Sony Music, DNA Extend Production Deal

DNA’s David Musumeci; Denis Handlin, Sony Music Entertainment chairman/CEO, Australia & NZ and president, Asia; Diana Torossian, Director, DTME (Talent Management) and DNA’s Anthony Egizi

Sony Music has extended its deal with Australian songwriting and production team DNA.

The new arrangement continues on from an exclusive production deal struck between DNA and Sony Music in 2012. From that earlier pact, track sales written and produced or co-written by DNA have exceeded 2 million units, according to Sony Music.

DNA -- comprising David Musumeci and Anthony Egizi -- won two categories at this year’s APRA Awards for “Set if Off” (co-written with Timomatic), for most played Australian work and pop work of the year.

DNA has also worked on songs for artists such as Ricky Martin (“Come With Me”), Timomatic (“If Looks Could Kill”), Samantha Jade (“What You've Done To Me” and “Firestarter”), and Reece Mastin (“Good Night, Shut Up and Kiss Me” and “Shout It Out”).

New tracks to follow this year will be for Samantha Jade and former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, who is currently a judge on “Australia's Got Talent.”

“This is an outstanding creative partnership with David and Anthony, not only in the sales success but in the amazing range of tracks they have produced and written with our artists,” comments Denis Handlin, chairman and CEO Sony Music Australia and NZ, and president Asia.

“They have established an incredible interaction with our artists and our A&R team and we are very excited about continuing to produce such great music together.”

In related new, the DNA label through Sony Music has released its first recording. New signing Nathaniel Willemse’s debut single “You” arrived Sept. 26. The song was written by DNA and Willemse, a former “X Factor” contestant, and produced by DNA.