Follow Us On

A&R Worldwide Newsletter Vol. 823


Lucas Thomashow, known for his role as the Sr. Vice President at Avex’s U.S. division, has unveiled his new company SANA, a cutting-edge record label headquartered in Los Angeles.

Functioning as a collaborative effort between Sony Music affiliate Santa Anna, independent label LISTEN TO THE KIDS, and Thomashow himself, SANA positions itself as a boutique music company poised to provide comprehensive services for emerging talents, leveraging the backing and resources of a major label.

Lucas Thomashow & Conor Ambrose

Thomashow spearheaded the founding and growth of Avex’s front-line label SELENE. His tenure at SELENE saw the signing and development of artists like Sadie Jean and Austin George, with the label achieving considerable success, including the Gold certification of Sadie Jean’s single “WYD Now?” Outside of his role in artist development, Thomashow played a pivotal part in shaping Avex’s overarching strategy and operations. He contributed significantly to the development and marketing of the girl group XG and oversaw the S10 publishing joint venture, which featured the signings of prominent artists such as Jasper Harris, HARV, and Shenseea.

Thomashow also played a key role in Avex’s collaboration with TikTok star Ari Elkins to establish Blue Suede Records, and he helped navigate Avex’s $25 million (USD) venture fund. The association with Santa Anna is poised to streamline distribution, marketing, and promotion for SANA, while LISTEN TO THE KIDS’s A&R and marketing teams will actively contribute to shaping SANA’s strategic direction and label development.

Santa Anna founded earlier this year by Todd Moscowitz, the experienced executive behind Alamo Records, operates under the leadership of Lee L’Heureux, formerly the General Manager at Geffen Records and currently serving as President of Alamo Records following its acquisition by Sony in a substantial nine-figure deal in 2021.

In a short period, Santa Anna has expanded its footprint by introducing Great Day Records in collaboration with Baroline Diaz, the former Vice President of A&R at Interscope Records, and securing a distribution deal with LISTEN TO THE KIDS.

Since its establishment in 2020, LISTEN TO THE KIDS, helmed by CEO Conor Ambrose, has successfully inked deals with prominent artists such as Yeat, Alexander 23, and ericdoa. Also amongst its roster is Billboard Hot 100 writer/producer Omar Fedi.



Universal Music Greater China (UMGC), a division of Universal Music Group (UMG), has unveiled a new strategic partnership with Jay Chou, the internationally renowned “King of Mandopop,” and his record label JVR Music. The agreement secures global marketing and distribution rights for Jay Chou’s extensive music catalog and future projects, while also supporting rising talent from his label, including artists like Patrick Brasca and Young (Cao Yang) through JVR. The addition of IFPI‘s 2022 Global Album Sales Chart leader, Jay Chou, to UMG’s artist roster, highlights the company’s commitment to elevating Mandopop music on the international stage.

Jay Chou

Timothy Xu, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music Greater China, said, “It is with immense pride and excitement that we welcome Jay Chou, an icon of our times, into the Universal Music family. This partnership is more than a milestone for us; it’s a celebration of Jay’s extraordinary artistry and global appeal. We are deeply honored to be entrusted with his musical legacy and are eager to help showcase his remarkable talent to a broader global audience.”

Jay Chou hailed as the “King of Mandopop”, has been a phenomenal figure in the Mandarin music scene since his groundbreaking debut in 2000 with JAY. His illustrious career spans 15 studio albums, each contributing to his impressive legacy. Chou’s 2022 album, Greatest Works of Art, marked a historic moment, making him not only the first Mandarin artist to break into the top 10 of the IFPI Global Artist Chart, but also the first to top the Global Album Sales Chart.

Founded in 2007 by Jay Chou, Vincent Fang, and JR Yang, JVR Music is a highly respected and successful label and artist management agency. Read more HERE.



Former RCA Label Group U.K. President and dance music veteran, David Dollimore has announced the launch of Disorder Records, a new insignia for electronic music counterculture, in partnership with Geffen Records. The alliance will serve as a home to partner with and sign DJs, producers, artists, brands, and labels who are defining the global sound of tomorrow.

Disorder arrives with its first announcement of a major partnership with Manchester, England’s The Warehouse Project forming WHP Records, an original recording imprint harnessing sounds directly from the concourse of one of the most esteemed dance floors globally.

David Dollimore & Tom March

David Dollimore has a proven history in dance culture having been a key stakeholder in one of the most celebrated names in electronic music history, Ministry of Sound. His journey at Ministry took him from intern to boardroom during a decade in which he launched and guided the careers of Eric Prydz, Duke Dumont, Axwell, Benny Benassi, MK, and Avicii (Tim Berg), scoring a record amount of No.1 singles in the process. Ministry housed a landmark nightclub, record label, and compilations business, restructuring the commercial and international reach of the British nightlife experience, an underground which to this day reverberates across the world.

When Ministry of Sound Recordings was acquired by Sony Music U.K., one of the biggest electronic music acquisitions in history, David was named President of the RCA Label Group, becoming one of the longest-serving Presidents in the label group’s history, extending his breakout hitlist with the likes of CamelPhat, Cat Burns, Aitch, Fredo, London Grammar and Jade Thirlwall.

The relationship between Dollimore and Tom March, President, Geffen Records runs deep, as March’s own career journey travels heavily through dance music. He began his journey to the head of one of the most powerful record labels in the world as a dance music PR, immersed in the dance music capitals of London, Berlin, Ibiza, and Miami, working with acts including Fatboy Slim, Damian Lazarus, and Royksopp. In his role as President of Geffen, March brings access to a dynamic global infrastructure, feeding into the Disorder offices in London and Interscope Geffen A&M(IGA) offices in Los Angeles.

Two founders of The Warehouse Project, Richard McGinnis, and Sam Kandel, have created one of the most vital platforms in the world for diverse musical programming. The Warehouse Project sells more than 300,000 tickets every winter season and develops dozens of new acts, supporting festival-level headliners week in, and week out. From Fred Again.. to Peggy Gou, Interplanetary Criminal to Four Tet, LCD Soundsystem to Nia Archives.

Tom March said, “At Geffen we are always looking to partner with our industry’s most successful and innovative entrepreneurs. I couldn’t be more excited to partner with David as he heads back to what I consider him to be the best in the world at, which is signing and A&R’ing dance music. Between us, we have worked with many of the great names in the last twenty years of electronic music. I am so happy to be joining forces with him now.”





Independent music publishing powerhouse PULSE Music Group has forged a groundbreaking creative joint venture with the highly esteemed songwriter and producer, Dan Wilson. Wilson’s songwriting credits boast a stellar lineup including Adele, Taylor Swift, Weezer, Celine Dion, Nas, Panic! At the Disco, John Legend, Keith Urban, and others, which marks his status as a “songwriter’s songwriter.”

Pictured L-R: Jim Grant, JGM (manager of Dan Wilson, co-Founder, Supermoon Songs); Scott Cutler (co-CEO, PULSE Music Group); Dan Wilson; Annie Aberle (Vice President, A&R, PULSE Music Group), and Rick Markowitz, Fast Casual (co-Founder, Supermoon Songs).

Recognized for his exceptional talent, Wilson co-wrote and produced Adele’s monumental hit “Someone Like You,” a chart-topping anthem that stands among the best-selling songs of the 21st century. With three tracks on Adele’s critically acclaimed album 21, Wilson’s influence extends to one of the best-selling albums of the century. Currently holding two Grammy nominations for the upcoming 2024 awards in the “Song of the Year” and “Best Country Song” categories.

The newly formed publishing creative joint venture, aptly named Supermoon Songs, represents a collaborative effort between PULSE Music Group and Dan Wilson. Spearheaded by PULSE co-CEO Scott Cutler and initiated by Annie Aberle, Vice President, A&R, at PULSE Music Group, the venture is set to elevate the creative synergy between the company and the revered songwriter. Adding further depth to the partnership, Wilson’s manager Jim Grant, and business partner Rick Markowitz join him as co-founders of Supermoon Songs.

The inaugural signing to the Supermoon Songs joint venture is the talented artist Paul Dally, setting the stage for the venture to serve as a platform for emerging talent under the guidance of Wilson’s mentorship and PULSE Music Group’s industry expertise.




MUSEXPO ( the renowned annual global music industry conference and showcase event, often dubbed the “United Nations of Music,” has confirmed more inspiring and respected creatives and executives to its burgeoning and stellar 2024 conference speaker lineup.

Confirming their participation as part of the exciting MUSEXPO 2024 lineup, which takes place March 17 – 20, 2024 in Burbank, California “The Media & Sync Capital of the World” are visionary and influential executives in music and pop culture whose work impacts the international markets.

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 – Sr. 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; Mandar Thakur – COO, Times Music (India); 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.

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 newsletter readers are eligible to save 10% off the current standard rate through December 31st, 2023. Contact for the discount code.


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!

Having dinner together in London, England were Mel Medalie (Founder, Champion Records & Cheeky Records) with his close friend and mentee Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide / MUSEXPO).


Mel Medalie stands as a true luminary in the realm of independent dance music, leaving an indelible mark on the industry as the Founder of the iconic U.K. dance label, Champion Records. Renowned for discovering and nurturing extraordinary talent, Mel’s keen instincts and innovative approach catapulted artists like Robin S, Kristine W, Will Smith, Staxx, Sandy B, Raze, and many others to U.K. and global success.

One of Mel’s key deals involved licensing Robin S‘s chart-topping single, “Show Me Love,” to Craig Kallman, then a young budding New York-based DJ and Founder behind Big Beat Records. This collaboration not only marked Kallman’s first-ever No.1 single but also served as a launchpad for his ascension to a key A&R role at Atlantic Records, where he now holds the position of Chairman & CEO.

Mel’s influence extended beyond Champion Records; as the co-Founder of Cheeky Records alongside producer/songwriter Rollo Armstrong, he played a pivotal role in shaping the careers of global sensations. Signing Dido to her first-ever deal and signing and developing the award-winning dance supergroup Faithless, Mel demonstrated an exceptional knack for recognizing and cultivating extraordinary talent. His signings also included Rob Dougan, Skinny, Pauline Taylor, and many others.

Beyond his professional achievements, Mel Medalie has served as a close friend and mentor to Sat Bisla, President & Founder of A&R Worldwide, for three decades. He’s also been a close friend and mentor to Martin Dodd (manager of global hitmaker Max Martin) and was an inspiration to the early career of Simon Cowell. Mel’s enduring commitment to fostering talent and shaping the industry underscores Mel’s legacy as a true trailblazer and pioneer for many decades. Plus, he’s just a fantastic guy who started his career as a hairstylist and went on to work with Brian Epstein (manager of The Beatles), as well as David Bowie‘s music publishing company before starting his own label and music publishing firm.


A&R Worldwide Artist Of The Week



Multi-award-winning South African singer, songwriter, and producer Matthew Mole has achieved significant success in his 11-year career, emerging as a major pop figure in his home country. With over 250 million career streams and almost 100 million YouTube views, Mole’s track record includes the 50 million-stream hit “Take Yours, I’ll Take Mine,” and all his albums reaching No.1 on iTunes South Africa upon release. His latest venture, the fourth studio album titled Wake Up, It’s Morning (Universal Music Africa), which includes Jonathan Quarmby (James Arthur, James Morrison, Lewis Capaldi) as a co-writer and features the lead single “Always by My Side.” Co-written and co-produced by Ross Hamilton, marking Mole’s international collaboration debut, the single is part of a busy schedule that encompasses the album release and a 14-date European sold-out tour. Building on the success of previous hits like “I’m With You,” “Goodbye,” and “See Me Again,” “Always by My Side” maintains Mole’s uplifting style, using personal challenges as a catalyst for positive transformation. Discover “Always By My Side” HERE as Matthew Mole continues to fill up his 2024 touring diary with upcoming dates in the United States and Australia, and reach out to Damon Forbes at for available international opportunities with Matthew Mole.




Armenian-American vocalist Alex Rzyan has made a powerful return after a year-long hiatus with her latest single, “End Of An Era.” Co-written with fellow artist Miya Folick, also co-written/produced by Chris Lyon, known for work with Bea Miller, The Chainsmokers, Carly Rae Jepson, the track signifies the close of one chapter and the commencement of a new musical journey for Alex. The song features militant drums and cinematic synths, offering an authentic representation of Alex’s sonic identity. In addition to her musical prowess, Alex is a model signed with Next Management, having collaborated with prominent fashion brands in the past few years. Her diverse musical influences range from Depeche Mode and Radiohead to NIN and Kanye West. Fans can anticipate more single releases from Alex in the near future, and the captivating visual for “End Of An Era” can be enjoyed HERE. For any inquiries related to Alex Rzyan, please contact Marnie Dunstan at


Passport Approved | Global Music Pre-Discovery

“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, December 10th, 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.)



RISING BRITISH SONGWRITER/PRODUCER SIGNS WITH UMPG: Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), has announced they’ve signed buzzing British producer, songwriter, and composer Danny L Harle to an exclusive, global administration agreement. Harle has been making waves, having most recently co-written and co-produced Dua Lipa‘s brand new hit “Houdini,” her highest debuting single on Billboard 100 to date. In just weeks since its release, the song reached No.1 on Billboard‘s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, No.2 on the U.K. Singles chart, peaked at No.11 on the Billboard Hot 100, and has more than 68 million Spotify streams. On top of this, Harle received his first Grammy nomination with long-term collaborator Caroline Polachek for her second album, Desire, I want To Turn into You, which he co-executively produced. Harle has also written and produced for Charli XCX, Flume, Clairo, Rina Sawayama, PinkPantheress, Lil Uzi Vert, Nile Rogers, Elton John, Shygirl, and many more. He has also remixed songs for Ed Sheeran, Perfume Genius, 100 Gecs, and others.


Lallie Jones & Josh D’Amore

300 ENTERTAINMENT UNVEILS EXECUTIVE PROMOTIONS: Rayna Bass and Selim Bouab, co-Presidents, 300 Entertainment have announced executive appointments at the company. The label has appointed Lallie Jones to Vice President, Marketing, and promoted Josh D’Amore to Senior Vice President, Digital & Streaming. Jones will continue to spearhead marketing for artists such as PinkPantheress, $NOT, Phony Ppl, and many others. Meanwhile, D’Amore oversees commerce, digital strategy, and streaming for the entire roster with a team of seven under his purview. Speaking about these promotions, Bass and Bouab commented, “Lallie and Josh are both incredibly valuable members of the 300 Entertainment team. They have been a vital part of some of our biggest success stories and will undoubtedly play crucial roles in many more to come. Jones joined 300 Entertainment as the label’s first employee and executive assistant to Co-Founder Lyor Cohen in 2013. During her time at 300 Entertainment, she has been integral to releases by everyone from $NOT to Phony Ppl. A visual artist herself, she’s actively tried to bridge the gap between visual arts and music. She is based in Los Angeles. D’Amore became a part of 300 Entertainment in 2014 as Director, Digital. Over the years, his projects have ranged from Fetty Wap, Gunna, Megan Thee Stallion, to Young Thug. He worked his way through the ranks to Vice President, Streaming. He works out of the 300 Entertainment New York headquarters.


FULL TIME HOBBY SIGNS PALE BLUE EYES WITH BUCKS: Full Time Hobby has expanded its publishing roster through a partnership with Bucks Music Group, welcoming the electro-modernist trio Pale Blue Eyes. Under this collaboration, Bucks Music Group will provide upfront investment, exclusive creative sync services, and back-end administration for Full Time Hobby’s publishing operations. The critically acclaimed Pale Blue Eyes, hailing from South Devon, England consists of songwriters Lucy and Matthew Board and bassist Aubrey Simpson. Their debut single, released in 2021 on Broadcast Recordings, paved the way for their 2022 debut album, Souvenirs, and the recently launched This House in September 2023, both under Full Time Hobby. Bucks’ Director, A&R Sarah Liversedge Platz, A&R, Bucks Music said, “We’re really excited to be working with Pale Blue Eyes alongside Full Time Hobby. They are creative, high-energy songwriters with a distinctive sound and an ability to produce attention-grabbing musical hooks.”


RESERVOIR AND MUSHROOM MUSIC COSIGN GRENTPEREZ: Reservoir and Mushroom Music have inked a global publishing deal with Australian artist grentperez, encompassing his entire catalog and future works. Rising from YouTube stardom with viral covers amassing 75 million views, grentperez transitioned to an acclaimed artist, notably with his 2021 breakout single “Cherry Wine,” topping Spotify’s Viral Charts in Australia, Canada, and Singapore. Having accumulated over 350 million streams and headlined sold-out U.S. tours, grentperez’s meteoric rise continues with EPs like Demo(s) About Love and When We Were Younger. Recognized by Spotify and Fender, and nominated for a prestigious ARIA award, grentperez recently released “Christmas Starts Tonight” and is set for a grand finale with a New Year’s Eve performance at the Sydney Opera House. The recent deal was initiated with the support of James Cheney, VP Creative, Reservoir, and Erol Yurdagul, Head of A&R, Mushroom Music.


AWAL PROMOTES PAUL HITCHMAN TO GLOBAL COO: AWAL has elevated Paul Hitchman to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Reporting to CEO Lonny Olinick, Hitchman, based in AWAL’s London office, will continue to oversee the U.K. team, international offices, and global operations. He plays a pivotal role in shaping global strategy, developing AWAL’s artist roster, and driving business growth. Managing key relationships with partners at The Orchard and Sony Music, Hitchman, who joined AWAL in 2012, has facilitated significant signings, including Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Little Simz. Under his leadership, twenty-one AWAL artists have surpassed one billion global streams.


ENRIQUE IGLESIAS SELLS CATALOG IN NINE-FIGURE DEAL: Influence Media Partners has entered into a partnership deal with Grammy-winning artist Enrique Iglesias, including the acquisition of his entire recorded music catalog. Valued at nine figures, the deal also encompasses Iglesias’ Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) rights for future licensing opportunities. This marks Influence Media’s first NIL deal since its inception in 2019. The company, backed by BlackRock Alternative Investors and Warner Music Group, manages high-value compositions from diverse artists. Having invested in over 26 music catalogs, including those of Future, Blake Shelton, and Jessie Reyez, Influence Media prioritizes connecting Iglesias with his global fan base while exploring strategic partnerships and marketing campaigns. Iglesias, with 40 billion streams, remains the top Latin artist of all time, having sold over 180 million albums worldwide and headlined 10 sold-out world tours. Influence Media aims to operate as an extension of Iglesias’ team, championing his future through existing catalog, upcoming music, and intellectual property.


WARNER CHAPPELL NAMES NEW VP CREATIVE SYNC STRATEGY: Warner Chappell Music (WCM) has announced the appointment of Jessica Entner to the newly created role of Vice President, Creative Sync Strategy. Entner will be focused on business development, partnering with key stakeholders to understand WCM’s writers’ creative goals and working directly with agencies and brands to highlight vital focus areas of the publisher’s vast catalog. Based in Los Angeles, she’ll report to Keith D’Arcy, Sr. VP, Sync & Creative Services, WCM, and work closely with Rich Robinson, Executive VP, Global Synchronization & Media Original Music, WCM. Entner, who is a Los Angeles native has a career that spans two decades, starting at Maverick Publishing in 1999. She also worked as a freelance on-set production manager for several top production agencies like Radical Media, DNA, and FM Rocks, supporting the production of iconic music videos like Missy Elliott‘s “Work It.” In 2003, she transitioned into the world of ad music production and supervision at Elias Arts and went on to hold executive-level positions at music companies HUM, The Lodge, and Massive Music. In 2016, she founded JEM, a music company focused on guiding creative strategy and production for advertising agencies and brands.


Pictured (L-R) are Pete Bott (Lawyer, DnB Allstars), Dougie Bruce (Sr. A&R Director, UMPG), Josh Williams (Creator, DnB All Stars), Erin Ruxton (Sr. Legal & Business Affairs Manager, UMPG).

UMPG INKS JOINT VENTURE WITH DNB ALLSTARS: Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has entered into a joint venture with London, England’s drum and bass-centric label and events powerhouse, DnB Allstars. Known for nurturing notable talents like Vibe Chemistry, Alcemist, Kenya Grace, Hedex, and Bou, DnB Allstars has become a formidable player in the electronic music scene. This collaboration ushers in a fresh wave of talent, with emerging writers aligning themselves with the UMPG-DnB Allstars venture. Alt-R&B crooner and lyricist Grace Barton, New Zealand’s versatile vocalist and producer Elipsa, along with the skillful DJ/producer Tsuki, join the ranks, promising a fusion of diverse sounds and groundbreaking compositions in the realm of drum and bass. Dougie Bruce, Sr. A&R Director, UMPG, said, “Josh Williams [creator DnB Allstars] is a pioneer on the new wave DnB scene. What he has achieved in such a short space of time across the label and his events sets a truly entrepreneurial standard in the genre. Adding publishing to his already successful business was a logical step for him and we are delighted that he chose UMPG to partner and grow with. His infectious nature and self-belief in the brand will ensure there will be many signings to DnB Allstars Publishing.”


Samuel Cohen, Blake Brown-Grakal & Max Gore

10K PROJECTS ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS IN EXECUTIVE SUITE: 10K Projects has announced key appointments in its executive team. Blake Brown-Grakal, who has served in artist communication and business affairs since joining in 2020, steps into the role of General Counsel. Samuel Cohen, a veteran at 10K since 2017, takes on the newly established position of General Manager, overseeing operations, HR, and business development. Max Gore, with over a decade of finance experience, including roles at Warner Music Group, assumes the role of Chief Financial Officer. Elliot Grainge, Founder & CEO of 10K Projects, stated that Blake, Sam, and Max will contribute their diverse expertise to drive 10K’s innovative vision from the label’s Los Angeles headquarters.


Olga Heijns & Andrew Bergman

NEXT ERA MUSIC PUBLISHING & DOWNTOWN FORGE PARTNERSHIP: Next Era Music Publishing has announced a strategic collaboration with Downtown Music Publishing. This milestone partnership streamlines collection and administration for Next Era’s 45 songwriters managing over 7,000 titles. Downtown Music’s publishing administration services, including Songtrust and Sheer Publishing Africa, boast over 360,000 songwriters and almost five million copyrights. The collaboration positions Downtown Music Publishing to represent the Next Era catalog worldwide, excluding Korea and China. Next Era, a woman-led publishing house, champions legendary works like “Juicy” and “Getting Jiggy Wit It” alongside established writers such as The Track Masters and emerging stars like Young Ellens. The move aligns with Next Era’s dedication to nurturing local talent, fostering cultural diversity, and providing global support for artists. The deal was announced recently by Olga Heijns, Founder & Managing Director, Next Era Music Publishing, and Andrew Bergman, CEO, Downtown Music Holdings.


SUB POP PUBLISHING JOINS IMPEL: Sub Pop Publishing, the publishing arm of Sub Pop Records, has officially joined IMPEL, the international collective licensing agency for digital music publishing rights. Founded 15 years ago to serve artists on the Sub Pop label, Sub Pop Publishing has evolved into an indie powerhouse, representing 5,000 songs and 60 acts spanning diverse genres. With a roster including Gruff Rhys, HOMESHAKE, and Mudhoney, Sub Pop writers have contributed to hits for artists including Christine and The Queens, A$AP Rocky, SZA, and more. IMPEL will now represent Sub Pop across 60 digital licenses in over 140 territories.


CAA ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF CAA LATINO: Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has announced the launch of CAA Latino, a dedicated division aimed at bolstering Latino and Hispanic representation in the media and entertainment industry. The agency’s roster of Latino and Hispanic clients, including talents like Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, and Pedro Pascal, underscores the commitment to diverse talent. Led by industry experts such as Rudy Lopez Negrete and Toby Borg, CAA Latino will operate across music, film, television, endorsements, sports, and business development, leveraging the agency’s integrated model. The initiative seeks to reshape how the Latino community is portrayed on screen, amplify the voices of Latino and Hispanic artists, and generate new revenue streams. With Latinos contributing significantly to U.S. GDP and representing the fastest-growing demographic, CAA’s move acknowledges the untapped potential and strives to address underrepresentation and misrepresentation in various facets of the entertainment landscape.


JOHN PANTLE JOINS ONE FINNIX LIVE: One Fiinix Live has announced the addition of seasoned U.S. booking agent John Pantle to its ranks. Pantle, formerly a partner at Sound Talent Group, brings over 30 years of entertainment industry expertise, with a career marked by two decades as an agent representing Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning artists. His diverse roster includes luminaries such as Hatsune Miku, Julieta Venegas, and Radwimps. Based in Los Angeles but operating remotely within One Fiinix Live’s London team, Pantle remains committed to his existing clients while contributing to the agency’s global expansion. One Fiinix Live was founded by its CEO Jon Ollier who is known for being the long-serving booking agent for Ed Sheeran, twenty one pilots, Jeremy Loops, and many other U.K. and global acts.


HANGOUT FM SIGNS DEAL WITH SOCAN: Turntable Labs, Inc.’s Hangout FM has made inroads toward launching a global, in-platform music catalog. The platform enables users to share tracks as online DJs or discover new ones on virtual dance floors. Hangout FM has secured two crucial deals for its launch: a partnership with Canadian collective management organization SOCAN for performance royalties collection and distribution in Canada and a blanket license agreement with the Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC) for digital audio mechanical royalties. These agreements aim to establish pipelines for revenue distribution to rights-holders. Hangout FM provides a platform for users to curate their Hangouts, control virtual DJ booths, and engage in real-time interactions, fostering a unique connection between artists and fans. Ongoing negotiations involve major labels, Merlin, music publishers, PROs, and other rights-holder organizations to build a dedicated Hangout FM music library.


SPOTIFY COO PAUL VOGEL IS LEAVING THE COMPANY: Spotify has confirmed the departure of Chief Financial Officer Paul Vogel, effective March 31, 2024. The music streaming giant has initiated a search for Vogel’s successor, citing the need for a CFO with a distinct set of experiences to navigate the company through its evolving phase. Ben Kung, currently the VP of Financial Planning and Analysis, will temporarily absorb an expanded role to support the realignment of Spotify’s financial leadership team. Vogel, who initially joined Spotify in 2016, made significant contributions, overseeing investor relations and leading the Financial Planning & Analysis and Treasury teams. He stepped into the CFO role in January 2020, succeeding Barry McCarthy. The departure coincides with Spotify’s recent move to streamline its operations, letting go of 17% of its global workforce. As of Q3, Spotify boasted a user base of 574 million, with 226 million subscribers across 184 markets.


JAXSTA REBRANDS ITSELF: Last week, Jaxsta unveiled its new identity and is now known as Vinyl Group. This rebranding signifies a united vision for the future of the company. The Vinyl Group (with strong ties to Songtradr) embodies the commitment to intertwining technology and products, promising an elevated experience for valued customers. With progression, they anticipate the convergence of their platforms – Vampr, Jaxsta, and – as they share innovations for a more seamless, integrated user experience. However, the company says that its core values and services remain steadfast; the shift to Vinyl Group is about enhancing and expanding upon what users already cherish. The Vinyl Group says it’s ready to embark on this journey with new users along with their existing ones, growing together and fostering a music world that champions equity.


NEED TO MAKE CONTACT, SEND NEWS AND NEW MUSIC RELEASES?: If you have any A&R, publishing, technology, agent/promoter, international radio, management, new media or film/TV music supervisor news you’d like to share with A&R Worldwide, or need to respond to information published in the weekly newsletter please E–mail it to the attention of Sat Bisla at Also, all demos and new music releases should be sent as STREAMING LINKS ONLY to

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Marnie Dunstan, Ben Adelson, Seven Webster, Luke Mitzman, Zach Katz, Pamela Charbit, Jeff Sosnow, Iain Taylor, Anita Chinkes-Ratner, Amy Wadge, Tom Windish, Brett Alperowitz, Donn Caseine, and Justin Kalifowitz.

Share this:

Related Posts