MUSEXPO CREATIVE SUMMIT PROGRAMMING TO FEATURE AN IN–DEPTH DIVE INTO WALT DISNEY’S MUSIC CREATIVE VISION AT 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.
The 2019 event’s programming is set to feature a deep–dive into the music vision of The Walt Disney Company, undoubtedly one of the most creative, successful, influential and powerful music, animation, entertainment, digital, radio and consumer retail market brands on the planet. Disney’s music team works across all of its diverse verticals that reach billions of consumers worldwide. The Walt Disney Company has a broad portfolio, which includes Disney Music Group, ABC, Disney Channel, Freeform, ESPN, Radio Disney, Disneyworld, Disneyland, DisneyStore, Lucasfilm, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature, Disney Theatrical Group and much more! This groundbreaking and unique panel brings together the music creators, developers, music supervisors and marketers who are part of one of the world’s most creative and influential music gatekeepers on the planet!
Among the innovative executives set to join the session from across a number of different Disney’s companies and verticals are: Kaylin Frank – VP, Creative Music and Soundtracks, Walt Disney Pictures; Mike Daly – Executive Director, A&R and Music Publishing, Hollywood Records, Buena Vista Records, Disney Music Publishing; Phil Guerini – VP, Music Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide and General Manager, Radio Disney Network; and Scott Igoe – VP, Alternative Series & Specials, ABC Television. The forum will led by widely–respected music and tech mind, Ralph Simon – Founder & CEO, Mobilium Global.
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 email@example.com.
SPIRIT MUSIC GROUP FINALIZES PUBLISHING DEAL
WITH GREGG WATTENBERG
Spirit Music Group has signed multi–platinum songwriter and producer Gregg Wattenberg to a global publishing deal. Under the deal, Spirit will acquire global rights to Wattenberg’s complete songwriting catalog, finalize a co–publishing agreement for all future works, and form a partnership with Wattenberg for a joint venture which will allow Wattenberg to leverage Spirit’s resources to discover, sign and develop songwriting talent. The announcement follows a $350 million recapitalization of Spirit Music Group led by Jon Singer and business partner Ross Cameron in January.
“I have known Gregg for twenty years, dating back to our days at Island Records – we always knew that we would be working together again one day,” said Jon Singer, Chairman, Spirit Music Group. “The timing is right and the team at Spirit is honored to represent and partner with such an accomplished songwriter and producer. This is a multi–faceted deal that not only allows Spirit to represent Gregg as a songwriter, but a partnership to identify and nurture new talent together. This is an exciting time for Spirit Music Group – we’re just getting started.”
Wattenberg added, “I’ve been a long–time fan of both Spirit and of Jon Singer. Jon was a good friend back when we worked together at Island Records and has become an even closer friend and supporter over the years. I am thrilled to partner with Spirit Music Group as they understand how important it is to invest in and develop the next generation of songwriters. They fully support me in doing that and I’m couldn’t ask for a better home for my catalog.”
Wattenberg’s JV with Spirit will allow him to bring new artists, producers, and writers to the company via his Arcade joint venture. Arcade offers a full service writers collective that provides the best new music to studio and media projects while helping to nurture new writers.
Wattenberg’s credits include co–writing and/or production of eight Billboard No.1 hits: “Easy Tonight,” “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” and “100 Years” by Five For Fighting; “It’s Not Over” by Daughtry; “Shattered (Turn the Car Around)” by O.A.R.; “Hey, Soul Sister” and “If It’s Love” by Train; and “Gone, Gone, Gone” by Phillip Phillips. Wattenberg has also co–written and produced numerous other singles that reached the Top 10 on a number of Billboard charts such as “Chances” (Five For Fighting), “Let Love In” (Goo Goo Dolls), “Living in a Dream” (Finger Eleven), “Raging Fire” (Phillip Phillips), and “Fire Escape” (Andrew McMahon).
Among Wattenberg’s many awards and recognitions are a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Song (“It’s Not Over” by Daughtry), ASCAP Song of the Year (“Hey, Soul Sister” by Train), and multiple ASCAP Pop Awards (“It’s Not Over” by Daughtry, “If It’s Love” by Train, “Shattered (Turn the Car Around)” by O.A.R.), as well as others.
MIDEM 2019 – “CONNECTED BY MUSIC”
Midem 2019 is gearing up to once again bring together, connect, serve and support the global music community to exchange, create, play, forge relationships and shape the future of music. The 4–day program, taking place June 4th–7th in Cannes, France, will feature conferences, competitions, networking events and live performances, as it welcomes music creators, technology companies, brands and talent, to come together to connect and form new business connections.
The 2019 event says it has already confirmed attendance of 4800 participants from 80 countries and 1,915 companies. It will also welcome 330 speakers to participate across 60 meeting sessions and 95 conferences. Among the many executives joining are Troy Carter, CEO & Founder of Atom Factory, who will present a keynote session as part of the programming. Carter is well known for his work with the likes of Lady Gaga, Prince, Spotify and others.
A&R Worldwide will also make its way back to the French Riviera in June as it once again collaborates with the Midem team to bring its widely successful Global Sync & Brands Summit to Cannes. The summit has been delivered around the world and has resulted in a plethora of global synch opportunities for its attendees. The Midem version is an invite only event with more information available HERE.
Additionally, Universal Music Publishing Group and Midem have joined forces to seek out and support new talent in Cannes this June. Click HERE for more details on opportunities for your artists at the 2019 event.
For more information on Midem 2019 including registration, schedule and speaker listings, click HERE.
GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed the catalogues of British music greats Billy Ocean and Slade. Additionally, the company’s London–based Catalogue team has also secured new agreements with Billy Bragg, Neil Hannon/Divine Comedy, The Real Thing, Embrace, Doves, Swing Out Sister, Inner Circle, Matt Bianco/Basia and The Bluetones, as well as extending a deal with Scorpio Music, a catalogue that includes the classic “YMCA” by the Village People among others. Collectively, these artists have garnered over 100 Top 40 hit singles in the U.K. across five decades, as well as recording multiple chart–topping albums and experiencing significant international success. Reporting to U.K. Managing Director and President, Worldwide Creative Guy Moot, Fran Malyan leads Sony/ATV’s London–based Catalogue team as Sr. VP A&R/Catalogue. The division is drawn from different departments across the U.K. company and is responsible for overseeing new deals and extensions with legacy songwriters and artists in the territory. Andrew Spence, Sr. Business & Commercial Affairs Manager, also works closely with the team procuring and negotiating catalogue deals. The new deals announced by the Catalogue team cover songwriters newly signed to Sony/ATV, as well as renewals or expansions of agreements with talent already on the roster.
Following last week’s news of its dispute with Warner Music Group over copyright terms, Spotify has officially rolled out to the Indian market. The announcement sees the streamer entering the world’s second most populated country at over 1.3 billion people who also make–up the fast–growing market for mobile apps. Spotify becomes available to Indian users via a free app or a premium subscription at 119 rupees ($1.70 USD) per month. The Spotify experience for Indian users includes a number of unique features such as multi–language recommendations, all songs available on–demand through the free tier, and playlists made specifically for India. Additionally, Spotify has rolled out a playlist series around Bollywood, as well as algorithmically curated playlists for trending music in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.
In other Spotify news, as the streamer looks to build its podcast offering, it has tapped veteran TV executive Liz Gateley as Head of Creative Development where she will be tasked with guiding the development of Spotify’s original podcasting strategy. The former Lifetime programming executive will assume oversight of Spotify’s original content development teams in New York and LA as they move forward on projects across comedy, sports, YA Fiction, scripted, new/documentary, and music genres. The appointment follows Spotify’s acquisition of Gimlet Media and Anchor early last month as it seeks to make a strong entry into the non–music audio programming arena. Gateley had departed her role at Lifetime in February after three years leading the network’s moves into scripted programming. Prior to Lifetime, Gateley also spent time at MTV as Head of Development. In heading to Spotify, Gateley rejoins former colleagues Dawn Ostroff and Courtney Holt whom she worked with during her tenures at Lifetime and MTV respectively.
peermusic has announced the promotion of Michael Knox to Sr. VP, peermusic Nashville. Knox had previously been serving as VP of peermusic Nashville and in the new role will maintain oversight of all aspects of the company’s Nashville operation. In addition to his work with peermusic, Knox is an award–winning producer who has produced 23 No.1 songs and is well–known for his work with Jason Aldean. Under his leadership, peermusic’s Nashville office has become one of country music’s leading indie publishers. peermusic currently has the No.1 most added song at radio with Aldean’s “Rearview Town” (produced by Knox and co–written by Neil Thrasher). The company’s writers also counted four songs on the Billboard charts last week, including two songs in the Top 10. Knox’s work itself has generated sales of over 45 million singles and 20 million albums during his career. Alongside his work with Aldean, his production credits include those with Thomas Rhett, Kelly Clarkson, Ludacris, Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Michael Tyler, and for the hit TV series Nashville, as well as with his father Buddy Knox, among others. Prior to joining peermusic, Knox opened Nashville’s first song plugging company, HIT PLUGGERS, and was involved with over 150 million records as Warner Chappell’s VP, responsible for writer and artist development, from 1992 to 2002. Knox is on the ACM Board of Directors and has previously served on the CMA Board of Directors.
IFPI has revealed Drake as the world’s best–selling recording artist for 2018, marking the only artist to achieve the title multiple times. IFPI’s Global Recording Artist of the Year chart considers sales of albums (digital, CD, vinyl); singles (download and physical); and streams for the calendar year. The top 10 for 2018 also includes respectively: BTS, Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, Eminem, Queen, Imagine Dragons, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars.
Leading Australia/New Zealand indie ticketing platform, Moshtix, has been acquired by Ticketmaster. Under the acquisition, Ticketmaster will keep on board Moshtix’s team of 34, led by Managing Director, Harley Evans, as the Sydney–based operations remain a standalone division. Launched in 2003 by Hamish Petrie, Moshtix has developed a reputation as a leader in the live space through its work with smaller venues and festivals. The company was purchased in 2007 by News Corp with Evans and his business partner, Vanessa Bond, finalizing a management buyout in 2013 for Moshtix and Foxtix, its sister firm. Among its current clients are included the Groovin’ The Moo festival, Oxford Art Factory (Sydney) and the Australian Turf Club.
According to the RIAA, U.S. recorded music revenues increased by 12% in 2018, reaching $9.8 billion at estimated retail value. Wholesale value revenues also increased to $6.6 billion, a spike of 12%. For the third consecutive year, revenue from subscription services led the growth with subscriptions reaching 50.2 million having been at 35.3 million the year prior. Download album sales decreased by 25% to $500 million with tracks dipping 28% to $490 million. The physical market also fell with revenues from shipments dipping 23% from 2017 to $1.15 billion. 2018 also saw the first period where CD revenues were less than $1 billion as the estimated retail value dipped to $698 million, a decrease of 34%.
Qrates has rolled out Qrates Storage and Shipping, a new service that stores, organizes, and tracks inventory for an artist’s vinyl records while simplifying fulfillment for sales from any website. Users can now choose to store any records pressed with Qrates in the company’s warehouse facilities in the U.K. (London) or U.S. (Michigan). Artists can sell these records via Bandcamp or any other third–party website, then tell Qrates where to send orders from their inventory. Artists can also use the service to establish an on–going retail storefront on Qrates, or extend their successful crowdfunding or pre–order campaigns. In addition to its new storage options, Qrates continues to provide artists a secure and simple way to get their music on vinyl through crowdfunding, pre–order, or on–demand manufacturing tools. When a project successfully reaches its goal, each record is shipped directly to the person who ordered it, with artists also able to self–purchase a portion of the total to sell at live shows or make use of retail distribution via Qrates Store Delivery, a global network of more than 90 stores that can purchase records wholesale from the artist’s project page. Qrates also recently announced its first partnership with a major–label imprint, joining with Warner Music Group’s Run Out Groove.
A spin–off of the popular Got Talent format will see a 13–part series created for the Chinese market via a co–development partnership between Fremantle, Syco Entertainment and Hunan TV. The new offering will bring more than 30 of the Got Talent franchises fan–favorites together from around the world for a face–off competition in Hunan. Known locally as Dian Feng Zhi Lu – World’s Got Talent, the series is set to launch in April on Hunan TV with the winner receiving the title of “China’s World Champion of Got Talent,” as well as a grand prize. According to Syco and Fremantle, who co–own the Got Talent franchise created by Simon Cowell, the format counts 71 local versions and is watched by an estimated 900 million people globally.
iHeartMedia has acquired Athens, Greece–based online audio technology company Radiojar. Radiojar is a centralized, cloud–based audio playout platform, and the acquisition allows for the leverage of Radiojar’s tools to bring together the elements of broadcast radio and deliver them to other audio platforms such as music streaming and podcasts. The company was purchased by iHeartMedia, Inc. subsidiary RCS. Radiojar’s cloud–based assets and engineering will allow iHeart, and other RCS clients, to easily combine or parse individual audio elements such as DJ voice tracks, music and broadcast spots, to create, manage, distribute and monetize streams, podcasts and other audio content in real–time from anywhere. Under the acquisition, Radiojar will also continue to provide tools to independent podcasters, radio stations and individuals to instantly create their own radio stations and broadcast from anywhere globally.
ole has announced that Gilles Godard has been appointed to the role of Sr. VP, Publishing, reporting to CEO, Helen Murphy. Godard will work closely with Murphy on the development and execution of ole’s new growth strategy for publishing worldwide, while working with key songwriters and catalogs. Having been with ole since 2006, Godard previously served as VP, Corporate Affairs and Development. He will also work closely with Tim Hunze, Sr. Director, Creative Nashville, who will take on expanded responsibilities including the day–to–day operations of ole’s Nashville Creative team and label activities. Hunze was previously Co–Founder and Managing Partner of Parallel Music Publishing, acquired by ole earlier this year. Reporting to Hunze in his new role are Lauren Lieu, Sr. Creative Coordinator, and Alexandra Tamashunas, Creative/Label Services Coordinator. John Ozier, current VP of Creative will be parting ways with the company March to pursue other opportunities.
The U.S. Court of Appeals has approved one of largest media mergers ever in clearing AT&T’s takeover of Time Warner last week. The decision saw the federal court dismissing a claim from the Trump administration that the deal, valued at $81 billion, would be detrimental to consumers and competition within the TV industry. The deal had been finalized last spring with AT&T bringing Time Warner under its banner and with it, CNN, HBO, the Warner Bros. movie studio, Game Of Thrones, sports programming and a number of additional shows.
CD Baby has announced a set of new staffers as it furthers its efforts in “becoming a global leader and serving independent artists around the world.” The new appointments represent CD Baby’s mandate to grow their footprint into markets such as Latin America, the U.K. and Europe, Canada and East Asia/Pacific. Among the new additions are Henriette Heimdal, a former WIN exec, who joins the London office as Market Development Coordinator; Darryl Hurs (Indie Week Canada Founder) as a new Toronto–based Canadian representative; Johanna Rivera who joins CD Baby’s Colombia office; and Keith Tan who assumes oversight of CD Baby’s first Asian office. At the same time, CD Baby is rolling out Artist Support Centers globally, initially in the U.K., to offer local language support to artists in specific regions.
Following a successful launch in 2018, Gaana Music Festival is returning to Mountain View, CA for its second edition on June 9th, in addition to expanding the event to Holmdel, New Jersey on June 8th. The Gaana Music Festival, delivered by India’s largest media conglomerate, The Times Group, will feature a diverse set of contemporary Indian artists alongside stand–up comedians. Among the confirmed acts for 2019 are Indian music veterans Hariharan and Alka Yagnik who collectively have 81 years of singing experience between them. Additional performance include those by Vishal & Shekhar, one of the most popular music director and live performance duos of the past decade, as well as those by Sunidhi Chauhan, Divine, Jassie Gill + Babbal Rai. Among the comedians confirmed are Rohan Joshi, Kanan Gill and Anshu Mor. For more information on the festival, visit www.gaanamusicfestival.com.
UNFD have added Adelaide, Australia’s Sleep Talk to their roster as the band prepares the release of their debut album, Everything In Colour, in May. Sleep Talk just last week unveiled the video for the title track. Heavy bands from Adelaide rarely make their way to a national stage, but Sleep Talk are changing that with their unique style of post–hardcore music. Having released their Growing Pains EP in 2016, Sleep Talk have continued to build an audience, touring with the likes of Turnstile, Citizen and Turnover. They are set to announce a headline tour of Australia, with a hometown show planned alongside labelmates Hellions and Yours Truly at The Gov in Adelaide on May 3rd.
Position Music’s President & CEO, Tyler Bacon, has announced the signing of hip–hop recording artist and acclaimed producer, Andy Mineo, to a publishing agreement. Under the deal, Position Music will maximize the visibility and reach of Mineo’s award–winning music and videos. Mineo is a gold–selling hip–hop recording artist whose sophomore full–length, Uncomfortable, was the No.1 Independent record in the U.S. and produced No.3 and No.10 hits on the Billboard Hip–Hop and Top 200 album charts, respectively. In the fall of 2018, Mineo released the first two chapters of his widely–anticipated four–part EP series, I: The Arrow and II: The Sword, featuring songs such as “I Ain’t Done” (10 million Spotify streams) and “Friends” (2 million Spotify streams). Mineo’s socials count 530,000 Instagram followers, 253,000 Twitter followers, and 116,000 YouTube subscribers. Mineo’s web–series, “Saturday Morning Car–Tunez,” has garnered more than one million views alone and serves as an inside–look into Mineo’s creative processes and approach to the music business.
A new study from Adobe Analytics has revealed that 35% of consumers now have smart speakers, with 75% of them making use of the speakers on a daily basis. The numbers mark an increase over figures from August 2018 which had ownership at 32% and regular usage at 71%. The report, which covered over 1,000 U.S. consumers 18 years or older, saw male ownership at 43% and female at 29% with the leading age demographic between 35–54 (47%). 40% of owners were in the 18–34 bracket; 37% in the 55–64; and 25% over 65. Additionally, the report found a slight increase in the use of voice assistant to 77% from 76% as well as in people using their smart speakers for music (up to 74% from 70%). Playing music also marked the most popular use for smart speakers.
Breakthrough artist Billie Eilish revealed last week a partnership with Goldenvoice to open up a select block of weekend passes to the sold–out Coachella 2019 event. The weekend pass bundles included entry to the festival as well as a bandana and fanny pack courtesy of Eilish’s BLOHSH merchandise brand. Eilish is currently preparing the release of her debut full–length, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, for March 29th.
BMG Production Music (BMGPM) has announced the promotions of U.K. executives Alex Marchant, Ciaran McNeaney and Sam Delves to global roles. Following BMGPM’s acquisition of the U.K.–based production music company, Deep East Music (DEM), it is promoting DEM Owners and Co–Founders Marchant and McNeaney to new key international roles as Director of Global Marketing and Director of Global Production, respectively. The executives will report to John Clifford, Sr. VP Global – Sales, Marketing & Repertoire. The new roles see the duo maintaining responsibility for the day–to–day operations of DEM. Marchant’s new role will see him establish a London–based department that will further develop the BMGPM strategy in this area, as well as support the local marketing initiatives of all BMGPM territories. Also based in London, McNeaney will manage BMGPM’s new music production in all territories including the U.K., U.S., France, Germany, The Netherlands and Australia. Working closely with McNeaney, the respective music production teams in each territory will continue to manage day–to–day production of the company’s new music. Delves’ promotion sees him assuming the role of Manager – Global Marketing, reporting to Marchant.
Fender is rolling–out a new global artist marketing initiative under the banner of Fender Next. The program will present artists with global performance opportunities as well as Fender product, features across Fender’s editorial and social content, and inclusion on Fender Next playlist across DSPs such as Spotify. Among the 50 Fender Next artists set to be spotlighted for 2019 are Ashley McBryde, Boy Pablo, Cautious Clay, FIDLAR, FKJ, HYUKOH, Japanese Breakfast, King Gnu, King Princess, Larkin Poe, Melanie Faye, Phoebe Bridgers, Sam Fender, Tash Sultana, Wallows, and others. The program will launch at this year’s SXSW with additional activations planned at this year’s Great Escape festival, as well as festivals in Japan and Australia for 2020. Additionally, Fender has partnered with Lucky Brand who, as a Fender Next event sponsor, will generate customized merch for Fender Next artists at SXSW.
EON Media Group has revealed that its weekly flagship radio program, Asia Pop 40, has a new host as of this past weekend. Taiwanese/Canadian radio personality, Joey Chou, is the new voice of Asia Pop 40, replacing Dom Lau who had hosted the show since it launched in mid–2013. Chou is also the host of The Midday Show airing each weekday from on Taiwan’s only all–English broadcaster, ICRT FM100. Asia Pop 40 is Asia’s first locally–produced and regionally–syndicated weekly radio music show which airs in two languages (English and Mandarin) in more than 100 cities across Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East. Chou’s first episode hosting the show was in January, as a guest host on the annual Asia Pop 140 countdown of the prior year’s biggest 140 songs. The Asia Pop 40 chart is compiled using Asian chart data provided exclusively by Apple Music which can be seen at www.asiapop40.com.
Pandora has unveiled a new feature as Pandora Stories, which seeks to bring together podcasts and music playlists. Pandora Stories will offer artists and creators of all kinds (musicians, actors, filmmakers, athletes, celebs, authors) a new way to connect with fans via their own words, using the power of music. Among the first collection of Pandora Stories are included those featuring John Legend, Daddy Yankee, Lauren Alaina, Perry Farrell, music supervisor Randall Poster, Amy Winehouse collaborator and Dap–Kings guitarist Tommy Brenneck, and a Pandora–hosted story exploring “Love Songs That Really Aren’t Love Songs,” as well as forthcoming stories from 2 Chainz, Rob Thomas and others. The new feature rolled out last week to Pandora Premium subscribers who can listen to Pandora Stories ad–free, and Pandora ad–supported and Plus listeners who can access the feature via Premium Access after watching a 30–second ad.
Following its recent Pandora acquisition, SiriusXM is rolling out over 100 curated music channels to the streaming service, the biggest set to be released to–date. The new commercial–free offerings, under the banner of Xtra Channels, become exclusively available to subscribers of SiriusXM All Access and SiriusXM Premier Streaming, as well as all trial SiriusXM users, via the platform’s app, web player and select connected devices. Over the course of this month, subscribers can also preview a selection of the new channels on SiriusXM Spotlight through SiriusXM car radios. New channels include a skip–ahead option, along with a new Discovery offering, counting channels curated by the programmers for SiriusXM Hits 1, The Highway, Alt Nation and The Heat. In adding the Xtra Channels, the broadcaster’s app tops 300 channels.
AEG Presents has tapped Nick Spampanato for the role of Sr. VP, Venue Operations as he transitions from his most recent role with Inglewood, CA’s Forum arena as Sr. VP & GM. With more than 25 years of experience in venue management, Spampanato will oversee all AEG Presents venues along with their General Managers. Additionally, he will transition new venue acquisitions and support initiatives across new venue opportunities and development. Spampanato will report to Shawn Trell, COO, AEG Presents. Before his role at The Forum, Spampanato was in New York City at the iconic Beacon Theatre as GM. His resume also includes GM stops at the Hollywood Palladium and The Wiltern in addition to 14 years at the Gibson Amphitheatre (formerly Universal Amphitheatre) managing backstage operations.
MelodyVR continues to add partners to its VR platform, announcing a new collaboration with Ghetts and Caroline International for two events centered on the grime act’s recent full–length release, Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament. The app features a VR recording of Ghetts’ sold–out Jazz Café show in London, as well as a private tour, personally led by Ghetts, giving viewers a look at the exclusive Ghettsibition art exhibition featuring artwork from Ghetto Gospel. An additional performance from Gorgon City at Boardmasters Festival is also set for release.
A settlement has been reached between German music service Juke and 7digital to see the latter paying €4 million ($4.5 million) to end a partnership that had commenced in 2017. The partnership had been a result of 7digital’s acquisition of 24–7 from MediaMarktSaturn (MMS), Juke’s parent company, which resulted in 7digital assuming oversight of Juke’s day–to–day operations. The agreement sees 7digital released of all contracts and commitments connected to Juke as well as Juke agreeing to write off all interest payments and £250,000 ($330,000) of the principal amount of the convertible loan note. With the agreement's proceeds, 7digital will cover the balance of the convertible loan note or £500,000 ($660,000). Also under the deal, MMS will commence an “orderly sale” of its 7digital holdings, around 11.5% of the company’s issued share capital. MMS had become 7digital’s largest shareholder at the conclusion of 24–7’s sale.
Warner Music Group’s Asylum Records has finalized a new partnership agreement with DNR Music Group, the company of DJ Spinking and his brother Star. Spinking generated attention in 2018 when he connected with 6ix9ine for single “Tati.” The deal moved quickly due to a past relationship between Spinking and Gabrielle Peluso, Asylum’s GM.
Grammy–nominated mixer/engineer, Matty Green, has signed to the roster of GPS Management. Green’s credits include work with artists such as Dua Lipa, The Neighbourhood, U2, Grouplove, Yeasayer, Weezer and Ed Sheeran, among others. He’s based in Los Angeles and works exclusively out of his own mix room, Studio 55. Green’s career began as an assistant engineer before linking up with Mark “Spike” Stent, becoming his mix assistant and engineer for several years. During his apprenticeship, Green met producer/songwriter Dave Sitek (The Carters, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio), which led to Green becoming his go–to mixer. He went on to win two Latin Grammy Awards for engineering Cafe Tacuba’s Jei Beibi, and engineering and co–mixing Juanes’ Loco De Amor. In 2017, he was nominated for a Juno Award for Recording Engineer of the Year. Recent projects for Green include mixing select songs from albums such as Dermot Kennedy’s Lost (Riggins); Walking On Cars’ forthcoming album, Colours (Virgin EMI); Alessia Cara’s The Pains of Growing (Def Jam); and Weezer’s single, “Can’t Knock the Hustle” (Crush/Atlantic).
Garrett Levin has been named as the new CEO of the Digital Media Association (DiMA) trade group. Levin joins DiMA, which played a key role in moving forward the Music Modernization Act, having spent the past 26 months with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) radio trade organization as Sr. VP/Deputy General Counsel. Levin steps into the role replacing Chris Harrison who parted ways in December.
Following the recent reports of PledgeMusic’s inability to pay its artists, music–finance company, Sound Royalties, has announced it will support artists impacted by Pledge’s financial issues through a $3 million commitment towards advances to the funding of creative projects. Sound Royalties advances will be offered with an interest rate of 4% in place for one year. PledgeMusic revealed in late January that it expected to have all payments, with totals reportedly between $50 and $100,000, made concurrent within 90 days.
Live Nation has reported an increase in revenue for the eighth straight year, reaching $10.8 billion, a jump of 11% over 2017. Increases also came to concert attendance (8% to 93 million), operating income and adjusted operating income, as well as sponsorship and ad revenue (13%). The company’s Ticketmaster division maintained an industry leading position for 2018, seeing an increase of 14% to fee–bearing gross transaction value (GTV) as well as double–digit grown to ticket sales and confirmed concert events for 2019.
In other Live Nation news, the firm has upped Stephanie Van Spronsen to a full–time promoter. The rock and metal specialist became Download Festival’s first female staffer in the booking department and joined Live Nation UK in 2017 as associate promoter. She’s worked across tours for J. Cole, Zara Larsson, Architects, Parkway Drive and Pvris, and assisted in the roll–out of the live WWE NXT UK wrestling shows in 2018. Her career began at Visible Noise, working with the likes of Bring Me The Horizon and Bullet For My Valentine, before she transitioned to The Noise Cartel. With the PR team, she looked after festivals such as Sonisphere, Bloodstock and Hellfest and worked with acts such as Alice Cooper, Asking Alexandria, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and Papa Roach. She transitioned to a tour coordinator role with non–profit Music Saves Lives on the Vans Warped Tour in 2016.
Additionally, Live Nation has added Ali Harnell to its team in the newly–created role of President & Chief Strategy Officer for Women Nation where she’ll take on responsibility for leading women’s initiatives for the promoter. Harnell’s new role comes just under a year after she was promoted to the Global Touring team at AEG. In addition to her 14–year–tenure with AEG/The Messina Group, Harnell also previously held posts at Pace Concerts, WME and Delsener/Slater Enterprises. She reports to Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino and Bob Roux, President of U.S Concerts, while based out of Nashville and Los Angeles.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has revealed the election of its new board of directors, counting nine new members, who will serve a four year term until 2022. The news comes on the heels of Mitch Glazier’s appointment as Chairman & CEO, as well as Michele Ballantyne’s to COO. The new board brings the number of members from 20 to 25 and sees the gender breakdown transitioning from its previous split of 16 men and four women to now 14 men and 11 women, as well as adding its first–ever Latin label member and increasing indie label representation. Click HERE to see the full RIAA Board membership.
Warner/Chappell has signed a global publishing deal with 23–year–old artist Winnie Raeder. Raeder is currently at work on her debut EP, set for release later this year. According to Warner/Chappell, Raeder’s upbringing in the small, Denmark town of Aabenraa has resulted in a songwriting style that incorporates blues, soul and gospel. On the live front, Raeder has supported the likes of Alex Vargas, Nikhil and Banfi and has recorded a set for Mahogany Sessions.
The Recording Academy has announced the departure of CMO Evan Greene. Greene had been serving in his role with the organization for 15 years and is parting ways as he joins the launch of a new boutique marketing firm as a partner. Since assuming the CMO role in 2003, Greene was responsible for setting up the organization’s first marketing department, as well as rolling out the first brand campaign for the Recording Academy in over six decades. His work also led to a more than 800% average boost in revenue each year driving by brand partnerships.
Japan Music Culture Export has revealed the dates for the 16th Tokyo International Music Market (TIMM) to take place October 28th – 30th, 2019. The event returns to Tokyo’s pop culture center and burgeoning tech area, Shibuya, as it seeks to collaborate with the film and anime industries, as well as the Shibuya district, to bring together the international creative community around music. An annual trade event, TIMM brings welcomes over a thousand buyers and media from around the world. The event is organized by Japan Music Culture Export, formerly known as the Foundation for Promotion of Music Industry and Culture (PROMIC), and is supported by the Ministry of Trade, Economy (METI). Additional details on the event will be released soon.
The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency, Ltd. (CMRRA) has announced a new service offering the ability to search for unmatched uses of repertoire. The new Unclaimed Works Portal, powered by CMRRA Direct, provides easy access to data from digital services spanning billions of uses and is available to all music publishers and self–published songwriters. Digital services have always provided 100% of their download and streaming usage logs to CMRRA for Canada, and the Unclaimed Works Portal provides new visibility into that data. The portal features include sound recording data from multiple services aggregated by the ISRC, and a searchable database through a number of data points allowing publishers to match individual tracks to musical works, and also submit missing copyright ownership claims on those works. Upon validating the claim, CMRRA will use the data to invoice services retroactively and generate royalty payments across all digital services licensed by CMRRA. CMRRA will also incorporate the new matches in its database for future royalty payments when the tracks are used. Search returns will also include works in cue at CMRRA for validation of shares submitted by publishers. The Unclaimed Works Portal is live and accessible via CMRRA Direct for desktop and mobile use.
Blue Raincoat Songs (BRS), the publishing division of Blue Raincoat Music, has announced three new global signings to its roster with Brooklyn quintet Bodega, writer/producer/arranger/performer Ben De Vries, and Self Esteem (AKA Rebecca Taylor), the former singer of Slow Club.
Delia Orjuela, VP of Latin Music for BMI, has been appointed as President of the Latin Songwriters Hall Of Fame (LSHOF) as the organization continues its growth since launching in 2013. Alongside Orjuela’s appointment, original founders Rudy Pérez (former President) and Desmond Child (former Chairman & CEO) transition to the roles of Chairman & CEO and Chairman Emeritus, respectively. Child will also maintain his role in co–executive producing the organization’s annual La Musa Awards. Maintaining their roles within the LSHOF are Betsy Pérez (Executive Director) as well as Alexandra Lioutikoff and Jorge Mejía, both Sr. VPs.
The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) has appointed Charlie Phillips to lead the network’s operations, stepping up from his previous role as Director of Legal and Business Affairs. Now as COO, Phillips will focus on furthering WIN’s commitment to advancing, assisting and educating its network of international trade bodies, while also overseeing day–to–day operations. He will also maintain leadership of the sector’s work on international performance rights, representing independent rights holders in various international industry forums and initiatives. He will report directly to WIN’s newly–elected Chair, Justin West (Secret City Records), with supervision from WIN’s board of directors. Phillips has been with WIN since 2011, playing a key role in establishing its status and global membership. Prior to WIN, he was Head of Legal and Commercial Affairs at AIM. Since qualifying as a solicitor, Phillips’ legal career has included experience across the digital music and creative industries, including as legal advisor for IFPI. He also represents WIN members within DDEX and ISO.
Highly–regarded Christian Music executives Brad O’Donnell and Hudson Plachy have been promoted to Co–Presidents of Capitol Christian Music Group (CCMG), it was announced last week by Chairman & CEO, Peter York, to whom both report. The new roles will see O’Donnell and Plachy overseeing all day–to–day operations of CCMG’s creative and financial matters, while maintaining management of the company’s market–leading Label Group and Capitol Christian Publishing division. Both O’Donnell and Plachy are based in the company’s Nashville headquarters. An 18–year veteran of CCMG, O’Donnell previously served as CCO, having been promoted to that position in 2017. He is responsible for all A&R and creative–related strategic objectives, as well as overseeing A&R administration and the creative staff for the company’s recorded music and music publishing businesses. O’Donnell also adds full oversight of CCMG’s publishing division. He will also work directly with CCMG’s VP of Business Affairs, Joe Brazil, in structuring deals and maintaining productive business relationships with CCMG’s artists, writers and partners. Plachy, a 17–year veteran of CCMG, was promoted to CMO in 2017 and maintains oversight of marketing, streaming, promotions and commercial partnerships for the company while adding responsibilities for CCMG’s Finance Department to his portfolio. Plachy will also continue to drive the company’s business development projects, as well as its international expansion.
Talk Talk frontman, Mark Hollis, passed away last week at the age of 64. According to Keith Aspden, his longtime manager, Hollis had recently battled a short illness and did not recover. Born in London, Hollis formed the band The Reaction in the late 70s. After only one single, The Reaction broke up and Hollis put his attention towards new project, Talk Talk. “Talk Talk” was also the band’s lead single from debut full–length The Party’s Over and marked the band’s breakthrough, with their biggest commercial success to follow with It’s My Life, their second album, and its title track, which became one of the new wave genre’s most well–known songs. The band parted ways after releasing two more albums, Spirit of Eden (1988) and Laughing Stock (1991). Hollis released a single solo set as a self–titled effort in 1998 which was well–received and marked the end of his career in music.
Frontman Keith Flint, a founding member of the iconic British act The Prodigy, has died at the age of 49. Flint was found dead earlier today at his home in Dunmow, Essex. While the cause of death is still unknown, a post to the band’s Instagram, attributed to songwriter/founding member Liam Howlett, said, “I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend. I’m shell shocked, fuckin angry, confused and heartbroken ..... r.i.p brother.” The Prodigy rose to prominence in the early 90s, founded by Howlett, with Flint having initially joined the group as a dancer. Their debut single, “Charly,” went to No.3 in the U.K. with a number of top ten hits following, as well as chart–topping full–length, Music For The Jilted Generation (1994). The band’s first No.1 came in 1996 when Flint sang “Firestarter” which resulted in their global success. The Prodigy’s third studio effort, The Fat Of The Land, was a chart–topper in 21 countries, including the U.S., moving more than 10 million copies to–date. Released last fall, No Tourists was the band’s most recent full–length and resulted in their seventh U.K. No.1. After a decade–long break, The Prodigy were set to hit the road in the U.S. for a headline tour to start in May.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Marty Bandier, Hiba Irshad, Sylvia Rhone, Alec Boateng, Katie Welle, Monti Olson, Dave Jordan, Kyle Hopkins, Anuj Gupta, Reynold D’Silva, Philip Gonzales, Eric Greenspan, David Renzer, Bennett Kaufman and Xavier Ramos.
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. We’ve heard that life is an escalator of ups and downs. Some of these folks took that meaning literally, and have created some jackass moments that you simply have to watch by clicking HERE.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– GRANT
In late 2017, Swedish artist GRANT made her debut with the single “Waterline” following her critically acclaimed album In Bloom, released in June of last year. Well respected U.K. music site The Line of Best Fit gave the album a glorious 9/10 rating, stating “As introductions go, its rawness and honest surpass pretty much anything you’ve heard before; its blistering urge into a final triumphant chorus always primed and ready to take your breath away no matter how many times you hit repeat.” Her album boasts a mesmerizing quality to it, with her captivating vocals, the 24–year–old delivers every lyric with both a larger than life urgency and uncompromising intimacy, drawing the listener into her private universe. GRANT’s 2018 was full of television performances, where she brought the house down at the Swedish Grammy Awards, along with summer festivals, a headline tour, a support tour with Tove Styrke, and two nominations for national radio P3 Gold Awards and one Swedish Grammy Awards nomination. After her Eurosonic performance in January, she was picked up by Columbia Germany and has a worldwide deal with Sony Music Sweden. She’s currently working in the studio on new music and will tour Scandinavia this spring and summer. Listen to “Waterline” by GRANT HERE and contact manager Filip Wilén at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional inquiries.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – BALTHAZAR
In January, five–piece outfit Balthazar emerged from a hiatus and returned with their fourth studio album, Fever ([PIAS]). The new album showcases their honesty, as it is playful and underpinned with a carefree abandon from two incredible songwriters, frontmen and writing partners Jinte Deprez and Maarten Devoldere. The two stepped away from the band to release music–both undertaking solo journeys. Now back together, armed with new music, there was a simple desire to better their previous works, and to further the band’s story. The band recently sold out London’s Scala on their U.K. tour and spent two weeks at No.1 in Belgium, reaching the highest chart entries to date for the band in both Netherlands and France. Balthazar has also reached nearly 10 million streams with Fever thus far. Watch their video for “Wrong Vibration” HERE and contact manager email@example.com for all inquiries.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 3/3/2019
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, March 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:
GOOD WEATHER FORECAST – “Superhumans” (Starwatch, Germany)
HABBERDASH – “Superstar” (Unsigned, UK)
STICKY FINGERS – “Loose Ends” (Sureshaker, Australia)
SLIDE – “Floating” (If Music Could Talk/AWAL, Sweden)
INDOOR PETS – “Being Strange” (Wichita, UK)
STOP MOTION POETRY – “Missile” (Unsigned, N. America)
BLACK HONEY – “Crowded City” (Fox Five Records, UK)
STATE LIGHTS – “Lonely” (Unsigned, Ireland)
ANOTHER SKY – “Apple Tree” (Fiction, UK)
SMITH & THELL – “Forgive Me Friend (Feat. Swedish Jam Factory)” (Playground Music, Sweden)
SHE DREW THE GUN – “Something For The Pain” (Skeleton Key, UK)
TROPHY EYES – “Lavendar Bay” (Hopeless Records, Australia)
BAKER GRACE – “Wrong Kind Of People” (Unsigned, N. America)
SEA GIRLS – “All I Want To Hear You Say” (Unsigned, UK)
COYLE GIRELLI – “Where’ My Girl?” (Unsigned, UK)
SHEPPARD – “On My Way” (Chugg Music, Australia)
FUZZY SUN – “Heavy” (Very Clever Records, UK)
TWO YEAR VACATION – “Better Off Alone” (Clouds Hill, Sweden)
CIRCA WAVES – “Movies” (Prolifica, UK)
NEW BEAT FUND – “When She’s Sober” (Unsigned, N. America)
JORDAN ALLEN – “Naked” (Unsigned, UK)
KELSY KARTER – “Catch Me If You Can” (Unsigned, Australia)
SHLOMI ASH – “Wake Up” (Unsigned, Israel)
GRANT – “Waterline” (Sony, Sweden)
THE LUKA STATE – “What's My Problem” (Project Records, UK)
THE FAIM – “A Million Stars” (BMG, Australia)
ADAM FRENCH – “The Only Living Thing” (Virgin EMI, UK)
PICTURES – “Roll Up” (Virgin Records, Germany)
QUEEN ZEE – “Loner” (Sasstone, UK)
MADYX – “Girl Boy” (Unsigned, N. America)
DOLLY & THE DINOSAUR – “Unofficial” (Unsigned, UK)
INGER – “Coming Home” (Unsigned, Estonia)
GOOD DOOGS – “Want That” (Unsigned, Australia)
(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Adam French, Two Year Vacation, The Luka State, Another Sky and Shlomi Ash)