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I.B. BAD: AN EPIC TALE
Contemplating scenarios in an extremely fluid situation. (5/26a)
BRYSON TILLER'S SURPRISE DROP
The latest nontraditional release shakes up chart picture. (5/26a)
LIL YACHTY, MEET
LIL JIMMY
Look who toured Hollywood Blvd. Thursday...all the way from the Capitol Tower. (5/26a)
YTD MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
...slice by slice (5/26a)
HOMB2: HE'S DeMANN
Right, said Freddy. (5/26a)
A&R IN THE AGE OF STREAMING
You know you were wondering.
LORDE'S NEXT LEVEL
How Melodrama took shape.
NASHVILLE BIG CAT
His last album made him a star. Will this one explode?
APPLE'S NEXT MOVE
The plan for domination.
Pub Crawling
KELSEA MORNING
5/26/17

Black River Entertainment artist Kelsea Ballerini celebrates inking a long-term pub deal with Sony/ATV

"Having known Kelsea since she was 13 years old and seeing her songwriting grow over the years makes it even more special to be able to come alongside her as her publisher,” says the pubbery's Nashville chief, Troy Tomlinson. “With all her abilities to perform and entertain fans worldwide, she remains, as always, at her core a gifted songwriter."

Seen just before receiving a box of Cohibas that were FedExed from NYC are (l-r) attorneys Duane Clark and Mike Milom, Iconic Entertainment's Fletcher Foster, Ballerini, Tomlinson and Sony/ATV's Josh Van Valkenburg.

WARNER/CHAPPELL BRINGS IN
A BROADWAY STAR
5/23/17

Sh-K-Boom Records co-founder Kurt Deutsch is joining Warner/Chappell Music to oversee the signing and nurturing of theatrical composers as well as identify and develop new theatrical projects and properties.

As Senior Vice President, Theatrical & Catalog Development for Warner/Chappell, Deutsch will manage Warner/Chappell’s theater and standards repertoire that includes works by Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Stephen Sondheim and Lin-Manuel Miranda. He will report to Warner/Chappell Chairman & CEO Jon Platt and continue to serve as President of Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records.

In addition, starting 8/1, ADA, Warner Music Group’s independent distribution and services arm will distribute Sh-K-Boom and Ghostlight releases.

“Kurt is one of the most prominent figures in the Broadway world, having built Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight into a major force in musical theatre,” Platt said. “His exceptional creative instincts, deep relationships in the theatrical community, and extensive experience in encouraging and cultivating composers will be invaluable as we continue to expand our service to songwriters. Today, the theatrical world is in the midst of a renaissance, and Kurt is a leader of this new generation of incredibly gifted songwriters, who are creating brilliant music that transcends genres and cultures."

An actor before going into the record business, Deutsch co-founded Sh-K-Boom Records with actress Sherie Rene Scott in 2000. In 2004, he created Ghostlight Records to release original Broadway cast recordings. The labels have three Grammy winners: Book of MormonIn the Heights and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

“The depth of talent in the theater world today is extraordinary, and it is our goal to open up every opportunity for our writers to refine their craft and bring their music to the widest possible audience,” Deutsch said. “At the same time, the Warner/Chappell catalog is a mother lode of brilliant theatrical writers whose work is ripe with potential in the modern era.”

 

UMPG WINS BIG AT THE IVORS
5/22/17


Jody Gerson's Universal Music Publishing Group 
took home eight awards from the 62nd Annual Ivor Novello Awards on 5/19 in London. Winners included acts like Florence Welch, Bill Withers, Coldplay, Skepta and Pulp. Find the full roster of Ivor winners and the Chairwoman and CEO's take on the win here.