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The Deals: Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello Signs With PPL; Capitol Uploads Virtual Rapper FN Meka

Also this week: ASM Global finds a venue sustainability partner, Crowd Surf launches an artist management division and more.

Producer/DJ Steve Angello, a member of the electronic music supergroup Swedish House Mafia, signed with PPL to administer his international neighboring rights collections.

Virtual rapper FN Meka signed to Capitol Records. According to a press release, the “AR” artist has drawn over 1 billion views and 10 million followers on TikTok. Capitol recently released “Florida Water,” FN Meka’s single with Gunna and gaming streamer Cody “Clix” Conrod. The song was simultaneously made available to Clix’s fans through a partnership with Slip.Stream, allowing creators to use the music on YouTube and Twitch without monetization or takedowns.

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ASM Global partnered with Honeycomb Strategies, a consultant in sustainability for the hospitality, sports and event industries. Under the pact, ASM will leverage Honeycomb’s experience and understanding of events-related sustainability best practices to make strategic decisions on major sustainability investments for its venues.

Cassie Petrey and Jade Driver‘s social media management firm Crowd Surf started an artist management division with Loren Gray, Trevi Moran, Catie Turner, Carter Rubin, Max & Harvey and The Ugly Boys on the roster. The division’s most recent release was Moran’s single “Too Hot To Be This Hungover” on Aug. 12.

The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) partnered with copyright protection service Cosynd in a deal that will give the A2IM label and publisher community the ability to automate copyright agreements and easily register those copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office. Cosynd will offer annual memberships at reduced rates for A2IM members, allowing them to build tailored copyright agreements establishing ownership and outlining important details required to sell, license and execute an unlimited number of agreements of behalf of their artists. Agreements available on the platform include those covering work for hire, producer and collaboration, as well as split sheets. A2IM members will also be able to file copyright registrations in minutes for “80% less than the cost of similar services,” according to a press release.

Universal Production Music formed an exclusive production music joint venture with film composer Harry Gregson-Williams. The new label, dubbed Scored By: Harry Gregson Williams, boasts albums composed by Gregson-Williams and his team and is curated with label partner and fellow composer Tom Howe. The launch will feature mood-based album themes, “all with Gregson-Williams’ signature compositional style and sound,” according to a press release.

East Goes Global, the Los Angeles-based, China-focused marketing team that has worked with artists like The Backstreet Boys, John Legend and Kacey Musgraves, closed their series seed, raising $1 million from investors including FLETCHER, Ingrid Andress, Jessie J, Jessie Reyez and managers Alfredo Tirado, James Dai and Larry Rudolph. With the funds, East Goes Global will build out its SaaS platform and hire more staff.

Livestreaming and fan engagement platform FanTracks Digital acquired jazzed, a multi-tier streaming subscription service for jazz, soul and blues. Following the acquisition, FanTracks will “leverage and enhance the jazzed proprietary technology platform to deliver a deeper app-based experience for selected communities,” starting with rock and jazz and expanding to additional genre verticals, according to a press release. Jazzed will launch globally with the enhanced platform in Q4 2022, with the rock vertical to launch in Q1 2023. The jazzed management and curation team, led by co-founders Jonathan Arendt (CEO), Frank Taubert (CTO) and Marcel Engh (CMO), will join FanTracks’ U.S. operation following the acquisition.

Nettwerk Records signed Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, who was brought to the label by vp of A&R Sameer Sadhu and senior vp A&R and strategy Tom Gates. The singer-songwriter-pianist also signed with C3 Management, where he will be repped by Morgan Young, Adam Smith and Ryan Carignan. Nettwerk released his new single “Stars” on Wednesday (Aug. 17).

Also signing to Nettwerk is Portland-based producer and creative Oatmello, whose latest single, “Community,” was released by the label on Aug. 12 ahead of his full-length album.

Producer/songwriter TwanDaGod (NBA Youngboy, Rylo Rodriguez, JayDaYoungan) signed to Roc Nation. He’s slated to release new music under the Roc Nation label soon.

Proper Music Group, part of Utopia Music, signed a deal with Mascot Label Group for sales and distribution. The agreement covers Mascot Label Group’s imprints, which include Mascot Records, Provogue, Music Theories Recordings and Cool Green Records.

Big Machine Label Group and Blac Noise! Recordings signed emerging hip-hop artist Doobie. The labels released his single “Meditation” on Aug. 12.

Sony Music Latin signed 20-year-old Colombian emerging artist, José Domingo Zabaleta Villalobos, a.k.a. Jhosy. A native of Cartagena, Jhosy made waves with his viral hit single, “Aurora.”

Music funding platform beatBread reached white-label agreements with 11 music distributors across the globe: B Pure Sounds, Catalog Masters, Finding Artists Making Empires, Future Of Music Offering, Golden Path Music, KMG Distribution, The Music Federation, Vital Music, MAD Solutions and Digital Music Commerce & Exchange. All of them will use the company’s chordCashAI technology to provide artists with automated advances while allowing them to choose their own terms and retain ownership of their music.

The Voice Season 21 finalist Jeremy Rosado signed a record deal with Capitol Christian Music Group. He plans to release new songs later this year.

New Soil, a music company that includes strategy, label and management divisions focused on jazz and its associated genres in the U.K., struck partnerships with three organizations: South African label Mushroom Half Hour, which will jointly release drummer Tumi Mogorosi’s album Group Theory: Black Music; Bridge The Gap, which will jointly release music by three emerging stars in U.K. jazz, Jackson Mathod, Raffy Bushman and James Copus; and Women in Jazz, which will work with New Soil to develop a label offering.

Rapper/producer Rocco signed with Kenya Barris‘s Khalabo Music and George “G-Money” Dickerson, Lil Bibby and Peter Jideonwo‘s Grade A Productions in partnership with Interscope Records. The labels released Rocco’s latest single “She Knows” on Aug. 12. He’s slated to release his major label debut project this fall.

Gotee Records signed husband-and-wife duo Aguilar, comprised of Courtney Ramirez and Edgar Aguilar. Their first single on Gotee is the Spanish-language “Jireh,” while an EP is set for the fall.