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MUSEXPO 2018 is set to return to the W Hotel Hollywood for its 20th global edition, April 29th - May 2nd. The event will once again offer its delegates an in-depth analysis of the global music landscape from leading executives and innovators across all facets of the industry.

As part of its 2018 agenda, MUSEXPO will again kick-off its Los Angeles event with a special focus on the most important aspect of our industry - the song, the artists that present them, and the executives who guide the entire creative and development process. MUSEXPO's programming, including Sunday's A&R Expo, will feature some of the most innovative and successful record label A&R's and music publishers from across the global landscape with a kick-off keynote featuring Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning songwriter Diane Warren, moderated by Tim Ingham (Founder & Publisher, Music Business Worldwide).

Aton Ben-Horin Craig Kallman Diane Warren Evan Lamberg Jake Wisely

Kathy Spanberger Laurent Hubert Mandar Thakur Pete Ganbarg Savan Kotecha

Spek Sanken Sandqvist Wendy Goldstein Zach Katz

Among the record label A&R executives and music publishers confirmed to participate are: Aton Ben-Horin - Global VP, A&R, Warner Music Group; Craig Kallman - Chairman & CEO, Atlantic Records Group; Dom Rodriguez - Managing Director, EKKO Music Rights, USA; Emi Horikawa - Director, Creative, BMG (US); Evan Lamberg - President, N. America, Universal Music Publishing Group; Jake Wisely - Chief Publishing Executive, Concord Music; Kathy Spanberger - President & COO, peermusic; Laurent Hubert - President & Chief Revenue Officer, Kobalt Music; Mandar Thakur - COO, Times Music Group India; Pete Ganbarg - President of A&R, Atlantic Records Group; Peter Cohen - Sr. Talent Producer, Fremantle Media North America (American Idol, America's Got Talent); Sanken Sandqvist - Managing Director, BMG Scandinavia; Savan Kotecha - Songwriter/Producer (Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber); Simon Katz - Sr. Director A&R/Staff Producer, Republic Records; Spek - Sr. VP Creative & A&R, Reservoir; Thaddeus Rudd - Co-President & Co-Owner, Mom+Pop Music; Vincent “Tuff” Morgan - Sr. Director, A&R, peermusic; Wendy Goldstein - EVP, Republic Records; Zach Katz - President, U.S. Repertoire & Marketing, BMG; and many more to be unveiled soon!

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


Pictured (L-R) are David Dollimore (President, RCA UK and Ministry of Sound Recordings), Zeon Richards (Head of A&R, Ministry of Sound Recordings), Dipesh Parmar (Managing Director, Ministry of Sound Recordings).
Sony Music UK announced last week that Zeon Richards has joined Ministry of Sound Recordings (MOSR) as Head of A&R. He was appointed with immediate effect and reports directly to MOSR Managing Director, Dipesh Parmar. The new role will see Richards leading the MOSR A&R team and adding to the label's already growing roster, which includes Sigala, DJ Fresh and London Grammar.

Richards comes to Ministry of Sound from Polydor, where he worked as an A&R consultant for three years. While at Polydor, he signed acts such as Stefflon Don, Wretch 32 and Steel Banglez, and played a key role in the signing of artist Ramz, whose hit “Barking” has been rising across the charts in recent months. Richards also heads up his own music management company, The Renowned Group (Wretch 32, Knox Brown, Hamzaa).

Zeon said of his new role, “I am really excited to be working with such a renowned and respected company in Ministry of Sound and I look forward to leading a forward-thinking A&R team.”

Dipesh Parmar, said, “I am delighted that Zeon has joined Ministry of Sound to head up the A&R team. He's completely immersed in modern culture and his taste, drive and ambition will be a huge asset to the label. I had the pleasure of working with Zeon and had a huge amount of success with Wretch 32. He is the perfect executive to help drive the label forward.”


Goetz Von Einem Tuff Morgan
peermusic, the world's largest independent global music publishing company with 32 offices in 29 countries, has tapped music publishing executive Goetz von Einem as Managing Director GSA and Sr. VP, Digital and European Legal Affairs. Based in Hamburg, the new role will see von Einem leading peermusic's operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, while reporting to Nigel Elderton, peermusic's European President.

In addition to von Einem's MD role, he also joins peermusic's international digital licensing team. Alongside Elderton, he will be working to help peermusic's composers and rights holders maximize the value of their copyrights across the complex digital licensing landscape. von Einem will also advise peermusic's European affiliates in business affairs matters including copyright, media policy and relationships with collecting societies.

von Einem had previously been with BMG, based out of the company's Berlin headquarters. Since 2009, he built and led the worldwide business and legal affairs department including, in particular, the German team. He also established and managed BMG's pan-European digital licensing activities and oversaw worldwide digital licensing of the company's publishing rights and BMG's trade association and collection society relations. Prior to BMG, von Einem worked as a lawyer for international law firm Noerr in its Berlin copyright and media law department. He started his career in the music business at the well-known music law firm, Kiso Siefert Dropmann, in Hamburg.

At the same time, peermusic's President Kathy Spanberger announced today the promotion of Tuff Morgan to Sr. Director of A&R. Morgan will continue to lead peermusic's A&R efforts in the Pop and Urban genres, based out of the company's Burbank offices, and reporting to Spanberger.

Morgan's 15 years of music industry experience include work as an artist, producer, songwriter, manager, publisher, and A&R rep. He came to peermusic in 2014 as Director of Pop & Urban Music, though he worked with the company in a consulting capacity prior. His roster at peermusic currently counts songwriters such as Salaam Remi (Nas, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, Jasmine Sullivan), James Poyser (Anthony Hamilton, Rhianna), Volume Venture's Larrance Dopson (Sam Smith, Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé), Sons of Sonix (Tre Songz, Ty$, Stormzy), The Audibles (Justin Bieber, Sam Smith), and indie bands Dead Sara, Black Violin, Family of the Year and Cigarettes After Sex, as well as others.

In college, Morgan landed a record deal with KRS-One and Capitol Records and, following a Gold album and multiple major label deals, he moved to the West Coast where he collaborated with producer Mike City on projects for artists such as Dr. Dre, Method Man, The Game, Busta Rhymes, Melanie Fiona and Rhianna. Morgan's creative work transitioned into various development, management and A&R roles with artists like Jheryl Busby (Umbrella Records) and Brian Turner (Melee/Priority Records). He subsequently secured an imprint deal via Def Jam and Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music as well as a JV with peermusic.


Albert Slendebroek
BMG has announced record-executive-turned-tech-entrepreneur Albert Slendebroek will run its Benelux repertoire operation, BMG Talpa Music, effective immediately. Following a successful career working at major record companies, Slendebroek was CEO of digital music distribution software company FUGA, before becoming General Manager of iconic Amsterdam dance indie, Armada Music.

At BMG Talpa Music, Slendebroek will work alongside non-executive chairman Tony Berk to expand its successful roster of writers and producers as well as develop its domestic recordings business and drive Benelux representation of BMG's international publishing and recording roster.

Slendebroek began his music career in the Netherlands at Ariola Music (part of the old BMG) before transitioning to Chrysalis Music and marketing roles at Phonogram (now part of Universal). In 1988, he took on the role of Managing Director at Chrysalis Records Germany, where he spent three years working with artists such as Billy Idol, Sinead O'Connor and The Waterboys. He went on to spend five years at PolyGram (now Universal) in Hamburg as Managing Director of the Metronome label, during which time, the company signed Ace of Base for the world outside the U.S. and also signed legendary German punk rock band, Die Ärzte.

He moved to Warner Music in 1996 and spent eight years as Managing Director of their Benelux operation before becoming CEO of tech start-up FUGA. In 2011, he headed to Armada where he restructured the company and developed a strong brand and lifestyle strategy. Since 2015 he has consulted for start-ups, lifestyle companies, music and tech companies in Europe and south-east Asia.

BMG EVP Continental Europe Repertoire Fred Casimir said, “Albert Slendebroek is one of the most talented music executives to emerge from the Netherlands, offering a very attractive combination of high-level international experience, a deep understanding of digital technologies and a unique network in the dance music genre in which BMG Talpa is already a significant player. There is a significant opportunity to further develop BMG's presence in Benelux and we are delighted Albert has responded to the challenge.”


Warner Music Group (WMG) and Facebook have announced a partnership including licensing agreements encompassing the music company's recorded music and publishing catalogs for use across social experiences such as videos and messages. The deal offers fans the option to create, upload and share videos with licensed music from their favorite artists and songwriters. Under the partnership, WMG and Facebook will continue to collaborate on developing new products for personalizing music experiences across Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and Oculus. The deal with WMG comes following similar arrangements for Facebook with fellow majors Universal Music and Sony Music, as well as the likes of Kobalt Music Publishing, Global Music Rights, HFA/Rumblefish and pan-European rights organization, ICE.

C3 Management is rolling out a global expansion initiative marked by the opening of new offices in London and Los Angeles. At the same time, C3 has also added several new acts to its roster, as well as a number of new managers under the growing global operation. Joining the C3 team are Simon White, Matt Sadie and Chris Gentry, who bring their artists that include Phoenix, Hudson Mohawke, The Lemon Twigs and Ivor Novello-winning writer/producer, Cass Lowe. The three had previously been with United Management which has been acquired by C3 Management. White and Sadie will be based in Los Angeles, with Gentry overseeing the new office in London. Additionally, Martin Anderson and his roster including Sylvan Esso, Wye Oak and Bowerbirds join C3, based in Durham, North Carolina. Leading the launch of the new Los Angeles C3 operations are John Scholz and Tyler Goldberg, who bring along with them their new signing, Justice. Having launched in 2007, C3 already maintains offices in New York, Nashville, Denver and Austin.

Kobalt announced last week a significant boost to AWAL's resources, building on its commitment to helping artists and independent labels, including the investment of $150 million into building artists' careers, adding another 100 employees to the AWAL team, and introducing a lineup of new technology products at this year's SXSW. Kobalt also revealed it is combining all of its recording business under the AWAL banner. The newly-combined AWAL will serve thousands of emerging and established artists with a range of product and service offerings including digital distribution, music-data insights, and funding, to global marketing, A&R and promotion.

Concord Music continues to expand its roster with the recent signing of songwriter/producer Blair Daly. Daly's credits include songs recorded by acts such as Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw and Lynyrd Skynyrd as well as hit singles “Smile” (Uncle Kracker), “People Like Us” (Kelly Clarkson) and “Stand” (Rascal Flatts). Additionally, the company finalized a global publishing deal with Christian Rich, the Berlin-based DJ/production team. The duo initially caught the attention of Pharrell Williams, and since that time have worked with acts such as Diddy, Lupe Fiasco, J.Cole, Drake, Earl Sweatshirt and Childish Gambino.

Leading technology and services company, FUGA, has announced new hires in New York, London and Milan, new offices and a round of new clients. The global digital distributor, operating out of Amsterdam and New York, has finalized multiple new clients, including ReverbNation and Mom + Pop Music. Additionally, the New York team has added former Beatport A&R Gavin Pomerantz, to manage promotions in the region, and Daniel Komanoff as technical account manager. In the U.K., FUGA has opened offices in London's Tileyard Studios to house its growing team and has appointed a UK promotions manager in Björn Sandberg. FUGA has also opened its first office in Italy in Milan adding a number of new Italian clients, including Undamento, Ala Bianca and Hukapan. The Milan office will be led by Italy MD Lorenzo Grignani, with Massimo Reali as digital label and promotions manager, who both come to FUGA from Sounday. This international expansion comes on the heels of a six million euros (five million pounds) pledge from the Dutch company's shareholders last October and a strong period of financial growth for the distributor.

Deezer has announced a partnership with Amazon to see the streaming platform now compatible with Alexa voice control in 66 countries. With Deezer's global presence, the move places the platform as one of the most widely available services on Alexa. Spotify has been available through Amazon's agnostic voice control, while Apple Music remains tied to its own Siri AI and HomePod. Deezer Premium+ customers can now use the Amazon Echo, as well as other devices supporting Alexa including the Sonos One, with subscribers able to use Alexa voice control via the Flow personal soundtrack feature.

Spotify has rolled out across South Africa, Israel and Vietnam, bringing the streaming service to 64 countries globally. The new markets encompass a combined population of 160 million, with Vietnam counting nearly 95 million on its own, and mark Spotify's largest international expansion since launching in Thailand last year. Spotify's recent F-1 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) showed the service's monthly active users reaching 159 million at the end of 2017, including more than 71 million Premium subscribers.

Time Inc. UK announced last week's NME as the final free issue of its print offering for the iconic U.K. music magazine. The news was revealed alongside a round of new initiatives with a focus on growing the publication's digital audience. Included as part of the digital expansion are two new music channels under NME Audio including NME 1 which will highlight new talent, and NME 2 focusing on a range of artists and NME classics. The brand will also roll-out a new weekly offering, The Big Read, via NME.COM, to take the place of the weekly cover star interview. NME is also moving forward on updates to its ticketing service and membership offering, as well as to its NME Emerging platform under a partnership with PledgeMusic. NME have noted they will continue to publish special print issues, including its new paid offering, NME Gold, in addition to sourcing other print opportunities.

Warner/Chappell Music has finalized a worldwide publishing agreement with Irv Gotti to see the publisher administer all of the legendary music executive/producer/songwriter's future material as well as the score music he has written for the BET drama series, Tales. Gotti is a widely recognized music executive, hip-hop and R&B producer, television producer, and the founder of Murder Inc. Records. Among his many production/writing credits are songs for artists including Jay-Z, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Foxy Brown, Eve and Vanessa Carlton. Gotti's resume also includes work on Jennifer Lopez's “I'm Real,” and “Ain't it Funny,” as well as Fat Joe's “What's Luv.” He is responsible for signing DMX to Def Jam and produced his first three albums. With Ashanti, Gotti's worked garnered a Grammy Award for her self-titled debut album as well as a nomination for “Rock Wit U (Awww Baby).”

John Oakes has been tapped as CEO for Dubai-based 117 Live, seeing the industry veteran working between Dubai and LA as he maintains oversight of his own Freeze Management firm. In addition to producing concerts and events throughout the Middle East and the Americas, the Al Ahi Holding Group-owned 117 Live, operates Dubai's open-air Autism Rocks Arena, a 35,000-capacity venue that's hosted acts such as Jennifer Lopez, Ed Sheeran and Elton John. Oakes brings a resume of producing events that includes Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, Lost Highway, MuscleKingz Music Festival and Car Show, and MOJO Craft Beer and Music Festival. In 2005, Oakes worked alongside Kevin Lyman (Founder, Vans Warped Tour), Darryl Eaton (CAA Agent) and music industry entrepreneur John Reese, to land Rockstar Energy Drink as the title sponsor for the Taste of Chaos Festival, which ran annually from 2005 through 2010 across the U.S. and in over 20 countries worldwide. In 2007, they also launched Mayhem Festival, which toured America through 2015.

British rock outfit Bush has joined the roster at UTA for representation across all areas. The multi-platinum band, led by frontman and rhythm guitarist Gavin Rossdale, has moved more than 10 million records in the U.S. with their latest full-length, Black and White Rainbows, released in 2017. Bush has been nominated for a Grammy Award, three MTV Video Music Awards, an MTV Movie Award, and two American Music Awards, with a win from the latter nominations for “Favorite Alternative Group.” Rossdale has also made his entry into the film arena with appearances in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring and The Game of Their Lives, directed by David Anspaugh. Additional appearances for Rossdale include those on Burn Notice, Hawaii 5-0 and Criminal Minds. Bush will maintain management representation from Deckstar's Peter Katsis.

A&R Worldwide has learned that music supervision and brand agency veteran, Georgette Bivins, has joined 411 Music Group as Director of Licensing and Brand Partnership, A&R. Bivins joins the 411 team which provides synchronization licensing, custom score, publishing, administration, artist development and digital distribution for music rights holders. 411's 130+ genre-specific composers write music for brands, TV shows, films, trailers, video games and interactive media. Bivins comes to 411 bringing a wealth of knowledge from the supervision and agency arena including roles with The Walt Disney Company, E! Entertainment, GreenLight, T3Media, Deutsch, Walton Isaacson and Saatchi & Saatchi.

Robert Smith
Meltdown Festival's 25th edition has unveiled a line-up that includes the likes of Nine Inch Nails, My Bloody Valentine, Deftones, Placebo, Manic Street Preachers, Kristin Hersh, 65daysofstatic, Alcest, The Anchoress, Kathryn Joseph, Mogwai, The Notwist, Mono and the Libertines. Curated by The Cure's Robert Smith, the event will take place June 15th-24th at London's Southbank Centre.

The Recording Academy has brought on Tina Tchen, who served as Chief of Staff to former First Lady Michelle Obama, to chair a task force focused on addressing female advancement in the music industry. The Academy told Billboard last week that the organization has secured about half of the 15 to 20 members for the team. According to the Academy, the organization will focus on female inclusion and diversity issues, seeking out "the various barriers and unconscious biases faced by underrepresented communities throughout the music industry and, specifically, across Recording Academy operations and policies,” across governance, hiring and promotion practices, membership, awards and the Grammys telecast. Among the group will be included executives and creators, as well as members of academia and experts in diversity in entertainment. Members of the task force will not be paid or receive financial incentives, with the Academy supporting only the group's operational costs and any additional approved expenses such as research, consultants and administration.

The U.K.'s independent record store community is teaming up with National Book Tokens to reboot the Record Token as they seek to tap into the growing vinyl resurgence. Tokens will be accepted throughout U.K. record shops starting in May via storefront or online purchase of vinyl, CDs and cassettes. According to the Official Charts Company, there were 4.32 million vinyl units sold last year in the U.K., an increase from 2016's 3.41 million units, which saw the market worth £87.7 million (GBP).

Australia's triple j radio network has revealed listener data from its recent Hottest 100 Weekend, conducted by ABC Audience Data. The study found, following a record-breaking 2.35+ million votes for the countdown, that 19% of Australians over the age of 16 listened to the Hottest 100 which totals 3.34 million people. Of that number, 30% of listeners were 18-34 years-old. The countdown also tallied up 2.8 million streams over the day, which is three times more than last year's number, and saw 254,000 simultaneous streams at its peak. triple j listeners also generated $250,000 for AIME during this year's Hottest 100 to help Indigenous kids get through high school and into university, training and employment.

A new JV publishing venture has been announced between Round Hill Music and Zync to support and expand Zync's leading rights representation business and provide investment for developing and signing new publishing deals with emerging talent. The latest signing under the JV is Madge, the one-woman occult-pop project from LA's Cat Leavy. Madge's debut single, “Fight Or Flight Club,” has garnered acclaim from the likes of Pigeons And Planes, London in Stereo, Hunger Magazine, Ladygunn Milk and The Guard as well as winning a spot on Spotify's influential Indie Pop playlist. Madge's follow-up single is scheduled for release soon and a full EP via 22TWENTY will follow.

Music talent development organization, incubator and educator, Urban Development, alongside dance development organization and creative producer, East London Dance, recently announced they have secured a joint funding bid from the Mayor of London's Greater London Authority (GLA) Good Growth Fund for £1 million. The GLA funding, which matches an additional £1million already secured from the Arts Council England Small Capital Grants program in 2017, will be used to launch the U.K.'s first National Talent House for urban culture in Stratford, east London. The initiative seeks to serve the diverse and disadvantaged young people from east London with a space to promote future musicians, singer/songwriters, composers, dancers, choreographers and producers and enable progression to further/higher education and employment as well as provide an incubation hub with strong industry links for innovation in the creative industries. The development of the space is expected to finish in spring 2019.

Fueled By Ramen (FBR) and Roadrunner Records have promoted three long-standing executives to top marketing roles. The promotions see Chris Brown upped to Sr. VP, Marketing, for Roadrunner and FBR; Suzi Akyuz to VP, Marketing, for Roadrunner and FBR; and Katie Baloian to VP, Marketing, for FBR. In addition to their Fueled by Ramen and Roadrunner responsibilities, Brown, Akyuz, and Baloian also handle marketing duties for selected artists on the Atlantic Records roster.

Weekly rock publication Kerrang! has revealed plans to grow its footprint domestically and in the U.S. as a result of investment from its independent owners, Wasted Talent Ltd. Having transitioned from Bauer Media last year, Kerrang! prepares to open a U.S. office for the first time with a new team on board to work across print and digital. The launch was marked with the release of an updated print product last week including increased pagination and a thicker, matt-varnished cover. Moving forward, all issues will come paired with an exclusive art-print and an eight-page cover story. The features section has also evolved to reflect the brand's standards in photography, access and journalism, with the reviews section seeking to offer greater context to the music embraced by the publication. Upcoming world exclusive covers for March kick-off with Bring Me The Horizon frontman, Oli Sykes. Additional Kerrang! updates include a recently revamped website as well as feature video programming and a Kerrang! app in the works.

As it continues to grow its footprint as a leading administrator and creative publisher in the Nordics, GL Music Entertainment has added additional catalogues to the growing list of independents they represent. GL has finalized sub-publishing agreements with N. American publishers Memory Lane Music Group (song credits include Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Kid Ink and more) and Modern Works Music Publishing (credits include John Legend, Bootsy Collins and Herbie Hancock). The deals will see GL representing the catalogues in the Nordic countries, focusing on administration, co-writing opportunities and sync.

The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) has announced a new initiative to add to the signatories of the 2014 Fair Digital Deals Declaration. As Spotify prepares it's IPO, a number of music companies, including those indie labels who negotiated equity stakes via Merlin, stand to benefit from the sale of shares. The major music rights owners have created new contractual relationships with DSPs, and in addition to equity, may also receive lump sum payments. In July 2014, WIN launched The Fair Digital Deals Declaration, a voluntary commitment made by independent record label signatories globally to treat their artists fairly in agreements relating to digital exploitation of artists' work in recorded music agreements with third parties. Over the next few weeks, the independent trade bodies will be encouraging new member label signatories and a re-commitment from current signatories to the Declaration. All three major labels have committed to sharing revenues from sales of Spotify shares with artists directly signed to their companies, but WIN is calling on Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music and Universal Music Group to give the independent labels distributed by them, and subsequently the artists they represent, their share of any payout received.

The Independent Music Publishers Forum (IMPF), a collective of 65 independent music publishers from around the world, held its annual General Assembly in London last week and saw a new Board of Directors elected for the term of 2018 - 2020. Among the newly-elected board are included: Annette Barrett - Reservoir/Reverb Music (UK); Simon Platz - Bucks Music Group Ltd. (UK); Julio Guiu Marquina - Ediciones Musicales Clipper's, SL (ES); Niclass Bjorlund - Edition Bjorlund AB (SE); Halit Uman - Halit Music (FR); Maria Romana Francesca Trainini - Oyez! SRL (IT); Rolf Budde - Budde Music Publishing (DE); Rob Guthrie - (US); Pierre Mossiat - Strictly Confidential Music Publishing (Benelux); Filippo Sugar - Sugarmusic (IT); Teresa Alfonso - Teddy Sound SL (ES); Jake Wisely - Concord Music (US); Ichi Asatsuma - FujiPacific (JP); Justin Kalifowitz - Downtown Music Publishing (US); Ian James - Mushroom Music Publishing (AU); Teri Nelson Carpenter - Reel Muzik Werks (US); Paulina Golba - Golba Music (PL); David Alexander - Sheer Publishing Africa (ZA); Thomas Jamois - Velvetica Music Publishing (FR); and Andrei Filip - K9 Music Publishing (ROU).

Russ Solomon
Russ Solomon, the iconic Founder of Tower Records, passed away last week at the age of 92 having suffered an apparent a heart attack. Tower Records stood as a revolutionary pillar of retail music prior to the digital era of the business. The company closed its doors in late 2006 after two bankruptcy filings. At only 16-years-old, Solomon started selling records in Sacramento out of his father's drug store, calling his business the Tower Record Mart. His first stand-alone operation opened its doors in 1960 and in 1965, the original shop moved to its own building. Over the years, the chain spawned locations across the U.S. and the world. At its peak, Tower Records commanded $1.1 billion in revenue from 173 stores; 106 U.S. stores and 67 international in seven countries, including the U.K., Singapore, Taiwan, Japan (which counted 49 stores) and Hong Kong, as well as franchise and joint venture operations in South America, Israel and the Philippines.

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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. Most people enjoy a great party, but not when its at someone's expense! Click HERE to watch some party favors, party slips, and party fails ultimately costing some individual third party an expensive ‘fix it' bill!


Houston, Texas may not be top of mind when it comes to musicians, but they have given the world some of the most successful names in the business with Beyoncé, Destiny's Child, Blue October, ZZ Top, Kenny Rogers and the list goes on. Two well-known Houston-based bands Lost Element and Veracity were brought together by their mutual management team, Snoring Gorilla Management, to combine their talents to form Polaroid Summer and look to add to their city's musical legacy. Lead by vocalist Micaiah Walker and drummer Brian Barrett along with guitarist Trace Sisson and bassist Kenneth Conlon, the members decided it was time for a fresh start after years of touring, writing and tirelessly supporting their previous projects. Polaroid Summer wasted no time at all jumping into the scene and making a name for themselves; performing more than 80 shows in 2017 alone, including festivals, college gigs, sold out headlining shows in their hometown and industry showcases. They made headway with their debut single “The Giant,” which was mixed by 8x Grammy Award-winner and 3x Latin Grammy Award-winner Serban Ghenea (Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Imagine Dragons). The band was named one of the “Hot 100 Acts of 2017” by Music Connection Magazine as they spent most of the year working on their debut EP. Their sound appeals to the fans of The 1975, Walk The Moon and X Ambassadors, which can be heard with “Tides,” the first taste of their forthcoming EP. Listen to the track HERE and contact Chris Hulse at chris@snoringgorilla.com as Polaroid Summer is available for label, publishing, booking, synch and brand opportunities.


Electrifying singer-songwriter, producer and general troublemaker Lydmor stirs up the minds and hearts of her audience with her energetic music and live show. The Copenhagen-based artist, born Jenny Rossander, has made her dream come true to tour most of the world with her music with lots of initiative; no matter if she plays an acclaimed festival, a famous club or the tiny living room of her greatest fans, every single one of Lydmor's shows means a highly intense experience. With her irresistible voice and unabashed honesty, Lydmore places the little hooks of her melodies and lyrics into the electronic soundscape and she will flirt, dance, scream and hug her way into your heart. After her first two albums that were published exclusively in Denmark, her new album will be released internationally via hfn music. Her brand new single “Money Towers” is just a taste of I Told You I'd Tell Them Our Story, the concept album due in September. The track stretches from club vibes to reflective introspection and is about being seduced by a world while knowing that it isn't necessarily good for you. Watch the vibrant video for “Money Towers” HERE and contact Thomas Bredahl at thomas@heartbeatmanagement.dk for current opportunities with Lydmor.


“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, March 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:

MARMOZETS - “Start Again” (Roadrunner Records, UK)
STATE LIGHTS - “Peace Will Come” (Unsigned, Ireland)
GEOWULF- “Hideaway” (37 Adventures, Australia)
THE BONGO CLUB - “Tell Your Friends” (Motor Music, GSA/The Bank Sweden, ROW)
FLING - “That's Nice” (Dance To The Radio, UK)
GIANT PARTY - “White Ink” (Label Fandango, UK)
ALFRED HALL - “Pearl Driver” (Waterfall, Norway)
DED RABBIT - “Moonlight Horror” (Unsigned, Scotland)
LONGFELLOW - “Plasticine” (Unsigned, UK)
ZACH WOLF - “Dark” (Unsigned, N. America)
VERTICOLI - “Free Will” (Firestarter, Australia)
THEODORE - “Towards? (For What Is To Come)” (Unsigned, Greece)
TOM GREGORY - “Losing Sleep” (Armada, Germany)
BLACK FOXXES - “Saela” (Search & Destroy/Spinefarm/UMG, UK)
STEREO HONEY - “The Bay” (P + C Beatnik Creative, UK)
NONONO - “Friends” (Warner Music, Sweden)
SPEAKER FIRST - “Break My Soul” (Unsigned, Indonesia)
PHOENIX O'NEILL - “I Need You” (Unsigned, UK)
LEONIDEN - “1990” (Euphorie, Germany)
HOCKEY DAD - “Homely Feeling” (Lab Records, Australia)
BARNS COURTNEY - “Champion” (Virgin, UK)
LIME CORDIALE - “Naturally” (Chugg Music, Australia)
EDITORS - “Magazine” (PIAS, UK)
MADYX - “I Melt With You” (Unsigned, N. America)
DEMOB HAPPY - “Be Your Man” (SO Recordings, UK)
ALEX LAHEY - “I Haven't Been Taking Care of Myself” (Dead Oceans, Australia)
NEW STATE MASSES - “Someday Somehow” (XS7, UK)
DANA REXX - “Last Man Standing” (Unsigned, Belgium)
HUMAN BUOY - “Roses” (Unsigned, Australia)
TOUTS - “Bomb Scare” (Hometown Records, Ireland)

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