Sony Music, Tainy’s Neon16 and Tommy Mottola found 22 Publishing Company

Sony Music Publishing Latin has entered into a global partnership with Tainy and Lex Borrero’s neon 16along with an experienced music manager Tommy Mottolato start his new publishing house with the name 22 Publish.

The new agreement will help create opportunities for the company’s roster in music, film and television. 22 Publishing’s songwriting and producing team includes Albert Hype (Kali Uchis’ Telepatia, Shakira’s Te Felicito), Jota Rosa (Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti, Selena Gomez’s Baila Conmigo), Gaby Morales ( Dalex’s “Hola” and Yandel’s “Deja Vu”), Ivanni Rodriguez (J Balvin and Tainy’s “Un Dia” and “Agua”), as well as up-and-coming talent like Rozo, Jodosky and Dylan Fuentes. Mottola also sees the partnership back in business with Sony Music, where he was chairman and CEO between 1988 and 2003.

“Our goal is to create a platform for producers and songwriters to build their brand and business beyond music. 22 will go beyond the maintenance of their music and catalog and give our writers the opportunity to develop their limitless potential,” said Borrero.

+ Pop singer songwriter Hailey house has signed a deal with producer Gregg Wattenberg Arcade Records in a joint venture with Elektra Records.

Following the new deal, Haus also revealed her debut single for the label, Flavor of the Month. She added, “I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to work with Arcade x Elektra to make this lifetime dream a reality. They made me feel supported and part of the family. I am so optimistic about our future!”

+ Anderson.Paak tapped industry veteran Crystal Miles to take over the reins of his newly founded label Apeshit as general manager. Miles is a longtime partner of .Paak’s and works on their day-to-day management team.

In her new role, Miles will oversee business development for the label, as well as running music and management initiatives. Apeshit signed a deal with Universal Music Group in November 2021 and was quick to announce jazz duo Domi and JD Beck as their initial signers.

In nominating Miles to her new role, Paak said, “Krystal has been my ride or die for years. When they see me, they see her, and I’m so proud to see her grow into leadership. This is just the beginning of their incredible journey and I am honored to be a part of it.”

+ Domino records has a new electronic/dance imprint called smugglers way with French house music figures Alan Braxe and DJ Falcon.

The duo also have a new collaborative EP, Step By Step, due out in late June, which features a collaboration with Panda Bear. This will be Falcon’s first original music release in almost 20 years. Domino Records will also be re-issuing Braxe’s 2005 French house compilation The Upper Cuts later this year, complete with new and unreleased material.

+ song clip has entered into a multi-year global strategic partnership with Universal Music Group and Universal Music Publishing Group. They will integrate music from UMG and UMPG’s global artist and songwriter roster “as a feature” into consumer applications and across global social platforms to manage and facilitate search, catalog and compliance, licensing, royalty payments and reporting. Songclip’s suite of technologies ensures that all music is properly tracked and licensed.

“Our ongoing, high-level relationship with Songclip allows us to expand our reach in the digital ecosystem with appropriate management and monetization for our artists’ music intellectual property,” said Michael Nash, Executive VP, Digital Strategy, UMG.

+ you records is the newly formed record label of Asanni Armon and Sergio Rivera focused on providing opportunities in music for black trans artists. According to the announcement, Them Records is dedicated to identifying and developing Black trans artists across genres to give them the skills needed to pursue sustainable creative careers. Including Armon and Rivera, the label has signed six artists so far: Demi Vee, Rapture and the Holy, Underground and Sunchild.

+ BRIC, the organization best known for supporting the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park, has announced Wes-Jackson as their newly appointed president of the organization, effective July 18. Jackson began his career producing concerts for Nas, The Roots, Dave Matthews Band, The Fugees and A Tribe Called Quest. His first company, Seven Heads Entertainment, helped launch the careers of Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Talib Kweli, El-P (Run the Jewels), Common and others. Jackson later founded and directed the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, an annual event that ran for 15 years with the aim of honoring hip-hop culture and the borough of Brooklyn.

“Wes Jackson is a thinker and a doer. We are inspired by his approach to leadership, entrepreneurship, arts and culture, public service, creativity, relentlessness, science, integrity and curiosity, and his love of Brooklyn. Leading BRIC into its bright and evolving future while embracing transformation, growth and innovation will be an extension of his life’s work,” said Michael Liburd, Chief Executive Officer of BRIC.

+ Epic Records promoted Dylan Brewer to Vice President of Marketing and Experiential, as announced by Executive Vice President and Marketing Director David Bell. Brewer will be based at Epic’s Los Angeles headquarters.

Brewer joined Epic in 2018 as Marketing Director, where he led marketing strategy for Ozzy Osbourne, Madison Beer, Bakar, BEAM, AG Club, Headie One, J Hus and many others. He began his career at Google, where he worked on music initiatives with Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez, The 1975 and The Kooks. He then moved to digital marketing at Def Jam, running campaigns for Justin Bieber, Pusha T and more.

Bell said, “Dylan is a world-class marketing executive with an unparalleled vision for innovation and creativity. He continually pushes the envelope on each project to ensure the campaigns are tailor-made for the artist and their fans. Having worked with Dylan from the beginning of his career, I’m honored to announce this well-deserved promotion.”

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