EMPIRE vows to ‘revolutionize’ music publishing by way of new division led by Al ‘Butter’ McLean and Vinny Kumar

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Ghazi Shami’s San Francisco-headquartered distributor and document label, EMPIRE, is now additionally a music writer.

The corporate has launched EMPIRE Publishing, led by Al McLean and Vinny Kumar, and says it plans to “construct out [our] proprietary system to revolutionize the publishing business, much like what was accomplished with music distribution in 2010”.

In an extra assertion, the corporate stated: “The publishing business is cluttered with artists not seeing the cash that they earn for years due to easy issues akin to tackle modifications, checking account modifications, and a handful of different simply fixable conditions. After a sure time frame, that cash will be misplaced without end and the artist might by no means see their true earnings potential. It’s EMPIRE Publishing’s mission to be the antidote to that, offering flexibility and readability for his or her artists and their earnings.”

Al “Butter” McLean will lead EMPIRE Publishing’s A&R exercise. He joined EMPIRE earlier this yr after over 14 years with Kobalt Music, the place he was Senior Vice President of Inventive.

McLean has signed a raft of profitable hip-hop and R&B artists, producers and songwriters previously, together with Slip N Slide, DJ Premier, Infantile Gambino, Mike Will Made it, Noah “40” Shebib, 50 Cent, KEM, Jeezy, Yo Gotti, Child Cudi and lots of extra.

Vinny Kumar is known as Vice President of Authorized and Enterprise Affairs for EMPIRE Publishing.

Kumar labored within the Distribution division of EMPIRE previous to his transition to Publishing. Early in his profession, he labored with Teddy Riley at Future Data, in Enterprise Affairs at Slip-N-Slide Data, and within the Authorized & Enterprise Affairs division at Common Music Publishing in Miami, FL.

“With our new know-how in place and Al ‘Butta’ McLean and Vinny Kumar on the helm, we are actually able to shake up the music publishing enterprise.”

Ghazi Shami, EMPIRE

Since 2005, he has practiced leisure regulation with the Atlanta, GA primarily based regulation agency, Keniley | Kumar. All through his profession, Kumar has represented varied Grammy-winning recording artists and producers, document labels, executives, and effective artists.

“Over the previous few years, our improvement crew has labored tirelessly to construct a proprietary system to deliver transparency and accountability to the publishing business – and to before everything defend artists’ rights,” says EMPIRE CEO, Ghazi Shami.

“With our new know-how in place and Al ‘Butta’ McLean and Vinny Kumar on the helm, we are actually able to shake up the music publishing enterprise.”

“Music is Magic and what EMPIRE has achieved over the past 10 years for the tradition has been magical.”

Al ‘Butter’ McLean, EMPIRE

Al “Butter” McLean added: “Music is Magic and what EMPIRE has achieved over the past 10 years for the tradition has been magical. I’m grateful for this chance to assist lead EMPIRE into the realm of Publishing and Publishing Administration.”

Vinny Kumar stated: “Over the previous few years, EMPIRE has grow to be one of many main unbiased labels and distributors by specializing in empowering artists. We’re trying ahead to increasing the model into the world of publishing and supporting our writers in the identical method.”

“EMPIRE has grow to be one of many main unbiased labels and distributors by specializing in empowering artists. We’re trying ahead to increasing the model into the world of publishing and supporting our writers in the identical method.”

Vinny Kumar, Empire

Preliminary signings to EMPIRE Publishing embody, producer !llmind (who’s labored with Drake, Beyoncé & Jay-Z and You’re Welcome from the Moana soundtrack), plus Nebu Kiniza, Mooktoven, Justin Love (who wrote the Grammy-winning tune Focus by H.E.R.), Dr. Zeuz, India Obtained Them Beats, Natra Common, Mook On The Beat and Rippa on the Beat.

EMPIRE artists who’ve additionally signed to EMPIRE Publishing embody Younger Dolph, Key Glock, Mozzy, Fireboy DML and Yung Bleu.

In 2020 to this point, EMPIRE has grow to be the primary unbiased label to launch music in Dolby Atmos and bought a majority stake in merchandising/ e-commerce firm Top Drawer Merch/ Electric Family.

Gazi Shami picture via ADEMusic Enterprise Worldwide

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