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Dave Grohl ‘Storyteller’ Memoir Hits No. 1 on New York Times Best-Seller List: ‘Honored’

Dave Grohl is very familiar with landing No. 1 hits on the album and singles charts. But this week the Foo Fighters singer/guitarist is celebrating a very different chart-topper. The gregarious rocker’s memoir of his years as a striving, then world-beating musician, The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music, debuted at the top of the New York Times bestseller list and Grohl could not be more excited.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that I would someday be a number one bestselling author, but it’s those same wildest dreams that I’ve followed since the day I picked up a guitar. Honored,” Grohl wrote on Instagram. “Huge thanks to everyone at @deystreet for making my first book such an amazing experience.”

The book currently sits atop the Times’ “combined print & e-book nonfiction list,” besting the latest damning Trump White House memoir and pushing down veteran Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward’s third Trump dissection, Peril, as well as Stanley Tucci’s new food memoir, Taste.

Grohl has been on a grinding promo tour for the book, which has included stops by Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show, Apple TV’s The Morning Show, and live readings where he’s busted out some solo sets. The book takes readers on the improbable journey Grohl went on as the son of a single schoolteacher mom growing up in Virginia to joining his favorite hardcore band, Scream, at 17 and the phone call audition he passed to join Nirvana, as well as his friendships and collaborations with such musical heroes as Paul McCartney, Iggy Pop and Joan Jett.

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Marcio Lassiter’s reignites hot hand when San Miguel needed it most

MANILA, Philippines—Determined to recover from his disaster showing in Game 5, Marcio Lassiter delivered for San Miguel when his team needed it most. With the Beermen facing elimination, Lassiter delivered 19 points, on 5-of-8 shooting from deep, to help San Miguel take the 103-90 Game 6 win and even the series at 3-3. A reliable […]

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Simon Gallup confirms he has re-joined The Cure

Simon Gallup has seemingly confirmed that he has re-joined The Cure.

Back in August, bassist Gallup said he left the band “with a slightly heavy heart,” writing that he’s “fed up of betrayal.”

Gallup joined the band in 1979 following a stint playing in Robert Smith’s side-project Cult Hero. After leaving the band in 1982, he rejoined in 1984, and is The Cure’s second longest-serving member behind Smith.

“With a slightly heavy heart I am no longer a member of the Cure!” Gallup wrote in a public post on his personal Facebook account last night (August 14). “Good luck to them all …”

However, now, in a new social media post, Gallup has seemingly confirmed he’s back in the band. Replying to a fan who asked ‘Is Simon still a member of The Cure?’, Gallup said: “Yes I am”. NME has reached out to representatives of The Cure and Gallup for comment.

You can see the post below.

RE-TWEET AND SPREAD THE WORD!#TheCure #SimonGallup #BackInTheBand

— 🅃🄷🄰🅃 🄲🄰🅁🄻 🅃🄰🄿🄸🄰 (@ThatCarlTapia) October 14, 2021

In a 2018 with The Irish Times, Robert Smith said that if Gallup were to leave the band, then “it wouldn’t be called The Cure.”

Speaking to NME in a Big Read cover feature in 2019, Smith added that he and Simon’s relationship is “without question” the most dangerous combination within The Cure.

“For me, the heart of the live band has always been Simon, and he’s always been my best friend,” Smith said. “It’s weird that over the years and the decades he’s often been overlooked. He doesn’t do interviews, he isn’t really out there and he doesn’t play the role of a foil to me in public, and yet he’s absolutely vital to what we do.

“We’ve had some difficult periods over the years but we’ve managed to maintain a very strong friendship that grew out of that shared experience from when we were teens. When you have friends like that, particularly for that long, it would take something really extraordinary for that friendship to break.

He added: “You’ve done so much together, you’ve so much shared experience, you just don’t want to lose friends like that.”

Elsewhere, Smith said he believes that The Cure’s next album will be their last. “I can’t think we’ll ever do anything else,” he told The Sunday Times. “I definitely can’t do this again.”

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Coldplay say they’re only going to make three more studio albums

Coldplay have said they are only going to make three more studio albums in their career.

READ MORE: The Big Read – Coldplay: “This is our period of having no fear”

Speaking to NME in this week’s Big Read, Chris Martin said the band are going to stop making studio albums once they reach their twelfth record.

He said: “We’re going to make 12 albums. Because it’s a lot to pour everything into making them. I love it and it’s amazing, but it’s very intense too. I feel like because I know that challenge is finite, making this music doesn’t feel difficult, it feels like, ‘This is what we’re supposed to be doing’.”

When asked if it was just three more albums and then out, Martin replied: “I don’t think that’s what we’ll do,” he replies. “I know that’s what we’ll do in terms of studio albums.”

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Elsewhere in this week’s Big Read, the group opened up about following in the footsteps of Billie Eilish and brother Finneas and making a Bond song.

Martin revealed: “We kept trying to write one for 20 years, but never submitted them. We have Bond themes for about five movies, but they’re not very good, to be honest.

“Also I don’t know if we’re spiritually on the same trip as James. As much as I like the films, I don’t know if us singing would do it for him. He’d be like, ‘That’s not what I’m into at all, fellas. I like guns and shit. All this hippie stuff just isn’t going to work’.”

Martin also reflected on playing with Eilish and Finneas in New York City recently. 

“It was equally wonderful singing with them. I mean, [Finneas and Billie] wrote ‘Ocean Eyes’,” he added. “I know when a song is great when my body goes into absolute furious jealousy for a minute – when I heard that song, I was like, ‘You fucking bastards’. But then I have to go ‘this is really inspiring’ and it becomes fandom; I love how much of a bond those two have.”

Earlier today, Coldplay unveiled details of a livestream performance of their new album, ‘Music Of The Spheres’.

The group have teamed up with Amazon Music and will deliver the set live from the new Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle next week. The show will also mark the official opening of the arena.

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Listen to two previously unreleased versions of David Bowie’s ‘Karma Man’ and ‘Silly Boy Blue’

Two previously unreleased versions of David Bowie‘s ‘Karma Man’ and ‘Silly Boy Blue’ have been shared.

READ MORE: An oral history of David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ – five years on from his death

The tracks are set to feature on the forthcoming ‘David Bowie 5. Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001)’ and ‘Toy’ boxsets, which are due out on November 26 and January 7.

‘Karma Man’ was initially recorded by Bowie in September 1967 and debuted on John Peel’s BBC Radio 1 show in 1968, but it was not officially released until 1970 on ‘The World Of David Bowie’ album. In 2000 the song was re-tracked by Bowie, backed by his Glastonbury band for inclusion on the ‘Toy’ album, which was shelved after a dispute between Bowie and his then-label Virgin.

The original mix has now been shared along with a new alternative ending mix of his 1967 track ‘Silly Boy Blue’. You can listen to both below.

The ‘Brilliant Adventure’ box set comes in an 11-CD box and 18-piece vinyl set formats, before ‘Toy’ is released next year, the day before Bowie’s birthday. ‘Toy’ will be available in three-CD and six 10″ vinyl versions.

Included in the LP box set of ‘Brilliant Adventures’ will be vinyl versions of Bowie’s albums ‘Black Tie White Noise’, ‘The Buddha Of Suburbia’, ‘1. Outside’, ‘Earthling’ and ‘hours…’, alongside ‘Toy’, an LP of non-album singles, b-sides and more called ‘Re: Call 5’, a hardback book and more.

Meanwhile, a pair of David Bowie pop-up shops are opening in London and New York later this month to celebrate the late artist’s upcoming 75th birthday.

A year-long celebration of Bowie’s 75th – which will fall on January 8, 2022 – is being planned by his estate under the name ‘Bowie 75.

Two special ‘Bowie 75’ locations are now set to open at 14 Heddon Street in London – the location where the cover of ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ was shot – and 150 Wooster Street in New York City, close to where Bowie lived in the city.

Set to open to the public on October 25 until late January, the pop-ups will “offer visitors a unique and immersive career-spanning deep dive into the sound and vision of David Bowie”.

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Beatles Royalties & Family Conflicts: We Read UMG’s 300-Page Prospectus. Here’s What We Found

The Universal Music Group’s prospectus for the company’s successful listing on the Euronext Amsterdam exchange revealed plenty of tidbits of information, in addition to providing financial insights to educate investors about the global music giant and its worthiness to be included in their stock portfolios.

UMG ushered in a new era for the music business when its shares began trading on Sept. 21: record amounts of money is flowing into music, chasing recordings and compositions expected to benefit from strong streaming growth and burgeoning revenue streams from social media, gaming and fitness platforms. Investors immediately started looking at UMG’s peers: shares of Warner Music Group jumped 12.2% on Sept. 21 and has rose an additional 2.4% through midday Thursday. Now that the dust has settled, with UMG’s stock price sitting pretty at 24.72 euros – a 44.8 billion euros market capitalization — here’s a rundown of some of the more informative elements found inside the 300-page document:

The Beatles and EMI

In order to become a publicly traded, stand-alone company, Vivendi had to do an internal reorganization in 2020 to align the parameters of what would become Universal Music Group. As part of that, some of the liabilities directly assumed by Vivendi had to be transferred to UMG for the latter company to have control of all the music assets. It also had to assume the obligations and liabilities that came with them. One such Vivendi obligation that UMG had to take on was to provide security for royalty payments capped at $100 million euros to the Beatles, Yoko Ono and certain Apple entities.

But that’s not surprising considering that the ownership of EMI, acquired in 2012, was directly under Vivendi, not UMG, so they had to do some internal asset and financial maneuvering to bring EMI under the latter’s banner. UMG had to pay almost 1.2 billion euros to Vivendi to assume EMI’s ownership, which occurred through some internal debt maneuvering, according to the prospectus.

What’s the Deal?

After two years of ramping up investment in content, it looks like UMG slowed down in the first half of 2021. But that’s likely due to the timing of what music assets are up on the trading block. In 2019, UMG paid out 192 million euros in advances and made 219 million euros in catalog investments, according to the prospectus. That escalated significantly in 2020, with advances reaching 588 million euros and catalog investments totaling 929 million euros (that includes the $300-plus million UMG paid to acquire Bob Dylan’s publishing catalog). In the first half of 2021, the company paid out 130 million euros in content advances and $43 million in catalog investments. As for the latter number, music asset traders tell Billboard that while a lot of assets have come to market, for some inexplicable reason, deals are taking much longer to get done this year. Go figure.

All In the Family

In the potential conflicts of interest section, we learn that chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge]s son, Elliot  Grainge, has generated some $30 million in revenue for UMG in the last three and a half years through his company 10K Projects, which signed rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine. That breaks out to $5.02 million in the first half of 2021; $8.975 million in 2020; $6.683 million in 2019; and $9.65 million in 2018. It’s standard practice for companies to disclose potential conflicts of interest – not likely, just potential – to their investors in financial statements.

Meanwhile, the prospectus also notes that UMG entered into a publishing administration agreement on Oct. 1, 2019, with 10K Projects for its Ten Thousand Music Publishing company. As part of that deal, UMG provided a $1 million advance and a signing fund of up to $1.5 million per year for the first four years of the contract.

In another 10K Projects deal, dated July 3, 2019, the Elliot Grainge-led company was assigned the agreement that artist Gnar had with UMG’s Capitol Music Group. That deal provided CMG the right to recoup $564,000 from its investment in Gnar’s music.

Finally, Elliot’s company signed a distribution agreement with the then-named Caroline, now Virgin Music Artist & Label Services.

Under the agreement, Caroline is required to pay advances to 10K for costs incurred in connection with A&R, marketing, promotion and overhead.

Another conflict-of-interest item noted that UMG has entered into a worldwide publishing administration agreement with Julian Swirsky, the son of UMPG chairman and CEO Jody Gerson. Swirsky, the prospectus notes, in October 2016, which has been amended so that it is in effect until March 31, 2022 — although it also notes that some specific recordings may qualify for earlier termination or extended terms. is employed as a senior VP of A&R at Republic Records. Also, the prospectus disclosed that another son, Luke Swirsky, is an independent contractor to Republic Records, but it doesn’t provide details.

Start Me Up

In anticipation of the next wave of industry transformation, UMG and its operating companies have launched Abbey Road Red, launched in 2015; gBeta Music Tech, launched in 2018 by Capital Music Group and the Gener8tor startup accelerator; and the Accelerator Engagement Network, a network of 12 accelerator programs. Each organization is aimed at mentoring and promoting entrepreneurship music technology startups. The latter initiative “has supported the mentorship of over 120 music-technology startups that have collectively raised over US$130 million in funding.” Additionally, UMG has hosted 25 “innovation challenges” and hackathons that have resulted in more than 215 working prototypes.

That Gum You Like Is Coming Back Into Style

With its physical sales totaling $945 million in 2020 and its download sales at $413 million, those numbers show that UMG is still invested in the sales model, even though the preponderance of revenue and its future comes from streaming. In another sign that the sales model is still a factor, UMG paid out 1.1% of its 7.43 billion euros ($8.4 billion), or $82 million, in mechanical expenses to music publishers.

Sharing Is Caring

As part of its Sept. 21 listing, Vivendi distributed 1,813,241,160 shares. But UMG is authorized to issue a total of 2.7 billion shares, which means that there is already the potential for another 887 million UMG shares to come to market. However, this allotment isn’t like a shelf registration, which allows companies to issue further shares without going through the process of issuing another prospectus. Sources suggest that any further issuance of those 887 million UMG shares would need shareholder approval.


The UMG prospectus says that it will pay 50% of the company’s annual net profits in dividends, twice a year; and that the board has already approved a 362.7 million euros ($420 million) payout on Oct. 28. That will be the first payout for 2021, even though the prospectus notes that on April 29, the company paid out a dividend that totaled 422 million euros ($510 million). However, that payout was for 2020.

Current vs. Catalog

On the bottom of page 53 of the prospectus it says that in 2020, catalog content accounted for 54% of UMG’s recorded music digital and physical revenue. In contrast, MRC Data says that in 2020, catalog accounted for 65% of activity. While it appears that UMG is lagging industry trends, that likely isn’t the case. First off, the MRC data cited above only covers the U.S., while UMG refers to a global percentage. Second of all, there is another factor to consider: older catalog titles are often sold at discount—who remembers the $5 CD bins at Walmart and Best Buy? Or to put it another way, the UMG percentage reflects dollars, while the MRC percentage reflects a unit count. So the lesson there might be: while catalog has a larger proportion of the marketplace when counting units, that catalog percentage might shrink when counting revenue. Got it?

Global Footprint

Besides its presence in all the usual territories where music plays well, the prospectus notes that UMG is diversifying its global presence even more aggressively, by generating new activities and key partnerships in Israel, Morocco, Vietnam, Senegal, Cameroon, Nigeria, Italy, India, Indonesia, Thailand and South Korea.

In order to have a global presence, UMG employs approximately 9,370 persons worldwide, including full- and part-time employees.

The document also laid out the average number of UMG’s 9,370 employees by region for June 30, 2021: 3,910 in Europe; 3,502 in North America; 1,438 in Asia-Pacific; 390 in Central and South America; and 130 in Africa.

Borrowing Power to Spare

As a standalone company, UMG will have direct access to capital markets to fund catalog acquisitions and acquire companies. As of June 20, 2021, UMG could assume billions of euros of additional debt. Until UMG has certain ratings by a credit ratings agency, such as Moody’s or Fitch, the company must maintain a leverage ratio no greater than 4.0 — meaning its long-term debt cannot exceed 4 times its EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization). Currently, UMG’s leverage ratio is about 2.0, meaning UMG could assume about 2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) of additional debt, an amount that increases as UMG’s EBITDA grows over time.

Publicly Traded by Vivendi at Heart

UMG will have leeway to adjust to being a public company. Vitally, UMG appointed its first board of directors without outside nominations — those will inevitably come later — by later investors. Instead, two board members have long-standing ties to UMG: CEO Grainge and deputy CEO Vincent Vallejo. Two members came from the Tencent-led consortium that owns 20% of UMG’s equity and another is also on the Vivendi board. UMG has a 42% free float, meaning 58% of its shares are owned by long-term investors that will not sell their shares. That ensures UMG’s voting power will remain concentrated in UMG’s pre-spin off investors: Vivendi and the Bolloré Group, which at an 18% stake is Vivendi’s largest shareholder. However, these existing shareholders do not have a lock up period and may, however unlikely, sell their shares.

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’12 Hours with Mariah Angeliq’: How Spirituality Led Her Music Career

On the new episode of Billboard’s 12 Hours With…, presented by Facebook Watch, fans will learn more about urbana artist Mariah Angeliq, known for hits including “Perreito,” “Taxi” with Guaynaa, and Karol G’s “El Makinon.”

“I’m glad to be representing everything that I am,” she says in the nearly 13-minute video. “A normal girl from Miami. ‘La princesa de Miami,’ my fans gave me that name.”

Mariah, who’s of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent and was named after chart-topping artist Mariah Carey, first had a vision of becoming a singer at nine years of age. At 16, she escaped her home to pursue her career and three years later she dropped the viral hit “Perreito,” which was certified Gold in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

“It’s no coincidence how spiritual I am,” she expresses. “Apparently my grandfather was super spiritual too. I guess that’s why I was born such an intuitive, manifesting person. I believe in the law of attraction. I feel that as a human being you’re very powerful and you don’t need to be looking for so many answers. They’re all inside of you.”

In the mini-documentary, her longtime producer Nely “El Arma Secreta,” her manager, her mom, and good friend all describe Mariah as a “hustler” who can spend days in the recording studio without any sleep.

“I feel like it’s my time right now,” she notes. “It’s not about fame. It’s what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, have a purpose, you know? Don’t be famous just to be famous. You have to love this, breathe this, be this because it’s not easy.”

With about 50 unreleased songs, Mariah is currently putting the final touches on her debut album slated for 2022.

“I knew this was going to happen, I know I’m going to make it, it’s going to be a great album,” she says. “My album is going to hit No. 1. It’s going to be a great year for me, I’m only going up.”

The four-part series, which also featured Maluma, Anitta, and Prince Royce, digs deep into the four artists’ stories about how their heritage and roots helped build a foundation for their music careers and how they’re shaping culture and building on generations of Latin influence across the globe.

Billboard’s 12 Hours With… Facebook Watch series was executive produced by Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman on behalf of The Intellectual Property Corporation, an Industrial Media Company, with showrunner and executive producer Rachelle Mendez. Learn more about Facebook’s Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations here.


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Mozzy Ravena happy to see sons learn Japan style of play, like she did in college

MANILA, Philippines—Mozzy Ravena was once a burgeoning volleyball talent as part of the University of Santo Tomas dynasty in the late 1980s under the legendary August Sta. Maria. It was Sta. Maria who guided the Golden Tigresses to seven straight UAAP championships using Japanese methods, which at that time, was nearly unstoppable in the collegiate […]

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Magnolia returns to PBA PH Cup finals, ousts Meralco

MANILA, Philippines—Magnolia made its way back to the finals after shutting the lights off on Meralco, 93-85, in Game 6 of its semifinals series in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at DHVSU Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga. The Hotshots ended the series against the Bolts at 4-2 and will make their first finals appearance since […]

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The Horrors announce new EP ‘Against The Blade’ and share brutal title track

The Horrors have announced plans for another three track EP entitled ‘Against The Blade’.

The record, which is released on November 5, follows their previous EP ‘Lout‘ which came out earlier this year.

The band have also shared the title track from the new EP, which is steeped in the same brutal industrial sound as their previous record. You can listen to it and view the artwork below.

“The ‘Against The Blade’ EP is a further descent into chaos,” said frontman Faris Badwan. “It’s about the freedom that comes with abandoning all hope, giving up control, and accepting that you will always be at odds with the world around you”.

“Once the ball started rolling with writing ‘Lout’, I liked the idea of challenging the band to push all the songs in as extreme a direction as possible” added bassist Rhys Webb.

Other tracks on the EP, include ‘Twisted Skin’ and ‘I Took a Deep Breath And I Kept My Mouth Shut’.

“‘Against The Blade’ and ‘Twisted Skin’ were both written in Southend-on-Sea over lockdown, it’s the most DIY music we’ve ever made,” added Webb.

“The first demos were written in my bedroom and work continued in Joe’s [Spurgeon] studio The Bunker, which is a shipping container that overlooks the estuary. The only element recorded in an actual studio were the vocals, we even recorded guitars in my front room.”

Speaking about their recent change in direction, Badwan said: “There’s something about our recent writing that has felt really free and liberated, like being let off a leash – slightly ironic given the fact that lockdown forced us into certain ways of working.”

”This almost feels like a new band now – a new beginning right in time for the apocalypse.”

The Horrors are due to play three shows later this year kicking off at Bristol’s Marble Factory on November 25 and continuing on to the Albert Hall in Manchester the following evening. They’ll wrap up at London’s Electric Ballroom on December 3.

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Lance Bass and Husband Share Birth of ‘Baby Dragon’ Twins

Lance Bass and his husband Michael Turchin are celebrating being first time dads, times two. The couple announced the birth of their twin children via a surrogate on Thursday (Oct. 14) in an Instagram post showing off the bouncing babies’ birth certificates.

VerifiedThe baby dragons have arrived!!,” Bass wrote along with a string of heart emoji. “I can not express how much love I feel right now. Thank you for all the kind wishes. It meant a lot. Now, how do you change a diaper??! Ahhhhhhhh!” The babies, Violet Betty and Alexander James — were both born on Wednesday, but Alex is the big brother by about a minute.

Back in June, Bass, 42, told People that he and artist Turchin, 34, had gone through years of surrogacy attempts, failed IVF treatments and a miscarriage in their journey to become dads. “You have your vision of how it’s all going to go, right? When we went into IVF and surrogacy, we had no idea what it was all about,” Lance said at the time.

“Pretty much everyone we’ve known had bad luck at the beginning. The first time they tried it, it just did not work. And I feel like that is such a common thing. And it’s great that we’re able to talk about this because a lot of times I would believe that couples feel very alone in that situation. But to know that other people are going through the same exact thing, it’s really comforting.”

Turchin, who has a twin sister, explained that they’d gone through nine different egg donors during their four-year journey, with Bass revealing that one of their surrogates miscarried twins last year. “Because of what we’ve been through the last four years, we were very cautious to get excited,” Bass said of waiting to make the big reveal this time.

“And it kind of sucks because when you find out you’re pregnant, you want to celebrate with your family. You start planning their future in your head already, but we were so scared because we didn’t want to go through the pain again of losing them. We told our friends and family about the ninth week, when we finally felt comfortable. You think you’re going to jinx it or something. “

The couple weren’t the only ones celebrating, they also got lots of love from friends and other stars in the comments on the announcement, including kind words from Jordin Sparks, Jai Rodriguez, Lucy Hale, Ashlee Simpson, Tori Spelling, Shar Jackson and Fortune Feimster, among others.

Check out the baby announcement below.

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Executive Turntable: Britney’s Ex-Manager Links With Live Nation; Primary Wave Adds Clive Black

Larry Rudolph, Britney Spears’ longtime manager, has launched a new company called 724 Management under the Live Nation banner, Variety reports. The 724 roster includes Aerosmith, Steven Tyler, Jessie J, Kim Petras, Nessa Barrett and Jaden Hossler aka jxdn, among others.

Rudolph will serve as 724’s CEO, while Jesse Peters will serve as president. The two have worked together in adjacent management firms under Maverick, the consortium of music managers put together by Guy Oseary in 2014.

Rudolph recently stepped down as Spears’ manager due to her “intention to officially retire.” As Spears’ legal battle concerning her 13-year conservatorship has gained attention in recent years, Rudolph has maintained that his involvement was limited to her professional commitments in music and entertainment.

“I’m thrilled to announce our new 724 Management venture with Live Nation.” Rudolph said. “Jesse, myself and our incredible team are dedicated to fostering a rich and valuable environment in which to nurture and support our artists both in development and throughout their careers. Offering greater resources, experience and opportunities than we ever have before we are focused on super serving our artists and providing them with every available pathway to success.”

Primary Wave Music has announced the addition of Clive Black, who will focus on the types of catalog acquisitions the company has done with songwriters including Stevie Nicks, Bob Marley and Bing Crosby for Primary Wave IP Fund 3.

Black started at EMI Records as an A&R manager and was later director of A&R at the label until 1995. During both periods, Clive signed acts like Afrika Bambaataa, Mark Almond, Eternal, Mark Morrison and Babylon Zoo. Black then created the Postiva dance label within EMI when he returned as managing director. By 1997, Clive had personally signed and released seven No. 1 singles in the UK by six different artists. Black later left EMI and set up two companies, Blacklist Entertainment and Blacknight, with Sir Cliff Richard.

As chairman of Blacklist Entertainment, Clive struck up a label deal with Edel Records in the UK, signing several artists across the UK and Europe. He also created the dance label Free2Air Recordings within Edel. In 2004, he garnered full ownership of both companies. In 2008, Black began managing record producer Trevor Horn; Horn later chose Black to lead his 13 companies under the SPZ Group banner. In 2011, Black left SPZ to re-launch Blacknight Entertainment.

Black said, “Larry and the Primary Wave team is something that I am extremely excited about and hope I will be able to add value to the wonderful organization Larry has built up since we worked together some twelve years ago.”

Larry Mestel, founder & CEO of Primary Wave Music, added, “Clive is a force in the music industry in the UK. It’s great to have him as part of our team, providing a platform where his vast experience can flourish.”

The SRG/ILS Group has announced Dan Patrick, sports and entertainment broadcaster, as a company shareholder and brand and media consultant.

Patrick’s career as a broadcaster, radio and television personality spans four decades and eventually led him to his tenure hosting Sports Center on ESPN and his hugely successful syndicated radio show, The Dan Patrick Show.

“Dan and I have been friends for over 15 years, and it is with great respect and admiration on behalf of the SRG/ILS Group that we welcome his advice and expertise.  He is an international brand, and his resume speaks for itself.  He has an unbelievable ear and mind for music of all genres.  The entire team looks forward to his contributions in assisting the label group to continue to grow and flourish,” said SRG/ILS Founder and CEO, Claude Villani.

TEG has appointed executive Rachael Carroll to the newly created role of managing director, TEG Sport & Experiences. In the role, Carroll will manage the growth of TEG Sport’s major events and will lead TEG’s portfolio of family entertainment, experiential and exhibition businesses, which includes Brickman Exhibitions, Life Like Touring, TES Live and TEG Rockefeller.

Caroll has previously held executive positions within government agencies handling major event and tourism strategies, including the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and the New Zealand 2011 Rugby World Cup. Her recent previous employer is event management and sports promotion company Duco Events, where she was joint owner and CEO.

Carroll said: “It’s a hugely exciting challenge to be joining the world-class and dynamic leadership team at TEG. I look forward to playing my part in the company’s fast-growing and diverse international entertainment business.”

Managing Director of TEG Live, Tim McGregor, will work alongside Carroll as his focus shifts to TEG Live’s concert touring and festivals portfolio, which has recently seen the addition of MJR Presents, Handsome Tours and Laneway Festival as well as several new strategic partnerships across the Asia-Pacific region which will deliver tours and shows throughout 2022 and beyond.

Mama Jan Smith, the vocal coach and producer who has worked with top-tier artists including Usher, Justin Bieber and Sugarland, has opened Mama’s Music House, the new home of Smith’s Jan Smith Studio and Homegirl Entertainment, producer/engineer Jesse Owen Astin, Kaleb Jordan Productions and ImageMil Film & Television, the video and photography studio of producer Mil Cannon.

The Atlanta-based facility will boast expanded music and video capabilities, in-house recording and production, full video and filming capacity and a showcase room. Under the Jan Smith Studio banner, vocal coaching, guitar lessons, songwriting and recording instruction, stage/performance coaching, master class workshops and artist development for both established and emerging artists will continue to be prioritized.

An invitation-only music industry VIP opening event for the facility will be held on Sunday (Nov. 7), featuring a performance by singer Willie Spence, a runner-up on the most recent season of American Idol.

Opry Entertainment Group has announced internal promotions within its artist & label strategy team, along with updates to its WSM Radio team. Jenn Tressler has been promoted to artist & label strategy senior manager, while Anna Lemme has been made an artist & label strategy manager, reporting to Jordan Pettit, director of artist relations & programming strategy. Lemme has been with Opry for multiple years, working in marketing and artist support for the Ole Red brand.

The WSM Radio Team has added veteran journalist Kelly Sutton to co-host and serve as the entertainment reporter for their signature morning show Coffee, Country & Cody. She’ll report to J.P. Tinnell, who was recently promoted to general manager and content director of the WSM Radio Team.

At Warner Music Poland, Adrian Ciepichal joins the company as managing director. He previously worked at e-Muzyka, the largest digital music aggregator in Poland, and will report to Alfonso Perez-Soto, who is president, emerging markets.

With Polish recorded music going through a digital transition, Ciepichal will oversee the growth of the label’s local roster while broadening those artists’ international appeal. He has more than twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry, starting as a key account manager and sales director at Monolith Video throughout the 2000s.

Ciepichal was previously with Universal Music Poland in 2008 before moving to Tidal in 2013 serving as general manager for Central and Eastern Europe. He was appointed CEO of e-Muzyka in 2018 before leaving this year to join Warner Music Poland.

Warner Music Group announced that former Spotify executive Andre Torres will be joining the company’s recorded music global catalog team as senior vp, catalog development and marketing. Torres will be based in Los Angeles and report to Kevin Gore, president, global catalog, recorded music.

At Spotify, Torres served as head of catalog, artist and label partnerships, North America along with three-plus years as vp of Urban Catalog at Universal Music Enterprises. He also has experience in media, spending over fifteen years as founder, editor and publisher of Wax Poetics, a quarterly music magazine. He has also served as executive editor for the lyrics website Genius.

Torres will be responsible for leading one of Warner Recorded Music’s catalog content development and marketing teams, working with labels and artists and strategizing new catalog opportunities in A&R, content development, consumption and marketing.

Former Beatport and Symphonic Distribution executive Peter Wohelski will be joining RCRDSHP as head of creator relations. Wohelski will be responsible for getting millions of electronic music professionals across the globe paid through the expansion of RCRDSHP’s digital collectibles platform.

Wohelski has previously worked with artists like Tiesto and The Chemical Brothers throughout his career in the electronic music industry and has extensive experience working in the intersection between artists, industry and technology platforms.

In his new role, Wohelski will serve the needs of the brand’s creative partners as the platform continues to increase and grow in popularity.

Music Row Moves

Black River senior director of national promotion and strategy Bill Macky is temporarily serving as senior vp promotion while Mike Wilson undergoes and recovers from heart bypass surgery… Why&How hired two senior-level executives, bringing the music firm’s payroll to 26 employees. Nashville-based Halie Hampton Mosley joined as vp roster operations after serving as Florida Georgia Line’s day-to-day manager and as an artist manager/executive assistant at Maverick. London-based Chris Koegen arrives as Why&How vp artist development and marketing after working in artist relations for Amazon Music. Additionally, Why&How promoted Austin-based Evan Kaufmann to vp creative direction from creative director. The company’s roster includes Chase Rice, A Thousand Horses and BRELAND… Concord Music expanded its Nashville publishing presence by hiring five new employees. Melissa Spillman joins as vp A&R after operating her own Freetown Music Group for three years. Matt Turner onboards as senior director of A&R, following a run as Downtown Music senior director of creative services. Director of A&R Courtney Allen is a former BMG creative director, manager of A&R Ashley Nite segues from JRM Publishing creative manager, and A&R coordinator Garrett Stephenson picks up the job after serving as Downtown Music office coordinator. —Tom Roland

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