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MUSEXPO’s 2019 Creative Summit continues to add key influencers to the re–imagined adaptation and evolution of its annual global music and media conference, as part of the inaugural California Entertainment Week. The event will feature a number of exclusive sessions and keynotes, as well as even more opportunities for its attendings to interact and do business with their global counterparts.

In addition to a number of exclusive sessions, including insightful dives into the creative music strategies of NBCUniversal and the Walt Disney Company, the event will also feature the return of its impactful round–table face–to–face meetings which will give attendees the opportunity to interact directly with leaders from the synch community and beyond.

Among the leading music, media, digital and entertainment industry minds already confirmed to join the MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2019 are included: Alicen Catron Schneider – Sr. VP, Music Creative/Head of West Coast Operations, NBCUniversal Television; Andrew Gould – Sr. VP & Head of A&R, North America, Downtown Music Publishing; Ben Cooper – Controller, BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & BBC Asian Network; Billy Mann – Founder & Chairman, Manncom; Bob Lefsetz – Author, “The Lefsetz Letter;” Charlie Haggard – Music Supervisor, NBCUniversal; Chris Price – Head of Music, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra; Chris Taylor – Global President, Music, Entertainment One; Dan Burt – Music Supervisor/Producer, JWT; Eddie Chavez – Music Supervisor, NBCUniversal; Eric Polin – Sr. VP, Music Publishing, Universal Pictures; Fred Casimir – EVP, Global Recordings, BMG; Gao Xiaosong – Global Chairman, Alibaba Entertainment Strategic Committee; Jacob Fain – Sr. VP A&R, Head of Research & Analytics, Sony/ATV; Jake Challenor – CEO & Publisher, Jaden Social/The Music Network (Australia); Jennifer Knoepfle – Sr. VP, Co–Head of West Coast A&R, Sony/ATV; Jimmy Steal – VP/Programming & Program Director, “Power 106” KPWR & KDAY (Los Angeles); Jo Charrington – Co–President, Capitol Records U.K.; John Fleckenstein – Co–President, RCA Records; Kaylin Frank – VP, Creative Music and Soundtracks, Walt Disney Pictures; Kerri Drootin – Sr. Director, Music Supervision & Licensing, NBCUniversal Television; Mark Sutherland – Editor, Music Week (U.K.); Mandar Thakur – COO, Times Music India: Matt Mugford – Promo Music Supervisor, NBCUniversal Television; Mathew Daniel – Vice President, International, NetEase Cloud Music (China); Mike Daly – Executive Director of A&R/Music Publishing, Disney Music Group (Hollywood Records, Buena Vista Records and Disney Music Publishing); Nick Raphael – President, Capitol Records U.K.; Oliver Hild – Music Supervisor, NBCUniversal, Television Music Creative Team; Preston Rodie – A&R Manager, Sire Records/Warner Bros. Records; Ralph Simon – Founder & CEO, Mobilium Global; Rebecca Rienks – Music Supervisor, NBC Entertainment; Ritch Esra – Publisher, Music Business Registry; Stacy Wallen–McCarthy – Sr. Director, Music Supervision & Licensing, NBCUniversal Television, Music Creative Services; Sue Crawshaw – Founder & Owner, Pick And Mix Music; and Tim Ingham – Founder & Publisher, Music Business Worldwide; as well as many more to be announced!

MUSEXPO Creative Summit is also currently accepting submissions for its exclusive showcasing spots for 2019. The event will also once again bring some of the globe’s most talented artists to its stage that has previously welcomed acts such as Katy Perry, LMFAO, Jessie J, Teddybears, Frank Turner, Robyn, The Chevin, The Temper Trap, Forest Blakk, Sheppard, Audur, Jack Savoretti, Thomas Azier, Missy Higgins, Laleh, Gavin James, Birds of Tokyo, Avalanche City, Gin Wigmore, Ida Maria, and many others prior to their global success. The MUSEXPO stage offers artists with global potential the unique opportunity to play to a captivated audience that includes some of the worldwide industry’s most influential executives and tastemakers.

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

Information on showcase artist submissions, event partnership/sponsorship opportunities, direct flights to Burbank Airport and conference discount hotel room bookings within the Burbank, CA area is available at www.musexpo.net.

For More Details Contact: Tyler Polzin at tyler@anrworldwide.com or +1.323.782.0770.



Glassnote Music and Kobalt Music have finalized an innovative long–term strategic alliance. Glassnote will leverage Kobalt’s AWAL and its digital and traditional distribution expertise to further maximize the opportunities and promotion of Glassnote’s artist roster and catalog via Kobalt and AWAL’s global marketing, radio promotion, digital and physical distribution, and data analytics platform. Founded in 2007, the roster at Glassnote includes global artists such as Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, CHVRCHES, The Strumbellas and Jade Bird.

“It is truly a landmark day in the music industry and for the future of Glassnote as this progressive alliance and relationship with Kobalt becomes a reality,” said Glassnote President & Founder Daniel Glass. “For our artists, it’s the same team and family they have always been a part of, with exciting new additions from a company on the cutting edge of music’s future.”

“We’re writing an important new chapter in the history of the music industry – proving together that it’s possible to break global superstars outside the old system,” said Willard Ahdritz, Founder and CEO of Kobalt Music. “When Lonny, Laurent and I looked at the current landscape of relevant independent labels, Glassnote stood out as an ideal partner, as we both put talent at the center of our business. I’m looking forward to working with Daniel, a real music man, and the Glassnote team.”

AWAL, with local offices around the world, works with a number of the most well–known independent artists globally, including Lauv, Rex Orange County, Tom Misch, R3HAB, Deadmau5, Freya Ridings, The Wombats, Bruno Major, and others. In 2018, AWAL has charted four records in the U.K.’s Top 10, garnered a No.2 U.S. radio hit with Lauv’s “I Like Me Better,” and generated billions of streams for its artists.


Michael Harrison & David Rappaport
Having recently revealed its AEG Global Touring division, AEG Presents has brought on several music industry veterans to fill key positions for the new operations including David Rappaport as Chief Operating Officer, AEG Global Touring, and Michael Harrison as Sr. VP, AEG Global Touring. The announcement was made by Gary Gersh, President of AEG Presents Global Touring and Talent.

At the same time, the company has tapped former StubHub senior executive Michelle Swing as the new Director of Artist Development for the Global Touring division, and Victoria Torchia, who most recently served as Head of Marketing & Partner Management for AOL, as Head of Digital Marketing, AEG Global Touring.

Rappaport most recently served as Head of Artist Relations (Americas) at YouTube Music/Google Play Music where he led new education and strategy initiatives focused on artists, management companies and agencies. Rappaport also led promotional initiatives for several artists including Camila Cabello, Panic! At The Disco and Led Zeppelin. Prior to YouTube, Rappaport was an artist attorney, first at Davis Shapiro & Lewit, and then at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, with clients including Diplo, Major Lazer, Mad Decent, ODESZA, Dillon Francis, Phantogram, Miike Snow, Twin Shadow, Dirty Projectors, Liz Phair, Cold War Kids and FIDLAR.

Harrison has spent the last 26 years as Tour Director for leading Australia/New Zealand concert promoter Frontier Touring Company, promoting concert tours by the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, Portugal. The Man, Flight of The Conchords, Royal Blood, Sam Smith, Shawn Mendes, Midnight Oil, Lorde and The Killers. His career began as a booking agent in 1992, assisting Frontier on Australian and New Zealand tours for Coldplay, Ministry of Sound, Muse, Norah Jones and Moby.

Gersh also revealed several executives, currently based in New York, that will transition to the Global Touring division including Donna DiBenedetto, promoted to VP Global Touring; Jenny Heifetz Henault named Sr. Director Global Touring; Jessica Smith promoted to Sr. Manager of Marketing; and Derek Tucker named VP of Ticketing in the new division. Nashville–based Laurel Hilburn has also been promoted to Manager of Touring.

AEG Europe’s office also revealed a round of appointments effective starting next year in John Langford as COO, Paul Reeve as CFO and Emma Brownes to the newly–created position of VP of Programming. Langford currently serves as VP and General Manager of London’s O2 Arena, Reeve as Finance Director for the O2 an SSE Arena (Wembley), and Brownes as Programming Director.


Keith Richards
BMG has signed a new worldwide deal with Keith Richards to bring his solo recordings catalog to BMG. The agreement brings together Richards’ 1978 debut solo single and four solo albums from 1988–2010, alongside his publishing that BMG has represented since 2013.

In celebrating the 40th anniversary of Richards’ debut solo release, a 1978 recording of the Christmas classic “Run Rudolph Run,” BMG will release a limited edition 45rpm 12” on red vinyl, remixed and remastered by longtime collaborator Steve Jordan. The November 23rd North American Record Store Day exclusive includes a cover of Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come,” a version of “Pressure Drop” featuring Toots & The Maytals, and a “Santa Keith” holiday card featuring a greeting from Richards himself.

The Record Store Day exclusive follows BMG’s recent digital re–release of Richards’ solo albums Talk Is Cheap, Main Offender, and the studio/live compilation Vintage Vinos on all streaming platforms. Upcoming physical reissues will include deluxe and expanded CDs and LPs, extensive boxsets, and additional special projects to be revealed soon.

BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch, “It has been a pleasure to build a relationship with Keith and his exceptional team over the past five years. It is a real honor now to extend that relationship even further to work with his classic solo releases.”

Released in 1988, Richards’ debut solo album, Talk Is Cheap, is Gold–certified and featured the Top 5 U.S. rock hit “Take It So Hard,” Top 20 U.S. rock hit “You Don’t Move Me,” and single “Struggle.” Co–writing every song on the album, Richards teamed up with Steve Jordan to co–produce the album, featuring his band the X–Pensive Winos. While in pre–production of his follow–up studio full–length in 1991, Richards released Live At The Hollywood Palladium, December 15, 1988, a live set recorded during the Talk Is Cheap Tour. The set went on to sell over 100,000 copies in the U.S. alone. His second studio effort, Main Offender, was released in 1992 and saw U.S. rock chart success with the Top 5 “Wicked As It Seems” and Top 20 “Eileen.” Main Offender would mark his last solo studio effort for 23 years, following a nearly year–long tour in support.

2010 saw the release of the Vintage Vinos compilation featuring a collection of solo and live tracks from Talk Is Cheap, Live at the Hollywood Palladium, December 15, 1988, and Main Offender, including the bonus song “Hurricane,” recorded during the Rolling Stones’ sessions for Forty Licks in 2002.


A&R Worldwide hosted another of its globally–recognized networking dinners last week at the elegant Mr. C Hotel in Beverly Hills. The intimate affair brought together a number of the local and global industry’s leaders from across the A&R, publishing, management, live, legal and songwriting/production spaces for an evening of great food, wine and networking.

Below is a pictorial overview of A&R Worldwide’s most recent soiree.

IT’S ALL ABOUT ARTIST DEVELOPMENT: Sharing their passion for A&R (l-r) were Miguel Solano (CEO, FyreHouse), Aton Ben-Horin (VP Worldwide A&R, Warner Music Group), Darcus Beese OBE (President, Island Records) and Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide and MUSEXPO). ELABORATING ON THE ART OF SONGWRITING & PRODUCTION (l–r) were Adam Clough (Managing Director, 365 Artists), producer Steve Fitzmaurice (Sam Smith, Rag’n’Bone Man, Paloma Faith, Olly Murs, U2), Sir Harry Cowell (Founder, Mission Entertainment Group) and Atlantic Records artist, Forest Blakk.

HAVING A BARELY “LEGAL” CONVERSATION (l–r) were Arnold Peter (Founding Partner, Peter Law Group), Bill Simon (Sr. Client Partner & Managing Director, Media, Entertainment & Convergence, Korn Ferry), Jonathan Lowe (Sr. VP of Business Development/Brand Strategy, AEG) and Owen Sloane (Partner, Eisner APC).

NETWORKING IN BEVERLY HILLS was a selection of executives from the A&R, publishing, digital, legal, marketing, live, brands/synch and media communities at the Mr. C Hotel. GETTING TO THE POINT AT MR. C HOTEL IN BEVERLY HILLS are (l–r) Sir Harry Cowell, Sam Jagger (General Manager, Mr. C Hotel), Torre Catalano (CCO, The Colors You Like) and Desiree Castillo (Nat’l Account Director, Mr. C Hotels).

A TRIO OF CREATIVE MINDS (l–r) with 365 Artists’ Adam Clough, multi–Platinum producer Steve Fitzmaurice and A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla. DISCUSSING THE EVOLUTION OF A&R, PUBLISHING & SONGWRITING (l–r) were Andrew Gould (Sr. VP & Head of A&R, Downtown Music Publishing Group, N. America), Tyler Polzin (Sr. Director, A&R Worldwide) and Patrick Donovan (Publisher, MXM Music). HAVING A CONVERSATION ON THE EVOLUTION OF MUSIC PUBLISHING (l–r) were Jon Chen (Sr. Creative Director, BMG), A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla and Delmar Powell (A&R, Downtown Music Publishing Group).

INDULGING IN THE CREATIVE VIBES OF A&R were (l–r): Mike Fink (former Head of Artist Relations, Pandora), Ronnie Benarie (Founder, RB Management), producer/songwriter Roahn “First Born” Hylton (Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida, Trey Songz) and Peter Winkler (Business Development Executive, Moss Adams).


Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift has signed a global recording agreement with Universal Music Group (UMG) to see UMG serving as the exclusive worldwide recorded music partner for Swift, and UMG’s Republic Records serving as her label partner in the U.S. The multi–album agreement, effective immediately, builds upon the relationship between Swift and UMG and the significant success she achieved with Big Machine Records, the label whose long–term strategic alliance with Republic Records first brought Swift into the UMG family. A ten–time Grammy winner, notably the youngest–ever recipient of the Grammy for Album of the Year, and the first female solo artist to win the award twice, is the only artist in history with four albums with sales of over one million copies in their first week of release (2010's Speak Now, 2012's RED, 2014's 1989 and 2017’s reputation), respectively.

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has promoted Simon Baker to General Manager, European Operations. Based in London, Baker continues reporting to UMPG Chief Operating Officer Marc Cimino. Baker’s new role sees him continuing to provide support on financial and business matters to UMPG’s European team of Managing Directors, including U.K. MD Mike McCormack. Additionally, Baker will work closely with the company’s leadership in Santa Monica. He previously served as Sr. VP, Finance and Operations for Europe, having joined UMPG in 2001.

Irving Azoff, Sir Lucian Grainge & James Corden
Last week, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce saw the return of its Entertainment Industry Conference to the Loews Hotel in Hollywood. The event brought together the local entertainment community for a dialogue on the future of the industry and its importance to the City of Los Angeles. As part of the day’s event, TV host James Corden led an inspiring keynote featuring Irving Azoff (Chairman & CEO, Azoff MSG Entertainment) and Sir Lucian Grainge (Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group) which saw the two inspiring executives delving into what drove them to enter the music and what keeps them excited about the industry still today – songs and the artists that create them! A&R Worldwide Founder Sat Bisla was a part of this year’s executive entertainment board committee for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Spotify continues to build its global footprint with last week’s launch in 13 new markets across the Middle East and North Africa including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories and Egypt. The new territories bring the total availability of the streamer to 78 markets globally. The MENA region will have access to Spotify’s free and Premium tiers with a complete Arabic offering. In addition to launching the Arab hub under its Global Cultures Initiatives, Spotify has also rolled–out a set of locally–curated playlists including “Today's Top Arabic Hits,” “Oriental Chill Vibes” and “Arabic EDM.”

In other Spotify news, the streamer has partnered with non–profit SoundGirls for the EQL Directory. The new global database will seek to generate awareness of the careers and accomplishments of those women working behind the scenes in music and audio. The EQL Directory will also serve as networking resource to connect professionals in the industry with anyone able to add their name to the database worldwide. At the same time, Spotify and Secret Genius have rolled out the EQL Advisory Board composed of TRAKGIRL (Jhené Aiko, Belly, Luke James), Lauren D'elia, Jin Jin, Kesha Lee and Ali Tamposi.

FKP Scorpio has finalized an exclusive partnership with Copenhagen–based concert promoter and artist management company smash!bang!pow!. The deal sees smash!bang!pow! selling 25% of the company to FKP Scorpio, making them an international partner. The new partnership also includes a round of staff appointments to smash!bang!pow!'s Copenhagen office. Joining the team are Viktoria Skovhus as a booking agent for Danish artists as well as Emma Hestbæk as a junior promoter. The first collaboration between smash!bang!pow! and FKP Scorpio is marked as the symphonic BBC show Blue Planet ll at the Forum in Horsens early next year as well as a concert from Australian artist Tash Sultana next summer at K.B.Hallen.

Global music agency West One Music Group, is expanding its senior management team in the U.S. and opening a new custom music division based in Los Angeles, it was announced today by West One's Global CEO, Edwin Cox. Joining West One Music Group is Brad Burnside as VP of Partnerships and Operations, with Chris Brown relocating from London to the U.S. while maintaining his role as head of West One Music Group’s Trailer music label and Custom Music Manager for West One Music Group. Based in Los Angeles offices and reporting to Edwin Cox, the duo will work closely with Cristina Bellido, VP of Business Development at West One Music Group. Burnside will be tasked with expanding activity in the broadcast and production space as well as overall strategy and leadership for the U.S. group. Brown has played a key role in developing West One Music Group’s creative production resources and capabilities in London over five years in his role as Producer and label manager. Brown’s relocation to LA is a key part of the firm's expansion of its U.S. business. As part of its investment in the U.S., West One Music Group will also be opening a new recording facility in Los Angeles to help grow the company’s creative production capabilities and client service offering.

Having parted ways with Island Records earlier this month, Iggy Azalea has reportedly finalized a new deal. Revealed by Azalea herself via Twitter, she claims the deal/partnership is worth $2.7 million and will allow her to sign other acts as well as own her own masters.

Helen Murphy
ole has appointed entertainment industry veteran Helen Murphy to succeed Robert Ott as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Ott will maintain an advisory role to Murphy and the ole Board of Directors. Murphy is the Founder and President of International Media Services, Inc. (IMS) which provides strategic and financial advisory services to clients in the global media and entertainment industries. Prior to founding IMS in 2004, Murphy served as EVP and CFO for Warner Music Group where she was responsible for the finance, human resources, business development, information technology and real estate functions. In 2012, Murphy was the lead external negotiator for Sony Corporation and Mubadala Development Company to acquire the EMI Music Publishing catalog for $1 billion and to negotiate a long–term administration deal for the Sony/ATV catalog with Mubadala. She was also CFO for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and led the initial public offering of the company. In the 1990’s, she held a series of senior financial positions, including CFO at PolyGram Music Group (now Universal Music Group).

Concord Music’s team continues to expand as last week saw Rachel Reynolds announced as the company’s new Sr. Director to head its creative content production division. Reynold’s comes to Concord from LA radio station KCRW where she spent the last 12 years and produced Morning Becomes Eclectic. Reynold’s also launched KCRW’s Guest DJ Project podcast and held the role of Music Publicity Director as well as Special Event Talent Booker. Her new role with Concord will see her based in Nashville, leading a team to create an execute video content, podcasts, live events and other creative initiatives for the company’s label group.

Sarah Stennett’s First Access Entertainment has revealed a new sports management division under First Access Sports. The firm will represent and look after the careers of a diverse range of sports personalities and already counts clients such as Ryan Bertrand (Southampton football captain), Callum Hudson–Odoi (Chelsea) and Danny Cipriani (England and Gloucester Rugby) as well as emerging talents including Youth Olympic Champion light heavyweight boxer Caroline Dubois, and Gabriella Taylor, a British Fed Cup tennis player.

Iconic artist Elvis Presley was posthumously recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom last week alongside six others. Among the others recognized were included former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page, doctor/philanthropist/humanitarian Miriam Adelson, Dallas Cowboy’s Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach, and Senator Orrin Hatch, with additional posthumous honors given to baseball legend Babe Ruth and former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

FUGA’s international growth continues in announcing partnerships with League of Legends’ developer Riot Games and EDM pioneers Monstercat. The Riot Games partnership encompasses ongoing global digital distribution, excluding China and S. Korea, for the entire League of Legends musical catalogue. This includes the current release “POP/STARS” from virtual band K/DA which charted on pop charts worldwide and has already generated 50+ million YouTube views. At the same time, FUGA has finalized a global digital distribution deal with indie electronic record label and brand Monstercat. The Vancouver, BC label sources and curates the soundtrack for the widely–popular video game Rocket League while working with some of the biggest stars in EDM including Marshmello. League of Legends is the most played PC game in the world with over 100 million monthly players while Rocket League counts 50 million players globally. FUGA also continues the expansion of their music rightsholder client base in the Americas, adding Nashville–based Big Yellow Dog for digital distribution on selected releases and Mexico’s Movic Records for global digital distribution. Alpha Pup, the Los Angeles–based boutique aggregator of more than 80 independent record labels, have also chosen FUGA as their new partner for catalogue management and deliveries worldwide.

Despite firm objections from the independent label and music publishing community across Europe, Sony Corp. has finalized its acquisition of EMI Music Publishing three weeks after the EU Commission granted regulatory approval of the transaction. EMI will become part of Sony/ATV placing the company’s revenue at around $1.275 billion, $610 million from Sony/ATV and $633 from EMI. Altogether, the deal carried a $4.75 billion valuation.

Following a lengthy hiatus, British singer/songwriter Dido is set to release her fifth studio full length, Still on My Mind, in March of next year. The album’s release will be followed by a world tour marking Dido’s first tour in 15 years. As they prep the album release, BMG recently hosted an intimate album launch party at NYC's Standard High Line, where industry insiders got an early listen to songs from the LP. Still on My Mind also marks a creative reconnect for Dido with her brother and producer Rollo Armstrong (Pet Shop Boys, U2, Moby). Check out Dido’s new single “Hurricanes” HERE.

100 Management has finalized a deal for worldwide representation of Usher who recently released his latest album A, and is at work on a follow–up full–length for release next year via RCA. Founded by Luke Mitzman, 100 Management counts clients Zane Lowe, Netsky and Maya B as well as others. Having released his first album in 1994 at 15–years old, Usher’s career has included eight additional releases with seven reaching the top five of the Billboard 200. 2004’s Confessions was certified diamond by the RIAA and started a set of four No.1 albums in a row. Confessions also spawned four of the nine No.1 singles Usher saw on Billboard’s Hot 100 across his career.

John Boulos is headed to Arista Records to serve as EVP, Promotion. The radio promotion veteran had parted ways with Atlantic Records in September after an 11 year–stint with the label, including its Roadrunner subsidiary. Boulos history includes additional stops at more than a dozen companies including PolyGram, Warner, Vanguard, Virgin, Epic and Capitol.

Juice WRLD
BMG has finalized a global publishing administration agreement with Chicago hip–hop artist Juice WRLD. The deal covers his entire songwriting catalog, including his debut Goodbye & Good Riddance, recently released collaborative effort Future & Juice WRLD Present…WRLD ON DRUGS, and newest single “Armed And Dangerous,” along with his future works. Goodbye & Good Riddance reached Top 5 on the Billboard 200, led by the hit single “Lucid Dreams,” which reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Lucid Dreams” is certified 5x Platinum in the U.S., 3x Platinum in Canada, 2x Platinum in Australia, Platinum in both New Zealand and Sweden, and Gold in both Denmark and the U.K. Goodbye & Good Riddance has generated more than 2 billion streams and nearly 1 billion in audience airplay in just six months. Future & Juice WRLD Present….WRLD ON DRUGS debuted last month at No.2 on the Billboard 200 with the set featuring appearances by Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Young Scooter and Young Thug.

APA recently revealed the promotion of Bruce Solar to Partner and Co–Head of the agency’s Worldwide Music division. Solar, who had been serving as EVP, will now assume oversight of the West Coast operations for the concert’s division alongside Co–Head Steve Martin, based in New York. Among Solar’s client roster are included acts such as Radical Face, Eels, Family of the Year, Blondie, Brian Wilson, Smokey Robinson, The Zombies, Cake, The O'Jays and Liz Brasher. He came to APA in 2015 after a 14–year–stint with The Agency Group. His career started out at the Harry Chickles Agency in Boston with acts such as John Lee Hooker and Willie Dixon and included a stop at Absolute Artists, overseeing operations in the mid–90s.

Amazon has revealed it will separate its second headquarters into two locations between Long Island City, New York and Crystal City in northern Virginia. The finalized locations follow a process that saw 238 proposals from cities across North America as Amazon sought out cities willing to incentivize their presence with benefits such as tax breaks and grants.

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, have announced the acquisition of a music catalogue from songwriter/producer Jason Boyd, better known as Poo Bear. Over the past two decades, Poo Bear has collaborated, and had Top 10 hits, with acts such as Usher, David Guetta, DJ Khaled, Chris Brown, Fifth Harmony, Jennifer Lopez and Skrillex. He is best known as one of Justin Bieber’s closest collaborators having co–written 9 of 13 songs on Bieber’s album Purpose, which has sold more than 14 million copies globally. The catalogue includes hits such as “What Do You Mean?,” “Where Are You Now?,” and the English language version of the global hit “Despacito.” The company will acquire a 100% interest in the catalogue, which encompasses 214 songs in total.

The Chainsmokers
The Chainsmokers and global music app creator Gismart have announced a partnership to see the artists working across the Beat Maker Go app. Under the partnership, The Chainsmokers’ biggest hits will be a featured sound pack released via the beat–making app. Beat Maker Go will also host a round of in–app events allowing fans to win concert tickets and exclusive merch from the duo.

A multi–year partnership has been finalized between Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest and YouTube Music, it was announced last week. The agreement will offer viewers of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve a recap of the most viral moments on YouTube and music trends from 2018. At the same time, YouTube creators will make guest appearances throughout the show. The new agreements build on the existing multi–year relationship between dick clark productions and YouTube Music for the American Music Awards and Streamy Awards.

Former Republic Records’ West Coast–based A&R executive Delmar Powell recently joined the A&R management team at Downtown Music Publishing Group and will report to Sr. VP and Head of A&R, N. America, Andrew Gould. Powell will be based out of the company’s West Coast offices in Los Angeles.

As it seeks to continue moving forward after its March Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, iHeartMedia has revealed its post–bankruptcy Board of Director. Included among the group are Current iHeartMedia CEO and Board Chairman Bob Pittman who will serve as the Board’s Chairman; Former Walt Disney executive Jay Rasulo as Lead Independent Director; Former MGM Chairman & CEO, Gary Barber; iHeart’s current President, COO & CFO Rich Bressler; Brad Gerstner (Founder & CEO, Altimeter Capital); Sean Mahoney (Director for Aptiv plc and Arconic Inc. as well as post–bankruptcy firm Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.); and Founder & CEO of Drawbridge, Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Maik Pallasch, Tom Bohne, Michael Stockum, Mona Rübsamen, Alexandra Ziem, Benjamin Budde, Leo Chantzaras, Stefan Harder, Maximilian Kolb, Simone Schiborr, Jochen Schuster, Natascha Augustin, Nadja Paul and Uli Kuppel.


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, many in the U.S. will celebrate Thanksgiving with their families; however, some will face a jackass moment. Click HERE to watch some folks getting stuffed during their Thanksgiving celebrations!


Matt and Theo Weedon grew up with a musician in their family. Naive to the position they were in until their teens, their grandfather was the late Bert ‘Guitar Wizard’ Weedon, who toured with Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland and went on to release eight UK Top 40 singles. His impressive legacy was cemented by the book Play in a Day: Guide to Modern Guitar Playing, which sold millions of copies and influenced Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Pete Townsend and Paul McCartney. Bert often had musicians such as George Harrison, Brian May and Jimmy Page stop by their home and share stories and tales from the road. Hearing the stories and being around these musicians influenced both Matt and Theo, which inspired them to pursue music. The two attended a music school and after a few rehearsals, Jack ‘Math’ Bowden who plays drums, joined and the indie/folk band and Tors was born. In the last year, they released a number of singles and supported Tom Walker on his sold–out UK tour. This year, they performed at a number of UK festivals and released their Wilder Days EP featuring the single “Won’t Remember,” which was written about their grandfather who suffers from Alzheimer’s. The trio released a new single called “Don’t Cry” (Lucky 7 Recordings) that they are very excited and proud of. Listen to “Don’t Cry” HERE and contact Matt Vines of Seven 7 Artist Management at matt@seven7.management for additional information and all inquiries.


Formed in late 2017, The Vitriots are an unstoppable garage rock band from Sydney, whose sound comes as the perfect blend of tongue–in–cheek lyrics, bumping bass riffs and melodically brash guitars. Since releasing their debut single “Long Way Down” (through Sureshaker), The Vitriots have earned airplay from Australia via Triple J to Los Angeles via KROQ. The track has earned over 25k streams on Spotify, added to a number of playlists in South America, Europe and the UK, in addition to being included on Apple Music’s "Rock A–List" playlist. The quartet supported British India on the Sydney leg of their Australian tour in June, as well as having recently opened for Shed Seven and Verge Collection. The four–piece is currently finishing their album, due next year, to be released through Sureshaker. Click HERE to experience their music video for “Pinball Wizard,” which draws musical influences ranging from Nirvana to The Pixies and Courtney Barnett, and see what the buzz is about. Contact info@thevitriots.com for all inquiries.


“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, November 18th, 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:

CALVA LOUISE – “I Heard A Cry” (WMG, UK)
GO GO BERLIN – “Here Comes The Darkness” (Heartbeat Music, Denmark)
ALL MANKIND – “Dreamers” (Unsigned, Australia)
KING NUN – “Family Portrait” (Dirty Hit, UK)
MICHEL YOUNG – “Come Over” (Unsigned, Sweden)
TROPHY EYES – “Friday Forever” (Hopeless Records, Australia)
THOMAS AZIER – “Vertigo” (Unsigned, Holland)
TEN TIMES A MILLION – “When The Lights Go Out” (Unsigned, Holland)
STATIC UNION – “New Found Way” (Unsigned, Scotland)
TIM SCHOU – “Run, Run, Run, Run, Run” (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES – "I Don't Know Why I Do It To Myself" (Unsigned, Ireland)
LONGFELLOW – “Therapy” (Unsigned, UK)
SEAN AND THE SINNERS – “Live Forever" (Extreme, Sony/ATV, N. America)
DAMIAN LYNN – “Feel The Heat” (MsBest/Phonag Records, Switzerland)
EUT – “Sour Times” (V2 Records, Denmark)
DEAF HAVANA – “Sinner” (SO Recordings, UK)
THE DUNTS – “Ride The Wave” (Unsigned, Scotland)
IMBIBE – “Mirage” (Unsigned, Australia)
ODDITY ROAD – “All Again” (Unsigned, UK)
LINN KOCH–EMERY – “Don't Sleep on My Luv” (Welfare Sounds, Sweden)
PRETTY VICIOUS – “Move Baby” (Big Machine/John Varvatos Records, UK)
SEAFRET – “Monsters” (Columbia Records, UK)
VERONICA FUSARO – “Venom” (DD Music, Switzerland)
GOOD DOOGS – “Want That” (Unsigned, Australia)
BLACK HONEY – “Midnight” (Fox Five Records, UK)
SEA GIRLS – “All I Want To Hear You Say” (Unsigned, UK)
PYRO – “Regret Or Forget” (Unsigned, Scotland)
MADYX – “Girl Boy” (Unsigned, N. America)
COYLE GIRELLI – “Where’s My Girl” (Unsigned, UK)
THE RESPONSE – “Practical” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
SPRING KING – “Us Vs Them” (Island, UK)
JONATHAN JEREMIAH – “Mountain’ ([PIAS] Recordings, UK)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Seafret, The Living End and Ten Times A Million).