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August 9, 2021

August News

  • View Webcasts of Panels – One of the many benefits of membership is our archive of past panels and webinars.  If you missed our State Of The Music Business Post-Pandemic, Music Royalties, Music Publishing 101 to 301 or Music Publishing Summer Camp Part 1 webinars, members can view them here.  All are welcome to view a sampling of video clips here
  • BLACKPINK's Rosé has been on a hot streak lately with her series of cover songs and the newest entry in her growing portfolio is one of the best so far. Once again appearing in a bayside setting with twinkling lights in the background on the South Korean variety show Sea of Hope, the singer set up behind a keyboard for an unplugged run through the Killers' 2008 Sam's Town single "Read My Mind."  Learn more about working in the Asian music market at our August 19th webinar!
  • MDRCs: The ‘Archaic’ Contract Clause That’s Harmed Many Songwriters - It might seem reasonable to expect a professional songwriter to have two songs officially released over the course of a year, and certainly within five or 10 years. But as many have found out, it’s not that simple.  Read more here
  • Primary Wave Scores Significant Stake in Prince’s Estate - Following buyouts from multiple heirs, the independent music publisher and talent management company Primary Wave has acquired a significant stake in Prince’s estate.  Read more here
  • Aretha Franklin’s Handprints Unveiled Outside Detroit Museum - On Sunday, August 1st on Legends Plaza, coinciding with the opening of a new, temporary museum exhibit on Franklin, who died in 2018.  Read more here
  • Copyright Office Further Extends Timing Adjustments for Persons Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency - These emergency modifications previously were set to continue through July 10, 2021. In light of the ongoing national emergency, however, the Register is extending these modifications for up to an additional sixty days, through September 8, 2021. For additional information, please visit the Office’s Coronavirus page.
  • ASCAP members Amy Grant and Buddy Cannon have been elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The esteemed storytellers will be officially inducted during the “50-51” edition of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on Monday, November 1, 2021, at the Music City Center. The new group of inductees-elect will be honored alongside the previously named Class of 2020 that includes ASCAP members Steve Earle, Bobbie Gentry, Brett James and Spooner Oldham.
  • BMI was saddened to learn of the passing of Joseph “Dusty” Hill, longtime bass player and songwriter of ZZ Top, whose death at the age of 72 was recently announced. Boasting a sound as immediately recognizable as their signature image of long, shaggy beards, ZZ Top perfected a distinctive blend of blues-based hard rock with an irrepressible groove. First surfacing in the early `70s, the enigmatic Houston trio unleashed a string of hit records such as Rio Grand Mud, Tres Hombres, and Fandango!, delivering singles like “La Grange,” “Tush,” “Cheap Sunglasses” and many others. As one third of one of the longest-running line-ups in rock history, Dusty Hill played bass and keyboards, co-wrote songs and occasionally sang lead vocals alongside vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Billy Gibbons and drummer/songwriter Frank Beard (ironically the only member without facial hair) for over half a century.
  • SESAC congratulates affiliate Ken Fleet for co-writing a Billboard #1 selling album; "Seventeen's 'Your Choice' Arrives at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Album Sales Chart." 
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