>• Warner Music Nashville has promoted Scott Hendricks to Executive VP A&R. Hendricks, who produced Blake Shelton’s Grammy-nominated album and CMA Album of the Year Based On A True Story…, joined WMN in 2007 to head its A&R department. He has produced 93 Top 10 hits including 55 No. 1s!!! In his new role, Hendricks will oversee the development of new talent and existing signings. “Scott Hendricks is one of the most skilled and special music men I’ve ever met,” said WMN President/CEO John Esposito. “He is responsible for some of the greatest modern country music and continues to demonstrate his ability for finding stars and producing hits, time and time again.”
>• Rusty Harmon has joined Royalty Exchange as VP of Music Sales Nashville. Harmon previously was President of Average Joe’s Management division and also served as former manager of Hootie & The Blowfish. Royalty Exchange describes itself as, “a centralized marketplace where royalty owners can monetize their royalties and investors seeking to purchase alternative assets can invest in them including royalty assets such as music, television and film or patents, intellectual property, and mineral rights.”
>• Singer Songwriter Beth Orton has signed a worldwide co-publishing agreement with BMG Chrysalis US which now represents her entire catalog. Orton won a Brit Award for Best Female Artist in 1999 and lately has had high-profile syncs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy plus her acclaimed 2012 album Sugaring Season. BMG Chrysalis SVP of Creative Kate Hyman said, “Beth has a gift for blending distinct sounds and writing lyrics that are emotionally raw.”
>• Mary Kate Melnick has joined Words & Music as Dir. of Creative Licensing. Her chief role will be to grow the company’s sync business and build new relationships within the film, TV, advertising and video game markets. Melnick was previously VP at Lip Sync Music. Nashville-based Words & Music was founded in 2002 by Kim McCollum-Mele to protect the intellectual property of songwriters and publishers.
>• Spotify and Sprint are expected to announce details of a new bundling plan at a New York event April 29. Re/code who first reported the pairing suggests that Spotify may copy the Beats/AT&T deal which allows up to five people share the service for $15/month. Current rates for the premium service are $10/mo. per person. Spotify says it now has almost nine million paid subscribers worldwide.