Music Industry Moves: Ben Platt Signs Deal With Interscope Records; Elektra Promotes Three at Roadrunner, Fueled by Ramen |

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Interscope Records has signed Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award-winning vocalist and character Ben Platt to a caller woody that will spot nan explanation managing Platt’s recordings and assistance successful nan motorboat of his ain imprint pinch Interscope.

“I’m thrilled for Ben’s early recorded euphony to beryllium coming retired connected Interscope, a explanation known for its roster of civilization moving iconic artists,” said Platt’s manager, Adam Mersel. “We’re looking guardant to moving alongside John, Steve Berman and nan full IGA squad connected nan adjacent shape of Ben’s career.”

Platt has released 2 full-length solo efforts — 2019’s “Sing To Me,” and 2021’s “Reverie” — and toured nan country, astir precocious connected his “Reverie” circuit which enlisted Aly & AJ arsenic openers. He’s said to beryllium releasing caller euphony pinch nan explanation successful nan adjacent future.

“Ben is an bonzer creator successful each way,” said John Janick, president and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M, successful a statement. “He’s arsenic comfortable connected a Broadway shape arsenic he is headlining Madison Square Garden. We’re truthful excited to person him connected nan explanation and are looking guardant to moving pinch him and his squad connected his early releases.”

+ Elektra Entertainment has announced 3 promotions, each effective immediately. Chris Brown, antecedently caput of marketing, promotes to executive VP of Elektra Entertainment and co-head of Roadrunner Records. Meanwhile, Katie Robinson — formerly elder VP of trading — has been named caput of trading and Johnny Minardi — formerly vp of A&R — has been promoted to caput of Fueled by Ramen and co-head of Roadrunner Records.

Minardi has besides been elevated to elder VP of A&R and will oversee Fueled by Ramen’s roster of replacement artists from Fall Out Boy, Panic! At nan Disco, and 20 1 pilots, and, alongside Brown, Roadrunner’s difficult stone acts specified arsenic Turnstile, Gojira, and Slipknot. Robinson and Minardi will stay based successful Los Angeles and Brown successful New York, each reporting to Elektra Entertainment President Gregg Nadel.

“Elektra’s fierce committedness to creator improvement is only equaled by our dedication to executive development, and it’s been a privilege to watch Chris, Katie, and Johnny turn into their ain arsenic leaders. Elektra wouldn’t beryllium what it is coming without them. They’ve each individually made specified a strong, tangible effect and delivered exceptional results that person elevated our artists connected nan world stage,” said Nadel. “In summation to bringing passion and productivity to everything they do, they person inspired and empowered their teams to do nan same. These much-deserved, caller posts will springiness them nan opportunity to proceed to lead, nurturing and promoting our singular talent, while helping style nan early sound and guidance of Elektra.”

+ Exceleration Music has named erstwhile Spotify exec David Ecker arsenic its caller explanation improvement manager. Rachel Cunningham, antecedently of Gimme Radio, besides joins nan squad successful an effort to elevate its instrumentality engagement and commerce department.

Ecker will play a cardinal domiciled successful managing day-to-day relationships pinch Exceleration’s family of explanation and creator partners. At Spotify, Ecker served arsenic creator and explanation partnerships head for U.S. independents and led imaginative campaigns for nan likes of Phoebe Bridgers, Bon Iver, Mitski, Flying Lotus and Porter Robinson.

Cunningham will lead nan improvement of assemblage maturation and e-commerce strategy to thrust nan organization’s direct-to-fan business. Her domiciled will see nan improvement of online stores, arsenic good arsenic nan building and implementation of Exceleration’s trading exertion stack.

Commented Darin Soler, caput of world trading and commercialized partnerships, adds: “One of nan things that excites maine astatine Exceleration is bringing nan champion successful tech to labels successful nan independent community. There’s nary logic that smaller labels shouldn’t person nan aforesaid opportunities and expertise that beryllium astatine fields crossed each platforms, and hiring experts for illustration David and Rachel is what makes that happen. We’ve worked pinch David during his clip astatine Spotify and observed firsthand his committedness to supporting indie labels and artists. We look guardant to seeing him bring that aforesaid power and enthusiasm to moving pinch nan labels and artists astatine Exceleration.”

Tuesday, May 9

SoundCloud has launched a caller merchandise called “Fans” that provides artists pinch entree to heavy personification information and makes it easy for them to link pinch their astir loyal listeners.

Now disposable connected SoundCloud for Artists, nan instrumentality allows artists to position nan platform’s information and benignant their astir engaged listeners based connected factors for illustration comments, listening behavior, sharing habits and location — and moreover straight connection individual fans and stock previews of upcoming music, info, waste tickets and merch and more. (There’s besides an opt-out for those who don’t want Beyonce cluttering up their DMs.)

The programme had been successful beta for astir six weeks but is now ramping up to 60,000 artists who are members of its premium Next Pro tier. The institution considered it nan adjacent logical measurement successful their fan-powered royalties system, nether which nan institution pays retired each listener’s subscriber gross wholly to nan rights-holders aliases nan artists they’ve really listened to, alternatively than nan all-in exemplary utilized by astir streaming services.

+ Pulse Music Group has signed accumulation duo Stargate — aka Mikkel Eriksen and Tor E. Hermanson (Torr) — to a imaginative associated venture. The squad has worked intimately pinch respective award-winning artists including Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Celine Dion, Janet Jackson, Shakira, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Pink, Sia, Whitney Houston and Nas, among others.

The caller woody includes nan description of nan Los Angeles Academy for Artists and Music Production (LAAMP), a euphony programme for songwriters, signaling artists and euphony producers. Based successful Santa Monica, LAAMP Music will beryllium led by imaginative executive Andy Steinway and beryllium fueled by programme mentors Emily Warren, Ne-Yo, Benny Blanco, Justin Trantor, Cirkut, Jozzy Dopebyaccident and Diplo. The first 4 signings to LAAMP Music are Natalię Sawicki, Kyla McMillian, Hunter Nay, and Lucas Goncalves. 

“Investing successful nan early has agelong been a winning look successful music. LAAMP was created to thief young creators return their euphony to nan adjacent level, which is precisely what PULSE Music Group has been doing for their songwriters for years. Andy, Mikkel and I are excited to partner pinch Scott, Josh, Ashley and nan full PULSE Music Group squad to create opportunities for a full caller activity of talent,” said Hermansen.  

+ BMG/BBR Music Group has named Peter Strickland as its new general manager, effective immediately. Strickland has been pinch nan explanation for almost 2 years successful a consultancy role. 

Previously, Strickland served astatine respective roles astatine Warner Music Nashville, including GM and main trading officer. He besides also created 2 drama imprints for nan institution and executive produced Jimmy Fallon’s Grammy Award-winning drama album, “Blow Your Pants Off,” before opening his guidance company, Marathon Talent, successful 2018.

“Peter and I worked together early successful our career, wherever I had nan chance to spot his creativity, passion and power up close,” says BMG Nashville president Jon Loba. “Working pinch him again complete nan past twelvemonth arsenic a consultant, it is evident those aforesaid qualities pain hotter than ever. Beyond that, he is nan consummate squad subordinate and was nan evident prime to measurement into nan GM domiciled upon Rick Shedd’s retirement.  We couldn’t beryllium much excited to officially bring him into nan BMG family!”

+ Dualtone Music Group has promoted Whitaker Elledge to wide manager/SVP of creator development, effective immediately. Elledge, who joined nan institution successful 2018, is based successful Nashville and will proceed to study to Dualtone President Paul Roper.

Roper says, “Whitaker has played an invaluable domiciled for Dualtone complete nan past 5 years. Our online businesses person exploded nether his watch while our operations person go much businesslike and focused. He has a thrust for excellence, integrity and compassion which serves our artists, their teams and our full unit well.”

+ AWAL has named Cami Operé VP and caput of publicity, nan institution announced. Operé will information retired nan company’s trading and imaginative team, led by GM and caput of imaginative Bianca Bhagat and VPs of trading Justin Macchio and Katie Baloian. Among different erstwhile roles, she was VP of publicity astatine Sacks & Co.

AWAL’s roster includes Little Simz, Jvke, Tom Misch, Deadmau5, Disclosure, Nick Cave & nan Bad Seeds, and galore others.

+ Universal Music Latino has made 2 caller promotions successful its publicity section pinch nan summation of Albert Piedrahita as its caller head of nationalist publicity and Sebasti Daneilas as head of publicity. Based successful Miami, Piedrahita will study to Salomon Palacios III, elder VP of trading and creator strategy, while Daneilas will study straight to Piedrahita. 

Piedrahita joined UML successful 2018 and has worked extensively pinch Karol G, Jhayco, Feid and galore others. Sebasti joined nan institution successful 2021, and has worked pinch nan supra artists arsenic good arsenic Sebastián Yatra, Juanes and Alvaro Díaz.

+ Universal Music Publishing Group has signed Scottish accumulation duo LF System to an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement. LF System is comprised of Conor Larkman and Sean Finnigan, nan composers down nan way “Afraid to Feel” which was nominated for opus of nan twelvemonth astatine nan 2023 BRIT Awards.

“We’re truthful excited to activity pinch nan legends astatine UMPG,” nan duo shared successful a joined statement. “The synergy we had pinch Dougie and Pete from nan get-go was truthful beardown and their level of belief & ambition towards america – and wherever we want to return this task – was unmatched. We can’t hold to get going!”

Dougie Bruce, elder A&R director, said: “Right from nan commencement of our relationship, we had a existent relationship together and nan ambition of LF System and Fergus was clear to see. “Afraid to Feel” was specified a monumental deed but nan boys were very clear that 1 opus was not going to specify them, but nan forthcoming years of releases will. We are truthful delighted they decided to subordinate UMPG and we look guardant to a agelong and lasting friendship.”