• 30 Jun

    4:44 by Jay-ZWe’re elated to be a part of JAY-Z’s magnificent new album “4:44.” The title track “4:44” prominently features a sample of Hannah Williams & The Affirmations’ soul scorcher “Late Nights and Heartbreak,” written by Kanan Keeney and published by us through our clients Record Kicks.

    It’s always an honor to be part of Jay’s projects: previously he sampled our copyrights in chart-topper “Roc Boys” (flipping Menahan Street Band’s “Make the Road by Walking”) and “Open Letter” (Charles Bradley’s “I Believe in Your Love”).

  • 14 Apr

    We’re honored to welcome the inimitable funk band Vulfpeck to our publishing roster and family.

  • 31 Mar

    Beyoncé’s “Freedom,” cowritten by Now-Again’s Frank Tirado, is featured in this beautiful new Apple Watch spot.

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Defend Music is a fast-growing L.A.-based music publishing company. Defend provides worldwide rights management and creative services to a roster of visionary songwriters and catalog owners.

Defend writers are a regular presence on the Billboard 200 album sales charts, and we’ve had copyrights in No. 1 records including Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,” Jay Z’s “4:44” and Eminem’s “Marshall Mathers LP 2.” Defend’s songs are used constantly in film, TV, video games and commercials, including recent spots for Apple, Nike, Honda, Fitbit, Netflix, Dignity Health, Prudential, Keurig and Rexona. Our clients are the recipients of a number of Grammys, including the 2016 Grammy for Record of the Year “Uptown Funk!” and many more Grammy nominations.

Our writers have collaborated with Mark Ronson, Kaskade, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Lee Fields, Weezer, Anderson .Paak, Jay-Z, Fetty Wap, A$AP Rocky, Black Eyed Peas, Just Blaze, Al Green, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Erykah Badu, No I.D., Cee-Lo Green, The Robert Glasper Experiment, Eric Bellinger, Kevin Gates, Nas and many, many more pop music legends, contemporary stars, and genre-leading artists.

Defend songwriter clients and their key projects include Grammy-winner Gabriel Roth (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), Nate Pyfer (Kaskade, The Moth & The Flame), Daniel Lynas (Kanye West, A$AP Rocky), Jack Stratton (Vulfpeck), Tommy Eichmann (The Knocks, Alex Winston), Aaron "Richez" Smith (Eric Bellinger, Trey Songz), Vincent John (Lee Fields & The Expressions, Young Rising Sons), Grammy-winner Wayne Gordon (Saun & Starr, Badbadnotgood), Grammy-winner Mark Colenburg (The Robert Glasper Experiment), Ryan Spraker (Eli "Paperboy" Reed), and Scott Chesak (Weezer, Gazzo). Artist clients include Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Vulfpeck, Mark de Clive-Lowe, El-P, Desi Valentine, Mark Sultan, Midnight Magic, Pile, DJ Nobody, Johanna Warren, Ural Thomas & The Pain, Orenda Fink, and The Hood Internet.

Defend also represents the publishing catalogs of pathbreaking hip-hop label Stones Throw, iconic soul label Daptone Records, noted electronic labels Wonderwheel Recordings, Passe, and Bastard Jazz, indie rock catalog Mother West, and funk and soul reissue label Now-Again. We also manage master rights for some clients.

We pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality creative and business services, being there to pick up the phone when our clients need us, and publishing some of the best songwriters and catalogs ever.