peermusic has formed a joint venture publishing agreement with Next Plateau Entertainment and Eddie O Songs.

The venture's first signing is Camera Can't Lie , a five-member alternative group from Owatonna, Minn., who will have a debut album released later this year on Atlantic Records, according to the press release announcing the deal.

Next Plateau/Eddie O founder Eddie O’Loughlin has “reinvented Next Plateau for the digital space and is producing numerous regional break-out hits such as Madcon's 'Beggin,'” says peermusic VP Sam Kling.

According to the press release announcing the deal, O’Loughlin’s signings have garnered over 75 gold and platinum certifications throughout his career.

-In the first signing in a joint venture publishing deal with Jason Flom,
Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co. has inked a publishing deal with grunge-rock band Pop Evil.

Pop Evil has built a steady following, playing with bands like P.O.D.,
Saliva, Puddle of Mudd, Buckcherry and Saving Abel, and in 2008, iTunes featured Pop Evil as one of the Best New Artists of the Year. The band’s major label debut album, “Lipstick in the Mirror,” which is re-issued through Pazza/Jard Star/Universal Republic/Universal Music Group, is currently No. 12 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

“The coordinated label/publisher push will give us all an advantage when it comes to music placements," says Cherry Lane senior VP of creative services and marketing Richard Stumpf, who along with Cherry Lane VP of business & legal affairs Keith Kauprich, vice president of business & legal affairs for Cherry Lane, and Thomas Valentino, from the law firm of The Counsel LLP, negotiated the deal on behalf of the band and management.

-Alicia Keys will be honored with the ASCAP Golden Note Award when the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers holds its 22nd Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, on June 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

Past recipients of the ASCAP Golden Note Award include Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jermaine Dupri, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Jay-Z, Quincy Jones, LL Cool J, New Edition and Lionel Richie.

Keys has sold over 30 million records worldwide since she released her first album in 2001. Besides Keys, the invitation-only event will also honor the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2008 R&B/Hip-Hop, Rap and Gospel charts.