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Aaron Randall and Bill Ashton Appointed Managing Directors of Songkick

on January 14, 2020 - 4:46am

Aaron Randall and Bill Ashton have been named as the new Managing Directors of Songkick, the global live music discovery service. They will be based in Songkick’s London headquarters and report to Emmy Lovell, EVP, WEA Europe.

Ashton moves into his job after serving as Senior Vice President, Artist Services at Warner Music and Randall taking on this new title in addition to his existing role as Songkick’s Chief Technology Officer.

Mark McIntyre, Songkick’s outgoing CEO, will support the transition to the new leadership team, and will remain an advisor to Songkick, as well as working on


Warner Music and Doğan Music Expand Partnership in Turkey

on January 6, 2020 - 6:00am

Warner Music and Doğan Music are expanding their artistic partnership with a new deal that will see them build a domestic roster together. The move involves the opening of Warner Music Turkey, a new affiliate that will work with Doğan to build the international careers of top domestic artists and develop a stronger presence for Warner’s international repertoire in Turkey.

Samsun Demir, CEO, Doğan Music Group, says: “We’re very pleased to announce our partnership with Warner Music in Turkey.


Ed Howard and Briony Turner Named Co-Presidents of Atlantic Records UK

on December 17, 2019 - 5:33am

Warner Music UK today announced that Briony Turner and Ed Howard have been promoted to Co-Presidents of Atlantic Records UK, effective from 1st January. Turner, who joined Atlantic in 2009, is upped from Co-Head of A&R for the label, while Howard is currently MD of Asylum Records UK, the Atlantic UK imprint that he joined upon its inception 12 years ago.

Together, Howard and Turner will assume responsibility for the full Atlantic Records UK portfolio, overseeing the creative and strategic direction of the company as well as the implementation of campaigns for its world-class roster of UK, US,


Travis Barker's DTA Records Sets Joint Venture with Elektra Music Group

on December 13, 2019 - 9:02am

DTA Records, a new label founded by Travis Barker, has entered into a worldwide joint venture with Elektra Music Group. The announcement was made today by Barker and Elektra Co-Presidents Mike Easterlin and Gregg Nadel. Under the terms of the deal, Elektra will provide the full spectrum of marketing and distribution services for DTA artists and recordings.


The first release from DTA Records/Elektra Records is Barker’s own “Gimme Brain” featuring Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, available everywhere today.


“I wanted a label partner that I trusted with true artist development,” said Barker.


RIP Marie Fredriksson

on December 10, 2019 - 11:23am

Marie Fredriksson of the band Roxette has passed away following a 17-year long battle with cancer.

Marie first found fame as a solo artist before partnering with Per Gessle to form Roxette in 1986. They quickly enjoyed success in their native Sweden and had their first worldwide smash with "The Look" in 1989, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US.

Follow-up hits included "Listen To Your Heart," "It Must Have Been Love," "Joyride," "Dressed For Success," "Sleeping In My Car," "Dangerous" and "How Do You Do!". The band sold more than 80 million records and toured around the