ED SHEERAN SHOWS CONTINUE TO BREAK RECORDS – THIS TIME IN ICELAND

ED SHEERAN SHOWS CONTINUE TO BREAK RECORDS – THIS TIME IN ICELAND

ED SHEERAN SHOWS CONTINUE TO BREAK RECORDS – THIS TIME IN ICELAND

The two Ed Sheeran shows in Reykjavik, Iceland this weekend (10thand 11thAugust) promoted by AEG Presents and Sena Live have become the country’s biggest ever gigs with record sales.Close to 50,000 people attended the Laugardalsvöllur stadium performances.

Simon Jones, AEG Presents SVP Live Music International said, “Though the biggest tour in history is coming to an incredible crescendo the records keep coming for Ed. These historic shows in Iceland were like nothing I have ever seen. They completely took over the country with Sheeran fever at its peak. It was absolutely a national event and the scale of the shows relative to the population was colossal. The biggest ever Icelandic shows in history.”

Earlier this year AEG Presents promoted a series of Ed Sheeran shows in South Africa which proved to be the biggest in South African history. In addition AEG Presents promoted the biggest ever South East Asian tour across a single album campaign.

Ed Sheeran’s Divide Tour was recently named the highest-grossing tour of all time. It has also been named the most attended tour of all time. When it concludes more than 8.5m people across 43 countries will have seen Ed perform. 

Other highlights for AEG Presents in the past year include Hugh Jackman playing six nights at The O2 and selling 300,000 tickets across Europe and the Shawn Mendes arena tour. Coming up in the autumn is a major tour with Khalid. 

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and The Family (Music) Limited, acquire a music catalogue from Benny Blanco

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and The Family (Music) Limited, acquire a music catalogue from Benny Blanco

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and The Family (Music) Limited, acquire a music catalogue from Benny Blanco

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Benny Blanco, an American musician, songwriter and record producer who has written 29 Number 1 songs and is responsible for the sale of hundreds of millions of albums worldwide.

Benny Blanco is one of the most important songwriters of the last decade having consistently written and produced hit songs with some of the biggest global pop-artists including Halsey, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Kesha, Sia, The Weeknd, Selena Gomez, Keith Urban, Tory Lanez, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, J Balvin and Juice Wrld.

The Catalogue includes the Number 1 songs: ‘Love Yourself’ by Justin Bieber; ‘Cold Water’ by Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ; ‘Fire and the Flood’ by Vance Joy; ‘Same Old Love’ by Selena Gomez; ‘Luv’ by Tory Lanez; ‘Don’t Wanna Know’ by Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamar; and ‘Freaky Friday’ by Lil Dicky as well as the Platinum and Multi-Platinum certified ‘Castle on the Hill’ by Ed Sheeran; ‘2002’ by Anne-Marie and ‘Lonely Together’ by Avicii.

‘Castle on the Hill’, which was co-written and performed by Ed Sheeran, was nominated for the 2018 Ivor Novello Award for ‘Most Performed Work’ and has been certified as 4x Platinum in the UK and 3x Platinum in the US as well as being streamed over 750 million times on Spotify alone.

‘Love Yourself’, which was co-written with Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco and produced by Benny Blanco, was the best performing single in the Billboard Hot 100 in 2016. It reached Number 1 in 15 countries including the UK and US where it was certified 4x Platinum and 7x Platinum respectively.

‘Cold Water’ by Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ, reached Number 1 in the UK where it is certified 2x Platinum and Number 2 in the US Billboard Hot 100 chart where it is certified  4x Platinum. Globally it has achieved 25 Number 1 and 45 Top 10 chart positions.

In addition to his commercial success, Benny Blanco has received significant critical acclaim and was awarded the Hal David Starlight Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013.He has also received the BMI ‘Songwriter of the Year’ award fives times, won ‘Producer of the Year’ at the 2017 iHeart Radio awards as well as being nominated for seven Grammy awards.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Benny Blanco’s copyright ownership in this catalogue of songs released since 2015which comprises 93 songs achieving 65 Number 1 and 183 Chart positions globallyand which have been streamed over 10 billion times.

Benny Blanco was represented in the deal by Doug Mark, Andrew Luftman, and Zvi Edelman. 

 Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“In a week when Benny is at Number 1 with Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello it’s fortuitous to have closed our deal and welcome him to the Hipgnosis family. Benny’s been having Number 1 songs for the last 12 years now, 10 of them since 2015 alone. That longevity, to be able to write Number 1 songs consistently for more than a decade and to have made incomparable contributions to establishing the most important artists of our time, is an almost impossible feat. He has literally defined the modern pop era in a way that very few others can lay claim to.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 SingerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
WME SIGNS VICTORIA BECKHAM

WME SIGNS VICTORIA BECKHAM

WME SIGNS VICTORIA BECKHAM

WME has signed global fashion icon Victoria Beckham for representation. Over the past decade, Beckham has become an internationally recognized fashion designer. Having launched her eponymous label in 2008, Victoria Beckham has twice been recognized as ‘Designer Brand of the Year’ at the prestigious British Fashion Awards. The label is currently stocked in over 450 stores in over 50 countries internationally. Starting from a small studio in Battersea, the company now employs 180 people, with two London offices and a third in New York. September 2019 will see the launch of Victoria Beckham Beauty offering a unique synergy between the worlds of beauty and fashion. Continuing steps towards sustainable options in all areas, Victoria Beckham Beauty is a clean beauty and skincare brand. The fashion label maintains a no-fur policy eliminating the use of exotic animal skins in her collections.

AEG Presents announce that Laura Davidson will be joining the AEG European Festivals division

AEG Presents announce that Laura Davidson will be joining the AEG European Festivals division

AEG Presents announce that Laura Davidson will be joining the AEG European Festivals division

AEG Presents announce that Laura Davidson will be joining the AEG European Festivals division with immediate effect.

Following the creation of the new AEG Presents European Festival division CEO Jim King has made his first senior appointment, Laura Davidson.

Davidson will become Head of Artist Bookings, responsible for all bookings for the All Points East Festival. In addition she will support King across all existing AEG festivals and also future developments in the area. Davidson was previously a promoter based in the AEG/Goldenvoice London office. 

Jim King, CEO, European Festivals said:

“Laura will be an integral part of the team and I couldn’t be happier that she has joined us. She is one of the most passionate music fans that I have ever met and has proven herself to be expertly skilled in the role of originating and curating incredible festival line ups.”

Laura Davidson, Head of Artist Bookings, European Festivals added:

“I’m excited to be joining this new division at AEG. I was very proud to have been part of the team that launched a brand new festival with All Points East. I’m looking forward to an even better 2020 in Victoria Park as well as working with Jim across all of AEG’s festivals.”

Jim King promoted to become CEO of AEG Presents newly created European Festivals division

Jim King promoted to become CEO of AEG Presents newly created European Festivals division

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 06: Jim King attends Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park at Hyde Park on July 06, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Jim King promoted to become CEO of AEG Presents newly created European Festivals division

AEG Presentsannounced today that Jim King,currently Executive Vice President of Live Music is to take on a new role as CEO of European Festivals. This division launches with the appointment of King and will build on AEG’s already strong presence in the European festival market which currently includes world class events Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park,All Points Eastand Rock En Seinein Paris. 

Having launched and established Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park as one of the world’s premier festivals, the 2019 series kicked off last weekend with headline shows by music legends Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder and Barbra Streisand. 

King will be tasked with seeking out and developing a host of new opportunities in the festival space.  King will lead on all aspects of talent and operations for the current and future portfolio of festivals to deliver AEG’s festival vision. A hugely respected and popular figure in the music industry and the artist community alike, King will continue to be based in the London office reporting directly into President of AEG Europe, Alex Hill. 

King will work alongside AEG Presents’ UK CEO’s Steve Homer and Toby Leighton-Pope, also reporting directly to Hill. They will continue to focus on growing the touring business in Europe and the UK. Highlights from the past year include Hugh Jackman playing six nights at The O2 and selling 300,000 tickets across Europe and Shawn Mendes and Michael Bublé arena tours. AEG Presents total offering in the UK stands at around one thousand shows. Homer and Leighton-Pope continue to oversee AEG Presents’ UK venues, the Eventim Apollo and Indigo at The O2. 

Jim Kingsaid, “I really believe that AEG does something truly special when it comes to festivals. The music fans and the artists are always at the heart of our thinking and this has meant we have been able to curate shows that resonate with them and keep both coming back. We have an incredible team and together we will meet this exciting challenge.I’m looking forward to working closely with Alex in finding and developing new opportunities to build on and maintain AEG’s leadership in this sector.”

Alex Hillsaid, “Jim is without a doubt the very best at what he does. We wanted to give him the freedom to accelerate AEG’s activity in the festival space hence the creation of this division and his leadership role at the head of it. I know that he and his team are going to do great things and being able to confirm him in this job as we approach the second weekend of BST Hyde Park seems very fitting indeed.”

King has worked at AEG Presents for over a decade following his time working for club brand Cream which saw him launch and run Creamfields. Prior to joining AEG King ran his own company Loud Sound that produced a variety of UK festivals. 

AEG Presents makes Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2019 their most sustainable and community-led festival yet!

AEG Presents makes Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2019 their most sustainable and community-led festival yet!

AEG Presents makes Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2019 their most sustainable and community-led festival yet! 

AEG Presents haveannounced a series of new sustainability initiatives alongside growing its community activity at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.In addition to their commitment to community and sustainability, AEG Presents’ strives to make their events accessible to everyone. This was recognised by recent wins at the Outstanding Attitude Awards and by securing Gold Status for Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice, which recognises the event’s long-term and continued commitment to inclusivity and access for deaf and disabled people. 

Sustainable practices championed atBarclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park include achieving zero waste to landfill, ensuring all food packaging and cutlery is bio-degradable and a ‘leave no trace’ policy so every single item dropped in the grass is picked up by the litter team. A dedicated ‘Green Team’ work to maximise recycling rates, and 100% of the fuel used is from renewable sources such as HVO. Food traders are ethically and environmentally conscious with 80% of food traders offering meat-free options including Oh My Dog!, Eat Chay and Paellaria. Further to this all staff and visitors are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle and use greener travel options such as public transport or arriving by bike. 

The event’s partners are also a key part of sustainability drives. As part of the work to eliminate single-use plastic, the event and Heinekenwill trail a new plastic-free paper cup made from plants (100% compostable). All serve-ware provided by the event is 100% recyclable, but non-recyclable items can potentially be brought in during the free-to-enter Open House event (July 8thto 11th). For these items, Barclaycardwill be trialling a new bin system with Recycling Technologiesto help recycle previously unrecyclable plastics such as crisp packets, carrier bags, wrappers and bottle caps entering the site as part of picnics. 

As well as minimising negative environmental impact,it is crucial and of the utmost importance to AEG Presents and Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Parkthat they work closely in partnership with The Royal Parksand the local community to ensure the festival has maximum positive impact on the area. This is why AEG Presents is committed to using local suppliers, operators and content providers such as Dreamarts, has a dedicated community impact management team on site, as well as attending meetings with local stakeholders year-round to gain invaluable feedback and suggestions. 

AEG Presents and Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park further give back to the community by offering training and paid employment opportunities to local schools and universities, including University of Westminster. The event also holds a 4-day midweek event between shows, Open House, with free-to-enter activities. Open House 2019, takes place on Mon 8th– Thurs 11thJuly, includes free movie nights, live music and entertainment, street food, pop-up bars, tennis screenings, yoga with lululemon, cabaret, family theatre, The Royal Parksshowcase, Piazza Birra Moretti & as a 2019 exclusive Sigur Rós bring their free live ambient performance ‘Liminal Soundbath’. 

As part of AEG Presents and Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park’scommitment to their partner, The Royal Parkscharity, they will continue to raise money to help support developments within their green spaces, as well as supporting multiple other charities through their partnership with My Cause UK.

Alun Mainwaring, Head of Events for The Royal Parks, said, “We work very closely with AEG Presents to ensure our Sustainability Strategy is embedded into the British Summer Time (BST) event planning process and so we welcome the pioneering green practices being introduced this year. Events, such as BST, are instrumental in bringing the community together as well as for raising vital funds to help with the maintenance of the parks. We are however acutely aware of the need to protect the parks and the wider environment.”

AEG Presents strives to be the most accessible event organiser in the UK and Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is no exception to that rule. After winning big at the Outstanding Attitude Awards and gaining Gold Status for Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice, the event organisers have no reason to slow down now. Facilities include three accessible viewing areas over two stages and roaming drinks vendors at The Great Oak Stage and The Barclaycard Stage, British Sign Language interpreters for all acts on The Great Oak Stage, accessible toilets at every toilet block, Hearing Induction Loops, free Personal Assistant tickets for all ticket types and a dedicated access hub and entrance. All pre-event information is available in audio and easy read versions and there is a dedicated access customer service team available all year via email and phone.  

Senior Event Maganer for AEG Presents, Jenny Hamada said, As a ten-day event with nearly half a million visitors each year we have a huge responsibility to deliver for our visitors, the local community and Hyde Park itself. We take this responsibility extremely seriously and work with our partner The Royal Parks year-round to build and implement positive initiatives. Whether you are a ticket-buyer, watching a free cinema screening, live down the road or run a business nearby, we strive to continuously improve the experience for all those involved with the event. Protecting the park and surrounding environment is also central to our planning and management. We work tirelessly to develop creative solutions to ensure that we are leading the way in the industry and being as green as we can be.”

For media enquiries re Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park Nicholas.caley@outside-org.co.uk/emily.bigg@outside-org.co.uk

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Sam Hollander

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Sam Hollander

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Sam Hollander

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Sam Hollander, an American songwriter and producerwhose songs have achieved 10 Number 1, 47 Top 5 and 74 Top 10 Chart positions globally.

Sam Hollander has co-written multi-platinum certified hit songs for Fitz and the Tantrums, One Direction, Katy Perry, Blink-182, Weezer, Train, Metro Station, Boys Like Girls, Daughtry and Olly Murs. However, at the heart of his catalogue are 14 songs that Sam has written with his long-standing collaborators in Panic! At The Disco, including 9 songs on their US Number 1 and double platinum certified album ‘Pray for the Wicked’. These are led by the multi-platinum certified single ‘High Hopes’ which is now the all-time longest-running Number 1 song on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart having just completed its 32nd week at Number 1. The song has sold almost 5 million copies, has been streamed more than 1 billion times across all platforms and has made it to the Top 10 in more than 30 countries around the world.

Sam Hollander has co-written songs such as ‘Say Amen (Saturday Night)’, ‘Look Ma’ and ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ by Panic! At The Disco, ‘HandClap’ by Fitz & The Tantrums, ‘Rock Me’ by One Direction, ‘Cupid’s Chokehold’ by Gym Class Heroes, ‘Marry Me’ by Train, ‘Shake Me’ by Metro Station and many others which are all multi-platinum.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Sam Hollander’s interest including ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) income in his catalogue which comprises of 499 songs.

Sam Hollander was advised by Jonathan Ain at Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C. and Lisa Socransky Austin at Law Office of Lisa Socransky Austin.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“Sam Hollander has a hot hand. His numerous collaborations with Panic! At The Disco have been ruling the airwaves for almost 5 years now and setting new standards of success. From Panic! to One Direction and Fitz and The Tantrums he always helps to deliver the crossover hit that every band wants and needs. Nile and I are delighted to welcome Sam to the Hipgnosis family!”

Sam Hollander said:

“When I began the process of selling my catalogue to Hipgnosis, it felt like I was joining the 1927 Yankees. The legends Merck, Nile (my old friend / hero) and their incredible team have a forward thinking game plan that is both bold and exciting. It’s such an honor to know that my songbook will play on, alongside some very esteemed company in the hands of these champs.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 SingerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Michael Knox

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Michael Knox

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from Michael Knox

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Michael Knox, an American music producer best known for discovering and producing for the American country music singer Jason Aldean.

In April, the three times ‘Entertainer of the Year’ winner, Jason Aldean was named by the Academy of Country Music (ACM) as its ‘Artist of the Decade’, signifying his stature as the most important artist in the genre over the last 10 years.

Michael Knox has produced eight albums for Jason Aldean, four of which consecutively reached Number 1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Together with Jason Aldean, Michael Knox has sold over 35 million singles in addition to 18 million albums, and has 22 Number 1 hits on either the Billboard ‘Hot Country Songs’ or ‘Country Airplay’ charts, including “Girl Like You” which is the Number 1 Airplay song of 2019 to date on the ‘Country Aircheck’ Top Airplay Songs.

The albums include the eponymous debut ‘Jason Aldean’ (2005), ‘Relentless’ (2007), ‘Wide Open’ (2009), ‘My Kinda Party’ (2010), ‘Night Train’ (2012), ‘Old Boots, New Dirt’ (2014), ‘They Don’t Know’ (2016) and most recently ‘Rearview Town’ (2018).

Jason Aldean has been nominated for more than 115 music awards by the Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, American Music Awards, iHeart Radio, the Academy Of Country Music, the Country Music Association, American Country Awards and Country Music Television, and has won 28 times.

Michael Knox is currently the Senior-Vice President of peermusic Nashville. Prior to this Knox was an executive at Warner Chappell Music. In 2011, Knox won ‘Album of the Year’ from the Country Music Association for his production on ‘My Kinda Party’ by Jason Aldean. In 2012, he won two Academy of Country Music awards for Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay’. He won the Academy of Country Music award for Vocal Event in 2013 for producing ‘The Only Way I Know’, with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Eric Church. In 2018 Michael Knox launched the syndicated radio show Knox Country 360 as well as a joint venture with BMG on Music Knox Records.

Michael Knox is the son of Buddy Knox which makes him Rock N’ Roll and Rockabilly royalty, with his father having composed seminal classics such as ‘Party Doll’ and ‘Hula Love’ and having been the first artist in the rock era to write and sing his own Number 1 hit song.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Michael Knox’s producer royalties for the catalogue which will include all of Jason Aldean’s recordings for the duration of his agreement with the Broken Bow Records label including his brand new album due for release later this year.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: 

“Jason Aldean, as recognized by the Academy of Country Music, is undoubtedly country music’s most important artist of the last 15 years. Behind him stands Michael Knox who is arguably the best ‘record man’ in Nashville with the responsibility of identifying great songs and producing great recordings. Theirs is a relationship that has not been seen since the days of George Jones and Billy Sherrill, and it’s an honor to welcome Michael into the Hipgnosis family. We are very excited to work with Michael, Jason, Jason’s management team, the peermusic team and Broken Bow. This is just the beginning of our endeavors in Nashville where we have the greatest respect for the creative community and its incomparable tradition of great songs!”

Michael Knox said:

“I am excited to be a part of the Hipgnosis movement. Merck has shown a lot of excitement and appreciation for my 20 years of hard work. It’s difficult letting go of something I love so much but finding someone as passionate about music as I am, made this transition a lot easier.”

Jason Aldean said:

“Michael is like a brother to me. He always believed in me as an artist when nobody else did and you can’t put a price tag on that. He has taught me a lot in this business and I wouldn’t have had the career I have had without him.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) LimitedMerck Mercuriadis Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 SingerJames Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance)Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales) Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
The Outside OrganisationAlan Edwards / Nick CaleyTel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
The Outside Organisation expands with a range of new hires

The Outside Organisation expands with a range of new hires

The Outside Organisation expands with a range of new hires

Leading music and entertainment PR firm The Outside Organisation is pleased to announce a series of exciting new developments to further expand the company’s reach and expertise.

Giulia Felicani is joining Outside after five years working at the Paris office of the world-renowned fashion PR company Karlo Otto. Giulia has also had spells at Prada, Miu Miu and Chanel, and will help Outside navigate the increasingly converging worlds of music and fashion media.

Ruby Audi’s first venture in media was travel destination company Hip Africa, she is now acting as a consultant to Outsideand will be involved in an exciting new venture to be unveiled this summer.

Joe Eley has previously consulted for Outside on all things digital, now becomes a full-time member and heads up the expanding Digital/Social Media Division.

Shireen Fenner, who was previously Head Of Publicity at Ten Letter PR, has joined to head the urban division at Outside. Shireen’s experience with artists such as Krept and Konan, Boy Better Know, Jammer and Jhene Aiko will bring a fresh approach to the Company’s legacy of representing urban music. 

And our own David Lim and Suzie Fellows are rewarded for their great work with clients such Janet Jackson, Naomi Campbell, Blondie, Danielle De Niese and many more. Both receive deserved promotions to Senior Publicist.

These hires come shortly after the move to new offices in the heart of Piccadilly, St James having spent three decades on Tottenham Court Road. The move and expansion signal an exciting new chapter at The Outside Organisation and will build on the Company’s distinguished history at the forefront of the PR industry, having represented everyone from Naomi Campbell to David Bowie.

Alan Edwards, who was recently voted top entertainment PR for a fifth consecutive year, founder and CEO, said: “There’s no doubt that these are exciting times for Outside and I believe the PR industry in general. We’ve been carefully building this team for some years now and it’s great to see it all coming to fruition. There is a combination of broad experience and super creativity in our young team and it’s really giving us an incredible momentum. Hopefully this is the start of a big moment for the Company’. 

In the last twelve months Outside has had a string of impressive wins: Ariana Grande, Decca 90, Mötley Crüe, songwriter Kamille Purcell, Kew The Music, Janet Jackson, Mongolian rock band The HU, Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo and drill rapper Headie One.

Rising star Jack Delaney and Outside cornerstone Chris Goodman head up the PR management side of Outside, alongside legendary Sarah Bedford and former XL finance man Ronan Hartney. 

RICHARD GRIFFITHS AND HARRY MAGEE RECEIVE  MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2019

RICHARD GRIFFITHS AND HARRY MAGEE RECEIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2019

RICHARD GRIFFITHS AND HARRY MAGEE RECEIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY TRUSTS AWARD 2019

Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee are to be jointly awarded the 2019 Music Industry Trusts Award. Co-founders of music management company Modest!, Richard and Harry have between them spearheaded the careers of many successful artists across a four-decade timespan.

A quick glance of their current crop of artists reads like a Who’s Who of chart sensations from Niall Horan to Little Mix, Olly Murs to 5 Seconds of Summer. Modest! also represent classical music royalty in Katherine Jenkins, revered singer/songwriter Alison Moyet and just the small matter of the world’s most famous girl band, the Spice Girls.

With Modest! formed in 2003, perhaps its most successful year came in 2010 when Richard, Harry and the team started work with One Direction. Put together on the X Factor, and relatively unknown at the time, they came third, but went on to reach unprecedented international heights, selling over 75 million albums, playing worldwide sell-out stadium tours and breaking industry records in the process.

Niall Horan says: “With Richard Griffiths and Harry Magee, I struggle to know where to even start…. What incredible men these two are. I’ve been working with Richard and Harry for nearly ten years now and if it wasn’t for them I don’t know if we all would have had half of the success we did.

On a personal note, I know they’ve worked their arses off for me and I can put it all down to the kind of relationship I share with them. They are basically like my uncles. We’ve been all over the world together, laughed together mostly, cried together at times but most importantly had many great nights on the wine together ahahah .I’d do anything for these men and I can comfortably say that they would do the same for me.

These boys are music industry veterans and it’s only right they get this honour and even more right that they are the first managers to do so.

Best in the business

Love you boys xx”  

Olly Murs says: “Richard & Harry you are more than just managers to me, but let’s be honest – for the last 10 years we’ve talked more about football than music. Anyone that knows you guys knows how hard you both work, and I can’t think of two more deserving people for this award. Now I’ll stop blowing smoke up your arse and get back to work!”

Alison Moyet says: “Unquestionably loyal to each of their artists and standing our every corner, Modest! are so much more than your sponge management. It is not running high days with hot acts that flags a manager as outstanding, it is the ability to find the heart beat when there is no discernible sign of commercial life and to platform it successfully. Modest! have given me the space and respect to be the creative I needed to be. I’m so grateful for that.”

Over the years Modest! have been involved in many charity events directly raising over £4m in the process. These include The Horan & Rose Event which has raised over £1.5m, Cheryl’s Trust raising £1m, The JLS Foundation raising £500k and One Direction raising over £1m in a single campaign. Indirectly, with their artists taking a significant part in other charity campaigns including Comic Relief, Sport Relief, Teenage Cancer Trust and Children in Need, this figure reaches several more millions of pounds.

Harry says: ‘It is indeed a great honour for Richard and I to be given the MITS Award and to have the opportunity to highlight two exceptional charities in The BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins. We proudly look forward to November 4th for some fun and fund raising!’

Richard says: “It is such an honour to be receiving this amazing award together with my great friend and partner Harry Magee. To help raise money for these two wonderful charities is an honor and a privilege.”

David Munns OBE, chairman of the MITS Award committee, says: “Richard and Harry have been at the forefront of the British music industry for over forty years. Individually and as the founders of Modest! they have continually set the benchmark in management and have led countless artists to huge success. Honouring two artist managers is a first for the MITS and we’re proud for them both to join the illustrious recipients list. We look forward to a fantastic awards night on 4th November.”

The award will be presented on 4th November at a ceremony held in aid of the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins. Harry and Richard follow last year’s MITS honouree, Emma Banks, and join the ranks of previous recipients including Rob Stringer, Sir Lucian Grainge, Ahmet Ertegun, Michael Eavis CBE, and Roger Daltry CBE.

Celebrating its 28th year, the Music Industry Trusts Award is recognised as one of the true benchmarks of achievement in the U.K. music business, and continues to benefit hugely deserving causes year after year. The MITS Award supports two important charities, the BRIT Trust and Nordoff Robbins, and is sponsored by PPL, SJM Concerts and Spotify.

About Richard Griffiths:

In a remarkable career which has ranged across live music, music publishing, record labels and artist management, Griffiths has worked with talent in every genre and stars at every level, including AC/DC, Ultravox, Jane’s Addiction, Oasis, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Westlife, Enrique Iglesias and Linkin Park.

In 1974, he founded Headline Artists, becoming the first international agent for AC/DC. Three years later, Griffiths was A&R for Island Records, signing the Buggles, whose “Video Killed The Radio Star” was the first No. 1 in the storied label’s history.

During the 1980s, Griffiths managed Ultravox, ran Virgin Music Publishing and signed Tears for Fears, Culture Club and Pet Shop Boys, and founded the U.S. division of Virgin Music. In the ’90s, as president of Epic Records in New York, he launched the Epic Soundtrax label for film music (“Dances With Wolves” was its first release) and signed Oasis for the U.S as well as Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine and Korn.

Returning to the U.K., he held senior executive posts at BMG Entertainment in the U.K. and Europe, and in 1999, oversaw the signing of Westlife to RCA Records with Simon Cowell. One year later, he brokered the deal with Cowell which created Syco Music and Television.

Leaving BMG in 2001, Griffiths set up the U.K. arm of American management powerhouse The Firm, where he and Harry Magee worked with Enrique Iglesias and Linkin Park, among others.

About Harry Magee:

In a career spanning music retail and music publishing as well as independent and major labels, Magee has worked with and for a succession of British and American stars, among them, Berlin, Lisa Stansfield, Whitney Houston, Yazz, Sting, Sheryl Crow, Westlife, Eurythmics and Foo Fighters.

After retail experience in Manchester, he moved to London and formed the Anglo Swedish indie Wire Records, with offices in Stockholm, London and Hamburg, and an artist roster including All That Jazz, Thirteen Moons and The Leather Nun. In 1986 The Old Grey Whistle Test travelled to Sweden to film a feature on the label

Magee’s major-label tenure began upon joining BMG in 1989 as Arista Records’ head of marketing. He navigated the breakthrough of Lisa Stansfield and her first two multi-platinum albums, and the U.K. achievements of Arista’s U.S. stars, including Whitney Houston.

There were further accomplishments when Magee became managing director of Big Life Records (Yazz, The Orb, Naughty By Nature), working with the late, legendary talent manager, Jazz Summers. Then, as general manager of A&M Records, Magee helped to steer the success of Sting, Bryan Adams, Sheryl Crow and Soundgarden.

Returning to BMG in 1998, Magee was appointed managing director of RCA Records. He established a vital association with Simon Cowell and acts Westlife and Five, while directing the label’s accomplishments with Natalie Imbruglia, Foo Fighters, and Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart as they reformed Eurythmics. In 2001, Magee joined Richard Griffiths to establish the U.K. division of American talent management titan, The Firm, before the pair formed Modest! in 2003.

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Kelly Clarkson, Jamiroquai, Bullet For My Valentine and Plan B now live, in stunning Virtual Reality on MelodyVR

Kelly Clarkson, Jamiroquai, Bullet For My Valentine and Plan B now live, in stunning Virtual Reality on MelodyVR

Kelly Clarkson, Jamiroquai, Bullet For My Valentine and Plan B now live, in stunning Virtual Reality on MelodyVR 

MelodyVR are proud to announce four new artists added to the virtual reality music platform, with outstanding performances by Kelly Clarkson, Jamiroquai, Bullet For My Valentine and Plan B. 

 
At her recent hometown show in Dallas, global music icon Kelly Clarkson played to a sell out crowd. Performing her hits Since U Been Gone, Because Of You and Stronger, MelodyVR was there to capture this special moment, allowing fans to enjoy the show from 9 different aspects including on stage.
 
Kelly Clarkson said: “You can watch my entire ‘Meaning of Life’ show in virtual reality, this is crazy! I’m so stoked about this, you can see my entire concert like you’re on the stage – it’s weird, but awesome. Even if you’ve seen the concert in person, it’s a completely different way to see a show. I know a lot of people are like ‘why aren’t you touring here?’ so this is a way you can see my show until I can get to you.”

Lead singer Jay Kay said: “The O2 has always been a special gig for me, and the last two were no exception. I’m pleased to be able to share this show with you in an exciting and immersive way, thanks to the team at MelodyVR.”
 
Also in the capital, Bullet For My Valentine and Plan B both teamed up with MelodyVR.

Bullet For My Valentine, one of the biggest metal acts of music history coming live from Alexandra Palace.  Watching the show back in VR, lead singer Matt Tuck was suitably impressed “The fans can see it from our perspective… Pretty trippy! It’s such an immersive experience and such a clever use of technology. Our show’s bangin!”

Across the river at O2 Brixton Academy, singer-songwriter and rapper, Plan B, added the chance for his fans to all be on stage with him after hooking up with MelodyVR.

The only licensed VR music platform, MelodyVR has partnerships across the industry, and has teamed up with a huge array of international artists to build the world’s largest library of immersive and interactive virtual reality music experiences.

The MelodyVR app is available on Oculus Go and GearVR devices, transporting music fans all over the world to sold-out shows, far-flung festivals and exclusive VIP sessions, to experience the music they love in new ways.

Bullet For My Valentine, one of the biggest metal acts of music history coming live from Alexandra Palace.  Watching the show back in VR, lead singer Matt Tuck was suitably impressed “The fans can see it from our perspective… Pretty trippy! It’s such an immersive experience and such a clever use of technology. Our show’s bangin!”

On the other side of the Atlantic, MelodyVR partnered with multi-platinum selling English Funk group Jamiroquai, for a visual extravaganza at the O2 Arena in London.


Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquires the music catalogue of Al Jackson Jr.

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquires the music catalogue of Al Jackson Jr.

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquires the music catalogue of Al Jackson Jr.

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired the music catalogue of Al Jackson Jr., an American drummer, producer, and songwriter.

Al Jackson Jr. is one of the most influential and revered songwriters, producers and musicians of the classic soul era of the 1960s and 1970s. As a founding member of Booker T & The M.G’s, Al Jackson Jr. shaped the sound of Stax Records and their iconic artists who were a who’s who of Southern soul, Memphis soul and Pop Radio.

Al Jackson Jr. co-wrote and played on some of Al Green’s most successful songs, including the US Top 5 Pop hits: ‘I’m Still In Love With You’, ‘You Ought To Be With Me’, ‘Look What You Done For Me’, and ‘Call Me’ as well as Al Green’s signature song ‘Let’s Stay Together’. ‘Let’s Stay Together’, which reached Number 1 in the US, is ranked 60th by Rolling Stone in their ‘500 Greatest Songs of All Time’ and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. The catalogue also includes Booker T & The M.G’s Top 10 tracks ‘Time is Tight’ and ‘Green Onions’. ‘Green Onions’ is regarded as one of the most popular instrumental rock and soul songs of all time and was introduced into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. It has featured in numerous movies and TV shows, including Quadrophenia, The Sandlot and The Sopranos.

In addition to co-writing some of the greatest songs of all time, the catalogue includes Al Jackson Jr.’s artist royalties on some of the most significant recordings of the era which he co-produced or featured on as a drummer. These include Otis Redding’s global Number 1 ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’, which won two Grammy Awards, as well as Bill Withers’ timeless album ‘Just as I am’ which includes the legendary US Top 5 single ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ and the soul classic ‘Grandma’s Hands’.

With Booker T & The M.G’s, Al Jackson Jr. was introduced into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2012. He was separately introduced individually into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of the copyright interest in Al Jackson Jr.’s catalogue, which includes his writer’s, producer’s and artist’s share of income, comprising of 185 compositions and 199 recordings.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said:

“The word evergreen is used far too frequently to truly express the incredible power of Al Jackson Jr.’s work as a co-creator of some of the finest music of all time. Whether as songwriter, producer, musician, or artist his incredible influence on songs and recordings as important as Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’, Booker T & The M.G’s ‘Green Onions’, Bill Withers’ ’Ain’t No Sunshine’ and Otis Redding’s ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay’ to name but a few is as much a foundation of American music as any. This is not just pop music, or black music, or American music. This music is part of the foundation on which the entire world spins. We are proud to be the custodians of Al Jackson Jr.’s incredible work and to celebrate him in a way that is worthy of his almost singular achievements.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) Limited Merck Mercuriadis   Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer James Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance) Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales)   Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
The Outside Organisation Alan Edwards / Nick Caley Tel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
Lucy Dickins Joins WME

Lucy Dickins Joins WME

Lucy Dickins Joins WME

Leading entertainment agency WME today announced that award winning music agent Lucy Dickins is joining the agency as Head of WME’s UK Music division.  Dickins joins from ITB (International Talent Booking), and will formally start with WME in June.  Dickins is a key hire for WME’s music team in the UK, where it has been operating since 2007. 

One of the music industry’s most respected and successful agents in the UK, Dickins’ clients include Adele, Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling, James Blake and Mabel, whom WME will now represent globally. Dickins also works with Hot Chip, Bryan Ferry, Rex Orange County, Jamie T, Jack Peñate, among others, all of whom are expected to join her at WME.

ITB agents James Simmons and Chris Payne are also joining Dickins at WME.

“Lucy is a star player, and the perfect addition to our team,” said WME’s Head of Music Marc Geiger.  “There’s no one else who possesses Lucy’s combination of pedigree, taste, and respect in our industry.  After being in business with her family for so many years, we feel fortunate that she decided to join WME, and we look forward to bringing her perspective to our clients and colleagues.”

“Growing up in this business, I’ve been lucky to learn from the best, but now is the time for me to take the next step in my career. The opportunity to join WME was hugely exciting, and I’m confident that this relationship can grow into something special,” said Dickins. 

Dickins is part of a music business dynasty that stretches back to her grandfather Percy Dickins, founder of the NME. Her father Barry formed ITB in 1978 with a client list made up of some of the biggest artists of all time including Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Her uncle Rob Dickins was head of Warner Brothers and her brother currently manages a hugely successful roster including Adele.  Dickins began her career working for a small independent record label before joining ITB as an assistant.  Establishing a reputation for developing artists and emerging talent from grass roots, she is renowned for the close rapport she forms with her artists.

Dickins’ hire culminates a period of growth for WME’s UK office. This year the agency booked more shows at the O2 than any agency, in addition to leading European festival bookings.

As part of the Endeavor network, WME’s music division has connectivity across 170 countries worldwide, and is a part of a group of companies that include IMG, UFC, and Frieze.

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquires music catalogue from Ari Levine

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquires music catalogue from Ari Levine

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquires music catalogue from Ari Levine

Merck Meruciadis Abbey Road Oct 2018 by JF

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Ari Levine, a multi-Grammy nominated songwriter and producer, best known for his work as a member of the three-piece writing and producing group The Smeezingtons (whose members also include Bruno Mars and Philip Lawrence).

Ari Levine has achieved 99 Number 1, 256 Top 5 and 361 Top 10 Chart positions globally with numerous artists including Bruno Mars, Ce Lo Green, Diplo and Mark Ronson.

Ari has written multiple Top 10 hits, including ‘F**k You’ by Cee Lo Green, ‘Just The Way You Are’, ‘Grenade’, ‘When I Was You Man’ and ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ by Bruno Mars, ‘Billionaire’ by Travie McCoy, ‘Nothin’ On You’ by B.o.B. and ‘One Day’ by Matisyahu.

For Ari and The Smeezingtons, critical acclaim has come hand-in-hand with commercial success.  Whilst Ari has won numerous ASCAP Awards, The Smeezingtons have also been nominated twice for the ‘Producer of the Year’ Grammy Award, and ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’, by Bruno Mars, was nominated for both ‘Record of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’ at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

The Company has acquired 100% of Ari Levine’s copyright ownership in his catalogue, which comprises 76 songs in total, including 100% of his writer share of performance income collected and distributed by the Performance Rights Organization GMR (Global Music Rights).

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said:

“Ari is one of the most important writers and producers of the new pop era. Having co-written and produced the entirety of the seminal first two Bruno Mars albums, which include 4 Number 1 singles in ‘Just The Way You Are’, ‘Grenade’, ‘Locked Out Of Heaven’ and ‘When I Was Your Man’, as well as the Number 1 single ‘F**k You’ for Cee Lo Green, Ari’s work has resulted in some of the most highly regarded and enduring songs of the last 10 years. He has everyone’s respect and I’m delighted to welcome him to the Hipgnosis family.”

Ari Levine said:

“I couldn’t be happier with a better home for my catalogue. Merck and Hipgnosis are the right executive and company team to look after my musical legacy. I’m proud to have my catalogue in their hands and I’m confident in their ability to grow its value and influence in the upcoming decades.”

Josh Levine said:

“After searching high and low for the right partner, it’s refreshing to find a company like Hipgnosis that not only says what they are going to do but actually follows through with it. I’m excited to have Merck looking over Ari’s catalogue and I’m sure he will care for it like I have over these past 10 years.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) Limited Merck Mercuriadis   Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer James Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance) Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales)   Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
The Outside Organisation Alan Edwards / Nick Caley Tel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire a music catalogue from Jamie Scott

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire a music catalogue from Jamie Scott

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire a music catalogue from Jamie Scott

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from Jamie Scott, a British song writer and record producer responsible for 84 Number 1, 188 Top 5 and 247 Top 10 Chart positions globally.

Jamie Scott has co-written multiple platinum certified singles including the four times platinum certified ‘Cold Water’ by Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and the platinum certified ‘Skin’ by Rag’n’Bone Man. Jamie Scott has also co-written songs released by Ed Sheeran, Jess Glynne, Keith Urban, Callum Scott, Tom Odell, Birdy, Nelly Furtado, Michael Kiwanuka, 5 Seconds Of Summer, The Vamps, Little Mix, Olly Murs, Ella Henderson, Jessie Ware and Christina Perri.

Jamie Scott has notably co-written 29 songs for One Direction, including the UK Number 1 and US Top 10 ‘Drag Me Down’ and ‘Story of My Life’. In addition, Jamie Scott co-wrote two singles from Niall Horan’s debut album ‘Flicker’:  including the global Top 10 hits ‘This Town’ which reached Number 9 in the UK and ‘Too Much To Ask’.

Jamie Scott’s latest released song, ‘These Days’ by Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen, reached Number 1 in the UK after being at #2 for a record tying 7 weeks and is one of the biggest British singles of the last 18 months. It has achieved more than 11 Number 1, 31 Top 5 and 34 Top 10 chart positions globally. It has also been nominated for the 2019 Ivor Novello award for ‘Most Performed Work’.

As a writer and producer, Jamie Scott is responsible for ten UK Number 1 albums, four US Number 1 albums and four UK Number 1 singles. These are estimated to have sold over 75 million albums and 75 million singles globally in addition to being streamed over 7 billion times on Spotify.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of Jamie Scott’s interest including all BMI and PRS income in his catalogue which comprises 144 songs.

Jamie Scott was represented by longtime manager Richard Wilson as well as Gavin Maude and Ryan Vince at Russells and Daniel Ross at Ross Bennet Smith.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said: “Jamie Scott has been the UK’s most consistent hitmaker of the last 10 years. From 29 songs that drove the seminal boy band of their generation, One Direction, to Rag N’ Bone Man to this year’s Ivor Novello nomination with Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen, Jamie never fails to deliver. Nile Rodgers and I love working with him and Rick, and we are delighted to welcome them to the Hipgnosis family”.

Jamie Scott said: “I’m very excited to be part of the Hipgnosis family, Merck’s vision and understanding of the importance of the song in an artist’s career is incredible.”

Richard Wilson, manager to Jamie Scott, said: “It was a pleasure to deal with Merck and everyone at Hipgnosis. Merck is at the forefront of valuing what songwriters do for the music business, and realises that without them, we would not have one.”

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The Outside Organisation Alan Edwards / Nick Caley Tel: +44 (0)7711 081 843

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from David A. Stewart

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from David A. Stewart

Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited acquire music catalogue from David A. Stewart

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company has acquired a music catalogue from David A. Stewart. David A. Stewart is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer, best known for Eurythmics, his successful partnership with Annie Lennox.

David A. Stewart co-wrote and produced each of Eurythmics’ albums, including eight Top 5 and three Number 1 UK albums, which are estimated to have sold over 100 million albums worldwide. With Eurythmics, David A. Stewart co-wrote 13 US Number 1 singles, including ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’, ‘Would I Lie To You’ and ‘There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)’. According to the British Phonographic Institute (BPI), the iconic ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)’ is the most streamed song of any song originally released in 1983. Eurythmics were awarded the Ivor Novello Award for ‘Songwriters of the Year’ in 1984 and 1987 and ‘Best Contemporary Song’ in 1987 for ‘It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back)’, the 1987 Grammy Award for ‘Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal’ for ‘Missionary Man’ and the 1999 Brit Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to British Music’. In 2005, both David A. Stewart and Annie Lennox were elected to the UK Music Hall of Fame.

Both during and following Eurythmics, David A. Stewart has produced and written songs with globally successful artists including Tom Petty on his US Number 3 ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More’, No Doubt on their US Number 1 ‘Underneath It All’, Shakespear’s Sister on ‘Stay’, which was a UK Number 1 for eight consecutive weeks, in addition to songs with Mick Jagger, Bono, Bob Dylan, Gwen Stefani, Bon Jovi, Stevie Nicks, Bryan Ferry, Katy Perry, Sinead O’Connor and Joss Stone. David A. Stewart has also had major successes as an artist, including the instrumental ‘Lily was Here’, a legendary duet with Candy Dulfer which was a global hit single and reached Number 6 in the UK.

David A. Stewart has been awarded ‘Best British Producer’ at the Brit Awards an unprecedented three times in 1986, 1987 and 1990. In addition he was awarded the 2004 Ivor Novello Award for ‘Outstanding Contemporary Song Collection’, a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award in 2005 for ‘Old Habits Die Hard’ with Mick Jagger and Clive Davis’ ‘Legend in Songwriting Award’.

Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of David A. Stewart’s copyright interest in his catalogue, comprising 1,068 songs in total, which includes his writer’s, artist’s and producer’s share of income.

David A. Stewart was represented by manager, Dave Kaplan and attorney, Peter Paterno.

Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said:

“This is an incredible moment for Hipgnosis. I have been lucky enough to know Dave since the summer of 1983 and I have spent most of those 35 years marvelling at his incredible work. I consider him to be one of the most important songwriters, artists and producers of all time. The work he and Annie did together as Eurythmics defines the 1980s and 1990s but still remains timeless today. He brought the same spirit to the Top 5 and Number 1 hits he produced and wrote with Tom Petty, No Doubt, Shakespear’s Sister and so many more. It’s an honour for Nile Rodgers and I to welcome Dave to our Advisory Board and to the Hipgnosis family. I’m not generally one for puns but sweet dreams are literally made of this.”

David A. Stewart said:

“Merck understands that without the song there is nothing and therefore holds songs with the utmost respect, hence understanding their impact on society and their long term value. He sees his company more like a song management company unlike many publishers who act more like a collection agency and wait for the money to pour in. I’m excited to be on the advisory board of this forward thinking company and sure we will have great success together.”

Dave Kaplan said:

“After putting everything in place during the negotiation, it was hard to imagine Dave’s iconic body of work could possibly have come from one human being in one lifetime (so far)! It would be tough to find anyone who values great songs and important artists more than Merck, who’s also a wickedly sharp dealmaker. This deal is monumental, and a perfect match.”

For further information, please contact:

The Family (Music) Limited Merck Mercuriadis   Tel: +44 (0)1481 742742
N+1 Singer James Maxwell / James Moat (Corporate Finance) Alan Geeves / James Waterlow / Sam Greatrex (Sales)   Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000
The Outside Organisation Alan Edwards / Nick Caley Tel: +44 (0)7711 081 843
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park  Awarded Gold Status for Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park Awarded Gold Status for Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park Awarded Gold Status for Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice

Award recognises long term commitment to improving access for Deaf and disabled music fansDeaf and disabled music fans

Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park has been awarded Gold Status for Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice, recognition of the event’s long-term and continued commitment to inclusivity and access for Deaf and disabled people. The news comes in the same year that the event won both Customer Service and Ticketing Without Barriers (Venue/Event) at the 2019 Outstanding Attitude Awards.

Event organiser AEG Presents has partnered with Attitude Is Everything, a charity that works to improve access to live music for Deaf and disabled people since 2013. The Charter of Best Practice goes beyond the legal obligations set out in the Equality Act to set out a framework aiming to provide a truly fair and equal service for Deaf and disabled customers.

BST Hyde Park was also recognised at the charity’s Outstanding Attitude Awards in March, winning the Customer Service and Ticketing Without Barriers (Venue/Event) awards.

Just as the range of brilliant, varied acts performing across the event reflects commitment to providing music all can enjoy, so too do its access initiatives reflect the same philosophy:  allowing everyone to appreciate the performances as much as possible.

AEG Presents initiatives to this effect include three accessible viewing areas over two stages and roaming drinks vendors at The Great Oak Stage and The Barclaycard Stage – all of which can also be enjoyed with a friend or family member with the use of an interchangeable, free Personal Assistant Pass. British Sign Language interpreters for all acts on The Great Oak Stage, accessible toilets at every toilet block, Hearing Induction Loops, free Personal Assistant tickets for all ticket types and a dedicated access hub and entrance. All pre-event information is available in audio and easy read versions and there is a dedicated access customer service team available all year via e mail and phone.  AEG Presents will also continue to push their successes in 2019 with the introduction of guided tours for those requiring additional assistance navigating the site.

All pre-event information is available in audio and easy read versions and there is a dedicated access customer service team available all year via e mail and phone. Plus you can watch their ever so handy Accessibility route video HERE.

Paul Hawkins, Attitude is Everything’s Festivals and Volunteering Manager said: “We’ve been working with AEG and BST Hyde Park for over five years and have been impressed by how the festival have developed their access over this time. Accessibility works best when it something that all staff members engage in, from a senior level to frontline staff, and this is certainly the case with Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park. We have been particularly impressed with how the festival has engaged with staff training around access, provided fantastic customer service on the ground and implemented our Charter recommendations, as well as the clear ambition to be as accessible as they can possibly be. AEG have been a fantastic company to work with and we are confident that, even with the gold award, they will continue to raise the bar for access to ensure all customers have the best experience possible at the shows.”

Alun Mainwaring, Head of Events and Filming at The Royal Parks, said: ‘We are very proud of this achievement, there is a huge amount of planning and preparation that both AEG Presents and The Royal Parks put into ensuring British Summer Time Hyde Park is inclusive and enjoyed by all. London’s Royal Parks fulfil an important function as public amenities for everyone, it is very important that the events we host follow this ethos. This Gold Status shows that this hard work has been recognised.’

Jenny Hamada, Senior Event Manager at AEG Presents said: “Making sure our events are open to all is a top priority of ours, and we believe it truly sets us apart from our competitors. Recognition from Attitude is Everything, who we’ve worked with for many years, is a heartening sign that these efforts are making a real difference.”

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LOCATION OF SHAKESPEARE’S LONDON HOME DISCOVERED FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME

LOCATION OF SHAKESPEARE’S LONDON HOME DISCOVERED FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME

Brand new research has finally pinpointed where the world’s most famous playwright William Shakespearelived in London in the 1590s, the time he was writing plays such as Romeo and JulietGeoffrey Marsh, theatre historian, Director of the V&A’s Department of Theatre and Performance and co-curator of the game changing David Bowie Is exhibition has made the astonishing discovery after years of meticulous research. 

Marsh’s quest began a decade ago when the foundations of The Theatre, which predated The Globe as Shakespeare’s workplace, were discovered in Shoreditchin 2008. His thoughts turned to where exactly Shakespeare was living in London when his plays were performed at this earlier playhouse, originally built in 1576. 

It was previously known that Shakespeare lived in the parish of St. Helens, now near to Liverpool Street Station as his name was listed there as a tax payer in 1597/98. However, the location of his home during the 1590s has never been identified – until now.

The Company of Leathersellers, the guild that organisedthe Elizabethan leather trade owned a large part of the parish Shakespeare resided in. This took Marsh to their extensive archives where almost 500 years later the Leathersellers had, remarkably, preserved a record of their tenants stretching back to the 1550s. Marsh realisedthat in these papers could lay critical information – the answer to the mystery. 

The records are often difficult to decipher, schematic and tricky to interpret. Spelling is erratic with names often spelt different ways in the same documents. Marsh however identified that amongst the Leathersellers’ tenants in 1598 were John Prymme/Pryn and John Robinson the Younger, who appear immediately above Shakespeare’s name in the 1598 tax record. Cross-referencing different types of records, suggested the individuals were listed in order of the location of their homes.

Marsh was able to pinpoint where these two lived, next to John Hatton, the Clark of the Leathersellers. All the evidence points to Shakespeare occupying an adjacent property or possibly sub-letting rooms in this cluster of properties which overlooked the churchyard of St. Helens.

Geoffrey Marsh said, “The place where Shakespeare lived in London gives us a more profound understanding of the inspirations for his work and life. Within a few years of migrating to London from Stratford, he was living in one of the wealthiest parishes in the City,alongside powerful public figures, wealthy international merchants, society doctors and expert musicians. The merchants had connections across Europe and the doctors were linked to the latest progressive thinking in universities in Italy and Germany. Living in what wasone of the power locales of London would have also enhanced Shakespeare’s status as he developed his career, sought a family coat of arms and planned to buy an impressive and expensive house in Stratford.”

Mr. B. Brown, Warden of the Leathersellerssaid, “We are delighted that this information has come to light. The Company has carefully maintained its St. Helens properties for 476 years to help fund our charities. Our company livery hall, was recently rebuilt on the original site acquired in 1543. We always remember that Shakespeare’s father was a glover in Stratford-upon-Avon and would have spent his life working with leather. As a child, William would have been steeped in the culture of buying, preparing, cutting and stitching leather.”

Photos1. The original 1598 St. Helens tax record, listing John Robinson the Younger, Prymme/Pryn and William Shakespeare (National Archives)2. The original 1598 Leatherseller rent record listing John Robinson the Younger and John Prymme/Pryn(Leathersellers Company Archive)3. Agas’ Map of London. Bishopsgate detail showing location of William Shakespeare’s Lodgings‘Copperplate’ map of London, c. 1553-59, showing St.Helen’s church with the graveyard, well head and gatehouse to the west (left) marked S: Elen. In the 1590s, Shakespeare was probably living somewhere in the row of buildings to the north(above). Although a unique record, this map should only be seen as a rough sketch, not an accurate representation of every building. (London Metropolitan Archives, City of London) (Collage: the London Picture Archive ref 32261)4. Goad Insurance Plan Vol III. Goad fire insurance map of 1886 showing the St. Helen’s area. It shows how many of medieval and Elizabethan house plot boundaries survived until the last century. St. Helen’s Churchyard, its graveyard and its gatehouse have remained constant features of the area’s topography for 500 years. (London Metropolitan Archives, City of London) (Collage: the London Picture Archive, ref34534)

MelodyVR release a group of new shows, including The Streets’ riotous Brixton Academy comeback

MelodyVR release a group of new shows, including The Streets’ riotous Brixton Academy comeback

MelodyVR release a group of new shows, including The Streets’ riotous Brixton Academy comeback

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MelodyVR are adding five new incredible gigs to their VR collection: users of the platform will be able to immerse themselves in outstanding performances by The StreetsThomas RhettRudimentalCalum Scott and The Horrors.

The grandmaster of garage Mike Skinner makes his hallowed return with The Streets to the O2 Brixton Academy, for a party-heavy performance complete with crowd surfing, special guest appearances and double pints galore. Skinner said: ‘We filmed one of our recent gigs at Brixton in VR and it’s an absolute mazza. You can even follow me jumping into the crowd and see the panic on my tour manager’s face. THIS IS FOR YOUR KIDS! IN 20 YEARS TIME THERE’LL BE NO EXCUSES! See it now on MelodyVR.’

Fans of the chart-topping country singer Thomas Rhett will be able to experience his performance at the Honda Centre in Anaheim, CA from his very own point of view – MelodyVR are offering a special five-track premiere of the singer-songwriter’s VR debut. He said: ‘I’m really excited to be able to share this with everyone who couldn’t make it to a stop on the Life Changes Tour, and also offer those who could a chance to relive it with me … from right where I was standing! It’s amazing being able to experience the show from this perspective and I can’t wait for everyone to see it.’
 

Join drum & bass hitmakers Rudimental for a huge production at the majestic Alexandra Palace, complete with a star-studded line-up of guests including John Newman, Tom Walker, Jess Glynne and Anne Marie. Rudimental said: ‘There are a lot of things that excite us about VR. If you are just standing in the crowd you might miss things, but if you are watching in VR you get to see so much more. If there’s someone sitting in their bedroom, unable to come and see us, then they can watch it through their headset on MelodyVR!’ 

British singer-songwriter and Britain’s Got Talent star Calum Scott’s moving hometown performance at Hull City Hall, complete with his stunning cover of ‘Dancing On My Own’, will also be available on MelodyVR. He said: ‘Going into the MelodyVR offices and seeing MY OWN SHOW was bloody surreal! My collaboration with MelodyVR will hopefully give the opportunity to fans all over the world to experience a Calum Scott show and that means a lot to me. I am so grateful to have worked with MelodyVR and am excited to see where they go next … the possibilities are endless!’

Calum Scott watching his own performance on MelodyVR HERE

Mercury Prize-nominated indie outfit The Horrors have been on the scene for over a decade, and their recent show at London’s KOKO was hugely anticipated. Packed with crowd favourites and culminating with an incredible light show during ‘Something To Remember Me By’, the gig will be all the more powerful in VR.

The Horrors said: ‘With the help of MelodyVR we’ve just stood next to ourselves onstage, jumped into the crowd and experienced our London KOKO show as our audience – it was insane! We can’t wait for all of our fans to experience us in virtual reality – it’s an experience like no other.’

As the only licensed VR music platform, MelodyVR has partnerships across the industry, including major and independent labels, publishers and venues, and has teamed up with a huge array of international artists to build the world’s largest library of immersive and interactive virtual reality music experiences.

The MelodyVR app is available on Oculus Go and GearVR devices, offering more music fans than ever the chance to be transported all over the world to sold-out shows, far-flung festivals and exclusive VIP sessions, and experience the music they love in new ways.

DECCA RECORDS CELEBRATES ITS 90th ANNIVERSARY

DECCA RECORDS CELEBRATES ITS 90th ANNIVERSARY

DECCA RECORDS CELEBRATES ITS
90th ANNIVERSARY

This year sees one of the most iconic record labels in the world, Decca Records, turn 90 years old. Since its formation, on 28 February 1929, Decca has burgeoned from a prosperous British company to a fully-fledged international powerhouse – quickly earning the title as ‘The Supreme Record Company’ – a statement that resonates stronger than ever 90 years on.

Decca has been the home to countless legendary musicians from Luciano Pavarotti to David BowieDame Vera Lynn to Bing CrosbyTom Jones to Billie HolidayThe Rolling Stones to Mantovani and is now providing the platform for a new generation of ambitious artists at the forefront of their scenes – names such as Andrea BocelliSheku Kanneh-Mason and Gregory Porter, who continue to represent the label’s cultural legacy.

Throughout 2019, Decca will be celebrating its nine decades of excellence with a number of special releases, events, concerts and more taking place across Europe. After kicking off with sensational events in Paris and Berlin earlier this week, Decca continued the celebrations last night at London’s White City House, as the historic label officially launched its year-long 90th anniversary, with help from some of the label’s most famous faces. The room was brought to a standstill by the spectacular performances from Decca signees Fieh, Jess Gillam, J.S. Ondara and Imelda May, and the evening also featured an emphatic speech from Decca President, Rebecca Allen who said, “Decca is nothing without the fantastic musicians we work with, so I’d like to thank them. Our artists are not always conforming, we don’t follow trends – that’s what makes us such an interesting label.” A number of high-profile names from the music industry and beyond were in attendance, including: Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Katherine Jenkins, Milos, Nicola Benedetti, Cerys Matthews, Michel Ball and more.

Decca will also be marking the occasion with:

  • The Supreme Record Company: The Story Of Decca Records 1929-2019 Book: A lavishly illustrated, first comprehensive history of the label.
     
  • Pavarotti Feature Film: A milestone full-length documentary directed by Ron Howard telling the true story of Decca’s global superstar.
  • V&A Event: London’s prestigious V&A opens its doors to Decca on Sunday 5th May (as part of the V&A Performance Festival 2019) for a day of family fun and music.
     
  • A Return to Decca’s Lost Recording Studio: Decca’s West Hampstead studios, a hidden historical gem, will open again in July for just a few nights, offering an array of different activities, from one-off performances to unseen artworks and exhibitions.
     
  • Reissues and Rarities: 90 physical and digital releases that embrace the spirit of the label. The first Friday of every month for the whole of 2019 will be ‘Decca Day’ with a new release.
     
  • Performances: A unique series of concerts in London, Berlin and Paris to continue throughout 2019. Decca 90 will also be celebrated at key UK arts and music festivals such as Love Supreme, all four Cheltenham events and Village Green.
     
  • Record Store Day 2019 (13 April): A series of exclusive vinyl releases for this global celebration of independent record shops.
     
  • Rare David Bowie Videos: Six Deram-era clips restored to 1080 HD by the UMC team to be released monthly from 8 March.
     
  • Radio: Two programmes on BBC Radio 2 (available globally on the BBC Sounds app) that chart 20 of the most iconic Decca recordings of all time.
     
  • Podcasts: 45 unique 90-second podcasts – 45 RPM (Recorded Podcast Moments) that outline key aspects of the label’s history, to appear on www.decca90.com.   

Decca has always been more than just a label: it was also a major innovator in recorded sound – its name originates from the Decca Dulcephone portable gramophone, one of the first of its kind, and the label’s revolutionary work in developing radar with the Decca Navigator System had a significant impact during the Second World War.

When Decca took the giant steps forward in recorded sound post-war, it ushered in a truly golden era for classical music. Decca created by far the finest opera catalogue the record world has ever seen, thanks to the contributions of such wonderful singers as Luciano Pavarotti and Joan Sutherland, and large-scale projects like the first complete Ring cycle. As Decca turns 90, the label is also celebrating major milestones for some of its most distinguished artists: Renée Fleming approaches 25 years on Decca; Cecilia Bartoli reaches 30 years; and Riccardo Chailly celebrates an incredible 40 years. These long-lasting relationships are testament to the label’s dedication and ongoing support for its artists. This commitment continues with the present generation of top classical stars including Nicola BenedettiMiloš KaradaglićJess Gillam and Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

The label’s legacy for spoken word, poetry and comedy records is unsurpassed, for example its recordings with Spike Milligan. Other Decca pioneers such as Sister Rosetta TharpeBill HaleyTommy SteeleThe GoonsBenjamin BrittenPeter Cook and Dudley Moore and bandleader Ted Heath all paved the way for future generations in their respective fields.

Now, in the 21st century, Decca continues to go from strength to strength. Last year alone, the label had No.1 albums with Rod Stewart and Andrea Bocelli, helped teenage cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason sell 100,000 albums worldwide, was home to the winner of the Country Music Association’s Album Of The Year with Kacey Musgraves’ ‘Golden Hour’, assisted Buddy Holly’s return to the UK Top 10, and saw Hollywood superstar Jeff Goldblum top the UK Jazz Charts with his debut record.

Part of Universal Music Group, Decca is not only home to some of the world’s biggest and best acts in music, but has served as the official label partner to three Royal Weddings, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics.

“Decca Records has been the soundtrack to many historical and cultural moments, a truly unique brand with a truly unique identity,” reflects Decca president, Rebecca Allen“Even now, as we celebrate our 90th anniversary, we continue to push the boundaries; to seek out artists who are distinctive, who stand out from the crowd, artists that will continue to define our label for the next nine decades.”

Back in the summer of 1929, a national advert in Melody Maker magazine issued the following prediction about a fledgling label: “All record lovers will be talking about Decca Records”. Fast forward to 2019 and people are still talking about Decca as it now celebrates its 90th anniversary.

 For more information contact:
Jack Delaney – jack.delaney@outside-org.co.uk
Nathan Diamond – nathan.diamond@outside-org.co.uk