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Chrysalis Music Publishing is putting together Witchcraft, a tribute album to legendary songwriter Cy Coleman, featuring covers by the likes of Fiona Apple, Nikka Costa, Sam Phillips and Patty Griffin.

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An Occasional Column About the Worlds of Music Publishing, Licensing, Performance Rights, Commercials, Video Games and Whatever Else We Feel Like Putting In

Sony/ATV Music Publishing and TV producers Granada America are teaming up to develop current and classic country music hits into a series of one-hour dramatic episodes. American Storytellers will “capture the lives, loves, adventures, joys and tragedies that have been put to music by yesterday and today’s leading performers and songwriters.” Just don’t call it Hee-Haw II. Sony/ATV’s roster includes such country legends as Willie Nelson and Hank Williams… Sony/ATV’s worldwide production music library Extreme Music has inked Grammy-winning songwriter/producer/ musician Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins to its roster, which includes Quincy Jones, Hans Zimmer and Snoop Dogg, among others… EMI Music Publishing will represent the intellectual property of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a deal with the King Estate. The company will license the late leader’s words for recordings and music, as well as ensure the proper authorization of all usages of his words and image in online and digital media. Excerpts from King speeches have been used in Guns N' Roses' "Madagascar" and Gwen Stefani's "Long Way to Go." First project is a Katy Perry mash-up of “I Have a Dream” and “I Kissed a Girl.” Only kidding… Motown songwriting legends Holland Dozier Holland will receive the Johnny Mercer Award at the 2009 Songwriters Hall of Fame, marking the event’s 40th anniversary June 18 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Inductees at this year's event include Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora; Young RascalsFelix Cavalieri and Eddie Brigati; Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway; Crosby, Stills & Nash; Hair’s Galt MacDermot, James Rado and the late Gerome Ragni; and Stephen SchwartzMTV, Apple Corps and Harmonix will release the much-anticipated The Beatles: Rock Band on 9/9/09. The music-based video game, “an unprecedented, experiential progression through and celebration of the music and artistry of The Beatles,” will be available for the Xbox 360, Sony PS3 and Nintendo Wii at a suggested retail price of $59.99. Editions featuring Ringo are extra… Latest editions to the Wii Rock Band music store include tracks from The Who, Average White Band, Earth, Wind & Fire and James Brown, in addition to songs from rock bands Against Me!, New Pornographers and Papa RoachUniversal Music Publishing sponsored a number of events at the just-completed SxSW, including a mix of highly touted newcomers like King Kahn and the Shrines, The Duke Spirit, The Cocktail Slippers, The Little Ones, Micah P. Hinson and Glasvegas along with previous touts Camera Obscura, Aqualung and Sam RobertsBMI Nashville has upped Jenny Renfrow to Sr. Director, Human Resources and Internal Communications, reporting to AVP Human Resources Pat Belfield. Renfrow will be in charge of refilling the company vending machine with snacks… Veteran pub exec Harry Poloner has joined Songs Music Publishing in a creative post… Chrysalis Music Publishing is putting together Witchcraft, a tribute album to legendary songwriter Cy Coleman, featuring covers by the likes of Fiona Apple, Nikka Costa, Sam Phillips and Patty Griffin.

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