July 21, 2015

ASCAP Celebrates Ultra Music's OMI -- Now #1 on Billboard Hot 100 Chart with "Cheerleader"

Nicole, John, OMI

ASCAP VP Rhythm & Soul Nicole George-Middleton, EVP of Membership John Titta and Ultra Music Publishing's OMI

NEW YORK, July 21, 2015 -- ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, welcomed Ultra Music songwriter and ASCAP member OMI to ASCAP headquarters on July 14 to celebrate his breakthrough to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with “Cheerleader.”  “Cheerleader” has been certified Platinum and is being buzzed about as the “Song of the Summer” by USA Today, Newsday, New York Daily News, Billboard and more.

OMI was congratulated by ASCAP EVP of Membership John Titta and VP of Rhythm & Soul Nicole George-Middleton. “Cheerleader,” with a cleverly understated remix by German DJ/producer Felix Jaehn, is a massive hit in the U.S. The song has seen combined YouTube views of nearly 230 Million, while the official music video has been added at MTV, VH1, MTV Hits, mtvU, VH1 Soul, Fuse and Music Choice. On Spotify, the track is receiving over 4 million streams weekly and is currently #3 on the U.S. Spotify chart, while holding at #2 on the U.S. Shazam chart. Globally, the song has received Gold certifications in Switzerland and Germany (3X), Platinum certifications in the U.S., the U.K., Spain, Ireland (2X), Norway (2X), Denmark (3X), Italy (3X), Australia (4X) and Sweden (5X) and Diamond certification in France. 

About ASCAP
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP's mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world's best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business - from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more. The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With 680,000 members representing more than 11.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com

Ultra International Music Publishing

Ultra International Music Publishing (UIMP) is the music publishing arm of Ultra Music that represents artists, songwriters, producers and other publishing rights holders from around the world. While Ultra Music is a key player in electronic dance music, the publishing company spans genres and has had continued success in the pop, urban, dance and reggae arenas. Ultra International Music Publishing notable writers and artists include ASCAP members Jenson Vaughan (Madonna, Armin Van Buren, Snoop Dogg), Finn Bjarnson (Kaskade), Honorable C Note (aka Carlton Mays) (2 Chainz, FloRida, Gucci Mane, Akon), Andrew Castro (India Aire, Lecrae) and more.

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CONTACT:  

Cathy Halgas Nevins

ASCAP

cnevins (at) ascap.com