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DOWNTOWN ACQUIRES SALLI ISAAK MUSIC & SALLI ISAAK SONGS



Downtown Music Publishing announced last week the acquisition of Salli Isaak Songs Limited and Salli Isaak Music Publishing Limited, home to hit songwriters Jimmy Napes and Paloma Faith, as well as others. Collectively, the Salli Isaak roster has written twenty U.K. top 10 singles, nine U.K. No. 1 singles, and won multiple Ivor Novello Awards.

The Salli Isaak companies were set–up in 2006 by Nick Raphael and Jo Charrington. Through its acquisition of the two companies, Downtown adds nearly 700 song copyrights to its catalogue, including Napes’ contributions to the Sam Smith songbook (“Stay With Me,” “I’m Not the Only One,” “Too Good at Goodbyes,” and “Pray”), as well as songs recorded by Alicia Keys, Clean Bandit, Dillon Francis, Disclosure, Ella Henderson, Ellie Goulding, Isaac Gracie, James Bay, Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Ray BLK and others. Additionally, the company has picked up existing futures agreements with Napes, Faith, Shane Filan (formerly of Westlife) and Robert Stapleton.

Commenting on the deal, Raphael said, “We are very pleased that our writers and their incredible songs will now sit alongside the wonderful and prestigious catalogue that Downtown continues to build.”

"I would like to thank Nick and Jo for their trust in Downtown," said Justin Kalifowitz, Downtown CEO. "As we continue to invest in the future of songs and songwriting our mission is to be a truly global partner to the world's most inspiring creators. With that in mind, I couldn't be more honored or excited to welcome these extraordinary writers and their remarkable music to the company."

Napes is Sam Smith’s key collaborator and has played a significant role in his career; in 2015, Napes shared two Grammy Awards for Record of the Year with “Stay With Me” and Best Pop Vocal Album for In The Lonely Hour. In 2016, he took home an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for co–writing Smith’s “Writing’s On The Wall,” the only James Bond theme to ever achieve a U.K. No. 1 single position. He also counts eleven out of fourteen songs on Smith’s latest album, Thrill Of It All, which debuted at No.1 in numerous countries, including the U.S. and U.K. Napes also garnered two Ivor Novello awards in 2015 for Most Performed Work and Best Contemporary Song for his contribution to Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne).”

Faith’s mainstream debut in 2009 came with the double platinum album, Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? She has since released three consecutive hit albums: Fall to Grace (2012), which debuted at No.2; A Perfect Contradiction (2014), which also debuted at No.2 and achieved double–platinum status; and The Architect (2017), which debuted at No.1. Faith has received numerous nominations and awards for her impact on British culture and music from the BRIT Awards, ASCAP Awards, World Music Awards, Pro Sounds Awards, O2 Silver Clef Awards, Glamour Awards and the Webby Awards.

Among the catalog are additional notable works written by Olly Murs, Karen Harding, Arlissa, and Eliza and the Bear.


SPOTIFY REVEALS ROUND OF NEW INITIATIVES & UPDATED USER INFORMATION



Last week saw key initiatives revealed by Spotify as well as an update on the streamers user numbers and revenue.

As it seeks to help boost voter turnout for tomorrow’s midterm elections, Spotify launched last week a set of playlists customized for all U.S. states and territories. Users of the streaming platform over the age of 18 also receive messages via the app to remind them of tomorrow’s Election Day. Titled respective to their individual states as “Get Vocal, (state’s name),” the playlists spotlight music popular to the various locales. At the same time, Spotify has rolled–out a number of internal initiatives to encourage its employees to vote including voter registration drives for its U.S. offices and digitally as well as the option to work from home on Election Day.

Additionally, the streamer revealed it will partner with Google Home to offer free Google Home Mini devices to its Premium for Family subscribers. Starting Thursday and running through December 31st, the promotion (valued at $49) comes as the latest in Spotify’s recent integration promotions. The new partnership joins Spotify’s previous engagements with Google for integration with Waze and Google Maps.

Spotify also revealed that growth to its premium subscriber count has slowed for the third quarter, reaching 87 million and marking a 5% increase of four million over the last period. Adding 1.3 million new subscribers monthly marks a decline from the 2.6 million average it experienced for the previous three–month window when it saw 8 million premium users sign up. Ad–supported monthly active users reached 109 million, up 8% for the quarter and 20% year–over–year. While Spotify referenced interface updates for maintaining users, it did reveal that metrics might be skewed by fake users, bots or manipulative accounts while it’s ongoing initiative for quality assurance continues to remove them. The increases see overall monthly active users reaching 191 million for the third quarter, a 6% increase from the last three–month period and 28% year–over–year.

Revenue grew 6% for over the previous quarter and 31% year–over–year to $1.54 billion, led by premium subscribership which reached $1.38 billion with ad–supported revenue totaling $161 million. At the same time, operating expenses reached $396 million for the third quarter. In reevaluating its investment in Tencent Music, Spotify saw its first net income ever at $49 million for the quarter with the last quarter seeing net losses of $448 million.


UMG AND BOOMPLAY FINALIZE DISTRIBUTION PARTNERSHIP FOR AFRICA

   

A new landmark licensing agreement has been finalized today between Boomplay, Africa’s leading music streaming and download service, and Universal Music Group (UMG), encompassing multiple markets across Africa.

UMG is the first major music company to license its catalog to Boomplay. Under the terms of the multi–year agreement and effective immediately, Boomplay will distribute music from UMG’s labels via its streaming and download platform in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. Boomplay currently offers over two million songs, and thousands of music videos, to over 36 million users, with nearly two million new users added monthly.

Earlier this year, UMG launched Universal Music Nigeria, a new division within Western Africa as it continues to build on the company’s focus on growing the entire African music ecosystem including recorded music, music publishing, production, live events, brand partnerships and merchandising efforts.

In making the announcement, Universal Music Group, EVP, Market Development Adam Granite said, “We’re looking forward to working with Boomplay as we provide our African artists a range of creative, marketing and promotional resources to accelerate their careers within this vibrant and growing music market. This agreement will help UMG artists to reach new audiences, whilst boosting the African streaming experience to benefit both music fans, artists and songwriters.”

“This partnership extends our reach and makes our artists’ music accessible to millions of African music lovers,” said Ezegozie Eze Jr., General Manager, Universal Music Nigeria, “We are delighted to be the first global music company to partner with Boomplay and look forward to bringing the extraordinary creativity of our artists to as many Africans users as possible.”

The Boomplay App, which is currently only available for Android users, has an iOS version set for release in the coming weeks. Additionally, new Boomplay users will be able to obtain a free one–month subscription when they opt in for a monthly auto–renewable subscription plan.


A&R WORLDWIDE AT TUNE IN TEL AVIV



Last week, A&R Worldwide made its way to Israel to join TUNE IN TEL AVIV, the city’s music conference and showcase event. The confab brought together the local industry, as well as global leaders to discuss the Israeli music scene and the broader worldwide industry.

A&R Worldwide’s Founder Sat Bisla joined the event programming in moderating a session focused on the art and commerce of global talent development. The panel featured Bisla in conversation with Ken Komisar (President & Partner, Notting Hill Music Masters), Mandar Thakur (COO, Times Music India), Michael Chugg (Executive Chairman, Chugg Entertainment), and Seymour Stein (Co–Founder, Sire Records).

Additionally, the event showcased a number of Israel’s promising acts to those in attendance.

Below is a pictorial overview of A&R Worldwide’s time in Tel Aviv.

TUNING INTO THE MUSIC VIBES IN ISRAEL were a cross–section of music industry executives from A&R, live, digital, publishing, media and beyond from various countries around the globe.

DISCUSSING THE ART & SCIENCE OF A&R were (l–r): Ronnie Benarie (Founder, RB Management), Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide), Jeremy Hulsh (Founder, Tune In Tel Aviv & Israel’s Music Export Office) and Mandar Thakur (COO, Times Music India). SHARING THEIR INSIGHTS INTO SONGWRITING & PRODUCTION are (l–r): Roahn “First Born” Hylton, Sat Bisla, Dave McCracken and Danton Supple.

ENJOYING THE MUSICAL VIBES IN TEL AVIV were (l–r): Cindy C Nunez (Booking Director, Mad Cool Festival, Spain), Mandar Thakur, Ken Komisar (President & Partner, Notting Hill Music Masters), producer/songwriter Roahn “First Born” Hylton and multi–platinum producer Dave McCracken.

INDULGING IN THE INSPIRING MUSICAL ENERGY IN JERUSALEM were (l–r): Jeremy Hulsh, Michael Chugg (Chief Executive & Chairman, Chugg Entertainment) and Sat Bisla. DELVING INTO THE BURGEONING MUGO APP were (l–r) Sat Bisla, Ori Segal (Founder, Segal) and Ronnie Benarie.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Leading Mexican broadcaster, Grupo ACIR, and the U.S.’s iHeartMedia, have finalized an exclusive partnership to bring iHeartRadio, as well as access to its roster of globally recognized branded events, to listeners across México. iHeartRadio México officially launched on Saturday at the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina. Listeners can download the app via Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store, and listen online via iHeart.com. iHeartRadio México will encompass all 56 Grupo ACIR and 850 iHeartMedia live broadcast radio stations, as well as iHeartMedia’s exclusive digital–only iHeartRadio Original stations, and Grupo ACIR’s own offer of digital–only stations. Additionally, users will also have access to the leading English and Spanish language podcasts and on–air personalities. In celebrating the launch of iHeartRadio México, Grupo ACIR awarded one music fan a VIP experience for this past weekend’s fifth annual iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina in Miami which was hosted by Enrique Santos and included performances from Pitbull, Nicky Jam, Steve Aoki, Farruko, Nacho, Becky G, Zion & Lennox, Manuel Turizo, Mau & Ricky and Marc Anthony. In entering the Mexican market, iHeartRadio extends its reach that already covers the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

Big Deal Music Publishing Group has signed a deal with iconic electronic music artist Gary Numan to exclusively represent his work including hit songs "Cars" and "Are Friends Electric.” Numan is widely–considered a pioneer of early electronic music, influencing acts such as Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails and others. He continues to write and record new material and tour worldwide. Recent stops in the U.S. included a performance with Beck at Chicago's Riot Fest this summer. Numan also recently received the prestigious Ivor Novello Inspiration Award which recognizes excellence in songwriting. He is touring through the end of the year in the U.K. and Europe.

APA VP of Concerts John Pantle is parting ways with the agency after nine years. Having been an agent with APA since 2009, Pantle had been promoted to his current role in 2015 with a roster that counts Public Enemy and Run–DMC in addition to Mexican artists Café Tacuba, Natalie Lafourcade and Molotov, as well as J–pop hologram “vocaloid” Hatsune Miku. Pantle, whose resume includes stops at House Of Blues, The Agency Group and UTA, parts ways with APA amicably and has hinted at bigger opportunities as the reason behind his departure.

S–Curve Records has appointed industry veteran Lori Anderson to the newly–created position of VP Promotion. Anderson will be based in Los Angeles and responsible for the promotion and marketing for S–Curve’s roster of artists including Andy Grammer, AJR, The O’Jays, Leslie Odom Jr., Michael Blume, We The Kings, Bay Ledges and Hailey Knox, as well as the recently–signed Neyla Pekarek (formerly of The Lumineers). She will report directly to S–Curve’s President, Steve Greenberg. Prior to joining S–Curve, Anderson led her own consultancy firm overseeing radio promotion campaigns for a number of record companies, artist managers, music publishers and a range of artists including Weezer, Passenger, Rachel Platten, O.A.R., and Andy Grammer, among others. Anderson’s over 20 years of experience includes more than a decade as Sr. VP, Promotion at Wind–up Records where she developed the label’s regional promotion staff and helped engineer the return of rock music on pop radio with success for acts Evanescence and Creed, who alone sold over 30 million units. Her career began at A&M Records where, during a 10+ year stint, she managed radio campaigns for artists including Sheryl Crow, Sting, Bryan Adams, Blues Traveler, Gin Blossoms, Soundgarden and Janet Jackson, as well as others.

Peermusic Nashville has signed rock group The Weeks to an exclusive publishing and administration agreement, it was announced today by Kathy Spanberger, President & Chief Operating Office – Peermusic Anglo American Region, and Craig Currier, VP, Director of Advertising Markets, Peermusic. The group was previously signed to Kings of Leon's Serpents and Snakes label and are currently at work on new material for a planned album release in 2019. The Weeks is composed of twin brothers Cyle and Cain Barnes as well as Samuel Williams, and Damien Bone. Soon after they began playing together they signed to Esperanza Plantation and released their debut Cadillac Comeback in 2008 followed by the EP Rumspringa a year later. After self–released a second album, The Weeks joined the Serpents and Snakes roster where they released albums Gutter Gaunt Gangster and Dear Bo Jackson. After leaving Serpents and Snakes, the band released the Buttons EP, the album Easy, and this year’s live album, Inside the Pines. They recently performed at the Who Knew event in Nashville following a European tour. In addition to working on their upcoming album, the group is also touring across the U.S. throughout the fall.

Respected producer/songwriter Jake Gosling has signed a digital services deal with Absolute for his Goldun Egg label. The agreement gives Gosling and Goldun Egg access to digital distribution, marketing, retail sales and playlist promotion, sync, and content creation via Absolute Label Services. Gosling is a multi–platinum, double Grammy and double BRIT Award–nominated producer/songwriter. His credits include collaborations with a wide range of artists such as Ed Sheeran, The Libertines, Wiley, One Direction, All Time Low, Paloma Faith, James Bay, Shawn Mendes, Shania Twain and others. He launched Goldun Egg Records in 2017 with an artist centric approach and family–like community in its delivery, with each deal bespoke and reflecting the artist’s individual needs. Acts retain creative control over their careers but benefit from the support and expertise of Gosling and his team. The label is currently developing a diverse range of artists including NUUXS, The Shantics and Fergus.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing, PRS for Music, GEMA and SOLAR have extended their agreement for the management of pan–European licences for Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing’s Anglo–American repertoire. The multi–year deal will see SOLAR continuing to provide administration services connected with licences that cover the exploitation of the combined Anglo–American catalogues of Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing for digital services across Europe and other territories. SOLAR is a jointly–owned subsidiary of PRS for Music and GEMA, and the administration of the licences will be overseen in partnership with ICE, the joint venture between PRS, GEMA and Swedish society STIM.

A&R Worldwide has learned that former UTA agents Dave Shapiro, Mike Andersen and Tim Borror have launched a new independent music agency firm under the banner of Sound Talent Group. According to the company’s website the group also includes agents Eric Powell and Beth Keith as well as Head of Tour Marketing Jackie Giffune and assistant Leah Peterson. At its launch, the agency boasts a significant roster of rock–leaning acts, including all of the agent's clients, such as Beartooth, Black Label Society, Jonathan Davis (Korn), Killswitch Engage, Less Than Jake, Of Mice & Men, Sum 41, The Devil Wears Prada, Trivium, Zakk Wylde and others.

As revealed in its annual “Measuring Music” report, UK Music has shared that the British music industry has seen growth in nearly every division with the overall U.K. industry adding £4.5 billion ($5.8 billion) to the country’s economy. This marks a 2% increase over last year with half of the total coming from music exports which also increased by 7% over record sales, publishing, live and international revenues collected by PRO’s such as PRS for Music and PPL.

Universal Music Group has become the only major record company that can afford to bid on Big Machine Label Group, home to the catalog of Taylor Swift, with a price tag that has now reached over $300 million. According to sources, the non–label entities still in the mix include Macquarie Capital. Based in Nashville, Big Machine was founded in 2005 by Scott Borchetta and in addition to all of Swift’s releases up until November 2017’s Reputation, the label also counts artists Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett. Swift’s contract was up with Reputation’s release and while Big Machine has been working to re–sign the artist, her desire to take ownership of her masters from the label would not likely be approved by a major. As of August, Swift’s sales and streaming accounted for 34.6% of Big Machine’s market share for the year.

Matt Stell
A partnership has been finalized between New York–based label RECORDS and Good Company Entertainment with the latter engaged to provide radio promotion for RECORDS artist Matt Stell and his single “Prayed For You.” Good Company is the management firm for Jake Owen, who along with President Keith Gale and Director of Tour Marketing and Sponsorships Jon Andolina, founded the company. While maintaining its focus on management clients Owen and Angie Keilhauer, Good Company’s promo department launched last week with three staffers and could potentially grow in the new year when it’s been proved that it can exist without detriment to Owen and Keilhauer’s careers. Gale’s track record includes over three dozen No.1 singles across a 22–year stint with Sony Music Nashville. Stell’s single has already garnered 5.3 million streams independently with Weiss stating he sought out Gale because he “didn’t want to do this by dabbling.”

Reservoir has added rapper/songwriter Trouble to its roster bringing the Atlanta–native’s entire catalog of works to the indie publisher, including his 2018 debut studio album, Edgewood, produced by Mike Will Made–It and distributed via his Ear Drummer Records/Interscope. Alongside the album, Trouble debuted a short film of the same name which explores the rapper's life, influences and past. Trouble also brings his Hot 100 breakthrough and Platinum–selling collaboration with YFN Lucci and fellow Reservoir rostermates Migos, “Key To The Streets” to Reservoir, along with nine career–spanning mixtapes.

Instagram continues to make moves into the music space having finalized a partnership with Shazam allowing users to share Shazams to their Stories. The feature rolled out on Thursday via the latest versions of both apps for iOS with Android capability expected soon. Shazam joins Spotify, Eventbrite and SoundCloud as firms who have developed Instagram integrations in recent months.

The Bundesverband der Konzert– und Veranstaltungswirtschaft (BDKV) has been formed as a result of a merger between German live event promoters BDV and VDKD. The new association, which was voted unanimously by both firm’s members, will be led by Co–Presidents Jens Michow (BDV) an Pascal Funke (VDKD) with Funke also assuming Managing Director responsibilities. The BDKV group will encompass 500 live agencies and organizers.

Apple has revealed its new iPad offerings will transition to reflect changes made to their recent iPhone models – the XR and XS. The new iPad Pro will feature a larger screen, leaving behind the home button and fingerprint sensor and will add the facial–recognition capability for unlocking the device and approving app and Apple Pay purchases. The new devices will come in 11–inch and a 12.9–inch models and will feature an optional companion pencil. Apple also revealed updated MacBook Air laptops with higher resolution and a fingerprint sensor, as well as an update to its Mac Mini desktop.

In other Apple news, the company has announced that its services division, counting Apple Music, has generated an all–time high in revenue of $10 billion with the company’s quarterly revenue reaching $62.9 billion. The total is an increase of 20% year–over–year with the services increasing marking growth of 27%. Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, revealed that Apple services have seen paid subscriptions reaching 330 million.

After a decade–long break, Sub Pop will reboot its Singles Club for the fourth time ever. Commencing in April of next year, the $130 subscription–based offering will get you 12 7–inch singles featuring exclusive tracks by a diverse range of acts. Singles Club has previously been active from 1988–1993, 1998–2002 and 2008–2009 with releases including vinyl pressings from Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Fugazi, The White Stripes, Bright Eyes, Jesus and Mary Chain, Iron and Wine and others.

Because Group’s live music division, the Corida Group, and one of France’s largest independent promoters, recently acquired a 50% stake in fellow France–based music promoter, Super!. The deal brings key events Pitchfork Paris, Biarritz en Ete and Cabourg Mon Amour into Corida Group’s festival portfolio, which counts We Love Green and Peacock Festival. Super! is also the executive producer of Red Bull Music Festival and curates Villette Sonique Festival. Additionally, Corida’s promotion roster, home to Radiohead, Rammstein, Justice and Christine and the Queens, takes in Super!’s, which counts The xx, Bon Iver, Mumford & Sons, Jungle, Nicolas Jaar, Caribou and Four Tet. Alongside the group’s majority stakes in promoters The Talent Boutique (Metronomy, Django Django, London Grammar, Daniel Avery) and PiPôle (Jorja Smith, LCD Soundsystem, Soulwax), the deal combines the four promoters under the Corida Group umbrella.

CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences), which organizes the Juno Awards, has firmed up details to use Nielsen Music as its exclusive data provider for an additional two years. CARAS uses data provided by Nielsen Music throughout the Juno Awards process from nominations to final selections.

SoundCloud has updated its contract terms following kick–back from creators at the expansion of its Premier direct–monetization offering last month. The contract had been unclear regarding payment dates and percentages and asked that artists sign away their rights to sue the firm via a mandatory arbitration clause. The updated terms see the removal of the sue language as well as clarifying that creators using Premier maintain rights to their content with a a 55% pro rata share of net revenue paid each calendar month within 45 days of the end of the month regardless of how much is earned. They are also free to part ways with the program at any time and use additional platform’s alongside SoundCloud.

Willie Nelson
Iconic country music artist Willie Nelson will be honored by the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing a day prior to next year’s Grammy Awards. The event will be held at Los Angeles’ Village Studios and sees Nelson joining a past list of honorees that includes Quincy Jones, T Bone Burnett, Alicia Keys and Neil Young.

A new management firm has been launched under the banner of Rav Medic by Mark Dalbeth of Melbourne, Australian group Bellusira, which featured members Will Hunt (Evanescence) and Koichi Fukuda (Static–X). Dalbeth is now based in Los Angeles and will work to develop acts signed to the roster globally. The first two acts to join Rav Medic are Shadowqueen and Chasing Lana from Australia. Rav Medic will also be releasing music with a 10–track debut full–length expected in 2019 featuring guests from Bumblefoot, Seether, Hed (PE), Sydonia, We are Riot, The Feelers and others.

Radio Disney is preparing to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its signature talent program, "Next Big Thing (NBT),” in November. The popular initiative spotlights young recording artists and their journey to success, and, has generated audience engagement across multiple platforms including Radio Disney, Disney Channel, RadioDisney.com, the Radio Disney app and social media platforms, as well as at live Radio Disney events. Billboard has counted Radio Disney among the Top 100 best ways to get music noticed. The 10–year anniversary is expected to see “'NBT” alumni, including Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Kelsea Ballerini and others, joining a year–long celebration featuring special activations and exclusive content.

Major Toms, the label fronted by Rudimental that counts a partnership with Asylum/Atlantic, has signed former X Factor artist Ella Henderson. Henderson had been signed to Syco with her 2014 release, Chapter One, having debuted at No.1 with sales reaching 464,644 to date as recorded by the U.K.’s Official Charts Company. Henderson recently joined Rudimental for their U.K. Tour which included two sold–out nights at Alexandra Palace.

Festicket, the U.K.–based platform that bundles festival tickets with travel, accommodation and more, has expanded its footprint to Australia and New Zealand. Among the promoters and festivals it’s already engaged in the territory are included Australia’s The Grass Is Greener, Beyond the Valley, Jungle Love, Grapevine Gathering NSW, Pleasure Garden and Mountain Sounds as well as NZ’s Rhythm & Vines and Rhythm & Alps. Since launching in 2012, Festicket has worked with more than 1,000 music festivals in 50 countries with a global network of 4,500 vendors for accommodation and tourist packages that has supported over 800,000 fans.

The newly–formed IMPEL elected its Board of Directors at its first Annual General Meeting last Wednesday. Among the founding management team to date are included Andy Heath (Beggars Music), Simon Platz (Bucks Music Group), David Kassner (Kassner Music), John Truelove (Truelove Music), Mike Box (Reservoir Music), Jody Klein (Legs Music) and Andre De Raaff (CTM). Four more nominated executives were elected to complete the IMPEL Board with Ryan Farley (Cooking Vinyl Publishing), Simon Harris (Minds On Fire), Mary Jo Mannella (Music Asset Management) and Paul Tunkin (Blow Up Songs).


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: David Massey, Mike Crossey, Savan Kotecha, Martin Kierszenbaum, Jody Gerson, Max Lousada, Jacob Fain, Ian Cripps, Pete Giberga, Sharon Dastur, Kimi Kato, Keith Naftaly, Jason Magnus, Julie Horton and Sebastian Chase.


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. This week, we get a dose of jackass moments from villages, towns and cities worldwide. Click HERE to enjoy slips, spills, bruises and downright teeth–grinding fails from around the globe!


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



Sometimes an artist will release their debut single and it goes unnoticed; other times it opens doors and makes lasting first impressions. The latter is the story for 24 year–old Late Verlane, a talented singer–songwriter based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Born Viktor Persson, he released his debut song “Roll Like A Dummy,” and the response has been outstanding—earning praise from radio to digital service providers, to online blogs and all of the fans he has earned during his live performances. The synth–heavy tune acts as a first taste from what should be a very promising career. Verlane is currently still studying at the Royal Danish Music Conservatory, as he works on his music career. Verlane also co–wrote and supplied vocals to fellow Copenhagen producer and musician Molina's latest single, “Hey Kids” via the Danish indie label Tambourhinoceros. Listen to “Roll Like A Dummy” HERE and contact viktor.al.persson@gmail.com for additional details and opportunities.


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

Hotly–tipped LA band The Pink Slips are making quite the name for themselves with their punk, rock, synth pop and new wave musical style. Before the members could legally drink at a bar, they were performing at legendary Hollywood venues such as The Troubadour, The Hi Hat and The Echo, displaying their grit, authenticity and electricity. Led by GRAVE on lead vocals, along with Trent Peltz (keys/backup vocals), Keenan Bevans (drums) and Desi Scaglione (guitar), The Pink Slips aren’t one bit hesitant to embrace the poppy gloss of Paul McCartney’s solo work, the massive choruses of Lady Gaga, and the boundary pushing energy of Marliyn Manson, all underscored with the urgent feminism of Bikini Kill. The quartet has been described as an exciting mix of Blondie, Nico and The Kills, with a reverence for the primal fury of Iggy Pop and the transcendent harmony of David Bowie. In June, they unleashed the Trigger EP (Obey Records), which was produced by Isaac Carpenter of AWOLNATION, featuring the single of the same name. The band is currently writing their first full–length album as they spent much of 2018 touring the U.S. and Europe, performing at major festivals, direct support slots and headlining shows. Discover The Pink Slips and watch their “Trigger” video HERE. The Pink Slips are managed by Evan Nagorner and Brian Klein, with Doug Mark as their legal representative and PR with Michael Moses (BWR) for the U.S. and Duff Battye (Duff Press) for Europe/UK. The Pink Slips are represented by Steve Strange (X–ray Touring) for Ex. U.S. and are currently seeking representation for North America and label opportunities. For all inquiries, contact info@iminmusic.com.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 11/4/2018



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, November 4th, 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:

ALL MANKIND – “Dreamers” (Unsigned, Australia)
THE DUNTS – “Ride The Wave” (Unsigned, Scotland)
GO GO BERLIN – “Here Comes The Darkness” (Heartbeat Music, Denmark)
IMBIBE – “Mirage” (Unsigned, Australia)
ODDITY ROAD – “All Again” (Unsigned, UK)
BLACK HONEY – “Midnight” (Fox Five Records, UK)
TIM SCHOU – “Run, Run, Run, Run, Run” (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
LONGFELLOW – “Therapy” (Unsigned, UK)
JRAFFE – "California" (Unsigned, N. America)
TROPHY EYES – “Friday Forever” (Hopeless Records, Australia)
MICHEL YOUNG – “Come Over” (Unsigned, Sweden)
THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES – "I Don't Know Why I Do It To Myself" (Unsigned, Ireland)
MELO MORENO – “Sad Girls” (Universal, Spain)
STATE LIGHTS – “Freedom” (Unsigned, Ireland)
THE RESPONSE – “Practical” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
TELEMAN – “Song For A Seagull” (Moshi Moshi, UK)
THOMAS AZIER – “Echoes” (Unsigned, Holland)
PRETTY VICIOUS – “Move” (Big Machine/John Varvatos Records, UK)
LINN KOCH–EMERY – “Don't Sleep on My Luv” (Welfare Sounds, Sweden)
PYRO – “Regret Or Forget” (Unsigned, Scotland)
HEY GERONIMO – “Runaway World” (Unsigned, Australia)
TELLA VIV – “Bang Boom Crash” (Bolero, Sweden)
THE LIDS – “I’m So Bleak” (Unsigned, UK)
SEA GIRLS – “All I Want To Hear You Say” (Unsigned, UK)
MADYX – “Girl Boy” (Unsigned, N. America)
BLOW – “Shark Therapy” (Sony, France)
SEAN AND THE SINNERS – “Live Forever" (Extreme/Sony/ATV, N. America)
COYLE GIRELLI – “Where’s My Girl?” (Unsigned, UK)
SPRING KING – “Us Vs Them” (Island, UK)
TARA LEE – “Boyz” (AWAL, Ireland)
ELDORADIO – “Restless Minds” (Unsigned, Sweden)

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