Reservoir Buys Brit Publisher P&P Songs

NY-based music publisher Reservoir has acquired P&P Songs, a London-based independent firm with more than 1,000 pop music titles, for an undisclosed sum.

Through the deal, Reservoir will support P&P’s U.K. based writers from its Reverb Music office in London, where managing director Annette Barrett oversees European operations.

P&P Songs was established in July 2005 by music publishing vets Peter McCamley and Paul Flynn. The pair formed P&P following the closure that year of Windswept’s London office, where they’d served on the management team.

P&P will also transfer its writer agreements over to Reservoir. The British company has longstanding relationships with iconic songwriters including Steve Miller and Albert Hammond, a Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee, and with young pop songwriting triumvirate Sandi Thom, Lotte Mullan and Ina Wroldsen. The British publisher has enjoyed cuts on hits performed by artists including Britney Spears, Cobra Starship, Pussycat Dolls, Pixie Lott, The Saturdays and Coverdrive.

Reverb’s exec team promises to focus on expanding its writers’ profiles in America through new co‐writes, synchronization, and marketing opportunities.
“Absorbing the catalog and focusing our creative energy on opportunities for each songwriter allows Reservoir to do what we do best—market, develop, and otherwise support incredible talent and hit songs,” comments Reservoir executive VP Rell Lafargue, who spearheaded the agreement.

Last year, Reservoir acquired Reverb Music, which brought with it 30,000 copyrights and agreements with 100 songwriters.

Reservoir also made a big acquisition in April 2010, when it announced it was buying the music publishing assets of TVT Music Enterprises, which brought to its roster producer Scott Storch, Nyceboy, the Cinematics, the Holloways, Devo Springsteen and Big Reese.

Reverb's songwriter roster includes Jamie Hartman who has worked with the Wanted and Joss Stone; writer-producer John Fortis, who has worked with Ellie Goulding and Prodigy; Peter Gordeno, who has worked with U2, George Michael, Seal and serves as musical director and touring keyboardist for Depeche Mode; and Italian writer-producer Matteo Saggese, who has worked with L Divo, Zucchero and Adrianno Celantano.