Publishing Briefs: Walshy Fire Signs With Concord, The Replacements' Tommy Stinson Partners With Third Side Music & More

Walshy Fire
Rahim Fortune

Walshy Fire

Concord Music Publishing, the worldwide independent leader in music publishing, announces a new global publishing agreement with international DJ and producer Walshy Fire, best known as one-third of Diplo’s massively-influential, reggae/dancehall-inspired EDM outfit, Major Lazer

The new deal, effective Aug. 1, covers all of Fire's existing work including collaborations with Koffee (‘Toast’, ‘Throne’), Sean Paul, Chronixx, Wizkid, and Diplo alongside his work in Major Lazer. 

This summer, Walshy also released his first solo album, ABENG (licensed to Mad Decent Records/Because Music) -- a first-of-its-kind conversation between Africa and the Caribbean, pairing artists from both regions on tracks spanning afrobeats, dancehall, reggae, soca and EDM. 

Commenting on the deal, Concord Music Publishing UK’s senior A&R Harri Davies said “Walshy’s versatility, energy and positivity as an artist, songwriter and producer is unparalleled -- very few can move between genres with absolute fluidity the way he can. We are delighted to be teaming up with him through the next chapter of an already outstanding career.”

Former Replacements bassist and current Bash & Pop frontman Tommy Stinson has signed a worldwide administration deal with independent publisher Third Side Music, the company announced this week. The agreement covers Stinson’s full catalog.

“I still remember the day I bought The Replacements’ Pleased To Meet Me as a teenager,” said Third Side co-founder Patrick Curley in a statement. “In our books, Tommy is one of the most iconic musicians out there, and we are so honored to welcome him and his legacy to the TSM family.”

Stinson, who also played as a member of Guns ’N’ Roses for nearly 20 years, joins Third Side’s roster of artists including Courtney Barnett, Flying Lotus, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Blonde Redhead and Sofi Tukker.

Independent music rights organization Round Hill Music has entered an exclusive subpublishing agreement with Warner Chappell Music, announced Wednesday (Aug. 14). The global deal, excluding the U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland and the Nordics, will see WCM administer Round Hill's large collection of copyrights, and create new opportunities for its songs and writers overseas. Round Hill, founded in 2010 by Josh Gruss, Richard Rowe and Neil Gillis, has amassed a catalog of iconic hits including "Happy Together", "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and "What a Wonderful World". 

"In less than a decade, Round Hill has built an extraordinary collection of evergreen copyrights and iconic catalogs, while at the same time signing some of today's most exciting and gifted songwriters," said Warner Chappell CEO Guy Moot and COO Carianne Marshall.

Round Hill Music president Gillis added: "Carianne and Guy have a vision for Warner Chappell that works really well for the Round Hill catalog overseas. We know and respect their team, and we are looking forward to a long and wonderful partnership."

Jorge Mejía, who for the past two years has served as president of Sony ATV Music Publishing's Latin American and U.S. Latin operations, has been promoted to president and CEO. Mejía will report directly to Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman and CEO Jon Platt. This includes its offices in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Miami, where he is based.

"Jorge is a giant of Latin music and has been at the forefront of its phenomenal growth across the world,” Platt said. “He is also one of the most forward-thinking executives that I have ever worked with. Jorge possesses a rare combination of outstanding musical knowledge and business acumen. This is a well-earned promotion and I know that under Jorge’s leadership our Latin division is in exceptional hands.”

Mejia said, “With Latin music firmly established as a worldwide phenomenon and the music industry continuing to grow, this is truly an unprecedented moment. I am grateful to Jon for the opportunity to serve at the next level at Sony/ATV, a company I love and where I have spent my entire professional career. I am thrilled to be working together on behalf of our songwriters in this moment of extraordinary potential."

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has entered a global deal to represent the late Scott Weiland's song catalog as frontman of Stone Temple Pilots. Weiland was a co-founder of the '90s rock band, and served as co-writer and frontman for their first six albums including hits such as "Plush," "Interstate Love Song," and "Sour Girl."

“We are excited to be the home of such a classic and prestigious body of work," said Sony/ATV chairman and ceo Jon Platt."

In December 2015, Weiland was found dead of an accidental overdose on his tour bus at age 48.

His ex-wife, Mary Weiland, said, "The Weiland family is thrilled to partner with Sony/ATV. We look forward to opportunities that will introduce the Stone Temple Pilots catalog to a new generation."

Global commercial real estate advisory firm Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) is pleased to announce that Downtown Music Holdings (Downtown) is relocating and expanding to 155 Avenue of the Americas. 

The privately-held Downtown, which owns, manages and develops multiple businesses within the music industry, has leased 26,399 square feet comprising the top two floors of the building -- an expansion that more than doubles their current 10,000-square-foot footprint. NKF Executive managing director Ross Perlman and managing director Ryan Gessin represented Downtown in the transaction.

“We are pleased to have identified a global headquarters that will support Downtown’s growth and maturity as a firm,” said Perlman. “155 Avenue of the Americas offers the perfect modern creative workspace for a company that continues to be at the forefront of today’s fast-changing music industry.”

“Our business has strong roots here in New York as the global music industry’s cultural and economic center. With our new headquarters just a few blocks from where we first started in Soho, Downtown can continue advancing our mission to create a more equitable and innovative music ecosystem around the world, while supporting the growth of our diverse music industry here at home,” said Justin Kalifowitz, ceo of Downtown Music Holdings.

The Production Music Association (PMA) is holding its sixth annual Production Music Conference (PMC) from September 23-26, 2019 at the Loews hotel in Hollywood, California, the organization has announced. The keynote speakers at this year’s conference will be Grammy-winning lyricist and composer Paul Williams and Captain Marvel composer Pinar Toprak.

“It is an honor to feature keynote speakers who are as talented and accomplished as Paul Williams and Pinar Toprak,” said PMA chairman Adam Taylor in a statement. “They each bring their own unique perspectives and insights, which, in addition to all the other amazing speakers and sessions, will make this year’s PMC a truly special event.”

This year’s PMC includes the annual Mark Awards, which will take place on September 24 at the same venue. Details and nominees are scheduled to be announced shortly. Attendees can find a schedule and register for the conference here.


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