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Priority Records signs Sugarhill Ddot

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Priority Records has signed up-and-coming artist Sugarhill Ddot to a global recording deal. The 15-year-old rapper from New York's Harlem is the first artist to sign to Priority since creative executive Orlando Wharton joined the Capitol Music Group (CMG)-owned hip hop label.

Wharton, Executive Vice President of Universal Music Group's Capitol Music Group and President of Priority Records, said, “We’re bringing New York back. Sugarhill Ddot is a star in the making to ignite the resurgence ...

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Emmanuel is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He was the US editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week. Previously, he was the editor of Impact, a magazine for the music publishing community (2007-2009), the global editor of US trade publication Billboard (2003-2006), and the editor in chief of Billboard’s sister publication Music & Media (1997-2003).

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Ian Barter signs global music publishing agreement with Notting Hill Music

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British independent music publisher Notting Hill Music has signed producer and writer Ian Barter to a long-term worldwide music publishing deal.

Barter produced and co-wrote the upcoming Gabrielle album including the recent single 'A Place In Your Heart' as well as her brand new single 'Sorry'. Barter has worked in the past with Amy Winehouse, Paloma Faith & Dermot Kennedy amongst many others.

Notting Hill's Head of Creative Services, John Saunderson, said, “As soon as we heard Ian ...

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Concord wins bid to acquire Hipgnosis Songs Fund for $1.4 billion in cash

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The Board of Directors of Hipgnosis Songs Fund (HSF), the London-listed portfolio of music assets, has agreed to sell to Concord in an all-cash transaction worth $1.402 billion, equivalent to £0.932 per share.

The deal is made by Concord Chorus Ltd, an entity indirectly controlled by Alchemy Copyrights, LLC, and trading as Concord. The deal will be financed by private equity group Apollo through debt and a minority stake in Concord Chorus. The transaction represents a premium of approximatel...

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Warner Chappell Music signs The Red Clay Strays a global publishing agreement

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Country-rock band The Red Clay Strays have signed a global publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music (WCM).

With roots in Mobile, Alabama, The Red Clay Strays have been playing together since 2016. The band is comprised of lead singer Brandon Coleman, electric guitarist Zach Rishel, guitarist/vocalist Drew Nix, bassist Andrew Bishop, and drummer John Hall.

The band also includes its main songwriting partner and videographer Matthew Coleman, who commented: “We’re looking forward to part...

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