The Latest Music Industry Gigs: Copyright Royalty Board, LiveXLive, TaP, AWAL, More

Here’s a recap of recent executive shuffles — including both hirings and in-house promotions — from across the music industry.

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We begin at the U.S. Copyright Office, where Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden slotted Steve Ruwe as the latest Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) judge.  So far, it looks like major DSPs like the guy: “He will be a tremendous addition to the Board and we congratulate him on his appointment,” DiMA emailed Digital Music News this morning.

Also this morning, LiveXLive Media is preparing to announce that CNBC cofounder Bridget Baker will be joining their board of directors. Baker is also the former president of content distribution at NBCUniversal, and will head LiveXLive’s compensation committee, according to details shared with DMN.

Elsewhere, TaP Music announced that it has promoted Wendy Ong to president of both TaP Records and TaP Management. In 2018, she joined the company as head of marketing, and she now will direct all label and management activities at the company’s U.S. offices.

The Fader Label has also announced 3 hires: Carson Oberg has become the company’s general manager, Josh Hymowitz has become its label coordinator and Yasmine Panah has become a project manager. Oberg will also work as an artist manager at the company.

Berklee College of Music announced that its longtime president, Roger H. Brown, will step down from his role on May 31st of 2021. Brown has been president of the prestigious performing arts school since 2004, and amazingly, he is only the 3rd president in the school’s 75-year history. No replacement for Brown has yet been announced.

AWAL has promoted Aaron Bogucki as its vice president of marketing at the company’s U.K. office. They have also promoted Nicki Shamel as the company’s vice president of digital sales & account management in the company’s North America office.

Spirit Music Group has appointed Nancy Matalon, who is a longtime A&R executive, as vice president of A&R. They have also hired Tamar Wax as its senior director of Film/TV and promoted Melanie Santa Rosa as its senior vice president, global administration.

Lastly, Sentric Music Group announced that Rosie Hill, who began working at the company in 2017, has been promoted to global head of synchronization. The company has also promoted Patrick Cloherty, who has been with the company since 2012, as the head of U.K. synch services. The company has further hired Ryan Williams-Reid as a synch executive while promoting Laura Duke as a synch assistant and Philip Morris as a synch executive.

Stephen A. Smith & Michael Irvin Deliver Explosive Cowboys Debate: Watch

Stephen A. Smith is known for being a wonderful objective sports journalist who looks at the world athletics from a fair and honest point view. When it comes to the Dallas Cowboys, Smith delivers his opinions with a hatred that can only be explained by the fact he had to put up with Cowboys apologist Skip Bayless for a decade. Smith’s opinions on the Cowboys have been consistently questioned by the likes Michael Irvin who, course, is a Cowboys legend.

The two are constantly sparring about the Cowboys on ESPN’s First Take and this was especially true this morning as the Cowboys defeated the Philadelphia Eagles last night in convincing fashion. Irvin came into the show with a purpose as he continued to rub the Cowboys win in the face Smith, who couldn’t do anything but just sit there and take it.

As you can see from the clips above, Irvin was in an explosive mood and thought the whole thing was pretty hilarious. Smith laughed at times and tried to get a word in edge-wise but it was too late as Irvin had practically already won. 

With the win, the Cowboys are now 4-3 on the season and have sole possession first place in the NFC East. Meanwhile, Smith’s Steelers have been struggling all season without Big Ben.

 

A$AP Ferg Gifts Celtic’s Player Jaylen Brown A New Chain For His Birthday

It looks like Celtics forward Jaylen Brown may be an honorary member the A$AP Mob. On Friday night, Jaylen was celebrating his 23rd birthday with friends and family when ASAP Ferg decided to show up to dinner and gift the Celtics forward with a custom new chain.

Ferg revealed the gift on his IG Saturday morning, while wishing his “brother” a happy birthday & showing f the custom “Ferg” piece, which features Jaylen’s number (#7) in Celtic green on the backside. “Happy b-day to my brother @fchwpo . Humble soul , hard working and just good peeps. I consider you fam so had to bless you with a Ferg piece designed by me made by @willdaboss1,” he captioned the post while sharing photos from their evening.

This comes just a week or so after reports surfaced saying Jaylen turned down an $80 million dollar extension. He’s reportedly confident that he can get more on the market next Summer. “It’s really not overwhelming me or ruling my thoughts,” Brown recently told the New York Times. “I know what type talent I have. I’m confident in myself. I’m confident in my ability. It’s not something that’s keeping me up at night.”

Check out the photos & footage Brown’s new chain (below).

Jacquees Shows Love To R&B Kings Chris Brown & Trey Songs For Their Support

There’s been a lot debating going on lately about who’s he true king R&B. Several singers like YK Osiris & Jacquees have been arguing about who’s the rightful heir to the throne for singers, with each them thinking its them. Well over the past few days, Jacquees has been paying homage to some the R&B greats who have paved the way for the new generation, including James Brown, Prince, Usher, Boyz II Men, Ginuwine, and many others. Today, Jacquees decided to take his shout outs a little further and pay respect to a couple guys who supported him throughout his career, and that being Chris Brown & Trey Songs.

Jacquees decided to show his appreciation for the OG’s on Sunday morning, sharing a few pictures them as youngin’s and leaving a heartfelt message thanking them, which read:

“Thank you to the Kings R&b who I looked up to the most to believe I can really do it! #1 #Chris brown ( Did so much me for me and my career, I been down wit C breezy since I was 18 use to be wit him everyday just learning! I appreciate bro and love you! #2 #TreySongz Big bro Trey been riding wit me since I was bout 20-21! The love been genuine and real always in my corner I appreciate y’all boyz 4L, Love y’all ! 👑👑”

Check out the appreciation post (below) and let us know who you think is the true king R&B?

Jacquees Shows Love To R&B Kings Chris Brown & Trey Songs For Their Support

There’s been a lot debating going on lately about who’s he true king R&B. Several singers like YK Osiris & Jacquees have been arguing about who’s the rightful heir to the throne for singers, with each them thinking its them. Well over the past few days, Jacquees has been paying homage to some the R&B greats who have paved the way for the new generation, including James Brown, Prince, Usher, Boyz II Men, Ginuwine, and many others. Today, Jacquees decided to take his shout outs a little further and pay respect to a couple guys who supported him throughout his career, and that being Chris Brown & Trey Songs.

Jacquees decided to show his appreciation for the OG’s on Sunday morning, sharing a few pictures them as youngin’s and leaving a heartfelt message thanking them, which read:

“Thank you to the Kings R&b who I looked up to the most to believe I can really do it! #1 #Chris brown ( Did so much me for me and my career, I been down wit C breezy since I was 18 use to be wit him everyday just learning! I appreciate bro and love you! #2 #TreySongz Big bro Trey been riding wit me since I was bout 20-21! The love been genuine and real always in my corner I appreciate y’all boyz 4L, Love y’all ! 👑👑”

Check out the appreciation post (below) and let us know who you think is the true king R&B?

Drake Spotted In The Studio Cooking Up New Music

It looks like new music from Drizzy is being cooked up right now. The 6 God took to his IG story in the scary hours Sunday morning to share a picture what appears to be him in the studio.

The pic shows just a mic and stand, while The Dark Knight movie is being played in the background starring Heath Ledger, who Drizzy could very well be finding inspiration from while recording. Drake also tagged Oliver with him as well, leaving it look as if the two were cooking up.

Who knows what he’s working on, but there’s been rumors a new project over the past few months that’s on the way. So it’s likely this is something for his next body work, which we’ll be sure to keep you posted on when we find out more details.

Check out Word on Road’s screen grab (below) and keep it locked for more updates.

In other news, it was revealed the other day that Drake won at least six figures from Gucci Mane from the Bucks x Raptors series in last year’s playfs.. “Yeah, I lost a bunch money. I loss over six figures and I lost my damn shirt,” Gucci said while stuffing Drizzy’s pockets with more cash.

Antonio Brown Reflects On His Time Away From NFL: Watch

One the best wide receivers in football is still without a team to call home. While he may have himself to blame for that, AB is saying he now realizes his faults and isn’t taking football for granted anymore. On Sunday morning, the WR shared a clip on social media reflecting on his time away from football these past 5 weeks.

Interesting enough, AB captioned his YT video with, “I know I said I do not need to play I now realize how grateful I am to play this game and do not take it for granted.” Now whether or not he really believes that remains to be seen, but he’s definitely trying to get back in the league.

“Spending these 5 weeks f you know put me into reflection mode where I had to go within and and I really find out what’s important,” AB says in the clip. “Feed myself not only physically but mentally & spiritually. So for me it’s all about being there. You know putting in that work with the family. Getting up early, getting kids ready. Sitting down with breakfast with them. talking to them and encouraging them… loving them, treating them principles.”

Elsewhere in the clip, AB shows footage him working out, running routes, and spending time with his children and family, among other things. Check it out all (below). Should AB get another shot in the league or no?

Frank Ocean Responds To Criticism Of His Queer Club Night PrEP+ & Releases Merch

On Thursday night, Frank Ocean hosted a club night called prEP+ in New York City, which he announced earlier that day. The event – named after the HIV prevention drug, pre-exposure prophylaxis – served as the first installation in a series queer club nights intended as an “homage to what could have been the 1980s’ NYC club scene if the drug… had been invented in that era.” 

Ocean’s event attracted various criticisms the following day, regarding its demographic, its execution, its name and its goal. This morning, the 31-year-old singer-songwriter addressed many these concerns his customary method Tumblr post

He started out by dispelling the rumour that the night was funded by Gilead Sciences, a company that contributes to the manufacturing prEP+. He clarified that the night was independently hosted by Blonded, Ocean’s umbrella company that now distributes his music and also serves as the name his Beats1 radio show. In response to those who thought the party’s theme glamorized an era that was marked by death, and not just dancing, Ocean said, “I started to imagine in an era where so many lives were lost and so much promise was lost forever along with them, what would it have been like if something, anything had existed that in all probability would’ve saved thousands and thousands lives. I’m an artist, it’s core to my job to imagine realities that don’t necessarily exist and it’s a joy to.”

Another complaint about the event was that it was promoting a drug that is overpriced and inaccessible to many. Ocean argued that his intention was simply to raise awareness the drug’s existence to help those who can afford it, even though he finds its pricing to be “malicious.” The motivation to name the event prEP+ arose from him realizing how few know about it and its effectiveness. “A couple days before we threw the party, I was discussing this subject with my team and one the architects I work with thought that PrEP as a drug had reached ‘100% saturation’ so far as awareness. I thought he was dead wrong so I asked a friend (who I won’t name haha) if he knew what PrEP was and his response was ‘isn’t that some type gra or something’. My ex who I was with for several years didn’t know about it when we first met at a gay club in LA. Awareness isn’t always what we’d hope it would be,” he wrote. 

Aside from sharing this message on Tumblr, Ocean also released new items for sale and snippets new music on his website. There are pre-orders available for two 7″ vinyls songs premiered at the event on Thursday – “Cayendo (Sango Remix)” and “Dear April (Justice Remix).” You can also pick from four t-shirts designs that either have the prEP+ or Blonded logos on them. 

Rihanna Names Russ & Bia’s "BEST ON EARTH" Her "New Fav Song"

Russ has been dropping music weekly for months now, and fans have enjoyed every track. In the wee hours Friday morning, Russ dropped a brand new single, “BEST ON EARTH,” a collaboration featuring rapper Bia. The track samples Trillville’s 2004 classic bed-squeaking beat from “Some Cut,” and on the song, the two artists trade naughty bars about their bedroom antics. Rihanna heard “BEST ON EARTH” and showed that she is a fan by taking to her Instagram to deliver another slow-motion walking video, this time with Russ and Bia’s tune as her theme music.

“Thank you @bia and @russ for my new fav song #BestOnEarth,” Rihanna wrote in the caption. Russ couldn’t believe he received a co-sign from the Fenty mogul so he jumped in her comments and wrote, “No one talk to me for the rest life. THE QUEEN AND LEGEND. THANK YOU 😩😩😩.” Bia also shared her excitement by writing, “I LOVEEEEE YOUUUUU 🧡”

Meanwhile, Rihanna not only had time to sing Russ and Bia’s praises but to give a subtle clapback to a social media user. Ri shared a video herself trying out her Fenty Diamond Bomb 2 all-over shimmer, but someone took the opportunity to make fun the singer. “Ur forehead shines brighter than my future,” the person commented, to which Rihanna replied, “There’s still hope for you then.” Check out Russ and Bia’s “BEST ON EARTH” here.

Ric Flair Fires Back At Hulk Hogan As He Searches For A New Team Captain

The WWE has announced that Universal Champion Seth Rollins will put his title on the line against “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt in a Falls Count Anywhere match at the upcoming Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia. 

As a result, Rollins will be unable to captain Hulk Hogan’s team in the five-on-five tag team bout against Ric Flair’s squad at the same event.

So who will replace Rollins on Team Hogan? That has yet to be determined, although The Hulkster says he’s got a plan. Hulk tweeted the following on Thursday night: Understand the champ @WWERollins needs to do what he’s gotta do. Defending the title against @WWEBrayWyatt is what champions do. Don’t worry Naitch, I got an idea for Team Hogan brother.”

Flair responded to Hulk on Friday morning by boasting about the stables he has built over the years and threatening to put the 66-year old Hall Famer in the Figure Four if they went one-on-one.

“I know teams! I know factions! The Horsemen, Evolution, I created some the best! Never got one up on Naitch fair and square and if we did it one-on-one today … it’d be a figure four and the bell for you Hogan! WOOOOO”

Flairs team currently consists  Randy Orton, Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, Shinsuke Nakamura and one more unnamed wrestler. Meanwhile, Hogan will be represented by Rusev and Ricochet, along with three more unannounced superstars.

WWE Crown Jewel, taking place at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, will air on the WWE Network on Thursday, October 31, at 1 pm ET. 

Patrick Mahomes MRI Results Unveiled Following TNF Knee Injury

Patrick Mahomes is arguably the best quarterback in the NFL right now in terms both talent and production. He has been doing a phenomenal job with the Kansas City Chiefs and as we head into the middle part the season, the Chiefs will be relying on him so they can make a deep playf run. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, Mahomes went down with a knee injury last night and this morning, he underwent an MRI.

According to the likes Ian Rapoport and Adam Schefter, Mahomes’ MRI came back with overwhelmingly positive results as it was revealed that he suffered a dislocated knee cap. No other damage came from this injury and it seems like he’ll only be missing three weeks before coming back. 

While you never want to lose your starting QB for three games, it’s a much better outlook than an entire season which is what some fans were fearful . Now, Mahomes can focus on rehabbing his knee and his ankle which he has had some issues with over the last few weeks.

If you’re a Chiefs fan, this news should be music to your ears. The team currently sits at a record 5-2 and play in one the weaker divisions in the league. If Matt Moore can play marginally well, the Chiefs should be able to maintain first place in the AFC West.

Tyga Trolls Kylie Jenner Following ”Rise And Shine” Trend

Kylie Jenner has been all over the Internet lately, even more so than usual. This time, she’s making parodies her own video singing ”Rise and Shine” to her daughter Stormi. Ariana Grande even joined the hype and started trolling her. The singer made a video singing ”Rise and Shine” then captioned it ”@KylieJenner can I sample?” The song basically became a hit. Kylie started having fun with it, and made an upbeat remix the song, showcasing her music skills to her daughter. Stormi still favoured Travis Scott’s music, but that didn’t stop the song from going viral. The co-parents are now apparently spending more time together. Kylie is also taking advantage the opportunity and making merchandise to cash in on the hype.

They’re not the only one taking advantage this opportunity. Tyga trolled Kylie Jenner by posting a picture his orange Lamborghini Aventador on his Instagram page, and captioning it ”Rise and Shine.” This is possibly an advertising scheme, considering Kylie is trying to make bank f this trend. However, she is spending more time with Travis, which is probably making Tyga a little jealous. Tyga is taking pettiness to a whole new level, or he could just be saying ”good morning” — it was a thing before Kylie made it a thing. What are the odds though?

Harrison Barnes, Malik Jackson Paying For Funeral Of Atatiana Jefferson

Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes and his wife, Brittany, as well as Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson will reportedly be paying for the funeral Atatiana Jefferson, who was murdered in her Fort Worth home by a police ficer last week.

Jefferson, 28, was taking care her young nephew when a police ficer making a wellness check shot through the window her home and killed her. The ficer, Aaron Dean, has since been charged with murder.

Barnes, who played for the Dallas Mavericks for more than two seasons before being traded to the Kings last February, explained to reporters on Thursday, “Anytime you come into a community, you always have a piece that community with you and you want to give back.”

“My wife and I wanted to do something for that family,” Barnes said (H/T ESPN). “It was a tragic situation that happened. No one should be killed during a wellness check. But the biggest thing is anytime someone has to go through that, the last thing you want to have to worry about is trying to come up with the money for a funeral.”

“It’s about the family,” Barnes added. “It’s about everything they’re going through. Our prayers obviously are with them. It was a gesture my wife and I wanted to do for them.”

According to the Dallas Morning News, Barnes and his wife are covering more than half the cost the service, and Jackson has agreed to pay for the remainder.

The Vinyl Industry Has a Trade Group — Introducing the Vinyl Alliance

After nearly 15 years of consecutive recovery, vinyl is becoming a bonafide industry again.

The freshly-unwrapped trade group, which aims to cover all aspects of vinyl record mastering, manufacturing, hardware, software, distribution, and retail, was announced to Digital Music News this morning. The group, dubbed the ‘Vinyl Alliance,’ had their inaugural meeting at the Making Vinyl conference at the W Hotel in Hollywood, a crowded pow-wow that attracted major and indie labels, worldwide manufacturers, mastering engineers, and a variety of technology players.

The Vinyl Alliance is being started with 11 founding companies:

  • GZ Media
  • KDG
  • Making Vinyl
  • Masterdisk
  • MPO
  • Ortofon
  • Pro-Ject
  • Audio-Technica
  • Rebeat Innovation
  • The Analogue Foundation
  • Vinylize

Those are some pretty heavy-hitters, with GZ Media and MPO representing two of the largest pressing plants in Europe (if not the world). Ortofon and Pro-Ject are also well-established names on the hardware side, and Rebeat Innovation is the company behind the next-generation ‘HD Vinyl’ concept.

The eleven founding members will pool their resources to collaborate in such activities as research, quality assurance, and marketing. The Vinyl Alliance expects to announce other members soon, with record companies, manufacturers, dealers and pressing plants all expected to join the ranks.  They are also open to new members.

The founder of the organization is Bryan Ekus, who’s also the coordinating force behind Making Vinyl.

He told DMN that “there’s a need to bring the vinyl record industry together to prevent the devaluations of the format by formulating a strategic approach to promote vinyl records as a premium consumer experience in an era of streaming.”

Ekus further says that the alliance is targeting specific groups of people. This includes young people who love music but want to go beyond the quality that is available through streaming. They also want to target high-net-worth individuals and artists of all kinds.

In terms of outreach, the alliance has a few interesting plans. This includes film and TV product placements, using celebrities and social media influencers to act as “vinyl ambassadors” and publishing articles about the industry. (Given that you’re currently reading an article about the vinyl industry, the last goal is already getting satisfied).

At some point around 2007, vinyl started making a comeback, and while vinyl records account for less than 6% of current music sales, its popularity in some regions is approaching that of the late 80s. Just recently, it was projected that vinyl sales will surpass CD sales in the U.S. this year for the first time since 1986.

Homeboy Sandman Delivers "Dusty" LP

Homeboy Sandman has dropped Dusty, his Mello Music Group debut. The album is his first solo LP since 2017’s Veins and the follow-up to 2018’s Humble Pi with Edan.

The veteran MC’s latest project is produced entirely by Mono En Stereo, who was formerly known as El RTNC. The two previously collaborated on Sandman’s 2013 EP Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent.

View Sandman’s Dusty stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Homeboy Sandman Delivers "Dusty" LP

1. Morning Yawn
2. Far Out
3. Name
4. Noteworthy
5. Easy
6. Yes Iyah
7. Every Four Years
8. Step Inside
9. Picture on the Wall
10. Pussy
11. Live & Breath
12. Wondering Why
13. Lookout f. Quelle Chris & Your Old Droog
14. Tres Bon
15. Always