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MUSEXPO’S 2019 CREATIVE SUMMIT BRINGS ANOTHER YEAR OF INSPIRATION AND INNOVATION TO BURBANK, CA
AS PART OF CALIFORNIA ENTERTAINMENT WEEK




The global music industry’s annual business conference and showcase confab, MUSEXPO, recently descended on the city of Burbank, California, as it delivered its Creative Summit to a global delegation that encompassed all aspects of the worldwide music and media industries. The event, a part of the newly–launched California Entertainment Week alongside the Worldwide Radio Summit, was met with phenomenal feedback and reaction from the international music community in attendance for its inspiring and insightful program.

The independent event continues to be regarded by industry leaders as one of the most important annual gatherings for those truly vested in the global music business and offers some of the best creative and business interaction, opportunities and networking for its attendees from around the world.

This year saw MUSEXPO recognizing one of the world’s most influential and innovative radio executives as it presented Jimmy Steal (VP of Brand & Content, “101.9 The Mix” WTMX Chicago, and former PD of Power 106 & KDAY/Los Angeles) with its “International Music Person of the Year Award.” The event featured awards presentations from A&R Worldwide and MUSEXPO Founder & President Sat Bisla; the City of Burbank’s Mayor, Emily Gabel–Luddy; representatives from the U.S. legislatures local, state and federal offices; and Rick Cummings, President, Radio Programming, Emmis Communications. Additionally, Jimmy Steal gave a special, in–depth interview that featured in a tribute publication presented at the event which can be viewed HERE.

MUSEXPO kicked–off with an insightful Global Keynote, led by Mark Sutherland (Editor, Music Week), which included Allison Kaye – President, Scooter Braun Projects; Ben Cooper – Controller, BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & BBC Asian Network; Curt Marvis – CEO & Co–Founder, QYOU; Lonny Olinick – CEO, AWAL; and Tarsame Mittal – Founder, All About Music & TM Talent Management (India). The opening day also featured an exclusive keynote interview with the leading A&R minds behind the success of Capitol Records U.K., Jo Charrington and Nick Raphael, moderated by Bob Lefsetz (The Lefsetz Letter).

This year’s MUSEXPO also delivered a unique spin to its focus on the synch arena with dives into the creative music vision of two of the synch world’s leading companies, NBCUniversal and Walt Disney, as well as the return of it’s widely–successful synch round–table meeting event.

In addition, A&R Worldwide and its event partner AllAccess.com also collaborated on their 9th year of the Worldwide Radio Summit, which brought together leaders and influencers from the world of audio streaming, radio, podcasting, broadcast technology, audio production and imaging, and much more!

And as always, a plethora of great global talent showcased for agents, promoters, A&Rs, publishers, music supervisors, brands and radio influencers; numerous acts are already in talks for various deals worldwide via their recent MUSEXPO showcase performances.

Event Founder & President Sat Bisla commented, “On behalf of our entire A&R Worldwide and MUSEXPO team, we would like to thank all of the artists, speakers, partners, showcase artists, delegates, sponsors, wineries, City of Burbank, S.I.R. Studios and our families for their gracious participation and support and for being a part of what is truly a global music family and community that is so unique to what embodies the genuine passion and true spirit of music at MUSEXPO. I would also like to thank my amazing team including Monte Malone, Joe Arnold, Tyler Polzin, KC Morse, Dusty Bisla, and our volunteers for their tireless efforts, selflessness and support to ensure MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2019 was an exceptional experience for all who attended. In addition, I’d like to thank Joel Denver and his team for their invaluable input and collaborative efforts in bringing the world of radio, audio content and communication together as part of this year’s inaugural California Entertainment Week.”

Below is a short pictorial overview of this year’s event (a full overview of all panels, showcases, etc. will be posted on the MUSEXPO and Worldwide Radio Summit websites in the coming days).

DISCUSSING THE GLOBAL MUSIC, MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY LANDSCAPE (l–r) were: Mark Sutherland (Editor, Music Week, U.K); Allison Kaye (President, Scooter Braun Projects); Lonny Olinick (CEO, AWAL); Tarsame Mittal (Founder, All About Music & TM Talent Management, India); Curt Marvis (CEO & Co–Founder, QYOU) and Ben Cooper (Controller, BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & BBC Asian Network).

A SURPRISE VISIT AT MUSEXPO CREATIVE SUMMIT’S OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION from a former A&R Worldwide supported act. Pictured (l–r) at MUSEXPO are Joe Arnold (VP, A&R Worldwide) and Coldplay’s lead singer/songwriter, Chris Martin. INSPIRING WOMEN IN THE WORLD OF RADIO & MUSIC COMMUNICATION AT THE WORLDWIDE RADIO SUMMIT: Sharing their expertise, vision and passion for all things radio and music were some of N. America’s smartest and most inspiring women. Pictured (l–r) are panel moderator Joel Denver (Founder & President, AllAccess.com); Caroline Beasley (CEO, Beasley Broadcasting); Jacqueline Saturn (President, Caroline); Julie Talbott (President, Premiere Networks) and Kim Guthrie (President, Cox Media Group).

BOB’S YER UNCLE! Having a spirited conversation at MUSEXPO Creative Summit (l–r) were Nick Raphael (President, Capitol Records. U.K.), Bob Lefsetz (Publisher, The Lefsetz Letter) and Jo Charrington (Co–President, Capitol Records, U.K.). A&R AND THE MUSIC BUSINESS GLOBALLY: Sharing insights into passion vs. data focused A&R were (l–r): Tim Ingham (Founder & Publisher, Music Business Worldwide), Seymour Stein (Co–Founder, Sire Records Group) and Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide & MUSEXPO).

AN INTERVIEW WITH ONE OF THE GLOBE’S MOST INFLUENTIAL MEDIA EXECUTIVES: Worldwide Radio Summit hosted a special keynote interview, which was moderated by Joel Denver in conversation with Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer and President, National Programming Group, iHeartMedia (pictured right). SHARING THEIR RADIO AND A&R EARS TO DISCOVER FUTURE MUSIC HITS were (l–r) Sat Bisla, Alan Swan (Director of Music Content, RTÉ 2fm, Ireland); Michael Buhrman(PD, KSFM/Sacramento, CA); Ken Komisar (President & Partner, Notting Hill Music Masters); Lisa Worden (Alternative Rock Brand Manager, iHeartMedia & Program Director ALT 98.7/Los Angeles); JoJo Wright (On–Air Host, 102.7 KIIS FM Los Angeles); Andrew Gould (Sr. VP/Head of A&R N. America, Downtown Music Publishing) and Hal Rood (Partner, Strategic Solutions).

MUSIC LICENSING WITH THE TEAM AT NBCUNIVERSAL TELEVISION & UNIVERSAL PICTURES AT MUSEXPO CREATIVE SUMMIT: Pictured (l–r) are Matt Mugford (Promo Music Supervisor, NBCUniversal Television); Oliver Hild (Music Supervisor, NBC Universal, Television Music Creative Team); Eric Polin (Sr. VP, Music Publishing, Universal Pictures); Rebecca Rienks (Promo Music Supervisor, NBCUniversal Television); Charlie Haggard (Music Supervisor, NBCUniversal Television); Stacy Wallen–McCarthy (Music Supervisor, Sr. Director, Music Supervision & Licensing, NBC Universal Television, Music Creative Services); Alicen Schneider (Sr. VP, Music Creative/Head of West Coast Music Operations, NBCUniversal Television); Eddie Chavez (Promo Music Supervisor, NBCUniversal Television); Natalie Hayden (Vice President, Film Music, Universal Pictures) and Ritch Esra (Publisher, The Music Registry). DISRUPTIBUTION – NEW WAYS TO GLOBAL MUSIC DISTRIBUTION: Pictured (l–r) are: Mark Sutherland (Editor, Music Week, U.K); Michael Chase (A&R/Business Development, MGM Distribution); Mathew Daniel (VP, International, NetEase Cloud Music, China); Paul Wiltshire (CEO, Songtradr, Inc.); Mandar Thakur (COO, Times Music India); Chris Taylor (Global President Music, Entertainment One) and Amy Dietz (Executive Vice President & General Manager, Ingrooves Music Group).

BEHIND THE A&R GLASS: CREATING HITS FOR GLOBAL ARTISTS: Pictured (l–r) are Ritch Esra (Publisher, The Music Registry); Aton Ben–Horin (Global VP, A&R, Warner Music Group); Andrew Gould (Sr. VP & Head of A&R, Downtown Music Publishing Group, N. America); Jennifer Knoepfle (Sr. VP, Co–Head of West Coast A&R, Sony/ATV Music Publishing); Paul Adam (Head of Songwriter Relations, Spotify Europe); Steve Fitzmaurice – Producer/Mixer (Sam Smith, Rag’n’Bone Man, U2) and Adam Clough (Managing Director, 365 Artists). THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY AT MUSEXPO CREATIVE SUMMIT: Standing (l–r) are Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO); Scott Igoe (VP, Alternative Series & Specials, ABC Television); Phil Guerini (VP, Music Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide & GM, Radio Disney Network); Kaylin Frank (VP, Creative Music and Soundtracks, Walt Disney Pictures); Ralph Simon (Founder & CEO, Mobilium Global) and Mike Daly (Executive Director, A&R and Music Publishing, Hollywood Records, Buena Vista Records, Disney Music Publishing).

PAYING IT FORWARD TO SUPPORT NEW RADIO & MEDIA TALENT AS PART OF “RIA’S RISING STARS”: Joel Denver (President & Founder, AllAccess.com); Andrew Curran (President & COO, DMR/Interactive) and Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO) helped recognize three young radio and media college students from across the U.S. with a step into future opportunities in the field of audio and radio communications as part of this year’s “Ria’s Rising Stars” charitable program).

ARTIST DEVELOPMENT 4.0: THE FUTURE OF A&R at MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2019. Standing (l–r) are Monti Olson (Co–Head A&R, Frontline Publishing, BMG), Pete Ganbarg (President of A&R, Atlantic Records); Ralph Simon (Founder & CEO, Mobilium Global); Billy Mann (Founder & Chairman, Manncom); Amanda Samii (Sr. Creative Director, Kobalt Music) and Thaddeus Rudd (Co–Owner & Co–President, Mom+Pop Music). CONGRATULATING THE 2019 “INTERNATIONAL MUSIC PERSON OF THE YEAR”: Pictured (l–r) are Sat Bisla, Jimmy Steal (VP of Brand & Content, “101.9 The Mix” WTMX Chicago and the 2019 MUSEXPO “Int’l Music Person of the Year”) and Rick Cummings (President, Radio Programming, Emmis Communications).

PLAY US YOUR HITS AT MUSEXPO CREATIVE SUMMIT: Listening to future potential global hits submitted by delegates were (l–r); Sat Bisla; Robin Shaw (A&R Manager, Four Music/Sony, Germany); Delmar Powell (VP, A&R, Downtown Music Publishing); Kabiru Bello (A&R Director, Asylum Nordic/Warner Music, Sweden); Gabz Landman (Director, A&R, APG); Preston Rodie (A&R Manager, Sire Records/Warner Bros. Records); Roahn “First Born” Hylton (Songwriter/Producer (Nicki Minaj, Flo Rida, Ne–Yo, Trey Songz) and Ronnie Benarie (Founder, RB Management). GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING FORUM – CONNECTING WITH A NEW GENERATION OF MILLENNIAL CONSUMERS: Pictured (l–r) are Ken Blaustein (Global Director of Music & Artist Relations, Hard Rock International); Jeannette Perez (President, Global Synch & Brand Partnerships, Kobalt Music/AWAL); Ralph Simon (Founder & CEO, Mobilium Global); Chris Price (Head of Music, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra); John Fleckenstein (Co–President, RCA Records) and Dan Burt (Music Supervisor/Producer, Wunderman Thompson).

FILM, TV, TRAILERS, VIDEO GAMES, ON–DEMAND & MORE: Discussing the evolution of synch across various platforms are (l–r) Leslie Lewis (President & Owner, Leslie Lewis Consulting); Brandon Young (Sr. Director, Music Affairs, Activision Blizzard); Ben Dorenfeld (Music Supervisor, Anomaly); Jackie Palazzolo (Music Supervisor, VICE Media) and Pieter Viljoen (Assistant Editor, Rock Paper Scissors – Nike, Netflix, Apple).

MUSEXPO as part of California Entertainment Week returns in a broader scale in early Spring in 2020. For sponsorship, marketing and panel opportunities contact info@anrworldwide.com.


NATE ALBERT NAMED EVP OF A&R FOR WARNER BROS. RECORDS



As hinted in the A&R Worldwide newsletter last month, Warner Bros. Records (WBR) has announced Nate Albert as Executive Vice President of A&R for the label, based out of the company’s Los Angeles headquarters. Albert Co–Founded the platinum–selling band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and has held senior A&R roles at Capitol Records and Republic Records. Albert’s appointment was announced by WBR Co–Chairman & CEO, Aaron Bay–Schuck.

Nate Albert
“As we continue to expand our global A&R presence, Nate comes to us with a musician’s unique sensibility and a brilliant ear for authentic, compelling artists,” said Bay–Schuck. “He’s one of the most astute, intuitive, and inspired A&R people in the business, and the diversity and quality of the music that Nate has championed speaks for itself. He’s a fantastic addition to the team.”

“I’ve long admired Warner Bros.’ deep–seated support of artistic creativity and originality,” said Albert. “There is extraordinary talent all across the globe looking for the right team to help them magnify their visions and build long–term careers. I’m looking forward to bringing them into the WBR family and making great records that will move culture. I want to thank Aaron and Tom for this amazing new opportunity.”

Albert’s music industry career began at the age of 13, when he co–founded the ska punk band, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. In 1997, they garnered RIAA platinum sales with their album, Let’s Face It, featuring the global hit single, “The Impression That I Get.” Albert amicably parted ways with the band in 2000 to attend Brown University, graduating with Honors in Political Theory.

Albert joined Republic/Universal Records as an A&R consultant in 2006, eventually becoming Sr. VP. During a decade–long tenure at Republic, his signings counted The Weeknd, Phantogram, Anberlin and others, also overseeing the release of the widely–successful Les Misérables soundtrack album, which reached No.1 in the U.S. and the U.K. He worked on Ariana Grande and The Weeknd’s top–charting collaboration, “Love Me Harder,” as well as with artists including Florence + The Machine and The Lonely Island. Albert headed to Capitol Records in 2016 as EVP of A&R, signing Maggie Rogers and working on projects by Cold War Kids, Troye Sivan and Calum Scott.


RAK SANGHVI NAMED GLOBAL PRESIDENT OF SPIRIT MUSIC GROUP



Spirit Music Group has announced the promotion of Rak Sanghvi to Global President for the company. Having most recently served as Managing Director of U.K./International for Spirit B–Unique at Spirit Music Group, Sanghvi has worked with James Bay, Johnny McDaid, Dagny, Jonny Coffer, John Newman, Jon Maguire, Corey Sanders, Kodaline, Tiggs Da Author, J C Stewart and others. Sanghvi’s new role will see him taking on oversight of all creative aspects for the global independent music publishing company while based out of the company’s London offices.

Rak Sanghvi at MUSEXPO Europe in London
“Rak’s incredible relationships in the creative community and proven success in finding, signing, and mentoring the very best songwriting talent makes this a natural step for Spirit Music Group. As we continue to build a world–class music publishing company, promoting Rak to this important role is part of our ongoing strategy to provide our songwriters and business partners with the very best executive talent to help bring them success. Rak has proven he is capable of performing at the highest level based on all of his success in a fairly short period of time at Spirit and we are fortunate to have him lead us into this next–and most exciting–chapter,” said Jon Singer.

Sanghvi commented, “It’s an incredible time to be at Spirit Music Group, and I want to thank Jon, Ross, and the rest of the team for the opportunity to help shape and execute a global creative vision for the company. We’ve had some amazing success so far, notably in the U.K. with Spirit B–Unique expertly steered by Co–Presidents, Mark Lewis and Martin Toher, as well as with other key successes and partnerships in Nashville, New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere around the world and I’m very excited about continuing to build on those successes going forward.”

Sanghvi’s promotion comes following January’s announcement that Spirit Music Group executives Jon Singer and Ross Cameron had formed Lyric Capital Group and assumed ownership of Spirit Music Group while securing a recapitalization of more than $350 million.

Having joined Spirit Music Group in 2015, Sanghvi had previously served as Managing Director of Sony/ATV Music Publishing (U.K.). Across his long career, Sanghvi has worked with songwriters and artists such as Ed Sheeran, Naughty Boy, Jessie J, Kasabian, Robert Plant, James Morrison, Fraser T Smith, Wayne Hector, Gary Barlow, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Foster The People, Jamiroquai, Steve Angello (Swedish House Mafia), and many others.

When Spirit entered the U.K. in 2016 with its London–based office, Sanghvi, alongside Spirit B–Unique’s Martin Toher and Mark Lewis, quickly added a round of signings and successes which included the acquisition of Polar Patrol Publishing, bringing in Ed Sheeran collaborator and Snow Patrol member, Johnny McDaid. Among the recent U.K. creative highlights are Ed Sheeran and Spirit writer Johnny McDaid’s smash hit “Shape of You;” Spirit writer James Bay’s album The Chaos and the Calm; Spirit writer John Newman’s No.1 singles “Love Me Again” and “Blame;” and P!nk and Spirit writer Johnny McDaid’s hit, “What About Us.”


BMG ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS FOR
DOMINIQUE KULLING & MAXIMILIAN KOLB




BMG has promoted Dominique Kulling to EVP Continental Europe Repertoire & Marketing, where she will be tasked with signing, promoting and servicing artists and songwriters across 15 territories, as well as building BMG’s recorded music business in Continental Europe. Kulling had most recently served as Managing Director BMG GSA and, in the new role, will continue to report directly to BMG CEO, Hartwig Masuch. Under Kulling’s supervision, BMG Germany grew its recordings business by 30% in 2018.

BMG’s Continental European operation includes offices in Berlin, Paris, Hilversum, Milan, Madrid and Stockholm, with music publishing clients counting Tim Bendzko, The BossHoss and Alice Merton (DE); Afrojack and Nicky Romero (Benelux); BigFlo & Oli and Jeanne Added (FR); and Francesco Gabbani (IT). On the recordings side, the Continental Europe roster includes acts such as Lenny Kravitz, Adel Tawil and Max Giesinger (DE); Marianne Faithfull and Nakhane (FR); Paolo Conte and Francesco Gabbani (IT); Per Gessle (SCAN); and Alice Wonder and Nena Daconte (ESP).

Maximilian Kolb & Dominique Kulling
Kulling takes on the role as Fred Casimir assumes full–time duties of his previously parallel role overseeing BMG’s international recordings business with his promotion announced to staff earlier this week to EVP Global Repertoire & Marketing.

Hartwig Masuch said, “Dominique lives and breathes the BMG philosophy. She has helped shape our recordings business from its very beginnings. In Germany she has attracted high–profile big–selling artists such as Adel Tawil, KitschKrieg and Max Giesinger. As we prepare to ramp up our recordings business right across Continental Europe, she is the ideal person to take it forward.”

Alongside Kulling’s promotion, BMG has also elevated Maximilian Kolb to fill her previous role as Managing Director, BMG GSA where he will now oversee both publishing and recordings for Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Kolb had most recently served as Director of A&R, Recorded Music for BMG GSA and will now lead a team of more than 40 based in Berlin, while reporting directly to Kulling.

Kolb came to BMG as an A&R Manager from Sony/ATV in 2012. Since then, Kolb has signed recording clients including Kontra K, Max Giesinger, Adel Tawil, Cypress Hill and Lina, has brought in artists like KitschKrieg and Trettmann for both recordings and publishing, and has signed publishing clients like Mighty Oaks, Denyo, Daniel Nitt and Robin Grubert to BMG.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



RCA Records has added two new staffers to the label, it was announced last week by President David Dollimore. Effective immediately, Damaris Rex–Taylor and Phil Youngman join the RCA team as Director of Marketing and Director of Promotions, respectively. Rex–Taylor comes to RCA from Disturbing London where she served as GM, working closely with Co–Founders Dumi Oburota and Tinie Tempah. She played an integral role in the recent JV with Warner Music and Parlophone. Prior, she held a senior marketing manager position at Parlophone. Joining from Atlantic Records, Youngman had served as Head of Radio Promotions at the Warner label for the past 12 years, and played a key role in successful campaigns for acts such as Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Jess Glynne, Anne–Marie, Plan B, Paolo Nutini, Rudimental, Clean Bandit, Rita Ora and James Blunt. Youngman’s role at RCA marks a return to the Sony Music family having joined as International Product Manager in 1999. He transitioned to the promotions team as a radio plugger and in 2006, became senior radio promotions executive at Columbia. The duo of Rex–Taylor and Youngman will both report to Stacey Tang, RCA’s MD.

Reservoir has launched its fifth global office as it enters Nashville’s music community. The company has also added key creative executive, John Ozier, who will oversee the company’s Music City operations as Executive Vice President of Creative. Additionally, Ozier will be tasked with signing and developing new talent, working closely with Reservoir’s teams in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, and London, alongside a staff based in Nashville. Reservoir’s country music background extends to its 2007 launch with some of the first artists represented including Kenny Alphin and John Rich of Big and Rich, and Vicky McGehee, and also adding the catalogs of country music icons like John Denver, Sheryl Crow and Leon Russell, as well as a number of evergreen singles. Ozier comes to Reservoir after a six–year–tenure with ole that included signings Jeff Trott, Tony Martin, Jordan Davis, Chris Janson, Adam Hambrick and Tyler Farr, as well as the acquisitions of the Red Vinyl Music, Parallel Music and Better Angels Music publishing catalogs. Prior to that, he looked after the recording careers of acts such as Tim McGraw, LeAnn Rimes, Wynonna Judd, Lee Brice and Rodney Atkins at Curb Records. Ozier has overseen over 30 No.1s across his career, and more than 100 singles internationally in the last three years alone. Ozier is also an accomplished songwriter in his own right, having co–written award–winning No.1 hits for Lee Brice and Tyler Farr, as well as cuts recorded by Kid Rock, Kellie Pickler, Air Supply and more.

For over two decades, School of Rock has been a leader in performance–based music education, bringing musicians of all ages to some of the most iconic stages in the world. This year, via a partnership with Atlantic Records and Artist Partner Group (APG), School of Rock will roll–out a major worldwide artist search under the banner of Center Stage. The new talent search will provide the opportunity for musicians worldwide to be seen by record label executives. Starting this month, singers can submit a five–minute audition video to potentially be one of approximately 25 selected individuals flown out to Los Angeles to perform in front of Atlantic Records and APG executives at a private artist showcase and record songs at APG’s studios with professional engineers. Additionally, 100 promising applicants will receive a scholarship to a School of Rock camp of their choice. The program is open to all vocalists between the ages of 13–19 living in a country where School of Rock operates, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, South Africa, Australia, and the Philippines.

Spotify has tapped Chaka Zulu to serve in the newly–created role as Head of Artist and Talent Relations. The Atlanta music veteran founded Disturbing tha Peace, a label and management firm, with his client Ludacris in 1995. Now a Def Jam subsidiary, Disturbing tha Peace’s roster counts artists such as Shareefa, I–20 and Field Mob. Previously, Zulu was with Monster as VP Entertainment of Sports Marketing and, more recently, partnered with Akon and DJ Fully Focus for the Passport Experience Festival (PXP Fest). He also served as an Executive Producer on Inside the Label, a BET docu–series, alongside Jeff Dixon, his brother and frequent business partner.

Warner Music Nashville (WMN) has announced promotions for Cris Lacy to EVP, A&R and Ben Kline to EVP/GM, as well as naming Scott Hendricks to the role of EVP, A&R/Creative Advisor. The three executives report to John Esposito, Chairman & CEO, WMN. Lacy had been serving as Sr. VP of A&R since 2017 and with the promotion takes up leadership for the A&R team across new signings and repertoire, while maintaining oversight of the division’s day–to–day. Kline assumes responsibility for leading WMN’s radio/streaming, artist development, touring and international teams. He joined WMN in 2014 as VP of Revenue, eventually becoming Sr. VP, Global Revenue & Touring in 2017. Hendricks’ new position marks an extension of his contract as he maintains a role sourcing new talent and songs alongside his work as a producer which was resulted in almost 120 Top 10 hits.

A new worldwide recording deal has been finalized by AWAL with leading U.K. indie, B–Unique. Launched in 2001 by Mark Lewis and Martin Toher, B–Unique has worked with a diverse range of artists such as James Bay, Kodaline, John Newman, Kaiser Chiefs and Johnny McDaid for records and publishing. Marking the first signings under the new deal are those of Patrick Martin and Liimo. The AWAL and Kobalt Music teams were well represented at the recent MUSEXPO Creative Summit event in Burbank, CA, as they shared insight into their unique and creative approach to distribution and A&R with participation from AWAL’s CEO, Lonny Olinick, Jeannette Perez (President, Global Synch & Brand Partnerships, Kobalt Music/AWAL) and Amanda Samii (Sr. Creative Director, Kobalt Music).

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a worldwide deal with Jade Thirlwall and Leigh–Anne Pinnock from the multi–chart–topping group, Little Mix, via its new joint venture TwentySeven Music Publishing with veteran executive Barry Weiss and songwriter Jenna Andrews. The BRIT Award–winning Little Mix are one of the most successful British girl bands of all time having achieved 14 U.K. Top 10 singles, including five No.1 hits, and five top five albums. In 2011, Little Mix, composed of Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Pinnock and Thirlwall, became the first–ever group to win The X Factor UK. Since then, they’ve seen 11 of their singles certified Platinum or above in the U.K., more than any other British female group. All five of the group’s studio albums have been widely successful, including their first release DNA which not only reached No.3 in the U.K. but took them into the record books in the U.S. when it debuted at No.4 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the first debut release by a British girl band to enter the Billboard 200’s top five and beating a record previously set by the Spice Girls for the highest debut chart position by a British girl group in the U.S. Little Mix’s sophomore full–length, Salute, also entered the U.S. Top 10 and debuted at No.4 in the U.K., while Get Weird reached No.2 and Glory Days No.1 in the U.K. Glory Days also holds the record for most weeks in the U.K. Top 40 of any album by a female group. Little Mix’s latest album, LM5, was released last November and debuted at No.3 in the U.K.

Leading African music streaming and download platform, Boomplay Music, has raised $20 million in Series A funding. The fast–growing streaming company, home to the Boom Player app, is onboarding an average of 2 million new users monthly, counting 44 million app downloads and 1 million daily users. According to the company, its catalog includes the largest collection of African music in the world at 5 million tracks. The funding round was led by Maison Capital, with additional participation from Seas Capital, and comes following the recent news that Boomplay had finalized a multi–year direct licensing deal with Warner Music Group. The platform also has a licensing agreement in place with Universal Music Group for Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. Interest in the African market continues to build worldwide as the region’s population maintains its growth. According to the United Nations, Africa will be home to over half of the world’s population growth by 2050, with over 60% of the current population of 1.2 billion people under the age of 25.

In other news within the African streaming market, Nigerian music streaming platform, UduX, has finalized a licensing deal with Universal Music Group (UMG). The deal sees UMG becoming the first major music company to license its catalog to UduX, which offers high–quality audio and HD videos and sits as Nigeria’s first music streaming service to launch domestically. Currently available via a monthly subscription from Habari by GTBank, UduX launched in 2018 and includes content across music, shopping and lifestyle. The platform will also assume a stand–alone app presence in the territory in the coming months.

Two new appointments have been announced to the Epic Records team with John Kirkpatrick named Sr. VP Brand Marketing and Michelle Belcher VP of the recently–launched Epic Film & TV. Kirkpatrick’s new role will see him working to foster collaborations between the label’s artists and brands as well as roll–out partnerships between acts and businesses within the fashion, lifestyle, tech and home arenas, as well as others. Previous roles for Kirkpatrick includes those with The VOID (Chief Marketing Officer), Hard Rock International and Hot Topic as well as a decade in top executive roles with Paramount Pictures and Elektra Records. Belcher had most recently been with Sony Sync Shop, having also previously held key positions at Primary Wave Music, as well as spent time at BMG Music Publishing, Arista Records and Columbia Records. Her background also includes work as a music supervisor with credits on Academy Award–nominate films, District 9 and The Resident. Belcher’s role with Epic will see her using her strength in the film and TV arena to lead her team and roll–out high–profile soundtracks while finalizing licensing opportunities for artists on the Epic roster. Both Kirkpatrick and Belcher will be based in Los Angeles.

A new music services firm has been launched by industry entrepreneur Troy Carter under the banner of Q&A. Carter had most recently served as Global Head of Creator Services for Spotify. Q&A, billed as a “modern music and technology company,” is a collaborative effort between Carter and his business partner J Erving. The new company will also see Erving’s Human Re Sources digital distribution and label services set–up merging with the new entity. Marking the first artist release by Q&A is music by Pink Sweat$. Carter will maintain his role as an advisor to the Prince estate.

SiriusXM and Pandora have rolled out Pandora NOW, the first original and exclusive music experience created for both SiriusXM subscribers and Pandora listeners. Pandora NOW combines the strength of Pandora’s listener data and SiriusXM’s curatorial expertise to offer a selection of the most popular and fast–trending current music. For SiriusXM listeners, Pandora NOW will be presented as a new curated channel (Channel 3), while Pandora users can access Pandora NOW music as an interactive, ad–supported station with song skipping and thumbs up/down rating, or as a continually–updated playlist for Pandora Premium subscribers. The music played on Pandora NOW will be uncensored and showcase new music on Pandora across all genres, including Pop, Hip Hop, R&B, Dance and Latin. To celebrate the launch of Pandora NOW, multi–platinum R&B artist Khalid visited SiriusXM’s Rockefeller Center studios to roll–out the new channel and station on SiriusXM and Pandora.

In other Pandora news, the platform is exploring a new advertising format which would allow users to interact by voice with audio ads on the platform. Via a new partnership with Instreamatic, a San Francisco–based voice–enabled ad firm, Pandora will roll–out test interactive voice ads later in the year. The new ads will offer listeners the ability to interact with ads by voice to ask for more information, skip ads and more. Additionally, Pandora’s ads will make use of the voice AI functionality from Instreamatic to see consumer conversations going beyond the typical “yes” or “no” responses. Instreamatic’s AI platform can study, interpret and understand user intent, with the platform learning over time and expanding its vocabulary and predictive capabilities.

Red Bull has ended its partnership with consultancy firm Yadastar which had led the energy drink company’s Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) and its subsidiary platforms that counted a radio station, event and festival brand and online publication. As a result, Yadastar has revealed that the RBMA and Red Bull Radio brands will shutter operations of their current platforms as of late October. Germany–based Yadastar is credited with the development and launch of RBMA in 1998 which has since expanded its footprint to more than 60 countries via workshops, festivals, radio studios, signature events and other programming. Additionally, Yadastar had managed the communications and editorial divisions for RBMA.

YouTube has announced 11 acts from around the world to join its independent artist development platform, Foundry. Having rolled out in 2016 as a round of workshops and content creation sessions, the platform seeks to support the growth of artists on the YouTube platform with 2019 featuring a revamped offering. 2019’s collection of acts includes Omar Apollo, Arlo Parks, Ann Marie, Abraham Vazquez, Ace Collection, Michael Brun, Iyla, Kojaque, Flohio, GroovyRoom and ICO, with another round of artists set to be revealed later in the year. Selected Foundry artists will have access to marketing promotion and education on building and connecting with their audiences on an global scale. The program will also work in conjunction with other YouTube Music efforts to support and promote artists, including Artist Spotlight Stories and Artist On The Rise. Notable alumni of the Foundry program include Dua Lipa, Rosalia, Dave, Cuco, Gunna, Mahalia, Maleek Berry, Chloe x Halle, Jacob Collier, Rauw Alejandro and Cavetown.

In other YouTube news, as YouTube Music continues to to compete with the likes of Apple Music and Spotify, they have unveiled new student pricing for the U.K. offerings of its YouTube Music and YouTube Premium tiers. The discount to students brings the price of a standard subscription from £9.99 to £4.99, and the Premium version from £11.99 to £6.99.

Live Nation–owned Emporium Presents has added Laura Vilches and Danny Cohen as talent buyers for the firm. Based in Emporium’s Seattle offices, Vilches transitions from her most recent role as Booking Manager at Austin’s Paramount and State Theatres. Since heading to Seattle, she’s been looking after artist relations for Live Nation’s BottleRock (Napa), Governors Ball (New York), Lollapalooza (Chicago) and Austin’s ACL Festival. Cohen, who will join Emporium’s Denver offices, has a resume that includes time at New York’s Nassau Coliseum and Forest Hills Stadium, as well as with WME and United Concerts. Emporium Presents was acquired by Live Nation in 2018 and produces more than 400 shows across N. America each year.

A new brand partnership has been finalized between adidas and Beyoncé to bring the artist’s Ivy Park collection to the latter under a new multi–layered deal. The new partnership will see Beyoncé taking on a creative partner role for the development of new footwear and athleisure apparel under her Ivy Park banner. Ivy Park had previously been announced for launch via TopShop in 2014, not officially rolling out until two years later.

In other brand news, Vans has announced a new line of David Bowie–inspired merchandise that includes sneakers, apparel and childrens clothing. The Vans x David Bowie collection will be inspired by imagery from some of the artist’s biggest records such as Aladdin Sane, Blackstar, Hunky Dory and others. Among the designs are included those referencing Bowie’s widely–recognized album covers including the stitching and logos of Bowie’s name across each sneaker. The line made its way to stores and online Friday.

Ben Swank and Ben Blackwell have been named new minority co–owners in Third Man Records, it was announced this weekend by Jack White. Having co–founded the label with White in 2009, Swank and Blackwell have been working from Third Man’s Nashville offices and have maintained oversight of all divisions of the expanding indie’s operations. The announcement was made as part of a 10–year anniversary event for Third Man Records which also included White presenting pins to additional staffers for various year milestones including the first ever 10–year pins which were given to Swank and Blackwell.

Capitol Music Group (CMG) and Caroline, their indie distribution and label services division, have finalized a global agreement with K–Pop outfit NCT 127 through Seoul, Korea–based SM Entertainment Co., Ltd. The agreement sees CMG/Caroline providing distribution and marketing for most global territories. NCT 127 begins its first North American tour on April 24th, performing 11 shows through mid–May, as well as national television appearances and additional promotion activities in New York and Los Angeles. NCT 127 announced their arrival in July 2016 with the hit “Fire Truck.” Additional hits including “Cherry Bomb” and “Regular” followed with their U.S. debut album charting at No.86 on the Billboard 200 chart, and claiming No.1 on iTunes Album Charts in more than 22 regions globally. In October, the band was named by Apple Music as the Up_Next artist of the month, the first–ever K–Pop act to earn the title. NCT 127 made their U.S. TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live with “Regular,” and became the fastest male K–Pop act to hit No.1 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales Chart with their latest single “Simon Says.”

Trafalgar Releasing has revealed the global acquisition of a new Roger Waters film, Us + Them, centered around his 2017/2018 world tour. According to an official press release, a global cinema release event is planned for Autumn 2019. Waters’ Us + Them tour featured music from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, Animals and Wish You Were Here, as well as works from Waters’ new solo effort, Is This The Life We Really Want?. The tour brought shows to N. America, Australia/New Zealand, Europe, Russia, Latin America and Mexico, totaling 156 shows to 2.3 million people. The new collaboration marks the second between Waters and Trafalgar following the release of Roger Waters The Wall in 2015.

Internationally acclaimed DJ/producer, William Sami Etienne Grigahcine a.k.a. DJ SNAKE, has rolled–out his label Premiere Classe Records in India via an exclusive deal with newly–launched Indian record label, 9122 Records. The label launched globally last year, with its first release, 4B & TEEZ’s “Whistle,” becoming the most–played record at Ultra Music Festival in Miami. 9122 Records is a new Mumbai–based record label and marketing services firm, founded by veteran Universal Music Group executive Sunil D’Sa, who tells A&R Worldwide that they promise to deliver to India the best international music. Launching with DJ Snake’s Premiere Classe Records, the label will soon announce more exciting release plans, as well as look to sign exceptional local talent in the English music arena.

Nigel Harding has been tapped by Deezer to serve as the DSP’s new VP of Artist Marketing. Harding assumes the role left vacant by Sulinna Ong who had served under the same position since 2016. Harding will be tasked with leading Deezer’s artist marketing division on the development of special campaigns and projects such as the Deezer Next platform. With two decades of experience in the music industry, Harding most recently served as Co–Director at Sony’s Nothing Else Matters Records. His background also includes time in artist promotion and radio programming as well as two years on the playlist strategy team for Apple Music and more than nine years with BBC Radio 1 where he oversaw the mainstream music output and booked acts for the Live Lounge and Big Weekend.

Scott Cutler and Josh Abraham, Co–CEOs of Pulse Music Group, recently announced a renewed multi–year deal with Maria Egan. As President and Head of Creative at Pulse Music Group, and a Partner in the company, Egan oversees the company’s creative strategy and runs their A&R team. She will also continue to build Pulse’s management roster and develop projects for the Pulse branded label. Egan’s recent accomplishments include helping Pulse double its NPS, win the AIMP Publisher of the Year Award for 2018, and climb into the Top 10 publisher market share in the U.S. She also led the company’s move into the Latin music market and played a key role in the formation of Pulse’s partnerships with Marc Anthony’s Magnus Media and NasMass Appeal. Additionally, Egan recently co–founded REBOOT, a community for female creators. At Pulse, Egan has built an A&R team responsible for signing artists and songwriters such as Starrah, Tyler Johnson, El-P and Rich The Kid. They have also supported key signings from Pulse’s publishing ventures with Rick Rubin, Creative Nation and Magnus Media.

Ticket exchange platform StubHub has announced three new appointments to its leadership team with Arnie Katz named Chief Product and Technology Officer, Miguel Giribet Giral as VP of Global eCommerce, and Stephanie Burns as VP and General Counsel. Prior, Katz was VP of International Commerce for Walmart. Madrid–based Giral comes to StubHub from his role as Chief Commercial Officer for Privalia. Burns joins StubHub from Amazon where she had served as VP and Associate General Counsel.

Following the recent approval of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan as it seeks to reach solvency, iHeartMedia has filed for an IPO. In its IPO Form S–1 registrations statement, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, iHeart’s listing of its Class ‘A’ common shares is underwritten by Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. The proposed maximum aggregate offering is temporarily priced at $100 million. While a set number of shares and price range have not been revealed, iHeart has shared that it would have two share classes. The media firm will look to pay off its debut with the IPO’s net proceeds. With its debt currently sitting at around $16.1 billion, the bankruptcy reorganization plan approved in January requires iHeart to finalize a significant restructuring to bring the balance down to $5.75 billion, while completely separating its Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings operations and its own independent public company.

A new partnership has been formed between Caroline International and Mixtape Madness for a worldwide sales and distribution deal that will see Caroline also providing marketing support on a case–by–case basis to the Mixtape Madness team. Launched in 2010, Mixtape Madness is a music discovery platform that has provided an outlet for artists to share their mixtapes. Among the artists that have previously been featured on the platform are Headie One, Unknown T, M Huncho, SL, Deno, EO, Rushy and Digga D during the beginning stages of their careers.

The IFPI’s “Global Music Report 2019” revealed that global music sales have increased for the fourth year in a row for 2018 with streaming accounting for nearly half of all label revenue. Music sales for 2018 reached $19.1 billion, an increase of 9.7% over 2017 and the highest sales total since 2007’s $18.4 billion. Growth was led by an increase to paid streaming of 33%, reaching 225 million users paying for music services such as Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer or Amazon Music. The IFPI report revealed that paid streaming represents 37% of the total recorded music revenues at $8.9 billion, 47% of all record label income. At the same time, physical sales saw a 10% decrease to $4.7 billion with most markets seeing a significant drop to CD sales with the exception of Japan and South Korea who saw growth to the sector. Download sales also saw a continued decrease of 21% to $2.3 billion. Overall digital sales (paid streaming, free streaming and downloads) reached $11.2 billion, marking the first time it crossed the $10 million threshold. A continued trend, Latin America was once again the fastest–growing region with a nearly 17% increase in sales. The U.S. maintained its spot as the No.1 largest music market with Japan assuming the second–place spot. The U.K. entered the third–place position, pushing Germany to fourth, with France and South Korea following at fifth and sixth respectively.

CAA has added singer/songwriter and director Melanie Martinez to their roster. Martinez, who had been represented by ICM Partners, released her debut album, Cry Baby, in 2015. The release was certified Platinum and reached No.6 on the Billboard 200 chart while generating over two billion streams globally. Singles “Dollhouse” and “Pity Party” also both reached Platinum status, with nine additional tracks reaching Gold certification. Martinez also created and directed Cry Baby’s 13 music videos which have generated more than 1. 4 billion views with her YouTube channel counting over seven million subscribers. The Atlantic Records–signed artist is preparing her sophomore full–length for release this summer alongside a 90–minute feature film that she’s written, directed and stars in herself.

In other CAA news, the agency welcomes Grammy–winning songwriter/record producer Shane McAnally to its roster. McAnally counts 20 No.1 hits on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, as well as co–writing credit on “Space Cowboy” and “Rainbow,” both tracks from Kacey Musgraves’ 2019 Grammy Award–winning album, Golden Hour. “Space Cowboy” also garnered a Grammy for “Best Country Song of the Year.” Additional credits for McAnally include hits written for acts such as Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Midland, Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt. As a producer, his work features on debut albums from Sam Hunt, Midland, Walker Hayes, Kacey Musgraves and Old Dominion. In 2016, McAnally arranged and produced the track “Forever Country,” which featured Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Willie Nelson, and a number of other country artists, for the commemoration of the Country Music Association’s 50th anniversary milestone. McAnally is also set to appear as a coach on the new NBC competition show, Songland.

As the announcement of a new President & CEO for the Recording Academy is anticipated in the coming weeks, it was revealed last week by Billboard that an offer had been made to a candidate to fill the role. In the event that terms are agreed upon by the candidate and the Academy, the selection could be fully finalized during the biannual Trustees meetings that commence on May 21st. Billboard also revealed that the candidate, who will fill the role left vacant by outgoing President & CEO Neil Portnow, is an individual that comes from outside of the immediate Recording Academy ranks.

Drowned In Sound’s Founder and Editor Sean Adams has revealed that the online music publication, known for album/live reviews, interviews, features and news updates, will shutter after almost 20 years. Founded in 2000, the site featured a number of partnerships and initiatives during its tenure including a podcast, an A/V blog alongside RCRDLBL.com, and a collaboration with BSkyB. Additionally, the brand also encompassed a record label as Drowned In Sound Recordings which put out early music from acts such as the Kaiser Chiefs, Metric, the Stills and Martha Wainwright. The site’s restored and archived forums will be maintained through donations from readers.

Symphonic Distribution has expanded its footprint with new operations in Colombia and Nashville. The indie music distribution and marketing company’s Nashville launch is led by Randall Foster, Symphonic’s VP of Business Development who recently joined from ole. The Colombian operations build on Symphonic’s existing presence in the Latin American region with the company having made entry into South American countries such as Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. In March, Symphonic also announced growth into the Chinese market with deals finalized with local streaming platforms Tencent, NetEase and Alibaba.

Condé Nast has named former Pandora CEO, Roger Lynch, as its first global CEO. Lynch will join the company’s board on April 22nd, when his appointment becomes effective. Condé Nast’s portfolio counts brands such as Vanity Fair, Vogue and GQ, with the firm preparing to merge its U.S.–based operations with Condé Nast International, which Lynch will oversee. As revealed previously, Jonathan Newhouse will assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors and will part ways with his role as CEO of Condé Nast International. Additionally, Bob Sauerberg, who has spent the last three years as CEO of Condé Nast’s U.S. business, will part ways with the company after 18 years.

Bandsintown has acquired Hypebot.com and MusicThinkTank.com, leading artist centric and technology news outlets founded in 2004 by music industry veteran, Bruce Houghton. The acquisition builds upon Bandsintown’s mission to help musicians grow their careers by offering free tools to more than 500,000 registered artists, while also providing a platform for fans and artists to connect. Hypebot and MusicThinkTank will continue to be led by Houghton, who will also take on an adviser role for Bandsintown, with a specific focus on artist partnerships. The site will maintain operation as a free, independent voice and source of news and information. Houghton will also continue his role in the live touring business as President of booking agency, Skyline Artists Agency. Hypebot becomes the latest property to join the Bandsintown Amplified advertising platform, which provides more than 200 lean–in music properties with unique ad solutions to reach concert goers, super fans, artists and the industry. Hypebot will provide Bandsintown’s advertisers the ability to further their reach to the DIY artist community and music industry via native advertising.

Kilimanjaro Theatricals has been formed as a collaboration between Kilimanjaro Live’s Founder Stuart Galbraith and theatre producer Joshua Andrews. Focusing on the creative development of its own works, in addition to strategic co–productions with other producer partners, the new set–up will deliver theatrical production to the U.K. and internationally. At the same time, Andrews will maintain his existing portfolio of productions independently including the Peter James stage franchise, as well as projects with Kay Mellor including Fat Friends – The Musical and Band of Gold. Among the first projects under the new venture are included the Dolly Parton musical 9 To 5, Muriel’s Wedding – The Musical and Hadestown.

HMV has finalized a multi–year partnership with Tixserve to offer secure, content–rich, next–generation digital tickets for in–store events. Tixserve’s white label, digital ticketing solution enables event creators and rights–owners to create branded, interactive and content–rich digital tickets that are delivered directly to consumers’ mobile phones. The HMV deal launched with a number of successful signing sessions with twenty one pilots at six stores across the U.K. at the start of 2019. The events took place during the U.K. leg of the band’s Bandito tour and ticketing was 100% digital with over 3,200 digital tickets distributed via the Tixserve mobile app to purchasers’ smart phones.

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has added three new Board members at its recent 2019 AGM. Joining the trade body’s board are Rewind Festival’s Katt Lingard, Kevin Moore of Vision Nine (Boardmasters and NASS) and Nozstock’s Rob Nosworthy, expanding its number to 11 from eight. They join representatives on the board from AIF members Deer Shed, ArcTanGent, Kilimanjaro Live, Broadwick Live, Greenbelt, Standon Calling, Liverpool Sound City and The Fair. The AGM marked AIF’s first since it separated from AIM in April of 2018 to become a fully independent body. AIF now counts more than 65 members, with recent additions including Love Saves the Day, Mutations, Walthamstow Garden Party and We Are FSTVL.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Michael Chugg, Martin Dodd, Amanda Berman, Jody Gerson, Peter Smidt, Ron Cerrito, Doug Mark, Karen Glauber, Darcus Beese, Rachel Levy, Eric Greenspan, Steve Strange, Alex Luke, Christian Tattersfield, Caroline Elleray, Patrik Larsson, Sharon Dastur and Maureen Kenny.


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. Last week was April Fool’s Day. Click HERE to see who was fooled and who was not!


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



Ori Alboher, is a multi–instrumentalist creator that has been making music from his home studio under the moniker ORI since 2012. Inspired by a variety of genres including R&B, Pop, Ambient and Soul, ORI shares his music with a soft voice, manipulated vocals, loops and beats which build up melodic, rhythmic and repetitive structures that pull the listener into the music, while forming moods oscillating between intimacy and distant depths. ORI’s single “Solo” was sampled by Jay Rock, the first signing of the Los Angeles–based management company and label Top Dawg Entertainment (Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, SZA), which serves as the chorus to the single “Redemption.” Kendrick Lamar, who curated the album along with 2x GRAMMY Award winner/producer Sounwave, picked the sample. The song is taken from ORI’s 1986 album, which also includes “Black Book,” which was featured on the USA Network Television show Shooter. ORI was recently picked as one of 100 acts to see at SXSW by NPR, followed by a successful and breathtaking showcase at MUSEXPO Los Angeles. These days, ORI is performing around Europe and Israel as he is finishing up his forthcoming third album due later this year. Listen to “Black Book” HERE and contact Ran Nir at ran@imu–music.com, or Andrew Campbell at andrew@imu–music.com of I Am You Music Group UG, as ORI is available for label, brand and booking opportunities.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – RAT CITY

Norway’s Rat City is a high concept audio–visual project that seamlessly fuses song and image. Conceived by songwriter/producers Kent and Cato Sundberg, along with Lasse Michelsen and animator/designer Micah Monkey, but they are far from strangers to music. The brothers Sandberg have been part of the Stargate stable and have had six No.1 songs across Scandinavia with their own band, Donkeyboy, while as producers/writers, they’ve had hits with other artists. Micah recently directed Eric Clapton’s “White Christmas” video and Lasse has been part of the Donkeyboy/Rat City production team for several years while working on a number of outside projects in his native Norway. Rat City teamed up with Isak Heim on vocals and unleashed the criminally catchy single “Kind of Love,” featuring a beautifully rendered animated video. The visual has already amassed over 100,000 YouTube views and reached No.1 on Shazam (Norway), over 2 million Spotify streams and the track is earning 50+ spins a week on Danish radio station P3 and French radio station NRJ. Watch the video for “Kind Of Love” HERE and contact Richard Bishop at richard@threeam.net for additional information and all inquiries.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 4/7/2019



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, April 7th, 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:

WHENYOUNG – “Never Let Go” (Virgin/EMI, Ireland)
JOAN – “Drive All Night” (SNAFU/Universal, Sweden)
SPORTS TEAM – “M5” (Holm Front, UK)
TWO YEAR VACATION – “I Forgot Your Name (But I Like You)” (Clouds Hill, Sweden)
EASY LIFE – “Nightmares” (Island Records, UK)
THE RAH’S – “Land of The Dreamers” (Unsigned, Scotland)
BALTHAZAR – “Wrong Vibration” (Play It Again Sam, Belgium)
LONGFELLOW – “Iscariot” (Unsigned, UK)
BAKER GRACE – “Numb” (Unsigned, N. America)
DEMOB HAPPY – “Less Is More” (SO Recordings, UK)
ADAM FRENCH – “Keep It Together” (Virgin/EMI, UK)
BLACK HONEY – “Crowded City” (Fox Five Records, UK)
SHLOMI ASH – “Wake Up” (Unsigned, Israel)
COYLE GIRELLI – “Where’s My Girl” (Unsigned, UK)
HOCKEY DAD – “Join The Club” (Lab Records, N. Australia)
LAUREN WALLER – “Quicksand” (Unsigned, N. America)
THE LUKA STATE – “What’s My Problem” (Project Records, UK)
TIM SCHOU – “Acapella” (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
BAD SOUNDS – “Wages” (Unsigned, UK)
TROPHY EYES – “Lavender Bay” (Hopeless Records, Australia)
BENE – “Soaked” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
CALLOW YOUTH – “Did It Really Matter” (Waterskin Records, UK)
SLIDE – “Floating” (If Music Could Talk/AWAL, Sweden)
STATE LIGHTS – “Lonely” (Unsigned, Ireland)
DRENGE – “Autonomy” (Infectious, UK)
INGER – “Coming Home” (Unsigned, Estonia)
HUSKY LOOPS – “Let Go For Nothing” (30th Century Records, UK)
STICKY FINGERS – “Loose Ends” (Sureshaker, Australia)
BLITZ UNION – “Revolution” (Unsigned, Czech Republic)
TEDDYBEARS – “Give It All Up” (Unsigned, Sweden)
STOP MOTION POETRY – “Missile” (Unsigned, N. America)
EMME LENTINO – “Better Than Gold” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
DOLLY & THE DINOSAUR – “Unofficial” (Unsigned, UK)

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