Dickinson Wright Music Row Attorneys Close Dallas Davidson/Round Hill Partial Catalog Sale, Music Publishing Agreement, and Administration Agreement

October 21, 2016
The Nashville office of Dickinson Wright has announced that the firm’s Music Row-based Entertainment, Sports, and Media Practice Group recently closed the partial catalog sale and go-forward agreements between Round Hill Music and long-time client, Dallas Davidson, and his publishing entity Play It Again Publishing.

The transaction includes the partial acquisition of Davidson’s song catalog, which consists of more than 23 No. 1 Billboard Airplay songs. Some of the hits include:

• “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Play It Again,” “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” “Rain is a Good Thing,” “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” “Kick the Dust Up” and “Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day” by Luke Bryan
• “Just a Kiss” and “We Owned the Night” by Lady Antebellum
• “Boys Round Here” and “All About Tonight” by Blake Shelton
• “Put a Girl In It” by Brooks & Dunn
• “The One That Got Away” by Jake Owen
• “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” by Justin Moore
• “All Over Me” by Josh Turner
• “Start a Band” by Brad Paisley
• “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice
• “Tonight Looks Good on You” by Jason Aldean
• “Runnin’ Out of Moonlight” by Randy Houser
• “Gimme That Girl” by Joe Nichols
• “That’s How Country Boys Roll” by Billy Currington

Davidson will also join the Round Hill team as a songwriter, and his affiliate company will be administered by Round Hill.

Davidson is the 2013 and 2012 ACM Songwriter of the Year; a 2012 ACM nominee for Song of the Year (for Lady Antebellum’s “Just a Kiss”); the 2011 and 2012 BMI Country Awards’ Songwriter of the Year; 2012 NSAI Songwriter of the Year; Billboard’s Hot Country Music Songwriter of 2010; and is currently Chairman of Georgia Music Foundation. He is also a recipient of five CMA Triple Play Awards, one in 2010, two in 2011, one in 2013 and one in 2014.The coveted honor recognizes the rare feat of achieving three No. 1s in a year’s time. Davidson’s company Play It Again Publishing houses many of Nashville’s hit songwriters, writing for artists such as Florida Georgia Line, Chase Rice, Dustin Lynch, Colt Ford, and Tyler Farr, among many others.

Dickinson Wright attorneys Derek Crownover, Cam Caldwell and Dustin Kovacic represented Davidson in the transaction. Michael Selverne, Jen Scher, Richard Rowe, Josh Gruss and Neil Gillis of New York were on the Round Hill closing team. Davidson is a long-time client of Partner and Entertainment, Sports, and Media Practice Group Leader, Derek Crownover.

"Dallas Davidson’s batting average of hits versus cuts is amazing. His ability to write out of his initial genre of country music is also unparalleled. This deal and the future partnership with Round Hill will be mutually beneficial,” said Derek Crownover.

“Today I'm extremely excited to announce my new partnership with Round Hill Music. Mark Brown and the RHM team are a perfect fit for myself and Play It Again Publishing. I'd especially like to thank Derek Crownover for his tireless effort, his creative wisdom, and gentlemanly representation on my behalf during this process. I'd also like to thank my co-writers and the recording artists who continue to put faith and trust in my pen,” said Dallas Davidson.