BMG has struck a global publishing deal with UK producer, DJ and songwriter 220 Kid, it was announced March 26. It was BMG’s first-ever publishing deal to be signed over FaceTime, a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The new deal, 220 Kid’s first-ever publishing agreement, covers all songs written before the signing and future releases. It was concluded with a virtual toast during a four-way call with 220 Kid, BMG's A&R publishing manager UK Georgina Upton, 220 Kid’s manager Sophia Wardman of Ayita Management 220 Kid’s father Ken Graydon.
“That was definitely the most unique way I have ever finalized a deal,” said Upton in a statement. “But self-isolation and remote working will not stop us from moving forward with signing skilled writers. We had such fun signing over FaceTime! 220 Kid is definitely one to be watched. I’m so excited to see where this journey will take us.”
“It’s an absolute pleasure to be signing with BMG, they have been there from the very start of my career supporting my project,” added 220 Kid. “Helping build hype and getting me sessions even before I signed to Polydor. They also share the same ethos I have for dreaming big and achieving anything and making sure to give back with charitable projects as our position and influence of our platform grows.”
220 Kid’s latest single is “Don’t Need Love.” He has previously worked with producers including One Bit, Camden Cox and Scott Storch and has written and produced with artists including MNEK, Walking On Cars, Sheppard and Camelphat.
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Big Yellow Dog Music has signed singer-songwriter Cecilia Castleman to a worldwide co-publishing deal, the company announced April 1. The deal includes Castleman’s full catalog and future releases, including her new song “It’s Alright.”