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Publishing Briefs: Atlas Music Acquires Al Jackson Trust, Low Country Sound Teams with Nashville Songwriters

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Stax Records sign on August 8, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.  

Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world.

Atlas Music Publishing has acquired the music interests of the Al Jackson, Jr. Family Trust, which includes his publishing rights and recorded music revenue streams for such songs as “Let’s Stay Together” and “Green Onions.” Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Al Jackson, Jr. was a legendary drummer, but he also wrote some legendary songs,” Atlas Music Founder/CEO Rich Stumpf said in a statement. “For Atlas, this acquisition cements us in the top tier of 60’s/70’s soul music. We couldn’t be happier to be in a position to ensure that this music remains timeless, and we appreciate that the family has entrusted us with this mission."

Jackson was one of the musicians that used to swing between the Stax and Hi recording studios and consequently appeared on many legendary songs that came out on both labels. He received songwriting co-credits on many of the hits of Booker T and the MG’s, of which is was a member; on some Otis Redding records, and four of Green’s biggest hits, according to the announcement.

“At Atlas, our goal is to only work with the best,” Stumpf said in a statement. “Whether that’s active writers or song catalogs, it is our mission to focus on quality and not quantity. This principle is what allows us to remain a high service organization, which all of our clients benefit from."

In another move, Atlas  announced that Paige Parsons has joined the publishing company as VP of creative services. Parsons, who will be based in the company’s Los Angeles office and report to chief creative officer Jennifer Blakeman, will be tasked with managing writer relations for the publishing firm’s current roster, as well as identifying, acquiring, and developing new and established talent.

“Paige is the #1 draft pick of publishing creatives,” Blakeman said in a statement. “Her reputation as an excellent publisher and songwriter-advocate with over a decade of experience is a great benefit for the Atlas team and songwriters.”

Previously, Parsons held the post of senior director of A&R for Kobalt Music Publishing, where she managed the company’s worldwide roster, and was responsible for signing David Hodges, Eman Kiriakou, Nolan Lambroza, Adam Messinger, Courtney Harrell, Sherrod ‘A-Rod’ Lambert  and Tash Phillips, according to the announcement. Other jobs in the past included working for Arthouse Entertainment and EMI Music Publishing.

Low Country Sound, the joint venture between Warner/Chappell Music Nashville and producer Dave Cobb, have signed publishing agreements with songwriters Adam Hood, Charlie Pate and Aaron Raitiere.

Cobb who recently became the steward from for Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, says the songwriters will primarily work at that studio.

“I’m very excited about Low Country Sound’s partnership with Warner/Chappell — we have a perfect alignment for honest songwriting,” Cobb said in a statement. “I think I’m lucky to have signed three of my favorite songwriters: Aaron Ratierre, Charlie Pate and Adam Hood. They appreciate country music and where it’s going, and they’re also a good bunch of folks to hang around with."

Pate is a former recording artist on Universal Records, while Hood has had his songs recorded by the likes of Little Big Town and Lee Ann Womack among others; and Raitiere has collaborated with Miranda Lambert.

Universal Music Publishing Group announced that Arwen Curson had joined its Australia and New Zealand operation as VP of creative. Carson, who will report to Universal Music Publishing of Australia and Asia Pacific Region president Andrew Jenkins, will be based out of the UMP Sydney office and responsible for both the company’s A&R and Film/TV Synch teams.

Carson previously had been director of operations, Australia and New Zealand for Crowdmix, the London-based, music-focused social media platform; and before that was an artist manager.

“With a huge talent and 360-degree perspective and insight into the music business, Arwen is the perfect person to help us implement our future creative strategy at Universal Music Publishing Australia,” Jenkins said in a statement. "She brings a fresh approach to our creative activities, a unique vision, driving ambition and great personal skills, all of which will be of tremendous benefit to our artists and writers."