The U.S. affiliate of London-based publishing firm the Notting Hill Music Group is bolstering its presence in the rock genre with a string of new signings.

The U.S. affiliate of London-based publishing firm the Notting Hill Music Group is bolstering its presence in the rock genre with a string of new signings.

Notting Hill Music Inc., the company's L.A.-based U.S. division, has inked publishing deals with veteran British rockers Motorhead; U.S. acts Machine Head, My Ruin and Killswitch Engage; and Brazilian thrash metal band Sepultura.

Notting Hill's existing rock catalog includes material by Venom, Deep Purple, Yes and MSG.

"We only ever had a small roster of rock bands at Notting Hill Music, but with the continued growth in the rock music world, we thought it was about time we as a company ventured back into this market," comments group president Peter Chalcraft.

Since launching in June 2003, the U.S. office has signed songwriters and producers including Robert Waller (the lyricist of a string of Beyonce singles), Erick Sermon, Emanuel Officer and Trackboyz (Nelly and Nappy Roots).

Notting Hill Music was formed in 1990 as the international repertoire division of Japan's Nippon Television Music. It became Notting Hill Music after a management buyout in 1993 by Chalcraft, Andy McQueen (now company chairman) and David Loader (managing director).

In other news, Motorhead has pulled out of a U.S. tour scheduled for September/October because of a foot injury to frontman Lemmy. A publicist says the band, signed to Metal-Is, will return for a U.S. tour in March 2005.

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