Warner Chappell Music has signed Mick Jones, founding member of Foreigner, to a global publishing deal. Foreigner’s recorded music is already being looked after by Warner’s Rhino Entertainment, so this deal unites publishing and records for Jones under one roof.
Barry Weiss, CEO/co-founder of RECORDS and RECORDS Nashville, has announced his publishing company Bossy Songs, which was formerly called TwentySeven Music Publishing. Like RECORDS, Bossy Songs is a venture in partnership with Sony. Their first signing is Dan Gleyzer, a songwriter and producer behind songs from BTS and Meghan Trainor.
In honor of the 30th Anniversary of Snoop Dogg’s seminal album Doggystyle, Death Row Pictures has partnered with Extreme Music — a production music library associated with Sony Music Publishing — to create Death Row Pro. Together, the two will aim to deliver a mix of unheard tracks from the Death Row vaults. It will also aim to create new songs “fueled by the iconic Death Row DNA.”
Warner Chappell Music‘s U.S. Latin team has signed Gabito Ballesteros to an exclusive publishing administration agreement. A breakout star in Mexico’s thriving music scene, he has worked with acts like Peso Pluma, Becky G, Piso 21, Fuerza Regida, Miguel Cornejo and Natanael Cano.
Warner Chappell Music has signed Jay Versace to a global publishing agreement. A producer behind SZA’s “SOS,” Lil Yachty’s “Lil Diamond Boy,” Tyler, the Creator’s “Safari” and many more, Versace says he is “very honored to create amongst such talented and inspiring creatives” at WCM.
300 Publishing has signed Sean Momberger to a global publishing deal. Momberger is best known for his work on Jack Harlow’s “First Class” as well as other hits for Doja Cat, Justin Bieber and Chris Brown. He joins a roster that also includes 1st Class and Jumbo Sounds as well as artists like Hunxho and Young Thug.
UMPG has signed a new global publishing agreement with Mónica Vélez. With multiple Latin Grammys to her name, Vélez is best known for her work on songs like “Ataúd” by Los Tigres del Norte and “Mientes” by Camila.
Reservoir has signed Vulfpeck’s Theo Katzman to a global publishing deal. This is Katzman’s first-ever publishing deal and includes his entire catalog and future works outside of his compositions made with Vulfpeck. He also has a solo artist project and has written songs with artists like Carly Rae Jepsen, Rett Madison, Kesha, Teddy Geiger and Louis Cato.
Regalias Digitales, an independent music publisher that specializes in both Latin and non-Latin music, has signed a number of new talents — ranging from reggae to hard rock — to global publishing administration deals. They include The Warning, Akwid, Pikete Opacalo, Branden Cox, Lil Gnar, J Swey, The Reverend Horton Heat, The Slackers and Passafire.
Downtown Music Publishing has signed Josh Ramsay, the songwriter behind Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” to a global publishing administration and creative services deal. This includes Ramsay’s back catalog of hits, including other major songs for Nickelback, 5 Seconds of Summer and Faber Drive.
Warner Chappell Music has signed pop songwriter Sam Backoff to a global publishing deal. The Nashville-based writer has written with Graham Barham, Ben Johnson, Jessie Murph, Ernest, Beau Bailey, Karley Scott Collins, KK Johnson, Zoe Clark, Carson Wallace and Savana Santos. The deal was made in partnership with Underscore Works’ Charly Salvatore.
Kobalt has signed actor and composer Tituss Burgess to a worldwide publishing administration agreement. The deal includes the works from his artist projects and his musical The Preacher’s Wife, which will debut at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater in Spring 2024.
Innercat Music Publishing and UMPG Latin recently hosted a three-day synch songwriting camp at InnerCat Studios in Miami. The camp included a mix of writers signed to both companies, including writers traveling from Colombia, Mexico and Los Angeles.