ASCAP: 2011's 'Sleigh Ride' Most-Played Holiday Song
-- For the second year in a row, "Sleigh Ride" is ASCAP's No. 1 most-played holiday song, the organization says. Since Oct. 1, "Sleigh Ride" has aired 64,317 times, making it the most-played holiday song on radio so far this holiday season, according to the organization.
Leroy Anderson originally wrote the song as an instrumental in 1946. Mitchell Parish added lyrics three years later.
"Sleigh Ride" was followed in the rankings by "Winter Wonderland" (written by Felix Bernard and Richard B. Smith); "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" (Mel Torme and Robert Wells); "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne); and "Jingle Bell Rock" (Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Boothe).
ASCAP's top 10 list is compiled by Mediaguide, tracking songs played by 2,500 radio stations nationwide from Oct. 1 through Nov. 28. For the full top 10 list, click here.
Primary Violator Signs Ginuwine, Yo Gotti
-- Primary Violator, the new talent management company formed by the merger of Primary Wave Talent Management and Violator Management, has signed a management deal with R&B artist Ginuwine and southern rapper Yo Gotti.
By signing this new management deal, the artists will have access to an array of additional services, including Primary Wave's in-house branding company Brand Synergy Group, digital marketing company BrightShop and Violator's Brand Asset Group.
Ginuwine is currently writing and recording new music, with plans to release an album in the second quarter of 2012. Yo Gotti is also in the studio finishing his second album, "Live from the Kitchen," which is slated for a February 2012 release.
Parallel Music Publishing Opens Nashville Office, Signs Blake Chaffin
-- Parallel Music Publishing, a unit of Los Angeles-based Parallel Entertainment, a talent management and production company, opened a Nashville office for its publishing division earlier this year and it has signed its first songwriter Blake Chaffin.
The publishing company is a partnership between Tim Hunze, who heads up that operation; Parallel Entertainment founder/CEO J.P. Williams; and C.T. Wyatt, who runs the Nashville office of Parallel Entertainment.
Music Reports Expands IT Department
Woodland Hills, Calif.-based Music rights administration company Music Reports Inc. has expanded its information technology department staff by more than 20 percent, and its office space by 33 percent, according to the company.
The IT department will be located in 10,000 additional square-feet of office space adjacent to Music Reports' existing 20,000 square-foot facility in Woodland Hills. The total number of employees at the company is now greater than 100.
In addition to the expansion, Music Reports also said it completed a Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16 audit, which checks the company's internal controls used in the company's technology and other processes. The SSAE 16 audit is required by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for companies like Music Reports, which perform services that affect the financial statements of public companies.
In connection with the audit and as part of its infrastructure expansion, Music Reports has moved its data centers to co-located facilities in Phoenix and San Francisco for greater capacity, redundancy and disaster prevention, the company said.