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TASK FORCE DEMANDS CHANGES "WITHOUT ANY DELAY"
Academy in peril (1/24a)
GRAMMYS FINALIZE PERFORMERS LIST
All set...or as set as anything can be during this wild week. (1/24a)
UJA TO HONOR GREENSTEIN
XM marks the spot. (1/24a)
UMG U.K.'S CLASS OF 2020
Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond... (1/24a)
SPOTIFY CELEBRATES BEST NEW ARTIST NOMINEES
Eight was enough. (1/24a)
OSCARS
More awards-season madness.
SUPERSTAR DROPS
Who's next?
THE GRAMMY SHOW
The lineup grows.
POLITCS
Oy vey.
Pub Crawling
SMACKSONGS' OPEN-DORR POLICY
1/15/20

Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne’s SMACKSongs is celebrating the inking of Josh Dorr to an exclusive publishing deal. Dorr, who moved to Nashville in 2010, has secured cuts with artists like Jordan Davis, Dylan Brady, Sister Hazel, and Emerson Hart, among others. Dorr has also released two solo EPs in addition to working on his upcoming release, which is expected sometime this year.

“I’m honored and beyond excited to be part of such a talented roster of writers/artists and creative staff. “I’m grateful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to start 2020 with my amazing new team at Smack,” says Dorr.

SMACKSongs Senior Creative Director, Lee Krabel, adds, “I’ve been a fan of Josh’s for years. From day one he has fit right in with the staff of writers at SMACK. We are so excited to be a part of his future and help take his career to new heights.”

Seen hoping to smack some sense into us are (l-r) SMACKSongs’ Robin Palmer, McAnally, Dorr and Krabel.

Photo Credit: Cece Dawson 

MILK & HONEY WRITERS ARE IN RARE FORM
1/14/20

Milk & Honey writer/producers worked on a handful of songs on Selena Gomez’s new album Rare on Interscope, which looks to be headed for #1. 

Sir Nolan co-wrote and produced title track "Rare," as well as "Crowded Room (feat. 6LACK)" and "Ring", along with co-writer/producer Simon SaysSimon Says is signed to Deep Cuts Music Publishing, a JV with Warner Chappell co-owned by Nolan and Milk & Honey President Lucas KellerThat same duo of Nolan and Simon Says had a hit with "La La Land " by Bryce Vine last year, and Simon Says co-wrote and produced the Khalid single "Eleven" out now.

Nolan and longtime manager Keller created Deep Cuts together, and are now proudly reaping the benefits, along with Simon Says, and other upcoming writers they are signing and developing. Another Milk & Honey client, lil aaron also contributed to a different Selena Rare song, "People You Know."

Is there any truth to the rumor that writing sessions for Selena's LP took place inside Keller’s new walk-in cigar humidor? Stay tuned. 

WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC ADDS TO THE TEAM
1/14/20

Warner Chappell Music has named Jon Chen as Senior Director of A&R. Based in L.A., Chen will report to WCM’s President of A&R, U.S., Ryan Press.

Previously, Chen served as Senior Creative Director at BMG Music Publishing, where he worked with the likes of Bebe Rexha, Jason Evigan, Alex Salibian, Rook Monroe, Bipolar Sunshine and Trackside and learned that some corporate memos are funnier in the original German.

Prior to his tenure at BMG, he was as an A&R Manager at Warner Records, where he assisted in the development of artists such as Dua Lipa, Rexha and Jason Derulo.