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Ulf Zick
Universal Music Group (UMG) has announced the appointment of Ulf Zick as Managing Director, International for Universal Music Germany, effective March 1st, 2018. As a key member of Universal Music Germany’s management team, Zick will lead strategic development and marketing for UMG’s international roster within Germany. Based in Berlin, he will report to Frank Briegmann, Universal Music’s President & CEO Central Europe and Deutsche Grammophon. Zick assumes the role from Dirk Baur, who took on a new role as President, Marketing Labs division within Universal Music Germany earlier this year.

A veteran executive, Zick’s background includes work across music, digital and global entertainment. He comes to UMG from Spotify, where he served as Director, Artist and Management within their Artist & Label services division. Before joining Spotify, he held the role of Director, Entertainment Relations for Gibson Guitar Corp, and served as an Executive Consultant for Apogee Electronics in Santa Monica. Zick is also a musician and experienced artist manager with prior industry experience heading his own record label, PR and booking agencies.

In making the announcement, Briegmann said, “I am delighted to welcome Ulf to the team. He has great experience within the global music business, and understands the digital transformation towards streaming that the German music market is now experiencing, both from a business, artist and partner perspective. He has the credibility, know-how, passion and vision to optimally position our incredible roster of UMG international artists to German music fans and I wish him and his team all the best and lots of future success!”

Zick said, “I would like to thank Frank Briegmann for putting his trust in me. Universal Music has an incredible roster of fantastic artists from all over the world, and I am looking forward to ensuring that they reach their maximum impact across all communication and distribution channels. I’m a massive music fan, and this is exactly the spirit that I want to bring across!”


Carly Simon
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has finalized a global administration deal with iconic songwriter/singer Carly Simon. The agreement covers Simon’s acclaimed catalog, as well as all musical compositions controlled by her publishing companies, C’est Music and Quakenbush Music Ltd.

The Grammy-winning international pop culture icon’s hits include “You’re So Vain,” “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be,” “Anticipation,” “The Right Thing To Do,” “You Belong To Me,” and others. With “Let the River Run” from the film Working Girl, Simon made history as the first artist to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award for a song composed, written and performed entirely by a single artist.

UMPG Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson said, “Both as an iconic songwriter and heroine of the heart, Carly has been a huge influence on my life musically. From my generation to my daughter’s, her music continues to be a source of inspiration and emotional resonance for people around the world. UMPG is thrilled to welcome her to our world-class family of songwriters. We look forward to creating outstanding opportunities that support her legacy and introduce her songs to new fans worldwide.”

Across her career, Simon has received three Grammy Awards and has had 24 Billboard Hot 100, and 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary, charting singles. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Grammy Hall Fame and named to the ASCAP Founders Award, alongside numerous other honors.


BMG Production Music (BMGPM), the production music business of Bertelsmann’s music division, BMG, has revealed a slate of global appointments and promotions as it builds its international executive team.

Alongside his current role as Managing Director, BMG Production Music U.K., John Clifford has been promoted to Sr. VP, Global Sales, Marketing & Repertoire. Clifford joined BMGPM in September 2017 and is based in London. Along with Geert-Willem Koolhof, Managing Director, BMGPM, Clifford will oversee the company’s international business development and management. Clifford succeeds Mitch Lijewski, who will continue to work for BMGPM in a consultancy role, focusing on content production for X-Ray Dog, the trailer label BMG acquired from him in 2014.

In the U.S., Sinéad Hartmann has been promoted to Sr. VP, BMGPM U.S. Hartmann previously served as VP, BMGPM U.S. Additionally, Darrel Shirk rises to VP, Operations, BMGPM U.S. & Global. The two will jointly take over the management of BMGPM’s operation in the U.S. from Lijewski.

In GSA and Benelux, Laura Bell is promoted to Managing Director for Production Music in the region, with Paul Gulmans joining the international management team as VP, IT, Systems & Licensing. Both are based in Hilversum. Also joining the international management team is Philipp Hintz, appointed worldwide Finance Director for BMGPM and based in Berlin.

Clifford, Hartmann, Shirk, Bell, Gulmans and Hintz will all report directly to Koolhof who comments, “I’m really thrilled that John joined us and brings his 25 years of Production Music knowledge and experience to BMG. John and I will work closely together to help define and implement the future business and creative direction for BMG Production Music globally. It’s a very exciting time for BMG Production Music, we are growing fast - and with all of the promotions announced we are confident that we have the right people in the right place and will together build on our success to date and create a Production Music company of the future!”

BMG officially launched BMG Production Music just over a year ago to bring together its interests in one-stop, pre-cleared and custom production music services including MusicDIRECTOR in the Benelux, Los Angeles-based Selectracks, Music Beyond and X-Ray Dog as well as London-based Beds & Beats and Altitude Music. Initially founded with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, London, Hilversum and Berlin, BMGPM grew its footprint across Europe, acquiring leading French independent AXS Music to form the basis of BMG Production Music France. Following this, BMGPM announced the major acquisition of Immediate Music, one of the leading U.S. independent production music teams in motion picture advertising and trailers; and sister company 1 Revolution Music, the premier television music catalog.


The French musical evolution was in full effect in Paris last week as Bureau Export France hosted a well-curated import and export summit. The event brought together key stakeholders of the French music business with key international companies who have a track record of developing and breaking global talent in their local territories as well as internationally.

The extremely well-thought out and informative event titled Bureau Export Days took place February 7th - 9th. It was hosted by the entire team of the multi-national organization, which is overseen by its Director General & CEO Marc Thonon, and attracted executives from across Europe, Asia, South America, the U.K. and North America while showcasing the burgeoning French music business, as well as some of the best of its new emerging talent.

France is the world’s fifth largest music market and is set to grow its presence globally with a strong approach in exporting its local repertoire as well as do business with the global music industry within France. The French Ministry of Culture hosted an event for the delegation that encompassed many international companies including U.S.-based organizations such as Glassnote Entertainment Group, Republic Records, Mom+Pop Records, A&R Worldwide, MUSEXPO, Partisan Arts, Mondo, Summer Fest and others, as it reiterated its commitment and increased funding to strategically and more buoyantly support France’s local and global music interests.

Legendary and respected music business executive Daniel Glass, President & Founder, Glassnote Entertainment Group, presented a poignant message, where he said he sensed a change in the air in France with the local music business showing strong signs of renewed confidence in building more robust bridges to export its exceptional creative talent to the world. Glass emphasized to the French music industry to show up! In order to break into the U.S., the world’s largest music market, ensure you have great music, great talent, a great team and a strategic plan and anything is possible. He also emphasized that investing in the best songwriters, producers, mixers, mastering, marketing, promotion, PR, press and overall team makes it possible to break into the U.S. or any other international markets. Glass and his team have proven it time and time again with its global repertoire which includes France’s Phoenix, England’s Mumford & Sons, Australia’s The Temper Trap, Scotland’s CHVRCHES, and Canada’s Justin Nozuka amongst many others.

A&R Worldwide, which has helped broker many outcomes for French artists in the U.S. and other global territories over the past two decades, also sensed a renewed focus in France’s export ability. And, it was no more evident than at the exceptionally well-organized and focused multi-day forum delivered by Bureau Export Days last week. The French music evolution is well on its way!

ENJOYING SOME GREAT NEW FRENCH TALENT at the Supersonic showcase venue in Paris are (l-r) Daniel Glass (President & Founder, Glassnote Entertainment Group), Michele Amar (Director, Bureau Export New York/France Rocks), Brett Alperowitz (Sr. VP A&R, Republic Records), Marc Thonon (Director General & CEO, Bureau Export France) and Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide). IT’S ALL SMILES AT THE FRENCH CULTURAL MINISTRY: Enjoying the friendly atmosphere at the French Cultural Ministry (l-r) are Republic Records’ Brett Alperowitz and Clotaire Buche (Founder, Junzi Arts).

DISCUSSING FRENCH MUSICAL CUISINE (l-r) are Thaddeus Rudd (Co-President, Mom+Pop Music), Stéphane Merlin (manager of French artist Talisco) and Mathew Daniel (Vice President Int’l, NetEase Cloud Music, China). EMBRACING THE SOUNDS OF PARIS (l-r) were Mom+Pop’s Thaddeus Rudd, Erika Elliot (Program Director, SummerStage), Bureau Export New York’s Michele Amar and Tom Chauncey (President & Owner, Partisan Arts).

WHAT ARE THEY “SYNCHING” ABOUT? Discussing the live and synch business were (l-r) Justin Kwan (Sr. Talent Buyer, MRG Concerts, Canada) and Dan Koplowitz (Owner/Founder & Manager, Friendly Fire). INDULGING IN A FRENCH A&R CONVERSATION were longtime friends Christophe Tastet (Founder, Enchanté Music) and A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla.


Warner Music Norway has announced Mike Herbrik as General Manager for the company. Herbrik, who has been with Warner Music Norway since 2014, most recently served as A&R Director and works closely with artists on the roster such as Julie Bergan, Kristian Kristensen, Emilie Nicolas, Madden and Fay Wildhagen. The new role, effective immediately, sees Herbrik reporting to Jonas Siljemark, President of Warner Music Nordics. Herbrik’s music industry career started in 2009 as part of the brand partnerships and marketing team at Roadrunner Records where he worked with acts including Slash and Slipknot. In 2014, following time with Coca-Cola, Herbrik came to Warner Music Norway as A&R Manager, advancing to A&R Director the following year.

A&R Worldwide has learned that executive Pete Rogers has joined Roc Nation as VP, Branding and Strategic Partnerships. The New York-based role will see Rogers working to broker brand deals for the Roc Nation label/management roster which includes acts such as Big Sean, Thomas Rhett, Shakira, Justine Skye, DJ Khaled, Mariah Carey and others. He will also work closely on corporate partnerships for Made In America, Tidal X and Jay Z’s Roc Nation pre-Grammy Brunch. Rogers comes to Roc Nation from his most recent role as Sr. Director, Creative Agency at Columbia Records. Prior to Columbia, he had spent time with TuneCore, Thunderhoney Creative Music Agency, Danny Wimmer Presents and Atlantic Records.

It was announced last week by Live Nation Entertainment and Maverick that Alisann Blood has joined the company as Sr. VP, Brand Partnerships. The newly-created role will see Blood leading Maverick’s brand marketing efforts and developing strategic relationships while reporting to Greg Thompson, Maverick’s President. With over a decade of experience in the brand partnerships arena, Blood had most recently been working with Crush Music, playing a key role in opportunities between top global brands and the Crush roster. Before moving to Crush, Blood held the role of VP of Brand Partnerships and Sync at Capitol Music Group.

Iggy Azalea
Iggy Azalea has made another move within the Universal Music Group (UMG) family as she has transitioned to the roster at Island Records, releasing her latest single “Savior” with the new label. Azalea had most recently been with Def Jam having signed to Island Def Jam in 2013 before internal restructuring saw UMG’s Island Records, Def Jam Recordings and Motown split into three separate labels. Azalea had first signed with UMG’s Interscope Records in 2012.

Three piece alt-rock veterans, Muse, have joined the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) roster for international representation. Consisting of members Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme, the band had previously been represented by UTA. The transition sees Muse parting ways with their long-time agent Geoff Meall, who recently left UTA for Coda, with CAA representing the band ex-North and South America and Australia. Muse headlined 2017’s Reading & Leeds festivals and are gearing up for a round of dates across Europe this summer including headliner slots at festivals such as Rock in Rio, Rock am Ring, Rock im Park and Pa’l Norte as well as others. Having released seven studio albums to date, the band have sold over 20 million albums globally.

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran’s longtime manager, Stuart Camp, has revealed he will be taking his own management operations fully independent following a decade under the banner of Sir Elton John’s Rocket Music. Following an amicable departure from Rocket, Camp’s Grumpy Old Management, which has operated as a JV with Rocket for the past three years, will now move forward independently. Camp came to Rocket in 2007 from Atlantic Records and has guided Sheeran’s record-breaking success since signing him in 2011.

United Talent Agency (UTA) has added Lyndsay Harding to their team as CFO, marking the first female ever to hold the CFO position at a major talent agency. Reporting to UTA’s COO, Andrew Thau, Harding will begin her new role on March 19th. She had previously been CFO at Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners and brings to UTA a wealth of experience in private equity, finance and mergers and acquisitions across the entertainment industry, especially the film arena. At Amblin, Harding played a key role in the expansion of the company's relationship with Universal via Universal's acquisition of a minority stake in Amblin, and assisted in the structure of a strategic partnership with Alibaba Pictures. Harding succeeds UTA veteran Jeff Dalla Betta who had served as CFO for two decades. Harding’s background includes roles with Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Partners as well as Sr. VP for MGM, and CFO roles with Evergreen Studios and DreamWorks Studios.

United Talent Agency’s (UTA) London office has tapped music agent Dan Saunderson for the firm. In the transition to UTA, Saunderson will maintain international booking for Artful Dodger, DJ S.K.T, Nathan Dawe, 99 Souls, TS7, George Kwali, Endor, FooR, Pink Panda and Vato Gonzalez. His agency career began in 2014 as a member of the team at Coalition Talent where he spearheaded the growth of the agency’s electronic roster, eventually expanding to encompass house, bass, garage and urban. Prior to Coalition, Saunderson was involved in the UK club industry, and a part of his family business, DMC World.

Warner/Chappell Music UK has promoted Paul Smith to the new role of Creative Director. Paul will remain based in London while reporting to Warner/Chappell UK’s Managing Director, Mike Smith. Paul came to the publisher in 2016 as Senior International Creative Manager and since that time, alongside Mike Smith, has built the roster, including major urban artists, Liam Gallagher and recent signing Manic Street Preachers, as well as working on A&R across its roster of writers. Paul Smith has played a key role in the signing of songwriters such as Fred Ball, Josh Record, Linnea Södahl and Rationale, and works closely with Amy Wadge, Miranda Cooper and MNEK. His music industry career began in 2004 upon joining London-based managing company, 365 Artists.

Australian ‘70s electro-pop-inspired band Parcels recently signed with Paris, France-based Because Music. The band, who hail from Byron Bay and now reside in Berlin, Germany, were originally signed to the French label Kitsuné, who a few weeks ago negotiated a deal with Because Music. Parcels are touted to breakthrough globally this year and had their 2017 summer single, “Overnight,” produced by Daft Punk.

Enrique Iglesias has finalized a publishing deal with Kobalt Music, covering his catalog and future works. The deal includes the global artist’s hits such as “Bailando,” co-written by Iglesias and hits from his early years on the roster of indie Fonovisa. Across his career, Iglesias has garnered 38 top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart with 18 top 10s since 2005. Iglesias had called Sony/ATV his publishing home prior to Kobalt and is currently signed as a recording artist to Sony Music Latin, which he joined in 2015.

Kobalt has added Grammy-nominated DJ/producer Duke Dumont to their roster under a worldwide agreement that includes publishing administration for future works as well as his share in the compositions of hits such as Katy Perry’s “Swish Swish.” In the U.K., Duke Dumont garnered No.1 singles with “Need U (100%)” and “I Got U.”

Paul Friedman has been announced as the new EVP of Music Business Affairs and Administration for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). Friedman assumes the role following the departure of Shelly Bunge from the company. Friedman has been with SPE for the last 16 years, working across the music needs for some of the company’s largest film projects such as the Spider-Man and The DaVinci Code franchises. The new role will see Friedman managing all business operations of original music for Sony’s film/TV projects, as well as for Madison Gate Records, SPE's specialized label for soundtracks as well as film/TV and entertainment media recordings. Before joining SPE, Friedman practiced law at King, Holmes, Paterno and Berliner, LLP and spent time with Polygram Music Publishing as a financial analyst.

Acclaimed breakthrough act, Cigarettes After Sex, have just signed a unique global publishing deal seeing their entire catalog represented by two independent publishers, peermusic and Big Deal Music Group, under a creative JV between the two companies. With the band’s recent international traction, peermusic and Big Deal Music joined forces to offer Cigarettes After Sex, and its founder and sole songwriter Greg Gonzalez, the tailor-made JV arrangement. Cigarettes After Sex have garnered attention from Music Week, Rolling Stone and Pitchfork, and were named to “Best of 2017” lists for outlets including Rough Trade, The Guardian, Q Magazine and The Independent. They were also recognized by Pandora as an artist to watch in 2018. Their track “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby” was featured in the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama The Handmaid’s Tale and their music has made multiple appearances in Netflix’s The Sinner. Cigarettes After Sex have over 120 million streams on Spotify and 210 million views on YouTube and have recently played sold out shows in clubs and theaters around the world. Following a completely sold out North American run this past fall, Cigarettes After Sex recently announced a new 2018 tour across North America, Europe and Australia.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Lettice Summerscale to VP, Marketing, Digital and Catalogue Promotion, U.K. Summerscale will be based in the company’s London office while reporting to U.K. Managing Director and President, Worldwide Creative, Guy Moot. Summerscale joined Sony/ATV in 2011 and rose through the ranks from Marketing Coordinator to Marketing PR and Communications Manager and eventually Head of Marketing, PR and Communications.

Free sing-along app, Spotlite, continues to grow with their direct-to-fan model rolling out an A&R Ambassador Program, targeting college students. The unique nationwide program offers music-loving students an internship, allowing them to earn college credits while developing their A&R skills in hopes of finding new musical talent. The ambassadors will work remotely and report to Spotlite Head of Artist Development, Melanie Stevenson. The Ambassador Program seeks to identify new artists through a variety of means including live shows, blogs, digital distribution services, demos and word-of-mouth, with ambassadors monitoring their artist roster and assisting artists with verifying their account, uploading content and general use of the platform; highlighting top artists to be considered for Spotlite's artist incubator program; and assisting in the coordination of Spotlite events on campus. The Spotlite app has generated over 700,000 downloads in just four months with users having access to various contests within the app and winnings paid out reaching more than $35,000. For more information, click HERE.

ICM Partners has announced today the promotions of six agents to partners including five LA-based agents and one New York-based agent, bringing the agency’s total partner count to 53. Among the three women and three men elevated are included Ayala Cohen (Comedy), Hrishi Desai (Literature), Adam Ginivisian (Comedy/Concerts), Scott Mantell (Concerts/International), Kathleen Remington(Literature) and Lara Sackett (Physical Production).

A&R Worldwide has learned that U.K.-based manager Cathy Mathalone has launched her own management firm under the banner Conchord Management. Mathalone had most recently been with ROAR Global as a Sr. Music Manager and her background includes additional artist management and live event experience with SEG International, Rocket and Sound Advice as well as with artist Imelda May. Mathalone will be heading to LA in the coming weeks with one of Conchord’s artists, Misunderstood, who have recently started to generate buzz with their unique form of soulful pop/R&B, to meet with a number of interested record labels and publishers.

Downtown Music Publishing’s Nashville office has extended deals with songwriters Andy Albert, Kelly Archer, Marc Beeson and Tony Esterly, who were among the first songwriters to sign to Downtown Music Publishing’s Nashville operations upon its launch in 2014. Since that time, they have garnered some of the biggest successes of their careers, including a collective three No.1 hits, five Top 10 singles, and dozens of major syncs. In the past year and a half, veteran writer Kelly Archer has had the first two No.1 hits of her career with "Sleep Without You" (Brett Young) and "Somebody Else Will" (Justin Moore). Beeson has co-written multiple recent Top 10s, including Josh Turner's 2017 No.1 "Hometown Girl" and Blake Shelton's 2016 hit "She's Got A Way With Words" (co-written with Andy Albert). Albert himself has credits on "If the Boot Fits" (Granger Smith) and Smith's current single "Happens Like That," which is rising on the country charts. Writer/producer Tony Esterly has impressively landed over twenty major sync placements in the last year including those for the Assassin's Creed movie trailer and the Lego Ninjago movie. He is also actively writing and producing several pop/rock development artists for 2018.

MTV U.K. has revealed the March 1st roll-out of a brand new music channel offering targeting the 16-34-year old demographic. Available as a PAY TV channel on Sky and Virgin, MTV OMG (obsessed with music & gossip) will highlight the most popular current artists and hits as well as the latest gossip including content such as The Official Charts: Weekly Top 40, Artist Hosted Playlists, Voiceover Playlists, Themed Countdowns and Quizzes. MTV OMG joins MTV’s Music Pack which already includes MTV Music, MTV Base, MTV Hits, MTV Dance, MTV Rocks, MTV Classic, VH1 UK, MTV Music +1, and takes the place of FTA channel VIVA. MTV has maintained its status as the top music television destination in the U.K. for 16-34-year olds for 10 years running with its Music Pack holding a 37% share of the Music TV market and reaching 19% of 16-34-year olds monthly in 2017.

Primary Wave Music has promoted Seth Faber to Sr. VP of Marketing. A nine-year veteran and Partner of Primary Wave, Faber will be tasked with generating creative and remunerative opportunities for the company's growing song catalogues while focusing on brand licensing, A&R exploitation and original content creation. At Primary, Faber has held a variety of roles including VP of Artist Development and Sr. Artist Manager, during which time he co-managed the career of Grammy nominated DJ/Producer Audien, and signed singer/songwriter Foy Vance to a co-publishing agreement. Previously, as Sr. Director of Marketing, Faber worked with the GTECH Corporation to create the first ever artist-branded scratch-off lottery ticket for the legendary rock band Aerosmith. Faber was also the executive producer of the live concert films Chicago in Chicago, and Graham Parker & The Figgs - Live at FTC. Additionally, Faber worked with Parker on the album Three Chords Good, which reunited Graham Parker & the Rumor and saw Parker & the Rumor cast in the Judd Apatow film This Is 40.

Additionally, Primary Wave has promoted Donna Grecco to VP of Marketing. Grecco, who will work alongside Seth Faber (Sr. VP of Marketing), reports to Adam Lowenberg and Jeff Straughn, Primary Wave's Heads of Marketing and Branding, respectively. Grecco brings more than 20 years of marketing, branding and event production experience to her new role which sees her responsible for cultivating and growing Primary Wave's brand relationships. As VP of Brand Synergy Group (BSG), Primary Wave's branding division, Grecco managed partnerships with brands such as 808 Audio and Cult Denim. Prior to BSG, Grecco led the marketing and branding team for Vida Brands and, before joining Vida Brands, Grecco owned and operated Design Lab, LTD, her own event marketing and tradeshow management company, for over 10 years.

Concord Music continues its acquisitions with film score record label, Varés Sarabande, acquired from Film Score Records, an investor group overseen by the Cutting Edge Group. Concord Music had announced prior that it also acquired the Tams-Witmark catalog, home to a library of musical theater shows. Under the most recent deal, Concord retains Varés Sarabande's staff while merging it into its own Craft Recording catalog team. Additionally, the Varése Vintage imprint specializes in the release of new and re-issued albums by classic pop, jazz and country artists. Moving forward, Concord plans for Varés Sarabande to continue releasing music from film studios with Cutting Edge maintaining its focus on its core business of funding, creating and acquiring music for feature films and television. As part of the acquisition deal, Concord has also finalized a multi-year distribution and service agreement with Cutting Edge, covering its existing catalog of soundtracks as well as future releases. At the same time, Concord Music will incorporate the Tams-Witmark Music Library with its investments in the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, the Musical Company JV with the Really Useful Group, and the Marvin Hamlish theatrical legacy.

Digital audio streaming platform, Mixcloud, which now hosts over 12 million DJ sets, radio shows, and podcasts, has added digital media and music expert Joe Danvers-McCabe to its team as Sr. Product Manager. The new role has Danvers-McCabe overseeing the quality of Mixcloud’s digital products, as the platform seeks to become the home for long-form audio, while focusing on communication with both the broader Mixcloud team and the creators who provide its content. Most recently, Danvers-McCabe served as Sr. Product Manager at London-based music publisher, Boiler Room. Prior to that, he co-founded and served as Creative Director at Synth Media, a media agency that worked with a wide variety of arts and tech brands which was eventually acquired by ad tech company Fresh8 Gaming, after which Danvers-McCabe worked as Product Manager.

Viacom has expanded the role of COO Sarah Levy to include oversight of operations and strategy for Nickelodeon and BET alongside her current responsibilities for MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, Spike, CMT, TV Land, Logo and Viacom International Media Networks. Nickelodeon’s President Cyma Zarghami, who has led the network since 2006, will maintain her post with the changes and continue to report directly to Robert Bakish, Viacom’s President and CEO. Despite approaching the end of her contract, sources state that Zarghami has no plans to part ways with the network.

The 2018 edition of Liverpool Sound City +, kicking off May 4th, will see the event’s conference taking place at the British Music Experience in Liverpool’s Cunard Building. Sound City + 2018 will feature a day of panels, workshops and InConversations from a number of esteemed panelists. The Sound City + conference set’s up the Sound City festival which will bring over 250 artists to intimate venues across Liverpool on May 5th and 6th. Among the first round of acts confirmed are included, DMA's, The Slow Readers Club, Picture This, Idles, Wye Oak, Black Honey, Peace, Sunset Sons, Yellow Days, Baxter Dury, Jaws and Dermot Kennedy.

Rhapsody International has announced the appointment of Bill Patrizio to President and CEO of global streaming platform Napster. Patrizio had been named interim CEO of the company in May of last year while it was repositioned and restructured. During that time, Patrizio continued to hold his role as President of Consumer Media at RealNetworks, leading strategy and management of the firm’s media services and IP licensing business, new product development, growth and profitability.

New Zealand’s “Te Reo Metal” outfit, Alien Weaponry, have finalized an international deal with Napalm Records in Europe. The new deal will see the Kiwi trio releasing their debut album worldwide with the label. The deal follows the band’s signing with Germany-based management agency, das Maschine, last September, and the announcement of a European Festival tour which includes slots at MetalDays in Slovenia and Wacken Open Air in Germany. The band’s debut full-length was recorded at Roundhead Studios in Auckland over the course of two years and will be released in the second quarter 2018.

Capitol Christian Music Group (CCMG) has promoted veteran executives Monica Coates and EJ Gaines to Co-Executive Directors for Motown Gospel. At the same time, Coates was promoted to VP of A&R/Creative of Motown Gospel and Gaines to VP of Marketing at CCMG. Coates reports to CCMG's Chief Creative Officer Brad O'Donnell and Gaines to CCMG's Chief Marketing Officer Hudson Plachy, with both executives based at the company's Nashville headquarters. Coates and Gaines will be tasked with tapping into the additional resources available through CCMG's newly-revamped organizational structure as part of the company's wider A&R and marketing teams. Prior to their new roles, Coates and Gaines were Motown Gospel's VP of A&R and VP of Marketing respectively. Both executives came to CCMG in 2016, with Coates directing A&R, Creative and Promotion functions, and Gaines leading Commercial Partnerships, Publicity and Events, Digital Marketing and Content Creation/Monetization, Sync and Business Affairs. Coates and Gaines also worked with the company's Capitol Christian Publishing division to discover, sign and develop songwriters and build upon the company's catalog of Gospel writers and producers.

Troy Blakely
APA Managing Partner, Troy Blakely, passed away Saturday at the age of 68. Blakely’s career in the music industry began in 1969 as the tour manager for Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, working alongside then manager, Barry Kramer. In 1972, he was offered an agent role at Diversified Management Agency where he represented the likes of Ted Nugent, Iggy and the Stooges, MC5, Nazareth, Scorpions and Sammy Hagar. He transitioned to ICM in 1981 and while there, signed the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Poison, Faith No More, Alice in Chains and the Black Crowes, and served as the agent for Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden and Robert Plant. In 1994, Blakely joined APA, rising through the company first to Head of Music, then to Partner in 2002, and eventually, Managing Partner in 2005. While at APA, he continued to bring in acts such as Robert Plant, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, The Go-Go's, Lenny Kravitz and Judas Priest. Having battled cancer for several years, Blakely had recently stated on the Promoter 101 podcast, "I am 100% cured from cancer for the second time."

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Jason Jordan, Delmar Powell, Björn Bauch, Bruno Le Bolloch, Quincy Kim, Elodie Bensoussan, Jean-Christophe Bourgeois, Simon Vuillard-Pernier, Thibaut Casanova and Minh-Loan Paturie.


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. The Winter Olympics are upon us and there are sure to be some slips, slides and fails. Click HERE to check out a collection of mishaps from winters sports around the world!


Phoenix O’Neill is a 23 year-old indie pop singer-songwriter based in London. In 2016, her amazing voice and her intricate and dark songs caught the interest of producer James Sanger, best known for his work with Dido, Keane and Brian Eno. James had just formed a production partnership with Paul Kilmister called SangMister and since then, James and Paul have been working with Phoenix, developing her unique, and vibey style for SangMister Music. Her spellbinding vocals have been compared to such talents as Amy Winehouse and Elle King, with haunting melodies similar to Massive Attack and Portishead. Her previous single “Cruel World” earned airplay on KROQ Los Angeles, KNDD Seattle, KNRK Portland, KCJK Kansas City, KBZT San Diego, WLKK Buffalo, KKDO Sacramento and more. Phoenix O’Neill returns with a new single titled “I Need You,” taken from her upcoming EP. Listen to the track HERE and contact info@anrworldwide.com as Phoenix O’Neill is available for signing, publishing, synch and brand opportunities.


Purveyors of stadium-sized hooks, '80s influences and a powerful political message, "Peace Will Come" is the new single from emerging Irish rock band State Lights. The new offering from singer Shobsy, guitarist Joe Regan, drummer Paul Ridgeway and bassist Noel Perry was mixed by Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons) and currently being supported on 2fm (Ireland's National Radio Station). State Lights have previously tallied substantial airplay and support from Radio X (UK), KROQ Los Angeles and a host of other International radio stations. Selling out venues in their native Ireland, State Lights were also one of the standout performers at MUSEXPO Europe at London's 100 Club in September 2016. "Peace Will Come" is an ode to hope in a current uncertain global landscape. The video features guest appearances from the likes of Game of Thrones actor Liam Cunningham, renowned actor Patrick Bergin, Gary Ringrose, an Irish International rugby player, Guggi (avant-garde Irish artist) and Irish celebrity chef, radio and television personality Kevin Thornton (Celebrity Chef). Watch the incredible and moving visual for “Peace Will Come” HERE directed by Peter Barnes with the video concept by State Lights. Contact David Reid at davereidmusic@gmail.com as State Lights are available for signing, publishing, licensing, synch and brand opportunities.


“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, February 11th, 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:

LONGFELLOW - “Plasticine” (Unsigned, UK)
IAMJJ - “You In My Arms” (Mermaid, Denmark)
PALE WAVES - “My Obsession” (Dirty Hit, UK)
LEONIDEN - “1990” (Euphorie, Germany)
THOMAS AZIER - “Berlin” (Universal, Holland)
EDITORS - “Magazine” (PIAS, UK)
THE RUBENS - “Million Man” (Ivy League Records, Australia)
INHEAVEN - “Sweet Dreams Baby” (PIAS, UK)
NONONO - “Lost Song” (Warner Music, Sweden)
DEMOB HAPPY - “Be Your Man” (SO Recordings, UK)
FLING - “That’s Nice” (Dance To The Radio, UK)
DANSU - “Run” (Thistime Records, Netherlands/Japan)
DANA REXX - “Last Man Standing” (Unsigned, Belgium)
LAKE JONS - “Colors” (AntiFragile Music, Finland)
ALEX LAHEY - “I Haven’t Been Taking Care Of Myself” (Dead Oceans, Australia)
SPEAKER FIRST - “Break My Soul” (Unsigned, Indonesia)
GREAT NEWS - “Never Get My Love” (Eget Selskap, Norway)
ZACH WOLF - “Dark” (Unsigned, N. America)
TOUTS - “Bomb Scare” (Hometown Records, Ireland)
GEOWULF - “Hideaway” (37 Adventures, Australia)
THE SHERLOCKS - “Will You Be There” (Infectious, UK)
HUMAN BUOY - “Roses” (Unsigned, Australia)
VILE ASSEMBLY - “Last Century Man” (Vial Records, UK)
MOTIONS - “Late Night Calls” (Unsigned, Ireland)
VITO - “Get it and Go” (End Of the Trail Records, UK)
WE INVENTED PARIS - “Spiderman” (Spectacular, Switzerland)
MADYX - “Bad Decisions” (Unsigned, N. America)
CATHOLIC ACTION - “Black & White” (Modern Sky, Scotland)
PHOENIX O’NEILL - “Cruel World” (Unsigned, UK)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Chris Leamy, The Rubens, Touts, Fling and High Tropics).