WITH WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC
Multi-award-winning DJ, producer, singer-songwriter and one of 2022’s biggest breakout stars, Nia Archives, has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group.
Archives has become one of the most culturally relevant and hotly tipped artists around right now. Leading the charge for the new generation of Jungalists, she has drawn praise from the likes of Rolling Stone UK, Mixmag, GQ, British Vogue, The Face, Pitchfork, The Fader, i-D, NME and more.
Born and raised in West Yorkshire, Archives relocated to Manchester at age 16 and became ingrained in the local rave scene.
She released her first single “Sober Feels” in 2020, which has gone on to generate more than 10 million streams. She followed this up with her debut EP, Headz Gone West, the following year, with the title track racking up more than seven million streams.
The same year she released the single “Forbidden Feelingz,” which has more than 20 million streams and was the lead single from her 2022 breakthrough EP, Forbidden Feelingz.
Since then, she has collaborated with Watch the Ride on “Mash up the Dance,” and CLIPZ, Beenie Man, Cristale and ShaSimone on “No Time,” as well as releasing two further solo records with “So Tell Me...” and “Bainá” which also has more than 10 million streams.
WITH MUSHROOM GROUP & VIRGIN MUSIC GROUP
Pendulum, the multi-Platinum-selling electronic rock band composed of Rob Swire, Gareth McGrillien, Peredur ap Gwynedd and KJ Sawka have announced today that they have signed a landmark new record deal with Mushroom Group and Virgin Music Group, the global independent music division of Universal Music Group.
The announcement unveils Pendulum’s first music of 2023, and their brand new single “Halo” featuring Matt Tuck who is the lead singer of the acclaimed band rock band Bullet For My Valentine.
Korda Marshall added, “It’s a great pleasure to be back working with Rob and the Pendulum team. We’re all so proud of the solid success Rob has achieved over the years — they were way ahead of their time as pioneers and originators of hybrid electronic/rock/drum and bass that inspired a whole generation and resonates strongly across music today. This is our first joint venture signing with Virgin and is coming on the back of our recent top three Album success with the DMA’S and current launch of Mia Wray. It demonstrates how we can partner with artists of this caliber and bring a powerful, global team that works seamlessly to help them reach another level.”
President of Virgin Music Group UK Vanessa Bosâen commented, “We’re thrilled to welcome Pendulum to Virgin in partnership with Mushroom. The new music is phenomenal, and we can’t wait to get it to new audiences around the globe. Seeing Rob and Korda reunited as a creative team is a genuine pleasure and no doubt an extraordinary force.”
Pendulum are one of the biggest electronic bands of all time. With three Platinum albums to their name including renowned debut Hold Your Colour and a UK No.1 and No.22 for “Immersion” and “In Silico”, the drum and bass / rock band from Perth, Australia have sold over a million albums in the UK alone.
NEW DEAL WITH SONY MUSIC
Music industry veteran Barry Weiss has struck a new deal with Sony Music to reconfigure ownership over his RECORDS label. As reported by Billboard, the deal buys out his former partners in a new joint venture that is directly between him and Sony Music.
With a roster that includes 24K Goldn and Noah Cyrus, RECORDS was reported to have generated around $20 million (USD) by the end of 2022 in annual revenue.
As a result of the deal, Sony now owns RECORDS catalog and all of its other masters from the original joint venture. The recent signings, however, are likely part of the new joint venture that is collectively owned by Sony and Weiss. This will include signings such as Matt Stell, Kimberly Perry, and iCandy.
Pincus and Perry are no longer owners in RECORDS. Perry took on the role as Chairman & CEO of Columbia Records several years ago, which is the distributing label for many of RECORDS’ releases.
ANNOUNCE NEW SIGNINGS
Maya Diab, the hugely popular Lebanese singer and TV presenter, who is also a media and fashion trailblazer in the wider Arab world, has signed a recording deal with Warner Music Middle East. Maya is set to release her much anticipated EP #MyMayaV later in 2023.
Laura Kelly has been promoted from Maya Diab stated, “I am very excited for my new partnership with Warner Music Middle East. I hope that our joint venture will carry Arabic music to wider audiences all around the world, and I am very hopeful that together we can push the boundaries of Arabic music.”
Alfonso Perez-Soto, President, Emerging Markets, Warner Recorded Music, finishes: “Maya is an exceptional artist – she has an amazing voice and a powerful stage performance. I can’t wait for everyone to be able to hear her new EP later this year and for the impact our partnership will bring to her music style and reach. Music has no geographical limits and the potential across the Middle East and North Africa is vast, so I’m confident Maya’s partnership with Warner Music Middle East will see her music break into new territories and find new audiences.”
Becerra signed to 300 Entertainment in 2020, becoming the first Latin artist to join the label’s roster. Since then, she released her debut album Animal which showcased her versatility as an artist and led her to take over four out of the top five spots on Argentina’s Billboard Hot 100 chart. Months later, she also landed her first Top 10 on Billboard’s Tropical Airplay chart with her collaboration with Prince Royce, “Te Espero.”
Becerra has become one of the most sought-after artists and has collaborated with stars such as Camila Cabello, J Balvin, Prince Royce, Manuel Turizo, Pablo Alborán, Zion & Lennox, Tini, and Becky G, among many others. Becerra already counts over 20 million monthly listeners, has accumulated over four billion streams on Spotify, and has amassed over three billion views on YouTube.
GLOBAL NEWS UPDATES…
LILLY RAYE EXPANDS DEAL WITH WARNER CHAPPELL: Warner Chappell Music (WCM) and Lilly Raye Music, the management company and publisher founded by Edward Matthew, have announced a significant expansion of their joint venture. Lilly Raye Music is based in Stockholm and has worked with WCM to support collaborations between creatives across the Nordics, the UK and the US. Now the companies have signed a creative strategic partnership with Parx Publishing, owned by Tayla Parx, who is also signed as a songwriter to WCM in the US. Parx Publishing and the JV have already jointly signed four exciting writers – Albin Tengblad, Emelie Walcott, Gustav Landell and Oliver Frid. In a separate move, the JV has struck a deal with Tommy Brown, the founder of Champagne Therapy Music Group, that will see them jointly develop writers’ careers. The first signing to their joint roster is Pontus Kalm, a writer, singer, mastering engineer and producer who releases his own music as part of the duo GAMMAL and has also worked with artists and writers such as A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Afrojack, BTS, ITZY, LE SSERAFIM, NCT 127 and TXT. Writers and producers signed by the JV have already worked on No.1 albums in the US, UK and Sweden, including Ariana Grande’s Positions and Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia (The Moonlight Edition). The JV is also pleased to announce a new deal with Straynané, one of the most celebrated producers in Swedish hip-hop. Read more HERE.
BMG ACQUIRES CATALOG OF THE POINTER SISTERS: BMG has acquired catalog rights of The Pointer Sisters including artists royalties for albums that were released on Planet and RCA and U.S. publishing rights for “I’m So Excited.” Included in the deal are The Pointer Sisters’ original masters to nine albums that were released between 1978 and 1988 with hits such as their 1983 multi-platinum record Break Out. Additionally, BMG now has 100% publishing royalties for “I’m So Excited” as well as 100% of the master copyrights for the re-records and certain neighboring rights. The deal was finalized in late 2022, but was not acted upon until recently in regards to the death of Anita Pointer on December 31. BMG has declined to disclose the terms of the deal.
STARGATE ENTER INTO CREATIVE JV WITH PULSE MUSIC: PULSE Music Group has entered a creative joint venture with production and songwriting duo Stargate. The announcement came from PULSE Music Group co-CEO’s Josh Abraham and Scott Cutler and President/Head of Creative of PULSE Music Group, Ashley Calhoun. Stargate is comprised of Mikkel Eriksen and Tor E. Hermanson. The award-winning Norwegian duo has produced or written for artists such as Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Janet Jackson, and many others.
INDIA’S TIPS MUSIC INKS DEAL WITH SONY MUSIC PUBLISHING: Sony Music Publishing has signed a global publishing agreement with Tips Music. Tips Music is an India-based music company that is part of Tips Industries Ltd., founded by Kumar Taurani and Ramesh Taurani in 1990. The company has a catalog that consists of Bollywood films such as Taal, Race, Pardes, Genius, Dil Hai Tumhara, and more. The new deal will see that Sony Music Publishing administers and promotes Tip Music’s catalog that consists of over 30,000 tracks and 5,500 albums. The partnership occurs as the demand for music and other opportunities from India continues to skyrocket.
VARIOUS ARTISTS MANAGEMENT NAME SENIOR MANAGER: Various Artists Management whose roster of clients includes, Ashnikko, Tom Grennan, Melanie C, La Roux, Sad Night Dynamite, Yonaka, The Libertines, Supergrass, Cassyette and others has announced the appointment of Kirsty McDonagh as Senior Manager. Kirsty, whose appointment is effective immediately, will be based in London and will report directly to CEO David Bianchi and UK Managing Director John Dawkins. Kirsty joins Various Artists from Insanity Group where she has spent the previous eight years working across live, music management and broadcast, overseeing talent such as Maya Jama, Remi Burgz and Ki & Dee alongside songwriters/producers including Kingdoms (Ed Sheeran, Ghetts, Oliver Heldens, Sigala) and Rndmbeats (Aitch, Black Sheriff, Nxdia). In her new role she will be working day to day with Tom Grennan, Melanie C, Caseyette, Kingdoms, Rndmbeats and Liv Dawson.
RYAN WESLEY SMITH JOINS TRIBL RECORDS AS A&R EXECUTIVE: TRIBL Records has announced a new joint venture deal with Big Future Music (BFM). Ryan Wesley Smith, President & CEO, BFM will be joining the TRIBL team as an A&R executive and will be assisting with both their current roster and new talent. Smith moved to Nashville in 2014 to pursue a career in the music business. Since then, he’s been a part of the development and marketing of dozens of artists and their musical releases, which have collectively amassed over 100 million-plus in consumption. Smith has remained busy serving artists and teams throughout the industry–including artists Chris Tomlin, TobyMac, I AM THEY, Matthew West, for KING & COUNTRY, and teams at Awakening Events, Story House Collective, and labels Capitol Records, Curb|Word Entertainment, among others.
PPL MOMENTUM MUSIC FUND GENERATES OVER £22 MILLION: PRS Foundation has revealed the findings of an independent evaluation of the impacts of 10 years of its PPL Momentum Music Fund. Launched in 2013 and announced to the public at The Great Escape, the PPL Momentum Music Fund is run by PRS Foundation in partnership with PPL, Creative Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland and Spotify. The fund provides career-boosting grants of between £5,000-£15,000 to acts at a pivotal time in their creative and business development. In its ten years it has established a strong reputation for funding, supporting, and spotlighting emerging talent at crucial tipping points in their careers. Artists based anywhere in the UK working in any style of contemporary popular music can apply for funding to support activities including recording, touring and marketing. The report outlines the impact of the PPL Momentum Music Fund on the UK economy, the opportunities provided to more diverse artists and how it can help them sustain successful careers in music.
GOTH BABE SIGNS TO MOM+POP: Goth Babe has signed to Mom+Pop. Founded by former Tennessean Griff Washburn, Goth Babe is Griff just enjoying himself. The outdoors and conservation have played an important part in Goth Babe’s life and career as a musician, and one of the causes he holds near and dear is Conservation Lands Foundation, an organization that protects public and native lands in America. Last year he launched a vinyl and merch to donate to the organization. For this year he started a petition asking fans to help protect the public and native lands of Avi Kwa Ame aka Spirit Mountain in southern Nevada (506K acres). Goth Babe is also an ambassador for POW (Protect Our Winters) and he just partnered with Propeller to raise money for POW by offering a flyaway to his sold-out headline Red Rocks show in Colorado and raised over $11,000.00 (USD).
POSITION MUSIC CELEBRATES 24 YEARS: On Thursday, May 4th, Position Music invited A&R Worldwide along with over 650 clients, artists, songwriters, producers, managers, and partners to celebrate the company’s 24th anniversary. The party was held at Position Music’s Burbank, CA offices with guests such as Ryan Oakes, Kid Bloom, Sam Tinnesz, No Love for the Middle Child, Dru “Falconry” DeCaro, John “Feldy” Feldmann, John and Stephen Gomez, Brandyn Burnette, Evalyn, Harmony “H-Money” Samuels, JV, KoKo, Kyle Reynolds, and more. The rapidly growing independent publisher and record label had much to celebrate for its first official party since the pandemic. In the past year, Position Music has entered deals with Big Noise Music via John “Feldy” Feldmann’s publishing and Tommy “TB Hits” Brown by way of a joint venture with writer/producer Yonatan Watts. In April, Position Music announced that it sold a minority stake to Vesper Company–unlocking strategically aligned capital and active support from the investment firm. Founder and President Tyler Bacon also recently announced Mark Chipello (Partner, Head of A&R), Emily Weber (Partner, Head of Synch), and Jake Versluis (Partner, A&R and Gaming), as official partners of Position Music. Last year, the company made key hires on the A&R team including Sam Sklar (previously of Warner Chappell Music Publishing) and Delmar Powell (previously of Downtown Music Publishing). Position Music plans to celebrate their 25th anniversary in similar fashion around the same time of year in 2024.
FRESHSOUND ANNOUNCES €2M SEED FUNDING ROUND: Freshsound, the self-serve licensing platform for commercially released music, has closed a seed funding round of €2 million (Euros). The investment round will support Freshsound through its next phase as it aims for market leadership in commercial music licensing, aiming to lead the way to more impactful commercials, branded content, films, TV and games. The investment round comes less than one year after the previous pre-seed fund round that raised €1.3 million. The €2 million investment round has been led by Zenith Venture Capital and Aligned, supported by a range of investors with expertise in music, innovation, product development and sales. These include Kristina Tunkrans (former lawyer and copyright expert), Erik Segerborg (investor and former Executive at Hemnet and Avito), Gustav Nordlindh (Founder & CEO at Royal Streaming), William Olsson (movie producer and director) and Shiv Prakash (previous Vice President of the Investment Team at Hipgnosis Song Management). The seed funding round will support the company as it seeks to go international, while continuing to grow in the Nordic market. It also aims to increase awareness of the platform’s capabilities for licensing music for any kind of production.
BEN PLATT PARTNERS WITH INTERSCOPE RECORDS: Interscope Records has announced that it has signed Tony, Grammy and Emmy award winning artist Ben Platt. Nominated for a Tony Award this year for his performance as Leo Frank in the hit Broadway revival of Parade, a musical which has been nominated for six Tony’s in all, Platt is currently working on new music which upon its completion will be released via Interscope Records. As part of the deal, Platt will have the ability to sign and develop artists on his own imprint. Platt has released two albums previously – 2019’s Sing To Me and 2021’s Reverie. He completed a hugely successful solo tour last year which saw him headlining sellout crowds at such important venues as The Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden and others.
COMMITTEES ON A.I. ADOPT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT POSITION: The ITRE and LIBE, the leading Committees on A.I. Act have adopted the European Parliament’s position for the trialogue negotiations with the Council and the European Commission. Considering the latest developments in the “Generative A.I.” technologies and foundation models that deeply impact the society and raise serious threats on fundamental rights and European values, MEPs rightly decided in the adopted report to include certain obligations on the development and operation of such technologies in the scope of this much needed European A.I. regulation. In particular, the adopted report is requesting generative AI technologies and foundation models to comply with the Union law and to provide transparency on their training data, which might include copyright protected works, when they generate content such as complex text, images, audio or video. The report is still to be approved in plenary.
SEEKER MUSIC ACQUIRES CHARLOTTE CAFFEY’S CATALOG: Seeker Music has acquired Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Charlotte Caffey’s masters and publishing catalog. As lead guitarist, keyboardist and a primary songwriter for The Go-Go’s, Caffey is responsible for some of the group’s greatest hits, including the band’s signature song, “We Got the Beat,” for which she was the sole songwriter. To this day, The Go-Go’s double-Platinum debut album, Beauty and the Beat (which took off due to the success of “We Got the Beat”) remains the first and only No.1 album written and recorded by an all-female group. Since its release in 1981, Caffey’s legendary hit has gone on to become The Go-Go’s biggest and most-covered track, one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll,” and closed The Go-Go’s set when they were inducted into the Rock Hall as its first-ever all-female rock band inductees in 2021. Other groundbreaking Caffey-penned hits in The Go-Gos’ discography include “Head Over Heels,” “Vacation,” “How Much More,” and “Turn To You.”
BDI MUSIC SIGNS BEN LYTHE TO GLOBAL PUBLISHING DEAL: BDi Music has signed multi-instrumentalist, music director, composer, producer and songwriter Ben Lythe to an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal. Once a signed artist and touring/session musician, Lythe has now established himself as a go-to songwriter and producer, working with various artists from his recording studio in Southwest London. Lythe’s collaborations have amassed millions of streams and significant radio play. Recent releases have featured on a number of Spotify’s editorial playlists, including New Music Friday UK, New Pop UK, Fresh Finds Pop (No.2), and SALT (No.3), as well as earning frequent plays on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio Wales. Lythe had two hits on BBC Radio 1 with CATTY – “Maybe All The Rumours Are True” and “Deep End”. He has become a writer and producer of choice for pop artists including Grace Davies, CATTY, Ellysse Mason, Áine Deane, Darla Jade, Janet Devlin, SACHA, Beth McCarthy, Matthew Hall, Lucy Deakin, VLERA, Fleur Rouge and more. As well as writing and producing for artists, Lythe’s vocals have featured on various dance tracks, most notably Justin Mylo’s single “I Remember”, which was co-written by Lythe, released on STMPD Records and has surpassed a million streams on Apple Music and Spotify. Lythe has also created various tracks for Netflix, BBC, ITV and more.
UMG N.V. ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF ITS 2023 ANNUAL SHAREHOLDERS MEETING: Universal Music Group N.V. has announced the results of its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (“AGM”) held earlier today. The following resolutions on the AGM agenda were adopted with a majority of the votes cast, including, among others: a positive advisory vote on the 2022 remuneration report; the adoption of the 2022 financial statements; the re-appointment of Sir Lucian Grainge as Executive Director; the approval of a supplement to the Executive Directors Remuneration Policy in respect of Sir Lucian Grainge; the re-appointment of Sherry Lansing and Luc van Os as Non-Executive Directors; the appointment of Haim Saban as Non-Executive Director; and the appointment of Ernst & Young Accountants LLP as external auditor for the financial years from 2023 up to and including 2025. Further details of the AGM, including the voting results, are available here.
ELEKTRA ENTERTAINMENT STRENGTHENS LEADERSHIP TEAM: Elektra Entertainment has unveiled a series of promotions, strengthening the label group’s first-rate leadership team. Effective immediately, Chris Brown has been upped to Executive VP, Elektra Entertainment and Co-Head of Roadrunner Records while Katie Robinson has been named Head of Marketing, overseeing campaigns for the entire Elektra Entertainment roster. Rounding out the trio of promotions is Johnny Minardi who has been promoted to Head of Fueled by Ramen and Co-Head of Roadrunner Records. Minardi – who has also been elevated to Sr. Vice President of A&R, Elektra Entertainment – will look after Fueled by Ramen’s roster of alternative powerhouses like Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco, and twenty one pilots, and, alongside Brown, Roadrunner’s award-winning hard rock acts such as Turnstile, Gojira, and Slipknot. Robinson and Minardi will remain based in Los Angeles and Brown in New York, all reporting to Elektra Entertainment’s President Gregg Nadel.
BMG/BBR MUSIC GROUP TAPS NEW GM: Peter Strickland has been appointed as General Manager at BMG/BBR Music Group. Strickland has held several executive roles at Warner Music Nashville and created two successful comedy imprints. Strickland has been with the label for almost two years and now in his new role, he will oversee the financial and daily operations of the company, streamline distribution channels and physical product sales, and spearhead the label’s comedy initiatives. He will report directly to President of BMG Nashville Jon Loba.
MOON PROJECTS FOUNDER JOINS SONGFLUENCER AS STRATEGIC ADVISOR: Mary Rahmani has been appointed as Strategic Advisor at Songfluencer agency. Rahmani is the founder of Moon Projects and former director of music content and artist partnerships at TikTok. At Songfluencer, Mary Rahmani will provide insights and guidance to the teams as they continue to expand their business. Songfluencer is a social media marketing agency for the music industry under the parent company Genni & Co. Genni & Co is a technology driven ecosystem designed to leverage opportunities with digital creators and social media platforms.
HAIM SABAN APPOINTED NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT UMG: Universal Music Group has appointed Haim Saban as a Non-Executive Director. Saban, who is the Chairman and CEO of Saban Capital LLC, was elected to the role at UMG’s AGM on Thursday May 11. Saban’s entertainment career has spanned over four decades. In 2019, Saban Capital Group invested half a billion dollars into a new music venture called Saban Music Group. Saban Music Group signed a global distribution and marketing agreement with Universal Music Group in January 2020.
AMR SONGS PARTNERS WITH COUNTRY STAR KIMBERLY PERRY: AMR Songs, a full-service, global independent music publishing, rights management, and catalog marketing company founded by music industry veteran Tamara Conniff, has partnered with country superstar Kimberly Perry and acquired her songwriting interests in the No.1 multi-Platinum hit, “If I Die Young,” which won The Band Perry the CMA “Single of the Year” and Song of the Year in 2011. As she embarks on her solo career, on May 5 Perry released her first new single, “If I Die Young Pt. 2” (RECORDS Nashville/Columbia), which uniquely interpolates the original song that became a perennial hit that continues to impact. Nearly 13 years since its release, “If I Die Young” averages up to 1 million streams per week across all platforms. Perry was the only writer of “If I Die Young,” but teamed up with chart-topping songwriters Nicolle Galyon and Jimmy Robbins to co-write “If I Die Young Pt.2” for her new album. The song lyrics tell another romantic and poignant story from the same girl, only with a different perspective and trajectory.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Nadja Kuppel, Dougie Bruce, Jeff Levin, Magnus Textor, Mathias Schorer, Ollie Wards, John Dexter, Atul Churamani, Michael Guido, Ron Perry, Chris Cameron, Jenna Andrews, Jennifer Knoepfle and Thomas Rendboe Andersen.
JACKASS OF THE WEEK
Have you ever sent a text message you regretted, clicked on the wrong link, posted an inappropriate message or image on social media, accidentally replied “send all” on an E-mail, or made a total ass of yourself? Yes, we’ve all had a jackass moment at one time or another in our lives. The weather these days can be quite unpredictable, extreme, unassuming and sometimes just bonkers! Click HERE for a selection of weather from wind, rain, snow, hail, sunshine and beyond that delivers some jackass moments.
Sweden has been responsible for some of the world's most successful pop music, largely due to the contributions of renowned producers such as Denniz Pop, Max Martin, Axwell, Benny Andersson, Kleerup, Per Magnusson, and Shellback, among many others. The music industry has eagerly embraced these captivating songs, and now, Swedish-Norwegian duo LAVIN is poised to present their latest creation, “Live, Learn, Die.” Produced and mixed by the indie-pop duo comprised of Oskar Karlström and Anders Grindheim Bratterud, this track explores the everyday challenges of life, emphasizing the importance of learning from mistakes and avoiding unnecessary obstacles. LAVIN first crossed paths at the prestigious Norwegian music school LIMPI, founded by Grammy Award-winning hit writers and producers Stargate, where they tirelessly honed their craft. They soon caught the attention of various players in the Scandinavian music industry, earning numerous writing and production assignments. As LAVIN, their primary goal is to create music for themselves and provide their fans with the best possible listening experience. Discover LAVIN’s latest single, “Live, Learn, Die,” HERE and for those interested in potential collaborations, reach out to Pelle Lidell at email@example.com, as the duo is available for label partners and writing and production.
IAMJJ, a notable Danish artist, boasts an impressive trifecta of talents as a singer, songwriter, and poet. His vocal delivery exudes a distinctive, haunting beauty, garnering comparisons to musical icons Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, and Leonard Cohen. Following the success of his self-titled EP in 2016, he dropped two studio albums in 2018 and 2019, Bloody Future and Take It Slow On Me, respectively. His third and latest offering, Echoes Of An Inner War, released in September on Mermaid Records, takes listeners on a captivating sonic journey, melding diverse soundscapes including ambient, folk, rock, and even old-school 70s house and EDM. IAMJJ’s meticulous attention to detail is evident in the 12-track record, which serves as a reflection of his personal experiences. Among the standout tracks is “King Size,” a seemingly uplifting piece with subtle undertones of darkness that highlights IAMJJ’s songwriting abilities. His versatility effortlessly unifies pop, poetry, and melancholy, resulting in a singular musical style that defies genre. Directed by the young and talented award-winner Steven Gekas, the music video for “King Size” was filmed in Athens, Greece and serves as a testament to IAMJJ’s captivating character. The visually stunning production captures IAMJJ’s dynamic persona, leaving viewers guessing whether he is having too much fun or feeling lonely. Directing the video for “King Size” was one of the most exhilarating projects Gekas has ever undertaken. For all available opportunities for licensing, sync, live and publishing, please reach out to A&R Worldwide at firstname.lastname@example.org. Experience the mesmerizing “King Size” video by IAMJJ for yourself HERE.
PASSPORT APPROVED™ PLAYLIST – 5/14/2023
“PASSPORT APPROVED” PLAYLIST FOR Sunday, May 14th, 2023: The weekly import show. Heard on more than 50 radio stations on six continents weekly including: Flux FM Berlin, Germany; NINETYSIX Radio (Indonesia); JioSaavn (India); Radio Doble Nueve, Lima, Peru; WZRH–FM New Orleans, LA; KWSS “93.9FM”; Phoenix, AZ; KRML “102.1FM”; Carmel, CA; KFRR “New Rock 104.1FM”; Fresno, CA; Radio 1, Mumbai, India; WCNR Charlottesville, VA; KIWR “The River”; Council Bluffs, IA; 2XM Ireland (national radio); 96.2 ZFM The Netherlands; WAPS–FM “The Summit.FM”; Akron–Canton, OH; WKTL–FM Youngstown, OH; 105.5FM XFM Nairobi, Kenya; PUK–FM Johannesburg, South Africa; Rock 96.5FM Zambia; 897 FM Bratislava, Slovakia; WITH “90.1FM”; Ithaca, NY; UCFM 87.8FM Australian Capital Territory, Australia; WRUR 88.5FM Rochester, NY; WCRU–FM Hamilton, NY; KZND Anchorage, AK; KQCJ Quad Cities, IL; Allgauhit–FM Bavaria Germany; Indie Xfm Los Angeles and on The Independent FM (iHeartRadio) in the United States, as well as many others internationally.
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THE GOA EXPRESS – “Portrait” (Communion Records, UK)