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MERCURY ORBITS AJR
The Met brothers have a new label home. (5/17a)
NEW RELEASES: KING
KENDRICK RETURNS
Another record-breaking debut week. (5/17a)
PRIDE & JOY
From the archives (5/17a)
NEW & DEVELOPING ARTISTS: Q2 EDITION
Place your bets here. (5/17a)
STREAMING SONGS: SUMMER HEAT
His lucky number is 23. (5/16a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
Pub Crawling
WCM INKS NATANAEL CANO
5/11/22

Warner Chappell Music has inked Natanael Cano to a global pub deal.

A pioneer of corridos tumbados movement, which blends trap and Mexican corridos music, Cano—who releases music under Warner Music Latina/Rancho Humilde and his label, Los CT—made waves in 2019 when he collaborated with Bad Bunny on the four-time platinum-certified “Soy El Diablo (Remix).”

He’s since claimed several #1s, including the eight-time platinum-certified “El Drip” from his album Corridos Tumbados, which topped the Regional Mexican Albums chart.

Most recently, the 21-year-old hit the Coachella stage and debuted multiple songs from his new album, NataKong, which earned him his first Top 10 hit on the Latin Rhythm Albums chart.

“Nata is a unique talent, who at such a young age, has already secured his legacy in the industry,” said Gustavo Menéndez, President, U.S. Latin & Latin America, WCM. “We are proud that he’s entrusted us to be his publisher and continue to help pave the way.” 

Cano adds, “I’m excited to join forces with Gustavo and the Warner Chappell team to share my music on a global scale. With our shared vision, I know we’ll accomplish great things together.”

Photo Credit: Ahmad Malik Martin

DOWNTOWN BREWS DISTILLER DEAL
5/11/22

Downtown’s Mike Smith, left, gets a free lunch from Distiller CEO Sam Dyson and new hire Claire Bianchi after winning a Velvet Underground-themed round of Name That Tune.

Downtown Music Services will provide music publishing administration for London-based Distiller Music Publishing’s roster of songwriters and producers. In addition, Claire Bianchi has joined Distiller Publishing as Head of A&R, reporting to Distiller Music Group CEO Sam Dyson.

 “This new agreement with Downtown Music Services is a key move for Distiller Music Publishing, as it allows us to join forces with their incredible team who are immensely experienced and motivated towards getting the most from our roster,” Dyson said. “Their advice, support and introduction to a global network will be invaluable as we explore new opportunities for the songwriters and producers we represent. We are also excited to welcome Claire Bianchi who is a brilliant, creative A&R executive bringing expertise and experience to our team.”

Distiller’s roster includes Dimitri Tikovoi, Danny LaFrombe, Danny Goffey and The Ramona Flowers.

Bianchi joins Distiller from her previous position as A&R Manager at Stellar Songs where she worked with songwriters and artists such as Mike Kintish, TYLR Rydr and Cassyette.

Mike Smith, Global President of Downtown Music Services said, ““I am thrilled to be getting into business with Distiller as they celebrate a massive hit across Europe with Purple Disco Machine’s ‘In The Dark.’   Claire is one of the best music creatives out there and alongside Sam with his rich understanding of the music space, they are building an amazing business and we hope to maximise their presence around the world.”

THE CAPITAL OF COUNTRY MUSIC
5/10/22

At Music Biz in Nashville, Sony Music Publishing boss Jon Platt and Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston celebrated their freshly inked deal with hit songwriter Ashley Gorley (in partnership with financial player Domain Capital Group) the Music City way: by posing for a down-home photo op with a whole passel of attorneys! Gorley, whom Gaston praised as “one of the most talented, hard-working and acclaimed songwriters in the world,” has placed some 400 compositions and written 59 #1s. His most recent hits include chart rockets for Morgan Wallen, Chris Stapleton and Thomas Rhett; he’s also penned biggies for Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Dan + Shay, Jon Bon Jovi and Weezer, to name but a few. Shortly after this photo was snapped, Domain Capital Group’s Pete Chiappetta assembled a consortium to buy the planet Neptune. Seen wishing they could celebrate this milestone with anyone but us are (front, l-r) Gaston, Platt, Gorley and Chiappetta; and (back, l-r) Domain’s Rod Riley, Loeb & Loeb’s Megan Pekar and John Rolfe, SMP Nashville’s Cam Caldwell, Domain’s Isabela Salas and Loeb & Loeb’s Derek Crownover.