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JIMMY STEAL REVEALED AS MUSEXPO’S 2019 “INTERNATIONAL MUSIC PERSON OF THE YEAR”



Jimmy Steal
Each year MUSEXPO “The United Nations of Music & Media” honors an individual or entity that has left an indelible positive mark within the international music and media businesses. The event has revealed it’s honoree for 2019’s “International Music Person of the Year” as Jimmy Steal, VP/Programming and Program Director of Los Angeles–based Rhythmic CHR “Power 106KPWR, and Classic Hip–Hop KDAY (93.5). Under Steal’s stewardship, Power 106 has become the world’s most influential hip–hop radio station, which has also shaped U.S. and global pop culture.

Steal has long been focused on spearheading radio cross platform content and branding innovations on social, digital, and online. His focus has been assembling great teams to bundle the best of both entertainment and science to meet the challenges of the new instant access on–demand audiences, while at the same time still succeeding in the broadcast Nielsen ratings–centric world of today.

In his role as PD of the widely respected KPWR “Power 106” Los Angeles, Steal’s built passionate teams that he’s guided to their highest ratings ever across all demos while driving the daily production of market–leading digital and social content. During that time he’s also developed a number of influential on–air personalities, programs, and strategies. More recently Jimmy has his team focused on effectively fortifying/freshening their legacy brand fending off the latest in a long line of hip–hop competitors over the years.

Prior to his current role at Meruelo Media, and his 18 years with Emmis as National Digital Program Director/VP of Programming, Steal started out at WXXL Orlando as APD/MD and on–air talent; during his tenure the station tripled its (12+) share from 4 to 12, the highest in its history. He then took on the same roles at KEGL Dallas, earning the highest ratings ever for his daypart. After a quick stint as PD at WKRQ Cincinnati (where he earned the station its highest ratings in over five years), Steal returned to Texas as Director of Programming & Operations at Clear Channel Dallas. During his time in Dallas, KDMX earned the highest ratings in its 25–year history while KEGL had its highest (12+) share since the mid–90s.

MUSEXPO 2019’s global award pays tribute to Jimmy Steal for his personal and professional innovation and support to the radio, multimedia, artist, music and entertainment communities, and his time and expertise to an array of charitable causes. Steal will be recognized at an exclusive awards luncheon at MUSEXPO’s Creative Summit, taking place next year from March 24th–27th. The honorarium will include an official award from the global music community, as well as an official proclamation from the Mayor and council members of the city of Burbank, CA – the media capital of the world. A special tribute publication, including an exclusive in–depth interview with Steal, will also be created as part of the award honor.

For more information regarding MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2019 and to register to attend the event, including the special awards luncheon for Jimmy Steal, visit www.musexpo.net.


ISLAND RECORDS NAMES LATRICE BURNETTE EVP/GENERAL MANAGER



LaTrice Burnette
Island Records has announced accomplished marketing, artist development and digital business executive LaTrice Burnette as EVP and General Manager, joining the label’s senior management team. Based in New York, Burnette will work across the label’s artist roster, reporting directly to Island Records’ President, Darcus Beese.

“Success isn’t always about the roster, it’s also about the staff,” Beese said. “When I had the opportunity to meet with LaTrice and discuss my vision and her ambition, it was crystal clear that LaTrice is the future of the new generation of Island Records. She will be an invaluable new member of the senior team. With LaTrice and Eric Wong I believe we have the best executive team in the business.”

“I am absolutely thrilled to join the family at Island Records, a label rich in culture and a place where true artistry, artist development and most of all, music, reign supreme,” Burnette said. “Music is my first love and I’m looking forward to working with Darcus, Eric Wong and the incredible staff to advance the careers of our super talented and diverse roster of artists. I’m excited to dive into Island’s culture and continue to open up the roster to hip–hop, urban and R&B genres. I’m so thankful for this incredible opportunity.”

Burnette comes to Island after eight years at Epic Records, most recently as Sr. Vice President of Marketing, where she played a key role in the record–setting album release strategy that resulted in Future becoming the first artist in the 60 year history of the Billboard 200 to have two different back–to–back albums debut at No.1. Burnette also spearheaded marketing campaigns for DJ Khaled, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, Nick Grant, Bobby Shmurda, Blac Youngsta, Ciara, Diddy and others. She was named to Billboard’s 2017 40 Under 40 of music’s top young power players list.

Her music industry career began at Roc–A–Fella Records in 1999 while attending Pace University. Burnette focused on strategic digital campaigns working with Jay Z, Damon Dash & Kareem “Biggs” Burke, Memphis Bleek, The Young Gunz, Freeway, Cam’ron, Juelz Santana, The Diplomats and others. Burnette also spent time at Atlantic Records working on digital marketing campaigns for the entire urban roster including T.I., B.o.B, Lil’ Kim, Lupe Fiasco, Twista, Fat Joe, Sean Paul, Trick Daddy, Trina, as well as for labels including Asylum Records and Bad Boy Records. On the product management front, she oversaw marketing strategies for Flo Rida, B.o.B, Lupe Fiasco, Pleasure P and Jaheim, among others.


JOE POINDEXTER NAMED SR. VP, DIGITAL FOR PULSE MUSIC GROUP



Joe Poindexter
Pulse Music Group has announced the promotion of Joe Poindexter to Sr. Vice President, Digital. Poindexter’s new role was revealed last week by Scott Cutler and Josh Abraham, Co–CEOs of Pulse Music Group. Poindexter will continue to execute the company’s digital strategy, as well as lead Pulse Digital, a revenue–generating line of business providing digital strategy, digital execution and DSP representation for several outside clients across all areas of the entertainment industry.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to work for a company like Pulse, and I thank Scott Cutler and Josh Abraham for their continued belief in me," Poindexter said. "We've found a great balance in having the courage to do new things, while maintaining the vision that was established at the very beginning of this journey. Pulse prides itself on being unique, and I look forward to being part of this team well into the future.”

Formerly VP, Digital, Poindexter came to Pulse in January 2012. He has been a member of its executive team during an unprecedented period of growth which has seen the talent roster quadruple, and the song catalog surpassing 150 million works of recorded music sales, generating over 10 billion streams.

Among Pulse’s recent creative successes are included Foster the People’s platinum hit “Sit Next To Me,” co–written and produced by Pulse CEO Josh Abraham and Pulse songwriter Olligee; songwriter Starrah’s nomination for the Spotify Secret Genius Songwriter of the Year; “Girls Like You” feat. Cardi B, co–written by Starrah, reaching No.2 on the Hot 100 and No.1 on Hot AC and iTunes Pop charts; Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode” reaching No.1 on Apple Music and No.4 on Hot 100 with the album debuting at No.1 on the Billboard 200; and Camilla Cabello’s “Havana” feat. Young Thug crossing the 1 billion stream mark on Spotify, the third song from the Pulse Music Group catalog to achieve the milestone.


BMG RENEWS DEAL WITH SONGWRITER JEFF TWEEDY



David Hirshland & Jeff Tweedy
BMG has renewed its global publishing administration agreement with Grammy Award–winning songwriter and producer Jeff Tweedy. Having originally signed with Bug Music in 2004 for the administration of songs starting with Wilco’s A Ghost Is Born, Tweedy expanded his deal with BMG in 2012 to cover his entire songwriting catalog, including hundreds of works with Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, Tweedy, the acclaimed Mermaid Avenue series, and co–writes with Mavis Staples, among others, as well as original soundtrack and solo recordings.

David Hirshland, EVP Music Publishing Catalogs, BMG, said, “It has been an absolute privilege to work with Jeff over the past 15 years and we are thrilled he has entrusted BMG to continue to help build his immense and timeless musical legacy.”

As the founding member and leader of the American rock outfit Wilco and prior to that, the Co–Founder of the alt–country band Uncle Tupelo, Tweedy is one of contemporary American music’s most accomplished songwriters, musicians and performers. Since starting Wilco in 1994, Tweedy has written original songs for ten Wilco albums in addition to collaborating with folk singer Billy Bragg for three albums of Woody Guthrie–penned lyrics in the Mermaid Avenue series. In 2014, he released Sukierae, a musical collaboration with his son and drummer, Spencer Tweedy.

An accomplished producer, Tweedy’s work out of his Chicago recording studio has included that with artists such as Norah Jones, Richard Thompson, White Denim, Low and others. He has produced a trio of albums for the iconic Mavis Staples including the 2011 Grammy Award–winning You Are Not Alone, 2013’s One True Vine, and the 2017 release, which he also co–wrote with Staples, If All I Was Was Black.

Tweedy’s memoir “Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, etc.” will be published on November 13th via Dutton, with his new solo full–length, WARM, scheduled for release November 30th on dBpm Records.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Aaron Bay-Schuck
Aaron Bay-Schuck has officially stepped into his role as Co-Chairman & CEO of Warner Bros. Records (WBR), one year after his appointment was revealed. Bay-Schuck, who joins Co-Chairman & COO Tom Corson at WBR, is the former President of A&R for Interscope Geffen A&M. The duo assumed their roles with the departure of Cameron Strang who left his position as Chairman & CEO at the end of last year following a five year stint. The announcement was made October 3rd, 2017, with Bay-Schuck having to wait out the end of his Interscope contract before transitioning. In joining WBR, Bay-Schuck returns to the Warner Music Group family having previously been on the Atlantic Records team during which time he signed Bruno Mars and worked with Flo Rida and Trey Songz. In his four years with Interscope, Bay-Schuck worked with the likes of Imagine Dragons, Lady Gaga, Maroon5, Lana Del Ray and others. Moving forward, Bay-Schuck will take the lead on WBR's creative strategy with Corson overseeing operations.

Joel Klaiman has been tapped to serve as President of the L.A. Reid and Charles Goldstuck–launched record/entertainment firm Hitco Entertainment. Klaiman parted ways last month with his role of EVP/GM for Columbia Records following six years with the company. Hitco encompasses a record label and publishing division and marks a reentry for Reid into the music industry since departing Epic Records last May. Since Hitco’s launch, Reid and Goldstuck have signed acts including Big Boi, Dinah Jane (Fifth Harmony) and SAINT JHN, as well as brought in Kirdis Postelle to lead the company.

U.K.–based digital distributor Ditto Music has revealed a new tool for its artists that will encompass all of its label services and distribution support into one platform as Ditto Plus. Ditto, which services music globally for more than 150,000 artists, will include PR, social media, creative design, digital marketing, radio promotion and playlist pitching within the new Plus offering. Ditto also states that the new deals will offer up a better royalty rate and no upfront fee with Ditto retaining a small percentage. The Ditto Plus news comes as Spotify recently revealed its launch of a new program allowing selected independent artists using Spotify For Artists to upload music directly to the streaming platform.

The Music Modernization Act (MMA) made it one step closer to being made law with its unanimous approval from the House of Representatives last week. The legislation had been approved by the House previously but due to a number of amendments passed by the U.S. Senate, the revised bill was sent back to the House for final approval. The bill now only needs the signature of the President before becoming official.

As it continues to seek to foster closer relationships with artists, Spotify has announced a new series of Co.Lab events set to feature speakers who are experts in their fields from the music and media industries. Falling under the Spotify For Artists campaign, the sessions will roll–out in the coming months in New York and Los Angeles with confirmed participants including Annie Flook – Director, Touring & Artist Development, Atlantic Records; Malia James – Music Video Director; Kacie Lehman – Sr. VP, Partnerships, MAC Presents; Jenny Swiatowy – VP/Head of Creative Synch Licensing, Capitol Music Group; and Jamal Dauda – Global Head of Music, WeTransfer. According to a statement from Spotify, the sessions seek to give artists a platform to “build your network and understand the nuts and bolts of the modern music industry.” Applications for the first five Co.Lab events opened last week to artists verified on Spotify For Artists and at least 21 years of age. The streamer also commented that it will prioritize artists with 1,000 or more followers on the platform.

In other Spotify news, the streaming platform revealed today an integration with Google Maps to provide a soundtrack for users as they travel. The new offering will be available via iOSand Android devices and will allow Spotify users access to playback controls through the navigation settings within Google Maps. A Spotify icon will be available within the Google Maps app for easily browsing songs, albums and playlists with the Spotify app also including a banner for a quick return to active navigation. The new integration with Google Maps comes after Spotify's successful cooperation with Waze in 2017. The integration will come available over the coming days with users needing to download updated versions of Spotify and Google Maps to access the new capability.

AEG Presents has acquired PromoWest Productions, one of the Midwest’s leading independent live music promoters and concert promotions companies. Based in Central Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, the acquisition grows AEG Presents’ footprint across the Midwest and follows one year after the live event firm purchase the iconic Cleveland–based Agora Theatre. Under the acquisition, PromoWest Productions’ Founder & CEO Scott Stienecker maintains his position in leading the growth of the company under the AEG Presents umbrella. Each year, PromoWest Productions books and promotes over 700 events across some of the most widely–regarded venues in the industry featuring established and emerging artists.

In other AEG Presents news, former Sr. VP Joe Litvag is no longer with the live event company in the wake of a restructuring that also sees Jason Rogalewski and Mike Ducharme promoted to Regional VP’s. Rogalewski will look after the territory covering Detroit, Cleveland and Milwaukee, with Ducharme looking after AEG’s operations in Nashville, St. Louis and Kansas City. Having been with AEG since 2003, Litvag held the role of VP of Contemporary Products between 1993–2003 and played a key role in in the development of the Rock on the Range concert series. Co–owned by Danny Wimmer Presents, Rock on the Range will be rebranded with AEG Presents not maintaining involvement.

Facebook has unveiled details of its newest VR offering with the Quest headset. The device, which comes via Facebook’s Oculus division, will operate as a stand–alone device, not needing a smartphone or personal computer connection to be used. The Quest is set to hit the market next spring, priced at $399 which is double the price of the Oculus Go and the same price as the Oculus Rift. Based on recent data from International Data Corp. (IDC), it appears that the VR market is losing steam as 2018 shipments of VR headsets saw a 34% decrease over the same April–June period from last year. Despite a general decline, Oculus Go and Chinese spin–off Xiaomi still saw 212,000 devices shipped according to IDC with the research firm expecting a 31% increase over last year of shipments of VR headsets and AR (augmented reality) devices.

Warner/Chappell Music has finalized a global publishing deal with trio New Hope Club, initially discovered by The Vamps and signed to their Virgin EMI imprint, Steady Records. The Vamps are also on the Warner/Chappell publishing roster having secured their imprint label from Warner/Chappell’s current MD Mike Smith while he was President of Music for Virgin EMI. New Hope Club are signed to Hollywood Records in the U.S. and released their debut EP, Welcome To The Club, in 2017 with single “Fixed” garnering over eight million Spotify streams. New Hope Club’s single releases this year, “Start Over Again” and “Medicine” have already generated over three million streams combined. The band recently played their first headline shows with two sold–out nights at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

Berlin–based Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) is celebrating two decades since opening its doors in 1998. The RBMA has spent the last 20 years investing in left–of–center artists via their annual boot camp and Red Bull Music Academy Festival among other initiatives. With around 60 artists chosen from thousands of applicants, the two week boot camp has welcomed through its doors artists such as Flying Lotus and Tokimonsta.

VH1’s U.K. counterpart will see a reboot this week as it turns its focus towards unscripted shows, the key focus of the network’s U.S. programming. The transition from music to lifestyle and general entertainment network were revealed last week by Viacom International Media Networks with the effective date set for this Tuesday, October 2nd. With the relaunch is included debut’s in the U.K. market for a number of the U.S. versions reality TV platforms including Love & Hip Hop Miami alongside Black Ink Crew, Love & Hip Hop New York and the entire back catalog of the Emmy–winning titles RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.

Elton John
Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour is giving even more fans a chance to catch one of his final sets as he’s added 25 dates to his N. American leg as part of the three–year journey. Among the cities gaining additional dates are included Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Tacoma, Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Indianapolis, Nashville, Memphis, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Boston and Long Island.

Coinciding with last week’s Production Music Conference (PMC) in Hollywood, white label music licensing platform, SourceAudio (SA), has revealed the launch of a new DIY YouTube Whitelisting Capability for e–commerce enabled SourceAudio sites. The announcement was made by SourceAudio’s CEO & Co–Founder, Geoffrey Grotz, who described the platform as “Shopify for Music Licensing,” noting that it is the first of its kind ever to be offered within a white label music licensing platform. The new offering will be available to SA’s thousands of platform publishers, who count more than 30 million songs hosted on the platform, and enables them to set–up their own licensing storefronts, specifically for YouTube video creators, that want to license music for their YouTube channels. YouTube Content ID, powered by SourceAudio, ensures that music publishers can maximize their ad revenue or turn off ads/whitelist channels for clients who have legitimately licensed a song for YouTube.

The European Music Managers Alliance (EMMA) has elected Per Kviman and Virpi Immonen as their first Chair and Vice–Chair respectively. Stockholm–based, Kviman is CEO of Versity Music and is Chair of MMF Sweden. Immoneni is CEO of Fullsteam Management, based in Helsinki, and is Chair of MMF Finland. Having been appointed at the new organization’s first formal Board meeting at the recent Reeperbahn Festival, they will serve minimum two–year terms. Keith Harris, EMMA’s inaugural Chair, will step down with immediate effect. Launched in April 2018, EMMA seeks to ensure that managers across Europe have closer involvement in the discussions and decisions regarding the direction of the global music business, and will collectively represent more than 800 managers across Europe, and another 600 worldwide.

As it seeks to maintain a competitive edge, the City Park Foundation’s SummerStage venue in New York will see an extensive renovation completed by the start of the 2019 season. SummerStage’s free concert series hosts over 250,000 attendees each year across Central Park and in 15–18 additional neighborhood parks within the city. Having been located at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park since 1990, the venue is set to receive a new stage, cover, sound system and lighting, and video. It will also featured upgraded sightlines for GA fans, a VIP section including seating and covering, and improved backstage amenities.

BMG Production Music (BMGPM) garnered three wins at last week’s 2018 Mark Awards which recognized the best in production music, including works ranging from hip–hop to orchestral, in categories highlight trailers, promos, feature films and more. BMG Production Music had received 10 nominations across eight categories representing tracks from just a handful of BMG Production Music–owned labels, including Immediate Music, X–Ray Dog, Beds & Beats, The Den and Altitude Music. Among the awards picked up were those for Best Production Music Track – Dark/Mysterious/Investigative “In Solemnity” (Composers: Eric Alexander Tannery, Jeffrey Fayman, Yoav Goren [Immediate Music/BMG Production Music]); Best Use of Production Music in Theatrical/Video Game Trailer “The Inquisitor” (Composer: Inon Zur [X–Ray Dog/BMG Production Music]); and Best Production Music Track – Orchestral “The Inquisitor” (Composer: Inon Zur [X–Ray Dog/BMG Production Music]).

A partnership has been formed between iHeartMedia, WPP and Fors Marsh Group to launch the National Opioid Action Coalition (NOAC). With a goal of uniting local, state and federal efforts to address and remove the stigma of opioid addiction, the NOAC will seek to encourage a dialogue around opioid addiction to help in the prevention, treatment and recovery process. WPP will generate a series of public service announcements for NOAC via state governments. Additionally, NOAC is in the midst of a beta–test phase for the development of an app allowing people encountering overdoses to source and receive overdose–reversing drug naloxone more quickly.

Wendy Griffiths
Position Music has promoted Wendy Griffiths to EVP of Synch & Creative Marketing it was announced last week by company President & CEO, Tyler Bacon. Griffiths came to Position Music in 2016 as Sr. VP of Creative Marketing and is tasked with building and overseeing the pitching, sales and licensing teams to secure placements for Position Music’s repertoire. Griffiths also monitors the company’s overall synch revenue which has increased by 40% during her first year at the company and she has played a key role in securing a number of placements with Jeep, McDonalds and Samsung as well as others. In her new role, Griffiths maintains her daily interaction with Position Music’s composers and A&R staff, as well as colleagues at major and indie music publishing companies, to create original and cover music for pitching opportunities. During her tenure at the company, she has secured blanket deals for the company’s production music divisions and worked directly with popular television shows including America’s Got Talent and Dancing With The Stars, for custom placements. Alongside her synch leadership role, Griffiths will work with the roster of developing artists on the label side, building out branding and marketing opportunities. Prior to Position Music, Griffiths was EVP of Licensing & Synch for BMG and also served as Sr. VP Video Promotion & Production for Warner Bros. Records.

Instagram Co–Founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, who also serve as CEO and CTO for the company respectively, have announced their resignation and will depart in the coming weeks. The two had founded the popular social media platform in 2010, selling the company to Facebook in 2012 for $1 billion and remaining onboard in leadership positions.

Bestival, the U.K music festival founded by DJ Rob Da Bank in 2004, along with its Camp Bestival subsidiary event, has been purchased by James Benamor, CEO of Richmond Group Debt Capital. According to NME, Benamor filed administrative motions against Bestival when the event did not reimburse the British billionaire for a loan of £1.6 million given in 2017. There has been no update on whether or not the event will return for a 2019 edition.

Richard Parsons has stepped into the role of Chairman for the CBS Board on an interim basis with the recent departure of former CEO, Leslie Moonves following multiple sexual misconduct accusations which Moonves has denied. Formerly the CEO of AOL Time Warner, Parsons came to the CBS Board in April when Vice Chairman Shari Redstone was seeking the merger of Viacom and CBS. CBS also revealed that former NAACP CEO Bruce Gordon and former U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen will part with their Director roles, having served as board members since 2006.

Reservoir has signed rapper/songwriter Destin Route, also known as J.I.D, to a worldwide publishing deal. The deal covers global rights to J.I.D’s entire catalog, including his J. Cole–executive–produced debut studio full–length, The Never Story, as well as his upcoming LP, DiCaprio 2, led by single, “151 Rum,” released last week. A protégé of J. Cole, J.I.D was featured in the XXL 2018 Freshman class, earning a spot on the magazine’s coveted cover. Since signing with J. Cole’s Dreamville Records imprint under Interscope last year, The Never Story hit the Billboard Top 200 chart, and debuted at No.14 on the Heatseeker Albums chart. Earlier this year, J.I.D collaborated with the late Mac Miller to co–write “Self Care,” the second single off Miller’s album, Swimming, with Miller contributing to J.I.D’s DiCaprio 2 before his passing. Other collaborations include those with rapper Denzel Curry, Houston rapper Trill Sammy, and indie–pop band Foster The People. Prior to signing with Dreamville Records, J.I.D self–released two mixtapes, Route of All Evil and Para Tu, plus an EP, DiCaprio, the prequel to DiCaprio 2. Additionally, he put out a series of compilation albums with Atlanta rap collective Spillage Village with Bears Like This, Bears Like This Too and Bears Like This Too Much.

Dana Rexx
Belgium–based emerging artist Dana Rexx has signed a global publishing deal with Berlin, Germany–based Steam Music Publishing. Having recorded her debut releases in New York and Los Angeles, Dana Rexx is currently at work on her second EP of material which is self–described as Dark Tribal Power Pop.

Bucks Music Group has finalized an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with indie punk rock quartet LIFE. LIFE’s debut full–length, Popular Music, was produced and mixed by Grammy Award–winner Ian Dowling at The Fish Factory in London, and was self–released in 2017. The LP was featured on BBC Radio 1’s Album Of The Year 2017 list. LIFE are currently at work on their sophomore effort with Luke Smith (Foals, Clor, Palace), scheduled for release in the first half of 2019. Over the past year, LIFE have appeared at festivals across the U.K. and Europe; headlined for the BBC at SXSW; toured with Slaves, Idles and Nadine Shah; and have just returned from a successful trip to Hamburg, Germany’s Reeperbahn Festival where the deal with Bucks was signed. They have received radio support including playlisting at BBC 6 Music as well as significant backing from Radio 1, including a live session at Maida Vale and billing at Radio 1's Big Weekend.

IDAGIO, the Berlin–based streaming platform for classical music, has rolled out across N. America. The launch brings a catalog of more than 1 million tracks to the U.S. and Canada which marks the services availability in all territories except China and Japan. The expansion was supported by a recent €10 million euro funding round by current investors. IDAGIO has licensing agreements in place with all three major labels as well as over a thousand indie labels to bring lossless audio and more efficient search capability to classical music fans.

U.K. music industry addiction and mental health support charity, Music Support, has announced experienced charity professional Eric Mtungwazi as Managing Director. Mtungwazi will oversee all aspects of the charity’s core services, staff, volunteers and day–to–day business activities, working closely with the trustees on executing the strategy and long–term vision of Music Support. Mtungwazi comes to Music Support from City Year U.K., a youth social action and education charity, where he was Programme Director. Prior to that he spent five years working for Back–Up, a leading charity supporting children and adults affected by spinal cord injury. A former semi–professional footballer, he has also toured as a singer/songwriter. At the same time, Music Support Co–Founder Samantha Parker has revealed she will part ways with her formal position at the organization to launch a new venture, Parker Consulting, seeking to provide mental health and well–being expertise and advice for those in the music and entertainment arenas. She will continue to serve as a consultant to Music Support.

Grammy–winning producer/songwriter/mixer/musician, Scott Jacoby, has signed to Joe D’Ambrosio Management, Inc. for exclusive worldwide representation. Jacoby’s resume includes producing and/or mixing acts such as Coldplay, SZA, Stormzy, Vampire Weekend, Rachel Platten, Jose James, John Legend, Jason Mraz and Cory Henry, among others. His work with Vampire Weekend on their third studio album, Modern Vampires of the City, garnered him a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. Jacoby has also made a name as a composer in the film arena, scoring award–winning feature–length films, documentaries, television shows, and television commercials. His credits include scoring the award–winning film, My Last Day Without You, which won Brooklyn Film Festival’s Excellence in Producing in 2011 and the Black Reel Award for Best Independent Feature Film in 2012.

The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA) has finalized a licensing agreement with Amazon Music, ensuring its music publisher and rightsholder clients, which collectively represent over 80,000 music catalogues, receive royalties for the use of their works across the service. Amazon announced last week the launch of Amazon Music Unlimited in Canada, delivering users a catalogue including millions of songs and thousands of playlists and personalized stations, combined with the voice control capability of Alexa. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed, but the rates apply to the reproduction of songs on Amazon Music Unlimited, which will now be available throughout Canada for the first time. CMRRA also collects publishing royalties from dozens of other digital companies, such as Apple, Google and Spotify.

As it recognizes Classical Music Month and Glenn Gould's 86th birthday, Primary Wave Music Publishing has unveiled a number of initiatives and projects in motion on behalf of the legendary Gould. Having acquired Gould’s catalog, name and likeness one year ago, Primary Wave has been re–developing his website, creating comprehensive social media platforms, reviewing his extensive catalog for new releases, and more. Among the major initiatives was bringing Gould back to the concert stage via hologram with Primary Wave partnering with live music's leading hologram production company, Eyellusion with plans in place to bring the iconic musician to concert halls around the world in late 2019. Additional projects include a new official website, GlennGould.com, overseen by Primary Wave's Robert Dippold, the “Glenn Gould Exhibit, a collaboration between Primary Wave and Canadian producer Billy Wild and his "Uninvited Guests" project, and a number of additional exclusive audio and video releases. Primary Wave Music Publishing also revealed the release of Beginnings...Vol. 1, the first in a series of EPs, including tracks that Gould recorded early in his career that have never before been available digitally.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Evan Lipschutz, Ben Adelson, Andrea Schneider, Michael Chugg, Ken Bunt, Tara Piper, Hartwig Masuch, Jay Singh, Gregg Nadel, Sharon Dastur, Sigi Schuller, Molly Jonke, Michelle Fantus and Ben Mawson.


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. If you travel the world, you most likely fly on a plane. Click HERE to view some pretty dodgy jackass moments in, on and around various airplanes from around the world!


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



Madyx is the brainchild of singer–songwriter and guitarist Michelle Blanchard. Musically, she’s inspired by a mix of P!nk and Katy Perry, with influences ranging from No Doubt and Brody Dalle of The Distillers to Kay Hanley of Letters To Cleo. Madyx has co–written original songs with The Nexus (Lana Del Rey, James Bay), Ivor Novello award–winning producer and songwriter Pete Kirtley (Ryan Tedder, Stargate, Sugababes) and has written with various other producer/writers in London, England; Stockholm, Sweden; Berlin, Germany as well as in Los Angeles. She has also worked with GRAMMY–nominated multi–platinum producer Brian Howes (Daughtry, Simple Plan, Hedley) and recently wrote and recorded with the band Saint City Orchestra in Switzerland. Her single “Bad Decisions” has earned over 70k streams on Spotify and has earned hundreds of radio plays worldwide. This past summer, she headlined Orange County’s LGBT Pride 2018 event and performed at two festivals in Switzerland. She will make her global acting debut in the motion picture Spy Intervention, produced by well–known Hollywood film producer Sunil Perkash (SALT, Enchanted, Premonition), where her music will also be featured in the film. Listen to “Girl Boy” HERE, taken from her upcoming album due in early 2019 and contact madyxmusic@gmail.com as Madyx is available for label signing, publishing, booking, synch, brand and co–writing opportunities.


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

Jraffe is a new group formed by three artists, producers and songwriters based in both London and Los Angeles. In the last two years, their songs have amassed over 500 million streams across collaborative releases with artists such as Felix Jaehn, Hardwell, Nicky Romero, Alle Farben, The Magician, Julian Perretta, Bob Sinclair, Jennifer Hudson, Sonny Alven, Tobtok, DJ Katch, Oliver Nelson and Omi, with many more new releases to come. Their debut single “California” is an instant party starter filled with massive hooks and an insatiable beat. The track will fit perfectly on any playlist alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mark Ronson, Walk The Moon, DNCE, Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars. The music video will make you wish that you were there with Jraffe in the Golden State, and at that pool party! Watch the video HERE. Jraffe is signed to NHMM (Notting Hill Music Masters) and is already licensed to Central Station/Universal (for AUS/NZ). You can contact Ken Komisar at ken@nhmmllc.com or Andy McQueen at Andy@nhmmllc.com, as the band is available for further licensing, synch and branding opportunities.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 9/30/2018



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, September 30th, 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:

COYLE GIRELLI – “Where’s My Girl” (Unsigned, UK)
THE FAIM – “Summer Is A Curse” (BMG, Australia)
THE DUNTS – “Witch Hunt” (Unsigned, Scotland)
TELEMAN – “Song For A Seagull” (Moshi Moshi, UK)
BLOSSOMS – “How Long Will This Last” (Virgin/EMI, UK)
LOST IN STEREO – “Save Me” (Unsigned, Scotland)
LATE VERLANE – “Roll Like A Dummy” (Unsigned, Sweden)
TEN TONNES – “G.I.V.E.” (Warner Music, UK)
MOBY RICH – “Yoko Ono” (Unsigned, UK)
NEW BEAT FUND – “When She’s Sober” (Unsigned, N. America)
***GLOBAL DJ EXCHANGE W/ DJ DAN HEGARTY “RADIO RTE/2XM” DUBLIN, IRELAND – HVMMINGBYRD – “Papillon” ***
DAMIAN LYNN – “Feel The Heat” (MsBest/Phonag Records, Switzerland)
TONICA – “California” (Unsigned, UK)
SPRING KING – “Us Vs Them” (Island, UK)
THE LAFONTAINES – “Up” (SO Recordings, UK)
BLACK HONEY – “I Only Hurt The Ones I Love” (Fox Five Records, UK)
JOIN THE RIOT – “Fantasies” (Unsigned, Sweden)
THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES – “I Don't Know Why I Do It To Myself” (Unsigned, Ireland)
FRILLS – “Drunk Girls, Drunk Boys” (NzOnAir, New Zealand)
DEAF HAVANA – “Sinner” (SO Recordings, UK)
FOREST BLAKK – “Love Me” (DoOzy Records, Canada)
SEA GIRLS – “Eat Me Whole” (Unsigned, UK)
STATE LIGHTS – “Freedom” (Unsigned, Ireland)
THE RAH’S – “Take It All In” (Unsigned, Scotland)
LEONIDEN – “River” (Euphorie, Germany)
IV LEAGUE – “Superstar” (Mucho Bravado, Australia)
SEAN & THE SINNERS – "Not Gonna Fall In Love" (Unsigned, N. America)
TARA LEE – “Boyz” (AWAL, Ireland)
ELDORADIO – “Restless Minds” (Unsigned, Sweden)
THE NEW MADNESS – “Woman” (Crunchy Frog, Denmark)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Coyle Girelli, Jraffe, Blossoms, The Wood Burning Savages and Trophy Eyes).