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Hip-hop producer BNYX (Yeat, Drake, Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert, Nicki Minaj) has signed a new deal with Zack Bia‘s Field Trip Recordings and Capitol Records. Yeat’s Lyfestyle Corporation will also work with BNYX as part of the deal.

“BNYX is an exceptional musician, a true artist with a specific vision but above all an incredible human,” said Bia. “Yeat brought him into our lives and he’s turned into family. It is only right we would all partner to bring his music to the world as the first official signee to Lyfestyle Corporation / Field Trip / Capitol Records. We couldn’t be more honored and excited.”

The Philadelphia-bred artist is said to release his debut project in the coming months under this deal and off the success of a blockbuster 2023 when he spent seven weeks topping Billboard’s Top Rap Producers chart. He’s set to perform live for the first time at Jack Harlow’s Gazebo Festival in May and will be joining Yeat for a slate of shows later this summer.

“As a producer BNYX has had a profound impact on both music and culture,” said Tom March, chairman and CEO for Capitol Records. “We’re thrilled to partner with he, his manager Ness, the brilliant Zack Bia and Field Trip Recordings on the launch of BNYX’s solo career. It’s a privilege to enter this new era together continuing our longtime relationship with Zack and the Field Trip team.”

On the partnership, BNYX said: “I’d like to thank God, my manager, and Rick Owens.”

+ Samantha Sklar has been promoted to VP of A&R at Position Music.

Sklar’s most recent notable success is marked with the signing of breakout songwriter Jack LaFrantz, who co-wrote Benson Boone’s hit Hot 100-topping single “Beautiful Things.” Sklar joined Position Music in August 2022 and has been integral in helping to build out the frontline pop publishing roster including the additions of Joe Kearns, Zach Skelton, John “Feldy” Feldmann, Alex “Abomb” Fernandez, amongst others yet to be announced. Prior to joining Position, Sklar was an A&R at Warner Chappell Music Publishing, where she signed Stephen Kirk, who co-wrote BTS’ “Butter.”

+ Joanne Denise Hunter and Renata Muniz, who both served as the VPs of media and brand strategy at Def Jam Recordings, have launched a new media and brand strategy agency called Out of Office. Based in Los Angeles, Out of Office currently boasts KenTheMan, Shanae and Genia on its roster.

Hunter is also the co-founder of Live Help Live, an independent label representing breakout acts like Jordan Ward. Meanwhile, Muniz has over 12 years of experience in talent branding and media relations. She has managed publicity campaigns for artists including Coco Jones, Alessia Cara, SZA, and the Prince Estate, among others.

+ Bella Figura Music, the independent music publisher and record label founded by Alexi Cory-Smith and Neelesh Prabhu in 2022, has announced the acquisition of RAK Publishing (RAK).

RAK oversees 1500 copyrights, including classic hits such as “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” recorded by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, “Kids in America” recorded by Kim Wilde, “Music” recorded by John Miles, and many others.

RAK was founded in 1969 by record producer Mickie Most and his wife Christina and now represents over a hundred writers including the Ivor Novello Winner Errol Brown and BASCA Gold Badge recipients Steve Harley and Suzi Quatro.

+ Reservoir Media, Inc. and Big Life Management, a Reservoir company, have announced a slate of key promotions at Big Life. Kat Kennedy, Colin Roberts, and Claire Kilcourse have been promoted to partners, with Kennedy also taking on a new role as managing director.

In her 18 years at Big Life, Kennedy rose from a junior role to her previous title of general manager, which she held for 12 years. Roberts began at Big Life in 2007 as an A&R scout, bringing in artists including La Roux and the Sound of Arrows, with the latter becoming the first of many of his own management clients.

Kilcourse returned to Big Life as an artist manager in January 2017 following an earlier role as a management assistant between 2010 and 2012. On her return to the company, she brought Orla Gartland and Look Mum No Computer to the roster.

+ Portland-based indie record label Really Rad Records has launched an online fundraiser to help the company get back on its feet after its headquarters were burned down last month. Really Rad provides artists with PR, booking and advertising services as well as producing and distributing physical formats like vinyl, CDs, and cassettes.

Donations will go towards restocking merchandise, starting with the most recent arrivals and working backwards, in addition to any refunds that customers may place for the destroyed merchandise.

“The investigation is still ongoing, but it’s believed that an electrical fire sparked from an outlet in our living room and caught on some cardboard shipping supplies,” said the company on their GoFundMe page. “Between that and the thousands of vinyl records stocked on our shelves, it took less than 90 seconds for the fire to grow so hot that our home was filled with black smoke, windows were cracking and the staircase outside our apartment leading to our upstairs neighbor was completely engulfed in flames.”

This news comes as Mississippi Records, another indie record store and label in Portland, was also burned down last fall by suspected arson.

+ Lucas Keller, president and founding partner of Milk & Honey Music + Sports + Ventures, has announced the acquisition of VMG Sports, built by NFLPA certified agents Adam Heller, Michael Simon, Greg Diulus and Sammy Spina who will now join the Milk & Honey executive staff.

Through this new deal, Travis Kelce, Paris Johnson and 15 total NFL players will join the Milk & Honey family joining the existing roster of clients including Courtland Sutton (Denver Broncos) and Kamren Curl (Los Angeles Rams) to name a few. The company now represents 83 athletes in total across football and baseball.

Milk & Honey was founded in a decade ago by Keller and general manager/business partner Nic Warner, and entered the sports world three years ago with a focus on expanding beyond just a music shop. Milk & Honey’s music department represent songwriters and record producers alongside nearly 30 DJs in their artist department.

+ Media, marketing and management firm Jensen Communications, Inc. has appointed Leo Lavoro as senior VP of publicity and media strategy. In his new role, Lavoro will provide strategic direction for the company’s roster of clients in the areas of PR, marketing and brand building.

He will report to Michael Jensen, president and founder of Jensen Communications, Inc. (JCI).

“I am incredibly thrilled and honored to announce Leo Lavoro as Senior Vice President of Jensen Communications,” Jensen said. “His strong work ethic is truly admirable. He is and will be more than an important part of the company’s growth now and in the future. We already value his early contributions to the company. His dedication and commitment to his work will inspire us all.”

Prior to joining JCI, Lavoro served as VP of publicity at BMG in New York City, where he orchestrated press and marketing campaigns for international artists including Lenny Kravitz, Kylie Minogue, Diane Warren, Rufus Wainwright and Corey Taylor, to name a few. Over the past 25 years, Lavoro has worked at such companies as Zero Hour Records, Webster Hall Records, Escapi Music, Big Machine Media and The End Records.



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