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.
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!
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”.
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.