2016: The Year in Charts

Publishing Briefs: Round Hill Music Pacts with Neil Sedaka, Raleigh Music Group Strikes A Gershwin Catalog Deal

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

-- Round Hill Music have signed on as administrator for the catalog of Neil Sedaka, who began his career in the Brill Building. The catalog includes such songs he wrote or co-wrote as Connie Francis’ “Stupid Cupid;” the Monkees' “When Love Comes Knocking At Your Door;” the 5th Dimensions' “Workin’ On A Groovy Thing;” and Frank Sinatra’s “The Hungry Years” as well as songs he recorded himself like “Stairway To Heaven;” “Calendar Girl,” and “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.”

“Neil Sedaka is a national treasure,” Round Hill Music president Neil Gillis said in a statement.

Sedaka will be releasing a new album, slated for release in August. Entitled I Do It For Applause, it will contain 12 new songs. He is also currently working on developing a Broadway show based on his life, according to the Round Hill announcement.

“I am so happy to be a part of the Round Hill Family,” Sedaka said in a statement. “With the enthusiasm they are showing over my vast catalog of songs, this promised to be a long and mutually beneficial relationship.

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-- The Raleigh Music Group has signed a long-term publishing administration agreement wth Adam Gershwin, to handle the works the songwriter created during the last years of his life. The catalog includes such songs as “Summertime,” “A Foggy Day,” "Love Is Here To Stay,” “Lets Call The Whole Thing Off,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” and other songs featured in Porgy and Bess, and musicals like An American In Paris, and Shall We Dance.

“We believe there is no better home for our catalog than Raleigh Music,” Gershwin’s grand nephew Adam Gershwin said in a statement. “We are very confident in the team’s high-touch, service oriented approach to catalog administration, couple with their deep knowledge and appreciation for American standards.

Raleigh Music Group was founded in 2015 by long-time music publishing executives Peter Raleigh and Steven Storch. Raleigh claims Gershwin’s songs are more widely played today than during the composer’s lifetime.

Raleigh president Peter Raleigh said the company would promote and introduce Gershwin’s songs to new audiences of every age.

-- Times Music, a leading music company in India, has expanded its sub-publishing relationship with Warner/Chappell Music to cover Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The company has also renewed their deal for India. 

“Warner/Chappell songwriters’ music knows no boundaries and Times Music has been a fantastic partner in helping us extend their reach,” Warner/Chappell Music senior vp of global administration Stephen Clark said in a statement. “The expansion of our partnership allows us to tap into new and vibrant markets with enormous growth potential, and we look forward to further exploring South Asia with the continued help of Times Music.”

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-- ole has signed a global administration deal to oversee Entertainment One’s film, television, and commercial music production catalog, which contains 40,000 music tracks and 100,000 hours of film and television content including music from such films and shows as Hell On WheelsEye In The Sky, and PJ Masks.

“ole has built a state-of-the-art technology platform that will offer our production partners, writers and composers a best in class solution,” says eOne Music president Chris Taylor. “We look forward to working with [ole’s] talented team as it continues to grow and brings music publishing for film, television, programming and commercial music production worldwide across eOne under a single unit.”