Universal Music Singapore hired Alice Kent as general manager, overseeing day-to-day operations and spearheading efforts to up the UMG division’s presence in the Southeast Asian island country. She reports to UMG chief of South East Asia Calvin Wong, who says Kent “brings with her a pioneering spirit and a wealth of experience from her decades of working in the music and entertainment industry” — including a recent stretch as marketing, partnerships and business development director at Live Nation Entertainment Singapore, and before that senior roles at both Warner Music and Sony Music. Among the many feathers in Kent’s cap include securing sponsorship deals for Blackpink and brokering partnerships with Singtel and PayPal, in addition to working with Billie Eilish and the Singapore Tourism Board.
Alexander Vazelakis was named head of A&R for longstanding dance imprint Ultra Records. This is Vazelakis’ return to the label, where he previously spent nearly a decade working with artists including Sofi Tukker, Icona Pop, Steve Aoki, Anabel Englund and DVBBS. Based in Los Angeles, Vazelakis most recently served as VP of A&R at both Helix Records and Ultra Publishing and now reports to Ultra Records President David Waxman. –Katie Bain
SiriusXM promoted longtime executive Jen Leiweke to vice president of artist and industry relations. Previously a senior director on the talent and industry relations team, Leiweke joined Pandora in late 2010 and has worked across marketing, brand partnerships, live and experiential. In the past year, Leiweke helped develop a major sponsorship framework with American Express around SiriusXM’s Small Stage Series, which has featured performances from John Legend at The Wiltern in Los Angeles and Halsey at Union Transfer in Philly, among others. She also helped launch SiriusXM’s first foray at Miami Art Basel along with partner Chase Sapphire. Prior to joining Pandora, which was acquired by SiriusXM in 2019, Leiweke held positions at Alison Prod Public Relations and AEG.
Marigo Mihalos was also promoted to vice president at SiriusXM, where she oversees the entertainment booking team specializing in film, TV, and lifestyle. Before joining the satellite radio giant, Mihalos launched her own PR agency and later solidified her reputation as a booker on television shows like The Wendy Williams Show and Who Want to Be a Millionaire. Her best-of list of wins at SiriusXM include snagging the entire cast of Elvis for a Graceland appearance and orchestrating a collaboration between Bravo host-with-the-most Andy Cohen and icon-of-icons Dolly Parton at Dollywood. She can be reached at Marigo.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nashville-based publishing and artist development company Back Blocks Music expanded its team, adding Autumn Ledgin as senior director of A&R and Elizabeth Cook as creative coordinator. Back Blocks Music was founded by Billboard Power Player and 40 Under 40 recipient Rakiyah Marshall, with a roster including Ashley Cooke, Lily Rose, Blake Pendergrass and Tucker Wetmore. Ledgin previously worked at Good Company Entertainment, as day-to-day manager for the company’s roster, including Jake Owen and Larry Fleet, before adding A&R duties and becoming a board member and planning coordinator for the Jake Owen Foundation. Cook joins Back Blocks Music during her senior year at Belmont University as a songwriting major; she previously interned at Creative Nation and King Pen. –Jessica Nicholson
Believe-owned TuneCore appointed Tash Shah as its new vice president of International at the digital music distributor. Shah is a 12-year veteran at Spotify, where she served as the streaming giant’s first head of marketing in the UK and most recently held the title of director of growth programs. At her new gig, which is based in London, she’ll drive TuneCore’s international growth into new global markets oversee a team across 17 countries, while developing programs to benefit TuneCore’s growing roster of artists and labels. Shah will eventually report to TuneCore’s TBA chief revenue officer, but in the interim will work directly with CEO Andreea Gleeson.
Songtradr appointed Paul Langworthy to chief revenue officer of the music licensing marketplace and distribution platform. Reporting directly to CEO Paul Wiltshire, Langworthy’s focuses will include expanding licensing, music management, and creative branding opportunities, as well as continuing expansion into markets where music rights management remains under-monetized. Langworthy was previously CEO of U.K. digital music company 7digital, which Songtradr scooped up earlier this year for roughly $23 million. At the time of the acquisition, it was announced that Langworthy and the bulk of 7digital’s senior leadership team would join Songtradr. “Paul has a proven track record of successfully managing large teams, multiple revenue streams and has a deep understanding of the complex music rights ecosystem we work in,” said Wiltshire.
ICYMI: Tom Becci joined Concord Label Group as chief executive … peermusic appointed Elizabeth Rodda as president of Latin America and global society relations … About sixty employees are set to be impacted by layoffs at CAA … and Quality Control CEO Pierre “P” Thomas won Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players’ Choice Award.
A2IM hired Melissa White as director of membership and Jasmine Lopez-Alvarez as marketing manager of the independent music advocacy group. In their new roles, White will oversee A2IM’s label relations and membership engagement strategy, while Lopez-Alvarez will manage marketing initiatives and spearhead membership growth. White arrives from sample marketplace Tracklib, where she rose to music catalog director; Lopez-Alvarez has clocked time at SiriusXM, Maruder and HIFI. “Their experience and passion for independent music will play a crucial role in developing our reach and furthering our mission,” said Richard James Burgess, CEO of A2IM. You can reach the pair at email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Industry veteran Nathalie Rubin joined PR collective Hustle&Co. as account supervisor. Based in Los Angeles and reporting to founder and CEO Jenn DeMartino Callister, Rubin’s remit will center around driving campaigns for clients including music investment firm Influence Media Partners, destination experience company Vibee and something called Spotify (specifically its EQUAL and GLOW programs). Prior to joining Hustle, Rubin served as publicity manager at Elektra Entertainment, acing press campaigns for the label group’s artist roster found on Fueled by Ramen, DTA Records and the mothership imprint. She kicked off her career with a five-year stretch at BMG Recorded Music, where as in-house publicist she worked directly with a murderer’s row of rock favorites including Evanescence, Thrice, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and My Chemical Romance’s Frank Iero. She can be reached at Nathalie_Rubin@hustleandco.com.
The Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC), a non-profit organization founded in 2020 to combat systemic racism in the music business, added rapper-activist Cordae and Live Nation Urban president Shawn Gee to its Executive Leadership Council. Cordae and Shawn Gee, who received the Social Impact Award at BMAC’s inaugural annual gala, join a growing list of industry leaders on the ELC, including Dina LaPolt, Wassim “Sal” Slaiby, Jonathan Azu, Tariq Cherif and Jeff Azoff, among others. See a full list here.
VRTCL, a content management and influencer marketing agency, promoted Imani “Mango” Lewis to director of music and Jenn Rilloraza to director of brands and content. In their new roles, Lewis will lead overall strategy and operation of the music and social teams, while Rilloraza will continue working with her team to develop authentic content on behalf of some of the world’s biggest brands. Both report to FH Media CEO, Ash Stahl, who says they “have a proven history of working closely with artist and commercial brands to amplify their messages in ways that are completely authentic.” VRTCL was acquired by Create Music Group in early 2022 and folded into an FH Media roster that also includes influencer brands Flighthouse, Teenager Therapy and Retirement House.
Nashville Notes: Musicians On Call, a Nashville-based nonprofit that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities, announced a series of promotions and new hires. Promotions include Kat Weeks to vp of marketing, Torianne Valdez to senior talent manager and PJ Cowan and Caroline Love to senior program managers. New hires include Orenda Senior as program coordinator and Sasha Arnkoff as executive assistant … Triple Tigers hired Nashville-based Blake Nixon as director of Southeast promotion. He previously held a similar role at Show Dog Nashville … Shelby Yoder founded songwriter/producer management company willo&co. She was previously head of Milk & Honey Nashville.