Industry Pics: Brett Young, SESAC, ACM

Brett Young Celebrates RIAA Platinum Success

Pictured (L-R): Scott Borchetta, Brett Young, Jimmy Harnen

Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott BorchettaBrett Young, and BMLG Records CEO Jimmy Harnen recently celebrated Young’s fifth consecutive RIAA Platinum-certified, No. 1 single, “Here Tonight.”


SESAC Honors Rami Dawod As Pop Songwriter of the Year

Pictured (L-R): SESAC’s Mario Prins, SESAC Chairman/CEO John Josephson, SESAC President Kelli Turner, and Songwriter of the Year Rami Dawod. Photo: Teal Moss

SESAC hosted a dinner on Wednesday (Oct. 16) to celebrate affiliate songwriter Rami Dawod as Pop Songwriter of the Year. The song “Never Be The Same,” co-written by Dawod, along with Camila Cabello, Frank Dukes, Sasha Sloan and Jacob Olofsson, was also named Pop Song of the Year, with awards presented to Dawod and DAWODMUSIC. For the celebration, several music industry colleagues came together at Nobu in Malibu to recognize Dawod and the song’s success. “Never Be The Same,” recorded by Camila Cabello, became the artist’s third number one single and spent three weeks at the top of the charts. In addition, Rolling Stone ranked it No. 4 of the “50 Best Songs of 2018.”

“We’re beyond thrilled to honor Rami as SESAC’s Pop Songwriter of the Year,” said Sam Kling, SESAC SVP of Creative Operations. “We’re grateful to Rami and proud that he is part of the SESAC family, and we look forward to celebrating many more successes with him in the future.”

Dawod is a Grammy-Award winning writer/producer/artist, who has had a hand in creating multiple hits, including “Electricity,” performed by Mark Ronson and Silk City ft. Dua Lipa, which won him a Grammy for Best Dance Recording in 2018. Dawod makes up one half of the production duo Jarami alongside Olofsson. Earlier this year, Dawod joined the roster of independent music publisher Reservoir.


ACM Welcomes Travis Denning

Pictured (L-R): Jeremy Stover, RED; Angie Coonrod, Red Light Management; Travis Denning; RAC Clark, ACM Interim Executive Director; Jordan Ben-Hanania, Universal Music Group

The Academy of Country Music welcomed Universal Music Group artist Travis Denning to its Los Angeles office recently. Denning performed his current Top 40 single, “After a Few,” along with other songs from his upcoming project.


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