Pictured: Mike Dean
Grammy Award-Winning Producer for Kanye West, Beyoncé and Jay-Z
Joins Award-Winning Music Publisher
Warner/Chappell Music (WCM), the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, today announced that it has signed a global publishing agreement with Grammy Award-winning hip hop producer Mike Dean. Effective immediately, Warner/Chappell will administer Dean’s past and future songwriting.
Most recently, Dean has been in the studio with Lorde, Brad Paisley and Beyoncé. He contributed to the production of many of Kanye West’s albums, including Yeezus, as well as The College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, all of which won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. Dean also worked with Kanye on his collaboration with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne, and GOOD Music’s compilation album, Cruel Summer. Dean has also produced tracks for Beyoncé, Jay-Z, E-40, and Kid Cudi, among many others. He is often credited with pioneering the Dirty South sound in the 1990s, and most notably co-wrote with 2Pac, Scarface, Tha Dogg Pound, Nate Dogg, Tech N9ne, and Devin the Dude, among others.
Dean said, “I am excited to work with Warner/Chappell and Big Jon on expanding my musical palate, and be able to continue to innovate and push music forward.”
Jon Platt, President, North America, Warner/Chappell Music, said, “Few producers have the talent to sustain a career as long, diverse and prolific as Mike’s. From 2Pac to Kanye and everyone in between, Mike has helped great artists define new sounds. He’s always innovating, not only within hip hop, but across pop music in general. We’re thrilled to be on his team.”
Over the 12 months, Warner/Chappell Music has been named Publisher of the Year at three of ASCAP's most prestigious ceremonies—the Pop, Country, and Rhythm & Soul Awards—as well as at BMI’s R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. This marks the first time that Warner/Chappell has won the distinction at both ASCAP & BMI’s urban music award ceremonies in the same year.
ABOUT WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC
Warner/Chappell Music, the global music publishing company of Warner Music Group, is home to a wide array of legendary songwriters and a rich catalog of contemporary hits and influential standards. With offices in more than 40 countries, Warner/Chappell provides deep expertise across a range of creative services and the most innovative opportunities for songwriters and copyright holders. With a history dating back more than 200 years, Warner/Chappell currently publishes and administers music from Barry Gibb, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Eric Clapton, fun., Gamble & Huff, Green Day, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Miramax Films, Muse, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M, Roc Nation, Stephen Sondheim, T.I., Timbaland, and Kacey Musgraves, among many others.