Downtown Music Publishing is on a bit of a roll.
The independent New York-born rights company made waves in the global business last month when it acquired more than 170 copyrights from smash songwriter Ryan Tedder.
Amongst other moves, this year, it expanded into Japan (via a partnership with Avex), signed a partnership with Big Yellow Dog – Meghan Trainor’s Nashville-based publisher – and acquired Nikki Sixx’s complete Mötley Crüe publishing catalogue.
Now, it’s signed a bona fide global star. Niall Horan has inked a multi-territory music publishing administration agreement with Downtown – which, interestingly enough, was also the publishing admin partner of One Direction.
The announcement comes on the heels of the release of Horan’s second single, Slow Hands, which has already hit #1 on iTunes in 47 countries.
Horn’s debut single as a solo artist, This Town, was the first track to ever debut at #1 on Billboard’s Social 50 Chart and recently earned the artist a Platinum Award for songwriting from the National Music Publishers Association.
This Town also peaked at the top of the charts in 61 countries and Top 5 in 78 countries.
As a member of One Direction, Horan co-wrote tracks on every one of the group’s five albums.
In 2015, 1D set the record for most Top 10 song debuts, including the multi-platinum Horan co-write “Story of My Life,” which topped the global charts.
Founded in 2007, Downtown Music Publishing runs offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, London, Amsterdam, and Tokyo.Music Business Worldwide