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MUSEXPO 2018 WELCOMES LEADING A&R INNOVATORS TO LOS ANGELES PROGRAM



MUSEXPO “The United Nations of Music” is set to return for its 20th global edition in Los Angeles at the W Hotel Hollywood from April 29th to May 2nd 2018. Included in 2018’s programming are a number of exclusive keynote interviews and panels featuring some of the industry’s most successful, innovative and inspiring A&R executives! Here’s a snapshot of some of the A&R aficionados speaking at MUSEXPO’s global A&R keynotes and forums.

Nick Raphael Wendy Goldstein Pete Ganbarg

The exclusive and insightful sessions will kick off during MUSEXPO’s opening day focus on all things A&R, starting with a conversation featuring Capitol Records UK President, Nick Raphael, led by Music Business Worldwide’s Tim Ingham. Raphael worked as a club promoter, DJ and recording artist before joining London Records in 1994. In 1996 he co-founded NorthWest Side Records and when the label was rolled into Arista in 2001, Nick became A&R Director at Arista. A year later he left for Sony, where he served two separate stints as Epic Records UK Managing Director. In 2011, he departed Sony (along with A&R partner and now Capitol Co-President Jo Charrington) to relaunch London Records for Universal Music which was re-branded as Capitol Records UK after UMG’s acquisition of EMI. Among the artists signed by Jo and Nick are included (at Sony/Epic) Aloe Blacc, Charlotte Church, Imogen Heap, Olly Murs, Paloma Faith and Scouting for Girls, while at Capitol their signings have included 5 Seconds of Summer and Sam Smith, as well as former One Direction member, Liam Payne.

Republic Records Executive Vice President Wendy Goldstein will join a panel of talented A&R executives for a special Global A&R forum, chaired by respected music journalist and Music Week UK Editor, Mark Sutherland. A true A&R visionary, Wendy has been involved in the success of some of the industry’s hottest pop and hip-hop stars including pairing Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj together for the triple-Platinum smash “Side To Side,” and developing DNCE from a fledging baby act into a multi-Platinum sensation throughout 2017. Having been intimately involved with The Weeknd on 2015’s Beauty Behind The Madness, she led the creation of his multi-Platinum album Starboy and has guided The Weeknd’s XO label, releasing works from NAV, Belly and more in 2017. Additionally, Wendy oversaw the launch of Marc. E Bassy and his growth into a Platinum star on the success of “You & Me” (feat.G-Eazy), and paired Hailee Steinfeld with Zedd for the double-Platinum track “Starving.”

Also joining the opening day programming is Pete Ganbarg, President of A&R for Atlantic Records who will be in conversation with Ralph Simon (Founder & CEO, Mobilium Global & Co-Founder of Zomba Group & Jive Records). At Atlantic, Pete has signed and/or A&R’d the likes of Grammy Award-winning artists twenty one pilots, Halestorm and Jason Mraz; Platinum and multi-Platinum artists Christina Perri, Melanie Martinez, Skillet, Brett Eldredge, Matchbox Twenty & Rob Thomas, Theory Of A Deadman and Icona Pop; as well as the Original Broadway Cast Recordings of Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen and the Billboard No.1 album, The Greatest Showman soundtrack, the latter two of which he also co-produced. While at Arista Records as Sr. Director of A&R, Ganbarg also conceived and A&R’d Santana’s 30x platinum worldwide, nine-time Grammy-winning Supernatural.

Among the other widely-successful A&R minds joining the 2018 program are included: Craig Kallman - Chairman & CEO, Atlantic Records Group; Evan Lamberg - President, North America, Universal Music Publishing Group; Jake Wisely - Chief Publishing Executive, Concord Music; Pelle Lidell - Co-Founder/President, EKKO Music Rights Europe & Co-Founder/President, Superior Recordings AB; Sanken Sandqvist - Managing Director, BMG Scandinavia; Simon Katz - Sr. Director A&R/Staff Producer, Republic Records; Thaddeus Rudd - Co-President & Co-Owner, Mom+Pop Music; Vincent “Tuff” Morgan - Director Pop/Urban, peermusic; and many more to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

For more information, a full speaker listing and schedule overview, and to register, visit www.musexpo.net or contact Tyler Polzin at tyler@anrworldwide.com.


ARCTIC RIGHTS MANAGEMENT LAUNCHES TO SUPPORT NORWEGIAN MUSIC WORLDWIDE



In an effort to meet the increasing demand for Norwegian music, and to ensure that the music rights of Norwegian composers and music publishers are managed locally, four of the territory’s leading publishers have joined forces to launch Arctic Rights Management AS. The initiative is led by music publishing pioneer Kai Robøle (Waterfall Music) who, alongside Erik Brataas (previously of Phonofile), have brought together Obel Publishing, Propeller Music and Norsk Musikkforlag. All four publishers have already achieved great success with artists like Highasakite, Sløtface and Vamp, as well as with songwriters for performers like Dua Lipa and Marcus & Martinus.

Robøle tells A&R Worldwide, “Having had 20 years of experience in the development and export of Norwegian artists and songwriters, I felt that the time had come to move up a level. As a small player on the international scene it has always been a challenge to keep music rights in Norwegian hands but now, with the leading Norwegian independent publishers coming together, we have the critical mass needed for us to make a real difference.”

Kerstin Mangert, (previously of STIM, Sweden) who will also be involved in the running of the company, comments, “Norwegian artists and songwriters are increasingly present at the top of the international charts, generating substantial revenue. We will ensure that we collect all of the income due to our clients, utilizing efficient technology and our strong industry relationships, with TONO as the portal to the existing international network for royalty remittance.”

Arctic Rights will seek to be a driving force in the growth and development of the Norwegian music industry and will be a natural partner for Norwegian artists and songwriters from both a creative and a commercial aspect. Its business model allows for closer cooperation, increased flexibility and greater long-term perspective.

Among Arctic Rights collective roster are included artists such as Highasakite, Raga Rockers, Vamp, Sløtface, Alfred Hall, Ida Jenshus, Matilda, Susanne Sundfør, Tim Scott and Ida Maria; and songwriters including Caroline Ailin (Dua Lipa, Olivia Holt), Magnus Bertelsen (Marcus & Martinus, Alan Walker), Erik Fjeld (Marcus & Martinus, Girls' Generation), Brandyn Burnette (EXO, Cosmos & Creature) and Frida Amundsen (Bearson, Sandra Lyng).

Arctic Rights’ establishment is supported by Innovation Norway, Music Norway and Musikkforleggerne (the Norwegian Music Publishers Association).


WARNER MUSIC GROUP ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF WARNER MUSIC MIDDLE EAST



Moe Hamzeh
Warner Music Group (WMG) has expanded its global reach further with the launch of Warner Music Middle East, a new wholly-owned recorded music affiliate encompassing 17 markets across the Middle East and N. Africa, an area with a total population reaching 380 million. The new operations will be based in Beirut with the Lebanese capital already serving as an important creative hub for A&R, as well as being one of the main centers for regional media and technology. The new operations will be led by Managing Director, Moe Hamzeh, who comes to the WMG from the Beirut-based video streaming platform, m.media. Hamzeh reports to Chris Ancliff, WMG’s EVP, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Moe Hamzeh says, “I’m honoured to be joining Warner at this pivotal moment in the expansion of the market in the Middle East and North Africa. We can now reach and draw in a huge number of fans across the region, enabling us to develop careers for local talent, as well as creating new opportunities for our established artists.”

Hamzeh’s career in the music industry began in 1998, when he worked for Music Master, Warner Music’s regional licensee at the time, as a label manager, overseeing the marketing and distribution of WMG’s repertoire in Lebanon. He then founded Temple Entertainment, an indie label and publisher, before working for Virgin Megastores, opening its flagship store in the region and overseeing the product marketing activities in Lebanon and its expansion into Saudi Arabia. In 2008, he joined Melody Music and Artists Management as General Manager, managing the company’s Beirut and Cairo operations and in 2012 took on the role of Head of Content for m.media, a digital streaming platform that offers video on demand for Lebanese and regional movies, documentaries and series. Hamzeh is also the lead vocalist for the widely-popular Lebanese rock outfit The Kordz.

Warner Music Middle East’s new operation will step-up the marketing and promotion of WMG’s international artists, as well as grow a local roster of Arabic artists and repertoire. The company will also seek to expand the digital distribution of its artists’ music and cultivate local brand partnerships.


SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT AND TENCENT MUSIC GROUP LAUNCH LIQUID STATE



Sony Music Entertainment and Tencent Music Entertainment Group announced last week the launch of a new electronic dance music label under the banner Liquid State. Liquid State will host electronic and EDM artists from the Asia region and internationally as it seeks to discover, showcase and develop existing local talent to create original content, while providing support for international artists. As a leading dance/electronic community and lifestyle brand, Liquid State will also offer live touring, club events and special exclusive experiences. In addition to Sony Music’s global label support, Liquid State will also benefit from Tencent Music Entertainment's marketing and digital services including QQ Music, Kugou Music and Kuwo Music as well as Tencent media channels WeChat, QQ, Tencent Video and QZone.

Multiplatinum-selling global Sony Music artist, Alan Walker, will play a key role at Liquid State, with the 20-year-old Norwegian set to release a round of exclusive collaborations on the label in 2018. Additionally, three of Asia's most popular acts have joined as ambassadors for Liquid State throughout the region, including Chinese pop act Chris Lee for the Chinese mainland; internationally acclaimed singer/actor Nicholas Tse for Hong Kong and Taiwan; and multi-talented member of group BIGBANG, Seungri for South Korea. The three ambassadors will be involved across Liquid State music collaborations within the dance genre.

In addition to Walker, Liquid State's roster at launch also includes Grammy-nominated act ZHU, and multi-award winning Dubai based duo Hollaphonic, both with releases scheduled through the label in the coming months. China's DJ Lizzy and Korean duo Junkilla are the first artists from the Asia region to be signed to Liquid State.

Denis Handlin AO, Chairman & CEO, Australia & New Zealand and President Asia, Sony Music Entertainment, comments, "I am delighted to announce the launch of Liquid State with Tencent Music Entertainment Group. These are exciting times for the music industry and Liquid State has been created to support and enhance the discovery and development of electronic and EDM talent across the Asia region. Together we will make Liquid State the destination for a wide range of highly talented new and established global and local artists. I would also like to thank Tencent for sharing the passion and vision to provide music fans in China and around the world with exciting new music, unique experiences and incredible artists through Liquid State."


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Voting has opened for the Worldwide Radio Summit’s 7th annual Industry Awards. This year’s Worldwide Radio Summit will return to the W Hotel Hollywood from May 2nd - 4th and will once again welcome leaders and innovators from the global broadcast community. The awards will recognize the contributions of executives and companies to the U.S. and global radio landscape from the past year. Click HERE now to vote for your winners. Only registered Worldwide Radio Summit delegates can access the exclusive awards luncheon. For more information, and to register to join the global radio community in Los Angeles, click HERE.

Jenifer Mallory
Sony Music Entertainment has announced the promotion of Jenifer Mallory to EVP, International. In the new role, Mallory will report to Sony Music Entertainment’s CEO Rob Stringer, and Sony Music’s U.S.-based label heads, while maintaining oversight of international marketing campaigns for Sony Music’s artists signed in the U.S., focusing on American label priorities internationally. Mallory will be based in New York while overseeing an international team there and in London for project management and promotion, international digital marketing and sales. Prior to her promotion, Mallory had served as Sr. VP, International for Sony Music Entertainment since 2015, playing a key role in global marketing campaigns for artists such as Harry Styles, P!nk, Camila Cabello, Khalid and The Chainsmokers.

The Beatles In India, a new feature film documentary directed by two time Emmy Award-winning producer/director, Paul Saltzman, and produced by Paul Saltzman and Reynold D'Silva for Sunrise Films, Ren/oir Pictures and Silva Screen, is scheduled for release worldwide in Autumn 2018. In 1968, The Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India, to study Transcendental Meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in a remote ashram, resulting in one of the most prolific and creative periods of their lives. Also present during the time was a young Canadian filmmaker, Saltzman, who, in the informal and relaxed atmosphere, captured some of the most famous and intimate photographic portraits of the band ever taken. The film covers Saltzman's return to India, The Beatles’ stay and the songs they composed at the ashram, as well as meditation as it applies to creativity, the divine inner journey, and the healing power of love and music. Included in the film will be background context of many of the songs written in India, the progression through their initial writing, intensive rehearsals back in England, and the release of the White Album. The film, driven by an authoritative team, will feature rarely seen footage and images as well as in-depth interviews from India, the U.K. and N. America.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s catalog was in huge demand by brands for their campaigns for this year’s Super Bowl. Among the companies that licensed music from Sony/ATV were included Amazon, Budweiser, Hyundai, Michelob, Monster and RAM among others, reaching over a dozen synch licenses for commercials for the 2018 Super Bowl. The company also licensed more than half a dozen songs for promos and trailers aired during the Super Bowl. More than half of the songs licensed by Sony/ATV for Super Bowl commercials this year were 100% controlled by the company, including “Going The Distance,” “I Want You Back,” “Nobody Does It Better,” “Stand By Me,” “We Will Rock You” and “I Don’t Want To Wait” with Natural Light using a Sony/ATV-repped recording of the song by its writer Paula Cole.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Creative Nation have finalized a worldwide publishing agreement with Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Luke Laird. As a songwriter, Laird has racked up 46 radio singles, including 23 Billboard No.1’s and four of which made the Billboard top five. Among the No.1 hits are included works performed by Luke Bryan, Jon Pardi, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Frankie Ballard, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Chris Young, Sara Evans, Rodney Atkins and Carrie Underwood. The Country Music Association has recognized Laird six times with their Triple Play Award, marking three No.1 singles within a 12-month period. Laird also co-produced the album Same Trailer Different Park by Kacey Musgraves, which garnered Grammy and ACM awards for Album of the Year. He has also received two of BMI’s most respected honors with Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year as well as the Academy of Country Music’s Songwriter of the Year.

Apple Music has revealed updated subscribership as the streaming service has reached 36 million users worldwide, increasing from 30 million in September. Apple also shared with the Wall Street Journal that the growth rate for the service in the U.S. is at 5% a month, a faster rate than the 2% of its competitor Spotify which still holds a significant lead at 70 million subscribers.

Spotify is rolling out a new round of multimedia formats including enhanced playlists and vertical video as it seeks to create a unique experience for users. Among the additions is included Spotlight which will bring “visual layers” to podcasts, audiobooks, news and other audio content. The new offerings follow updates from leading playlists who have added exclusive original content and music videos as well as music to their playlists. Spotify will also be incorporating content from partners such as BuzzFeed News, Refinery29 and Crooked Media.

Spotify also revealed last week its new songwriter credits feature allowing users to view songwriter and producer credits for tracks via the desktop platform. The new feature is accessible by right-clicking the track and selecting “Show Credits.” Information will be sourced from record label-provided metadata with the sources for the credits also included. Spotify stated, "We realize some of the label-provided credits are incomplete or may contain inaccuracies, but this is just the first step in displaying songwriter credits on Spotify. The feature will continually evolve to become more efficient, provide better functionality, and incorporate more information from industry partners over time."

AEG and Samsung Electronics have announced a new partnership. In effect until February 18th, customers purchasing Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S8+, Note8 or Tab S3 devices will have the opportunity to claim a pair of tickets for a number of AEG events including festivals such as British Summer Time Hyde Park, All Points East, Castle Concerts and Rock En Seine, as well as shows from artists such as Arcade Fire, Little Mix, The Vamps and Katy Perry.

Reservoir has signed Grammy Award-winning songwriter James Fauntleroy to a worldwide publishing deal. Fauntleroy is the co-writer of Bruno Mars’ Grammy-winning 6x Platinum and No.1 single “That’s What I Like,” and has co-write credits on eight of the nine tracks on Mars’ album 24K Magic, which also took home a Grammy for Album of the Year, marking him as the first songwriter to receive the award following the Recording Academy’s rule change. Additional credits for Fauntleroy include co-writes for Justin Timberlake as well as collaborations with the likes of Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Frank Ocean, John Legend, Kendrick Lamar, NAS, Common, Snoop Dogg and SZA as well as others. Based in LA, Fauntleroy was also selected by Spotify as one of only 13 Secret Genius Ambassadors for their inaugural global initiative, recognizing the contributions that songwriters and producers make to the music industry.

Big Deal Music Group revealed last week the appointment of four staffers to Creative Director. Assuming the new roles are Ashley Alexander, Laila Bengharsa, Amber Packer and Mary Margaret Rogers, all of whom have been with indie publisher for at least two years as executives.

Valence Media has formed as a resulted of the merger between the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, dick clark productions and the film/TV studio MRC. The new Los Angeles-based firm will combine the leading entertainment companies’ specialties in film/TV production, publishing and live events with each division maintaining their own brands and current leadership.

Leading indie rock label Frontiers Music Srl has opened the doors on a new U.K. office, led by veteran executive Wally van Middendorp. Van Middendorp will be tasked with expanding the label’s global marketing initiatives, developing artists and further cementing Frontiers Music Srl’s footprint in the U.K. Van Middendorp will also serve in an International A&R/Licensing capacity, responsible for the marketing and brand development of Frontiers Music Srl releases and artists in the U.K. and mainland Europe. Van Middendorp's background includes roles as Managing Director of Eleven Seven Music Group Europe, International A&R Director of Cooking Vinyl Records and Sr. VP International at Roadrunner Records. Van Middendorp has also worked as General Manager for Sony Music Netherlands and was General Manager for Play It Again Sam in Benelux.

Despite digital music’s growth globally, physical sales around the world continue to experience relatively healthy numbers, with the exception of the U.S. which saw an 18.5% decline in sales last year. In light of these numbers, big-box retailers including Best Buy and Target are making moves to remove CDs from their stores in the coming months with Best Buy setting a date of July 1st to cease its CD sales completely. Despite removing the CD format from their stores, Best Buy will continue to sell vinyl, which will be merchandised alongside turntables, for the next two years due to a commitment to vendors. At the same time, sources have shared that Target offered up an ultimatum to music and video suppliers at the end of last year to transition to scan-based trading, altering the model to the equivalent of a consignment basis. Sources revealed the initial deadline for the transition was set for February 1st however, as Target continues to seek the scan-based terms with DVD vendors, the deadline for music suppliers has moved back to either April 1st or May 1st.

ole has finalized an exclusive deal with one of Country Music’s leading singer/songwriters, Chris Janson. The deal includes the purchase of Janson’s publishing share of his existing catalogue (including his most recent album, Everybody), and builds on ole’s existing publishing agreement with Janson for future works. Everybody was released last year and its lead single, “Fix A Drink,” topped the Country Aircheck/Mediabase chart in November. Follow-up single, “Drunk Girl,” published by ole and co-written by Janson, Tom Douglas and Scooter Carusoe, is currently rising through the airplay charts. Janson previously reached No.1 with his hit, “Buy Me A Boat,” in late 2015. In addition to his work as an artist, Janson has also written over 25 songs for a long list of country stars, including Tim McGraw, LoCash and Randy Houser.

Indie music distribution and marketing services company, Ingrooves, has finalized a long-term distribution deal with Talento Uno (TU), a full stack music company that represents a new model for the Latin music industry. Launched last year by music industry pioneer, Gustavo Lopez, TU encompasses artist development, digital, branding, publishing, touring and influencer management. Presenting a new model for Latin music, TU connects brands with artists in partnerships that can target each other's audiences effectively. Lopez’s past experience includes serving as General Manager and EVP of Universal Music Latin Entertainment, where he led several labels including Machete, Disa and Fonovisa, as well as launched the business development division. Among the executives joining him at TU’s launch are Co-Founder and Managing Partner Eddie Orjuela, a veteran live music promoter who currently heads Nederlander’s National Latin Division, as well as Universal Music veterans, Eddy Laca (Head of Commercial Affairs) and Nelson Mendoza (Head of A&R).

The California Copyright Conference is preparing to convene next Tuesday, February 13th as it presents a panel titled “VIDEO GAME$ - Level Up Your $ynchronization Income.” The panel will feature Katie Byam - Music Supervisor, Activision; Randy Gerston - Agent/Partner, Fortress Talent Management; Julia Betley - Vice President, Licensing and Soundtracks, RCA Records; Chance Thomas - Composer & VP Music & Creative Development, HUGEsound (Avatar, DOTA 2, Lord of the Rings Online); Garry Schyman - Composer (Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle Earth: Shadow of War); and will be moderated by Mara Schwartz Kuge - Founder, Superior Music Publishing and David Quan - Sr. Director of Publishing, Angry Mob Music. For more information and to secure your spot, click HERE.

The music industry’s leading independent charity Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has revealed that its 24/7 mental health support line and service, Music Minds Matter, will have its own official anthem, “Fighter,” by emerging artist Tyni. In releasing the record, HMUK seeks to raise funds and awareness for the Music Minds Matter service by calling on music fans to “Donate with a play,” generating revenue for the service through clicks to streaming services and downloads. Tyni will release new material in the coming weeks including a live version and video for “Fighter,” as well as new remixes of the track. At only 22 years old, Tyni has already recorded with some of the biggest songwriters and producers in both the U.K. and LA, including Wayne Wilkins (Beyoncé, Cheryl), MNEK (Zara Larsson, Madonna, Little Mix), PC Music’s Sophie (Britney Spears, Madonna) and Charlie XCX. “Fighter” was released independently last spring and has already garnered 400,000 plays on Spotify, as well receiving support and airplay from BBC Radio 1Xtra and BBC Introducing. The song of overcoming dark times and empowerment is co-written by Josh Record (Ella Henderson, MNEK) and produced by Wayne Wilkins. To stream the new track on Spotify click HERE and to download click HERE.

Leading white label music DAM platform, SourceAudio, has announced that its Alpha Libraries for Radio, the radio industry’s largest production library service, has signed a multi-year deal with U.S. radio broadcaster, Entercom. The new deal sees Alpha Libraries for Radio providing its content and platform to all of Entercom’s radio stations. Alpha Libraries releases six albums daily and currently features over 1.3 million music beds and sound effects.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Steven Melrose, Jeremy Yohai, Maureen Kenny, Matt Pollack, Rob Graham, Ty Stiklorius, Tom Poleman, Nora Felder, John Janick, Shani Gonzales, Daniel Glass and Sharon Dastur.


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. As we prepare for the Winter Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, we felt it would be appropriate for us to share HERE with you, various fails, slips and slides as fair warning to avoid these winter weather related mishaps!


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



The Australian yet London-based duo Geowulf is set to release their debut album Great Big Blue this month via 37 Adventures. Star Kendrick (vocals) and Toma Benjamin (guitar/vocals) along with producer Duncan Mills (The Vaccines) have created the perfect summer soundtrack with their sunshine-laced pop, mixed with mournful heartbreak. With glistening music interlaced alongside gracious melodies, Geowulf has been compared musically to Lana Del Rey, Lissie and Mazzy Star. The new album contains such standouts as “Sunday,” “Drink Too Much” and “Hideaway,” which is a must-have at any beach party. The new album is a follow up to their debut EP Relapse and their single “Saltwater,” which was featured in a Corona commercial in North America; earning over 8 million Spotify plays to date. Geowulf has supported Portugal. The Man, Tove Styrke and performed at a number of festivals. Check out the ‘60s-tinged “Hideaway” HERE, their favorite to perform live, and contact Steve Ambler at steve@sb-management.com as Geowulf is available for U.S. booking agents, brand partnerships in addition to being open to future record licensing and future publishing opportunities.


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

Describing themselves as ‘Wonky Pop’ is the Bradford, England-based quintet, FLING. With musical influences including legends such as The Beatles, T-Rex and David Bowie, the band members met at a show, started to work together on home demos and built an initial following through acoustic videos online. They’ve enjoyed a lot of early support on UK radio from Steve Lamacq at BBC 6music, Huw Stephens at BBC Radio 1, John Kennedy at Radio X and Matt Wilkinson at Beats 1. FLING just wrapped up their first UK tour, including sell-out shows in Leeds and Bradford, following festival appearances at the Leeds Festival, Live at Leeds Festival, Liverpool Sound City, Manchester’s Neighbourhood Festival and Newcastle’s Meet the North Festival. The lads have just finished recording their album, and are set to release an EP in April with UK label Dance to the Radio/Futuresound Group, who are also management for the band. FLING released their visual for the frisky single “That’s Nice,” that received nearly 100,000 views in just two weeks on Facebook. Watch the video HERE and contact management at sam@futuresoundgroup.com as FLING are available for synch, publishing, licensing, and brand opportunities.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 2/4/2018



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, February 4th, 2018: 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:

ALEX LAHEY - “I Haven’t Been Taking Care Of Myself” (Dead Oceans, Australia)
WE INVENTED PARIS - “Spiderman” (Spectacular, Switzerland)
LONGFELLOW - “Plasticine” (Unsigned, UK)
THE SHERLOCKS - “Will You Be There” (Infectious, UK)
IAMJJ - “You In My Arms” (Warner Music, Germany)
LEONIDEN - “1990” (Euphorie, Germany)
INHEAVEN - “Sweet Dreams Baby” (PIAS, UK)
HUMAN BUOY - “Roses” (Unsigned, Australia)
DEMOB HAPPY - “Be Your Man” (SO Recordings, UK)
NONONO - “Lost Song” (Warner Music, Sweden)
***GLOBAL DJ EXCHANGE W/ DJ UELI HAFLIGER “FLUX FM”, BERLIN, GERMANY - CHAMPYONS - “Living in the Movies” ***
SPEAKER FIRST - “Break My Soul” (Unsigned, Indonesia)
TARA LEE - “Paradise” (Unsigned, Ireland)
THE RASMUS - “Wonderman” (Playground Music, Finland)
GREAT NEWS - “Never Get My Love” (Eget Selskap, Norway)
NOTHING BUT THIEVES - “Particles” (RCA, UK)
ZACH WOLF - “Dark” (Unsigned, N. America)
TOUTS - “Bomb Scare” (Hometown Records, Ireland)
FLING - “That’s Nice” (Dance To The Radio, UK)
GRANDSON - “Blood // Water” (prim8music, Canada)
PHOENIX O’NEILL - “Cruel World” (Unsigned, UK)
HIGH TROPICS - “You Never Made It Easy” (Unsigned, Australia)
AARON - “Blouson Noir” (Unsigned, France)
VILE ASSEMBLY - “Last Century Man” (Vial Records, UK)
MADYX - “Bad Decisions” (Unsigned, N. America)
YOU&ME - “Wrong War” (hndgmcht. Music international/Rough Trade, Germany)
VITO - “Get it and Go” (End Of the Trail Records, UK)
RUNABAY - “Too Soon (Reverie)” (Unsigned, Ireland)
PAUL REY - “What Good Is Love” (20/20 &Warner Music, Sweden)
VARGAS & LAGOLA - “Sun Is Shining” (Unsigned, Sweden)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Vile Assembly, Written Years, Vito, INHEAVEN and Geowulf).