News Music Industry 13/10/2017

Big Deal Music Group Celebrates Five Years Of Expansive Growth And Success

Big Deal Music Group Celebrates Five Years Of Expansive Growth And Success

New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Celebrating its fifth anniversary as one of the most dynamic, fastest growing companies in the industry, Big Deal Music announces the formation of Big Deal Music Group. The new umbrella will house the existing companies Big Deal Music Publishing, Words & Music Administration and Big Deal Media, a recently developed content division, as well as other related ventures yet to come.

With a roster ranging from iconic, headline rock acts like My Morning Jacket and Sleater-Kinney to jazz innovator Kamasi Washington and Grammy-winning songwriter Dan Wilson, Big Deal's five year run of remarkable growth and success include a Grammy Award for St. Vincent, multiple #1 singles across several formats, and the launch of a groundbreaking company initiative that creates a new business structure for some of today's top songwriters.

"The past five years have felt like Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" said Big Deal Music Group President and co-founder, Kenny MacPherson. "We've grown from a small independent publishing company with a handful of clients and a three person staff, to a top 10, self-administered publishing group with global reach. We felt it was time to organize our teams to better serve the needs of our songwriters and artists in this continually evolving music business climate."

That evolution has resulted in the company's recent alliances with peermusic, Mushroom Group, Because Music, Native Tongue and The David Gresham Entertainment Group as global sub-publishers for the future. Additionally, the company launched Big Deal Media, for producing master recordings as well as digital content such as the acclaimed songwriting podcast AND THE WRITER IS… a venture with hit songwriters Ross Golan, Joe London and Mega House Music.

Big Deal Music Publishing was founded in September 2012, by former Chrysalis Music colleagues Kenny MacPherson, Jamie Cerreta, Dave Ayers, along with Pete Robinson, and veteran artist manager Michael McDonald. Casey Robison signed on shortly thereafter to head the pop division.

2015 proved to be a pivotal year for Big Deal Music, continuing to grow the roster and staff, and launching Global Music Initiatives, targeting opportunities for their talent by leveraging data and emerging technologies in the digital space. As 2015 drew to a close, Big Deal acquired Nashville-based administration company, Words & Music, transforming the company, according to MacPherson, into "a 21st Century music company -- adaptable, flexible, with a real guerrilla attitude." Early this year, the company heralded its expanding global objectives by opening an office in London headed by former BMG Co-Head of A&R/VP Creative, Kate Sweetsur.

5-Year Highlights Include:
• Recently occupied two of the three top positions on Top 40 radio charts with Niall Horan's #1 "Slow Hands" (co-written by John Ryan & Julian Bunetta) and Shawn Mendes' "There's Nothing Holding Me Back" (co-penned and produced by Teddy Geiger).
• #1 Billboard Top 200 Album and #1 Country Album - Thomas Rhett "Life Changes" (co-written by Joe London, Julian Bunetta and John Ryan)
• #1 Billboard Country Album "Happy Endings" by Old Dominion (Brad Tursi)
• Awards such as ACM Single Record of the Year, CMA Single of the Year and BMI Country Song Of The Year, ("Die a Happy Man," Thomas Rhett), Triple J Album of the Year (Utopia Defeated, D.D Dumbo), ASCAP Pop Music Award (Travis Scott, "Antidote"), Independent Icon Award (Nick Lowe), BMI Song of the Year ("Stitches," Shawn Mendes), American Music Prize (Kamasi Washington) Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album (St. Vincent), Americana Award for Best New Artist (Shakey Graves), AMP Award (Sylvan Esso), NSAI Award (Brad Tursi)
• Chart-topping singles -- #1 Single Billboard Country Airplay ("The Fighter," Keith Urban ft. Carrie Underwood), #1 Billboard 200 Album (Illuminate, Shawn Mendes), #1 Top 40 single (Maroon 5, "Don't Wanna Know"), #1 at Top 40 Radio ("Stitches," Shawn Mendes), Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 single ("Perfect," One Direction), #1 Dance Club Song, ("Chains," Nick Jonas)
• Platinum hits -- Nick Jonas' "Chains," written by Danny Parker, has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. Travis Scott's "Antidote," co-written by Thomas Brenneck, Homer Steinweiss and Dave Guy, certified Triple Platinum.
• Since its launch in January 2017, And The Writer Is... has been a fixture among the top 20 music genre podcasts at iTunes, in the top 5% of all podcasts. Produced by multi-platinum songwriters Ross Golan and Joe London, it's been praised by Rolling Stone, Billboard, The LA Times and Forbes. The podcast returned for a second season in September with an interview with Jack Antonoff. Upcoming guests include Thomas Rhett, Dan Wilson, Lindy Robbins and Babyface.

Big Deal Music Group is a full service publishing company giving new meaning to the term artist-driven. With offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and London, Big Deal is a human-scaled, deeply committed, truly independent publishing company whose staff is dedicated to maximizing opportunities for the artists and writers on its roster with the aim of helping them achieve productive careers in a nurturing environment. Big Deal Music Group provides a meaningful alternative for those creative individuals who prefer an active one-on-one relationship with an experienced publishing partner; and represents some of the industry's premier artists, bands, and songwriters such as St. Vincent, Ray LaMontagne, My Morning Jacket, Dan Wilson, John Ryan & Brad Tursi.

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