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MUSEXPO CREATIVE SUMMIT 2020 SET TO WELCOME MANY OF THE WORLD’S LEADING INDUSTRY MINDS FOR IT’S 22ND GLOBAL EDITION



MUSEXPO Creative Summit continues to confirm some of the most innovative and inspiring executives from across the global music and media landscape to join its 2020 event. The 22nd edition of the event is set to return as part of California Entertainment Week 2020 to Burbank, CA from March 22nd–25th, joining together the Global Synch & Brands Summit, A&R Summit and Worldwide Radio Summit.

MUSEXPO 2020 will maintain its deep focus on A&R and music supervision as it welcomes the return of its annual Global Synch & Brands Summit panels and round–table event as well as the A&R Summit. These two events will allow delegates to interact face–to–face with leading executives from the respective arenas.

Alexandra Patsavas Alicen Catron Schneider Aton Ben–Horin Ben Weeden Ben Dorenfeld
Brandon Young Denis Ladegaillerie Justin Gray Mamie Coleman Mandar Thakur
Maria Egan Paul Wiltshire Scott Burnell Sienna Jackson Xavier Ramos

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); Andrea C. Martin (Chief Executive, PRS For Music); Anita Chinkes–Ratner (Sr. VP & Head of Music and Licensing Strategy, Viacom); Aton Ben–Horin (Global VP, A&R, Warner Music Group); Ben Dorenfeld (Sr. Music Producer, Anomaly); Benjamin Weeden (COO, Clubs & Theaters, Live Nation); Bob Lefsetz (Publisher, The Lefsetz Letter); Brandon Young (Sr. Director of Music Affairs, Activision); Cybele Pettus (Sr. Music Supervisor, Electronic Arts); Daryl Berg (VP, Music Strategy & Licensing, Crown Media); Denis Ladegaillerie (Founder & CEO, Believe Group); Respected industry journalist Emmanuel Legrand; Award–Winning Producer/Songwriter Evan Bogart (Beyoncé, Rihanna, Adam Lambert, Demi Lovato, Jason Derülo); Felix Howard (Method Management); Gadi Oron (Director General, CISAC); Jake Challenor (Publisher & Editor, The Music Network & Radio Today); Josh Rabinowitz (Founder, Brooklyn Music Experience); Justin Gray (Founder & Chairman, Mdiio & Hit Songwriter/Producer); Katie Welle (Sr. VP, A&R, RCA Records); Keatly Haldeman (CEO, Riptide Music Group); Mamie Coleman (Sr. VP, Creative and Music Production, Fox Broadcasting Company); Mandar Thakur (COO, Times Music Group, India); Maria Egan (President & Head of Creative, Pulse Music Group); Markus Kuehn (Managing Partner, Flux FM, Germany); Mike Daly (Executive Director, A&R and Music Publishing, Hollywood Records, Buena Vista Records, Disney Music Publishing); Mona Rubsämen (Managing Partner, Flux FM, Germany); Paul Wiltshire (CEO, Songtradr, Inc.); Phil Guerini (VP, Music Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide & GM, Radio Disney Network); Ralph Simon (Founder & Chairman, Mobilium Global); Rich Thomas (Founder, Indie Esports League); Ritch Esra (Publisher, The Music Business Registry); Rudy Chung (Partner, HTGR & Founding Partner, Pusher); Sami Valkonen – Director of International, PRS for Music; Scott Burnell (Global Lead, Business Development & Partner Management, Ford Motor Company); Sienna Jackson (Head of Film & TV Music, Spyglass Media Group); Tom Windish (Music Executive Leadership Group, Paradigm Talent Agency); Xavier Ramos (VP, Creative Development, FaZe Clan); and many others to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

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.

MUSEXPO has also confirmed record labels, music publishers, managers, distributors, booking agents, promoters, streaming, digital, radio and media companies delegates already registered to attend MUSEXPO 2020 from Africa, Australia, Europe, Asia, N. America and South America – from over 30 countries and counting. Information on artist showcasing opportunities, to register your attendance to MUSEXPO 2020, 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 with an A&R Worldwide discount, or for organization and group savings 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.


ALEX LUKE NAMED SR. VP, DIGITAL CONTENT FOR SIRIUSXM/PANDORA



Movement in the streaming arena continues with the news last week of Alex Luke’s departure from Amazon Music to join the SiriusXM/Pandora team as Sr. VP, Digital Content. At Amazon Music, Luke had been serving as Director of Global Programming and Content Strategy.

Alex Luke
Reporting to SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer, Scott Greenstein, Luke now takes on oversight of programming for Pandora, managing Pandora’s content team, as well as looking after editorial content across both Pandora and SiriusXM.

Greenstein says, “Alex is an expert in shaping the digital content experience for listeners, and we are excited to have him join us as we continue to advance and evolve how we create and present content for our listeners across our digital platforms. It is vital we ensure that the great content we produce today, as well as what we create in the future, is done in the most attractive and consumer–friendly manner so that it drives growth in usage across our digital platforms.”

Luke’s industry career began in the terrestrial radio arena having held programming roles with St. Louis’ KPNT and Chicago’s WKQX. His entry into the DSP arena started at Napster in the early 2000’s when he served as the platform’s VP of Music Programming from 2001 to 2003. He transitioned to Apple where he spent eight years as Director of Music Programming & Label Relations and, among his responsibilities with the company, hosted his own iTunes at 2 radio show on the currently defunct iconic Los Angeles–based station Indie 103.1. On the label side, Luke’s stint as EVP of A&R with EMI Music saw him working with acts such as Katy Perry and David Guetta, as well as others.


BMG ANNOUNCES NEW LOS ANGELES HEADQUARTERS –
SIGNS BUZZING ACT KSI



BMG has announced it has finalized a deal to begin development of a new music facility in Los Angeles, home to its highest–grossing operation worldwide. The location will be a state–of–the–art, two–floor, 30,000–square–foot space at 5670 Wilshire Blvd. BMG currently houses around 135 staff in Los Angeles with plans for further growth in the new year. The announcement comes just two months after BMG officially launched its new Nashville facility, bringing together BMG’s Nashville recordings business BBR Music Group, its publishing business, and its copyright and royalty operations; and less than 18 months following the opening of its new office location in New York at 1 Park Avenue.

Building on BMG’s USP of being the only international music group to bring together music publishing and recordings under one roof, the proposed new space will consolidate the west coast publishing and recording teams, together with synch and licensing, film and books, and BMG Production Music.

BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said, “Los Angeles is our largest–grossing operation in our largest market and this marks another significant investment in our fast–growing US business. It is consistent with BMG’s philosophy – all our services under one roof, operating off the same platform, and taking a global perspective.”

BMG EVP Repertoire & Marketing LA Thomas Scherer said, “It is just 10 months since the reorganization of BMG US and I am glad to say we are enjoying success across the board. The move into a new, even bigger, facility is a significant development for BMG in LA. As with all our initiatives, everything is being designed to optimize service to our songwriter and artist clients.”

The new space will also allow the company finally to fully integrate the renowned rock label Rise Records it acquired in 2015 into the West Coast recorded music team. Sean Heydorn, VP of Rise Records, will continue to lead the label from its new home in Los Angeles.

BMG revamped its U.S. company in January 2019, splitting its operations into three standalone teams in LA, Nashville and New York, each reporting directly to CEO Hartwig Masuch. The company revealed that in terms of scale if it was a country, its Los Angeles operation would be its biggest territory, ahead of the U.K., Nashville would be the third biggest territory just ahead of Germany and New York would be sixth biggest, just behind France.

KSI
Additionally, international music artist, YouTube personality, and social media influencer KSI has signed a global recordings and publishing partnership with RBC Records/BMG. KSI is the professional name of London–born Olajide “JJ” Olatunji, who has become one of the top ranked and most successful YouTubers globally. KSI’s two channels alone host more than 28 million subscribers, counting a combined six billion–plus views. In the U.K., KSI has garnered three No.1 releases and is currently finishing his upcoming new singles, videos and full–length album. Alongside the upcoming new releases, BMG will be both administering and reissuing his catalog recordings. KSI’s 2015 debut EP Keep Up debuted at No.1 on the U.K. R&B Albums and No.13 on the U.K. Albums charts. He released his second EP, Jump Around, the following year with his third EP Space, coming out in 2017, followed closely by a fourth EP Disstracktions, which made it to No.1 on the U.K. R&B Albums and No.31 on the U.K. Albums charts. Earlier this year, KSI also released the collaborative album New Age with Randolph, which debuted at No.1 on the U.K. R&B Albums and No.17 on the U.K. Albums charts. Alongside his music career, KSI has developed as an avid amateur boxer and just participated in his first professionally–licensed, headlining fight card at Staples Center in Los Angeles.


GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…



Tyler Polzin & Márton Náray
A&R Worldwide made its way to Prague in the Czech Republic this past weekend to attend the annual Nouvelle Prague conference and showcase event. While there, the A&R Worldwide team had a great opportunity to connect with a number of long–time colleagues, while meeting some new friends from across the European and U.K. music community. A&R Worldwide’s President & Founder, Sat Bisla, joined the conference’s YouTube Music Listening Session which turned up some great musical talent from across the Czech Republic and beyond, while Sr. Director Tyler Polzin led a workshop session on navigating entry into the U.S. market from abroad. The A&R Worldwide team would like to thank Márton Náray, Nouvelle Prague’s Conference Director, as well as all of his team for their hospitality and for a great event highlighting Prague’s vibrant music market.

Leading comedy and news satire brand, The Onion, and Sony Music Entertainment have finalized a strategic partnership to develop original podcast content. The companies will co–create a new daily satirical podcast centered on current events called The Topical, set to roll–out in January of next year. The Onion will oversee all creative aspects of the podcast, including writing, production and recording. The agreement furthers Sony Music’s creator–first approach to collaborating with unique creative talent. As a partner in podcasting, Sony Music provides its expertise across content creation, marketing and new technology monetization to help creators enhance the scale and scope of their work.

Industry veteran Suzanne Moss has been tapped as VP, Head of Creative Licensing, for Blackbird Music Publishing Group, it was recently announced by the company’s President, Lance Freed. Freed comments, “I am thrilled Suzanne has joined us as Head of Creative Licensing. She is the best sync executive for film, TV and advertising that I have ever had the pleasure of working with.” Moss brings a wealth of publishing experience to Blackbird Music Publishing Group having started her career at Sony/ATV where she licensed music for film, TV, and advertising. From there she spent eight years at Universal Music Publishing as Director of Music Licensing, and later moved to Kobalt Music, where she became Sr. VP and created the North American Synch Department. She then spent five years as the VP of Creative Licensing and Head of Synch at Rondor Music. Prior to joining Blackbird Music Publishing, she served as VP of Creative for Film/TV ads at Universal Music Publishing.

UTA has revealed a round of promotions across seven of the agency’s divisions and its offices in LA, New York and London. Among the elevations include those to music agent for Tessie Lammle, James Masters, Daniel McCartney, Ron Perks, Angie Rance and Chris Visconti; Lucas Barnes (television talent); John McGrath (independent film); and Kristen Sena (speakers). Additionally, new executives have been named for the UTA Foundation in Allyson Chung and Ally Diamond, Rachel Hall and Caroline Long for UTA Marketing, and Brendan Mulroy for UTA IQ. 12 new coordinators have also been named across the three office locations.

In other UTA news, the agency has added Grammy–winning music producer, art collector and entrepreneur, Swizz Beatz (Kasseem Dean) to their roster for representation across all areas. The news comes following the Dreamweavers group exhibition that was co–presented by Swizz Beatz and UTA Artist Space earlier in the year, which resulted in 1.2 billion media impressions and thousands of visitors. Swizz Beatz’s music credits including producing hits for the likes of Jay–Z, Nas, DMX and others. In 2015, he also co–founded The Dean Collection alongside his wife, Grammy–winner Alicia Keys. The collection counts more than 1,000 works from emerging and established contemporary artists and hosts the No Commission Art Fair, which has made its way to a number of locations worldwide. Swizz Beatz maintains management by Monique Blake (Swizz Beatz Productions).

CISAC unveiled its 2019 Global Collections Report last week which revealed that royalty collections worldwide hit a record €9.65 billion for 2018. Driven by the continued adoption of music and VOD subscription platforms, digital royalties increased 29% year–upon–year to €1.64 billion. Digital income received by creators has almost tripled over the past five years and makes up 17% of collections, having accounted for only 7.5% in 2014. Growth globally was led by significant upticks in the digital collections from major markets including the U.S., France and Japan. Collections from music repertoire increased by 1.8% to €8.5 billion with digital income on its own jumping by 29.6% and making up 19.1% of total music collections. Across all sectors (music, audiovisual, visual arts, drama and literature) collections in 2018 rose by 0.9% year–upon–year, marking five years of continued growth and an increase of 25.4% over 2014. Income for music from TV and radio declined in 2018 by 3.1% over the previous year though still accounts for a significant portion of total collections at €3.294 billion; live and background saw an increase of 0.8% to €2.568 billion. To view the full report, click HERE.

Rhapsody International, the parent company behind Napster, has a new Sr. VP & Chief Financial Officer in Scott Javor. Javor reports to Rhapsody’s President & CEO, Bill Patrizio, while joining the firm’s senior leadership team. Javor will work alongside the executive leadership team across overall business strategy and assume oversight of the company’s global finance, corporate development and IT divisions. Javor previously served as Managing Director for FTI Consulting and FTI Capital Advisors. He also served as VP of GE Capital’s Media, Communications & Entertainment business.

Leading K–pop management firm, SM Entertainment, has joined the CAA roster for representation across all areas. In joining CAA, SM Entertainment becomes the first of the three top K–pop management companies (which also includes YG Entertainment and Big Hit Entertainment) to join an American agency for full representation. SM Entertainment’s roster counts acts such as NCT 127, EXO, Super Junior, Red Velvet, Girls’ Generation, and the new supergroup SuperM, as well as others. The new deal builds on SM Entertainment’s relationship with CAA as the agency recently secured a round of promotion events for NCT 127, counting an appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden, as well as an upcoming N. American tour for SuperM. Concerts from SM Entertainment acts have welcomed over 20 million fans globally with its YouTube channel having generated over 28 billion view. Moving forward, CAA will work to secure opportunities for the SM Entertainment roster across live, advertising, food/beverage and lifestyle brands.

A&R Worldwide has learned that Ricki Askin has parted ways with her role as VP, Music Services & Licensing for VICE. Having been with VICE for over eight years, Askin joined the media firm as a music supervisor in 2011. Prior to VICE, she also spent time on the music supervision teams for MTV and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Her next moves have not yet been revealed.

GVL, the German neighbouring rights organization, is celebrating its 60–year milestone this year, having been founded in 1959. GVL collects royalties from radio and TV as well as public performances (restaurants, cafes, etc.) to be paid to its members on a fiduciary basis annually, including over 160,000 artists, producers of sound and audiovisual content, and event organizers. In 2018, the organization collected around €230 million which was a decrease over the year prior that had experienced a high of €310 million.

Meltdown, the longest–running artist–curated festival in the world, has its next curator/headline secured with Grace Jones taking on duties for 2020. Having launched in 1993, Meltdown’s 2020 edition will see Jones programming ten days of performances at the Southbank Centre from June 12th–21st of next year. Jones is no stranger to the Meltdown stage having performed in 2007 for Jarvis Cocker’s curated event in 2007 and again in 2008 for Massive Attack.

Leading Berlin–based tastemaker radio station, FluxFM, has informed A&R Worldwide that the brand will make its way to Hamburg, Germany commencing August 1st of next year. The Hamburg frequency had been the home of Radio Energy for the past two decades with the media authorities having just recently granted FluxFM the FM frequency. Among its programming, FluxFM in Berlin counts a weekly broadcast of leading music pre–discovery radio show, Passport Approved.

The Estate of Michael Jackson and MIJAC Music, Jackson’s personal publishing company, are set to maintain their long–term administration rights for the catalog of iconic funk outfit Sly and the Family Stone, while also now acquiring majority ownership of the U.S. rights for the works. The estate already counts rights to the full catalog from the band outside of the U.S. via MIJAC, acquired in 1983 and marking MIJAC’s first acquisition after its launch in 1980. Sly and the Family Stone join a catalog that also counts works written by Jackson, as well as hits performed by the likes of Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin. The deal comes as the date approaches when bandleader Sylvester Stewart (Sly Stone) could take back ownership of the publishing rights under the 1976 U.S. Copyright Act. The law provides a window to file for termination starting 10 years before and up to three years after the song was issued, a process which Stewart had started for around 100 songs owned by MIJAC in 2017. The new deal marks the acquisition of the reversion/termination rights, which places MIJAC as the majority interest owner in the publishing of the songs for the life of copyright.

MelodyVR has joined forces with ABC’s Good Morning America to offer fans an opportunity to go behind the scenes of the show’s Nashville broadcast on the heels of the 2019 CMA Awards later this week. Good Morning America is set to bring a live taping of the program to Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon with MelodyVR users able to join the broadcast in 360–degree VR including guest such as Luke Combs, Maddie & Tae, Trisha Yearwood and Trace Adkins. The cooperation builds on a relationship between MelodyVR and Good Morning America which began with the news program’s Summer Concert Series where MelodyVR users could join concerts from Marshmello and Kane Brown across 15 countries.

A&R Worldwide has learned that, Jack McAllister (aka Willaris. K) has recently signed with U.S. record label, Astralwerks. Alongside the U.S. signing, Willaris. K also partnered up with Virgin EMI in the U.K. who will release his music in European markets. Willaris. K will remain signed to Soothsayer, Mushroom’s electronic imprint for Australia and New Zealand. Showing early promise as one of Australia’s most exciting exports, Willaris. K recently wrapped up a European and U.K. tour supporting RUFUS DU SOL, including shows at ADE (Amsterdam) and Alexandra Palace in London, as well as recent festival and headline shows in the U.S. Willaris. K has also taken the stage at events such as Coachella, Forbidden Fruit, Ilesoniq, Lollapalooza and a number of additional internationally recognized festivals. Pete Tong also singled out Willaris. K as Australia’s next best electronic artist. Willaris. K is managed by Australia’s Adrian McGruther.

LyricFind’s merch platform, LyricMerch, has partnered up with eBay to roll–out new apparel and lifestyle products inspired by hit songs. The cooperation between the two firms, which is LyricMerch’s first partnership with a marketplace, will also include customized campaigns targeting shoppers. Additionally, eBay will provide LyricMerch with insights on customers to help LyricMerch customize products more efficiently. Among the first line of merch to be made available is a “Thank U, Next” shirt and “Straight Outta Compton” mug.

In an effort to simplify access to its podcast offering, Deezer is rolling out a new “Shows” tab to allow users to quickly access and find relevant podcasts, radio and talk content. The new offering also includes over 15 custom channels covering a range of topics as well as the option to browse subcategories and and specialized subjects such as self–help, parenthood, kids podcasts, inspirational women, entrepreneurs and testimonials. Also included is the new Deezer Originals which features localized podcasts created specifically for Deezer. Shows will incorporate listening habits and preferences to make recommendations to users and also offers download–capability for offline listening. The new tab is accessible for both free and paid subscribers via iOS with an Android and desktop version in the works.

PRS for Music has named two new members to its executive leadership team in Roger James (Chief Commercial Officer & General Counsel) and Mark Krajewski (Chief Information Officer). James began his career at law firm Richards Butler and has since spent time as Worldwide International General Counsel for Viacom and Head of Business Affairs for Syco Entertainment. His new role will see him managing the Legal and Public Affairs team, steering licensing negotiations with TV and radio broadcasters, DSPs and recorded media providers, as well as managing relationships with JV partners and customers. Krajewski’s career started at Hamptons International and includes time with Value Retail. He has been working with PRS for Music on a consultancy basis over the past year across IT and digital initiatives. In his new position, Krajewski takes on oversight of PRS for Music’s IT and Transformation team looking after technology, data management, business intelligence, digital strategy and the systems behind the royalty processing and distribution capability for its members and international partners.

See Tickets is growing its U.S. footprint with the opening of a new Nashville–based office. Based in the U.K., See Tickets launched out of Nottingham, England and has since placed offices in Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and Madrid among other markets. Having been under the Vivendi umbrella since 2011, See Tickets set–up its first U.S. office in LA in 2014. The platform has since moved over 20 million tickets through N. America and Europe across music, sports and cultural events, counting thousands of clients. Following its 2016 acquisition of Flavorus, the ticketer has tripled its U.S. business and the Nashville headquarters bring the total number of offices to 15. Leading the opening of the Nashville location is Chris Donohue, See Tickets’ VP of Business Strategy and Partnerships for N. America. Donohue counts over two decades of event experience encompassing music, strategic partnerships, business development and technology. Past roles include those with Vydia as VP, Operations and GM of The Militia Group, as well as management of acts such as Weezer, All–American Rejects and Luscious Jackson as well as other.

Hi–Res music platform Qobuz, which launched in the U.S. this February, has announced its discontinuing its MP3 (lossy) streaming tier. As of last week, Qobuz has updated its monthly offering to one $14.99 plan that includes unlimited access to its entire Hi–Res and CD lossless catalogue (as low as $12.50 per month with an annual plan). With their maximum quality plan now available for one price, Qobuz is the first streaming service to leave behind the MP3 format. The new Studio Premier plan is a limited time promotion available to the first 100,000 new Qobuz subscribers (plus existing users), who will receive unlimited access to more than 50 million tracks in certified Hi–Res or CD lossless quality, along with Qobuz’s exclusive, in–depth editorial and metadata content, for $14.99/month, or $149.99/year. Qobuz will still offer its Sublime+ tier, now priced at $249.99/year, which includes all the streaming offerings, plus a substantial discount on Hi–Res download purchases from the Qobuz store.

Acclaimed electronic music pioneer Jean–Michel Jarre has unveiled his latest project as the dynamic music app EōN. A world–first, the app uses original musical elements composed, performed and recorded by Jarre specifically for the project, creating a never–repeating and completely unique musical experience for every user, every time. Upon completing his compositions for the app, Jarre tapped SONY CSL’s researcher, Alexis André, to create the visual for the app. The encoding and final algorithm was delivered by Alexis Zbik and Vianney Apreleff from French music tech company BLEASS who, with Jarre’s artistic direction, defined the rules of the app and how it orchestrates the music. Users are able to listen to music generated by EōN both online and offline as the algorithm and audio engine are built directly into the app. A leading force in technology’s implementation within music, Jarre most recently, in partnership with TheWaveVR, allowed users to experience his latest album, Equinoxe Infinity, in virtual reality.

A dispute between Universal Music Group (UMG) and the creators behind This Is Spinal Tap pertaining to the film’s soundtrack recordings has reached a resolution. The agreement sees recordings from Spinal Tap maintaining distribution via UMG with the rights set to eventually revert to the creators. Initially filed in 2016 with the US District Court of Central District of California, the complaint noted an alleged breach of contract, fraud and anti–competitive business practices with regards to Studio Canal’s management of rights for the work as well as its affiliated intellectual properties.

Music distribution and marketing platform, ONErpm, has finalized a new deal to welcome Cult Records, the independent record company founded by Julian Casablancas (The Strokes and The Voidz), to its roster. The first release under the partnership came from Australian–born act, Promiseland with his track “Personal Reflektor,” the lead single from his upcoming debut full–length. Casablancas launched Cult Records in 2009 as an indie vehicle for his own solo music and its since expanded to be home to a diverse range of other artists. In addition to the Casablancas–led outfits The Strokes and The Voidz, the Cult roster includes singer/songwriter Karen O and band The Growlers. Earlier this year, Cult Records celebrated its 10th anniversary in the label’s hometown of New York City.

Nik Powell, Co–Founder of the iconic Virgin Records label, has passed away at the age of 69. Powell had been receiving treatment for cancer and died last Thursday in Oxford, while surrounded by his family. Powell was a a childhood friend of Richard Branson, and one of the prominent figures, in addition to Simon Draper and Tom Newman, across the first decade of Virgin Records and Virgin Music Publishing. Virgin’s operations began initially in 1970 as a mail–order record import retail firm which evolved into a brick–and–mortar storefront following a postal strike. The Virgin Records/Virgin Music Publishing brands launched in 1973, marked by the signing of Mike Oldfield. Virgin Records notably signed the Sex Pistols in 1977, after the band had been dropped by EMI, and the label then became home to a plethora of widely–successful new wave groups. Powell parted ways with the music industry in 1982 to found Palace Pictures alongside Stephen Woolley. He remained active in the film arena, also later founding Scala Productions and serving as the Director of the National Film And Television School from 2003 to 2017.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Andy Schuon, Lucas Keller, Amy Wadge, Zach Katz, Jenn Tolman, Ben Mawson, Jennifer Knoepfle, Vic Galloway, Sanken Sandqvist, Bruce Flohr, Akshita Shah, Reynold D’Silva and Sienna Jackson.


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. Flying can be fun, or it can be down–right frightening. Click HERE to watch some jackass inflight freakouts!


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



René Miller, a singer–songwriter originally from Germany and inspired by artists like Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth and LAUV, is giving his own touch to pop music. Aside from being a recording artist, René also writes songs for and with other artists around the world, supported by the team at Sony/ATV Germany, where he is signed exclusively. His first worldwide releases with successful DJs Mike Perry and TOPIC, featured not only his outstanding voice, but also his songwriting skills as he contributed to all singles as co–author. Having reached more than 20 million streams on Spotify, his debut single “Make Up Your Mind” has been unleashed. René is currently finishing up additional singles to make sure that 2020 will be a remarkable year for him. Listen to “Make Up Your Mind” by René Miller HERE and contact Manfred Müller of Dreamstart Management at dreamstartmanagement@gmail.com, as René is available for booking, synch and branding opportunities.


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

Following a year that saw their music pick up significant support from Jack Saunders at BBC Radio 1, Zane Lowe, Radio X, BBC Introducing, Spotify, Apple Music and the globally–syndicated Passport Approved radio show, Manchester’s Larkins releases their latest single, “Not Enough Love.” With music produced by Dan Nigro (Lewis Capaldi, Freya Ridings, Sky Ferreira), Chris Zane (Friendly Fires, Passion Pit) and mixed by Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Childish Gambino), the band’s ever–developing sound and fanbase is further evidence of the excitement that Larkins are creating. They’ve earned over 3 million streams to date with over 1.6 million views, performed at both the Reading and Leeds festivals and have sold–out headline London shows and a sold–out headline show at the Albert Hall in Manchester in the last 12 months. The quartet is currently on the road in the U.K. with upcoming stops on their fast–selling tour in London, Liverpool, Cardiff, Sheffield and more throughout this month. Enjoy the visual for “Not Enough Love” taken from their forthcoming album HERE and contact Mark Lippmann at mark@scruffoftheneck.com for all inquiries.


PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 11/10/2019



“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, November 10th, 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; WLKK “Alternative Buffalo” NY 107.7FM; WZRH–FM New Orleans; 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:

LARKINS – “Not Enough Love” (Good Soldier Songs, UK)
THE SWOONS – “Conspiracy Of Silence” (Unsigned, N. America)
LONGFELLOW – “Gabrielle” (Unsigned, UK)
HONEYMOAN – “Low Blow” (Unsigned, South Africa)
WAITING FOR SMITH – “Peace In Greece” (Four One Seven Records, UK)
SEA GIRLS – “Violet” (Unsigned, UK)
GASPAR SANZ – “Meanderthal” (Helium Records, Australia)
FOREST BLAKK – “Put Your Hands Up” (Warner Music, Canada)
THE FAIM – “Words Apart” (BMG, Australia)
MOONLIGHT BREAKFAST – “Summer” (Kiez Beats, Romania)
CALLUM BEATTIE – “Nothing Hurts Like You” (3Beat/Universal, UK)
TRIBE FRIDAY – “Badger” (Unsigned, Sweden)
SEAFRET – “Fall” (Unsigned, UK)
LAUREN HIBBERD – “Frankie’s Girlfriend” (Unsigned, UK)
MADS LANGER – “Me Without You” (Sony, Denmark)
THE MYSTERINES – “Take Control” (Unsigned, UK)
AMBER RUN – “Neon Circus” (Easy Life, UK)
BRANDON JACKS & THE ARTIFACTS – “Modern Day Distractions” (Sureshaker, Australia)
KING NUN – “Bug” (Dirty Hit, UK)
LOLA MARSH – “Echoes” (Anova Music, Israel)
DEMOB HAPPY – “Autoportrait” (SO Recordings, UK)
ALFIE TEMPLEMAN – “Used To Love” (Chess Club/RCA, UK)
WE ARE THE CITY – “Song In My Head” (Sinnbus, Germany)
YONAKA – “Rockstar” (Atlantic, UK)
LIME CORDIALE – “Robbery” (Chugg Music, Australia)
TALISCO – “Moments” (Roy Music, France)
CORTNEY DIXON – “What You Wanna Do?” (Unsigned, UK)
JAMES DEACON – “Not Givin’ Up” (Bad Future, South Africa)
WIDE EYED BOY – “Calling (I Hear You)” (Polygonia Music, UK)
SHLOMI ASH – “Fly” (Unsigned, Israel)
TEN TONNES – “Counting Down” (Warner Music, UK)
MAGNUS MIA – “Head Like A Hole” (Unsigned, Hong Kong)
NOSOYO – “Glitter” (Embassy Of Music, Germany)
VINCI – “Lions” (Unsigned, Ireland)

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