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Publishing Briefs: Reservoir Signs Lil Baby Collaborator, Sony/ATV Lassoes Country Hitmaker Jay Brunswick

A rundown of the latest moves in publishing, including Reservoir's signing of Lil Baby collaborator Twysted Genius and Sony/ATV's deal with country songwriter Jay Brunswick.

Reservoir has signed writer-producer Twysted Genius to a worldwide publishing deal covering his entire catalog and future works. The company would not confirm whether the agreement is admin, co-publishing or publishing.

Twysted Genius’ catalog includes his collaborations on Lil Baby’s Billboard 200 No. 1 album My Turn, on which he co-wrote and produced “Emotionally Scarred,” “Sum 2 Prove,” “Live Off My Closet” feat. Future and “Forever” feat. Lil Wayne. The success of those tracks earned Twysted Genius the No. 10 spot on Billboard’s most recent Publisher’s Quarterly and also  landed him atop the Hot 100 Producers chart.


Based in Atlanta and managed by Quality Control Music, Twysted Genius has forthcoming cuts with Young Thug, Future, Gucci Mane and more.



Sony/ATV Nashville has signed country songwriter and producer Jay Brunswick to a global publishing deal that covers future works, including forthcoming projects with Heath Sanders, Parmalee, Jordan Rowe, Patrick Murphy and Chancie Neal.

Brunswick has been a force behind such songs as Brantley Gilbert’s “Hard Days,” Reba McEntire’s “Freedom,” Chris Janson’s “Beer Me,” Parmalee’s “Heartbreaker” and “American Nights,” Granger Smith’s “Everybody Lives” and Josh Thompson’s “Always Been Me” and “You Ain’t Seen Country Yet.”



Kobalt has renewed its partnership with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne’s Nashville-based publisher SMACKSongs. The deal includes administration, creative services and synch for SMACKSongs’ entire catalog and future works.

Additionally, Kobalt has announced a global agreement with independent African music company emPawa Publishing. As with SMACKSongs, the deal includes admin, creative services and synch for emPawa’s full catalog and future releases. The publisher has had songs recorded by Beyoncé, J Balvin & Bad Bunny and Major Lazer and boasts hit singles by African artists including Mr. Eazi, J. Derobie and Killertunes.



BMG has extended its worldwide partnership with TV producer and distributor Fremantle. The renewed deal includes a global music publishing and administration agreement for Fremantle’s catalogue, as well as a deal with BMG’s production music business that has been expanded to a global partnership under the terms of the renewal.

Under the original agreement with BMG, Fremantle maximized its music publishing revenue by 12% since 2017. The company’s catalog includes more than 15,000 owned and co-published music copyrights, including music featured in Fremantle shows such as American Gods, The Price Is Right, Family Feud, The Apprentice, Take Me Out, Grand Designs, Neighbours and Wentworth.

Fremantle will additionally continue to utilize BMG’s royalty portal, myBMG, which provides accounting transparency, the central management and tracking of income from multiple international territories and a faster royalty pay-through.



Sony/ATV has signed songwriter, artist and producer Emma Rosen to a worldwide co-publishing agreement that encompasses her catalog and future works.

Rosen has collaborated with European artists including Scooter, James Carter and Tokio Hotel. She additionally co-wrote Zoe Wees’ breakthrough single “Control.” She started her career composing and singing in the advertising field before moving into songwriting. Other collaborators have included Tamzene, Tim Kamrad and Neon Dreams.



PPL has signed an agreement with house artist Sigala for the administration of his international neighboring rights collections.

Sigala enjoyed a U.K. No. 1 in 2015 with his debut single “Easy Love.” Overall, he has released seven top 10 albums and ten top 40 singles in the U.K. He has collaborated with Nile Rodgers, Craig David, John Newman, Paloma Faith and Becky Hill.

PPL manages the neighboring rights of 95,000 performers and recording rightsholders and has over 100 agreements with collective management organizations across every continent.