Music Industry Moves: Lamb of God’s D. Randall Blythe, Coal Chamber’s Dez Fafara Back Charity-Minded Cryptocurrency

Additional features, like a "find your instructor" quiz, are also being rolled out along with 11 classes featuring popular Spotify playlists like Today’s Top Hits, Door Knockers, Lofi Beats, Indigo and Baila Reggaeton.
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+ Republic Records has named Devon Libran senior VP of visual content & production, Jim Roppo, the label’s executive VP and GM announced.
Adds Blythe: “The potential of blockchain technology, including DeFi and cryptocurrencies, to create a more equitable system of wealth distribution is extremely intriguing to me. It is my hope that being involved on the ground floor with a cryptocurrency community that holds a charitable component as one of its core tenants will be one small step towards creating a fairer, more altruistic economic system for everyone.”
This next chapter with them is a significant one and continues the successful partnership we’ve had with Sam for the past eight years.” Blacksmith noted, “Sam is an exceptional artist and one of the most impactful songwriters in music today.
Smith is known for a long list of chart-topping, influential hits such as “Stay With Me,” “I’m Not The Only One,” “Lay Me Down,” “Too Good at Goodbyes” and more. Four-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Sam Smith has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement with Tim & Danny Music and Warner Chappell Music through a new joint venture, covering all future works.
Polanco will be joined by Andrew Jones, who will take on a production role at Live Nation Concerts. Jones previously served as Director of Internal Affairs for Swerve Presents.
The tech company will provide London and his team the infrastructure and tools to power the label, complete with a full suite of services that include audio & video supply chain, global distribution, analytics, rights management, detailed revenue reporting and more. + Post Malone manager Dre London has launched a new record label, London Music Group, in partnership with music technology platform Vydia.
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Pinakin Thakkar commented:  “Similarly this deal opens the doors for Create’s U.S. clients to access India’s market of nearly 700 million young people and bring Create’s globally recognized brands including Flighthouse, which is the most followed creator channel on TikTok, to India.”
“Create works with the most recognizable artists and record labels in the world,” said Kaushish, who is based in San Francisco. “Create’s relationships, technology and capital will help us fuel growth for Indian artists and record labels who will gain access to a global distribution and monetization on major platforms including iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music as well as Indian platforms like JioSaavn and Gaana.”
“We’ve been looking for the right way to build our business in India for some time now, and after being introduced to the Nirvana Digital’s co-founders and seeing the parallels between our two companies, we felt the right move was to acquire them and supercharge our entry into India with one of its most forward-thinking new media companies.” “India is without a doubt one of the most exciting growth territories in the global music and media market,” said Create Founder and CEO, Jonathan Strauss.
  + Creative Artists Agency (CAA) announced nine promotions:  Zack Borson, Kaitlyn Bruce, Alex Douma, Kara Enos, Omar Garcia, Brian Greenwood, Ariel Happe, Brad Pophal, and Jamie Shaughnessy are now agent/executives.
The group released its debut major label EP, “Model Citizen,” on Fueled by Ramen in August. + Hotly tipped Florida pop-punk outfit Meet Me @ the Altar have signed a publishing deal with Hipgnosis Songs Group & Big Family Music.
As part of the acquisition, Nirvana Digital co-founders Manu Kaushish and Pinakin Thakkar have been named president and COO of Create Music Group India, respectively.
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+ Fast-growing indie Create Music Group has acquired Nirvana Digital, a Mumbai-based company that is one of the largest YouTube Enterprise partners in India. The company has a subscriber base north of 200 million and it provides monetization, distribution, rights management services to artists, labels, film and television and other content owners. Together the two companies now exceed 25 billion streams per month.
The previous year’s outgoing board members include Laura Ballance of Merge Records; Tony Kiewel of Sub Pop Records (and current chair of the A2IM Board); and Rosie Lopez of Tommy Boy.
“He’s able to catalyze each artist’s vision on-screen seamlessly and will be integral to producing groundbreaking content for Republic.” “Devon draws on a truly unique skillset as a proven producer, savvy executive, and all-around creative,” Roppo said.
We have also been fortunate to have fantastic agents and executives join us over these past months,” said CAA’s Head of Music Rob Light. “The entire team has worked tirelessly on behalf of our clients – their creativity and teamwork continues to serve the passions, needs, interests, and dreams of the incredibly talented artists we work with. “Given what our industry has been through over the past 20 months, we’re incredibly proud of the Touring department’s accomplishments, and are blessed to have an amazing team that stayed focused and diligent throughout. Each of the nine people joining our Agent and Executive ranks today has earned their place among our talented colleagues and we look forward to their many successes ahead.” 
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“I have no doubt he will continue to grow our local Hip-Hop/R&B and Latin business in Miami and the entire Southeast U.S. He comes to us with a great passion and enthusiasm for live music,” said Brittany Flores, President of Miami for Live Nation Concerts. region.” “We are all very excited to have Jovan join the Live Nation team.
Looking forward to this next chapter of my career.” Said Smith: “I’m so excited to carry on my musical journey with Tim and Danny who have supported me since the beginning of my career, and also really happy to team up with Guy, Carianne and the Warner Chappell family.
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Martin Mills – Beggars Group
Terms of the comprehensive deal include a share in all publishing rights and income streams, as well as master rights and income streams owned by Scott. + Primary Wave Music has acquired a stake in the music publishing catalog of singer-songwriter Mike Scott of long-running Scottish group the Waterboys. Included in the deal are a number of Scott’s biggest hits for the band including “Fisherman’s Blues” and “This Is the Sea,” as well as their best-known song, “Whole of the Moon.” Primary Wave Music will also maintain an ongoing partnership with Scott to manage all assets owned by the musician.
More than half of India’s 1.3 billion population is under the age of 25 and more than 94% of online consumers in India listen to music. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the acquisition is the first of a planned $50 million investment Create is making in India and the broader region in Asia over the next several years.
We are thrilled to have both of these incredible artists join the ASCAP family and to help support and nurture their future success as they continue to create some of the world’s best-loved music.” "[blackbear] has managed the rare feat of conquering the pop, rock, R&B and hip-hop charts with his songs in just a few short years. “Adam’s craft as a songwriter has made Maroon 5 one of the top groups of all time on the airplay charts," added ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews.
London says, “I’m thrilled to partner with Vydia for the creation of London Music Group. Vydia’s work to empower independent music labels opens doors for incredible new artists to emerge, a mission we both share.”
“I’m a believer in Chakra Coin,” said Fafara, who's also a cofounder of Oracle Management, which represents such acts as Cradle Of Filth and Jinjer. “We started this venture to create a community of giving back and paying it forward. I hope that everyone who participates in Chakra Coin will do the same, creating a better world and a more cohesive existence for everyone involved.” I will donate partial proceeds to multiple charity organizations.
Additionally, he will work closely with senior VP of creative content & development Chris Blackwell supporting the production of film, TV, and digital projects. In this newly created role, Libran will oversee the creation, production, and distribution of immersive visual content for roster artists, spanning visualizers, music videos, lyric videos, and performance videos.
+ A2IM (The American Association of Independent Music) has elected three new members to its Board of Directors: Mariah Czap, co-GM of Yep Roc; Victor Zaraya, COO of Concord; and Heather Johnson, CEO of Ninety9lives, who moves to the full A2IM board from the advisory board.
“We’re thrilled to welcome the ladies of MM@TA to the Hipgnosis/Big Family community!”, says co-president Casey Robison. CoPresident Damon Bunetta adds “They’re truly one of the most talented new bands redefining rock music today.”
The Workout Hub playlists will be curated by Peloton instructors and include a variety of disciplines, among them: running and strength classes. (Read more on Peloton's blog.) On the heels of Peloton's recent initiative to provide in-flight exercise and meditation offerings to Delta Airlines passengers, the home fitness giant has announced a new alignment with Spotify.
Said Levine: “ASCAP is without a doubt the best at what they do. + Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and artist and songwriter-producer blackbear have signed with ASCAP. They’re champions of the greatest songs in the world and I am happy to be in business with them.”
The currency — a decentralized, deflationary fully community-owned token — is designed to "put your money where your mouth is” and invest in charitable causes fostering a fairer economic standard of living. A new cryptocurrency called Chakra Coin, launching Monday, Nov. Randall Blythe (pictured), of the metal bands Coal Chamber and Lamb of God, respectively. 8, has the backing of singers Dez Fafara and D.
The company has recently signed such new clients as Zac Brown Band, The Weeknd, JoJo Siwa, Arcade Fire, Miguel, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chvrches, Charli XCX, Stormzy, and Playboi Carti, among many others.
"I'm thrilled to partner with a great company like Primary Wave,” Scott said. I like their energy; their style and I'm honored to be part of the fabulous Primary Wave artists' community alongside some of my all-time favourite musicians. “They are an ally and a resource the Waterboys has long sought after. I look forward to seeing what creative mischief and adventure we can get up to together."
The organization’s 2021/22 Board of Directors also includes:
As an independent producer, his credits also include shorts and videos for the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Mariah Carey and more. Most recently, he was VP of video & content production at Artist Partner Group (APG), where he spearheaded visual content for chart-topping multiplatinum talent such as Jason Derulo, Lil Skies, Don Toliver, and more. He is based in the Republic Records Los Angeles office.
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The agency has also recently welcomed music agents Matt Galle, Carly James, Mike Marquis, Mike Mori, Rachel Pestik, and Adam Voith, who added artists to the agency’s roster such as Shawn Mendes, Mumford & Sons, Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend, Janet Jackson, My Chemical Romance, Bleachers, and Girl in Red, among others.
Polanco will also continue to run his independent artist management and festival production company, Swerve Presents, which he launched in 2015. + Jovan Polanco has joined the Live Nation Concerts division, the company has announced. In his new role, Polanco will be focused on booking artists and talent throughout the southeast region in the U.S., as well as working on national tours across hip-hop/R&B, pop and Latin.
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Moot added, “Sam is truly one of the world’s greatest talents, as both a captivating performer and inspiring songwriter, and it’s wonderful to be working with them again. I’m also quite thrilled about our new business relationship with Tim and Danny, two of my oldest friends in the music industry and incredible entrepreneurs.”
The deal is the first signing to come from Tim & Danny Music and Warner Chappell Music’s new long-term publishing partnership.
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“Dogecoin, Shiba Inu, Safemoon, and all of the stuff happening with cryptocurrencies is immensely exciting,” says Fafara. The two frontmen are longtime friends, and while exhibiting business acumen from their years in music, both note that they are not financial advisors and that cryptocurrencies are still a highly volatile investment. “My hope is that Chakra Coin will encourage others to share the wealth with the less fortunate.”
Of the partnership, Vydia CEO & co-founder, Roy LaManna says, “Dre has an innate ability to discover talent and create superstars on a global level. We’re excited to work with him and provide him the tools he needs across the board to run this new label.”

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