1. Big Deal Music Group Partners With Songwriters Julian Bunetta & John Ryan to Form Big Family Publishing Company

    October 23, 2018 8:00 AM EDT Songwriters Julian Bunetta and John Ryan have signed a deal with Big Deal Music Group to form a new music company together called Big Family, it was announced Tuesday (Oct. 23). Bunetta and Ryan are responsible for writing or producing on dozens o ...

  2. Sony/ATV Music Publishing Songwriting Camps Yield Over 300 Syncs as Program Expands to Miami & Atlanta

    October 19, 2018 4:50 PM EDT Five years after starting its songwriting camps, Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s efforts have resulted in more than 300 sync licenses of original songs created for brands including Adidas, Bose, Comcast, Dunkin’ Donuts, Google, NFL, Miller and Nissan, ...

  3. Teddy Bautista, Ousted President of Spanish Rights Group SGAE, Plots Return

    October 19, 2018 11:02 AM EDT As he awaits trial for misappropriation of funds, Bautista attempts a comeback at the beleaguered Spanish rights society Eduardo "Teddy" Bautista  was the powerful president of Spanish authors rights society SGAE until he was arrested se ...

  4. Shamrock Capital Acquires Stargate Publishing Catalog, Including Katy Perry, Rihanna & Beyonce Hits

    October 16, 2018 8:30 AM EDT Shamrock Capital has acquired Tor Hermansen 's and Mikkel Eriksen 's Stargate music publishing catalog, which includes such songs as Katy Perry 's "Firework," Rihanna 's "Diamonds" and "Rude Boy" a ...

  5. Lupita Infante, the King of Rancheras' Granddaughter, Signs With Peermusic

    October 02, 2018 11:55 AM EDT The publishing deal follows Lupita Infante’s ear-catching single “Flor Sin Retoño.” Regional Mexican singer and songwriter Lupita Infante has been signed to an exclusive co-publishing agreement with peermusic. Infante is the granddaughter of Pedro ...

  6. Jeff Tweedy Re-Ups Global Publishing Deal With BMG

    September 28, 2018 11:25 AM EDT Jeff Tweedy is sticking with BMG. The Wilco frontman, who has been with the company for several years, extended his global publishing administration deal with the company that had been expanded in 2012 to include his entire songwriting catalog. Tw ...

  7. Electrocumbia Artist Raymix Signs With Universal Music Publishing Group

    September 24, 2018 10:21 AM EDT The former NASA engineer's "Oye Mujer" is currently in the top ten on the Hot Latin Songs chart. The Mexican Electrocumbia artist known as Raymix has signed a global deal with Universal Music Publishing. Raymix’s “Oye Mujer” is curr ...

  8. Warner/Chappell Begins Contacting Candidates to Replace Outgoing Head Jon Platt

    September 21, 2018 8:11 PM EDT Platt is expected to replace his former boss, Martin Bandier, at Sony/ATV Music Publishing as chairman and CEO. Little more than a week after Warner/Chappell chairman/CEO Jon Platt announced his departure, the search for a replacement is underway ...

  9. Martin Bandier Will Step Down From Sony/ATV in March 2019: Read His Farewell Memo To Staff

    September 17, 2018 11:29 AM EDT This morning Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman/CEO Martin Bandier confirmed he is stepping down and leaving the company at the end of his contract, which expires in March 2019, in a letter to his staff. The memo comes on the heels of the news tha ...

  10. Read Warner Music Group CEO Stephen Cooper's Memo On Jon Platt's Exit: Exclusive

    September 14, 2018 12:58 PM EDT With the news today (Sept. 14) that Jon Platt would be exiting his role as chairman/CEO of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing before the end of the year, Warner Music Group CEO Stephen Cooper issued a statement thanking Platt for his work during his ...

  11. Jon Platt Exiting Warner/Chappell Music For Top Role At Sony/ATV

    September 14, 2018 11:59 AM EDT Jon Platt will be leaving his position as chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing, according to internal memos obtained by Billboard . The longtime publishing executive took over the top job at W/C in October 2015 after serving as pre ...

  12. Mon Laferte Signs Global Deal With Universal Music Publishing Mexico: Exclusive

    September 07, 2018 10:33 AM EDT Mon Laferte , the alt-pop Chilean chanteuse with beguiling vocals and songs, has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Mexico.  The deal will cover all of Laferte’s compositions moving forward, including her new single ...

  13. Atlas Music Publishing Inks Deal With Brandi Carlile, Announces New Nashville Office

    September 04, 2018 12:30 PM EDT Brandi Carlile has signed a new publishing deal with Atlas Music Publishing, in a multiyear agreement that will also include the singer's back catalog. The worldwide deal will go into effect beginning in January 2019, and also cover future wo ...

  14. Codiscos Extends Publishing Deal With Sunflower Entertainment

    August 30, 2018 2:38 PM EDT Codiscos has extended its publishing deal with Sunflower Entertainment, Billboard has learned. The new agreement with Codiscos includes expanded rights in several key European territories and monetization on YouTube, Facebook and new technology pl ...

  15. IMPALA Asks EU Regulators to Block Sony's $2.6B Deal to Own EMI Music Publishing

    August 14, 2018 3:42 PM EDT The Independent Music Companies Association said it has "lodged concerns" with the European Commission about the transaction, which it describes as "seismic." As expected, the Independent Music Companies Association (IMPALA) is ...

  16. Rich Music Signs Deal With Universal Music Publishing Group: Exclusive

    July 30, 2018 3:24 PM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed indie label and publisher Rich Music to an exclusive publishing agreement. Rich Music catalog, comprised mostly of Latin urban music, includes Justin Quiles , Dímelo Flow, DJ Africa and Chris Marc ...

  17. Music Publishers Association Group CEO Jane Dyball to Step Down

    July 25, 2018 4:14 PM EDT She has led the U.K. organization since 2014. Jane Dyball , CEO of the Music Publishers Association Group (MPA), is to stand down in the new year after leading the U.K. organization since 2014.  During her time at the head of London-based MPA Grou ...

  18. Royalty Exchange Takes New Tactic to Royalties Investments With Cage the Elephant's Publishing Catalog

    July 24, 2018 10:00 AM EDT The company has tapped the private placement market to acquire a co-publishing share in Cage the Elephant's catalog, which spans the band's songs of their first four studio albums. Royalty Exchange is pulling another financing tactic int ...

  19. Cat Stevens Extends Deal With BMG, Including Entire Music Publishing Catalog, Reissues, AV Releases & More

    July 19, 2018 8:43 PM EDT Prolific singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam -- better known by stage name Cat Stevens -- has extended his deal with BMG, which was originally formed in 2010. Under this new agreement, Stevens is entrusting the media company with over 50 years of his or ...

  20. Round Hill Acquires Share Of Judas Priest Catalog, Including 'Breaking The Law' & 'Living After Midnight'

    July 19, 2018 12:58 PM EDT Round Hill Music has acquired a sizeable stake in Judas Priest 's catalog, following the collapse of founder member KK Downing 's luxury golf course venture, Billboard understands.  Downing's share of the royalty rights to 136 Judas ...

  21. Big Deal Music Group Signs Publishing Deal With Sounds of Memphis/XL Records

    July 10, 2018 12:54 PM EDT Big Deal Music Group, one of the world’s leading independent music publishers, announced Tuesday (July 10) that it has signed a long-term global administrative agreement with Sounds of Memphis/XL Records to represent their publishing catalog and m ...

  22. one77 Music Launches With Jennifer Blakeman at Helm of a Hits-Filled Publishing Catalog

    July 09, 2018 9:56 AM EDT The new publishing firm will work closely with Kobalt Music and boasts a catalog that includes hits by Sam Hunt, Luke Bryan and Pink. one77 Music , a new publishing firm, has launched with a 6,000-song catalog and $27 million in assets, backed by ...

  23. Kobalt Music Appoints Rian Liebenberg as CTO, Richard Thompson Steps Down

    July 06, 2018 12:34 PM EDT Kobalt Music announced Friday (July 6) that Rian Liebenberg  has been appointed chief technology officer, as Richard Thompson will step down from the position. However, Thompson will continue to advise the company as emeritus CTO. Liebenberg’s res ...

  24. Global Publishing Org Sounds Alarm About Spanish Collecting Society; SGAE Counters Criticism

    June 12, 2018 10:43 AM EDT ICMP demands "unilateral actions" on the heels of a stern report from CISAC and in advance of a June 21 SGAE General Assembly vote. Representatives of the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) say the association is cons ...

  25. Peermusic CEO Ralph Peer II Receives France's Top Cultural Honor

    June 06, 2018 4:37 PM EDT He was named "Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" during a gala dinner at Midem in Cannes, France. Peermusic chair and CEO Ralph Peer II  was presented with France's top cultural honor on Tuesday as he was named "Off ...

  26. Ozuna Signs Worldwide Deal With Kobalt Music: Exclusive

    June 06, 2018 9:00 AM EDT Ozuna has joined the Kobalt Music roster, Billboard can exclusively announce. The 26-year-old singer/songwriter signed a worldwide agreement which includes publishing and administration for all of Ozuna’s future works as well as his back catalog. ...

  27. Primary Wave Acquires David Rose Catalog, Including 'The Stripper' & 'Little House On the Prairie' Theme

    June 05, 2018 11:13 AM EDT Primary Wave Music Publishing has acquired the David Rose music publishing catalog, which includes one of the most recognizable instrumentals of the 20th Century, "The Stripper." Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. The catalog also incl ...

  28. Apple Music Launches Global Publishing Division

    May 30, 2018 10:56 AM EDT Elena Segal will reportedly head up the new department. To better manage its relationships with music publishers, Apple has launched a new music publishing division that will be led by longtime legal and licensing specialist Elena Segal , an Apple ...

  29. SESAC Latina Music Awards: Top Prizes for Calibre 50's Eden Munoz & 'Despacito' Co-Writer Erika Ender

    May 23, 2018 12:27 PM EDT Sony/ATV Sounds named Publisher of the Year; Mexican singer Christian Nodal performs at the music rights organization's annual gala at the Beverly Hilton. On Wednesday night (May 23) in Beverly Hills, California, Edén Muñoz received his first ...

  30. Sony Agrees to Buy Additional 60 Percent Stake in EMI Music Publishing, Now to Own 90 Percent

    May 21, 2018 8:24 PM EDT The purchase from Mubadala Investment Company -- which is pending regulatory approval before it can close -- brings the Japanese conglomerate's total share up to 90 percent. Sony Corporation has signed a deal to acquire a 60 percent share in ...

  31. Luis Fonsi Extends Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV: Exclusive

    May 21, 2018 6:34 PM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing has extended its worldwide deal with songwriter and artist Luis Fonsi whose hit “Despacito” is the most-streamed song of all time. The new agreement with Fonsi includes “Despacito,” which on Sunday night, became the Latin ...

  32. Ole Founder Robert Ott Sells His Stake of Canadian Music Publisher, Will Remain CEO

    May 18, 2018 9:43 AM EDT Robert Ott , the founder and CEO of Canadian rights management company ole , headquartered in Toronto, has sold his stake in the company to founding equity partner Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (Ontario Teachers'), the company has annou ...

  33. Black Box Royalties Myths, Common Misconceptions Debunked at Music Biz 2018

    May 15, 2018 8:29 PM EDT While many are up in arms about the U.S. Copyright office allowing digital services to bulk file notices of intent (NOIs) that allow them to play music but not pay for it if they can't find the music publishers owners and license the music di ...

  34. Drake, Ed Sheeran Help Sony/ATV Writers Spend a Full Year at No. 1 On the Hot 100

    May 07, 2018 4:12 PM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing has kicked off 2018 on the right foot, landing at No. 1 among the top 10 music publishers for the first quarter. But now, the world's largest music publisher has earned a new distinction: as Drake 's "Nice ...

  35. Kendrick Lamar Biography Will Detail His Rise to Rap Superstardom

    March 23, 2018 5:40 AM EDT Get your summer reading lists ready. A new biography about Kendrick Lamar will reportedly be heading to bookshelves soon. Bandcamp Senior Editor Marcus J. Moore announced that he has signed a deal to write a cultural biography about the TDE artist ...

  36. Luis Fonsi & Residente Accept BMI Latin Music Awards With Gratitude for Their Collaborators and Family

    March 21, 2018 4:22 PM EDT At this point, “Despacito” has run the gamut of awards (although the Billboard Latin Music Awards are still coming up on April 26). But for Luis Fonsi , getting the BMI President’s Award at the BMI Latin Music Awards on Tuesday was a particularly ...

  37. BMI Latin Awards Honor Luis Fonsi, Residente, Horacio Palencia, J Balvin & Sony ATV

    March 20, 2018 11:00 PM EDT “Despacito” has done it again. The Luis Fonsi song, featuring Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber , won contemporary Latin song of the year at the BMI 2017 Latin Music Awards. Fonsi was also honored with the BMI President’s Award at the ceremony, which ...

  38. Kobalt Appoints Lonny Olinick to Recording Division CEO

    January 08, 2018 9:00 AM EST The former chief strategy officer will oversee AWAL and Kobal Music Recordings. Lonny Olinick has been appointed to chief executive officer of Kobalt's recording division, the global independent music services company announced on Monday (Jan ...