Concord Music Publishing recently announced the signing of billion streamed Afrobeats icon Davido. The award-winning American-born Nigerian global superstar joined the roster through a new creative partnership with Koch Okoye and Saheed Okunnu’s Immensum Music. This new joint venture expands Concord’s roster into artists and songwriters from West Africa and abroad.
“We’re very excited to be partnering with Koch, Saheed and their team, and to be working with a global star such as Davido,” said Jeremy Yohai, Sr. VP A&R at Concord Music Publishing. “Some of the most exciting songs released over the past few years are coming from West African artists and Concord is excited to be expanding our roster into this market and beyond.”
Recently handpicked by FIFA to lead their 2022 World Cup Soundtrack collaboration “Hayya Hayya (Better Together),” Davido’s videos have been viewed more than one billion times. A global artist, Davido has appeared on magazine covers around the world including Billboard, L’Officiel, Flaunt, Dazed and numerous television appearances including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel Live! to name a few. Davido has new music and touring coming 2022.
SUPERSTAR MIRIAM YEUNG JOINS WARNER MUSIC
Warner Music China announced today that Miriam Yeung, one of Greater China’s biggest stars, has joined its roster. Miriam has an impressive music career spanning nearly three decades. She is one of the region’s most recognized and accomplished recording artists, having released more than 50 albums earning her numerous top female artist awards throughout the years.
As well as being a successful singer, Miriam has also been active in the film and television industries. She has starred in over 40 films and 10 television drama series. Her outstanding performances have enabled her to sweep multiple accolades including Best Actress at many of the region’s most prestigious awards.
Miriam is also well known for her philanthropic endeavors where she uses her music and influence to support social causes. She was a recipient of the “Ten Outstanding Young Persons” and “Asian Women Leadership Awards” in Hong Kong, and has been appointed as ambassadors of many charities including Otic Foundation, Po Leung Kuk, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, UNAIDS, UNICEF, World Vision and many others.
Warner Music will be working with Miriam on a wide range of opportunities and will be focusing particularly on music related projects including new albums, audio-visual works, live entertainment shows, concerts and merchandise.
Miriam Yeung said, “I’m super excited for this episode in my life. I look forward to partnering with Warner Music in this new chapter of my musical journey, bringing my work to new places and even more people around Asia. I am more than ready than I have ever been.”
Jonathan Serbin, Co-President of Warner Music Asia stated, “We are incredibly happy that Miriam Yeung is joining the Warner Music family. What really excites us is that we will now have the opportunity to work with one of Greater China’s most celebrated artists, helping her to further solidify her position as one of the region’s most successful and popular singer.”
Sherry Tan, Managing Director of Warner Music China added, “Miriam Yeung is a multi-talented artist who has achieved great successes in Greater China’s entertainment industry. She is an influential singer with a massive fan following from all generations. We are deeply committed to introducing Miriam’s music to more listeners and fans, utilizing our reach as one of the world’s top music label.”
This news follows Warner Music China’s recent signing of legendary mandopop artist CoCo Lee last month, further strengthening its influential roster.
S10 ENTERTAINMENT & XIX ENTERTAINMENT
TEAM UP TO FORM NEW FILM & TV PARTNERSHIP
Brandon Silverstein, Founder, S10 Entertainment has inked a new partnership for his S10 Films division with Simon Fuller, Founder, XIX Entertainment, and brainchild of the global Idol music TV show franchise The new partnership will provide S10 Entertainment’s management and artist clients access to film and television opportunities with Fuller’s company. S10 Films says it already has several scripted and un-scripted projects in the works across television, documentary, and audio mediums.
The new partnership will build a bridge between Silverstein and Fuller, who will develop new entertainment content together across various multimedia platforms including film and TV. Fuller who recently teamed-up with Bytedance (the parent company of TikTok) is currently seeking to unearth new manufactured global superstars on the global platform. With TikTok’s new worldwide job postings for A&R executives things seem to be aligning for all parties involved in this new venture. Fuller already teamed up with TikTok for the unveiling of The Future X (signed to Columbia Records) earlier this year, which features singers and dancers all discovered on TikTok.
Simon Fuller said, “Brandon is one of the most exciting young managers I have come across in recent years. His dynamic and open-minded entrepreneurial spirit is perfectly suited to these dramatically changing times. His intuitive connection to pop culture and the breakthrough talent that will define the future is a perfect match for my experience and strategic thinking. I am excited about all the innovative and disruptive projects we are currently working on.”
Brandon Silverstein added, “I’m psyched to partner with Simon, he is someone I grew up idolizing (no pun intended) and has been an incredible resource to me. We already have so much in the works, including one concept we think has all the makings of a hit, that brings together some of today’s most exciting culturally important musicians with an incredibly compelling content creator who is a specialist in making music-based moments go viral.”
BMG LAUNCHES NEW PUNK ROCK GIRL MUSICAL
BMG is ramping up the development of new stage musicals in both the U.S., with its first production Punk Rock Girl!, and in Germany, following the wildly successful run of its first musical Ku’damm 56.
Punk Rock Girl!
Concord Theatricals will serve as the exclusive distributor and selling agent of the production, as well as handle all sales, marketing and licensing efforts throughout the U.S.
Three additional upcoming musicals from BMG and Lively McCabe include May We All, the Country music-themed production in partnership with superstar duo Florida Georgia Line opening in Nashville this June, as well as a New Wave-themed musical, and a Holiday-themed musical, with several more BMG productions in early stages of development.
Concurrently, moving from the American heartland to the European cultural capital of Berlin, BMG in Germany has a resounding hit on its hands with its musical production of Ku’damm 56 which has had its initial run extended following more than 100 performances, selling over 120,000 tickets.
RESERVOIR MEDIA & POPARABIA
BOLSTER NEW SIGNINGS IN EMERGING MARKETS
Reservoir Media, Inc., in conjunction with PopArabia, a leading music publisher and independent music company in the Middle East and North Africa, has announced two new deals as the Company continues to execute on its emerging markets growth strategy.
Considered a household name in the MENA region, Ramadan is an accomplished film actor and a bona fide musical star. In 2019, he was crowned the Most Popular Artist in Africa by AFRIMA (the All-Africa Music Awards). He boasts over 20 million followers on Instagram and millions more on other social media platforms.
To date, Ramadan has amassed over 4.65 billion views on YouTube. An early champion of Mahraganat, the uniquely Egyptian musical genre that originally emerged in 2011, 100COPIES was founded in 2006 by Cairo-based producer Mahmoud Refaat.
The two Egyptian-based deals further diversify Reservoir and PopArabia’s robust efforts in the region.
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!
FOUR’S COMPANY IN BEVERLY HILLS: Enjoying a musical conversation at the Mr. C Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, at an A&R Worldwide dinner a couple of years ago were a collective of creative A&R minds. Pictured (L-R) are Marie Egan, Global Head of Music & Events, Riot Games; Ben Adelson, General Manager, Mercury Records; Marc Wilson, President & Founder, United Songs and Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide.
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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. Festivals can be enjoyable, fun, inspiring and sometimes quite unpredictable. Click HERE to see some memorable festival moments that are more than just music to your ears!
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– ADÉLAIDE
Adélaide is a Berlin-based band, dealing in feel-good melodies and infectious hooks reminiscent of AIR, and Daft Punk. They have a unique take on the indie genre, with vintage synthesizers, intense melodies and tight beats working in perfect harmony. Previous singles “Paintings In The Sky,” “Silent Hope” and “Obsession” have garnered global airplay and featured on a number of influential Spotify playlists. Adélaide returns with the brand-new track “Moments.” The single is a melancholic song about remembering good times and wishing they could last forever. The band’s sync-friendly and musical influences range from Kraftwerk, Air, Phoenix and early Daft Punk are omnipresent in their musical work of art. The single oscillates between reality and fiction, or a virtual reality. This contrast is present in the music between the heavy and nostalgic verses, which acts as reality, and the dreamy and hopeful choruses, which acts as fiction. Discover the sync-friendly single HERE, and for additional information and available worldwide signing, licensing, publishing and booking opportunities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK"– MODERNLOVE.
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PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 5/15/2022
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, May 15th, 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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FLYCKT – “Jonny Boy” (Dumont Dumont, Sweden) SINGLE BY SUNDAY – “Help” (Unsigned, Scotland) OSCAR ANTON W/DANI – “Homesick” (Filature, France) SEA GIRLS – “Lonely” (Polydor, UK) LUKE NOA – “Your Smile Should Have Been Mine” (Humming Records, Germany) ALFIE TEMPLEMAN – “Colour Me Blue” (Chess Club, UK) CRAWLERS – “I Can’t Drive” (Modern Sky, UK) CHARLOTTE JANE – “10 Percent” (RCA, Germany) REST FOR THE WICKED – “Devils Delight” (EMI/UMG, Australia) INHALER – “My Honest Face” (Polydor/UMG, Ireland) BAKER GRACE – “Shake The Earth” (Unsigned, N. America) BELLWETHER – “Kaiba” (Good Intent, Australia) DANNY BALDURSSON – “Nothing Matters” (Unsigned, Faroe Islands) MADYX – “Sail” (Unsigned, N. America) JAMIE WEBSTER – “Davey Kane” (Modern Sky, UK) ALFIE ALCURI – “Overtime” (Unsigned, Australia) DOLORES FOREVER – “Baby Teeth” (Sweat Music, Sweden) THE ROYSTON CLUB – “The Backburner” (Modern Sky, UK) MICHAEL ALDAG – “Teenage Drama” (3 Beat, UK) TRIBE FRIDAY – “Shut Me Up” (Unsigned, Sweden) COACH PARTY – “Weird Me Out” (Chess Club, UK) BLOSSOMS – “Sulking Poet” (Virgin EMI, UK) SUNDARA KARMA – “Oblivion” (Chess Club, UK) SAIPHE – “Kiss Me” (Unsigned, Austria) CLUB BEIRUT – “Physical” (Unsigned, Scotland) ADÉLAIDE – “Moments” (Unsigned, Germany) CASSIA – “Motions” (BMG, Australia) THE SHERLOCKS – “Plastic Heart” (Unsigned, UK) LOLA YOUNG – “So Sorry” (Island Records, UK) THE LIVING STRANGE – “Radio” (Unsigned, N. America) REBECCA EPICSON – “Gone By” (Unsigned, Germany) DENIS COLEMAN – “Healing The Process” (Unsigned, UK)