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MUSEXPO 2018 TO RECOGNIZE 50 YEARS OF BBC RADIO 1 & BBC RADIO 2
AT LOS ANGELES EVENT




MUSEXPO Los Angeles is honored to announce and host BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 as this year’s recipient for its esteemed and globally recognized annual “International Music Icon of the Year” award, being presented during a special awards luncheon event at the W Hotel Hollywood on Wednesday, May 2nd 2018. This is a first-ever for a global broadcast multi-media entity and honors the radio station’s invaluable and exceptional contributions to the communications business and to the worldwide music community over the past 50 years.

The awards presentation will include the unveiling of a special-edition commemorative publication recognizing the impact and achievements of both BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 during their five-decade history, an official awards recognition from the international music business, an official proclamation from the City of Los Angeles (the music and entertainment capital of the world), and a special presentation from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Executive management from BBC Radio 1 & 2 will attend and participate at this official special international honorarium at MUSEXPO of the radio stations who have changed the radio and music world and broken an unprecedented number of artists across the U.K. and international markets.

The dates for MUSEXPO’s 2018 edition of its highly-respected annual international music business conference, renowned for its innovation, executive access, creativity, commerce and premiere artist showcasing opportunities, are set for April 29th - May 2nd at the W Hotel Hollywood. The 2018 event also marks the 20th global edition of the world’s leading international music and media conference and showcase event (organized by A&R Worldwide), which has been hosted in N. America, Europe and Australasia since its inception back in 2005.

For additional details about BBC Radio 1 & Radio 2’s special awards luncheon and honorarium, and MUSEXPO 2018, log on to www.musexpo.net or for more information contact Tyler Polzin at tyler@anrworldwide.com.


WARNER MUSIC GROUP ACQUIRES SPINNIN’ RECORDS

   

Warner Music Group (WMG) has finalized the acquisition of Spinnin’ Records, one of the world’s leading independent electronic music companies. Based in the Netherlands, Spinnin’ Records was founded in 1999 and also includes successful music publishing and artist management divisions. The label also operates Spinnin’ Records Talent Pool, an online platform where artists and producers can submit demos, as well as a weekly online radio show called Spinnin’ Sessions which has evolved to include a live experience at events throughout Europe, Asia and N. America. Under the acquisition, Spinnin’ Records will be led by its Co-Founder Roger de Graaf as CEO, who will work closely with Bart Cools, WMG’s EVP, Global A&R and Marketing, Dance Music.

Among Spinnin’ Records’ current recording artist roster are included Alok, Bassjackers, Bob Sinclar, Chocolate Puma, EDX, Fedde Le Grand, Kris Kross Amsterdam, KSHMR, Lucas & Steve, Mike Williams, Oliver Heldens, Quintino, Sam Feldt, Throttle, Tujamo, Ummet Ozcan, Vinai and Watermät. Since its launch, the label has released music from the likes of Afrojack, Armand van Helden, Bingo Players, Cheat Codes, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Solveig, Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero, Tiësto, Yellow Claw and others. The label also plays home to a number of active sub-labels including Musical Freedom (founded by Tiësto), Hexagon (founded by Don Diablo), Dharma (founded by KSHMR), Maximized (founded by Blasterjaxx) and Heldeep Records (founded by Oliver Heldens).

Max Lousada, Chairman and CEO, Warner Music UK, who becomes WMG’s CEO, Recorded Music on October 1st, said, "Warner's past, present and future are all about creating an environment in which incredible artists and entrepreneurs thrive. That's why I'm pleased to welcome Spinnin’ to our growing family of labels, each with its own cultural identity. Roger and the team aren’t just world leaders in dance music, but pioneers of new ways to break artists and build music brands. Together, we'll nurture and expand Spinnin's global community of hit-makers, DJs, producers, songwriters, and millions of passionate fans."

Stu Bergen, CEO, International & Global Commercial Services, said, “We continue to expand our A&R activities around the world, through acquisitions, as well as organic investments. Spinnin’ is a company built for the streaming age, where the line between a local and a global hit, as well as the distinction between marketing and commerce, is blurring. For both companies, this acquisition will open up new possibilities for our artists, expand our global reach, and bring in fresh thinking. We look forward to working alongside our new colleagues on behalf of Spinnin’s artists and songwriters.”


LIVE NATION ANNOUNCES NEW HIRES TO UK TEAM



Sam Bush Joe Schiavon
Live Nation has tapped promoters Sam Bush and Joe Schiavon to join the company. Both come to Live Nation having been members of the UK’s second largest festival operator, Global. Bush came to Global in 2015 from AEG UK and now assumes the role of President, UK Touring for Live Nation. Schiavon’s decade-long career in the industry includes concerts promoted for acts such as Jon Bellion, Blackbear, Oh Wonder, Glass Animals, The Dandy Warhols and De La Soul.

Additionally, Live Nation has added promoters Kamran Haq and Sean Ryman to their team. Starting as a local Manchester promoter, Haq worked with acts such as Bring Me The Horizon, Architects and Enter Shikari before working with the likes of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Creeper and Neck Deep. Ryman transitions to Live Nation from Academy Music Group and has promoted artists including Taking Back Sunday, Don Broco, The Used, Underoath, Less Than Jake, Slaves and Nothing But Thieves.

Live Nation's Executive President of Touring, UK, Andy Copping commented, "It is with great pleasure that I welcome Sam, Joe, Kamran and Sean to Live Nation. Following our partnership with Metropolis Music this year and the addition of these hires, we have further strengthened a formidable promotions team who are dedicated to breaking artists, building careers and bringing even more incredible live experiences to fans in the UK.”

Live Nation’s UK summer festivals and shows have seen attendance of three million fans across concerts from U2, Coldplay, Robbie Williams, Guns N' Roses, ELO and Depeche Mode, and festivals Parklife, Download, Community, Wireless, Wilderness, Lovebox, Latitude, V Festival, Creamfields and Reading & Leeds. On Live Nation’s calendar of upcoming UK arena tours are included those by The Killers, Depeche Mode, Kasabian, J. Cole and Phil Collins.


UTA ANNOUNCES NEW CO-PRESIDENTS



Jay Sures & David Kramer
United Talent Agency (UTA) has announced the promotions of David Kramer and Jay Sures to Co-Presidents from their most recent role as Managing Directors. Kramer leads UTA’s motion picture group, including talent, literary, independent film finance, media rights and production, as well as the comedy touring, licensing, endorsement and publishing departments. Sures heads up the agency’s television divisions and the speakers group.

Jeremy Zimmer, UTA’s CEO said in a statement, “Jay and David embody the greatest parts of UTA, and I couldn’t ask for better, smarter or more creative partners. They are, first and foremost, among our industry’s best agents. But they are also great colleagues, whose collaboration and entrepreneurship have helped build UTA into what it is today - a true, diversified media company with global reach. As UTA continues to grow and pursue new ventures, partnerships and acquisitions, these titles are a more appropriate reflection of their central roles and what’s next for UTA as an entertainment company.”

In a joint statement, Kramer and Sures added, “As we continue to expand and evolve into a truly diverse entertainment company, artists and creators remain at the center of everything we do. For us, this partnership has worked so well for so long because it’s always been more than just a professional experience. We’ve loved working and growing the business together, and we look forward to continuing that work with our fellow board members, partners and everyone across the agency.”

Kramer and Sures’ careers at UTA started as assistants to Peter Benedek, UTA’s Co-Founder. They were upped in 2010 to Managing Director and are also members of the agency’s board of directors along with Zimmer, Benedek, Jim Berkus (UTA’s Chairman and Co-Founder), Tracey Jacobs and Matt Rice as well as outside investor, Jeffrey Ubben.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



David Chumbley
A&R Worldwide was saddened to learn of the sudden loss of David Chumbley at the age of 57 last month. He was a great friend, father and husband, as well as a world-class booking agent, esteemed director and colleague at London-based booking agency, Primary Talent. Some clients David had worked with included Kylie Minogue, Lana Del Rey, Daft Punk, Bloodhound Gang, No Doubt, Lana Del Rey, Dropkick Murphys, Gwen Stefani, Imogen Heap, Rebecca Ferguson, The Toy Dolls, Rufus Wainwright and many others. David was also a longtime friend and with A&R Worldwide founder Sat Bisla, whose friendship with David began in the early 90s. The two had spoken several weeks ago about plans to support and develop new global talent together; a passion both shared strongly. A&R Worldwide sends it sincerest condolences to all of David’s friends and family around the world, and especially to his wife Romilly and two children, Raphaella and Tom.

Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) President and CEO Scott Borchetta, alongside fashion designer John Varvatos, revealed last week a new JV to discover and develop rock acts. The first artist being represented via the newly-created Big Machine Records/John Varvatos Records set-up is California-based rock band, badflower. Borchetta and Varvatos have previously worked together having partnered on the 2015 release of Zac Brown Band’s No.1, platinum-selling album, JEKYLL + HYDE. In addition to being home to widely-successful pop and country acts, BMLG has also experienced success in the re-launches of iconic rock and roll acts including Steven Tyler and Cheap Trick.

Additionally, the new Big Machine Records/John Varvatos Records JV will be the record label home of the winner for a new talent competition, neXt2rock 2017, being supported by Cumulus Media. This Thursday will begin a four-month long competition seeing acts picked based on original song performances which will also be rated by fans. December will place the final five at a live performance in Los Angeles for a judging panel that includes Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, Big Machine boss Scott Borchetta, Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Bob Ezrin and Desmond Child. In addition to a label deal, the winners will also receive national airplay.

Mushroom Group recently announced the rebranding it’s of Liberation Music as well as the launch of a new entity within the company’s umbrella, Bloodlines. The first label under the Mushroom Group, Liberation Music will now operate as Liberation Records led by veteran Liberation executive Damian Damo Slevison, who will serve as Managing Director. Over the past 15+ years, Liberation has developed and delivered some of Australia’s leading local talent to the masses including the likes of The Temper Trap, Vance Joy, Dan Sultan, British India, Husky, Emma Louise, D.D Dumbo, Gordi and others, as well as alumni such as Little Red and Snakadaktal. Bloodlines, set to launch in late 2017, will seek to be more than a label as it provides a full range of creative services outside of the standard label format.

Veteran media executive, Tom Calderone, has parted ways with Spotify from his role as Global Head of Content Partnerships. Calderone had been with the streaming service for 18 months and his exit comes as Spotify makes moves to transition its video offerings towards music playlists. The former President of VH1 had been overseeing Spotify’s video offering, with the platform’s first round of original shows and third-party content having not been well-received by users. With Calderone’s departure, Spotify has tapped Courtney Holt to lead their video and podcasting initiatives as VP and Head of Spotify Studios and Video. Holt’s background includes early career positions with record labels such as Atlantic and Interscope Geffen A&M as well as executive positions with MTV and Myspace Music. Joining Maker Studios in 2011, he worked alongside CEO Ynon Kreiz to eventually see the company acquired by Disney.

Johnny Minardi
Well known A&R executive Johnny Minardi has joined Fueled By Ramen and Roadrunner Records in a dual role as Sr. Director of A&R for the sister labels. The move marks Minardi’s return to Fueled By Ramen (FBR), where he played a key role in developing the label’s roster, signing artists such as The Academy Is, A Rocket To The Moon, This Providence, Forgive Durden, The Swellers and The Friday Night Boys. At age 18, Minardi started his own label, LLR Recordings, discovering four bands that went on to sign with leading indie labels, including Fueled By Ramen’s The Academy Is and August Premier. In 2004, he joined FBR to handle retail, marketing and A&R, working alongside label founder John Janick as the company’s only other A&R. Most recently, Minardi has been doing A&R for Equal Vision Records, where he signed Sleep On It and nothing,nowhere., the latter in partnership with Pete Wentz’s DCD2 label.

Bertelsmann’s music subsidiary, BMG, continues its growth, expanding its market position in the first six months of the 2017 financial year. Revenues grew by 28% to €233 million driven primarily by the recording and music publishing business in the U.K. and U.S., as well as the music publishing business in Australia. Operating EBITDA was €40 million, a year-on-year increase of 25%. With its recent acquisition of the BBR Music Group (BBRMG), BMG made its biggest single acquisition in the recording business since its launch in 2008. BMG also grew its recorded-music roster via signings such as Avril Lavigne and Fergie in the U.S., Kylie Minogue in the U.K. and Mando Diao in Germany.

The U.K. has experienced record music export earnings since 2000, led by the success of albums from Adele, Ed Sheeran and David Bowie which have contributed almost $5.8 billion, according to numbers from the BPI. In only the last decade, international revenues have increased 72% with 2016 seeing growth of 11% year-on-year. BPI revealed that 2016’s boost was driven by the global appetite for Adele’s 25 as well as Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams and The Rolling StonesBlue & Lonesome. The passing of David Bowie near the start of 2016 also generated an uptick in catalog sales internationally as well as for his final release, Blackstar.

Spotify has revealed its list of the most-streamed songs of the summer globally which is, unsurprisingly, led by the hit song by Justin Bieber, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, “Despacito.” The track has generated more than 786 million streams on the platform and also sits atop the most-streamed tracks in the U.S. Following in the top five on the global list are included: DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts,” whose track “I’m the One” also takes the No.4 spot; French Montana’s “Unforgettable” at No.3; and J Balvin’s “Mi Gente” at No.5. Assuming the remaining spots in the top 10 are tracks from Ed Sheeran, Calvin Harris, Charlie Puth, Liam Payne and Imagine Dragons. Check out the full top 30 global list HERE, and the U.S. list HERE.

Twitter also revealed its list of top summer songs with the rank of most-tweeted tracks being led by Fifth Harmony with their track “Down” featuring Gucci Mane. Following in order are: “Crying in the Club” by Camila Cabello; “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber; “2U” the collaboration by Bieber and David Guetta; and Niall Horan’s “Slow Hands.”

Auddly, the Swedish song data management platform co-owned by songwriters Max Martin and Björn Ulvaeus (ABBA), has announced new partnerships with PRS For Music and ASCAP as it builds its network of affiliates globally and seeks to address the issue of incomplete or conflicting metadata affecting royalty payments. The agreement sees Auddly collaborating with the rights organizations, which also includes Sweden’s STIM, on technical and structural aspects of copyright data. Auddly is also part of the non-profit, Stockholm-based Music Rights Awareness Foundation, whose estimates show that over 20% of all publishing revenue resulting from digital consumption is lost as a result of insufficient song metadata.

Apple Music and Warner Music Group (WMG) have reached a renewed licensing deal seeing the latter’s royalty payments to WMG reduced as the major’s catalog remains available for streaming on Apple Music and download on iTunes. It is reported that Apple is near a similar agreement with Sony Music while negotiations with Universal Music may continue longer. Apple looks to secure reductions similar to Spotify, who has finalized licensing deals with all three majors and Merlin. With the renewed deal, WMG now sits as the first major to finalize rights deals with all three leading digital music platforms in Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music.

Jason Mraz
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jason Mraz and manager Bill Silva have parted ways following almost two decades of working together. Mraz subsequently began managing himself this month with all parties involved revealing an amicable split. Silva had been managing Mraz since 1999, with his 2002 debut album, Waiting For My Rocket To Come, producing the hit single, “The Remedy.” According to Nielsen Music, Mraz’s best-selling album, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things., which included the hit song “I’m Yours,” has moved 1.8 million copies. Mraz is currently at work on a new album, set to be his latest studio release since Yes, which came out in 2014 via Atlantic.

Apple has announced that it will no longer host its annual free Apple Music Festival in London following a ten-year stint. The event, which had originally been billed as the iTunes Festival, had featured artists such as One Direction, Lady Gaga, Oasis, Tony Bennett, Adele, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar, Beck and, most recently, last year’s performances from the likes of Elton John, Britney Spears, Chance the Rapper and Alicia Keys.

Kobalt has signed U.K. electronic music collective Rudimental to a worldwide agreement that includes publishing administration for all of Rudimental’s future works, including their latest single, “Sun Comes Up.” Rudimental garnered their first hit in 2012 with “Feel the Love” featuring John Newman which became a U.K. No.1. In 2013, they released their debut album Home which quickly reached No.1 on the U.K. charts. The same year saw, No.1 single “Waiting All Night” featuring Ella Eyre winning a BRIT Award for Best British Single. In 2015, “Bloodstream” featuring Ed Sheeran generated another hit track as the group prepared their sophomore album release, We the Generation. “Lay It All on Me,” also featuring Sheeran, became the group’s first U.S. charting song and went platinum in the U.K., Australia and in many other countries.

Downtown Music Benelux has finalized an international partnership with Seattle-based indie music publisher, Sub Pop Publishing. Under the terms of this agreement, Sub Pop Publishing's writer/recording artist roster will be able to leverage Downtown's global creative infrastructure and established European market presence. The company will also benefit from Downtown’s global technology platform, Songtrust, which facilitates royalty collection across more than 130 countries and over 20,000 unique income sources worldwide.

Eventbrite has officially closed its $200 million acquisition of Ticketfly from Pandora, three months after plans of the purchase were revealed. Company officials now begin the process of joining the two former competitors that will sell a combined 200 million tickets annually generating $4 billion globally through operations in 180 countries. Ticketfly plans to maintain its partnership with Pandora to bring its live event offerings to listeners and allow promoters to sell tickets based on the music preference and location of listeners with plans to roll-out a similar set-up for Eventbrite’s music customers. The recent deal follows Eventbrite’s acquisition of European ticketing company, Ticketscript, earlier this year. Over the first six months of 2017 alone, the three combined ticketing companies have processed almost 15 million tickets for over 130,000 music concerts and festivals.

Mercedes-Benz and Tidal have partnered to see customers with Mercedes Me-equipped vehicles receiving a free membership to Tidal HiFi. The multi-year partnership’s service will launch in the next few months, marked with a performance in Frankfurt by Iggy Azalea on September 15th. Taking place during the Mercedes-Benz Me Convention, South By Southwest has also partnered for the private show by Azalea which will be livestreamed on Tidal.

The main lineup for 2018’s St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival has been revealed. The bill, which includes festival exclusives BADBADNOTGOOD, Bonobo, ODESZA, The Internet and Wolf Alice, was accidently leaked a day early. The full lineup follows the first act announcements of Mac Demarco and Anderson .Paak which drove presale tickets to sell in record time.

Katie Jelen has been appointed Creative Manager, Synchronization, Warner/Chappell Music (WCM) & Warner Music Nashville (WMN). In the newly-created role, Jelen will be based in Nashville and serve WCM songwriters and WMN recording artists by developing new opportunities for their music in film, TV, advertising, video games and new media. Jelen will report to Ron Broitman, EVP & Head of Synchronization, WCM and WMG Masters. Jelen had previously been at Secret Road Music Services as Head of Artist Relations and one half of the creative team for Secret Road Music Publishing, where she oversaw the company's Nashville operations.

eBay has unveiled its own dedicated music, book, film and game marketplace under the banner of The Entertainment Shop as it seeks to capitalize on increasing demand from consumers. The Entertainment Shop will offer a broad selection of new, catalogue and pre-owned music covering all formats from brands and sellers globally. Driven by a renewed interest in vinyl, eBay’s record/CD inventory has consistently increased recently with the site showing over 39 million searches for vinyl records and 42 million searches in the music category year-on-year from July 31st, 2016.

The California Copyright Conference is preparing to convene tomorrow as it presents a panel titled “A Second Bite of the Copyright Apple: Copyright Terminations - What You Need to Know to Reclaim Your Copyright.” The panel will feature Copyright Termination Experts Attorney, Evan S. Cohen, Esq.; Head of Research from Copyright Termination Experts, Dan Perloff; and Stephen Bishop (Grammy and Oscar-nominated songwriter). Moderators for the event will be Michael R. Morris, Esq. (Managing Partner, Valensi Rose PLC and former California Copyright Conference President) and Erin M. Jacobson, Esq., The Music Industry Lawyer. For more information and to secure your spot at this nearly sold out event, click HERE.

As it prepares the launch of its new music hall at the Mercedes Platz next year, AEG has expanded its booking team for Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena to include Paul Cheetham as Director Booking for the venue. Additionally, long-time Mercedes-Benz Arena booker, Aissata Hartmann-Sylla, has been promoted to Sr. Director and will oversee event acquisitions for both the arena and the music hall. Prior to AEG, Cheetham was Managing Director for Heartburst Management where he was involved in B2B events such as Popkomm, Berlin Music Week and, most recently, Hamburg, Germany's Reeperbahn Festival. The U.K. native has over two decades of experience in music and entertainment including stints with London-based promoter Mean Fiddler and Live Nation Scandinavia in Finland. Cheetham reports directly to Michael Hapka, VP and GM, Anschutz Entertainment Group Operations GmbH. Hartmann-Sylla has been with AEG since 2009, starting as event manager and since 2013 overseeing event booking for the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Raja Kumari
Sony Music India has signed singer/songwriter and artist Raja Kumari to a recording and exclusive management deal. Her music, which blends Indian classical with hip-hop, has led her to write for artists such as Iggy Azalea, Gwen Stefani and Fifth Harmony, as well as collaborate with the likes of Timbaland, A R Rahman, Tricky Stewart and Fall Out Boy. Her first song for Iggy Azalea, “Change Your Life,” was nominated for a Grammy, and she also wrote six tracks on Gwen Stefani’s album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, which debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in 2016. Kumari’s debut single, “Mute,” has already garnered positive attention with Sony Music set to release her first single under the label. Most recently, Kumari has collaborated with leading Indian entertainment figure and Bollywood star, Madhuri Dixit, on her first-ever English language music project which was A&R’d by A&R Worldwide.

MQA and Deezer have finalized a new global partnership to see MQA significantly growing its music offering and footprint. MQA’s sound technology will be integrated into Deezer’s platform, now available in 185 countries, as well as throughout the streaming service’s portfolio of hardware partners and connected devices. Both companies work with audio brands including Bluesound, LG, Onkyo, Moon by Simaudio and Sony. MQA’s deal with Deezer comes following the reveal of major partnerships for MQA at Berlin’s IFA technology show as the company continues progress of its early stage commercial roll-out which has taken place over the last 15 months. MQA has also reached agreements with all three major labels, as well as independent label organization, Merlin.

Los Angeles-based music content management and licensing solution firm, Songtradr, has added music supervision veteran Steve Celi to their team as VP of Creative Licensing. With more than two decades of experience, Celi spent a five-year stint with E! Entertainment Television as Head of Music, before transitioning to his most recent role with the FOX On-Air Promotion team. With FOX, Celi managed and curated music as well as oversaw all aspects of music selection, original music production, clearances and production library music licensing for the entire primetime lineup, including the successful launch of shows such as American Idol, 24, So You Think You Can Dance, X Factor, Glee and Empire.

AIM (the Association of Independent Music) has revealed further activities to take place at its upcoming AGM. The AGM’s discussion, “Reflecting on the Artist-Label Relationship,” will feature AIM’s CEO Paul Pacifico, Metronomy Founder Joe Mount and Shingai Shoniwa (the Noisettes) and will also see the electing of new board members with the exit of current members Hannah Overton (Secretly Group), Lesley Bleakley (Beggars Group), Peter Quicke (Ninja Tune) and Peter Thompson (Play It Again Sam Recordings).

ole recently announced a worldwide co-publishing and administration deal with Cambridge, Ontario-based country music singer/songwriter duo, The Reklaws. The award-winning sibling duo of Jenna Walker (vocals) and Stuart Walker (guitar and vocals) are signed to Universal Canada. Their single, “Hometown Kids,” is currently rising up the Canadian country charts as they prepare the release of their debut album. The duo has opened for acts such as Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett and others.

Liza Burnett Fefferman, who had been leading communications for Viacom’s VH1 and Logo, has added PR responsibilities for MTV to her portfolio following a promotion to Sr. VP of Communications for MTV, VH1 and Logo Networks. Fefferman came to Viacom in May 2016 and prior had led communications at RADiUS, the Weinstein Company’s boutique label, where she managed campaigns for over 40 releases, including Oscar winners Citizenfour and 20 Feet From Stardom, Oscar nominee The Hunting Ground, Snowpiercer and It Follows, as well as others.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has launched the app for its state-of-the-art royalty portal, SCORE, for Android and iOS. The new app provides the company’s songwriters and their teams with real-time access to their current royalty account and historic earnings at any time. The app also includes the SCORECARD, which uses a graphic interface to give a simple and up-to-date, top-view summary of a writer’s royalties for both current and historic periods. SCORE is powered by Sony/ATV’s industry-leading TEMPO system and offers a global centralized database, highly accurate and transparent data from an ever-growing number of income streams worldwide as well as analysis of royalties by song title, income source, time period and territory.

YouTube-MP3.org, the world’s largest stream-ripping site, is being shut down following a settlement reached with the RIAA. Record labels had taken legal action against the site last year with accusations of copyright infringement as well as allegations of breaching the terms of service for YouTube, allowing conversion of videos to MP3s by users. The settlement agreement, including payment of an undisclosed amount to plaintiffs including Universal Music, Sony Music and a number of Warner Music imprints, ends the copyright infringement lawsuit filed last year. The U.K.’s BPI had also formerly notified the stream-ripping site of intended legal action. The Germany-based YouTube-mp3.org counted over 60 million unique users per month.

Alesso
Alesso, has transitioned to the management team at Shots Studios, led by CEO John Shahidi and Co-Founder/Chief Creator Officer Sam Shahidi, who will look after the platinum-selling Swedish DJ/producer moving forward. He joins the company’s music roster that includes Anitta and Poo Bear, both which are collaborating with Alesso currently. Alesso had been looked after by longtime Swedish House Mafia manager, Amy Thomson of ATM Artists, who counts Axwell & Ingrosso among her current clients. Thomson commented that the split was amicable between the two.

BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) has announced details for its 2017 Gold Badge Awards, the 44th edition of the awards which this year are presented by BASCA and sponsored by PPL and PRS for Music. They will be hosted by Guy Fletcher OBE and celebrate the unique contribution of twelve individuals who have supported or inspired the U.K. songwriting and composing community across the worlds of jazz, contemporary classical and film/television music,. Among this year’s recipients are included: Gary Crosby OBE, Susanna Eastburn, Michael Gibbs, Tim Ingham, Sarah Liversedge, Paulette Long OBE, Steve Parr, Maggie Rodford (this award is presented in association with PRS for Music), Emeli Sandé MBE (this award is presented in association with PPL), George Vass, Martyn Ware and Jon Webster.

Island Records Australia has announced a label partnership with Melbourne, Australia-based indie label, Our Golden Friend Records, led by Lorrae McKenna. McKenna was most recently the Promotions and Marketing Manager at Remote Control Records where she played a key role in re-invigorating the label’s Australian roster of artists, signing and developing acts such as Courtney Barnett, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Methyl Ethel, The Murlocs and others. She parted ways with Remote Control in October 2016 and has focused on building Our Golden Friend alongside her management roster, which includes Jade Imagine, Jess Riberio, RVG, Totally Mild and Poppongene. Alongside the announcement comes news of the label’s first signing in Melbourne four piece, RVG. McKenna’s management company will maintain independent operations.

Hasbro, Inc. has opened pre-orders in the U.S. for the highly-anticipated DROPMIX music-mixing game developed alongside video game developer, Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. DROPMIX allows players to create unique mixes with their favorite hit songs by playing NFC chip-enabled cards on a game board connected to a mobile app and is a first-of-its-kind competitive gaming experience. Across the games three play mode styles are included tracks by blink-182, Bruno Mars, Carly Rae Jepsen, Dolly Parton, Fifth Harmony, Imagine Dragons, MGMT, Outkast, Sia, Skrillex, Vampire Weekend, The Weeknd, Weezer and others.

Shane Filan
Shane Filan has garnered his first Top 5 album since parting ways with Westlife. The singer’s third solo LP, Love Always, debuted at No.5 following its release via a joint venture between his own Ocean Wave Records, production team Metrophonic and Absolute Label Services. Filan’s Love Always has also received extensive support across BBC Radio 2 and 80 regional radio stations; national TV including The One Show, BBC Breakfast, Loose Women and Sunday Brunch; national and regional newspapers and magazines; and a Vevo promotion earning 100,000 impressions.

U.S.-based Unsigned Only Music Competition recently announced the winners of its 2017 competition. Selected from 6,000 entries from almost 100 countries, the winners share in more than $150,000 in cash and prizes split among 28 winners. Unsigned Only is open to all artists who are unsigned to a major record label with winners selected by a panel of judges that included leading recording artists, music journalists and music supervisors. This year’s overall Grand Prize went to 17 year-old Moroccan-born Canadian artist Faouzia with her song “Knock On My Door,” marking the first time a teen has won the overall Grand Prize since the competition launched six years ago. In addition to cash and other prizes, Faouzia also receives one-on-one mentoring from a group of leading music industry executives from Atlantic, Razor & Tie, Sony Music Nashville and Island as well as others. Faouzia also took First Place in the Teen category. For a full list of 2017’s winners, click HERE.

Walter Becker
Walter Becker, guitarist and co-founder of the iconic Grammy-winning band, Steely Dan, passed away last week at the age of 67. Announced on Becker’s official website, details of his passing were not revealed. Throughout the 70s, Becker, alongside writing partner and bandmate Donald Fagen, released a string of hit songs including “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” “Deacon Blues,” “Kid Charlemagne,” “Hey Nineteen,” and “My Old School” as well as others. Steely Dan disbanded in 1981 but reconvened in the 1990s to release another round of successful records. While most of Steely Dan’s sales came prior to Nielsen’s SoundScan, since tracking began in 1991 the band has moved 8.4 million units in the U.S. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Mike Caren, Pieter Van Bodegraven, Steve Strange, André de Raaff, Alicen Catron Schneider, Chris Barton, Alex Ljung, Scott Burnell, Alex Luke, Matt Pollack, Reynold D’Silva, Wendy Goldstein, Pete Ganbarg and Jo Charrington.


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. Once in a while, we’ll find people doing the most unpredictable things, and scratch our heads as ask….why? Click HERE to enjoy some ‘why’ would you do that moments from around the world!


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK" – BAKER GRACE



Growing up, Baker Grace’s home always provided a soundtrack. Her father was a musician and sang to her when she was a child; they played everything from The Beatles to Carol King to 2Pac. She quickly fell in love with the way music made her feel as it allowed her to escape life, while guiding her through it at the same time. This love for music became a passion and fueled her desire to not just sing, but also to begin writing her own songs at a young age. Baker Grace released her first EP under the moniker Bitter’s Kiss two years ago that led to opportunities to travel across the country and to Europe, to meet with great partners and collaborators and to several indie singles and EDM tracks. Supported by A&R Worldwide, 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), signed by Jason Jordan, Sr. VP A&R who discovered her via A&R Worldwide. Her new single “Am I Talking To You?” is about a friend she lost because she started to care about her reputation, drugs and alcohol more than their friendship. Listen to the moving track HERE and contact ian@rebel-one.net and bakergracemusic@gmail.com for all inquiries.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – ALBIN LEE MELDAU

Modern day troubadour Albin Lee Meldau recently released his Bloodshot EP via Astralwerks, an impressive five-song presentation of his intensely emotional songwriting. The son of a Swedish singer mother and British punk rocker father has had a breakout year with NPR Music naming him one of their must-see artists at SXSW, his appearances at the Reeperbahn and Bonnaroo festivals, and having already earned more than 21 million streams on Spotify-even reaching No.1 on Spotify’s Viral 50 chart in five countries. Albin was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2017 Grammis (Swedish Grammy Awards) and won the 2016 ANCHOR Award, an international competition hosted by the Reeperbahn Festival in Germany that seeks out the best new emerging talent. Watch the incredible visual for “Bloodshot,” the title track of his EP, HERE and contact Paul Sonkamble at paul@deerlily.com for additional information on Albin Lee Meldau.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 9/10/2017



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, September 10th, 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:

EVERYTHING EVERYTHING - “Desire” (RCA, UK)
FOREST BLAKK - “Love Me” (Warner Music, Canada)
CATHOLIC ACTION - “Propaganda” (Modern Sky, Scotland)
SCHOOL OF X - “Forever” (Unsigned, Denmark)
WALLOWS - “Pleaser” (Unsigned, N. America)
TEN TONNES - “Silver Heat” (Warner Music, UK)
TIM SCHOU - “Morrison” (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
MADYX - “Bad Decisions” (Unsigned, N. America)
THE MONTREALS - “Deadheads” (Unsigned, Australia)
WIDE EYED BOY - “Loving You Is Easy” (Unsigned, UK)
MATTHEW MOLE - “Holding On” (Unsigned, South Africa)
***GLOBAL DJ EXCHANGE W/ DJ ALEX BEHAN “RADIO NEW ZEALAND” - GRAYSON GILMOUR - “Hundred Waters” ***
GINGER SNAPS - “Number Crunching” (Killing Moon, UK)
TOUT VA BIEN - “Queen Of Sheeba” (Parlophone, Belgium)
YONAKA - “Wouldn’t Wanna Be Ya” (Asylum, UK)
WE THE LION - “Found Love” (Unsigned, Peru)
OTHERKIN - “React” (Rubyworks, Ireland)
HEY GERONIMO - “Mutant” (Unsigned, Australia)
TREMORS - “Rush” (Good Soldier, UK)
NOTHING BUT THIEVES - “Sorry” (RCA, UK)
JULIANA - “Guilty” (Unsigned, Australia)
SOPHISTICATED DINGO - “Head Talk” (Unsigned, Australia)
WILD YOUTH - “All Or Nothing” (Unsigned, Ireland)
SHOUT OUT LOUDS - “Jumbo Jet” (Bud Fox, Sweden)
LONGFELLOW - “Brooklyn” (Unsigned, UK)
SHAYNA LEIGH - “Candle” (Unsigned, N. America)
AFFAIRS - “Gracious World” (Unsigned, UK)
CHRIS LEAMY - “Hold Ground” (Unsigned, N. America)
LAUREN WALLER - “What If” (Unsigned, N. America)
MULHOLLAND - “Asleep In The Nowhere” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
KASKELOTT - “Burn/Fade” (Unsigned, Sweden)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Catholic Action, The Attic Sleepers, DZ Deathrays, Fou De Toi and Lauren Waller).