Publishing Briefs: WCM Signs Drake Writer; CISAC Raises Money for Ukraine
Warner Chappell announces a slew of new signees, while Glassnote's new publishing arm lands a writing trio and more.
Warner Chappell Music has signed producer TooDope! to a global publishing agreement in partnership with TM88’s Crash Dummy. Best known for his work on Drake’s “Way Too Sexy,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100, the rap hitmaker also holds credits with artists like NBA YoungBoy, Lil Durk, Roddy Ricch, Future, and more.
CISAC has raised 1.2 million euros for their “Creators for Ukraine” fund, launched to aid artists victimized by the continuing war in Ukraine. Donations have come from various sources, including 21 of CISAC’s member societies and its creator councils. So far, the money has helped over 700 individual creators in the war torn country and has also been allocated to Poland’s society ZAIKS, which has assumed a leading role in assisting refugee efforts, providing medical supplies, food, sponsorships for arts education and more. Smaller sums have also been distributed to humanitarian efforts in Hungary, Slovakia, Romania, and Moldova.
London-based artist, writer and producer Navvy (Phoebe Jasper) has signed a global publishing agreement with Warner Chappell Music U.K. The new deal encompasses her back catalog and songs made moving forward under the deal. She has written alongside talents like Zara Larsson, Clean Bandit, Mimi Webb, Maisie Peters, Mae Muller and more, and her team includes manager Rob Turnham of Page 1 U.K. and Amber Davis and Emily Foreman from the a&r team of Warner Chappell Music U.K.
Warner Chappell Music has inked a worldwide publishing deal with Jake Scott — an Arkansas-born singer, songwriter and producer. Also signed to the Warner Music Group label Elektra Records as an artist, this marks the deepening of his partnership with the major music company. As a writer, Scott has bridged both the country and pop worlds, with songs by Jason Mraz, Morgan Wallen, Ben Rector and Carrie Underwood, and artist career highlights include opening for LANY’s 2021 fall tour and debuting his single “Texas Girl” on The Kelly Clarkson Show.
Glassnote‘s new publishing arm Connection Music Publishing has signed writing troupe The 1802 Collective (Jay Prezi, Chef and Evan Brown) to a publishing agreement, including both their back catalog and their future works made during the terms of the del. This is among the first deals made by Connection Music Publishing, which is administered by Warner Chappell. Though the three songwriters all come from a background in hip-hop (including past work with Ja Rule, Dave East, A$AP Ferg and more), they will be penning songs across other genres as well under the Connection deal.
Utopia Music‘s Sentric Music Group has finalized a publishing deal with British rock group Boston Manor that includes both future works and a number of back catalog cuts. Sentric’s global director of music services Simon Pursehouse says that the Sentric team has been “fans… since day one” of the band and have worked with Boston Manor “since 2014.”