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CORSON HEADED WEST (REPORTS)
Animal follies: From Nipper to the Bunny. (9/26a)
BAY-SCHUCK TO JOIN CORSON AT WARNER BROS.
Max doin' work in front of his start date. (9/26a)
JODY GERSON: THE POWER OF BALANCE (PART 1)
UMPG chief shares her m.o. (9/26a)
THE GRAMMY WHISPERER ON SONG OF THE YEAR
More fearless forecasting from Paul Grein (9/26a)
TOP 50 STREAMED SONGS, SPS ALBUMS THIS YEAR
Get your red hots right here. (9/26a)
HITS' 31ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
Big. Papery. Stupid.
PIZZA NOT DELIVERED
Someone's in trouble.
SAM SMITH'S STATEMENT
How he captures our moment.
THE BIGGEST RELEASE OF Q4
It's not what you think.
Pub Crawling
SONGS IN PLAY?
9/11/17

Sources close to the situation say SONGS Music Publishing has definitely been put into play. According to one potential buyer, a book has been prepared by Lion Tree Advisors. Word is that possible bidders include, well, pretty much everyone.

While SONGS will fetch a tidy sum if sold, a sale isn’t considered inevitable. Sources say the company faces no funding issues, and that partners Matt PincusRon Perry and Carianne Marshall—who oversees global sync and creative services and runs the West Coast office—could, after reviewing all offers, decline to proceed. Founded in 2004 with $5m, the pubco has flourished in recent years with such signings as Lorde, The Weeknd, Diplo, X Ambassadors and recent breakout XXXtentacion.

Acquiring SONGS would more than double the marketshare slice of a comparably sized indie with the requisite deep pockets (its marketshare was 2.2% in the Q2 rankings but has averaged 3.5% over the last nine quarters). The company has been Top 10 in publisher share for 14 straight quarters and has been #6 for nine.