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NO DEBATING THIS HITS LIST
Can't we all get along? (2/21a)
FLIPOVER FRIDAY: NEW ARRIVALS AT iTUNES AND APPLE MUSIC
Sorry, Donald, the South Korean invasion can't be stopped. (2/21a)
REBA RETURNS TO UMG NASHVILLE
She's back to where she once belonged. (2/21a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
THE FOREVER MARCH
The struggle continues. (2/21a)
PINGING: BABY KEEM
What's that buzz? (2/24a)
DON'T TALK TO THE PRESS
Also, don't leak the memo about not talking to the press to the press. Please.
GRAMMY VOTING
How the sausage is made.
BIEBER'S BIG BOW
Changes changes the conversation.
PRIMARIES
So hard to decide...
Pub Crawling
RED BULL SONGS FLAPS ITS WINGS
2/21/20

Red Bull's publishing division, Red Bull Songs, is spreading its wings.

The pubbery is putting points on the board with Trippie Redd f/DaBaby's "Death" and a new cut "Gang Signs" on Lil Baby's upcoming LP, both produced by Red Bull Songs' TWhy Xclusive

Recently signed producer K-So Jaynes also has action with Yo Gotti's "H.O.E." and "Thot Box" featuring Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Tyga

Red Bull Songs' Billy Mann is feeling exceptionally caffeinated.

Speaking of Red Bull, we just pounded four in a row heading into a long Friday-night binge of Netflix and fidget. 

 

UMPG NASHVILLE SIGNS PIERCE
2/20/20

Universal Music Publishing Nashville has signed Music Row songwriter John Pierce to an exclusive, worldwide publishing agreement.

Pierce has had songs recorded by Chris Young, Jon Pardi, Lainey Wilson, Reba McEntire and Trace Adkins. He also co-wrote #1 hit “Sweet Annie” for Zac Brown Band.

“John is on such an upward trajectory with his writing, and we are thrilled to be representing him at UMPG. His lyric and melody instincts are on point for today’s country market,” said UMPG SVP of A&R Terry Wakefield

“I am beyond excited to begin this next chapter with Terry Wakefield, Troy Tomlinson and the entire staff at Universal,” remarked Pierce. “I can’t wait to see what we accomplish together.”

Pictured (l-r): attorney David Crow, UMPG Nashville Sr. Creative Director Missy Roberts, VP Creative Cyndi Forman, Wakefield, Pierce, Chairman/CEO Tomlinson, VP A&R/Special Projects Ron Stuve and Sr. Creative Director Travis Gordon.

PRIMARY WAVE PUB INHALES AIR SUPPLY CATALOG
2/19/20

Primary Wave has acquired a stake in the music publishing catalog and artist master royalty stream for the multi-platinum soft-rock band Air Supply.

Included in the deal are the award-winning duo's hit singles "All Out Of Love," "Lost In Love," and "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All," as well as their gold single "The One That You Love." Primary Wave will work closely with Air Supply to market their catalog and pitch licensing and sync opportunities.

Singer Russell Hitchcock's and songwriter Graham Russell met in 1975 while working on a production of Jesus Christ Superstar in Sydney, Australia. They performed as a duo in pizza parlors, coffee bars, and night clubs, gaining a reputation for great harmonies and original songs. CBS Records signed them, and the duo began touring, opening for Rod Stewart in Australia and North America. Following that tour they made the album Life Support, including the hit single "Lost in Love," which went Top 10 in Australia and found its way to the desk of Clive Davis. Davis immediately signed them to Arista, and in 1980 "Lost in Love" became the fastest-selling single in the world. They followed that up with the hit single "All Out of Love." Their albums have sold over 20m copies. 

Russell and Hitchcock shared a joint statement, saying, "We are thrilled to share the future with the progressive and talented people at Primary Wave."

CEO & Founder of Primary Wave Music Publishing Larry Mestel added, "Graham and Russell have created some of the most memorable love power ballads in history. We couldn't be happier to welcome the band into the Primary Wave family."