-- Kobalt Music Group has picked up exclusive worldwide administration for 27 Busta Rhymes songs, beginning with all the songs the artist had a hand in writing on his current album, "Back On My B.S." In July 2010, Kobalt will take over worldwide administration for an additional 150 Rhymes songs, currently handled by Warner/Chappel Music Publishing.

-- Peermusic UK has signed an extension to its publishing relationship with Brendan Graham, lyric writer of the international chart hit, "You Raise Me Up." His work has been covered by artists such as Josh Groban, Il Divo and Celtic Woman, for whom he has written nine songs in their current US touring show."

-- Fintage House, based in Stationsweg, the Netherlands, has completed an agreement with Yoko Ono to administer artist performance/neighboring rights for John Lennon's music around the world, excluding the United States. The deal includes Lennon's artist performance income generated from the Beatles sound recordings and Lennon's solo works plus blank tape levies and other private copy monies. The deal was negotiated by Suzanne Plesman and Bruce Lampcov for Fintage, while Jonas Herbsman represented Yoko Ono.

--Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co., Inc. has signed a long-term publishing agreement with Raggs LLC, a musical pre-school television series starring five color canine characters that also perform as The Raggs Band.

The show, which airs on public television in the U.S. and 60 countries
internationally, uses music to encourage children to become actively
involved in learning. The show has a library of 195 completed episodes, with over 200 original songs, and in 2008, an episode was awarded a Regional Emmy Award for best musical score.

The deal was negotiated by Cherry Lane executive VP of business development Mike Connelly and VP of business & legal affairs Keith Hauprich, with John Ouellette, legal counsel at Adams and Reese, Nashville, representing Raggs.