Halsey signs global publishing deal with BMG

Halsey signed a new global publishing administration agreement with GMB. The new deal includes all of their future songwriting compositions, as well as the recently released single “So Good” and their collaboration with Calvin Harris “Stay With Me”, which features Justin Timberlake and Pharrell.

“I am thrilled to announce this partnership with BMG,” said Halsey. “I was immediately drawn to their artist-songwriter-first mentality and can’t wait to take this journey with my new BMG family.”

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Jason Aron and Anthony Li, Halsey’s co-directors at Anti-Pop, commented, “BMG’s creative and refreshing approach to publishing is very exciting. Thomas and his team around the world welcomed us with open arms. We appreciate their passion and dedication to putting artists first.

Prior to this deal, Halsey’s recorded music and publishing was handled by Universal Music Group’s Capitol Records and Universal Music Publishing Group.

Pictured above (left to right): Claire Bernardin, Thomas Scherer, Halsey, Josh Edmond and Jonathan Palmer.

+ Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum historian Michael Gray was promoted to vice president of museum services. He fills the role of Brenda Colladay, who joined the organization as vice president of museum services in 2018. She will remain on staff until mid-January to help with the transition.

Gray, who most recently served as Senior Director of Editorial and Interpretation, will be responsible for the care and management of the museum’s artifact and archival collections. He will also be responsible for overseeing all planning, design and installation of exhibits in the museum’s galleries, as well as the museum’s online exhibits and digital archives.

Gray added, “I have been fortunate to spend the past two decades at the museum surrounded by a world-class collection, steeped in the educational and public programs we offer, and supported by talented and collaborative colleagues who are dedicated to preservation and interpretation of this diverse and important art form.

Gray recently spoke with Variety about The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s new exhibit, “Western Edge: The Roots and Reverberations of Los Angeles Country-Rock.”

+ Milestone advertisement promoted Jessica Bonner to the vice president of advertising.

In her senior role, Bonner will continue to be “hands-on with customers while being more immersed in an internal leadership role,” according to the company’s press announcement. Prior to taking on her new role, Bonner was an account executive.

“Jessica has an unparalleled work ethic and passion for what she does,” said Mike Gowen, company founder and CEO. “She always goes above and beyond for her clients and the company. Jessica’s level of drive and ambition is becoming a rare trait these days – it’s only fitting that she’s become VP of Milestone.

Notable clients of the company include Dave Stewart, Kiefer Sutherland, Gaby Moreno and John Dolmayan of System of a Down, in addition to labels and music-focused businesses such as Ghostwriter Music, Compass Records Group and Songbird City.

+ nation live and Brooklyn Bowl unveiled new plans to add a new Brooklyn Bowl venue in Plot B at Audi Field, located in the Buzzard Point neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

Brooklyn Bowl DC will be the brand’s first location in the DC metro area and the fifth location for the venue, which opened in Brooklyn, New York in 2009. According to the press release, the new space is a concert with a capacity of 1,200 people. , (a 38,000 square foot location) that will bring a mix of live music programmed by Live Nation to the district. There will also be 14 bowling alleys, a craft bar and a curated menu by New York’s Blue Ribbon Restaurant Group.

Brooklyn Bowl DC is the first retail concept announced at Hoffman & Associates and DC United’s Parcel B mixed-use development at Audi Field. It will connect the ground and second floors while serving as an anchor for the double-sided retail and entertainment corridor between Plot B and Audi Field.

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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.

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

+ 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.

+ Universal Music Publishing Chinaa division of UMPG, has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with RYCE Editions — the publishing arm of RYCE Entertainment, one of China’s leading music and entertainment companies.

With a catalog of over 700 songs, RYCE Publishing has handed over global administration responsibilities to UMP China, which will provide global infrastructure and opportunities for RYCE songwriters and artists. In addition, UMP China will work closely with RYCE Publishing to further expand its roster of songwriters and producers, as well as the projects available to them.

“We saw the rise of J-pop three decades ago and its massive influence on audiences across Asia. Now K-pop is a global phenomenon, as we all know, and there is been a very strong bridging force between these genres over the past two decades,” commented Joe Fang, General Manager of Universal Music Publishing China. “With China’s rise to become the sixth largest music market in the world, I believe the time for C-pop has come. RYCE Publishing, with its hybrid talents and cross-border catalogs, is a central part of this next binding force and I am thrilled that UMPG is playing an instrumental role in supporting these future chapters in music history.

+ 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.

+ BBR Music Group expanded its digital department with the hiring of Britt Epley to the Senior Director of Digital Advertising, Ainsley Barry to head of digital marketing, and Aaron Wilder to the YouTube manager.

Epley will be responsible for planning, managing and reporting on paid digital campaigns while collaborating with digital marketing teams on digital advertising solutions. She comes to UMG’s Nashville label, where she’s executed digital ad campaigns for country music favorites like Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood. She will report to Elise Stawarz, Senior Director of Digital Marketing.

Coming to Black River Entertainment’s record label, Barry gained experience in their copyright and licensing department before being promoted to social media coordinator. She will report to Marissa Messer, Director of Digital Marketing.

Wilder will work directly with the Nashville YouTube office to lead and advise the label’s artist roster in the use of YouTube, advising on video strategy, YouTube shorts and more. Wilder joins BBR from Integrity Music, an independent Christian and gospel label and prior to that worked at Sony Music Publishing in their global copyright administration department. He will report to Kailyn Arcury, Senior Director of YouTube.

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