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PASRICHA & FAGAN UPPED AT RX
1/19/18
Prescription Songs has announced the promotions of Rhea Pasricha and Katie Fagan within the company's A&R department. Pasricha will be Head of A&R on the West Coast based in L.A., while Fagan is now Head of A&R for Nashville. Both women had a landmark year in 2017 at Prescription, having worked on placements for songs like Dua Lipa's "New Rules," The Weeknd's "I Feel It Coming," Fifth Harmony's "Work From Home" and more. They're also keeping their fingers crossed for Prescription's Grammy nominees Cirkut, David Pramik and Nick Bailey, who have earned nods across the Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Album, Best Urban Contemporary Album and Best Reggae Album categories. In other prescription news, our doctor feels that O.G. Haze has decided curative benefits over Pineapple Clusterfunk.
KOBALT PREXY JOINS NMPA BOARD
1/19/18
Kobalt President and Chief Revenue Officer Laurent Hubert has joined the National Music Publishers’ Association’s Board of Directors. “Laurent is a veteran of our board and a key leader at Kobalt, and I am thrilled Willard Ahdritz has chosen him to once again join us,” NMPA President/CEO David Israelite said. ”We welcome the unique perspectives that Laurent and Kobalt bring as the publishing industry faces dynamic challenges and opportunities. Our board thrives on the experience of its members, and Laurent’s expertise in multiple facets of the publishing industry will be an important addition.” Hubert has more than 20 years of international general management experience including 12 years in senior management roles within the music publishing industry. ... Read more
PULSE, MENNELLA EXTEND RELATIONSHIP
1/17/18
Pulse Music Publishing has extended its relationship with Mary Jo Mennella and her Music Asset Management to continue the exclusive management of Pulse Publishing Administration. Through the deal, Mennella and MAM’s team will continue overseeing Pulse’s global administration of more than 150 catalogs, including joint venture partners such as Creative Nation out of Nashville, Rick Rubin’s American Songs and Mark Anthony’s Magnus Media and Mass Appeal. ... Read more
THE MOUSE CLEARS CUSTOMS
1/16/18
A new administration deal between UMPG and Disney Music Publishing was announced today. The agreement, which expands their reach so that UMPG can administer DMP's catalogs in the U.K., Ireland, continental Europe and Israel, as well as African countries and parts of the Caribbean, went into effect on 1/1....Read More
"USE" WITH DISCRETION
1/16/18
Maren Morris is celebrating another #1 at Country radio with "I Could Use a Love Song" (Columbia Nashville), which occasioned this remembrance from her publisher, Big Yellow Dog Music co-owner Carla Wallace: I took a picture of Maren standing on the Santa Monica pier after writing "My Church," the wind was blowing her hair and she was standing on a star carved into the pier. Such a long journey from that picture to today but I'd say she's standing right where she should be, at number one. Congrats from all of us at Big Yellow Dog Music. Wallace then expressed the fervent hope that we wouldn't get our grubby mitts on the above photo.
ROUND HILL BUYS CARLIN FOR A REPORTED $240M
1/11/18
Round Hill Music has acquired Carlin Music, the family-run independent publisher best-known for its trove of Elvis Presley hits, ‘60s classics and boffo Broadway shows. Founded in 1966 by Freddy Bienstock and run by his daughter Caroline for the last eight years, the catalog was built on songs Bienstock solicited for Presley films and acquisitions such as Belinda Music, TM Music/Faithful Virtue Music, Edward B. Marks Music Co. and the music publishing interests of the New York Times. “Every now and again you get the chance to acquire something very special. In this case, it is Carlin Music,” said Richard Rowe, Vice Chairman of Round Hill Music. “We at Round Hill are very proud to take over this remarkable catalog representing decades of hit songs, and continue the wonderful job done by his daughter Caroline and her brother Robert.” Caroline Bienstock of Carlin Music said, “I firmly believe that they appreciate the special quality of our collection of music every bit as much as we do, and I look forward to seeing our writers thrive under their management. I cannot imagine a better fit, and I'm excited for the future.” The catalog received a heated bidding war and Round Hill’s winning bid is a reported $240 million. Round Hill, with a catalog that early Beatles hits, “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “When a Man Loves a Woman,” will become home to perennials such as “Are You Lonesome Tonight,” “Happy Together,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” Fiddler on the Roof and Cabaret.
LAFARGUE IS RESERVOIR'S LATEST TIP
1/11/18
Reservoir just announced that Rell Lafargue has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer for the New York-based music publishing company, which includes U.K.-based Reverb Music.Lafargue has served as the company’s COO since 2008, overseeing all aspects of the company’s day-to-day operations, while spearheading international and domestic expansion efforts—something he will continue to do in his new position.Starting at Reservoir at its inception, Lafargue has since established their infrastructure, implemented its administration systems, and built the international network that overlooks the company’s copyrights. Under his leadership, Reservoir has grown from representing four songwriters and having 2k songs, to representing 1k songwriters and over 110k compositions.The appointment comes as Reservoir celebrates its best year to date, having won Publisher of the Year at Music Business Worldwide’s The A&R Awards, while earning a Publisher of the Year nomination at the 2017 Music Week Awards. The company also enjoyed remarkable chart success, with 53 Official Chart #1s in the U.S. and U.K. plus a Top 10 spot in U.S. Market Share in 2017's Q2.“Rell’s commitment to the company as well as to our people is unparalleled. His drive to succeed while operating fairly and decisively are managed with an exacting balance which makes us all work better as part of the team…" says Reservoir Founder and CEO Golnar Khosrowshahi. "For me, he personifies the unwavering, consistent and reliable colleague with whom I share an interest in the pursuit of excellence in what we do, how we do it, and with whom.”
LIFE'S BEEN GOOD FOR SONY/ATV
1/10/18
Joe Walsh has parked his copyrights at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, signing a worldwide publishing deal to cover his music from Barnstorm to Eagles to his solo career. “Joe Walsh is a musical giant,” Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Martin Bandier said. “I know all our guitar-playing executives—and there are many of them—look at him as a hero, but he is not only one of the all-time great guitarists but a terrific songwriter as well.” Among titles in the Walsh catalog are “Rocky Mountain Way,” “Life’s Been Good,” “Meadows” and “Life of Illusion” plus the Eagles hits “Life in the Fast Lane” and “In the City.” His last album release was Analog Man, which came out in 2012. “Sony/ATV Music Publishing has a great team,” Walsh said. “I’m happy to be onboard.” To celebrate, Joe let Marty fire up a Cohiba in his Maserati.
CONDRO SYNCS UP WITH UMPG
1/10/18
Marni Condro will lead Universal Music Publishing Group’s film and television division, overseeing all creative placements of the company’s music catalog in film, trailers, television, TV marketing campaigns, sports and videogames. Condro is being promoted to Senior Vice President of Film & Television creative synchronization for the U.S. She reports to Evan Lamberg, President of UMPG, North America. ...Read more
WIXEN HITS AT SPOTIFY MOVE IN LAWSUIT
1/9/18
Wixen Music Publishing founder Randall Wixen has railed against a request from attorneys for Spotify to limit communications with Wixen clients who have opted out of the publisher’s lawsuit against the streaming company. “This is clearly an attempt to prevent our clients from getting our frank input and having questions answered without the threat of Spotify reviewing and having input into those discussions,” Wixen said in asking the U.S. District Court judge to reject Spotify’s request. Wixen filed a $1.6b lawsuit against Spotify last week representing copyrights of Tom Petty, Neil Young, The Doors and others after opting out of a class action lawsuit that Melissa Ferrick filed and was settled for $43.4m. Last week, Spotify asked Judge Alison Nathan in the Ferrick vs. Spotify lawsuit to "preclude Wixen Music (and/or its counsel) from ex parte communications with recipients of the supplemental notice regarding the supplemental notice. To the extent that recipients have questions about the supplemental notice or the extended opt-out process, they may communicate those questions to [Settlement Administrator] GCG, which will inform the parties and counsel for Wixen Music of those questions. Wixen Music (and/or its counsel) and the parties shall also be required to forward any questions submitted directly to any of them by recipients of the supplemental notice to GCG. Wixen Music and the parties will be required to meet and confer regarding the questions and prepare an agreed-upon response to be transmitted by GCG. If Wixen Music and the parties cannot agree upon a response within two business days, they will provide a joint status report to the Court for prompt resolution." Wixen says the request will confuse clients and make it difficult to opt out of the suit. The publisher says Spotify counsel has proposed “further road-blocks for opting out of the Ferrick suit including forbidding our clients' managers, business managers, spouses, agents, and attorneys from confirming that Wixen Music Publishing, Inc. and Donahue Fitzgerald LLP in fact represent them.” “Without any doubt, the intention is to disenfranchise our clients' legal rights and subvert their intentions," Wixen said. "We remain optimistic that we can continue a meaningful dialog with Spotify, and are hopeful that we can put these matters behind us with a fair resolution that works for all parties." A Spotify rep declined to comment on this development.
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