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PRIMARY WAVE INKS JV WITH JUAN MADRID
7/11/19

Primary Wave Music Publishing announced today publishing exec Juan Madrid has joined the firm via a joint venture deal with his company Cruz Control Music.  

Madrid will bring his 18 years of music publishing experience and vast knowledge of the biz to PWMP. He has already hit the ground running, closing two new deals in a few short weeks. 

The first signings to the JV are Miami rapper Ball Greezy and Canadian artist 12AM

CEO & Founder, Primary Wave Music Publishing, Larry Mestel said, “We are looking forward to Juan helping Primary Wave become a bigger force in pop and urban culture music. With his vast industry knowledge and artist relationships, we know he will be an enormous asset to Primary Wave.”

Madrid adds, "I am very excited to partner with Primary Wave in this next phase of my career. After several meetings with Larry and the creative team at Primary Wave, I quickly realized that our visions aligned and that they would support Cruz Control in the publishing space,”

After fifteen years holding high level positions as a music publisher, Madrid has had many notable signings to his credit including notable producers Lex Luger, T-Minus and Chief Keef collaborator Young Chop as well as artists The Game, Rick Ross, Flo-Rida, Waka Flocka, Meek Mill and Wiz Khalifa, among others. In 2018, he also managed hip hop superstar Rick Ross.

 

NASHVILLE'S NEXT-WAVE PUBLISHERS: TRAVIS GORDON (UMPG NASHVILLE, SENIOR CREATIVE DIRECTOR)
7/11/19

Travis’ key writers include Troy Verges, Natalie Hemby, Chase McGill, Rachel Wammack, Greylan James and Catie Offerman.

Notable cuts include the Grammy-winning “Humble & Kind” by Tim McGraw, Grammy-nominated “Break Up in the End” by Cole Swindell and “When Someone Stops Loving You” by Little Big Town, Michael Ray’s biggest-selling single to date, “Think a Little Less,” and the late, great Andrew Dorff’s “Yours if You Want It” by Rascal Flatts.

“Music is being released at a faster rate than ever before,” Gordon notes. “With more songs and artists constantly being pumped into the marketplace, you need truly great songs and artists to rise above the noise.”

NASHVILLE'S NEXT-WAVE PUBLISHERS: JOSH VAN VALKENBURG (SONY/ATV NASHVILLE, A&R)
7/11/19

Josh oversees the SATV Nashville A&R team, home to such superstar artist/writers as Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker and Thomas Rhett. He’s guided the careers of hit songwriters Josh Osborne (Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road,” Midland’s “Drinkin’ Problem”), Ross Copperman (Kenny Chesney’s “Get Along,” Dierks Bentley’s “Woman Amen”) and Jon Nite (Cole Swindell’s “Break Up in the End,” Luke Bryan’s “Strip It Down”), as well as star artists Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Eldredge and Chase Rice. Writers in his charge have amassed over 60 country #1s.

“As record labels have enjoyed a serious increase in revenue due to streaming,” he says, “we’ve seen an increase in artist signings and thus more product. More releases equals more opportunities for our writers to get songs on records. While we’ve still got a long way to go in terms of fair compensation for songwriters and publishers from streaming, it’s encouraging to see more songs get a chance to be heard and consumed. Hopefully, this will lead to more songwriters getting the chance to make a living doing what they were born to do.”