The Offer: NFT Supergroup KINGSHIP Taps Hitmakers; Sam MacPherson signs with Elektra

Producers and songwriters Hit-Boy and James Fauntleroy joined in Universal Music Group/22:22‘s KINGDOM project as co-executive producers. They will serve as the “sonic creative team” overseeing the NFT supergroup’s musical direction and sound, according to a press release. Comprised of Captain (vocals, bass), KING (lead vocals), Arnell (beats, producer, drums) and Hud (guitar, keyboards, vocals), KINGSHIP recently shared a 30-second animation titled “Rider” with the group.

New Jersey-bred, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Sam MacPherson (“Routine”, “Last Minute”) signed with Elektra Recordswho will release his new single “Backseat (All I Got)” – co-written by MacPherson, Emma Rosen and Adam Yaron — Friday (Sept. 16). The project is supported through a partnership with artist development and marketing company Group Projects. “I’m excited to collaborate with Elektra — not only because of their incredible roster of artists — but because of the people who work there who truly understand my vision,” MacPherson said in a statement. Elektra vp in A&R Johnny Minardi added: “Sam’s songwriting immediately caught my attention as it’s so authentic and honest. You can tell he pours emotion into every lyric with his vocal delivery. I’m excited for everyone to jump into his music and love it just as much as we do here at Elektra.”

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iHeartMedia and Warner Music Group’s recently launched podcast network Interval presents entered into a multi-year deal that will see the two companies co-produce a series of shows this fall, ranging from ongoing weekly podcasts to limited-edition series. Under the agreement, Interval will distribute its podcasts through the iHeartPodcast network to all podcast consumption platforms while leveraging iHeartMedia’s Omni/Triton platform for hosting, distribution and programmatic ad sales, as well as audience and data insights. Interval’s existing podcasts include Rap radar and Lien with Eboni K. Williamswith several others expected to drop soon.

Warner Chappell Music (WCM) and the China-based content and social platform Kuaishou entered into a licensing agreement that will make WMC’s music catalog available on Kuaishou products in “priority markets” around the globe, according to a press release. Kuaishou claims over 180 million monthly active users outside of China on apps including Kwai (Latin America and MENA) and SnackVideo (South and Southeast Asia).

Cumulus Media and live streaming audio service TuneIn renewed and expanded their existing content partnership with a new deal that adds 325 podcasts and the Cumulus Podcast Network to the TuneIn platform. TuneIn will continue to make Cumulus Media’s local sports, news, talk and entertainment programming available to TuneIn listeners.

Downtown Music Holdings’ B2B distributor FUGA signed an agreement with One Little Independent Records (OLI) to provide the brand with distribution and global marketing services, including access to FUGA’s trending platform and audience engagement team. The agreement precedes OLI’s release of Björk‘s new album Fossora on Sept. 30.

Roc Nation signed HDBeenDope to a label deal. The rapper dropped a new free verse called “Paper Plans” and an accompanying video to celebrate the signing, and on Friday (September 9) he released his first single as a Roc Nation artist, “Wake Em Up” produced by Dizzy Banko.

Reservoir Mediain collaboration with leading Middle East and North Africa (MENA) music publisher and independent music label Pop Arabiaacquired Lebanese label and music publisher The Voice from Beirut to further diversify Reservoir’s music rights in the region. Founded in 1980, Voice of Beirut boasts sound recording and publishing rights to nearly 3,000 songs, including music by Arab stars including George Wassouf, Ragheb Alam, Ziad Rahbani and Sabah.

Up-and-coming Colombian artist Luis Alfonso made an agreement with Sony music Latin via La Industria, Inc. The official signing was made on Tuesday (September 13) ahead of an acoustic showcase at the Sony Music offices in Miami, attended by Sony US Latin President Alex Gallardo and La Industria CEO Juan Diego Medina (leads to Nicky Jam, Manuel Turizo and more). Alfonso, who comes from Popayán, is a riser in the “popular musical” genre and known for viral covers like “El Precio de tu Error”. – Jessica Roiz

Believe-owned DIY digital music distributor TuneCore cooperated with Groove, a web platform that allows independent artists to connect with music industry tastemakers and professionals. Under the agreement, TuneCore artists will now be able to engage Groover’s worldwide network of music professionals, independent playlist curators and radio stations to receive feedback on their music and gain exposure. All TuneCore artists will receive an exclusive discount on their next Groover campaign, VIP service – including artist support via live chat on Groover’s website – and personal recommendations from Groover’s most relevant contacts and curators for their music. In addition, indie artists using both TuneCore and Groover will automatically be considered for the new Breakout by TuneCore & Groover playlists appearing across major streaming platforms, as well as future promotional opportunities and artist spotlights on Groover’s social media channels.

BaseNote, a tech startup that allows fans to invest in their favorite artists, has launched. Through the app, fans can purchase investments in artists, directly funding the creation of new music and allowing them to receive a portion of the artists’ streaming royalties in return. Notably, BaseNote does not use blockchain technology, but instead relies on an SEC law called “Regulation Crowdfund” that allows them to offer securities to non-accredited investors. The platform, which is regulated by the US government agency FINRA, will feature artists Gordon Banks, Marty Grimes and Chrishan at launch.

IMPALAthe European Association of Independent Record Labels, signed a new partnership with a US-based technology company AudioSalad, which recently expanded into Europe and opened a London office. The deal falls under IMPALA’s Friends of IMPALA program, aimed at companies interested in working with the indie sector. AudioSalad offers a range of services to independent labels, distributors and rights holders, allowing customers to streamline their digital operations and implement their preferred licensing strategy. The company is an Apple Preferred Distributor & Encoding House, a Spotify Preferred Delivery Platform and a close technology partner of Merlin.

Network music group announced several new signings, including singer-songwriter-producer Billy Raffoul, who recently released his new single “Better” on the label; indie pop band The collection, who just released the single “Sorry Baby”; and German-based producer-songwriter Shukowho released the singles “Queen’s Flower” and “Sunset Ride”.

A housea camp of writers, producers and other creatives producing contemporary Christian and gospel music, partnered with Re:Think/Capitol Christian Music Group to release upcoming music projects. The first release under the deal is the single “Surrendered” featuring artists and songwriters Amanda Lindsey Cook, Mitch Wong and Roosevelt Stewart.

Web3 Revenue Sharing Protocol Revel raised $1.3 million in pre-seed funding led by Binance Labs and Moment Ventures. The company previously participated in Binance’s incubation program. Reveel aims to facilitate collaborations by developing tools designed to make revenue sharing and royalty accounting easier. The company will use the funds for staff expansion and production development of its Web3 collaboration financial infrastructure and on-chain revenue management tools.

Country-pop artist and former The voice participant Casi Joy signed with booking agency Mint Talent Group. The deal follows her signing with Nashville-based label Vere Music in June.

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