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Publishing Briefs: Mojo Music Acquires Emerald Forest Catalog, eOne Signs Kalie Shorr & More

Mojo Music & Media acquired the assets of Emerald Forest Entertainment, the company announced Thursday (Dec. 5). The deal includes the '90s catalog of Marilyn Manson, the complete works of singer-songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins and key hits by R&B group Brownstone, guitarist Lita Ford and Swedish band Electric Boys.

Mojo has also announced a global administration deal with Ritchie Blackmore. The deal includes works from the three bands the writer and rock guitarist co-founded: Deep Purple, Rainbow and Blackmore’s Night.

The rights from Deep Purple, who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2016, extend from their album Perfect Strangers onward.

“We Mojo's are at our best when we get to collaborate with true game changers and there’s no doubt both Marilyn Manson and Ritchie Blackmore are exactly that,” said Mojo co-founder and CEO Mark Fried.” “We’re looking forward to working with the artists and their teams in reimagining their deep catalogs and driving new fans via covers, samples, syncs, re-mixes and custom projects across social and digital media.”



Kalie Shorr signed a publishing deal with Entertainment One via its joint venture with Vintern Songs, the company announced Thursday (Dec. 5).

The new country artist recently released her album Open Book. As a songwriter, she’s worked with Will Jay, Miranda Glory and Honey County.

“We are blown away with the depth of Kalie’s songwriting ability and are already integrating her talent with our teams in Nashville and Los Angeles,” said eOne’s global president, music Chris Taylor. “Not only is she a fantastic artist, but we can’t wait to take her work into new realms like TV and Film.”

“Kalie is an amazing triple threat singer/songwriter/musician,” added CEO of Vintern Songs Aaron Pearce. “She is a true artist, a fabulous writer and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be in business with her.”


“Songwriting is my passion, both to tell my own story and help other artists articulate theirs,” said Shorr. “As someone who writes in several different genres, eOne and Vintern are the perfect partners to help me take big steps in multiple directions. I feel so supported by them, both as an artist and as a songwriter, and I’m excited to see the doors we will open together.”



Peermusic re-signed a music publishing deal with songwriter Michael Tyler, the company announced Wednesday (Dec. 4). The deal includes the continuation of co-publishing his catalog, as well as all future works. 

Tyler has six cuts on Jason Aldean’s 9 album. He also worked with Aldean on “Laid Back” and “Girl Like You.” He earned SESAC’s Song of the Year Award in 2016 for his work on Dierks Bentley’s “Somewhere On A Beach.”

“When I first met Michael Tyler, we were talking and he mentioned his family had a history in music,” said svp, peermusic Nashville Michael Knox. “Together, we discovered that Michael was a direct descendant of Jimmie Rodgers, the father of modern country music whom peermusic founder Ralph S. Peer discovered and helped launch his career over 90 years ago. Michael is undeniably continuing in that family tradition of writing great songs. For Michael, there is no Plan B and never was. This is what he was meant to do. I couldn’t be happier for his success.”


“Even as a kid, I studied writer’s credits on albums and I knew Michael Knox’s name from his work on Jason Aldean’s albums,” added Tyler. “When I was 13 years old, I wrote to Knox and he invited me to Nashville for a meeting. After that, he had me send him at least one new song every month to hone in on my songwriting. When I was 17, I relocated to Nashville full time and by the time I was 18, I was signed with peermusic and landing songs with some incredible artists — Michael Knox has been working with me since Day 1. I’m so glad to continue working with peermusic. To get to celebrate the renewal of our publishing deal with the chart entry of this latest Jason Aldean album is kind of another full circle moment.”



Joe Fox signed a worldwide publishing agreement with Liz Rose Music and Warner Chappell Music, the company announced Monday (Nov. 25).

The SESAC songwriter has played guitar on Maren Morris’ Grammy-nominated Hero, as well as toured with country stars like Matt Stell.



Kontra K signed an exclusive worldwide music publishing deal with BMG, adding to his 2017 recordings deal, the company announced Wednesday (Nov. 27).

The Berlin rapper has scored three number one albums in Germany.

In addition to his signing, Kontra K will also launch a new record label with BMG called Die letzten Wölfe.


“The fact that three years and three Number One albums into our collaboration, we are expanding the deal with Kontra K and launching a new label, shows how complex our relationship is and how well BMG's holistic approach works,” said managing director BMG GSA Maximilian Kolb. “We open a whole new chapter."



The Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Independent Music Publishers will honor PEN Music Group, Inc. with its Indie Publisher of the Year Award and the late Jay Rosenthal with its Individual Award in support of songwriters and publishers, the company announced Thursday (Nov. 21). They will be honored at the LA Chapter Holiday Awards, Mixer & Benefit on Dec. 5 at BMI’s Los Angeles offices.

PEN Music Group, Inc. was selected in celebration of the company’s 25th anniversary. Rosenthal will be honored for his work in support of the Music Modernization Act, as well as his dedication to independent songwriters and publishers..

“PEN Music Group has been a true ally for independent songwriters over the last quarter-century, and we couldn’t be happier to present them with our Indie Publisher of the Year Award,” said AIMP National Chair and LA Chapter President Teri Nelson-Carpenter. “Michael Eames [president, PEN Music Group, Inc.] and his company have helped countless songwriters land their tracks on major albums, secure lucrative sync placements and otherwise advance their careers, all while working to improve the overall landscape for all rights-holders. Here’s to another 25 years!”

“Jay’s passing was a true blow to the publishing community, independent or otherwise, and while we will be paying tribute to his life, we originally voted to honor the very real contributions he made to our industry in the past year,” continued Nelson-Carpenter. “Without him, we would not be nearly as far along with the MMA’s long-overdue overhaul of music publishing rights, an accomplishment that will carry his legacy forward for years to come.”