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GRAMMY CHEW: WHO COULD BE THIS YEAR’S BRANDI CARLILE?
Lenny and Simon speculate and salivate as the kreplach is served. (9/18a)
RIHANNA FOLLOWS PLATT TO SONY/ATV
Loyalty in action (9/17a)
TAYLOR SWIFT JOINS THE VOICE AS MEGA MENTOR
Tay knows how to pick her spots. (9/17a)
BEYONCÉ ROARS IN PRIME TIME
So does Bey. (9/16a)
AMAZON GOES HI-RES
Alexa, what does "16-bit/44.1kHz" mean? (9/17a)
MORE RAINMAKERS
The players who made it happen.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE LEAKS?
Even funnier in French.
RIHANNA'S ETA
And about $50m in funding.
THE BUNDLE BUNGLE
When will the rules change?
Pub Crawling
PULSE IS WIDE-EYED FOR TOBI LOU
9/18/19

Pulse Music Group has signed rapper, songwriter and producer tobi lou to a worldwide publishing deal via its joint venture with Beka Tischker's Wide Eyed Entertainment. Announced by Pulse Co-CEOs Josh Abraham and Scott Cutler, along with Tischker, the addition of lou brings one of music's most promising young talents to Pulse/Wide Eyed. 

Formed in 2018, Pulse's partnerships with Wide Eyed brings together Tischker's (formerly of Prescription Songs) new management and publishing company with Pulse's roster of songwriters and producers. 

Cutler says “Pulse is about finding and cultivating great talent, and in that respect our partnership with Wide Eyed Entertainment continues to pay off. We’re thrilled to have worked with Beka to put together this deal with tobi, who is a tremendous artist that we are lucky to have on our team.”

Wide Eyes boss Tischker added, "tobi is an amazing artist who’s accomplished a lot with little formal support in a very short amount of time. It’s going to be exciting to see his career jump to the next level with the support of Josh, Scott and Pulse’s global network.”

Derrick “Lottery” Hardy, manager of tobi lou commented: “This was an easy decision to make. From Day 1 Sarah [McCann] displayed to both me and tobi, that she was a true fan of tobi lou. No other A&R matched her passion for the music that he creates. We wanted to be in business with Sarah and then to have the opportunity to combine forces with the team at Wide Eyed Entertainment/Pulse Music Group -- it was just a no-brainer.” 

Having issued their quotes, everyone gathered for a hearty repast of avocado toast and Kombucha.

tobi lou is a Nigeria-born and Chicago-raised rapper, songwriter and producer. After moving to Los Angeles, lou wrote and produced songs for other artists while moonlighting as an Uber driver before starting to release solo material. Lou has released three critically acclaimed EPs and will be touring across the U.S. this fall in support of his recently released mixtape, Live on Ice, while working on his debut album.

 

SONY/ATV DIGS HOLLANDER'S SAUCE
9/18/19

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has entered into a worldwide futures deal with songwriter Sam Hollander, whose song “High Hopes” for Panic! At The Disco is one of 2019’s biggest hits.

The celebrated songwriter has had chart success with a wide array of artists across his distinguished career, including the likes of Fitz and The Tantrums, One Direction, Katy Perry, Blink-182 and Weezer

Sony/ATV SVP, A&R Rich Christina (seen at right with Hollander) said: "Sam has been one of my favorite songwriters and a dear friend for a very long time. It’s beyond an honor to finally get to work directly with him and have him join the Sony/ATV family.”

Sam Hollander added: “I’m so thrilled to begin this chapter of my career, joining the almighty Sony/ATV. Working with the legendary Jon Platt, Rich Christina, Brian Monaco and the rest of the Sony/ATV family is a dream come true.”

Hollander’s songs have achieved 10 #1, 47 top five and 75 Top 10 chart positions globally. He was named Hot List Producer of the Year by Rolling Stone, and served as the music producer for the Steven Spielberg executive-produced NBC TV show Smash, for which he produced the Emmy-nominated song “I Heard Your Voice In A Dream.”

 

RIHANNA FOLLOWS PLATT TO SONY/ATV
9/16/19

Jon Platt has brought Rihanna into the Sony/ATV Music Publishing fold, reuniting the two who worked together at Warner Chappell.

Her worldwide deal with Sony/ATV covers her songwriting catalog plus future works, spurring speculation that her follow-up to 2016’s Anti is imminent.

The agreement covers all songs written by the multi-Grammy winner across her entire career, including the hits “Rude Boy,” “Love On The Brain,” “Needed Me” and the Drake collaboration “Work.”

“I’m proud to have known Rihanna since the beginning of her career,” Sony/ATV Chairman & CEO Platt said in a statement. “Music, fashion, philanthropy and a heart of gold have solidified Rihanna’s position as one of the biggest icons in the world. It is an honor to be reunited with her at Sony/ATV.”