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Publishing Briefs: ‘Sunday Best’ Duo Signs With UMPG, DaBaby Producer Finds ‘Champion’ In Sony/ATV

A rundown of the latest moves in publishing, including Universal Music's deal with Surfaces and Sony/ATV's with DaBaby producer DJ K.i.D.

Universal Music Publishing Group has signed a global co-publishing agreement with Surfaces, the duo behind the hit single “Sunday Best.” The agreement covers the duo’s full catalog and future works.

Comprised of Forrest Frank and Colin Padalecki, Surfaces is signed to independent label 10K Projects and represented by management team Homemade Projects. “Sunday Best” currently sits at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100, down slightly from its peak at No. 28. The track rose up the charts after going viral on TikTok.

Surfaces releases their debut album Surf in 2017. That was followed by Where The Light Is in 2019 and Horizons in February of this year.



Sony/ATV has signed songwriter, rapper and producer Tiagz to a global co-publishing agreement that will cover both his catalog and future works.

Tiagz (a.k.a. Tiago Garcia-Arenas) is best known for his viral hits on TikTok, including the singles “My Heart Went Oops” and “They Call Me Tiago.” He released his debut EP They Call Me Tiago on May 15, which also includes the pandemic-inspired track “Zoom,” co-written by Tiagz’s fellow verified TikTok user Absorber. He first rose to TikTok prominence after creating songs out of snippets of other memes on the video-sharing platform, including “Rise and Shine,” “Chicken Leg Piece” and “I’m in the Ghetto (Ratatata).” He is signed to Epic Records.



Songwriter-producer Khris Riddick-Tynes has signed a global deal with Reservoir. The publisher would not disclose whether it is a publishing, co-publishing or administration agreement.

The deal covers Riddick-Tynes’ partial catalog — including Rick Ross’s “Gold Roses” feat. Drake (Grammy nominee for Best Rap Song) and Kehlani’s “Grieving” feat. James Blake — as well as future works.

Riddick-Tynes is a Babyface protégé and serves as one-half of production duo The Rascals. In addition to “Gold Roses,” he earned a second Grammy nomination for his work on Jessie Reyez’s “Body Count” remix feat. Normani and Kehlani. He also contributed to Toni Braxton and Babyface’s Grammy-winning collaborative album Love, Marriage, & Divorce and has worked as a writer and producer on tracks including Kehlani’s “Butterfly” and Chris Brown’s “Emerald/Burgundy” feat. Juvenile and Juicy J.



Producer and engineer DJ K.i.D has signed a global co-publishing agreement with Sony/ATV. The publisher did not clarify whether the deal covers catalog, future works or both.

DJ K.i.D is best known for his work with DaBaby on such hit singles as “Find My Way”, “Champion”, “Sad S**t” and “Shut Up,” as well as his production work on tracks by rappers Stunna 4 Vegas, Quavo and Lil Durk. He began his career as the DJ and hype man for DaBaby’s live shows in 2018.



Sony/TV Music Publishing Nashville has signed Ben Hayslip to a worldwide publishing deal that encompasses all future works by the songwriter.

Hayslip is known for his work on hit country tracks including “Small Town Boy” by Dustin Lynch, “I’ll Name the Dogs” by Blake Shelton, “Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Everyday” by Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean‘s “The Only Way I Know” feat. Luke Bryan and Eric Church and “Star of the Show” by Thomas Rhett. He has won two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Awards and received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Song, among other honors.



Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville has also signed singer-songwriter Kameron Marlowe to a worldwide publishing deal. The company did not clarify whether the agreement covers catalog, future works or both.

Marlowe broke through with his independently released debut single, “Giving You Up,” which has earned the singer-songwriter 25 million streams to date. He first became known after appearing as a contestant on NBC’s The Voice in 2018. He is signed to The Artist Management Group in Nashville.