Quadruple Grammy Singer-Songwriter Sam smith has signed an exclusive global publishing agreement with Tim & Danny Music and Warner Chappell Music through a new joint venture, covering all future work. Smith is known for a long list of influential hits such as “Stay With Me”, “I’m Not the Only One”, “Lay Me Down”, “Too Good at Goodbyes” and more.
The deal is the first signing of Tim & Danny Music and Warner Chappell Music’s new long-term publishing partnership. In the photo above, from l. right, Ryan Press, president of Warner Chappell of US A&R; Carianne Marshall, WCM Co-President and COO; Tim Blacksmith, co-founder, Tim & Danny Music; Black-smith; Guy Moot, Co-chair and CEO, WCM)
Smith said: “I am so excited to continue my musical journey with Tim and Danny who have supported me since the start of my career, and also very happy to team up with Guy, Carianne and the Warner Chappell family. I look forward to this next chapter of my career.
Blacksmith noted, “Sam is an exceptional artist and one of the most influential songwriters in music today. This next chapter with them is important and continues the successful partnership we have had with Sam over the past eight years.
Moot added, “Sam is truly one of the greatest talents in the world, both as an engrossing performer and an inspiring songwriter, and it’s wonderful to work with them again. I am also very happy with our new business relationship with Tim and Danny, two of my oldest friends in the music industry and incredible entrepreneurs.
+ Archives of the Republic named Devon Libra announced senior vice president of visual content and production Jim Roppo, executive vice president and general manager of the label.
In this newly created role, Libran will oversee the creation, production and distribution of immersive visual content for the artists on the list, spanning visualizers, music videos, lyric videos and performance videos. Additionally, he will work closely with Senior Vice President of Creative Content and Development Chris Blackwell supporting the production of film, television and digital projects.
Most recently, he was Vice President of Video and Content Production at Artist Partner Group (APG), where he led visual content for chart-topping multi-platinum talents such as Jason Derulo, Lil Skies, Don Toliver, and more. As an independent producer, his credits also include shorts and videos for Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Mariah Carey and more. He is based in the Republic Records office in Los Angeles.
“Devon has a truly unique skill set as a proven producer, savvy executive and versatile creative,” said Roppo. “He’s able to catalyze each artist’s vision on screen seamlessly and will be an integral part of producing groundbreaking content for Republic.”
+ Post Malone Manager Dr. London launched a new record company, London Music Group, in partnership with the musical technological platform Vydia. The technology company will provide London and its team the infrastructure and tools to power the label, with a full suite of services that include audio and video supply chain, global distribution, analytics, rights management, detailed reporting on income and more.
Commenting on the partnership, Vydia CEO and Co-Founder Roy LaManna said: “Dré has an innate ability to discover talent and create superstars on a global level. We are delighted to be working with him and providing him with the tools he needs at all levels to manage this new label.
London says: “I am delighted to partner with Vydia in the creation of London Music Group. Vydia’s work to empower independent music labels opens the door to the emergence of incredible new artists, a mission we both share.
+ Creative Artists Agency (CAA) announced nine promotions: Zack Borson, Kaitlyn Bruce, Alex Douma, Kara Enos, Omar Garcia, Brian Greenwood, Ariel Happe, Brad Pophal, and Jamie Shaughnessy are now agents / executives.
The company has recently signed new clients such as Zac Brown Band, The Weeknd, JoJo Siwa, Arcade Fire, Miguel, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chvrches, Charli XCX, Stormzy and Playboi Carti, among others.
The agency also recently welcomed music agents Matt Galle, Carly James, Mike Marquis, Mike Mori, Rachel Pestik and Adam Voith, who have added artists to the agency’s roster such as Shawn Mendes, Mumford & Sons, Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend, Janet Jackson, My Chemical Romance, Bleachers and Girl in Red, among others.
“Considering what our industry has been through over the past 20 months, we are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of the Touring Department and are fortunate to have an amazing team who have remained focused and diligent throughout. We have also been fortunate to have such fantastic agents and executives joining us over the past few months, ”said Rob Light, CAA Chief Music Officer. “The entire team has worked tirelessly on behalf of our clients – their creativity and teamwork continues to serve the passions, needs, interests and dreams of the incredibly talented artists we work with. Each of the nine individuals who join our officer and executive ranks today have earned their place among our talented colleagues and we look forward to their many successes to come.