-- EMI Music Publishing has named Barbara Sedun to lead its Canadian business, reporting to president of North American creative, Big Jon Platt. Sedun, who will be based in Toronto and hold the title of senior VP of EMI Music Publishing Canada, previously was manager of music programs at Manitoba Film & Music, where she had worked since December 2007. Prior to that she spent 16 years with EMI Music Publishing in Toronto and was instrumental in a number of major Canadian signings for EMI, including Moist, Matthew Good, Billy Talent, Three Days Grace, Sum 41 and Die Mannequin.

-- Universal Music Publishing Group has signed an exclusive world-wide publishing agreement with Adam Young of Owl City. The publishing deal encompasses all of the Owl City catalogue, including all tracks on the artist's major label debut, "Ocean Eyes," which houses "Fireflies," the No. 1 song on the Nov. 7 Billboard Hot 100.

-- Bug Music Publishing has signed a new co-publishing deal with Emerson Hart; solo artist, songwriter and front man of the Tonic. Under the terms of the deal, Bug Music and Hart have entered into a co-publishing agreement encompassing Hart's future recordings and his 2007 solo album "Cigarettes and Gasoline." Hart currently resides in Nashville and has been actively co-writing with other artists, hit songwriters and a recently regrouped Tonic.

-- DaBet Music Services has reached a multi-year publishing agreement with Atlanta-based urban artist and songwriter Shakim Williams, a.k.a. Shakim. The agreement covers songs written primarily by Shakim and performed by him on his soon-to-be-released album. DaBet is already providing various music services including royalty collections and copyright services for other songs written by Shakim.

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