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ALISTAIR NORBURY NAMED PRESIDENT, REPERTOIRE & MARKETING FOR BMG’S UK OPERATIONS



Alistair Norbury
BMG has announced Alistair Norbury as President, Repertoire & Marketing for their U.K. operations, overseeing both music publishing and frontline recordings at the company’s biggest repertoire source outside of the U.S. Norbury will be a key member of BMG’s U.K.-based management team which includes EVP Global Catalog Recordings Peter Stack, EVP Global Rights Administration Ben Katovsky, and EVP and CFO BMG UK Paul Wilson.

The U.K. repertoire team makes up about a quarter of BMG’s 193 U.K. staff in the company’s London office, which is also the international headquarters for BMG’s catalog, rights administration and client services.

The appointment comes just two years after Norbury joined BMG as EVP International Artists, tasked with developing their roster of new releases by successful established artists with global appeal. Since that time, BMG has garnered worldwide success with acts such as Rick Astley, blink-182, Nickelback and Blondie, as well as signing Avril Lavigne, Gary Numan, Marc Almond and Sparks.

Norbury said, “To be given the opportunity to run the fastest-growing music company in the UK is a real honor. BMG offers something genuinely new for artists and songwriters in terms of service and ethics, but it combines that with the artist-centric creativity and entrepreneurialism which made the original Island Records so legendary. I am lucky to have inherited an exceptional team and roster and I look forward to working with them to further build our success.”

BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said, “The growth of our UK operation is crucial to the success of BMG. UK repertoire helps drive the global music business. With his breadth of experience, unique insight into artists, and leadership skills, I am confident that Alistair will lead the UK repertoire teams to even greater heights.”


CELINE JOSHUA APPOINTED GM, COMMERCIAL, CONTENT & ARTIST STRATEGY FOR UNIVERSAL MUSIC



Celine Joshua
Universal Music Group (UMG) has appointed Celine Joshua to the newly-created role of General Manager, Commercial, Content and Artist Strategy, effective May 1st. Joshua will work across UMG’s labels, publishing company and global territories to maximize commercial opportunities, promote product innovation and implement new artist development strategies. Based out of UMG’s Santa Monica headquarters, Joshua will report to UMG Chairman and CEO Sir Lucian Grainge. At the same time, Joshua will form a new UMG label called 10:22 pm, overseeing a staff tasked with signing and developing recording artists, social media influencers and digital media creators.

In making the announcement, Grainge said, “Universal Music continues to lead the industry in developing new creative and commercial opportunities for our artists and labels around the world. Our success will only accelerate with the addition of Celine, who has built an exceptional track-record of identifying projects that drive tangible results. I’m looking forward to having her work with our label and territory leaders to find even more opportunities across digital services and platforms, while building 10:22 pm into a progressive home for new forms of digital content.”

“We have only begun to scratch the surface of what’s possible on digital platforms in terms of building the artist fanbase, delivering content for a digital-first audience and driving new sources of revenue,” Joshua said. “Universal Music has continued to be at the forefront of these efforts and I’m thrilled to take this next step in my career with an entrepreneurial-minded executive team. I would like to especially thank Lucian for this incredible opportunity.”

Joshua’s background includes increasingly senior roles at Warner Music, Disney Music and Sony Music. Starting out in the IT department of Warner Music Group, Joshua eventually transitioned to a global e-commerce role at the company’s Rhino Entertainment. She moved to Disney Music as Head of Digital, working across Hollywood Records and Walt Disney Records, as well as the company’s film studios and consumer products division and, in 2013, joined Sony Music Entertainment as Sr. VP. At Sony, she oversaw digital sales across the company’s labels, before heading to Epic Records, where she oversaw all aspects of commerce and strategy for artists, social influencers and digital stars such as 21 Savage, Future, DJ Khaled, Fifth Harmony, French Montana, Travis Scott and Camila Cabello. Joshua most recently started an influencer roster at Epic Records and was the first to sign digital stars to the company as content creators.


UMG ACQUIRES MAJORITY STAKE IN KENYA’S AI RECORDS



Universal Music Group (UMG) has made the acquisition of a 70% stake in AI Records, a leading Kenyan label, as UMG seeks to grow its footprint across Africa. According to local reports, the acquisition was finalized via Universal’s Dutch subsidiary (Universal International Music BV) for an undisclosed sum.

AI is based in Nairobi, Kenya and is home to one of the largest catalogues of East African music globally with a roster that includes recordings from iconic local acts such as Orchestra Super Mazembe and Afro 70. Founded in the 1950s by Michael Andrews, AI’s business continues to be led by his son John Andrews. The Andrews family will maintain a 30% ownership of the company and will move forward the process of digitizing its catalogue under the new Universal partnership.

UMG has already made moves to bolster their operations in the region having tapped Sipho Dlamini as Managing Director of Universal Music South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa (English-speaking) in 2016 and, in 2017, parent company Vivendi entered the African live arena with the launch of four music venues under the CanalOlympia brand, based in Cameroon, Guinea, Niger and Burkina Faso. UMG assists in the operation of the venues, using them as a vehicle for local talent discovery.

As interest in Africa grows, UMG is not alone in its investment in the territory with Kobalt having reportedly just finalized a worldwide admin deal with established Nigerian publisher, Replete. In recent years, Warner Music also entered the market having acquired South African label, Gallo Records, to streamline releases for its own recordings across the continent.

Last month, African telecom leader Safaricom rolled out its own music streaming service under the banner Songa, including over 400,000 artists at launch and a licensing deal inked with Sony Music. At the end of last year, Warner Music Group finalized an agreement with competitor streaming platform, Mdundo, to see the major’s music catalogue available to Mdundo’s 1.5 million monthly users.


A&R WORLDWIDE TIP SHEET: SXSW 2018



Industry executives and fans of live music from all over the world will make the yearly trek to Austin, TX March 9th-18th for the 2018 SXSW Conference & Festivals - now in its 32nd year. Last year, SXSW presented performances in over 100 downtown venues with a lineup featuring more than 2,000 acts from countries around the world (not to mention the ever growing number of ’non-sanctioned’ performances!). This year, they plan on continuing the tradition of bringing attendees a comprehensive mix of brand new, up-and-coming, international and legendary performers throughout Austin.

Navigating this year’s schedule will once again prove to be an exhausting task, so we’ve highlighted a few showcases and networking events we feel will be essential for you to make your trip less daunting and more effective if you’re on the hunt for great talent and fun experiences.

MONDAY, MARCH 12TH:

Boniface Catholic Action Francobollo

If you’re getting a head start on your Austin trip and arriving to the city a bit earlier, make sure you head over to the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30 who are kicking off a week of great talent with sets from Breakfast Muff, Boniface, Catholic Action, Francobollo, Our Girl and LIFE - music starts at 8PM.

TUESDAY, MARCH 13TH:

Lola Marsh Lawrence Jade Bird

If your first night got a bit later than you expected, make sure you swing by Café Blue between 8:00AM-10:00AM for a cup of freshly brewed Nordic coffee at the Scandinavian Breakfast (open for business from the 9th - 14th, if the slow mornings continue).

And to officially kick-off the music portion of SXSW 2018, the Opening Party presented by Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Underground, will take place at The Main with plenty of drinks and live music. Starting at 6:00PM, check out sets from Bad Gyal, Boy Harsher, Pussy Riot, Lali Puna, Superchunk, Starcrawler and The Heirs. If you’d prefer to wander the streets of Austin, catch 9:00PM sets from Lola Marsh at Blackheart and KOLARS at 720 Club. If you’ve chosen to stay at Blackheart, catch the 10:00PM set from Lawrence or make your way to Elysium for Jade Bird, presented by KCRW, also starting at 10:00PM. If you missed Francobollo the night before, you have a second chance set at 10:20PM at Seven Grand. 11:00PM sees Scottish singer/songwriter Colin Macleod taking the stage in the Victorian Room at The Driskill.

Dorothy Himalayas Pale Waves Touts

As we approach Midnight, if you need something high energy, make your way to The Townsend for rock’n’roll femme fatale Dorothy. And if you’d rather not roam around too much, you can always post up at Latitude 30 for another round of great UK talent at the British Music Embassy - be sure to catch Himalayas at 8:00PM, Pale Waves at 11:00PM and, if you’re still kicking, Touts at 1:00AM.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14TH:

To start off your musical excursion for Wednesday, KCRW has given you plenty of time to sleep in before bringing to the stage Wye Oak, Sudan Archives and Marlon Williams, kicking off at 3PM on the Radio Day Stage in the Convention Center.

To start your evening, grab a nice dinner at one of Austin’s many fine restaurants and make your way to an 8PM second chance set from KOLARS at The Belmont before heading to Central Presbyterian Church to catch Findlay at 8:30PM. Also at 8:30PM is Aussie songwriter/producer Trove on the stage at Maggie Mae’s (Gibson Room).

Head over to the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30 for another opportunity to catch Jade Bird and then make your way to Hotel Vegas Patio at 9:30PM for IDLES.

Lime Cordiale G Flip Sam Fender morgxn Slum Sociable

Back to the British Music Embassy for a set from the UK’s Frank Turner at 10PM. Also on at 10:00PM, Aussie’s Lime Cordiale at Lucille and G Flip at Empire Control Room. At 10:25PM, make your way back to Hotel Vegas (Annex) for a second chance set from Scottish rockers Catholic Action as well as a 10:30PM set from buzzing act Wallows at Empire Garage. 11:00PM turns up another opportunity to see Himalayas at The Townsend and emerging singer/songwriter Sam Fender back at the British Music Embassy (Latitude 30). Make your way to Maggie Mae’s (Gibson Room) at 11:30PM for morgxn and if you missed them, Pale Waves are back on stage at Midnight at Empire Control Room. For one last dose of Aussie talent before you turn in, catch the 1:00AM set at Blackheart from Slum Sociable.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH:

If you missed breakfast, you’re in luck because your friends from the Netherlands have you taken care of at Waller Ballroom with free food, drinks and great Dutch talent. Kicking off at 12:30PM, the event will feature sets from Yori Swart, Rosemary & Garlic, Max Meser, Mozes and the Firstborn, The Homesick and Canshaker Pi.

Gordi Talisco Sunflower Bean IDLES

The Radio Day Stage will also feature some great global talent with another set from Frank Turner (3:00PM) and Gordi (5:00PM).

To start off your Thursday evening adventure around Austin, catch second chance sets from Touts at The Velveeta Room and G Flip at Lucille at 8:00PM. Hitting the stage at Swan Dive at 9:00PM are Canadian outfit Scenic Route To Alaska. Also at 9:00PM, another chance to see Slum Sociable at Malverde and a 9:05PM start for fellow Aussie Gordi at Barracuda. At 9:30PM, another opportunity to see Sam Fender (Palm Door on Sixth Patio) and Pandora presents Australian chanteuse Amy Shark at The Gatsby.

Head to Maggie Mae’s Rooftop at 10:00PM for a set from French artist Talisco and also be sure to take in IDER at The Sidewinder (Outside), hitting the stage at 10:10PM. 10:30PM brings second chance sets from Wallows (The Gatsby) and morgxn (Palm Door on Sixth Patio) with another round from Lola Marsh kicking off at 11:00PM (Maggie Mae’s Rooftop). Also at 11:00PM, a set from San Diego, CA outfit WAVVES at Banger’s and an 11:05PM start for Irish singer/songwriter Dermot Kennedy at Palm Door on Sixth. Make your way to Hotel Vegas Patio at 11:35PM to catch the set from NYC trio Sunflower Bean.

Close out your night with a Midnight set from Gang Of Youths (Empire Control Room) and a 1:00AM set from IDLES (Latitude 30).

Also on Thursday night, if you’d prefer to stay put and have the great music come to you, Budweiser and Sony Music Nashville are teaming up for a night of country, folk and Americana greatness from acts such as Old Crow Medicine Show, Kane Brown, Elle King, The Sisterhood, Levon, Tenille Townes, Colin Elmore & the Danville Train and more. Doors are at 6PM at Austin’s Fair Market.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH:

Last night got late - fuel up with some good food and networking by purchasing your ticket for the SXSW Taco Meetup (Presented by BMGPM) or by heading over to the ever-popular Full Irish Breakfast at BD Riley’s from some great food and exceptional Irish talent!

Amy Shark Theodore Juiceboxxx

Showcases are starting to wind down but if you missed her, make your way to St. David’s Historic Sanctuary for a 7PM second chance set from Amy Shark. Also be sure to grab the 10PM set from Leon of Athens and the 11:00PM set from buzzing Radiohead-inspired Greek artist Theodore, both at Central Presbyterian Church, as well as the Beastie Boys-inspired sounds of Juiceboxxx at 12:45AM (The Sidewinder Inside).

OTHER NOTEWORTHY TIPS:

Be sure to visit your international friends at the German Haus (open 10:00AM -2:00PM March 10th - 15th), headquartered at Barracuda which will feature daily exhibitions, panels, showcases, parties and networking events with plenty of schnitzel and hefeweizen to go around! Pandora’s lounge returns to The Gatsby from the 13th - 15th bringing you some great musical gems. And PledgeMusic, along with NoiseTrade, are back at The Blackheart from the 13th - 16th featuring live performances, free Torchy’s Breakfast Tacos and coffee as well as live-streaming of the venue’s performances from Minneapolis, MN’s The Current. And this is only the beginning of the sponsored opportunities featuring drinks, food and great music!


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Universal Music Group (UMG) has announced the promotion of Todd Goodwin to Sr. VP of College, Lifestyle and Experiential Marketing, adding responsibilities including leading an international expansion of UMG’s industry-leading college program with operations in 50 markets across the U.S. Goodwin remains based out of UMG’s Santa Monica headquarters while reporting to Michele Anthony, EVP of UMG. UMUSIC Experience is expanding into territories worldwide, currently launching U.K. operations in London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Bristol and Manchester. The U.K. operation, overseen from UMG’s London office, will encourage international collaboration and become a content development resource for UMG’s British labels. Since joining UMG in 2015, Goodwin has quadrupled the size of the college team to over 100 reps in the U.S. covering content creation media, influencer and student organization outreach, research and ideation, A&R scouting, on-campus speaking engagements with UMG artists and executives including a Masterclass series with Ebony Media, social media strategy and live events.

Sony Music Entertainment Australia and Lemon Tree Music have revealed the launch of a brand new label, Lemon Tree Records. The partnership sees Lemon Tree Records building and developing a diverse roster of talented local artists, with more announcements to come in the following weeks. Founded in 2013 by Regan Lethbridge and David Morgan, Lemon Tree Music specializes in artist management with a focus on breaking acts globally and is behind the successful careers of artists such as Tash Sultana and Pierce Brothers. The first artist to be signed to Lemon Tree Records is 22-year-old Maddy Jane from Tasmania, who released her debut EP NOT HUMAN AT ALL on Friday via Lemon Tree Records/Sony Music Entertainment Australia.

Concord Music has finalized a global publishing deal with songwriter/producer Justin Parker. Parker, an Ivor Novello winner, counts 12 co-write credits for Lana Del Rey including the global hit, “Video Games.” Additional work includes co-writing singles such as Rihanna’s “Stay,” Bat for Lashes’ “Laura,” and “Invisible” by Linkin Park. Current collaborations for Parker include those with Birdy, Years & Years, Mikky Ekko, Bebe Rexha and Sigrid.

Universal Music UK has promoted Rob Fleming and Nickie Owen to Co-Presidents of International Marketing for the label. Both will report to David Joseph, Universal Music UK’s CEO while working to create and execute strategic campaigns to grow Universal Music UK’s footprint across more than 60 countries worldwide. Fleming has been on the Universal international team for more than 12 years, having worked on global campaigns for acts such as U2, Elton John, Amy Winehouse, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ellie Goulding and others. Owen previously served as Director of International Marketing where she worked across campaigns for artists including Florence + The Machine, Mumford & Sons, Take That and Liam Payne.

twenty one pilots
The duo of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, better known as twenty one pilots, have reached an RIAA milestone with their album Blurryface becoming the first-ever full-length to have all of its tracks certified (at least) Gold. “Hometown” was the last track to cross the 500,000 unit threshold recently. The achievement is a significant nod to the commercial success achieved by twenty one pilots but also reaffirms the growing strength of streaming platforms as 2013’s decision by the RIAA to count on-demand streams towards its digital single awards has played a part in the group’s milestone; every track on Blurryface counts at least 60 million plays on Spotify. Of the albums tracks, six have also surpassed the Gold rating with “Stressed Out” (7x Platinum), “Ride” (4x Platinum), “Tear In My Heart” (2x Platinum), and Platinum certified singles “Heavydirtysoul,” “Fairly Local,” and “Lane Boy.”

Downtown Music Publishing has finalized a worldwide publishing agreement with Grammy-winning songwriter/ producer/multi-instrumentalist Bill Bottrell. The deal covers Bottrell’s interests in past and future works, including songs co-written with Michael Jackson, Sheryl Crow, Shelby Lynne and Five for Fighting. Bottrell worked with Michael Jackson between 1984 and 1986, recording tracks for Bad which led to Jackson asking him to co-produce, engineer, and write songs for his album Dangerous, including the album’s biggest hit, "Black or White.” In 1990, Bottrell built his own recording studio and founded a musical "think tank." One of the resulting acts was Sheryl Crow whose 1993 debut album (produced and co-written by Bottrell) featured the single "All I Wanna Do," garnering the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1995, with the album grabbing three additional Grammys and moving 10 million copies worldwide. Bottrell was also nominated for another Grammy for his work on Shelby Lynne's 1999 breakout album. Since 2013, Bottrell has spent time doing education and seminar work at recording schools in Europe and the U.S. and, most recently, worked on a documentary film score with Nahara and has been involved with instrumentation and mixing for the last two Leonard Cohen albums.

Spotify has officially proceeded on its long-expected direct listing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, having filed last week for up to $1 billion. The direct listing would allow the company to move forward an IPO, while bypassing the need to raise additional capital or have a bank to underwrite the offer, resulting in no initial set share price. The shares would be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Spotify remains the biggest streaming platform globally, operating in over 60 countries, and averaging 159 million monthly users with 71 million premium subscribers. According to Spotify’s filing, 2017 saw the company’s revenue reaching €4.09 billion ($4.99 billion), an increase from €2.95 billion ($3.6 billion) in 2016. At the same time, its operating loss grew from €349 million ($426 million) to €378 million ($461 million) year-upon-year.

Epic Records has finalized an exclusive recording deal with acclaimed Peruvian-born singer/songwriter/producer A.CHAL. Alongside the signing, the artist’s new single “Love N Hennessy” (Remix), featuring 2 Chainz and Nicky Jam, is generating support from rhythm and urban radio, having officially impacting both formats just two weeks ago. A.CHAL has also garnered attention from Complex, Remezcla, Pigeons & Planes, Hypebeast, Vibe, Billboard, Noisey, SSENSE and others. To date, “Love N Hennessy” has accumulated more than 15.4 million combined streams with a total of 67 million cumulative streams and an average of 1.4 million monthly listeners on Spotify. A.CHAL is currently in the studio working on his Epic debut.

A new full-service music and entertainment law firm has been launched as a partnership between Paul Rothenberg, Jeremy Mohr and Joshua P. Binder under the banner Rothenberg, Mohr & Binder LLP. With offices in Beverly Hills, New York and Miami, the collective combines 50-plus years of music and entertainment industry experience between its partners. Among Rothenberg's roster are included acts such as A$AP Ferg, Charlie Puth, D'Angelo, Logic, Tory Lanez and Trey Songz. Mohr’s clients count Solange, Calvin Harris, Kehlani and Julianne Hough. Binder’s clients include Top Dawg Entertainment (home to Kendrick Lamar) SZA and ScHoolboy Q, as well as Marshmello, Jauz and Daddy Yankee. Alongside artists, Binder also represents production company Kids at Play, and other leading digital and social media companies. Also joining the new firm’s team are attorneys Tiffany Almy, Matt Cuttler, Kevin Eskowitz and Kwame Kandekore.

German DJ/producer Felix Jaehn has signed a global deal with Warner/Chappell Music which will see Jaehn working closely with Warner/Chappell’s teams in Germany, Sweden and worldwide. Jaehn first entered the spotlight in 2015 with his remix of OMI’s song “Cheerleader.” The remix pushed the song to No.1 in 68 countries and was followed up by his rework of “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better),” the classic Rufus and Chaka Khan song, which featured vocals by British artist Jasmine Thompson. Alongside his popular remixes and covers, Jaehn also writes and releases his own songs, including “Feel Good,” his collaboration with Mike Williams; the BVMI Platinum-certified “Hot2Touch” and “Like a Riddle;” and his latest single “Cool” featuring Marc E Bassy and Gucci Mane. His debut album I, released in February, went straight to No.5 on the official German albums chart. Jaehn is also behind the Eff project, a partnership with singer Mark Forster, which produced the 2016 hit single “Stimme.” Jaehn’s work has seen songs he’s been involved with garnering over 1.5 billion streams on Spotify.

In other Warner/Chappell signing news, the publisher has finalized a global deal with classically trained pianist/songwriter/producer George Moore. Best known for his writing on the debut full-length from Kwabs, Moore also co-wrote the debut single from U.S. artist YEBBA and counts releases with Clean Bandit to his list of credits. Recently, he’s been working on new music with All Saints and Rationale, as well as collaborating with Kwabs for his new record.

For the seventh consecutive year, Live Nation has reported a record year of results, experiencing growth across all divisions including increases across concerts, sponsorship and ticketing for 2017. With 30,000 shows staged across 40 countries, revenue increased 24% to $10.3 billion, concert attendance 21% to 86 million and sponsorship/ad revenue by 18%. Live Nation has also confirmed veteran promoter Rob Hallett and his Robomagic Live firm have joined with the live music company. Hallett originally founded the U.K. office of competitor AEG in 2005, parting ways in 2014 to eventually set-up Robomagic the following year. Live Nation saw an increase in average ticket prices of 5% in 2017, generating over $250 million in additional revenue. Ticketmaster, Live Nation's ticketing division, remained on top of the ticketing market with gross transaction value (GTV) rising 15%, bringing 500 million tickets to fans across 29 countries for a ticketing revenue increase of 17%. Secondary ticketing platforms also saw an increase in GTV of 16%.

Having parted ways with his role as the Global Head of Hip-Hop programming for Spotify, including the curation of its highly popular RapCaviar playlist, Tuma Basa is heading to YouTube, as reported by Billboard. RapCaviar has become one of Spotify’s most influential playlists with nearly 9 million followers.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed songwriter/rapper/singer/producer Russ to a worldwide deal. The Atlanta-based talent has been a breakout success over the past year, having entered the U.S. Top 10 with his entirely self-penned debut full-length and generating 1.3 billion audio streams. Russ’s debut album, There’s Really A Wolf, was released by Columbia Records in May of last year and included 20 songs, all of which were written, produced, mixed, mastered and engineered by Russ himself. The album entered the Billboard 200 chart at No.7, reached the top five of Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart and has gone on to be certified Gold by the RIAA in the U.S. It features Russ’s first two Hot 100 hits, the platinum-certified “What They Want” and double-platinum success “Losin Control,” both which received their RIAA accreditations entirely as a result of streaming activity. The popularity of the album and its individual tracks saw Russ surpassing 1.1 billion audio streams in the U.S. in 2017, making him one of Nielsen Music’s 30 most streamed artists of the year. He has since reached 1.3 billion audio streams as well as accumulating 500 million video streams in the U.S.

Tencent is leading a $115-million round of funding into music streaming service Gaana. Tencent also operates JOOX, a leading music streaming platform in Southeast Asia, and holds a stake in Spotify. Gaana, which counts over 60 million active users monthly as it goes up against competitors such as Saavn, Apple Music and Amazon Prime Music, will use the funding to drive further tech initiatives, especially artificial intelligence (AI) as it seeks to personalize the consumer’s music experience. Gaana looks to surpass 200 million active users in three years and has invested in product offerings such as Gaana Social and Gaana Originals. According to current Google Play Store rankings, Gaana is ranked No.51 among free apps while competitor Saavn, backed by Tiger Global and Bertelsmann, is ranked No.318. Gaana was launched seven years ago by Times Internet, a division of the media group behind publications such as ET, and joins over 30 properties within the Indiatimes ecosystem across the media and transactions arena, that bring in over 250 million consumers spending a cumulative 80 billion minutes per month on the network.

Hannah V. Signing
Budde Music has finalized a deal with London-based songwriter/producer, Hannah V. Previously, Hannah was a session keyboard player for a number of major pop acts such as Rihanna, Jessie J, Jason Derulo, Taio Cruz, Jay Sean, Sugababes and Anastacia. Among her recording, production and writing credits are included work with artists such as Mousse T, Andreya Triana, JP Cooper, Alani Gibbons, Alex “Cores” Hayes, Leo the Lion and Cherri V.

Atlantic Records has launched its own in-house podcast initiative, including a dedicated podcast production team. At the same time, the company is building a podcast-specific studio at its New York City headquarters, expected for completion this spring. The initiative is spearheaded by Atlantic VP Tom Mullen, who hosts his own podcast music series, “Washed Up Emo,” counting seven years running and having just aired its 124th episode. Atlantic Records Podcasts premiered last week with its first weekly series, entitled “What’d I Say,” featuring intimate interviews with current Atlantic recording artists. The first season includes artists Jason Mraz, Whethan, MILCK, Lil Skies, Chappell Roan, Trivium, Sweater Beats, Josie Dunne and Molly Kate Kestner. Additional series’ planned for release include “Inside the Album,” “Respect: Women of Atlantic,” and a series devoted to Atlantic’s iconic archives. You can check out the podcasts by clicking HERE.

Jenna Andrews
Barry WeissRecords label has added vocal producer/songwriter/arranger Jenna Andrews to the team as exclusive A&R Consultant. Andrews’ credits include working with the likes of Drake, Dua Lipa, Tori Kelly, Jessie J and Jennifer Lopez, as well as producers Doc McKinney, Noah 40 Shebib, Diplo, DJ Mustard, Max Martin, Stargate and others. Her career started in Vancouver, Canada, after being discovered by manager Chris Smith who helped her sign as a recording artist to Island Def Jam. Following an EP release, she transitioned away from the artist role and signed with Songs Music Publishing and eventually Sony/ATV. More recently she’s been working with Noah Cyrus and Lennon Stella (formerly of Lennon & Maisy), who also marks Andrews' first signing to Records. Records was launched initially by Weiss as a partnership with Songs Music Publishing. Following Songs’ acquisition by Kobalt, Records now operates as a JV with Sony Music Entertainment.

BVMI, Germany’s Federal Music Industry Association recently revealed revenues for 2017 that saw sales of CDs, vinyl, DVDs and downloads, as well as revenue from streaming services, reaching €1.588 billion ($1.94 billion), down only 0.3% from 2016. The territory saw 22.7% growth in the digital sector, led by a continued strong adoption of audio streaming which grew 42.8%. Despite a decrease of 14.3% of sales for physical products, they still represent 53.4% of the market for 2017, with digital holding a 46.6% share. Overall, CD sales hold a 45.4% market share, audio streaming 34.6% and downloads 9.9%, the latter of which saw a 19.3% decrease in revenue. Vinyl saw a slight increase of 5.1%, accounting for 4.6% share of sales across the year.

Video streaming platform Hulu has finalized a deal with The Madison Square Garden Co. for the naming rights to the theater located in the iconic New York arena. Moving forward, the venue will be known as The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. As part of a multi-faceted marketing agreement, Hulu’s branding will be integrated throughout the venue including signage on Eighth Avenue, Hulu content displayed in the Theater's lobby, and via targeted activations. Additionally, the deal adds sweepstakes, promotional rights and ticket pre-sales to select events. The 5,600 capacity venue has hosted a diverse range of events including concerts from the likes of John Legend and Elton John, boxing matches, and the NBA draft. The last two years has seen Hulu hosting its upfront event at the venue which will continue under the new deal and also incorporate show premieres and other events.

A&R Worldwide’s Sr. VP Monte Malone was recently interviewed by podcast “Hey, How’d You Get That Music Job???” hosted by L.Ariel. Malone shared his history, passion and insight on a career in the music industry which has seen him as a touring musician, a roadie, a studio engineer/producer, Art Director of a music magazine, VP/New Media at record label SMC, and now, an integral member of the A&R Worldwide team. To check out the full interview, click HERE.

Having rolled out in the U.S. in 2017, Shazam’s Next To Know offering is now available to users in the U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Next To Know showcases a select group of trending artists monthly, chosen based on Shazam’s proprietary data and curated by its editorial team. Artist ratings will be dictated on whether they appear on the Watch list, Trending list or Hot list and will see the Next To Know artists featured via the Shazam app and across the platform’s social channels. Additionally, Shazam is offering sponsorship opportunities for the Next To Know feature to brands seeking to connect to emerging artists and Shazam’s users. March’s highlighted acts include LA-based songwriter Bazzi, Barns Courtney, Jorja Smith and U.S. rapper Lil Skies.

Chelsea Avery has been tapped by U.S. management firm Milk & Honey as Head of A&R/Manager. Avery will oversee the creative staff on the A&R front for the company to continue building on the success of a roster that counts more than 400 million records sold globally. Milk & Honey is currently home to producers and writers including David Hodges, Oak Felder, Sir Nolan, Jamie Hartman and Rich Costey. Previously, Avery served as Sr. VP of A&R for Scooter Braun Projects.

Scandinavian indie music company and publisher, GL Music Entertainment A/S, has been adding to its growing list of represented catalogues on the sync side, now representing U.K. publisher and trailer house Split Music (Blade Runner 2049, Mother, Nike etc.), as well as Dutch catalogues and sync agencies, The Missing Sync/Pennies From Heaven and Good Sounds. GL will serve as the sub-publisher for these companies for the Nordic territories with a focus on sync pitching and income collection. GL has also added a Junior Sync Manager, Cecilie Karpinski, to their team. Recent Nordic syncs for its clients include two songs on the Oscar-nominated motion picture The Square, a song in the upcoming Lars Von Trier movie, as well as film, TV and documentary placements in shows like The X-Factor, The Voice and Avicii True Stories.

The California Copyright Conference is preparing to convene on Tuesday, March 13th as it presents a panel titled “What’s In Your Wallet…Show Me The Money.” The panel will feature Richard Conlon - Chief External Affairs Officer, SoundExchange; Michael Crepezzi - Executive Director of Distribution & Administration Services, BMI; Bill Colitre - VP & General Counsel, Music Reports; and Maria Gonzales - Co-Partner, Yardnoise (formerly, A&R/BandMerch, A&R/Bravado, Merchandiser/Warner Brothers). The session will be moderated by Reggie Calloway - Director Music Royalty Funding, Sound Royalties, and Rene Merideth - COO/Co-Founder, Exploration Group LLC. For more information and to secure your spot now, click HERE.

Family-owned property company Bruntwood Group will sponsor this year’s Sound City+ music conference in Liverpool. Bruntwood Group specializes in creating environments for businesses, with a portfolio of over 100 properties in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham, employing more than 650 people. Bruntwood buildings in Liverpool include the Cotton Exchange, which has become home to a variety of creative and digital businesses in recent years, and Queen Insurance Buildings, which includes Queen Avenue, the city's only remaining Victorian arcade and home to several independent businesses. This year’s Sound City+ takes place on Friday May 4th at the British Music Experience in the Cunard Building, ahead of the festival at the Baltic Triangle and Cains Brewery on the weekend May 5th and 6th.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Keith Naftaly, Gary Chen, Phil Stevens, Mara Schwartz, Caroline Elleray, Riad Saha, Ron Fair, Ian Montone, Ben Mortimer, Alissa Pollack, Mio Vukovic, Steve Schnur and Alexandra Patsavas.


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. Kids are cute, funny and adorable. However, sometimes they say the most inappropriate things without realizing it. Click HERE to watch and hear some hilarious comments from kids from around the world.


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



With his debut single “Run To You,” Tom Gregory caught the attention of music fans all over the world, especially in Germany. The 22 year-old’s song climbed to No.26 on the official Germany airplay charts, a fantastic result for a complete newcomer. Tom has gained over 7.5 million online streams, earned massive support from Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and Deezer, and tour support for Max Giesinger and Astrid S. Tom just released a brand new single on Friday titled “Losing Sleep.” Lyrically, the song is about an unhealthy past relationship, where Tom describes how it controlled him and often prevented him from sleeping. Listen to “Losing Sleep” and contact Leo at management@tomgregorymusic.com or Jon O’Mahoney at jon.omahony@mac.comas Tom Gregory is available for booking (ex-GSA) and synch opportunities.


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

London-based newcomer ARLO wrapped up 2017 with the single “Safe,” which earned hundreds of thousands of online plays and grabbed the attention of such tastemakers as The Line of Best Fit, The Independent, Nylon, Hilly Dilly, BBC Music, Metro, Complex and Clash Magazine. The buzz that ARLO generated has been so great, even Sir Elton John praised the singer as a new British talent, playing his music on his Rocket Hour radio show on Beats 1. To raise the bar in 2018, ARLO released “Homecoming,” which was premiered by Phil Taggart on BBC Radio 1 and The Line of Best Fit. The massive alt-pop track displays ARLO’s brilliant vocals and expansive production as the track serves as another nod to ARLO’s potential. After signing with CAA heavyweights Jon Ollier and Emma Banks (for live worldwide ex-North America & Canada), ARLO’s first show at The Waiting Room in London next month quickly sold out, prompting a second show added at Camden Assembly in June. Experience the talents of ARLO in the “Homecoming” video HERE. ARLO is currently unsigned and managed by the same team behind (Naughty Boy, Krept & Konan, Tom Prior & Ms Banks) and can be contacted for additional information: Riki Bleu at riki@thisisavantgarde.com, Tobi Oyerinde at tobi@theteammusic.com and Tops Bademosi at tops@theteammusic.com. For synch opportunities, please contact Justin Bumper Reeve at jbr@hiddentrackmusic.com.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 3/4/2018



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, March 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:

MARMOZETS - “Start Again” (Roadrunner Records, UK)
LIME CORDIALE - “Naturally” (Chugg Music, Australia)
THE BONGO CLUB - “Tell Your Friends” (Motor Music, GSA/The Bank Sweden, ROW)
FLING - “That’s Nice” (Dance To The Radio, UK)
LEONIDEN - “1990” (Euphorie, Germany)
NONONO - “Friends” (Warner Music, Sweden)
GIANT PARTY - “White Ink” (Label Fandango, UK)
NEW STATE MASSES - “Someday Somehow” (XS7, UK)
LONGFELLOW - “Plasticine” (Unsigned, UK)
MADYX - “I Melt With You” (Unsigned, N. America)
HOCKEY DAD - “Homely Feeling” (Lab Records, Australia)
***GLOBAL DJ EXCHANGE W/ DJ ALEX BEHAN “RADIO NEW ZEALAND” - GRAYSON GILMOUR - “Hundred Waters” ***
DED RABBIT - “Moonlight Horror” (Unsigned, Scotland)
TARA LEE - “Paradise” (Unsigned, Ireland)
THE RUBENS - “Million Man” (Ivy League Records, Australia)
UNTIL THE RIBBON BREAKS - “One Match” (Unsigned, UK)
STEREO HONEY - “The Bay” (P + C Beatnik Creative, UK)
SPEAKER FIRST - “Break My Soul” (Unsigned, Indonesia)
PHOENIX O’NEILL - “I Need You” (Unsigned, UK)
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)
PALACE WINTER - “Take Shelter” (Tambourhinoceros, Denmark)
EDITORS - “Magazine” (PIAS, UK)
ALEX LAHEY - “I Haven’t Been Taking Care of Myself” (Dead Oceans, Australia)
NOTHING BUT THIEVES - “Particles” (RCA, UK)
LOST COLOURS - “One Space Left Feat. Rebekah Dobbins” (Sunday Best Recordings, UK)
DANA REXX - “Last Man Standing” (Unsigned, Belgium)
THEODORE - “Towards (For What Is To Come)” (Unsigned, Greece)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Black Foxxes, Hockey Dad, Join The Riot, Barns Courtney and Until The Ribbon Breaks).