HITS Daily Double
Look for country star Toby Keith’s “6-Pack” as the latest addition to Harmonix and MTV Games’ Rock Band Music store. A six-gallon hat comes with every purchase.


An Occasional Column About Music Publishing, Film and TV Placement, Performance Rights and Whatever Else Trakin Decides to Write About
Yeah, here’s some good news for a change. BMI’s annual mobile music market revenue projections for the year reveal that ringback tones (the tones subscribers hear when they place calls to other subscribers) will surpass $235 million in U.S. retail sales this year, up 15% from the org’s 2008 estimate of $205 million and 68% from the 2007 estimate of $140 million. More than 10 million U.S. subscribers are signed up for ringback-tone services with their wireless carriers... Universal Music Publishing makes some moves, with Chairman/ CEO David Renzer tapping veteran execs Evan Lamberg and David Kokakis as EVP Creative E.C. and VP Business Affairs/Business Development, respectively. Both will have to pay out of their own pocket for new business cards… In other UMPG news, the pubbery pacts with Experience Hendrix LLC, the family company formed in 1995 by Jimi’s late father James “Al” Hendrix and now headed by his daughter Janie Hendrix, to bring the guitarist’s music to the world outside the U.S., repping the catalog for film, TV, advertising and LSD tabs… EMI Music Publishing has reached a deal with the Copyright Music Organization of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT) to become its collection society. All royalties will be paid in coconuts… Look for country star Toby Keith’s “6-Pack” as the latest addition to Harmonix and MTV GamesRock Band Music store, including his first #1 hit, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy.” A six-gallon hat comes with every purchase. Music from Journey, Pat Benatar, Glasvegas and Von Bondies has also been made available… Sony/ATV Australia acquires the worldwide publishing rights to the Rough Cut catalog, which includes million-sellers Savage Garden and a dozen crates of vegemite… Primary Wave Music writer/producer Steve Morales has moved his red-hot ICON Music Group & Studios from Miami to L.A. One of his tracks, “Look How I’m Doing,” will be the first single from The Hills star Heidi Montag’s upcoming album, which was debuted this week on KIIS-FM by Ryan Seacrest. Repped by Gerardo Mejia, Morales has produced hits from a diverse range of artists, including Lil Wayne, Enrique Iglesias and Celine Dion, among others. And he can get Larry Mestel on the phone… Kelly Clarkson inks with indie music publisher Kobalt Music Group as her exclusive worldwide administration company, representing her in film, TV, advertising and negotiations with Clive Davis… Indie pubbery ole taps former Notting Hill Music Group exec Qiana Conley as Creative Director West Coast... Several Warner/Chappell artists are dominating the charts, according to our man SVP/Head of A&R U.S. Greg Sowders, led by Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” while red-hot songwriter Claude Kelly is represented by the Kelly Clarkson single, “My Life Would Suck Without You,” and Britney Spears’ “Circus” as well as collabs with R. Kelly, Jordin Sparks and Christina Aguilera… The Harry Fox Agency announced that it collected $307.1 million in music rights licensing fees, a 22% decline from 2007, though they issued over 2.44 million mechanical licenses in the year, 62% more than in 2007....