-- Hal Leonard Corp. is taking over exclusive distribution of the publishing catalog of Randall and Nancy Faber, the husband-and-wife team of authors/educators, which have more than 200 publications in their catalog. The long-term global deal for the catalog kicks off in Dec. 7 and includes "Piano Adventures" and supplemental publications such as "PreTime," "BigTime" and the "DuetTime" piano series.

As part of the deal, the Fabors will work with the Hal Leonard editorial staff to create new publications, using songs from Hal Leonard's broad catalog, aimed at expanding the Faber brand into untapped areas. The first fruits of this new collaboration are expected off press by the first quarter of the coming year.

-- EMI Music Publishing has signed an exclusive co-publishing agreement with Danish rock band Volbeat, which already has released three albums on an independent label in Europe, and recently signed a worldwide recording contract with Universal Music.

The new publishing deal is the first major deal spearheaded by Guy Moot since his appointment as president of European creative earlier this year. Moot says it took a complete team effort to secure the deal and he worked closely with EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia MD Stefan Gullberg, Danish senior creative manager Ole Dreyer-Wogensen, and executive VP of North American creative Dan McCarroll and EMI's New York office.