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Big Deal Music Group has announced a round of promotions among its senior staff, with Jamie Cerreta and Casey Robison being named Co–Presidents. The announcement comes from Kenny MacPherson, who is stepping into the new role of Chief Executive Officer. All three executives will continue to be based out of the company’s Los Angeles headquarters.

Casey Robison & Jamie Cerreta
Founding partners MacPherson, Cerreta and Dave Ayers launched Big Deal Music in 2012, after the three had built Chrysalis Music U.S. into an independent powerhouse, prior to its sale to BMG in 2010.

“Jamie and Casey have made critical contributions to establishing Big Deal,” said MacPherson, “and it’s clear to us that they’re not only vital to our continued growth, but to the future of the industry generally. These promotions recognize their achievements, as well as the faith that Dave and I have in them as forward–thinking executives.”

Cerreta recently spearheaded an alliance with Diplo’s Mad Decent, joining My Morning Jacket, Blake Mills, Local Natives, Weyes Blood, FIDLAR and SWMRS, among the acts he’s brought to the company. With his career having started as a major label A&R, he first joined MacPherson at Chrysalis in 2002.

Robison came to Big Deal Music in 2012, transitioning from his role at BMI, to lead the company’s pop/songwriting division. Among his signings are included hitmakers John Ryan, Julian Bunetta, Joe London, Jake Sinclair, Teddy Geiger and Danny Parker, as well as others. A string of chart successes that counted hit singles for Shawn Mendes, Nick Jonas, One Direction, Jason Derulo and Pitbull, led to him being named Partner in 2015. Recent chart success includes hits for Panic! At the Disco, Shawn Mendes and Maroon 5. Robison will also maintain his Co–CEO role alongside Damon Bunetta for Big Family Music, a venture with Family Affair.

Ayers will continue leading Big Deal’s east coast office in New York, where the Co–Founder/EVP has signed leading talent such as St. Vincent, Kamasi Washington, Sylvan Esso, Sharon Van Etten, and Sleater–Kinney. Additionally, the company’s remaining Partner, Pete Robinson, looks to add to a string of hits with Brad Tursi/Old Dominion, and others, as Sr. VP/GM of the Big Deal Nashville office.


Global digital rights agency Merlin, which represents the independent label sector, published last week its 2019 Membership Report & Survey that revealed a 63% year–on–year increase in member payments (April 2018 – March 2019) to $845 million. This total encompasses more than $130 million in revenues generated from settlements and other non–royalty income such as proceeds from the sale of Spotify shares, distributed in line with Merlin’s commitment to transparent and accurate reporting.

Since unveiling its first commercial partnership in 2008, Merlin has now paid in excess of $2 billion to its members, who collectively represent thousands of independent labels and distributors, and licensed over 25 DSPs globally. The $2 billion landmark was passed in February 2019 and comes just 18 months after Merlin announced its first $1 billion in payments.

The last 12 months has seen Merlin welcome its largest new member growth since launching in adding another 141 companies to its membership and bringing its total to 850 members, representing 12% of the world’s digital music market. This sees the organization now representing independent music businesses across 63 countries.

To view the full report and its findings, click HERE.

Additionally, last week Merlin’s CEO Charles Caldas announced that he will step down from his role at the end of 2019 after over 12 years leading the agency. He will maintain his current duties until then, with Caldas working alongside the Merlin board to ensure a smooth transition for the organization.

Charles Caldas
Caldas relocated to the U.K. from Australia in 2007 to take on the role of CEO for Merlin, tasked with the construction of the organization prior to its launch in May 2008. During his tenure, Caldas has overseen Merlin’s growth into a globally recognized entity, with an experienced management team based in offices in Amsterdam, London, New York and Tokyo. Under his guidance, Merlin has finalized landmark deals with the world’s leading digital music platforms, including Spotify, YouTube, Deezer, SoundCloud, Pandora and Facebook, as well as a series of strategic non–exclusive licensing partnerships in China with NetEase Cloud Music, Ali Music Group and Tencent Music Entertainment. Merlin has also returned significant revenues to the indie sector through several successful copyright infringement actions, the Warner Music/Parlophone divestment agreement and the sale of Merlin’s shares in Spotify.

Caldas commented, “Having the chance to contribute to taking Merlin from a raw idea hatched by a few indie visionaries to the fast–growing global enterprise it is today has truly been a privilege. What we have all achieved over the past 12 years is remarkable, and the revenues we are now generating were unthinkable back in 2007. This has easily been the most rewarding work of my life, and for that opportunity I thank our members, our board, and especially my incredible team for their support. I am extremely proud to have represented them and am confident that Merlin’s dynamic, market–leading membership of true independents face a very bright future.”


Scott Cutler and Josh Abraham, Co–CEOs of Pulse Music Group, alongside Maria Egan, President and Head of Creative, Pulse Music Group, announced today the signing of acclaimed artist and songwriter James Blake to an exclusive global publishing agreement for future works. As an artist, Blake is a Grammy Award winner and Best New Artist nominee; a Mercury Prize winner; an Ivor Novello award winner; and a 3x BRIT award nominee. Blake is also a highly sought–after songwriter and producer, having collaborated with artists such as Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Bon Iver, Vince Staples, Metro Boomin and Brian Eno, among others.

“We are honored to be able to join forces with such a seminal artist as James Blake,” said Egan. “This is such an important signing for Markell and our team in our mission of creatively supporting the best in class in music of all genres.”

“I’m thrilled to be working with James as he is an artist I’ve admired for many years. It’s a testament to the brilliant team here at Pulse as he could have gone anywhere else but instead chose to be with us,” said Markell Casey, Sr. Director, Creative, Pulse Music Group.

(Pictured l–r): Scott Cutler, Co–CEO, Pulse Music Group; Maria Egan, President and Head of Creative, Pulse Music Group; Dan Foat, Management; Markell Casey, Sr. Director, Creative, Pulse Music Group; and Josh Abraham, Co–CEO, Pulse Music Group

Blake has released four studio albums, including James Blake (2011), Overgrown (2013), The Colour in Anything (2016) and Assume Form (2019). Among his many collaborations is the song “King’s Dead” from the soundtrack of the blockbuster film Black Panther, which features Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and Future, and won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance. Blake worked with Frank Ocean as a co–writer on his album Overgrown, and in turn contributed production work to Ocean’s 2016 full–length Blonde. He also co–wrote and co–produced the song “Forward” from Beyoncé’s Lemonade (2016). Additionally, Blake has had multiple No.1 album debuts on U.S. dance charts, with nearly 1 billion combined music streams.


Warner Music Group’s Arts Music division has finalized a multi–season deal with global TV producer, Cloudco Entertainment, (formerly American Greetings Entertainment) to release original music from the hit Hulu original live–action series, Holly Hobbie. The first single, “Be the Change (Theme Song)” was released last week, launching a round of tracks to follow across the summer, ultimately leading up to a full soundtrack album, scheduled for release on September 5th. The music will be released under a new Cloudco Entertainment label imprint.

Holly Hobbie is a modern revival of the classic character brand, brought to life by Ruby Jay (Tangled: The Series), who stars as a small–town teen trying to make the world a better place while tackling the everyday challenges of growing up. The show premiered last autumn as a Hulu Original Series in the U.S. and on Family Channel in Canada. As announced earlier this week, CBBC, the leading children’s channel in the U.K., will launch the show’s Season 1 this summer, with additional market debuts in the works.

Karen Vermeulen, Head of Global Content Strategy and Co–Productions, Cloudco Entertainment, said, “The power of self–expression and relatability through music is intentionally at the heart of the show, to connect with our target audience. We are thrilled that Warner Music immediately recognized the huge potential to distribute and market the music in its own right and become a core partner of this growing franchise.”

Kevin Gore, President, Arts Music added, “What I love most about Holly Hobbie is how the positive messages of friendship, family, and following your heart are deeply conveyed through its original music. I’m very excited that the show and its characters are creating a safe, fun, and wide–reaching path for pre–teens to discover these wonderful songs.”

Holly Hobbie is produced by Aircraft Pictures (The Breadwinner, Bruno & Boots: This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall) in association with Cloudco Entertainment (Care Bears: Unlock The Magic, Tinpo) and Wexworks Media (D.N.Ace, Paw Patrol) with the financial participation of the Shaw Rocket Fund. Sarah Glinski (Degrassi: Next Class, Degrassi: The Next Generation) is the showrunner.


Spirit Music Group has appointed Derek Wells to Sr. Director A&R/Production, Spirit Music Nashville. Wells reports to Frank Rogers, CEO, Spirit Music Nashville. Spirit Music Group has also launched a JV with Wells for his 2 Mix Music company. Wells is a Grammy–nominated first call multi–instrumentalist and producer. As a session musician, Wells has performed on No.1 songs from a diverse range of artists. His work on the Maren Morris album, HERO, garnered him a Grammy nomination. In 2016, Wells became the youngest person in history to win the Academy of Country Music’s Guitar Player of the Year award and also the youngest person to ever be nominated for the CMA Musician of the Year Award. In 2018, he was named Music Row Magazine’s Guitar Player of the Year and in 2019, was awarded his second ACM award, again for Guitar Player of the Year. As a producer, Wells has worked across successful projects for Universal Music Group (Maddie and Tae), Broken Bow Records (Granger Smith) and Triple Tigers/Sony (Scotty McCreery), which produced a multi–week No.1 single (“This is It”) and has been certified Platinum.

TikTok’s Farhad Zand (left) and A&R Worldwide President & Founder, Sat Bisla
TikTok, the content app for sharing short videos, continues to show significant growth with an estimated 800 million users worldwide. In addition, the app has been evolving its engagement with music, adding dozens of staff to its global music team in recent months, with many more hires to be added in the coming weeks. TikTok’s Farhad Zand, Head of Music, Europe & MENA (Middle East & North Africa), stopped by the A&R Worldwide headquarters last week to give an overview of the company’s evolution and growth with content and music. TikTok shows strong signs of becoming a key player in the constantly evolving global content and digital ecosystem.

A new partnership has been announced between Universal Music Group (UMG) and YouTube Music to see over 1,000 music videos from across multiple decades remastered to the highest quality video and audio available. Last week saw around 100 of the updated videos available, counting the likes of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin,’” Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” YouTube will welcome additional videos to the platform weekly across the next year, marked by the #Remastered hashtag, with a target of 1,000 titles to be available by the end of 2020. Remastered videos will be integrated seamlessly, maintaining the URLs, view counts and likes of their older versions.

U.K. country act, The Shires, have headed to BMG for the release of their next album. The duo’s first three, highly–successful albums reached the Top 10 Official UK Albums Chart, an unprecedented feat for home–grown country artists. The Shires consist of singer/songwriters Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes. Their sophomore full–length, My Universe, was the fastest–selling U.K. country album of all time. They have garnered multiple awards from the British Country Music Association including Album Of The Year, Entertainer Of The Year and Duo Of The Year. In 2017 the Nashville–based Country Music Association recognized The Shires with its Global Artist Award. Their newest full–length effort will be released via BMG with the U.S. release led by BMG’s Nashville label, Broken Bow Records. The new album will be A&R’d by BMG’s Jamie Nelson (Director of A&R, U.K.) and follows his current run of Top 10 albums with Richard Hawley, Aled Jones & Russell Watson and Kylie Minogue.

Spotify has tapped former Interscope CEO, Jeremy Erlich, as the streamer’s Head of Music Strategy. According to an Instagram post from Erlich, he will be taking the lead for Spotify’s N. American editorial and global strategy operations while reporting to Nick Holmsten, Global Head of Music. Erlich had been with Interscope for three years, having served prior as EVP of Business Development.

Primary Wave Music Publishing announced today they have assumed a minority equity interest in Premier Music Group, the growing music and culture agency. Premier will tap into Primary Wave’s financial and artistic resources to expand its platform and capabilities, including further acquisitions and investments to enhance its creative, strategy, content, design and music supervision services. Leveraging Premier’s deep creative and strategy expertise, Primary Wave and Premier will together to further their brand and marketing opportunities for their collective roster of artists and brand clients. Founded by former Downtown Music Co–Founders Josh Deutsch and Terence Lam, Premier is an innovative music and culture agency working with its artists and brand clients to drive culture and commerce.

Ed Sheeran at the Hockenheimring
German promoter FKP Scorpio Konzertproduktionen GmbH tells A&R Worldwide they hosted three major concert events this past weekend including the Hurricane and Southside festivals, as well as the Gewerbepark in Neuhausen ob Eck in Baden–Wuerttemberg live music and open air party. The collective events, which featured musical talent that included Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, The Cure, Die Toten Hosen, Mumford & Sons, Macklemore, Tame Impala and many others, attracted just over 580,000 visitors, and brought FKP Scorpio, which is headquartered in Hamburg, Germany not only a record audience, but also a record profit. Folkert Koopmans, CEO, FKP Scorpio Konzertproduktionen GmbH stated, “Last weekend was unique to all of us in many ways. The logistical and personnel effort that comes with three parallel events of this size and a total of more than 580,000 guests not only triples, it increases exponentially. In total, more than 10,000 workers from all over Germany were directly or indirectly involved. With a total turnover close to 50 million euros, this weekend had undoubtedly the highest turnover in the history of FKP Scorpio. Even more important to me is the fact that we have faced this tremendous challenge as a team and mastered it with flying colours.”

Production is set to commence July 16th in Montreal for Spinning Gold, a film that will dive into the storied life of iconic music industry executive Neil Bogart and his Casablanca Records, written and directed by his son, Timothy Scott Bogart. The work is being fully financed by Bogart’s Boardwalk Entertainment with Jessica MartinsHero Entertainment with a cast set to feature Samuel L. Jackson as Parliament’s George Clinton; Kenan Thompson as Motown’s Berry Gordy; Jason Isaacs as Al Bogart (Neil’s father); Jason Derulo as Ron Isley (Isley Brothers); Jay Pharoah as radio DJ Frankie Crocker from WBLS; D.L. Hughley as Parliament’s Bootsy Collins; Jazmine Sullivan as Gladys Knight; Steven Strait and X AmbassadorsSam Harris as KISSGene Simmons and Paul Stanley, respectively; Neil Patrick Harris as KISS Co–Manager Bill Aucoin; and a leading young singer nearly confirmed to play Donna Summer. Bogart himself has been cast as Tony–nominated Broadway actor Jeremy Jordan, with Michelle Monaghan as his wife Beth, and Caitlin Fitzgerald as second wife Joyce Biawitz (Co–Manager, KISS and Donna Summer).

Downtown Music Publishing has finalized a worldwide publishing agreement with 20–year–old, British singer/songwriter Hamzaa, following the release of her new single, “London,” and its accompanying music video, as well as a performance at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend. Hamzaa first generated attention via her debut TV performance on the BBC’s Later…with Jools Holland. The rising star and her music have since been supported by tastemaker radio platforms such as London’s Reprezent, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Introducing, and Julie Adenuga’s Beats 1 show on Apple Music. Following a sold–out headlining debut at the St Pancras Old Church in London last November, Hamzaa began 2019 with another sold–out show which received a four–star Evening Standard review. With more new releases forthcoming, Hamzaa’s summer performance schedule continues at Glastonbury Festival and will also see her headline Behind Barn Doors Friday at the Barn on the Farm Festival in July.

Facebook has revealed plans to roll–out a new digital currency, similar to Bitcoin, for use globally as it seeks to generate more e–commerce opportunities around its services, while increasing ads on its platforms. Libra, the new currency is set to launch with partnerships in place with PayPal, Uber, Spotify, Visa and Mastercard, over the next six to 12 months. Facebook will oversee the construction of Libra, and its underlying technology, with funding, building and governing support from over two dozen partners, as it looks to raise upwards of $1 billion to support the initiative. To run Libra, a new nonprofit is being formed called the Libra Association to oversee the new currency from Geneva, Switzerland, while regulated by Swiss financial authorities. A significant difference between Libra, whose value will be linked to established currency forms including the USD, euro, yen and others, and other cryptocurrencies, is that all purchases of Libra will be backed up by a real–world reserve fund of equal value. Another subsidiary under the banner of Calibra has also been created to work on the development of a digital wallet to be used for Libra transactions with a number of features for integration and privacy around the offering.

Widely–successful Latin artist, J Balvin, has amicably parted ways with longtime manager, Rebeca León, Co–Founder & CEO, Lionfish Entertainment. León took on management for Balvin at the launch of his U.S. career and guided his transition from local Colombian Urban act to a globally recognized act. Under León’s stewardship, Balvin spent time as the most heard artist on Spotify and most viewed on YouTube. He also saw global partnerships garnered with brands such as Guess and Buchanan’s, as well as collaborations with Pharrell, Cardi B and Beyoncé, for his global hit “Mi Gente.” He will also make history in August as the first reggaeton and Latin artist to take Lollapalooza’s main stage.

The Oxbow Riverstage is set to make its way to downtown Napa, CA through a new joint effort between Blue Note Entertainment and indie promoter Another Planet Entertainment. The festival–style outdoor space will open at the Oxbows Commons with its first show on August 25th as the Steve Miller Band, including a set from Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives. 2019’s calendar is set to deliver both ticketed and free events across a range of music genres for up to four thousand fans per show. The promoters are already looking ahead to 2020 and beyond for a planned five free and 15 ticketed events from June to October.

The Recording Academy announced last week that moving forward, it will accept links from DSPs for Grammy Award submissions in place of physical product for most categories with the Academy stating, “For most categories, we would prefer streaming distribution links for online entry submissions, though CD submissions remain optional.” Having accepted submissions for streaming–only albums for a few years, the move by the Academy marks the first time that applications without physical product will be accepted from artists. Among the recognized DSPs to be used for applications are Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify and Tidal. Additional changes to the Academy’s rules governing awards and nominations include implementing separate screening committees for the Pop and Rock fields; a broadened definition of Best Traditional Pop Album; the move of Spoken Word Recordings for Children to the Spoken Word field from Children’s; and the acceptance of Spanish-Language albums to the Gospel/CCM field.

Uncle Snoops Army has launched as a multi–million dollar music entertainment firm via a partnership between Snoop Dogg and Bobby Dee, whose Bobby Dee Presents will drive the new operation. Uncle Snoops Army will look to produce top level live music concerts across the summer with their joint festival, Once Upon a Time in LBC, having sold out 20 minutes after going public which led to a second date that also sold out. Once Upon a Time will take place July 27th and 28th at Long Beach, CA’s Queen Mary Park. The venture will also produce a three–day–festival, The King of The West, in memory of Nipsey Hussle and #themarathoncontinues, which is scheduled for September 13th – 15th in San Jose, CA. Other events set to be produced by Uncle Snoops Army include Masters Of Ceremony (New York), Comerica Theatre concert (Phoenix), and Live in Concert with Andy Bell of Erasure, and I’ll Give all my Love to You in Los Angeles.

Deezer and Instagram Stories have announced a partnership to allow Instagram users to share song lyrics on the social network from the streamer’s music catalog. The new initiative also allows followers to listen to the full track via Deezer from the Instagram Stories post. Deezer mobile player now features a Lyrics symbol which allows users to view, select and share up to five lines of lyrics to their Story, as well as artwork, artists, playlists, albums and podcasts. The new offering is available to free and premium subscribers on Android and iOS devices. Lyrics available are Deezer are fully licensed from LyricFind.

A collaboration between Wireless Festival and MelodyVR will bring the latter’s artist performances to fans worldwide as a virtual reality experience through the MelodyVR mobile app. The broadcast is set for July 5th–7th and will feature artists such as Cardi B, Travis Scott, A$AP Rocky, Stefflon Don and Migos. At the same time, in what is being marked as a world first, fans will have the opportunity to enter a VR backstage space to “interact” with some of the festivals most well–known performers. According to MelodyVR, the move will also make the platform’s existing catalog of shows more easily accessible to fans.

Voisey, the mobile music app that allows users to record short videos using professional vocal effects and backing tracks has generated interest from a number of high–profile music industry investors to its first round of fundraising. A collaboration between music industry entrepreneurs Olly Barnes, Erlend Hausken, Pål Wagtskjold–Myran and Dag Langfoss–Håland, Voisey’s audio processing technology lets users simply sing into their headphone mic to achieve high quality results, with users able to split their videos into 4 different tracks. Voisey videos are a maximum of one minute long and focus on song hooks rather than full tracks. The app soft–launched last December in Norway, and late January in the U.K., and is currently available on iOS only. With no strategic marketing or PR to date, the platform is seeing 2,000 new videos being uploaded daily, many of which are being shared to social media. Early analysis of Voisey has found that users view on average 25 videos each per day, with the first million plays registered in the four months since launch. Notably, more than 90% of all videos uploaded and played are original songs, written by users, with the remaining 10% covers. Voisey has also generated as a talent discovery platform, which has led to a partnership with Platoon, who will be releasing the first single from popular Voisey user Olivia Knight in late June. Voisey is preparing its U.S. launch with a worldwide rollout to follow throughout 2019. Among the investors to already come on board are Tim Clark (Co–Founder, ie:music), Denzyl Fiegelson (Founder, Platoon), Rak Sanghvi (Global President, Spirit Music Group), Andy Saunders (Founder, Velocity Communications), Erling Maartmann–Moe (Alliance Venture Capital), and Simon Hade (Space Ape Games) among others, including original seed investors Jason Brook and Terry Fisher.

One of the most popular stream ripping platforms, Convert2MP3, has been shuttered as a result of a joint initiative by the IFPI and Germany’s Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI). The IFPI revealed that over the last 12 months, the German–based site racked up 684 million visits. The shutdown comes after a lawsuit was filed by German record labels in 2017 for copyright violations in allowing users to generate downloadable audio files from videos hosted on YouTube and additional services. In an effort to avoid court proceedings, Convert2MP3 will be shut down worldwide, as will any other similar infringing platforms from the site’s operator. Additionally, the operator behind Convert2MP3 has agreed to turn over its domains to the IFPI and will not engage in further copyright infringing activities moving forward, with the settlement encompassing restitution for rights holders.

A new label has been launched by Grammy–winning DJ/producer Cid under the banner of Night Service Only, The label will serve as the home for Cid’s own releases, as well as the next wave of DJs and producers, as it looks to “create music for the dance floor.” The new platform launches with a single from Cid of the same name, ”Night Service Only.”

Edward Menicheschi has been tapped by the Hollywood Reporter–Billboard Media Group as Chief Global Commercial Officer. The veteran publishing executive will assume oversight of all media revenue and expansion across the group’s brands as well as sponsorships and partnership integrated with the dick clark productions marketing division. He will split time between New York and Los Angeles while reporting to Deanna Brown, President of Hollywood Reporter–Billboard Media Group. Menicheschi was most recently with the strategic advisory firm he founded, Silver Fox Productions. Prior, he served as Chief Marketing Officer and President of Media Group for Condé Nast. In his over 25–year tenure at Condé Nast, Menicheschi posted multiple record–setting revenue years as Chief Revenue Officer under Editor Graydon Carter. Additional past roles include those as President of WWD Media Worldwide and Executive Editor & Associate Publisher Europe at Vogue.

Music Ally is partnering with Kanjian Music, a leading Chinese music services company, to roll–out Music Ally China. The new venture will seek to connect the rapidly–expanding and Chinese music business and the western and Japanese music industries. Music Ally China will publish in Chinese on platforms such as WeChat and Weibo, posting regular news as well as strategy and advice for Chinese artists and companies. Additionally, the venture will help western and Japanese music companies find and connect with audiences in China. Music Ally China will be based in Shanghai. The agreement marks the second stage of Music Ally’s international expansion, following the launch of Music Ally Japan in January 2019 which is headquartered in Tokyo.

Elliot Roberts, the music manager behind iconic acts such as Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, has passed away at the age of 76. Roberts, born Elliot Rabinowitz, became a key figure in the growth of the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 60s and 70s. He took on management for Mitchell early in her career while she was living in New York and eventually moved to Los Angeles with the artist, moving in with Mitchell and her boyfriend at the time, David Crosby, in 1967. The same year, Lookout Management was formed as a collaboration with David Geffen which led to the eventual launch of Asylum Records, home to acts such as the Eagles, among many others. Among the artists Lookout worked with were included Tom Petty, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Talking Heads, Morrissey and others.

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Growing up as a child of parents who came of age in the 80’s, Chloe Grace Baker (Bitter’s Kiss) absorbed the songs that played through the stereos of her youth. Today, as an artist, she has earned millions of streams across DSP platforms in her incarnations as Bitter’s Kiss and, currently, Baker Grace, receiving press support from the likes of Forbes, Nylon, Wonderland, The Independent, Flaunt, Line of Best Fit, Idolator, #1 Most Popular track on Hype Machine and more. Her music received specialty support and is featured across major playlists on Spotify, Apple, Deezer and others, as well as garnering early radio support worldwide. In putting together the soundtrack for the critically–acclaimed indie film, The Divorce Party, Bitter’s Kiss delivers a fresh and captivating stand–out cover version of “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure, which evokes memories of Sixpence None The Richer and their adaptation of “There She Goes” by The LA’s. Originally recorded in 1987, “Just Like Heaven” was a global smash for the group, featured on their seventh studio album Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me and was The Cure’s first American hit reaching the Top 40. Listen to “Just Like Heaven” HERE and for all inquiries, contact bakergracemusic@gmail.com.


Ever since the members of whenyoung found each other and bonded over cheap vodka and The Velvet Underground in a pub, they’ve been inseparable. The Limerick trio took their time to carefully craft their sound and live show before sharing it with the world. Last year they released their take on The Cranberries’ classic “Dreams” and the Given Up EP, as well as performed at Electric Picnic, All Together Now Festival, Great Escape, Latitude, Kendal Calling and Bestival, in addition to supporting Blossoms on their tour in December. In January, whenyoung were personally invited by Shane McGowan (The Pogues) to perform at his 60th birthday party, where they rubbed elbows with Bono and got to have a casual conversation with the legendary Irish superstar. Last month, Aoife Power (bass, vocals), Niall Burns (guitar) and Andrew Flood (drums) released their highly–anticipated debut album, Reasons To Dream via Virgin EMI. The album boasts a number of instant classics, including “Never Let Go,” “In My Dreams” and “You’re Grand.” Another standout track is “The Others,” written by Power after seeing the Grenfell Tower fire and fall with her own eyes. She wrote the song for the victims who will be forgotten by society and asks the question, for what reason? Watch the powerful video for “The Others” HERE and contact Ronnie Traynor of Various Artists Management at ronnie@variousartistsmanagement.com for all inquiries.


“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, June 23rd, 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.

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THE DUNTS – “Bad Decisions” (Unsigned, Scotland)
LONGFELLOW – “Kiss Hug Make Up” (Unsigned, UK)
SLIDE – “Floating” (Unsigned, Sweden)
THE LUKA STATE – “Girl” (Unsigned, UK)
COCO BANS – “Pray” (Unsigned, N. America)
STOP MOTION POETRY – “Dead Rose” (Unsigned, N. America)
LOST IN STEREO – “Adrenaline” (Unsigned, Scotland)
SOPHIE & THE GIANTS – “The Light” (Unsigned, UK)
TEN TONNES – “Better Than Me” (Warner Music, UK)
LIME CORDIALE – “Inappropriate Behaviour” (Chugg Music, Australia)
SPORTS TEAM – “Get Along” (Holm Front, UK)
BENE – “Evil Spider” (Unsigned, New Zealand)
EMMI KING – “Million Dollar Movie” (Unsigned, Germany)
TWO YEAR VACATION – “I Forgot Your Name (But I Like You)” (Clouds Hill, Sweden)
PARIS YOUTH FOUNDATION – “You Haven’t Loved, Until You’ve Lost” (Unsigned, UK)
BITTER’S KISS – “Just Like Heaven” (Unsigned, N. America)
THE VELVET HANDS – “Don’t Be Nice To Me” (Easy Action, UK)
GO GO BERLIN – “Love Me” (Heartbeat Music, Denmark)
ALEX LAHEY – “Am I Doing It Right?” (Dead Oceans, Australia)
STATE LIGHTS – “Open Your Arms” (Unsigned, Ireland)
BLITZ UNION – “Revolution” (Unsigned, Czech Republic)
THE HOWL & THE HUM – “Hall Of Fame” (Unsigned, UK)
SHAYNA LEIGH – “Don’t Save Me” (Unsigned, N. America)
GIANT ROOKS – “100 MG” (Four Artists, Germany)
YONAKA – “Lose Our Heads” (Atlantic Records, UK)
PORTLAND – “Expectations” ([PIAS], Belgium)
ALFIE TEMPLEMAN – “Stop Thinking (About Me)” (Chess Club, UK)
VITA BERGEN – “Falcons” (Woah Dad! Records, Sweden)
SHLOMI ASH – “To The River” (Unsigned, Israel)
HOT LIKE SUSHI – “Bitch Repellent” (Unsigned, Switzerland)
THE VITRIOTS – “Rehab” (Sureshaker, Australia)
VERONICA FUSARO – “Lie To Me” (DD Music, Switzerland)

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