Reggae Legend Jimmy Cliff Signs With ICM

Legendary reggae singer-songwriter Jimmy Cliff has signed with ICM Partners for representation across all areas, the company announced Wednesday. ICM plans to market the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s sequel to his classic 1972 film “The Harder They Come,” a documentary and memoir as well as his global touring, according to the announcement.

A native of Jamaica, holds the country’s highest honor, The Order of Merit, and along with Bob Marley is one of two Jamaican Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has written such songs as “The Harder They Come” — and starred in the film of the same name — “Many Rivers to Cross,” “You Can Get It If You Really Want” and “Beautiful People, Beautiful World.” Over the years his songs have been covered by the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and Annie Lennox; Bob Dylan called his song “Vietnam” “the greatest protest song ever written.”

In August 2021, Cliff released his latest single, “Human Touch,” and earlier this month performed at the Grammy salute to Paul Simon in Los Angeles. He will release new material later this year.

Warner Recorded Music has named Mike Shinoda, co-founder of Linkin Park, as community innovation advisor. In this first-of-its-kind post, Shinoda, an early adapter of music tech whose efforts played a huge role in Linkin Park’s popularity and connection with its fan base, will work closely with Warner Music’s leadership and business development teams to help shape the company’s artist-centric approach to Web3.

Max Lousada, CEO of Warner Recorded Music, said: “Central to our DNA at Warner is that we start with the artist experience. A passionate creative who’s deeply embedded in the rapidly evolving world of Web3, Mike’s perspective here will be invaluable. As we continue to accelerate deals and build out our expertise across the company, together we’ll navigate the possibilities at the intersection of music and technology with thoughtfulness and authenticity – to the benefit of our entire musical community.”

“There’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to Web3; every artist and community is unique,” added Shinoda. “Warner has made some strong first steps in this space, and I look forward to playing a role in further exploration—supporting artists in creating new opportunities, and connecting with fans in unimaginable new ways.”

+ Walter Kolm’s Miami-based WK Records has announced three promotions: Pierina Jatem will assume the role of director of artist strategy & marketing, Anita Tillero as creative director and Kearie Reyes as director of sales & digital marketing, effective immediately.

Horacio Rodriguez, who assumed the role of CEO of WK Records last year, said in a statement: “Providing best in class services to our artists and business partners is paramount for our company and I trust that Pierina, Kearie and Anita’s experience and leadership will be key to continue achieving our goals and driving our business forward. I’m very grateful that these three talented professionals have chosen WK Records as their second home.”

Tuesday, April 19

Republic Records has named Danielle Price executive vice president, based in the label’s New York headquarters. In this new role, Price will contribute to overall strategy, business development, and label expansion as well as serving as a member of the leadership team.

Most recently, Price was senior VP of business and legal affairs at 10K Projects, where she spearheaded business affairs for Trippie Redd, Iann Dior, Internet Money, Surfaces, and others. She also served as the interim head of operations, overseeing day-to-day company operations with direct oversight of business & legal affairs, A&R administration, human resources and finance.

Previously, she led the hip-hop music division of LaPolt Law, representing Nicki Minaj, 21 Savage, Megan Thee Stallion, Tinashe, and others alongside the firm’s team; and began her career as an attorney in the legal affairs department of Warner Music Group.

Republic CEO and co-founder Monte Lipman said, “Danielle’s business acumen, creative vision, and extensive legal background are proven ingredients for a brilliant executive.  Her fresh perspective and unique talents will be a tremendous addition to our team of extraordinary executives.”

Capitol Christian Music Group has named Phil Thornton senior vice president, reporting to the company’s co-presidents — Brad O’Donnell and Hudson Plachy. Thorton will work out of the group’s headquarters in Nashville.

In his newly created position, Thornton will handle new business development — signing talent and managing media and touring partnerships on behalf of Capitol CMG artists.

According to O’Donnell and Plachy, “We are thrilled to welcome Phil to the Capitol CMG team. He has an amazing track record for finding, developing and breaking artists and an entrepreneurial approach that we know will benefit our entire roster.”

Prior to joining Capitol CMG, Thornton was senior VP/general manager of RCA Inspiration — the Nashville-based Gospel music label that operates under Sony Music’s Provident Music Group — a position he held since 2016. Among his many projects under RCA — Thornton signed a deal with Mariah Carey to release, “Fall In Love At Christmas” featuring Khalid and Kirk Franklin; he paired H.E.R. and Tauren Wells for the GRAMMY-nominated “Hold Us Together (Hope Mix)” and collaborated with The Orchard to sign Tribl Records.

+ Host of the nationally syndicated iHeartRadio program — “The Bobby Bones Show” — Bobby Bones will be receiving his honorary doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas on May 14 in Bud Walton Arena.

Bones started his career as a teen on Central Arkansas’ 105.9 KLAZ station — an experience that sprouted the Arkansas native’s dedication to his home state. Bones is a benefactor of The Razorback Foundation as a member of the “Cardinal and White,” an organization in support of student-athlete scholarships. Additionally, he provides annual awards scholarships to selected students and supplies shoes and uniforms to the athletic programs at his hometown high school.

His breakout TV series for National Geographic, “Breaking Bobby Bones,” is streaming now on Disney+. He has also served as the official in-house mentor on ABC’s “American Idol,” won season 27 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and is the host and executive producer of Circle Network’s “Opry.”

Monday, April 18

Stem received a $20 million round of funding, led by QED Investors and supported by Block, Inc. — a technology and financial services company. Previous investors include Slow Ventures and Quality Control. According to the announcement, the investment will fund Stem’s launch of a range of tools to help artists, labels, songwriters, producers, and managers calculate royalties and process payments.

“It’s asinine that labels are still sending paper statements to artists a couple times each year,” said Milana Lewis, CEO of Stem in a statement. “We believe that labels should have a dashboard that tells them how much they’ve invested and shows their artists and collaborators when they can expect to get paid. We’ve brought this experience to life for our clients, and now we want to give everyone the experience they deserve.”

QED founding partner Frank Rotman added, “Milana’s vision for the future of payments in the music business promises to disrupt the status quo and empower artists, labels, and creators of all sizes. We’re thrilled to have Stem join our portfolio of fintech innovators and to offer our years of expertise supporting the growth of fintech businesses,”

+ Fonovisa, Universal Music Latino and Sinaloan group Enigma Norteño have renewed their decade-long partnership, the companies have announced. The quintet has collaborated with fellow artists in the industry including Pancho Barraza, Régulo Caro and more. Their song “El Flaquito,” reached #5 on the TikTok Mexico chart.

Antonio Silva, general director of Fonovisa Disa USA/Mexico, said, “We celebrate the confidence that Enigma Norteño endorses in this team, they are a group that any record company wants to have and they honor us by renewing their contract with Fonovisa. Enigma Norteño is a group who never stops surprising their audience and we are committed to working day by day on this project to continue growing together.”

+ SiriusXM announced several new members of its brand and consumer marketing organization: Rolanda Gaines joins as VP of experiential and partnership marketing, Tatiana Holifield as VP of digital content and audience engagement, and Joe Hanna as senior director of brand and platform partnerships. All three will report to SiriusXM’s senior VP of brand and consumer marketing, Kimberly K. Wilson.

“Coming off of a groundbreaking year we’re at a pivotal moment here at SiriusXM and the caliber of talent that we’re bringing in will surely help us expand our leadership position in the audio space,” Wilson said.

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