SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING UK SIGNS DANGER MOUSE
Sony Music Publishing UK (SMP) today announced the signing of GRAMMY award-winning artist, songwriter, producer, and composer Danger Mouse to a worldwide publishing agreement.
Brian Burton, aka Danger Mouse, is widely recognized as one of music’s most significant and versatile artists. His projects have spanned across a diverse range of styles – from the groundbreaking pop/hip-hop fusion of Gnarls Barkley, including the 2006 smash hit “Crazy” and GRAMMY-winning album St. Elsewhere – to his renowned indie duo Broken Bells and their self-titled gold-certified debut, featuring “The High Road” and “The Ghost Inside.”
Jon Platt, Chairman & CEO, Sony Music Publishing said, “Danger Mouse is not only a brilliant songwriter, but a true innovator who pushes creative boundaries and challenges listeners to think outside the box. We look forward to working alongside Brian and his team in this new phase of his career.”
David Ventura, President & Co-Managing Director, UK, Sr. VP Int’l, Sony Music Publishing added, “Brian is a living legend, and one of the most pioneering songwriters and producers of this century. It is a real honor for all of us at SMP to have this unique chance to be working with him and Jeff his manager. We are not only thrilled to be representing some of his most prestigious songs, many of which recognized by the Grammys, but we are also opening a new relationship towards the future.”
Recently, Danger Mouse and The Shins’ James Mercer announced the revival of their duo Broken Bells with a new song “We’re Not in Orbit Yet...” from their upcoming album Into The Blue. Danger Mouse also announced a new collaborative album with The Roots’ Black Thought entitled Cheat Codes, featuring new singles “Aquamarine” with Michael Kiwanuka, “Because” with Joey Bada$$, Russ, and Dylan Cartlidge, as well as “No Gold Teeth.” Set for release on August 12, the album also includes appearances by Run the Jewels, A$AP Rocky, Raekwon, Conway the Machine, and the late MF Doom.
EVAN BOGART’S SEEKER MUSIC SIGNS TILLIE
Indie, electro-pop singer/songwriter tiLLie has signed a worldwide deal with Seeker Music, which is a record label, publisher, management and synch firm, which was founded back in 2020 by publisher, music executive, film and TV producer, and award-winning global hit songwriter, Evan Bogart (Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Liam Payne, and more) who is the Founder & CEO of the company.
The deal which was announced last week sees the young talent inking a worldwide music publishing deal with the multi-faceted music firm, which has its headquarters in Los Angeles, as well as boots on the ground in London, New York and across Europe.
Her talent also impressed the likes of Machine Gun Kelly very early on (back in 2016) who after seeing her perform asked her to perform a cover version of the Foo Fighters hits single, “Everlong,” at his show. Also attending that serendipitous show was Kevin Lyman, Founder, Vans Warped Tour who invited her to join their 2017 summer festival, which became tiLLie’s first-ever tour. Get a sample of tiLLie’s music and visual eclecticism HERE.
Seeker Music has been adding various members to its creative and executive team, as well as signing a number of talented artists and songwriters with more new signings to be unveiled soon.
LAYTO SIGNS LABEL DEAL WITH POSITION MUSIC
Tyler Bacon, President & CEO, Position Music – the Burbank, CA-based burgeoning independent sync licensing company, label and publisher has announced the signing of Boston-based alternative hip-hop artist Layto to its expanding record label roster. Layto initially signed a publishing deal with Position Music back in 2021.
Pictured (L-R) are J Scavo (GM, Recorded Music, Position Music), Garrett Ream (Artist Manager), Layto, Mark Chipello (VP, Head of A&R, Position Music), and Tyler Bacon (President & CEO, Position Music).
Layto will hit the road in October for four dates with stops in Washington D.C., New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. Tickets for New York and Philadelphia are on sale now. The rising artist released his latest single “Less U Know” featuring the inimitable Ryan Oakes on July 15th.
SUN-UI YUM NAMED PRINCIPAL AT MUSIC
AN INVESTMENT FIRM LED BY MATT PINCUS
MUSIC, the investment company launched by Matt Pincus and LionTree earlier this year, has named Sun-Ui Yum as a Principal at the company. In this newly created role, Yum will report directly to Pincus, helping to identify and negotiate investment opportunities for MUSIC, which is a partnership between Pincus, LionTree, JS Capital Management and Schusterman Family Investments and was capitalized with $200 million (USD) in April 2022.
“It’s been a lifelong career objective to merge my personal and professional passions for music. A platform as nimble and flexible as MUSIC was the perfect opportunity to pursue that intersection,” said Sun-Ui. “I look forward to working closely with Matt to close several new deals and help support the next generation of great music businesses.”
Sun-Ui has also previously worked as a freelance music journalist and critic, interviewing such artists as Juice WRLD, Offset, SAINt JHn and others. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in economics in 2018.
AARON “DASH” SHERROD NAMED PRESIDENT
OF URBAN A&R AT GEFFEN RECORDS
Geffen Records has announced that Aaron “Dash” Sherrod has been named President of Urban A&R at the company. In his new role, Dash will oversee the signing and development of artists on the Geffen urban roster.
Aaron “Dash” Sherrod
During his tenure at the label, he signed Playboi Carti, Juice WRLD, and Pierre Bourne. He most recently served as Sr. Vice President of A&R at RCA Records, where he signed Nardo Wick and was Executive Producer of the original soundtrack album for the acclaimed film JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH, which won the 2021 Academy Award for “Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)” for H.E.R.’s “Fight For You.”
Earlier in his career, alongside such artists as 808 Mafia, DJ Toomp, Lil Bibby, G Herbo, ASAP Rocky and others, Dash worked as a composer and engineer, a video director, a manager and more, giving the executive a broad background of knowledge that has served him well as he shepherds his projects through the major label system.
Dash will be based at Geffen Records headquarters in Santa Monica, CA.
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!
YOU NEVER KNOW WHO’S IN THE ROOM: A&R Worldwide’s annual global music business conference and showcase event MUSEXPO has brought together some of the most inspiring and influential minds in music pop culture since its launch back in 2005. A couple of years ago Coldplay’s lead singer and songwriter Chris Martin showed up at the event to watch some of the unsigned talent at MUSEXPO. Ironically, Coldplay’s worldwide manager Dave Holmes played a key role in helping start the A&R networking dinner events with A&R Worldwide Founder, Sat Bisla back in 1999, which evolved to become what is now MUSEXPO. Pictured L-R are Joe Arnold, Vice President, A&R Worldwide and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
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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. Every day can be full of surprises, some of which are good, others bad, and a few that can be “fugly”! Click HERE for a collection of jackass moments to make any one’s year go from good, to bad to worse.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– JEREMY LOOPS
South Africa’s Jeremy Loops is not only a talented singer, but he’s also a songwriter, record producer and brilliant performer. In addition to music, Loops is an eco-activist; the founder of The Big Food Drive, which has provided nourishing produce to over 200 school children in South Africa during the Covid pandemic, resulting in over 55,000 meals a week. He’s also the founder of Green Pop, which helps plant one tree for every ticket sold to a live show. After earning a reputation for his live shows and his two studio albums, 2014’s Trading Change and 2018’s Critical as Water, Loops returns with his long-awaited album, Heard You Got Love (Decca Records). The brand-new album features Ladsymith Black Mambazo and collaborations with Red Triangle (Charlie Puth, Yungblood), Edd Holloway (Lewis Capaldi, Dean Lewis) and Jake Gosling (Shawn Mendez, The Libertines). The new single “Better Together” was written with Ed Sheeran, who has sold over 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists in music history. The song was also written with Johnny McDaid (Ed Sheeran, Kodaline) and Steve Mac, who co-wrote Sheeran’s 2017 smash hit “Shape of You.” Jeremy Loops got his first international A&R support via A&R Worldwide, which led to his first ever US showcase performance at MUSEXPO 2013 in Los Angeles, which opened-up some great international opportunities for him (including an all expensed paid multi-city tour of India with MTV/VH1), as well as a sync and licensing deal in the US, and debuted radio support outside of Africa. Listen to “Better Together” HERE and contact Damon Forbes at firstname.lastname@example.org for available opportunities with Jeremy Loops.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK"– GOLDSKEYE FEAT. TIM SCHOU
Tim Schou as the lead vocalist. The recently released single has already been added to a number of influential Spotify playlists and has seen Specialty spins at iHeart Media’s KTCL Denver; KFRR Fresno; Radio 1 Mumbai, India, Radio Doble Nueve Lima, Peru; Flux FM Berlin, Germany; Xfm Nairobi, Kenya; UK, 2XM RTE Dublin, Ireland and more. The visual for “Go Hard” exhibits the perfect inspirational beach day, seen HERE, as Tim Schou has the time of his life. Contact Joe Arnold at email@example.com for additional information as “Go Hard” is available for sync, licensing and brand opportunities.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 7/17/2022
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, July 17th, 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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REST FOR THE WICKED – “Impulse” (EMI/UMG, Australia) MATTY GREG – “As It Was” (Unsigned, N. America) STEREOTIDE – “Touch The Sky” (Unsigned, Germany) SINGLE BY SUNDAY – “Help” (Unsigned, Scotland) LIME CORDIALE – “Facts Of Life” (Chugg Music, Australia) SEA GIRLS – “DNA” (Polydor, UK) EVERYTHING EVERYTHING – “Jennifer” (Infinity Industries, UK) ALISSIC – “Everybody’s Dead Inside” (Ministry Of Sound, UK) TRASHED – “Decay” (Unsigned, UK) GOLDSKEYE FEAT: TIM SCHOU – “Go Hard” (Unsigned, New Zealand) BAKER GRACE – “Pressure” (Unsigned, N. America) TRIBE FRIDAY – “Dead” (Unsigned, Sweden) CRAWLERS – “I Didn’t Know How To Say” (Polydor, UK) LUKE NOA – “Your Smile Should Have Been Mine” (Humming Records, Germany) LAUREN WALLER – “Wonderful Life” (Unsigned, N. America) INTERNET FRIENDS – “Rice Krispies” (Icons Creating Evil Art, Sweden) SAHARA BECK – “Teenage Dirtbag” (Unsigned, Australia) THE SHERLOCKS – “Slip Road” (Unsigned, UK) ADELAIDE – “Euphorie” (Unsigned, Germany) THE LUKA STATE – “Bring Us Down” (Unsigned, UK) FLYCKT – “Jonny Boy” (Dumont Dumont, Sweden) IAMJJ – “Fluffy White Cloud” (Mermaid Records, Denmark) SOPHISTICATED DINGO – “Feeding Time” (Unsigned, Australia) RHETT REPKO – “Lover Won’t You Come Back?” (Unsigned. N. America) BAYBOARDS – “Poison Ivy” (Scruff Of The Neck, UK) SHOBSY – “Driven” (Unsigned, Ireland) RAZZ – “Talking For Hours” (Unsigned, Germany) OSCAR ANTON W/BLANKS – “Best Day Ever” (Filature, France) THE TERRY’S – “Waiting For You” (Unsigned, Australia) THE ROYSTON CLUB – “The Backburner” (Modern Sky, UK) MACKESON – “Bye Bye Baby” (Atlantic, N. America) CHARLIE COLLINS – “Backseat Valentine” (Island Records/UMA, Australia) RUM JUNGLE – “Upbeat Lord” (Sureshaker, Australia)