UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP REVEALS KEY EXPANSION INTO SOUTHEAST ASIA – CALVIN WONG NAMED CEO FOR THE REGION
Universal Music Group (UMG) has appointed respected industry executive Calvin Wong to the newly–created position of CEO, Southeast Asia & Sr. VP, Asia, effective immediately. The appointment comes alongside a strategic expansion of operations and infrastructure into Singapore, which will become the main headquarters for UMG within the region.
With over three decades of experience in the Asian music industry, Wong joins UMG from Warner Music Group, where he most recently held the position of President, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong & Korea and EVP, Marketing. Prior to joining Warner Music in 1998, Wong held several regional positions at EMI.
Wong’s new role will see him leading UMG’s regional operations across Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Indochina, while reporting to Adam Granite, EVP, Market Development for UMG. He will be supported by executive teams within each territory including Kenny Ong (MD, Universal Music Malaysia, Singapore & Indochina); Ricky Ilacad (CEO, Universal Music Philippines); Wisnu Surjono (MD, Universal Music Indonesia); and Paul Sirisant (MD, Universal Music Thailand). Additionally, Wong will work closely with Granite to help manage operations across the entire region.
Wong is joined in Singapore by a new executive leadership team which includes Elvin Eng (CFO, Southeast Asia & Korea); Gus Henderson (Head of New Business and Brands, Southeast Asia and Korea); and Sarah Ismail, who is promoted to Marketing Director, Southeast Asia. Eng, Henderson and Ismail will relocate from UMG’s Hong Kong office. Additionally, Daniel Haugen returns to UMG as VP, Business Development and Digital, having previously worked for Universal Music Norway as Director, Global Digital Business Development and Strategy. Aerae Eun has been appointed as HR Director, Southeast Asia & Korea and joins UMG from global technology company Criteo.
Announcing the changes, Adam Granite said, “I am thrilled to welcome Calvin to UMG. He brings with him unparalleled experience as an executive, marketer and business entrepreneur within the Asian music industry and will help provide strong leadership and support across each local domestic territory. These new additions to our senior management team show our ambition to attract new domestic talent, expand the boundaries of commercial success for our recording artists, labels and other businesses within the region and to amplify opportunities for local and international artists to reach new fans around the world.”
Wong commented, “I am delighted to join UMG at such an exciting time for music within the region. Over the past few years, Southeast Asia has undergone a period of huge digital transformation which has not only fueled market development but also helped create new commercial partners and creative opportunities for artists from throughout the region. I am excited to help reinforce UMG’s position as the market leader in talent and business development, digital innovation, partnerships and artist focused services. At a time where we are now seeing songs from around the world becoming global hits, the opportunity has never been better for Southeast Asian artists to reach new audiences around the world.”
In addition, the team will work closely with Patsy Chan, Sr. VP, Business & Legal Affairs and Ang Kwee Tiang (KT Ang), Sr. VP, Asia Public Policy, who both remain based in Hong Kong.
PAUL SINCLAIR NAMED GM & EVP FOR ATLANTIC RECORDS
Atlantic Records has promoted Paul Sinclair to General Manager & EVP for the company. Based out of the company’s New York headquarters, Sinclair’s new role will see him focusing on strategies to keep Atlantic at the forefront of modern culture, tapping into his extensive marketing and creative experience for a wide range of company initiatives. The announcement was made today by Atlantic Chairman & COO Julie Greenwald, and Chairman & CEO Craig Kallman.
“Paul came on board just as we were transforming Atlantic into a company where digital innovation is at the heart of our artist development strategy,” said Greenwald and Kallman. “He’s brilliant at translating our artists’ personal creative visions into the digital universe, and a passionate advocate for constantly reinventing what we’re doing to best serve the music. Paul is an invaluable, dedicated member of our senior executive team, and we’re thrilled to give him this wider platform to help take us into the future.”
“It’s been the most incredible experience to be part of the evolution of Atlantic under Julie and Craig,” said Sinclair. “We’re always thinking about how to stay ahead of the curve, in the digital space and across every area of the company. It’s all about finding the most inspired and inventive ways to nurture and advance our artists’ careers. I’m looking forward to this amazing new opportunity to contribute to the continuing transformation of this amazing company.”
Sinclair joined Atlantic in 2006 and most recently served as EVP of Digital Strategy & Innovation. Sinclair has been the driving force behind the creation of the industry’s premier digital department, which has been a pioneer in digital innovation. Sinclair came to Atlantic with a deep and diverse background in various industries, including leading project management at a web development start–up and holding various roles at a software company working for the U.S. Department of Defense. He joined Warner Music Group in 2001 as Director, Digital Properties.
SONY/ATV AND Q&A ANNOUNCE NEW GLOBAL DEAL
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has finalized a worldwide deal with Troy Carter and J. Erving’s new music and technology firm, Q&A. Under the partnership, Sony/ATV will administer the music publishing catalog of Q&A, which was launched in April by Carter (Spotify, Atom Factory), Erving (Human Re Sources, Atom Factory) and Co–Founder Suzy Ryoo (Atom Factory, OMD), along with Tim Luckow (Stem, GHouse).
“I’ve known Troy Carter and J. Erving for many years and they have always stood out to me as two of the most artist–friendly and progressive executives in the industry,” says Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Jon Platt. “It’s why I am excited to team up with them and their partners for this new venture as it explores fresh and innovative ways of connecting music and technology.”
Troy Carter & Jon Platt
“My partners and I unanimously agreed that Sony/ATV was the right partner to administer our new publishing venture. Jon Platt has always put creators first and that’s core to our mission as a company,” says Q&A Chairman and CEO Troy Carter. “We’re looking forward to building something special with this incredible global team.”
Q&A encompasses Human Re Sources, a digital distribution and label services company, which was started in 2018 by Erving who serves as its CEO. The two companies merged in advance of the launch of Q&A, allowing the new company to build an integrated solution for artists via distribution, management, label services and data analytics. Q&A is dedicated to creating an ecosystem based around the concept of the “artist as an entrepreneur.”
WARNER BROS. RECORDS NAMES NORMAN WONDERLY EVP, CREATIVE
Warner Bros. Records (WBR) has announced the promotion of Norman Wonderly to Executive Vice President, Creative for the company. Based out of the company’s Los Angeles headquarters, Wonderly reports to WBR Co–Chairman & COO, Tom Corson. Wonderly came to WBR in 2010, when he was tapped as Sr. VP of the label’s Creative Services team. Prior he served as Publisher of Alternative Press magazine, where he worked for twenty years.
Since joining WBR, Wonderly has overseen creative campaigns and music videos for artists such as Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa, Lil Pump, Michael Bublé, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Josh Groban, Jason Derulo, Gary Clark Jr., and others. Most recently, Wonderly was instrumental in the interior design and branding of WBR’s new headquarters in downtown LA’s Arts District. His role included everything from selecting furniture to commissioning original murals by artists Shepard Fairey, Tristan Eaton and KMNDZ (Johnny Rodriguez).
In making the announcement, Corson said, “Norman has a broad and critical role within WBR. He crafts powerful, individual brands for our artists and his amazing eye, great taste, and original ideas translate musical energy into visual style. He is the master of creating an impactful, captivating aesthetic that extends across everything we do at WBR – from album art and videos to the amazing new environment we’re experiencing every day. I’m delighted to announce this richly deserved promotion.”
Wonderly said, “Since its earliest days, WBR has embraced a unique, irreverent, out–of–the–box creative sensibility that has permeated the label’s culture. Long before I joined this amazing company, I was a huge fan of the label’s visual approach and language, and it’s a privilege to be tasked with taking it into the future. There’s a fantastic energy running through the company, from our new leadership to our new space and, of course, our incredible artists. I want to thank Tom and Aaron for this wonderful opportunity.”
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Virgin EMI has announced Ben and Daniel Parmar as Co–Presidents of A&R for the company. The duo are Co–Founders of leading London–based label PMR, which they will continue to lead as a Virgin EMI partner label, alongside their new roles. They will report to Virgin EMI’s President, Ted Cockle. PMR launched in 2010 and since then has seen success with acts such as Jessie Ware and Disclosure who collectively have sold over 5 million albums globally. Ben’s appointment marks a return for him to the Universal Music family, having begun his career on the Polydor A&R team in 2002 where he signed Klaxons (then managed by Tony Beard) and worked on the Grammy–winning debut full–length from La Roux (signed and A&R’d by Nick Shymansky). PMR was initially set up by the Parmar brothers as a JV with Island Records UK.
BMG’s U.K. operations have announced promotions for two long–time staffers with Lisa Cullington and Gemma Reilly both rising to VP. Cullington, who was among the original team at BMG’s U.K. launch in 2009, steps into the role of VP, Creative having served as Sr. Director, Publishing. Reilly takes on the role of VP, U.K. Marketing from her previous role as Director, U.K. Marketing. Reilly became one of BMG U.K.’s first appointments to its recordings division when she joined the company five years ago.
Lindsay Rothschild has joined Apple Music as Head of Creative Services, Music Publishing for N. America. Rothschild had most recently spent four years leading songwriter/publisher relations for YouTube and music publishing business development for YouTube and Google Play. Other stops on her resume include time with Disney Music Group and Warner/Chappell. Rothschild’s new role will see her cultivating relationships with key creative/A&R music publishing teams and songwriters while sourcing opportunities for songwriters within Apple’s community and supporting the company’s creative partners on getting the most value out of Apple Music. Rothschild will also work alongside the publishing team at Apple Music to secure opportunities with “key industry bodies, partnerships events & ambassadors.”
Pandora has announced new student and military member offerings for its Premium tier which will offer all of the benefits of the premium subscription at a discounted price. Regularly $9.99/month, students can now access Pandora Premium for $4.99/month while military are offered a $7.99/month deal.
Kobalt Music Publishing has announced the promotion of Amanda Samii to the role of VP, Creative. Based in Kobalt’s Los Angeles office, Samii had previously served as Sr. Director, Creative. Samii has played a key role in the signing of hitmakers including Marshmello, who has released collaborations with Selena Gomez, Khalid, Bastille, Migos, Anne–Marie, Logic, James Arthur and Juicy J among others. She has also signed writers/producers such as Finneas O’Connell (Billie Eilish), Syd, Rogét Chahayed, Mike Crossey, Michael Matosic, Peter Thomas and Paul Meany. Samii came to Kobalt in 2011 as an assistant on the Creative team.
Kobalt Music has also finalized a worldwide administration deal with Scottish singer/songwriter, Nina Nesbitt. The deal encompasses publishing, administration, creative services and synch for the artist’s future works, and comes three months after Nesbitt’s second full–length effort, The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change, hit No.28 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart. Nesbitt recently wrapped up a N. American headline tour which was capped off with a performance on The Late Show. Her debut album release, Peroxide, was released in 2013 via Island Records and reached No.1 on the U.K. Album Charts in Scotland as well as No.11 for the entire U.K. She was eventually dropped by Island and signed a global artists services deal in 2016 with indie label Cooking Vinyl.
A new agreement has been finalized between AEG Presents/Promo West and Corporex Companies to see Corporex building a new music venue in Newport, KY. Set to be located on the Ohio River across from downtown Cincinnati, the venue is the first part of the Ovation development, a 25–acre mixed use development. The venue will feature a 2,700–capacity indoor facility as well as outdoor space for 7,000 people, and looks to welcome 180 shows and 350,000–400,000 fans annually. The new structure will be located over a 550–car parking garage with its Venue Plaza to be connected by a pedestrian walkway to additional aspects of the Ovation development which will include restaurants, nightlife and other entertainment offerings.
Universal Music Group (UMG) has announced the promotion of Brittney Ramsdell to Sr. VP Film and TV Synchronization for Republic Records, Def Jam Recordings, Island Records and Verve Label Group. Ramsdell’s new role gives her oversight of a team that includes dedicated synch representatives within each label, seeking to secure opportunities for music placements across all forms of visual media. Based in Santa Monica, Ramsdell reports to Michele Anthony, UMG’s EVP, while working alongside each label’s leadership team. Ramsdell joined the company in 2014 as VP Film and TV Synchronization and among her recent successes counts placements for Lorde’s “Green Light” in an HBO image campaign, and Alessia Cara’s “Out of Love” in the recent film After, as well as a number of other films and TV shows. Before joining UMG, Ramsdell was in the synch department at Warner Bros. Records.
Bandsintown has announced five new developing artists to Big Break, its fan data–driven emerging artists program. Since rolling out in September of 2017, over 25 emerging acts have joined Big Break in the earliest stages of their career, including Cautious Clay, Yungblud, Bailey Bryan, Omar Apollo, Noah Kahan, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Boy Pablo and The Marias. As it seeks to help artists build an active live community, Big Break artists receive promotion across Bandsintown’s digital platform, including custom editorial, email marketing credits, in–app features, brand partnerships, touring, special showcase opportunities and social media promotion. The new spring inductees to Big Break include Hazey Eyes, Herizen, KOLARS, Reptaliens and AdrianJean. All five artists performed at Bandsintown’s recent Big Break showcase during SXSW 2019.
Deborah Dugan has made history in officially becoming the first woman to take the role of President & CEO for the Recording Academy. Dugan’s appointment was made public last week as she succeeds Neil Portnow leading the organization. Dugan will assume oversight of all Recording Academy affairs as she works closely with the Academy’s Board of Trustees and senior management team. Duties will including taking on the President & CEO responsibilities for MusiCares and serving on the boards of both the GRAMMY Museum Foundation and The Latin Recording Academy. Dugan becomes one of only a few women to assume top positions within the Academy alongside Ruby Marchand, currently the board’s Vice Chair and Laura Segura Mueller, VP Membership & Industry Relations. Among the list of former female staffers to serve in top roles are three past Sr. VP’s in Diane Theriot, Kristen Madsen and Nancy Shapiro, as well as two former chairs of the Board of Trustees, Leslie Ann Jones and Christine Albert.
Downtown Music Publishing has acquired the catalog of independent European music publisher, Strictly Confidential. The acquisition includes over 10,000 song copyrights across multiple languages and genres. Established in Brussels in 1987 by Michel Lambot, Kenny Gates, and Pierre Mossiat, Strictly Confidential is one of Europe’s leading independent music publishing houses. With affiliated companies and operations in Belgium, France, and the U.K., Strictly Confidential’s catalog includes hit singles across pop, rock, R&B, dance, and world music written and/or recorded by such names as Balkan Beat Box, Bebel Gilberto, Carl Barât, Chromeoz, Clarika, Deus, Editors, Élodie Frégé, Felix da Housecat, Jason Derulo, Julien Doré, Junior Jack, Mark Ronson, Olivia Ruiz, Soap&Skin, Staff Benda Bilili, Tom Odell, Vanessa Paradis, and others. The acquisition sees Downtown controlling the rights to Strictly Confidential’s catalog of original music developed from 1987 through 2017, but does not include Strictly Confidential’s music publishing administration business, which will maintain operations under its existing management team, who will also be separately developing a catalog of new original music.
Demi Lovato has become the latest artist to join the roster of manager Scooter Braun which she revealed this weekend via Instagram. Lovato joins Braun’s stable that includes Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande.
Paradigm Talent Agency has tapped Chappel McCollister for the role of Sr. VP, Strategic Partnerships. Based out of Paradigm’s Nashville office, McCollister will represent Paradigm’s roster of music clients, with a focus on Nashville talent, across brand and corporate partnerships, premium VIP experiences, product licensing and strategic investments. McCollister comes to Paradigm from artist management firm, Sandbox Entertainmen and, prior to that, served as Director of Tour Partnerships at G7 Entertainment Marketing.
iHeartMedia has promoted award–winning executive Rahul Sabnis to Chief Creative Officer and EVP of the company’s recently–launched in–house creative group, TheStudio at iHeartMedia. Reporting to Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio and iHeartMedia Networks Group, Sabnis will lead the initiative to form a combined entity of iHeartMedia’s Creative Studio and CSG in Atlanta as TheStudio at iHeartMedia. The move seeks to align the company’s audio portfolio with advertising and marketing strategies, and creative services. Sabnis had been serving as iHeartMedia’s EVP and Executive Creative Director. Prior to joining iHeart in 2017, Sabnis served as Executive Creative Director and Head of Creative for MullenLowe Profero. Other past roles include those with 360i, Havas Worldwide and Digitas.
Rolling Stone and its owner, Penske Media Corporation, (PMC), have announced they will roll–out Rolling Stone Charts. The charts, which are currently in private beta with a public release to be announced, will track the popularity and reach of artists, albums, and songs in the U.S. Powered by music analytics service Alpha Data (formerly BuzzAngle Music), Rolling Stone Charts are customized for specific content verticals, incorporating digital and physical sales, and on–demand streaming activity.
As of Friday, Facebook users are now able to add digital cards, photos and videos to their Stories feed to celebrate friends and family members’ birthdays. Billed as Birthday Stories, users also have the option to add a music sticker to the post for well–known birthday songs including “Happy Birthday” by Stevie Wonder, “In Da Club (‘Go Shorty, It’s Your Birthday’)” by 50 Cent, “Birthday” by The Beatles and “Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen” by Neil Sedaka as well as newly–recorded Facebook Stories exclusive covers of “Happy Birthday” from acts such as Jovanie, Lukas Graham, Lauv Raiche, SYML, Greyson Chance, Harper Starling and Neda Yasee. The new offering follows a recent larger initiative for Facebook to bring licensed music into personal videos and other user–generated content across its platforms.
Breakthrough Aussie act Tash Sultana has announced the launch of her own booking agency. Under the banner of Lonely Lands Agency, Sultana will front the new operation alongside her co–managers Jaddan Comerford (CEO, UNIFIED Music Group) and Regan Lethbridge (Co–Founder, Lemon Tree Music). Lonely Lands will be based out of UNIFIED’s headquarters and at its launch counts a roster that, in addition to Sultana herself, includes Ash Grunwald, Bootleg Rascal, CLEWS, Garret Kato, Jakubi, John Floreani, Ocean Alley, Pierce Brothers, Stand Atlantic, Tones And I, The Belligerents, The Moving Stills, The Pinheads, Trophy Eyes, West Thebarton and Ziggy Alberts. Lonely Tree’s team also includes veteran booker Harry Moore as senior agent and Desiree Venuto, a UNIFIED staffer, as assistant booking agent.
Music Week has revealed that Mark Cooper will part ways with his role as Head of Music for BBC Studios after more than two decades. Cooper will officially end his tenure with the broadcaster after this year’s Glastonbury Festival. In addition to overseeing the BBC’s coverage of Glastonbury since it launched in 1997, Cooper is also the founding producer of flagship show, Later…With Jools Holland, and the annual New Year’s Eve Hootenanny. He will maintain a relationship with the BBC as an executive producer across special projects, while executive producer, Alison Howe, will take over responsibilities for Later…With Jools Holland. From 2013 to 2018, Cooper took on oversight of TV coverage for The Proms, curating both the David Bowie and Stax Proms. He also served as executive producer for numerous classical and dance films, and produced many documentaries on some of the biggest names in music, as well as a series that dived into musical origins. He also helmed the BBC4 Britannia offering, which counts 25 films on the evolution of music genres in the U.K. BBC Studios will be searching for a new Creative Director of Music with changes taking effect July 1st.
A&R Worldwide has learned that film/TV executive Sienna Jackson has taken on a new role as Head of Film & Television Music for Spyglass Media Group. Jackson is based in the company’s Los Angeles offices.
Having led Universal Music Group’s Commercial Partnership Division since 2011, veteran executive Candace Berry has announced she is parting ways with the company. With an over three–decade music industry career, Berry started out in regional sales and marketing for Arista Records. She then transitioned to Zoo Records as VP of Sales before heading to Interscope where she eventually took the lead in the sales division. Berry parted ways with Interscope in 2010 but remained part of the wider Universal team as VP of Sales and Marketing for Universal Music Publishing Group. With Berry’s exit, Sr. VP of Commercial Partnerships, Jeff Stoltz, will take over leadership of the team on an interim basis with the distributed marketing operations reporting to Andrew Kronfeld moving forward.
The streaming battles in India continue with a recent court ruling possibly shedding light on how the ongoing Warner Music/Spotify battle might play out. Tips Industries Limited, one of India’s leading record labels, has won a high court battle with Indian music streaming platform Wynk over the use of its repertoire online. The legal action between the two began in 2017 when both companies neglected to agree on new licensing terms, which saw Tips requesting the removal of its around 25,000 recordings from the Wynk service. Wynk countered by claiming they were a broadcasting organization allowing them to keep Tips’ content under a statutory license. Tips filed two suits in January of last year for copyright infringement with Mumbai High Court judge S.J. Kathawalla ruling in favor of the label. Kathawalla is the same judge overseeing the case between Warner Music and Spotify.
Following his sudden departure from WME Nashville in October last year, veteran agent Rob Beckham has returned to the industry with the launch of The Artist Management Group (AMG), a partnership with music manager Bill Simmons. The news was revealed shortly after it was announced that Nashville’s Fitzgerald Hartley management company, where Simmons had been a partner, was shuttering after 42 years. Joining The AMG roster are Simmons’ management clients, Brad Paisley and Chris Young, whom Beckham had represented at WME as well.
Universal Music Publishing Australia has extended their exclusive Australia and New Zealand deal with multi–Platinum and Aria Award–winning duo, The Veronicas. The news comes following the release of the duo’s new single “Think Of Me,” and most recently the release of the stunning accompanying video. The new single release follows The Veronicas’ No.1 hit “In My Blood,” and was the “Most Added to Australian Radio” the week of release. With a career spanning more than 15 years, the duo has garnered 10 top 10 singles in Australia with three number No.1 hits, as well as more than 500 million streams. The Veronicas have written or co–written many of their biggest hits including the No.1’s “You Ruin Me” and “In My Blood.” They are also critically acclaimed for being the first artists from Australia to reach platinum in the U.S. with their single “Untouched.” They have recently been working with emerging talent such as Mallrat, Allday, Cxloe and some of the biggest U.S. writers including Wrabel (Ellie Goulding, Marshmellow, Ke$ha), Bram Inscore (Troye Sivan, Chloe x Halle) and Evan Bogart (Beyoncé, Rihanna).
Google has revealed subscriber numbers for its YouTube Music and Google Play platforms have reached 15 million people across paid and promotional trials. This ranks fourth behind Spotify (100 million paid), Apple Music (over 50 million) and Amazon (around 30 million). The numbers come as YouTube’s Premium Music service has now been available in the U.S., Canada, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and a number of European territories for about a year, as well as a recent entry into the Indian market.
Entertainment One (eOne) has announced a global publishing administration deal with Portland, Oregon music producer Samuel Troxel, aka Trox. Under the deal, eOne has secured global collection across all publishing revenue for Trox’s current catalogue, as well as future works. Among his credits are included YBN Cordae’s “Fighting Temptations,” 50 Cent’s “NY,” “You Took My Heart,” and “Leave the Lights On,” and Snoop Dogg’s “On the Double.” Additionally, Trox’s instrumental tracks can be heard on several Spotify playlists, including “Gold Instrumental Beats,” “Focus Flow,” and “Chill Instrumental Beats.” Trox also frequently collaborates with athletic brand Nike to create original music for the brand’s activations.
VR music start–up, MelodyVR, has revealed financial results for its first full year in 2018 since rolling out their app last May. The report showed revenues for the year of £1.2 million (around $1.6 million) with net losses hitting £11.3 million ($14.7 million). Across the year, the platform raised £20 million ($26 million) by issuing new shares, finishing the year with cash reserves of £19.3 million ($25 million). Having tapped Liam Payne for its inaugural livestream in December of last year, the London–based event broadcasted live to 36 countries but, to–date, has generated only slightly more than 127,000 views. As 2019 continues, MelodyVR plans to roll–out new advertising products and mobile apps as well as updates to their website.
Iconic London music venue, The Borderline, has announced that after over three decades of live performances, the Soho venue will be closing its doors as of August 31st. Starting with pop–up shows in the early ’80s, The Borderline officially opened in 1985, and since then has welcomed acts such as Blondie, Texas, Blur, R.E.M, PJ Harvey, Oasis, John Mellencamp, Jeff Buckley, Sheryl Crow, Belle & Sebastian, Muse, Mumford & Sons, Frank Turner, Amy Winehouse, The 1975 and Catfish & the Bottlemen and others. The venue’s owners, DHP Family, commented on the closure in an official statement, saying, “With ever increasing rents, rising business rates and ongoing redevelopment plans for Soho, we’ve taken the decision to close the venue by 31 August 2019.” It has been confirmed that all shows scheduled at the venue to take place prior to August 31st will continue as scheduled. The Borderline shut–down temporarily in 2017 to be refurbished as organizers sought to revive the 300–capacity venue.
The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its investment adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, have acquired a music catalogue from Dave A. Stewart. Stewart is a Grammy Award–winning musician/songwriter/producer, best known for his work as one half of the Eurythmics, alongside Annie Lennox. Stewart co–wrote and produced each of the Eurythmics’ albums, including eight Top 5 and three No.1 U.K. albums, which have sold more than 100 million units globally. With the Eurythmics, Stewart co–wrote 13 U.S. No.1 singles, including “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” “Would I Lie To You” and “There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart).” Additional credits for Stewart including songs written and produced with artists such as Tom Petty, No Doubt, Shakespear’s Sister, Mick Jagger, Bono, Bob Dylan, Gwen Stefani, Bon Jovi, Stevie Nicks, Bryan Ferry, Katy Perry, Sinead O’Connor and Joss Stone. Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Stewart’s copyright interest in his catalogue, encompassing 1,068 songs, which includes his writer’s, artist’s and producer’s share of income.
Create Music Group has unveiled a new free mobile app which seeks to eliminate songwriting disputes between writers, producers and artists. SPLITS, which Create has been testing in the App Store since early this year, is now available for download. SPLITS simplifies the process for songwriters to generate a split agreement. To create a SPLITS agreement a writer simply has to open the SPLITS app and create a new agreement, add collaborators, and set their contribution percentage – SPLITS will automatically send a notice to the writer’s collaborators along with a snippet of the song. If the collaborators agree they just click “agree.” If they don’t, they make adjustments and once all parties agree, the Splits Agreement is sent to the writers’ publishers with an email to each collaborator. Among the creatives already using the SPLITS app are PittThaKid, GooseTheGuru, C4, Young Chop, Chase the Money, C Note, Sonny Digital, Chop Squad DJ and Roccstar.
ICM Partners has added newly–reformed rock outfit Phantom Planet to their roster for representation worldwide. The group will be looked after by a team of agents under Mike Hayes and Brandon Zmigrocki and are managed by Brad Aarons (New Community Management/Roc Nation). Having originally formed in 1994, Phantom Planet began playing shows in LA in the mid–90s which led to a deal with Geffen Records in 1997. Their debut full–length, Phantom Planet Is Missing, was released the next year. Their sophomore effort, The Guest, followed in 2002 and featured the single “California” which became the theme song for The O.C. television series. In 2003, founding member and drummer Jason Schwartzman parted ways with the group and was replaced by Jeff Conrad. The band released two more albums before announcing their last show in 2008 at The Troubadour in LA. Marking 25 years since forming, the band’s reunion will see the release of a new full–length with single “Balisong” released last week as their first new music in 11 years.
Multi–Platinum selling Spanish singer/songwriter Melendi has finalized a worldwide publishing agreement with Warner/Chappell Music. The deal encompasses both his extensive back catalogue and future works. Melendi has sold over four million records to–date and is the most streamed artist ever in Spain, according to figures from Spotify. He also serves as a judge on the Spanish and Mexican editions of The Voice. Melendi’s first big breakthrough came in 2004 when national cycle race Vuelta a España adopted his song “Con La Luna Llena” as its official theme. In 2006, he wrote the song “Gangs of London,” for the PSP game of the same name. A string of Platinum–selling albums followed with his most recent full–length, Ahora, released in March 2018 also certified Platinum. His latest song, “Déjala Que Baile,” featuring Alejandro Sanz, topped the airplay charts and went No.1. On the live front, in 2017, he attracted over 200,000 people to almost 40 gigs across Spain, making him the biggest live act of the year, and regularly tours the U.S. and Latin America. He is currently working with top producers such as Andrés Torres y Mauricio Rengifo and songwriters Andrés Saavedra and Andy Clay. His new album is expected for release this autumn and he will support it with an international tour.
Korean–American artist NIve (pronounced Neeve) has debuted his first single “Who I Am.” Now based in Los Angeles, NIve arrived to the U.S. as a teenager having lived in South Korea and Australia. Most recently, NIve solidified his global presence in pop music by co–writing “Beautiful Goodbye” for CHEN, a member of K–Pop boyband EXO, which upon its release earlier this spring debuted No.1 in 45 countries. NIve’s single is released via the newly–formed record label, 153 Entertainment, a part of 153 Group, and a JV partnership with Warner Music Group. The company is led by executive producer Hyuk Shin, a multi–Platinum producer whose records have sold millions of copies worldwide, including leading pop and K–Pop artists, such as Justin Bieber, EXO, DEAN, GOT7, SHINee, NCT 127, MONSTA X, and others. Label operations for 153 Entertainment are led by Peter Torres.
Deezer is opening up music access for its free tier through Amazon Alexa–enabled devices. The news follows the roll–out of ad–supported services for voice from Amazon and YouTube Music, with the Deezer service not available to users in the U.S. or Japan. The integration will see free users of Deezer able to listen to listen to requested artists, genres and editorial playlists through their Alexa–enabled devices. They will also have the option to set Deezer as their preferred music streaming platform on Alexa. Deezer had already rolled out Alexa capability for its paid subscribers last year on devices such as Sonos One.
Deezer has also unveiled an update to its app and logo which it states “highlights the brand’s human and local identity.” The new Deezer player features a number of updates including the matching of its color to that of the cover art for the currently playing track as well as a large portion of its text swapped out for more space and visual treatments across playlists and channels.
As the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) continues to push towards more efficient day–to–day operations, it has announced a new partnership with non–profit music licensing company, RE:SOUND for the launch of Entandem. Entandem will allow Canadian retailers, restaurants, nightclubs, fitness clubs and other companies and government organizations to license music from a single platform with the portal expected to launch in July. To–date, over 100,000 businesses and organizations have had to finalize their legally–required licenses for music usage separately with SOCAN and RE:SOUND.
CTM Publishing has extended its music publishing deal with producer and composer, Vincent van de Ende, a/k/a Avedon. At the same time CTM recognized Vincent with an award for garnering over 1 billion streams across his various co–written and co–produced tracks, recorded by acts such as 6ix9ine, Chris Brown, Trippie Redd, Russ, Thutmose and others. Vincent, originally from the Netherlands, lives and works in LA, primarily as co–producer and co–writer of Scott Storch.
Billboard has revealed the roll–out of the The Global 100, the first authoritative chart ranking top songs globally, based on worldwide streams and download sales. Alongside the announcement of the new chart launch, Billboard will also be presenting a global summit and data conference in 2020. Set to debut later this year, the Global 100 chart will be powered by the Nielsen platform counting expanded global measurement tools, to analyze activity in over 180 territories worldwide. The chart’s ranking will be based on a weighted formula encompassing streams across both subscription and ad–supported tiers from leading audio and video music services as well as download sales from top music retailers globally.
Cooking Vinyl has unveiled a round of new signings to the company to start 2019 including indie act Swim Deep who have finalized a worldwide artist services deal. Following a selective string of shows last year, the group are preparing their third full length LP with some summer appearances already lined up. Isobel Campbell has also recently joined Cooking Vinyl under a worldwide artist services deal. Campbell was a key member of Belle & Sebastian, having co–written their Top 20 track “Legal Man.” After departing the group, Campbell released several albums with Screaming Trees’ Mark Lanegan, alongside collaborations with The Jesus & Mary Chain. Also joining the roster is Mercury Award nominee Sam Lee for a worldwide royalty deal. Lee is currently working on new material following a recent partnership with the RSPB, alongside Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, to raise awareness for declining bird species. At the same time, Kerri Watt has signed for a worldwide royalty deal to release her debut full–length. Also signed to Cooking Vinyl Publishing, Watt has had considerable support from BBC Radio 2 and recently joined Keith Urban on stage as a special guest for his March shows in London. Lastly, Saint Raymond joins the label for a worldwide artist services deal ahead of his highly–anticipated second album.
The RIAA announced a round of key C–level executive moves last week with the promotions of Morna Willens to Chief Policy Officer and Karen Silhol to Chief Financial Office, and the hire of Ken Doroshow as Chief Legal Officer. All three appointments are effective immediately with the group reporting to RIAA Chairman & CEO, Mitch Glazier. Willens and Silhol had been serving as Sr. VP of Federal Policy and EVP of Finance & Administration, respectively. Doroshow’s appointment marks a return to the RIAA after an 11–year hiatus during which time he was a Partner at law firm Jenner & Block. Doroshow had previously served as Head of Litigation for the RIAA from 2005–2008.
Indie label 10K Projects has tapped Brittney King Brock as the company’s first President of Operations & GM where she will look after all operations for the label including building the staff and managing relationships with artist teams and distribution partners. She will be based out of 10K’s LA headquarters. Brock owns King Creative Group which is a full service creative and management firm providing A&R admin, talent management, brand strategy and creative consulting. Previously, she was a producer for the Oprah Winfrey Network, Director of A&R at Bad Boy Entertainment and Manager for Revolt TV. As a manager, she’s worked with acts such as Usher, Justin Bieber, Bryan–Michael Cox and Mary J. Blige.
The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency, Ltd. (CMRRA) has launched a new Industry Relations team under the leadership of Veronica Syrtash, Sr. VP, Business Affairs & Corporate Development. CMRRA also announced the appointment of Rebecca Webster as Director, Industry Relations and Communications, effective immediately. Webster comes to CMRRA after running the music PR firm Webster Media Consulting Inc. for the last ten years in Toronto. Among the successful Canadian publicity campaigns she led are included those for Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, French–Canadian rock band Karkwa, Netflix docu–series Hip Hop Evolution host Shad, children’s music entertainers Splash’N Boots, as well as Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Third Man Records’ Margo Price, and others. Prior to launching Webster, she built and ran the Toronto media office for Montreal’s Distribution Fusion III. At the same time, Marianne Anderson has been promoted to Publisher Relations Manager for CMRRA.
[PIAS] has finalized a new global digital distribution agreement with another of the world’s top orchestras, the Berliner Philharmoniker, via the organization’s in–house label, Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings. The addition of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s label complements label partnerships with the in–house labels of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Choir of King’s College Cambridge, and the St. Petersburg–based Mariinsky Orchestra, all of which were announced in 2018. Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings officially rolled–out in May 2014 with a focus on large cycles of orchestral music which so far count Schumann, Sibelius, and Beethoven, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, as well as a comprehensive body of Schubert’s orchestral works conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. The Berlin Philharmonic’s first new release with [PIAS] came this past Friday as a new recording of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 conducted by the orchestra’s new Chief Conductor, Kirill Petrenko.
Valence Media, the parent company behind Billboard–Hollywood Reporter Media Group, has named Emily Spence as EVP, Head of Communications. Spence’s new role will see her tasked with developing and executing all communications initiatives across Valence and its entities which, along with Billboard–Hollywood Reporter Media Group, count TV/film studio MRC and dick clark productions. She reports to Modi Wiczyk and Asif Satchu, Valence’s Co–CEOs. Most recently, Spence led a communications practice which worked with clients such as Amazon Studios, AT&T Audience Network, BuzzFeed, Meredith Corporation, Microsoft, Warner Bros. Television and NBCUniversal International TV Studios. Previously, she held the role of VP at USA Network as well as additional communications roles with A&E Networks, Viacom, FerenComm and Syfy.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Darcus Beese, Ryan Whalley, Cassandra Gracey, Dan Butler, Vivek Paul, Lisa Worden, Sam Riback, Mamie Coleman, Alex Luke, Dina LaPolt, Jacob Fain, Justin Kalifowitz, Ken Komisar, Spek Hussain and Ken Blaustein.
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. The world is a wonderous and mysterious place. Click HERE to view some jackass moments from across the globe!
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– MAGNUS MIA
Magnus Mia is an international music duo from Hong Kong and Rome, featuring Jason Magnus and Mia Schettino. They first met when they were teenagers and went on separate, and quite unusual, musical journeys that have culminated in Magnus Mia today. Magnus grew up in Hong Kong and studied at Eton College and Harvard University after which he moved to Beijing to start the Beijing Pop Festival, one of China’s first music festivals. He has always felt like an outsider within Hong Kong’s financial environment where he worked and, last year, wrote and sang on a Spotify Top 40 hit with his previous band. Mia is an award–winning composer who studied at the Santa Cecilia Music Conservatory. She previously fronted an Italian rock band, as well as appearing on The Voice Italy, and has written and performed for RAI Television and Canale 5. Her compositions appear on movie soundtracks including Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Magnus Mia’s sound blends delicate tones with electro rhythms, combining the raw emotion of Magnus’ sensitive voice and lyrics and Mia’s dreamy keyboard soundscapes and melodies. They’ve been compared to The xx for their minimalistic soft beats, Portishead for their haunting fragility, and Leonard Cohen for their poetic words. The duo share a deep connection with their different cultural backgrounds and finding ways to integrate this within their music has become their greatest source of inspiration. Listen to their debut single “Jubilee” HERE and contact firstname.lastname@example.org, as Magnus Mia is available for label, publishing, synch and brand opportunities.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – CARAVAN PALACE
A decade ago in Paris, four musicians bonded over a shared love for electronic music and vintage sounds and that’s when Caravan Palace was born. The quartet has grown from a Parisian jive sensation into a globalized pop act, melding a variety of influences and capable of ripping the roof off of any venue or festival tent. In the past three years, Caravan Palace released their album <|°_°|> and their U.S. fanbase grew exponentially, driven by a series of viral moments and their single “Lone Digger” which earned over 60 million streams on Spotify and 200 million on YouTube, and the song “Wonderland” which has nearly 2 billion streams on TikTok. The album has gone on to sell 140,000 units in the U.S. and 15,000 in Canada. The electro–big band is set to release their upcoming album and has given their fans the first taste with “Miracle,” which has amassed 18 million streams already, earning airplay at KCRW, KVNV, KXCI, WCNR, WDST, WPYA and more. They’ve recently announced their 19–city tour for the U.S. with stops in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and more, starting in September. Watch the colorful and animated video directed by the animation team of Double Ninja for “Miracle,” their third collaboration with the band, HERE and contact Jessica Weber of co–sign at jessica@co–sign.com, as Caravan Palace is available for synch and branding opportunities.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 5/12/2019
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, May 12th, 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:
APRE – “Gap Year 2008” (Polydor, UK)
THE VITRIOTS – “Rehab” (Sureshaker, Australia)
CARAVAN PALACE – “Miracle” (Le Café de la Danse/Wagram/MVKA, France)
ALEX LAHEY – “Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself” (Dead Oceans, Australia)
TEN TONNES – “Lucy” (Warner Music, UK)
CALLUM BEATTIE – “Connection” (3Beat Records, UK)
TROPHY EYES – “Something Bigger Than This” (Hopeless Records, Australia)
TWO YEAR VACATION – “I Forgot Your Name (But I Like You)” (Clouds Hill, Sweden)
SPORTS TEAM – “M5” (Holm Front, UK)
COCO BANS – “Pray” (Unsigned, N. America)
TALISCO – “Closer” (Roy Music, France)
LONGFELLOW – “Iscariot” (Unsigned, UK)
MAGNUS MIA – “Jubilee” (Unsigned, Hong Kong)
THE RAH’S – “Land of The Dreamers” (Unsigned, Scotland)
BAKER GRACE – “Numb” (Unsigned, N. America)
TREE LINED STREETS – “Transformation” (Unsigned, Ireland)
STOP MOTION POETRY – “Dead Rose” (Unsigned, N. America)
BLACK FUTURES – “Me.TV” (Sony, UK)
WHENYOUNG – “Never Let Go” (Virgin/EMI, Ireland)
MANI ORRASON – “I Swear It’s True” (Unsigned, Iceland)
CALLOW YOUTH – “Did It Really Matter” (Waterskin Records, UK)
BALTHAZAR – “Wrong Vibration” (Play It Again Sam, Belgium)
DEMOB HAPPY – “Less Is More” (SO Recordings, UK)
RAT CITY FEAT. ISAK HEIM – “Kind Of Love” (Sony Music, Norway)
LITTLE COMETS – “American Tuna” (The Smallest Label, UK)
LAUREN WALLER – “Quicksand” (Unsigned, N. America)
CIRCA WAVES – “Times Won’t Change Me Now” (Prolifica, UK)
KIM CHURCHILL – “After The Sun” (Rufus Nomad, Australia)
TEDDYBEARS – “Give It All Up” (Unsigned, Sweden)
HOCKEY DAD – “Join The Club” (Lab Records, Australia)
EMME LENTINO – “Better Than Gold” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
SEA GIRLS – “All I Want To Hear You Say” (Unsigned, UK)
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