Giant Music Signs Detroit Rapper Tay B; Columbus honors Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh with a street name

giant music signed the Detroit rapper Tay B. The label, helmed by Sony Music veteran Shawn Holiday alongside Irving and Jeffrey Azoff, officially launched in June announcing Swavay’s vocals. Tay B released “4EVA IN MY BAG” earlier this year via AFLN. In 2021, Tay and Lil Baby collaborated on the track and video for “Rich All My Life,” which racked up over 1.6 million views on YouTube.

Pictured (left to right): Shawn Holiday, Tay B, Matt LaMotte and Irving Azoff

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+ Following a celebration of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis ahead of the production duo’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC) announced a new initiative to award $5,000 per year to an emerging BIPOC songwriter or producer who wants to break into the music industry.

The BMAC Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis Music Makers Grant recipient will be selected by Jam and Lewis and will be entitled to studio time and mentorship from members of the BMAC Board of Directors and Board of Directors. Online applications close on November 15.

The Nov. 4 event featured Erving “Magic” Johnson, Giveon, Kenya Barris, Jesse Collins, Sugar Ray Leonard, Stokley, Holly Robinson Peete, Chante Moore, Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr, Yvette Nicole Brown and the president of Sony Music Publishing. Jon “Big Jon” Platt, among others.

+ Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh is honored in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio with a street named after him. The City of Columbus and the Columbus Music Commission have partnered for the ceremony, which will be held Nov. 9 next to the entrance to Nationwide Arena, where Walsh will host his 2022 VetsAid concert on Nov. 13.

+ Sony Music Publishing Nashville has signed a worldwide publishing deal with songwriter and country artist Madeline Merlo. Merlo won NBC’s reality show “Songland,” and his song “Champagne Night,” performed by Lady A, went on to spend three weeks at No. 1 on the US country radio charts. She has worked extensively with producer Zach Crowell, who helmed his EP “Slide,” and also appears on Cole Swindell’s “She Had Me At Heads Carolina.”

Sony Music Publishing Nashville signs Madeline Merlo

Sony Music Publishing Nashville signs Madeline Merlo

Pictured: (Back row, left to right) Chelsey Block, Molly Shehan, Josh Van Valkenburg, Tom Luteran, Cam Caldwell, Dale Bobo, Anna Weisband, Synnovea Halsel, Brad Belanger and Aubrey Rupe; (front row, left to right) Rusty Gaston, Madeline Merlo, Kenley Flynn, Zach Crowell.

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