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 London’s 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. from PolyGram.[5] and is ranked by Music & Copyright as world’s 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.). 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[13] that allowed rights users from around the world to secure use of the music from a single location.[14]

Warner/Chappell currently publishes and administers music from Barry Gibb, Beyoncé, Eric Clapton, fun (Nate Ruess), Kendrick Lamar, Gamble & Huff, Green Day, Jay Z, Katy Perry, Led Zeppelin, Lionsgate Films, Madonna, Miramax Films, Muse, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M, Roc Nation, Rusko, Stephen Sondheim, Timbaland and Tove Lo, Allison Moorer among many others.

On February 27, 2015, Warner/Chappell made headlines in Australia when they had a YouTube video from Mike Baird, the Premier of New South Wales, removed because it contained two songs in the background (Everybody Hurts and Shake It Off) which Premier Baird had not obtained the licence for from Warner/Chappel Music.[15]


  1. ^ Tim Arango. "Scratching Under the Vinyl Era". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  2. ^ "Warner Music Group | Timeline". Wmg.com. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ The Chappell Story, 1811-1961, compiled by Carlene Mair, Chappell & Co. Limited, 1961
  5. ^ "Warner Music Group | Timeline". Wmg.com. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  6. ^ Music & Copyright, April 21, 2010
  7. ^ "Warner/Chappell Music - HISTORY". Warnerchappell.com. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  8. ^ "Warner Music Group - Investor Relations - News Release". Investors.wmg.com. 2007-08-06. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  9. ^ "Warner/Chappell Music Acquires Renowned Production Music Company 615 Music". Studio Daily. 2010-12-10. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  10. ^ "Warner/Chappel Unites Production Companies, Launches New Website". Billboard. 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  11. ^ "Warner Music Group | News". Wmg.com. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  12. ^ "Annual Report for the period ending September 30, 2006". Sec.gov. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  13. ^ "Investor Center - News and Advice from DailyFinance". Bloggingstocks.com. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  14. ^ "Music Week". Music Week. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  15. ^ "Mike Baird’s attempt at being funny backfires". News Corp Australia. February 27, 2015. Retrieved February 27, 2015.