Idol Publishing

Idol Publishing

In a message to his fans, Elliott Yamin announces that he’s “…signed my publishing deal with Sony, ” and that he’ll be releasing his,  “first holiday song on AOL which comes out next week. The song is a cover of Donny Hathaway’s ‘This Christmas'”.

A publishing deal must mean that Elliott is writing songs, as well as recording.  Since October, he’s been busy laying down tracks for an upcoming album.  Elliott has yet to sign a record deal, so I imagine he plans to shop the recordings to labels, or perhaps release independently with a distributor.

He’s been so busy, that he’s cancelled a couple of appearances–The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade and the Disney Christmas Day Parade.  That’s OK, just make sure you poke your head out of that studio door on a regular basis to say “Hey” to your fans.  An informed fan base is a happy fan base.  The Christmas song? Totally Cool.

Right on the heels of Elliott’s informal announcement about his publishing deal, comes this news from Hits Daily Double. Chris Daughtry has signed a publishing deal with BMG Songs:

American Idol rocker Chris Daughtry, whose debut RCA album Daughtry surprised pundits by landing at #2 on this week’s Top 50, has signed a worldwide, long-term co-publishing agreement with BMG Songs, it was announced today by company President Scott Francis. Daughtry either wrote or co-wrote 10 of the album’s 12 songs, including the current single “It’s Not Over, ” featured in promos for the hit Fox series Prison Break. Other highlights on the album include “What I Want, ” featuring Slash on guitar.