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DAMN, THE HOUSE OF PLATT IS HOT
4/19/17
Jon Platt's Warner/Chappell is blazing. The pubco's writer Kendrick Lamar is on his way to a monster bow for his TDE/Interscope set, with huge streams, sales and spins (as you may have observed by reading this website). Meanwhile, Jon is enjoying ongoing multi-format successes from Grammy winner Beyoncé, alt-pop behemoths Twenty One Pilots, singer/songwriter Julia Michaels (whom W/C, with Katie Vinten leading, nurtured for years as an ace tunesmith prior to her breakout as a Republic artist), U.K. innovators Skepta and Stormzy and Nashville's Ashley Gorley (newly hailed by ASCAP for 30 #1 Country hits). The estimable Mr. Platt has been circling the globe to ensure tighter functioning with his international teams—including recently  installed U.K. MD Mike Smith and CFO Paul Kahn—and even stepped in to oversee the pubbery's Production Music operations, on an interim basis, in the wake of Production CEO Randy Wachtler's exit.  He has also gently requested that we not bogart the lobster rolls.
JAMES AT 19
4/19/17
New Sony/ATV signing James TW cheerfully adds his John Hancock to his contract as attorney Debbie White and the pubco's Sr. Director, A&R Clio Massey look on. The 19-year-old Brit (also inked to Island Records), has clocked 115m+ Spotify streams and will support Shawn Mendes on the road. Sadly, he missed the fine print obliging him to appear in trade photos on this abysmal website.
MEET BEN
4/19/17
NYC-based singer/songwriter/producer Ben Alessi is making some noise, largely on the strength of electro ballad "Only." Alessi has been signed to boutique Big House Music Publishing since he was 17; now, at 21, he's been seeing a swirl of interest from labels. Big House partner Dick Wingate reports an EP is scheduled for later this year, with showcases imminent. Stand by for updates; an official "Only" vid is due soon.
MOSS GATHERS CALAME
4/19/17
Kevin Calame has been named Director, A&R at indie pubco/management shop Honua Music, co-founder/prexy Ron Moss has announced. He'll assist in the development of Honua's producer/songwriter roster, which includes AxidentGladius, Big Taste and more. Calame is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he earned a B.S. in the Bandier Program at the Setnor School of Music; along with his diploma there, he received a small humidor.
BLIMEY, IT'S THE IVORS
4/19/17
The nominations for the 62nd Ivor Awards are in, with songs by Adele, Laura Mvula and Nile Rodgers, Michael Kiwanuka, Mura Masa, Skepta and Coldplay set to battle it out on 5/18 in London. Mike McCormack’s Universal Music Publishing U.K. has the most mentions with interest in six entries... ...Read More
POP GO THE WRITERS
4/18/17
BMG songwriters were recently honored at the 2017 SESAC Pop Awards in New York. Nathan Followill, Jared Followill and Caleb Followill scored three Performance Awards for “Reverend,” “Waste a Moment” and “WALLS” (off Kings of Leon’s WALLS), while Scott Avett, Seth Avett and Bob Crawford walked away with two Performance Awards for “Ain’t No Man” and “True Sadness” (off The Avett BrothersTrue Sadness).Well, you know what they say, after all; nothing really screams True Sadness like a HITS mention.Seen blissfully unaware of this photo's fate are SESAC Associate VP of Writer/Publisher Relations Glen Phillips, BMG Director of Creative-International Emi Horikawa, BMG Director of Creative Jeff Geasey, BMG VP of Business & Legal Affairs Kris Muñoz, SESAC SVP of Creative Operations Sam Kling and BMG Co-Head of A&R for Popular Music Andrew Gould
MORE NEWS ABOUT ONE OF MARTY'S GUYS
4/18/17
We recently told you about the expanded purview of a senior Sony/ATV exec with an international profile whose name was Guy. Now we bring you news about the promotion of a senior Sony/ATV exec with an international profile whose name is Guy—but it’s a different Guy. Try to keep up. Guy Henderson has been upped to President, International at the pubco, reporting to chieftain Marty Bandier, effective immediately. In the London-based perch he will oversee territories apart from the U.S. and U.K., including continental Europe, Southeast Asia, Russia, Australia, India, Africa, Turkey, Israel and the Middle East.  ...Read More
PRO TIP: SONY/ATV TAKES SESAC POP PUBCO OF THE YEAR
4/14/17
Members of Team Sony/ATV celebrate taking Pubco of the Year honors at the SESAC Pop Awards. Seen just before rolling a Sativa-dominant cheroot are (l-r) VP A&R/Research Jacob Fain, Coordinator, Creative & Social Media Danielle Middleton, Sr. Director A&R Clio Massey, SESAC’s Dennis Lord, Sony/ATV Co-President Danny Strick, SVP, Head of East Coast A&R Rich Christina and SESAC’s Sam Kling. The House of Marty’s Charli XCX took Songwriter of the Year, while “Same Old Love,” which she co-wrote and which was a hit for Selena Gomez, earned Song of the Year honors.
GETTING MODERN WITH IT
4/14/17
That the Alternative format has been struggling of late is hardly news; the publishers I’ve talked to have used language ranging from “challenging” to “crisis” to describe the genre’s condition. Safe, synthy sameness seems to have sapped much of its former vigor. But “Modern Rock” can still hit it out of the park. Case in point: Warner/Chappell, which counts the twenty one pilots smash “Stressed Out” as its biggest earner last year. The pubco’s Greg Sowders is now kicking ass with Missio’s “Middle Fingers” (RCA), a slacker anthem that channels the snarky, rebellious tone that helped define the format. Sony/ATV’s Jen Knoepfle sees her writer Jack Antonoff’s Bleachers (also on RCA) as a disruptor at the format, as well as newcomer and Republic artist Noah Kahane. BMG’s Jaime Neely hails Empire of the Sun writer/producer Jonathan Sloane and Danish breakout Frederik Thaae, among others. Insieme’s Jenna Rubenstein points to writer/Glassnote artist Robert DeLong, whose distinctive sound has pushed the form, as well as up-and-comers like producer/topliner Rory Andrew. Plenty more examples to come. Who's rocking your modernity?
HOMING IN ON HONUA
4/13/17
Ron Moss—formerly SVP at Rondor/Universal Music Publishing—and Norweigan producer Andreas “Axident” Schuller—a two-time Grammy nominee—are celebrating their independent music publishing and management company Honua Music’s seventh year in business. The two have been stealthily stalking the music business with Axident’s tracks, which include Jason Derulo f/Snoop Dogg’s “Wiggle,” Pitbull f/John Ryan’s “Fireball,” Sage the Gemini’s “Now & Later,” Tim McGraw’s “The View” and Justin Bieber’s “Company,” which earned two Grammy nominations.Axident (pictured bottom right) and Moss (top left), whose A&M background in artist and creative development has proven to be beyond valuable, have a strong global roster that features producer/songwriter/artist Gladius (New Zealand), Big Taste (New Zealand), Mizwetu (Zimbabwe) and Larus Aransen (Iceland). Collectively, Honua has seen more than 10m in streams and track sales.If you’re interested in learning more about Honua and development in general, you can catch Moss at ASCAP’s I Create Music Expo, where he’ll be speaking as part of the Independent Music Publishers panel. That goes down 4/15 at 9:30am.Next up for Honua? There’s an Axident and Gladius track (with Johnny Yukon and Gizzle, plus DZL and Ricky Reed) and Jeremih, Ty Dolla $ign & Sage the Gemini’s “Don’t Get Much Better,” which is included on the Fate of the Furious soundtrack—out 4/14. And in case you were wondering, “Honua” translates to “world” in Hawaiian. Meanwhile, “HITS employee” still translates to “total shmuck” in Weasel.
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