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ARTIST PUBLISHING GROUP & WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC
SIGN & EXTEND DEAL WITH HITMAKER CHRISHAN


Warner Chappell Music has announced that it has extended its publishing deal with Grammy-nominated hitmaker Chrishan (real name Christopher Dotson) through a new agreement with Los Angeles-based Artist Publishing Group.
The multi-faceted and Platinum-plus recognized artist, songwriter, and producer has made a name for himself with his success spanning several genres, including Meek Mill’s “Dangerous,” A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s “Look Back It,” Drake’s “Jaded,” and French Montana’s “No Stylist.”
(Pictured L-R) are Matt MacFarlane (VP A&R, Publishing, APG), Chrishan, Daniella Cabargas (Sr. Director, A&R, APG) and Mike Caren (CEO, APG)
Daniella Cabargas, A&R, APG said, “Chrishan is a one-of-a-kind talent, and I'm so excited to welcome him to the APG family and support his career alongside the team at Warner Chappell. He’s already accomplished incredible things, continues to push boundaries every day, and is an inspiration to everyone he works with.”

Chrishan commented, “I couldn’t be more excited to join forces with APG and continue to work with my incredible publishing family at Warner Chappell. I’ve known Mike [Caren] since the early stages of my career and have a tremendous amount of respect for his musical ear and consistency. Getting to know Daniella, Matt, Roxy, and everyone at APG has also shown me that my work ethic won’t only be appreciated, it will be matched. Here’s to many great things to come!”

Mike Caren, CEO, APG added, “Chrishan is an incredible talent, and we are honored to kick off this next chapter.”

In 2012, Chrishan founded Right Now Sound, which led to him writing and producing hits such as Chris Brown’s “Grass Ain’t Greener,” “Party” and more. In2017, RCA’s J Grand introduced Chrishan and Hitmaka, which led to the duo founding Makasound, a combination of Hitmaka (Maka) and Chrishan’s Right Now Sound (Sound). Since then, the duo has written and produced hits for Drake, French Montana, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign, Meek Mill, Gucci Mane and more, selling over 70 million singles. Chrishan has taken a new interest in pop, recently writing for, and with, Stargate, Jason Derulo, Ava Max, Tommy brown, Cirkut, and The Stereotypes.


PULSE MUSIC GROUP SIGNS CREATIVE JOINT VENTURE
WITH MULTI-PLATINUM PRODUCER TOMMY BROWN




PULSE Music Group has signed a creative joint venture with Tommy Brown (known by the moniker TBHits), as announced last week by Josh Abraham and Scott Cutler, co-CEO’s of PULSE Music Group and Ashley Calhoun, Sr. Vice President/Head of Creative, PULSE Music Group. The renowned songwriter/producer/rapper is a frequent collaborator of Ariana Grande starting from her first album through all six studio albums.
Taylor Hill
A multi-platinum hitmaker, TBHits has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, including Justin Bieber, Meghan Trainor, Nas, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, Chris Brown, Meek Mill, Fifth Harmony, Ludacris, DJ Khaled, Macy Gray, Black Eyed Peas, T.I., Meek Mill, Travis Scott, John Legend, 2 Chainz, Blackpink, The Weeknd, and more.

The first signing to Tommy Brown’s creative JV with PULSE Music Group is Taylor Hill, a Queens born, Los Angeles-based producer, songwriter, artist, and multi-instrumentalist who cut his teeth in the industry alongside his frequent collaborator Tommy Brown. Hill is managed by Kristin Gregory and is set to release his debut EP later this year.

“We couldn’t be happier that we have an opportunity to work with Tommy. In his early days, Tommy learned directly from production greats Royalty and Rodney Jerkins while working alongside them. Now Tommy has built a team and a flourishing empire of his own. It makes perfect sense to work with Tommy to continue this tradition of great talent helping to light the torches for the talented people they work with and to help give him the platform to do so by signing Taylor Hill. We look forward to even more big things ahead,” said Josh Abraham and Scott Cutler.

“Tommy is an incredible hitmaker and having our PULSE creative crew working alongside him in a creative joint venture is exactly in line with our creative strategy to combine forces with the very best in creative talent,” commented Ashley Calhoun. “Taylor Hill already has many impressive credits under his belt. Kristin Gregory and Tommy Brown brought Taylor to us last summer. We started by setting up sessions with Taylor and several clients on our roster and the feedback from our roster was incredible after every session, so we knew we wanted to make it official.”


KOBALT INKS $NOT TO GLOBAL PUBLISHING ADMIN DEAL



Kobalt has announced that it has signed $NOT to a global publishing administration deal. The worldwide agreement includes publishing administration, including global synch and creative services for all of $NOT’s catalog and future songs.
$NOT
$NOT emerged to become one of the most popular young rappers globally, building a loyal fanbase with his misanthropic charm, keen sense of visuals and melodies, and nonchalant swagger. The Beautiful Havoc standout “Mean” with Flo Milli has become a TikTok favorite, with users creating over 700,000 videos using the song..

Since releasing his breakout single “GOSHA” — which boasts over 236 million Spotify streams to date — he has secured a pair of Gold-charting records (including “Moon & Stars” ft. Maggie Lindemann), as well as an appearance on Cochise’s Platinum-selling Billboard Hot 100-charting “Tell ‘Em”, as well as placements in TV series like HBO’s Euphoria (“Billy Boy”) and FX’s Atlanta (“Doja”). Most recently, $NOT released his album Ethereal, home to the single “Doja” ft. A$AP Rocky, which reached No.87 on the Billboard Hot 100. Ethereal debuted at No.66 on the Billboard 200 and generated more than 80 million streams across platforms since its release.

Commenting on the deal, $NOT said, “I’m happy about my decision to join the Kobalt team. Their technology is second to none, and the team fully understands my needs.”

“It was important for us to find a home where $NOT’s vision and goals would be prioritized,” said Jake Markow, $NOT’s manager, “We’re excited to take this next step in $NOT’s career and grow his publishing business with Kobalt.”

Jill Tschogl, VP Creative, Kobalt said “It’s impressive what $Not has been able to accomplish in a short time. He’s an artist you can’t put in a box and a star in the making. We are excited to support him as he continues to rise and support his goals of writing across genres.”


BMG RE-UPS ITS LEADERSHIP TEAM
AS REVENUES GROW




BMG recently announced that it had re-upped its two US repertoire leads, Los Angeles-based Thomas Scherer, President, Repertoire & Marketing, Los Angeles and New York; and Nashville-based Jon Loba, President, BMG Nashville, as the company’s US operations continue to surge.
Thomas Scherer & Jon Loba
Scherer and Loba’s repertoire operations account for around half of BMG’s global revenues. They will continue to work hand-in-hand with Joe Gillen, CFO US. BMG’s US revenues are up nearly a third on pre-pandemic levels.

Loba will also now add publishing to his established Nashville label responsibilities, becoming the only major music executive in Nashville to hold dual leadership responsibilities of both areas of the business, while Scherer will take the lead on US rights acquisition in addition to his responsibilities for BMG’s Los Angeles and New York-based repertoire operations.

Hartwig Masuch, CEO, BMG said, “BMG is on a roll in the US and its thanks in no small part to the work of Thomas and Jon. Jon has created a label powerhouse in Nashville with Jason Aldean, Dustin Lynch, Jimmie Allen, Lainey Wilson, and Jelly Roll, so it makes sense to extend his scope to our Nashville music publishing operation. Meanwhile Thomas is delivering significant double-digit growth at BMG’s core US publishing business with writers like George Harrison, Juice WRLD, D’Mile, Diane Warren, and Lewis Capaldi while also building our recordings interests with key signings like 5 Seconds of Summer, AJR, Maxwell, Slash, Bryan Adams, and the recent acquisitions of Mötley Crüe and John Legend catalogues.”

The news comes as BMG held its open house last week at its new Los Angeles office at 5670 Wilshire Boulevard this Wednesday, May 3, after an 18-month delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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!

ACTING LOCAL, THINKING GLOBAL: Enjoying a musical conversation at the headquarters of Polydor Records in Kings Cross in London are longtime music aficionados who have known each other for over two decades. Pictured (L-R) are Ben Mortimer, President, Polydor Records and Sat Bisla, President & Founder A&R Worldwide. The duo met back in the late 90s when Mortimer was an aspiring young A&R executive at Virgin Records in London. Bisla was the worldwide head of A&R for Clear Channel Entertainment (now Live Nation) and for Clear Channel Radio (now iHeart Media), and oversaw the A&R Network, whereas Bisla landed many US and international unsigned artists significant label and publishing deals.



GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…


BMG OFFICIALLY OPENS IN LA: Last week, hundreds of producers, songwriters, managers, A&Rs, publishers and music industry executives were invited to the official grand opening of the brand-new BMG office in Los Angeles with the officiating ceremony hosted by Thomas Scherer, President, Repertoire & Marketing, Los Angeles and New York. Attending the opening were Hartwig Masuch, CEO, BMG; award-wining songwriter Diane Warren; Michelle Jubelirer, CEO & Chairman, Capitol Music Group; Jacqueline Saturn, President, Virgin Music Label & Artist Services; Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide and MUSEXPO and hundreds of others. Click HERE to watch the official ribbon-cutting ceremony from last week’s official BMG office opening in Los Angeles.

SIGNING WITH 10K PROJECTS: Burgeoning social media star, songwriter and musician Leah Kate has signed with Elliot Grainge, Founder & CEO, 10K Projects, which A&R Worldwide can exclusively reveal. Kate has been developing a significant amount of digital traction across a myriad of platforms, in particular Tik Tok, which led to international major and independent label interest. Jenn Tolman Hurst, CEO, Streamline Talent Group manages Leah Kate worldwide and helped broker the deal with Grainge. Kate has been racking-up impressive analytics and recently released her new single, “10 Things I Hate About You.”

YOU’RE NOT ALONE: Kassner Music tells A&R Worldwide that they have signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with renowned songwriter and producer Robin Taylor-Firth, best known as the co-writer of the international hit “You’re Not Alone,” recorded by Olive, and for a 30-year association with trip-hop pioneers Nightmares on Wax. After a brief spell as a recording artist for Phonogram, Robin’s career breakthrough came in 1991 when he started collaborating with George Evelyn (DJ E.A.S.E. ) on his musical project Nightmares on Wax. Robin was a major contributor to all of the group’s most successful studio albums, including Smoker’s Delight (1995), Carboot Soul (1999), Mind Elevation (2002), and In A Space Outta Sound (2006). In 1995, Robin signed to RCA Records and formed the group Olive with songwriter Tim Kellett (previously of Durutti Column and Simply Red) and singer Ruth-Ann Boyle. Their single “You’re Not Alone” reached No.1 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1997, and earned Robin and Tim that year’s Ivor Novello Award for “Best Dance Song.” It was a huge hit across many European and international markets, and also had success with remakes from ATB and Mads Langer in following years. After leaving Olive in 1998, Robin continued his work with Nightmares on Wax and began to branch out into other music projects. He has since created the collective BudNubac, a musical act that incorporated Cuban and Latino sounds with Jamaican dub and salsa rhythms.

PROMOTION AT ADA: Paris Montoya has been elevated to his new position as Sr. Director, International Label Management at ADA (Alternative Distribution Alliance) and will continue to work from the company’s New York City-based headquarters. Most recently Montoya was Co-Department Head & Senior Director, International Marketing, Elektra Music Group (a position he held for three years), and prior to that spent over three years as Senior Director, International Marketing at Atlantic Records. In his new role, Montoya will continue to work across ADA’s label partners and artists to support their international development and success.

HEADING TO AMAZON: Laura Lukanz has been named as the new Head of Music, UK, Australia & New Zealand, Amazon Music, and will take on her new role at the end of this month. In her new position, Lukanz will spearhead the music industry teams for all three markets and have oversight of artist relations, label relations as well as editorial and programming for Amazon Music. Most recently, Lukanz was Executive Vice President, Artists/Writers & Producers, First Access Entertainment (now known was FAE). Lukanz was also the first female Head of Music at BBC Radio 1Xtra in the UK prior to joining FAE, and has managed numerous songwriters and producers who have delivered hits for artists including Zayn, BTS, Afro B, Ellie Goulding, Iggy Azalea, French Montana, Bebe Rexha, and many others.

LEADING NEIGHBORING RIGHTS AT BMG: BMG has appointed Sarah Mitchell to lead its UK-based neighboring rights business. Mitchell joins from UK neighboring rights society PPL where she was Director of Membership & Communications serving a client base of more than 130,000 performers and recording rightsholders. At BMG she will report to President Repertoire and Marketing UK Alistair Norbury concentrating on a boutique roster of high-value clients. Current BMG neighboring rights clients include The Rolling Stones, Roger Daltrey, Jonas Blue, and Mick Fleetwood as well as rights included in recent acquisitions including Primal Scream, John Lee Hooker, Tina Turner, and ZZ Top.

CRAWLING TO A NEW DEAL: Kobalt has officially signed British band CRAWLERS to a worldwide publishing administration agreement, including global synch and creative services for the band’s catalog and future songs. After early singles ‘So Tired’, ‘Placebo,’ and ‘Hush,’ as well as constant gigging in their home area of Merseyside, the band’s career took off when their single, “Come Over (Again)” from their debut EP blew up on TikTok and generated over 650K followers. The record garnered huge praise from BBC Radio 1 DJ Jack Saunders, Clash, Gigwise, and others, and subsequently raced into the Official UK Singles Chart. The band’s next slate of releases - including their latest single, “I Can’t Drive,” melds together the band’s personal experiences with the issues that matter to them and many in our world. The deal was unveiled back in March by Dave Pichilingi, CEO, Modern Sky (UK & N. America) during his A&R panel at MUSEXPO in Burbank, CA with Sas Metcalfe, President, Global Creative, Kobalt.

REV-SHARING AT TIKTOK: TikTok has unveiled that it will be introducing a new way to bring in advertisers to its platform by providing them an ability to showcase their branded content next to the best and most popular videos on TikTok. TikTok Pulse is a new contextual advertising opportunity that allows brands ads to be placed within the top 4% of all videos on TikTok. In addition, the new ad solution will also be the first ad product that involves a revenue share with creators. TikTok says that creators and publishers with at least 100,000 followers on its platform will be eligible for the revenue share program during the initial phase of the TikTok Pulse initiative. The Pulse program will be accessible to US advertisers next month and will add additional markets later this year. As part of the Pulse program the company will have a 50/50 split of its advertising revenue with creators.

FEELING MORE DEF: Def Jam Recordings has announced the promotion of Natina Nimene to her new role as Executive Vice President, Promotion & Artist Relations. In her new role, Nimene will oversee key strategies, delivery and management of Def Jam’s artist promotions campaigns with the label team. In her elevated role, she will oversee emerging development acts including Coco Jones, Fredo Bang, Muni Long and Danileigh, as well as being a key intermediary for key Def Jam acts like Pusha T, Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Teyana Taylor, YG, and Jeezy. Nimene who was named as Billboard’s “Hip-Hop Power Players,” “Women In Music” and a “40 Under 40” nominee, currently sits on the Universal Music Group Task Force for Meaningful Change, as well as being on the advisory board of the National Museum of African American Music.

A HEADSHRINKING SIGNING: Developing UK indie rock upstarts Headshrinkers have signed a worldwide publishing deal with WipeOut Publishing, which is home to the likes of Sleaford Mods, The Subways, Therapy?, Jah Wobble and others. The quartet are currently creating a buzz in the UK ahead of the release of their debut EP Doorway Conversations next month. They’ve also garenred support from BBC Radio 6 Music, Radio X, NME, This Feeling, and others, as well as selling-out shows and getting booked for festivals in the UK and Europe (Truck, Rewired, Vestrock, Sniester, Stanton Calling). The band are managed by Jawdropper Music whose signings in the past year have include Robert Grace (Columbia), Crybabyamy (BMG), and modernlove (Akira Records).

MORE “BUZ” IN LATIN AMERICA & PORTUGAL: Qobuz, the high-quality music platform, has announced its global expansion with the opening of its service in six new countries: this includes five in Latin America and one in Portugal, doubling the number of markets covered in two years. This expansion is an opportunity for 470 million music fans and audiophiles around the world to have access to an alternative streaming service centered around high-quality sound and a unique approach to music. Supported by its recent fundraising of $23 million (USD), Qobuz is continuing to expand. After its launch in Australia, New Zealand, and the Nordic countries in April 2021, plus the acquisition of the Japanese high-resolution download service e-onkyo music, the French platform is now available on the South American continent. Latin America is the region with the highest growth rate in 2021 in the music streaming market and six new countries will benefit from Qobuz’ high quality streaming offering: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile and, in Europe, Portugal, bringing the total number of open countries to 25.

STRENGTHENING THEIR NORDIC TRACK: FKP Scorpio Norway has strengthened its international department with the addition of Tim Salvesen as a promoter. Tim Salvesen has six years of experience as a promoter with All Things Live. He has previously worked with artists like Dave, Phoebe Bridgers, Mac DeMarco, Jacob Collier, black midi, Whitney, Rufus Wainwright, Ezra Collective, Priya Ragu, Clairo, Jimmy Eat World, KSI, Soccer Mommy, Slowthai and Snail Mail. International artists promoted by FKP Scorpio Norway include Bon Iver, Band of Horses, Hans Zimmer, The National, Big Thief, Tash Sultana, Snoop Dogg, Fontaines D.C., Daniel Nogren, Sparks, Nils Frahm, Colter Wall, shame, Weyes Blood, and many more.

JOINING RIOT GAMES: Music executive Maria Egan has joined Riot Games entertainment division as Global Head of Music & Events. Egan joins from her previous role that she has held since June 2020 as Chief Music Officer at music creation marketplace at Splice whereas she led the company’s partnerships with artists, global music strategy, and served as Chair of the DEI Council. Riot Games was founded in 2006 in Los Angeles and is the developer and publisher behind hit games such as League of Legends, Valorant, and the award-winning Netflix animated series Arcane, which premiered at No.1 globally on Netflix in 2021. In her new position at Riot Games, Egan will oversee global music content for all gaming, television series, and film, as well as manage all music strategy, relationships, and label partnerships.

THAT’S A HUGE Q1: Live Nation President & CEO, Michael Rapino has stated that the company’s Q1 business “greatly surpassed” expectations, delivering its best Q1 performance in the company’s history. Live Nation recorded operating income of $27 million (USD) and AOI of $209 million for the first quarter of the year. It’s ticketing platform Ticketmaster also saw a large growth in operating revenue in comparison to 2019. Sponsorship operating income and AOI were up 83% and 75% from three years ago. Ticketmaster reported sales of 70 million tickets for 2022 concerts, which is up 36% compared to the same point in 2019.

IT’S ALL SORTED: The Copyright Royalty Board representing the major record labels, publishers and songwriters has announced a settlement to increase the mechanical rate for physical and download sales 32% from 9.1 cents to 12 cents per song. The 9.1 cent rate has been in place since 2006. Following protests over the initial settlement that would have maintained the subpart B mechanical royalty rates of 9.1 cents per song for the 2023 – 2027 term, the settlement was filed as a motion to the Copyright Royalty Board. Many groups have released statements in support of the new settlement including National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), Songwriters of North America (SONA), the Music Artists Coalition (MAC), The Recording Academy and others.

AN AUTOMATING SIGNING RESERVOIR: Reservoir Media, has announced a worldwide publishing deal with Dan Nakamura, professionally known as Dan the Automator, a Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter. The new deal includes Nakamura’s catalog and future works expanding the scope of an existing publishing relationship between Reservoir and Nakamura, first established in 2012. Nakamura first broke onto the scene in the mid-1990s using his home studio, The Glue Factory, as his base for countless groundbreaking collaborations with fellow rappers and producers. He notably worked on DJ Shadow’s debut album, Endtroducing..., plus music by Del the Funky Homosapien and his alternative hip-hop trio Deltron 3030. Additionally, Nakamura produced and was a member of the group, Dr. Octagonecologyst, which featured New York City rap legend, Kool Keith. In addition to his many accomplishments as a producer, Nakamura has worked as a successful film composer. He has written songs for films and TV series including Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Money Monster, Booksmart, Always Be My Maybe, Dash & Lily, and others.

IT’S A FIRST FOR DOWNTOWN: found.ee, the first-party data and digital marketing platform acquired by Downtown Music Holdings in 2021, has launched its landmark self-service premium video ad buying tool. The feature enables found.ee users to create and execute their own video advertising campaigns across connected TVs, streaming video platforms and premium website pre-polls, a feature that up until now, has yet to exist within the entertainment industry. Users now can self-service their own campaigns to the world’s biggest publishers and programs, from MTV, Discovery and Roku to Disney/ABC, VEVO and XBox, a feat previously unreachable or prohibitively expensive for individual campaigns. The new video product is already being used by found.ee clients, including Aloe Blacc, Andrew Bird, Brooklyn Bowl and Sylvan Esso. By bringing tools into the music business that have only ever existed in other industries, found.ee has made video advertising accessible for even the smallest artist, allowing them to place their video ads directly into home televisions and premium websites.

THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME: SoundCloud has acquired AI music tech company Musiio. Musiio’s technology focuses on B2B audio reference search, automated tagging, and playlisting tools for the music industry to enable rights-holders to gain greater control over their catalogue. Musiio’s AI, which can effectively analyze music, allows users to better predict success for tracks. Musiio is based in Singapore and was founded in June 2018 by its British CEO Hazel Savage and Swedish CTO Aron Pettersson. Through this new acquisition, Musiio will become a core factor in SoundCloud’s discovery experience. SoundCloud will fully integrate Musiio’s employees, who will retain their positions.

DRAWING A LINE WITH EMI NASHVILLE: Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line (FGL) has signed with EMI Nashville as a solo artist following the announcement of his bandmate, Brian Kelley signing as a solo act to Warner Music Nashville last year. Hubbard has collaborated with several artists in the past year as a solo artist, including Tim McGraw on the single “Undivided.” Despite their solo ventures, Florida Georgia Line has confirmed that they are not breaking up, just pausing recording new FGL music to pursue their solo interests. FGL is currently featured in an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and will headline Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in June.

UTA LAUNCHES NEW LIVE SERIES: UTA has announced a new curated live series called Hear This which will launch on May 10 at The Grace in London. The inaugural event will showcase women in R&B and soul, and will feature artists Claudia Valentina, Mnelia, and Tolü Makay. The series is designed to deliver early amplification for exciting newcomers during the developing stages of their careers. This month’s headliner, Claudia Valentina who is signed to EMI and Republic, was named MTV’s UK Push Artist in 2021 and has racked-up over 13 million streams for her debut single “Seven.” The audience for Hear This will consist of selected industry figures and new music fans. Future events are set to take place every three months.

BIG BUCKS FOR ALAMO: Universal Music Group’s (UMG) recently issued annual fiscal report has confirmed the transaction of the majority-acquisition of Todd Moscowitz’s Alamo Records by Sony Music Entertainment. The deal, which was announced in June 2021, saw Sony Music acquiring a majority stake in Alamo from UMG for $123 million (USD). Previously, Universal held a 50% ownership stake in Alamo, with the other 50% being owned by Todd Moscowitz in a joint venture agreement, meaning that Sony acquired the UMG stake and additional equity from Moscowitz. This would bring the $123 million acquisition up to over $200 million. Sony and Alamo Records recently landed a major US hit with Lil Durk’s 7220 album, which hit No.1 on the Billboard 200 in March.

SPOTIFY HITS THE ROBLOX METAVERSE: Spotify has joined the Roblox metaverse with the launch of Spotify Island. Spotify is the first streaming brands on the gaming platform and joins the many major labels that have entered the metaverse in recent months. Spotify Island will create and interactive experience that enables fans to hang out in digital spaces, create new sounds together, and gain access to exclusive content. The first themed experience, K-Park, which is focused on K-pop, will launch this spring giving fans the chance to interact with K-pop artists Stray Kids and Sunmi.

WARNER’S WMX BOASTS MAJOR SUCCESS: WMX, Warner Music Group’s culture-driving media and creative content division, which launched in the fall of 2021, has quickly become a top five media company in the US. With direct access to today’s hottest superstars, social-first culture brands, an award-winning studio and originals team, and massive global media scale, WMX is an entertainment and youth culture powerhouse for the new generation. The company now generates over 250 million monthly visitors and over 50 billion monthly premium video views across its portfolio. Held at 214 Lafayette Street in SOHO, New York City and streamed live through the IAB, the WMX NewFronts event featured immersive, on-the-ground installations that gave advertisers an opportunity to experience WMX’s culture-driving content and publishing brands firsthand. Read more HERE.

SOUNDING MORE ACCURATE: SoundExchange, and VEVA Sound has announced a data partnership designed to increase the accuracy and efficiency of royalty payments. The partnership leverages the latest in cloud-based technology and makes it easier for creators registered with SoundExchange to receive the royalties to which they are entitled. VEVA Collect, built by VEVA Sound, is a leading audio file-sharing, credits, and metadata platform that collects and compiles creator credits with all associated audio assets so that everyone who works on a recording is fairly compensated. VEVA Collect now allows users to export DDEX RIN files with their contributor credits, as early as in the studio, automatically to SoundExchange which can regularly retrieve and store this data. SoundExchange can then use the data to create performer lineups for any given recording.



IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Elliott Grainge, Clotaire Buche, Björn Deparade, Kristin Graziani, Jay Cooper, Ian Montone, Ed Howard, Kris Stewart, Rob Wells, Justin Kalifowitz, Ben Mawson, Alan McGee, Beckie Sugden, Jonathan Daniel and Jay Mehta.


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 can be unpredictable, scary, fun, and sometimes just full of jackass moments. Click HERE to view a collection of flips, flops, skids, slides and beyond with people whose actions didn’t quite go as they’d planned!


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– COYLE GIRELLI



As a songwriter, Coyle Girelli has collaborated with a diverse group of era and genre-spanning tunesmiths, ranging from Mac Davis (Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers) to Linda Perry (Gwen Stefani, P!nk). He’s written hits for international chart-toppers, including Macklemore and BTS, and found success in theatre, co-writing songs for award-winning French musicals Robin des Bois and Les Trois Mousquetaires. In fact, Coyle currently has three new musicals in workshop in New York City. The English songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist recently released his sophomore album Funland (Honey Lemon Records). According to Girelli, the album is about fun - an escape into a night of debauchery, lust or whatever you want to find in the night. Following his single “Here Comes My Baby” is the 80s-influenced “Do You Wanna Dance?” which has been compared to New Order and The Cure. Listen to the song HERE, and contact Mike Locke at mike@atlasmusicgroup.com for available synch, and licensing opportunities.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK"– LUKE NOA

Newcomer Luke Noa has a voice that seems oddly familiar, that feels like home, like warmth, but simultaneously draws you into the distance—an immanent contrast that couldn’t be more exciting. Noa grew up in a small town in Southern Germany and began writing songs and playing his first gigs at the young age of 15. The talented musician recently released his single “Your Smile Should Have Been Mine” (Humming Records) which is an uncompromisingly move forward, and a further step into the maturity and depth for his cool indie-retro pop sound. According to Noa, the song is about inner monologue, when disagreement and discord rage in one’s own head. It’s about the helpless feeling of having played a fair game, only to be left empty handed in the end anyway. Experience the visual for “Your Smile Should Have Been Mine” HERE, and contact mgtm@luke-noa.com for available opportunities including booking, licensing, publishing and more.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 5/8/2022


“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, May 8th, 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.

Listen to this two hour show by clicking HERE:

SEA GIRLS – “Lonely” (Polydor, UK)
OSCAR ANTON W/DANI – “Homesick” (Filature, France)
THE SHERLOCKS – “Plastic Heart” (Unsigned, UK)
FLYCKT – “Jonny Boy” (Dumont Dumont, Sweden)
CHARLIE COLLINS – “Backseat Valentine” (Island Records/UMA, Australia)
REST FOR THE WICKED – “Devils Delight” (EMI/UMG, Australia)
CRAWLERS – “I Can’t Drive” (Modern Sky, UK)
DANNY BALDURSSON – “Nothing Matters” (Unsigned, Faroe Islands)
MODERNLOVE – “Follow You” (Akira Records, Ireland)
BAKER GRACE – “Shake The Earth” (Unsigned, N. America)
BEAUX – “Guard Down” (Dirty Hit, UK)
SINGLE BY SUNDAY – “Help” (Unsigned, Scotland)
BROCKHOFF – “2nd Floor” (Humming Records, Germany)
THE LIVING STRANGE – “Radio” (Unsigned, N. America)
REBECCA EPICSON – “Gone By” (Unsigned, Germany)
MADYX – “Sail” (Unsigned, N. America)
DOLORES FOREVER – “Baby Teeth” (Sweat Music, Sweden)
THE ROYSTON CLUB – “The Backburner” (Modern Sky, UK)
MICHAEL ALDAG – “Teenage Drama” (3 Beat, UK)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Forward Is The Way Out” (Unsigned, Sweden)
COACH PARTY – “Weird Me Out” (Chess Club, UK)
SUNDARA KARMA – “Oblivion!” (Chess Club, UK)
SAIPHE – “Kiss Me” (Unsigned, Austria)
CLUB BEIRUT – “Physical” (Unsigned, Scotland)
BLOSSOMS – “Sulking Poet” (Virgin EMI, UK)
INHALER – “My Honest Face” (Polydor/UMG, Ireland)
CASSIA – “Motions” (BMG, Australia)
DENIS COLEMAN – “Healing The Process” (Unsigned, UK)
TWO YEAR VACATION – “Chasing The Morning” (Clouds Hill, Sweden)
THE VICES – “Strange Again” (Mattan Records, Holland)
LAUREN WALLER – “Nothing But Life” (Unsigned, N. America)
GOOD LEKKER – “Belligerence” (Good Intent, Australia)
ALFIE TEMPLEMAN – “Broken” (Chess Club, UK)