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Michael Jackson
Sony Music and the Estate of Michael Jackson have agreed to a landmark recording deal, maintaining the label's 42-year relationship with Michael Jackson and his music. The deal was announced last week by Sony Music’s CEO Rob Stringer, and John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson. Starting next year, Sony Music will extend their administration of Jackson’s iconic recording catalog in a long-term agreement while also having the opportunity to partner on additional projects that the Estate may produce during the term of the agreement.

Rob Stringer, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment comments, "Michael Jackson was an unsurpassed genius and an iconic force in music entertainment. The music and videos he made as an artist as part of the Sony Music family are essential to pop culture history. We're proud to be part of that history, and to find new innovative ways to make Michael's music available to future generations of fans."

To date, Michael Jackson has garnered 40 RIAA certifications and 40 No.1 chart positions as well 102 Top 5 chart positions. Jackson's overall worldwide record sales exceed the 1 billion threshold including over 100 million sales of Thriller, which still sits as the biggest selling album in history. Over the past seven years, the creative partnership between Sony and the Estate has continued to produce new sales benchmarks for Jackson’s recordings with last year seeing Thriller as the first and only album in RIAA history to pass the triple Diamond mark at 33X platinum certification, with Bad also reaching Diamond status.

Sony and the Estate have also partnered for the production of two documentaries directed by Spike Lee, Bad 25 and Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall. Other innovations between the two will include the first completely crowd-sourced music video for "Behind the Mask," the first Twitter music video premiere for "A Place With No Name" and a groundbreaking augmented reality campaign for Scream, Jackson’s compilation album released this year that marked his 16th Billboard Top 40 Album and 30th charting album.


Gregg Donovan & Stu MacQueen
As they celebrate their tenth anniversary, leading Australian music company Wonderlick Entertainment have launched an office in New York City. With a roster of Australian talent that includes Boy & Bear, Amy Shark, Grinspoon, Montaigne, Airbourne, Josh Pyke, The Paper Kites, Holy Holy, Pete Murray and others, Wonderlick have cemented themselves as leaders within the Australian music industry, led by co-owners and directors, Gregg Donovan and Stu MacQueen.

Since 2007, Wonderlick has evolved from a boutique management company to a music group that also now includes Wonderlick Recording Company (a JV with Sony Music) and Wonderlick Publishing (a JV with Sony/ATV Publishing). Their roster has collectively sold millions of albums, enjoyed a number of top 10 records in Australia and internationally, and garnered over a dozen ARIA Awards, including the ARIA for Breakthrough Artist two years running with Montaigne last year, and Amy Shark this year, following the success of her triple platinum single, “Adore.”

Donovan commented, “We have set the NYC office up in order to better drive and direct opportunities for our artists internationally. Our artists perform far more shows overseas than they do in Australia, and many artists on our roster are releasing music with label partners internationally. The reality is that while the earth has got “flatter” through improved communications and technology, there is no substitute for the type of close relationships that can be built through engaging in more on the ground, face to face communication. We feel this move will build further on our ability to take our artists to the world.”

MacQueen says, “The New York base will mean we can better represent our artists internationally and maximise opportunities for all artists who work with us. We have always put a large focus on international markets - in fact, often industry people internationally think we are based over there as they see us so often. This move will allow us to further stamp Wonderlick as an international music company over the next few years.”


Tuomo Tähtinen
Tuomo Tähtinen, Executive Director of Music Finland, has announced he will leave his post at the Finnish music industry trade association to take up the role of Managing Director at Fullsteam Agency on March 5th, 2018. Fullsteam Agency is a part of Germany-based FKP Scorpio, one of Europe’s largest independent music promoters and event companies.

Tähtinen has enjoyed a decade-long tenure with Music Finland where he has held the position of Executive Director since 2012, when Fimic (Finnish Music Information Center) and Musex (Music Export Finland) were merged together as Music Finland. Prior to that, Tähtinen worked as Project Manager for Music Export Finland from 2008 through 2012.

Under Tähtinen’s leadership, Music Finland carried out the successful Aus Finnland project in German-speaking Europe. He also helped consolidate the Finnish music field through music exports, and during his career, Music Finland has twice been ranked in the list of best workplaces in Finland. In addition, Tähtinen has been nominated twice as the Organizational Leader of the Year at the Music & Media Industry Awards gala.

Fullsteam Agency Oy’s current Managing Director Heidi Aho, who started at the company in 2008, will continue with Fullsteam until March 31st, 2018.


Tim Schou
Talented Danish singer/songwriter Tim Schou has signed a worldwide licensing deal (ex-Scandinavia) with BMG. The deal with BMG was finalized in Berlin, Germany recently and see’s the independent Danish label, Iceberg Records, maintain its relationship with Schou for the Nordic territories in securing the licensing deal for the rest of the world via BMG.

Manfred Zähringer, Founder & President of Iceberg Records tells A&R Worldwide, “Tim is not only an artist with a remarkable star quality, but also a very prolific co-writer and topliner. He has co-written more than 200 titles with well-known writers in Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, Berlin, Stockholm and Copenhagen over the past three years. Several of the songs have already been released by other artists.”

Tim Schou has been evolving into one of Denmark’s most promising singer/songwriters in recent years after he was first introduced to the global music business during his showcase in Los Angeles several years ago at MUSEXPO.

Tim has released three singles in the past year including “Novocaine,” “Morrison” and “Young Vince,” all of which have accompanying official videos online. Iceberg will release his new single “Altar” on January 19th, 2018. The first single under BMG is set to be released at the end of March 2018. Tim is co-published by Iceberg Publishing and Sony/ATV worldwide.


From our entire team at A&R Worldwide, we wanted to send to you and yours our best wishes for a wonderful, safe and happy holiday season. We thank all of our friends and colleagues around the world for your support, and for sharing with us the love of music and its positive affect on humanity. In a year that came with its fair share of ups and downs, we’re grateful we are surrounded by the positivity that our industry radiates as it supports not just its own, but all people around the world.

We look forward to another New Year of working together as a global music community to create, share and amplify the music and message from all of the artists we work with, be it emotional, spiritual or social. Across history, music has at many times been a driving force for bringing people together, generating social awareness and bringing about positive change. Now, more than ever, our world could use a little more of the love, compassion and unification that we all know music can deliver.

As our team takes the next couple of weeks to be with family, friends and loved ones, and to reflect and recharge for what is sure to be an exciting 2018, we hope that your holiday season is restful as well, and that you’re able to spend it with those close to you. Again, we thank you all and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

- Best Wishes and a safe, Happy Holiday from the A&R Worldwide Team to everyone around the world


Michael Rapino
Michael Rapino has renewed his contract with Live Nation to serve as CEO for the company for another five years. The deal, valued at $9 million a year plus stock, sees Rapino serving as President and Chief Executive of Live Nation from Nov. 1st, 2017 through Dec. 31st, 2022. Rapino’s annual base salary will be $3 million and he will be eligible to receive an annual cash bonus of 200% of his base salary equaling $6 million. Rapino also received an additional $1 million bonus for 2017 and 289,505 restricted shares of Live Nation common stock that vest over his contract term, as well as 700,000 performance shares, to vest and be settled in restricted shares of Live Nation common stock through Dec. 31, 2022. Rapino came to Live Nation in 2005 and has seen the company's stock increase almost four-times; Live Nation’s IPO in 2005 was $10.75 and the company’s stock closed at $42.63 a share on Friday. He has spearheaded a number of high profile acquisitions over the past year including the purchase of United Concerts in Salt Lake City, Bottlerock Festival in Napa, Blue Note Entertainment in Israel and the formation of Mercury East Presents in New York with Michael Swier, announced just today.

Following Apple’s recent purchase of Shazam, Deezer has launched SongCatcher, its own mobile offering allowing users to identify forgotten or unknown songs using their mobile device's microphone. Fans will be able to source the names of songs and use the search function to recognize unknown tracks from Deezer’s 44-plus million song catalogue. Additional features include the ability to add newly-identified tracks to their favorites or playlist and the option to play saved and favorite tracks from SongCatcher. The new platform will be available over the coming months to Premium+ subscribers via Android with an iOS offering to follow.

Midem has revealed its very first Live Summit to be hosted as part of its annual event next year, June 5th-8th. The Live Summit is set for the morning of June 7th and will feature leading live business executives across panel sessions and case studies.

BMG has announced the promotion of Allegra Willis Knerr to VP, Film & TV Licensing. Based in Los Angeles, Willis Knerr will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and direction of the newly-restructured BMG U.S. Film & TV Licensing department. She will remain tasked with driving and optimizing workflows and output of the synch licensing team while reporting directly to Patrick Joest, Global EVP, Licensing & Marketing, and working alongside Alex Flores, who oversees U.S. Film & TV Marketing. Willis Knerr joined Bug Music in 2009, prior to BMG’s acquisition in 2011, and was elevated to Director and Co-Head, Film & TV Licensing in 2013 and Sr. Director, Film & TV Licensing in 2015. At the same time, BMG has elevated Megan Goldstein to Sr. Director, Film & TV Licensing; Chris Etscheid to Sr. Director, Film & TV Licensing Administration; and Corey Brulé to Sr. Manager, Film & TV Licensing.

BMG has announced an exclusive deal with Amblin Partners for BMG to administer Amblin’s music publishing rights worldwide. Recent films under the Amblin Partners umbrella include Bridge of Spies, The Girl on the Train, Office Christmas Party and A Dog’s Purpose, as well as the upcoming Steven Spielberg-directed project, The Post. Amblin Television’s current productions include the hit series The Americans (FX) and Bull (CBS) with upcoming productions Reverie (NBC) and The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix). The deal includes score, transition cues, themes, and feature songs owned by Amblin Partners in TV series, feature films, documentary features and other original content. The deal follows recent film and TV partnership announcements with Netflix, Activision Blizzard Studios, AMC Network, Global Asylum, Ambi Group, and Lotus Entertainment among others.

Three more acts have migrated from CAA to WME following the recent exit of CAA Nashville Co-Head Scott Clayton, who joined WME last month. Among the recent acts to join the WME roster for representation across all areas are Michael Franti, My Morning Jacket and Gov’t Mule. Gov’t Mule and Warren Haynes will remain with CAA for international representation, with WME taking over for N. America.

Spotify recently revealed its “2017 Wrapped” campaign, providing year-end insights to artists via custom micro-sites. The initiative has also recently rolled-out a consumer-facing option recapping listening habits for users across the past year. The artist offering gives musicians and their teams access and the ability to share their 2017 Wrapped pages, including stats such as best days of the year for up to three of their tracks, total unique listeners, total number of song streams and the total time users spent listening. Additional insights include new listeners reached from Spotify's Discover Weekly and Release Radar playlist appearances, and the top three countries their listeners are from as well as how to say hello in their languages. Artists can also see the number of fan-curated playlists they have been added to with the top keywords from the playlist titles. All artists with music on Spotify and at least three listeners prior to November 1st can access their 2017 Wrapped data via their Spotify for Artists account.

In other Spotify news, it has been confirmed by the company’s Global Head of Artist & Label Services, Rob Harvey, that Kevin Brown is parting ways with his role as Head of Artist & Label Services, U.K. and International, for the streaming platform. Based in London, Brown is one of Spotify’s most senior executives outside of the U.S. having joined in 2013. He had been tasked with the development and maintaining of senior relationships with key major and indie label partners across Europe. Brown also approaches the finish of his two-year stint as Chairman of the Official Charts Company. Prior to Spotify, he ran his own 360 Music Marketing global marketing consultancy where he worked on developing and executing the global sales and marketing strategy for Coldplay with EMI, where had previously served as VP of International for eight years.

The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to acquire large parts of 21st Century Fox in an all-stock deal worth $52.4 billion, or around $66.1 billion including debt. At the same time, Disney confirms that Bob Iger has extended his contract as Chairman and CEO through 2021. With closing expected to take 12-18 months, the companies are preparing for an extended regulatory review. The deal adds to Disney portfolio Fox's film and TV studio, cable channels National Geographic and FX, regional sports networks, international networks, including Star India, a 30% stake in Hulu and a 39% stake in European pay TV platform, Sky. Fox will separate the Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network into a newly-listed company and the 53-acre Fox studio lot near Los Angeles will remain with that company, under the control of Rupert Murdoch. The deal sees Murdoch named Co-Executive Chairman of Fox, with sons James (CEO) and Lachlan (Co-Executive Chairman), key shareholders of Disney stock. The deal with Fox marks the largest for Iger, having previously acquired Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel. Disney will also acquire Fox’s rights to some Marvel movies and Avatar sequels as it prepares its own streaming video offering in competition with Netflix and Amazon.

The list of inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2018 has been revealed. Among the class of 2018 are included first time inductees Dire Straits and The Moody Blues as well as Bon Jovi, The Cars, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The 33rd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is set for April 14th at Cleveland, Ohio’s Public Auditorium.

Kobalt Music has signed a worldwide creative and publishing deal with Little Louder to cover future works and all back catalog. The creative team at Kobalt will be pitching their writer’s songs for placements on various records and providing support on key sync projects as well as offering collaboration and co-write opportunities. In 2013, Country artist Eric Church Co-Founded Little Louder with Nashville-based music executive Arturo Buenahora, Jr. During Buenahora Jr.’s 10-year stint in publishing at Sony/ATV, he signed or produced acts such as Taylor Swift, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert and others. Little Louder’s roster is home to Casey Beathard, Luke Dick, Oscar Charles, Jeff Hyde, Haley Georgia and Ryan Tyndell.

AEG-owned ticket system, AXS, and Facebook have revealed a new integration allowing fans to purchase and redeem tickets directly via the social media platform. As part of the AXS Anywhere distribution offering, promoters in select markets will have the ability to access Facebook utilities for event discovery and targeting. In leveraging the followers and user habits on a participating act’s page, AXS Anywhere provides promoters key data opportunities for Facebook's 2 billion users.

Warner/Chappell Music has finalized global publishing deal with 21-year-old British singer/songwriter Birdy (real name Jasmine van den Bogaerde). Birdy heads to Warner/Chappell from previous her previous publishing home, Good Soldier Songs, and is at work on her fourth full-length release via Atlantic. Having gained recognition initially in 2011, Birdy’s cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” became a global hit, was certified platinum in the U.S., and to date has sold 936,754 units in the U.K. Birdy’s self-titled debut remains the artist’s best-selling album in the U.K. with 199,694 sales. It reached No.13, with 2013’s Fire Within (128,868 sales) reaching No.8, and last year’s Beautiful Lies (93,344 sales) going to No.4. Birdy’s songwriting credits include tracks for films such as The Fault In Our Stars, The Hunger Games and The Edge Of Seventeen, with her music also seeing high profile syncs in TV on Game Of Thrones, Lloyds Bank and The Vampire Diaries.

U.S.-based publishing company, Pulse, has signed an exclusive European sub-publishing deal with fast growing European music publishing company, CTM. CTM’s CEO and Owner, André de Raaff, had been CEO and Co-Owner of Imagem, which he sold to Concord earlier this year. Pulse has enjoyed a number of global successes over the past year including hits such as “Havana” (Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug); “Friends” (Justin Bieber & BloodPop); “Unforgettable” (French Montana feat. Swae Lee); “What Lovers Do” (Maroon 5 feat. SZA); “Feels” (Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean); “Despacito” - Justin Bieber Remix (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee); “No Lie” (Sean Paul feat. Dua Lipa); “Slow Hands” (Niall Horan); and “Sign of The Times” (Harry Styles).

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has revealed plans for the roll-out of an unencrypted, free-to-air version of MTV for Germany. Viacom already offers free TV versions of properties Comedy Central and Nickelodeon in the territory, as well as free-to-air German-focused music network, Viva. Viacom's international TV business is still primarily cable and pay-TV however, the company has been entering into the free-TV arena in several countries. The free-to-air MTV offering will launch in Germany on December 23rd with three episodes of Dare to Live starring Rory Kramer and featuring Shawn Mendes, Martin Garrix and The Chainsmokers. The network will also invest in local-language production with its free TV offering including two German formats, MTV Buzz, hosted by local host Uli Brase, and a charts show, launching with a top 100 year-end recap of 2017’s hits. MTV Germany will host a collection of local and international content with a heavy music focus at around 13 hours of music daily. Viacom maintains a local ad sales JV with German media group Alex Springer under the banner Visoon.

United Talent Agency (UTA) has added General Motors (GM) for representation of the auto-manufacture via its new branded entertainment agency with UTA's marketing department overseeing the management of GM's branded entertainment initiatives. GM joins the likes of Amazon, Delta Air Lines, LinkedIn, Lyft and others under UTA’s branded entertainment division roster, led by Co-Heads David Anderson and Julian Jacobs.

Jamie Scott
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has extended its worldwide deal with hit songwriter/artist/producer, Jamie Scott. The new agreement covers Scott’s entire song catalogue including Major Lazer’s hit “Cold Water,” featuring Justin Bieber and as well as works for One Direction, Niall Horan, Rag‘n’Bone Man, Olly Murs and Enrique Iglesias, as well as future works. His work with One Direction saw him with writing credits on all five of the group’s albums, including some of their most successful songs such as the RIAA-certified triple-platinum smash “Story Of My Life,” UK chart-topper “Drag Me Down” and Top 10 hits “Perfect” and “Night Changes.” Scott has continued to work with One Direction member Niall Horan, including co-writing his debut solo hit “This Town.” He also co-wrote and features alongside Romy Dya on the Martin Garrix and David Guetta single “So Far Away,” which was released at the beginning of this month. Additional credits include work with 5 Seconds of Summer, Colbie Caillat, Ella Henderson, Hurts, Michael Kiwanuka, Tom Odell, Christina Perri, Ron Sexsmith, The Vamps, Jessie Ware and Rudimental. As a recording artist he released the 2014 solo album My Hurricane as well as subsequent albums with music producer Tommy D under the collective, Graffiti6.

Downtown Global Staff
Downtown Music Publishing (DMP) celebrated its tenth birthday recently with a three-floor New York City event at the historical landmark Free Public Baths of New York. The party brought Downtown's global leadership together for the first time ever under one roof including staff from New York, Nashville, LA, Tokyo, Amsterdam, and London. The event featured live performances by Downtown Nashville writers Kendell Marvel, Marc Beeson, Sara Haze and “Big Al” Anderson (NRBQ). Founded by Justin Kalifowitz in 2007, DMP has grown from a staff of two to more than 80 based around the world.

Roc Nation Records has appointed Benny Pough as President for the company. Pough had most recently been with Epic Records where, for the past four years, he had served as the label’s EVP. Prior to his most recent role at Epic, Pough also led the label's promotion and marketing strategies as EVP of Urban Music and signed artists Future and Yo Gotti. Pough background also includes roles as Sr. VP of Urban Promotion for Island Def Jam Music Group and VP of Promotion for MCA Records. Pough’s music industry career began in 1990 at Motown Records as a regional promotions manager.

Pandora has brought on Gap marketing executive Aimée Lapic as the company’s new Chief Marketing Officer. Lapic’s new role will see her leading consumer brand strategy, market positioning, and overall marketing for the music streaming platform. Lapic had been with Gap for 13 years, rising to CMO for Gap-owned Banana Republic and General Manager overseeing the chain's digital presence. Prior to Gap, Lapic spent time in senior roles at Providian as well as startups Headlight.com (Cyber U) and iOwn.com (Citibank Mortgage), the two latter of which have since been acquired. She also holds a post on the advisory board for Ridge Ventures. Lapic marks the company's first CMO since Nick Bartle, who parted ways with the company in June, alongside Founder and CEO Tim Westergren and President Mike Herring.

J. Erving
Maverick partner J. Erving has revealed the launch of Human-Re-Sources, a Los Angeles-based firm specializing in digital distribution. One of Human-Re-Sources first projects is YBN Nahmir’s “Rubbin Off the Paint” which recently sat at No.52 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has garnered over 48 million views on YouTube and more than 10 million streams on Spotify’s “Get Turnt” playlist. Other acts to have signed with Human-Re-Sources include Charlotte Lawrence, Spencer Barnett, Dame D.O.L.L.A., Ernest K and Six60.

Atlantic Records and Latium Entertainment finalized a global joint venture last week and revealed Dominican Republic-born act Messiah El Artista as the first signing to the new deal. Launched in 1999, Latium was founded by Debra and Charles Chavez (whose career began as a DJ and included long-time management of Pitbull and Chamillionaire), and has become a pioneering agency in the Latino community. Under the deal, Atlantic will oversee Latium releases for the English-speaking market with Warner Latina working Latium releases in Latin/Spanish-speaking territories.

In an unexpected move, Vevo President and CEO, Erik Huggers has parted ways with the video streaming platform from the role he’s held since 2015. Vevo’s board of directors revealed the leadership transition at the company last week with Alan Price named interim CEO, a role he’ll assume alongside his position as Chief Financial Officer. The announcement comes as Vevo’s deal with YouTube is up for negotiation in the first quarter of 2018.

Universal Publishing Production Music (UPPM) has tapped Jane Carter as Managing Director for Universal Production Music and Focus Music in the U.K. Carter, who assumes the new role next year, will head up production music growth strategy and client relations while reporting to Michael Sammis, President of UPPM Worldwide, and Mike McCormack, Managing Director for Universal Music Publishing U.K. Carter has launched her own music production company, and most recently worked for film composer George Fenton, managing his publishing catalogue and live event activity. Carter was also responsible for Fenton’s partnership with BBC Worldwide, including overseeing the development and production of BBC’s Earth in Concert Series. Other past work for Carter includes that with film composers Michael Nyman, Craig Armstrong, Max Richter and Steven Price, as well as guiding two BBC Proms with the National Theatre and Aardman Animations. She’s also held roles as FM for BBC Worldwide Music Publishing, Creative Director for BBC Music and Head of Marketing for Warner Classics U.K.

Entertainment One has tapped Jen Sullivan as VP of Promotion, Music, commencing January 1st. Sullivan will be based in New York while reporting to VP of Int’l Marketing and Management, Meg Symsyk, who heads up marketing for alternative label imprint Last Gang across the U.S. Sullivan will lead promotion efforts for the alternative format in the U.S. and for all formats in Canada. Sullivan’s past roles including running her own indie promotion firm The Spin Project and time at RCA in the promotions department, with her career starting at WXRK (K-ROCK). She has worked with artists such as Foo Fighters, Walk The Moon, Bleachers, Kelly Clarkson and Dua Lipa. Among Last Gang’s roster are included Arkells, Death From Above, Emily Haines, Ryan Hemsworth, Sango, Stars and The Bloody Beetroots.

Recently, a number of top executives from the music and entertainment industry gathered at the first annual Apollo Awards held by the California Copyright Conference (CCC) in Los Angeles. The event honored peermusic President and Chief Operating Officer, Kathy Spanberger and Founder of the Los Angeles entertainment law practice Greenberg Traurig, Jay Cooper for their leadership, achievements, and commitment to the music and entertainment industry. The first annual Apollo Awards also included a silent auction to raise money to fund the CCC’s John Braheny Scholarship Fund in memory of former CCC President, John Braheny. The CCC offers scholarship awards to qualified music industry studies majors living in the great Los Angeles area and in May 2018 will provide a scholarship award of $2500. To apply for the scholarship or to make a donation to the CCC scholarship fund, please contact manager@theccc.org.

It was recently revealed that insurance company, Verti, and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) have agreed to a naming rights partnership for the newest venue in Berlin. Starting Fall of 2018, the Verti Music Hall at Mercedes Platz, owned and operated by AEG, will host concerts, shows and corporate events with a capacity for up to 4,500 people. Alongside naming rights, the agreement with AEG will offer Verti access to several multimedia displays at Mercedes Platz including the eight media towers on the plaza and the LED-screens on building facades.

Pat DiNizio
Pat DiNizio, frontman/songwriter and guitarist for alt-rock veterans The Smithereens passed away last Tuesday at the age of 62. DiNizio had been recovering from unspecified medical issues as a result of a fall and, just days before his passing, posted on Facebook that he was looking forward to getting back on the road. Surviving bandmates, Jimmy Babjak (guitar), Mike Mesaros (bass) and Dennis Diken (drums), confirmed DiNizio’s death in a statement, though details were not revealed. The Smithereens formed in 1980 and experienced international success with hits such as “Blood and Roses,” “Behind the Wall of Sleep,” “Only A Memory,” “A Girl Like You” and “Too Much Passion,” the latter two reaching the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. DiNizio also helped form the Scotch Plains and released a number of solo studio full-lengths.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Jens Markus-Wegener, Sam Maloney, Fiete Klatt, Madyx, Pete Kirtley, Professor Jonathan Shalit OBE, Sindee Levin, Tracy McKnight, Troy Carter, Tom Poleman, David Joseph and Imran Majid.


Have you ever sent a personal IM to the wrong screen name, accidentally replied “send all” on an E-mail, or made a total ass of yourself? Yes, we’ve all had a jackass moment at one time or another in our life. It is the upcoming Christmas and holiday season and time for some “merry jack-ass moments”! Click HERE to watch some great fails to go along with your eggnog and holiday stuffing!


Back in 2009, Bjørn Tveit and Hans Thomas Kiær spent their summer as workers on a farm. To pass their time, they listened to the music that they liked and after a quick discussion, they made up their mind: “Let's go to town and buy some sound equipment. Let's make the music ourselves.” Without any experience, they spent their savings on guitars, a microphone and a sound card. Six months later, their first song was completed under the moniker Alfred Hall and after their second gig ever, the rave reviews started coming in and the band quickly became the band to watch. Their debut single “So Bright” was a hit on Norwegian radio making way for the album Wilderness, which was released exclusively in Norway. The single “Lose That Gun” was featured at several short-film festivals and the video was nominated as 'Scandinavia's best music video' at the Bergen International Film Festival. The band also landed a synch placement with Netflix, using their song "Safe and Sound" on the official trailer for the Netflix original series Derek. Soon after, the Mexican beer brand Cerveza Pacifico Clara used their song "Someplace Beautiful" in their release campaign in the U.S. Since then, they released their self-titled EP globally on iTunes and Spotify through Waterfall/Phonofile that has generated over 1 million streams on Spotify, featuring the song “The King Of Cape.” After a brief hiatus, the wait is over and Alfred Hall returns with their first taste of their new album with “I Wanna Take You Away Now.” Listen to the single HERE and contact Kai Robøle at kai@waterfall.no for any inquiries for Alfred Hall.


Andrew and Victoria Knopp are the duo that makes the New Zealand-based indie-pop act, The Response. Their dynamic live show has allowed them to share the stage with such acts as Baio of Vampire Weekend fame, Seattle’s Deep Sea Diver, Australia’s Big Scary and Sweden’s Kate Boy. After releasing their third full-length album North of Nowhere in 2014, the pair packed a suit case and headed for Canada where they released a number of singles including "You Wanted to Go" and “Hours.” These songs earned airplay in a number of countries, including the states, Ireland, Germany, China, South Africa, Sweden, India, South America and Australia. After returning to New Zealand, The Response released their new EP What Are You Waiting For? featuring the song “Off Grid.” Watch the lyric video for the track HERE and contact info@anrworldwide.com as The Response is available for synch, booking, brand, licensing and signing opportunities.


“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, December 17th, 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:

DEMOB HAPPY - “Be Your Man” (SO Recordings, UK)
LIME CORDIALE - "Risky Love" (Chugg Music, Australia)
GRANDSON - “Blood // Water” (prim8music, Canada)
ALFRED HALL - “I Wanna Take You Away Now” (Waterfall, Norway)
YONAKA - “Bubblegum” (Asylum Records, UK)
SHY LUV - “Bloodsucker” (Black Butter, UK)
THE MONTREALS - “Deadheads” (Unsigned, Australia)
ADEN X OLSON - “Cloud 9” (Virgin EMI, Germany)
GEORGE GLEW - “Home Love” (Unsigned, UK)
PHOENIX O’NEILL - “Cruel World” (Unsigned, UK)
WALLOWS - “Pulling Leaves Off Trees” (Unsigned, N. America)
VARGAS & LAGOLA - “Sun Is Shining” (Unsigned, Sweden)
THE LUKA STATE - “Bring This All Together” (Project Records, UK)
THE SHERLOCKS - “Live For The Moment” (Infectious, UK)
MADYX - “Jupiter” (Unsigned, N. America)
LEONIDEN - “Nevermind” (Wintrup, Germany)
SUGARMEN - "Local Freaks" (ModernSky, UK)
UNDERGROUND AUTHORITY - “Sunday’s At The Park” (Unsigned, India)
BARNS COURTNEY - “Kicks” (Virgin, UK)
DOUGLAS FIRST - “No Need for Trial” (Unsigned, France)
THE RASMUS - “Silver Night” (Playground Music, Finland)
AVA LOVE - “Chophouse” (Unsigned, Scotland)
COLE PHOENIX - “Back Back To Me” (Unsigned, Australia)
PICTURE THIS - “This Christmas” (Universal, Ireland)
RABYT - “Heart Motion” (Unsigned, N. America)
EGOMUNK - “The Only Sin is Religion” (London Beach Records, UK)
TARA LEE - “Paradise” (Unsigned, Ireland)
BLOODY KNEES - “Maybe It’s Easy” (Distiller, UK)
OUTLYA - “Volcano” (Closer Recordings/Virgin, UK)

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