• 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.

  • New Action Bronson single out today produced by Knxlwledge

    // 21 October 2016

    Watch “Durag vs. Headband” here