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SONGS EXECUTIVE TEAM: Pictured (l-r) are Head of Creative Licensing, Carianne Marshall, Founder and CEO Matt Pincus and President Ron Perry.
Leading independent music publisher, SONGS Music Publishing, has been acquired by Kobalt Capital's fund, where it will be administered and serviced by Kobalt Music Publishing. The sale follows a long and intensely competitive process including nearly every player in the music business. The acquisition sees Kobalt taking in some of the world's biggest hits, including Lorde’s "Royals;" The Weeknd’s "Can't Feel My Face," "The Hills," and "Starboy;" Major Lazer’s "Lean On;" Desiigner’s "Panda," and Mark Ronson’s "Uptown Funk." While the final sale price hasn’t been disclosed, sources have shared that first round bids included an offer of $160 million (12-13 times SONGS’ net publishers share), with a $140 million offer turned down from one of the final four bidders.

SONGS’ CEO, Matt Pincus, commented, “I met Willard when I first started SONGS in 2004. He was one of the first people to believe in our vision of a music publishing company providing revolutionary creative service to contemporary songwriters. At SONGS, music publishing is first and foremost a people business. We've had the opportunity to work intimately with groundbreaking songwriters at a time when the music business of tomorrow is being created. In addition, we've been able to build the most talented team of young professionals in the business. That the result of our work is a catalog we created writer by writer and song by song, representing a decade of popular music in all formats - including many of tomorrow's evergreens - is a testament to our approach. Carianne Marshall, Ron Perry and I built SONGS with a forward-thinking stance, a fierce commitment to songwriters and their compensation, and a focus on long-term relationships. SONGS is a truly independent company - 100% owned and operated by us since its inception. After many years of hard work and personal investment in the company, we decided that it was time for us to look for new horizons.”

SONGS built its catalog from the ground up via strategic signings and long-term development deals with individual songwriters, a strategy that resulted in significant financial success. Over 10 of the last 12 quarters, SONGS published more than 3.5% of all music played on U.S. radio, peaking in the final quarter of 2016 at 5.41%. The SONGS catalog includes 50 Platinum or Multi-Platinum songs and over 100 Top 5 singles, including 65 No.1 singles.

“I was first introduced to Matt in 2004 by Michael Selverne when SONGS was just starting," said Founder and CEO of Kobalt Music, Willard Ahdritz. "Since then, first as a client and then as a friend, Matt has built a remarkable company with a combination of great creative vision and a deep business understanding. The results are an extraordinary music publishing company. I am honored that Matt has trusted Kobalt to take care of his songwriters and songs. We are looking forward to delivering an outstanding service in their new home.”

The sale leaves SONGS President Ron Perry and Head of Creative Licensing Carianne Marshall free for other opportunities. It’s been reported that Perry will now assume the top position leading Columbia Records following the promotion of the label’s former boss, Rob Stringer, to Chairman and CEO of Sony Music. Perry’s new role will take effect at the start of 2018.



Michael Alexander
Republic Records, Def Jam Recordings and Island Records announced last week the promotion of Michael Alexander to Executive Vice President, International. The new role will see Alexander leading artist campaigns outside of the U.S., including marketing, publicity and promotion. He will remain based in Universal Music Group’s (UMG) New York offices.

“Ever since Mike took on the reins of representing Republic’s roster outside of America, our profits and chart share across the globe have grown exponentially,” said Monte Lipman, Chairman and CEO of Republic Records. “His promotion and accolades are well deserved.”

“Mike is an extraordinary executive who has been an integral part of Island’s international success with artists including Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato, Fall Out Boy, The Killers, Nick Jonas, just to name a few,” said David Massey, President of Island Records. “The Island family couldn’t be more proud to work alongside Mike and his incredible team.”

Alexander and his team played a key role in successful releases from Justin Bieber, Drake, The Weeknd and Ariana Grande, as well as from Alessia Cara, Shawn Mendes and Post Malone. Alexander’s entire music industry career has been spent with the UMG family, starting as an intern in 2003 prior to becoming an assistant at Island Def Jam in 2005. Over the next eight years he rose through the ranks, including being named VP, International in 2012 and Sr. VP, International in 2013.


A MUSICAL RESERVOIR: Pictured (l-r) are Reservoir President Golnar Khosrowshahi, Milk & Honey Music’s Peter Coquillard, Milk & Honey Music President/Founder Lucas Keller, The Orphanage's Zaire Koalo, Warren “Oak" Felder, The Orphanage's Trevor Brown, Reservoir Sr. VP of Creative and A&R Donna Caseine, and Reservoir COO Rell Lafargue.
Reservoir has formed a new joint venture with Grammy-winning writer/producer, WarrenOakFelder, to sign and develop creative talent for the company. Reservoir and Oak have also revealed their first signing as The Orphanage, a Los Angeles-based production and songwriting duo comprised of Trevor Brown and Zaire Koalo. The duo co-wrote and co-produced Demi Lovato’s No.1 and 2x Platinum hit, “Sorry Not Sorry,” with Felder earlier this year.

A widely successful songwriter and producer, Felder, who is published elsewhere, has garnered two 2014 Grammy Awards for his work on Alicia KeysGirl On Fire and Rihanna’s Unapologetic, as well as a nomination for Usher’s “Good Kisser” the following year. Collaborations with Alessia Cara have delivered two consecutive No.1 Billboard Mainstream Top 40 hits with “Here” and “Scars to Your Beautiful.” Oak’s credits also include hits for acts such as Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Miguel, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Derulo, Wiz Khalifa and Big Sean. His most recent work includes appearing on Kehlani’s album SweetSexySavage, Khalid’s American Teen and Demi Lovato’s Tell Me You Love Me.

In addition to “Sorry Not Sorry,” The Orphanage has contributed three other tracks to Lovato’s fifth studio full-length. They have also worked with acts such as Alessia Cara, Kehlani, Bea Miller, ZZ Ward, Betty Who, Snakehips, Anne-Marie, and fellow Reservoir writer Joey Bada$$. The duo, alongside Oak, also co-produced Alessia Cara’s rendition of “How Far I’ll Go,” the end title from Disney’s feature film, Moana, which recently earned a Grammy nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

Under the agreement, Donna Caseine, Reservoir’s Sr. VP of Creative and A&R, will oversee day-to-day creative for The Orphanage, who are based out of Los Angeles’ Su Casa Studios, with additional support from Reservoir’s Creative teams in New York and London.


Last week, A&R Worldwide escaped the West Coast and made its way to Nashville, TN and New York City for a pre-holiday visit to connect with numerous colleagues and friends. During their travels, A&R Worldwide engaged in various conversations with executives from A&R, publishing, management, streaming and media as well as other aspects of the music business.

Talks revealed a very positive outlook on the future of the music industry on both creative and commercial fronts in both cities, as they continue to navigate and embrace the many industry evolutions and revolutions heading into 2018!

Below is a pictorial overview of A&R Worldwide’s last trip for 2017!

ENJOYING THE SPOTIFY LIVE EXPERIENCE IN NASHVILLE were longtime friends Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide with Tim Riley, Global Head of Live, Spotify (pictured right). TALKING ABOUT THE GROWTH OF MUSIC CITY are (l-r) Kim Stephens (A&R Consultant, Lava Records), Ron Fair (President & Founder, Faircraft Music) and Sat Bisla.

A MUSIC CONVERSATION AT SPOTIFY’S OPEN HOUSE: A&R Worldwide amongst other companies were invited to an in-depth overview into Spotify’s 2018 plans, including their broader music marketing and engagement platforms, during their Nashville “Open House.” IT’S THE BRUCE FACTOR: Legendary music executive and influencer Bruce Flohr (Chief Strategy Officer/EVP, Red Light Management & Partner, GreenLight Media/ATO Records) enjoys a cheeky moment with his decades-long friend Sat Bisla.

YOUNG A&R MINDS IN THE BIG APPLE: A&R Worldwide enjoyed a conversation with some talented young A&R’s from the Big Apple including (l-r) Jeremy Yohai (Head of A&R, Imagem USA), Grace Adeyemo (A&R Manager, Imagem USA), Rob Inadomi (A&R, RCA Records) and Preston Rodie (A&R, RCA Records). THREE LADIES & A GENTLEMAN IN NASHVILLE: Pictured (l-r) are singer/songwriter and current CMT “Artist Discovery” featured artist Shayna Leigh, Ciara Shortridge (A&R Manager, Disney Music Group), Sarah Schumacher (A&R Coordinator, Disney Music Group) and Zach Lund (Director A&R, Universal Music Publishing Group).

FOUR’S COMPANY, FIVE’S A CROWD: Sharing some musical company together in New York City (l-r) are British artist and songwriter Fraser Churchill, Debra Herman (Head of Music Partnerships, Shazam), vocal coach Melissa Muligan and Grammy Award-winning producer, Michael Mangini. DISCUSSING THE FUTURE A&R HITS (l-r) were singer/songwriter Shayna Leigh, Evan Lipschutz (VP of A&R, Warner/Chappell and A&R Executive, Atlantic Records) and Daniel Werner (Director International A&R, Island Records).

MUSIC INTEGRATION WITHIN BRANDS CONVERSATION: Indulging in a chat about the evolving world of music and brands are (l-r) Steve Knill (EVP Sponsorship & Consulting, GMR Marketing), Shayna Leigh and Sat Bisla. CHEERS TO THE EVOLVING NASHVILLE MUSIC SCENE: Pictured (l-r) are Chris Cline (A&R, Atlantic Records), Chris Martigagno (Director, A&R Research, Atlantic Records) and Jono Scarlet (Founder, MINT)


Noah Callahan-Bever
Def Jam Recordings has announced highly-respected media executive and editor, Noah Callahan-Bever, as EVP of Brand Strategy & Content for the label. Over the last two decades, Callahan-Bever has become one of the preeminent voices in hip-hop journalism. He will report directly to Def Jam’s incoming CEO, Paul Rosenberg, and work alongside him and his senior executive team, as well as the label’s roster, to develop the label’s brand identity and equity through strategic alignments and native content. Over the last eleven years as Editor-in-Chief and Chief Content Officer of Complex, Callahan-Bever has helped define, shape and amplify the sound, style and influence of a generation of stars. His career in media began at 17 years-old, as the senior editorial assistant at NYC’s cult favorite ego trip magazine. Throughout his college years, Callahan-Bever contributed to VIBE magazine and its hip-hop spin-off, BLAZE. He spent two years at MTV’s Direct Effect and MTV News, before being named Editor-In-Chief of Mass Appeal magazine in 2002, and Senior Editor at VIBE the following year. In 2005, Callahan-Bever joined Complex as Deputy Editor and was promoted to Editor-In-Chief, and then Chief Content Officer. Over the past few years, Callahan-Bever has led the company’s transition to video, launching popular episodic series’ like Everyday Struggle and Blueprint and bringing the brand to cable TV via Fuse.

Ed Sheeran has topped Spotify’s list of the most streamed artists for 2017 with 6.3 billion streams. Sheeran’s album Divide also took the No.1 spot on the most streamed album list with 3.1 billion and single, “Shape of You,” racking up 1.4 billion streams. Filling out the top 5 on the most streamed artists list respectively were Drake, The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar and The Chainsmokers. The most streamed albums list top 5 included “More Life” (Drake), “DAMN.” (Kendrick Lamar), “Starboy” (The Weeknd) and “Stoney” (Post Malone).

It was jointly announced last week by Spotify and Tencent Holdings that the companies have made equity investments in one another to strengthen the relationship between two of the most popular music streaming platforms globally. Tencent’s Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TME) subsidiary is home to three major music DSPs including QQ Music, KuGou and Kuwo. In addition to TME and Spotify acquiring new shares for minority equity stakes in each other for cash, Tencent will also be investing in Spotify via secondary purchases, resulting in Spotify holding a minority stake in TME, and both Tencent and TME holding minority stakes in Spotify. Tencent owns a majority stake in TME which is one of the early adopters of authorized digital music and China’s largest online music services company.

A&R AND MANAGEMENT ARE A SQREAM! Pictured (l-r) are Johan Soderholm, CEO, Sqream Management AB and Jonna L. Peltola, A&R and Artist Manager, Sqream Management AB)
Johan Soderholm, CEO, Sqream Management AB tells A&R Worldwide that Jonna L. Peltola has joined his Stockholm, Sweden-based team as A&R and Artist Manager for the company. Peltola was recruited from BMG Scandinavia where she worked as A&R/Creative Manager over the past five years. During her time at BMG Peltola has represented songwriters such as Carl Falk (Avicii, Ellie Goulding, Nicki Minaj), The Family (Fifth Harmony, MiC Lowry, Iggy Azalea), Caroline Ailin (Dua Lipa, Snakehips, Rachel Platten) and Will Larsen (Kygo, Nico & Vinz, Florida Georgia Line). Sqream Management AB started their operations in 2012 and represent artists such as Darin, Amanda Fondell, Chris Medina, Alex Mattson, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Jakob Karlberg and U.S. producer, Alexander Palmer. Sqream Management AB currently have offices in Stockholm and Los Angeles.

Following last month’s announcement of his departure from UTA at the end of this year, agent Geoff Meall has been tapped to lead Coda Music Agency. Meall, who had led UTA’s UK office, joined Neil Warnock’s The Agency Group (TAG) in 1992 and works with acts such as Muse, Paramore and Foals. Meall’s departure marks the second of a high-profile agent leaving UTA's UK office following Natasha Bent, who transitioned to Coda in 2016.

Tim Riley
Longtime music executive Tim Riley was recently appointed as Global Head of Live for Spotify, reporting to Troy Carter, Global Head of Creator Services. Prior to joining Spotify, Riley served as Sr. VP Artists, Event, Culture & Content at TIDAL and prior to that, had spent a number of years as VP of Music Affairs for Activision/Blizzard. Riley began his career in A&R and had worked his way up the ranks with Jive Records/Zomba Publishing, Revolution/Giant Records/Warner Music Group and Geffen.

Amazon has rolled out in Australia having just started taking orders from a Melbourne-based fulfillment center. Amazon’s Australian offering currently offers products from 23 categories including CDs, vinyl and DVDs. Amazon’s Music Unlimited streaming platform is not yet available locally but is expected to launch in early 2018. Additionally, last week Amazon rolled out its Echo smart speaker and on-demand music streaming platform, Amazon Music Unlimited, to 28 new countries. The launch sees both becoming available to users across Europe, Central and S. America and two islands in the Mediterranean including Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden and Uruguay.

BMG’s first feature-length documentary, Bad Reputation, a film on Joan Jett, has been confirmed for its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. BMG is both financier and executive producer of the film, which marks a strategic move of the integrated record label and music publishing company into music-related films and TV production. Bad Reputation looks back on the life of rock ‘n’ roll icon Joan Jett from her early days as founder of The Runaways and first meeting with collaborator Kenny Laguna to her long career in pop culture as a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer. The film is directed by Kevin Kerslake (As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM, Nirvana Live! Tonight! Sold Out!). BMG has revealed three additional documentaries in production including: The Show’s The Thing (working title) about the legendary promoters and agents who built the rock concert touring business; The Children of The Revolution celebrating the music of T. Rex; and Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records (working title) overviewing the music, history and cultural legacy of the pioneering British record label instrumental in introducing ska, rocksteady and reggae to a global audience.

It was revealed last week that YouTube is prepping the launch of its third paid music offering for March 2018. Under the banner, Remix, the on-demand streaming platform would incorporate video clips as well as other YouTube elements. In order for YouTube to make their anticipated launch date, they’ll need to finalize deals with labels. While Warner extended its licensing agreement with YouTube this summer, Sony and Universal remain in renegotiations with the company.

WME’s Nashville-based operations continue to snag talent from rivals CAA with last week’s hire of Brandi Brammer marking the seventh CAA staffer to make the move. Brammer had been leading the HR team at CAA and her new position at WME will see her working across business strategy, client relations and operations. She will also serve as a liaison between WME’s Nashville team and the rest of the agency. Brammer started her career in CAA’s Los Angeles office prior to heading to the Academy of Country Music as Director of Events and eventually returning to CAA in 2007. Brammer’s appointment comes at the same time as the promotion of Sarah Van Hoven to Director of Human Resources for WME Nashville.

In other WME news, Dead & Company has signed with the agency for exclusive representation across all areas. The band features the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir, alongside John Mayer, Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist, Jeff Chimenti. The band comes to WME on the heels of Scott Clayton’s hire to the agency, having departed his leadership role at CAA last month to join WME’s Nashville office as Partner and Co-Head while heading up WME’s Rock division. Also transitioning to WME from CAA are Kings of Leon and Train.

Following recent reports of a potential acquisition, Apple has confirmed its plans to purchase music-identifying app, Shazam in a deal estimated at around $400 million. 2015 saw Shazam’s valuation at more than $1 billion. Shazam, which also identifies TV shows, films and adverts, had reached 1 billion downloads as of September of last year while also achieving profitability for the first time, driven primarily from advertising revenue. Shazam is already functional for Apple Music and Siri, with the acquisition seeking to grow Apple’s presence as a member of the voice control market in which Amazon and Google have already made inroads.

Live entertainment booking platform Headliner has launched H, a fully-managed service that streamlines the process of booking artists and performers for occasional event planners, agencies and brands. Users of H can request an act, and Headliner’s dedicated team will make use of the platform’s partnerships with leading agencies, including WME, ATC, CAA, CODA and ITB, to arrange the best deal possible. The service also provides logistical support, including technical and artist riders, production/stage management and artist liaison. In its beta version, H has already secured artists for Facebook, The Digital Master Awards and Cannes Lions. Headliner has also finalized its main automated booking platform, allowing event planners to search and book more than 4000 musicians, bands, DJs and performers. The technology behind the platform, which has driven more than 750 bookings in the last 12 months, can now process tens of thousands of enquiries at a time. The company is led by BandWagon Gigs Founders Stan McLeod and Maria Hayden, and tech guru Rosario Garcia de Zuniga. Investors include Twickets Founder Richard Davies, ATC’s Brian Message, Frukt Co-Founder Jack Horner, Digital Catapult CEO Jeremy Silver and BRIT Award-winning producer, Charlie Andrew.

ole has finalized a worldwide 360 deal with Nashville-based singer/songwriter, Austin Jenckes. The deal covers exclusive publishing and recording rights, and exclusive administration of properties on YouTube. A Washington state native, Jenckes relocated to Nashville in 2012 and his credits as a songwriter include “American Nights” from the forthcoming self-titled Lee Brice album. Jenckes also recently released the song “Same Beer Different Day” from his upcoming album and plans for extensive touring throughout the coming year.

Having sought to enter the Japanese market for years, Deezer has finally launched in the world’s second largest music market with partnerships alongside audio hardware companies Onkyo Pioneer and Yamaha, to deliver its lossless CD quality streaming. Deezer states it’s the first streaming service to offer Hi-Res 16-Bit FLAC CD quality audio in Japan, bringing with it a catalog of over 36 million tracks, including repertoire from a number of indies and two of the three majors (negotiations with Sony Music continue). At launch, Deezer’s offering will be limited to its Hi-Fi service, with its freemium or Premium+ services not available to Japanese users. Despite maintaining its position as the streaming platform with the largest global reach at 185 markets, Deezer still trails competitors Spotify and Apple Music on subscribership who count 60 million and 30 million subscribers respectively. Meanwhile, Deezer counts only 12 million active users, not revealing the number of paying subscribers. Spotify and Apple also have a head start on launching in Japan, Spotify having rolled out last fall and Apple Music entering the market two years ago, with Google Play and Line Music also in the market.

The Orchard has finalized a worldwide agreement with German indie label SPV for distribution of its catalogue digitally. SPV was founded in 1984 and is one of the world’s largest independent rock labels. Its extensive catalogue includes releases from acts such as Whitesnake, Sepultura, Motörhead, Alice Cooper, Everlast, Monster Magnet, UFO, Magnum, Prong, Running Wild and The Scorpions. The Orchard’s reach now grows to over 30 markets globally. SPV is also home to a number of in-house labels, including Steamhammer, Oblivion, Long Branch Records, SPV Recordings and Laute Helden.

UNIFIED Music Group has revealed winners of The UNIFIED Grant 2017. Launched by Jaddan Comerford, UNIFIED Music Group Founder and CEO, The UNIFIED Grant awarded twenty-five thousand dollars to five creatives to help them realize their dreams behind the scenes in the music industry as it seeks to nurture the next generation of music industry creatives. Launched in 2016, The UNIFIED Grant received over 200 applications from all around the world for its second edition. The 2017 recipients of The UNIFIED Grant, awarded $5000 each, are: Jessica Hope - Don’t Fret Club; Brenton Tuohey - www.mediaaccreditation.com.au; James Morris - Baked Goods; Pixie Weyland - FEED MUSIC; and Andrew Brassington - Boys Don’t Cry.

Merlin has revealed the results of its biennial board elections, including the election of a new Chairman, with Dave Hansen, Epitaph’s Sr. VP of Business Development, filling the role held by Beggars Group Founder Martin Mills. Martin served as Chairman since 2011 and will remain as a board member of the organization. This year saw the highest ever number of candidates standing for election, as well the highest ever percentage of members voting, resulting in five new members to step up to the 15-strong board that oversees Merlin’s strategy until 2019. Among the newly elected are included Bob Roback (Isolation Network, USA), Nando Luaces (Altafonte Network, Spain), Bruno Guez (Revelator, Israel), Chris Maund (Mushroom Group, Australia) and Masahiro “Jack" Oishi (Maverick D.C., Japan). Aligned with Merlin’s globally-facing remit and to ensure the widest possible representation of interests, voting seats for the board are divided into three territorial blocs, with equal representation given to N. America, Europe and ROW.

Matt McGreevey has been announced as new General Manager of Epitaph and its sister label, Anti-, filling the role held by Dave Hansen as he was elected as Chairman for the Merlin board. Additionally, Hope Selevan is promoted to VP of Marketing and Digital Strategy. Both McGreevey and Selevan had previously served as Director of Marketing. Hansen will maintain his role with Epitaph as Sr. VP of Business Development. McGreevy’s new appointment will see him leading day-to-day operations for Epitaph and Anti-, while contributing to marketing plans for the label’s projects. McGreevy came to Epitaph in 2000 as an intern, eventually assuming the role of Marketing Assistant, Head of Internet Marketing and Product Manager. Across his career, he has executed marketing campaigns for releases from Neko Case, Wilco, Bring Me the Horizon, Rancid, A Day to Remember and others.

Cazzi Opeia
On Nov 30th, artist Cazzi Opeia, in collaboration with the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC), launched her brand new single, “Wild Ones,” with the speed of light into outer space. With an equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP) of 10 Megawatts, “Wild Ones” was aimed at the star system Cassiopeia, 54 lightyears from Earth. According to Stockholm University’s astronomy scientist Gösta Gahm, “it takes only a few hours for “Wild Ones” to leave our own solar system but it’ll take several years to reach the first star Caph in solar system Cassiopeia.” The single is produced by Ronny Svendsen and Jin Choi for Dsign Music; written by Cazzi Opeia, Jin Choi (Dsign Music), Nermin Harambasic (Dsign Music) and Rabih Jaber; and published by EKKO Music Rights with administration globally via Kobalt Music.

U.K.-based music and entertainment digital agency, WMA, has opened the doors on a new U.S. publicity division. Tasked with developing the New York-based operations for WMA is senior publicist, Chrissy Borsellino, alongside global publicity director, Heather Swaine. Borsellino’s decade of music industry experience includes work in public relations, management, publishing and concert promotion. She most recently served as senior director of publicity at Right Angle PR. Having launched in 2013, WMA has grown its team to more than 50 in offices across London, New York and Los Angeles. Working with a number of talents and brands, its client list includes Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, Kobalt Music Group, Disney, Vevo, Bacardi and Adidas.

Proper Music Group has opened a new Dartford warehouse for operations as well as a rebranding and the launch of the company’s new website, www.propermusicgroup.com. In transferring over five million units of stock, with 3.5 million transferred over a single weekend, the indie distributor closed for business for one day only. The 100,000ft2 Dartford site more than quadruples Proper’s capacity, and will include automated conveyor systems and a single-story pick and pack space. Among Proper’s international clients are included The Orchard, Concord Music Group, Kobalt Music Group, Redeye Worldwide, Believe Distribution Services and others.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Pete Ganbarg, Tom Windish, Joel Denver, Linda Perry, Kim Frankiewicz, Mark Gale, André de Raaff, Kathy Spanberger, Amarpal Gaind, Katie Vinten, Joe Belliotti, Jason Jordan and Chris Woltman.


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 season for snowfalls and icicles! Click HERE to watch a smorgasboard of winter slips, slides and fails…remember don’t **** with the snow!


Picture This is an Irish band led by Jimmy Rainsford (drums) and Ryan Hennessy (vocals, guitar). The band were featured in the A&R Worldwide newsletter a few months after they were formed back in 2015, and the world quickly responded to both their storytelling and songwriting two years ago, after an iPhone video of their very first composition “Take My Hand” went viral. With its timeless narrative of eternal love, lush acoustic guitars and bombastic build-up, the track generated 4 million Spotify streams and over 3 million YouTube views since its independent release. Last year, their independent self-titled EP impressed audiences as they sold over 150,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland to date. In 2017, they won ‘Best Music Act’ at the Gossies and landed a deal with Republic Records. They spent some time in Nashville recording their full-length debut album for Republic Records, which was released in the summer, reached No.1 for four weeks on the Irish Albums Chart and was certified 2x Platinum. Last month, they released a deluxe version of the album with two brand new tracks “Gritty Picture” and “Body and Mind” in addition to their holiday song “This Christmas.” Picture This have sold over 150,000 tickets in the UK and Ireland, which includes a sold out tour with arenas and they just announced their first stadium headline show. Listen to “This Christmas” HERE and contact Brian Whitehead at brian@lbw.ie as Picture This is available for synch and branding opportunities.


Yonaka is one of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic up-and-coming guitar acts. The Brighton-based quartet create dark pop/alt-rock with heavy riffs as frontwoman Theresa Jarvis has been compared to 'Sia singing a rock tune' joined alongside members George Edwards (guitar), Alex Crosby (bass/keys) and Robert Mason (drums). Named after the Japanese word for ‘midnight,’ Yonaka released their single “Run” on Soundcloud and gained some major attention as BBC Radio 1 quickly picked up the song without any promotion. It was followed up with their first full single “Ignorance,” which was released on Phil Taggart’s Hometown Records and continued to amplify the growing acclaim that has flowed their way. Their sound is one that sprawls ambitiously across music’s eclectic history; there’s exhilarating garage-rock exuberance; the thunderous loud/quite/loud dynamics of Nirvana; heavy-duty rhythms inspired by Hip-Hop; and soaring hooks that recall the joyous pop of The Marvellettes and the sinister storytelling of The Shangri-Las. Their latest single, “Bubblegum,” is taken from their new five-track EP Heavy, produced by Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, Sampha). The song has received airplay at leading tastemaker stations such as KROQ Los Angeles, KCRW Los Angeles, KNDD Seattle, KNRK Portland, KKDO Sacramento, KHTB Salt Lake City, KCJK Kansas City and quickly earning over 1,000 tags on Shazam. Enjoy the energetic visual for “Bubblegum” HERE and contact Christopher Ruff at chris.ruff@warnermusic.com for additional inquiries.


“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, December 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; 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:

DONKEYBOY - “Kaleidoscope” (Unsigned, Norway)
LOU SCARRS - “Lapdog” (Unsigned, Australia)
YONAKA - “Bubblegum” (Asylum Records, UK)
LIME CORDIALE - "Risky Love" (Chugg Music, Australia)
GEORGE GLEW - “Home Love” (Unsigned, UK)
SHY LUV - “Bloodsucker” (Black Butter, UK)
THE MONTREALS - “Deadheads” (Unsigned, Australia)
PHOENIX O’NEILL - “Cruel World” (Unsigned, UK)
LEONIDEN - “Nevermind” (Wintrup, Germany)
GRANDSON - “Blood //Water” (prim8music, Canada)
MADYX - “Jupiter” (Unsigned, N. America)
PAUL REY - “What Good Is Love” (20/20 &Warner Music, Sweden)
LAUREN WALLER - “Wonderful Life” (Unsigned, N. America)
OUTLYA - Volcano (Closer Recordings/Virgin, UK)
THE SHERLOCKS - “Live For The Moment” (Infectious, UK)
FOREST BLAKK - “Love Me” (DoOzy Records, Canada)
BLOODY KNEES - “Maybe It’s Easy” (Distiller, UK)
ESTHER VALLEE - “Numbers” (2020 Records, Sweden)
SUGARMEN - "Local Freaks" (ModernSky, UK)
ALFRED HALL - “I Wanna Take You Away Now” (Waterfall, Norway)
BARNS COURTNEY - “Kicks” (Virgin, UK)
SHAYNA LEIGH - “Candle” (Unsigned, N. America)
AVA LOVE - “Chophouse" (Unsigned, Scotland)
LAURAN HIBBERD - “Eliza” (Unsigned, Isle Of Wight)
CATHOLIC ACTION - “Black & White” (Modern Sky, Scotland)
RABYT - "Heart Motion" (Unsigned, N. America)
THE RASMUS - “Silver Night” (Playground Music, Finland)
TARA LEE - “Paradise” (Unsigned, Ireland)
WALLOWS - “Pulling Off Leaves” (Unsigned, N. America)
PICTURE THIS - “This Christmas” (Universal, Ireland)

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