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At this week's lavish festivities commemorating the re-launch of the Valley's storied Sound City Studios, co-host and Big Deal Music boss Kenny MacPherson poses with Brian Frank of BFrank Management and better half Laura, while attempting to ignore our own Simon Glickman, who wasn't so much photobombing as photobombed. Later, Simon watched cannabis birds flying over a whiskey lake, and felt magically sleepy.
To celebrate his chart-topping, platinum hit "Hurricane," River House/Columbia Nashville breakout Luke Combs joins execs, co-writers and other well-wishers for a good old Nashville #1 party at ACME Feed and Seed. Which meant a cheerful photo op for the trades, followed by enough bourbon to fully submerge the capitol building. Seen just before battening down the hatches are (back, l-r) MAKE/WAKE Management's Chris Kappy, BMI's Bradley Collins, Big Machine Music chief Scott Borchetta, 50 Egg Music Publishing's Jonathan Singleton, BMG Publishing's Chris Ogelsby, Big Machine's Mike Molinar, InTune's Jeff Catton, Warner/Chappell's Will Overton, River House Artists' Lynn Oliver-Cline and Sony Music Nashville topper Randy Goodman; and (front, l-r) Thomas Archer, Combs and Taylor Phillips.
We checked in with an array of Nashville publishers for our recent Music City special, including Warner/Chappell's Ben Vaughn, Sony/ATV's Troy Tomlinson, UMPG's Kent Earls, Big Yellow Dog Music's Carla Wallace, BMG's Kos Weaver, Creative Nation's Beth Laird and Big Deal Music's Pete Robinson. Follow the links to find out what they've been up to and read their thoughts on the changing Nashville landscape.
Big Deal Music Publishing has bolstered its international stable of execs with the addition of Kate Sweetsur and Joe Maggini. Sweetsur, named Senior Vice President A&R/Creative, will be based in London, while Maggini, the new Vice President/Head of Global Synch, will work from the pubco’s Encino, CA headquarters. It’s a reunion of sorts for Sweetsur, who worked with Big Deal Founder/President Kenny MacPherson when both were at Chrysalis Music Publishing. She arrives at her new gig from BMG, where, as Co-Head of A&R/VP Creative, she signed a stable of writers that include Labrinth, Ed Harcourt and Steve Robson. She’s also spent time at Notting Hill Music and Edsel Publishing.  “I am so happy to be reunited with Kenny and the gang,”Sweetsur said. “Kenny and the guys have put together a phenomenal roster and team that is second to none, and I look forward to building on that in the U.K. and Europe.” Maggini arrives by way of Format Music Solutions, an all-in-one shop that features a label, publishing company, custom music creation business and orchestral trailer library. He’s also been Director of Creative at Universal Music Publishing, working a roster that included Daniel Lanois and Macy Gray. “It’s an honor to be joining Big Deal,” said Maggini. “I’m looking forward to working with Big Deal’s roster of stellar writers, artists, and producers, who represent some of the best in the business."  "Kate and Joe are great creative executives, and better yet awesome people, with outstanding integrity, who will only add to the ethos and vibe of Big Deal Music. I am thrilled to be working with them both," MacPherson said, vowing to embark on a haggis binge to celebrate the new hires.
Interview by Simon Glickman SONGS and RECORDS Founder/CEO Matt Pincus and President Ron Perry are celebrating a #1 chart bow by SONGS writer Lorde, on the heels of big successes from The Weeknd, Major Lazer/Diplo and other pub signings, and strides from label-side breakout Noah Cyrus. That said, the two—who've built SONGS together since 2004—are doubtless singing a song of woe after having to talk to us... ...Read more
Producer BL$$D celebrates inking a pub deal with Sony/ATV by posing for this hallway shot with the pubco's Jake Fain. The 21-year-old Atlanta/L.A.-based producer has worked on cuts by Ayo & Teo, Lil Yachty, Young Thug, Rae Sremmurd and more. Later, Jake called around to see if anyone with a key to the office could come and unlock the door. The young producer (though best known for hip-hop breakouts like "Rolex" by Ayo & Teo) has already begun work on pop and R&B projects as well.
Josh Kear is sitting in a familiar place: atop the Country charts. The Big Yellow Dog Music songwriter earned his 12th No. 1 for the Florida Georgia Line/Backstreet Boys smash “God, Your Mama, and Me.” Kear penned the track with Hillary Lindsey (BMG) and Gordie Sampson (BMG).  “It’s hard to write career-changing songs, but Josh Kear has done just that over the years,” said Big Yellow Dog Music co-founder Carla Wallace. “I wouldn’t expect anything less from ‘God, Your Mama, and Me,’ which brought two musical innovators together. Each No. 1 is special, but having a hit with not only Florida Georgia Line but also Backstreet Boys gives it that boy-band cherry on top.” Kear’s winning streak with Big Yellow Dog began in 2003. His previous chart-topping country hits include Tim McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care”; Dierks Bentley’s “Drunk on a Plane”; Blake Shelton’s “Neon Light”; Frankie Ballard’s “Helluva Life”; Luke Bryan’s “Drunk on You”; Lee Brice’s “Drinking Class’; and Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats,” “Blown Away,” and “Two Black Cadillacs.” Kear also co-wrote LOCASH’s current single, “Ring on Every Finger.”  “God, Your Mama, and Me” is also Big Yellow Dog’s third Country No. 1 in the past three months, coming on the heels of Lauren Alaina’s “Road Less Traveled” (co-written by Meghan Trainor) and Josh Turner’s “Hometown Girl” (co-written by Daniel Tashian).
Sony/ATV Co-Prexy Danny Strick and team celebrate winning Pubco of the Year at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards, as well as assorted Songwriter of the Year and 20 performance awards. Later, ASCAP's Paul Williams asked why he gets so much Sony/ATV email from himself. Seen just before reviewing Williams' poignant performance in Battle for the Planet of the Apes are (back, l-r) VP Creative Ian Holder, Sr. Dir. A&R Clio Massey, SVP, Head of East Coast A&R Rich Christina, Sr. Dir. A&R Jennifer Drake, consultant Shawn Holiday, ASCAP's Nicole George-Middleton, Strick, ASCAP's Beth Matthews, Sony/ATV VP Creative Tyler Childs and SVP Creative Amanda Berman-Hill and (front, l-r) Williams, Sony/ATV SVP Business & Legal affairs Jonas Kant and ASCAP's John Titta.  Paul Jeffries (Drake) and Allen Ritter (Drake, Kanye West, Rihanna) took Songwriter of the Year trophies, and several of their songs took performance trophies. Also earning multiple wins were Boi-1da, Fetty Wap and Dwayne Chin-Quee. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis took the Voice of Music Award, and a posthumous Founders Award went to Notorious B.I.G. 
Disney Music Publishing is about to become the happiest place on earth for songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The Oscar-winning composers have inked a deal with the Mouse House pubco, according to an announcement made by Disney Music Group President Ken Bunt. "We are honored to have Bobby and Kristen join the Disney Music Group. Their creativity and dedication to songwriting is remarkable and we are excited to partner with them," Bunt said. The pair’s oeuvre includes eight original songs in the animated film Frozen. The quadruple-platinum soundtrack was the best-selling album of 2014. The deal with Disney also includes songs from Book of Morman, Avenue Q, In Transit and Winnie the Pooh. Fun fact: Robert Lopez is one of just 12 people to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. "We are thrilled to be working with Ken Bunt and his incredible team at Disney Music Group and Disney Music Publishing,” the songwriters said in a joint statement. “It's clearly a perfect fit for us and we are grateful as always to be able to call Disney home." In a related story, Olaf the Snowman has been given a JV deal.
Pulse Music writer Starrah is celebrating having contributed to back-to-back #1 albums. She co-penned the Katy Perry single "Swish Swish" f/Nicki Minaj on chart-topping set Witness (Capitol) and "Now or Never" on Halsey's #1-bowing hopeless fountain kingdom (Astralwerks/Capitol). Starrah (who doesn't really enjoy taking trade photos) has previously contributed to hits by DrakeRihanna, The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Minaj, Travis Scott, G-Eazy and plenty more, which represent more than 10 million singles sold. Team Pulse previously got her this plaque, behind which she had hoped to hide from us.
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