We catch up on this week’s music publishing news, from key deals and signings to new hires, legislation and more.
Signings and Acqusitions
Reservoir acquires 16,000 copyrights by bringing Shapiro Bernstein into its portfolio (MBW)
Those copyrights include songs recorded by The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Michael Jackson, Edith Piaf, Patsy Cline, Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, Elton John, and many more.
Downtown acquires Good Soldier Songs, publishing home of The 1975 (Billboard)
The deal adds more than 350 songs to the Downtown arsenal, including the “Chocolate” combo’s full catalog, as well as rights to music by Biffy Clyro, Billy Lockett, Colouring and The Him, among other artists. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
peermusic signs London-based producer Hoost to exclusive global music publishing deal (Music Week)
peermusic has today (May 15) announced it has signed London-based producer Hoost – real name Justin Tailor – to an exclusive global publishing deal. The news was revealed by Nigel Elderton, president, Europe & managing director, PeerMusic UK and Mike Sault, head of A&R.
Doja Cat producer Yeti Beats joins Warner Chappell Music in global publishing deal (MBW)
Warner Chappell Music has entered into an exclusive administration agreement with breakthrough producer Yeti Beats, covering all new and existing work.
UMPG signs Surfaces to exclusive, global co-publishing deal (MBW)
Surfaces is best known for their hugely popular single Sunday Best. The song is certified RIAA Gold, has more than 200m plays on Spotify and nearly 54m views on YouTube. Sunday Best is currently No.16 on Top 40 US Radio.
Sony/ATV UK signs hitmaker Labrinth to worldwide publishing deal (Billboard)
“Labrinth is one of a kind — he is a mastermind of lyrics and melody, and his music stands the test of time,” said Sony/ATV chairman/CEO Jon Platt in a statement.
Songwriter Diane Warren signs publishing deal with BMG, Plans All-Star Album (Variety)
Diane Warren, who for years has been the purest examplar of the working songwriter in the modern age, has inked a global publishing deal with BMG, which will administer her Realsongs catalog outside of the U.S. and Canada.
CTM Publishing secures Jim Messina catalogue deal (Music Week)
Messina, whose legacy spans five decades, is best known for being half of the duo Loggins & Messina, was also a member of the folk rock group Buffalo Springfield and then a founding member of the country rock band Poco.