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Updates / News

for week ending 04/02/2016


Here's your MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS for this week ending 04/02/16


Over the last several weeks in the A&R, Publishing, and Film/TV Music world, there are a few changes to report as always. As always, over the last several weeks in the A&R, Publishing, and Film/TV Music world, there are a few changes to report. Jumping right into it, of course the big news this week was the executive changes at Spotify. Founder Tim Westergren has taken the helm as CEO as Brian McAndrews, who had been CEO for a little over two-and-a-half years, has now left the company. There have also been several other executive changes happening during a major reorganization at the top. Mike Herring has been announced as President and Chief Financial Officer, where he will focus on “monetization of Pandora’s core business covering revenue, music licensing, finance, legal, and information technology." Sara Clemens, Spotify's Chief Operating Officer, will focus “on growing and scaling the business and operating new ventures including music makers, Ticketfly, international, human resources and corporate development" and Pandora’s Chief Product Officer, Chris Phillips, will take charge of product, engineering and marketing.


EVP/GM Tom Carrabba has exited RED Associated Labels (RAL), sources say, with Tony Bruno stepping in from RED Distribution. Bruno will report to RED head Bob Morelli. Carrabba was named EVP/GM of RAL in 2013. We're hearing the company will restructure its promotion and marketing services with promotion guru Bob Weil overseeing restructuring of its promotion services.


Universal Music Austria's MD Hannes Eder is leaving after a 13 year tenure in the business. UMG Germany's Cornelius Ballin will take Eder's place as the new GM. Kobalt has appointed Jesse Willoughby as the new GM of Kobalt, Nashville and will report to Kobalt's President, Richard Sanders. Sony/ATV Music Publishing has appointed Jennifer Drake as Sr. Director, A&R and will be based in LA. Pat Monaco has left Universal Music Group after working for UMG for over 26 years including his most-recent stint as EVP of Commerce at Def Jam. Cooking Vinyl Group has announced plans to open a full-service label division in New York to be called Cooking Vinyl America. The new company will be run by Howie Gabriel as President.


Omnifone has announced the hiring of Doug Imrie as CEO to lead Omnifone's music cloud, MusicStation. Republic Records has hired Nick Pacelli as SVP of Strategic Marketing & Partnerships. Universal Music Publishing Group has appointed Alexandria Lioutikoff as EVP, Latin Music. SoundCloud has hired Alison Moore as its Chief Revenue Officer who leaves her former position as an executive at NBCUniversal Digital.


Deezer has promoted Aurélien Hérault as VP, Product from his current role as Head of R&D. Red Distribution has hired Trina Tombrink as VP, Promotion and Artist Development and will be based in New York. Spotify has hired Keith Jopling as Global Head, Strategic Intelligence and will be based in Spotify's London office. Former Sony/ATV exec Rak Sanghvi has been hired as MD for the UK and other non-US territories at the indie publisher Spirit B-Unique. Republic Records Chairman and CEO Monte Lipman has announced the promotion of Charlie Walk to President of The Republic Group effective immediately. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has hired Tim Cooper as head of content protection and will report to BPI General Counsel Kiaron Whitehead and group CEO Geoff Taylor.


Razor & Tie/Washington Square has named Jenna Rosen as Director of Publicity, Downtown Music Publishing has promoted Chinua Green to Manager, Digital and Video Operations, and Polydor marketing executive Liz Goodwin has joined indie music company Glassnote's UK office as Managing Director. Lucy Buckeridge has left EMI for Domino Records where she'll take over the role as Label Manager for Australia and New Zealand and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has named Jason Hanley as its new VP of Education and Visitor Engagement. Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Jennifer Knoepfle at their new SVP and Head of West Coast A&R and Amanda Berman-Hill has been promoted to a new role of SVP and Head of West Coast Writer Relations. Syco Entertainment has hired Tim van Rongen as their new SVP, and Peermusic has appointed Carter Armstrong as their SVP Film and Television Music.


John Strazza has joined RECORDS' promotional team after serving many years at Columbia's radio promotion department and Jive Records. The European Arenas Association has appointed Nancy Skipper as the new GM, and Punch Enterprises has appointed Mike Bolla as its new VP of the Gear Publishing Company. Shazam has announced the resignation of Brent Hoberman as a director of the board, Brady Brock was named GM of Missing Piece Group (Nashville), and Joe Sivick was promoted to VP, Publicity as Missing Piece Group expands its operations by opening a Nashville office. And finally, Decca Classics has appointed Alexander Buhr as MD. That's all for now, but as always, we are constantly updating our contact databases so that our customers always have the latest contact information you need to reach the industry!


A new book is out by Martin Popoff we wanted to bring to your attention, Time and a Word: The Yes Story. For his landmark 50th book, top rock writer Martin Popoff abandons his metal musings to celebrate the long and legendary life of Yes, a band he has loved since the 1970s. If you’ve been moved by classic albums such as Fragile, Close to the Edge, Relayer or Going for the One, or more recent offerings like Fly from Here and Heaven and Earth, you’ll love this book, which perfectly captures the spirit of progressive rock’s first and biggest and best act of crack musicians bent on bending your perceptions of what rock can be. You can go to www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info.


Lots of important dates we want to bring to your attention so you can plan accordingly including the 6th Annual Worldwide Radio Summit, April 13-15, 2016 at the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel www.worldwideradiosummit.com, the 3rd Annual Global Rock Summit, also at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, April 15-16, 2016 www.globalrocksummit.com, and finally the 12th Annual MUSEXPO, also at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, April 17-20, 2016, that will host some of the most influential and inspiring music and media minds from around the globe while also showcasing some of the top emerging US and international talent during the evening showcases at SIR Studios Los Angeles. Find out more info and register here at www.musexpo.net 


The 3rd International Music Industry Awards will take place at MUSEXPO in Hollywood, CA on April 20th, 2016. The International Music Industry Awards encompasses all aspects of the creative and commercial music community including A&R, publishing, synch, radio, live, management, brands, digital and more. Nominees will be selected based on single votes from professionals of all sectors of the worldwide music industry. 



We are thrilled to announce that we now carry the Who's Looking List in our catalog of music industry products you can find on our website. Need to know who is looking for songs, co-writes or collaborations for their next recording project? The Who's Looking List is a complete list of the record labels' artists who are looking for songs, co-writes and collaborations for their upcoming projects. The Looking List only employs the most diligent industry professionals so you can be assured that you'll have the most current info on upcoming and current recording projects.  This directory can be ordered at our STORE (the red tab at the top of the page) or you can call our office to place your order at 800-552-7411 or 818-781-1974.


The Artist Manager Registry is our latest contact directory of over 5,000 Artist Managers with complete contact information as well as the clients they manage. This directory is exclusively available online at mblists.com


We are also excited to announce the release of the SEVENTH Edition of the Music Blog Directory 2015 which is without a doubt the best edition yet and contains comprehensive and detailed descriptions of almost 3,000 of the top Music Blogs across the globe spanning every musical genre! Over 7,000 direct names and email addresses of the bloggers and their contributing writers. Pop, Alternative, Rock, Electronic, Country, Hip Hop, Folk, House, R&B, EDM, Experimental, Metal, Jazz, and more. This directory includes all 860 blogs that feed into The Hype Machine! The Music Blog Directory is the only tool you need to connect with these influential bloggers who can make the difference in your career. This directory can be ordered in our STORE (the red tab at the top of the page) or you can call our office to place your order at 800-552-7411 or 818-781-1974.


Need Excel or Database files of our contact directories? We are thrilled to offer all of our directories in an Excel or .csv format. Having our contact directories in a database format can save you hours of time by giving you the power and flexibility to create email lists, mail merges, mailing campaigns, call lists or anything you can imagine by importing the data into whatever database format or contact and marketing program you are using to market your music.


And, for those of you who want to access your music industry contacts online or need your contacts updated on a daily basis, we have good news for you!


All of our directories are now online at MBLists.com 


All of our contact directories are now available as online subscriptions! The same great, reliable and up-to-date contact information you are used to in our directories is now available at your fingertips online on your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can search all of our exhaustive music industry databases for just the contacts you need -- there's even an option for you to export and download the contacts right to your computer to use in your own database programs for marketing. Plus, we've built in some pretty deep discounts so check us out online at www.MBLists.com




Here's the rest of the news we wanted to make sure that you didn't miss! It represents what our Twitter and Facebook followers found the most interesting so be sure to follow us online! Have a great rest of the week everyone!!


Quick Music Notes:



Stop Trying to Do Everything, DIY Musicians! You're Actually Hurting Your Chances of Success http://bit.ly/1q3aXT5


The Foggy Fraud Problem Hidden within the Music Streaming Business Model  http://bit.ly/1pG2EMM


Universal tries to break new artist Norma Jean Martine via multi-million pound ad campaign http://bit.ly/1MkE4uM


How to Legally Cover a Song  http://bit.ly/1TjhFzu

Meet The Independent Band That Has Over 2 Billion Views On YouTube - Forbes http://onforb.es/1Y0CfUE

JOB OPENING: Defected - Label Manager (UK)  http://bit.ly/1VTOkwj


Jazz legend Sarah Vaughan gets commemorative stamp  http://bit.ly/1MB3rZv


12 Powerful Quotes About Music That Will Inspire You  http://bit.ly/1LYg9Bs


YouTube Says It Already Pays A Whole Lot Of Royalties  http://bit.ly/1Th4BdS


The indie label services market is shrinking – and that's a problem  http://bit.ly/1TgJpF5


If Apple Doesn't Buy Pandora Another Tech Giant Will http://bit.ly/1qeFQE1


Mixing CeeLo Green On The Road http://bit.ly/1TgJ2tW


Why Streaming Exclusives are Bad for the Music Business http://bit.ly/1UY5xUu


Notes from an Independent Record Producer, Part 6: Six Tips for Successful Self-Producing  http://bit.ly/1WTfHEV


The 20 Best Music Podcasts  http://bit.ly/1WSJNsi


Recording Studio Etiquette: Respect The Engineer  http://bit.ly/1ZGo3Bw


Last night a diva saved my life – home therapy from opera singers http://bit.ly/1UX33Wr


What Will it Take for Music Streaming to Become a Good Deal for Artists?  http://bit.ly/1LNgJBU


In Shift to Streaming, Music Business Has Lost Billions http://nyti.ms/1Ptzk0q


State Of The Music Business: What The Numbers Tell Us  http://bit.ly/1MnVgPS


Music Stars We’ve Already Lost in 2016 http://yhoo.it/1o8Hm8O


In 2015, Vinyl Earned More Than YouTube Music, VEVO, SoundCloud & Free Spotify COMBINED http://bit.ly/1U6Z4Yr


SXSW Panel Explores Whether Musicians Still Need Record Labels http://bit.ly/1Ury2ee


Warner owner Len Blavatnik pumps $1m into anti-Donald Trump group  http://bit.ly/1SfregG


How To Get Your Music On Hip-Hop Blogs  http://bit.ly/1Z1EtnU


4 Sync Opportunities Where Indie Artists Haven An Advantage Over Major Label Artists  http://bit.ly/1QkYR2V


Where Is The Music Of 2016 Heading? http://huff.to/1Qv3h3X


Meet Warner's new A&R team. You've probably heard of them.  http://bit.ly/1oHgw8Y


Nashville Notes: Willie Nelson & Cyndi Lauper Trade Duets; Nash FM Host Preps First Album in 8 Years http://bit.ly/1Rlw9fn


What I Learned Working At A Record Label That Failed http://bit.ly/1RlvDy8


9 Reasonable Guidelines To Think About Before Promoting Your Music Through Websites  http://bit.ly/1XKYlLn


Dega Jam Country Festival Won't Happen in 2016  http://bit.ly/1XKpYnF


MMF Chief Annabella Coldrick Talks Labels' Streaming Equity, Why a Lack of Transparency Is Causing Mistrust  http://bit.ly/1oYLUj9


This company thinks it can turn music pirates into paying customers  http://bit.ly/1XIwjA8


Streaming killing the music business? UMG just posted its biggest revenues in a decade  http://bit.ly/1VzuHav


What Indie Bands Don't Understand About Niche Marketing  http://bit.ly/1XId2Ph


Think you're a loser? Sub Pop wants to send you to college http://bit.ly/1SFPvPr


Will Robots Disrupt Live Music? How Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms Could Boost Ticket Sales  http://bit.ly/1SFNmmY


The Scientist Who Believes Your Personality Predicts Your Taste in Music http://sciof.us/1UcE8xZ


You’re Probably Listening to Spotify Wrong. Be a Power User http://bit.ly/20JyQtP


Simon Cowell 'considered axing Nick Grimshaw from X Factor mid series' http://bit.ly/1TujUk3


Illustrator Files Lawsuit Against Wu-Tang Clan, Martin Shkreli For Unauthorized Use Of Work  http://bit.ly/1otFyZh


Universal Hip-Hop Museum is finally open to visitors – at least virtually http://bit.ly/20GnLd4


Page Six: Kanye West's 'SNL' rant leaked  - CNN Video http://bit.ly/1TsbHwL


If the Music Industry Were Run by Women http://thecut.io/1KWIvv0


Daniel Ek on YouTube, SoundCloud and why he didn't build Spotify to sell it  http://bit.ly/1Xx9i32


How To Get All of the Royalties You Never Knew Existed http://bit.ly/1oJLTQ3


Grammy President Attacks Streaming Services for Threatening 'Viable Careers'  http://bit.ly/20DYd07


4 Sync Opportunities Where Indie Artists Haven An Advantage Over Major Label Artists  http://bit.ly/1QkYR2V


6 Saboteurs That Hold Musicians Back From the Big Time  http://bit.ly/1WqECiA


Music Can’t Last Forever, Not Even on the Internet http://bit.ly/20Crh86






And here's our quote for the day (that we keep reading over and over!):


"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense." -Ralph Waldo Emerson





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