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Discovery Networks Reverses Decision to Buy Out Composers’ Music Rights, Will Continue Paying Royalties

The reversal followed a major outcry by composers and songwriters over the company’s decision to impose licensing contracts on music creators. Discovery Networks is singing a new tune on compensation for composers. Following a massive outcry by the music creator community, the media company has reversed a previous decision to enforce buyouts of composers’ music rights — a...

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Finneas, Lewis Capaldi, Meghan Trainor & More Honored at Billboard and NMPA’s Songwriter Showcase

On Wednesday evening (Jan. 22), industry insiders and standout songwriters packed the Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails venue for an intimate showcase — a joint event from the National Music Publishers Association and Billboard. Honorees Lewis Capaldi and Finneas chatted near the stage, while the latter’s superstar sister, Billie Eilish, and mom hung nearby. Signs scattered across...

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Grateful Dead’s Ice Nine Signs Publishing Deal With Warner Chappell

Warner Chappell has entered into a global administration deal with the Grateful Dead’s publishing company Ice Nine, covering the jam band entire body of work of nearly 200 original songs. Formed in 1965, the psychedelic rock act toured up until a month before founder Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995. During that span, the band released 13 studio albums...

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Publishing Briefs: Hipgnosis Acquires Emile Haynie Catalog, Sentric Acquires Big World Publishing & More

On Thursday (Jan. 9), Hipgnosis announced it had acquired the catalog of producer Emile Haynie, who has collaborated with a who’s who of pop and hip-hop acts including Lana Del Rey, Kid Cudi, Kanye West, Adele and Bruno Mars. The deal includes 100% of Haynie’s worldwide copyrights, including publishing and writer share, in addition to...

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Cassadee Pope, Brett James & More Tell the Stories Behind the Songs for ASCAP Experience in the Round

Cassadee Pope and ace songwriters Brett James, Chris DeStefano and JT Harding performed for a sold-out show at Nashville’s famed Bluebird Café on Tuesday evening as part of the second annual ASCAP Experience in the Round. In anticipation of the 15th annual ASCAP Experience in Los Angeles April 1-3, the songwriters shared many of their hits as...

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Wyclef Jean’s Africa-Focused Publishing & Distribution Company Secures Financial Backing

Wyclef Jean has secured backing for his Africa-focused music publishing and distribution company Carnival World Music Group.  The support comes from Sound Royalties, an entertainment industry finance firm founded by CEO Alex Heiche that provides royalty advances to artists, producers and songwriters without taking ownership of their copyrights. The firm has previously backed projects from artists including Lil...

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Maluma Renews Worldwide Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV

Colombian star Maluma has renewed his worldwide agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company announced Monday (Dec. 16)  “We are a team and together we have built my career globally,” Maluma said in a press statement. “What comes next is to keep writing great music and bringing happiness to the world!” The artist born Juan...

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Def Leppard Signs Worldwide Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV: Exclusive

Def Leppard has signed a global administration deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.  The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, who will undertake a stadium tour this summer with Motley Crue and Poison, have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, including Pyromania and Hysteria, both of which have been certified for sales of more than...

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UMPG Nashville, 50 Egg Music Sign Shane Minor to Global Publishing Deal

Country music songwriter Shane Minor has inked an exclusive global publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Nashville and 50 Egg Music Publishing. Minor has penned hits for scores of country stars, including Kenny Chesney (“Live a Little”), Cole Swindell (“Chillin’ It”), Parmalee (“Close Your Eyes”), Craig Morgan (“International Harvester”), Steve Holy (“Brand New Girlfriend”) and Easton...

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88Rising Signs Expansive Publishing Deal With Kobalt

The arrangement covers work by Joji, Rich Brian, NIKI, The Higher Brothers and more. Kobalt has signed an exclusive administration deal with international media collective and record label 88Rising for all global territories excluding China, the company announced Tuesday (Dec. 10).  The partnership will include exclusive creative, sync and world rights for future 88rising signees, as well...

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