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SIR LUCIAN
TURNS IT UP
UMG chief is sitting on top of the world. (9/17a)
OCEAN ACTIVITY?
Let's be Frank. (9/17a)
A HARD DAY’S
HITS LIST
Stars across the board (9/17a)
GRAMMYS HAVE A NEW AWARDS CHIEF
Will she be able to clean up the mess? (9/17a)
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES
FOR BOWIE CATALOG
WMG snags a cornucopia of sound and vision. (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
SMP U.K. EXTENDS DEAL WITH JVM
9/14/21

Sony Music Publishing U.K. has extended its global pub deal with James Vincent McMorrow, who is pictured here soberly the issue of pondering catalog valuation.

The platinum-selling singer/songwriter is best known for tracks like “If I Had a Boat,” “We Don’t Eat,” “Get Low,” “Rising Water” and a cover of “Wicked Games” featured on HBO’s Game of Thrones. His new album, Grapefruit Season, arrives on 9/17. He’s also gearing up for his 2022 U.K. and EU tour, with more dates to come.

“Sony Music Publishing has been my home since I was literally a kid on MySpace uploading songs, the first people to believe in my songwriting,” said McMorrow. “So having someone like David Ventura ready to take some of the songs I'd written and find homes for them has been fairly amazing.”

SMP U.K. President & Co-Managing Director Ventura hailed McMorrow as “a complete artist and unstoppable songwriter” and called Grapefruit Season “a masterpiece.” Senior A&R Manager Saul Fitton agreed, and also noted that he could go for a grapefruit about now.

In addition to releasing his own work, McMorrow has co-written tracks for TvvinsDvsnThe Japanese PopstarsClaptoneRudiemtnal and Kygo, on whose “I’m in Love” he also performed.

LEXUS SHINES A LIGHT ON CREATIVES
9/13/21

Lexus’ latest marketing campaign, "Emotional Sparks," puts songwriters front and center.

The company partnered with Warner Chappell’s three-time Grammy-nominated duo Nova Wav and Argentinian rapper Ecko, as well as Korean-American R&B artist Audrey Nuna, to create the original song “No Ceiling,” inspired by their in-vehicle experiences. It also arrived alongside a music video, brought to life by dancer/choreographer Zak Ryan Schlegel.

“‘No Ceiling’ captures that limitless feeling you have when you’re driving and your favorite song comes on,” said Nova Wav. “We loved producing this track with Audrey and Ecko and seeing Zak’s moves. The energy of our collaboration comes through in the video and the commercials.” 

Additionally, “No Ceiling” will be synced during four :30 second TV spots focusing on the creatives' experiences with the Lexus Teammate™ Advanced Drive Technology in the new LS500h, Remote Park and Plug-In Hybrid Electric technology on the new NX and the 5.0L V8 engine performance of Lexus’ first-ever IS 500. 

“At Lexus, our inspiration comes from our guests, and this campaign beautifully showcases the very best of Lexus’ guest passions, energy and excitement,” added Vinay Shahani, VP, Marketing, Lexus.

Stream “No Ceiling” here and check out the vid below. For more info, click here.

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.