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I.B. BAD CURATES
YOUR NEWS FEED
Tracking the swing of the pendulum. (8/15a)
YOUR TOP 20: TRAVIS, NICKI BATTLE FOR #1
A royal dust-up (8/15a)
QUEEN TINGS
Michelle S. on Nicki. (8/15a)
NOISEMAKERS
The new kids in town. (8/15a)
JUST FUH YOU: MACCA, TEDDER & CORDEN
A new single and a new special (8/15a)
HITS' 32ND ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Or as it's known in the trade-publishing world, Doorstop 2.0.
THE A&R EXECS
That stands for Artists and Repertoire, in case you were wondering.
PIZZA AND MARKETSHARE
I'm winning this one.
THE BOILER ROOM
It's the new tape room.
Pub Crawling
Q2 PUBLISHER MARKETSHARE: SONY/ATV MAINTAINS, KOBALT CLIMBS
8/10/18

The most striking takeaway from the Q2 Publisher Marketshare is Kobalt Music Group's leap in percent share to the #2 spot. With a 19.06% share, Kobalt made significant gains compared to the previous quarter's 11.68% share. Notable recent acquisitions include catalogs from Childish Gambino, Marshmello and acquiring SONGS at the start of the year. 

Q2 Top Ten Pub Marketshare
Sony/ATV              25.81%
Kobalt                   19.06% 
UMPG                    17.21%
Warner/Chappell    15.65%
BMG                        6.54%
Round Hill                2.36%
Big Deal                   1.57%
Pulse                       1.28%
Big Yellow Dog         1.27%
Ole Media                  .98%

 

UMPG INKS DANNY SHAH TO GLOBAL PUB DEAL
8/9/18

UMPG announced out of London today that songwriter Danny Shah has been signed to a global publishing deal. 

Within the last 18 months, Shah has become one of the fastest-rising songwriters in the industry. He secured two UK #1 albums with The Vamps and co-wrote five tracks on Kylie Minogue's recent album, Golden. Shah has also penned several songs for major artists including David Guetta, HRVY, Loren Gray, Kaiser Chiefs and many more. 

“Writing a melody that is unique, interesting and memorable is the most satisfying feeling and genuinely helps me sleep at night. I feel very lucky to say I’m living my dream job alongside Universal Music Publishing.”

On making the announcement, UMPG U.K. MD Mike McCormack said: “We are extremely proud to have signed a writer of Danny’s quality and ambition. As soon as you meet Danny, his personality and drive is clear for all to see and it’s no wonder he’s one of the most in-demand writers out there. With over 50 cuts in the last year and no signs of slowing down, Danny is prolific.”

Pictured: Dougie Bruce, Will Blake, Danny Shah and Mike McCormack

SONY/ATV PROMOTES AL-CHAMAA AND BRAL TO NEW CREATIVE ROLES
8/7/18

Sony/ATV has promoted Lou Al-Chamaa to VP, A&R and Nick Bral to Director, A&R, both based in the company's L.A. office. 

Al-Chamaa's signings include Grammy-nominated rising star Daniel Caesar and his production team Jordan Evans and Matthew BurnettTank God who co-wrote and co-produced Post Malone's #1 hit "Rockstar" and Ben Abraham who has worked with Sara BareillesKelly Clarkson and co-wrote Kesha's Grammy-nominated hit "Praying." He also signed artist Lucky Daye, one of recently-launched RCA label Keep Cool's first artists.  He's worked with Mike Posner and Brett McLaughlin as well, among others. Prior to joining Sony/ATV in 2014 Al-Chamaa worked for RCA and Atlantic Records

Nick Bral joined Sony/ATV in 2013 as an assistant in the LA A&R department. His signings include Mike Sabath who co-wrote and produced Liam Payne & Balvin's single "Familiar," Dan Nigro whose songs have been cut by Sky Ferriera and Carly Rae JepsenAndrew Maury who co-wrote two songs on Mondo Cozmo's latest EP and Kameron Alexander who contributed to Little Big Town's album The Breaker

Al-Chamaa reports to Sony/ATV Co-Prexy Rick Krim and Bral reports to SVP, Co-Heads of West Coast A&R Jennifer Knoepfle and Amanda Berman-Hill

Both will be given "starter humidors."

Nick Bral & Lou Al-Chamaa