Warner Chappell renews global deal with South Korea-based publisher 153/Joombas

Hyuk Shin

Warner Chappell Music Korea has renewed its global partnership deal with 153/Joombas Publishing, covering the entire catalog of the latter company including songs written for acts like BTS, EXO, GOT7 and SEVENTEEN.

The latest agreement builds on an existing partnership between the two companies that dates back to 2018.

153/Joombas’ catalog also includes songs written for K-Pop stars like aespa, (G)I-DLE, ITZY, IU, Lim Young-woong, Monsta X, NCT DREAM, Red Velvet, Stray Kids, and Taeyeon.

The publishing house was established in 2012 by South Korean record producer Hyuk Shin, whose production team A-Rex, produced Justin Bieber’s RIAA-certified triple platinum song One Less Lonely Girl.

Hyuk also masterminded EXO’s breakthrough single Growl, discovered Blackbear in Atlanta before he was a household name, and launched the career of DEAN by executive producing his albums that won numerous awards, according to the release.

To date, 153/Joombas has earned nine No.1 domestic chart debuts and multiple No.1 entries on the Billboard World Album Chart. It has a roster of nearly 100 writers.

“153/Joombas Publishing and our talented roster of writers can’t wait to join forces with our friends at Warner Chappell Music Korea again,” Hyuk Shin said of the deal with WMC Korea.

“This partnership has enabled us to access a global network of creatives, as well as services that have effectively enhanced our resources and grown our reach. We are very excited about this new deal and can’t wait to celebrate many more successes together.”

For WMC, the deal marks its latest move in Korea after bringing back its in-studio songwriting camps in June. The two-week songwriting camp brought together songwriters from across the world to collaborate and write future hits for South Korean artists and labels like IST Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, SM Entertainment and Starship Entertainment.

“Warner Chappell Music is home to a vast catalog of iconic K-pop songs,” said WCM Korea General Manager CJ Kim said. “Joining forces with 153/Joombas Publishing again will further strengthen and solidify our position as a leader in K-pop music. We are pleased to elevate our alliance to a new level, and can’t wait to take their incredible songwriters with us on our journey as we continue to maximise the opportunities and value for K-pop music in unprecedented ways.”

153/Joombas Publishing has been WCM Korea’s key music publishing partner in South Korea in the past several years, according to Brian Jenkins, Vice President of Business Development, Asia Pacific for WCM.

“Utilizing our worldwide network and resources, we have introduced their music to many new fans from around the world. We are delighted that we have renewed our collaboration. With our shared vision, I know that we’ll accomplish great things together and put more K-pop songs on the map,” Jenkins added.

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