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GRAMMY PERFORMERS: WHO'S ON? WHAT'S UP?
The incremental rollout begins. (1/26a)
A TASTE OF RAINMAKERS:
JACK SUSSMAN
Nobody's got more experience in putting music on the tube. (1/25a)
RIHANNA, GAGA LEAD OSCAR SONG NOMS
David Byrne and Diane Warren have noms as well. (1/24a)
HIPGNOSIS NABS
BIEBER CATALOG
Merck's a belieber. (1/25a)
HITS' BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPECIAL: NOT EVERY WOMAN, BUT SEVERAL
Sisters doin' it for themselves (1/24a)
HIP-HOP AT 50
The astonishing first half-century of a world-rocking genre.
THE NEXT BIG PLAYER
in the catalog game is...
INDIE BREAKOUTS
More independent music rises at the DSPs.
THE GOP CONGRESS
At last, America can focus 24/7 on Hunter Biden's laptop.
Pub Crawling
ULTRA RAPS UP NEW CO-PUB DEAL WITH ZAYTOVEN
1/23/23

Ultra International Music Publishing (UIMP) has welcomed rap producer Zaytoven into the fold with a new co-publishing agreement. He'll continue to make new music from L.A., London and his home base of Atlanta.

Under the freshly inked deal, UIMP has also acquired Zaytoven’s remaining co-published interest in his existing catalog and writer’s share, which boasts 560 songs written between 2005 and 2022.

Notable titles include Migos’ “Versace,” Travis Scott’s “3500,” DJ Esco’s “Too Much Sauce” f/Future and Lil Uzi Vert, Future’s “Used To This” f/ Drake, Lil Wayne's "Problems" and 21 Savage’s “Famous.”

Zaytoven has also released collaborative projects with Gucci Mane, Usher, the late Young Dolph, Lecrae, Lil Yachty and Jack Harlow, to name a few.

"Zaytoven is an extraordinary talent," Founder & CEO of UIMP Patrick Moxey said. "He is the Father of trap music and has been the driving force of much of how we define that genre. Gucci Mane, Migos, Future—he’s been right there with these artists from the beginning in 2004 right up to the present day. I’m proud to announce that after working with him since 2007 we continue to be focused on future success.”

Zaytoven noted he was "excited to take over the world." Just don't call him Ludwig.

WCPM EXPANDS, TAPS MORAES
1/23/23

Warner Chappell Production Music has expanded into Brazil with a new team headed by Renato Moraes.

Reporting to Sinéad Hartmann, VP, Licensing & Music Creative, Moraes will also work closely with WCM Brazil’s sync team, led by Flávia Cesar, Director of Strategic, Commercial, Film, Sync, and Licensing.

In addition to launching the new São Paulo-based operation, Moraes will be focused on building out a local repertoire. Under his leadership, the team will work to expand WCPM’s footprint by servicing the region’s film, television, radio and advertising clients with its catalog, as well as provide custom music services and more.

“I’m grateful to the Warner Chappell team for trusting me to lead the charge with production music as we head into this next chapter,” said Moraes.

“Renato is arriving at such an important time, and his expertise will greatly complement Warner Chappell’s existing sync efforts in Brazil,” added Cesar.

“We are collectively excited to be in a position to cater to this vast pool of clients in one of the most musically rich and vibrant countries in the world,” shared Hartmann.

Moraes arrives at WCPM with two decades of industry experience, most recently serving as Head of Recordings and Publishing at Music Branding Brazil.

WCM U.K. LANDS SAM TOMPKINS 
1/20/23

Warner Chappell Music has signed hotly tipped British singer-songwriter and musician Sam Tompkins to a publishing deal. The deal is global, excluding Australia and New Zealand.

Through the release of a number of singles and EPs, Tompkins, who is signed to Island in the U.K., has earned an army of fans, including support from Fred Again, Sam Smith, Bebe Rexha and Justin Bieber. Tompkins landed a support slot on Bieber’s summer shows last year, with the two duetting onstage.

A debut album is in the works.

“Sam is an incredible talent, with a huge career ahead of him,” said Emily Foreman, senior international A&R & Catalogue manager at Warner Chappell Music U.K. “He’s got real potential to become an international success and we’re really excited to be working with him as he continues to develop his songwriting.”

Tompkins secured his first U.K. Top 10 in early 2022 with the release of EP, Who Do You Pray To?. The record charted at #7 and included the singles, “Whole,” which has racked up almost 9m Spotify streams, and “Hero," which has 3m. He also had a viral hit in 2021 with “TO THE MOON,” his single with Jnr Choi, which currently has 207m Spotify streams and 2.1m TikTok videos.