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REPUBLIC UPS GOLDSTEIN, ROPPO TO CO-PRESIDENTS
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Pub Crawling
WCM INKS VÍCTOR CÁRDENAS
11/22/21

Warner Chappell Music’s U.S. Latin division has inked an exclusive global admin publishing deal with Colombian DJ/producer Víctor Cárdenas.

The rising Latin producer is best known for co-producing Farruko’s 8x RIAA platinum-certified chart-topper “Pepas,” which has 325+ global streams and reached #1 in 20+ countries.

“It’s been incredible to see the explosive success that Víctor has had so early on in his career. He’s a trendsetter whose sound and style are infectious and have taken the world by storm. This is just the beginning and we’re excited to go on this journey with him,” said Lazaro Hernandez, VP, A&R, U.S. & Latin America, WCM. 

“I am excited to have signed with Warner Chappell. I know we will accomplish great things and take electronic music to another level,” added Cárdenas. 

Hailing from Tuluá, Colombia, Cárdenas teamed up with Dayvi and Kelly Ruíz in 2018 for “Baila Conmigo,” which was recorded by Jennifer López in 2019 and landed on multiple charts before peaking as her 18th #1 on the Dance Club Songs chart. A pioneer of modern Guaracha music, Cárdenas’ other notable credits include Lele Pons’ “Volar,” Farruko’s “El Incomprendido” and Maluma’s “Qué Chimba.”

The deal was closed by Pierre Hachar, Jr., Esq. and Cody Pellicer, Esq. of The Hachar Law Group, P.A.

Photo credit: Bryant Steven Salazar

SMP NASHVILLE UPS JOSH VAN VALKENBURG
11/22/21

Sony Music Publishing Nashville has upped Josh Van Valkenburg to EVP, Creative.

In his new role, Van Valkenburg will be responsible for leading the team’s A&R strategy, supporting SMP Nashville’s roster, developing new talent and delivering creative opportunities for the company's songwriters. He reports directly to SMP Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston.

Throughout his career, Van Valkenburg’s signings have garnered 70+ #1 hits on Country radio.

He's worked with chart-topping writers and producers like 4-time BMI Songwriter of the Year Ross Copperman, Jon Nite, Lindsay Rimes, Chris DeStefano and 2021 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Josh Osborne, as well as artists like Brett Eldredge and Chase Rice.

Van Vaulkenburg has also provided creative support of SMP’s contributing songwriters and producers on Gabby Barrett’s #1 hit, “I Hope.”

“Our Sony Music Publishing family is committed to lifting up and empowering all of our songwriters, from Nashville to the entire world. This ethos begins at the top with Jon Platt and Rusty Gaston, to whom I am so grateful for this opportunity,” said Van Valkenburg.

“Josh is one of the smartest music publishing executives I have ever met. He leads the way in thinking strategically with every songwriter on our roster, and he takes actions that lead to results. We couldn’t be prouder to have him on our team,” added Gaston.

Prior to his new role, Van Valkenburg held the position of SVP, Creative and has spearheaded SMP Nashville’s creative efforts since 2015. He’s been with the company since 2005, launching his career at EMI Music Publishing, and was later promoted to the A&R team as Creative Manager in 2008 before joining Sony/ATV as Creative Director in 2012.

WCM INKS CO-PUB DEAL WITH HAAN
11/22/21

Warner Chappell Music has inked a global co-publishing deal with Aussie producer Haan.

A longtime collaborator of The Kid LAROI, Hann recently teamed up with Charlie Puth, FnZ, Cashmere Cat, Omer Fedi and Blake Statkin to produce the chart-topping mega hit “Stay.”

The single peaked #1 on Spotify’s Global Streaming chart and hit 1b+ streams on the platform in 118 days, the fastest song to ever do so.

Now based in L.A., Haan also partnered with Sydney-raised rapper LAROI on his viral single “Addison Rae,” which earned gold certification in Australia. He’s also worked with the likes of Juice WRLD, G-Herbo and Sydney producer Khaled.

“Haan is already a master of his craft and working with some of the biggest names in the industry. We couldn’t be more excited to team up with him and can’t wait to see what’s in store for him as he continues to create hits and build his career,” said WCM President, North America, Ryan Press

"I'm excited to join the Warner Chappell family and add to the amazing list of producers that call Warner their home. I can't wait to get started with the team and find ways to elevate as both a producer and businessman,” added Haan.

The deal was made in collaboration with Foundation Media PartnersPatrick Hughes, Harvey Russell and the Grade A Productions team.

Photo Credit: Steve Cannon