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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.
Charlie B
Charlie B is the stage name of Ajay Saxena. He is a DJ and producer whose career in music started with monthly residencies at clubs across North America and regular appearances on the culturally renowned BET 106 and PARK TV show. Mentored by the likes of DJ Drama, DJ Khaled and Drake, last month he released his debut album Across The Board, featuring the likes of Duvy, Haviah Mighty, Lil Berete, NorthSideBenji, Pressa and Roy Woods. He is also actively involved in many fundraising projects to support the wider community, notably raising more than $50,000 (CDN) for the Toronto Black Health Alliance.
Nicholas Causarano
Causarano joins WM Canada after running his boutique artist management company Cause & Effect, which operates in Toronto and Los Angeles. Since its creation, the company’s roster of songwriters and producers has contributed to hits for such artists as Alessia Cara, bülow, Hailee Steinfeld, Leah Kate, renforshort, Travis Barker and Wiz Khalifa. He previously worked at various record labels, as well as in the music supervision departments of network TV shows.

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.
George Kalivas
The reset of the A&R team also sees Taylor Nishimura promoted into the new role of Associate Manager, A&R Operations. She has worked with the team for more than a year as A&R Coordinator and has already impressed with her musical acumen. She will be reporting to Kalivas in her new role.

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
Jeberg is currently achieving chart success thanks to his work on Ava Max’s latest single “Maybe You’re The Problem,” which has continued to climb the charts. In mid-June, the song broke into the Top 25 on the US Pop Airplay charts while also reaching the Top 20 on the UK Official Trending chart.

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.
Alicia Reynolds has been named GM, EMI Records Australia, while Mark Holland has been upped to Managing Director, EMI Records Australia. In addition, Alisa Lai has been named Head of Commercial Growth & Innovation, UMA; Fiona Zamparutti has been promoted to Senior Director, Streaming, UMA; Nicole Richards, is elevated to co-Managing Director, Island Records Australia; Yvette Cachia takes on the role as Sr. Vice President, People, Inclusion & Culture, UMA and Liam Dennis becomes General Manager, Catalogue, UMA.

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.
The team comprises of Rocco Wolff, Sr. Director Marketing Recordings; Feline Moje, Senior Director Recorded Music; Marc Johlen, Sr. Director A&R Publishing, and Giulia Höck, Senior Manager Creative Operations & Brand Development.

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.



GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…


Photo Credit – Jenn Davis
SIGNING WITH HER PEERS: Kathy Spanberger, President & COO, peermusic, Michael Knox, Sr. Vice President, peermusic Nashville and the peermusic have announced the signing of Kaylin Roberson to a worldwide publishing deal. In the three years since she has moved to Nashville, Kaylin has written over 200 songs and has been invited to perform at writers-rounds at Whiskey Jam, Song Suffragettes, and The 615 House. She has landed 20 cuts with independent artists as a songwriter. As an artist, she has opened for Chris Janson, Jon Pardi and RaeLynn. Her first single “Out of My Town” in 2020 earned her a Top 10 spot in the NSAI Songwriter’s Contest. Her music has been featured on Spotify editorial playlists like New Music Nashville and Fresh Finds Best Country 2020 and numerous videos have played on CMT.com. She had a feature in American Songwriter following her single release “Big Fish.”

ENTERING THE WEB3-EVERSE: Warner Records and Bose have entered the Web3 space in collaboration to create Stickmen Toys, a collection of 5,000 unique, free, utility-enabled, audio-visual NFTs. Warner Records says it is the first major label to give collectors full creative and commercial freedom through ownership of the copyright. The collection will feature rare Bose-themed Stickmen Toys NFTs. These NFTs will be redeemable for free, unique, limited edition Stickmen Toys x Bose QuietComfort® 45 headphones or SoundLink Flex Bluetooth® speakers. All Stickmen Toys collectors will also be able to access exclusive Stickmen Toys x Bose merchandise. Stickmen Toys is a first of its kind collaboration with tech-culture partner, Kapsule, who are fusing music, art and technology. The project is also teaming up with future-thinking Web3 outfit, Probably Nothing by Jeremy Fall, to bring the collection to life. Read more HERE.

JOINING THE BENELUX A&R TEAM: Well-known Dutch-based A&R executive Tim Tóth has been tapped as A&R Manager for Warner Music Benelux. For the past two years, Tim has been Head of A&R for one of Holland’s leading independent music, publishing and multimedia companies CTM, where he also worked closely with A&R Worldwide emerging and developing UK-based singer/songwriter Waiting For Smith whom he helped set-up a number of co-writes with CTM writers, and producer writers. Tim also spent five years in a creative role at CTM Publishing before taking on A&R responsibilities at CTM. Under his new role at Warner Music Benelux, Tóth will continue to work with artists and songwriters across the Benelux region, as well as Warner Music artists across the territory and beyond.

EXPANDING INTO THAILAND: LiveNation has acquired the concerts and entertainment division of Thailand-based promoter and media company TERO (TERO C&E). This deal signal’s Live Nation’s growth in Thailand and highlights a commitment to developing local Thai talent, while continuing to bring international acts to the region. This acquisition expands on a joint venture that launched in 2015 between Live Nation and TERO where Live Nation Tero was created to promote international concerts and festivals by Western acts, while bringing regional acts to Thailand. TERO C&E was established in 1998 and has specialized in domestic touring, family entertainment, exhibitions, musicals, and artist management within Thailand.

A MAN OF “STEELE” COMES TO VISIONARY MEDIA: Michael Steele has been named VP of Steaming and Digital for Nashville-based Visionary Media Group. In his role, he will oversee playlisting and digital strategy and will work closely with DSP partners including Apple Music, Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube Music, and SoundCloud. Steele has over 25 years of experience in the industry, starting with radio broadcasting and most recently as Senior Director Playlist Programming and Curation for Warner Music Group where he oversaw playlist strategy and digital marketing campaigns for Warner, Atlantic, and Elektra artists. In addition, he worked for the social media music streaming platform UBER, which existed before the global car ride share service. Steele also has an extensive background in radio working as Music Director at KIIS-FM Los Angeles and PD at the former and globally acclaimed alternative music station “Indie 1031” Los Angeles.

FACING A NEW ROBLOX: Former Spotify Head of Music Business Development Karibi Dagogo-Jack, has been named Head of Music Partnerships at Roblox. This appointment is part of a wider expansion of Roblox’s global partnerships team with key hires and appointments, following the exit of Roblox’s former Global Head of Music, Jonathan Vlassopulos. In his new role, Dagogo-Jack will oversee and build relationships between Roblox and artists, labels, managers, publishers, and producers. Also joining Roblox’s expansion of its global partnerships team is Todd Litchten as Head of Entertainment Partnerships, Winnie Burke as Head of Fashion & Beauty Partnerships, Hayden Walling as Head of Sports Partnerships, and Arvind Jayaram as Head of Account Management Partnerships.

GOING DOWNTOWN LATIN STYLE: Downtown Music Services is expanding its operations throughout Latin America with a series of new hires and promotions. The company, whose roster includes regional Mexican artists, Los Tucanes De Tiuana, Larry Hernández, and rising stars Tito Torbellino and Santa Fe Klan, recently unveiled key hires in Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina. These territories have seen an increase in both signings and streaming. The expansion reflects the growth of Latin and regional Mexican and local genres like Sonidero in Argentina and Música Popular in Colombia. Based in Bogota, Estefanía Parra has been promoted to manager, A&R & Partnerships for Latin America. In South America, in Buenos Aires, Martin Liviciche has been added to a new role Business Development and Jaun Nuñez joins as Marketing Manager, LatAm. In Mexico City, Daniela Gutiérrez becomes Marketing Manager of Mexico.

NEW DIRECTOR OF MUSIC AT BAUER: Pete Black has been appointed Director of Music at commercial radio broadcaster Bauer Media Audio UK. In his new role, he will be responsible for all music included on Bauer’s radio brands and all of Bauer’s audio output, will oversee the playlist and music creation teams, and will be responsible for building strategic relationships with labels, managers, and artists in the UK and worldwide. Black previously oversaw the strategy and ran the promotions teams for Sony Music UK’s joint-venture labels including Black Butter, Isanity, Ministry of Sound and Relentless labels, as well as servings as Head of Promotions at The Orchard UK distribution business. He has also had positions at Columbia Records in Press and Promotions, and Warner Music in Radio Promotions.

INVESTING IN SWEDISH SOUND: Hit songwriters Carl Falk Gramer and Savan Kotecha have invested in Swedish sound technology company Audiodo. Savan Kotecha has previously invested in Los Angeles-based distribution and payments platform Stem and is a shareholder of AI-powered record label, Snafu Records. Falk Gramer has produced hits for Avicii, One Direction and Madonna, and in collaboration with Savan Kotecha, has produced tracks such as Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” and Ariana Grande’s “One Last Time.” Kotecha has written hits for Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, One Direction and many other superstars. Audiodo is a sound technology company that claims to have developed audio teach that can enhance and adjust headphone sound to a specific user’s hearing. The user takes an audio test through an app to determine their hearing strengths and weaknesses, using algorithms to pinpoint various frequencies adjusted to tailor the variations in the listener’s hearing.

BECOMING UNIVERSAL IN CANADA: Trinh Tham has joined Universal Music Canada (UMC) as Sr. Vice President, Revenue & Digital Strategy. She will work closely with Jeffrey Remedios, Chairman & CEO, UMC, and the executive leadership team, Tham will oversee UMC’s digital marketing, streaming and music strategy, data analytics and commercial affairs teams. Tham joins UMC with years of expertise across multinational environments, most recently from menswear retailer Harry Rosen, where she was EVP & CMO. At Harry Rosen, Tham helped drive business growth via brand strategies, marketing, and Customer Relationship Management. Previously, she has held various senior roles including Interim Senior Vice President of Marketing at Soberys Inc., VP Integrated Marketing at Tim Hortons, and Head of Marketing for Entertainment Brands at Bell Media.

UMG PARTNERS WITH MDUNDO FOR AFRICA: Mdundo.com A/S, one of Africa’s leading music services, has announced that it has reached an agreement with Universal Music Group to license the service across key African territories. Through this new agreement, UMG’s catalog will be available to Mdundo’s 17 million active monthly users across Africa. Under this new licensing agreement, Universal Music Group and Mdundo.com will strengthen Mdundo’s music offering for fans by providing them access to one of the world’s most comprehensive music catalogs, as well as further increasing Universal Music Africa’s (UMA’s) reach within the African market in line with Mdundo’s ambitions for rapid market growth across the continent. Mdundo’s growth has primarily been achieved in Nigeria, with additional growth in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ghana. The music service has primarily been focusing on securing music rights for local African catalog and has in the last year announced partnerships with leading telecommunication companies, Vodacom Tanzania, MTN Nigeria and Airtel Nigeria.

A NEW PRESIDENT AT CD BABY & SOUNDROP: Downtown Music Holdings (Downtown), the music services provider, has announced the appointment of Scott Williams to the position of President of CD Baby and Soundrop. Williams previously served as Chief Technology Officer of CD Baby and joined CD Baby in 2013 as Vice President of Technology and was promoted to CTO in 2019. He was central to the launch of Soundrop, a low-cost music distribution service with transparent pricing, collaborator splits and no annual fees. He leads the team behind CD Baby’s best in class reporting to its artist clients, who have received consistent payments every week for more than two decades. Prior to his role at CD Baby, Williams led technology at EdTech companies Avant Assessment and Learning.com. Williams started his career as a Nintendo Game Counselor, a professional video game player tasked with providing advice on the game tip hotline.

Sebastian Kole
Dave Pittenger
ADDING MILK & HONEY TO THEIR CAREERS: Milk & Honey Management has announced the signing of Sebastian Kole and Dave Pittenger to the company. Kole will be managed by Milk & Honey’s Peter Coquillard, Head of International and Manager, whilst Pittenger will be managed by Shelby Yoder, Milk & Honey’s Head of Nashville, Manager and Publisher. Sebastian Kole is a multi-award-winning singer/songwriter and producer who co-wrote on two original songs for the 2022 Grammy winning soundtrack The United States vs Billie Holiday as well as John Legend’s “Actions,” Alicia Keys’ “Time Machine” and “The Perfect Way To Die.” Other recent Kole collaborations include H.E.R., Rag’n’Bone Man, Mabel, St. Paul, Halle Bailey, Leslie Odom Jr. and PRETTY MUCH. He also helped develop Alessia Cara and co-wrote her global No.1 singles “Scars To Your Beautiful” and “Here.”

WME GETS STORMZY: WME recently announced that it had signed Stormzy in all areas following the news that CAA, the agency that Stormzy signed to a year ago, has acquired ICM Partners. At WME’s music division, headed up by Lucy Dickins and Kirk Sommer, Stormzy will be represented by WME’s Dickins along with Craig D’Souza and Whitney Boateng. The deal covers both touring and brand partnerships. Prior to his CAA move last year, Stormzy was represented by agent Craig D’Souza at Primary Talent International. Craig D’Souza is now a key player at WME in terms of UK Rap talent, with a roster including Dave, D-Block Europe, Aitch and Young T & Bugsey. Stormzy, who is signed to 0207 Def Jam, is said to be working on his third album. Stormzy became the first solo Black British artist to headline Glastonbury Festival in 2019.

PROMOTED AT EPITAPH RECORDS: Sue Lucarelli has been promoted to President of Epitaph Records. She will be reporting to Brett Gurewitz, Founder & CEO, Epitaph Records. She was previously Executive Assistant to the CEO and VP A&R. Lucarelli started at Epitaph Records in the Fall of 2004 as an intern, now marking 17 years with the label. Lucarelli commented, “The diversity of the label and its artist-friendly mentality has always been appealing to me. I’m ready to continue to work with the knowledgeable and passionate team at Epitaph and our extremely talented artists to build a catalog of timeless music.”

SIGNING A “LOGICAL” DEAL WITH BMG: Multi-Platinum, chart-topping hip-hop artist Logic has signed a global deal with BMG. Logic’s new multi-album global partnership with BMG will allow him for the first time to own his own sound recordings. It is his first new label deal since his debut album Under Pressure was released in 2014. The first new music from his planned upcoming studio album is expected imminently. References to his new partnership with BMG feature on “Sayonara,” the last song of Logic’s latest album, Vinyl Days, in lines like “Independent now, won’t double back, I rep the BMG” and “Independent s*** next, BMG, VMG, Bobby Boy, Sayonara.” Since his emergence in 2010, multi-Platinum Grammy Award-nominated Logic has become a New York Times bestselling author and a positive force for change. The Maryland native progressed from a run of mixtapes to No.1 albums, Grammy Award nominations, dozens of Gold and Platinum certifications, and sold-out arena tours around the world, with more than six billion streams and counting.

GETTING IN SYNCH: Interscope Geffen A&M Records has promoted Brigitte Green to the position of Sr. Vice President Film & TV Licensing at the label. In her expanded role, Green will continue to oversee the placement of music from the label’s artists in film, television, trailers, and promos. Green joined Interscope in 2018 as Vice President of Creative Licensing. Over the last five years, she and her team have been responsible for hundreds of needle-moving synch placements in top movies and television shows, creating opportunities for the label’s artists and helping to advance their careers in the process. Prior to joining Interscope, Green was Vice President of licensing at Beggars Group. She began her career working at WH Entertainment. More recently at Interscope, during the pandemic, Green and her team hosted a hugely popular weekly virtual meetup for the film and television music community called “Hippy Dippy Hang,” at which artists interact with the top music supervisors from the studios, networks, trailer houses and independent music supervision community.

Macy Thompson
Paige Mount
GHOSTWRITING WITH TWO NEW HIRES: Ghostwriter Music — the production, publishing, and sound design company has announced further expansion of their team, hiring Macy Thompson as Director of A&R and Paige Mount as Customs Producer & Synch Manager, effective immediately. With Thompson working out of the company’s Nashville office, and Mount out of Ghostwriter’s Los Angeles office, it’s a sign of the organization’s overall growth of artist services, beyond custom music, that are being established. Founded in 2015, Ghostwriter Music has placed music in many of the most anticipated film campaigns, advertisements, video games and TV promos in modern media.

DEQUENCY LAUNCHES MUSIC RIGHTS PORTAL: Dequency has launched its web3-powered music licensing marketplace, opening its portal to music rightsholders everywhere, having completed a 4-month restricted beta phase. As first mentioned in the A&R Worldwide newsletter before its official launch, Dequency is building a unique, decentralized music licensing marketplace for music rightsholders and visual creators to connect, collaborate, and transact directly with one another. Built on Algorand, the marketplace is the only option for on-chain sync licensing for blockchain-native content such as motion-visual digital art, NFT projects, games, and metaverse productions. Analogous to Bitcoin’s trustless digital payments, Dequency eliminates third parties from music licensing transactions to increase speed of payment, reduce fees, and give control of the system to market participants. Dequency CEO Keatly Haldeman said, “We use web3 tools such as smart contracts and cryptocurrency, not to be part of the hype cycle, but because this technology enables unprecedented efficiency and control for licensing transactions and payment.”

MOLLY NEUMAN PROMOTED TO CMO AT DOWNTOWN: Downtown Music Holdings has appointed Molly Neuman to the newly created position of Chief Marketing Officer of the company. In her new role she will oversee marketing and communications initiatives across the breadth of Downtown’s global group of owned and operated music companies. Molly most recently served as President of Songtrust, the world’s largest and most accessible global publishing administration service. She joined Songtrust in 2017 as Global Head of Business Development and was elevated to President in 2019. Under Neuman’s leadership, Songtrust has grown to represent more than 3 million copyrights for more than 350,000 writers in 145 countries, as well as tens of thousands of business clients, including record labels, distributors and boutique publishers. With her departure, Rob Wetstone and Susanne Dawursk who lead Revenue and Marketing at the company will oversee Songtrust.

FINE TUNED FOR A NEW PARTNERSHIP: Rehegoo Music Group, a global music service provider, has partnered with B2B music streaming technology specialist Tuned Global to launch a new digital streaming service providing background music for businesses. Featuring playlists and original compositions by the next generation of undiscovered global artists, Rehegoo’s new streaming service, “Music for Spaces,” is designed for businesses that play music in their physical spaces - including gyms, spas, retail stores and supermarkets. It comprises an extensive library of fully licensed, expertly curated mood-based playlists and personalized recommendations based on a user’s music preferences. Rehegoo will deliver approximately 130,000 fully licensed tracks, including many from its own catalog, with Tuned Global providing the app’s backend services, analytics and content management system (CMS). All music available on the app will benefit from machine-learning metadata-tagging via Tuned Global’s integration with Musiio, helping curators to build playlists and receive music recommendations tailored to their business.

BABYFACE SIGNS WITH CAPITOL RECORDS: Twelve-time Grammy Award winner Babyface has signed with Capitol Records. The legendary singer/songwriter/producer’s first project for the label will be Girls’ Night Out, a sonic journey through love, heartbreak, and all of the emotions in between. The album will feature vocals from Babyface alongside some of today’s female R&B stars, including Ella Mai, Queen Naija, Ari Lennox, Kehlani, Doechii and many others. Produced by Babyface and co-produced by Rika Tischendorf, Girls’ Night Out will be released on October 29. Earlier this month, Babyface shared his collaboration with Ella Mai, “Keeps On Fallin,’” which is the first single from Girls’ Night Out.

BMG PARTNERS WITH LEGENDARY PRODUCER: BMG recently unveiled that multi-Grammy Award winner Daniel Lanois is bringing his catalog and future work to the company. BMG’s catalog team will take on responsibility for all but one of Lanois’s 13 solo albums, while his first new album under the arrangement will be Player, Piano, set to be released by BMG’s label for adventurous contemporary music, Modern Recordings, on September 23. Over a 50-year career, Lanois has been acclaimed as a record producer, musician, vocalist and songwriter, working with artists ranging from Brian Eno (Ambient 4: On Land, Apollo), Peter Gabriel (Birdy, So, Us) and U2 (The Unforgettable Fire, Achtung Baby, The Joshua Tree) to Emmylou Harris (Wrecking Ball), Bob Dylan (Oh Mercy, Time Out Of Mind) and Neil Young (Le Noise), among many others. As a solo artist, his work explores a musical vision which embraces many genres and musical forms. He was responsible for the key vocal tracks on Red Dead Redemption II, one of the biggest selling titles in gaming history.


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 cmg@icea.se, for booking, sync, licensing and support slots for tour opportunities.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK"– THE JINS

Ben Larsen, Hudson Partridge and Jamie Warnock formed The Jins in 2015 to create their style of crunched-up alt-rock. The Vancouver-based trio unleashed their latest single “Metro,” which builds off the 90s influenced guitar rock of the group’s 2019 EP Death Wish. The track is an appetizer to their upcoming debut album via 604 Records, which is an in-the-red earworm made for those times when you just want to leave the house, throw your headphones on, and start wandering. The guys are very excited to tour this summer for the first time since the dawn of the pandemic. This will mark their first-time hitting stages outside of Vancouver since their single “She Said” unexpectedly took off on TikTok and brought the band to an even bigger streaming audience; as of today, the track has over five million streams on Spotify. Along with the single, the visual for “Metro” was co-animated by Larsen and Partridge as they describe it as a metaphor for a transition in life. Watch the video for “Metro” HERE, and contact Alicia Ross at alicia@lightorganrecords.com, 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)