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ROCK HALL NOMS:
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A SUPER DEBUT
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JAY FRANK: A GREAT MIND, A GREATER FRIEND
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SUPERM WINS THE CHART BATTLE
Unexpected drama (10/14a)
GRAMMY CHEW:
BEST NEW ARTIST
An uber-competitive category (10/15a)
RIHANNA PREPARES TO RULE THE ROOST
What shoes go with dancehall?
WHAT'S NEXT FOR R&B?
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THE K-POP LANDSCAPE
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THE NEW GRAMMY POWER
Change is nigh.
Pub Crawling
SONY/ATV WORKS BLUE
9/24/19

Jonas Blue, known for “Fast Car,” “Perfect Strangers,” “Mama” and “Rise.” has signed a worldwide futures deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

After noting that he’s been a longtime fan, Sony/ATV UK President and Co-Managing Director David Ventura said, “His talent and track record is nothing but astonishing and he has proven himself to be one of the world's most accomplished songwriters. Everyone is delighted to become a part of his continuing adventure.”

Blue’s breakthrough was the 2016 tropical house reworking of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car.” He recorded “Perfect Strangers” with JP Cooper, peaking at No. 2 in the U.K., and hit the Top 5 with “Mama,” which received BRIT Awards nominations. “Rise” f/Jack & Jack climbed to No. 3 in the U.K. and brought on a fifth BRITs nomination. His debut album, Blue, included the hit “Polaroid” with Liam Payne and Lennon Stella.

His manager, Aaron Ross of Infinite Future Management, said: “We couldn’t be happier to be joining the family at Sony/ATV. The legacy of the company is iconic and with David Ventura and Jon Platt at the helm, the team behind this next phase of Jonas Blue’s publishing endeavours is exceptional. These guys live and breathe music, and share our deep passion for the evolution of Jonas Blue’s creative output.”

Ross (left), Blue and Ventura (right) are shown signing a rental agreement for jet-skis in the Caribbean.

WILLIAMS, ELLINGTON ENTER SONGBOOK HALL OF FAME
9/23/19

Paul Williams and Duke Ellington were inducted into the Great American Songbook Foundation’s Hall of Fame Saturday in Carmel—not the California seaside town, but Carmel, Indiana, where the Center for the Performing Arts is located. 

GASF founder Michael Feinstein (seen here with Williams and Executive Director Christopher Lewis) emceed the induction ceremony, and 2016 Hall of Fame inductee Dionne Warwick headlined the annual gala, which generates support for artistic and educational programming at the Center, where the Songbook Foundation is headquartered. 

ASCAP Prexy Williams, whose many credits include “Evergreen,” “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Rainbow Connection,” surprised the capacity crowd by offering to write a personalized song for the highest bidder. He awarded the prize to two attendees who bid $35k each, generating a quick $70k for the Foundation’s historical-preservation initiatives. 

Williams also led the audience in an a cappella rendition of “Drift Away,” penned by his songwriter brother Mentor, who died in 2016. 

Dancer/choreographer Mercedes Ellington accepted the Hall of Fame award on behalf of her late grandfather.

The event also included tributes to recent Hall of Fame inductees Tony Bennett and the late Doris Day.

Photo by Sara C Imagery 

 

PULSE IS WIDE-EYED FOR TOBI LOU
9/18/19

Pulse Music Group has signed rapper, songwriter and producer tobi lou to a worldwide publishing deal via its joint venture with Beka Tischker's Wide Eyed Entertainment. Announced by Pulse Co-CEOs Josh Abraham and Scott Cutler, along with Tischker, the addition of lou brings one of music's most promising young talents to Pulse/Wide Eyed. 

Formed in 2018, Pulse's partnerships with Wide Eyed brings together Tischker's (formerly of Prescription Songs) new management and publishing company with Pulse's roster of songwriters and producers. 

Cutler says “Pulse is about finding and cultivating great talent, and in that respect our partnership with Wide Eyed Entertainment continues to pay off. We’re thrilled to have worked with Beka to put together this deal with tobi, who is a tremendous artist that we are lucky to have on our team.”

Wide Eyes boss Tischker added, "tobi is an amazing artist who’s accomplished a lot with little formal support in a very short amount of time. It’s going to be exciting to see his career jump to the next level with the support of Josh, Scott and Pulse’s global network.”

Derrick “Lottery” Hardy, manager of tobi lou commented: “This was an easy decision to make. From Day 1 Sarah [McCann] displayed to both me and tobi, that she was a true fan of tobi lou. No other A&R matched her passion for the music that he creates. We wanted to be in business with Sarah and then to have the opportunity to combine forces with the team at Wide Eyed Entertainment/Pulse Music Group -- it was just a no-brainer.” 

Having issued their quotes, everyone gathered for a hearty repast of avocado toast and Kombucha.

tobi lou is a Nigeria-born and Chicago-raised rapper, songwriter and producer. After moving to Los Angeles, lou wrote and produced songs for other artists while moonlighting as an Uber driver before starting to release solo material. Lou has released three critically acclaimed EPs and will be touring across the U.S. this fall in support of his recently released mixtape, Live on Ice, while working on his debut album.