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Sonny Rollins’ Music Catalog Acquired By Reservoir Media

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Reservoir Media has acquired each the publishing and recorded rights of famend saxophonist Sonny Rollins.

“Reservoir is honored to signal this take care of the enduring Sonny Rollins and to be entrusted together with his catalog that spans 70 years of brilliance and musical innovation,” mentioned Rell Lafargue, Reservoir president and chief working officer. “I first realized of Sonny via his music, enjoying ‘St. Thomas’ as a younger jazz scholar, and it’s extremely significant that Reservoir and I can now decide to preserving Sonny’s musical legacy and amplifying his contributions to the artform for audiences outdated and new.”

Rollins is among the most adorned artists of all time, having earned a Grammy award for Lifetime Achievement in 2004, a National Medal of Arts from former president Barack Obama in 2010, and a Kennedy Center Honor in 2011. His 1962 album “The Bridge” grew to become one in every of his best-selling information and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015.

Rollins commented, “I’m glad that Reservoir can be serving to to keep up my musical legacy, which was created in live performance with so many nice musicians I’m proud to be related to.”

+ ADA Worldwide, the unbiased label and artist providers arm of Warner Music Group, has appointed Cathy Bauer to go of bodily gross sales and advertising and marketing for the corporate. She will report back to Cat Kreidich, president of ADA Worldwide.

In this newly created function, Bauer will handle ADA’s world bodily gross sales and advertising and marketing division with a concentrate on rising companions’ companies and establishing environment friendly and standardized processes. Bauer can even concentrate on figuring out progress and innovation alternatives for ADA’s artists and companions together with via direct-to-consumer initiatives, working carefully with WMG’s artist providers division, WMX.

“With this transfer, we’re doubling down on our efforts to get bodily product from unbiased artists to followers in an environment friendly and plentiful manner. And after we say bodily product, it’s not simply CDs or vinyl – it’s something tangible that strengthens the artist-to-fan connection,” mentioned Kreidich in an announcement.

Bauer most not too long ago spent practically 5 years as VP of gross sales and advertising and marketing at ABKCO music and information.

+ Sony Music Entertainment UK has promoted Stacey Tang and Glyn Aikins as co-presidents of RCA UK. Effective instantly, each executives will report back to Jason Iley, chairman and CEO of Sony Music UK and Ireland.

The pair of executives have been with RCA UK since 2018. Tang has served as govt VP at RCA since 2021 and has expertise with world advertising and marketing. She was answerable for efficiently spearheading campaigns for home artists together with Little Mix and Bring Me The Horizon, whereas concurrently reaching worldwide success with Miley Cyrus, Lil Nas X, Beyoncé, SZA and Pink, amongst others.

Aikins joined Sony in 2018 as co-president of Since 93, a label partnership with RCA. Since its launch, he has signed and developed Aitch, Cat Burns, and Tems. (Since 93 will proceed to function beneath the RCA UK umbrella.)

+ Yvette Medina has joined YMU as the top of Latin music, efficient instantly. She will work with the YMU Los Angeles-based staff and joins the corporate after operating her personal artist administration firm, Creative Management Firm.

Alongside the worldwide YMU staff, Medina will work throughout all divisions whereas overseeing the corporate’s actions for Latin America and with the broader Latin music neighborhood.

With over 18 years of expertise within the music business, Medina has labored in senior-level positions at corporations corresponding to CAA, WME and Sony Music Latin. In 2016, she was appointed General Manager of Roc Nation Latin and in 2018 returned to artist administration together with her personal firm managing Ecko and Paloma Mami, amongst others.

+ Timbaland and music supervisor Gary Marella‘s Beatclub Inc. has unveiled a brand new Timbaland sound pack titled “Bounce Coming Up,” solely for annual members. The information got here connected to a one-on-one interview between Timbaland and Justin Timberlake, the place the 2 dissect the drumbeat of their 2006 observe “My Love.”

The pack will make accessible lots of of various sounds together with drum kits created throughout the classes for the “IntercourseFuture/LoveSounds” album, together with “snares, hi-hats, 808’s beatboxing, kicks, Hella Percs and extra,” in accordance with a information launch.

The information comes simply as Beatclub has entered a brand new partnership with Hipgnosis Song Management that may enable Beatclub’s roster of producers and artists (Justin Timberlake, Tainy, J. Cole, Mike Dean and Mike WiLL Made-It, to call just a few) the flexibility to pattern songs from the Hipgnosis catalog.

+ Jaxsta is about to amass Vampr, a music business social networking app that connects musicians and artists that need to collaborate or monetize their work.

Josh Simons, founder and CEO of Vampr, will be part of the Jaxsta C-Suite as chief technique officer to supervise the merger of Jaxsta’s product portfolio.

Commented Simons, “Combining our grassroots community with the definitive official music credit database is each a extremely strategic and logical mixture which we consider will present nice worth to Vampr and Jaxsta’s customers in addition to our mutual shareholders.”

According to Vampr, their free tier already converts 4% of weekly lively customers into paying subscribers and is predicted to speed up when Vampr Pro is bundled with the Jaxsta Creator subscription. “Combining these merchandise creates a way more compelling product for the unbiased artist and musician,” learn the press launch.

+ SiriusXM has introduced Gail Berger will succeed Rodney Pickett as senior VP and basic supervisor of Automotive Partnerships following Pickett’s deliberate retirement on the finish of this month.

Reporting to chief industrial officer Joe Verbrugge, Berger will oversee SiriusXM’s Automotive Partnerships, Automotive Remarketing and Automotive Field Operations groups answerable for rising and increasing SiriusXM’s presence in new and used autos.

Berger joined SiriusXM in 2012 and most not too long ago served within the function of senior VP of Automotive Remarketing. Prior to becoming a member of SiriusXM, Berger spent 15 years with General Motors the place she held a number of management roles, together with main partnership improvement for OnStar.

+ Sound Future Foundation, a nonprofit group that works inside the reside occasion business to speed up local weather innovation, has introduced the appointment of its new board of administrators.

The Sound Future Board includes 9 members of various expertise and backgrounds, spanning prime creatives, technical specialists, business professionals, and local weather financiers. The Board is chaired by Terah Lyons, former coverage advisor to the U.S. chief expertise officer Megan Smith in President Barack Obama’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and founding govt director of the worldwide nonprofit Partnership on AI.

New administrators additionally embrace Kelci Zile (treasurer), a sustainability companion of Madrona Venture Labs; Adam Brunner (secretary), senior planner and counsel of Wildstar Partners LLC; Brandy Schultz, co-founder of Sound Future and founding father of Adventure Nannies; Ashley O’Winter, co-founder of Sound Future; Wesley Schultz of the Lumineers; Sara Full, tour supervisor for the Rolling Stones, AC/DC and the Lumineers; Joe Atamian, senior VP of Wasserman Music; and Alex Bruford, CEO of ATC Live.

+ UK music govt Robin Godfrey-Cass has joined Primary Wave Music to deal with catalog acquisitions for the publishing big.

Godfrey-Cass’s various expertise within the music business has spanned over 40 years. He beforehand labored at Warner/Chappell Music UK, the place he made historical past because the youngest-ever managing director appointment for a serious writer. He’s additionally credited for the worldwide signings of Eric Clapton, Michael Bolton, Howard Jones, Whitesnake, Bush and Radiohead, amongst many others.

In 2004, Robin fashioned Crosstown Songs, primarily based within the UK and the U.S. He steered Crosstown for 5 years previous to the corporate’s sale and in addition launched Crosstown Nashville with Dann Huff.

In 2010, he co-founded the corporate Perfect Storm, which delivered hits like “Stronger” carried out by Kelly Clarkson and songs by DJ Snake feat. Justin Bieber, and Kygo that includes Selena Gomez. In 2017 Robin then facilitated the signing of Mitch Rowland, guitarist, songwriter, and band member of Harry Styles, to UMPG.

+ Seeker Music has signed Australian-born, LA-based songwriter/producer Kito to their rising publishing roster. With collaborations with artists like Fletcher, Empress Of, AlunaGeorge, Jorja Smith, and extra, Kito has thrived within the alt-pop and dance style area.

“Everyone wished to signal Kito and I couldn’t be prouder that she selected Seeker to be her household,” commented founder Evan Bogart. “She’s insanely proficient and she or he’s going to dominate music, and the music enterprise, within the years to return.”

“I belief Evan as a result of he understands what it’s like to jot down a music and convey it into the world. He’s additionally constructed himself as a songwriter ‘enterprise,’ and labored with, and mentored, among the best writers on the earth,” commented Kito.

Seeker’s frontline signings embrace Sofía Valdés (Warner Records), Katie Pearlman (Kelly Clarkson, Grace Potter, Sabrina Carpenter), Sweetsound (Jesse Baez, Snoop Dogg, Natanael Cano). Their catalog-based roster contains the works of songwriters like John Ryan, Jon Bellion and Brian Alexander Morgan; artists like Christopher Cross and Run the Jewels, and plenty of extra.

+ Loveless has signed a worldwide take care of BMG. The Los Angeles-based rock duo is comprised of multi-instrumentalist Dylan Tirapelli-Jamail and vocalist/producer Julian Comeau.

“Having like-minded, equally passionate individuals with us for this journey has at all times been a dream and we’ve completely discovered our individuals,” mentioned Loveless. “We are so thrilled to be working alongside the unimaginable staff at BMG and we can’t anticipate what the long run holds!”

Loveless will embark on a headlining tour this spring with dates in North America and Europe, in addition to pageant appearances at Boston Calling and Adjacent Festival.

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Tim Rice would be the 2023 recipient of the esteemed Johnny Mercer Award on the 52nd Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thursday, June 15, on the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.  

The Johnny Mercer Award is the best honor bestowed by the Songwriters Hall of Fame and is reserved for a songwriter or songwriting staff who has already been inducted in a previous 12 months and whose physique of labor is of such prime quality and influence that it upholds the gold customary set by the legendary Johnny Mercer. Tim Rice was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1999.  

SHOF Chairman Nile Rodgers mentioned, “Tim Rice is an artisan. He has crafted among the best lyrics and tales in musical historical past with “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and his unimaginable work with Andrew Lloyd Webber being amongst my favorites. In the ’70s, we used to say, ‘What’s The Buzz’ due to him. More than 50 years later, the thrill continues to be Tim Rice!” 

Tim Rice mentioned, “I am really honored to be chosen to obtain the Johnny Mercer Award.  My induction into the SHOF was itself a spotlight of my writing profession and I by no means anticipated to obtain any additional recognition from essentially the most distinguished gathering of songwriters on the earth. So, I’m shocked (a cricketing metaphor) with gratitude. I’ve attended fairly just a few SHOF occasions prior to now twenty-five years and so they have at all times been among the many most gratifying of leisure world extravaganzas – unpretentious, unpredictable, and spectacular. So, June 15, 2023, is a golden reserving in my digital diary.”  

A member of the unique group of 18 entertainers who’ve achieved EGOT standing, Tim Rice has gained an Emmy Award, 5 Grammy Awards, three Tony Awards, and three Academy Awards all through his profession. He has collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber on “The Likes Of Us,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Evita.” He has additionally labored Elton John (“The Lion King,” “Aida”), Alan Menken (“Aladdin,” “King David,” “Beauty and the Beast”), Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (“Chess”), and Stuart Brayson (“From Here to Eternity”). He has additionally written with Freddie Mercury, Burt Bacharach, and Rick Wakeman, amongst others. 

Inductees at this 12 months’s occasion embrace Sade, Glen Ballard, Snoop Dogg, Gloria Estefan, Jeff Lynne, Teddy Riley and Liz Rose.  

Courtesy Songwriters Hall of Fame

+ Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Susan Tedeschi has introduced at the moment that she has signed with CAA’s senior music agent Brian Greenbaum, who additionally represents Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Blake Mills and extra.

Earlier this 12 months it was introduced that Tedeschi and her husband, guitarist Derek Trucks, joined Full Stop Management for his or her solo endeavors. Andy Mendelsohn, who can also be Kings of Leon supervisor, has partnered with longtime Tedeschi Trucks Band supervisor Blake Budney of Milestone Music Management to direct the band.

+ The Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM) have introduced a brand new partnership to launch, maintain and help “OnRamp,” a guaranteed-income program for 20 younger, Black members of the music neighborhood, together with artists and business professionals, in Nashville.

According to the announcement, the OnRamp program, centered on enhancing inclusivity and fairness inside Music City, goals to empower the subsequent technology of leaders within the early levels of their careers by granting entry to skilled improvement alternatives, neighborhood mentorship, and different alternatives to extend private progress, business publicity, unique Academy membership panels and tentpole reside occasions, and visibility with Academy Board members and business leaders. Additionally, via this system, every participant will obtain a $1,000 month-to-month stipend for one 12 months.

OnRamp purposes can be accessible beginning in late Spring with this system beginning in June, in celebration of Black Music Month and to commemorate the Black Music Action Coalition’s third anniversary. Interested candidates can go to acmcountry.com/onramp at the moment to enroll in e mail notifications when purposes are rolled out. This inaugural program will initially be funded by the Black Music Action Coalition, the Academy of Country Music, and business companions, and powered by social influence company BreatheWithMe.

+ MPRS Global — a royalty assortment and administration service based by the staff behind Mtheory — has named Rob Brown chief working officer.

Pronounced “empress,” MPRS brings collectively a staff of business specialists and proprietary expertise, creating the music business’s first grasp royalty-specific administration platform. The group works with a large number of producers, mixers and catalog house owners to make sure that their catalogs are full and all grasp royalties are being correctly calculated and paid. Last 12 months, the corporate administered greater than $12 million value of royalties for shoppers world wide.

Brown joins the quickly increasing firm with practically 12 years of expertise at Kobalt Music Group beneath his belt, most not too long ago as Vice President of Business Affairs & Commercial Strategy.

“Defining a much-needed class of rights administration for producers and mixers requires imaginative and prescient, management and integrity, qualities Rob embodies completely,” says MPRS CEO Jon McMillan. “He’s a veteran govt with an intimate understanding of the artistic neighborhood that powers our business, and we’re thrilled to welcome him as our chief working officer.”

+ Amazon Music and Berlin-based AI sound wellness app Endel will produce a sleep playlist, making Endel the primary generative AI firm to collaborate with the service on a playlist. Drawing on intensive analysis into the neuroscience of sleep, the playlist lasts roughly 8 hours or till the listener awakens, and is accessible on Amazon Music.

The sleep playlist created with Amazon Music, titled “Sleep Science,” opens with an Amazon Original observe that includes digital duo Kx5 (Kaskade and deadmau5). The supply materials, together with synths and chill vocals, was processed by Endel Pacific to create a high-quality, enjoyable soundscape activating the parasympathetic nervous system and getting the listener prepared for sleep. Endel Pacific is Endel’s patented AI-engine, which creates scientifically backed sleep tracks that comply with pure sleep phases, first making ready the mind for sleep, then aiding because the listener falls and stays asleep. All whereas offering high quality sound pleasurable to listeners and backed by scientific analysis into sleep, circadian rhythms, and psychoacoustics.

“At Endel, we’ve been invested within the neuroscience of practical sound since day one,” says Oleg Stavitsky, co-founder and CEO of Endel. “To efficiently ship practical music, neuroscience has to information AI expertise. The human thoughts have to be on the forefront of this expertise.”

“We’re excited to work with Endel to offer an optimum expertise for Amazon Music listeners trying to wind down and settle into sleep,” mentioned Stephen Brower, world co-lead of artist relations for Amazon Music. “We stay up for our prospects discovering their science backed strategy in addition to their curatorial instincts for distinctive artist collaborations, together with Kx5’s new Amazon Original launch.”

+ Atlanta-based hip-hop and R&B report label Love Renaissance (LVRN) has appointed nine-time Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Bryan-Michael Cox as senior VP of A&R and govt producer.

Cox will concentrate on breaking new expertise in addition to additional creating the label’s present roster which incorporates Summer Walker, 6LACK and Alex Vaughn, amongst others. He can even govt produce all in-house initiatives. He has beforehand produced for artists corresponding to Usher, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Justin Bieber.

“A&R has change into a misplaced artwork on this new technology of music due to the hole in relationship between A&R, the artist and the label. Bryan-Michael Cox is a revered and completed producer and govt, and he’s the proper addition to our staff to assist proceed in bridging that hole,” says Justice Baiden, LVRN co-founder.

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