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Pub Crawling
THESE AIN'T PLATT-ITUDES
9/18/17

Just in time for Jon Platt’s second anniversary as CEO/Chairman of Warner/Chappell, the pubbery just happens to be en fuego worldwide.

W/C writers are on five of the Top 10 records at Top 40 radio, nine of the Top 10 at Rhythm, eight of the Top 10 at Urban and five of the Top 10 at Alternative.

In addition to its U.S. successes (with A&R duo Katie Vinten and Ryan Press scoring regularly), the company has seen gains worldwide. Its marketshare in Germany (under Lars Karlsson) grew 6.6% in the first half of this year (powered by key urban signings there), and there’s been marketshare growth in the U.K. as well, with Platt hire Mike Smith running the show. The Brit outpost has also got writers on five of the Top 10 this week, and at midyear no fewer than 17 W/C tunesmiths graced the Top 40. The French office, meanwhile (led by Caroline Molko), enjoys—ooh la la—seven of the Top 10.

These various international departments have also expressed vigorous agreement that they'd rather we didn't visit.

 

BRENDA RUSSELL RIDES THE WAVE
9/18/17



Primary Wave Music Publishing
has just acquired Grammy-winning and Tony-nominated Brenda Russell's entire catalogue. The deal includes tracks like "Get Here," which was nominated for two Grammys including the award for Song of the Year. "Piano in the Dark" is also part of the acquisition, with both songs having been featured on her Grammy nominated album Get Here.

"Brenda Russell is a legendary songwriter whose songs have gone on to win and be nominated for a variety of awards throughout her over thirty years in the industry, says Lawrence Mestel, Founder and CEO of Primary Wave Music Publishing. "I am thrilled that we had the opportunity to bring her into the Primary Wave family and am excited for what lies ahead."

RHETT AKINS: SEVEN YEARS, 28 CHART-TOPPERS
9/14/17

Warner/Chappell Nashville's Rhett Akins has a lot to celebrate right now, considering he's had at least one song on Country airplay every week for the last seven years, to say nothing of the 28 #1 songs he's had a hand in since 2010. 

The singer/songwriter is currently charting with Easton Corbin's "A Girl Like You" (Mercury Nashville) and is #1 with Dustin Lynch's "Small Town Boy" (Broken Bow). We've got a full list of his Top 40 Country hits from the last seven years below. 

Atkins has received 29 BMI awards and six Triple-Play awards, which are given to those who have achieved three #1 singles in a year. 

“I write songs I hope people will relate to, so it’s humbling to see these numbers,” said Akins. “It’s also a testament to all the talented artists and co-writers I’ve worked with and to everyone on my team.”

“This unique achievement is further proof that Rhett belongs among country music's all-time greats," said W/C Nashville Prez Ben Vaughn. “Rhett has been shaping the modern-day Country Songbook that we’ve all sung along to each week for the past seven years." Vaughn, seeing an incoming call from us, then cranked up the jukebox and hit "ignore."

RHETT AKINS TOP 40 COUNTRY HITS:

"Gimmie That Girl" – Joe Nichols
"Farmer’s Daughter" – Rodney Atkins
"All About Tonight" – Blake Shelton
"All Over Me" – Josh Turner
"Shape I’m In" – Joe Nichols
"A Buncha Girls" – Frankie Ballard
"Honey Bee" – Blake Shelton
"Take a Back Road" – Rodney Atkins
"Bait a Hook" – Justin Moore
"This Ole Boy" – Craig Morgan
"I Don’t Want This Night to End" – Luke Bryan
"Kick It in the Sticks" – Brantley Gilbert
"I Can Take It from There" – Chris Young
"Point at You" – Justin Moore
"Boys ‘Round Here" – Blake Shelton
"Hey Girl" – Billy Currington
"It Goes Like This" – Thomas Rhett
"Parking Lot Party" – Lee Brice
"Wild in Your Smile" – Dustin Lynch
"When She Says Baby" – Jason Aldean
"Get Me Some Of That" – Thomas Rhett
"Ready Set Roll" – Chase Rice
"Small Town Throwdown" – Brantley Gilbert
"Just Getting’ Started" – Jason Aldean
"Young & Crazy" – Frankie Ballard
"Going Out Like That" – Reba McEntire
"Tonight Looks Good on You" – Jason Aldean
"That Don’t Sound Like You" – Lee Brice
"Mind Reader" – Dustin Lynch
"I Know Somebody" – Locash
"Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day" – Luke Bryan
"Dirt on My Boots" – Jon Pardi
"Star of the Show" – Thomas Rhett
"A Girl Like You" – Easton Corbin
"Missing" – William Michael Morgan
"Small Town Boy" – Dustin Lynch