Sony/ATV’s new president, worldwide creative, Guy Moot, hailed the company’s comprehensive “global approach” as one of the key reasons behind its uninterrupted yearlong run as the publisher or co-publisher of the UK No.1 single.
Speaking to Music Week, Moot highlighted the international roster at Sony/ATV and its focus on continually developing it's A&R efforts.
“You’ve got Drake from Canada, Ed [SHeeran] from Sussex, The Chainsmokers from New York. There’s a multitude of different artists and genres, some more established than others.
“With Drake’s One Dance, we publish Drake, but also his co-writer for many years, 1985,” he said. “He’s Canadian but signed through the UK company, and it’s got a UK sample in it. We signed Whiz Kid from Africa. That wasn’t to mop up the market; those were strategic decisions that we felt where music was going.
“All the credit has to go to the songwriters. You can never give them enough credit for that run,” he continued. “They are all very driven, incredible people at the top of their game in each genre. We’re very lucky to be working alongside them.”
You can read our exclusive interview with Moot here and in the latest issue of Music Week, out now.