Publishing Briefs: Faber Music Joins IMPEL, Angry Mob Signs 'Hall & Oates of Hip-Hop'

Desiree Koras

On August 19, Songtrust announced the latest addition to its team with Richard Aurigema as Vice President of Copyright. Aurigema will lead the Songtrust copyright and publishing operations teams, where he will be responsible for the administration of the company's comprehensive catalog of copyrights and those of its clients.

Richard previously managed copyright professionals for EMI, BMG and, most recently, SONY/ATV. While at Sony, he worked closely with their songwriters and producers, managed song catalogs, oversaw the on-boarding of new clients and worked with the various offices globally to streamline copyright efficiency.

“We're extremely excited to have Richard join the team,” said Brad Yuan, Songtrust’s Global Head of Rights Management Operations, in a statement. “As our copyright operation scales in both volume and complexity, Richard’s experience at the majors and other acquisition-oriented publishers will be extremely valuable.”



Faber Music joined IMPEL, the international collective licensing agency representing digital publishing rights on August 19. 

IMPEL is 100% owned and controlled by its members, including independent publishers such as Beggars Music, Reservoir Music and Truelove Music.

The classical music publisher's catalog includes house composers George Benjamin, Oliver Knussen and Jonathan Harvey. Faber Music also publishes the works of Carl Davis and the lyric interest in Andrew Lloyd Weber's Cats.



Angry Mob Music Group signed exclusive worldwide co-publishing and administration agreements with producer/multi-instrumentalist Ken Nana and rapper/vocalist Mike B. of MIKNNA, a Los Angeles-based hip-hop/R&B duo, Angry Mob announced August 21. The administration agreement encompasses their catalog and future releases as MIKNNA, while the co-publishing agreements cover their solo releases and share of songs they have individually written for other artists.

The self-described “Hall & Oates of Hip Hop/R&B” released their premiere EP, 50/50 (Side A) in 2016, embarking on their first headlining U.S. and European tour in 2017. They have also done songwriting and production work for the likes of Anderson .Paak's The Free Nationals, Far East Movement and Big K.R.I.T. MIKNNA released their debut album, Escape, in early January 2019. They began releasing a series of new singles in July 2019, with “Summertime Shine“ and “Mirage“ already available. Their next track, “Cold as Ice” feat. Quincy, will be released on August 30.

“MIKNNA is an exciting addition to the Angry Mob family,” said Marc Caruso, founder of Angry Mob. “We value creativity and unique voices within the music community, and MIKNNA’s brand of futuristic yet somehow nostalgic hip-hop/R&B is sure to turn some heads. We can’t wait to help them take the next step in what will undoubtedly be a very innovative career.”



Independent music publishing and management company, Creative Nation, is announced the addition of songwriter Travis Wood to their roster on August 21. Wood is an award-winning songwriter and musician, best known for penning consecutive hit singles for the James Barker Band, including "Good Together," "There's A Drink For That," and "Keep It Simple."

"I found Travis on Soundcloud over three years ago, when he still lived in Canada and before I even worked in publishing. I knew then that the songs he was writing cut through, and I couldn’t be more excited to have him as my first signing at Creative Nation!" Shaina Botwin said in a press release.

“I could not be more thrilled to begin my work with everyone at Creative Nation," said Wood. "It’s truly a dream come true to sign with this company and start the next chapter of my songwriting career alongside some of the most talented people in the industry."



ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers announced on August 22 that platinum-selling hip-hop and R&B producer, DJ and label executive Mustard will be moving to ASCAP. ASCAP will license public performances of his extensive catalog, including 2019 Best R&B Song Grammy winner “Boo’d Up” from Ella Mai and Billboard Hot 100 singles “Freaky Friday” from Chris Brown and “Pure Water” featuring Migos.

“Mustard’s track record as a producer and a label executive is undeniable and has earned him a reputation as a go-to collaborator for artists that want to scale the charts,” said ASCAP Executive Vice President, Membership John Titta. “He is a true tastemaker and we are excited to be there for him as he continues to shape popular culture with his music.”

“The past few years I’ve been making decisions to only work with people who have as much faith in me and my art as I do. ASCAP made it clear how much they appreciate and value my catalog and our future partnership,” said Mustard. 



Warner Chappell Music announced today that it has signed Australian artist Tones and I. The publishing company will administer the hitmaker’s new and existing compositions globally, excluding Australia and New Zealand.

The singer-songwriter, who was discovered while busking and living out of her van in Byron Bay, hit No. 1 in Australia, Norway, and Sweden with her ARIA double platinum-certified single, “Dance Monkey.” The track has received 80 million streams globally and became the first single from a female soloist since 2008 to own the No. 1 spot on the ARIA charts for four consecutive weeks. It follows “Johnny Run Away,” the debut single from Tones and I, which has also been certified platinum in Australia. Her debut EP, The Kids Are Coming, was released earlier today on all streaming platforms through Elektra Records.

“It means the world that Ryan, David and the Warner Chappell team believe so much in me as a songwriter,” said Tones and I in a press release. “They’ve worked with some seriously amazing talent and have incredible instincts about fostering creativity and collaborations. It’s a dream to have their support."


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