Money has announced the first order of business as independent artists will champion independent record stores such as a Record Store Day Ambassador for 2024.
Paramore – the trio made up of singers Hayley Williams, Taylor York and Zac Farro – took to social media over the weekend to share the news and confirmed that the band is “flapo independent”, after Variety reported in January.
“After a long career in the music industry, we have decided to announce that… we will continue to have a long career in the music industry (sorry for any inconvenience),” the group wrote on Instagram. “Our first order of business as a newly independent Paramore is to shine a light on independent record stores – a vital part of our journey from music-obsessed school friends to professional music makers. With that being said, we are humbled to be your Ambassadors for Discussion Shop Day 2024. The time is right.”
Paramore joins Killer Mike, Jason Isbell, Taylor Swift, Brandi Carlile and more as Discussion Store Day Ambassadors. The group kicked off 2024 on a high note by recently winning the rock album of the year category as the first female-fronted group to achieve this feat. They also have a busy tour schedule ahead, mainly on Taylor Swift’s Eras tour in Europe.
+ Universal Music Group will open three new Capitol Studios recording studios – the first Capitol Studios outside the iconic Capitol Tower in Hollywood – in addition to live performance spaces, music education academies and a new record label, as part of a collaboration with DGMC in the United Arab Emirates.
Dubbed the “Music City” development, the new partnership aims to strengthen the regional hub for both local and international artists and composers. The label will be a joint venture between UMG and DGMC and will sign and develop local artists.
“At its heart, the goal of the UMG-DGMC partnership is to support and nurture talented artists and composers in the region and help them reach their full creative and commercial potential,” the companies wrote in a press release.
“We are thrilled to partner with UMG, the world’s leading music group, on this unique and exciting endeavor,” said Rasha Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of DGMC. “Building a modern music infrastructure and providing industry services to support aspiring music artists is central to our leadership’s vision to promote culture and the arts. DGMC’s initiatives will not only help boost our regional creatives and music-related professionals, but will elevate the UAE’s music economy to global levels.”
+ Messina Touring Group has promoted three team members to the roles of vice presidents: Lauren Cairerises was raised by the director of finance in the Deputy. Keena Cheatham passes from the promoter’s representative to the VP of the tournament and LeeAnn Rotondo has moved from director of tickets to VP of tickets.
MTG has worked with acts such as Blake Shelton, Ed Sheeran, Eric Church, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift and The Lumineers.
Caire first joined MTG in 2015 as Senior Accountant and has since managed the finances for the company and all of its tours, including a marquee year in 2023 anchored by Swift’s headlining Eras Tou and Sheeran’s Mathematics World Tour. Cheatham, who joined MTG in 2013 as a promotional representative on Swift’s Red Tour, has had a role on over half of MTG’s roster in both the pop and country music sectors.
Rotondo joined MTG in 2015 as a ticket manager, primarily to help with ticketing for Swift’s 1989 tour. Nine years later, she handles all ticketing for Swift’s tours, as well as many other MTG clients, including Church, Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton.
+ Music company based in France believe has announced an expansion into Japan with a new imprint called PlayCode, dedicated to Japan’s hip-hop scene. The company will also partner with Japan-based acts for the new label, including ¥ellow Bucks, Red Eye and Issei Uno Fifth.
As part of Believe Japan’s Artist Services offering, PlayCode will combine Believe’s digital artist development capabilities and long-term partnerships.