London-based management company Blue Raincoat Music has signed Mike Chapman, part of the songwriting team behind many of the biggest hits of the ’70s, to its newly launched publishing division.
Australian-born Chapman, who alongside songwriting partner Nicky Chinn wrote hits for Suzi Quatro, Smokie, Mud and Sweet in the ’70s, is the company’s first signing to its publishing division, Blue Raincoat Songs. The deal covers the territories of the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan and South Africa and in addition to Chapman’s work with Chinn includes compositions like “Love Is A Battlefield,” co-written with Holly Knight and made famous by Pat Benatar, and “The Best,” which was also written with Knight and became a global smash for Tina Turner. As a producer, Chapman also worked on several classic albums by Blondie, including 1978’s Parallel Lines.
“His track record as a writer of era-defining seminal hit songs is quite extraordinary,” says Lascelles, who stresses that his business partners in Blue Raincoat all share a common ethos, forged in a different era “where the artist always came first.” He added: “I’m not sure that those values hold true across the industry so much anymore, but I think it’s time to reverse the trend.”
Blue Raincoat Music was founded in 2014 by former Chrysalis Music CEO Jeremy Lascelles and Grammy-winning British record producer Robin Millar, with backing from Chrysalis Records co-founder Chris Wright and Robert Devereux, best known for partnering Richard Branson in the formation of the Virgin Entertainment group.
Specializing in artist management, the company’s roster includes Paris-born DJ and producer Cesar Merveille, electronic composer Robert Koch, Swiss-Chilean DJ Luciano and Paul Godfrey, a founder member of British trip-hop band Morcheeba.
“There should never be a formula for writing hit songs and Blue Raincoat with all of their experience in the music business understand this better than most,” commented Chapman. “My musical history with Chris [Wright] goes back to the ’70s and what was true then is true now — no hit hook, no hit song. I look forward to getting stuck in with them.”