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Publishing Briefs: Dean Lewis Signs With Kobalt, Davide Rossi Joins Peermusic & More

A list of the latest moves in publishing, including Third Side Music acquiring the catalogs of Beverly Glenn-Copeland and POND, Atlas Music Publishing signing Davide Rossi and more.

Kobalt has signed an exclusive worldwide administration deal with Australian singer-songwriter Dean Lewis that will see the company providing publishing, creative and synch services for all of his future works, it was announced Dec. 16. The agreement complements Kobalt’s existing deal (alongside Specific Music) for Lewis’s back catalog.

“Having worked with Dean from the start, it is with great pride that we build on our early partnership and look to the future and continued global success,” said Kobalt managing director Simon Moor. “Dean’s talent and hard work have always been inspiring and I would like to thank Dean along with his Manager, Jim Sabey for their continued trust and faith in Kobalt Music.”

The first song to be covered under the new deal is “Used to Love” by Lewis and Martin Garrix.

“Kobalt has been such a massive supporter of mine since the very start!” Lewis added. “From the early syncs on ‘Waves’, the team has been so instrumental in helping get my music out to the world.  I’m so excited to be able to continue working with Laurent and Simon for the next album and the future!”

Lewis’s debut album A Place We Knew included the singles “Be Alright,” “Waves,” “Stay Awake” and “7 Minutes.” The album has gone gold in the U.S. and “Be Alright” has been certified 2x platinum in the U.S. and 8x platinum in Australia. He won Album of the Year and Best Male Artist at the 2019 ARIA Awards.



Third Side Music has signed worldwide administration deals with singer-songwriter Beverly Glenn-Copeland and psych-rock band POND, it was announced Dec. 19.

The publishing deal with Copeland, best known for his 1986 new age synth album, Keyboard Fantasies, includes his entire catalog and all songs going forward. Copeland recently played his first-ever U.S. show at MOMA PS1 in New York.

“I grew up in the ’70s watching Copeland’s musical cameos on Mr. Dressup,” said Third Side Music co-founder Jeff Waye. “Unbeknownst to 8-year-old me and since that time, Glenn has made some of the most transcendental music. We could not be happier to be involved with Glenn’s well-deserved victory lap.”

The publishing deal with POND encompasses the band’s 2019 album, Tasmania, and all future works, as well as all solo works (catalog and future) by band members Jay “Gumby” Watson (performing under the name GUM), Nicholas Allbrook and James Ireland.

“POND is a chameleon-like group, one that has always occupied their own genre wavelength,” said Third Side’s vp of A&R Brontë Jane. “It’s a true honor to welcome them to the TSM family”.



Peermusic U.K. has signed violinist-composer-producer-string arranger Davide Rossi to an exclusive worldwide publishing deal, the company announced Dec. 19.

The agreement includes a portion of Rossi’s catalog — including his collaborations with Royksopp, Jack Savoretti and Imelda May — as well as all future works. It does not cover Rossi’s songs with Coldplay aside from his work on the band’s latest album Everyday Life.

“I am delighted that Davide has chosen to work with the peermusic team,” said Nigel Elderton, president, Europe and managing director, peermusic U.K. “It is a privilege to have such a talented musician, writer and arranger join our roster and I look forward to a long and successful relationship together.”

“I’m really chuffed that peermusic reached out to me and I’m looking forward to working with such a dynamic and wonderful team,” added Rossi.

Rossi’s credits also include songs with The Verve, Rihanna and Goldfrapp; he served as the latter’s violinist, guitar and keytar player from 2000-2013. He has contributed electric violin parts for all string arrangements on Coldplay’s albums beginning with Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.



Atlas Music Publishing has extended its co-publishing deal with SAINT PHNX’s Stevie Jukes and announced a new co-publishing deal with the pop duo’s other half Al Jukes, the company announced Dec. 19.

“Stevie and Al are making some of the most infectious, anthemic music that I’ve heard in a very long time,” said Atlas founder and CEO Richard Stumpf. “It’s no wonder Lewis Capaldi and Yungblud just had them on tour. We are very excited to extend our relationship with Stevie and add Al to the family. Keep an eye out for these two. Mark my words.” 

The worldwide deals encompass the Jukes’ full catalogs and all future works.

“I started working with Atlas when SAINT PHNX was in its very infancy — signing after our first track was released — so I’m delighted to re-sign with a company that really believes in the band and the music we create,” said Steve.

Al added, “I’m excited to join my brother at the Atlas family at this important junction for the band. We wanted all of our music to be controlled under one roof and I want to thank Atlas for their continued support of the band.”

Having already racked up 40 million streams globally, SAINT PHNX will release their debut album next year. Their latest single “Scream” was just released.



Songwriter-producer Sam Sumser has been signed to a worldwide publishing deal by Reservoir, it was announced Dec. 12. The deal includes rights to all of Sumser’s compositions since the termination of his previous publishing deal, along with all future works.

“The entire Reservoir Creative team including John Ozier, Greg Gallo, and Donna Caseine are extremely forward-thinking and hard-working,” said Sumser. “It’s great to have them and the rest of the company in my corner. Big things ahead!”

The deal includes rights to Sumser’s songs for Lizzo (“Juice” and “Lingerie”) and the track “Banana” by Anitta featuring Becky G.

Sumser just scored a Grammy Album of the Year nomination for his work on Lizzo’s major label debut album, Cuz I Love You. He has also written and produced for Jason Derulo, Chris Brown, Usher, Austin Mahone and Plain White T’s.  

“Sam is such an impressive talent,” said Reservoir executive vp creative John Ozier. “Not only is he able to work effortlessly across genres with a tremendous amount of success, but his work ethic is unparalleled. Reservoir is the ideal home for someone as versatile as Sam, given the strength of our Creative offices in LA, New York, London, and Nashville. We’re proud to welcome him to the family and look forward to going to work for him.”



Sheltered Music, a division of Blackbird Music Publishing Group, has signed songwriter Rodney Crowell to a worldwide co-publishing and administration deal, along with a joint venture to develop new artist writers, the company announced Dec. 10. The deal includes administration of Crowell’s past catalog and co-publishing on songs going forward.

“It’s a privilege to get to work with Rodney, as writing great songs has always been a major part of his legacy,” said Sheltered Music senior vp Darrel Franklin in a statement. “It is our goal to add to that iconic resume of success by creating strategic songwriting collaborations and placements for Rodney with major country artists. In addition, we will also be supporting his creative vision in developing new artist talent.”

Crowell has written hits for such country-music icons as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and more. He has also penned tracks for non-country artists including the Grateful Dead, Etta James, John Denver and Jimmy Buffett. He has won two Grammys and is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2017, he was honored with ASCAP’s Founder Award.

“It is my good fortune to collaborate with Lance Freed and Darrell Franklin in a new song publishing venture with Sheltered Music,” said Crowell. “I’m anticipating a thoroughly enjoyable ride.”

The new deal includes all of Crowell’s available catalog — excepting songs written pre-1978 — including such hits as “Shame on the Moon,” “Stars on the Water” and “Crazy for Leavin.’”



Decca Publishing has signed worldwide publishing deals with a trio of artists: film composer Amelia Warner, singer-songwriter-producer Kieran Brunt and DJ-producer Laurel Halo. The news was announced on Dec. 10.

“Each of these artists is blazing a trail in film, choral and electronic music,” said Decca Publishing head and executive vp Natasha Baldwin of the triple signing. “At Decca Publishing we embrace and support creative risk takers and artists who challenge expectations and so it is with genuine excitement and energy that we approach our new partnerships with Amelia, Kieran and Laurel, three exceptional and unique composers.”

Warner began her career as a singer-songwriter under the name Slow Moving Millie before transitioning to film and TV composing. She recently scored the historical drama Mary Shelley starring Elle Fanning.

The London-based Brunt has worked with artists including Nils Frahm, Terry Riley, Anna von Hausswolff, Luke Howard and The King’s Singers. He is a member of the electronic duo Strange Boy and recently released his debut album with the vocal ensemble Shards.

Halo has released a total of four studio albums. Her body of work includes the collaborative installation piece Still Be Here starring virtual Japanese pop star Hatsune Miku and the score to the 2018 documentary Possessed.



Music publishing company Mojo Music & Media has successfully placed the U.S. heartland staple band, REO Speedwagon song “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” smack in the middle of British retailer’s John Lewis & Partners’ high profile annual holiday commercial campaign, “Show them how much you care.” The commercial features a cover by Bastille, which has had a four-week chart run in the Official Singles Chart Top 100.

It is one of more than 20 placements Mojo has garnered for the REO catalog since taking it over almost a year ago, according to the company. “Their songs are powerful for sync because they’re able to express a wide range of emotions connecting them to generations of fans all around the world, “Mojo founder and chief creative officer Pete Shane said in a statement.