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Downtown Signs Deal With Big Yellow Dog; Meghan Trainor, Maren Morris Among Clients

The Nashville-based music publishing company's roster has piled up four Grammys and 28 chart toppers.

Downtown Music Publishing has signed an administration deal with Big Yellow Dog Music, a Nashville-based music publishing and artist development company whose roster includes Grammy winners Meghan Trainor and Josh Kear and CMA-winner Maren Morris who is also up for a 2016 Best New Artist Grammy.

Big Yellow Dog’s writers have accrued four Grammys, 28 chart toppers and four ASCAP/BMI Country Songs of the Year awards. Its hits songs include “All About That Bass”, “Lips Are Movin” and “No” co-written by Trainor; “My Church” and “80s Mercedes” co-written by Morris; and “Need You Now” (performed by Lady Antebellum) and “Before He Cheats” and “Blown Away” (performed by Carrie Underwood) co-written by Kear.

Artists such as Fifth Harmony, Jason Derulo, Charlie Puth, DJ Khaled, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Demi Levato and Rascal Flatts have performed songs by Big Yellow Dog writers.The company’s film, television and brand division had over 400 placements last year including uses by How to Get Away with Murder, Shades of Blue Mad Max: Fury Road, Moana and The Edge of Seventeen.


“We have always admired the company that Big Yellow Dog Music co-owners Kerry O’Neil and Carla Wallace built,” said Downtown’s svp of business affairs Andrew Sparkler in a statement. “We are thrilled to be strengthening our long-standing relationship and welcoming their world class catalog to the Downtown family.”

In recent months Downtown has been in expansion mode, most recently announcing a joint venture with Grammy-nominated music producers the Invisible Men which included a publishing agreement with Saltwives. The company has also signed a partnership with Benny Blanco, acquired Nikki Sixx’s Mötley Crüe catalog, the works of lyricist Wayne Kirkpatrick and entered into administration agreements with jazz pianist Erroll Garner, pop songwriter Itaal Shur and legendary Italian publishing company Edizioni Curci. The company has offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, London, and Amsterdam and represents Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, Santigold, Hans Zimmer, Social Distortion, One Direction, Sturgill Simpson and the Kinks among others.

“Today’s business environment is as challenging and fast-paced as any in our 18 years of business,” said Wallace and O’Neil said in a joint statement. “Being able to align our company with such a serious player in copyright administration is a great opportunity for us and our writers.”