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Publishing Briefs: Dan Wilson Moves to UMPG; Ultra Extends Wheezy; Kobalt Signs JULiA LEWiS

Mr. Nimbus | 02/15/2024

Universal Music Publishing Group has signed hitmaker and Semisonic frontman Dan Wilson to an exclusive global publishing agreement. According to the terms of the deal, UMPG will represent Wilson’s future works. “I consider it a true gift to work alongside a person who is so storied and accomplished, and yet so open to new experiences and collaborations,” said Jennifer Knoepfle, UMPG’s evp and co-head of A&R.



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Ultra Publishing has signed a deal extension with Wheezy, who first signed to the company in 2018. The new extension will also see Ultra acquiring an additional 427 songs from Wheezy, including titles released by Drake, Travis Scott Meek Mill and Lil Uzi Vert.

Kobalt has signed Latin Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter JULiA LEWiS to a global publishing administration deal. A go-to collaborator for Bad Bunny, Anitta, Rauw Alejandro, NBA YoungBoy, Feid and more, JULiA LEWiS is a certified hitmaker with top tracks like “La Jumpa,” “Classy 101” and “Kacey Talk” as part of his fast-growing catalog. He is managed by Matt Geffen, Jamil Davis and Matt Bauerschmidt of The Revels Group.

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Warner Chappell Music France has signed an administrative publishing deal with Lofi Records, the company behind the famous YouTube “Lofi Girl.” The channel provides a 24/7 feed of chill beats to relax or study to and it boasts more than 13.6 million subscribers, with 30,000-60,000 simultaneous listeners on any given day.

Avex USA has signed Jahnei “Mr. Jah” Clarke to its publishing division. A Queens-raised, Los Angeles-based hip-hop, R&B, Latin and pop producer, he is best known for his work with Luísa Sonza, 6ix9ine, Masego.

Rimas Publishing has expanded its roster, signing seven new talents. The new signees include Andrea Cruz, Elia, Harold Wendell Sanders, Manu Berlingeri, Mendoza, Nes, and Valentina.

Warner Chappell Production Music launches Run4Cover in partnership with Warner Chappell Music. Run4Cover is a new label designed to cover some of WCM‘s biggest songs in a way that might be useful for sync licensing purposes. Already their repertoire includes new renditions of hits like Radiohead (“Exit Music (For A Film),” “Karma Police”), Curtis Mayfield (“Move On Up”), Kool & The Gang (“Celebration”) and Donna Summer (“Hot Stuff”). These covers come in a wide array of styles, from string quartets to big band to trailerizations.

Concord Music Publishing has signed songwriting team Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen to a global publishing administration deal. This includes their full catalog and future works. Two of Broadway’s biggest composers today, the duo has written the music for Tuck Everlasting, The Burnt Part Boys, Blown Sideways Through Life, Revival and more together. Independently, Miller has worked on Swept Away, April Twilights, and Ravello. Tysen has worked on The Great Gatsby, Amelie, Paradise Square.

Major Bob Music has signed rising songwriter SJ McDonald to a global publishing deal. “She keeps it country and she’s a perfect fit for Major Bob,” says Andy Friday, head of publishing. Along with the announcement of her signing, McDonald also released a new single: “Hummingbird.”

Prescription Songs and Day One Songs has signed Joseph Tilley to a global publishing agreement. An artist, producer and songwriter, Tilley makes pop and R&B music. Along with his artist project, he also produces for indie pop songstress Emilee, contributing to songs like “Heaven” and “I Love You Baby.”

Sony Music Publishing and Relative Music Group have signed rising country artist Carson Wallace to a global publishing deal. Only 20, the songwriter has built an audience on TikTok, and now has achieved success with the release of singles like “Lonely Look Like,” “Leavin’ Season,” “Ghost In My Chevy” and “Light of Day.”

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