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SIR LUCIAN
TURNS IT UP
UMG chief is sitting on top of the world. (9/16a)
OCEAN ACTIVITY?
Let's be Frank. (9/16a)
DRAKE IS EXTREMELY WEALTHY
And not just in Canadian dollars. (9/16a)
KACEY TURNS A PAGE
A close reading of star-crossed (9/10a)
TOP 20: RE-CERTIFIED
The Toronto Raptor strikes again. (9/16a)
HITS' 35TH ANNIVERSARY
A chronicle of the inexplicable.
GRAMMY: ALBUM OF THE YEAR
We make yet more predictions, which you are free to ignore.
2022 TOURS
May we all be vaxxed by then.
ROCK'S NEW CHAPTER
Power pop, global glam and the return of the loud.
Pub Crawling
RMG & SMP INK NICK DONLEY
9/9/21

Relative Music Group, in partnership with Sony Music Publishing, has inked country songwriter Nick Donley to a global publishing deal.

Donley quickly made a name for himself in Nashville writing hits like Florida Georgia Line’s #1 hit “Sittin’ Pretty,” HARDY’s “Unapologetically Country” and “4x4,” Matt Stell’s “That Ain’t Me No More,” Chevel Shepherd “Mama Got The Chair” and more.

Relative Music is a small family with a big vision and I'm grateful to call it my songwriting home. I couldn't be more excited to work with this driven creative tight-knit group of people,” said Donley.

“We've been wanting to work with Nick for quite a while now, and I am so excited it finally happened,” added RMG’s Founer, Dennis Matkosky. “We have an amazing team between Relative and our Sony Family and we can't wait to get to work.”

“I'm so excited to start working with Nick Donley,” shared RMG’s Partner HARDY. “Nick is a hardworking, positive guy with a ‘go get it’ attitude, which is exactly what we need here at Relative. Nick is also one of the first people I ever met in this town, and after 11 years, I'm proud to see such a full circle moment come together. Welcome to the family, Nick.”

An Ohio native, Donley first started writing songs in college and began his career writing commercials for radio before he moved to Nashville in 2006 to pursue professional songwriting. Since then, he’s written for artists including HARDY, Stell, Allie Colleen and Adam Hambrick, among others.

Pictured above are (l-r) Matkosky, Hardy, Donley and Jesse Matkosky.

SMACKSONGS INKS CAROLINE WATKINS
9/7/21

SMACKSongs has inked singer/songwriter Caroline Watkins to a global publishing deal.

After landing her own round at Bluebird Café at the age of 16, the Nashville native signed her first publishing deal right out of high school with Warner Chappell. While at Belmont University, she was awarded the Miranda Lambert Women Creators Scholarship

Watkins has previously opened for country artists like Brett Eldredge, Walker Hayes and Willie Nelson. In 2018, the Watkins-penned song "Smokin' and Crying'" was featured in the film Forever My Girl.

"Caroline’s songwriting talents and abilities make her a natural fit for our roster,” said SMACKSongs’ Chief Creative Officer, Robin Palmer. “Our entire team couldn’t be more excited to work with her. We feel like this is perfect timing for the next chapter in her career.”

“I could not be more excited to start working with SMACK. Shane [McAnally] has been an incredible mentor and friend to me over the years, so it’s a dream come true to get to work with his team,” added Watkins. “I’ve always been a fan of SMACK, but when I met Robin, Carly [Sater], and the rest of the team, they immediately made me feel so at home and like part of the family, and I could not imagine a better place to get to write songs every day.”

Seen below thinking they’d like to Smack some sense into us are (l-r) Lackey McDonald PLLC’s Brenner McDonald, Watkins, SMACKSongs’ Palmer and Sater.

Photo Credit: Molly Bouchon

MADAJ DASHES TO DIGITAL HEAD AT WCM
8/30/21

Warner Chappell Music has announced that Natalie Madaj will become the company’s new SVP, Global Digital. She steps in for Warner Chappell’s EVP, Global Digital Strategy, Eric Mackay, who is exiting the company. Madaj will officially start in her new role in early 2022 with Mackay staying on in the interim to assist with the transition.

Madaj joined Warner Chappell in 2018 as VP, Digital Licensing, North America and was promoted to her current role as SVP, Digital Licensing, Americas in January. Under her leadership, the company has renewed deals with all current partners and inked new agreements with Equinox, Peloton, Snap and TikTok. Rumors that Madaj has invented multiple new dance challenges on the latter platform could not be confirmed.

Warner Chappell Music Co-Chair and CEO Guy Moot, and Co-Chair and COO, Carianne Marshall, who often unnerve their underlings by speaking in unison, offered this tandem quote: “Natalie has an incredible eye for identifying trends and has spent the last few years finding creative ways to integrate our writers' songs into exciting new technologies. A strong leader and savvy dealmaker, her expertise will continue to be critical to our success.”

Madaj is said to have an app on her phone that causes all calls from HITS to be dropped.