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PUB CRAWLING: SONGS ARE FOR SHARE. ER, SHARING.

The Adele record has now officially transitioned from “record-breaking phenomenon” to “some kind of impossibly large thing for which scientists have no name.” It has achieved this monumental success largely with very stripped-down songs—several of them just voice with piano or guitar. While 25 has generally been described as an anomaly, and it likely is, one can’t help but wonder about its inevitable effect on the songwriting and producing landscape.

Could this explosive story help hasten the end of machine-tooled dance pop’s death grip on Top 40 radio? It’s believed that Martinized pop was waning already (yes, Max did contribute one Adele track, but even that doesn’t sound like the assembly-line diva fodder referred to here); could we now see an influx of “organic” records into the Pop gap? What do your writers, producers and A&R folks say? Stay tuned.

Speaking of Adele, Sony/ATV is chuffed over the contributions of writers Greg Kurstin (“Hello,” “Water Under the Bridge,” “Million Years Ago”), Paul Epworth (“I Miss You,” “Sweetest Devotion”) and bonus-track co-writers Linda Perry (“Can’t Let Go”)  and Rick Nowels (“Why Do You Love Me”).

Jody Gerson, feeling somewhat upbeat as UMPG writers Adele and Justin Bieber have a pretty decent quarter, is also touting a new signing, hip hop original Post Malone, whose “White Iverson” (Republic) has been putting major points on the board.

Pulse’s Josh Abraham, Jason Bernard and their talented compadres are also tallying up that Bieber money, as they co-publish writer Bloodpop. The creative hive also has writers on the Pentatonix and 5 Seconds of Summer albums, and is also its deal (in tandem with Rick Rubin’s American Songs) with hip hop artist/writer and bona fide viral phenom D.R.A.M. Rubin will personally install Sonos speakers in the homes of everyone who downloads the music.

Sony/ATV has extended its deal with Jack Antonoff, frontman/mastermind of alt-rock troupe Bleachers and co-writer with Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles, Tegan & Sara and other folks. The pubco has also set up a JV with the artist/writer/producer, Rough Customer, which will serve as a launching pad for his various collaborations. The deal stipulates that pubbery chief Marty Bandier, co-prexy Rick Krim and SVP Creative Jennifer Knoepfle will all have character arcs on HBO’s GirlsWarner/Chappell Music has tapped veteran media exec Paul Kahn as EVP/CFO, reporting to CEO Jon Platt.  Kahn, who previously served at Viacom, EMI and Himalaya Capital, was dubbed “one of the most accomplished and respected execs in our business” by Platt, who added that he still reserves the right to call him “Genghis.”

Big ups to Team BMG, who are savoring large writer shares on several of the season’s top records, have inked and re-upped a number of smart deals (acquiring Steve Greenberg’s S-Curve and renewing with Kenny MacPherson’s Big Deal, among others) and groomed writers like Rihanna/Kanye/Usher collaborator Bibi Bourelly, who’s looking like she’ll be a serious presence for some time. Too bad the duo of Laurent Hubert and Zach Katz had to endure a discussion with us. Meanwhile, chief Hartwig Masuch ponders a ground assault on Stalingrad.

 

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