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BIG NIGHT FOR BANDIER, SONY/ATV AT BMI POP AWARDS
Downright iconic, actually. (5/15a)
ROLLING STONE'S YOUTUBE PROBLEM
Modern math. (5/21a)
PRIMARY WAVE LANDS WHITNEY HOUSTON
Holograms and musicals ahead. (5/20a)
SPOTIFY U.S. TOP 25: TYLER TAKEOVER
This one's got legs...four, to be exact. (5/21a)
BREVITY IS THE SEOUL OF WIT
The shit writes itself, but not in Korean. (5/15a)
THE DIVA PLAN
How pop stars from the pre-streaming era are finding a new groove.
RAINMAKERS RETURN
More of the folks who are making biz history now.
THE FUTURE OF ROCK & ROLL IS...
Hang on, we just need to throw this TV out the window.
AFTER COUNTRY TRAP
Is reggaeton death metal far behind?
Pub Crawling
UMPG'S LOGICAL DEAL
5/21/19

Jody Gerson's UMPG has signed multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated artist Logic to an exclusive, worldwide admin deal.

The rapper's catalog spans four albums and seven mixtapes, including the acclaimed, chart-topping album Everybody and four other Top 10 albums: debut Under Pressure (2014), The Incredible True Story (2015), Bobby Tarantino II (2018) and YSIV (2018). As for 2017's smash single—and 2018 Song of the Year Grammy nominee—“1­-800-­273-­8255” is now certified five-times platinum.

Current single "Homicide," which features Eminem, quickly flew to #1 at iTunes following its release. The song is currently Top 15 on Spotify's Top 200 U.S. chart.

“I’m truly excited to begin my new creative partnership with UMPG," shared Logic. "My conversations with Jody Gerson, David Gray and those who I have met thus far have been inspiring and I know they will be a fantastic help to bringing my creative visions to life.”

“Logic is a supremely creative artist and songwriter with a tremendous work ethic," said UMPG EVP and Head of West Coast A&R Gray. "From his earliest days creating mixtapes, he’s grown into a superstar who has conquered writing, rapping, singing, producing and beyond. Logic is at the top of his game and only going up. The UMPG team looks forward to delivering outstanding opportunities in support of his incredible music.”

In fact, Gray's quote was originally issued vocally in the form of a freestyle. Technical difficulties have kept us from embedding the audio, but we hope to have that up and running in no time. For now, use your imagination.

HIPGNOSIS PROVIDES ONE DIRECTION FOR JAMIE SCOTT
5/21/19

Hipgnosis Songs has acquired 100% of top British songwriter and producer Jamie Scott’s interest in his catalog of 144 songs, which includes hits for a string of pop acts including Major Lazer, Rag’n’Bone ManRudimental and One Direction.

Songs in Scott's catalog include “Cold Water” by Major Lazer f/Justin Bieber and the platinum certified “Skin” by Rag’n’Bone Man. Most notably, Scott's catalog includes co-writes on 29 songs for One Direction, including the U.K. #1 and U.S. Top 10 “Drag Me Down” and “Story of My Life.” He also co-wrote two singles for Niall Horan’s debut album Flicker, including “This Town,” which reached #9 in the U.K., and “Too Much To Ask.”

He has also co-written songs released by Keith UrbanCallum ScottTom OdellBirdyNelly FurtadoMichael Kiwanuka, 5 Seconds Of SummerThe VampsLittle MixOlly MursElla HendersonJessie Ware and Christina Perri.

 Overall, Scott has been responsible for 84 #1, 188 Top 5 and 247 Top 10 Chart positions globally. As a writer and producer, he claims 10 U.K. #1 albums, four U.S. #1 albums and four U.K. #1 singles. These are estimated to have sold 75m albums and 75m singles globally in addition to being streamed more than 7b times on Spotify. The deal with Hipgnosis includes all BMI and PRS income. 

Scott’s latest released song, “These Days” by Rudimental f/Jess GlynneMacklemore and Dan Caplen, reached #1 in the U.K. and has been nominated for a 2019 Ivor Novello award for Most Performed Work. 

“Jamie Scott has been the U.K.’s most consistent hitmaker of the last 10 years,”  Merck Mercuriadis, Founder of The Family (Music) Limited and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, said. “Jamie never fails to deliver.”

Scott’ds manager Richard Wilson said: “Merck is at the forefront of valuing what songwriters do for the music business, and realises that without them, we would not have one.”

SONY/ATV POPS UP AGAIN
5/17/19

Sony/ATV boss Jon Platt could be excused for a slight feeling of deja vu when he collected his second Publisher of the Year trophy of the week at a PRO's Pop Awards. In this instance the PRO in question was ASCAP (it was the fifth time in seven years the company has taken this particular honor); SATV took home 19 most-performed song trophies, six of them co-written by Songwriter of the Year Louis Bell. Another of the pubco's writers, ELO mastermind Jeff Lynne, received the Founder Award. 

After the event came the pubbery's wingding at L.A.'s Katana, replete with crab rolls, free-flowing cocktails and very little elbow room, which raged until the wee hours.

And now, on to the massive group shot!

Seen just before asking for more wasabi are (l-r) SATV Managing Director Scandinavia Johnny Tennander, President/CEO Latin America & U.S. Latin Jorge Mejia, President, Global Chief Marketing Officer Brian Monaco, SVP, Global Human Resources Elicia Felix-Hughey, SVP A&R/Head of Research & Analytics Jacob Fain, SVP Biz & Legal Jonas Kant, Manager, A&R Danielle Middleton, VP, AR Lou Al-Chamaa, Sr. Director, Creative Jennifer Drake, Co-Prez U.S. Danny Strick, Nashville topper Troy Tomlinson, ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews, SATV SVPs & Co-Heads of West Coast Creative Amanda Hill and Jennifer Knoepfle, SVP and Columbia Urban A&R Shawn Holiday, EVP Biz & Legal Peter Brodsky, SVP A&R/Head of East Coast A&R Rich Christina, VP Creative Tyler Childs, Sr. Manager Thomas Krottinger, Director, A&R Nicholas Bral, VP Creative Ian Holder and Platt.

 

Photo Credit: Ari Perlstein