Publishing Briefs: LOCASH Signs With BMG Nashville, Cooking Vinyl Teams With The Royalty Network & More

David McClister


BBR Music Group’s Wheelhouse Records artists LOCASH have signed a new co-publishing agreement with BMG Nashville. 

Preston Brust and Chris Lucas, known as the duo LOCASH, have a long history of songwriting success in the country music genre, with hits including Keith Urban's "You Gonna Fly" and Tim McGraw's "Truck Yeah", as well as their own "I Know Somebody" and "I Love This Life."

Kos Weaver, executive vp BMG Nashville, said, “We’ve been wanting to work with these guys for years and that day is finally here!”

Jake Gear, senior creative director, BMG Nashville, added, “We’ve long admired Preston and Chris -- both creatively as songwriters and artists. We’re excited to have these guys as part of the BMG publishing team and ready to plug in creatively to maximize their writing for both LOCASH records and to continue their success of cuts on other artist projects. Their drive and hustle are absolutely infectious…this is going to be fun."

Cooking Vinyl Publishing UK has signed an agreement with U.S. independent publisher The Royalty Network to provide sub-publishing services stateside for its music catalogue and active roster. The deal was brokered by Cooking Vinyl Publishing managing director Ryan Farley and president/CEO of The Royalty Network Frank Liwall, with final details being agreed at MIDEM in Cannes, France, last month.

The Royalty Network, headquartered in New York with a creative office and studio complex in L.A., was founded in 1994 and has built a formidable reputation for its administration, copyright protection and creative services across North America.

Speaking of the deal, Farley said, “When I joined CV one of the first things I wanted to do was find a great partner for the U.S. to enable us to ‘scale up’ on collections, sync and A&R. I’m delighted to get this deal done with Frank and am excited to start working with the Royalty Network team. Having spent good time with them, I know their passion and commitment will add great value as we continue to build and develop our roster of artists, producers and songwriters.”

Liwall added, “Martin, Ryan, and the rest of the Cooking Vinyl team, have proven they’re a first class organization, and we’re pleased to now provide the expertise necessary to further exploit their works in our territory."

Tiffany Kumar's Beat House agency has aligned with Pulse Music Group in a new joint venture and co-publishing deal, Pulse co-CEOs Josh Abraham and Scott Cutler announced July 25. Beat House, launched earlier this year, spans publishing, label services, A&R and television. Kumar previously worked for previously as global head of of songwriter relations at Spotify, where she launched the Secret Genius brand and for which she orchestrated and oversaw award shows, global songwriting camps and the opening of four recording studios.

"Tiffany is incredibly talented -- she is a magnet for great talent and wherever she goes good music will follow," commented Abraham. "I speak for the entire Pulse Music Group team in saying we are thrilled to partner with Tiffany in this next phase of her career and we look forward to big things on the horizon with Beat House."

"With this joint venture I am humbled to be among the people carving the pathway for women in leadership within the publishing industry," Kumar shared. "Beat House and Pulse share a vision to go beyond traditional A&R and increase the brand power of songwriters and producers. I look forward to what we will build together."

Warner Chappell Music has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Argentina’s top trap/freestyle star, Duki.

Duki, known as the originator of Argentine trap, came to prominence following a performance of his song "No Vendo Trap" for the popular freestyle competition, El Quinto Escalón. 

“Duki is a true pioneer in the rapidly-growing trap movement that is taking the world by storm,” said Gustavo Menendez, president, Warner Chappell Music, Latin America. “His versatility as an artist, and his ability to seamlessly incorporate elements of the underground and the mainstream, set him apart. We’re excited to work together to continue to challenge what’s possible.” 

Duki frequently collaborates with local and international artists, including rising Latin trap star Khea’s “Loca” and “Hitboy” and Colombian sensation J Balvin’s remixed version of “Machika.” 

Mojo Music and Media has re-signed writer-producer Bart Butler to an exclusive multi-year worldwide publishing deal continuing their longstanding partnership. Butler has had a solid string of hits in recent years, writing and co-producing Jon Pardi’s breakthrough tracks “Missin’ You Crazy”, “Up All Night”, “When I’ve Been Drinkin” and “What I Can’t Put Down,” as well as his 2016 hit single “Heartache on the Dance Floor” and co-writing Thomas Rhett’s chart-topper “Make Me Wanna.” Most recently, Butler co-produced Pardi’s third Capitol Records album, Heartache Medication, on which he co-wrote seven tracks. The album is due for release Sept. 27. 

“I’m gratified that Bart’s chosen to keep building his career with us here at Mojo,” said Baker. “I’ve known him for years and Bart’s the whole package - a great writer, a great producer, a music man and a good friend.”

Furthermore, Mojo has also signed an exclusive long-term deal worldwide publishing deal with writer/producer Lalo. Since moving to Nashville from the San Francisco Bay area, his production work has quickly caught the ear of the songwriting and publishing community.

"We’ve been looking for someone like Lalo for a long time. Not only is he a great writer and producer but his energy and creativity is infectious and fits in perfectly with the culture we’ve created here at Mojo. We feel blessed to have the opportunity to help him chase excellence in all aspects of his career,” said Baker.

Electro-pop singer Lloren has signed a worldwide music publishing deal with London-based publishing and sync agency A&G Songs and A&G Sync.

Lloren -- real name Lauren Bannon --  was scouted by founder and CEO of A&G Songs and A&G Sync, Roy Lidstone, after both meeting at an A&R session early this year.

Lidstone comments: "One of A&G Songs strengths is its sync agency, A&G Sync. When I first discovered Lloren at an open A&R session, she grabbed my attention with her incredible writing and vocal skills; I knew she would be an awesome addition to the roster. 

“We had been looking for someone with the talent to not only succeed as a recording artist but someone that also has the potential to do extremely well in the sync and Trailer Music world. We are confident we can help nurture and assist to build her reputation and success in the field."


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