Grammy Nominee Amy Allen Signs With Warner Chappell
Warner Chappell Music has signed a worldwide administration deal with Amy Allen, the singer-songwriter credited with writing the best singles for Harry Styles (“Adore You”, “Matilda”), Halsey (“Without Me”, “Graveyard”, “Be Kind”), Selena Gomez (“Back to You”) and Lizzo (“If You Love Me”), among others.
Allen is one of five nominees in the new category of Songwriter of the Year at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards on February 5, 2023. She also received a nomination for Album of the Year ( “Special” by Lizzo and “Harry’s House” by Styles.”).
“I am beyond thrilled to join the Warner Chappell family in this next chapter of my songwriting career,” Allen commented in a press release. “It’s an amazing feeling to work with creatives who push you to be better and who wholeheartedly believe in you, so I’m especially grateful to have the opportunity to collaborate with the legendary Ryan Press, and of course my partner in crime, Gabz Landman (pictured with Allen above, left and right, respectively), who has been with me since the very beginning.
Allen, a former Variety Hitmaker, launched his own solo career in 2021, releasing his first solo EP “AWW!” Most recently, Allen helped write the song “My Mind & Me” for the documentary “Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me.”
+ German Grammophon – a division of Universal Music Group – launched Stage+a classical music subscription service platform consisting of live streams, audio releases and video archives.
Stage+ will feature exclusive live premieres; full-length concert and opera programs; music videos; behind-the-scenes documentaries and interviews; new audio releases, as well as albums from the Deutsche Grammophon and Decca catalogs, all available in Hi-Res and Dolby Atmos.
Users will be able to search by title and access individual works, movements or opera scenes, with each search linked to all relevant audio and video content available for an artist, composer, work, place or a particular partner organization. Benefiting from partnerships with opera companies, orchestras, concert halls and international festivals, STAGE+ will present new performances every week with the first premiere on the platform featuring Víkingur Ólafsson, who will perform music from his latest album , “From Afar”, in full from Harpa, Iceland.
The platform will be available as a TV, mobile and web application for STAGE+ subscribers.
+ Kim Petras signed with ASCAP after announcing his first Grammy nomination for “Unholy,” feat. Sam Smith; the TikTok favorite has been nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the upcoming 2023 awards.
“The ASCAP team have been incredible advocates for artists, so I’m really excited to join their inclusive community as a songwriter. They’ve been really supportive and I’m grateful to be able to continue my songwriting career. -composer with them,” Petras said.
Petras was independent until last year when she signed with Republic Records/Amigo Records. Since then, she’s released a string of singles, including “Coconuts” and “Future Starts Now,” in addition to her sex-hit EP “Slut Pop,” which she followed up with a debut album at Coachella. Petras also recently made her acting debut on HBO’s “Los Espookys.”
+ Carlson cameo was named CEO of artist development and management services company, mtheory. With a roster of over 100 artists, mtheory currently works with over 25 managers to represent a wide range of musicians, including Galantis, Jelly Roll, Masego, Twenty Øne Pilots, Tyler Childers, Zac Brown Band and many more.
Carlson first joined the company to open the Nashville office in 2017. She was previously head of digital business development for Borman Entertainment and former executive vice president of Universal Motown and Republic Records.
In addition, Carlson confirms the promotions of several team members as well as the hiring of an executive. Michael Corcoran joins the team as General Manager; Carmela Frangella assumes the role of Chief Financial Officer; Amy Davidson is executive vice-president; Vince Amoroso is Senior Vice President, Head of Marketing; Ed Rivadavia is Senior Vice President, Head of Digital; Jonas Berry is Vice President of Marketing and Kaitlyn Moore rounds out the list of additions as the new vice president of marketing.
+ Warner Chappell Music signed the catalog of the pop-rock group Scissor Sisters.
Scissor Sisters appointed Fascination Management as legacy manager. Their catalog of music and visuals is top notch and has so much potential. I worked with the band during my years at Polydor, so being reunited professionally is a dream come true.
The band burst onto the scene in the early 2000s with the UK hits ‘Laura’, ‘Comfortably Numb’ and ‘Take Your Mama’ from their self-titled debut album. In 2010, the group released their third album “Night Work”, which landed at No. 2 in the UK charts and the band’s last album to date was 2012’s “Magic Hour”, which charted at No. 4
+ Interscope Geffen A&M Records promoted David Nieman as senior vice president of sports and games at the label. Nieman will continue to be the label’s main liaison with the sports and gaming sectors.
Nieman has helped forge partnerships between the IGA and sports giants like the NFL and ESPN, which for 8 of the past 9 seasons have featured the label’s artists in broadcast and promotional spots. He also helped organize J. Cole’s 2019 NBA All-Star performance and the first-ever College Football Championship halftime performance with Kendrick Lamar in 2018. The label delivered custom music to ESPN the last year for the NBA playoffs and finals (Paris Bryant, BAS & CMG le Label).
In gaming, Nieman has secured soundtrack locations on Madden NFL and FIFA video games, in addition to virtual reality game Beat Saber. Interscope struck a deal last year to release the NFL soundtrack Maden22, featuring music from Swae Lee and Jack Harlow, Moneybagg Yo, Tierra Whack, JID and more.
+ Concorde hired Hunting butters as Vice President of Synchronization for Concord Music Publishing. Based in the company’s Los Angeles office, Butters will work on sync placements for songwriters and artists in Concord’s publishing catalog. He will report to Senior Vice President of Synchronization, Brooke Primont.
“I am very pleased to have Chase on the team. He has the knowledge and industry connections to significantly grow our business,” said Primont. “Our catalog continues to grow, and it is essential that we have people like Chase who understand the complex mechanics, but who also deeply appreciate the music, our songwriters and their legacy.”
Butters previously worked on commercial sync and brand partnership projects at Warner Records, oversaw music licensing at advertising agency Deutsch LA, and also ran a boutique recording studio.
+ Audiomack has partnered with Afrochelle to host the third edition of its Rising Star Challenge, which aims to provide a platform and exposure for emerging artists across Africa.
Twenty-five of the top submissions will be included in a curated playlist for Afrochellans and special guest judges to vote on. Among the finalists, 5 contestants will be selected to perform at Afrochella to showcase their skills and expand their fan base.
The winner of the competition will win a cash prize, a studio session with a professional producer, a playlist feature on Audiomack and a one-time release deal. Both finalists can still claim cash prizes, playlist features, and networking opportunities with music industry professionals.
To enter the competition, budding artists can fill out an application form here and upload their songs to Audiomack.
+ side piecethe dance duo made up of DJ-producers NITTI (Ricky Mears) and party favors (Dylan Ragland), debuted on Big Beat Discs with their new single “Reborn”.
Following their signing with Big Beat, the dance music label owned by Warner Music Group (operating through Atlantic Records), Sidepiece have launched their Kiss and Tell: Second Base international tour, with headline dates scheduled through February 2023.
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