Miley Cyrus’ ‘Flowers’ 💐🌹🌻 Wins IFPI Global Single Award For 2023

Miley’s Sweet Smell of Success

The trade body today counts down the top 10 global singles, with Cyrus marking her first appearance on the list.

It’s official: Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers” towered over all others in 2023, completing the year as the biggest-selling single on the planet, the IFPI reports.

Cyrus is presented with the IFPI Global Single Award, which each year recognizes the artist with the top-selling single across all digital formats – including paid subscription streaming, ad-supported platforms, and single-track downloads.

The trade body today (Feb. 26) counts down the top 10 singles for 2023, with Cyrus marking her first appearance on the list.

The success of “Flowers” was a truly global one, as the single simultaneously locked up No. 1 spots in 29 markets around the world, and finished at No. 1 on the year-end charts for the U.K., France and Australia.

In the U.S., “Flowers” showed serious staying power with an eight-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Those commercial muscles were rewarded at the 2024 Grammy Awards, where Miley performed the song and “Flowers” won for best pop solo performance and record of the year – her very first Grammys.

Cyrus can make it a week to remember at the 2024 BRIT Awards, set for Sunday, March 3 at The O2 in London, where she’s shortlisted for international artist of the year and “Flowers” is up for international song.

Presenting the latest award on behalf of the trade body, Lewis Morrison, director of global charts and certifications at IFPI, remarks, “Topping the charts in so many countries simultaneously, the song – along with its message of empowerment -resonated across the world and is the definition of a truly global hit. Congratulations to Miley and her team for this incredible achievement.”

Meanwhile, the reigning, four-time IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Taylor Swift is the only artist to double up in the IFPI top 10, doing so with “Cruel Summer” at No. 7 and “Anti-Hero” at No. 9.

There are first-time appearances for artists from Nigeria (Rema’s “Calm Down” with Selena Gomez at No. 2) and Mexico (Yng Lvcas and Peso Pluma’s “La Bebe” at No. 6), reflecting the border-crossing phenomenon of Afrobeats and Regional Mexican music.

All told, artists representing 10 nationalities (Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, South Korea, U.K., and U.S.) impact the top 20, up from six nationalities in 2022.

“It is also fantastic to see so many nationalities and genres represented in the IFPI Global Single Chart,” remarks Morrison. “It is a wonderful reflection of the wide range of extraordinary artists that – working in partnership with their record labels – are finding international success.”

The IFPI’s charts capture streaming, downloads and physical formats in every country directly from the participating record labels, which is then converted using the trade body’s “unique” methodology to a single, global chart figure.

Article by Lars Brandle, 02/2024 for Billboard

31 Best Ways To Make Money 💲 As A Musician In 2024

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Your Music Makin’ You Money!

Want to make a living in the music industry and step up your music career? Here are the best ways to make money as a musician.

A lot of people think that to make a living as a musician, you’ve got to get lucky and score a major record deal. But this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Despite the naysayers, the truth is that you don’t have to be the next Kanye West to get your bread. There are plenty of ways to make a full-time income as an amateur musician without getting signed by a label—you’ve just got to think outside of the box.

That’s why in this post, we’re going to be looking at the most creative ways to make money from music. 

We’ll be covering a mix of different methods, including ‘easy earners’ that lots of musicians have already had success with, plus a few creative ideas you might not have considered.

We’ll get the most obvious methods out of the way first, then we’ll jump into the more creative ideas.

For the list of all the 31 creative ways you as a musician can make money on your musci, continue here: https://bit.ly/4bxWNR7

Written ByNicola Bleu for Tone Island

Madonna fans sue Material Girl and promoters after show begins 2 hours after ticketed start 😩

Madonna, Express Yo’self On Time!

She didn’t get on stage until after 10:45 p.m. on Dec. 13, 2023, leaving concertgoers with”limited public transportation, limited ride-sharing” options, the civil complaint says.

Two Madonna fans filed a federal lawsuit against the iconic performer on Wednesday, accusing her of showing up hours late at a show last month and needlessly inconveniencing concertgoers.

Fans Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden expressed themselves about the Material Girl’s Dec. 13 show at Barclays Center when she didn’t take the Brooklyn stage until after 10:45 p.m., according to the civil action filed in the Eastern District of New York.

The show was ticketed to get into the groove at 8:30 p.m., but the show’s late start meant fans were ready for a bedtime story by the time they got out at almost 1 a.m.

That late finish left fans on the borderline of being stuck in Brooklyn with “limited public transportation, limited ride-sharing” options or “increased public and private transportation costs at that late hour,” said the civil complaint written by attorneys Richard Klass and Marcus Corwin.

Dec. 13 last year was a Wednesday night, so fans who cherish weekday sleep were allegedly out of luck.

“In addition, many ticket holders who attended concerts on a weeknight had to get up early to go to work and/or take care of their family responsibilities the next day,” the plaintiffs said.

The lawsuit lists Madonna Louise Ciccone and various iterations of promoters at Live Nation and the Barclays Center as defendants. Representatives for those defendants could not be immediately reached for comment on Thursday.

These late starts appear to be in vogue for Madonna.

She played five shows in Boston, Toronto and Detroit this month with her taking the stage between 9:50 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., according to the Setlist.fm, a crowd-sourced site that keeps track of songs played and show times of major concerts.

SetList recorded Madonna’s start time on Dec 13 at 10:50 p.m. and she took the stage at 10:20 p.m. in her next two shows at Barclays.

The civil action did not name a dollar amount sought by plaintiffs.

Fellows, Hadden and other potential plaintiffs “suffered actual harm” because of Madonna’s tardiness that include, but are “not limited” to, “annoyance, harassment, time, frustration and anger,” according to the lawsuit.

Plaintiffs wouldn’t have purchased tickets “had they known that the Concerts would start after 10:30 p.m. and end” after 1 a.m., forcing them to live and to tell about an early morning in Brooklyn, the lawsuit claimed.

Article by David K. Li, NBC News, Jan. 2024

Do You Have The Courage To Be Successful? Nicki Minaj does 💪🏽

Nicki Minaj Achieves Chart Milestone as Pink Friday 2 Debuts at No. 1

Minaj has become the female rapper with the most chart-topping albums in history!

Nicki Minaj’s new album, PinkFriday 2, has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Her third chart-topping album—after Pink Friday and Roman Reloaded—launched with 228,000 equivalent album units. It makes her the female rapper with the most No. 1 albums in history, breaking her previous tie with Foxy Brown. It’s also the biggest sales week for any album released by a female rapper so far in the 2020s.

The new album features contributions from Drake, Lil Wayne, J. Cole, Future, Finneas, Murda Beatz, and more. It also includes the lead singles “Super Freaky Girl,” “Red Ruby da Sleeze” and “Last Time I Saw You”. She recently released a deluxe album and announced a 2024 tour.

Article By Evan Minsker for Pitchfork;

Do You Have The Courage To Be Successful? ADELE Does

Adele praises influential women after being honored at THR’s Women in Entertainment gala

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Adele paid homage to the many women — including her mother, grandmother and aunts — who helped shape her world and personality since she was a child.

The superstar singer then praised actor Kerry Washington and found herself in awe while in the presence of singer Dua Lipa after she received the prestigious Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment breakfast gala Thursday. She was handed the award by Helen Mirren for excelling as a trailblazer and her philanthropy work in Hollywood.

“You are the absolute epitome of what it is to open doors and more importantly leave them open,” said Adele of Lansing, the first female to head a Hollywood studio. The singer has been a supporter of the LGBTQ and women rights, and associated with an organization that helps provide clean water to countries in need.

Mirren, an Oscar winner, applauded Adele for her musical prowess. The actor said she felt a “shiver” down her back when she listened to the singer’s debut single “Hometown Glory.”

“That chill comes just a few times in your life when you realize you are listening to a brilliant and game-changing new artist,” Mirren said of Adele, a 16-time Grammy winner who also has collected an Oscar and Emmy during her lauded career. “I thought, ‘Wow, a goddess walks amongst us.’”

Adele’s shoot-from-the-hip speech, which involved several F-bombs, drew laughter and applause from the audience. She said the women in her family molded her into the person she is today through their boisterous and strong personas.

“They are a force to be reckoned with and quite frankly terrifying. But that was because they had to be,” the singer said. “They had to learn the hard way what it is to be a woman. In turn, they hardened. Their character was their armor. But thanks to them, my character is my skin.”

Previous honorees include Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Aniston and Barbra Streisand.

In her speech, Adele expressed her gratitude toward Kerry Washington, who was earlier honored with the Equity in Entertainment Award, which recognized her for amplifying the voices of underrepresented communities in the entertainment industry.

Actor Ariana DeBose, who presented Washington with the award, admired how the “Scandal” actor “squashed the traditional stereotype” of being a Black woman in Hollywood.

“Every component of the career that (Washington) built, the empire that she has created speaks to equity,” said DeBose, who starred in the “West Side Story.” “How has she done that? By being herself and taking up space.”

Earlier, Will Ferrell lobbied for Washington to run for president.

“Please? We’ll pay you,” Ferrell said in jokingly pleas as the audience laughed. “We’ll do a GoFundMe right in this room, and we’ll launch you.”

After accepting her award, Washington spoke about the importance of creating equity — a term, she says, her 9-year-old daughter recently learned about.

“We don’t cultivate equity without making space for each other’s truths,” she said. “When stories from all different people and backgrounds are told, and people see their story reflected in our media and culture, that starts to weave a thread where everyone is included. That’s a path to equity.”

Dua Lipa, Camila Cabello, Billie Lourd and Lily Gladstone presented four full-ride scholarships to Chapman University and Loyola Marymount as part of THR’s Women in Entertainment mentorship program.

More than $1 million in university scholarships were presented to female high school seniors from under-served communities in Los Angeles. The high schoolers will also be paired with top-level female entertainment executives, lawyers and agents.

Article by Associated Pres; Dec, 2023

Do You Have The Courage 🦁 To Be Successful? Ashley Winton does.

It Takes Courage To Be Successful. Meet Ashley Winton

Ashley Winton has spent the last four years building Warner Chappell Music‘s global creative services arm from the ground up and is now Warner Chappell Music’s co-chair and COO.

As part of that role, Winton has been focusing on finding non-traditional opportunities for songwriters at a time when making a living as a creator is arguably harder than ever.

Winton and her team help writers experiment with writing for film and TV, secure brand partnerships, engage with short-form content, and more.

The department isn’t the only new venture Winton has been tasked with in her career: she’s got a history of starting something from nothing.

Do you have the courage to be successful? Many of us desire the recognition, money, power and all the perks that go along with being super successful but do we really have what it takes to attain such an elevated status? There are many ways to consider being successful: a homeowner who has staked out a piece of the earth to claim as their own; a scholar who has earned the credentials that accompany an ivy league education; a homeowner who has staked out their piece of the planet earth to claim as their own; or a proud mother or father whose children turn out to be good citizens and parents themselves.

First and foremost, each of us has to determine what success means to us individually. Someone who has money and public prestige may not feel as though they are successful if their personal life is lacking. Perhaps they missed out on seeing their children take their first steps or say first words because they were consumed with chasing financial success and in their older age, they regret not being there for their children’s important milestones.

Some people feel success is when you have all of your needs met: home, car, food on the table, bills paid and also have some of things in life we may want such as taking a yearly vacation, dining out occasionally, attending a concert or the theater, etc. Many would consider this as being succesful.

And yet, there are still those who want more. These people want public recognition on a large scale. Not necessarily because they have out-of-control egos but because they feel as though they have something to contribute to the world. Perhaps they are writers with words they feel would impart knowledge to enlighten searching minds and soothe some heavy hearts.  Or maybe a musician has written musical works that would inspire and nourish the souls of the masses or maybe an inventor has invented a device that would ease the pain and suffering of humankind.

Do such people with such special talents owe it to themselves and to the world to do everything in their power to bring forth such gifts to the world? Is it their duty to sacrifice normalcy for celebrity? For most, the journey to celebrity is laden with so many pitfalls, rejections, disappointments, and possibly years before receiving any recognition.

If you have the passion, perseverance and tenacity to bring your special gifts to the world, then go for it but just know, it takes a little luck, although some would argue we make our own luck, but for sure it will  a lot guts, sweat, focus and almighty courage.

By Felecia Harte for HartecastMusic.com/Oct, 2023

SHE’S TAKING OFF!🚀 Olukorede “Kay” Ikazoboh

SHE’S TAKING OFF! Virgin Music Group establishes Nigeria office headed by Olukorede Kay Ikazaboh

Virgin Music Group, one of the world’s leading independent artist and label services companies, has expanded its operations, opening an office in Lagos, Nigeria.

Highly respected music executive, Olukorede “Kay” Ikazoboh has been named Head of Virgin Music Nigeria and will oversee the company’s operations in the area.

Among the first deals announced in the region by Virgin include partnerships with Dvpper, one of Nigeria’s hottest Afrobeats labels, solo artist Reekado Banks, as well as a single with Darkoo featuring Ayra Starr.

Nat Pastor, co-CEO of Virgin Music commented: “The global appetite for the incredible musical creativity springing from Africa has never been stronger.

Establishing a presence in Nigeria is another important step in our commitment to serving independent African artists and entrepreneurs throughout the region.”

“Kay is known throughout Nigeria as a champion of independent labels and artist development, said Michael Roe, Managing Director of Virgin Music International. “Her relationships, expertise and insight into the local market make her the perfect executive to lead our operations in this very important music market.”

A highly respected music manager via her own Kimani Moore Entertainment, Kay has helped to guide the careers of such artists as Odunsi the EngineMowalola, and Taylwar. She also served in a variety of positions in Emerging Markets for Warner Music Group.

“Nigeria has become a hugely important creative hub, producing some of the most exciting music anywhere in the world,” said Kay. “I’m looking forward to working with independent labels and artists to help them build their fan bases both here and around the world. I am truly honoured to lead this mission with my team and look forward to the incredible journey ahead.”

Virgin Music Group has had a presence on the continent since 2021, when the company acquired South Africa’s Electromode, one of the region’s leading independent music distributors.

Last year, the company launched a dedicated label services division in Côte d’Ivoire with more than 15000 titles, 50 label partners, and 100 + artists from more than 25 African countries.

Virgin Music has played a major role in many of the world’s emerging popular music genres, including Afrobeats, música Mexicana, K-pop and others.

Article by by NM Partners for Nairametrics, September, 2023

ALEXANDRA MOORE 🚀 SHE’S TAKIN’ OFF!

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ALEXANDRA MOORE NAMED CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER AT EMPIRE

In her new role, Moore will lead EMPIRE’s efforts to amplify its business footprint on a global scale. Her responsibilities cover areas such as content distribution, international market expansion, e-commerce, business development, and mergers and acquisitions.

Moore, an accomplished industry professional with over 15 years of experience, brings a wealth of expertise to the position. Previously, Moore was Founding Managing Director of a $100 million growth equity fund called Night Capital, formed by YouTube star Mr Beast’s manager, Reed Duchscher. It’s dedicated to acquiring ownership stakes in creator-led companies.

Before that, she led Amazon Music’s Global Strategic Initiatives & Strategy team, driving several products and business launches including concert livestreaming and live radio (Amp) as well as bolstering the team’s revenue-generating efforts in merchandise and international expansion.

Moore also spearheaded transactions including A-list artist and talent deals and was responsible for landing Nicki Minaj’s Queen Radio show.

Moore, a Bay Area native, also held corporate development roles at game developer Electronic Arts, insurance firm Marsh & McLennan Corp., and was an investment banker at Citigroup.

Prior to joining the Amazon Music team, Moore was an executive on Amazon’s Central Corporate Development team where she led global investments and acquisitions for digital content and media, consumer internet, and consumer product businesses.

EMPIRE Founder and CEO, Ghazi Shami, said, “Alex is a proven leader with strong business and operational acumen. She has a wealth of relationships in the music, talent, and consumer internet industries and beyond and I am confident she will be a key player to amplify our global presence.”

Alexandra Moore: “AS A BAY AREA NATIVE, IT’S ALWAYS BEEN AN ASPIRATION TO WORK FOR A LOCAL POWERHOUSE.”

ARTICLE BY MANDY DALUGDUG  FOR MUSIC BUSINESS WORLDWIDE, 2023

SHAWNA SPEARS: 😎 SHE’S TAKING OFF! 🚀

 

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SHAWNA SPEARS…SKYROCKETING!

 

Venice Music has appointed Shawna Spears, who has over 10 years of music industry and artist relations experience, as Vice President of Brand Marketing.

Spears joins the music distribution platform from TikTok, where she spent over a year leading the short-form video platform’s artist and manager partnerships (HipHop and R&B).

At TikTok, Spears identified and activated collaboration opportunities, provided resources for the unmanaged emerging artist community and executed global marketing campaigns.

She oversaw a roster of Hip Hop and R&B artists at TikTok and served as a relationship manage for artists and managers, according to her LinkedIn page.

Prior to TikTok, Spears held marketing and artist-facing roles at Epic Records and Interscope.

Spears also has her own creative agency, Leo Arrow Agency.

At Venice, she will report to Fadia Kader, the company’s newly appointed Executive Vice President and General Manager.

Kader, who was appointed about two weeks ago, previously served as the Global Head of Strategic Partnerships at Clubhouse.

“SHAWNA IS A ROCK STAR WITH AN UNMATCHED TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESSFULLY BUILDING THE BRANDS OF SOME OF MUSIC’S MOST NOTABLE NAMES. WE MET AT THE BEGINNING OF HER CAREER AND I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IMPRESSED WITH HER UNIQUE ABILITY TO MERGE HER CREATIVITY WITH A STRONG BUSINESS SENSE.”

FADIA KADER, VENICE MUSIC

Commenting on Spears’ appointment, Kader said: “Shawna is a rock star with an unmatched track record of successfully building the brands of some of music’s most notable names. We met at the beginning of her career and I have always been impressed with her unique ability to merge her creativity with a strong business sense.”

 

 “I’m thrilled to have such a well-rounded strategist and marketer who can take things from ideation to execution at Venice as we continue to expand our position as the leading home for independent artists.”

In her new role, Spears will build and lead Venice Music’s brand marketing team, develop and implement the marketing roadmap for execution across distribution channels and ensure a consistent and holistic brand experience for independent artists, partners and more.

“I AM THRILLED TO JOIN VENICE MUSIC IN A ROLE THAT MERGES MY EXPERIENCE AND PASSION FOR ARTIST ADVOCACY IN THE INDEPENDENT SPACE.”

SHAWNA SPEARS, VENICE MUSIC

“I am thrilled to join Venice Music in a role that merges my experience and passion for artist advocacy in the independent space,” said Spears. 

“A critical piece to an artist building and growing their career is their brand authenticity and the ability to connect with their audience in fresh ways. As a storyteller, this opportunity feels like a true full-circle moment.

The appointments of Kader and Spears follow a string of recent hires at Venice Music.

In December, the company appointed Dani Oliva — who received a platinum record (triple platinum in Canada) for his legal work on Ariana Grande’s 2x Grammy nominated album Positions — as Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs.

Venice Music was founded in early 2021 by Q&A co-founders Troy Carter and Suzy Ryoo. Its community members include Aminé, Verité, Moses Sumney, Riot Games, KOTA the Friend, and thuy.

 

Article by, MANDY DA.UGDUG, March, 2023/Music Business WORLDWIDE

😎 SHE’S TAKING OFF! 🚀

OSAGIEO SARENZ Promoted To Director Of African Operations

Osagie Osarenz has been promoted to Director of African Operations at artist and label services company ONErpm.

Osarenz joined ONErpm in 2020, when the company opened an office in Lagos, Nigeria, under the direction of Martin Price, Head of Global Expansion for ONErpm.

Now, as Director of African Operations, Osarenz will lead the opening of five new ONErpm offices, in Accra, Ghana; Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; Nairobi, Kenya; Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Since ONErpm opened its Lagos office, the company says it has seen success with local artists such as 1da Banton, Bella Shmurda, Zlatan, and Reminisce.

Executives joining the newly-expanded ONErpm team in Africa include Almah Salum as Country Lead for Tanzania, based in Dar es Salaam, and George Avakian as Country Lead for South Africa, in Johannesburg.

Based in Nairobi, Bilha Ngaruiya has been named Country Lead for Kenya, alongside Mutuma Vincent as Marketing Lead.

Meanwhile, Florence Delali Kpeglo also takes on the role of Country Lead for Ghana in Accra, while in Abidjan, Afi Cakpo is the Lead for Francophone Africa.

ONErpm says that collectively, the Africa-based team has been busy “signing incredible new talent”, including Ghanaian duo DopeNation and Shado Chris in Cote D’Ivoire.

Artists Ish Kevin and Kenny Sol have also signed to the company in Rwanda, while in Tanzania, Gospel singer Rose Muhando, Goodluck Gozbert, G Nako and the duo Mabantu have all joined ONErpm.

Osagie Osarenz: “Our value add in each market is eminent.

Article: Music Business Worldwide: JUNE 14, 2022 By Jack Needham