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Warner/Chappell Music

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Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. is an American music publishing company, and a division of the Warner Music Group. The company traces its origins back to 1811 and the founding of Chappell & Company, a music publishing company and instrument shop on Londons Bond Street [1] that, in 1929, began a rapid expansion period under Chairman Louis Dreyfus,[2] including the acquisitions of M. Witmark & Sons, Remick Music Corporation, Harms, Inc., Chappell & Co., and Tamerlane Music, among others.[3][4]

Warner/Chappell was created in 1987 in San Antonio, Texas when Warner Brothers Music Chairman Chuck Kaye led the company to purchase Chappell & Co.[5] and is ranked by Music & Copyright as worlds third-largest music publisher [6] with a catalog of more than one million songs and a roster of more than 65,000 songwriters.[7] Among the songs in the company's library are "Happy Birthday to You" and "Winter Wonderland."

In 2007, the company acquired Non-Stop Music.[8] Additionally, in 2010 it acquired 615 Music, a Nashville-based production music company[9] and subsequently united all the production music companies under the name Warner/Chappell Production Music in 2012 [10]In 2011, it acquired Southside Independent Music Publishing and its catalog of hit songwriters, including Bruno Mars, Brody Brown and J.R. Rotem.[11]

In 2005, Warner/Chappell sold most of its printed music division, Warner Bros. Publications, to Alfred Publishing.[12] and, in 2006, launched the Pan European Digital Licensing Initiative (P.E.D.L.).[13] In 2007, when Radiohead released In Rainbows through its website on a pay-what-you-wish model, Warner/Chappell created a streamlined, one-of-a-kind licensing process for the songs on the album[14] that allowed rights users from around the world to secure use of the music from a single location.[15]


  1. "Scratching Under the Vinyl Era" by Tim Arango. New York Times, November 8, 2010[1]
  2. "Warner Music Group website"[2]
  3. "Who Became Us," Warner/Chappell Music website
  4. The Chappell Story, 1811-1961, compiled by Carlene Mair, Chappell & Co. Limited, 1961
  5. "Warner Music Group website"[3]
  6. Music & Copyright, April 21, 2010
  7. "Warner/Chappell website"[4]
  8. "WMG.com news release"[5]
  9. "WMG.com news release"[6]
  10. "Billboard, April 2012"[7]
  11. "WMG.com news release"<supP [8]
  12. Warner Music Group's annual report for the period ending September 30, 2006, sec.gov
  13. "Business Publications, June 2006"[9]
  14. "Billboard, December 7, 2007"[10]
  15. "Musicweek, October 8, 2007"[11]

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