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Publishing Briefs: ‘Whoopty’ Rapper Goes With WCM, Round Hill Acquires Two-Thirds of Massive Attack

A rundown of the latest moves in publishing, including signings for "Whoopty" rapper CJ and Emmylou Harris and a catalog acquisition for Massive Attack.

Breakout rapper CJ, whose hit single “Whoopty” entered the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 this week, has signed a global administration agreement with Warner Chappell. He signed a deal with Warner Records in January.

“We chose Warner Chappell and Warner Records because we wanted to have our label and publishing partners under the same roof as well as work with a team that felt more like family” said James Cruz, CJ’s manager and founder and CEO of Cruz Control. “I’ve been on this ride with CJ since the beginning, and I know it’s going to only get better from here with the full support of our friends at Warner.”


A native of Staten Island, CJ got an early start via his relationship with Cruz, his uncle, who has worked with Puff Daddy, Busta Rhymes and 50 Cent, among other artists. Since the release of “Whoopty,” he has dropped another single, “BOP”; he is currently at work on his debut EP.

Round Hill Music has acquired the catalog of two members of Massive Attack, Robert Del Naja and Grant Marshall, who co-founded the U.K. electronica outfit. The deal, which does not include the group’s third member, Adrian “Tricky” Thaws, encompasses their first five albums.

“Massive Attack are authentic trailblazers who are revered by their peers and music fans alike,” said Robin Godfrey-Cass, managing director of Round Hill’s London office, in a statement. “The band’s body of work, which Robert and Grant have been key contributors to over the last three decades is astonishing and we are proud that they have chosen us to oversee their legacy.”

Massive Attack’s first three albums — Blue Lines, Protection and Mezzanine — went double platinum in the U.K. Since 2019, they have released two EPs: Ritual Spirit and Eutopia.

Emmylou Harris has signed a long-term global administration deal with the recently formed indie publisher Sheltered Music. The agreement covers Harris’ entire catalogue and future releases.

“We are honored and consider it a rare privilege to represent Emmylou Harris’ music,” said Sheltered Music executive vp Darrell Franklin. “Her iconic contributions to Country Music are documented and celebrated by fans everywhere, and her songwriting has been a cornerstone to quality that continues to inspire.”

A 14-time Grammy winner, Harris broke through with her 1975 sophomore album Pieces of the Sky, which netted the country hit “If I Could Only Win Your Love.” Her best-loved songs also include “Wildflowers” and “To Know Him Is to Love Him” (both with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt) as well as “Boulder to Birmingham,” which dealt with her grief over the death of early collaborator Gram Parsons. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

BMG has extended its decade-long administration agreement with rock band Scorpions. The deal covers the majority of post-1990 works written by band members Klaus Meine, Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs, including hit singles such as “Wind of Change” and “Send Me An Angel” and the albums Crazy World, Face The Heat and Pure Instinct, among others.

Also represented by BMG are a chunk of the band’s recorded catalog from earlier years, including the songs “No One Like You,” “Still Loving You” and “Rock You Like a Hurricane” as well as the albums Taken By Force (1977), Tokyo Tapes (1978), Lovedrive (1979), Animal Magnetism (1980), Blackout (1982), Love At First Sting (1984), World Wide Live (1985) and Savage Amusement (1988).

The deal extension coincides with BMG’s 30th anniversary re-release of “Wind of Change,” which is the first entry in The Iconic Song, a new series of BMG deluxe boxes devoted to a single track. The single hit No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold an estimated 15 million copies worldwide, becoming the band’s biggest hit and signature song.

Peermusic has signed composing team Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar to a global publishing deal. The pact covers all future releases and a portion of the duo’s catalog, including the musicals Beau and Lyons’ Polkadots.

Peermusic will look to create new opportunities for Lyons and Pakchar in the growing on-screen musical theater market. The deal sprang from a songwriter showcase at the 2019 National Alliance for Musical Theater (NAMT) Festival, where showcase participants Lyons and Pakchar were approached by Peermusic executives.

“Douglas and Ethan have some incredible material for stage and screen in the works,” said Carter Armstrong, senior vp of film and television at Peermusic. “The rise in demand for musical theater compositions that we’ve seen among our clients is remarkable, so there’s no limit to the opportunities for composers of their caliber.”

Lyons and Pakchar’s current stage and screen projects include Five Points with Andy Blankebuehler, with past works having been played or developed at Roundabout Theater Company, Lincoln Center, Papermill Playhouse, Musical Theatre Factory, Theater Latte Da, Goodspeed Musicals, The Fifth Ave Theatre and more. Additional theater projects for the duo include Breathe with author Jodi Picoult, The Hamlet Remix and Theatreworks USA’s We The People.

Boosey & Hawkes, the Concord-owned publisher of classical music, and international publisher Schott Music, have announced that Boosey & Hawkes’ New York office is now the key service provider for Schott’s U.S. rental and licensing business, European American Music Distributors Company (EAMDC). The move extends the relationship between the two companies, which have had a nearly 20-year collaboration in Europe.

EAMDC is the North American rental and licensing representative for the complete catalogs of the Schott Group, Universal Edition, Faber Music, Bärenreiter and others. The services provided under the deal include music rental and licensing, including grand rights, synchronization and mechanicals; and continued promotion of EAMDC’s full suite of catalogs. Schott’s North American publishing operations, which cover new signings, composer management, editorial and the PSNY initiative, will continue as a separate entity.

Boosey & Hawkes senior vp Steven Lankenau will oversee the EAMDC team as part of his role leading the company’s operations in North and South America. Joining Boosey & Hawkes’ New York team are longtime EAMDC executives Norman Ryan, vp for composers & repertoire, and Caroline Kane, vp for licensing & administration, as well as director of promotion Lauren Ishida, director of rental services Doriana Molla and rental coordinator Tamika Gorski.

Highlights from EAMDC’s catalog include Orff’s “Carmina Burana” and Stravinsky’s Firebird (Schott); George Gershwin‘s “Rhapsody in Blue” (Gershwin Music); The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht in collaboration with Elisabeth Hauptmann (European American Music Corporation); Arvo Pärt’s “Tabula Rasa” (UE); George Benjamin’s Written on Skin and Thomas Ades’ The Tempest (Faber Music); and Frank Zappa’s “G-Spot Tornado” (Munchkin Music).

Canada-based indie music company Linus Entertainment has acquired the Stony Plain music publishing catalog, which includes songs by Maria Muldaur, Ronnie Earl and Colin Linden, among many others.

“It’s been just over two years since Linus Entertainment acquired the Stony Plain Records catalog, things have gone so smoothly and they have done such a good job with the recordings it felt like the right home for the publishing catalog as well,” said Holger Petersen, co-founder of Stony Plain publishing alongside Alvin Jahns.

“These songs are part of the history of North American roots music, written by Grammy, Juno, and Blues Music Award winners, and we couldn’t be prouder to be their music publisher,” added Linus Entertainment CEO Geoff Kulawick.

Bucks Music Group has signed Scottish multi-instrumentalist and composer Erland Cooper to a global publishing agreement for future works. Bucks also has Erland’s catalog under a previous sponsorship deal between the publisher and Full Time Hobby.

Cooper has released three albums as a solo artist and, under a previous sponsorship agreement with Bucks, scored syncs in ads for Marie Curie and Citizen and TV series including The New Pope, Hanna and Brave New World. He has co-written with artists including Brooke Bentham, Ailbhe Reddy, George Cosby and Jordan Mackampa and continues co-writing with frequent collaborator Paul Weller.