February 8, 2023

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Zaytoven sold the catalog to Ultra International Music Publishing

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Ultra International Music Publishing Signed by the Atlanta-based songwriter and producer Zaytoven, whose catalog includes work by Future, Travis Scott and Migos, a co-publishing deal that will focus on developing new music. The deal will aim to further strengthen its ongoing collaboration with the company in Los Angeles, Atlanta and London.

UIMP has fully acquired Zaytoven’s remaining co-publishing interest in addition to the writer’s portion of his existing catalog, which includes 560 songs written between 2005 and 2022, including Migos’ “Versace,” Travis Scott’s “3500,” Lil Wayne’s “Problem,” and 21 Savage’s “Famous,” among others.

He has also released collaborative projects with artists including, but not limited to, Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty, Jack Harlow, and Usher, whose album “Raymond vs. Raymond,” for which Zaytoven won a Grammy Award in 2011 for working as a collaborator. Producer Zaytoven recently helped co-produce Quavo’s tribute song for deceased Migos rapper Takeoff called “Without You” with Mike Dean.

UIMP Founder and CEO Patrick Moxey said, “Zytoven is an extraordinary talent. He is the father of trap music and a driving force behind much of how we define the genre. Gucci Mane, Migos, Future – he’s been with these artists since early 2004 to the present day. I am proud to announce that after working with him since 2007 we are focused on future success.”

+ Tuncore (Owned by Believe) Rapper Tapped pappus As head of hip-hop for the company. He will report directly to TuneCore’s CEO, Andreea Gleeson, and lead the company’s Artist Ambassador program for hip-hop and rap, scouting rising talent on behalf of the music distribution service.

Papoose will be responsible for overseeing artist education and career counseling workshops, acting as brand advisor for TuneCore’s new programs and innovative technology launches.

“For my entire career, everybody knows what I stand for: freedom,” Pappus said. “For me, being in this position with TuneCore where I can directly contribute and help other self-publishing artists is like magic. I understand what it’s like to be in the studio, on the road, chasing your dreams as an artist, and I’m excited to help new and upcoming artists make their dreams come true.”

According to the news release, TuneCore and Papoose will aim to increase the value of self-publishing artists through their new partnership, with hopes of expanding “educational programs to benefit and inspire independent creators worldwide.”

In addition to his new role with TuneCore, Papoose also announced the February 10 release of his latest single, “Makin Plays (feet. Jim Jones and Jaquae).”

+ Whitney-Gail Benta has joined JKBX, a new music-investment platform founded by Orchard co-founder and Warner Music Chief Innovation Officer Scott Cohen as its first Chief Music Officer. Benta most recently served as global head of artist and talent relations for Spotify.

Pronounced “Jukebox,” the company aims to create a new asset class by fractionalizing ownership of music royalties so fans can share in the financial rewards of the music they consume. The platform, expected to launch in 2023, will market billions of dollars worth of exclusively licensed catalogs, making it the world’s largest music rights platform. JKBX will be the world’s largest music royalty platform creating a new asset class that will not disrupt existing players.

Benta previously held top positions at Facebook, Def Jam Recordings, and helped launch Diddy’s Revolt TV and Media Network in 2013. In a previous post on MTV News, Jay-Z earned recognition from the United Nations for his efforts to bring clean water to underserved areas in Africa.

+ concord rented Colton McGee For the position of Senior VP of Business and Legal Affairs Concord Label Group. McGee will report to Greg Goldman, executive VP of business and legal affairs, and will work out of Concord’s Nashville headquarters.

In his new role, McGee will support Concorde Label Group and Craft Recordings by managing new artist signings, acquisitions and historical rights. Before coming to Concord, McGee spent 13 years at Nashville’s BBR Music Group and was a key player in the 2017 acquisition of BBR by BMG. Since 2017, McGee has managed business and legal affairs for both BBR Music Group and BMG.

“I am thrilled to welcome Colton to Concord,” said Goldman. “As Concorde continues to expand, it is imperative that we have people who understand the complexities of acquisitions as well as a deep appreciation for artists and a love of music. Colton exemplifies all these.”

+ BMG promoted Jozami haha In the role of Executive VP of Recorded Music, Nashville. Hahr will oversee day-to-day operations at the division, which includes the BBR label group and its roster and imprints Broken Bow Records, Stony Creek Records and Wheelhouse Records. He will continue to report to John Loba, president of BMG Nashville.

In 2020, JoJamie Hahr was promoted to Senior VP of BBR Music Group, overseeing all artist project strategy, brand partnerships, strategic marketing, as well as digital and creative efforts for each of BBR Music Group’s three aforementioned imprints.

This executive has been with BBR Music Group for eight years; Previously serving as VP of Promotion and then VP of Marketing, Hahr took the helm of the then newly formed marketing division at BBR Music Group before being promoted to SVP of the label group. Prior to joining the BBR team, Hahr served as National Director of Field Promotions for Valerie Music Co. after being promoted from Director of SE Promotions & Marketing. His 20 years in the industry include stops at UMG, WSIX and WWKA.

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