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Publishing Briefs: WCM Signs Jhené Aiko & Elvie Shane; Emeli Sandé Finds Reservoir

Warner Chappell Music has signed a co-publishing deal with Grammy-nominated artist Jhené Aiko. The deal includes all songs created by Aiko from January 2021 until the deal’s end, this includes already released songs like “In the Dark” by Swae Lee and Aiko, “By Yourself” by Ty Dolla $ign ft. Aiko and Mustard, and more.

Warner Chappell Music President of A&R, U.S., Ryan Press, shared: “Jhené’s star power only continues to rise, and it’s been exciting to see her become one of the industry’s most influential acts. With each new release, she reveals a different side of her musical talent and captivates listeners with her artistry and lyrics. She’s established herself as the defining voice of her generation and of modern R&B, and we’re so proud to be working with Jhené, her manager Taz and the whole team at ArtClub.”

Jhené Aiko also added, “I’ve known Ryan Press for a long time now and have so much love and respect for the work they’re doing at Warner Chappell. They treat their songwriters like family, and it’s great to be on this new journey together.”

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Rome Phrey Publishing and Warner Chappell Music (WCM) Nashville have signed a publishing deal with singer/songwriter Elvie Shane. The Wheelhouse Records/BMG artist’s debut single, “My Boy” is currently No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay and Country Aircheck charts. Shane’s debut full length album, Backslider, is expected out October 29th.

Ben Vaughn, President & CEO, WCM Nashville said: “When you meet Elvie you understand that he has a voice, a point of view, and he can write songs that make you feel something. He’s carving his own path, and his honest and powerful storytelling is really resonating with fans. We’re grateful to be working with R.J. and Lisa to support this talented songwriter.”

R.J. Romeo, Co-Owner, Rome Phrey Publishing, added: “I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with Ben, Will [Overton], and the entire WCM team. Elvie is an amazingly talented singer/songwriter who has only just begun to tell his story. By partnering with a team that shares our enthusiasm and passion for Elvie’s talents I’m confident that Elvie will continue to write meaningful music that will speak to his fans and touch millions of people all over the world.”

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Shane cited his motivation for joining the team saying, “Songwriting is at the core of everything I do as an artist. I come from a place full of hard working Blue Collar Americans. I’m so proud to join a team of fellow storytellers that care about those folks as much as I do. I love songwriters and this crew is a passionate one. So excited to see what this new creative team adds to my music.”


Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Ally Brooke has joined a worldwide administration publishing agreement with Warner Chappell Music’s (WCM) U.S. Latin division. She is currently readying her first Spanish-language single/video release, “Mi Musica” (Oct. 22), and an upcoming all-Spanish album.

Gustavo Menendez, President, U.S. Latin & Latin America, WCM said, “It’s great to see Ally tapping into her Latin roots and exploring new sounds and styles that will connect her with more fans across the globe. She’s undoubtedly a superstar in the making and we look forward to working with her to catapult her career to even greater heights.”

Brooke added, “I am so happy to be welcomed into the Warner Chappell family. I know this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship. I can’t wait for all the magic to be created together. Simran Singh and the Warner Chappell family is a dream partnership for me.”


Country duo LOCASH, Preston Brust and Chris Lucas, have extended their global co-publishing agreement with BBR Music Group/BMG’s Wheelhouse Records, represented by Red Light Management.

“Getting to know and work alongside Preston [Brust] and Chris [Lucas] over the past three years has only strengthened our belief in them as brilliant musical creators. We are proud to continue our longtime partnership with LOCASH and look forward to their continued success,” shared BMG’s VP, Creative Chris Oglesby and Senior Creative Director, A&R Katie Kerkhover.

Brust and Lucas added, “Turning words, feelings, and melodies into songs is a big part of our life, and we couldn’t ask for a better home for the songs we write than BMG. We’re excited to continue our partnership with [Chris] Oglesby, Katie [Kerkhover], and the entire amazing team at BMG!”

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The duo has also penned hits for other artists including Keith Urban’s “You Gonna Fly,” and Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah.” They are currently on tour, with stops through the end of the year including the Tortuga Music Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL, on November 14) and the National Finals Rodeo (Las Vegas, NV, on December 3).


Reservoir Media has announced a new exclusive songwriting agreement with Scottish artist and songwriter Emeli Sandé. Known most for her rise to popularity in the United Kingdom with chart-topping singles such as “Heaven,” which peaked at #2 on the U.K. Official Charts in 2011, Sandé’s deal includes her upcoming record and future works.

In 2012, she broke through in the United States with her Platinum-selling single “Next To Me,” which hit #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart. The single comes from her debut record, Our Version of Events, which hit #28 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified Gold by the RIAA. She has collaborated with a diverse cast of artists throughout her career, having worked with names like David Guetta, Ghetts, Giggs, Labrinth and Naughty Boy.

Sandé is currently working on her upcoming record which is expected to come out in 2022, and released “Family” in September as a teaser.

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Warner Chappell Music has signed producer and songwriter Toddla T to a worldwide publishing deal. Best known for his 11-year tenure at BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra, where he hosted weekly shows, he has also seen chart success as a producer.

“A new chapter in the Toddla T Producky book… it’s great to link with Warner Chappell… more shellings to come! UK to the world,” Toddla T said of the new deal.

Toddla T has been behind the boards on singles like the BRIT-nominated “Ain’t It Different” by Headie One, AJ Tracey and Stormzy, which reached #2 on the UK charts. He has also collaborated with artists like Matt Helders from Arctic Monkeys, Benjamin Zephaniah, Roots Manuva and others in his early discography. He has released multiple albums throughout the years while having produced and wrote on records like Stormzy’s Heavy Is The Head.

“I’ve known T for many years in different capacities; his talent for producing and writing such a varied range of music, paired with his passion and ability to bring the best out of whoever he is working with is second to none,” said Sam Lowe, senior international A&R Manager, Warner Chappell Music UK. “His focus and love for what he does is always evident, and I am extremely excited to be part of the next chapter for such a special individual.”