WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC SIGNS POP STAR LAUREN S. SMITH
Warner Chappell Music (WCM) has signed a global publishing deal with pop sensation Lauren Spencer Smith. At 18 years old, the singer-songwriter has already amassed a following of 3.6 million on TikTok and captured fans around the world with her breakout No.1 hit “Fingers Crossed” and trending single “Flowers” She dropped her newest song, “Narcissist” in July, which she performed live for the first time on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Aug. 8th.
Lauren Spencer Smith
Katy Wolaver, Sr. VP A&R, Warner Chappell Music commented, “Lauren is well on her way to becoming the voice of her generation. Her music is filled with relatable and unfiltered lyrics as well as stunning vocals, and she has this natural star power that all of us at Warner Chappell believe in.”
Rich Christina, Sr. VP, A&R & Venture Partners, Warner Chapell Music noted: “Lauren is one of the most extraordinary young singer-songwriters in pop music today. She’s a one-of-a-kind talent with a long bright future ahead. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome her into the Warner Chappell family.
KOBALT GARNERS INVESTMENT FROM FRANCISCO PARTNERS
Kobalt recently announced that it had selected leading global technology and media-focused investment firm Francisco Partners (FP) to invest in its business. The firm will take a controlling interest in the company. Willard Ahdritz will continue as Kobalt's Chairman, and the company will continue to be led by its existing management team Laurent Hubert, CEO, Jeannette Perez, President and COO, Catrin Drabble, CFO, and Nuno Guerreiro, CTO.
Founded by Ahdritz as a music and technology company built for artists, songwriters, publishers, and labels as an alternative to the traditional music business model, Kobalt has cemented its place as a top global independent publisher.
“Kobalt has been an agent of change and innovator for the past 20 years, and as a result, we have built an extraordinary brand and creative destination for the best creators in the world,” said Laurent Hubert, CEO of Kobalt. “We look forward to working with Francisco Partners to embark on Kobalt's next innovation chapter.”
“We believe Kobalt is and should be the premier platform for independent creators, and we look forward to helping them achieve this both organically and inorganically,” added Mario Razzini, Partner at Francisco Partners.
Alongside Francisco Partners, MUSIC and Dundee Partners are also investing in Kobalt. Matt Pincus, CEO of MUSIC, will join the Board of Kobalt post the deal closing.
The investment is subject to customary regulatory and closing conditions. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC served as financial advisor to Kobalt, and Raine Group served as financial advisor to Francisco Partners.
FRANK ROGERS NAMED CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER
FOR SPIRIT MUSIC GROUP & CEO NASHVILLE
Spirit Music Group, one of the world’s leading global independent music publishing companies, has promoted Frank Rogers to Chief Creative Officer, Spirit Music Group & Chief Executive Officer, Spirit Music Nashville. In his new role, Rogers will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of Spirit Music Group’s global roster and creative activities as well as continuing to oversee Spirit Music Nashville’s operational activities. Rogers will continue to be based in Nashville.
In 2016, Spirit Music Group formed a multi-faceted deal with Frank Rogers and his company Fluid Music Revolution forming the Spirit/Fluid joint venture. Through the agreement, Spirit acquired Rogers’ one third interest in certain copyrights of the respected Sea Gayle Music. He also joined Spirit’s roster as a songwriter, and the company exclusively administers all of his new compositions worldwide. In 2019, Spirit Music Group appointed Rogers CEO of Spirit Music Nashville.
Under Frank Rogers’ guidance, Spirit Music Nashville also acquired a portion of the publishing catalog of No.1 hit songwriters Jonathan Singleton and 4x GRAMMY winner David Garcia (co-writer/co-producer of “Meant to Be” which spent 50 weeks at No.1, ASCAP’s 2019 (Christian Songwriter of the Year). Rogers also secured high-profile signings with Joy Williams of The Civil Wars (4x GRAMMY winner); Nathan Barlowe (whose songs have been recorded by Taylor Swift, Steven Tyler, and Keith Urban); Dave Cohen (2x ACM Keyboardist of the Year); the formation of a JV with Platinum producer Derek Wells, Music Row’s “Song of the Year” co-writer Jeremy Bussey, Neil Thrasher, Brinley Addington, Frank Ray, Bobby Hamrick, Cale Dodds, Josh Dunne, and more.
Rogers moved to Nashville in 1990 and got his music business degree from Belmont University where he met friend and future collaborator Brad Paisley. Rogers then worked for EMI Nashville Production and opened up respected Nashville indie publisher Sea Gayle Music with Paisley and Chris DuBois. Frank Rogers and his wife Jessica recently made possible a $50,000 scholarship endowment at Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business.
7X GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING MUSIC PRODUCERS
& SONGWRITERS TO LEAD KINGSHIP’s MUSIC DIRECTION
KINGSHIP, the NFT supergroup signed to 10:22PM, announced today that two chart-topping and award-winning music producers and songwriters Hit-Boy and James Fauntleroy have signed on as the group’s co-executive producers and sonic creative team, overseeing the evolution of the group’s music direction and sound. Together, they will work with Arnell, the group’s Mutant DJ and Producer.
Pictured (L-R) are Hit-Boy and James Fauntleroy (Photo credit – Thirdeyeraz)
As one of the music industry’s most sought out producers and artists, is a 3x GRAMMY Award-winning multi-hyphenate artist from Pasadena, CA and the neighboring Inland Empire, whose credits include wielding pop smashes for Beyoncé, Rihanna and Ariana Grande, to producing hit records for Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, and more. As a rapper and songwriter in his own right, Hit-Boy has recorded and released seven mixtapes and three collaborative albums. Recently earning a GRAMMY for Nas’ King’s Disease (He served as an executive producer on the “Best Rap Album”), the super producer earned his first-time GRAMMY nomination for “Producer of the Year” category in 2021. He also served as executive producer on Big Sean’s Detroit 2 (debuted No.1 on the Billboard 200), is currently working on his own artist project, Surf Or Drown (Q4, 2022), and recently produced ‘THIQUE’ on Beyoncé’s latest Billboard 200 No.1 project, Renaissance.
A music industry heavyweight, Fauntleroy is a 4x GRAMMY Award winner best known for co-writing seven songs off of Bruno Mars’ 2017 multi-GRAMMY-winning album 24K Magic, including “Song of the Year,” “That’s What I Like,” and becoming the first [pure] songwriter to ever bring home a GRAMMY for “Album of the Year.” As a songwriter, he has worked on tracks for Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Beyoncé, and more. He is featured on songs with Nipsey Hussle, Drake, Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Nas, Travis Scott and A$AP Rocky, among others. He’s also co-written and/or produced songs performed by BTS, John Legend, SZA, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Ty Dolla $ign, Joe Jonas, Jordin Sparks, Britney Spears, Brandy, Kelly Clarkson, Frank Ocean, Chris Cornell, Vince Staples, David Archuleta, Pet Shop Boys, Timbaland, John Mayer, Anderson .Paak and many others. Additionally, Fauntleroy has a background in 3D modeling, web design and coding and frequently experiments and collaborates with the world’s leading visual artists.
Last month, KINGSHIP sold out their entire collection of 5,000 access-enabled Key Cards in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and ranks No.1 on OpenSea’s Music NFT chart. Read more HERE.
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!
WHAT A “CHEEKY” FELLA: We’ve heard the phrase that some legends are made, but others are born. One of the UK’s most notable and feisty independent music men is undoubtedly the unique and talented Mel Medalie, Founder, Champion Records Ltd., and Cheeky Music Publishing. Mel was born with A&R and music in his DNA. With a history of working with members of The Beach Boys, The Beatles management team, David Bowie’s publishing company to signing Will Smith (to his first ever international deal outside of the U.S.), licensing hip-hop icons Salt-N-Pepa, signing the UK’s 2nd most successful selling female artist of all time – Dido, inking the multi-Platinum dance supergroup Faithless (tens of millions of albums and singles sold worldwide) and signing Robin S and her No.1 single “Show Me Love” – which became the first No.1 U.S. single for Craig Kallman, Chairman & CEO, Atlantic Records when he ran his own independent dance label Big Beat Records, to being a mentor to the likes of one of the godfathers of EDM Paul Oakenfold (who got his very first job in the music business doing A&R for Mel), an inspiration and dear friend to Martin Dodd (manager of one of the world’s most successful songwriters - Max Martin) and a staunch friend, mentor and father-like figure to Sat Bisla, Founder & President A&R Worldwide and MUSEXPO – Mel Medalie is one of a kind and a true music and A&R legend.
Pictured (L-R) in London, England several years are Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide / MUSEXPO), Mel Medalie (Founder, Champion Records Ltd., & Cheeky Music Publishing) and Heidi Bury (Label Manager & Business Affairs, Champion Records Ltd., and Cheeky Music Publishing).
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. A day at work can be fun, fruitful, inspiring or just downright awful. Click HERE to view some unforgettable moments at work, which hopefully didn’t get any of these workers fired on the spot.
GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…
FAZE CLAN’S RAMOS RETURNS TO INTERSCOPE: Highly respected music and pop cultural marketing executive Xavier Ramos has returned to Interscope Records where he started his first music business career back in 1995 as Director Artist Development. Ramos’ new role is Executive Vice President of Pop & Rock Marketing, a position he started last week. Most recently Ramos served as Sr. VP, Head of Marketing, FaZe Clan (the global eSports company), where spent the past three and a half years. He also spent numerous years at Warner Records within their marketing department, as well as several years at the independent Restless Records.
GOING PLATINUM IN SWEDEN: Moa “Cazzi Opeia” Carlebecker and her co-writers for the single “I Can't Get Enough” were recently awarded a Platinum plaque at a ceremony at EKKO Music’s offices in Stockholm, Sweden. During this past spring and summer the track captured top chart positions on the Swedish radio airplay, streaming and sales charts. Over the past few months Opeia also made a number of high-profile TV, radio and live performances in Sweden. Conny Danepalm, General Manager of EKKO Music Rights Europe tells A&R Worldwide, The single, ‘I Can't Get Enough’ is also a milestone for us as a company. When I first heard the demo version less than a year ago, I knew this is a hit! When it was confirmed by SVT (Swedish Television) that Cazzi Opeia and her song were chosen for Melodifestivalen 2022, we decided together to run the project on our own. It was our first release as a record label.”
BÉATRICE DUMURGIER NAMED COO AT BELIEVE: Béatrice Dumurgier has been appointed Chief Operating Officer for the French distribution and services company, Believe. Dumurgier brings over two decades of experience, beginning as a consultant for McKinsey in France and the U.S., and holding roles with the French Ministry of Economy and Finance, BNP Paribas, and BlaBlaCar. Most recently, Dumurgier was Senior Advisor within the Private Equity Fund BlackFin Capital Partners. In her newly created position as Chief Operating Officer at Believe, Dumurgier will lead the company’s end-to-end execution and will be a core contributor of Believe’s global strategy. She will report to Denis Ladegaillerie, Founder & CEO, Believe.
RENAMING ITS FRUIT: Strange Fruits, the Netherlands based music and tech company that specializes in music playlist promotion through creative marketing with a variety of proprietary, in-house tech products, has announced that it is re-branding as Fruits Music. The company was founded by 25-year-old former DJ and producer Stef Van Vugt and is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. Originally a ‘traditional’ music label specializing in dance music, the label has since evolved to become a unique player in the wider music industry. Working with a team of acclaimed music producers and writers the company now has a stable of ‘genre-brands’ operating under the Fruits Music umbrella covering a wide range of musical styles, such as Lo-Fi, Jazz, Dance and more, while also encompassing numerous wellbeing and ‘mood’ sounds such a sleep, concentration, and nature simulations.
ROSS EDWARDS SIGNS TO WISE MUSIC GROUP: Wise Music has announced the signing of a worldwide exclusive music publishing agreement between G. Schirmer Australia and eminent Australian composer Ross Edwards. Edwards joins the global Wise Music roster of top classical composers including Philip Glass, Joby Talbot, Missy Mazzoli, Bryce Dessner, Kaija Saariaho, Tan Dun, Michael Nyman and Ludovico Einaudi as well as Wise Music Australian composers including Graeme Koehne, William Barton, Richard Mills and Peggy Glanville-Hicks. Edwards is one of Australia’s best known and most performed composers and has won numerous awards throughout his career. He is known for his unique sound that is drawn from the natural environment, elemental forces and human connectedness.
TAKING FLIGHT WITH CONCORD: Concord Music Publishing recently announced a new deal with Nashville-based pop and country songwriter Abram Dean. The worldwide publishing agreement, effective immediately, will cover Dean’s future works. Originally from a small town outside of Richmond, Virginia, Abram Dean first began writing songs at just 12 years old. His passion for music and talent brought him to Los Angeles, where he further fell in love with songwriting while working with some of the industry’s top talents. In 2015, Dean decided to move to Nashville after spending some time in the city on a writing trip. Since arriving in Nashville, Dean has continued to garner attention with his strong lyrics and distinct melodies across the pop and country music genres. Dean’s recent songwriting credits include MaRynn Taylor’s debut EP Slow Dance in Headlights (2022), Greylan James’ Anything Cold (2022), Dylan Marlowe’s “Where I Come From Coming Out” (2021), Amanda Jordan’s Pretty Girl (2021), and many others.
“FARMING” A NEW PARTNERSHIP: Solid Foundation Management, the management services arm of Quality Control Music, has named Brandon Farmer as Partner. The U.S.-headquartered Solid Foundation’s services include contract negotiation, strategy, branding, and marketing solutions and has worked with acts including Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, and more. Farmer joins the company with years of music industry experience. He began his career as a core part of Justin Bieber’s team before going on to establish his own road management company, B. Farmer Management. At Solid Foundation Management, Farmer will focus on the expansion of the artist management roster.
ELEKTRA-FYING PROMOTIONS: Elektra Entertainment recently announced two key promotions within the label group’s marketing department – Katie Robinson has been named Sr. Vice President while Adam Ruehmer has been upped to Sr. Director and Head of Digital Marketing, effective immediately. Based in Los Angeles, Robinson and Ruehmer will both report to Elektra Co-Presidents Mike Easterlin and Gregg Nadel. Since joining Elektra in 2019, Robinson has overseen campaigns for the label group’s wide-ranging artist roster including Twenty One Pilots, Avril Lavigne, Maisie Peters, jxdn, A Day To Remember, Alec Benjamin, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Flor. Ruehmer first came to Elektra in 2021 after a seven-year stint with sister label Warner Records, and since has led digital campaigns for Brandi Carlile, Alec Benjamin, Avril Lavigne, Twenty One Pilots, Gojira, and more. Read more HERE.
IMPEL, SX WORKS, & CMRRA SECURE PARTNERSHIPS: IMPEL, SX Works Global Publisher Services (SX Works), and the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) have announced the completion of a strategic partnership that expands North American and international mutual licensing and back-office administration opportunities, ensuring music publishers are accurately and fairly compensated. The partnership empowers IMPEL’s independent music publisher members to license their digital rights directly in Canada with the CMRRA and in the United States via SX Works. In an initial phase of the partnership, CMRRA members were able to join IMPEL’s multi-territory licenses across Europe and beyond. More than 500 CMRRA clients have already enrolled and, with repertoire registration near completion, distributions are set to begin this year.
TUNED UP FOR A NEW POSITION: Tuned Global, the B2B streaming technology specialist, has appointed Rick Gleave to the newly created role of Sr. Vice President, Head of Europe & MENA (Middle East North Africa). Based in London, Gleave will drive Tuned Global’s growth across the Europe and MENA regions, scaling up its local operations and network of clients and partners. He will also lead on expanding Tuned Global’s local teams, with several further hires planned for the coming months. Gleave brings with him extensive experience launching successful streaming businesses in new markets. In his previous role as Sr. Vice President, Head of International for in-store background music provider PlayNetwork, he launched the company’s Australian office and led the roll-out of the company’s Apple Music for Business offering across Apple’s key markets outside North America
SUMERIAN EUROPE UNVEIL FIRST SIGNING: Recently formed UK-based label, Sumerian Records Europe Limited (a division of the Los Angeles-based Sumerian Records) has announced that their first signing is British singer-songwriter AlienBlaze. AlienBlaze is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter and lead guitarist with an alternative pop, grunge, emo, rock, and electronica influence. The signing was marked with the release of AlienBlaze’s new single “Not Yours Never Was.” In addition to being the first signing to Sumerian Records Europe Limited, she is also the first UK-based signing for the label. Sumerian Records was founded in 2006 by Ash Avildsen and currently has offices in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and London.
SHOOBS NAMES NEW CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER: Christine Osazuwa has been appointed Chief Strategy Officer at Shoobs, the live entertainment ticketing and event marketing startup. With almost 15 years of experience in international marketing, data, and music industry experience across the U.S., UK, and Sweden, Osazuwa will help to develop the company’s marketing and brand partnerships strategy at Shoobs. Shoobs has supported over 8000 event organizers including Live Nation and serves as the ticketing and marketing partner for festivals such as Afro Nation, Rolling Loud Portugal, and AMA Fest. Osazuwa has previously worked for Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and live music events startup, Pollen.
IHEARTMEDIA NAMES NEW CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER: iHeartMedia has announced the promotion of Uta Knablein to the position of Chief Product Officer. Knablein moves to this role from her former title of Executive VP, Flagship Products & User Experiences. Knablein has previously worked for companies such as Nickelodeon, Outbrain, JP Morgan, and CNBC before she joined iHeart in 2018. Knablein will replace former Chief Product Officer, Chris Williams (who tells A&R Worldwide he’ll be announcing his next steps soon) and will report to Digital Audio Group CEO, Conal Byrne.
WEASELING THEIR WAY INTO SYNCH: SyncWeasel, a new production music library has been launched in Orlando, Florida. The company says it will offers clients over 3,000 tracks across all media music tracks culled from emerging artists around the world. The launch announcement was made today by David Katzoff, CEO & Founder, Jay Stollman, Director of Business Development, and Phil McArthur, Creative Director of Sync Weasel. The company will offer music tracks created and produced by a worldwide network of acclaimed composers, musicians and songwriters. Its composers have created music for and with CBS, NBC, ABC, A&E, Spike, Nick, X-Games, History, GSN, FOX, DirecTV, CNBC and others.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Rich Goldman, James Diener, Dominique Casimir, Will Tanous, Chris Williams, Sunil D’Sa, Catherine Wharton, Doug Mark, Jacqueline Saturn, Nigel Harding, Francis K. Pettican, Julian Palmer, Florian Schrödter, and Damon Forbes.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK" – THE BIG MOON
Back in January 2020, when The Big Moon released their sophomore album, Walking Like We Do, life was different. The record featured bold songs for Saturday nights and sad songs for Sunday mornings. Since then, so much has changed in the world and continues to change. The London-based quartet worked on a new album during the lockdown and created something very special, titled Here Is Everything (Fiction Records), due October 14th. The new record documents the arrival of vocalist Juliette Jackson’s baby in real time, and the simultaneous arrival of a new mother, who was full of excitement and fear. The rest of the band members worked fearlessly in the studio, taking Jackson’s song frameworks and stepped forward as a unit, working together to create genuinely fantastic songs. The upcoming release was mostly self-produced, with the expert guidance and expertise by CECIL (PJ Harvey, Self Esteem) and the Grammy Award-winning producer Ben Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Deer Hunter), who also worked with the four-piece on their previous album. The first taste from Here Is Everything is the pure and joyful single “Wide Eyes,” which can be heard HERE. The Big Moon will be touring the UK this month in advance of the album’s release. For additional information and all inquiries, please contact Louise Latimer at firstname.lastname@example.org
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – STEREOTIDE
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PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 9/11/2022
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, September 11th, 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:
DEAF HAVANA – “Going Clear” (SO Recordings, UK) MIA RODRIGUEZ – “Shut Up” (City Pop/WMG, Australia) GIANT ROOKS – “Morning Blue” (Universal Music, Germany) REST FOR THE WICKED – “Impulse” (EMI/UMG, Australia) RED RUM CLUB – “The River” (Modern Sky, UK) OSCAR LANG – “I’ve Never Been To L.A.” (Dirty Hit, UK) TRIBE FRIDAY – “Dead” (Unsigned, Sweden) ADELAIDE – “Euphorie” (Unsigned, France) THE VELVET HANDS – “I Wanna Be There” (Jam X Recordings, UK) APECS – “Red Moon” (Unsigned, UK) MASI MASI – “The Good Stuff” (Shabby Road, UK) PALE WAVES – “Jealousy” (Dirty Hit, UK) JEREMY LOOPS – “Better Together” (Universal, South Africa) LADY SLOTH – “Fences” (Trailing Twelve, N. America) INTERNET FRIENDS – “Rice Krispies” (ICEA, Sweden) RHETT REPKO – “Won’t Cry” (Unsigned, N. America) BELDON HAIGH – “Old Blackeye” (Unsigned, UK) CROCODYLUS – “YOU” (Sureshaker, Australia) SEA GIRLS – “DNA” (Polydor, UK) LAUREN WALLER – “Lift You Up” (Unsigned, N. America) THE AMAZONS – “Bloodrush” (Fiction/UMG, UK) CASSIA – “Right There” (BMG, Australia) JUPITER FLYNN – “Misunderstanding” (Wintrup, Germany) CMON CMON – “The Summers We Missed” (Republic Of Music, UK) STEREOTIDE – “Touch The Sky” (Unsigned, Germany) JYE – “Lemon Lime” (Unsigned, Australia) THE CURIOUS – “Begin” (Unsigned, UK) CRAWLERS – “I Didn’t Know How To Say” (Polydor, UK) LIME CORDIALE – “Facts Of Life” (Chugg Music, Australia) ALFIE TEMPLEMAN – “Take Some Time Away” (Chess Club, UK) REBECCA EPICSON – “Go Figure Why” (Unsigned, Germany) MATTY GREG – “As It Was” (Unsigned, N. America) WAITING FOR SMITH – “Run” (417 Records, UK)