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MAGNUS RIBBEKLINT NAMED GENERAL MANAGER FOR ATLANTIC RECORDS UK



Magnus Ribbeklint
Atlantic Records UK has announced Magnus Ribbeklint as General Manager for the company, reporting to the label’s President, Ben Cook. Ribbeklint comes to Atlantic UK from Warner Music Sweden where he had been serving as General Manager, as well as VP, Marketing, Warner Music Nordics. A highly-regarded leader in his field, Ribbeklint has played a key role in guiding the company through the evolving digital landscape, with a deep understanding of the streaming arena. Ribbeklint’s new role will see him working alongside Atlantic UK’s teams for Promo, led by Damian Christian, and A&R.

Ben Cook said, “Magnus is a brilliant creative and digital strategist. He shares our love of great music, our passion for artist development and our resolute focus on the future. Throughout the Nordic transition to streaming his foresight and expertise helped transform Warner Music Sweden into a global leader in social media, content and digital marketing. He joins us at a pivotal time for the UK industry. I’m confident he’ll help keep Atlantic at the leading edge of music’s on-going evolution - as we continue to find innovative new ways to release and campaign our amazing artists. I look forward to him being a key player in the already impressive force that makes up Atlantic UK.”

Ribbeklint said, “I’m very happy and proud to join Atlantic UK. It is undoubtedly one of the coolest and most vibrant labels on the planet, and home to so many incredible acts. One of Ben’s many strengths as President is that he’s a real music man, and it’s this artist-centric approach that makes Atlantic a hub for exciting homegrown talent. Together we're determined to deliver future-focused, global campaigns for the world class roster. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our team and our artists in the Nordics, it’s been a true privilege to work with them over the last five years. I’m honored to take on this new challenge within the Warner Music family."

Ribbeklint’s career began at Modern Times Group before joining Sony Music Entertainment Sweden as Marketing Director. Five years later he transitioned to Warner Music Sweden as Commercial and Marketing Director and was promoted to General Manager in 2016, assuming the additional role of VP Marketing, Warner Music Nordics less than a year later.

Ribbeklint’s appointment comes following the announcement of the departure of Mark Mitchell who will be heading to Parlophone as Co-President. Ribbeklint will relocate to the UK to assume duties starting January 2018.


WARNER MUSIC APPOINTS KEY LEADERSHIP GLOBALLY

      

The Warner Music leadership team experienced further shifts to its executive staff around the world last week on both the recorded music and publishing fronts. Among the key appointments were included:

Helen McLaughlin Santiago Menéndez-Pidal
Helen McLaughlin as Managing Director, Warner Music Sweden. McLaughlin will assume the new role January 1st and will report to Jonas Siljemark, President, Warner Music Nordics. McLaughlin comes to Warner Music from Sony Music Sweden, where she had served as Head of A&R for the last six years. Her career began at Sony Music Sweden in 1992 as an International Product Manager. She transitioned to Managing Director of V2 Music Scandinavia in 1996 and held that position for over 11 years working with acts such as Ane Brun, Johnossi, Markus Krunegård, Peter Bjorn and John, and Those Dancing Days. In 2009, McLaughlin went to Universal Music Sweden, holding the role of Artist Development Manager before moving back to Sony Music Sweden in 2011. At Sony, McLaughlin has worked with artists including Frans, Kim Cesarion, Kverlertak, Kygo, Mando Diao, Peg Parnevik and Shirin.

On the publishing side, Warner/Chappell Music (WCM) has appointed Santiago Menéndez-Pidal as Managing Director, Warner/Chappell Music Spain. Menéndez-Pidal will work closely with WCM’s President, Latin America, Gustavo Menendez, while reporting to Jon Platt, Chairman & CEO, WCM. Menéndez-Pidal had most recently been with Sony Music Spain since 2012, serving as A&R Director for the last four years and signing artists including Dvicio, Abraham Mateo, Andrés Suárez, C Tangana, Melendi and Rozalén. During his more than two decade career, he has played a key role in developing the careers of a number of Spain’s biggest artists and songwriters such as Dani Martín, India Martínez, Leiva and Joaquín Sabina. Menéndez-Pidal’s career started in 1992 at BMG Music where he became International Marketing Manager before joining WCM Spain in 1996 for the first time as International and Creative Manager as well as Synchronization Manager. Menéndez-Pidal parted ways with WCM in 2003 to co-found the Madrid office of Clippers, Spain’s largest indie music publishing company. He joined EMI Music Publishing as Managing Director of Spain & Portugal in 2005 and in 2010, became Managing Director of EMI Music Publishing Australia and New Zealand. He has served on the board of directors of both the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE) and APRA AMCOS.

Eric Mackay Mark Baker
Additionally, Warner/Chappell Music (WCM) has promoted Eric Mackay to EVP, Global Digital Strategy for the company. Based primarily in London, Mackay will continue to report to WCM Chairman and CEO, Jon Platt. The new role will see Mackay responsible for leading WCM’s global digital strategy while growing its commercial partnerships. He will oversee Warner/Chappell’s global digital team, which handles the publisher’s relations with established and emerging DSPs. Mackay came to Warner/Chappell in 2015 as Head of Digital, Europe. In 2016, he was promoted by Platt to VP, Digital, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Asia-Pacific. Prior to Warner/Chappell, Mackay held roles with Vevo, CELAS, White Noise and Integral Management.

Warner Music Group Corp. (WMG) has also announced Mark Baker as VP, Public Policy & Government Affairs for the company. From the role, Baker will oversee the company’s public policy positions and initiatives, as well as serve as its primary liaison with governmental and regulatory bodies globally. Baker will be based at WMG’s New York headquarters and report jointly to WMG EVP & General Counsel, Paul Robinson and EVP, Communications & Marketing, James Steven. With over 20 years of experience working on international trade policy and regulatory matters, multilateral trade negotiations, tax policy, and trade-related industry standards, Baker comes to WMG having just spent 15 years with Diageo, most recently as Director, Global Trade and Regulatory Affairs. Baker’s career began as an International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce and was followed by a stint as VP, International Trade for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.


RESERVOIR/REVERB MUSIC SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH AWARD-WINNING WRITER/PRODUCER CUTFATHER



Annette Barrett (left) with Cutfather.

Reservoir/Reverb Music has signed award-winning songwriter/producer/remixer Mich Hansen, aka Cutfather, to a worldwide publishing deal. The deal covers titles from Cutfather’s catalog as well as future works.

Cutfather generated international recognition in the late '80s following the launch of a successful DJ career. His production work with Queen Latifah garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance for “Fly Girl” in 1992, and just a few years later, he had a global hit with his remix of Mark Morrison’s “Return of the Mack.” He also co-wrote and co-produced the song “Superstar,” performed by Jamelia, which was the most performed song in the UK in 2003, and the fourth most performed song of the entire decade, earning Cutfather an Ivor Novello Award.

“It’s a great pleasure to be re-united with Cutfather,” says Reservoir/Reverb Music Managing Director, Annette Barrett. “I originally signed Mich at Warner Chappell Music in the '90s, where he was one of their top writers. His continued success over the years is a testament to his talent and hard work. I am very excited to welcome him now to the Reservoir/Reverb Music family. We are all looking forward to working with him and continuing his unique success story.”

Additional credits across his 30-plus year career, including collaborations with acts such as Kylie Minogue, Pussycat Dolls, Jordin Sparks, The Wanted, The Saturdays, Santana, Blue and Christina Aguilera, as well as writing and/or production on hits from artists including Ace of Base, All Saints, Olly Murs, Demi Lovato, Matoma, Little Mix, Alex Newell and Callum Scott. Upcoming releases include those with pop groups Why Don’t We and Boyzone.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Columbia Records has revealed the promotion of Stephen Russo to EVP and CFO for the label. The announcement was made last week by Sony Music Entertainment’s CEO Rob Stringer, to whom Russo will report. Russo’s promotions elevate him from his previous roles as Sr. VP, Finance and Operations/CFO for Columbia and will see him maintaining oversight of Columbia’s finance and operations, marketing financial planning, release planning, touring and events, and digital production functions.

SoundCloud’s first-ever CFO, Holly Lim, has parted ways with the platform to join radio streaming service, TuneIn under the same title. Lim had come to SoundCloud from Google a little more than a year ago and was tasked with working to maintain the firm's "financial health and capitalize on new opportunities for growth," five months after the company launched its Go paid subscription service. Lim’s role at TuneIn will see her heading up finance, legal, human resources and workplace/corporate development while based out of TuneIn's San Francisco headquarters. At Google, Lim served as Director of Business Operations for the joint Cloud/Google for Work Enterprise organization as well as CFO for Google's Advanced Technologies & Projects (ATAP) team. Other past experience includes executive roles at Stetson, Viacom's Comedy Central, Time Warner's New Line Cinema and Citibank.

Warner Music Nashville (WMN) and Southwest Airlines have announced a new partnership for a number of promotions that will bring live WMN artist performances on board Southwest flights. The agreement includes the continuation of the popular Live at 35 in-air concert series which launched in 2011, as well as the Opry at the Southwest Porch at Bryant Park series of summer concerts. Following the announcement, Atlantic Records/WMN artist Devin Dawson performed aboard a Southwest flight from Nashville to Philadelphia, becoming the newest addition to the Live at 35 list of musicians.

Victor Murgatroyd
Look for U.S. music executive Victor Murgatroyd to reappear at the top of 2018. Victor most recently served as Co-General Manager of M.J. Online (the official online team of the Michael Jackson estate), as well as President of Perez Hilton’s Perezcious Music. Previously Victor was Vice President of A&R at J Records and Sr. VP of A&R at Wind-Up Records where he nurtured multi-Platinum artists such as Evanescence, Seether, Drowning Pool and Finger Eleven. Victor has had a long illustrious career as a musician, executive and digital entrepreneur. As a young A&R man he was the executive that brought Incubus in to be showcased by Steve Rennie and Richard Griffiths at Epic Records (then signed by Immortal Records’ Paul Pontius and Happy Walters). A&R Worldwide understands that Victor has some exciting things lined-up in his sleeves for 2018!

Artist management company Friends At Work has revealed Friends of Friends, its new artist services program, alongside its first strategic partnership with management firm This Fiction. Friends of Friends provides indie managers and management firms access to Friends At Work’s resources including tour planning/support, in-house creative production, philanthropic strategy and social/digital content development. Founded by former Atom Factory Co-President, Ty Stiklorius, Friends At Work is home to a roster of acts that includes John Legend, Lindsey Stirling, Madame Gandhi and FLETCHER, as well as overseeing Legend’s FREEAMERICA and Show Me campaigns and having previously organized service-centric programs including those with Native Americans in Philanthropy. This Fiction, launched by Seth Kallen in 2014, looks after acts such as X Ambassadors, Great Good Fine Ok and Jukebox the Ghost and, has also engaged in projects geared at making social impac, including last month’s Cayuga Sound music festival which donated $50,000 in proceeds to 10 local nonprofits.

Warner/Chappell Nashville has finalized a worldwide publishing agreement with indie Nashville-based publishing company, River House Artists (RHA). RHA, which also houses a record label and artist management services, was launched by Lynn Oliver-Cline in 2016 to develop new country talent in Nashville. RHA’s songwriters, Ray Fulcher, Rob Williford and Drew Parker, share co-writes on all 12 tracks for RHA recording artist Luke Comb’s debut album, This One’s for You. Zebb Luster serves as Creative Manager for the growing roster. Prior to setting up her own musical venture, Oliver-Cline most recently held the role of VP of Marketing at Thirty Tigers and before that, worked with Hootie and the Blowfish, Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Artists, Wyatt Durrette, BMI and Virgin Records.

Riptide Music Group has named Mark Ross as a Partner while also securing a $4 million dollar investment from Ross to fuel the company’s future growth. The announcement was made last week by Riptide’s President, Rich Goldman, and CEO, Keatly Haldeman. The new funding will see Riptide expanding operations, acquiring additional music, and signing and developing songwriters, producers and recording artists. Ross has been active over the last three decades across nearly every aspect of the music and film business, including serving as Executive Director of Quincy Jones Productions. Riptide has also further developed its DIVER division, focused on record label and artist sync services. DIVER exclusively represents Canadian indie Dine Alone Records for worldwide sync representation. The DIVER roster includes new label releases, providing music supervisors and brands with access to current touring and “buzzing” artists.

CAA has unveiled Creative Labs, a new platform geared toward supporting the building of technology and media companies. Based in Vancouver, Creative Labs will be led by veteran entrepreneur Mike Edwards as CEO, with Leonard Brody, VC and media entrepreneur, assuming the role of Chairman. Among the initial investors behind the $12.5 million already raised for Creative Labs are included Boatrocker Ventures, eOne, Real Ventures, Seedcamp Ventures and London's Telegraph Media Group as well as individual investors Saul Klein, Jeff Mallett and Lane Merrifield. The first two companies to benefit from the Creative Labs set-up are media startup Belletrist, launched with CAA client Emma Roberts and Karah Preiss, and interactive audio platform, Ground Control.

VR/AR entertainment and technology company, WITHIN, and Universal Music Group (UMG) announced today a new strategic alliance to create and develop augmented reality and virtual reality music experiences featuring UMG artists. The two companies will collaborate on creating multiple immersive experiences to be distributed via WITHIN’s app. Additionally, the partnership seeks to expand and integrate VR/AR into the creation, production, marketing and promotion of new musical tracks, covering the recording studio, the release parties, concert stages and more. WITHIN currently offers top immersive experiences from creators, including two music experiences in partnership with UMG acts. Earlier this year, WITHIN created an interactive animated VR music experience for The Chemical Brothers’ song “Under Neon Lights” featuring St. Vincent. Through a new technology called WebVR, the content is accessible through all major web browsers. Last year, the company also distributed the exclusive worldwide premiere of “KIDS” by OneRepublic on its app.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Ajit Pai, has proposed a number of changes to long-standing local ownership rules that could result in a shift of consolidation within the media industry. The proposed changes include the eliminations of rules that prohibit ownership of a daily print newspaper and a radio or TV station in a given market; require at least eight independently-owned TV stations to remain in the market after combining ownership of two stations; and allow case-by-case evaluation of those applying for ownership of two top-four ranked stations in the same market; as well as eliminating some cross-market regulations while keeping others that would allow an entity to own up to two television stations and eight radio stations in a single market. The proposals will be voted on in November by the FCC.

Rob Potts, a veteran of the Australian music industry and a pioneer in the Country music world, passed away suddenly on Friday following a tragic motorcycle accident on the West Coast of Tasmania. Having spent a number of years in Nashville as an artist manager, festival director and successful concert promoter, he had a deep understanding of Country music and worked to bring leading acts from the genre to Australia for sold-out major arena tours. Across his over three decade career, Potts was a booking agent to Lee Kernaghan, Tommy Emmanuel, James Blundell and Keith Urban. He had most recently managed Warner Music Nashville-signed artist Morgan Evans. As a concert promoter, in his partnership with Chugg Entertainment, Potts toured some of the biggest artists in the genre including the Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, Brooks and Dunn, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Florida Georgia Line, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Dixie Chicks and more.

Fats Domino
One of rock and roll’s leading architects, Antoine "Fats" Domino, passed away last week at the age of 89. Domino helped define the genre in the early 1950s with hits such as "Ain't That a Shame," "Blueberry Hill" and "I'm Walkin'." It’s reported that he sold more records than any other rockers in the 50s except Elvis, garnering more hits than fellow rock icons such as Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and Little Richard. With the help of arranger Dave Bartholomew, who discovered him in 1949, Domino released his first single, “The Fat Man,” on Imperial Records which remained his record label until 1963. The song holds the title as the first rock record to sell more than a million copies and is widely considered the first rock single. His career saw him garner 45 entries on the Billboard Hot 100, not including 22 hits that were released prior to the charts debut.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Mark Ngui, Reynold D’Silva, Nick Angel, Glen Rowe, Andy Copping, Mike Walsh, Atul Churamani, Michael Steele, Paul Samuels, Samantha Maloney, Justin Kalifowitz, Martin Kierszenbaum, Jody Gerson and Fraser Churchill.


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. Tis the night before Halloween, and there will be some tricks and some treats. Click HERE for some “helloween” fails!


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK" – LIME CORDIALE



Siblings Louis and Oli Leimbach, better known as Lime Cordiale, grew up within a creative, musical family on Sydney’s Northern beaches, so it was natural for the pair to make music together. The brothers have showcased at SXSW, BIGSOUND and CMJ, countless shows across Australia and have supported the likes of Sticky Fingers, Ball Park Music and The Rubens. Lime Cordiale recently released their debut album Permanent Vacation (Chugg Music/MGM), which was three years in the making and produced by Dave Hammer (Megan Washington, Thundamentals, Nicole Millar). The collection contains tracks that embrace a variety of musical styles including rock, pop and soul. The album reached No.1 on the AIR 100% Independent Albums chart, No.2 on the Independent Labels Album chart and No.15 on ARIA’s Australian Artist Albums chart. The duo is currently on a sixteen-date tour now through December and are joined by videographer Jack Shepherd to capture all of the things on the road. Listen to “Risky Love” HERE and contact Andrew Stone at andrew@chuggentertainment.com as Lime Cordiale is available for touring, synch and branding opportunities.


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

Shayna Leigh originally found music through the dramatic arts, where she first discovered singing and found it to be the most instinctual form of expression she’d ever experienced. Influenced not only by contemporary hitmakers but also ageless greats such as The Beatles, Carole King and Laura Nyro, she spent years writing, recording and performing, searching for the sound that best defined her own artistry. In the summer of 2015, Shayna released her debut album Drive on S-Curve Records/UMG. The album includes ten tracks produced and co-written by multi-Platinum and multi-Grammy Award-winning record producer Michael Mangini (Joss Stone, Diane Birch) and Emmy Award-winning, multi-Platinum songwriter and producer Peter Zizzo (Avril Lavigne, Vanessa Carlton). Earlier this year, Shayna supported Lee DeWyze, the winner of American Idol season 9 on tour, performed a number of shows across the U.S. and UK and has previously opened for the likes of Howie Day and Sister Hazel. She has since returned with new music and the first offering from her upcoming Disaster Artist EP with “Candle.” The track made its radio debut on tastemaker KCSN Los Angeles as well as support from KNDD Seattle, KNRK Portland, OR and KKDO Sacramento. The visual for the song was recently added nationally across the U.S. by influential North American radio and TV music programmer Leslie Fram for CMT’s Artist Discovery program. Watch the video HERE and contact Michael Mangini at michaelmangini@mac.com as Shayna is available for worldwide signing, publishing, booking, management, synch and brand opportunities.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 10/29/2017



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, October 29th, 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; 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 Days The Weekend” (Dead Oceans, Australia)
SCHWARZ - “In Your Eyes” (Unsigned, Germany)
THE BONGO CLUB - “Seventeen” (Unsigned, Sweden)
FOREST BLAKK - “Love Me” (DoOzy Records, Canada)
OUTLYA - “Howl” (Closer Recordings/Virgin, UK)
THOMAS AZIER - “Berlin” (Universal, Holland)
CATHOLIC ACTION - “Black & White” (Modern Sky, Scotland)
VARGAS & LAGOLA - “Sun Is Shining (Band Of Gold)” (Universal, Sweden)
THE MONTREALS - “Deadheads” (Unsigned, Australia)
TOM GREGORY - “Run To You” (Kontor Records, Germany)
***GLOBAL DJ EXCHANGE W/ DJ DAN HEGARTY “RADIO RTE/2XM” DUBLIN, IRELAND - REWS - “Shine” ***
MADYX - “Jupiter” (Unsigned, N. America)
HEY GERONIMO - “Mutant” (Unsigned, Australia)
BARNS COURTNEY - “Kicks” (Virgin, UK)
THE RASMUS - “Silver Night” (Playground Music, Finland)
YONAKA - “Bubblegum” (Asylum Records, UK)
LEONIDEN - "Nevermind” (Wintrup, Germany)
BAKER GRACE - “Am I Talking To You” (Republic, N. America)
SPEAK, BROTHER - “Magnificent” (Unsigned, UK)
KASTRUP - “Try It All” (Strandberg/Westberg Music, Sweden)
PUPPET REBELLION - “Slave” (Unsigned, UK)
TARA LEE - “Paradise” (Unsigned, Ireland)
GINGER SNAPS - “Number Crunching” (Killing Moon, UK)
LAURAN HIBBERD - “Old Head Young Shoulders” (Unsigned, Isle of Wight)
DEMOB HAPPY - “Dead Dreamers” (SO Recordings, UK)
SCHOOL OF X - “Words” (Unsigned, Denmark)
WIDE EYED BOY - “Loving You Is Easy” (Unsigned, UK)
JULIANA - “Guilty” (Unsigned, Australia)
TREMORS - “Rush” (Good Soldier, UK)

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