HITS Daily Double
Just in time for Jon Platt’s second anniversary as CEO/Chairman of Warner/Chappell, the pubbery just happens to be en fuego worldwide. W/C writers are on five of the Top 10 records at Top 40 radio, nine of the Top 10 at Rhythm, eight of the Top 10 at Urban and five of the Top 10 at Alternative. In addition to its U.S. successes (with A&R duo Katie Vinten and Ryan Press scoring regularly), the company has seen gains worldwide. Its marketshare in Germany (under Lars Karlsson) grew 6.6% in the first half of this year (powered by key urban signings there), and there’s been marketshare growth in the U.K. as well, with Platt hire Mike Smith running the show. The Brit outpost has also got writers on five of the Top 10 this week, and at midyear no fewer than 17 W/C tunesmiths graced the Top 40. The French office, meanwhile (led by Caroline Molko), enjoys—ooh la la—seven of the Top 10. These various international departments have also expressed vigorous agreement that they'd rather we didn't visit.  
Primary Wave Music Publishing has just acquired Grammy-winning and Tony-nominated Brenda Russell's entire catalogue. The deal includes tracks like "Get Here," which was nominated for two Grammys including the award for Song of the Year. "Piano in the Dark" is also part of the acquisition, with both songs having been featured on her Grammy nominated album Get Here."Brenda Russell is a legendary songwriter whose songs have gone on to win and be nominated for a variety of awards throughout her over thirty years in the industry, says Lawrence Mestel, Founder and CEO of Primary Wave Music Publishing. "I am thrilled that we had the opportunity to bring her into the Primary Wave family and am excited for what lies ahead."
Warner/Chappell Nashville's Rhett Akins has a lot to celebrate right now, considering he's had at least one song on Country airplay every week for the last seven years, to say nothing of the 28 #1 songs he's had a hand in since 2010. The singer/songwriter is currently charting with Easton Corbin's "A Girl Like You" (Mercury Nashville) and is #1 with Dustin Lynch's "Small Town Boy" (Broken Bow). We've got a full list of his Top 40 Country hits from the last seven years below.  Atkins has received 29 BMI awards and six Triple-Play awards, which are given to those who have achieved three #1 singles in a year.  “I write songs I hope people will relate to, so it’s humbling to see these numbers,” said Akins. “It’s also a testament to all the talented artists and co-writers I’ve worked with and to everyone on my team.” “This unique achievement is further proof that Rhett belongs among country music's all-time greats," said W/C Nashville Prez Ben Vaughn. “Rhett has been shaping the modern-day Country Songbook that we’ve all sung along to each week for the past seven years." Vaughn, seeing an incoming call from us, then cranked up the jukebox and hit "ignore." RHETT AKINS TOP 40 COUNTRY HITS: "Gimmie That Girl" – Joe Nichols"Farmer’s Daughter" – Rodney Atkins"All About Tonight" – Blake Shelton"All Over Me" – Josh Turner"Shape I’m In" – Joe Nichols"A Buncha Girls" – Frankie Ballard"Honey Bee" – Blake Shelton"Take a Back Road" – Rodney Atkins"Bait a Hook" – Justin Moore"This Ole Boy" – Craig Morgan"I Don’t Want This Night to End" – Luke Bryan"Kick It in the Sticks" – Brantley Gilbert"I Can Take It from There" – Chris Young"Point at You" – Justin Moore"Boys ‘Round Here" – Blake Shelton"Hey Girl" – Billy Currington"It Goes Like This" – Thomas Rhett"Parking Lot Party" – Lee Brice"Wild in Your Smile" – Dustin Lynch"When She Says Baby" – Jason Aldean"Get Me Some Of That" – Thomas Rhett"Ready Set Roll" – Chase Rice"Small Town Throwdown" – Brantley Gilbert"Just Getting’ Started" – Jason Aldean"Young & Crazy" – Frankie Ballard"Going Out Like That" – Reba McEntire"Tonight Looks Good on You" – Jason Aldean"That Don’t Sound Like You" – Lee Brice"Mind Reader" – Dustin Lynch"I Know Somebody" – Locash"Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day" – Luke Bryan"Dirt on My Boots" – Jon Pardi"Star of the Show" – Thomas Rhett"A Girl Like You" – Easton Corbin"Missing" – William Michael Morgan"Small Town Boy" – Dustin Lynch
Dan Nelson is stepping up to the London-based post of SVP International at Sony/ATV, reporting to President, International Guy Henderson. Nelson, a 10-year veteran of the pubbery, will oversee operations outside the Americas and the U.K., including continental Europe, Southeast Asia, Russia Australia, India, Africa, Turkey, Israel and the Middle East. Nelson has been involved with obtaining regulatory approval for SATV’s acquisition of EMI Music Publishing and building business in key developing territories including China and India. Henderson praised Nelson’s “wide experience” and “smart, astute and practical approach.” “As chance would have it, Marty Bandier and I started at Sony/ATV on the same day, so as you can imagine it’s been an exhilarating journey over the last 10 years,” Nelson proclaimed, adding, “Finding a good cigar in some of these territories is no easy feat.”
Reservoir has picked up the catalogs of a passel of soul-music greats: Willie Mitchell, Leon Ware, Norman Harris and The Commodores' Thomas McClary and Walter Orange. Memphis legend Mitchell produced Al Green's classic records and penned tunes for the likes of Solomon Burke and Ann Peebles. Ware wrote Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, The Isley Brothers, Minnie Riperton and Maxwell, and his work was heavily sampled by some of the most enduring acts in hip-hop. Harris is among the architects of Philly Soul as producer/writer/musician, and worked with Curtis Mayfield, The Four Tops, The Temptations and The Trammps; his work, too, has been heavily sampled. McClary and Orange co-wrote multiple tunes by The Commodores, including "Brick House," for which Orange provided the "mighty, mighty" vocals. Global syncs are already in motion, and the long-term value of these copyrights need hardly be underscored. 
Sources close to the situation say SONGS Music Publishing has definitely been put into play. According to one potential buyer, a book has been prepared by Lion Tree Advisors. Word is that possible bidders include, well, pretty much everyone. While SONGS will fetch a tidy sum if sold, a sale isn’t considered inevitable. Sources say the company faces no funding issues, and that partners Matt PincusRon Perry and Carianne Marshall—who oversees global sync and creative services and runs the West Coast office—could, after reviewing all offers, decline to proceed. Founded in 2004 with $5m, the pubco has flourished in recent years with such signings as Lorde, The Weeknd, Diplo, X Ambassadors and recent breakout XXXtentacion. Acquiring SONGS would more than double the marketshare slice of a comparably sized indie with the requisite deep pockets (its marketshare was 2.2% in the Q2 rankings but has averaged 3.5% over the last nine quarters). The company has been Top 10 in publisher share for 14 straight quarters and has been #6 for nine.
At the LoveLoud Festival, an event celebrating the LGBTQ+ community, UMPG's Evan Lamberg joins Imagine Dragons frontman and LOVELOUD Foundation founder Dan Reynolds and artist/songwriter Aja Volkman for a loud-and-proud photo op. Later, an imagined dragon and a possibly hallucinated unicorn moved into a duplex together.
Warner/Chappell tops this month’s National Music Publishers Association Gold & Platinum list with 101 certifications in July. The publisher was represented in 45 gold records certifications from the RIAA, 27 platinums and 29 multi-platinums. In partnership with the RIAA’s Gold & Platinum Program, NMPA finds and certifies the songwriters of RIAA-certified singles. The top songwriter, with eight certifications, is Twenty One PilotsTyler Joseph, a Warner/Chappell writer. Sony/ATV had 81 certifications, UMPG had 50, Kobalt Music,  44, BMG, 30 and SONGS, 16. For the full list, click here.  
Big Deal is hoisting a hearty glass of burgundy as its songwriters see their work at the top of multiple charts. Let's start with the #1 song at Country radio, Old Dominion's "No Such Thing as a Broken Heart" (RCA Nashville). That smash was co-written by the band's Brad Tursi, who also had a hand in Luke Bryan's "Light It Up" (Capitol Nashville). Teddy Geiger co-wrote and produced the monster "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" by Island's Shawn Mendes, recently #1 at Pop and a constant seller and streamer. Meanwhile, co-writers John Ryan and Julian Bunetta are making waves with tunes by two former One Directioners, Columbia's Harry Styles ("Two Ghosts," just starting at radio) and Capitol's Niall Horan ("Slow Hands," a perennial seller that's now Top 5 at Pop). Bunetta also co-penned Thomas Rhett's "Craving You" featuring Maren Morris (Valory/BMLG), another Country #1. Kenny MacPherson, Mark Tindle and team say: Haggis for all!
Kobalt has announced the signing of U.K. electronic music collective Rudimental. The worldwide agreement includes publishing administration for all of the group's future works, starting with their latest single, “Sun Comes Up”. Rudimental is the name for the East London-based duo Piers Agget and Kesi Dryden, who were later joined by Amir Amor and DJ Locksmith. Together they are best known for the breakout 2012 hit “Feel the Love” feat. John Newman plus the collaborations "Bloodstream" and "Lay It All on Me" featuring Ed Sheeran. Sam Winwood, SVP of Creative at Kobalt, praised the band and also the softness of his own shirt, and wondered if anybody had any gum.
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