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Grateful Dead Publishing Company Inks with Warner Chappell

Warner Chappell Music has announced that it has concluded a global publishing deal with Ice Nine, which is the Grateful Dead’s publishing company. Interestingly, the name Ice Nine comes from a weapon of mass destruction that caused havoc in Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel Cat’s Cradle. The agreement between Ice Nine and Warner Chappell covers the […]

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Warner Chappell Settles Long-Running Licensing Dispute with Spotify

Warner Chappell and Spotify have resolved their long-running licensing dispute in India by signing a global licensing deal. Since February of 2019, Spotify had been operating its music streaming service in India without a proper license from Warner Chappell, which is the publishing division of Warner Music Group. At issue was Spotify’s belief that it […]

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Hipgnosis Songs Acquires 157-Song Catalog of Blink 182’s Tom DeLonge

The Hipgnosis Songs Fund has acquired 100% of the rights to the 157-song catalog of Blink-182 co-founder Tom DeLonge. The acquisition not only includes songs from DeLonge’s days at Blink-182, which he left in 2004, but also from the band Angels and Airwaves. The latter has released five albums, with the last being 2014’s The […]

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Concord Secures a Major Stake in Pulse Music Group

Concord Music Publishing has acquired an interest in the Pulse Music Group, resulting in the formation of a joint venture between the two companies. Under the deal, Pulse will continue operating under its own name while receiving funding from Concord. The latter will also administer the former’s catalog and that of any future artists that […]

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Grammy-Winning Songwriter Allee Willis Dies at 72

Grammy-Award songwriter Allee Willis, who wrote hit songs as well as the theme song to Friends, has died at the age of 72 of cardiac arrest. While Willis co-wrote several classic Earth, Wind & Fire songs such as “September” and “Boogie Wonderland,” she is perhaps more famous for co-writing “I’ll Be There for You” with […]

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Kanye West Is Getting Hauled Back into Court by EMI Music Publishing

EMI Music Publishing is asking a New York federal court judge to reopen their long-standing legal battle with rapper Kanye West because the two parties could not agree on a final settlement. Earlier this year, West tried to terminate his contract with the company because of a California law that limits personal service contracts to […]

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Hipgnosis Snags Catalog of Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, The Weeknd Songwriter

Fresh off its recent acquisition of the catalog of Johnny McDaid, Hipgnosis has acquired the catalog of songwriter Savan Kotecha, whose songs have received a whopping 17 Grammy Award nominations. In the past, Kotecha has collaborated with pop stars on hit songs such as: “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd “Dangerous Woman,” “God Is […]

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Hipgnosis Acquires the Catalog of ‘So Underrated’ Johnny McDaid

The Hipgnosis Songs Fund has announced that it has acquired the catalog of musician and songwriter Johnny McDaid. McDaid has not only been a member of Snow Patrol and Vega4 but has also written songs for a group of diverse artists that includes: Ed Sheeran P!nk Robbie Williams Shawn Mendes Keith Urban Faith Hill Tim […]

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Department of Justice’s PRO Consent Decree Review Is Becoming a ‘Frustrating Mess’

Which way will the U.S. Department of Justice go in its review of long-running PRO Consent Decrees? Unfortunately, the answer to that question seems to rely on a reading of various tea leaves — even for sources tied into the process. Earlier, we reported on some rather cryptic comments by DoJ Antitrust Division head Makan […]

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UMPG Inks DaBaby to Global Publishing Administration Deal

  Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed rapper DaBaby to a global publishing administration deal. Outside of publishing, DaBaby is signed with South Coast Music Group (SCMG) in partnership with Interscope. Universal Music Group (UMG) owns both UMPG and Interscope. DaBaby’s hit songs include the RIAA double Platinum-certified “Suge,” which has nearly 250 million […]

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