Hot wire: Warner/Chappell sign Manic Street Preachers

James Hanley

Warner/Chappell MD Mike Smith has unveiled his vision for a “factory of world class songwriting”, as Music Week can exclusively reveal the Manic Street Preachers have joined the publisher’s burgeoning roster.

Smith, who has already swooped for writers including Liam Gallagher, J Hus, Katy B, Andy Partridge, Birdy, Matt Clifford, Dave and Fred Ball since starting his current role in late 2016, worked with the Manics while at Columbia in the late 2000s.   

“We’ve kept in touch and I ...

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