New Signings & Team-Ups: August 24
BRODERICK SMITH ALBUM, BOOK, SET FOR SPRING RELEASE
One of the great Australian voices Broderick Smith’s Man Out of Time, his first solo album in ten years, is set for an October 5 issue through Bloodlines in the Mushroom Group.
It reacquaints him with the folks behind Mushroom Records, which released the Dingoes album in the early ‘70s and still a classic example of country, rock and storytelling.
The new album’s been in the can “for two or three years,” he says. “I’m always writing and doing other things; little shows by myself, the odd festival.
“All I want to do is make the best records that I can”.
The record comes out on the same month as his autobiography of the same name through Starman Books which traces his iconic stature in the ‘70s through the boogie blues Carson and then The Dingoes (who were signed up by the Rolling Stones’ management) and his versatile solo work after he returned to Australia and his induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2009.
UNFD LAND ON SILENT PLANET
Australian label UNFD signed Californian band Silent Planet for a worldwide deal (excluding North America).
The band, currently touring Australia with Make Them Suffer, drop their third album When The End Began out November 2.
Following up single Vanity of Sleep is Share The Body, a dark examination of the opioid epidemic.
DOWNTOWN PICKS UP 3000 FILM AND TV RIGHTS
Downtown Music Publishing has been on a rights acquiring spree and expanded its film and TV catalogues with 3,000 songs from three new deals.
A deal with Note Republic gained it 2,300 titles, mostly from reality TV series company Bunim/Murray Productions as Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Project Runway and The Real World.
From CourtTV comes 408 episodes of crime series Forensic Files including the theme song by Alan Palanker and Robert Kahn.
Downtown also extended his administration partnership with film production house Indian Paintbrush, home to Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and Isle of the Dogs.
Downtown film composers include Hans Zimmer, Atticus Ross, Marco Beltrami, Trevor Rabin, Heitor Pereira and Sir George Martin, with Broadway and opera productions.
TEN NETWORK FOCUS ON LIVE MUSIC WITH ROVE PILOT
The Australian music industry has its fingers crossed that Rove McManus’ 7.30 screening tomorrow night of his new variety show Bring Back… Saturday Night does go further.
The pilot includes performances by Delta Goodrem and Conrad Sewell.
McManus’ TV show Rove in the past brought hip-hop and alt-rock acts to mainstream audiences.
McManus says that the new show is a mix of Rove, Hey Hey It’s Saturday and D-Generation – all which developed the sort of followings where people would watch before they went out raging.
BEAR PARTS MANAGING CREO
Roy Amar’s management firm Bear Parts announced it is now looking after Sydney indie rock outfit CREO.
The band caused waves on community radio and the festival circuit with their Subtitles For XYZ EP from last spring.
OPPORTUNITY FOR FEMALE IDENTIFYING SA COMPOSER
An initiative of the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), the SA government’s Music Development Office, in partnership with the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC) provides a career boost for all SA composers who identify themselves as female, trans women or non-binary.
It’s a chance to work alongside acclaimed Australian screen composer, Amanda Brown, and be paid $5000 for it.
Applications must be submitted by COB, Friday, September 7, 2018. No extensions will be granted.
For more information, visit the official SAFC site or contact the SAFC on 08 8394 2000.
UNIVERSAL EXTENDS E-SPORTS FOOTPRINT
Universal Music Group Central Europe entered a multi-year partnership with esports company ESL, whose events last year were watched by 300 million.
The deal includes a joint venture record label where artists signed to it will perform at sports events and have their music used during broadcasts.
DUA LIPA DRIVES A JAGUAR
UK singer-songwriter Dua Lipa, said to be the most streamed female artist in the world, will endorse car maker Jaguar’s new all-electric SUV I-Pace to be launched next month.
The Warner Music signed act will perform exclusively at its official launch off on September 3, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, of the vehicle that sprints to 100 kph in 4.5 seconds.
SONY ATV, STELLAR, SIGN UK RAPPER OCTAVIAN
Sony/ATV and Stellar Songs went into a joint venture to pick up the global publishing of fast-rising southeast London rapper Octavian.
In the UK he’s had breakout hits as Party Here and 100 Degrees, counts Drake as a fan, and is currently on British electronic artist Mura Masa’s current single Move Me.
Sony/ATV head of A&R, UK David Ventura said: “The first time I listened to his music I had to ask myself what planet he was from!
“He is so unique in his writing, in his melodies and in his delivery.
“In truth, I haven’t heard anyone doing what he does, and I am his biggest fan.
“He is a true pioneer and visionary. I simply cannot wait for people to discover him.”
MUSIC SA MENTORS THE JAMS
Music SA, Club 5082, and City of Prospect announced Spring Jams, a free two-day songwriting and performance workshop for 13 – 17-year-olds during the spring school holidays, at Club 5082 in Prospect Town Hall.
The staff of Music SA will mentor the teenagers on songwriting and live performance on Saturday, Sept 29 and Sunday, Sept 30 between 11 am and 5 pm.
The Sunday from 6 pm sees a showcase at Club 5082 before family and friends of what was learned.
For more information, email Tom Gordon at [email protected]
RICHARD WILKINS TO HOST CANBERRA’S ANTHEMS
Complete Events Group announced Nine’s entertainment reporter and Smooth FM host Richard Wilkins as host the inaugural Anthems music festival.
Held in Canberra on November 17 at the National Arboretum, it features the cast of John Farnham, Kate Ceberano, Daryl Braithwaite and the Black Sorrows with Vika & Linda
TIDAL ENTERS AFRICA
A partnership with local telecoms company MTN, the Tidal streaming service has entered African.
Its first outlet on the continent is Uganda, where MTN has 10.5 million subscribers, and get access to Tidal as part of their mobile plans, with streaming data included in the deal.
ROUND HILL ACQUIRES ERIC CARMEN CATALOGUE
Round Hill has acquired the catalogue of US power pop singer-songwriter Eric Carmen, which includes his hits as All By Myself, Hungry Eyes, Go All The Way (with his band The Raspberries), Make Me Lose Control and Almost Paradise.
The songs are used in movies and TV shows, and Go All The Way is still being played 52,000 times a year, on US radio.
STRANGELOVE REISSUES ARVO MUSIC
Strangelove Music has reissued Bikini and So Deep by early ‘80s Australian synth-pop duo ARVO.
Australian musicians Deborah Gray and Roy Nicolson connected in Sydney after having both spent time working in music abroad.
Gray and Nicolson were captivated by the possibilities suggested by Europe’s burgeoning synth-pop and electro scenes, but frustrated by Australia’s continuing obsession with conventional rock music.
Their music was released through a major label in 1984 but received little attention.
Now two tracks are reissued with remixes 34 years later.
MUSIC FESTIVAL REPS JOIN MARKETING SUMMIT
The Mumbrella Entertainment Marketing Summit at The Star in Sydney on November 22 will tap into ways that music festivals market themselves.
Matt Langler, group marketing director of Splendour in the Grass organiser Secret Sounds, and Meagan Scott, marketing and sponsorship manager of St Kilda Festival join Chris Zajko, head of marketing at St Jerome’s Laneway.
Other reps for other panels come from Nickelodeon, Eventbrite, Fetch TV, Twitter, Commercial Radio Australia and] The Australian Ballet.
RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL-STARS EXTENDED
RuPaul‘s Drag Race All Stars, which is streamed in Australia through Stan, has been picked up in the US for a fourth season by VH1. Each episode draws 1.2 million Stateside.