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MUSEXPO CREATIVE SUMMIT 2020 UNVEILS FIRST ROUND OF SPEAKERS FOR ITS 22ND EDITION AS PART CALIFORNIA ENT’T WEEK


As MUSEXPO Creative Summit prepares its 2020 event, the global music and media event has added key influencers to the agenda for its 22nd edition. Returning as part of California Entertainment Week 2020, MUSEXPO Creative Summit will once again welcome industry leaders and innovators from all facets of the worldwide music and media landscape.

Alexandra Patsavas Alicen Catron Schneider Aton Ben–Horin Bob Lefsetz Cybele Pettus
Daryl Berg Evan Bogart Mandar Thakur Markus Kuehn Mona Rubsämen
Ralph Simon Rich Thomas Ritch Esra Sienna Jackson Tom Windish

Among the new group of leading music, media, digital and entertainment industry minds confirmed to join MUSEXPO Creative Summit 2020 are: Alexandra Patsavas (Founder, Chop Shop Music Supervision); Alicen Catron Schneider (Sr. VP, Music Creative/Head Of West Coast Music Operations, NBCUniversal Television); Aton Ben–Horin (Global VP, A&R, Warner Music Group); Bob Lefsetz (Publisher, The Lefsetz Letter); Cybele Pettus (Sr. Music Supervisor, Electronic Arts); Daryl Berg (VP, Music Strategy & Licensing, Crown Media); Award–Winning Producer/Songwriter Evan Bogart (Beyoncé, Rihanna, Adam Lambert, Demi Lovato, Jason Derülo); Mandar Thakur (COO, Times Music Group, India); Markus Kuehn (Managing Partner, Flux FM, Germany); Mona Rubsämen (Managing Partner, Flux FM, Germany); Ralph Simon (Founder & Chairman, Mobilium Global; Rich Thomas (Founder, Indie Esports League); Ritch Esra (Publisher, The Music Business Registry); Sienna Jackson (Head of Film & TV Music, Spyglass Media Group); Tom Windish (Music Executive Leadership Group, Paradigm Talent Agency); and many others to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

In addition, influential music supervision company Hit The Ground Running will feature as part of a special synch session at MUSEXPO 2020, with multiple members of its team participating, for an exclusive deep–dive into the dozens of film, TV and trailer projects they’re currently working on.

Furthermore, Reeperbahn Festival Germany will be bringing almost two dozen German companies to Burbank, CA as part of its International program for direct engagement with U.S. and global companies attending the 22nd edition of MUSEXPO.

MUSEXPO’s Creative Summit, taking place March 22nd – 25th 2020, will return to Burbank, CA, the “Media Capital of the World,” at the inspiring resort–like Castaway venue for an ultimate networking, creative and business experience. MUSEXPO Creative Summit is a part of a week–long series of events including the Global Synch & Brands Summit, A&R Summit and Worldwide Radio Summit that will coincide as part of California Entertainment Week, which will place March 22nd – 27th.

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.

Information on artist showcasing submissions, direct flights to Burbank Airport and conference discount hotel room bookings within the Burbank, CA area is available at www.musexpo.net.

To register to attend the event, or for organization and group discounts contact Tyler Polzin at tyler@anrworldwide.com.

For more information on sponsorship and showcase opportunities and event partnerships contact Sat Bisla at sat@anrworldwide.com.


UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP ENTERS SE ASIAN MARKET
WITH LAUNCH OF FLAGSHIP LABELS





Universal Music Group (UMG) has made a significant push into South East Asia with the launch of its flagship labels in the territory as Def Jam South East Asia and Astralwerks Asia. The Def Jam set–up in the territory will tap into the hip–hop arena, while Astralwerks will focus on new talent in the electronic space and others. The label launches coincided with UMG’s opening of a new regional headquarters based in Singapore to lead operations in SEA.

UMG SEA will also seek to build up its catalog of local language and domestic acts. Furthering its support of the indie artist and label communities, it has also rolled–out its Ingrooves and Spinnup platforms to the market.

The announcement was made recently in Singapore by Adam Granite, UMG’s EVP of Market Development with Calvin Wong, CEO, Universal Music South East Asia & Sr, VP, Asia, also noting the launch of a new Universal Music office in Vietnam for later in the year.

Granite said, “It is an honor to be here in Singapore, alongside Calvin Wong, our CEO for South East Asia and with many of our senior–executives from around the world, to celebrate this strategic expansion of UMG’s operations across the region, which serves as a mark of commitment and respect for both the music culture in the region, and our belief in its future.”

Marking the first signings to the Def Jam South East Asia label are rappers Joe Flizzow, Daboyway, Yung Raja, Fariz Jabba, ALIF and A Nayaka.


A&R WORLDWIDE RETURNS TO REEPERBAHN



Last week, A&R Worldwide’s team returned to the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany. Reeperbahn continues to grow and bring together great creative and commercial minds from across Europe and the globe for informative panels and keynotes, great networking and exceptional musical talent!

A&R Worldwide also once again joined Reeperbahn’s annual Wunderkinder program which presented a number of buyers from around the world with some of the most export–ready German talent on the Reeperbahn Festival programming. This year’s acts included a diverse range of performances from Amilli, CATNAPP, Eli, Gianni Mae, Gato Preto, Jules Ahoi, Leoniden, Lisa Morgenstern, Lissa, Malik Harris, Moli and Sofia Portanet.

Additionally, A&R Worldwide collaborated with Reeperbahn to deliver a version of its insightful and innovative MUSEXPOPlay Us Your Hits” listening forum which brought together a collection of respected A&R executives to provide their feedback on music submitted for listening from Reeperbahn delegates. Joining A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla on the session were Arina Logacheva – Sr. A&R/Central European Creative, Virgin Records (Germany); Jessica Ibgui – Sr. Marketing/Synch/Licensing Manager, Budde Music France; Ollie Hodge – Director of A&R, Polydor Records (U.K.); Patrik Larsson – A&R, Playground Music Scandinavia; and Robin Shaw – A&R Manager, Four Music (Sony Music Germany).

A&R Worldwide would like to thank Detlef Schwarte, Alex Schulz, Max Domma and the entire Reeperbahn team for their hospitality at this year’s event.

See below a pictorial overview of A&R Worldwide’s time on the Reeperbahn and within Germany!

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE SONG: Discussing the evolution of songwriting were (l–r) Nadja Paul (Co–Founder, SongsCon & The German Songwriting Awards), Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO), Uli Kuppel (Co‐Founder, SongsCon & The Germany Songwriting Awards) and Ken Ogihara (Head of Music & Artist Relations, TikTok, Germany). ADDING A BIT OF SPICE TO THE REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL were (l–r) Tarsame Mittal (Founder, All About Music India) and Sat Bisla
A&R EXECUTIVES FROM AROUND THE WORLD convened at Reeperbahn Festival 2019. Pictured (l–r) are: Robin Shaw (A&R Manager, Four Music/Sony Music Germany); Ollie Hodge (Director of A&R, Polydor Records. U.K.); Arina Logacheva (Sr. A&R/Central European Creative, Virgin Records, Germany); Jessica Ibgui (Sr. Marketing/Synch/Licensing Manager, Budde Music France); Patrik Larsson (A&R, Playground Music Scandinavia) and Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide).
DISCUSSING MUSIC, RADIO, DIGITAL, DISTRIBUTION, LIVE & MORE were (l–r) Mona Rubsämen (Managing Director, Flux FM, Germany), Steve Zapp (Booking Agent, ITB, U.K.), Michael Chase (A&R/Business Development, MGM Distribution) and Cindy C Nuñez (Booking Director, Mad Cool Festival, Spain). COOL AS AN “ICEBERG” IN HAMBURG, GERMANY were (l–r): Mette Zähringer (Managing Partner, Iceberg Records, Denmark); Mads Vibe–Petersen (Sync & Product Manager, Iceberg Records, Denmark), Manfred Zähringer (Founder & President, Iceberg Records) and Tyler Polzin (Sr. Director, A&R Worldwide).
HANGING OUT AT THE BUDDE MUSIC PARTY at Reeperbahn Festival were (l–r) A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla; Benjamin Budde (CEO, Budde Music) and Yasmine Gallus (Head of Synch, Budde Music Publishing, Germany). ENJOYING THE POSITIVE MUSICAL VIBES IN DEUTSCHLAND were (l–r) Kyle Hopkins (Head of Music Supervision, Xbox/Microsoft), Playground Music Scandinavia’s Patrik Larsson, Julian McGruther (Creative Manager/A&R, Mushroom Music Publishing, Australia) and A&R Worldwide’s Tyler Polzin.
HAVING A CONVERSATION ABOUT MUSIC, PUBLISHING & MORE were A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla and Jens–Markus Wegener (General Manager, Meisel GmbH, Germany). IT’S A EUROPEAN MUSICAL UNION (l–r) with Leo Chantzaras (Sr. A&R Manager, Universal Music, Germany), Playground Music Scandinavia’s Patrik Larsson and Dave Pichilingi (CEO U.K. & North America, ModernSky).
CONGRATULATING A GERMAN SONGWRITER ON HIS RECENT GLOBAL DEAL: A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla (far right) congratulates rising German singer/songwriter René Miller (center) on his recent worldwide deal with Sony/ATV Germany along with René’s manager Manfred Müller.
TALKING ABOUT RADIO, DIGITAL, STREAMING & BEYOND were (l–r) Ueli Häfliger (Music Director, Flux FM, Germany), A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla and Markus Kuehn (Managing Partner, Flux FM, Germany). WHAT ARE YOU SYNCHING? Discussing music synchronization (l–r) were A&R Worldwide’s Tyler Polzin, Dolf Bekker (Music Supervisor, Sizzer, Holland), Maartje Glas (Manager, Buma Music In Motion) and Ilana Goldstoff (Music Supervisor, Sizzer, Holland)
A U.S. MUSIC INDUSTRY DELEGATION AT REEPERBAHN: 20 independent music companies from across the U.S. including A&R Worldwide’s Tyler Polzin took part a in a special trade delegation to see them interacting with multiple German music, media and digital companies.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Sony/ATV Music Publishing has finalized a worldwide futures deal with songwriter Sam Hollander, whose song “High Hopes” for Panic! At The Disco is one of 2019’s biggest hits. With a 10–week run at No.1 on Billboard’s Rock Songwriters chart, the songwriter has had chart success with a range of artists including Fitz and The Tantrums, One Direction, Katy Perry, Train, blink–182, Weezer, Gym Class Heroes, Carole King, Daughtry and Metro Station. Hollander’s two–decade–career has recently hit new heights from collaborations with Fitz and The Tantrums (the one–billion–streamed “Handclap”) and eight songs he co–penned on Panic! At The Disco’s Billboard 200 No.1 album, Pray For The Wicked, including the multi–Platinum “High Hopes,” and “Hey Look Ma, I Made It!,” which replaced “High Hopes” at No.1 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart. Other notable recent successes include co–writing blink–182’s Alternative Top 10 single “Blame It On My Youth” and James TW’s worldwide hit “When You Love Someone.” Across his career, Hollander’s work has garnered him 10 No.1, 47 top five and 75 Top 10 chart positions globally. He was named Hot List Producer of the Year by Rolling Stone and served as music producer for the Steve Spielberg executive–produced NBC TV show Smash, for which he produced the Emmy–nominated song “I Heard Your Voice In A Dream.”

AEG has finalized its 100% acquisition of AXS Tickets following a months–long negotiation with the company’s co–owners, TPG Capital and Rockbridge Growth Equity. The acquisition marks AEG’s moves towards remaining competitive in the concert marketplace with a consent decree governing Live Nation expiring next year which see restrictions on how $15 billion market cap company fully lifted. The deal comes after over a year of negotiation with two competitor ticketing firms, CTM Eventim and startup company, Rival.

Reservoir has joined with Benelux sub–publishing partner, CTM Publishing, to co–sign Thom Bridges to a worldwide publishing deal. The collaborative JV will see Reservoir and CTM working together on all creative and administrative aspects of Bridges’ songwriting career, including the support of his upcoming artist project with Universal Music Germany, as well as recently released single “Let’s Get Married,” performed by Yellow Claw, featuring fellow Reservoir rostermate, Offset, and Era Istrefi. Based between Amsterdam and Los Angeles, the Dutch–born Bridges is a highly sought–after writer/producer, best known for his collaborations with Dutch DJ/producer duo Yellow Claw. Bridges teamed up with the duo on their No.1 Billboard Dance Album Blood For Mercy, as well as follow–up albums Los Amsterdam, New Blood and Danger Days, which counted collaborations with DJ Snake, Elliphant, Tinie Tempah, Quavo, Juicy J and others. Additionally, he co–wrote Yellow Claw’s recent singles “Baila Conmigo” and “We Can Get High.” Bridges’ remix of Olivia Holt’s “Generous” earned him his second Billboard No.1, topping the U.S. Dance Club Songs chart. To date, his works have generated more than one billion streams. Bridges’ list of collaborators crosses multiple genres, including work with David Guetta, 30 Seconds To Mars, James Arthur, Jason Derulo, A$AP Ferg, Snoop Dog, Tiësto, Steve Aoki, T–Pain, Gucci Mane, Agnez Mo, Sofia Reyes and Martin Jensen, among others.

Amazon Music has entered the HD streaming arena with the launch of Amazon Music HD, a new tier that delivers a catalog of 50 million tracks in high def, alongside an Ultra High Definition offering that counts millions of songs. The new tier is available to users in the U.K., U.S., Germany, Austria and Japan with new subscribers able to benefit from a 90–day free trial, and current subscribers with the option to try the HD service for the same period of time at no additional cost. Amazon Music HD is available across a number of devices such as desktop, mobile (iOS & Android), select Echo devices, Fire TV and Fire tablets, as well as third–party devices including most from Denon and Marantz that have HEOS built–in, Polk Audio, Definitive Technology, Sonos, McIntosh and Sennheiser.

Red Bull has revealed the return of its Chicago music festival as well as new edition of the event to make its way to Atlanta. Red Bull Music Festival Atlanta will make its debut from November 1st – 15th with Chicago set from the 17th – 30th. Hitting the stage for the Atlanta edition are acts Teyana Taylor, Ari Lennox, and Denzel Curry with Joey Bada$$, with additional features including a new portrait exhibition from hip–hop photographer Gunner Stahl, and a lecture from Coach K of Quality Control. The Chicago event will welcome Lupe Fiasco, Tierra Whack, Saba and his Pivot Gang and more. The energy drink brand has also previously delivered festivals to Tokyo, NYC, Moscow, Paris and LA.

Austin Daboh, the former Head of Music Culture & Editorial for Spotify U.K., has officially joined the team at Apple Music as Head of Editorial for the U.K. & Ireland. Daboh will oversee the editorial team for the region with the role seeing him once again reunited with George Ergatoudis, Apple Music U.K.’s Head of Music, Daboh’s mentor and boss at Spotify and at BBC Radio 1 prior. Daboh reports to Ergatoudis. While focusing on the entire U.K.–based editorial and playlist portfolio at Apple Music, Daboh also has a specific remit to support the success of emerging British talent. Among the focal points for Daboh will include the AGENDA playlist, heavily leaning towards British hip–hop and R&B, as well as working across the streamer’s leading U.K. playlists such as Today’s Hits, New Music Daily, and others.

Kobalt has named Sebastien Cayla to the role of Director, Synch & Brand Partnerships for France and Belgium. Cayla will be based in Paris and will look after synch and brand partnerships in the territories for Kobalt and AWAL. He comes to Kobalt with over two decades of experience including time as a promoter for Radiohead, The Divine Comedy and Pulp, as well as 15 years with Warner Chappell Music France where, most recently, he led the synch division.

WME Partner, Becky Gardenhire, has been named Co–Head for the Nashville operations of the agency. In the new role, she will work closely with Co–Heads Scott Clayton, Joey Lee and Jay Williams to lead the day–to–day operations for the office. Having joined the WME team in 2002 out of the firm’s Beverly Hills headquarters, she transitioned to Nashville a year later and became a Partner in 2017. Alongside her leadership role, Gardenhire also looks after touring, television, literary and sponsorship opportunities for acts such as Jake Owen, Jordan Davis, LANCO, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Tenille Townes, Ingrid Andress, Sara Evans and Trisha Yearwood. She has also played a key role in social impact projects such as Talk the Talk, a monthly lecture platform that seeks to bring together women in the Nashville music business community.

Additionally, WME has added Travis Wolfe as an agent in its Nashville office where he will focus on booking of the firm’s country and comedy roster across private and corporate events. Having most recently been with APA, Wolfe served as VP with oversight of the music and comedy clients at the agency for corporate and special events. Prior, Wolfe was with Paradigm’s corporate and special events division having started his career in artist management, working with country artist Neal McCoy, as well as owning his own small production company focused on college/festival events.

Big Deal Music Group has finalized a JV deal with producer/writer/artist, Ricky Reed’s, Nice Life Copyright Company. Under the agreement, Big Deal will administer songs for the Nice Life music publishing firm, with the two company’s joining forces to sign new talent. The JV has already resulted in the new signings of writer/producer Tele, co–writer/co–producer on Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts,” and writer/producers King Garbage. Reed’s credits include work with artists such as Halsey, Leon Bridges, Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd and SZA, counting a nomination for Producer Of The Year at the 2017 Grammy Awards. As a close collaborator of Lizzo, who is signed to Reed’s Nice Life Recording Company via Atlantic Records, Reed co–wrote and produced seven tracks from her full–length, Cuz I Love You, including “Truth Hurts.”

As India’s music and entertainment landscape continues to evolve, another milestone marker is set to take place in December as U2 has confirmed it will close out the 2019 stretch of its Joshua Tree tour in Mumbai, India. The concert marks the first–ever performance in India for the band and also makes a significant statement for the market as a viable stop for tours from global acts. India now counts a number of promoters booking acts across genres for one–off concerts or headlining festival slots. U2 joins other high profile shows for the year that include Katy Perry and Dua Lipa, set to play the debut edition of OnePlus Music Festival in November, and Wiz Khalifa who recently wrapped up two shows. Driven by the growing appetite for global music that crosses all genres, the shift began in 2016 when India hosted its edition of the Global Citizen Festival which welcomed Coldplay, Jay–Z, Demi Lovato and others, with Justin Bieber bringing in a crowd of over 30,000 fans for a show in 2017.

India also welcomed the music initiatives of Facebook and Instagram last week, bringing users the ability to use music stickers on Stories, lyrics on Instagram, Lip Sync Live, adding music to Facebook profiles and more. In adding Europe, Facebook now sees its music strategy reaching 55 territories globally. With licensing deals in place with the major labels and Merlin, it’s also added local Indian labels such as T–Series Music, Zee Music Company and Yash Raj Films.

Spotify has named a new lead for its global advertising sales in Lee Brown, who has been serving as BuzzFeed’s Chief Revenue Officer since 2015. Brown will take on his new role as Spotify’s VP of Global Sales Strategy next month, reporting to Barry McCarthy, the streamer’s Chief Financial Officer. Brown fills a role left vacant by Brian Benedik who parts ways with Spotify after a six–year stint. Brown’s resume includes additional stops at Tumblr, Groupon and Yahoo.

LA–based Geoff Halliday has been announced as Head of Promotions for the Creator Services team at CD Baby where he will lead the firm’s artists marketing globally. Prior, Halliday had been with Red Light Management, serving as Director of Digital Marketing, with oversight of campaigns for acts such as Marshmello, Odesza, Rhye, Bob Moses and Bassnectar, as well as others. With its Creative Services division having launched in 2018, the team now works with acts including Aloe Blacc, El Alfa, Oh Land and Disney actors Jayden Bartels and Max & Harvey.

YouTube has revealed an update to the verification process for the platform following research done by the company that revealed people interpreted the checkmark as “an endorsement of content, not identity.” Commencing later next month, YouTube will begin identifying “prominent channels that have a clear need for proof of authenticity.” This will see channel owners required to verify that they are the real person or company the channel is branded for while deciding whether or not the channel represents a frequently searched or widely recognized entity. Prior, YouTube automatically verified channels with over 100,000 subscribers. Those channels meeting YouTube’s guidelines will not be required to apply for verification. Under the new rules, certain channels will be stripped of their verification status which was promoted concerns within the community of creators.

Andrew Peterson has been promoted to VP, Tour & Artist Services for Warner Music Artist Services (WMAS). Peterson’s new role will see him taking up leadership of live projects as well as Nashville operations for the merchandise, e–commerce and digital marketing division of Warner Music Group (WMG). Reporting to WMAS Sr. VP, Dan Goldberg, Peterson will be tasked with overseeing artist merchandise on tour and bespoke fan VIP initiatives. Among the acts Peterson has toured with are included Shinedown, Kid Rock and Panic! At The Disco. Having joined WMAS in 2009, Peterson has served as manager, senior manager, director and VP. Prior, he was with Merchandise Management as a Merchandise/Tour Manager.

Virgin Fest, the music festival division of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group Ltd, has finalized the acquisition of the KAABOO festival brand. The five–year–old event brand launched in Del Mar, California with additional editions that have taken place in the Cayman Islands, as well as in Texas via a partnership with the Dallas Cowboys. KAABOO’s Partner and Chief Brand Officer, Jason Felts, will helm Virgin Fest as chief executive, looking after the launch of next year’s event as well as maintaining oversight of KAABOO, which is set to transition to San Diego’s Petco Park. KAABOO rolled–out in 2015, founded by Bryan Gordon and Seth Wolkov of Madison Companies. The sale to Virgin marks a 100% asset sale. Moving forward, KAABOO was not able to finalize an agreement to bring the Cayman Island event back and it's not confirmed if they will return to Texas.

Spirit Music Group has announced a multi–faceted deal with David Garcia that encompasses the purchase of his catalog, as well as a publishing deal for future works. Garcia is a four time Grammy–winning songwriter/producer, working across multiple genres. Garcia has written and produced over 20 No.1 Contemporary Christian Music songs for chart–topping artists and was named ASCAP’s 2019 Christian Songwriter of the Year this month (he also received this honor in 2015). He has also garnered nine Dove Awards to date. Additional co-write/production credits for Garcia include several chart–topping songs for Bebe Rexha, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Kip Moore, Chris Lane and others. Since naming Frank Rogers as CEO of Spirit Music Nashville in May of this year, the company has grown quickly with the launch of a JV with Grammy–nominated Platinum producer Derek Wells (also appointing Wells as Sr. Director A&R Production); signing Music Row’s Song of the Year co–writer Jeremy Bussey, as well as Bobby Hamrick and Brinley Addington. Other recent successes include ASCAP’s Song of the Year (“Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell and Josh Osborne); SESAC’s Song of the Year (“It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” by Billy Currington); CMA Song of the Year (“Blue Ain’t Your Color” by Keith Urban) and CMA Album of the Year From a Room: Volume 1 by Chris Stapleton); and a publishing interest in ACM nominations for Song of the Year (“Whiskey & You” by Chris Stapleton); Single of the Year (“Broken Halos” by Chris Stapleton and “Drinkin’ Problem” by Midland); and Songwriter of the Year (Josh Osborne).

As Latin music continues to trend upwards, the RIAA has recently revealed growth of 13.5% in total revenue in the U.S., driven by streaming which accounts for 95% of the genre’s market. On its own, Latin music saw revenue growth of 17% to $220 million, with paid subscriptions rising 25% to $146 million, accounting for two–thirds of the Latin music revenue for the first half of the year. Ad–supported platforms only increased by 4% to $44 million with companies such as SoundExchange, who provide distributions and payments for Latin music, increasing 5% to $30 million.

Pitchfork is set to bring its Pitchfork Music Festival to a global stage with the debut of Pitchfork Music Festival Berlin, taking place May 8th – 9th 2020 at Berlin’s Tempodrom. While no confirmed performances have been revealed, the event will welcome a “Mix of well–known artists and emerging musicians.” The event has taken place since 2006 in Chicago, with a 2005 edition under the banner of Intonation Music Festival, curated by Pitchfork.

YMU Group continues to reveal executive updates as they announced Mary Bekhait as U.K. CEO, a newly created role within the firm which will see Bekhait handed oversight of five U.K. divisions including sports, music, drama, entertainment and business management. Having previously served as YMU’s MD for its entertainment division, Bekhait will continue reporting to Neil Rodford, Global CEO for YMU. Bekhait has been with YMU for more than seven years during which time she’s managed clients Davina McCall, Holly Willoughby, Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates. In 2016, she was promoted to Deputy MD for the entertainment division and assumed her MD role in 2017. A new MD for the entertainment division is set to be announced.

Bandsintown has rolled out its Bandsintown for Artists offering, previously known as Bandsintown Manager. The revamped and updated bespoke platform counts a range of new features and improvements seeking to build upon the connection between artists and fans via live music. Bandsintown for Artists is available to the more than 510,000 registered artists currently on Bandsintown. The seamless tools simplify the process to upload tour dates directly and promote to Bandsintown’s 50 million registered users as well as fans visiting Billboard, Google, Facebook, Instagram, Amazon Alexa and more. Bandsintown is also expanding its popular free direct–to–fan messaging tool which allows artists to message their Bandsintown trackers directly via email and push notifications, both for touring artists and artists promoting new music releases, videos, merch and more. New posting capabilities and better targeting translates into more personalized messages to fans while also offering artists the ability to schedule posts on Bandsintown and sync across Facebook and Twitter simultaneously. All data collected is shared with artists, at no cost, on the Bandsintown for Artists analytics platform. Other new features include the ability to schedule posts in advance; real–time analytics on artist posts; a daily offering of tips, best practices, and music industry news; and a curated Artists Services section offering discounts and special offers from Bandzoogle, Tunecore, DiscMakers, Feature.fm and others.

SoundExchange has announced the promotion of Anjula Singh to the dual role of EVP and Chief Financial Officer. Having been the company’s CFO since 2014, Singh’s new EVP role will have her assume oversight of the day–to–day operations while supporting the execution of the vision and overall strategy of the digital performance rights organization. With a background of almost two decades across corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, as well as working with healthcare and energy companies to prepare their IPO’s, Singh’s career began as an auditor at KPMG L.L.P. Prior to coming to SoundExchange, she served as Director with The AES Corporation.

Native Tongue has signed Laura Jane Lowther (known as Kučka) for Australia and New Zealand. Kučka, an active producer, vocalist and songwriter, has featured on collaborations with Flume, Vince Staples and A$AP Rocky. She has brought her live show to arena stages worldwide alongside acts such as The xx, Mura Masa and Mount Kimbie. After three years, Kučka has returned with a new single, “Drowning,” written and produced by Kučka, with additional production by Flume. “Drowning” is released as Kučka is touring Australia for the first time since 2018 across the recently announced Laneway Festival 2020 alongside the likes of Earl Sweatshirt, The 1975, Charli XCX and others.

Liquid State, the 18–month–old JV electronic music label formed by Tencent Music Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment, recently revealed news for a number of acts on its roster. Among the updates are including the signing of Dutch–Moroccan artist, R3HAB, to the label. Additionally, Sony Music artist and Liquid State ambassador, Alan Walker, and Nicholas Tse announced that they are working on a brand new collaboration to be released later this year. South Korean DJ, MISO, of DCTOM Entertainment revealed news of a partnership that will see the two labels team up on new releases and offline events for the Asia region, and CORSAK, who was one of the first artists to be signed and developed by Liquid State, received a plaque to commemorate an incredible 1 billion streams of his debut single, “Reverse.” Released in July 2018, the single went viral earlier this year, peaking at No.7 on QQ Music’s Hot Chart, as well as hitting the No.1 spot on Douyin’s Viral Chart.

Circa Waves frontman and chief songwriter Kieran Shudall has finalized an exclusive songwriting agreement with Sentric Music Group. The deal covers this year’s Top 10 album What’s It Like Over There?, as well as the next full–length from the band. Prior to their latest album, Circa Waves released two other albums: their 2011 debut Young Chasers, which was also a Top 10 hit in the U.K., and 2017’s Different Creatures, which peaked at No.11. To date, the band have sold over 300,000 albums globally, with more than 1.4 million monthly listeners on Spotify. They have sold a total of 175,000 tickets in the U.K. over the course of their live career, along with 20,000 tickets in Europe. Their latest single “Movies” has been playlisted on BBC Radio 1, Radio X, Absolute Radio and Virgin Radio.

Linkfire, a music marketing platform and smart–link management company, has partnered with Anghami, the leading music streaming service and digital distribution company in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa). The deal sees conversion data from Anghami delivered to artists, managers and their teams, allowing them to see what actions fans take on the service after clicking on a Linkfire smart link. This data will help artists reach more listeners in the MENA region, a fast–growing market that had been held back by a lack of legal streaming and digital download options until Anghami launched in 2011. With over 75 million users across MENA, and partnerships with 29 mobile networks in the region, Anghami serves its listeners with a catalog of more than 30 million local and international songs. Recognizing MENA’s strong preference for local content, Anghami has secured a vast catalog of Arabic music, which marks more than 40% of the service’s streams. This includes deals with the Middle East Broadcasting Center, which owns the rights to recordings from TV talent shows such as Arab Idol, X Factor and The Voice, as well as a range of independent labels.

Spain is set to welcome back the Monegros Desert Festival in 2020 after a five–year break. The event, scheduled for August 1st of next year, will take place in Fraga, located in Northeastern Spain, near the Monegros desert. With the event having originally launched in 1994, the 2020 edition will mark the festival’s 21st as it continues to seek to recreate the iconic raves of the 80’s and 90’s. The event is owned by brother/sister duo, Juan and Cruz Arnau, who also founded and own Elrow. Among the well–known dance music acts to have taken the Monegros stage in the past are included Paul Kalkbrenner, Justice, Underworld, Richie Hawtin and others, with the event historically drawing around 45,000 attendees.

The legacy of one of America’s most recognized composers is the basis for the launch the Marvin Hamlisch International Music Awards, seeking to recognize the next generation of music composition talent. The inaugural concert event has been organized in collaboration with Queens College and will take place on November 18th. The event will include a performance by the Aaron Copland School of Music, and the presentation of the inaugural Marvin Hamlisch International Music Awards to emerging composers in the category of Film/Media Scoring. The Marvin Hamlisch International Music Awards have been created to honor the late Marvin Hamlisch, paying tribute to his legacy as both an artist of incomparable accomplishment, as well as an advocate for emerging talent. Hamlisch was one of only two people (along with fellow American composer Richard Rodgers) to have won an Emmy Award, Grammy Award, Oscar and Tony Award, as well as a Pulitzer Prize, for his musical, A Chorus Line. The awards first began as the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest, presented by the Washington, DC–based nonprofit CINE, since 2013. The Marvin Hamlisch International Music Awards will now expand the competition categories to encompass Composition for Musical Theatre, Film/Media Scoring, Classical Composition and Jazz Composition. Composers worldwide will be eligible to compete in categories for youth (under 18) and emerging composers (pre–professional composers aged 18+) for sponsored prize packages. Composers from around the world are eligible and can register online for the 2020 awards starting on November 18th at www.hamlischawards.org/awards.

Angry Mob Music Group has signed an exclusive worldwide co–publishing agreement with Los Angeles–based songwriting/production team Schmarx & Savvy (Marc Schneider and Savvy Giersch). The deal encompasses all new works from the duo, whose successes include the No.1 iTunes Electronic hit “Touch” by 3LAU featuring Carly Paige, and co–writing and producing Stealing Oceans’ EP Duality of Love. Co–write credits include those with Shawn Hook, Brooke Daye, Jess Furman, Frank Walker, Neon Dreams, Fly by Midnight and Sam Fischer. The pair’s songs have been featured in episodes of Bravo’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. The duo’s debut came last year with the single “Human to Love.” Earlier this year, they released their second single, “Somebody Real,” with upcoming releases including new singles with Corey Pieper, as well as Kyle Lionheart, Stealing Oceans, Jordin Sparks, Marlhy, and others.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Felix Howard, Michael Dixon, Samantha Sklar, Reiley, Tom Bohne, Sigi Schuller, Josh Binder, Ryan Tedder, Lucy Dickins, Doug Mark, Chris Woltman, Alex Weston, Reynold D’Silva, Maureen Kenny, Nate Albert and Mike Walsh.


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. As we were in Germany last week, we decided to share some unusual fails from Deutschland from the typically perfect and precise Germans. Click HERE to see some “Das Gut” fails from Germany.


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



Talisco is a French musician who unleashed his third studio album, Kings and Fools, earlier this year. The album has been described as brilliantly marrying electric riffs with electronic loops. Twisting sounds as well as good manners as Talisco’s most personal and daring album to date. The virtuoso of the intentional electro pop–rock scene returns with a strong and catchy track called “Moments,” where electronic sounds take precedence over rock energy. After stellar performances at the Solidays Festival in front of a crowd of 10,000, and the Beauregard Festival in front of 20,000, Talisco will begin a French tour this Autumn, taking the new material on the road through 2020. Listen to “Moments” by Talisco HERE and contact Stéphane Merlin at stephanemerlinparis@gmail.com for additional information and all inquiries.


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

Two years ago, Saint PHNX released their debut record and have since amassed over 35 million streams as an independent artist, as well as peaking at No.20 in the Global Shazam Charts with their single “King.” The Glaswegian alt–pop duo, comprised of brothers Stevie and Alan Jukes, sold out their own tour across Europe, supported Imagine Dragons and performed on many festival stages, including a coveted spot at Reading and Leeds. After releasing a few singles this year, the duo is gearing up to deliver their debut album at the start of 2020. Saint PHNX were selected for Fender’s annual global artist program, Fender Next, chosen for Taco Bell’s Spring 2019 Feed The Beat Lineup, and supported Yungblud on his sold–out headlining tour. They recently began a stretch of fall dates in the U.S. supporting Lewis Capaldi, which wraps up in Philadelphia on October 13th. Last week they unveiled their epic new song “Sorry” and video via AWAL. The magnificently shot visual was directed by Stuart Alexander, starring Victoria Middleton and Mark Barrett. Watch the video for “Sorry” HERE and contact Alistair Goldsmith at alistair@chosenmusic.uk and Marc Fineman at marc@finegroupent.com, as Saint PHNX is available for branding and synch opportunities.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 9/22/2019



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, September 22nd, 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.

Listen to this two hour show by clicking HERE:

TEN TONNES – “Counting Down” (Warner Music, UK)
LOLA MARSH – “Echoes” (Anova Music, Israel)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Badger” (Unsigned, Sweden)
VINCI – “Lions” (Unsigned, Ireland)
THE MYSTERINES – “Take Control” (Unsigned, UK)
LARKINS – “Sugar Sweet” (Good Soldier Songs, UK)
MAGNUS MIA – “Head Like A Hole” (Unsigned, Hong Kong)
LUNA BAY – “Call The Night” (Unsigned, UK)
JAMES DEACON – “Not Givin’ Up” (Bad Future, South Africa)
DOTAN – “Numb” (7 Layers, Holland)
YONAKA – “Rockstar” (Atlantic, UK)
TIM SCHOU – “Beat Around The Bush” (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
BLOSSOM CALDARONE – “Perfect Too” (Unsigned, UK)
SPEAKER FIRST – “If It Ain’t You” (Vulcan, Indonesia)
ROE – “Girls” (Fictive Kin, N. Ireland)
SAINT PHNX – “Sorry” (DDMN, UK)
BITTER’S KISS – “Just Like Heaven” (Unsigned, N. America)
MADS LANGER – “Me Without You” (Sony, Denmark)
SPYRES – “Otherside” (Unsigned, Scotland)
KIDDO X GASHI – “Coming Down” (BLNK Music, Sweden)
POST–PARTY – “Love You Everyday” (Unsigned, Ireland)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Monkeys In My Head” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
YOUNG BRAVES – “1984” (Unsigned, UK)
LIIMO – “If You Love Me” (B–Unique, UK)
TREE LINED STREETS – “No Friend Of Mine” (Unsigned, Ireland)
NOSOYO – “Highness” (Embassy of Music, Germany)
SAM JOHNSON – “Medicine For My Brain” (Unsigned, UK)
THE AMAZONS – “25” (Goth Cruise/Fiction Records, UK)
CALLUM BEATTIE – “We Are Stars” (3Beat/Universal, UK)
IVY FLINDT – “Seal My Lips” (Unsigned, Germany)
THE SHERLOCKS – “NYC (Sing It Loud)” (Infectious, UK)
MOONLIGHT BREAKFAST – “Summer” (Kiez Beats, Romania)
GO GO BERLIN – “Love Me” (Heartbeat Music, Denmark)

(Check out the Passport Approved Radio “Featured Artists” on the daily profile exclusively on AllAccess.com including Magnus Mia, Blossom Caldarone, Liimo, Amber Run and Honeymoan)