Warner/Chappell inks deal with Strang

Publisher acquires Southside Independent

Cameron Strang has been named CEO of publishing giant Warner/Chappell Music, which has also acquired Strang’s company Southside Independent Music Publishing.

Warner/Chappell chairman-CEO David H. Johnson, who has held those roles since 2007, will stay on at the company as chair until July 1, when Strang will assume that role as well.

Strang has stepped down as prexy of New West Records, the indie roots music label he founded in 1998, and Michael Ruthig, general manager of the company, will oversee the company’s day-to-day operations.

Terms of Warner/Chappell’s purchase of Southside were not disclosed. Founded in 2004, Southside reps one of the hottest songwriters going, Bruno Mars, whom Strang signed as an unknown years ago. Mars co-wrote two tunes up for the record of the year Grammy this year, Cee Lo Green’s “Fuck You” and B.o.B.’s “Nothin’ on You.” Mars also cut the self-penned hits “Grenade” and “Just the Way You Are.”

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