BMG Chrysalis Signs Bruno Mars
– BMG Chrysalis US has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Bruno Mars, whose debut album, “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” has scanned 1.7 million units so far in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
In addition to the songs he has authored and recorded himself, Mars is a member of the hit songwriting and production team, The Smeezingtons.
“In such a short time, Bruno Mars has created a tremendous footprint in the musical world,” BMG North America executive VP Richard Blackstone noted in a statement. BMG Rights Management CEO Hartwig Masuch added in a statement that Mars decision to sign with BMG “reflects our commitment to make BMG a home for the best music talent in the world.”
Carole King To Receive BMI Icon Award
-Carole King will be presented with the BMI Icon award at the 60th annual BMI Pop Awards, which well be held May 15 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.
An all-star lineup of artists will perform to pay tribute to King’s incomparable catalog. The BMI Pop Song, Songwriter and Publisher of the Year will also be named during the ceremony.
BMI Icons are selected because of their influence on generations of music makers. Others who have received this award in the past include, David Foster, John Fogerty, Kris Kristofferson, the Jacksons, the Bee Gees, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Paul Simon, Merle Haggard, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Carlos Santana, and Dolly Parton.
King began her songwriting career with Don Kirshner’s Aldon Music in the early 60s. The music she wrote with her writing partner and then-husband Gerry Goffin reads like a soundtrack of the 1960’s, including the Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” Bobby Vee’s “Take Good Care of My Baby,” Little Eva’s “Loco-Motion,” the Chiffons’ “One Fine Day,” the Monkees’ “Pleasant Valley Sunday,” the Drifters’ “Up on the Roof,” Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and the Crystals’ “He Hit Me (And it Felt Like a Kiss).”
In the 1970’s she became a superstar in her own write, releasing the “Tapestry” album in 1971, which according to the RIAA website has shipped at least 10 million units.
According to the BMI announcement on King’s award, to date, more than 400 of King’s timeless compositions have been recorded by more than 1000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles. Moreover, she has won 31 BMI songwriting awards spanning pop, r&b and country categories, and 18 of her compositions have earned more than one million performances. King is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
BMI’s Artist Growth Platform
Artist Growth has cut a deal with BMI that gives the PRO’s writer/performer members a six-month free trial, which will allow users, among other things, to register their set list to BMI via mobile devices in order to be properly compensated for performance royalties.
“Artist Growth is an innovative new digital platform that presents exciting possibilities for BMI performing songwriters to manage and organize their schedules and tour support, BMI VP of writer/publisher relations Jody Williams said in a statement. She said that Artist Growth allows for “greater digital integration with BMI’s groundbreaking BMI Live program.”
According to the Artist Growth website, its platform allows users to help manage their careers by integrating finances, gig calendars, CD and merch inventory, industry contacts, and social media.
Artist Growth charges users $5 a month and generally offers a two-month free trial, according to its website, so the BMI offer tacks another four months onto the free component.
Boyarski Fritz LLP Launches
Jason Boyarski and David Fritz have joined forces to form new music, entertainment and media law firm Boyarski Fritz LLP.
According to the announcement on the new law firm, clients include BMG Chrysalis, Charles Koppelman and his company CAK Entertainment, MusiXmatch, Ruben Blades, and OnlineSheetMusic,com, among others.
Previously, Boyarski served as SVP/GM of Warner/Chappell Music from 2008 to 2011. Fritz, meanwhile, most recently was an investor in Myachi, a toy/sports lifestyle brand, administered CAK’s publishing assets, and ran reissue labels for Alliance Entertainment and the Musicland Group, beginning his career at Grubman, Indursky and Schindler.