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THE ACMS: MOSTLY LIVE AND REALLY REAL
Moving in the right direction (9/18a)
2020 EIGHT-MONTH MARKETSHARE SCORECARD
Interscope #1 in latest power rankings (9/17a)
WASSERMAN SEALS THE DEAL
But what's behind door #2? (9/17a)
SURFACES LEVEL UP
Peaking at just the right time (9/18a)
NEAR TRUTHS: HERE'S THE DEAL (AND THE ROAD AHEAD)
This column pairs well with BBQ sauce. (9/15a)
GRAMMY TALK
We're full of it.
AFRICAN POP
Getting global with it.
IT'S PRETTY SMOKY
And this time it's not from our bong.
WHAT COMES AFTER TIKTOK?
Shorter videos! Weirder trends!
Pub Crawling
USPTO APPOINTS SHIRA PERLMUTTER TO REGISTER OF COPYRIGHTS
9/21/20

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) named Shira Perlmutter to serve as U.S. Register of Copyrights, she previously served as Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs.

SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe issued the following statement:

Shira Perlmutter’s extensive background both in government and the private sector makes her an inspired choice to be the Register of Copyrights. Her experience as chief policy offer at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, overseeing intellectual property policy at Time Warner, and advising the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva gives her the diverse background and expertise to help guide copyright policy and create procedures and practices. Her appointment reflects the Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden’s commitment to setting the highest standards for U.S. copyright policy, and we look forward to working with Shira as we strive for a more fair, equitable and modern copyright system.

CLOSING THE DEAL
9/21/20

CEO Kenny MacPherson and the four Co-Presidents of Big Deal Music have sent a closing note to their songwriters and managers as the indie pubco transitions to the U.S. arm of Merck MercuriadisHipgnosis Songs Group.

WMG’S ARTS MUSIC DIVISION BLASTS OFF WITH SKYSHIP ENTERTAINMENT
9/18/20

Warner Music Group’s Arts Music Division and Warner Chappell Music have entered into a global partnership with Skyship Entertainment, creator of the Super Simple Songs children’s brand. Combining animation and puppetry aimed at preschoolers, Super Simple Songs’ YouTube channel has 24 million subscribers and over 22b combined video views.

The partnership kicks off on 9/18 with three new compilations, “Down in the Deep Blue Sea,” “It’s Time for Bed,” and “Happy, Happy, Happy!” Starting in October, Toronto-based Skyship’s full catalog will transition to Arts Music, which launched in 2017, and will be available across more digital services worldwide with WCM administering all publishing rights.

“We’re looking forward to making these beloved songs and new songs available to more children across the globe and to continue to grow Arts Music’s footprint with meaningful content in the Kids & Family space,” shared Kevin Gore, President, Global Catalog and Arts Music.

Morghan Fortier, CEO, Skyship Entertainment added, “The core of our mission is to create fun, educational songs that kids love and that makes the day-to-day lives of parents, teachers, and caregivers a little easier. We’re delighted to be continuing that mission alongside Arts Music & Warner Chappell.”