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Warner/Chappell Nashville boss Ben Vaughn and team pose with ACM Songwriter of the Year Rhett Akins, the father of 28 #1 singles and Thomas Rhett. The pubbery's Music City division had much to celebrate, including Chris Stapleton's Album of the Year and Male Vocalist wins, Midland's trophy as New Vocal Group, Single of the Year "Body Like a Back Road" (co-penned and produced by Zach Crowell), Brothers Osborne's Vocal Duo and Video wins and "The Fighter" (written and produced by busbee) prevailing as Vocal Event of the Year. It's also worth noting that the new Carrie and Miranda singles, "Cry pretty" and "Keeper of the Flame," were both penned by the great Liz Rose. In all, W/C writers played a role in the composition of 16 out of 24 songs performed during the highly rated broadcast. That's 2/3 or 66.6%, we think, though we don't have an abacus handy. "There’s no community like the Nashville community," reads an appreciative memo from Vaughn to his staff. "Watching them pull together as a family to show the strength of our music, and seeing the success in the ratings and the socials is so gratifying. A special thank you to the hardworking people of ACM who put in countless hours to make sure that ‘the week that Vegas goes country’ was such a smashing success for everyone. If anyone needs me, I'll be at the blackjack table for a few hours, and then under it." Seen wondering who'd be first to ink a pub deal with Stapleton's twins are (l-r) Vaughn, Akins and W/C's Jessi Vaughn, Will Overton and Ryan Beuschel.
BMG has appointed Courtney Allen and Rakiyah Marshall to Creative Director positions, both based out of Nashville. In their new roles, the two will be responsible for working with BMG's existing roster of songwriters while also signing and developing new talent. Allen and Marshall will report to BMG Nashville EVP Kos Weaver, who says “Courtney and Rakiyah are a perfect fit for how we champion songwriters. They have bright minds and creative hearts with the just-right instincts to make things happen on behalf of the creators that trust us with their careers and music. Also, I'm hoping to recruit them for my bowling team; we could use the muscle.”
As was previously rumored, established and well-liked songwriter Nicolle Galyon has re-upped with Warner/Chappell. The pubco, which has been championing her for more than 10 years now, officially announced the extension of her deal yesterday. It's safe to assume that this was a biggie.“Nicolle is one of the most talented individuals to grace Music Row," shared W/C Nashville Prez Ben Vaughn. "Her command of lyric and melody has propelled her to be recognized as someone that has true commerciality & depth in every writing session. There is no limit to the places she can continue to grow in this industry as a songwriter, vocalist, producer, mentor, & collaborator. Everyone in the Warner/Chappell family is proud to continue a relationship with a friend and partner like Nicolle,” whose recent work includes Keith Urban’s “Female” and “Coming Home,” Lady Antebellum’s “Heart Break,” Kenny Chesney’s “All the Pretty Girls,” Lee Brice’s “Boy,” and Dan + Shay’s “Tequila,” as well as Camila Cabello's “Consequences."Seen above before tequila led to consequences are (Front Booth) Galyon, W/C's BJ Hill, Vaughn and Ryan Beuschel; (Back) WC's Will Overton, Alison Junker, Jessi Vaughn, Bethany Mako, Katie Jelen and Phil May, Farris, Self, & Moore's Kella Stephenson-Farris and Greenberg Traurig's Jess Rosen.
Ringo Starr has moved his entire catalog to BMG in a new exclusive worldwide publishing deal. The pact covers more than Starr’s 150 titles, among them the Beatles songs “Don’t Pass Me By” and “Octopus’s Garden” and the solo hits “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Photograph” and “Back Off Boogaloo” as well as future compositions. “Ringo Starr is a contemporary artist with an incredible history, and BMG is exceptionally proud that he has chosen us to represent his past and future songs,” BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said. Starr has released 19 studio albums since The Beatles broke up. His most recent album was last year’s Give More Love. "I love making music and the song writing process—and putting new music out there to play along side the old,” Starr said. “How great to be working with BMG who are excited to have my entire catalog." Starr will again be touring this summer with a new iteration of his All Starr Band.
Downtown Music Publishing announced a deal wherein it'll acquire a portion of Major Bob Music's song catalogs. Under the terms of the agreement, Downtown will take on over 2k copyrights, including "I Like The Sound Of That" by Rascal Flatts, "Marry Me" by Thomas Rhett, "Dirt On My Boots" by Jon Pardi, "It Don't Hurt Like It Used To" by Billy Currington among many others. The pact, however, specifically excludes Garth Brooks' catalog. "It's a tremendous honor and privilege to be trusted by Bob to become the caretakers of these extraordinary copyrights that have defined success here in Nashville," said Steve Markland, VP A&R of Downtown's Nashville operation. "We have a deep commitment to finding new opportunities for songs of this caliber. Also, in honor of this deal, I will now be referred to as 'Sergeant Steve.'" Pictured just before realizing that a trip to "Downtown" Nashville will take 4-6 hours in traffic are (l-r) Downtown Director of Global Client Services Emily Stephenson, Markland, Linda Edell-Howard of Adams and Reese LLP, Downtown CEO Justin Kalifowitz, Major Bob Music Owner & President Bob Doyle, Downtown SVP Business Affairs Andrew Sparkler and Sam Powers of O'Neil Hagaman, PLLC.
Pulse Music Group announced the signing of artist/writer Yashua, in partnership with Marc Anthony and Michel Vega of Magnus Music. Having recently co-written CNCO's "Reggaeton Lento," Yashua's gained the attention and support of socials and streameries alike, most notably Spotify's current ¡Viva Latino! playlist cover among other prime DSP real estate. This signing marks the partnership's first signing for both masters and pub since it was formed last year. "Yashua is one of our most exciting young talents–at once culturally savvy, a great writer, performer and natural born star," says Pulse prexy Maria Egan. "With our Magnus partnership, we were able to offer him a unique platform, bringing together two powerhouse independents to blaze a new trail as the boundaries between global musical cultures are falling away.”"Silencio," the debut single off his forthcoming project, just dropped (4/6) with an accompanying visual you can check out here.
Sony/ATV has inked Pennsylvania-bred rapper/songwriter Lil Skies, whose debut album, Life of a Dark Rose (Atlantic), recently bowed in the Top 20 on our chart. Skies, born Kimetrius Foose, first gained renown when two of his mixtapes, Good Grades, Bad Habits and Alone, blew up on SoundCloud. "Skies is special," declared pubco VP Creative Ian Holder. "As much as we love what he’s doing right now, I believe he’s only scratching the surface." The artist has recently earned raves on his first-ever headlining tour. He is said to be learning to appreciate a Montecristo. In a related story, if nobody is going by "Kimetrius Foose" now, is it cool if we use it as the name of our ska band?
Downtown Music Publishing has signed a deal for worldwide representation with Dutch producer/songwriter Mr. Probz. The deal includes the entirety of Mr. Probz's catalogue, most notably recent collaborations with Armin Van Buuren and Anderson .Paak as well as 2014 single "Waves," which was remixed and later released featuring T.I. and Chris Brown. The now multiplatinum track went on to top U.S. and U.K. charts and earned Mr. Probz a Grammy nomination. Pictured just before sitting down to a celebratory boerenkoolstamppot paired with a glass of corenwijn are (l-r): Downtown COO Andrew Bergman, VP International A&R Taeko Saito, Mr. Probz, Mass Appeal Management's Massimo Baudo, Downtown Amsterdam MD Lucas van Slegtenhorst
Primary Wave Music Publishing announced a world-wide administrative deal with Van Heusen Music Corporation for the rights to Jimmy Van Heusen's catalog of music.Primary Wave now represents the music publishing catalog of the Emmy and Oscar-winning composer, including Van Heusen's most memorable co-writes like "My Kind of Town (Chicago)," "Come Fly With Me," and Emmy- winning, "Love and Marriage.""The team and I are honored to welcome the iconic catalog of Jimmy Van Heusen into the Primary Wave family," says Primary prexy, Justin Shukat. Meanwhile SVP Marty Silverstone adds, "We're excited to get to work on new sync opportunities and other creative re-imaginations of these classic songs that helped shape the Great American Songbook."
Ivor Novello and Grammy-nominated writer/producer Carla Marie Williams has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Reservoir, which will include projects from her catalogue.Her past work notably includes Beyoncé's "Freedom," off the critically acclaimed Lemonade, which received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Sung Performance.In 2015, Williams started her own writing and production collective, NewCrowd. She's since been building and collaborating with top talent like fellow Reservoir writer-producers Danja and Just Blaze, Jess Glynne, Sean Paul, Paloma Faith, Craig David, Becky G, Justine Skye, and Kylie Minogue, among others.
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