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MUSEXPO CREATIVE SUMMIT 2019 SET TO DELIVER UNIQUE ”DISRUPTIBUTION“ FORUM AT CALIFORNIA ENTERTAINMENT WEEK



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. 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 venue for an ultimate networking, creative and business experience.

Access to market is both essential and pivotal to the ultimate success of songs and its artists! Distribution has constantly been “disruptive” as the pipelines to the consumer continue to evolve and adapt via physical, digital, streaming and mobile platforms with ever–changing consumer consumption preferences. How do distributors not only disrupt access to market via innovative marketing and development of their repertoire, but also stand out from their competitors by creating the most effective, audible and visible musical “eruption” with unique revenue platforms and innovative label services? MUSEXPO Creative Summit will welcome some of the most innovative distributors for a special forum where they will share their insight on the evolution of distribution and consumption and how they’ve adapted to be more effective, creative and global than ever!


Among the forward–thinking distribution companies and executives speaking at MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2019 are included: Amy Dietz – EVP & GM, Ingrooves Music Group; Chris Taylor – Global President Music, Entertainment One; Lonny Olinick – CEO, AWAL; Mandar Thakur – COO, Times Music India; Mathew Daniel – VP, International, NetEase Cloud Music (China); Michael Chase – A&R/Business Development, MGM Distribution; Paul Wiltshire – CEO, Songtradr, Inc.; and Tommy Stalknecht – CEO, Single & Shopify Music Distribution; as well as numerous others!

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.


WARNER/CHAPPELL NASHVILLE NAMES BEN VAUGHN PRESIDENT & CEO



Warner/Chappell Music (WCM) has announced the promotion of Ben Vaughn to President & CEO of Warner/Chappell Nashville. In the new role, Vaughn will continue to lead the division’s creative and commercial activities. Having joined the company in 2012, Vaughn had served as President of Warner/Chappell Nashville since 2017. He will report to Warner/Chappell Music’s incoming Co–Chair & CEO Guy Moot, and Co–Chair & COO, Carianne Marshall.

Ben Vaughn
Warner/Chappell has garnered a number of recent honors including Billboard’s No.1 Nashville Publisher in 2018, for the second year in a row. They’ve also recently experienced a record–breaking Country Music Week, having been named ASCAP Country Publisher of the Year for the sixth year in a row and BMI’s Publisher of the Year for the first time in nearly two decades, as well as being NMPA’s Top Publisher in 2018.

“Ben has been an exceptional leader for our Warner/Chappell Nashville operation since coming on board seven years ago,” said Steve Cooper, CEO of Warner Music Group. “In addition to being an A&R force who’s deeply invested in the success of each and every songwriter, he’s an innovative, perceptive dealmaker and a staunch advocate for creative rights. Nashville is home to an extraordinary creative community that occupies a central place in the Warner/Chappell culture, and Ben’s richly deserved promotion recognizes both his outstanding accomplishments and his vision for the future.”

“When I think about how I got here, it’s surreal how many brilliant people have invited me to be part of their story,” said Vaughn. “As Nashville continues to evolve, I’m excited to keep pushing forward and to support the phenomenal talent coming out of this city. Music publishing is team ball and we have the best team in the business–with the passion, drive and ambition to help our songwriters create hits on the world’s stage.”

Over Vaughn’s career, he has worked with songwriters who have collectively garnered ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, and ACM Songwriter of the Year awards 16 times and Song of the Year (across the CMAs, ACMs, NSAI, and the Grammys) 24 times. A strong advocate of artist development, Vaughn has recognized and cultivated major label deals for the likes of Thomas Rhett, Devin Dawson, Dan + Shay, Midland, Cale Dodds, LANCO, Brandon Lay, Josh Phillips, Riley Green, Michael Ray, Gone West, Seth Ennis, A Thousand Horses, Morgan Evans and Carlton Anderson. Vaughn’s roster counts award–winning songwriters such as Rhett Akins, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves and Jesse Frasure, as well as Lauren Alaina, Lee Brice, Brothers Osborne, busbee, Nathan Chapman, Dave Cobb, For King & Country, Nicolle Galyon, Brantley Gilbert, Ben Hayslip, Brett James, Jay Joyce, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, Lee Miller, Randy Montana, Matthew Ramsey, Jordan Reynolds and Liz Rose, among others. He has also worked with well–known songwriters Guy Clark, Ross Copperman, Dallas Davidson, Alan Jackson, The Warren Brothers, Chris Young and others.

Prior to joining Warner/Chappell, Vaughn had become the youngest executive to lead a major publisher in Nashville, as EVP & GM at EMI. Prior to his work at the majors, Vaughn ran an independent music publishing company starting at the age of 20.


MARC BYERS NAMED GM FOR MOTOWN RECORDS



Motown Records has named Marc Byers to the newly–created position of General Manager, it was announced last week by the label’s President Ethiopia Habtemariam, to whom Byers reports. The widely–respected entrepreneur and executive will head the label’s day–to–day operations and work closely with Habtemariam to design and execute its business strategy and development. Byers is based in Hollywood at the company’s Capitol Tower.

Marc Byers
According to Habtemariam, “We are excited to have Marc Byers join the Motown team! His level of experience, impact, and proven results in our business is undeniable. Marc is extremely passionate and dedicated and I couldn’t be happier that he’ll oversee our day–to–day operations!”

Byers commented, “I’d like to first thank Ethiopia Habtemariam for her trust, support and invitation to come to Motown. She’s done a remarkable job re–establishing Motown in a new era. I’ve held Motown in high regard my entire life and have always been inspired by Mr. Berry Gordy as an entrepreneur having such class and respect. I’ll do my best to uphold the Motown standard that continues to inspire young people, just as I was. I’d like to also thank Steve Barnett and my family for your support as well. I couldn’t have joined a better team!”

Byers brings over 20 years of music industry and entrepreneurial experience to his new role, having most recently served as the Founder and Co–CEO of Rockstar Entertainment, which included music management, marketing and a publishing venture with Sony/ATV. Over his career, Byers has worked with acts such as Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Eve, Chris Brown, Jamie Foxx and Raven–Symoné, among others, as well as producers Dre and Vidal, Rodney Jerkins and Idris Elba. He has also consulted for a variety of corporate clients including Pepsi and BuzzFeed. From 2009 through 2011, Byers played a key role in the formation of Philly360.com via his consultation agreement with Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC). The initiative enabled the city organization to forge relationships with Philadelphia’s Urban Arts communities and resulted in GPTMC’s sponsorship of the annual event The Roots Picnic, as well as the selection of partnership and creative ambassadors for three years.

Byers also produced the 2012 feature film Black November, as well as the 2014 short film Pepsi Beats Of A Beautiful Game, directed by Idris Elba, and MTV’s Philly Day in 2010, with Tuma Basa. Additionally, he spent time as A&R Director at Atlantic Records working with Intro, Monie Love and The Braxton Sisters.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Jon Zellner has been promoted to President of Programming Operations for iHeartMedia’s national programming group. Zellner reports to iHeart Chief Programming Officer Tom Poleman. Having been with iHeartMedia for 10 years, Zellner had previously served as EVP of Programming Operations and in the new position will work alongside iHeartMedia’s divisions on building programming technology and managing custom programming.

Kobalt has announced a deal with the estate of rock and blues pioneer, Gregg Allman. The worldwide agreement encompasses publishing administration and global synch services for all of Allman’s works, including songs with The Allman Brothers Band and from his solo career. The new deal marks the first change in administration for the catalog in over 15 years, and the first time it will be represented worldwide. Gregg Allman is widely–considered one of rock and roll’s greatest and most significant artists. From his founding role in the Allman Brothers Band to his long and successful solo career, he garnered a long list of honors over his five–decade career, including the 1995 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the Allman Brothers Band, and 2012’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 54th Grammy Awards.

Warner Music has finalized an agreement with Istanbul–based Dogan Group to distribute physical product from Warner in Turkey and represent the major to Turkish–owned DSPs. The new deal also brings Warner Music repertoire to NetD, one of YouTube’s Top 5 most viewed channels counting almost 13 million subscribers and 600 million official video views monthly. Material from Warner Music will be hosted on dedicated playlists which will be promoted by NetD on its homepage and social media outlets. Under the agreement, Warner Music and NetD’s influencer marketing network will also join forces to generate video content around Warner Music artists and songs to be promoted to their large audience of primarily Turkish viewers.

In other Warner Music news, the company’s global artist and label services division, WEA, has announced the promotion of Elsa Vivero to EVP of Global Digital Account Management. Based in New York, Vivero reports to WEA President Tony Harlow. Vivero’s role will see her and her team continuing to work closely with digital partners to further the global presence of WMG artists and labels. Vivero’s extensive resume includes experience in some of the fastest–growing areas of the music business. She had previously served as WEA’s Sr. VP, Global Digital Account Management and, prior to that, was VP of Digital & Revenue Development. She previously held sales and marketing positions at Maverick Records, PolyGram and Warner Music Latina.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing saw music from its catalog featured across a number of campaigns for Super Bowl 53 commercials from a collection of brands that included Amazon, Budweiser, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Pepsi and T-Mobile, among others. Among the songs featured were Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” (Amazon); Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind” (Budweiser); “Soul Survivor” performed by Rita Ora (Bumble); Foster The People’s “Sit Next To Me” (Hyundai); Michael Bublé’s “When You’re Smiling” and Cardi B’s “I Like It” with Bad Bunny and J. Balvin, which were both used by Pepsi; as well as others.

A new partnership has been finalized between Apple Music and American Airlines to see the platform’s over 50 million paid users having access to stream music, podcasts and videos without paying for Wi–Fi on the airline carrier's flights. As of Friday, the offering is available on American Airlines using Viasat satellite Wi–Fi which is currently onboard 455 of American Airline’s 800 mainline domestic aircrafts. The news of the partnership comes as Apple also revealed a 5% overall drop in revenue for 2019’s first quarter, year–upon–year, to $84.3 billion. This decrease comes despite increases in revenue from services (19%), Mac (9%) and wearables, home and accessories (33%), with all three divisions experiencing record highs.

Rhino Entertainment has taken on the rights to the catalogs of Jefferson Starship, Starship and Hot Tuna, a side project of the band members. The agreement sees the Warner Music Group label acquiring master recordings that encompass almost two decades including Jefferson Airplane’s Long John Silver (1972) and Starship’s Greatest Hits (Ten Years And Change 1979–1991), among others. In announcing the deal, Rhino will release Starship Enterprise: The Best Of Jefferson Starship & Starship as a digital compilation, and will be making Grace Slick’s four solo full–lengths available for the first time ever digitally.

Mixcloud has tapped Joseph Strinati as Business Director of Brand Partnerships to help grow Mixcloud’s commercial relationships with both existing and new clients globally. Prior to joining Mixcloud, Strinati was responsible for European business development at Cornerstone, the in–house creative agency of The FADER. At Cornerstone, Strinati was also European lead on the global Diageo, Coca–Cola and Sonos accounts. Subsequently, he led the brand partnerships team at youth culture magazine LAW, working with clients such as Nike, Olympus and Carhartt. Earlier in his career, Strinati served as Account Director at FRUKT, again working with Coca-Cola.

Amazon surpassed analyst’s expectations last week in showing revenue of $72.4 billion for the fourth quarter and $6.04 per share in earnings. The firm was anticipated to post revenue of $71.6 billion and per share earnings of $5.65. Amazon also revealed that it added more new subscribers globally to its Prime video and delivery tier in 2018 than in any other year to date.

A&R Worldwide has learned that Amanda Thomas has parted ways with music supervision firm Neophonic to launch her own venture in the space. Thomas had been with Neophonic for three and a half years. Prior to Neophonic, she held music supervision roles with Format Entertainment and Reveille (now Endemol Shine North America), having started her music career at Lionsgate. Thomas will maintain her project slate as she transitions.

Sirius XM has completed its acquisition of Pandora for an all–stock deal of $3.5 billion. With the deal now finalized, Pandora’s CEO, Roger Lynch, will part ways with the streaming service. Lynch’s departure will see Sirius XM’s CEO Jim Meyer assuming oversight of the combined company. Alongside Lynch, a number of other Pandora executives are leaving the company including Steve Bene (General Counsel), Naveen Chopra (CFO), and Kristen Robinson (Chief Human Resources Officer).

Cooking Vinyl Publishing has finalized an agreement with London–based management company Sound Collective to create a new venture, Sound Collective Publishing. Founded by Will Blake just over two years ago, Sound Collective has built a reputation as a creative and highly proactive company, and currently manages more than 15 songwriters and producers including Sky Adams (Zak Abel, Kylie Minogue, HRVY, Sigma, Sigala) and Danny Shah (David Guetta, The Vamps, Sigma, HRVY).

YouTube Music has made its way to Sonos devices via a new partnership that provides YouTube Music Premium and YouTube Premium subscribers access to the service on Sonos speakers via the Sonos app. Among the features included through Sonos are Recommended playlists, YouTube Charts, New Releases and Your Mixtape, a constantly updated personalized playlist. The new partnership sees Sonos capability offered to YouTube Music subscribers in all of the 29 countries where the service is currently available including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, the U.K. and U.S.

APA has added Sublime with Rome to their roster for representation worldwide. The band is composed of Sublime Co–Founder/Bassist Eric Wilson and Rome Ramirez (vocalist/guitarist), who joined the group in 2009, 13 years after the passing of Sublime’s original frontman, Bradley Nowell. The band are gearing up for a number of festival performances including a hometown show in Long Beach, CA on February 10th at One Cali Love Fest, as well as Days on the Green Festival on April 20th. They’re also preparing the release of their third studio full–length, Blessings, in June paired with a spring tour.

The Recording Academy Task Force on Inclusion and Diversity has revealed its first–ever Producer and Engineering Inclusion Initiative to be implemented industry-wide. The Initiative asks for at least two women to be identified and ultimately considered for all music producer/engineer hirings. It also asks that working producers agree to account for gender diversity issues across music’s technical arenas when selecting individuals for mentor opportunities and hirings.

Sentric Music Group and Strictly Confidential have renewed their exclusive songwriting agreement with Joe Hammill for the world. An award–winning, British songwriter, Hammill garnered his first No.1 record in 2016 after co–writing Alice On The Roof’s debut album Higher. In the U.K., Hammill co–wrote two tracks on Lucy Spraggan’s 2017 album I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing which debuted at No.12 on the Official U.K. Album Chart. Hammill also has seven credits on Spraggan’s next album, due for release in April. Hammill is one half of sibling duo Cattle & Cane, who are currently at work on their third studio album. Their sophomore full–length Mirrors, released in 2017, saw its first single “7 Hours” garnering more than 2 million streams on Spotify and earning a number of plays on BBC Radio 2 from long–time champion Dermot O’Leary, as well as support from BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 6 Music, Amazing Radio, Elton John on Beats 1, and Frank Skinner on Absolute Radio. Cattle & Cane have supported a number of acts on tour and recently completed a set of sold–out headline shows in the U.K. Hammill’s music has been featured on TV shows such as Made In Chelsea, The Only Way Is Essex and MTV’s Catfish, as well as on popular Brazilian soap–opera Avenida Brasil. Additionally, Hammill’s work has appeared on ads for Scotrail, Ford, and Wiggle, as well as Italian film Nemiche Per La Pelle. Among Hammill’s other collaborations include recent writing with Sivu, Amaroun, Shameboy, Cape Cub, Gill Landry, SJ Hoffman, Noemie Wolfs and Tessa Dixson.

Universal Music Group’s global classics and jazz division has revealed a round of key executive management changes. Among the appointments are included Holly Adams to Head of Soundtrack & Score; Rachel Tregenza to Head of International Communications & Artist Strategy; and Anja Boenicke to Head of Artist & Brand Partnerships.

As PledgeMusic continues to struggle with reported issues regarding late payments to artists, the D2C platform’s Co–Founder, Benji Rogers, has rejoined the company as a volunteer strategic advisor and observer to the board of directors. In announcing his return to PledgeMusic, Rogers also shared that all incoming money to the platform will be managed by a third party moving forward. Rogers will maintain his role as Dot Blockchain Media’s Chief Strategy Officer.

A&R Worldwide has learned that Tony Couch has joined the team at C3 Management. Couch previously served as General Manager with In De Goot Entertainment having worked with bands such as Chevelle, Theory of a Deadman and In This Moment, among others.

Booking agency and management firm, Madison House, based in Boulder, Colorado, has brought on three new agents and revealed a new Nashville office location. Joining the Madison House team are agent Jon Bell, Bay Area agent Sahil Mehta, and Founder of Art Agency, Allen Roper. Bell, who will be based in Madison House’s new Nashville space, was an agent with New Frontier Touring for almost nine years and brings to Madison House clients such as Sister Sparrow, The Main Squeeze, Cowboy Mouth, Ryan Montbleau, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Driftwood, Cris Jacobs and others. Joining Madison House’s California team, Mehta also brings a roster that includes CharlestheFirst, Yheti, Digital Ethos, Tsuruda and CHEE. Based in Madison House’s Boulder offices, Roper represents emerging acts Funk You and LITZ, as well as Roxy Roca and Voodoo Visionary. Roper set–up Art Agency in early 2017 after a two–year stint with boutique firm Hoplight.

ICM Partners has announced the addition of music icon David Foster to their roster. ICM’s focus will be towards touring with the agency taking on exclusive representation for the U.S. and Latin America as well as shared representation for Europe and S. Africa with Octagon. Across an almost five–decade career, Foster has worked with, and in some cases uncovered, Gold– and Platinum–charting acts such as Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton, Seal, Chaka Khan, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Chicago, Hall & Oates, Brandy, 'N Sync, Boz Scaggs and Gloria Estefan. Foster’s work has garnered him 16 Grammy wins, as well as a Golden Globe and an Emmy, and three Academy Award nominations for best original song. Foster is set to begin the next leg of his current tour, An Evening With David Foster: Hitman Tour, in Miami later this month.

John Zarling has parted ways with his role as EVP of Marketing & New Business with Sony Music Nashville. Zarling had come to Sony in 2017 after serving as Sr. VP Partnership Marketing & Promotion Strategy with Big Machine Label Group. At Sony, Zarling was actively involved in the development of artists such as Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Old Dominion and Maren Morris.

According to new accounts at Companies House, SoundCloud has increased revenues by 80.3% to €90.7 million. At the same time, 2017 financial results revealed a drop in operating loss to €51.4 million from €70.5 million as well as an increase to revenue from subscriptions of 89% to €72.6 million.

Veteran radio executive Willobee Carlan has been tapped by Colorado Public Radio’s OpenAir as program director. Bringing almost four decades of experience across radio programming and operations, Carlon was most recently behind the launch of indie music station NV89 at Nevada Public Radio. Carlan’s radio career began on the air at New York’s WLIR. His career has seen him launch new stations and lead successful turnaround efforts for others, serving as program director and operations manager at stations across the U.S. Recently, he led broadcast operations for Shamrock Communications, where he was program director for their classic and alternative rock stations. He also developed several start–up stations while at Shamrock, including KRZQ, POP–FM, Z105.3 and K–NEWS in Reno, NV.

dick clark productions (dcp) has revealed a trio of promotions to its production, communications and marketing/programming/development divisions. Among the updates are the promotions of Linda Gierahn to EVP of Production; Kelly Striewski to EVP of Communications & Marketing; and Alexi Mazareas to VP of Programming & Development.

Vistex, the leading rights and royalty management software solutions provider dedicated to the music, media and entertainment industries, has revealed Reservoir as the first company to go live on the Vistex OS2.0 online platform. The OS2.0 platform offers potent functionality powered by the Vistex state–of–the–art cloud solution, GTMS® (Go-to-Market Suite®), helping music companies offer their composers, artists, managers and sub–publishers first–class statement delivery, royalty and copyright information, dynamic dashboards and intuitive financial analytics on a platform designed around their corporate branding.

UTA Artist Space is set to welcome a new exhibition under the banner of “Dreamweavers.” Set to open February 13th, “Dreamweavers” is a partnership with Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean and will be curated by Nicola Vassell, Dean’s art advisor and the former director of New York’s Pace Gallery and Deitch Projects. The exhibition will feature works from over 20 leading contemporary artists across the African–American and African diaspora arenas including paintings, sculptures and photography from private collections and commercial galleries, in addition to brand new works. Some of the artists represented will include Kehinde Wiley, Kerry James Marshall, Arthur Jafa, Carrie Mae Weems, Nick Cave, Karon Davis, David Hammons and Cy Gavin, as well as others.

Create Music Group has unveiled changes to its distribution platform that allow its clients to instantly access daily streaming revenue figures from YouTube, Apple Music/iTunes and Spotify. Create Music Group pays its clients within 48 hours of receiving payment from DSPs and is the first and only distributor in the world that currently offers this advanced capability. Create’s Client Portal also provides daily revenue figures for collaborators on each creative work. While Create already shows clients daily publishing royalties from YouTube, the coming months will see the Client Portal rolling out daily publishing royalties on the same dashboard from other major DSPs. Over the past three years, Create Music Group has payed its clients in excess of $60 Million in royalties and entered the full–service distribution business in 2016 with the acquisition of the independent distributor Label Engine. The company made history last month with the last minute release of Tekashi 6ix9ine’s chart–topping DUMMY BOY album. Other Create distribution clients include Insomniac Records, Mueva Records and Florida rapper YNW Melly who are among the 1500 labels that Create Music Group distributes to over 90 DSPs globally.

Loren Gray
YouTube star Loren Gray, who counts over 50 million followers across her social media outlets, has picked up management in Larry Rudolph (Reign Deer Entertainment/Maverick) and Chris Anokute (Young Forever). Also joining the 16–year–old pop singer’s team as a strategic management partner is Crowd Surf’s Cassie Petrey. Gray recently unveiled the visual for her Capitol Records–released single, “Queen,” as she is currently at work on her debut EP with Ido Zmishlany (Shawn Mendes), The Futuristics (Machine Gun Kelly, Camilla Cabello), Delacy (Halsey) and Tommy Brown (Ariana Grande, Travis Scott).

A multi–million dollar investment partnership has been announced between Mavin Records and Kupanda Holdings. Based in Lagos, Nigeria, Mavin Records will use the investment to build out its operations across A&R, touring, marketing, distribution, publishing and partnerships, as it looks to support the growing demand globally for African Music. Launched in 2012, Mavin’s roster counts African artists such as Tiwa Savage and Korede Bello.

Peace Music Management has been launched by Juan Paz, a leading Latin music manager and digital mind. With operations in Mexico, Miami and Bogota, the firm will look after artist/producer Eduardo “Visitante” Cabra, Latin Grammy–winners Monsieur Periné and Columbian rock outfit, Superlito. Peace Music is launched following an almost 10–year–stint for Paz with M3 Music, which he co–founded in 2009, and from where he oversaw the career of Columbia’s Bomba Estereo. Paz’s career began in the nightclub business and led to roles with Music Ally and Apple prior to entering the digital arena with a number of labels. Alongside his most recent work with M3, Paz had been with Sony Music U.S. Latin as Head of Digital Strategy & Marketing up until 2017.

David Hazan has been announced as Head of N. America for Midem where he will oversee efforts to drive representation for the territory at Reed MIDEM’s annual music industry conference. Hazan’s resume includes a number of senior roles including those with Putumayo World Music and Universal Classics Group (Sr. VP, Marketing) and Wind up Entertainment (EVP, Sales & Marketing) as well as stops at MTV Networks, Warner Music Group and The Orchard. Most recently, he was consulting a number of tech, festival and media clients.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Jake Wisely, Justin Kalifowitz, Rochelle Holguin, Laura Katz, Scotty Schneider, Mike Daly, Jackie Palazzolo, Martin Dodd, Justin Shukat, Briony Turner, Ed Millett, Paul Adam, Ron Laffitte, and Evan Lipschutz.


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. Valentine’s Day is around the corner and in preparation for this special occasion, we’re giving you a heads–up on the do’s and do–not’s of this special day. Click HERE for a preview of how to prepare and not to prepare for the “loveliest” day of the year!


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



An 18–year–old singer/songwriter with a magical and mystical voice, Baker Grace builds her music around dreamlike textures, hypnotic rhythms and melodies that endlessly hypnotize. A New Jersey native, Grace embarked on her music career when she was just 14 and garnered very early support from A&R Worldwide. Soon after releasing a 2015 album under the name Bitter’s Kiss, she was discovered by Scott Harris, a hit–making songwriter and producer known for his work with Shawn Mendes and The Chainsmokers. In collaboration with Harris, she then put out the singles “Am I Talking to You?” and “Day I Die” via Republic Records. She also teamed up with producer Ayokay, appearing as the featured vocalist on his 2017 single “Too Young”–a track that’s now amassed more than 15 million plays on Spotify. Baker Grace has drawn fans and positive feedback from the likes of Nylon, Idolator, Refinery29 and Hilly Dilly. For 2019, she returns with an introspective and beautifully crafted pop song called “Wrong Kind Of People.” Listen HERE to the new single that showcases her ability to deliver thoughtful, forward thinking pop music, carrying a positive message. For all inquiries, please contact Ian McEvily of Rebel One at ian@rebel-one.net.


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

The daughter of Chinese–Malaysian and New Zealand–born parents, Emily Hamilton found herself moving to Australia at an early age. As she was faced with the obstacles of a new home, Emily used art as her therapy to drive through and continue. During this process, tragedy occurred as she lost her mother. Needing an outlet more than ever, Emily began focusing even more on her music. Equipped with simply a MIDI keyboard and a Macbook, San Mei was born. Her DIY project quickly achieved endorsements from Triple J and drew positive reviews from both NME and Nylon. Just two years ago, she released her debut EP Necessary, featuring the singles “Rewind” and “Until You Feel Good,” which garnered support on numerous radio outlets and global new music playlists. After meeting the accomplished producer and songwriter Oscar Dawson (Alex Lahey, British India, Ali Barter), the two made an immediate connection and started working together. Their first collaboration resulted in the single “Wonder,” which climbed to No.1 on Hype Machine, along with being added into full rotation at Triple J, where she became the Unearthed featured artist of the week. San Mei’s second collaboration with Dawson is titled “Heaven,” which is an indie pop anthem filled with inescapable hooks, slick guitar runs and sublime vocals, taken from the EP of the same name. San Mei performed at the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Brisbane over the weekend and recently announced she’ll be playing SXSW in March. Watch the video for “Heaven” HERE, and contact Zac Gould of Smack Face Music at zac@sfmusic.com.au, as San Mei is available for label, publishing, synch and touring opportunities.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 2/3/2019



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, February 3rd, 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:

EASY LIFE – “Nightmares” (Island Records, UK)
STICKY FINGERS – “Loose Ends” (Sureshaker, Australia)
STOP MOTION POETRY – “Missile” (Unsigned, N. America)
KELSY KARTER – “Catch Me If You Can” (Unsigned, Australia)
ADAM FRENCH – “Wanna Be Here” (Virgin EMI, UK)
NEW BEAT FUND – “When She’ Sober” (Unsigned, N. America)
COYLE GIRELLI – “Isabella Dances” (Unsigned, UK)
SMITH & THELL – “Forgive Me Friend (Feat. Swedish Jam Factory)” (Playground Music, Sweden)
CIRCA WAVES – “Movies” (Prolifica, UK)
PICTURES – “Roll Up” (Virgin Records, Germany)
INDOOR PETS – “Being Strange” (Wichita, UK)
HOT LIKE SUSHI – “Bitch Repellent” (Unsigned, Switzerland)
JORDAN ALLEN – “Naked” (Unsigned, UK)
GOOD DOOGS – “Want That” (Unsigned, Australia)
TONICA – “California” (Unsigned, UK)
MELLOR – “Arms Length” (Unsigned, UK)
VICTOR CRONE – “Storm” (Unsigned, Sweden)
HOCKEY DAD – “Join The Club” (Lab Records, Australia)
SHLOMI ASH – “Taking Me Over” (Unsigned, Israel)
TRUE TIDES – “Automatic” (Faction Records, Ireland)
CASSIA – “100 Times Over” (Distiller Records, UK)
THE DUNTS – “Ride The Wave” (Unsigned, Scotland)
BAKER GRACE – “Wrong Kind Of People” (Unsigned, N. America)
KING NUN – “Family Portrait” (Dirty Hit, UK)
MIDDLE KIDS – “Salt Eyes” (EMI Australia)
SEA GIRLS – “All I Want To Hear You Say” (Unsigned, UK)
VISTAS – “Fade” (LAB Records, Scotland)
LEONIDEN – “People” (Euphorie, Germany)
VERONICA FUSARO – “Venom” (DD Music, Switzerland)
SPRING KING – “Us Vs. Them” (Island, UK)
MADYX – “Girl Boy” (Unsigned, N. America)
DAMIAN LYNN – “Feel The Heat” (MsBest/Phonag Records, Switzerland)

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