Publishing Briefs: Partisan Grows Publishing Arm; Downtown Signs Weeknd Writer

Publishing Briefs: Partisan Grows Publishing Arm; Downtown Signs Weeknd Writer

New York based indie label Partisan Records has launched their new publishing arm, Left Music, with administrative services through Sony Music Publishing U.K. Founded and led by Craig Michie, Left Music’s operations are based in Los Angeles with additional offices in New York City and Portland. The team already controls over 1500 copyrights including Vicky Nguyen (Paul McCartney, Anderson Paak, Free Nationals, Channel Tres), Kate Bollinger (Kanye West), Novo Amor, and more.

Downtown Music Services has inked a new global publishing agreement with writer/producer Daniel Lopatin, better known by his artist name Oneohtrix Point Never. News of the deal arrives just months after Lopatin was credited on The Weeknd’s Dawn FM record and just before the release of the new Soccer Mommy album Sometimes, Forever, which he produced in full. The talent has also worked with artists like Moses Sumney, Charli XCX, Rosalía, James Blake, and more. On top of his work as a songwriter and producer, Lopatin has become a sought-after film scorer. Highlights from his scoring career include Uncut Gems, The Bling Ring and Good Time.

Reservoir has acquired the catalog of lyricist Larry Kusik, best known for his work on themes like “Speak Softly Love” from The Godfather and “A Time for Us” from Romeo and Juliet (1968). The deal includes a blend of both publisher’s and writer’s shares of the catalog. Reservoir founder and CEO Golnar Khosrowshahi says of the deal, “Larry penned lyrics to widely popular, moving music that has captured hearts for generations, particularly through film. We are proud to continue his legacy and introduce these evergreen songs to new listeners.”

Big Machine Music has announced the signing of Eli Young Band frontman Mike Eli to a co-publishing deal. Already a signee on the masters side to Big Machine Music, Eli says “it just felt right to start this next chapter with the folks that brought us to the party!” General manager Mike Molinar adds, “Mike’s songwriting cuts through with a warmth that is unique and captivating. He’s also one of the coolest and genuinely nicest guys on the planet. We are so honored to be his publisher partner.”

Sony Music Publishing has teamed up with Girls Make Beats to launch a songwriting and composing workshop for young girls on March 26 at Bleeding Fingers Music in Santa Monica. A part of Sony Music Group’s second year of their Beyond the Instrument initiative, the workshop will feature signed songwriters like Crystal Nicole, Caroline Ailin, Sarah Aarons, Bleeding Fingers Music, and the 15 kids enrolled in the workshop, the team will create an original song and video score, based on themes of female empowerment.

Position Music has signed rising artist and writer ¿Téo? to a worldwide publishing deal. Currently billed as an opener for Justin Bieber’s U.S. tour, the Columbian-American artist uses his music to explore bilingualism and his upbringing. He is managed by Summer Wiebe of Cycle of 5ths Management and repped by APA. He remains unsigned on the master’s side. President and CEO of Position Music, Tyler Bacon, says the he was drawn to ¿Téo?’s “authenticity as an artist” which is “second-to-none.”

Warner Chappell Music, in partnership with Thomas Rhett‘s Home Team and Miller Crow Music, has signed a global publishing deal with Conner Smith, a rising Nashville-native songwriter. Named Spotify’s Hot Country Artist to Watch for 2022, Rhett says that Smith is “one of most exciting new artists in Nashville.” Managed by Homestead Music and repped by Big Machine Label Group on the masters side, this marks Smith’s first-ever publishing deal. “I couldn’t feel more thankful to get to center myself and career around people who I respect and trust so much. Having people on my team who believe in me the way Home Team, Warner, and Miller Crow do is really a special thing,” says Smith.

Warner Chappell Music has also partnered with Unknown Music Publishing to sign Sophia Scott to a global publishing agreement. Based in Nashville, the soulful country artist is “one of the most authentic, exciting, and refreshing artists I’ve ever come across,” according to famous songwriter and founder of Unknown Music Publishing, Ross Golan. “She has the x-factor,” Unknown A&R Kelley Fox adds. Gushing about the deal, Scott says that “Not only do I get to work with the best  publisher in Nashville, but I also get to work with one of my biggest songwriting heroes, Ross Golan. This partnership is a dream come true.”

Growhouse Publishing has landed a second songwriter for their brand new roster: Alexandria Corn (Acorn). A joint venture between Average Joes Entertainment artist Sam Grow and Deluge Music Managing Member David Robkin last month, the independent publishing house first started with the signing of Nashville writer Danny Orton (Dan + Shay, Rascal Flatts), and are “so excited” to add former American Idol contestant Corn to their list, says Grow. “When it comes to versatility as a writer, she has it. Whether you need a country song with a strong hook or a pop melody, she can deliver it, and her passion for writing is unmatched.”

Publishing Briefs: Partisan Grows Publishing Arm; Downtown Signs Weeknd Writer New York based indie label Partisan Records has launched their new publishing arm, Left Music, with administrative services through Sony Music Publishing U.K. Founded and led by Craig Michie, Left Music’s operations are based in Los Angeles with additional offices in New York City and Portland.…