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I.B. BAD ON THE RAINMAKERS OF 2017
Around the horn (12/14a)
MARKETSHARE IN
THE U.K.: 2017 YTD
Compare and contrast with the Colonies. (12/14a)
ASK THE GRAMMY WHISPERER
Factoids galore (12/14a)
ALT-R&B 101
The cutting edge of a vibrant genre (12/14a)
WHAT MAKES YOUR
TOP 20
Take a Luke. (12/14a)
MORE GRAMMY SECRETS
The biz talks committee.
NOT PIZZA AGAIN!
Seriously, can we order something else?
A BIG FAT DEAL
With a gigantic check. Soon.
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Pub Crawling
INDIE PUBS TALK SONGS
12/8/17

Chatter at the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) 40th anniversary event on 12/7 was dominated by talk about the sale of SONGS, with many at the gathering saying that the buyer was Kobalt.

We’ll likely know details of the transaction soon enough—stay tuned.

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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BIG DEAL AND BIG SCHLEMIEL
12/8/17

At the Association of Independent Music Publishers' 40th Anniversary shindig, Kenny MacPherson—whose Big Deal Music Group was honored as Indie Publisher of the Year—drank just enough Beaujolais to agree to a photo with our own Simon Glickman. Kenny regretted that decision almost immediately, as Simon insisted on busting out his song cycle about preparing haggis.

More AIMP goodness here.