Brian Washington launches a management company; Tainy extends music publishing deal with Sony
Brian Washington left 4 Strikes Management to start his own company, 2nd & 26 Entertainment. The seasoned executive will continue his role as Managing Partner of Kevin Abstract/Brockhampton and Head of Partnerships for Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, alongside 4 Strikes Management.
Washington made a name for himself in the music business at Interscope Records, which he joined in 2002 as an intern and later moved into a senior marketing role working with artists including Soulja Boy, Jadakiss and Keyshia. Cole.
At 4 Strikes, Washington served as the day-to-day director for Tyler, The Creator and negotiated a livestream deal for the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival with YouTube.
One of the first signings to 2nd & 26 Entertainment is Capitol Records roster pop artist Amelia Moore.
Says Washington: “I have worked with some of the most culturally relevant artists in the world over the past 20 years, I look forward to discovering and developing the next generation of these artists.”
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Sony Music Edition renewed its worldwide publishing agreement with Tainyextending the agreement started in 2005.
In a press release, Tainy said: “I am grateful that my career has allowed me to reach new heights not only artistically and creatively, but also on the business side – and I appreciate having also good partners on the publishing side. Excited for the next chapter with the SMP family.
More recently, Tainy produced nine songs on Bad Bunny’s “Un Verano Sin Ti,” including chart-topping hits “Ojitos Lindos” and “Party.” He is currently working on Myke Towers’ next album.
“Tainy is one of today’s leading songwriters, artists and music producers. He also happens to be a fantastic human being – as humble as he is talented, I’ve seen with my own eyes how he works with other artists and brings out the best in them, while adding the right touch to the production or song to make it a lasting global hit,” added Jorge Mejia, President and CEO of the management of Sony Music Publishing, Latin America and Latin America.
+ Pixelynxa music metaverse platform founded by electronic musicians Joel Zimmerman (aka Deadmau5) and Richie Hawtin (aka Plastikman), announced five new hires along with the appointment of former Tidal CEO Richard Sander as Group Strategy Advisor. Sanders has also served as Chairman of Kobalt Music Group, Chairman of Sony Music International, and Chairman of Global Marketing/CMO at Sony-BMG Music.
The new recruits are Paul JoffeCOO (formerly GM of Games at Sony Pictures Entertainment); Steve Wakemanproduction manager (BAFTA winner formerly at Codemasters and Inspired Gaming Group), Zac Alcampocreative director (formerly of Wargaming and Sandbox Global); Pal Chohan, vice president of audio systems and music (previously with TikTok and the BBC); and Vigil of Jaime Vallsgame systems designer (formerly of Blackmouth Games and Coatsink).
“Pixelynx’s five new hires, along with Richard Sanders, bring with them crucial skills and forward-thinking approaches to technology, gaming, Web3, music and business,” says the co-founder and CEO Inder Phull.
+ nation live acquired the concerts and entertainment division of TERO (TERO C&E) based in Thailand. The company plans to develop local Thai talent, with additional plans to bring international artists to the region.
This acquisition builds on the joint venture between Live Nation and TERO launched in 2015, where Live Nation Tero was established to promote international concerts and festivals by Western artists, including South Korean artists Big Bang and G Dragon.
Founded in 1998, TERO is a national touring, family entertainment, exhibition, musical and artist management company in Thailand. The company has diversified regional content into an established family entertainment business, led by a strong relationship with the Disney on Ice franchise.
+ Donny “Dizzy Clean Face” Flores announced the launch of its new management and A&R company We are good LLC, where he will serve as CEO. We Good represents artists such as DJ Snake, Shenseea and Rvssian.
Dizzy will continue to serve as a label/agency consultant for RocNation, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, SalxCo and more. Most recently, the musical director was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2022 Grammys as the composer of Kanye West’s “Donda.”
+ Universal Music Publishing Nashville signed Nashville songwriter, artist and producer Marc Scibilia to an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement.
Scibilia has written songs for Rick Ross, Jim Jones, Ben Rector and pop artist Lennon Stella. The songwriter’s list of major syncs includes a Woody Guthrie cover of “This Land Is Your Land” which was used in Jeep’s 2015 Super Bowl ad and became the most Shazamed moment of the Super Bowl.
“Marc has gone all out to create unprecedented music and relationships. I’m confident that Marc’s talent, coupled with UMPG’s holistic, hands-on approach, will cause big waves throughout Nashville and across the music industry in general,” said Roxy King, A&R Director at UMPG Nashville.
Scibilia is currently working on her next full album which is due out this fall. Recently released singles include “Smile” and “I Just Want You Around”.
+ Michael Steele joins Nashville Visionary media group as Vice President of Streaming and Digital. In his new role, Steele, formerly of KIIS-FM in Los Angeles, Indie 103.1 and Warner Music Group, will oversee the playlist and digital strategy working closely with DSP partners like Apple Music, Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube Music and Soundcloud.
“We are proud to welcome Michael Steele to our growing team at Visionary Media Group,” said Anastasia Brown, Chief Content Strategist. “He not only brings experience curating playlists across a wide range of genres, but he’s forward-thinking, a leader, and approaches every project and artist campaign with a keen sense of creativity. “
+ Serenade, an NFT marketplace, has made several new appointments to its UK advisory board. Its new members include: Darcus Beesefounder of Darco Recordings and former CEO of Island Records; Samy Andrews, founder and CEO of Deviate Digital; concert organizer Toby Leighton-Pope; Fay Miltonco-founder of Music Declares Emergency; Jin Jinsongwriter, A&R and publisher; Dan Sanderartistic director of Atlantic Records; Phil Christieco-founder of Manifest Publishing and former music director of Warner Records; Olivier Sasse by Nerve Management and BBC Radio 1XTRA broadcaster Target DJ.
The new board, which will be chaired by former YMU chief executive Iain Watt, will meet quarterly to offer advice, guidance and insight into key issues relating to the company’s presence in the UK. -United. He will also support the work of Mike Walsh, Head of UK Strategic Partnerships, and play a key role in guiding strategy for Serenade’s UK artists and partners.
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