Publishing Briefs: Kobalt Picks Up Blue Mountain Music, Downtown Signs Sturgill Simpson, More

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-- The Kobalt Music Group has signed on to serve as global administrator for Blue Mountain Music, which includes the complete works of Bob Marley, as well as songs from the U2 back catalog, Free, Toots & the Maytals and John Martyn.

In signing the deal Blue Mountain founder Chris Blackwell, who also founded Island Records, called Kobalt the future of the music publishing business. Kobalt's "entrepreneurial leadership, together with their investment in and dedication to technology, is allowing for seamless and transparent collection and is making a huge difference to songwriters around the world," Blackwell said in a statement.

Kobalt CEO and founder Willard Ahdritz called the deal with Blue Mountain a "monumental deal."

-- Bicycle Music Company has extended its worldwide publishing agreement with Marilyn Manson, to include the songs on Manson's 2015 album, The Pale Emperor. This marks the sixth Manson album to be represented for publishing for his studio albums since Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) was released in 2000.

"There's only one Manson and on The Pale Emperor you hear him at his most soulfully inspired, reaching previously untapped heights and depths," Bicycle Music senior VP of creative Michael Pizzuto said in a statement. "As the long standing relationship between Bicycle and Manson broadens, so does the mutual benefit of opportunity for the songs in film, television and other forms of visual media."

Bicycle Music has also signed Manson's collaborator, film and TV composer Tyler Bates (Guardians of the Galaxy, 300), to a worldwide publishing agreement for his contribution to The Pale Emperor.

-- Downtown Music Publishing has signed singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson to a worldwide publishing agreement in a deal that includes all of his studio albums. "To be a part of the cross-genre level of excitement surrounding Sturgill is a thrill and we're looking forward to working with him as he continues to grow and release new music," Downtown senior VP of creative Jedd Katrancha said in a statement.

-- Round Hill Music has re-signed Wade Kirby to an exclusive global publishing agreement in a deal that will includes Parmalee's "Already Callin' You Mine," George Strait's "I Saw God Today," Blake Shelton's "Doin' What She Likes" and Easton Corbin's "All Over The Road."

"We are delighted to be continuing our great relationship with Wade Kirby, Round Hill Music Nashville VP/GM Mark Brown said in a statement. "Wade is a super talented songwriter and a rare breed."

-- ole has signed Big Wreck lead singer/songwriter and solo artist Ian Thornley to a co-publishing deal, which includes all of his compositions from 2011 onward. The deal includes songs written by Thronely for the band's reunion album Albatross and its follow-up Ghosts.

"Ian Thornley is a songwriter's songwriter, a musician's musician and an artist's artist," ole GM of creative John Ozier said in a statement. "To have the opportunity to represent and work alongside Ian with SRO/Anthem is an honor."

SRO/Anthem serves as the management company for Thornley, who express excitement about being represented by ole. "The staff at ole go above and beyond expectations and I know that we can grow and create some outstanding partnerships together," Thornley said in a statement.