Concord Music Publishing has signed a new global publishing deal with Richard “Biff” Stannard, extending their relationship originally inked in 2020.
Stannard’s three-decade career has seen him win an Ivor Novello award alongside multiple ASCAP awards.
He is a key songwriter with 10 songs on Kylie Minogue’s blockbuster album Tension. Stannard’s songwriting partnership with Minogue spans over two decades, including the hits Love At First Sight, In Your Eyes and Please Stay, as well as works on her 2018 album Golden and 2020 album Disco.
His co-writing credits also include the Spice Girls, U2, Sia, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Ellie Goulding and many more. To date, he has contributed to 40 hit singles, including 10 No.1s in the UK.
Stannard was responsible for developing, writing and producing for the Spice Girls. His songs with them include the multi-million selling global hits Wannabe, Viva Forever, Mama, Goodbye, 2 Become 1 – all of which are also represented by Concord Music Publishing.
Harri Davies, senior director, A&R at Concord Music Publishing, said: “Biff is undeniably one of the greatest pop songwriters of all time. It is both an honour and a privilege to continue to call him a friend and client. Here’s to another chapter of success together!”
Kim Frankiewicz, EVP worldwide A&R, Concord Music Publishing, added: “We’ve had a great few years working with Biff and I continue to be in true awe of him; each time we get to hear something new is truly exhilarating. It’s wonderful and truly deserved to see Biff enjoy such phenomenal success with Kylie and what a way to start the next part of our journey together!”
Richard “Biff” Stannard said: “Thrilled to be signed with the mighty Concord. Both Harri and Kim have a real skill of tuning into a writer’s process and have helped enable me to bring the best out in the album with Kylie. They’ve been supportive throughout, and I’m delighted to have got 10 songs across the album that we’re all truly proud of!”
Ant Hippsley, of Milk & Honey management, said: “Thrilled to see some of Biff's best co-written work to date out there and always a pleasure to continue a longstanding relationship with Concord who've been supporting him through the challenges but also the successes it takes to be a songwriter!”
PHOTO: (L-R) Ant Hippsley, Kim Frankiewicz, Richard “Biff” Stannard, Harri Davies