Bug Music Publishing, the largest independent contemporary music publisher in the world, has claimed eight songs in the Top 100 for the first quarter of 2010, as reported in Billboard’s publishers quarterly, up 29% from a year ago. The company currently holds the No. 6 spot in Billboard’s Top Publishers Chart and the No. 7 spot on Billboard’s Top Country Publishers Chart.
During the first quarter of 2010 the company held shares in eight Top 100 charting hits. Recent deals have included signing multi-platinum songwriter/producer Lucas Secon, multi-platinum, acclaimed country songwriter Gordie Sampson, Paul Westerberg from seminal alt-rock band The Replacements, re-signing the Grammy Award winning band Wilco and, under the banner of Arthouse Entertainment, signings of producer/songwriter Mitch Allan and multi-platinum producer/songwriter Mike Elizondo.
”The Bug writers and the entire team continue to hit all of the right notes and knock it out,” says John Rudolph, CEO of Bug Music. “Pound for pound, we continue to have more charting and award winning hits than our major competitors who are 10 times bigger. I am very proud to be associated with all of our
songwriters who constantly give it their best. Creative A&R is not dead!”
Bug Music’s increase of 29% is based on Billboard’s analysis of U.S radio airplay, quarter by quarter. In the first quarter of 2010 Bug Music held 3.6% of the Top Publishers market share and 3.9% of the Top Country Publishers.
This week at the 2010 BMI Music Awards, Bug Music writers picked up six awards. Honors were given to Kara DioGuardi, Kings of Leon’s Jared and Matthew Followill, writer Josh Hartzler and Sean Garrett.
Earlier this year at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Bug Music received a record number of 65 Grammy nominations, in nearly every category across the board. The publishing group took home a total of 15 Grammy awards, including the marquee Record of the Year for Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody.” Kings of Leon were also awarded for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best Rock Song for “Use Somebody.” Winning Grammy Awards in 10 different categories, Bug Music received nominations in a diverse 40 separate categories across all musical genres.
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