Sony/ATV Music Publishing has added to its Neighbouring Rights roster with the addition of signings including Mark Ronson and Snoop Dogg.
DJ Snake, Cedric Gervais, The Magician, Lily Wood & The Prick, Shift K3y, Blonde and AronChupa have also struck deals with the rapidly growing UK-based operation.
Launched last year, Sony/ATV’s Neighbouring Rights division launched with a line-up including Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers, Clean Bandit, Kiesza and the estate of Lou Reed.
Sony/ATV UK Managing Director and President of European Creative Guy Moot said: “Our Neighbouring Rights business continues to go from strength to strength and these additions to the roster will only make it stronger.
“It’s particularly gratifying to me to be reunited with Mark Ronson, someone who I have known and worked with over many years and who is deservedly having such an incredible year.
“He is the kind of artist who typifies what this division is all about. It’s set up to deliver a bespoke, focused and highly personal service to its clients, while is able to draw from the creative, business and administrative qualities of being part of the world’s leading music publishing company.”
The division is run by George Powell, who previously oversaw Neighbouring Rights at UK-based music licensing and rights organisation PPL.
Powell joined Sony/ATV in 2013 as head of the division.
He said: “It’s been a successful year during which we’ve focused hard on strengthening our roster with artists who will be complementary to what we do.
“As relatively new players in this sector, I am happy we’ve gained the respect and trust of some of the biggest names in the game and shown them the benefits of working with us in this field. Lower client numbers ensure we keep this personal and also that the high levels of admin required to do this properly don’t get diluted.”
The arrival of Mark Ronson to the division comes in a period in which he has scored the biggest-selling hit globally of the year with Uptown Funk!. Featuring Bruno Mars, it spent 14 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US.
Neighbouring Rights are rights related to the sound recording of a musical work and are due to the artists and musicians featured whenever there is a commercial exploitation of it such as through radio or TV airplay.Music Business Worldwide