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ARCTIC RIGHTS FINALIZES SUB–PUBLISHING DEALS WITH BMG AND KASSNER MUSIC GROUP



Following the recent chart success of Dua Lipa’s “New Rules,” co–created by their writer Caroline Ailin, independent Norwegian publisher Arctic Rights has strengthened its ability to generate further hits for Norwegian songwriters and artists by finalizing sub–publishing agreements for representation of its catalogue outside of the Nordics.

For the world ex–U.K. and Ireland, Arctic Rights has partnered with BMG, which sees Arctic Rights with access to a significant A&R/synch network, as well as market–leading administration and collection services. Additionally, Arctic Rights and BMG have finalized a co–publishing relationship to jointly sign and develop Norwegian writers with global potential. Within the U.K. and Ireland, Arctic Rights will be administered by Kassner Music Group, leveraging the company’s more than seven decades of experience.

“Needless to say this is a big and exciting step for Arctic Rights – adding power, credibility and not to mention competence on a global level,” says Kai Robøle, Creative Director and Founder, Arctic Rights Management.

“We are delighted to be a part of the Arctic Rights project,” says David Kassner, Managing Director, Kassner Music group. “We have recognized for some time the depth of musical ability coming out of Norway and so it was extremely important to us to support Arctic Rights’ vision and contribute to the success of this emerging talent.”

BMG Scandinavia’s Managing Director, Sanken Sandqvist, adds, “We are thrilled that Arctic Rights have chosen BMG as their partner and look forward to jointly promoting Norwegian talent in Scandinavia and abroad.”

At the same time, Arctic Rights has appointed Johan Husvik as Head of Sync. Having previously served at Scandinavian distribution firm Phonofile, Husvik expanded the company’s synch department, representing leading indie labels and artists in the region. Husvik’s resume also includes more than 12 years in music supervision including work across 26 feature films, hundreds of commercials and several award–winning TV–series. Husvik’s arrival to Arctic Rights comes as the publisher has completed three administration, deals, adding to its roster the publishing catalogues of the Norwegian independent labels MTG Music Publishing, Jansen Plateproduksjon and Beatservice.

In finalizing the new organization of its team, Arctic Rights is preparing to host the first Arctic Island songwriter camp from August 5th – 8th, in partnership with BMG and BMI, leading up to the Øyafestival in Oslo. The 4–day event is supported by Music Norway, NOPA, Musikkforleggerne and Øyafestivalen and will bring together both up–and–coming and established writers from around the globe to collaborate.


ALLISON KAYE NAMED PRESIDENT OF SB PROJECTS



Allison Kaye
It was announced last week that SB Projects has promoted Allison Kaye to President for the company. Kaye assumes the new role having most recently served as President of Music for the firm since 2016, leading the company's music operations day–to–day across artist management, SB Project’s in–house record label Schoolboy Records, and it’s Sheba Publishing JV with Universal Music Group Publishing.

Kaye's new role will see her now taking on oversight of non–music segments including TV, film, social good, technology, lifestyle and more, working alongside Founder Scooter Braun on the management of all company properties. Additionally, Kaye will maintain her role in leading the day–to–day management of SB Projects’ key acts such as Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande.

Having joined SB Projects in 2007, Kaye played a key role in coordinating last year's One Love Manchester Event; executive produced Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief, which generated more than $64 million for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria; and played a role in setting up the chart–topping remix of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" with Bieber.

Alongside Kaye’s promotion, Jen McDaniel joins the SB Projects team as General Manager of Music, overseeing the day–to–day managers who look after SB Projects’ roster. With oversight from Braun and Kaye, McDaniel will assume day–to–day responsibilities for all aspects of SB Project’s music–specific operations. McDaniel’s more than two decades in the music industry include time as a label marketing executive at EMI and Virgin Records, and as an independent brand consultant.


KOBALT MUSIC TO ADMINISTER DAVID GUETTA CATALOG



David Guetta
Kobalt has finalized a worldwide agreement to take over the back catalog of Grammy–winning DJ, songwriter, producer, and remixer David Guetta. The new deal covers publishing administration, including global synch and creative support services, for Guetta’s back catalog, composed of hits such as “I Gotta Feeling,” “Titanium,” “Sexy Bitch,” “2U,” “Dangerous,” “One Last Time,” “Without You,” “Turn Me On,” “Hey Mama,” and others.

Kobalt Founder and CEO, Willard Ahdritz, stated, “David’s track record speaks for itself. He’s a rare breed – a global superstar who’s worked with the world’s biggest artists and created hit after hit. David and his business manager, Jean–Charles, have built an amazing collection of great music over the past 15 years and it will continue to live on for years to come. It’s an honor to represent his music as part of the Kobalt family.”

Having started his career in the early Paris club scene, the 1990s saw French native Guetta becoming a fixture on the legendary Island Ibiza as a prominent DJ, and he has maintained his residency at Pacha with his F*** Me I’m Famous concept ever since. He also is the only DJ on the island to host a second night, called BIG, at the outdoor venue Ushuaia.

The last three decades have seen Guetta selling more than nine million albums and 30 million singles worldwide, with his music reaching stream counts of over 8 billion across all DSP’s and garnering him two Grammy Awards in the category of Best Remixed Recording, Non–Classical (2010 and 2011). He’s released six studio albums, including One Love which was nominated for a Best Dance/Electronic Album Grammy in 2010, and is now at work on his 7th studio full–length to be released this year.

“We’ve built and cherished this catalog over more than 15 years,” says Jean–Charles Carré, David Guetta’s business manager and partner, “and I’m delighted to transmit it on to the expert hands of Kobalt.”


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Lionsgate and Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) have finalized an exclusive long–term agreement which sees UMPG representing Lionsgate’s music publishing properties worldwide, including musical compositions and scores. Under the administration agreement, UMPG will also administer Lionsgate’s music rights, including licensing, revenue collection and accounting. Additionally, the companies will collaborate on creating in–house opportunities by leveraging UMPG’s roster of songwriters and catalog of songs for creative use across Lionsgate’s portfolio of film, television and digital content.

As part of its recent financial results report, Sony Corp. has confirmed it has made the acquisition of the share of EMI Music Publishing held by Michael Jackson’s estate for $287.5 million. As it seeks to finalize its pending acquisition of EMI Music Publishing from a collective of investors, the purchase of the Jackson estate’s portion marks a first step, despite the full acquisition still needing to be reviewed and approved by governmental regulatory bodies. Sony has agreed to a price of $2.3 billion for the acquisition of EMI in addition to taking on the publisher’s debt of $1.359 billion. Alongside the value of Sony and Jackson’s share which totals $1.091 billion, EMI Music Publishing’s full valuation reaches $4.75 billion.

In reporting its third quarter financial results for 2018, Apple has revealed revenue reaching $53.3 billion, a boost of 17% over the same period last year. Leading the growth across Apple’s portfolio were iPhone sales which reached 41.3 billion units marking only a 1% increase in sales but a 20% hike in revenue driven by increased price points for devices like the iPhone X. Wearables and other products accounted for growth of 37% year–over–year to $3.7 billion. Services grew 31% to more than $9.5 billion in revenue across the quarter, encompassing a 60% hike over last year of paid subscriptions from Apple and third parties. Apple CEO Tim Cook also revealed that Apple Music has crossed the 50 million user mark (paid subscription and free trial users) with revenue increasing 50% over the quarter. Apple also last week became the world’s first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion.

Warner Music Group (WMG) has acquired leading youth culture and video production company, UPROXX. Founded in 2008, UPROXX is one of the most influential media brands for youth culture, reaching over 40 million people via the web, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and YouTube. UPROXX will continue to be led by current CEO and Chief Creative Benjamin Blank, and Co–Founder and Publisher Jarret Myer. Its editorial and studio operations will function as stand–alone entities with journalistic and creative independence. In joining forces, UPROXX and WMG will create engaging new experiences for young consumers, global promotional possibilities for brands, and innovative marketing opportunities for artists. The deal also allows UPROXX to build on its wide range of successful partnerships in music. The acquisition comes as UPROXX has experienced a round of major content wins, including multiple CLIO Awards, a pair of original series for Snapchat (Brawler and F That With Vince Staples), a successful season of The CORE for AMC’s Shudder, and an Emmy–nomination for Us Against The World, an original docu–series.

Legendary hip–hop group, Cypress Hill, have signed an exclusive worldwide record deal with BMG as they prepare the September release of Elephants On Acid, the band’s ninth studio album, and their first in eight years. Cypress Hill’s recordings have garnered streams of over 500 million and have sold almost 20 million records worldwide. The three–time Grammy nominees will release Elephants On Acid, produced by DJ Muggs, 27 years after their self–titled debut. The agreement with the outfit is the result of a joint pitch by BMG’s German and U.S. frontline recordings teams. Cypress Hill’s 1991 debut album sold over two million copies in the U.S. alone, with their sophomore effort, Black Sunday (1993), debuting at No.1 on the Billboard 200 and reaching triple platinum status in the U.S. Their last release in 2010, Rise Up, was a collaboration with rock artists including Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello. Cypress Hill will tour the U.S., South and Latin America, as well as Europe beginning in September.

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has announced the promotion of Mark Coltman to EVP, Information Technology. Coltman will remain based out of London, reporting to UMPG’s CFO, Worldwide JW Beekman and EVP, Global Administration John Reston. Coltman’s new role will see him tasked with driving UMPG’s global IT strategy and overseeing all application development and maintenance across the company’s business lines. His team will work across UMPG’s core royalty systems, advanced business intelligence and CRM applications as well as its tailor–made synch pitching and licensing system. Coltman has been with UMPG for more than two decades, starting as a consultant and officially joining the company in 2013. He most recently served as Sr. VP, Global Technology where he led the development of, and transition to, the company’s new cloud–based technology infrastructure.

iHeartMedia, the largest radio company in the U.S., revealed last week that revenue dipped for the quarter ending June 30th by 3.5% over the same time last year to $853.3 million with a 2.7% decrease in six–month revenue compared to the same period last year. iHeartMedia’s President and COO/CFO Rich Bressler shared on an investors call that the “Chapter 11 process is moving along as anticipated.” iHeart had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March.

Paradigm Talent Agency has announced promotions within its music division, elevating Kristin O'Neill and Nate Sokolski to agents, based in the company’s headquarters in Beverly Hills. O'Neill joined the Windish Agency in 2013, two years before its acquisition by Paradigm. She started as a receptionist before transitioning to an assistant and eventually Booking Coordinator for agent Evan Hancock. Included among her roster are pop and electronic acts such as Quinn XCII, Chelsea Cutler, ayokay, Parson James, Chrome Sparks, Hazey Eyes and Kelly Lee Owens. Additionally, she will maintain close work with Hancock on artists including Four Tet, Kaytranada and Thundercat. Sokolski has been with Paradigm (previously Windish) for five years, also starting as an assistant and eventual Booking Coordinator for agent Sam Hunt. Having worked closely with Hunt's top clients such as Diplo, Major Lazer, A–Trak, Chromeo, Matt and Kim, The xx and Run The Jewels, he’s also supported the booking of events for leading brand properties including Brownies & Lemonade and the Mad Decent Block Parties.

Mike Walsh, Deputy Programme Director & Head of Music of London, England’s leading commercial Alternative radio station, Radio X tells A&R Worldwide that in the latest UK RAJAR (equivalent to the U.S. Arbitron rating system) his station has seen tremendous growth. Mike states, “It’s another ‘record’ set of numbers for Radio X as we hit 1.7 million reach (a 21% increase from this time last year) and 13.2 million hours (a 33% increase from this time last year). Our average hours are also up to a very healthy 7.9.”

Mute Records has announced the promotion of several executives within its organization. Mona Dehghan is appointed to the position of Senior Director of Marketing and Project Management,Mute North America. Emmaline McCourt is appointed to the position of Director of Sales, Mute North America and Dani Llamas has been appointed to the position of Production and Marketing Coordinator, Mute North America. All three positions are effective immediately.

The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the Songwriters of North America (SONA), and SESAC announced last week that they have agreed to work together to support the Music Modernization Act (MMA). Upon its passage, the bill would result in the most comprehensive reform to the music copyright business in generations, improving how songwriters are paid by digital streaming services. The bill puts into place a single mechanical licensing entity creating an open, transparent copyright ownership database that will be managed by music publishers and songwriters, and paid for by digital services. At the encouragement of Senators, the group has endorsed a provision under consideration by the Senate to amend the Mechanical Licensing Collective’s (MLC) administration of voluntary licenses outside the scope of the Section 115 compulsory license, ensuring private vendors can remain part of the music market and maintaining competition which is beneficial to songwriters and producers.

Riptide Music Group (Riptide), which specializes in synchronization, rights management, creative development and provides music to advertising, movie trailers, TV programming and promos, major motion pictures, video games and multimedia productions, has joined forces with leading Dutch dance music label Armada Music for sync representation in the U.S. As of today, Riptide Music will represent a select number of releases from the Amsterdam–based record label; tracks from (among others) Goldfish, Dirtcaps, Dirtyphonics, Arston, W&W and SAYMYNAME and will be available for licensing in DIVER, Riptide’s division focused on sync representation for record label releases. In addition, Riptide has also launched a new label imprint under Armada Music called Royal Sharx. The label will focus on fun, irreverent EDM with strong, forward–moving energy. Riptide will highlight these releases for sync use in TV, film, advertising and trailers. The first single on the Royal Sharx label is called, “Riot!,” comes from the hand of debut artist Lyloh.

Jens Markus-Wegener
Respected German publishing and A&R executives Jens Markus–Wegener has been promoted to General Manager of Meisel Music. Kirsten Meisel made the announcement today, which will see Jens in charge of all creative matters including A&R and international exploitation of the Meisel catalogue. Jens tells A&R Worldwide, “I am very excited about this new opportunity and honored to be a part of the legendary Meisel Music family.” Jens also tells A&R Worldwide that he will also be in charge of international business affairs, which gives him responsibilities for new sub–publishing and catalogue deals. Besides his day–to–day routine, Jens will also develop new business strategies and partnership deals for Meisel and will organize new music productions for the world–famous Hansa Studios in Berlin.

Ingrooves, one of the world’s leading independent music distribution and marketing services companies, announced today the appointment of five new personnel to key positions in its Strategic Marketing and Label Development divisions. Alex Montes–Flores has been named Sr. Manager, Latin Label Development. Based in Ingrooves’ Los Angeles headquarters, Montes–Flores will oversee the company's Latin, Caribbean and Reggae label roster. The industry veteran was most recently Head of Sales & Marketing at Nacional Records. Meka Udoh has been named Manager, Urban Marketing. In this new role, Udoh will work alongside Ingrooves account managers, label development managers and engagement team, bringing his deep musical expertise and long–standing industry relationships to the mix. A respected and widely published journalist and DJ, Udoh is the co–founder of the popular hip–hop website 2DopeBoyz. Udoh will be based in Ingrooves’ New York City office. Sheneza Mohammed has been named Label Development Manager. With a strong background in electronic dance music and label management that included stints with Moby, Pretty Lights and Bonobo, in addition to operating her own entertainment marketing business Goddess@Large, Mohammed will be based in Los Angeles overseeing a diverse roster of label partners. Joshua Hedglin has been named Manager, Label and Business Development. Based in Ingrooves’ Berlin, German office, Hedglin will oversee Ingrooves impressive roster of UK & European dance and electronic labels and will continue to bring in successful label partners. He has an extensive background in the genre, working at Beatport for many years. Emmy Buckingham has been named Manager, Label and Business Development. Based in London, Emmy will oversee a diverse roster of Ingrooves' UK and European label partners. A respected independent music veteran, Buckingham previously worked at the AIM (Association of Independent Music). Amy Dietz, General Manager of Ingrooves stated, “These new appointments are reflective of our ability to quickly augment our expertise in key growth areas for our business, namely the electronic, Latin and urban music genres.”

Badflower
Photo Credit: Lova Nymanson
Big Machine Label Group and John Varvatos Records have announced the signing of rising Southern California rock quartet Badflower to their newly formed Big Machine/John Varvatos Records. Badflower is the first artist to sign to the label under a newly minted partnership between Big Machine Label Group President & CEO Scott Borchetta, and iconic fashion designer John Varvatos. Borchetta says, “I’ve had a keen eye on this space for a long time, waiting for a young rock ‘n’ roll band to capture my imagination, hoping that all the madness in this world would be addressed head–on through the power of rock music. Badflower is that band! Powerful... Important... Magnetic... Attacking the edges of the human condition. Yep – I'm all in. And you will be too. Long. Live. Rock.” John Varvatos commented, “Badflower is one of the most powerful young bands on the Planet. With the angst of Nirvana and incredible songwriting, this is a band that has no limits.” The first single to be released on the label, “Ghost” is available now at all digital retailers and streaming services, where it is currently featured on top playlists such as Apple Music’s A–list Rock, Spotify's Rock This and Amazon’s Introducing Rock. Additionally, Pandora ranked them No.1 on their Pandora Predictions Chart which is determined by activity across all major social music sites.

Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend have signed with Sony Music’s Columbia Records imprint following a long–standing relationship with XL Recordings. The indie rock outfit had been with XL for nearly a decade and three album releases with their self–titled debut in 2008 marking their best–selling in the U.K. The band will release their fourth studio full–length later this year, their first in five years.

BMG Production Music (BMGPM) has acquired the influential independent U.K. production music company, Deep East Music, and the historic French production music label Tele Music. Launched in 2007, Deep East Music has over the past 10 years grown to become one of the most highly–regarded production music companies in the world, incorporating the renowned labels DEM, Zest and Scorched Score as well as representing Q–Factory in the U.K. Although they will now be a core part of the BMGPM organization, Deep East Music will continue to operate in the U.K. as a separate entity. Tele Music was founded in 1966 and experienced early success when Pierre Bachelet composed the theme music for a TV ad for leading French hosiery brand DIM. They went on to create custom music for hundreds of radio and TV productions in France including the French version of Big Brother, Loft Story. Tele Music’s 1960s and 1970s recordings, written and produced by the best French session musicians of the era, have reached cult status and have been sampled around the world.

Pandora has reported earnings of $384.8 million for 2018’s second quarter, an increase of 2% from the same time last year. The total was led by ad–supported revenue ($271.1 million) with subscription revenue adding $113.7 million, an increase of 67% over the same time last year if revenues from Australia/New Zealand (Pandora left the territory in July) and Ticketfly (sold to Eventbrite) are excluded. At the same time, listener hours and active users dropped 5.09 billion and 71.4 million respectively. The increase in subscription revenue was driven by Pandora’s Plus and Premium tiers which added 351,000 users bringing the total subscriber number to around 6 million.

Alan McGee, the veteran industry executive behind the iconic 80s/90s indie label Creation Records is making his way back into the recordings business via Creation23, a new 7”–only label. McGee’s Creation Records was the one–time label home for iconic acts such as Oasis, Primal Scream, The Boo Radleys and My Bloody Valentine with his imprint Poptones also home to The Hives. McGee had more recently been working in the management arena, looking after acts such as The Jesus And Mary Chain and Happy Mondays. The new label’s first release comes from Rubber Jaw with the single “Feeling Funny” and B–side “Bumpy Faces.”

Glassnote Records has signed Australian band The Teskey Brothers to a worldwide deal (excluding Australia/NZ, the U.K. and Europe). Composed of brothers Josh and Sam Teskey, along with fellow Melbourne natives Liam Gough and Brendon Love, The Teskey Brothers released their self–produced debut album Half Mile Harvest in 2017. At the 2017 Music Victoria Awards the band garnered honors for Best Soul, Funk, R&B or Gospel Album, as well as Best Emerging Act. Soon after they were on stage at SXSW and The Great Escape.

Deezer has received another round of funding from new and existing investors totaling $185 million bringing the streaming platform’s valuation to around $1.16 billion. Included in the collective of investors is Kingdom Holding Company, Rotana Group, Access Industries, Orange and LBO France. At the same time, Deezer has finalized an exclusive long–term agreement with Rotana for distribution of the latter’s audio and visual content across the Middle East and North Africa.

Billboard Radio China has rolled–out the first ever Billboard FM in Asia as FM105.1 Billboard Radio (Chengdu) for Mainland China. The launch comes as a joint venture partnership with Chengdu Radio and TV with Billboard Radio China confirming its operations will be based out of Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.

AWAL, the recorded music division of Kobalt, has become one of the first Merlin members to share that it will be distributing proceeds from its portion of Merlin’s sale of Spotify shares with its clients. The artists benefiting will include anyone who garnered recording royalties via AWAL from September 2012 through March 2018, including artists no longer signed to AWAL but who collected during the period. Merlin has already distributed its proceeds from the Spotify sale on a pro–rata basis to its members that count more than 800 indie labels, tasking the labels with passing their portion of the proceeds along to their artists.

As it makes its way into the original visual content space, Spotify has announced it will bring iconic comic book series Archie to life via a six–episode series to be streamed on the platform. In teaming up with Archie Comics, the new series sees Spotify adapting the 2015 run by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. Madefire, the motion comic publisher who’s worked on similar projects for Marvel and DC Entertainment, will oversee the media’s translation from page to screen with each episode covering one issue from the comic book series.

Lip–sync video app Musical.ly has revealed that it will merge with sister app TikTok to form a singular global video platform. The transition follows the $1 billion acquisition of Musical.ly last year by ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company. Rolling out with an updated logo and UI, the new platform will feature popular components of both Musical.ly and TikTok such as user friendly video capturing/editing tools. There will also be a “For You” feed to curate video recommendations based on user’s viewing as well as a new “reaction” feature, interactive gesture filters and green–screen like background effects. Current Musical.ly users will see their accounts transition automatically to the new platform upon updating the current app.

A2IM (American Association of Independent Music) has revealed their new executive committee as well as a number of in–house promotions. The board elected executive committee includes Louis Posen (Owner, Hopeless Records) as Chairman; Glen Barros (COO, Concord Music Group) as Treasure; and Portia Sabin (President, Kill Rock Stars) as Secretary. Promoted are Lisa Hresko and Marcus Assenmacher who transition from their previous roles as Sr. Manager’s to Director of Member Services & International Relations, and Director or Events respectively.

The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA) has made a number of key announcements including the results of its recent Board and Committee elections, news of an exciting office move and the recipient of its annual ACM/BASCA Scholarship Award. Among the nine existing board members maintaining their seats are included Crispin Hunt, Gary Carpenter, Issie Barratt, Mark Ayres, Marc Sylvan, Helienne Lindvall, Paul Hartnoll, William Sweeney and Rupert Hine, with Stephen McNeff returning alongside four new elected members in Jo Thomas, Martyn Ware, Dru Masters and Orphy Robinson. Additionally, two independent board members will soon be announced. BASCA also reveals a move of their offices as they transition to the newly–opened The Ministry. The news was celebrated at the annual BASCA Summer Party last week which also saw Elsa Thurley receiving 2018’s Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM)/BASCA Scholarship for Songwriting.

SOCAN announced last week its acquisition of Montréal–based mechanical licensing collective SODRAC, following several previous attempts to merge these organizations. Also seeking to adapt to a changing music landscape, CMRRA formed its own strategic partnership with SoundExchange just over a year ago. Under the ownership of the newly–created SXWorks, CMRRA benefits from the direction of an independent publisher committee that oversees key decisions on the management of publisher rights regarding advocacy, tariffs and licensing. CMRRA represents a significant portion of music publishers doing business in Canada, including self–published authors as well as some of the largest Quebec–based music publishers. CMRRA continues to license and administer a growing share of the music market, including a repertoire that encompasses a large portion of the listening time of Canadians, resulting in royalty collections representing nearly all of streaming services' mechanical royalty payments to date.

Ray Cooper
Widely–respected British music industry executive Ray Cooper passed away on July 28th at the age of 69. Cooper led both Virgin Records UK (as Co–Managing Director) and Virgin Records America (as Co–President) alongside Ashley Newton. Across a career that spans 46 years, Cooper worked with acts such as U2, the Spice Girls, the Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson and many others. His resume also included stops at Island Records, Transatlantic Records, Anchor Records, Jet Records and his own Circa Records, where alongside Newton, they broke acts such as Massive Attack and Neneh Cherry before selling the label to Virgin.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Ty Stiklorius, Tarsame Mittal, Jeff Sosnow, Rachel Levy, Tyler Bacon, Korda Marshall, Lucy Dickins, Gary Mandel, Folkert Koopmans, Madonna Wade–Reed, Bekki Newton, Ron Fair and Leslie Fram.


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. It is a sweltering hot summer this year and there’s not better way to cool down than to go to the beach or swim in the pool. Click HERE for some not so slick, but rather ‘slip’ moments in and around the summertime pools!


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, Foo Fighters 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 (OMD), The Hoosiers, Chris Helme, Steve Diggle (Buzzcocks), Callum Beattie and many more. They released the single “Survival” earlier this year and the song tallied global airplay in the U.S., UK, Ireland, Australia, Germany, South America and Africa. They have since returned with the new track “Take It All In,” recommended for fans of Kasabian, Foo Fighters, The Strokes and Queens of the Stone Age. Listen to the new track HERE and contact Adrian Thompson at aidythompson74@gmail.com as The Rah’s are available for label signing, publishing, synch, booking and brand opportunities.


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

As a young child, Rosborough carries the memory of sitting on his father’s knee, listening to R.E.M. and that was the moment music first hit him. As he was lucky to live in a house filled with music, his parents treated musicians as if they were a religion, where David Bowie was Jesus and Bruce Springsteen was Moses. At the age of 10, Rosborough found an acoustic guitar and started to toy with it and within a year, he began writing his own songs and started to perform live–as he would be snuck through the back doors of pubs for open mic nights. He was drawn to the music of Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel and Tom Waits to The Mars Volta, Black Sabbath and Bjork but it wasn’t just their songs, it was their energy that truly inspired him. Working tirelessly on his own sound for years, he signed to Ignition Records and released his Irish debut single “Burn Blue” last October. The track was awarded Single of The Fortnight by Hot Press Magazine and described as “Jawdropping” by the Daily Mirror. The 29 year–old musician has a brand new single titled “Fall To Earth,” which is the follow–up to his UK debut single “Another Lesson,” which earned radio support from Radio 1, Radio X and 6 Music. Enjoy the thought–provoking video directed by Paul Martin Brown for “Fall To Earth" HERE and contact Glyn Roberts at glyn@allsorted.eu, for any further inquiries.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 8/5/2018



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, August 5th, 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:

THE FAIM – “Summer Is A Curse” (BMG, Australia)
PICTURE THIS – “When We Were Young” (Warner Music, Ireland)
THE DUNTS – “Dimitri” (Unsigned, Scotland)
BLOW – “Get Some” (Sony, France)
ALL MANKIND – “Help Me To My Feet” (Unsigned, Australia)
BLACK HONEY – “I Only Hurt The Ones I Love” (Fox Five Records, UK)
THE NEW MADNESS – “Woman” (Crunchy Frog, Denmark)
ONR – “Love In Suburbia” (Capitol, UK)
HIGH TROPICS – “Wait For You” (Unsigned, Australia)
THE RAH’S – “Time Is Now” (Unsigned, Scotland)
TEDDYBEARS – “Cobrastyle” (Sony Music, Sweden)
***GLOBAL DJ EXCHANGE W/ DJ VIC GALLOWAY “BBC RADIO SCOTLAND” – BAD MANNEQUINS – “Double Denim” ***
SEA GIRLS – “Too Much Fun” (Unsigned, UK)
THEODORE – “Do You Know How To Fall” (Unsigned, Greece)
ALEX LAHEY – “I Love You Like A Brother” (Dead Oceans, Australia)
BRIGHT RIGHTEOUS –“Satellites” (Sugar Gator Records / Fontana North, Canada)
TELLA VIV – “No, No, No, No” (Bolero Recordings, Sweden)
PALE WAVES – “Kiss” (Dirty Hit, UK)
THOMAS AZIER – “The Girl Beneath The Lion” (Unsigned, Holland)
SPRING KING – “Us Vs Them” (Island, UK)
TONICA – “California” (Unsigned, UK)
MELLOR – “Arms Length” (Unsigned, UK)
REDFACES – “Messed Up Feeling (RCA, UK)
COLOUR FACTION – “Marco Polo” (Unsigned, South Africa)
TORS – “Won’t Remember” (Unsigned, UK)
SHANNON SHAW – “Broke My Own (Easy Eye Sound, N. America)
LATE VERLANE – “Roll Like A Dummy” (Unsigned, Sweden)
LONGFELLOW – “Plasticine” (Unsigned, UK)
PHOENIX O’NEILL – “Little Girl” (Unsigned, UK)
THE MOVING STILLS – “Photo Upload” (Sureshaker, Australia)
EMME LENTINO – “Better Than Gold” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
PEACE – “You Don’t Walk Away From Love” (Unsigned, UK)
STEVIE APPLETON – “Anyone” (Warner Music/Spinnin’ Records, Holland)

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