I.B. BAD: GRAMMY REWIND, 2017 FAST-FORWARD
The latest inside edition (2/24a)
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BEEB BRAIN DRAIN
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Ross Golan's And the Writer Is podcast brings the songwriter together with fellow tunesmiths to discuss about the ins and outs of working in the biz. Episode 1 features Benny Blanco, and subsequent installments feature Savan Kotecha, J Kash and Sean Douglas. The podcast, produced in partnership with Big Deal Music and Mega Music House; it has quickly joined some of the hottest podcasts on the iTunes and Google charts; it earned 3,300 downloads in 10 days this month, a remarkable showing. Kenny MacPherson, Mark Tindle and pals are working on their own version of a podcast, only instead of using microphones they're using wine, and instead of talking about it they're drinking it.
Jay Z will make history by becoming the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Class of 2017 was introduced this morning and will include Max Martin, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Chicago’s Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera.
Berry Gordy, who deferred his induction last year, will also be part of the class. For more info and a quote from Jay Z's publisher, Warner/Chappell chief Jon Platt, go here.
Warner/Chappell Nashville has extended its worldwide co-pub deal with THiS Music. The 11-year-old Nashville boutique pubco was co-founded by Rusty Gaston, Tim Nichols and Connie Harrington in partnership with W/C. Among its writers: Deric Ruttan, co-writer of Jason Aldean’s "Any Ol’ Bar Stool"; recent Grammy winner Emily Weisband; and Ben Hayslip, who co-wrote Thomas Rhett’s #1 "Star of the Show."
"Rusty Gaston is a force of nature,” declared W/C Nashville prez Ben Vaughn."