• 28 Nov

    Our tune “4:44,” recorded by JAY Z, picked up four 2018 Grammy nominations: Song of the Year, Album of the year, Best Rap Performance of the Year, and Best Rap Album. It was cowritten by Kanan Keeney from our clients Record Kicks, sampling Kanan’s tune “Late Nights and Heartbreak.” Shouts to JAY Z, No I.D., and the team at Roc Nation for letting us be a part of this amazing project.

    4:44 by Jay-Z

  • 27 Nov

    Mark Sultan’s garage rock earworm “Love You So,” recorded by King Khan & BBQ Show, is in this worldwide holiday Google Chromebook spot! We love it so!

  • 19 Nov

    Check out this new Toyota Winter Olympics spot, featuring the tune “Crazy Beautiful Life” cowritten by our very own Scott Chesak! Good going, Scooter!

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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 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), Grammy-nominee 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), Scott Chesak (Weezer, Gazzo), and Jake Bowman (Schoolboy Q, Joey Bada$$, Currensy). 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.