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‘Rolling in the Deep’ Rolls Away With Song of the Year at 2012 BMI London Awards

Adele’s Megahit Performed More Than Any Other Song in BMI Catalogue During 2011

Posted in News on October 9, 2012

BMI celebrated the European and African songwriters, composers and music publishers behind the most-performed songs on U.S. radio and television tonight at its annual BMI London Awards. “Rolling in the Deep,” written by Adele and Paul Epworth, took top honors, winning the Robert S. Musel Award for Song of the Year. EMI Music Publishing Ltd. and Universal Music Publishing Group share the award as publishers.

“Rolling in the Deep” received more performances on U.S. radio and television than any other song in the BMI repertoire during 2011. BMI tracked a staggering 1.35 million U.S. performances of “Rolling in the Deep” in just six months during 2011. The song reached the one million mark faster than any other song in BMI’s European catalogue last year. To date, “Rolling in the Deep” has earned 2 million performances, which is the equivalent of the song being performed back-to-back for more than 12 consecutive years.

“A BMI songwriting award is a unique and important recognition of a song’s life cycle,” said BMI President & CEO Del Bryant. “Songs are born, and then they journey throughout the world’s marketplace, through traditional broadcasts, digital platforms, local businesses and other industries. BMI tracks and shepherds that journey. As the son of professional songwriters, I understand and admire the passion and pride that our songwriters feel as their work crosses cultures and defines eras, and the essential need to safeguard that work.”

Adele and Epworth completed the song in a single afternoon at Epworth’s London studio. Adele didn’t have high expectations for the co-writing session initially. Epworth’s indie sensibilities and Adele’s pop savvy seemed like a potential mismatch. But afterward, Adele described collaborating with Epworth as a “match made in heaven,” and radio, fans and critics overwhelmingly agreed. Epworth went on to produce the track on the singer’s sophomore album 21, and “Rolling in the Deep” spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on that chart for an incredible 65 weeks. It continued to top other charts all over the world as well, becoming the best-selling digital track in the U.S. by a woman ever. Rolling Stone gave “Rolling in the Deep” the top slot in its “50 Best Singles of 2011” countdown, and in 2012, the song earned Grammys for Record and Song of the Year.

Adele chose BMI for U.S. representation in 2007, as she and Epworth are both members of British performing rights society PRS for Music. “Rolling in the Deep” is a testament to the timeless, cross-cultural global power of an expertly crafted song, and reinforces BMI’s determination to ensure that the rights of creators of those songs are always protected.

In addition to Song of the Year, BMI presented the Dance Award to Afrojack and Pitbull for co-writing the latter’s “Give Me Everything.” Talpa Music/Afrojack Publishing shared the award as publishers. Like “Rolling in the Deep,” “Give Me Everything” has also generated remarkable performance totals in the U.S. In just one year, the song earned more than one million performances, and to date, BMI has logged 1.19 million performances of the song—the equivalent of “Give Me Everything” being performed back-to-back for six consecutive years.

The night also honored many other successful transatlantic co-writing efforts by British, Dutch, French, Swedish, Italian, Irish, Danish, and other international songwriters for U.S. performances of songs including P!nk’s “Perfect”; “5 O’Clock” by T-Pain, featuring Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen; Rihanna’s “S&M”; Flo Rida’s “Good Feeling”; “Look at Me Now” by Chris Brown, featuring Wayne & Busta Rhymes; Adele’s “Someone Like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain”; “On the Floor” by Jennifer Lopez, featuring Pitbull; and many more.

Also saluted were composers of the most-watched and highest-grossing television programs and films; and the legendary songwriters behind classics that have generated more than three million U.S. radio and television performances.

The 2012 BMI London Awards were held at London’s Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane. The songwriters and composers saluted at the event are members of European and other foreign performing rights societies and choose BMI for representation in the U.S.

2012 BMI London Awards
Tuesday, October 9

SONG OF THE YEAR
The Robert S. Musel Award
“Rolling in the Deep”
Adele
Paul Epworth
EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Universal Music Publishing Group
Adele

DANCE AWARD
“Give Me Everything”
Afrojack
Pitbull
Talpa Music/Afrojack Publishing
Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer

Award-Winning Songs
The past year’s most-performed songs on U.S. radio and television

POP AWARDS
5 O’CLOCK
Lily Rose Cooper
Howard Donald
Jason Orange
T-Pain
Wiz Khalifa
EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Universal Music Publishing Group
T-Pain featuring Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen

BON BON
Renato Carosone
Nicola Salerno
Pitbull
Universal Music Publishing Ricordi SRL
Pitbull

COUNTRY SONG
Dale Stewart
Shaun Morgan Welgemoed
John Humphrey
BMG Rights Management (Ireland) Ltd.
Seether Publishing
Seether

DANZA KUDURO
Faouze Barkati
Philippe Louis Lucenzo De Oliveira
Ali Fitzgerald Moore
Fabrice Toïgo
Don Omar
Because Editions
EMI Music Publishing
Hella Publishing
Together Publishing
Don Omar featuring Lucenzo

DON’T WANNA GO HOME
StoneBridge
Jason Derülo
Allen George
Fred Craig McFarlane
Stone Music
Jason Derülo

EVERY TEARDROP IS A WATERFALL
Brian Eno
Peter Allen
Adrienne Anderson
Opal Ltd.
Coldplay

FOR THE FIRST TIME
Danny O’Donoghue
Mark Sheehan
The Script

GIVE ME EVERYTHING
Afrojack
Pitbull
Talpa Music /Afrojack Publishing
Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer

GOOD FEELING
Avicii
Ash Pournouri
Breyan Isaac
Etta James
Pearl W. Johnson
Leroy Kirkland
EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia
Flo Rida

HELLO
Martin Solveig
Martina Sorbara
EMI Music Publishing
Famous Virgins Inc.
Temps D Avance
Martin Solveig featuring Dragonette

HEY BABY (DROP IT TO THE FLOOR)
Sandy Vee
Pitbull
T-Pain
Di Piu Srl
Pitbull featuring T-Pain

I WANNA GO
Shellback
MXM Music
Britney Spears

LOOK AT ME NOW
Afrojack
Chris Brown
Ryan Buendia
Busta Rhymes
Lil Wayne
Talpa Music /Afrojack Publishing
Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes

LOSER LIKE ME
Shellback
MXM Music
Glee Cast

MARVIN’S ROOM
Chilly Gonzales
Drake
EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Drake

MR. SAXOBEAT
Andrei Nemirschi
Marcel Prodan
Media Pro Ent Srl./Universal Music Publishing Group
Universal Music Publishing Group/Media Pro Ent Srl.
Alexandra Stan

NOTHING
Andrew Frampton
Danny O’Donoghue
Mark Sheehan
Stage Three Music Publishing a BMG Chrysalis Company
The Script

ON MY MIND
Fraser T. Smith
Nasri Atweh
Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd.
Cody Simpson

ON THE FLOOR
Kinda Hamid
Geraldo “Teddy Sky” Sandell
Bilal “The Chef” Hajji
Achraf “AJ Junior” Jannusi
Pitbull
RedOne
Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull

PARADISE
Brian Eno
Opal Ltd.
Coldplay

PERFECT
Shellback
P!nk
MXM Music
P!nk

RAIN OVER ME
Rashid Aziz
Jimmy “Joker” Thornfeldt
Bilal “The Chef” Hajji
Achraf “AJ Junior” Jannusi
Pitbull
RedOne
Pitbull featuring Marc Anthony

ROLLING IN THE DEEP
Adele
Paul Epworth
EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Universal Music Publishing Group
Adele

S&M
Sandy Vee
Ester Dean
Di Piu Srl
Rihanna

SET FIRE TO THE RAIN
Adele
Fraser T. Smith
Chrysalis Music Ltd. a BMG Chrysalis Company
Universal Music Publishing Group
Adele

SOMEONE LIKE YOU
Adele
Universal Music Publishing Group
Adele

TAKE OVER CONTROL
Afrojack
Michael Anthony Hamilton
Eva Simons
Ingrid Simons
BMG Chrysalis
Sony/ATV Music Publishing/Walboomers Publishing
Talpa Music /Afrojack Publishing
Walboomers Publishing/Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Afrojack featuring Eva Simons

THE SOUND OF WINTER
Gavin Rossdale
Mad Dog Winston Music Ltd.
Bush

TONIGHT
Dale Stewart
Shaun Morgan Welgemoed
John Humphrey
BMG Rights Management (Ireland) Ltd.
Seether Publishing
Seether

WHAT THE HELL
Shellback
MXM Music
Avril Lavigne

WHERE THEM GIRLS AT
Giorgio Tuinfort
Sandy Vee
Jared Cotter
Nicki Minaj
Di Piu Srl
Talpa Music/Piano Songs
David Guetta featuring Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj

WITHOUT YOU
Giorgio Tuinfort
Talpa Music/Piano Songs
David Guetta featuring Usher

WRITTEN IN THE STARS
Charlie Bernardo
iSHi
Patrick Okogwu
Eric Turner
2Stripes Music Publishing
EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia
Warner/Chappell Music Scandinavia
Tinie Tempah featuring Eric Turner

YOU MAKE ME FEEL…
Ina Wroldsen
P & P Songs Ltd.
Cobra Starship featuring Sabi

ACADEMY AWARD

THE ARTIST
Ludovic Bource

TV MUSIC AWARDS

2 BROKE GIRLS
John Eriksson
Peter Morén
Björn Yttling

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT
Jos Jorgensen
Andy Love

CSI
Pete Townshend

CSI: Miami
Pete Townshend
Kevin Kiner

CSI: NY
Pete Townshend
Bill Brown

GREY’S ANATOMY
Carim Clasmann
Galia Durant

THE AMAZING RACE
Christopher Franke
Vaughn Johnson
Lee Sanders

THE GOOD WIFE
David Buckley

THE X FACTOR
Jos Jorgensen
Andy Love

CABLE MUSIC AWARDS

DEXTER
Rolfe Kent
Daniel Licht

ROYAL PAINS
Søren Oakes Christensen
Per Mølgaard Jørgensen
Allan Fjeldgaard Villadsen
Steffen Westmark

FILM MUSIC AWARDS

COWBOYS & ALIENS
Harry Gregson-Williams

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2
Alexandre Desplat

MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS
Rolfe Kent

THE VOW
Rachel Portman

UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING
Paul Haslinger

WE BOUGHT A ZOO
Jón Þór Birgisson

WRATH OF THE TITANS
Javier Navarrete

MILLION-AIR AWARD SONGS
Honorees have accumulated substantial performance totals—from three to ten million—in U.S. radio and television.

3 MILLION

CHASING CARS
Nathan Connolly
Gary Lightbody
Jonny Quinn
Tom Simpson
Paul Wilson
Universal Music Publishing Group
Snow Patrol

DE DO DO DO DE DA DA DA
Sting
EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
GM Sumner
The Police

HITCHIN’ A RIDE
Peter Callander
Mitch Murray
Universal Music Publishing Group
Vanity Fare/Sinitta

HONEY, I’M HOME
Shania Twain
Shania Twain

IF I EVER LOSE MY FAITH IN YOU
Sting
EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Steerpike Ltd.
The Police

IT DON’T COME EASY
Ringo Starr
Startling Music Ltd.
Universal Music Publishing Group
Ringo Starr

IT’S MY LIFE
Mark Hollis
Universal Music Publishing Group
No Doubt / Talk Talk

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
Sting
EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
GM Sumner
The Police

SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT FOR FIGHTING
Elton John
Bernie Taupin
Dick James Music Ltd.
Universal Music Publishing Group
Elton John

SLEDGEHAMMER
Peter Gabriel
EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Real World Music Ltd.
Peter Gabriel

STAYIN’ ALIVE
Barry Gibb
Maurice Gibb
Robin Gibb
Crompton Songs LLC
Gibb Brothers Music
Universal Music Publishing Group
Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
The Bee Gees

TELL HER NO
Rod Argent
Verulam Music Co. Ltd.
The Zombies

WHITE ROOM
Pete Brown
Jack Bruce
Warner/Chappell Music International Ltd.
Cream

4 MILLION

LIVE AND LET DIE
Paul McCartney
EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
MPL Communications Ltd.
Wings

THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE
Ewan MacColl
Roberta Flack

5 MILLION

DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME
Sting
EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
GM Sumner
The Police

HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART
Barry Gibb
Robin Gibb
Crompton Songs LLC
Gibb Brothers Music
Universal Music Publishing Group
Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
The Bee Gees/

KISS FROM A ROSE
Seal
Perfect Songs Ltd.
Seal

MONEY FOR NOTHING
Sting
EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
GM Sumner

Dire Straits

6 MILLION

BLACK MAGIC WOMAN
Peter Green
Bourne Music Ltd.
Fleetwood Mac/Santana

WONDERFUL TONIGHT
Eric Clapton
E.C. Music Ltd.
Warner/Chappell Music International Ltd.
Eric Clapton

7 MILLION

DON’T STOP
Christine McVie Fleetwood Mac

8 MILLION

(I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION
Mick Jagger
Keith Richards
The Rolling Stones

11 MILLION

EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE
Sting
EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
GM Sumner
The Police

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