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A&R Worldwide Newsletter Vol. 822



300 Publishing, the publishing arm of 300 Entertainment has announced the signing of fast-rising, songwriter-producer Sean Momberger (Jack Harlow, Doja Cat, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown), who joins a growing roster including 1st Class (Anycia, BabyDrill, Karrahbooo, DaBaby), and Jumbo Sounds (2Rare, Philly Goats, Lay Bankz, D STURDY) in addition to artists such as Hunxho and Young Thug.

Sean Momberger

Momberger co-produced Jack Harlow’s “Lovin on Me,” which just vaulted to No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. This achievement stands out as 300 Publishing’s first No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No.1 U.K. single via a non-performing creative. Also, it marks the company’s third Hot 100 No.1 overall following Young Thug hits “Havana” with Camila Cabello and “Way 2 Sexy” with Drake & Future.

Kevin Liles, Chairman & CEO, 300 Elektra Entertainment said, “My co-Presidents Rayna, Selim, and I are always looking for talent that takes chances, breaks boundaries, and fearlessly creates with integrity. Sean’s a perfect example of what 300 stands for and we’re excited to partner with him as he shows the world what he’s capable of.”

300 Publishing Vice President Jenn Essiembre added, “Sean has an incredible work ethic and brilliant ear, it’s no surprise that he’s become one of the most sought-after talents in the business right now. We’re invested in long-term development and success for our roster, and Sean is just getting started.”

Momberger commented, “300 Entertainment has built such a deep culture and singular identity within the music industry. It’s truly an honor to be signed to 300 Publishing and join a roster of such talented creators.”

In 2023, 300 Publishing signees have co-written and/or co-produced music for Morgan Wallen, Metro Boomin, Travis Scott, Megan Thee Stallion, Babyface, Quavo, Offset, Don Toliver, Rae Sremmurd, Saweetie, JELEEL!, Ciara, YG, Tyga, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, and others




Def Jam Recordings, a flagship label division of Universal Music Group, has fortified its executive team with the appointment of industry veteran Riggs Morales as Executive Vice President, A&R.

Riggs Morales

Morales brings a wealth of experience from award-winning tenures at Atlantic Records and Shady Records, Morales has 17 Grammy nominations, three wins, and nearly 70 million global sales. His collaborations span icons like Eminem, 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, Janelle Monáe, and the Broadway cast album of Hamilton.

Tunji Balogun, Chairman & CEO of Def Jam, said “Armed with an instinct for creative development that keeps his artists first, Riggs has carved out a unique place for himself in our business, along with an absolutely blockbuster resume. Our relationship spans over a decade, and I have always been impressed by his instincts, energy, and creativity. From his work with Shady Records to his alliances with Lin Manuel Miranda and Janelle Monae, to his time as an influential journalist, Riggs’ contributions to the culture are the stuff of legend. We’re excited to welcome Riggs to the Def Jam family.”

Morales, a seasoned A&R executive, and former journalist, began his career at The Source Magazine, where he introduced Eminem in the “Unsigned Hype” column. His career path led to Shady Records, Goliath Artists, and Atlantic Records, shaping the success of major acts.

Actively engaged in The Recording Academy, Morales played a pivotal role in creating the Black Music Collective, emphasizing inclusion and recognition. Billboard recognized his social justice efforts in the music space, solidifying Morales as a change agent in the industry.




Tyler Bacon, President & CEO, Position Music has announced that genre-bending artist Elohim has signed a record label deal with Position Music. Elohim will release her next single “Broken Face” via Position Music on December 15th.

“Broken Face” kicks off a new release cycle for Elohim who is planning a string of new records and tour dates in 2024. With over 600+ million streams worldwide, the versatile singer, songwriter, musician, producer, and DJ has collaborated with the likes of Skrillex, Marshmello, AWOLNATION, Big Freedia, Big Gigantic, Whethan, Louis the Child, Flux Pavillion, and others. Her self-titled full-length album charted on Billboard‘s Top Dance/Electronic Albums in 2018. A mainstay on the worldwide dance music festival scene, Elohim has recently performed at Coachella, Bonnaroo, EDC Mexico, Electric Forest, Ultra, and more.

Elohim stated, “From the first time I walked into Position with Corey Berkowitz in April, I felt a sense of community and family throughout the entire building. I sat in a room with Tyler, Mark [Chipello], J [Scavo], and Emily [Weber] and we listened through some records of mine. Tyler’s first comments were about my unique voice. He has stayed true to that sentiment and that means a lot to me. I finally feel aligned with a proper team that understands my vision and message as an artist.”

Elohim enters her Position Music record deal with the full support of her Rock Mafia production team. Rock Mafia, a music production, and songwriting collective founded by Tim James and Antonina Armato, has worked with the likes of BTS, Ariana Grande, X Ambassadors, Eminem, Diplo, Young Thug, Wyclef, Justin Bieber, Ellie Goulding, Bebe Rexha, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Zedd, and more. Rock Mafia will work in tandem with Position Music on Elohim’s future releases.

Elohim joins a growing Position Music label roster, already home to Kyle Dion, Kid Bloom, Ryan Oakes, Layto,Welshly Arms, Blackway, Hunter Metts, and more. Elohim is published by Concord Music Publishing.




Sony Music Publishing U.K. (SMP, U.K.) recently announced a series of key promotions within its A&R department, reaffirming the company’s songwriter support and development efforts across the U.K. and Europe. The restructuring elevates Felix Canetty-Clarke to VP, U.K. A&R Strategy & International Research; Sarah Gabrielli to Senior Director A&R, U.K. & Europe, and Saul Fitton as Sr. Director of A&R, U.K., effective immediately.

Pictured (L-R) are Felix Canetty-Clarke, Sarah Gabrielli, and Saul Fitton

David Ventura, President & Co-Managing Director, U.K., and Sr. VP International, Sony Music Publishing said, “Sarah, Saul, and Felix are the very best talents in the U.K. Their passion for music, their drive, and their unique daily dedication to our songwriters are exemplary. Together they bring the future of our company and with Tim, we have been inspired to see everyone recognizing their successes and achievements.”

Senior Director A&R, U.K. & Europe Sarah Gabrielli and Senior Director A&R, U.K. Saul Fitton will both be responsible for driving opportunities on behalf of the company’s songwriters and advancing creative strategy. Since joining the company in 2016, Gabrielli has signed and worked closely with breakthrough talent including beabadoobee,Cian Ducrot, Baby Queen, and Jim Legaxcy, while also advancing the creative efforts of hitmakers such as Sampha, Arlo Parks, Koz, Tom Mann (Lewis Capaldi, Anne Marie, Becky Hill) and more. She most recently served as U.K. and Europe A&R Manager.

Fitton’s career at SMP U.K. began in 2020 when he was named Senior A&R Manager. He previously served as A&R Manager at Warner Chappell. During his time at SMP U.K., he has signed and supported hitmakers including Pablo Bowman, Lostboy, Mimi Webb, Bastille, Mae Stephens, and Gracey. He also works creatively with Plested, TMS, Tom Grennan, Anne-Marie, and more.

In his new role as Vice President, U.K. A&R Strategy & International Research, Felix Canetty-Clarke will continue to push forward the company’s data-driven A&R initiatives and extend his focus across operations and strategy. Canetty-Clarke first joined the company in 2018 as A&R Research and Analytics Manager, and since then has built up his department from scratch, while also signing talent including Caity Baser, Neave Applebaum, Taet, Joe Unknown, Miggy Dela Rosa, Lovejoy, and Matilda Mann.




MUSEXPO ( the renowned annual global music industry conference and showcase event, often dubbed the “United Nations of Music,” has confirmed dozens of new companies and speakers to participate at next year’s event.

MUSEXPO takes place March 17 – 20, 2024 in Burbank, California “The Media & Sync Capital of the World,whichis home to companies including Disney, Marvel Studios, Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. Pictures, Nickelodeon, The CW, ABC, FOX, Fremantle Media, NBCUniversal, Netflix Animation, Hulu, Walt Disney Imagineering, Universal Pictures and many others.

Katy Perry showcasing at MUSEXPO

MUSEXPO joins a week-long series of events that includes the Global Synch & Brands Summit, A&R Summit, and more, as it brings together the international music community for key insights and discussions on the evolution of the worldwide music business including A&R, publishing, digital, live, management, sync (film, TV, trailers, videogames, advertising), distribution, AI, radio/streaming, and much more.

In addition, MUSEXPO will feature an array of emerging U.S. and global talent – past events have seen artists get signed and launched onto the global stage including Katy Perry, Jessie J, Sheppard, Forest Blakk, Gavin James, The Temper Trap, Lime Cordiale, Frank Turner, LMFAO, and countless others.

Some of the speakers joining next year’s event include: Adam Taylor – President & CEO, APM Music; Alicen Schneider– Former Head of TV/Music, NBCUniversal; Angela Leus – Senior Vice President of Film Music, Universal Pictures; Arina Logacheva – Senior A&R Manager, Parlophone Records; Charles “CB” Burks – Vice President A&R, Red Bull Records; Chukwudi “Obi” Obi – Director, Publishing CreativeRed Bull Records; Danny Rukasin – Partner & Co-Owner, Best Friends Music (Manager of Billie Eilish, Finneas); Glen Gabriel – Composer & Producer (Sweden); Hussain “Spek” Yoosuf – EVP, International & Emerging Markets, Reservoir; Jacqueline Saturn – President, Virgin Music Group North America & EVP, Global Artist Relations; Jason Markey – Founder & Music Supervisor, Sound Advice; Jason C Miller – CEO, Eventim Live Asia; Jennifer Pyken – Music Supervisor (The Way Home, This Is Us, Workaholics, Las Vegas & more); Jesper Skibsby – Founder, WARM (Worldwide Airplay Radio Monitor); John McGrew – Music Creative Production, Netflix Series Animation; Jordan “DJ Swivel” Young – Founder & CEO, Hooky; Katie Hargrove – Co-Founder, Little Wolf Music & Sound; Kenny “Tick” Salcido – Sr. VP/Head of A&R, Red Bull Records; Kristen McFarren – Associate Manager, Original Music, FOX Entertainment Music; Maria Gironas – Founder, Cool Sh*t, Cool People; Mark Sutherland – Contributing Editor, Music Business Worldwide (Music & Media Journalist); Markus Schwarzer – Co-Founder & CEO, Cyanite; Michael Mancuso – Co-Founder & Executive Vice President, The Hello Group; Mike Fink – Head of Creator Services, DistroKid; Mike Knobloch – President of Music & Publishing, NBCUniversal; Mike Weiss – VP of Music & Head A&R, UnitedMasters; Mio Vukovic – Sr. Vice President A&R/Head of Creative, Disney Music Group; Natalie Hayden – Senior Vice President of Film Music, Universal Pictures; Nikki Walsh – Vice President of Soundtrack & Marketing, Universal Pictures; Peymon Maskan – Founder, Radish Music Supervision; Professor Jonathan Shalit OBE – Chairman InterTalent Rights Group/Chosen Music; Rachel Levy – Executive Vice President, Motion Picture Music, Universal Pictures; Ritch Esra – Publisher, The Music Registry & Co-Founder, MUBU-TV; Richard Gottehrer – Founder & Chief Creative Officer, The Orchard; Ryan Svendsen – Head of Music, Millennium Media; Sat Bisla – Founder & President, A&R Worldwide/MUSEXPO; Savan Kotecha – (Academy Award Nominated Songwriter/Producer – One Direction, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift & more); Selena Arizanovic – Director, Programming Music, FOX Entertainment Music; Shivam Malhotra – Founder & CEO, Malsons Media (India); Steve Schnur – Worldwide Executive & President, Music, Electronic Arts; Taylor Jones – Founder & CEO, The Hello Group; Vikki Jacobs – Vice President of Film & Music Licensing, Universal Pictures; Wendy Goldstein – Co-President, Republic Records; Zoe Gillespie – Vice President, Brand Partnerships, Capitol Music Group + Motown Records, and many others to be unveiled soon.

Doing a keynote interview at MUSEXPO are Avery Lipman (Co-Founder, President & COO, Repubic Records) and Monte Lipman (Founder & CEO, Republic Records)

For the full list of current MUSEXPO speakers, and the event program, click HERE.

For sponsorship, panelist, partnership, or showcase opportunities contact Sat Bisla at

To register to attend MUSEXPO, and for discounted hotel room rates, click HERE.


A&R Worldwide Exposed

Each week, A&R Worldwide shares a snapshot of creatives and executives that we have collaborated or worked with in various music markets around the world, albeit in recent or previous times!

Pictured (L-R) at an A&R Worldwide dinner event late last year are Michael Mancuso, Co-Founder & Executive Vice President, The Hello Group; William D. Simon, Sr. Client Partner & Managing Director, Media, Entertainment & Convergence, Korn Ferry; the late Phil Quartararo and Taylor Jones, CEO, The Hello Group.


This week, we’re heartbroken over the recent passing of our dear friend, supporter, colleague, and an inspiration to many in the U.S. and around the world – the legendary and beloved Phil Quartararo. Phil was the President & Chairman, The Hello Group, a company helped oversee with his close friend and business partner Taylor Jones, CEO, The Hello Group. Phil and Taylor had an incredibly close professional and business relationship, whereas Phil was like a father figure and mentor to Taylor. Before joining The Hello Group, Phil spent many years as a highly respected and trusted executive with roles as CEO at Virgin Records, Warner Bros. Records, and EMI, and was involved in the careers of recording artists such as Linkin Park, Josh Groban, Spice Girls, Paula Abdul, U2, and Japanese music icon Yoshiki. Phil was also on the advisory boards of several companies including Songtradr.

Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide / MUSEXPO stated, “Phil possessed a rare gift – the power to make you feel truly acknowledged in the most authentic and respectful manner possible. His charm, self-effacing nature, and unwavering politeness were constants in a world that often changes too rapidly. From the late 90s when I first had the privilege of meeting him, right up until a couple of months ago when he and I last spoke, Phil remained the same incredible human being who left an everlasting impression over 25 years ago. In a music business sometimes fraught with pretense, and fair-weathered friends, Phil was the real deal—an incredibly genuine soul who touched the lives of those around him.”


A&R Worldwide Artist Of The Week



Introducing High Tropics, the indie-rock band based in Kabi Kabi/Sunshine Coast of Australia, with the retro-feeling single, “Girlfriends.” Produced by the artist and mixed by Steven Schram (Paul Kelly, San Cisco, Teenage Dads), the tune is a captivating indie-rock piece that weaves a tale of heartbreak within a sun-soaked soundscape. The infectious combination of guitar leads, and vocal melodies creates irresistible hooks, complemented by rich hi-hats and cymbals that enhance the overall atmosphere. The song’s chorus offers a message of hope, making it a compelling listen. High Tropics, a 2023 finalist in the Queensland Music Awards for their previous single “Bipolar Disaster,” has a history of recognition, with their 2018 single “Changes” nominated for “Song of The Year.” Additionally, the band represented Australia in Seoul, South Korea, for Project Aloft Star in the same year. “Girlfriends” is a brilliant introduction for listeners to the talents of High Tropics, which you can listen to HERE. For additional in collaborating, or joining a management team internationally, publishing, and booking (ex-Australia), you can contact Josh Stewart at




Jamie Hannah stands out as an exceptional figure among British singer-songwriters, showcasing a remarkable vocal range spanning six octaves. With a prestigious scholarship from the Royal College of Music, Jamie seamlessly blends classical and operatic training with a passionate commitment to pop music. His unique sound draws inspiration from classical maestros like Monteverdi and Handel, as well as contemporary icons such as Freddie Mercury, MIKA, Coldplay, and Adele. What sets Jamie apart is his ability to craft genuine and emotionally charged verses, exploring themes like life, love, friendship, and societal complexities. His music reflects personal trials, inviting listeners on a transformative journey of self-discovery. After relocating to California, Jamie has refined his artistic vision, gaining clarity, authenticity, and maturity. Collaborating with diverse songwriters and producers, he fearlessly expands his eclectic sound while staying true to his LGBTQ+ identity, using his lyrical prowess to advocate for acceptance and inclusivity. In his latest release, “Dragonfly,” Jamie celebrates overcoming challenges and transformation. The song symbolizes starting fresh and entering a new phase of life on one’s own terms. The accompanying video (inspired by the creative pop essence of David Bowie and ABBA) adds another layer to the experience, which can be seen HERE. For more information and opportunities with Jamie Hannah, contact Sat Bisla at


Passport Approved | Global Music Pre-Discovery

“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, December 3rd, 2023: The weekly import show. Heard on more than 50 radio stations on six continents weekly including: Flux FM Berlin, GermanyNINETYSIX Radio (Indonesia); JioSaavn (India); Radio Doble Nueve, Lima, PeruWZRH–FM New Orleans, LAKWSS “93.9FM”; Phoenix, AZKRML “102.1FM”; Carmel, CAKFRR “New Rock 104.1FM”; Fresno, CARadio 1, Mumbai, IndiaWCNR Charlottesville, VAKIWR “The River”; Council Bluffs, IA2XM Ireland (national radio); 96.2 ZFM The NetherlandsWAPS–FM “The Summit.FM”; Akron–Canton, OHWKTL–FM Youngstown, OH105.5FM XFM Nairobi, KenyaPUK–FM Johannesburg, South AfricaRock 96.5FM Zambia897 FM Bratislava, SlovakiaWITH “90.1FM”; Ithaca, NYUCFM 87.8FM Australian Capital Territory, AustraliaWRUR 88.5FM Rochester, NYWCRU–FM Hamilton, NYKZND Anchorage, AKKQCJ Quad Cities, ILAllgauhit–FM Bavaria GermanyIndie Xfm Los Angeles and on The Independent FM (iHeartRadio) in the United States, as well as many others internationally.

Listen to this two hour show by clicking HERE:

SEA GIRLS – “Weekends & Workdays” (Alt. Records/Believe, U.K.)
SAHARA BECK – “Thinking Twice” (Unsigned, Australia)
EVERYONE YOU KNOW – “Coming With You” (RCA Records, U.K.)
MATTHEW MOLE – “Always By My Side” (Universal Music, S. Africa)
GIANT ROOKS – “Somebody Like You” (UMG, Germany)
HOLYOAK – “Hold Too Tight” (Unsigned, Australia)
ONLY THE POETS – “Looking At You” (EMI, U.K.)
KAMRAD – “I Hope You End Up Alone (With Me)” (Sony, Germany)
COYLE GIRELLI – “Between Us” (Unsigned, U.K.)
DOTAN – “Diamonds In My Chest” (7 Layers Music, Holland)
BANNERS – “Broken Hearted” (Island Records, U.K.)
IAMJJ – “On My Way” (Mermaid, Denmark)
THE ROYSTON CLUB – “Blisters” (Run On Records, U.K.)
JAMIE HANNAH – “Dragonfly” (Unsigned, U.K.)
RHETT REPKO – “Can Someone Help Me Now?” (Unsigned, N. America)
AMSER – “Don’t Let Go” (SO Recordings, U.K.)
BLAIRE DAVIE – “Edge Of A Feeling” (Unsigned, Scotland)
TEENAGE DADS – “I Like It” (Chugg Music, Australia)
MASI MASI – “Comfort Me” (Unsigned, U.K.)
THE SHERLOCKS – “Remember All The Girls” (Unsigned, U.K.)
TALISCO – “Reign” (Roy Music, France)
CHILDE – “Smoke & Mirrors” (PIAS, U.K.)
YARD ACT – “The Trench Coat Museum” (Island Records, U.K.)
LUKE NOA – “Flight of Birds” (Bread, Butter & Champagne, Germany)
COACH PARTY – “Be That Girl” (Chess Club Records, U.K.)
DYLAN KEARNS – “Just Another Minute” (Unsigned, Ireland)
PICTURE THIS – “Leftover Love” (RCA, Ireland)
THE MANATEES – “Call You A Criminal” (Fierce Panda, U.K.)
DOLORES FOREVER – “Why Are You Not Scared Yet?” (Propeller Recordings, U.K.)
ROGER GOMEZ – “Revolution in My Head” (Unsigned, Australia)
TRISHA – “Somewhere Else” (Universal Music India, India)
ALEX SPENCER – “Do What I Wanna” (Modern Sky, U.K.)
STRABE – “Honey” (PIAS, U.K.)



KOBALT SIGNS PRODUCER TO GLOBAL PUBLISHING DEAL: Kobalt has signed super producer 9lives to a worldwide publishing agreement, including global sync and creative services for his existing catalog and futures. The Hawkes Bay, New Zealand-born South African artist 9lives is a frontrunner of a new generation of artists blending and blurring sounds to create their own sonic movement transcending the traditional rules of genre. 9lives is a pioneer for sigilkore (the fast-growing internet-born rap subgenre drawing inspiration from cloudrap, hyperpop, and electronic) and has skyrocketed to over 6.5 million Spotify monthly listeners since emerging on to the scene in late 2022. With his distinctive style, dark aesthetics, and innovative approach to production, his projects including #exclusive, 33.1FM,Odetari collab EP 3×3, and breakout single “XTAYALIVE” have amassed over 350 million streams on Spotify alone, and in the first year of his career, the 19-year-old artist has already worked with Trippie Redd, Rico Nasty, JELEEL!, Kanii, Odetari, and more. 9lives is making waves on TikTok having hit No.4 on Billboard‘s TikTok Top 50 charts and claiming two No.1 positions atop Spotify’s Viral Songs playlist. The recent signing was overseen by Simon Moor, Managing Director APAC, Kobalt, and Kate Loesch, Sr. Director, Creative, Kobalt.


BOOMY AI PLATFORM INKS DEAL WITH ADA WORLDWIDE: Boomy Corporation (Boomy), a leading AI-generative music creation platform, label, and publisher representing a new creative class of technology-enabled musicians, has announced a distribution partnership with ADA Worldwide (the independent label services and distribution arm of Warner Music Group). Under the terms of the agreement, Boomy’s A&R team will bring top artists and exclusively curated music from the Boomy roster to ADA. With the support of ADA’s global network, select Boomy artists will be distributed and marketed across platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Pandora,TIDAL, TikTok, Meta/Instagram, Deezer, Snap, and others. The first-of-its-kind deal represents Warner Music Group’s interest in unlocking new possibilities to enhance creativity while protecting the rights of artists. Boomy does not train models on copyrighted musical works without permission from rightsholders. Instead, Boomy’s AI systems enable human creators from all over the world to make their own original music, even if they lack expensive tools or a formal music-making education. Some of the first artists to benefit from this new partnership can be found HERE.


SPLICE LAUNCHES SOUTH ASIAN PLATFORM AAROH: Splice, the unique platform for music creators has announced the unveiling of Aaroh, a sample label showcasing the unique sounds of South Asia. In celebration of its launch, Aaroh introduces five distinctive sample packs, a sonic odyssey delving into the diverse musical tapestry of the region. Reflecting Splice’s commitment to global inclusivity, Aaroh joins a roster of 28 labels spanning over 130 genres, from Amapiano to Phonk. Recognizing India’s burgeoning presence, Splice’s VP of Content, Dani DiCiaccio, notes the demand for Bollywood and South Asian sounds, now met by Aaroh. This collection, crafted by luminaries like Ishaan Chhabra and Mehtab Ali Niazi, provides authentic sounds, for digital creators worldwide. Aaroh’s debut boasts five original soundpacks, including the enchanting “Vintage Bollywood,” the mesmerizing “Sitar,” the rhythmic “Tabla,” vocal percussion in “Konnakol,” and the evocative “Winds of India.”


PRIMARY WAVE MUSIC PARTNERS WITH DEREK DICK: Primary Wave Music cements a monumental deal with Marillion‘s lyricist and vocalist, Derek Dick, known as “Fish” The agreement encompasses Primary Wave acquiring Fish’s master royalties and writer’s share for Marillion’s hits like “Kayleigh,” “Lavender,” and “Incommunicado.” Notably, “Kayleigh,” a chart-topper in 1985, solidified Marillion’s global acclaim. The partnership extends beyond financials, granting Fish access to Primary Wave’s resources, including marketing, digital strategy, licensing, and film & TV production. Fish said that the collaboration aligned with his solo career trajectory, ensuring the continued resonance of his songwriting with new generations worldwide.


MUSIXMATCH NAMES RIO CARAEFF AS NEW CBO: Music data and lyrics platform Musixmatch has appointed Rio Caraeff, a seasoned music industry executive, as its Chief Business Officer. Caraeff will be tasked with overseeing all commercial operations on a global scale and spearheading the execution of Musixmatch’s strategic growth initiatives. Caraeff, renowned for his pivotal role as CEO of Vevo, where he played a key part in elevating the platform to become a global leader in music videos and entertainment, brings a wealth of experience to his new position. His extensive background includes serving as Chief Commercial Officer at Syng, an early-stage spatial audio company, and as Chief Content Officer for Magic Leap. With over 20 years of experience in technology, strategy, and new business development across the entertainment spectrum, Caraeff’s expertise is expected to be a driving force behind Musixmatch’s future endeavors. At Musixmatch, Caraeff will not only be responsible for defining and executing the company’s growth plans but will also play a crucial role in fostering and enhancing relationships with clients, partners, intellectual property owners, and other stakeholders Musixmatch, founded in 2010, boasts the world’s largest lyrics catalog, covering millions of songs in over 80 languages. The platform provides its metadata to leading digital service providers (DSPs) such as Amazon Music, Apple Music, Google, Instagram, Spotify, and Tidal. Caraeff’s appointment comes at a pivotal juncture for Musixmatch, described by the company as a period of “considerable momentum.” This development follows a significant investment from TPG Growth just over a year ago, marking a turning point for the platform. Since securing the investment, Musixmatch has expanded its geographical reach, onboarding over a million artists. Notable initiatives introduced during this period include the launch of Musixmatch Pro and a direct-to-artist Software as a Service (SaaS) product.


AN INTERVIEW WITH AUSTRALIAN MUSIC BUSINESS LEGEND MICHAEL CHUGG: A&R Worldwide will be featuring interviews in our forthcoming newsletters with various A&R, publishing, management, booking agent, and sync executives via our partnership with MUBUTV, who throughout the past few years have joined A&R Worldwide at our events including MUSEXPO, Global Rock Summit, A&R Summit, and Global Sync Summit to meet with and interview many of our executive relationships in the U.S. and worldwide to delve into some thoughtful and insightful dialogue and perspectives on their day-to-day roles, as well as interviewing others in the music industry. MUBUTV provides some informative insights and an understanding of key sectors of the U.S. and global music business. Click HERE for an interview with Australian music legend Michael Chugg, Founder & CEO, Chugg Entertainment, which was filmed at MUSEXPO a few years back. Michael Chugg explains how his band Sheppard, one of Australia’s most successful global exports of the past decade got their first big break worldwide with the help of Sat Bisla, Founder, A&R Worldwide who has been instrumental in helping with signing, sync, and launch many Australian acts over the years into the U.S. and other global markets including Missy Higgins, Sia, The Temper Trap, Wolfmother, Mia Rodriguez, All Mankind, Rob Dougan, Birds of Tokyo, Gotye, Vassy, and countless others.


CTM OUTLANDER ACQUIRES SAM HUNT PUBLISHING CATALOG: CTM Outlander recently secured a deal with singer/songwriter Sam Hunt, acquiring his publishing catalog while also cementing a publishing agreement for his future works. The partnership, a collaboration between Outlander Capital and CTM, highlights the company’s focus on country music talent, following its recent deal with Ross Copperman. Andre De Raaf, Co-Founder & CEO, CTM recently informed A&R Worldwide of the company’s ambitions to grow its base in Nashville with one of the company’s Los Angeles-based executives recently relocating to Nashville. Hunt’s impact on the country music genre is evident through his debut album, Montevallo, which shattered chart records, boasting five singles, three consecutive Hot Country Songs No.1’s, and four Country Airplay chart toppers. His single, “Body Like a Back Road,” achieved RIAA Diamond certification. Hunt’s success extends to his songwriting prowess, whereas he’s contributed to No.1 hits for artists like Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban.


RENOWNED MUSIC ATTORNEY JOINS NEW FIRM: Raines Feldman Littrell LLP, has announced that esteemed legal professional Elliot A. Resnik has assumed the role of Partner, Entertainment & Media, at the firm’s New York offices. The move further bolsters Raines Feldman Littrell LLP’s position in the entertainment and media legal arena. Resnik stated that he was excited about aligning forces with industry luminaries Andy Tavel, Simon Miller, and the legal team at Raines Feldman Littrell LLP. Most recently Resnik was Partner, Chair of Entertainment at the Griffitts LLP, and prior to that spent over a decade as Senior Counsel at Herbsman, Hafer, Weber & Frisch LLP f/k/a Shukat Arrow.


AUDOO JOINS FORCES WITH MIDDLE-EAST-BASED ESMAA: Music technology company Audoo has joined forces with Abu Dhabi-based music rights organization ESMAA to revolutionize the management and distribution of public performance royalties in the Middle East. The collaboration will see Audoo’s cutting-edge Audoo Audio Meter and insights platform integrated into ESMAA’s operational framework, marking a significant step towards modernizing the music rights landscape in the region. The partnership, extending to the U.K., Europe, Australasia, and Africa, aims to enhance the accuracy and transparency of data collection and payment distribution for public performance royalties. By combining Audoo’s advanced technology with ESMAA’s extensive licensee network and multi-rights regional repertoire database, the collaboration seeks to deliver intelligent reporting of music usage across various platforms, optimizing payments to artists and rights holders. Spek, Founder & CEO, ESMAA said, “ESMAA is at the forefront of building a modern rights company, and through implementing the best technology from Audoo, we bridge the path of identifiable potential income with a system that optimizes the use of music recognition in public performance spaces. Collaborating with Audoo represents a significant step towards modernizing the music rights landscape in our region. Their innovative technology complements our efforts in safeguarding the rights of creators and ensuring a fairer music ecosystem.” The Audoo team, featuring senior experts from APRA AMCOS, BMG, and Sony Music Publishing, further strengthens the collaboration. Established in 2018, Audoo has rapidly evolved, securing significant funding rounds and strategic partnerships. The company’s Audoo Audio Meter, designed for real-time data collection on public music performances, has garnered attention for its impact on accuracy and transparency. The recent investment influx, including support from Sir Elton John, underscores Audoo’s growing influence in reshaping the music royalty’s landscape. This collaboration follows Audoo’s successful partnership with U.K.-based PRS for Music and PPL in August, reinforcing its commitment to revolutionize music royalty distribution globally. The appointment of Melanie Johnson as Chief Commercial Officer further signals Audoo’s focus on expanding its platform on a global scale.


JAMAHOOK LAUNCH SOUND ASSISTANT OFFLINE AGENT: Jamahook, the innovative AI-powered sound-recommendation tool, has introduced a groundbreaking plugin, the Sound Assistant Offline Agent, offering music producers access to their personal audio libraries. This plugin, a first in the industry, integrates AI technology, allowing producers to rediscover forgotten sounds and effortlessly incorporate them into current projects. By analyzing acoustic and psychoacoustic properties, the AI connects with elements within a producer’s library, ensuring recommendations align with the project’s key, tempo, and parameters. Developed in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute, renowned for MP3 format innovation, Jamahook prioritizes user privacy, emphasizing that the Sound Assistant Offline Agent does not access personal information.


FORTRESS TALENT PROMOTES JAKE KOZAREC TO PARTNER: Fortress Talent Management recently announced the elevation of Jake Kozarec to Partner, recognizing his pivotal role in the company’s success since 2016. Kozarec has spearheaded the careers of notable composers like Lorne Balfe, Matthew Margeson, and Jeff Cardoni, contributing to Fortress’ roster featuring Oscar-winners Howard Shore, Gustavo Santaolalla, and Rachel Portman. The agency’s clients, with 11 Emmy nominations (Succession, Andor, Ms. Marvel) include luminaries Nathan Barr, Jeff Russo, and Laura Karpman. Fortress’s influence extends to top music supervisors such as Liza Richardson and Maggie Phillips.


BMG UNVEILS PLAN FOR GROWTH: BMG recently unveiled a strategic restructuring plan aimed at fortifying its position and adapting to the evolving music landscape. The plan, spearheaded by Thomas Coesfeld, CEO, BMG, focuses on two key service areas: music publishing and recordings. A significant shift involves establishing a global catalog function in Los Angeles, reinforcing BMG’s presence in the US. The European strategy adopts a ‘hub-and-spoke’ model to renew frontline recorded business, emphasizing local expertise and global functions. BMG stated that it commits substantial investments to enhance artist services through technology and the myBMG ecosystem. The restructuring clarifies roles, fostering greater accountability for artists and songwriters. Coesfeld notes the seismic changes in the music industry, emphasizing BMG’s commitment to challenging conventions. The company aims to combine creative intuition with data-driven insights, maintaining a “local where necessary, global where possible” approach. BMG said its strategy encompasses direct distribution relationships with Spotify and Apple Music, streamlining interactions with artists.


MAJOR RECORD LABELS ANNOUNCE MICC: Prior to the November 30 opening of the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference (aka COP28), music companies Universal Music Group, Sony Music Group, and Warner Music Group recently announced the establishment of the Music Industry Climate Collective (MICC), a new, music industry alliance to address the pressing challenges and profound changes in global climate. In a statement, MICC’s founding members said, “This initiative demonstrates what can be achieved when music leaders come together with a shared vision and commitment to sustainability. We welcome all to join us in reducing our industry’s carbon footprint by working together to ensure an environmentally responsible future for music and our planet.” The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), the not-for-profit trade organization representing a community of more than 600 independently owned record labels operating within the U.S., has been named as an advisor to MICC. MICC is looking to A2IM to assist with several issues, beginning with recommendations on how best to include small-to-medium-sized businesses by connecting the indies’ critical perspective to the initiative. In a significant step towards addressing music’s environmental impact, MICC’s first initiative will be the deployment of comprehensive sectoral guidance for measuring scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions. For the music sector, most greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are in scope 3. Scope 3 refers to indirect emissions that occur in the value chain, such as those from product manufacturing, distribution, and licensing. However, the Greenhouse Gas Protocol ‒ the internationally accepted method for companies to account for value chain emissions ‒ does not provide guidance for measuring the indirect emissions specific to the music industry’s nuanced and complex ecosystem. MICC’s member companies are also members of the Music Climate Pact, which sets out the music sector’s commitments to combat climate change. The member companies are committed to continued collaboration promoting sustainability within the music sector, including fostering partnerships and sharing knowledge and emission reduction strategies while promoting innovation.


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