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President/COO of the Anglo-American region, peermusic


After a year’s absence from the top 10 publishers ranking of top 100 airplay songs, peermusic returned to the limelight in the third quarter with a 1.3% share. Kathy Spanberger, peermusic’s president/COO for the Anglo-American region, says a highlight of the year came when a peermusic song, Randy Houser’s “How Country Feels,” was named country music song of the year at the ASCAP Country Music Awards. The song was co-written by peermusic writer Neil Thrasher. Another highlight was peermusic’s signing of an exclusive co-publishing deal with Prince Royce, “who is the biggest new Latin artist of the last five years,” she says, adding that next year, Royce will record an English-language album for RCA. Spanberger oversees all U.S. offices as well as Australian and Canadian operations, while her staff handles a wide range of genres including pop, R&B/hip-hop, country and Latin. Other signings that Spanberger and her team handled include producer/songwriter Alcover and Universal artist Gloria Trevi, while 1500 or Nothin’s James Fauntleroy and Larrance Dopson were signed to a joint-venture agreement. —Ed Christman