-- SESAC has signed a deal bringing Mariah Carey aboard to the Nashville-based performance rights organization. "Mariah Carey is without question one of the most gifted and influential artists ever and is truly iconic," SESAC senior VP Trevor Gale said in a statement. "We are ecstatic to have the rare opportunity to work with such a prolific songwriter and producer. Mariah wrote, produced and used her incredible instrument to weave together her new album, which is being greeted with massive critical acclaim worldwide." The artist released her latest album, "Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse" in May.
-- BMG Chrysalis U.S. have signed Faith Evans to a worldwide exclusive publishing deal and have also signed the R&B artist to an artist services deal that will see the company issue her first new studio album in four years. That album is due in the fall and is entitled "Incomparable."
As part of that deal, Evans will retain ownership of her recordings and maintain full creative control while BMG and the artist jointly oversee the budget to market and promote the record. So far BMG Artist Services has issued 80 albums. "Faith is part of an elite group of artists whose music and spirit speaks profoundly to generations of listeners," BMG Chrysalis North America chief creative officer Zach Katz said in a statement.
Evans manager Cheryl Flowers-Briggs noted in a statement that the deal once again reunites the artist with BMG, "a company that was such a big part of Faith's early success."
-- In another move, BMG has signed an exclusive worldwide administration deal with Tafari Music, which features over 4,000 titles of reggae and world beats music. According to the announcement, the Tafari Music roster includes Barrington Levy, David Hinds of Steel Pulse, Gregory Isaacs, Israel Vibration, Yellowman, Culture and Dean Fraser and such songs as Bunny Wailer's "The Electric Boogie (Electric Slide)."
"Not only does this deal bring Tafari's worldwide administration under one roof for the first time, it also brings together the master and publishing rights to the RAS Records masters catalog, purchased by BMG as part of our Sanctuary acquisition, effectively becoming a one-stop-shop for these rights," BMG Group Business Development senior director David Miller said in a statement.
"I look forward to working with BMG to continue to build upon what Tafari Music has established in our thirty plus dedicated years of representing songwriters," Tafari president and founder Gary Himelfarb, who is also known as Doctor Dread, said in a statement.
-- SONGS Music Publishing have signed singer/songwriter Jenny O. to a worldwide co-publishing deal. Jenny O. already enjoys a successful synch track record with her songs appearing in advertisements or global brands from Toyota and Subaru to J.Crew, Target and Coca-Cola, and in television shows like "The Good Wife," "True Blood," and "Hart of Dixie," according to the SONGS announcement.
-- Warner/Chappell Music has signed a worldwide publishing administration agreement with Strouse IP, the company that oversees the works of American composer Charles Strouse, who has composed musicals like "Bye Bye Birdie," "Annie," and "Golden Boy" as well as film scores for such movies as "Bonnie & Clyde" and "The Night They Raided Minsky's," and songs like "Put On A Happy Face," and the theme song to "All In The Family."
"Charles is an icon in theatre and film,” Warner/Chappell Music senior VP of theatre and catalog development Sean Patrick Flahaven said. "His work continues to delight and inspire millions, and we’re glad he’s found a publishing home among the many great songwriters here."
-- Round Hill Music has announced a strategic partnership with Bosshouse Music and its in-house artist label, Transphonic Records. The partnership includes the acquisition of 75% of Bosshouse Music's back catalog and a joint venture on all future catalog. Bosshouse Music was formed in January 2000 by composer/songwriters Stephen R. Phillips and Tim P., according to the announcement.
The Bosshouse Music team includes Amy Roberts who manages all licensing and sings on over 20 songs in the catalog. The company says that since its formation, it has secured over 1,000 song placements in TV, film, advertising and trailers. "We're looking forward to the opportunities this will present us as composer/songwriters; and we're excited with the prospect of what Bosshouse Music and our record label Transphonic can bring to the table at Round Hill, the Bosshouse Music founders said in a statement.
-- In another move, Round Hill Music have upgraded their relationship with Bloodgroup from a synch-only representation to a co-publishing deal, according to the firm's senior director of creative Mallory Zumbach. "Their arresting filmic songs are the result of a truly unique talent set; we can't wait to hear that they will come up with next," eh said in a statement.
-- In a restructuring of its Nashville office, peermusic has appointed Michael Knox as VP, heading up the office, which continues to report to peermusic president and chief operationg officer Kathy Spanberger. At the same time, Craig Currier has been named vice president, heading up the U.S. advertising market division for peermusic North America.
Additionally, Kim Wiggins, who joined the company in 2011, will take over Knox's previous responsibilities as she assumes the title of senior creative director, overseeing all day-to-day for the Nashville office writers, staff and catalog.
-- PEN Music Goup has signed a synch licensing deal with Upala Music, the North America sub-publisher of writer/producer Brian Eno. PEN will represent both the synch and master licensing rights owned by Eno's U.K.-based company Opal Ltd.
"Brian Eno is an inspiration to generations of musicians and writer/producers and continues to be a trailblazer for quality music," PEN president Michael Eames said in a statement. "We look forward to applying our boutique approach to music publishing in general and synch licensing specifically to Upala's catalogue and are excited with the mutual opportunities that lie ahead."
Eno recently released "Someday World," a collaboration with Karl Hyde.
-- Primary Wave Music's management team has signed some long-time big names in recent months. First off, it signed the Go-Go's, and then added Cypress Hill.
"The Go-Go’s are the foundation of early 80s rock music and continue to be a historic example and role model for female artists today," Primary Wave Music talent manager Deb Klein said in statements. Meanwhile, she adds, "Each new generation of youth culture discovers Cypress Hill and they continue to grow a young and vibrant fanbase as evidenced by their social media and engagement with their fans.”