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MUSEXPO CREATIVE SUMMIT 2019 REVEALS KEY SPEAKER ADDITIONS



MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2019 continues to add key influencers to its re–imagined adaptation and evolution to its annual global music and media conference, as part of the inaugural California Entertainment Week 2019. Following on the recent reveal of an exclusive interactive synch presence from one of the world’s leading film/TV networks and studios, NBCUniversal, featuring many of the company’s key creative team members, MUSEXPO Creative Summit has revealed another round of the industry’s most innovative and inspiring executives to join its programming next March.

Ben Cooper Bob Lefsetz Gao Xiaosong Jo Charrington

Kaylin Frank Mike Daly Nick Raphael

Among the new group of leading music, media, digital and entertainment industry minds confirmed to join the MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2019 are: Ben Cooper – Controller, BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & BBC Asian Network; Bob Lefsetz – Author, “The Lefsetz Letter;” Gao Xiaosong – Global Chairman, Alibaba Entertainment Strategic Committee; Kaylin Frank – VP, Creative Music and Soundtracks, Walt Disney Pictures; and Mike Daly – Executive Director of A&R/Music Publishing, Disney Music Group (Hollywood Records, Buena Vista Records and Disney Music Publishing); as well as Nick Raphael – President, Capitol Records U.K. and Jo Charrington – Co–President, Capitol Records U.K., who will participate as part of a special keynote interview delving into their A&R expertise and successes, most recently with global acts Sam Smith, 5 Seconds Of Summer and Liam Payne.

MUSEXPO’s Creative Summit, taking place March 24th – 27th 2019, will head to the north side of the Hollywood Hills for its 2019 debut in Burbank, CA, the “Media Capital of the World,” at the newly–remodeled and inspiring resort–like Castaway venue for an ultimate networking, creative and business experience. MUSEXPO Creative Summit is a part of a week–long series of events including the Worldwide Radio Summit that will coincide as part of the brand–new California Entertainment Week, which will place March 24th – 29th.

Information on artist showcasing submissions, direct flights to Burbank Airport and conference discount hotel room bookings within the Burbank, CA area is available at www.musexpo.net.

To register to attend the event, or for organization and group discounts contact Tyler Polzin at tyler@anrworldwide.com.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities and event partnerships contact Sat Bisla at sat@anrworldwide.com.


SIR ELTON JOHN AND UMG ANNOUNCE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP



Sir Elton John
Rocket Entertainment and Universal Music Group (UMG) have finalized a significant new agreement to provide iconic act Sir Elton John with resources and expertise across recorded music, music publishing and licensing rights. This partnership not only sees UMG representing the entirety of Elton John’s creative output across his five–decade career, but also has UMG’s labels globally releasing all of John’s new music for the remainder of his career.

The long–term relationship also includes the publishing rights to his iconic songwriting catalogue to be administered by Universal Music Publishing Group. UMG’s brand–management and merchandise company, Bravado, will also work alongside Rocket on global merchandising, branding and retail licensing opportunities around Elton’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road world tour and catalogue.

In making the announcement Elton John said, “In UMG we’ve got the perfect partners to support all aspects of my creative endeavors. Lucian, Jody, David and the UMG family share the values that we hold dear – nurturing artistry, restless creativity and innovation. I’m proud and delighted to have them stand alongside me as I embark on the next phase of my career”

Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group said, “Elton John is a creative cornerstone of UMG, which has been his home since his earliest days at MCA Records. In parallel with Elton’s stratospheric rise as an artist, UMG has evolved from a ‘label’ and ‘publisher’ into a broad–based global media and entertainment company that is positioned to work at a far higher level and with greater impact with an artist of Elton’s caliber. As he embarks on his monumental Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, we are excited for our entire global organization to stand alongside him, working hand in hand with David and his team at Rocket to ensure that his music continues to inspire and entertain audiences around the world for generations to come.”

Since becoming CEO of Rocket Entertainment in 2015, David Furnish has built an ever–closer working partnership with UMG which has seen them growing Elton John’s presence via streaming services and social media platforms to support a broader strategy in touring, branding and licensing including a strategically planned series of initiatives across recorded and live music, fashion, film and video. In November 2017, Elton John released the widely successful Diamonds, a career–spanning Greatest Hits set which coincided with his 70th birthday, as well as the anniversary of his 50th year working with his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin.

Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which is expected to reach 6–7 million people across 300 shows over three years, has just kicked off its U.S. dates earlier this month.


U.S. SENATE & HOUSE PASS MUSIC MODERNIZATION ACT



Following up on the recent reform to copyright legislation in the EU, the U.S. saw the Music Modernization Act passed unanimously by both the Senate and the House of Representatives last week after a long battle. Despite having made it through both groups, the legislation is now set to return to the House as the version approved by the Senate was heavily amended with the new version requiring an additional approval from the House before it can be passed to the President and signed into law.

One of the bill’s leading proponents in the Senate, Senator Lamar Alexander (R–Tenn.) did comment that in the process of adjusting the law, they were in close contact with their House colleagues and is hopeful the Senate’s version will be passed.

The legislation had nearly not made it through with Sirius XM holding strong on points it wanted changed, reportedly finding at least two Senators to back their position. Following a period of back–and–forth between Sirius and a number of songwriting groups, a compromise was reached which saw Sirius successful in getting most of the changes it wanted with the exception of the 801(b) standard, giving additional considerations not presented to other digital services while setting rates.

With the Senate re–naming the bill the Senator Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act, as Hatch is retiring, Hatch commented, “With this bill, we are one step closer to historic reform for our badly outdated music laws. The Music Modernization Act provides a solution, and it does so in a way that brings together competing sides of the music industry and both sides of the political spectrum.”

Many organizations and companies within the music industry shared their support of the bill’s passage with AIMP’s President Michael Eames, AIMP New York’s Executive Director Alisa Coleman, and John Ozier, AIMP Nashville Executive Director, jointly stating, “The AIMP applauds today’s unanimous passage of the appropriately named Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act (MMA) in the U.S. Senate, clearing the path for its much–needed reforms to become law once ratified in the House and signed by the President. With support from both sides of the political aisle, along with unprecedented cooperation between the music and technology industry, the MMA will be a massive step forward for the independent publishing community and the music industry in general, which has been hamstrung by antiquated copyright laws for far too long. Now, independent publishers and songwriters will enjoy a more modern and realistic rate standard, a central public database to ease royalty payments from digital services, the end of evidence limitations placed on rights–holders arguing for more accurate royalty rates, the ability for PROs to be heard by more than just the same two judges, and a clear and final determination that digital services must pay for the use of pre–1972 recordings. None of this would be possible without NMPA President & CEO David Israelite and his staff, who have been instrumental in crafting and passing the MMA, and the AIMP thanks them along with Sen. Lamar Alexander for his articulate explanation of why this legislation is so important, and every U.S. Senator who has recognized the rights of independent publishers and songwriters by passing this legislation.”


A&R WORLDWIDE RETURNS TO REEPERBAHN



Last week, A&R Worldwide’s team returned to the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany. Reeperbahn continues to grow and bring together great creative and commercial minds from across Europe and the globe for informative panels and keynotes, great networking and exceptional musical talent!

A&R Worldwide also once again joined Reeperbahn’s annual Wunderkinder program which presented a number of buyers from around the world with some of the most export–ready German talent on the Reeperbahn Festival programming. This year’s acts included a diverse range of performances from A Tale Of Golden Keys, Ace Tee, Bayuk, BLED WHITE, BLVTH, Charlotte Brandi, DENA, HAERTS, Ilgen–Nur and Jungstötter.

Across the event’s festival program, A&R Worldwide came across some additional favorites including D/troit, Decibelles, Easy October, EUT, Hubert Lenoir, Jeremy Loops, Jim Kroft, Lxandra, Lydmor, Sam Fender, The Dirty Nil, Theodore, Tom Gregory, Wanthanee, and many more!

A&R Worldwide would like to thank Detlef Schwarte, Alex Schulz, Max Domma and the entire Reeperbahn team for their hospitality at this year’s event.

See below a pictorial overview of A&R Worldwide’s time on the Reeperbahn!

HALLO GERMANY! Making a quick pit–stop on the way to Hamburg for Reeperbahn 2018, A&R Worldwide’s Sr. Director Tyler Polzin spent a day in Berlin catching up on the evolving German music scene with a number of A&R Worldwide’s colleagues including Sarah Schneider – Sr. Repertoire & Creative Manager, Sony/ATV Music Publishing (Germany). DOWN ON THE BAYUK – Reeperbahn’s Wunderkinder program once again put the spotlight on some of Germany’s amazing export–ready talent including the unique alt–pop sounds of Bayuk.

CATCHING UP ON THE FAST–CHANGING WORLD OF TICKETING & ARTIST DEVELOPMENT VIA LIVE were (l–r) Antonio Valero (Head of Music Business Development, Stubhub), Dina Seyer (Music Business Development, Stubhub), A&R Worldwide’s Tyler Polzin, and a Stubhub team colleague. VAT ARE YOU TALKING AB–EUT? Recapping the incredible Reeperbahn set by Dutch act EUT are Tyler Polzin and the band’s manager, Henning Dietz (right).

FOUR’S A CROWD! Catching up on the German live market over a round of German bier’s are (l–r) Four Artist’s Patrick Csonka and Christoph Austermann, A&R Worldwide’s Tyler Polzin and Henning Ahrens (Four Artists). IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SONG! CATCHING UP ON THE ART OF A&R & CREATING MUSIC are Jens–Markus Wegener (General Manager, Meisel Music) and A&R Worldwide’s Tyler Polzin.

A NORDIC BLAST IN HAMBURG: Braving the wind and rain outside on the Spielbudenplatz to delve into the Nordic music scene were (l–r) Niko Kangas (Export Manager, Music Finland), A&R Worldwide’s Tyler Polzin and Jesper Thorsson (CEO, Export Music Sweden).


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



A round of key appointments have been announced to the newly re–launched Arista Records, under the leadership of CEO, David Massey. Joining the team are Brian Vinikoor as VP of Marketing, Ethan Gletzer as Sr. Director of Digital Marketing & Branding, and Dieuwertje “Dee” Heuvelings as Sr. Director of A&R & Marketing. Vinikoor comes to Arista from mtheory with Gletzer joining from KNCTRNL Artist MGMT. Heuvelings is a former Spotify staffer, having served as Sr. Editor and Playlists Curator out of the streamer’s Amsterdam office.

Sony Music has announced the promotions of Monica Cornia and Melissa Thomas to Sr. VP of International Marketing roles for RCA/Arista Records and Columbia/Epic Records, respectively. Both Cornia and Thomas will be based in New York City, focusing on the development and implementation of international marketing campaigns for Sony Music’s U.S. label artists. They will lead both the New York and London international marketing teams. Having served most recently as VP of International Marketing for RCA, Cornia led global campaigns for acts such as the Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and Zayn. Her career began at Sanctuary Group before heading to RCA Music Group’s International Department in 2005. After a stint at Vector Management working with Kesha, Cornia rejoined RCA in 2014. Thomas’ most recent position as VP of International for Epic Records saw her leading the global team behind breaking acts such as Fifth Harmony, Zara Larsson, Meghan Trainor, DJ Khaled, Future, French Montana, Camila Cabello and Travis Scott. She started out in Sony Music’s London office in 2005 as a member of the U.K. international team for eight years before heading to New York and Sony Music’s U.S. International team.

Spotify has opened the doors to independent artists to upload their music directly to the platform. The streamer has already been beta–testing with a small collective of acts including Noname, Michael Brun, VIAA and Hot Shade, with the the new offering available on an invite–only basis to “a few hundred U.S.–based independent artists,” as noted in a blog post. For those artists selected, uploading can now be done directly through the Spotify For Artists account and allows acts controlling their own copyrights to get their music on the platform directly as well as add appropriate metadata, preview the appearance of the upload on their page and pre–schedule song releases.

France–based global advertising and communications leader, Havas, and U.S. indie multicultural agency Republica, located in Miami, have joined forces. Republica was founded in 2006 by Jorge A. Plasencia, Chairman & CEO, and President Luis Casamayor with a goal to foster lasting relationships between brands and people across a diverse range of cultures, traditions and languages. Among the company’s brand partners are included Walmart, Google, Toyota, Nielsen and Universal Parks & Resorts. The new venture sees Republica becoming Havas’ lead multicultural agency partner in the U.S. under the banner of Republica Havas. Remaining based in Miami, Republica Havas is looking to enter additional U.S. markets including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. As a result of Plasencia's history within the music industry, including serving a number of years as the PR director for Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Shakira and others, its anticipated that Republica will work across multiple musical projects. The agency will maintain leadership under Plasencia, Casamayor and their executive team, as well as from Chairman & CEO, Havas Creative, N. America, Paul Marobella.

As it prepares it’s October 1st launch, Elektra Music Group has added three key hires to its promotion department. Joining the Elektra team is Melanie Scull as VP of Promotion, focusing on pop radio. Additionally, Roadrunner Promotion will change its name to Elektra Promotion, with veteran Myra Dehais serving as Sr. VP of Promotion – West Coast/Alternative, and longstanding Roadrunner team member Jason Martin appointed as VP of Promotion/Triple A. All three report to Elektra Music Group Co–President Mike Easterlin, who will lead the new company with Co–President Gregg Nadel. Alongside the appointments, Bill Millman will return to Boston from Chicago to take up the position of New England Midwest Regional Manager for Elektra Music Group.

SiriusXM has revealed it is set to acquire Pandora for $3.5 billion, a strategic transaction that is expected to close in the first quarter of next year. The deal brings SiriusXM the ability to grow its presence to home and mobile use in addition to its automobile users. Pandora's CEO Roger Lynch said, "We've made tremendous progress in our efforts to lead in digital audio. Together with SiriusXM, we're even better positioned to take advantage of the huge opportunities we see in audio entertainment, including growing our advertising business and expanding our subscription offerings. The powerful combination of SiriusXM's content, position in the car, and premium subscription products, along with the biggest audio streaming service in the U.S., will create the world's largest audio entertainment company. This transaction will deliver significant value to our stockholders and will allow them to participate in upside, given SiriusXM's strong brand, financial resources and track record delivering results."

Comcast has outbid 21st Century Fox in a blind auction for leading European pay TV company Sky with an an all–cash offer worth $22.60 per–share valuing Sky at $38.8 billion. Fox/Disney, with Fox being a long–time stakeholder in Sky owning 39%, had put forward a final offer of $20.50 per–share. Comcast now acquires Sky's 23 million BSkyB subscribers, digital assets and streaming options. Over the next two weeks, Sky can tender their shares to Comcast as they review the respective offers from Comcast and 21st Century Fox. An independent directors committee for Sky plc released a statement urging shareholders to accept Comcast's winning bid. Comcast's bid was cleared by the European Union in mid–June with the U.K. government not requiring further review by regulators with final clearance for Fox's Sky bid given on July 12th.

According to the RIAA, the U.S. industry saw continued growth over the first half of the year as revenue increased 10% to 4.6 billion over the same time last year. In line with the continued trend globally, streaming continues to drive growth, seeing revenues reaching $3.35 billion, an increase of 28.4% over the first half of 2017. Within the sector, paid subscriptions rose by 33.3% with ad–supported revenue increasing by 15.6% and SoundExchange distributions garnered from programmed services growing by 17.4%. The increases overall mark a slightly smaller growth from 2017 to 2018 in relation to the growth seen between 2016 and 2017, a result of the larger revenue base overall. Across other sectors of the industry, licensing/synchronization royalties received by labels increased 10.8%. Decreasing was digital download revenue which dropped 26.5% to $562.2 million and physical sales losing 24.9% to $461.6 million. Despite an overall decrease to the physical market, vinyl continues its growth as revenues for the sector rose 12.7% over last year.

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Widely–successful, platinum–selling and award–winning electronic music producer and artists, deadmau5, is entering the film space as he is at work creating the entire score for the film Polar, set for release next year. The announcement was made last week by Netflix and Constantin Film. The film is directed by renowned Swedish director and drummer Jonas Åkerlund, with the screenplay written by Jayson Rothwell (Silent Night). The Constantin Film/Bolt Pictures co–production, in association with Dark Horse Entertainment, stars Mads Mikkelsen (Doctor Strange, Rogue One), Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers, Beastly), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) and Matt Lucas (Alice In Wonderland, Doctor Who, Little Britain). It is produced by Constantin Film's Robert Kulzer (Resident Evil franchise), Jeremy Bolt (Resident Evil franchise, Death Race), Hartley Gorenstein (Room) and is Executive Produced by Constantin Film's Martin Moszkowicz, Mads Mikkelsen, and Dark Horse Entertainment's Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg. Netflix will release the film globally in 2019, excluding Canada, Germany, and China where Constantin Film will handle distribution.

Atlas Music Publishing has tapped Mike Locke as VP of Creative Synchronization and Marketing. The new role will have Locke based in Los Angeles while overseeing all synch activity, as well as contributing to overall business development. As a highly–respected, veteran executive, Locke formerly led INgrooves’ synch licensing department where he secured music placements across major campaigns for Google, Apple, Starbucks and Royal Caribbean, among others. Prior, Locke Co–Founded Silver Side Productions, a music licensing and digital label company, where he signed labels and artists and placed music in a number of ad campaigns, major motion pictures and trailers, television and video games. Locke’s career began at Warner Music Group where he focused on new ways to exploit songs in the catalog.

Live Nation revealed its “Power Of Live” report recently which delved into research collected from festivals, venues and clubs worldwide, seeking to identify what drives the behavior of fans. With 22,500 people surveyed across 11 countries including the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Japan and China, the report showed that the growth of the live industry is faster than that of the recorded music industry even with streaming’s more widespread adoption. Based on figured from PwC, by 2020 the live arena will be worth $28.24 billion with recorded music reaching only $19.48 billion. The report revealed that a large portion of music fans are seeking ways to engage more with the real world, people and emotions in a social media–dominated landscape. From a brand/marketing perspective, the report revealed that 65% of event attendees made purchases solely for the event.

Activist Artists Management has added The Lumineers to its roster, to be managed by Bernie Cahill, who launched the firm in April alongside Partners Greg Suess and Matt Maher. The group, who had spent the summer in search of new management, join the Activist roster that includes acts such as Dead & Company, Dwight Yoakam, Bob Weir and Clare Bowen as well as others. The band will maintain booking representation from Paradigm’s Joe Atamian.

Billy Idol
Another iconic artist will set up shop with a Las Vegas residency as Billy Idol heads to the Palms Casino Resort in 2019 for a 10–show run. Live Nation announced the residency, Billy Idol: Las Vegas 2019, last week which will incorporate music spanning the punk rocker’s career of more than three decades. The residency will also featured Idol’s band including Steve Stevens, his longtime guitar player.

The combined forces of The Fader and Cornerstone Agency have recently worked across a number of successful campaigns and projects for companies such as YouTube, Apple, SoundCloud, The North Face and Major League Soccer. In the wake of these successes for the publication/brand agency, a number of new hires have been announced for both Cornerstone and The Fader. The duo firm is led by Co–Chief Executives and Co–Founder Jon Cohen and Rob Stone, sharing an office based in New York. Anong the new appointments are included Felipe Ferreira who takes on the role of Creative Director for Cornerstone/Fader; Warren Seuradge as Sr. Integrated Strategist; and Shariah McKenzie as Integrated Marketing Strategy Coordinator. The Fader adds Sr. Editor Lawrence Burney; Lauren Levy as a senior writer; and video producer Chloe Campion.

Peermusic has signed songwriter Madison Ryann Ward to a global publishing agreement it was announced last week by President & COO, peermusic Anglo American Region, Kathy Spanberger, and Vincent “Tuff" Morgan, Sr. Director of A&R, peermusic. The deal covers the new single “Mirror,” the record that was released following Ward being featured recording the track with Rick Rubin on Jay Z’s episode of the Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman. The video for “Mirror” was released on August 31st via Republic Records. Having played sports all her life, Ward decided to play collegiate volleyball at Oklahoma University but when a group of athletes heard her singing Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” in the cafeteria and posted a clip on Twitter, the video going viral changed her career path. Ward traveled to Nashville for songwriting, eventually moving there for a year before splitting time between New York and Los Angeles, where she signed with management followed by a label deal with Rubin. “Mirror” prepares the way for a full EP release by Ward on Republic later this year. As a songwriter, Madison is also collaborating with other artists and recently co–wrote “Roses” by Col3trane.

Ticketing exchange platform Lyte has brought on Lawrence Peryer as Head of Business and Corporate Development. Peryer had most recently served as Director of Event and Tickets for Amazon Tickets, leading the event business for Amazon. Other past stops include those at Warner Music Group as EVP as well as executive positions at Live Nation and a number of roles with startups in the music and entertainment space.

Marking the first release since Chris Cornell’s passing, the late Seattle singer/songwriter’s Estate and UME have revealed a self–titled release for November including a 17–track album, as well as a 64–track limited edition deluxe box set featuring 11 unreleased songs. Overseen by Chris’ wife Vicky Cornell, the collection includes work from the artist’s time with Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave as well as from his solo career.

SoundExchange has appointed Richard Conlon as Chief Corporate Development Officer as it seeks to continue to expand its services to the music industry. Conlon previously served as the company’s Chief External Affairs Officer. Conlon is also a member of the board of directors of SoundExchange subsidiary, SXWorks. In his new role, Conlon will oversee the company's efforts expanding into additional areas of services for labels, artists, music publishers and licensees. As SoundExchange’s Chief External Affairs Officer, Conlon led industry relations, global public policy and communications teams serving the company's 170,000 artists, rights owners and publishers. Prior to SoundExchange, Conlon was a Principal at Rights Management Holdings and was a long–standing senior executive at Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), most recently as Sr. VP of Corporate Strategy, Communications and New Media.

KISS
The farewell tours continue as iconic rock outfit, KISS, have revealed they will hit the road one last time to round out a storied 45–year career. Dates for KISS’ End of the Road tour are yet to be announced with the band making the announcement on NBC’s America’s Got Talent last week.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decided last week to uphold the webcasting rate that had been set by the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) for 2016–2020 on all counts. The rates of $0.0017 per song play from ad–supported services were finalized in December of 2015 and included a rate put in place of $0.0022 per song play for paid subscription webcasters. In 2016, SoundExchange had challenged four parts of the CRB’s ruling including their use of Pandora’s direct deal with Merlin and iHeartMedia’s direct deal with Warner Music Group as references for sourcing a reasonable benchmark for rates; its use of interactive services rates for benchmarks; its decision to place different rates on different types of services; and its revision to the requirements in place auditors are required to meet for the performance of audits.

The Grammy Museum Foundation has announced the promotion of Michael Sticka to Executive Director where he will oversee all operations including curatorial, development, marketing, grants and awards, and public and education programs. He had previously served as Controller and Finance Director. Sticka steps into the role left vacant with Scott Goldman, who assumed the position when the Grammy Museum and Grammy Foundation combined in 2017, as Goldman takes on an Artistic Director role. The Grammy Museum has, since merging with the Foundation last year, produced over 80 public programs, hosted nearly 30,000 students for tours and educational workshops, and opened several exhibits, as well as awarded $200,000 in grants to 14 recipients.

ONErpm has tapped music industry veteran Jason Jordan as Managing Director for the global distribution, label services, and rights management company’s North American operations. Jordan’s new role will see him tasked with building the company’s reach in the U.S. and Canada; overseeing all marketing, sales, A&R, business development, publishing, artist relations, and distribution from the company’s Brooklyn headquarters, while managing teams based in Nashville, New York, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Jordan’s career began when he founded punk rock and hardcore music label Watermark Records and music publishing company Earthprogram Music while attending high school and university. At the same time, he developed the music marketing and sales program at Urban Outfitters. He eventually joined the A&R team at Columbia Records, and spent more than a decade with Hollywood Records as VP of A&R, after joining the label as their second A&R hire. He then provided the initial seed funding to start successful SaaS rights management company SynchTank, where he acted as Sr. Advisor from 2012–2014, and was President of indie music publisher Imagem Music from 2014 – 2016. His most recent role saw him serving as Sr. VP of A&R at Republic Records. Jordan’s A&R career has seen him signing a diverse array of artists including Two Feet, BBMak, Breaking Benjamin, Picture This, Juke Ross, and others.

3 Beat has signed afrobeat artist Geko to an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement. Geko is already signed to the 3 Beat recording roster, with the long–term publishing deal encompassing Geko’s songs to date, as well as a number of future albums or EPs. Geko joins a number of recent acts signed from the 3 Beat recording roster to its publishing division over the last 12 months including Callum Beattie and High Contrast. Geko’s current single “6:30” has garnered over 10 million streams in the U.K. and 15 million worldwide, as well as adding over 1 million new monthly Spotify listeners for the artist since its release. The single has also received support at radio, having been playlisted at CapitalXTRA, 1Xtra and Kiss Fresh, with more than 1,000 radio plays across the three stations, as well as 22 BBC Radio 1 plays to date. In total it has earned 100,000 units on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, while generating over 9.4 million views of the video to date.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Jacqueline Saturn, Greg Hammer, Patrick Moxey, Robert Reynolds, Charley Londono, Gina Tucci, Kristina Grossmann, Tom Corson, Ben Mawson, Jens–Markus Wegener, David Renzer and Chris Mollere.


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. We rely on our news anchors and reporters to deliver the facts, but sometimes things don’t always go as planned. Click HERE for a smorgasboard of ‘bloopers and ooopsers’ from our trusted media around the world!


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



Born and raised in Atlanta, the home of Migos, Future, Russ and 6LACK, Rola came up in the DIY Hip–Hop and R&B scene as a writer, producer, performer, instrumentalist and vocalist. In addition to being a rapper/vocalist, Rola also began training in classical piano at the age of six. As a teen, he honed his verses, fusing detailed narratives of his childhood, first love, and restlessness of youth. Rola pulls listeners into his world, sharing life experiences in often–cinematic storytelling, and a voice that’s both piercing and vulnerable. Rola currently resides in Los Angeles, selling beats to pay the rent while looking to take his unique brand of artistry to the masses. Listen to Rola’s single “Can’t Sleep Right” HERE and for all inquiries contact Victor Murgatroyd at VMurgatroyd1@gmail.com.


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

Germany’s Leoniden has a history of being a tight–knit group with a deep passion for music that doesn’t let any outside influence change their approach of creating a unique and extraordinary sound. They performed nearly 100 live performances last year alone and have tallied nearly 15 million streams online. Leoniden is set to release their sophomore album Again next month, featuring the single “Alone.” The track is made up of perfectly balanced dramatic compositions, with little pauses, grand melodic lines, a continuously enhanced level of excitement and an addictive key change. Experience the single along with the brand new video HERE as Leoniden not only releases the new album next month but are getting ready for the Kids Will Unite Tour starting in November and wrapping up in March. Contact Henning Mues of Euphorie Management at henning@woistdieeuphorie.com, as Leoniden is currently available for international booking, synch and brand opportunities in addition to label options for several territories.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 9/23/2018



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, September 23rd, 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 DUNTS – “Witch Hunt” (Unsigned, Scotland)
MADYX – “Girl Boy” (Unsigned, N. America)
THE FAIM – “Summer Is A Curse” (BMG, Australia)
TELEMAN – “Song For A Seagull” (Moshi Moshi, UK)
DAMIAN LYNN – “Feel The Heat” (MsBest/Phonag Records, Switzerland)
SLAVES – “Cut And Run” (Virgin/EMI, UK)
LOST IN STEREO – “Save Me” (Unsigned, Scotland)
TARA LEE – “Boyz” (AWAL, Ireland)
LEONIDEN – “River” (Euphorie, Germany)
TEN TONNES – “G.I.V.E.” (Warner Music, UK)
FOREST BLAKK – “Love Me” (DoOzy Records, Canada)
***GLOBAL DJ EXCHANGE W/ DJ UELI HAFLIGER “FLUX FM” BERLIN, GERMANYGURR – “Hot Summer” ***
THE RAH’S – “Take It All In” (Unsigned, Scotland)
MOBY RICH – Yoko Ono (Unsigned, UK)
THE NEW MADNESS – “Woman” (Crunchy Frog, Denmark)
JRAFFE – "California" (Unsigned, UK)
BLACK HONEY – “I Only Hurt The Ones I Love” (Fox Five Records, UK)
JOIN THE RIOT – “Fantasies” (Unsigned, Sweden)
STATE LIGHTS – “Freedom” (Unsigned, Ireland)
FRILLS – “Drunk Girls, Drunk Boys” (NzOnAir, New Zealand)
DEAF HAVANA – “Sinner” (SO Recordings, UK)
BLOW – “The Power” (Sony Music, France)
SEA GIRLS – “Eat Me” (Unsigned, UK)
VANDER + THE PEOPLE – “Victorious” (Unsigned, Australia)
PICTURE THIS – “When We Were Young” (Warner Music, Ireland)
SPORTS TEAM – “Margate” (Unsigned, UK)
JONATHAN JEREMIAH – “Mountain’ ([PIAS] Recordings, UK)
IV LEAGUE – “Superstar” (Mucho Bravado, Australia)
THE LAFONTAINES – “Up” (SO Recordings, UK)
EMME LENTINO – “Here’s Where The Story Ends” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
MELLOR – “Arms Length” (Unsigned, UK)
SEAN AND THE SINNERS – “Not Gonna Fall In Love” (Extreme, Sony/ATV, N. America)

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