The Songwriter Chart Top 10 is home to an exclusive and small songwriter crowd. After seven weeks in 2014 we find that only 16 writers have seen their names appear in one of those ten weekly high profile chart positions. Five writers—Brett James, Rhett Akins, Cole Swindell, Jimmy Robbins and Rodney Clawson—have retained a Top 10 position for every week of the current year. Ashley Gorley, Jon Nite and Ben Hayslip have been on the list 6 out of seven weeks.
This week’s chart is instructive about what it takes to join the in-crowd—multiple hits. Everyone in this week’s Top 10 has at least two active songs. Ashley Gorley (No. 5) and Cole Swindell (No. 2) each have five cuts boosting their standings. Brett James (No. 1 for seven consecutive weeks) has four cuts and Rhett Akins (No. 3), Jimmy Robbins (No. 4), Eric Church (No. 6), Rodney Clawson (No. 7) and Zach Crowell (No. 10) each have three songs.
Also this week Luke Laird is putting pressure on the pack as his name rises from No. 18 to No. 14 on the strength of three tracks. Biggest Gainer honors go to Miranda Lambert’s “Automatic” which the artist co-wrote with Natalie Hemby and Nicolle Galyon.
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Scherer To Head BMG Worldwide Writer Services
BMG Chrysalis has named Thomas Scherer EVP Writer Services division. He will be based in Los Angeles and report directly to BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch. The international songplugging operation connects the companies 10 international offices and Scherer will work to deliver U.S. opportunities for European writers and opportunities in Europe for U.S. writers. He will also contribute to BMG acquisitions, signings and joint venture deals.
Scherer was previously SVP International Repertoire Coordination and has been with the company since its launch in 2008. BMG has represented shares of every U.S. No. 1 single for the past two months. “Thomas Scherer is a linchpin of BMG’s Writer Services and his move to LA will further strengthen our ability to create opportunities for our writers in the centre of the worldwide entertainment industry,” said Masuch.
Billboard Quarterly Airplay Publisher Report
It’s no surprise to see Sony/ATV again top this list with a 31.9% market share. The massive publisher, joined with its EMI component has topped this list for six consecutive quarters. According to the trade report, Sony/ATV also topped the the Country publisher list. Warner/Chappell and Universal grabbed second and third place ranks with 17.6% and 16.2% shares respectively.
Others landing in the Top ten list with significant country hits included Big Loud Bucks (No. 7) with help from “Southern Girl” from Tim McGraw; Revelry Music Group (.8%) with Parmalee’s “Carolina” and Peer Music (No. 10; .6%) with Jason Aldean’s “Night Train.”
Ryan Tedder was the top writer during the period with three active songs, “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic; Marooon 5’s “Love Somebody” and “Burn” from Ellie Goulding. The data was computed based upon airplay from Oct. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013.