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MUSEXPO’S CREATIVE SUMMIT TO MAINTAIN LEADING
SYNCH FOCUS & SUMMIT AT ITS 2019 EVENT




MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2019 is gearing up to present its re–imagined adaptation and evolution of its annual global music and media conference, as part of the inaugural California Entertainment Week including the Worldwide Radio Summit. The event’s new focus will feature a number of exclusive sessions and keynotes, as well as even more opportunities for its attendees to interact and do business with their global counterparts. MUSEXPO’s Creative Summit, taking place March 24th – 27th 2019, will also 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 resort–like venue for an ultimate networking, creative and business experience.

Maintaining its deep focus on the global synch arena, MUSEXPO Creative Summit’s 2019 agenda will highlight a broad cross–section of the synch industry worldwide across film, TV, gaming, trailers, advertising, brand integration and more! Among the exclusive sessions confirmed are insightful dives into the creative music strategies of NBCUniversal and the Walt Disney Company, as well as the return of MUSEXPO’s impactful Global Synch & Brands Summit round–table face–to–face meetings which will give attendees the opportunity to interact directly with leaders from the synch community and beyond. Additionally, 2019 will once again feature a number of opportunities for delegates to have their music heard by participating music supervision executives.


Among the music supervisor and brand executives already confirmed to participate at MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2019 are included: Alex Hackford – Sr. Artists & Repertoire, Music Affairs, Sony Interactive Entertainment PlayStation; Alicen Schneider – Sr. VP, Music Creative/Head of West Coast Music Operations, NBCUniversal Television; Areli Quirarte – Vice President, Motion Picture Music, Paramount Pictures; Ben Dorenfeld – Music Supervisor, Anomaly; Brandon Young – Sr. Director, Music Affairs, Activision Blizzard; Charlie Haggard – Music Supervisor, NBCUniversal Television; Dan Burt – Music Supervisor/Producer, JWT; Eddie Chavez – Music Supervisor, NBCUniversal Television; Eric Polin – Sr. VP, Music Publishing, Universal Pictures; Jackie Palazzolo – Music Supervisor, VICE Media; Josh Young – Founder & CEO, Atrium Music; Kaylin Frank – VP, Creative Music and Soundtracks, Walt Disney Pictures; Kerri Drootin – Sr. Director, Music Supervision & Licensing, NBCUniversal Television; Matt Mugford – Promo Music Supervisor, NBCUniversal Television; Oliver Hild – Music Supervisor, NBC Universal, Television Music Creative Team; Patrick Houlihan – Sr. VP Music, 20th Century Fox; Pieter Viljoen – Assistant Editor, Rock Paper Scissors (Nike, Netflix, Apple); Rebecca Rienks – Music Supervisor, NBC Entertainment; Scott Igoe - VP Alternative Series & Specials, ABC Television; Scotty Schneider – Associate Music Manager, Fox Broadcasting Company; Stacy Wallen–McCarthy – Music Supervisor, Sr. Director, Music Supervision & Licensing, NBCUniversal Television, Music Creative Services; Sue Crawshaw – Founder & Owner, Pick And Mix Music; Tara Piper - Head of Entertainment Marketing, The Coca–Cola Company; and more to be announced!

For more information, including a full speaker listing and schedule overview, discount hotel information, and to register to attend, visit www.musexpo.net or contact Tyler Polzin at tyler@anrworldwide.com.


JEREMY VUERNICK PROMOTED TO EVP OF A&R FOR CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP



Capitol Music Group (CMG) has announced the promotion of creative music industry executive Jeremy Vuernick to Executive Vice President of A&R for the company, it was announced last week by CMG Chief Operating Officer, Michelle Jubelirer, and President, Ashley Newton, to whom Vuernick reports. In the new role, Vuernick will be tasked with signing and developing artists for the company, as well as overseeing recording projects for new and established artists on the CMG roster. He will maintain his current position as Head of A&R for the company’s Astralwerks label, where he has signed and developed a number of breakthrough artists and projects, including global act Halsey. Vuernick is based in Hollywood, California, in the company’s Capitol Records Tower.

Jeremy Vuernick
Vuernick’s promotion comes after nearly six years as an A&R executive at CMG, having joined Astralwerks in 2013. He served in various capacities at that label and Capitol Records before being promoted to VP of A&R in 2016. Alongside his work with Halsey, Vuernick inked a deal with Marshmello, which brought his global hit “Happier,” featuring Bastille, to Astralwerks/CMG, as well as signing or overseeing artists such as Porter Robinson, Illenium, hip–hop producer TM88 (known for Lil Uzi Vert’s XO TOUR Llif3), Alison Wonderland and others. He also signed FISHER’s No.1 Dance single, “Losing It,” which is nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.

According to Jubelirer and Newton, “Jeremy brings ambitious vision, enormous energy and a healthy competitiveness to his important position in the company. He possesses an innate ability to help guide artists towards success while enabling them to stay true to their own creative goals. Jeremy has played a crucial role in CMG’s resurgence, and everyone in the Tower joins us in congratulating him on his well–deserved promotion to Executive Vice President.”

Vuernick commented, “It is a tremendous opportunity to be at Capitol during a time of such exciting evolution and growth for the company and our artists, and I look forward to contributing to CMG’s continuing success by working with artists who possess ambitious goals and bold vision. I’m so fortunate to be a member of the Capitol family, and I want to thank Steve Barnett, Michelle and Ashley for their continuing confidence in me.”

Prior to Astralwerks, Vuernick was a senior executive at the New York–based indie label Ultra Music, where he held A&R, marketing and sales roles. He joined Ultra in 2011, after holding various marketing and music positions while attending the University of Wisconsin’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


PATRICK JOEST NAMED BMG’S EVP, GLOBAL CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS & SYNCH



BMG has announced the promotion of Patrick Joest to Executive Vice President, Global Partnerships & Synch. Based out of BMG’s headquarters in Berlin, Germany, Joest will report directly to CEO Hartwig Masuch. The newly–expanded role will see Joest assuming additional oversight of BMG’s B2B content partnerships, developing strategic relationships with digital and brand partners and establishing an internationally cohesive team that covers the company’s digital sales and marketing, social media management and content capabilities.

Patrick Joest
Having served as Global EVP, International Licensing & Marketing since 2014, Joest has been responsible for building and leading the company’s worldwide synch and brand marketing activities across both recordings and music publishing. Joest joined BMG in 2009 as Director, Licensing & Marketing International, only a couple of months after the company’s launch in October 2008.

Masuch said, “This is a significant new appointment to help BMG’s artist and songwriter clients secure the best commercial advantage from our relationships with digital and brand partners. Since the earliest days of BMG, Patrick Joest has proven himself an astute and results–oriented executive, helping create arguably the most innovative approach to synch in the world. We congratulate him on this significant broadening of his responsibilities.”

Joest commented, “I’m excited and honored to be given the opportunity to support our artist clients and our dynamic recorded business in working with digital and brand partners, and bringing together our digital teams to deliver the global service that artists expect from a modern music company.”

Prior to coming to BMG, Joest established and led the department of Music Consulting and Licensing for advertising, film and video games at Sony/ATV Music Publishing in Germany between 2002 and 2008. He formerly served as Manager Talent & Artist Relations at MTV Central, with his music industry career having started in marketing at Sony Music and Frankfurt–based 3p Records.


A&R WORLDWIDE RETURNS TO EUROSONIC



Last week saw A&R Worldwide making its annual pilgrimage to Eurosonic Noorderslag’s 2019 edition. Eurosonic 2019, taking place in the Netherlands’ city of Groningen, remains a key platform for the European music industry, providing a great networking opportunity for its attendees, as well as an incredible showcase opportunity for European artists, which has led to many success stories on the live front. The event once again saw A&R Worldwide connecting with its friends and colleagues from Europe and beyond, as well as catching some amazing global talent!

Among the stand–out showcasing acts for the A&R Worldwide team were included: Adam Naas, Albin Lee Meldau, Blind Channel, EUT, GRANT, GURR, Linn Koch–Emmery, Lxandra, SOMEONE and numerous others.

Below is a pictorial overview of A&R Worldwide’s trek to The Netherlands last week.

WAITING FOR A DUTCH TREAT (l-r) are André de Raaff (CEO, CTM Entertainment), Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO), Thomas de Raad (A&R Manager, CTM Publishing) and Jitze de Raaff (MD, CTM Entertainment).
SOUNDING AUSTRALIAN WITH MILLIE IN THE MIDDLE were (l-r) Sat Bisla, Millie Millgate (Executive Producer, Sounds Australia) and Tyler Polzin (Sr. Director, A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO). HOW “SWEDE IT IS”: Discussing the burgeoning Swedish music scene and the buzzing Stockholm–based artist GRANT are Filip Wilén (CEO & Founder, Bud Fox Management) with A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla.

DISCUSSING THE EVOLVING GERMAN RADIO & STREAMING LANDSCAPE are Aditya Sharma (Music Chief, Radio Fritz Berlin, Germany) with fellow media communications enthusiast, Sat Bisla. CELEBRATING THE LINE–UP FOR SPAIN’S 2019 “MAD COOL” FESTIVAL LINEUP are A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla with Cindy Castillo (Booking Agent, Mad Cool, Spain).

ENJOYING A MUSICAL GERMAN “HAMBURGER” WITH THE REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL TEAM: It was all smiles after enjoying some schnitzel and bier (l-r) with Detlef Schwarte (Co–Founder, Reeperbahn Festival) Max Domma (Head of Booking & International Projects, Reeperbahn Festival), Sat Bisla, Tyler Polzin and Alex Schulz (General Director & Founder, Reeperbahn Festival). GETTING INTO THE “BUMA” MOTION AT EUROSONIC 2019 were (l-r) Ikaros van Duppen (Genre Manager Jazz, Contemporary Music and Media Music, Buma Cultuur), Maartje Glas (Manager, Buma Music In Motion (Buma Cultuur) and Tyler Polzin.

INDULGING IN THE LIVE EXPERIENCE IN GRONINGEN, HOLLAND (l-r) are Jad El Alam (Booking Agent, Alternative Live) and A&R Worldwide’s Tyler Polzin. FEELING THE MUSICAL VIBES WITH A DUTCH ARTISTIC GENIUS: A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla enjoys a creative A&R discussion with the multi–talented Dutch artist, songwriter, composer and longtime friend Thomas Azier.



GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Following the appointment of Louis Bloom as President of Island Records U.K. last year, the label has announced Daniel Lloyd Jones and Annie Christensen as Co–Heads of A&R. Christensen had been promoted to Director of A&R at Island last year. Lloyd Jones brings his experience working with the PR team at Warner Bros. as well as in publishing with Sony/ATV Music Publishing/EMI Music Publishing, where he climbed the ranks to VP of A&R. While there, he signed the likes of Taio Cruz, PJ Harvey, Plan B and Joy Williams (Civil Wars) as well as many others. He transitioned to Downtown Music Publishing as Head of A&R and Sr. VP of International where his signings included Chase & Status, Kano, Goldie and Mae Muller.

Huey Lewis and the News
Grammy Award–winning, chart–topping act Huey Lewis and the News have signed a new recording agreement with BMG to release their upcoming 10th studio full–length in Spring 2019. The follow–up to 2010’s Stax/Volt tribute album, the upcoming studio album is the band’s first set of all new original music in 18 years. Entering their 39th year together, Huey Lewis and the News formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979. Since then, they’ve sold more than 20 million albums, including the 7x Platinum–certified Sports and 3x Platinum Fore!, followed by the Platinum–certified Small World. The group has written and performed such classic Top Ten hits as “Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Stuck With You,” “I Want A New Drug,” “If This Is It,” “Hip To Be Square,” “Do You Believe In Love” and “Workin’ For A Livin.” The group also wrote and performed “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time” for the hit film Back To The Future. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, “The Power of Love” went on to reach No.1 on the charts.

Nonesuch Records has named Dan Cohen as Sr. VP of Marketing. The new role sees Cohen assuming oversight of marketing, sales, publicity, new media, and content creation for the Warner Music Group label. Prior to joining Nonesuch in early 2018, Cohen served as VP of Marketing at Republic Records, spearheading Lorde’s No.1 debut and working with acts such as James Blake and John Mellencamp. Based in Nonesuch’s New York headquarters, Cohen reports to label President David Bither. Cohen succeeds the label’s longtime marketing lead, Peter Clancy, who retired in late 2018 after 35 years with the company. Cohen’s industry career began in 1994 as a publicist, handling PR for the Real World label (Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Sheila Chandra) before heading to Astralwerks Records to run their publicity department where he oversaw press campaigns for Air, The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx, Photek, Beta Band and others. Other past roles include senior marketing positions at companies including Caroline Distribution, Capitol Records and Girlie Action, where he started the firm’s marketing division.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s EMI Production Music has made the full iconic KPM Music Library catalogue available to download and stream for the first time after being fully digitized. The KPM catalogue also becomes available for sync licensing online. KPM’s library counts over 30,000 recordings, covering every genre of music from orchestral to cutting–edge indie, including themes to U.K. TV programs such as Grandstand, ITV News At Ten, the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage and Grange Hill. It also includes the KPM 1000 series, which was launched in the mid–1960s and delivered artists from pop, jazz and other contemporary genres. For the past 50 years, KPM has been a division of EMI Music Publishing, which is now part of Sony/ATV. Among the artists who have tapped its archive are included Jay Z, Fatboy Slim and Drake. EMI Production Music has now extended the digitization process to other, lesser–known labels, as well. The KPM project included a sell–out All Stars show that took place at the British Library in London last October, with music from the KPM library also featured regularly on a monthly EMI Production Music program broadcast by online U.K. radio station Soho Radio.

After less than a year, Phil McIntyre is parting ways with his role as President for Roc Nation Management. According to sources, Roc Nation staff were informed that McIntyre’s move sees him focusing on his own management clients which include Nick Jonas and Adam Lambert. McIntyre’s work with Roc Nation began in 2015 when his Philymack firm partnered with the latter. He became Roc Nation’s President in 2018, assuming oversight of a roster of artists such as Rihanna, J. Cole and DJ Khaled, as well as others.

As it prepares to enter the Indian market, Spotify has announced a global content deal with T–Series, one of the country’s leading music and film companies. The deal will give Spotify access to the entire T–Series song catalog, counting more than 160,000 songs, which includes music from Bollywood and regional film soundtracks, in addition to non–film works and content from emerging acts. At the same time, Spotify revealed an increase in users from its 191 million mark in Q3 to over 200 million. Having rolled out its Desi Indian music hub in June as part of the Spotify Global Cultures Initiative, the hub has generated 930,000 followers with Spotify revealing that over 4 million users listen to Indian music on the platform on a regular basis.

Sony Music’s U.K. offices are heading out of West London as they join London’s King Cross neighborhood, which has become a burgeoning home for music, tech and media firms including Universal Music, Facebook and Google. The music label is reportedly working towards a deal to overtake six floors of 4 Handyside Street, though the move is not expected until 2021. Additional companies already located in Kings Cross are PRS for Music, Vevo, The Guardian, Havas, Louis Vuitton, the University of the Arts London and music and production complex Tileyard Studios, which counts more than 80 recording studios and over 100 offices for the likes of Mark Ronson, Chase & Status, 100 Management, Notting Hill Music and Spitfire Audio, as well as others.

In other Sony Music news, Nir Seroussi has departed his role as President of Sony Music U.S. Latin. Stepping into the role with Seroussi’s exit is longtime Sr. VP of A&R for Sony Latin/Iberia, Alex Gallardo. Gallardo will report to Sony Music Latin Iberia’s Chairman & CEO, Afo Verde. Having joined Sony’s Latin operation in 2004 as VP Marketing and A&R, Seroussi was promoted eight years ago to Managing Director for Sony Music U.S. Latin and became President in 2014. His tenure saw hit singles delivered from the likes of Nicky Jam and Prince Royce. Gallardo’s credits have included overseeing A&R on albums from Maluma, CNCO and Shakira, as well as many others.

Downtown Music Publishing announced key successes last week, starting with John Prine being named as one of the 2019 inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Downtown signed a worldwide publishing deal with Prine in April 2018, just prior to the release of his Grammy–nominated album The Tree of Forgiveness. This fall, Prine also garnered the Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Awards and the BMI Troubadour Award. At the same time, Downtown songwriter Andy Albert earned his first No.1 song with Dustin Lynch’s “Good Girl,” co–written by Lynch and Justin Ebach. Albert’s chart–topper continues the success of the publisher’s Nashville team with a recent string of country No.1s, including Marc Beeson’s “Hometown Girl,” performed by Josh Turner, and two Kelly Archer works in “Sleep Without You,” performed by Brett Young, and “Somebody Else Will,” performed by Justin Moore.

Warner Bros. Records (WBR) has announced Michele Nadelman as Chief Financial Officer. Nadelman joins WBR after 12 years with Concord Music where she served as CFO of Recorded Music and Sr. VP of Finance for Concord Music Corporate. Based in WBR’s LA headquarters, Nadelman reports to label Co–Chairman & COO, Tom Corson. At Concord, Nadelman managed a number of successful M&A transactions, including the company’s merger with Bicycle Music, the acquisition and integration of Imagem, the merger with Village Roadshow Pictures Group, and the integration of Paul McCartney/Wings’ catalog administration. Collectively, she played a key role in the acquisition and integration of more than 30 record label and publishing companies. Prior to joining Concord in 2007, Nadelman held management roles in finance and accounting, strategic planning, and operations at both blue–chip and start–up entertainment and music industry companies, such as the Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros., Gameworks, DMX Music and Lucky Strike Lanes. Her career began nearly 30 years ago at Price Waterhouse.

According to the German Music Association (BVMI), Germany saw a streaming boost of more than 40% for 2018 marking a milestone 79.5 billion streams. At the same time, the region’s physical market saw a decrease in CD sales of 23% to 48.2 million with vinyl also dipping slightly by 7% to 3 million. BVMI revealed that audio streaming numbers were driven by premium subscriptions which accounted for 86% of the total. Despite the wider adoption of streaming, the industry still places emphasis on the importance of physical sales in the country, the third largest music market in the world behind the U.S. and Japan.

Netflix has revealed its most significant subscription price increase to–date last week as its most popular plan (HD streaming for two devices) will transition from an $11 monthly fee to $13. Other Netflix tiers will increase as well, with its single subscription going from $8 to $9 monthly and its Ultra HD, four–subscriber offering going from $14 to $16 monthly. At the same time, Netflix has revealed that subscribership has grown nearly 26% to 139 million users globally. Of the 8.84 million subscribers added, 1.53 million were U.S.–based while 7.31 came from international markets. Revenue over the last quarter of 2018 also saw a 27% increase to $4.19 billion with analysts having expected it to reach $4.21 billion.

Riptide Music Group recently announced a groundbreaking partnership with U.K.–based Sentric Music to create a global, independent royalty collection network across over 100 territories. The companies will share staff, resources and infrastructure worldwide, encompassing centralized administration, copyright management and direct royalty collection, with creative and synch teams across the U.S. and Europe working as one entity. Collectively, Sentric and Riptide’s global synch divisions have licensed music for a range of brands including Apple, Google, Pepsi, HBO, Netflix, Ford, American Express and Nike; trailers for films such as Venom, My Brilliant Friend and Escape Room; and hundreds of TV shows including Ozark, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Black–ish.

Hard Rock Cafe has revealed a unique initiative and opportunity for artists located in Moscow, Sydney, Nashville, Seattle, Curitiba [Brazil] and Glasgow to participate in a special contest that the Hard Rock brand is hosting to uncover great new global talent. The contest is seeking bands in the six different markets to rearrange well–known songs into new genres and make them their own as part of a “battle of the bands” style contest. In addition to giving artists the opportunity to connect more deeply with the Hard Rock brand worldwide, the winning artist will receive a grand prize that will include $15,000 (USD) cash, as well as an all–expense paid trip to New York City to perform at the original Paramount Theater at the Hard Rock Cafe in NYC’s Times Square in front of leading music executives. Additionally, the Hard Rock music team will also take the selected artist on a VIP tour of NYC highlight major music landmarks, studios and venues. Submissions are being accepted now and more information is HERE.

Bandcamp will bring its first brick–and–mortar operation to Oakland, CA, set to open its doors February 1st. The record store, featuring a selection of LPs curated from the over 5 million albums available on the platform, will also include a performance space. According to a Bandcamp rep, the store will keep a 99 LP rotation in place with albums transitioned on a regular basis. The space will be home to a number of free shows to be included in an upcoming video series and will also host music–focused community events for local organizations including Oakland School for the Arts, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp and Transgender Law Center. An opening day event is set to include performances from Bells Atlas, Sol Development, Queens D. Light, Jazz on the Sidewalk and MJ’s Brass Boppers.

Position Music has announced the promotion of Jake Versluis to VP of A&R and Interactive Media. As the Los Angeles–based company continues to grow across music licensing for video games, esports and virtual reality (VR), Versluis oversees the leadership, placement and performance of Position’s music catalog in the rapidly evolving space. Versluis joined Position Music in 2011 and since then has signed and developed writing talent such as alt/rock writers and artists TWIN XL and Dead Posey. Versluis also leads A&R for Position Music’s Trailer Music department with composers such as Adam Peters, Danny Cocke and Joseph William Morgan.

Telco provider Verizon has revealed that it will now offer Apple Music as part of its Beyond Unlimited and Above Unlimited plans. As of last Thursday, customers under the two tiers were able to take advantage of the Apple Music platform as part of their Verizon plan.

UTA has added iconic artist/actress Queen Latifah to their roster for representation. Latifah had previously been with CAA since 2013. Among her acting credits, Latifah maintains a role on Fox’s Star and joined 2017 film Girls Trip. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Chicago and has garnered Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award wins. Her career began in music as a rapper, which saw her earning a Grammy, as well as six additional nominations, over her career. At the same time, UTA has signed her Flavor Unit production company which has produced HBO films Bessi and Life Support, as well as a number of other productions. Latifah maintains representation by Flavor Unit partner Shakim Compere, manager Randi Michel (Artists First) and attorney Stewart Levy (Eisenberg, Tanchum & Levy).

Vevo has promoted JP Evangelista to Sr. VP of Content, Programming & Marketing where he will be tasked with overseeing the platform’s strategy across official music video releases, original content creation and Vevo’s programming, editorial and marketing worldwide. Having been with Vevo since its launch, Evangelista had assumed a leadership role with the company last year which saw him leading significant growth in video views and engagement for original content from Vevo. His new title will see him maintaining a close working relationship with artists, managers and record labels.

Qrates has announced that it will support Run Out Groove, Warner Music Group’s fan–driven vinyl–only record label, with vinyl reissue initiatives. Qrates will provide Run Out Groove with scalable manufacturing and direct–to–consumer and retail distribution solutions. Despite having already helped more than 2,000 artists issue their vinyl recordings, this marks the company’s first partnership with a major label imprint. Launched in 2017, Run Out Groove is a vinyl label which releases music based on fan–voting. Qrates will also provide a more seamless user experience via an embeddable widget for album discovery and purchase through Run Out Groove’s website, and the Warner Music catalog will be made available to retail partners through Qrates’ Store Delivery network. The first four back–catalog titles from Warner Music include Ronnie HawkinsMr. Dynamo (pressed on red vinyl), Fred Neil’s Bleecker & MacDougal, Better Than Ezra’s Friction, Baby (pressed on clear vinyl), and The Incredible String Band’s The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter (pressed on solid blue, white and black), all of which are currently available through Qrates and Run Out Groove, with more releases forthcoming. Qrates’ platform is able to support order and inventory management, pre–order launches, and crowdfunding campaigns allowing a label, distributor, or artist to better plan their manufacturing or album launch. Qrates handles all fulfillment, whether sold direct–to–fan from the artist’s website or to its global network of vinyl retailers.

Deezer has rolled out its Radio By Deezer app allowing users access to 30,000 radio stations globally. The radio offering also syncs with Deezer’s main streaming platform offering users the ability to like music they hear on the radio, adding the tracks to users’ Deezer music libraries automatically. Radio By Deezer is available for free via Android (iOS coming soon) and carries no subscription fee or advertisements.

CISAC has readmitted IPRS (Indian Performing Right Society Limited) as a member to the world’s largest author societies network. The news comes following two years of significant reform within IPRS after the organization was expelled from CISAC in 2016. The expulsion was a result of a breaching of CISAC policies which were found as a result of a compliance review. IPRS has since been restructured and has implemented a number of changes required by CISAC for readmittance including the election of a representative board of six authors/composers and six publishers; the adopting of CISAC–approved distribution rules; the release of money withheld from authors since 2008 (about $10.2 million); and back payment of around $3.7 million to authors for unpaid licensing of works and unpaid synch rights fees.

Hometown artist Gladys Knight has been announced as the National Anthem singer for the upcoming Super Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia. The 74–year–old seven–time Grammy–winner joins a musical slate that includes halftime performances from Maroon 5, Big Boi and Travis Scott.

Little Empire Music, the management firm behind artists such as Santigold, Nicole Moudaber, Rufus Wainwright and Galantis, has revealed a round of updates as the indie firm continues to grow. Among the announcements are included the promotion of Connie Chow to VP. Chow has been a key member on the teams for Galantis and Santigold, as well as manager for Pat Lok and co–manager for Justin Jay. At the same time, Little Empire has added LA managers Danny Johnson and Paul Cunningham who bring their rosters with them, including Johnson’s artists 12th Planet and JSTJR, and Cunningham’s acts Phantoms and Gavin Turek, with Cunningham also adding new signing Behrouz, along with his Do Not Sit on The Furniture brand.

The 61st Grammy Awards will be hosted by fifteen–time Grammy–winning artist Alicia Keys. The 2019 awards will air Sunday, February 10th on CBS.

Pandora is entering the voice–enabled arena with the introduction of its own voice assistant, Voice Mode. The new offering, a partnership with SoundHound’s Houndify AI platform, makes use of natural–language understanding technology which draws on the personal preferences and listening history of users to more robustly respond to requests. This layer of technology, driven by Pandora’s Music Genome Project, allows users to make requests such as “play something I like” or “play something for my run.” The platform will also make use of machine learning search algorithms to create personalized listening experiences. Voice Mode is currently available to select iOS and Android listeners with additional availability forthcoming.

European–based Hi–Res streaming/download platform, Qobuz, has officially announced that it is now available for registration to U.S. customers as an open beta. Audiophiles looking for a premium listening experience can join the waitlist for the Qobuz beta at http://on.qobuz.co/RH. As the world’s first and only certified Hi–Res streaming and download service, Qobuz has already secured an over 2 million track catalogue and will be launching to the public at large following the beta testing across Mac, iOS, Android and Windows operating systems.

Europe’s leading live music professionals have come together for a new organization, the Face–value European Alliance for Ticketing (FEAT), seeking to promote face value resale across the continent. Launched last week at live music conference Eurosonic Noorderslag, FEAT will build on the work of other recent initiatives to move forward better ticket resale practices. FEAT’s focus includes encouraging better legislation at national and EU level; connecting live industry professionals; and collecting data and research. FEAT is already actively involved in EU parliamentary discussions on secondary ticketing and has been facilitating the formation of a legal group to coordinate activities on ticketing regulation and with search engines. A non–profit organization, FEAT will build alliances with the full range of the live entertainment industry, including performing arts and sport. The Alliance will be led by Sam Shemtob, a music business specialist who has been active in the U.K.’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ticket Abuse for several years, and colleagues Katie O’Leary and Dominic Athanassiou.

ASCAP has appointed Nicole Carbone–Rogers as Sr. VP and Head of Events. Starting February 11th, Carbone–Rogers will oversee the execution of ASCAP’s major awards shows and other key ASCAP events. Carbone–Rogers most recently served as Head of Experiential Marketing & Live Production at Pandora Media, Inc. where she looked after more than 75 events annually, including events, conferences and live experiences and branding for Pandora and partner/advertiser brands. Prior to Pandora, Carbone–Rogers held senior events and marketing positions at Billboard (Director of Events & Marketing), and at Prometheus Global Media (Marketing Director of Conferences and Events). Among her accomplishments was bringing Billboard’s Power Players lists to life, including the Women in Music and Power 100 events.

Spitfire Audio has revealed the roll–out of its own SA Recordings label as the British music tech firm seeks to promote works by its affiliated artists and composers. Among the anticipated content and marketing initiatives are bespoke sample libraries, merchandise, live events, collaborative projects and synch opportunities. For 10 years, Spitfire has been putting together bespoke libraries and virtual instruments with reported growth of over 400% in the past five years with a user base that has grown by 153% year–upon–year. Marking the first release by SA Recordings last week was an EP from Spitfire Audio’s head composer, Oliver Patrice Weder.

The Orchard will now be the exclusive worldwide distributor of music projects, and will work to develop artists under the Sonic Projects Inc. umbrella. Founded by Grammy and Latin Grammy–winning producer/engineer Juan Cristobal Losada, the deal sees him and his company able to connect his productions and new emerging talents to a worldwide audience. This deal also encompasses marketing, advertising, synch licensing, video monetization, performance rights services and more. Adding to Sonic Projects’ global plan, the deal with The Orchard adds to an infrastructure that includes a 10–year JV with peermusic, chart–topping productions, and a state–of–the–art studio located at the Carnegie Hall Tower in NYC.

ole has extended its exclusive publishing deal with Nashville–based hit singer/songwriter, Jordan Davis. The deal renews the successful partnership between ole and Davis and includes the exclusive ownership of Davis’ publishing rights over the long–term. Davis was named “Top New Country Artist” of 2018 by Billboard, and most recently received a 2019 iHeartRadio Music Award nomination for “Best New Country Artist.” His debut full–length, Home State, debuted at No.6 on the U.S. Country Album charts and reached Platinum sales status. The album’s debut single, “Singles You Up,” reached No.1 on the Country Radio charts in both Canada and the U.S., and as of August, was the most played song on U.S. Country Radio, while the video for the track has garnered more than 27 million views to date on YouTube. The second single from Home State, “Take It from Me,” is currently No.8 on the Country Radio charts and continues to climb.

SoundExchange has appointed Helaine S. Klasky as Chief Communications Officer, reporting to SoundExchange President & CEO, Michael Huppe. Klasky brings to SoundExchange a range of experience across both the public and private sectors. She was previously the Chair of Burson–Marsteller’s U.S. public affairs and crisis practice, the Chief Communications Officer at GE Energy Management, and the Chief Communications Officer at Yale University. In government, Klasky has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Public Affairs, and ran the the office of media affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Her career began on Capitol Hill working for Senators Edward Kennedy and Dennis DeConcini. With SoundExchange, Klasky will lead the company’s global communications, industry relations, and public policy teams.

Banc of California Stadium (BOCS) Entertainment has tapped veteran executive Steve Tadlock as EVP and General Manager of Banc of California Stadium. Tadlock’s 30 years of experience include 18 years with SMG Worldwide, most recently as VP of Stadiums, Arenas & Theaters, where he had oversight of nine GM’s and 14 venues across the U.S. and Canada. He will report to Adam Friedman, BOCS’ President and EVP of LAFC Sports, while based in Los Angeles. Tadlock will oversee facility operations and event production for Banc of California Stadium and the Stadium Grounds in Exposition Park across concerts/festivals, sports and special events. Other past roles for Tadlock include those with the MLB, NBA, NHL, AFC and three NCAA Division 1 athletic programs.

Jonas Tempel, Co–Founder and former CEO of Beatport, has been brought back to the platform by current CEO Robb McDaniels to serve as a Creative Advisor. Since parting ways with Beatport, Tempel had assumed advisory or operating roles with Beats by Dre, Opopop, Mezz Brands, Moody Recordings and Beta Nightclub in Denver. Tempel’s new role with Beatport will see him working alongside McDaniels to further brand/marketing strategies across new products and initiatives for 2019.

Growing indie publisher BDi Music has finalized an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Aoife McCann, aka Æ MAK, and collaborator Daniel McIntyre (Lullahush). Æ MAK sees McCann performing music with McIntyre co–writing, producing and performing alongside. Æ MAK was the first artist chosen for Festival Republic’s ReBalance Programme in the U.K., a PRS Foundation–supported initiative launched in 2018 to support and promote female-led bands and solo artists. Additional live credits for the duo include supporting Django Django, Warpaint and tune–yards, performing sold–out Irish headliners, and playing festivals across the U.K. including The Great Escape, Latitude, Liverpool Sound City, Electric Picnic, and Body&Soul, as well as last week’s Eurosonic Festival, and others. In 2018, they released three single projects of experimental art pop, “Glow,” “Love Flush” and “Too Sad To Sing,” which have received support from BBC Radio 6 Music, Radio X, Earmilk and The Line Of Best Fit. They’ve had additional support from Hot Press and Nialler9 for earlier singles including “I Walk,” which was recently synched for the Katie Taylor documentary, Katie.

Having only joined last May, Tim Stone is parting ways with Snap from his role as CFO. Stone will remain in his role through the transition process as Snap seeks his replacement with a final day not yet announced. A former Amazon executive, Stone’s tenure with the e–retailer saw him leading the Whole Foods integration. His departure from Snap comes as part of a recent exodus of executives since the company went public in 2017 including Imran Khan (Chief Strategy Officer), Mary Ritti (VP Corporate Communications) and Nick Bell (VP Content).

A2IM (The American Association of Independent Music) has announced a new General Manager, as well as several promotions, to their team. With a renewed contract, Dr. Richard James Burgess will continue to lead the charge and will now serve as President & CEO of the organization. Additionally, A2IM has added Andrea Pagnanelli as General Manager. Prior to joining the organization, Pagnanelli served as EVP, Venue and Event Strategy for the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) where she oversaw all events, outside of LAFC home games, including concerts, festivals, sporting events, conferences and more. Other past roles include those at Relevent Sports, the Phoenix Suns and the New York Jets, as well as founding LeapSeats, an in–venue seat upgrade app. Among A2IM’s promotions are included Patrick Ferrell to Head of Label Relations from his previous position as Director, Member Services; Lisa Hresko to Sr. Director, Associate Member Services and International Relations from her previous role as Senior Manager, Member Services; Sheryl Cohen to Sr. Director, Culture & Oversight from her previous role as Director, Culture and Oversight; and Courtnay Newman to Manager, Member Services and Partnerships from her previous role as Coordinator, Member Services.

ClicknClear, the provider of fully–licensed music tracks for performance sports like cheerleading, figure skating, dance, gymnastics and others, recently announced that it has become the first–ever approved music vendor for the International Cheer Union (ICU), the sport’s governing body. ClicknClear is the only company offering the specific rights needed (including adaptation and choreography), from both master and publishing sides, for commercially released tracks in performance sports mixes. ClicknClear works with nearly 100 music rights holders such as BMG, Universal Music Publishing and Warner Music, with more forthcoming, allowing access to a previously untapped $1 billion for music worldwide. Cheerleading marks the company’s beta market, with ClicknClear set to roll-out to other sports in 2019.

Lorna Doom
Bassist for iconic LA punk band the Germs, Lorna Doom, has passed away. Doom, born Teresa Ryan, joined forces with Darby Crash and Pat Smear in 1977 as the Germs to release only one album, (GI), in 1979 prior to Crash’s death by suicide in 1980. The surviving bandmates remained occasionally active until Smear eventually parted ways to play as a touring guitarist with Nirvana and eventually became an original member of the Foo Fighters. The cause of death has not been reported.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Sanken Sandqvist, Tom Windish, Peter Smidt, Caroline Elleray, Wendy Goldstein, Lonny Olinick, Ben Mortimer, Paul Samuels, Allison Kaye, Josh Rabinowitz, David Gray, Femme Schmidt, Nick Burgess, Adam Clough and Jade Bradshaw.


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. As A&R Worldwide was in Holland this past week, what better way to share the experience than with a collection of Dutch jackass moments. Click HERE to experience some “highs” and “whoa’s” from scary road experiences in Holland!


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– HOT LIKE SUSHI



Swiss trio Hot Like Sushi had quite the year in 2018 with the release of their singles trilogy, plenty of radio airplay and over 250,000 Spotify streams. The guitar–dance–pop band, consisting of Elias von Arx (vocals, guitar), Luka Cornman (synths, vocals) and Samuel Schwalm (drums), flew from Switzerland to Los Angeles and injected themselves into the local music scene, while soaking up the West Coast swag. While in the Sunshine State, Hot Like Sushi teamed up with Grammy–nominated, multi–platinum record producer and mix engineer Benny Steele (Justin Bieber, Pitbull/Kesha, Jason Derulo) on a handful of songs as they described “Swag Pop.” One of the gems created in the sessions is the single “Bitch Repellent.” The tongue–in–cheek track is centered on Elias von Arx as he talks about the fact that he can hardly save himself from admirers because of his good looks; the only thing that can help him is his Bitch Repellent. Listen to “Bitch Repellent” HERE and find out why the Daily Mirror describes the band as “The best thing to come out of Switzerland since chocolate.” Hot Like Sushi are available for label signing, booking, co–writing and synch opportunities; contact management at precentmanagement@gmail.com.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – EWERT AND THE TWO DRAGONS

Ewert and The Two Dragons is a critically–acclaimed Estonian rock group who has won six Estonian Music Awards, including Album of The Year & Song of The Year, and a European Border Breakers Award at Eurosonic 2013. Their sophomore album Good Man Down (2011) is one of the best–selling records of all time; best–selling album of 2011 and 2012, and 2nd in 2013 in their native Estonia. In 2014, Estonian Radio 2 listeners voted it The Best Estonian Album of All Time. In spring 2016, they became the first local artist in more than a decade to perform a sold–out arena show in their hometown Tallinn. They started to gain international recognition after the performance at a local festival in spring 2011. Their breakthrough came in January 2012, when Ewert and The Two Dragons took their success to a new level after they performed two sold–out shows at Eurosonic festival in Groningen, Holland. Overnight they had become one of the hottest new acts in Europe, securing festival slots and shows everywhere in mainland Europe, the U.K., Iceland, etc. among them festivals such as FNAC Music Festival, Lowlands, Frequency, Hultsfred, Iceland Airwaves, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn and many others. The fourth studio album Hands Around the Moon was produced by Estonian composer/multi–instrumentalist Sander Mölder and is nominated for three Estonian Music Awards, including Album of the Year. Their single “(In The End) There’s Only Love” was used in the German hit film 100 Dinge. Their Hands Around The Moon Tour kicked off last Thursday with a sold–out show in Tallinn and they’ve recently announced their spring tour throughout Central Europe in April. Experience the band via their video for “Somewhere” (Sony Music Finland) HERE and contact Toomas Olljum at toomas@madeinbaltics.eu for all inquiries.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 1/20/2019



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, January 20th, 2019: 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:

STICKY FINGERS – “Loose Ends” (Sureshaker, Australia)
EASY LIFE – “Nightmares” (Island Records, UK)
LEONIDEN – “People” (Euphorie, Germany)
KING NUN – “Family Portrait” (Dirty Hit, UK)
SMITH & THELL – “Forgive Me Friend (Feat. Swedish Jam Factory)” (Playground Music, Sweden)
PICTURES – “Roll Up” (Virgin Records, Germany)
TOUTS – “Can’t Blame Me” (Hometown Records, N. Ireland)
EWERT AND THE TWO DRAGONS – “Somewhere” (Sony Music Finland, Estonia)
TEN FÉ – “Won’t Happen” ([PIAS], UK)
IMBIBE – “Mirage” (Unsigned, Australia)
INDOOR PETS – “Being Strange” (Wichita, UK)
HOT LIKE SUSHI – “Bitch Repellent” (Unsigned, Switzerland)
COYLE GIRELLI – “Isabella Dances” (Unsigned, UK)
GOOD DOOGS – “Want That” (Unsigned, Australia)
MELO MORENO – “Sad Girl” (Universal, Spain)
ALL MANKIND – “Dreamers” (Unsigned, Australia)
PRETTY VICIOUS – “Move Baby” (Big Machine/John Varvatos Records, UK)
SHLOMI ASH – “Taking Me Over” (Unsigned, Israel)
GO GO BELIN – “Here Comes The Darkness” (Heartbeat Music, Denmark)
HOCKEY DAD – “Join The Club” (Lab Records, Australia)
CASSIA – “100 Times Over” (Distiller Records, UK)
THE DUNTS – “Ride The Wave” (Unsigned, Scotland)
TIM SCHOU – “Run Run Run Run Run” (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
SPRING KING – “Us Vs. Them” (Island Records, UK)
BASTIEN – “Stay With Me" (Echoism Records SARL, Romania)
MIDDLE KIDS – “Salt Eyes” (EMI, Australia)
BITTER’S KISS – “See The Sun” (Unsigned, N. America)
STATIC UNION – “New Found Way” (Unsigned, Scotland)
LONGFELLOW – “Therapy” (Unsigned, UK)
LUCIA – “Cheap Talk” (Unsigned, UK)
MICHEL YOUNG – “Come Over” (Unsigned, Sweden)
TROPHY EYES – “Friday Forever” (Hopeless Records, Australia)
TONICA – “California” (Unsigned, UK)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Sticky Fingers, Smith & Thell, Touts, Bastien and Coyle Girelli).