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Music News (6/15/22)

[ 0 ] June 15, 2022 | |

Stone Aielli Inks With Warner Chappell Music

Pictured (L-R): Leslie Roberts (BMI), Will Overton (WCM), Stone Aielli, Matt Cottingham (attorney), and Ben Vaughn (WCM)

Singer, songwriter, and producer Stone Aielli has signed a global publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music.

Aielli moved to Nashville from Charlottesville, Virginia in 2016. Having spent most of his life close to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, he worked continuously collecting song ideas while operating his farm, until finally moving to Nashville to pursue a career in songwriting.

He has penned songs for numerous artists, including Priscilla Block‘s current single “My Bar” and fan-favorite “I Bet You Wanna Know.” He has also worked with Lexie Hayden on her track “Go To,” Emily Rose on “She’s Got Wings,” and landed two regional No. 1s on Texas radio with Kylie Frey’s “Horses in Heaven” and “I Do Thing.”

He currently writes with artists and songwriters signed with major labels and publishers in Nashville, Los Angeles, Texas, and London.


SoundExchange, Sound Credit Partner To Streamline Monthly Royalty Payments

SoundExchange and Sound Credit have joined forces to increase the accuracy and efficiency of SoundExchange’s monthly royalty distributions to registered creators. The new partnership will provide more accurate data on who should be paid for royalties, and follows the rollout of new digital tools and a new SoundExchange app.

Sound Credit is a global music credits platform dedicated to revolutionizing the supply chain of recordings from the studio through to the listener. The platform collects and compiles data on who contributed to a recording to increase the accuracy of royalty distributions and ensure that the right payments get to its contributors. Sound Credit’s software, including a new mobile app and an in-studio Creator Kiosk, allows creators to enter, edit, and export credits with ease to more than 40 platforms.

SoundExchange will now be able to receive and store Sound Credit’s contributor information to provide greater accuracy in paying creators when creating performer lineups. Creators will still need to register directly with SoundExchange to receive royalty payments.

“SoundExchange is committed to building a fairer, simpler, and more efficient music industry and that includes ensuring our monthly distributions are as accurate and streamlined as possible,” shares Michael Huppe, President and CEO of SoundExchange. “We are always looking for the best partners to help maximize the quality of our performer lineups and we look forward to partnering with Sound Credit and others to advance this goal.”

“This integration means that music creators can use any device to enter information into one platform, click a button, and deliver credits to Sound Exchange among over 40 other critical destinations and formats,” adds Gebre Waddell, founder and CEO of Sound Credit.

Templeton Thompson & Sam Gay Sign With ORiGiN Music Publishing In Australia

Templeton Thompson & Sam Gay

Templeton Thompson and Sam Gay have inked a sub-publishing agreement with ORiGiN Music Publishing in Sydney Australia. This agreement includes their Connected at the Hit Songs and BoatPony Music catalogs.

The signing news comes on the heels of their 11 singles on the Australian country radio charts with 10 No. 1s on the iTunes Australia Country chart.

In addition to their hits in Australia, Thompson’s and Gay’s songs have been recorded by the likes of Reba McEntire, Little Texas, Montgomery Gentry, Ricky Van Shelton, and Jo Dee Messina, among others. Individually and collectively, their songs have been used in films such as Dr. Dolittle 3 and the Lifetime Christmas movie Every Other Holiday. Gay also wrote and produced the soundtrack for the film Dogs On The Inside.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this collaboration with the team at ORiGiN!” says Gay. “We’re so grateful to legendary Australian producer Rod McCormack, Aussie country icon Gina Jeffreys, Vixens of Fall and Courtney Keil for doing such an amazing job with the songs we’ve all written! The only missing piece has been a relationship with an Australian publisher. ORiGiN Music is a perfect fit to oversee our catalogs and open the door to even more creative opportunities in that part of the world.”

“We’re so blessed to be working with the wonderful folks at ORiGiN and can’t wait to see what the future holds!” Thompson adds.

Jillian Jacqueline Talks ‘Honestly,’ Her Debut Album Years In The Making [Interview]

Jillian Jacqueline. Photo: Courtesy of Red Light Management

Jillian Jacqueline first rolled into Nashville 14 years ago with the dream of putting out her own album.

However, the format at the time wasn’t as conducive to longer-form projects from new artists, forcing Jacqueline to release a string of singles and EPs that have garnered her moderate success and over 100 million streams, including “Reasons,” “God Bless This Mess” which she co-wrote with Lori McKenna, and “If I Were You” featuring Keith Urban.

But this Friday (June 10), the budding singer-songwriter will finally release her debut, full-length project through Virgin Music. Aptly titled Honestly, the 11-track record finds Jacqueline at her most raw and innocent, giving listeners a peek behind the curtain into her thoughts about love and life which she’s yet to explore musically.

“I was actually talking to a friend about [the level of honesty in this album] because we shot one of the music videos for the song on the record called ‘Iconic,’ and it ended up being this visual love letter to my husband. It scared the shit out of me because I was like, ‘Can I show people all these images of our lives?’ They said, ‘That’s what your album is. You’re finally telling people your real story,'” Jacqueline explains to MusicRow. “[Honestly] feels very innocent, in a way, like the way that I sing about love, which I’ve never really done before. It feels like a very faithful, wide-eyed, hopeful version of myself that I don’t always let people see.”

Originally born in the summer of 2019, Honestly is a project nearly three years in the making, which went through a few different lives before arriving at its final form. Within those three years, Jacqueline lost her first label deal with Big Loud Records, married her husband and producer Bryan Brown, and had their first child.

“[When I first started making Honestly] it was more of a panic move. It was kind of like, ‘I have to start making music because I need to prove to myself that I’m supposed to be here and this is what I’m supposed to be doing.’ A lot of insecurity went into the first batch,” Jacqueline shares. “If you look at the original track list, so many songs that we were [so excited about] actually died off. We tried iterations of them over and over again, but they just never felt right.”

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