• JAY-Z Samples Defend Again on 4:44

    // 30 June 2017

    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”).

  • Welcome Vulfpeck!

    // 14 April 2017

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

  • Beyoncé’s “Freedom” in Apple Watch Ad

    // 31 March 2017

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

  • Welcome Monofonus Press

    // 27 March 2017


    We are proud to announce our new partnership with Austin-based record label Monofonus Press. If you ask us, this is the best record label in Texas. Monofonus Press specializes in all things strange and wonderful: the production and distribution of exceptional music, publications, movies, literature, and visual art.

  • Defend at SXSW 2017

    // 13 March 2017

    We’re coming for ya, SXSW!

    The following Defend clients will be showcasing throughout the week: Orenda Fink, Johanna Warren, Fat Tony, Manatee Commune, Monofonus Press, The Mystery Lights, NE-HI, Now Again Records, Pile’s Rick Maguire, Daniel Lynas, Ramesh, and Stones Throw Records. Check out the complete Defend client schedule here.

  • Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” Wins Grammy – Congrats Frank Tirado!

    // 13 February 2017


    Congrats to our client Frank Tirado! Beyoncé’s album “Lemonade” won the Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album, featuring the song “Freedom” co-written by Frank and published by us and Now-Again Records. And of course, congrats to Queen Bey!

  • Grammy noms!

    // 6 December 2016

    Happy Grammy nom day! Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,” featuring “Freedom” cowritten by Now-Again Records writer Frank Tirado, is up for album of the year, and “Freedom” is up for best rap/sung performance! Weezer’s self-titled album, featuring “Wind In Our Sail” cowritten by Scott Chesak, is nominated for best rock album! Congrats all! 🏆🏆🏆

  • Defend Music 2016 Review

    // 2 December 2016

    2016 has been a busy year for the Defend family. Read our latest industry newsletter HERE. Sign up for our industry newsletter HERE:

  • Sharon Lafaye Jones 1956-2016

    // 21 November 2016

    We are deeply saddened to announce that Sharon Jones has passed away after a heroic battle against pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by her loved ones, including the Dap-Kings.

    Thank you for your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.sharon-lafaye-jones2

    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following organizations:

    The Lustgarten Foundation
    James Brown Family Foundation
    Little Kids Rock

    Additional memorial details will follow soon.

  • NxWorries album Yes Lawd! out on Stones Throw Records today

    // 21 October 2016

    Check out the new album Yes Lawd! by NxWorries on Stones Throw Records!!! Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge bring the fire on this one.