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» Nielsen Cuts Workforce: Nielsen Holdings has announced an "optimization plan" to drive permanent cost savings and operational efficiencies as well as position itself for greater profitability and growth, which includes a global reduction in force of approximately 3,500 employees. “These restructuring actions will further expedite our transformation to a more efficient, agile and scalable organization and are designed to drive sustained margin expansion and increased cash generation,” says CEO David Kenny. “As part of the optimization plan, we have made the difficult decision to exit selected businesses and markets and permanently reduce our workforce.” Nielsen now expects 2020 pre-tax restructuring charges of $150 to $170 million versus guidance of $120 to $140 million provided in April, with approximately half of those charges being incurred in Q2 as part of the employee severance costs. Cash payments for severances will continue into late 2021. More here.



» Signage: River House/Columbia's Luke Combs has signed a global publishing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group, covering all of his songs moving forward. "Luke is building his career like so many great artists of the past," says Chairman/CEO Troy Tomlinson. "He’s writing hit songs that country music fans identify with. They feel like he’s the guy next door, their friend, someone who knows how they feel and sings about their life." Combs adds, "Universal Music’s success with publishing a lot of great songs over the years cannot be denied, and I’m thankful to now be a part of that."

Songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Karen Kosowski has signed a global publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville. Her cuts include Mickey Guyton's “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?,” The Washboard Union's "Country Thunder,” Tim Hicks' "What A Song Should Do,” Ross Ellis' “Home To Me” and Brett Kissel's "Anthem."



» The Write Stuff: Following the February beta release of its songwriter pages initiative (CAT 2/12), Spotify is launching hundreds of additional songwriter pages and Written By playlists, including one featuring songs written by country writer/producer Barry Dean. Visit that collection here.