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Publishing Briefs: Warner Extends Saweetie Deal, Signs D.A. Got That Dope

A list of the latest moves in publishing, including new deals for Saweetie and d.a. got that dope with Warner Chappell Music, Sony Music Publishing Nashville with Tom Douglas and more…

Warner Chappell Music — the publishing arm of Warner Music Group — extended their global publishing deal with Saweetie. The agreement includes her full catalog and her future works.

“We’ve been lucky enough to be on this incredible journey with Saweetie since the very beginning,” said Ryan Press, Warner Chappell Music President of A&R. “We’re in the business of taking early bets on artists and helping develop them into global sensations, and that’s exactly the trajectory Saweetie is on. She’s well on her way to becoming the next big female breakout star, and we’re so proud to be able to continue to support her.”

Saweetie has risen to stardom through her anthems: “Tap In,” “Pretty B***H Freestyle,” “Back to the Streets” featuring Jhené Aiko and two-time platinum hit “My Type.” In January, she released her most recent single “Best Friend” featuring fellow female rapper and breakout artist Doja Cat.

“Ryan and the whole Warner Chappell team have become family over the years. It’s amazing to look back at everything we’ve accomplished together, and I’m excited for this next chapter,” Saweetie said.

Multiplatinum record producer d.a. got that dope signed a worldwide publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music. The deal includes all of his past songs that he’s written and produced, as well as his contributions going forward.

d.a. got that dope is the creative mastermind behind hits for major stars such as: Megan Thee Stallion, Chris Brown, Tyga and more. At the beginning of the year, he reached No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Producers Chart.

“From No. 1’s like ‘Taste’ to ‘ZEZE’, d.a. effortlessly creates memorable beats that connect with fans around the world,” said Ryan Press, President of A&R at Warner Chappell Music. “He brings a different type of vibe and energy to every track he works on and is one of the most versatile producers in the game. I’m incredibly proud to be on this journey with him.”

“I’ve been hustling solo for most of my time in the music industry and Ryan has really come in and made a meaningful impact on my career,” d.a. said. “I’m very appreciative of him and the whole WC team for working hard with me. I’m looking forward to more great music and more success.”

Sony Music Publishing Nashville renewed their worldwide deal with award-winning country music songwriter Tom Douglas. The deal includes his current catalog as well as his work moving forward.

Douglas is known for his work on chart-topping songs for some of the genre’s most prominent artists like Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert amongst many others. The songwriter has earned himself an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Grammy nominations and an induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“Tom Douglas is a living songwriting icon,” said Sony Music Publishing Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston. “His momentum and activity are as hot as ever, and his drive and enthusiasm are undaunted and contagious. We are so excited to continue his long-standing relationship with Sony Music Publishing. He is more than a songwriter to us – he is family.”

Round Hill Music announced a global agreement with country songwriter and producer Zach Crowell. The deal encompasses the acquisition and administration of his music catalog, neighboring rights and producer royalties.

“As a songwriter and producer Zach is one of country music’s true contemporary icons,” said Josh Gruss, Founder and CEO of Round Hill Music. “His originality and creative genius alongside his amazing track record of success speaks for itself and his star will only continue to shine brighter.”

Crowell co-produced country music singer Sam Hunt’s triple platinum album Montevallo as well as co-written and co-produced other hits by the artist like: “Body Like A Back Road,” “Kinfolks,” “Hard to Forget” and “Breaking Up Was Easy In The 90s.” Crowell also contributed to Carrie Underwood’s album Storyteller and co-wrote and produced Keith Urban’s hit single “Cop Car.”

“Round Hill has always been on the front edge of where the music business is headed and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the team,” Crowell said.

Jazz legend Pharoah Sanders joined Third Side Music under a worldwide admin deal including his full catalog and future works.

Sanders has played alongside some of his fellow jazz pioneers such as John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Sun Ra and Ornette Coleman. He began his career in the ’60s and has been described as “probably the best tenor player in the world” by Coleman.

Sony Music Publishing (SMP) India announced a worldwide agreement with Kannada’s leading music label Anand Audio. Under the partnership, SMP will provide world-class publishing, administration and synchronization services to Anand Audio’s catalog of songs. They will also provide opportunities for the label’s community of songwriters.

“With the support of Kannada Music lovers, we are excited to partner with Sony Music Publishing to find greater monetization opportunities for our musical stakeholders,” said Anand Chabria, Owner, Anand Audio.

“We are thrilled that Anand Audio has decided to join the Sony Music Publishing team,” added Guy Henderson, Sony Music Publishing President, International. “We look forward to taking Anand’s songwriters and extensive catalogue with us on our journey as we continue to grow and develop Indian repertoire across the globe.”

SMP just announced the launch of its India office.

Artist discovery platform Meddling launched a new version of its service for music publishers to discover songwriters.

“There are more than 20 unpublished songwriters in the US Top 100 right now,” says Travis Rosenblatt, founder and CEO of Meddling. “Publishers have not yet had access to the same set of tools to discover songwriters that labels have been using for years to find new artists. There is a huge opportunity here for frontline publishing A&R.”

The tool allows publishers to view trending published writers and data by unaffiliated songwriters, filtering them by geography, genre(s) and prolificacy. It is currently being tested by top independent publishers like Concord, Downtown and Riptide.

“Travis and Meddling are always driving innovation in the marriage of music and data,” says Mike Caren, APG CEO. “Meddling for Publishers furthers this and opens the door for publishers to get quick and easy visibility of available songwriters.”