ASHLEY CALHOUN NAMED PRESIDENT, PULSE MUSIC GROUP
Scott Cutler and Josh Abraham, co-CEOs of PULSE Music Group, recently announced the promotion of Ashley Calhoun to President/Head of Creative, PULSE Music Group.
Pictured (L-R) are Scott Cutler (co-CEO, Pulse Music Group), Ashley Calhoun (President & Head of Creative, Pulse Music Group) and Josh Abraham (co-CEO, Pulse Music Group).
Ashley Calhoun is a respected A&R executive who oversees a publishing roster of some of the biggest names in music. During her first week at PULSE Music Group, Calhoun made a quick impact by signing “Savage Remix” by GRAMMY winning hitmaker, Starrah (2018 ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year).
In March of this year, PULSE also announced a joint publishing venture with Starrah dubbed 3:02 Music Group. Starrah’s massive catalog of hits includes the No.1 charting songs Camila Cabello’s “Havana” featuring Young Thug; Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You” featuring Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage Remix” featuring Beyoncé .
ZARA LARSSON LAUNCHES HER OWN RECORD LABEL
& UNVEILS CATALOG ACQUISITION
Multi-platinum global pop star Zara Larsson has announced detailed plans for her own brand-new record label, Sommer House. Sommer House will be licensed through Epic in the U.S. and distributed by Sony Sweden for all forthcoming Zara Larsson releases.
In a unique agreement made with Ola Håkansson, CEO, TEN Music Group – who originally signed Zara – Larsson has also taken control of her entire recording catalog, which has been streamed over 9 billion times worldwide.
Having been signed to the Swedish independent since 2011, Zara’s relationship with TEN has resulted in one of her country’s most successful international exports – a story that continues in this new venture. Currently featuring on Alesso’s latest single “Words,” Zara Larsson has just dropped her Spotify singles cover of “Lay All Your Love On Me,” in a pulsing rework produced by Mark Ralph (Years & Years, Georgia).
Zara was also invited to attend the premiere of ABBA’s ‘Voyage’ residency at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, ahead of Larsson’s European tour this summer and brand-new music expected this autumn.
WASSERMAN MUSIC PROMOTES FIVE MUSIC AGENTS
Wasserman Music has promoted five longtime London-based employees to Music Agents, which includes Laura Brown, Cecilia Chan, Suzie Melki, Lucy Putman and Holly Rowland. All five were previously bookers at the agency and represent the first promotions for the UK team since Wasserman’s acquisition of Paradigm Music UK’s live music business in April.
Cecilia Chan joined Primary Talent International as assistant to agent to Cris Hearn and followed him to Coda in 2015. She has signed artists including iamamiwhoami, Amy Wiles, Moon Boots, Shimza and BluePrint.
Suzie Melki joined Coda in 2015, and has worked with agent Adele Slater at Coda and Paradigm. Artists Melki has worked with during her career include Lady Gaga, Jessie J, Backstreet Boys, Girls Aloud, and Pendulum, and she continues to book The Prodigy, Rita Ora, Liam Payne, Take That, Gary Barlow and others. More recently, she has signed artists including Matt Corby, John Vincent III, Remme and Lip Critic.
Lucy Putman joined in 2007 after Coda’s Tom Schroeder invited her to join the agency, where she has worked with artists including Rudimental, Jamie xx, slowthai and Alan Walker. Putman has helped organize the Music Mudder, a music-inspired endurance event created by Wasserman Music UK agents to raise money for Nordoff Robbins, the UK’s largest independent music therapy charity; the event will return later this year.
Holly Rowland began her career as an apprentice at Coda before coming on board full-time as an assistant in 2016. As a new agent, Rowland has signed artists including David Kushner, Sophia Alexa and Rhys.
CAPITOL RECORDS SIGNS DJ/PRODUCER ACRAZE
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THRIVE MUSIC
Capitol Records (a part of Capitol Music Group / CMG) has signed chart-topping DJ/producer ACRAZE in partnership with Thrive Music, the independent label founded by Ricardo Vinas. The move follows the release of ACRAZE’s global smash “Do It To It” through Thrive’s deal with Capitol Music Group’s Virgin Music label. “Do It To It” (ft. Cherish) has amassed over 8.4 billion combined global streams since its release last August.
Pictured (L-R): Ricardo Vinas (CEO/Founder, Thrive Music), Michelle Jubelirer (Chairman & CEO, CMG), Jeremy Vuernick (President of A&R, CMG), ACRAZE, Alex Akleh (Syndicate Management), Carlos Alcala (General Manager/VP of A&R, Thrive Music). Photo credit: Lester Cohen.
ACRAZE gave “Do It To It” its live debut at a New Year’s show with Tchami – and woke up the next morning to over 500 DMs about the track. Soon he’d gained the support of such artists as Tiësto, DIPLO, DJ Snake, The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, Chris Lake, Zedd, Martin Garrix and others.
After its official release in August 2021, “Do It To It” (ft. Cherish) appeared on numerous playlists. The track took the No.1 spot on the US Dance Radio chart and No.16 at US Top 40 Radio, Shazam’s Global Dance tally and the UK’s Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40. Simultaneously, the track went viral on TikTok, with more than 3.3 million videos created using the official sound by users on the platform. Winner of the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Award for “Dance Song of the Year,” and also “Do It To It” has been tapped by Pepsi Wild Cherry for a major ad campaign.
ACRAZE will be touring North America and Europe this summer, playing a mixture of clubs and festivals, including Beyond Wonderland at the Gorge in Washington state and Tomorrowland 2022 in Belgium.
ACRAZE was originally signed by Carlos Alcala, General Manager/VP of A&R, Thrive Music, several years ago.
A&R WORLDWIDE BRINGS TOGETHER
EXECUTIVES FROM MUSIC & BEYOND IN LONDON, ENGLAND
The globally renowned A&R Worldwide executive dinners have taken place on six continents since they first launched back in 1998 and have been held in dozens of countries including the U.S., Canada, India, New Zealand, China, Japan, Australia, France, Germany, South Africa, Portugal, Ireland, UAE, Scotland, Holland, Spain, Singapore, Russian Federation, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Israel, Finland and many other countries. The gatherings brought together thousands of executives, creatives and influencers from music, media, technology and beyond, which has led to great new friendships, as well as unprecedented business opportunities.
Last week, Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide joined a diverse group of executives from across the music and multimedia landscapes for an evening of great food, drinks and conversation at the German Gymnasium restaurant in London, England. In addition, to checking out a private A&R showcase with Scottish rockers Single By Sunday, as well as a quick stop in Canada and Portugal on the way.
GREAT AUDIO MINDS IN THE ROOM: Having a robust conversation about all things audio were (L-R): Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide), Chris Price (Head of Music, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra), Dan Carter (Host, Rock Show, BBC Radio 1), and George Ergatoudis (Head of Apple Music, UK & Ireland).
IT’S ALL SMILES AFTER A GOOD MEAL: Enjoying some good smiles after a scrumptious meal are (L-R) Professor Jonathan Shalit OBE (Chairman InterTalent Rights Group & Chosen Music),Kendell Smith (Manager, Single By Sunday), and Sat Bisla.
CHEERS FROM LONDON: Pictured (L-R) are Korda Marshall (Founder, Infectious Records / Board Member, Mushroom Music Group), Dougie Bruce (Sr. Director A&R, Universal Music Publishing Group, UK), BBC Radio 1’s Chris Price and Apple Music’s George Ergatoudis.
SINGLE BY SUNDAY, MARRIED BY MONDAY?: Having some good musical laughs (L-R) were Josh Ladds (Single By Sunday), Ollie Hodge (Director of A&R, Polydor), Kendell Smith (Manager, Single By Sunday) and Nicole Eakins.
THREE’S COMPANY, FOUR’S A CROWD: Chumming it up (L-R) were Dougie Bruce, Reynold D’Silva (Chairman, Silva Screen Music Group) and Adam Greenup (Managing Director, SO Recordings).
DISCUSSING DIGITAL, LIVE AND A&R from (L-R) were Steve Zapp (Booking Agent, ITB), Andrea De Leon (Sr. A&R Manager UK & Europe, Audio Network) and digital marketing executive Alexander Sayed.
SHOW ME THE ENTRANCE: Running into his A&R friends at the Warner Music Group headquarters in London England was A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla (center) with Paul Samuels (VP, A&R, Atlantic & East West Records UK) and Rich Castillo (Director of A&R, Atlantic Records, UK).
STANDING TALL IN PORTO, PORTUGAL were (L-R) Rogerio Saraiva (Managing Director, Metrosonic Records), A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla and chart-topping Portuguese songwriter/artist Noble.
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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 you have to see it, to believe it! Click HERE to see moments caught on camera that defy comprehension and reality, albeit jackass moments or beyond.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– STEREOTIDE
Stereotide was founded in Nuremberg, Germany at the end of 2010, featuring members Stephan (lead vocals/guitar), Chris (guitar/backing vocals), Gabriel (bass/backing vocals), and Sébastien (drums). The quartet has earned nearly 10k global radio airplay spins, with support from the biggest German radio stations including Radio NRW, Bayern 3, NDR 2, SWR 3, Rockantenne, SR1 Europawelle, Radio Salü, Radio 7 and SAW Rockland Radio, as well as Belgian radio stations BRF and Welle 1 Austria. Their music has also earned airplay throughout the US, UK, Australia, Germany, South Africa, South America, India and has been included in a number of Spotify and Apple Music playlists. Their single “Someday,” stayed in the Top 100 of the official German Airplay Charts for three months, and even made it into the Top 10 in the Mainstream Airplay Charts. The four-piece collective has written and released one of their best songs to date titled “Touch The Sky.” The song is about positivity; it was made to make people dance and smile—to bring a spark of joy in their life. “Touch The Sky” was mixed by GRAMMY-award-winning mixer Mark Needham (Imagine Dragons, The Killers, Neon Trees) and has been musically described as Coldplay meets X Ambassadors. Discover the inspirational and uplifting song HERE, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org, as Stereotide is available for signing, licensing, publishing and booking opportunities.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK"– SAHARA BECK
HERE and contact Rachael Dixon at email@example.com, as Sahara Beck is available for label signing, sync, booking, publishing and co-writing opportunities.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 6/12/2022
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, June 12th, 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 – “DNA” (Polydor, UK) MATTY GREG – “As It Was” (Unsigned, N. America) GOLDSKEYE & TIM SCHOU – “Go Hard” (Unsigned, New Zealand) SINGLE BY SUNDAY – “Help” (Unsigned, Scotland) ADELAIDE – “Moments” (Unsigned, Germany) FLYCKT – “Jonny Boy” (Dumont Dumont, Sweden) TRASHED – “Decay” (Unsigned, UK) STEREOTIDE – “Touch The Sky” (Unsigned, Germany) TRIBE FRIDAY – “Shut Me Up” (Unsigned, Sweden) TELENOVA – “Why Do I Keep You” (BMG, Australia) LUKE NOA – “Your Smile Should Have Been Mine” (Humming Records, Germany) MODERNLOVE – “Islands” (Unsigned, Ireland) RHETT REPKO – “Lover Won’t You Come Back?” (Unsigned. N. America) SAHARA BECK – “Teenage Dirtbag” (Unsigned, Australia) IAMJJ – “Fluffy White Clouds” (Mermaid Records, Denmark) LAUREN WALLER – “Nothing But Life” (Unsigned, N. America) SHOBSY – “Driven” (Unsigned, Ireland) SOPHISTICATED DINGO – “Feeding Time” (Unsigned, Australia) MADYX – “Young Love” (Unsigned, N. America) THE ROYSTON CLUB – “The Backburner” (Modern Sky, UK) DANNY BALDURSSON – “Nothing Matters” (Unsigned, Faroe Islands) RUM JUNGLE – “Upbeat Lord” (Sureshaker, Australia) INHALER – “My Honest Face” (Polydor/UMG, Ireland) REST FOR THE WICKED – “Devils Delight” (EMI/UMG, Australia) THE SHERLOCKS – “Plastic Heart” (Unsigned, UK) PARK RD – “I Got You” (Unsigned, New Zealand) DOLORES FOREVER – “Baby Teeth” (Sweat Music, Sweden) SUNDARA KARMA – “Oblivion!” (Chess Club, UK) COYLE GIRELLI – “Do You Wanna Dance?” (Unsigned, UK) BAKER GRACE – “Pressure” (Unsigned, N. America) DEAF HAVANA – “Kids” (SO Recordings, UK) ALFIE ALCURI – “Overtime” (Unsigned, Australia)