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The xx Renew Worldwide Deal With Universal Music Publishing Group

U.K. indie-pop band The xx have renewed their worldwide publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group, the company announced Tuesday (Sept. 24). Since signing to UMPG a decade ago, The xx — which consists of Romy Madley Craft, Jamie xx and Oliver Sim — have risen to international prominence and released three albums, including their Mercury Award-winning debut, xx, and 2017’s I...

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Will Ward’s Fourward Launches Music Publishing Company

Shannan Hatch joins from SESAC to run the operation. Will Ward‘s global management, production and business development company Fourward has expanded into music publishing, it was announced Monday (Sept. 23).   Fourward Music enlists industry leader Shannan Hatch to serve as president with offices in both Los Angeles and Nashville. The news comes just three months...

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NMPA Asks DOJ to Amend Consent Decrees to Allow Publishers to Selectively Withdraw Digital Rights From Blanket Licenses

Songwriter groups agree, but throw in caveats. The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) came out swinging in its comments to the Department of Justice’s ASCAP and BMI consent decrees reviews, arguing it should allow publishers to selectively withdraw digital rights from blanket licenses. In theory, the benefit of partial withdrawal would allow higher all-in royalties,...

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Publishing Briefs: UMG Inks Deal With Brazilian YouTube Star KondZilla, Maxim Signs With Peermusic UK

Universal Music Publishing announced a publishing alliance with YouTube star Konrad Dantas, Billboard announced August 30. Dantas runs the YouTube channel KondZilla, which has amassed over 51 million subscribers. Dantas is known for introducing the Sao Paulo funk genre, ostentação, to the mainstream. KondZilla Films, KondZilla Records, KondZilla Licensing and KondZilla.com are all apart of Dantas’ repetoire. UMG...

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Quincy Jones Signs Joint Venture Deal With Atlas Music Publishing

Atlas Music Publishing has entered a joint venture with legendary producer Quincy Jones and his company Quincy Jones Productions, it was announced Tuesday (Sept. 11). Atlas was recently acquired by Ithaca Holdings, the company led by SB Projects founder Scooter Braun. “It’s an absolute honor to join forces with Atlas, and my brothers Rich and Scooter,...

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Ava Max Signs Joint Co-Publishing Agreement With Warner Chappell and APG

The ‘Sweet But Psycho’ singer is currently prepping her debut studio album. Rising singer-songwriter Ava Max has entered into a joint co-publishing agreement with Warner Chappell Music and Artist Publishing Group (APG), it was announced Wednesday (Sept. 4). The worldwide deal covers Max’s entire catalog as well as new songs going forward. “I’m someone who...

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Publishing Briefs: Faber Music Joins IMPEL, Angry Mob Signs ‘Hall & Oates of Hip-Hop’

On August 19, Songtrust announced the latest addition to its team with Richard Aurigema as Vice President of Copyright. Aurigema will lead the Songtrust copyright and publishing operations teams, where he will be responsible for the administration of the company’s comprehensive catalog of copyrights and those of its clients. Richard previously managed copyright professionals for EMI, BMG and, most recently,...

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NMPA Questions Whether Spotify & Amazon Have Miscalculated, Underpaid Publisher Royalties

The trade group wants clarification on Spotify’s family plans and Amazon’s low pricing for Prime Music. The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) is challenging Spotify and Amazon’s methods of determining mechanical royalties, putting into question whether the services are underpaying publishers. On Tuesday (Aug. 27), the NMPA sent letters to both companies seeking more information...

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DOJ Consent Decree Review Moving Fast, Reviewing Hundreds of Comments From Across the Industry

“This process could result in something really good, really bad or nothing at all,” says a publishing-side executive. By the end of this year, performing rights organizations could find themselves with the most negotiating power they have had since 1941 — or the biggest lobbying fight of their lives on Capitol Hill. In the next...

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Music User Groups Warn DOJ Abandoning Consent Decrees ‘Would Be a Public Policy Error of the Highest Order’

The National Association of Broadcasters, the Digital Media Association and the MIC Coalition responded efforts to reform the decades-old system determining ASCAP and BMI’s rates. While music publishers, songwriters and both ASCAP and BMI are urging the U.S. Department of Justice to reform the consent decrees under which the two performance rights organizations operate, and...

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