— Warner/Chappell Music has signed an agreement to extend its global music publishing agreement with Terius “The-Dream” Nash, which covers the artist/songwriter’s entire catalog, including such songs as Rihanna‘s “Umbrella,” Beyonce‘s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” and Justin Bieber‘s Baby.” The-Dream recently announced the release of his latest EP, Royalty: the Prequel, which will be the first on his recently launched label, Contra-Paris.
“The-Dream has written some of modern pop’s most influential hits and is responsible for career-defining collaborations with one superstar after another,” Warner/Chappell Music North America president Jon Platt said in a statement. “He’s that rarity in our business — a genuine triple-threat: a brilliant songwriter, an ace producer, and a compelling artist in his own right.”
— In other Warner/Chappell Music News, Warner/Chappell Production Music has produced new versions of fight songs for all of the Southeastern Conference sports teams for use on the new ESPN-developed SEC Network. The fight songs are produced by Nathan Hofheins and conducted by Warner/Chappell Production Music vp of creative Judd Maher, and will feature all live musicians.
“What an honor is was to work on such iconic fight songs for the launch of the SEC Network,” Warner/Chappell Production Music CCO Bryan Hofheins said in a statement. “We worked diligently to capture the essence of each song and we are extremely proud of the results.”
— Kobalt Music Publishing has signed a global agreement to serve as administrator to the Snow Patrol publishing catalog, Polar Patrol Publishing.
The new agreement will cover some of the band’s back catalogue including the Fallen Empires album as well as interim projects like Tired Pony & Little Matador. The band’s frontman, Gary Lightbody, has song writing credits on the One Direction‘s Midnight Memories and Ed Sheeran‘s X albums, which Kobalt also administers. Polar Potral has acquired the rights for the bands songs since 2010 as well as the band’s future songwriting publishing for the North American market.
“We’ve worked closely with Snow Patrol as they have developed and grown their Polar Patrol publishing company over the last few years,” Kobalt president of global creative Sas Metcalfe said in a statement. “It’s great to see them now adding their own songs to its roster for North America and with a new album coming in 2015, they look set to build on what has so far been the company’s most successful year to date. As a band, their songwriting talent is unquestionable and that is now being matched by their ability to discover and nurture other writers.”
— SESAC has signed Zac Brown, the songwriter and frontman of the Zac Brown Band. “Great songs accompany our most precious memories, bring us out of darkness, and connect us all,” Brown said in a statement. “I’m very excited about the ones cooking and our new team at SESAC.”
— BMI held its R&B/Hip-Hop Awards on Saturday and honored Ludacris with the BMI President Award. Other awards: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis‘ “Can’t Hold Us” earned the Song of the Year prize; Lil Wayne was crowned the Songwriter of the Year for penning hits “Ball,” “Bandz A Make Her Dance,” “Beware,” “Love Me,” “No Worries,” and “Pop That.” DJ Mustard won the Producer of the Year award while Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., a unit of Warner/Chappell Music was awarded the Publisher of the Year crystal for having 14 of the most-performed songs from the previous year. Head here for a complete list of 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop winners.
— In other BMI news, the performance rights organization is partnering with iBiquity Digital, developer of HD radio technology, on a new music initiative called “HD Radio Artist Spotlight.” Initial artists involved in the rollout of the program are Charlie Worsham, Jon Pardi, Ashley Monroe, Due West and Muddy Magnolias, according to the announcement. iBiquity Digital’s “participation in these events has raised awareness to the creative community and music consumers about the exciting advancement of digital radio and the HD Radio Experience,” said BMI executive director of strategic partnerships & business development Mason Hunter in a statement.
— As part of its 100th anniversary, ASCAP will honor distinguished members Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim and Stevie Wonder with the once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Awards at a gala dinner in New York. The event will be held Nov. 17 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and marks the first-ever fundraiser benefitting the ASCAP Foundation and its music education, talent development and humanitarian activities.
“Each of our ASCAP Centennial Award recipients is in a class of his or her own, as the creator and performer of songs that have touched the lives of people across the globe,” ASCAP chairman Paul Williams said in a statement. “It’s wonderful to be able to salute them on the occasion of ASCAP’s Centennial year and, as important, to raise funds to perpetuate the important work being done by the ASCAP Foundation.”
— In other ASCAP news, the performance rights organization sent a notice of transparency to its 500,000 members, outlining its commitment to them to continue to build a more transparent, accurate and accountable music licensing system. You can read that here.
— Atlas Music Publishing has signed a long-term co-publishing agreement with Street Joy. The Los Angeles-based duo is releasing three 7-inch singles on their own Trick Pony Record Label. “The fact that [Atlas Music Publishing] believe in us so early on speaks volumes about their commitment to supporting music,” Street Joy’s Jason DeMayo said in a statement.
— Reservoir Media Management has extended its co-publishing deal with songwriter Jamie Hartman, securing him on the company’s roster for future projects as well as continuing to oversee the over 600 Hartman songs it picked up in 2012 as part of its acquisition of Reverb Music.
— Round Hill Music and Wind-Up Records have announced a strategic partnership which includes a global administration agreement for the label’s publishing roster, which includes the Griswolds, Strange Talk and Civil Twilight. Wind-Up “are discovering and breaking many of the best new artists and songwriters of today,” Round Hill Music CEO and founder Josh Gruss said in a statement. “Wind-Up Records and Round Hill Music share the same indie spirit and culture and we look forward to the success this combination will bring.”
— SONGS Music Publishing has signed St. Paul and the Broken Bones to a global co-publishing deal. Since its release, the band’s debut album Half The City, has scanned 53,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
— Another Victory, the publishing arm of Victory Records, has completed its global sub-publisher line-up with the signing of deals with BMG Chrysalis for Canada and most of Europe, Russia and the Nordic countries and Fujipacific Music for Japan and most of Southeast Asia. Those sub-publishing deals give Another Victory coverage around the globe when added to its earlier in the year moves which brought aboard David Gresham Record Company for Africa; Gulliver Music Publishing for Israel; Basement Brazil for that country; Ediciones Musicales and Clipper’s Music for Spain and Portugal; Mushroom Music Publishing for Australia and New Zealand; Musou Ltd. Music Publishing for Greece and Cyprus; and CTM Publishing covering the Benelux countries of Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg.
— Artists Publishing Group, founded by Mike Caren, has launched a partnership with artist/songwriter Trey Songz to discover and nurture songwriters, and artists and producers through their new venture, Tucker Songz Publishing.
“As I grew as an artist, I had the opportunity to work with several well known producers and writers,” Songz said in a statement. “I recognize that not everyone has access to that, but that they still have raw talent that can be harnessed into greatness. That’s exactly what I intend to do with this new publishing company.”
The new venture will see producer Sterling Brim and Forrest Tucker serving as the prime liaisons within this venture alongside Songz and APG CEO Caren, according to the announcement.
— In other Artists Publishing Group news, the company announced four writer and producer signings: producer Axident, rapper/producer P-Lo, DJ/producer Stevan Ponce; and Yung Berg a.k.a. Hitmaka. Finally, the company appointed Angie Pagano as general manager, working alongside APG president Ben Maddahi.
— Scion Three Music, a division of Memory Lane Music Group, has signed Raekwon to a worldwide publishing administration agreement. The deal comes in anticipation of his sixth solo album, Fly International Luxurious Art, which is set to be released this fall.
“Raekwon is a rap legend,” MLMG President Mark Spier said in a statement. “He’s been a driving force in the genre since the hip-hop explosion of the ’90s and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with him.”
— Rightscorp, which scrutinizes the Internet on behalf of clients to police copyright infringers on peer-to-peer networks and other sites offering illegal distribution of a copyright owner’s music, has agreed to represent Bicycle Music.
“Rightscorp is the only solution for tracking, enforcement, and monetization of P2P infringement that continues to undermine the creative community and erode the value of intellectual property through wholesale piracy,” Bicycle Music president Jake Wisely said in a statement. “Fifteen years after the advent of Napster’s file sharing service, right holders still struggle against good technology being used to the detriment of creators. Rightscorp endeavors to stem the flow while litigation and legislation takes its course.”
Rightscorp CEO Christopher Sabec said in a statement, “We are focused on making sure that each and every copyright we represent is protected and monetized so that the copyright holder is rightfully compensated for their assets.”