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A&R Worldwide Newsletter Vol. 846



OTM Music has announced several new appointments in its U.K. and U.S. offices. In the U.K., Kate Sweetsur has been named as the new Head of A&R, joining Chi Chi Nwakodo, who has taken on the role of Senior Sync Creative, and Ethan Mizen, the new A&R Manager. On the U.S. side, Kristin Genovese has been promoted as the Head of Sync.

Kate Sweetsur

Founded by Alex Sheridan in 2017, OTM Music offers creative services to its roster of songwriters who have collaborated with artists like SZA, Travis Scott, and A$AP Rocky. Following a joint venture with Sony Music in 2018, OTM partnered with Firebird Music Holdings with support from the Raine Group. The company has recently signed artists such as Sudan Archives, Metronomy, Still Woozy, and Honne. OTM Music operates from offices in London, New York, and Los Angeles.

Over the past year, OTM has also signed deals with Kid Cudi‘s long-time producer Dot Da Genius, and DJ/producer Sub Focus. Melissa Masken, formerly associated with Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Lizzo, and Paul Simon, joined OTM as Head of North America and Sr. VP Creative.

OTM has secured placements with major brands including Starbucks, Ikea, Microsoft, Google, Ford, Nike, Amazon, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Netflix, Adidas, Facebook, HBO, and Red Bull. In 2023, OTM surpassed 75 licenses with Apple. In addition, OTM songwriter/producer Gianluca Buccellati collaborated with Arlo Parks on her debut album Collapsed in Sunbeams, which won the Mercury Music Prize and earned a 2021 Grammy nomination for “Best Alternative Album.”

Kate Sweetsur brings over 20 years of experience in music publishing A&R to her new role at OTM. Previously, she was Executive VP A&R at Downtown Music Publishing, working with artists like Alison Goldfrapp, Kingdoms, and Wunderhorse. She has also held senior positions at Big Deal Music, BMG Music Publishing, and Chrysalis Music.

Kristin Genovese, now Head of Sync (U.S.), has experience with both major and independent publishers and has worked in music supervision at MTV and Vice. She has secured sync placements for global campaigns and major motion pictures, including work for American Express, Meta, Apple, and HBO.

Chi Chi Nwakodo, with a decade of sync experience, focuses on sync and bespoke composition within UK TV and film. Before joining OTM, she was Head of Music at Pitch & Sync and has secured deals with brands like eBay and McDonald’s. She has also managed mentoring schemes and received the “Best Publisher Award” at the Young Music Boss Awards in 2023.

Ethan Mizen, formerly A&R Manager at boutique label House Anxiety, has joined OTM Music. He has worked with artists such as Royel Otis and Bad Boy Chiller Crew and will collaborate with Kate Sweetsur in his new role.



Capitol Christian Music Group (CCMG) has announced the promotion of Walter Thomas to Vice President of Artist Development at Motown Gospel and TAMLA Records. Alongside this announcement, Alexandria “Dria” Dollar has been appointed as Senior Director of A&R at TAMLA & Motown Gospel.

Walter Thomas & Alexandria Dollar

Thomas’s new role marks a step up from his position as Director of Artist Development for CCMG in 2023. In his expanded responsibilities, he will oversee the company’s artist roster, development initiatives, and marketing efforts and will report directly to CCMG Co-Presidents Brad O’Donnell and Hudson Plachy.

Before joining CCMG, Thomas was the CEO of Agency 22 Music & Entertainment, where he managed artists such as DOE, JJ Hairston, Jonathan McReynolds, Maverick City Music, and Smokie Norful.

Walter Thomas said, “I am deeply honored to step into the role of Vice President of Artist Development for Motown Gospel and TAMLA. These iconic labels have a legacy of inspiring and uplifting music, and I am committed to continuing this tradition by developing the next generation of extraordinary artists. I am equally thrilled to welcome Alexandria Dollar as our new Senior Director of A&R. Alexandria’s innovative approach and keen ear for talent are unmatched, and I am confident that together we will elevate our artists to new heights.”

Dollar, a two-time Grammy award winner and recipient of Stellar and Dove Awards brings a keen ability to identify emerging talent in positive hip-hop, R&B, and other genres. In her new role, she will work closely with Thomas to discover, develop, and sign new talent.

Before joining CCMG, Dollar served as Director of A&R at Reach Records in Atlanta, GA, where she collaborated with numerous artists, including Lecrae, For King + Country, Kirk Franklin, Chloe x Halle, PJ Morton, The Disney Channel, and Tasha Cobbs Leonard.



David Joseph, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music U.K. has announced the promotion of Hannah Neaves to President of Universal Music Recordings (UMR), the company’s award-winning catalog division.

Hannah Neaves

Neaves, who rejoined Universal Music in 2022 as co-President of UMR, steps into her new role two years after returning to the company. She initially shared the co-President title with Azi Eftekhari, who has since departed from the business.

Neaves’ elevation to sole President comes during a period of significant global success for UMR, with acclaimed projects featuring Amy Winehouse, Elton John, Florence & The Machine, The Rolling Stones, The Spice Girls, Sam Smith, Bob Marley, and The Beatles‘ “Now And Then” release.

David Joseph praised Neaves, stating, “Hannah is, first and foremost, an artist person with an innate understanding of where creativity and discovery meet, something she has brought in abundance since re-joining our team. A truly exceptional and inspiring executive, Hannah has already had enormous success, most recently creatively leading the global and record-breaking ‘Now And Then’ campaign for The Beatles, and there’s so much more to come.”

Neaves brings a wealth of experience from her 23-year career in the music industry. She began as an intern at EMI, later becoming the Head of Artist Development at Polydor. She served as Marketing Director at Atlantic Records, where she was instrumental in Ed Sheeran‘s record-breaking ÷ (Divide) album campaign. Transitioning to artist management, Neaves joined Tap Music as Head of Artist Development & Marketing, overseeing the album marketing and creative for Dua Lipa‘s Future Nostalgia.

Commenting on her new position, Neaves said, “I am enormously proud of everything the brilliant and successful team at UMR has already achieved and feel privileged to be continuing the great work with the best artists in the world.”




Tyler Bacon, President & CEO, Position Music recently announced that RIAA Platinum-selling artist and songwriter Khalid “Khal” Yassein has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Position Music.

Pictured (L-R) are Mark Chipello (Partner and Head of A&R, Position Music), Joe Brooks (A&R, Position Music), Khal Yassein, and Tyler Bacon (Founder & CEO, Position Music).

Yassein, known as the lead writer and male vocalist of the indie folk band Wild Rivers, has collaborated with artists including Sasha Sloan, venbee, Oh Wonder, Morgan Evans, The Fray, Matt Hansen, Maddie Zahm, and others. Yassein co-founded Wild Rivers in 2015 and has been instrumental in writing and co-producing all the band’s releases, which have amassed over 500 million streams and attracted an audience of more than four million monthly listeners. The band’s breakout single, “Thinking ‘Bout Love,” achieved Gold-certification in Australia and Platinum in Canada.

Recently, Wild Rivers supported The Chicks on their 2023 U.S. arena tour and Noah Kahan on his sold-out 2024 European arena tour. Also, Yassein’s recent and upcoming projects include collaborations with The Reklaws, Phillip Phillips, Suriel Hess, elijah woods, Zach Seabaugh, Kyle Hume, and Tyrone Wells.

Joe Brooks, A&R, Position Music, stated, “I have been a fan of Khal’s band, Wild Rivers, for many years. The intelligence he applies in his lyrics and melody is exceptional. Both writing and performing at the highest level, Khal is a true all-rounder and a wonderful human. I am excited to be in business with him and I believe Position will be a very fruitful home for him.”

Khalid “Khal” Yassein joins a growing Position Music label roster, already home to NoMBe, Elohim, Kyle Dion, Kid Bloom, Ryan Oakes, Layto, Welshly Arms, Blackway, Hunter Metts, Jordan Suaste, Maya Kurchner, and Dead Posey.


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!

DISCUSSING THE WORLD OF SYNC IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC: Pictured (L-R) are Sat Bisla (President & Founder, A&R Worldwide / MUSEXPO), Mason Cooper (Music Supervisor & President, Songrunner Entertainment), Duncan Smith (Head of Music, Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe), Peymon Maskan (Founder, Radish Music Supervision), and Matthew Hearon-Smith (Music Supervisor, Paramount Global). The executives came together for a photo-op before the start of the A&R Worldwide organized sync panel at the Composer Summit in Prague.

A&R Worldwide and its team have been involved in the world of sync since the mid-90s when the role and impact of the music supervisor was not widely known to the global music business. Since then, A&R Worldwide has helped music supervisors discover and land syncs with artists from Sia, Clubbed To Death (Rob Dougan), Imogen Heap (Frou Frou), Lily Allen, Ting Tings, Robyn, Teddybears, All Mankind, Klaxons, Vassy, The Temper Trap, Miss Li, Neil Davidge (Halo 4), and hundreds of other artists and songwriters.

Also, thanks to A&R Worldwide’s close and trusted relationships with the music supervision community, as well as its licensing work across film, TV, video games, trailers, promos, and brands, it regularly assists events around the world with curating and organizing some of the “best in class” sync forums. A&R Worldwide was also the first organization in the U.S., and internationally to organize the annual Global Sync & Brands Summit, which launched at MUSEXPO 2010 and has since been replicated by other events.

A&R Worldwide was also the first organization in the U.S., and internationally to organize the annual Global Sync & Brands Summit, which launched at MUSEXPO 2010 and has since been replicated by other events.


A&R Worldwide Artist Of The Week



Welsh indie art rock collective Papa Jupe’s T.C. has released their new single “Milgi,” a vibrant, disco-tinged track. Described by the band as a “joyous three-minute disco-tinged stomper,” the song juxtaposes uplifting instrumentation with deadpan, melancholic lyrics. This creative tension is evident in the song’s energetic synths, pop bassline, trumpet flourishes, and disco flair, contrasting sharply with the lyrics’ somber tone. “Milgi” follows their previous single, “High Value Male,” and continues their ironic and humorous commentary on contemporary issues. The song was recorded at their DIY studio, Jupe HQ, in Cardiff, with new member Tom Emlyn contributing to its distinct sound. The band cites influences from 80s indie and new wave, inspired by the likes of Tom Tom Club and Dire Straits. The track has received support from notable radio personalities such as Chris Hawkins and Amy Lamé (BBC Radio 6 Music), Huw Stephens (BBC Radio Wales), John Kennedy (Radio X), as well as other prominent U.K. stations, and Passport Approved worldwide. Known for their cult-like performances and aesthetic, Papa Jupe’s T.C. has a strong presence in the Cardiff music scene and beyond, having played sold-out shows and supported bands like English Teacher. With “Milgi,” they continue to develop their unique sound and cult following. Discover “Milgi” HERE, and for information regarding opportunities with the band, contact




Lime Cordiale is gearing up to release their third album, Enough of The Sweet Talk, on July 26th via Chugg Music. As a preview, they have dropped a new single, “Cold Treatment.” The album was designed to chronicle the stages of a relationship, from the innocent beginnings to the eventual realization of loss. It includes previously released singles “The Big Reveal; Ou L’Hypocrite,” “Pedestal,” and “Imposter Syndrome,” alongside six new tracks. In support of the album, Lime Cordiale has announced an extensive Australian tour in October, featuring Ball Park Music as the opening act. The band’s recent achievements include launching a carbon-neutral beer, landing four tracks in the triple j Hottest 100, completing a regional tour, and winning a Rolling Stone “Readers Choice Award.” With over 500 million Spotify streams and multiple ARIA nominations, Lime Cordiale continues to be a prominent force in the music scene. Lime Cordiale garnered their first early pivotal support (ex-Australia) from A&R Worldwide, and its first-ever global radio exposure on the influential globally syndicated Passport Approved radio show, which reaches millions of weekly listeners. Enjoy their music video for “Cold Treatment” HERE, and contact Andrew Stone at for additional information or any potential collaborations with Lime Cordiale.


Passport Approved | Global Music Pre-Discovery

“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, July 7th, 2024: 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:

GOOD NEIGHBOURS – “Keep It Up” (Some Action/Virgin, U.K.)
SELFISH SONS – “Backseat Drive” (Unsigned, Australia)
NEON DREAMS & MATTHEW MOLE – “The Art of Letting Go” (UMG, S. Africa)
ROYAL REPUBLIC – “Ain’t Got Time” (Universal Music, Sweden)
MONOTRONIC – “Sun Song” (Unsigned, N. America)
MIDDLE KIDS – “The Blessings” (EMI, Australia)
SEA GIRLS – “Come Back To Me” (Alt Records/Believe, U.K.)
KINGFISHR – “Shadow” (Doonane Records, Ireland)
ACROBVT – “Neon” (Unsigned, U.K.)
BRICE KENDALL – “Finest Garments” (Unsigned, N. America)
BETTER JOY – “Talking Around” (Unsigned, Ireland)
DOTAN – “Louder” (7 Layers Music, Holland)
GIRL IN RED – “New Love” (Columbia, Norway)
CHAPEL OF ROSES – “Cast Out To Sea” (Unsigned, N. America)
GRIPPA – “Hell” (Unsigned, N. America)
RHETT REPKO – “Born For Love” (Unsigned, N. America)
HOLYOAK – “The Home I Wanted” (Unsigned, Australia)
SOHODOLLS – “What Kinda Love” (Filthy Pretty/A&G, U.K.)
ALFIE TEMPLEMAN – “Hello Lonely” (Chess Club/AWAL, U.K.)
FIL BO RIVA – “Lost In Life” (Vertigo / Universal Music, Germany)
RED RUM CLUB – “Afternoon” (Modern Sky Records, U.K.)
GIANT ROOKS – “Under Your Wings” (Universal Music, Germany)
THE DREAM MACHINE – “Frankenstein” (Unsigned, U.K.)
PICTURE THIS – “On Your Side” (RCA, Ireland)
THE SILVER SPOONS – “It’s Alright” (Unsigned, Czech Republic)
CARAVAN PALACE – “Fool” (Wagram, France)
KEYSIDE – “Nikita” (Modern Sky, U.K.)
LIME CORDIALE – “The Big Reveal Ou L’Hypocrite” (Chugg Music, Australia)
BABY SAID – “Mouth Shut” (PAL Records, Italy)
DYLAN KEARNS – “All I Ever Wanted Was Your Love” (Unsigned, Ireland)
ROGER GOMEZ – “Playing For Keeps” (Unsigned, Australia)
IAMJJ – “Extra Spicy Noodles” (Mermaid, Denmark)
MASI MASI – “She’s Coming Through My Window” (P.I.M.P/Sony Music Publishing, U.K.)
GLASS CITIES – “Kennedy” (Unsigned, N. America)



Pictured (L-R) are Jason Markey, Chris Forsgren, Philip White, and David Murillo R.

JASON MARKEY LAUNCHES BOLD MANAGEMENT: Music industry executive and veteran music supervisor Jason Markey tells A&R Worldwide that he has launched Bold Management, an agency that transforms composer representation and marketing. With over twenty years of experience in music supervision and directing for major studios, Markey’s expertise in the creative, business, and legal aspects of the music industry equips him to lead Bold Management as the company expands. Furthermore, Bold Management has introduced Coda Recordings and Publishing, ventures designed to revolutionize the monetization and management of composers’ catalogs and co-writers’ works. Bold Management aims to bridge the gap between composers, songwriters, and producers, fostering a collaborative environment where creativity flourishes. “Bold Management is committed to highlighting and celebrating the immense talent of our composers,” says Markey. “Our mission is to ensure that composers are not only recognized but also provided with the platforms and opportunities they deserve through innovative marketing and strategic branding. With clients like David Murillo R. (Leguizamo Does America), Chris Forsgren (Fast & Furious franchise), and Philip White (Smurfs: The Lost Village, Lost in Space), we are excited to lead a new era where composers achieve the acclaim and audience they merit. Fortune truly favors the bold.”


WCM FRANCE EXTENDS ITS PARTNERSHIP WITH ORELSAN & SKREAD: Orelsan and Skread, along with their companies Strong Ninja and 7th Magnitude, have signed new global agreements with Warner Chappell Music France, the music publishing division of Warner Music Group. Orelsan’s fourth solo studio album, Civilisation, was the best-selling album in France in both 2021 and 2022. It had the highest first-week sales for any French rap album and quickly achieved Platinum certification. Over his career, Orelsan has sold more than 2.5 million albums and won 12 Victoires de la Musique awards, making him the second most-awarded artist in the ceremony’s history. He has performed to over a million spectators, selling out hundreds of concerts across Europe and Canada. In addition to his solo success, Orelsan has collaborated with artists such as Cordae, Damso, Major Lazer, Nekfeu, Ninho, Stromae, and The Neptunes. Skread has produced nearly all of Orelsan’s discography since they first met in 2000. He has also worked with other French artists like Gazo, Ninho, and Tiakola, as well as international acts such as Burna Boy and J. Balvin. Skread’s work on Burna Boy’s recent albums earned him two Grammy nominations. Skread initially signed with Warner Chappell Music 18 years ago and subsequently brought Orelsan to the publisher while he was still an emerging talent.


JOAKIM JOHANSSON NAMED PRESIDENT, NORDICS AT UNIVERSAL MUSIC CENTRAL EUROPE: Universal Music Group (UMG) has announced the promotion of Joakim Johansson to President, Nordics at Universal Music Central Europe. Johansson will retain his position as Managing Director of Universal Music Sweden while also overseeing UMG’s operations in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and the Baltic states. Johansson will continue to report to Frank Briegmann, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Central Europe and Deutsche Grammophon. Reporting directly to Johansson will be Casper Bengtson, Managing Director of Universal Music Denmark; Kimmo Valtanen, Managing Director of Universal Music Finland; and Bjørn Rogstad, Managing Director of Universal Music Norway. According to UMG, this appointment is part of Briegmann’s strategy to enhance creative collaboration between UMG’s Northern European divisions and beyond. Johansson joined UMG as General Manager of Universal Music Sweden in 2013 and was promoted to Managing Director six years later.


ARMADA MUSIC SIGNS JOINT VENTURE WITH KI/KI: Independent dance label Armada Music has announced a long-term partnership with Amsterdam-based DJ and producer Ki/Ki and her label, Slash. This announcement coincides with the release of Ki/Ki’s latest EP, Slash 010, which marks the beginning of their joint venture. Under this partnership, Armada Music will collaborate closely with Ki/Ki (Kiki Wesselo) and her team on A&R, label management, distribution, and promotion/marketing for upcoming Slash releases. Ki/Ki recently surprised fans with a back-to-back set with Armin van Buuren at the 2023 ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event), held at the prison-turned-venue De Bajes. In addition to her Boiler Room performances, she has played DJ sets at venues like Berghain and Bassiani, as well as festivals such as Awakenings and Pitch Music & Arts.


MERCK MERCURIADIS TO STEP AWAY AS CHAIRMAN OF HIPGNOSIS SONG MANAGEMENT: Hipgnosis Song Management announced last week that its Founder and Chairman, Merck Mercuriadis, has decided to step down from his role. His departure will become effective upon the completion of the proposed acquisition of Hipgnosis Songs Fund (HSM) by Lyra Bidco, a company owned by Blackstone-managed funds. Merck Mercuriadis, Founder & Chairman, Hipgnosis Song Management commented, “Six years after founding HSM, I have decided that now is the right time for me to step back from my role as Chairman. This is a timely opportunity for me to undertake a strategic shift of focus, and to spend more time advocating on behalf of songwriters to ensure that they are properly compensated for their work. With Hipgnosis Songs Fund and Hipgnosis Songs Assets, we have created an outstanding catalog of rights to an unrivaled collection of iconic and culturally important songs from phenomenal songwriters who I knew would be proud to stand next to each other. HSM has been built on an ethos that has always put the songwriting community first and I am unwavering in the commitment I made to all our songwriters. I have always envisioned bringing songwriters together globally and organized to ensure they have a voice at the table, representing the consensus views of their community, in discussions about their compensation. With the next CRB four years away and ongoing legislation being discussed worldwide, the time to act is now. As Hipgnosis Songs Fund enters the next phase of its development, now is the right time to hand the reins to a trusted and highly capable team. I am excited about the company’s future and its ongoing success with the support of Blackstone.”


HEAVY DUTY MUSIC UNVEILS PUBLISHING SIGNINGS INCLUDING JESSICA PRATT: Jessica Pratt has joined the roster of artists, songwriters, and producers at Heavy Duty Music, with her album Here In The Pitch being named one of the best albums of 2024 so far by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and Stereogum. The label has also welcomed RIP Swirl and Cecile Believe, who has collaborated as a writer and producer on projects by Caroline Polachek and the late Sophie. In addition, Heavy Duty Music has entered into a joint venture with Los Angeles-based music company In Real Life (Erika de Casier, Peggy Gou, Special Interest), with RIP Swirl as their inaugural signing. RIP Swirl has signed with Heavy Duty, for both publishing and recordings which includes the release of the new single “Perfectly Blue,” featuring Winter. As part of its partnership with In Real Life, Heavy Duty has also completed the joint publishing signing of producer, songwriter, and vocalist Cecile Believe. In addition to working with Sophie and Caroline Polachek, the Los Angeles-based, British Columbia native has collaborated with AG Cook, Dorian Electra, Empress Of, Hannah Diamond, Magdalena Bay, Shygirl, and more. Her Tender The Spark EP is set for a forthcoming release. Heavy Duty Music recently celebrated client producer and songwriter Buddy RossIvor Novello nomination for “Best Contemporary Song” for Fred Again.. & Brian Eno‘s “Enough,” as well as an ASCAP Pop Music Award for Jeremiah Raisen (aka Sadpony).


KEN OGIHARA PARTS COMPANY WITH TIKTOK: After an impactful five-year tenure at TikTok, renowned European-based executive, and the former artist manager, and A&R executive for Warner Music Germany has parted ways with the social digital media platform. Ogihara tells A&R Worldwide, “After five incredible and intense years at TikTok, it is time for me to move on. As one of the first hires to cover the DACH region and other European markets, I have had the immense pleasure of implementing various strategies aimed at fostering and amplifying local music and artist discovery. It has been an honor to work with many of you, and I would like to thank you for your trust and cooperation over the years.”


JASPER STEVERLINCK SIGNS GLOBAL PUBLISHING DEAL WITH AMV PUBLISHING: A&R Worldwide can reveal that Jasper Steverlinck a formidable force in the Belgian music scene for the past two decades has signed a worldwide, exclusive publishing contract with AMV Publishing, in co-publishing with SMV Schacht Musikverlagen. This new partnership marks a significant milestone in his career, promising to expand his influence and reach within the global music industry. As the lead singer and songwriter of the Gent-based rock band Arid, Steverlinck enchanted audiences with his extraordinary voice, one that is both powerful enough to penetrate walls and sensitive enough to touch the soul. Transitioning seamlessly to a solo career, Steverlinck replicated the success he found with Arid, achieving Gold awards and dominating the charts. His talent earned him accolades from international icons like Bono (U2), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), and Randy Newman, who praised him as a poet with the voice of an angel. Steverlinck’s versatility spans genres from metal and rock to intimate and classical, showcasing his unparalleled mastery of music. During a creative stint in the U.K., Steverlinck collaborated with renowned producer Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran) further honing his songwriting skills. Following sold-out tours across the BeNeLux region, Steverlinck’s highly anticipated new album is set for release in 2025. His recent single, “Annabelle,” released under Sony Music Entertainment, has already garnered significant attention on pan-European radio networks, setting the stage for his forthcoming album. Jasper Steverlinck said, “My main reason for signing with AMV is I felt a strong belief in my songwriting talents and a fire of enthusiasm burning to get started! I have a lot of confidence in AMV’s vision, and I’m already looking forward to the extensive songwriting with other artists and composers.” Jens-Markus Wegener, Managing Director, AMV Publishing, added, “There’s no genre that Jasper can’t handle, from metal to rock to EDM to score music. His voice is so crystal clear and powerful that it can break through walls, yet so sensitive that it goes straight to the soul. Jasper writes a song a day, so it is easy for him to find catchy vocal lines and beautiful harmonies.”


KNOWMADIC SIGNS TO NETTWERK: Nettwerk has announced the signing of San Jose-based Knowmadic. Joining the ranks of Fletcher Reed, Oatmello, takeo, and Chris Mazuera, Knowmadic becomes part of Nettwerk’s lofi beatmaker community. Knowmadic recently unveiled his forthcoming album rain check, his first release with Nettwerk. Knowmadic has amassed over 100 million streams to date, with his signature laid-back style resonating with audiences, especially with his tracks “Fade” and “Faces,” which established him as a rising talent. Knowmadic’s musical journey began in San Jose, California, where he started playing guitar and drums in middle school, before exploring hip-hop in high school when he started listening to MF DOOM and Wu-Tang Clan. Inspired, he began making beats for a rapper friend, initially just for fun, and then after moving to Portland, Oregon, Knowmadic dedicated himself to music. He began uploading a beat per week on SoundCloud, gradually building an audience. His debut project Lately and subsequent hits like “Fade” and “Faces” garnered millions of streams on Spotify, cementing his reputation in the lofi community. He continued to evolve with EPs such as Echos, Scattered Thoughts, Wildflower, and Nostalgia, as well as full-length projects Changing Winds and Moving Mountains. He’s also collaborated with Shy Guy on the joint album chillhop beat tapes: Knowmadic [Side B].


RESERVOIR ANNOUNCES PUBLISHING DEAL WITH LEWIS THOMPSON: Reservoir Media has announced a worldwide publishing deal with songwriter-producer Lewis Thompson for his future works. With over four billion streams and nine Top 10 U.K. hits to his credit, Thompson has collaborated with some of the biggest names in pop. Notably, his collaboration “Head & Heart” by Joel Corry feat. MNEK reached No.1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, and “Bed” by Joel Corry, RAYE, and David Guetta was nominated for Brit Awards “Song of the Year” and Ivor Novello PRS for “Music Most Performed Work.” In recognition of his success, Thompson was named ASCAP U.K. “Songwriter of the Year” in 2022 for his work on these tracks. In 2023, Thompson co-wrote and co-produced “I Wrote a Song” by Mae Muller, which broke into the Top 10 on the U.K. Singles Chart and became the U.K.’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. His most recent co-write, “Ten (Get Back Up)” by Nathan Dawe feat. MNEK was released earlier this month. Beyond his producing and writing career, Thompson has launched his own artist project. He released his debut single, “Take Me Back,” in collaboration with David Guetta in 2022, which has since gained over 35 million streams on Spotify alone. In May 2023, Thompson teamed up with Becky Hill on “Side Effects,” which was streamed over a million times within the first 24 hours of release. This year, he has released several singles, with his recent track “Love Hurt Repeat” with Alle Farben becoming popular on German radio. Thompson will continue to release music under his own artist project.


THIRD SIDE MUSIC ANNOUNCES GALT MACDERMOT DEAL: Third Side Music has announced an exclusive publishing deal with MacDermot Music LLC to administer the compositions of Grammy-winning composer Galt McDermot from the musical Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical in the United States. This deal has expanded a decade-long creative partnership with McDermot’s estate and family since 2013, when Third Side began representing his non-HAIR catalog, securing over 100 sync and sample placements, and consistently increasing catalog revenue by an average of 25% per year. McDermot is also known for songs like “Coffee Cold” and “Cathedral,” music from the Broadway musical Two Gentlemen of Verona, and the soundtrack to the film Rhinoceros, among many others. Furthermore, HAIR songs have been covered by artists including Nina Simone, Run-D.M.C., Barbra Streisand, Oliver, and The Fifth Dimension. This song is also listed at No. 81 on Billboard‘s “Greatest Songs of All Time.” The musical’s popularity led to a 1979 feature film adaptation and multiple revivals, including a critically acclaimed 2009 Broadway revival that won both a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for “Best Revival of a Musical.” McDermot’s songs have been introduced to new generations through Third Side’s placements in promos for HBO’s Jerrod Carmichael, and in TV series such as Stranger Things and Better Call Saul, as well as campaigns for brands including Lexus, and Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold.


IMANI “MANGO” LEWIS NAMED DIRECTOR AT VRTCL: VRTCL, the leading influencer and viral marketing agency known for driving content-first narratives for brands, music, and celebrity clients, has promoted Imani “Mango” Lewis to Director. In her new role, Lewis will oversee overall operations for the entire VRTCL team. Her promotion comes on the heels of several high-impact campaigns, including Beyonce‘s “Texas Hold Em,” which topped the TikTok Top 10 for two weeks, and reached No.1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Hot Country charts. In addition, she led the campaign for Dasha‘s “Austin,” which stayed in the TikTok Top 10 for three weeks and garnered 3.2 billion views on TikTok. Lewis also directed Madison Beer‘s campaign, which held the TikTok Top 10 for two weeks, achieved No.1 on the Billboard Dance Chart, and reached No.8 on the Billboard x TikTok chart. Last year, she led the influencer campaign for Lil Durk‘s “All My Life,” resulting in the song being featured on TikTok’s “Top Track” charts for three consecutive weeks.


HANNAH EISENDLE SIGNS WITH BOOSEY & HAWKES: Boosey & Hawkes, the classical music publishing division of Concord has signed Hannah Eisendle to its roster. The recently concluded agreement with the Austrian-born composer who also enjoys international success as a conductor and pianist, includes both new and previously unpublished works. The collaboration was launched with the world premiere of Eisendle’s Azinheira for orchestra this past weekend under Joana Carneiro at Carinthian Summer – a composition commissioned by the festival and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Hannah’s compositions are inspired by extra-musical impressions, images, and other art forms, which she transforms into sound events. Her orchestral work heliosis, commissioned by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, recently caused a sensation. As a conductor, she is particularly interested in performing works of the 20th and 21st centuries. She has worked with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tonkünstler Orchestra of Lower Austria, the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Concert-Verein, the Johann Strauss Festival Orchestra Vienna, as a musical assistant with the Orchestre National de France, and the Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock. Read more HERE.


PRIMARY WAVE MUSIC PARTNERS WITH NUNO BETTENCOURT: Primary Wave Music has announced a partnership with guitarist, singer, songwriter, and record producer Nuno Bettencourt. The collaboration will involve Primary Wave acquiring Bettencourt’s music publishing and recordings, as well as his administration rights. The agreement covers all songs from the band Extreme (except for their 2023 album) and Bettencourt’s solo recordings. Additionally, Bettencourt will have access to Primary Wave’s marketing team and publishing infrastructure, which includes digital strategy, licensing, sync opportunities, and film and TV production. Bettencourt has collaborated with artists like Rihanna, Steve Perry, Janet Jackson, and Steven Tyler. His catalog includes some of the biggest hits in rock music history, such as the top ten classic “Hole Hearted,” “Get the Funk Out,” “Decadence Dance,” “Rest in Peace,” and Extreme’s most famous hit, “More Than Words.” Released in 1991 as the third single from their sophomore album Pornograffitti, “More Than Words” reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in four other countries. The song’s success helped the album achieve double Platinum status and reach the Top 10 on the Billboard 200. Extreme earned their first Grammy nomination for “More Than Words,” a track that Billboard praised for proving “sometimes less really is more.” The single also cemented Bettencourt’s reputation as a premier guitarist, with fans voting him “Best New Talent” in Guitar World Magazine in 1991 and the magazine naming him “Most Valuable Player” of the year. Beyond his work with Extreme and his solo projects, Bettencourt has lent his guitar skills to various musicians, showcasing his adaptability across genres from hard rock and heavy metal to pop and R&B.


TIXR ESTABLISHES LONDON OFFICE TO MEET GLOBAL GROWTH: Tixr has officially launched its London office and is expanding into continental Europe. Stephanie Rosa has been appointed as Managing Director of the new London branch, leading a handpicked local team to further develop Tixr’s extensive partner network in the region and capitalize on the company’s rapid growth in North America. Prior to this role, Rosa served as Tixr’s Director of Partnerships & Sales Operations. She previously worked at U.K.-based Festicket as Vice President of Sales, North America, before its acquisition by Lyte in 2022. Tixr has seen significant growth, driven by increasing demand for its modern ticketing and eCommerce solutions. The company is ranked No.25 on Andreesen Horowitz‘s a16z Marketplace 100: 2023 list and No.12 on Inc. 5000 Regionals: 2024 Pacific list. Tixr currently services events in 10 European countries and powers more than 500 live entertainment brands in 40 countries. Since its inception, Tixr has processed almost $2 billion (USD) in transactions through its platform designed for sales beyond admission tickets. This expansion into Europe follows the company’s international launch in Canada announced in March. Tixr’s growth throughout continental Europe began through North American clients expanding their footprints overseas. Recent partnerships in the region include Space Ibiza, Eden Nightclub, Kisstory, F.A.T. International, RuPaul‘s DragCon, Dreamhack, Uptown Festival, Dublin ComicCon, and more.


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