Republic Data has appointed Marguerite Jones as vice chairman of A&R to find, signal and develop the label’s contemporary expertise. She’s going to work out of Los Angeles on tasks for artists throughout hip-hop, R&B, and pop, together with upcoming releases from G Herbo, ATL Jacob, and extra.
“MJ has established herself as one of many trade’s most prescient and forward-thinking A&R executives,” commented Wendy Goldstein, co-president of Republic. “She has been instrumental to culture-defining breakout expertise, and her potential to identify greatness is already confirmed. Plus, she is aware of hip-hop and R&B inside out. It’s an honor to welcome her to the Republic household.”
Jones was beforehand supervisor of A&R at RCA Data and in addition signed Latto to the label. She obtained her begin with RCA as an intern however rose to the position of supervisor of A&R over the course of 4 years.
“Republic’s popularity for robust instincts and dedication to excellence led me right here. Regardless that it’s house to a few of the world’s largest superstars, it maintains the setting of a close-knit household,” mentioned Jones.
“Artists and executives are supplied the flexibleness to craft distinctive and fruitful partnerships. Monte and Avery Lipman haven’t solely set the gold normal, however additionally they brilliantly maintain the tempo. I’ve super respect for his or her affect on the enterprise. It’s at all times pushed with a hands-on method and no complacency. Wendy is a genius and an innovator. Our connection was instantaneous. The chance to work for a President who has championed ladies within the enterprise can be an honor I’m extraordinarily grateful for.”
+ Caron Veazey joins Cube‘s board of administrators to assist the ticketing firm’s intention to rework the reside music trade. Along with working alongside the artist growth, content material, and management groups, Veazey will even make the most of her management expertise in range, fairness and inclusion (DEI) areas to mentor Cube’s DEI staff.
Veazey is the founding father of One thing In Frequent, a administration and consulting company specializing in music, movie, artwork and tradition. Previous to founding One thing In Frequent in 2020, she managed Pharrell Williams for practically a decade. Veazey has additionally held positions at main music teams together with Sony Music, RCA Data, Island Def Jam, and Epic Data and is a co-founder of the Black Music Motion Coalition (BMAC).
“Caron is without doubt one of the trade’s high music executives and her world information might be invaluable as Cube continues to develop,” mentioned Phil Hutcheon, founder and CEO of Cube. “Not solely has Caron labored at a few of the largest document labels and managed one of many world’s most profitable artists, I tremendously admire her dedication to advocacy work and want to alter the trade for the higher.”
+ The Metropolis Parks Basis (CPF) has introduced Tim McGraw as a headliner for the profit live performance scheduled to happen on Sept. 28 at SummerStage in Central Park. McGraw will carry out after the dinner and awards ceremony honoring Tom Poleman, chief programming officer and president of nationwide programming for iHeartMedia, with the SummerStage Icon award. They will even acknowledge Devon Eisenberg, co-founder and principal of the Younger Ladies’s Management Faculty of the Bronx, with the Folks and Parks award.
+ MusiCares has launched People of Hip-Hop, a program that gives well being and human service assets throughout three years for hip-hop communities nationwide. The preliminary focus might be on eight key cities together with Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles/Compton, New York, Oakland, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.
“Like so many different communities post-pandemic, the hip-hop group is in want of assist,” mentioned Rico Love, chair of the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective. “I’ve heard my group voice their wants. With MusiCares and People of Hip Hop, I’m excited to work straight with artists and change-makers to get folks the companies that can actually make a distinction of their lives.”
“I’m grateful to be a part of People of Hip Hop and convey a voice to my group,” added Salt-N-Pepa. “With MusiCares we’re going to hearken to leaders and creators and ensure our persons are getting the assistance they want.”
+ Music advertising agency Function.fm promoted Michael Sherman (previously director of enterprise growth) to the corporate’s vice chairman of enterprise growth to steer the corporate in figuring out growth and diversification alternatives.
Sherman will proceed to work with cross-functional groups to determine developments, conduct market analysis, and assess the aggressive panorama. He will even lead negotiations with potential companions and purchasers.
“My position as [VP] of enterprise growth will contain fostering relationships with key trade gamers, negotiating high-level partnerships, and driving income development by means of revolutionary initiatives,” mentioned Sherman. “Moreover, I’ll collaborate with different departments to align enterprise growth efforts with advertising, product growth, and buyer success to make sure seamless execution and optimum outcomes.”
Wednesday, July 21
Wasserman Music has named trade vet Jason Roth vice chairman of communications. In his new position, Roth will lead the company’s communications technique – encompassing media relations, government communications, thought management, trade relations, and associate communications – in collaboration with the corporate’s advertising, social media, and inside communications groups.
He joins after most lately serving as communications director for SiriusXM, which adopted senior communications roles at Pandora, Apple, HP, and Capitol Data. He’s additionally a veteran music author who has contributed to NPR Music, Spin, the Chicago Tribune, and quite a few music books and album liner notes in addition to Selection.
Wasserman CMO Lori Beth Feldman says, “Jason’s breadth of communications expertise with music-related manufacturers, expertise, and artists might be invaluable for the strategic growth and messaging of Wasserman Music’s development on a world scale. He’s an amazing addition to our firm and tradition – we’re thrilled to have him on board.”
+ Tim Devine has joined Sundown Blvd. Data as head of A&R, the corporate introduced. Devine has already signed a number of bands to the label together with Portland-based Everclear, Austin-based rock ‘n’ roll band Fastball and the San Antonio-born Butthole Surfers.
“These are precisely the sorts of teams we need to signal,” commented Devine. “Acts who stay lively with fan and touring bases and are nonetheless writing and recording important new materials as they proceed to develop their audiences.”
Amongst his many accomplishments as a seasoned exec, Devine oversaw Bonnie Raitt’s stint at Capitol Data, found Brandi Carlile, helped launch Katy Perry and developed multi-platinum artists Blind Melon, Practice, Switchfoot and others. He started his profession at Warner Bros. Data in Burbank, the place he served as product administration for U2, Prince, Bob Marley, Skinny Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Devo and Gang of 4, amongst others.
Devine’s plan at SBR is to construct on the label’s basis of catalogs whereas rising a roster of veteran bands, earlier than starting the “third part” of the label’s growth by signing new artists. “I’m having a lot enjoyable and I’m completely into it,” says Devine. “Everyone seems to be taking my calls,” he laughs, “and this place suits my ability set like a glove. I look ahead to constructing the subsequent chapter of SBR’s success.”
+ Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has employed Annette Gentz within the position of normal supervisor GSA (Germany/Austria/Switzerland), classics and display, efficient instantly. Primarily based in Berlin, she’s going to report back to Thomas Vidovic, managing director of UMPG Germany and Natasha Baldwin, government vice chairman, UMPG classics and display.
Gentz will convey her movie and stage music company, Annette Gentz / Music and Movie Arts, into UMPG the place it would proceed working beneath its personal identify. Earlier movie tasks she was concerned in embody scores by Volker Bertelmann/ Hauschka, Dascha Dauenhauer, Michael Nyman, Hannah von Hübbenet, Carsten Nicolai/ Alva Noto, Max Richter, Freya Arde, Frans Bak, Annette Focks and John Gürtler and Jan Miserre. Most lately, she supervised the rating deal for Volker Bertelmann/ Hauschka that gained him the 2023 Academy Award for greatest authentic rating for “All Quiet on the Western Entrance.”
+ Los Angeles-based music label, distribution and rights administration firm Cinq Music has partnered with Jesus Ortiz Paz’s Road Mob Data. Paz is the lead singer of Fuerza Regida, one of many main Mexican bands fueling the resurgence of the style on American charts.
The deal consists of an fairness funding by Cinq into Road Mob and can see them supporting Road Mob’s aim to develop its artists’ publicity, uncover new expertise and launch new music. Cinq Music has had a longstanding partnership with indie label Rancho Humilde that has launched the careers of Fuerza Regida, Natanael Cano and Victor Cibrian, amongst others.
Tuesday, June 21
Niall Horan has signed an unique, worldwide publishing settlement with Common Music Publishing Group (UMPG). This follows the discharge of Horan’s third album “The Present,” which earned the previous One Course member his second UK No. 1 single as a solo artist.
“It’s my absolute pleasure to signal with UMPG,” shared Horan in a press release. “I’ve recognized Mike [McCormack, UMPG UK managing director] personally for a few years and I’m so completely happy that I get to work with a person who firstly genuinely cares about artistry and the artwork of writing a tune, and secondly is aware of the world of publishing like no different. To have met the nice Jody Gerson who I’ve recognized of all through my profession as being a badass writer and once I felt the love from her and Mike, I wasn’t going wherever else, to be trustworthy.”
Horan, a songwriter and self-taught guitarist, has bought over 80 million data and toured the world a number of occasions as a member of One Course. In 2017, he launched his first full-length solo album “Flicker” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as his first solo No. 1 within the U.S.
“I’ve recognized Niall for years and he has at all times proven a deep dedication to the artwork of songwriting,” mentioned McCormack. “I’m thrilled UMPG has the privilege to symbolize his previous, current and future solo works and assist his artistry alongside Harry and Richard from Modest Administration. We’re particularly excited to be celebrating Niall’s unbelievable new LP and know he has a vivid future forward.”
Modest Administration’s Harry Magee added, “Mike has been speaking to me about Niall since our lockdown bike rides and when the album lastly began to come back collectively, it was then very post-lockdown in McCormack’s kitchen with some nice wine, my telephone and the compulsory Bluetooth speaker. He actually will get Niall’s musicality and singer-songwriter spirit which has reached new ranges of maturity on this document. Mike was excited from that day and so this partnership has at all times been written within the stars!”
Pictured above (L-R): Niall Horan, Mike McCormack (UMPG), Harry Magee (Modest Administration), Richard Griffiths (Modest Administration)
+ Peermusic has acquired the tune catalogs of famed bluegrass/nation music pioneer Earl Scruggs and the vast majority of the tune catalog of his son, Gary Scruggs. By way of this deal, peermusic acquires the U.S. rights it was beforehand administering for Earl Scruggs in addition to a few of the songs that have been beforehand managed by the Scruggs property. The deal additionally consists of the acquisition of the vast majority of the tune catalog of the late Gary Scruggs.
Peermusic has served because the writer of the Earl Scruggs’ tune catalog for many years, courting again to their early conception. The Scruggs household is now of their third technology of household working with the music publishing staff at Peermusic.
“It’s a uncommon alternative to accumulate these unimaginable catalogs of songs on this aggressive music rights panorama, however what makes this most significant to us is the decades-long relationship that Peermusic has loved with Earl Scruggs and Gary Scruggs,” mentioned Kathy Spanberger, president and chief working officer of Peermusic. “This deal actually exemplifies the whole lot a relationship between a songwriter and a writer needs to be. Earl and Peermusic labored collectively efficiently for many years to share his music with the world, and Peermusic continues that custom with the songs of Gary Scruggs. We thank Jesse, Jaime, and the Scruggs household for this chance—your complete staff at Peermusic is honored to proceed championing and defending Earl and Gary’s unimaginable legacy of music in order that these songs might be loved for generations to come back.”
+ Warner Chappell Music (WCM) has promoted Wallace Joseph to senior vice chairman of A&R, and Jon Chen to VP of A&R. They’ll proceed to report back to Ryan Press, president of North American operations.
Joseph works with high expertise together with Summer time Walker, Wale, Ari Lennox, JetsonMade, Tay Keith, Turbo, Part 8, Pooh Beatz, and lots of others. He additionally works intently with document label LVRN to signal and develop writers and producers by means of WCM’s publishing partnership.
Chen, who was featured in Selection‘s “10 AAPI Music Executives Making an Impact in 2023” record, helps expertise together with Ian Kirkpatrick, Benson Boone, BEAM, Sir Nolan, Ashnikko, Heavy Mellow, DZL, Jorgen Odegard, J.Lauryn, Khamari, and Child Fisher, amongst others. Previous to becoming a member of WCM, Chen held positions on each the label and publishing aspect.
“A&R is all about following your instincts and being deeply ingrained within the tradition, areas the place each Wallace and Jon excel,” mentioned Press. “They go above and past for our staff and our songwriters, they usually’re masters at connecting expertise with different music creators – not simply right here within the U.S., however all world wide. I’m very proud to see them each proceed to develop with us as leaders. Right here’s to many extra No. 1’s to come back!”
+ Singer-songwriter and producer Projexx has signed to Electrical Really feel Leisure for publishing.
Initially from Jamaica, and at present residing in Miami, Projexx is the son of music producer Lloyd “John John” James and grandson of Lloyd “King Jammy” James, certainly one of dancehall’s most recognizable producers.
Projexx has collaborated with established artists equivalent to Wizkid on “True Love feat. Projexx, Tay Iwar,” which seems on Wizkid’s “Made in Lagos” album. Projexx additionally labored with Konshens on “Brace It,” along with writing and producing with youthful artists equivalent to Jesse Royal, Ruger, Juls, Bakersteez and extra.
Austin Rosen, founder and CEO of Electrical Really feel Leisure and Ventures, provides: “Projexx is an artist and songwriter that I actually see filling a void in songwriting proper now and we’re excited to welcome him to the Electrical Really feel Leisure roster for publishing. I look ahead to working alongside his staff at Warner/R&R Digital/Huge Wave and Tremendous Music Group/Bashment on all of his upcoming releases.”
+ Dr. Dre is about to obtain ASCAP’s first-ever Hip-Hop Icon Award on the ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Celebration of fifty Years of Hip-Hop on June 22 in Los Angeles.
“Dr. Dre’s groundbreaking early work laid a basis for hip-hop as we all know it right now. As a champion for a few of right now’s largest artists and a profitable entrepreneur, he modified the tradition round hip-hop,” mentioned ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams
The award goals to highlight ASCAP members whose musical contributions have made an “indelible affect on the artwork and tradition of hip-hop,” in accordance with the press launch. DJ Child Capri and DJ Drama will present music for the occasion.
+ Chaka Khan and Rufus‘ “Ain’t No one” lately grew to become RIAA-certified Platinum, marking the first-ever platinum tune award for the funk band fronted by Khan. The monitor skilled a streaming enhance some 40 years after its authentic launch, accounting for a complete 47% enhance
The band beforehand secured gold plaques for “Candy Factor” and “Inform Me One thing Good.”
Pictured above (L-R): Chaka Khan, Rhino President Mark Pinkus, and Catalog and Advertising Marketing consultant John Hughes.
+ Capitol Music Group (CMG) and Capitol Christian Music Group (Capitol CMG) have relaunched Tamla Data as a mainstream imprint specializing in hip-hop and R&B music, it was introduced right now by Capitol CMG Co-Presidents Brad O’Donnell and Hudson Plachy. EJ Gaines, at present senior VP of promoting for Capitol CMG, has been tapped to supervise the label’s roster of artists and workers.
Berry Gordy first based Tamla Data practically 65 years in the past earlier than altering the startup label’s identify to the now-emblematic Motown Data. The primary launch on the label was the 1959 single “Come to Me,” from gospel-singer-turned-R&B-artist Marv Johnson. Tamla’s artist roster boasted Stevie Surprise, Marvin Gaye, and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.
The primary associate introduced beneath the revived imprint is High quality Management’s longtime combine engineer and collaborator, Thomas “Tillie” Mann (Lil Child, Lil Yachty, Drake, Migos) and his label, Encouragement Music. The Tamla roster of artists might be additional supported by mother or father firm Capitol Data.
+ Dr. Jan Fischer has been appointed chief government officer of EMP, Europe’s main on-line specialist music and leisure retailer owned by Warner Music Group.
“Our sector is constantly altering and we have to be sure that we’re adapting with it to function on the coronary heart of the connection between creators and followers,” mentioned Dr. Fischer. “We’ve taken steps to improve our programs and reboot our groups in order that EMP can stay the market chief on this fast-growing sector.”
Fischer has been a part of the EMP staff since 2013, becoming a member of as chief monetary officer and in addition performing as chief working officer since 2022. He might be primarily based in EMP’s headquarters in Lingen, Germany and report back to Karl Walsh, government VP and head of world commerce for WMG, who is predicated in Los Angeles.
Fischer’s appointment as CEO follows the departure of his predecessor, Ernst Trapp, final month.