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WMG ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT FOR AUSTRALASIAN OFFICE AND NEW MD FOR FINNISH OPERATIONS



Niko Nordström Mark Fry
Last week, Warner Music Group (WMG) announced the appointment of Niko Nordström to President, Warner Music Australasia with Mark Fry named as Managing Director, Warner Music Finland, following Nordström’s exit of the role to his new post. In addition to serving as MD for Warner Music Finland, Nordström had also been serving as VP, Warner Music Nordics.

Nordström replaces Tony Harlow, who recently transitioned to President of WMG’s global artist and label services division, WEA Corp. Nordström will report to WMG’s CEO of International and Global Commercial Services, Stu Bergen and will transition to Warner Music Australia’s Sydney offices.

As Warner Music Finland’s Managing Director since 2007, Nordström’s tenure saw the company’s market share double and in 2016 saw the label holding the No.1 album spot for 24 weeks of the year and the No.1 single spot for 23 weeks with an average weekly airplay share of 42%.

Fry, who will report to Warner Music Nordics President, Jonas Siljemark, assumes his new role from his most recent position as General Manager and Marketing Director of Warner Music Finland. Fry had worked as Marketing Director at the label for over eight years and was additionally appointed to General Manager in 2016. His career began at Warner Music Finland where he rose to Head of Promotion before parting ways to launch his own digital rights management business. After a stint as Marketing Director at Sony Music Finland he returned to Warner in 2008.


RESPECTED MUSIC INDUSTRY VETERAN TOMMY PAGE R.I.P.



A&R Worldwide, and the global music industry at large, are saddened to hear of the passing of a true friend and colleague, Tommy Page. Page, a singer/songwriter and music industry executive, was widely known as a recording artist for his successful No.1 single, “I’ll Be Your Everything.” Page was found dead Friday morning, aged 46, and while a formal cause of death has not been revealed, several friends have stated it was due to an apparent suicide.

Beginning his recording career at Sire Records, Page’s 1990 single, “I’ll Be Your Everything,” reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Page eventually headed back to NYU’s Stern School of Business as he pursued a career on the executive side of the music industry.

Page’s career as an industry executive led him to Warner Bros./Reprise Records, where he held roles as an A&R executive and VP of Top 40 Promotion. His time at the label saw him play a key role in the successful careers of acts such as Michael Buble, Alanis Morissette, Josh Groban, David Foster and Green Day. Page parted ways with Warner Bros./Reprise in 2011 to join Billboard as Associate Publisher, being promoted to Publisher only a year later. In 2013, Page transitioned to Pandora where he took on the role of VP of Artist and Brand Partnerships and in 2015, Page headed to Cumulus Media to serve as Sr. VP of Brand Partnerships. Page’s most recent role was that of VP of Music Partnerships at the Village Voice.

Sat Bisla, Founder of A&R Worldwide, who has been a longtime friend of Page stated, “It’s heartbreaking to hear about the loss of Tommy who has been an inspiration to so many around the world, as well as being a great friend and colleague. Tommy was always kind, respectful and a positive spirit to me over the two decades I had the pleasure of knowing him. Our sincerest condolences go out to Tommy’s family and many friends during this very difficult time. Tommy will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.”

Tommy Page’s family states, "It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of our beloved Tommy Page who passed away this weekend. Tommy was a devoted father, husband, brother and son. He was loved by all of those he touched and will be sorely missed. Please respect our privacy at this time of deep sorrow.”

Throughout his career, Page had continued to record and tour regularly having finished nine studio albums and spending time on stages worldwide. Page is survived by his partner Charlie and their three children.


AVRIL LAVIGNE SIGNS RECORDING DEAL WITH BMG



Avril Lavigne
BMG continues to build on its successful recordings division having finalized a new record deal with chart-topping, multi-platinum, singer/songwriter Avril Lavigne for the world (ex-Japan). Lavigne is currently in the studio working on her new full-length album to be released through BMG later this year.

Lavigne commented on her new creative inspiration and the signing, “For this album I have a new team behind me, and I just signed to BMG. At this point in my career and in my life I just wanted to put fresh energy around me and I feel like I’m having somewhat of a rebirth in my life. I’ve been faced with a lot, gone through a lot emotionally. The whole writing process has been therapeutic and empowering. This album is a natural process for me and it’s coming from a very honest place. My hope is that it is an inspiration to many people.”

Since entering the music scene in 2002 with her debut album Let Go, featuring singles “Sk8r Boi” and “Complicated,” Lavigne has sold more than 40 million records worldwide. Her sophomore release, Under My Skin, debuted at No.1 on the Billboard charts as did The Best Damned Thing, which also produced the No.1 single “Girlfriend.” Lavigne’s 2011 full-length Goodbye Lullaby featured hit singles “What The Hell,” and “Smile,” and her fifth, self-titled studio effort debuted at No.1 in 22 countries and featured the Top 10 single in 44 countries, “Here’s To Never Growing Up,” as well as the hit duet with Chad Kroeger, “Let Me Go.” Her work has garnered her eight Grammy nominations and eight Juno Award wins.

Zach Katz, BMG U.S. President Repertoire & Marketing, said, “We are excited and proud to welcome Avril to the team at BMG. She is truly a rare talent with a highly accomplished career; uncompromising in her vision, an incomparable songwriter and performer, as well as a unique and real female force. Avril has always been a leader and a voice for her fans and generation - we look forward to furthering our collaboration.”


DAVID BURRIER TEAMS UP WITH STREET SMART MANAGEMENT



David Burrier
Former Red Bull Records General Manager, David Burrier, tells A&R Worldwide that he has joined with the team at Street Smart Management. Based in Los Angeles, Burrier will be working with the firms existing roster as well as seeking new talent, both via direct signings and through partnerships with other managers. With the addition of Burrier, Street Smart will also be working towards new initiatives in music publishing, film/TV content and other creative projects.

Prior to joining Red Bull Records in 2007, Burrier had been with Atlantic Records as VP of Marketing and Sr. Director of Product Development. Burrier’s tenure at Atlantic began in 1995 and in that same year, saw him Co-Founding his own independent recording and artist management company, Fear Of Nebraska. While at Atlantic, Burrier also spent time as Director of Artist Development.

Street Smart, which was founded in 2010, currently works with acts such as 10 Years, Drowning Pool, Otherwise, Stitched Up Heart, 9ELECTRIC, Painted Wives, The Black Moods, Lansdowne and Jason Charles Miller.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S SXSW 2017 GUIDE



Industry executives and fans of live music from all over the world will make the yearly trek to Austin, TX March 10-19 for the 2017 SXSW Conference & Festivals - now in its 31st year. Last year, SXSW had more than 30,000 music fans and musicians attend performances in over 100 downtown venues with a lineup featuring more than 2,200 acts from countries around the world (not to mention the ever growing number of ’non-sanctioned’ performances!). This year, they plan on continuing the tradition of bringing attendees a comprehensive mix of brand new, up-and-coming, international and legendary performers throughout Austin.

Navigating this year’s schedule will once again prove to be an exhausting task, so we’ve highlighted a few showcases and networking events we feel will be essential for you to make your trip half as daunting and twice as effective.

MONDAY, MARCH 13TH:

Sun & The Wolf SuperGlu Doe

Are you getting an early start on SXSW this year? Fear not as the Brit’s and German’s will be on hand opening the doors to their headquarters to kick off your week with some great local market talent. Head to Barracuda for music from the likes of Sun And The Wolf, Oum Shatt and Gurr, as well as others, presented by Berlin/Brandenburg/Musicboard Berlin from 8PM-1AM. Or make your way to Latitude 30 for some stellar UK talent presented by DIY + Ticketweb Presents including SuperGlu, Doe, Muncie Girls and more.

TUESDAY, MARCH 15TH:

  Marie Miller

To ease yourself into the oncoming onslaught of showcasing talent for 2017, head over to BD Riley’s at noon as Sound Australia’s Sound Gallery presents a multi-genre collection of great Aussie acts to enjoy - on until 6PM. From there, you can make your way over to the SXSW Music Opening Party at Maggie Mae’s for a full night of music including a number of Austin’s local favorites. For a mid-afternoon dose of great talent, stop in at Tellers (Downstairs) for the 1:30PM set from Marie Miller.

Andreas Moss Hamish Anderson

Emily Wolfe Fizzy Blood

If you’d prefer to keep wandering and get your bearings for the many venues you’ll be frequenting the next few days, head back to the Nashville House at Tellers (Upstairs) at 10PM for the hotly-tipped Swedish alt electro-pop sensation Andreas Moss whose showcase is a must-see for agents, promoters, international labels, publishers and music supervisors. Also on at 10PM, Aussie blues guitarist/songwriter Hamish Anderson at Coopers BBQ. If you missed UK outfit SuperGlu on Monday, be sure to head over to ScratcHouse at 10:15PM to catch their set and then get back to Tellers for the 10:30PM set from Nashville-based alt-pop act EZA. At 11PM, Latvian-born, New Jersey-raised and Nashville-based artist Masha takes the stage Tellers (Upstairs) with her own brand of country-influenced pop music.

Still hanging in there? At midnight, make your way back to Maggie Mae’s (Rooftop) to check out the Jack White/Cage The Elephant infused sounds of Austin native Emily Wolfe. At 1AM, you can get a dose of energy from UK rock outfit Fizzy Blood at ScratcHouse (Backyard).

  SWEAT

Rather stay in one place as you prepare yourself for a busy few days ahead, make your way to the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30 for a night of great UK talent presented by BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens in association with PRS For Music, PPL, PRS Foundation, AIM and DIT. Music starts at 8PM with a line-up that includes Dream Wife, SWEAT, Let’s Eat Grandma, Sam Gellaitry, Dave and Slaves.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15TH:


Start your Wednesday at the Dutch Impact party for some free drinks and finger food to recover from your Tuesday evening. Also take in showcases from Dutch artists Grandpa Death Experience, Klyne, Michael Prins, MICH, St. Tropez and Drive Like Maria. Music starts at 12:30PM at the Dutch Take Over House/New Dutch Wave (between Swan Dive and Barbarella) for SXSW delegates. Need a little Canadian hospitality and more great music? Head to the East Tent at Brush Square Park for the Canadian Blast BBQ and Showcase which kicks off at 2PM. At 4PM, KCRW takes over the Radio Day Stage with Real Estate at 4PM and Temples at 5PM.

  Aquilo Middle Kids

KCRW also takes over Elysium for the evening showcases with a full night of great bands - stand-outs include the 9PM set from the UK’s Aquilo, 11PM from Aussie outfit Middle Kids and 1AM from SOHN.

Woodes Tim Wheatley Lilly Among Clouds

Other Wednesday showcases to have on your radar include a 9PM round with Australian producer/singer/songwriter Woodes (Lamberts), the ‘60s infused sounds of The Blind Owls (Tellers [Upstairs]) and Aussie folk/blues act Tim Wheatley (Stephen F’s Bar). At 9:20PM, make your way to Stubb’s for the set from electro-pop act Sylvan Esso; Peru’s We The Lion (10PM @ Trinity Hall at Old School); Deap Vally (10:15PM @ Hotel Vegas Annex); another chance to check out UK act SWEAT (11PM @ Tellers [Upstairs]); and German alt-pop singer/songwriter Lilly Among Clouds (12AM @ Speakeasy Kabaret).

Rather not brave the crowded Austin streets? Head over to Esther’s Follies for a night of great German talent presented by Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival. Or head back over to Latitude 30 for another dose of UK talent with BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley presenting acts including Ten Tonnes, Kate Nash and others.

THURSDAY, MARCH 16TH:

Start your Thursday off with a hearty Irish breakfast at BD Riley’s. Hitting its 12th year at SXSW the Full Irish Breakfast will give you a chance to refuel and check out some great Irish talent! Event begins at 11AM. Note the date change on this one!

Still hungry? The Aussie’s have you covered with their mainstay Aussie BBQ event (also changing dates!) at Brush Square Park (East Tent) from 12PM-8PM. Swing by for two stages featuring 16 leading Aussie acts as well as good food, drinks and networking! And don’t miss your second chance to check out Andreas Moss at 12:00PM noon on the Radio Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center sponsored by KCSN-FM Los Angeles! Stick around at the Radio Day Stage for another second chance set from Australia’s Middle Kids at 1PM.

Elle Exxe The Wrecks

As you enter the showcase melee for night three - start off with the energetic alt-pop set from Scotland’s Elle Exxe at 9PM (Tellers). At 10PM, head over to The Belmont for the unique blues /folk/rock/soul/R&B fusion from Muddy Magnolias. Also at 10PM, the infectious alt-rock sounds of Los Angeles outfit The Wrecks at Javelina. Take a break from wandering venues and hang out at Javelina for the 11PM set from Texas natives The Unlikely Candidates.

SLØTFACE Findlay Shame

It’s already been a long week, but if you’re still rolling - 12AM sees the UK’s Findlay hitting the stage at St. David’s Historic Sanctuary with her own unique brand of pop music and 1AM hosts a set from Norwegian rock outfit SLØTFACE at Lucille.

Thursday’s British Music Embassy at Latitude 30 is presented by BBC 6 Music and DJ Steve Lamacq with acts including Shame, L.A. Salami and others.

FRIDAY, MARCH 18TH:

You missed Thursday’s Aussie hospitality? Have no fear, a second Aussie BBQ is here. Brush Square Park from 12PM - 8PM will bring more great food, drinks and a selection of Australia’s best electronic acts.

Sundara Karma Catholic Action Fri The Aces

With an earlier start to the showcase festivities for the evening, make your way to Stubb’s for the 7:30PM set from UK act Sundara Karma. More UK talent takes the stage at Mohawk (Indoor) at 8PM with Scottish outfit Catholic Action. At 8:20, recent Red Bull Records signing The Aces takes the stage at Bungalow. A quick switch, but worth the brisk walk is the 8:25PM set by Glasgow punk outfit PAWS at The Sidewinder (Outside). Keeping the energy level high are the UK’s The Sandinistas with a 9PM set at Javelina. Did you miss SLØTFACE last night? You have another chance to check them out at 9PM at Maggie Mae’s.

LOLO Satellite Stories Ten Tonnes

At 10PM, head over to Brazos Hall for the set from Tennessee native LOLO. Also at 10PM, UK singer/songwriter Lewis Watson at St. David’s Bethell Hall. 11PM brings a round of sets from Ireland’s The Academic (The Velveeta Room) and Finland’s Satellite Stories (Palm Door Onas reported by Music Week Sabine) as well as second chance sets for SOHN (Mohawk [Outdoor]) and Ten Tonnes (Stubb’s [Inside]).

For your late night pop injection, head to Bungalow for the 11:55PM set from LA duo POWERS and then over to The Velveeta Room at 1PM for Irish outfit Picture This.

IDLES

Don’t feel like hitting the crowded streets? BBC Music Introducing has you covered back at Latitude 30 with sets from IDLES, a second chance set from Catholic Action and more.

SATURDAY, MARCH 19TH:

While the parties may have slowed up a bit there’s still some great talent showcasing in Austin on Saturday and since you were able to sleep in, you have no excuse for missing it!

Morgxn

Be sure to check out femme fatales morgxn (8PM @ The Iron Bear); Elle Exxe (9PM @ The Townsend); Emily Wolfe (11PM @ Lucille); and Findlay (1AM @ The Townsend); as well as BBC Music’s Latitude 30 line-up with Sundara Karma, SuperGlu, Aquilo and more.

OTHER NOTEWORTHY TIPS:

Late nights mean slow mornings and so Monster Energy is helping you out with free Java Monster and breakfast daily from 10AM-12PM in the Registrant’s Lounge. Also open daily is the German Haus, headquartered at Barracuda which will feature daily exhibitions, panels, showcases, parties and networking events with plenty of schnitzel and hefeweizen to go around! Pandora’s lounge will be open at The Gatsby from 1PM over the course of the events, livestreaming and bringing you some great musical gems. And PledgeMusic presents the Pledge Porch at The Blackheart starting at 9AM from Wednesday (15th)-Friday (17th) featuring live performances, free Torchy’s Breakfast Tacos and High Brew Coffee. And this is only the beginning of the sponsored opportunities featuring drinks, food and great music!


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Big Deal Music has finalized a sub-publishing agreement with Australian indie Mushroom Music Publishing. Mushroom’s roster, which focuses on writers from Australia and New Zealand, includes acts such as Vance Joy, Nick Murphy (Chet Faker), D.D. Dumbo, Violent Soho, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Temper Trap, Birds of Tokyo and The Rubens. Having been closely involved with one another for some time, Kenny MacPherson, Big Deal’s Founder, fostered a relationship with Mushroom Music when he first sub-published the Chrysalis Music Publishing catalogue while serving as the company’s President. Having launched Big Deal Music five years ago alongside colleagues Jamie Cerreta and David Ayers, MacPherson chose Mushroom to represent the company in New Zealand and Australia.

Pictured (L to R): Jody Gerson, UMPG Chairman and CEO; Zedd; and Taylor Testa, UMPG Sr. Manager of Creative.
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has finalized an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal with Grammy-winning artist/producer Zedd. Currently featured on Hailee Steinfeld & Grey’s track “Starving," Zedd has had numerous chart topping hits both as an artist and producer. His first two albums Clarity and True Colors garnered multiple Top 10 singles on the U.S. Top 40, No.1’s on U.S. Dance Charts, and 600+ million Spotify streams. Aside from his work as an artist, Zedd has produced for global acts such as Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga. Through the deal, UMPG will also represent two of Zedd’s frequent collaborators, Grey (brothers Michael and Kyle Trewartha) and artist/producer Lophiile. On the heels of “Starving,” Grey recently released a second single, "I Miss You" feat. Bahari, and are working on their new album. Lophiile is currently working with Gallant, Moss Kenna, Ray BLK and others.

It was exclusively revealed today by Music Week that Island Records in the UK has rolled out a new urban division, seeking to support both local and international urban acts. The new department will be led by Island’s current A&R and Marketing Manager, Alex Boateng. Boateng will maintain his A&R duties under Louis Bloom, the labels Head Of A&R, while also taking on the new task of identifying urban artists and partnering with managers and businesses across the global urban music scene. Artists included under Island’s urban division include Drake, Sean Paul, Dizzee Rascal, Donae’o, Solo 45, Bossman Birdie, Fekky, Seyi Shay and Angel.

Iconic UK pop act, Steps, have finalized a label services deal with Absolute for the release of their upcoming full-length, Tears On The Dancefloor, later this year. The album, which will be released by the bands own Steps Music label, marks the group’s first full LP of original material since 2000’s Buzz and comes as they celebrate their 20th anniversary. The album’s lead single, “Scared Of The Dark,” premieres later this week and will be released on Friday. Since forming in 1997 and releasing their debut album, Step One, in ‘99, Steps have garnered 14 consecutive Top 5 singles, sold more than 20 million records and reached No.1 with three albums and three singles. They are BRIT award winners and hold the record for the most consecutive sold-out nights at Wembley. Steps have also revealed the Party On The Dancefloor Tour, starting off in Dublin in November and hitting 13 venues across the UK and Ireland including London’s SSE Arena, Wembley and The O2.

Thaddeus Rudd
Burgeoning U.S. indie label Mom + Pop Records Co-President Thaddeus Rudd has confirmed that he’ll be joining the exciting line-up of speakers and participants at this year’s MUSEXPO in Los Angeles. The label is currently enjoying success with its signings that include Flume, Courtney Barnett, Tash Sultana, Lucius, Polica and many others. The label has been on a hot streak in breaking new acts and continues to look for exciting new talent as well as international partners, ex-US.

A&R Worldwide has learned that Peter Szabo, formerly of Shazam, has joined the team at Santa Monica-based firm Science-Inc as CRO and Head Of Partnerships for Mammoth Media. Science-Inc has already experiences success creating apps such as Wishbone and, Mammoth, which launched last week, will seek to continue generating mobile alternatives for TV audiences. Targeting the teen and millennial demographic, following the company’s launch date, Mammoth had already reached 30% of teens in the U.S. Szabo’s role will see him leading initiatives to create innovative ways of incorporating brand messaging into content that viewers will enjoy and that will increase ROI.

BMG has announced a partnership with urban music tastemaker collective Commission Music to release upcoming new singles and albums from its roster of artists including Lil Dicky, MadeinTYO, 24HRS, DJ Envy and others. The first release under the new agreement MadeinTYO’s single “Skateboard P (ft. Big Sean),” is available now via BMG and has already garnered more than 40 million streams. Lil Dicky (David Burd) released his first commercial album, Professional Rapper, which debuted at No.1 on the Rap Album, Digital Album, Independent Album, and Comedy Album charts, as well as No.3 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Album and No.7 on the Billboard 200. His single “Save Dat Money” is certified platinum, hitting Top 10 at Urban radio while the album is approaching Gold status. Founded in 2015 by artist managers Anthony Martini and Doug Neumann, Commission Music’s growth has generated big dividends for their emerging acts, garnering over one billion streams, more than 500 million video views and two million-plus digital downloads.

Glassnote Entertainment Group has added to its portfolio a new management division under the banner of Present Artist Management. Led by Jeff Neuberger, Present Artist Management is a full-service, New York-based artist management firm, offering a range of services with the capacity to integrate management, distribution and additional label services. The first signing to Present Artist Management is Swedish indie band Ruby Empress, who are signed for North American management and will be distributed by Resolved Records (Universal Distribution) in North and South America. The band’s debut EP Empressionism was released last month.

Spotify has revealed that its subscribership has reached the 50 million mark, up 20 million from March of last year. The boost comes on the heels of a number of content and staff changes including the Discover and New Music Friday offerings as well as the additions of former BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra veteran George Ergatoudis to lead content programming initiatives, who brought with him a playlist team that includes Austin Daboh, James Foley, Dexter Batson , Sara Sesardic and Rob Khan, as well as former Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter who filled the role of Global Head of Creator Services for the platform.

Iconic Welsh rock group, Stereophonics, have signed with Parlophone Records for the release of their 10th full-length. With more than 10 million album sales worldwide, Stereophonics sit as one of the most successful British acts of all time. Word Gets Around, their debut album, charted at No.6 and is certified three-times platinum and was followed up with six No.1 albums.

Viacom has announced Bruce Gillmer as the company’s Head of Music and Music Talent for its Global Entertainment Group. The newly-created position will see Gillmer leading the development and execution of global music initiatives including programming, talent and events across Viacom’s portfolio while maintaining his current roles as EVP of Music and Talent Programming and Events for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) and Co-Brand Lead for MTV International. Gillmer’s career at Viacom began at MTV U.S. in the music and talent department. Prior to VIMN, Gillmer held the role of Sr. VP of Music and Talent Relations for VH1 in the U.S. and played a key role in the co-development and production of shows including VH1 Divas Live, VH1 Hip Hop Honors and Behind the Music.

WARMING UP TO SOME GOOD DIGITAL MUSIC VIBES are old friends (l-r) Rich McLaughlin (Sr. Music Curator, Amazon) and Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide).
Amazon Music continues to evolve its global music team with the recent announcements of veteran music, radio and digital executive Alex Luke, joining the company as its Global Head of Programming and Content Strategy, and longtime BBC Radio executive Jason Carter, as first announced in this newsletter, in a soon to be revealed new position. A&R Worldwide was in Seattle, WA recently connecting with its various music business related friends and colleagues across numerous sectors of the industry - there seems to be a lot “brewing” in Seattle; outside of Starbucks tea and coffee!

A&R Worldwide has learned that Los Angeles based creative executive Jim Vellutato will be parting ways with his role as VP of A&R for Sony/ATV Music Publishing at the end of this month. Vellutato, who joined Sony/ATV in 1993, has worked with a wide range of the publisher’s most successful domestic and international songwriters and artists. Vellutato’s next steps are yet to be revealed.

Irving Azoff, his son Jeffrey Azoff, and Brandon Creed of The Creed Company have partnered together under one firm. Operating under the Jeffrey Azoff launched Full Stop banner, Irving’s roster including The Eagles, Lindsey Buckingham, Steely Dan, Gwen Stefani, Bon Jovi, John Mayer and Chelsea Handler, Jeffrey’s including Harry Styles and Meghan Trainor and Creed's including Mark Ronson, Troye Sivan and Sara Bareilles, are being managed out of the firm’s office in west Los Angeles. According to Billboard’s report, insiders have shared that in addition to acts already on the roster, respective employees and existing partnerships from the three firms will be transitioning to the new set-up moving forward.

WME has added Emeli Sandé to its roster for worldwide representation. Sandé, who had previously been with Coda, is managed by Roc Nation and signed in the UK to Virgin/EMI and to Capitol Music Group in the U.S. Sandé was recently awarded Best Female Solo Artist at the 2017 BRIT Awards and her most recent full-length, Long Live The Angels, has moved 240,488 copies in the UK to date alone. Her debut LP, Our Version Of Events, was the UK’s best-selling album of 2012 and second best-selling for 2013, moving more than 2.3 million copies and being certified 7x platinum. The album also garnered Sandé the Best British Album honors at the 2013 BRIT’s having spent seven weeks at No.1 and surpassing a record held previously by The Beatles after sitting in the top 10 for 63 consecutive weeks. In addition to her own recording career, Sandé has written lyrics for acts such Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Katy Perry.

YouTube has revealed its plans for a new live TV offering, YouTube TV. The service, which will cost $35 a month, will include content from all four broadcasters as well as a collection of cable channels. Missing from the offerings nearly 45 channels are cable channels from Time Warner, Scripps and Viacom though it does currently include access to Showtime for an additional fee, as well as access to YouTube creator shows, trending videos and the catalog of original programs featured on YouTube’s Red subscription service. YouTube TV will initially roll-out as its own product this spring in select U.S. markets.

Universal Music Publishing Australia has signed a global music publishing deal with Tim Carroll, Ryan Strathie and Matt Redlich of Holy Holy. The signing was announced last week by Andrew Jenkins, President of Universal Music Publishing Australasia, and Arwen Curson, VP Creative of Music Publishing Australia and New Zealand. The band’s 2015 debut album, When The Storms Would Come, debuted at No.11 on the ARIA Album Chart as well as reaching No.2 on the National Indie Chart, No.8 on the iTunes chart, and seeing all five singles added to high rotation on Triple J. On the success of the album, Holy Holy have been touring throughout Australia with acts like Vance Joy, The Preatures, Boy & Bear and their own sold out 20-date national headline tour. The bands sophomore full-length, Paint, was released last month.

Fellow video streaming platform, Vevo, announced last week the appointment of Will Jackson to the role of Sr. VP of Strategy and Operations for the company. In the newly created position, Jackson will be tasked with providing support to the company’s leadership team on the development and implementation of Vevo’s long-term growth. Jackson comes to Vevo from Pandora where he held the role of VP of Corporate Strategy and International Development. His resume also includes time at Intel where he led strategy and business development for the company’s Internet TV initiatives as well as senior positions overseeing strategy for BBC Radio and Music and consulting for McKinsey & Company.

Vevo will also now begin funding music videos with new British act Jorja Smith’s new single “Beautiful Little Fools” marking its first project. Vevo has been working alongside Smith since January of last year, premiering both her second single release, “A Prince,” and the self-shot “Where Did I Go” as well as marking her a Vevo Dscvr “Ones To Watch for 2017.”

Greg Janese has been appointed as Head of Corporate and Special Events for UTA, based in Nashville. Janese comes to UTA from Paradigm where he had also led the corporate and special event team for 12 years. Prior to Paradigm, Janese had served with TBA Entertainment Corporation as President and before that, had Co-Founded Avalon Entertainment Group, a concert promotion/production company specializing in the corporate market.

UK-based digital specialist Sammy Andrews has rolled out a new company under the banner Deviate Digital which will seek to provide a complete creative digital service for the music industry including social marketing campaigns, media buying, fan base establishment/engagement, streaming strategies and asset creation. Deviate Digital will also provide training and high level advisory to organizations. In launching the new firm, Andrews parts ways with her role as Director at Entertainment Intelligence while remaining a member of the firm’s board as a non-executive director. A partnership between Andrews and Tileyard Studios owner Paul Kempe, Deviate Digital will be based out of the King’s Cross-located complex. At its launch, Deviate’s team also includes Creative Director, Rose Lawrence and Director of Digital Marketing, Chris Oygarden, both former Cooking Vinyl colleagues to Andrews.

SoundCloud has rolled out a new subscription tier to its ad-free offerings. Branded as SoundCloud Go, the new package costs $4.99 per month while the existing premium service becomes SoundCloud Go+ at a rate of $9.99 per month. The difference in the two offerings revolves around the number of tracks available, with SoundCloud Go’s catalog featuring 120 million songs and SoundCloud Go+ reaching 150 million tracks. Additional Go+ features are expected to be revealed later this year.

Pandora Media has appointed Naveen Chopra to the role of Chief Financial Officer for the company. Mike Herring, who had been the most recent CFO for Pandora, announced last year that he was stepping down from the role to continue as the company’s President. Before coming to Pandora, Chopra held the role of interim CEO and CFO at TiVo from January to September of last year. He had joined TiVo in 2003, holding a number of roles at the company before his most recent position.

Money Man
Atlanta-based songwriter and hip-hop recording artist, Money Man, has signed an exclusive multi-album recording contract with Cash Money Records. The deal was brokered by Money Man's lawyer, Bernard Max Resnick, Esq., who had brought Money Man to the attention of Major Entertainment’s Travis Peterson and Mandell Strawter who have a "first-look" deal with Cash Money. As a songwriter, Money Man is signed for publishing with Sony/ATV and one of his earlier tracks, "Go For It,” produced by Yung Prynce, was licensed for inclusion in the 2016 film American Heist. Cash Money and Major Entertainment expect Money Man to be recording new music and videos for immediate release.

Shelly Sumpter Gillyard has been promoted to EVP of Talent, Music and Events for The Nickelodeon Group. Reporting to Cyma Zarghami, Nickelodeon Group’s President, the 19-year veteran of the company will lead talent relations for live TV events, music and live-action programming across the full Nickelodeon portfolio. Sumpter Gillyard, based in the company’s Burbank, CA offices, works on tent-pole events including the Kids’ Choice Awards, Kids’ Choice Sports and Nickelodeon HALO Awards as well as across a number of the network’s live action series’. Sumpter, who most recently served as Sr. VP of Talent for Nickelodeon, joined the company in 1997 as a Manager in the talent department. Before joining Nickelodeon, she served as Director of Publicity for The Steve Rifkind Company and as an Account Executive for Cathcart Public Relations.

Rich Homie Quan Signing
Another Atlanta-based hip-hop recording artist, Rich Homie Quan, has signed a deal with Motown Records/Capitol Music Group, it was announced last week by label President Ethiopia Habtemariam. Quan is currently recording his first new music under the agreement, scheduled for release this spring. Quan’s career started in 2012, when the song "Differences" from his Still Going In mixtape began receiving attention in clubs and garnering millions of views online. Quan has received attention from media outlets such as The New York Times and Rolling Stone. In 2014, Quan released "Lifestyle" with Rich Gang, which went platinum. Quan has also featured on a number of tracks including YG's "My Nigga," which reached the top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, as well as on tracks for Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz and Dae Dae.

Following a 15 year run, the organizers of UK festival Secret Garden Party have announced that 2017 will mark the event’s last edition. Taking place annually in Cambridgshire, the Secret Garden Party has featured acts such as Florence + The Machine, Jarvis Cocker, Lily Allen, Gorillaz, Blondie, Faithless, Years & Years and Bastille since its launch.

CAA have added Jack Gilinsky and Jack Johnson, collectively known as music duo Jack & Jack to their roster for representation across all areas. Jack & Jack first rose to recognition via the now-discontinued social video platform, Vine which spearheaded their music career. The duo’s debut EP, Calibraska debuted at No.12 on the Billboard 200 and No.1 on iTunes. Last year, they released the single “All Weekend Long” which was produced by Timbaland and new music is expected this year. They also put out their first book, You Don’t Know Jacks, via HarperCollins last year.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Alex Luke, Patrik Larsson, Christophe Tastet, Thorsten Koenig, Ben Mortimer, Steve Strange, Michael Chugg, Michael Taylor, Kim Frankiewicz, Thomas Golubic, George Ergatoudis, Ron Fair and Paramdeep Singh.


JACKASS OF THE WEEK

Have you ever sent a personal IM to the wrong screen name, 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 life. Why is it that bad drivers are listening to interesting music when they have their “accidental” mishaps on the roads? Click HERE and find out why; oh, and don’t forget to wear your seatbelt!


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK" – CHRIS LEAMY



Chris Leamy is an up-and-coming New York City based singer/songwriter. Inspired by a panhandler on the subway in 2015, the Chicago native started a social movement called #heplaysforme. Since then, nearly once a week, he plays guitar and sings in NYC's Union Square on behalf of homeless individuals. Using original music to raise funds and awareness for those in need, Leamy has fed and clothed the less fortunate and even found permanent shelter and a steady job for one man -- completely getting him off the streets. To date, he has raised almost $20,000 in spare change and donations to homeless shelters in the New York area. Leamy has been featured on the New York Times, People Magazine, CNN, Today.com, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Now This News, and a variety of other broadcast, print, online, and social media outlets for his musical talent and community service. Listen to “American Man” HERE and contact David Parnes david@t-presents.com as Chris Leamy is available for signing, licensing, publishing, booking and opportunities worldwide.


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

Some voices sweep away everything in their path, sending shivers up the spine, chills the blood and inflaming the senses. Adam Naas may only be 24 years old, but his soul-man voice is one such phenomenon. Naas bares his soul simply, discreetly and fearlessly. Each line of his lyrics delves deeply into the most anguished and intense of feelings, and he has a tremendous capacity for honesty. Writing his music himself, he transmits his personal experiences info universal emotions, including love, fear and hope. With a few nostalgic and compelling, melancholic and radiant songs, he as defined his art: a personal, intimate, startlingly sincere soul-pop. His self-titled EP was released last September on Virgin/Mercury France, featuring the single “Fading Away.” Watch the video HERE and contact Clotaire Buche clotaire@junzi-arts.com as Adam Naas is available for booking opportunities, contact jeremie@junzi-arts.com for synch inquiries and Mathilde.Cottebrune@umusic.com for master options.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 3/5/2017



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, March 5th, 2017: The weekly import show. Heard on over 60 radio stations on six continents weekly including: The World Famous KROQ 106.7FM Los Angeles; WKQX-FM Chicago, Radio Doble Nueve, Lima, Peru; KNRK-FM Portland OR; KNDD “The End” Seattle WA; KCJK-FM “Alternative x1051” Kansas City MO: WLKK “Alternative Buffalo” NY 107.7FM; WZRH-FM New Orleans; KHTB Salt Lake City, UT; KBZT-FM 94.9FM San Diego CA; KKDO “94.7FM” Sacramento CA; KWSS “93.9FM” Phoenix AZ; KRML “102.1FM” Carmel CA, KFRR “New Rock 104.1FM” Fresno CA; “Fuzz 92.1FM” WFUZ Scranton, PA; KMAX Windsor/Ft. Collins, Colorado; Triple M Rock Digital Australia; (now with a “Passport Approved Daily” segment on KNRK Portland, KNDD Seattle WA, KRML CA and 99.1FM Radio Doble Nueve); WCNR Charlottesville, VA; KIWR “The River” Council Bluffs, IA; 2XM Ireland (national radio); WAPS-FM “The Summit.FM” Akron-Canton, OH; WKTL-FM Youngstown, OH; KRZQ-FM Reno NV; PUK-FM Johannesburg, South Africa; Spirit-FM, Helsinki, Finland; East Radio-FM Shanghai, China; KAFA “97.7FM” Colorado Springs, CO; KSKI-FM, Sun Valley/Twin Falls, ID; WITH “90.1FM” Ithaca, New York; UCFM 87.8FM Australian Capital Territory, Australia, WRUR 88.5FM Rochester New York; WCRU-FM Hamilton, NY and on www.indie1031.com and The Independent FM (iHeart Radio) in the United States and many others. Also, on the worldwide web and twice weekly segment on Flux FM Germany (Berlin, Brandenburg and Stuttgart) and Allgauhit-FM Bavaria Germany.

Listen to this two-hour show by clicking HERE:

THE BEACH - “Bite My Tongue” (Unsigned, UK)
CHRIS LEAMY - “American Man” (Unsigned, N. America)
THE PALE WHITE - “Reaction” (Ignition Records, UK)
RAT BOY - “Lovers Law” (Parlophone, UK)
SCHWARZ - “Shine” (Spinnin’, Germany)
CATHOLIC ACTION - “Rita Ora” (Luv Luv Luv Records, Scotland)
THE BONGO CLUB - “Victoria” (Unsigned, Sweden)
THE RESPONSE - “Holding Out For Something” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
VANT - “Do You Know Me” (Parlophone, UK)
TALISCO - “Stay” (Roy Music, France)
FAITALA - “Forty-One” (Tiny Records, UK)
***GLOBAL DJ EXCHANGE W/ DJ MIKE WALSH “RADIO X” LONDON, ENGLAND - PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION - “If You Wanna” ***
LILLY AMONG CLOUDS - “The Only One” ([PIAS], Germany)
DEAF HAVANA - "Sing" (SO Recordings, UK)
HUMAN BUOY- “Fields” (Unsigned, Australia)
FOREST BLAKK - “Love Me” (WMG, Canada)
DED RABBIT - “How To Be A Man” (Unsigned, Scotland)
LEAONE - “Goldtooth” (Unsigned, UK)
REDFACES - “Kerosene” (RCA, UK)
TAXI VIOLENCE - “Fake It” (Taxi Violence Music, South Africa)
TEN TONNES - “Lucy” (Warner Bros. UK)
NAATIONS - “Kingdom” (Unsigned, Australia)
SECRET COMPANY - “Alive” (SO Recordings, UK)
THOMAS AZIER - “Talk To Me” (Universal, Holland)
THE LUKA STATE - Lies! Lies! Lies! (Project Records, UK)
LAUREN WALLER - “Secret Garden” (Unsigned, N. America)
WHITE KITE - “Swans” (LTDLTD Records, UK)
PACESHIFTERS - “Draw A Blank” (Unsigned, Holland)
BUFFALO SUNN - “Idle Man” (Unsigned, Ireland)
SPEAKER FIRST - “The Anthem” (Unsigned, Indonesia)
NIHILS - "Put You Back Together" (UAF Music, Austria)
RUEN BROTHERS - “Unknown” (Unsigned, UK)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Katea, Taxi Violence, Ten Fe, Motions and Milky Chance).