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NEIL PORTNOW TO PART WAYS WITH ROLE AS PRESIDENT/CEO FOR THE RECORDING ACADEMY



Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy announced last week that Neil Portnow will be parting ways with the organization from his role as President and CEO after opting not to seek an extension on his current contract, expiring in July 2019. Across the next year, Portnow will work with the Board of Trustees to plan an organizational succession and transition plan, while maintaining his current work as active President and CEO of the Recording Academy and MusiCares, as well as Chair of the Board of the GRAMMY Museum.

“The evolution of industries, institutions, and organizations is ultimately the key to their relevance, longevity, and success,” said Portnow. “Having been a member of the Recording Academy for four decades, serving as an elected leader and our President/CEO, I have not only witnessed our evolution, but proudly contributed significantly to the Academy's growth and stature in the world. When I had the honor of being selected to lead this great organization in 2002, I vowed that on my watch, for the first time in our history, we would have a thoughtful, well-planned, and collegial transition. With a little more than a year remaining on my current contract, I've decided that this is an appropriate time to deliver on that promise. Accordingly, I'll be working with our Board to put the various elements in place that will ensure transparency, best practices, and the Academy's ability to find the very best, brightest, and qualified leadership to take us into our seventh decade of operation. I truly look forward to continuing my role leading the Academy in the year ahead, and to continuing the pursuit of excellence and the fine missions we embrace and deliver.”

Prior to serving as its President and CEO, Portnow was on the Recording Academy's Board of Trustees and is largely credited with strengthening the Recording Academy's financial health and brand. Portnow’s 16-year tenure with The Recording Academy came with a number of key milestones achieved and sees Portnow as the longest-serving President in the 60-year history of the organization.

“Since taking the helm in 2002, Neil has been instrumental in evolving the Recording Academy to address the needs of our creative community in a changing music landscape," said John Poppo, Chair of the Board. "From critically-important music advocacy initiatives and financial assistance for our music community, to the music education and preservation programs of the GRAMMY Museum and GRAMMY Music Education Coalition, Neil has not only advanced the Academy's mission, he's extended its reach and impact. The Board and I are indebted to Neil for his years of heartful stewardship and visionary leadership. And, as we thank him for all he's done, we also look forward to finding the right person to build on our solid foundation as the Recording Academy continues its work to ensure that music and the recording arts remain a thriving part of our cultural heritage.”


ISLAND UK ANNOUNCES LOUIS BLOOM AS PRESIDENT



Louis Bloom (pictured 3rd right) to spearhead the future of Island Records U.K. with his talented A&R Team
Island Records U.K. has revealed the appointment of Louis Bloom to President for the label. The promotion for Bloom, the longtime Head of A&R for Island U.K., sees him replacing Darcus Beese, who has headed across the Atlantic to oversee Island’s U.S. operations. A 16-year staffer at Island, Bloom assumes his new role immediately.

Bloom came to Island from RCA in 2002 as a junior A&R Manager before rising to lead the A&R team in 2008. Among his credits are included the signing of multi-platinum act Mumford & Sons as well as Hozier, Gotye, Ben Howard and John Newman among others.

“Louis grew up surrounded by music and his passion for everything Island stands for runs deep," commented David Joseph, Universal Music U.K.'s chairman and CEO. "He has already been a huge part of Island’s recent success and understands the legacy and responsibility of what he is taking on. He is an exceptional executive who I know has the team and determination to write an exciting new chapter for the label.”

In the wake of Beese’s departure and Bloom's promotion, Island has confirmed a number of additional elevations including Alex Boateng to President of Urban, Natasha Mann and Olivia Nunn to Co-Managing Directors, and Steve Pitron to Sr. VP, Island Records and Promotions.

Bloom added “To have contributed to the Island legacy over the past 16 years has been a genuine honour and to now be given the opportunity to lead this amazing label and help shape our future in what are hugely exciting times is an enormous privilege and a fantastic challenge that myself and the outstanding Island team are relishing. I want Island to be the number one label and home for culture and creativity.”


EMMY LOVELL NAMED EVP FOR WEA EUROPE



Emmy Lovell
WEA Europe has announced the promotion of Emmy Lovell to Executive Vice President. WEA is part of the global artist and label services division of Warner Music Group (WMG). Lovell most recently served as Sr. VP of Digital for Warner Music UK (WMUK) and in her new role will report to Tony Harlow, President, WEA while remaining based in London.

The move seeks to help move forward WEA’s digital transformation, with a focus on putting consumers at the center of its business and strengthening its ability to promote artists globally. Lovell will lead the company’s European marketing, artist services, and content creation initiatives and focus on building WEA’s marketing and social media reach, its direct-to-fan activities, and its data/analysis capabilities.

“Emmy has made a reputation for herself as a fearless, progressive executive who experiments with new technologies and challenges the status quo,” said Harlow. “That pioneering spirit will be crucial as we evolve WEA and position it as an agent for change. She’s a great example of the new generation of leadership at WMG.”

At WMUK, Lovell helped identify and develop technologies, platforms, and partners for the company’s artists, working with the WMG Business Development team to translate them into commercial opportunities. She also served on the team behind the launch of The Firepit. Previously, Lovell led digital functions across WMG’s Parlophone and Warner Bros. labels, working across campaigns including Coldplay’s livestream launch of A Head Full of Dreams and an interactive gaming app for Drones by Muse. Other campaigns and projects for Lovell include work with artists such as Kylie Minogue, The Chemical Brothers, Gorillaz, Deadmau5, Danger Mouse and Tinie Tempah. Prior to WMG, Lovell held roles with EMI, BBC, Capital Radio and Bauer Media.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Pete Ganbarg, President of A&R, Atlantic Records announced during his recent MUSEXPO Los Angeles keynote panel with moderator Ralph Simon that Big Yellow Dog Music, the Nashville-based indie publishing/artist development company whose work includes that with Maren Morris and Meghan Trainor, has finalized an exclusive partnership with Atlantic Records. As Big Yellow Dog’s first ever label venture, the partnership’s debut release was the single “Time Of Our Lives” from artist Brynn Elliott. Elliott’s upcoming EP, Time Of Our Lives, is scheduled for release later this year, and includes songs co-written with producer/writer Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift, Kylie Minogue). Founded by Co-Owner/CEO Carla Wallace and Co-Owner Kerry O’Neil, Big Yellow Dog Music’s roster has garnered a number of honors over the last two decades including four Grammy Awards; 34 No.1 songs; four Song of the Year awards from ACM, BMI and ASCAP; five ASCAP/BMI Pop awards; and others.

Republic Records has announced the promotion of Ben Adelson to EVP, A&R. Adelson had served as Sr. VP of A&R with a list of credits that include signing multi-platinum Grammy-nominated singer James Bay, Lord Huron and emerging buzz artist Noah Kahan. Adelson came to Republic in 2007 as an intern and was hired as an assistant to Avery Lipman (Co-Founder & President) in 2009. He transitioned to the A&R team at Epic Records from February 2010 to August 2011, before rejoining Republic as A&R Director. Adelson’s new role will see him maintaining his focus on discovering and developing talent to build on Republic’s roster.

A&R Worldwide will participate at this week’s annual Midem music conference in Cannes, France. Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide will moderate a number of Midem forums including those focused on streaming and radio and A&R, as well as the annual “Global Synch & Brands Summit,” which was launched at MUSEXPO Los Angeles 2010, and is hosted in partnership with Midem. Over the past eight years the MUSEXPO synch summit has been introduced and presented to various events around the world including in Canada, U.K., Australia and Germany.

Preston Rodie (pictured right) with A&R Worldwide's Tyler Polzin
A&R Worldwide congratulates talented young A&R executive Preston Rodie on his new role at Warner Music Group’s iconic label Sire Records Group as A&R Manager, which commences officially today. Rodie was most recently an A&R executive at RCA Records where he helped develop emerging global acts Nothing But Thieves from the U.K., as well as hotly-tipped Australian artist Amy Shark, who are managed by Vance Joy and Tash Sultana’s management team Unified. Rodie had previously worked as an A&R intern at Capitol Records Group and got his start in the business as an intern at Warner Bros. Records. Rodie will report to respected A&R executive Rani Hancock, President of Sire Records, and work out of the company’s New York City headquarters.

SiriusXM was on-site at this past weekend’s Governors Ball Music Festival in New York, broadcasting performances and backstage interviews via multiple music channels on the platform. Featuring continuous coverage of the event, the exclusive radio broadcast included interviews from Post Malone, CHVRCHES, Manchester Orchestra, Margo Price, Vic Mensa, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and others. Programming was hosted by SiriusXMU over the weekend, with select performances broadcasted on Alt Nation, The Spectrum and Hip-Hop Nation.

Lollapalooza continues to grow its global footprint having unveiled the newest edition to the brand with Lollapalooza Stockholm. Set to debut June 28th - 29th of 2019, the event will take place in Stockholm’s Gärdet park. In taking the festival to Sweden, Lollapalooza now counts six editions worldwide with additional events in Santiago, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Berlin and Paris.

Paradigm has added music agents Ali Hedrick and Trey Many to their team as the duo parts ways with David “Boche’ Viecelli’s Billions Corporation. Collectively, the veteran agents represent acts such as Sufjan Stevens, Death Cab for Cutie, Neko Case and Fleet Foxes. Hedrick, who had been with Billions for 22 years, will remain based out of Seattle, while Many, a ten-year agent for Billions, remains in Los Angeles. Alongside her agent duties, Hedrick also served as Festival Coordinator for Billions. Many’s background includes running his own Aero Booking firm which he launched in 1998 and was home to Death Cab for Cutie, Fleet Foxes, Beach House and Pedro the Lion, as well as others. Many brought Aero Booking to Billions in 2008 and added clients including Lord Huron, Perfume Genius and Spiritualized.

Brett Gurewitz
The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) will present Brett Gurewitz with their Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Libera Awards in New York City. A2IM’s Libera Awards, which honor independent music leaders, kick-off the organization’s annual Indie Week. Gurewitz is a founding member and guitarist of the iconic punk band Bad Religion and has played an integral role in the mainstream revitalization of punk rock. In 1980, at 18-years-old, Gurewitz took the name of a King Crimson song and opened the doors on Epitaph Records to facilitate the release of Bad Religion albums. Epitaph’s breakout success came in the ‘90s with acts such as Pennywise, Rancid and The Offspring. Gurewitz also owns Epitaph’s sister labels, Anti-, Burning Heart Records, Fat Possum Records and Hellcat Records.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has extended its worldwide deal with U.K. hit songwriter/artist/producer Ben Ash, who works under the alias Two Inch Punch. The new agreement covers Ash’s entire song catalogue, including the No.1 hit “Money On My Mind,” co-written with and recorded by Sam Smith, as well as songs recorded by artists such as Rag’n’Bone Man, Jake Bugg, Jessie Ware, Years & Years, and any future works. Ash’s credits as a songwriter and producer also include work with Damon Albarn, Anne-Marie, Mikky Ekko, Lianne La Havas, Tory Lanez, Lion Babe, James Vincent McMorrow, Tinashe and Ty Dolla $ign. After initially putting out a series of releases under the recording name Two Inch Punch, including acclaimed debut single “Love You Up,” Ash began writing and producing for other artists. His work with Jessie Ware led to co-writing and co-producing a number of songs on her Top 10 album Tough Love in collaboration with Benny Blanco as the production duo BenZel which led to a number of their own releases under the BenZel banner as well as work with other acts. More recently, Ash has been writing with and developing U.K. songwriter/recording artist Rex Orange County who in January was announced as the runner-up on the “BBC Sound of” 2018 poll.

A&R Worldwide in Nashville: Pictured (l-r) are Rakiyah Marshall, Creative Director, BMG; Trevor Wall (MINT Music), singer/songwriter Anita Spring; Rowand Brand (Founder, TRIBE); Michael Steele, Director/Playlist Programming & Development, Warner Music Group; Michael Chase, Head of A&R, MGM Distribution; Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide and Patrick Waters, A&R executive, Warner Bros. Records.
A&R Worldwide recently descended upon Nashville, TN, one of the fastest evolving and growing music markets in N. America. Executives from various sectors of the Nashville community attended one of A&R Worldwide's globally-recognized networking dinners, which included representation from the songwriting/creative, A&R, publishing, management, distribution, digital and streaming arenas. The recent get together was hosted at the popular Nashville-based restaurant, Adele’s.

Entertainment One (eOne) has tapped Sean Stevenson to join the the multinational record label and distribution firm as EVP and General Manager, Music. Stevenson's new role will see him leading marketing, sales, digital and general management while reporting to eOne’s Global President, Music, Chris Taylor. Stevenson’s resume includes past roles with FleishmanHillard as Sr. VP and Partner, High Road as Sr. VP and General Manager and with Island/Def Jam Music Group as Digital Marketing Manager. His background in the marketing and PR arena spans 18 years and includes work with brands such as EMI, Universal, MTV, Warner Bros., Coca Cola and Nike.

Oculus has rolled out Oculus Venues, the platform’s new virtual reality concert experience, which launched last Wednesday with a live broadcast of Vance Joy’s performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The new offering is available to Oculus Go and Gear VR allowing fans to experience concerts sports games, comedy shows, movies and more in real time. Users will also have the ability to toggle between a social sharing mode and a solo-viewing mode to share Venues events with friends and family and meet new people. The social component will maintain community moderators at all times during Venues events for users to block, mute or report others negatively impacting their experience or violating the Oculus Code of Conduct. The Venues event lineup will continue to build across the coming months with Oculus looking to source potential events from fans via Twitter.

Jessie J
Jessie J has revealed dates for her first ever N. American tour as she gets ready to support her fourth studio full-length, R.O.S.E. The British hit-making artist was among the break-out artists to perform at MUSEXPO 2009 in Los Angeles which generated her initial attention and pivotal support from various key global music executives and helped steer her respective international launch.

APA has added Tyrese Gibson to their roster for representation across all areas. As Roman Pearce in the successful Fast & Furious franchise, Gibson will return to the big screen for the ninth installment. Gibson's acting credits also include the first three films from the Transformers series with his acting debut coming in 2001 as the star in John Singleton’s drama, Baby Boy. Additional acting roles include Singleton’s Four Brothers, as well as Annapolis, Death Race, Black Nativity and a recurring role as Pastor Harris on the first season of Fox's Star. On the music front, Gibson independently released his most recent sixth studio full-length, Black Rose, via his own Voltron Recordz in 2015 which marked his first No.1 on the Billboard 200 and garnered Grammy nominations for both traditional R&B performance and R&B song with its single “Shame.” Additionally, Gibson has written two New York Times bestsellers, How to Get Out of Your Own Way (2012) and Manology: Secrets of Your Man's Mind Revealed (2014) as well as founding The Love Circle Foundation.

Pandora has unveiled a new family plan in the form of a premium offering at $14.99 per month allowing up to six users. The new tier will offer ad-free listening sessions, offline playback and playlist customization capability. Additionally, Pandora will seek to offer a more high-quality audio stream.

Live Nation’s acquisitions continue as the leading promoter has assumed a controlling interest in ScoreMore Shows, the Austin, Texas firm behind El Paso's Neon Desert Music Festival and J. Cole’s new Dreamville Music Festival. ScoreMore was founded in 2010 by Sascha Stone Guttfreund and Claire Bogle and started out booking club shows for acts such as J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper. Today, the firm promotes hundreds of concerts annually and oversees festivals such as JMBLYA and San Antonio's Mala Luna Music Festival.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason
Following his performance at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, 19-year-old British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason debuted in the top spot on the Billboard Emerging Artists chart, the first classical artist to top the chart. Kanneh-Mason’s album Inspiration also reached No.13 on the all-genre Top Album Sales chart and rose from No.14 to No.1 on Traditional Classical Albums, moving 9,000 units in the week ending May 24th, an increase of 21,436% according to Nielsen Music. Inspiration’s success marks the biggest sales week for a traditional classical album by an artist in more than nine years with the full-length re-entering the overall Classical Albums chart at No.1, beating out The Royal Wedding: The Official Album which debuted at No. 2 and features three tracks by Kanneh-Mason.

Mixcloud has announced the addition of Henrietta Hutchon as Account Director to the firm's Brand Partnerships team. Among the companies that Mixcloud's brand partnerships team works with are included Dr. Martens, W Hotels, adidas, Jägermeister and Shure with Mixcloud supporting brands on empathizing, engaging and activating within music and culture. Prior to Mixcloud, Hutchon served as Key Accounts Manager for Universal Music Group & Brands, focusing on music strategy and global partnerships with brands such as Coca-Cola, HP, Absolut and Asics. Her marketing career includes a stop at beauty giant Estee Lauder, before moving into music, managing marketing and press for a number of independent record labels and electronic artists.

A new joint venture has been finalized between Sony Music Entertainment and Jonathan Master, the former Empire A&R/marketing executive, for a partnership on SamePlate. Based in New York, Master will lead the imprint with a staff that also includes VP of Operations Alex Ciccimarro. The terms of the new partnership will see distribution handled worldwide by The Orchard, including the U.S., with RCA having the option to JV on select releases. The first release for SamePlate came on April 27th as Ro Ransom's Floetry, with the rapper's follow-up single, “Wraith,” scheduled for release this Friday. Additional acts on SamePlate’s hip-hop-centric roster include YGTUT, TOBi, Eza, Shari Marie, ROMderful and Ducko McFli. The last four years saw Master leading the New York A&R and marketing divisions for Empire and working across various signings and label distribution deals with artists such as D.R.A.M., Cam’Ron, PJ Morton and George Clinton. With his own SamePlate operations, Master has spent over a decade working across artist management, events and content creation, as well as partnering with a number of labels on digital, traditional and lifestyle marketing campaigns for artists such as Logic, G-Eazy, H.E.R. and Joey Badass. Master also looks after Grammy-nominated producer !llmind (Drake, J. Cole, Kanye West). Ciccimarro's roles before SamePlate include time in digital marketing roles at Republic and Atlantic working across releases from Cardi B and Gucci Mane as well as the soundtrack to Hamilton: The Broadway Musical.

TuneCore has tapped Nathan Barley Phillips as Entertainment Relations Manager to see him leading artist and brand relations in the U.K. An AIM (Association Of Independent Music) Board member, Phillips comes to TuneCore from Invictus Music & Media which counts indie U.K. music brands Basick Records, Hold Tight! PR and Magnetic North Publishing, which Phillips founded in 2008.

7digital has entered the live music arena via a new partnership with Powerchord Ltd to improve the live music experience for concert goers. The three-year agreement between the two companies sees 7digital working across the Peex brand, providing enhanced audio during concerts and downloads after the show. 7digital will bring its technology and reporting services to the platform under the agreement, with Peex scheduled to roll-out soon for the U.K., U.S. and Europe, and wearable technology set for pre-sale later this summer. Additionally, 7digital has been working with leading consumer electronics firm, MediaMarktSaturn Holdings, on the development of the Juke streaming music platform across Europe.

Native Tongue has signed electronic producer Curtis Kennedy aka Kuren. Kuren recently announced the release of his long-awaited debut, Melting Conceptually, for June 29th via ONETWO. Kuren is currently preparing to head out this July for a headline Australian tour.

Indie ticketing platform, Ticketfly, which was purchased by Eventbrite last year, experienced what it described as a "cyber incident" last week, temporarily shutting down its operations. Handling ticketing for events such as Celebrate Brooklyn and Riot Fest, Ticketfly and its related systems are temporarily offline with ticketing purchasing links on the websites for concerts or festivals directs to a "404 Not Found" error. The hacker, identifying themself as Ishakdz with a picture of fictional character Guy Fawkes, took over Ticketfly’s home page with the warning “Your Security Down im Not Sorry” and claimed to have tapped into Ticketfly’s "backstage" database. According to a Ticketfly insider who spoke to Billboard, the database houses client information for all venues, promoters and festivals that use the platform.

Jeff Goldblum
From running away from dinosaurs and aliens to a major label record deal, well-known actor Jeff Goldblum has signed a deal with Decca Records, the classical music subsidiary of Universal Music Group. A passionate jazz fan and musician, Goldblum is set to release his debut album later this year.

Following on the their successful run in the Las Vegas entertainment circuit, British executives Sir Harry Cowell and Peter Wagg are looking to share their expertise and advice with fellow producers and talent looking to break through the U.S. and Las Vegas market. Sir Harry’s Raiding the Rock Vault has garnered the Best of Las Vegas Award for an unprecedented four years running, and the successful Raiding the Country Vault in Branson, Missouri, sits as the No.1 show on TripAdvisor. While at Cirque du Soleil, Wagg collaborated in the launch of O at Bellagio in Las Vegas and La Nouba at Disney World Florida, combined with their worldwide touring shows. This was followed at DRAGONE and the record breaking Celine Dion show at Caesars Palace and Le Rêve at Wynn. Wagg also counts more than ten years as a producer in Los Angeles, working on the Doctor Who project at Amblin in association with the BBC and Universal.

Leading music and video distribution and rights management firm, ONErpm, has announced the launch of its new distribution platform ONErpm.com, a one-stop shop for managing digital content. Available to all creators, the newly-updated platform includes innovations such as the first of its kind automated video encoding and delivery to Apple Music; royalty sharing with collaborators by track, album, video, or entire accounts; Spotify playlist tracker updated every 24 hours; daily performance statistics from all the major DSPs (e.g., Apple, Spotify, YouTube); transparent historical monthly analytics; customized accounting solutions; and a digital marketing tool kit offering numerous direct-to-fan engagement opportunities. There are no upfront fees and users retain 100% ownership and creative control, with ONErpm keeping a percentage of sales. As one of the fastest growing music companies globally, ONErpm is also one of the world’s largest YouTube (MCN) Multi-Channel Networks. The ONErpm roster includes iconic acts such as Cafe Tacvba, Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man, Racionais MCs, and emerging acts like Rawayana (VZ), Cherub (U.S.,) Ghetto Kids (Mexico) and widely-successful YouTubers like Kondzilla.

Live entertainment trade firm Pollstar has revealed its headquarters will relocate from Fresno, CA to the Los Angeles offices of parent company, Oak View Group (OVG). Pollstar’s banner encompasses a weekly publication, website, directories and a box office stat database in addition to conference and awards. With the move, Pollstar’s sales, operations and editorial divisions will be led from the new LA headquarters with additional staff expected to join the London and NYC offices for OVG.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Mio Vukovic, Leslie Fram, Ian Holder, Paul Jones, Maximilian Paproth, Benjamin Vermeil, Nis Bøgvad, Chris Clark, Samantha Hilscher, James Matsuki, Goran Obad, Clément Souchier and Austin Rice.


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. Spring Break finished several weeks ago, but the images captured will live on forever. Click HERE to watch some ‘forgetful’ moments for these future college graduates!


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



The Rah’s are a talented Indie-Alt five-piece who draw their music inspirations from Jimi Hendrix to Arctic Monkeys, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, The Clash to Royal Blood, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The band was originally formed in 2011 by Jack McLeod, Jordan McIntyre, Neale Gray and Andrew McLeod, and in 2017, the Prestopans/Edinburgh, UK-based outfit added Lee Brown to the lineup. The Rah’s are known for their energetic rock style and incredible live show, having supported and/or sharing the stage with The Fratellis, The View, The Rifles, Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, The Hoosiers, Chris Helme, Steve Diggle (Buzzcocks), Callum Beattie and many more. They're also set to take the stage at this year's XpoNorth festival event taking place in Inverness, Scotland June 27th and 28th. After years of exploring new sounds and their very own song revolution, they have created an in your face, straight up Rock & Roll gem with “Survival.” Listen to “Survival” HERE and contact Adrian Thompson at aidythompson74@gmail.com as The Rah’s are available for worldwide signing, publishing, synch and brand opportunities.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO 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? (The Bank/Motor Music) was released in February featuring the single “Tell Your Friends,” which stayed on Austrian chart FM4 for six weeks, peaking at No.8 and currently at No.14 on StarFM Germany. The Bongo Club have remained active on the road as well, playing at Liverpool Sound City and a number of other shows in the UK and Austria, including the Camden Rocks Festival this past weekend. This summer, the band’s diary is full of festival performances in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Estonia and Latvia and then in the fall, they’ll be playing in Germany, France, Spain and Portugal. Watch the video for “Tell Your Friends” HERE and contact Mattias Tell at mattias@westsidemusicsweden.se, as The Bongo Club is available for booking (ex-GSA), synch and brand opportunities.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 6/3/2018



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, June 3rd, 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:

SATELLITE STORIES – “Coupons” (XYZ/Playground/Universal Music, Finland)
LIME CORDIALE –
“Can I Be Your Lover” (Chugg Music, Australia)
TEN TONNES –
“Lay It On Me” (Warner Music, UK)
THE NECTARS – “In Heaven” (Unsigned, UK)
BLOW –
“Green Unicorn” (Sony, France) *World Premiere
THE RAH’S –
“Survival” (Unsigned, UK) *World Premiere
ALEX LAHEY –
“I Love You Like A Brother” (Dead Oceans, Australia)
TORS –
“Wilder Days” (Unsigned, UK)
THE VITRIOTS –
“Long Way Down” (Sureshaker, Australia)
GIN WIGMORE –
“Girl Gang” (Universal, New Zealand)
REDFACES –
“Messed Up Feeling (RCA, UK)
***GLOBAL DJ EXCHANGE W/ DJ VIC GALLOWAY “BBC RADIO SCOTLAND” - BAD MANEQUINS –
“Double Denim” ***
VANDER + THE PEOPLE –
“Inflict Me” (Unsigned, Australia)
THE PALE WHITE –
“Loveless” (Illegal Cinema Records, UK)
DONKEYBOY –
"It'll Be Alright" (Warner Music Group, Norway)
MACKESON –
“Bye Bye Baby” (Bad Habit, N. America) *World Premiere
BRAND NEW FRIEND –
“Seatbelts For Aeroplanes” (Xtra Mile Recordings, UK)
MOUYÉ –
“A Beautiful Mind” (Mouyé Music, Germany)
STATE LIGHTS –
“Peace Will Come” (Unsigned, Ireland)
PHOENIX O’NEILL –
“Little Girl” (Unsigned, UK)
CATHOLIC ACTION –
“Black & White” (Modern Sky, Scotland)
THE MAUNT –
“Otherside” (PM Sound, Ukraine)
LONGFELLOW –
“Plasticine” (Unsigned, UK)
SHAYNA LEIGH –
“Defiant” (Unsigned, N. America)
BLOSSOMS –
“I Can't Stand It” (Virgin EMI, UK)
IAMJJ –
“China” (Mermaid Records, Denmark)
HOSPITAL –
“Nothing But Love” (Unsigned, Russia)
THE BONGO CLUB –
“Tell Your Friends” (Motor Music, Sweden)
EMME LENTINO –
“Oxygen” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
GIANT PARTY –
“White Ink” (Label Fandango, UK)
LAUREN WALLER –
“Soulmates" (Unsigned, N. America)
POLAROID SUMMER –
“Tides” (Unsigned, N. America)

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