Music Industry News Network [12-07-2017]

Pam Sheyne Catalog Gets On Board Mothership Music Publishing



- Mothership Music Publishing acquires songwriter Pam Sheyne’s catalog, including Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle”

December 7, 2017 – Los Angeles-based Mothership Music Publishing, LLC, has acquired worldwide rights in the entire Appletreesongs Limited catalog previously owned by songwriter Pam Sheyne and her husband Nigel Rush.

The most popular song in the catalog is “Genie in a Bottle,” which was the first single released from Christina Aguilera’s debut self-titled album in 1999. The song reached No. 1 in 27 countries, including 5 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. Globally, the single sold over 7 million copies and is listed as one of the biggest selling singles of all time. The catalog also includes hits by Dream (“He Loves U Not” and “This Is Me”), Jessica Simpson (“Irresistible”), Myra and Johnny Blue (“Miracles Happen”), M2M (“Mirror Mirror”), Play (“I Must Not Chase the Boys” and “A Girl’s Mind”), Lindsay Lohan [“Drama Queen (That Girl)”], Haley Westenra (“Never Say Goodbye”), and Laura Pausini (“The Extra Mile”), among numerous others.

Mothership Music Publishing, LLC, is a partnership between Brett Gurewitz (Epitaph Records), Lionel Conway, and Hein van der Ree.

Says Conway regarding the acquisition: “Pam Sheyne is one of the pre-eminent pop songwriters of our time. “Genie in a Bottle” is such a classic copyright along with all of Pam’s other hits, and we are thrilled that Pam has entrusted her catalog with an independent music publisher such as Mothership, as we pride ourselves on the care and attention we bring to all the songs in our catalog.”

The deal also includes enlisting the worldwide administration and promotional services of Michael Eames and PEN Music Group, Inc., Sheyne’s previous administrator who brought the catalog to Mothership. Says Eames, “I have worked closely with Lionel for close to two decades, and he is a consummate song man and legendary publisher. I knew Pam’s catalogue was the perfect way for us to not only continue to work together but to bring the relationship to a new level.”

Sheyne commented further: “It was crucially important to me to partner with a publisher who not only believes in the songs but will keep promoting my catalog and creating innovative ways to reinvent some of the nuggets in there. Lionel, Brett, and Hein showed tremendous enthusiasm for purchasing the cataloge and working with me, and the fact that I am able to continue to work with Michael Eames was a major factor in sealing the deal. I am very excited to work closely with them all in promoting not only my hits but the hundreds of other songs that I have written over the years.”

Though the deal does not include Sheyne’s current songs, she will work closely with the Mothership and PEN teams to not only find new ways to generate income on the known hits but also discover and nurture the hidden gems in the catalog that have yet to be recorded or released.

For more information on Mothership Music Publishing, visit For more on PEN Music Group, Inc., visit For more on Pam Sheyne, visit

About Pam Sheyne
Based in Los Angeles, New Zealand born Pam Sheyne is a multi-Platinum selling songwriter, producer, singer, and mentor. Her songwriting career has achieved success on a global scale and includes international hit records and song placements in numerous films and TV shows. With 50+ million record sales, 100+ platinum sales, she is also a prestigious Ivor Novello Award-winning songwriter. Sheyne is best known for co-writing the global breakthrough single “Genie in a Bottle” for Christina Aguilera. She also co-wrote Dream’s debut single “He Loves U Not” and Jessica Simpson’s hit “Irresistible.” Other artists who have recorded Sheyne’s songs include: Camila Cabello, Demi Lovato, Lindsay Lohan, Seal, Corrine Bailey Rae, The Saturdays, Cece Winans, Tina Arena, The Backstreet Boys & Laura Pausini.

In the TV and film world, Sheyne has written end titles for Disney’s The Princess Diaries, Confessions of A Teenage Drama Queen and Golden Globe-nominated film The Young Victoria performed by Sinead O’Connor. Her songs have featured in TV films Camp Rock 1 & 2, Jump In, and numerous TV shows. She additionally co-wrote and sang the theme tune to the NBC series Dance Your Ass Off and appeared as the songwriting mentor in the first series of BBC TV’s Fame Academy. As a singer, Sheyne has performed and recorded with artists including The Pet Shop Boys, Elton John, Celine Dion, Tom Jones, Daryl Hall, Cyndi Lauper, and Dave Stewart. Most recently, she was a co-writer on Camilla Cabello’s 2017 debut single “Crying in the Club,” which reached Gold status in the USA and international recognition including No.11 in the Official UK Singles chart.

Sheyne is a founding member of SONA (Songwriters of North America), an advocacy group that fights for songwriter rights. She is also a songwriting mentor and travels on songwriting retreats around the world sharing her experience and talking about the craft of writing songs. She has her own production team and enjoys nurturing and developing new artists and songwriters.

About Mothership Music Publishing, LLC
Mothership Music Publishing was formed in 2013 by publishing executive Lionel Conway and Brett Gurewitz, producer/writer/ founding member of Bad Religion and founder of record company Epitaph Records. In 2016, Hein Van Der Ree, former CEO of Dutch performing society Buma/Stemra, became the third partner.

The group represents composers Andy Shauf, Son Little, Jesca Hoop, Heather Bright, and Sean Rowe as well as groups such as Falling in Reverse, The Menzingers, Propagandhi, Plague Vendor, and This Wild Life. Mothership also administers Tom Waits, Bad Religion, The Hives, and Dead Man's Bones (Ryan Gosling's band).

For further information contact:
Lionel Conway, Mothership Music Publishing LLC –, tel: 310.980.3622


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