RAYNA BASS & SELIM BOUAB NAMED CO-PRESIDENTS
AT 300 ENTERTAINMENT
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
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.
VANESSA PICKEN NAMED CHAIR & CEO
SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT AUSTRALIA & NZ
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.
“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.
KEN BLAUSTEIN NAMED VICE PRESIDENT A&R
AT UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP
Veteran U.S. A&R executive Ken Blaustein has been tapped as Vice President A&R at Universal Music Group.
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 SIGNS AUKOUSTICS
TO GLOBAL DEAL WITH ITS PUBLISHING ARM
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).
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; Kenny “ Tick” Salcido, Sr. VP/Head of A&R, Red Bull Records and Jared Lane, Director of Publishing/Creative, Red Bull Records.
MANAGEMENT TRIO UNVEILS MAISON ARTS
A NEW BOUTIQUE PUBLISHING HOUSE
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 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 IN LOS ANGELES
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).
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!
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).
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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. Work can be fun, frustrating, inspiring and sometimes absolutely disastrous! Click HERE to see why when you think you’ve had a bad day at work, others have had it way worse!
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– ADÉLAIDE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK"– REST FOR THE WICKED
HERE, and contact Adam “ Weez” Booth at Adam.Booth@umgconsult.com for all inquiries.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 6/19/2022
“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.
Listen to this two hour show by clicking HERE:
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)