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W Hotels appoints Global Music Director

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Starwood’s W Hotels has appointed renowned international music expert Michaelangelo L’Acqua as its first ever Global Music Director.

 In this role, L’Acqua will serve as a strategic advisor for the W brand, strengthening W Hotels’ presence within the music community, and producing the soon to be released seventh edition W Hotels CD.

 Since being discovered by Tom Ford and brought on as the Music Director of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent in 1999, Michaelangelo L'Acqua, who holds a music degree from The New School Jazz & Contemporary Music Program, has worked with some of the biggest names in fashion, producing over 150 fashion shows in Paris, Milan, Berlin and New York for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, John Varvatos, Jil Sander, Chanel, and Diane von Furstenberg.

 As a recording artist working under the name “Onda,” L'Acqua has scored and licensed music for nearly 200 commercials, including campaigns for Revlon, Cotton Inc., and Old Navy. He also served as a producer on The Isley Brothers’ “Taken To The Next Phase” remix project for Sony Music Entertainment’s Legacy Recordings, and L’Acqua recently executive produced a large scale concept record for EMI/Capitol Records, Re:Generations: the Nat King Cole Remix Project, bringing on board the talents of such artists as Cee-Lo, The Roots, will.i.am with Natalie Cole, TV On The Radio, and Brazilian Girls, among others. For this record, he also produced the "Brazilian Love Song" track, featuring Bebel Gilberto. Most recently, L’Acqua was tapped by fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld to produce Elle Germany's 20th Anniversary event as well as Chanel’s runway show, both at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.

“It is such an exciting time to join the W Hotels brand as they are expanding globally,” said L’Acqua. “While the music industry is trying to adapt to change and reconnect to their core audience, W is undertaking innovative ways to offer music to their guests as an integral part of their contemporary lifestyle. I am honored to have been chosen as the Global Music Director to help execute W’s vision.”

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