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Black River Entertainment artist Kelsea Ballerini celebrates inking a long-term pub deal with Sony/ATV.  "Having known Kelsea since she was 13 years old and seeing her songwriting grow over the years makes it even more special to be able to come alongside her as her publisher,” says the pubbery's Nashville chief, Troy Tomlinson. “With all her abilities to perform and entertain fans worldwide, she remains, as always, at her core a gifted songwriter." Seen just before receiving a box of Cohibas that were FedExed from NYC are (l-r) attorneys Duane Clark and Mike Milom, Iconic Entertainment's Fletcher Foster, Ballerini, Tomlinson and Sony/ATV's Josh Van Valkenburg.
Sh-K-Boom Records co-founder Kurt Deutsch is joining Warner/Chappell Music to oversee the signing and nurturing of theatrical composers as well as identify and develop new theatrical projects and properties. As Senior Vice President, Theatrical & Catalog Development for Warner/Chappell, Deutsch will manage Warner/Chappell’s theater and standards repertoire that includes works by Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Stephen Sondheim and Lin-Manuel Miranda. He will report to Warner/Chappell Chairman & CEO Jon Platt and continue to serve as President of Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records. In addition, starting 8/1, ADA, Warner Music Group’s independent distribution and services arm will distribute Sh-K-Boom and Ghostlight releases. “Kurt is one of the most prominent figures in the Broadway world, having built Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight into a major force in musical theatre,” Platt said. “His exceptional creative instincts, deep relationships in the theatrical community, and extensive experience in encouraging and cultivating composers will be invaluable as we continue to expand our service to songwriters. Today, the theatrical world is in the midst of a renaissance, and Kurt is a leader of this new generation of incredibly gifted songwriters, who are creating brilliant music that transcends genres and cultures." An actor before going into the record business, Deutsch co-founded Sh-K-Boom Records with actress Sherie Rene Scott in 2000. In 2004, he created Ghostlight Records to release original Broadway cast recordings. The labels have three Grammy winners: Book of MormonIn the Heights and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. “The depth of talent in the theater world today is extraordinary, and it is our goal to open up every opportunity for our writers to refine their craft and bring their music to the widest possible audience,” Deutsch said. “At the same time, the Warner/Chappell catalog is a mother lode of brilliant theatrical writers whose work is ripe with potential in the modern era.”  
Jody Gerson's Universal Music Publishing Group took home eight awards from the 62nd Annual Ivor Novello Awards on 5/19 in London. Winners included acts like Florence Welch, Bill Withers, Coldplay, Skepta and Pulp. Find the full roster of Ivor winners and the Chairwoman and CEO's take on the win here.  
For the fourth time in five years, Marty Bandier’s Sony/ATV won Publisher of the Year honors at Thursday night’s ASCAP Pop Music Awards, held at BOA in West Hollywood. Marty is seen here, flanked by Co-Presidents Danny Strick and Rick Krim, just before meeting the Cuban delegation for the ceremonial Rolling of the Montecristo. 22 Sony/ATV songs took individual awards at the event. Among the winners: Greg Kurstin and Sia Furler for the latter’s “Cheap Thrills;” Kurstin for Adele’s “Hello”; Andrew Taggart, Frederic Kennett, Isaac Slade and Joseph King for The Chainsmokers’ “Closer” and Taggart for their “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Roses”; Monte Moir Allen Ritter, Boi-1da and Rupert Thomas for Rihanna’s “Work”; Mike Posner for “I Took a Pill in Ibiza”; Dave Basett for Elle King’s “Ex’s and Oh’s”; Fetty Wap for “679”; G-Eazy for “Me, Msyself & I”; Calvin Harris for “This Is What You Came For”; and Eli Maiman, Kevin Ray, Nicholas Petricca and Sean Waugaman for Walk the Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance.” In his speech, Bandier congratulated his team and was generous with his thanks, noting, "I want to congratulate our songwriters for their awards tonight, and to thank them for everything they do. Their talent and creativity never ceases to amaze me and I know we are blessed at Sony/ATV with having the best songwriters in the business." He also underscored that there was work to be done... ...Read the rest here  
Remember how we told you Niall Horan was published through his own company? Well, Downtown Music Publishing has put an end to that, inking the former One Directioner and current Capitol solo artist for a multi-territory pub deal. The announcement is timely, as Horan’s single “Slow Hands” has been getting its hands all over the place.  The news also comes in the wake of Downtown’s splashy deal with smash tunesmith/artist Ryan Tedder.
For the second year in a row, BMG was named Independent Publisher of the Year at the ASCAP Pop Awards last night (5/18). The pubbery also saw 12 of its writers honored for their contributions to 11 hits. The pubco's Zach Katz is seen here accepting the award—and demonstrating the heart-stopping pout that launched a thousands love ballads.  Among the BMG writers taking home awards were DJ Snake and Teddy Rafael Mendez for "Let Me Love You"; Xplicit for Fifth Harmony's "Work From Home"; Levi Lennox and Joe Garrett for ZAYN's "PILLOWTALK"; Khaled Rohaim and Derrus Rachel for Rihanna's "Needed Me"; Savan Kotecha for Ellie Goulding's "On My Mind" and The Weeknd's "In the Night"; and some kid named Bruno Mars for Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk."  Katz was presented the Indie Pubco award by BMG writer Poo Bear, best known for his work with Justin Bieber and his longtime friendship with Piglet.
Looks like grime has gone legit. One of the genre’s most influential practitioners, Skepta, took home both Songwriter of the Year and Best Contemporary Song for the hit single “Man,” at London’s Ivor Novello Awards Thursday. Repped by Warner/Chappell Music UK, Skepta’s victory came in recognition his landmark Konichiwa release, which has already earned him the 2016 Mercury Prize. Overall, it was a big night for Warner/Chappell, as Michael Kiwanuka won for Best Song Musically & Lyrically with “Black Man in a White World” and Dario Marianelli took top honors for Best Original Film Score with Kubo and the Two Strings. Jon Platt, Chairman & CEO of Warner/Chappell, said: “Skepta is a groundbreaking songwriter, and we're thrilled to see his exceptional talent acknowledged with two of the Ivors’ biggest honors. This is also a great moment for Amber Davis, the A&R executive who had the vision to support the grime community very early on, and bring many of its leading lights to Warner/Chappell.” Added Mike Smith, Managing Director of Warner/Chappell UK: “I’m so proud that Skepta has been named Songwriter of the Year at the Ivors. It’s well-deserved recognition for an artist and songwriter who spearheaded the development of the grime scene and marks a significant coming of age for the most exciting genre of music in Britain today. I also congratulate Michael Kiwanuka and Dario Marianelli who’ve been recognized today for their amazing talent.”
SoundExchange is making inroads into the Great White North–and into the business of music publishing rights management. The digital performance rights giant announced that it has purchased the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA), a music licensing outfit that represents a majority of the songs recorded, sold and broadcast in Canada, on behalf of music publishers. With this acquisition, SoundExchange can now offer a broad and comprehensive range of services to rights holders in both sound recordings and music publishing across North America. It’s also the first time a U.S. sound recording collective has joined with music publishing sector under one collective roof. The combined companies plan to integrate and streamline the administration and distribution of sound recording and music publishing royalties. “We are proud to join forces with CMRRA. We have a simple, yet ambitious goal: to maximize the value of music for all creators–or musical works and recordings alike–wherever their work is used. The acquisition of CMRRA helps us increase efficiencies while also extending service to the publishing sector,” SoundExchange President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Huppe said. “This exciting partnership builds on CMRRA's great relationships with music publishers and licensees, its long record of accomplishment and its stellar reputation.” For the time being, SoundExchange and CMRRA will work independently, while exploring ways in which the two companies can collaborate. CMRRA President Caroline Rioux and her senior management team will remain in place, reporting to the board of directors of SXWorks, a new subsidiary of SoundExchange. Huppe has been named Chairman of the new company. “We were looking for a partner that shares our vision and philosophy of service to the music publishing community,” Rioux said. “With SoundExchange, we will not only continue to deliver on our mission to maximize the value of the reproduction right in Canada and meet our clients' needs to quality and low service fees, we will also be able to develop new services domestically and beyond.”          
Sony/ATV Music Publishing touts its songwriting royalty portal–SCORE–as “state of the art.” And now, they’ve announced, it will be even better. Their enhanced portal gives songwriters and their reps real-time access to their royalty accounts. Songwriters can now see their earnings as soon as the company receives them. Another new feature is called SCORECARD, a graphic interface that gives songwriters an up to date look at their current and past royalties, in granular detail, if desired. The gargantuan pubco, which administers more than 3 million copyrights, also announced plans to release a SCORE app, which will make it simpler for songwriters to access the portal on the go, via a tablet or smart phone. “The new changes are amazing. The ability to see current earnings almost in real time is so helpful. The historical data provides a great snapshot as it relates to my royalties,” said Tom Douglas, Sony/ATV Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated songwriter. “The creative relationship with a publisher is obviously critical, but maybe the most under-appreciated part of one’s relationship with the publisher is royalty and accounting.” “As the world’s No. 1 music publisher, Sony/ATV prides itself on providing our songwriters and their teams an unsurpassed level of transparency and service with highly detailed royalty information, said Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Martin Bandier, taking a break from mourning the closing of the historic Original Tinder Box in Santa Monica. “Additionally, within the next few months we will unveil the complementary SCORE app, further providing them with an unrivalled and groundbreaking insight into both their historic and current period royalties.”
Following yesterday’s news of Warner/Chappell being named the BMI Music Publisher of the Year, WCM's roster of hip-hop songwriters and producers hold nine of the Top 10 spots on the Mediabase Urban radio chart today. We're sure it doesn't suck to be SVP and Co-Head of A&R Ryan Press (pictured) right now. Champagne's on him...A list of the aforementioned chart-climbers is here:-Khalid’s “Location”: co-written by Smash David-Kendrick Lamar's “Humble”: co-written by Kendrick Lamar and A Plus-Migos’ “T-Shirt”: co-written by Nard & B-Gucci Mane’s “Both”: co-written by Gucci Mane and Southside-DJ Khaled’s “Shining”: co-written by PARTYNEXTDOOR, Jay Z and Beyoncé-Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like”: co-written by Jon Yip and Jeremy Reeves (of The Stereotypes) and Brody Brown-Migos’ “Bad and Boujee”: co-written by Lil Uzi Vert-2 Chainz’s “Good Drank”: co-written by Gucci Mane and Mike Dean-Rae Sremmurd’s “Swang”: co-written by Rae Sremmurd and P Nasty      
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