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COLUMBIA NAMES MALLORY PRESIDENT
A rapidly rising star (2/1a)
SPOTIFY NEARS 500M USERS
Ek is “rethinking how we operate.” (1/31a)
YOUR HANDY GRAMMY-WEEK GUIDE
The busiest time of year is here. (2/1a)
ENVELOPING CHAOS:
HARVEY MASON JR.
The heat is on. (1/30a)
ON THE COVER:
MILEY CYRUS
The sweet smell of "Flowers" (1/30a)
HIP-HOP AT 50
The astonishing first half-century of a world-rocking genre.
THE NEXT BIG PLAYER
in the catalog game is...
INDIE BREAKOUTS
More independent music rises at the DSPs.
THE GOP CONGRESS
At last, America can focus 24/7 on Hunter Biden's laptop.
Pub Crawling
NEON16 ADDS FRANK RIO TO ITS ROSTER
1/27/23

Lex Borrero and Tainy's NEON16 has added hot producer Frank Rio to its management roster. Rio is rising musica Mexicana star Ivan Cornejo's go-to collaborator and served as the executive producer to his most recent album, Dañado (Deluxe), which reached #1 on Apple Music's Latin chart.

Rio ended his breakthrough 2022 climbing to #3 on Billboard's Latin producer chart in December. His song credits include Jhay Cortez f/J Balvin & Bad Bunny's "No Me Conoce (Remix)," which has 1b+ streams on Spotify, and A. Chal's "Hollywood Love" f/Gunna.

Along with his NEON16 affiliation, Rio's 2023 also includes working on Cornejo's next studio full-length, as well as collaborations with Becky G and Albert Hype.

EMPIRE CATCHES THE HIT-BOY WAVE
1/26/23

EMPIRE's publishing arm, EMPIRE Publishing, has partnered with Hit-Boy's Surf Club collective.

The partnership will allow the Grammy-winning producer and Surf Club to build a publishing roster utilizing its catalog’s analytics, financials and royalties. EMPIRE Publishing is led by Al Mclean and Vinny Kumar. EMPIRE Publishing A&R, Brett Sweeney, secured the deal, while EMPIRE’s Directors of Business Affairs, Benedict Paz and Sarah Beth Gerlecz, negotiated and finalized it.

The deal includes new signees G Dav, Dr. Blum and Bandz whose production credits include tracks for Nas, Roddy Rich, the late Nipsey Hussle, Kehlani and Twenty One Pilots.

"We want to build Surf Club up to be great, create outstanding pieces of work and music,” Hit-Boy said. “I’ve been looking for a publishing situation for years, and Empire really made it happen.”

Surf Club is helmed by Hit-Boy with Nima Nasseri serving as managing partner, Jameel “Double” James in the role of president and James Bentley acting as Head of A&R.

Hit-Boy is currently nominated for Album of the Year for his work on Beyonce’s latest album, Renaissance. We, on the other hand, are simply trying to avoid the tsunami that is our life.

ULTRA RAPS UP NEW CO-PUB DEAL WITH ZAYTOVEN
1/23/23

Ultra International Music Publishing (UIMP) has welcomed rap producer Zaytoven into the fold with a new co-publishing agreement. He'll continue to make new music from L.A., London and his home base of Atlanta.

Under the freshly inked deal, UIMP has also acquired Zaytoven’s remaining co-published interest in his existing catalog and writer’s share, which boasts 560 songs written between 2005 and 2022.

Notable titles include Migos’ “Versace,” Travis Scott’s “3500,” DJ Esco’s “Too Much Sauce” f/Future and Lil Uzi Vert, Future’s “Used To This” f/ Drake, Lil Wayne's "Problems" and 21 Savage’s “Famous.”

Zaytoven has also released collaborative projects with Gucci Mane, Usher, the late Young Dolph, Lecrae, Lil Yachty and Jack Harlow, to name a few.

"Zaytoven is an extraordinary talent," Founder & CEO of UIMP Patrick Moxey said. "He is the Father of trap music and has been the driving force of much of how we define that genre. Gucci Mane, Migos, Future—he’s been right there with these artists from the beginning in 2004 right up to the present day. I’m proud to announce that after working with him since 2007 we continue to be focused on future success.”

Zaytoven noted he was "excited to take over the world." Just don't call him Ludwig.