Publishing Briefs: Alice Cooper Pairs With Primary Wave; UMPG Signs Country Hitmaker Josh Hoge

Alice Cooper
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Alice Cooper performs at John Varvatos Detroit Store Opening Party hosted by Chrysler on April 16, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan.  

Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world.

Primary Wave Music Publishing have signed an agreement with Alice Cooper to provide marketing and administration to the singer's publishing catalog, which includes such hits as "School's Out," "I'm Eighteen," and "No More Mr. Nice Guy."

In addition to promoting Cooper's music, Primary Wave will also market his name and likeness; and other activities to build the singer's overall business, including handling daily digital marketing activities to build awareness for Cooper's music, touring activities, e-commerce and other direct to fan initiatives.

"We are very excited to be working with Primary Wave to gain more exposure for the Alice Cooper catalog of great songs," Cooper's manager Shep Gordon said in a statement. "In a very short time we have already seen great things and are looking forward to many more years of great things together."


-- The Universal Music Publishing Group have signed a global publishing deal with Nashville songwriter Josh Hoge, who has written songs for and with such artists as Tyler Farr, Backstreet Boys, Lupe Fiasco, Blake Lewis, Chris Young, Kane Brown, Justin Moore, Miranda Lambert, Chase Rice, and Scotty McCreery.

"We have closely followed Josh's career over the last decade and jumped at the chance to bring him into the UMPG family," UMPG EVP/GM Kent Earls said in a statement. "He is an incredibly talented melodic singer-songwriter with an innate gift for focusing on the artist's vision in co-writing sessions. We're honored to work with him and excited to further his career as a songwriter."

For his part, Hoge added in a statement, "When a company like Universal Music Publishing has a philosophy that is 'Songwriters First,' what writer wouldn't want to be a part of that? As a leading publisher in this business, they still have that small family feel which I love most. The passion Kent Earls and his entire staff showed in getting me to join was like no other I'd seen in my 10 years of doing this."


-- Songtrust, the Downtown Music Publishing unit that serves as a international royalty collection service for 100,000 songwriters and 11,000 music publishers, has signed on a deal to use ICE Services, which serves as a pan-European licensing hub that provides multi-territorial online licensing processing. 

"Finding a business partner capable of managing the enormous scale and volume of our platform is no easy task," Songtrust co-founder and GM Joe Conyers said in a statement. "While many vendors are actively working on solutions, the ICE offering is by far and away the most compelling and sophisticated offering in the marketplace today."

According to the announcement, ICE Services has a database with 31 musical works, that processed 3 million new works registrations per year.

"We are clearly delighted that an increasingly important, progressive, and technologically capable publisher such as Downtown and Songtrust has chosen to include its repertoire within ICE's Core license and is willing to demonstrate their confidence and appreciation of our administration capabilities in this way," ICE Services commercial director Ben McEwen said in a statement.

In October, Songtrust announced it would expand its ooperations into Europe. With its latest move, "this direct relationship with the ICE Core allows us to eliminate parallel processing through other incompatible society works databases," Downtown's London office MD Roberto Neri said in a statement. "This will result in quicker, more efficient and accurate digital royalty distribution across the Songtrust platform and extended to its fast-growing songwriter and publisher client base."


-- Warner/Chappell Music has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with singer and songwriter Moss Kena, who will soon issue an EP, "Found You In 06."

"Moss Kena is an incredible talent who approaches songwriting with a fresh and forward-thinking style," Warner/Chappel Music senior VP and co-head of U.S. A&R Katie Vinten. "The world has only experienced a small taste of the powerful music Moss has to offer, and we are so excited to help amplify what is already a rapidly growing career."


-- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has extended its worldwide deal with singer, songwriter and producer Jack Antonoff, whose catalog includes Zayn, Taylor Swift's "I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)"; Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do"; and Sara Bareilles' "Brave" and "Chasing the Sun"; as well as songs he wrote and/or produced for Pink's album Beautiful Trauma and on St. Vincent's album MASSEDUCTION.

"Jack is a much-loved part of the Sony/ATV family and I couldn't be prouder of his success, especially over this past year when he has enjoyed a run of No. 1 successes as well as receiving two Grammy nominations," Sony/ATV chairman/CEO Martin Bandier said in a statement. He is one of the most talented and successful songwriters in music today, which is why so many of the world's biggest artists want to work with him."

Besides Antonoff's  work last year with other acts, his own recording outfit Bleachers issued their third studio set Gone Now. The new agreement includes future composition on a long-term basis, according to the announcement. 

"Sony/ATV has believed in me before I had any songs on the radio or any songs that sold more than a couple hundred copies," Antonoff said in a statement.


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