WARNER MUSIC CANADA NAMES NICHOLAS CAUSARANO,
CHARLIE B & GEORGE KALIVAS AS A&R DIRECTORS
Charlie B and Nicholas Causarano have joined Warner Music Canada (WM Canada) as A&R Directors to drive new hip-hop, R&B and pop signings across the country, while existing team member George Kalivas has also been promoted to become an A&R Director.
George Kalivas has worked in the marketing department at WM Canada for more than five years, and in his new role as A&R Director he will work at the heart of the team, splitting his time between creative and operational work. He has worked with a wide variety of artists and has a strong track record of delivering successful campaigns.
Kristen Burke, President, WM Canada said, “I’m delighted that Charlie B and Nick have chosen to join the team – I know they’ll help us become even more culturally relevant and commercially successful. It’s also fantastic that George and Taylor are stepping up into their new roles. They’ve done an incredible job out of the gate and will be the engine room of the A&R team, driving projects forward.”
Burke joined WM Canada in October 2021 as President and has already been transformational with the business. In addition to her reboot of the A&R team, she helped WMG select and land a new Canadian HQ in the heart of downtown Toronto, hired respected executive Andy West as Executive VP and General Manager, and last month brought in both Julia Hummel, VP of Digital Strategy and Business Development, and Madelaine Napoleone as VP, Marketing.
SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING SIGNS JONAS JEBERG
Sony Music Publishing has announced the signing of award-winning, multi-Platinum-selling songwriter/producer Jonas Jeberg to a worldwide publishing agreement.
Los Angeles, CA-based, Copenhagen native Jonas Jeberg is one of today’s most in-demand hitmakers, specializing in a wide range of genres from pop and electropop to R&B, rap and alternative. He is known for crafting chart-topping hits such as Ava Max’s “Maybe You’re The Problem,” as well as No.1 hits like “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco; “Marry Me” by Jason Derulo; “Fetish” by Selena Gomez ft. Gucci Mane; “Rollercoaster” by Jonas Brothers, and many others.
Jonas Jeberg said, “Songwriting and producing songs is my passion. Besides my wife and kids, there’s nothing I love more in this world! So, I’m very excited to work with Thomas Krottinger, the whole Sony Music Publishing team, and their incredible roster of top-tier artists, songwriters, and fellow producers. Collaboration and great minds coming together are at the heart of hit songs, and I can’t think of a better team than these guys under the leadership of Jon Platt.”
Thomas Krottinger, Vice President, Creative, Sony Music Publishing said, “Jonas is an incredibly gifted songwriter who continues to go above and beyond. We are excited to partner with Jonas and his team, and we look forward to supporting his creative journey.”
Throughout his career, Jonas has written and produced eight Billboard Hot 100 hits, including a Top 10 hit. He has also achieved numerous accolades, including five BMI awards; two ASCAP awards; 17 RIAA Platinum and Gold certifications; Variety’s 2019 “Hitmaker of the Year” honor; the 2021 Carl prisen Årets internationale success; and the kommerciel musikskaberpris 2019. He is represented by 100 Management’s Luke Mitzman and renowned global A&R and music publishing executive Mike Caren.
UNIVERSAL MUSIC AUSTRALIA UNVEILS STAFF CHANGES
Universal Music Australia (UMA) has announced a series of senior management appointments and promotions.
Pictured top row (L-R) are Nicole Richards, Mark Holland and Alicia Reynolds. Pictured bottom row (L-R) are Fiona Zamparutti, Yvette Cachia, Alisa Lai and Liam Dennis.
John O’Donnell, Managing Director, EMI Australia said, “Having led this great label for the past two decades, I could not be prouder of all that we accomplished. After two years working diligently towards a succession plan to lead the label into a new era, I am excited to hand the reins of EMI Australia over to Mark Holland and Alicia Reynolds. Mark is a dynamic, next-generation executive with huge success in A&R, who will lead the label into a fantastic new era, while Alicia is an industry-respected executive that always motivates our artists and team with her passion, belief and tenacity to succeed across every project. I couldn’t be happier for them both and for our artists.”
George Ash, President, Universal Music Asia Pacific added, “We’re at a pivotal moment culturally, commercially and creatively in the Australian music industry. The team being promoted to help bring UMA into its next chapter are amongst the most talented executives with whom I’ve ever worked. On behalf of UMA, I want to express my profound gratitude to John for his outstanding leadership, and for helping to recruit and develop this next generation of leaders who are ready, eager and committed to deliver incredible things for our roster, for the broader Australian music ecosystem and music fans worldwide.”
The appointments are part of a succession plan developed by George Ash and John O’Donnell, who has announced his long-planned retirement effective September 30, 2022.
BMG UNVEILS NEW G/S/A REPERTOIRE TEAM
BMG has announced the formation of a new, integrated repertoire team for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (GSA), responsible for BMG’s label and publishing business as well as marketing, merchandise, creative operations, and brand development.
The team reports to Maximilian Kolb, who assumed responsibility for BMG’s Continental European business in October 2021 in addition to GSA.
BMG’s new integrated G/S/A repertoire team from (L-R) are Rocco Wolff, Feline Moje, Marc Johlen, Giulia Höck.
Maximilian Kolb, EVP Repertoire & Marketing Continental Europe, said, “The setup of the repertoire team is a first in the German market and perfectly reflects BMG’s integrated service model. These four managers and their teams are able to combine their expertise to assist and advise our artists, songwriters, and partners in all their needs. In addition, they will promote collaborations on an international level through our global network.”
Rocco Wolff, Senior Director Marketing Recordings, joined BMG in 2009. Since 2019, he has been responsible for Frontline, Catalogue and Digital Marketing. He’s helped with collaborations with Max Giesinger, Adel Tawil, Seeed, No Angels as well as current catalog campaigns such as 10 years of Cro’s “Roap”, 30 years of Snap!’s iconic “Rhythm Is A Dancer” and the promotion of the Cheyenne Records catalogue.
Feline Moje, Senior Director Recorded Music, is responsible for A&R as well as BMG’s D2C and merchandise business in Germany. Since joining the company she’s helped with the acquisition of Cheyenne Records and collaborations with No Angels, Nils Frahm and LEITER Records, Solomun, and Stefanie Heinzmans.
Marc Johlen, Senior Director A&R Publishing, has been in charge of the GSA publishing team since 2020. Under his leadership, BMG has signed songwriters and producers such as Robin Schulz, Boris Brejcha, Michael Schulte, LOTTE, Lucry, Italobrothers, Younotus, Bazzazian, Céline, and the Beatgees. In addition, he has initiated and led the launch of BMG’s first global benefits program for songwriters.
Giulia Höck is heading the newly created Creative Operations & Brand Development division as Senior Manager. On the strategic side, her tasks include overseeing acquisitions and setting up operational processes. On the creative side, she is responsible for the development and expansion of artist brands such as Tina Turner, as well as cooperation with brands in the area of brand partnerships.
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!
ROCK ’N’ ROLL IN LONDON: Enjoying a photo opportunity after a rare and incredibly insightful interview with A&R legend Seymour Stein and the late Tommy Ramone at MUSEXPO London back in 2008 are (L-R): Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide / MUSEXPO), John Kennedy (DJ, Radio X, London), Seymour Stein (co-Founder, Sire Records), the late Tommy Ramone (The Ramones) and Andrew Phillips. The iconic interview with Seymour and Tommy was filmed and given to Mr. Stein for an upcoming biographical film about his amazing life in the music business.
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Stuart Camp, MUSEXPO 2023, Matt Johnson, Matthew Rumbold, Samantha Sklar, Bobin James, Paul Franklin, Steve Blatter, Darcus Beese, Sharon Dastur, Keith Naftaly, Dan Rosen, Daniel Schultz and Susan Genco.
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. The summer season is here, which means it’s time fun in the sun, relaxation and those unpredictable jackass moments! Click HERE for a collection of mishaps, fails and other seasonal bumps and bruises to make this a summer to remember.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– INTERNET FRIENDS
Internet Friends made their debut with their EP Yawn Yawn Yawn in 2021. In the same year, they released the follow-up EP Nosebleeds, which was described as “a fusion between alternative indie rock and punk pop. Today, they are nearly unrecognizable as they give two fingers to those who made them feel unwelcome in their formative years. Feeling exiled by the Swedish music scene, Fredrik Soila, Jakob Falkendal and Noel Hassling-Offrell began to play up the idea of professional martyrdom and developed a car audience by relentless hard work and frequent high-energy live shows. The trio recently released “Rice Krispies” (Icons Creating Art), the twisted single that reveals itself to be dark and subversive from the get-go. The song entered the ESNS Emerging European Charts and has drawn support from BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music, TotalRock and worldwide support on Passport Approved. Listen to the single HERE, and contact Carl-Marcus Gidlöf at email@example.com, for booking, sync, licensing and support slots for tour opportunities.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK"– THE JINS
HERE, and contact Alicia Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org, as The Jins are seeking a booking agent (Canada/U.S.), U.S. label, brand and sync opportunities.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 7/10/2022
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, July 10th, 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:
MATTY GREG – “As It Was” (Unsigned, N. America) SEA GIRLS – “DNA” (Polydor, UK) SAHARA BECK – “Teenage Dirtbag” (Unsigned, Australia) SINGLE BY SUNDAY – “Help” (Unsigned, Scotland) BAKER GRACE – “Pressure” (Unsigned, N. America) STEREOTIDE – “Touch The Sky” (Unsigned, Germany) TRIBE FRIDAY – “Dead” (Unsigned, Sweden) GOLDSKEYE FEAT: TIM SCHOU – “Go Hard” (Unsigned, New Zealand) TRASHED – “Decay” (Unsigned, UK) FLYCKT – “Jonny Boy” (Dumont Dumont, Sweden) BAYBOARDS – “Poison Ivy” (Scruff Of The Neck, UK) ADELAIDE – “Moments” (Unsigned, Germany) LUKE NOA – “Your Smile Should Have Been Mine” (Humming Records, Germany) INTERNET FRIENDS – “Rice Krispies” (Icons Creating Evil Art, Sweden) LAUREN WALLER – “Wonderful Life” (Unsigned, N. America) ALFIE ALCURI – “Overtime” (Unsigned, Australia) RHETT REPKO – “Lover Won’t You Come Back?” (Unsigned, N. America) SOPHISTICATED DINGO – “Feeding Time” (Unsigned, Australia) SHOBSY – “Driven” (Unsigned, Ireland) MODERNLOVE. – “Islands” (Unsigned, Ireland) MADYX – “Young Love” (Unsigned, N. America) THE SHERLOCKS – “Plastic Heart” (Unsigned, UK) REST FOR THE WICKED – “Devils Delight” (EMI/UMG, Australia) INHALER – “My Honest Face” (Polydor/UMG, Ireland) BLAIR DAVIE – Platform 10” (Unsigned, UK) OSCAR ANTON W/ BLANKS – “Best Day Ever” (Filature, France) SUNDARA KARMA – “Oblivion” (Chess Club, UK) TELENOVA – “Why Do I Keep You?” (BMG, Australia) IAMJJ – “Fluffy White Clouds” (Mermaid Records, Denmark) THE ROYSTON CLUB – “The Backburner” (Modern Sky, UK) MACKESON – “Bye Bye Baby” (Atlantic, N. America)