Em Beihold signs with Sony Publishing; ‘Billie Eilish’ Rapper Armani White Inks With Def Jam

Sony Music Edition signed a rising singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Em Beihold to a worldwide publishing agreement. Her gold-certified single “Numb Little Bug” has been on the Billboard Hot 100 for 24 weeks, and she released her debut EP “Egg in the Backseat: Last week.” I’m so happy to be part of the Sony family. Music Publishing,” Beihold said. “A lot of my favorite artists who inspired me to start writing like Regina Spektor and Sara Bareilles are with them, so it was a natural move. Songwriting is at the heart of my art and I am so grateful to have made Sony Music Publishing my home.

+ White Armanithe West Philadelphia rapper whose single “Billie Eilish” is one of the summer’s viral hits, has signed with Def Jam Recordingsannounced Chairman and CEO Tunji Balogun.
“Armani is a dynamic performer who’s been bubbling underground for a while now and caught lightning in a bottle with ‘Billie Eilish,'” Balogun said. “As infectious and urgent as ‘Billie’ is, Armani’s upcoming EP showcases an energetic, three-dimensional artist with a unique perspective and exciting approach to the game. We’re all excited to help her grow, connect with a wider audience and become the star he showed he could be.
“Billie Eilish helped me complete my 2022 wishlist in a month,” Armani White said. “The sky opened up and things I could not have imagined fell before me.”

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+Sherrese Clarke Soares’ HarbourView Equity Partners acquired country act veteran’s publishing catalog Lady A. According to the announcement, the trio – formerly called Lady Antebellum – have moved over 18 million album units, sold over 34 million tracks and racked up nearly 5 billion digital streams, as well as five Grammy Awards and won was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. . Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Fox Rothschild LLP acted as counsel to HarbourView in connection with the transaction. Lady A is represented by Jess L. Rosen of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

+ The National Association of Independent Venues (NIVA) named Cody Cowan to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer. He will oversee the day-to-day operations of NIVA’s various initiatives working closely with the Executive Director, Board Members, Department Heads, staff and NIVA Committee Chairs to continue NIVA’s role as as an independent live industry and community champion. Cowan comes to NIVA from Austin’s Red River Cultural District, where he served as executive director, and previously worked at two of the city’s major clubs, Emos and the Mohawk.

“As NIVA continues its evolution by successfully ensuring the survival of the independent music, comedy, promoter and festival industry, we are now focused on how we thrive,” said Reverend Moose, executive director and co-founder of NIVA. We are incredibly fortunate that Cody, a seasoned music industry veteran with a history of success in the civic, hospitality, service and live events sectors, is joining NIVA in this newly created leadership role of COO. He is a leader and strong advocate for preserving the cultural identity of his hometown of Austin and we know he will bring that passion, commitment and energy to NIVA.

+ Sony Music Entertainment promoted Jacob Fowler to the Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer. Based in New York, he reports directly to COO Kevin Kelleher. In this role, Fowler will lead global product strategy, working closely with Sony Music’s Global Digital Business group and The Orchard to oversee a newly created global group that combines product technology and engineering teams from both divisions.

The new global group will continue to build on a range of industry-leading apps that Sony Music currently provides to its workforce and creative partners, including SME’s Real Time Insights tool for artists, its platform Apollo Data Analytics for Employees and The Orchard’s Workstation + Suite. . Fowler will continue to oversee technology for The Orchard, as well as AWAL and neighboring rights division KNR.

Since 2020, Fowler has been CTO of Orchard, which he first joined as a product manager within the technology group in 2016.

+ Helixa digital platform that combines social activism, charitable efforts and marketing campaigns and has worked with Justin Bieber, Lizzo and others, opens an investment fund with a crowdfunding platform Wefunder. It offers the opportunity to support its continued growth with a minimum investment of $250 through fellow nonprofit Wefunder, where “everyone from traditional investors to someone making their first impact investment can join. feel good about the alignment of his funds.

Since May 1, the organization has raised $625,000 for nonprofits and generated more than a million actions. Lizzo’s third annual Juneteenth Giveback raised nearly $125,000 from more than 38,000 attendees, while Justin Bieber’s Justice Campaign raised more than $165,000 for the Generosity Foundation and nearly 224,000 actions through Propeller. The organization also works or has worked with Demi Lovato, The National, Bon Iver, Jack Johnson and more, as well as festivals and venues such as Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and Red Rocks Amphitheater, and organizations such as NRDC, HRC , Planned Parenthood, The Trevor Project. and Intrepid Journey.

+ creative intelligence, an artificial intelligence-powered trading platform for the music industry, today announced that it has closed a $3 million seed funding round. The music-tech startup is backed by music industry investors including Austin Rosen (Electric Feel Ventures and co-management of Post Malone), Mac and Robert Reynolds (management, the Killers, Imagine Dragons), Rimas Entertainment (label and management , Bad Bunny), Lucas Keller (Milk & Honey Music + Sports), Barry Weiss (Founder of Records), Dina LaPolt (Founder, LaPolt Law), Robert Celestin (Founder, Law Offices of Robert Celestin), Kevin Liles (co- founder and CEO of 300 Entertainment) and Lyor Cohen (head of music at YouTube).

According to the announcement, Creative Intelll is developing a patent-pending suite of AI-powered legal and educational tools that empower musicians and their teams to take control of their careers and strike smarter deals.

+ SoundExchange named Luis Bonilla Chief Technology Officer, effective August 1, 2022. In his new role, Bonilla will be responsible for the technology systems and infrastructure that underpin SoundExchange’s proprietary solutions and oversee the scaling of tools to better enable the music business. He will report to President/CEO Michael Huppe and is based in Washington, D.C.

Bonilla has served as Senior Vice President of Operations at SoundExchange since 2020 and first joined the organization as Senior Director of Distribution Services in 2011.

+ Kobalt promoted Jamie Kinelsky to the Senior Vice President and Head of West Coast Creative. Since joining Kobalt as Creative Director in 2014 after several years as an ASCAP, she has developed a roster that includes Kali Uchis, Father John Misty, Moses Sumney, Rogét Chahayed, Cuco and more. others, and helped build partnerships between Kobalt and Heavy Duty Publishing and 88Rising. .

“Jamie is a rare creator who has a head start in identifying talent and also has the innate ability to work closely with the world’s greatest songwriters, earn their respect and help them achieve their potential,” said Sas Metcalfe, Kobalt’s Chief Creative Officer. “Her promotion is a testament to her success and contribution to the careers of Kobalt’s roster songwriters. I am thrilled to see what she is accomplishing in this expanded leadership role.

+ Miles Gersh was promoted to Vice President of A&R for Warner Records. Based at the label’s Los Angeles headquarters, Gersh reports to Co-President and CEO Aaron Bay-Schuck. Since joining Warner Records in 2019 from 12Tone Music, Gersh has worked closely with artists such as Zach Bryan and CJ.

“Miles has only been with the company for four years, and he’s quickly become one of its new A&R stars,” Bay-Schuck said. “He has already delivered great for our Warner Records family, and I know there is much more to come in the years to come. I am thrilled to announce this well-deserved promotion.

+MRNK music group named Michael Frick as the new vice president of creative services for its music department. He is based in Los Angeles and reports to Maria Alonte, SVP of the company’s music department. Founder of Mophonis, Frick has designed integrated music platforms for campaigns for brands including Apple, Visit California, Discover Los Angeles, Quickbooks, Cadillac and Verizon, and is a member of the Guild of Music Supervisors and the Television Academy.

According to the announcement, in this newly created role, Frick will be the musical creator of brand partnerships. He will manage the day-to-day synchronization activities of the artists and writers of the MNRK global group in the field of publicity and brand marketing. Additionally, he will work alongside the music oversight team, providing creative services to brands as a music strategist/consultant.

Alonte says, “Michael continues to be one of the most respected talents in music curation and strategy in the brand space. With Michael on board, our music department is even better equipped to be the music solution for any visual media need. We are delighted that he has joined our team!

+ Independent publishing center prescription songs promoted Christian Conant to the A&R manager. Contant is based in the company’s Nashville office and works closely with artists such as Maddie Zahm, Fly by Midnight, Joy Oladokun, Matt Koziol, Lauren LaRue (Arizona Zervas, Sam Hunt, Jimmie Allen), Nick Bailey (Demi Lovato, MGK, Maroon 5), Kyle Stemberger (Jorja Smith, Bad Bunny, Tate McRae) and more.

“Christian has been working hard since the day he joined our team as A&R Coordinator,” says Katie Fagan, A&R Nashville Manager. “He has a great ear for great songs and his varied taste in music has been a perfect addition to our A&R team. Writers love it, as does the Nashville community.

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