SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES
RCA RECORDS GREATER CHINA
Sony Music Entertainment (SME) has unveiled the launch of RCA Records Greater China, whereas the new label will focus on signing artists in the Greater China region and will expand the company’s presence across the region.
Andrew Chan, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment, Greater China said, “We’re delighted to announce the launch of RCA Records Greater China which is the first in a series of labels we plan on launching in the region. With China achieving over 30% growth in recorded music revenue in 2021 and leading the Asian market, there is plenty of room for artists and music labels to grow. RCA Records Greater China will improve our ability to create quality, diverse music and products that help artists stand out and compete effectively in the attention economy.”
Foo brings over 20 years of experience across music, entertainment and talent management. He successfully launched the careers of several Asian artists, including Linying, Charlie Lim and The Steve McQueens, and played a key role in the success of local superstars Eric Chou, Jolin Tsai, Lay Zhang, and Weibird.
RCA Records Greater China will have its key team based in Shanghai and will focus on developing domestic A&R and local-language artists in the region, with its own specific artist repertoire. The label says it will also be making key hires across various departments including A&R, digital marketing, Web3, data/analytics, gaming, digital licensing, talent development and more.
RCA Records Greater China has also unveiled that Taiwanese aboriginal singer/songwriter A-Lin has signed with the label. A-Lin is a 5x Golden Melody Awards nominee and 7x winner of the KKBox Music Awards. In addition, the company also recently released Chinese superstar singer, songwriter, designer, producer and director Jackson Wang’s Chinese single “Jackson Wang,” and will continue to distribute his Chinese album.
NETTWERK EXPANDS U.S. & AUSTRALIA A&R TEAMS
Nettwerk Music Group’s A&R reach continues to expand globally with the addition of some key industry players to its team, including Meg Tarquinio, Spencer Kelley, Marshall Altman, Mark Abramowitz, Eric Robinson, and Dan Medland.
Meg Tarquinio joins Nettwerk as VP Strategy & A&R after a decade in music tech. During an eight-year stint at Spotify, she created hundreds of the platform’s playlist brands and drove key developments like algotorial playlists, and the pitch tool. Most recently, she led music programming at Twitch, inspired by the creative and commercial opportunity the platform poses for artists.
Prior to joining Nettwerk as A&R, Spencer Kelley founded Color Study in 2014 as an artist management company, which he later expanded by launching a joint venture record label with Ultra Music. Kelley worked as an A&R, encouraging collaboration across genres and helping to orchestrate releases featuring artists such as Maisie Peters, Kygo, Lisa Hannigan, and Novo Amor. Color Study was acquired by Sony Music in 2021.
Marshall Altman, who joins Nettwerk as VP, A&R, is a Nashville-based record producer, songwriter, and A&R executive. As a producer, he has worked with Natasha Bedingfield, Brooke Fraser, Ingrid Michaelson, Cheryl Cole, and more. As an A&R, he has worked with Katy Perry, OneRepublic, Citizen Cope, and Switchfoot.
Eric Robinson joins Nettwerk as Director, A&R. He is a Grammy-nominated record producer, mixer, engineer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He has worked with Taylor Swift, OneRepublic, Sara Bareilles, Kygo, Sia, and more.
Dan Medland, who joins as Australia Strategy & A&R, is a 20-year veteran of the music industry working in artist management with many artists over the years, such as Passenger, Ladyhawke, and Gin Wigmore.
WARNER MUSIC ACQUIRES MINORITY STAKE
IN POLAND’S BIG IDEA EVENT PROMOTER
Warner Music Poland (WMP) has unveiled that it has taken a minority stake in BIG Idea, one of the country’s leading concert and festival promoters. Big Idea has organized concerts across Poland and works with leading talent agencies which have drawn over three million attendees to see performances of both domestic and international acts including Machine Gun Kelly, Anderson .Paak, Lauryn Hill, The Game, Mobb Deep, Denzel Curry and many others.
The agreement will see the two companies working together to create new events and festivals, as well as expand the line-ups of BIG Idea’s current Yass! Festival and other live experiences. The two companies are also poised to expand and collaborate on BIG Idea’s merchandising business and booking operations, as well as further enhancing and developing its NFT-powered live entertainment platforms.
WMP says that the new deal comes on the heels of its expanding roster of Hip-Hop artists and signings. Polish Hip-Hop act White Widow who are managed by BIG Idea recently signed a recording contract with Warner Music Poland as part of this close partnership between the two companies. The new agreement will see almost two dozen acts sign directly with, or be distributed by Warner Music Poland. Warner’s stated that all of the artists on its roster will have opportunities to provide various NFT collectibles and experiences through BIG Idea and its collective partners.
In addition to doing events, merchandise and other business, BIG Idea also has a burgeoning artist and booking management part of its eco-system that works with the likes of Young Multi, Vkie, NOON, Rizi Beizeti, and Yung Adisz.
BIG Idea was founded in 2012 by Slawek Ostruszka (a live entertainment executive) who is involved with CLOUT Festival in Warsaw, the first ever festival in Poland focused on worldwide Trap music, and has brought global acts such as City Morgue, Jack Harlow, Key Glock, Ferg, Fivio Foreign, SoFaygo and others to the market.
ZACH KATZ JOINS FAZE CLAN AS PRESIDENT & COO
Zach Katz, former president of BMG in the US, and former CEO of Raised In Space, is joining eSports giant FaZe Clan as President & COO. As President and COO, Katz will report to Lee Trink, FaZe Clan CEO & Chairman of FaZe Clan’s board.
FaZe Clan also runs a successful supplement division, and recently unveiled its plans to go public via a merger with a US-based SPAC - B. Riley Principal 150 Merger Corp. The combined company is expected to have an implied equity valuation of $1 billion inclusive of nearly $275 million in cash on its balance sheet.
Katz began his career as a music attorney, then moved into music management working with songwriters and producers. He also co-founded and served as CEO of the record label and music publishing company Beluga Heights, which partnered with Sony Music, and then with Warner Bros. Records. Katz also served as Executive Vice President, CCO, and then President of Records, Publishing and Operations of BMG in Los Angeles before co-founding and serving as CEO of music-tech investment fund Raised In Space Enterprises, which was co-founded by Scooter Braun.
In his new role at FaZe Clan, Katz will oversee the company’s content, talent, merchandise, sponsorships, consumer goods and eSports businesses.
A&R WORLDWIDE — “EXPOSED”
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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. Sometimes it’s hard to believe things unless you see them happen with your own eyes. Click HERE to see some unique, crazy and unexplainable moments caught on camera from around the world.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– COUNCIL
Brothers Pat, Doug and Andy Reeves had hopes of trading in their life of farming in rural New York for success in their true passion, which is music. Together, they are known as the emerging trio Council, and their hard work has begun to pay off. They recently gained both local and national attention for their unique sound and charismatic performances. They’ve played numerous successful shows at the mainstays in New York City, and have opened for the likes of The Kooks, Angels and Airwaves, The All-American Rejects and The Strumbellas. Their music has amassed over 25 million streams on all platforms and featured throughout the 2018 Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cup, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, and the Premier League, to name a few. They will be performing a showcase at Rockwood Music Hall - Stage 2 on June 7th, as well as a number of shows this summer. Discover their sync-friendly single “Rust To Gold (Council’s Version)” HERE, and contact Andre Morris at email@example.com, Jeff McClusky at firstname.lastname@example.org or David Perl at email@example.com, as Council are available for management, label, publishing and for a booking agency.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK"– SHOBSY
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PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 5/22/2022
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, May 22nd, 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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SINGLE BY SUNDAY – “Help” (Unsigned, Scotland) FLYCKT – “Jonny Boy” (Dumont Dumont, Sweden) DEAF HAVANA – “Kids” (SO Recordings, UK) TRIBE FRIDAY – “Shut Me Up” (Unsigned, Sweden) OSCAR ANTON W/DANI – “Homesick” (Filature, France) SEA GIRLS – “Paracetamol Blues” (Polydor, UK) LUKE NOA – “Your Smile Should Have Been Mine” (Humming Records, Germany) CRAWLERS – “I Can’t Drive” (Modern Sky, UK) TWO YEAR VACATION – “Chasing The Morning” (Cloud Hills, Sweden) COYLE GIRELLI – “Do You Wanna Dance?” (Unsigned, UK) ADÉLAIDE – “Moments” (Unsigned, Germany) BELLWETHER – “Kaiba” (Good Intent, Australia) TELENOVA – “Why Do I Keep You?” (BMG, Australia) MODERNLOVE – “Follow You” (Akira, Ireland) BAKER GRACE – “Pressure” (Unsigned, N. America) BEAUX – “Guard Down” (Dirty Hit, UK) LAUREN WALLER – “Nothing But Life” (Unsigned, N. America) DOLORES FOREVER – “Baby Teeth” (Sweat Music, Sweden) THE ROYSTON CLUB – “The Backburner” (Modern Sky, UK) DANNY BALDURSSON – “Nothing Matters” (Unsigned, Faroe Islands) CLUB BEIRUT – “Physical” (Unsigned, Scotland) JACK FLANAGAN – “Skyhorse X Skyhorse” (Modern Sky, UK) BLOSSOMS – “Sulking Poet” (Virgin EMI, UK) SUNDARA KARMA – “Oblivion” (Chess Club, UK) REST FOR THE WICKED – “Devils Delight” (EMI/UMG, Australia) INHALER – “My Honest Face” (Polydor/UMG, Ireland) CHARLOTTE JANE – “10 Percent” (RCA, Germany) CASSIA – “Motions” (BMG, Australia) THE SHERLOCKS – “Plastic Heart” (Unsigned, UK) MICHAEL ALDAG – “Teenage Drama” (3 Beat, UK) COACH PARTY – “Weird Me Out” (Chess Club, UK) ALFIE TEMPLEMAN – “Colour Me Blue” (Chess Club, UK) GOOD LEKKER – “Belligerence” (Good Intent, Australia)