Our Favorite ASCAP Publishing Company Names

Our Favorite ASCAP Publishing Company Names

By Etan Rosenbloom, Director & Deputy Editor, Marketing & Communications

You know that “P” at the end of “ASCAP?” It stands for “Publishers,” and there’s a good reason why it’s there. Behind every great songwriter or composer in our ranks there’s a music publishing company (or several!), administering copyrights and collecting the other half of the performance royalties we send out monthly. But starting a publishing company is more than just a great business idea for music creators. Since each publishing name has to be unique, it’s also an opportunity to get creative – something that ASCAP members happen to be really good at.

We’ve put together a list of 25 of our favorite ASCAP publishing company names, sorted into themes, and followed by the songwriter or band that uses it. 

CATCHPHRASES IN THE MAKING

Art Dealer Chic – Miguel
Excuse My French – French Montana
Naked Under My Clothes Music – Johntá Austin (“We Belong Together” – Mariah Carey; “Be Without You” – Mary J. Blige)
Out of the Taperoom Music – Ashley Gorley (“Don’t Ya” – Brett Eldredge; "Good Girl" – Carrie Underwood)
Smells Like Phys Ed Music – All-American Rejects
Washpoppin – Cardi B
Wedontplayevenwhenwereplayin Songs LLC – André 3000 of OutKast

GOOD OLD-FASHIONED PUNS

Keriokey Music – Keri Hilson
Orrall Fixation Music – Robert Ellis Orrall ("From Here to Eternity" – Michael Petersen; "Dancing in Circles" – Love and Theft)
This Is My Piece of Sheet Music – Philip Peeples of Old 97’s

AGGRESSIVELY CLEVER (OR CLEVERLY AGGRESSIVE?)

Demon of Screamin’ Music Publishing – Steven Tyler of Aerosmith
Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time – Este Haim of HAIM
Hate and Purchase – Love & Theft
When I’m Rich You’ll Be My Bitch – Katy Perry

ANIMALS

I Like Turtles Music – Diplo
Wet As a Fish Music – Barry Graul of MercyMe
World of the Dolphin Music – Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont & Adrian Young (No Doubt)

FOOD

I Eat Publishing for Breakfast – Butch Walker [“My Happy Ending” – Avril Lavigne; “(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” – Weezer]
I Love Pizza Music – Zach Crowell ("Body Like a Back Road" – Sam Hunt; "Heartbeat" – Carrie Underwood)
Pineapple Lasagne – Sia

EXISTENTIAL DESPAIR

Always Alone Songs – Matt Warren ["Every Storm (Runs out of Rain)" & "Learning How to Bend" – Gary Allan]
Mostlysadsongs – Tommy Torres (“Looking for Paradise” – Alejandro Sanz feat. Alicia Keys; “Corre” – Jesse y Joy)

MISCELLANEOUS

But Father I Just Want to Sing Music – Hayley Williams of Paramore
Didn't Have to Be Music – Kelley Lovelace ("Southern Comfort Zone" & "Water" – Brad Paisley)
Wiggly Tooth – Jewel

 

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