DJ Mustard Wins Producer of the Year at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards
DJ Mustard Wins Producer of the Year at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards
SONGS writer DJ Mustard was awarded the prestigious title of "Producer of the Year" at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards in Los Angeles on Friday.

Mustard, who was signed to SONGS in 2011 by President & Head of A&R Ron Perry, also just released his highly anticipated debut album "10 Summers" on Roc Nation, available now on iTunes.
Permalink | Tags: DJ Mustard // Ron Perry // 10 Summers // Roc Nation // BMI // Awards
Lorde "Royals" Wins Best Rock Video at the 2014 MTV VMAs
Lorde
Photo: Christopher Polk, Getty Images for MTV

Lorde won her first VMA last night with the music video for her breakout hit "Royals" and became the first female artist to ever take home the Moonman trophy in the Rock category's history!
Watch Lorde's acceptance speech at the 2014 VMAs:

Watch the winning music video:

Permalink | Tags: Lorde // MTV // Royals // Awards // VMA
NBA 2K15 (Video Game) // Aerosol Can (Major Lazer), Team (Lorde), Pharrell Catalog
NBA 2K15 (Video Game) // Aerosol Can (Major Lazer), Team (Lorde), Pharrell Catalog
SONGS has six song placements on the upcoming NBA 2K15 video game soundtrack, which was curated by Pharrell Williams and includes:

"Aerosol Can" by Major Lazer (SONGS writer Diplo)
"Team" by Lorde (SONGS writer Ella Yelich-O'Connor)
"Can I have It Like That" by Pharrell Williams (SONGS catalog writer Pharrell Williams)
"How Does It Feel?" by Pharrell Williams (SONGS catalog writer Pharrell Williams)
"Drop It Like It's Hot" by Snoop Dog" (SONGS catalog writer Pharrell Williams)
"Grindin'" by Clipse (SONGS catalog writer Pharrell Williams)

Preview the soundtrack on Spotify ahead of the October 7th game release:
Permalink | Tags: Pharrell Williams // Major Lazer // Lorde // Video Game Placements // Snoop Dogg // Drop It Like It's Hot // Team // Soundtrack // NBA 2K15 // Aerosol Can // Clipse // Grindin' // Can I Have It Like That // How Does It Feel?
SONGS Signs St. Paul and The Broken Bones to a Global Co-Publishing Deal
SONGS Signs St. Paul and The Broken Bones to a Global Co-Publishing Deal
One of the biggest independent music stories of 2014, St. Paul and The Broken Bones' debut album “Half the City” has sold over 50,000 albums on Single Lock Records, a label started by Ben Tanner of Alabama Shakes and John Paul White of the Civil Wars. The band’s first single “Call Me” recently peaked at #7 at AAA radio according to Mediabase, and their new single “Half The City” impacts AAA this month.

Check out one of the best soul singers in music today, in St. Paul and The Broken Bones’ video for “Call Me":
Permalink | Tags: St. Paul & The Broken Bones // New Signing // Call Me
Adidas (Ad) // Get A Little Closer (Rita Ora)
Adidas (Ad) // Get A Little Closer (Rita Ora)
"Get A Little Closer" by Rita Ora (SONGS writer Amanda Warner aka MNDR) is featured in the Adidas Originals #unstoppable campaign. Watch the spot below:
Permalink | Tags: MNDR // Advertising Placements // Adidas // Rita Ora // Amanda Warner // Get A Little Closer
Lorde To Write Single and Curate Soundtrack for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1"
Lorde To Write Single and Curate Soundtrack for
Lionsgate announced today that multiplatinum GRAMMY® Award-winning recording star Lorde will curate the soundtrack album for the upcoming third installment of the global blockbuster The Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.  In addition to hand-picking the artists for The Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack, Lorde will provide the first single for the highly anticipated film and album. The soundtrack will be available via Republic Records this fall.
 
The 17-year-old New Zealand native –who will embark on her third national North American tour this fall– exploded onto the scene with her Number One global hit 'Royals,' and has taken the music world by storm since the release of her critically acclaimed platinum debut album “PURE HEROINE” [LAVA/Republic Records].
 
Her quadruple platinum selling single 'Royals' helped earn two Billboard Music Awards for 'Best New Artist' and 'Best Rock Song,' and two GRAMMY® Awards for ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best Pop Solo Performance.’ She currently holds the record for 'Longest #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by a Female Artist in 2013' and longest standing #1 for any female artist in the Billboard Alternative Chart history.
 
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson, is the latest installment in Lionsgate’s global box office phenomenon based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling “Hunger Games” trilogy and will be released in theaters worldwide on November 21, 2014. 
 
“I sat down with Lorde on the set of ‘Mockingjay’ this spring and I was immediately struck by how she so innately understood what we, as both fans and filmmakers, were trying to accomplish with the film. Her immense talent and keen understanding of Mockingjay’s characters and themes not only have enabled her to create a song of her own that completely captures the film’s essence, but her insight and passion for our project make her the perfect creative force to assemble the other songs on our soundtrack.  I can't wait to share what she's done with the fans -- it is truly remarkable,” said Francis Lawrence. 
 
Lorde’s unique position as both a songwriter/performer and the curator of the Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack album came about via her unique relationship with her music publisher, SONGS Music Publishing who was a key architect of the deal.
 
"Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly-anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance,” said Lorde.  “The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people.”
Permalink | Tags: Lorde // Film Placements // Lionsgate // Republic Records // The Hunger Games // Mockingjay // Francis Lawrence // Jennifer Lawrence // Josh Hutcherson // Liam Hemsworth // Woody Harrelson // Soundtrack
Dan Heath Co-Writes on Lana Del Rey's New Album "Ultraviolence"
Dan Heath Co-Writes on Lana Del Rey's New Album
SONGS writer Dan Heath has 3 co-writes on the new Lana Del Rey album, "Ultraviolence" which is currently the #1 album on iTunes! His co-writes include the songs "Ultraviolence", "F***ed My Way Up to the Top" & "Old Money" all of which are top 100 on the iTunes singles chart.

Check out the album on iTunes here

Permalink | Tags: Daniel Heath // Lana Del Rey // Ultraviolence // Old Money // F***ed My Way Up to the Top
SONGS Performances at 2014 BET Awards
SONGS Performances at 2014 BET Awards
Two SONGS songs were performed last night at the 2014 BET Awards, T.I. feat. Iggy Azalea "No Mediocre" and Trey Songz "Na Na" (both produced by SONGS writers DJ Mustard and Mike Free)!

Watch the performance of "No Mediocre" below:
Permalink | Tags: DJ Mustard // Mike Free // BET Hip Hop Awards // Trey Songz // No Mediocre // T.I. // Iggy Azalea // Na Na
Beats by Dre (Ad) // Jungle (X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons)
Beats by Dre (Ad) // Jungle (X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons)

"Jungle" by Jamie N Commons & SONGS writers X Ambassadors is featured in the Beats by Dre 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign The Game Before The Game!

Watch the epic 5 minute plus video featuring the song below, and get "Jungle" at http://on.beatsmusic.com/albums/al102820789 or download on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/JungleSOTW.

REMIX FEATURING JAY Z:

Permalink | Tags: X Ambassadors // Advertising Placements // Jungle // FIFA // Beats by Dre // Jamie N Commons // Jay Z
Lorde Performs with Nirvana at the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Lorde Performs with Nirvana at the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
The living members of Nirvana were joined by surprise female guests during their induction at the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, including Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Joan Jett, St. Vincent and SONGS writer Lorde! The Hall of Fame ceremony broadcast is now airing on HBO.

Watch Lorde fronting Nirvana during the performance of "All Apologies" below:


Permalink | Tags: Lorde // HBO // Nirvana // Joan Jett // Kim Gordon // St. Vincent // Dave Grohl // Krist Novoselic // All Apologies // Hall of Fame
Gershwin Successors Tap SONGS Music Publishing
Gershwin Successors Tap SONGS Music Publishing
Photo by Charlie Gross

It was announced today that the Godowsky Family and Heyward Memorial Fund, respective successors to great American songwriter George Gershwin and Porgy and Bess authors Dubose and Dorothy Heyward, have tapped SONGS Music Publishing to create and deploy creative strategy for the catalog of songs created during the latter part of Gershwin’s legendary career.  


The deal encompasses some of the best known compositions in the American songbook, including works from such classic Broadway productions as Porgy and Bess, Shall We Dance, A Damsel In Distress and The Goldwyn Follies, and such well known songs as “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “Summertime,” and many others.

With an eye towards reintroducing these amazing songs to the film, television and advertising communities, the families turned to SONGS to design and execute an integrated marketing campaign on behalf of the catalog.  Some of the initiatives under consideration are SONGS hosted events for the creative communities in New York and Los Angeles, the creation of high-end marketing tools to showcase the catalog, and establishing an increased presence on social media platforms to showcase the songs.  In addition, SONGS will create a series of master recordings featuring covers of the compositions by established and upcoming contemporary artists, infusing these great old songs with contemporary energy.

 “The Creative Licensing team is incredibly excited to create unique opportunities for Gershwin's classic songs as well as to highlight some of the catalog's lesser-known gems,” commented Carianne Marshall, SONGS Music Publishing Partner and Head of Creative Licensing.  “The SONGS staff has already immersed themselves in the world of Gershwin and is developing innovative approaches to market this exceptional catalog to the film and television communities and beyond.”

 “As a global contemporary co-publisher, this is not our typical deal” said Songs Music Publishing founder and CEO Matt Pincus.   “It came about organically as Jon Keidan (Trustee for the Gershwin/Godowsky Trust) and I are longtime friends.  But the chance to work with Jon and his family and the Heyward representatives on this singular, truly world-class set of songs is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and the people at SONGS.”

“We could have taken this catalog of songs to any one of a number of major publishers,” said Mr. Keidan.  “But the team that Matt has assembled at SONGS are young, creative and determined and they understand how to best market these songs, particularly in our digital age.  We feel their energy will breathe new life into these works to ensure that they live on for many generations to come.

"SONGS Music Publishing Nabs George Gershwin Catalog" 
Read the Full Article and Interview with Matt Pincus in The Hollywood Reporter HERE

Permalink | Tags: Matt Pincus // Jon Keidan // Carianne Marshall // Gershwin
Marsha Ambrosius "Run" Music Video
Marsha Ambrosius

Watch the new music video for "Run" by Marsha Ambrosius below, and get the single on iTunes here!
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22 Jump Street (Film) // Freak & Express Yourself (Diplo) Midnight City (M83)
22 Jump Street (Film) // Freak & Express Yourself (Diplo) Midnight City (M83)
SONGS has several great placements in the 2014 action comedy film 22 Jump Street, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum!

SONGS writer Diplo has an onscreen cameo performing as the DJ during the spring break sequence. The scene features the songs "Freak" by Steve Aoki, Diplo and Deorro, and "Express Yourself" by Diplo feat. Nicky Da B.

M83's song "Midnight City" (SONGS writer Morgan Kibby of White Sea) is used in another scene in the film, setting the mood for a budding dorm room romance.

Catch 22 Jump Street in theaters beginning June 13th, and download the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack featuring the Diplo tracks on iTunes!
Permalink | Tags: Morgan Kibby // Diplo // M83 // Film Placements // Express Yourself (feat. Nicky Da B) // Midnight City // 22 Jump Street // Freak
Hercules (Trailer & Film Placement) // Jungle (X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons)
Hercules (Trailer & Film Placement) // Jungle (X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons)
"Jungle" by X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons is featured in the trailer and end credits for the film Hercules starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, in theaters now!

Get the song at iTunes, and check out the trailer below:
Permalink | Tags: X Ambassadors // Film Placements // Trailer Placements // Jungle // Jamie N Commons // Hercules // End Credits // The Rock // Dwayne Johnson
SONGS at Billboard Awards
SONGS at Billboard Awards
Lorde took home two awards at last night's Billboard Awards including Top New Artist & Top Rock Song ("Royals") and also performed her new single, "Tennis Court" for the first time on television.
  

Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise (Remix)" featuring SONGS writer, Nelly, won Top Country Song & Jason Derulo performed "Talk Dirty" (SONGS Writers Balkan Beat Box).

Permalink | Tags: Nelly // Lorde // Balkan Beat Box // Billboard // Cruise // Talk Dirty // Tennis Court