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GUT CALL
Perry and Pincus on the record. (6/26a)
U.K. MIDWEEKS: GLASTONBURY DRIVES SALES SURGE
Love that Radiohead tuning song. (6/26a)
NEW RELEASES: KHALED VS. DRAGONS (UPDATE)
Place your bets: It's a battle. (6/26a)
SIGNS OF NEW DRAKE (UPDATE)
He's still the man. (6/26a)
BL$$D ARE THE DEALMAKERS
Hot hip-hop producer inks with Team Marty. He's feeling pretty Jake. (6/26a)
NASHVILLE'S NEXT ERA
It's upon us.
PILOT-LESS JETS
How will they affect the industry?
WHERE'S THE GODDAMN PIZZA?
It should've been here a half hour ago.
AMAZON STREAMS IN
They've got more than diapers to deliver.
Pub Crawling
STRICK-LY RHYTHM
6/23/17

Sony/ATV Co-Prexy Danny Strick and team celebrate winning Pubco of the Year at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards, as well as assorted Songwriter of the Year and 20 performance awards. Later, ASCAP's Paul Williams asked why he gets so much Sony/ATV email from himself. Seen just before reviewing Williams' poignant performance in Battle for the Planet of the Apes are (back, l-r) VP Creative Ian Holder, Sr. Dir. A&R Clio Massey, SVP, Head of East Coast A&R Rich Christina, Sr. Dir. A&R Jennifer Drake, consultant Shawn Holiday, ASCAP's Nicole George-Middleton, Strick, ASCAP's Beth Matthews, Sony/ATV VP Creative Tyler Childs and SVP Creative Amanda Berman-Hill and (front, l-r) Williams, Sony/ATV SVP Business & Legal affairs Jonas Kant and ASCAP's John Titta.

 Paul Jeffries (Drake) and Allen Ritter (Drake, Kanye West, Rihanna) took Songwriter of the Year trophies, and several of their songs took performance trophies. Also earning multiple wins were Boi-1da, Fetty Wap and Dwayne Chin-Quee.

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis took the Voice of Music Award, and a posthumous Founders Award went to Notorious B.I.G. 

OSCAR WINNERS LAND
IN MAGIC KINGDOM
6/21/17

Disney Music Publishing is about to become the happiest place on earth for songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The Oscar-winning composers have inked a deal with the Mouse House pubco, according to an announcement made by Disney Music Group President Ken Bunt.

"We are honored to have Bobby and Kristen join the Disney Music Group. Their creativity and dedication to songwriting is remarkable and we are excited to partner with them," Bunt said.

The pair’s oeuvre includes eight original songs in the animated film Frozen. The quadruple-platinum soundtrack was the best-selling album of 2014. The deal with Disney also includes songs from Book of Morman, Avenue Q, In Transit and Winnie the Pooh. Fun fact: Robert Lopez is one of just 12 people to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

"We are thrilled to be working with Ken Bunt and his incredible team at Disney Music Group and Disney Music Publishing,” the songwriters said in a joint statement. “It's clearly a perfect fit for us and we are grateful as always to be able to call Disney home."

In a related story, Olaf the Snowman has been given a JV deal.

DANCING WITH THE STARRAH
6/19/17

Pulse Music writer Starrah is celebrating having contributed to back-to-back #1 albums. She co-penned the Katy Perry single "Swish Swish" f/Nicki Minaj on chart-topping set Witness (Capitol) and "Now or Never" on Halsey's #1-bowing hopeless fountain kingdom (Astralwerks/Capitol). Starrah (who doesn't really enjoy taking trade photos) has previously contributed to hits by DrakeRihanna, The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Minaj, Travis Scott, G-Eazy and plenty more, which represent more than 10 million singles sold. Team Pulse previously got her this plaque, behind which she had hoped to hide from us.