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Jon Platt's Warner/Chappell is blazing. The pubco's writer Kendrick Lamar is on his way to a monster bow for his TDE/Interscope set, with huge streams, sales and spins (as you may have observed by reading this website). Meanwhile, Jon is enjoying ongoing multi-format successes from Grammy winner Beyoncé, alt-pop behemoths Twenty One Pilots, singer/songwriter Julia Michaels (whom W/C, with Katie Vinten leading, nurtured for years as an ace tunesmith prior to her breakout as a Republic artist), U.K. innovators Skepta and Stormzy and Nashville's Ashley Gorley (newly hailed by ASCAP for 30 #1 Country hits).
The estimable Mr. Platt has been circling the globe to ensure tighter functioning with his international teams—including recently installed U.K. MD Mike Smith and CFO Paul Kahn—and even stepped in to oversee the pubbery's Production Music operations, on an interim basis, in the wake of Production CEO Randy Wachtler's exit.
He has also gently requested that we not bogart the lobster rolls.
New Sony/ATV signing James TW cheerfully adds his John Hancock to his contract as attorney Debbie White and the pubco's Sr. Director, A&R Clio Massey look on. The 19-year-old Brit (also inked to Island Records), has clocked 115m+ Spotify streams and will support Shawn Mendes on the road. Sadly, he missed the fine print obliging him to appear in trade photos on this abysmal website.
NYC-based singer/songwriter/producer Ben Alessi is making some noise, largely on the strength of electro ballad "Only." Alessi has been signed to boutique Big House Music Publishing since he was 17; now, at 21, he's been seeing a swirl of interest from labels. Big House partner Dick Wingate reports an EP is scheduled for later this year, with showcases imminent. Stand by for updates; an official "Only" vid is due soon.