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KEEPING TABS ON TAYTAY (UPDATE)
Comparative stats: "Calm Down" vs. "ME!" (6/20a)
TOP 20: AN X-CITING DEBUT
The veterans duke it out. (6/20a)
SONG REVENUE CHART: NO “ROAD” GOES ON FOREVER
...but $311k ain't chopped liver. (6/20a)
MADONNA'S POWERFUL NEW VIDEO
She hts today's pressing issues. (6/20a)
PLAYLIST: A MUSICAL EVOLUTION, SONG BY SONG
You need to hear this. (6/20a)
THE DIVA PLAN
How pop stars from the pre-streaming era are finding a new groove.
RAINMAKERS RETURN
More of the folks who are making biz history now.
THE FUTURE OF ROCK & ROLL IS...
Hang on, we just need to throw this TV out the window.
AFTER COUNTRY TRAP
Is reggaeton death metal far behind?
Pub Crawling
BIG DEAL DOUBLES DOWN
6/19/19

Jamie Cerreta, left, and Casey Robison, right, have been named Co-Presidents of Big Deal Music Group as co-founder Kenny MacPherson takes on the role of Chief Executive Officer.

All three executives will continue operating out of the company’s Los Angeles headquarters. MacPherson and Cerreta founded Big Deal Music in 2012 with Dave Ayers, who will continue to run Big Deal’s office in New York.

“Jamie and Casey have made critical contributions to establishing Big Deal,” MacPherson said, “and it’s clear to us that they’re not only vital to our continued growth, but to the future of the industry generally. These promotions recognize their achievements, as well as the faith that Dave and I have in them as forward-thinking executives.”

Cerreta recently engineered an alliance with Diplo’s Mad Decent, joining My Morning Jacket, Blake Mills, Local Natives, Weyes Blood, FIDLAR, and SWMRS among those he’s brought to the company. He and MacPherson started working together at Chrysalis in 2002.

Robison joined Big Deal Music in 2012, moving over from BMI to oversee the company’s pop/songwriting division. Among his signings are John Ryan, Julian Bunetta, Joe London, Jake Sinclair, Teddy Geiger and Danny Parker.

Robison will also continue to serve as co-CEO of Big Family Music, a venture with Family Affair, with Damon Bunetta.

“The aim is to create a structure and community for writers and artists that’s both supportive and sustainable,” Robison said. “Stepping into this leadership role with Jamie is an honor, coming with great responsibility and challenge.”

Cerreta noted, “I’m so proud to be one of the leaders of an independent company, started by friends, who share the belief that we can do something special by always putting the artists and writers first.”

CUTLER JOINS NMPA BOARD
6/18/19

The National Music Publishers' Association just announced the addition of Pulse Music Group co-CEO—and multi-platinum songwriter/producer—Scott Cutler as a Board of Directors member. 

“Scott has always been an active member of NMPA and his voice will be even more amplified as a new director on our board," shares NMPA President & CEO David Israelite. "It is wonderful to add not only an accomplished executive but also a songwriter and producer to our leadership, and we look forward to his valuable perspective at this particularly dynamic period in our industry.”

Cutler—a co-writer on worldwide smash “Torn,” which was famously covered  by Natalie Imbruglia in 1997—has kept up with his work behind the pen, notably winning the 2007 Critic’s Choice Award for Best Song with “Listen” from the film Dreamgirls. The latter was also nominated for Best Original Song at the 2007 Academy Awards and the 2007 Golden Globe Awards.

That same year, he launched Pulse with writer/producers Josh Abraham and Anne Preven, driven by a creative-first heart. And just last year, Pulse won the 2018 AIMP Publisher of the Year award. Recent hits include Maroon 5 f/Cardi B's "Girls Like You," Camila Cabello f/Young Thug's "Havana," Travis Scott f/Drake's "Sicko Mode" and Luis Fonsi f/Daddy Yankee's "Despacito."

For what it's worth, at HITS, our only mode is Sicko Mode. And we still don't know what "despacito" means, but we have heard the phrase "están desesperados" uttered around us.


*Photo credit: Peter Bohler

DOWNTOWN INKS U.K. TALENT HAMZAA
6/18/19

Downtown Music Publishing has signed a worldwide pub deal with 20-year-old singer/songwriter Hamzaa

Coming off her new single "London," and a performance at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend, the Parlophone artist first caught momentum in the U.K. with memorable debut TV performance on BBC's Later... with Jools Holland

“It's more difficult than ever to attract and maintain people's attention because of the enormous amount of content constantly being uploaded into the system,” said Andrew Gould, Downtown’s SVP and Head of North America A&R. “Hamzaa is extraordinary — as an artist, songwriter, and human being. All of us at Downtown are beyond excited to be her publishing partner.”

“Hamzaa’s ability to paint vibrant pictures with such honest narrative truly sets her apart,” added Downtown A&R Manager Davina Merchant. “It is a tremendous honor to welcome her to Downtown, and we are thrilled to work with such a promising new artist—as well as her management team, Ella-Bonai Gordon and Zeon Richards at Renowned.”

Look for new material to be released this summer from Hamzaa, along with performances at Glastonbury Fest and a headline show at Behind Barn Doors Friday at the Barn on the Farm festival in England in July.