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One Liners: Sam Smith & Madonna, Mahalia, VV Brown, more

By | Published on Friday 9 June 2023

Sam Smith

Warner Music’s label services division ADA Worldwide is now handling global distribution for Rostrum Records. “Rostrum Records was founded on a commitment to bring innovative, artist-first approaches to the music industry”, says the label’s President Erika Montes. “20 years later, we are excited to partner with the ADA team on a shared vision to deepen the support and amplification of independent artists”.

Peermusic Nashville has signed artist and songwriter Karl Michael to a global co-publishing deal. “Working with the team at Peermusic is a dream come true”, says Michael. “This is a team of outstanding music publishers and to be able to leverage their global reach and network is a great opportunity”.

Concord Music Publishing has signed country pop artist Lindsay Ell to a worldwide publishing deal. “It feels amazing to be part of a team that is so engaged in creating a nurturing environment for all their writers,” says Ell. “Concord is so team-focused and from the moment I walked into that building, I felt like everyone had my back. I’m truly so excited to start this new chapter with this team!”

CTM Outlander has acquired the songs catalogue of songwriter and producer Shane McAnally, and has also agreed a deal to administer his publishing companies SMACKSongs and SMACKBlue. “I am very excited to start this new partnership built on a mutual passion for all things music, along with the global reach of this incredible team”, he says.



FUGA has confirmed that Lara Baker is its new General Manager for the UK, following the promotion of Liz Northeast to SVP EMEA. “I’m delighted to join the global FUGA team, which truly offers best-in-class distribution and marketing to a client base that reads like a who’s who of the independent sector”, says Baker, who previously worked for Songtrust which, like FUGA, is owned by Downtown. “Empowering independent music and labels has been the core focus of my entire eighteen years in the music business”, she adds, “and no one is doing it like FUGA”.

Music data and distribution management platform Revelator has announced a number of new appointments. Rich Masio joins from Pandora as VP Of Partnerships; Miriam Lottner joins from gaming start up XHUB as VP Of Customer Experience; Amram Ben-David joins as VP Research & Development; while Golda Bitterli has been promoted to VP Sales and Noah Roth to Chief Commercial Officer. “We’re looking forward to expanding the services we offer at Revelator as the music market expands”, says CEO Bruno Guez. “Rich, Mimi, and Amram each bring incredible expertise to their roles and will play a crucial part in this endeavour”.

Distiller Music Group has promoted Ian Carew to Head Of Marketing & Operations. “Ian has many years of invaluable experience working at a senior level in the music industry and has incredible knowledge of all aspects of marketing and label operations”, says CEO Sam Dyson. “His expertise and insight will continue to be a huge asset to our team”. The company has also announced that it has hired Becca Price as Campaign Manager, Lois Burdett Proctor as Label & Publishing Assistant, and Nancy Thirkell as Finance Assistant.

The Scottish Music Industry Association has appointed ten new directors to its board. They are: Andy Duggan (WME), Anneliese Harmon (Music Managers Forum), David Mogendorff (TikTok), Dougie Brown (Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival), musician Horse McDonaldJennifer Anderson (The Bothy Society), Phoebe Inglis-Holmes (BBC Introducing In Scotland), Sarah Johnston (FUGA), Thursa Sanderson (Drake Music Scotland) and economist Will Page.



Sam Smith and Madonna have released their single together ‘Vulgar’.

Mahalia has released new single ‘Cheat’, featuring JoJo. “I can’t quite believe this one is real”, says Mahalia. “I have been a fan of JoJo for as long as I can remember so having her on this record really is a dream come true for me. I love watching people come together through hardship and everything about this song represents that. For me, it is a song about strength, power and letting go”.

VV Brown has released new single ‘Twisted’, taken from upcoming new album ‘Am I British Yet?’

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