THR Names Music's 35 Top Hitmakers
This story first appeared in the Feb. 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
As major publishers urgently expand their rosters, Songs Music Publishing gets increasingly strategic with the talent they acquire. Ron Perry, the company’s president and head of A&R, is the maestro curating that line-up. A former executive at EMI until 2004, his follow-through is vigilant: After signing songwriters, he makes it his business to forge smart collaborations for them -- greasing the wheels for radio play and licensing deals (Gucci, Nissan, Victoria’s Secret). Last year, he paired his songwriters Matt Theissen (Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson) and Brian Lee (Lady Gaga) with Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen to yield the top 10 hit “Good Time.”
Someone who is an “artist, writer, and [licensing] sync machine is the best thing for me,” he says. “Q-Tip does that, so does Dev.” And he’s not afraid to get incestuous. Perry merely dipped into his roster to put the latter, the electropop singer who scored big hits with “In the Dark” and “Like a G6,” in a room with Grammy-nominated producer Diplo (Beyoncé, Usher) and DJ Mustard (2 Chainz, Tyga) for her upcoming release. “Years ago, publishers hustled for records,” says Perry, who was born in Israel and raised in New Jersey. “Diplo had every option under the sun. But he took less money to sign with us because he wants someone who’s going to wake up every day and think about how to further his career.”
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