+ Contact Music Publishing Bought both the master and broadcast rights to heavy metal legends and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Judas PriestGull Entertainments’ first two albums are “Rocka Rolla” and “Sad Wings of Destiny”. According to the announcement, Reach will be collaborating with Judas Priest on these two albums and is planning several projects to be announced later this year, including special releases for the 50th anniversary of “Rocka Rolla” in 2024. The band’s catalog was initially released on Sony Music’s Columbia or Epic labels, but the first two albums, released in 1974 and 1976 respectively, had been Gull’s for nearly 50 years.
Prior to this deal with Gull, Reach already had a relationship with Judas Priest as co-publisher of founding guitarist Glenn Tipton. In 2021, Reach Music announced the acquisition of 50% copyright and worldwide management rights to the Tipton song catalog, starting with songs released in 1977. The current acquisition includes songs from 1974 to 1976, and Reach also signs deals with fellow Judas Priest members Rob Halford, Ian Hill, and KK Downing at the time; as Reach will represent the compositions they wrote together from these two albums.
Michael Closter, president and owner of Reach Music, said: “The acquisition and release of the masters of Rocka Rolla and Sad Wings of Destiny was a tremendous opportunity for Reach Music shortly after Judas Priest got its start in Rock & Roll. Hall of Fame. This deal has been approved by Judas Priest and their manager, Jayne Andrews, and I am very excited to begin working closely with them on a variety of special projects, including releasing high-quality reprints.”
+ Warner Music Latin you appointed Carlos “Charly” Perez as Senior Vice President of communications and public relations. It will be based in Miami and will report to general manager Roberto Andrade Dirak.
Perez joined from Universal Music Latino, where he served as international Vice President of public relations and promotion for parent label Machete Music and Capitol Latin, working closely with local Mexican labels Fonovisa and Disa, and managing the Puerto Rico and US markets. Over the years he has worked with Alejandro Fernandez, Banda El Recodo, Gloria Trevi, Ivy Queen, J. Balvin, Jenny Rivera, Juanes, Karol G, Los Tigres del Norte, Lucero, Luis Fonsi, Marcó Antonio Solis, Paulina Rubio, Pepe. Aguilar, Sebastian Yatra and others. He began his career as an assistant at the Mexican media company Televisa, where he later became the record label executive, and later joined Univision Music Mexico, where he was promoted to press and television coordinator. In 2008, Univision Music was acquired by Universal Music Latin Entertainment.
Dirak said, “Charly is a great addition to the team here at Warner Music Latina. His knowledge and experience cross genres and borders, and he’s helped boost the careers of the artists he’s worked with, bringing some of the best Latin music to every corner of the world. We are very happy that you have joined us.”
+ Versatile music company god mode announced the signing of the artist-producer-DJ’s management SG Lewisshowcased a large set at the Coachella festival earlier this month.
Godmode President and co-founder Talya Elitzer said, “I am excited to officially invite Sam to Godmode. Sam is an incredible talent and already part of the Godmode family, I can’t wait to see what we can build together.”
Started in Brooklyn but headquartered in Los Angeles, the company has had success with Channel Tres and JPEGMAFIA in recent years and partnered with Hipgnosis Songs Group to create its broadcast division in 2021. In other company news, Hannah Peale joined Night Media’s Godmode and was promoted to record label manager at Grace Trilla.
+Jeff Geasey to join Page 1 Administration As West Coast general manager. Currently with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, London, Auckland and Sydney, the company features Grammy Award-winning writer-producer Joel Little (Taylor Swift, Khalid, Imagine Dragons), Drew Pearson (Zac Brown Band, Kesha, Phillip Phillips) and artist Jawsh 685, among others.
Geasey has held A&R roles at 300/Elektra, Atlantic Records and BMG Publishing. Most recently, he directed Micah Premnath, Allison Ponthier, Brandon Shoop and Chloe George at Fast Casual Management.
+ Fruit garden i promoted tricia arnold to executive vice president, global artist/label services and sales. Arnold is based in New York and will continue to report to president/COO Colleen Theis.
“Tricia has exceptional leadership skills and extensive international experience that she has developed over the past ten years at Orchard. In this senior role, I am confident that she will take our business to greater heights as we continue to provide best-in-class service to our clients and mentor our team.”
In 2022, Arnold and his team helped Bad Bunny’s “Un Verano Sin Ti” reach the highest charts in 15 territories, as well as Nas’s “Kings Disease II”, Jack White’s “Fear of the Dawn” and ” Entering Heaven Alive” and Raye’s “Escapism.” He first joined the company in 2012.
+ Sumerian Records announced his appointment Piero Giramonti as president. In this role, Giramonti will report to Ash Avildsen, Sumerian Group Owner and CEO, and oversee all label operations.
Avildsen said, “Piero is the perfect weapon for what’s missing from the label. Truth be told, I’ve always shined on the creative, vision and flavor side of our business, but never on the operational side. I’ve built the Sumerian brand beyond music like movies, TV, books, comics and all kinds of stories. While continuing to focus on transforming entertainment with IP – I couldn’t have asked for a better president than the very experienced, veteran Mr. Giramonti. Take charge of the label.”
Giramonti began his music career in the early 1990s in various international marketing divisions of EMI Music, headquartered in New York, London, England, Milan, Italy and Los Angeles, USA for Parlophone, Capitol, SBK and EMI Records. After ten years in the UK and Europe, he returned to the US as Head of Global Marketing for Virgin Records America, followed by Epic Records and Warner Bros. He took on the same role at Records. His most recent corporate position was with Capitol Music Group, where he restarted Harvest Records and later managed Caroline distribution.
+ Primary Wave Music Announced a partnership with India’s leading record label and music publisher. Times Musicis a subsidiary of Times of India Group with interests in newspapers, magazines, radio, television, music streaming, digital platforms, events and out-of-home marketing. The terms of the deal will see Primary Wave invest substantial capital in the company and provide funding for further catalog investment in India, helping the company accelerate the growth of its regional, film and non-film music catalogs in global markets.
Since its inception in 1998, Times Music has worked with a range of artists and songwriters, local and global film studios, as well as a key player in the Punjabi and South Indian music markets. Times Music has an exclusive global distribution partnership with Speed Records.
Working closely with N. Subramanian and Theja Kolla of the Times of India Group, Ramon Villa, Chief Operating Officer of Primary Wave, and Amy Ortner, Primary Wave’s General Counsel, negotiated the new partnership.
+ Jen RubioAway’s co-founder and CEO has joined the board of directors. TVG HospitalityVenue group formed by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons.
Lovett said, “I’ve been patiently waiting and hoping for Jen to join the long-term board of directors. One of the most instinctive and talented entrepreneurs I’ve ever met, Away’s success is just the tip of the iceberg. We look forward to learning from Jen’s insights and experiences as both I and the broader leadership team at tvg continue to build to run some of the best venues in the world.”
According to the announcement, Rubio has raised over $200 million in funding and is an active angel investor, supporting more than 50 early-stage startups, including brands like Parade, Liquid Death, and Madhappy.
+ Mom+Pop Music announced the introduction Abby Sprague to the VP of Marketing. Founder and co-owner Michael Goldstone said: “As we turn 15 this year, we are proud to be able to celebrate our hard-working and talented staff. Abby has been with us since 2017 and her contributions during this time have led to many success stories. It embodies our mantra of working with artists to help them realize their vision of success.
Sprague began his career with High Road Touring in 2009, then moved on to artist services at Songkick, running ticketing campaigns for bands such as Father John Misty, The National, and Future Islands.
+ UK office To believePartnered with , one of the world’s leading digital music companies settle down Handling distribution and label services for Rinse Records and Bad Music series.
Under the new partnership, Believe will undertake the global digital distribution of all Rinse and Bad Music frontline and catalog editions. Rinse Recordings represents famous dance shows like Katy B and Vigro Deep and has also released music from Nia Archives. Founded in 2018, its pop-leaning sister label Bad Music released music by singer-songwriter Sinéad Harnett, Sasha Keable, and James Smith, among others.