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MUSEXPO 2017 is set to return for the 13th edition of its flagship Los Angeles event to the W Hotel Hollywood from April 30th - 3rd of May 2017. Joining the event’s reimagined programming are the Global Managers Futurecast and Live Forum sessions that will bring attendees insight from the leading minds in the live entertainment and talent management spaces.

MUSEXPO 2017 manager’s session welcomes talent managers who represent the likes of Bridgit Mendler, Dr. Luke, HAIM, Future Cut, Greg Wells, Lissie, Tash Sultana, twenty one pilots and Vance Joy among others including: Chris Woltman - Founder, Element1 Music; Jaddan Comerford - Founder, UNIFIED; Jon Lieberberg - Manager, Roc Nation; Mark Beaven - Founder & Co-CEO, Advanced Alternative Media, Inc.; and Peter Leak - Manager, Red Light Management.

Chris Woltman Jaddan Comerford Jon Lieberberg Mark Beaven Peter Leak

And among the live entertainment executives joining this year’s live forum are included: Jbeau Lewis - Music Agent, United Talent Agency; Jobst-Henning Neermann - Head of Marketing & Strategic Marketing, KBK Konzert-Künstleragentur GmbH (Germany); Jon Pleeter - VP of Concerts, ICM Partners; Peter Smidt - Creative Director, EuroSonic Noorderslag; Steve Strange - Founding Partner, X-ray Touring (agent for Coldplay, Eminem, Queens of the Stoneage)and Tom Hoppa - Booker, Latitude 38 Entertainment (BottleRock Napa Valley/Live Nation).


Among the many unique and innovative forums at MUSEXPO (April 30 - May 3), including a Spotlight on India and an exclusive “Meet The Film Producers & Creatives” session, are a number of keynote interviews and presentations featuring leading executives from across the A&R, media and tech industries.

Jason Flom Mark Sutherland Greg Hammer Tim Ingham Rishi Shah Mandar Thakur

Kicking off Sunday’s A&R EXPO is widely-successful A&R executive Jason Flom (Founder & CEO, Lava Records & Lava Music Publishing) being interviewed by Music Week Editor, Mark Sutherland. Among the many acts Flom has helped launch to the global stage are included the likes of Katy Perry, Jessie J, Lorde, Kid Rock, Matchbox 20, Skid Row, Tori Amos and Jewel among others. This inspiring interview will delve into Flom’s past, present and future take on the art that is A&R and is not to be missed!

Also taking place as part of Sunday’s A&R EXPO activities is a keynote interview with Red Bull Records’ Managing Director, Greg Hammer, conducted by Tim Ingham (Founder & Publisher, Music Business Worldwide). As a leading indie “brand” label, Red Bull Records has led the charge on successfully integrating music and artists into an existing brand culture, while solidifying itself as its own fully-independent label operation.

As part of MUSEXPO 2017’s Spotlight On India focus, there will be feature interviews with two of India’s leading music and media entrepreneurs. On Monday, May 1st, respected journalist Emmanuel Legrand will be in conversation with Rishi Shah, the Founder & CEO of Indian media outlet, RAVE. Also on Monday, Times Music India’s COO, Mandar Thakur, will be interviewed by Ralph Simon (CEO & Founder, Mobilium Global) as he goes in-depth on the recent growth and monetization of the music and media industry in India and Southeast Asia. For anyone interested in better understanding the Indian/SE Asian markets, these keynotes, and the Spotlight On India panel following, are must-attend events.

Craig Kallman Monte Lipman Avery Lipman John Amato Sir Lucian Grainge

Wrapping up Monday’s keynote sessions is a presentation by music tech start-up, Spotlite Media as the company’s General Manager and Co-Founder, Gary Chen unveils this unique music video creating/sharing network to the global music audience in attendance. Chen’s history in the music/tech space is extensive, having been a former partner in helping launch China’s first digital storefront as well as helping launch Google Music China.

Continuing MUSEXPO’s focus on the music and A&R process, Tuesday, May 2nd’s programming will welcome the highly-successful Chairman & CEO of Atlantic Records Group, Craig Kallman. Kallman will be in conversation with Music Business Worldwide’s Tim Ingham, as he shares the inspiring story of his accent from selling dance records on the street from a shopping cart, to leading one of the most successful multi-national label’s in the world.

Capping off Tuesday’s conference programming is a feature keynote with Republic Records’ Co-Founders & Chief Executives, Monte and Avery Lipman. Monte and Avery will be interviewed by John Amato (President, The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group) as part of MUSEXPO 2017 honoring them with its highly-coveted “International Music Persons of the Year Award.” The interview will precede Wednesday’s Awards Luncheon which will see special awards presentations to Monte and Avery from Sir Lucian Grainge (Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group), The City of Los Angeles and Leron Gubler (President & CEO, Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce) to recognize their significant contributions to the worldwide music community.

For more information on MUSEXPO 2017 and to register, visit www.musexpo.net or contact Tyler Polzin at tyler@anrworldwide.com.


Troy Carter has been selected by Comerica Bank, appointed earlier this year to administer the Estate of Prince, to serve as its entertainment adviser in the representation of Prince’s interests. The veteran manager and current Spotify exec will fill the role that had been held by Charles Koppelman and L. Londell McMillan for Bremer Bank, Comerica’s predecessor. Carter will maintain his role as Global Head of Creative Services for Spotify moving forward.

Warner Music Group (WMG) has expanded its business development team with the appointments of Michael Drexler to VP, Digital Strategy & Corporate Development, and Allan Coye to VP, Digital Strategy & Business Development. Based in New York, both will report to Ole Obermann, WMG’s Chief Digital Officer and EVP, Business Development, and mark the first new hires by Obermann since he joined the late last year. Drexler, who will focus on strategic investments and corporate development, had most recently been with BMI as Executive Director, leading sales, operations, and client relationships for the PRO’s digital rights licensing business. Prior to BMI, Drexler held various digital roles at Sony Music, eventually as Sr. Director of Corporate and Business Development. Coye will work to develop digital strategy and manage key partner relationships at WMG. Coye had previously been VP of Strategy and Business Development for Viacom Music & Entertainment Group. Prior to that, Coye was Director of Business Development at SpinMedia and also held various investment analysis and deal execution roles at Goldman Sachs, Investcorp International and Credit Suisse.

Warner Music Group announced they have hired Michael Steele as Director/Playlist Programming and Curation. In this position, Steele will oversee playlists for Warner Music Group artists on all of the major streaming platforms including Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music and Pandora. Steele’s previous experience includes KIIS-FM Los Angeles as the APD/MD, Indie 103.1 as the chief creator and founder and Westwood One as the Executive Producer of Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 and Access Hollywood Radio with Billy Bush.

AEG has announced the roll-out of its own in-house branded content division under the banner of AEG Studios. AEG Studios will launch as an extension to AEG’s Global Partnership division as it seeks to create, produce and develop original content for the firm and its brand partners. The new division will be led by Raymond Leon Roker. Among the original content will be included VR, 360-degree video, documentaries and episodic programming. The launch follows last week news that AEG and Uber had finalized an agreement to see the latter acting as the official rideshare and transportation partner for 27 AEG venues and assets.

Becca Gatrell, the former Head of Film & TV for Universal Music Publishing, has announced the roll-out of a full-service platform for songwriters, providing them music publishing, sync and music supervision services. Based in London, Wow & Flutter will seek to work alongside both emerging and established talent, with a focus on the film and TV sectors. The music publishing branch of the firm will be a worldwide JV with Universal Music Publishing and will look to sign a diverse range of music from across different genres. The music supervision and sync divisions of Wow & Flutter will operate as wholly-owned, in-house entities. Among Gatrell’s current projects are included work on the feature film Bodies for the director/writer team B Welby Delimere and Rory Fleck Byrne. Wow & Flutter’s publishing division recently signed and is developing three emerging artists including Sean Gadd (founding member of Grouplove), Tommy Ashby and RINNGS.

Red Light Management’s Coran Capshaw has reacquired a majority stake in e-commerce firm Musictoday, which he founded in 2000, and sold to Live Nation in 2006. Musictoday sells merchandise, bundling it with CDs and vinyl albums, direct to fans of artists, festivals and concert events, as well as comedy and sports stars including artists such as Dave Matthews, Chris Stapleton and Chicano Batman, as well as the Jerry Garcia Official store. In addition to bundling merch with CDs, Musictoday has also worked alongside artist fan clubs to for pre-sale bundles of concert tickets and merch. In 2014, after Live Nation had incorporated Musictoday’s ticket-sales division into Ticketmaster, they sold the remainder of the firm to The Delivery Agent. Although Musictoday handles merch sales for a number of acts on Red Light’s roster, they operate independently of the artist management firm.

Mariah Carey has formed an exclusive joint partnership between her recently-launched Butterfly Records and Epic Records. The new agreement includes the release of additional repertoire from Carey, starting with her upcoming studio album, expected for release later this year, and builds on the long-term relationship between Epic and Carey, who was signed to the label in 2015 by L.A. Reid.

Following a management buyout from Warner Music Germany, Hamburg-based Neuland Concerts has become an independently-owned firm. Set-up in 2008 as a division of Warner Music Germany, Neuland went on to become one of the country’s leading live music tour operators and in 2015 became a standalone operation under Warner Music Germany. Despite now operating as a fully independent company, Neuland Concerts will maintain a close working relationship with Warner Music Germany and its roster of artists for tours within Germany and other territories.

Glassnote Records has added UK duo IDER to their label roster for the world. IDER is composed of North London-based friends Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville whose unique electro alt-pop quickly generated attention last year from fans such as songwriter and producer Shura as well as BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart and Huw Stephens. IDER have already generated more than two million streams and support from Wonderland, DIY, Stereogum, Pigeons and Planes and The Line of Best Fit, as well as a “Track of the Week” feature from Huw Stephens. They also recently played their debut sold-out headline show at Bermondsey Social Club.

Global Positioning Service (GPS) has added Nashville-based producer/songwriter/guitarist Lincoln Parish to their roster. Parish has worked with artists such as Lissie, Rebecca Rubion, Run River North and Lucinda Williams, and is best-known as the lead guitarist for Cage The Elephant. With Cage The Elephant, Parish co-wrote and played guitar on the band’s self-titled album as well as Thank You Happy Birthday, and 2015 Grammy Award nominee for Best Alternative Album, Melophobia, including the No.1 single "Come A Little Closer.” Parish parted ways with the band in 2013 to build his Nashville recording studio Talk Box Rodeo. Recent credits for Parish include mixing Hillary Williams' Lucky Scars EP scheduled for release in 2017, producing and co-writing Bassh's single "Animal" from their forthcoming EP, and co-producing/co-writing, and playing on country duo Rivers and Rust's forthcoming album. Currently, Parish is at work on producing new material for singer/songwriter Johnny Lucas.

Darren Pfeffer has been tapped by the Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) to manage MSG’s portfolio of live events as EVP of MSG Live. From the newly-created position, the iHeartMedia veteran will oversee events and programming at the company's NYC-based namesake venue and Radio City Music Hall as well as The Forum (Los Angeles) and the Chicago Theatre. Pfeffer will be tasked with forming MSG’s strategic vision for bookings, as well as spearheading new signature events and artist residencies. Additionally, he’ll be involved in MSG’s plans for venue expansion while providing daily oversight with regards to finance and operations. Pfeffer will report to David O’Connor, MSG’s President and CEO. Since 2006, Pfeffer has served as Executive Producer of Z100's Jingle Ball, which saw the roll-out of the multi-market iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour. He also produced several B2B iHeart events at conferences including CES and SXSW, as well as working on event integrations for brands such as Target, Pepsi and Verizon.

Digital music distributor TuneCore has announced the launch of TuneCore Direct Advance. A collaboration with Lyric Financial, a leading financial services and technology company serving the global music industry, the new service provides TuneCore artists automated advances on their future distribution sales revenue allowing them to help fund new projects and further their careers. This new advance model does not require artists to pledge ownership of their music. TuneCore Direct Advance is the latest add to the company's portfolio of artist tools and services and is available for U.S.-based TuneCore artists that meet certain eligibility requirements, including sales history and earning thresholds.

Ticketmaster has revealed a round of new appointments to its UK sales team. Among the new team members are former DHP Family, AMG and Robomagic promoter Bonita McKinney joining the London office as a sales executive; Holly Watson, whose background includes a number of positions with large-scale events and festivals such as the Isle of Wight Festival, London 2012 Olympics and Melbourne Grand Prix, as well as time at Ticketmaster's Manchester office; and Jason Boardman, based in Ticketmaster's Manchester office, and bringing his experience from the live events industry as a DJ and event promoter, as well as background in artist management.

J. Geils
John Warren Geils Jr., better known as J. Geils and the leader of The J. Geils Band, died last week at age 71 in his Groton, Massachusetts, home. Following the initial investigation, it has been reported he died of natural causes. The J. Geils Band saw 17 songs reach the Billboard Hot 100, 10 of which reached the top 40. "Centerfold," the band’s most successful track, spent six weeks at No.1 with "Freeze-Frame" topping out at No.4. The band also garnered 15 albums charting on the Billboard 200, including their full-length Freeze-Frame which spent four weeks No.1 in 1982 and finished at No.5 on Billboard's year-end Top Pop Albums chart ("Centerfold" was the No.5 Top Pop Single for the same year). Formed in 1967, The J. Geils Band released 11 studio albums before their 1985 break up with a number of reunions during the years following.

Bauer Media announced last week the launch of their new magazine, Planet Rock, building on the already successful UK commercial radio and live events brand. With its first issue scheduled for mid-May, Planet Rock has been a collaboration between Bauer Radio’s Music and Content Director Ric Blaxill and Bauer Media’s music publishing team under Phil Alexander. Alexander and Blaxill have both worked closely with Mark Blake, the publication’s launch editor, and a contributing editor to Q and MOJO, as well as the author of best-selling biographies for Pink Floyd, The Who and Queen. The magazine will incorporate the editorial depth, bespoke design and collectability of Bauer’s existing MOJO brand, with the humor, insight and passion of the Planet Rock brand. The magazine will seek to supplement the brand’s on-air programming as it works to support artists on-air, on-line and in print as well as through events.

Grammy and MTV Music Award Nominated artist/songwriter Lazee has returned with “Be Somebody” via 20/20 Records/Warner Music after a six year hiatus. The Swedish musician embraces a broader sound, showing he has a more developed expression as an artist with the single, which was produced by KJ and Joakim Sandström.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Hartwig Masuch, Bruce Flohr, Ron Broitman, Jody Gerson, Sean Denny, Adrian Karvinen, Denis Handlin, Richard Kingsmill, Jake Wisely, Wendy Goldstein, Barry Dickins, Alex Luke, Mamie Coleman, Julie Greenwald and John Silva.


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. As most people around the world celebrate Easter; it is the season for massive “eggcentric” fails. Click HERE to view some monstrous April mishaps and fails from around the world.


Diana DeMuth is a singer/songwriter originally from Boston, Massachusetts. She began writing songs at the age of eleven thanks to encouragement from her guitar teacher. Diana recorded her first EP at fourteen years old and has been in the studio and on the road ever since. Although she never talks about it, Diana was a 2013 contestant on “The X Factor.” On a whim during a layover in Colorado, Diana auditioned for the show, eventually making it through to the celebrity judges round in front of Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and Kelly Rowland and into the top thirty. However, being anything but a cover artist, Diana ultimately decided that the show’s vibe didn’t click with her singer/songwriter soul. Instead, at age 21 Diana released her debut full-length album, Albuquerque, which she then self-released. Produced by Alain Mallet (Paul Simon, Jonatha Brooke), he and Diana crafted an album where no two tunes have the same concept, many forcing Diana to leave her comfort zone of ballads. Now 23, Diana lives in Los Angeles and performs with her all-female band. She is currently working on her newest album, due to be released later in 2017, with Grammy Award-winning producer Jeff Bova (Celine Dion). Listen to her single “The Doorway” HERE and contact Mick Rossi at mick@mickrossi.net as Diana is available for label signing, publishing, booking, synch and brand opportunities.


Benny Sings is a Dutch artist who’s been performing, producing and releasing records for over a decade. Debut album Champagne People (2003) made an immediate impact, garnering positive press and earning Benny the 2004 Essent Award. Sophomore effort I Love You (2005) unleashed worldwide acclaim for Benny, as BBC DJ Gilles Peterson became a fan, while single “Little Donna” was a hit on France’s Radio Nova. Third album Benny…At Home (2007) spread his appeal further, getting positive reviews in the U.S. and Japan. Follow-up ART increased Benny’s recognition in America, which was bolstered a year later by a subsequent greatest hits compilation, 2012’s Best of Benny Sings, which led to an opening slot on Mayer Hawthorne’s European tour and a phenomenal amount of international radio airplay, including BBC Radio 1 (Gilles Peterson), BBC Radio 2 (Jamie Cullum), KCRW Los Angeles (Anthony Valadez) and Studio Brussel (Lefto). Benny’s most recent effort, 2015’s STUDIO, has earned him the best reviews of his career; Dutch music magazine Volkskrant called it the “highlight of his oeuvre” in a four-star review, while Allmusic.com hailed STUDIO as the “best album of his career to date” and the Huffington Post deemed Benny “the best artist you never heard of.” Experience Benny Sings’ visual for “One Of These Hearts” HERE and contact Jochem Soepermarkt at jochem@soepermarkt.com as Benny Sings is available for publishing, label, synch and brand opportunities.


“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, April 16th, 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:

SECRET COMPANY - “Alive” (SO Recordings, UK)
CHRIS LEAMY - “American Man” (Unsigned, N. America)
BRACELET - “Wild Heart” (Unsigned, Sweden)
CATHOLIC ACTION - “Rita Ora” (Luv Luv Luv Records, Scotland)
SKOTT - Glitter & Gloss (Chess Club, Sweden)
THE BONGO CLUB - “Seventeen” (Unsigned, Sweden)
MOTIONS - “Back To Where I Begun” (Unsigned, Ireland)
THE PALE WHITE - “Reaction” (Ignition Records, UK)
MARSICANS - “Friends” (Love Vs Fear/V2, Benelux)
ANDREAS MOSS - “Red Dress” (Curb, Sweden)
WE THE LION - “Found Love” (Unsigned, Peru)
ALLIE X - “Paper Love” (Twin Music, UK)
RED FACES - “Kerosene” (RCA, UK)
SCHWARZ - “Change” (Spinnin’, Germany)
MIDDLE KIDS - “Never Start” (Mirror Music, Australia)
DED RABBIT - “How To Be A Man” (Unsigned, Scotland)
PICTURE THIS - “Take My Hand” (Universal, Ireland)
JULIANA - “Cry Wolf” (Unsigned, Australia)
OTHERKIN - “Bad Advice” (Rubyworks, Ireland)
TALISCO - “A Kiss From LA” (Roy Music, France)
MISS LI - “Aqualung” (Sony Music, Sweden)
VANT - “Do You Know Me” (Parlophone, UK)
MOGLI - “Alaska” (Unsigned, Germany)
SAN CISCO - “Slo Mo” (Island City Records, Australia)
LAUREN WALLER - “Wonderful Life” (Unsigned, N. America)
MATT GRESHAM - “Survive On Love” (Warner Music, Germany)
PACESHIFTERS - “Draw A Blank” (Unsigned, Holland)
TAMZENE - “Lullaby” (Unsigned, Scotland)
TEN FE - “Twist Your Arm” (Some Kinda Love/[PIAS], UK)
SPEAKER FIRST - “The Anthem” (Unsigned, Indonesia)
AMY SHARK - “Adore” (Unsigned, Australia)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Lewis Watson, La Feline, Allie X, Matt Gresham and Forest Blakk).