Yusuf/Cat Stevens signs with WME; Concord gets a new logo design
WME signed Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Yusuf/Cat Stevens for representation in all areas. The British singer-songwriter is currently working on a new album, as well as various other projects, including an autobiography and an upcoming world tour in 2023.
Over the past two years, Yusuf has reworked and re-released several of his previous projects in honor of their 50th anniversary. He completely re-recorded “Tea for the Tillerman as Tea for the Tillerman2” and released a box set to celebrate the debut of the original 1970 album. Additionally, 50th anniversary box sets of “Mona Bone Jakon” and “Teaser and the Firecat” will be followed by a new remastered anniversary edition of his 1972 album, “Catch Bull at Four”, slated for release in December.
Last year, his children’s book “Yusuf’s Peace Train” became a New York Times bestseller, and it was featured in the Apple TV+ documentary, “1971: The Year Music Changed Everything.” studying the link between music and important social relationships. and cultural reform.
+ Following the opening of ConcordeWorld headquarters in Nashville, the US-based rights company has changed its name with a new logo.
Concord’s new headquarters were built in 2020 and 2021 and officially opened earlier this year. The new space includes an 8,300 square foot expansion of its 2nd floor offices at Peabody Plaza. The 50,000 square foot LEED Silver-certified space in the Rolling Mill Hill neighborhood is nearly triple the size of Concord’s former offices at 1201 Demonbreun St.
“Concord has experienced significant growth over the past seven years, requiring new offices in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin and Nashville,” said Bob Valentine, Concord’s president. “Marrying not only copyrights, plays, musicals, recordings and other narrative content, but more importantly fusing the cultures of the many companies is what makes us the Concord of today.”
According to a statement, the move is part of Concord’s expansion plan to represent Concord’s artists, playwrights and composers “because none of them have sought the easy path to where they are.” ; instead, they aggressively challenged what might be. Concord’s new logo and identity is rooted in all of these things, with the artists as its mainstay.
+ Warner Records promoted Ron Stewart becomes Senior VP of urban promotion of the label and hired Cory Sparks as VP of urban promotion.
Based in New York, Stewart will expand his current role to lead promotion strategy and campaigns for all urban artists. He will report to Mike Chester, executive vice president of promotion and commerce. Sparks, who joins Warner after a decade at Epic Records, will be based in Atlanta, Georgia, and will report to Stewart.
Chester said: “Ron is one of the most respected and admired promotions executives in the business and all of our artists benefit from his musical insight and unparalleled expertise. And Cory has proven himself and been instrumental in breaking some of today’s biggest superstars. I look forward to working with them and the entire team to expand the reach of our multi-faceted promotional service.
Stewart came to Warner Records in 2019 and scored chart-topping singles from Saweetie, NLE Choppa, DVSN, Freddie Gibbs and more. He joined the label from Atlantic Records, where he was responsible for Northeast/Midwest regional promotion. Sparks was vice president of promotion at Epic Records, where he worked with Future, Travis Scott, DJ Khaled and Giveon.
+ Jessica Curtis joined Irving and The complete management of Jeffrey Azoffwhere she will work closely with manager Andy Mendelsohn on his longtime client Kings of Leon.
In her previous role as a consultant to Mendelsohn, New York-based Curtis helped launch a line of whiskey for Kings of Leon and the cast of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and was instrumental in the beginnings of this last in the live recordings of his “Always Sunny Podcast”.
Previously, Curtis spent over seven years working under her father (Kelly Curtis) on the management team at Pearl Jam, where she served as Director of Marketing and Branding. She then oversaw new business and partnerships for creative agency Night After Night, including its subsidiary Spirits of the Night, which pairs famous artists with world-class spirits.
+ Milk & Honey Music + Sports announced the launch of an American Scholarship initiative beginning in February 2023. Successful applicants will be female writers and producers who will live, work and create in Los Angeles for two months with guaranteed access to the Milk & Honey roster and studio sessions.
The first match will be the Australian recipient Chelsea Warner with the producer/songwriter Felder Oak (Demi Lovato, Lizzo, Kehlani, Alicia Keys, John Legend) and Jenna Andrews (BTS, Noah Cyrus, David Guetta).
The scholarship was created by Lucas Keller, President and Founder of Mike & Honey, Milly Petriella, Managing Director of Milk & Honey Australasia, and Peter Coquillard, International Head.
In addition to Fleder and Andrews, eight-year-old Milk & Honey Music + Sports represents David Hodges, Sir Nolan, J. White Did It, Noah Goldstein Jamie Hartman, Andrés Torres and Mauricio Rengifo and has offices in Los Angeles, London, New York, Nashville and Dallas.
+ The chamber group hired Edwin Tetteh as a public relations officer; and promoted Shannon Atran as Deputy Director of Public Relations.
Tetteh will work with internal and external partners on exposure strategies for a wide range of clients, including Hulu’s “Iron Mike” series, Jon Batiste, Mariah Carey, National Black Theater and more. It will aim to “maximize the visibility of its clients on local, national and global media platforms in the theater, music, film, fashion and lifestyle sectors”, according to the official announcement. Tetteh, who is based in New York, will report directly to Chris Chambers, director/founder of The Chamber Group.
Atran will act as the exclusive independent director of public relations. She will be responsible for developing, executing and overseeing press campaigns, in addition to ensuring visibility for artists (Big Sean, TI, Zara Larsson, Dave East, Sevyn Streeter and others) across a wide range of media platforms. She will also lead the day-to-day implementation of client communications, including crisis response strategies and writing client statements. Based in New York, Atran will also report directly to Chambers.
+ Shoreline Fire Media promoted Chris Tailliewho was previously director of advertising, as vice president.
Taillie joined Shore Fire’s Brooklyn office in 2007 and has since been described as integral to Shore Fire’s growth by mentoring young employees and leading the company’s advertising campaigns. Her musical clients include Angélique Kidjo, Cyndi Lauper, Esperanza Spalding, Floating Points, Jacob Collier and Rhiannon Giddens, among others. He also played a key role in building Shore Fire’s music tech roster, working with live event e-commerce platform Lyte and OneOf, a leading web3 platform for music and lifestyle brands.
“Chris is a leader, tastemaker and trusted advisor at Shore Fire who has helped grow and define our roster in crucial ways,” says Matt Hanks, Senior Vice President. “With a clear vision and a steady hand, he guides his clients to rewards and accolades, and his teams to professional growth. We are so lucky to call him our colleague and we celebrate his elevation to Vice President.
+ Kayla J. Williams started his own public relations company: kj pr. After spending more than a decade at BECK Media and Giant Noise, the seasoned publicist will continue to work with clients in the entertainment and music industries.
According to Willimas, the name of the company comes from “a family nickname and what people from childhood still call me. When deciding what kind of business I wanted it to be, I wanted to pay homage to this weird kid who was playful and creative. This is the heart of kj pr.