We catch up on this week’s music publishing news, from key deals and signings to new hires, legislation and more.
Deals and Acquisitions
Kobalt signs publishing deal with Mr Eazi’s EmPawa publishing (Music Week)
An official press release stated that the partnership with the independent African music company “includes publishing administration, creative services and sync for all of emPawa’s catalogue and future works.”
Hipgnosis Acquires Song Catalog of Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx (Billboard)
The deal gives Hipgnosis 100% of Sixx’s writer’s share of performing rights organization income and writer’s royalties from SoundExchange respect to the catalogue, which includes 305 songs.
Kobalt, SMACKSongs Renew Partnership (Music Row)
Kobalt and SMACKSongs have renewed their global partnership, including a continuation of publishing administration, creative services and synch for all of SMACKSongs’ catalog and future works.
Shayne Ward signs new Peermusic UK deal (Music Week)
Nigel Elderton, president, Europe & managing director and Luc Floreani, creative manager broke the news of a deal that will see Peermusic administer Ward’s entire back catalogue and future work. The company will also help out with A&R for Ward’s new material.
Warner Chappell Music inks exclusive worldwide deal with Lil Baby collaborator Section 8 (MBW)
Warner Chappell Music has entered into an exclusive worldwide co-publishing deal with Section 8. The producer/songwriter is one of Lil Baby’s main collaborators.
Primary Wave signs songwriter and producer Nicky Chinn (Music Week)
Independent publisher Primary Wave Music Publishing has announced British songwriter and producer Nicky Chinn as its latest signing.
Reservoir signs platinum-selling writer-producer Twysted Genius to a worldwide publishing deal (RotD)
Reservoir announces the signing of Platinum-selling writer-producer Twysted Genius to a worldwide publishing deal. The deal includes rights to Twysted’s entire catalog of works including his collaborations on Lil Baby’s Platinum-selling #1 Billboard 200 album My Turn.
Bucks signs admin deal with Talentbanq (Music Week)
Bucks Music Group has signed an administration agreement with live agent, concert promoter and artist management company Talentbanq.
Ivor Novello Awards honours Little Simz, Inflo, Dave, Fraser T Smith, Joan Armatrading & more (Music Week)
Celebrating the best songwriting and screen composition of 2019, this year’s awards winners were revealed by Matt Wilkinson on Apple Music 1 radio. All winning works and catalogues can be heard on Apple Music.
Facts & Figures
BMG revenues up 4.8% to $308m in first six months of 2020 (MBW)
BMG’s revenues across records and publishing grew 4.8% year-on-year in the first half of 2020, landing at €282m ($308m).
Hirings & Promotions
Synchtank Taps 20th Century Fox Royalty Executive, Leading Developers to Bolster Royalty Accounting Platform IRIS (Synchtank)
Prior to working with Synchtank, Landrum spent over two decades at 20th Century Fox, most recently as Executive Director, Royalties, and has also held positions at Windswept Pacific and BMI.
BMG ups Levy Isabella to managing director role (Music Week)
BMG has appointed Levy Isabella as MD, Benelux. He will report to Dominique Casimir, BMG, EVP repertoire & marketing, Continental Europe.
Royalties & CMOs
Songwriters Guild of America Joins ARA in Calling Out Backroom Deals Between Streaming Services and Major Publishers (Digital Music News)
Yesterday, Digital Music News was first to report that the Artist Rights Alliance (ARA) had called out “secretive agreements” between streaming services and major publishers. Now, in comments forwarded to the U.S. Copyright Office, the Songwriters Guild of America (SGA) has voiced similar concerns and issued new calls for transparency.