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VIVENDI EXPLORING MORE SALES OF UMG
They're looking for more than 10 cents. (10/17a)
TRAVIS' "ROOM" EARNS SECOND-BIGGEST BOW OF THE YEAR
Great Scott! (10/16a)
REVENUE CHART:
HIGHER & “HIGHEST”
Speaking of Travis... (10/17a)
TOP 20: ANOTHER FIGHT FOR #1?
Unexpected drama (10/17a)
MORE ABOUT MERCK'S MONEY
"More" being the operative word... (10/17a)
RIHANNA PREPARES TO RULE THE ROOST
What shoes go with dancehall?
WHAT'S NEXT FOR R&B?
How certain projects connect at streaming.
THE K-POP LANDSCAPE
농담은 한국어에서 더 잘 작동합니다.
THE NEW GRAMMY POWER
Change is nigh.
Pub Crawling
SPIRIT APPOINTS MATALON AND MORE
10/17/19

Global independent music publisher Spirit Music Group has announced a series of key executive moves within its A&R, Synch and Global Administration departments, following its recent $350 million recapitalization. The company has appointed Nancy Matalon to Vice President, A&R; promoted Melanie Santa Rosa to Senior Vice President, Global Administration; and appointed Tamar Wax to Senior Director, Film/TV.

“We are very pleased to announce the appointments of these talented executives whose passion, creativity and expertise will bring us great ongoing success artistically and commercially. Nancy, Tamar and Melanie embody the vision of the new Spirit Music Group and the exciting opportunities ahead of us,” said Spirit COO/CFO Joe Borrino and Global President Rak Sanghvi.

Matalon will be based in Los Angeles and report jointly to Borrino and Sanghvi. She helped develop careers of recording artists and creators such as Fergie, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson, Public Enemy and Echosmith. Prior to joining Spirit, Nancy managed producers and artists, including Brian West and Nate Traveller. Before that, she spent over 10 years at Sony Music, and held biz dev and creative roles at Auddly and Reach Music Publishing

Santa Rosa is based in New York and reports jointly to Borrino and Sanghvi. Wax will be based in Los Angeles, and report to SVP Creative Services Gary Miller.

In January, Spirit Music Group executives Jon Singer and Ross Cameron formed Lyric Capital Group to take ownership of Spirit and secure a recapitalization. Now wholly-owned by Lyric, Spirit remains a strong, independent publisher.

We tried recapitalization once back in college, but failed miserably because our total assets were just a lava lamp and two bean bag chairs.

Photo: Big Billy Clark

SMACK UPS THREE
10/15/19

Pictured l to r: Sam Sarno, Carly Sater, Molly Bouchon

Nashville publishing, management and artist development company SMACK has staffed up, promoting Sam Sarno and hiring Carly Sater and Molly Bouchon. The company is led by award-winning songwriters/producers Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.

SMACK Publishing, home to top songwriters, artists and producers, has promoted Sarno to Creative Coordinator. Sarno joined SMACK in 2018 as Catalog Manager. She will expand her role alongside CCO Robin Palmer and Senior Creative Director Lee Krabel, and can be reached at [email protected].

In conjunction with Sarno’s promotion, Sater has been brought on as Catalog Manager. She will assist the creative team and oversee SMACK’s catalog of chart-topping hits. Sater comes to SMACK from Nashville-based 1220 Entertainment where she was Public Relations Assistant, and can be reached at [email protected].

Rounding out the new hires is Bouchon, who has joined as Director of Digital. Bouchon will oversee artists as well as SMACK’s social strategy, and act as a liaison with digital partners. Bouchon was formerly at Universal Music Group where she served as Senior Manager on the Global Streaming Marketing team, and can be reached at [email protected].

Photo: Ford Fairchild

PAGNOTTAPALOOZA
10/10/19

Guy Moot, Carianne Marshall and Team Warner Chappell celebrate the signing of pop-rock producer/tunesmith extraordinaire Tim Pagnotta to a global admin deal by posing for this mega-photo. Pagnotta has worked with blink-182, Weezer, Walk the Moon, Elle King and more; he co-wrote Weezer's latest single, "End of the Game," now Top 10 at Alternative radio. Just after this pic was snapped, manager Jason Bernard's beard pitched a topline idea. Seen savoring the high-holiday vibe in Boyle Heights are (bottom, l-r) WCM President of U.S. A&R Ryan Press, SVP A&R Greg Sowders, Pagnotta, Sr. Director of A&R Marc Wilson, Born and Raised Entertainment's Bernard, Co-Chair/CEO Moot, Sr. Director of Urban A&R Brandra Ringo; (top, l-r) Sr. Director A&R Wallace Joseph, Co-Chair/COO Marshall and A&R Manager, Pop Samantha Sklar