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UNIVERSAL AND GRACE/BEYOND BEGIN DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TV SERIES



Universal Music Group (UMG) and Grace/Beyond (GB), the multi-faceted entertainment production company led by principal partners Josh Wakely, Mikael Borglund and Trevor Roy, announced last week that the companies have started development on three new television series’ with the temporary titles of 27, Melody Island and Mixtape.

The productions build on the existing relationship between the two companies with UMG’s Republic Records releasing soundtracks to Wakely’s Beat Bugs, the Netflix animated series with each episode inspired by a Beatles song. The companies are also collaborating on an Untitled Motown Project for Netflix that will feature newly-recorded versions of Motown classics with the soundtrack set to be released on UMG’s Motown/Capitol label via GB’s Melodia imprint. As part of a new agreement between the companies, GB will also develop future projects based on UMG’s recorded music and publishing catalogs.

“From my very first meeting with Josh, I was struck by his unique vision and innovative storytelling that holds music as the centerpiece of his film and TV projects,” said Michele Anthony, Executive Vice President of UMG. “I’m so proud to expand our relationship with Josh, Mikael, Trevor and the incredibly talented team behind the Emmy Award-winning Beat Bugs and the forthcoming Motown show. At UMG, we support and work with great artists from every medium and I’m thrilled to be working closely with Grace/Beyond to bring original experiences to life based on our extensive catalog and artist rosters.”

“It’s an incredible honor to be entrusted with the jewels of these catalogs of music and songs to create projects that will perpetuate their popularity and reach new audiences around the world,” said Josh Wakely, principal partner at Grace/Beyond. “I’ve long held some very specific ideas that have been burning through me while I searched for the right environment in which to bring them to life. This agreement is a creative dream come true, as I know we have found the perfect partners in Lucian Grainge, Michele Anthony, Boyd Muir and the entire UMG team.”


THE RASMUS RETURN TO PLAYGROUND MUSIC SCANDINAVIA WITH FULL CATALOGUE



The Rasmus
Playground Music Scandinavia AB has regained control of the back catalogue of leading global Finnish rock outfit, The Rasmus, which they had licensed to Universal Music Germany for the World outside of the Nordic countries in 2003. The Rasmus resigned with Playground last year, seven years after their original deal with the company concluded and four years after the release of their self-titled album through their own label in 2012.

The Rasmus’ manager, Antti Eriksson commented, “It feels great to be back with Playground Music. The Rasmus and Playground started this long journey together in 2000, and we are happy to be back with the A&R Lars Tengroth and his team. Playground is an artist friendly label with the finger-tip-sensitivity of an indie label, and not far behind the majors when it comes to muscles.”

Lars Tengroth, Playground Music’s Head of A&R, who first signed the band in 2000, said, “The Rasmus is a perfect example of a super talented, hardworking band who have built a fantastic long term career for themselves via releasing music, extensive touring and great work on social media, with millions of fans around the globe. I was very lucky to meet them at a point when they were very eager to break outside of Finland, willing to take some creative risks and work with producers who changed their sound quite a bit. We had ten fun years together where they went from a Finnish only concern to a world famous rock band. Now we both have loads of experience and I think we are humble and hungry enough to conquer the world again.”

Since the licensing deal began with Universal, The Rasmus have sold more than 2.5 million physical albums and 1.5 million singles worldwide. With the conclusion of the licensing deal on July 1st, Playground Music has reacquired the rights for the masters of the bands albums Dead Letters, Hide From The Sun, Black Roses and their Best of 2001-2009 release. The Rasmus are currently preparing the October release of their new studio full-length, Dark Matters, recorded and produced with leading Stockholm-based production team, The Family. Playground Music will retain digital rights for the release in most countries, with hired PR and Label Services in Europe and Latin America. The album’s lead single, “Silver Night,” was released last week.


SONY MUSIC PARTNERS WITH DUBSET

   

Dubset Media, a leading company bringing transparency, control, and royalties to rights holders through the distribution of DJ sets and song remixes, recently announced Sony Music as the first major label to allow for the use of its masters in Dubset DJ sets and remixes available on premium music services.

The new agreement offers a new revenue stream for Sony Music’s artists through Dubset's MixBANK Rights Management platform and Cross Clearance Network which will monetize and manage the inclusion of its catalog across Dubset’s distribution to approved subscription streaming platforms. The MixBANKTM platform identifies the underlying musical recordings sampled within DJ sets and remixes and then determines the label and publishing rights holders while simultaneously clearing the DJ sets or remix across all rights holders. Dubset also allows record labels and music publishers to set permissions for access enabling catalogs to be efficiently monetized and bypassing the need to search and initiate claims.

"This is a watershed moment for Dubset that demonstrates how critical the MixBANK tool and programs are proving to be with rights holders," says Dubset Media CEO Stephen White. "Hundreds of millions of music fans are streaming DJ and remix content, and labels, publishers, and performance societies need robust solutions for managing the use of their catalogs within this massive category of under-monetized music. We are honored that Sony Music has selected Dubset to help identify and unlock the value in these uses of their catalog."

"There is a large global audience for DJ sets and remixes, and we think this agreement will benefit premium music subscribers by bringing more of that content into the product mix for electronic and dance fans," said Andre Stapleton, Senior Vice President, Digital Partner Development, Sony Music Entertainment. "We have worked closely with Dubset on a deal that not only protects our artists, but also provides us with the tools to harness new revenues for them, while amplifying the popularity of the original master recordings at the same time."


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Warner Music Group (WMG) has renewed its global partnership deal with Spotify as announced last week on social media by WMG’s Chief Digital Officer, Ole Obermann. Obermann stated, “It's taken us a while to get here, but it’s been worth it, as we've arrived at a balanced set of future-focused deal terms. Together with Spotify, we've found inventive ways to reinforce the value of music, create additional benefits for artists, and excite their fans all over the world. Even with the current pace of growth, there’s still so much potential for music subscription to reach new audiences and territories."

William Patrick Corgan
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and Smashing Pumpkins frontman, William Patrick Corgan has announced the release of his second solo album, Ogilala, on October 13 via BMG. The album was produced by Rick Rubin and recorded at Shangri La Studios in Malibu. Alongside the album announcement, Corgan has released the album’s first track, “Aeronaut.” This fall, Corgan will also head out on a solo acoustic North American tour performing songs from Ogilala and a second set that will cover works from his early days as the frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins and beyond.

Merlin has announced a new milestone with its billionth dollar in distributions. Since launching in May 2008, Merlin has sought to add global efficiencies to the licensing of new generation streaming services, while representing over 20,000 independent record labels and distributors from 53 countries, across five continents. Since finalizing its first commercial partnership in September 2008 as a launch partner to Spotify, Merlin has now licensed over 20 digital music services including Deezer, Google Play, iHeartRadio, SoundCloud, YouTube Red, Pandora, Vevo and KKBOX. Over the past five years, annual revenues paid to Merlin members have increased eightfold, while administration fees have fallen almost 80%. In April 2017, Merlin announced a renewed multi-year global license with Spotify.

Billboard has announced the return of veteran journalist Melinda Newman as West Coast Editor for the publication, based in the company’s Los Angeles office. Bringing over 25 years of experience covering the music industry to the new role, Newman will work closely with Hanna Karp, Billboard’s news director, on development and breaking of news and trend stories in addition to acting as Billboard’s West Coast liaison with the industry. Newman will also continue to cover news from the film/TV community. Newman has been a leading entertainment and culture freelance writer for the past decade, with work included in outlets such as Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Christian Science Monitor, Forbes, Parade, Entrepreneur and others. She previously served as Billboard's West Coast Bureau Chief from 1998 to 2006.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s Latin music division is set for a record-breaking year following the success of the global hit “Despacito” and a number of other hits. “Despacito,” co-written by Sony/ATV songwriters Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Erika Ender, has been a No.1 hit around the world as well as becoming the most-streamed song of all time and YouTube’s most-played video. It also marks the first primarily Spanish song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart in more than two decades. Besides “Despacito,” the company has scored a succession of recent hits, including those with recent Sony/ATV signing Maluma and many others. The success comes in a year where Sony/ATV won Publisher of the Year at ASCAP, BMI and SESAC’s Latin awards ceremonies for 2016, marking the second year in a row the company has won these three honors.

Users of Spotify’s free offering now have the option to use the streaming service through Google Home in the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, France and Germany. The Google Home capability marks the first time Spotify’s free service has been available to users on a voice-activated speaker, with the feature previously only offered to Premium subscribers. The ad-funded free Spotify offering plays a programmed station of songs inspired by a verbal request while Premium users are able to select specific songs, albums and artists as well as music curated around genre, mood or activity.

Taylor Swift’s newest single release, “Look What You Made Me Do,” generated quick numbers over the weekend following its release on Thursday. According to numbers from Nielsen Music, the track’s first full day of airplay on Friday saw it as the most played and most heard song in the U.S. on terrestrial stations Nielsen monitors, reaching 4,228 plays and 27.3 million audience impressions. At the same time, Spotify revealed that the track racked up over 8 million streams on Saturday, setting a new global first-day streaming record. The singer released the song last week with an accompanying lyric video while the full music video was unveiled last night at the MTV VMA’s.

Priyanka Khimani
Khimani & Associates, and the Mumbai practice of Anand and Anand, have recently announced their merger to form Anand and Anand & Khimani, A&R Worldwide can reveal. Prior to the merger, Khimani & Associates had already established itself in the media and entertainment law space while Anand and Anand, with over 150 qualified attorneys and engineers led by 23 partners, has been providing end-to-end legal solutions to their extensive and multinational client base for decades. Under the merger, Priyanka Khimani will serve as practice lead of Anand and Anand & Khimani with Pravin Anand and Binny Kalra of Anand and Anand providing additional guidance.

UK and Los Angeles-based Logan Media Entertainment (LME) has partnered with Los Angeles-based music house DL Music to announce a new venture, Artist Select. Along with delivering a catalog of established and new artists for sync, Artist Select works with emerging hit songwriters, producers and artists who write and produce songs to brief at Baggpipe Productions and Studios in Stockholm. Baggpipe is led by LME’s Swedish partner, Anders Bagge (Celine Dion, Madonna, Britney Spears, J.Lo, Enrique Iglesias). Artist Select also represents the music publishing catalog of W Songs, a division of Warner Music UK.

Warner/Chappell Music (WCM) has extended its worldwide deal with songwriter Miranda Cooper. For the past two decades, Cooper has been responsible for a number of chart-topping hits including those as part of the songwriting/production team Xenomania, which has written and produced songs for acts such as Girls Aloud, Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, Sugababes and The Saturdays.

Dot Blockchain Media Inc. (dotBC), announced last week it has chosen the Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Sawtooth as the platform for recording its content rights registry for the media industries. The announcement is a key advancement in the development of its blockchain initiative to bring clarity and transparency to the data, rights and payment issues currently facing the music and media industries. dotBC maintains partnerships and connections in the music and wider media industries to allow for seamless data exchanges between over 63 million globally recorded works from independent and major label artists and the dotBC ecosystem with more than 150,000 new recordings added monthly. Data is maintained across a distributed network that utilizes Hyperledger Sawtooth. Following the release of Phase one (a basic bundler app that launched earlier this year), dotBC plans to release phase two of the dotBC architecture in the next ninety days which will leverage Hyperledger Sawtooth to create an advanced approve-deny workflow and interface alongside partners SOCAN/MediaNet, SongTrust, FUGA & CDBaby.

Native Tongue writer Stu Crichton has two songs on the recent album release from Kesha which reached the No.1 spot on Billboard’s album charts last week week. The new full-length, Rainbow, marks Kesha’s first studio album in five years and debuted Top 5 in 8 countries and No.1 in the U.S. & Canada. Crichton co-produced and co-wrote “Learn To Let Go” and “Let ‘Em Talk.”

Ohio-born rap artist Trippie Redd and his co-managers, Milo Stokes and Quality Control COO Kevin "Coach K" Lee, recently signed to Elliot Grainge's Strainge Entertainment, a Caroline partner label. Labeled as "rap's newest rock star" by both XXL and Pigeons and Planes, Trippie Redd's "Love Scars" is approaching 10 million plays on Soundcloud.

PnB Rock & Bernard Resnick
Atlantic Records recording artist PnB Rock has just signed a worldwide music publishing administration deal with Warner/Chappell Music. The deal was finalized by PnB Rock's attorney, Bernard Resnick of Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C., and Warner/Chappell attorney, Chris Head. Among the creative executives involved are Warner/Chappell CEO Jon Platt and Co-Head of A&R, Ryan Press as well as Orlando Wharton and Lanre Gaba from the Atlantic Records A&R team, and PnB Rock's management, Monte Kearney and Gerald Dougherty of New Lane Entertainment, LLC. PnB Rock’s single “Selfish” has achieved platinum status and he is featured on Kodak Black's gold single, "Too Many Years.” He is also featured on YFN Lucci's "Everyday We Lit,” and contributed two songs to the soundtrack of the recent Fate of the Furious film.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Tim Ingham, Sat Bisla, Steve Schnur, Sunil Perkash, Thaddeus Rudd, Jody Gerson, Andrew Brightman, Jo Charrington, Marty Diamond, Sigi Schuller, John Mullen, Tuff Morgan, Mike Caren, Paresh Shah and Harvey Goldsmith.


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’s that time again where many students in the U.S. and around the world are headed back to school for another year. Click HERE to see why a good education is so important - we hope another year of academic stimulation might eliminate a few of these potential jackass moments.



A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK" – BROTHER SUNDANCE



As a budding child at the age of two, Brother Sundance was drumming in a way that convinced his father, a professional South Florida drummer, that he had a musical prodigy on his hands. With what was once just a playtime hobby, has now transformed into a passion which led to playing the guitar and a realization that the now 18 year-old has found his calling. He first organized a band called Wallace, which performed in the South Florida underground and built a strong fan base, and then transitioned into Brother Sundance. Focusing on his voice and choosing the piano as his songwriting instrument of choice, he started exploring the complex world of production. He continued to learn and sharpen his craft as he constructed his songs that could be compared to the likes of Las Vegas’ Imagine Dragons and Columbus, Ohio’s twenty one pilots. In May, he emerged from his home studio with the Honey EP. Jeff Hanson, best known for discovering and developing Paramore and Creed, heard the music and immediately signed on for management. Brother Sundance’s single “Blind” has been discovered on Apple Music, where he has earned over one million streams worldwide, and featured on Spotify’s Indie Pop!, Discover Weekly, Indie All Stars, Viral Hits Canada and Release Radar playlists; he’s even been selected for Alt Nation Advanced Placement on Sirius/XM. Listen to “Blind” HERE and contact Jeff Hanson at jeffhanson@me.com, Mark Fischer at markfischermusic@me.com or Rick Schmidt at rickallenschmidt@yahoo.com as Brother Sundance is available for label and distribution (U.S./Worldwide), booking (U.S.) and branding opportunities.


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

The music of Everything Everything has incorporated a multitude of sounds; their last three albums are maximalist, frenetic, art-pop juxtapositions of R&B and melancholia and filled with synths, guitars and falsetto. Their recently released fourth album, A Fever Dream, has gone in a different direction; a calibration of chaos and control, the result of a curious desire for consistency. The new album is a logical thematic successor to their previous album Get To Heaven’s exploration of rolling news culture - a portrait of a world grown relentless and unfathomable, whatever your nationality or political persuasion. The record contains the most intense songs that the band has written to date, but the songs also contain moments of great tenderness. Everything Everything is excited to share the new music with their fans as they’ve just announced their biggest tour to date in the UK and Ireland. The tour starts in February 2018 and includes stops in Dublin, Norwich, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester and London’s Alexandra Palace. Experience the visual for “Desire” HERE and feel free to contact Management: Peter McGaughrin peter.mcgaughrin@redlightmanagement.com and Caroline Trout caroline.trout@redlightmanagement.com , Agents: North American Erik Selz eselz@paradigmagency.com/ROW, Paul Buck paul@codaagency.com and Alex Hardee alex@codaagency.com as the band is available for licensing, booking and synch opportunities worldwide.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 8/27/2017



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, August 27th, 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.

Listen to this two-hour show by clicking HERE:

WIDE EYED BOY - “Loving You Is So Easy” (Unsigned, UK)
THE MONTREALS - “Deadheads” (Unsigned, Australia)
DEMOB HAPPY- “Dead Dreamers” (SO Recordings, UK)
MULHOLLAND - “Asleep In The Nowhere” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
CATHOLIC ACTION - “Doing Well” (Modern Sky, Scotland)
TEN TONNES - “Silver Heat” (Warner Music, UK)
SHOUT OUT LOUDS - “Jumbo Jet” (Bud Fox, Sweden)
SOPHISTICATED DINGO - “Head Talk” (Unsigned, Australia)
LONGFELLOW - “Brooklyn” (Unsigned, UK)
MADYX - “Bad Decisions” (Unsigned, N. America)
OTHERKIN - “React” (Rubyworks, Ireland)
***GLOBAL DJ EXCHANGE W/ DJ UELI HAFLIGER “FLUX FM” BERLIN, GERMANY - ALICE MERTON- “No Roots”***
MATTHEW MOLE - “Holding On” (Unsigned, South Africa)
WALLOWS - “Pleaser” (Unsigned, N. America)
WOLF ALICE - “Don’t Delete The Kisses” (Dirty Hit, UK)
FRED PAGE - “Another Last Time” (Unsigned, UK)
100 FABLES – “Wake Up” (Unsigned, Scotland)
CHRIS LEAMY - “Hold Ground” (Unsigned, N. America)
TREMORS - “Rush” (Good Soldier, UK)
NOTHING BUT THIEVES - “Sorry” (RCA, UK)
JULIANA - “Guilty” (Unsigned, Australia)
AFFAIRS - “Gracious World” (Unsigned, UK)
WILD YOUTH - “All Or Nothing” (Unsigned, Ireland)
ALBIN LEE MELDAU - “Bloodshot” (Sony Music, Sweden)
THE XCERTS - “Feels Like Falling In Love” (Raygun Records, Scotland)
SHAYNA LEIGH - “Candle” Alt Mix (Unsigned, N. America)
SOMEHOW - “While the Days Go By” (Toolong Records, France)
SPEAKER FIRST - “Break My Soul” (Unsigned, Indonesia)
GUEST ACTORS - “True” (Unsigned, Israel)
HEY GERONIMO - “Mutant” (Unsigned, Australia)
LAUREN WALLER - “What If” (Unsigned, N. America)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including The Montreals, Somehow, Guest Actors, Fred Page & Spinn).