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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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Publisher’s Quarterly: UMPG, Sony/ATV Post Strong Results as Lil Nas X and Jonas Brothers Dominate

Sony/ATV Music Publishing was the No. 1 music publisher of the top 100 radio songs for the seventh quarter in a row, improving its market share to 24.07% in the year’s second quarter from 22.52% in the first, with a share of 52 of those 100 tracks, down from 58 last quarter. But in Billboard’s second-ever rankings...

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‘Six’ Writers and Producers Sign Publishing Deals With Warner Chappell Music

The hit musical is slated to open on Broadway in February 2020. Warner Chappell Music has entered a joint venture with the producers of the hit musical Six for all songs included in the show, the company announced Thursday (Aug. 8). The publisher additionally signed a separate futures deal with Six writers Lucy Moss and Toby...

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Hipgnosis Picks Up 93 Songs by Songwriter-Producer Benny Blanco in Latest Catalog Acquisition

The deal includes a 100% share of Blanco’s copyright ownership in hits including Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ and Major Lazer’s ‘Cold Water.’ Hipgnosis Songs, the music IP investment company set up by former Beyoncé and Guns N’ Roses manager Merck Mercuriadis, has made another substantial catalog acquisition, picking up 93 songs by Benny Blanco, one...

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Publishing Briefs: LOCASH Signs With BMG Nashville, Cooking Vinyl Teams With The Royalty Network & More

BBR Music Group’s Wheelhouse Records artists LOCASH have signed a new co-publishing agreement with BMG Nashville.  Preston Brust and Chris Lucas, known as the duo LOCASH, have a long history of songwriting success in the country music genre, with hits including Keith Urban’s “You Gonna Fly” and Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah”, as well as their own “I Know Somebody” and “I Love This Life.”...

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Kobalt Music Slates Publishing Deal with Roddy Ricch: Exclusive

Kobalt Music has entered into a worldwide agreement with Roddy Ricch. The exclusive deal gives the rapper-singer-songwriter-producer full administration of catalogue in addition to publishing, creative services and synch for all of his future works. “Roddy’s versatility as an artist is one of a kind and allows him to successfully jump into any genre,” said...

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Publishing Briefs: Round Hill Nabs Lifehouse Singer Jason Wade’s Catalog, Turbo Signs With Warner Chappell & More

Round Hill Music has acquired Lifehouse frontman Jason Wade‘s catalog. The group is best known for their hits such as “Hanging by a Moment,” and “You and Me.” “I have had the pleasure of knowing Jason for some time now,” said Round Hill founder and president Neil Gillis in a statement. “I can tell you that he is an absolute triple threat....

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Jorge Calandrelli, Award-Winning Composer, Joins Máximo Aguiree Music Publishing, Inc.

The prolific arranger will manage, among other duties, the company’s catalog. Jorge Calandrelli, a prolific music industry veteran known as a composer, arranger, producer, and orchestra conductor, has joined Máximo Aguirre Music Publishing, Inc. Calandrelli will promote and manage the company’s extensive catalog, which includes iconic recording artists such as Barbara Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Tony...

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Troy Tomlinson Named Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville: Exclusive

Troy Tomlinson, who has served as Sony/ATV Nashville’s president/CEO since 2005, has been named Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville’s first chairman/CEO. Tomlinson, whose appointment takes effect July 15, will report to UMPG chairman/CEO Jody Gerson. He will join UMPG’s global senior management team with responsibility for the entirety of UMPG’s Nashville operations, including providing leadership...

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From the ‘Despacito’ Effect to Educated Bets: 5 Take-Aways from Jorge Mejia’s Midem Q&A

On Wednesday (June 5), Sony ATV won Publisher of the year at the SESAC Latin Music Awards in Los Angeles. This makes it a triple crown for the publishing company, which also won publisher of the year at the ASCAP and BMI Latin music awards. One day before his SESAC win, Jorge Mejía, president of Sony/ATV...

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