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New York, 13 July 2010 – EMI Music Publishing has extended its co-publishing agreement with Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer Jim Jonsin, it was announced today.
Jonsin has become one of the most in-demand writers and producers working in pop and urban music today, having written global hits for artists including Lil Wayne, Beyonce, T.I., Souljaboy Tell Em, Usher and Jamie Foxx. Two tracks co-written by Jonsin – Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” and T.I.’s “Whatever You Like” – collectively spent 13 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart last year, with “Lollipop” earning Jonsin the Grammy award for Best Rap Song.
He produced three tracks on Beyonce’s most recent album “I Am…Sasha Fierce”, co-writing the worldwide smash “Sweet Dreams”. The album went on to win the Contenporary R&B Album of the year award at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards held in January this year. Jonsin also won BMI’s Creative Inspiration Producer Award at the 2009 BMI Urban Awards, having been awarded Urban Songwriter of the Year at the same ceremony three years earlier. Jonsin was also named #3 in Billboard’s Hot 100 Producers of 2009 list.
The Miami Beach-based writer-producer is currently busy in the studio with a series of major artists including Kid Cudi, Kelly Rowland, Cypress Hill, Jennifer Lopez, Eminem and Nelly. His extended co-publishing agreement with EMI Music Publishing will see Jonsin’s extensive catalog of existing and future songs represented by EMI Music Publishing’s network of offices around the world.
Jim Jonsin said: ““Big Jon first signed me without having a song out and he signed our deal off of his vision and appreciation of great music! Loyalty is important to me. A strong relationship goes a long way – and with people like Big Jon Platt, Andrew Gould, and Roger Faxon, my decision was clear.”
EMI Music Publishing President of North American Creative Jon Platt commented: “We’re all really excited here to be continuing our relationship with Jim Jonsin. From a personal perspective, I’m just happy to have watched his growth as a writer, a producer and an entrepreneur over the last few years. As well as being one of the hottest hit songwriters out there at the moment, he’s also one of the nicest guys working in the business, and it’s an honor to be able to work with him.”
Jim Jonsin began his career in the music industry at the age of 14, as a scratch DJ working at local skating rinks. He began producing and rapping under the alias Jealous Jay, and his debut compilation album “Cut It Up Def Miami Bass Jams” led to support slots on tours with artists including Cypress Hill, Markie Mark & the Funky Bunch, Luke and 2 Live Crew.
Having set up independent labels and worked on artist development with acts including Trick Daddy and Pretty Ricky, Jonsin’s move into full-time production and songwriting has seen him secure a string of chart hits which also includes “Kiss Me Through The Phone” (Souljaboy), “Let’s Go” (Trick Daddy), “Show Stopper” (Danity Kane), “Hotel Room Service” (Pitbull), “Grind With Me” (Pretty Ricky), “Unpredictable” (Jamie Foxx) and “The Greatest” (Michelle Williams).
EMI Music Publishing is the world's leading publisher of popular music, representing more than one million copyrights including some of the best known songs ever written. Iconic songs in the EMI Music Publishing catalog include “New York New York”, “You’ve Got A Friend”, “The James Bond Theme”, “Lady Marmalade”, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Always On My Mind”, “Over The Rainbow”, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Singin’ In the Rain”. Its current hit-making writers and producers include Beyoncé, Fergie, Jay-Z, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Pink, Stargate, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Amy Winehouse.