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"Oh, no more maple syrup for me—I'm driving," chortles UMPG President, North America Evan Lamberg during this exquisitely Canadian photo op commemorating writer and Island star Shawn Mendes becoming The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)'s youngest-ever winner of the Songwriter of the Year Award. Later, there was subsidized health care. Seen thinking only the purest thoughts about Justin Trudeau are (l-r) manager Andrew Gertler, Lamberg, Mendes, SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste, SOCAN's Michael McCarty, UMPG's Adam Fujiki and SOCAN's Rodney Murphy.
Producer/songwriter/musician Greg Wells had never worked on a soundtrack before when director Michael Gracey asked him to pull together the music for The Greatest Showman. The songs, by Warner/Chappell's awards-magnet duo of Pasek and Paul (La-La Land, Dear Evan Hansen), required integration with the imagery; uniting the unorthodox story with the music was, he says, a “herculean” task, but the results speak for themselves. Indeed, Gracey told him that the movie looked different when paired with the powerful finished tracks. Soundtracks remain one of the few power alleys for retail and have demonstrated real staying power in the marketplace, in part because the power of the storytelling fuels each subsequent listen. It was an intense and at times overwhelming enterprise, says the highly respected and versatile Wells, a BMG-affiliated writer. But now he’s preparing to write, produce and play on a fully original new ST, about which more later.
Spotify has announced its second class of Secret Genius Ambassadors, a program that gives some shine to the writers and producers behind the hits streaming out of their playlists. The inaugural class of Secret Genius ambassadors included hitmakers such as Boi1da (Rihanna, Drake, Bryson Tiller), Erika Ender (Luis Fonsi, Justin Bieber), James Fauntleroy (Frank Ocean, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake), Lori McKenna (Little Big Town, Tim McGraw) and J Kash (Maroon 5, Charlie Puth), among others. The new batch will be featured in the podcast and Songshops, and honored at the second annual Secret Genius Awards later this year. This year, honorees of the global initiative include: Ali Tamposi (U.S.): Songwriter for Camila Cabello, Selena Gomez, Liam Payne Ben Billions (U.S.): Songwriter for The Weeknd, Maroon 5, Beyoncé Benny Blanco (U.S.): Songwriter for Halsey, Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5 Frank Dukes (Canada): Songwriter for Cardi B, The Weeknd, Camila Cabello Ina Wroldsen (Norway): Songwriter for Calvin Harris, Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne Jamie Scott (U.K.): Songwriter for Rudimental, Niall Horan, Major Lazer Murda Beatz (U.S.): Songwriter for Drake, Migos, Travis Scott Shane McAnally (U.S.): Songwriter for Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett (and, you know, MOGUL) Sky A. Ramirez (U.S.): Songwriter for J Balvin, Juanes, Karol G Tayla Parx (U.S.): Songwriter for Janelle Monae, Demi Lovato, Julia Michaels Each songwriter will receive a Daniel Ek bobblehead and all the rap caviar they can eat, as well as an invitation to the Secret Genius secret location for assorted top-secret meetings.
Singer/songwriter, guitar badass and erstwhile The Voice contestant Greylan James celebrates inking a pub deal with UMPG by posing for this down-home pic with the pubco's Nashville boss Kent Earls and team. A&R VP/Special Projects Ron Stuve and Sr. Creative Director Travis Gordon spearheaded the deal. "Our entire team is thrilled Greylan decided to make UMPG his next publishing home," Earls declared. "The passion, hard work and freshness he brings to the writing room each day is truly infectious. We look forward to helping Greylan reach all of his goals." A blazing six-string duel ensued in which actual flames were seen issuing from Earls' fingers; sadly, nobody recorded it. Seen just before calling for fresh strings are (back, l-r) Scott Safford, Safford Motley, PLC; VP Creative Cyndi Forman, Stuve, Sr. Creative Director Missy Roberts; (Middle Row, l-r) Earls and Gordon; (front) James.
SXWorks, a subsidiary of SoundExchange, announced today the rollout of two new services it has developed to expand upon NOI LOOKUP, the tool launched in January to help music publishers and songwriters search more than 70 million "address unknown" Notice of Intention to Use (NOI) filings made with the U.S. Copyright Office. What does that mean? Beginning today, SXWorks' NOI Premium Services will give publishers and songwriters more opportunities to claim unpaid mechanical royalties from DSPs and facilitate communication for creators with DSPs and the Copyright Office. "Since the introduction of NOI LOOKUP, songwriters and publishers have asked us to advance our efforts to help them get paid fairly and accurately," stated Michael Huppe, Chairman of the Board of SXWorks. "Development of NOI Premium Services is a direct result of interest in our NOI LOOKUP service and the demand for more services from the publishers who use NOI LOOKUP." The new NOI Premium Services unveiled today are Works Claiming and Recordation. Works Claiming helps publishers submit claims and works shares to a DSP for its use of a musical work. Recordation services take the Works Claiming tool a step further. Upon requesting the Recordation service, SXWorks will facilitate submission of the proper information and documents to the Copyright Office and DSPs for the songwriter or publisher. According to Huppe, "These new services represent the next step in the evolution of NOI LOOKUP. We know that giving publishers more control by creating tools will help us chip away at the problem surrounding NOIs and unpaid royalties." Learn more about the new Works Claiming and Recordation services here.
Latin powerhouse and singer/songwriter Ozuna has inked a global publishing deal with Kobalt Music , including admin of all future works as well as his past catalog. Nestor Casonu, Kobalt Music President, Latin America says, “We are extremely proud to welcome the star of the Latin Urban Genre to the Kobalt family.” Emerging in 2015, Ozuna hit the Latin music scene when "Si Tu Marido No Te Quiere" and "No Quiere Enamorarse" went viral on YouTube. Ozuna now boasts more than 10b collective views and 11m followers on social media. Closing out 2016 with 12 songs on the Hot Latin Songs Charts, the independent artist also won Best New Artist of the Year at the Latin American Music Awards in 2017. “The growth of Ozuna's career during the last year has been extraordinary, he consistently dominates the charts and the digital music world,” said Leslie Ahrens, VP Creative of Latin America. Casonu adds, “His talent and versatility are impressive. We look forward to working closely with him and his team to take his music to even greater heights.”
“And the Writer Is…” the podcast dedicated to interviews with songwriters, has crossed the million-download mark this week after a season that included several notable guests—including Ryan Tedder and Nick Jonas. The venture is a JV between Big Deal Music Group, Mega House Music, Ross Golan and Joe London. Created and hosted by Golan, who’s penned songs for Selena Gomez, Flo Rida, Lady Antebellum and Ariana Grande, among others, and produced by London, who’s penned for Thomas Rhett, Jason Derulo, Pitbull and more, opens a dialogue that “celebrates the people who compose the hits.” What started as a concept for Golan has “taken a whole village to make it successful.” London adds, “Ross and I never thought our initial conversation about starting a songwriter podcast would be heard by even 100 people, let alone 1 million,” but three seasons later, the podcast that debuted in 2017 has climbed to the top. Prior guests have included (among many others) KennyBabyfaceEdmonds, Charlie Puth, Mike Posner, Jack Antonoff, Rhett and Bebe Rexha. New episodes are posted weekly and can be found on Spotify every Monday.
Richard Stumpf, Atlas Music Group founder and CEO, announced the expansion of its Urban Department with Latoya Lee as the VP of Creative. Home to pop and rock songs by Van Halen, John Legend, Demi Lovato, and Ed Sheeran, Atlas Music Publishing is ready to bolster their foundation in Urban music. Stumpf says, “Atlas is in growth mode. Urban music is arguably the most critical genre today. It was imperative that we partnered with someone who brings an ear for finding great talent and the hustle to work writers once they are in the family.” Lee, formerly part of WMG’s A&R team, adds what drew her into Atlas was “their artist-first philosophy and the excitement of being able to build out a great roster." Stumpf is eager to have a new team player, “Latoya has proven her creative chops, is a go-getter and is the perfect fit for Atlas. She’s also a great bowler, and that never hurts!” We're also known as great bowlers, as we have an uncanny talent for making the ball go behind the pins.
Primary Wave Music Publishing announced today (6/5) that they’ve acquired the music rights to the David Rose Music publishing catalog, including publishing and master royalties as well as some of Rose’s most recognized music for television series such as Little House on the Prairie, Highway to Heaven, and Bonanza among others. The four time Emmy award winner’s daughter, Angela Rose White, who is also the President of David Rose Publishing Co., says, “We are honored to place our catalog, scores and master with Primary Wave Music. We can't think of a better company for such evergreens as 'The Stripper' and 'Holiday for Strings' than Primary Wave.” "We are thrilled to add David Rose to our family of artists," declared PW boss Larry Mestel. "His legendary compositions and television theme songs are loved by so many people and we look forward to furthering the legacy of this incredible composer and songwriter." Now if you'll excuse us, we'll be flouncing around to "The Stripper" while wearing our Little House dress. Don't you dare judge us.
Songwriters took to the stage in London today (5/31), as the 63rd annual Ivor Novello award ceremony set out to honor U.K. songwriting and composing.Top honors went to Warner/Chappell's Elbowfor Best Song Musically & Lyrically, Dave received Best Contemporary Song, while roster-mate and break-out artist Stormzy took home the Album of the Year statue for his debut LP, Gang Signs & Prayer. Accepting the award with W/C's Amber Davis next to him, the grime act made sure to thank her, Mike Smith, W/C chieftain Jon Platt and his publishing family at large, adding "Obviously this is an award that only recognises your pen and your art so... properly wanted to win this one." Platt later commented “Gang Signs & Prayer is songwriting at its finest, and this latest award is further recognition of Stormzy’s creative vision and cultural impact. With the outstanding talents of Dave and Elbow also being recognized, this is another great moment celebrating the diversity of British songwriting, artistry and music.”
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