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MUSEXPO 2018 KEYNOTE PROGRAMMING




As it prepares for its 20th global edition, MUSEXPO Los Angeles has confirmed participation from some of the BBC Radio executive team’s most influential and forward-thinking radio and music minds for its 2018 global music business program, which takes place April 29 - May 2 at the W Hotel Hollywood.

Bob Shennan
As part of MUSEXPO 2018’s official global honorarium of the 50 year milestone for BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2, the event has confirmed a very rare and special keynote interview with Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Radio, and one of the world’s most important and influential radio and multi-media executives. Shennan currently maintains daily oversight of BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC 5 live and digital-only stations 1Xtra, 6Music, BBC Radio 4 Extra, 5 live sports extra and Asian Network, as well as the BBC Performing Groups, the BBC Proms, BBC Music and radio production, which impacts tens of millions of daily listeners and consumers across the UK and around the world.

MUSEXPO Founder Sat Bisla stated, “We are extremely honored and humbled to have Bob Shennan join us for our 20th global edition of MUSEXPO next year in Los Angeles. BBC Radio has been a global icon and influencer unlike any other radio group for the past fifty years and having Bob participate in a very rare keynote interview at MUSEXPO will an incredible and inspiring moment for the global music industry and our attendees at next year’s event.”

Ben Cooper Chris Price
Shennan will be joined in Los Angeles by BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network’s Controller, Ben Cooper, as well as the Head of Music for BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, Chris Price who will participate across the event’s programming.

Registration is open now at the Early Bird Discount rates. For more information regarding registration, discounted hotel rooms, showcasing opportunities and partnership, log on to www.musexpo.net.


ATLANTIC RECORDS NAMES KEVIN WEAVER PRESIDENT, WEST COAST



Kevin Weaver

As hinted earlier this year in the A&R Worldwide newsletter, it was officially announced last week that Kevin Weaver has been promoted to the newly-created role of President, West Coast, for the Atlantic Records Group. Based in Los Angeles, the industry veteran joined Atlantic Records in 1994 and most recently held the role of President, Film and Television and EVP for the company. Weaver’s more than 20-year-career in the music industry also includes various A&R/Soundtrack roles with Lava Records and Tommy Boy Music.

The new role with Atlantic will see Weaver continuing to lead the growth and evolution of Atlantic’s soundtrack, sync and visual media as well as now overseeing all artist development for the company’s Los Angeles-based talent roster.

"The appointment of Kevin as our first-ever West Coast President reflects both his expanded leadership position and the pivotal role that the city of Los Angeles and our fantastic LA team play in our success," said Atlantic Records Group’s Chairman and CEO, Craig Kallman and Chairman and COO, Julie Greenwald. "Kevin’s exceptional relationships across the entire entertainment industry extend far beyond the film and TV worlds, and have led to tremendous opportunities to break artists, grow their careers, and broaden their audiences."

Most recently, Weaver has led Platinum-certified soundtracks for Furious 7 and Suicide Squad, including the latter’s global hit "See You Again," by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth. Among his upcoming film/TV projects are included soundtrack’s for Netflix's Bright and 20th Century Fox's The Greatest Showman as well as spearheading NBC primetime concert specials for Ed Sheeran and Coldplay. Across his career, Weaver has served as producer, executive producer, and/or A&R Executive on numerous additional soundtrack albums including five Grammy-nominated  soundtracks for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, as well as a number of feature films.



SIGI SCHULLER JOINS COLUMBIA GSA AS VICE PRESIDENT



Sigi Schuller
It was recently revealed that widely-respected A&R executive, Siegfried “Sigi” Schuller has joined Sony Music as VP, Columbia GSA. The role takes effect early this month and will see Schuller based in Munich while reporting directly to Sony Music’s Sr. VP of Domestic (GSA), Willy Ehmann. The appointment comes as Sony Music seeks to grow the activities of its domestic labels and, following new leadership appointments to Columbia’s Repertoire Division with General Managers Andreas Kappel and Patrick von Strenge.

Schuller transitions to Columbia from Universal Music whom he joined in 2003 as an A&R Manager at the then Motor Division. He eventually became Sr. Director of A&R for Polydor/Island and Vertigo/Capitol.

“I’ve been appreciating Sigi for many years,” commented Willy Ehmann. “He lives with music, has an excellent network, enjoys great respect and trust with artists and management - but above all he is very successful in what he does.”

Schuller added, “I have always regarded my profession as a gift and the great changes in the market and the relationship with artists and partners as the greatest challenge and joy with regard to personal development to the great team at Columbia, together we will accept this challenge and develop Columbia as a home for artists of all kinds.”


RESPECTED MUSIC INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE & FORMER MUSE MANAGER SAFTA JAFFREY PASSES



A&R Worldwide is very saddened to report the passing of highly-respected music industry veteran and iconic manager, Safta Jaffrey. Safta had been an incredible friend and supporter to many artists, producers, executives, friends and, most importantly, a great family man who leaves behind his wife Nadia and their two children. Nadia shared the sad news of Safta’s loss several days ago by stating, “It’s with a heavy heart, I am announcing Safta's passing. After a long period of illness, he has died peacefully on our wedding anniversary on the 25th of September 2017 in France. The funeral was held yesterday. The children and I will miss him forever as we lost a great father, an amazing husband, my best friend and a great friend to many.”

Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide, who was a longtime friend of Safta and has worked closely with him on many of his artist management clients prior to their label signings including Muse, Vega 4, Serafin and others, stated, “I’m extremely saddened to hear about the loss of a great friend, mentor, passionate music aficionado and wonderful family man Safta Jaffrey. Safta has been very kind and supportive to so many including myself during my early days in the music business and beyond. Outside of work Safta became a close friend and we had the pleasure of travelling around the world together from the early 90s onwards. Safta will be truly missed; however, his great vision and passion and for music, people, community and family will remain a part of his incredible legacy and contributions.”

Safta had over 30 years of A&R background and experience having worked in many different areas of the music industry and gaining a thorough understanding of the business and the creative process along the way. He also built long-standing relationships with key music executives across territories throughout the world and managed some of the most talented record producers/mixers in the business, including John Leckie (Radiohead, Muse, Stone Roses), Ron Saint Germain (311, Tool, U2, Soundgarden), Laurie Latham (Stereophonics, Jools Holland), Michael Brauer (Coldplay, John Mayer) and many others. Safta was also one of the first to recognize the opportunities of the growing music market in India and other emerging markets years before most of the music industry started to take notice.

Safta was also the MD and co-owner of Taste Media Limited, set up in partnership with Dennis Smith. In the early 90s they discovered, signed and managed Muse whose first three albums were released through Taste Media Ltd, all reaching Platinum sales status having sold five million albums throughout the world. In addition Taste Media had also signed Vega 4 (licensed to Capitol (U.S.) and Serafin (licensed to Elektra (U.S.). In addition, Safta had previously served as a board member of AIM.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S POST “SUMMER IN BERLIN”



Following in the footsteps of their time in Hamburg for the Reeperbahn Festival, A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla and Tyler Polzin made their way to Berlin to reconnect with their colleagues and friends from various aspects of the German music industry based in one of Europe’s most innovative and creative markets.

The German music industry continues to evolve, as its fans, one of the longest thriving physical music consumer bases transition toward streaming. The market has also seen a strong continued growth for their own local artists and repertoire alongside international acts.

Below is a short pictorial overview of A&R Worldwide’s musical exploits in Berlin!

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SONG: Discussing the evolving world of A&R and copyrights (l-r) are: Henrike Blome, A&R, Sony/ATV; Maximilian Paproth, Head of A&R GSA & European Creative, Sony/ATV; Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide and Patrick Strauch, Managing Director, Sony/ATV, Germany. MUSIC IS THE “UNIVERSAL” LANGUAGE”: Discussing music, media and technology are longtime friends (l-r) Sat Bisla with Daniel Lieberberg, Sr. VP, Universal Music Domestic, Germany.

KEEPING THEIR “INDEPENDENT” SPIRIT (l-r) are Sat Bisla, leading German independent music entrepreneur Nico Meckelnburg (MD & Artist Manager, Das Maschine, GmbH) and Stefanie Rohn (A&R/Songplugging Manager, We Publish Music, Germany). THREE’S COMPANY & FOUR’S A CROWD IN DEUTSCHLAND: Pictured (l-r) are renowned Germany artist and music consumer brands manager Khalid Schröder (Founder, KS Music Business GmbH); Sat Bisla and Johannes Christoph Cordes (Managing Director bei Fortunes Music, Sports & Entertainemt GmbH).

IT’S “IN YOUR EYES” IN BERLIN: Seeing and hearing the future German music hits are (l-r) Sat Bisla, Ken Ogihara (A&R executive, Warner Music Germany) and Steffen Gottwald (Creative Director, Styleheads, Germany). FUTURE-CASTING THE EUROPEAN HITS are (l-r) Fiete Klatt, Sr. Manager A&R, Vertigo/Capitol (Universal Music Germany) and Tyler Polzin, Sr. Director, A&R Worldwide.

SHARING THEIR PASSION FOR “ALL THINGS RADIO” are (l-r) radio veterans Mona Rübsamen, Managing Partner, Flux FM Berlin, Sat Bisla and Markus Kuehn, Co-Founder, m2m & Managing Partner, Flux FM Berlin.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Maik Pallasch
A&R Worldwide has learned that Maik Pallasch, former Managing Director for BMG Germany’s Berlin-based operations, will take on a new role as Head of Germany, Shows & Editorial/Content & Creator for Spotify. Pallasch previously held positions at Sony/ATV Germany, B162, Suction Records and Motor Music in Germany. Pallasch is one of many seasoned music industry executives who have been tapped by a variety of music streaming services in recent years as they evolve their platforms from streaming to content management, creation and ownership. Look for the automotive industry and telecommunications companies to also start attracting talent from the traditional music business into their respective digital and entertainment engagement platforms in the near future.

A major live music event was the target of a horrific attack yesterday evening. A 64-year-old gunman opened fire on music fans attending the Las Vegas country music festival, Route 91 Harvest Festival. Before being found dead in his hotel room, the shooter had fired into the crowd from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel, killing 58 people and leaving more than 500 injured, making the act the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. A&R Worldwide sends its sincerest condolences, thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this horrible act of violence in Las Vegas.

Spirit Music Group has appointed Gary Miller to Sr. VP, Creative Services, for the company. Based in Los Angeles, Miller will report jointly to Spirit’s Chairman and CEO, David Renzer, and COO/CFO, Jon Singer. He will be tasked with leading the company’s synch efforts across film, television and advertising. Prior to Spirit, Miller held senior Film/TV roles with Universal Music Publishing Group for 18 years. His career with the majors began in 1993 at MCA Music Publishing before transitioning to PolyGram Film and TV for a two year stint, then returning to Universal in 1999 as Sr. Director overseeing the clearance and licensing operation for the newly-merged MCA and PolyGram Music Publishing catalogs. In 2008, Miller moved into a creative role and began working Universal’s roster and catalog in the areas of TV, Film, Video Games, Advertising and Merchandise.

It was revealed last week that Cameron Strang, Warner Bros. Records’ Chairman and CEO, was in New York City meeting with the Warner Music Group (WMG) leadership team. According to sources for Billboard, WMG has recently been in conversations with Tom Corson, President and COO for RCA Records, regarding a potential label-head opportunity. The report comes as Max Lousada steps into his new role of CEO for WMG’s Recorded Music operations globally and rumors spread about possible changes in the WBR leadership team. Billboard also shared that WMG has been in contact with current Interscope A&R head Aaron Bay-Schuck about filling the WBR President role left vacant with Dan McCarroll’s departure in July.

Dualtone Music Group has entered into an agreement with Isalee Music Publishing to administer hit songs written by the “father of rock n roll,” Chuck Berry. Under the deal, Dualtone has secured U.S. publishing admin rights for most of Berry’s timeless hits, including “Maybellene,” Johnny B. Goode,” “Let It Rock,” “Memphis, Tennessee,” “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” “Rock and Roll Music,” “Back in the U.S.A.,” “School Days,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “Reelin’ and Rockin’,” “Carol,” “Thirty Days (To Come Back Home),” and “Almost Grown” among others. Additionally, Dualtone now represents worldwide rights on 8 of the 10 new recordings (2 are covers) on CHUCK, the posthumous album released by the label in June 2017. Berry was inducted as both a charter member into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1986, and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1982.

Interscope Geffen A&M has extended its deal with widely-successful successful producer/songwriter/musician and label head, Benny Blanco, seeing his imprints Mad Love Records and Friends Keep Secrets staying with the label group for the coming years. With 26 No.1 records to date, the award-winning Blanco has worked with artists such as Ed Sheeran, Julia Michaels, Justin Bieber, Major Lazer, Halsey, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Kesha, Taio Cruz, Wiz Khalifa, Gym Class Heroes, Tory Lanez and others. In 2014, Blanco launched two imprint labels under Interscope Geffen A&M with Mad Love Records (Tory Lanez, Cashmere Cat, Trill Sammy) and Friends Keep Secrets, a label fueling Blanco's indie/experimental initiatives, including Jessie Ware and his own artist project BenZel with twoinchpunch.

11 year AEG Presents/Goldenvoice veteran, Rebeca Leon, has parted ways with the company from her role as Sr. VP of Latin Talent as she focuses exclusively on her own Lionfish Entertainment management firm. Lionfish looks after two of Latin music’s biggest stars in Juanes and J Balvin, as well as a number of recently signed emerging artists. In her support of Latin music and Latin artists at AEG Presents/Goldenvoice, she took the lead on national tours for Enrique Iglesias and Juanes and oversaw a division that presented 700 shows with 2.3 million tickets sold, grossing more than $188 million. Additionally, Leon’s work saw L.A. Live, including the Staples Center, the Microsoft Theatre and The Novo, becoming key stops for Latin artists in Los Angeles. Leon will maintain collaborations with AEG, including on the upcoming national tour for J Balvin. Hans Schaefer will assume the lead of Latin promotions for the company.

Live Nation has unveiled its own Facebook Messenger bot following Facebook’s recent move to open its API to outside companies. Making use of AI technology, the Live Nation bot notifies fans of upcoming concerts, helps in ticket purchasing and coordinates events between friends. The app also allows fans to source events at nearby venues, search favorite artists and browse curated featured events while learning the preferences of users and generating a fan profile to make future event recommendations.

Front Row (l-r): Ralph Peer II (Chair & CEO, peermusic); Mary Megan Peer (Deputy CEO, peermusic); Kenny MacPherson (CEO, Big Deal); Kathy Spanberger (President & COO, peermusic Anglo American Region); Top Row (l-r): Dave Ayers, EVP/Partner, Big Deal; Kim McCollum-Mele (President, Words & Music); Neville Quinlan (MD, peermusic Canada); Casey Robison (Sr. VP A&R/Partner Big Deal Music)
Los Angeles-based indie publisher peermusic has finalized a long-term sub-publishing agreement to represent the music copyrights controlled by Big Deal Music Group (including Nashville firm Words & Music) for the world, ex-U.S., France, Australia, and Africa. As Big Deal’s sub-publisher, peermusic will work to maximize all creative opportunities for their clients in all local markets, as well as provide them with the leading administration peermusic offers.

Imagem Music UK has finalized a multi-year worldwide publishing agreement with Lyra. The Ireland-native has been described by Line of Best Fit as “an unstoppable force of nature” with her blend of dark electronic pop. Lyra has spent the past year developing her sound and writing with the likes of Braque (Rag N Bone Man, Bastille), Nico Rebscher (Aurora) and Phil Cook (Birdy). She has also saw her music placed in TV shows such as MTV’s Teen Wolf and E! Entertainment’s The Royals as well as playing three sold shows in Ireland and two sold out shows in London with festival performances at The Great Escape, Music Cork and Electric Picnic.

It was revealed last week that Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, used in the company’s Echo devices, has been made available to users of Amazon Music via the platforms iOS and Android app. Accessed through the push-to-talk feature, Alexa can be asked to play music based on prompts from users in the same way as on Echo or Dot speakers.

BMG Production Music (BMGPM) has acquired leading U.S. independent production music team, Immediate Music, and sister television music catalog company, 1 Revolution Music. Immediate Music is widely recognized as Hollywood's leading producer of original music for motion picture advertising, trailers, commercials and television programs having pioneered the “epic music” genre often heard across modern film trailers. Among Immediate Music’s recent trailer campaign credits include Blade Runner 2049, Wonder Woman, War For The Planet Of The Apes, Beauty And The Beast, Arrival and Star Wars: Rogue One, as well as ad campaigns for movie franchises such as Harry Potter, X-Men, Spiderman, The Da Vinci Code, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Hunger Games, Batman, Twilight, Transformers, Lord of the Rings and Narnia. Immediate’s commercial music has been used across campaigns for Chrysler, Nike, Coca-Cola, Verizon, McDonalds, Axe, Toyota, Ford and Hitachi. They’ve also had placements in TV shows such as Stranger Things, The Leftovers, The Man In The High Castle and Narcos.

Fender has finalized an agreement with 7digital to see the digital music solutions firm helping the widely-recognized guitar manufacturer increase its online and mobile product offerings.

Sony Music Australia has entered the sports management arena in signing rugby legends Johnathan “JT” Thurston and Andrew “Joey” Johns. Sony Music’s Sports Management, a division of the JV with Talentworks Parade, working alongside Thurston’s manager Sam Ayoub (Ultra Management) will seek endorsement and commercial opportunities. Thurston also finalized an exclusive brand ambassador deal with Sony Music to represent Sony Music, its artists and live events. Additionally, Johns has signed a worldwide management deal with the company to see Parade Sports exclusively managing all aspects of his career.

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) revealed last week that Singapore-based investment firm, Temasek, has acquired a stake in the agency. Details regarding the size and cost of the acquisition were not disclosed but the companies commented that "the strategic investment will be used as capital to further CAA's tremendous growth, including through acquisitions, and follows this year’s investment by China’s leading media and entertainment fund, CMC, alongside Fubon Group, including Taiwan Mobile."

Glassnote Entertainment Group’s Resolved Records label has revealed a new strategic partnership with U.S./U.K-based Spacebomb Group. Under the agreement, Resolved will offer financial, marketing and industry support to Matthew E. White and Ben Baldwin, Spacebomb’s founders, as the duo grow their recording studio, record label, publishing, production, and artist management business. Spacebomb launched as a record label and recording studio, with credits including the production and release of debut albums from Natalie Prass, Bedouine and Matthew E. White, as well as its production team and house band model being used by the likes of Foxygen, The Waterboys, Cocoon and Slow Club.

Warner/Chappell Music (WCM) has finalized a worldwide deal with Rationale, the London-based singer/songwriter/producer. As an artist, Rationale is signed to Warner Bros. Records UK with his self-titled debut full-length due October 6th. Under the guise Tinashé, Rationale previously released one album and two EPs. His writing credits include work with Rag’N’Bone Man and Katy Perry.

BET has rolled-out to its first Asian territory as Viacom’s Viacom International Media Networks brings the channel to South Korea. BET launched in South Korea last Tuesday via a partnership with SK Broadband, a pay TV platform hosting 4.2 million subscribers.

Music Business Worldwide announced last week that it will be presenting the UK music business with a new quarterly trade magazine, Music Business UK (MBUK). The first issue will be released in mid-November and MBUK will feature exclusive regular contributions from Mark Mulligan (Founder, MIDiA Research), Peter Robinson (aka Popjustice), Will Page (Director of Economics, Spotify), Cliff Fluet (Partner, Lewis Silkin) and music journalist Rhian Jones.

Royalty Flow, a subsidiary of online music and media royalty marketplace Royalty Exchange, recently filed to offer its shares to the public under Title IV of the 2012 JumpStart Our Business Start-up (JOBS) Act, taking steps towards allowing individuals to invest in iconic music royalties. Royalty Flow looks to acquire and hold royalties from music catalogs of the world’s biggest music artists with the first being the master sound recording royalties from the 1999-2013 recording catalog of EMINEM. Royalty Exchange is working with producers Jeff and Mark Bass, who first signed EMINEM, along with their manager Joel Martin, to make this opportunity possible. The Bass brothers and Funky Bass Team (FBT) own producer credits and additional royalties on all EMINEM recordings and releases from 1999 through 2013 and will make up to 25% of their master royalties in the catalog available to investors through Royalty Flow.

The Because Group have acquired the back catalogue of Scottish group The Beta Band as part of the Parlophone divestment agreement between Warner Music Group and Merlin/IMPALA. The acquisition brings The Beta Band’s catalogue to Because, including studio albums and compilations The Three EP’s (1998), The Beta Band (1999), Hot Shots II (2001), Heroes To Zeros (2004) and The Best Of The Beta Band (2005). The acquisition also includes two EP’s from Steve Mason’s solo project, King Biscuit Time. The group plan to reissue The Beta Band and King Biscuit Time material through their frontline label, Because Music.

Producer/guitarist/songwriter and re-mixer, Dave Sitek, has joined the GPS Management roster. Sitek is well-known for his work as guitarist, songwriter and producer with his band TV On The Radio, as well as for his work with acts such as the Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Solange, Santigold, Foals, Kelis and Beady Eye.

The UK’s Association of Independent Music (AIM) held its AGM last week with the event’s program including the Annual Report from AIM CEO Paul Pacifico as well as new partnerships flagged with the Digital Catapult, PRS for Music and Pirate Studios and a new strategic partnership with artist organization The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC). As part of the formal business at the AGM, four new AIM board members were appointed including Emily Moxon (Brownswood Recordings), Martin Mills (Beggars Group), Nadia Khan (DENCH Records) and Nigel Adams (Full Time Hobby). The new appointments replace outgoing members Hannah Overton (Secretly Group), Lesley Bleakley (Beggars Group), Peter Quicke (Ninja Tune) and Peter Thompson (Play It Again Sam Records).

The Film/Television Music Registry has revealed it will now present a monthly edition of its resource which includes contact for every Music Supervisor in the U.S., Canada and U.K. from film, television, and video games. The new Film/TV Music Guide now includes 12 monthly PDF issues with your subscription to ensure you remain up-to-date from all the changes within the music supervision community. Each monthly issue also includes interviews with leading music supervisors, film and television music executives, curated news items relevant to the music licensing community, a calendar of music conferences and conventions, and twenty-six unique sections of the music executives and companies you need to reach to place your music. For more information, contact Ritch Esra at ritch@musicregistry.com or visit www.musicregistry.com.

The California Copyright Conference (CCC) is preparing to convene next Tuesday, October 10th as it presents a session titled “Thinking Outside the Box: Bolstering Revenue By Exploitation of Older Music Catalogs via Non-Traditional Means.” The panel will explore the legal perspective and challenges of exploiting older music catalogs (masters and publishing) through non-traditional licensing. The panel will be led by CCC President and respected attorney, J. Charley Londoño, Esq., and will feature: Joe Berman - Co-Founder, MediaHorse; Nick Guarino - VP, Film and TV Music, Universal Music Enterprises; Oscar Mazzola - VP of A&R, Film, TV and Advertising Sales, Music Sales Group; Susanne Savage - Sr. Director of A&R Adminstration and Label Operations, Rhino Entertainment Company; and Steve Stewart - Founder, Steve Stewart Entertainment. For more information and to secure your spot for the upcoming event, click HERE.

Mick Clark
Music industry veteran Mick Clark died suddenly in hospital on Friday at the age of 61, his family have announced. Clark was often referred to as “the Godfather of UK black music” and was a respected A&R man, artist manager and a music supervisor. He was President of i10 Music Group, the company he founded in 2013 and is credited with discovering and signing the likes of Soul II Soul, Leftfield, Maxi Priest, Loose Ends and Grooverider to a range of labels during a career which included stints at Columbia Records, Virgin Records and Higher Ground where he was Managing Director.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: David Renzer, Ralph Simon, Amarpal Gaind, Gary Chen, Vijay Nair, Sebastian Mair, Aaron Bay-Schuck, Carl Waldekranz, David Vodicka, Sunil Perkash, Steven Melrose, Peter Smidt and Stephen Sessa.


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. Well, summer is at its tail end and there’s lots to reflect upon; especially, yes, those jackass moments. Click HERE for some memorable moments from the summer that many will want to forget!


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK" – LILLY AMONG CLOUDS



Lilly Among Clouds is an artist from Würzburg, Germany that sits down at the piano and writes great pop songs. Similar to a collage, her songs are dramatic, complex, wide and beautiful. There are wagging beats or hall-like electric guitars, which produce a pleasant depth and at the same time lend Lilly's voice into a golden light. Producer Udo Rankling, who recently had another No.1 on the German Charts, realized at an early stage that her journey will lead her far beyond the classic “singer-songwriter lady at the piano” situation. Born Lilly Bruchner, she creates her songs filled with harmonies that will leave you with a lump in your throat. She has performed alongside Nelly Furtado, Paolo Nutini, KT Tunstall, The Temper Trap and LP at the Zermatt Unplugged Music Festival last April. Her album Ariel Perspective ([PIAS]) was released in August featuring the single “Remember Me,” which is earning positive buzz from her fans and radio community. Lilly Among Clouds is available for album licensing and booking for N. and S. American territories, Korea and China as inquiries can be directed to Mario Cetti at mario@kumplesandfriends.com. She’s represented by Wintrup as a worldwide publisher; for synch inquiries, please contact info@wintrup.de.


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

Three years ago Catholic Action formed and rapidly began building their reputation in the Glasgow fertile music scene. Already a producer in his own right, as well as drummer in similar lauded act Casual Sex, singer and guitarist Chris McCrory quickly began writing with a unique character and instant appeal, creating music alongside band members Ryan Clark, Jamie Dubber and Andrew Macpherson. The quartet have received incredible support from BBC Radio 1 on their first two singles and earned spots at Radio 1’s Big Weekend and SXSW with BBC Introducing in addition to showcasing at MUSEXPO Los Angeles earlier this year. The debut album, In Memory Of, will be available later this month through Modern Sky and has been described as a vibrant collection of guitar-pop anthems with pop-smarts, clever hooks and confidence rarely seen in a new act. Catholic Action delivers another track from the album with the breakneck paced slab of punched up art-rock song “Propaganda” and the accompanied indie video clip. Watch the video HERE and contact Chris Meredith at chris@atc-live.com for European bookings, Mike Hayes at hayes@icmpartners.com for N. American bookings and Björn Sandberg wcspmanagement@hotmail.com for synch and brand opportunities.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 10/1/2017



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, October 1st, 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:

THE SHERLOCKS - “Live For The Moment” (Infectious, UK)
ALEX LAHEY - “Every Day’s The Weekend” (Dead Oceans, Australia)
OUTLYA - “Howl” (Closer Recordings/Virgin, UK)
CATHOLIC ACTION - “Propaganda” (Modern Sky, Scotland)
FOREST BLAKK - “Love Me” (Warner Music, Canada)
TEN TONNES - “Silver Heat” (Warner Music, UK)
BAKER GRACE - “Am I Talking To You?” (Republic, N. America)
TWO YEAR VACATION - “Better Off Alone” (Varo Music, Sweden)
THE PALE WHITE - “Downer” (Unsigned, UK)
CARO EMERALD - “Never Ever” (Grandmono Records, Holland)
WALLOWS - “Pleaser” (Unsigned, N. America)
***GLOBAL DJ EXCHANGE W/ DJ VIC GALLOWAY “BBC RADIO SCOTLAND” - EVA LOVE - “Chophouse” ***
SCHOOL OF X - “Forever” (Unsigned, Denmark)
SHAYNA LEIGH - “Candle” (Unsigned, N. America)
PACESHIFTERS - “Draw A Blank” (Unsigned, Holland)
MISS LI - “Aqualung” (Sony Music, Sweden)
LONGFELLOW - “Brooklyn” (Unsigned, UK)
RAZZ - “Let It In, Let It Out” (Long Branch Records, Germany)
WIDE EYED BOY - “Loving You Is Easy” (Unsigned, UK)
OTHERKIN - “React” (Rubyworks, Ireland)
FOU DE TOI - “Give Me A Chance” (Unsigned, Sweden)
LAURAN HIBBERD - “Old Head Young Shoulders” (Unsigned, Isle of Wight)
THE MONTREALS - “Deadheads” (Unsigned, Australia)
TREMORS - “Rush” (Good Soldier, UK)
SOPHISTICATED DINGO - “Head Talk” (Unsigned, Australia)
EVERYTHING EVERYTHING - “Desire” (RCA, UK)
MADYX - “Jupiter” (Unsigned, N. America)
DEMOB HAPPY - “Dead Dreamers” (SO Recordings, UK)
SHOUT OUT LOUDS - “Jumbo Jet” (Bud Fox, Sweden)
RAT BOY - “Lovers Law” (Parlophone, UK)
LAUREN WALLER - “Down” (Unsigned, N. America)
FRED PAGE - “Another Last Time” (Unsigned, UK)

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