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MUSEXPO’S CREATIVE SUMMIT UNITES THE GLOBAL MUSIC COMMUNITY FOR ITS 2019 EDITION



MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2019, a part of a week–long series of events, including the Worldwide Radio Summit, collectively forming the brand new California Entertainment Week, will take place March 24th – 29th at the new resort–like Castaway venue in Burbank – the film & media capital of North America.

This year's event will feature innovative sessions on the art of song creation, artist development and its amplification to the masses via synchronization (film, TV, videogames, trailers, on–demand), global A&R and music publishing, music production, DSPs, evolution of global distribution, marketing, radio, new ways of monetization and more! In addition, MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2019 will also see the return of the widely–successful Global Synch & Brands Summit which will offer delegates another opportunity to interact face–to–face with leading music supervisors from film, TV, trailers, gaming, and brands.

Among the industry innovators already confirmed to attend are included Adam Clough – Managing Director, 365 Artists; Andrew Gould – Sr. VP/Head of A&R, North America, Downtown Music Publishing; Alicen Catron Schneider – Sr. VP, Music Creative/Head of West Coast Operations, NBCUniversal Television; Allison Kaye – President, SB Projects; Areli Quirarte – VP, Motion Picture Music, Paramount Pictures; Aton Ben–Horin – Global VP, A&R, Warner Music Group; 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 of A&R/Head of Global Analytics & Research, Sony/ATV Music Publishing; Jake Challenor – CEO & Publisher, Jaden Social/The Music Network (Australia); Jennifer Knoepfle – Sr. VP/Co–Head of West Coast A&R, Sony/ATV Music Publishing; 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; Leslie Lewis – Owner & President, Leslie Lewis Consulting; Mandar Thakur – COO, Times Music India; Mark Sutherland – Editor, Music Week (U.K.); Mathew Daniel – VP, International, NetEase Cloud Music; Matt Mugford – Promo Music Supervisor, NBCUniversal Television; Michael Chase – A&R/Global Business Development, MGM Distribution; 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; Patrick Houlihan – Sr. VP, Music, 20th Century Fox; Paul Adam – Head of Europe, Songwriter Relations, Spotify; 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; Scott Igoe – VP Alternative Series & Specials, ABC Television; Stacy Wallen–McCarthy – Sr. Director, Music Supervision & Licensing, NBCUniversal Television, Music Creative Services; Steve Fitzmaurice – Producer (Sam Smith, Rag'n'Bone Man, Paloma Faith, Olly Murs, U2); Sue Crawshaw – Founder & Owner, Pick And Mix Music; Tara Piper – Head of Entertainment Marketing, The Coca–Cola Company; and Tim Ingham – Founder & Publisher, Music Business Worldwide; as well as many more to be announced soon!

Early Bird Discount Pricing to attend MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2019 is still available but expires this Friday, December 14th. For more information on the event, including registration and discount hotel information, visit www.musexpo.net or contact Tyler Polzin at tyler@anrworldwide.com.


BMG ANNOUNCES RESTRUCTURING TO U.S. REPERTOIRE OPERATIONS



BMG has revealed a split to its U.S. repertoire organization into three as it addresses the surging growth which has seen revenues double in just three years. Under the new structure, BMG’s three key U.S. offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, and New York, will effectively have the same status as countries such as the U.K. and Germany, reporting directly to worldwide CEO, Hartwig Masuch.

Starting January 1st, Thomas Scherer will assume a promotion to EVP, Repertoire & Marketing to lead the Los Angeles office; Jon Loba, EVP, BBR Music Group, and Kos Weaver, EVP BMG Nashville, will formally take joint control of BMG’s Nashville repertoire operation; and John Loeffler will take on the appointment of EVP, Repertoire & Marketing, New York.

Thomas Scherer Jon Loba Kos Weaver John Loeffler

Masuch said, “The U.S. represents more than 50% of BMG’s business. To give you a sense of scale, if it was a country, our Los Angeles operation would be our biggest territory some way ahead of the U.K., Nashville would be our third biggest territory just ahead of Germany and New York would be sixth biggest, just behind France. Putting this new structure in place will empower local management and enable us to better deliver our mission of offering artists and songwriters a genuine alternative to the established companies.”

While the change in business structure has been driven by growth, says Masuch, the timing of the change came in response to the announcement last week from current BMG U.S. President, Repertoire and Marketing, Zach Katz, that he will part ways with the company at the end of the year to assume a new role.

“Zach has made a substantial contribution to BMG over the past six years,” says Masuch, “most notably in helping our U.S. operation make the transition from an acquisition–driven start–up to an organically–driven music publishing and recordings company which genuinely delivers on its core values to its clients. I have immense respect for the commitment he has given BMG and salute his multitude of achievements. Zach is above all a close friend and I am convinced we’ll work again together in the future.”

Says Katz, “I would like to express my utmost gratitude to Hartwig, for believing in me over the years and believing in the U.S. team. Under his management, BMG has grown exponentially and achieved more in the past 10 years than most companies could ever dream possible. I am positive the greatest years of BMG still lie ahead with the company’s new U.S. leadership group at the helm.”


SOUNDCLOUD NAMES LISA ELLIS GLOBAL HEAD OF MUSIC & ARTIST RELATIONS



Lisa Ellis
SoundCloud has tapped Lisa Ellis, a former Sony Music executive, as their Global Head of Music and Artist Relations. The new position will see Ellis leading SoundCloud’s artist and label services division while based in NYC and reporting to CEO Kerry Trainor.

The veteran executive comes to SoundCloud from Provenance Ventures where she'll maintain an advisory role. Prior, she was operating partner for Fireman Capital Partners, where she was an investment partner and advisor. Ellis’ 14–year tenure at Sony Music Entertainment, saw her rising to EVP and leading label creative and operational management for Columbia and Epic Records, as well as digital initiatives for the label group. Other Sony positions include two years as President of Sony Urban Music and Sr. VP, strategic marketing and TV/film/commercial music licensing. Upon departing Sony in 2009, Ellis had played a key role in the development, planning and/or branding of acts such as Beyoncé, John Legend, Nas, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Marc Anthony, and Three 6 Mafia, in addition to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D label, the SoSo Def roster, Loud Records, and others.

Trainor commented, "Lisa has spent decades championing artists. She’s a passionate music executive, whose leadership, experience and strategic vision will be an asset to the team and our partners. Her connection to the creative community, understanding of the unique role SoundCloud plays in launching creators’ careers and helping them connect with fans is invaluable, and will help us continue to empower and grow the largest, most diverse community of audio creators."

Added Ellis, "Among streaming platforms, SoundCloud stands out as a truly differentiated offering by keeping creators at the center of everything they do. I’m excited to work alongside a dynamic, forward–thinking executive team, and join a company that provides a unique discovery experience by bringing together music and technology to support, elevate and celebrate creators of all kinds, with a particular focus on emerging talent."


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



It was announced last week that Irving Azoff had finalized the financing needed for Azoff Music Management’s acquisition of MSG’s 50% interest in Azoff MSG Entertainment for $125 million. With the transaction completed, Azoff's new firm will run as The Azoff Company. Under the agreement, the Azoff Company and MSG have also finalized a five–year consultancy deal to see The Azoff Company continuing to advise MSG facilities. The transaction closes out a five–year JV relationship between MSG and Azoff Music Management which included a buy–sell option that engaged this year when the deal reached the five–year mark. The Azoff Company's assets count Fullstop Management, the Global Music Rights PRO, Oak View Group and LaneOne. Azoff will serve as Chairman and CEO for the new entity.

EDGEOUT Records has been launched by Tony Guanci, along with a team of music industry leaders across A&R, touring, live events, promotions and marketing, as an innovative label designed to find and develop the next generation of rock bands. EDGEOUT will seek to sign and break artists by developing their fanbase through recorded music, as well as via touring and festivals across the U.S. and internationally. The label will support artists across every aspect of their career including their overall sound, song structure, live stage performance, image/branding, personal wellness, and the art of the music business. For global distribution, marketing and promotion, EDGEOUT has finalized an exclusive label service agreement with Universal Music Group (UMG).

Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired the legendary music catalog of Sly & The Family Stone. Under the deal, Primary Wave adds all music assets of Even St. Productions, LTD., which encompasses music publishing and master royalty streams of all songs written by Sylvester Stewart (Sly Stone), the band’s lead singer who wrote every song in their catalog, including career–defining hits "Everyday People," Thank You," "Dance To The Music," and "Family Affair."

Saavn and JioMusic have finalized their merger under the new banner of JioSaavn, joining the two leading Indian digital music platforms. The new offering counts 40 million tracks across 15 languages and includes an ad–support free version as well as JioSaavn Pro, a premium tier offering.

Sony Music Entertainment Japan (SMEJ) and Rhapsody International are joining forces to roll–out the first on–demand, high resolution music streaming service in Japan. Under the banner of Mora Qualitas, the new service will be powered by Rhapsody’s Napster including all its systems, tools and APIs. While contributing to Sony Corp's music operations, SMEJ is run independently from Sony Music Entertainment. The Mora Qualitas subscription will cost 1,980 Yen per month for lossless FLAC streaming at 24–bit/44.1–96khz (Hi–Resolution)/16–bit/44.1khz (CD quality) and is available for PC and Mac desktop users at its launch, with additional platforms in the works.

Camille Yorrick has been promoted to EVP, Creative Content for RCA Records, having been with the label since 2014, most recently as Sr. VP, Video Production. Remaining based in NYC, Yorrick’s new role will see her assuming oversight of content strategy and programming while leading the development of visual content via partnership with the artist roster at RCA and content creators as well as maintain her work across music visuals.

Endeavor has revealed the promotion of Mark Shapiro to President. Shapiro was named Co–President of WME–IMG in 2016, having served as IMG's Chief Content Officer since 2014. During his tenure, he played a key role in unifying the firm's fashion operations (including IMG Models, The Wall Group, Art + Commerce, LENS,IMG Focus and over 20 events worldwide), creating new formats for IMG's events portfolio, supporting the five–year, $1.5 billion U.S. rights agreement for the UFC with ESPN, and building on Endeavor Global Marketing via acquisitions in PR, experiential and advertising. Shapiro has held previous roles with Dick Clark Productions(CEO) and Six Flags Entertainment Corporation as Director, President and CEO. His career began at ESPN where he led both production and programming while overseeing the launch of sports and entertainment properties. Additionally, Shapiro serves on the board of public companies Live Nation, Frontier Communications, Papa John's and Equity Residential.

As they prepare to return to Los Angeles for their 61st edition, the nominees for next year’s Grammy Awards have been revealed. To see the full list of nominees in all 84 categories, click HERE.

SB Projects has brought on Tony Bracy as VP of Marketing and Promotions for the company. The new position sees the industry veteran assuming oversight of all radio promotion, streaming and marketing for the firm that counts clients Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and Tori Kelly. Prior to SB Projects, Bracy served as West Coast Regional Promotion Director for Capitol Records, working with acts such as Katy Perry, Niall Horan and Halsey as well as others. Collectively, he’s put in over a decade with Capitol and pre–merger Virgin Records. His career began in promotion at KBRE in Houston.

The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) has opened the submissions across six nominated categories for the 64th Ivor Novello Awards. The Ivors 2019 will take place on Thursday, May 23rd at London’s Grosvenor House. The awards celebrate, honor and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. BASCA invites eligible submissions in categories across song and album releases, film, television and video games scores. Anyone can enter a work, including the songwriter or composer. To be eligible works must have a British or Irish writing contribution of at least 33.3% and have been commercially released in the U.K. during the 2018 calendar year. This year all works will be judged anonymously and entrants must remove any reference to the songwriters or composers who created the work on submitted materials. The deadline for entries is February 7th, 2019.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has extended its worldwide deal with Swedish songwriter Noonie Bao whose credits include hits written for artists such as Camila Cabello, David Guetta, Charlie XCX and Zedd & Alessia Cara. The new, long–term agreement with Bao covers the global hit “Stay,” recorded by Zedd & Alessia Cara; Camila Cabello’s Top 10 hit and U.S. No.1 radio single “Never Be The Same;” and Rita Ora’s current U.K. top five hit “Let You Love Me;” as well as future compositions. Bao enjoyed initial success in Sweden as both a recording artist and songwriter, starting with the release of her own debut single “About To Tell” and first album I Am Noonie Baoin 2012. Her first international breakthrough as a songwriter came with “I Could Be The One,” co–written by her and recorded by Avicii and Nicky Romero, which debuted at No.1 in the U.K. and became a hit globally. She went on to write for Avicii and Clean Bandit’s debut albums, while a close and successful songwriting partnership developed with Charli XCX whose 2014 sophomore album Sucker featured four songs co–written by Bao. She has also had songs recorded by artists including Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Kygo, Carly Rae Jepsen and Ty Dolla $ign. Her success has garnered her a number of awards, including a Swedish Grammy for Best Songwriter and the Music Export Prize, awarded by Sweden’s Government to an artist who has contributed to the country’s music export success. She also became the first person since Max Martinand Shellback to win simultaneously both Songwriter of the Year and International Story of the Year at the Swedish MPA Awards.

On the Sony Music side, Savage Garden’s catalog of recorded works has transitioned to the company via a global agreement that covers hits by the Aussie pop duo such as “Truly Madly Deeply,” “To The Moon and Back,” “I Knew I Loved You,” “I Want You” and frontman Darren Hayes' first two solo albums. Ownership interests in the Savage Garden masters were sold by John Woodruff, the Australian artist manager and music entrepreneur, who had represented the works through his company, John Woodruff Management (Exports). The deal sees Sony Music U.S. and Sony Music Entertainment Australia owning Savage Garden’s self–titled debut album and Affirmation, both of which reached the top ten on the Billboard 200 and Official U.K. Albums Charts, and topped the charts in their native Australia. The deal also includes two solo albums released by Hayes through Columbia with Spin (2002) and The Tension and the Spark (2004). Following significant success in their homeland, Savage Garden hit No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1998 with “Truly Madly Deeply,” and in 2000 with “I Knew I Loved You.” 1997's “I Want You” also went to No.4 in the U.S. with two additional singles making the top 40. The group dominated the 1997 ARIA Awards, garnering a record ten honors, while also taking home four Billboard Music Awards in the years 1998–2000. Making history in 2001, "Truly Madly Deeply" was listed in APRA's Top 30 Australian songs, published in recognition of the rights society’s 75th year milestone. The duo split in late 2001, which saw Hayes transition to a solo career which has generated four studio albums to date.

Grammy–nominated Warner/Chappell songwriter/producer busbee has announced today the launch of Altadena, a music company that will identify and develop a new generation of artists and songwriters. Altadena rolls out as a JV with Warner Bros. Records to provide a full range of services to its recording artists. At the same time, Altadena enters into a worldwide publishing agreement with Warner/Chappell Music to provide support for its roster and, additionally, has established a creative partnership with Red Light Management. busbee is a multi–award winning creative who has enjoyed success with a diverse range of acts including P!nk, Usher, Gwen Stefani, Jon Bellion, Florida Georgia Line, Maren Morris, Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban. Overseeing operations for Altadena will be GM and VP of Creative Daniel Lee, Nashville Creative Director Noreen Prunier, and L.A. Creative Director Kelly Benini.

Dave Gibson & Marian Wolf (Director Global Writer Services, BMG)
BMG has finalized a new worldwide co–publishing agreement with multi–Platinum singer/songwriter Dave Gibson to continue representing his fast growing and diverse songwriting catalog, and to administer future works. Gibson's songwriting credits include some of the biggest U.S. and international hits such as the Tim McGraw and Faith Hill award–winning song “Speak To A Girl.” Additional co–writes include the Gold–certified single “I Believe I’m Fine” (Robin Schulz), and “Sermon” by James Arthur, from his Platinum–certified U.K. No.1 album, Back From The Edge. Alongside his recent U.S. success, Gibson has become one of the most sought–after songwriters globally with chart–topping hits and albums in the U.K., Australia, Italy, Germany and most recently in China with Chinese superstar Jackson Yee (TF Boys). Additionally, Gibson co–wrote the Australian Top 10 hit “Remind Me” on Conrad Sewell's Start Again EP, as well as “Everybody Needs Love” and “Back to You” from Tim Bowman Jr's Grammy nominated album, Listen. He also contributed to Marco Mengoni's multi–platinum albums #Prontoacorrere and Le Cose Che Non Ho. Since relocating to Los Angeles, Gibson has collaborated with Bruno Mars and Phillip Lawrence (aka The Smeezingtons), DJ Kygo, Stargate, Mary J. Blige, Liam Payne, Pixie Lott, Keith Urban, Toni Braxton among others.

Following its significant restructuring, A&R Worldwide has learned that BMG has also added Jonathan Palmer to its team as Sr. VP of Creative Synch. Based in Los Angeles, Palmer’s resume includes stops at SONGS Music Publishing and Columbia Records, in addition to founding his own music licensing and consulting firm A Suit of Leaves.

Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill
BMG has been entrusted by the estate of legendary German–born composer Kurt Weill for the administration of the popular songs he wrote in collaboration with groundbreaking German dramatist Bertolt Brecht. Included are all of the songs from the acclaimed works The Threepenny Opera (1928), Happy End (1929) and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (1930). The move to BMG marks the first transition for the catalogue since 1956. The catalogue includes the timeless standard “Mack The Knife,” named one of the hundred most popular songs of the twentieth century. Also included in the catalogue are the “Alabama Song” and “Pirate Jenny.” Denounced by the Nazi regime, he fled Germany in 1933. He arrived in New York in 1935 and by the 1940s had again become one of the most important artistic voices, this time on Broadway. Weill’s work continues to have an impact on popular culture today with a performance of The Threepenny Opera forming the backdrop to a key scene in the acclaimed TV drama, Babylon Berlin, whose soundtrack has been released by BMG. The recently released Mackie Messer — Brechts Dreigroschenfilm tells the story of the hit success of the The Threepenny Opera in Berlin in 1928 and the struggle to adapt it as a film.

Spotify For Artists rolled out its yearly Artist Wrapped campaign last week offering artists and their teams a look into their success on the streaming platform across the past year. Artists once again receive a custom recap on listener data including total streams, number of fans, listening hours, countries reached and other stats. Acts also have the ability to share their Wrapped pages through their Spotify For Artists accounts. The news comes alongside the reveal of Spotify’s Wrapped campaign for fans giving listeners a similar look into their 2018 listening habits.

The acquisitions continue for the Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its investment adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, as they take in 100% interest (ex–writers’ share of performance income) for the music catalogue from TMS, an English songwriting and music production team comprised of Thomas “Froe” Barnes, Benjamin Kohn and Peter “Merf” Keller. The catalogue encompasses 121 songs including 10 Top 5 U.K. singles with five No.1 songs. The songs have appeared on 13 Top 5 U.K. albums including seven No.1 albums. It includes songs performed by artists such as Jess Glynne, Little Mix, Emeli Sandé, Sigma featuring Paloma Faith, James Arthur, Years And Years and Dua Lipa as well as the global Top 10 hit “Me, Myself & I” by G–Eazy and Bebe Rexha.

MTV has announced the promotion of Terron Moore to VP and Editorial Director for MTV News Digital. Having joined MTV in 2017 as Sr. Director of Social Media, Moore came to the media firm from Teen Vogue. His new role will see him building an editorial team with plans to create multi–platform original series and written editorial content centered around social and political issues as well as trends in culture relevant to young people. Moore has tapped editorial contributors Michael Arceneaux and Lauren Duca.

Universal Production Music UK has finalized an agreement with licensing company, Liquid Cinema. Liquid Cinema works with composers, producers and songwriters, licensing music out to film, TV, trailers, sports, advertising and other outlets. Its portfolio includes the Liquid Cinema Music Library as well as Inside Tracks, focusing on music for TV, advertisements and digital uses.

It was announced last week by Position Music’s President & CEO, Tyler Bacon, that Buckley J. Hugo has been tapped for the position of Director of Copyright for the Los Angeles–based company. In the new role, Hugo will be responsible for copyright registrations to mechanical and performance rights societies throughout N. America, as well as international sub–publishers. He will also handle income tracking and mechanical licensing. Hugo has spent more than 25 years in music publishing and was previously at Spirit Music Group, where he served as VP and General Manager for 13 years.

MelodyVR rolled–out an exclusive event with Liam Payne marking its first live Virtual Reality Broadcast from a secret London location. The event was presented to Liam’s fans worldwide last Friday as a VR broadcast available via MelodyVR. The intimate performance was experienced by a limited number of Liam’s fans in London and to an unlimited number of users in VR globally with a small number of tickets presented free–of–charge to Liam’s fans through the MelodyVR website. The interactive music performance featured MelodyVR’s unique “jump spot” technology allowing fans to control their own experience at the event by choosing their own location within the venue, a world first for MelodyVR and the global act. On Wednesday, fans will be able to launch the MelodyVR app, select Liam Payne from the home screen and be right on stage with Liam.

Digital media and content company, UPROXX, has announced entertainment industry executive Charlie Corwin as the first appointment to its new advisory board. Corwin will focus on helping guide UPROXX’s expansion into television and film. The announcement of his appointment comes following the recent news that UPROXX has been acquired by Warner Music Group (WMG). Corwin most recently served as CEO of Imagine Entertainment, founded by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. Prior, he was Co–Chairman and CEO of Endemol Shine Americas, overseeing the merger and integration of Endemol and Shine in North and South America. Corwin’s career began when he co–founded Internet startup Live Music Channel, and later, movie and television production company Original Media. As CEO of Original Media, Corwin produced numerous acclaimed feature films and created some of the U.S.'s most successful TV series.

Audio streaming platform Mixcloud has rolled out its Mixcloud Select offering, a pioneering fan–to–creator subscription service. Listeners can now subscribe to a Select creator’s channel to directly support them, and the music played in the shows they upload. They’ll also access an enhanced listening experience that includes downloading shows to listen offline and viewing upfront tracklists. Last week, the first wave of Select went live with 47 creators, covering a wide range of genres and scenes. Among the creators are included international DJs as well as Mixcloud stars DJ Blighty and Low Light Mixes; independent radio stations; record labels; and curators such as Clash Magazine and Stamp the Wax. Mixcloud will collaborate with its first wave of creators to implement additional new features including exclusive content and direct messaging with their subscribers. All creators can now register their interest in joining Select in the near future. Mixcloud Select uses a flexible channel–based subscription model that allows creators to set their own price, starting at 2.99 per month with creators receiving a share of profits from their subscriptions, and the artists, labels and publishers played in their shows receiving royalty revenue.

Billboard Media Group has promoted industry veteran Hannah Karp to the newly–created role of Editorial Director, marking the first editorial promotion since Valence acquired the media company. Karp had most recently served as News Director for Billboard and will now oversee all editorial coverage and music business analysis for the publication. Karp has played a key role across Billboard’s digital platform since coming to the company in 2017 as well as putting together the Topline section of the magazine and contributing to the curation of Billboard’s power lists and a number of news features. Prior to Billboard, Karp spent more than a decade with the Wall Street Journal.

Global distribution, label services, and rights management company ONErpm has tapped Caribbean music expert and artist manager Martin Price to lead operations and A&R at the company’s recently–launched Kingston, Jamaica, office. With 10 years of experience in the Caribbean industry, Price will look to establish the company’s footprint in the Reggae, Dancehall, and Urban markets as ONErpm seeks to reach new genres and global audiences. The office has already signed prominent Jamaican Reggae and Dancehall artist Barrington Levy for an upcoming album in 2019, as well as Dancehall artist Ce’cile and Grammy Award–winning producer, Anju Blaxx. Price is the Co–Founder of Caribbean Entertainment and IAM Management and has focused his efforts on artist management and booking. Over the last six years of his decade–long tenure in the Caribbean market, he has worked with more than 100 artists at all levels and has booked artists on six of seven continents annually.

Following the success of its industry–wide music pilot in May, blockchain rights company JAAK have announced several senior appointments ahead of their first commercial release in 2019. Joining as advisors are Spotify’s former artist–in–residence D.A.Wallach and David King, inventor of YouTube’s Content ID, with Universal Music Publishing Group’s (UMPG) Dom Lovett added in a full–time capacity. Wallach brings his extensive experience from the music and investor communities to JAAK’s commercial development and product teams. Lovett, one of five new hires to the company, joins as Head of Music Copyright following a decade with UMPG. Lovett has also held roles with BMG, Zomba and MCPS. Among the additional hires are included Hari Ashurst–Venn who will focus on developing commercial partnerships; Alina Colceag and Samir Rashed as Product Designers; and Philippe Rixhon, a research fellow at UCL Centre for Blockchain, who will keep JAAK up–to–date on developments in copyright policy. JAAK’s first commercial product launch set for next year follows a recent music pilot with partners including BMG, Global Music Rights, Red Bull Media House, Sentric, Warner Music Group and Warner/Chappell Music. A similar pilot for the film and TV space is also in the works.

A sanctions procedure has been launched against Spanish rights society, SGAE, by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) which could see SGAE expelled from the global organization. CISAC’s move comes following an investigation earlier in the year into questionable practices at SGAE which revealed "serious concerns" from CISAC regarding SGAE's conflicts of interest, "distorted and inequitable distribution of royalties" and "lack of regard for the common good." SGAE issues have grown since the summer of 2017, at which time Spanish agents raided the organization’s headquarters in Madrid once again, placing 18 people under arrest who were suspected of involvement in a royalty scam known as la rueda (“the wheel"), centered around a disproportionate amount of music placed on late night television shows. Another SGAE scandal saw multinational publishers Warner/Chappell, peermusic and EMI Songs readying themselves to pull their catalogs from the organization after they were all removed from the SGAE’s board.

The Los Angeles, Nashville, and New York Chapters of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) have announced the results of this year’s bi–annual Board of Directors elections. In addition to choosing new leadership, members ratified revised Association bylaws, the first substantive update since the AIMP’s establishment in 1977. The new bylaws bring with them a national Executive Committee to govern the overall Association, with representation from each chapter. Made up of each Chapter’s President and Vice President, both newly–created positions at the Chapter level, and the Committee members will vote to elect a Chair to head the national Association. In addition, all Presidents and Vice Presidents are now required to be independent music publishers.

WINTEL 2018 marks the third report produced for Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), showing the global market share of the independent sector at copyright, rather than distribution level. The new report, created and commissioned by WIN, was compiled by Mark Mulligan of MIDiA Research, and authored by Music Ally. The results were garnered from 33 countries and represent the most comprehensive assessment of the global independent record label sector ever compiled. The research reveals that independents increased their global market share from 39.6% in 2016 to 39.9% in 2017, outpacing the growth of the major labels, whose revenues only grew by 9.7% over the same period. Global revenues also increased from $6.2 billion in 2016 to $6.9 billion in 2017. It was also revealed that the independent sector outperformed the overall music market, which grew by 10.2% last year. Emerging markets also continued to show growing importance with China seeing a 36% rise in revenue growth and Asia & Australasia seeing a 5.4% increase in revenue and streaming growth of 38%, Latin America also showed overall growth of 17% and an almost 50% rise in streaming revenues. Streaming subscriptions services also continue their growth with services counting a combined 176 million subscribers globally by the end of 2017, up from 64 million in 2016. This growth translated to increased revenues for independent companies of 46% in 2017 to $3.1 billion, which now accounts for just under 44% of the sector’s overall income, compared to 33% in 2016.

Single Music is a brand–new industry app exclusively aligned with Shopify to enable and empower artists and labels to sell music directly via their official websites with instant reporting to Nielsen for official Billboard chart tallying. Following its soft launch this spring, Single Music continues to grow its direct–to–consumer music sales offering, working with companies such as Live Nation Merch, Futureshirts, The Hyv, Absolute Merch, Top Drawer Merch and others. Single’s relationship with merchandisers has also led to work with artists such as Lil Peep (for his posthumous album, Come Over When You're Sober, Pt. 2) who has garnered sales of more than 36,000 via the platform, Gwen Stefani and Wu–Tang Clan. Total digital purchases fulfilled overall via Single Music, including singles and EPs, is over 175,000. Single Music allows for both physical and digital music to be sold via the same platform for the first time and the direct–to–consumer platform offers artists and labels fan demographics. It also remains Nielsen–compliant in regards to official rules for popular “Bundled” package sales. The platform allows for immediate release and sales and gives artists the ability to run their own album presales and sell individual tracks alongside an album or bundle digital with any physical product. Due to Shopify's social integrations, artists are able to sell via Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Pete Shelley
Buzzcocks lead singer Pete Shelley passed away last week at 63–years–old from a suspected heart attack in Estonia, where he had been living. The iconic Punk rock outfit formed in Bolton, England by Shelley and Howard Devoto was the result of the two meeting at the Bolton Institute of Technology (now University of Bolton) and traveling to London to see the Sex Pistols. Buzzcocks hit the music scene in 1976, opening for the Sex Pistols in Manchester. Their debut EP, Spiral Scratch, came in 1977, and was followed by nine studio albums. Devoto parted ways with Buzzcocks in 1977, and Shelley assumed frontman duties. Their most recent full–length, The Way, was released in 2014 with re–issues of their first two albums, Another Music In A Different Kitchen and Love Bites, set for release next year.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Michael Guido, Ron Perry, Mollie Lehman, Benjamin Budde, Maureen Kenny, Andre de Raaff, Neil Warnock, Doug Mark, Kirk Sommer, Linda Perry, Tuff Morgan, Rob Stevenson and Michael Steele.


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. Tis the time for Christmas and hopefully we’ve all been good this holiday season for a nice Santa treat! Click HERE to watch Santa’s get treated to some epic jackass fails – we’re sure their Christmas will be full of bumps and bruises this holiday season!


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



The daughter of Chinese–Malaysian and New Zealand–born parents, Emily Hamilton found herself moving to Australia at an early age. As she was faced with the challenges of a new home, Emily used art as her therapy to push through and keep going. During this process, tragedy occurred as she lost her mother. Needing an outlet more than ever, Emily began focusing even more on her music. Armed with just a MIDI keyboard and a Macbook, San Mei was born. Her DIY project quickly gained approval from Triple J and earned positive reviews from both NME and NYLON. Last year, she released her debut EP Necessary, featuring the singles “Rewind” and “Until You Feel Good,” which drew support on numerous radio outlets and global new music playlists. After meeting producer, songwriter and musical phenom Oscar Dawson (Alex Lahey, British India, Ali Barter), the two made an instant connection and began working together. Their first collaboration resulted in the single “Wonder,” which rose to No.1 on Hype Machine, along with being added into full rotation at Triple J, where she became the Unearthed featured artist of the week. San Mei’s second collaboration with Dawson is titled “Heaven,” which is an indie pop anthem filled with intimidating hooks, gritty guitar runs and ethereal vocals, taken from the EP of the same name. According to San Mei, the song is about a dear friend who wasn’t in a very healthy situation and in a state of denial. Listen to “Heaven” HERE, and contact Zac Gould of Smack Face Music at zac@sfmusic.com.au for additional information and all inquiries.


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

Calva Louise is the London–based trio composed of high school friends Alizon (Bass/Vocals), Ben (Drums) and femme fatale frontwoman Jess (Guitar/Vocals). The group kicked–off as most do when Jess and Alizon met in high school, connecting over a shared interest of making music with Jess fluent on guitar, bass and piano, and Alizon on guitar and cello. Jess introduced Alizon to the bass, and Ben, who picked up his first set of drumsticks at age 3, was added some time later to complete the outfit. With a sound that draws from a diverse range of rock influences including the likes of The Sex Pistols, Siouxsie And The Banshees and Veruca Salt, Calva Louise's unique brand of garage/punk–inspired rock is infectious and full of attitude and has garnered the attention of a number of key tastemakers including BBC Radio 1's Jack Saunders and Huw Stephens, as well as Steve Lamacq at BBC 6 Music. The band has also been featured in the New York Times as well as through online outlets such as Line Of Best Fit, EarMilk and So Young Magazine. Having already shared the stage with The Blinders and Hunter & The Bear in the U.K., Calva Louise are set to head out in March for a European tour covering France, Belgium and Germany. Click HERE to watch the quirky visual for “I Heard A Cry,” released last month, and for more information on the band, contact Sam Meaghan at sam@modernsky.uk.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 12/9/2018



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, December 9th, 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:

PICTURES – “Roll Up” (Virgin Records, Germany)
THE DUNTS – “Ride The Wave” (Unsigned, Scotland)
THOMAS AZIER – “Wicked Game” (Unsigned, Holland)
TEN TIMES A MILLION – “When The Lights Go Out” (Unsigned, Holland)
TORS – “Don’t Cry” (Unsigned, UK)
KING NUN – “Family Portrait” (Dirty Hit, UK)
SAN MEI – “Heaven” (Unsigned, Australia)
GO GO BERLIN – “Here Comes The Darkness” (Heartbeat Music, Denmark)
CALVA LOUISE – “I Heard A Cry” (Modern Sky, UK)
HOCKEY DAD – “Join The Club” (Lab Records, Australia)
STATIC UNION – “New Found Way” (Unsigned, Scotland)
LONGFELLOW – “Therapy” (Unsigned, UK)
LIME CORDIALE – “Dirt Cheap” (Chugg Music, Australia)
BAKER GRACE – “These Bells Will Ring” (Republic, N. America)
DOLLY & THE DINOSAUR – “Unofficial” (Unsigned, UK)
VERONICA FUSARO – “Venom” (DD Music, Switzerland)
MELLOR – “Arms Length” (Unsigned, UK)
WILD FRONT – “Make You Feel” (Unsigned, UK)
GOOD DOOGS – “Want That” (Unsigned, Australia)
TELEMAN – “Song For A Seagull” (Moshi Moshi, UK)
ALL MANKIND – “Dreamers” (Unsigned, Australia)
PRETTY VICIOUS – “Move Baby” (Big Machine/John Varvatos Records, UK)
SEAFRET – “Monsters” (Columbia Records, UK)
IMBIBE – “Mirage” (Unsigned, Australia)
SEAN AND THE SINNERS – “Live Forever" (Extreme/Sony/ATV, N. America)
THE WOOD BURNING SAVAGES – “I Don’t Know Why I Do It To Myself” (Unsigned, Ireland)
BLOW – “New Moon Walker” (Sony, France)
COYLE GIRELLI – “Where’s My Girl?” (Unsigned, UK)
THE VITRIOTS – “Pinball Wizard” (Sureshaker Records, Australia)
MICHEL YOUNG – “Come Over” (Unsigned, Sweden)
STATE LIGHTS – “Freedom” (Unsigned, Ireland)
SHAYNA LEIGH – “Wake Me When It’s Christmas” (Unsigned, N. America)
PYRO – “Regret Or Forget” (Unsigned, Scotland)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Pictures and San Mei).