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Guy Henderson
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has announced the promotion of Guy Henderson to the role of President, International. Henderson will be based in the company’s London office and will lead all of the company’s operations and sub-publishers outside of the Americas and U.K. with all territory Managing Directors reporting to him, including in continental Europe, South East Asia, Russia, Australia, India, Africa, Turkey, Israel and the Middle East. Henderson reports to Sony/ATV’s Chairman and CEO, Martin Bandier.

Bandier said, “Guy is an exceptionally talented executive with the ability to make everything look seamless and easy. He has been successfully running our international operations for many years, having put together an incredible team of managing directors, finance people and creatives which have made Sony/ATV the No. 1 international music publisher. This is a well-deserved promotion and we’re lucky that he has committed to stay on with us in this important role.”

Henderson said, “In this new world where a hit song can come from anywhere and a successful DSP can emerge from anywhere it is a great time to work in a truly global business and for a truly global company. Having cut my teeth in this industry in South Africa I have learned to appreciate the necessity of both dominating a local market and at the same time breaking into bigger markets. Marty’s ongoing support and unparalleled enthusiasm for this business has enabled Sony/ATV to continue to achieve both.”

Guy Henderson has overseen continued growth for Sony/ATV in international markets around the world, including in established music territories in regions such as Europe, South East Asia and Australia. Under him the company’s business has also expanded significantly in a number of developing markets, among them China, Russia, the Middle East, Africa and India. In China, Henderson worked closely with the territory’s leading music streaming company China Music Corporation, recently acquired by Tencent, to develop the music publisher’s digital business across all key local DSPs. Led by Henderson, Sony/ATV is also capitalizing on China’s growing interest in Anglo-American music via significant growth in the territory of its synch business.

Henderson joined Sony/ATV in 2001 as Vice President, Europe following six years as Managing Director of Sony Music South Africa. He was previously Managing Director of South African independent Gallo Record Company.


Nick Findlay Richard Kingsmill
Leading Australian radio station triple j has announced Nick Findlay as Music Director for the station. Findlay fills the role previously held by Richard Kingsmill since 2003 as he transitions to his new post as Group Music Director for a number of ABC Radio’s outlets.

Findlay has been on the triple j team for more than 10 years, working closely with Kingsmill on the sonic direction for the youth network station. Kingsmill steps into his new role leading a music team that includes music directors Double J's Dorothy (Dot) Markek, Dave Ruby Howe (Unearthed) and ABC Local Radio's Jacinta Parsons, triple j’s Assistant Music Director Gemma Pike and group music researcher/programmer and presenter Karla Ranby, as well as presenters and specialists across the stations.

Kingsmill’s Group Director role will see him leading the overall direction of music programming for ABC while handing responsibility for triple j’s day-to-day decisions to Findlay. Kingsmill will maintain his Sunday night hosting duties for “2017,” his new music program youth network.

Filling Findlay’s position as Assistant Music Director is programmer and producer Gemma Pike.


John Butler
Spotify and Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the independent label sector, recently announced a new multi-year license agreement which sees independent record labels and their artists globally remaining at the core of Spotify’s offering to music fans. Building on a nine-year partnership, the agreement reflects and promotes the value of Merlin’s collective offering of its members’ repertoire, while providing improved marketing and advertising opportunities and enhanced access to data as well as the option to make use of Spotify’s flexible release policy. Merlin licensed Spotify for its 2008 launch and is the service’s 4th largest partner.

In other Spotify news, the streaming platform has tapped longtime radio promotion executive John Butler to join their team leading Christian Music worldwide for the streaming service. Butler had most recently been at Nashville-based Curb Records as VP or Promotion for 15 years. His new role will see him heading up Spotify’s Christian Music initiatives via playlist curation, programming and editorial. Additional background for Butler includes roles with Squint Entertainment, Arista Austin, Jive, Silvertone Records and TVT Records during which time he worked with acts such as Sixpence None The Richer, Chevelle, Jars Of Clay and many others.


MUSEXPO 2017 will take over the W Hotel Hollywood next week as it delivers its most inspiring program to date from April 30 - May 3 for its 13th edition. With a reimagined program set to be unveiled including a Spotlight on India and an exclusive “Meet The Film Producers & Creatives” session, this year’s event will cover a wide range of topics encompassing any area of creative and commercial opportunities with a touch-point to music.

As MUSEXPO maintains its position as a leading platform for connecting the world of music and media, the event will kick off on Sunday with a “Meet The Speakers” round table event that has already confirmed participation from numerous of this year’s events speakers and key participants.

Additional highlights include keynote interviews with Lava Records/Lava Music Publishing Founder & CEO Jason Flom interviewed by Mark Sutherland (Editor, Music Week); Music Business Worldwide’s Tim Ingham in conversation with Red Bull Records’ Managing Director, Greg Hammer as well as Ingham’s interview with Craig Kallman (Chairman & CEO, Atlantic Records Group); and many more.

Sir Lucian Grainge Monte Lipman Avery Lipman

Also taking place as part of the 2017 program is a special keynote interview with Republic Records’ Co-Founders & Chief Executives, Monte and Avery Lipman being conducted by John Amato (President, The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group). The interview will precede Wednesday’s Awards Luncheon where Monte and Avery will be honored by MUSEXPO 2017 as the event’s “International Music Persons of the Year Award” including 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.

To view the event’s full agenda click HERE. For more information on MUSEXPO 2017 and to register, visit www.musexpo.net or contact Tyler Polzin at tyler@anrworldwide.com.


The Worldwide Radio Summit, presented by A&R Worldwide and AllAccess.com, is gearing up for its return to the W Hotel Hollywood May 3rd - 5th for its 7th edition. The past six years have seen the Worldwide Radio Summit 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!

This year’s event will kick-off on May 3rd at the Hard Rock Café Hollywood with the Worldwide Radio Summit 2017 Opening Night Reception, hosted by TM EVO, and featuring performances from Bailey Bryan and Ocean Park Standoff.

The following two days will feature cutting edge sessions with broadcast leaders from the U.S. and globally covering all aspects of the world’s largest communicator of sound. As radio evolves from terrestrial to online, satellite, digital and mobile, the Worldwide Radio Summit will continue to offer the insight that will keep attendees on the pulse of the future of this essential broadcast medium and provide the chance to interact with those driving the future ideology and content of radio.

To view the full 2017 event program, click HERE. For more information and to register visit www.worldwideradiosummit.com or contact tyler@anrworldwide.com.


Sony Music Entertainment veteran Carmine Coppola has been named EVP and Chief Financial Officer for the company. A 25-year staffer at Sony Music, Coppola fills the role previously held by Kevin Kelleher, to whom Coppola reports, following his transition to Chief Operating Officer for the company earlier this year. Coppola had most recently served as EVP/Global Controller within Sony's global finance division. Prior to that, he held roles as CFO for Sony Music International and Sr. VP of Finance for Sony Music's U.S. finance and operations. Over the course of his career with Sony, Coppola has worked on a number of deals including those with Michael Jackson and Simon Cowell as well as the acquisitions of the Orchard, Ministry of Sound and Ultra Records. Before joining Sony, Coppola was with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

CAA talent agent David Klein has parted ways with the firm after almost 12 years to join the Los Angeles office of UTA. At CAA, Klein worked with a number of leading acts including OneRepublic, Tori Kelly, Lana Del Rey, Gavin DeGraw, Dua Lipa, Jimmy Fallon, Hailee Steinfeld and Jack Savoretti. Klein’s career started at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory Concerts prior to him joining CAA in 2005.

UK booking agency X-ray Touring has revealed a new JV partnership with Paradigm Talent Agency and investment firm Yucaipa. The arrangement will seek to generate synergies between pre-existing partners in the live music space and opens up new opportunities for X-ray’s acts across branding, endorsements, digital content development and distribution, and other media. Among X-ray's roster of acts booked internationally are included Coldplay, Eminem, Green Day, Robbie Williams, Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics, Pixies, Snow Patrol, Eagles Of Death Metal and Queens Of The Stone Age among others. Paradigm, who represent Coldplay and Stereophonics as well as others in N. America, already have a partnership in place with Coda Agency, based in London, which has recently joined forces with UK talent agency Independent Talent Group (ITG), a Yucaipa partner.

Rostrum Records has announced the appointment of Nicole Plantin to the role of VP of A&R. Among Plantin’s current projects are included Vali’s single “Aint No Friend of Mine” and Mod Sun’s album Movie. Plantin’s most recent signing to Rostrum is rapper Caleb Brown whose upcoming debut, All Dawgs Go to Heaven 2, will be released as a partnership between Rostrum and the rapper’s label Do L.I.F.E. Records. Prior to Rostrum, Plantin served as Director of Writer/Publisher Relations at BMI during which time she signed Jhené Aiko, ScHoolboy Q, Odd Future, Dreezy and Joey Bada$$. Plantin’s career began at Star Trak, the label of The Neptunes, whose roster included Clipse, Kelis and N.E.R.D.

Junglee Music, a division of Times Music, has acquired the music rights for the highly-anticipated film, Sachin A Billion Dreams. With music composed by Academy Award winner A R Rahman and directed by James Erskine, the trailer has already garnered more than 21 million views on YouTube. The trailer has already received attention from the film and sports world as well as others with social media support from renowned celebrities like Rajnikanth, Shah Rukh Khan, M S Dhoni, Sania Nehwal and more. The film is scheduled for release on May 26th and Junglee Music will also launch the music of Sachin A Billion Dreams on Times Music’s YouTube channel with audio available across all music stores, digital and mobile services.

Razor & Tie Music Publishing has signed singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Lissy Trullie to their roster. Trullie co-fronts LA-based band Zipper Club (Epic/Bee&El), whose first single “Going The Distance” was the No.1 most added track at Alternative Radio. The band has also toured with Tears For Fears and The Sounds and has been added to this year’s line-up’s at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Shaky Knees and SXSW. Trullie gained initial attention through her two critically acclaimed eponymous records on Downtown Music Publishing, and has written with the likes of Dave Sitek and Bjorn Yettling.

MUSEXPO in Los Angeles (April 30 - May 3) will welcome the new direct-to-fan free music app called SPOTLITE. The platform provides the opportunity for independent/emerging music talents to sing karaoke, original and cover songs across a diverse array of genres. SPOTLITE also offers the chance for artists to gain exposure, fans and generate revenue. The unique singing platform gives fans the chance to gift artists for their live or taped performances. SPOTLITE, which is currently available on iOS, also provides contests across all genres, giving artists another revenue stream. As the platform seeks to welcome emerging talent to the app, SPOTLITE’s Co-Founder and General Manager, Gary Chen, will be on hand at MUSEXPO 2017, along with his team, to connect with content owners and creators from the global music community. The team at SPOTLITE consists of music industry executives from Google Music, Yahoo! Music, Warner Music Group, Indiegogo and Microsoft. For more information on SPOTLITE reach out to gary@spotlite.me.

City of Hope announced today that its Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group will present its 2017 Spirit of Life® Award to Red Light Founder, Coran Capshaw. With interests across management, touring, branding, venues, festivals and record label, Capshaw is one of the most innovative members of the global music community. The Spirit of Life® Award is City of Hope's highest honor, and each year recognizes a leader for their contributions to the music, film or entertainment industries.

Kobalt has tapped industry veteran Arif Mahmud as VP of Business Affairs for the company. Mahmud had previously been with Three Six Zero as General Manager and General Counsel and prior to that, at Universal Music’s UK-based Polydor and Capitol labels as Business Affairs Manager. The new role will see Mahmud working alongside Kobalt’s management team on expanding Kobalt Music Recordings’ and AWAL’s operations in all territories outside of the U.S. Mahmud’s focus will be on helping to shape the deal structure and legal/commercial plan for future client partnerships.

A&R Worldwide has learned that Ed Reyes has parted ways with his role at ASCAP as part of the PRO’s Pop/Rock creative team. Reyes had been with ASCAP for over two years and transitions to the publishing/management firm of Greg and Rachel Kurstin, No Expectations, as Director of Creative.

Mute has announced the appointment of Mona Dehghan to Director of Marketing/Project Management for the the New York office. Mona joined Mute in 2014 as the label’s Director of Publicity in the U.S. where she oversaw national press campaigns for the company’s roster including M83, New Order, Goldfrapp and Moby. During that time Mona secured TV bookings for New Order on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, M83 on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Irmin Schmidt on Parts Unknown and Moby on CONAN as well as print covers for Martin Gore in Electronic Musician and M83 in Exclaim! and Under the Radar. Prior to Mute, Dehghan held roles including Director of Radio Promotions at Girlie Action, Project Manager at Domino Records and Radio Promoter at Sub Pop, all while operating Mon Amie, her record label and events company. Additionally, Jared Dionne has been appointed as Director of Publicity for Mute. Dionne’s career started at independent publicity firm Nasty Little Man where he managed tour press for acts such as Metric and Vampire Weekend. He then oversaw tour press for U2’s 36-date sold-out iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour in 2015. Dionne came to Mute in early 2016 as a regional and tour publicist where he worked with New Order, M83, Goldfrapp, Yeasayer, Moderat and José González among others.

Primary Wave Entertainment has added award winning and multi-platinum recording artists, The Tenors, to their management roster as the firm teams up with the group’s long-standing Canadian manager Jeffrey Latimer. The trio joins Primary Wave's existing management clients that include CeeLo Green, Melissa Etheridge, Fantasia, Brandy, Cypress Hill, Eric Benét, Goodie Mobb, Plain White T's and others. Primary Wave’s Barbara Rose will handle day to day responsibilities for The Tenors alongside Latimer, who has managed The Tenors since 2008. The Canadian vocal group has performed for several Presidents of the United States and for Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee and most recently for her 90th birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle as well as a number of other high profile shows and have shared the stage with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Sarah McLachlan, Sting, Andrea Bocelli, Sir Elton John, Justin Bieber, Kyle Minogue, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and David Foster.

CAA and CMC Capital Partners, a major Chinese investment firm with stakes in Oriental DreamWorks and Warner Bros.’ Chinese studio Flagship Entertainment as well as other Hollywood companies, have partnered to launch CAA China. Under the partnership CMC, has made a minority investment in CAA with Li Ruigang, CMC’s Chairman, joining the agency’s board of directors. The new platform will encompass talent representation, endorsements, sports, digital media, music and original content production. CAA China team of employees will also add additional senior management to its Beijing-based operations with Jonah Greenberg leading the motion picture division. CAA’s Beijing office launched in 2005 and has been involved in almost every major co-production since that time. The agency has packaged, sold or raised financing for over 75 local-language films and directed over $400 million in Chinese capital into English-language content.

Honua Music has announced Kevin Calame as Director of A&R for the independent music publishing and management company. Honua was started by Ron Moss and Grammy-nominated producer/writer Andreas “Axident” Schuller. In the new role, Calame will work on the development of Honua’s global producer and songwriter roster, which includes Axident, Gladius, Big Taste, Mzwétwo and Larus. He will also work on placement of songs and tracks as well as developing their artist division and the music released through Honua’s Master Licensing affiliates. While studying at Syracuse University, Calame started his own music and tech venture, Hourglass Projects and following graduation worked as an artist manager at Th3rd Brain.

MMF Suisse Managing Board
At this year’s m4music Festival Zürich in April, David Burger (Radicalis) and Stefan Schurter (deepdive music) founded the Music Managers Forum Switzerland (MMFSuisse). MMFSuisse has already been accepted as a new member by the IMMF (International Music Managers Forum) with the organization’s Chairman, Volker May, attending the inaugural meeting as a guest. MMFSuisse promotes and represents the interests of the Swiss music managers and music management agencies at a national and international level. MMFSuisse will seek to represent the economic and political interests of its members at regional, cantonal and national levels throughout Switzerland; network and inter-communicate among members at national level, taking into account all four national languages; prepare industry-related documents and information for its membership; support all management activities (agencies, artists in self-management) by sharing information; providing media work, image promotion and representation of the association’s interests in the public arena; coordinate national and international networking with other associations and institutions; promote and improve the national framework through targeted association activities; and create an association charter for internal industry quality assurance.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Angus Blair, Nick Gatfield, Gary Chen, Marc Wilson, Soham Metha, Alex Gilbert, Rachel Levy, Colin Lester, Briony Turner, Mike Caren, Rollo Armstrong and Emma Banks.


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. This week, we travel around the world for a collection of great jackass moments. Click HERE to watch some ouches, bruises and just sheer overall painful moments.


Polaroid Summer was formed when two well-known Texas bands decided it was time for a fresh start, with Versecity vocalist Micaiah Walker joining forces with drummer Brian Barrett, guitarist Trace Sisson and bassist Kenneth Conlon of Lost Element. After being introduced by mutual manager Chris Hulse with Snoring Gorilla Management, they played a string of shows in the fall of 2016 with Walker filling in at lead vocals; it didn’t take long before they started writing and forming the new project, Polaroid Summer. “Polaroid Summer to us is nostalgic, which is why we chose the name,” Barrett explains. “A Polaroid evokes the past and the summertime always reminds us of playing music and truly enjoying life.” While writing and working at Mix Star Studios in Virginia Beach with producer Bryce Bordone (the nephew of 11-time Grammy Award-winning mixer Serban Ghenea) they developed the New Age alt-pop sound that gives them cross-genre appeal. Channeling both electronic and organic elements combined with big propulsive beats, catchy guitar licks and hook-driven lead vocals, the band’s debut EP features everything from the self-empowering messages within first single “The Giant” (mixed by Ghenea) to heartfelt tracks about loss and healing captured in “Feeling Connected” to the millennial generation singalong anthem “American Gold.” Listen to “The Giant” HERE and contact Chris Hulse at chris@snoringgorilla.com as Polaroid Summer is available for label, booking, distribution, synch, licensing and other branding/partnering opportunities.


In the last decade, singer/songwriter Egil Olsen has independently released several critically acclaimed albums. He is constantly touring and has become a live favorite, combining his vulnerable, intimate and naively honest songs with his unpredictable humor and charming stage presence. Besides handling most instruments and producing his own music, he also makes his own artwork and music videos. He has made music for TV and film and recently had several songs in the computer game ‘Dreamfall,' where he also appears within the game, doing a full concert as a 3D animated character. He has even made a daily comic strip for one of Norway’s leading newspapers, about himself, his music and “the somewhat pathetic life of a relatively unknown superstar”. Egil Olsen was even given his very own tribute album, released on limited vinyl, with several Norwegian artists doing their versions of Egil Olsen's hits. Egil has been busy as of late working on a new album, aiming for an August release. Experience the brilliance of Egil Olsen in his brand new visual for “Better Man” HERE and contact Kai Robřle at kai@waterfall.no as Egil is available for booking, label, synch, brand and management opportunities.


“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, April 23rd, 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:

THE BEACH - “Bite My Tongue” (Unsigned, UK)
THE BONGO CLUB - “Seventeen” (Unsigned, Sweden)
CATHOLIC ACTION - “Doing Well” (Modernsky, Scotland)
FOREST BLAKK - “Torn” (WMG, Canada)
SECRET COMPANY - “Alive” (SO Recordings, UK)
THE PALE WHITE - “Reaction” (Ignition Records, UK)
MOTIONS - “Back To Where I Begun” (Unsigned, Ireland)
BRACELET - “Wild Heart” (Unsigned, Sweden)
OTHERKIN - “Bad Advice” (Rubyworks, Ireland)
ANDREAS MOSS - “Red Dress” (Curb, Sweden)
SHAKES - “Waiting On A Feeling” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
SICKICK - “No Games” (Saavn, India)
PACESHIFTERS - “Draw A Blank” (Unsigned, Holland)
LILY AMONG CLOUDS - “The Only One” ([PIAS], Germany)
SAN CISCO - “SloMo” (Island City Records, Australia)
PICTURE THIS - “Take My Hand” (Universal, Ireland)
LOVESTARRS - “Get Your Sexy On” (Defdisco, UK)
DED RABBIT - “How To Be A Man” (Unsigned, Scotland)
JULIANA - “Cry Wolf” (Unsigned, Australia)
TALISCO - “A Kiss From LA” (Roy Music, France)
VANT - “Do You Know Me” (Parlophone, UK)
MISS LI - “Aqualung” (Sony Music, Sweden)
CHRIS LEAMY - “American Man” (Unsigned, N. America)
SKOTT -“Glitter & Gloss” (Chess Club, Sweden)
WE THE LION - “Found Love” (Unsigned, Peru)
THE BLUSH - “All Or Nothing” (Unsigned, Finland)
SPEAKER FIRST - “The Anthem” (Unsigned, Indonesia)
TAMZENE - “Lullaby” (Unsigned, Scotland)
DARLING - “Bright Light Switch” (Faction Records, Ireland)
RUEN BROTHERS - “Unknown” (Unsigned, UK)
LAUREN WALLER - “Wonderful Life” (Unsigned, N. America)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including SICKICK, Egil Olsen, The Blush, Melanie Pfirrman and Palace of the King).