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RANGE MUSIC AND BMM INK WARBURTON
2/1/23

Range Media Partners and Big Machine Music have inked Grammy-nominated songwriter Geoff Warburton to an exclusive songwriting and joint publishing deal.

Warburton’s credits include Shawn Mendes’ #1 hit “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” and his Grammy-nominated single, “In My Blood,” as well as tracks from Machine Gun Kelly (“Love Race”), Keith Urban (“Polaroid”) and Jake Owen (“Best Thing Since Backroads”), among others.

“Geoff is an elite songwriting talent and the perfect complement to our well-established team in Nashville and what we have been building within our LA office this past year,” said BMM GM Mike Molinar

'Working with Geoff over the last five years has been one of the greatest privileges of my career thus far,” added Range VP of A&R and Publishing Sam Drake. “His talent and dedication is so inspiring to myself and everyone at Range and we couldn't be more excited to partner with Big Machine Music on what will be an amazing new chapter.'

Seen just before synchronizing their team walkie-talkies are BMM's Michelle Attardi, Warburton, BMM’s Alex Heddle and Molinar.

NEON16 ADDS FRANK RIO TO ITS ROSTER
1/27/23

Lex Borrero and Tainy's NEON16 has added hot producer Frank Rio to its management roster. Rio is rising musica Mexicana star Ivan Cornejo's go-to collaborator and served as the executive producer to his most recent album, Dañado (Deluxe), which reached #1 on Apple Music's Latin chart. 

Rio ended his breakthrough 2022 climbing to #3 on Billboard's Latin producer chart in December. His song credits include Jhay Cortez f/J Balvin & Bad Bunny's 'No Me Conoce (Remix),' which has 1b+ streams on Spotify, and A. Chal's 'Hollywood Love' f/Gunna

Along with his NEON16 affiliation, Rio's 2023 also includes working on Cornejo's next studio full-length, as well as collaborations with Becky G and Albert Hype

 

EMPIRE CATCHES THE HIT-BOY WAVE
1/26/23

EMPIRE's publishing arm, EMPIRE Publishing, has partnered with Hit-Boy's Surf Club collective.

The partnership will allow the Grammy-winning producer and Surf Club to build a publishing roster utilizing its catalog’s analytics, financials and royalties. EMPIRE Publishing is led by Al Mclean and Vinny Kumar. EMPIRE Publishing A&R, Brett Sweeney, secured the deal, while EMPIRE’s Directors of Business Affairs, Benedict Paz and Sarah Beth Gerlecz, negotiated and finalized it. 

The deal includes new signees G Dav, Dr. Blum and Bandz whose production credits include tracks for Nas, Roddy Rich, the late Nipsey Hussle, Kehlani and Twenty One Pilots

'We want to build Surf Club up to be great, create outstanding pieces of work and music,” Hit-Boy said. “I’ve been looking for a publishing situation for years, and Empire really made it happen.”

Surf Club is helmed by Hit-Boy with Nima Nasseri serving as managing partner, Jameel “Double” James in the role of president and James Bentley acting as Head of A&R. 

Hit-Boy is currently nominated for Album of the Year for his work on Beyonce’s latest album, Renaissance. We, on the other hand, are simply trying to avoid the tsunami that is our life

ULTRA RAPS UP NEW CO-PUB DEAL WITH ZAYTOVEN
1/23/23

Ultra International Music Publishing (UIMP) has welcomed rap producer Zaytoven into the fold with a new co-publishing agreement. He'll continue to make new music from L.A., London and his home base of Atlanta.

Under the freshly inked deal, UIMP has also acquired Zaytoven’s remaining co-published interest in his existing catalog and writer’s share, which boasts 560 songs written between 2005 and 2022. 

Notable titles include Migos’ “Versace,” Travis Scott’s “3500,” DJ Esco’s “Too Much Sauce” f/Future and Lil Uzi Vert, Future’s “Used To This” f/ Drake, Lil Wayne's 'Problems' and 21 Savage’s “Famous.” 

Zaytoven has also released collaborative projects with Gucci Mane, Usher, the late Young Dolph, Lecrae, Lil Yachty and Jack Harlow, to name a few.

'Zaytoven is an extraordinary talent,' Founder & CEO of UIMP Patrick Moxey said. 'He is the Father of trap music and has been the driving force of much of how we define that genre. Gucci Mane, Migos, Future—he’s been right there with these artists from the beginning in 2004 right up to the present day. I’m proud to announce that after working with him since 2007 we continue to be focused on future success.”

Zaytoven noted he was 'excited to take over the world.' Just don't call him Ludwig. 

WCPM EXPANDS, TAPS MORAES
1/23/23

Warner Chappell Production Music has expanded into Brazil with a new team headed by Renato Moraes.

Reporting to Sinéad Hartmann, VP, Licensing & Music Creative, Moraes will also work closely with WCM Brazil’s sync team, led by Flávia Cesar, Director of Strategic, Commercial, Film, Sync, and Licensing.

In addition to launching the new São Paulo-based operation, Moraes will be focused on building out a local repertoire. Under his leadership, the team will work to expand WCPM’s footprint by servicing the region’s film, television, radio and advertising clients with its catalog, as well as provide custom music services and more.

“I’m grateful to the Warner Chappell team for trusting me to lead the charge with production music as we head into this next chapter,” said Moraes.

“Renato is arriving at such an important time, and his expertise will greatly complement Warner Chappell’s existing sync efforts in Brazil,” added Cesar.

“We are collectively excited to be in a position to cater to this vast pool of clients in one of the most musically rich and vibrant countries in the world,” shared Hartmann. 

Moraes arrives at WCPM with two decades of industry experience, most recently serving as Head of Recordings and Publishing at Music Branding Brazil.

WCM U.K. LANDS SAM TOMPKINS 
1/20/23

Warner Chappell Music has signed hotly tipped British singer-songwriter and musician Sam Tompkins to a publishing deal. The deal is global, excluding Australia and New Zealand.

Through the release of a number of singles and EPs, Tompkins, who is signed to Island in the U.K., has earned an army of fans, including support from Fred AgainSam SmithBebe Rexha and Justin Bieber. Tompkins landed a support slot on Bieber’s summer shows last year, with the two duetting onstage. 

A debut album is in the works.

“Sam is an incredible talent, with a huge career ahead of him,” said Emily Foreman, senior international A&R & Catalogue manager at Warner Chappell Music U.K. “He’s got real potential to become an international success and we’re really excited to be working with him as he continues to develop his songwriting.”

Tompkins secured his first U.K. Top 10 in early 2022 with the release of EP, Who Do You Pray To?. The record charted at #7 and included the singles, “Whole,” which has racked up almost 9m Spotify streams, and “Hero,' which has 3m. He also had a viral hit in 2021 with “TO THE MOON,” his single with Jnr Choi, which currently has 207m Spotify streams and 2.1m TikTok videos.

 

TROY CARTWRIGHT HEADS TO BMM
1/18/23

Big Machine Music, a subsidiary of HYBE America, has inked Troy Cartwright to an exclusive co-publishing agreement. He joins a roster that includes Brett Young, Ryan Hurd, Laura Veltz, Matt Dragstrem, Jessie Jo Dillonand Eric Paslay, among others.

Having penned songs for the likes of Ryan Hurd, Nickelback, Josh Abbott Band and more, the Texas-bred singer-songwriter was named a SiriusXM The Highway On the Horizon Artist and independently released his EP, JUST KIDS, last year. Since kicking off his career, he’s garnered 80m+ global streams.

“Troy is a dual-threat talent whose time is upon us,” said BMM GM, Mike Molinar. “His commercial phrasing and fresh ideas are ready made for radio. We are excited to champion him and his songs!”

“I couldn’t be more excited to be part of the Big Machine Music team,” shared Cartwright. “Mike Molinar, Tim Hunze, Michelle Attardi and the rest of the team have already exceeded my expectations. I know I’m right where I’m supposed to be!”

Pictured wondering where the Big Machine is actually plugged are (l-r) BMM VP of Publishing, Hunze; Cartwright; BMM Director of Publishing, Attardi; and GM Molinar.

Photo Credit: Noah Needleman

NORTH WEST SONGS ARRIVES
1/17/23

Composer Dan Fable is flanked by North West Songs head Ben Bodie, right, and his manager  George Tyekiff. 

The publishing arm of Nick Raphael’s new venture North West Songs will be run in partnership with Universal Music Publishing Group. Its most recent signing is Top 5 songwriter Dan Fable.

The company has already a landed a hit—Fable co-wrote “Messy in Heaven” for Columbia artist Venbee, which hit #3 on the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart earlier in January. 

Other artists on the roster include singer/songwriter Sekou and R&B vocal group No Guidnce, who had the sixth most viewed artist account on TikTok in the U.K. in 2022. North West Songs is also working with electronic artist Daniel Avery through a new JV with producer Paul Epworth.

As reported last week, the pubco is run by former Ministry of Sound Publishing head Ben Bodie.

“We are already very excited about the artists we are signing,” Bodie said. “Dan is exceptionally talented and we’re delighted to be launching the company with such a big hit. There is a lot of heat and excitement around Sekou and No Guidnce.'

The intention for Fable 'is to establish him as a composer in the film and TV space, as well as help enhance his already flourishing artist career.”

Sitting under North West Songs is NW Sync, which is focused on building a stable of writers, composers and artists that operate in the film, TV and advertising space. 

Recent signings include recording artist, composer and sound designer CJ Mirra—a BAFTA nominee and Sundance winner—and electronic outfit CMD/CTRL, who have received placements with brands including SkyFordNintendo and EA Sports

North West Songs and North West Sync form part of NWS Music Group. Founded by Raphael and Christian Tattersfield, it’s a newly created independent venture housing recordings, publishing and sync under one umbrella.

SMP TO LAUNCH GHANA CAMP
12/14/22

Sony Music Publishing is preparing to launch its inaugural songwriting camp in West Africa.

Taking place in Accra, Ghana from 1/5-12, the SMP Ghana Camp is spearheaded by Wale Davies, Head of A&R, Africa, and will bring together songwriters like Tems, Ladipoe, Lojay, Guiltybeatz, Ozedikus, AV, Berwyn, Moon Willis, Johnny Coffer, Rymez and more.

“As a Nigerian myself it has always been a goal of mine to build bridges between the continent and the rest of the globe, and I am grateful for this opportunity to cultivate the future of music with SMP,” said Davies.

“This camp is a part of Sony Music Publishing’s commitment to African songwriters and the continent. I am delighted to be a part of this important effort to build meaningful connections between African composers and artists, as well as the international music market,” added SMP Managing Director, Nigeria, Godwin Tom.

The SMP Ghana Camp will also coincide with Detty December, which is celebrated across Ghana and Nigeria with various concerts and festivities. Speaking of the holidays, pass the eggnog.

SONY PUBLISHING U.K. UPS ASHER 
12/14/22

Sony Music Publishing U.K. has promoted Naomi Asher to VP, Songwriter Services and Neighboring Rights. She reports to SMP U.K. Co-Managing Directors, David Ventura and Tim Major.

In her elevated role, Asher will serve as the go-to contact for SMP U.K.’s catalog songwriters and clients. She will be responsible for expanding opportunities for their songs locally and internationally. 

Asher joined the pubco in 2020 as VP, Neighboring Rights, U.K. & International. Based in London, she will continue to oversee the company’s neighboring rights division.

“Naomi’s role in bridging the gap between neighboring rights and publishing has been vital,” Major said. “Songwriter services and our legacy catalog is part of the Sony Music Publishing DNA, and Naomi understands this ethos through and through. We know she will be integral in continuing to develop the success of our writers and their iconic songs.”

Prior to Sony, Asher was pirector and president of Wixen Music UK Ltd., where she focused on neighboring rights. As the co-founder of the Independent Alliance for Artist Rights, she is a leading advocate for standardization and increased transparency across neighboring rights.