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Brazilian Licenses: Latin America’s Biggest Market Now Includes Legal Lyrics

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LyricFind seals deals with Brazil’s main publishers and PRO creates new legally licensed market for Brazilian lyrics.

Brazil is Latin America’s largest music market, and now its writers and publishers will be paid for lyric displays online thanks to LyricFind. These partnerships embrace major publishers like Som Livre and MK Music, as well as UBC, Brazil’s largest Performing Rights Organization, and finally Brazil’s biggest digital distributor, ONErpm. In the near future, these publishers will also have the opportunity to see their lyrics licensed on shirts, mugs, and other wares through LyricFind’s direct-to-fan platform, LyricMerch.

“Brazil’s music business is significant, accounting for over 15% of the revenue generated in South America. It is by far the largest Portuguese speaking/singing market in the world,” notes LyricFind’s VP of Music Publishing Robert Singerman. “In addition to a dedicated representative working on the ground to cultivate relationships in Brazil, LyricFind’s content team in Toronto, has Brazilian employees verifying and implementing Brazilian and Portuguese content,” - this legitimacy being a key aspect of LyricFind’s approach to vetted lyrics and lyric translations.

RJ Curtis Named Incoming Executive Director of Country Radio Broadcasters/Country Radio Seminar

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The Country Radio Broadcasters/Country Radio Seminar has announced long-time radio and industry veteran, RJ Curtis as the incoming Executive Director of the non-profit organization. Curtis, who currently serves as the Nashville Editor for All Access Music Group, will start his new position on Nov. 12 and until then, can then be reached at rjcurtis@allaccess.com.

Curtis fills the position most recently held by Bill Mayne, who has served as Executive Director of the organization for nearly a decade. This past April, Mayne announced that he would be leaving his position following the 50th Anniversary year of Country Radio Seminar. Curtis will work alongside Mayne through the end of his term, which is May 2019.

Award Winning Journalist Kevin Kelly Joins Cashbox Canada

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With the recent attendance of Cashbox Canada at Live at Heart Newfoundland, Cashbox Canada realized the importance of covering all the great stories and talent that are just waiting to be heard around the world.

With the emergence of Great Big Sea to the recent success of the Broadway hit, ‘Come From Away’, Newfoundland has been garnering attention far and wide.

It is with great pleasure we have Kevin Kelly join the ranks as a contributing journalist for Cashbox Canada.

"I'm very excited to be joining the Cashbox Canada team and spotlighting the tremendous talents present in Newfoundland & Labrador," Kelly told Cashbox Canada. "To be working for such a prestigious online national music outlet like Cashbox Canada is a special thing, but writing about Newfoundland & Labrador musical talent makes the job extra special."

Kevin Kelly is an award-winning journalist from Marystown, Newfoundland. A three-time Music NL Media Person of the Year, a former East Coast Music nominee for Media Person of the Year, he served on the Polaris Music Prize Grand Jury in 2008. With over a decade of experience in print & radio journalism in the province, Kelly is known as a passionate supporter of Newfoundland & Labrador culture in all its forms.

Look for Kevin Kelly’s stories soon online here at www.cashboxcanada.ca


Bob Lefsetz and Jason Flom Announce 'No Holds Barred' Tour

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Music industry pundit Bob Lefsetz and outspoken veteran music industry executive Jason Flom have joined forces for a live show set to hit the road for a limited run of dates this October.

Lefsetz, who is known across the music industry for his regularly published “Lefsetz Letter,” which is always packed with colourful and often illuminating music biz commentary, as well as his podcast “The Lefsetz Podcast,” has described the show as a an opportunity to “get up close and personal with personalities who refuse to hold back and will speak the truth about not only the music business, but politics and law.”

Flom, who is the Founder and CEO of Lava Records, Lava Music Publishing, and Lava Media, LLC., and previously served as Chairman and CEO at Atlantic Records, Virgin Records, and Capitol Music Group, is personally responsible for launching acts such as Lorde, Katy Perry, Kid Rock, and Greta Van Fleet. He is also a leading philanthropist and expert on criminal justice issues, is the founding board member of the Innocence Project, and serves on the boards of numerous criminal justice reform organizations. His podcast, “Wrongful Conviction,” now in its sixth season, features interviews with men and women who have spent decades in prison for crimes they did not commit.

Foster & The Pranksters are as "Live As It Gets"

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Brad and Kimberly Paisley Giving Back Brick by Brick

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Country singer Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, have teamed with Belmont University to open The Store, a modern version of a food pantry that is set up like a free grocery store.

“This is a grocery store with dignity for people who have fallen on hard times,” said Paisley, president of The Store’s board of trustees. “All of us are one unforeseen disaster away from rock bottom. It’s nice to think about a place where when that happens to someone, they can use it to get back on their feet.”

Located at 2005 12th Ave. S. next to Belmont University’s Ministry Center, The Store will partner with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and other organizations to provide both fresh and nonperishable groceries to individuals and families in need for one year. Customers will be referred by nonprofit and government agencies. The nonprofit has an initial goal to serve 3,000 people per year.

"It’s that Billy Hill song, 'There’s Too Much Month at the End of the Money,'" said Pete Fisher, co-chair of The Store’s board of trustees and CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “A lot of times when people fall on tough times, they don’t need a lifeline for a lifetime, they just need a bridge and the store affords those families a dignified way to cross that bridge and achieve that self-sufficiency.”

Upcoming Montreal Show With Kllo At Theatre Fairmount On October 27

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Montreal producer, singer & songwriter, Genevieve Ryan Martel, who performs under the moniker, RYAN Playground, has released her highly-anticipated debut album titled, 16/17, today on Secret Songs/Last Gang Records. The album includes stunning singles, Pie In The Sky (feat. Robert Robert) and Empty Pool, featuring acclaimed New Zealand artist, Lontalius. Releasing music under Ryan Hemsworth’s Secret Songs label, RYAN Playground currently graces the cover of Cult MTL’s September issue and has previously been met with positive accolades from Vogue, i-D, FADER, and Stereogum as the new record has continued her upward trajectory. Stream/purchase the album on all DSPs here and catch RYAN at a hometown show in Montreal at Theatre Fairmount on October 27 (details below).

Birds of Bellwoods Announce New LP Victoria

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Toronto-based alt-rock outfit, Birds of Bellwoods, are thrilled to announce the release details of their highly-anticipated debut LP, Victoria. Out on October 19th via eOne, Victoria invites listeners to join the band’s high-energy musical parade built on honest, emotive songwriting and laced with sweet, sticky hooks. Listeners can pre-order/pre-save the album digitally here. CD and Vinyl copies of the album will be available for purchase as well.

“In a lot of ways, when we finished Victoria we saw for the first time the combined weight of our lives so far,” the band reflects. “Years of love, fear, hope, and doubt made into a celebration. I'm moving on. I love you. I'm getting older and I'm scared. Some of these songs started more than five years ago. Some were created much faster, late in the recording process. Victoria is a time capsule, as all albums are. A span of youth. And we are excited to share it with you.”

Girl Pow-R Nominated For Best New Group At 2018 Niagara Music Awards

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 “One amazing message: Empowering girls to become the best versions of themselves.”

The girls stuck to their Canadian roots with the video for“Stronger Than Yesterday” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UolYm0SnbH0). It was filmed in 6 different Ontario locations and the girls toldCeleb Secrets (http://celebsecrets.com/girl-pow-r-spreads-self-confidence-with-new-song...) exclusively; “Filming our music video was a very fun and amazing experience. We had multiple clothing changes, performed our choreography that we do when we are on tour, did a live performance where we played our instruments and sang, used this really cool white bridge that connects two parts of the city, and more!”

This summer the girls were thrilled to be able to shoot the music video for a soon-to-be-launched new song, “This is Us”, at the famous Loretto School on the Niagara Escarpment above the great cataracts of Niagara Falls. In 1861, the Loretto Sisters transformed it into a convent and school for girls, and more recently in 1982, it became a retreat for youth and adults -- perfectly complementing Girl Pow-R’s focus on girls and social causes.

Girl Pow-R are constantly aiming to release high energy tracks that will become an anthem to all the teens around the world who are pushing to rise above difficult life challenges they may be facing.

Radiant Baby Shares New Single and Video ‘Do It’

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Montreal electro-pop artist, Radiant Baby, announced his debut album, Restless, and shares the lead single, Do It, along with a stunning new music video. Both premiered today on The 405, which raves, "Felix Mongeon collaborated on the loving and heartfelt video for Do It with director Laurence Philomène, who Mongeon credits with creating the video's ‘purple queer love romance’ aesthetic. But the music? That earworm track that begs for repeat listens? That is all Mongeon. And the song's poignancy seems to extend from some universal feelings that Mongeon taps into with precision and ease." Restless is set for release on February 8, 2019, on Lisbon Lux Records. Listen to Do It on all streaming platforms now, and watch the video here.

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