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THE DUGAN SAGA: THE LATEST
Did wanting changes in voting lead to her dismissal? (1/21a)
BEYONCÉ AND PLATT REUNITE AT SONY/ATV
She brings a lifetime of songs with her. (1/21a)
PARTY CENTRAL: YOUR GUIDE TO GRAMMY-WEEK GATHERINGS
Is that another open bar? (1/21a)
NEW RELEASES: EM, HALSEY, MAC
START STRONG
Better box your trifecta bet. (1/21a)
A LETTER FROM HARVEY
The Dugan Affair, per Mr. Mason. (1/21a)
OSCARS
More awards-season madness.
SUPERSTAR DROPS
Who's next?
THE GRAMMY SHOW
The lineup grows.
POLITCS
Oy vey.
Pub Crawling
WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC ADDS TO THE TEAM
1/14/20

Warner Chappell Music has named Jon Chen as Senior Director of A&R. Based in L.A., Chen will report to WCM’s President of A&R, U.S., Ryan Press.

Previously, Chen served as Senior Creative Director at BMG Music Publishing, where he worked with the likes of Bebe Rexha, Jason Evigan, Alex Salibian, Rook Monroe, Bipolar Sunshine and Trackside and learned that some corporate memos are funnier in the original German.

Prior to his tenure at BMG, he was as an A&R Manager at Warner Records, where he assisted in the development of artists such as Dua Lipa, Rexha and Jason Derulo.

DOWNTOWN U.K. MAKES A SWEET HIRE
1/13/20

Downtown Music Publishing has hired respected publishing exec Kate Sweetsur in London as Head of Creative, U.K. She brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, working with artists and songwriters including Steve MacFraser T SmithJoy Crookes, and Wayne Hector

In her new role, Sweetsur will be responsible for bolstering creative support and developing opportunities for Downtown’s global roster and copyrights as well as overseeing the scouting and signing of new artists, songwriters, and producers in the region. She is based in London, and reports to Downtown’s Global Head of Creative Andrew Gould.

 “Kate is a passionate tastemaker, seasoned leader, and a highly respected creative executive,” Gould said. “Having had the pleasure of working closely together in the past, I can say with confidence that she is an extraordinary music publisher.”

Most recently, Sweetsur was the Senior Vice President of A&R/Creative at Big Deal Music, where she was hired to establish the publisher’s presence in the U.K. She previously held executive A&R positions at BMG Rights ManagementChrysalis Music, Edel, and Notting Hill Music.

Sweetsur has a track record of building strong creative teams and writer development programs. Over the course of her career, she has worked with Labrinth, Steve RobsonSam DixonJimmy HogarthDan WilsonPhil Cook and others.

 

CAMACHO DOES THE WAVE
1/9/20

Primary Wave has anointed Angelica Camacho as VP Creative A&R. The former manager/A&R hitter at London’s TaP Music had been working at the pubbery for a few months before her announcement, during which time she inked Grammy-nominated artist/songwriter Jeremih and producer Anthony Jones (Ariana Grande).

PW Prexy Justin Shukat expressed his excitement, noting of Camacho: “We support her creative instincts and the company goal to grow our contemporary writing roster at Primary Wave. The signings of both Jeremih and Anthony Jones, who both had hit songs on the top of the radio charts this past fall, is a great way to start out the new year.”

Jeremih’s “On Chill with Wale was #1 at Rhythm and Urban radio. Jones co-produced Grande’s “Boyfriend” f/Social House, which snagged a Grammy nom for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

“I'm incredibly grateful for this opportunity to bring my passion for execution and 'songs first' approach to Primary Wave," says Camacho, seen at right in this photo with manager Lydia Fissihaie and Jeremih. "I admire the team Justin and Jake have built and their creative first perspective that I believe is paramount to building long lasting careers. I'm excited to help grow a diverse, forward-thinking, and culturally relevant environment at Primary Wave.”

At TaP Music, Camacho worked with Hailee Steinfeld and Col3trane, among others; prior to that gig, she served at Unrestricted/SONGS, where she was involved in projects by Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Noah Cyrus, Chromeo and more.