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BIG NIGHT FOR BANDIER, SONY/ATV AT BMI POP AWARDS
Downright iconic, actually. (5/15a)
"BREATH" CONTROL
Der Stingle is an all-timer. (5/15a)
TOP 20: TOP OF MIND
No Spock puns, promise. (5/16a)
SPOTIFY U.S. TOP 25: TYLER TAKEOVER
This one's got legs...four, to be exact. (5/20a)
BREVITY IS THE SEOUL OF WIT
The shit writes itself, but not in Korean. (5/15a)
THE DIVA PLAN
How pop stars from the pre-streaming era are finding a new groove.
RAINMAKERS RETURN
More of the folks who are making biz history now.
THE FUTURE OF ROCK & ROLL IS...
Hang on, we just need to throw this TV out the window.
AFTER COUNTRY TRAP
Is reggaeton death metal far behind?
Pub Crawling
NEW HEADS AT SONY/ATV U.K.
5/16/19

This caption points out the obvious: The A&R guy, David Ventura is on the left, and the lawyer, Tim Major is on the right.

Jon Platt has unveiled his leadership team for Sony/ATV in the U.K., naming David Ventura and Tim Major co-Managing Directors, effective immediately, while promoting William Booth to EVP, Chief Operating Officer.

Ventura brings a background in A&R to the role, while Major adds legal expertise. The two take on the role of Guy Moot, who departed for Warner/Chappell in January.

“Our U.K. company is critical to the global success of Sony/ATV, so I am delighted to have two exceptionally experienced and talented executives leading it,” Platt said.

“David Ventura has a rare gift for A&R that brings out the best in our songwriters and builds enduring, successful careers. David’s abilities are complemented by Tim Major’s incisive legal skills and business acumen. I am confident that our U.K. team will deliver our strategy of making Sony/ATV the ultimate home for songwriters.”

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BIG NIGHT FOR BANDIER, SONY/ATV AT BMI POP AWARDS
5/15/19

Sony/ATV, with 28 of the year’s most-performed songs, was once again named Publisher of the Year at the 67th Annual BMI Pop Awards, which took place Tuesday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. It was both a proud and bittersweet moment for Marty Bandier, the first exec to be named a BMI Icon, who’d led the pubco for more than a decade before stepping down earlier this year.   

“Just as BMI backed me and believed in me at the start of my career, I hope that I have offered the same support and mentorship to those with whom I’ve worked with along the way,” Bandier said from the dais.

New Sony/ATV leader Jon Platt accepted the Publisher of the Year Award.

BMI Pop Song of the Year went to Bebe Rexha, Joshua Miller and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard for their crossover hit “Meant to Be.” There was a four-way tie for Songwriter of the Year between Adam “Frank Dukes” Feeney, Taylor Swift, Ali Tamposi and Andrew Watt, each of whom penned four of the year’s most-performed songs.

Sting was honored for “Every Breath You Take,” BMI's Most Performed Song, while Imagine Dragons received the BMI President’s Award.

Bandier with BMI Topper Michael O'Neill (Michael Kovac/Getty Images for BMI)

 

WARNER CHAPPELL UNVEILS NEW LOGO (AND DROPS THE SLASH)
5/14/19

(Literally) emblematic of the new changes happening at Warner Chappell—a snazzy new hub in DTLA along with new leadership—a new logo has been unveiled, and the pubco has dropped the slash from its name. 

WC's new brand identity was created in partnership with design studio Pentagram. The "crown" monogram is custom-drawn with a "C" at the base—a nod to its origin in London over two centuries ago with Chappell & Co

Take a look at the new design in the video below.  

In related news, the discarded slash is now available to the highest bidder.

Warner Chappell Music Logo Launch from Warner Chappell Music on Vimeo.