NMPA Announces Top Songwriters for April 2016

PRESS RELEASE  
For Immediate Release: June 14, 2016
Media Contact: Charlotte Sellmyer

WASHINGTON, D.C. – NMPA today announced the top songwriters and 130 certifications of hit songs for April as part of its Gold & Platinum Program which identifies and honors songwriters of RIAA-certified hits.

NMPA President and CEO David Israelite praised the honorees saying, “April shows how collaborative songwriting can be with five of our top songwriters certified for Work and four certified for My House. It’s proof of just how much goes into writing each hit song and the success achieved when great minds get together.”

In partnership with the RIAA’s Gold & Platinum Program, NMPA finds and certifies the songwriters of RIAA-certified singles. RIAA counts both sales and on-demand streams towards its gold (500K), platinum (1M) and multi-platinum (2M+) thresholds.  Thousands of songwriters have been recognized since NMPA’s program began in 2007.

The top songwriters with 3 G&P certifications are:

Matthew Samuels: Work certified Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum (Rihanna)
Rupert Thomas Jr.: Work certified Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum (Rihanna)
Allen Ritter: Work certified Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum (Rihanna)
Drake: Work certified Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum (Rihanna)
Monte Moir: Work certified Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum (Rihanna)
Flo-Rida: My House certified Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum (Flo-Rida)
Ross Golan: My House certified Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum (Flo-Rida)
Johan Carlsson: My House certified Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum (Flo-Rida)
Marco Berraro: My House certified Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum (Flo-Rida)
The top publishers honored are:

SONY/ATV Music Publishing: 50 certifications
Gold: 27
Platinum: 15
Multiplatinum: 8

Warner/Chappell Music: 25 certifications
Gold: 12
Platinum: 10
Multiplatinum: 3

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG): 16 certifications
Gold: 11
Platinum: 3
Multiplatinum: 2

BMG: 13 certifications
Gold: 9
Platinum: 4

Kobalt Music: 12 certifications
Gold: 8
Platinum: 2
Multi-Platinum: 2

Round Hill Music: 3 certifications (Multi-Platinum)

Words & Music: 3 certifications
Gold: 1
Platinum: 2

Pulse Music Publishing: 2 certifications
Gold: 1
Platinum: 1

SONGS Music Publishing: 2 certifications
Gold: 1
Multi-Platinum: 1

Carrie-Okie Music: 2 certifications (Gold)
Black River Entertainment: 1 certification (Gold)
Wrensong Publishing: 1 certification (Gold)

For more information about the songwriters and songs certified or to order a plaque please contact Charlotte Sellmyer at CSellmyer@nmpa.org.

About the NMPA G&P Program:
NMPA’s Gold & Platinum Program identifies and honors the songwriters behind today’s biggest hits. NMPA confirms songwriters with their music publishers to ensure all appropriate songwriters are recognized for their contribution to an RIAA certified single. Certifications count both sales and on-demand streams towards gold (500K), platinum (1M) and multi-platinum (2M+) thresholds. Thousands of songwriters have been certified since NMPA’s program began in 2007. For more information visit www.nmpa.org/gp-program

About the NMPA:
Founded in 1917, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) is the trade association representing all American music publishers and their songwriting partners. The NMPA’s mandate is to protect and advance the interests of music publishers and songwriters in matters relating to the domestic and global protection of music copyrights. Learn more at www.nmpa.org