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Rayna Bass and Selim Bouab have been promoted to Co-Presidents of 300 Entertainment, it was announced by Kevin Liles, co-Founder & Chairman of the company. Bass and Bouab, who both joined 300 in 2014, were most recently the company’s Sr. Vice President of Marketing and Sr. Vice President/Head of A&R, respectively. This marks the first major executive move at the company since it was acquired by Warner Music Group at the end of last year.
Selim Bouab & Rayna Bass
Bass has helped bring to life campaigns for 300 artists such as Megan Thee Stallion, Young Thug, Gunna, Mary J. Blige, Fetty Wap, Migos, Tee Grizzley, and others. She has been recognized on Billboard’s Women in Music, Hip Hop Power Players, 40 Under 40, and Indie Power Players lists, as well as Variety Magazine’s Hitmakers and Women’s Impact lists, and has won Libera, Webby, Clio Music, Shorty, and Telly awards in marketing. Bass began her career as an intern at Island Def Jam before joining the company as a full-time Marketing Assistant. In January of 2014, she became 300’s first marketing hire, and due to an impeccable track record, was promoted to Sr. Vice President of Marketing in 2019.

As the head of 300’s A&R department, Bouab has been key in signing and developing some of the label’s biggest talents – from Megan Thee Stallion to Fetty Wap and Tee Grizzley. Bouab has also facilitated notable releases from Young Thug, Gunna, Mary J. Blige, $NOT, Phony Ppl, and Shy Glizzy, with whom he launched Glizzy Gang, as well as Atlanta breakout artist Hunxho. Bouab also launched the label Unauthorized Entertainment, and he has previously worked with Def Jam, Asylum, and Sony Music Entertainment.


Sony Music Entertainment has appointed Vanessa Picken to the role of Chair & CEO of Sony Music Entertainment (SME) Australia and New Zealand. Starting in September, Picken will oversee all operations, artist signings, marketing, and business Partnerships for SME Australia and New Zealand. Picken brings more than 15 years of music industry experience to the role, spanning the US and Australia. Picken will report to Rob Stringer, Chairman, Sony Music Group.
Vanessa Picken
Picken will be based in Sydney and will forge new partnerships for artists with other Sony companies and identify opportunities across multiple entertainment channels including music, TV, film, podcasting, gaming, and more.

“After a careful and thorough recruitment process, we are delighted to have Vanessa join our company in such a key role,” said Rob Stringer, Chairman, Sony Music Group. “Her impressive background covers so many areas of the modern music business in Australia and New Zealand and her recent leadership experience in the US adds a global understanding to those existing skills. We believe Vanessa will be a trailblazing executive leading Sony Music Australia to an exciting future.”

“I’m delighted to be coming home to join Sony Music Australia and New Zealand to take the company into a transformative next chapter. Our strategies will focus on music, allyship, and innovation, with a global mindset,” added Picken. “Sony Music has a renowned reputation for empowering its artists and creators, breaking down traditional barriers to put them at the center of everything it does. We will reaffirm our commitment to the discovery and development of new and emerging talent across both countries, as well as expanding the commercial and creative opportunities for our roster of artists locally and internationally.”

Most recently, Picken served as Managing Director of PIAS in Los Angeles, where she oversaw the growth and restructuring of the company’s label group and distribution business. Picken’s focus was on repertoire and campaign development. Picken is also the founder of the digital agency and label services company, Comes With Fries.

She started her career in the music industry at EMI Music Australia in 2006 where she spent five years working with the label’s local and international artists. She is also the co-curator of Fastforward Sydney, a music technology conference for industry leaders.


Veteran U.S. A&R executive Ken Blaustein has been tapped as Vice President A&R at Universal Music Group.
Blaustein has previously held A&R positions at Capitol (EMI) Records and Warner Music Group where he directed artist development and marketing strategies for A-list talent including My Chemical Romance, Avenged Sevenfold, 30 Seconds To Mars, and GRAMMY award-winning band Mastodon, amongst others.

In addition, Blaustein also held the position as Global Director, Music & Artist Relations at Hard Rock International, whereas he was based in Miami, FL and helped facilitate global music initiatives and strategies for the company.

Blaustein stated, “I’ve accepted a role with Universal Music Group as Vice President, A&R – the world leader in music-based entertainment. Flattered to collaborate with an elite team making a profound impact on industry and culture by redefining the role of the modern label. An enormous debt of gratitude to Dennis Wolfe, Jason Flom, Jane Gowen and Bruce Resnikoff for entrusting me with this enormous responsibility, can’t wait to begin this next chapter.”

Blaustein will be based at the company’s headquarters in Santa Monica, CA.


Red Bull Records has unveiled that it has signed Eric Aukstikalnis (Aukoustics) to a worldwide deal with its music publishing arm.
Pictured (L-R) are Kenny “Tick Salcido (Red Bull Records), Jared Lane (Red Bull Records), Aukoustics, Ernest Osei (manager of Aukoustics) and Greg Hammer (Red Bull Records).
Aukoustics is a producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist artist with strengths in piano and guitar. Aukoustics produced and co-wrote Galantis and Dolly Parton’s single “Faith” featuring Mr. Probz, which topped the U.S. iTunes Dance Charts as well as debuted No.1 on both Billboard’s Dance/Electronic and Dance Radio Chart. He also co-produced Galantis and JVKE’s single “Dandelion,” which also amassed success across all streaming platforms and was named the No.40 dance song of 2021 by Billboard.

His most recent cuts are “Losing My Religion” where he teamed up with Steve Aoki and GATTUSO as an artist and producer as well as Cheat Codes’ “How Do You Love” featuring Lee Brice and Lindsay Ell. Aukoustics has worked across genres including Bhad Bhabie’s “Get Like Me” featuring NLE Choppa and Kash Doll’s “Mobb’n,”, Dzeko’s “Never Gonna Love” featuring Sam James and Dynoro’s “Monsters” featuring 24kGoldn.

He’s been working with and has upcoming releases with Tiesto, Galantis, Lovelytheband, Nicky Romero, Internet Money, Moneybagg Yo, Acraze and others.

The deal was signed with the support of Greg Hammer, GM, Red Bull Records; KennyTickSalcido, Sr. VP/Head of A&R, Red Bull Records and Jared Lane, Director of Publishing/Creative, Red Bull Records.


John Scholz, Tyler Goldberg, and Simon Kessler have announced the opening of Maison Arts, a boutique publishing house that focuses on clients’ creative development through highly individualized support. Maison Arts has partnered with RG Investments and have signed a worldwide publishing deal with Kobalt Music.
Pictured (L-R) are Tyler Goldberg, John Scholz, Simon Kessler & Livia Piomelli.
Maison Arts is the sister company of JET Management with the addition of partner Simon Kessler, who Scholz and Goldberg met when he was a talent buyer at C3 Presents. Also joining the Maison Arts team is Livia Piomelli Head of A&R, who was previously Director of A&R at Big Noise Music Group and was A&R Manager at Arthouse Entertainment prior to Big Noise.

Maison Arts has already achieved success with Suki Waterhouse’s “Good Looking,” which has amassed over 36 million streams on Spotify alone. The record peaked at No.1 on Spotify’s US Viral 50 chart, No.3 on the Global Viral 50 chart, and reached Top 10 in 26 countries. On TikTok, “Good Looking” has generated 400k+ videos and 475 million views to date and is currently set to impact pop radio later this month.

Suki will be on tour this fall with Father John Misty in support of her debut album I Can’t Let Go, produced by Brad Cook (Bon Iver, War On Drugs, Big Red Machine, Waxahatchee) and available via Sub Pop.


A&R Worldwide recently connected with a small part of its network of A&R and broader relationships in Los Angeles, along with a selection of independent music companies and managers from Canada.
With the pandemic having caused a break with in-person human relationships over the past two years, face to face interaction has been pivotal to developing true and more meaningful creative and business relationships.
A&R Worldwide has returned with its world-renowned interpersonal dinners, which first launched in 1998, with recent events taking place in London and Los Angeles. Upcoming VIP dinner gatherings are planned within Australia, India, Germany, Sweden, Italy and other destinations before the end of this year.
Below is a pictorial overview of last week’s dinner in Los Angeles with the Consulate General of Canada.

HAVING A TALL A&R CONVERSATION: Pictured (L-R) are Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide), Red Bull Records’ artist Kofi, Kenny “Tick” Salcido (Sr. VP/Head of A&R, Red Bull Records) and Sean Heydorn (Vice President, Rise Records/BMG).

IT’S ALL SMILES IN LOS ANGELES: Enjoying the food, wine and conversation (L-R) were Taylor Bartley (Executive Assistant, A&R Worldwide), Mike Torres (A&R, Position Music), Gabrielle Gauthier-Durand (Label Manager, Simone Records); Arwen Bobyk (Consul for Political, Economic & Public Affairs, Consulate General of Canada) and Gabi Kochlani (Sr. Director A&R, Universal Music Group).

CHEERS TO THAT: Having an in-depth conversation about global artist development were (L-R): A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla, Rise Records/BMG’s Sean Heydorn, Gabriel Aucoin-Lo (Music Manager, Opak Media) and Michael Sayegh (Founder, Lighter Than Air).

DOUBLE A&R TROUBLE in the best of ways are (L-R) Kenny “Tick” Salcido (Sr. VP/Head of A&R, Red Bull Records) and talented producer/writer/composer Roahn “First Born” Hylton.

WHERE’S THE MAPLE SYRUP: Enjoying a great conversation with some fine wines are (L-R) Andre Galuban (Creative Industries Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada) and Nate Albert (Executive VP, A&R, Warner Records).

IT’S SYNCH OR SWIM: Discussing music publishing and synchronization (L-R) were Adam Taylor (President, APM Music), A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla and Marc Wilson (President & Founder, United Songs Entertainment).


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AN A&R MOMENT IN WEST HOLLYWOOD: Enjoying an in-depth conversation about the burgeoning international music markets and evolution of A&R around the world during a dinner at the rooftop of the London, West Hollywood Hotel back in 2017 were (L-R): Felix Howard (Director A&R, BMG, UK), Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide) and Benjamin Budde (CEO, Budde Music).


HE’S BACK: Sony Music Publishing Latin (SMP) has announced its global partnership with entertainment and media companies NEON16 and veteran music executive Tommy Mottola to support its newly launched publishing company, 22 Publishing and its growing roster of hitmaking songwriters, artists, and producers. With the partnership, SMP will work alongside NEON16 to create key opportunities for the company’s roster across music, film, and television. 22 Publishing’s team of songwriters and producers are responsible for some of the most globally successful music today, including Bad Bunny’s “Un Verano Sin Ti,” Selena Gomez’s Revelacion, Kali Uchis’ “Telepatía,” and Shakira’s new hit “Te Felicito” with Rauw Alejandro, to name a few. Several of the company’s songwriters also contributed to hit songs for The Spongebob Movie: Sponge On The Run movie.

BMG SIGNS DRAGONETTE: Dragonette, the Toronto-based Canadian electro-pop outfit led by Juno Award-winning artist and songwriter Martina Sorbara, have signed a new global recordings agreement with BMG, their first new label partnership in over a decade, to release their upcoming new studio album and first full-length release since 2016. The new deal is the latest direct global artist signing by BMG in Canada since it appointed Steve Nightingale as its Toronto-based Vice President, Recorded Music in 2021, responsible for leading the market expansion, marketing strategy, and promotion of BMG’s global recordings roster in Canada.

DOWNTOWN MUSIC SERVICES EXPANDS: Downtown Music Services (DMS), has announced a major expansion of its operations in Spanish speaking Latin America. Supporting the expansion, the company has announced several key hires and promotions to oversee this evolution of its business in the territory. Daniela Gutiérrez, who is based in Mexico City and reports to Vice President of Marketing Geoff Halliday, has been appointed Marketing Manager for Mexico. Based in Bogota, Colombia Estefanía Parra has been promoted to Manager, A&R and Partnerships – LatAm. Reporting directly to Chief Operating Officer Ben Patterson, she will play a key role in the company’s growth and development throughout the region. Also bolstering the company’s South American activities will be Martin Liviciche and Juan Nuñez, who have both transferred to DMS from sister company CD Baby in Argentina. DMS has made several Latin-focused hires to its Client Services team under Director of Client Services Daniel Miller, who will focus on the daily needs of the growing Latin roster. These hires include US-based Vianey Ramirez and Argentina-based Ariel Conde.

THE MUSIC SUPERVISOR BEHIND KATE BUSH’S NEW SUCCESS: There’s been a ton of excitement about the No.1 global streaming and charting track from legendary British singer/songwriter Kate Bush, who has reemerged onto the worldwide stage with her single, “Running Up That Hill,” which thanks to the sync placement on the popular Netflix TV show Stranger Things has become an international phenomenon! The music supervisor behind the placement for “Running Up That Hill” on Stranger Things is the three-time Emmy and GRAMMY-nominated executive Nora Felder. Felder and several other music licensing executives joined Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide for a conversation all things sync several years ago at MaMA in Paris. Click HERE to listen to the conversation.

STACCS OF JOY WITH CHERRY RED: Swedish tech startup, Staccs, has agreed a licensing deal with Cherry Red Records- a London-based independent record label - for its streaming service for concert video and music documentaries. Launched in the Nordics and the Baltic states last year, Staccs provides fans the opportunity to relive their favorite concerts, on demand, advert free - and in the highest quality possible. Built upon a user-centric model, this new deal provides Staccs the rights to stream in the UK, Scandinavia, and the Baltic states. This new agreement means that access to music content from the Cherry Red Records archives will be made available for the streaming platform. Material such as documentaries, concerts and extensive interviews will be brought back for fans to rediscover and enjoy. Fans can expect programming from predominantly rock, punk, and metal artists from across the world. Acts such as Black Flag, U.K. Subs, Marc Almond, The Exploited, The Gun Club and Nuclear Assault, as well as many others, will form the basis of most of the content.

A UTOPIAN VICE PRESIDENT OF BENELUX: Lucas van Slegtenhorst has joined Utopia Music as Vice President of Benelux. Joining the company after his previous positions at Downtown Music Publishing Benelux, Chrysalis Music Publishing, Warner Chappell, Roadrunner Records, and BMG Records Holland, van Slegtenhorst will be based at Utopia’s Amsterdam office and will report to Roberto Neri, COO. He will oversee setting up at rolling out Utopia’s activities in the Netherlands and Belgium. Utopia aims to use its real-time technology and data platform to ensure all creators receive correct royalties.

HE’S GOING DIGITAL AT RCA RECORDS: Anthony De Padua has been promoted to the role of Vice President, Digital Marketing at RCA Records. De Padua began his career as an Assistant in the International Department at Atlantic before moving to the Digital Marketing Department where he worked on campaigns for artists such as Cardi B, Jack Harlow, Burna Boy, Portugal. The Man, Lil Skies, and more. In 2020, De Padua moved to RCA Records as Director, Digital Marketing, working on campaigns for projects including Wizkid, Young Nudy, The Judas & the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album, Bryson Tiller, and others. De Padua joins a raft of recent hires and promotions at RCA.

EMI, COLUMBIA, DOMINO & MORE GET INTO-IT: Into-it, a new digital advertising company, has partnered with the music industry with the aim to assist artists with better reaching their fans. Beginning with a beta testing program for the tech, testers from the American and British music, advertising, and technology industries will download Into-it’s Chrome browser extension and secure adverts on each company’s website based on their musical genres and artists. This will allow consumers to choose the kind of adverts they prefer to see. Participating record labels include EMI, Columbia Records, Full Time Hobby, Domino, and Brownswood Recordings. Participating artists include George Ezra, Franz Ferdinand, Bastille, Silverbacks, Big Thief, Chase & Status, and others. The Into-it advisory board comprises of Lucky Generals Founder and Creative Director, Danny Brooke-Taylor, US digital rights entrepreneur, Joyce Searls, Founder of The Barber Shop, Dino Myers-Lamptey, and Founder of Hackmasters, Saher Sidhom.

EXPANDING THEIR FUGA TEAM: FUGA, the B2B distributor (owned by Downtown) has announced an expansion of its team with several new hires and promotions. The company has announced the hiring of former AWAL UK executive Helen Barrass who joins the firm as Head of Marketing Strategy, FUGA. In her new role, Barrass will report to Craig May, Head of Marketing Services at the company and will be based at its London headquarters. FUGA has also unveiled the hiring of Ryan Stockwell as its new Sr. Marketing Services Director (Americas) who will be based in Los Angeles, CA. Also, joining the team are Juli Miranda, Digital Campaign Manager who is based at the company’s Amsterdam, Holland office and, Gemma Hart and Chiara Benedetti, who have been hired as Digital Accounts Manager, UK and Marketing Operations Coordinator respectively. The company has also promoted Massimo Reali to Marketing Services Director – Southern Europe/Eastern Europe/Nordics. Melissa Fernie, has been elevated to Head of Audience Engagement from her previous job as Audience Engagement Manager. Meanwhile, Laura van der Sanden has transitioned to her new responsibility as Marketing Services Director, Analytics & Operations, whilst Karma Bertelson has stepped into her new position as Marketing Strategy Manager, UK.

PUTTING ON HER NEW “SYNCING” CAP: Julia Betley has been appointed Sr. Vice President of Creative Sync Licensing at Warner Records. Betley joins after a decade at RCA Records where she most recently served as VP, Licensing and Soundtracks. In her new role, Betley will report to Claudia Butzy Executive VP of Brand Partnerships & Sync, Warner Records. She will be based in Los Angeles and will work closely with Butzky to develop the strategy for creative music placement and campaigns across film, television, gaming, sports, and related platforms.

EXPANDING ACROSS AFRICA: Osagie Osarenz has been promoted to Director of African Operations at ONErpm. In her new role, Osarenz will lead the opening of five new ONErpm offices, in Accra, Ghana, Abidjan, Côte d’lvoire, Nairobi, Kenya, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and Johannesburg, South Africa. Osarenz first joined ONErpm in 2020 when the company opened an office in Lagos, Nigeria. She was under the direction of Martin Price, Head of Global Expansion for ONErpm. Since the company opened its office in Lagos, there has been success with local artists such as 1da Banton, Bella Shmurda, Zlatan, and Reminisce.

A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR WAVE TO TOM WHITLOCK: Primary Wave Music has welcomed Academy Award winning songwriter Tom Whitlock to its family. The multi-million-dollar deal brings all of Whitlock’s music publishing interests to the publishing company. Included in the catalog-wide deal are earnings from the biggest hits of Whitlock’s 40 plus year career including “Danger Zone” from the 1986 film Top Gun, as well as its sequel - 2022’s box office smash Top Gun: Maverick. Once again “Danger Zone” appears in the film’s opening sequence which has introduced the song to a whole new audience of fans. The song has already begun climbing the charts for a second time and has nearly 300 million streams on Spotify alone. Earnings from “Take My Breath Away” are also included in this new deal, as well as many of Tom’s other hits across his career such as “Meet Me Halfway,” “Hand In Hand” and “Wings To Fly.”

DON LETTS INKS DEAL WITH COOKING VINYL: Cooking Vinyl has announced the signing of British musician, DJ, film director and cultural commentator Don Letts to a worldwide artist services deal. First coming to prominence as the DJ that turned a generation of punks on to reggae back in 1977 Letts went on to direct hundreds of videos for the likes of Bob Marley, The Pretenders, The Psychedelic Furs (also on Cooking Vinyl), Elvis Costello, Musical Youth, Sinead O’Connor and all of those for The Clash. His work with the latter earned him a GRAMMY in 2002 and his documentaries include films on Gil Scott Heron, Sun Ra and George Clinton. In the eighties he formed Big Audio Dynamite with Mick Jones making music that incorporated dance, reggae, rap, film samples and rock n’ roll. Since 2009 he has also presented Culture Clash Radio a weekly show on BBC 6Music. Don is currently working on his first solo record with Cooking Vinyl, due for release Spring 2023, and will be appearing at multiple festivals across the UK this summer.

TWITCHING FOR A SWITCH FOR SOUNDCLOUD: SoundCloud has appointed music industry veteran Tracy Chan to the role of Sr. Vice President of Creator. Chan is joining SoundCloud from his previous role of Head of Music at Twitch, where he has been since 2020. Prior to Twitch, Chan was Director of Product Management at Spotify. In his new role, Chan will oversee SoundCloud’s Creator ecosystem globally, including tools, services, products, and offerings. Chan will report directly to Eliah Seton, President, SoundCloud President, and will serve on the company’s executive leadership team.

WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC SIGNS LATIN RAP PIONEER: Warner Chappell Music has signed a global co-publishing deal with Puerto Rican rapper Villano Antillano. Known as one of the pioneers of the queer music movement in the Latin urban scene, Villano is paving the way in a predominantly male-dominated genre with unapologetic, empowering Latin urban anthems. In the last year, she’s released several noteworthy singles, including her most recent track “Vocales,” where she also served as co-producer and director for the music video. This week, she was tapped by influential producer and artist, Bizarrap, to collab on “Villano Antillano || BZRP Music Session #51,” a new Latin trap house summer anthem. The single is part of his BZRP music session series, which focuses on artist discovery and features various hitmakers with Bizarrap in the studio.

DOWNTOWN BREAKS MORE GROUND: Downtown Music Holdings held a groundbreaking ceremony last week marking the beginning of construction on a state-of-the-art 10,000 square foot recording studio complex located in New York’s iconic Standard Oil Building (26 Broadway) in downtown Manhattan. Downtown Music Studios will occupy the entire top two floors of the building, the very space where John D. Rockefeller played squash on his own private court. The space has been unoccupied for many years. With expansive 360-degree views which include the Statue of Liberty, the new complex recognizes the importance of New York City to music’s creative community. The new studio facility will have five separate writing and recording rooms and is large enough for orchestral and cast album recording sessions, a feature uncommon for recording studios in Manhattan. The studio is being designed by renowned architectural and acoustic designer Martin Pilchner. In attendance at the ceremony were Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine, Downtown Founder and Executive Chairman Justin Kalifowitz, Downtown CEO Andrew Bergman and Downtown’s Studio Director, Zach Hancock. Also in attendance were Jeanne Houck, Executive Director of Sound Thinking and Jennifer Gil, Project Director of Sound Thinking, who have partnered with Downtown to offer free programs to area youth looking to explore careers in the music industry.

TAKING ORBIT WITH SATELLITE414 AGENCY: Tom Mehrtens has been appointed Head of Music and Entertainment at the Satellite414 Agency. Previously, Mehrtens held the position of Senior Entertainment Publicist at the global entertainment and publicity agency. In addition to Mehrtens’ promotion, Ethan Beer has joined the company from Good Machine PR as a publicist. Beer will be working across new clients The Blaze and Eli Smart and existing clients including Mighty Hoopla and Wide Awake. Satellite 414 represents stars such as Dua Lipa, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Lana Del Rey, Ms Banks, and more.

CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING UK LAUNCH SCORING SESSIONS: Last month, Concord Music Publishing hosted the first in an innovative series for their writers exploring music composition for moving images – The Scoring Sessions. The inaugural session focused on advertising and was held in partnership with leading music supervision agency Native Music at their studios in Soho and included Concord songwriters Darryl Reid (Dopamine, Iggy Azealea), Rob Turner (Go Go Penguin) and Ben Garrett/Fryars (Mark Ronson, Pharrell Williams, Rae Morris). Starting off with a virtual meeting where the Concord writers were supplied with a brief and edits of commercials from leading brands, they were walked through the creative and technical aspects of bespoke composition for advertising with just 48 hours to turn in their work (emulating real world scenarios). Feedback by Dan Neale and Fred Ashworth from Native was given followed by a final viewing session at Native’s studio. The sessions have been designed by Concord to continue growing the connections and relationships between music and the world of sync.

SOUNDEXCHANGE UNVEILS NEW PUBLISHER SERVICES: SoundExchange, recently announced it’s unifying its existing publisher services offering to build an integrated global publisher services administration and licensing division, which will be called SX Works Global Publisher Services (SX Works). SX Works will focus on launching new solutions built to support the global music publisher and self-published songwriter communities, with phase one focusing on the US and Canada. SX Works will be led by Paul Shaver, President of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), who will serve as President of the division. SoundExchange acquired CMRRA, Canada’s leading and authoritative music publishing collective management organization, in 2017. SX Works will leverage SoundExchange’s authoritative ISRC and sound recording data and CMRRA’s extensive musical works database which has been specifically tailored to support multi-territory and rights contexts. CMRRA brings almost 50 years of experience in collective licensing and administration of publishing rights for record labels’ catalogs, UGC platforms, and across full usage reporting delivered by digital downloads and streaming providers.

CCC INTRODUCES NEW LEADERSHIP: The California Copyright Conference has announced their newly elected Officers and Board of Directors for the upcoming 2022–2023 season. The new officers are long-time members of the Board of Directors who have contributed their time and ideas significantly to the CCC. The new President is Renee Jeske (Manager, Income Tracking, Disney Music Group), Vice President is Sabrina Ment (Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Music, Disney General Entertainment), Treasurer is Paula Savastano (Senior Director, Copyright and Royalties, Angry Mob Music Group), Secretary is Jean Montiel (Music Publishing and Licensing Consultant), and Assistant Secretary is Dana Childs (Managing Director, Sound As A Pound). Find the full list of Officers and Board of Directors HERE.

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Adélaide is a Berlin-based band dealing in thrilling melodies and infectious hooks that take you on a journey, reminiscent of AIR, Phoenix, Kraftwerk and Daft Punk. They have a unique take on the indie genre, with their vintage synthesizers, energetic music and colossal beats that work in perfect harmony. Adélaide’s music has been featured on a number of influential Spotify playlists, and supported by radio stations across the globe, earning thousands of plays. The brand-new single “Euphorie” is Adélaide’s first song in French; it’s a dance indie-pop track that describes an overwhelming sensation of joy in a nightlife, full of blurred images and mysterious characters. Discover the modern classic electro-single HERE, and for additional information on signing, licensing, booking, publishing and live, contact info@anrworldwide.com


Ben Townsend and Tasker combined their talents to form the Australian duo Rest For The Wicked. Townsend, under the moniker Ivan Ooze, built a cult following through tours with Wu-Tang Clan, Ice Cube, Azealia Banks and Peking Duk, while Tasker has written and produced several artists across a variety of genres, including G Flip, Alison Wonderland and Tia Gostelow. With his various roles in a number of touring projects, he has supported 5 Seconds Of Summer, Sticky Fingers, Wavves and more. When the duo delivered their debut single “Bones,” they set the bar high for forthcoming releases. Luckily, not they did not disappoint, giving fans the impressive and infectious singles “Feel The Same Way” and “Devil’s Delight.” The duo released their debut self-titled EP featuring the previously released singles, as well as their version of Kid Cudi x MGMT’s “Pursuit Of Happiness” and the new single “Impulse.” The EP is a collection painted from a pallet overflowing with color, chaos, emotion, darkness and some psych wickedness. RFTW have earned over one million TikTok views, performed at numerous festivals and are ready to launch their headline tour of Australia in the second half of the year. Enjoy the visual for “Impulse” HERE, and contact AdamWeezBooth at Adam.Booth@umgconsult.com for all inquiries.


“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, June 19th, 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 – “DNA” (Polydor, UK)
MATTY GREG – “As It Was” (Unsigned, N. America)
HARVEY JAY DODGSON – “Oxygen” (Darkest Blue Records, UK)
SINGLE BY SUNDAY – “Help” (Unsigned, Scotland)
GOLDSKEYE & TIM SCHOU – “Go Hard” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
FLYCKT – “Jonny Boy” (Dumont Dumont, Sweden)
STEREOTIDE – “Touch The Sky” (Unsigned, Germany)
TRASHED – “Decay” (Unsigned, UK)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Shut Me Up” (Unsigned, Sweden)
ADÉLAIDE – “Moments” (Unsigned, Germany)
BAYBOARDS – “Poison Ivy” (Scruff Of The Neck, UK)
LUKE NOA – “Your Smile Should Have Been Mine” (Humming Records, Germany)
RHETT REPKO – “Lover Won’t You Come Back?” (Unsigned. N. America)
LAUREN WALLER – “Nothing But Life” (Unsigned, N. America)
IAMJJ – “Fluffy White Clouds” (Mermaid Records, Denmark)
SAHARA BECK – “Teenage Dirtbag” (Unsigned, Australia)
SOPHISTICATED DINGO – “Feeding Time” (Unsigned, Australia)
MADYX – “Young Love” (Unsigned, N. America)
MODERNLOVE – “Islands” (Akira Records, Ireland)
SHOBSY – “Driven” (Unsigned, Ireland)
THE ROYSTON CLUB – “The Backburner” (Modern Sky, UK)
RUM JUNGLE – “Upbeat Lord” (Sureshaker, Australia)
INHALER – “My Honest Face” (Polydor/UMG, Ireland)
BLAIR DAVIE – Platform 10” (Unsigned, UK)
THE SHERLOCKS – “Plastic Heart” (Unsigned, UK)
REST FOR THE WICKED – “Devils Delight” (EMI/UMG, Australia)
DOLORES FOREVER – “Baby Teeth” (Sweat Music, Sweden)
SUNDARA KARMA – “Oblivion” (Chess Club, UK)
TELENOVA – “Why Do I Keep You” (BMG, Australia)
CLUB BEIRUT – “Physical” (Unsigned, Scotland)
BAKER GRACE – “Pressure” (Unsigned, N. America)
BELLWETHER – “Kaiba” (Good Intent, Australia)
ALFIE ALCURI – “Overtime” (Unsigned, Australia)