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KING COLE STREAMS TO GLORY
It's huge. (4/23a)
BUNNY IN HEAT
Corson to greatness. (4/23a)
CHINA'S STREAMING GIANT EYES AN IPO
How do you say "megabucks" in Mandarin? (4/23a)
EU PROBES APPLE, SHAZAM DEAL
Regulators will point their phones at the evidence. (4/23a)
SIMPLE MINDS PLOT RETURN TO U.S.
Now all's right with the world again. (4/23a)
BEHIND THE CURTAIN
Meet your Academy.
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS SPECIAL
They're young, they're happening and we've got 'em.
PIZZA PLACEMENT
Songs by the slice.
A.I. AND OUR FUTURE
Planning for Skynet.
Pub Crawling
HOUSE OF JODY TAKES ITS FIRST-EVER ASCAP POP PUBCO OF THE YEAR
4/24/18


Jody 
Gerson and Team UMPG celebrate the pubbery's first-ever ASCAP Pop Publisher of the Year award, shortly before Gerson, clad in purple, launched into a dazzing medley of Prince hits, with choreography by Evan Lamberg

The pubco took 22 Most Performed Songs plaques, Songwriter of the Year for Steve Mac (who co-wrote Song of the Year "Shape of You" and Most Streamed Song for "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber

In her remarks, Gerson hailed her global team and the writers in the room, and drew big cheers with her support for legislation. "Let's take an important moment," she said, "to thank everyone who has worked so tirelessly and come together in one unified voice on the Music Modernization Act—Beth, Paul [Williams] and the staff at ASCAP; the NMPA and David Israelite; the teams at the other PROs; the songwriter groups; the RIAA and label groups; and even our digital partners. We still have a ways to go, but this is what we are all fighting for everyday: making sure songwriters get paid fairly. This is a truly historic moment."

Seen preparing to set this caption to music are (l-r) Ed Arrow, JW Beekman, Linda Newmark, James Supreme, Abbey Ennis, Sterling Simms, Lillia Parsa, ASCAP's Beth Matthews, Gerson, David Gray, Marc Cimino, Lamberg, Kevin Cade, Walter Jones, John Reston, Marni Condro, Luke McGrellis and Jamie Diamond. (Not pictured but very much there: Taylor Testa).

STARRAH ASCENDANT
4/24/18

Starrah has been named ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year, sharing the honor with UMPG’s Steve Mac, Sony/ATV writer Drew Taggart and Kobalt’s inimitable Max Martin.

The Pulse songwriter, who’s managed by Maverick’s Nick Jarjour, counts such hits as Camila Cabello’s “Havana” f/Young Thug, Drake’s “Fake Love,” Maroon 5’s “What Lovers Do” f/SZA and Halsey’s “Now or Never” among her compositions. 

You may recall a photo from last year in which the gifted but notoriously camera-shy tunesmith was barely glimpsed hiding behind an enormous plaque marking 10m singles sold; she’s also lent her pen to monsters from Katy Perry, The Weeknd, Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Travis Scott and G-Eazy to name a few. 


MARKLAND GOES UP AT DOWNTOWN
4/24/18

Downtown Music Publishing has upped Steve Markland to SVP A&R in Nashville; he’ll continue to report to overlord Justin Kalifowitz and COO Andrew Bergman.

Markland’s promotion marks the celebration of the pubco’s four years of big growth in Music City, which has included acquiring the Major Bob catalog; doing a deal with acclaimed boutique Big Yellow Dog Music; and inking such esteemed writers as John Prine, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, Jillian Jacqueline, Who Is Fancy, Marc Beeson and John Moreland, among others.

“In just four short years, Steve has built an incredible foundation for Downtown in Nashville,” said Bergman. “From championing a roster of songwriters that reflects the city's diverse music ecosystem to actively working to redefine the city's role on the global music stage, we couldn't be more proud of Steve and his exceptional team. We are looking forward to many more years of investing in songs and songwriters together. That’s why we’ve taken him out to this hot-chicken joint to celebrate. The chicken can’t possibly be that hot, can it?” Bergman’s next words were unintelligible, as he was crying.

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