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L.A. REID EXITS EPIC RECORDS



L.A. Reid
After almost six year’s leading Epic Records, L.A. Reid has parted ways with his role as Chairman & CEO for the Sony-owned label. The reveal comes on the heels of the recent news that Rob Stringer would be assuming the role of CEO for Sony Music Entertainment, which he took over last month. Currently, there has been no word on who will fill Reid’s role with his departure and a reason for his move has not officially been revealed.

Reid joined Epic in 2011 when he was tapped by the new Sony Music Entertainment head at the time, Doug Morris. During his tenure, Reid brought to Epic’s roster acts such as Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony and Mariah Carey and grew its hip-hop footprint through signings Travi$ Scott, Future, DJ Khaled, A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, French Montana and Diddy’s Bad Boy Records. Reid’s successes in 2017 already included back-to-back No.1 albums, both with Future, as well as chart-topping successes with Khaled, Scott and 2016’s reunion of A Tribe Called Quest.

Reid broke into the industry in the late ‘80s when he Co-Founded LaFace Records along with KennethBabyfaceEdmonds through a JV with Arista. The label experienced success in the ‘90s with acts like OutKast, Goodie Mob, Toni Braxton and TLC. In 2000, Arista absorbed LaFace and, with Arista, Reid worked on the release of the Diamond-certified Usher full-length Confessions in 2004 and the multiple Grammy-winning record Speakerboxxx/The Love Below from OutKast.

In late 2004, Reid transitioned to Island Def Jam (IDJ) and worked closely with Rihanna, Kanye West, Carey and Justin Bieber. He parted ways with IDJ in early 2011 to become a judge on the X Factor prior to heading to Epic.


THE FIREPIT TAPS CHRIS BOVILL AND JOHN ALLISON TO HEAD THE WMUK CONTENT/PRODUCTION STUDIO



Warner Music UK (WMUK) has revealed the leadership team for The Firepit, the company’s original creative content and production studio. Chris Bovill and John Allison, an award-winning creative team, will be charged with developing visual formats and programming around Warner Music’s roster of artists and its catalogue of music. The duo previously led Channel 4’s 4Creative. Additionally, Brian Murnin, formerly of VICE Media, joins The Firepit team as Sr. VP, Business Development. All three executives report to WMUK’s Chairman & CEO, Max Lousada.

Lousada said, “In an always-on world, compelling narratives around music, artists and popular culture have never been more sought after and, having been at the forefront of entertainment for 70 years, Warner Music is uniquely placed to unlock them. Chris and John are among the most celebrated creatives of their generation. Their fresh, bold and inventive perspective has helped redefine some of the world’s best-loved brands, while Brian has played an important role in the growth of VICE, one of today's most pioneering media companies. Together, they make an incredibly dynamic team that will accelerate our growth into this exciting space."

Prior to Channel 4, Bovill and Allison worked at ad agencies Fallon and TBWA London and were involved with a number of multiple-award winning projects. The duo will join Warner Music UK in late summer with Murnin already filling his new role at Warner Music. Murnin’s music industry experience includes being a part of the founding team behind Clash Magazine.

Stefan Demetriou, VP, Content & Format, WMUK, currently leads The Firepit’s content arm and will part ways with the company to pursue a new role later this year. The existing production team will report to Bovill and Allison.


WORLDWIDE RADIO SUMMIT 2017 CONTINUES TO FOSTER INSPIRATION AND INNOVATION



The Worldwide Radio Summit (WWRS) continues to grow as it just recently wrapped its 7th edition at Hollywood’s W Hotel, May 3rd - 5th. The event once again brought together radio leaders from around the world for inspiring dialogue on the future of the global broadcast medium, and its continued evolution in our constantly changing music and media landscape.

AllAccess.com Publisher and WWRS Co-Founder, Joel Denver, commented, “Worldwide Radio Summit 2017 was our largest event to date with over 800 attending the sessions, cocktail parties and luncheons offering an amazing opportunity for the best of the best in radio, music, social/digital to mingle and trade ideas to keep radio - on all platforms - healthy and creative. My sincere thanks to my team at AllAccess.com and to Sat Bisla and his team at A&R Worldwide for a terrific partnership and combined effort into making this yearly event successful and beneficial for our delegates.”

Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO and Co-Founder of WWRS added, “The Worldwide Radio Summit continues to be an essential forum to unite and inspire everyone from all aspects of radio [traditional, digital, mobile, satellite, streaming] together to share, discuss and interact the current and future opportunities of the world’s greatest communicator of sound - radio! It’s been great to partner with our dear friend Joel Denver and his team at AllAccess.com along with everyone at A&R Worldwide to bring together an event that truly makes a positive difference to everyone who attends the Worldwide Radio Summit - it creates a foundation for a true and honest dialogue for anyone and everyone who has a connection to radio. We look forward to making our 2018 event even more exceptional for all our attendees and partners who are all essential to the evolution and success of the Worldwide Radio Summit.”

The Worldwide Radio Summit will return in 2018 for its 8th edition with details to be revealed in the coming months. For more information on WWRS, visit www.worldwideradiosummit.com.

Below is a pictorial overview from WWRS 2017.

DISCUSSING THE STATE OF THE GLOBAL RADIO INDUSTRY (l-r): Chris Williams (Chief Product Officer, iHeartRadio), Suzanne Grimes (President, Westwood One), Chris Price (Head of Music, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, UK), Markus Kuehn (Managing Partner, FluxFM, Germany), Caroline Beasley (CEO, Beasley Broadcast Group) and Neal Schore (President & CEO, Triton Digital). SHARING THEIR THOUGHTS ON GUT VS DATA WITH RADIO AND MUSIC: Pictured (l-r) are Kid Kelly (VP/Pop & Program Director, Hits1/Venus, SiriusXM), Marika Malliaris (Music Compiler, 5FM, South Africa), Mike Walsh (Head of Music & Deputy Programme Director, Radio X, UK), Aton Ben-Horin (Global VP/A&R, Warner Music Group), Skip Dillard (OM/PD, WBLS, New York), Thomas Scherer (EVP, Frontline Publishing, U.S. & Global Publishing, BMG), Lee Leipsner (EVP/Promotion, Columbia Records) and Hal Rood (Partner/EVP, Strategic Solutions Research).

PROVIDING AN INSIGHT INTO THE EVOLUTION OF BBC RADIO was Ben Cooper (Controller, BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & BBC Asian Network). Ben provided a profound overview of where radio is going via audio, social, digital, mobile, streaming, visual, live and more! RADIO’S TECH SURVEY 13: “THE DNA OF RADIO AUDIENCE” Fred Jacobs, President & Founder, Jacobs Media inspired the audience with his intricate dissection of the DNA of radio listening behavior amongst other media and more.

HUNDREDS GATHER FOR THE ANNUAL GLOBAL RADIO CONFAB: Hundreds of radio executives and those vested in radio (music, streaming, digital, programming, playlists and more) attended the 7th annual Worldwide Radio Summit.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



300 Entertainment has tapped Mark Robinson as Head of Business and Legal Affairs. Robinson is well-known from his time at BMG as Sr. VP/General Counsel which saw him leading the team behind the digital copyright case win over ISP Cox Communications in 2015. The new role will see Robinson joining again with several colleagues from his decade-long stint with Warner Music Group (WMG) as VP and Sr. Counsel. Robinson’s career began as an attorney at a private law firm and then at former CBS Records and Sony Music head Walter Yetnikoff's Velvel Music Groupand at E1/Koch Entertainment before moving in 2004 to WMG. It was at WMG where Robinson worked with 300’s original founding team, Kevin Liles, Lyor Cohen, Todd Moscowitz and Roger Gold. Robinson joined BMG in early 2014 and in addition to the success on the Cox case, advised acquisitions of Broken Bow Records, Vagrant, S-Curve and Rise. Robinson’s role at 300 will see him advising on business and legal affairs as well as all other areas of the company’s operations.

BMG songwriters have taken over the recent Billboard Hot 100 chart (week ending May 20, 2017), holding the No.1, No.2 and No.3 spots as well as claiming shares of additional songs in the Top 10 and many others rounding out the Hot 100. Altogether, BMG has shares of 22 songs in the Hot 100, with 16 No.1’s worldwide this week. Holding the top three positions respectfully are DJ Khaled, with his first Hot 100 hit “I’m The One,” featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil’ Wayne; “That’s What I Like” from Bruno Mars, now in its 16th week on the chart having peaked at No.1; and Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito.”

Imagem USA has tapped Jeremy Yohai as Head of A&R, a role that will see him leading the company’s A&R team on generating further opportunities for its roster of artists, songwriters and catalogues as well as signing and developing new talent. Based in New York, Yohai will report to Bill Gaden, Imagem USA's CEO, while working closely with Kim Frankiewicz, Imagem Music International’s VP of Creative and Managing Director, Imagem Music UK. Prior to Imagem, Yohai was VP of Global A&R for Downtown Music Publishing.

Paradigm has added Dave Curtin and Zoë King to its brand partnerships team as it continues to seek and implement branded opportunities for its global music roster. Both Curtin and King bring years of experience in the music/brand partnerships space. Curtin comes from Walt Disney Studios, where he was a part of the Disney Music Group Studio Division, matching consumer brands with music and artists. King most recently served as Director of Brand Partnerships at Capitol Music Group, where she played a key role in deals such as Intel’s Music Experiment with Arcade Fire. Curtin and King will both be based out of the agency’s Beverly Hills headquarters.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has revealed a number of upgrades to its leading royalty portal SCORE, providing its songwriters the most comprehensive and transparent data available about their earnings. The enhanced portal, powered by Sony/ATV’s industry-leading TEMPO system, provides songwriters and their representatives with real-time access to their current royalty account with account information updated constantly to show latest earnings as soon as the company receives them. Additionally, detailed data about current earnings is available alongside an overview of historic earnings information that can be searched/organized by song title, income source, time period and territory. Another new feature is SCORECARD which uses a graphic interface to provide a simple and up-to-date, top-view summary of a writer’s royalties for both current and historic periods. Sony/ATV also expects to release a SCORE app in the near future.

Veronica Fusaro at the Swiss Consulate
Following her stand-out performance at MUSEXPO in Los Angeles, talented Swiss singer/songwriter Veronica Fusaro graced the residence of the Consul General of Switzerland with an intimate acoustic performance. The special event brought out a number of industry executives who are part of a growing number of interested parties in the currently unsigned Fusaro, who has continued to build momentum with her infectious alt-pop style and songwriting.

Ticketmaster has brought Front Gate Tickets, a U.S. festival ticketing platform, to the UK. Front Gate is based in Austin, Texas and maintains longtime relationships with N. American festivals including Lollapalooza, Electric Daisy Carnival and Austin City Limits. The first major UK festival to feature on the Front Gate platform will be the 12th Latitude festival. Front Gate Tickets was launched as a white label, full service ticketing solution focused towards festivals and including features such as quick check-out alternatives, VIP package upsells, group bookings, payment plans and robust data analytics. Front Gate’s RFID capability also allows for interactive touch points including sweepstakes, content delivery and instant giveaways.

Iconic rockers Queen + Adam Lambert have teamed with Twickets to offer face value resale tickets for their upcoming UK and Ireland tour. Tickets for the tour went on sale on Friday, April 21st at £69 for standing and £79 for reserved seats with the primary sites selling out in less than an hour and tickets for secondary sites selling for up to £764, approximately ten times face value. Websites and social platforms for Queen and Adam Lambert will now direct fans to a specially-created Twickets landing page or to the Twickets mobile app.

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has announced the appointment of Michael Sammis to President of Universal Publishing Production Music (UPPM). Sammis succeeds UPPM’s previous President, Gary Gross. A 21-year veteran of UMPG, Sammis most recently served as the company’s CFO and EVP of Operations and will continue to be based in Santa Monica, reporting to Jody Gerson, Chairman and CEO of UMPG. Sammis’ successor will be named at a later date. Among UPPM’s production music libraries are included Chronic Trax, EVO, FirstCom, Killer Tracks, MasterSource, Network Music, and OneMusic from the U.S.; Galerie, Koka Media and Kosinus from France; Match Music from Sweden; UBM from Germany; RCAL from Italy; Vitamin A from Australia; and Atmosphere Music, Match Music, Bruton and Chappell in the U.K. The UMPG production division has operations globally, including in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Benelux, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Scandinavia, South Africa, Australia, Spain, Greece, Turkey and Asia.

Indie digital platform, CI, and MQA have finalized a partnership which sees CI bringing MQA’s encoding technology to its platform. Implementing MQA’s technology, which captures and delivers original sound recordings as master quality audio files sized for streaming, CI can now offer its label clients studio quality sound on their releases to music services supporting MQA.

In other news for MQA, the audio technology company has finalized a multi-year agreement with Merlin to support MQA encoding for the master recordings of independent labels within the Merlin organization. The partnership will boost the uptake and growth of master quality audio streaming, and offers Merlin member labels and their artists the opportunity to remain competitive in the market.

Following a string of difficulties, Australia-based Guvera, which was founded in 2008 and launched as an MP3 site and eventually transitioned to a streaming platform, has shut down operations. During its active years, the company had raised $180 million in investment and counted 17 million users to the platform.

Rupture has finalized new distribution deals with Sony and The Orchard. The ad agency, which is also home to a new music label, Rupture Records, and a collection of record stores, will see Sony Music overseeing its distribution in France, with The Orchard handling the rest of the world. Rupture Records, operating from Paris and New York, will be led by Founder Alexandre Sap. Sap had previously founded another label, Recall, signing acts such as Mylo, Robots in Disguise, The Servant, Jehro, Thomas Dydahl and Grand National.

Cumulus Media has announced the promotion of Troy Hanson, Program Director for WKQX (Q101)/Chicago and VP of Programming, Rock formats, to the new role of VP of Operations for the Chicago four-station cluster. He will maintain his programming duties at WKQX while overseeing Rock formats for Cumulus. At the same time, Classic Hits 94.7 WLS/Chicago Program Director, Brian Thomas, has signed a multi-year contract extension.

Capital One customers are receiving a deep discount on Spotify’s Premium offering with a 50% price drop when they pay via their Quicksilver or QuicksilverOne cards. The offer will be valid up to April 30, 2018, when the subscription fee will return to standard pricing. The deal also applies to cardholders who sign-up for Spotify Premium for Students and Spotify Premium for Family. Capital One customers will see the savings reflected on their Capital One statement as a credit. Additionally, Capital One customers who have not previously used Spotify’s Premium offering will have the option to sign up with an eligible Capital One card by June 15 for a three-month free trial which will revert to Spotify Premium at a regular subscription rate following the three-month period.

Armando Christian Perez, better known as Pitbull, has signed with WME for representation across all areas. The Miami rapper, who was previously with CAA, has garnered No.1 hits in over 15 countries and has sold 70 million singles and 6 million albums with over 10 billion music video views on YouTube and VEVO. Pitbull’s 10th studio release, Climate Change, will see him heading out on a co-headlining tour alongside Enrique Iglesias in June with a July stop in Las Vegas to reboot his Axis at Planet Hollywood residency. In addition to his recording career, Pitbull leads programming for his 24/7 SiriusXM channel, Pitbull's Globalization, and his Honey I'm Home production company has co-produced Fox's Pitbull's New Year's Revolution with Endemol Shine for three years.

Indie publisher Bucks Music Group and London’s Roundhouse venue have partnered for a special collaborative showcase next month. The showcase, taking place in the venue’s Sackler Space, will be headlined by Manchester born singer Findlay who will be supported by fellow Bucks artists Dom McAllister and Tay Salem. Also joining the bill will be one of the Roundhouse’s resident artists, Joss Ryan.

LiveStyle, formerly SFX Entertainment, has brought on industry veteran Chris Monaco to serve as Chief Revenue Officer, Brand Partnerships and Sponsorships. The new role with LiveStyle will see Monaco leading the global partnerships team while creating and executing brand strategy over the company’s portfolio of events, content and digital outlets. Monaco’s background includes four years at Universal Music Group (UMG), most recently as Sr. VP/Head of New Business and from 2008 to 2012, as Sr. VP Music and Entertainment for Octagon.

Warner/Chappell Music has extended its worldwide publishing agreement with leading German urban songwriter/artist Marteria. The deal was finalized as Marteria prepares for the release of his third studio full-length, Roswell, scheduled for later this month via Four Music.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Paul Pontius, Tom Poleman, Luke McGrellis, Andrew Gould, Tom Windish, Mike Greek, Ashley Tabor, Daniel Lieberberg, Pieter Van Bodegraven, David Vodicka, Caroline Elleray, John Janick and Wendy Goldstein.


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. With the NBA Playoffs in full-force, we wanted to take the opportunity to show that even professional athletes can have a jackass moment. Click HERE for some plays that made the highlight reel for all the wrong reasons!


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



SICKICK(pronounced sick-ick) is a Toronto-based hiphop x dance artist known for his masked appearance. Behind the mask is a multi-faceted artist and instrumentalist with a unique vocal tone and serious production talent. His fan base is growing rapidly, earning over 15 million views on YouTube and a social reach of more than 200k. He began his career as an R&B artist at the age of 15 and is now dedicated to combining his melodic roots with dance music in a genre he calls #SICKHOP. He supported Drake last year and has collaborated with several big-name artists. His new single “No Games” came together in half of a studio session and is about the ups and downs of love and relationships in general. The track has been embraced by fans, earning over 80k streams on the Saavn streaming outlet in just two days. Discover the single “No Games” HERE and contact management@sickickmusic.com as SICKICK is available for booking, synch and brand opportunities.


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

Three years ago Forest Blakk, along with friend and fellow songwriter Christoph Stiller, set out to start writing material that best represented their artistic vision and voice. Before the debut album on Atlantic Records is released, Forest Blakk gives fans a treat with a cover of the 1997 global smash “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia. Watch the video HERE, get more info on Forest Blakk HERE and contact Trey Mills at trey@unboundbysound.com for all inquiries.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST - 5/14/2017



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, May 14th, 2017: The weekly import show. Heard on over 60 radio stations on six continents weekly including: The World Famous KROQ 106.7FM Los Angeles, 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:

SHOUT OUT LOUDS - “Oh Oh” (Bud Fox, Sweden)
LONGFELLOW - “Brooklyn” (Unsigned, UK)
THOMAS AZIER - “Gold” (Universal, Holland)
OTHERKIN - “Bad Advice” (Rubyworks, Ireland)
CARO EMERALD - "Never Ever" (Grandmono Records, Holland)
SECRET COMPANY - “Alive” (SO Recordings, UK)
DEAD CEREMONY - “Oh Boy” (Fonthill Records, UK)
BRACELET - “Wild Heart” (Unsigned, Sweden)
CATHOLIC ACTION - “Doing Well” (Modernsky, Scotland)
SLOWES - “Anymore” (Distiller, Denmark)
BRUNO MARTINI - “Living On The Outside” (Unsigned, Brazil)
***GLOBAL DJ EXCHANGE W/ DJ VIC GALLOWAY “BBC RADIO SCOTLAND” - HONEYBLOOD - “Sea Hearts” ***
FOREST BLAKK - “Torn” (WMG, Canada)
SATELLITE STORIES - “Radiant” (Unsigned, Finland)
MISS LI - “Aqualung” (Sony Music, Sweden)
RALE - “Sprinkle With Rust” (Unsigned, UK)
THE BONGO CLUB - “Seventeen” (Unsigned, Sweden)
MOTIONS - “Back To Where I Begun” (Unsigned, Ireland)
THE PALE WHITE - “Reaction” (Ignition Records, UK)
SHAKES - “Waiting On A Feeling” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
SASKWATCH - “December Nights” (Northside Records, Australia)
ANDREAS MOSS - “Red Dress” (Curb, Sweden)
WE THE LION - “Found Love” (Unsigned, Peru)
CURRENT SWELL - “It Ain’t Right” (Nettwerk, Canada)
VARGAS & LAGOLA - “Rolling Stone” (Universal, Sweden)
SICKICK - “No Games” (Saavn, India)
VANDER - “The Ghost of Hiroshima” (Unsigned, Australia)
TALISCO - “A Kiss From LA” (Roy Music, France)
THE BLUSH - “All Or Nothing” (Unsigned, Finland)
FAITALA - “Forty-One” (Tiny Records, UK)
SCHWARZ - “Change” (Spinnin’, Germany)
TAXI VIOLENCE - “Fake It” (Taxi Violence Music, South Africa)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Shout Out Louds, Dead Ceremony, Saskwatch, Current Swell and Vargas & Lagola).