Publishers' Group Fetes Top Songwriters Ed Sheeran and DJ Mustard

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DJ Mustard poses backstage during Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 22, 2016 in Indio, Calif.

Ed Sheeran and DJ Mustard were the top songwriters and Universal Music Publishing Group won the most company awards in the latest round of the National Music Publishers Association's (NMPA) certification program, in which the trade association presents awards to songwriters on records that received gold and platinum awards from the RIAA.

Sheeran had six songs recognized with six certificates ranging from multi-platinum to gold, including two that received multi-platinum certificates: "Sing" and "The A Team." DJ Mustard (real name Dijon McFarlane) had three songs that received six certifications, including Rihanna's "Needed Me," which represented three of the certificates for gold, platinum and multi-platinum.

Meanwhile, UMPG songwriters collectively received 86 certifications comprised of 33 gold, 31 platinum and 22 multi-platinum, just edging out Sony/ATV and its 85 certifications -- 35 gold, 14 platinum and 36 multi-platinum. For full details, click here.


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