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Blake Shelton sells his catalog to influential media partners

PAA announced that veteran music industry agent Steve Kaul has joined the company as senior vice president, global music, it was announced on Oct. 6.

“We have great respect for Steve and have in fact tried to bring him to APA for many years now since his days with the agency group and we are delighted that he is now with us and will bring a lot of expertise and leadership. to our Nashville operation,” said Jim Gosnell, CEO of APA and Bruce Solar, Head of Music, who worked with Kaul at The Agency Group for many years.

Kaul joins CAA, where he has worked for the past four years at its Nashville office. Prior to that, Kaul worked for UTA/The Agency Group for over 20 years, serving as Vice President of its New York office. His touring clients include Built To Spill, Vanessa Carlton, Citizen Cope, Dinosaur Jr., In This Moment, the Lemonheads, Theory Of A Deadman and many more.

Said Kaul: “The entire industry is taking note of APA’s intelligence and aggressiveness, especially lately, in growing their agency in the right way, bringing in talented agents. with proven artists who can work as a team to grow the agency. I can’t wait to be on track today. »

APA has recruited 15 agents and executives, including 12 people from ICM Partners, since the closing of the CAA/ICM merger in July. Kaul is the fifth touring agent to come to APA in the past two months and includes former ICM Partners agents Chris Smith, Mitch Blackman, Mike Hayes and Josh Lanham.

+ Adam Lambert (pictured above), who is releasing a cover of Noël Coward’s “Mad About The Boy” today to accompany the documentary of the same name, has signed with Warner Music United Kingdom through his label EastWest Records. An “American Idol” favorite since competing in 2009, Lambert has been touring as Queen’s lead singer since 2014. As a solo artist, he has released four studio albums, the first two – “For Your Entertainment” and “Trespassing” – via RCA; another, “The Original High”, with Warner Bros. Records; and the most recent, “Velvet” from 2020, via Empire.

“Adam is a true modern-day star and, thanks to his performances with the great British rock group Queen, his role in ITV’s ‘Starstruck“, and his performance at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert, he has become something of a national treasure in the UK,” said Myn Jazeel, SVP, Rhino UK “Warner Music is proud to continue a relationship that began with” The Original High’ in 2015 and continues in its new project – keep an eye out for more news on this in the near future! He will soon be very visible on national television and, combined with his new music, will delight his passionate fan base, while showing a new, even wider audience what an incredible singer and performer he is.

Thursday, October 6

+ Danny Wimmer presents promoted Del Williams at the head of global talent. In her new role, Williams oversees the curation and booking of all DWP festivals, one-time and special events including gatherings such as Aftershock, Bourbon & Beyond, GoldenSky Country Music Festival, Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival, Louder Than Life and Welcome. In Rockville. He is also responsible for working with Billy Brill and Seth Shomes to develop DWP Talent Services, a division focused on entertainment for casinos and fairs.

Tuesday, October 4

+ Influencing media partners acquired Blake Shelton‘s catalog of master recordings, which includes all of his commercial releases from 2001 to 2019.

In the announcement, the company described the joint venture as a “groundbreaking agreement” put in place “to amplify its work and allowing Blake to participate in a share of the profits generated.” Warner Music Group will continue to oversee the country singer’s catalog distribution; other terms were not disclosed.

Shelton said, “I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since my debut album and single. Sometimes I still feel like the Oklahoma kid I was back then! Although many things have changed during this time, my passion for music has not changed. I’m thrilled to be working with Lylette, Rene and the team at Influence Media on so much of my catalog and introducing my songs to the next generation of country fans.

“Blake is one of the most exciting luminaries to emerge in both country music and television over the past two decades,” said Lylette Pizarro, Influence Media Founder and Co-Executive Director. “We are particularly proud that Blake will continue to be an active participant in his catalog going forward, and to have a bespoke joint venture in place that will ensure he remains an active profit participant.”

Blake Shelton and Influence Media Partners

Courtesy of Influence Media Partners

+ ICT Tac promoted Guillaume Gruger to its new Global Music Programs team. In the new role, Gruger will work with a new team of TikTok employees to develop “strategies designed to elevate and amplify key music trends and campaigns across all regional territories, as well as the broader ByteDance family of products,” he wrote on LinkedIn. .

Before joining TikTok as head of music writing in 2019, where he led North American music writing and programming, Gruger worked for Tidal as head of programming and for Twitter-owned video platform Vine. , as a music content strategist. He started his career at Billboard in 2012 as a graphics manager for social media and streaming.

+ Second domain foldersa new label founded by A&R and entrepreneur Mel Carterentered into a global joint venture with Warner Records, which will provide marketing and distribution services for the burgeoning label’s artists and recordings.

During this time, Carter will also serve as a consultant to the A&R team for Warner Records’ artist roster. She will work alongside Steve Carless, President of A&R, and Karen Kwak, Executive Vice President and Head of A&R.

“Mel is one of the best A&R minds in the business,” said Aaron Bay-Schuck, CEO and Co-Chairman of Warner Records. “He has already proven to be an invaluable resource for our team and 2rare is just the very beginning of what is to come with Second Estate. [Corson] and I’m thrilled about this new partnership and being aligned with such a dynamic and forward-thinking force like Mel.

“Throughout my career, I have focused on discovering and promoting young talent. Now, with Second Estate, I can continue to do this on an even larger scale,” Carter commented.

+ Sony Music Nashville promoted Nicole Marinake as Vice President of Marketing Partnerships and New Ventures. In this elevated role, Marinake will work closely with SMN’s regional promotion and artist development team to expand “region-specifically brand space,” as stated in the company’s press release. She will report to Senior Vice President of Marketing, Jennifer Way. Before joining Sony in 2017, Marinake worked for the Madison Square Garden Company.

“Nicole’s passion and dedication to our artists is her superpower,” Way said. “His expertise, innovative spirit and winning personality are key reasons why Sony Music Nashville has developed invaluable relationships with key partners and then brought to life intelligent and compelling collaborations that are perfectly suited to our artists and audiences. their music.”

+ Capitol Music Group signed a boy band Travis Japan, from the Japanese talent agency Johnny and Associates. The group will make their international debut on October 28 with a worldwide release on Capitol Records.

Travis Japan was originally formed in 2017 by Travis Payne, the choreographer of Michael Jackson and Johnny and Associates, who contacted Payne in hopes of forming a global band. Named after Payne, Travis Japan has been active since 2017 with his current group of seven members. The group appeared on both “World of Dance” and “America’s Got Talent” Season 17 this year.

“Having worked together to achieve tremendous success in Japan over the past few years, we are thrilled to extend our working relationship with Julie and the amazing team at Johnny & Associates, and to welcome Travis Japan to the Capitol Music Group & UMG family. “, said Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of UMG.

+ group in secret hired Marc Czarra as the new general manager of the radio. In his new role, Czarra will be responsible for leading the North American radio department from the company’s Los Angeles office and overseeing campaigns on the lists of Secretly Group’s four record labels (Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar, Saddest Factory Records and Secretly Canadian).

He joins Secretly from Downtown Records, where his previous position was Senior Vice President. Prior to Downtown, Czarra also served as Vice President of Alternative Promotion for Universal Records for five years, where he was responsible for all radio promotion and marketing for alternative and rock.

+ Antoine Volodkinthe founder of Hype Machine and future bandjoined Zora — a platform that allows anyone in the world to build and create with NFTs.

Volodkin will work with the Zora team to build Future Tape, the first mobile music NFT app (and website) that lets people search, listen to and explore music on Web3 platforms. In this new role, Volodkin will focus on advancing music on the web3.

+ Group of Japanese girls SG5 signed for WME for a global representation, where the quintet will be represented by agents Ben Totis and David Bradley.

Co-managed by Japanese entertainment company LDH Japan Inc. and global management company Three Six Zero (Calvin Harris, Willow), SG5 recently announced that their next album will be produced by the Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Award BloodPop (Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber), who will also serve as co-creative director.