Los Angeles, CA (June 8, 2020) – Scott Cutler and Josh Abraham, co-CEOs of PULSE Music Group, today announced the promotion of Ashley Calhoun to Senior Vice President/Head of Creative, PULSE Music Group. Calhoun was previously Vice President, A&R, PULSE Music Group. In her new role, Calhoun will be responsible for leading PULSE’s world-class A&R team and overseeing the company’s creative strategy for one of the hottest publishing rosters in the industry, including Starrah, OZ, Ty Dolla $ign, YBN Cordae, YBN Nahmir, Kehlani, OG Parker, Tyler Johnson, Trevor Daniel, Chad Hugo, James Blake, Yebba, Bonnie McKee, El-P, and more.

Ashley Calhoun is an A&R powerhouse who has signed some of the biggest names in music. Calhoun’s signing, OZ, recently reigned at the top of six different Top Songwriter and Producer charts simultaneously, including Hot 100 Songwriters, Hot 100 Producers. Calhoun’s roster of songwriters have contributed to several of this year’s biggest charting songs, including the current #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé “Savage Remix” (via Starrah); Drake “Toosie Slide” (#1 on the Billboard Hot 100 via OZ); Travis Scott “Highest In the Room”(#1 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 via OZ); Drake & Future “Life Is Good” (#2 Hot 100 debut via OZ); PARTYNEXTDOOR ft. Drake “Loyal” (via OG Parker); Trevor Daniel “Falling” (via Trevor Daniel); YBN Cordae ft. Anderson Paak “RNP” (via YBN Cordae), and more. Calhoun’s newest signing Kehlani just scored her biggest Billboard chart debut entering at #1 on the Top R&B Albums chart with It Was Good Until It Wasn’t. During her first week at PULSE Music Group, Calhoun made quick impact by signing Starrah who won ASCAP’s 2018 Pop Songwriter of the Year.

“Ashley has consistently proven that she is a remarkable A&R executive adept at curating globally impactful music,” said Scott Cutler and Josh Abraham. “She has the ear for talent, an authentic connection to our songwriters, and the right instincts and industry relationships. PULSE was built by songwriters for the modern songwriter culture and, with Ashley at the helm of our creative team, we know that PULSE will continue to be a world class incubator for culturally relevant songs. We are thrilled to recognize all of Ashley’s achievements at PULSE with this well-deserved promotion.”

“PULSE provides a sanctuary for clients at all stages of their careers, from young songwriters to the biggest names in music. Our young, driven and diverse A&R team is attracting the most cutting-edge, globally revered creators—I think the music community sees how determined we are to create career-defining moments for our writers and how successful PULSE has been at landing those big opportunities. I’m thankful to Scott and Josh for this promotion and look forward to more big things ahead as we continue building the best A&R team in the business,” said Ashley Calhoun.
Calhoun has earned tremendous respect with the music business at large and has been featured in Billboard’s “A&R Power Players”, Billboard’s “Under 30 Rising Stars”, Variety’s “Music’s Next Leaders”, and Billboard’s “PRIDE” list, to name a few. Calhoun has also served as a consultant on projects for RCA Records. Calhoun joined PULSE in 2015 as Senior Director of A&R (and signed Starrah during her first week with the company). She was promoted to Vice President in 2017. Prior to joining PULSE, Calhoun served as Creative Director at Rondor Music Publishing (a division of Universal Music Publishing Group).

Calhoun and the PULSE executive team netted 7 ASCAP Urban Awards last year and was named AIMP Indie Publisher of the Year in 2018. With a catlog of more than 10,000 songs and 175 active clients, PULSE’s accomplishments include over 60 BMI and ASCAP awards and 250+ Gold & Platinum Certifications, including 40 Gold/Platinum certifications in 2019. The PULSE song catalog includes the 7x Platinum hit “Havana” by Camila Cabello and “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 (both co-written by Starrah) which spent a record-setting 36 weeks at #1 for the longest-running radio song in the 21st century; 10x Platinum “Despacito (Remix)” by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber (Marty James); 8x Platinum “Sorry” by Justin Bieber (BloodPop); 10x Platinum “Roar” and 8x Platinum “California Gurls” by Katy Perry (both Bonnie McKee); and “Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott (OZ) which became the first hip-hop song in history to spend 30 weeks in the Top 10 on the Hot 100.