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MUSEXPO 2018 CONFIRMS NEW WAVE OF INFLUENTIAL EXECUTIVES



As MUSEXPO prepares its 14th year in Los Angeles, the music event’s 20th edition globally, it continues to add some truly inspiring and talented executives to join its 2018 programming. MUSEXPO 2018 will take place April 29th - May 2nd at the W Hotel Hollywood and will once again feature some of the world’s most innovative and inspiring companies and independent entrepreneurs, as well as the crème de la crème of emerging global showcasing talent.

Over the past few months, MUSEXPO has confirmed many new speakers to its event line-up from the world of A&R, live, digital, streaming, publishing, brands, film/TV and videogaming music supervisors, managers, media and more!

Adina Friedman Benji Rogers Evan Lamberg Greg Thompson Kathy Spanberger Livia Tortella

Neil Warnock Peter Cohen Ralph Simon Scott Burnell Tom Windish Tuff Morgan

Also, MUSEXPO is pleased to announce more recent additions to its panelist lineup over the past few weeks, which include: Adina Friedman - Partner, Friends At Work (manager Lindsey Stirling & RuthAnne); Alex Luke - Global Head of Content & Programming, Amazon Music; Benji Rogers - Co-Founder & CEO, Dot Blockchain Media; Evan Lamberg - President, N America, Universal Music Publishing Group; Greg Thompson - President, Maverick; Kathy Spanberger - President & COO, peermusic Anglo American Region; Livia Tortella - Founder & CEO, Black Box; Neil Warnock - Head of Music Worldwide, United Talent Agency; Peter Cohen - Sr. Talent Producer, Fremantle Media N. America; Ralph Simon - CEO & Founder, Mobilium Global; Scott Burnell - Global Lead, Business Development & Partner Management, Ford Motor Company; Tom Windish - VP, Paradigm Talent Agency; Vincent “Tuff” Morgan - Director Pop/Urban, peermusic; and many more to be announced!

Registration to attend MUSEXPO is currently open for music industry executives, aspiring talent, and those connected to music professionally and as a passion. For a full speaker listing, the MUSEXPO 2018 agenda, and to register to attend this year’s conference, sign-up at www.musexpo.net.


BRIONY TURNER & ALEC BOATENG PROMOTED TO CO-HEADS OF A&R, ATLANTIC RECORDS UK



Ben Cook, Alec Boateng & Briony Turner
Atlantic Records UK has announced the promotions of award-winning duo Briony Turner and Alec Boateng to Co-Heads of A&R for the label. Reporting to Atlantic UK’s President, Ben Cook, Turner and Boateng will oversee the Atlantic A&R team and joint projects, as well as maintaining their own artist rosters.

To date, Briony and Alec together have played a key role in developing one of the U.K.’s biggest female solo artists, Jess Glynne. Glynne’s debut album, I Cry When I Laugh, has moved over one million copies in the U.K. alone, and Jess holds the joint record for the most No.1 singles by a British female solo artist.

Individually, Turner’s A&R expertise has helped shape the career of Grammy award-winning act Clean Bandit, and this year sees her continue to work with the likes of Plan B and Rae Morris, as well as developing artists such as Tayà and Dan Caplen, currently at No.2 on the U.K. chart with the new hit Rudimental single “These Days,” also featuring Macklemore and Jess Glynne. Boateng, an A&R executive and broadcaster, is widely influential and respected in music culture. He has been instrumental in recent Atlantic signing Stormzy and the #Merky label deal, and co-A&R’d Rita Ora’s new music, as well as developing newcomer Kojo Funds and cementing WSTRN as one of the most exciting British breakthrough acts.

Under the shift, Ed Howard maintains his A&R lead at Asylum Records, and Paul Samuels his VP of A&R role at Atlantic. Both continue to report to Cook, while the broader Atlantic A&R team now report to Turner and Boateng.

Ben Cook, President, Atlantic Records UK said, “Briony and Alec are two of the most exciting players in A&R, their dynamism as individuals and potency as a pair means they deliver with our brilliant artists time and again. This credibility makes Atlantic UK a landmark destination for the new generation of smart talent. We’re a tight-knit team who share total passion for artist development - something Alec and Briony inherently possess. They encourage the creativity of the broad range of artists who have put their trust in us and empower them to fully realize their ambitions. As our world-class roster continues to flourish both artistically, and on the global stage, it’s great to be able to nurture and develop the talent within our ranks too. With such taste and a commitment to the best, I’m always excited to hear the artists Briony and Alec introduce, and I’m delighted for them both on this well-deserved promotion.”


CONCORD MUSIC ANNOUNCES GLOBAL PUBLISHING A&R TEAM



Following up on last month’s consolidation of Concord Music’s publishing business, the executive team has appointed the company's global A&R leadership. Led by Kim Frankiewicz, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Creative, based in London, Concord Music's newly-integrated publishing creative team will have representatives globally.

"We pooled a wondrous amount of talent when Imagem Music Group, Bicycle Music Company, and Razor & Tie Publishing joined forces." says Frankiewicz, who had served as Managing Director of Imagem Music UK since 2012 until Concord’s recent acquisition of the publisher. "As a result, we've now merged the best in the industry and have a truly outstanding international A&R team."

Concord Music Chief Publishing Executive, Jake Wisely, comments on Frankiewicz's appointment, "I'm thrilled to be reunited with Kim in the merger of Bicycle, Imagem, and Razor & Tie's publishing businesses, finding a friend from my own time at UMPG. She is the obvious choice to lead an international team and to ensure Concord Music not only cares for great songs and songwriters of the past but is building a roster and catalog for the future."

Frankiewicz's U.K.-based staff includes Harri Davies and Ed Poston, Sr. Creative; Olly Manhi, Creative Manager; and in Berlin, Leo Chantzaras, Sr. International Creative.

Based in Concord Music’s New York offices, Jeremy Yohai will serve as Head of Creative (U.S.) while reporting to Frankiewicz. Reporting to Yohai are Michelle Fantus, Sr. Creative Director (NY), and Grace Adeyemo, Creative Manager (LA). Yohai and Frankiewicz will co-manage Creative Consultant, Anna Carpenter (NY).

Tom DeSavia joins the team as Sr. VP of Artist Relations and Creative, working out of Concord Music’s Beverly Hills offices and reporting to Frankiewicz. Also based in Beverly Hills, Michael Pizzuto assumes a hybrid role as Sr. VP of Creative and Synchronization, reporting to Frankiewicz in his A&R capacity.

In Concord’s Nashville offices, Brad Kennard assumes the role of VP of Creative and reports to Frankiewicz. Reporting to Kennard is Jen Duke, Creative Manager.


STEFFEN MÜLLER, MD WARNER MUSIC ENTERTAINTMENT, CENTRAL EUROPE TO DEPART HIS POST



Steffen Müller
Steffen Müller has announced his decision to step down from his position as Managing Director of Warner Music Entertainment, parting ways with the company at the end of February 2018 to focus on new tasks.

Müller joined Warner Music in 2009, and has been responsible for the unit’s mainstream repertoire, compilations, licensing, classical and jazz, merchandising, brand partnerships and media cooperation’s.

During his time with the major, he and his team have achieved numerous successes including six Echo awards for Udo Lindenberg, two Gold certifications for Roger Cicero and a Platinum award for Pink Floyd’s album, Endless River.

Bernd Dopp, Chairman & CEO Warner Music Central Europe stated, “I very much regret that Warner Music will lose Steffen Müller - a top executive and team player who has contributed to the success and enormous growth of our company for many years. As an honorary member and representative in the chart and marketing committee, Steffen has conducted himself with great success and acted for the interests of our industry and in particular for Warner Music. I speak for everyone at here when I thank him for his hard work and extraordinary service to our company. We wish him all the best, good luck and success for his further career and endeavors ahead.”

Müller will continue to represent Warner Music within the Echo board and the chart and marketing committee until the Echo Awards Ceremony on April 12th, 2018.


2018 BRIT AWARD RECAP



Last week the U.K. music industry came together to celebrate local and international talent at the 2018 BRIT Awards in London. Among the night’s big winners were Stormzy, who unexpectedly beat out Ed Sheeran for both the Mastercard British Album of the Year and for Best Male Solo Artist. Stormy’s debut full length, Gang Signs & Prayer, is nearing platinum status in the U.K. with 297,810 units moved to date.

Stormzy Ed Sheeran

Also garnering two wins was femme fatale Dua Lipa who picked up honors for both British Breakthrough and British Female Solo Artist. Dua Lipa’s performance of “New Rules,” as well as her acceptance speech for her first win on the night addressing gender representation, were among the evening’s highlights. The Times Up movement also received support as attendees wore white roses to stand in solidarity with campaigns against sexual harassment and assault. White rose pins were also handed out to the evening’s attendees.

Dua Lipa

Among the notable live performances were Liam Gallagher’s tribute to the Manchester Arena attack, which saw the native resident of the city performing Oasis’ “Love Forever,” as well as a high-energy rendition of “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” from the Foo Fighters.

Foo Fighters Gorillaz

Ed Sheeran did walk off with the BRITs’ Global Success Award, with other local winners for 2018 including: Harry Styles for British Artist Video with “Sign Of The Times;” Gorillaz with British Group; and Rag’N’Bone Man for British Single with “Human.”

Among the international talent recognized were acts Lorde with International Female Solo Artist; the Foo Fighters with International Group; and Kendrick Lamar with International Male Artist.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



According to Billboard, Doug Morris, Sony Music Entertainment's non-executive Chairman, has secured funding for a new record label launch. Morris parted ways from his role as Sony Music’s CEO last April with Rob Stringer assuming the leadership position and Morris set to relinquish his Chairman title at the end of March. Sources revealed that Morris has had discussions with Apple Music executives recently, though neither party has commented. Sources have also shared that recently replaced Def Jam head, Steve Bartels, has been involved in the new venture’s discussions.

Multi-platinum hit singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha has renewed her worldwide co-publishing deal with BMG. Since signing with BMG in 2013, Rexha has garnered over 11 million overall single sales, 3.35 billion total global streams and a radio audience of more than 10 billion. Her latest single, “Meant To Be” with Florida Georgia Line, is currently topping the Billboard Hot Country chart and has generated over 440 million streams globally to date. Rexha entered the music scene having written the single “Monster,” which became a global hit for Eminem and Rihanna, becoming RIAA quadruple-Platinum certified. Among her additional credits are included co-writing the hook for the double-Platinum “Hey Mama” (David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and Afrojack) as well as reaching No.1 on both the Billboard Pop and Rap charts with her own Platinum-selling single, “Me, Myself & I” with G-Eazy. Rexha released her second EP, All Your Fault: Part 1, and the follow-up, All Your Fault: Part 2, in 2017. She’s also featured on Louis Tomlinson’s track, “Back to You,” off of his upcoming solo album.

Additionally, BMG’s Australian office has finalized a global publishing deal with Sydney-based artist/producer/songwriter/vocalist/DJ/radio host KLP (Kristy Lee Peters). The host of triple j’s “House Party,” KLP also writes her own solo music and co-writes with numerous local and international artists, garnering 14 million plays for her work on SoundCloud alone. KLP has worked with the likes of Skrillex, What So Not, Slumberjack, Remi, Young Franco, SACHI, Terace, Goldfields, Zimmer, Crayon, Satin Jackets and others. In 2017, KLP released a string of well-received tracks including “Changes,” “Melt” and “Never Be The Same,” with “Changes” featured in DJ Mag USA, and her 2016 track “Ember” reaching over 1.5 million Spotify streams. KLP’s latest single, “Carried Away” featuring Milwaukee Banks, was released last week.

Iconic New York-based dance label, Astralwerks, is heading to Los Angeles. Known for being the label home to acts such as Air, The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and Kraftwerk over the last 25 years, the label will also see veteran executive Glenn Mendlinger parting ways with the company from his role as Sr. VP and General Manager, having been with the label for over two decades. By June 1st, the Capitol Music Group (CMG) subsidiary’s New York location will be shuttered and it hasn’t been confirmed if Astralwerks staffers will also transition to the West Coast. The move comes as part of a trend since CMG’s Chairman and CEO, Steve Barnett assumed leadership of the company in 2012, having already relocated independent services operation Caroline, as well as imprints such as Harvest to Los Angeles to date.

Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), the organization led by Alison Wenham that represents the interests of the global independent music community, has appointed Martin Mills, Beggars Group Founder and Chairman, as non-executive Chair. Mills recently stepped down from the Chair’s position at Merlin, where he remains a board member, and is also on the board of IMPALA, AIM and A2IM.

Grammy-nominated songwriter and Founder of the GIRLS I RATE (GIR) movement, Carla Marie Williams has announced the 3rd annual Gala Dinner fundraiser to be held on International Women’s Day, March 8th. Led by Williams, whose writing credits include those for Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Sean Paul, Craig David and Paloma Faith, the event will raise funds allowing the GIR movement to deliver more educational events and programs to girls and women from all over the U.K. The Gala dinner will be open to just 100 women, including GIR members, advocates, celebrities and creative industry insiders, and is sponsored by VEVO U.K. It will be hosted by BBC radio and TV presenter Sarah Jane Crawford with a confirmed list of attendees that already includes Alexandra Burke, Ray BLK, Liz McClarnon, Caprice, Charlene White, Kanya King MBE, Preeya Kalidas, Angie Greaves and others, as well as a performance from “grime violinist” Tanya Cracknell and DJ set by BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Melody Kane. GIRLS I RATE is a non-profit organization which has grown to 2,000 members, providing a platform for women and the next generation to encourage career development, collaboration, networking and support.

Vince Szydlowski has been appointed EVP of Commercial Sales for Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), as announced last week by UMe’s President and CEO, Bruce Resnikoff. The new role sees Szydlowski leading UMe’s commercial business, including the development and execution of UMe’s strategies across both digital and physical, while working closely with UMG’s labels and partners to maximize commercial opportunities for the catalog. Szydlowski comes to UMe from Capitol Music Group where he’d been serving as Sr. VP of Label Sales since mid-2014. He previously held the role of VP of National Sales for Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD). Prior to joining the UMG family, Szydlowski was the Sr. Director of Product for Virgin Entertainment Group for six years having begun his industry career at Virgin in 1992.

Facebook has reached a multi-territory licensing agreement with pan-European digital licensing body ICE, a JV between the U.K.’s PRS For Music, Germany’s GEMA and Sweden’s STIM. The deal encompasses Facebook, Instagram, Oculus and Messenger and includes online music licensing for more than 290,000 rights holders over 160 territories. The deal is Facebook’s latest move as it prepares to roll-out its music strategy, following agreements reached with Universal Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Kobalt and others. The arrangement provides Facebook’s 2.1 billion users the opportunity to add music from a catalog of millions of works to videos they’ve generated for sharing with their audiences.

Amazon Tickets’ U.K. division will shutter following a recent announcement from the company. Via an email to customers, Amazon stated, “Amazon Tickets will soon stop selling tickets. Some events will still be available for sale on the website for a short period of time. Tickets you have already purchased are not affected by this change.”

At the same time, Amazon Music has tapped Dan McCarroll, former President of Warner Bros. Records (WBR), as Global Head of Originals and Artist Relations. The new role will see McCarroll working closely with Amazon Music’s international executive team alongside artists, managers and labels, as well as leading Amazon Music's originals and artist relations team. Prior to parting ways with WBR last year, McCarroll worked with acts such as Dua Lipa, Linkin Park and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Other past roles for McCarroll include serving as President of Capitol Records and Virgin Records label group, and as EVP for EMI Music Publishing. McCarroll has recently been serving as an executive producer on Keith Urban’s upcoming full-length, Graffiti U, and, as a former session drummer has recorded/performed with the Aimee Mann, Bo Diddley and Sheryl Crow.

Soft Cell
Synth-pop pioneers Soft Cell will reunite for one last and final time at London’s The O2 on September 30th of this year, marking their first U.K. show in 15 years. The duo composed of Marc Almond and Dave Ball, will perform together for a one-off show, Say Hello, Wave Goodbye, as they celebrate their 40th anniversary. One of the most influential groups from the U.K.’s electronic music scene in the 80s, Soft Cell’s five albums of original material saw ten tracks reaching the U.K. Top 40 singles charts, and included works such as “Memorabilia,” “Torch,” their trademark “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” and No.1 hit, “Tainted Love,” a cover of Gloria Jones’ staple that kept the original’s yearning tone while adding an iconic synth riff, instantly recognizable to this day. The years have seen Almond and Ball pursuing successful solo careers, with Almond awarded an Ivor Novello Inspiration Award in 2013, as well as an OBE this year’s New Year’s Honours List. Ball formed The Grid, peaking with million-selling international hit “Swamp Thing,” as well as working as a producer/writer for acts such as Kylie Minogue and a remixer for David Bowie, Pet Shop Boys, Erasure, Yello and The B-52’s.

peermusic have signed a worldwide administrative agreement with iconic funk artist, George Clinton, the driving force behind Parliament/Funkadelic. The agreement sees peermusic representing and administering a diverse collection of Clinton's songs, including “Wesley’s Theory” from Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” and the Funkadelic full-length, First Ya Gotta Shake The Gate. Additionally, peermusic will administer the master recordings of cult classic albums including One Nation Under A Groove, Hardcore Jollies and Uncle Jam Wants You.

Joshua Mancuso
Additionally, peermusic has announced the promotion of Joshua Mancuso to VP, Global Royalties. In the new role, Mancuso will oversee the collection and processing of all of peermusic’s worldwide royalties. Mancuso has been with peermusic for over five years, starting as Director of Royalties for the U.S. Royalty Department. Prior to his promotion, he and his U.S.-based royalty staff oversaw and processed the royalties for 28 global territories including Canada, Australia, Brazil, Asia and Europe. At peermusic, Mancuso has made significant contributions to the publisher’s worldwide royalty operations, including enhancements to its reporting system IRIS.net, centralizing oversight of its global royalties, and implementing centralized inquires and financial royalty reporting for MDs and executive management. Mancuso career started at Famous Music before transitioning to Chrysalis Music and eventually joining BMG Rights under its acquisition of Chrysalis.

Closed Sessions (CS), the Chicago-based indie record label behind releases from the likes of underground Midwest MCs such as Kweku Collins and Jamila Woods, has finalized a partnership deal with House Arrest, the distribution division for Fat Possum. The deal marks the second similar arrangement for Fat Possum recently as it expands its House Arrest operations, having recently inked a distribution deal with music blog Gorilla vs. Bear for a new label, Luminelle. Closed Sessions’ start came as studio creating short-form documentaries of nationally recognized rappers making their way through Chicago, including artists like Raekwon, Wyclef, Bun B and Action Bronson. Led by Co-Directors Alex Fruchter and Mike Kolar, the company has transitioned and expanded in recent years to also include management, label services and distribution. Under the new agreement, Fat Possum will assume distribution responsibilities for CS’s roster of artists.

William Prince
Glassnote Entertainment Group has signed JUNO Award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter William Prince for the world to the Glassnote Records and Insieme Music Publishing rosters. William is currently featured in the new MasterCard “Start Something Priceless” campaign. William recorded his debut full-length, Earthly Days, in just ten days throughout 2015 alongside producer/collaborator Scott Nolan. He garnered honors including “Aboriginal Artist of the Year” at the 2016 Western Canadian Music Awards and “Contemporary Roots Album of the Year” at the 2017 JUNO Awards. Upon inducting Bruce Cockburn into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame he earned praise from not just Cockburn, but fellow inductee Neil Young. William’s debut single “Breathless” is produced by Grammy Award-winning Dave Cobb.

Universal Music Publishing Australia has announced the signing of singer/songwriter/producer and multi-instrumentalist Josh Hardy, who performs as Hopium, to a global publishing deal. The Australian-born musician, now based in London, first generated attention with the track “Dreamers,” which gained international traction and was later sampled by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth on the global hit, “See You Again.” The signing comes as Hopium releases his follow-up single “Leave,” co-written with Benji Miller and Klaxons member Jamie Reynolds. Having spent the past three years refining his songwriting in Berlin and London, Hopium recently signed to Warner Bros. Records UK and is at work on his debut EP. His next single, “Sunglasses,” is scheduled for release in April.

Spotify appears to be closing in on the release of its own streaming hardware if recent job postings are any indication. Music Ally pointed out last week new job listings from the streaming platform for an Operations Manager - Hardware Product as well as roles for Sr. Project Manager Hardware Production and Project Manager Hardware Production & Engineering, all of which are based in Stockholm.

Warner Bros. Pictures has tapped industry veteran Karen Elliot for the newly-created role of VP, Music Production. Elliot will be based at Warner Bros. U.K. studios at Leavesdon, while tasked with coordinating all music production and music licensing for theatrical releases filmed in the U.K., as well as helping guide the music department’s budgeting across its entire release slate. Elliot reports to Warner Bros. Pictures President, Paul Broucek. Before joining Warner Bros., Elliott served as Director at full service music agency, Hot House Music, which she co-founded in 2002, looking after film/TV composers, music supervisors and score coordinators. Elliot also has music supervision credits on a number of Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema releases such as Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Legend of Tarzan, The Hobbit trilogy and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Across the past two decades, Elliott has worked on the music for over 70 films across in a variety of roles.

Twickets, the face-value ticket resale platform, has rolled-out an official Facebook app. Embedded on the Facebook page of participating artist’s, and available via a new “Ticket Resale” option on the main toolbar, the app has already been used by artists such as Ed Sheeran, George Ezra, Noel Gallagher and The Streets.

A partnership has been finalized between The Magic Numbers and Riverman Management, and Absolute Label Services for the band’s upcoming new album, Outsiders. Under the deal, Absolute will provide services such as sales, marketing, distribution and sync and allow the band access to the Absolute Project data portal and the Absolute Insider AI assistant. Outsiders will be released via the band’s own Role Play Records on May 11th, with first single “Sweet Divide” having been released last week. The new LP sees the multi-platinum selling, Mercury Prize-nominated London quartet return after a three-year hiatus. The Magic Numbers released their self-titled debut album in 2005 which reached No.7 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart and since then have generated a number of Top 20 singles as well as over 25 million streams on Spotify.

Scott Borchetta’s new music talent search TV series has picked up a worldwide distribution deal via Sony Pictures Television (SPT). The Launch, a partnership between Canada’s Bell Media and Borchetta's Big Machine Label Group, sees each episode’s winning artist releasing a professionally-written single to Canadian radio. Having just aired its first season’s final weekly episode, Bell Media states that the original songs garnered "consecutive No. 1 hits" and generated over 4 million streams worldwide. The deal with SPT marks Bell Media’s first original TV format for CTV to be sold for distribution internationally. SPT’s Electric Ray production company will lead production for the format in the U.K. as well as distribute for sale ex-Canada. Among the mentors for the show’s first season were included Fergie, Shania Twain, Alessia Cara, Boy George, Nikki Sixx, Julia Michaels, Jennifer Nettles and Ryan Tedder with Borchetta participating across all shows alongside the guest judges.

Warner Music has announced Marcela Vaccari as VP, Business Development, Latin America and Spain. Based in Miami, Vaccari will report to Iñigo Zabala, President, Latin America and Iberia, Warner Music, while working to build upon Warner Music’s existing business partnerships and striking new deals to help grow revenue for the company and its roster. Vaccari first came to the Warner Music family in 2007 as a New Media and Business Assistant at Warner Music Argentina. In 2012, she transitioned to New Media and Business Manager for Southern Cone Latin America during which time she worked closely with Warner Music’s business partners across the region and reported to the company’s regional headquarters in Miami.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Dan Butler, Rochelle Holguin, Ron Broitman, Thomas Scherer, Sas Metcalfe, Chris Woltman, Bobby Gumm, David O'Connor, Evan Bogart, John Butler, Adrian Karvinen and Scott Cutler..


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. This week, we focus on work ethic - working hard, play hard. Click HERE to view some of the world’s most-fastest and efficient workers. Now get to work!


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



The Bongo Club is a Swedish indie rock band from the city of Borås, a rainy city outside of Gothenburg. Three years and nine songs into their career, they’ve played 18 countries including UK, Germany, USA and Sweden. During their energetic live shows, they’ve earned a hardcore following of fans and booking agents all across Europe. Their label debut album Anybody Have A Lighter? (Motor Music/The Bank Sweden) was released on Friday featuring the single “Tell Your Friends,” which has made both editorial playlists on Spotify and is currently at No.8 on the FM4 Chart in Austria. Listen to “Tell Your Friends” HERE and contact Mattias Tell at mattias@kulturungdom.se, as The Bongo Club is available for booking (ex-GSA), synch and brand opportunities.


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

Motions is an alternative rock band from Dublin formed by Tom Daly and Dave Nulty two years ago. Following a string of impressive singles from their debut “Back To Where I Begun” to “All I’ve Ever Known,” which earned global airplay in the U.S., Ireland, Germany, China, Australia, South Africa, Peru and more, comes the debut EP Late Night Calls. The EP was released last week and highlights their powerful vocals accompanied by minimalist textures and driving guitars. Their sound ranges from shimmering soundscapes to anthemic rock and has been recommended for fans of Foals, Royal Blood and London Grammar. “Late Night Calls” was produced and mixed by Philip Magee, best known for his work with Kodaline and The Script. Watch the moving video HERE and contact info@anrworldwide.com as the band is available for synch, publishing, booking, label and brand opportunities.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 2/25/2018



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, February 25th, 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:

FLING - “That’s Nice” (Dance To The Radio, UK)
ALEX LAHEY - “I Haven’t Been Taking Care of Myself” (Dead Oceans, Australia)
LEONIDEN - “1990” (Euphorie, Germany)
PALE WAVES - “My Obsession” (Dirty Hit, UK)
THE BONGO CLUB - “Tell Your Friends” (Motor Music, GSA/The Bank Sweden, ROW)
LIME CORDIALE - “Naturally” (Chugg Music, Australia)
GIANT PARTY - “White Ink” (Label Fandango, UK)
NONONO - “Friends” (Warner Music, Sweden)
LONGFELLOW - “Plasticine” (Unsigned, UK)
MADYX - “I Melt With You” (Unsigned, N. America)
HOCKEY DAD - “Homely Feeling” (Lab Records, Australia)
***GLOBAL DJ EXCHANGE W/ DJ DAN HEGARTY “RADIO RTE/2XM” DUBLIN, IRELAND - FONTAINES DC - “Chequeless Reckless” ***
PHOENIX O’NEILL - “I Need You” (Unsigned, UK)
VITO - “Get it and Go” (End Of the Trail Records, UK)
THEODORE - “Towards (For What Is To Come)” (Unsigned, Greece)
THE RUBENS - “Million Man” (Ivy League Records, Australia)
INHEAVEN - “Sweet Dreams Baby” (PIAS, UK)
JOIN THE RIOT - “Bonsoir” (Clint Eastmode AB, Sweden)
SPEAKER FIRST - “Break My Soul” (Unsigned, Indonesia)
DEMOB HAPPY - “Be Your Man” (SO Recordings, UK)
ZACH WOLF - “Dark” (Unsigned, N. America)
BARNS COURTNEY - “Champion” (Virgin, UK)
GEOWULF - “Hideaway” (37 Adventures, Australia)
TOUTS - “Bomb Scare” (Hometown Records, Ireland)
EDITORS - “Magazine” (PIAS, UK)
UNTIL THE RIBBON BREAKS - “One Match” (Unsigned, UK)
VILE ASSEMBLY - “Last Century Man” (Vial Records, UK)
FOREST BLAKK - “Love Me” Gamper & Dadoni Remix (DoOzy Records, Canada)
NOTHING BUT THIEVES - “Particles” (RCA, UK)
DANA REXX - “Last Man Standing” (Unsigned, Belgium)
HUMAN BUOY - “Roses” (Unsigned, Australia)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Phoenix O’Neill, Lime Cordiale, The Bongo Club, NONONO and Madyx).