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MUSEXPO CREATIVE SUMMIT 2020 REVEALS DATES FOR 22ND EDITION & RETURN TO BURBANK, CALIFORNIA



Following its successful 21st global edition and its inaugural event in the “Media Capital of the World” earlier this year, MUSEXPO and its Creative Summit will return to Burbank, CA for 2020. The MUSEXPO Creative Summit again joins a week–long series of events that includes the Global Synch Summit and International Songwriting Summit as well as the Worldwide Radio Summit, coinciding as part of California Entertainment Week, and taking place March 22nd – 27th, 2020.

From March 22nd – 25th, MUSEXPO’s Creative Summit will return to the inspiring Castaway venue for an ultimate networking, creative and business experience. Located high in a picturesque setting, overlooking the city and Downtown Los Angeles, Castaway is fast becoming one of SoCal’s most provocative and exciting special events properties and upscale restaurants, featuring breathtaking views and a renewed positive energy and vibe, ready to deliver a world–class experience to 2020’s attendees.

MUSEXPO’s Creative Summit will continue to deliver the unparalleled overview of the global music business from A&R, publishing, digital, streaming, brands, synch, live, management, distribution, multimedia, technology, marketing, radio and an intimate networking experience that its flagship event is globally–recognized for, while also delving more deeply into the most important aspect of our global music business – the songs and the artists. With more opportunities than ever for delegates to interact and connect with the local Los Angeles music community, as well as their global counterparts, MUSEXPO’s Creative Summit will feature numerous unique and innovative opportunities and platforms to foster creative opportunities and commercial realizations.

MUSEXPO Creative Summit will also welcome the créme de la créme of global showcasing talent to its stage that has previously welcomed artists such as Katy Perry, LMFAO, Jessie J, Teddybears, Frank Turner, Robyn, The Chevin, The Temper Trap, Forest Blakk, Sheppard, Audur, Jack Savoretti, Thomas Azier, Missy Higgins, Laleh, Gavin James, Birds of Tokyo, Avalanche City, Gin Wigmore, Ida Maria and many others prior to their global success.

Lisa Worden
In addition, California Entertainment Week will include the presentation of the coveted “MUSEXPO International Music Person of the Year” award during a special VIP Awards Gala Luncheon on Tuesday, March 24th. This year, MUSEXPO has confirmed that it will present this honor to one of the most influential and respected minds in the radio and music community, Lisa Worden, Alternative Rock Brand Manager for iHeartMedia, and Program Director of ALT 98.7.

“Every year, our entire team sets a new industry standard to ensure we continue to make each MUSEXPO better than the last,” states Sat Bisla, President & Founder A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO. “As we once again deliver our inspiring Creative Summit as part of California Entertainment Week, we are determined to bring a fresh, clear energy and exciting new opportunities to our 2020 attendees, and look forward to another successful 10th edition of the Worldwide Radio Summit from our colleagues at AllAccess.com, to help unite artists, executives and fans alike.”

For more information, including access to Early Bird Discount Registration as well as showcase artist submissions, event partnership/sponsorship opportunities, direct flights to Burbank Airport and conference discount hotel room bookings within the Burbank, CA, click HERE, or contact: Tyler Polzin at tyler@anrworldwide.com or +1.323.782.0770.


WARNER MUSIC REVEALS KEY SENIOR STAFF APPOINTMENTS
TO ASIAN & GLOBAL TEAM




Warner Music Asia has announced two new senior executive appointments as well as the promotion of a third as it continues to strengthen its senior executive team in the region. Promoted is Brayden Crossley to the new role of Sr. VP, Marketing, Greater China and Southeast Asia. The two new appointments come as Darren Ho, assuming the role of Sr. VP, Marketing Strategy, Brand & Business, Greater China and Southeast Asia, and Phil Luen as Sr. VP, Digital Business Development and Research & Analysis, Southeast Asia and Korea. All three executives will be based in Hong Kong and report directly to Simon Robson, President, Asia, Warner Music.

Crossley’s role will see him looking after promotional activity for Warner’s growing roster of local artists, as well as its international acts who are connecting more and more with fans in these markets. Ho will lead Warner’s efforts to further grow audience engagement across digital and social channels to maximize these platforms’ effectiveness for artists. This approach will include an overhauling of the company’s customer relations management strategy in the region. Luen will take the lead on deal negotiations with local DSPs in Korea and the fast–expanding markets of Southeast Asia, as well as leading Warner’s regional research and analysis team, which mines data to generate feedback which further focuses artist marketing campaigns.

Simon Robson says, “These moves place three incredibly talented executives in key positions across our business. We want to be the most influential music company in Asia, the first choice for artists and brand partners with unparalleled expertise at reaching fans. These appointments will help us achieve that ambition.”

Having joined Warner Music Asia in 2017, Crossley became Regional Marketing Director, Greater China and Southeast Asia the following year. His career began as a radio announcer in South Australia, before moving into production, and eventually joining Warner Music Australia in 2013, where he became Head of Artist Relations. Ho has played a key role in various advertising agencies, including Ogilvy & Mather and, most recently, Hogarth Worldwide. High–profile clients he has worked with include Castrol, HSBC and Malaysia Airlines, counting significant marketing and management experience in Southeast Asia. Luen’s career started out at business advisory firm BDO in London, before he headed to The Walt Disney Company as a Senior Analyst. He later worked for Universal Music Group in its Sydney and Hong Kong offices, most recently serving as VP, Business Insight and Strategy, Asia.

Oana Ruxandra
In additional global Warner Music Group (WMG) news, it was revealed last week that Oana Ruxandra will assume the lead of business development for the company, with the departure of Executive Counsel, Business Affairs, Strategic and Digital Initiatives, Ron Wilcox, set for the end of the year. Ruxandra will report to Steve Cooper, CEO, WMG. A replacement for Wilcox has not been announced. Ruxandra had, last year, been appointed to the newly–created role of EVP, New Business Channels – Chief Acquisition Officer for WMG. She had previously served as Sr. VP of Digital Strategy and Partnerships with Universal Music Group in 2016, and prior to that, had a tenure in the financial sector before getting her MBA and heading to WMG as VP of Digital Strategy and Business Development. In making the announcement, Cooper also revealed that Jonathan Monina has been named VP, Digital Strategy & Corporate Development where he reports to Jeff Bronikowski on Ruxandra’s team.


RED BULL RECORDS PROMOTES KENNY SALCIDO TO SR. VP OF A&R
AND NAMES CHARLES BURKS DIRECTOR OF A&R




Red Bull Records has revealed the promotion of Kenny “Tick” Salcido to Senior Vice President of A&R, as well as the appointment of Charles “CB” Burks to Director of A&R. Salcido will report to Greg Hammer, Managing Director of Red Bull Records, while Burks will report to Salcido.

On making the announcement, Hammer said, “We couldn’t be happier to promote Kenny to Senior Vice President of A&R here at Red Bull Records. Kenny has an inherent passion for music coupled with the ability to identify and develop unique artistic voices. He is an important part of the future of Red Bull Records and will continue to lead efforts in expanding our roster with amazing musicians.”

Kenny Salcido
Salcido’s new role will see him assuming oversight of all artist development and a growing A&R team, including Burks. Since joining Red Bull Records in 2012, Salcido has been responsible for signing breakout talent like The Aces and Beartooth, as well as established musicians including Albert Hammond Jr. Over the past year, Salcido has been integral in building a strong A&R/scouting team, which has ushered in recent label signings with songwriter August 08 and recording artist/songwriter Gavin Haley.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to lead A&R efforts into the future,” said Salcido. “I look forward to finding career artists and assisting those artists in making a true cultural impact in music. I admire the vision of Red Bull Records which is to truly support artistic creativity and originality in music.”

Previously, Salcido worked in A&R at Warner Bros. Records and was responsible for signing multi–Platinum artist Wiz Khalifa to his first major label record deal. He began his career working at the Beastie Boys’ label imprint Grand Royal Records, rising to Promotions Manager/A&R where he worked closely with Mike D and the Beastie Boys.

Charles Burks
In his new role, Burks will assist in growing the artist roster at Red Bull Records with focus on the urban–rhythmic genre. Prior to Red Bull Records, he served as Director of A&R at Universal Music Group label 10:22PM. His career began at Atlantic Records as an A&R intern before assuming a full–time position with Epic Records in digital sales and later in the A&R department.

“I am both grateful and excited for the opportunity to join the Red Bull Records team,” said Burks. “Under the leadership of Kenny, I am eager to further the development of our talented artists and I look forward to identifying new musical talent as we continue to cultivate the urban side of our roster.”


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Irish musical phenomenon, singer/songwriter Gavin James recently racked–up over one billions streams on Spotify. In appreciation of the key early support provided by A&R Worldwide, Gavin and his manager Edison Waters presented the company and its Founder Sat Bisla (pictured) with a plaque recognizing the more than one billion streams milestone on Spotify. A&R Worldwide was instrumental in helping Gavin and his manager with key early support in the U.S. and U.K. including his first ever radio play, an A&R showcase in the U.S. in early 2011, and helping present Gavin’s music to Christian Tattersfield, Founder & CEO, Good Soldier Songs (The 1975, David Gray, Freya Ridings, Biffy Clyro, Birdy, The Wombats) who ultimately signed Gavin worldwide in collaboration with Capitol Records in the U.S. and Sony in Europe. Gavin has had No.1 singles in numerous territories worldwide and has opened up for acts such as Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, and Kodaline, as well as headlining many of his own shows. A&R Worldwide congratulates Gavin, Edison and their entire team on the continued global success.

As revealed by Billboard, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) Nashville has named Troy Tomlinson as it’s first Chairman & CEO. Tomlinson had served as Sony/ATV Nashville’s President & CEO since 2005. He reports to Jody Gerson, UMPG’s Chairman & CEO, and joins the UMPG global senior management team while tasked with leading the full operations for of UMPG’s Nashville offices, including the company’s Tennessee–based royalty operations and Christian division. Kent Earls, who has been leading UMPG Nashville as EVP/GM since 2012, has revealed he is parting ways with the company after a more than 21–year tenure. Tomlinson’s departure from Sony/ATV, which comes just two months after Jon Platt assumed Chairman & CEO duties for the company from Marty Bandier, marks the third high level executive to exit in recent months, alongside former President of Worldwide Creative Guy Moot, and former Sony/ATV Co–President Rick Krim. Having joined Sony/ATV Nashville in 2002, Tomlinson’s leadership of the publisher has seen it garner BMI’s Publisher of the Year honors for 16 consecutive years. With Sony/ATV, he guided the songwriting careers of artists such as Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Darius Rucker, Kelsea Ballerini, Blake Shelton and Thomas Rhett, as well as songwriters including Josh Osborne, Chris DeStefano, Ross Copperman, Jon Nite, Jaren Johnston, Lindsay Rimes, Jim Beavers and Luke Laird.

Michael Rivalland has been promoted to General Manager for Virgin in the U.K. Having previously served as Marketing Director, Rivalland has worked with acts such as Chase & Status, Nero, Black Sabbath, The Libertines and Mark Knopfler, and moving forward, will lead the major’s operations.

Jason Bentley is parting ways with his longtime roles at KCRW as the influential public radio station’s Music Director and host of Morning Becomes Eclectic. Bentley has been with KCRW for a decade with his final broadcast of Morning Becomes Eclectic airing August 30th. With Bentley’s departure, Anne Litt will step into the role of Interim Music Director as KCRW seeks for his permanent successor. Bentley will maintain hosting duties of his Saturday night mix show, Metropolis. Until a replacement host is found, Eclectic will likely be hosted by a rotation of DJ’s from KCRW’s current on–air staff, following Bentley’s last show in August. In addition to his duties with KCRW, Bentley has served as an A&R rep, concert promoter and music supervisor with film credits including the Matrix trilogy and Tron: Legacy. Host and DJ appearances for Bentley include those at Coachella, the Electric Daisy Carnival and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesGovernors Ball.

Spotify continues to push its podcast offering with the launch of a new personalized, Your Daily Drive, playlist. The new set will bring together music and news updates from across a number of leading podcasts from media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, NPR and PRI. Focusing on users during their commutes, Your Daily Drive will be an aggregator of listeners favorite music, new music recommendations from Spotify, and news, with the playlist updating throughout the day to offer differing content from morning to evening. The announcement comes as Spotify looks to spend $500 million this year to build out its podcast offering having already put $300 million into its acquisitions of Anchor and Gimlet Media. Details haven’t been released on what additional news outlets might be featured with the playlist currently rolling–out in the U.S. only.

In other Spotify news, the streamer has rolled–out an updated and more efficient Your Library tab which became available on Thursday to all Premium subscribers. The revamped Library seeks to create a more personalized and user–friendly experience across both Spotify’s music and podcast offerings which have, for the first time, been split into two separate tabs that users can swipe between. In both the Music and Podcasts tabs, there an additional three categories with Music housing Playlists, Artists and Albums tabs, and Podcasts featuring Episodes, Shows and Downloads tabs.

Warner Chappell Music has entered a global co–publishing deal with Atlanta–based producer/songwriter, Turbo. The agreement includes all past and future songs such as his work on Lil Baby & Gunna’s RIAA Platinum–certified single “Close Friends,” which is currently No.1 on the Urban radio chart. Additional work for Turbo includes that with rap stars such as Gunna, Young Thug, Travis Scott, Moneybagg Yo, Lil Yachty, Tory Lanez, and others. Recent projects include executive producing Gunna’s debut album Drip or Drown 2, which debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip–Hop Albums chart and No.3 on the U.S. Billboard 200. He also executive produced on Lil Baby & Gunna’s Drip Harder full–length, which debuted at No.4 on the Billboard 200 chart and saw eight tracks entering the Billboard Hot 100.

The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), has tapped Jennifer Vogt for the newly–created role of President, Creative Content and Productions. Vogt’s new role will see her with a leadership position at the MSG Sphere currently under construction in Las Vegas, as well as the planned Sphere venue in London, looking after overall creative strategy and content development for the venues which encompasses the creation of immersive content. Additionally, Vogt will assume oversight of further expanding MSG productions and brands such as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the Radio City Rockettes. Vogt’s background includes over twenty years in the entertainment industry having most recently served as a show design and production executive for Walt Disney Imagineering. Prior, she was with DreamWorks Animation as a management consultant.

CAA revealed last week that 10 of its staffers have been promoted to agent. In the touring division, Ryan Fereydouni and Emily Van Allsburg are promoted in the Los Angeles and Nashville offices, respectively. In the television division, based in LA, Crystal Caicedo, Matt Felker, Ozi Menakaya and Olivia Owen assume the role of agent. Additional agent promotions in CAA’s LA office include Lydia Fotiadou (Digital Talent and Packaging) and Matt Fechter, Ruby Kaye and Hannah Wright in the Motion Pictures division.

SoundCloud has announced Michael Weissman as its new President from his former role as Chief Operation Officer. Weissman’s new role will see him maintaining his role looking after the company’s legal, HR and finance operations while taking on oversight of its subscription and advertising divisions. He reports to Kerry Trainor, SoundCloud’s CEO.

Hamilton star, Anthony Ramos, has signed to Republic Records as the singer/songwriter/actor prepares to release his debut album later in the year. Having played the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in Lin–Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical, Ramos’ acting credits also include those in A Star Is Born and Godzilla: King of the Monsters. He’s currently starring in She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix), with the series featuring multiple tracks from Ramos, as well as work in the lead role for the upcoming film adaptation of Miranda’s musical In The Heights for Warner Bros. Pictures.

The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) shared results from its annual member survey that saw its U.S. members reporting revenue growth of 11.8% over the same time last year to $3.3 billion. The growth marks the first time in recent years that the music publishing division of the U.S. industry grew at the same pace as the recorded music side. Of the total, performance counted for 54.56%; synch for 21.09%; mechanical for 17.76%; and other revenue at 6.59%. The performance aspect broken down further saw 32.64% of revenue coming from digital, 13.06% from radio and 8.75% from TV. These numbers do not include the impact from decisions favoring the music publishing community last year including the Copyright Royalty Board’s rate determination to increase the headline rate 44% across a five–year licensing period and changes resulting from the Music Modernization Act. Additionally, the NMPA revealed that $46.4 million was brought in as a result of the NMPA’s legal action on copyright infringement, a total that is the equivalent of a 330% return on the organization’s dues.

Miami–born Cuban American singer, Kat Dahlia, has finalized a deal with Ingrooves for the release of her first new music in over two years. Having generated over 200 million plays with her hit singles “Gangsta” and “I Think I’m In Love,” her first single under the deal, “I’m Doin’ Good,” is scheduled for release on June 21st. Kat is also scheduled to play Austin City Limits on October 13th. The new deal, under which Kat serves as both artist and label head, includes additional new tracks set for release later in the year.

Amsterdam–based independent publisher, CTM, has made its way into the Latin music market through a new partnership with Play–N–Skillz. The producer duo is composed of brothers Juan “Play” and Oscar “Skillz” Salinas who will take on Creative Director roles for CTM’s first–ever Latin division. They will be tasked with the signing of writers, producers and artists to the new operation. Steve Lobel, who manages Scott Storch and has worked with Play–N–Skillz for more than a decade, is also a CTM Latin shareholder who will work with talent signed by Play–N–Skillz.

Studio Resonate has been launched by Pandora as a new in–house consulting division for advertisers under the streaming platform’s umbrella. Studio Resonate will offer clients audio creative development, sonic branding/strategy services, web/mobile experiences, visual design, rich media production and live activations. Pandora’s press release unveiling the new set–up noted that it has offered these services to advertisers for a decade, generating 250,000 audio spots on the platform based around user data, with Studio Resonate only marking the first time the offerings have been located in–house. Services available vary based on the volume of media purchased by advertisers.

Reservoir has signed multi–Platinum–selling rapper, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, to a worldwide publishing deal. The deal encompasses the artist’s entire catalog as well as future works. A Boogie is signed as a recording artist to Atlantic Records with his sophomore full-–length, Hoodie SZN having debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart and remained there for three weeks. Since arriving on the chart in December of last year, the work has been a Top 15 mainstay, spending 17 weeks in the Top 10. Guest features include those from fellow Reservoir rostermates Offset and Young Thug, as well as Juice WRLD and Tyga, among others. Hoodie SZN follows A Boogie’s 2017 debut album, The Bigger Artist, which was a Top 5 Billboard 200 album and generated the 3x Platinum single “Drowning,” featuring Kodak Black. A Boogie entered the scene in 2016 with the release of his mixtapes, Highbridge the Label: The Takeover Vol. 1, and Artist, the latter of which included the 2x Platinum–selling single, “My Sh*t.” Following the success of these projects, he was tapped to open for Drake and Future on the road and was subsequently named one of XXL Magazine’s Freshman Class for 2017.

Live Nation’s U.K. operations have rolled out a new electronic music division under the banner of Electronic Nation. The London–based Electronic Nation will be helmed by Scott Barton, MD for Cream, who looks after festival events such as Creamfields and Steel Yard, in addition to tours for some of dance music’s biggest artists.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has announced the promotion of Dale Esworthy to EVP, Worldwide Administration which will see him managing all administration operations for the publisher including copyright, royalty administration, tracking and other client services. Based in Nashville, Esworthy reports to Global Chief Financial Officer, Tom Kelly. Esworthy will also be tasked with looking after Sony/ATV’s royalty portal and app SCORE, as well as new administration initiatives that are designed to enhance and improve the quality and depth of information that the company provides its songwriters and other clients. Esworthy came to Sony/ATV in 1990 as Director & Controller and was promoted in 2003 to Sr. VP, Finance. Since 2008 he has led the company’s administration operations, most recently as Sr. VP, Worldwide Administration. Additionally, Sony/ATV has tapped Clare Cowland as VP, Human Resources – UK & International. Based in London, Cowland reports to Elicia Felix–Hughey, Sr. VP, Global Human Resources, and will be responsible for strategic HR initiatives that drive cultural excellence throughout the company’s international territories. Cowland’s HR career began at Nickelodeon UK before she joined EMI Music Publishing in 2002. With EMI, she has been employed by several divisions of the company, including EMI Group, EMI Records and EMI Music Publishing where she rose to Sr. VP, Human Resources. Since leaving EMI in 2012, she worked for an HR consultancy firm, supporting a diverse client base.

APA has added five–time Grammy winner CeeLo Green to its roster for representation across all areas. He will be looked after by APA’s Alex Chaykin and maintains management with Primary Wave’s Lawrence Mestel. Green’s 2011 global hit single, “Forget You” (aka “F**k You”), garnered the Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance and reached Gold certification in the U.S. and Denmark as well as Platinum in Canada, New Zealand and the U.K., and multi–Platinum in Australia. As one half of Gnarls Barkley alongside Danger Mouse, Green also saw success with the duo’s single “Crazy” which went to No.1 in a number of charts globally. His career began in the 90s with hip–hop outfit Goodie Mob, who reunited in 2013 for a new studio full–length, their fifth, with Age Against the Machine. Green also released a solo effort in 2015 with Heart Blanche. On screen, Green has appeared in SNL, Anger Management, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, American Dad and as a coach on the first four seasons of NBC’s The Voice. Performance credits also include those at The Grammy Awards, The Billboard Music Awards, Superbowl 2012 with Madonna and at Carnegie Hall.

AWAL has finalized a global recording agreement with Australia musician, Angie McMahon to bring her access to a portfolio of services that includes marketing, campaign coordination and distribution worldwide, ex.–North America. McMahon has been with AWAL Australia since her debut single release, “Slow Mover,” which has reached Gold status in Australia. She is preparing her debut full–length, Salt, for release later this year.

Commission Records and Big Noise have finalized a new strategic partnership to see Commission’s Co–Founder & CEO, Anthony “Ant” Martini, “implement his proven tactics to develop business opportunities for both partners, integrating into a collective culture.” Additionally, the agreement includes equity purchase and brings Commission funding for marketing, promotion, expanding their staff, and infrastructure. A leading hip–hop label, Commission Records was co–founded by Martini and Doug Neumann with a roster that counts MadeinTYO, Lil Dicky, Derez De’Shon, DJ Envy and Powers Pleasant, which has generated more than 4 billion streams and a number of Gold and Platinum–certified records. Media firm Big Noise was founded by Jon Cohen, Nick Gross and John Feldmann in 2018 and encompasses a record label, publishing arm and live events operations.

Cooking Vinyl’s A&R team continues to build the company’s roster with the recent signing of a deal with award–winning British singer/songwriter Rumer to a worldwide royalty deal. Rumer is currently at work on her fifth studio album, which she is recording in Nashville. Collaborating with Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame songwriter Hugh Prestwood and producer Fred Mollin (Jimmy Webb and Johnny Mathis), the record is set to be completed later this year for an early 2020 release. Rumer debuted her solo LP Seasons Of My Soul in 2010, which went on to sell over a million copies and is now certified 2x Platinum in the U.K. In 2012, she released Boys Don’t Cry, featuring covers of 70s era artists such as Todd Rundgren and Isaac Hayes, which came in at No.3 in the U.K. Her second album of original material, 2014’s Into Colour, saw her working closely with long–time Burt Bacharach collaborator, Rob Shirakbari, with the pair having teamed up again in 2016 on her special project This Girl’s in Love: A Bacharach and David Songbook.

BeatStars, a global music marketplace that allows producers to upload/license their works via a digital database to artists, has revealed payouts of over $50 million to producers using the platform. Founded by Abe Batshon in 2008, BeatStars’ platform has played a part in several hits such as “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, which uses a beat created by YoungKio, a BeatStars user based in the Netherlands. Additional tracks used from the BeatStars marketplace include Future and Rihanna’s “Selfish” (produced by Mantra), 6ix9ine’s “Kooda” (Koncept P), Flipp Dinero’s “Leave Me Alone” (Young Forever Beats), Queen Naija’s “Medicine” (30Hertz), Joyner Lucas’ “I’m Not Racist” (The Cratez) and Youngboy Never Broke Again’s “Highway” (The Martianz). BeatStars also shared that its payouts increased 100% from 2017 to 2018, reaching $20 million with the platform currently home to more than 1.5 million tracks.

The catalog of classical music publisher, The Sikorski Music Publishing Group, has been acquired by Concord, including works from Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofieff, Aram Khachaturian, Dmitri Kabalevsky and Alfred Schnittke, as well as active composers Sofia Gubaidulina, Giya Kancheliand, Lera Auerbach and others. The catalog features many copyrights from across the Russian and Soviet eras.

Actor/musician Johnny Depp has joined the roster of Global Artist Management (GAM) where he will be looked after by the firm’s Paul Geary and Steve Wood for all career areas except film, which will be maintained by CAA. GAM was launched by Geary and Wood last year and is home to other rock acts such as Godsmack, Joe Perry (Aerosmith), and Hoobastank. GAM also co–manages Hollywood Vampires, the supergroup that includes Depp, Perry and Alice Cooper, alongside Shep Gordon. Hollywood Vampires are preparing the release of their second full–length, Rise, on June 21st which will include an advance performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! June 19th.

A new strategic partnership has been finalized between digital rights content identification platform Audible Magic, and leading music distribution firm DistroKid. The partnership seeks to address the growing problem of pseudo–artists stealing and uploading original content that had been currently unreleased. Moving forward, as artists request to upload music to DistroKid, Audible Magic’s RightsRx™ offering will verify and authenticate the track and artists prior to its distribution to DSPs. Audible Magic’s database includes more than 20 million media assets that it references when verifying works. DistroKid also becomes the first distributor to make use of Audible Magic’s Broad Spectrum offering to identify tracks with manipulated rate, pitch and tempo from only a small section of audio. Additionally, DistroKid has rolled–out a new, free service under the banner of DistroLock allowing artists to upload and register their works via the platform to have them added to the Audible Magic database.

YG Entertainment’s Founder, Yang Hyun–suk, announced last week that he has stepped down to completely remove himself from any role with the company. Having launched in 1996, YG has been behind the success and management of a number of K–pop’s best–known acts such as BLACKPINK, BIGBANG, 2NE1 and Psy. The news of Yang’s departure comes following a recent stretch of high–profile legal scandals for the company and its roster. Yang has also come under recent heavy scrutiny for his actions. Just hours after Yang’s departure was revealed, his younger brother Yang Min–suk also relinquished his role as YG’s CEO.

Country music veteran Michael Martin has parted ways with ASCAP Nashville from his role as VP for the PRO. Having joined ASCAP in 2010, Martin had been jointly leading ASCAP’s creative team with LeAnn Phelan before he was promoted to his VP role in 2015. Prior to joining ASCAP, Martin was with Extreme Writers Group (EWG), a firm he co–founded with Jason Houser in 2000. Alongside this news, ASCAP’s Mike Sistad is promoted to VP where he will lead Nashville membership operations for the PRO while reporting to John Titta, EVP of Membership. A longtime ASCAP executive, Sistad has over eighteen years of experience with the membership team, in a tenure that’s seen him signing and guiding acts such as Chris Stapleton, Kelsea Ballerini, Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne, Carly Pearce and others. Additionally, Kele Currier is promoted to assistant VP of Strategic Services, Membership. Currier will report to Sistad and brings her over 20 years of industry experience, which includes a tenure with ASCAP that began in 2013.

IMRO (the Irish Music Rights Organization), has joined ICE as a director customer which will provide IMRO access to a range of licensing and administration services for online use. ICE, a pan–European digital licensing body formed by PRS, STIM and GEMA, revealed last year that it has finalized 44 licenses to cover all major DSPs.

Startup news app, Zig, has been acquired by the Billboard–Hollywood Reporter Media Group. Billboard–Hollywood Reporter Media Group had invested in Zig in 2018 alongside a group of investors that included Graydon Carter (former Editor, Vanity Fair), Ron Meyer (Vice Chairman, NBCUniversal) and Quincy Jones. Co–Founded by CEO Joshua James, President Adam Platzner, and CTO John Tornow, Zig’s personalized news curation platform presents users with a photo feed that links to third–party news articles. Under the acquisition, four Zig staffers come to Billboard–Hollywood Reporter Media Group including James and Tornow as senior executives with Platzner acting as a consultant through the transition.

Widely–recognized actor and restaurant entrepreneur, Danny Trejo, has revealed his entry into the music industry via his own record label, Trejo’s Music. A partnership with Edward “E–Dub” Rios (President/Producer, Silent Giant Entertainment), and artist Baby Bash, the new label’s first release is set for June 16th (Father’s Day) as Danny Trejo Presents Chicano Soul Shop Vol. 1. The collection features music from acts including Frankie J, Baby Bash, Chiquis Rivera, Tara New and Trish Toledo.

FUGA’s Italy–based operations have finalized a new agreement with Latin–centric independent label and distributor, Planet Records. Planet Records’ work includes that with acts such as Daddy Yankee, Pitbull, Prince Royce and Nicky Jam. Coming just over a year following FUGA’s entry into Italy, the new global digital service arrangement encompasses Planet Records’ main roster of Latin American and European artists and sees the label joining the over 40 new clients that FUGA Italy has added.

VidaPrimo has rolled–out Latido Music, a 24/7 Latin music TV network, as the Latin video platform looks to expand the reach of Latin music across linear programming. The new offering will feature a blend of music videos and original content encompassing news, talk shows, reality programs and documentary content. Latido is available across Smart TV, Connected TV and Digital Multichannels such as Samsung TV Plus, LG TV Plus and Xumo On Now, with an additional six platforms expected this summer, and more to follow.


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Have you ever sent a text message you regretted, clicked on the wrong link, posted an inappropriate message or image on social media, 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. Yes, we’ve all had a jackass moment at one time or another in our life. Work can be fun, sometimes stressful and at times completely insane. Click HERE to watch some extreme jackass moments caught on the job!


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



Twenty–five years ago, Scatman John aka John Paul Larkin released the single “Scatman (Ski–Ba–Bop–Ba–Dop–Bop).” The song was a worldwide smash, reaching No.1 in most European and Asian countries, as well as in Australia. The synth–pop hit was much more than a novelty record as it combined scat singing with modern dance music, jazz and touches of hip hop and is still heard in many sporting events and dances. Sadly, the singer passed away in 1999, the same year that the song “Mambo No.5” by Lou Bega ruled the global airwaves, reaching No.1 in 21 countries. Together, they have sold close to 100 million singles, albums and compilations combined. Lou had always had his heart set on recording a duet with Scatman John, unfortunately doing that together was no longer an option. So, Lou teamed up with the Hamburg–based producer Roland Spremberg (a–ha) on a new version of Scatman John’s smash. The result is “Scatman & Hatman,” which contains the infectious worldwide–known hook “ski–ba–bop–ba–dop–bop” in addition to a new melody and touch from Lou Bega with a very 2019 sound to it. Discover the new track HERE and contact Manfred Zähringer at manfred@icebergmusicgroup.com for additional details on the track as the song is available for U.S. label licensing.


A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – MADS LANGER

Former A&R Worldwide–supported artist with countless multi–Platinum singles, albums and hundreds of millions of streams to his name, Mads Langer, has been on the road to success for many years. In his home country of Denmark, he is currently the most successful solo artist to date, holding records at radio and managing the nearly impossible, selling out the Vega in Copenhagen for ten consecutive nights. Langer, a talented multi–instrumentalist, dazzles in the studio as well as during his live shows–either solo on piano or fronting a symphony. He is set to release his seventh album this fall, which is Executive Produced alongside Evan “Kidd” Bogart (Rihanna, Beyoncé, Hot Chelle Rae), and boasts additional songwriting and production by master craftsmen such as Bogart, Francis Anthony “Eg” White (Adele, Duffy, Florence and the Machine), Stuart Crichton (Kylie Minogue, Backstreet Boys, Kesha), James Newman (Jess Glynne, Rudimental, Calvin Harris), James Flannigan (Kodaline, Lucy Spraggan, Dua Lipa) and Jamie Hartman (James Bay, Kygo, Parachute) to name a few. Langer has given a taste of the new material with “Me Without You,” his brand new catchy mid–tempo single. Watch the new video for “Me Without You” by Mads Langer HERE and contact manager Henrik Seifert at seifert@pdh.dk for all available opportunities.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 6/16/2019



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, June 16th, 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; Radio 1, Mumbai, India; 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; 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:

THE DUNTS – “Bad Decisions” (Unsigned, Scotland)
SLIDE – “Floating” (Unsigned, Sweden)
LONGFELLOW – “Kiss Hug Make Up” (Unsigned, UK)
SPORTS TEAM – “Get Along” (Holm Front, UK)
PORTLAND – “Expectations” ([PIAS], Belgium)
LOST IN STEREO – “Adrenaline” (Unsigned, Scotland)
STATE LIGHTS – “Open Your Arms” (Unsigned, Ireland)
SOPHIE & THE GIANTS – “The Light” (Unsigned, UK)
TEN TONNES – “Better Than Me” (Warner Music, UK)
JOHN FLOREANI – “Echoes” (Hopeless Records, Australia)
ALEX LAHEY – “Am I Doing It Right?” (Dead Oceans, Australia)
STOP MOTION POETRY – “Dead Rose” (Unsigned, N. America)
EMMI KING – “Million Dollar Movie” (Unsigned, Germany)
TIM SCHOU – “Acapella” (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
THE RAH’S – “Land of The Dreamers” (Unsigned, Scotland)
LIME CORDIALE – “Inappropriate Behaviour” (Chugg Music, Australia)
LADY BIRD – “Love” (Unsigned, UK)
GO GO BERLIN – “Love Me” (Heartbeat Music, Denmark)
MISS SISTER – “Little Monster” (Unsigned, UK)
SHAYNA LEIGH – “Don’t Save Me” (Unsigned, N. America)
BLITZ UNION – “Revolution” (Unsigned, Czech Republic)
PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION – “You Haven’t Loved, Until You’ve Lost” (Unsigned, UK)
BITTER’S KISS – “Changing Tides” (Unsigned, N. America)
GIANT ROOKS – “100 MG” (Four Artists, Germany)
YONAKA – “Lose Our Heads” (Atlantic Records, UK)
VIDEOCLUB – “Roi” (Unsigned, France)
ALFIE TEMPLEMAN – “Stop Thinking (About Me)” (Chess Club, UK)
CARAVAN PALACE – “Miracle” (Le Café de la Danse/Wagram/MVKA, France)
SHLOMI ASH – “To The River” (Unsigned, Israel)
THE VITRIOTS – “Rehab” (Sureshaker, Australia)
VERONICA FUSARO – “Lie To Me” (DD Music, Switzerland)
TUNDRA – “Navy Red” (R.E.P.E.A.T. Records, UK)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Bitter’s Kiss, Alfie Templeman, Miss Sister, State Lights and Emmi King)