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Music Publishing News Weekly Roundup: August 31, 2012

 

Billy Joel

The Piano Man is signing a sweet tune with the announcement of worldwide publishing agreement between Billy Joel and Universal (UMPG) / Rondor. The new deal will focus on licensing Joel’s catalog, which hasn’t often featured in TV, film or advertisements.

Universal re-upped its worldwide agreement with former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker. Rucker’s upcoming album and his first three solo efforts are all included in the deal.

Multi-platinum Canadian songwriter Simon Wilcox has inked a worldwide publishing admin deal with Peermusic.

Dr Luke and co-writer Henry Walter are again #1 on the Songtrust Top Songwriter Chart for August. Their hits for Rihanna and Katy Perry helped them see off a challenge from fellow songwriting wizard Max Martin, who rose two spots from last month.

More good news for Universal Music Group with a 3.2% revenue rise in H1. Increased music publishing revenues in the US were among factors highlighted for the increase by parent company Vivendi.

Two years of legal battling between the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) and Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) has been brought to an official close with a settlement approved in court.

ASCAP has announced Elizabeth Matthews as the Performing Rights Organization’s EVP and General Counsel.

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