universal Music Group, Sony Music, Columbia Records, Interscope Records, Atlantic Records, and Virgin Records. Talenthouse, which is publicly listed in Switzerland, says that Creative Commission has facilitated over $12 million in work to creatives since 2013.

POISED FOR A REMODEL: Hollywood’s historic Capitol Studios are set to close for two years beginning this summer as the Capitol Records Tower building undergoes construction and repairs. As a result, 13 studio staffers have been let go. Capitol Music Group staffers moved to the Hollywood NeueHouse in February for a minimum of 18 months. During the construction period, the studio plans to put in newly acquired classic gear and other technical replacements. The renovations will not have an effect on the studios’ acoustics or room dimensions. Universal Music Group who owns the facility does function different studios in Los Angeles the place artists can document, together with Republic Studios close to Century Metropolis.

MORE TICKETS IN SOUTH AFRICA: Ticketmaster has confirmed a launch in South Africa. With headquarters in Cape Town, Ticketmaster’s suite of products and digital ticketing tools will be utilized in South Africa’s markets in sporting teams, artists, promoters, festivals, and venues. Recently announced, Justin Bieber’s Justice World Tour and the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 sales will mark the first-ever major international tour and sporting event in South Africa to sell all tickets online. Ticketmaster’s announcement follows the partnership with Snapchat that was announced earlier this year, allowing Snapchat users to swipe left and right on upcoming shows to discover nearby events.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: R.I.P. Naomi Judd, Kenny MacPherson, Zeke Silvera, Luke Noa, Diana Schweinbeck, Andrew Grant, Marnie Dunstan, Max Lousasda, Rogerio Saraiva, Kim Stephens, Carter Armstrong, Charlie Lycett, Tarsame Mittal, Jon McIldowie, Ben Gordon and Teri Nelson Carpenter.


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 live in the animal kingdom; however, species are a lot wilder than others. Click HERE to see some friendly, and not-so-friendly encounters with humans and animals!


In the last decade, brothers James and Matty Veck-Gilodi helped build a brilliant career, releasing five albums with their bandmates as Deaf Havana. In 2020, some turmoil hit the band, and everyone decided to walk away. They booked shows to cover their remaining debts and after that, Deaf Havana would be finished. Then COVID happened and the shows were cancelled, and the band didn’t have to think about their future for a long time. COVID shifted everyone’s priorities and Deaf Havana would become a duo, motivating the brothers to continue. The new chapter has been documented with the recordings of their sixth upcoming album, The Present Is A Foreign Land (SO Recordings), due July 15th, featuring the single “Kids.” According to James, the song is a retrospective romance with our younger years. Listen to the track HERE, and contact Adam Greenup at adam@silvascreen.co.uk, for available opportunities with Deaf Havana.


One of the brightest musical discoveries of 2021 is Melbourne trio Telenova. Their debut EP Tranquilize featured the cult hit “Bones” which earned support from triple j, BBC Radio 1, Apple Music One, NME, Vogue Paris and more. Telenova quickly found a passionate growing audience with their rich brand of pop and surreal visuals, all driven by enigmatic frontwoman Angeline Armstrong. The three-piece have recently released the single “Why Do I Keep You?” via Pointer Recordings. The new track showcases a sophisticated slice of modern nostalgia that evokes ‘90s melancholic guitar pop, without losing its contemporary lean. The band is gearing up for their UK tour with stops in London and Brighton, including The Great Escape festival May 11-14. Watch the visual for “Why Do I Keep You?” which was conceived and directed by Armstrong HERE. For additional information on the band and available opportunities, contact AdamWeezBooth at weez@clbr.co.


“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, May 1st, 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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SEA GIRLS – “Lonely” (Polydor, U.K.)
FLYCKT – “Jonny Boy” (Dumont Dumont, Sweden)
THE SHERLOCKS – “On The Run” (Unsigned, U.K.)
BAKER GRACE – “Shake The Earth” (Unsigned, N. America)
BEAUX – “Guard Down” (Dirty Hit, U.K.)
CRAWLERS – “I Can’t Drive” (Modern Sky, U.K.)
DANNY BALDURSSON – “Nothing Matters” (Unsigned, Faroe Islands)
MODERNLOVE – “Follow You” (Unsigned, Ireland)
REST FOR THE WICKED – “Devils Delight” (EMI/UMG, Australia)
COACH PARTY – “Weird Me Out” (Chess Club, U.K.)
TELENOVA – “Bones” (BMG, Australia)
THE CITY REVIVAL – “Who’s On Display” (Unsigned, Israel)
DOLORES FOREVER – “Baby Teeth” (Sweat Music, Sweden)
JAMIE WEBSTER – “Davey Kane” (Modern Sky, U.K.)
REBECCA EPICSON – “Gone By” (Unsigned, Germany)
DEMOB HAPPY – “Sympathy Boy” (SO Recordings, U.K.)
SINGLE BY SUNDAY – “Help” (Unsigned, Scotland)
MICHAEL ALDAG – “Teenage Drama” (3 Beat, U.K.)
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 – “Sulking Poet” (Virgin EMI, U.K.)
INHALER – “My Honest Face” (Polydor/UMG, Ireland)
SAIPHE – “Kiss Me” (Unsigned, Austria)
GOOD LEKKER – “Belligerence” (Good Intent, Australia)
CASSIA – “Motions” (BMG, Australia)
ALEX LAHEY – “Spike The Punch” (Liberation, Australia)
TWO YEAR VACATION – “Chasing The Morning” (Clouds Hill, Sweden)
THE VICES – “Strange Again” (Mattan Records, Holland)
LAUREN WALLER – “Nothing But Life” (Unsigned, US)
BELLWETHER – “Charade” (Good Intent, Australia)

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