-- Warner/Chappell Music has signed a worldwide administration agreement with Dave Grohl to oversee the publishing rights for the first four records by Grohl's Foo Fighters. Warner/Chappell Music will also administer Grohl's interest in Nirvana's best-known works.

-- Kobalt Music Group has reached a deal with record producer, songwriter, mixer and musician Greg Wells to represent and administer his new and most recent repertoire including forthcoming songs by Katy Perry, in addition to hits by such artists as Adam Lambert, Rivers Cuomo from Weezer, Allison Ireheta, and Boyzone.

Kobalt SVP of creative Benjamin Groff will work closely with the Kobalt synch and creative staff and with Wells to spearhead creative opportunities for songs included in the deal.

Wells has also produced, written and mixed hits with such artists as One Republic, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Mika, Pink, Natasha Bedingfield, Jamie Cullum, the Veronicas, Adele, Deftones, Otep, Colbie Caillat, Rufus Wainwright, Creeper Lagoon, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, , Latin pop star Belinda, and the Count Basie Orchestra.

-- RightsFlow, a provider of mechanical licensing services and royalty payment technology, will provide its Limelight system to CD Baby, an independent digital distributor, and Disc Makers, a CD and DVD manufacturer, so that its label customers can have an online clearance place to get licensing for cover songs and third party composition. Both CD Baby and Disc Makers will provide direct linkage and integration of the service within their user platform.

"Limelight will make it easy for artists to secure mechanical licenses for cover songs right when they get their CDs replicated or sold as downloads," said Tony van Veen, president and CEO of Audio and Video Labs Inc., the parent company of Disc Makers, and CD Baby.

-- Primary Wave Music has extended its partnership with Motel 6 and re-launches its "Rock Yourself To Sleep" campaign, designed to support touring bands by offering them free lodging while they are on the road.

The first phase of the campaign launched August 2009. So far four bands have been chosen for the second phase: Taddy Porter, This Providence, AM Taxi & Hot Chelle Rae, with two more spots available. Bands are invited to
enter the "Rock Yourself To Sleep" contest for the chance to win six weeks of free lodging at Motel 6 locations across the country for use while on tour. To enter musicians must submit their song to rockyourselftosleep.com from March 9 to March 29. The winning bands will be determined by online fan votes.

"We received hundreds of calls from bands, managers and labels asking how they could get involved in the program," said Primary Wave partner/chief imagination officer Devin Lasker. Consequently, the "Rock Yourself To Sleep" campaign will be recurring quarterly and a tour will be launched named after the campaign, this summer, hitting 40 cities across America this summer.

-- The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers will honor rock icon Patti Smith by presenting her with the ASCAP Founders Award at its 27th annual Pop Music Awards, taking place April 21, 2010 at the Renaissance
Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Smith will also perform with her band at the event, an invitation-only gala which will also honor the top songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed pop songs of 2009.

Past recipients of the ASCAP Founders Award include Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Heart's Ann & Nancy Wilson, Billy Joel, Annie Lennox, Sir Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Smokey Robinson, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Tom Waits, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young.

ASCAP president/chairman Paul Williams said in a statement: "Patti fused raw rock energy with the heart of a poet and ignited the 1970s New York punk scene. She expanded the boundaries of artistic expression, musically and otherwise, inspiring generations of rockers worldwide. She continues to be a vibrant, prolific artist, working in a wide variety of media."

The 27th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards will kick-off the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO, a three-day conference dedicated to songwriting and composing, which will feature Quincy Jones being interviewed by Ludacris, a conversation with Bill Withers, an interview with John Mayer, and numerous panels, workshops, master classes, one-on-one sessions, song critiquing, networking events, product displays, technology demonstrations, performances, and more. The EXPO will take place April 22-24, 2010 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, in Los Angeles, CA.