Katy Perry and Lionel Richie Renew With ASCAP

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Katy Perry performs during a rally for Hillary Clinton ahead of the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa on Oct. 24, 2015. 

Katy Perry and Lionel Richie have renewed their agreements with ASCAP, the American Society of Songwriters, Composers and Publishers.

In the case of Perry, it marks her 10-year anniversary as a member.

"ASCAP was in my corner before anyone knew who I was," Perry said in a statement. "That's one of the many reasons I'm loyal to them. They've always believed in me and my music, and they're great at supporting and protecting their members. ASCAP's a vital part of my team." 

Perry played an ASCAP SXSW acoustic showcase in 2008, months before the release of her breakthrough album One of the Boys, and gave a keynote interview at the 2013 ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO.

"Katy Perry has entertained and empowered millions of fans around the world with her brilliant music," ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews said. "ASCAP is thrilled to begin a new chapter in our long, enduring relationship with Katy, who is beloved by radio and streaming listeners everywhere."

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Last week, ASCAP announced it also renewed representation of Richie's songwriting catalog for public performances. "When you've been in the music industry for as long as I have, you know there are some people you can truly depend on," Richie said in a statement on his re-signing. "ASCAP has always had my best interests at heart as a songwriter, and I'm grateful for the foundation they've given me to keep making music all these years."

Richie received the ASCAP Golden Note Award in 2008. More recently, he was the 2016 recipient of the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and was honored as the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year.

"Lionel's sound is genuinely iconic -- no one else manages to capture the emotions of love in so many different ways," Matthews said. "His success and many accolades are well-deserved and we're proud to have him as one of the brightest stars in the ASCAP roster."


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