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DOWNTOWN GOES BIG AT THE GRAMMYS
3/16/21

Downtown Music Holdings had some big wins during the 63rd Grammy Awards, as 25 artists, writers and clients across Downtown Music Publishing, CD Baby, FUGA and Songtrust, took home 23 Grammys.

With a record number of nominations, Downtown pubco-repped artists such as Cautious Clay, Dez Wright, Fiona Apple, John Prine, Miles Davis, Ryan Tedder, Zach Skelton and more wrote, produced or contributed to 12 winning works across 13 categories.

Categories included Best R&B Album, Best Latin Pop or Urban Album, Best Alternative Music Album, Best Contemporary Blues Album, Best Reggae Album, Best Americana Album, Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Best Opera Recording, Best Rock Performance, Best American Roots Performance, Best American Roots Song, Best Improvised Jazz Solo and Best Music Video.

Winners in other categories included CD Baby’s Jim "Kimo' West for Best New Age Album (More Guitar Stories), Songtrust’s Iman Omari and Micah Davis for Best Dance/Electronic Album (KAYTRANADA’s BUBBA), as well as Edwin Vasquez and Jason Garcia for Best Latin Pop or Urban Album (Bad Bunny’s YHLQMDLG), among others.

FUGA-distributed Curb Records, Ninja Tunes and Entertainment One also took awards in Best Roots Gospel Album for Fisk Jubilee’s Celebrating Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album), Best Progressive R&B Album for Thundercat’s IT IS WHAT IT IS and Best Gospel Performance/Song for Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music’s “MOVIN' ON”

COPPERMAN INKS WITH PHOTO FINISH
3/16/21

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/producer Ross Copperman has inked a record deal with Photo Finish Records. Somewhere There’s a Light On, his first solo artist project in over ten years, arrives in May and includes two songs co-written with Ed Sheeran.

Having worked with the likes of Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker and Keith Urban, Copperman has also penned Top 20 hits like Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani's "Nobody but You," Luke Bryan's "What She Wants Tonight" and Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey’s duet, "The Other Girl,” as well as 29 #1 radio hits.

"My friendship with Ross began in 2003 when we were interns, eager to take over the music industry. I recognized his talent immediately,” shared Photo Finish GM, Michael Collin. “I am proud to welcome him as a performing artist to the PFR family and excited that the stars finally aligned for us to work together in an official capacity.”

“I’ve closely followed the work the team at Photo Finish Records has done over the last decade,” added Copperman. “I’m so thrilled and grateful to have such an incredible team behind my new music.” 

A four-time BMI Songwriter of The Year and ACM winner, Copperman also garnered two CMA Triple Play awards for earning six songs at #1 in a 12-month period and has landed syncs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, The Vampire Diaries and NCIS.

Copperman joins a roster that includes acts like SHAED, 3OH!3, Lakeview, guardin and joan.

KASKADE GOES THE EXTRA MILE
3/11/21

Grammy-nominated producer Kaskade has revealed the music video for his latest single “Miles To Go” f/Ella Vos. The single arrived on Monstercat Silk as part of his debut EP, Reset, on 3/5.

Produced by Danny Pollack and Evan Brown from Dreambear (Sia, Katy Perry, John Legend) and directed by Erik Rojas (Dillon Francis, Jessie J, Troyboi), the video remains true to the song's deeper message, depicting two U.S. astronauts making their first-ever ascent to Mars as the country unites in the emotional shared experience.

The new video follows Kaskade’s partnership with Rocket League. Making noise in the gaming space, he dropped a series singles like “Flip Reset,” “Solid Ground” and “Closer,” which have racked up over 15m streams.

Stream “Miles To Go” on Reset here and take a trip to Mars below.