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ANDY MA NAMED CEO, WARNER MUSIC CHINA & EVP, COMMERCIAL AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, GREATER CHINA



Andy Ma
Andy Ma has been appointed CEO, Warner Music China and EVP, Commercial and Business Development, Greater China. Ma will report to Simon Robson, President, Warner Music Asia while leading Warner Music’s growth in one of the world’s fastest–growing music markets. Since 2016, Ma had served as Warner Music’s CCO for Greater China and Sr. VP, Commercial and Business Development, Greater China and Southeast Asia.

Robson says, “Andy’s an incredible executive who has been instrumental in helping build the now thriving digital music market in China. It’s impossible to underestimate the importance of China to the future of our company and the wider music business. Andy is well placed to drive our business there forward, making us the leading label in the country and ensuring our artists benefit from this market’s exponential growth.”

Ma adds, “I’m hugely excited to be taking up this position at a key stage in the development of the music market in China. We’re working with a range of partners to help take our artists’ music to hundreds of millions of new fans. I think China’s got the potential to be a top five market within a few years and we’re set to be its leading label – watch this space!”

China became a top 10 recorded music market for the first time in 2017, up from the 19th largest in 2014, with annual industry revenues increasing by 35.3% to $292.3 million (IFPI).

Ma came to WMG in 2011 as VP for New Media for Warner Music Greater China and Southeast Asia, before becoming Sr. VP, Commercial & Business Development, Greater China and Southeast Asia in 2015. During that time he helped develop WMG’s strategic partnership with Chinese technology firm Tencent, which is licensed to distribute the company’s repertoire in mainland China, as well as making it available on its own platforms, including QQ Music. He also helped foster corporate relationships with China Mobile and other Chinese technology companies, as well as video and handset device suppliers.

Outside of China, Ma has played a key role in WMG’s licensing deals with other major Asian digital music services, including Taiwanese–based KKBOX and South Korea’s Melon.


UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP AND ESL LAUNCH MUSIC LABEL FOR ESPORTS MUSIC



Universal Music Group (UMG) Central Europe and ESL, the world’s largest esports company, announced last week an unprecedented multi–year partnership to exclusively help discover and promote new artists via ESL’s global tournaments and channels. Marking an industry first, UMG will partner with ESL to bring gaming and music fans alike the official soundtrack of the world’s most exciting esports league and events. The strategic partnership encompasses the launch of a new joint–label between ESL and UMG which will seek to sign and promote talent across all ESL tournaments and channels globally. This will also include the exclusive integration of new music into global live broadcasts and ESL social media channels, as well as performances during live tournaments.

In 2017, over 300 million people watched ESL events around the world. The new partnership will be managed out of UMG’s Berlin headquarters with day–to–day operations led by Dirk Baur, President, Marketing Labs, and Gustav Käll, Head of Esports for UMG Central Europe.

In making the announcement, Frank Briegmann, President & CEO Central Europe Universal Music Group and Deutsche Grammophon said, “I’m delighted that UMG and ESL, two market leaders in global entertainment, have joined forces. Together, our dedicated new label, with its laser–sharp focus on the artists and music of esports, will provide the soundtrack to the gaming experience for this massive global audience for years to come.”

“Music is a universal language and, like gaming, one of the key–pillars of pop–culture. Over the last couple years, live music acts have become an integral part of our global tournaments,” said Bernhard Mogk, Sr. VP Global Sales & Business Development, ESL. “We are looking forward to giving new artists and talent a new platform to perform on and to provide even more entertainment to our fans, both on–site and for everyone watching our live streams around the world. This joint venture with Universal Music is a win–win for everyone.”


A&R WORLDWIDE MAKES ITS WAY TO MUMBAI WITH PITSTOPS IN LONDON AND PRAGUE



A&R Worldwide’s President & Founder, Sat Bisla, made his way through a multinational trip over the past two weeks with stints in England, Czech Republic, as well as India for the second edition of All About Music. The event brought together key music and media executives from the Indian and global markets to discuss all things music. As India continues to reveal itself as one of the fastest growing and most exciting emerging music markets in the world, the event offered insight on the local market as well as the global landscape.

Below is a pictorial overview of A&R Worldwide’s recent globe–trotting!

ENJOYING AN INSPIRING CONVERSATION & GREAT MEAL IN LONDON (l–r) were: Gary Chen (MD, SPOTLITE); Professor Jonathan Shalit OBE (Chairman & Founder, InterTalent Rights Group [formally ROAR Group]); Cassandra Gracey (President, 4th Floor Creative Group/Sony Music UK); Gary Cohen (Brand Partnerships Director, ATC Management & ATC Live); Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide); Sam Mumford (A&R, Logan Media Entertainment); and Amarpal Gaind (GM, Int’l Operations, Saregama PLC, India). TWO GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE: Sharing their knowledge on all things music, digital, branding and more were (l–r): Colin Lester (Chairman, JEM Music Group) and SPOTLITE’s Gary Chen.

HAVING A “SPICY” MUSICAL CONVERSATION (l–r) are Arjun Sankalia (Director, Int’l Music & Publishing, Sony Music Ent’t, India), Mandar Thakur (COO, Times Music India) and Blaise Fernandes (President & CEO, Indian Music Industry).

INDULGING IN MUSICAL CONVERSATION IN PRAGUE with A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla were a collection of professionals from the creative, live, brand and marketing sectors of the local Czech Republic music business.

BOB & SAT IN MUMBAI, INDIA: Having a great conversation about music and more were Bob Lefsetz (Founder, The Lefsetz Letter) and Sat Bisla. HAVING A SPICY & SWEET CHAT AT “ALL ABOUT MUSIC” in Mumbai were (l–r): Viraj Sawant, Atul Churamani (Founder & MD, Turnkey Music & Publishing), Bob Lefsetz, Ralph Simon (Founder & CEO, Mobilium Global), Charles Caldas (CEO, Merlin) and Mandar Thakur.

A NEED FOR SPEED?: Discussing the burgeoning Punjabi music scene in India and worldwide are (l–r) Speed Records’ Balwinder Singh, Merlin’s Charles Caldas and Indian Music Industry’s Blaise Fernandes. BOB’S YER MUSICAL UNCLE: Sharing his insights on music production is legendary producer Bob Ezrin (right) with renowned executive and global music trailblazer Ralph Simon.

IN CONVERSATION WITH AN A&R LEGEND is Times Music’s Mandar Thakur with music industry icon Seymour Stein, Co–Founder of Sire Records. HONORING AN INDIAN INDUSTRY LEGEND: At the Indian Music Industry’s (IMI) event last week, Dialogue: The Indian Music Industry Convention, which took place in Mumbai, widely–respected Indian poet, lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar was honored with the Man of the Year Award. The award recognized Akhtar’s contributions to the Indian Performing Rights Society as the Board Chairman. Pictured during the awards presentation with Akhtar (center) are Shridhar Subramaniam, President, Sony Music India & Middle East (left), and Seymour Stein.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



BMG has revealed it has secured a “substantial” settlement from Cox Communications in a case that addressed the latter’s lack of enforcing copyright infringement from its users. In 2015, BMG had won their lawsuit against Cox for contributory copyright infringement, being awarded $25 million in damages, however, that verdict was overturned when the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the trial judge had misdirected the jury. BMG and Cox were preparing for a second trial set to commence on August 28th before last week’s settlement. The news comes as the major labels also recently filed a lawsuit against Cox in July which is still active.

A new music technology accelerator program, gBETA Musictech, is set to launch in September as a joint partnership between Capitol Music Group’s newly launched Innovation Center, Capitol360, and nationally–ranked startup accelerator gener8tor. The program will be based out of the Capitol Records Tower and provide participating startups with mentorship and exclusive access to music industry resources. gBETA Musictech will operate under gener8tor’s “gBETA” model – a seven–week program requiring no fees and no equity. Five companies will be selected for the program to have the chance to work closely and strategize with successful entrepreneurs, music industry experts, angel investors, venture capitalists, technologists, acclaimed producers, songwriters, and influencers. An additional three musictech companies will be selected to participate in an existing gBETA program of their choice in one of the following cities – Beloit, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, or Minneapolis, and will receive the same mentorship and programming without traveling to LA. Applications for the program are currently being accepted and are open exclusively to startups focused on music technology. Interested companies can apply at gBETAMusictech.com/apply.

Gracenote has made its way to India, seeking to provide a solution for the complex Bollywood–centric market which counts a plethora of playback singers, actors, directors, lyricists and songwriters spread over more than 1,000 films each year, as well as 22 official languages throughout the country. Gracenote commented that it will work to “help solve India’s music data challenge by normalizing Artists, Albums and Recordings with a proprietary ID system that associates the right content with the right recording artists, actors and music directors.” Gracenote’s Global Music Data catalog will also allow for global and regional streaming platforms to offer more efficient searching capabilities for music from India to fans worldwide.

Fox 2000 has acquired the rights to a feature film centered on the Korean music industry from Scooter Braun’s SB Projects and Epic Magazine. The team behind the film includes screenplay writer Elyse Hollander and producers, Braun and James Shin. Scott Mason will act as executive producer for SB Projects with Joshua Davis and Arthur Spector producing on Epic’s behalf. Additional executive producers include Joshua Bearman and John Zaozirny (Bellevue Productions) with Erin Siminoff and Jiao Chen overseeing from the Fox 2000 team.

Tidal has entered the African market of Uganda via a new partnership with telco MTN which sees MTN’s 10.5 million subscribers in the territory given access to Tidal’s streaming platform under their mobile plan, inclusive of streaming data. The new partnership will offer MTN customers a free 30–day trial of the service with the option to start one, three, seven or 30–day subscriptions. Tidal has already been available in South Africa, with Uganda marking the second country on the African continent to welcome the service, and the first with a carrier partnership in place. Future expansion to additional territories in which MTN operates are also in motion. Alongside its existing catalog, Tidal will present local music on the platform.

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift has broken her own record for the highest–grossing U.S. tour by a female artist with her Reputation Tour generating $191.1 million across 27 dates, as well as an additional $11.1 million in Canada. Swift had set the previous record with her 1989 World Tour which earned $181.5 million domestically in 2015, and $250.7 million worldwide. Having sold out all 27 shows to–date on the Reputation run with attendance of 1,489,904, Swift still has 11 dates left in the U.S. as well as seven shows across Australia, New Zealand and Japan this fall.

Spirit/Fluid, the Nashville–based JV between Spirit Music Group and Frank RogersFluid Music Revolution, has signed an exclusive publishing deal with Derek George. George is a Grammy–nominated musician with more than twenty–five years of experience in the music business and hits spanning three decades as a songwriter, producer and publisher. In the last six years, George has produced eight top 10 hits, with five of those reaching No.1. He recently celebrated his third No.1 as a writer with Darius Rucker’s hit “For the First Time.” Additional credits for George include songs recorded by Blake Shelton, Bryan White, Randy Houser, Diamond Rio, Rascal Flatts, Brantley Gilbert, Jerrod Niemann, Jennifer Nettles, Trace Adkins, Miley Cyrus, Wynonna, Chase Bryant, Drake White, Hootie And the Blowfish and others. In addition to establishing Spirit/Fluid, Spirit Music Group’s deal with Frank Rogers included the acquisition of Rogers’ one third interest in certain copyrights of Nashville indie publisher Sea Gayle Music, which Rogers co–founded with Chris DuBois and Brad Paisley in 1999.

Spotify and Guinness World Records have launched a new playlist titled “The Year In Pop” which highlights record–breaking artists featured in the forthcoming 2019 edition of Guinness World Records. Highlighting achievements such as “Most Streamed Track Worldwide” and “Most Followers On Instagram,” the playlist includes tracks from the likes of Justin Bieber, BTS, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and others.

As they seek to increase profits and distance themselves from their competition, Spotify and Netflix have been working to push their users away from subscribing to their respective platforms through the iTunes App Store, with Apple currently taking a 30% cut from first year subscriptions and 15% from renewals. Spotify had already adjusted its payment policy earlier this month to no longer accept Spotify Premium payments via Apple’s in–app payment system, with Netflix also having recently begun working on a payment alternative to bypass Apple’s system in 33 countries.

TuneMoji has revealed a new partnership with Snap Inc. to see it becoming the first MusicGIF provider to the social media platform, offering users the ability to share clips within their chat or Snap stories. MusicGIFs from TuneMoji merge GIFs with music with the platform currently claiming 20 million users. The new partnership with Snap adds to TuneMoji’s existing relationships with Viber and Skype, with the platform counting licensing agreements in place with Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony/ATV, Warner Chappell, Universal Music Publishing Group, Impel, PRS and others.

With the wrap–up of the final Vans Warped Tour, Founder Kevin Lyman has revealed a rebrand of his 4Fini firm, which oversaw the annual Warped Tour events, to KLG (Kevin Lyman Group) as it seeks to focus on other strengths and opportunities. KLG will be led by the same four staffers who oversaw 4Fini and 24 years of the Warped Tour. Alongside Lyman, the team includes Kate Truscott, who oversees sponsorships and new business; Marketing Director Steph Mirsky; and Operations Director Melanie Pierce. KLG’s portfolio includes additional events such as Taste of Chaos, It’s Not Dead Festival, the Alternative Press Music Awards, Mayhem Festival and Country Throwdown as well as others. They will also be working on the upcoming Pilgrimage Festival, co–produced by Justin Timberlake, as well as with BeatBox Beverages’ line of alcoholic drinks.

On the heels of his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star honorarium, Simon Cowell has signed–on to remain on camera for America’s Got Talent. Also the shows Creator and Executive Producer, Cowell’s new agreement covers his participation through the show’s 13th season. The new deal also sees Cowell maintaining his role as Executive Producer.

Paul Oakenfold
Having performed in places such as the Base Camp of Mount Everest and the Great Wall Of China, DJ Paul Oakenfold will add to his credits of unique venues by mixing from one of the globe’s most iconic man made structures, Stonehenge. The set will be accessible to a hand–curated, invite–only list of 50 people maximum in September and will be recorded and released as a special album, Live at Stonehenge.

At the Edinburgh TV Festival last week, YouTube’s Head of Originals EMEA, Luke Hyams, revealed that the platform’s original programming available via its ad–free premium offering, is gearing up for the release of 50 shows in 2019, having launched over 65 shows and movies since rolling out at the end of 2016. Among the upcoming releases are included sci–fi drama Origin, as well as the U.K.–produced reality adventure series, The Sidemen Show; On Becoming God in Central Florida; a docu–series about artificial intelligence; and Will Smith: The Jump, which sees Smith bungee jumping out of a helicopter over the Grand Canyon for charity to celebrate his 50th birthday.

Bad Robot, the production firm led by J.J. Abrams, is entering the music business arena via a partnership with Capitol Music Group (CMG) for the launch of the Loud Robot indie label. The label will be a stand–alone operation with Bad Robot able to place original music across its film, TV and gaming projects. The new venture will be funded by Capitol with CMG supporting Loud Robot with its resources and global distribution reach. Led by Co–GM’s McKee Floyd and Nicky Berger, as well as Charles Scott who currently oversees the music division for Bad Robot, the label will seek short–term relationship with emerging and established talent for the release of original music.

Havas and Universal Music’s Capitol Music Group (CMG) announced today a partnership to launch Annex Tower Creative, an initiative to expand Havas' culture and entertainment platform, ANNEX. While both companies are under the Vivendi umbrella, the partnership marks one of the first finalized between a U.S. creative agency and an American record label. Annex Tower Creative will be based out of the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood and seeks to support collaboration between brands and artists on the rosters of CMG's labels. Partnerships will include those with external brands across the music, art, entertainment and fashion spaces to generate unique content and cultural experiences, as well as new revenue streams.

As part of its festival ownership map, the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has highlighted that Live Nation now owns or controls 25.6% of U.K. festivals with more than 5,000 capacity, more than three times the market share of its nearest competitor Global, who counts 8% of U.K. festivals over 5,000 capacity via promoter Broadwick Live. Placed third in market share is AEG Presents at 5%, with AIF members comprising 20% of the over 5,000 capacity market, across 65 festivals and 37 individual companies across their membership. Live Nation–owned Ticketmaster controls an estimated 46% of the top 61 venue box offices in the U.K., selling 500 million tickets worldwide each year. Additionally, Live Nation counts a management stable of more than 500 artists and a total of 30,000 concerts promoted globally in 2017. As it reveals these statistics, the AIF has also renewed its request for U.K. competition authorities to closely review the dominance of Live Nation in the market, and the effect it has on the health of the independent festival circuit.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Stellar Songs have signed new British rap talent Octavian to a worldwide deal via their joint venture. The south–east London songwriter, singer and rapper has been hailed by the media as “shaping the sound of rap in 2018” while winning public endorsements from global artist Drake. The 22–year–old has, to date, released only a handful of singles but has already received media attention from the likes of Pitchfork, Noisey and Complex. Off the underground success of last year’s single “Party Here,” Black Butter Records offered Octavian a recording deal. Octavian’s first releases came in the form of his two EPs, 22 and Essie World, produced by his friend Jordan Christie, aka J Rick. The EPs were followed by “Party Here” and, subsequently, additional singles “100 Degrees,” “Hands” and “Little.” Octavian currently features on Grammy–nominated British electronic artist Mura Masa’s brand new single “Move Me.”

Pandora Premium users now have the ability to share music via Snapchat, it was announced last week. The new offering allows Pandora’s listeners to share their music selections from the “Now Playing” screen on the Pandora app directly to Snapchat with a card corresponding to the album, song or playlist added to a story, or sent direct to friends. If the Snap’s recipient isn’t signed up for Pandora Premium, they are provided 30 minutes of uninterrupted music following a 30–second ad. The feature has rolled out to Pandora Premium iOS and Android users, as well as those with Plus and ad–supported accounts.

After spending 8 years at Pandora, and in his most recent role as Sr. Director of Industry Relations, Mike Fink tells A&R Worldwide that he will be departing the company at the end of this month. Fink will unveil his next steps in the near future.

Downtown has appointed Peter Rosenthal as General Counsel. The new role will have Rosenthal overseeing all aspects of the worldwide legal and business affairs for Downtown Music Publishing, Songtrust and Downtown Music Studios. Based in New York, Rosenthal reports to Andrew Bergman, Downtown's Chief Operating Officer. With over two decades of experience, Rosenthal’s background includes counseling clients across the entertainment, new media, technology, fashion and luxury goods industries, including structuring, negotiating, and documenting a broad range of corporate, commercial and intellectual property agreements and transactions. Prior to Downtown, he was a partner with law firm Ritholz Levy Fields LLP, where he'd spent more than thirteen years. Other previous roles include stops at Playboy.com, Inc., Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, and the Entrepreneurial Services Group of Bingham, Dana & Gould.

Richie Deeney has been tapped by DHP Family for the newly–created position of Head of Brand Partnerships, working across DHP Family’s portfolio of venues, festivals and concerts. Deeney’s credits include past work on music campaigns for brands such as Stone Island, Reebok, Arena Homme, Vice, Fred Perry Subculture, Adidas, YMC, Eurostar and Absolut Vodka, as well as with artists including Justice, Honne, Steve Mason, Everything Everything, Friendly Fires, Badly Drawn Boys, Black Lips, Arcade Fire and Outkast. He’s also worked across collaborations with companies such as Universal, EMI, Warner Music, Sony BMG, Domino, Rough Trade, Ed Banger Records and Heavenly Recordings. With Upfront Media, Deeney worked on music activations and marketing campaigns across festivals including Reading & Leeds, 02 Wireless, Download and Field Day. DHP Family’s portfolio includes eight venues in the U.K. and several festivals as well as U.K. national tours and shows.

Jeremy Geffen
Helmut Fest
Music agent and manager, Jeremy Geffen, passed away last week at the age of 40. The executive, no relation to David Geffen, had founded Creative Rights Group (CRG) in 2014 as he worked with classic songwriters to regain their rights and monetize them, securing their legacies. Among CRG’s clients were included Smokey Robinson, The Isley Brothers, Alphonso Mizell (The Jackson 5), members of the Commodores, the Baker Knight estate (Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson), the Willie Mitchell estate and others. Geffen’s career began at Shankman, De Blasio, Melina Inc. He went on to assist on Janet Jackson’s Velvet Rope Tour before assuming the role of GM for Creative Management Group, overseeing day–to–day for acts including Sisqo, Teddy Riley and Christina Milan among others. He then became a partner with Wright Entertainment Group and in 2003, launched his own Jeremy Geffen Management which he sold to Sanctuary Group and eventually worked to retake ownership of with a rebrand to Geffen Management Group.

Helmut Fest, the former Managing Director of EMI, died last week in Zurich at the age of 69. Fest was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia. His career started at the former EMI Electrola in Cologne before he transitioned to the Motown label in Germany, managing the company which counted artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and the Temptations among its roster. He became General Manager A&R International in 1976 and then took over leading EMI Music in London in 1982, becoming Director of A&R and Marketing, Europe and International, where he looked after global operations ex–N. American across A&R and Marketing. Starting in 1990, he served as Managing Director for EMI G/S/A. Fest also served as head of the German Phono–Academy from 1988–1991 as well as honourably head of IFPI. 2003 saw him launch his own Festplatte AG in Zurich.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Neil Jacobson, Aton Ben–Horin, Scooter Braun, Natasha Bent, Gavin Maude, Cybele Pettus, Kyle Hopkins, Devraj Sanyal, Ron Laffitte, Katie Welle, George Ergatoudis and Kirk Sommer.


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. As we’ve just spent some recent days in India, we felt it would be appropriate to share some light–hearted moments from this part of the world. Click HERE to enjoy some spicy fails from India.


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



Tara Lee is a singer–songwriter, producer and actress from Ireland. She studied dance (ballet, street and modern) for 13 years at the Performing Arts College in Dublin, but is now based in London. Citing influences ranging from Blondie to Massive Attack to heartfelt songwriters such as Nick Cave and Diane Warren, Tara has the unique ability to write raw, emotional and connecting ballads alongside contemporary edgy pop songs. Following a performance at MUSEXPO’s International Music Person of the Year Industry Awards honoring esteemed writer Diane Warren, Tara was immediately signed by BMG Publishing. An exceptionally prolific songwriter herself, Tara recently collaborated with Blair McKichan (Paloma Faith, Sia, Lilly Allen), Justin Broad (Jessie J, Emeli Sandé, Corinne Bailey Rae), Matty Benbrook (Paulo Nutini, Dido, Jack Saveoretti) and Jonas Quant (Hurts, Kylie Minogue, Foxes). She has appeared in a number of films, TV programs and has had her music featured in a variety of movies. She supported Hurts on their December 2017 tour and will be performing at The Waiting Room in London on September 5th along with Drama for a sold–out show. Listen to an exclusive sample of Tara’s debut single via Riverman Records/AWAL distribution, produced by Justin Broad, called “Boyz” HERE, which will be released this Friday. Contact Alex Weston at Alex@riverman.co.uk for all inquiries.


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

Two years ago Issac Holman and Laurie Vincent released their Mercury–nominated debut album Are You Satisfied under the moniker Slaves. The album reached No.8 on the UK Albums Chart and helped the duo earn positive reviews from critics and fans. When it was time to work on their sophomore album, they worked alongside Beastie BoysMike D who helped produce 2016’s Take Control, which reached No.6 on the UK Albums Chart. For their third album, Acts of Fear and Love, which was released on August 17th, they abandoned their own self–created system and focused on the craft of songwriting. The album was produced by Jolyon Thomas (Royal Blood, U2), recorded in Brussels and this time around, the music is far more genre bending than their previous releases as the duo aimed to write a heavy album, which was inspired partly by the Oasis documentary ‘Supersonic.’ The personal record is sensitive, but also shows maturity for the band and it has received overwhelmingly positive reviews. Watch the video for “Cut And Run” HERE and catch the Kent–based twosome on the road in the states with upcoming dates in Salt Lake City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, New York and San Bernardino, CA. Slaves is signed to Virgin/EMIin the UK and distributed through Play Nice (Interscope) in the U.S., and represented by Seven 7 Management. Contact Matt Vines at matt@seven7.management for all inquiries.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 8/26/2018



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, August 26th, 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:

HIDER – “Into The Sun” (Unsigned, UK)
STATE LIGHTS – “Freedom” (Unsigned, Ireland)
BANG BANG ROMEO – “Shame On You” (Five Seven Music, UK)
JOIN THE RIOT – “Fantasies” (Unsigned, Sweden)
BLACK HONEY – “I Only Hurt The Ones I Love” (Fox Five Records, UK)
FOREST BLAKK – “Tread Lightly” (DoOzy Records, Canada)
THE RAH’S – “Take It All In” (Unsigned, Scotland)
THE RPM’S – “Let Things Happen” (Xtra Mile Recordings, UK)
TONICA – “California” (Unsigned, UK)
THE FAIM – “Summer Is A Curse” (BMG, Australia)
BOY AFRAID – “Evasions” (Blinding Recordings, Sweden)
SEA GIRLS – “Too Much Fun” (Unsigned, UK)
LEONIDEN – “Kids” (Euphorie, Germany)
SLAVES – “Cut & Run” (Virgin, UK)
SHAYNA LEIGH – “Defiant” (Unsigned, N. America)
TEN TONNES – “Lay It On Me” (Warner Music, UK)
BLOW – “Get Some” (Sony, France)
PICTURE THIS – “When We Were Young” (Warner Music, Ireland)
SPRING KING – “Us Vs Them” (Island, UK)
ALL MANKIND – “Help Me To My Feet” (Unsigned, Australia)
ROOSEVELT – “Under The Sun” (Unsigned, Germany)
THE DUNTS – “Dimitri” (Unsigned, Scotland)
VANDER + THE PEOPLE – “Victorious” (Unsigned, Australia)
COLOUR FACTION – “Marco Polo” (Unsigned, South Africa)
TORS – “Won’t Remember” (Unsigned, UK)
IV LEAGUE – “Superstar” (Mucho Bravado, Australia)
HIGH TROPICS – “Wait For You” (Unsigned, Australia)
THE NEW MADNESS – “Woman” (Crunchy Frog, Denmark)
TELLA VIV – “No, No, No, No” (Bolero Recordings, Sweden)
LONGFELLOW – “Plasticine” (Unsigned, UK)
EMME LENTINO – “Better Than Gold” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
THE VITRIOTS – “Long Way Down” (Sureshaker, Australia)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Tara Lee, Hider, Join The Riot, Roosevelt and IV League).