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SONY/ATV INKS RIHANNA TO A GLOBAL PUBLISHING DEAL


Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a worldwide deal to represent the entire song catalog of global superstar Rihanna.

Rihanna
The agreement covers all songs written by the multi–Grammy winner across her entire career, including the hits “Rude Boy,” “Love On The Brain,” “Needed Me” and the Drake collaboration “Work,” which spent nine weeks at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The deal also takes in Rihanna’s future works.

Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Jon Platt stated, “I’m proud to have known Rihanna since the beginning of her career. Music, fashion, philanthropy and a heart of gold have solidified Rihanna’s position as one of the biggest icons in the world. It is an honor to be reunited with her at Sony/ATV.”

Rihanna is one of the best–loved and most successful music artists of all time with her many career highlights including 14 Billboard Hot 100 No.1 hits, seven RIAA–certified multi–Platinum albums, nine Grammy awards and chart–topping success around the world.

Since breaking through in 2005 with the single “Pon de Replay,” the Barbadian singer and songwriter has established herself as a true global icon who has combined an astonishingly successful music career with acclaim in a number of other fields, including as a movie actress, businesswoman and humanitarian.

Working across multiple genres, including pop, R&B, dance and hip–hop, her prestigious and prolific output has turned Rihanna into a permanent fixture on the world’s music charts and a number of her releases rank among the biggest hits of this century. These include “Rude Boy,” “Work,” “Needed Me,” “Love On The Brain,” “The Monster” and “Wild Thoughts,” which were all co–written by her. She has also recorded a series of hugely successful albums and her last seven releases have been certified a combined 22 times platinum by the RIAA in the U.S., including Good Girl Gone Band, Rated R, Loud, Talk That Talk, Unapologetic and Anti.

Across her career, she has recorded with superstar artists including Drake, Eminem, Sir Paul McCartney, Jay–Z, Kanye West, Coldplay, Calvin Harris, Nicki Minaj and Kendrick Lamar, with whom she won her ninth Grammy award in 2018 for their collaboration “Loyalty.” Her countless other honors include 13 American Music Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards and seven MTV Video Music Awards. In 2017 she was recognized as Songwriter of the Year at the annual BMI R&B/Hip–Hop Awards.


CHUGG MUSIC’S LIME CORDIALE TEAMS UP WITH POST MALONE
& DRE LONDON




The Aussie brother–duo of Louis and Oli Leimbach, better known as Lime Cordiale, have continued to build a significant buzz for themselves worldwide. Under the guidance of the label and management team, Chugg Music (formed by Michael Chugg and Andrew Stone in 2012), the band have played sold–out tours all over Europe and Australasia. Now, following a chance meeting, the band have joined forces with Post Malone, and Variety Hitmaker’s “Manager of The Year,” Dre London. After discovering the band through a fan, it was seeing the band live which secured the deal.

Lime Cordiale now find themselves at the end of a mammoth six–week run of U.K. and European tour dates, including sold–out headline shows at venues such as O2 Academy London, Paradiso in Amsterdam and multiple festivals. The band are also set to play their largest ever NZ and Australian headline tour across October, November and December, and have just added dates in Los Angeles and New York City in September.

Their next studio release will come in September to coincide with the tour dates and will be released via Chugg Music, and the new joint entity between Post Malone and Dre London, London Cowboys.

Lime Cordiale have received early U.S. and international support from A&R Worldwide since 2014. Lime Cordiale’s co–manager Michael Chugg stated, “It’s very rewarding to be part of such a major international deal and we want to thank all the people who have believed in the band from the beginning. Sat Bisla and his team at A&R Worldwide stand out for their very early belief and love for the band, which also includes Lime Cordiale’s showcase at MUSEXPO in Los Angeles and their exposure for the band in the U.S. and international markets with their radio relationships.”

Lime Cordiale received their first–ever radio and online streaming support, anywhere in the world, from the globally–syndicated, tastemaker pre–discovery radio show, Passport Approved, including the radio show’s West Coast Passport Approved Live tour, which saw the band garnering initial fan and broadcast support from the show’s affiliates in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and other major U.S. markets.


UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP APPOINTS THOMAS VIDOVIC MANAGING DIRECTOR, GERMANY & SR. VP, AUSTRIA & SWITZERLAND

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has announced Thomas Vidovic as Managing Director, Germany and Sr. Vice President, Austria and Switzerland. Based in Berlin, Vidovic reports to Marc Cimino, UMPG’s COO. An accomplished creative executive, Vidovic most recently served as head of UMPG Germany’s synch team. As Sr. Director of Music for Advertising and Film, Vidovic was responsible for leading the creative, licensing and commissioned music operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for advertising, film and TV, games and stage productions. He has guided major synch deals with Volkswagen, Deutsche Bank, Sony Bravia, Mercedes–Benz, and others. Having joined UMPG in 2011, Vidovic also worked closely with the company’s A&R and synch teams to develop songwriters for film and TV.

Thomas Vidovic & Diana Muñoz
Jody Gerson, UMPG Chairman and CEO, said, “I am thrilled that Thomas is taking on this leadership role at our company. Since joining UMPG, he has been instrumental in developing innovative creative strategies for our German business, particularly in sync, that have been invaluable to our success. Marc Cimino and I have closely watched Thomas’ growth over the past four years as an executive and we have tremendous confidence in his ability to lead the fantastic UMPG teams in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.”

Vidovic said, “I would like to thank Jody and Marc for their trust and support in giving me this opportunity. During my time at UMPG and in developing our sync business, they always believed in my ability to find new ways of creating opportunities for our songwriters. That vision and support is what makes UMPG the most innovative, proactive and creative–driven publisher. I am thrilled to shape the future of Universal Music Publishing with our exceptional team, both in Germany and globally.”

At the same time, UMPG has promoted Diana Muñoz to Sr. VP, Finance and Administration. She will report to Vidovic. Muñoz has been with UMPG since 2011 and most recently served as VP, Finance and Administration since 2018. Muñoz currently serves as a proxy member of the GEMA Board and on the Board of Directors for DMV (the German Music Publishers Association).


BMG OPENS THE DOORS ON NEW NASHVILLE COMPLEX



BMG has officially opened its brand–new, state–of–the–art Nashville complex to its artists, songwriters, and the Music City community. The move joins BMG’s Nashville recordings operation BBR Music Group, BMG’s publishing operation, and BMG’s copyright and royalties operations all under one roof, operating off the same platform, at 1 Music Circle South, Suite 500, Nashville, TN. The move comes 10 years after the new BMG first set–up a base in Nashville following the acquisition of Crosstown Songs. Considered as a standalone BMG territory, BMG Nashville is now the company’s third biggest worldwide, after Los Angeles and the U.K., but ahead of Germany.

Among the facility’s key design components are included seven fully equipped/top–of–the–line songwriter/recording rooms, multiple live performance areas, four state–of–the–art A/V meeting spaces and conference rooms, optimized individual listening rooms, as well as a large communal outside area and terrace to be utilized for live events.

BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said, “The significant investment we’ve made and continue to make in country music, expresses how important Nashville is to BMG. We will continue to champion our songwriters and artists inside and outside of Nashville and develop opportunities and growth for our artist’s careers both in the US and internationally.”

Jon Loba, EVP Recorded Music, Nashville, said, “In the short two–and–a–half years since BBR Music Group became BMG, the development and growth has been absolutely phenomenal. The goals we set forth are not only being achieved but surpassed. Country music is one of the most dynamic genres in the world and BMG has the team and global platform to deliver not only in the US, but internationally. We’re offering a new route to the worldwide market.”

BMG’s Nashville operation has grown from 20 staffers dedicated to publishing to nearly 100 employees evenly split across publishing, recordings, and operations overseeing all aspects of BMG’s business including A&R, Accounting, Administration, Income Tracking, Marketing, Publicity, Radio Promotion, Royalties, and Synch Licensing.

In addition to its recordings and publishing operations, BMG’s Nashville facility now serves as the central hub for BMG’s U.S. copyright and royalties team led by Eric Scott, Sr. VP, Rights Administration and Royalty Services.

John Clifford
Additionally, BMG has named London–based John Clifford to lead its worldwide production music business. BMG Production Music (BMGPM) is the fastest–growing provider of one–stop, pre–cleared and custom production music services to the global broadcast, film/trailer, games and advertising industries. Clifford reports to BMG CFO Maximilian Dressendoerfer who continues to oversee the segment. Clifford joined BMGPM in 2017 as MD UK and Sr. VP Global Sales, Marketing & Repertoire. Since then the company has more than doubled both revenues and EBITDA to become the fourth biggest player in the production music business worldwide. Clifford succeeds Geert–Willem “GW” Koolhof, who has decided to step down following the completion of BMGPM’s initial build phase.

Clifford’s resume includes 25 years of experience in production music, running the former BMG Zomba in Australia, and then later at Universal Production Music where he held the roles of MD UK, Head of Media Rights Mgt. Europe, and previously, GM Australia/NZ. His appointment means London will become the worldwide headquarters of BMG Production Music. Together with catalogue recordings, master licensing and sub–publishing, it brings to four the number of BMG’s global hubs now based in the U.K.


A&R WORLDWIDE NETWORKING DINNER BRINGS TOGETHER
VARIOUS EXECUTIVES FROM MUSIC & BEYOND IN BEVERLY HILLS




A&R Worldwide co–hosted another of its globally–recognized networking dinners last week at the elegant Mr. C Hotel in Beverly Hills, in association with Morgan Stanley. The intimate affair brought together a number of U.S. and global executives from across music, media, film and finance to network and discuss the evolving global music industry, media, film and financial services industries.

Below is a pictorial overview of the recent soiree.

DISNEY + MAVERICK MANAGEMENT PLUS A&R WORLDWIDE: Having a diverse conversation on all things music were (l–r): Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO), Mio Vukovic (Sr. VP A&R/Head of Creative, Disney Music Group) and Greg Thompson (President, Maverick Management). INDULGING IN SOME INSPIRING CONVERSATION (l–r) are: Ashley Waldron (Music Supervision Executive, The Melody Works), Sara Qazi (Director, Global Sports & Entertainment Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley) and Sat Bisla.
DISCUSSING MULTI–MEDIA, LAW, THE LIVE BUSINESS & MORE were (l–r) Bob Lefsetz (Founder, The Lefsetz Letter), Eric Greenspan (Partner, Myman Greenspan, Fineman, Fox, Rosenberg & Light) and Tom Windish (Music Executive Leadership Group, Paradigm Talent Agency). THREE’S COMPANY, FOUR’S A CROWD: Pictured (l–r) are Tina Fasbender (Founder, Fasbender & Associates), Robin Bissell (Producer, The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit & Founder, Rambler Productions) and Sara Qazi.
SHARING SOME POSITIVE VIBES AT THE MR. C HOTEL IN BEVERLY HILLS were (l–r) Jesse Walker (Regional Manager, Lord Abbett & Co.), Marcus Spence (EVP A&R, Cinq Music), Ashley Waldron and Dan Miller (President, Crossroads Live, Inc.).
HAVING A CONVERSATION ABOUT SONGS & PRODUCTION were (l–r) Mark Beaven (Founder, AAM Inc.) and Curtis Serna (CEO & President, Songistry). FROM CHINA & BOLLYWOOD TO BEVERLY HILLS: A&R Worldwide Founder Sat Bisla has a robust conversation with his guests who attended from China and India including Daljit DJ Parmar (CEO & Producer, Extraordinary Entertainment, China) and Neeraj Bhargava (Chairman & CEO, Rainshine Entertainment, India).
ENJOYING SOME GREAT CONVERSATION AND MAKING NEW FRIENDS: Over two dozen executives attended last week’s A&R Worldwide and Morgan Stanley co–hosted dinner, in partnership with co–hosts Legg Mason and Lord Abbett.
EXPERIENCING A GOOD CONVERSATION OVER GREAT FOOD & WINE were James Andrews with Morgan Stanley’s Sara Qazi. HAVING A CHAT ABOUT THE POWER OF THE SONG were (l–r) award–winning songwriter Holly Knight (Aerosmith, Tina Turner, Rod Stewart, Hall & Oates and more), Sara Qazi and Sat Bisla.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Talented German singer/songwriter René Miller has officially signed a worldwide publishing deal with Sony/ATV Germany. A&R Worldwide Founder Sat Bisla discovered René in the studio during last year’s SongsCon event, where he garnered a German Songwriting Award, in Berlin. Bisla was immediately impressed by René and his songwriting and singing ability and told SongsCon Founders Nadja Paul and Uli Kuppell that René had global potential. After speaking with A&R Worldwide, René and his manager Manfred Müller decided to come to MUSEXPO Los Angeles earlier this year and showcase René to the U.S. and international music industry where he garnered immediate interest from various labels and publishers including support from music talent app Scenebot. Miller, in his first year as full–time singer/songwriter out of Berlin, Germany, has already garnered over 18 million streams on Spotify, with only two DJ featurings. Patrick Strauch, MD Sony/ATV Germany and his team managed to sign René to a worldwide publishing deal recently after interest from numerous other parties. A&R Worldwide wishes René and his team continued success.

BMG has appointed veteran music business all–rounder Ian Ramage to lead a new strike force for U.K. repertoire in the U.S. in a first for the U.K. music industry. With staff in London, New York, and LA, the team will explicitly address the emerging gap for U.K. artists in music’s biggest market in the switch to streaming consumption. The new strike force is endorsed by Berlin–based BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch who argues that the disparity is a result of record company practices rather than consumer preference. The new team will focus particularly on performer/songwriters and crucially the strike force roster will include artists across the generations from the ’60s until today. As VP Repertoire & Marketing U.K., Ramage will report to BMG President Repertoire & Marketing U.K. Alistair Norbury. Ramage brings over 30 years of experience in the U.K. music industry to the role, working with artists such as The Cure, Elvis Costello, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Coldplay, Keane, and Richard Hawley. Starting out as a product manager at Polydor, he became marketing manager at East West/Warner Records before returning to Polydor as Head of Marketing, and joined EMI Records as Marketing Director in 1993. In 1996 he switched to music publishing, becoming GM at the old BMG Music Publishing where he remained for almost a decade until the company was sold to Universal. After spending two years as Head of A&R U.K. & Europe for Sony/ATV Publishing, he switched to academia as a lecturer on the music business. While completing a dissertation on The Beatles, he has worked as a part–time consultant to BMG in the U.K.

Amazon Music has entered one of the world’s largest markets with its launch in Brazil. The region, which is adopting streaming at a fast pace, will have access to two subscription tiers, Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Prime Music, the latter of which is included as a limited offering as part of Amazon Prime which also rolled out in Brazil last week. A three–month free trial is available with the Amazon Music Unlimited individual plan carrying a monthly of R$16.90 (approx. $4.16 USD) following the trial period.

Warner Music Group (WMG) has announced the promotion of Kevin Gore to President, Global Catalogue, Recorded Music. Gore, who returned to WMG in 2017 after parting ways in 2014, had been serving as President of the company’s U.S.–based Arts Music division and recently led the acquisition of First Night Records, a U.K. theatrical label. Gore takes on the role with the departure of Tim Fraser–Harding who leaves WMG after seven years. In addition to his new responsibilities, Gore will maintain his role with Arts Music. Before returning to WMG, Gore had been serving as President & COO of DMI Music & Media. His previous stint in the WMG system saw him spending 12 years with Rhino, including four years as President & CEO of Rhino Entertainment and Global Catalogue.

Atlas Music Publishing has announced a joint venture with the iconic producer, Quincy Jones. The Atlas/Quincy Jones relationship dates back to when key executives, Richard Stumpf and Phil Cialdella, worked with Jones at Cherry Lane Music. Earlier in the year, Atlas was acquired by Ithaca Holdings which is led by SB Projects Founder Scooter Braun who counts Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, J. Balvin, Zac Brown Band, Dan & Shay and Tori Kelly, among others, as clients. This partnership opens up a significant path for Atlas’ clients to some of music’s biggest global acts.

AEG continues to expand its Asian footprint with the relocation of its regional Shanghai headquarters to Singapore as well as the addition of three new executives for the office. Tapped as Sr. VP for AEG Presents, Asia Pacific is veteran executive Matthew Lazarus–Hall who will assume oversight of all touring, festivals and sports for the Pan–Asian region. Having previously served as CEO for Chugg Entertainment, Lazarus–Hall is the founder of leading Aussie country music festival, CMC Rocks. His resume also includes time with Australia’s biggest ticketing firm, Ticketek. According to Adam Wilkes, President & CEO of AEG Asia, the new Singapore office will count a staff of around two dozen. Alongside Lazarus–Hall, the new office adds Taylor Agisim as VP, Business Development, and Ryan Sandilands as VP, Global Partnerships.

In other AEG news, the U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has approved the merger of AEG Facilities and SMG which will create the world’s largest facility management firm. The deal was also cleared by the U.S. Department of Justice and is expected to be formally closed early next month. Revealed initially in February, the merger deal between AEG Facilities and SMG owner Onex will see each company taking on a 50% stake in the new standalone entity, based in Los Angeles, under the banner of ASM Global. The new firm will be helmed by Bob Newman, President & CEO of AEG Facilities with a portfolio of 310 venues counting Manchester Arena in the U.K., Chicago’s Soldier Field and a collection of convention centers and performance venues across N. and S. America, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Primary Wave Music Publishing has welcomed the legendary rock band BOSTON to its roster. Under the deal, Primary Wave has purchased the music publishing of the band’s iconic self–titled, debut album from its former manager Paul Ahern/Pure Songs. Released in 1976, BOSTON became the best–selling debut album in the U.S. that year and went on to sell over 25 million copies globally. The music was the brainchild of guitarist and studio genius, Tom Scholz. The self–taught musician started writing songs shortly after while earning his master’s degree in engineering. Over the course of nearly a decade, the multi–instrumentalist created demo after demo in his basement studio and finally hit gold with what would become his massive hit, “More Than A Feeling.” The song caught the attention of Epic Records who immediately signed Scholz and vocalist Brad Delp. The act’s ground–breaking debut effort remained the best–selling debut for any band for 10 years. Songs from the album have gone on to be covered by everyone from N*Sync to Sleater–Kinney to Anthrax, and have appeared in a number of films and TV shows. Known as the inventor of the BOSTON sound, Scholz is the principal songwriter, principal instrumentalist, and engineer, and continues to tour. To date BOSTON remains a staple of classic rock radio playlists, has sold over 75 million records worldwide, and is one of the world’s best–selling artists releasing six studio albums over a career spanning more than four decades.

Universal Music On Demand (UMOD) is set to build upon the major’s Spinnup platform in the U.K. as the distribution platform grows its presence into the region, joining other key territories in which it operates. Launched in Sweden in 2013, Spinnup has already led to label signings for several artists who uploaded their music to the platform. With UMOD, Spinnup will look to secure new ventures and partnerships while broadening the reach of its service to attract new users. The Spinnup platform allows emerging talent to have their music distribution across all major DPSs while maintaining 100% ownership of their rights and royalties. Additionally, Spinnup serves as an A&R resource for the Universal team with UMOD listening and monitoring uploaded music for potential hits. Other initiatives for Spinnup via UMOD include an educational visual content series, Spinnup Academy, and opportunities for live performances at a number of leading festivals and events.

YouTube has revealed that it will no longer count paid advertising views when calculating its YouTube Music Charts and 24–hour viewership records. In a new post on the official YouTube blog, the video streamer stated that the updates look to maintain credibility for the platform while increasing transparency within the music industry. Moving forward, artists rankings on the YouTube Music Charts as well as those vying for 24–hour record debuts, will be composed only from view garnered via organic sources such as direct links, search results, embedded videos on external sites, and YouTube features including homepage, watch next and Trending. Current 24–hour record debut holders will not be affected by the updates.

A new joint venture has been finalized between Warner Records and Roger Gengo’s new label, Masked Records. Gengo, a hip–hop entrepreneur, is behind the Masked Gorilla website and Unmasked concert series. The first signing to the new venture is 2KBaby whose debut single, “Old Streets,” has generated more than 2.5 million streams. Having launched the Masked Gorilla brand when he was only 17–years–old, 2019 sees Gengo celebrating its 10 year milestone. The platform established itself quickly as an influential tastemaker in the hip–hop music arena, having produced the first–ever video interview with Mac Miller, as well as additional early video interviews with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Vince Staples and Childish Gambino. Additionally, Warner Music Group (WMG) states that Masked Gorilla provided the first media coverage for acts including Lil Yachty, Lil Peep, $uicideboy$, YBN Nahmir and others. Unmasked, set–up in 2014, has produced sold–out concerts in LA with performers counting Tyler, the Creator, Playboi Carti, Denzel Curry, $uicideboy$, Lil Peep and the first headline show for Vince Staples.

Another key executive has parted ways with Spotify as Luca Baratta exits his role as Chief Accounting Officer following just over three years with the streamer. Baratta joined Spotify in 2016 and had previously served as Twitter’s VP of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer. His role will be filled by Paul Sawyer who currently serves as Spotify’s Controller.

In other Spotify news, the streamer has finalized the acquisition of SoundBetter, a global audio production and collaboration marketplace. SoundBetter rolled–out in 2012 and seeks to provide a platform for creators to connect with audio professionals for projects. The platform currently counts a registered user community of over 180,000 artists. SoundBetter will fall under the Spotify For Artists umbrella which offers services to artists and their team on the platform including insights, profile management and promotional tools.

Spotify India recently revealed the list of its most streamed acts in the territory which showed a continuing trend among consumers who have begun to move away from the Bollywood genre that has long dominated the market. Notably, K–pop boy band BTS sat at No.5 on the ranking, with Spotify and Apple Music offering the largest K–pop catalog of the nine streaming platforms available across India. As revealed by KPMG India’s latest Media and Entertainment report, Bollywood music’s percentage of overall streams has declined from 70% in mid–2016 to just over 50% in early 2019. International music also saw a decrease of 18%. KPMG commented that this shift is driven by the growth of regional language music which now totals 32% of total listening on DSPs.

Caroline has appointed regarded global music executive, Cindy James, as Head of Commercial Marketing for the independent distribution and services division of Capitol Music Group (CMG). The announcement was made by Caroline’s EVP Matt Sawin, to whom James reports. In the new role, James is tasked with leading Caroline’s commercial, artist marketing and commercial operations teams, working closely with Caroline’s artist and label partners and teams within Capitol Music Group to develop, navigate and execute strategic campaigns for their releases. James most recently served as VP of Streaming & Playlisting Strategy for Island Records. While there, she played a key role in the successful campaigns for artists, including Shawn Mendes, Demi Lovato and Dean Lewis. Prior to Island, James spent ten years in senior positions with Sony Music Entertainment in New York, London and Sydney. As Sr. Director of Streaming, James focused on streaming consumer marketing, playlist behavior initiatives and advertising technology strategies, all while leading the Spotify account team and playlist service Filtr for the U.S. market. In 2013, James was selected for a newly–created position in London as Head of International Sales for Spotify and Amazon, overseeing all global release plans and account growth for two of Sony’s largest accounts. In Sydney, James led digital and brand development across the Asia Pacific region. She began her career as a promoter, artist and tour manager, freelance music journalist and CD store manager.

Glassnote Records has named Lakiesha “Kiesh” Herman as Head of Digital and Social Media. She joins the company’s New York office and will take charge globally of Digital Marketing and Online Strategy with a focus on creative, interactive and fan engagement marketing campaigns. Prior to Glassnote, Kiesh was a creative director for Wyclef Jean and content producer at Columbia Records working across a diverse roster of artists including Solange, King Princess, Lil Nas X, John Legend, Pharrell and The Internet. Her background in analytics and trend–spotting allows her to design creative content that is tailored and tied to human experiences. She was recently named to Billboard’s inaugural Pride List.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has extended its long–term global deal with multi–Platinum, Grammy–winning songwriter/producer Boi–1da. The new agreement takes Sony/ATV’s relationship with the creative into a second decade and covers his entire catalog, including hits he has penned for Drake, Rihanna, Eminem, Cardi B and others, as well as future works. Additionally, Sony/ATV and Boi–1da have finalized a deal extension for their JV agreement, Sam Fam Publishing, which since launching in 2014, has worked with a number of highly–successful songwriters and producers. Since first teaming up with Drake as a teenager when he became an in–house producer at the fellow Toronto native’s OVO Sound label, Boi–1da (born Matthew Samuels) has established himself as one of the most in–demand songwriters and producers in the music industry. He co–wrote and produced Drake’s first Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hit, “Best I Ever Had,” and over the next decade has remained one of the artist’s closest and most trusted collaborators, having co–written worldwide hits such as “Forever,” “Controlla” and “God’s Plan.” “God’s Plan” garnered Best Rap Song at the 2019 Grammy Awards where Boi–1da received six nominations overall, including for Producer of the Year, Non–Classical. Over his career, he has been nominated for 14 Grammy’s and been named ASCAP Songwriter of the Year. Among the additional artists he has worked with are Beyoncé, Jay–Z, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Lil Nas X and Lana Del Rey.

Glen Rowe
A new management firm has been launched under the banner of Kyoto by Glen Rowe, former tour manager for Muse. Kyoto looks to focus in on guitar bands and support all elements of an artist’s career from an early stage including A&R, live, design and digital, publishing and marketing. Kyoto also opens the doors on a new recording/rehearsal studio and writing room located just outside of London which are open to be booked by all artists, while Kyoto–signed access receive free use of the space. Among the initial signings to Kyoto are included King Nun, as well as developing singer/songwriters Mercy and Sian Kelly. Outside of the music space, Kyoto is working with British artist Kazland, Dutch music photographer Hans Peter, and Eva Boursier, an Italian creative director.

Deezer is preparing the launch of its new User Centric Payment System (UCPS) which is scheduled to roll–out in France early next year. According to Deezer, the new model calculates royalty payments based on music listened to by subscribers as opposed to the current market share–based system. Deezer’s Chief Content and Strategy Officer, Alexander Holland, revealed that the streamer has received different opinions from record companies though, commented that UCPS will ultimately benefit the artists and allow for a deeper connection with fans, while preventing fraud caused by bot–created streams. Deezer has made information available on its site to overview the benefits of UCPS and has created a tool for premium subscribers allowing them to see and share exactly how their subscription revenue would be divided up today.

Filip Potocki
Leading European concert promoter FKP Scorpio, which was founded in 1990 by the highly–respected live business entrepreneur and visionary Folkert Koopmans (honored as “Int’l Promoter of the Year” at the 2016 MUSEXPO in Los Angeles), has announced the opening of its ninth office in Poland. Poland is in addition to FKP Scorpio’s additional offices that currently operate out of its headquarters in Hamburg (Germany), Holland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Austria, Sweden and the U.K. FKP Scorpio is now one of the largest companies within the live music business in Europe. The new company FKP Scorpio Poland will be headed by Filip Potocki, who was born in Warsaw and has been Managing Director of Arcadia Live in Austria since 2015. Joining Filip in Poland will be Jan Brzoza (Administration, Marketing & Ticketing) and Krysztof Czarniakowski (Project Management & Ticketing). Folkert Koopmans tells A&R Worldwide, “I’ve been following the development of the Polish live music market for a long time and see great potential there. We had first experiences in 2018 with the Ed Sheeran concert in the fantastic atmosphere of the PGE Stadion Narodowy in Warsaw.”

Music rights management firm, TuneRegistry, has been acquired by Jammber for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition sees Jammber, a digital platform that looks to help artists track music projects and credits, building out its royalty management offerings. The acquisition comes on the heels of Jammber’s roll–out of Splits, its royalty splitting application, and its Jammber Money payment solution. For a monthly subscription fee, TuneRegistry allows rights holders to self-register their music rights ownership details with over two dozen N. American organizations such as ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. While third party companies often claim up to 20% of royalties for admin fees, TuneRegistry sees rightsholders maintaining 100% of their copyrights and royalties. Under the acquisition, Dae Bogan, TuneRegistry’s Co–Founder & CEO, joins the Jammber team as Sr. VP, Global Music Rights and keeps oversight of TuneRegistry’s operations and product strategy.

BMI has once again surpassed revenue records, reporting a 7% increase, year–upon–year, to $1.283 billion collected at the end of its fiscal year, June 30th. The increase in collections drove a 7% increase to the amount distributed and administered as well, reaching $1.196 billion, marking the highest distribution for the PRO to–date, as well as the most reported public performance revenues and highest royalty distributions of any music rights organization globally. The total in distributions reflects a continued return of almost 90% of collections by BMI back to its songwriters, composers and publishers. For the full break–down of BMI’s fiscal year–end, click HERE.

In other BMI news, the PRO has announced Shirin Foroutan as VP, Creative, Europe for the PRO. Based out of the organization’s London office, Foroutan will report to BMI’s Sr. VP, Creative, Alex Flores. In her new role, Foroutan will be tasked with furthering BMI’s creative efforts across Europe as well as support the development of strategies to bring on and nurture new talent. Prior to joining BMI, Foroutan served as COO for MPC Film, looking after over 2,000 visual effects artists based in London, Bangalore, Vancouver and Montreal. She also spent time as the Mute Group of Companies’ Global MD with oversight of teams across recording, publishing and artist management in London, New York and Berlin. Before joining Mute, she served in an advisory role for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London and Vancouver, and with the legal affairs division at Live Nation Global Touring.

In BMI’s Latin division, veteran VP of Latin Creative, Delia Orjuela, will be parting ways with the PRO after 22 years at the end of this week. Orjuela, who started out as a regional manager for BMI, stated her departure is a result of her starting “a new chapter” of her life. She had been in her most recent role for the past 12 years and counts signings such as Juanes, Anuel AA, producer Sky and Willie Colon.

Native Tongue Music Publishing has recently welcomed two new members to its team, expanding to a staff of 16 across its Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland offices. Denise Sharp joins Native Tongue in a Client Relations role, focused on driving synch licensing business for the company’s local and international repertoire, which includes several hundred thousand musical works, including songs by Elvis Presley, George Harrison, Pink Floyd, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Aurora, Daft Punk, Galantis, James Blake, Justice, Mark Ronson and Ty Dolla $ign. Sharp brings a wealth of experience in the Australian music industry managing the synch licensing department at Universal Publishing for 22 years, before joining Music Sales in 2016 as Creative Director. Additionally, Campbell Revie joins the company in an assistant role across the creative and copyright teams. Campbell is an RMIT University Music Business graduate and former Native Tongue intern.

Apple revealed last week its next wave of iPhone’s with the 11, 11 Pro and 11 Max which are set to become available later this week. While not much has changed about the devices from the iPhone X line of predecessors, the new set does feature an updated camera, including an added lens to each model. Unlike other devices rolling out this year, the new iPhones do not support the incoming 5G cellular networks. Other reveals included a new video game subscription offering, Apple Arcade, which will hit the market Thursday and see over 100 games made available to subscribers for $5/month. Not much was said by Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, about the forthcoming TV Plus service aside for the pricing and launch date. A trailer was shown for a new series See, starring Jason Momoa, and TV Plus is set to launch with nine original shows and films with additional titles added monthly. It will only include original programming from Apple and will be available in 100 countries when it rolls out.

Having rolled–out in 2009, Vevo is celebrating its 10–year milestone with the video streaming platform marking a more than 300% increase in daily view across the past five years. The Vevo platform reaches audiences via distribution partners such as YouTube, Amazon, Apple, Roku, Sky, Virgin Media and Vewd. Launched by Universal Music Group, Sony Music and Google, Vevo’s video offering has grown to over 400,000 official videos, in addition to other original series and performance content. The platform’s artist development initiatives including Lift and Dscvr have featured acts such as Billie Eilish, Khalid, Alessia Cara, Halsey, Lewis Capaldi and CNCO. The decade milestone will be marked by a list of Vevo’s most–watched videos as well as an event in New York City.

Artist management firm, YMU Group, has named Anna Gregorek Commercial Director. Based in London, Gregorek will report directly to Iain Watt, Managing Director of the company’s U.K. music division. Gregorek comes to YMU Group from Warner Music Group, where she served as Partnerships Director, UK and International, responsible for driving innovation for all artists’ brand campaigns nationally and internationally. Representing artists across all of the company’s frontline labels, she oversaw the strategy for lifestyle partnership marketing, executing campaigns for brands such as Nike, Puma, Adidas, Reebok, G–Shock, Xbox and Bacardi with artists including Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, Gorillaz and Rudimental among others. Gregorek also previously held senior brand marketing positions at Red Bull, Dr Martens and EMI. With YMU Group, Gregorek will be tasked with looking after all commercial opportunities across the YMU Music roster, which includes developing long–term strategic plans for artists, with a focus on brand partnerships, licensed ranges, ambassador campaigns, corporate events and merchandise.

Leading Chinese entrepreneur, Jack Ma, has stepped down from his role as Chairman of Alibaba Group, the world’s largest e–commerce firm. The departure was part of a succession revealed a year ago with Ma remaining a member of the Alibaba Partnership, composed of 36 members, with the right to nominate a majority of the board of directors for the company. Founded by Ma in 1999, Alibaba’s initial focus was connecting Chinese exporters and American retailers though, it has transitioned its efforts toward the growing consumer market in China, growing its portfolio to encompass online banking, entertainment and cloud computing. As of the quarter ending in June, 66% of Alibaba’s $16.7 billion in revenue came from domestic business. Succeeding Ma as Chairman & CEO is long–time Alibaba executive Daniel Zhang, who previously served as President of the company’s Tmall.com, a division focused on consumers.

Peex, an innovative live music tech startup, has tapped Patrick Vosgimorukian as the firm’s new CEO. Vosgimorukian’s background includes work with emerging tech companies and he will assume oversight of Peex’s next steps through its launch as well as sourcing opportunities for scaling of the product. The Peex platform offers concert attendees the ability to create a customized, enhanced sound experience from anywhere in a venue through wearable technology and a companion app. The product rolled–out across the U.S. and Europe with Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

Danish indie publisher, GL Music, is opening offices in Stockholm as part of an acquisition by GL Music of leading Swedish publishing company Catapult Music. The acquisition will see GL assuming co–ownership and worldwide administration of the Catapult Music catalogue. Catapult’s Magnus Österwall and Magnus Söderqvist, will join the GL team to lead the offices of GL Music Sweden. Catapult Music Group was founded by Magnus Söderqvist and Sören Lindberg in 2010, with Magnus Österwall joining the ranks in 2015. The catalogue has grown to include signings such as Clara Mae, OhHeyMy, Violet Days and Maia Wright, and includes cuts from Kream, Martin Jensen, Sam Feldt, Tritonal, Mike Williams and others.

Ingrooves has finalized a global distribution deal with Calle Fresa Records, the Los Angeles–based company set up by producer/performers Chico Sonido and Ulises “El Licenciado” Lozano. On their own, the duo has helped establish careers for artists such as Ms. Ninaand Tomasa del Real. The label is closely aligned with L.A. fashion house, Freak City, who have collaborated with the producers for years on the visual aesthetic surrounding the emerging Latin urban/dance scene. The first single under the new agreement is “Este Reggaeton,” released on August 30th, by Chico Sonido featuring Filipino star K Rizz. Other artists expected to have releases under the new deal in the coming months include additional music from K Rizz and Chico Sonido, as well as El Licenciado, Street Boi, Young Voss, and others.

Iconic rock artist, Eddie Money, passed away last week at the age of 70, having been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer earlier this year. Having grown up in New York, Money headed to the West Coast in the late 60’s and made a name for himself on the Bay Area live circuit. Catching the eye of Columbia Records, he signed to the label and released his debut, self–titled full–length in 1977. The set, which reached double–Platinum status by the RIAA, featured two of Money’s biggest hits with “Two Tickets to Paradise” and “Baby Hold On.” His success continued into the 80’s with albums Life For the Taking (1979) and No Control (1982) with 1986 bringing his most successful single release, “Take Me Home Tonight.” The tracked reached No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with its accompanying black and white visual making its way to MTV. He continued to experience chart success until the 90’s ushered in the alternative rock movement after which, his music became a staple on classic rock radio and appeared in a number of commercials, TV shows and movies.

The frontman behind the legendary new wave rock outfit The Cars, Ric Ocasek, passed away yesterday after he was found unresponsive in his Manhattan townhouse. A cause of death has not been confirmed for the singer, rhythm guitarist and primary songwriter for The Cars, who was 75 years old. Ocasek joined forces with bassist Benjamin Orr in the ’60s, performing together with a number of groups across the next decade. The Cars formed in 1976, adding Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes and David Robinson. The group’s self–titled debut full–length in 1978 was a landmark in the growing new wave scene, led by Ocasek’s songwriting, catchy guitar riffs and the work of producer Roy Thomas Baker. The Cars reached the top 20 on the Billboard 200 and generated two top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Just What I Needed” and “My Best Friend’s Girl.” The band’s following three albums, Candy–O, Panorama and Shake It Up, maintained their recognizable sound. While not as successful as their debut, all three sets still reached the top 10 on the album chart and spawned their own hits including “Let’s Go,” “Touch and Go,” and “Shake It Up.” Heartbeat City, released in 1984, delivered five top 40 tracks, including “Drive.” Several of its singles also became early MTV mainstays, with “You Might Think” garnering video of the year at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards in 1984. Following a Greatest Hits and 1987’s Door to Door, the band parted ways, reuniting for 2011’s Move Like This full–length. In total, The Cars have racked up 13 top 40 singles on the Hot 100, four of them reaching the top 10, as well as five top 10 albums on the Billboard 200. Honors for the band include six Grammy nominations and their 2018 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As a solo act, Ocasek released seven albums, though his most significant success after The Cars came as a producer, working on Weezer’s self–titled debut (the Blue Album) as well as albums for artists including Guided by Voices, Motion City Soundtrack, Bad Brains and Suicide. Ocasek was married three times and has six sons.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Jacqueline Burnham, Pieter Viljoen, David Klein, Seif Hussain, Jackie Winkler, Andre Herd, Sienna Jackson, Robin Shaw, Guy Dobson, David Dollimore, Delmar Powell, Grace Adeyemo, Brian Schall, Patrik Larsson and Barry Daffurn.


JACKASS OF THE WEEK

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. Dogs are some of the most unpredictable, cutest and loyal creatures on earth. Click HERE to see some great doggy–dog moments from around the world.


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



Ivy Flindt is an exceptional indie–pop duo comprised of members Cate Martin (vocals, organ) and Micha Holland (guitar). Their album, In Every Move, is produced by Per Sunding, best known for his work with The Cardigans. Their music sounds like Nordic vastness, with confessions of devotion and retreat, while breathing melancholy with every note. Their latest offering, “Seal My Lips,” is a touching song that speaks to any true music fan, which is recommended to the fans of Feist, Beth Gibbons of Portishead and Imogen Heap. In addition to music, Cate is a Hamburg–based visual artist, whose work focuses on painting and photography in the field of abstraction in a pluralist manner, while Micha is also a photographer; both of their artwork is featured in their LP and CD. Listen to their single “Seal My Lips” HERE and contact info@anrworldwide.com, as Ivy Flindt is available for synch, publishing, label and booking opportunities.


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

In 2012, French turntablists C2C had a hit with “Down The Road,” which charted in Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the U.S., reaching No.1 in France. One of the members of C2C, DJ pFeL, returns with a new project named ÆDAN. The Nantes/Paris–based DJ released a five–track EP in July called Le Temps. Not only does the music contain stellar production, but the visuals created are must–see events. The music video for “Le Temps,” executed by talented graphic designer and director Thomas Blanchard, blends a number of inks and shapes in water with the use of slow–motion to construct a bright and multi–colored affair. Watch the video by ÆDAN for “Le Temps” HERE, and catch ÆDAN performing at the MaMA Festival & Convention in Paris, France next month.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 9/15/2019



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, September 15th, 2019: The weekly import show. Heard on more than 60 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; PUK–FM Johannesburg, South Africa; 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 (iHeartRadio) 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, JioSaavn.

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TRIBE FRIDAY – “Badger” (Unsigned, Sweden)
VINCI – “Lions” (Unsigned, Ireland)
LOLA MARSH – “Echoes” (Anova Music, Israel)
LARKINS – “Sugar Sweet” (Good Soldier Songs, UK)
JAMES DEACON – “Not Givin’ Up” (Bad Future, South Africa)
YONAKA – “Rockstar” (Atlantic, UK)
DOTAN – “Numb” (7 Layers, Holland)
THE DUNTS – “Bad Decisions” (3Beat/Universal, UK)
POST–PARTY – “Love You Everyday” (Unsigned, Ireland)
TIM SCHOU – “Beat Around The Bush” (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
LUNA BAY – “Call The Night” (Unsigned, UK)
KIDDO X GASHI – “Coming Down” (BLNK Music, Sweden)
THE AMAZONS – “25” (Goth Cruise/Fiction Records, UK)
MOONLIGHT BREAKFAST – “Summer” (Kiez Beats, Romania)
ADAM FRENCH – “Slow Dancing” (Virgin/EMI, UK)
THE SHERLOCKS – “NYC (Sing It Loud)” (Infectious, UK)
ROE – “Girls” (Fictive Kin, N. Ireland)
MADS LANGER – “Me Without You” (Sony, Denmark)
THE WHITE LAKES – “Wolves” (Ditto Music, UK)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Monkeys In My Head” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
TREE LINED STREETS – “No Friend Of Mine” (Unsigned, Ireland)
JIM KROFT – “Bahnhof Friedrichstrasse” (Unsigned, Germany)
YOUNG BRAVES – “1984” (Unsigned, UK)
SAM JOHNSON – “Medicine For My Brain” (Unsigned, UK)
TEN TONNES – “Counting Down” (Warner Music, UK)
IVY FLINDT – “Seal My Lips” (Unsigned, Germany)
SOPHIE & THE GIANTS – “Waste My Air” (Unsigned, UK)
LOST IN STEREO – “Adrenaline” (Unsigned, Scotland)
BITTER’S KISS – “Just Like Heaven” (Unsigned, N. America)
SEA GIRLS – “Damage Done” (Unsigned, UK)
MAGNUS MIA – “Head Like A Hole” (Unsigned, Hong Kong)
SPEAKER FIRST – “If It Ain’t You” (Vulcan, Indonesia)
NOSOYO – “Highness” (Embassy of Music, Germany)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Ivy Flindt, James Deacon, The Amazons, Waiting For Smith and Spyres)