WME ADDS TWO CO-HEADS TO NASHVILLE OFFICE
WME has announced that partners Joey Lee and Jay Williams will become co-heads of the Nashville Office. Lee and Williams will join Rob Beckham and Greg Oswald in overseeing the agency’s day-to-day operations. The two new co-heads represent major artists in the country world including Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, and Chris Stapleton. Before joining WME, Lee was President of 360 Artist Agency and CEO of Buddy Lee Attractions. Williams began his career nearly 20 years ago in the WME mailroom and was named partner in 2012.
ROBB MCDANIELS NAMED BEATPORT CEO
Beatport’s parent company LiveStyle Inc. has announced that entrepreneur, Robb McDaniels, has been named CEO of Beatport. McDaniels was the founder and CEO of INgrooves and in his new position will focus on strengthening the company’s position as the leading online music store for DJs and the global dance music community. Chuck Ciongoli, Executive Vice President/CFO of LiveStyle, said McDaniels “is an extremely capable and dynamic senior executive who will help Beatport continue to grow as the DJ destination of the future.”
PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS LAUNCH RECORD LABEL
Professional Bull Riders is getting into the music business with a new record label called PBR Music and publishing company, Down in the Well. The label has signed its first musician, U.S. Army combat veteran Ryan Weaver. Weaver will release his “Celebrate America” EP with PBR Music and record music for the league and perform at its events as the Official Patriotic Voice of the PBR’s Celebrate America campaign. “Music has always been at the heart of the PBR experience, and Ryan Weaver represents the latest incarnation of our music strategy as PBR Music’s first artist,” PBR CEO Sean Gleason told Billboard.