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Publishing Briefs: The Zombies & Collective Soul Catalogs Acquired, LBT Sticks With WCM

A rundown of the latest moves in publishing, including catalog acquisitions for The Zombies and Collective Soul and Little Big Town's extension with Warner Chappell.

Wise Music Group has purchased the Marquis, Verulam and Mistletoe Melodies music publishing companies from The Bocu Group, in the process acquiring publishing rights to the works of influential rock band The Zombies.

Included in the purchase are several tracks written by The Zombies’ Rod Argent, including the Hot 100 No. 2 hit “She’s Not There” from the group’s 1964 debut album Begin Here and the tracks “Tell Her No,” “Care of Cell 44” and “Time of the Season” from their 1968 masterpiece Odessey and Oracle. The sale also includes “This Will Be Our Year” and “Hold Your Head Up” (both penned by band member Chris White) and “God Gave Rock and Roll to You,” a song performed by Argent’s post-Zombies band Argent (written by that group’s Russ Ballard and later covered by Kiss).

Non-Zombies songs in the sale include tracks from The Zombies lead singer Colin Blunstone’s solo albums One Year, Ennismore and On the Air Tonight; Howard Barnes, Harold Cornelius and Dominic John’s “A Blossom Fell,” (recorded by Nat King Cole, Patti Page, Tony Bennett and Diana Krall); Terry Thompson’s “A Shot of Rhythm and Blues,” originally recorded by Arthur Alexander and later covered by The Beatles and Cilla Black; songs by Duffy Power including “I’m So Glad You’re Mine”, “Mary Open the Door” and “If I Get Lucky”; Edwin Astley’s music for the TV series series The Saint and Danger Man; jazz pianist-vocalist Mose Allison’s “Parchman Farm”; and Graham Bond’s “Spanish Blues”.

Round Hill Music has acquired the full catalog of the Atlanta-based rock band Collective Soul and signed a global admin agreement with the band’s founder, lead vocalist and primary songwriter Ed Roland for future releases.

Collective Soul have released a total of ten studio albums, including the multi-platinum sellers Hints, Allegations & Things Left Unsaid and Collective Soul; the platinum-selling Disciplined Breakdown and Dosage; and the gold-selling Blender. The group’s debut single “Shine” peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, with other successful singles including “December,” “The World I Know,” “Where The River Flows,” “Precious Declaration, “Listen” and “Heavy,” all of which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart.

Roland – also the founder, frontman and primary songwriter of the band Sweet Tea Project – started his music career as a sound engineer and producer before releasing his debut album Ed-E Roland independently in 1991. Hints, Allegations & Things Left Unsaid was released in 1994, catapulting Roland and his bandmates to global stardom.

Three-time Grammy winners Little Big Town have extended their global publishing deal with Warner Chappell Nashville encompassing all future releases.

Little Big Town’s ninth studio album, Nightfall, recently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. It spawned the Grammy-nominated single “The Daughters” as well as “Wine, Beer, Whiskey.” Their repertoire of past hits includes “Pontoon,” “Girl Crush,” “Better Man,” “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” “Little White Church,” “Tornado” and “Day Drinking.” They also have writing credits on songs recorded by Thomas Rhett and Carly Peace, among others.

Comprised of Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook, Little Big Town scored 2021 Grammy nods for Best Country Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance. They are managed by Sandbox Entertainment and represented by attorney Jess Rosen at Greenberg Traurig LLP.

Sony/ATV has signed a new publishing deal with two-time Grammy-winning songwriter Mark James, including acquiring extended rights to three of his biggest songs: “Suspicious Minds,” “Hooked on a Feeling” and “Always on my Mind.” The renewed agreement extends his relationship with Screen Gems/EMI, which goes back to 1971.

James is also known for writing songs including “Moody Blue” for Elvis Presley, “Sunday Sunrise” by Brenda Lee, “One Hell of a Woman” by Mac Davis and “Everybody Loves a Rain Song” by B.J. Thomas. His music has also been recorded by artists such as Bill Withers, Jay-Z, Sonny & Cher, Waylon Jennings, Pet Shop Boys, Martina McBride and Dwight Yoakam and been featured in films including Guardians of the Galaxy, Reservoir Dogs, Honeymoon in Vegas, Practical Magic, Kramer vs. Kramer, Intolerable Cruelty, Frequency and Blackhawk Down.

James is in the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, the New York Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Nashville Country Hall of Fame and will soon be inducted into the Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Primary Wave has acquired a majority stake in the publishing catalog of songwriter Jon Lind, whose career hits include “Boogie Wonderland” and “Sun Goddess” by Earth, Wind & Fire and Hot 100 No. 1s “Crazy for You” by Madonna and “Save the Best for Last” by Vanessa Williams, the latter of which scored Lind a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year in 1993.

As part of the deal, Lind will be provided access to Primary Wave’s marketing and publishing infrastructure, including digital strategy, licensing, synch opportunities and film and TV production. A former A&R head at Hollywood Records, he will also reimagine and curate collaborations for select songs from Primary Wave’s catalog.

In addition to the above-mentioned artists, Lind has penned tracks for Cher, Cheap Trick, Aaron Neville, Jennifer Holliday and Rick Astley, among others. At Hollywood Records, he played a key role in developing artists such as Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Jesse McCartney.

Global royalty management platform Songtrust has signed new worldwide administration deals with Dummy’s artist services company DMY Artists, artist management firms Fast Friends and TRIBE, artist services company Tenwest and Red Fish Music, the publishing affiliate of London record label Snapper Music. Specific to Ireland, Songtrust has also boarded Jawdropper Management and electronic producer, composer and artist Kormac.

“Each of these new clients represents the current state of the music industry, while also playing a key role in shaping its future,” said Lara Baker, Songtrust’s director of business development for the UK and Ireland. “They span genres such as Grime, Rock, Jazz, Pop, Drill, and Folk, and recognize that it’s essential for all music rightsholders to be able to collect their global publishing royalties from as many sources as possible, and I’m excited to make that possible for these companies and their songwriters.”

Clients covered under the deals include Ciaran Lavery, Amber Run and Bear’s Den (TRIBE Management); Mr. Williamz and Kemi Ade (Tenwest); Ed Wynne, Aviv Geffen and Pye Hastings (DMY Artists); and Jay Pryor, Maths Time Joy, Sarah Barrios, Linden Jay and Sillkey (Fast Friends).

Sony/ATV U.K. has renewed its worldwide admin deal with Grammy-nominated production duo CamelPhat, which consists of Mike Di Scala and Dave Whelan. The new agreement includes the launch of a joint publishing venture, CamelPhat Music.

CamelPhat rose to prominence in 2017 with the song “Cola” feat. Elderbrook, which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart and earned a Grammy nod for Best Dance Recording. Their debut album Dark Matter, released last year, compiled past hits such as “Easier” feat. LOWES and “Be Someone” with Jake Bugg along with brand-new material.

“We’re really happy to continue working with David and his team,” CamelPhat said in a statement. “We have known each other for a while now and our admin deal was of great benefit to us as we could see firsthand the team’s support and knowledge. We’re really excited to make it official, and with our own publishing imprint, it was important for us to help find and nurture the new, fresh and emerging talent. We look forward to what the future holds together.”

Songwriter Gez O’Connell has re-upped his publishing deal with Concord. The agreement covers all existing and future works.

The O’Connell-penned “Paradise,” released by Italian production trio Meduza and featuring vocals by Dermot Kennedy, is currently at No. 6 on the U.K. singles chart. He has also written songs for Kylie Minogue, Avicii, Dua Lipa, Kygo, Zara Larsson and Tyga. Current collaborators include Diplo, Celeste, Sea Girls, Matoma and Sub Focus.

Songwriters Kelly Archer, Corey Crowder, Jessie Jo Dillon and Sharon Vaughn have been newly elected to the Nashville Songwriters Association International’s (NSAI) board of directors.

Current board members who were re-elected to two-year terms include Sarah Buxton, Nicolle Galyon, Tim Nichols, Josh Osborne, Rivers Rutherford, Laura Veltz and Troy Verges. Roger Brown and Lee Thomas Miller were re-appointed to one-year terms as “legislative co-chairs,” while Rhett Akins and Caitlyn Smith were re-appointed to one-year terms in the “artist writer” board and Brett James was re-appointed to a one-year term in the “industry liaison” position.

Existing board members include Steve Bogard, Jeff Cohen, Chris DeStefano, J.T. Harding, Byron Hill, Josh Kear, Jon Nite, Liz Rose, Emily Shackelton, Jenn Schott and Jimmy Yeary, all of whose terms expire in 2022.

Online recording studio and music publisher Tunedly has signed a global admin deal with Spirit Music Group.

Launched in 2015, Tunedly connects songwriters and other music creators with session musicians for professional music production and music publishing services. It also fosters increased royalty collections for creators via its partnerships with sub-publishers. Advisors for the company include Matthew Knowles and Harvey Mason Jr.

“We could not be more excited to work with Spirit,” said Tunedly CEO and founder Chris Erhardt. “Leveraging the strengths of Spirit Music Group’s administration platforms will help Tunedly users tremendously with monetizing their music, starting in Q1 of 2021. We’re proud to work in collaboration with such a renowned and respected company.”

Anthem Entertainment has signed a publishing deal with singer-songwriter-producer Jimmy Thow.

Thow, who is one-half of the Canadian country duo Sons of Daughters, currently resides in Nashville. He has written on several recent country songs including “Good Jeans” by Tebey, which hit No. 2 on Billboard‘s Canada Country chart in Sept. 2019.

In addition to his work with Sons of Daughters, Thow has written songs for Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion, Shawn Hook, Eric Ethridge, Jason Blaine and Travis Collins. He’s also active in the sync arena, where he writes and produces music for TV and streaming services.