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MUSEXPO’S CREATIVE SUMMIT TO BRING GLOBAL A&R AND CREATIVE MINDS TO ITS 2019 EDITION



MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2019 continues to prepare 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. Taking place March 24th – 27th 2019, the event heads to the north side of the Hollywood Hills for its debut in Burbank, CA, the “Media Capital of the World,” at the newly–remodeled and inspiring Castaway venue for an ultimate networking, creative and business experience.

Without great music and the artists and songwriters who are the DNA of it, our industry would not exist. MUSEXPO has always maintained a core focus on the most important aspect of the global music business, the songs! 2019’s Creative Summit will be no exception as the event brings together some of the leading A&R and creative minds behind some of the biggest hits and most successful artists in the world. Featuring a number of exclusive keynotes and forums, this year’s event will provide insight and inspiration behind the artform that is A&R Worldwide - Artists & Repertoire; Artists & Relationships and Artists & Revenue!


Among the A&R executives and creative minds already confirmed to participate at MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2019 are: Adam Clough – Managing Director, 365 Artists; Andrew Gould – Sr. VP & Head of A&R, Downtown Music Publishing Group, N. America; Aton Ben–Horin – Global VP of A&R, Warner Music Group; Billy Mann – Songwriter, Founder & Chairman, Manncom (P!nk, John Legend, David Guetta, Sting, Take That); Delmar Powell – VP, A&R, Downtown Music Publishing; Fred Casimir – EVP, Global Recordings & President, Continental Europe, BMG; Gabz Landman – Director of A&R, APG; Jacob Fain - Sr. VP A&R/Head of Research & Analytics, Sony/ATV Music Publishing; 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; Mandar Thakur – COO, Times Music India; Michael Chase – A&R/Business Development, MGM Distribution (Australasia/N. America); Mike Daly – Executive Director, A&R and Music Publishing, Hollywood Records, Buena Vista Records, Disney Music Publishing; Nick Raphael – President, Capitol Records U.K.; Paul Adam – Head of Songwriter Relations, Spotify Europe; Pete Ganbarg – President A&R, Atlantic Records; Preston Rodie – A&R Manager, Sire Records/Warner Bros. Records; Roahn “First Born” Hylton – Songwriter/Producer (Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida, Ne–Yo, Trey Songz); Robin Shaw - A&R Manager, Four Music (Sony Germany); Sarah Stennett – Co–Founder & CEO, First Access Entertainment; Simon Katz - VP, A&R/Staff Producer, Republic Records; Steve Fitzmaurice – Producer/Mixer (Sam Smith, Rag’n’Bone Man, U2); Sue Drew – GM, Creative and Acquisitions, Kobalt Music; Thaddeus Rudd – Co–Owner & Co–President, Mom + Pop Music; and many others to be announced soon!

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.


SPIRIT MUSIC GROUP’S JON SINGER LEADS OWNERSHIP TAKEOVER BY LYRIC CAPITAL GROUP



Spirit Music Group has announced a recapitalization led by COO and veteran music executive, Jon Singer. Well–known for its iconic classic rock roots, as well as its expansive catalogue of classic and contemporary hits, Spirit is now wholly–owned by the newly–formed Lyric Capital Group, while remaining a leading independent publisher under consistent leadership. Headed by Singer and Spirit’s Ross Cameron, with participation from major institutional investors, the recapitalization is expected to leverage the significant interest in music publishing assets. U.S. music publishing revenue is expected to exceed $2 billion this year, buoyed by developments such as the Music Modernization Act and the expansion of streaming services.

Jon Singer
Singer will step into the role of Chairman for Spirit Music Group and Managing Partner of Lyric, with Cameron maintaining an executive role at Spirit and becoming a Partner at Lyric.

Says Singer, “There is a powerful shift occurring within the music industry and this new dynamism means that Spirit, with our amazing songwriters, dedicated team and 75,000 songs, is especially well–positioned for growth. We are privileged to have major institutional investors on board, providing us with additional capital to grow. I am very excited to serve the incredible songwriters that make up the Spirit family during this exciting time.”

Spirit’s portfolio counts more than 200 No.1 Billboard hits and over 450 Top 10 songs from artists including Chicago, Eminem, Sam Hunt, Jay Z, Madonna, Scotty McCreery, Tim McGraw, Elvis Presley, Ed Sheeran, Blake Shelton, Frank Sinatra, Taylor Swift, The Who and Whitney Houston. Among Spirit’s most notable songwriters and writer/artists are included James Bay, John Barrett, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Big Data, Marc Bolan, T Bone Burnett, Jonny Coffer, Zach Crowell, Rami Dawod, Henry Mancini, Matt & Kim, Johnny McDaid, The Marshall Tucker Band, Graham Nash, John Newman, Rick Nowels, David Paich, Doc Pomus, Frank Rogers, Boz Scaggs, Billy Squier, Pete Townshend, Greg Wattenberg; and the emerging work of newer artists such as Dagny and Tim Montana.

Alongside managing copyrights, Spirit has garnered a strong reputation as an aggressive royalty administrator and promoter of its songs to film, TV and advertising productions as well as a wide range of new media.


BMG FINALIZES AGREEMENT WITH DON FELDER FOR RELEASE OF NEW SOLO ALBUM



Legendary singer/songwriter, guitarist, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and former member of The Eagles, Don Felder, has signed a recordings agreement with BMG to release his new solo full–length. The release will mark Felder’s third solo effort and first solo album since 2012’s Road To Forever. The album release date will be announced soon.

Don Felder
As a former lead guitarist of The Eagles, one of the most influential and best–selling rock groups of all–time, Felder was with the group for 27 years and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Felder said, “It’s such a wonderful feeling to be a new member of the BMG family. They are an incredible company run by great people. I’m so excited and happy to be part of this amazing group and work side by side on my new album with them.”

John Loeffler, EVP Repertoire & Marketing, BMG, said, “Don Felder is one of music’s true icons and we couldn’t be happier he’s chosen to work alongside BMG on his new album. His voice and musicianship are second to none and he’s put together a real rock and roll gem full of hooks and melodies that stick with you for days. This is going to be a real favorite for all rock fans.”

Felder originated the music and co–wrote The Eagles’ biggest hit, “Hotel California,” along with other works including “Victim of Love” and “Those Shoes.” After parting ways with the group in 2001, Felder became a New York Times bestselling author when his memoir Heaven and Hell: My Life in The Eagles garnered major commercial success in 2008.

A Gainesville, FL native, upon arriving in Los Angeles, Felder found himself working both with The Eagles and in sessions and live performances for numerous music legends including The Bee Gees, Bob Seger, Michael Jackson, Alice Cooper, Kenny Loggins, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Boz Scaggs, Warren Zevon, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Paul Simon, Diana Ross, Barbara Streisand, and his high school friend, Stephen Stills.


A&R WORLDWIDE VISITS LONDON



During their recent European trek, A&R Worldwide made a tea stop in London to reconnect with some of their colleagues and friends from across the local music industry. The overall outlook on the upcoming year is extremely positive as the industry continues to better navigate the changes in music creation, consumption and commercialization.

Below is a pictorial overview of A&R Worldwide’s recent visit to jolly ole England!

DISCUSSING THE EXCITING NEW SIGNINGS AT POLYDOR RECORDS UK were (l–r) Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide) with Ben Mortimer (Co–President, Polydor Records). HAVING AN INSPIRING CONVERSATION are longtime friends Paul Samuels (VP, A&R, Atlantic & East West Records UK) and Sat Bisla.

COMMUNICATING THE EVOLUTION OF THE BBC were fellow broadcast enthusiasts Mark Strippel (Head of BBC 1Xtra & Asian Network) and A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla. SHARING THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE GLOBAL MUSIC BUSINESS were (l-r) Sat Bisla, Tim Ingham (Founder & Publisher, Music Business Worldwide) and Tyler Polzin (Sr. Director, A&R Worldwide).

HANGING OUT WITH THE YOUNG GENERATION OF A&R AND MARKETING EXECUTIVES: Pictured (l–r) were A&R Worldwide’s Tyler Polzin, Polydor’s marketing executive Jade Bradshaw and Rich Castillo (Sr. A&R Manager, Polydor Records). INDULGING IN AN A&R CONVERSATION were (l-r) Ollie Hodge (Director A&R, Polydor Records) with Sat Bisla.




GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Jimmy Steal
Jimmy Steal has been named VP of Brand and Content for Hubbard’s “101.9 The MixWTMX Chicago. The veteran programmer heads to the Hot AC station following almost 20 years with “Power 106KPWR Los Angeles, initially with Emmis, and in the most recent year–and–a–half, as VP of Programming for Meruelo Media. In addition to leading KPWR, Steal also oversaw classic hip-hop sister station, KDAY (93.5). Steal remained with Meruelo after the company acquired KPWR from Emmis in 2017 for $82.75 million. For the 18 years prior with Emmis, Steal held the positions of Program Director for “Power 106,” as well as Emmis’ National Digital Program Director and VP of Programming. He previously served as Director of Programming and Operations for Clear Channel Dallas and in programming roles at WKRQ Cincinnati and WXXL Orlando. Steal commented, “After my extended successful run at Power 106 LA I’m thrilled to be taking on the role of VP of Brand and Content for WTMX in Chicago. I would like to thank Meruelo Media COO Otto Padron and my entire Power 106/KDAY team for the many years of amazing record–breaking radio. I’m so looking forward to being at Hubbard Radio, working in their biggest market, for Jeff England, (President/COO) Drew Horowitz, (Sr. VP/Programming) Greg Strassell, mega–star Eric Ferguson and the entire WTMX staff.” Steal is set to be honored at March’s MUSEXPO Creative Summit with the event’s “International Music Person of the Year” award, recognizing his extensive contributions to the radio and music communities.

Warner U.K. has announced the appointment of Nick Burgess to Co–President of Parlophone Records, joining Mark Mitchell to lead the label. Burgess had been serving as Sr. VP of A&R for Virgin EMI, with his appointment widely–anticipated following Miles Leonard’s departure from Parlophone at the start of last year. Up until now, Mitchell has been leading the label on his own however, Warner has always planned to bring on another executive to join him. Both Burgess and Mitchell report to CEO of Recorded Music, Warner Music Group and Chairman & CEO, Warner Music U.K., Max Lousada. In his most recent role with Virgin EMI, Burgess is credited with the signing and developing of acts such as Bastille, Chvrches, Blossoms, MNEK, Lewis Capaldi and Loyle Carner. Between 2008 and 2011, he served as Managing Director of Jive Records U.K., and supported the breakthrough of British rapper Chipmunk. Burgess has also held A&R roles at Virgin Records, signing The Kooks and The Thrills, and indie label Gut Records. Before joining the business side of music, Burgess was a guitarist in the EMI–signed band Glue Bound.

Universal Music Group’s Bravado has finalized the acquisition of Epic Rights, a boutique merchandise and branding company. Among the iconic acts that Epic Rights works with are included KISS, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Eric Clapton, Kevin Hart, 21 Savage, Madonna, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Sting, David Bowie, Lionel Richie, Hollywood Vampires, Britney Spears, *NSYNC, Zac Brown Band, ZZ Top, Marc Anthony, the Woodstock festival and CBGB, among others. Under the agreement, Epic Rights’ CEO and Founder, Dell Furano, along with his team, will continue to build merchandising opportunities for their roster of artists.

Eric Wahlforss, one of the original Co–Founders of SoundCloud, has revealed that he will be parting ways with the streaming company from his day–to–day duties as Chief Product Officer. As of March 1st, Wahlforss will assume an advisory role with the company after 11 years with SoundCloud.

Downtown Music Publishing has signed a publishing administration agreement with Faber Music, which represents composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s complete works for the musical and soon–to–be feature film, Cats. This multi–year publishing administration, royalty collection, and marketing agreement covers the U.S. and Canada. The upcoming Tom Hooper–directed feature film adaptation of the musical is set to feature an all–star cast including Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Ian McKellen, Idris Elba, Jason Derulo, Judi Dench, and others. Cats the musical has received multiple awards including seven Tonys and two Laurence Olivier Awards. Premiering at the New London Theatre in 1981 and the Winter Garden Theatre in New York a year later, the original British production ran for 21 years, ending in 2002, while the American run lasted until 2000, making it the longest running show in both countries’ histories until 2006. It remains the fourth–longest–running musical in Broadway history, and the West End’s sixth. The musical has been translated in more than 20 languages with major productions in countries around the world. A 1981 cast recording of Cats was also released, and Webber produced a direct–to–video Cats film based on its stage show in 1998.

In other Downtown news, the publishing company’s digital right management division, Songtrust, has expanded its global reach further via a new partnership with Audiomack, an artist–first music streaming offering. The new partnership sees Songtrust offering its publishing administration and royalty collection services to Audiomack’s fast–growing youth–focused service. Launched in 2012 by Dave Ponte and David Macli as a mixtape hosting platform, Audiomack has grown its place in the streaming landscape as a legitimate competitor across the past year, securing licensing deals with companies such as EMPIRE and 300 Entertainment. Additionally, in September, Audiomack also premiered Eminem’s track “Killshot.” The platform currently counts over one million active users daily.

Sony Music has announced a new worldwide talent development partnership with music entrepreneur Chris Zarou for the launch of Visionary Records. Zarou will serve as CEO of the New York–based imprint as it seeks to discover and develop talent, with Sony distributing Visionary’s signings. Zarou founded Visionary Music Group in 2010 and manages Logic and Jon Bellion as well as others.

In other Sony Music news, following a 26–year–stint, Jon Cauwood is parting ways with the company’s Commercial Group from his role as Marketing Director. Cauwood has been leading the marketing team behind frontline and catalogue releases with the division’s label partners counting Music For Nations, Legacy, Sony Nashville, RCA and Columbia. Additionally, he recently worked closely with marketing head Joanna Kalli for Hugh Cornwell’s solo effort via the Silvertone imprint. Cauwood has served in senior marketing roles with Sony since 2012 having joined the company in 1992 as Sales Manager. Prior, he spent several years at Virgin Megastore. Cauwood departs Sony for freelance and consultancy opportunities.

Atlantic Records has announced the promotion of Andrea Ganis to the newly–created role of President of Promotion from her most recent post as EVP, which she’s held since 1996. Based out of the company’s New York headquarters, Ganis’ new role will see her maintaining oversight of all promotion activities for Atlantic and its subsidiary labels, while serving on the company’s senior leadership team. Having joined Atlantic’s promotion team in 1980 as Director of Secondary Pop Promotion, she rose to VP of National Promotion in 1988, and then to Sr. VP two years later.

EVR Holdings’ subsidiary, MelodyVR, has revealed a new version of their app created for an upcoming Oculus device. Under the distribution agreement between MelodyVR Limited and Facebook Technologies, Oculus’ parent company, a financial contribution with be presented to EVR Holdings to support the production and development costs for MelodyVR. The new version counts updates to features and functionality as well as new and existing content. While the exact Oculus device the app is for has not been revealed, it’s expected to be for the upcoming Oculus Quest with the product potentially rolled-out to other platforms following its launch.

In other MelodyVR news, the company has finalized a significant VR content creation and distribution agreement independent global recording company, AWAL. As a Kobalt company, AWAL provides artists and independent labels a range of services while allowing them to retain ownership and control of their work. The deal follows a number of previous partnerships for MelodyVR since its launch with labels, publishers and venues. The new agreement with AWAL gives MelodyVR the right to distribute both live and pre-recorded VR content created with AWAL artists, which include Lauv, Tom Misch, The Wombats, The Kooks, deadmau5, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and others.

Cooking Vinyl Publishing has signed hit U.K. songwriter Matty Benbrook to a multi–year deal covering songs written since 2014, as well as future compositions. Based in London, Benbrook is a multi–platinum selling, ASCAP Award–winning, BRIT–nominated songwriter/producer behind songs for artists such as Paolo Nutini, Jack Savoretti, Dido, Faithless and Beverley Knight, with worldwide record sales totaling more than 35 million units. Benbrook is well–known for his role in the success of Paolo Nutini, with whom he co–wrote and produced the hit single “New Shoes,” along with “Last Request” and “Million Faces,” from his 5–times platinum Atlantic Records debut full–length These Streets. He also contributed to “Coming Up Easy” on the follow–up album, Sunny Side Up. Additional collaborators for Benbrook include James Morrison, Lana Del Rey, Natty, AOSOON, Elderbrook, Mel C, Mutya Buena, Newton Faulkner, Nizlopi, Sarah Darling, Lewis Capaldi, Jake Bugg, Tom Grennan, Jamie N Commons, Jamie Lawson and Izzy Bizu.

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” has been officially certified as Diamond Status by the RIAA, marking sales of 10 million units. With the feat, Sheeran collects his second Diamond honors having reached the milestone in 2017 with “Thinking Out Loud.” Sheeran also becomes only the fourth artist to garner multiple Diamond certified songs since the level was first put in place by the RIAA 20 years ago.

According to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and The NPD Group, U.S. video game revenue in 2018 hit a record high $43.4 billion, an 18% increase over 2017. Software sales saw an 18% growth to $35.8 billion, driven by titles including Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 (the U.S.’s top–selling game for 2018), Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Marvel’s Spider–Man, God of War and Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. On the hardware side, growth of 15% year–upon–year was recorded reaching $7.5 billion across the three major consoles in Playstation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, the latter which became the best–selling console for 2018 in units sold and dollars.

peermusic has signed hit artist/songwriter Corey Hart to an exclusive global publishing administration agreement, it was announced last week by Kathy Spanberger, President & COO, peermusic Anglo American Region, and Neville Quinlan, Managing Director, peermusic Canada. The joint signing between peermusic’s Canadian and American offices encompasses Hart’s entire back catalog and future works worldwide, counting hits such as “Sunglasses at Night” and “Never Surrender.” Sony previously represented Hart’s catalog for the world ex–Canada, with the peermusic deal marking Hart’s first publishing deal to include Canada. Hart has sold more than 16 million records worldwide with nine consecutive U.S. Billboard Top 40 Hits, and 32 top 40 singles in his native Canada (including 12 Top 10 Hits). A Canadian music icon, Hart will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the 2019 JUNO Awards. After two decades, Hart has also recorded a new studio album, Dreaming Time Again and will head out on a major arena tour across Canada and Asia, his first since the 80’s. Hart released his debut album First Offense in 1983, featuring the iconic hit “Sunglasses at Night.” The following year, his sophomore effort Boy In The Box achieved Diamond certification faster than any Canadian artist in history, driven by four hit singles including “Never Surrender,” which spent nine weeks at No.1 in Canada. In 1999, Hart took a hiatus from touring and recording during which time he wrote and produced several songs for Céline Dion. Hart also maintains a record label partnership with Warner Music Canada under the banner of Siena Records, where he continues to serve as President.

A partnership has been finalized between BBC Music Introducing and Abbey Road Studios to support the U.K.’s wealth of emerging artists. Over the next year, four BBC Music Introducing acts will have the chance to record two tracks at Abbey Road Studios to be delivered to a national audience via BBC Radio. Each act will be selected by a different BBC Radio DJ with Huw Stephens (Radio 1), DJ Target (1Xtra), Jo Whiley (Radio 2) and Steve Lamacq (Radio 6 Music) choosing their favorite artists. The first act, selected by Stephens, is Brighton–based Chappaqua Wrestling.

The Orchard Film Group has agreed to an acquisition by 1091 Media. Owned by The Orchard, The Orchard Film Group counts movies such as The Hero with Sam Elliott, the Oscar–nominated documentary Life, Animated and American Animals among its portfolio. According to The Orchard, the decision to sell its film/TV assets sees the company focusing on its music operations with a catalog that counts 25,000 copyrights and works by artists such as John Denver, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and others. Terms of the deal were not disclosed however, 1091 Media has revealed that The Orchard Film Group will be rebranded, while continuing to invest into content and distribution.

iHeartMedia announced last week that the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas has confirmed the company’s plan of reorganization as iHeart expects to complete its restructuring process in the first half of this year. Under the terms of the plan, iHeartMedia will complete a comprehensive balance sheet restructuring that will reduce its debt from $16.1 billion to $5.75 billion and will separate Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. from iHeartMedia, creating two independent public companies. iHeart anticipates that the Chapter 11 process will be completely finished within the first half of 2019, subject to the completion of certain steps related to the separation of Clear Channel, FCC registration, and the finalization of additional customary conditions. Following the restructuring process, Bob Pittman, Chairman & CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc., and Rich Bressler, President, COO & CFO for the company, will remain in their respective roles, and have extended their contracts by four years.

Publisher Condé Nast has revealed that it will be implementing paywalls across all of its U.S.–based titles including Vogue, Pitchfork, Vanity Fair, GQ, The New Yorker and others, by the end of the year. In a memo to staff, outgoing CEO Bob Sauerberg stated to staff that the paywalls will not be based on a “one–size fits all model.” Condé Nast will likely only apply paywalls to specific content for various titles.

The AEG–owned Staples Center and Microsoft Theater have brought on Hallie Yavitch as VP of Booking. Yavitch had previously spent over 10 years with the Cleveland Cavaliers and their Quicken Loans Arena home stadium, most recently as VP of Event Booking for the Cavs. The venues’ booking and marketing divisions are currently in the middle of a restructuring, which Yavitch will oversee, and which are part of a broader reorganizing which is being led by President of Staples Center, Microsoft Theater and L.A. Live, Lee Zeidman. At the same time, Staples Center has revealed a round of promotions under the reorganization including Ignacio Guerra to VP of Operations and Parking; Bill Garner to Sr. Director of Parking; Armen Dembekjian to the newly–created role of VP of Event Production; Wendy Funes to Sr. Director of Booking; and Christina Mikhail to Sr. Manager of Booking & VIP Services. Additionally, last month saw the hire of Amir Mertaban to serve as GM for the Microsoft Theater.

RUNDA (Regionalna udruga nezavisnih diskografa) has been launched by a collective of Balkan indie labels as it seeks to unite the splintered music market in the region. The non–profit is based in Zagreb and will encompass all of the of the former Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia–Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Macedonia), as well as Albania. Among the companies included in the collective are Croatia’s Menart, Dancing Bear Records and Dallas Records; Slovenia’s Moonlee Records and NIKA; and Serbia’s Kontra, IDJ and Ammonite Records. Currently, Spotify is not available in the region while Tidal and Apple Music operate in Slovenia and Deezer and YouTube mark the most accessible streaming alternatives in the Balkan territories. RUNDA’s first public initiative is marked by two upcoming Spotify workshops to be presented by New York–based Spotify Account Manager, Jeff Stempeck. Taking place at festival and music conference MENT, in addition to the workshops, RUNDA is also set to share the organization’s plans moving forward.

Google is setting its eyes on a German expansion as it has opened the doors on a new Berlin office. The new space offers Google the opportunity to more than double its current Berlin staff which currently counts 1,400 employees.

Michael Jackson
Additional details have been revealed by the Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage for the new musical based on the life of iconic artist Michael Jackson. Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough is currently in development and set to premiere at Chicago’s James M. Nederlander Theatre on October 29th to run through December 1st. The show’s Broadway debut is set for 2020. Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough’s book is being created by two–time Pulitzer Prize winner, Lynn Nottage, and will be directed and choreographed by Tony–winner Christopher Wheeldon.

John Fogarty’s New Songs Administration (NSA) has acquired composer/recording artist Jerry Keller’s Lynn Hatch Music catalogue. Included in the acquisition are works such as “Here Comes Summer,” which Keller wrote and recorded, and which reached No.1 on the U.K. charts and has been covered by a number of acts. The catalogue also counts “Almost There” (co–written by Keller and Gloria Shayne), Andy Williams’ first major hit which was covered by Brenda Lee. Additionally, the Keller–penned English language versions of songs from the score of French film, A Man and a Woman (Un Homme et une femme) are included in the acquisition. Formed in 2014, NSA was created to manage works retained by Fogarty following the sale of his Minder Music catalogue to BMG, including a portion of Mark Ronson’s hit “Uptown Funk.” Among the works NSA owns are included Python Lee Jackson/Rod Stewart’s “In A Broken Dream,” “Everyday” and “The Laughing Policeman” by A$AP Rocky, as well as administration for the A. Schroeder catalogue including songs recorded by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Cliff Richard and The Beatles.

“Gangnam Style” star, Psy, has announced the launch of his own P Nation entertainment company. The announcement follows Psy parting ways with YG Entertainment last year at the conclusion of his contract. In a video posted to Instagram, Psy revealed that P Nation’s first signing is rapper Jessi (Jessica Ho) who released her single, “Down” in July.

Swedish independent music rights company, EKKO Music Rights, has opened a new 340–square–meter, 10–studio complex as EKKO The Lab, in Stockholm, Sweden. Of the new facility, EKKO Music Rights Europe Co–Founder & President Pelle Lidell says, “We have been on the lookout for the perfect studio premises for quite some time and late last year we found it in the cool Sofo area of Södermalm, Stockholm. After full renovation and reconstruction, we now have a fantastic hub for our international and local roster of songwriters and producers. EKKO The Lab is in detail designed with the songwriter in mind – a fully creative environment where we will be able to meet the high international demand for our songs and productions.” Chris Jenssen has been tapped as Studio Manager for EKKO The Lab, starting February 1st.

CAA has added Kevin Gates to its expanding hip–hop roster to represent the rapper worldwide across all areas. Gates joins CAA from UTA. He has garnered seven entries to the Billboard Hot 100 including his single “2 Phones” which reached No.7 in 2016 and, was certified double platinum by the RIAA. His 2018 full–length, Luca Brasil 3, reached No.4 on the Billboard 200 chart, with his highest charting effort, Islah (2016), going to No.2 and achieving platinum status by the RIAA marking the only debut album in 2016 to reach platinum certification within one year.

Music finance specialists, Sound Royalties, have revealed a new strategic partnership with GLAD Empire. GLAD’s focus is on the digital distribution and monetization of content via music and video platforms, as well as other specialized arenas across the Latin market. The new alliance will support the continued career development for independent artists, making use of innovative alternatives for funding. The partnership allows independent artists to continue with their careers independently and keep the rights to their content while receiving financial advances for the creation of new videos and promotion of their product.

A new production music catalogue has been launched under the banner of A Remarkable Idea by Universal Publishing Production Music (UPPM). The catalogue was founded by award–winning composer Benson Taylor and seeks to bring commercial artists together for the creation of production music across various genres. Albums in the catalogue feature collaborations between artists, songwriters and musicians globally. Alongside Taylor, the roster includes artists such as Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Bo Ningen, The Hallé Orchestra, former members of UNKLE, The Twilight Sad, Pulled Apart by Horses, Maxïmo Park, Lack Of Afro, Karsh Kale and Orpheo McCord (The Fall), with others to be announced. A Remarkable Idea’s first set of nine albums are built around a genre and a collection of its popular artists as they seek to create commercial and production music catering to the specific needs of TV, film, radio and advertising producers and directors. The new library is available in the U.S. through FirstCom Music and all other territories through Universal Production Music.

ole has finalized an exclusive worldwide co–publishing deal with Nashville–based songwriter, Tammi Kidd Hutton. The deal covers co–publishing on all future compositions, as well as the acquisition of nearly 70 previous compositions, and includes the exclusive administration of all properties on YouTube. Hutton’s compositions have been performed by the likes of LeAnn Rimes, Don Williams, Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery and Kellie Pickler. Her work has also been featured on the ABC series, Nashville, and in the 2010 film, Country Strong, starring Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Help Musicians UK’s (HMUK) Chairman Graham Sheffield has announced a three–year partnership with the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) to create a strategic alliance with HMUK become the inaugural charity partner of the ABO through continued support at future ABO events in Manchester next year and London in 2021. HMUK will also support the ABOs’ professional development programs which offer emerging figureheads the opportunity to discover their long–term potential via mentoring from orchestra CEOs and senior managers in the sector. HMUK will also undertake research into the future of classical music careers in the 21st Century as part of an evaluation of its Postgraduate Awards. The awards offer support to students who wish to complete their studies at leading U.K. conservatoires and performing arts colleges. An HMUK–conducted workshop at the ABO conference last week started this dive into “The Future of Classical Music Careers.” The charity will use findings from the workshop to guide HMUK’s funding offer and help address potential challenges.

Konsonant Music composers/creative directors, Andrew Gross and Gil Talmi, have announced that Konsonant has worked on four original, new projects which will be making their debuts during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Among the four projects are included the Netflix documentary The Great Hack; TBS episodic sitcom The Dress Up Gang; Netflix documentary The Edge of Democracy; and It’s Not About Jimmy Keene.

Centtrip has rolled out a dedicated Brexit desk to help touring artists, promoters, distributors and the wider music industry plan for further uncertainty and avoid future risks, unnecessary costs and disruption. The new specialist team will analyse the current economic and political landscape, evaluate its impact and devise an efficient foreign–exchange strategy. Run under Centtrip’s specialist services, the new desk will help clients navigate Brexit related changes such as shifts in currency rates which can have a significant impact on the income of artists and music businesses working globally. Centtrip’s music and entertainment industry division was launched in 2016 to maximize foreign income and minimize payment and international touring costs with its offerings such as a Centtrip multi–currency Mastercard. The company now manages foreign income, expenditure, international payments and more for over 400 international artists.

Audio story–tellers Temp Love have provided the original music and audio post production for a new upcoming TV series, Quarter Life Poetry, officially selected by the Sundance Festival 2019 to be presented as an entry within its “Indie Episodic Series” category. The show’s world premiere will take place during the second week of Sundance. Quarter Life Poetry is produced by Anonymous Content with Temp Love’s Christian Hanlon the composer for the work. Additionally, Temp Love provided music cues for the show which were sourced from the company’s extensive music library. Hanlon also provided sound design and final mixing for Quarter Life Poetry, which was done at the Temp Love Studios. Temp Love is composed of 20 audio professionals nationwide including composers, mixers, music supervisors, and music legal specialists.

Rob O'Shea
Rob O’Shea, former General Manager of the U.K.’s Sheffield Arena, has passed away at age 52 following a year–long cancer battle. O’Shea had managed Sheffield Arena, now Fly DSA Arena, from 2006 to 2017 until he parted ways with the venue to focus on Manifesto Events, a music promotions firm set up with Stuart Basford. Under O’Shea’s guidance, Sheffield Arena became one of the U.K.’s most popular arenas, hosting events such as the International Indian Film Academy Awards (2007), BBC Sport’s Personality of the Year (2009) and the European Figure Skating Championships (2012), as well as touring shows from a range of international artists, including locals Arctic Monkeys and Pulp. O’Shea also launched the 4,500–capacity Steel Hall in 2014 as part of the arena.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Thomas Scherer, Denis Handlin, Adam Holt, Dina LaPolt, Kathy Spanberger, Gary Chen, Vijay Nair, David Gray, Folkert Koopmans, Ben Mawson, Ken Blaustein, Peter Edge, Paramdeep Singh, Mollie Lehman and Ian Montone.


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. It is the winter season and whilst the snow and ice can look pretty around mother nature, it can create jackass moments both indoors and outdoors. Click HERE to watch some slips, slides and falls!


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



Tamzene, the young multi–instrumentalist from the coastal town of Cromarty in the Highland area of Scotland, burst onto the scene in 2017 with her stunning debut single “Lullaby.” The song earned airplay on a range of radio networks and picked up support from a host of national and international media channels. Having learned how to play the violin at the young age of eight, at 14 she further extended her musical dexterity by picking up a guitar and began to write her own material. Tamzene’s musical influences range from legends including Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone to contemporary artists such as Birdy, James Bay and Alicia Keys. Discovered while busking on the streets of Inverness by bookers from Scotland’s Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Tamzene’s debut year saw her perform at a host of UK festivals as well as dates across mainland Europe and the U.S., including a stellar performance at MUSEXPO Los Angeles in 2017. Tamzene then went on to perform at Live at Leeds, TRNSMT, Sunday Sessions Scotland, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Hampton Court Palace Festival and many more. She was also picked by Festival Republic and the PRS Foundation to participate in the pioneering ReBalance program and saw her latest offering, “Last Song” secure exposure on over eight global Spotify New Music Friday Playlists. Listen to the single HERE and contact Dougie Brown at dougie@dougiebrown.co.uk and Alex Smith at alexsmith@xponorth.co.uk as Tamzene is available for label, publishing, agent and synch opportunities.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – INDOOR PETS

First impressions are important. Thankfully, Jamie Glass leaves his impressions imbedded on the brains of anybody who hears Indoor Pets’ irresistible, black sheep anthems: spiked and effervescent collisions of crunching guitars and insistent melodies. Delve into Indoor Pets’ seemingly bottomless pool of great tunes and you’ll find so many songs to fall in love with. Familiar feelings of not fitting in or wanting to play the hand life’s dealt you, delivered with self–deprecating wit and Glass’ trademark use of double–bluffing world play. Think Rivers Cuomo and a pre–sandpit Brian Wilson skipping school to play records and hang out with the cool kids; they’re smart, life–affirming and all contained within a thumping primary–colored pop wallop. Indoor Pets have had ringing endorsements and support from the likes of Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Jack Saunders at BBC Radio 1, Lauren Laverne at 6Music and Amazing Radio. Indoor Pets will perform at the Mercury Lounge in New York City tonight and The Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Experience the brilliance of Indoor Pets with their visual for “Being Strange” HERE and contact Joss Acock of East City Management at joss@eastcitymanagement.com, as Indoor Pets is available for publishing opportunities.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 1/27/2019



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, January 27th, 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; 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, 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:

SPRING KING – “Us Vs. Them” (Island, UK)
STICKY FINGERS – “Loose Ends” (Sureshaker, Australia)
ADAM FRENCH – “Wanna Be Here” (Virgin EMI, UK)
LEONIDEN – “People” (Euphorie, Germany)
COYLE GIRELLI – “Isabella Dances” (Unsigned, UK)
EASY LIFE – “Nightmares” (Island Records, UK)
PICTURES – “Roll Up” (Virgin Records, Germany)
VISTAS – “Fade” (LAB Records, Scotland)
IMBIBE – “Mirage” (Unsigned, Australia)
CIRCA WAVES – “Movies” (Prolifica, UK)
TRUE TIDES – “Automatic” (Faction Records, Ireland)
INDOOR PETS – “Being Strange” (Wichita, UK)
SMITH & THELL – “Forgive Me Friend (Feat. Swedish Jam Factory)” (Playground Music, Sweden)
DAMIAN LYNN – “Feel The Heat” (MsBest/Phonag Records, Switzerland)
MADYX – “Girl/Boy” (Unsigned, N. America)
PYRO – “Regret Or Forget” (Unsigned, Scotland)
TEN FÉ – “Won’t Happen” ([PIAS], UK)
GO GO BERLIN – “Here Comes The Darkness” (Heartbeat Music, Denmark)
HOCKEY DAD – “Join The Club” (Lab Records, Australia)
CASSIA – “100 Times Over” (Distiller Records, UK)
SHLOMI ASH – “Taking Me Over” (Unsigned, Israel)
THE DUNTS – “Ride The Wave” (Unsigned, Scotland)
TOMI – “Every Morning I Feel Like Running Away” (Unsigned, N. America)
KING NUN – “Family Portrait” (Dirty Hit, UK)
BAKER GRACE – “Wrong Kind Of People" (Unsigned, N. America)
MIDDLE KIDS – “Salt Eyes” (EMI, Australia)
TOUTS – “Can’t Blame Me” (Hometown Records, N. Ireland)
STATIC UNION – “New Found Way” (Unsigned, Scotland)
HOT LIKE SUSHI – “Bitch Repellent” (Unsigned, Switzerland)
GOOD DOOGS – “Want That” (Unsigned, Australia)
TONICA – “California” (Unsigned, UK)
JONATHAN JEREMIAH – “Mountain” ([PIAS], UK)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Ewert And The Two Dragons, Hot Like Sushi, Shlomi Ash, Easy Life and Indoor Pets).