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ELECTRIC FEEL INKS KUINVI
5/18/22

Latin singer/songwriter/producer Kuinvi has signed to Austin Rosen"s Electric Feel Entertainment for management.

Having worked with Latin heavyweights like Sebastian Yatra, Khea, Lele Pons, Guayna, Paty B, Danna Paola and Lola Índio, Ecuador-born and Miami-based Kuinvi most recently produced six songs on Becky G’s ESQUEMAS, including “Tajin” and “Que La Muerda.”

“I’m so proud to be part of this hitmaking powerhouse," said Kuinvi. "They understand my vision and I admire how they lead the industry with example and integrity.”

"Kuinvi is one of the brightest producers on the rise and I am really excited about the things she’s doing in Latin music. We are looking forward to welcoming her into the Electric Feel family and building together,” added Rosen. 

“Kuinvi has all of the potential to take over the Latin market. We share the same vision which makes us an incredible team,” shared EF Partner and Head of Latin, Austin Barmak.

Home to Post Malone, 24kGoldn, iann dior, Louis Bell, Blake Slatkin, Billy Walsh and more, EF is currently building its headquarters, which is slated to open at the end of this year.

WCM INKS NATANAEL CANO
5/11/22

Warner Chappell Music has inked Natanael Cano to a global pub deal.

A pioneer of corridos tumbados movement, which blends trap and Mexican corridos music, Cano—who releases music under Warner Music Latina/Rancho Humilde and his label, Los CT—made waves in 2019 when he collaborated with Bad Bunny on the four-time platinum-certified “Soy El Diablo (Remix).”

He’s since claimed several #1s, including the eight-time platinum-certified “El Drip” from his album Corridos Tumbados, which topped the Regional Mexican Albums chart.

Most recently, the 21-year-old hit the Coachella stage and debuted multiple songs from his new album, NataKong, which earned him his first Top 10 hit on the Latin Rhythm Albums chart.

“Nata is a unique talent, who at such a young age, has already secured his legacy in the industry,” said Gustavo Menéndez, President, U.S. Latin & Latin America, WCM. “We are proud that he’s entrusted us to be his publisher and continue to help pave the way.” 

Cano adds, “I’m excited to join forces with Gustavo and the Warner Chappell team to share my music on a global scale. With our shared vision, I know we’ll accomplish great things together.”

Photo Credit: Ahmad Malik Martin

DOWNTOWN BREWS DISTILLER DEAL
5/11/22

Downtown’s Mike Smith, left, gets a free lunch from Distiller CEO Sam Dyson and new hire Claire Bianchi after winning a Velvet Underground-themed round of Name That Tune.

Downtown Music Services will provide music publishing administration for London-based Distiller Music Publishing’s roster of songwriters and producers. In addition, Claire Bianchi has joined Distiller Publishing as Head of A&R, reporting to Distiller Music Group CEO Sam Dyson.

 “This new agreement with Downtown Music Services is a key move for Distiller Music Publishing, as it allows us to join forces with their incredible team who are immensely experienced and motivated towards getting the most from our roster,” Dyson said. “Their advice, support and introduction to a global network will be invaluable as we explore new opportunities for the songwriters and producers we represent. We are also excited to welcome Claire Bianchi who is a brilliant, creative A&R executive bringing expertise and experience to our team.”

Distiller’s roster includes Dimitri Tikovoi, Danny LaFrombe, Danny Goffey and The Ramona Flowers.

Bianchi joins Distiller from her previous position as A&R Manager at Stellar Songs where she worked with songwriters and artists such as Mike Kintish, TYLR Rydr and Cassyette.

Mike Smith, Global President of Downtown Music Services said, ““I am thrilled to be getting into business with Distiller as they celebrate a massive hit across Europe with Purple Disco Machine’s ‘In The Dark.’   Claire is one of the best music creatives out there and alongside Sam with his rich understanding of the music space, they are building an amazing business and we hope to maximise their presence around the world.”

THE CAPITAL OF COUNTRY MUSIC
5/10/22

At Music Biz in Nashville, Sony Music Publishing boss Jon Platt and Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston celebrated their freshly inked deal with hit songwriter Ashley Gorley (in partnership with financial player Domain Capital Group) the Music City way: by posing for a down-home photo op with a whole passel of attorneys! Gorley, whom Gaston praised as “one of the most talented, hard-working and acclaimed songwriters in the world,” has placed some 400 compositions and written 59 #1s. His most recent hits include chart rockets for Morgan Wallen, Chris Stapleton and Thomas Rhett; he’s also penned biggies for Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Dan + Shay, Jon Bon Jovi and Weezer, to name but a few. Shortly after this photo was snapped, Domain Capital Group’s Pete Chiappetta assembled a consortium to buy the planet Neptune. Seen wishing they could celebrate this milestone with anyone but us are (front, l-r) Gaston, Platt, Gorley and Chiappetta; and (back, l-r) Domain’s Rod Riley, Loeb & Loeb’s Megan Pekar and John Rolfe, SMP Nashville’s Cam Caldwell, Domain’s Isabela Salas and Loeb & Loeb’s Derek Crownover.

CHAVEZ JOINS UMPG
5/10/22

Cristina Chavez has joined Universal Music Publishing Group as Vice President, A&R. The former Hallwood Media exec reports to David Gray, EVP and Head of U.S. A&R at UMPG.

“Cristina’s experience as a manager, her strong relationships with talent, and her love of songwriters and songwriting make her a perfect fit for UMPG and our writers,” Gray said. Chavez will work with songwriters on UMPG’s existing roster as well as sign new talent.

Chavez was an SVP of A&R and Management at Hallwood Media where she led projects for Chller (writer of The Game’s “Eazy”), Needlz  and Dimitri McDowell. Prior to that she worked at ASCAP where she orchestrated initiatives with Women Behind The Music and She Is The Music, and hosted high-profile activations with Tierra Whack and Rico Nasty, among others.

PULSE MAKES A PACT WITH TOMMY BROWN
5/5/22


PULSE Music Group has signed a creative JV with hitmaker Tommy Brown aka TBHits, announced on Thursday by Josh Abraham and Scott Cutler, co-CEO’s of PMG and Ashley Calhoun, SVP/Head of Creative, PULSE. A renowned writer/producer/rapper, Brown has notably collaborated with Ariana Grande throughout her entire career. He"s also worked on hits for Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Jhené Aiko, Chris Brown, Travis Scott, The Weeknd, BLACKPINK and many more. 

The first signing to Tommy Brown’s JV PULSE is Taylor Hill, a Queens born, L.A.-based producer, songwriter, artist and multi-instrumentalist. As a frequent collaborator of Brown"s, Hill has landed credits with Bieber, Summer Walker and Drake, among others. Hill is repped by Kristin Gregory and is set to release an EP this year. 

“Tommy learned directly from production greats Royalty and Rodney Jerkins while working alongside them. Now Tommy has built a team and a flourishing empire of his own. It makes perfect sense to work with Tommy to continue this tradition of great talent helping to light the torches for the talented people they work with and to help give him the platform to do so by signing Taylor Hill. We look forward to even more big things ahead,” said Josh Abraham and Scott Cutler. 

Pictured above before christening the deal with celebratory oat milk matcha lattes: (L-R) manager Kristin Gregory, Tommy Brown, Taylor Hill, Ashley Calhoun, Scott Cutler

 

SMP INKS KAL LAVELLE
5/2/22

Sony Music Publishing U.K. has inked Irish-born singer/songwiter Kal Lavelle to a global pub deal.

Known for her work as a collaborator on Ed Sheeran’s #1 hit “Shivers,” Lavelle is currently in the studio working with artists like KOLIDESCOPES, Izzy Bizu, RHODES, Harry Stone, Eddie Serafica, Cian Ducrot, James TW, Alex Hosking and more.

“I’ve been shown incredible support and belief since signing, particularly from Tim Major,” said Lavelle. “Very special thanks to Ed Sheeran, Jim Doyle, Paul Spraggon, Dominic Drummie and every member of the wonderful Sony team.”

“One of the high points of last year for me was getting to know Kal,” added SMP Co-Managing Director, U.K., Major. “She has a rare ability to quickly and deeply connect with other songwriters and she encourages honest and genuine collaboration in everything she does.”

“Kal Lavelle is an incredible songwriter with immense versatility and drive,” shared SMP A&R Drummie. “I’m delighted we can be a part of Kal’s journey, and I can’t wait to see what else this year has in store for her.”

UMPG LOVES THE SOUND OF BREAKING GLASS...ANIMALS, THAT IS
5/2/22

Glass Animals’ lead singer, songwriter and producer Dave Bayley has signed an exclusive, global publishing agreement Universal Music Publishing Group.

UMPG chief Jody Gerson said she’s a fan of the Polydor/Republic act. “I am especially delighted to work closely with UMPG’s global creative teams to amplify Dave Bayley’s talents as a writer and producer, not only for his band but also for other artists who inspire and excite him,” she said.

The UMPG A&R team recently coordinated Bayley’s co-writing collab with Florence Welch that resulted in her new single “My Love.”

Bayley, whose band is managed by September Management, “explained why he went the UMPG route. There’s so much I want to learn and so much music I want to make in so many different areas—from Glass Animals records, to pop songwriting, to experimental sound design, to scoring.

“When it came time to re-sign my publishing, there were so many wonderful people, ideas and opportunities around that I began to feel a bit lost, but Universal Music Publishing and the incredible team of people there had drawn a long and clear path for me through those ideas… it just felt like a journey I wanted to take.”

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AIMP TO HOLD PUBLISHING PANEL
4/25/22

The AIMP N.Y. Chapter is gearing up to host its latest webinar series, How Publishers Are Using Data to Maximize Efficiency and Returns.

Taking place on Thursday (4/28) at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT, the virtual event will discuss how companies are using data to leverage and maximize returns on the synch side, A&R and digital areas of publishing.

The discussion will be moderated by N.Y. Board members Joyce Dollinger, Esq. and Antonella DiSaverio, and will feature panelists including Peermusic’s Julio Bagué, Exceleration’s Britnee Foreman and Downtown’s Jedd Katrancha.

The webinar is event is free and open to the public with registration, available here.

SHENSEEA FOR YOURSELF
4/22/22

S10 chief Brandon Silverstein celebrates the inking of artist/writer Shenseea to a worldwide pub deal (in partnership with Avex USA) by joining this evocative group photo. Shenseea, as you know, has been buzzing big-time of late thanks to significant social and video looks and much praise for her steamy album Alpha; she’s collaborated with Ye, Megan Thee Stallion, 21 Savage, Rauw Alejandro and many other top creators. S10 Publishing, meanwhile, has grown considerably of late, participating in hits by Justin Bieber, The Kid LAROI, Bad Bunny, Anitta and many more. Seen thinking there should still be a mask mandate if we’re anywhere nearby are (l-r) Avex USA SVP Lucas Thomashow, Silverstein, Shenseea, We Good CEO and management/A&R player Donny “Dizzy” Flores and Avex USA President Naoki Osada.