Vinyl Me, please to open an audiophile-grade pressing factory; Sky Ferreira Inks with Third Side Publishing

Just two days after Record Store Day, the company Vinyl me, please announced the construction of an audiophile-grade vinyl pressing facility in Denver, slated to open by the end of 2022 for production, touring and special events. The news also comes after years of a vinyl manufacturing backlog that caused vinyl copies of many releases to be delayed.

“Quality control and availability are essential to maintaining and growing our leadership position in the vinyl industry,” said VMP CEO Cameron Schaefer. “With this in mind, we decided to press records in a way that provides an incredible experience for our customers and visitors to our factory.”

According to the announcement, the 14,000 square foot pressing plant will be located in the RiNo neighborhood of Denver, across from AEG’s Mission Ballroom, and is being built as an experiential space where music fans can tour the facility, see first-hand how records are made, and explore music together in this extraordinary environment. The factory will be run by a veteran record manufacturer Gary Salstromand guitarist/co-founder of Acony Records David Rawlings will be a partner and “Chief Groove Officer” of the plant.

.  - Credit: Courtesy Vinyl Me, Please

. – Credit: Courtesy Vinyl Me, Please

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+ As the world continues to wait for her second album, the singer Sky Ferreira signed with a global independent music publisher Music from the third side. Nearly a decade after her groundbreaking pop debut “Night Time, My Time,” the singer gave recent signs that her sequel might finally be on the way: She released her latest single “Downhill Lullaby” in March 2019 and the 31 March 2022, she teased on YouTube () and her social media that something was coming soon. Ferreira has been signed to the exclusive global publishing administration agreement by Brontë Jane, VP Creative/Director of A&R of Third Side Music. She joins a list that includes Sofi Tukker, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Blonde Redhead and BadBadNot Good.

Sky is an unparalleled career artist who has proven herself to be a true visionary with her art time and time again. I’m honored to welcome someone so incredibly unique to the TSM family,” said Jane.

+ The Recording Academy and its black music collective are launching the “HBCU Love Tour,” a nationwide tour of historically black colleges and universities that aims to inspire students to pursue careers in music, educate future music industry professionals on career paths and opportunities within the music industry, and to strengthen black representation within Grammy U and Academy membership. Led by the Recording Academy Board of Trustees, including President Tammy Hurt and Vice President Rico Love as well as CEO Harvey Mason Jr., the tour kicks off with a pilot program April 28 in Washington, D.C. with students from Howard University. Love will host the program, including an hour of networking with Recording Academy and Howard University leadership, panels featuring grammys-nominated rapper Cordae, the powerhouse writing and production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and more. The evening will also include a performance by the first ever winner of the HBCU Love Contest and Howard University, Precious Jewel, who was one of 40 Howard University student singers, songwriters and instrumentalists to submit an opportunity to show off their in-person talent and win a cash prize.

+ Archives of the Republic promoted Glenn Mendlinger to EVP of Republic Records and President of Imperial Music, as announced today by co-founders Monte Lipman and Avery Lipman. In the months since announcing his nomination to lead Imperial, Bo Burnham won a Grammy Award for ‘All Eyes On Me’, Stray Kids’ recent signing just debuted at No. Billboard 200 and Twice scored two consecutive goals. back The Top 10 debuts in the Billboard Top 200.

Monte said: “In a very short time, Imperial has achieved historic milestones under Glenn’s leadership. His tenacity and sense of urgency yielded unprecedented results, capturing the imagination of the independent music community.

+ Sony Music Edition promoted Nick Bral to the vice president of creation. Based in Los Angeles, he reports directly to Senior Vice President Creative Jennifer Knoepfle. Since joining the company as an A&R assistant in 2013, he has worked closely with Dan Nigro – whom he helped sign with the company in 2018 and who recently achieved international acclaim for his collaborations with Olivia Rodrigo on her debut album, ‘Sour’ – Conan Gray, Wallows, Rob Bisel, Mike Sabath and others.

Knoepfle said, “Nick has made great strides in identifying, signing and developing talent during his time at SMP. He is dedicated, focused and goes above and beyond for his writers and artists time after time.

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Alice P. Darby