--Cherry Lane Music Publishing has signed Allan Pineda Lindo, (also
known as Apl.de.Ap., a founding member of the Black Eyed Peas) to a
long-term, worldwide publishing agreement. Cherry Lane has represented the publishing of The Black Eyed Peas since 2003.

"It is wonderful and very natural for us to deepen our relationship with
Apl," said Cherry Lane, senior VP of creative services and marketing Rich Stumpf. "In addition to his solo work, we have him working on outside projects such as an Elvis Presley remix."

Lindo, who is also a record producer, said, "I am looking forward to working with Cherry Lane and expanding upon my producing and solo career. It has been a privilege to work on the Elvis remix - such a legendary and inspiring artist."


--The International Songwriting Competition bestows its highest honor, the ISC Grand Prize, to Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall of Brisbane, Australia for their song "Caught In The Crowd." The grand prize winners will get $25,000 and over $20,000 in prizes for what the organization describes as a "brilliantly quirky pop song with an emotional message about schoolyard bullying and peer pressure."

In its seventh year, ISC received over 15,500 songs from amateur and
professional songwriters from 100 countries worldwide. The judges include Tom Waits, Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty), Ray Davies (The Kinks), Chaka Khan, McCoy Tyner, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Robert Smith (The Cure).