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WORLDWIDE RADIO SUMMIT 2019 UNVEILS AGENDA FOR 9TH ANNUAL EVENT



As it prepares its ninth annual edition, the Worldwide Radio Summit (WWRS), presented by A&R Worldwide and AllAccess.com, has revealed the full agenda for its 2019 event taking place March 27th – 29th.

The Worldwide Radio Summit 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 decadent Castaway venue for an ultimate networking, creative and business experience. WWRS will take place right after one of the leading international music, A&R, publishing, synch, brands, ad agency, film/TV/videogames, management, streaming, digital, marketing and content distribution events – MUSEXPO (www.musexpo.net) and its “Creative Summit” as part of the week–long California Entertainment Week.

Among the many inspiring radio and music minds already confirmed to attend are included: Alissa Pollack – EVP/Global Music Marketing, iHeartMedia; Andrew Curran – President & COO, DMR/Interactive; Andrew Jeffries – EVP/Programming, iHeartMedia; António Mendes – Program Director, RFM (Portugal); Ashley Cavaliere – Production/Creative Services Director, iHeartMedia (Connecticut); Becky Brenner – VP, Albright, O'Malley & Brenner; Ben Cooper – Controller, BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & BBC Asian Network (U.K.); Brian Kelly – VP/Programming, Entercom & Program Director, WXXS & WYMX (Milwaukee); Bryan Apple – Imaging Director, SiriusXM; Caroline Beasley – CEO, Beasley Broadcasting; Carolyn Gilbert – President, NuVooDoo; Chris Price – Head of Music, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra; Chris Williams – Chief Product Officer, iHeartRadio; Dana Cortez – Syndicated Host, Skyview Networks, ABC Radio; Dennis Clark – VP/Talent Development, iHeartMedia; Denzil Lacey – Group Production Director, Wireless Group (Dublin); Ellen K – Morning Host, KOST FM (Los Angeles); Elvis Duran – Morning Host, Z100 (New York); Erica Farber – President & CEO, RAB; Fred Jacobs – President & Founder, Jacobs Media; George Cook – Program Director, KKDA & KRNB (Dallas); Ginny Morris – Chairman & CEO, Hubbard Broadcasting; Issa Lopez – Voiceover Artist; Jackson Davies – Content Producer, BBC Radio 1; Jacqueline Saturn – President, Caroline; Jake Kaplan – Imaging Director, 97–1 AMP Radio (Los Angeles); Jayde Donovan – Radio/TV Personality & Social Media Influencer; Jeremy Sinon – VP/Digital, Hubbard Broadcasting; Joe Cipriano – Voiceover Artist; John Boyne – EVP/Sr. Consultant, Coleman Insights; J.T. Tarrants – Program Director, WCSX (Detroit); Justin Chase – EVP, Programming, Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.; Kelly Doherty – President, K3 Creative; Kid Kelly – VP, Pop & Program Director, Hits1/Venus (SiriusXM); Kim Guthrie – President, Cox Media Group; Leigh Jacobs – EVP, Perceptual Research, NuVooDoo; Leslie Scott – Program Director, KNDD (Seattle); Lori Lewis – Digital Brand Strategist; Louie Diaz – VP/Contemporary Programming, Cumulus; Mark Adams – Program Director, KIOI & KYLD (San Francisco); Mark Sutherland – Editor, Music Week (U.K.); Melissa Thom – Voiceover Artist; Michael Steele – Director/Playlist Programming & Development, Warner Music Group; Mike McVay – EVP/Programming, Cumulus Media; Miles Hlivko – Director/Imaging, KIIS–FM (Los Angeles); Nate Zeitz – VP Affiliate/Imaging Division, CESD Talent Agency; Ollie Wards – Content Director, Triple J (Australia); Orlando Davis – Program Director/Mornings, WLLD (Tampa); Phil Guerini – VP, Music Strategy/GM, Radio Disney Worldwide; Randy Lane The Randy Lane Company; Ricky Villa – Program Director, KQMV (Seattle); Sam Milkman – EVP/Sr. Consultant, Coleman Insights; Scott Lindy – Partner Success Consultant, Futuri Media; Steve Stone – Voiceover Artist; Thea Mitchem – EVP/Programming, NE Division, iHeartMedia (New York); Tim Clarke – VP/Audience & Content For Radio, Cox Media; Warren Kurtzman – President, Coleman Insights; and many more to be announced!

For the full WWRS 2019 program agenda, click HERE. For more information, including early bird discount registration, preferred hotel rates, and a full list of speakers, visit www.worldwideradiosummit.com.


UMG NAMES JAIME WESTON AS EVP OF CONSUMER MARKETING



Jaime Weston
Universal Music Group (UMG) has announced respected marketing, advertising and brand management executive Jaime Weston as Executive Vice President of Consumer Marketing. The newly–created role will see Weston developing targeted marketing strategies to expand global audiences for UMG’s artists across platforms, products and initiatives. At the same time, Weston will develop a consumer engagement platform to drive insights and guide consumer marketing initiatives, while providing UMG’s labels, business units and territories with consumer insights. Weston reports to UMG’s EVP of Creative, Dave Rocco.

In making the announcement, Rocco said, “At Universal Music, we’re continuing to expand the very definition of a music company by providing artists with a broad range of services that go far beyond those traditionally offered by a record label. With Jaime’s expertise and experience, there is enormous potential to build a stronger relationship with consumers, market directly to audiences around the world and position our artists for even greater success.”

“There is nothing more unifying today than the emotional power of music,” Weston said. “People are listening to more music more than ever before through countless new experiences, opening up nearly limitless opportunities for UMG’s artists. I’m looking forward to helping drive deeper engagement with fans and developing key consumer insights that will help our labels achieve even greater levels of success.”

Prior to UMG, Weston was Sr. VP of Marketing for the National Football League (NFL), where she led the strategic direction and management of the NFL brand and league marketing efforts. Working across the league’s 32 teams, sponsors, licensees and broadcast partners, Weston created a centralized brand management operation to build upon the NFL’s brand equity with both current fans and the next generation, reimagined its 50th anniversary Super Bowl logo, and updated the NFL shield.

Prior to the NFL, Weston spent a decade in various marketing roles across e–commerce, public relations and advertising within the apparel and publishing Industries.


TAP MUSIC LAUNCHES AS FIRM SEEKS TO GROW GLOBAL FOOTPRINT



Tap Management, the firm behind artists such as Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding, Grace Carter, Lana Del Rey and many others, has announced moves to see it growing its operations as a music company. The rebrand to Tap Music brings Tap Management into a client services portfolio that also includes Tap Records and Tap Publishing, and encompasses management, publishing, records and studios, with services including marketing, A&R and social/digital covered by a dedicated in–house team.

With the launch, Tap Music has also brought on two new staffers in Wendy Ong and Chris Woo. Ong assumes the role of Head of Marketing in the U.S., the same post she held previously at Roc Nation where she worked across campaigns for Rihanna, Jay Z and Mariah Carey. Ong’s resume also includes stops at Interscope and Capitol Records as VP of Marketing. Woo comes to Tap after 11 years at AAM where he played a key role in expanding the company’s U.K. roster. Woo will take over as Sr. A&R for Tap Records and Tap Publishing while overseeing the company’s writer/producers alongside René Symonds.

Tap Music Co–Founder, Ben Mawson, said, “We’re really excited about Wendy and Chris joining Tap Music. Having such a broad range of expertise in–house really sets us apart from other management companies globally and adds real value to our artists’ careers.”

Among the recent signings for Tap are included Aloe Blacc to Tap Management with the label adding U.K. artist Col3trane via a partnership with Geffen, as well as LA act Moby Rich. Tap has also solidified a JV with Universal Music giving them the option to partner with any label in the UMG family for the development of acts outside of the major label ecosystem.

Founded in 2010 by Mawson and Ed Millet, Tap has grown its team to more than 30 people with offices in London, Los Angeles, Berlin and Sydney.


TOM MISERENDINO RETIRES – ALEX HILL TO HEAD AEG’S EUROPEAN OPERATIONS



Tom Miserendino Alex Hill
Leading sports and live entertainment company, AEG, has announced that industry veteran, Tom Miserendino, will retire as President and CEO of its European operations, effective December 31st, 2018. With Miserendino’s departure, Alex Hill, AEG Europe’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, will transition to leading the European team.

"Alex is the perfect choice to succeed Tom. He has been instrumental in helping to develop and execute our corporate strategy in Europe which has strengthened and grown our regional operations. He is an inspirational leader and is very knowledgeable about our European operations, customers, partners and employees. We look forward to a smooth transition, and to continued operational and financial success under Alex’s leadership," said Jay Marciano, COO of AEG and Chairman and CEO of AEG Presents.

Marciano continued, "Thanks to Tom’s exceptional leadership, AEG’s European operations have never been stronger. Under his guidance and management, we have completed two key corporate initiatives – the opening of Mercedes Platz, our new entertainment district in Berlin, and the opening of ICON Outlet, a premium outlet shopping centre at The O2. Additionally, over the past few years, we’ve expanded our venue portfolio, grown our music and festivals business, bolstered our infrastructure, developed important new projects, formed key strategic partnerships and entered into new business categories. He has also assembled the best management team in the industry. I, along with all of my colleagues throughout the company, want to sincerely thank Tom for his dedicated years of service and his numerous contributions to AEG."

Miserendino commented, "It has been an honor to lead this great company and I am extremely proud of everything we have accomplished together. I also am confident that as Alex takes the lead, the company will continue its growth trajectory in Europe and that he and the team will further build on our solid foundation. With Alex’s extensive leadership experience and the overall strength of the company’s management team, now is the perfect time to implement our succession plan so that I can spend more time with my family. I am very confident that AEG’s best days continue to lie ahead.”

Hill has served as COO of AEG’s European operations for the past six years and as CFO for the past 11 years. He has been responsible for driving the company’s commercial growth across nine countries in Europe, delivering operational efficiencies across its portfolio of assets, and exploring opportunities to expand. Prior to AEG, Hill held positions at global entertainment producer and distributor FreMantleMedia, FlexTech Television and KPMG.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



A new music company has been launched under the banner of Big Family as part of deal between Big Deal Music Group and hit songwriter duo Julian Bunetta and John Ryan. The pair’s credits including writing or producing a plethora of hits between them for acts such as One Direction, John Legend, David Guetta, Thomas Rhett, Harry Styles, Maroon 5, Fifth Harmony and others. Big Family will be co–owned by Bunetta and Ryan, and Big Deal Music Group and Family Affair Production, the latter a company founded by Bunetta and younger brother Damon as well as their father Peter, who has a long–standing relationship with Big Deal’s Kenny MacPherson. Damon Bunetta and Big Deal Partner, Casey Robison, will assume Co–CEO responsibilities for Big Family. Big Family will work out of Bunettas' creative complex in Calabasas and West Hollywood, California, as well as Big Deal’s Encino offices.

Downtown Music Publishing has signed rapper, singer/songwriter, and fashion icon Theophilus London to his first publishing agreement, encompassing his full song catalog. London’s wide–ranging musical influences has led to a diverse list of collaborators that include Kanye West, Solange Knowles, Big Boi (OutKast), A$AP Rocky, Mark Ronson, Azealia Banks, Ariel Pink, Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio), and Sara Quin (Tegan and Sara). London also appeared alongside Paul McCartney and Allan Kingdom on West's "All Day" single in 2015. London’s career began with a series of mixtapes that generated major label attention leading to London signing with Reprise/Warner Bros. for the release of his studio debut, the Lovers Holiday EP, in 2011. His first full–length studio album Timez Are Weird These Days followed and peaked at No.30 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart. London’s sophomore effort, Vibes, was released in 2014, was executive produced by West and also featured Leon Ware and the Force MDs. London's latest project, Nights B4 Bebey, was released in July and preps his forthcoming album. London has also been teasing an upcoming project with Tame Impala frontman Kevin Parker, to be released as Theo Impala.

Sony Corp.’s move to assume full ownership of EMI Music Publishing has been approved by the European Commission. The deal greenlights Sony’s acquisition of shares in EMI from Mubadala Investment Company and its consortium partners, with Sony having already maintained joint control of EMI with Mubadala. The announcement has met strong push–back from a number of Europe’s indie labels and publishers as well as the trade organizations that represent them, as they sought to stop the deal or at least require Sony to sell–off a number of assets.

Pandora has tapped Brad Minor as VP, Head of Brand Marketing and Communications or the company. The newly–expanded role will see Minor tasked with defining Pandora's brand positioning to listeners and the industry as well as with the brand marketing, communications, experiential and social media teams that report to him. Minor comes to Pandora after serving as Managing Director of Brand, Advertising and Media at JP Morgan Chase & Co, where he and his team launched the Chase Sapphire Card travel campaigns starring James Corden. Prior to Chase, Minor had roles leading brand marketing, PR, experiential marketing, social media and partnerships at American Express, focusing on the company's music, sports, small business and digital platforms. His team managed over 50 entertainment partners including Ticketmaster, AEG/Goldenvoice, NBA, USTA, Women Impacting Public Policy and Soul Cycle. He also led an integrated communications team that helped roll–out a series of first–ever digital partnerships with Airbnb, Uber, Twitter, TripAdvisor and Xbox, attracting younger consumers to the 165 year–old brand.

Astralwerks has finalized a groundbreaking new partnership with Tyler “Ninja” Blevins for a new project, Ninjawerks, marking a first for the music and gaming worlds. Ninja, who is the world’s biggest gamer, announced the full–length last week at TwitchCon in San Jose, CA. A number of today’s acclaimed electronic acts have been tapped to soundtrack Ninja’s gaming world. Ninjawerks will be released digitally, and on CD and vinyl, with songs and other content to be rolled–out in the weeks ahead, including a wide range of merchandise, accessories and original artwork.

BMG has extended its long–term agreement with German collection society GEMA to license digital services to another 48 territories. BMG already licenses Anglo–American repertoire to digital services via GEMA subsidiary ARESA in 38 European countries. To these it now adds 48 territories including Russia, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa, which all together count a total potential music fan population of over 1.3 billion. It has also committed to extend its relationship with GEMA to license through ARESA, which first began in 2012, until 2021. ARESA licensees include Apple, Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, YouTube and Facebook. ICE, a joint venture between GEMA, PRS and STIM, takes over the processing of the usage notifications and the work documentation in the joint ICE database.

As it continues to develop, the Indian music industry's leaders recently convened at the first ever Indian Music Industry Conclave. The event was a joint effort between Indian Music Industry(IMI), International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL). The Indian market continues to evolve and reveal itself as a critical market full of untapped potential for the worldwide music ecosystem. In recognizing this potential, the recent Conclave discussed ways to continue to build the territories position in the global music community with the conversation revolving around the continued focus on the local industry to ensure fair payment for music usage, including targeting the continuing issue of piracy. Accordinging to statistics presented by IFPI's Regional Director, Asia–Pacific, Kwee Tiang Ang, the Indian market currently sits as the 19th biggest music market worldwide. Click HERE for insights from some of the Indian music industry's leading executives and advocates for evolution to the market, as well as others, from the recent Conclave event.

Position Music has announced Moira McCarthy as Sr. Director of Creative, Advertising and Marketing for the company. In her new role, McCarthy will oversee creative across advertising and marketing. Since joining Position Music, McCarthy has secured synch placements with Samsung, Google, Ralph Lauren, Jeep and McDonalds. Before joining Position Music, McCarthy was Director of Marketing and Business Development at both Grupo Spiro and The Napoleon Group, and was Manager of Music Licensing at Audio Network. At her last stop, McCarthy created the U.S. advertising business for the company and played a key role in a Volvo social media campaign that garnered the 2015 Cannes Lions Grand Prix for Volvo and Grey Worldwide.

The organizers behind Hamburg, Germany's Reeperbahn Festival (conference and festival) are preparing to host an intimate Los Angeles–based summit on November 1st and 2nd at NAVEL (1611 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90015). The event will feature a number of exclusive keynotes and bring together members of the U.S. and German music and media industries. The Reeperbahn Festival team is extending an invite for A&R Worldwide newsletter subscribers to join the summit for free and you can RSVP to attend by clicking HERE.

Spotify is officially rolling out its new tool to allow artists and labels the opportunity to submit unreleased music to the streamer’s editorial teams directly for playlist consideration. The new offering comes after a beta version that had more than 67,000 acts using the feature with over 10,000 added to the platform’s editorial playlists. The playlist submission tool continues Spotify’s efforts to provide additional features focused on emerging, independent artists including the ability to allow indie acts to upload their content directly to the service.

In other Spotify news, Doug Ford has revealed he will be parting ways with the streamer from his role as Sr. Director and Head of Music Culture & Editorial. Ford came to Spotify in 2013 when the company acquired Tunigo for whom Ford had been Global Director. His role at Spotify had him recruiting and leading the playlisting teams across genres. He also set–up “The Syndicate,” which was responsible for the development of a number of Spotify’s leading playlists such as RapCaviar and New Music Friday.

LyricFind has finalized agreements with Brazilian publishers including Som Livre and MK Music, performing rights society UBC, and ONErpm, the country’s biggest digital distribution as it expands its offering to the territory. LyricFind’s Toronto–based content team counts Brazilian staffers to verify and implement Brazilian and Portuguese content. LyricFind plans to license all remaining unlicensed PRO’s, indie music publishers, and songwriters as it seeks to fully legalize and monetize all lyric placement and usage. Additionally, Brazilian publishers will have access to LyricFind’s direct–to–fan merchandise offering, LyricMerch, to place their licensed lyrics across shirts, mugs and other merch offerings.

Facebook rolled out a collection of new music offerings last week as it seeks to make music integration across photo and video on the platform more efficient. Among the new products are included Music on Facebook Stories, an evolution to Lip Sync Live and an additional offering on the way for adding songs to a personal profile.

Chinese streaming platform NetEase Cloud Music has finalized a multimillion–dollar marketing and distribution deal with American hip–hop outfit Far East Movement. The deal sees NetEase providing non–exclusive promotional and licensing support for new singles and audiovisual content from the group once a month. Each monthly release will feature a collaboration with a Chinese artist with the first as “Bamboo” alongside Chinese pop act Jason Zhang and Asian–American singer Kina Grannis. The deal marks the first time NetEase will invest directly in creating content with U.S. talent having already allocated 200 million yuan to developing and promoting indie Chinese artists. Under the agreement, Far East Movement will maintain full copyright ownership of any songs released.

Entertainment One (eOne) has finalized a multi–year TV production deal with music industry veteran Tommy Mottola via the former Sony Music CEO’s Mottola Media Group. The first–look agreement covers scripted and unscripted series’ with the first project under the arrangement as Harlem High (Freeform). The agreement will have Mottola assuming a consultancy role for eOne’s music and live entertainment business while serving as executive producer on all TV projects and leveraging his relationships within the industry for the development and production of original content for eOne. eOne will act as the studio for all projects and look after worldwide rights.

Deezer has partnered with Manchester Arena and Glasgow’s SSE Hydro venues to be the official streaming partnership for both spaces. The new partnership will see Deezer curating focused playlists, inclusive of special content, to be made available on the venue websites as well as through customer emails and social media platforms. As part of the it’s partnership with Manchester Arena, Deezer will also be the official WIFI sponsor for the venue to be rolled out later this year.

SoundCloud has streamlined the process of sharing tracks via Instagram through a new integration with Instagram’s Stories offering. The new feature allows for sharing of tracks from SoundCloud directly to a user’s Story, offering creators the chance to promote and generate fan feedback with a simple sharing featuring within the SoundCloud menu. The feature is available through the most recent versions of SoundCloud and Instagram on iOS and Android mobile devices.

Viacom Inc. has revealed that its Viacom Media Networks will now encompass four brand groups as Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land; MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo; BET Networks; and Nickelodeon. At the same time, Chris McCarthy, who had been serving as President of MTV, VH1 and Logo, will add CMT to his portfolio. Kent Alterman, currently President of Comedy Central, will now oversee Paramount Network and TV Land, with current President of Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT Kevin Kay parting ways following a transition period.

peermusic has extended its publishing agreement with leading Latina singer/songwriter Gloria Trevi with the artist having been signed to the publisher since 2007. The announcement, made last week by Kathy Spanberger, President & COO, peermusic Anglo American region, and peermusic’s VP, Latin Division, West Coast, Yvonne Drazan, sees peermusic representing the majority of Trevi’s catalog.

ONErpm has added Josh Norek as Director, San Francisco & U.S. Latin and Juan Manuel Caipo as A&R, North America & U.S. Latin, to the team, marking the establishment of ONErpm’s first West Coast office, in San Francisco. As the company's fourth U.S. location, the San Francisco operations join those in Brooklyn, Miami and Nashville. Norek has been heavily involved in many aspects of the Latin music industry for over twenty years. He founded and continues to serve as President of the music royalties collection firm Regalías Digitales and previously spent ten years as VP of Business Affairs & Digital for Nacional Records. He is also a Co-Founder of the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC), and co-hosts the nationally syndicated public radio show “The Latin Alternative.” In addition, he was the music supervisor for the Univision/Netflix series El Chapo. An accomplished producer and mixer, Caipo has run Rockolito Music for the past 12 years. He was the executive producer and producer of the 2016 Concord Records Quiero Creedence Latin tribute album to Creedence Clearwater Revival, which featured Juan Gabriel, Bunbury, Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top and Enanitos Verdes. Additionally, he has worked with artists such as Ana Barbara, Chuchito Valdez, Calamaro, Ozomatli, Bang Data, La Misa Negra, and has secured sync placements for his music in programs and ad campaigns including Breaking Bad, CSI and T-Mobile.

Rapper/entrepreneur Pitbull has parted ways with WME after only 17 months at the agency as he heads to UTA for representation across all areas globally. Pitbull is just coming off of his second co–headlining tour with Enrique Iglesias and recently supported Britney Spears on her European tour. He also just finished up a two–year residency at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood and will host his annual Worldwide NYE in Miami this coming New Year’s Eve. Outside of music, Pitbull has worked to build his profile as a motivational speaker worldwide and is involved across a number of consumer brands including his own Voli 305 vodka and his “Pitbull” fragrance line for men and women.

Los Angeles’ Grammy Museum recently played host to the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame Chart Toppers event which featured performances and a panel discussion by hitmakers Louis Bell, Brian Lee, Ali Tamposi and Andrew Watt. In front of a standing room only audience, which included global act Post Malone, the group of songwriter/producers described their contributions, process and personal experiences across the creation of a number of top hits such as "Let Me Love You" (DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber), "Wolves" (Selena Gomez and Marshmello), "Rock Star" (Post Malone ft. 21 Savage), "Youngblood" (5 Seconds of Summer),"Work From Home" (Fifth Harmony), "Idol" (BTS), "Real Friends" and "Havana" (Camilla Cabello), "Without Me" (Halsey), and "Let Me Go" (Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso). Since 2010 the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Grammy Museum have produced the series of annual Chart Toppers events, screenings and "Songwriters–In–The Round" programs, focused not only on celebrating songwriters, but also educating and nurturing new talent through various events and programs. Proceeds from the recent event and other co–hosted programs benefit the educational programs of both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Grammy Museum.

Sam Smith is set to return to Australia and New Zealand this November on his The Thrill Of It All World Tour, with additional shows already added in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland to meet demand for tickets. At the same time, Frontier Touring has confirmed that Canowindra–born singer/songwriter Gordi will join Smith across all shows on the Australian and New Zealand legs with previously–announced support act Paloma Faith no longer able to join the dates. Gordi’s debut full–length, Reservoir (Liberation Records/Jagjaguwar ex–AUS), was released to widespread international critical acclaim. Following the release, Gordi went on to tour with the likes of Bon Iver, Ásgeir, Fleet Foxes, Metronomy, Julien Baker, Gang of Youths and Missy Higgins. Gordi has garnered over 10 million streams on Spotify and features on the track “Postcard” from Troye Sivan’s debut album, Bloom. Gordi recently collected the Songwriter Award at the inaugural Women In Music Awards, and was nominated for the 2017 J Award for Australian Album of the Year.

Australia charts compiler, ARIA, has revealed an updated look, feel and approach to their chart data as they add a multi–level streaming aspect to their surveys. Streams are currently all given equal weight however, moving forward, ARIA will now give more reward to streams from paid subscriptions as opposed to those from ad–supported or programmed platforms. The updates took effect across singles and albums charts on Saturday.

Indie distribution firm Groove Attack has been acquired by Believe and Tunecore Group. Among Groove Attack’s subsidiaries are included Rough Trade Distribution, GoodToGo and Justbridge. It’s roster counts artists such as Farid Bang, Fettes Brot, Rin, Philipp Poisel, Curse, Raf Camera, Miami Yacine, UFO361 and Alligatoah. Additionally, Groove Attack provides distribution and other services to labels including Chimperator, KMN Gang, Grönland, Indipendenza, Trailerpark, Play It Again Sam, Mascot, Division, BMG, Out Of Line and Domino.

Drake and Scooter Braun have become the Co–Owners of esports firm 100 Thieves alongside Founder Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag and Dan Gilbert (Chairman, Cleveland Cavaliers). Drake and Braun will primarily serve in strategic advisory roles with Braun also joining the Board of Directors. Drake and 100 Thieves have also collaborated on custom gaming stations which travel with the artist on his tour as well as future collaborations in discussion for apparel. 100 Thieves has to date generated more than $25 million in funding with additional participation from Sequoia Capital, WndrCo, Marc Benioff (CEO, Salesforce), Tao Capital, Green Bay Ventures and Advancit Capital.

Iconic guitar–maker, Gibson, has revealed a number of executive appointments as it seeks to rise out of bankruptcy protection in the coming weeks. Among the new appointments are included James “JC” Curleigh as President and CEO with Curleigh having previously been President of Levi Strauss & Co. Additional appointments include Cesar Gueikian to Chief Marketing Officer, Kim Mattoon to Chief Financial Officer, and Christian Schmitz to Chief Production Officer. The new team commences leadership November 1st at which time global investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) takes over the majority ownership of the company to end Gibson’s bankruptcy under an initiative approved under a month ago.

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), which took place October 17th–20th, has revealed it saw 400,000 attendees from over 100 countries attending its 23rd edition, breaking its own records. The event included over 1,000 officially–sanctioned events in over 200 venues, 2,500 artist performances and around 600 speakers across a number of keynotes, workshops and masterclasses. The event also recognized 30 years of the local Amsterdam dance music industry and its history as well as presenting Gert van Veen, the respected Dutch journalist/musician/event organizer, with the Amsterdam Dance Event Lifetime Achievement Award.

The newly–formed IMPEL will hold its first Annual General Meeting on October 31st with the organization set to announce its first selected Board, and Apple’s Global Director of Music Publishing, Elena Segal, to deliver a keynote speech. IMPEL (Independent Music Publishers’ E–Licensing) Collective Management Ltd is the new collective licensing agency representing digital publishing rights which is 100% owned and controlled by its members. Having evolved from the IMPEL organization founded in 2010 within the Music Publishers Association, the new IMPEL was set–up independently in April 2018 and finalized a processing and distribution agreement with SACEM in July. Since launching, IMPEL’s membership has grown quickly and its repertoire currently features across 75% of the U.K.’s Top 200 albums and singles. IMPEL offers the benefits of united rights management and the ability for independent publishers to combine their repertoire and offer it on a multi–territory basis to major digital music service providers through a single rights manager, licensing globally and open to members worldwide.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: John Janick, Paul Pontius, Korda Marshall, Rachel Levy, Julie Greenwald, Kirk Sommer, Mike Caren, Greg Thompson, Felix Howard, Randy Jackson, Alex Patsavas, Jbeau Lewis, Rob Stevenson and Carianne Marshall.


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. Halloween is just around the corner and it can be quite scary at times. Click HERE to see how not to celebrate Halloween in your costume!


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



Three years ago, Canterbury, UK’s Broken Hands unleashed their debut album Turbulence. The album was produced by Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, Pixies, Ghost) and earned critical acclaim by NME, The Independent, BBC Introducing and more. Brothers Dale and Callum Norton, Jamie Darby, Thomas Ford and David Hardstone developed a reputation for their energetic live shows, having shared the stages with everyone from blur and The Kills to Black Sabbath and The Rolling Stones. Last year Broken Hands were signed by Atlantic Records’ President of A&R Pete Ganbarg, having began their career on UK independent SO Recordings, and began work on their sophomore effort. Just when things began falling into place, lead vocalist Dale Norton had to have ear surgery that left him unable to sing or play music for nearly two months. The band didn’t back down from the temporary setback, and started work with producer Julian Emery (Nothing But Thieves, Lower Than Atlantic) on new music, along with long–term collaborator Dalgety moving to the mixing chair. The first taste of the new tunes can be heard with the single “Split In Two,” which showcases a heavier vibe with more distortion and even larger riffs. Broken Hands will join Band of Skulls for dates in London and Manchester next week and are expected to release their Atlantic Records debut album in 2019. Listen to “Split In Two” HERE and contact Matt Harvey at matt@paperhousemusic.co.uk for additional information and inquiries; for live opportunities, the band is represented by scott@pinnacleentertainmentinc.com in N. America and jamie@xraytouring.com for the rest of the world.


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

Tara Lee is a 23 year–old singer/songwriter, producer and actress originally from Ireland. She has studied ballet, street and modern dance for 13 years at the Performing Arts College in Dublin, and is now currently based in London. Following a performance at MUSEXPO’s International Music Person of the Year Industry Awards, honoring esteemed songwriter Diane Warren, Tara was immediately signed by BMG Publishing. Tara’s acting career continues to blossom, having been featured in the highly successful BBC drama TV series The Fall, alongside Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan. She has appeared in a number of films and recently guest starred in four episodes of the BBC1 prime time popular drama EastEnders. Tara has just unleashed her sinister single, “Drive,” a pulsating electronic–pop track that features Tara’s atmospheric vocals soaring over neon–lit synths that channel Ladytron and Depeche Mode. The song was co–written by Tara and Jonas Quant, known for his work with Hurts and Kylie Minogue. Tara is currently writing and recording with Justin Broad (Emeli Sandé, Martin Garrix), Blair MacKichan (Sia, Paloma Faith) and Jonas Quant. Click HERE to watch the blood–dripping music video for “Drive,” directed by Tara herself, inspired by a graphic scene in Adam Wingard’s arthouse horror, The Guest. For additional information on Tara Lee and all inquiries, please contact Alex Weston at Alex@riverman.co.uk.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 10/28/2018



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, October 28th, 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 – “Ride The Wave” (Unsigned, Scotland)
GO GO BERLIN – “Here Comes The Darkness” (Heartbeat Music, Denmark)
MICHEL YOUNG – “Come Over” (Unsigned, Sweden)
COYLE GIRELLI – “Where’s My Girl” (Unsigned, UK)
ALL MANKIND – “Dreamers” (Unsigned, Australia)
JRAFFE – "California" (Unsigned, N. America)
BLACK HONEY – “Midnight” (Fox Five Records, UK)
TIM SCHOU – “Run, Run, Run, Run, Run” (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
TROPHY EYES – “Friday Forever” (Hopeless Records, Australia)
MADYX – “Girl Boy” (Unsigned, N. America)
SEA GIRLS – “All I Want To Hear You Say” (Unsigned, UK)
LONGFELLOW – “Therapy” (Unsigned, UK)
NESSI – “Shake Shake” (Styleheads Music, Germany)
DOLLY & THE DINOSAUR – “Unofficial” (Unsigned, UK)
BLOW – “The Power” (Sony Music, France)
DEAF HAVANA – “Sinner” (SO Recordings, UK)
KATE LOMAS – “Drink 2 U” (Unsigned, UK)
TELEMAN – “Song For A Seagull” (Moshi Moshi, UK)
THOMAS AZIER – “Echoes” (Unsigned, Holland)
LINN KOCH–EMMERY – “Don't Sleep on My Luv” (Welfare Sounds, Sweden)
DAMIAN LYNN – “Feel The Heat” (MsBest/Phonag Records, Switzerland)
HEY GERONIMO – “Runaway World” (Unsigned, Australia)
THE LIDS – “I’m So Bleak” (Unsigned, UK)
MOBY RICH – “Yoko Ono” (TAP Records, UK)
YOUTH KILLED IT – “Headbutt” (Rude Records, UK)
SATELLITE STORIES – “Cut Out The Lights” (Playground Music, Finland)
PYRO – “Regret Or Forget” (Unsigned, Scotland)
STATE LIGHTS – “Freedom” (Unsigned, Ireland)
SEAN AND THE SINNERS – "Not Gonna Fall In Love" (Extreme Music/Sony/ATV, N. America)
EMME LENTINO – “Oxygen” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
LEONIDEN – “River” (Euphorie, Germany)
TONICA – “California” (Unsigned, UK)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Go Go Berlin, Sea Girls, Youth Killed It, The Dunts and Satellite Stories).