WARNER CHAPPELL MUSIC KOREA AND MZMC INC. KOREA CO., LTD. SIGN GLOBAL PUBLISHING DEAL
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Warner Chappell Music Korea announced that it has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with MZMC Inc. Korea Co., Ltd., a prominent production and publishing company that leads the expansion of K-Pop in the global market.
Under the partnership, Warner Chappell Music is granted the global publishing administration rights to the entire catalogue of MZMC Inc. Korea Co., Ltd., including iconic songs such as ‘Fine’ by Taeyeon; ‘Ko Ko Bop’, ‘Love Shot’, and ‘Tempo’ by EXO; RBB (Really Bad Boy)’ by Red Velvet, as well as ‘We Go Up’ by NCT DREAM.
MZMC Inc. Korea Co., Ltd. is a pioneer in the Korean music industry, playing a critical role in the expansion of K-Pop throughout the rest of the world. With a roster of over 20 talented songwriters and producers, and a catalogue of nearly 250 songs, the company was founded by Paul Thompson (known professionally as MZMC), one of the most respected songwriters and producers in Korea.
Originally from California, Thompson is the mastermind behind many of the hottest K-pop songs in the region, and is the only non-Korean ever to be signed as an in-house songwriter by JYP Entertainment. He also worked in partnership with SM Entertainment before starting up his own MARZ Music Group, which became the first production company run by a non-Korean to be signed to Lee Soo Man’s publishing house, EKKO Music Rights.
Thompson later founded MZMC Inc. Korea Co., Ltd. in 2019, which has recently added an Artist Management Division to its business scope, and is working on the development and debut of a brand new female K-pop idol group.
Commenting on the alliance, Thompson said: “As MZMC Inc Korea Co., Ltd. continues to grow, uniting with a globally recognizable, powerful, and trend-setting publishing brand such as Warner Chappell Music is essential to expand our reach throughout the world. We are excited that Warner Chappell Music is now MZMC Inc Korea Co., Ltd.’s worldwide publishing partner and hope that, together, we can proliferate our unique music, songwriters, and artists to fans in all territories and regions of the world. Publishing is our business, but songwriting is our passion – we are grateful that Warner Chappell Music shares the same vision for the future of MZMC Inc Korea Co., Ltd. as we do!“
Brian Jenkins, Vice President of Business Development, Asia Pacific for Warner Chappell Music added: “MZMC Inc Korea Co., Ltd. has a strong brand and has signed and developed some of the best songwriters in the region. We couldn’t be more delighted to partner with Paul and his team to enhance their efforts, and help introduce their brilliant songwriters to new audiences around the world.”
CJ Kim, General Manager of Warner Chappell Music Korea, said: “This partnership represents another important step in Warner Chappell Music’s ongoing effort to strengthen and expand our position as a leader in K-pop music. We are delighted to join forces with MZMC Inc Korea Co., Ltd. and look forward to bringing more K-pop music to an ever-wider audience, maximising opportunities for their incredible work on a global scale.”
Source Warner Music Group
February 14, 2023 12:00am ET by Pressparty