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MAX LOUSADA NAMED CEO OF RECORDED MUSIC FOR WMG



Max Lousada
Warner Music Group (WMG) last week named Max Lousada as CEO, Recorded Music for the company, effective October of this year. The promotion will see Lousada leading all of WMG’s Recorded Music operations worldwide, including Atlantic, Warner Bros., Parlophone, Warner Music Nashville, Global Catalog/Rhino and Warner Classics, as well as WMG's international Recorded Music affiliates and WMG’s Artist & Label Services divisions, WEA and ADA. Lousada is currently serving as Chairman & CEO of Warner Music UK (WMUK). The new role will see Lousada reporting to Steve Cooper, WMG CEO, while splitting time between London and New York. He will maintain his responsibilities leading WMUK alongside his new global role.

Steve Cooper said, “With WMG breaking more superstars and leading the industry's transition to streaming, this is the perfect time to appoint a proven leader to turbocharge the success of our Recorded Music division. Max's wide-ranging achievements make him the natural choice. Since taking over the helm of Warner Music UK, he has continued to build his reputation for identifying and developing world-class artistic and executive talent. At the same time, he's transformed our UK operation, with an inspired vision of a truly progressive music company in the 21st century. He's the consummate music man, always exploring what we can do differently to benefit our artists, their fans, our people and our partners. I’m looking forward to working with Max as he leads our outstanding Recorded Music management team."

Max Lousada said, “I came to Warner because it’s always been such a fantastic melting pot of independent spirits uniting to champion artists that change culture and make music that matters. Fourteen years later, that ethos is as strong as ever, so I’m delighted to have the opportunity to build on those foundations with my extremely gifted partners around the world. Together, we’ll continue to create an environment where talent has the support and the freedom to flourish, where we empower our artists and our people to be true pioneers, and where we inspire audiences to be as excited about music as we are. I would like to thank Len and Steve for their tremendous support.”

In his three years as CEO of WMUK, Lousada and his team have consistently grown market share, broken chart records, and released music that has achieved global success. Lousada has also expanded WMUK’s repertoire centers to serve a more diverse range of artists, playing a key role in the integration of Parlophone into WMUK, as well as reviving the East West Records imprint and launching dance music imprints within each of the UK’s front line labels. Additionally, he has strengthened the company’s creative capabilities with the launch of The Firepit, a video content division, innovation lab and state-of-the-art recording studio. From 2014 to 2016, Lousada also served as Chairman of the BRITs Committee, responsible for the creative direction of the UK’s most prestigious awards event.


TOM MACKAY APPOINTED PRESIDENT, FILM & TV A&R FOR SONY MUSIC



Tom Mackay
Sony Music Entertainment has tapped Tom Mackay as President of Film and TV A&R for Sony Music. The newly-created position will see Mackay based in Los Angeles while reporting to Rob Stringer, Sony Music Entertainment CEO. With the new appointment, Mackay will oversee strategy and execution of film and TV partnerships for Sony Music including the company’s soundtrack deals. Before joining Sony, Mackay had been with Republic Records since 1998, most recently serving as EVP/GM of West Coast Operations where he led Republic’s film and TV initiatives in addition to signing and developing new acts.

Rob Stringer commented, “Tom is a wonderfully accomplished executive who understands how to create connections between music, film and television. We are delighted that he is joining Sony Music to help us as we look to create new opportunities for artists through innovation and growth in our visual entertainment initiatives.”

Mackay stated, "Representing Sony Music’s iconic labels and artists across the entire film and television landscape is a tremendous honor and responsibility. I look forward to working alongside everyone within the Sony Music family in creating new and exciting opportunities for our artists in this medium.”

During his tenure at Republic, Mackay was involved in the introduction and launch of NBC’s The Voice, as well as the music releases alongside the show. Other film and TV soundtrack projects Mackay worked on included Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead, Muscle Shoals, Sing Street, Beat Bugs and Motown Magic!, among others. On the A&R front, Mackay was involved with the signing of acts such as Florida Georgia Line, Eli Young Band, 3 Doors Down and Hinder.


DOWNTOWN AND RYAN TEDDER FINALIZE PUBLISHING PARTNERSHIP



Ryan Tedder
Downtown Music Publishing announced today a partnership with Ryan Tedder via a multi-faceted deal that covers the hit songwriter/artist/producer's significant music publishing interests. One of the world’s best-known songwriters, Tedder is a 4-time Grammy winner (including 3 Album of the Year wins for his contributions on Adele's 21 and 25 and Taylor Swift's 1989). With his own band, OneRepublic, Tedder has penned hits such as "Apologize," "Counting Stars," and "Secrets,” and additionally, has written more than twenty-five hit singles for other artists. Recent work for Tedder includes co-writing the 2017 Golden Globe-nominated Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande song "Faith" from the motion picture Sing and collaborating on "Happier" from Ed Sheeran's new album ÷.

The agreement sees Downtown acquiring more than 170 Tedder compositions, outside of OneRepublic, including "Halo" by Beyoncé, "Rumor Has It" and "Turning Tables" by Adele, and "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis, as well as others. Downtown will also be the long-term home for Tedder's newly-written song copyrights. At the same time, Downtown and Tedder will partner to grow and expand his award-winning Patriot Games Publishing company, working closely with Tedder and his team to provide global royalty collection, copyright administration, and creative marketing services to its growing roster of songwriters.

"It is a tremendous honor and great privilege for all of us at Downtown to announce this partnership with Ryan," said Downtown CEO Justin Kalifowitz. "He is that rare combination of creativity, drive, and business acumen that has not only resulted in his own success but continues to inspire everyone invested in the future of songwriting."

"Songwriting has been the cornerstone of my career in music ever since I started writing in Nashville in 2001," said Tedder. "I'm genuinely excited about my partnership with Downtown, which has become one of the most progressive publishing companies in the world. They truly understand both the art and business of songwriting, and I'm looking forward to what we'll build together."


WORLDWIDE RADIO SUMMIT 2017: UNITING THE LEADERS OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST COMMUNICATOR OF MUSIC AND SOUND



The seventh annual Worldwide Radio Summit, presented by A&R Worldwide and AllAccess.com, is set to return to the W Hotel Hollywood May 3rd - 5th 2017. Over the past six years, Worldwide Radio Summit, the "United Nations of Radio," has been attended by hundreds of U.S. and international radio and record executives seeking to network, inspire and encourage the continued health of the broadcast medium in an evolving landscape. The event is not-to-be-missed for anyone vested in the world of radio and broadcast!

Among the many innovators already confirmed to join the 2017 edition are included those from: ABC Radio & ABC News; Advantage Music Research; Alpha Media; Amplifi Media; audioBoom; BBC Radio; Beasley Broadcast Group; Benztown; BMG; Coleman Insights; Columbia Records; Cumulus; DC101/Washington, DC; Def Jam Recordings; DMR/Interactive; iHeartMedia; Emmis; Entercom; EON Media Group; FluxFM (Germany); Futuri Media; Geller Media International; Hubbard Broadcasting; IMGR; Jacaranda FM (S. Africa); Jacobs Media; KCRW/Los Angeles; KIIS FM/Los Angeles; KPWR (Power 106)/Los Angeles; KROQ/Los Angeles; KXOL (Mega 96.3)/Los Angeles; Media.Info; The Mix Group; Mobilium Global; Mr. Master; MusicMaster; Nielsen; NuVoodoo Media Services; Powergold; Premiere Networks; Promosuite; RAB; Radio Days Europe; Radio X (UK); RCA Records; RCS/Mediabase; Republic Records; Research Director, Inc.; The Reynolds Group; SiriusXM; SoundOut; Source Audio; Southern Cross Austereo; TM EVO; Townsquare Media; Triton Digital; vCreative; Warner/Chappell Production Music; Warner Music Group; Westwood One; Wheatstone; WRIF; 5FM (S. Africa); 7digital; and many more!

For more information, including the full agenda and to register, click HERE or contact Tyler at tyler@anrworldwide.com for additional information.


GLOBAL FILM, TV, SYNCH, TRAILERS, ON-DEMAND, BRANDS & MORE JOIN MUSEXPO’S 7TH ANNUAL GLOBAL SYNCH & BRAND FORUMS



MUSEXPO will return for the 13th edition of its flagship Los Angeles event at the W Hotel Hollywood from April 30th - May 3rd 2017. MUSEXPO has also unveiled a revamp to the events programming including a special focus on India, brands engagement, a strong focus on global A&R with a full day dedicated to the A&R EXPO (as part of the MUSEXPO program) and the new world of synch (within film, TV, on-demand, mobile, gaming, VR and more), as well as further, exclusive face-to-face opportunities with industry leaders from all aspects of the music-related business. Additionally, the event will bring a unique approach to synchronization with its “Meet The Film Producers and Creatives” forum.

Alan Ritchson Alex Patsavas Amani Duncan Anurag Rao Bobby Gumm Carter Armstrong

Ged Doherty Joe Belliotti Mamie Coleman Pieter Viljoen Saugato Bhowmik Scott Burnell

Steve Knill Soham Mehta Thomas Golubic Tracey Trench Tricia Holloway Ward Hake

Among the film/TV, synch, brands and agency community leaders that are already confirmed to participate at the event are: actor Alan Ritchson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Smallville, Blue Mountain State, Lazer Team); Alexandra Patsavas - Founder, Chop Shop Music Supervision (The Twilight Saga, Grey’s Anatomy, Gossip Girl, Mad Men, Supernatural, Rescue Me); Amani Duncan, Sr. Vice President, Music, MTV; Anurag Rao - Founder/CEO, Canvas Talent India (Bollywood Film/TV Music Supervisor); Bobby Gumm - VP of Music, Trailer Park (trailers for Mad Max: Fury Road, Suicide Squad, Avengers: Age of Ultron); Carter Armstrong - Sr. VP Film & TV, peermusic (La La Land, Divergent, Godzilla, The Hangover); Ged Doherty - Co-Founder, Raindog Films (Eye In The Sky, The Loving); Joe Belliotti - Head of Global Music Marketing, Coca-Cola; Mamie Coleman - VP Music & Production, Fox Broadcasting Company; Pieter Viljoen - Assistant Editor, Rock Paper Scissors (Nike, Beats by Dre, Jaguar, Netflix); Saugato Bhowmik - EVP & Business Head, Consumer Products & Integrated Network Solutions, Viacom 18 Live India (MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon); Scott Burnell - Global Lead, Business Development & Partner Mgmt., Ford Motor Co.; Soham Mehta - Movie Producer (Run The Tide, Fatakra, Survivors, Awesome Asian Bad Guys); Steve Knill - EVP, Global Sports & Ent’t Consulting, GMR Marketing; Sunil Perkash - Movie Producer (Enchanted, S.A.L.T., Premonition); Thomas Golubic - Founder, SuperMusicVision (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul); Tracey Trench - Owner/Producer, Tracey Trench Productions (The Pink Panther, Herbie - Fully Loaded, Just Married); Tricia Holloway - Head of Music, FREEFORM; Ward Hake - Vice President, TV Music, Twentieth Century FOX Television and many more to be unveiled!

In addition, Pepsi is confirmed as a partner of the 4th annual “Int’l Music Industry Awards” exclusively at MUSEXPO on Wednesday, May 3rd along with brands such Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Red Bull Records, Etihad Airways, CellarPass, Jessup Cellars, Foundry, Lloyd, Times India, Gaana, Universal Music Group, Republic Records, YouTube/Google, Apple, Sony Music, Warner Music, Mom+Pop Music, PodcastOne, BBC, Atlantic Records, ADLI Law, Greenberg Traurig, Island Records, Saavn, peermusic, Lava Records, Eurosonic, Live Nation, Electronic Arts, Spotlite Media, SESAC, MQA, Sire Records, Billboard, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Music Business Worldwide, Music Week, Digital Music News, AllAccess.com and many others attending the event.

To register for MUSEXPO and the outlined program above click HERE. For additional questions contact Tyler at tyler@anrworldwide.com.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Spotify and Universal Music Group (UMG) announced last week a new, multi-year global license agreement. The agreement will see the companies advancing their partnership to ensure that streaming benefits are maximized for artists, labels and fans through a comprehensive range of music experiences, providing further flexibility for new releases, and collaborative marketing campaigns across Spotify’s platform. The new agreement also sees UMG with access to data, allowing for new tools for artists and labels to expand, engage and build deeper connections with their fans.

BMG has published its first book, celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Zombies’ seminal album, Odessey and Oracle. The book is the first in a series of music-related offerings from BMG, focusing on the intersection of music and culture. With a foreword from Tom Petty, The “Odessey”: The Zombies in Words and Images was assembled by the four surviving original members of the iconic British Invasion band and includes photos, original artwork, oral history and handwritten lyrics for 22 songs. The “Odessey” includes contributions from music journalists and friends such as Brian Wilson, Carlos Santana, Susanna Hoffs, Paul Weller, Graham Nash, Patti LaBelle, Al Kooper, Clive Davis, Cage the Elephant, Beach House, and Nate Ruess of FUN. Coordinating BMG’s new books list is LA-based award-winning author Scott B. Bomar (Southbound). Additional titles for release this year include For the Sake of Heaviness, a memoir by Metal Blade Records founder and CEO Brian Slagel; Wanda Jackson’s autobiography Every Night is Saturday Night: A Country Girl’s Journey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout, a memoir by songwriter Billy Edd Wheeler; and out-of-print titles including British music journalist Barney Hoskyns’ first book Say It One Time For The Brokenhearted: Country Soul In The American South.

ole has finalized an exclusive worldwide publishing administration deal with performer/songwriter/producer Richard Marx. Over his career, Marx has sold more than 30 million albums globally, starting with his self-titled debut album. Released in 1987, the debut garnered Marx a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. As a songwriter and producer, Marx has composed many popular songs, including “To Where You Are,” the first hit single from Josh Groban’s debut album, and “This I Promise You” by *NSYNC. In 2004, Marx won a Grammy for Song of the Year for co-authoring Luther Vandross’ “Dance with My Father” and in 2011, Marx co-wrote Keith Urban's No.1 country smash, "Long Hot Summer" which saw Marx having composed a No.1 song in four different decades. Across all formats, Marx has garnered 14 No.1 singles both as a performer and songwriter/producer.

Bell Media and ole have partnered for an exclusive music publishing and administration deal covering Bell Media’s in-house music catalog. With this deal, ole has concluded $20 million in acquisitions over the first quarter of the year. The multi-year agreement will grow revenue generated from Bell Media’s audio-visual collection of over 12,000 tracks, including iconic television music such as “The Hockey Theme,” CTV News themes and compositions from Bell Media’s roster of No.1 hit original programs.

Sarah Stennett
Last week’s Music Week Awards in London saw widely-respected artist manager Sarah Stennett honored with the coveted Strat Award for the 2017 event. Stennett’s First Access Entertainment looks after the careers of global acts such as Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha and Zayn among others. The event welcomed a number of leading global exec’s with Access Industries’ Founder Len Blavatnik presenting Stennett with her award.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! has tapped Jim Pitt to join the ABC late night show as live music producer following a 24 year stint with Conan O'Brien, most recently on his TBS show. Pitt, who had booked music for Conan since 1993, will work closely with veteran Kimmel music producer Mac Burrus.

ASCAP has teamed with LANDR, the world’s leading automated mastering platform, to provide ASCAP members with access to unlimited automated mastering. This stands as the start of ASCAP’s larger initiative to provide its 600,000 members an integrated member benefits experience with leading organizations, such as LANDR, that deliver services to music professionals.

Tupac
The Estate of Tupac Shakur announced the launch of Tupac’s Powamekka Café, his original restaurant concept, alongside an exclusive, limited-edition apparel and merchandise collaboration in partnership with Bravado. Powamekka Café took over New York’s Lower East Side, Sweet Chick on Ludlow Street, owned and backed by restaurateur, John Seymour and Nas, last week. The café featured a carefully curated collection from Tupac’s archives including personal photos from his childhood, his poetry and music memorabilia from his favorite artists as well as the food he loved.

Arts & Crafts, the Toronto-based indie artist services company, has announced a new partnership with Caroline. The deal will see Caroline handling U.S. distribution for Arts & Crafts’ roster, starting with the upcoming release by the company’s founding artist Broken Social Scene. In addition to the release of the currently untitled album by Broken Social Scene, their first since 2010, Arts & Crafts has U.S. releases for 2017 lined up for Overcoats, Tom Chaplin, Kid Koala, Dan Mangan, Reuben and the Dark and Cold Specks as well as others.

Kaleidoscope Entertainment has announced that it will release the new Beatles documentary, IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY! THE BEATLES: SGT. PEPPER & BEYOND, in UK cinemas this May, including special Q&A previews across the UK, followed by a digital release in June and DVD release in July. A special launch event is also planned in Liverpool, the home of The Beatles on June 1st, the 50th Anniversary of the Sgt. Pepper album. From the Emmy-nominated director of Monty Python: Almost The Truth, Alan G. Parker, and produced by Reynold D’Silva and Alexa Morris, the film features incredible rare archival footage unseen since the 1960s. The film also features rare interviews with The Beatles’ original drummer Pete Best, John Lennon’s sister Julia Baird, Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein’s secretary Barbara O’Donnell, Steve Diggle of the Buzzcocks, Beatles associate Tony Bramwell, Pattie Boyd’s sister Jenny Boyd, Hunter Davies, Simon Napier-Bell, Ray Connolly, Bill Harry, Philip Norman, Steve Turner, Andy Peebles, Freda Kelly and The Merseybeats.

The Production Music Association (PMA) recently announced Adam Taylor, President of APM Music and previous Vice Chair of the PMA Board of Directors, as the new Chairman of the PMA. Taylor assumes the role from Randy Thornton of Amphibious Zoo Entertainment who parts ways with the Board after nine years. For more than three decades, Taylor has been working with intellectual property companies, organizations and individuals to manage and extract value from their copyrights, trademarks and patents. Additionally, the PMA has appointed Joe Saba as its new Vice Chair. Saba, a Co-Founder and current board member of the PMA, is the Co-Founder of Videohelper, a leading independent creator and supplier of production music. Thornton is retiring from his role with the PMA Board of Directors but will maintain involvement through his membership with Amphibious Zoo.

The revamped Indian Performing Right Society Ltd. (IPRS) recently held elections after over a decade with participation from both authors (music composers and lyricists) and publishers (music labels). These elections are supported by the entire author and publisher community in India. The IPRS has adopted a new working constitution, fully in sync with the Amended Copyright Act, with the primary objective ensuring rightful royalty flow to all the rights owner, while simplifying licensing process for the end users. Renowned poet/writer, Shri Javed Akhtar was unanimously elected as the Chairman of the new board with newly elected members including Javed Akhtar, Shridhar Subramaniam, Aashish Rego, Kumar Taurani, Rajinder Singh Panesar, Devraj Sanyal, G.V. Prakash Kumar, Ganesh Jain, Anupam Roy, Mandar Thakur, Sahithi Cherukupalli and Vikram Mehra. A number of the aforementioned board members will be participating at the “Spotlight On India” at MUSEXPO in Los Angeles at the end of this month.

Blue Raincoat Songs announced today that they have signed the band Cabbage to a worldwide publishing deal. The Manchester five piece are now signed to Infectious Records and to-date have self-released four EPs leading to the EP compilation Young, Dumb and Full Of…

Three of the largest member-owned collection societies in the world, ASCAP, SACEM and PRS for Music, have just announced a partnership to prototype a new shared system of managing authoritative music copyright information using blockchain technology. The societies are teaming up to model a new system for managing the links between music recordings International Standard Recording Codes (ISRCs) and music work International Standard Work Codes (ISWCs) in an effort to provide a practical solution for improving the processes of royalty matching. The goal of the project is to prototype how the music industry could create and adopt a shared, decentralized database of musical work metadata with real-time update and tracking capabilities. The initiative sees data and technology teams from SACEM, ASCAP and PRS for Music, working alongside IBM, leveraging the open source blockchain technology from the Linux Foundation, Hyperledger Fabric, to match, aggregate and qualify existing links between ISRCs and ISWCs in order to confirm correct ownership information and conflicts.

The UK & European Guild of Music Supervisors launched last week, it was announced by Iain Cooke, President of the Guild and freelance music supervisor. The Guild will seek to promote the craft of music supervision through the education of the value of music, the advocacy of best practice, and support for the protection of music copyright across all mediums. In addition to Cooke, Senior Board members include Abi Leland, VP, Founder & Managing Director of Leland Music; Ayla Owen, Co-Chair, Head of Music at Bartle Bogle Hegarty and The Most Radicalist Black Sheep Music; Duncan Smith, Co-Chair, Senior Music Supervisor at Sony Interactive Entertainment; Jacquie Perryman, Co-Chair, Founder of Periscope Music & Media Ltd; Rupert Hollier, Head of the Advisory Board, Music Supervisor and Head of Creative at Metropolis Music Group; and Jon Skinner, Secretary/Treasurer, CEO of Music Gateway with additional members to an advisory board. While operating independently, the UK & European Guild will collaborate with its counterparts in N. America.

Leela James
R&B/Soul singer/songwriter, Leela James, has just released her sixth studio album, Did It For Love via BMG with the album’s first single, “Don’t Want You Back” reaching the No.1 spot on the BDS Urban AC/Adult R&B Songs Billboard chart and the Urban AC Mediabase radio chart. The achievement marks the first No.1 in James’ career. The single’s video has also reached the No.1 spot on BET Soul.

Early last year, boutique music licensing agency and rights holder collective, Leaky Sync began work on raising awareness to the indie artist and label community in Portugal. The collective continues to pitch songs for syncs by Portuguese artists and its music discovery program, Discovery Boost has played a key role in coordinating music video programming presented within the French airline, Air Austral. The campaign has also generated video placements in the U.S. and Australia. Leaky Sync has since launched the “Portugal Invasion” playlist and partnered with idobi Network. The campaign will run for 30 days across the month of May on the network's indie station, idobi Anthm, and will generate unique digital content for the campaign through artists and bands for interviews. Leaky Sync will also set up studio space in Lisbon, Portugal to produce a co-branded idobi Sessions “Live in Lisbon” - Leaky Sync Acoustic Series.

Spotify’s Daniel Ek confirmed late last week that Chris Bevington, the company’s Director of Global Partnerships/Business Development, was among those killed in the recent truck attack in Stockholm, Sweden. Bevington was 41 and had been with Spotify for five years.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Alexander Ljung, Tim Westergren, George Egratoudis, Alex Luke, Becca Gatrell, Jason Iley, Kirk Sommer, Lucy Dickins, Michael Goldstone, Tina Vukovic, Leslie Lewis, Karl Anderson and Dina LaPolt.


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. DIY home improvements are not for everyone. Click HERE to see why certain tasks are sometimes better left to the professionals.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK" - SHAYNA LEIGH



Shayna Leigh originally found music through the dramatic arts, where she first discovered singing and found it to be the most instinctual form of expression she'd ever experienced. Influenced not only by contemporary hitmakers but also ageless greats like The Beatles, Carole King and Laura Nyro, she spent years writing, recording and performing, searching for the sound that best defined her own artistry. On July 28, 2015, Shayna released her debut album Drive on S-Curve Records/UMG. The album includes ten tracks produced and co-written by multi-Platinum and multi-Grammy Award-winning record producer Michael Mangini (Joss Stone, Diane Birch) and Emmy Award-winning, multi-Platinum songwriter and producer Peter Zizzo (Avril Lavigne, Vanessa Carlton). Shayna recently released her new single “Candle,” (listen HERE) taken from her upcoming EP and just wrapped up a supporting slot for Lee DeWyze (“American Idol”) on tour. Shayna will be performing this Thursday at The Hotel Cafe, located at 1623 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles. Listen to “Candle” here and contact info@anrworldwide.com to be added to the guest list for The Hotel Cafe showcase and for more info on Shayna as she is available for label signing, publishing, booking, management, synch and brand opportunities.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" - LOVESTARRS

Siblings Sarah and Hamish McIntosh are Lovestarrs. Described sonically as the British love child of George Michael and Katy Perry, Lovestarrs’ energetic pop promises to boost your mood and make you dance. Hamish learned guitar at age eight, followed by bass two years later. After years of playing the violin and eventually drums, Sarah discovered her Grandmother’s 1980s Yamaha keyboard ready to be thrown out from her attic, instantly fell in love with the retro sounds and drum loops and immediately began writing songs with it. Adding third bandmate George Hinton, the trio was signed to EMI in 2011 under the name The Good Natured. They headlined the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury and had almost completed their debut album when EMI was sold and the group dropped. Disillusioned, George opted out, but the McIntosh siblings were determined to succeed. Adopting the name Lovestarrs, the duo released an EP that received over 100,000 streams on SoundCloud, attracting the attention of indie label DEFDISCO. Having lost their previous masters to EMI, Lovestarrs opted to crowd-fund their new release via a Kickstarter campaign, allowing them to maintain ownership and control of their music. Their eagerly anticipated debut album Planet Lovestarr was released March 17, 2017 via DEFDISCO/WMG. Inspired by a note they read on a London Underground message board which said ‘all terrorists are politely reminded that this is London. Whatever you do we will drink tea and jolly well carry on,’ Lovestarrs put together a video, which was created before the attacks at Westminster, as a symbol of strength for their beautiful city that they call home. Watch the “London Town” video HERE and contact Cherry Stone at stonedcherrymgmt@gmail.com as the duo are available for publishing, label, booking agent (non-UK), synch and brand opportunities.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST - 4/9/2017



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, April 9th, 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 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 as well as streaming on one of the world’s fastest growing streaming platforms, Saavn.

Listen to this two-hour show by clicking HERE:

PICTURE THIS - “Take My Hand” (Universal, Ireland)
CHRIS LEAMY - “American Man” (Unsigned, N. America)
THE BONGO CLUB - “Seventeen” (Unsigned, Sweden)
SKOTT - Glitter & Gloss (Chess Club, Sweden)
SECRET COMPANY - “Alive” (SO Recordings, UK)
CATHOLIC ACTION - “Rita Ora” (Luv Luv Luv Records, Scotland)
MOTIONS - “Back To Where I Begun” (Unsigned, Ireland)
TWO YEAR VACATION - “Better Off Alone” (Varo Music, Sweden)
THE PALE WHITE - “Reaction” (Ignition Records, UK)
ANDREAS MOSS - “Red Dress” (Curb, Sweden)
WE THE LION - “Found Love” (Unsigned, Peru)
***GLOBAL DJ EXCHANGE W/ DJ UELI HAFLIGER “FLUX FM” BERLIN, GERMANY - ALICE MERTON - “No Roots” ***
LAUREN WALLER - “Wonderful Life” (Unsigned, N. America)
THE BEACH - “Bite My Tongue” (Unsigned, UK)
TAXI VIOLENCE - “Fake It” (Taxi Violence Music, South Africa)
THOMAS AZIER - “Gold” (Universal, Holland)
DED RABBIT - “How To Be A Man” (Unsigned, Scotland)
JULIANA - “Cry Wolf” (Unsigned, Australia)
BRACELET - “Wild Heart” (Unsigned, Sweden)
OUR MAN IN BERLIN - “A Lightbulb Mind” (Unsigned, Australia)
TALISCO - “A Kiss From LA” (Roy Music, France)
MISS LI - “Aqualung” (Sony Music, Sweden)
VANT - “Do You Know Me” (Parlophone, UK)
TAMZENE - “Lullaby” (Unsigned, Scotland)
LEWIS WATSON - “Maybe We’re Home” (Warner Music, UK)
AMY SHARK - “Adore” (Unsigned, Australia)
PACESHIFTERS - “Draw A Blank” (Unsigned, Holland)
SAN CISCO - “Slo Mo” (Island City Records, Australia)
LA FÉLINE - "Séparés" (Kwaidan Records, France)
THE DAY - “Grow” (Sinnbus, Germany)
SPEAKER FIRST - “The Anthem” (Unsigned, Indonesia)
SHAKES - “Strange Tides” (Unsigned, New Zealand)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Our Man In Berlin, San Cisco, Marsicans, Otherkin and Mogli).