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MUSEXPO 2018 CELEBRATES ITS 20TH EDITION - THE GLOBAL MUSIC, MEDIA, SYNCH & TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS CONFERENCE RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES



MUSEXPO Los Angeles has announced the dates for its highly-respected annual international music business event that is renowned for its innovation, executive access, creativity, commerce and premiere artist showcasing success stories! Additionally, 2018’s conference in Hollywood marks MUSEXPO’s 20th global edition of the world’s leading international music and media conference and showcase event, which has been hosted in N. America, Europe and Australasia since its inception back in 2005.

The annual “United Nations of Music” is set to take place from April 29th - May 2nd, 2018 - returning to the heart of Hollywood, CA at the vibrant W Hotel Hollywood located just minutes away from the iconic Capitol Records Tower.

MUSEXPO continues to inspire new ideas, business innovation, and the birth of other “internationally focused” music events, which have truly influenced the world of music to become a better place for artists, fans and industry alike - with an act local, think global approach! The event remains the meeting point for those leaders and innovators truly vested in the music business and its various touch-points globally.

MUSEXPO 2018 will also present its coveted "International Music Person of the Year" award during a special VIP Awards Gala Luncheon on Wednesday, May 2nd. In addition, MUSEXPO’s annual global industry awards will once again recognize the vision, inspiration and ingenuity of executives and companies from the A&R, publishing, management, live, radio, music supervision, digital and brand arenas that are helping evolve their respective aspects of the business and its creativity in the constantly evolving global music eco-system.

“Every year, our entire team sets a new industry standard to ensure we continue to make each MUSEXPO better than the last," states Sat Bisla, President & Founder A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO. “We are determined to make our 20th edition in 2018 our best event ever, and look forward to also hosting the 8th annual Worldwide Radio Summit with our partners, AllAccess.com.”

Over the past 13 years and multi-continental events, some of the world's most influential music, media and technology executives have participated at MUSEXPO, including: Alex da Kid - Grammy-winning Producer & Founder, KIDinaKORNER; Alex Patsavas - Founder, Chop Shop Music Supervision (Grey's Anatomy, Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse); Andrew Kronfeld - Executive Vice President, Marketing, Universal Music Group; Avery Lipman - Co-Founder & Chief Executive, Republic Records; Ben Cooper - Controller, BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & BBC Asian Network; Chad Hurley - Co-Founder, YouTube; Chris Barton - Co-Founder, Shazam; Tim Westergren - Co-Founder, Pandora; Christian Tattersfield - Founder & President, Good Soldier Songs; Dave Holmes - worldwide manager of Coldplay; David Massey - President & CEO, Island Records; Ellen Healy - Sr. Director Marketing & Consumer Engagement, PepsiCo; George Ergatoudis - Head Of Content Programming, Spotify UK; Harvey Goldsmith - Founder, Harvey Goldsmith Presents; Jason Flom - CEO, Lava Records & Lava Music Publishing; Jeff Smith - Head of Music, BBC Radio 2 & 6 Music (UK); Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live!); Kevin Weatherly - Sr. VP/Programming, CBS Radio & Program Director, KROQ/JACK-FM/AMP RADIO (Los Angeles); Korda Marshall - Sr. VP, BMG & Founder, Infectious Records; Larry King - Legendary Radio and Television Broadcaster/Interviewer; Martin Bandier - Chairman & CEO, Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Worldwide); Marty Diamond - Head Talent Booker, Paradigm Agency (Coldplay, The Black Eyed Peas); Maureen Kenny - Sr. VP of A&R, Atlantic Records; Michael Chugg - President & Founder, Chugg Entertainment (Australasia); Michael Rapino - Chairman & CEO, Live Nation Entertainment; Mike Knobloch - President, Film Music & Publishing, Universal Pictures; Monte Lipman - Co-Founder & Chief Executive, Republic Records; Neil Warnock - Head Of Music Worldwide, United Talent Agency; Nick Raphael - President, Capitol Records UK; Nigel Lythgoe - Executive Producer, American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance; Peter Edge - Chairman & CEO, RCA Records Group; Richard Kingsmill - Group Music Director, Triple J Group (Australia); Richard Russell - Founder, XL Recordings (UK); Ron Laffitte - Maverick (Pharrell Williams, Ryan Tedder); Sarah Stennett - CEO, First Access Entertainment (Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding); Scooter Braun - Founder, SB Projects (Justin Bieber, Usher); Seymour Stein - Co-Founder & Chairman, Sire Records & VP, Warner Bros. Records; Sir Lucian Grainge - Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group; Steve Schnur - Worldwide Executive & President, EA Music Group; Steve Strange - Partner, X-Ray Touring (Eminem, The Ting Tings); Tom Anderson - Co-Founder, MySpace; Troy Carter - Global Head of Creator Services, Spotify & Founder, Atom Factory Inc.; will.i.am (The Black Eyed Peas); and Zane Lowe - Beats Music; amongst thousands of others.

For Early Bird Registration as well as information on showcase artist submissions, event partnership/sponsorship opportunities, speakers and conference discount hotel room bookings at the W Hotel Hollywood, visit www.musexpo.net. For additional questions, contact Tyler Polzin at tyler@anrworldwide.com.


RANI HANCOCK APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF SIRE RECORDS



Rani Hancock
Sire Records, one of the most influential labels in modern music, is being reborn during its 50th anniversary year. Effective starting next month, widely-respected A&R executive Rani Hancock will assume the role of President for Sire, based in New York City. Legendary music executive Seymour Stein, who co-founded Sire Records with Richard Gottehrer in 1967, will maintain his role as Chairman.

Rani Hancock said, “I’ve always been inspired by Sire's roster of artists and the label’s fearless, independent spirit. So many great Sire artists have pushed the boundaries of music and fashion, while having pop hits that appeal to a mainstream audience, from Madonna to the Ramones, from Talking Heads to The Pretenders. I hope to continue that tradition of finding and supporting culture-changing artists who make hugely popular music that withstands the test of time. I'm very thankful to be setting out on that mission with amazing support from Max [Lousada], Cameron [Strang] and Seymour. It’s such an exciting time to be joining WMG, especially with Max’s vision for evolving the concept of a modern, artist-centric music company.”

Seymour Stein said, "This year has been marked by special anniversaries for me and for Sire Records. We are celebrating Sire's 50th anniversary, our 40th with Warner Music, and my 60th year in the music business. It has been my dream to be joined by someone I can work together with to help strengthen and expand the label. Given Rani's exceptional track record and tremendous enthusiasm, I am convinced she is the person to build both the Sire roster and brand, and help take the company into the future."

Over the course of her two-decade career, Hancock has signed or worked with acts such as Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Pitbull, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato. In the last seven years, Hancock has played a key role in six No.1 Billboard Hot 100 singles, 15 Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 singles and three No.1 Billboard albums. Her career started at Arista Records. After five years, she parted ways to launch her own management company, looking after producers and songwriters including Stevie J and Ma$e’s label Harlem World. In 2000, Hancock became one of the founding employees of J Records. Following the mergers of J Records with RCA and Arista, and then with Jive Records to form RCA Group, Hancock rose to EVP of A&R at RCA. In 2015, she became EVP/Head of A&R for Island Records working with Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, as well as signing emerging talent such as Skip Marley and Olivia O’Brien.


DAVID RENZER ADDS CEO DUTIES TO CHAIRMAN TITLE AT SPIRIT MUSIC GROUP



David Renzer
Spirit Music Group recently announced the promotion of David Renzer to the position of Chairman and CEO having most recently been serving as Chairman for the company. Renzer’s appointment comes as the company continues its aggressive global expansion, spearheaded by Renzer through a variety of acquisitions, including the establishment of the Spirit Music Nashville office, UK company Spirit/B-Unique Music, and new divisions, including Spirit Music Latino and Spirit Production Music/Spirit Music Collective. Renzer is based out of both Spirit’s New York and Los Angeles offices.

In his role, Renzer will maintain oversight of the independent music publisher’s global activities and expansion as well as its 75,000 song catalog covering seven decades across every musical genre. Renzer also work alongside the company's financial partners, building the company's global platform, growing the catalog, expanding A&R outreach, and, along with his team, develop and implement the company's strategic objectives.

“Spirit has been one of the fastest growing independent music publishing companies and I’m thrilled with the progress that we have made and am proud of the team that we have built. We are also excited about the future of our company as we continue our ambitious growth. Spirit is truly a great home for songwriters, composers, and artists and an innovative home equipped to manage all music rights. A special thank you to our Board and financial partners for believing in our vision,” said Renzer.

Prior to joining Spirit Music Group, Renzer was Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, responsible for overseeing the activities of the company’s 57 offices in 47 countries. His career began at Zomba Music Publishing, where he rose to Sr. VP & GM. Recently, Renzer was re-elected to serve on the board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and also serves on the board of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding as well as being a Co-Founder for Creative Community for Peace. Renzer has previously served as the Chairman of the Music and Entertainment Division of the City of Hope, and founded Songs of Hope, raising over $3 million for the City of Hope.


A&R WORLDWIDE SUPPORTED ARTIST INKS GLOBAL DEAL WITH REPUBLIC RECORDS



Baker Grace
A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla (left) and Monte Malone (right) with Baker Grace
A&R Worldwide supported and featured artist Baker Grace recently signed a worldwide record deal with one of the world’s and Universal Music Group’s most successful record company’s, Republic Records (The Weeknd, Drake, Ariana Grande, Lorde, Lil Wayne and countless others). Baker Grace garnered offers from numerous major labels who discovered the artist this year, but signed with Jason Jordan, Sr. VP A&R, Republic Records.

Jordan, who was introduced to Baker Grace by Sat Bisla, Founder & President, A&R Worldwide, became an early believer in her right away while he was still President at Imagem Music during the summer of last year. Jordan presented Baker Grace to multi-Platinum songwriter/producer Scott Harris (Shawn Mendes, The Chainsmokers, Jessie J) who started writing together with the talented teen. Last summer, Jason moved to Republic Records as Sr. VP A&R and offered to sign her as soon as he heard the new songs resulting from the collaboration with Harris.

Baker Grace stated, “I'm so grateful for Sat’s [Bisla] support and wisdom. He taught me so much of what I needed to know about the industry and how to live up to my fullest potential and progress as an artist.”

Bisla added, “The first time I ever heard Baker Grace was back in 2015 when she was a young teenager. I knew there was something magical about her as an artist, songwriter, and as an individual; she reminded me so much of Bonnie McKee, whom I worked with, when she was also just 15 years-old. I’m extremely grateful to Baker Grace and her father Michael Baker who trusted myself and A&R Worldwide to guide and support her in the right way with key decisions - remaining patient and heeding and listening to our input and advice. I’m also very thankful to Jason Jordan for responding to me immediately regarding Baker Grace and for his tremendous belief and support of her. Also, I have to thank my entire team at A&R Worldwide [Monte Malone, Joe Arnold, Tyler Polzin, Josh Woodard, KC Morse) and producer Ryan Benyo for their input and contributions to Baker Grace.”

Baker Grace has now secured worldwide management with Rebel-One and has just released her new single, “Too Young” with Ayokay, which came out on June 30th on Spotify. For more information on Baker Grace, log on to www.bakergrace.com.


NETTWERK MUSIC GROUP ADDS ANGUS BLAIR TO LEAD CREATIVE ROLE - ANNOUNCES PROMOTION TO MARKETING TEAM



Angus Blair
Nettwerk Music Group has added A&R veteran Angus Blair to their UK team as Director, Creative & A&R. Blair brings nearly two decades of industry experience to Nettwerk, having started his career at the 90s label China Records, signing multi-platinum artists Morcheeba and The Egg. Other past experience includes his time at Chrysalis, where he signed Bat For Lashes and others, as well as most recently, as VP of A&R at Global where he signed UK Gold Album artist Jungle and The Horrors. The new role will see Blair continuing to build on his track record of discovering and signing unique talent across the UK and Europe.

Mark Jowett, Nettwerk’s Head of Creative, says, “Nettwerk couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Angus Blair to the global team. With creative experience and success across both label and publishing within the major and indie worlds, we believe he is a perfect fit for Nettwerk and will help our current and future artists and writers flourish.”

Blair commented, “I’ve had the privilege in my career of working across both records and publishing, I’ve enjoyed working and learning from a host of great executives, managers and artists and I hope to bring that experience to my new role at Nettwerk where Terry Mark, Ric & Dan have built a hugely successful company with a truly diverse roster built on a solid artist friendly culture.”

Additionally, Krishandeep Thind, a member of the Nettwerk team for over three years, has been promoted to Director of UK Marketing and Label Strategy. Thind has overseen the UK strategy for acts such as indie/dance quartet Boxed In, alternative rock band The Veils and Icelandic dream pop band Vök.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Iconic rock band QUEEN + Adam Lambert recently announced the launch of their first-ever live-concert VR experience. The full 360 degree 3-D visual, VR THE CHAMPIONS, premiered globally via VRTGO, Universal Music Group’s VR platform and coincided with the groups two Los Angeles concert dates last week at the Hollywood Bowl. VR THE CHAMPIONS was shot in Barcelona in May 2016 and is available for $9.99 on VRTGO through iPhone, Android and most web browsers. VR THE CHAMPIONS is also available on the Brian May-designed OWL VR kit as well as any other VR viewing systems such as Oculus, Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR and HTC Vive. VR THE CHAMPIONS, created by Miracle Productions and Eagle Rock Films, was directed by Jannicke Mikkelsen and filmed in stereoscopic 4k and with ambisonic audio, a full-sphere surround sound technique.

FEMME SCHMIDT WITH COLDPLAY: Femme Schmidt (center back row) mingles with Coldplay backstage along with her band and manager Deville Schober (front row right). (Photo Credit: Andre Schmidt)
Berlin, Germany-based artist/songwriter, model and actress Femme Schmidt has just celebrated a grand tour playing her final show as special guest for Coldplay for this year’s German arena tour 2017 in Frankfurt. Her manager Deville Schober tells A&R Worldwide, “In the last couple of weeks she has been on an unbelievable journey with Coldplay. As a support act, she opened up for the band at the Olympic Stadium in Munich, the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, the HDI Arena in Hannover, and the two shows at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt." Deville added, “Thanks to Sat Bisla and A&R Worldwide for supporting and featuring Femme Schmidt at MUSEXPO in Los Angeles 2011, which directly led to her performance being seen by Michael Chugg and Matthew Lazarus-Hall who booked her as support for the Sir Elton John Arena Tour in Australia 2012. It was at this tour that Sir Elton John and Chris Martin both met Femme Schmidt for the first time. From this relationship, Femme Schmidt was invited to perform the Coldplay arena tour in Germany recently. This shows the importance of what MUSEXPO can do. It’s a very important launching pad for new artists to be seen and heard by influential executives and tastemakers from around the globe and can be a very key networking opportunity and connector for their careers.” Femme Schmidt added, “It was a real honor for me being on tour with Coldplay. Performing for hundreds of thousands of Coldplay fans all over Germany was just mind-blowing. Coldplay is not only just the biggest band in the world, but they also have the biggest heart. We a very grateful.“

Warner Bros. Records (WBR) has added two veteran Universal Music marketing executives to its team in Def Jam’s Chris Atlas and Interscope’s Mark Flaherty. Atlas, who had been with Def Jam for almost 10 years, joins WBR as Sr. VP/Head of Urban Marketing while Flaherty, who had most recently served as Sr. VP/Head Of Marketing at Interscope, joins WBR in the same role. Both executives will report to WBR’s EVP/GM Larry Mattera while based out of the company’s Burbank headquarters.

Veteran CBS Radio executive, Scott Herman, will be parting ways with the broadcaster following the upcoming merger with Entercom. David Field, Entercom’s CEO, states that the management team for the merged companies is still being finalized but has revealed that Pat Paxton and Chris Oliviero will assume top leadership roles in the new company, as President of Programming and EVP of Programming respectively. Additional appointments already revealed include: JD Crowley (EVP, Digital); Mike Dee (President, Sports); Michael Doyle (Regional President & President, Sales Operations); Ruth Gaviria (Chief Marketing Officer); Weezie Kramer (Chief Operating Officer); Bob Philips (Chief Revenue Officer); Rich Schmaeling (Chief Financial Officer); and Andrew Sutor (Sr. VP & General Counsel).

Sony Music has revealed plans to open the doors on a vinyl pressing plant in Japan with a launch date for as early as March of next year. In-house production of vinyl for Sony ceased in 1989 with the company outsourcing vinyl product since that time. The move comes as Nielsen recorded a 25-year high in vinyl sales for 2016 with the format reaching 13 million units.

Downtown Music Publishing recently announced an exclusive worldwide administration agreement with the Estate of Anthony Newley. Under the deal are several notable works from Newley's catalog including the Academy Award-nominated original score for the dramatic musical production, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, including songs that have shaped pop culture such as "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man," "Oompa Loompa," and "(I've Got A) Golden Ticket,” penned alongside songwriting partner Leslie Bricusse. Newley’s credits include those as a successful songwriter, singer, director, and actor, with a career covering more than five decades. As a songwriter, his works have been performed by acts such as Sammy Davis, Jr., Muse, Michael Bublé, and Nina Simone, as well as others. His recording career produced a dozen Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart between 1959 and 1962, including two No.1 hits.

Warner/Chappell Music has added to its UK team with the appointment of Rob Owen to the role of VP, Creative, Catalogue and Marketing, which will see him working across the company’s catalog of songwriting. Owen brings to the publisher more than 17 years of music and entertainment industry experience having started his career at EMI Catalogue in 1999. In 2003, he transitioned to Parlophone Records as a Sr. Product Manager, moving to Marketing Director in 2008 and eventually assuming the role of VP of Marketing in 2010. Among the acts Owen has worked with are included Coldplay, Gorillaz, Lily Allen and Tinie Tempah. He parted ways with Parlophone in 2015 to launch his own management and marketing consulting firm.

Adele
Following her recent tour that kicked off in February 2016 and covered 121 shows, global superstar Adele was forced to cancel her final two shows at London’s Wembley Arena which had been set to take place July 1st and 2nd. In a post to social media, the artist told fans, “…to say I’m heart broken would be a complete understatement.” She went on to share that the strain on her voice had become too great and she could not move forward with the final shows. Fans who purchased tickets will receive a full refund on their purchases.

Award-winning and platinum-selling producer, Metro Boomin, has recently released his debut solo single “No Complaints” featuring Migo's Offset & Drake. The single is also the first release via his newly launched label, Boominati Worldwide, under a partnership with Republic Records and Universal Music Group. In addition to Metro’s music, the new label will also release future Boominati Worldwide signings. Metro Boomin’s credits include hits with acts such as Drake, Kanye West, The Weeknd, Future, Nicki Minaj, Travi$ Scott and others. 2017 alone has seen Metro produce 5 Top 10 records on the Hot 100 Chart including Post Malone’s triple-platinum hit “Congratulations” featuring Quavo, Migos’ platinum “Bad and Boujee” featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Future’s platinum “Mask Off,” Kodak Black’s platinum “Tunnel Vision” and Big Sean’s platinum “Bounce Back.”

Sony Pictures Entertainment has promoted Spring Aspers to the role of Head of Music from her previous position as EVP, Music Creative Affairs. The new role will see Aspers leading all music related aspects of the company’s film labels. Aspers most recently worked alongside Edgar Wright on the soundtrack for the recently released film Baby Driver which reached No.1 on the iTunes soundtrack listing. Prior to Sony Pictures, Aspers launched Island Def Jam’s soundtrack division. She got her start working with leading filmmaker duo the Coen Brothers on The Big Lebowski and also worked with Ice Cube on a round of films including Next Friday.

Notting Hill Music Group has unveiled a new singles-focused record label and a management branch to add to its portfolio. The Notting Hill Music Management (NHMM) label launches with three single releases including Brown & Gray’s “Top Down,” Juic3box’s “True Love” featuring Alice France and “Whiplash” by Phr33Lnch. Among the management roster are included Sam Gray, Dominique Young Unique and songwriter/producer Patrick Patrikios. Based in Los Angeles, the new operations will be led by President Ken Komisar and Andy McQueen, Notting Hill Music Group’s Chairman. Veteran A&R executive Komisar, whose background includes time at Sony Music and Michael Jackson’s MJJ Music, brings his own management roster with him to the operation.

Native Tongue has finalized the signing of Melbourne artist Jen Cloher with the publisher representing her catalogue in Australia and New Zealand. An outspoken advocate for artist rights and co-founder of the Milk! Records label, Cloher will release her fourth studio full-length this August.

New York-based Renata Muniz has revealed that she’s joined the team at PR firm 42West. With 42West, Muniz will be working with clients such as Lady Gaga, Bebe Rexha, The Prince Estate, Shakira, Wiz Khalifa, Pentatonix, Superfruit, Camila Cabello and Residente as well as others. Muniz transitions to 42West from Epic Records where she had been Sr. Director of Publicity. Her past experience also includes time at Def Jam and Republic Records.

Jane Third is parting ways with her role at Because Music UK as Sr. VP of A&R and Marketing to join PIAS as Global CCO. Third played a key role in Because Music becoming one of the UK’s leading indie’s with signings that included Metronomy, Denai Moore, Little Dragon and Django Django, while spearheading successful artist campaigns for Major Lazer, Christine And The Queens, Justice and others. Third will assume her new position with PIAS in October, also having her own label under the company’s umbrella.

Dan Waite has been tapped by Eleven Seven Label Group (E7LG) as the new Managing Director for the company’s European operations. Based out of E7LG’s London offices, Waite assumes the role following the departure of Gary Lancaster as he heads to First Access Entertainment. At the same time, E7LG grows its Berlin office with the additions of Victor Lang and Isabel Schwankl to the roles of Manager, Five Seven Music and Marketing Manager, Eleven Seven Music/Better Noise respectively. E7LG now maintains fully staffed offices in New York, Los Angeles, London and Berlin.

Fan-to-fan ticketing solution, Twickets, has announced its expansion into the U.S. Following success in the UK and Australia, with acts such as Adele, Ed Sheeran, One Direction and Queen + Adam Lambert making use of the platform, Twickets arrives to the U.S. following recent legislation signed by President Barack Obama banning the use of bots to purchase concert and sporting event tickets.

Imagem Music UK has finalized a multi-year, worldwide publishing agreement with Ché Lingo. The London-born rapper was recently marked as one of MOBO’s Names To Watch for 2017 and has garnered additional support from media outlets such as SBTV as well as BBC Radio 1's Twin B, Sian Anderson and Phil Taggart. He’s also appeared on Berlin YouTube platform Colors with fans including Julie Adenuga and Wiley. Ché Lingo’s second EP, Anime & Chill, is scheduled for release later this year. Ché Lingo is looked after by longtime manager Theo Ilori and Manta Ray Management’s Gonzalo Mahou.

Big Deal Music Publishing has tapped London-based Kate Sweetsur as Sr. VP of A&R and Creative and Joe Maggini, based in California, as VP/Head of Global Sync. Sweetsur comes to Big Deal from BMG where she held the role of Co-Head of A&R/VP Creative, working with acts such as Labrinth and Steve Mac. Maggini had previously served as Head of Format Music Solutions, where he garnered major motion picture/TV placements in The Lego Batman Movie, Pitch Perfect 2, Better Call Saul and Shameless as well as a number of trailers and TV promos.

Times Music has finalized the acquisition of the music rights for leading Kannada record label, Ashwini Recording Company. The exclusive collection of songs under the label will join other Kannada hits, creating a diverse catalog of music styles within Times Music. Times will also take over audio rights to Ashwini’s film catalogue of more than 900 Kannada movie tracks including films starring Shivarajkumar, Puneeth Raj Kumar, Sudeep, Upendra, Darshan and others. Since launching in 1985, Ashwini Recording Company’s success has revolved around a focus on the creation and distribution of devotional songs with the catalog exceeding 20,000 tracks from the likes of K.J. Yesudas, Dr. S.P.Balasubrahmanyam, Madhu Balakrishnan, S. Janaki, K.S Chithra, Late C. Ashwath and others. Ashwini’s entire music catalogue will now be available exclusively on Times Music and across all music stores, digital and mobile services. Additionally, music videos for the catalog will be available on the Times Music Kannada YouTube channel.

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) recently announced that Kevin Cady has been appointed as the company’s Head of Finance for the Americas and Sr. VP of Global Business Strategy. He succeeds JW Beekman who was recently named as UMPG’s Global Chief Financial Officer. Cady reports to Beekman and UMPG Chief Operating Officer Marc Cimino. The new role will see Cady responsible for UMPG’s financial operations in N. America and Latin America. His title as Sr. VP of Global Business Strategy will see him heading up deal and catalog valuations as well as working with global teams in executing strategic opportunities for the company. Cady joined UMPG in 2005 and most recently served as VP, Global Finance.

UTA has added its first digital influencer to the roster via its London office with the signing of Julius Dein. At 23 years old, Dein is one of the world’s fastest rising social media stars with more than 10 million followers. His online series, How To Impress A Girl With Magic Tricks, has garnered more than 200 million views with Dein being the most viewed internet magician globally.

Indie publisher Phrased Differently has announced a new exclusive long-term publishing agreement with hit songwriter, Nathan Duvall. A founding member of the Parlophone-signed group Disciples, Duvall has written and produced hits not only for Disciples, but for other acts including the double Platinum “Move” by Little Mix. He first signed to Phrased Differently in 2010 as a member of Disciples. He produced and co-wrote the Brits-nominated Platinum hit “How Deep Is Your Love” for Calvin Harris and Disciples which has since moved more than 5 million copies and won an MTV Video Music Award. Duvall also co-wrote and produced “No Worries” a Disciples collaboration with David Guetta and more recently the latest Disciples single “On My Mind” which was certified silver in the UK last week and is currently garnering traction across Europe.

Pandora has announced that it will shut down its operations in Australia and New Zealand over the coming weeks. The streaming service exits the only international markets where it is offered as it directs its full focus towards the U.S. The news comes following the recent announcement of Co-Founder Tim Westergren’s departure from the company’s CEO role as well as his seat on Pandora’s board.

Republic Records has announced the promotion of Marisa Bianco to VP of Media. Bianco came to Republic in 2014 as a Sr. Director and in that time has overseen publicity campaigns for acts such as DNCE, Hailee Steinfeld, Nicki Minaj and Phantogram. Prior to Republic, Bianco had a nine-year stint at Atlantic Records, where she worked with artists including Janelle Monáe, Christina Perri, Rob Thomas and Jason Mraz as well as others.

Following the recent AGM of the Music Managers Forum (MMF), Diane Wagg (Deluxxe Management) has become the sole chair for the organization with the departure of Stephen Budd from his role as co-chair. Additionally, Nostromo Management’s Paul Craig has been elected to the newly-created role of Vice Chair for the MMF. The MMF also revealed the first five board members elected under a new voting process with the appointments of Claire Southwick (Primitive Management); Ellie Giles (Various Artists); Paul Crockford (Paul Crockford Management); Steven Braines (The Weird & Wonderful); and Tom Burris (ie:music), as well as the re-elections of Brian Message (ATC Management) and Paul Burger (Soho Artists). Exiting board members Carol Crabtree (Solar Management), Gary McClarnan (Sparklestreet), Ian McAndrew (Wildlife Entertainment), Scott Rodger (Quest Management) and Tim Clarke (ie:music) were all elected to the newly-formed MMF Custodians group, set to meet bi-annually and help advise on MMF policy.

The Orchard has brought on James Moodie as Sr. Marketing Manager, replacing Ali Tant who has headed to Polydor in the same role. Moodie brings over seven years of experience to his role at the Sony Music-owned firm having previously been with Vevo as Sr. Music and Talent Manager. The new role will see Moodie managing UK marketing for The Orchard’s roster including acts such as The Cribs, Lower Than Atlantis and Lethal Bizzle.

Absolute Label Services has finalized a new joint venture with former Westlife member Shane Filan for the release of his third solo album. The new full length, Love Always, will be released via Ocean Wave Records, partnering with Absolute, who will provide label services including distribution, marketing and project management. Filan became one of the UK & Ireland’s most popular male solo artists following his success with Westlife, one of the most successful pop groups of the last few decades. Westlife garnered 14 chart-topping singles across their career, generating 44 million sales. Filan’s upcoming release is being coordinated by Fraser Ealey who recently joined the Absolute team as Sr. Label Manager, having previously worked with the company on the McFly Anthology release as well as having overseen the release and tour campaigns for McBusted and Busted.

Bucks Music Group has launched a new company dedicated to worship music publishing alongside Martin Smith, a leading songwriter and artist in the Christian music genre. Under the banner Gloworks, the new set-up will present songwriters in the worship genre the same competitive, commercial deals and services that the full Bucks roster experiences, as well as a bridge into other, more mainstream music genres. Along with being actively involved with Gloworks, Smith, best known as frontman for Delirious?, is the first songwriter to sign his ongoing publishing catalogue to the company.

Jay Morgenstern
Veteran music publisher and former ASCAP board Vice Chairman Jay Morgenstern passed away July 4 in Los Angeles at the age of 87. Following a 27 year tenure at Warner/Chappell Music, Morgenstern retired from his role as EVP/GM, as well as CEO of Warner Bros. Publications. Over a career in music publishing that spanned five decades, Morgenstern held a number of senior executive roles at various record labels and publishing firms including ABC Records International, ABC Music Publishing, MCA subsidiaries Infinity Records International and Infinity Music Co., and Metromedia Records and Music Publishing. During a stint based in London, Morgenstern was CEO of U.K. companies Anchor Records and International Music Publishing. Additionally, he was intimately involved with several iconic Broadway musicals including Fiddler on the Roof and Cabaret. His industry career began as an accountant for music publishers in New York’s Tin Pan Alley. In addition to his longtime board tenure with the ASCAP Foundation, Morgenstern also served on the boards for the Country Music Association, the National Music Publishers Association, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Henry Mancini Foundation.

Beta Drone, the electro-pop duo composed of singer/songwriter John James Newman and writer/producer Pete Kirtley, is set to release its debut single, “Don’t Wanna Be Love,” later this month. The pair have collectively written and produced for artist and DJ’s such as Tiësto and Armin van Buuren and have garnered 30 Top 40 hits across Europe, Asia and the U.S. across the past 15 years. Beta Drone is signed to LME, the label of UK industry veteran Craig Logan.

Jerome Spence
A&R Worldwide was saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Jerome Spence. Spence was 40 years old and had most recently been with Chaka Khan Enterprises as Sr. VP of Music Publishing. He had previously held roles with Secret Road, peermusic, Position Music and Firstcom Music having started his career at Arista Records in 1999. We send our deepest condolences to Jerome’s family and friends.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Justin Shukat, Evan Lipschutz, Ron Perry, Stu Bergen, Monte Lipman, Avery Lipman, Mio Vukovic, Maureen Kenny, Sharon Dastur, Daniel Werner, Ellen Healy, Lori Lambert, Reynold D’Silva, Leslie Fram and Ged Doherty.


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. It is the summertime and many of us are experiencing extremely volatile or hot weather. Click HERE to cool or warm up your summer with some pranks and fails from around the world!


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



Shayna Leigh is one of N. America’s brightest new starts who evokes the musical aesthetic and inspiration of a modern day Alanis Morissette melded with the on-stagepop energy of Katy Perry. 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. In the summer of 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/mixer Michael Mangini (Joss Stone, Diane Birch) and Emmy Award-winning, multi-Platinum songwriter and producer Peter Zizzo (Avril Lavigne, Vanessa Carlton). She has since returned with new music and the first offering from her upcoming EP with “Candle.” Shayna recently wrapped up a supporting slot for Lee DeWyze of American Idol on tour, performed a number of shows across the U.S. and UK and has opened for the likes of Howie Day and Sister Hazel. Her own commitment to promoting self-love extends beyond music, to organizations such as the American Foundation for Suicided Prevention, for whom she performed for at a New York City fundraising event. Listen to “Candle” HERE and contact michaelmangini@mac.com as Shayna is available for worldwide label signing, publishing, booking, management, synch and brand opportunities.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – TEN TONNES

Ethan Barnett, a 20 year old singer/songwriter based in Hertford, best known to his fans under the stage name Ten Tonnes, made a lot of noise with his self-release 2016 EP Lucy. The title track earned BBC Radio 1 airplay support and continued to open doors for him as he performed at both Reading and Leeds Festivals on the BBC Introducing stage, in addition to receiving support from Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, Radio X and KCRW. In March he showcased at SXSW followed by the release of his sophomore EP Born To Lose (Warner Brothers) in June. The new EP was produced by Hugo White (Maccabees, Matt Maltese) and mixed by Cenzo Townshend (U2, Florence + The Machine, Snow Patrol) featuring the singles “Silver Heat” and “Born To Lose,” which earned strong support from Huw Stephens, Mistajam and Phil Taggart at Radio 1, Jo Whiley at Radio 2, Steve Lamacq at 6 Music and added to the playlist at Radio X. Ten Tonnes is signed to Warner Brothers, published by BMG and represented by Matt Bates at Primary. Enjoy the video for “Silver Heat” HERE and contact matt.johnson@redlightmanagement.com and nigel.templeman@redlightmanagement.com for general inquiries.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 7/9/2017



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, July 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, 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 Network Australia; 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; 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, Triple M Digital Network (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:

DEMOB HAPPY - “Dead Dreamers” (SO Recordings, UK)
LONGFELLOW - “Brooklyn” (Unsigned, UK)
THOMAS AZIER - “Gold” (Universal, France)
HEY GERONIMO - “Mutant” (Unsigned, Australia)
HOT ICE - “Lola” (Atlantic Records, UK)
NOTHING BUT THIEVES - “Amsterdam” (RCA, UK)
LOLA MARSH - “Wishing Girl” (Virgin Records, Germany)
WILD YOUTH - “All Or Nothing” (Unsigned, Ireland)
CATHOLIC ACTION - “Doing Well” (Modernsky, Scotland)
JULIANA - “Guilty” (Unsigned, Australia)
SATELLITE STORIES - “Radiant” (Universal, Finland)
***GLOBAL DJ EXCHANGE W/ DJ ALEX BEHAN “RADIO NEW ZEALAND” AUCKLAND, NEW ZELAND - FAZERDAZE - “Lucky Girl” ***
MADYX - “Bad Decisions” (Unsigned, N. America)
RAT BOY - “Lovers Law” (Parlophone, UK)
SCHWARZ - “Change” (Styleheads, Germany)
BLACK HONEY - “Somebody Better” (Fox Five Records, UK)
THE BONGO CLUB - “Seventeen” (Unsigned, Sweden)
YONAKA - “Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya” (Asylum, UK)
AL BAIRRE - “Over and Over” (Unsigned, South Africa)
RUEN BROTHERS - “Genevieve, Come Out Tonight” (Unsigned, UK)
LAUREN WALLER - “What If” (Unsigned, N. America)
SHOUT OUT LOUDS - “Oh Oh” (Bud Fox, Sweden)
THE LUKA STATE - “Bring This All Together” (Project Records, UK)
BRACELET - “Wild Heart” (Unsigned, Sweden)
THE PALE WHITE - “Turn It Around” (Ignition, UK)
OUTLYA - “Heaven” (Harbor Masters, UK)
MOSS - “I Don’t See You Trying” (Excelsior Recordings, Holland)
VANDER - “Human” (Unsigned, Australia)
STATE LIGHTS - “I Need Time” (Unsigned, Ireland)
MOTIONS - “Back To Where I Begun” (Unsigned, Ireland)
WHALES & THIS LAKE - “The Fly” (Koke Plate, Norway)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including 100 Fables, Howl, Linn Koch-Emmery, Hot Ice and Static Union).