Lauren Spencer Smith signs global agreement with WCM; Exactuals Promotes Lindsay Conlin to VP of Revenue

Lauren Spencer Smith officially signed a new global publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music.

After working with several professional producers and songwriters, the singer-songwriter has developed an international fanbase via TikTok with his hit “Fingers Crossed” and single “Flowers.” The 18-year-old has since amassed 3.6 million likes on the app and, after an intense bidding war, signed with Island-Republic earlier this year.

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“Lauren is well on her way to becoming the voice of her generation,” said Katy Wolaver, Warner Chappell Music Senior Vice President, A&R. “The music is filled with relatable, unfiltered lyrics and stunning vocals, and it has that natural star power that we all believe in at Warner Chappell.”

Spencer Smith shared, “I’m so grateful to be starting this new chapter in my songwriting journey with Warner Chappell and joining their incredible client list. Since I first met Guy Moot, Rich Christina, and Katy Wolaver, they understood my artistic vision, appreciated my artistry, and most importantly felt like family.

Top (left to right): Guy Moot, Co-Chair and CEO, WCM; Rich Christina, SVP, A&R & Venture Partners, WCM; Lauren Spencer Smith; Ziggy Chareton, Manager, Island Records; Doug Mark, Attorney, Mark Music and Media Law; Katy Wolaver, SVP, A&R, WCM

+ The Los Angeles-based royalty payment provider, Exactualspromoted Lindsay Colin to the Senior Vice President of Revenue. In the new role, Conlin will oversee all sales and marketing operations for the company and its product suite, including the flagship platform, PaymentHub, and the SR1 fee calculation and statement generation service.

Conlin will work from Tennessee and report to Exactuals CEO Bryan Walley, who said, “I am thrilled to lead Exactuals in this next chapter, side by side with such an incredible and deserving leader as Lindsay. Exactuals’ current momentum is largely due to the work Lindsay has done to attract and close deals with new clients and I am delighted to see her continue to grow in her new role as Senior Vice President of Revenue.

Prior to her promotion, Conlin served as Director of Business Development at Exactuals, where she focused on negotiating deals and developing marketing strategies. She has been instrumental in finalizing deals with over 100 labels, publishers, libraries and distributors in the music and literary publishing spaces.

Prior to joining Exactuals in 2018, Conlin worked at Big Machine Label Group in the marketing strategy and partnership promotion department. She then left Big Machine to create software development company DotDot, which merged with Exactuals in 2018.

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+ Universal Music Group was awarded the Ukrainian Peace Prizerecognition by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, for the music company’s support of wartime and humanitarian relief efforts in the region.

During a ceremony at UMG’s Belgian headquarters in Brussels, Olha Stefanishyna (pictured left), Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, presented the award to Frank Briegmann, Chairman and CEO from UMG for Central Europe (photo on the right).

“[UMG] was one of the first to support Ukraine and join the sanctions against Russia,” Stefanishyna said. “UMG is the first music company in the world to receive such an award. Since the start of the full-scale invasion, Universal Music has proven that they are true friends of Ukraine and that the sphere of entertainment and culture should not stay away from the war.

According to the label, their support extended to numerous NGOs, ranging from the World Central Kitchen to the International Red Cross, the International Rescue Committee, International Medical Corps and CARE.

They also helped create charity concerts that helped raise money for relief efforts. UMG Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon labels have teamed up with New York’s Metropolitan Opera to release “A Concert for Ukraine”, an album recorded live at the Met with proceeds going to charities supporting relief efforts in Ukraine. And UMG artists also raised millions at the Berlin “Sound of Peace” charity concert, including Sarah Connor, Rea Garvey and David Garrett.

Other recipients of the award include Microsoft, Google and Amazon, but UMG is the first music company to receive the award.

+ Ellie Goulding will receive the BMI President’s Award at the BMI London Awards 2022 for his “exemplary contributions to the art of music and songwriting,” according to a press release.

Additionally, singer-songwriter and producer Tems will receive the BMI Impact Award, a recognition given to a singer-songwriter, producer or composer for their “groundbreaking artistry, creative vision and impact on the future of music.” “. Tems joins previous winners Raye and Arlo Parks.

The private event will return to London’s Savoy Hotel on October 3 and will be hosted by BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill and Shirin Foroutan, BMI’s Creative Vice President, Europe. Million-Air Awards, Song of the Year, and Pop Music, Dance, Film, Television and Cable Awards will also be featured throughout the evening.

+ Elle Cameron Kaufmandaughter of the late Howard Kaufman (who managed the Eagles, Aerosmith and Stevie Nicks), has announced the launch of her new LA-based label Elle Records. The independent label is partnering with TikTok’s new SoundOn platform for distribution.

According to a press release, Elle Records will serve as a launching pad for new artists looking to establish a career beyond the viral.

“The goal is to sign and develop the first successes of an artist, but not to lock them into long-term contracts. With a focus on successful singles and artist development, the label’s goal is to give artists a foundation to realize their ultimate visions, without trapping them in contracts for years,” the statement continued.

“A lot of my peers are focused on how to go viral or how to capitalize on something that goes viral,” Cameron-Kaufman said. “We want to help launch the next generation of superstars and give them the best chance of success early on. There’s so much noise in the industry right now. So many artists, but there are only a handful of stars. We seek to break artists who will make a real impact and leave a lasting legacy.

In addition to Elle Records, Cameron previously served as a pop curator and strategist at UMG where she worked alongside all of the company’s labels. One of the most notable projects she helmed was the launch of Taylor Swift’s album chapters for “Folklore”, “Evermore” and “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”.

+ those of Brooklyn HDBeenDope signed a label deal with Roc Nation. Announcing the signing, the hip-hop entertainer released a free verse titled “Paper Planes” which was produced by Dizzy Banko, and a video directed by Erikson Corniel. In the visual, HD is shown working in his home studio and then heading to Roc Nation headquarters in New York.

“I’m a writer and artist from Brooklyn signed to Hov,” said HDBeenDope of the Jay-Z-run company. “Those of you who love hip hop like me understand how special it is. I’d love to tell you it happened out of nowhere, but the truth is the intention has been consistent throughout. end. I think they call it serendipity,” HDBeenDope said. “I’m here for the legacy, living in the present, and creating for the future. That’s what I am, that’s what Roc is. That’s who we are.

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