Rod Goes to Bollywood

 

 

The second highest grossing Bollywood movie of 2019 features NSA composition, “Everyday” as recorded by rap king, A$AP Rocky, and featuring Knight of the Realm, Sir Rod Stewart.

The film is Gully Boy, an Indian musical drama about a poor college student with a love of rap music.  Growing up in the slums of Mumbai, protagonist Murad writes poems and lyrics to express himself and his dissatisfaction with his life’s circumstances. With dreams of fame, he participates in underground rap battles and gains notoriety on social media before embarking on his dream career.  The film is inspired by the stories of real-life Indian rappers Divine and Naezy.

“Everyday” was produced by Mark Ronson and samples Rod Stewart’s vocals from the classic recording, “In a Broken Dream” (another NSA composition), which features on most of Rod’s “Best of” compilation albums and is regarded by many as one of his finest moments (out of many).  “Everyday” was previously featured in the film, Baywatch, and this placement takes Rod from the beach to Bollywood.

New Songs Administration’s catalogue includes an impressive array of compositions, including a share of worldwide mega-hit “Uptown Funk”, and compositions “Here Comes Summer” (UK #1 in 1959), “Almost There” recorded by Andy Williams, and the English National Treasure, “The Laughing Policeman”. NSA also administers the A. Schroeder catalogue with its wealth of songs recorded by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Cliff Richard, and well-known boy band, The Beatles.

“NSA’s managing director, John Fogarty, says, “This [placement] shows that music has no boundaries.  In the first instance, a rap god samples a rock god, and then the new recording ends up in an Indian movie about hip hop — fantastic!”

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Welcome to Bollywood, Rod!

John Fogarty’s New Songs Administration acquires the Lynn Hatch Music Catalogue

John Fogarty’s New Songs Administration (NSA) has acquired the Lynn Hatch Music catalogue from composer and recording artist, Jerry Keller.

Amongst the works acquired is the 1958 worldwide hit, “Here Comes Summer”, which Keller wrote and recorded. The song reached No. 1 on the UK charts and No. 14 in Billboard, and was covered by various artists including Cliff Richard and The Dave Clark Five.

Also included is “Almost There”, co-written by Keller & Gloria Shayne, which was a major hit for Andy Williams in 1965, reaching No. 2 in the UK and also covered by Brenda Lee.

Keller also wrote the English language versions of the songs comprising the score of the classic French film, “A Man and a Woman” (“Un Homme et une femme”), which are also part of the catalogue.

NSA was formed in 2014 prior to the sale of Minder Music by Fogarty to BMG.  Minder Music included a treasure trove of works recorded by The Gap Band, Fatback, Jimmy Castor, Blondie, Ace, The Impressions, The Fall, and many others.

NSA was founded to handle works retained by Fogarty after the sale of Minder, including a share of worldwide mega-hit “Uptown Funk”. Amongst the other works owned by NSA are Python Lee Jackson/Rod Stewart’s “In A Broken Dream” (publishing and master), A$AP Rocky’s “Everyday”, and the English National Treasure, “The Laughing Policeman”.

NSA also administers the A. Schroeder catalogue with its wealth of songs recorded by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Cliff Richard, and well-known boy band, The Beatles.

NSA signed a worldwide administration deal with BMG in 2017. Fogarty says, “Knowing that I have the back-room expertise of BMG behind me gives me a great deal of confidence. They are great to work with and it’s a pleasure being in business with a company that understands the world of independent music publishing.”

John Fogarty and New Songs Administration featured in Music Week

John Fogarty receives BMI Award on behalf of New Songs Administration for 4 million performances of “Uptown Funk”.

John Fogarty is pictured in Music Week receiving the BMI Award on behalf of New Songs Administration for 4 million performances of “Uptown Funk”.  The caption reads:  “The only way is Uptown.  John Fogarty, founder of New Songs Administration, recently received a BMI award for four million performances of Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk in the USA — achieving what other songs have taken 50 years to do in just four years.”  A monumental accomplishment indeed.

Funked Up 4!

L to R Mike O’Neill (President and CEO, BMI), John Fogarty (NSA), Jon Miller (BMI London)

John Fogarty of New Songs Administration receives a BMI award for 4 million performances of “Uptown Funk” in the USA.  This is a phenomenal achievement for the song which first charted less than 4 years ago in 2014.

For perspective, several classic songs from the 1960’s at the same awards ceremony were receiving awards for 3 and 4 million performances.  “Uptown Funk” has achieved in 4 years what other classic songs have taken 50 years to achieve in terms of US airplay.

Not bad for an indie publisher either!

Fatback Band founder Bill Curtis visits BMG London HQ with NSA’s John Fogarty

Bill Curtis, founder of legendary funk masters Fatback Band visits BMG London HQ with John Fogarty (founder of Minder Music and NSA) to meet with BMG MD Alistair Norbury’s team (pictured L-R John Fogarty, Bill Curtis, & Alistair Norbury)

Bill Curtis, founder of legendary funk masters, The Fatback Band and New Songs Administration founder John Fogarty visited BMG’s London headquarters to meet with MD Alistair Norbury and team.

Fogarty was the longtime publisher of the Fatback catalogue through his previous company, Minder Music, which was acquired by BMG in 2015.  In addition to running NSA’s operations, Fogarty remains a consultant to BMG on works in the Minder catalogue.

Fatback works have consistently been covered and/or sampled, most famously by Dr. Dre who illegally sampled the band’s “Backstrokin’”, costing him over $1,000,000 after a high-profile court case in Los Angeles brought by Fogarty on behalf of Minder.

Fatback works continue to set trends with the new Chaka Khan song, “Wild Sugar”  heavily sampling their classic hit “Bus Stop”.

John Fogarty and Abby Schroeder visit with PRS Chairman Nigel Elderton

(L to R) NSA owner and founder John Fogarty, Abby Shroeder, PRS Chairman Nigel Elderton

Abby Schroeder, widow of the legendary songwriter Aaron Schroeder, visited the PRS Kings Cross office last week to meet with PRS Chairman and staff.

Pictured here with Mrs. Schroeder are John Fogarty, owner and founder of New Songs Administration on the left and PRS Chairman Nigel Elderton on the right.

Aaron Schroeder wrote worldwide evergreen hits such as “It’s Now or Never” and “Big Hunk of Love” for Elvis Presley, and his catalogue contains works recorded by The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Perry Como, Cliff Richard, Bobby Vee, Roy Orbison, and others.

NSA is proud to include the Aaron Schroeder catalogue as part of its repertoire.