CONCORD ANNOUNCES KEY STAFF UPDATES
TO GLOBAL RECORDINGS DIVISION
Having opened a new office in London in July, Concord Recorded Music has revealed the appointments of additional international staff in Canada, Germany, Australia and the U.K. for its frontline and catalog businesses. New releases from Concord Records, Fantasy Records, Fearless Records, Loma Vista Recordings and Rounder Records and catalog reissues from Craft Recordings will be represented by three new label managers in Andrew Hajgato, Bryan Columbus and Hilke Dethleff, reporting to International Sr. VPs Michael Nance and Rebecca Berman. Assuming their new posts in Australia, Canada and Germany respectively, the group will oversee all aspects of campaigns for Concord’s label rosters while working closely with distribution partners in each territory to develop and execute artist and catalog campaigns.
Hajgato comes to Concord with more than a decade of label experience at Universal Music, Cooking Vinyl Australia and Inertia Music. In this time, he has worked alongside labels Flightless, Resist Records, Dine Alone Records, Erased Tapes, Mistletone, New West Records, Thirty Tigers and Remote Control, and with a diverse group of artists such as City & Colour, Alexisonfire, Modern Baseball, Santana, Lucinda Williams, Marilyn Manson, The Prodigy, Dillinger Escape Plan, The Cat Empire and Ball Park Music.
Columbus started his career in 2009 as Manager of Label Relations, Marketing and Acquisitions for Fontana North Distribution. In the role, he oversaw domestic and international label business in Canada and helped expand and exploit the catalog. He transitioned to Dine Alone Records and Bedlam Music Management, spending four years growing the company’s global business as both a marketing and artist manager. Columbus joined Black Box Music and BMG Canada in 2017 as Label and Marketing Manager, overseeing strategic marketing across frontline projects as well as running label operations for Broken Bow Music Group’s expansion into Canada.
Having began her music business career in 1994, Dethleff worked in the TV promotion department at Warner and in artist relations at VH1/MTV. In 1996, she headed to Sony Music where she became Sr. Marketing Manager. Hilke parted ways with Sony in 2006 and one year later, started her own business doing freelance product/label management. During this long period, she worked as a Product Manager for Concord, Kobalt Music and Peter Gabriel’s Real World and as a label manager for Cooking Vinyl handling artists such as Elvis Costello, Marcus King, Andrew Bird, Sia, James Taylor, Curtis Stigers, Alison Krauss, Billy Gibbons, Esperanza Spalding, Nick Cave, Darkness, Frank Carter, Courtney Barnett, De La Soul and Die Antwoord.
At the same time, David Beaufoy has been named as Sr. Director of Catalog for Craft Recordings U.K., reporting to Chief Catalog Executive Sig Sigworth and U.K. Managing Director Fred Gillham. In his new role, Beaufoy will oversee the day–to–day operations of Craft Recordings in the U.K. as well as manage and deliver the marketing, promotional and maintenance efforts for Concord Recorded Music’s catalog.
Beaufoy joins Craft with a decade of international strategic marketing and A&R experience in the catalog recorded music industry. His resume includes key roles with both major and independent labels, most recently for Universal Music as a Sr. Marketing Manager in the international strategic catalog division, playing a key role in campaigns for artists including The Rolling Stones, John Lennon, R.E.M., Creedence Clearwater Revival, Deep Purple, Placebo, Crowded House and INXS.
“As we forge ahead in the global expansion of our Recorded Music interests, we are staying true to Concord’s commitment to global artist development,” states Concord Recorded Music Chief Label Executive Tom Whalley. “Every new team member in every territory must not only have a deep knowledge of their market but must be passionate advocates for our artists’ music and the indie spirit of Concord. This growth is absolutely invaluable to the global careers of our artists and I am incredibly excited about the potential of this undertaking.”
WARNER MUSIC NORWAY ANNOUNCES LEIF O. RIBE AS GENERAL MANAGER
Warner Music Norway has named Leif O. Ribe as the next General Manager for the company. He steps into the role starting January 1st and will report to Jonas Siljemark, President, Warner Music Nordics. Ribe comes to Warner Music after spending time in a number of senior marketing and A&R roles with Sony Music Norway.
Ribe says, “It’ll be a huge privilege to lead the amazing team at Warner Music Norway. I’m lucky enough to have worked with some of the most talented artists in Norway and I can’t wait to bring that experience to my new role. And I also want to ensure that Norway is firmly on the map for all the performers on our incredible international roster.”
Leif O. Ribe
Siljemark adds, “Leif’s one of the most talented execs in the Norwegian business and I’m delighted he’s agreed to join us at Team Warner. He has an incredible track record in finding and nurturing great talent and he’s going to bring that sense of mission to Warner to help us be in pole position to work with the most interesting artists out there.”
At Warner Music Norway, Ribe will assume oversight of a label with a strong existing roster of local acts including Emilie Nicolas, Fay Wildhagen, Julie Bergan, Kristian Kristensen and Susanne Sundfør. Ivar Noer, the CFO of Warner Music Nordics, will continue as Acting Managing Director of Warner Music Norway until Ribe takes up his role.
Having started his music industry career in 2005, Ribe got his start working at music retailer Platekompaniet while acting as co–manager for Norwegian hip–hop artist Chris Lie. A stint in the U.S. followed, studying for a Master’s in Music Business at New York University, while taking internships at RCA Records and Columbia Records. He returned to Oslo and took up a role with booking agency Artistpartner, working for leading Norwegian artists including Erik og Kriss, Madcon and Tone Damli.
Ribe transitioned to Sony Music Norway in 2009, working as a Project Manager in the company’s Live Department, eventually taking the role of International Product Manager, where he created and executed local marketing campaigns for artists including Beyoncé, Britney Spears, David Bowie, J. Cole and One Direction. He was promoted to Domestic Marketing Director and signed and A&R’d artists such as Jesper Jenset, Katastrofe, Marcus & Martinus, Staysman & Lazz and Tungevaag & Raaban. He then became A&R Director, helping grow the company’s market share in domestic repertoire and handled A&R and international strategy for Marcus & Martinus.
A&R WORLDWIDE NETWORKING DINNER
AT THE MR. C HOTEL IN BEVERLY HILLS
A&R Worldwide hosted another one of its globally recognized networking dinners last week at the Mr. C Hotel in Beverly Hills. The intimate affair brought together a number of executives from across the A&R, publishing, management, film/TV and creative industries for an evening of great food, wine and networking.
The first–ever A&R Worldwide type of dinner was launched in 1998 in West Hollywood, California by Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide) in collaboration with Dave Holmes (worldwide manager Coldplay). The dinners have since been hosted around the world including in London, England; Berlin, Germany; Beijing, China; Mumbai, India; Dubai, UAE; Toronto, Canada; Sydney, Australia; New York City, USA; Nashville, USA; Stockholm, Sweden; Inverness, Scotland; Paris, France; Hamburg, Germany; Amsterdam, Holland; Oslo, Norway; Cannes, France; Perth, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Tokyo, Japan; Singapore; Seoul, South Korea; Helsinki, Finland; Moscow, Russia Federation; Prague, Czech Republic, Liverpool, England and many other destinations.
Below is a pictorial overview of A&R Worldwide’s most recent soiree.
FEELING THE POSITIVE VIBES IN BEVERLY HILLS (l–r) were actor Drew Van Acker (Pretty Little Liars), Marian Wolf (VP, Global Writer Services & China, BMG), Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO), DJ Paul Oakenfold and BMG–signed singer/songwriter Tara Lee.
DISCUSSING THE EVOLUTION OF A&R AND PUBLISHING were (l–r) Maria Egan (President & Head of Creative, Pulse Music Group), Ben Adelson (Executive VP A&R, Republic Records), Marc Wilson (Sr. Director A&R, Pop/Rock, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing) and A&R Worldwide’s Sat Bisla.
INDULGING IN SOME CREATIVE CONVERSATION were (l–r) Sienna Jackson (Head of Film & TV Music, Spyglass Media Group), Sam Jagger (GM, Mr. C Hotel), Delmar Powell (VP A&R, Downtown Music Publishing Group), Stacey Han (Ent’t Sales Manager, Mr. C Hotel) and Aton Ben–Horin (Global Vice President A&R, Warner Music Group).
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Talking about their various film and music projects are singer/songwriter Markie and movie producer Sunil Perkash (S.A.L.T., Enchanted, Premonition, The Divorce Party).
THREE’S COMPANY, FOUR’S A CROWD: Enjoying some good company (l–r) are Tara Lee, actor George Webster and Paul Stepanek (GM, Faction Entertainment).
HAVING AN A&R DIALOGUE are (l–r) producer/songwriter Roahn “First Born” Hylton (Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, The Game, Flo Rida), Samantha Sklar (A&R, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing) and Warner/Chappell’s Marc Wilson.
DISCUSSING THE REALMS OF SYNCH, DIGITAL & BEYOND were (l–r) Paul Wiltshire (CEO, Songtradr) and Luke Mitzman (Founder, 100 Management & Manager of Zane Lowe, Apple/Beats 1).
GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…
Hotly–tipped A&R Worldwide supported unsigned and unpublished four–piece The Swoons, who are currently based in Los Angeles, have just confirmed influential U.S. music attorney Doug Mark (Billie Eilish, Tool, Benny Blanco, Guns N’ Roses) to represent them for N. America. In addition, the band have just finished recording their official debut single, “Conspiracy of Silence” with noted production guru Michael Brauer (Coldplay, Muse, John Mayer, James Bay, Bob Dylan), which is slated for release in early October and delivers a sonic energy reminiscent to a melding of Hozier and Sam Smith on a musical sound clash with Radiohead. The Swoons also have confirmed co–writes in London in the coming weeks with Ed Sheeran collaborators Jake Gosling and Amy Wadge, producer/writer Eg White (Adele, Florence + The Machine, James Morrison), Sasha Skarbek (Lana Del Rey, Duffy, James Bay, Joss Stone) and have garnered strong industry attention with almost every key label and publisher on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean attending their upcoming Live Nation showcase in London next month, as well as their showcase this Wednesday, October 2nd in Hollywood. The band is co–managed by London–based Cathy Mathalone of Conchord Management Ltd. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
TikTok, the short‐form mobile video destination, continues to play a key part in songwriter and artist discovery for many label and publishing companies worldwide, which is no surprise considering the success TikTok played in helping launch Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. Numerous other artists have been signed to international label and publishing deals since being featured on TikTok and racking up significant analytics. The Faroe Islands–based emerging teen–pop sensation Reiley has been generating impressive engagement in recent months with 2.8 million fans to date and over 24.1 million “hearts.”
Sony/ATV Music Publishing UK has signed multi–BRIT–nominated DJ/songwriter/artist/producer Jonas Blue to a worldwide futures deal. The London–based creative is one of the U.K.’s most successful contemporary artists, having topped music charts at home and globally with hits including “Fast Car,” “Perfect Strangers,” “Mama” and “Rise.” Blue broke through in 2016 with a tropical house reboot of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” which reached No.2 in the U.K., surpassed 1 million units domestically and was among the 20 biggest singles of the year. It topped additional charts worldwide, including No.1 in Australia, No.2 in Germany and No.1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart. Since then, other credits for Blue include his second hit “Perfect Strangers,” which he recorded with JP Cooper and which peaked at No.2 in the U.K. He reached the top five again with “Mama” which also garnered BRIT Awards nominations for both British Single and British Video of the Year. Last summer he saw success with “Rise” featuring Jack & Jack, which reached No.3 in the U.K. and went on to give him a fifth BRIT nomination. It was followed by the Top 20 hit “Back & Forth” with MK and Becky Hill and his debut album Blue, which featured “Polaroid” with Liam Payne and Lennon Stella. This year has continued to bring hits with “What I Like About You” featuring Theresa Rex and “Ritual” with Tiésto and Rita Ora. He also helms his own record label, Blue Future, and regularly performs globally.
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has extended their worldwide publishing agreement with London trio The xx. Having formed in 2005, The xx signed to Young Turks on the records side and have now been published by UMPG for 10 years. Their debut full–length, xx, was released a decade ago as well and garnered them a Mercury Prize win. Follow–up releases Coexist (2012) and I See You (2017) also topped the U.K. charts. The band’s music has made its way to a number of key synch placements including those in Gossip Girl, Chatroom, House of Cards and FIFA 2018. They also penned “Together” for the Baz Luhrmann adaptation of The Great Gatsby in 2013 with the films soundtrack holding the record for biggest first week digital sales for an OST. On the live front, the band broke records in 2017 with a residency stretching seven nights at the O2 Academy Brixton.
Following the reveal of its real–time lyrics feature last week, Apple Music also rolled–out a Lyrics landing page for the streaming platform to shine a spotlight on songwriters. Launched under Apple’s new iOS 13 operating system, the real–time lyrics offering allows for karaoke–style lyrics to be displayed during a song playback. Marking the debut of the Lyrics landing page is a video series under the banner of Lyrics to Live By featuring artists such as Halsey, Hunter Hayes and YBN Cordae. The page also features a new playlist offering, Modern Masters, that brings together works from the likes of Sia, Julia Michaels, Jack Antonoff, Chris Stapleton, Benny Blanco and others. Additionally, over a dozen new curated Essentials playlists feature works from songwriting icons Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen as well as others.
AWAL has revealed an exclusive worldwide deal with Now United, the new Simon Fuller–created pop outfit. The recordings agreement will encompass a range of support from AWAL such as global distribution, marketing strategy and playlist pitching. Now United was formed in 2018 as a group of 14 singers and dancers from 14 different countries including Japan, Korea, Philippines, Russia, the U.K., Senegal, Germany, Canada, Brazil, the U.S, Mexico, China, India and Finland. The group is the first group to allow open access to their music and lives in real time. Now United’s complete catalog is now available for streaming. Their 11 music videos have generated 150 million views collectively.
In other AWAL news, the company has tapped Sam Potts as VP, Promotion. Potts comes to AWAL from Columbia Records where he had served as Head of Radio Promotions, overseeing the radio department and DSP promotion for the label. Potts had been with Columbia for 12 years. Based in Kobalt’s London office, Potts will look after AWAL’s U.K. and international digital accounts team, responsible for promotion strategy across DSPs, radio and TV. As an entrepreneur, Potts is the Co–Founder of YGN (Young Guns Network) and Founder of Buzz Jam, a music tech event platform for artists and industry.
Sony Music Entertainment has promoted Mark Cavell and Per Hauber to helm the company’s classical, jazz, Broadway and non–traditional contemporary music division. Cavell assumes the role of President of Sony Masterworks, based in New York, while Hauber becomes President of Sony Classical in Berlin. Both will report to Sony Music Group’s CEO, Rob Stringer, and COO of Sony Music Entertainment, Kevin Kelleher. Having joined Sony Music in 2009, Cavell has been serving as U.S. Label Head and Sr. VP of Finance for Sony Music Masterworks since 2017. Hauber has held the role of Sr. VP for Sony Classical International since 2011 having prior been with Universal Music Germany as Director between 2002 and 2011.
YouTube Music has revealed 14 new artists to join its Foundry global artist development initiative. Included in the program’s newest group are Jpegmafia, Girl In Red, Beabadoobee and Sam Kim. Foundry rolled–out in 2016 as a vehicle for YouTube to support the growth of fanbases for emerging talent with key resources such as marketing, promotional support and access to new content formats. Previous artists to join the initiative have included Dua Lipa, Rosalia, Dave and Gunna.
In other YouTube Music news, the platform is set to come pre–installed on new Android smartphones moving forward. Having launched just over a year ago, YouTube Music features a number of subscription tiers, in addition to an ad–funded offering and a basic free tier via smart speaker. It continues to expand internationally as it seeks to compete with other streaming platforms around the world. The Android announcement for YouTube Music comes following Amazon’s launch of its Amazon Music HD offering, expansion into Brazil and a new line of Echo devices, as it looks to solidify its No.3 spot in the streaming arena. YouTube Music will come installed on all new devices rolling out with Android 10, including the Pixel. Google Play Music users with new Android 10 devices can maintain their service by downloading the app from the Play Store and signing in with their accounts.
Fourward, the global management, production and business development firm launched by Will Ward, has entered the music publishing arena with the launch of Fourward Music. The company has also tapped Shannon Hatch as President for the new operation with offices in LA and Nashville. Fourward Music rolls–out only three months after Ward revealed Fourward’s expansion with an office in Nashville. Hatch brings with her more than two decades of experience, having most recently been with SESAC as VP, Creative Services in Nashville. She also serves on the Board of Governors for T.J. Martell’s Southern Region, and as a Director at large with the Academy of Country Music.
According to an updated Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2019–2023 report from PricewaterhouseCooper, sales from live music will surpass $25 billion by 2023. The report also revealed that live music ticket sales are expected to hit their highest value ever at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.33% from 2018 to 2023. The report highlighted recent record–breaking tours from Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift as well as legacy artists including The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, U2 and Roger Waters, and significant growth to the EDM live sector. While the reported noted that ticket sales would be the main driver of growth to the live music arena, it also reported that sponsorships are expected to account for around $6.5 billion in revenue as well. With a CAGR of 2.28% from 2018 and 2023, the live music division is forecasted to expand to an overall $31.5 billion in the next four years.
Amazon has unveiled the Echo Studio, a new line of smart speakers geared towards fully supporting the company’s recently launched Amazon Music HD service. The five directional speaker features room adaptation technology as well as a built–in smart home hub. With a 24–bit DAC and a power amplifier with 100 kHz of bandwidth for high–resolution, lossless playback of music, the Echo Studio is the first smart speaker to offer a 3D listening experience through Dolby Atmos and 360 Reality Audio from Sony. Additionally, Amazon revealed a new Echo, Echo Flex, and Echo Buds wireless earbuds. The devices are currently available for pre–order to ship in the coming months.
Emerging U.K. act Waiting For Smith is set to make his performing debut in Los Angeles this week as part of a showcase event tomorrow evening, October 1st. Recent single “Trade It In” has received support from BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6 Music and recently featured on Communion Presents with Max Tappuni on Radio X. The single has also garnered airplay at tastemaker and Alternative radio in the states. WFS’ music was selected for the playlist at Caffé Nero, a chain of 700+ coffee shops around the world during the month of September. For more information on WFS’ showcase tomorrow, and to RSVP, click HERE.
Lewis Capaldi has teamed up with dating app Tinder to see one Tinder match and a guest flown out for the Scottish singer/songwriter’s Brooklyn show on October 11th. Additionally, Capaldi will be presenting tickets to Tinder users for sold–out shows across his U.K. concert calendar. To enter, users visit the artist’s verified Tinder profile and swipe right. The partnership also sees Capaldi offering up his personal advice for Tinder success. The initiative follows up on other music partnerships for Tinder including those with promoters Live Nation and AEG.
Beatport Link has finalized a new integration with VirtualDJ 2020 allowing users to stream directly within the DJ software. The new partnership joins a growing list for Beatport Link as it connects its subscription service to both hardware and software with additional integrations including those with Pioneer DJ’s mobile WeDJ app, Rekordbox DK and Denon DJ’s Prime Series hardware. Beatport Link Pro and Beatport Link Pro+ subscribers benefit from an offline locker that can store 50 or 100 tracks while Beatport maintains its download store alongside the streaming offering.
Having been expected to start trading as early as last Friday, Endeavor Group has put the brakes on its IPO as the firm’s per–share price dropped and had less shares available than originally anticipated. The company said in a statement last Thursday, “Endeavor will continue to evaluate the timing for the proposed offering as market conditions develop.” Endeavor had revealed that it’s per–share price was expected to be as high as $32 however, the price anticipated just before going public was around $27 per share.
Quibi, a short–from video streaming platform, will add a new music documentary series to its program with &Music. &Music spotlights well–known artists and their creative teams, delving into the creative process, and is produced by Michael D. Ratner’s OBB Pictures and the Scooter Braun/JD Roth–led firm, GoodStory Entertainment. Ratner, alongside Harrison Macks and J.P. Stiles, are reportedly directing several of the series’ episodes with &Music joining Quibi’s offering of over 40 scripted and unscripted projects set for launch in the spring. A first–time official collaboration for Ratner and Braun, &Music counts additional executive producers in Stiles, Scott Ratner, Eric D. Cohen, Adam Greener, Harrison Macks and Candice Dragonas, as well as co–executive producers for OBB as Elias Tanner, Miranda Sherman and Kfir Goldberg.
Jann Wenner has revealed he will step down next year from his role as Chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. A founding member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Wenner, who is also Co–Founder and Publisher of Rolling Stone, is credited for tapping the late I.M. Pei as the architect for the Hall’s Cleveland museum. Stepping into the Chairman post is MTV Co–Founder and President of Entertainment Enterprises for iHeartMedia, John Skyes. Wenner will maintain a position on the Board of Directors.
YMU Group continues to build out its leadership team as it looks to expand in the U.S. and globally. The latest appointment comes as Holly Bott to the role of MD, YMU Entertainment. Bott assumes the role from Mary Bekhait who was recently promoted to UK CEO for the firm. Having joined YMU in 2015, Bott started out as Group Head of Strategy before rising to Director of YMU Entertainment’s board and Director of Client Services earlier this year. In her MD role, Bott will be tasked with leading YMU’s teams who work with TV presenters, broadcasters, experts, social influencers and authors. Prior to YMU, Bott spent time with Sony Music and its Syco Music imprint. At the same time, former NBCUniversal International Studios staffer Paul Randle has been named as MD of YMU’s drama and comedy division, Troika.
A&R Worldwide has learned that Rouven Bönisch and Jobst Neermann of RBK Entertainment, have joined forces with ticketing company Reservix for a new strategic partnership as they have emerged as a leader in Germany’s live music arena. Reservix currently sits as the second biggest ticketer in Germany (after CTS Eventim and ahead of Ticketmaster). They count partnerships with a number of venues, events and festivals and have just secured the German Football Federation exclusively for seven years. The new alliance between RBK and Reservix brings together a collective of experienced bookers, marketing experts, PR specialists and sales professionals from live music entertainment, with access to social media, email and online marketing specialists, and a large nationwide conventional advertising network. Alongside the development of the new strategic partnership, RBK Entertainment GmbH has been rebranded to RBK FUSION. Since launching in 2016, RBK has collaborated on several projects with German promoter KBK such as Katie Melua, Culture Club, Status Quo and the B–52s, while also building a strong roster of its own.
The IFPI’s Music Listening 2019 report has revealed a growth in the adoption of music streaming by older music fans. The report has revealed that the largest growth rate for music streaming is coming from the 35–64–year–old demographic with 54% of the cross–section using a streaming platform during the survey period, April – May 2019. The percentage marks an 8% uptick over the previous year for the age group though, with the early days of streaming led by early adopters and younger users, it’s to be expected that older audiences would gravitate towards music streaming as it continues to grow in dominance. Additionally, it was reported that overall music consumption has increased to 18 hours weekly from 17.8 hours weekly a year ago. In the streaming sector, 89% of those surveyed stated they use paid and free on–demand services with 64% having used an audio streaming service in the last month, up 7% from last year. The 16–24–year–old demographic marked the highest percentage of paid streaming use at 52%. YouTube remained the most popular music service globally, counting 77% of people reporting they use the platform for music listening. In the on–demand sector, video sites account for 47% of global music consumption while paid audio represents 37% and free services the remaining figure. Despite streaming’s continued growth, radio still sits as the most popular platform for listening to music at 29% with smartphones accounting for 27% of listening. Among the most popular genres globally are pop, rock, oldies and hip–hop/rap, respectively.
The IFPI’s Music Listening 2019 report also revealed that consumers in Mexico listen to an average of 25.6 hours music weekly, well above the global average of 18 hours. The report shared that 62% of those surveyed in Mexico classify themselves as “music lovers” or “music fanatics” which ties the U.S. and is surpassed only by South Africa where 75% of respondents claimed the distinction. Among the top three genres for Mexican listeners are rock, pop and Latin pop, respectively, with Regional Mexican music claiming the No.4 spot. The report also revealed that 95% of consumers in Mexico listen to music using a smartphone and 56% use social media for listening to music or watching music videos.
In the U.S., MusicWatch’s audiocensus report for Q2 of 2019 revealed that 77% of the population over 13–year–olds are now streaming music. The percentage represents 183 million Americans, of which 125 million are reportedly using paid subscription offerings. Of that number, only 68 million are paying for the subscription personally, the total still represents an increase of 21% over the reported 56 million paying subscribers six months ago. Of the streaming platforms available, YouTube still leads the market share with 30%, followed by Spotify (24%), Pandora (17%) and Apple and Amazon’s music offerings at 6% each. Despite strong growth to the subscribership for the two latter services, Spotify users spend longer periods of time on the platform increasing its share. Specific to paid tiers, Spotify Premium counts 39% of listening each week with Apple and Amazon each accounting for 17%. Across overall listening, streaming dominates among the American population at 39% of listening hours each week. Broadcast radio comes in at No.2 on the list with 16%, digital downloads follows at 10%, SiriusXM at 8%, CDs at 7% and social media/music video TV at 6%. Vinyl accounted for 2% of listening hours.
Soundfeed, a music sourcing platform that allows labels to license their repertoire to labels in other territories, has launched in open beta. The platform’s closed beta has already been used by 150 labels across 20 countries, with more than 80 licences secured to–date. Soundfeed streamlines the process of finding licensable repertoire from non-domestic territories and finalizing new deals via software that manages the full process. The platform supplies labels with comprehensive DSP, radio and licensor–provided data, allowing them to understand the evolution and popularity of a track on different services and in different territories. Users wishing to license a title can contact the rights holder immediately through the platform and instantly generate personalized contracts, which can be amended during negotiations. The service is currently free, with a paid model to be launched following the full roll–out in the coming months. Soundfeed will soon offer functionality enabling licensors to share DSP and radio data by country with their artists, publishers and writers with other future developments and enhancements including comms tools linking licensor and multiple licensees; and AI–powered guidance on the best timings, partners and territories for licensing and media promo. Publishing agreements, blockchain contract registration, master and publishing share splits are also in development.
Writer/producer Seton Daunt has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Bucks Music Group. Daunt’s career began playing guitar with the band Fiction Plane, during which time he toured with artists including Snoop Dogg, The Police and Paul Weller, and played multiple headline tours across Europe and the U.S. Daunt began co–writing for other people, and collaborated with writer/producer team Biffco on various artists such as Sub Focus and Five Seconds Of Summer, whose album went No.1 in Australia, the U.K. and U.S., with sales of 259,000 copies in the first week of release. Daunt has since generated writing cuts for acts including Kylie Minogue, Wilkinson, Barns Courtney, Steve Angello and Everyone You Know. Recently, Daunt has also produced many of the artists he writes with including Black Honey’s debut album, Tomi and Gabrielle Aplin. He has composed music for TV shows such as American Ninja Warrior and Dynasty, as well as Ubisoft games, ads for Beats by Dre, and the theme to Red Or Black. In 2018, he received PRS Foundation’s Writer Producer Fund in association with BASCA Trust.
Alamo Records Founder & CEO, Todd Moscowitz has announced the appointment of industry veteran Tiara Hargrave to the role of EVP/GM for the label. Hargrave will assume responsibility for oversight of the day–to–day operations of the growing label, which is based in New York City. Hargrave comes to Alamo from Columbia Records, where she played a key role in the success of artists such as Lil Nas X, Polo G and Lil Tjay. She has over a decade of experience in media and entertainment, having spent time with companies including Motown/UMG, Bad Boy Entertainment’s Sean John and Ciroc, and Red Bull. Hargrave will be based in Alamo Records’ New York City headquarters. Alamo Records is a joint venture with Interscope Geffen A&M.
Funnel Music has announced a new initiative that seeks to raise significant contributions towards the company’s future growth strategy. Following several successful investment rounds Funnel Music is now using the equity investment platform Crowdcube to crowdfund an additional £400,000. The initiative has already generated more than £250,000 towards its goal, and the company has now made the offering public, allowing investors a chance to participate in a 3.75% share of the company for as little as a £10 stake. Launched in 2016 by industry veterans Ric Yerbury and Alex Pilkington, Funnel Music seeks to develop a more transparent and fair model within the music industry, supporting artist development and rewarding professionals across multiple revenues. The company’s global ecosystem, The Funnel, implements artist partnership initiatives such as its Shared Outcome Agreement, which looks to reduce upfront risk and costs in the development of artists in return for a fairer distribution of profits. The platform has already worked with multiple artists via its in–house label and third–party label partnerships.
Ian Moss is parting ways with his role as the BPI’s (British Phonographic Industry) Public Affairs Director following eight years in the position. Starting in December, he will transition to a new role as CEO of the International Association for Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM). Moss joined the BPI in 2011 and has supported its members’ navigation of the recorded music ecosystem throughout the evolution of streaming as well as the campaign for music education. Prior to his role with the BPI, Moss had a 15–year stint in politics and the U.K. Government having been elected as an officer in the National Union of Students and serving as a researcher in the Labour team. His resume also includes time serving in a number of roles with the U.K. Civil Service.
Robert Hunter, the lyricist, poet and mystical seeker who penned some of the Grateful Dead’s most well–known songs, has passed away at the age of 78. Born Robert Burns, Hunter was a key figure in the West Coast psychedelic rock community, developing a friendship with future Dead singer/guitarist Jerry Garcia. Despite never performing with the Dead, Hunter was invited by Garcia to contribute lyrics to the band’s albums, starting with 1969’s Aoxomoxoa. Hunter’s lyrics were so much a part of the band’s musical identity, that he was inducted alongside the group’s members into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Having performed and recorded on his own as well, Hunter was best known for writing lyrics for a number of the Dead’s classics such as “Truckin’,” “Uncle John’s Band,” “China Cat Sunflower,” “Friend of the Devil,” “Casey Jones,” “Scarlet Begonias,” “Box of Rain,” “Wharf Rat” and “Touch of Gray.” Hunter’s solo work included full–lengths Tales of the Great Rum Runners (1974) and Tiger Rose (1975), as well as collaborations with the likes of Bob Dylan, Jim Lauderdale, Los Lobos, Steve Kimock and Bruce Hornsby when the Dead disbanded in 1995 following Garcia’s death.
Grammy–nominated songwriter/producer busbee has died at the age of 43. With word of his passing coming on Sunday night, several reports recently revealed that a few months ago he had been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Busbee, real name Michael James Ryan, is known for his work with a number of leading artists in country music such as Maren Morris, Garth Brooks, Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban. Credits include co–writing Florida Georgia Line’s “H.O.L.Y.” and tracks on Keith Urban’s album Ripcord, and Maren Morris’ full–length debut, Hero. Having started his music career in the jazz arena, he transitioned to country music after the recommendation of a fellow songwriter with his work also crossing into pop with acts Kelly Clarkson, P!nk, Shakira and Christina Aguilera.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Rak Sanghvi, Paul Samuels, Alistair Norbury, Alex Weston, John Dexter, Katy Gavillet, Cassandra Gracey, Zach Katz, Rob Graham, Ashley Newton, Phil Christie, Chris Price, Darcus Beese, Aaron Rosenberg and Ged Doherty.
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. Pets are cute and can be naughty, good and unpredictable and at times. Click HERE to see a collection of cuddly, and not so cuddly moments from both our cat and dog friends!
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "ARTIST OF THE WEEK"– LILLY AMONG CLOUDS
Piano pop ballads are the bread and butter for Lilly Among Clouds. As one of the premiere artists in Germany, her ballads are majestic and grand, but never brash. Just last week, Lilly, born Elisabeth Brüchner, released her sophomore album, Green Flash. For the new material, Lilly wanted to distance herself a bit from ballads and find a good mix of upbeat and rhythmic songs. Teaming up with Duo Rinklin, who produced her debut album Aerial Perspective, the result of their hard work is an album ripe with catchy tunes that contain international appeal. Earlier this spring, Lilly won third place at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Germany as the only artist in the final performing her own material. Listen to “Look At The Earth” HERE taken from the new album and contact Mario Cetti at email@example.com, as Lilly Among Clouds is available for international partners, both label and booking, outside of European territories for her next album.
A&R WORLDWIDE’S "VIDEO OF THE WEEK" – CALLUM BEATTIE
Just two short years ago, Callum Beattie released his debut single, “We Are Stars.” Since then, the Scottish singer–songwriter has collected millions of Spotify streams, earned airplay at BBC Radio 2, and unleashed his well–received EP’s We Are Stars (2017) and Miracle (2018), including the singles “Connection” and “Without You.” From Edinburgh to London to Berlin and back again, Callum’s new material is a collection of songs clawed from the raw stuff of existence, nostalgic patriotism and bleeding–love as his debut album is set to be released in early 2020. Callum has performed at the Hyde Park Summer Sessions supporting Robbie Williams, executed his own headline tour of Scotland, and supported The Kooks on their headline European tour earlier this year along with Blossoms. Callum previously played live at Glastonbury, T In The Park and The Great Escape, and has upcoming sold out October shows in Glasgow (21st) and Edinburgh (24th), in addition to performances in London and Manchester scheduled for March 2020. Earning accolades from the likes of The Telegraph, Clash Magazine and The Independent, Callum was also a part of the global clothing brand Barbour International’s summer session series, which was hosted by James McVey of The Vamps. Callum released the visual to his single “Easter Road,” an ode to the gritty, working–class in Edinburgh, where he made a name for himself busking in the streets and performing in the pubs. Watch the video for “Easter Road” HERE and contact manager Rob Swerdlow at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and all inquiries.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 9/29/2019
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, September 29th, 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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VINCI – “Lions” (Unsigned, Ireland)
TEN TONNES – “Counting Down” (Warner Music, UK)
HONEYMOAN – “Low Blow” (Unsigned, South Africa)
AMBER RUN – “Neon Circus” (Easy Life, UK)
LOLA MARSH – “Echoes” (Anova Music, Israel)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Badger” (Unsigned, Sweden)
SAM JOHNSON – “Trip On Gold” (Universal Music, UK)
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)
MAGNUS MIA – “Head Like A Hole” (Unsigned, Hong Kong)
SPEAKER FIRST – “If It Ain’t You” (Vulcan, Indonesia)
MOONLIGHT BREAKFAST – “Summer” (Kiez Beats, Romania)
THE WHITE LAKES – “Wolves” (The Lost Agency, UK)
CALLUM BEATTIE – “Nothing Hurts Like You” (3Beat/Universal, UK)
THE MYSTERINES – “Take Control” (Unsigned, UK)
MADS LANGER – “Me Without You” (Sony, Denmark)
LAUREN HIBBERD – “Frankie’s Girlfriend” (Unsigned, UK)
POST–PARTY – “Love You Everyday” (Unsigned, Ireland)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Monkeys In My Head” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
SOPHIE & THE GIANTS – “Waste My Air” (Unsigned, UK)
YOUNG BRAVES – “1984” (Unsigned, UK)
TIM SCHOU – “Beat Around The Bush” (Iceberg Records, Denmark)
SPYRES – “Otherside” (Unsigned, Scotland)
IVY FLINDT – “Seal My Lips” (Unsigned, Germany)
NOSOYO – “Highness” (Embassy of Music, Germany)
LUNA BAY – “Call The Night” (Unsigned, UK)
BLOSSOM CALDARONE – “Perfect Too” (Unsigned, UK)
THE DUNTS – “Bad Decisions” (Unsigned, Scotland)
TEDDYBEARS – “Give It All Up” (Unsigned, Sweden)
THE SHERLOCKS – “NYC (Sing It Loud)” (Infectious, UK)
ROE – “Girls” (Fictive Kin, N. Ireland)
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