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Publishing Briefs: Hipgnosis Acquires No I.D. Catalog; Sony/ATV Signs Jon Pardi

A rundown of the latest moves in publishing, including Sony/ATV's signing of rising Nashville stars Jimmie Allen and Jon Pardi and Concord's admin deal with The National frontman Matt Berninger.

Hipgnosis Songs has acquired the entire music royalty catalog of frequent Kanye West and Jay-Z collaborator Ernest “Dion” Wilson, better known as No I.D. Considered the “Godfather of Chicago Hip-Hop,” No I.D.’s songs and productions over the years have been streamed more than 7 billion times and include such hits as “Run This Town” by Jay-Z featuring West and Rihanna; “Holy Grail” by Jay-Z featuring Justin Timberlake; West’s “Black Skinhead”; and “Kiss Me” by Ed Sheeran, among many others.

Technically, Hipgnosis has acquired 100% of No I.D.’s worldwide copyrights and publishing royalties — including writer’s share of income — in the 273-song catalog. No I.D. rose to fame in 1994 with his production work on Common’s critically acclaimed sophomore album Resurrection. He began his partnership with Jay-Z with 2007’s American Gangster album and subsequently worked on major releases like The Blueprint 3, Magna Carta Holy Grail and 4:44. He started working with West in 2008 on the seminal 808s & Heartbreak, and the collaboration continued with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus. He has also worked with Drake, Big Sean and Nas.

“The words NO I.D. are a stamp of excellence on any album,” said Merck Mercuriadis, founder of Hipgnosis Songs. “From Kanye West’s ‘808s & Heartbreak’, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ and ‘Yeezus’ to Jay-Z’s astonishing run from ‘American Gangster’ through ‘The Blueprint 3’, ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ and ‘4:44’, Dion has been in the middle of everything that is great about Hip Hop for more than two decades. He is a special creator and everyone in the Hipgnosis Family is proud to have him standing next to us.”

No I.D. added, “Not many have the best intentions for the artist and the creators. Merck and the Hipgnosis team have shown that they are a safe home for the songs that score our lives.”



Sony/ATV has extended its worldwide publishing deal with country singer-songwriter Jon Pardi, whose hit songs include “Dirt On My Boots,” “Head Over Boots” and “Heartache on the Dance Floor.” He was also recently featured on the hit Thomas Rhett track “Beer Can’t Fix.”

Pardi’s latest album, Heartache Medication, was released last September and is nominated for Album of the Year at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards. In 2017, he won New Artist of the Year at the CMA Awards and New Male Vocalist of the Year at the ACMs.



Sony/ATV and TwentySeven Music Publishing have signed Nashville singer-songwriter Jimmie Allen to a worldwide publishing deal under their joint venture.

Allen broke through with the hit singles “Best Shot” and “Make Me Want To” off his debut album Mercury Lane, both of which topped Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. In July, he released the EP Bettie James, which features collaborations with Nelly, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Noah Cyrus, among others.



The Nashville Chapter of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) announced the winners of its fifth annual AIMP Nashville Awards on July 30. Publisher of the Year went to SMACKSongs, which co-published this year’s AIMP Nashville Publisher’s Pick “One Night Standards.” That song’s co-writer and performer Ashley McBryde, meanwhile, was named Artist-Writer of the Year.

Other major winners included Hailey Whitters, who took home Rising Artist-Writer of the Year; HARDY, who won Songwriter of the Year; Allison Veltz Cruz, who won Rising Songwriter of the Year; and the Maren Morris co-written and performed track “The Bones,” which won Song of the Year. Finally, NMPA president and CEO David Israelite was honored as Song Champion of the Year.



Independent German publisher Budde Music has signed a joint venture with Karma Songs, the publishing arm of Karma Artists Management in the U.K. The deal will see the companies embarking on a project to build a global publishing venture focused on developing new talent.

The first signing to the new venture is singer-songwriter Nick Bradley, who was discovered via Karma’s “Beat Goes On” talent discovery initiative during the coronavirus lockdown. The global publishing deal with Bradley covers his catalog and future releases.

Under the agreement, Budde will offer “an extensive creative and administrative global network for Karma Songs and their songwriters,” according to a statement by CEO Benjamin Budde announcing the venture. The deal will cover all future copyrights plus administration of the Karma Songs catalog, which includes works recorded by Diana Ross, Andrea Bocelli, Martin Solveig

Karma Songs’ recent successes include Aitana and Ana Guerra’s “Lo Malo” and Loren and Rudimental’s “Standby” (the official single of the Cricket World Cup). It has additionally published cuts for artists including Tom Misch, Martin Solveig and The Vamps.

Established in 1947, Budde Music recently scored co-writes on Jack Harlow’s “What’s Poppin,’” S1mba’s “Rover” and Ava Max’s “Kings and Queens.”



Concord Music Publishing has signed The National frontman Matt Berninger to a worldwide administration deal that covers his solo works and projects outside the band.

Berninger’s forthcoming solo debut album, the Booker T. Jones-produced Serpentine Prison, is slated for release on Oct. 2 via Concord Records/Book Records. His non-National projects include the new-wave influenced duo EL VY and 7-inches for Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit that supports the eponymous organization through a curated series of releases featuring music, comedy, spoken word and visual art.



Canadian performing rights society SOCAN has renewed its deal with French authors’ rights society Sacem. Under the agreement, the latter organization will continue representing the digital and mechanical reproduction rights for SOCAN’s creators in the European market.

Sacem’s original agreement to manage SOCAN creators’ digital rights was signed in 2016, while the deal for mechanical reproduction rights was signed in 2018. The latter was struck after Sacem acquired SODCRAC, the society representing the reproduction rights of authors, composers and publishers in Canada.

“Canada’s music creators and publishers are hugely successful internationally, and Sacem is a vital link, including our francophone members,” said SOCAN interim CEO Jennifer Brown in a statement. “We look forward to a continuing mutually beneficial relationship as we work together to fight for the rights and royalties of SOCAN’s more than 160,000 members.”



Warner Chappell has signed a worldwide administration agreement with Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote that covers their catalog and future works.

Consisting of vocalist-guitarist Naomi “Nai Palm” Saalfield, bassist Paul Bender, keyboardist Simon Mavin and drummer Perrin Moss, Hiatus Kaiyote has released two studio albums, Tawk Tomahawk and Choose Your Weapon. The group has also been nominated for two Grammys for Best R&B Performance for the tracks “Nakamarra” and “Breathing Underwater.” They are currently ramping up for the release of their third studio album.

Hiatus Kaiyote have notably captured the attention of major artists including Drake — who used a sample of the band’s song “Building a Ladder” at the beginning of his track “Free Smoke” – and Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who used a portion of the song “The World It Softly Lulls” on their collaborative track “713.”



Sony/ATV has signed a global administration agreement with Grammy-nominated songwriter and artist Jozzy for all future releases.

Born Jocelyn Donald, Jozzy wrote Billy Ray Cyrus’s verse on Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road Remix,” which spent a record-breaking 19 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. She has also collaborated with Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams and Missy Elliott, among others. A recent signee to Columbia Records, she is currently at work on the forthcoming EP Soul Therapy: Apartment 215. Her debut track as an artist, “Sucka Free” feat. Lil Wayne, was released last year.



Scottish songwriter-producer Rodaidh McDonald has signed a global co-publishing deal with Concord that covers all future works.

McDonald has produced and mixed for artists including The xx, Sampha, Adele and Kanye West, among others.

In 2017, The xx’s I See You and Sampha’s Process – both of which McDonald produced – were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, which Sampha ultimately won. More recently, McDonald co-produced David Byrne’s Grammy-nominated album American Utopia alongside Byrne and Brian Eno.



Warner Chappell has signed a global publishing deal with British DJ and producer Nathan Dawe, whose latest single, “Lighter” feat. KSI, is currently enjoying chart success in the U.K.

Dawe, who began DJing at age nine, signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records UK in 2019 and released the hit U.K. single “Flowers” feat. Jaykae. He first gained attention after releasing a series of multi-genre mixes on Soundcloud before embarking on original music.



Korea-based independent music publisher EKKO Music Rights and Kobalt Music Publishing have signed a global strategic agreement that kicks off a multi-year relationship across investment, publishing, creative and administration. Under the deal, EKKO will also assist Kobalt with investment in potential publishing assets located in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

EKKO’s recent successes include placing five tracks on K-Pop group SuperM’s SuperM: The First Mini Album, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last year. It has additionally placed songs on the latest releases from BTS, Seventeen, Baekhyun, NCT 127 and NCT Dream. The company has offices in Korea, Japan, Sweden and the U.S. and currently plans to open another office in Southeast Asia.