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UNIVERSAL MUSIC INDIA MAKES STRATEGIC INVESTMENT
INTO MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT FIRM TM VENTURES






Universal Music India (UMI), a division of Universal Music Group (UMG) has acquired a majority stake in Indian music and entertainment company, TM Ventures. Together UMI and TM Ventures will work across its talent management, entertainment consultancy and live/events businesses, accelerating UMI’s leadership of the domestic Indian non-film music business, and providing TM clients with the resources of UMI locally as well as UMG globally.
Pictured (L-R) are Tarsame Mittal, UMI’s Devraj Sanyal, UMG’s Adam Granite, UMI’s Alaap Gosher and Saurabh Abbi.
TM Ventures was founded in 2020 by Indian entrepreneur, Tarsame Mittal. The company has quickly become a leading name in Indian entertainment, representing a roster across music, comedy, TV and film that includes some of the country’s biggest talents, including Arijit Singh, Nucleya, Badshah, Sunidhi Chauhan, Asees Kaur, Sunny M.R., Renuka Parwar, and Zubeen Garg, among others. Together, UMI and TM Ventures will offer enhanced services, encapsulating virtually all aspects of an artist’s journey.

Tarsame Mittal, Founder, TM Ventures said, “At TM Ventures, we are ecstatic to begin our partnership with UMG. We have grown TMV up to this point with great care, passion, and a single-minded vision to become the company we are. We carry the learnings, vision, and passion on to this next level of growth alongside a robust global network which shares in the “artist first” belief as much as we do. UMG’s experience, structure, process, access, and guidance will be the much-required support for us to work together towards our core goal of providing world-class services and opportunities to our artists in the most transparent and innovative ways. “He added, my partners Alaap Gosher and Saurabh Abbi, our core team family, are very excited about being a part of the most trusted company in the music business globally. This partnership with UMG will help us achieve that, and we can’t wait to get started.”



DOVE CAMERON SIGNS GLOBAL DEAL
WITH SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING




Sony Music Publishing (SMP) has signed a global deal with singer, songwriter and Emmy-Award winning actress Dove Cameron.
Dove Cameron
Dove Cameron was the 2022 recipient of MTV’s VMA for Best New Artist. The award follows the release of her impactful and uncompromising music video release for her new single “Breakfast.” “Breakfast” is the follow up to Dove’s RIAA Gold-certified, noir-pop turned massively beloved queer anthem “Boyfriend.” Since the release of “Boyfriend,” the song has achieved over 349 million streams worldwide. Dove has had performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Ellen, the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards and iHeart’s Can’t Cancel Pride.

Sony Music Publishing VP, Creative Thomas Krottinger said, “Dove is a brilliant songwriter – her creative authenticity has not only led to chart success, but it has enabled her to become an important voice representing the LGBTQ+ community. We’re thrilled to welcome Dove to SMP, and we look forward to supporting her in this next chapter.”



COLUMBIA LAUNCHES SIGNAL RECORDS
WITH JEFF VAUGHN AT THE HELM




Jeff Vaughn, previously Chairman & CEO, Capitol Music Group, has entered into a joint venture with Columbia Records to launch imprint Signal Records.
Jeff Vaughn
Before becoming Chairman & CEO of Capitol Music Group, Vaughn has served as President of Capitol Records and VP of A&R at Artist Partner Group.

Over the years, he has played a part in the careers of many artists including YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Kehlani, Kevin Gates, Rico Nasty, and more. At Signal Records, Vaughn will assume the position of Founder & CEO and will lead the company’s creative direction and business development. The new label will utilize Columbia’s marketing, promotion, and label services.

Signal Records will operate as a new label with Columbia Records under Sony Music Entertainment. The artist roster is set to be announced in the coming weeks.



PAUL HOURICAN ELEVATED TO TIKTOK
GLOBAL HEAD OF MUSIC OPERATIONS


TikTok has named Paul Hourican as its news Global Head of Music Operations. The announcement was made by Hourican via a post on his LinkedIn whereas, he’s been at the helm of his new position since June of this year. Hourican had stated, “More to follow, but very excited and grateful to be taking on a new gig at TikTok as Global Head of Music Operations.”
Paul Hourican
Hourican has held the position of Head of Talent and Music at MTV UK in London and was the Head of International Artist Marketing at YouTube from 2017 until he joined TikTok in 2019 as Head of Music Operations, UK & EU. While at TikTok, Hourican’s focus has been responsible for music strategy and execution for major music markets across Europe.

“It’s truly a privilege to come to work every day with such an incredibly talented and passionate group of teammates. I'm beyond excited for the journey ahead, to continue supporting our incredible partners and our artist community and to make some new friends along the way.”

In his new role, Hourican will be responsible for organizing campaigns with TikTok’s teams around the world.



CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP SIGNS TRAVIS JAPAN



Capitol Music Group (CMG) has announced that boy band, Travis Japan, from Johnny & Associates, the Japanese talent management agency, have signed with CMG, and will make their international debut on October 28 with a worldwide release on Capitol Records.
Pictured (L-R) are Travis Japan’s Machu, Shime, Shizu, Chaka, Noel, Umi, Genta, CMG’s Michelle Jubelirer, and UMG’s Sir Lucian Grainge.
Travis Japan was originally formed when Travis Payne, Michael Jackson’s choreographer, was asked by Johnny & Associates to help them form a group that would be able to grow on a global scale. The group was named “Travis Japan” after Travis himself.

The group has been active since 2017 with its current seven members, performing original songs and live concerts in arena-scale venues. Their dancing abilities and outgoing personalities have made them highly popular after polishing their skills during countless lessons to aim for a worldwide debut.

Sir Lucian Grainge, CEO & Chairman, Universal Music Group stated, “Having worked together to achieve enormous success in Japan in recent years, we are pleased to expand our working relationship with Julie and the great team at Johnny & Associates, and to welcome Travis Japan to the Capitol Music Group and Universal Music Group family.”



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!

ARE YOU SIRIUS? Radio whether its terrestrial, streaming, digital, mobile, satellite, podcasts or beyond, is still the world’s No.1 communicator of audio to consumers around the world. One of the most influential audio platforms in the US is undoubtedly SiriusXM Radio, which reaches tens of millions of listeners daily across the fifty states with unprecedented options of music programming and more.

Pictured (L-R) at the SiriusXM Radio headquarters in New York City are Steve Baltter, Senior VP/General Manager, Music Programming, SiriusXM Radio and Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide. The two radio aficionados first met back in 1998 when Steve Blatter was Program Director at the alternative radio station Y-107 in Los Angeles, and Bisla would share new emerging US and global talent with him and his music team, which would sometimes make it on the airwaves of the station.



GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…


MEET THE WORLD’S TOP MUSIC DISTRIBUTORS: Global music distribution has evolved rapidly in the past few years. From streaming, physical, digital, Web3, mobile, social and beyond – finding the best music distribution partners for artists and companies can be a daunting task. MUSEXPO 2023 will assemble some of the world’s most important and trusted music distributors to its US and international delegates attending next year’s event, which takes place March 19 - 22 in Burbank, CA. The “Global Disruptibution” forum will highlight companies that can provide global music distribution with essential rights registration and management tools, as well as innovative marketing, promotional resources and more, that truly help artists and labels capitalize on creative and commercial outcomes in the most meaningful ways possible. MUSEXPO “United Nations of Music” celebrates is 23rd global edition next year and bring back its full program from unparalleled expert panels, artist showcases, networking forums, awards events and the VIP globally renowned A&R Worldwide executive dinner to close out the multi-day event. For more information contact info@anrworldwide.com.

WARNER MUSIC THAILAND’S A&R SUCCESS: Warner Music Thailand continues to show domestic A&R growth with a boom in streaming, coupled with the local success of artists such as Patrickananda, D Gerrard, Zweed N' Roll, Luss, Ayla's, Jeff Satur, Fyeqoodgurl and Tsunari.  In 2021, music streaming generated a revenue of $105 million (USD) in Thailand. This was an increase of $20 million since 2020. The Statista Digital Market Outlook estimates that the revenue of music streaming will consistently increase and reach a high point of some $170 million USD by 2026. Warner Music Thailand is also the driving force behind WAVs. This is a project under which local musicians have been gathered as a community to create, discuss and release their music under the Warner Music banner.  The company’s positive growth has been steered by Karl Kongkham, Managing Director, Warner Music Thailand with the support of his team.

A NEW LABEL JV WITH WARNER RECORDS: Second Estate Records, a new label founded by A&R veteran and entrepreneur Mel Carter, has entered into a worldwide joint venture with Warner Records. Under the terms of the deal, Warner Records will provide the full spectrum of marketing and distribution services for Second Estate’s artists and recordings. Carter will also serve as a consultant to the A&R team for Warner Records’ wide-ranging artist roster, working closely with Steve Carless, President A&R and Karen Kwak, Executive VP / Head of A&R. With a focus on developing young talent, Second Estate’s first signing, breakout Philadelphia rapper 2rare, has already seen success thanks to his viral hit “Q-Pid” featuring Lil Durk. Carter most recently served as Sr. Vice President, A&R for Republic Records where he scouted, signed, and fostered new talent alongside overseeing the roster for Hikari Ultra, his joint venture with the label. Before that, Carter spent a decade facilitating deals throughout the industry, including signing Jovanie to Atlantic Records.

BDI MUSIC SIGNS FJ LAW TO A GLOBAL DEAL: BDi Music has signed songwriter, artist and producer FJ Law to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal. FJ Law, real name Danny Hall, has been a part of projects equating to over 40 million streams collectively so far in his career. He has already worked with many artists including Nina Nesbitt, Charlie Oriain, Ber, SODY, Julia Church and Beth McCarthy. Working from his home studio in Southwest London, his artist project, FJ Law, consists of new wave alternative bedroom pop music that he has made his niche over the past few years. He debuted his first EP, Tape 1, in 2021 and has plans to roll out new singles for an upcoming second EP this Autumn.

TRILLER SECURES $310 MILLION INVESTMENT: Triller has secured a $310 million (USD) investment from Luxemburg based investment group, GEM (Global Emerging Markets). The agreement will see that GEM provides Triller with up to $310 million in equity capital following Triller’s public listing for common stock for a 36-month term. Triller can either draw the full $310 million in full, or in part. Triller expects to execute a public listing on the stock exchange in Q4 2022, stating that it is on track to hit $100 million in revenue this year. If Triller does bank the full $310 million equity from GEM, that will mean the company has raised over $600 million (USD) to date.

DRIIFT ACQUIRES DREAMSTAGE & INVESTMENT FROM DEEZER: Driift, the ticketed-livestream platform, has bought Deezer-backed livestream startup, Dreamstage. Dreamstage first emerged alongside many livestream businesses in 2020 and initially received support from Deezer backing the statement that it had sold over 600,000 tickets. Deezer invested $4.46 million into the business and is their largest shareholder. Dreamstage was founded by former Sony Music executive, Thomas Hesse. Driift is expected to absorb Dreamstage and operate under its existing name. Ric Salmon holds the position of CEO and Claire Mass is COO. 

ONEOF PARTNERS WITH THE LATIN RECORDING ACADEMY: OneOf, the Web3 platform for music, lifestyle brands and sports, has announced an exclusive, three-year partnership with The Latin Recording Academy to celebrate the Latin GRAMMY Awards. OneOf will host the first-ever NFT collection tied to The Latin GRAMMY Awards with a series of drops that will celebrate Latin music. The first collection of NFTs will debut throughout October 2022, with more details to follow in the coming weeks. Last fall, OneOf partnered with the Recording Academy to host its very first NFT collection to commemorate the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards, as well as the upcoming 65th and 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

BMG TEAMS UP WITH CYANITE: Cyanite, a tech company with various solutions in AI-powered music tagging and search, has signed a global deal with BMG to unlock new value from its three-million-track catalog. BMG has appointed Cyanite with the goal of making its entire repertoire more searchable and accessible for Synch. The automatic tagging feature will support BMG’s internal and external creatives to identify “hidden gems” when searching for the perfect song for film, TV, games, and advertising placements. Cyanite’s technology will allow BMG to easily integrate all newly acquired catalogs moving forward. AI tagging will allow BMG’s tagging team to focus their efforts away from manual tagging. The BMG development team is currently overseeing the integration of Cyanite’s Application Programming Interface, which will enable employees to leverage Cyanite’s creative metadata.

Adam Krefman
Greg Horbal

WASSERMAN BOLSTERS INDIE/ALTERNATIVE TEAM: Wasserman Music has appointed Adam Krefman as Vice President, Brand Partnerships and Greg Horbal as agent to their ever-growing roster of industry experts, further highlighting the agency’s commitment to artist development. Krefman's highly specialized knowledge of brand partnerships and Horbal's incredible client roster will enhance Wasserman Music's full-service, artist-first agency. Krefman comes to Wasserman following six years at Pitchfork/Condé Nast, where he served as Executive Director of Festivals and Activations working on deals with brands like Pandora, Goose Island, Sonos, MailChimp, Vans, and others. Horbal joins Wasserman following seven years at APA, bringing with him clients including Alex GBeach BunnyCavetownChloe MoriondoIndigo De SouzaJeff RosenstockMICHELLEPenelope ScottPinegrove and The Walters.

CMG NAMES PRESIDENT OF PRIORITY RECORDS: Orlando Wharton has been named Executive Vice President of Capitol Music Group (CMG) and President of Priority Records. The announcement was made by Michelle Jubelirer, Chairman & CEO, CMG to whom Wharton will report. In his new position, Wharton will sign and guide artists across CMG’s broad portfolio of labels and will relaunch the legendary Priority Records label as a dedicated home for new, developing and established hip hop artists. Wharton will assume his positions at CMG early next year and will be based at the company’s offices in New York. Throughout his A&R career, Wharton has signed artists such as Fetty Wap, Kodak Black, PnB Rock, A Boogie wit da Hoodie and more.

GENESIS TAKE FLIGHT IN $300 MILLION CONCORD DEAL: Concord has acquired the publishing and recorded music catalog of Genesis and the band’s individual members, Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford. Genesis has 15 original studio albums, Tony Banks has six, Phil Collins has eight, and Mike Rutherford has two. The combined record sales, which includes additional live albums, movie soundtracks, and box sets, has surpassed 250 million copies globally. The deal, valued at over $300 million, is a part of a number of recent purchases from Concord. Recently, Concord purchased the assets of HitCo Entertainment as well as acquiring Australia & New Zealand-based music publisher, Native Tongue. Read more HERE.

AVICII ESTATE SELLS 75% OF CATALOG: Pophouse Entertainment has acquired 75% of Avicii’s recording and publishing rights. This marks the second major acquisition for the firm, the first being the recording and publishing rights of Swedish House Mafia back in March. The Avicii deal will be set up as a joint venture with the late DJ’s family who will retain the remaining 25% of the artist’s intellectual property. Pophouse Entertainment is new to the major rights market but has an established ground in branded entertainment with its investment in the London show ABBA Voyage, the development of the ABBA Museum, and running Europe’s largest gaming center, which includes the Avicii Experience.

UNIVERSAL MUSIC AUSTRALIA MD EXITS: Respected A&R Executive Michael Taylor, Managing Director of Universal Music Australia (UMA), has announced his departure from the company. Michael Taylor first joined UMA in 2007 as Founding General Manager and Head of UMA imprint, Island Records. He previously has also worked for Epic Records in New York and Sony Music in Australia. Throughout his career, Taylor has signed artists including Hilltop Hoods, Havana Brown, Baker Boy, Briggs, and more. Taylor’s reasoning for leaving the business is that it is for personal reasons. He plans to remain as an A&R consultant to the company on certain projects. Taylor is the third high-profile executive to leave UMA this year.

SONY OPENS NEW OFFICES IN PHILIPPINES: Sony Music Entertainment (SME) Philippines has announced the opening of its new office in Manila, to continue the company’s business to discover and develop the next generation of Filipino artists. Located in Pasig City, a major business, entertainment and cultural hub, the new office will be the home for SME Philippines and The Orchard Philippines, housing specialists in A&R and digital marketing to support SME Philippine’s roster of more than 70 local artists, discover and develop up-and-coming musical talent, and promote music from the country. SME Philippines is home to some of the most well-known artists and musical groups in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, including Ben&Ben, SB19, NOBITA, Ace Banzuelo, and Clara Benin. The opening event was attended by Pasig City Deputy Mayor Dodot Jaworski, as well as senior executives from Sony Music Group, artists, and business partners. Guests enjoyed performances by local SME stars Ace Banzuelo, I Belong to The Zoo, Alex Bruce, Clara Benin, Young Cocoa, and Of Mercury.

FESTICKET & EVENT GENIUS GO LYTE: Lyte, the technology platform reimagining e-commerce for live events, has acquired the assets of two UK-based companies, Festicket and Event Genius. The Festicket and Event Genius platforms enable attendees of events worldwide to book tickets, travel accommodations and make in-venue payments for items like food, beverages and merchandise. The acquisition represents significant immediate growth for Lyte, with a broad expansion of their services and team worldwide to the global promoter community. Festicket and Event Genius worked with hundreds of festivals and events across the UK, European Union, Australia and Latin America.

ADAPTR INKS DEAL WITH DOWNTOWN: Feed Media Group (FMG) has signed a music publishing deal with Downtown Music Services. The deal makes the more than 23 million songs that Downtown administers available to growth stage startups via Adaptr, FMG’s subscription-based platform that makes it easy for startups to use popular music in their digital experiences. Adaptr has the largest pre-cleared popular music catalog for early-stage startups in the United States. In addition to providing the leading pre-cleared music catalog to growth stage businesses, Adaptr clears both publishing and performance rights for its clients, provides rights holders in-depth information on song use, and manages all royalty payments. Under the new deal, Downtown joins a growing group of leading companies in music opening their catalogs to Adaptr, including Warner Music Group, Beggars Group, Merlin, Songtrust, and others.

CHRISTIAAN KRÖNER NAMED FUGA PRESIDENT: FUGA has promoted former COO Christiaan Kröner to President of FUGA. This announcement follows Pieter van Rijn’s move to President of Downtown Music. Kröner joined FUGA in 2012 leading the distributor’s growing services department. He was promoted to COO in 2020. As COO, Kröner oversaw the joint venture between FUGA and Space Showers Networks’ new enterprise, Space Shower FUGA. Daren Owen will take Kröner’s place as COO. As President, Kröner will oversee all global operations which includes Beggars Group, Better Noise Music, Ninja Tune, YEAR0001 and more.

ORGANIC CONTENT DRIVES ARTISTS’ TIKTOK SUCCESS: A report by creative consulting agency ContraBrand into TikTok music marketing trends indicates that organic content wins out over paid tactics as the main driver for viral TikTok success. Analysis of TikTok’s weekly charts in the first half of 2022 reveals that, among tracks that charted in the TikTok Top 200 and then went on to reach over a million Spotify streams, nearly two thirds (63.8%) achieved this solely through organic posting by the artist and other TikTok users. Artist-generated content (AGC) drove 35.5% of these breakout hits, whereas influencer marketing and paid ads were responsible for driving traction in only 9.1% and 2.5% of cases respectively. Appearing to support the idea that TikTok is opening new opportunities for unsigned talent, ContraBrand’s report notes that 56% of the 208 artists whose tracks featured in its report were not signed to a label. Unsigned artists were also revealed to outperform their major and indie label counterparts when it came to the number of times artists posted a breakout track on average before it reached the 100,000 TikTok views milestone. With artists’ own TikTok content the most prevalent route to viral success, the report also dives into the patterns in artists’ activity on the platform. With only a few outliers experiencing overnight success, half of the artists relying on AGC had been active on TikTok for at least 18 months before their track went viral, indicating that persistence is key.

WMG & OPENSEA JOIN FORCES: Warner Music Group (Nasdaq: WMG), has announced a collaboration with OpenSea, the world’s leading peer-to-peer marketplace for NFTs, that would provide a platform for select WMG artists to build and extend their fan communities in Web3. As part of the engagement, WMG artists would get early access to OpenSea’s new drops product, along with improved discoverability, personalized storytelling on customized landing pages, and OpenSea’s industry-leading safety and security features. This would also unlock dedicated support and best practices from the OpenSea team, helping WMG artists build new Web3 communities, and introducing existing fan communities to new forms of connection and creativity powered by NFTs. In addition, WMG artists would have their own dedicated drop page to host limited-edition projects, which would open new opportunities for fans to engage with music and artists.

WME SIGNS MAX RICHTER: WME has signed Max Richter in all areas. This signing expands the British composer’s previous representation by WME which was only for film and television composition. With over three billion streams, Max Richter is the most streamed composer of all time. He has written scores for over 30 features including “Mary Queen of Scots” starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, and “Ad Astra” starring Brad Pitt. His music has been used in many theatre productions, concert hall performances, fashion shows, ballets, and more. Richter stated, “I’m excited to join Lucy and her amazing team at WME to continue to bring my music to new audiences around the world.”

FEATURING IN FORNITE: Warner Music France’s French-Malian superstar Aya Nakamura is the latest superstar to feature in Fortnite’s popular Soundwave Series. The interactive and tailor-made music experience will kick off in the Fortnite universe from October 6th at 5:00PM BST and will run for three days. Nakamura is the most listened-to Francophone singer in the world for the last four consecutive years running, racking up more than four billion views on YouTube in 2021 alone. The partnership follows Nakamura’s global release of ‘VIP’, which came out last Friday. Read more HERE.



IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Steven Melrose, Vikram Mehra, Benjamin Budde, Paul Harris, Don Parker, Katy Wolaver, Jay Cooper, David Dollimore, Riki Bleu, Jitze De Raaff, Kate Katherine Loesch, Matt Marshall, David Joseph, and Farhad Zand.


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. Everyone for the most part has to work to make a living. Jobs can be creative, fun, boring, or sometimes quite dangerous. Click HERE to watch mishaps in the workplace that could make most people want to quit and just walk away!


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK" – LUCY MCWILLIAMS



At only 22-years-old, singer-songwriter Lucy McWilliams is already making a name for herself. Originally from Dublin, now living in London, she has released a string of singles in the last couple of years and earned over 13 million streams on Spotify alone. She ended 2021 by supporting Arlo Parks at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and the first half of this year, she has performed at The Great Escape, the Oberkampf Festival in Paris and recently played back-to-back shows supporting Jake Isaac, in addition to performing at Ireland’s All Together Now Festival and the Electric Picnic Festival. McWilliams continues to work hard and perform as she prepares for her performance at Ireland Music Week this week and will release a brand new single called “Bumblebees and Blue Skies” on the 14th. Discover the talents of Lucy McWilliams with “Break My Own Heart,” HERE. It’s a song about self-sabotage within a relationship; being scared of being close to someone so you intentionally push them away before they can cause heartbreak to you. Contact Alistair White at Alistair.White@ymugroup.com for additional information and available opportunities with Lucy McWilliams.


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

Manchester is steeped in British history as a thriving hub of music and culture. TONICA, an emerging duo from the northern city, are looking to create a new musical chapter with their vibrant brand of alt-pop. The two-piece encompass a stylish, electronic sound with a dark mysterious edge - bringing something new to the table with their dramatic, hook laden songs. The Mancunian duo's latest offering, “Perfect Lie” is set to take things up a notch. Euphoric guitars, pulsating synths and soaring vocals crystallize to devastating effect in this glistening pop jewel. Addressing the band's frustration in the wake of the pandemic; “Perfect Lie” is an anthem of resilience, dedicated to anyone ‘keeping the faith through the endless nights.’ The track was recorded and produced in collaboration with Jack Wilson (Fickle Friends) and mixed by the legendary Jeremy Wheatly (Taylor Swift, Sigrid, Pet Shop Boys). Consisting of Amory (singer, songwriter, guitarist) and Sam (songwriter, instrumentalist, producer), TONICA was formed through a mutual love of modern pop and 80's glamour. The duo are experts at crafting sublime songs and visuals that lead to a world of escapism, late-night neon and infinite possibilities. Watch the brand new video for “Perfect Lie” HERE, and contact Adam Clough at adam@365artists.com, as TONICA is available for label, publishing and agent opportunities.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 10/02/2022


“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, October 2nd, 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:

THE MOVING STILLS – “Volcano” (Sureshaker, Australia)
THE AMAZONS – “How Will I Know” (Fiction/UMG, UK)
LUCY MCWILLIAMS – “Break My Own Heart” (AmperSounds, UK)
REST FOR THE WICKED – “Feel The Same Way” (EMI/UMG, Australia)
THE FEENS – “Eyes Open” (Digital Disto, UK)
GIANT ROOKS – “Watershed” (Universal Music, Germany)
RED RUM CLUB – “Vanilla” (Modern Sky, UK)
ADELAIDE – “Horizon” (Unsigned, France)
THE VELVET HANDS – “I Wanna Be There” (Jam X Recordings, UK)
NEYKID – “Easy” (Boiler Music, Germany)
PALE WAVES – “Jealousy” (Dirty Hit, UK)
BRICE KENDALL – “The Birdhouse” (BVK Music, N. America)
RONIT & THE INVISIBLE STRINGS – “In Your Arms” (Unsigned, Australia)
STEREOTIDE – “Touch The Sky” (Unsigned, Germany)
IAMJJ – “Show Me Love” (Mermaid Records, Denmark)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Dead” (Unsigned, Sweden)
RHETT REPKO – “Won’t Cry” (Unsigned, N. America)
APECS – “Red Moon” (Unsigned, UK)
SEA GIRLS – “DNA” (Polydor, UK)
DONKEY KID – “Digging Holes” (Donkey Dub Records, Germany)
CASSIA – “Right There” (BMG, Australia)
THE CURIOUS – “Begin” (Unsigned, UK)
THE BIG MOON – “Wide Eyes” (Fiction, UK)
DEAF HAVANA – “Going Clear” (SO Recordings, UK)
LAUREN WALLER – “Lift You Up” (Unsigned, N. America)
FREEDA – “Chasing Yesterday” (Unsigned, UK)
CROCODYLUS – “You” (Sureshaker, Australia)
CRAWLERS – “I Didn’t Know How To Say” (Polydor, UK)
LIME CORDIALE – “Facts Of Life” (Chugg Music, Australia)
TOVE STYRKE – “Bruises” (Sony Music, Sweden)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Skylight Dawn” (417 Records, UK)
CMON CMON – “The Summers We Missed” (Republic Of Music, UK)
LADY SLOTH – “Fences” (Trailing Twelve, N. America)
MASI MASI – “The Good Stuff” (Shabby Road, UK)