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NEW RELEASES: ELTON, LDR AND MO' MONEY
"Lockdown" and Lana. (10/25a)
HITS LIST, FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
Grammy-themed, just like our latest print magazine. (10/25a)
NEAR TRUTHS: ROLLING
IN THE STREAMS
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KAREN KWAK TO LEAD
WARNER A&R
Aaron's latest hire. (10/25a)
ON THE COVER:
OLIVIA RODRIGO
Can you hear the Grammy buzz? (10/25a)
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Pub Crawling
AN ELECTRIFYING DEAL WITH SONUS030
10/6/21

Universal Music Publishing Germany and Electric Feel Europe have partnered to ink producer/songwriterSonus030, aka Sonu Lal, to an exclusive global pub deal.

Having produced for rappers like Bonez MC, Capital Bra, Loredana, Juju, KC Rebell, Kontra K, 187 Strassenbande, Kool Savas and Luciano, his 2020 collaborative album with UFO361, Nur für Dich, also reached #1 on the Germany and Austria album charts.

He was also featured on Bausa’s album 100%—which he co-produced tracks including “Centre Court” f/RIN and UFO361—as well as on the last two UFO361 albums that peaked #1 and #2 on the German Album charts and on Apache 207’s “2sad2disco.”

“With Sonus030, we have added one of today's most important producers and an absolute exceptional international talent to the UMPG-Electric Feel partnership,” said Thomas Vidovic, Managing Director, UMP Germany/SVP UMP Austria & Switzerland.

“I am very happy about this step and have found the right partner in EF and UMPG to be able to operate globally and take my skills to the next level. It feels like my career is just beginning,” added Sonus030. 

“For EF and UMPG, Sonus is one of the producers of our time and his sound has the potential to be successful beyond the borders of Germany. We are very much looking forward to successful years together,” said Lucas Teuchner, Managing Director, EFP Europe.

Last year, UMP Germany inked Electric Feel Entertainment—founded by Austin Rosen—to a global pub deal to launch EFP Europe. The talent incubator has discovered and developed the likes of Post Malone, Rich The Kid,Travis Scott, Louis Bell, Andrew Watt, Billy Walsh, Brian Lee, 24kGoldn, Iann Dior, Omer Fedi, Blake Slatkin and more.

Photo credit: Dhana Sabira

RHA & SMP INK NEIL MEDLEY
9/28/21

River House Artists has partnered with Sony Music Publishing to ink country singer/songwriter Neil Medley to a global pub deal.

Having collaborated with Cody Johnson, Tiera, King Calaway, Kid Rock, Whiskey Myers and more, Nashville-based Medley’s credits also include Luke Bryan’s “Tailgate Blues,” Josh Abbot Band’s "Wasn't That Drunk" f/Carly Pearce, Tyler Farr and Jason Aldean’s “Damn Good Friends” and Hailey Whitters’ “Glad to be Here” f/Brent Cobb.

Recently, Medley earned his first career #1 with Jake Owen’s “Made For You,” which topped the Country Airplay and Mediabase charts earlier this year, and saw Lindsay Ell’s "i don't lovE you," reach the Top 10 Canada Country airplay chart.

“River House Artists is one of the most respected publishing and artist development companies in Nashville. Their track record, combined with Sony’s horsepower and industry-wide reach, is an ideal situation for any writer. I am so excited to be a part of such a special roster and I’m confident we are going to do some great things together,” said Medley.

On Medley, RHA VP/GM Zebb Luster added, “His happy personality is infectious, and his love for songwriting has helped him to maintain success throughout his career. We are thankful he has trusted us to help him continue to grow as a writer and we look forward to landing many more hits together."

Seen before performing a medley of Medley’s hits are (l-r) Kayla Adkins, Luster, Medley, Lynn Oliver-Cline and Rusty Gaston. Not Pictured: Scott Safford.

NMPA STRIKES DEAL WITH ROBLOX
9/27/21

The National Music Publishers’ Association and the wildly popular gaming company Roblox today (9/27) announced an agreement that settles any previous claims against Roblox and sets the foundation for future partnerships with global publishers.   

It also settles claims filed by NMPA members and offers an industry-wide opt-in open to all eligible NMPA publishers. The agreement also allows members to pursue their own licensing deals. Roblox boasts 48 million daily active users, second only to TikTok’s 50 million DAU.

“Roblox understands that music has the potential to play a more integral role on its platform," said NMPA President & CEO David Israelite. “I appreciate Roblox’s willingness to work with us in pursuit of advancing the interests of publishers and songwriters and look forward to seeing how they expand virtual experiences through music. Now if you'll excuse me, I have a date with Bee Swarm Simulator.” 

“We strive to offer experiences that bring millions of fans together with the songwriters and artists they love,” said Roblox Vice President, Global Head of Music Jon Vlassopulos. "Roblox currently enables labels and publishers to reach millions of fans at once in hyper social, immersive environments such as launch parties and virtual concerts. We are committed to partnering with the music industry, as a whole, to create an exciting new social era of the music business.”

With Roblox’s NMPA agreement and label deals with TikTok, Twitch and Triller, the biz appears to have monetized most of the major social apps. How might music be further "gamified" to expand its reach and revenue? We'll let you know after the next round of Super Power Fighting.