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By and | Published on Tuesday 25 October 2022

Youngboy Never Broke Again


YoungBoy Never Broke Again has signed a new record deal with Universal Music’s Motownaccording to Billboard. He moves over from Warner Music’s Atlantic label. The deal is not unexpected as the rapper has been working with Motown on his own Never Broke Again label since last year.

Afrojack has extended his publishing deal with BMG. “After working together for fourteen years already, I’m still excited to be continuing the partnership with BMG”, says the producer. “We are building towards the future together and with the new studios, the future is looking very bright”.

Sony Music Publishing has signed Baby Queen to a worldwide publishing agreement. “I’m so excited to be working with Sony and with a team that truly understands who I am as a person and as an artist”, she says. “I know we’re going to do amazing things together!”

Concord Music Publishing has signed Omar Apollo to a worldwide publishing deal covering his full existing catalogue and future works. “Omar has already proven himself to be one of the most exciting artists, pushing music forward”, says Jeremy Yohai, the publisher’s SVP A&R.

Kobalt has agreed a new partnership with former Syco Records President Tyler Brown’s new publishing company Funfair Publishing, and together they have signed James Essien to a worldwide publishing agreement. “We are delighted to partner with Tyler for Funfair Publishing and super excited to work with him and his writers to establish a boutique publishing destination”, says Kobalt’s UK Head Of Creative Alison Donald. “He brings a wealth of expertise, knowledge, and an entrepreneurial spirit, and I have no doubt he will become a formidable publisher”.

Warner Chappell France has signed a worldwide co-publishing deal with producers Some 1ne and Machynist. “We’ve already been taking on more international projects and feel that Warner Chappell’s global presence will help us expand that side of what we do”, say the duo. “We’ve got some very interesting projects in the pipeline, so standby for more news from us soon”.

According to a Billboard report, music rights investment outfit HarbourView earlier this year acquired SoundHouse – which in turn had acquired recording royalty rights from numerous artists in recent years. The deal was reportedly worth about $325 million.



UK song rights collecting society PRS has announced that composer Julian Nott will become Chair of its Members Council from 1 Jan next year, taking over from Nigel Elderton of music publishing firm Peermusic. Alexander Kassner from music publisher Kassner Music will become Vice Chair, while Michelle Escoffery has been reappointed as President.

Ahmed Nureni has been named as the new General Manager of Warner Music Middle East. He will also remain GM of distributor Qanawat Music, which was acquired by Warner last year. “The dual role will allow me to harness synergies from both businesses and be thoughtful and strategic in the way we grow Warner Music Middle East’s artist roster”, he says. “There’s so much creative potential in our region and we’re only just beginning to tap into it”.



The Waeve – aka Graham Coxon and Rose Elinor Dougall – have released new single ‘Drowning’. Their debut album will be out on 3 Feb and they will be touring in March.

Gaye Su Akyol has released new single ‘Sen Benim Mağaramsın’. Her new album, ‘Anadolu Ejderi’, is out on 25 Nov.



Sigala will tour the UK and Ireland in March next year, including a show at Electric Brixton in London on 17 Mar. Tickets go on general sale on 28 Oct. A new album, titled ‘Every Cloud’, is also on the way.

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