BOLLYWOOD SUPERSTAR MADHURI DIXIT TO RELEASE HER
FIRST-EVER ENGLISH LANGUAGE MUSIC WORLDWIDE
Bollywood legend Madhuri Dixit, is poised to release her first-ever English language EP, The Film Star. It will feature the debut single, “Tu Hai Mera,” (which means “You Are Mine” in Hindi). “Tu Hai Mera” is a fusion of classical Indian folk music with western pop lyrics and beats, bringing together the East and the West, and creating an iconic sound and vibe.
For fans of Hindi cinema, Madhuri Dixit needs no introduction. Hailed as Bollywood royalty, she is one of India’s most successful global entertainers. As an actor, dancer, singer, fashionista and philanthropist, Madhuri Dixit has had an incredibly successful and inspiring career thus far, encompassing over 70 films, many seasons of television, and hundreds of live shows worldwide.
The idea to create a multilingual soundtrack from one of India’s most iconic performers and entertainers was conceived early last year at a meeting in Beverly Hills, CA between Madhuri Dixit, Ram Nene (partner of Madhuri Dixit) and Sat Bisla, President & Founder of A&R Worldwide.
A&R Worldwide helped oversee the A&R’ing of the project and worked closely with Madhuri Dixit and Ram Nene in creating teams of creative songwriters/producers of East Indian descent including Raja Kumari (who has collaborated with Gwen Stefani, Fall Out Boy, Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony) and Narinder Singh (Paleface, Conscious Youths).
Madhuri Dixit stated, “It was a pleasure to work with a team of talented individuals who understood and appreciated the beauty of the East and West. We feel we were able to create something that really speaks to your soul. Our hope is that the audience will appreciate all the hard work our team has put into the project and that it moves them as much as it has affected us.”
Bisla stated, “It’s an honor and privilege to A&R this amazing project with Madhuri Dixit and Ram Nene to build a bridge between East and West in the most authentic musical way possible with one of Bollywood’s most iconic entertainers. ‘Tu Hai Mera’ is the icing on the cake of what is sure to be an inspiring and captivating musical release to tens of millions of Madhuri fans worldwide, as well as helping introduce her debut to millions of new listeners around the world.”
Praised by critics for her acting and dancing skills, she has received numerous awards including six Filmfare Awards, and the Padmashree, India’s fourth highest civilian award. At the same time she is adored on social media with over 40 million fans and one of the highest engagement rates worldwide. Her poetic disposition and grace is regarded as a standard for beauty in an artist.
More recently, it was confirmed that ABC Television is developing an American comedy series based on the life of Madhuri Dixit which is executive produced by Madhuri Dixit and Priyanka Chopra and written by Sri Rao. Mark Gordon Productions, famous for CSI, Grey’s Anatomy and Quantico, is co-producing the show along with ABC. In addition, Madhuri Dixit is starring in two upcoming films and producing a film in India.
Known as Bollywood’s Dhak Dhak (heartthrob) girl, she has been featured as a judge for four seasons on the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (BBC’s Indian version of the classic Dancing with the Stars). She has also created her own dance company and an e-learning portal called Dance with Madhuri on iOS, Android and the web, and had over 33.5 million views and 21 million minutes viewed.
Madhuri has a large social media presence with 40+ million social media followers, including Facebook (26 million), Instagram (6.1 million), Twitter (4.4 million) and YouTube (millions of fans on three channels).
Discussions for the global release of Madhuri Dixit’s forthcoming EP are currently commencing with various labels, publishers, music agencies and music technology companies. For more information contact A&R Worldwide at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FORMER UTA CANADA AGENTS JOIN UP WITH NEW TEAMS
Following the recent announcement that United Talent Agency (UTA) would be shuttering its Canadian offices, a number of the agency’s former staff have transitioned to various competitors in the wake of the official closing date last week.
Industry veterans, Ralph James and Jack Ross have been brought on by APA to run a new Canadian office for the agency. The announcement came last week from APA President & CEO, Jim Gosnell and EVP/Partner & Head of Worldwide Music, Steve Martin. James and Ross launched The Agency Group’s Toronto office, bringing it to the forefront of the Canadian industry as one of the leading agencies, prior to its acquisition by UTA in 2015. Along with James, APA gains his client roster which includes Nickelback, 54-40, Big Sugar, Billy Talent, I Mother Earth, Danko Jones, Marianas Trench, Walk off the Earth, The Trews and The Watchmen. Ross’ clients include Bruce Cockburn, Paul Brandt, Sam Roberts Band, Arkells, Lights and Alan Doyle among others.
Also making moves is Rob Zifarelli who had served as Sr. VP for the UTA Canada office. Zifarelli has been tapped by Paradigm to oversee its new Toronto location and is joined by agents Adam Countryman and André Guérette as well as a number of artists from their rosters. Among the acts Zifarelli represents for different territories worldwide are included City and Colour, Feist, Phantogram, Vance Joy, Broken Social Scene, Boy & Bear, Dashboard Confessional, Christine and the Queens, Tash Sultana, Alexisonfire, Bahamas, Dan Mangan, James Vincent McMorrow, Meg Mac, Stars and Xavier Rudd. Countryman and Guérette bring over two decades of combined experience with Guérette widely-known as a leading agent in French Canada.
Additionally, Paquin Artist Agency (PAA) adds UTA Canada alum to their Toronto team with agents Adam Kreeft and Rob Thornton as well as Sarah Litt who will join as an assistant. Following Kreeft is his roster of talent including Dear Rouge, The Dirty Nil, Current Swell, Protest the Hero and The Flatliners.
SONY/ATV MAINTAINS TOP SPOT IN U.S. FOR FIFTH YEAR
Sony/ATV Music Publishing continues its run as the No.1 music publisher in the U.S. for the fifth consecutive year. The landmark achievement comes after Sony/ATV assumed the top spot on the latest quarterly publisher rankings based on U.S. radio performance, marking the company’s 20th consecutive quarter in the No.1 spot. The rankings are compiled every three months by Billboard and are determined by music publishers’ market share of the top 100 U.S. radio airplay songs for the last quarter, according to Nielsen Music data and song splits compiled by the Harry Fox Agency.
Joey Purp Signing
Ilsey Juber Signing
Sony/ATV’s 20th No.1 achievement saw the company with a 23.3% market share being represented on 49 of the top 100 songs on U.S. radio during Q2 2017. Nine of the quarter’s Top 10 radio songs are co-published by Sony/ATV, led by Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like,” the period’s No.1 hit, and “Shape Of You,” co-written and performed by Sony/ATV songwriter Ed Sheeran, at No. 2.
As it celebrates its industry leading success, Sony/ATV has also recently revealed a new worldwide signing with Chicago rapper Joey Purp as well as an extension to its worldwide agreement with LA-based singer/songwriter, Isley Juber.
Purp, a founding member of his native Chicago’s hip-hop collective SaveMoney, alongside the likes of Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa, delivered one of the most critically-praised releases of 2016 with his second mixtape, iiiDrops, which garnered attention from the likes of Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, The Fader, Spin and Noisey. A first mixtape under his own name, The Purple Tape, was released in 2012 when he was 18. With SaveMoney colleague, Kami de Chukwu, he also formed the duo Leather Corduroys and in early 2015 they put out their first project called Season.
Juber’s new agreement will cover future works as well as recent global hits including Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy,” Martin Garrix’s “In The Name Of Love” (featuring Bebe Rexha) and “Fireball” by Pitbull. Juber has also written for or with the likes of Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Drake, Linkin Park and Britney Spears. Among the other artists who she has worked with are included Noah Cyrus, Fifth Harmony, Nick Jonas, Majid Jordan, Kaskade, Dua Lipa, Jennifer Lopez and Tinashe.
BMG BUILDS ON CANADIAN RECORDS BUSINESS
BMG has announced moves to build upon its recorded music operations in Canada with dedicated A&R, marketing and promotion resources in Toronto for the first time. The development comes as an innovative partnership with leading Canadian independent, Black Box Music, led by Jason Murray. Murray will oversee the operation in Canada while reporting to Zach Katz, BMG U.S. President Repertoire & Marketing and Jon Cohen, BMG EVP, Recorded Music.
BMG has recently signed two of Canada’s most successful acts in singer/songwriter Avril Lavigne and rock band Nickelback. Nickelback’s newest album release, Feed The Machine, debuted Top 5 in the U.S., Canada, and around the world, and Lavigne is currently at work on her next full-length scheduled for release later this year. Additionally, BMG’s publishing roster of Canadian songwriters already includes Paul Anka, Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings (The Guess Who), award-winning hitmaker WondaGurl (Drake, Rihanna, Travis Scott) and electronic musicians Keys N Krates, as well as emerging talents NAV (Drake, Travis Scott), Jazzfeezy (Drake, T.I.), Jessie Reyez and rockers The Glorious Sons.
Zach Katz said, “Canada has a long history of generating great artists. Canadian people are great music fans. So it is absolutely natural for us to have a strong presence in Canada. We have made no secret of our goal to build a recordings business as strong as our presence in music publishing. Scaling up in Canada with a trusted and credible partner like Black Box will enable us to further improve our service to artists.”
Jason Murray said, “In an ever-changing musical landscape that has more than ever before become an industry without borders, it’s exciting to be part of a forward-thinking global music company. Watching first-hand what their team have built in both the publishing and recorded music businesses, in such a short period, is awe inspiring.”
GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…
BMG has finalized a new recordings agreement with Boy George, the lead singer of the iconic and groundbreaking group Culture Club, marking his first major label signing in nearly 30 years. The deal will see Boy George releasing a solo covers album later this year and reunites the artist with his publishing catalog, which has called BMG home since the acquisition of the Virgin Music publishing catalogs in 2012. Since the release of 1982’s No.1 international hit “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” from Culture Club’s debut album Kissing to Be Clever, Boy George has released fourteen studio albums including five with Culture Club. With Culture Club, Boy George has garnered two BRIT Awards, two Ivor Novello Awards, and a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. The band’s platinum certified single “Karma Chameleon,” went No.1 across 16 countries worldwide, including the U.S. and the band have sold more than 50 million records since their debut.
Def Jam Recordings has appointed industry veteran Scott Greer as EVP of Marketing & Commerce. The new role will see Greer joining Def Jam’s senior executive team in leading the label forward, with immediate oversight of the company’s marketing, digital, commerce, branding and creative content initiatives. Greer’s resume includes a six-year tenure as the Sr. VP of Marketing for Columbia Records and most recently three years as EVP of the Capitol Music Group. His extensive career includes the development and execution of widely successful campaigns for the likes of Adele, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Lil Yachty, Sam Smith, Halsey, Daft Punk, Jack White, Pharrell Williams, J Cole, Beck, Mary J. Blige and John Legend.
BBC Radio 1Xtra celebrated its 15th anniversary last Wednesday with the day including special guests and highlights from the archive. Since launching in 2002, 1Xtra has become a leading multiplatform station with 1.08 million weekly listeners. In addition to bringing the best contemporary urban music from British artists to the mainstream, BBC Radio 1Xtra helped bring grime to an international stage and has been instrumental in supporting international urban music, being the first national UK station to playlist Kanye West in 2003, Rihanna in 2005 and Frank Ocean in 2011. With a strong emphasis on live music, its annual 1Xtra Live event has welcomed a plethora of global talent to cities across the UK since 2008. Through its outreach efforts 1Xtra has organized talks and sessions as well as visits to schools, colleges and community centers including programs in Leeds, Birmingham and Liverpool, encouraging young people to embrace their talent through Q&A sessions, practical workshops and industry panels. BBC Radio 1Xtra also welcomes up to 1000 young people into its HQ annually for tours, open days and industry masterclasses.
The Because Group has made the acquisition of Warner Music 90, encompassing the majority of the catalogue formerly known as London Records, from Warner Music Group (WMG). Warner Music 90, which will be rebranded as London Music Stream, includes a number of London Records’ artists such as Bananarama, Happy Mondays, Fine Young Cannibals, Orbital, Jimmy Somerville, Bronski Beat, East 17, Goldie, Shakespears Sister and more than 50 additional catalogues. This acquisition, falling under the Parlophone divestment agreed between WMG and Merlin/IMPALA, sees the majority of the iconic London Records’ catalogue coming back to the indie sector. London Music Stream will be a standalone operation apart from the Because Music UK office.
iHeartMedia recently announced a four-year contract extension with radio and media veteran Darren Davis. Davis will maintain his role as President of iHeartMedia Networks Group, reporting to Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc. Under the new agreement, Davis will continue to oversee the company's extensive multiplatform assets, including the iHeartRadio Network, Premiere Networks, Total Traffic + Weather Network and the NBC News Radio Network, as well as iHeartMedia’s in-house audio and visual creative agency. Davis will also continue as President of iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s all-in-one digital music, podcasting and live streaming radio platform. Starting as in intern at WASH-FM in 1992, Davis celebrates his 25th year with the company next month. At only 23 years old, he was named Program Director at WASH-FM and rose through the ranks to his current position in 2014.
Jay-Z-owned streaming platform, Tidal, has tapped Richard Sanders, former Kobalt Music Group President, to serve as its CEO. Sanders parted ways with Kobalt in May following a five-year tenure with the company and becomes Tidal’s fourth CEO in just over two years. Sanders background also includes serving as President of Global Marketing for Sony Music.
UNIFIED Music Group has announced the return of The UNIFIED Grant for 2017. Open to applicants worldwide on September 4, 2017, The UNIFIED Grant will give aspiring creatives the chance to follow their dreams behind the scenes in the music industry by awarding five $5,000 grants to innovative ideas. Established by UNIFIED Founder and CEO Jaddan Comerford, the goal of The UNIFIED Grant is to support the next generation of creatives who want to work in music but don’t play an instrument and seeks photographers, producers, videographers, web developers, graphic designers, journalists, app builders, data analysts and other arenas that haven’t yet been widely-recognized. All applications will be reviewed by a dedicated panel of judges. In its first year, The UNIFIED Grant had close to 200 applicants across the globe from a variety of disciplines and the five winners were chosen by a dedicated panel.
Downtown Music Publishing has promoted Bea Koramblyum to VP of Business Affairs from her previous role as Sr. Director of Business Affairs. The new role will see Koramblyum taking the lead role in Downtown's business and legal affairs department both with respect to external negotiations and internal affairs. She will report directly to COO and General Counsel Andrew Bergman. Koramblyum also serves on the the Board of Directors and as Events Co-Chair for the professional non-profit organization Women In Music.
Downtown has appointed Daniel Lloyd Jones as Sr. VP, Global Creative Services and Head of UK A&R. Based in London, Jones will lead creative services for the company’s global roster and oversee songwriter and artist development in the UK. Prior to Downtown, Jones served as VP of A&R/New Music at Sony/ATV, having joined the company under its acquisition of EMI in 2012. At Sony and EMI, he was responsible for signing and developing a roster of songwriters and artists including Taio Cruz, the Mercury Music Prize winning album Let England Shake by PJ Harvey, Plan B and Grammy award-winning talent Joy Williams from the Civil Wars among others. With over 15 years of experience in the music industry, Jones began his career in PR at Warner Bros., where he worked with Gnarls Barkley on their hit single "Crazy," as well as others. Additionally, Downtown has named Jacque O'Leary Sr. A&R Manager. Reporting to Jones, O'Leary will be tasked with managing artistic development of Downtown's roster of songwriters, artists, and producers in the UK, creating new opportunities for both established and emerging song copyrights, as well as scouting and signing new talent. Before coming to Downtown, O'Leary held creative roles with Roc Nation's JV with Warner/Chappell and EMI Music Publishing.
Satellite radio platform, SiriusXM, seeks to tap into the growing 90s/00s nostalgia trend with the launch of two new stations, PopRocks and Turbo, which debuted last week. PopRocks offers up pop-rock hits from the 90s and 00s with Turbo playing home to the hard rock-leaning catalog from the same time period.
Chris Bye, Music Relationship Manager at British Arts Council, tells A&R Worldwide that he will be leaving his position at the end of this month to pursue new opportunities. Bye tells us that he will be joining Pirate Studios in the U.K. as Head of Strategic Partnerships. A&R Worldwide wishes Chris all the very best in his new role.
Pandora Media has announced Roger Lynch as its new CEO, replacing Naveen Chopra, who had been serving as interim CEO and who will maintain his role as Chief Financial Officer. Lynch was founding Chief Executive of Sling TV, the online streaming offering from Dish Network Corp. Additionally, Pandora has revealed the appointment of Sony Entertainment’s former head Michael Lynton to its Board of Directors.
SONGS Music Publishing has finalized a worldwide co-publishing deal with Hudson Mohawke, aka Ross Birchard. A highly sought-after writer/producer, Hudson Mohawke has worked with the likes of Kanye West, Drake, A$AP Rocky, Pusha T and John Legend. He also co-produced the 2016 Mercury Music Prize nominated album Hopelessness by Anohni. Having started as a DJ, Hudson Mohawke became a respected recording artist in his own right with his 2009 Warp Records debut, Butter, TNGHT EP with collaborator Lunice, and the more recent full-length, Lantern. These works, as well as a significant catalog of underground tracks and unofficial DJ mixes, caught the attention of the hip hop community, including Kanye West, who brought in Hudson for his 2012 compilation Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer, and subsequent albums Yeezus ("I Am a God" and "Blood on the Leaves") and The Life of Pablo ("Famous," Freestyle 4," and "FML"). He has also worked with Lil Wayne, Bjork, R. Kelly, Big Sean, Pharrell, Mark Ronson, Future and Rick Ross as well as others.
Leading UK independent music company, Silva Screen Music Group, has made the acquisition of rock label, A Wolf At Your Door Records. The deal, which will see the label relaunched as a frontline label alongside Silva’s So Recordings, has a catalogue that includes works by acts such as Mallory Knox and Lower Than Atlantis. With the deal, Silva Screen has also brought on former label manager, Leo Nicholas whose first signing, The LaFontaines, will release their full-length Common Problem in October.
Snapchat has revealed a new offering to its photo/video sharing platform geared toward the live music arena. Crowd Surf makes use of artificial intelligence to stitch together snaps from multiple users at the same concert into a seamless video. If footage overlaps, users can select their angle preference through a simple tap.
Royalty Exchange, the world’s first online marketplace for royalties, has brought on music industry veteran Nick Terzo as VP of Strategic Development. The role will see Terzo leading the company’s new business development activities, including artist and rightsholder outreach, corporate partnership development and maintaining industry relationships. Terzo most recently served as VP of Business Development & Operations at talent agency and artist management firm Madison House. Previously, he’s held senior positions at Warner Music Group’s Maverick Records, Sony Music Entertainment’s Columbia Records and The Walt Disney Company’s Hollywood Records labels, as well as an early stint as membership director at ASCAP. Terzo also founded brand strategy group AdvanceIdeas, where he worked with brands such as Coca-Cola Company, Honda and USA Networks, while also acting as a startup advisor to BuzzAngle Music, Brandzooka, HeadsUp Weather and others. He continues to serve as a mentor to the Thiel Foundation, Boomtown Accelerator and Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network.
Communion Publishing has tapped Tom Prové, formerly GM of Touch Tones Music, to serve as General Manager for the company. Additionally, Communion has revealed the signings of two acts: Peace and MarthaGunn, and has extended its long-time admin relationship with Kobalt Music.
BMG has made its royalty’s portal MyBMG available as an app for Android and iOS for the first time, allowing thousands of BMG songwriters to see up-to-date worldwide information on the value and source of their income from their songs at any time. The app was engineered by BMG’s technology team in consultation with a team of songwriter clients including Grammy-nominated songwriter Jenn Decilveo (“Rise Up”), Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart and Broadway composer Maury Yeston. The new app is based on the latest MyBMG 3.0 web portal launched in March this year with both featuring the newest tech standards and features such as current period (pipeline) royalty information and highly intuitive analytics. Before the end of the year, MyBMG will incorporate BMG’s recording artist clients into one single publishing and recorded portal.
A&R Worldwide recently connected with the emerging music and technology platform SPOTLITE (currently available as a downloadable app), which has offices in both China and the U.S., to bring together a cross section of executives and creatives for an intimate gathering at the infamous Fig & Olive restaurant in West Hollywood, CA. SPOTLITE has been rapidly evolving as a music and digital social platform with touch points across many experiential platforms, both on and offline, and is poised to grow its user base substantially in the coming months.
BRINGING TOGETHER BUSINESS & CREATIVE BRAINTRUSTS IN WEST HOLLYWOOD: Pictured (l-r) are Neel Grover (CEO, Indi.com), Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO), singer/actress/model Femme Schmidt, Matthew Jekowsky (VP, Business Development, SPOTLITE), Janine Scalise Boyd (VP, Music, Creative & Business Affairs, STARZ), Mamie Coleman (Sr. VP of Creative Music & Production, FOX Broadcasting Co.), Paresh Shah (Founder, Hollywood.TV) and Gary Chen (GM, SPOTLITE).
PledgeMusic has launched Amplify, a program geared towards helping the development of emerging artists. Amplify seeks submissions from emerging artists for a chance to receive support via PledgeMusic's fan-based platform, as well as engage with the program's sponsors including leading entertainment and lifestyle brands. At launch, Amplify has selected the first round of finalists through an internal submission process with finalists including Brooklyn-based indie rock musician Torres; acoustic/folk artist Michael Bernard Fitzgerald; Boston's funk/pop outfit Ripe; Los Angeles' dark pop act Holy Wars; and Canadian folk music duo Twin Bandit. As it continues, the platform will follow a submission program three times annually, providing an open opportunity to apply.
Berlin-based promoter, DEAG Deutsche Entertainment is making the acquisition of a majority shareholding of British promoter, Flying Music Group. The deal, which comes via Flying Music’s UK subsidiary Kilimanjaro Holdings, builds on DEAG’s global expansion plans. With three decades of experience, The Flying Music Group has produced and promoted tours, musicals and theatricals including the successful West End production Thriller - Live and The Rat Pack Live From Las Vegas.
Steven Greener, Partner at Primary Wave Entertainment, will now oversee the entire music talent management division in his new role as Head of Music Talent Management. Alongside his new role, Greener will continue day-to-day management for his personal clients at Primary Wave. Bringing more than 20 years of experience including management and film/TV production, Greener will work with the entire music management team in both New York and Los Angeles to ensure continued success for Primary Wave's management clients, which include Cee Lo Green, Fantasia, Melissa Etheridge, Brandy, Cypress Hill, Eric Benét and Yanni. Greener began his career overseeing Medina/Pollack Entertainment in its beginning years, working alongside Benny Medina managing Will Smith. While at Medina/Pollack, Greener transitioned into production, going onto produce a number of film and TV projects for the likes of New Line Cinema, FOX, Disney, Sony, Lifetime, Lionsgate and others.
Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired the music rights of the legendary, innovative and widely celebrated classical pianist of the 20th century, Glenn Gould. The acquisition comes on the heels of what would have been Gould's 85th birthday and includes his publishing and master royalties, as well as rights to his name and likeness.
Blue Raincoat Artists has signed indie alt-rock outfit Cigarettes After Sex to its roster as part of a deal that includes their manager Ed Harris joining the Blue Raincoat Music artist management division. Based in New York, Harris will maintain his management role with both Cigarettes After Sex and psychedelic band Celebration. The signing also marks the first move towards managing alternative bands for Blue Raincoat Artists, known for their roster of electronic music artists and DJs. Brooklyn, New York’s Cigarettes After Sex have already garnered more than 50 million streams on Spotify and 150 million YouTube views. They have received early support from BBC 6 Music DJ Lauren Laverne and their 2017 tour continues to sell out around the world. The band released their self-titled debut full-length last month.
WME has added iconic country music artist Alan Jackson to their roster for representation across all areas. Jackson, who was previously represented by CAA, makes the transition as his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame approaches later this year. The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter has sold nearly 60 million albums since 1990.
Kobalt Music recently finalized a multi-faceted worldwide label services deal with Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum selling DJ/producer, Steve Angello, which includes a partnership with Angello’s label, Size Records UK Limited. Angello’s 2016 debut solo album Wild Youth, released via his own Size Records, debuted at No.1 on the iTunes Dance chart in over 42 countries. His upcoming album will be released in three parts representing different stages of his life: Act I - Genesis, Act ll - Inferno and Act lll - Paradiso. Earlier this month, Angello released Act I - Genesis with two news singles, “Breaking Kind” (feat. Paul Meany) and “Rejoice” (feat. T.D. Jakes) leveraging Kobalt’s new marketing technology, Spotify Artist Subscriptions. The Spotify Artist Subscriptions offering allows fans to sign up to receive everything an artist releases, directly into their Spotify library.
Bill Werde has been named Director of the Bandier Program for Music Business and the Entertainment Industries at Syracuse University (SU). Established in 2006, the program was made possible through a generous gift from Sony/ATV’s Martin Bandier ’62, and is part of SU’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Assistant Director Lisa Steele will continue to lead the program’s efforts alongside Werde with Assistant Professor Ulf Oesterle maintaining his teaching role with the program. Werde was formerly the Editorial Director of Billboard, and over the past year and a half has served as a strategic adviser to top media and music industry companies and non-profit organizations. During his eight-plus year tenure at Billboard, Werde directed content strategy across all Billboard properties, including Billboard magazine and billboard.com. He played a key role in the company’s transition from a print B2B trade magazine, to a growing digital consumer brand. Other past roles include associate editor at Rolling Stone magazine with his work having previously appeared in The New York Times, Wired, the Washington Post and elsewhere.
Industry leading tech and services company, FUGA, has signed on Ignition Records for digital distribution alongside a round of partnerships with labels from across the Americas. At the same time, a recent on-boarding of new clients in both North and South America continues FUGA’s growth including management services company mtheory (Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, Porter Robinson) and DJ Premier and Ian Schwartzman’s label imprint TTT (Miguel, Torii Wolf). New independent label clients such as Prodigy Music Group, Fresh Goods Music, Interline Music Group and SML/XL have also joined the platform, working with the company's growing U.S.-based team. Additionally, FUGA client Fire Records, is acquiring the complete Atlantic Records’ Lemonheads catalogue from Warner Music Group as part of their divestment process. The label has also just purchased the first eight albums by British blues rock band The Groundhogs.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: John Janick, Ian Montone, Maureen Kenny, John Watson, Alicen-Catron Schneider, Stephen Sessa, Kathy Spanberger, Denis Handlin, Andrew Friedman, Katie Welle, Jason Iley, Ben Cooper, Ron Laffitte and Marty Diamond.
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. There are all sorts of crazy people in the world, some of those crazy people know what they’re doing but most of them do not. Click HERE to check out some clips that show humanity’s awesome side as well as its idiotic side too!
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK" – TIM SCHOU
Tim Schou is a Danish modern songwriter whose music has the introvert soulfulness of Jeff Buckley, the positive playfulness of Ed Sheeran and the stories and high pitch of Lukas Graham. Aside from those qualities, he’s organic and honest in his music and the stories he tells, which he pulls from his life as a worldwide traveling recording artist. Having toured and performed in 25 countries, Tim takes couch surfing to Olympian levels! Tim had written a song for Swedish artist Anton Haagmann, who’s signed to Universal, which achieved platinum status. Tim has worked with Grammy-winning producer Thomas Troelsen (Justin Bieber, Charlie Puth), Marcus “Mack” Sepehrmanesh (Zara Larsson’s A&R co-writer), ALMA (now charting in the U.S. with 40m+ streams on Spotify with her song “Chasing Highs"), Hitimpulse (Ellie Goulding, Kygo) and Kiyanu Kim (co-writer of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”). He’s also worked with Grammy-winning producer Adam Anders (Glee) and producer Xandy Barry (Rihanna, Britney Spears). Listen to his latest offering “Morrison” HERE and contact Manfred Zähringer at email@example.com for additional information.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – LONGFELLOW
Hailing from southeast London is the emotive alt. pop quartet, Longfellow. The band has been described as a sonic blend of Coldplay, Keane, Snow Patrol and certain dynamics of Muse in their own unique way. Forming five years ago, Owen Lloyd, Ali Hetherington, James Thomas and Simon Treasure released their debut single “Siamese Lover,” which earned support from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. Longfellow continued their radio onslaught with four consecutive singles that were added to a number of UK playlists, including 6Music, Radio 2 and Radio X. Their live portfolio is extensive, having supported the likes of Coasts, Augustines and Walking on Cars and showcasing at SXSW and CMJ. They’ve even toured with Hall & Oates, headlined the BBC Introducing stage at Hyde Park and sold out their last London show at The Lexington. Their latest single “Brooklyn” is their boldest statement yet, boasting soaring synth and eloquent guitar work complemented perfectly by Lloyd’s distinctive vocals. Watch the video for “Brooklyn” HERE and contact firstname.lastname@example.org as Longfellow is available for management, synch, signing, licensing and booking opportunities.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 8/20/2017
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, August 20th, 2017: The weekly import show. Heard on over 70 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; MMM Modern Digital Australia in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide; 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; KMAX Windsor/Ft. Collins, Colorado; WCNR Charlottesville, VA; KIWR “The River” Council Bluffs, IA; 2XM Ireland (national radio); WAPS-FM “The Summit.FM” Akron-Canton, OH; WKTL-FM Youngstown, 105.5FM XFM Nairobi, Kenya; OH; KVNV-FM Reno NV; PUK-FM Johannesburg, South Africa; East Radio-FM Shanghai, China; KAFA “97.7FM” Colorado Springs, CO; KVNV “NV89” Reno, NV; 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.
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WIDE EYED BOY - “Loving You Is So Easy” (Unsigned, UK)
SOPHISTICATED DINGO - “Head Talk” (Unsigned, Australia)
WOLF ALICE - “Don’t Delete The Kisses” (Dirty Hit, UK)
DEMOB HAPPY - “Dead Dreamers” (SO Recordings, UK)
SHOUT OUT LOUDS - “Jumbo Jet” (Bud Fox, Sweden)
TEN TONNES - “Silver Heat” (Warner Music, UK)
MADYX - “Bad Decisions” (Unsigned, N. America)
LONGFELLOW - “Brooklyn” (Unsigned, UK)
ALBIN LEE MELDAU - “Bloodshot” (Sony Music, Sweden)
CATHOLIC ACTION - “Doing Well” (Modern Sky, Scotland)
MATTHEW MOLE - Holding On (Just Music, South Africa)
***GLOBAL DJ EXCHANGE W/ DJ ALEX BEHAN “RADIO NEW ZEALAND” - GRAYSON GILMOUR - “Hundred Waters” ***
NOTHING BUT THIEVES - “Sorry” (RCA, UK)
TARA LEE - “Paradise” (Unsigned, Ireland)
RAT BOY - “Lovers Law” (Parlophone, UK)
WE THE LION - “Found Love” (Unsigned, Peru)
TREMORS - “Rush” (Good Soldier, UK)
100 FABLES - “Wake Up” (Unsigned, Scotland)
CHRIS LEAMY - “Hold Ground” (Unsigned, N. America)
OTHERKIN - “React” (Rubyworks, Ireland)
LAUREN WALLER - “Wonderful Life” (Unsigned, N. America)
AFFAIRS - “Gracious World” (Unsigned, UK)
HOT ICE - “Lola” (Atlantic Records, UK)
WILD YOUTH - “All Or Nothing” (Unsigned, Ireland)
SHAYNA LEIGH - “Candle” Alt Mix (Unsigned, N. America)
HEY GERONIMO - “Mutant” (Unsigned, Australia)
MULHOLLAND - “Asleep In The Nowhere” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
THE XCERTS - “Feels Like Falling In Love” (Raygun Records, Scotland)
VANDER - “Human” (Unsigned, Australia)
YONAKA - “Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya” (Asylum, UK)
OUTLYA - “Heaven” (Harbor Masters, UK)
MISS LI - “Aqualung” (Sony Music, Sweden)
(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Satellite Stories, Wolf Alice, Tremors, Mulholland and We The Lion).