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IL CAPO DI SUGAR
Sweet smell of success. (11/13a)
GREIN ON GRAMMYS: SMOKE-FILLED RUMINATIONS
Theme song: Charlie Rich, "Behind Closed Doors" (11/9a)
MOVE WITH THE FLOW: THE JANICK WAY OF KNOWLEDGE (PART 2)
Don't miss Janick's "New Rules"... Oh wait, that's Bill Maher's bit. (11/12a)
IMMEDIATE IMPACT: STREAMING SONGS
It's a Trippie experience. (11/12a)
RAINMAKERS: MYSTERY GUEST, PLEASE SIGN IN
What do we get if we guess right? (11/9a)
GRAMMY NOMINEES
Collect 'em all!
MMA FOR DUMMIES
Not Mixed Martial Arts; the Music Modernization Act, dummy.
IS IT COLD IN HERE?
...or are our bosses from outer space?
THE KIDS
They're leaning on the button.
Pub Crawling
ANOTHER "CROWN": EILISH INKS PUB DEAL WITH UMPG
11/9/18

Teen phenom Billie Eilish, whose Darkroom/Interscope set has earned significant acclaim (and who's discussed at length by label boss John Janick in our recent interview), has inked a global co-pub deal with Jody Gerson's UMPG.

"A talented songwriter who is beyond her years, there is no doubt that Billie is already a powerful voice for her generation. Her expressive songs are an outpouring of honest and raw emotion, and her truth in music resonates with fans around the world,” said Gerson. "With the guidance of UMPG A&R Luke McGrellis and support of the UMPG global team, I am confident that we will be an outstanding creative partner for Billie as she continues to rise."

She added shout-outs for Justin Lubliner from Darkroom, as well as Janick "and the fantastic Interscope team."

"I am really excited to work with Jody, Luke, and the team at Universal, the 16-year-old breakout said. "I am so grateful for all of their amazing support and opportunities."

Eilish's EP don't smile at me has earned north of 2.5 billion streams. Her "when the party's over" is Top 10 U.S. at Spotify and just outside the global leaderboard, while the video is nearing 30m YouTube views. Her duet with Khalid, "lovely," now platinum, racked up 253m Spotify streams and 130m video views. Meanwhile, "you should see me in a crown" has earned 68m streams on Spotify.

She has 18.5m monthly listeners on Spotify, ranking her 85th most listened-to artist in the world on the streaming platform.

 

YOU SHOULD'VE SEEN THE KEGGER
11/8/18

Sony/ATV Canada Prez Gary Funiss collects his honorary diploma from Fanshawe College in Ontario, in recognition of his role in aiding and directing the college's music-industry arts program. Later, Fanshawe President Peter Devlin placed Gary on double-secret probation after a scandalous toga party.

DIAZ TO RUN W/C MEXICO
11/8/18

Carlos Ruiz Díaz is taking over as Managing Director, Warner/Chappell Music Mexico, reporting to Gustavo Menendez, President, Warner/Chappell Music, Latin America.

With more than 25 years in the biz, Díaz joins Warner/Chappell from EMMACSACM, the Mexican one-stop agency for digital music copyright licensing, where he had served as Managing Director since 2013. In that role, Díaz led all negotiation, signing, and administration of licenses across services such as Apple, Google and Spotify—working with the Mexican Collecting Society (SACM) and the Mexican Music Publishers Association (EMMAC).  

“Carlos has a deep sense and appreciation for music that our songwriters will recognize instantly, and our A&R efforts will benefit from,” said Menendez. “What’s beneath that is a dynamic background in finance and operations, which comes through in his sharp instinct and business acumen, and really sets him apart as a leader.”

In his career Díaz has served as VP/GM of UMG’s Disa Records, Director of Finance and Operations at UMG Mexico, and Managing Director of Peerless-MCM, a WMG company.

“I have been in this business a long time, and I’ve never seen Spanish-language songs rivaling English-language songs on the charts the way that they have in the last year,” said Díaz. “It’s a historic moment for Latin music, including regional Mexican music, and I’m delighted to join a company that’s leading the charge.”