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President's Message

All eyes these days have been on the Presidential election, but, as a couple of recent developments clearly demonstrate, the copyright business has also experienced its share of highlights of late. The Copyright Royalty Board recently decided to maintain mechanical rate terms for physical products (9.1 cents) and set rates for permanent digital downloads (9.1 cents), and master ringtones (24 cents). Also, music publishers will have the right to charge a monthly 1.5 percent late fee. SESAC applauds these hard-won agreements and decisions as positive developments for songwriters and publishers.

SESAC is certainly thriving these days with hits and increased airplay across all genres. Longtime SESAC affiliate Regie Hamm is celebrating his welldeserved success with the American Idol Songwriting Contest. His song, “The Time of My Life,” was the big winner and has already become a No. 1 hit for 2008 American Idol David Cook. We couldn’t be more proud or happier for Regie, who is a very special member of the SESAC family. Also in Nashville, music publisher-turned-songwriter Scooter Carusoe has hit the top of the charts once again with Kenny Chesney’s “Better as a Memory,” and SESAC writer Tim Johnson is celebrating his big No. 1 single, “Do You Believe Me Now,” the current breakthrough hit for country star Jimmy Wayne. We are also thrilled for SESAC affiliate Rico Love who wrote Natasha Bedingfield’s “Angel” which was the most added song at Pop Radio. Also, big kudos to MGMT and the success of their new album, Oracular Spectacular which hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers.

Meanwhile, out in Hollywood, SESAC film and TV composer Jeff Beal, who recently worked on Ed Harris’ new film, “Appaloosa,” adds yet another Emmy Award (his fourth!) to an already long list of accomplishments. Beal picked up the Emmy this year for Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or Special for his work on “The Company.”

SESAC Latina’s chart success continues to flourish as we celebrate chart-topping success with Argentinean singer/ songwriter Claudia Brant’s song, “No Me Doy Por Vencido,” recorded by Puerto Rican pop star Luis Fonsi. There’s no argument that “No Me Doy Por Vencido” was the Latin Pop song of the summer as it charted at No. 1 on several charts. Amongst its chart-topping success, “No Me Doy Por Vencido” broke barriers crossing over and charting on the main Anglo charts, including the Billboard Hot 100. Also, duranguense band Alacranes Musical’s “Dame Tu Amor” peaked at No. 2 on the Hot Latin Songs, becoming the third consecutive Regional Mexican smash hit of their career.

As usual, you’ll find lots of other news in this issue of SESAC Magazine, and be sure to keep your eyes on www.sesac.com. Always the best place to find up-to-the-minute news and music business information. The SESAC website will continue to develop into the “go to site” for our affiliates, our music industry acquaintances, and future SESAC affiliates.

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