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The ninth annual Worldwide Radio Summit (WWRS), presented by A&R Worldwide and AllAccess.com is preparing to launch its 2019 edition, set to take place March 27th – 29th, 2019. WWRS also heads 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 Castaway venue for an ultimate networking, creative and business experience. Worldwide Radio Summit will take place right after one of the leading international music, A&R, publishing, synch, brands, ad agency, film/TV/videogames, management, streaming, digital, marketing and content distribution events, MUSEXPO, and its Creative Summit as part of the week–long California Entertainment Week.

WWRS has unveiled a program that includes some of the most innovative and forward–thinking broadcast, digital, streaming and music minds from around the world. The event will bring together the global broadcast media community for unparalleled insight, networking and amazing global talent discovery.

Additionally, WWRS 2019 has opened the registration for its first–ever golf tournament, taking place at DeBell Golf Course. The best–ball tournament will see a portion of net proceeds benefiting Musicians on Call and Ria’s Rising Stars. To register for the 2019 tournament as an individual, click HERE and for a team registration (4 people), click HERE.

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


Raised In Space Enterprises has launched as the first–of–its–kind investment group, guiding extraordinary founders in creating innovative solutions for the music industry, from inception to market adoption. Alongside its business, its organizational mission is to foster a community of experienced music and tech leaders focused on raising the value of music. Raised In Space will create proactive collaboration between music and technology with investments ranging from $500,000 to $5 million. The firm will will also leverage its partnership with Ripple’s Xpring to integrate blockchain and the digital asset XRP where it can most benefit and impact the music industry.

Zach Katz
Raised In Space is founded by a collective that includes Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings, industry leader and former President of BMG, Zach Katz, and Ripple’s Xpring, an initiative focused on helping innovative blockchain projects. Also joining the team is tech and music entrepreneur, Shara Senderoff. Katz also assumes the role of CEO for Raised In Space.

“The relationship between music and tech has massive untapped potential,” said Braun. “I’m excited to launch a company focused on bridging these two industries in a transformative and actionable manner that raises the value of music.”

“Writing the check is easy. Hands–on guidance, time, and strategy is the real investment,” says Katz. “There has to be consistent collaboration and conversation – we get into the bones of these companies to help them see and reach their highest potential. We will unify the most forward–thinking leaders (the outliers, the out of this world thinkers who feel like they were raised in space) in both music and tech to foster community and ideas that will ultimately catapult the music industry into the future.”

Raised In Space is headquartered in Santa Monica, California.


Warner Music Group (WMG) has named Eliah Seton as President of Independent Music & Creator Services. Seton had been serving as President of ADA Worldwide and the promotion to his new role recognizes his leadership of WMG’s commitment to the growing independent music community, via ADA, Asylum Records and Level, WMG’s platform for unsigned artists. Additionally, Seton oversees WMG’s Arts Music division, led by President Kevin Gore, which serves as a repertoire hub for classical, musical theatre, children’s music, and other fields outside the pop mainstream. Based in New York, Seton reports to Max Lousada, WMG’s CEO of Global Recorded Music.

Eliah Seton
“Eliah champions the indie community and artistic diversity with a true fan’s passion, a musician’s sensibility, and an entrepreneur’s ingenuity,” said Lousada. “His new post reflects the wide scope of his responsibilities, and the brilliant job he’s been doing to make WMG a world–class home for artists at every stage of their careers – from raw talent starting out in their bedrooms to superstars headlining stadiums. As the creator economy booms, Eliah and his team will help us expand our value proposition for music–makers on a global scale.”

“It’s our mission to help original artists and forward–thinking label partners realize their visions,” said Seton. “Whether those artists are signed or unsigned, whether those labels are big or small, our extraordinary teams at ADA, Asylum, Level, and Arts Music are laser–focused on providing innovative solutions to amplify the voices of our artists around the world. By backing our global ambitions with local expertise, we strive to support and nurture the full spectrum of musical creativity.”

Since becoming President of ADA Worldwide in 2015, Seton and his team have more than doubled the size of the business, evolving the independent distribution network into a label services leader encompassing marketing, press, promotion, sync, analytics, playlisting and more. Under Seton’s leadership, ADA secured an exclusive global distribution pact with BMG, as well as deals for the likes of Doug Morris 12 Tone, Ciara’s Beautymarks Entertainment, Paradigm’s Big Picnic, Cherrytree, Platinum Records and Knightvision. ADA has also rolled out an operation in Nashville, where it has landed deals with country labels such as Broken Bow Records and Big Label Records. With clients including Beggars Group, Sub Pop, Domino and Epitaph, ADA represents a range of artists including Jason Aldean, Arctic Monkeys, Margo Price, Ciara, Jeff Tweedy/Wilco, Anderson.Paak, Lil Dicky, Macklemore, Flatbush Zombies and others.

Seton previously served as Sr. VP, International Strategy & Operations, Warner Recorded Music, where he helped drive WMG’s emerging markets strategy, with key investments in China and Eastern Europe. Prior, Seton established and ran the Office of the CEO for Steve Cooper, where he was part of the team that acquired Parlophone Label Group.


Over the year’s MUSEXPO has propelled numerous artists to the U.S. and/or globe stage via the focused showcase opportunities it provides. Whether its Katy Perry, LMFAO, Jessie J, Teddybears, Frank Turner, Robyn, The Temper Trap, Forest Blakk, Sheppard, Audur, Jack Savoretti, Missy Higgins, Laleh, Gavin James, Birds of Tokyo, Avalanche City, Gin Wigmore, Smith & Thell, Ida Maria or countless others who have taken the stage prior to their global success – MUSEXPO has always provided proactive industry, fans and others a chance to be the first to find the next great new music discovery, no matter what continent the artists come from.

An array of top emerging talent from around the world is once again set to arrive to California Entertainment Week for showcase sets from March 24th – 26th. The first round of unearthed global talent will showcase at the legendary S.I.R. Studios on Sunset Blvd. followed by additional nights in the “Media Capital Of The World” – Burbank, CA. Most of the talent is available for signing, licensing, booking, legal representation and/or publishing.

The first night of MUSEXPO Creative Summit’s artist showcases on Sunday, March 24th will feature Blitz Union from the Czech Republic; Germany’s Good Weather Forecast; Switzerland’s Hot Like Sushi; Sweden’s The Parity Complex; Tamzene from Scotland; Sweden’s Two Year Vacation; the U.K.’s White Eskimo; and a special SongsCon showcase featuring Germany’s René Miller.

Click HERE to get more information on the artists listed and more.


Last night’s Grammy Awards returned to Los Angeles for the event’s 61st edition. Among the night’s big winners were Childish Gambino, who took honors for Record Of The Year (marking the first Rap song to win the award), Song Of The Year, and Best Rap/Sung Performance, as well as Kacey Musgraves who garnered wins for Album Of The Year, Best Country Solo Performance, Best Country Song and Best Country Album. Cardi B made history in becoming the first solo female to take home the Grammy for Best Rap Album and, garnering the Best New Artist honors for 2019 was Dua Lipa. Lady Gaga also took home three wins including two for her duet, “Shallow,” with Bradley Cooper for the film A Star Is Born (Best Pop Duo/Group Performance & Best Song Written For Visual Media), as well as Best Pop Solo Performance for “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin'?” As always, the evening featured a number of star–studded performances including a special tribute to Dolly Parton and Motown as well as a pre–birthday celebration by Diana Ross, who turns 75 next month. A&R Worldwide congratulates all of this year’s nominees and winners, and their teams, on another incredible year of great music! For a full list of this year’s winners, click HERE.

Atlas Music Publishing has been acquired by Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings, it was revealed last week. Launched in 2013 by Richard Stumpf, Atlas is home to songs by artists such as Ed Sheeran, Drake, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, and Van Halen, as well as others. Under the acquisition, Atlas will remain based out of their New York, LA and Nashville offices.

Multi–Platinum, Grammy Award–winning act, Zac Brown Band, have signed a new global licensing agreement with BMG for the release of their forthcoming studio album. The new material comes after 2017’s studio effort, Welcome Home, as the band prepares the second leg of their successful Down The Rabbit Hole Live Tour, as well as their recently announced The Owl Tour this summer. Frontman Zac Brown founded the group in 2002, guiding its success as both the primary songwriter and producer. The band have released four studio albums, two live albums, a greatest hits collection, and an EP, having sold over a combined 30 million singles and nine million albums. The upcoming release will be marketed through BMG and BMG’s Nashville–based recordings business, BBR Music Group, through its Wheelhouse Records imprint.

In other BMG news, the company has finalized a digital licensing and administration deal for its Anglo–American repertoire with SESAC Digital Licensing for the Indian market. On behalf of BMG, SESAC Digital Licensing will negotiate license agreements with international online service providers, and directly with India’s leading online service providers. Under the new deal, BMG reaches over 1.3 billion potential Indian music fans via Mint. Launched in 2018, Mint Digital Services is a cooperation between SESAC and Swiss authors’ rights society SUISA. Mint Digital Services will administer license agreements for online services by drawing on a database which counts around 16 million documented musical works.

Ziggy Chareton has been named Sr. VP & Head of A&R for Island Records. The promotion sees Chareton remaining in the New York offices while reporting to Darcus Beese, Island’s President, and overseeing all A&R operations. Chareton had most recently been VP of A&R, a role he’d held since 2017 having began his career in 2007 under Eric Wong, Island’s current COO. Chareton played a key part in the global success of Shawn Mendes and also worked with acts James TW, Jack & Jack, and others.

In other Island Records news, the label has announced the promotion of Lauren Schneider to EVP, Strategic Media Relations. Reporting to Island’s COO, Eric Wong, Schneider’s new role will see her assuming leadership of media and publicity for the company’s artists and executives. Schneider joined Island Def Jam’s media and artists relations division in 1999, having assumed the role of VP in 2012, and Head of Press/Sr. VP in 2014. She has supported the careers of Bon Jovi, Shawn Mendes, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, The Killers, Jessie Reyez, Bishop Briggs, Dean Lewis and others.

Grammy–nominated singer/songwriter and member of Pistol Annies, Ashley Monroe, has finalized a joint worldwide publishing agreement with Low Country Sound and Warner/Chappell Music. Monroe has written No.1 hits for Jason Aldean (“The Truth”) and Miranda Lambert (“Heart Like Mine”), RIAA–certified Platinum and Gold, respectively. Additional songwriting credits for Monroe include songs recorded by Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood, Dwight Yoakam, Brendan Benson, Norah Jones, Gene Watson & Rhonda Vincent, The Oakridge Boys, Butch Walker and Guy Clark. As a performer, Monroe’s LP The Blade garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album in 2016, the same year that her duet with Blake Shelton (“Lonely Tonight”) was nominated for Best Country Duo/Performance along with Vocal Event of the Year and Musical Event of the Year at the 2015 ACM’s and CMA’s, respectively. With Pistol Annies, Monroe also saw debut album, Hell on Heels, hitting No.1 on the Billboard country chart.

Stanford University is set to build on its live entertainment calendar via partnerships with Goldenvoice and the San Francisco Symphony. The university’s performing arts organization, Stanford Live, will co–present a new concert series with Goldenvoice, and roll–out a new musical series with the San Francisco Symphony at Stanford’s Frost Amphitheater starting in July.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a worldwide deal with multiple Ivor Novello award–winning songwriter Cathy Dennis. The agreement extends Sony/ATV’s representation of her catalog that includes worldwide hits “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” (Kylie Minogue), “I Kissed A Girl” (Katy Perry) and “Toxic” (Britney Spears), while adding songs not previously published by the company. Dennis is among the most successful, influential and prolific songwriters of the past 30 years, and for a brief time was one of the U.K.’s biggest pop stars with self–penned hits such as “Just Another Dream,” “Touch Me (All Night Long)” and “Too Many Walls,” which all reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her songwriting success began with U.K. act S Club 7, co-writing “Never Had A Dream Come True,” “Reach” and “Have You Ever.” With Minogue, she also co–wrote “Come Into My World,” another U.K. Top 10 hit and a Grammy winner as Best Dance Recording. Another U.K. No.1 hit and Ivor Novello win came with “Anything Is Possible,” the debut single from Will Young, the first winner of U.K. talent show, Pop Idol. She went on to co–write the theme to American Idol which won her multiple ASCAP Awards and for which she wrote hit singles for the show’s winning contestants Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken. She also co–wrote three songs on Galantis’ album Pharmacy, including the Grammy–nominated and U.K. top five hit “Runaway (U & I).” Additional credits include songs for Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion, David Guetta, Janet Jackson, Little Mix, P!nk, Mark Ronson and the Spice Girls.

Spotify has finalized the acquisition of podcast producer, Gimlet Media, and Anchor, a firm specializing in podcast monetization. The acquisition sees Gimlet bringing to Spotify its podcast studio including dedicated IP development, production and advertising resources. Anchor offers its platform of podcast creator tools as well as a respected and fast–growing creator community. At the same time, Spotify revealed last week financial results for the fourth quarter that saw it hitting its first quarterly profit to–date. 2018’s fourth quarter saw the streamer posting operating income of €94 million and a decrease to operating expenses to €305 million. Net income reached €442 million, a significant increase from €43 in the quarter prior. The total revenue for quarter four was €1.495 billion, increasing 30% year–upon–year with full year revenue for 2018 hitting €5.259 billion, an increase of 28.6%.

SoundExchange saw payouts to artists and labels reaching $952.8 million for 2018, setting a record distribution for the organization since it’s launch. The total marks a 46.1% increase over 2017 when payouts reached $652 million. Payments had dropped in 2017 as a result of Pandora finalizing direct payment deals directly with labels. At the same time, the number of payees for 2018 rose to 34,048 from 24,795 the year prior.

WME’s Nashville office has announced promotions for Marissa Smith, Emily LaRose and Haley Teske to music agents. Having been with WME since 2016, Smith joins the music department in the newly–created role of social action agent, booking clients across all genres for various charity, political and social action events. LaRose’s agency career started at APA in 2013 and included a stop at CAA prior to joining WME in 2017. LaRose steps into her new role as a booking agent in the country music arena. Teske also steps into a country music booking agent role having already worked across national touring for several headlining artists on the WME country roster such as Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Jake Owen, Josh Turner and Vince Gill.

Apple saw the exit of one of its top retailing executives last week with the departure of Angela Ahrendts. Having been with Apple for five years, Ahrendts had oversight of Apple’s 506 retail stores as well as e–commerce operations. 30–year Apple veteran, Deirdre O’Brien, who also heads the company’s human resources department, will take over for Ahrendts as Apple’s iPhone sales experience a decline.

Live Nation Entertainment has acquired a majority stake in leading venue operator and promoter, Embrace Presents. The companies plan to combine Embrace’s background across developing emerging talent, boutique festivals and mid–size venue operations, with Live Nation’s resources to bring further live events to Canada. Embrace will continue to oversee all operations of its portfolio throughout the Toronto area, including management of multiple local festivals, as well as the booking and operation of the Danforth Music Hall and recently renovated Velvet Underground. This adds to Live Nation’s growing venue portfolio in Toronto which already counts Budweiser Stage. Founded in 2001 by Adam Gill, Embrace was initially an electronic music promoter and has since evolved to become one of Canada’s top concert promoters. Embrace now presents a diverse range of concerts and boutique festivals including Toronto’s Electric Island, and to date, has promoted shows for the likes of Leon Bridges, Skrillex, Mac Demarco, Chance The Rapper, Lorde, Chvrches, Blood Orange, Vance Joy, Nicolas Jaar, Alexisonfire, Disclosure, Kamasi Washington, Zedd, Travis Scott, LCD Soundsystem, Maggie Rodgers and others.

In other Live Nation news, the promoter has taken on a majority stake in Planet Events, a leading Spanish promoter. Partial ownership of Planet Events will be maintained by Grupo PRISA, with operations continuing for Planet Events out of PRISA Madrid–based offices. Live Nation has been present in Spain and Portugal since 2006 via its regional Live Nation Barcelona office. Live Nation and Planet Events have also collaborated in the past for tours from acts such as Luis Miguel, Juanes and Paul McCartney. Founded in 1999, Planet Events is currently led by GM, Chen Castaño. The firm has promoted tours for a diverse roster of Latin artists such as Reik, Bomba Estero and Silvestre Dangond, as well as events including Los40 Music Awards.

Additionally, Live Nation has partnered with Graystone Quarry Events for a new 7,500–capacity amphitheater to be located just outside of Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee. The venue, set for a 2020 launch, will sit on a 138–acre site at the historic Graystone Quarry at the base of a limestone rock quarry.

Tidal has rolled–out a new integration to see Venmo accepted as a method of payment for the streaming platform moving forward. Tidal becomes the first music streamer to integrate the Venmo alternative to see users’ monthly subscription fee charged to their Venmo account or linked method of payment.

United Talent Agency (UTA) has built on its position in the digital arena in acquiring Digital Brand Architects (DBA), a social influencer management firm. DBA was founded in 2010 by CEO Raina Penchansky and, since 2013, has been co–owned by The Azoff Company. DBA counts over 50 employees and represents more than 140 leading influencers. DBA will maintain operations as a separate, independent entity, including keeping its offices in New York and Los Angeles, led by Penchansky. At the same time, UTA has also acquired DBA’s interest in Digital Brand Products (DBP), focused on generating new fashion, beauty and other licensed products around DBA’s clients, as well as Dear Media, DBA’s premium audio studio and distribution platform.

Troy Carter
In other UTA news, the agency has added music industry executive and tech investor Troy Carter to its roster. UTA will work to support Carter’s project development across film, TV and theater, building on his existing projects in motion with Netflix, Universal Pictures and Apple, in addition to looking to grow his business to stage productions. Carter had most recently spent two years as Spotify’s Global Head of Creator Services, and, despite stepping down from the role, maintains an advisory role with the streamer. He initially saw success as a music manager for acts such as Lady Gaga, John Legend, Eve, Nelly, Meghan Trainor, Priyanka Chopra and others.

A&R Worldwide's Sat Bisla connects with a retail consumer brand franchisee in Las Vegas.
A&R Worldwide recently attended the annual consumer brands gathering in Las Vegas where thousands of franchisees from one of the world’s largest convenience store chains descended. Coca–Cola, PepsiCo, Greendot, Oberto, Kellogg, Taco Bell, Ernest & Julio Winery, Coors, Budweiser, Boston Brewing Co., Founders Brewing Co., Coco Vita, Chobani, Mars, Wrigley’s, Hershey, Fiji Water, Think Thin, New Belgium, General Mills, NetSpend, Colgate, Red Bull and many others were on–hand to present their latest products, as well as discuss retail marketing objectives. A&R Worldwide President & Founder Sat Bisla, along with Sr. Director Tyler Polzin, discussed music engagement with the many brands that were present.

peermusic has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing administration deal with acclaimed songwriter/artist/guitarist, Marc Ford. Ford’s career began in LA during the 80s with his group Burning Tree before joining The Black Crowes in 1991. Ford toured and recorded on three of the Crowes’ most well–known albums – The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, Amorica and Three Snakes and One Charm. In 2002, Ford released his debut solo full–length, It’s About Time, which was followed by albums Weary And Wired (2007), The Fuzz Machine (2010) and Holy Ghost (2014). He also garnered an NAACP award for his work on the Ben Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama album, There Will Be A Light. His most recent solo effort, The Vulture, features Izzy Stradlin, Gov’t Mule, The Jayhawks, Federale, Widespread Panic, Blue Floyd, Booker T. Jones, Ivan Neville and Heartbreaker, Mike Campbell. He currently serves as a lead guitarist and vocalist for The Magpie Salute, a new project led by former Black Crowes member Rich Robinson. Additionally, Ford is also one of Nashville’s highly sought–after producers.

Amuse, a reimagined record label and digital distributor, has unveiled a new service under the banner of Fast Forward to see artists receiving royalty payments up to six months in advance. Fast Forward accounts for future royalties artists will receive, based on machine learning predictions, making use of data from Amuse’s distribution platform and analyzing more than 27 billion data points. The new offering will be a feature of the Amuse app allowing for the viewing and withdrawal of future royalties at any time. Fast Forward will initially be available as a beta to a cross–section of indie artists with a global launch in the coming months.

Deezer has announced Tarek Mounir as CEO for the Middle East, N. Africa (MENA) and Turkey. Mounir comes to Deezer after a more than eight–year–stint with Turner, an international broadcast media company, where he led the firm’s growth in MENA, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. With Deezer, Mounir will look to build upon the streamer’s B2B and ad business across the region while working with Deezer’s global product, marketing and content teams. Having launched in the MENA region in 2018, Deezer will set up a Dubai–based office in 2019 as a headquarters for the region’s operations.

AEG Facilities and SMG, an Onex portfolio company, have finalized an agreement to merge to create a new, standalone global facility management and venue services company, operating as ASM Global. Onex and AEG’s subsidiary will each assume 50% ownership of the company following the transaction’s completion. ASM will be based in LA with key operations out of West Conshohocken, PA. The company will operate a diverse array of arenas, stadiums, convention centers and performing arts centers, counting over 310 venues across five continents. Following the completion of the transaction, AEG Facilities’ current President, Bob Newman, will assume the role of President & CEO of ASM, with Wes Westley, CEO & President of SMG, joining ASM’s Board of Directors. AEG will maintain ownership of its real estate holdings outside of this venture, including its entertainment districts and owned venues in LA, London, Hamburg and Berlin, as well as its development, sports, music and sponsorship divisions. Onex is contributing its entire equity investment in SMG into the merger. The transaction is expected to be finalized later this year, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

Paul Anka
Primary Wave Music Publishing has finalized a multi–million–dollar, long–term strategic partnership with legendary singer/songwriter, Paul Anka. Anka, whose songs have been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Buddy Holly, Elvis and Tom Jones, among others, will have access to Primary Wave’s marketing team, branding team, publicity department, and publishing infrastructure, including licensing and synch opportunities. Primary Wave will work with Anka to market his name and likeness and manage all daily digital marketing activities. Additionally, Primary Wave will be responsible for tour marketing, e–commerce, and other direct to fan initiatives. Lastly, Primary Wave Music Publishing has entered into an administration agreement with Anka, who has been on the Billboard charts for seven consecutive decades, including with hits such as “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” “Diana,” “Lonely Boy,” “You Are My Destiny,” Academy Award–nominated theme for “The Longest Day,” “The Tonight Show Theme” for Johnny Carson (the longest running theme in television history), and “Puppy Love.” In 2005, Anka reinvented himself with his worldwide chart–topping album, Rock Swings, and most recently contributed to Drake’s, “Don’t Matter To Me.” The award–winning artist has sold millions of records in five different languages – Spanish, French, Italian, German, and English, and continues to tour worldwide.

Primary Wave Music Publishing has also announced a partnership with Gaither Music Group, one of the leading U.S. independent publishing companies. The executive team at Gaither will lead the expansion with Paul Sizelove remaining as President, Barry Jennings as Vice Chairman, and both Bill and Gloria Gaither maintaining their creative roles. Under the terms of the deal, Primary Wave will add resources to help build the Gaither brand and develop new artists, as well as acquire strategic catalogs and assets to expand the company. Gaither Music Group will also have access Primary Wave’s marketing, branding, digital, and publicity teams, as well as publishing infrastructure including licensing and synch support. Gaither Music Group is considered to be one of the largest Christian music record labels, and is known for its Gaither Gospel Series. Under the Gaither umbrella, and included in this recent partnership, is also Green Hill Music. Bill, along with his wife, Gloria, are multi–Grammy Award winners whose recordings, count over 177 video copyrights and 133 products which have been certified Gold, Platinum or multi–Platinum.

APA’s Nashville office has promoted Brooke Ivey to agent. Having joined APA in 2015, Ivey’s new role will see her focusing on supporting the entire APA roster across corporate, special and private events, and non–traditional ticketed shows. Ivey’s career began at BMI as a Coordinator in the Writer Publisher Relations division, working with emerging talent as well as curating and organizing showcases and looking after BMI stages at Hangout Fest, Bonnaroo, SXSW, Key West Songwriters Festival and others.

Google parent company, Alphabet, revealed fourth quarter financials that fell short of Wall Street expectations, despite posting revenue of $38.9 billion, $300 million more than projected and earnings per share of $12.77 which also surpassed forecasts. Alphabet’s “other bets” division, housing initiatives such as self–driving cars, met with disappointment from investors as revenue posted was $33 million less than expected at $154 million. Revenue from Google advertising increased to $32.64 billion year–over–year from $22.24 billion. The quarter concluded with Alphabet counting $109.1 billion in cash, equivalents and marketable securities, an increase from $101.9 billion, and 98,771 employees, compared to 80,110 the year prior.

Big Deal Music Publishing has finalized a JV deal with Mad Decent Publishing, founded by artist/producer/DJ Wesley Pentz (Diplo), and his manager and business partner Kevin Kusatsu. Under the terms of the agreement, Big Deal will administer songs for Mad Decent with the two companies partnering to sign new talent. Founded by Pentz in 2006, Mad Decent started as a record label, establishing itself as a creative center for cross–cultural electronic dance music. Additionally, Mad Decent has produced massive hits, has over a million YouTube subscribers, and an important live music brand with its Mad Decent Blockparty. Most recently, Mad Decent songwriters, the Picard Brothers, contributed to the Mark Ronson global hit “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart,” featuring Miley Cyrus.

EMPIRE has revealed that Amir Abbassy has been appointed as Head of Content Development & Production, and Peter Kadin has taken on the role as VP of Marketing. Abbassy will be tasked with creating content to spotlight the firm’s artists and connect with youth music culture. Prior, he was one of the first staffers at All Def Digital leading creative direction across content and programming. Kadin comes to EMPIRE from his own San Francisco–based PR and marketing consulting firm which saw him working with acts such as Stevie Wonder and 2 Chainz. His resume also includes a stint with Def Jam. At EMPIRE, Kadin will lead marketing and PR campaigns for the artist roster.

Music and talent management, and integrated media and advisory company, Activist Artists Management, has brought on Sheema Siddiqi as Head of Digital where she will assume leadership of the firm’s digital team for the development and execution of cross platform digital strategies globally. Based in Activist’s LA office, Siddiqi reports to Co–Founding Partner, Bernie Cahill. Siddiqi’s career started at 19 Entertainment working across campaigns for David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, Andy Murray and Annie Lennox. She transitioned to RCA UK, and most recently served as Head of Digital at Modest Management.

Twitter’s fourth–quarter earnings report surpassed analysts’ projections as the social networking platform generated its fifth consecutive profitable quarter. Adjusted earnings went from $.19 per share in 2017 to $.31 per share in 2018 with analysts having anticipated $.25 per share. Overall revenue also increased 24% to $909 million while ad sales generated $791 million of the total, a 23% increase over the previous year. Total monthly users dipped slightly to 321 million having been at 330 million for the same period in the previous year and 326 million in the previous quarter.

ole has announced Al Pedecine has been appointed to the role of interim Chief Financial Officer. Pedecine will work closely with Sr. VP of Finance & Administration, Chris Giansante, ole’s finance team, and all of ole’s operating units to identify strategic and operational growth opportunities. Pedecine brings extensive music publishing and recorded music financial and operational experience to ole. His music business resume includes senior executive roles at Arista, Def Jam, EMI, Harry Fox and PolyGram, and he is a Certified Public Accountant who started his career at Price Waterhouse.

Nettwerk Music Group Publishing has signed Grammy–nominated, Juno–winning songwriter, producer and artist, Chris Sernel (aka Oh Hush!). Sernel’s career began as the frontman for the Chicago–based band Escape from Earth before he turned his focus to more pop and alternative–leaning projects which spawned a new artist called Oh, Hush!. The project saw success at radio with their single “Going Down In Style.” Sernel decided that songwriting and production was his future, and Oh, Hush!, the writer/producer, was born. Oh, Hush!’s work has generated Gold and Platinum sales and has seen him work with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Cee Lo Green and Jason Derulo. He also landed his songs in the ending credits of LEGO Batman and LEGO Ninjago, and in 2018, he scored a cut with Weezer’s single “Happy Hour.” He has also worked with brands such as Dunkin Donuts, Wal–Mart, Nutella and others.

Five Finger Death Punch has been added to the roster at Artist Group International as the band joins the agency that’s home to acts such as Metallica, Def Leppard and Rammstein. The band, who had previously been with WME, will be represented at Artist Group by longtime rock agent Peter Pappalardo and comedian Andrew Dice Clay. The band maintain management with 10th Street Entertainment and are set to play a number of summer festivals including Inkcarceration Festival in Mansfield, Ohio and Impact music festival in Bangor, Maine.

Mixcloud has tapped music industry veteran and cultural marketer, Daniel Petruzzi, as VP of Partnerships. In the role, Petruzzi will be tasked with building on engagement with Mixcloud’s U.S. creator community, while advocating for the recently–launched Mixcloud Select fan–to–creator subscription service. The Mixcloud creator community encompasses more than 1.3 million tastemakers and curators worldwide. Based in New York, Petruzzi will drive the London–born company’s U.S. expansion focus. Prior to Mixcloud, Petruzzi spent more than 17 years at Okayplayer, initially as a Developer and ending as President & Creative Director. With Okayplayer, he drove growth of the business through successful and innovative marketing programs while creating new content and revenue streams, and led every aspect of the company’s visual identity, including their e–commerce unit. Petruzzi also led online creative services for legendary hip–hop group The Roots. He has served as Digital Strategy Director at Mass Appeal, CCO at Knitting Factory Entertainment, and President of The Talkhouse. Petruzzi also founded Okay Space, a multi–use production studio, pop–up venue, and art gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where he served as Director, Curator and Producer.

After 22 years, Scott Cohen has set his retirement from Sony Music–owned distributor, The Orchard. One of the company’s Co–Founders, Cohen opened doors on The Orchard in 1997 alongside Richard Gottehrer, and in that time has seen the company expand to 30 markets including offices in London, Barcelona, Toronto, Paris and more in addition to its New York headquarters. Having been sold to Dimensional Associates in 2003, Sony acquired The Orchard in 2017 and merged the firm with RED to form one global entity under The Orchard’s banner. Among the thousands of labels distributed by The Orchard are included Thirty Tigers, Metal Blade, Som Livre, Red Bull Records, Mom + Pop, Daptone and Cleopatra.

A round of series A investment has been announced by Lickd totaling £1.7 million alongside a partnership with BMG. The deal is the first partnership for Lickd, which offers video creators access to licensed music, with a major label and publisher. Among the angel investors are Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) and the Pentland Group. The investment will fuel the Lickd’s growth and continued development of its Vouch proprietary software, allowing YouTube creators to use music avoiding copyright infringement. The BMG deal opens up access to 3 million pre–cleared songs for social video use.

Gametime, a ticketing platform that allows fans to purchase tickets last–minute for events, has rolled out a new feature under the banner of LastCall that allows for purchase of tickets up to 90 minutes after an event has commenced at prices up to 80% off face value. Gametime was launched in 2013 and the mobile–centric company offers fans last–minute ticketing for sporting events, concerts, theater events and more.

Universal Music Latino, Machete and Capitol Latin have announced the promotion of Alejandro Duque to Managing Director. Duque came to Universal Music in Colombia in 2005, where he was in charge of new media in the Andean Region. He was promoted to Latin America Digital Manager in 2007, and two years later transitioned to Director of Sales & Business Development for South Cone. 2012 saw him promoted to VP of Digital & Business Development for Latin America, a role he maintained until 2016 when he became General Manager, Universal Music Latino, Machete and Capitol Latin. Duque has been heavily involved in the success of acts such as Luis Fonsi, Juanes, J Balvin, Sebastián Yatra, Karol G and others. He has also been a key part of the digital business in the region, and as member of the team that has expanded Universal Music’s new business across Latin America. Duque’s new role will give him oversight of all projects, new signings, A&R and the marketing and digital teams while reporting to Universal Music Latin Entertainment’s President, Víctor González.

Sony Music US Latin has finalized a record deal with Puerto Rican urban artist, Darell. Managed by White Lion RecordsElias De Leon and RealG4Life’s Sinfónico, Darell was a part of 2018’s “Te Bote (Remix)” group that counted Nío García, Casper Mágico, Bad Bunny, Ozuna and Nicky Jam. Additionally, as a songwriter, Darell has credits with acts such as Daddy Yankee, Nicky Jam, Anuel AA, Ozuna and Bad Bunny, among others. Darell’s newest single, “Caliente,” his first release with Sony Music Latin, came out on Friday.

In financial’s from Viacom last week, it was revealed that the media firm saw first–quarter earnings surpass expectations with revenue not reaching expected numbers. Net earnings from continued operations reached $318 million, with the same time last year hitting $535 million; diluted earnings per share from continued operations came in at $.79 or $1.12 on an adjusted basis which marks a 9% increase in the adjusted figure, surpassing a forecast of $1.02 from analysts. Quarterly revenue reached $3.09 billion, marking a 1% increase and not meeting expectations from Wall Street. To view the full recap, click HERE.

In other Viacom news, the company’s Viacom International Media Networks division revealed MTV’s first ever D2C subscription on–demand streaming offering as MTV Play. Set to roll–out initially only in the U.K, the app will cater to MTV’s younger audiences with youth–centric content including catch–up and box set content as well as a live feed of MTV U.K.’s linear channel. MTV Play will be available via Apple’s App Store and Google Play for direct subscription with Viacom working on distributing it through telco partnerships as it moves forward.

MTV UK will bring back a second season of hip–hop series Yo! MTV Raps, hosted by Poet and Snoochie Shy. The series will encompass in–studio interviews, live performances and special features to showcase emerging talent and trends in culture. The U.K. edition is commissioned, and executive produced by Jeremy Davies for MTV with Lemonade Money producing. MTV UK will also launch a bi–weekly chat show under the banner of Yo! Rates to introduce new rap videos and speak to guest artists, along with a new monthly live bespoke artist performance set called Yo! Originals. Via MTV Base, a rap video of the week will feature under Yo! Rates and receive significant weekly playlist placement and through MTV’s socials. The franchise is also set to make its way to Germany, Southeast Asia and Africa.

(l–r) Ellen Berg, Cazzi Opeia, Jonatan Gusmark and Ludvig Evers
Swedish independent music rights company, EKKO Music Rights, are experiencing significant success with Diamond and multi–Diamond–selling tracks from songwriting and production quartet, Ellen Berg, Cazzi Opeia, Ludvig Evers (Moonshine) and Jonatan Gusmark (Moonshine). Among the hits are included “Peek A Boo,” which has sold 1.7 million singles, and “Power Up,” which has sold 1.2 million singles, by Red Velvet (SM Entertainment) as well as “Dance The Night Away” by Twice (JYP), which has sold 1.5 million singles. These singles have also garnered more than 100 million views each on YouTube.

ONErpm has hired pop/rock A&R specialist Michelle Fantus to build its roster as VP of A&R. Fantus’ role sees her responsible for scouting and signing new clients, handling artist relations and overseeing release strategies while based in ONErpm’s New York City office. Prior to ONErpm, Fantus held senior A&R roles at Concord Music Publishing, Razor & Tie Music Publishing and Sony/ATV Music Publishing. She’s worked with Platinum–selling artists such as Karmin, Hot Chelle Rae, St. Lucia, Kim Viera, Haerts, and The Lone Bellow, while helping to develop production team The Elev3n (Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony, Sean Kingston). Fantus also Co–Founded a monthly artist showcase series in New York City called No Pulp Music, where she booked and promoted live shows for acts including, early in their careers, Lana Del Rey, X Ambassadors, American Authors and Allen Stone.

U.K. music retailer HMV has been acquired by Sunrise Records, the Canadian music store chain. In 2017, Doug Putman, Sunrise Records’ President, had bought and converted HMV Canada locations. The purchase will see Sunrise buying 100 stores out of administration and solidifying 1,487 jobs. The closing of twenty seven locations will result in 455 layoffs.

Capitol Music Group (CMG) has named Emmanuelle Cuny as Sr. VP of Video Production. In the new role, Cuny will oversee the production of music videos and other visual content for CMG artists across the company’s portfolio of labels. Based in Hollywood’s Capitol Tower, Cuny is a New York native and comes to CMG from Atlantic Records, where she creatively and financially oversaw a number of important and impactful videos including Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” (feat. Charlie Puth), which sits just under 4 billion views; all of Cardi B’s 2018 videos; Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Llif3;” Young Thug’s “Wyclef Jean;” and others. In her tenure with the label, she also spearheaded projects for Janelle Monáe, Melanie Martinez, Kehlani, Lizzo, Meek Mill, Missy Elliott, T.I., Flo Rida, B.o.B, PnB Rock, Lupe Fiasco, Trey Songz, Wale and others. Prior to Atlantic, Cuny was video commissioner for the entire label roster at Roc–A–Fella Records, as well as marketing product manager for an array of artists. While there, she notably aligned Kanye West with visionary director and frequent collaborator Chris Milk for “All Falls Down (feat. Syleena),” and numerous other visual works. Additionally, Cuny worked on videos for JAY–Z and company films State Property and Paid In Full.

Festicket has received a $4.6 million investment from Edge Investments as it seeks to grow its footprint to new markets, focusing on N. America and Asia, as well as further develop the platform’s technology. Based in London, Festicket partners with festivals to offer fans travel packages that include tickets, accommodation and transfers. Festicket ended last year with a series D funding round, spearheaded by venture capital firm Beringea.

A date has been set for the release of Danny Goldberg’s, Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain. Set to make its way to shelves on April 2nd, the commemorative book from Goldberg, Nirvana’s manager from 1990–1994, will detail his time with the band at the their high point, as well as delve into the personal life of Cobain.

Billboard has revealed a round of staff updates, adding Annie Reuter as country correspondent, and promoting Melinda Newman to Executive Editor, West Coast and Nashville. In addition to contributing to Billboard for over five years, Reuter’s work has made its way to Rolling Stone, Sounds Like Nashville and Taste of Country. She served as an Associate Editor/Staff Writer with CBS Radio from 2012–2015. Reuter will be based in Nashville and report to Newman. Newman’s new role, having previously served as West Coast Editor, sees her remaining in Los Angeles while working as the West Coast connection between Billboard and the music industry as well as now overseeing country coverage.

CISAC has tapped Spanish Point Technologies, the Dublin–based software firm, to refine the ISWC (International Standard Musical Works Codes) global system. The ISWC system places unique codes with musical works for identification and linking to their creators. In the digital music space, the system allows millions of creators to receive efficient and fair payment for their works. CISAC noted that royalty collections from DSPs have increased 164% across the past five years, surpassing €1 billion in 2017. Having pioneered the ISWC code in the late ’90s, CISAC saw its system positioned as the industry standard in 2002, having now seen the assignment of tens of millions of ISWCs worldwide since then.

The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has appointed a new Membership Coordinator in Sara Al Hamad. Al Hamad joins the organization’s London–based team having previously consulted for a number of music companies in Croatia and the U.S. Her resume includes extensive background in synch and she is qualified in copyright law. Reporting to Membership Manager Jude McArdle, Al Hamad will work across a number of member focused projects including a major relaunch of the AIM website, the development of the Regional Champions initiative, plans for AIM’s 20th Anniversary activity and the trade body’s brand new three–day global conference, AIM Connected. Alongside this new appointment AIM’s current Membership Administrator Callum Johnson has assumed a newly–created role as Friends of AIM Manager, overseeing the organization’s associate member efforts.

Don Grierson
Well–known and widely–successful A&R executive, Don Grierson, passed away recently at the age of 77. At the age of 18, U.K.–born Grierson’s career began working as local radio DJ in Australia. His five decade industry career saw him spending time in A&R with RCA Records; Manager for International Promotion and West Coast Promotion Manager at Capitol Records, helping promote The Beatles’ early records and receiving a Golden Apple Award from the band in 1968 recognizing his efforts; VP/Head of A&R for EMI America and Capitol Records; and Sr. VP/Head of A&R at Epic Records, where he signed Celine Dion to her first recording deal after sister label Columbia had passed on her. Other acts Grierson worked with over his career include Michael Jackson, Kim Carnes, Sheena Easton, Kate Bush, J. Geils Band, Kenny Rogers, Heart, Joe Cocker, Melba Moore, Megadeth, W.A.S.P. and George Clinton, as well as involvement with many others. The 90’s saw Grierson founding the Drive Entertainment reissue label that delivered over 140 album reissues from the likes of Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Coleman Hawkins and Charlie Parker. Grierson had also consulted new artists, managers and indie labels, and co–authored the book, “It All Begins With Music: Developing Successful Artists and Careers for the New Music Business.” He had spent time as an instructor at the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music, and recently worked at Younk, which he co–founded, to further his vision of music creation and community involvement. Don was a good friend to A&R Worldwide Founder Sat Bisla who stated, “On behalf of everyone at A&R Worldwide, we send Don's family and friends our sincerest condolences. Don will be sorely missed; however, I know his good energy and spirit will continue to inspire generations of music fans for years to come.”

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Mark Beaven, Amanda Berman, Ed Howard, Sas Metcalfe, Brian Schall, Kaylin Frank, Matt Serletic, Daniel Glass, Sara Qazi, Keith Naftaly, David Massey, Shabs Jobanputra, James Diener and Cindy Badell-Slaughter.


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. Being a mascot is hard enough without someone asking you to walk around an ice hockey rink. We're not sure who the jackass is HERE, the person whose idea it was to put a polar bear mascot on the ice, or the polar bear for agreeing to it. All we know, is that it's funny to watch this polar bear fall repeatedly on ice - aren't they supposed to be well-equipped for this stuff?!?


The truth is, when the two members of Slide were first brought together, they didn’t really care for each other. Albin Skeppholm and Simon Werner had to work together at school and initially didn’t click–at all. But, after bonding over unhappy moments in their lives, they channeled those struggles into their music and the result is life–affirming rock music poised to change everything. The Swedish indie rock duo’s upcoming debut EP Into Happiness (If Music Could Talk/AWAL), due March 8th, encapsulates their spirit perfectly, tough around the edges but with plenty of heart. Musically, the EP channels some of their largest influences, including Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Oasis. The single “Floating” showcases their funkier side and has been compared to the likes of Beck and been playlisted on radio in Germany, Austria, France and Sweden as well as spot plays in the U.K. Listen to “Floating” HERE and contact Hampus Kivimäe at hampus@wifesthlm.com, as Slide is available for label opportunities worldwide (ex–Continental Europe), U.S. & EU booking, as well as synch opportunities.


The story of Good Weather Forecast began a decade ago when three brothers, Flo (vocals), Jonny (guitar) and Dave Stielper (drums) founded the band. Soon after, Titos Hailom (guitar) and Timo Kästner (keys) were added to make the band complete. From the moment they started, there was electric. In just a few months, the quintet won the “Rock Without Limits” newcomer award and started to tour all over Germany and Europe. To date, Good Weather Forecast has played over 500 shows in 15 countries and on three continents, including Europe, Australia and Asia. What’s fascinating is that they treat each and every show differently; every show is unique and special and a must–see event. During the last 10 years, the sound of the band has changed and developed as their latest album Superhumans showcases that maturity and growth. The title track of the same name features an acoustic guitar and handclaps, along with a synth–filled interlude that provides suspense, which leads to huge choirs and powerful drums. The new album was inspired by the never–ending summer; the sound of the ocean, surfers looking for the perfect wave and the fresh breeze from the sea. Watch the video for “Superhumans” HERE and contact Christoph Jahn at info@sound-so.de, as Good Weather Forecast are available for booking opportunities outside of Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as label options on their next album outside of German-speaking territories.


“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, February 10th, 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.

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EASY LIFE – “Nightmares” (Island Records, UK)
STICKY FINGERS – “Loose Ends” (Sureshaker, Australia)
TWILIGHT DRIVING – “Dangerous” (Unsigned, UK)
STOP MOTION POETRY – “Missile” (Unsigned, N. America)
KELSY KARTER – “Catch Me If You Can” (Unsigned, Australia)
COYLE GIRELLI – “Isabella Dances” (Unsigned, UK)
TROPHY EYES – “Lavender Bay” (Hopeless Records, Australia)
SMITH & THELL – “Forgive Me Friend (Feat. Swedish Jam Factory)” (Playground Music, Sweden)
CIRCA WAVES – “Movies” (Prolifica, UK)
NEW BEAT FUND – “When She’s Sober” (Unsigned, N. America)
HOT LIKE SUSHI – “Bitch Repellent” (Unsigned, Switzerland)
ADAM FRENCH – “Wanna Be Here” (Virgin EMI, UK)
JORDAN ALLEN – “Naked” (Unsigned, UK)
MADYX – “Girl Boy” (Unsigned, N. America)
HOCKEY DAD – “Join The Club” (Lab Records, Australia)
JONATHAN JEREMIAH – “Mountain” ([PIAS] Recordings, UK)
THE FAIM – “A Million Stars” (BMG, Australia)
INDOOR PETS – “Being Strange” (Wichita, UK)
VICTOR CRONE – “Storm” (Unsigned, Sweden)
SPRING KING – “Us Vs. Them” (Island, UK)
SHLOMI ASH – “Taking Me Over” (Unsigned, Israel)
THE DUNTS – “Ride The Wave” (Unsigned, Scotland)
BAKER GRACE – “Wrong Kind Of People” (Unsigned, N. America)
DOLLY & THE DINOSAUR – “Unofficial” (Unsigned, UK)
THOMAS AZIER – “Vertigo” (Unsigned, Holland)
KING NUN – “Family Portrait” (Dirty Hit, UK)
VISTAS – “Fade” (LAB Records, Scotland)
PICTURES – “Roll Up” (Virgin Records, Germany)
BLOXX – “Sea Blue” (Unsigned, UK)
SHEPPARD – “On My Way” (Chugg Music, Australia)
MELLOR – “Arms Length” (Unsigned, UK)
BLOW – “Shark Therapy” (Sony, France)

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