Sony Music Edition signed a global deal with songwriter Ashley Gorleyin partnership with Domain capital group. The deal encompasses Gorley’s entire catalog of songs, as well as future compositions.
Gorley wrote 59 Country No. 1 for artists like Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett and many more.
Pete Chiappetta of Domain Capital Group said, “Ashley Gorley is undeniably one of the most talented, hardworking and acclaimed songwriters in the world. We’re excited to see what he’ll accomplish next with Jon, Rusty, Cam and the rest of Sony’s incredible team. It is an honor to be associated with such a passionate and respected group of professionals.
“I’ve been a fan of Ashley Gorley’s songwriting since the late ’90s when we both attended Belmont University together,” Sony Music Publishing Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston added. “He’s a real connoisseur of music in every sense of the word. His diverse influences combined with his genuine heart led to his songs defining the soundtrack of country music. Sony Music Publishing is very proud to partner with Ashley and our friends at Domain Capital to champion this next step in their historic songwriting journey.
Pictured (front row, left to right): Rusty Gaston, Jon Platt, Ashley Gorley, Pete Chiappetta (Domaine); (back row): Rod Riley (Domaine), Megan Pekar (Loeb & Loeb), John Rolfe (Loeb & Loeb), Cam Caldwell (SMP Nashville), Isabela Salas (Domaine), Derek Crownover (Loeb & Loeb)
+ The association Musicians on call (MOC) announced a slate of new appointments, including Executive Vice President of Global Music Marketing at iHeartMedia Alissa Pollackwho joins as chair of its national board of directors.
Pollack works closely with brands and artists to provide them with music data to better inform their decision-making on everything from advertising content and social media programs to events and artist partnerships.
Past President President and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Mitch Vitrier moves to the role of President Emeritus. Philanthropist Michelle Frohlich-Klinger joined as secretary and managing partner of Baker Sullivan Hoover PLC Cathy Sullivan CPA, CFP, PFS as treasurer.
MOC also re-elected the co-founder of Mack Real Estate Group Stephen Mac and music veteran, RomeThomas, to the blackboard. Last but not least, the MOC welcomes sara starPresident of SCS Innovations, LLC and Remembers Former Board Member’s Dedication Kevin O’Toole.
Last year, the MOC lost a dedicated board member with the passing of O’Toole. He had been a member of the board of directors since 2013 where he served as secretary and was recently elected as vice-president.
Both Frohlich-Klinger and Sullivan joined the MOC Board of Directors in 2021. Frohlich-Klinger has led numerous social impact causes and launched the Miami branch of the MOC. Sullivan is a CPA who focuses on family planning for individuals and helping clients achieve their lifestyle goals.
Mack and Thomas joined the MOC Board of Directors in 2011. Mack previously served as Treasurer of the Board and since Thomas joined the Board he has provided expertise in strategic music initiatives, including serving on the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). . As President of SCS Innovations, Star supports entrepreneurs to advance new health products, new technologies and higher education initiatives.
+ Warner Chappell Music signed a worldwide publishing deal with a 21-year-old singer-songwriter Natanael Cano – who also releases music under Warner Music Latina/Rancho Humilde and his Los CT label.
Known as the pioneer of the hugely popular corridos tumbados movement (a unique blend of Mexican corridos and American trap music), Cano made headlines in 2019 when he collaborated with global Latin superstar Bad Bunny on the single 4x multi-platinum “Soy El Diablo (Remix).
Gustavo Menéndez, President, US Latin & Latin America, WCM said, “Nata is a unique talent who, at such a young age, has already secured his legacy in the industry. He has an incredible delivery with weird calligraphy as a songwriter, regardless of genre. I also had the opportunity to spend time with Nata outside the studio and she is an incredible and inspiring human being. We are proud that he has entrusted us with the task of being his publisher and continuing to lead the way.
+ Music manager Cristina Chavez joined Universal Music Publishing Group in the role of Vice President, A&R, effective immediately. Based in Santa Monica, Chavez reports to David Gray, executive vice president and head of US A&R at UMPG.
In his new role, Chavez will work closely with songwriters on UMPG’s existing roster and will also identify and recruit emerging talent into the company.
Making the announcement, Gray said, “Cristina’s experience as a manager, her strong talent relationships, and her love of songwriters and songwriting make her an ideal fit for UMPG and our authors. We look forward to helping Cristina’s leadership career grow within our company. »
Prior to joining UMPG, Chavez worked at Hallwood Media as senior vice president of A&R and management. Chavez was also an executive at ASCAP where she orchestrated initiatives with Women Behind The Music and She Is The Music.
+ Joshua Kyle Dickson joined the publicity team of RCA recordings as senior director. He previously served as Director of Public Relations at ADA Worldwide, the independent label and artist services arm of Warner Music Group.
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Archives of the Republic announced the promotion of Chris Blackwell to EVP of A&R and Content Strategy, as announced today by label president Wendy Goldstein.
According to the announcement, in this new role, Blackwell will continue to lead content creation and development for the entire Republic Records roster. Additionally, he will work with new artists to identify and maximize content opportunities early in their careers.
Blackwell played a major role in Coi Leray’s rise by producing his viral “Cooking With Coi Leray,” and has also collaborated with Ka$hdami, Lil Wayne, Benee, and Kash Doll on upcoming lineup. He has also worked with Federal Films on several projects, including the documentary “Contact High: A Visual History of Hip Hop” based on the book of the same name by Vicki Tobak and directed by Oscar-winning “Summer of Soul” co-producer Joseph Patel.
Goldstein commented, “Chris is a 360-degree creative thinker and strategist. He has made incredible inroads for our artists to reach critical mass by venturing off the beaten path and into new territory. He is a proven visionary whose dynamic personality will be key to our expansion.
Blackwell added, “I refer to what I do as A&R-plus. More than ever, artists are multi-hyphenates, content creators and brand builders. I am honored to be their liaison when it comes to creative projects. Monte and Avery have built the perfect space for entrepreneurs to thrive.
+ tank media expanded its global publishing deal with Dan Nakamura, known professionally as In the Automaton, a Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter who produced Gorillaz’s debut album and co-directed the Dr. Octagon and Handsome Boy Modeling School projects (with Kool Keith and Prince Paul, respectively), and has worked extensively with DJ Shadow and Del the Funky Homosapien; he has also worked extensively as a composer for film and television. The new deal includes Nakamura’s catalog and future work expanding the scope of an existing publishing relationship between Reservoir and Nakamura, first established in 2012. Handsome Boy Modeling School is also expected to release new music later this year.
A&R Tank EVP Faith Newman said, “From his work as a producer and hip-hop artist to his recent film and television compositions, Dan has consistently demonstrated the breadth of his talent. Throughout his decades-long career, Dan has left an indelible mark on the music industry, and we look forward to working on his music.
+ Resident Advisor (RA), the electronic music platform and magazine, has created a new governance board as part of a wider corporate restructuring and recruitment drive. According to the announcement, the restructuring aims to improve diversity and representation at senior levels within RA while introducing direct community stewardship to RA for the first time.
The initial composition of the board includes producer-DJ Tony Nwachukwu, DJ-consultant Lauren Goshinski, outside director Carin Abdulá and AR community manager Amy Van Baaren. RA founders Nick Sabine and Paul Clement transition from co-CEOs to members of the new board, while former COO David Selby takes on the role of CEO.
+ UnitedMasters, the “record house in your pocket” for independent artists, announced the release of Beat Exchange, an organized marketplace for buying and selling beats. The Beat Exchange connects producers with UnitedMasters’ 1.5 million independent artists while providing tools to upload and manage a personal storefront of beats.
UnitedMasters artists now have access to purchase or license beats from emerging and established producers like Hit-Boy (Nas, Drake, Beyoncé), Turbo (Gunna, Travis Scott, Lil Baby), Sham “Sak Pase” Joseph (Kodak Black, Rihanna, Saint Jhn), Kato on the Track and David Morse (Headtaps song by Lil Durk).
According to the announcement, Beat Exchange will provide participating producers with:
• Ownership: Ability to retain 100% of sales and enjoy exclusive benefits by joining the UnitedMasters Select program, or retain 90% of sales at no upfront cost
• Licensing: a choice of three licensing models (non-exclusive, exclusive or buyout) and the ability to customize sales needs, including price and contract duration
• Brands + Sync: Exclusive opportunities to monetize or license your beats with the world’s biggest brands like ESPN and the NBA, with additional opportunities to have your beats featured in TV shows, movies, games video, etc
• Organized Discovery: Designed to simplify navigation, beats are cleverly organized by specific sounds (genre, mood, instrument, etc.) and editorial playlists will encourage discovery
+ frontline entertainment, Directed by Craig Dorfman, joined the management and entertainment division of Three Six Zero. With this partnership, Frontline customers and staff come in-house, and Dorfman takes on a partner position in the company, which also represents music groups Calvin Harris, Louis Tomlinson and Majid Jordan.
Founded in 2000, Frontline portrays Jabari Banks, the lead in Peacock’s acclaimed drama “Bel-Air”, Joshua Malina (“The West Wing,” “The Big Bang Theory”) and Lorraine Toussaint (“Orange Is The New Black” ), among others.