Our Favorite ASCAP Publishing Company Names

By Etan Rosenbloom, Director & Deputy Editor, Marketing & Communications

You know that “P” at the end of “ASCAP?” It stands for “Publishers,” and there’s a good reason why it’s there. Behind every great songwriter or composer in our ranks there’s a music publishing company (or several!), administering copyrights and collecting the other half of the performance royalties we send out monthly. But starting a publishing company is more than just a great business idea for music creators. Since each publishing name has to be unique, it’s also an opportunity to get creative - something that ASCAP members happen to be really good at.

We’ve put together a list of 25 of our favorite ASCAP publishing company names, sorted into themes, and followed by the songwriter or band that uses it. 

CATCHPHRASES IN THE MAKING

Art Dealer Chic - Miguel
Excuse My French - French Montana
Naked Under My Clothes Music - Johntá Austin (“We Belong Together” - Mariah Carey; “Be Without You” - Mary J. Blige)
Out of the Taperoom Music - Ashley Gorley (“Don’t Ya” - Brett Eldredge; "Good Girl" - Carrie Underwood)
Smells Like Phys Ed Music - All-American Rejects
Washpoppin - Cardi B
Wedontplayevenwhenwereplayin Songs LLC - André 3000 of OutKast

GOOD OLD-FASHIONED PUNS

Keriokey Music - Keri Hilson
Orrall Fixation Music - Robert Ellis Orrall ("From Here to Eternity" - Michael Petersen; "Dancing in Circles" - Love and Theft)
This Is My Piece of Sheet Music - Philip Peeples of Old 97’s

AGGRESSIVELY CLEVER (OR CLEVERLY AGGRESSIVE?)

Demon of Screamin’ Music Publishing - Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time - Este Haim of HAIM
Hate and Purchase - Love & Theft
When I’m Rich You’ll Be My Bitch - Katy Perry

ANIMALS

I Like Turtles Music - Diplo
Wet As a Fish Music - Barry Graul of MercyMe
World of the Dolphin Music - Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont & Adrian Young (No Doubt)

FOOD

I Eat Publishing for Breakfast - Butch Walker [“My Happy Ending” - Avril Lavigne; “(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” - Weezer]
I Love Pizza Music - Zach Crowell ("Body Like a Back Road" - Sam Hunt; "Heartbeat" - Carrie Underwood)
Pineapple Lasagne - Sia

EXISTENTIAL DESPAIR

Always Alone Songs - Matt Warren ["Every Storm (Runs out of Rain)" & "Learning How to Bend" - Gary Allan]
Mostlysadsongs - Tommy Torres (“Looking for Paradise” - Alejandro Sanz feat. Alicia Keys; “Corre” - Jesse y Joy)

MISCELLANEOUS

But Father I Just Want to Sing Music - Hayley Williams of Paramore
Didn't Have to Be Music - Kelley Lovelace ("Southern Comfort Zone" & "Water" - Brad Paisley)
Wiggly Tooth - Jewel

 

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