Happy Birthday

happy birthdayInteresting article on Billboard.biz by Eriq Gardner on the song ‘Happy Birthday’ and a lawsuit filed declaring that the work belongs in the public domain and should not be copyright to Music Publisher Warner/Chappell Music.

This matter will take some time to go through the Courts, but it presents an interesting case over Copyright Control.“In the late 19th century, a schoolteacher named Patty Smith Hill and her sister Mildred Hill composed the first version of a tune that would become internationally famous. In fact, “Happy Birthday” has been cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recognised song in the English language.””When the Hill sisters first composed the song in 1893, it was called “Good Morning to All.” Somewhere along the line the tune evolved into the version that is currently popular.
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iTunes Radio – Good for Apple, Good for you?

iTunes Radio

iTunes radioLast week Apple announced the launch of iTunes Radio, one of the music industry’s worst kept secrets.

It is too early to analyse the full scope of the offering, but we can be sure that the main intentions are to help sell more Apple devices and more music purchases from the iTunes store. Early announcements also indicate that with iOS devices soon to be fitted into many new cars, Apple needs a radio device to link into.

Many commentators wonder if Apple is moving quickly enough and fully embracing the immediacy of peer to peer recommendation and discovery. Will iTunes Radio be in a position to compete successfully with Spotify, YouTube, Google, Soundcloud or the next innovator to market. It needs to offer far more than a platform for the user to choose there music playlist. It needs to offer user friendly design, vast selection of music and proffer ideas and suggestions without banging the drum on the ‘buy now’ button.

We will find out later this year.


For more opinion on this topic please refer to musictank and musicindustryblog.

Chrisette Michele – Better

chrisette-michele-betterChrisettes Michele’s new album ‘Better’ is released on Motown on June 11th, featuring 2 co-writes with Wardlaw Music writer/producer Wizzy Wow, ‘Charades’ & ‘Can The Cool Be Loved’.

The fourth studio album by American R&B recording artist Chrisette Michele, it features guest appearances from Wale, 2 Chainz, Bilal, Dunson and Nello Luchi.

Safe Haven – Jon Allen – Joanna

safe-haven-poster-smallJon Allen’s track ‘Joanna‘ from the album ‘Sweet Defeat’ has been licensed to the film Safe Haven, a romantic film based on Nicholas Spark’s novel of the same name and starring Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel & Cobie Smulders.

Released in North America in February, the film has grossed over $100 million worldwide. The DVD was released in May 2013 and topped the DVD sales charts.

HSBC sync – South Australia

HSBC has launched a multi-channel campaign, created by JWT London, to mark celebrating 125 years since The British & Irish Lions first sailed to Australia.

As Principal Partner for The British & Irish Lions 2013, HSBC has recreated that epic voyage, with Coach Warren Gatland, his crew of Lions Legends and a cabin boy aboard a ship on their own Legendary Journey.

Music for the advert is ‘South Australia’ performed and arranged by The Pogues, including Philip Chevron, Darryl Hunt & Andrew Ranken…

Dan Reed joins Wardlaw Music’s roster

Dan ReedWe welcome Dan Reed to our roster.

As lead singer of The Dan Reed Network, Dan released three very successful albums to much critical and commercial success in the late 1980s early 1990s.

Dan’s latest solo album ‘Signal Fire’ was released April 2013. “This new collection of songs produced by Dan Reed and Rob Daiker in both Portland, Oregon and Prague, Czech Republic turns up the heat while keeping it’s intention rooted in the search for hope and balance in this often confusing, chaotic and deeply beautiful world.”(‘CLASSIC ROCK’ Review).

See the video for title track ‘Signal Fire’ above……

Adidas/Chelsea FC new kit launch 2013


Artist: Wizzy Wow
Track: “BLUE’

A selection of Chelsea FC players including John Terry, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata were covered in blue paint for a new adidas campaign to launch the new Chelsea team 2013/14 home shirt. Music for the ad was created and produced by Wizzy Wow…


Showtime – Homeland


Artist – Jon Allen
Track – ‘JOANNA’

Jon Allen’s “Joanna” was featured on the Emmy Award winning drama/thriller series Homeland, Series 2 Episode 7. The song plays as source music at a party Brody attends for a D.C. power player.