Wise Music Group purchased music publishing companies Marquis, Verulam and Mistletoe Melodies from The Bocus groupthus acquiring the publishing rights to the works of influential rock band The Zombies.
Purchase includes several tracks written by The Zombies’ Rod Argent, including the #2 Hot 100 hit “She’s Not There” from the band’s 1964 debut album start here and the tracks “Tell Her No”, “Care of Cell 44” and “Time of the Season” from their 1968 masterpiece Odessey and Oracle. The sale also includes “This Will Be Our Year” and “Hold Your Head Up” (both written by band member Chris White) and “God Gave Rock and Roll to You”, a song performed by Argent, the post band. -Silver Zombies (written by Russ Ballard of this band and later covered by Kiss).
Non-Zombies songs on sale include tracks from Zombies lead singer Colin Blunstone’s solo albums One year, Ennismore and On air tonight; “A Blossom Fell” by Howard Barnes, Harold Cornelius and Dominic John (recorded by Nat King Cole, Patti Page, Tony Bennett and Diana Krall); “A Shot of Rhythm and Blues” by Terry Thompson, originally recorded by Arthur Alexander and later covered by the Beatles and Cilla Black; Duffy Power songs including “I’m So Glad You’re Mine”, “Mary Open the Door” and “If I Get Lucky”; Music by Edwin Astley for the TV series The Saint and dangerous man; “Parchman Farm” by jazz pianist-singer Mose Allison; and Graham Bond’s “Spanish Blues”.
Round Hill Music acquired the full catalog of Atlanta-based rock band Collective Soul and signed a worldwide administration deal with the band’s founder, lead vocalist, and primary songwriter Ed Roland for future releases.
Collective Soul has released a total of ten studio albums, including multi-platinum sellers Hints, Allegations and Things Unsaid and collective soul; selling platinum Disciplined distribution and Dosage; and selling gold Blender. The group’s debut single, “Shine”, reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, with other hit singles including “December”, “The World I Know”, “Where The River Flows”, “Precious Declaration ‘, ‘Listen’ and ‘Heavy’, all of which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart.
Roland – also founder, leader and main songwriter of the group Sweet Tea Project – began his musical career as a sound engineer and producer before releasing his first album. Ed-E Roland independent in 1991. Hints, Allegations and Things Unsaid was released in 1994, propelling Roland and his bandmates to worldwide stardom.
Three-time Grammy winner Little Big Town has extended its worldwide publishing deal with Warner Chapel Nashville encompassing all future releases.
Little Big Town’s ninth studio album, Nightfallrecently debuted at No. 1 on Billboardfrom the Top Country Albums list. It spawned the Grammy-nominated single “The Daughters” as well as “Wine, Beer, Whisky.” Their repertoire of past hits includes ‘Pontoon’, ‘Girl Crush’, ‘Better Man’, ‘Boondocks’, ‘Bring It On Home’, ‘Little White Church’, ‘Tornado’ and ‘Day Drinking’. They also have songwriting credits on songs recorded by Thomas Rhett and Carly Peace, among others.
Consisting of Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook, Little Big Town won the 2021 Grammy Awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance. They are managed by Sandbox Entertainment and represented by an attorney Jess Rosen at Greenberg Traurig LLP.
Sony/MTB signed a new publishing deal with the two-time Grammy-winning songwriter Mark James, including acquiring extended rights to three of his biggest songs: “Suspicious Minds”, “Hooked on a Feeling” and “Always on my Mind”. The renewed deal extends its relationship with Screen Gems/EMI, which dates back to 1971.
James is also known for writing songs such as “Moody Blue” for Elvis Presley, “Sunday Sunrise” by Brenda Lee, “One Hell of a Woman” by Mac Davis and “Everybody Loves a Rain Song” by BJ Thomas. His music has also been recorded by artists such as Bill Withers, Jay-Z, Sonny & Cher, Waylon Jennings, Pet Shop Boys, Martina McBride and Dwight Yoakam and has been featured in films such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Reservoir Dogs, Vegas Honeymoon, Practical Magic, Kramer vs. Kramer, Intolerable Cruelty, Frequency and Black Hawk Down.
James is a member of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, New York Songwriters Hall of Fame and Nashville Country Hall of Fame and will soon be inducted into the Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame.
primary wave acquired a majority stake in the publishing catalog of songwriter Jon Lind, whose career hits include Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Boogie Wonderland” and “Sun Goddess” and Hot 100 No. 1s “Crazy for You” by Madonna and “Save the Best for Last” by Vanessa Williams, the latter of which earned Lind a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year in 1993.
As part of the deal, Lind will have access to Primary Wave’s marketing and publishing infrastructure, including digital strategy, licensing, synchronization opportunities, and film and television production. Formerly responsible for A&R at Hollywood Records, he will also reinvent and organize collaborations for certain songs from the catalog of Primary Wave.
In addition to the artists mentioned above, Lind has written tracks for Cher, Cheap Trick, Aaron Neville, Jennifer Holliday and Rick Astley, among others. At Hollywood Records, he played a key role in the development of artists such as Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Jesse McCartney.
Global Royalty Management Platform songtrust signed new global administration agreements with Dummy’s artist services company DMY Artistsartist management companies fast friends and TRIBEartist services company tenwest and goldfish music, the publishing arm of London-based label Snapper Music. Specific to Ireland, Songtrust has also embarked Dropper management and electronic producer, composer and artist Kormac.
“Each of these new clients represents the current state of the music industry, while also playing a key role in shaping its future,” said Lara Baker, Songtrust’s business development director for the UK and Ireland. “They cover genres such as Grime, Rock, Jazz, Pop, Drill and Folk, and recognize that it is essential for all music rights owners to be able to collect their global publishing royalties from as many sources as possible. , and I’m thrilled to make this possible for these companies and their songwriters.
Clients covered by the agreements include Ciaran Lavery, Amber Run and Bear’s Den (TRIBE Management); Mr. Williamz and Kemi Ade (Tenwest); Ed Wynne, Aviv Geffen and Pye Hastings (DMY artists); and Jay Pryor, Maths Time Joy, Sarah Barrios, Linden Jay and Sillkey (Fast Friends).
Sony/ATV UK renewed their worldwide administration deal with Grammy-nominated production duo CamelPhat of Mike Di Scala and Dave Whelan. The new agreement includes the launch of a publishing joint venture, CamelPhat Music.
CamelPhat rose to prominence in 2017 with the song “Cola” feat. Elderbrook, which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Dance Club Songs Chart and won a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. Their first album Black matter, released last year, compiled past hits such as “Easier” feat. LOWES and “Be Someone” with Jake Bugg plus brand new material.
“We are really happy to continue working with David and his team,” CamelPhat said in a statement. “We’ve known each other for a while now and our administration deal has been very beneficial to us as we’ve seen firsthand the support and knowledge of the team. We’re really excited to make it official, and with our own editorial footprint, it was important to us to help find and nurture new emerging talent and we look forward to what the future holds.
Songwriter Gez O’Connell renewed its publishing contract with Concorde. The agreement covers all existing and future work.
“Paradise”, written by O’Connell, released by Italian production trio Meduza and featuring vocals by Dermot Kennedy, is currently at No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart. He has also written songs for Kylie Minogue, Avicii, Dua Lipa, Kygo, Zara Larsson and Tyga. Current collaborators include Diplo, Celeste, Sea Girls, Matoma and Sub Focus.
Songwriters Kelly ArcherCorey Crowder, Jessie Jo Dillon and Sharon Vaughn were newly elected to Nashville Songwriters International Association (NSAI) Board of Directors.
Current board members who have been re-elected for a two-year term include Sarah Buxton, Nicolle Galyon, Tim Nichols, Josh Osborne, Rivers Rutherford, Laura Veltz and Troy Verges. Roger Brown and Lee Thomas Miller were reappointed for one-year terms as “legislative co-chairs”, while Rhett Akins and Caitlyn Smith were reappointed for one-year terms on the “artist-writer” council and Brett James was reappointed for a one-year term as “Industry Liaison”.
Current board members include Steve Bogard, Jeff Cohen, Chris DeStefano, JT Harding, Byron Hill, Josh Kear, Jon Nite, Liz Rose, Emily Shackelton, Jenn Schott and Jimmy Yeary, all of whose terms expire in 2022.
Online recording studio and music editor listening signed a global administration agreement with Spiritual Music Group.
Launched in 2015, Tunedly connects songwriters and other music creators with session musicians for professional music production and music publishing services. It also promotes increased royalty collections for creators through its partnerships with sub-publishers. Advisors to the company include Matthew Knowles and Harvey Mason Jr.
“We couldn’t be more excited to work with Spirit,” said Tunedly CEO and Founder. Chris Erhardt. “Leveraging the strengths of Spirit Music Group’s administration platforms will greatly help Tunedly users monetize their music, starting in the first quarter of 2021. We are proud to be working in conjunction with such a renowned and respected company. “
Anthem Entertainment signed a publishing contract with the singer-songwriter Jimmy Thow.
Thow, who is one half of Canadian country duo Sons of Daughters, currently resides in Nashville. He has written on several recent country songs, including Tebey’s “Good Jeans”, which reached No. 2 on Billboard‘s Canada Country Chart as of September 2019.
In addition to his work with Sons of Daughters, Thow has written songs for Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion, Shawn Hook, Eric Ethridge, Jason Blaine and Travis Collins. He is also active in the synchronization business, where he writes and produces music for television and streaming services.