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DAVE WINS 2019 MERCURY PRIZE
The British rapper is honored. (9/20a)
REVENUE CHART: POST BREAKS THE BANK
Malone's big payday. (9/20a)
HITS LIST
TAKES A FALL
The usual suspects break out their autumn wardrobes. (9/20a)
GREEN ON RED
Billie Joe keeps rockin'. (9/20a)
GREEN ON RED
Punk-pop goes the weasel. (9/20a)
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
PUB CRAWLING: A YEAR IN REVIEW
12/8/17

Publishers, in general, are not big on the triumphal talk we’ve been hearing from the record side of late—they’re prone to a glass-half-empty perspective even on the streaming boom. But even they can’t deny that the revenue is flowing as it hasn’t for some time. And publishing is attracting mad investment, with EMI Music Publishing, SONGS, Imagem (acquired in June by Concord Bicycle), Carlin and ole among the targets of pricey purchasing derbies and/or speculation about same. Add to that mix big spends from private-equity-boosted houses like Round Hill and lavish deals for creatives like hitmaker Ryan Tedder, whose pact with Downtown, announced in April, was said to be valued at around $65-70m.

This holiday season finds the big pub players (and a few smaller ones) with considerable reason to celebrate—with the aforementioned streaming boom supplemented by the Grammy nominations windfall and other happy news.

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