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56TH ACM AWARDS: THE WINNERS
Maren! Luke! Carly! (4/19a)
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS: Q2 EDITION
Who's next? (4/16a)
STREAMING SONGS:
POLO'S SOLO
"RAPSTAR" is accurately titled. (4/16a)
HITS LIST: RULES
FOR ENTRY
It's exclusive, but you're invited to come on in. (4/19a)
CHART FINAL:
TAYLOR'S VERSION
"Fearless" takes flight. (4/16a)
RHYTHM, BLUES AND THE FUTURE
The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
WHO'S NEXT?
Predicting the next big catalog deal.
JUST THE VAX, MA'AM
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
WORLDWIDE GROOVE
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?
Pub Crawling
UMPG INKS CHI CHI
4/11/21

UMPG has inked Nigerian-American songwriter/producer Chidi​ “Chi Chi​Osondu to an exclusive, global publishing deal.

From Jonesboro, Georgia, Chi Chi​ is best known for his “trap ballads,” blending classical notes to Atlanta’s popular trap sound.

His credits include co-creating BRS Kash’s “Throat Baby,” which hit #1 on Urban radio, garnered 29m+Spotify streams RTD and 14m+ YouTube views.

He's also produced hits for Grammy-nominated rapper Lil Baby, such as “Solid,” “Get Money” and “Social Distancing” from My Turn, as well as co-producing “Both Sides” f/Gucci Mane. He’s also collaborated with Rylo Rodriguez on “No Fentanyl/Camera Roll.”

“UMPG is happy to be partnering with rising creator Chi Chi. He is already seeing success with hits like Lil Baby’s “On Me” and we are confident he will become one of the industry’s most sought-after producers,” said UMPG Co-Head A&R, Walter Jones.

"I've been working hard for a while now and have been able to make great strides. I am excited to get started with my new supportive team at UMPG and create history one record at a time,” added Chi Chi.

Raised in a Nigerian household, Chi Chi grew up influenced by afro-beats and blueprint styles created by producers like Wheezy and Southside.

Photo Credit: Take Three

RALEIGH GETS RICH
4/9/21

Denise Rich’s catalog of 122 songs are now in the hands of Raleigh Music Publishing. Their worldwide deal spans Rich’s work from the ‘80s through the ‘00s, song such as “Don’t Waste Your Time” by Aretha Franklin and Mary J Blige, “Candy” by Mandy Moore, and  “Abrazar La Vida” by Luis Fonsi.

“Her songs have become the soundtrack of our times mirroring our hopes and aspirations,” said Peter Raleigh, Raleigh Music Group co-founder and partner. “We’re honored that Denise has entrusted us to represent her diverse catalog of modern standards.”

“These songs remain as relevant today as they were when originally written”, says co-founder Steven Storch.  “We are excited by the opportunity to actively pitch and promote this remarkable catalog and it’s many recognizable songs for upcoming film, TV and brand advertising projects.”

SIMON HOMEWARD BOUND TO SONY PUB
4/2/21

Sony Music Publishing has acquired a bona fide treasure: the catalog of archetypal singer/songwriter Paul Simon, who’s been plying his trade with consistent brilliance for more than six decades.

Thus, “The Sound of Silence,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “The Boxer,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “Homeward Bound,” “I Am a Rock,” “America” and myriad other indelible songs from his Simon & Garfunkel years have a new home, as have such solo standards as “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” “Still Crazy After All These Years,” “Graceland,” “Late in the Evening,” Kodachrome” and “So Beautiful or So What.” The money that changed hands hasn’t been disclosed, but this is a big deal in a much larger sense.

The principals in this historic transaction fashioned quotes for the occasion.

Simon: “I’m pleased to have Sony Music Publishing be the custodian of my songs for the coming decades. I began my career at Columbia/Sony Records, and it feels like a natural extension to be working with the publishing side as well.”

SMP Chairman/CEO Jon Platt: “Paul Simon is a masterful, once-in-a-lifetime songwriter whose remarkable body of work has generated an enduring influence on our culture and consciousness. From Simon & Garfunkel standards like ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ to solo classics such as ‘Graceland,’ Paul Simon’s music resonates deeply as a cultural touchstone for people all over the world. To represent his indelible songs is an incredible honor for Sony Music Publishing, so with tremendous pride, I welcome Paul to our family!”

Sony Music Group Chairman Rob Stringer: “We are truly honored to now represent the music-publishing catalog of Paul Simon. To be entrusted with his songs and recorded music is a privilege of the highest artistic order for the Sony Music Group worldwide.”

The deal was handled on the Sony side by Bruce Scavuzzo of Davis Shapiro Lewit & Grabel, LLP.

Simon’s sprawling body of work is now part of a treasure chest of culture-defining catalogs under the Sony Music Publishing umbrella, including those of The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Carole King, Lieber & Stoller, Michael Jackson, Motown, Queen, Ashford & Simpson and Stevie Wonder.