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Verve Label Group, which is a division of Universal Music Group (UMG), and home to labels such as Decca Records, Decca Broadway, Impulse!, Verve Forecast, Decca Gold, ECM and others has unveiled two major senior executive promotions, which are effective immediately.
Jamie Krents
Jamie Krents has been named President of Verve, Verve Forecast Records, and Impulse!, whilst while Dawn Olejar is elevated to the role of Executive Vice President & General Manager, Verve Label Group. Both Krents and Olejar will be based in New York City and report to Dickon Stainer, President & CEO, Universal Classics & Jazz and Verve Label Group, whereas they will both be spearheading the continued growth and development across all key areas of the company.

Stainer stated, “These two exciting promotions mark a crucial moment in the evolution of Verve. Jamie Krents becoming President of Verve and Impulse! is a true testament to his unique and exceptional vision for artist development as these legendary labels enter a new era under his stewardship.” He added, “Dawn Olejar is a role model for outstanding label management, and her new combined responsibilities as Executive VP and General Manager reflect the breadth of modern and innovative skills she brings to the operational management of Verve Label Group.”

Krents has been with the company for over 20 years and began his career with a temporary position at Verve back in 1998. He rose through the company’s ranks and served in senior roles including Sr. Vice President of International Marketing & Label Development and three years ago rose to the position of Executive VP of both Verve, Impulse! And the Forecast imprints. Krents was pivotal in the signings of Jon Batiste, Arooj Aftab, Kurt Vile, Shabaka Hutchings, as well as Samara Joy.
Dawn Olejar
Jamie Krents has been named President of Verve, Verve Forecast Records, and Impulse!, whilst while Dawn Olejar is elevated to the role of Executive Vice President & General Manager, Verve Label Group. Both Krents and Olejar will be based in New York City and report to Dickon Stainer, President & CEO, Universal Classics & Jazz and Verve Label Group, whereas they will both be spearheading the continued growth and development across all key areas of the company.

Olejar has spent the past five years in the role of Executive Vice President of Verve Label Group. She’s helped steer high-profile campaigns in the US for international acts including Andrea Bocelli, Diana Ross, Lang Lang, Ludovico Einaudi, and Chad Lawson. She’s also been involved in overseeing initiatives for the more current signings of Gabríel Ólafs and Plínio Fernandes.

The company says that the promotions of Krents and Olejar highlight the evolution of the label, and its further and future commitments to new artists signings and its and legacy catalogs.


Australia is a burgeoning music market that consistently delivers export success to the U.S. and other markets around the world. For the past two decades some of its most successful international outcomes have been generated with very pivotal early support from A&R Worldwide and its predecessor A&R Network, which was the first of its kind global A&R platform launched in 1999 by Sat Bisla and sold to Clear Channel (then home to what is now Live Nation and iHeartMedia). A&R Worldwide has a long and consistent history of breaking Australian acts into the U.S., as well as securing synch, label and publishing deals. We highlight a few of the success stories of our support for Australian talent as we celebrate 20-plus years of helping the Aussies!
Sheppard at A&R Worldwide’s Beverly Hills offices back in 2012 with Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide (third from right) and Monte Malone, Sr. VP A&R Worldwide (far right).
In 2012, A&R Worldwide helped create the initial inertia to help the then unsigned band Sheppard garner U.S. and international A&R interest with the support of their single “Let Me Easy,” followed by “Hey Geronimo,” which led to them signing with Republic Records. Sheppard along with Lime Cordiale got their first ever worldwide audio support (before triple j and Spotify) on the U.S.-based and globally syndicated radio program Passport Approved after A&R Worldwide received the music from the band’s manager and legendary promoter Michael Chugg. Last year, A&R Worldwide also helped Chugg and his business partner Andrew Stone secure a worldwide label deal for Mia Rodriguez with Atlantic Records in the U.S. (Mia has become one of Australia’s hottest new acts in recent times).

A&R Worldwide was also responsible for helping get Sia’s single “Breathe Me,” in the hands of Gary Calamar, a five-time Grammy-nominated producer and music supervisor behind HBO’s TV show Six Feet Under which literally changed her career. Calamar states, “I, along with Thomas Golubic, were the music supervisors on Six Feet Under, a groundbreaking show created by Alan Ball. Alan had written a unique and beautiful finale to the show, and it was our job to find the right song to close out this wonderful series. A song came to mind that I had been playing on my KCRW Los Angeles radio show by Sia called ‘Breathe Me.’ We thought it was perfect and Alan agreed. Beautiful scene, beautiful song, so the stars were aligned! I went back to the promo CD single in my collection and was reminded that the song was originally presented to me by Sat Bisla from A&R Worldwide. Sat gave us the information to get the synch clearances to license the song, and the rest is music supervision history.” Ironically, Bisla was tapped by Nick Gatfield, then President of Island Records UK to help find inroads into the U.S. for Sia, but she was dropped by the label two days prior to Bisla receiving the phone call from Calamar to license the song for Six Feet Under (talk about timing!).
All Mankind Gotye Missy Higgins Sia The Temper Trap Wolfmother
A&R Worldwide helped secure over twenty synchs in the U.S. for the Australian band All Mankind whose debut album they A&R’d with producer Mike Crossey (The 1975, Arctic Monkeys, Yungblud, Walk The Moon). In addition, Bisla helped with the signing of multi-Platinum Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins to land her seven-figure U.S. deal with Warner Bros. Records and assisted her manager John Watson with developing the first U.S. radio support and initial U.S. major label A&R interest for his other acts Gotye and Wolfmother – both of whom went on to global success. Australian multi-Platinum rock act Airbourne were also signed to their first U.S. publishing deal with Electronic Arts (EA) thanks to an introduction from A&R Worldwide to band’s manager Gregg Donovan with Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive & President of Music, EA. The Temper Trap were also signed to their first international deal (ex-Australia) with the support of A&R Worldwide who secured significant A&R interest in the U.S. and UK, landing them a spot at MUSEXPO in London, where Korda Marshall, Founder, Infectious Records saw them for the first time and signed them. They also landed their global publishing deal with Imagem Music (now Concord Music Publishing) from the same showcase. The band’s U.S. deal was done with Daniel Glass, Founder, Glassnote Records who initially discovered the band from A&R Worldwide. The Temper Trap also secured a pivotal synch for their single “Sweet Disposition” on the film 500 Days of Summer from music supervisor Andrea Von Foerster who discovered the band’s song listening to the Passport Approved radio show.
“There’s a unique and strategic way to break Australian and global acts into the U.S. market,” says A&R Worldwide Founder Sat Bisla. “You can’t do this consistently for over 20 years unless you have a unique and deep understanding of the marketplace and the relationships that come with it. Data and analytics are one thing, but the basic fundamental understanding of great music and artists are another – and great music is the starting point for us.” Also, it’s important to know how to align the right artists and songs with key people, platforms and essential elements. We [Monte Malone, Joe Arnold, Taylor Bartley] look forward to continuing to A&R, develop, and support emerging Australian and global talent to the U.S. and other markets.”
Incidentally, Bisla also managed and helped get signed to Warner Bros. Records (now Warner Records), one of the most synched Australian artists and composers in modern times – Rob Dougan (aka Clubbed To Death) whose music appeared in the Matrix, Matrix Reloaded, CSI, Law & Order, Lincoln Town Car commercial (global campaign), and 100’s of others, generating millions of dollars in synch revenue. Dougan was also a part of the OT Quartet, the precursor to the launch of global super dance group Faithless that went on to sell millions of albums and singles worldwide.
Other Australian artists A&R Worldwide has supported very early on include John Butler Trio, San Cisco, Birds of Tokyo, Art vs. Science, Dead Letter Circus, Motor Ace, British India, Vance Joy, Kate Miller-Heidke, Skybombers, Hilltop Hoods, The Gin Club, Little Red, Lior, Pete Murray, Alfie Arcuri, Sahara Beck and Vassy who became the first Australian artist to reach the No.1 spot on the US Billboard Dance Charts with her single solo debut “We Are Young,” amongst many others.


Caity Baser, who was signed to Chosen Music 18 months ago, recently signed a long term licensing deal with EMI Records in London, and has just released her highly-anticipated new single “X&Y” It’s the highest new entry from a new artist on the Spotify Top 200.
Caity Baser
“X&Y,” which evokes the early cheekiness of Lily Allen, which was released via Chosen Music/EMI Records, was written by Baser. The track tells the story of a recent breakup and sees Caity refuse to take back her ex as she lays bare all his shortcomings, fusing 60s pop and doo-wop sounds with crisp beats and horns courtesy of production duo Future Cut and acclaimed producer Digital Farm Animals. The song in its first week has charted at No.1 in Apple UK’s Pop Deluxe and Deezer’s Breaking UK, as well as Spotify UK’s New Music Friday at No. 14, Apple UK’s New Music Daily at No. 14, Amazon UK’s Brand New at No.21, Deezer UK’s Brand-New UK at No. 18 and Soundcloud UK’s Freshly Pressed at No. 7.

This release follows the huge success of Caity’s previous single, “Friendly Sex” – the 20-year-old UK singer’s viral hit that earned her biggest single to date with over 4 million streams alone on Spotify. Caity has since performed around the UK and has announced an upcoming UK tour commencing in August.

Caity Baser was signed to EMI by co-president Jo Charrington and the company’s Ashley Dutton, Alice Vaughan and Archie Lamb.

Chosen Music is owned by UK-based manager Alistair Goldsmith and the legendary Jonathan Shalit OBE, Chairman, InterTalent. The company also signed a worldwide deal for their Faroese singer/songwriter Reiley early last year with the help of A&R Worldwide with Pete Ganbarg, President A&R, Atlantic Records.


Provident Entertainment has announced a few new executive leadership changes. This includes the departure of current President & CEO Terry Hemmings who will leave the company at the end of August.
Holly Zabka
In addition to Hemmings’ departure, Holly Zabka has been promoted to President of Provident Entertainment. She will lead the company moving forward, reporting directly to Randy Goodman, Chairman & CEO, Sony Music Nashville.

Zabka is a 14-year veteran of Provident with decades of experience in leadership roles across the music industry in both publishing and the creative sides of the business. Most recently, she served as Sr. Vice President, Essential Music Publishing and Head of Creative for Provident Label Group where she was responsible for signing and partnering top songwriters across the industry and oversaw creative endeavors and new content development.

Terry Hemmings stated, “Provident Entertainment and Sony Music have been my home for 20 years. I am grateful for the many inspiring artists, songwriters, and our community at Provident with whom I have had the privilege to work. My career here has been an incredibly special and rewarding part of my life. I wish our entire team at Provident and Sony Music Nashville the very best as I move ahead to explore new elements of my life for which my time here has equipped me. I am excited to see a new generation of leaders take this business forward and further the foundation we have built together.”

Over the course of 20 years, Hemmings has played an integral role in growing and expanding Provident. He has signed and built the careers of a diverse roster of faith-based artists such as Zach Williams, CAIN, Casting Crowns, Kirk Franklin and more.


Universal Music Publishing Group’s production music company, Universal Production Music has announced a production music JV with film composer Harry Gregson-Williams.
Harry Gregson-Williams
The new label Scored By: Harry Gregson-Williams features albums composed by Gregson-Williams and his team. Featuring mood-based album themes and curated with label partner and composer Tom Howe, the new label is designed to provide film and TV score repertoire for clients wanting quality production music. The agreement follows Gregson-Williams’ exclusive global administration deal with UMPG in 2019.

A few of Gregson-Williams’ prominent works include the scoring of the Shrek franchise, The Chronicles Of Narnia, Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan, and Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel.

Gregson-Williams stated, “I’m extremely happy to be partnering with Universal Production Music on the creation of this new music label. Making my music available in this way – beyond the boundaries of the specific film and television score commissions I'm doing – seems like a wonderful opportunity and a natural extension to my work.”


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TURNING THE DIAL IN LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND: Radio, albeit streaming, digital, satellite, mobile or traditional FM is the most poignant and potent communicator of sound on the planet. More people listen to all forms of radio than any other medium on the planet to discover and hear music. A few moons back A&R Worldwide were asked to assemble an international tastemaker radio panel at England’s Liverpool Soundcity Music conference to discuss the future evolution of broadcasting and breaking new artists and songs on radio. Joining the esteemed conversations (L-R) were Nic Harcourt (DJ KCSN Los Angeles and former Music Director & Morning Host, KCRW Los Angeles), Markus Kuehn (Founder & Managing Partner, FluxFM, Berlin, Germany) and Sat Bisla (Founder & Host, Passport Approved – globally syndicated on dozens of radio stations worldwide).


SWEDEN’S BOY DESTROY INKS INTERNATIONAL DEALS: Burgeoning and highly-touted A&R Worldwide supported Swedish songwriter and artist Boy Destroy recently signed a worldwide deal with Warner Music Sweden (ex-Australia and New Zealand). The deal was signed with Calle Rydberg, Head of A&R, Warner Music Sweden and Karin Eliasson, A&R, Warner Music Sweden. John Mullen, Head of A&R, Dew Process has signed Boy Destroy for Australia and New Zealand. The infectious and eclectic artist has released several singles to date, and will release his forthcoming track “Self-Immolation,” with his new label partners on August 26, 2022. Boy Destroy is managed by veteran Swedish manager Filip Wilén, Founder, Bud Fox Managment who has been guiding Boy Destroy’s career for the past several years. Wilén also manages writers, producers and artists including Johnossi, kent, Shout Out Louds and Tove Styrke.

EXTENDING HER DEAL WITH BMG: Canadian singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez has extended her global publishing deal with BMG. The breakout songwriter has been making waves with the R&B, Latin Music, and Pop music genres. Some of her hit songs include “Figures” and “Great One,” which was a featured hit in the 2019 Netflix film Someone Great. She has also recently collaborated with Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris, Sam Smith, and Lil YachtyReyez’s impact on music does not only stem from her vocal talent or soulful word articulation, but also from her authentic activism for women in music. Reyez released the short film Gatekeeper: A True Story in 2017 chronicling her dark experiences as a woman in the music industry. Raj Jadeja, Sr. VP A&R, Music Publishing, BMG said, “From the beginning, Jessie Reyez has been an inspiring creative visionary. Empowering young women everywhere through her voice, writing hits for today’s biggest stars, she continues to break through ceilings and barriers. Jessie embodies what it is to be a true artist. We are more than ecstatic to continue our relationship with Jessie and her team. It’s our honor to go forward and enhance all-things Jessie Reyez!” The extended publishing agreement is set to include Reyez’s forthcoming album. 

ELEVATING ARMITAGE AT ASTRALWERKS: Luke Armitage has been appointed to the role of Sr. Vice President of Astralwerks, the dance and electronic music label. The announcement was made by Toby Andrews, President, Astralwerks to whom Armitage reports. In his elevated position, Armitage is responsible for overseeing global marketing and daily operations for the label and its overseas brands, including Astralwerks Asia. Armitage previously served as Vice President of Marketing for Astralwerks for the past four years, during which he was involved in numerous successful projects including Marshmello and Bastille’s “Happier,” and Meduza’s “Piece Of Your Heart.” Armitage is based in Hollywood at the Capitol Music Group’s iconic Capitol Tower.

A SNAFU WITH FINE.ART: Snafu Records has officially launched Fine.Art, the tech label's new catalog acquisition and licensing business. Snafu has been quietly testing its AI algorithm since Q2 of this year. The AI algorithm works to discover and license streaming catalogs from various genres and artists globally. After successfully signing over 20 artists and deploying well over seven figures in artist funding, Snafu has officially announced the creation of Fine.Art, a fund dedicated to licensing and growing artists’ catalogs. Ankit Desai, Founder & CEO of Snafu Records stated, “So many artists don’t realize that they are sitting right on top of their largest growth lever - their catalogs. With our dedicated Fine.Art fund, we’ve unlocked a new way for artists to grow and get paid while doing it.”

VINYL PLATFORM ELASTICSTAGE RAISES £3.5M: On-demand vinyl platform, elasticStage, has announced the latest closing of its seed round which has now raised £3.5 million (GBP) in total for the British tech startup. elasticStage is the world’s first on-demand vinyl manufacturer which creates vinyl using revolutionary techniques new to this industry - via its patent-pending technology. The latest investment is backed by leading music industry professionals and represents industry confidence in the startup, which is set to present all types of artists an innovative way to create vinyl, offering a better commercial opportunity in physical sales. elasticStage has created a way to manufacture and distribute vinyl for the music industry in a way that is both sustainable and ethical. With an on-demand D2C solution, fully packaged vinyl products can be dispatched immediately from the point of creation and in large volumes.

AIM’S PAUL PACIFICO TO STEP DOWN AS CEO: Paul Pacifico has made the decision to leave the UK’s Association of Independent Music (AIM) at the end of 2022. This announcement follows the end of his second three-year term as CEO and the delivery of several long-term strategic goals. Pacifico has transformed AIM by reinvigorating and refocusing its role as the home and voice of a much wider spectrum of UK music business builders, reaching a new generation of creative entrepreneurs. He has represented the interests of AIM’s members and called for collaboration across the music business during periods of uncertainty caused by Covid-19 and Brexit, as well as in Parliament’s inquiry into the economics of music streaming. Under Pacifico’s leadership, AIM has cultivated a strong focus on community-building and levelling the playing field for creative entrepreneurs and artists from diverse backgrounds. His term will officially end on October 31st. Until the end of the year, he will continue as CEO and will work with the board to ensure a smooth handover.

TAKING ON HER NEW A&R “POSITION”: As hinted in the A&R Worldwide newsletter several weeks ago, and now its official, Samantha Sklar has joined the A&R team at Position Music in Burbank, CA. Most recently Sklar was doing A&R at Warner Chappell Music where she spent the better part of the past three years at the Los Angeles-based publisher. She tells A&R Worldwide that she’s just secured her first new signing at Position Music with producer and songwriter Dru Decaro – the deal was signed last week. Prior to joining Warner Chappell Music, Sklar spent three years at Universal Music’s Verve Music Group where she was involved in publicity and international marketing. In her new role, Sklar will report to Mark Chipello, Vice President, Head of A&R, Position Music.

GOING DIGITAL AT WARNER RECORDS: Warner Records has appointed Dalia Ganz to the role of Sr. Vice President, Digital Marketing. Previously, Ganz spent 17 years at The Walt Disney Company, working her way up from marketing assistant to her most recent role serving as Vice President, Social-Media, Digital Marketing & Synergy for Freeform. At Disney’s Freeform, Ganz spearheaded campaigns for Pretty Little Liars, 25 Days of Christmas, Shadowhunters, The Bold Type, Grown-ish, and Cruel Summer to name a few. In her new position at Warner Records as Sr. Vice President, Digital Marketing, Ganz will work alongside the company’s various departments and its streaming partners on campaigns for the label’s artist roster. She will report to Tom Corson, co-Chairman & COO, Warner Records and will be based in Los Angeles.

THE LINDA LINDAS SIGN GLOBAL PUBLISHING DEAL: Warner Chappell Music (WCM) has signed a worldwide administration agreement with breakout all-female punk rock band The Linda Lindas. The band rose to fame in May 2021 with their prevailing viral hit “Racist, Sexist Boy,” accumulating millions of views on YouTube. The single earned the band “Best Punk Record” at this year’s Libera Awards. Coming off their debut album release, Growing Up, the band has made appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series and in May of this year, were named in Billboard’s 21 Under 21 list. The Linda Lindas also recently landed several significant synch placements across film and television productions, including “Oh” in Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin (HBOMax) and Ms. Marvel (Disney+), as well as “Big Mouth” and “Rebel Girl” in Moxie (Netflix).

GOING UP THE ELEVATOR WITH REVELATOR: Revelator, a platform focused on music rights management, has appointed Gilad Woltsovitch to lead its Web3 experience for users. Revelator powers the tracking and promotion of music in Web2 and Web3 with services including catalogue management, revenue reporting, ad rights management. The platform is currently building a tool designed specifically for managing Web3 music IP at the supply chain level called the Creator Studio as an expansion into Web3 development. Current Revelator clients include Sofar Sounds, BandLab, Frtyfve, and Mtheory. Woltsovitch will lead the Web3 development team. His expertise includes bridging complex management processes with simplified user interfaces and leveraging blockchain technology to benefit the consumer. Previously, Woltsovitch co-founded two platforms designed to make the global credit industry more accessible and decentralized – Credium and Backed Inc.

OATMELLO SIGNS WITH NETTWERK: Nettwerk Records recently announced the signing of Portland, OR-based producer and multi-faceted creative Oatmello. Oatmello was one of the first Lofi artists to gain traction on Soundcloud and helped to develop the sound of the genre today. The Oatmello project blends elements of jazz, ambient, hip hop, and electronic into a dream-like, introspective experience. His work has amassed 250 million streams worldwide. Oatmello’s new single “Community” has just been release by the label. This is his second single from his forthcoming album. Oatmello join Nettwerk’s expanding roster of instrumental artists including Nathan Kawanishi, goosetaf, The Alaskan Tapes, Slumberville, and others.

“EXCELERATING” ITS LEGAL & BUSINESS AFFAIRS: Exceleration Music has appointed Jennifer Newman Sharpe as Head of Legal & Business Affairs and General Counsel. Based in New York, Newman Sharpe will be utilizing her broad legal and commercial experience to oversee the company’s activities in developing agreements and negotiating contracts across all areas of Exceleration’s fast-growing business. Most recently, she worked as General Counsel and Head of Business Affairs at ONErpm, a global label services and digital distribution company and one of the largest music multi-channel networks on YouTube. During her eight years working with ONErpm, she oversaw all global legal and business affairs for the company, supporting the company’s expansion across 25 offices in 15 countries.

A €10 MILLION+ ACQUISITION IN GERMANY: ROBA Music Publishing, based in Hamburg, Germany, and the AP Music Royalties Fund have announced the acquisition of GERIG, the German publishing group. GERIG consists of more than 20 owned and administered music publishers, 30,000 compositions, and thousands of masters. The deal has not been officially disclosed, but sources say the transaction is in the €10 million (Euros) to €20 million range. GERIG possesses many big German carnival and party songs including “Drink doch eine met,” “Mer Losse der Dom In Kölle,” “Johnny Däpp,” and “Heute fährt die 18 bis nach Istanbul.” ROBA Music Publishing is led by its Managing Director, Dr. Christian Baierle.

HIPGNOSIS JOINS $222 MILLION BOND OFFERING: Hipgnosis Song Management (HSM) is moving back into asset-backed securitization with a $222 million (USD) bond offering. In 2022, Hipgnosis Song Management closed numerous high-profile catalog deals including Leonard Cohen, Kenny Chesney, Justin Timberlake amongst others. Hipgnosis Songs Fund’s gross debt has been maxed out at $600 million and the Fund’s loan interest hiked from $7.3 million to $20.4 million during the 12 months ending on March 31st. HSM’s music-bond space consists of KKR and Northleaf Capital Partners. Now, KBRA has issued an A- rating to the offering which consists of recorded and publishing royalties from around 950 songs including artists and songwriters Justin Timberlake, Nelly, and Leonard Cohen. The catalog’s total value is $341 million.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: RIP Collen Ironside, Cole Stephenson, Mike Taylor, Chantal Epp, Ron Burman, Paul Harris, Tyler Arnold, Peter Leak, Tricia Holloway, Sumit Bothra, Adam Tudhope, Vanessa Angiuli, and Alistair Norbury.


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. Most of us have had a bad day at work, but some folks seem to have absolutely terrible times on the job. Click HERE to watch a collection of work failures, which may warrant more than just a verbal warning – more likely job termination!


Tove Styrke has grown to become a force and a highly acclaimed artist in the pop music world. The Stockholm, Sweden-based artist has released a number of successful singles and albums in the last decade, leading up to her fourth studio album, Hard (Sony Music/RCA Records), released this summer. The new album was a collaboration with producers and co-writers, including Elvira Anderfjärd, a Max Martin protégé known for her work with Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, Jakob Jerlström (Lorde, MARINA), Oscar Scheller (Ashnikko, Rina Sawayama), and Elof Loelv (Rihanna, Katy Perry). For the album, Styrke really pushed herself to stray from the pop formula and get as creative as possible, while also making something that’s unapologetically fun and joyous. A number of tracks standout from the album including “Show Me Love,” “Hardcore” and “Start Walking.” Discover “Bruises,” another exceptional song from Hard HERE and contact Filip Wilén of Bud Fox Management at filip@budfox.se for available sync, brand partnership, licensing and live opportunities.


Giant Rooks is a five-piece which formed in 2015 and has made huge strides since then. The German outfit have earned 550 million combined streams, six million listeners on Spotify and a global hit this year with a cover version of Suzanne Vega’s of “Tom’s Diner,” which reached No.37 on the Spotify Weekly Top Songs Global Charts and Top 200 in 30 markets. They have a nearly sold-out headline tour throughout Germany, the US, Mexico and Europe and have added new US and Canada dates for November and December. Their debut album 2020’s Rookery (Universal Music Germany) caused quite the buzz in Germany, reaching No.3 on the official album charts, as well as internationally with over 200 million streams, which resulted in great chart placement in many countries. The quintet recently returned with a new single via Republic Records in the US, and video for “Morning Blue” that starts with a hook that instantly grabs your attention and refuses to let go. Watch the visual for “Morning Blue” HERE and contact Alex Ruhl at a.ruhl@arentertainment.de, for additional information regarding Giant Rooks.


“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, August 14th, 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:

OSCAR LANG FEAT: WALLICE – “I’ve Never Been To L.A.” (Dirty Hit, UK)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Dead” (Unsigned, Sweden)
REST FOR THE WICKED – “Impulse” (EMI/UMG, Australia)
PALE WAVES – “Jealousy” (Dirty Hit, UK)
LIME CORDIALE – “Facts Of Life” (Chugg Music, Australia)
INHALER – “These Are The Days” (Polydor, UK)
APECS – “Red Moon” (Unsigned, UK)
INTERNET FRIENDS – “Rice Krispies” (ICEA, Sweden)
RAZZ – “Talking For Hours” (Unsigned, Germany)
STEREOTIDE – “Touch The Sky” (Unsigned, Germany)
GOLDSKEYE FEAT: TIM SCHOU – “Go Hard” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
SINGLE BY SUNDAY – “Help” (Unsigned, Scotland)
ADELAIDE – “Horizon” (Unsigned, Germany)
TRASHED – “Decay” (Unsigned, UK)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Run” (417 Records, UK)
KAMRAD – “I Believe” (Sony Music, Germany)
MODERNLOVE. – “Familiar” (Unsigned, Ireland)
THE AMAZONS – “Bloodrush” (Fiction/UMG, UK)
LAUREN WALLER – “Lift Me Up” (Unsigned, N. America)
SEA GIRLS – “DNA” (Polydor, UK)
JYE – “Lemon Lime” (Unsigned, Australia)
THE LUKA STATE – “Bring Us Down” (Unsigned, UK)
FLYCKT – “Jonny Boy” (Dumont Dumont, Sweden)
ASYLUMS – “Scatterbrain” (Cool Thing Records, UK)
TONICA – “Perfect Lie” (Unsigned, UK)
JACK FLANAGAN – “Gravy Train” (Modern Sky, UK)
CRAWLERS – “I Didn’t Know How To Say” (Polydor, UK)
PIXEY – “Come Around (Sunny Day)” (Chess Club, UK)
THE ROYSTON CLUB – “The Backburner” (Modern Sky, UK)
MADYX – “Young Love” (Unsigned, N. America)
BELDON HAIGH – “Old Blackeye” (Unsigned, UK)
MASI MASI – “The Good Stuff” (Shabby Road, UK)
MATTY GREG – “As It Was” (Unsigned, N. America)