For The Record (May 13): Paradigm, Downtown, Heart, UTA, Warner/Chappell

For The Record (May 13): Paradigm, Downtown, Heart, UTA, Warner/Chappell

Music Week's round-up of essential music biz stories you might have missed... 

Game on for Paradigm

Paradigm Talent Agency has hired Chappel McCollister as SVP, strategic partnerships, based in the agency's Nashville office. McCollister will represent Paradigm's music clients, with a focus on the Nashville roster, across a range of areas including brand & corporate partnerships, premium VIP experiences, product licensing and strategic investments.

"We’re ecstatic to welcome Chappel into our Paradigm Nashville collective," said Nashville office leader Jonathan Levine. "We live in exciting times, filled with bountiful opportunities for the artists we’re privileged to serve. Chappel, with his extraordinary global purview and expertise, as well as his approach to artist development and career building, perfectly aligns with our philosophies of elevating our level of service and strategic partnerships to unprecedented heights. Game On.”

McCollister joins Paradigm from the artist management company Sandbox Entertainment.

Spotify vs Warner update

A legal ruling in India could favour Warner Music Group in its dispute with Spotify. A ruling by the Bombay High Court at Mumbai confirmed that music streaming and digital downloads are not covered under the broadcasting statutory licensing provision.  

In a ruling against online music streaming service Wynk, the court required streaming services to obtain a licence and ruled that they are not able to take advantage of the statutory licence for TV and radio broadcasters.

CISAC welcomed the decision as “an important clarification which will improve the digital environment for rightsholders and creators from India and throughout the world”.

Downtown x Strictly Confidential

Downtown Music Publishing has announced its acquisition of the catalogue of independent European music publisher Strictly Confidential. The acquisition includes more than 10,000 song copyrights across multiple languages and music genres.

“For more than 30 years, Strictly Confidential has set a gold standard in copyright management and artistic development. Building upon Downtown’s investments in the EU and UK, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome this wonderfully diverse song catalogue into our global portfolio,” said Justin Kalifowitz, CEO of Downtown Music Holdings, parent company of Downtown Music Publishing.

Talk Talk radio

TalkTalk has partnered with Global to sponsor the largest show in commercial radio, Heart Breakfast. The new show will broadcast nationally for the very first time from Monday, June 3.

Amanda Holden joins the Heart line-up, teaming up with Jamie Theakston to host the new nationwide Heart Breakfast show.

Orchard expands

The Orchard has named Lisa Logutenkow as vice president, Canada, to lead operations in the country. Based in Toronto, she will report to Colleen Theis, COO of The Orchard. She joins from Dine Alone Records.

Logutenkow will be responsible for leading The Orchard’s Canada-based operations and driving market growth for both local and international labels from across its global distribution network. She also will oversee further expansion of The Orchard’s local label and artist relationships. 

UTA x Cheat Codes

UTA has signed Cheat Codes for global representation. The electronic act will be represented by agents Steve Gordon and Kevin Gimble. 

Cheat Codes peaked at No.13 last year with Little Mix collaboration Only You, which has OCC sales of 451,669.

ICM x Phantom Planet

ICM Partners has signed Phantom Planet, who previously featured actor Jason Schwartzman on drums.

The band, whose song California was the theme to The OC, are marking their 25th anniversary. Phantom Planet are by Brad Aarons at New Community Management/Roc Nation.

Ready to rumba 

Spanish singer-songwriter Melendi has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Warner/Chappell Music. The deal covers both his extensive back catalogue and new music that he is currently working on.

Santiago Menendez-Pidal, MD of Warner/Chappell Music Spain, said: “Melendi’s ability to fuse rock, rumba and flamenco styles with a gift for storytelling has struck a collective chord in Spain.  We’re so proud that he’s invested his trust in us as his new music publishing partner. He has an incredible catalogue and some of the new projects he’s working on will blow fans away.”

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