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TOP 50 HOLIDAY SONGS: A MERRY LOT
It's the most wonderful time of the year. (12/7a)
HITS LIST: LABELED
WITH LOVE
Long live Hitsville USA. (12/6a)
NEW LEADERS AT COLUMBIA U.K.
The post-Ferdy era begins. (12/6a)
JIM STEWART,
1930-2022
Remembering an indie-label legend. (12/6a)
GRAMMY NOMS:
THE LIST
For your consideration (12/6a)
GRAMMY HANDICAPPING
Who's likely to win in the major categories? We have no idea.
THE NEXT BIG PLAYER
in the catalog game is...
TRUMP CORP II
Totally less fraudulent than Trump Corp.
IS IT CHRISTMAS YET?
Pub Crawling
SONY MUSIC PUB UPS HAMELINK
11/28/22

Sony Music Publishing has promoted Michèle Hamelink to managing director of Benelux, where she'll report to President, International Guy Henderson from the Benelux offices. 

Hamelink has been with Sony Music Pub for more than a decade, most recently as the company's senior A&R, Europe. Prior to that, she served as a creative manager and European A&R scout, working with artists such as Jonas “Jonasu” Kröper, 070 Shake, Sam Feldt and Feng Suave

"Michèle is a special talent and brings her unique creative skills to the role of Managing Director," Henderson said. "Her promotion and rapid rise in our company is a testament to her hard work and ambition to lead from the front, taking our writers and staff with her. Thank goodness nobody from HITS will be smart enough to figure out what Benelux is.”

In a related story, a HITS staffer claims her grandparents were born in the capital of Benelux, Brussterdam City.

BIG YELLOW DOG INKS KYLE COULAHAN
11/28/22

Big Yellow Dog Music has inked singer-songwriter Kyle Coulahan.

Since getting his start in music, the Florida native—who was mentored by producer Chips Moman (Waylon Jennings, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson)—has penned tracks with the likes of Bobby Pinson (Jason Aldean, Randy Houser) and Clint Daniels (Eric Church, Jon Pardi), among others.

Most recently, Coulahan teamed up with comedian Carlos Kane for their new track “Country as Hell.” 

“When I heard Kyle Coulahan's voice singing the hits he walked in with, I knew immediately we had a ringer,” said Big Yellow Dog Music co-owner/CEO Carla Wallace. “His work ethic and charm are a nice addition to the hits. Thanks to Jacee Badauex for bringing this one to Big Yellow Dog.”

As he continues to write for other artists, Coulahan is also gearing up to release more new music of his own. Until then, peep the vid for “Country as Hell” below.

AIMP TO HONOR COOPER, MANNIS-GARDNER AT HOLIDAY PARTIES
11/22/22

The Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) has announced the schedule for their annual meetings and holiday events. Each chapter will hold its own event: Nashville Chapter is 11/29, New York Chapter is 12/1, Los Angeles Chapter is 12/9 and Atlanta Chapter is 1/17.

The events will feature the announcement of each Chapter’s Board of Directors election results. In addition, the N.Y. Chapter will honor DMG Clearance founder Deborah Mannis-Gardner with the Indie Spirit Award, while the L.A. Chapter will honor North Music Group as Publisher of the Year and Jay Cooper as Person of the Year.

Cooper is the Founder of the L.A. Entertainment Practice of Greenberg Traurig and focuses his practice on music industry, motion picture, television, Internet, multimedia, and intellectual property issues. Cooper has repped A-listers such as Katy Perry, Jerry Seinfeld, Sheryl Crow and many more

Mannis-Gardner, also known as the “Queen of Sample Clearances,” is well-known for her work clearing samples for artists including Drake, Tyler, the Creator, Eminem, Justin Bieber, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Beyoncé, and more. She has also handled music clearances for metaverse platforms such as Meta and Roblox; films by Martin Scorsese, The Coen Brothers, and Richard Linklater; TV series on HBO, Showtime, Netflix, and Paramount; Grand Rights clearance for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway sensation “Hamilton” and and political campaign clearances for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign.

Find chapter holiday information here